Booth Hall Bank Holiday Gig Review: 2 Nights, 6 Bands, Bunny Ears, Manic Stage Presence & Rock legend Reincarnations

The Easter weekend is traditionally a time for a lot of things. For some, it’s the chance to catch up with family, for some it’s time off work, for others it’s the actual meaning of this time of year, for many it’s chocolate and alcohol, but for the lucky people of Hereford this year, it was this double-header of live music (along with plenty of chocolate and alcohol too!) that made this an Easter to remember.

With a variety of bands and an eclectic mix of styles over the weekend brought to you by the wonderful people of HeyLittleMonster and The Underground Revolution, there was something for just about everyone to enjoy and every band played their hearts out.

RAPTOR, NEW REVIVAL AND AS MAMAS

“It’s a thankless task to be both Robert Plant and Jimmy Page at the same time, but Fletcher did an awesome job of trying while the band’s talented rhythm section did their best to be the best Bonham and Jones they could!”

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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

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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
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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 Booth Hall & AR Studios Join Forces For 2017 Open Mic Night Relaunch

Reopened in late 2015 by pocket rocket team Arran and Willow Vidal-Hall, The Booth Hall on East Street has become the go-to place in Hereford revered for its friendly welcoming atmosphere, live music and alternative entertainment.

Over the last twelve months it has played host to punk-rock legends TV Smith, Subhumans and Steve Ignorant, supported up and coming artists of all genres from all over the world and has become the home for sell out charitable festivals and fundraisers.

The Booth Hall Hereford Open Mic Relaunch 2017
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Sounds From The Sofa: Mass Intrusions, Donald Trump, Jeremy Corbyn, Fidel Castro, Curry Houses & More With Young Feminist Punks – The Delinquents

The term “Feminist Punks” might possibly seem like a contradiction to those unaware of what PUNK actually is all about. The average lost soul often generalises punk as debauchery without a cause…please say it isn’t so! With this movement in its 40th year, it is finally receiving the respect it deserves.

The term “Feminist Punks” might possibly seem like a contradiction to those unaware of what PUNK actually is all about. The average lost soul often generalises punk as debauchery without a cause. Please say it isn’t so! With this movement in its 40th year, it is finally receiving the respect it deserves.

Granted at the time of Punk’s origins, the world was in quite a state, and the only way to make a point and break up an establishment that had us saying “yes sir and no sir” and living life under their candy coated values, was to stand up for yourself and fight back. Not so simple.

If you think about it, you really had to be an intelligent, brave individual to stand up to authority, and even more so to stand up for women in a society that is very condescending to them for shits and giggles and to stroke the male ego. Things have progressed somewhat in that respect, but society is in chaos again and The Delinquents are just not having it.

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

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

On a dismal Saturday night, I hauled my behind to The Booth to check out a new club night, Club Dead. It’s aim is to play sludgy, grinding music, that you’d probably never hear in any club ever, which defies the typical music scene instantly.

It’s the brain child of the lovely Joolz Muckhart-Lilley, who’s got so bored of the lack of Hereford club scene, (with hiding alternatives everywhere afraid to crack open their shells), that he thought he’d conjure up a wee bit of noise himself.  As a frequenter of Leeds industrial scene, he needed something more, which the like minded, shell crackers are so relieved to hear.

I was lucky enough to interview him, as I leaped on him as he ventured outside for a cigarette, poor fellow. But I was greeted with a humble, grateful soul, and it goes a little something like this:

What inspired the night, ‘Club Dead’?

What me and my mates like doing is lying around listening to really far out music, and we often get the problem of unsympathetic neighbours, as we like to do it loud!  I remember when you used to be able to go to clubs, and really transgressive music was playing, like you wouldn’t bat an eyelid hearing bands such as Godflesh or Swans in a club, and I realised I hadn’t been to anything like this in years. Music had a peak in the 80’s of being completely savage, whereas you go to metal nights these days and they’re less grindy. I like the perversity of making this anti-club where people aren’t expected to dance. I’m after chilling and listening.

Is this going to be a regular night? And if so, what will change?

It’ll change as we’ll have live specimens. We’re going to have some live bands that will integrate with the whole thing. We’re going to set up the stage downstairs so that you can watch from above and throw veg and underwear if the need takes.

Who is this DJ Dead and where does he hail from?

The truth about DJ Dead, is that he allows any of my little bunch. We all come out of the Hereford Hardcore scene, so Fetus Christ and Maniac SS, and I was in one band ‘Sun’ who were briefly very loud a few years ago.

So, the point of DJ Dead, is there’s practically nothing for you to do when you’re playing 15 minute long songs. I mean, what are you going to do, just stand there? All DJ’s do is play records, and anything that isn’t sophisticated dance music, DJ’s just play in order.

You dont need to pay a guy to do that! There’s nothing for a human to do up there, so we had this idea of getting a Skelington to do it instead, which means that anybody can be DJ dead. (Ladies and Gents, I’ve been lucky enough to meet the anatomical hunk that is DJ Dead, and regardless of the one eyeball, he is HOT! And I asked if I could borrow his hoody but there was no response). 

So what’s the oldest record you’re playing and the newest tonight?

The newest would be what we opened with, which was ‘New Dark Ages’ by Godflesh that was released in 2015. The oldest would be from the 70’s – it was Bauhaus. We did ‘Stigma Matyr’ which was very late 70’s, or perhaps peaking into the 80’s. We were going to go back a bit further with Hawkwind (Please do next time – they kick ass!) as they’d have a great place in Club Dead. But we’re going in at the deep end with the heavy records as a challenge and to see how it goes. We can go cosmic later.

I tried to fit in with the whole Club Dead thing by having boots with feathers on – is there anything else that you’ve seen tonight that fits in with the dead right now?

*Laughs* Not really. But I’m one of these people that still looks like an industrial person from 1991 with big boots and a leather jacket. I’ve always been into Death culture – I loved horror films as a child and found out about metal a few years later. Like there was an actual music that correlated with death!  I’ve also written a thesis about death. I’ve always had morbid streak.

The Booth was built at the end of the 14th Century and is pretty old. Do you think that there was an actual Club Dead at the end of this period and someone actually died? And how do you think they died?

There was a myth knocking about that it was used as a courthouse at first and a coaching house. Apparently there were a few hangings here – probably for sheep stealing and the like, similar to The Skirrid Inn on the Abergavenny road.

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I came to a club here once in 1988! It’s great though as Willow and Arran (the owners) are trying to re-frame what this place is. They should make up a ghost story to go with it – it’d be totally believable! *Conversation leads to the ominous looking shed next to The Booth. Joolz reckons there’d be meat hooks hanging from the ceiling to carve into the flesh of innocents, whereas I imagine if you slept in there and get stirred by a freaky noise, you’d soon realise you’d been awoken to a hungry donkey roar. Interview ends with our donkey impressions*.

I spend the rest of the evening taking in the tunes upstairs, with the red lights decorating the dark room and watching black and white films on the big screen, I realise there’s something old worldly about this. As I fiddle with candle wax, guess wrong tunes and drink far too many Westons, I realise there’s something comfortable here. Even if bands play at these events, I hope the chill factor continues afterwards. This is escapism at it’s best.

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BBC Introducing H&W take over The Victory Pub

BBC Introducing In Hereford and Worcester came to the Victory Pub in Hereford on 31st January 2016.  If you are not familiar with BBC Introducing….in a nutshell; local unsigned bands upload their music, the BBC crew listen, and select four bands to play a set in a local venue. They bring recording & lighting equipment, making a real show of it.  The sets are then played on BBC H&W’s Introducing show, giving much needed exposure to the acts.

I popped along to see what they do, how they do it and to see a couple of bands that I’ve got into over the last twelve months from my time in Hereford Live, namely Atlas and Last Tree Squad. 

It was the latter of these bands, Last Tree Squad – normally a seven piece, but tonight an eight piece dub reggae band, that kicked the event off. Front man Loftie is well known on the Hereford music scene, a man that works hard not just for his art and his comrades, but for all those making music in the city.

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Last Tree Squad, Hereford

 

The stage area at the Victory is pretty snug at the best of times, so as you can imagine getting eight on to a stage was some feat of engineering.  After the introduction by Andrew Marston, the band kicked off with “We don’t want it”, which has quite a roots reggae feel to it, and a strong anti-violence message.

Last Tree Squad really mix it up as they go through “Oh, Oh” and “Streets” before finishing up with “What you gonna do”.  As you would expect with such a large band, there is loads going on in the sound, with the heavy bass lines that I love, leading the songs’ grooves.

The eighth member tonight was Jenny Frost, who sings in the Hereford Soul Choir, and brought some more depth to the vocals that was a bonus. I could go on all day about Reggae – coming from the West Midlands, bands like Steel Pulse are part of my younger days soundtrack – and what a great band Last Tree Squad are, but really you just need to look them up and go see them.

Sin Eso

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Next up were Sin Eso from Bromsgrove. A new band to me, they play a great brand of melodic metal – their band page says a “mix of romantic Rock and love Metal”, and there’s definitely some Evanescence in their style, but Toby Bowett, lead singer & guitarist, has a voice reminiscent of Ed Kowalczyk, the ex-singer from post-grunge rockers Live.

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Sin Eso Performing live @ The Victory Pub, Hereford

‘Eye of the Storm’ was a particularly catchy (sorry to use that awful word) track and just to prove they are their own sound, they chuck in some rap vocals from Matt J Owen, keyboard player for the band.  I suspect there is a great future ahead for Sin Eso; they have a cool aura about them.

They’ve already played at the O2 Institute in Birmingham and I can’t see that being the end of it.

Thank The Academy

Thank The Academy band, Bromsgrove

 

Third on the list were pop punk band Thank The Academy, hailing from Birmingham. Absolutely in the mould of Blink 182 and Sum 41, they have honesty, a humble nature and the fact they had just completed a four date tour of the country with Never Hill, meant they played a pretty tight set.

Love to see a bit more originality from their song-writing, there were hints of it – Navigation for example – but in a pretty busy genre scene I think they will be doing their damnedest to show they can be different from the crowd.  Their EP “Navigation”, a follow-up to their debut  EP “Worth A Try” is due out any minute.

Atlas

Atlas band from Hereford

 

Finally, local rock trio Atlas took to the stage. Well, they say rock, I say down-tuned riff chugging monster Metal. I loved their set – part Mastodon, with some Bolt Thrower guitar and a bit of James Hetfield on the vocals thrown in for a pretty full on sound.

Lots of latent menace before an all-out onslaught of grooving terror and if you listen to their album MMXV you’ll know what I mean from tracks like Breaking Under and Isolated Clone. A great end to the night.

Atlas, BBC Introducing H&W at the Victory Pub, Hereford
Atlas play BBC Introducing H&W @ The Victory Pub

The sets will be played on the BBC H&W Introducing show throughout February, so keep an ear out for them.

Links to the bands for more information:
Last Tree Squad: www.facebook.com/LastTreeSquad
Sin Eso: www.facebook.com/sineso.official
Thank The Academy: www. www.facebook.com/ThankTheAcademyUK
Atlas: www.atlashereford.bandcamp.com/album/mmxv

ARTICLE WRITTEN BY RICH LOVELL, Music Director/Reviewer – Hereford City Centric & The Underground Revolution, Frontman – Punk Band Terminal Rage