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.

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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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‘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.

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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.

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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

Rise up Together With The ‘Pungrunk’ Songs of Freeborn Rising…It’s A Mind Revolution

Matt Broom and Thorin make up Freeborn Rising, a band that has practically come crashing into Hereford from everywhere..so they say, and have even landed a gig as promoters for The Underground Revolution helping to put their own personal stamp on the music scene. Although these guys don a “devil-may-care” attitude, their souls run as deep as the tectonic plates. 

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Photo and Editing by Michelle Cuadra

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The Power of the People – The Hereford Music Community Strikes Again

Saturday October 15th, 2016 brought a community of Herefordshire musicians, music lovers and promoter’s (The Underground Revolution) to Hereford’s latest popular music venue The Booth HallThey hosted a free We Shall Overcome anti-austerity gig requesting food or cash donations for Hereford’s local food bank. Similar communities also hosted events all over the country during the first week of October proving that the UK is a nation of charitable hearts.

Many of us have been touched by the cruel hand of austerity, and during desperate times have accessed local food banks in order to put food on the table for our families. It isn’t a joke when you have to decide whether to pay your rent or buy food, especially when both are not an option.

“The support for the cause was amazing, I think Hereford has a big heart”

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Clockwise: Starting Top Left – Terminal Rage, Moshing Crowd, Alvin & The Angry Barrels, Nick Davis

This sentiment must have hit home for many as food donations piled in, merchandise was sold and a £100 in cash was collected for the food bank. People of all ages took matters into their own hands showing support for the less fortunate.

Hosted by The Underground Revolution, the idea came to U.R. Co-Founder Rich Lovell after his band Terminal Rage was asked to perform at another We Shall Overcome event taking place at The Rigger in Newcastle-Upon-Lyme alongside notable bands including Headsticks and Sons of Clogger – all performing free.

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You don’t have to be loaded to support your local charity. A pound means a lot when they add up. I asked Rich if he expected the turnout and support on the night, he replied “It far outweighed my expectation, both in the number of people who attended and the amount of food that was donated. The support for the cause was amazing, I think Hereford has a big heart”

Artists performing on the evening were: Nick Davies bringing in the crowd with his acoustic songs, setting the tone for a soon-to-be ferocious musical evening, Alvin and the Angry Barrels getting the mosh pit going and the ladies dancing to punk and ska, and lastly, Terminal Rage, whose local following is increasing leaps and bounds with every chord of Pretty Vacant. Warning, there have been a few bruises and bumps in the process…ah well that’s PUNK for you.

You can’t quite picture a room of headbangers, crusty’s and punks of all ages mingling with your average Joe too often, but it certainly was the case at Hereford’s 2016 We Shall Overcome fundraiser…living proof that diversity creates stronger communities. Power to the People!

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Photography by Nickie Bates

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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
Terminal Rage – Punk
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

 

We Shall Overcome Hereford 2016

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”

The Punk Review: PiL @The TramShed Cardiff

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Public Image Live at the TramShed Cardiff 29th May 2016

WHERE IT ALL BEGAN

Well what an amazing night that was! Although PiL have been one of my favourite bands for decades now – since I first saw them on TOTP around 12 years old- I didn’t know much about their past at the time, but even at that age I can remember sitting on the floor of my parents home watching  the general 80’s bollocks on the telly whilst everyone was chatting away among themselves when suddenly, on comes good old Johnny. Continue reading “The Punk Review: PiL @The TramShed Cardiff”

It’s All Free Love And A Lot Of Music Makin’ With SKINHORSE

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Left – Ben Davies Right – Andy Williams, Skinhorse

Sitting by the inglenook fire with Skinhorse during The Underground Revolution’s gig at The Victory Pub & Brewery, headlined by Hereford Art College band Silverfield, felt pretty rock n roll.  It was a buzzing Friday evening, and the weather was on point, making for a very relaxed and fun interview, regardless of the live grunge tunes ruling the sound waves over our voices. Continue reading “It’s All Free Love And A Lot Of Music Makin’ With SKINHORSE”

A night of Punk and Space Rock April 21 2016 @The Booth Hall, Hereford

Get ready for another night of amazing bands belting out the power vocals….and one who doesn’t have vocals at all but has riffs and beats that pulse right through you…a night to remember from The Underground Revolution.  The Youth Within are on the Rebellion bill for 2016 which is no easy task to achieve, so you should definitely see them, they are playing first.  We don’t believe in head liners because all the bands are great and we don’t do hierarchy being revolutionaries and all.

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Peace + Rock + Punk + Blues = Greenpeace UK and Hope Not Hate Charity Love-in at The Victory Pub in Hereford

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Peace sign guitar by Arlen Graffix

A gig to “Give Peace a chance” at the Victory has a certain irony about it when it has a line up including one Metal, two charged Blues bands and some angry Punks. Let’s face it, who expects to get any peace from such musical intensity.

Sweet Talk

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Sweet Talkin’ baby Blues crooners ‘Sweet Talk’

Onwards…..the night started off with Sweet Talk, who make the southern, shuffling blues that was a trademark of the great Stevie Ray Vaughan look very easy. They flew through a set that mixed light with shade, subtlety with machine-gun-palm-muting-speed-freakery, their own youth with a musical maturity that surely should have belonged to headliners The Troy Redfern Band. Sound engineering is easy when a band makes themselves sound this good, so good that I didn’t really know who I should be watching, I’m naturally drawn to the guitar work, but with each musician adding to the collective meant it messed with my brain. No painting by numbers here, just passion for their art.

Sounds like: SRV met Dave Mustaine “down the Crossroads” before passing out in a Texas Flood of their own making.

Terminal Rage

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As soon as Terminal Rage began their set, they were greeted by a sea of bobbing heads in the crowd. You couldn’t help but appreciate the raw, punk energy that fuelled the atmosphere. The buzz was high, especially as it was new bassist Raph’s first gig….for thirty years! Lead singer/guitarist Rich spits out the lyrics, often directed at those smarmy politician types, whilst thrashing his guitar with genuine, vein popping anger, with self-penned songs like “Casual Racist” and “Guilty” letting you know they are no friends of the current Government.

Terminal Rage’s highlights were definitely a cover of Anti-Nowhere League’s ‘So What?’, which is a personal favourite of mine, as well as a cover of The Old Firm Casuals, ‘A Gang Like Us’. Bob bashes on the drums, and while he may be hiding at the back, he’s certainly not forgotten, as he sang an impressive version of The Clashes, ‘Should I Stay Or Should I Go’. Over all, it’s always amazing to be at a gig and have the crowd singing (which was more like shouting) along, whilst strangers acknowledge each others appreciation. Some may say that ‘punk is dead’, but Terminal Rage proved that term obsolete demonstrating that it is very much alive, angry and kicking. More gigs please, fellas!

Sounds like: David Cameron got run over by a Sex Pistols truck whilst Hard Skin walked over him wearing their DM’s, then they all went for dinner with Anti Flag, Lagwagon and Propoghandi.

 

A Hundred Suns

 

As the seething Punks cleared off-stage, A Hundred Suns strode in to replace them. This band has grown so much over the year, each performance has been a step forward from the previous one. What do I love about them? They look like a band, they fit together, despite being very different stage animals. Claire takes centre stage and oozes excitement – her love of performing shines and fronts up some masterful Metal groovy tunes – it’s like The Almighty bred with Pantera’s hate gene and Sepultura’s ginger dreads with a slice of………well no, actually, they are way too much of their own to give clever comparisons. They groove, undoubtedly: Richard’s guitar kicks out the big, ear-catching riffs and Claire’s vocal style and bounce deliver for me equal amounts of convention and invention. I know, I know…..sounds confusing, but they deliver energy, controlled, beautiful power and I can’t wait to hear their new album they are recording. They belong – big venue, small venue – who cares, they belong!

 

Troy Redfern

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Troy Redfern giving us a quality Blues experience.

Quick change of equipment on stage and one of Herefordshire’s “most respected” take up the baton. The Troy Redfern band have been gigging their faces off this year, even managing some dates in dark and spooky Scandinavia. Masses of experience shown in an instant with the sound check – hit a chord, check the mic – “bit more top end please, Rich” bang, job done, ready to go. They play the sort of Blues I love – dirty, edgy, loud and electric, a mix of their own and covers they have made their own. I’ve not seen a bad show from them, each one is full of passion and just as Sweet Talk did, they blend the dark and light of the Blues with aplomb. And just to highlight how much of a Bluesman Troy is, he dragged Sweet Talk’s guitarist up for a jam, trading lead breaks, encouraging each other with nothing more than a nod. All this talent, Hereford should thank its lucky stars.

Sounds like: Jim Morrison bopped in a club with John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, then decided to party back at Cream’s house with Fleetwood Mac

The event was put on by Rich Lovell and John Hales with profits going to Hope Not Hate and Greenpeace.

Music review by Rich Lovell, Terminal Rage Frontman, Music Writer for Hereford City Centric
Terminal Rage music review by Claire Perkins, Frontwoman for A Hundred Suns and Music and Food Writer for Hereford City Centric