Public Service Announcement

My mate Rich stuck this in the comments but I thought it would get a bit more attention here. So if you’re in the southern England area and want a top night out amongst some friendly craggy faces, you could do a lot worse than shuffle into these boozers on the dates shown.

Sunday 2nd March

S.T.E. All Dayer:-

STAATHAAT (Dutch fast/slow rage)
CATHODE (Dutch CATHARSIS meets HIS HERO IS GONE)
THE SHITTY LIMITS
FACEL VEGA
YOU, ME & THE ATOM BOMB
CONSTANT STATE OF TERROR
ACHTUNG EVERYBODY!
SCREWED UP FLYER
ROB CHOIN
OUR TIME DOWN HERE

The Hobbit, Bevois Valley Road, Southampton – 2-9pm – £5

Sunday 23rd March

Almost The S.T.E. Presents:-

SEEIN’ RED (Amersfoort, Holland hardcore legends – 1 of only 2 UK gigs for Ralf’s 30th Birthday )
GERIATRIC UNIT (Nottingham vets – ex HERESY/HARDTO SWALLOW etc)
ATTACK VIPERS
THE SCEPTRES
WHOLE IN THE HEAD
LITTLE FLAGS (TBC)

The King Alfred, Old Northam Road, Southampton – 5.30pm – £6

Sunday 27th April

Almost The S.T.E. All-dayer:-

GRINDING HALT (Groningen, Holland heavy power – ex SHIKARI & THE LAST MILE)
KIDS RETURN
END THE AGONY
MARSHALL TELLER
HAYWIRE
CHILLERTON
THE FAIR FIGHT
THE GOOD WIFE
THE UNDER CORETET

The Hobbit, Bevois Valley Road, Southampton – 2-9pm – £5

May/June

SACK-O’-WOES (Hoorn, Holland BLACK FLAG meets garage punk – ex GEPOPEL/VERNON WALTERS)
THE PRUNELLA SCALES
UK Tour

Rich

Frogs Of Yore

Tofu Love Frogs - Vegetable Attack coverI’m guessing that one or two of my regular readers will be familiar with the Tofu Love Frogs, one of the many marvellous bands of minstrels that first appeared on the free festival scene in the late 80’s and early 90’s. If hearing the name brings back a flash of recognition amongst your acid-addled brains, or if you just like a bargain when you see one, you’ll be pleased to know that they’re giving away their original two CD releases for free on their website. That’s well over an hour’s worth of noise at a perfectly respectable 160 kbs. Packed with more energy than a gram of whizz (and with a much more pleasant comedown), it’s punkified ska-folk / folkified ska-punk / skaified punk-folk of the finest quality. I’d urge you to grab ’em both now while the offer’s good, even more so if you’ve never heard of ’em before.

I had the pleasure of seeing this lot a few times first time round, and I caught ’em again a few months ago in their reincarnated form. Age hasn’t dampened their enthusiasm for kickin’ up a storm and punishing these old legs of mine. Track ’em down if they’re appearing in a field near you and get your arse along for a hoedown of the highest order.

Better Read Than Dead

PE55 coverThe other day I spotted what could well turn out to be the bargain of the year, an annual sub of £18 for six issues of Profane Existence (via Active Rebellion, their UK distributor). The last time I picked up a copy of this, it was still a newspaper. Now it’s a proper magazine with a glossy full-colour cover artfully containing the acid-free paper inside (for the collector obsessives amongst us).

As well as an insightful article on water and global politics, there are some great interviews (including one with The Fallout, a top bunch of Canuck antifascists), a couple of pages of tongue-tickling vegan winter warmer recipes, a few dozen column inches from the columnists, oodles of reviews and a bundle of classy punk rock graphics.

Not only that, but each issue comes with a free compilation CD – the latest edition (#55) has 26 tracks of finest political punk rock, from Anthrax (the original UK punkers, not the hairy metallers, natch) to Wolfbrigade. Being PE, it leans towards the crusty d-beat end of things (which suits me just fine), but there should be enough variety in the noise to put a smile on your face at some point. Highlight of the current one for this old punk is a a cover of ‘The Darkest Hour’ (originally by The Amebix, but -10 punk points if you didn’t know that already) by Garmonbozia.

Not only that, but PE are also going to be giving away one of their new releases free with each issue to subscribers. #55 comes with the Murder Disco Experience discography, which sells for a fiver plus postage on its own. The next couple will include noise from State Of The Union and Disgusting Lies.

So, for three quid, you get a top quality magazine packed with words worth shouting, two CDs crammed with cacophony, and a satisfying glow knowing that you’re helping the PE crew stay active.

Result.

OP’s opinion: Five

Download sample track – ‘Y.A.S.S.A.W. (Yet another Simple Song About War)’ by Murder Disco Experience (appears on both CDs)

A-Heads – Dying Man 7″ EP

Artist: A-Heads
Title: Dying Man
Source: Vinyl 7″ EP
Bitrate: FLAC
Running time (h:m:s): 00:16:50
Size (mb): 19.3
Label: TW Records (defunct)
Year: 1982

1. Dying Man
2. Hell Cell
3. Changing Places

This was the first vinyl release from these Wessex punkers (see previous post for more info). The tunes are nice and melodic, with the darker-toned lyrics adding that classic anarcho melancholy we all revelled in back then.

OP’s opinion: Three

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