The Underground Revolution kicked off December, the last month of 2016 with one of our most successful shows to date featuring anarcho punk/ska legends Culture Shock and support from Atterkop, Alvin and the Angry Barrels, and the amazing Last Tree Squad who were spinning the killer Rastafarian tunes mon. We expected a barrage of devotees who not only follow Culture Shock but also Citizen Fish and the Subhumans.
Thursday 1 December @The Booth Hall Hereford HR1 2LW. $8 Entry and £5 with N.U.S card. Join us for a night of Ska and Punk Beast legends.
On November 25th The Underground Revolution hosted ‘A Wild Night of Garage Psych’ with special guests The Hungry Ghosts, Pablo Alto and DJ’s Sam and Siobhan at The Booth Hall in Hereford. It was a night of raw psych energy and enigmatic performances that included frontman Joe Joseph lying on the floor in the fetal position screaming into his mic. The crowd watched in amazement of course, and were carried away by their brand of ‘slaughterhouse blues’ and psychedelic fusion. They most certainly had us dancing to their sexy but at times violent sounds.
The Hungry Ghosts
Pablo Alto have developed a following in the local music circuit. They are gregarious and put on a good n’ loud show – the crowds love it. Once ‘Spacecat’ came on we were all ears listening to a song that came to be after one of John Rose’s reoccurring nightmares about his cat Pablo going missing – except this time in space. I would’ve loved to be Pablo in that dream. They put some power into their performances which get me each and every time.
DJ’s Sam and Siobhan
I was quite excited to have DJ’s Sam and Siobhan doing their thing between the bands. It was really a nice touch to break up two bands with a DJ set. The highlight of their set was when Sioban broke out with SexWitch on vinyl. You could almost say I was in shock – I had been listening to that album on repeat lately.
Anyway, I really enjoyed how they fused old and new psych sounds, it could have been a house party in the 60’s, and they kept the atmosphere authentic. They are one of those young couples you could find in a place like London or New York who know their music in depth and put on a stylin’ set. Hats off to them both.
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I met up with John Rose on one of those busy Saturday’s at De Koffie Pot when catching a table is unlikely, regardless of the weather. The Hereford Contemporary exhibit was in full swing all around us complete with live demonstrations, instigating our curiosity and filling us with creative vibes. I was interested to get to know John from an interview perspective since he is part of The Underground Revolution, a friend and a talented contributor to this blog. In reality John is a tireless source of music and art knowledge so it was bound to be interesting. Continue reading “When Manchester, Ledbury and a Sonic Youth Connection Came Together and Pablo Alto Was Born”
Under A Banner, whose nucleus is the West Midlands, and whose CV includes supporting New Model Army, have released a new highly-listenable album titled ‘The Wild Places’. On the Under a Banner bill for 2017, is a tour supporting Headsticks. If you haven’t heard of them, you need to check them out.
Under a Banner have a following of almost 58,000 music lovin’ humans on Twitter! Wow! Their ebullient sounds are a fusion of alternative and folk, mixed in with Adam’s ‘Big’ vocals that feel like a wave gently rolling in from the sea that suddenly catches you by surprise and knocks you over. Don’t worry no need for a sale on crutches..it is only a figure of speech.
I decided to dig deep into the matter that makes up Adam Broadhurst’s mind and ride the Under a Banner wavelength.
Saturday October 15th, 2016 brought a community of Herefordshire musicians, music lovers and promoter’s (The Underground Revolution) to Hereford’s latest popular music venue The Booth Hall. They hosted a free We Shall Overcome anti-austerity gig requesting food or cash donations for Hereford’s local food bank. Similar communities also hosted events all over the country during the first week of October proving that the UK is a nation of charitable hearts.
Many of us have been touched by the cruel hand of austerity, and during desperate times have accessed local food banks in order to put food on the table for our families. It isn’t a joke when you have to decide whether to pay your rent or buy food, especially when both are not an option.
“The support for the cause was amazing, I think Hereford has a big heart”
This sentiment must have hit home for many as food donations piled in, merchandise was sold and a £100 in cash was collected for the food bank. People of all ages took matters into their own hands showing support for the less fortunate.
Hosted by The Underground Revolution, the idea came to U.R. Co-Founder Rich Lovell after his band Terminal Rage was asked to perform at another We Shall Overcome event taking place at The Rigger in Newcastle-Upon-Lyme alongside notable bands including Headsticks and Sons of Clogger – all performing free.
You don’t have to be loaded to support your local charity. A pound means a lot when they add up. I asked Rich if he expected the turnout and support on the night, he replied “It far outweighed my expectation, both in the number of people who attended and the amount of food that was donated. The support for the cause was amazing, I think Hereford has a big heart”
Artists performing on the evening were: Nick Davies bringing in the crowd with his acoustic songs, setting the tone for a soon-to-be ferocious musical evening, Alvin and the Angry Barrels getting the mosh pit going and the ladies dancing to punk and ska, and lastly, Terminal Rage, whose local following is increasing leaps and bounds with every chord of Pretty Vacant. Warning, there have been a few bruises and bumps in the process…ah well that’s PUNK for you.
You can’t quite picture a room of headbangers, crusty’s and punks of all ages mingling with your average Joe too often, but it certainly was the case at Hereford’s 2016 We Shall Overcome fundraiser…living proof that diversity creates stronger communities. Power to the People!
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