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Rebellion Festival (Sunday)

Blackpool Winter Gardens

Sunday 6th August 2017
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Rating: 5/5

 
 

 

 

The final day of this years Rebellion Festival is upon us, and as with last year the Sunday sees the summery conditions of the last three days give way to more typically British damp weather conditions. There are several victims of the weather, and it’s not just a few wilted mohicans as whilst watching Propaghandi on the Casbah Stage my phone fell victim to the weather, losing all my notes, music and most of my photos, so the review of the final day is done from memory, thankfully the final day of the 2017 Rebellion Festival was another memorable day. The Headstone Horrors are opening on the Empress Ballroom, the impressive female fronted horror punk quartet deliver a full tilt set that kicks the afternoon off in fine style. For me The Headstone Horrors fill the void left by the hiatus of two of my favourite bands, The Spookshow and The Horrorpops, and they make the perfect start to the final day of the festival.

My plan to check out the intriguingly named Scumbrians on the Introducing Stage is hampered by the fact the you can’t actually fit into the venue, the crowd is spilling out of the doorway and into the foyer of the Blackpool Winter Gardens, but from what I can hear, and the glimpses I manage to catch, they deliver an impressive bare knuckle punk rock blast. As I’m now left with a few minutes to kill I finally get to check out the Punk Art Exhibition, which is celebrating it’s tenth anniversary and has expanded this year, this includes all manner of punk related art and photography, including a somewhat surprising display by Charlie Harper of the UK Subs, his portraits of cats makes me wish I’d decided to visit this exhibition earlier so I could have picked one up for myself, at next years Rebellion Festival the Punk Art Exhibition will definitely be one of my first ports of call as it appears that pretty much everything has been sold by the final day.

Rebellion 17 The CreepshowI catch Nothington hammering out a set of their impressive gruff punk in the Empress Ballroom, then it’s outside to catch The Ramonas on the Casbah Stage, the fact that it’s pouring down adds a degree of irony to tracks like Rockaway Beach, but there’s no mistaking the fact that The Ramonas invoke the spirit of da brudders like no one else. It’s back inside to dry off and to catch The Creepshow‘s return to the Rebellion Festival in the Empress Ballroom, the Canadian psychobilly outfit deliver a charged performance that blends devil may care rock ‘n roll with punk rock to incredible effect, and adds their new album, Death At My Door, to my shopping list for September. A quick sprint across the Winter Gardens affords me the chance to reacquaint myself with Criminal Mind, which I realise is my first visit to the Arena Stage of the weekend. Criminal Mind are one of the finest hardcore outfits out there, even when there is a lighting failure part way through their set they continue playing their hard edged politically motivated punk rock in the dark until the lights burst back into life, hopefully this is a political metaphor for the coming year and there is light at the end of the tunnel.

Rebellion 17 Dirt Box DiscoDirt Box Disco have become an essential part of the Rebellion Festival, and they bring the party atmosphere to the Empress Ballroom, during their set Dirt Box Disco impressively break the record for crowdsurfers at the festival, and their call to arms for the crowd to wake The Skids up, as they claimed the vintage punk band are having a nap in their tour bus, with a rousing singalong to their classic single, My Life Is Shit, is duly answered, and at the end of their set if you didn’t have a smile on your face then there is something very wrong with you. Two of the finest acts from yesterday, The Outcasts and Ruts DC, have returned to play mellower sets to an absolutely hammered Almost Acoustic Stage, and another regular act at the Rebellion Festival that I’ve meant to catch for a few years is the wonderfully eccentric Lene Lovich who is making an appearance in the Opera House. Whilst watching her captivating set I’m struck by just how many of her songs I know, and she and her band remain true to their new wave roots, but they bring something unique and undefinable to the festival that makes me glad I finally caught Lene Lovich live, and regret that I didn’t do this in previous years.

Propaghandi are closing the Casbah Stage in torrential rain, this has not deterred a healthy crowd from seeing the band on a rare visit to UK shores, and it doesn’t dampen their intense delivery either, but it’s back indoors before the end of the set to try and resurrect my phone and to close my weekend at the Rebellion Festival with The Primitves in the Opera House. I last saw The Primitives back in the late eighties when they were at the peak of their powers, and for me they’ve lost none of their sparkle, they deliver an hour long set that, despite the passing of nearly three decades from when I first saw them, seems as effortlessly effervescent as ever. The Primitives still contain the majority of their classic line up, and for me they deliver a perfect set that includes many of their much loved classics including Stop Killing Me, Through The Flowers and of course their best known single, Crash, that marks a perfect end to the Rebellion Festival.

The last four days have passed by in a blur, I’ve seen countless bands I love and discovered many to add to that ever growing list and I’ve been reunited with friends I met in previous years and made new friends. The Rebellion Festival remains one of the highlights of the year, and it will be returning to the Blackpool Winter Gardens between the 2nd and 5th August 2018, and you can guarantee that I’ll be there, as for the four days of this incredible festival there is nowhere else on earth I’d rather be. Tomorrow I return to Manchester for a few days recovery and for some much needed sleep before reality returns, although I suspect it’ll be a while longer before my feet and legs stop aching. See you next year.

The Rebellion Festival wesbsite is here 

Unofficial live photography courtesy of Froggy

You can click on any of the photos to view a slide show of the images

Rebellion 2017 April

Rebellion Festival (Saturday)

Blackpool Winter Gardens

Saturday 5th August 2017
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Rating: 5/5

 
 

 

 
The continues to shine on Blackpool and it’s already the penultimate day of Rebellion Festival, a day that tends to encourage greater levels of excess amongst those I have come to know at the festival, so my recollections may be hazy and I’m just glad I took notes. Its an early start as Wreck-Age are opening on the Introducing Stage and I manage to avoid the worst of the queues when the Winter Gardens opens to ensure I get in on time. Wreck-Age boast an impressive line up born of past and present members of First Wave, B-Movie Britz and Hi Fi Spitfires, despite one of their number being stuck in traffic they take to the stage regardless, maintaining their DIY and punk rock spirit to deliver an impressive semi improvised set.
 
Rebellion 17 Hands Off GretelOver on the Empress Ballroom The Kut are delivering a bruising set of punk rock inspired by the riot grrrrl scene, which makes them the perfect band to precede Hands Off Gretel who have catapulted themselves from the Introducing Stage to the Empress Ballroom in 12 months. Hands Off Gretel have expanded back to a four piece since I last saw them, their impressive set that is culled largely from their Burn The Beauty Queen album and sees the full rage of Hands Off Gretel restored, and we have an early contender for band of the day. Over on the Casbah Stage the Rhythmites are delivering a set of laid back ska in the blazing afternoon sunshine, and back inside on the acoustic stage I catch Fuzzwah being joined on stage by the legend that is Charlie Harper for an impromptu rendition of the classic UK Subs single, Warhead.
 
Rebellion 17 Chaos 8Chaos 8 deliver their intense industrial punk rock to am absolutely packed Introducing Stage, and you can see why as Beki Straughan is a formidable front woman, and she’s backed up by a powerful line up that hammers home the impact of their dystopian industrial punk rock to incredible effect, and this is another band that I would expect to see make the leap to one of the larger stages in the coming years. Former Sex Pistol Glen Matlock is playing acoustically and sharing anecdotes in the Pavillion Stage to an appreciative crowd, and over in the Opera House The Lurkers are sounding like it’s still 1977, but when they bemoan recording new material it strikes a slightly sour note with me, as it’s new bands and new material that keeps the punk scene vibrant and progressive, so it’s onward and upwards.
 
Rebellion 17 Dept SDepartment S are a band who have consistently moved on, rather than relying on their well known hit single, Is Vic There?, they’ve developed a loyal following and I owe a debt to the duo that convinced me to go and see them. The evening now has me stage hopping as Louise Distras is playing a set with her full band, her first after her crowdfunder successfully hit it’s target to make her sophomore album a reality, and as ever she plays with all the passion and fire that fuels her songwriting. The Anti Nowhere League are ploughing through their usual chaotic and offensive set over in the Empress Ballroom, and after all this time would we have them any other way? Their classic songs such as So What, Woman and For You are delivered to a booze fuelled audience who know every word and profanity.
 
Over on the Casbah Stage Neville Staples is bringing a distinctly mellower ska influence to the Rebellion Festival, tracks such as Monkey Man, and Message To You Rudy are perfect for the sun drenched evening, but the highlight is skanking version of The Lunatics Have Taken Over The Asylum that sees the politicallly relevant chorus echoing across the Casbah Stage, and a closing trilogy of Gangsters, Guns Of Navarone and Ghost Town closes an incredible set of ska and two tone. The Ruts DC hit the Casbah Stage with the blend of dub and punk rock that carries a strong message of unity. Their set is culled mainly from the legendary debut, The Crack, and their last releases, Music Must Destroy, and the Ruts DC are an example of a band who are as good now as they ever were and are writing music that remains relevant, just as they did when they first emerged on the punk scene. They throw a few curve balls into the set, David Bowie‘s Suffragette City is delivered mid set and an excerpt from Pink Floyd‘s psychedelic jam, Interstellar Overdrive, creeps into In A Rut, and they close on with Psychic Attack rather than their classic single, Babylon’s Burning.
 
Rebellion 17 Louise DistrasFollowing two phenomenal sets on the Casbah Stage a dash inside means I go full circle and I catch the end of a triumphant acoustic set by Louise Distras who is playing to an absolutely packed Almost Acoustic Stage, afterwards she’s greeted by a enthusiastic fans old and new and speaking to a few of those who were present it’s clear that Louise Distras is an empowering figure in the modern punk scene. Finally it’s over to the Opera House to catch one of the original Northern Irish punk bands, The Defects, who are another of the first generation of punk bands who have returned for the Rebellion Festival and their charm and irreverent humour are as much an appeal as the chance to hear them play live. The evening ends with an appearance by The Vapors, a welcome return from a band who are known by most people for the classic Turning Japanese single, whilst it’s good to have them back when compared to the acts that preceded them their set seems a little flat, and the final day of this years Rebellion Festival beckons.
 
The review of the Sunday at the Rebellion Festival 2017 will follow shortly on The Punk Site.
 
The Rebellion Festival wesbsite is here
 
Unofficial live photography courtesy of Froggy, Lindsay Peebles and Eloise Coone
 
You can click on any of the photos to view a slide show of the images 
 
Rebellion 2017 April

Rebellion Festival (Friday)

Blackpool Winter Gardens, UK

Friday 4th August 2017
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Rating: 5/5

 
 

 

 
Rebellion 17 Heavy DrapesA meander from my hotel with twanging hamstrings and aching calves takes me through Blackpool’s faded glamour and back to the Winter Gardens where an enormous queue has formed to get in for Saturday’s impressive line up which means I’ve already missed Aerial Salad by the time I finally get in. My Friday opens with the Kenneths who blow away the cobwebs after last night excess on a sundrenched Casbah Stage, their set of high energy punk rock starts Friday off perfectly. The Heavy Drapes have made the leap from the introducing stage last year to the Empress Ballroom, and you can see why, they deliver an anthemic set of pulverising old school punk rock, that means Friday has kicked into gear early.
 
Rebellion 17 SvetlanasI catch the end of Sensa Yuma‘s heavyweight set as we head back outside to catch Maid Of Ace rocking the Casbah Stage, and they don’t disappoint the as the hyperactive all female quartet deliver a full tilt set of raucous punk rock, that I sadly have to cut short as Svetlanas are playing the Pavillion Stage, they are a must see as they have just released what looks like being my favourite album of 2017. Svetlanas are something to behold, carrying the energy of early Dead Kennedys and the Dwarves best recordings. Svetlanas lead singer Olga prowls the stage and the dance floor like a caged animal, her intense stage presence is matched by a frantic hardcore edged soundtrack, and all the expectations from their incredible new album, This Is Moscow Not LA, are exceeded. This is a band you need to see live as I doubt I’ll encounter a better live ever act this weekend, or this year, and I have to buy a new t shirt afterwards as the one I was wearing is now soaked as I was down the front throughout Svetlanas incredible set.
 
As I wander outside for a cigarette I catch John Robb, one of Manchester’s punk mainstays, playing an impressive set with The Membranes complete with a full choir, had it not clashed with Svetlanas this is something I’d have made a point of catching. Tagada Jones follow with a blast of hard edged Gallic street punk, to me bands like this are one of the joys of the Rebellion Festival. I would never have encountered these in my local punk scene, but the Rebellion Festival unites cultures and scenes in the punk community like no other festival, and along with Svetlanas I have encountered two incredible bands from mainland Europe. Behind me a moshpit forms of their hardcore fans who have made the journey across the channel and Tagada Jones are for me one of the best discoveries of the Rebellion Festival, and I recommend you investigate this band who prove that punk rock travels beyond the usual English and American borders.
 
Rebellion 17 TV SmithSeeing TV Smith is an essential part of rebellion, the former lead singer of The Adverts was there at the start and to see him playing with a full band,  The Bored Teenagers, is a temptation that is too good to resist. Tonight’s set with the Bored Teenagers is focused upon his post adverts solo material, and songs such as the Good Times Are Back and My String Will Snap sound as relevant as the day the day the day were written, if not more so. Further wandering finds another of punks old school, Vice Squad, sounding re-energised for the Rebellion Festival, and alongside their extensive back catalogue they close with the Motorhead classic, Ace Of Spades. A brief  break precedes a return to the Casbah Stage where The Real McKenzies are bringing their Celtic punk rock to Blackpool and they are celebrating 25 years together, another band I’ve intended to see for a number of years and however good you may think they are on record, live is where they are at their beer fuelled best and they bring a party atmosphere to the Friday night at the Rebellion Festival.
 
I’ve intended to see DOA ever since I bought 13 Flavours Of Doom a long long time ago, several farewell tours have meant that I thought it would never happen, but Friday night at the Rebellion Festival brings the legendary Canadian outfit to the Casbah Stage. There is nothing I can say about these Canadian punk legends that hasn’t already been said, but I’m going to say it anyway, the politically charged punk band deserves every accolade that’s thrown at them, they have been around for four decades and it’s been worth the wait to finally see them. Tonight the Casbah Stage has had a distinctly Northern exposure and when DOA play Already Dead, the first song I ever heard by them, I think I’ve peaked, but add to this songs such as General Strike, that’s dedicated to Theresa May, and Race Riot, then my day is utterly made. DOA return for an encore of Full Metal Jackoff, from their amazing album recorded with Jello Biafra, Last Scream Of The Missing Neighbours, and the inevitable ending of Fucked Up Donald, this marks an incredible end to an amazing day that has mainly been spent on the Casbah Stage, they leave with the words “together we can, together we will, make the world a better place’.
 
Sometimes the Rebellion Festival holds secrets, such as F.I.L.F., which turns out to be an unheralded and unpublicised Macc Lads reunion, with original members Stez Styx, Mutley McLadd, The Beater and Chorley The Hord, with new addition Bammy, who between them were banned from more venues than any other British punk band, in fact probably more than the rest of them put together. Tonight they are mainly covering classic punk songs and the band are clearly enjoying being back together, but they close with a final encore of the Macc Lads obscene classic Blackpool, and what else would they choose for the Rebellion Festival, that’s thrown in for good measure the venue erupts, and this is the welcome return of another band I never thought I would see again.
 
The review of the Saturday at the Rebellion Festival 2017 will follow shortly on The Punk Site.
 
The Rebellion Festival wesbsite is here
 
Unofficial live photography courtesy of Froggy and Eloise Coone
 
You can click on any of the photos to view a slide show of the images
 
 
Rebellion 2017 April

Rebellion Festival (Thursday)

Blackpool Winter Gardens

Thursday 3rd August 2017
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Rating: 5/5

 
 

 

 
The Rebellion Festival is upon us once more, for me this involves a quick blast down the motorway from a rain soaked Manchester to a surprisingly breezy and sunny morning on the Lancashire coast for this annual celebration of all things punk. The initial hour is spent wandering the Winter Gardens, renewing friendships and making some difficult decisions about who to see from the bewildering line up of hundreds of bands that cover every element of the scenes spawned over forty years ago by punk. The first band I catch is The Fucking Glorious who present a welcome lunch time wake up call of bare knuckle punk rock, and whilst getting a much needed drink I hear the raw strains of Tim Holehouse drift over from the Almost Acoustic Stage like the ghost of a ragged Tom Waits.
 
Rebellion 17 CundeezOutside on the Casbah Stage The Cundeez are hammering out a distinctly Celtic punk variant, complete with bagpipes, on old school punk rock, their singer, clad only in a kilt, declares that they’re “sober as fuck”, something that most of their audience can’t claim despite the early hour, and this is the perfect antidote for those who arrived a day early and are still recovering from the night before. A quick stroll back into the Winter Gardens sees Viki Vortex And The Cumshots delivering their own brand of anarchy tinged and alcohol infused frantic punk rock in the Empress Ballroom, and there’s no point in moving as In Evil Hour follow. In Evil Hour bring a different vibe to what had largely been a DIY feel to the early hours of the Rebellion Festival, they bring a furious element of melodic hardcore, with a slight metalcore influence, and for me this is the band that truly kicked the Rebellion Festival into gear, it also saw the first circle put of the festival and my first, but not my last, CD purchase of the weekend.
 
It seems I’m in the Empress Ballroom for the duration, apart from essential breaks that involves braving the dive bombing seagulls for cigarettes, beer and food, as Pears are on next, on record, as with a fair few hardcore bands, they didn’t do it for me, but I said if they played live I’d catch them as good hardcore live is perfection, and trust me, Pears are as good as they get live, the short sharp intense hardcore blasts take on a different character when delivered live. Reno Divorce deliver a slice of socal inspired punk rock that recalls Social Distortion, and I catch Strung Out Nights delivering an acoustic version of NOFX‘s Linoleum, and it seems that wherever you wander there is someone playing, or something to distract you, and it’s clear the Rebellion Festival has picked up exactly where it left off last year.
 
Rebellion 17 Evil BlizzardIt’s back into the Empress Ballroom as 88 Fingers Louie are making a rare UK appearance in support of their comeback album, Thank You For Being A Friend, and tonight’s set builds on the impression that this isn’t one shot reunion, they’re back with a vengeance with a set that spans their three decade history. Over on the outdoor stage Evil Blizzard are blinking in the sunlight and delivering their bass heavy strangeness in the early evening sunlight to a packed Casbah Stage. They exemplify exactly what the Rebellion Festival is all about, Evil Blizzard are closer to the late 60’s and early 70’s roots of punk, but they deliver what will be one of the best sets of the weekend, and to emphasize this they close with a triumphant rendition of Are You Evil.
 
Rebellion 17 Teenage BottlerocketA brief wander, and a welcome sit down in the Opera House, reveals London, another of punks first wave that are still going strong despite the passing of the decades and they bring a touch of the authentic and untouched spirit of 77 to the Rebellion Festival, fittingly they close with The Stooges classic, I’m Loose. Face to Face hit the outdoor stage and bring their melodic hardcore to the Rebellion Festival, after last year’s Protection album these have been a band that I’ve wanted to catch live, and they don’t disappoint on any level. There’s not much point in moving as Teenage Bottlerocket are next up. With a swift 1234 they launch into their hyperactive Ramones inspired punk rock for a charged set. In between songs they seem obsessed with curious English phrases and habits, and who can blame them as we’re an odd bunch at the best of the times. This is the first time they have played the UK since the death of their drummer Brandon Carlisle and they deliver an emotionally charged number dedicated to him, and you can feel just how much his loss means to the band.
 
They are followed by the melodic hardcore of Good Riddance, making this corner of Lancashire briefly the best place in the world for the American punk scene, but now it’s time for a change of stage as choosing between bands as the night falls is almost impossible, but the decision is made so it’s a swift stage hop over to the Empress Ballroom. Pennywise are everything you’d hope for now Jim Lindberg is firmly back on board after his sabbatical, and they are back at their defiant best, and the they deliver a vocal fuck you to Donald Trump that is enthusiastically endorsed by the multinational crowd. Mid set they deliver Gimme Gimme Gimme by fellow Hermosa Beach veterans Black Flag, which is followed by a Minor Threat cover, fortunately they return to their own material, with their self titled track, and let’s face is we came to hear Pennywise, and you can’t really argue with tracks like Society, Fuck Authority and Homesick, and if the hairs on the back of your neck weren’t raised by the crowds reaction to Bro Hymn then I suspect you’re clinically dead, and the chorus carries on ringing round the arena long after they’ve left the stage.
 
Rebellion 17 Bad ReligionAny other year Pennywise would be headlining with that set, but we still have Bad Religion to go, I feel like I’ve been awake for for days and I’ve seen more bands than I normally see in a month but we’re not done yet. Bad Religion kick off with American Jesus and they deliver a four decade spanning best of including what I consider to be one of the finest songs ever written, Stranger Than Fiction, and you can’t ask for more than that to finish the first day of the Rebellion Festival, other than a few late night drinks before returning to my hotel for a brief sleep before doing it all again tomorrow.
 
The review of the Friday at the Rebellion Festival 2017 will follow shortly on The Punk Site.
 
The Rebellion Festival wesbsite is here
 
Unofficial live photography courtesy of Froggy and Eloise Coone
 
You can click on any of the photos to view a slide show of the images
 

The Punk Site ‘Rebellion Festival 2017’ Preview, Part Four

Rebellion 2017 April2016 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

The full line can be viewed here and tickets for the 2017 Rebellion Festival can be purchased here

The 2017 Rebellion Festival preview for Sunday 6th August can be viewed below Read More…

Grippers Addiction

Grippers

Addiction

STP Records / Potencial Hardcore
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Rating: 3.5/5

 
 

 

 

Madrid’s Grippers formed just a few years ago and have been steadily building their following in the native Spain, but now they are looking to spread the word beyond their home turf. Grippers released their debut full length, Addiction, via Spain’s Potencial Hardcore in 2016, and now there’s a fresh pressing for the UK market courtesy of STP Records, Grippers will also be playing a few dates in the UK, including a set at the UK’s Rebellion Festival, and it must be said that with their debut full length they have unleashed a full blooded punk rock roar.

From the off it’s clear where Grippers take their cue from, this is the essence of the second wave of British punk and the UK82 scene, with a dash of Rancid thrown in for flavour, that’s been distilled into eleven shots that have now been served up in the UK courtesy of a limited edition pressing via STP Records. Addiction possesses all the relentless attack and aggression you’d expect, the machine gun drums, rasping vocals and distorted guitars are all present and correct and are delivered in a no frills style that is straight out of the DIY handbook. For me their stand out moments are the ones that hark back to old school punk rock, tracks such as Friday Night and Roots are a back to basics reminder of the bands that followed in the wake of the initial punk explosion.

If you were going to be critical then you could argue that there’s nothing new on Addiction, but for those who have a love of the roots of punk and hardcore then Grippers are a band that are well  worth checking out. At the time of writing only four copies were left in the STP Records online shop, but for those attending the Rebellion Festival the band will have a further fifty copies of this limited edition release of Addiction, Grippers will be playing the Introducing Stage at Rebellion Festival on Saturday 5th August at 5.00pm and if you’re there then I’ll see you down the front.

You can order Addiction from the STP Records limited edition store here

The vinyl edition of Addiction can be ordered from Spain’s Potencial Hardcore here

The Punk Site ‘Rebellion Festival 2017’ Preview, Part Three

Rebellion 2017 April2016 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 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

The full line can be viewed here and tickets for the 2017 Rebellion Festival can be purchased here

The 2017 Rebellion Festival preview for Saturday 5th August can be viewed below Read More…

88 Fingers Louie Confirm UK Tour Dates

88 Fingers Louie TYFBAF88 Fingers Louie hit the UK in two weeks time in support of the new album, Thank You For Being A Friend, that is out now via Bird Attack Records. The Chicago based skate punk legends, in their first trip to the UK since 1999, will visit Southampton, Birmingham, London, Rebellion Festival in Blackpool and Norwich. 

You can order Thank You For Being A Friend here

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The Punk Site ‘Rebellion Festival 2017’ Preview, Part Two

Rebellion 2017 April2016 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 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

The full line can be viewed here and tickets for the 2017 Rebellion Festival can be purchased here

The 2017 Rebellion Festival preview for Friday 4th August can be viewed below Read More…

The Punk Site ‘Rebellion Festival 2017’ Preview, Part One

Rebellion 2017 April2016 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 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

The full line can be viewed here and tickets for the 2017 Rebellion Festival can be purchased here

The 2017 Rebellion Festival preview for Thursday 3rd August can be viewed below Read More…

Dogtown Rebels Anti Gentrification

Dogtown Rebels

Anti Gentrification EP

Riot Dog Records
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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

Dogtown Rebels have released their blistering new Anti Gentrification EP via Riot Dog Records, the EP was inspired by real events that are occurring up and down the UK, such as the destruction of London’s legendary Tin Pan Alley, the planned redevelopment of the site of Camden Market and the closure of countless music venues up and down the UK, not to mention the gradual displacement of thousands of working class people from social housing in our city centres, or those forced out by sky high rent increases from greedy tin pot landlords. 

Bearing in mind the subject matter it’s not surprising that the Dogtown Rebels have maintained the level of righteous anger that was demonstrated on their excellent 2015 album, Brave New World, but this time it’s fixed squarely against a single target, one that is close to my heart as my home city is losing venues in the name of gentrification. The subject of the EP might be something that I can relate to but that alone isn’t enough, fortunately Dogtown Rebels back this up musically with a full blooded blast of old school punk rock that hits the spot on each of the three tracks that populate the Anti Gentrification EP.

The Anti Gentrification EP is the perfect follow up to Brave New World, it’s a politically sussed blast of rabble rousing punk rock that is hard to fault, in particular the track Spirit Of London is a hit of old school UK punk rock that is a perfect defiant anthem for resistance to city planners and councils who want to reduce our cities to an endless sea of overpriced apartments, coffee shops, chain bars and clone stores. The Anti Gentrification EP proves that this is a band that captures the energy of their live shows perfectly on record, and I’d recommend catching Dogtown Rebels live if you can based on the triumphant performance I saw when I caught them at last year’s Rebellion Festival.

The Anti Gentrification EP can be streamed and purchased here

The Professionals Confirmed For Rebellion Festival 2017

Rebellion 2017 AprilThe iconic Rebellion punk festival has confirmed sets by not one, but two former Sex Pistols members at this year’s event at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool that takes place between August 3rd and 6th. After the Sex Pistols disbanded in chaos, guitarist Steve Jones and drummer Paul Cook formed The Professionals in 1979 and released the I Didn’t See It Coming album in 1981, but had fallen apart by 1982 after a car accident on their American tour. The band returned in 2015 and have been playing incendiary shows ever since and will release a new album in 2017 that will also feature guitar work from Steve Jones. Also on the line-up this year is former Sex Pistols bassist Glen Matlock who will be performing an acoustic set as well as a live Q&A with renowned journalist Barry Cain.
 
For the full line up, day splits and to purchase tickets you can visit the official Rebellion Festival here
 

Frank Carter And The Rattlesnakes Confirmed For Rebellion

Rebellion 2017 AprilReturning to Rebellion Festival for the first time since 2010 when Gallows whipped up one of the biggest circle pits to ever grace the Empress Ballroom, former frontman Frank Carter returns in 2017 with his new band The Rattlesnakes. Their appearance comes hot on the heels of new album, Modern Ruin, that was released to critical acclaim and with high voltage gigs earlier this year, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes’ appearance is one not to miss at Rebellion this year. Day tickets are now available at £60 per day and there is also the opportunity to buy weekend tickets in instalments with a deposit.

You can purchase tickets, and get details of the line up, for the Rebellion Festival here
 

Loaded 44 Announce European Tour Dates

Loaded 44 May Italy TourLoaded 44 have announced their latest tour dates, including a trio of dates in Italy in May, they will also be playing a number of dates across the UK with Dirt Box Disco and will be appearing at the The Unholy Messtival and North West Calling punk festivals in addition to a series of headline dates across the UK and Ireland

Loaded 44‘s Get Ready! EP is available via their Facebook page here or their website here

The Punk Site review of the Get Ready! EP can be read here

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Turbulent Hearts Release Debut Album

Turbulent HeartsLos Angele’s punk ‘n rollers Turbulent Hearts have released their self titled debut album today via Headcheck Records, the album is a compilation of their three self released DIY EP’s from the USA. The band consists of Suzy Moon, formerly of Civet, on guitar and vocals, along with Mark Johnson, bass, and Jay Skowronek on drums. Turbulent Hearts will be on tour in the UK later this year, including an appearance at the Rebellion Festival.

You can pre-order Turbulent Hearts debut album here

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Bad Religion Confirmed For 2017 Rebellion Festival

Bad Religion Rebellion2016 saw 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 Rebellion 2017 already looks set to be no different.  Returning to Winter Gardens in Blackpool from  the 3rd to the 6th of August, the line-up is already shaping up to be another punk genre defining event. LA punk legends Bad Religion are now confirmed to return to the festival for the first time in seven years, bringing their addictively melodic, politically-charged, high energy punk rock to the seaside punk event.

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Rebellion Festival Adds Slaves To The Line Up For 2017

rebellion-slaves-20172016 saw the now legendary punk event Rebellion Festival celebrate its 20th year alongside the 40th anniversary of punk with a spectacular sold-out event. Rebellion Festival is set to return in 2017 from the 3rd to the 6th of August and the line-up is already shaping up to be another punk genre defining event.

The latest act to join the festival are Kent duo Slaves, a band that are absolutely the sound of new punk in 2016, dragging it by its scruffy neck to the present and into the future. Read More…

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Rebellion Festival (Sunday)

Winter Gardens, Blackpool, UK

7th August 2016
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Rating: 5/5

 
 

 

 

The final day dawns, so far I’ve been running around trying to see as much as possible, sadly my feet can’t take much more  so my plan for the final day is to see a few bands I’ve been intending to see, along with reminding myself that next year I must get comfier boots. First Wave are opening on the Empress Ballroom stage, despite the fact that you can still taste the toothpaste at this early hour, they play a set of energetic and defiant punk rock that, as their name implies, is inspired by the first wave of British punk bands. Following this, and due to further complaints from my feet, I take the opportunity to take a seat and enjoy an interview with one of the original members of The Damned, Captain Sensible. Throughout the interview the Captain is irreverent and entertaining, he provides a profanity littered insight into The Damned‘s highs and lows over the last forty years and he ends the interview with an impromptu rendition of one of his novelty pop songs, Wot. I could happily have listened to Captain Sensible for a lot longer, he remains one of punk’s true eccentrics and a unique individual, but the interview is over and more live music awaits.

Healthy Junkies are another band I’ve been meaning to catch since I reviewed their last album, Box Of Chaos. They don’t disappoint live, their set of energetic punk rock is well received, Nina Coulson delivers her vocals in her breathless and manic style that juxtaposes the crunching delivery that rest of the band deliver. Sadly I can’t stay for their full set as Louise Distras is playing her second set of the weekend, I’ve seen her live many times, but this will be the first time I have got to see her play with a full band. The transformation of her songs from the acoustic sets I’ve seen her play so often to her full band is stunning. Songs that were performed yesterday as heartfelt ballads are transformed into full blooded punk anthems, it’s a tribute to her songwriting that the material works so well in both styles. I can honestly say that this set was one of the highlights of the weekend.

Goldblade are playing their rabble rousing punk ‘n roll outside on the Tower Stage, their set coincides with an aerial display by Red Arrows aerobatic display team so you have the visual spectacle of formation jet fighters as background to their set. Despite the jet fighters a bare chested John Robb still easily wins in the volume stakes, he prowls the stage like a caged animal and as they close their set with Do You Believe In The Power of Rock ‘N Roll he leaves the stage and encourages those down the from to testify to this. From this point my plans go astray as there are so many fine bands playing simultaneously. Belfast’s The Defects play an outstanding set of full tilt punk rock in The Empress Ballroom and then it’s back outside to catch Citizen Fish playing their energetic politically sussed ska. Their infectious and energetic performance causes an outbreak of skanking towards the back of the audience despite this being the fourth day of the Rebellion Festival.

Rebellion 2016 Dirt Box Disco by Dod Morrison photographyDirt Box Disco have almost become an automatic choice to make an appearance at UK punk festivals, their set is comprised of their ever popular hard edged anthemic pop punk that is delivered with the mix of humour and visual spectacle. If they carry on as they are then it won’t be too long before you see Dirt Box Disco headlining festivals as they have filled the Tower Street stage to capacity and their is set is deliriously received. Back inside it’s time for a final lap of the stages, I catch Germany’s Bonsai Kitten  playing a set of full tilt rockabilly inspired punk rock, and the scantily clad singer Tiger Lilly Marleen delivers her vocals with a snarl whilst she prowls and shimmys across the stage.

Over on the introducing stage, the much talked about Heavy Drapes play a set of old school inspired punk rock to a packed crowd, based on the reception they receive I can see them playing to a bigger audience next year. One of the biggest disappointments of the weekend is the fact that Street Dogs have cancelled their European tour dates, but fear not as Cocksparrer have stepped into the breach to deliver their ‘hangover set’ after they headlined Saturday Night, of course their anthemic street punk stylings are as well received as you’d expect.

Rebellion 2016 Jello Biafra & the GSM by Dod Morrison photographyAt this point the blazing sunshine that has characterised the weekend gives way to the more usual British summertime and the heavens open and the wind and rain lash across Blackpool but this doesn’t deter either the crowd, or the bands. Incredible closing sets are delivered by Jello Biafra And The Guantanamo School of Medicine and Belfast’s finest, Stiff Little Fingers. I start to make my way home through the wind, rain and traffic jams, and if I’m honest I’m already counting the days until next year.

Blackpool is occasionally referred to as the Vegas of the North West, whilst I presume this is said by people who have never actually been to Las Vegas, Rebellion Festival has one thing in common with sin city, it is as busy in the early hours of the morning as it is during the day. I’m personally not a fan of Blackpool as a destination, it’s faded seaside grandeur and tackiness are usually something I would avoid, but for the four days of the Rebellion Festival there is nowhere on earth that I’d rather be.

Rebellion 2016 by Dod Morrison photographyIt’s not just the music that makes this such a special weekend, everyone seems to be friendly, friendships are made and renewed throughout the weekend in what has become an international punk festival. It’s not just the bands that have come from almost all corners of the world, the Rebellion Festival is a truly multinational affair, everywhere you go there are different languages and accents, it has become a magnet for the punk community and on the basis of the turnout the punk movement is clearly still alive and well. Every review of the Rebellion Festival you read will be different, there is so much to see, hear and do that everyone’s experience will be unique.

If you can attend this four day celebration of punk then you should, as there is nothing else like it on earth.

The Punk Site reviews of the Friday and Saturday at Rebellion Festival are here (Friday) and here (Saturday)

Tickets for the 2017 Rebellion Festival, that takes place between the 3rd and 6th of August 2017, can be ordered here

Photography by Dod Morrison

Rebellion 2016

Rebellion Festival (Friday)

Winter Gardens, Blackpool, UK

Friday 5th August 2016
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Rating: 5/5

 
 

 

 

We couldn’t really call ourselves thepunksite.com without having someone at Rebellion Festival, well it’s a dirty job but someone’s got do it. I got late notice I’d be able to go this year, I managed to book a hotel, which suspiciously still had rooms left, and so it’s off to Blackpool. Due to the late notice, and other hindrances I won’t bore you with, I can’t be there until Friday so I’ve already missed the Descendents on their only UK appearance, things don’t get much better when I reach the hotel, appropriately enough it appears to last have been decorated in 1976. After all, this is the Rebellion Festival‘s 20th Anniversary, and obviously it’s the 40th Anniversary of punk, so it’s a double celebration this year. The sprawling setting and fading glamour of Blackpool’s Winter Gardens is a strangely appropriate setting for Rebellion Festival, which is Europe’s largest punk festival. It boasts hundreds of bands across seven stages over four days, In addition to this there are literary stages, a punk art exhibition, acoustic stages, poetry, vintage clothing, tattooists, films, interviews, record and clothing stalls and even a healing workshop.

My first ambition for the Friday was to be there in time for Loaded 44‘s appearance where they are launching their new EP, Get Ready! I made good time and managed to catch the band prior to them on the Pavillion Stage, Norwich’s Dogtown Rebels. They play a rousing set that makes a perfect start to the day, despite the early start and furnace like temperatures a good crowd has attended for their set of defiant street punk anthems. Loaded 44 deliver their high energy new wave influenced punk rock. Hyperactive singer Beki Straughan prowls every inch of the stage and their efforts pay off as the appreciative crowd swells significantly during their set. Parisian street punks Komintern Sect follow, they are making their UK debut and, despite one of their guitarists missing their flight, they play a solid and noisy set that makes me hope that their promise to return to our shores is one that they keep. Despite the temptations available on the other stages these three bands have set down an impressive marker for those that appear after them.

A change of venue is needed, as tempting as it is, and as consistent as the bands are, I need to investigate the other stages, Boston’s Big D And The Kids Table play an infectious ska infused set that has bought the impressive Empress Ballroom stage to life. Next up on this stage are  Italy’s Guida, who sound like the UK bands that were one of the precursors to the punk explosion of the 1970’s.  they play an anthemic mix of seventies glam rock and rhythm and blues combined with the delivery and attitude of punk. Despite never heaving heard of them before, let alone having heard them play a note, they are one of the most impressive bands I’ve seen over the weekend and if you get you get the chance to see them live then you should, as It’s not often I’m this impressed by a band. Penetration are next up, they are the first, but won’t be the last, of the class of ’77 to make an appearance at Rebellion Festival. They sound as good, if not better, as they did back in the day, Pauline Murray‘s distinctive vocal delivery still brings her breathless passion to their songs. Whilst it is no surprise that their classic Don’t Dictate is the best received number, that doesn’t detract from an accomplished set that blends material from their recent album along with their classic material

Rebellion 2016 Dictators NYC by Dod Morrison photographyA quick visit to punk art exhibition reveals works by Charlie Harper, of the UK Subs, Knox, of The Vibrators and Beki Straughan‘s Racket Clothing, Loaded 44, as well as many other independent artists. After a break perusing the artwork on display it’s back to Empress Ballroom to catch The Dictators NYC who play an impressive set of proto punk and old school classics that goes down a storm, they are the oldest band at the festival having formed back in the early 1970’s. At this point I begin scrabbling between venues trying to catch a variety of the sights and sounds on offer.

Discharge are playing their intense full tilt punk assault at the open air Tower Street Stage,  whilst Discharge are playing their set an unexpected sight occurs in one if the streets surrounding The Winter Gardens. An impromptu, and badly organised, game of football is taking place between some slightly inebriated punks and several Police officers, if you wanted a metaphor for how good natured the Rebellion Festival is then that surely is it. I wander back inside and accidentally catch Splodgenessabounds playing their novelty punk hit, Two Pints Of Lager And A Packet Of Crisps Please, which seems to have an enthusiastic chorus of literally everyone attending, everywhere you go at the Rebellion Festival something is happening or someone is playing and sometimes you just time it right. Further wandering means I catch Swill, of The Men They Couldn’t Hang playing to packed Almost Acoustic Stage.

Rebellion 2016 Anti Nowhere League by Dod Morrison photographyMy meanderings mean that I catch The Anti Nowhere League in full bombastic sweary form, despite this band courting controversy throughout their almost forty year existence they go down a storm, and the material from their debut album, We Are The League, is sung word for word by an enthusiastic and largely quite drunken crowd. Further wandering leads me to catching Brix Smith And The Extricate in The Opera House, they have gathered all the elements that made her former band, The Fall, so compelling, but with none of the negatives or the baggage that that band carries.

I make myself comfy in The Opera House in preparation for Peter Hook And The Light, whilst I’m taking the opportunity to take the weight off my aching feet I get to see an interview with Handsome Dick Manitoba, of The Dictators NYC, who regales the audience with a warts ‘n all discussion about his life and the origins of his band. Peter Hook And The Light take the stage in the impressive setting of The Opera House, former member of WarsawJoy Division and New Order, Peter Hook, opens their set by declaring “I’ve been a punk for forty fucking years” before launching into a set of Joy Division material that leans heavily on the material from their classic, and incredibly influential, debut album, Unknown Pleasures, but also features a hefty chunk of early material that dates back to 1977. They open with At A Later Date, which featured on the legendary Live At The Electric Circus compilation album, and you can’t help shake the feeling that Peter Hook relishes these appearances, the energy he puts into revisiting his punk roots indicates that he will always be an old punk at heart and tonight’s set is a triumphant return to the Rebellion Festival.

A final exploration of the sprawling Winter Gardens is in order before Friday draws to a close. I discover Naked Aggression who wake you back up like an intravenous shot of caffeine with their full tilt hardcore sonic assault. I round out the day with insanity of The Cravats, they play a mind expanding garage influenced variety of punk rock, the boast an demented saxophone and, equally unhinged lead singer, and at this time of the morning I can’t think of a better band to close out the first day at the Rebellion Festival and I hobble off into the night in the vague direction of my hotel.

A review of the Saturday at the 2016 Rebellion Festival will follow shortly

Photography by Dod Morrison

Rebellion Festival Announces First Acts For 2017

Rebellion 2016Marking its 20th anniversary, and 40 years since the initial punk explosion in 1976, this past weekend saw Rebellion Festival celebrate its first totally sold out year at full capacity, welcoming approximately 10,000 people into four days and seven stages full of the very best in punk rock. A total of 357 performances comprised of bands, acoustic sets, poets and speakers added up to a deafening sum of 52 hours 55 minutes of music across the festival. 
Rebellion Festival will return to Blackpool Winter Gardens on August 3rd – 6th 2017. The first names announced for the 2017 line-up include Sham 69, Zero Boys, Dirtbox Disco, The Creepshow,Spunk Volcano & The Eruptions, Sidekick, Anger Flares and Anti Social (USA).
 

Tickets for the 2017 Rebellion Festival can be purchased here

There will a review of the 2016 Rebellion Festival appearing shortly on thepunksite.com

Loaded 44 Stream Title Track From ‘Get Ready!’ EP

Loaded 44 EPLoaded 44 are the streaming the title track from their new Get Ready! EP. They will be launching the EP when they appear at the Rebellion Festival, Friday 5th August at 2.40pm on the Pavilion Stage, where you will be able to purchase the Get Ready! EP from the band’s merchandise stall.

Get Ready! can be ordered from Loaded 44, their Facebook page is here and their website is here

You can stream the title track from the Get Ready! EP here

 

Loaded 44 EP

Loaded 44

Get Ready!

Shotgun Records
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Rating: 4.5/5

 
 

 

 

Loaded 44 are a punk band from the north east of the UK who have now been around for two decades, they make the kind of glorious punk rock that carries the attitude of the first wave of punk bands, but also has a distinct influence from the poppier new wave bands that followed the first punk explosion. What they deliver is a energetic, irresistible and contemporary hybrid of punk styles that manages to incorporate all of the finest elements of punk rock.

Beki Straughn 1The title track opens the Get Ready! EP, straight away you’re pulled in by this infectious high tempo buzzsaw guitar punk anthem, this is Loaded 44‘s trademark style and it’s never sounded better. Tell Me is a slightly heavier and more frantic number that keeps the momentum going, Lonely is another winner, and probably my favourite from this impressive EP. It’s a catchy and defiant number that carries Beki Straughan‘s trademark vocal delivery, with a chorus you can’t help but sing along to. I Want It All closes the EP and brings ten perfect minutes of punk rock to a close. I’ve been playing Get Ready! on repeat since it arrived, I guarantee anyone who gets hold of a copy of Get Ready! will do exactly the same. Loaded 44 are an example of the grassroots DIY attitude at it’s finest, this is an EP that anyone with a love of punk rock should buy.

The four songs on Get Ready! are a natural progression from their first two albums, 2011’s Wasted On You and 2014’s Come On!, but the everything seems to have been raised up a notch from those two fine albums. The result is that this is Loaded 44‘s best release to date. Sadly this EP, and their appearance at this year’s Rebellion Festival, will be Stephen Straughan‘s swansong with the band, as he’s now playing guitar for the legendary UK Subs, but this a hell of a way to bow out and I look forward to hearing what the next incarnation of Loaded 44 will produce.

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Loaded 44 are appearing at the Rebellion Festival on Friday 5th August at 2.40pm on the Pavilion Stage

Get Ready! will be available from the band’s merchandise stall at Rebellion Festival

You can order Get Ready! direct from Loaded 44, their Facebook page is here and their website is here

Live Photo courtesy of Dave Uglypunk

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Chaos 8, Hi-Fi Spitfires, Loaded 44 & UK Subs

Beki And Steve Straughan

Angelic Upstarts, Chaos 8, Hi-Fi Spitfires, Loaded 44, UK Subs, Holy Racket, Symbient, The Last Gang
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Beki and Stephen Straughan are possibly the hardest working couple in punk rock at the moment, Beki is active in Chaos 8, Stephen, also known as Steve Racket, is active in Hi Fi Spitfires and the Angelic Upstarts, and has recently become the guitarist for the UK Subs, as if that wasn’t enough both of them are in Loaded 44. I managed to catch them in a rare quiet moment to get an insight into what the future has in store for us from this industrious couple.

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Descendents

Hypercaffium Spazzinate

Epitaph Records
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Rating: 4.5/5

 
 

 

 

the Descendents are a legendary punk band, I probably don’t need to tell you that, without them we would probably be looking at a very different punk scene than the one we all know and love. Whether it’s the pop punk of Blink 182, or the harder edged sounds of the likes of NOFX, Pennywise and Face To Face, the Descendents have had a massive influence on the direction American punk has taken. Hypercaffium Spazzinate is the Descendents much anticipated new album, their first Epitaph Records release since Everything Sucks in 1996, and their first new material since 2004’s Cool To Be You. The Descendents trademark mixture of punk and hardcore has always been performed with a perfect pop sheen, and Hypercaffium Spazzinate is no exception

Hypercaffium Spazzinate veers smoothly between melodic hardcore, punk and pop tinged punk, and even occasionally into full blooded hardcore, without batting an eyelid. The opening duo of songs, Feel This and Victim Of Me, dispel any doubts you may have had about this album in the first three minutes, these two songs are exhuberant hardcore influenced blasts that carry their trademark melody. My personal favourites on this album are On Paper, Without Love and Shameless Halo but that’s not to do the rest of the album a disservice, there isn’t a single weak track amongst the sixteen cuts that populate Hypercaffium Spazzinate. All the Descendents hallmarks are present throughout the album, the harmony driven choruses, the ridiculously catchy songs, the mesmerising guitar hooks and the astute lyrical content, in fact everything you could possibly want from a new Descendents album.

This isn’t just a great comeback album, it’s a truly great Descendents album, this has without doubt been the most eagerly anticipated punk album of 2016 to date, and it doesn’t disappoint on any level. The Descendents have influenced the way punk developed, almost four decades later they’re still showing us the way things should be done. This is one of the best albums you’ll hear this year and will be amonst my personal highlights come the end of 2016, very few bands who have been around this long produce albums that are this good. The Descendents are on the road at the moment, including a rare UK appearance where they are headlining the opening night of the Rebellion Festival on the 4th August, if you are lucky enough to be going to Rebellion this year I would ensure you catch the Descendents set.

Pre-orders for Hypercaffium Spazzinate are available here

You can visit the Descendents website here

The Epitaph Records website is here

Rebellion Festival Announces Full Details and Stage Times

Rebellion 2016Set to return for its 20th year this August 4-7th, simultaneously celebrating the 40th anniversary of the initial punk explosion in 1976, the iconic Rebellion Festival has revealed full stage times today, and confirmed that UK punk legends, the Angelic Upstarts, will join the line-up.
 
Rebellion have also detailed extensive interviews, film screenings and Q&A’s all taking place at the Opera House, one of the largest theatres in Europe, throughout the four-day event. Live interviews with Jello Biafra, acclaimed film maker Don Letts, ex-Fall guitarist Brix Smith, Dictators NYC frontman Dick Manitoba and many more punk rock luminaries have been announced, as well as film screenings of recently released documentaries by Belfast legends, The Outcasts, Cass Pennant and Slaughter & The Dogs, followed by Q&A’s.

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