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…..

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.

Gig Review – Anti Nowhere League

October 31st, The Shed, Leicester…Anti Nowhere League

Review by SFBTim

Missed the first coupla bands cos havin seen ANWL at Rebellion and deciding they were just too theatrical and caught up in their own hype I wasn’t gonna go. But I changed my mind ( all to do with Sat nite TV and Mr Cowell) and glad I did.

Got there part-way thru Girlfixer….a female fronted punk/rock band. Could have done with a bit more movement on stage but then again, it IS a small stage. Whatever the vocalist was shouting about she did it convincingly. One of my new favourite bands – they even GIVE away a 3 track cd at their shows!

Next up was The Nags. They’re a local band who have built up quite a following. Guitar driven 5 piece band,with vocals in the style of some of the more hardcore bands of the 80’s-more Conflict than Napalm Death.

ANWL were the last band of the evening and Animal came thru the crowd to much applause and cheering. I was a little worried they’d be a comedy act again when I saw the guitarist in Halloween make-up, but I needn’t have been. They opened with We Are The League and proceeded to play a mix of old ones I knew, some not-quite-so-old-ones I didn’t know as well, and some new ones that were new to my ears.

Over an hour later and they closed with the same song they’d opened with, but noone minded hearing that one again. I took my 16yr old step-daughter and her boyfriend and even tho they had never heard of them before they were soon in the thick of it down at the front and had at least as good a time as me!

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