Friday, 20 January 2017

Mary Bell - Empty Puppet


"They say Mary Bell was an angry child who wanted to hurt someone, and that’s what she did when she killed two innocent young boys. Razor sharp, ripping scissors, our aim is to fulfill her legacy. Think raw girl vocals, dark fuzz, post-punk, grunge and dissonance. We are angry children and we want to hurt you."



  In 1968 a young girl named Mary Bell strangled to death 2 younger boys in Scotswood, Newcastle Upon Tyne. She was convicted of manslaughter and imprisoned until 1980. Since her release she's lived under a series of pseudonyms and in 1998 she collaborated on a book which detailed the abuse she suffered as a child at the hands of her mother. Now she has a band named after her.

  Mary Bell are a Bikini Kill influnced feminist punk band from Paris who recently followed up their 2015 s/t ep with a s/t debut album which is on Danger Records and Le Turc Mecanique. You'll find both those releases "name your price" here :  https://marybellftw.bandcamp.com/


  The line up is comprised of Alice Carlier (vocals), Tristan Bardre (bass), Victoria Arfi (guitar) and Gailla Montanier (drums). As with the child killer whose name they appropriated, their music rages with anger, and the song you'll see below sees that anger backed up by a wonderfully threatening bassline that is a must hear.

  This is Empty Puppet.....

When I was a little girl
l was so out of my body
Skinny dirty little thing
Disgusting, disgusting little thing
Frustrated
Out of me
When i was a little girl
l was so out of me
Accustomed to being loved and rejected
Rejected little thing
Frustrated
Out of me
Empty puppet, unstable behaviour




Thursday, 19 January 2017

Cyanide Pills - Stop And Search



  Hurrah!  Leeds' finest, Cyanide Pills, are back. Already with 2 classic albums (Cyanide Pills & Still Bored) under their belts, they've announced that lp3, Sliced And Diced, will be out on Damaged Goods in March. If the song below is any indication they'll soon be 3 for 3.

  The last we heard from them was on 2015's Conservative bashing Government single, this time around they're battling the boys in blue and their stop and search policy. As you'd expect it's more of the same upbeat, catchy Buzzcocks/Briefs type of spikey pop "n" punk with lyrics about the targetting of young black men and the only people who say the tactics work being those who never get searched. All this and a brief killer riff that brings to mind Shot By Both Sides.

  Phil Privilege, Alex A, Sy Pinkeye, Alarick 'The Trick' and Chris Wrist, welcome back. We've missed you.

  This is Stop And Search......

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Top 10 Songs Chosen By Jamie Flanagan (Tear Up)



  A top 10 today selected by Tear Up vocalist Jamie Flanagan. Tear Up are the Watford based Oi! punk band that i posted in the blog yesterday. They've a debut album, Playground Politics, coming soon and you can find out more about the band here :  https://www.facebook.com/tearupoi/

http://www.subcultz.com/product/tear-up-album-pre-release-order/

  It's not really a surprise that Jamie's chosen a bunch of Oi songs as his top 10 but what is nice is that he's not just concentrated on the classics, he's also picked some great new music too.

  Thanks Jamie, over to you.....



1) THE LAST RESORT - Violence In Our Minds


When i first started listening to oi! I was 12 13 last resort was one of the bands i listened to first along with rejects bargy cock sparrer i always loved this track it said everything i wanted to hear and i love it just as much today





 2)  COCKNEY REJECTS - Oi Oi Oi


Such a great track proper sing along crowd pleaser and its just a hit i been lucky enough to play with the rejects and they are top guys and now my 2 year old loves this song we sing it together .





 3)  ANGRY AGENDA - The Brawler


Now this track has everything its got such attitude and clever lyrics this band are possibly the best in the business




 4)  EAST END BADOES - Forever Proud


This is the first song i ever sang on stage with terry and made me start a band and it just says it all about the scene for me





 5)  ARGY BARGY - Out With The Old


I have known jon most my life great man and will help where he can this track is great the aggression in the vocals the drums the guitar just pure class





 6)  ARCH RIVALS - Social Hand Grenade


This is often dedicated to me the words say it all





 7)  B SQUADRON - Means Of Escape


We cover this song its great few words simple but says what needs to be said





 8)  TAKERS & USERS - Folks On The Hill... Working Class Revolt


Very catchy music great lyrics these are part of the future







 9)  CITIZEN KEYNE - We're Gonna Fight


I love this track is two fingers to everything wrong with todays scene





10)  TEAR UP - King Of The Car Park


Although im proud of it im not shallow enough to class it as my favourite i just want u to youtube it and check it out...




Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Tear Up - King of the Car Park



  Tear Up are from Watford and claim to be the worst Oi band in the country. Today's song will prove that claim to be a load of bollox. Interested in combining a fondness for drinking with a passion for making a lot of noise about the things that piss them off, this is a band that wears the term "hooligan rock n roll" like a badge of honour. Their fuck you attitude has helped make them one of the UK'S resurgent Oi music scene's top new bands.

  Now lining up with Jamie on vocals (check back tomorrow for his 10 favourite songs), Charlie (guitar), Andy (drums) and Sam (bass), they've already released an ep called Fuckin Av It and they're about to unleash debut album Playground Politics. It'll be out soon on Subcultz and you can preorder it here : http://www.subcultz.com/product/tear-up-album-pre-release-order/

  Given that Jamie admits to having been a bit of a scallywag growing up and spent some time at her majesty's pleasure I'm probably not going to be far wrong in guessing the album will be a gritty affair with much of his song writing based on personal experiences. Despite settling down a little now that he's got a son to look out for, he's still not adverse to getting into the odd scrape if he sees something going down that he percieves as an injustice. For overseas readers who might not know, tear up is slang for a violent struggle using physical force. Quite apt really.

  To whet your appetite for the new album, this is the excellent King Of The Car Park......



Monday, 16 January 2017

Disruptive Influence - Your Country Hates You



  On the verge of posting the excellent Underage Drinking by Bristol punks Disruptive Influence I ventured onto their Facebook page to check out a few facts and noticed they were readying to release a new single. Despite loving Underage Drinking (I urge you to check it out) I decided to wait and see what the new songs were like and I think I made the right decision.

  The band originally formed way back in 1981 whilst at college in Bristol. They played their first gig as From The Ashes before changing their name to Disruptive Influence.

  They reformed in 2011 with new members and now feature the son of their former singer on vocals. Their sound is unashamedly rooted in punk's golden era as you'll be able to hear if you check the name your price ep's they've posted on Bandcamp : https://disruptiveinfluenceuk.bandcamp.com/.

  I'll play the flip side of the new single, Kill The Bill, on tomorrow's Just Some Punk Songs show ( https://www.facebook.com/events/1257215551090140/ ),  today you get the title track. Ideal for jumping around to, this is snotty, upbeat punk at it's best. Your Country Hates You.....



Sunday, 15 January 2017

Joe Zero - You've Been Trumped - America



  Last month ex-Victim frontman Joe Zero released a Christmas song which was a scathing attack on the rape Syria in which he was asking people not to turn a blind eye but to rise up and protest, today he returns with a brand new single.

  This time out he's offering up a critique on the new president of the USA, Donald Trump. Joe questions how could a great nation choose to elect someone such as Trump, how could they want to live in isolation, how could they dig their own grave? It's the time of the apocalypse, God Bless America!

  You can find it here : https://joezero.bandcamp.com/track/youve-been-trumped-america

  Wake up America, You've Been Trumped.....

When you've finished singing, 
"America the Brave", 
You can build your Fire Wall 
Give a Mexican Wave... 

Then live in Isolation 
Desolation of your Soul, 
How could this happen 
To the Land of Rock 'n' Roll? 
Land of Rock 'n' Roll? Yeahhhh! 

Chorus> You've been Trumped! 
You've been Trumped! 
AMERICA!!! 

When you've finished digging, 
America's Grave, 
Is that any way for 
A Great Nation to behave? 

To live in Isolation, 
Desolation of your Soul, 
How could this happen 
To the Land of Rock 'n' Roll? 
Land of Rock 'n' Roll? Yeahhh!!!




Saturday, 14 January 2017

An Interview With Wayne Elliott (Dr And The Crippens)

 


  I thought it was time to get out of my comfort zone and attempt another one of my rare interviews so I decided to bombard former Dr And The Crippens bassist Wayne Elliott (aka Wayne Crippenski) with a bunch of questions and he was kind enough to undergo my interrogation.

  Dr And The Crippens were a hardcore punk band from my hometown of Lancaster (England) who were active in the late 80's at a time when punk seemed to be fading away though they still managed to impress John Peel enough to get invited to record a couple of well received sessions for his show. They also attracted a decent following, no doubt fans enjoyed the various costumes and props such as exploding cabbages and giant papier mache heads. So without further ado........



  Though we didn't know each other back then, we both grew up around the same time in the same part of North West England. I went pretty much overnight from a young teenager who would listen to the likes of Abba or whatever else was played on the radio to a rabid punk fan thanks to being exposed to John Peel, Sounds & the NME music papers and to the local indiepndant record shop, Ear 'Ere. What was it that shaped your musical tastes and who were your favourite bands?

I liked bits of things I'd heard such as seeing The Vibrators do Automatic Lover on TOTP or The Jam doing David Watts but the real turning point was a friend giving me a C60 with tracks by The Clash, Sex Pistols, Buzzcocks, The Lurkers and The Boys. This was around September 78 and from that point on pretty much all my pocket money went on records. .. It still does ! First band I really loved was The Jam. I thought Weller's lyrics were fantastic and coming from a council estate they had a huge impact. Seeing The Ramones in 1980 made a huge impact. To this day probably my favourite band... sheer genius their early stuff and laid down a blueprint so many adapted.





  Living in Lancaster, being in a band was something I never thought would be a possibility (my complete lack of any musical ability was also always going to be an obstacle!). How did you go from music fan to band member?

I had a mate with a guitar. He had been in a couple of bands that fell apart and I was always pestering him to form another. He said buy a bass and I'll teach you how to play it and we'll form a band. So I did and he showed me a few bits and pieces but then backed out. I tried with another mate but I wasn't good enough and he joined another band instead. I hung around with them, wrote some lyrics and started planning my own Ramones style band. Eventually their drummer Ben Robinson left and we put the first Crippens line up together with Andy Fox a bloke he worked with on guitar and vocals.

We knocked up a Ramones style set and played pretty much every pub in Lancaster with a music license over the next 6 months.By now me and Ben were into US HC and wanted to expand our sound to incorporate it. Andy didn't so he left and that is when Tom Myall and Nick Palmer came in.Nick made theatre props and did pyrotechnics.We split when Ben moved to London but when an Lp offer came from Manic Ears Dave Ellesmere offered to drum on it after I bumped into him at an MDC gig at Planet X in Liverpool.

So we had half a dozen rehearsals with Dave and did Fired From The Circus.





  How did the John Peel session come about? Did you get to meet him? What was it like recording a session and did it's success lead to larger sacks of fan mail and record company people camping out on your doorstep?

Well after we did the album we thought that was it but at least we got a record done. We didn't expect it to sell or for Dave to do any gigs with us. But Peel loved it. We got offered a session so Dave came back up to Lancaster and we rehearsed 12 tracks as we wanted it to be a decent length in case Strange Fruit put it out. Was great doing the session, proper studio and engineer and all that. We worked really quickly got the whole thing down live mostly in first takes. Loved it. We didn't meet Peel then but I did meet him a few months later when he did a student gig in Lancaster. Thanked him for the support, shook his hand and gave him a t shirt. His support changed everything. The session and airplay led to gigs all over Europe and press and fanzine attention. We did have a couple of other labels interested but stayed with Shane as he'd taken a punt on us in the first place.




  What happens on tour stays on tour but it's been a while now, have you got any  tour stories, especially if they involve big names?

nah - every body was lovely ! ha ha..


Dave's last show was in Gent in December 1991 and Green Day opened. However it was a such to do with ferry times as anything else.. There were no egos on either side. We enjoyed them and we had encountered them earlier on the tour when their clapped out old transit had broken down and they were staying at a squat we played in Germany. They were teenagers at the time .. no inkling of what was to come... really nice folks . You'll never catch me dissing them.. They paid their dues long before success happened. They did a lot of small shows prior to Dookie. Believe me if they were Dicks it would be common knowledge but you never hear anyone who's played with them dissing them. They have made a good living out of their music and fair play to 'em.. is very hard to do.


We also played with Mesuggah in their home town of Umea on that tour. Although hardly known and local they insisted on headlining. The place was packed and the gods were smiling on us that night because it was one of the best shows we ever played. They couldn't follow us, went down poorly and people drifted out of the venue. At the time we questioned there insistence at headlining an International Punk Fest. In their own town, but now I think it is exactly that sense of self belief and entitlement that has helped them become a hugely successful metal band.




  It may just be because I started getting into different kinds of music (Wedding Present, Dinosaur Jr, Pixies.... ) but I always look back on the time you were active as a band as being a period when interest in punk was in danger of fading away. After the initial buzz of the late 70's and early 80's and before the revival led by the likes of Bad Religion, Rancid, Green Day etc there was a few years when nothing much seemed to be going on. Did you ever wish you'd been together a decade earlier and how much different do you think things would have been for you had had access to likes of Facebook, Youtube and Bandcamp?

Well when we first started our template was Ramones/Adicts/Eraserhead later we started to try and add stuff we'd heard on the Repo Man soundtrack, DK's , Bad Brains etc. We had no idea there was a UK scene emerging. When Malcolm in Ear Ere played me 'Peruvian Vacation' I couldn't believe it ! Here was another band in the UK who seemed like us to be trying to mix Ramones style lyrics with HC style speed and riffs. That led to me sending a tape to COR which eventually became Manic Ears. I started buying anything on COR and soon realised we were not alone. Through buying trips to Alan's and Action I picked up zines and flers and soon knew about Electro Hippies and the NW/HC scene emerging around Planet X and The Den. Jailcell Recipies formed soon after and we gigged with them loads. I loved that whole network and the tape trading, zines, flyers, DIY gigs etc. - these days the access is amazing instantly able to hear bands from all over the world. However that is a two edged sword as the cup runneth over and it is harder to interest people in something like the Pulsebeat shows. Back when Peel was the only game in town we all avidly listened live, often to a lot of rubbish, waiting for something we liked. Now we press like and move on..




Why did Dr And The Crippens split? Boss Tunage recently released the mammoth 32 track Cabaret Syle compilation, did you consider a reunion gig to coincide with that release? What did you do after Dr And The Crippens?

Dave left and the dynamic of the band changed. Tom and I couldn't agree on anything. The UK HC scene had pretty much collapsed. A lot of the venues had gone, a lot of the bands had split and many of the ones remaining re cast themselves as metal bands. I wanted to lose the cabbages and costumes, keep the humour in the lyrics and get back to a sound closer to the original 3 piece line up. I started working on songs for an album called Back To The Circus. Tom wanted to keep the costumes and cabbages, lose the humorous lyrics and write more complex songs in a No Means No, Pixies style. We wrote some decent stuff that was somewhere between these 2 views but it took time and although I like most of the demos thar came out last year I do think it is the sound if a band pulling in different directions at times. We did talk about a reunion .. All of us are on good terms these days and Tom put a lot of work into remixing the studio tracks for 'Cabaret Style'. Time and distance is the main obstacle but never say never... After we split I teamed up with Dave again. We both worked at Plastic Head for a while and did some gigs and recordings as Brainless. That ended when Dave moved to Holland. After I left Plastic Head Distribution I pretty much dropped out of the punk scene until Boss Tuneage approached me about the re issues. I was amazed there was still any interest in us. That put me back in touch with Dave and we started the Global Punk Network FB page as a resource for bands, promoters, labels etc worldwide to share their stuff. We also broadcast shows on there via Mixlr. You do your Just Some Punk Songs show once a week and I do Pulsebeat. It's good to share new music with folks and I enjoy the community spirit in the chat rooms. There are so many great bands around... I am more interested in that than any notion of revisiting my own old music.




  On the subject of Pulsebeat, I know you put a lot of time and energy into searching for music to play on the show. I know how keen you are to try and introduce new bands to a wider audience, who would you say are the best of these new bands?

Where do you start ? There is such a huge amount out there. Recently the Tyrannamen lp really caught my ear after Julian from Drunken Sailor chose a track for the 2016 review shows. I really like Sievehead, Denim and Leather and Accidente too. The forthcoming coming Rata Negra lp seems excellent on first listen and Girl Power's new 12 inch is great too. From last week's show I loved the Dirty + His Fists track 'Gimme Your Money'.. great almost glam guitar opening and then noisy garage punk noise. A band will be checking out more by are Canadian ' s 'Low Levels'. Again the track in last week's show, Ultramarine, I thought was superb. Closer to home 'Pale Angels' new lp is a current fave. On the live front I can't wait to see Generacion Suicida in Oxford. There lp is also a great listen and it is brilliant to see them over here.


  You can find links to those bands below and if you want to check out Wayne's Pulsebeat show he broadcasts at 9pm (Gmt) on Wednesdays

http://mixlr.com/wayne-elliott/

All his shows get saved here : http://mixlr.com/wayne-elliott/showreel/

Global Punk Network : https://www.facebook.com/groups/stenchofhardcore/

https://staticshockrecords.bandcamp.com/album/tyrannamen

https://sievehead.bandcamp.com/

https://denimandleather.bandcamp.com/

https://accidente.bandcamp.com/

https://rata-negra.bandcamp.com/

https://girlpower.bandcamp.com/

https://dirtyandhisfists.bandcamp.com/releases

https://lowlevel.bandcamp.com/

https://paleangelsband.bandcamp.com/

https://generacionsuicida.bandcamp.com/


  Many thanks for the interview Wayne


  Here's a Dr And The Crippens song to finish with, this is Zombies In Disneyland.....