BurySOUND 2020 – the low down on sugar town.

Established in 1998, BurySOUND is one of East Anglia’s best-known and longest-running band competitions, endeavouring to discover, nurture and promote up and coming musical talent.

The competition is open to young bands and artists based in and around the West Suffolk area. All genres are welcome. There is no upper age limit, but priority is given to younger entrants.

Some of the acts in this year’s event have got in touch with R*E*P*E*A*T, so we thought we’d tell you a little about them in their own words.

Phoebe Austin

Phoebe Austin is a 15yr old Singer Songwriter from Sudbury in Suffolk who has been gigging solo since the age of 9. She has released 3 singles so far with Shlepp Records and hopes to showcase her best and proudest material to date at this years BurySound competition with her brilliant band behind her.

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The Daze

THE DAZE are an Angst band formed in May 2017 at Queens Road Studio. The original members include lead vocalist Albert and drummer Dylan (whom the band was named after due to the ‘Dylan Daze’) In May 2018, guitarist and vocalist Flo joined and the band developed a new dynamic with Albert and Flo switching roles, song dependent. Then guitarist Toby joined spring 2019 and  deepening the sound with his bass is Ulas, who has joined January 2020.

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The Daze have just released their EP “Stares like Stone” which came 4th in the top EPs released in East Anglia in 2019.

The band are renowned for entertaining the crowd with their high energy stage presence, swapping of singers and musicians and their short, sharp, catchy numbers all concluded with a massive, mad, drum, solo by Dylan.

https://www.queensroadstudio.co.uk/the-daze

Far From Refuge


Eagerly looking forward to taking BurySOUND 2020 by storm, the boys of Far From Refuge have been refining their unique blend of melodic metal, delivering captivating compositions that entwine intricate guitars with antagonistic vocals to underpin engrossing commentary from the human condition to tales of cosmic interlopers, and everything in between.

Drawing inspiration from artists such as Periphery, Linkin Park and TesseracT, among many others, the band are carving their own path in the modern metal scene. The fruits of their labour were first revealed to the world in 2018 in the form of 3 singles, along with a music video. In February of 2019, their eponymous debut EP was released to critical acclaim, followed by two more music videos and another single.
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Leon O’Leary

Leon O’Leary is an indie-folk singer-songwriter from the Suffolk Coast in England, growing up surrounded by pine forests and the wildness of the Suffolk coast at his doorstep. The kind of environment that often helps to create and nurture the very best of British and Irish singers and songwriters, grounded by melodic truth and the beauty that surrounds them. He writes and plays with the depth and passion of a much older soul, his Celtic origins can clearly be heard in his music, giving an insight on his attempts to make sense of the world, and a young man’s discovery of love and loss, with the influences of Sam Fender, Damien Rice, Ben Howard, James Bay and Springsteen resonating in his performances. He has performed at many venues in East Anglia including Latitude, Bardfest, Wild Paths, Ipswich Sound City, The Norwich Waterfront Studio, The Norwich Arts Centre, The Portland Arms and numerous festivals. Leon has had tracks played on BBC Introducing Suffolk and is part of The Sonic Youths Program in Norwich, representing them and The Norwich Arts Centre at festivals around Norwich.

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‘There was a lovely filmic quality to O’Leary’s set. Reminiscent of Damien Rice at times, it was a solid performance, with haunting melodies, distinctive vocals and strong harmonies…’ – Eastern Daily Press at Norwich Waterfront Studio.

Matt Reaction

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Matt Reaction is a one-man person from Suffolk. He was formed in 1975 and lost his common sense when it rolled under the Pick ‘n’ Mix in Woolworths. His ever-expanding repertoire includes original songs about Viagra, Gaffa Tape Sandy, Donald Trump, antiracism, antihomophobia, local music legend Seymour Quigley, wannabe gangsters, one night stands in Cortinas, late uncles, dire A14 drivers and the excellent breakcore artist Venetian Snares. Matt has yet to experience pregnancy.

Name Loading

I make electronic music inspired by the tracks of deadmau5, Daft Punk and many more.

The Name Loading project was meant to be a temporary alias before it just happened to make sense with what music i was making and I’ve gone by the title ever since.

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The Name Loading project allows me to be whatever i want to be in terms of music (or other related projects). I like to produce in lots of different genres and do all sorts of experimentation. Although i am known for taking a long time on my productions, i don’t want to export stuff that i consider crummy – quality over quantity. My inspiration comes from many producers from all sorts of electronic music genres and i can’t thank them enough for releasing such awesome music to help me get inspired to do it for myself.

My ultimate goal is to make people happy with my music and make them smile

SubStation

SUBSTATION are an indie rock band formed at Queens Road Studio in June 2017. The original members include lead vocalist Lily, guitarist and backing vocalist Jack and drummer Isaac. September 2018, bass player Harry joined and the band developed a new stronger sound which has been developed further when Cameron joined in April 2019.

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In the past 12 months SubStation have written and developed a prolific range of songs.Their EP ‘The Yellow One was released in November 2019 0n QRS Records and In December 2019 they were in the BBC Introducing studio where they were interviewed, played 3 of their tracks and competed against the BBC team and Horse Party in the Christmas special. SubStation were also voted 2nd in a poll of the best EPs in East Anglia 2019. A pretty good year!

The band are renowned for their dramatic and powerful lyrics, written by Lily, overlaid onto heavy riffs and intricate melodies creating powerful tunes. “The Lyrics are dark and captivating. Lily’s voice is addictive.”

https://www.queensroadstudio.co.uk/substation

 

The Taboos

The Taboos are a three-piece contemporary indie/alternative band. Their sound is very diverse, varying from punchy, anthem-esque choruses, to ambient, soft pop melodies. Officially formed in 2018, after previous success under the name ‘The Rogues’, the band have acquired great live experience, having supported prestigious artists such as Nick Grimshaw, Scouting for Girls and Toploader. As well as this they have frequently played some of London’s more notorious venues, including O2 Academy Islington and Camden Assembly.

After an overwhelming reaction to the band’s latest single ‘No Miracles’ they have been creating music in abundance and have new music coming very soon in 2020, with the upcoming single ‘Innovative Thinking’ due for release in March.

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Umbrella Assassins
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Umbrella Assassins are Steve, Garry and Bunge a band from Haverhill Suffolk. 3 years ago the band were reborn in Steve’s shed. Escaping everday life’s boredoms and unpleasantness, making a haven for creativity and the appreciation of beer at the bottom of the garden. The punk trio would go on to create something special, that would change their lives forever, Shed Punk!!!

More about the event

Twenty-five acts will perform over five heats at The Hunter Club in Bury St Edmunds and at Haverhill Arts Centre during January and February 2019. One winner will be chosen from each heat by our judging panel. The Grand Final will be held at The Apex in Bury St Edmunds on Friday 8th March 2019.

Our judging panel comprises musicians, promoters, DJs, journalists, producers and other industry professionals who adore live music, and who make a positive contribution to the local scene. Bands are judged on musical ability, entertainment factor, stage presence, lyrical content, originality, professionalism and band togetherness, but more importantly, on the intangible, indefinable awesomeness, passion and raw talent that future biopics are made of.

The competition element, however, is secondary to the thrill of discovering other like-minded artists, and playing in front of a music-loving crowd. Whoever wins or loses, everyone will be part of something amazing!

Find out more at www.burysound.com

Tundra to headline Independent Venue Week show at The Hunter Club BSE.

Washing Machine proudly presents
and Independent Venue Week 2020 show starring

TUNDRA
GUTTS
B.U.H
KUNK
GROFF

On Saturday 1st February as part of Independent Venue Week we’re merrily atingle to bring you an evening of majesty and mirth beyond measure, headlined by literally everyone’s favourite grunge-surf-punk power triplets TUNDRA. Support comes from already-legendary queer sax punk phenomena GUTTS, positive hardcore heroes B.U.H, speed-sludge proto-metal marvels KULK and wonky pop princes GROFF.

Swansea Tundra fans need not despair as they visit the City on March 14th as part of an all dayer at Creature Sound, info here https://www.facebook.com/events/1030689957267489/

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6-11pm
£5
£4 cheap list if you join this event page
£4.40 advance: https://www.wegottickets.com/event/487325
All ages welcome (under-14s must be accompanied by a parent or carer AT ALL TIMES)
Fully licensed bar – No I.D., No Alcohol

Independent Venue Week

Independent Venue Week is a 7-day celebration of music venues around the country and a nod to the people that own, run and work in them, week in, week out.
www.independentvenueweek.com

Venue address: The Hunter Club, 6 St Andrew’s Street South, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 3PH
Nearest car park: Robert Boby Trading Estate, IP33 3DH (5 minute walk)
Last train back to Ipswich/Stowmarket/Norwich leaves BSE 11.27pm.

Step free access is available, but if you have any enquiries about accessibility or facilities please contact club manager Nick Pooley on 01284 723101.

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WASHING MACHINE IS A SAFE SPACE
We take audience safety very seriously at The Hunter Club, and strongly believe that gigs can and should be safe spaces, free from harassment, intimidation, prejudice, bullying and violence. We expect that all artists, crew, venue staff and attendees will respect our values, and we have a zero tolerance policy towards those who do not. Anyone who endangers the enjoyment and safety of others at a Washing Machine night will be ejected and barred. It is unfortunate that in 2020 we still have to say this stuff, but we hope that by doing so we can help to create an atmosphere where everyone feels safe and able to enjoy themselves.

Bristol UK’s indiepop C86 royalty release new single

Bristol UK’s indiepop royalty and C86 pioneers The Flatmates debut 1st single “Shut Up and Kiss Me” from upcoming debut album ‘The Flatmates’  on HHBTM Records (USA) / Subway Organization (UK).

RELEASE DATE: March 13th, 2020  LP (hhbtm)  / CD (subway)  / Digital Download 

A mere 34 years after their first show, indie – pop – punk band from Bristol UK, The Flatmates, release their eponymously titled first studio album, officially their debut, this Spring.

“The Flatmates” will be released early 2020 by The Subway Organization in Europe (the label’s first release since 1994), and by Happy Happy Birthday To Me in the US.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The album marks the culmination of a very fruitful period of writing for the band, with main songwriter guitarist Martin Whitehead’s songs being augmented by contributions from singer Lisa Bouvier and keyboard player Rocker.

The self-recorded album features thirteen (lucky for some) killer pop songs, all originals, including the opening track ‘Shut Up And Kiss Me’, which was released in late 2019 on a limited edition 7” by independent Greek label Old Bad Habits. Side one also takes in “You Held My Heart”, the first Flatmates single to be written by singer Lisa and the organ-swirling groove of “She’s So Bad for You”.

Side two opens with the anthem for the indie generation “Last Guitar in Town”, which Martin wrote after waking suddenly to find a tall dark figure standing at the foot of his bed and a gravelly voice speaking the words… “Listen son. No-one…gives a fuck…about your rock’n’roll”. “This Is Reality” brings you round with a slap in the face and the flip-side continues through the live favourite “Punk Moth” and the crime drama “The Night We Murdered Love”. “The Flatmates” closes with the brass-stabbing, string-sweeping, ivory-tickling, finger-snapping, soul-stomping call to the barricades that is “(If You’re Going To Give Your Life For A Lost Cause, Then…) Why Can’t It Be Love?”

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With the release of “The Flatmates” the band have now notched up new releases in each of the 5 decades from the ‘80s to the ‘20s.

The album was recorded in Bristol at Rocker’s home studio StAR Studios, by band members Martin, Lisa and Rocker plus bassist Matt and drummer Brian, with guest appearances by Wendy Pickles (The Popguns; The Perfect English Weather); Katie Gatt (Personal Best, Colour Me Wednesday); Geoff Gorton (Arrest! Charlie Tipper, The Dukes Of Mumbai); Harry Furniss (Iceman Furniss Quartet); and Thomas Aherne (The Proctors, Peru).

UK shows to promote the album release are being arranged for Spring 2020.


This is now…

VINYL PRE-ORDER LINK: The Flatmates vinyl

THE CHATS ANNOUNCE DEBUT ALBUM and UK TOUR DATES

THE CHATS

ANNOUNCE DEBUT ALBUM
HIGH RISK BEHAVIOUR
OUT MARCH 27 VIA BARGAIN BIN RECORDS/COOKING VINYL AUSTRALIA

 THE CLAP SINGLE & VIDEO RELEASED TODAY

TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED FOR OCTOBER

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Photo Credit: Luke Henry)

The Chats have announced their debut album High Risk Behaviour, out March 27 on Bargain Bin Records/Cooking Vinyl Australia.

To mark this momentous occasion the band have released an eye-watering new video for their new single The Clap, take it in below on an empty stomach.

This is the closest you’ll ever hear The Chats get to write a love song (that is unless you are talking about their love of beer). A cautionary tale about a root gone wrong (direct quote), and an STI that just wouldn’t leave. The Clap features guitarist Pricey on vocal

The Chats have the cops to thank for the title of their debut album, High Risk Behaviour.

If they didn’t keep hassling drummer Matt Boggis about skating in places he shouldn’t – and giving him tickets listing that as the offence – who knows what idiotic title the self-proclaimed “dropkick drongos from the Sunshine Coast of Australia” would have come up with.

And yet it’s the perfect name for an album that does not fuck around. An album that sounds like Aussie greats the Cosmic Psychos downing beers with The Saints before doing shots with the Buzzcocks and then spewing it all up behind the kebab van. An album that’s over in 28 blistering, funny, sweaty, unforgettable minutes, with half of its 14 songs failing to reach the two-minute mark. Some might call the Queensland trio lazy. Singer-bassist Eamon Sandwith sees it differently.

“I don’t want to make the songs boring, so I just keep them short and sweet,” shrugs the man whose mullet became an international talking point following the success of 2017 viral hit “Smoko”. “We try not to think about it or complicate it too much. You don’t want to force it or the song’s going to turn out crap.”

Since forming in their mate’s bong shed in 2016 while still at high school, that attitude has taken The Chats – completed by guitarist Josh Price, who once wrote a song called How Many Do You Do? in which he boasted of doing 52 “dingers” in a night – from the sleepy coastal village of Coolum (located roughly two hours north of Brisbane) to venues around the world. Their fanbase includes Dave Grohl, who loved the video for Smoko so much he showed it to Josh Homme, who then asked the trio to support Queens of the Stone Age on their 2018 Australian tour. Iggy Pop is also a card-carrying member of The Chats’ fan club, requesting that they support him in Australia in early 2019 and peppering them with questions like, “What’s a smoko?” and “What’s a dart?”

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The rest of 2019 was spent taking the world by storm armed with nothing more than guitars, drums, shorts, shirts and thongs (or, if it was a formal occasion, sandals and socks). Shows across Australia and the UK were sold out, and they performed their first gigs in America (the LA show was attended by Homme, Grohl and Arctic Monkeys’ frontman Alex Turner). The band capped off the year with a return visit to Britain, selling out venues such as London’s 2,300-capacity 02 Forum.

Suffice it to say, life has changed a fair bit for The Chats over the past two years.

“Well, I don’t have to work at the supermarket anymore,” 
says Sandwith.

That he does not. In fact, Sandwith and his mates have been too busy touring, writing songs and, when their gigs took them to Victoria, dropping into engineer Billy Gardner’s studio in the coastal city of Geelong for a day of recording. That they chose this piecemeal approach explains why the album took 18 months to finish – a luxury considering 2017 EP Get This In Ya took four hours to record one hungover afternoon.

“If we’d just done a week and slogged it out we could have had an album before now but we just kept going in there and making newer and better songs so it’s hard to put a stop on it,” says Sandwith.

The sessions were fast. “Some of the songs were first-take and we were like, ‘That’s good, whatever’,” says Sandwith. “We’re really not perfectionists.”

Remarkably, they still found time to experiment with exotic instruments such as… a tambourine.

The end product is an album that buzzes like an out-of-control chainsaw, propelled by Sandwith’s spoken-spit-sung vocals, their three-chords-is-one-too-many approach, and an exacting combination of youth, vigour and drunkenness. But don’t mistake simple for stupid – if it was easy to make songs this short, this catchy and this downright brilliant, everyone would be doing it.

“I think they’re good songs,” says Sandwith. “And at the end of the day, if I like it then fuck it, who cares if other people do?”

Despite being the subject of a record label bidding war, The Chats are releasing High Risk Behaviour on their own label, Bargain Bin Records. It’s indicative of a band that have embraced DIY culture since day one, to the point where Sandwith used to spend his days at the post office sending out merch orders.

“We thought, if we just do it ourselves we don’t have to worry about getting swindled,” says Sandwith. “We’ve always done it our way.”

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Their determination to do things “our way” extends to their music, which is why High Risk Behaviour delivers everything you’ve come to love from The Chats – only more of it – and confirms their status as Queensland’s greatest ever export (apart from Bundy Rum).

“I just want people to have a good time,” says Sandwith of the album. “I want them to dance around and have a beer and enjoy it. We don’t make songs for people to look at in a fucking emotional or intellectual way. We just make songs for people to jump around and have fun to.”

Follow The Chats:
FACEBOOK | TWITTER | INSTAGRAM | WEB

Follow Bargain Bin Records:
INSTAGRAM | WEB

HIGH RISK BEHAVIOUR TRACKLISTING:

1. Stinker

2. Drunk N Disorderly

3. The Clap

4. Identity Theft

5. Guns

6. Dine N Dash

7. Keep The Grubs Out

8. Pub Feed

9. Ross River

10. Heatstroke

11. Billy Backwash’s Day

12. 4573

13. Do What I Want

14. Better Than You

Pre-order High Risk Behaviour HERE:

The Chats are:

Eamon Sandwith bass / vocals

Josh Price – guitar / vocals

Matt Boggis on drums

Catch The Chats at the following dates in October:

October 2020

Fri 16 Southampton, 1865

Sat 17 Nottingham, Rock City

Sun 18 Bristol, 02 Academy

Mon 19 Ireland, Dublin, Olympia

Tue 20 Belfast, Limelight

Thu 22 Glasgow, Galvanizers

Fri 23 Leeds, Stylus

Sat 24 Newcastle, Boiler Shop

Sun 25 Manchester, 02 Academy

Mon 26 Brighton, Dome

Wed 28 London, Electric Brixton

Thu 29 London, Electric Brixton

Tickets available HERE (on sale 24th January 10am)

REBELLION FESTIVAL RETURNS THURSDAY AUGUST 6 – SUNDAY 9 – line ups announced

REBELLION FESTIVAL RETURNS THURSDAY AUGUST 6 – SUNDAY 9 2020 AT THE WINTER GARDENS, BLACKPOOL

MANY LINE-UP ADDITIONS ANNOUNCED!

CIRCLE JERKS, BAD RELIGION, PETER HOOK & THE LIGHT, STIFF LITTLE FINGERS, THE UNDERTONES, ANTI-FLAG, TOM ROBINSON BAND, ALL CONFIRMED TO PLAY, PLUS MANY MORE…

www.rebellionfestivals.com

Scheduled to take place Thursday August 6th to Sunday 9th 2020 at its home, the Winter Gardens in Blackpool, Rebellion Festival is now widely recognised as the largest gathering of punks in the world and continues to grow every year.

2019 saw one of the most prestigious line-ups yet, with iconic acts from every corner of the globe rubbing shoulders with a multitude of thrilling up and comers. The Stranglers, Descendents, Fear, Spear Of Destiny, The Damned, The Skids and many more all topped the stages and left lasting impressions. You can view a fast-forward recap of 2019 here: https://vimeo.com/354631253

The line-up for 2020’s event is already coming together quicker than a Ramone could bellow 1234! with a feast of punk rock talent already confirmed to play. In terms of legendary, iconic punk bands, Rebellion 2020 is not falling short with Bad Religion, Stiff Little Fingers, Sham 69, Circle Jerks, The Undertones, Peter Hook & The Light, Anti-Flag, The Adicts, Steve Ignorant Plays Crass, Tom Robinson Band all now confirmed to perform as Rebellion enters a new decade.

For US hardcore punk fans, the addition of Californian icons the Circle Jerks, (above) reunited to celebrate the 40th anniversary of their fabled 14-songs-in-15-minutes ‘Group Sex’ album, is a thrilling proposition, especially for frontman Keith Morris who has appeared at Rebellion Festival before in the previous guises of OFF! and Flag.

“The music festival season’s upon us and there will always be the ‘too cool’ or ‘they don’t have enough great bands’ people bitching and whining and these are the ones with toothpicks lodged in their rectums,” states Keith. “Those not up for the fun and adventure of going out to see bands will miss witnessing Scream, The Undertones, Rezillos, GBH, 999, TSOL, Angelic Upstarts, Bad Religion, Channel 3 and Stiff Little Fingers which is just the top of the roster. All these groups and more will be appearing at Rebellion Fest 2020 which is held in Winter Gardens in the beautiful seaside city known as Blackpool. I’ve appeared with OFF! and FLAG during previous Rebellion Fest situations and had nothing short of a great experience! I’ll be participating with The Circle Jerks at the upcoming RF and for those of you who aren’t down with the situation there’s always “Joseph and The Technicolor Dreamcoat” at the end of May…………”

Despite many appearances at Rebellion over the years, Northern Ireland’s Stiff Little Fingers (below) are still as excited as ever to support the festival.

“We’re delighted to be once again playing at Rebellion,” declares frontman Jake Burns. “A festival that’s very close to our hearts, having been involved with it for such a long time now. It’s always fun coming back to Blackpool, catching up with old friends and making new ones. Having grown from small beginnings in Morecambe all those years ago to one of the biggest punk gatherings in the world is fantastic and a real testament to the staying power of the music, the bands but mainly the audience. Can’t wait!”

These join an ever-expanding line-up that runs the length and breadth of the genre’s vast musical world, further highlights including The Dickies, Angelic Upstarts, GBH, Anti Nowhere League, UK Subs, Neville Staple Band, The Boys, Scream, Toxic Reasons, MDC, The Rezillos, Bouncing Souls, T.S.O.L., The Pack, No Fun At All, Conflict, DYS, Scream, King Prawn, Adrenalin OD, 999, Honey Bane, Grade 2, ATV and many many more.

For listings and additions head to: http://www.rebellionfestivals.com/line-up

Since its original inception in 1996 as the then named Holidays In The Sun festival, Rebellion has always aimed to bring together the best punk and alternative music from across the globe, and is still a family-run, family-orientated event that celebrates punk in all its forms.

Tickets available here: www.rebellionfestivals.com/shop

Head to www.rebellionfestivals.com for more information.

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

THE BELLRAYS CONFIRM JANUARY 2020 UK TOUR W/ LOS PEPES

Blues is the teacher. Punk is the preacher-

THE BELLRAYS

CONFIRM JANUARY 2020 UK TOUR

W/ LOS PEPES

THE BELLRAYS have confirmed an eleven date UK tour for January 2020, with special guests Los Pepes. Kicking off in Portsmouth on 15/01, the run includes stops in Bristol, Scotland, Newcastle and Brighton before commencing at London’s Oslo on 26/01.

Full dates are as follows:

January:

15th – Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth

16th – Louisiana, Bristol

17th – Le Pub, Newport

18th – The Phoenix, Exeter

19th – The Lantern, Halifax

21st – Voodoo, Edinburgh

22nd – Broadcast, Glasgow

23rd – The Cluny, Newcastle

24th – Westgate Social Club, Middlesborough

25th – Prince Albert, Brighton

26th – Oslo, London

Blues is the teacher. Punk is the preacher. It’s all about emotion and energy, experience and raw talent, spirit and intellect. Exciting things happen when these things collide. Bob Vennum and Lisa Kekaula  made the BellRays happen in 1991 in East LA but they weren’t really thinking about any of this then. They wanted to play music and they wanted it to feel good. They wanted people to WANT to get up, to NEED to get up and check out what was going on. Form an opinion. React. So they took everything they knew about; the Beatles, Stevie Wonder, the Who, the Ramones, Billie Holiday, Lou Rawls, Hank Williams, the DB’s, Jimmy Reed, Led Zeppelin, to name a very few and pressed it into service. It was never about coming up with a ‘sound’, or fitting in with a scene. It was about the energy that made all that music so irresistible. It was the history BEFORE Led Zeppelin that led them to that point. The Beatles thought they were playing R&B. It just came out like ‘Rubber Soul’. The Ramones were trying to be Del Shannon or Neil Sedaka and out came ‘Rocket to Russia’. With the BellRays there was no conscious effort to ‘combine’ rock and soul because they didn’t see them as divided in the first place. Blues was teaching. Punk was preaching. The BellRays were always listening.

For more information:

www.thebellrays.com

https://www.facebook.com/BellRays

Manic Street Preachers Step In To Support Swansea Venue

Manic Street Preachers Step In To Support Swansea Venue

Post script – these items have now sold and will have raised nearly £300 once Ebay and paypal fees are paid, thanks all!

Signed photo and rare promo CD available for bidding here

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“It’s good to see music venues carrying on being a place to belong and feel inspired. Keep up the good work” – Patrick Jones, leading Welsh poet
 
“This is absolutely amazing! We are over the moon that the Manic Street Preachers have stepped in to help try and save a permanent space for original musicians and the community’s homeless. Being situated in one of the poorest communities in Swansea and completely volunteer run, raising funds to save the building has been a hard task. Having champions of our country’s music scene stepping in to help will hopefully give it the boost it needs to stay here for generations to come. We are very grateful to R*E*P*E*A*T and Love Music Hate Racism for all of their support in making this happen.”    Kaz Chambers, Creature Sound.
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“Venues like Creature Sound are essential to the health of a live music scene. Creature Sound are special in that they give back to the community with, for instance, their support for the homeless. It would be a tragedy to see them close their doors to young and aspiring musicians. The solidarity offered by the Manics is typical of their support for up and coming performers and artists ” Richard Rose, R*E*P*E*A*T Records and promotions.
The campaign to save Swansea venue Creature Sound was given a boost this week by the intervention of Welsh rock legends, Manic Street Preachers. The band heard about the venue’s plight through Patrick Jones, renowned Welsh poet and brother to bass player Nicky Wire. Patrick was performing in Swansea for Manics inspired label R*E*P*E*A*T when he heard about the situation, which could lead the venue being sold and possibly turned into luxury housing. Pretty soon rare signed CDs and promo photos were donated by the band, to help with the campaign to buy the venue for the community. These have been put on Ebay to a great degree of interest and will add to the groundswell of support for Creature Sound, a very special music venue.

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To bid please follow the links on repeatfanzine.co.uk or their social media, or look here https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/143472607356
More details on the Save Creature Sound campaign can be found on their Facebook pages:
https://www.facebook.com/CreatureSound/
https://www.facebook.com/savecreaturesound/
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 R*E*P*E*A*T – Fighting the Power since 1994

Latest sounds here:
https://repeatfanzine.bandcamp.com/
(hear before you buy!)

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http://twitter.com/RichardREPEAT

Pale Saints – The Comforts Of Madness – 30th Anniversary Remaster

Pale Saints – The Comforts Of Madness (30th Anniversary Remaster): Limited Edition Clear Vinyl

 

Deluxe double CD & LP formats include unreleased demos & 1989 John Peel Session.

On the eve of a post-Thatcherite Britain, the Pale Saints, alongside the likes of Lush, Ride and Slowdive, were ushering in a new wave of British indie. And in 4AD, they found a perfect home for their music – an exciting & undeniable meld of noise and dream-pop.

And I was regularly driving minibus loads of excitable York students down to Leeds to watch them. My first regular contact with fanzine culture. And then they supported The Darling Buds (or was it vice versa?), oh the excitement!

Their debut album, The Comforts of Madness, didn’t disappoint, now standing as one of the best of its era. Pitchfork placed it in their Best 50 Shoegaze Albums Of All Time saying, “There’s a restless urgency, particularly when the volume swells and the rhythms intensify. That energy not only keeps (it) vital, it emphasizes Pale Saints’ inventiveness, how they channelled softness and rage into something distinctive.”

Nearly 30 years on and The Comforts of Madness is finally getting the reissue treatment. Having been remastered, a faithful LP repress on black vinyl is being released as well as double CD and double clear vinyl editions, both of which come with a bonus disc of previously unreleased demos and the band’s only John Peel Session, recorded in 1989.

The Comforts of Madness reissue is now available for pre-order.

The Comforts of Madness: 30th Anniversary Remaster:

Disc one:

1. Way The World Is
2. You Tear The World In Two
3. Sea of Sound
4. True Coming Dream
5. Little Hammer
6. Insubstantial
7. A Deep Sleep For Steven
8. Language of Flowers
9. Fell From The Sun
10. Sight Of You
11. Time Thief

Disc two:

1. Sight Of You (Original Woodhouse Studio Version) *
2. Way The World Is (Woodhouse Studio LP demo) *
3. Language of Flowers (Woodhouse Studio LP demo) *
4. You Tear The World In Two (Woodhouse Studio LP demo) *
5. Fell From The Sun (Woodhouse Studio LP demo) *
6. A Deep Sleep For Steven (Woodhouse Studio LP demo) *
7. Time Thief (Woodhouse Studio LP demo) *
8. Sea of Sound (Woodhouse Studio LP demo) *
9. Insubstantial (Woodhouse Studio LP demo) *
10. Little Hammer (Woodhouse Studio LP demo) *
11. True Coming Dream (Woodhouse Studio LP demo) *
12. She Rides The Waves (John Peel Show version) *
13. You Tear The World In Two (John Peel Show version) *
14. Way The World Is (John Peel Show version) *
15. Time Thief (John Peel Show version) *

* Previously unreleased

People Don’t Protest Enough – timely new single from Catholic Action

CATHOLIC ACTION share new single
People Don’t Protest Enough

New album Celebrated by Strangers released on March 27th via Modern Sky

Listen HERE

 

When Catholic Action re-emerged last month with the single One Of Us, it was met with a fevered response. Instantly finding a wealth of support from Annie Mac and Jack Saunders on Radio 1, Huw Stephens on 6 Music, John Kennedy on Radio X, and hitting #1 on the Amazing Radio chart, it picked up further attention at NME, DIY, Clash, The Line of Best Fit, Dork and the Independent – as well as additions on Spotify playlists including New Music Friday and The Indie List. One Of Us marked an urgent and frenetic return. Having just wrapped up a headline UK tour, playing material from forthcoming new album Celebrated by Strangers for the first time, they are also among the first names to be announced for SXSW 2020.


Photo credit Gemma Dagger​ | 

Today, Catholic Action are sharing new single People Don’t Protest Enough. Where One Of Us took aim at the billionaire-owned media and their Bullingdon Club ilk, newly launched single People Don’t Protest Enough is a call to organise, as lead singer and guitarist Chris McCrory outlines; “This is Casiotone for the politically marginalised. This is Krautrock for a progressive, positive future. And most importantly, this is a timely reminder that there are more of us than there are of them. People need to organise. Put down your phone, take your fingers out of your genitals and get on the streets – It really works. People Don’t Protest Enough.”

LISTEN HERE

New album Celebrated By Strangers is release March 27th via Modern Sky Records. Pre-order the album HERE.

Upcoming live dates

March 11-15 – The New Colossus Festival, NYC, USA
March 13-22 – SXSW, TX, USA
May 02 – Liverpool Sound City, Liverpool, UK
May 03 – Hit The North, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
May 08 – St Lukes, Glasgow, UK

Celebrated By Strangers track listing

1. Grange Hell (South London In D)
2. Witness
3. I’m No Artist
4. One Of Us
5. Yr Old Dad
6. And It Shows
7. People Don’t Protest Enough
8. Another Name For Loneliness
9. Sign Here
10. There Will Always Be A Light
11. Four Guitars (For Scottish Independence)

Catholic Action: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Spotify
Modern Sky Records: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Spotify

The Undertones ‘Best Of’ released on vinyl in February with UK tour

On February 28th 2020, BMG are pleased to announce the release of The Undertones ‘West Bank Songs 1978-1983 – A Best Of’, featuring 30 tracks from their original recording period, 1978-1983. Compiled by the band.
Available as a double LP with 2x140g coloured vinyl discs with gatefold sleeve, the release features 7 top 40 hits (including 4 top 20s): ‘Teenage Kicks’, ‘My Perfect Cousin’, ‘Here Comes the Summer’, ‘Jimmy Jimmy’, ‘You’ve Got My Number (Why Don’t You Use It!)’, ‘Wednesday Week’, ‘It’s Going to Happen!’ plus the Kevin Shields 2016 remix of ‘Get Over You’. Mastered from HD master sources under the supervision of Undertones guitarist Damian O’Neill, the tracks are taken from the band’s 4 critically acclaimed original studio LP’s; ‘The Undertones’ (1979), ‘Hypnotised’ (1980), ‘Positive Touch’ (1981) and ‘The Sin of Pride’ (1983).
With LP artwork inspired the Rolling Stones’ ‘Aftermath’ – an important influence on the band, ‘West Bank Songs’ also features a 12-page booklet, including rare and previously unseen photos, with new notes written by Undertones bassist Michael Bradley. The gatefold sleeve includes excerpts from the Faber & Faber book ‘Fried & Justified: Hits, Myths, Break-Ups and Breakdowns in the Record Business 1978-98’ by Mick Houghton.
Pre-order link here
THE UNDERTONES
‘WEST BANK SONGS 1978-1983 – A BEST OF’
DOUBLE LP, COLOURED VINYL WITH GATEFOLD SLEEVE
RELEASED FEBRUARY 28TH 2020 VIA BMG
30 TRACKS
COMPILED BY THE UNDERTONES
GATEFOLD SLEEVE WITH COLOURED VINYL & NOTES BY MICK HOUGHTON
RECORDINGS FROM THE FIRST 4 STUDIO LP’s, INCLUDING ALL THE HITS 
12 PAGE INSERT WITH NOTES BY MICHAEL BRADLEY + RARE & UNSEEN BAND PHOTOS
The Undertones emerged from Derry, Northern Ireland in 1974, the result of five friends learning how to play basic rock and roll. Even by the standards of that decade, Derry was not the rock and roll capital of anywhere and with no live bands worth watching, they learned their trade by listening to mail order records, reading one of the few copies of NME that made it to Derry but most of all from listening to John Peel’s show on BBC Radio One.
Practicing in their bedrooms eventually led to the band recording ‘Teenage Kicks’ in 1978 on Terri Hooley’s Good Vibrations label in Belfast. A copy was sent to the legendary DJ John Peel and he liked the track so much he played it twice in a row on his radio show!
Eventually signing to Sire Records, ‘Teenage Kicks’ was re-released, resulting in the band’s first appearance on Top of the Pops.  Over the next five years, John O’Neill, his younger brother Damian, Feargal Sharkey, Billy Doherty and Michael Bradley crafted numerous punkpop gems and would go on to release 13 singles and 4 studio LP’s, before disbanding in May 1983.
The Undertones re-formed in 1999 with singer Paul McLoone, subsequently recorded 2 new LP’s and have been touring regularly ever since. They played Glastonbury Festival in June 2005, recently marked their 40th anniversary, and have just completed a 46 date, 2019 world tour.
Tracklist:
SIDE 1
1. You’ve Got My Number (Why Don’t You Use t!)
2. Male Model
3. Hypnotised
4. Billy’s Third
5. The Way Girls Talk
6. True Confessions
7. Wednesday Week
8. (She’s A) Runaround
9. There Goes Norman
SIDE 2
1. Teenage Kicks
2. Tearproof
3. Jump Boys
4. The Love Parade
5. Soul Seven
6. Girls Don’t Like It
SIDE 3
1. Jimmy Jimmy
2. When Saturday Comes
3. Julie Ocean
4. My Perfect Cousin
5. Family Entertainment
6. Beautiful Friend
7. I Know A Girl
SIDE 4
1. Get Over You’ (Kevin Shields Remix 2016)
2. Girls That Don’t Talk
3. Forever Paradise
4. Here Comes The Summer
5. It’s Going To Happen
6. Bittersweet
7. You’re Welcome
8. Listening In
Upcoming shows:
07/05/2020 – Boiler Shop, Newcastle Tickets on sale here Wednesday 4th December 10am
08/05/2020 – Academy 2, Manchester Tickets on sale here Wednesday 4th December 10am
09/05/2020 – O2 Academy, Liverpool Tickets on sale here Wednesday 4th December 10am
15/05/2020 – Roadmender, Northampton Tickets on sale here Wednesday 4th December 10am
17/05/2020 – Electric Ballroom, London Tickets on sale here Wednesday 4th December 10am
22/05/2020 – Leadmil, Sheffield Tickets on sale here Wednesday 4th December 10am
23/05/2020 – Earlham Park ‘Lets Rock Norwich’ (1pm show) Tickets on sale now here
23/05/2020 – Stone Valley South Festival, Hertfordshire (9pm show) Tickets on sale now here
24/05/2020 – Bearded Theory Festival, Walton-on Trent, England Tickets on sale now here
04/06/2020 – Y Plas (Student Union), Cardiff Tickets on sale here Wednesday 4th December 10am
05/06/2020 – Cheese & Grain, Frome Tickets on sale here Wednesday 4th December 10am
06/08/2020 – Rebellion Festival, The Winter Gardens, Blackpool Tickets on sale now here
Special guest all dates (except Sheffield): Hugh Cornwell Electric
Special guest Sheffield: Neville Staple Band