2016 saw the Rebellion Festival celebrate its 20th year alongside the 40th anniversary of punk with a spectacular sold-out event. Over four days at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens, iconic bands from every aspect of punk across the world shared stages with new and emerging talent, and the 2017 Rebellion Festival looks set to be no different. Returning to the Winter Gardens in Blackpool from the 3rd to the 6th of August, the line-up is shaping up to be another punk genre defining event. The Punk Site is fortunate enough to be covering the Rebellion Festival again this year, as this is Europe’s largest punk festival and it boasts a bewildering array of bands, acts, art and temptations, we’re going to be looking ahead at what this years Rebellion Festival has to offer
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The Grandest SlamsHidden Home Records
By AJ Phink
The Grandest Slams is the debut album by the self proclaimed “world’s greatest baseball punk rock & roll band” and that description tells you almost everything you need to know, there is a hefty debt to the Ramones that’s infused with a rock ‘n roll sensibility, and the whole package is delivered with an authentic lo-fi punk quality that is reminiscent of the earliest recordings by da brudders. The Grandest Slams is influenced by an equal love of punk rock and baseball and is due for release tomorrow, the 27th January 2017, and will be available on CD from Hidden Home Records and on cassette via Ronald Records.
Like The Hanson Brothers before them, this is a spin on the classic Ramones sound with a sporting theme, but this time baseball is the inspiration. The album opens in fine style with 3 Strikes, a hammering drum beat and rousing chant leads into some fine anthemic punk rock, you’ve probably gathered that baseball themed punk rock is the mainstay of The Grandest Slams, but tracks like Underneath The Stadium Lights, my personal favourite off the album, channels 1950’s doo wop and blends it with punk rock abrasiveness. There are of course numerous nods to the Ramones back catalogue, in particular on the ukulele tinged track, I Wanna Be Traded, and I’m sure you can work out which song that’s based on without my assistance.
Whilst for me this isn’t a grand slam or a home run Urban Outfielders have by no means struck out with their debut album, there are melodic elements that remind me of the likes of Osaka Popstar and Masked Intruder, as well as obvious comparisons to The Methadones, The Huntingtons and a certain New York quartet. The album has a lo-fi basement recording quality to it that will either endear you to, or detract from, the album depending on your preferences, for me with a few touches on production, especially on the rock ‘n roll influenced numbers, this could easily have been a home run, but even so it gets safely to third base.
You can stream the opening track, 3 Strikes, via The Alternative here
The Grandest Slams can be ordered on CD and tape here
The latest release by Osaka Popstar is a unique new rendering of the obscure cut, Christmas in the Loony Bin, written by indie music icon Daniel Johnston, the original version of the song appeared on his 1988 self-released cassette album, Merry Christmas. The current line up of Osaka Popstar features their ever present frontman John Cafiero, along with Dean Rispler (The Dictators, Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black) on Guitar and Bass, and Jon Wurster (Bob Mould, Superchunk, The Mountain Goats) on drums.
The new digital single is available on all digital music platforms and can streamed here
There is also a limited edition signed Holiday card with download available here
You Asked For ItSelf Released
By AJ Phink
The Ramonas are the world’s best known all female Ramones tribute band, they have been relentlessly touring the UK, Europe and America since 2008. Their intense, high energy live shows have earned them a loyal fan base, huge online presence and regular slots at festivals, including the legendary Rebellion Festival, they’ve even been joined on stage by Richie Ramone. Now The Ramonas are moving beyond the constraints of the Ramones extensive back catalogue and are putting out their own material.
You Asked For It opens with the saintly vocals the precede the full tilt punk rock that is Speak Up, this is the lead track from their debut EP, and to be honest you couldn’t ask for a finer opening assault of high energy punk rock. A traditional 1234 heralds the start of Money, a track that that The Ramonas namesakes would have been proud of, it is straight up driving punk rock that carries an irresistibly infectious chorus. You hardly have time to draw breath before Hard And Fast At 69 kicks in, this keeps the adrenalized EP going, but with a slightly darker tone than the previous two tracks, and V.O.I.D. keeps the beat alive before Zombie Crawl rounds out the You Asked For It EP. The final number opens with bass rumble and a cry of “get out of my way cocksuckers” before it kicks into a high tempo punk number that’s perfectly designed for catharsis during rush hour.
You Asked For It is The Ramonas first EP of original material, and it’s a exactly what you’d want them to deliver, this is five tracks of relentless punk rock that has carried on the legacy that da brudders first started laying down back in 1974. The You Asked For It EP effortlessly blends the intensity of their punk rock roots with infectious pop melodies and killer hooks, and as you’d expect all of this is achieved in under three minutes on every track. For a band that has established itself playing the back catalogue of a legendary artist to move in a new direction is a brave move, but this EP is evidence that The Ramonas have made the right decision. You Asked For It is a product of demand from their many fans, and I can guarantee that anyone who buy this will be glad they got it.
You Asked For It is available on CD here and can be downloaded via iTunes
Speak UpSelf Released
By AJ Phink
The Ramonas are the world’s best known all female Ramones tribute band, they have been relentlessly touring the UK, Europe and America since 2008. Their intense, high energy live shows have earned them a loyal fan base, huge online presence and regular slots at festivals, including the legendary Rebellion Festival. They’ve even been joined on stage by one of da brudders, Richie Ramone. Now The Ramonas are moving beyond the constraints of the Ramones extensive back catalogue and are putting out their own material.
Fan pressure has led to The Ramonas finally recording original material, and Speak Up is the first single of original material to be released and it will appear on their forthcoming EP, appropriately enough this is entitled You Asked For It. Speak Up starts with almost saintly vocals before a typically frantic 1234 kicks the song into life, this is high energy punk rock that follows on from the Ramones legacy, but this isn’t just a rehash of the Ramones past glories, obviously they are on influence on The Ramonas but whilst it carries the spirit of the band that changed everything it is a single that has it’s own character and style.
The only element of the song that is a carbon copy of The Ramones is the 1234 that kicks the track off, from their on it’s the sound of a band who are moving beyond the boundaries of being a tribute band, even if they are one of the best tributes to one of the most important bands of all time. Speak Up is exactly what you’d hope for from The Ramonas, it effortlessly blends the intensity of their punk rock roots with infectious pop melodies and killer hooks, and as you’d expect all of this is achieved in under three minutes.
Speak Up will be available to download from today, the 17th October, from the usual suspects, including iTunes and Amazon
Long Island, NY’s Iron Chic is streaming a song from their new EP titled Spooky Action over at Alternative Press. The song is the Ramones’ Bonzo Goes to Bitburg.
Iron Chic wrote and recorded their Spooky Action EP last year and initially offered it via Bandcamp. The band is now a part of Bridge Nine Records and the label will be presenting the EP digitally and on vinyl. These releases will serve as a precursor to the band’s upcoming label debut due out later this year.
Bridge Nine Records’ version is available digitally today and physically on June 25, 2013. Order the Spooky Action EP at the B9Store now.