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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‘Sounds From the Sofa’ The ‘Terminal Rage’ Interview…Advice For Young Musicians, Punk Idols & The Fight Against Austerity

Imagine if you will, three amazing characters who have come together to form the punk band known as Terminal Rage sitting before you under the effulgence of The Booth Hall stage lights.  I was aware these gents were characters, but as the interview progressed my “impressed” button was pushed many a time.

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Terminal Rage frontman Rich Lovell. Painting by Arran Vidal-Hall

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Omar Majeed Tells All About The Underground Revolution Gig @ The Booth Hall; Space Cats, Human Pyramids And Sober Moshing For Some.

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Review by Omar Majeed  –  Onlooker at The Underground Revolution, Bohemian Artiste Extraordinaire, Film Maker and Creator of Gravity Zine

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Pablo Alto at the Booth Hall in Hereford for The Underground Revolution
Pablo Alto, Photograph taken by Omar Majeed

Hereford City Centric put on quite a night last night by means of their their music promotion entity The Underground Revolution. The Booth Hall is steadily becoming a key venue for seeing live alternative music. There was some concern around rumours that Dave Savager, the drummer from arty Ledbury post-punk/psyche band Pablo Alto was in the grip of a fortnight long fever and wouldn’t be playing, but the three of them took to the stage and performed a set of melodious and atmospheric music led by John Rose’s spacey effects-laden guitar, and supported by Tessa Frith’s reliable bass backing. Continue reading “Omar Majeed Tells All About The Underground Revolution Gig @ The Booth Hall; Space Cats, Human Pyramids And Sober Moshing For Some.”

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.

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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

John Steven Hales Reflects on Attila the Stockbrokers’Underground Revolution’ Performance

ATTILA THE STOCKBROKER – The Booth Hall Sunday 21/2/16

Punk Poet and Performance Artiste Extraordinaire

Having seen him in my old home town of Brighton where he lives, I was very keen on seeing him again.  Attila read extracts from his autobiography ‘Arguments Yard’ chronicling his early years, and painful details of the death of his father when he was only ten years old.

He also talked about seeing the early punk bands- notably The Clash and at The Finsbury Park Rainbow Theatre, which he said changed his life. He shared stories about the punk scene in Brighton and described how most bands couldn’t play but it was the enthusiasm and energy that impressed him about them.

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In one tale, he described his involvement with the political campaigns of the seventies and eighties, including Rock Against Racism and the Miners’ Strike to name some.  He even went into lurid detail about his ‘flexible cystoscopy’ humourosly named the ‘trans urethe express’ and how he got the through the ordeal and praised the NHS, which is now under attack from the present government.

Additionally, he read some of his poems in the familiar ‘angry young man’ style, as well as, playing some songs on the mandola.

He also had a scatological anecdote about a ‘shit gig’ which really was. Another amusing anecdote was when he was asked to replace Donny Osmond at a gig.  Apparently half the audience walked out and the other half loved it.

The audience were very appreciative of the set, and Attila himself seemed very pleased with the evening .  At the end, he chatted with people at the bar, signed autographs and made himself generally available.

To sum up a great night, lots of interesting material, and thanks to Rich Lovell and Michelle Cuadra of The Underground Revolution for promoting the gig and bringing something alternative to town.

Review by John Hales who established Pork Belly Promotions, Hereford Blues Club and many wonderful live music events in the city of Hereford.  

Photography done by Rich Lovell.

 

 

‘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

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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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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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