Blackpool Winter GardensSaturday 5th August 2017
By AJ Phink
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 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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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.
The 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.
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
Live Photo courtesy of Dave Uglypunk
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.
Yorkshire, UK acoustic punk artist Louise Distras has made a number of announcements to kick off 2015. The first is that her next release will be an EP titled Bullets, featuring 4 tracks from her debut album Dreams From The Factory Floord as well as 4 previously unreleased unplugged tracks including an exclusive live song recorded at London’s Roundhouse. The EP is due for release on January 26th via Street Revolution Records. Pre-orders are available here.
Louise also recently announced a new touring band, including Chema Zurita formerly of The Skeptix, Fangs on Fur and Texas Terri Bomb on guitar and Jamie Oliver of the legendary UK Subs on drums. They will be backing Louise on her 2015 dates, which can be checked out below.
Finally, she also recently played a gig at London’s 100 club, known to some as punk’s spiritual home with UK Subs and an official live video for her song Bullets has now been released.
Check out the live video for Bullets and her 2015 tour dates below.
Italian street punks Clan Bastardo have posted a new video for their track Ancora Brucia. The song is taken from their new album of the same name due out later this year via This is Core /Fusa Records and features a guest appearance from UK Subs drummer Jamie Oliver (not the chef..obviously)!
Check out the video and cover art below.