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The Ramonas Release Debut LP ‘First World Problems’

Ramonas FWPThe Ramonas have released their debut album, First World Problems, and the LP is now available on CD and download, as well a limited edition run of vinyl that will be available from November 2017. The band, who are more widely known as the world’s most popular female tribute to iconic punk pioneers The Ramones, have moved into the originals world with their eagerly anticipated self released debut album. You can read The Punk Site review of First World Problems here

The Ramonas wesbite is here and First Problems can be ordered here

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The Ramonas

First World Problems

Self Released
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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

First World Problems is the follow up to The Ramonas critically acclaimed 2016 debut EP of original material, You Asked for It, and their debut album is released today, September 10th 2017. First World Problems is now available on CD and download as well as on a limited edition run of vinyl that will be available later this year. The Ramonas are best known as the world’s most popular tribute to iconic punk pioneers The Ramones, however the release of First World Problems sees them move away from being a tribute act and into releasing their own material on their impressive debut full length.

2.0.1.6. (Fuck This) opens First World Problems and replaces the 1234 chant with the title, and launches an adrenaline charged opener that is everything you’d hope for from a band inspired by the most important band in punk history. The Ramonas have not delivered a bunch of recycled riffs, they’ve bought their own character to the album what maintaining the spirit of da brudders, tracks such as Roadkill and Zombie Crawl bring a more frantic element, whilst I Can’t Cope delivers a darker moment into the album. When you couple these elements with the straight up punk of Tearaway, Sue Me, Quarter Life Crisis and Poser, the radio edit of which is added as a bonus track, then you have a band that have very much forged their own identity. Of course The Ramones are an ever present influence, Ramonas Go To Freiburg and V.O.I.D. are tracks where they wear their influences on their sleeves, but it’s on Cotton Wool Kids and the album’s title track where The Ramonas have truly captured the spirit of The Ramones, but for me the album’s finest moment is The Daily Fail, a true original classic dedicated to most hateful tabloid newspaper in the UK.

First World Problems sees The Ramonas blending the trademark raw dirty punk riffs that are borne of the band that inspired their formation , but they combine this with their own melodic vocal and guitar lines that sit alongside punk screams and a good helping of gang vocals. The Ramonas have delivered an album that is a more then worthy successor to last years You Asked For It EP where they first unleashed their own compositions, of course their live sets will still be peppered with the classic Ramones songs that we all know and love, but with First World Problems they have proved that there is so much more to them than being a tribute band, when you combine the tracks contained on First World Problems with the punk classics they are best known for then you will have a irresistible combination.

The Ramonas website is here and First World Problems can be ordered here

Rebellion 2017 April

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

The Ramonas To Release Debut Album ‘First World Problems’

Ramonas LPThe follow-up to The Ramonas 2016 debut EP of original material, You Asked for It, will be officially released on September 10th 2017. First World Problems will be available on CD and download as well a limited edition run of vinyl, that will be available from November 2017. The band, who are more widely know as the world’s most popular female tribute to iconic punk pioneers The Ramones, are set to move into the originals world with their eagerly anticipated self released debut album. First World Problems blends raw, dirty punk riffs with melodic vocal and guitar lines alongside punk screams and a good helping of gang vocals.
 
You can read more about First World Problems and view the tracklist below

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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

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The Ramonas

You Asked For It

Self Released
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Rating: 4.5/5

 
 

 

 

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

The Ramonas Release ‘You Asked Fot It’ EP

Tramonas-you-asked-for-it-cover-arthe Ramonas are the world’s best known all female Ramones tribute band, they have been relentlessly touring the world since 2008 and their intense, high energy live shows have earned them a loyal fan base, huge online presence and regular slots at festivals. Now The Ramonas are moving beyond the constraints of the Ramones extensive back catalogue and are putting out their own material with their debut EP, You Asked For It, which was released earlier this week

You Asked For It is available on CD here and can be downloaded via iTunes

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Ramonas

Speak Up

Self Released
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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

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

You can visit The Ramonas website here and their Facebook account here for tour dates and details of the single and EP.