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

Headsticks, The Booth Hall Hereford, The Underground Revolution, punk, folk punk, spoken word

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

Steve Ignorant's A Slice of Life, The Booth Hall Hereford, The Underground Revolution, punk, folk punk, spoken word

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.

Steve Ignorant's A Slice of Life, The Booth Hall Hereford, The Underground Revolution, punk, folk punk, spoken word
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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‘This is England’ 2017 Night Relived at The Venue Hereford

‘THIS IS ENGLAND’ NIGHT AT THE VENUE, JANUARY 6TH 2017

“Terminal Rage played a blistering set in the middle of this to an energetic response of dancing and pogoing and the bands in your face punk showed another side of the sounds that shaped This Is England”

Though they do still exist, definable subcultures aren’t really as big as they used to be and certainly not as big as they were in the 1980s and 90s. Punks, skinheads, rudeboys and rudegirls, goths and ravers all at one point ruled the country and all had their looks set out just right, as well, as the music that they listened to and all feature highly when you think of the different tribes of those eras. It is that era that Shane Meadows classic film and its subsequent follow up TV series This Is England is set, and this special night at The Venue paid tribute to it and the music that defined it with classic songs from those days along with a set by local punk heroes Terminal Rage.

the venue hereford 2017

Arriving at The Venue to two big screens and a smaller one in the middle of the stage above a DJ setup and the Terminal Rage equipment set the stage as the screens played montages of news, adverts and TV shows from throughout the times when This Is England was set and this nonstop barrage of retro memories really set the scene (who remembers Kellogs Start cereal, Teddy Ruxpin and Trio biscuits?!).

“Hopefully there will be something similar happening again, paying tribute to another classic film and the music that shaped it, with its sequel due out shortly, one for Trainspotting would be excellent!”

These visuals played a big part with the footage that also played from both This is England and the three television series that followed it showing the changing fashions that Shaun, Woody, Lol and the rest of the gang sported from skinheads to up for it ravers inspired by the Madchester scene and the music being blasted out by DJ  MoonOnAStick reflected that.

Throughout the night the crowd skanked along to the likes of Madness and The Specials and some other choice reggae and ska hits, grooved to both the original version and Soft Cell’s remake of Tainted Love, danced to Joy Division and swaggered to the legendary She Bangs The Drum by the Stone Roses before the night ended with a selection of classic acid house anthems. Terminal Rage played a blistering set in the middle of this to an energetic response of dancing and pogoing and the bands in your face punk showed another side of the sounds that shaped This Is England.

Terminal Rage, This is England 2017, The Venue Hereford
Left – Terminal Rage Bassist/Vocals Terminal Rage, Raphael La Roche Right – Guitar/Vocals Rich Lovell

Opening with a scathing selection of dialogue from the film that took firm aim at that parasite Nigel Farage, Terminal Rage wasted no time in blasting out the defiant punk anthems with a mixture of their own material like the far right attitudes bashing Casual Racist and some choice punk classics with songs by the Pistols, The Clash, Anti Nowhere League and the Stooges going down a storm and showing how important punk was to that time and still is today to an energetic audience.

As the night went on, the vibes kept coming and all in all, this was an excellent and vibrant night that paid tribute to a glorious time in this nations culture and the only disappointment were that the drinks were not priced as they were in the 80s! Hopefully there will be something similar happening again, paying tribute to another classic film and the music that shaped it, with its sequel due out shortly, one for Trainspotting would be excellent!

Article by Freelance Writer Gavin Brown

Photography by Dominique Brinkley