Rebellion 2011 – Review – My Choice of Bands

For this review I have decided to only write about bands I liked as everyone has different tastes….you may think I haven’t got any after reading this…….. ah well. I will also try and embed as many videos as I can…knicked off youtube of course.

A fantastic weekend and a much better showing from security made this one pretty special. Went up on the Wednesday with my B.I.L and got to the pre festival gig at the Heat club, above the Rose and Crown. Two bands stood out for me, the always good Drongo’s for Europe and 2 Sick Monkeys. In fact how 2 Sick Monkeys make such a great noise with just a drummer and bassist amazes me….a bloody good laugh too.

Day One – Thursday

Rebellion started at 11.45 on the Thursday and in a proper fashion we got there about 12.45, just in time to catch the Kings of the Delmar and grab a pint. KOTD were a decent band in the old school style and probably would have had a bigger crowd if they were on a bit later. I particularly liked ‘Punk Rock Idiot’, reminded me of my BIL.

The next band I saw all the way through was Noise Agents, the band fronted by the lead singer of Demob…who indecently kept popping up all over the place :-). They were impressive and he really is a good front man….just don’t know his name.

Band of the day for me were Short Bus Window Lickers who played a set of hardcore Punk, which can only be expected when the band has members of the Restarts and UK Subs in it….these are a must watch band, tight as fuck and superbly loud.

Story of the day came from Tyrannosaurus Alan, a Ska/Punk/Rap sort of combo, heavy on the brass. Last year they busked outside and made enough money to get in. This year they were playing the Empress….impressive. I even bought the CD.

I had to go and watch Pipes and Pints because I couldn’t believe there was a Punk band with a bagpipe player in it….I even managed to win a pint off a German skinhead cos he didn’t believe me. Pipes and Pints are an American hardcore band and the bagpipe player was hilarious…not sure he was meant to be though….This set the theme of the weekend for me though, lots of great American bands.

Surprise of the day was the Old Firm Casuals, Lars Frederikson of Rancids new band. I wasn’t expecting too much as before the gig it looked as though it was an American trying to emulate the British football hooligan style, and as a typical Brit I was expecting a poor mans Cockney Rejects. What I got was a fantastic set from a guy who clearly loves Punk and Oi!

Honourable mentions on day one go out to Max Splodge, Girlfixer, Geoffrey Oicott – Yorkshire, Yorkshire 🙂

Day Two – Friday

Started the day with Middle Finger Salute, a sort of Blackburn Blink 182….loved the noise but missed ‘We are Fucking Shit’ as there final song…so here it is from the year before…

Funniest band of the weekend award goes to 3CR, Manchester humour for those not easily offended – and if you are then Fuck Off….songs like ‘Theiving Scouse Bastards’ and ‘Spit Roast Groupies’ just made me smile….’Just Fucking Do It’ was probably the most sensible thing they said.

One thing about Rebellion is the T-shirts people wear, and today there was a lot of T-shirts with Rust on them so off we went to see them. They’re an ok Aussie OI! band.

The best part of the whole day for me were the three back to back bands in the Empress – The Restarts, A Wilhelm Scream and Bouncing Souls. The Restarts were just awesome and I think a little bit of wee escaped when they played Outsider…..I love that track, the first I ever heard recorded by them.

A Wilhelm Scream were a band I’d never heard of. According to youtube, myspace etc they are a Hardcore band. THEY WERE FUCKING AMAZING…….I love bass and the guy who plays bass for them was doing things I could only dream about….get on youtube or any media player of your choice and listen to them. They should be headlining…..pursue with the video below, the songs great.

I was expecting a lot more from Bouncing Souls as they were on straight after AWS, and they were ok. I would like to see them again in a local venue because I think I could relly get to like them.

Although they have been around forever I had never seen the English Dogs, which is a real shame because they were great. The lead singer is obviously a nutjob and his head was painted green but he was excellent. Didn’t quite get why he threw a tent into the crowd but it was entertaining none the less. Balsall Heathens are in the video…

The Stupids are one of my favourite bands so I had to catch a bit of them, The line up looks to have changed but still managed to bang out a fantastic sound. Video from my local venue….

GBH played the Olympia, which doesn’t have the greatest acoustics, but they showed that they are a quality band. They had a large crowd and it was probably well deserved.

I really liked The Dead Class, a Punk band from Ireland. They really seemed to enjoy playing the festival and said that they’d played to crowds consisting of just the sound guy 🙂 Another band that I would love to see again in a local venue.

Day Three – Saturday

Rat City Riot played the Empress and deserved a lot more than they got crowd wise. Another American band that had energy and a lead singer who got into the crowd and mixed it up a bit. They were still in the venue well into the evening and I like that in a band….one thats not pretentious and happy to mix with the punters. (A massive note to Charlie, Arturo and the Captain who are always around for a chat). The video is not a UK Subs cover.

Los Fastidios had the best T-shirt of the festival – Love Football, Hate Fascism. Fantastic message. They are an ok band too if you like the noise and don’t want to understand the lyrics….unless you speak Italian of course.

The best ‘crowd moment’ came from Random Hand who created a wall of Death. Thank christ I’m too old for all that shit. They were a great band who played a mix of Punk/OI!/Ska and had the crowd bangin…excellent.

Highlight of the day for an old fucker like me was The Boys, a band I’d wanted to see since their first album came out. I was really scared that they would be a massive dissapointed and I am so glad I was wrong. From the moment they opened with TCP they were bloody amazin’. I was so pleased to hear one of the old bands from the birth of Punk playing the songs as I remember them, as they were recorded. Fantastic.

Church Of Confidence are a German band who’s influences include the Clash, Rockabilly, Punk. For a three piece they were surprisingly good musically and they did all their songs in English, including a cover of White Man in Hammersmith…. Video from this year 🙂

The Have Nots were yet another amazing American band who had a fusion of Punk and Ska at 100mph. I don’t know whats happening over the pond but the music scene is clearly looking good. Another band that you really should see.

Captain Hotknives was the only offering in the Bizzare that I personally found worth a mention because the guy is fucking hilarious. As soon as he started singing about white supremacist polar bears he had my attention.

Day Four – Sunday

A band I’d already seen was Dirty Revolution and this year they got elevated to the Empress….deserved, and for those in the crowd they weren’t dissapointed. Only dissapointment for me was I didn’t get an ‘I Love Reggae’ T-shirt…next time.

Barnyard Masturbator have to have a mention cos they come from Leicester, as does my BIL, and they have a strange lead singer who refers to the band as hers, and she flashes her arse……

I really liked One Man Stand, a three piece that play the kind of Punk I like, fast, melodic make me wanna jump up and down kinda stuff…..I will definately check them out again.

The Skints are a Reggae band and I wanted to catch them as they are supporting the King Blues when I see them next month. Really chillin band and I was amazed at how many instruments the singer could play. I counted flute, keyboard, guitar, mouth organ thingy and saxaphone…..impressive.

Another of my heroes from the early days Jello Biafra played the Olympia….organisers – why not the Empress? The guy was amazing, miming the songs during instrumentals :-), crowd surfing and preaching about the Tottenham riots. Even managed to get California Uber Alles in the set and encored with Holiday in Cambodia…..amazing. And the crowd went wild…..

Citizen Fish played there Punk/Ska set with the usual aplomb….noticed they’ve added a brass player since I saw them last. Great tunes and a great frontman in Dick.

Playing an acoustic set in the Olympia, STZA Crack was fantastic. Good banter between songs, pissed as a fart, and living the life. So much better than with his band in my opinion.

Sick on the Bus played a really energetic set and deserved a better crowd than they got. If you like GBH, Motorhead, Restarts, SBWL you’ll like these guys. Good honest Punk Rock. Video from 2009 Rebellion

So there ya go, a quick list of all the bands I saw and liked (for one reason or another). I saw lots of other bands too and that is the joy of Rebellion, you can wander no more than a few hundred yards and you can be seeing another band, if you don’t like what your hearing with the first one.

I’d like to add that there were also a hell of a lot of bands I didn’t see (there were 209 in total), so don’t be offended if your names not on the list, and think you’re shit……you’re not. I didn’t see you or you didn’t float my boat…..

Gig Guide – Feb 2010

Sham 69

Feb 4th – Cavern Club, Exeter

Buzzcocks

Feb 13th – Brickyard, Carlisle

Feb 14th – Central Uni, Preston

Feb 15th – Opera House, Buxton

Feb 16th – Duchess, York

Varukers

Jan 16 – Redhill FC, Surrey

Vice Squad

Feb 26th – Sawyers, Kettering

Stranglers

Feb 26th – O2 Academy, Glagow

Feb 27th – Alhambra Theatre, Dunfermline

Feb 28th – Forum, Aberdeen

Drongo’s For Europe

Feb 13th – Bridge House, London

Undertones

Feb 26th – Fat Sams, Dundee

Feb 27th – King Tuts, Glasgow

999

Feb 19th – Café Drummonds, Aberdeen

Sat 20th Ivory Blacks, Glasgow

Sun 21st 3 Tuns, Gateshead

Thu 25th Champions, Bournemouth

Fri 26th The Brass Monkey, Hastings

Sat 27th The Fire Station for Arts & Culture,

Anti Nowhere League

4th – Champions, Bournemouth

5th – Old bell, Derby

6th – Engine Rooms, Brighton

11th – Trillians, Newcastle

12th – Fibbers, York

13th – Citrus Club, Edinburgh

14th – Ivory Blacks, Glasgow

Blitzkrieg

Feb 5th – Haygate, Telford

Geoffrey Oicott

Feb 25th – Fenton, Leeds

All Dayer (thanks Gilly)

INNER TERRESTRIALS,POUNDAFLESH,

SICK ON THE BUS,

CERTIFIED,PAUL CARTER,CRYO-GENICS,

ADDICTIVE PHILOSOPHY

THE OLD BELL

DERBY..20TH FEB..5PM START…3AM BAR….

The Damned, The Specials and Donny Osmond

I’d like to start off by stating that I absolutely love the Damned. They have given me a great deal of pleasure over the years, and some of my fondest memories are of hearing Damned, Damned, Damned for the first time and seeing them play live at the Locarno in  Portsmouth, supported by the Anti Nowhere League.

I managed to catch them at Rebellion earlier in the year, and on Wednesday I went to see them, although they were support to Motorhead. (Honorable mention to Girlschool, also on the bill, with Blitzkriegs Jax on guitar). They opened with New Rose and from that moment I knew I was going to be dissapointed. To be fair to them the crowd seemed to really love them, and maybe I’m still living in the past, but I wanted New Rose to sound like New Rose – the New Rose – the very first vinyl pressing of a Punk song ever…a piece of history. Musically it was the same, vocally it could have been Whitney Houston.

Maybe Dave Vanian is bored with singing the same old stuff for 30 years and he want to put some variety in his life…and I think for that its understandable…but I paid £25 to hear the Damned as I wanted to hear them, not what I got at all.

The week before I managed to catch the Specials in Brighton, another 30 year tour and another band on the nostalgia bandwagon….but what a band, what a show and what a difference. Every song was sung as I remembered it being, the whole blace was bouncing and I left through the pouring rain with a smile on my face. It was what I’d paid for, my memories, my songs and my experiences brought back for a few hours.

And Donny Osmond? I watched an interview with him once where he told the story of singing Puppy Love in a rock style cos he was bored with it. Then one day a fan asked him why he ruined their memory of the song. It affected him and he now sings songs in the way he sold them. Please take note Mr Vanian…to me and lots like me, you are a hero. The Damned are one of the greatest bands ever and I for one would like to hear New Rose as it was recorded by the Damned, not a night club singer.

Gig Guide – Oct 2009

Fri, October 9th, 2009

999 – New Tavern, Wigan

Sat, October 10th, 2009

999 – Rio’s, Leeds

Tues, Oct 13th, 2009

Random Hand – Seven, Nottingham

Wed, October 14, 2009

Stiff Little Fingers – Ironworks, Inverness

Thu, October 15, 2009

Stiff Little Fingers – Moshulu , Aberdeen

Fri, October 16, 2009

Stiff Little Fingers – Fat Sam’s, Dundee

Sat, October 17, 2009

Stiff Little Fingers – HMV Picture House, Edinburgh

Goldblade – Academy 3, Manchester Spunge – Rio’s, Leeds

Mon, October 19, 2009

Stiff Little Fingers – Picturedrome, Holmfirth

Tue, October 20, 2009

Stiff Little Fingers – Robin 2, Wolverhampton

Advantage + Mike TV – Maze, Nottingham

Wed, October 21, 2009

Stiff Little Fingers – O2 Academy, Liverpool

Thu, October 22, 2009

Stiff Little Fingers – The Dome, Doncaster

999 – Underworld, Camden Town

Fri, October 23, 2009

Stiff Little Fingers – Friars, Aylesbury

999 – Forum, Tunbridge Wells

Urban Scum – Fibbers, York

Sat, October 24th, 2009

999 – Redhill FC, Redhill

Sun, October 25, 2009

Stiff Little Fingers – Subscription Rooms, Stroud

999 – Castle Tavern, Sheerness

Mon, October 26, 2009

Stiff Little Fingers – The Waterfront, Norwich

Tue, October 27, 2009

Stiff Little Fingers – The Junction, Cambridge

JB Cospiracy + Dirty Revolution – Maze, Nottingham

Wed, October 28, 2009

Stiff Little Fingers – The Brook, Southampton

The above are gigs as advertised by the bands themselves or sent to me by email. If you are in a band and want to be included in future gig guides please contact me at skull @ punkgrandad . com – but remove the spaces from the address, (its to stop spammers).