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 Overcomeanti-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 Ragewas asked to perform at another We Shall Overcome event taking place at The Rigger in Newcastle-Upon-Lyme alongside notable bands including Headsticks andSons 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!
“We Shall Overcome was launched as a reaction to the 2015 election and the prospect of another five years of austerity policies. A group of musicians decided to put together a coordinated series of events in defiance of the Tory victory, but more specifically, the ever-deepening cuts to come. We considered, and still do, Austerity to be an ideological attack on our communities and we oppose it outright” – We Shall Overcome Read Here
Standing at the door of our last fundraiser for The Big Issue Foundation and Musicians Against Homelessness evening event, I was confronted by an unpalatable character ranting stereotypes about homeless people at myself and Matt who was helping work the door. He was far from kind and light years away from sensitive.
“I disagree with homeless charities, they enable these drug addicts”, my jaw dropped. Education is crucial in this matter, but at times overshadowed by the power of ignorance. What people need to understand is that none of us are resistant in these precarious times to ending up a part of the homeless “caste”.
We asked some of Hereford and Worcester’s busiest musicians what punk means to them, how it influenced their music and who they are today. Here’s what they had to say!
Worcester Industrial, Electronica, Dub and Punk Band ROSEBUD
ROSEBUD – LOCAL WORCESTER BAND AND PROMOTERS (Surprise Attacks)
“Punk is subversion of the accepted, doomed norm. Punk is cranking the wheel of creative change – by whatever means necessary. It happens that the means we take now are entirely electronic. For all shall fail without evolution. And there will be no pity for the herd” Rosebud
CLAIRE PERKINS – HEREFORD’S FEISTY AND ENIGMATIC SONGSTRESS PERK, ALSO FRONTWOMAN OF ‘A HUNDRED SUNS’
“Punk, for me, has always embodied a Do It Yourself Attitude. Although I am way too young for the ‘Spirit of 77’ Punk wave crash, (and admittedly, old enough to still know better :P), the angry voices against the mainstream left a trail of ‘stand up for yourself, do it yourself and express yourself’ attitudes in its wake.
A bunch of raw, passionate misfits grew against the grain of society, and felt that their government certainly didn’t speak for them, their culture didn’t represent them, and the mainstream wasn’t for them giving way to the punk subculture.
From this, I could see figures of history with the punk etiquette in my teenage brain. Billy Holiday, Pablo Picasso, Martin Luther King, Janis Joplin, Bjork, Blackbeard the pirate…So many punks out there who didn’t know it!
If you can’t play in a show, put one on for yourself. If someone doesn’t make a magazine you like, make one yourself (hello fanzines). If you can’t find an item of clothing for you, mix it up and destroy it to your hearts content. Make new genres, draw new things, challenge stereotypes, question your government, question who and what you are. Defy labels and mainstream, all with a heart full of pride”.
A few years ago, everyone said how punk was dead. That’s impossible; punk will never be dead and the attitude will always be alive and kicking, with steel toe cap DMs thrown in for good measure”. Perk
FREEBORNTHOR – FRONTMAN OF FOLK PUNK BANDFREEBORN RISING. HE COMES FROM HERE, THERE AND EVERYWHERE. A TRAVELLIN’ MAN.
Punk has been an integral part of my life from an early age. Shaping not only my style through the years but also my politics. Combining my love of music and politics was an obvious route to take when everything else was just so regimented. It’s simple, question everything, understand nothing. Punk to me is the embodiment of the peoples guerrilla party fighting for our common rights. We will and can live free. Clichés and stereotypes aside. It’s a mindset. A common goal. A purpose. It’s – punk! Thorin – Freeborn Rising
OWAIN PRICE – GUITAR & VOCALS FOR HEREFORD’S LOCAL PUNK/METAL BAND THE DELINQUENTS
There are things that I view as punk rock that not many other “punx” would call punk. For example I would call Lady Gaga more punk than Johnny Rotten/Sex Pistols, musically they are worlds apart but last time I checked, Lady Gaga didn’t have a logo on a credit card………. Or do adverts for butter.
Punk rock like everything else is a matter of opinion and it’s down to the individual to make the decision for what they consider to be punk.
Punk rock to me is all about self expression and pushing boundaries. Pushing yourself away from the standard sound of punk and keeping the values is more punk than anything. Owain Price – The Delinquents
KURT FLETCHER- PSYCHEDELIC FRONT MAN OF HEREFORD BLUE’S PSYCH BAND RAPTOR
Punk for me is an attitude rather than a style and it began with the generation that began to challenge the establishment in the mid 1960’s right through to the late 70’s when it became known a genre. The Beatles, The Doors, Jefferson Airplane and Black Sabbath were some of the original punks, questioning government regulations and provoking the ‘open mindedness’ of young and influenceable teens. Punk was as important then as it is now, to be ‘Punk’ is to stand out from the crowd and think for yourself. FEED YOUR HEAD x Kurt Fletcher – Raptor
BRAMWELL BETTS – THE UNDERGROUND REVOLUTIONS YOUNGEST FAN
Punk to me is not just about music, it’s about an idea, the idea of doing what you want when you want (musically). It’s a music scene that allows musicians to be as comedic, political, dark, aggressive and bizarre as they want. It also carries the idea of starting a band regardless of how well you can play, just get a guitar, bass, drum kit, whatever you feel like playing, get some friends and make some noise (if people don’t like it who cares or listen to criticism and improve). This is what inspired me to form my own band and lead me to extreme metal. As someone who grew up on punk bands (Sex Pistols, The Clash etc.) I needed something heavier but, I never would have reached this level of extremity if it wasn’t for those punk bands of the 70’s and 80’s. – Bramwell Betts
MINKY CUADRA – THE UNDERGROUND REVOLUTION CO-FOUNDER
Punk represents freedom of speech and expression to me. It is all about extending an olive branch to the underdog who are looked down on by oppressive types like the Tory cronies, who turn their noses up at everything they do not understand. Punk is about reaching out as a humanitarian and shouting louder than the people who try to control you. To be honest, the punks I know are the most compassionate humans I have ever met.
But punk is also about sitting around with my childhood friend who suddenly had a platinum bob, wore black and white striped t shirts, DM’s and went by the name Silver (Silvia). It was a revelation and a massive shock to see her transform…I was mesmerised. Her father gave her his collection of punk records, so we sat in her bedroom and explored. X was my favourite punk band from LA and that particular collection of vinyl opened my eyes to them, guess you can say it was my friend’s father who enlightened us. Exene had this appeal to me I cannot describe but it was magnetic. I still watch her videos and think “I want my hair like that!” Minky Cuadra
A CRISIS OF CONSCIENCE 40 YEARS OF PUNK FESTIVAL THE BOOTH HALL 3 EAST STREET, HEREFORD HR1 9DT – SATURDAY, 24TH OF SEPT 1PM-1AM
Musicians Against Homelessness gigs will take place nationally over a three-week period between the 18th of September and the 9th of October.
OASIS guru Alan McGee is teaming up with Hereford’s popular Post-Punk band the Linerunners and local music promoters’ The Underground Revolution to bring you a memorable all day Punk Festival. The music mogul started Musicians Against Homelessness earlier this year to raise funds for the homeless charity Crisis.
Musicians Against Homelessness is supported by Happy Mondays legend Shaun Ryder, Irvine Walsh, Cast, the Buzzcocks, Black Grape, The Jesus & Mary Chain and hundreds more bands.
Hereford Music Promoters The Underground Revolution devote their time to supporting bands and charities with a focus on social awareness, as well as local bands who otherwise would not have an outlet for their music.
They could not turn down the opportunity that was given to them by local band the Linerunners who were looking for a venue to stage this festival. The UR were already doing the festival to raise money for the Big Issue Foundation and felt that both charities would sit side by side beautifully, so they jumped on the idea.
What is ‘A Crisis of Conscience 40 Years of Punk Festival’?
‘A Crisis of Conscience’ is celebrating 40 years of punk attitude, music and most importantly the charitable spirit that is part of the punk ethos. It will also be raising funds to help support one of the nation’s biggest homeless charities, The Big Issue Foundation. It is an honour to work with both charities to bring forth awareness around an epidemic that can affect anyone at anytime.
The festival will include Musicians, Poets, Dj’s, Artists & Street Food, and will be split into a day and evening line-up. Tickets for the evening show are available on the door. Festival goers will be asked to give a donation of their choice during the day, to ensure the event is open and accessible to all.
The day line up is made up of 4 acts, 4 poets, Live art for Silent Auction, Fire Eaters and Killa Tacos will be on the premises selling their delicious brand of fresh and authentic tacos. Because nothing is nicer than tacos and beer!
Then in the evening their will be 5 bands for £5. All profits will be split equally and given to the charities’.
GABBAGABBAHEY! Purchase ticketsHEREfor the Wild Hare Club/Underground Revolution ‘Punky Reggae Party’at the Booth Hall located in Hereford’s East Street independent quarter by MONDAY the 29th of September and win a Limited Edition Ramonas T-shirt designed by Beki Warren and screen printed by Nico Demus. Tickets must be purchased by midnight on 29/8/2016 to qualify for the giveaway.
The featured Image will be the design on the T-Shirt. Who wouldn’t want one? We will also have a limited supply available for sale at the show.
Get ready for a night with the rockin’ ladies from the Ramonas and support acts The Irascibles who are a 3 piece bluesabilly combo from Cardiff mixing blues, rockabilly and township jive in a tendon-taught post-punk mash-up and Reggae Pie, the well-loved Hereford DJ collective will be spinning calypso, ska, rock steady, dancehall and roots until late to anybody who would move their boots!
Don’t laugh! It really is a time machine where we revisit our past shows and give you a little heads up on what’s up and coming. Anyway, we have been busy spinning ideas, searching for musicians and getting to know the locals. What a life!
Punk N Poetry, Ledbury Poetry Festival @The Royal British Legion 7 July 2016
Pop artist, Pablo Alto frontman and Underground Revolution promoter John Rose put together a fantastic night of Punk and Poetry for the Ledbury Poetry Festival. Last year the the Poetry Festival onlookers were treated to Atilla the Stockbroker and John Cooper Clarke; this year the baton was handed to The Underground Revolution. We hosted our own celebration featuring some very charismatic poets pushing the boundaries of our minds and building a fan base all the while, then there were the DIY Punk and Post Punk bands who had some of us doing the pogo.
The Underground Revolution Presents Huckworm, John Mason & Shannon Walker on August 4th @ The Booth Hall Hereford HR1 2LW. Doors open at 6:30 pm. £3 Entry or £2 with N.U.S card.
The rise of Hereford’s music scene is attracting a new genre of promoters who bring with them a fresh breath of optimism and new talent that is becoming alluring to bands from surrounding counties adding to the diversity of the Herefordshire music scene.
One such band is Huckworm, a duo from Knighton who produce songs that have a unique alternative sound to them inspired by years of playing in other bands, and whose influences are as broad as Hip Hop, Funk and Grunge. To quote the description on their website.
“WE ARE HUCKWORM.MIXING SLOW CHUGGY GUITAR AND FUNK DRUMMING WE CAME UP WITH SOMETHING SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT. WE COULDN’T REALLY PUT IT INTO A CATEGORY AS IT’S TOO TUNELESS FOR ROCK, AND TOO CHUGGY FOR FUNK. SO WE DECIDED TO CALL IT CHUNK- CHUG AND FUNK”
I had the opportunity to interview one half this funky duo, Ed Heslop, who is a motorbike lovin’, musician kind of dude.
Hereford City Centric:Hello Ed, thanks for doing this interview, you come highly recommended by the guys in Freeborn Rising…I like what I have heard so far. On behalf of The Underground Revolution, we are looking forward to putting on Huckworm at The Booth Hall next Thursday (4 August). Can you tell me what Huckworm are about? How long has the band been going?
Ed Heslop: Huckworm is a two piece band that combine slow chuggy guitar and funk drumming, there is no shouting but it has had its Weetabix. We’ve been going for around 9 months and have written over 30 tracks.
HCC: That is some dedication boys! Is this your first time playing in Hereford? I know the band are based in Knighton.
EH: I’ve played Hereford a couple of times with different bands. They were both heavy rock/metal bands playing our own original music, so the kind of genre that appeals to a smaller crowd I guess. I like to think of Huckworm more along the ‘Royal Blood‘ road, slightly more commercial but still capable of offending granny’s.
HCC: What is the music scene like in Knighton? Any local bands you would like to give a mention to?
EH: The music scene in Knighton used to be sick! We had a lot of live music going on every weekend, but lately it’s become more DJ orientated (sad face). When we do get a decent band on it is always a night to remember. I have crowd surfed around the pubs whilst attempting to sing, people launch off tables, etc. You get the idea.
HCC:What are some of the musical influences that inspire the Huckworm sound?
EH: OurInfluences are quite broad. For example, I love rock, classic rock, grunge, blues, jazz, hip hop and rap, and my drummer (John Beavan) is a funk freak. If I started naming artist’s you’d be asleep.
HCC: Tell me a bit about your previous musical experience? (previous bands etc..)
EH: I was the singer in a heavy metal band called Leech. I got tired of playing venue’s that didn’t appreciate the heavy stuff, so I started a slightly lighter project called Kaytown that did covers and originals. The music was still pretty angry, just more commercial. It was a massive success. We would pack out small pubs, but sadly artistic differences happened and it became more like work than fun and slowly ground to a halt.
HCC: If you had to listen to only 3 albums for the rest of your life, what would they be?
Pearl Jam’s ‘Ten’ has to be one of the best albums ever written.
Rage Against the Machine’s first album
Maybe The Best of Creedence Clearwater Revival, but seriously man 3? C’mon you could never choose!
HCC: ‘Ten’ is definitely one of my top album choices to date. What does the future hold for Huckworm?
EH: The future for the ‘worm is definitely getting the keys to Hugh Hefners gaff (actual chuckle), but nah seriously, I’m teaching my brother bass at the moment so we may turn in to a 3 piece at some point. I used to dream about making the big time, but now I just appreciate being able to play music with my mates and taking any opportunity to do just that so thanks for the gig guys.
HCC: Hey no problem, glad to have you guys. I am sure it is going to be an epic night. See you soon.