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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2016: The Year Hereford Culture Blossomed

“The scene is starting to settle now (in a nice way). People are beginning to ask what music is on this coming weekend, rather than ‘Is there anything on?’ which is a massive change and a great reflection on the venues, the quality of the acts and the local promoters who have taken the risk in time and money to have a go this year. 2017 I hope will continue with that support from music lovers. I also hope people will take the plunge more and go to see acts they’ve not heard of before. After all, live music is a great night out whether or not you can sing along” – The Underground Revolution Music Director, Rich Lovell

From the day I set foot on Hereford turf I felt a special magnetism to its quiet green fields, open air city centre unobstructed by big heavy concrete monsters you find in places like Birmingham, its proximity to Wales and a view of the Black Mountains in the distance that at times seems like a mirage. There were perks like its reputation for cider making – witness the many orchards around the county – a magnificent Cathedral and history that just keeps on giving, such as, the remains of a Saxon child discovered in a lottery-funded Cathedral excavation project that unearthed many ancient artefacts revealing even further details of its war-torn past and how people lived all those years ago.

Pink Elephant Circus, Sin Palace and The Booth Hall Circus Performers and Masquerade Ball

pink elephant circus, the booth hall hereford, sin palace, masquerade ball

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Culture Shock and the Subhumans Play The Hereford Underground Punk Revolution

The Underground Revolution kicked off December, the last month of 2016 with one of our most successful shows to date featuring anarcho punk/ska legends Culture Shock and support from AtterkopAlvin and the Angry Barrels, and the amazing Last Tree Squad who were spinning the killer Rastafarian tunes mon. We expected a barrage of devotees who not only follow Culture Shock but also Citizen Fish and the Subhumans.

Culture Shock, The Booth Hall Hereford, Photo Nickie Bates Distorted Image
The kids lead the dance crowd at Culture Shock – Distorted Image Photography by Nickie Bates

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The Underground Revolution bring you Culture Shock, Atterkop and Alvin and The Angry Barrels with Special Guest Dub DJ’s Last Tree Squad TONIGHT!!!!

Thursday 1 December @The Booth Hall Hereford HR1 2LW.  $8 Entry and £5 with N.U.S card.  Join us for a night of Ska and Punk Beast legends. 

 

The Underground Revolution present Culture Shock Dec 1 2016 at the booth hall hereford

The Underground Revolution Hosted A Wild Night of Psych Garage Sounds At The Booth Hall

 

On November 25th The Underground Revolution hosted ‘A Wild Night of Garage Psych’ with special guests The Hungry Ghosts, Pablo Alto and DJ’s Sam and Siobhan at The Booth Hall in Hereford. It was a night of raw psych energy and enigmatic performances that included frontman Joe Joseph lying on the floor in the fetal position screaming into his mic. The crowd watched in amazement of course, and were carried away by their brand of ‘slaughterhouse blues’ and psychedelic fusion. They most certainly had us dancing to their sexy but at times violent sounds.

The Hungry Ghosts

Underground Revolution Psych Night - The Hungry Ghosts at The Booth Hall Hereford

 

Underground Revolution Psych Night - Joe Joseph frontman of The Hungry Ghosts at The Booth Hall Hereford

 

Pablo Alto have developed a following in the local music circuit. They are gregarious and put on a good n’ loud show – the crowds love it. Once ‘Spacecat’ came on we were all ears listening to a song that came to be after one of John Rose’s reoccurring nightmares about his cat Pablo going missing – except this time in space. I would’ve loved to be Pablo in that dream. They put some power into their performances which get me each and every time.

Pablo Alto

The Underground Revolution - Pablo Alto at Booth Hall Hereford for psych garage night

 

DJ’s Sam and Siobhan

houseparty

I was quite excited to have DJ’s Sam and Siobhan doing their thing between the bands. It was really a nice touch to break up two bands with a DJ set. The highlight of their set was when Sioban broke out with SexWitch on vinyl. You could almost say I was in shock – I had been listening to that album on repeat lately.

Anyway, I really enjoyed how they fused old and new psych sounds, it could have been a house party in the 60’s, and they kept the atmosphere authentic. They are one of those young couples you could find in a place like London or New York who know their music in depth and put on a stylin’ set. Hats off to them both.

Many Thanks to Element Audio for their support

The Hungry Ghosts, Pablo Alto, The Underground Revolution Garage Psych Night

Photography by Grace Biddlecombe  and article by Michelle Cuadra

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Hereford Dead – Make Sure You Get A Good Night’s Sleep

Hereford Dead presents: Vision Quest, Fetus Christ, New Cowboy Builders, Black Boxes, and Brunel: Booth Hall, Tuesday 18th October

“There was something of The Fall in there. The uncompromising angularity of the guitar and perhaps the vocal delivery too, which despite not being Mancunian, has a certain confident disarray of inflection.”

I’m probably not the right person to write this article. I saw a tshirt with a Nirvana smiley that had been changed into a drugged out cat and asked what it said. It said ’52Hz’ which is a name of a band apparently. I don’t know any new rock bands. I listen mostly to folk music now. This evening I’ve been listening to the new Leonard Cohen album (R.I.P). I used to listen to louder music a lot, but any of my frames of reference predate 1999, when I used to hear Steve Lamacq before the John Peel show and buy alternative CDs from Magpie and go to punk nights at the Jailhouse. Now I listen to Radio 6, which despite any cool credentials it seems to have acquired, is about as challenging as magnolia on the whole. The paint, not the film.

The other reason I’m not the right person to write this article is I wasn’t even there for half of it. By the time I got through the door Fetus Christ had finished playing, and I totally missed Vision Quest because I was stuffing myself with a beef burger that had macaroni cheese in it at The Beefy Boys. You might not believe it but I had been looking forward to this night for about a month. I’ve seen Fetus Christ before a number of times, and their energy and intensity drags me out of my mental quicksand like a well-aimed branch handed by an unusually angry man without a shirt on. It’s visceral and authentic.

Club Dead Hereford The Booth Hall , Black Boxes

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