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.

Music Review by: Gavin Brown 

All Photography by:  Nickie Bates Distorted Image

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DOGHOUSE: A CONSTANT STATE OF BECOMING

I was fortunate enough to interview Doghouse and receive a stream of thoughts and information that has brought to life an even more fascinating character. Let’s just say I have unearthed some of the mystery that makes him a special part of the festival and live music circuit.

The former front man of Punk Rave band Sicknote, Doghouse will be gracing us the 24th of February at The Booth Hall in Hereford with support from Hardcore Traveller Punk band Reality Attack and local Noise Rock band Wolfcryer. Expect the building to shake with the latter two. Hey why not? You want a good party we will give it to you.

“I would say that my lyrics are a call for action, a condemnation of the status quo. I like to use humour, to elevate the role of the fool and re-affirm his unique position, as someone who can scathingly criticise the powers that be. The only man who can tell the king the truth and get away with it”

Then prepare yourself to be put into the DOGHOUSE where you find your toes and minds tapping. I mean really…our minds will do little cartwheels. In between acts you will get a chance to get your dance on while DJ BDS Last Tree Squad fills the sound waves with some pretty bomb reggae, hip-hop and bass tunes. Will you ever be the same again after this night? We hope not.

We have also been fortunate enough to team up with the ‘No Herefordshire Cull’ Benefit gig on the following Saturday night (February 25th) headlined by Citizen Fish and two other great support acts –Reverend Schneider and The Band of Angels and Owain Price. We are offering a Weekender Special price of £11 for two nights of great live music with a purpose.

The Underground Revolution Hereford Presents Doghouse

THE INTERVIEW

HEREFORD CITY CENTRIC: So tell me a bit about what the name Doghouse represents?

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STEVE IGNORANT Headlines Working-Class Punk, Folk-Punk & Spoken Word Night February 4th @The Booth Hall Hereford

On February 4th The Underground Revolution will kick off 2017 with a night of folk and punk politics at The Booth Hall in Hereford.

Steve Ignorant’s Slice of Life band will be headlining and are supported by one of the latest bands to make waves the past few years on the Folk Punk music circuit, Headsticks from Stoke on Trent.

TERMINAL RAGE

Terminal Rage, This is England 2017, The Venue Hereford

The opening act will be Hereford punks Terminal Rage who are playing Rebellion this year and whose Nigel Farage rants get the audience pumped for what’s to come. This will be a night of working-class heroes, live music and spoken word that will inspire the punk and revolutionary within us all.

Terminal Rage Drummer Bob Griffin received his first drum kit from big brother Dale Griffin who was in Mott the Hoople and the rest is history. The other members are no less intriguing, consisting of mountain boarding champion Raphael La Roche, also known for his permanent Mohawk (I would be lost without it on his head) and Wolverhampton transplant Rich Lovell whose first Clash experience changed him forever (much like The Clash did for Steve Ignorant). Rich sings and plays guitar for Terminal Rage and  is also one of the founders of The Underground Revolution Hereford.

Rich is anticipating this gig in a big way and says “Crass were my political inspiration, got me thinking, challenging my teenage views on life, on society and as such Steve Ignorant is a bit of a folk hero to me.”

HEADSTICKS

Headsticks and Steve Ignorant come to the Herefor for The Underground Revolution

If you were at our last gig of the year in December and enjoyed Sons of Clogger or attended our Under a Banner show in 2016, you will definitely connect with Headsticks music and may even find yourself dancing around with a pint in your hand. I really wanted to know what their songs were about so I asked. They are heavy on the mind and light on the feet. There is a lot of talent there – both musically and lyrically.

Frontman/Lyricist Andrew Tranter says about their songs “It’s a social commentary that the working classes can easily relate to…..we aim to make people stop and think with our songs and it does seem to do that! It’s not so much about smashing the statues and setting fire to the government buildings, but more of asking people to look outside their own bubble, basically to start giving a shit before it’s too late!” We need to listen folks so bring beer money, a keen mindset and your dancing boots.

STEVE IGNORANT’S SLICE OF LIFE

Steve Ignorant's A Slice of Life Tour comes to The Underground Revolution Hereford

We all know Steve Ignorant from his Crass and Conflict days but he recently has taken his talent in a new direction with his Slice of Life tour sharing his opinions with us through spoken word and acoustic songs.

Steve once chased (not literally) a girl to a Clash concert in Bristol and then found himself inspired enough to start his own punk band with friend Penny Rimbaud. He then became the youngest member of Crass and had fans listening to his every angry word. Steve isn’t very clued up on mobile phones or even Spotify according to an article in The Quietus and we like him like that…authentic and old school…who is running his Twitter account then?

All in all, it will be a beautiful night for Friends of the Underground Revolution Hereford carrying on from last year’s theme…A whole lot of good shit!

£11 at the door or £10 in advance

Doors 7:30pm and Acts from 8:30pm

BUY TICKETS HERE from http://www.headsticks.co.uk/shop.html

Steve Ignorant A Slice of Life Tour Hereford w/ Headsticks and Terminal rage at The Booth Hall

 

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Visiting The Wild Places with Under a Banner

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.

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TV Smith Headlines Hereford’s First Punk Festival ‘A Crisis of Conscience’ Sept 24th To Raise Funds for Homeless Charities

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.

 

Alan McGee Founder of Musicians Against Homelessness
Alan McGee Image: musicvein.co.uk

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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.

 

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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’.

EVENING LINE UP

 

On Trial UK
On Trial UK Photographed by Gerald Underwood
TV Smith
TV Smith will be Headlining A Crisis of Conscience

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Busking Roots

Whether on Church Street, in front of Marks & Spencer or at De Koffie Pot ‘Buskers Bandstand’, you will find a busker in Hereford City Centre most days of the week. It has become a popular destination for buskers, both local and from other counties.

Two acts you will find around the city are Toby Parker (Parker & The Suitcase)  and Freeborn Rising.  Toby Parker is known for his Bob Dillon covers and his original one man band sound, as well as having a smile on his face rain or shine.

Freeborn Rising’s folk punk tunes tell tales of the times and are akin to The Levellers. What they both have in common is that they take busking seriously and are loyal to their busking roots. Stay Real! Support your local buskers, they add a vibrance to our stroll around the city centre.

Cover photo: Matt Broom, Photography by Nickie Bates

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Freeborn Rising busking on Widemarsh Street, Hereford

 

 

 

Toby Parker and The Sui
Toby Parker and that one man band of his in High Town after a hard day of busking.