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LOS ANGELES PUNK LEGENDS BAD RELIGION CONFIRMED TO PLAY REBELLION FESTIVAL

2016 saw Rebellion Festival celebrate its 20th year alongside the 40th anniversary of punk with a spectacular sold-out event. Over four days at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens, iconic bands from every aspect of punk across the world shared stages with new and emerging talent. And Rebellion 2017 already looks set to be no different.  Returning to Winter Gardens in Blackpool from  the 3rd to the 6th of August, the line-up is already shaping up to be another punk genre defining event.

LA punk legends Bad Religion are now confirmed to return to the festival for the first time in seven years, bringing their addictively melodic, politically-charged, high energy punk rock to the seaside punk event.

“Rebellion is by far the best punk festival on the planet,” enthuses Bad Religion (and Dag Nasty/Minor Threat) guitarist Brian Baker. “I went last year; it was so nice I saw Cock Sparrer twice! And this year you can see Bad Religion and Pennywise and the UK Subs, Sham 69, Skids, Angelic Upstarts and tons more. This is a great festival and i love playing it and I hope to see you all there.”

With every passing day, more bands are being added to the prestigious line-up that already includes such luminaries as mentioned by Brain Baker above who join the likes of The Vapors, Kent duo Slaves, The Skids, DOA, Alternative TV, Neville Staples Band,  Good Riddance, Scream (who once featured Dave Grohl), Toyah, Richie Ramone, Leftover Crack, Ruts DC and many many more.

Day tickets are now available at £60 per day and there is also the opportunity to buy weekend tickets in instalments with a deposit.

More bands, running-order and stage times still to be announced.

Rebellion Festival is an ALL AGES, family friendly event and children under 12 are admitted free of charge (accompanied by an adult). More information and tickets are available at:

Website: www.rebellionfestivals.com 

Twitter: @rebellionfest 

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/RebellionPunkMuskFestival

 

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Daily Prompt – Teen Idol

Todays daily prompt asks who did you idolize as a teenager?

Sadly I don’t often find the time to participate in Daily post prompts these day but I couldn’t miss out on this one.

I was born in 1961.  My dad was a cabaret singer and I grew up with the music of Neil Diamond, dads favourite artist.  I love Neil’s music to this day but it was the early 1970’s that saw we stretch my musical wings.

The first album I ever bought was David Bowie‘s Aladdin Sane, it was my introduction to alternative music, a love that lives with me to this day.  I still have that LP, carefully preserved in my collection of vinyl.

It was however the late 1970’s that threw up my real idols.  bands I love to this day include the Clash, the Ramones, Sex pistols and a host of other punk bands.  It was however Irish punk band Stiff Little Fingers who actually changed my life.

I grew up in Northern Ireland during the height of “the troubles.”  It was Stiff Little Fingers that helped me to see that there was another, better way of life.  The bands breakthrough record “Alternative Ulster” is to this day the best song I ever heard.

Frank Carter And the Rattlesnakes – [Photos]

Those of you outside the UK may not have come across Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes.

Frank Carter is one of the last of a breed, a true punk rock wild man.  Carter’s energy and aggression onstage has to be seen to be believed and when I say aggression that is exactly what I mean.  Frank has been known to punch members of the audience is they piss him off.

I caught Frank’s set at this years Reading Festival where he turned in an incredible performance.  On this occasion Frank even showed us that he has a softer side too 🙂

Those of you outside the UK may not have come across Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes.

Frank is one of the last of a breed, a true punk rock wild man.  Frank energy and aggression has to be seen to be believed and when I say aggression that is exactly what I mean.  Frank has been known to punch members of the audience is they piss him off.

I caught Frank’s set at this years Reading festival and Frank even showed us that he has a softer side too 🙂

New Years Day

New Years Day New Album ‘Malevolence’ Available To Stream

Post Hardcore band New Years Day were one of my picks of this years Download Festival.  I was thrilled by their performance and have been eagerly looking forward to their new album ‘Malevolence’ which was released through Another Century on 3rd October.

Malevolence was produced by Erik Ron (The Word Alive, Motionless In White) and is the band’s first release on Another Century Records.

New Years Day took the unusual step of streaming the album in it’s entirety on YouTube before it was released.

Check it out here.

Ash Costello (vocals) states, “Malevolence is the most personal album we have ever written to date. More than ever you can really feel the blood and tears in these lyrics. It wasn’t an easy process because it was so emotional but what came from it is honest and real. It’s therapeutic and angry but still shows vulnerability.

“Our producer Erik Ron will always start an album by asking me ‘what are you feeling right now?’ to which I replied ‘pissed off.’ I think anyone that has suffered through loss, betrayal, insecurity and abandonment will absolutely relate to it. For me, it felt so good to get everything I had been bottling up out and hopefully it helps others in the process.”

2015 has been a monstrously significant year for the band, it saw New Years Day dominate this year’s Vans Warped Tour, as well as frontwoman Ash Costello hosting the Alternative Press Music Awards Red Carpet and taking an active role as a spokesperson for PETA (see below).

PETA “Pet Adoption” Campaign 

http://peta2.me/2w0zr

NEW YEARS DAY – “Kill or Be Killed” Official Music Video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FDIqbM_Q1gE

New Years Day will be back in the UK for a run of gigs supporting Motionless in White & Chelsea Grin in late November/early December. See below for a list of dates.

NEW YEARS DAY live:  with Motionless In White & Chelsea Grin

23 NOV Belfast, IRE – Mandela Hall

24 NOV Dublin, IRE – Academy

26 NOV Manchester, UK – Club Academy

27 NOV Leeds, UK – University Union

28 NOV Glasgow, UK – Garage

29 NOV Nottingham, UK – Rescue Rooms
01 DEC Birmingham, UK – Asylum

02 DEC Bristol, UK – The Fleece

03 DEC Southampton, UK – 1865

04 DEC London, UK – Underworld **SOLD OUT**

06 DEC London, UK – Underworld **SOLD OUT**

New Years Day are on Facebook and they Tweet as @NYDrock

New Found Glory – Reading Festival – live review and interview – Louder Than War | Louder Than War

Alan Ewart Caught up with Pop-punk pioneers New Found Glory to talk trend setting, touring and being back at Reading Festival for the fifth time

Source: New Found Glory – Reading Festival – live review and interview – Louder Than War | Louder Than War

Neck Deep

Neck Deep Back with Superb New Album: Life’s Not Out To Get You

Neck DeepBritish pop-punk outfit are back with their second album, Life’s Not Out To Get You, and I must say that after a few listens it is a pretty credible effort.  The Welsh five-piece have been around since 2012 and this album is a follow up to last years debut Wishful Thinking.

Kerrang call Life’s Not Out To Get You “incredible” and the pop-punk album of the year, all without offering even the simplest (and laziest) justification for their viewpoint.  It is perhaps articles like this that are responsible for the slow walk to death that music magazines are taking at the moment.

Sputnik music come over all fan-boy about “Life’s Not Out To Get You” but at least they present a strong rational for their 4.5/5 rating.

“Neck Deep has got the chops that has made them relevant in the punk scene that many say is fading. If these opinions have any factuality to their merit, than Neck Deep is just the band to swoop in and save the day” they say.

I have to agree that Life’s Not Out To Get You is a good album and it is very good in places.  There are lovely hooks, bags of drive and tons of energy throughout the album.  If you are a fan of bands like Green Day, All Time Low and Blink-182 you will love this album  It is clear that Neck Deep are comfortable and competent and the album keeps you engaged most of the time.

As DIY Magazine points out Life’s Not out To Get You is beautifully engineered and produced.  They describe the album as “as guiltily satisfying as you’d expect any feel-good, buoyant pop punk effort to be.”  Therein lies the problem for this old codger.  As someone old enough to have basked in the glories of the late 1970’s punk revolution I can’t help but feel that it’s all a little bit too nice.

Where is the anger, the angst and the bitterness?  Where is the shredding of guitar and the heavy bass lines that categorise the punk bands of old.  The very title of the album is a clue.  Sorry neck Deep but Life is out to get you and you better be ready to spit in it’s eye and kick it in the nuts when it does come.

Don’t get me wrong, Life’s Not Out To Get You is a long way from the safe bland and boring crap that dominates the charts at present, but I prefer my punk to be more punk than pop.  I prefer my punk to be angry and aggressive thats why Stray from The Paths Subliminal Criminal, also released yesterday is more likely to be in my headphones.

That said the new Neck Deep disc is a very enjoyable offering, a solid 7/10.  I am certain that it will win Neck Deep a lot of airplay on 6 music and expand their growing audience.  I look forward to hearing how some of the songs work out live when I see them at Reading festival in a couple of weeks time.

Slaves – Glastonbury (John Peel Stage) live review

Slaves - GlastonburySlaves are a two piece garage punk outfit from Tunbridge Wells in Kent.  Isaac Holman provides the percussion and the lions share of the vocals whilst Laurie Vincent provides the guitar and adds to the vocal ferocity.

They may be a two piece but both live and in the studio they create a sound and energy that is indicative of a much bigger band.  When this years Glastonbury Line-up was announced I was delighted to see that Slaves had a spot on the John Peel stage though I must confess I was a little bemused to see that they were performing at 2pm on Saturday afternoon.  As a result, despite having seen Slaves live a couple of months back, I wasn’t really expecting a set of the ferocity that was delivered.

We all know that Glastonbury is a hedonistic, 24-hour a day gig and by Saturday afternoon many of those who arrived on Tuesday or Wednesday are starting to fade a little.  As I made my way towards the John Peel stage I remarked to my son that a lot of people seemed to be doing the same thing, especially given that the Waterboys were playing a blinding set on the Pyramid Stage and The Stripes were in full flow on the “Other Stage.”

On arrival at the John Peel stage I saw that not only was it packed but there were thousand sat on the remains of the grass outside the tent.  I quickly took my place in the press pit whilst counting down the minutes.  As I watched more and more people crowded into the tent, there was tension in the air and you could feel the energy pulsing from the crowd as waves of energy swept the stage.

As the intro track began the crowd erupted, the noise was deafening despite my ear plugs.  You could sense that Isaac and Laurie felt it too as they emerged onto the stage in boiler suits.  As the boys swept into the opening number “Are You Satisfied” you already knew you were about to witness something special.

Glastonbury Slaves John Peel-8

Slaves have bags of attitude, they have something to say and they are going to smack you in the face until you hear just what it is.  Just listen to the Clash like “Wow, 7am” and you will get the idea.  If you were looking to draw a comparison between Slaves and an old school punk band the Clash should be your first stop.  The big bluesy guitar licks, the attitude, the punk, ska, garage rock influences all come over loud and clear, but it is the energy that really grabs you.  A Slaves gig feels like a volcano about to erupt as the energy builds, increasing track by track until it is released in an explosion of sweating, heaving, bouncing, crowd surfing madness.

By the time the Slaves hit the single release “Feed The Manta Ray,” the madness reaches a crescendo with a guy running around the stage in a Manta Ray suit before he dives into the crowd and goes crowd surfing, he is quickly followed by Laurie, crowd surfing without missing a beat on his guitar.  Huge inflatable beach balls start bouncing across the crowd juggling for space with the numerous crowd surfers, the energy plateaus during a superb version of “The Hunter” and then suddenly, after finishing with “Hey”, their first single on Virgin records, its all over.

Slaves have just taken you on an 11 song, 60 minute, rollercoaster ride that left both them and the crowd simultaneously elated and drained.  Laurie and Isaac hug each other on stage.  The crowd stare at them open mouthed, bemused, drained of emotion and exhausted.  Everyone present knows that they have just witnessed a very very special performance.

Slaves may be a young outfit but they are going places and they want to get there in a hurry.  If you have any sense you will want to go with them.  Grab hold of Slaves, they are pure gold, their music matters and maybe, just maybe they are going to shake the UK music scene out of its current safe, “vanilla pop” torpor.  We may just be witnessing the birth of something very special