The Underground Revolution: Doghouse, Reality Attack & Wolf Cryer Review

24 September 2017

The Booth Hall Hereford 

The Underground Revolution Presents Doghouse, Reality Attack

and Wolf Cryer

Music Review by Gavin Brown

Following hot on the heels of the immense Steve Ignorant gig earlier in the month, it was with great pleasure to be able to witness the formidable music machine that is Doghouse, an outfit with the very same ideals and outlook as the great Mr Ignorant. Add to this a great supporting lineup courtesy of the down and dirty punk of Reality Attack and the grungy hard rock of Wolfcryer, and you’ve got a recipe for a great night. And a great night it was with a healthy turnout from an enthusiastic audience showing once again how vibrant the musical climate is in Hereford nowadays.

Booth Hall Photography, Reality Attack at The Boothhall Underground Revolution Night Feb 24 2017
Chillin’ Photograph by Raphael La Roche

WOLF CRYER

Wolfcryer the Booth Hall February 24th
Wolf Cryer – Photograph by Gavin Brown

Kicking off the night were Wolf Cryer and the local lot got the night off to a brilliant start with their grunge-inspired rock, which was a definite highlight. The band’s extended heavy jams were completely mesmerising as was the powerful groove that they laid down and the vocals of singer Claire Perkins were undeniably impressive and topped the bands sound off perfectly. Wolf Cryer have that grunge influence with heavier bands like Babes In Toyland, or even Gruntruck with their more metal sound and even a hint of the Melvins in there too. These bands seem like an influence on their sound, but Wolf Cryer do their own thing with it and this is definitely a band that need checking out again. Having not heard the band before, I was blown away and won’t hesitate to catch them when they next play live, which will hopefully be soon!

Booth Hall Photography, Wolfcryer at The Boothhall Underground Revolution Night Feb 24 2017
Wolfcryer Bassist Jon Wilson – Photograph by Raphael La Roche

REALITY ATTACK

Booth Hall Photography, Reality Attack at The Boothhall Underground Revolution Night Feb 24 2017
Reality Attack Photograph by Gavin Brown

Reality Attack were up next and their raw punk didn’t disappoint at all, with their defiant and in your face noise a joy to watch. The speakers were tested to their limits as the band thrashed through their set as if it were the last one they’d ever play! Their crust/anarcho punk sound went over so well with the dancing audience, and they debuted some new material that will be forthcoming on their new EP. It is just as pissed off as their older material with the brilliant You’re A Cunt a highlight of the bands set.

Reality Attack rallied against the system throughout with a heartfelt tribute to the young Russian punk stabbed to death for standing up to fascists a few days earlier only adding to the band’s anger – and the band certainly told it like it is. They finished their set with their bassist up on vocals singing his heart out and ended things on a high. Reality Attack are definitely the real deal and proved this tonight beyond a shadow of a doubt.

Booth Hall Photography, Reality Attack at The Boothhall Underground Revolution Night Feb 24 2017
Reality Attack Bassist Lizzy Photography Gavin Brown

DJ BDS

Between each of the acts, BDS of Last Tree Squad was spinning tunes and this added to the eclectic nature of the night as well with bass, heavy dub, reggae, dancehall, hip hop and grime cuts testing the Booth Halls speakers to the max! Heating songs like Murder She Wrote, Raggamuffin, Welcome to Jamrock and 99 Problems really loud definitely added to the atmosphere.

DOGHOUSE

Booth Hall Photography, Reality Attack at The Boothhall Underground Revolution Night Feb 24 2017
Doghouse – Booth Hall Photography by Nick Vidal-Hall

Formed out of the ashes of cult Cardiff techno punk band Sicknote, tonight’s headliner’s Doghouse play a much-anticipated set and are another band who don’t disappoint either with their defiant and cutting lyrics really hitting home over energetic and hard techno beats that got an enthusiastic response on the dancefloor throughout their whole set. Their spirited performance has much in common with Steve Ignorant as they spew bile about the current state of the nation and like the former Crass man, they do it with an element of humour and cleverness, never coming across as preachy with the techno elements adding to the warm and energetic atmosphere. Doghouse has a massive performance art and cabaret (that they have dubbed Cabarave, a description that fits perfectly) element to them that works so well, from costume changes to some inspired dancing, you couldn’t take your eyes off the duo all night.

Delivering songs, mainly culled from their debut album Idiot Savant, their passionate delivery on topics ranging from council tax to unemployment and thinking for yourself was very inspiring too. The band were as informative as they were entertaining all night. A great performance from two true musical mavericks that deserve to be heard by all.

Overall, this was a brilliant night that saw so much variation in musical terms, but this certainly united everyone in attendance as the atmosphere was amazing and that can only be a good thing.

Feature Image: Nick Vidal-Hall for Booth Hall Photography

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De Koffie Pot Gallery on the River Wye – Ria Parfitt Exhibition Open To Public Until March 17th

ARTIST RIA PARFITT EXHIBITION – FEBRUARY ’28 PAINTINGS IN 28 DAYS’  

De Koffie Pot, Bridge Street, Hereford, Herefordshire   HR4 9DG

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Photography by Grace Biddlecombe, Ria Parfitt Exhibition at De Koffie Pot Gallery Hereford

Friday Night was an absolute charmer of an evening. I Popped into the February – 28 Paintings in 28 Days’ Exhibition with my trusty sidekick and photographer in crime, Grace Biddlecombe, and was greeted by a buzzing atmosphere – a room of smiling art appreciators, or perhaps they were Ria Parfitt fans. After all, the girl is a diamond. Grace snapped plenty of photographs for us to share with you and hopefully, inspire you to come along and experience Ria Parfitt’s playful art. Interpret as you wish!

The good news is she sold 14 paintings that night and several prints. On the second day she sold more. Wow. The prints are rather stunning as well, so you can pick one up if your favourite painting has sold. I am sure they are limited edition so you probably don’t want to linger too long. The possibility of a sell out is in the cards.

Photography by Grace Biddlecombe, Ria Parfitt Exhibition at De Koffie Pot Gallery Hereford

The exhibition is open to the public until St. Patrick’s Day in the De Koffie Pot Gallery located on the first floor. If you have not been to this Dutch-inspired converted coach house cafe you must add it to your places to lounge after a long day of shopping in the Hereford city centre. It is located along the River Wye and is part of a family venture that also manage the famous Left Bank venue. It’s beautiful and the coffee and cake are a hook – they also serve scrumptious food.

De Koffie Pot has become a social hub for culture on the River Wye in Hereford. The city’s creative demographic are being welcomed by venues around Hereford to host events and perform. The city is undergoing an evolution which is taking a positive direction.

I must mention that on the way out there was a room right across the gallery on the first floor that Grace and I gravitated towards illuminated with beautifully lit candles on the tables. They were preparing for their free Friday night live music events. Magical!

Follow Ria Parfitt on Facebook Here

Photography by Grace Biddlecombe

Catch Ria Parfitt performing with her band Mexicola at The Booth Hall Hereford March 25th. Doors 8pm £6 entry £4 with NUS card.

mexicola supports louise distras at the booth hall hereford

Hereford City Centric International Women’s Day Champion – Local Hairstylist Rose Mazuru Mazulu

International Women’s Day commemorates the struggle for women’s Rights around the world. With the hashtag #beboldforchange as their slogan, I could not help but instantly think of my hairstylist Rose Mazuru Mazulu who represents a strong independent female in all respects.

She has built a business on her own from the ground up with just her daughter and sister by her side after a failed marriage found her alone in the UK and struggling to make ends meet. Her business was soon flourishing and now Rose’Salon is a place to come and linger with a cup of tea. Do be sure to book a good chunk of our day with her as bubbly, funny personality will make you want to stay by her side for hours. You feel like you are the only one in the room when you are being served by her.

Rose's hair Salon Hereford
Rose recently visited her beautiful native Zimbabwe

Do be sure to book a good chunk of your day with her because her bubbly, fun personality will make you want to stay by her side for hours. You feel like you are the only one in the room when you are being served by her. Usually you aren’t though, and she is always in demand, but she always makes time for you.

Born in Zimbabwe, she was trained by a very eccentric South African hair stylist, who I am sure she bonded with knowing her own eccentric self, but he taught her some excellent skills and now she is a natural and amazing stylist.

She also specialises in Hair Extensions for all hair types. I find it difficult to stray from Rose as she is the only one who is ever able to execute the styles I pull out of the hat…and I leave her salon with a huuuuuge smile on my face.

Thank you Rose. I celebrate and honour you today because you deserve it.

Rose’s Hair Salon is located on

42 West Street
Hereford, Herefordshire
Telephone 01432 276656
Find her on Facebook Here

 

Local & Loved Art Rocker Ria Parfitt to Exhibit at De Koffie Pot Gallery 10-17 March

10th-17th of March at De Koffie Pot, Bridge Street, Hereford HR4 9DG

Ria parfitt exhibit at the koffie pot, March in Hereford
Ria often focuses on certain facial features in her paintings, including the mouth. ‘

Artist and Musician Ria Parfitt has created a self-exploratory collection called ‘February – 28 Paintings in 28 Days’  A challenge she set upon herself to create and complete paintings in an allocated time frame that wasn’t very generous. She successfully completed her daily tasks which then transformed into a deeper, more profound journey of self reflection as to how she approached her work gaining an enlightened understanding that she was more confidant than she had perceived herself to be.

Her work has roots in surrealism but not in the classic sense, she embraces Magic Realism, but I also notice Pop Art influences. I think of Ria’s art and music with her band Mexicola as one of those summer fairs full of bright lights, lovers sharing candy floss, tents full of decadent cabaret performers and carousel music in the background – a journey into one of the cells of her mind I would love to hang out in.

Exhibition poster here

Ria parfitt exhibit at the koffie pot, March in Hereford

Let Ria know you are attending her Facebook event here

If you also want to catch her band Mexicola performing they will be at The Booth Hall on the 25th of March 2017 supporting Louise Distras at the Underground Revolution show. Poster Designed by Ledbury Pop Art Collage Artist John Rose.

mexicola supports louise distras at the booth hall hereford

Follow Ria’s Art Blog Here 

February Challenge – What I Learned

At Hereford City Centric we love our local Artists and Writers…and so we are recommending Artist & Musician, Ria Parfitt’s Art Blog. She shares her recently enlightened approach to painting that has me thinking of my own creative techniques.

Have a read, follow her and look forward to more of her blog. She is around the city playing in the band Mexicola. (March 25th @ The Booth Hall supporting Louise Distras). She happens to be the songwriter//frontwoman/guitarist, not too much responsibility folks, just all eyes on her fiery red hair.

 

So, last month was very interesting. I completed a painting everyday for 28 days, without any real idea what i was going to do at the start of each painting. I set the challenge for a few reasons. …

Source: February Challenge – What I Learned

March 19th Hereford Art & Photography Exhibition: Two Artists, Two Broken Worlds – Living With War & Celebrity Excess

Iraq Front line Photographer Peter Masters & Poppy Man/Celebrity Portrait Artist Paul Crow will be exhibiting to the public in the fantastic new Skinzophrenic Tattoo Studio on Sunday the 19th of March 2017.

The tattoo studio recently relocated to Aubrey Street and took on a grand new image complete with murals on the ceiling that bring the Sistine Chapel to mind. The exhibition will be open to the public from 11am and the artists will be accepting offers and commission requests.

Skinzophrenic Tattoos, 40 Aubrey Street, Hereford, Herefordshire HR4 0BU  

For Inquiries contact 01432 358696

Feature Photo: Left – Peter Masters   Right – Paul Crow 

Peter Master and Paul Crow Art and Photography Exhibition at Skinzophrenic Hereford Sunday March 19th

Read More about Peter Masters Exhibition here https://herefordcitycentric.com/2017/02/18/born-into-war-peter-masters-iraq-frontline-photographry-exhibition-skinzophrenic-hereford/

Read More about Paul Crow’s Exhibition here https://herefordcitycentric.com/2017/02/24/born-into-excess-paul-crow-exhibition-skinzophrenic-tattoos-hereford/