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The Members To Release ‘Greatest Hits – All The Singles’

Members ATSNever before have all The Members significant records been collected together on one compilation. Whilst known mainly for the punk era hits in the UK, The Members had far-reaching hits all over the world, in the USA they are know for the 80’s MTV smash Working Girl, also a huge hit in Australia where another 80’s track, Radio, made the no. 1 slot. After years of negotiations this impressive body of work is finally being made available in the UK on 13 Track vinyl and 17 track CD. You can pre-order Greatest Hits – All The Singles via Pledge Music 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

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TV Smith Preston

TV Smith / The Members / MardiGras Bombers

The Continental, Preston, England

1st July 2016
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The Continental lies deep in the suburbs of Preston, it initially seems an odd choice of venue, we have arrived early and it is full of early evening diners still enjoying a meal and a few drinks to kick their weekend off, the friendly bar staff direct us to what they call “the events space”, at the side of the pub lies a small intimate venue that’s attached to the restaurant and bar. As time passes the local families and those enjoying a post work pint are slowly replaced with an increasingly numerous crowd of punks.

MardiGras Bombers Preston 1There’s a healthy crowd in place for the openers, The Mardigras Bombers, they are a quartet from Lancashire who have returned from a four year hiatus, on the basis of tonight’s set I’m glad they decided to return from the wilderness. If you missed them the first time round then you should take this opportunity to acquaint yourself with the Mardigras Bombers, they bring their own brand of Lancastrian punk ‘n roll to The Continental, the vocals are delivered with a rasping snarl and a solid and heavy back line provides a brutal accompaniment, visually they remind me what you’d get if some of the cast of Goodfellas decided to form a band. They are currently writing new material, and whilst they are temporarily shorn of their backing singer they assured me that they have a replacement waiting in the wings. This was a welcome return from a band who never got the credit they deserved first time round.

The Members take the stage and announce that this is their debut appearance in Preston, they took their time getting here but it was worth the wait. They open with the dub heavy instrumental Electricity before launching into fan favourites Soho A Go Go and Offshore Members Preston 1Banking Business. The bass in their set is teeth rattling and it’s worth remembering that The Members, along with the likes of The Ruts, were one of the bands that pioneered the infusion of dub and reggae into punk rock. New English Blues encourages the somewhat restrained crowd into engaging and Chelsea Nightclub ups the ante and starts to get a few bodies moving, Working Girl is well received and the combination of alcohol and the familiar songs is becoming a winning combination. When they launch into Solitary Confinement, their 1979 debut single for Stiff Records, the crowd are clearly enjoying themselves immensely. The Members are also clearly enjoying being back in the the members preston 2spotlight, their original material remains as relevant as it was when it was first written and the new songs blend seamlessly with their back catalogue, One Law, the title track from their new album, is another dub heavy number and it returns to the themes of inequality and social division. The penultimate song is a cover of, former Stiff Records label mate, Larry Wallis‘s Police Car before they inevitably end the set with their anthem, The Sound Of The Suburbs. This brings the suburban venue to life and we see the first frantic pogoing of the night from a small, enthusiastic and inebriated section of the crowd. As with all their material tonight, this song sounds as good as the day it was recorded and it remains a rabble rousing rallying cry against mainstream culture, I can honestly say that I’ve never heard The Members play better than they have tonight.

TV Smith Preston 4TV Smith headlines tonight, he is a lone sinewy figure on the stage defiantly clutching an acoustic guitar, he announces “I last played here when you thought things couldn’t get any worse” and he launches into Only One Flavour . As he stamps round the stage providing his own percussive beat it becomes clear, especially in this fortieth anniversary of punk, that TV Smith embodies the punk spirit more than any of the other artists from that era. His fury at injustice and inequality has not diminished over the years and the fire still burns strongly in him. He has just turned 60, is currently playing around a 130 gigs a year and he still emits all the energy and rebelliousness that his original band, The Adverts, displayed. The set continues with Clone Town TV Smith Preston 3before we get the first of The Adverts numbers of the night, No Time To Be Twenty One, he delivers this vintage punk classic with an energy that belies his years. The set builds up to a climax with songs from solo career, including two of my favourite songs, One Day My String Will Snap and The Good Times Are Back, before launching into a trio of singles by The Adverts, Gary Gilmore’s Eyes, Bored Teenagers and, their debut single from 1977, One Chord Wonders. Tonight he has delivered a triumphant career spanning set that covers his forty year career, from The Adverts first single through to 2014’s I Delete and the two new songs he played tonight segued seamlessly in with his established material. He epitomises the DIY spirit of punk and the four decade spanning set is near prefect. If you want to hear the original spirit of punk then go and see TV Smith when he comes to your town, with his relentless tour schedule you shouldn’t have to wait too long

The Mardigras Bombers debut album can be purchased here

The Members website, where you can purchase their new album and back catalogue, is here

TV Smith‘s website, where you can purchase his solo and The Adverts albums as well his Punk Rock Tour Diaries, is here

Photography is by Emma Farrer, Emma has been photographing bands for almost twenty years and you can visit her website here

You can visit Emma Farrer‘s Flickr page, where you can view her work, and see all the photographs from this concert, here

Polyfest 3 Details Lineup, X-Ray Spex Covers LP

715BkynYJ1L._SL1000_The third annual Polyfest takes place on 30th April at The Half Moon, Putney. Polyfest has become an annual celebration of the life and music of the much missed Poly Styrene of X-Ray Spex. The day features a truly eclectic line up and features a host of musicians and performers playing in memory of Poly Styrene and Diane Charlemagne, featuring The Special’s Roddy Radiation, Republica’s Saffron Sprackling, Doctor and the Medics, Angie Brown, JC Carroll of The Members, The Vapors, Sarah Dee, Spizzology and many more it promises to be a memorable event

A CD is available featuring cover versions of some of X-Ray Spex‘s best known songs by a surprising variety of artists (Sham 69 with veteran English actress Anita Harris being a personal highlight) and also features live recordings from the inaugural Polyfest.  It is available from Amazon for purchase and a limited number will be on sale at Polyfest

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