Club Dead 2; Gives Hereford Deadly Live Bands, Horror, & Cryptic Dance Tunes. A Good Night Then!

claire perkins, a hundreds suns, perk Review by Claire Perkins, Front Woman for a A Hundred Suns, Solo Artist Perk and Music, Travel, Food Reviewer/Blogger – Hereford City Centric, Cyberperkblog


So, the eagerly awaited Club Dead 2 graced our diaries last Saturday, and it way surpassed expectations. After arriving to industrial music booming into the souls and stereos, and with the bleakly lit, red lights in place, it appeared that all were heading for a tip top evening.

We were lucky enough to have ‘live specimens’ according to the poster, and with names such as ‘Skin horse’, it wouldn’t surprise me if there had been jars of glycerine on display with horse skin and flesh on show, with an eyeball or two thrown in for good measure. But no, they were the band first up on the bill.

They’re a local duo, with Ben smashing out fuzzing, riding riffs on his bass, whilst Andy plays the drums with vigour and intensity that could only really be comparable to having the arms of an octopus. You need to go and watch this band. They’ll take you on a trip to wherever you want to go. They are stupefying.

Listen to Nothing Clean

Next up to entertain the commendable turnout was a hardcore band from the realms of Leicester called ‘Nothing Clean’. They seemed right at home in The Booth Hall playing a set that stormed through the crowds guts, with wee minute songs. Together the band undercovered a ray of emotion that hopefully a psychologist would never get hold of, as they’ll be renedered incapable way past their retirement date.

Club dead 2, The Booth Hall, Hereford
Chill out upstairs to a bit of horror in the haunting candle lit space that once was a court room where many were sent to their doom!

Headlining were the heavy, penetrating Fetus Christ, which are local lads who sound like they want you to listen. And if you don’t listen, they might kill you. They’ve got a grindcore thing going on, and they breezed through their set. The crowd was buzzed, as a mosh pit began and the crazy energy filled the room

So, crazy energy downstairs (dancing later, nuff said)…and with the black and white films rolling, a chilled vibes upstairs. You can take the energy or chill if you will.

Club Dead 2 was rad. Here’s to the next one

Also Read The Booth Hall’s ‘Club Dead’ Launch Night; The Anti-Club Bringing Hereford’s Alterntives Out of Hiding…Finally

Photography by Nick Vidal-Hall

‘Sounds From The Sofa’ – James Whitehurst & Claire Perkins, Half of local Hereford Garage Rock Band ‘A Hundred Suns’…Mayhem Commence!

A Hundred Suns  will be performing the The Underground Revolution show @ The Booth Hall, 17th of March.  Show begins at 8pm.  £2 entry at the door.  Students with NUS Cards Free Entry

A Hundred Suns, Sounds from the Sofa Hereford
Claire Perkins front woman for A Hundred Suns.

Hereford City Centric and The Booth Hall have come together to create a new series of local Hereford band interviews aptly named ‘Sounds From The Sofa’.  Our “glamorous” set-up involves a comfy sofa sitting on top of the Booth Hall stage (can you feel the musical vibrations?), where our participants park their derriers and answer a series of serious, and not so serious questions about themselves.

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Evening of Poetry & Music United Hereford and Ledbury Musicians in aid of mind charity

pOxymorn, Mark Stevenson, Claire Perkins
The Royal British Legion, Ledbury 8pm Saturday 23rd January 2016

I had a choice of gigs tonight, either a trip to Ledbury into the unknown or a trip to the Boars Head in Kidderminster, a great Punk venue to see Vomit and Rotunda, – “the known” (to me anyway).

“The whole set was like being in a Frank Zappa inspired, 50’s New Orleans Speakeasy joint on the set of an old French Arthouse film, with a bit of Crass mixed in for good measure. I couldn’t take my eyes off it.” -Rich Lovell

I took the leap into the unknown…Ledbury because, well why not really. As I walked in just 10 minutes after the start time, I was greeted by the sight of Jim Dening reciting some focused, but angry poetry – whilst pOxymoron played – a bit jazz, a bit 50s US rock ‘n’ roll soundtrack. So the headliners are on first? Well, yes, and last.

Just from the back end of the piece I arrived to, David Cameron doesn’t have a fan in Jim Dening – it was some rant. I found my seat just as they finished their first set and settled down to my drink as Claire Perkins tuned up.


Musician Perk, Hereford

I have to admit – I have seen Claire play a few times now, but I still can’t say I am overly familiar with her material, mainly because she writes so much, that it’s not often you hear the same song more than twice. Sure there were a few sound problems, but Claire just shrugged and got on with it, playing through ‘Carrion Crow’, ‘Lean into It and Shut Up’ and ‘Avenue’Her style is to strum her acoustic guitar while she expresses her thoughts, her voice is a bit Alanis Morisette in places but very natural. Knowing what an energetic, enthusiastic character Claire is, it’s great to watch her control and channel her energy through her material – contrast it to her manic performances as singer for Metal groovers A Hundred Suns. Nice one Claire.


Mark Stevenson, british legion ledbury, mind charity gig

A quick turn around and Mark Stevenson took his place at the mic.  Traditional folk doesn’t really do much for me, I like lyrics that are relevant to me today, whereas most trad folk is based around life from a few centuries ago. That said, however, this genre always attracts talented musicians, and Mark is very talented. Going through a set of his poetry, own compositions and some old faor like ‘Copper Kettle’ playing with what we decided looked like a Bodrum, a flute and variations of other woodwind instruments, I was drawn in and accepted that maybe, just maybe, traditional folk is as much about the music and musicianship than the meaning of the lyrics. I’ll certainly not shy away from seeing Mark Stevenson perform again – was that me admitting I can be wrong? Blimey…..


pOxymoron play British Legion Charity Gig in Ledbury

The night was finished off with another set from pOxymoron. A fascinating band, they play along to spoken poetry, political & social comment, and as I said earlier, the jazzy, rock n roll  very bare sound just added to the experience. No drums, just two guitarists (Nick Alexander and Mike Ruddick), a bassist and a keyboard/ accordion player. Jim Denny and Nick Alexander took turns as the frontman with their commentary. All this whilst images, photos, were projected on the wall next to the stage area adding some interpretation (and to a bear of little brain like me) and sometimes not, well not that I could work out anyway.

The whole set was like being in a Frank Zappa inspired, 50’s New Orleans Speakeasy joint on the set of an old French Arthouse film, with a bit of Crass mixed in for good measure. I couldn’t take my eyes off it.

So the “Unknown” of Ledbury was the right choice in the end, although I did sneak a bit of Angelic Upstarts on the player on the drive back to Hereford – old Punks eh?
ARTICLE WRITTEN BY RICH LOVELL, Music Director/Reviewer – Hereford City Centric & The Underground Revolution, Frontman – Punk Band Terminal Rage