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.

24 February 2017

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

Headsticks, The Booth Hall Hereford, The Underground Revolution, punk, folk punk, spoken word

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

Steve Ignorant's A Slice of Life, The Booth Hall Hereford, The Underground Revolution, punk, folk punk, spoken word

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.

Steve Ignorant's A Slice of Life, The Booth Hall Hereford, The Underground Revolution, punk, folk punk, spoken word
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

Slap Mag Worcester The Underground Revolution Hereford

Visiting The Wild Places with Under a Banner

Under A Banner, whose nucleus is the West Midlands, and whose CV includes supporting New Model Army, have released a new highly-listenable album titled  ‘The Wild Places’. On the Under a Banner bill for 2017, is a tour supporting Headsticks. If you haven’t heard of them, you need to check them out.

Under a Banner have a following of almost 58,000 music lovin’ humans on Twitter! Wow! Their ebullient sounds are a fusion of alternative and folk, mixed in with Adam’s ‘Big’ vocals that feel like a wave gently rolling in from the sea that suddenly catches you by surprise and knocks you over. Don’t worry no need for a sale on crutches..it is only a figure of speech.

I decided to dig deep into the matter that makes up Adam Broadhurst’s mind and ride the Under a Banner wavelength.

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Hereford’s Underground Revolution meets Ed Heslop, The Charasmatic Frontman From the Knighton Band Of Two, Huckworm

The Underground Revolution Presents Huckworm, John Mason & Shannon Walker on August 4th @ The Booth Hall Hereford HR1 2LW.  Doors open at 6:30 pm. £3 Entry or £2 with N.U.S card.   

The rise of Hereford’s music scene is attracting a new genre of promoters who bring with them a fresh breath of optimism and new talent that is becoming alluring to bands from surrounding counties adding to the diversity of the Herefordshire music scene.

One such band is Huckworm, a duo from Knighton who produce songs that have a unique alternative sound to them inspired by years of playing in other bands, and whose influences are as broad as Hip Hop, Funk and Grunge. To quote the description on their website.

WE ARE HUCKWORM. MIXING SLOW CHUGGY GUITAR AND FUNK DRUMMING WE CAME UP WITH SOMETHING SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT. WE COULDN’T REALLY PUT IT INTO A CATEGORY AS IT’S TOO TUNELESS FOR ROCK, AND TOO CHUGGY FOR FUNK. SO WE DECIDED TO CALL IT CHUNK- CHUG AND FUNK”

I had the opportunity to interview one half this funky duo, Ed Heslop, who is a motorbike lovin’, musician kind of dude.   

Knighton Band Huckworm Play the Booth Hall in Hereford 9 August 2016

THE INTERVIEW

Hereford City Centric: Hello Ed, thanks for doing this interview, you come highly recommended by the guys in Freeborn Rising…I like what I have heard so far. On behalf of The Underground Revolution, we are looking forward to putting on Huckworm at The Booth Hall next Thursday (4 August). Can you tell me what Huckworm are about? How long has the band been going?

Ed Heslop: Huckworm is a two piece band that combine slow chuggy guitar and funk drumming, there is no shouting but it has had its Weetabix. We’ve been going for around 9 months and have written over 30 tracks.     

HCC: That is some dedication boys! Is this your first time playing in Hereford? I know the band are based in Knighton.

EH: I’ve played Hereford a couple of times with different bands. They were both heavy rock/metal bands playing our own original music, so the kind of genre that appeals to a smaller crowd I guess. I like to think of Huckworm more along the ‘Royal Blood‘ road, slightly more commercial but still capable of offending granny’s.

HCC: What is the music scene like in Knighton? Any local bands you would like to give a mention to?

EH: The music scene in Knighton used to be sick! We had a lot of live music going on every weekend, but lately it’s become more DJ orientated (sad face). When we do get a decent band on it is always a night to remember. I have crowd surfed around the pubs whilst attempting to sing, people launch off tables, etc. You get the idea.

HCC: What are some of the musical influences that inspire the Huckworm sound?

EH: Our Influences are quite broad. For example, I love rock, classic rock, grunge, blues, jazz, hip hop and rap, and my drummer (John Beavan) is a funk freak. If I started naming artist’s you’d be asleep.

HCC: Tell me a bit about your previous musical experience? (previous bands etc..)

EH: I was the singer in a heavy metal band called Leech. I got tired of playing venue’s that didn’t appreciate the heavy stuff, so I started a slightly lighter project called Kaytown that did covers and originals. The music was still pretty angry, just more commercial. It was a massive success. We would pack out small pubs, but sadly artistic differences happened and it became more like work than fun and slowly ground to a halt.

HCC: If you had to listen to only 3 albums for the rest of your life, what would they be?

 

Pearl Jam Ten Vinyl - Huckworm

EH:

  1. Pearl Jam’s ‘Ten’ has to be one of the best albums ever written.
  2. Rage Against the Machine’s first album
  3. Maybe The Best of Creedence Clearwater Revival, but seriously man 3?  C’mon you could never choose!

HCC: ‘Ten’ is definitely one of my top album choices to date. What does the future hold for Huckworm?

EH: The future for the ‘worm is definitely getting the keys to Hugh Hefners gaff (actual chuckle), but nah seriously, I’m teaching my brother bass at the moment so we may turn in to a 3 piece at some point. I used to dream about making the big time, but now I just appreciate being able to play music with my mates and taking any opportunity to do just that so thanks for the gig guys.

HCC: Hey no problem, glad to have you guys.  I am sure it is going to be an epic night. See you soon.

Find Huckworm on Facebook

The Huckworm website http://www.huckworm.com/

Feature image taken off of Ed Heslop’s Facebook

Huckworm, John Mason, Shannon Walker at The Booth Hall Hereford

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BookArt16: A Treasure Trove Of Hand-Crafted Books Tucked Away At The Ledbury Poetry Festival

1 July- 10 July  BOOKART16  The Weavers Gallery, Church Lane, Ledbury  HR8 1DW (this exhibition is now closed)

Cover:  ‘Altered Box Of Much Loved Paints’ by  Jeanette McCulloch 

Each year Ledbury’s BookArt group holds an exhibit during the Ledbury Poetry Festival featuring a collective of works crafted over the span of a year applying various mediums and poetry to create hand-crafted, and at times, printed books. The authors’ works come to life through the use of paints, photography, eco dying, ancient felt making, upcycling and ceramics.

I have attended the Book Art exhibition for the past 3 years as part of the poetry festival experience I look forward to with anticipation. Each exhibit showcases a variety of talent which differs from artist to artist, each as engaging as the last.  I find myself consumed by the pages of each book, and there is nothing more intimate than flipping through the pages of what feels like a personal journey guided by each artist.

It is never possible to cover each artist’s work at these exhibits but there were various special pieces I felt drawn to.

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Jenny Leigh used an Eco Printing technique for her book.

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