Rebellion 2012 – Sort of Review

Well here we go again, another year gone, another fantastic event passed by. Hats off to the organisers, the bands, the staff and even the security as the festival passed by smoothly and without any trouble. As with last years review I am only going to talk about the bands I liked – but if there is one I have not mentioned it could be that I didn’t get round to seeing them, not that I didn’t like them.

Once again me and my BIL FatBoyTim got there on the Wednesday and went to the Rose and Crown for the pre-festival gig. Unfortunately by the time we’d eaten, had a few beers and met up with some German Cock Sparrer fans we met last year, we didn’t actually go into the gig. Old and tired non-handlers I’m afraid 🙂

Thurday 1st August

The first day of the Festival brought with it a new stage – the New Band stage. The concept being that for one day only a stage would be put by for bands that are just starting on the road to fame and glory :-). What a great idea with the only problem being it started at 11.20am, which was a bit of a shame because hundreds of people weren’t even in the venue by that time.

We popped in and out of this stage all day and were happily surprised by some of the bands we saw…its great to see some young (and not so young) bands that love Punk. Stand out for me were Chemical Threat (from Southampton :-)), In Evil Hour, Science Made Us Robots and Drones…not to be confused with The Drones from back in the day. I particularly liked the way Drones guitarist played in the middle of the audience, nice touch.

I really hope this concept continues for the Festival going forwards as I am sure that those that tried it really enjoyed it…we certainly did

Videos below….

From the other stages I really enjoyed Roughneck Riot (Folk Punk), and Fire Exit (’77 Punks) for completely differing styles of punk. However the Filaments and Snuff in the Empress Ballroom were the absolute bollocks on the day…loved ’em both.

Friday 3rd August

Friday was Conflict day, not only the band but who to see. First up for me was Loaded 44, a band I had been dying to see since I saw Beki touring with Steve Ignorant in 2010. I was not dissapointed, good melodic Punk Rock, love it.

We then spent a couple of hours seeing 10 – 15 minutes of various bands before heading into the Bizarre Bazaar to see the Mob. They were a massive surprise to me as being a ‘depressing’ band lyrically they really nailed their set and I came away feeling rather pleased and not as suicidal as I expected 🙂

Sick on the Bus always make me smile and this was no exception, and Zero Boys did quite a good set but my next must see band was the Restarts. For the first time I was really unhappy as the acoustics in the Olympia did nothing to help what is really an excellent band…not a lot that can be done about that but it didn’t make for great listening.

The Headline band was Social Distortion and they were tight, probably the best American band of the Festival. I also enjoyed the Boys who played an excellent set and as one of my all time favourite bands they did not disappoint.

BIL really wanted to see Conflict as his band of the Festival and they were excellent. He would have gone home happy after them if he had to 🙂

Saturday 4th August

Got there early on Saturday in time to see the Fuckwits, a great start to the day and they were followed by Cyanide Pills who despite appearances (I hate white leather jackets – trivial I know) played a great set.

BIL listens to Kerrang Radio so we had to go and see Police Bastard who were 100 times better than I expected. I wanted to see a bit of Ska so we watched the Slackers then back to Punk with the Varukers via the full set from Ruts DC. I didn’t really know what to expect from them especially as they had a female vocalist but it was a great mix of Punk and Reggae and the fact the vocals were not Malcolm Owens did not detract from a great set.

But the moment of the day, and possibly the Festival for me, was the Subhumans playing all 17 minutes of From the Cradle to the Grave in the Olympia. Absolutely Fuckin Awesome…hair standing up on the back of the neck greatness.

 Sunday 5th August

Today brought me the band of the festival, a band I couldn’t understand a word of but I heard the greatest noise, saw the the perfect attitude (they gave away their latest album), and exhibited tons and tons of energy…Segismundo Toxicamano. All I know about them is that they are from Spain…and I will be making it my mission to see them again. As second band in the Empress they deserved a bigger audience…hopefully they’ll get it next time. What a start to the day.

The next person you really must make some time to see is Captain Hotknives. One man and a guitar has never made me laugh so much singing about Anarchist Squat Punk bands, Benefits and Drugs….hilarious.

My third must see live band is Random Hand, Ska/Punk at its very best. But its the live experience that sets these guys apart. Robin Leitch is one of the best frontmen I’ve seen and he is the only one who’s managed to get the crowd doing a Wall of Death, a Circle and a Chicken Fight in one set. When they first came on stage and I noticed there were only two security at the front of the stage I smiled…by the first three songs this had been quadrupled. They were simply superb as a band and as a show.

Sunday also brought with it Rat City Riot, Neville Staples (plays the Specials), the UK Subs and Stiff Little Fingers. Easily the best day of the four. SLF even played Johnny Was and I’d never seen them do that before. The only downside was that we couldn’t get in to see Rancid as the venue was full but they are over again later in the year so you never know…

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.