#279> OCT 23rd '08 - new issue here every Thursday afternoon
mundane options, go looking for the spectacular and shiny...
week's guaranteed no Kaiser Chiefs edition of Organ and sonic cultures,
sonic vultures, details are sketchy at the moment, I've been known to do
that, other sonic cultures and yes, not really a heavy taste at all, maybe
a vague citrus flavour somehow. Bringing your property prices down
one brick at a time, when leaving the train please make sure you have all
your belongings with you. Do you take sugar with your tea? cross cultural
fertilization (with a z) and all things measured properly (though I know
not why). Lot of important albums this week, lot of damn good albums
- time time time, we need more of it, things need to be stretched, tea
to serve properly and noise to make, assume the position, things left of
the floor, squalor is alive, filth abound, the art of saying nothing? Did
all that actually happen in Brighton last week?
These are the things that
have been in our ears this week, so much good music around at the moment,
almost too much. Please explore and if it sounds interesting then just
hit the links and make your own minds up, our reviews and thoughts are
mere signposts designed to guide you to the things you might like to feast
on yourselves... don’t you just love the instant hit of the www.
IS THIS WHY YOU BOOKMARKED ME?
documentary focusing on cult 80’s metal band ANVIL has apparently
just surprised everyone and taken the Sundance Film Festival by storm "Anvil:
The Story of Anvil" — a documentary about the Toronto metal band's tenacity
— has been screening to packed theatres and much critical acclaim all week
so it seems. See some You Tube here
PETE, who’s he then? This just in from Funkcutter: “Wonderful news
all you dirty rotten scoundrels... Handsum Pete is gradually going for
world domination with a sexed up musical myspace which you must join and
now has a new LP to boot... You too can be the proud owner of a download
version of this slithery tothe as soon as you head out to the Ex Gratia
online music shop, where this piece of gluttonous revelry is yours for
a minimal donation to his nematode worm farm, personal plumber and neighbour's
psychiatrist... you will witness midget gems of GG Allin, agro in
the theme of Alice Donut and general perversity that is only 'pete' coming
together all in one place as the planets align and Erreth Sondabeng grinds
up some macerated production nips and tucks with the creations of some
piss drinking handum genius. get it now - you WILL be sorry!" Ex Gratia
Recordings / Punkvert.tv + + + heed all warnings - www,myspace.com/handsumpete
John on the phone...
ON YOUR RADIO - WEEKLY on SUNDAYS AT 9.00pm via RESONANCE 104.4FM
in London and worldwide via www.resonancefm.com
THE DETAILS, THE FACTS, THE LINKS.... Who got played this week? How do
you find our more? More details herex
legend Levi Stubbs died last week (October 17). He was 72. The legendary
Four Tops frontman passed away peacefully in his sleep at his Detroit home.
The singer had been ill in recent months (so reported the Associated Press).
Stubbs was considered to have one of the most distinctive baritone voices
in America, and helped lead one of the finest bands of that Motown era
to achieve 20 Top 40 hits between 1963 and 1973. The Four Tops performed
together with the same lineup for more than 40 years. Their biggest hits
included 1965's 'I Can't Help Myself' and 1966's classic 'Reach Out” –
a song that’s pretty much musical perfection to these ears.
Larry Flynt recently posted an advert on a classifieds website reading:
"Looking for a Sarah Palin look-alike for an adult film to be shot in the
just going to tell you about the very very best once a week, no more time
for the average, only the most exciting - we're very very selective, when
we tell you it's good then it really is goooooooood...
OF THE WEEK
CONVENTION – Chapter One - One of those rare occasions when a home made
demo stops us and stumps us, Cutthroat Convention really are original.
London based via Japan so they kind of mysteriously say. Arrived here in
a handmade package, stencil and spraypaint artwork on the outside package,
same on the actual disc. Five tracks and I know not where to start - male
vocals but they do kind of have a Deerhoof vibe, nothing like Deerhoof
though, nothing like Rude Mechanicals either but kind of like them both
if you get my drift. Strange time twitching and everything flows and grab
the scissorman with that strange technique and babylondon and I really
am, for once, lost for words. Different isn’t enough though, this is different
and very very good. Strange other rock and Japanese details, strange jazz
rock, nothing hard boiled, notes and sounds bending all over the place,
and all easy on the ear in a strange new wave way. Scratched strings, drawn
bows, other rock, they really are like nothing else, this is strangely
good, some strange falling between the cracks thing, strange strange they
really are unique, no, they got me, can’t explain this one... this is why
we do this Organ thing – www.myspace.com/cutthroatconvention
week's demo of the week - INERTIA BLOOMS
demo's of the week - SID SINGS / GIRO
JUNKIE / THE ATROCITY EXHIBIT / SEA
SICK / COUNTRYSIDE / MY
SIDE OF THE MOUNTAIN / GRASSCUT / COP
ON THE EDGE / WILD DOGS IN WINTER / THE
LAZY DARLINGS /
DEBUTANT / ARCS
OF RED / LE GALAXIE / PERHAPS
CONTRAPTION / BLACKLANDS / THE
NEW ALBUMS WE’RE LISTENING TO THIS WEEK
week the best new things we’ve been listening to were...
OF THE WEEK
- Offend Maggie (ATP/R) - Can I gush? Can I blather? Or put it another
way, can I just get this silly writing stuff over with so that I can get
back to listening to this with a soppy grin on my face? Thank you Deerhoof,
for giving us a medicine to keep us all alive through a messy winter. Now,
this is not the shiny polished Deerhoof of 'The Runners Four', nor the
no-nonsense raw reaction of 'Friend Opportunity' - its somewhere in between
and something else besides.
First of all, it's bewildering to think that many of us had our first taste
of this band seemingly decades ago on pretty much every John Peel show...
and that this new, brand new album sounds as fresh, if not fresher than
those first recordings. Don't these people know the rules?
You're supposed to be running out of ideas and getting all jaded by now.
But Deerhoof have the artistic energy of four-year-olds after a good night's
sleep and a bag of sweets; and whilst holding on to that precious force,
they've been soaking up lifetimes of listening. Inside this marvelously
relaxed and natural sounding album there are glimpses of Gentle Giant,
Yes and Beach Boys... and rare groove funk, and a cheeky minor-key Stones
riff to mess with your ears as an opener. Hah, and that's an Earlygenesis
thing going on under the surface of the title track, hmm? But of
course, it's absolutely Deerhoof first - guitars balanced between noise
and coherence, Satomi's voice seemingly naive on but delicately note perfect
in reality, subtly down in the mix and not too sweet, and at one with the
ideas and emotions of the others in the band. There's a bit of darkness
in there - they're human beings, they get battered like the rest of us.
But they know what's important.
Deerhoof have always been about being in their own world, about making
music to delight themselves and inviting a listener to join in that delight.
But 'Offend Maggie' takes this naturalness, this unforced pleasure to realms
that makes pretty much every other band on the planet sound like straining
frauds. OK, for all I know, the creative process is torture for them and
they're very good at putting on a brave face to the world... but I kind
of doubt it. I think Deerhoof found the rock band equivalent of the
philosopher's stone early in their career. Want to know the secret? You
can have it for free: ask yourself why you're in a band. If the answer's
anything, anything other that 'because I like music' then pack it in. The
little team of Deerhoof worked out the truth, and kept going and growing.
Their music has purpose, it has a right to be on this planet. For all it's
hidden precision, it's carefully crafted foundations, it's a living extension
of the people who made it, as personal as a limb or a smile, and as infinitely
detailed. They don't have to explain what they do, they just have
to hang on to the joy, and keep creating. I guess they do that.
'Basket Ball Get Your Groove Back'. Genius. Pure genius, pure Deerhoof.
It sounds exactly like a basketball game. Madrigal progressions in
'Don't Get Born' played as if by your friends, in your living room.
Totally easy going grooves on (strangely Stereolab-ish) chords on 'Chandelier
Searchlight. There's layers and keyboards and little twists and turns
in the songs, but they're laid down without much studio messing around
- emotions and immediacy first. So don't go looking for the spectacular
and shiny, if this album is your first listen: be charmed. Deerhoof,
as always, are just a joy, just a pleasure. www.atpfestival.com
LAW – Razorhead (DR2) – Surprisingly good hard-edged clean-cut power metal
album from the born again Midlanders. Wasn’t expecting that much,
previous albums had been a little under-whelming and let’s be honest here,
back then first time around (twenty or so years ago) they were never the
greatest of English metal bands. A lot of water has gone under the bridge
since we last encountered Marshall Law and not a lot was expected when
this album turned up rather unexpected in the post... Hold on, stop the
presses, if you like your Megadeth/Testament/Priest style metal then go
take a fresh listen, Marshall Law are back and they suddenly sound rather
impressive! Far more impressive that the last Megadeth album actually.
One of the best melodic power metal albums for quite some time – colourful
playing, epic twists, we’re surprised and rather impressed. www.marshalllaw.co.uk
OF THE WEEK 2
MARTIN ORFORD – The Old Road
(GEP) - If this really is to be Martin Orford’s final farewell, as he seems
to be saying it is, then he’s certainly going out with all the defiance
that he and IQ came in with at the start of the 80’s. Way back there when
IQ were on the Wardour Street frontline with the defiant last taboo that
was and still is the unashamed full-on prog rock deal. “Unashmedly retro
and proud of it” is how Mr Orford describes this new album. Martin doesn’t
like the modern world much and he certainly has no love for the way music
business is conducted these days, he doesn’t have a website, don’t even
mention My Space or downloads to him. IQ more than did their time though,
DIY tape albums, touring in transit vans, they still run their own record
label, these days the venues are big, a reputation earned the hard way
– no sticking up a My Space page and then sitting and waiting for the the
man to call.
This is the longstanding IQ writer and keyboard player’s second solo album.
Seems Martin has now left IQ, the band he’s been a major part of for twenty
eight years (not counting their previous life as The Lens), seems he left
last year to get away from the music business and make this latest (last?)
labour of love (one suspects IQ has always been a labour of love though,
even the short lived Nomzamo major label period). Not that The
Old Road in a million miles away from the garden shed that was and
(still is) IQ mind you. “This is not a progressive rock album... this is
not about pushing back the boundaries of music...” says Martin in his couldn’t
really care less what you think sleeve notes. He’s right of course but
prog albums stopped being truly progressive ages ago and this is an unashamedly
brilliant prog album. This is a prog album full of everything that’s ever
been good about IQ - well maybe the dark garden over me bits that I suspect
come from the mind of frontman Pete Nichols aren’t to be found here, none
of that darkness down the old road.
IQ, now they were a really progressive band for a while back there, probably
the only ones who actually were. besides Cardiacs, but then Cardiacs weren’t
really part of the early 80’s prog world of Pallas, Pendragon or Twelfth
Night, they flirted with that scene, were loved by some, not really part
of it – no, IQ were the real progressive band pushing the busical boundaries
as part of that fine scene back there. IQ, for a while at the start, were
right at the edge with their undercurrents of new romantic new wave punk
and their strange haircuts and triangular cats and bits of not quite French
while the rest were playing with pomp and garden parties...
What this album is is all the best uplifting English proggy bits of classic
IQ, those particular chord progressions that could only be Martin Orford.
All those Last Human Gateways and classics bits of melodic euphoric
70’s Yes, Genesis and Camel, those bits of Oliver Bulleid, Evening Star
and Southern malachite green benches by the boundary rope – five day test
match, not the sort that’s over before things have begun, not badly dressed
twenty twenty. Martin Orford and a load of friends, friends who just happen
to be respected musicians from the prog underworld (people from Spocks
Beard, UK, Jadis, Gryphon...). This is mostly classic golden age English
prog. Nothing too heavy or difficult, just really enjoyable friendly old
roads, musical boxes and simple proper clever melodic complex prog done
just right. Done with warmth and just the right attention to detail, rediscovering
things that are taken for granted, this is not the revolution. Martin’s
old road is to be found in Southern England, in conversations, in Mellotron
whispers and Taurus peddle glides, in heavy horses and snowgeese, this
is not something you can download from a cold flat screen, this is a proper
prog album with a cover to sit and study and lyrics to unfold – there’s
a ritual to these things. The various guest musicians, their playing and
vocal subtle styles, leave individual signatures, nothing intrusive though,
the album flows and one wonderful whole – hints of John Wetton’s various
bands, touches of Spocks Beard neo-prog here and there, the melody of Jadis.
Yes it is all as familiar as an old jumper, a faithful dog or a welcome
pint of Landlord, this album is like picking up with an old friend you
haven’t seen for years and getting on like you last saw them yesterday.
This is full on glorious keyboard led prog rock songs and tunes and everything
just comfortably right. This is a very fine album, if you don’t already
have a love of classic proper English lanes and falling leaf prog then
it probably isn’t for you, on the other hand if you do gather in dark corners
and talk of nursery crymes and parallels then this album is an absolute
pleasure. And artwork that’s just right as well, that cover just invites
you in, how could you not go through that tunnel?
I hope this isn’t Martin’s farewell to the music world, but if it is to
be then he could not have done it better, this is a wonderful pleasure
of an album, a treasure trove of proper prog to go back to time and time
again – www.gep.co.uk
MAYORS OF MIYAZAKI - Buffalo!
(Self Release) - Already hinting at imagination head and shoulders above
their peers, The Mayors Of Miyazaki have self produced a magnificent little
album. Close to filling the hole left by The Optimist Club (yep, that good),
it's an angular, multi-layered and fiercely mathy stew, packed with twists
and turns and steaming with energy. Songs are packed with detail and chunky,
riffage and hookline filled contrasts, detail that keeps coming after endless
listens. Hailing from south London, they're one of the few home-grown
avant rock bands you want to shout about to the rest of the world.
There is, unfortunately, a bit of a bloody great elephant in their living
room that can't be ignored, no matter how much I'd like to give them ten
out of ten or a max five throbbing Organs or whatever. Way too many
of the vocal lines are delivered in a hideous squark that makes the yelping
bloke in Maths Class sound like Isaac Hayes. I mean, really hideous, a
seriously strangled yelping emoscreamo gulping screech that just has you
gritting your teeth. Now, I listen to pretty hard boiled stuff, pretty
much all the time, but it was driving me crazy - and underneath there's
this beautiful stuff going on, which is just frustrating. There's an occasional
female voice, and the two bounce off each other and a splendid 6/4 riff
to thrilling effect in Hot Kids, then its back to the teeth gritting
on 650US... but wait, Butter Stinker is great - he sings,
pushes his voice just a touch when its right, and the spoken word bit's
great... and I can think of few bands currently doing this kind of storytelling
light and shade and progression through one song. Beggar Wears
Like A Monk is another mini-epic, packed with superb rough-edged proggy
dynamics, only a moment of emostrangling, getting to some fine unforced
singing and a humungous uplifting finale. For such a mathy band,
the changes and twists and turns are not too angular/atonal at all - its
those subtle killer tunes knitting it all together that work.
Aargh, I hate to pick at this album at all - it's got fire and 100% dedication
and great musicianship and fantastic drumming, and the songs are mini masterpieces
- you wouldn't want to change a note. I guess you're forewarned enough
to get past that first (brilliant but particularly yelpy) opening track
and keep listening... and maybe you just lurve that emoscreamo style for
its own sake. Personally, I reckon this band are just starting out
on a big journey; that the music The Mayors Of Miyazaki are making has
more depth and real emotion and originality then even they realise and
that this just might be the rather good debut album from a potentially
rather special band. www.mayorsofmiyazaki.com
– Diagonal (Rise Above) - God damn, we’re swamped with the glories of ‘proper’
prog this week, Diagonal are from Brighton and this debut album is a no
holds homage to self indulgence. Long tracks, side swipes in to dark 70’s
psychedelia, fusion and b-movie horror soundtracks. Bits of Latin flavoured
funk curving into long (very long) passages of indulgent organ jousts and
freaked out progressive rock that’s pure early 70’s retro beards and flares.
The last great taboo of course, so called punk rock long ago became the
marketing safety-belt establishment – marketed fashion, hair styles and
bands that all sound the same – My Space Hot Topic corporate fashion parades,
a marketing department dream, culture neatly packaged and sold back, 30
year old same sound you packaged for us last year and the year before –
well here’s a chord, here’s another, here’s a Mellotron, a mask and a counter-balanced
riff that last twenty minutes, now go form a band. This is the real underground,
the real DIY ethic, this is the music that causes real offense, that gets
the old men who still think The Clash are the cutting edge raging and frothing.
Sure it all need cleaning out and putting down back there but this is where
we’re at now and Diagonal are not in the mood to compromise for anyone.
Alright it is far too retro and the real prog is in the hands of cutting
edge bands like Kayodot, Upsilon Acrux, Sleepytime Gorilla Museum and such.
This is more like the 70’s and the psychedelic prog of The Nice, Stone
Cold Uriah Heep and strange Italian porno films. Bits of Gentle Giant here,
Sun Ra there, a touch of Van Der Graaf, space rock, jazz, Colosseum, Nucleus...
oh yes, they got it right and they’re doing it now. Sniff glue to that
one, real punk rock – www.myspace.com/diagonalband
CENTRAL – The Owl Of Minerva (Egregore) – I guess we’re supposed to call
this nu-rave, don’t let that cloud your head though, this is a little more
than another round of Hoxton glo-stick waving Klaxons annoyance. Machine
driven dance rock that gets right in there, grabs you by the collar and
demands you go with it from the off. A collection of all their recent single
action all pulled together on one convenient headrush of an album. They
of the bootleg mash up thingy, The Bounder and all that, and here’s
where their maximalist outlook is nailed together, neatly book-ended and
thrown in to a never ending rush of higher state, here’s where they’re
marked out as a cut above... A hyperhazard hyperactive blizzard of
dance machines, vocodered vocals, rave horns and driving baselines that
really should annoy the hell out us all and somehow doesn’t, hit the repeat
button, play it again. Electro balls and does it offend you? Hell no! The
rats are on the run now, blood everywhere, recommended - www.myspace.com/southcentralmusic
– Share Music (UPR) - Earworms at work here, worming away, through your
ears without you really noticing, getting inside your head and.... Share
Music isn’t an instant “wow” kind of album, not one of those albums that
instantly stops everything and demands attention, no, it more kinds of
worms in there slowly and really without you noticing you find you’re listening
to something rather impressively good. Nothing about Plymouth’s Consolation
Prizefighter is obvious now and yes, there is a freedom of spirit here.
Scratchy punk and slices of ska, but not your obvious ska-punk mind, there’s
a band demanding a little more from themselves here. Using little ska nuances
as well as a lot of that ska-punk energy without ever getting within a
thousand miles of just being another one of those Less Than Jake kind of
bands. All kinds of little hints here, bits of Fugazi, bits of poppy Black
Flag. Rocket From The Crypt, X, the punkier side of Cardiacs (maybe just
a healthy touch or two of Panixphere), some really nice melodic restraint
- they’re a band with soul, a band on the move. Nothing stands still, forever
shifting the ground, the posts, nothing is obvious, a band clearly trying
to find some musical space of their own, a band who want to be a little
bit more than a good copy of their record collection – and that’s something
rather refreshing these days, especially refreshing for an English punk
rock band. Every so called punk band in England sounds like someone you’ve
already heard these days, and Consolation Prizefighter have those earworms
and something worth giving the once over twice – www.myspace.com/consolationprizefighter.
DAN BAIRD & HOMEMADE
SIN – Dan Baird & Homemade Sin (Jerkin’ Crocus) – One time battleship
chain wearing frontman with those Georgia Satellites with a band and album
fitting of a man who once held down that spot. Fourteen slices of righteous
law breaking Southern American country rock ‘n roll ‘n blues ‘n foot to
the floor slide guitar attitude. Just proper authentic no messing unpretentiously
good American rock – www.myspace.com/thedanbaird
THE RAMPTON RELEASE DATE
– Relax You’re Nearly Dead (Casket) – Ah, they dropped an album at last,
don’t say too much though, loose lips sink ships and they’re probably on
the run from some not very secure high security establishment well before
their release date. They do their shopping at night time and they’re all
wired up and as scuzzed as a scuzzed thing. Gaye bikers on acid crazyheads
and all nosedive karma and shotguns coming at you. They’re from the Midlands
of England and is it really the way a person is brought up that creates
the musical psychopath? Steaming no holds bared wired up scuzzy punk rock,
grebo we love you, watchman we love you all, pop will eat itself and where
we? TheRampton Release Date follow up some well received DIY demos and
such with a full on bomb of a thirteen track dirt under your nails, bodies
under the floorboards punk rock album. No hope of any relaxation here and
they lived up to all that early promise at last. Filthy riffs and motorheads
and sonic violence and oh yes, open the door we got a live one running...
The three of them nailed it, the bullet you don’t see coming – www.myspace.com/theramptonreleasedate
NANAS REVENGE – Man Down
(Lockjaw) – Seven track mini album from the Leeds based outfit, a rather
blustery set of energetic indie-punk songs should you need or want it.
Bits of lots of things in there, all those Propagandhi, Fat Wreck, Ignite
moves that you’ve heard so many many times before. Generic punk pop delivered
with committed energy and professional enough intent, they do it as well
as anyone and I guess they’re a healthy blast live should you accidentally
find yourself in some venue that they happen to be performing in – not
sure why you’d purposely be in an venue they happened to be playing in
mind. Don’t really get why bands are happy to make records that add
nothing new to the recipe, don’t get why bands are happy to just sound
so obviously like their record collections but hey, who cares what I don’t
get, frigging on the punk rock rigging and all that, last thing we need
is bands sounding original or a tiny little bit dangerous or different,
they’re a tribute to something or other, here they are and here’s the link
DISTANCE TO FAULT – The Fate
of Momentum (Casket) – Old school melodic heavy metal/hard rock from Hampshire,
further investigation should you feel the need via www.myspace.com/distancetofaultofficial
SPEED THEORY – Blood Money
(Ant Hill) – Raw throaty brutal thrash metal from the Midlands of England,
decent enough without ever being anything near something we haven’t heard
before, little lacking in terms of dimension, just raw relentless brutal
thrash should you want it that way, I guess they’re happy enough, living
the dream, getting in the van and all that stuff, I need a little
more, even Marshall Law are challenging themselves while all these new
English metal bands are happy to just churn it out and sound like a good
copy of their heroes... www.myspace.com/speedtheory
JUD – Sufferboy (Fading Ways)
– Fifth album from a band who’ve been about in an on-off way since the
mid 90’s. Ambitious expansive alternative rock with a melodic edge. They’re
from the Berlin, they're not setting out ears on fire – www.myspace.com/judband
SOLITARY – Requiem (Casket)
- Growling slashing thrash metal, standard issue stuff, professional enough.
They’ve been making records and trawling around the UK toilets for more
than ten years now. The bloke from Xentrix guests on vocals on one track,
they throw in a Testament cover, those tw ofacts will tell you more than
enough. Guess once again they’re happy with life and having a blast doing
something they love but there really is very little here that you won’t
have encountered a thousand times. Just well played conservatively produced
standard issue same old same old thrash metal (see Speed Theory) . www.solitary.org.uk
FAILSAFE – The Truth Is...
(Small Town) – Emo indie pop-metal whatever, the same as we’ve heard from
a thousand and eleven other bands, a million and four times already. Why
would anyone want to make an album like this? What the hell is the point
here? Every note, every phrase, every move, every nauseating whining harmony,
every punchable line. Everything has already been done already, there isn’t
an original moment anywhere in this album, get it out of here! Put it in
the CD crusher over there and stop throwing poop at kids in glass houses,
yeah yeah I know, we have this policy of only reviewing things when we
have something positive to say, but this really is a cowardly album and
the truth is sometimes needed and arrghhhhh...
|Bang out of time again this
week... anyone want a job?
previously - SHEARWATER / 12
DIRTY BULLETS / TO
THE BONES / THE
BOBBY McGEES / ROSE KEMP
/ ANARCHISTWOOD / RUDE
MECHANICALS / GIRLSCHOOL/
‘08 - NOUGHT /
/ BLUEZZ INTOXICATED / FIGHT
LIKE APES / ZAG
AND THE COLOURED BEADS /
TRUCKERS / VILE
IMBECILES / QUEEN ADREENA / PURE
REASON REVOLUTION /HARVEY MILK / OXBOW
THINGS TO GET SHOUTING ABOUT?
just in from our friends at Schnews - you wouldn't know any of this was
going on if you just got your information from the mainstream news outlets,
you'd think it might be worth just a little mention on the six o'clock
COPS ATTACK AS SMASH EDO DEMO PAINTS THE TOWN RED AGAIN...
400 people gathered in Brighton on a very wet Wednesday in the latest protest
called by Smash EDO against local bomb factory EDO MBM/ITT. The last demo,
in June (See SchNEWS 634), saw protesters invading the factory grounds
and smashing windows. This time the cops were determined to have an overwhelming
presence. At noon Sussex University campus was occupied by large gangs
of cops as people arrived at the demo’s start point at the uni entrance.
tactics soon became obvious. As the crowd gathered they issued a Section
60 notice, giving them the power to remove masks. Trying to stamp their
authority, they quickly set about the gathering crowd demanding people
remove any kind of face covering, photographing everyone and generally
using any tactics to intimidate, attempting to seize banners and alienate
as many onlookers as possible.
shocked – the mob soon found the resources to fight back and just after
midday the march burst into life. The red and black-clad crowd sprang into
action to the rallying call “Get behind the banner”. Behind the sturdy,
massive SHUT ITT! banner – reinforced with a wooden frame - and waving
flags, the noisy bloc moved at pace through Stanmer Park and out onto the
Lewes Road, filling both lanes.
least ten pairs of police evidence gatherers with long lenses, video cameras
and spotter cards, including the Met’s Forward Intelligence Teams (FIT)
were in evidence from the start but spent most of the march foiled by FIT
Watchers (See SchNEWS 639). Hundreds of copies of FIT Watch’s spotter cards
were distributed complete with photos, names, numbers and descriptions
of FIT police likely to be in attendance. Whenever FIT teams appear, shouts
of ‘Block That Shot’ is becoming a call to arms for activists sick of only
being able to protest whilst constantly under surveillance.
sound systems and makeshift instruments kept spirits up in the procession
towards the factory. Police seemed to have taken a leaf from the anarchist
book and handily blockaded the whole of Lewes Road for several hours, with
8 vans bumper to bumper, urging people towards their sanctioned ‘protest
pen’ at the bottom of Home Farm road. Unsurprisingly the idea of being
herded into a massive steel cage surrounded by a sea of fluorescent baton
wielding cops didn’t appeal to anyone. Determined to march on, people surged
towards the police lines, pushing the cops back behind their line of vans.
Heavy use of pepper spray and batons on those at the front took the sting
out of the crowd, who, nursing bruised bodies and the ill effects of an
impromptu chemical eye-bath at the hand of Sussex’s finest, split into
two groups. Half the crowd stood their ground, eyeballing the cops, whilst
others in small groups gradually headed off-piste, up the slope and into
the woods towards the back of the factory.
THE KETTLE ON
bands of masked militants swarmed through the forest, whilst clueless coppers
couldn’t see the hoods for the trees. In a hail of irony, laser-guided
paint-missiles bombarded the factory’s roof - staining the factory walls
blood-red in a spot of unrequested decoration. After scuffles in the woods
and open fields where someone narrowly avoided castration via a police
dog bollock-biting attack, a group of about 50 managed to reclaim Lewes
Road nearer town before being joined soon after by other cross-country
cells and marched towards town. By half two, the crowd on Lewes Road had
begun to disperse and the police line had moved across the road, freeing
up one lane of traffic. The remaining crowd were able to launch themselves
down Lewes Road towards the Level. Fearing that 100 or so anarchists might
not cause enough trouble, the cops kindly contributed towards the mayhem
by sending some 25 vehicles to create a police traffic jam stretching halfway
down the road.
the converged marchers arrived at the Level (traditional end point of Brighton
demos), police backed off, thinking that the crowd had had enough. As it
turns out, the up-fer-it protesters saw the police begin to disperse and
made a break for it to storm the city centre, with the local Army recruitment
centre as a goal. Still singing and chanting, they carried on, pursued
by police until they were finally kettled near Queens Road. Seeing their
plight, locals started harassing the cops, kettling in the kettle and throwing
food and water to the stalwart marchers. Police eventually followed the
protesters to the beach for their final push, where they nicked a pebble-thrower.
a total of around ten arrests, one sore scrotum, plenty of bruised knees,
inflamed sinuses, and stinging eyes, the last 100 intrepid protesters completed
the 5½ mile anti-arms trade mini marathon to bathe aching feet in
the sea. Andrew Beckett, spokesperson said “We didn’t let the police control
events. We went where we wanted, when we wanted. All the police from four
counties weren’t able to stop us making our stand against EDO/ITT”.
OF THE WEEK
DEBELLE – Searching (Big Dada) - Sublime London hip hop flavours over a
chilled out inner city acoustic folky tune and some beautifully delicate
guitar that skips over some clever drum ‘n bass flavoured rhythm. All quiet
and restrained and powerfully delicate and they say misery loves company.
And she throws up such delicate soothing sounds, such a youthful voice
and you kind of think things are all good in her world until you focus
in on what she’s actually saying and what she’s gone through and how she’s
quietly lashing out at everything and how grim everything really is. Even
the cats were (are?) filthy in her world and the bleak outlook really does
contrast with that beautiful music, gets right in to your head and stops
you - find yourself worrying about her. Is this her positive response?
Is this too bleak? Dirty needles and all hope gone, but then it can’t be?
Not when the music is so full of uplifting positive hope? Damn there’s
some serious mind-messing depth here, and she sounds so young and how can
she come out with all this? What the hell has gone on (still goes on?)
in her world? Want to go out now find her now and make sure she’s OK!
Searching searching, this is powerful London hip hop, this is something
really powerfully different - the contrasts, the beauty and the bleak,
the warmth, the depth (and the soothing instrumental second track that
really is needed). Catch twenty two at two a.m in the hostel and whooooooosh!
This debut single certainly is something – Acoustic soulful emotive hip
hop and she calls it speech therapy – that and a whole whole lot more -
OF THE WEEK 2
THE WALL – The Rise And Fall Of (Motive Sounds) – They’re a rather refined
Glasgow all-male two piece - delicate, young and thin. Delicate folk and
relationships (not necessarily with each other), drinking away the ills
and so so simple and heartfelt and not a million miles away from Speech
Debelle’s folk acoustic tales of life in her city – well they are really,
with their slightly lo-fi indie folk that’s some perfectly crafted sounds.
This is so likeable, Frightened Rabbit good, euphoric simplicity, pop music
that’s from the heart, spot on sounds and textures, laptops and guitars,
trumpets, mandolins, hurdy gurdies, kazzoo and played and sung with such
heart – www.myspace.com/overthewall
– Hob Talk EP (Loose Faith) – Slowcore laid back post rock flavoured simple
sparse loose kind of sound and a debut four track EP from the mellow quiet
Manchester band. Melancholic melody and all the time in the world to soak
up their colour and delicate restrained beauty – www.myspace.com/easterx
ACORN – Flood Pt 1 (Bella Union) - Feral alt.folk otherness from Canada,
awkward fingering (as they say), beguiling, delicate rhythms to lift your
head from wild and wicked sleep... They sound crafted and intriguingly
African here on this single, in an adventurous North American alternative
folky kind of way of course – www.myspace.com/theacorn
MONUMENT TO MASSES – Beyond God And Elvis (Golden Antenna) – New material
from the US post rock outfit and yes, all very nice and heroic and epic
once again. Slow moving clowds of riffs and glitchy twitchy pleasantary,
lush strings and all very nice instrumental post rock with the spoken word/film
soundbite bit and all the Godspeed You Sixty Five Explosions that they
probably influenced in the first place and yes it is all very nice and
epic and haven’t we kind of been here waiting at this same post rock junction
enjoying this same view for rather a long time now? From Monument were
one of the inovators but... www.goldenantenna.com
GODS – Don’t Drink The Water (Intergal) – Poppy radio friendly hardrock
from some people who were once most of The Darkness. Do they really deserve
a second chance?
– Same Mistake / What Will Happen And When? (Spank) – Two more very melodic,
very ‘nice’ indie rock songs, politely paced and lovingly played. Heartfelt
simple intelligent indie rock and I guess if you’re the kind of person
who gets a little more emotional about Death Cab For Cutie then we do around
here then Liverpool’s Voo should be registering on your radar sometime
soon – www.myspace.com/voorock
week's single of the week - THE RAYOGRAPHS
- THE KABEEDIES / VOICEsVOICEs
/ THE QUARRY / F**K
BUTTONS / THE ALL NEW ADVENTURES OF US
/ FRIGHTENED RABBIT / THE
PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART / DARK CAPTAIN
LIGHT CAPTAIN /
PRINTS / PETALS
ON A WET BLACK BOUGH / LITTLE JACKIE
/ MARY EPWORTH AND THE JUBILEE BAND
WEEK’S FREE DOWNLOAD...
look, not had a moment what with all the steps and such, I can'r be here
all day in front of a screeeeeeen just for, I'll do it in a minute...
- THE BUG / TEMPORARY
RESIDENCE / WOODBOX GANG / ALTERNATIVE
TENTACLES / EX-GIRL / DELIA
DERBYSHIRE / F**KED UP / THE
REVELLIONS / LIZ PHAIR / OASIS
THE CLOUD ROOM
/ HERZOGA / THE
MELVINS / SHEARWATER / THE
REAL McKENZIES / VAN
DER GRAAF GENERATOR / SIGOR
ROS / VASECTOMY EGGS NAILER
/ FAT WRECK, ME FIRST... / THE
DANDY WARHOLS / SKIN GRAFT RECORDS
/ WIRE / BUTTHOLE
SURFERS / CARDIACS
of OF THE WEEK
VOORHEES – The Final Chapter (Violent Change) - A collection of now
out of print singles, EPs and such originally recorded and released between
1999 and 2001. All remixed, remastered and flowing as one great cohesive
whole of an album. Cult legends and one of the more active and influential
UK hardcore bands. They formed back in the messy photocopied zine powered
days of 1991, toured the UK and various bits of Europe and North America
leaving a trail of bar room kick offs, tails of riots and more importantly
a whole slab of uncompromising raw shredding musical violence. Screaming
growling fast metallic hardcore punk that never showed any signs of giving
in or slowing down. This is a glorious 21 track shitstorm of screaming
puss squirting noise and good to have it all gathered together in one place
in is – www.myspace.com/voorheesuk
/ THE GATHERING /
DIAMOND HEAVIES /
/ KILLING JOKE /
SAVAGE RESURRECTION /
BLACK REBEL MOTORCYCLE
CLUB / DOOM / LIFE
OF AGONY / DEAD HEAD / DAVID
BOWIE / STUPIDS / AMEBIX
/ BLONDIE / THOR
/ STUMP / KOENJIHYAKKEI
MEDIA, VIDEO, PRINT AND....
Art, is getting closer, explore Act Art over at www.actart.co.uk
explore, yeah yeah, I know we told you about it last week, we've had one
I tell yer....
ALL OVER - When wandering around ye Anarchist bookfayre forget thee not
to pocket the latest issues of local newsheets from around the country.
Primarily vehicles for getting propaganda into communities, these free
publications are paper first and foremost. You can’t reach the laundromats
and chip shops in yer community with a blog! Like everything these days
they’re on the damn web too. (SchNews)
– the South Wales anarchist rag has its 24th issue out - southwalesanarchists.org
– from Worthing has it’s 88th issue out this month - www.eco-action.org/porkbolter
HECKLER – issue 5 - www.herefordheckler.wordpress.com
BOMB - issue 15 - www.myspace.com/bathactivistnetwork
- MAXWELL DAVIES ON DUMBING DOWN / ACT
ART 6 - DYING FOR IT! / DAMIEN HURST
/ JOE MEEK / IMPROV
EVERYWHERE / AARON
KRATEN / HURRA TORPEDO
/ BOOK: THE STOOGES – A JOURNEY
/ JUNK SALES:SLAVES
OF NEW YORK / BITTER
PIE / SF ZINE FAIR
/ GIANT PAW – ART CARD SERIES
/ L. GABRIELLE PENABAZ @ FIERCE / ZINE:
LIGHTS GO OUT #1 / LESS
THE END BIT...
NO SUGAR - Stand Uptivist Mark Thomas will be joining a Brighton demo against
Starbucks, Guantanemo torturer’s favourite coffee chain, on October 24th.
A new branch was recently opened in St James St, heart of the independent
cafe culture, without proper planning permission – and it is currently
trading as a ‘shop’, most certainly not a cafe. But You wouldn’t know by
looking at it. Then again you wouldn’t know from their cheery décor
how they ban union membership, screw third world suppliers and do their
bit for climate change by ordering staff to leave taps running at all times.
There are regular protests outside every Saturday 12-2pm. See www.brightonactivist.net
What's that? - go see, where would we be without the balance that SchNews
offers, not saying that they'r always right, not saying we agree with everything
thay sa, everything should be questioned, damn glad they're there to throw
out a question or two and tell us what's really going on out there
is a resource for all people who wish to improve their lives, their communities
and their working conditions.
to download (free) and watch a selection of SchMOVIES short films click
ORGAN MAILING LIST - If you want to be on the ORGAN/ORG Records e.mail
list then you need to get in touch E.MAIL HERE.
278 - ORIGINAL SILENCE, INERTIA BLOOMS, TRANSMISSION, REPORT SUSPICIOUS
ACTIVITIES, THE RAYOGRAPHS, ABIGAIL WILLIAMS, THE BEDROOM PROJECT, MISPELT
(TWOPOINTZERO), MONKEY FIGHTERS, EXODUS, BONNIE PRINCE BILLY, PAUL J.ABBOTT,
DEERHUNTER, KILL THE CLIENT, RAY, HELGRIND, MARTUTA, ROBIN TAYLOR, INCASSUM,
FLOWING TEARS, DANIEL LAND & THE MODERN PAINTERS, THIS OR THE APOCALYPSE,
I HATE KATE, AIRBOURNE, EXIT CALM, THE PADDINGTONS, SILVERY, MAYBESHEWILL,
HER NAME IS CALLA, WE ROCK LIKE GIRLS DON’T, HAYMAN WATKINS TROUT &
LEE, MAXWELL DAVIES...
277 - yeah yeah, a non stop operation....
276 - Oh go have a look, do we have to list it everyweek, we had loads
of great stuff last week, classic week for new music...
275 - GRAILS, BEATGLIDER, THE ATROCITY EXHIBIT, TO THE BONES, SEA SICK,
F**K BUTTONS, STE McCABE, THE BARDO, GENTLE GIANT, THE ALL NEW ADVENTURES
OF US, HANSON BOTHERS, RUMORS OF GEHENNA, ACID MOTHER TEMPLE & THE
COSMIC INFERNO, JMC, P.G.LOST, UGLY STICK, A TEXTBOOK TRAGEDY, NO RETURN,
TRIVIUM, AMANDA PALMER, THE DeBRETTS, TEMPORARY RESIDENCE...
274 - UNIVERS ZERO, HAUSCHKA, COUNTRYSIDE, MANIQUI LAZER, MAB, MILK
ROAR, HYDRA, MAGICIAN, KIMYA DAWSON, STRIBORG, ROSE KEMP, VOLBEAT, THE
BOBBY McGEES, THE MAY FIRE, MOOSE FACTORY, PRO-PAIN, TRIP LAVA, A
POETIC YESTERDAY, LORD BELIEL, FRIGHTENED RABBIT, FROM PLAN TO PROGRESS,
BOWERBIRDS, BLACK DIAMOND HEAVIES, DAMIEN HURST, CLIFF'S SINGLE, ALTERNATIVE
273 - CONSTANTINES, WOODBOX GANG, RA RA RIOT, MY SIDE OF THE MOUNTAIN,
PERHAPS CONTRAPTION, AMANDA PALMER, BYE BYE CANDY, OF THE I, RUDE MECHANICALS,
ANARCHISTWOOD, GIRLSCHOOL, ICED EARTH, ICED EARTH, BLOOD CEREMONY, TONAL
OAK, SOULS, FALLEN, PURE INC, BULLET, THE PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART,
DARK CAPTAIN LIGHT CAPTAIN, THE TAMBORINES, EX-GIRL, DESTINATION:OBLIVION,
272 - YOUNG WIDOWS, AMANDA PALMER, EHNAHRE, GRASSCUT, PRINTS, THE FRENCH
QUARTER, POPE JOAN, THE VERVE, BUFFALO KILLERS, MISERATION, DRAGONFORCE,
THE MONO EFFECT, BONKERSFEST ‘08, NOUGHT, GERTUDE, TO THE BONES, ROLLINS,
BOBBY BARKER, ONE TRUE DOG, BLUEZZ INTOXICATED, RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE,
F*CKED UP, IMPROV EVERYWHERE, CLIFF...
271 - LUSTMORD, SLIPKNOT, LOVELY LITTLE GIRLS, AARON KRATEN, FIGHT
LIKE APES, TOY GUN COWBOY, IMMERSION COMPOSITION SOCIETY, PICTURES PAINT
WORDS, LITTLE JACKIE, RUBY THROAT, TO THE BONES, THE MIRIMAR DISASTER,
AGRYPNIE, CITY 13, LORDS OF BASTARD, THE DONKEYS, GOLDBLADE, BROKEN SOCIAL
SCENE PRESENTS: BRENDAN CANNING, BLAND BLADEN, EUREKA MACHINES, BRIAN WILSON,
PETALS ON A WET BLACK BOUGH, NARRATION, KISSING KALINA, THE REVELLIONS,
270 - HEY COLOSSUS, ROSE KEMP, MOTORHEAD, COP ON THE EDGE, GNOMES OF
ZURICH, LITTLE JACKIE, JOY OF SEX, GNAW THEIR TONGUES, GEOFF SOULE, UNDERGROUND
RAILROAD, JAGUAR LOVE, HELLFIRE, CRUISER, THE CHAIR, GORGOROTH, SONNY,
REGURGITATOR, LAGWAGON, MILLENNIA, UNBUNNY, TZUN TZU, SUPENIK, ZEBRAHEAD,
MOURNING RISE, SINISTER, THE BIKINI BEACH BAND, ZAG AND THE COLOURED BEADS,
WHIMWISE, SUSAN GEORGE BOOTH, SERGEANT BUZFUZ, POPE JOAN, FOUR DEAD IN
OHIO, THE VIEW FROM BELOW, THE INCONSOLABLES, THE SAVAGE RESURRECTION,
LIZ PHAIR, BLACK REBEL MOTORCYCLE CLUB...
269 - VESSELS, DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS, ELEPHANT 9, ART IN EXILE, WILD DOGS
IN WINTER, DISSENTIENT REVOLT, TONAL OAK, THE STRIPPER PROJECT, GUTZ, 31KNOTS,
INDIAN JEWELRY, KASAI ALLSTARS, NEW MECANICA, LONELY GHOSTS, AGNOSTIC MOUNTAIN
GOSPEL CHOIR, RYE, RYE, LAST HARBOUR, THOSE WHO BRING THE TORTURE, RE-RENAISSANCE
OF THE CELTIC HARP, BEN MARWOOD, VALKYR, EGEBAMYASI, THE CLOUD ROOM, HURRA
TORPEDO, FIGHT LIKE APES...
268 - DOSH, VILE IMBECILES, QUEEN ADREENA, Z's, MOGWAI, DDD, ISOR,
PURE REASON REVOLUTION, BRIAN JONESTOWN MASSACRE, HEAVY HEAVY LOW LOW,
SOUTH, SILVERY, THE LAZY DARLINGS, THRACIA, LATE OF THE PIER, FANTASY BAR,
BLACK FLAME, THE VERVE, HERZOGA, THE STOOGES, FIGHT LIKE APES...
267 - KAYO DOT, SHEARWATER, OXBOW, HARVEY MILK, ONE DAY AS A
LION, KONG, DEBUTANT, IDIOT SAVANT, THE JET BOYS,
NADJA, THOMAS FUNCTION, SEBASTIAN BACH, ORGHIA, SANCTORUM, GROUND
MOWER, DISARM, RON FRANKLIN, BETTER LUCK NEXT TIME, SABATRON, KAROSHI
BROS, THE VIVIANS, THE HAIR, UNDERGROUND RAILROAD, THE EMERGENCY, DOOM.
266 - FIGHT LIKE APES, WE ARE SCIENTISTS, SAY BOK GWAI, THE KINGSIZE
FIVE, THE BRIAN JONESTOWN MASSACRE, SON VER & ELEPHANT LEAF, DAVID
CRONENBERG’S WIFE, TRIPWIRES, DRAGONFORCE, LIFE OF AGONY, SCUL HAZZARDS,
SOULFLY, RON ATHEY, ARCS OF RED. EPIPHANY, SHADE EMPIRE, YETI RAIN, SCHIZO
FUN ADDICT, FAITH, SOFIA, LAVONDYSS, ROSE HILL DRIVE...
265 - LE GALAXIE, FIGHT LIKE APES, SCORCH TRIO, SUSAN GEORGE BOOTH,
THE REAL McKENZIES, THE MARCHES, 28 DEGREES TAURUS, GHOSTED, PHANTOM FLOAT,
ME FIRST AND THE GIMME GIMMIES, Marie Vesco, Bonkersfest..
264 - VILE IMBECILES, THE LAST PEOPLE
ON EARTH, BODIES OF WATER, ALGHAZANTH, TEASING LULU, THIS IS RADIO
FREEDOM, BLAZE BAYLEY, EMPYROS, PLASTIC HEROES, THE BRUTE CHORUS, PORT
O’BRIEN, VAN DER GRAAF GENERATOR, DEAD HEAD, junk stalls, bath bombs...
263 - FIGHT LIKE APES, LE GALAXIE, CAPILLARY ACTION, PEDRO, THE PSYKE
PROJECT, SERPENTONE, MOTORPSYCHO, SLIM CESSNA’S AUTO CLUB, ALLA, HARVEY
MILK, ZENITHAL, L.A. GUNS, VESSELS, LESS THAN JAKE, DAVID BOWIE, STUPIDS,
NOCTILUCENT CLOUDS, THE 1990'S, HONKEYFINGER, SOUNDSHOK, TV SMITH, RICHARD
LLOYD, THE DODOS, JAPANCAKES, SOULFLY, GLORIA CYCLES, VASECTOMY EGGS NAILER,
262 - LAYMAR, WIRE. THE ROTTED, COLDPLAY, VERJNUARMU, THE COKE DARES,
STONE GODS, URN, VILE IMBECILES, ROYAL TREATMENT PLANT, JESSE MALIN, AMEBIX,
BLONDIE, PERHAPS CONTRAPTION, DOUBLE HANDSOME DRAGONS, KANEDA, WAVES UNDER
WATER, SOSUMI, IRVINE WELSH PRESENTS THE BOOK SLAM, BITTER PIE and the
SF ZINE FAIR
261 - MARIE VESCO, RESONANCE FM IS TEN, BLACKLANDS,
STRAY DOG CAFE, HIGHTOWN CROWS, WE THE FACELESS, HEAR O ISRAEL –
A PRAYER CEREMONY IN JAZZ, GRAND MAGUS, Q WITHOUT U, FREE KITTEN, MAMBO
MANTIS, RUSSIAN CIRCLES, GUNSLINGER, BLACK LIGHT BURNS, CALABRESE, SIX
REASONS TO KILL, GIANT PAW, DARK CAPTAIN LIGHT CAPTAIN, THOR, CROCUS, HADDONFIELD,
ME FIRST AND THE GIMME GIMMES, FAT WRECK.....
260 - RUDE MECHANICALS, OPETH, BLACK DIAMOND HEAVIES, THE SANS PAREIL,
RABBIT SEASON, LITHURGY, TASHA FIGHTS TIGERS, RING, MOSS, ZERO HOUR, TREES,
MOCKINGBIRD, AKPHAEZYA, THE MORE I SEE, HISTORY OF GUNS, AMBERIAN DAWN,
NUESTROS DERECHOS, ZAG AND THE COLOURED BEADS, WIZARDS OF TWIDDLY,
STUMP, THE DANDY WARHOLS, THE HYENAS, AIRBOURNE, NO 2 PAY 2 PLAY....