Rebellion 2013 – the bands I loved

This year Rebellion had a new edge for me as I took my son. He’s grown up on Punk and he’s a bass player in a Ska covers band, so I knew there would be something that would float his boat. Unfortunately for me it wasn’t the greatest line up of bands so the whole music side of the festival was a little underwhelming. I still had a fantastic time and can’t wait to go again, but there was just something this year that made it a little lame.

Started in the usual style with a drive up on the Wednesday , pick up the BIL and his step daughter, and then off to the Rose and Crown for a curry and the pre-gig gig. We caught a couple of the bands but to be honest they were not very good so ended up back downstairs with a pint or two.

Day One

Once again there was a new band stage in the Bazaar but unlike last year I didn’t spend a lot of time in there. I did catch one all female band however that were really good, Maid of Ace. Its probably my age but they all looked about 12 but generated a fuckin awesome sound.

Surprise of the day for me was how good Argy Bargy were. I’ve never been a great OI! fan but this year I thought why not……and this band were fantastic. They had a great attitude and a superb sound. Love this tune…..

With the boy being there we were looking for Ska, and when we walked in half way through the Talks we were hit with that instant ‘why the fuck weren’t we here at the beginning of the set’ feeling. Energy, noise, talent, stompingly good…….best they play again next time and higher up the bill……

I had to go and see Leftover Crack based on the acoustic set STZA did a couple of years ago and they were really good, albeit with a line up change or two. I always love it when a singer launches himself into the pit because its what I would do 🙂 Great Punk with a hint of Ska.

I’m not sure if you know or not but Neville Staples has had a stroke. He still managed to pull off a cracking set and finishing with Ghost Town was ace. If I had one complaint it was that he seemed to be slagging of the Specials…the band that made him….didn’t detract from the music though. Video taken from last year…..

Other bands seen and liked day one….In Evil Hour, Loaded 44, Sick on the Bus, the Ramonas

Day Two

Today was going to be the day in my mind with a real old school feel….it didn’t quite turn out that way. We seemed to wander from stage to stage and not get that ‘wow’ feeling very much. However I did catch some good shit….

The Subhumans were fucking excellent and Dick announced that Culture Shock are reforming and doing a tour later in the year. And they are playing Southampton….I’ll be there mofo 🙂 Stand out tune for me was Subvert City…love that tune.

I watched the Skints for the third time, mainly because I wanted to catch something that would make me feel good…and they didn’t disappoint. Not sure we’ll get them at Rebellion again as they are probably off to bigger and better things, and deservedly so.

Best start to a set of the whole festival has to go to the Casualties. Jorge downed/wore a can of lager as the intro started and went straight into the vocals….impressive. What a sound they produced with energy, energy and more fuckin energy. It was great to see Jorge amongst the punters later in the day too. Theres not many ‘names’ that do that these days apart from Charlie, the Captain and John Robb…. it really is appreciated by the ‘fans’.

I’m sat looking through the set lists and the three bands above are the only ones I really enjoyed on the Friday…what a miserable fucker I am….

Day Three

Saturday turned out to be the best day but it had the biggest clash of the day for me. Random Hand, Ruts DC and Cock Sparrer all starting at the same time…. I went for Random Hand and despite them being in the Olympia they still put on a fantastic live set, finishing with the crowd singing ‘we are not a number’ as they walked off the stage…fuckin excellent. I cannot stress enough how much you should see this band live at any opportunity…

I saw the Mob last year but only caught half their set so I wanted to catch it all this year. They were just as good as I remember from last year, I even bought a T-shirt 🙂 Stand out track for me was ‘No Doves Fly Here’. If you like your Punk slightly depressing then these are for you….

As a massive Subhumans fan I had to see Citizen Fish who played the Bazaar stage. Another great set from Dick and the gang, skankin with political messages…

The day had started with one of the bands from the new bands stage last year, Science Made Us Robots. From the moment they started up I knew today was going to be a good day…they were lively, energetic and best of all they really seemed to be enjoying themselves…great noise too. Only gripe, I failed to get one of their CD’s. You can download there stuff from Bandcamp apparently though…..

What a revelation Anti Vigilante were. Why the fuck had I never seen them before????? As you’ve probably guessed I love bands with energy. And the guitarist was in Leftover Crack yesterday…..and he looks like John Arne Riise….. and they were amazing….why aren’t this band huge?

The prize for the most people in a band before it becomes and orchestra (not counting the Pukes who in my opinion are an orchestra), goes to Ska N Ska from Sweden. Its band like these, Random Hand and the Talks that is taking Ska to the next level….brilliant. The whole crowd was skankin…

Day Four

Got let down by a hero today. I don’t normally write negative stuff cos this is just my opinion, everyone else has there own, but Jimmy Pursey really fucked me off. As one of the must see bands for me Sham were at the top this year, but when he said ‘I’ve been singing the same cunting songs for 35 years’ in a miserable fuckin tirade at the crowd I thought fuck you……these people, your fans, at some stage in there life have idolised you and you don’t have the decency to respect that….wanker!  And no, I didn’t hang around.

I thoroughly enjoyed Captain Hotknives however, and his brand of Punk humour and comic timing and lyrics always leave me with a smile on my face. He opened with ‘Anarchist Squat Punk Band’ and finished with ‘I Skanked Me Nanna’….hilarious.

The Pukes are the greatest ukulele band ever….official! I loved the way they held ukulele workshops and then got some of the guys on stage with them. Fun, fun, fun ….. Jimmy Pursey should take a lesson from these guys….

And thats it for another year….Although musically it was not as good as previous years for me it is still a place I feel at home, I had great company, met a couple of new friends and saw some of my T-shirts being worn……Cannot wait for next time.

 

Rebellion 2010

The following is an account of Rebellion 2010 by my bro’ SFBtim…thanks mate, I will definately be there with you next year….

Thursday

List of some of the smaller bands….The Kirkz. Quite liked these although that could be cos they were the first band I saw and so might not have been as impressed if I’d already seen some others.
Geoffrey Oicott…..songs about Yorkshire and cricket.

Drunken Balordi….wasn’t too impressed tbh. It reminded me of bit of the pogues for some strange reason only nowhere near as good. But I think I only saw one song as I was rushing off to see…
..Restarts. Brilliant. Fantastic. How 3 blokes manage to create such a racket is unfathomable. Loud, hardcore, and very fast.

Aggrolites. One of those bands that I thought I’d enjoy cos the little I’d seen of them last I thought they were good. I was disappointed. Dunno why I didn’t enjoy it, cos what they did they did well. Reminded me a bit of Pama International (Skull – support band when we saw the Specials). Maybe it was just not what I wanted to listen to after Restarts.

Streetlight Manifesto. Ska/punk. I wouldn’t buy there album on the back of this set. Some of the stuff was good. Proper ska or ska-punk. But then other bits were just a bit too ummm, I dunno what the right word is. Not Jazzy but tooooooo much brass not enough bass for me.

T-Rex…just to say I’ve seen them. About 30 seconds’ worth. Tick.

King Blues. Fantastic. Opened with If Punk Never Happened with no music and spoken with feeling, dramatic pauses, anger, hope, really cool bit where he gradually got slower and slower like a record played too slow. Played quite a lot from Save The World album, one or two from Under the Fog (music man) and a couple of new ones (Headbutt). The older stuff has a very strong reggae vibe to it, whilst the stuff from Save the World I’d describe as folky acousticky, politically aware punk. The new stuff was new to me but enjoyable nonetheless and sounded a lot faster and more punk-influenced than their other stuff. You missed a good show, mate. (Skull – thanks :-))

Friday

Saw a bit of Anti Vigilante but can’t really remember them cos they were followed by a band I’d never heard of, Baby Boom. I can’t decide if I want to hear more of this or totally erase it from my memory. It is members of Sonic Boom 6 playing covers of songs that should never have been recorded in the first place..ra ra Rasputin for example. They did it in their own reggae ska way.

Next up was Dirty Revolution. More Ska punk with the emphasis on the ska. Really good live show opened with Failure to Communicate, closed with I Love Reggae. Well worth going to see if they’re ever playing near you.

Stayed in the arena to watch Moral Dilemma. I’d not heard these and was expecting more ska-punk. I was wrong. It’s a 3 piece who play hardcore. Probably with socially conscious lyrics but I was lost in noise. Strongly recommended.

Radio Dead Ones. Can’t really remember these but I seem to remember quite enjoying it.

If last year taught me that youngsters (Rabble, Outl4w) were really good, this year taught me the old ‘uns can keep up. Broken Bones. One of those bands from my youth who maybe I just listened to at the wrong time, didn’t like it cos I wasn’t in the mood for that type of music and never gave it another chance. What have I missed out on? These guys were loud, and fast. Much faster than men of their age have a right to be! Definitely hardcore. Really enjoyed these.

Chelsea…one song. Enough. Tick
Hazel O’Connor. One song. Tick
Ditto Dept S. Ditto Rezillos.
The Grit didn’t see much of these. Psychobilly.
Frantic Flintstones…coulda been Stray Cats imo.
Demented Are Go. Coulda been Frantic Flinstones . Couldn’t bear to stay and watch King Kurt in case they coulda been Demented Are Go.

Saturday

Started with a gig that wasn’t really a gig at all. Penny Rimbaud and Steve Ignorant being interviewed by John Robb about Crass. Very interesting and definitely one of the highlights of the weekend for me.

That had finished in time for me to get to Big D and The Kids Table….ska punk that I should have enjoyed. But didn’t. So I moved on to see….
… Civet. An all girl punk rock group that I had never even heard of but I stayed for the whole set so must have enjoyed it. Admittedly this may have been helped by the fact they have one of the top ten cutest drummers in the world as voted for by, me!

Blaggers was one of the must-see bands for me. I’d seen these years ago when Matty was still with us and thought they’d stopped playing. They play a mix of Oi and rap, with trumpets, sax and a strong AntiFa message. I enjoyed it…..but unsurprisingly not as good as previously, although that could just be down to the sound in The Olympia.

Star Fucking Hipsters are Stza Crack’s new project. I had mixed feelings about this as last year I saw Leftover Crack at Rebellion and didn’t think much to them, but then saw them later in the year and thought they were great. Sadly, I didn’t think much to SFH and only stayed for one song.

Vice Squad have been around forever and everyone really should know their music and have seen them live before now. Not me. Their music is towards the Rock side of punk and I have to admit to being quite impressed with just how loud and fast they are. Nowhere near as tame as I’d expected.

Next band of note for me was The Oppressed. Again they were a must-see for me. They play Skinhead Oi music, again with a strong AntiFa message. Played several songs I knew ( AFA Song, Skinhead Girl, etc) and more that I didn’t, but I thoroughly enjoyed it and stayed for the whole set.

Hardskin was a band I’ve never heard of but judging by the length of the queue to get in they must be good, but I was on my way to see…
…The Filaments. Again a queue to get in but I was early so it moved quite quick for me. They play hardcore ska punk. I had absolutely no idea what they were singing about but immersed myself in the noise. Fantastic, loads of crowd surfing, lively, loud, I am a fan! Met a couple of the guys the next day and they seem really nice blokes too.

I really wasn’t interested in staying for the NY Dolls, but did want to see Discharge. However, I just couldn’t be bothered to wait til 1 o’clock when I’d just had such a great time.

Sunday

Went to see Acid Drop on recommendation. They were quite good, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to see them. Pretty standard punk, except for when they brought on the Leeds Kazou Orchestra, which was quite good. Nothing too serious and good fun.

Girlfixer was next. I have to admit to really liking this band. Punk verging on the rocky side, with a female vocalist.

Gimpfist are a streetpunk band, and well worth checking out if they play near you.
I didn’t catch too much of either Cro Mags or 7 Seconds ( due to wanting to see other bands in different venues) but was very impressed. They both play loud fast Hardcore and if they’re playing Rebellion next year I’m seeing more of their sets .

The Skints play a reggae ska dub funk punk! With the emphasis on the reggae. Everyone was dancing and swaying to the chilled out vibe. The female singer seems to play about 5 different instruments, including that stalwart of punk rock gigs…..the flute.

The only song by The Gallows that I’d heard was their bastardisation of “Staring at the Rude Boys” ft Lethal Bizzle Schnizzle (or something like that). So it was with some trepidation that I went to see them, but thought I’d give it a go. They were far better than I expected. The singer did chat a bit too much between songs for my liking, but they were good. Sort of scream metal hardcore streetpunk. If that’s possible. Sadly they did murder “I Fought the Law”, but at least there was one song I could sing along with!

Bad Religion were brilliant. They played as if it was their first time ever playing to their UK fans and they only had an hour to get through 30 years’ worth of their music. The set lasted about 90 minutes and they did not stop. There was hardly any timewasting between songs and often one song went straight into the next one, then into the next and so on. They play melodic, harmonic, hardcore. And they do it very very well.