Last Tree Squad 2017 EP Launch at the Booth Hall Filled the House

 

LAST TREE SQUAD EP LAUNCH LIVE AT THE BOOTH HALL HEREFORD

17 March 2017

Review by Gavin Brown

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Heading a lineup of fresh talent of varied musical styles, Last Tree Squad brought the good-time vibes to The Booth Hall for the launch of their new EP. The crowd inside were witness to an almighty example of energetic live performance throughout the night, culminating in an impressive display of musicianship, charisma and moving the crowd from the headliners.

 

Last Tree Squad 2017, the Booth hall, Hereford
Last Tree Squad

REGGAE PIE

Upon arriving at The Booth, we were treated to the sounds of the Reggae Pie DJs who were reliably dropping dub, reggae and jungle bombs in a fashion that really set the scene for the night ahead with the bass rattling, exactly as it should be.

COOSIE

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With the bass still resonating through the walls of The Booth, local MC Coosie from Verbal Highz took to the stage and dropped a concise but effective set of beats, rhymes and life that showed off his lyrical prowess with knowing mentions of everything from Shrek to Madeline McCann and adding effects with a little toy horn, he demonstrated a wry sense of humour throughout the set. Coosie definitely got the live aspect of tonight’s show off to a flying start.

ESKE FORTE

Eske Forte, Last Tree Squad 2017, the Booth hall, Hereford

As the interim dub classics erupted and then subsided, it was time for Esk Forte to take the stage for the next portion of live entertainment. Armed with a guitar, saxophone and a sublime voice, she was reminiscent of Laura Marling in her early days but with a lot more attitude and vigour, and captivated the audience with that spellbinding voice. Alternating between playing the songs with the guitar and the saxophone showed how talented she is and the set was a joy to watch, the only thing wrong with it was that it wasn’t longer.

RUCKA SMALL

Rucka Small, Last Tree Squad 2017, the Booth hall, Hereford

Following Esk Forte wasn’t an easy task but Rucka Small proved himself to be more than up to the task with the rappers double-time style of emceeing going down a storm, a style that reminded me of one of this country’s finest rappers, Skinnyman, partly because of the double-time style but also the delivery and lyrical content, which bordered on the humorous at times, especially when he declared he’s got “bite like Tyson” in a hip hop moment straight out of 97 that still sounded fresh!

Rucka Small was joined towards the end by Last Tree Squad man BDS to hype the crowd up a little more, which definitely worked as he rattled off his quick-fire rhymes to serious applause and ended a great set on a high.

CUT LA VIS

Before the night’s headliners took to the stage, the man that is Cut La Vis demonstrated his formidable DJing skills as the bass heavy cuts kept coming in fast and heavy; this proved to be the perfect opening to Last Tree Squad kicking out their jams.

LAST TREE SQUAD

Wasting absolutely no time at all, the six-piece (featuring Esk Forte among their ranks) raised the energy levels even further with an enthusiastic approach to their craft and those energy levels stayed risen for the remainder of the night.

Wasting absolutely no time at all, the six-piece (featuring Esk Forte among their ranks) raised the energy levels even further with an enthusiastic approach to their craft and those energy levels stayed risen for the remainder of the night.

Blasting out memorable tracks from the EP as well as other cuts, Last Tree Squad proved how good a live band they are with every member of the band firing on all cylinders, ably led by BDS whose passion on the mic was suitably impressive and constantly hyped up the crowd.

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Last Tree Squad’s BDS 

Between the music, the stage chatter was constant with usual suspects, Theresa Dis-May and Stig Trump (as BDS put it) were ridiculed with the frontman declaring it as being “like Thatcher and Reagan all over again” to mass applause and sending a message of good vibes over war and hate as well as a closing impassioned rant against the manufactured music industry and all the X Factor rubbish.

Last Tree Squad put on a hell of a show, and their sound, one that takes in reggae, dub, hip hop and jungle, delivered with an infectious lust for life that was so enjoyable to listen to and the enthusiasm of the crowd was testament to this.

Seek out the brilliant EP, and seek out Last Tree Squad live as it is an experience not to be missed out on, one that was rapturously received tonight at The Booth accompanied by a strong supporting bill. It is nights like this that are needed to keep live music alive.

Images: Booth Hall Photography, Nick Vidal-Hall

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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

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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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The Underground Revolution brought Punk Hero Steve Ignorant’s Slice of Life To Hereford

 

Seminal is a word that gets thrown about quite often when bands or records are talked about or discussed and it is often a word that gets overused, but when that word is used to describe the influence of Steve Ignorant then it is definitely spot on. A founding member of the legendary Crass, a band who were always about a message just as much as the music as well as Conflict and many others, Crass were about a legacy and that legacy is still resonating today and their ethos and spirit can be found in everyone from the Levellers to Napalm Death as well as countless numbers of punk bands and is still being carried on today by bands like Sleaford Mods.

Steve Ignorant is still carrying on that legacy today too and who better to do it than him, and that is what everyone at the Booth was here to see tonight. The gig was postponed from last November and since then, the anticipation has been electric in waiting to witness a true British icon live in Hereford and the gig didn’t disappoint anyone in attendance in the slightest.

24 February 2017

Steve Ignorant’s Slice of Life, Headsticks and Terminal Rage at The Booth Hall Hereford

TERMINAL RAGE

Terminal rage photography by Nickie Bates

The night kicks off with local rabble rousers Terminal Rage and they make sure things go off with a bang in a set that was has to be the tightest and most focused that I’ve seen them play. Going straight for the jugular from the get go, the band take no prisoners with their pure, angry and loud punk rock and get things off to a great start. The bands energetic performance sees them dedicate songs to enemies like Ian Duncan Smith with digs at the likes of May and Trump and tracks like Guilty and brand new song Class Crime (which is dedicated to “fucking, fuckers, politicians” go down a storm and as they finish with their cover of Pretty Vacant, the audience consider themselves truly warmed up.

HEADSTICKS

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After that fiery opening, Headsticks follow and their glorious mixture of punk and folk is treated like reunion with a long lost friend with the likes of the rousing World Away, a stirring rendition of Mississippi Burning (dedicated with utter hatred to the BNP), a prophetic version of Killing Me America and even a new track get the audience stomping away with singer Andrew coming on like Stoke On Trents answer to Jello Biafra with his heartfelt statements. A great set from a great band that deserve all the plaudits they get and hopefully they will come back to Hereford soon.

STEVE IGNORANT’S SLICE OF LIFE

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After those two great performances, it was time for the main event and Mr. Ignorant ably assisted by his Slice Of Life cohorts definitely didn’t let anyone down with a passionate set consisting of inspiring anthems and tales of real life that had the audience transfixed from the very start. Despite being in this game for 40 years, Steve Ignorant showed that he still has the same fire and anger raging through him just as he did in the heydays of Crass and Conflict and the enthusiastic crowd responded in kind.

All sorts of topics are addressed tonight from animal rights to mental health issues, each done so with a mixture of infectious passion, warmth and humour as well as focused rage and the audience listen intently to every word that comes out of the vocalists mouth and he is on fine form throughout and his band show that they are a talented bunch too with their acoustic and keyboard attack being the perfect backing for Steve Ignorant. Songs like Slice Of Life and a version of Stratford Mercenaries Killing Time are despatched and are stand out moments of a set that is packed with them and Ignorant shows exactly why he is highly regarded as a lyricist as well as a frontman, and as a frontman he is highly formidable, at ease with the audience but purveying a sense of authority for the duration and this was a real treat for everyone in attendance.

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It appears Terminal Rage need to go on the naughty step From Left: Rapahael La Roche (Terminal Rage), Rich Lovell (Terminal Rage) Dave Tomlin and Far Right: Dave Owen (Sons of Clogger)

With the political climate, not only in this country but all over the world becoming more worrying all the time, it is people who speak the truth like Steve Ignorant as well as Headsticks and Terminal Rage that we need to inject some right into the world and having witnessed all three on top form, everyone here tonight can agree on how inspiring it was.

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A November to Remember

Subhumans, Steve Ignorant a Slice of Life, The Hungry ghosts, Terminal Rage play Hereford

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Free SKA, PUNK and ACOUSTIC Live Music Fundraiser Oct 15th@The Booth Hall – Taking #FoodBank Donations At The Door

T h e  U n d e r g r o u n d  R e v o l u t i o n Presents 

W E  S H A L L  O V E R C O M E 2016

Saturday, October 15th @ The Booth Hall, 3 East Street, Hereford HR1 2LW

Donations appreciated for the Food Bank. Free Entry from 8pm 

Courtesy of Alvin and the Angry Barrels Facebook
Photograph: Alvin and the Angry Barrels Facebook
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Alvin and the Angry Barrell’s – Ska
Nick Davis – Acoustic Rock

 

“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

 

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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”.

Despite information based on evidence – a blind eye is turned and stigmas remain in their stubborn place. To quote free-thinker and feminist Emma Goldman, “Someone has said that it requires less mental effort to condemn than to think.” By these words I stand. Continue reading “Free SKA, PUNK and ACOUSTIC Live Music Fundraiser Oct 15th@The Booth Hall – Taking #FoodBank Donations At The Door”

Local West Midlands Musicians Tell Us How Punk Inspired Them and Why PUNKS NOT DEAD 40 Years On

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!

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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’

prk“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 BAND FREEBORN RISING. HE COMES FROM HERE, THERE AND EVERYWHERE. A TRAVELLIN’ MAN.

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FreebornThor – Freeborn Rising Photography by Nickie Bates

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

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Owain Price from The Delinquents Photography Nick-Vidal Hall

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

Kurt Fletcher - Photography by Ria Parfitt
Kurt Fletcher – Photography by Ria Parfitt

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

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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

 

We want to know what PUNK means to you!

 

 

The Underground Revolution Time Machine – August 2016

 

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Shannon Mae (Shannon Walker) at The Booth Hall stealing hearts with her haunting vocals. Photography By Nick Vidall-Hall

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!

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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.

 

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