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Dear Tuesday Clubbers and Pop Pickers! Welcome to the SPRING/APRIL issue of In the Club Mag It’s been a generally great start to 2019. Our return to the 02 Islington Academy for the first time in 4 years with our support to Gene Loves Jezebel and Department S, the release of our first 7” vinyl single AND the very welcome readditon of not one, but two original members of the band! It’s great to have you both back - The Minx and J-Rod! A near perfect start to 2019 also included a return to the Dublin Castle and was only tainted by our proposed BBC London session being cancelled by the powers that be! “Unfortunately Sunny and Shay have taken a decision which has some rather sad consequences. As they have decided they want to diversify the arts guests on the evening show to include authors, poets, filmmakers, etc – not just musicians --it means sadly we will have to stand down a few bookings.” Gawd knows it isn’t hard enough to get a break and it’s not like we’ve not diversified into all of those genres too!!!!!! Ho Hum, it don’t get easier folks! Anyway, enough of that non news...
you can make it an Easter to remember by coming down and supporting us on 21st April. TC news isn’t the only news however, as you know we at the PPCO are working tirelessly to bring you top content and new music. This issues highlights include a fantastic 8 page interview with Pete Jones the former PIL and recently departed Department S - Bass guru, who is embarking on a solo project and a book, both of which you can read about courtesy of our top mate and collaborator Andrew from Rogue Sector. You can also hear Pete’s single amongst the latest chaotic offering of Post Punk, New Wave, New music and Vinyl that is Andreas and the Wolf’s March radio show.
But that of course is not all. Apart from your fab regular features on the local St.Albans scene by Denise Parsons & Eatlife Productions We ARE massively excited about (who we welcome!), our next outing however! As you there’s also new know we’ve been keeping our Dislocated Flowers powder relatively dry this year & She Made Me Do other than the aforementioned It music. Australian Marquee nights, but we hope band Do Re Mi you’ll agree a Dreadzone support are ‘In the club’ & back at Harpenden Halls makes there’s a brand new for a great hatrick of quality FREE 11 track Perfect Pop Co-Op Sampler to download, so shows! And with The TCs now please do it and keep supporting us on our mission to bring back to a 6 piece we really hope you something less ordinary! x
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The Now trio release their best material yet, hear it and buy it here! Sonic sculpters Dislocated Flowers return with a host of new material!
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Art Is Magic 4.35 Always Taking Things Too Far 4.23 Soulless City Syndrome 3.18 Fruit Salad Girl 3.00 Drowning My Sorrows 4.20 Put Your Faith (In What You Can Control) 3.47 We Are The Team 3.06 Let The Kids Run The Country 3.11 Rock’n’Roll’s Not A Science 3.01 Who And Youz Army 2.39
Art Is Magic 4.35 Always Taking Things Too Far 4.23 Soulless City Syndrome 3.18 Fruit Salad Girl 3.00 Drowning My Sorrows 4.20 Put Your Faith (In What You Can Control) 3.47 We Are The Team 3.06 Let The Kids Run The Country 3.11 Rock’n’Roll’s Not A Science 3.01 Who And Youz Army 2.39
You can do so or indeed stream it here: Produced By Steve Honest and The Tuesday Club soundcloud.com/thetuesdayclub at Hackney Road Studios, London All songs © The Tuesday Club 21st Century open.spotify.com thisisthetuesdayclub.co.uk amazon.co.uk/Art-Magic-Tuesday-Club deezer.com/album Big thanks to Pete Ringmaster for his review below
Produced By Steve Honest & The Tuesday Club at Hackney Rd Studios, London All songs © The Tuesday Club 21st Century
Trials and turbulences are no strangers to most bands but few as acute as that which impacted on British outfit The Tuesday Club and almost brought it to an end. Now though they are poised to release “unlikely album 3” in the shape of Art Is Magic, a slab of multi- flavoured rock ‘n’ roll which certainly gets under the skin in no time but an itch which just gets more delicious and addictive by the listen. It is their finest moment built across ten bold devilish tracks embracing old and new sounds with a unique imagination and their inimitable touch.
TTC did survive though, its remaining members regrouping and finding a new breath and energy, stripping away “much of the old ‘glamour’ replacing it with a new urgency and directness.” Alongside vocalist Vanderbraindrain, the band now consists of guitarist Dave Worm, bassist/keyboardist Rogerio Marauder, and drummer Blairdrick Sharpely. As they suggested, the quartet has stripped back the TTC sound and brought forward its raw breath and instinctive imagination whilst broadening yet honing its creative flavourings and adventure.
Originally conceived in 2011 in Walmington-onSea, the renowned setting for British legendary comedy Dad’s Army, The Tuesday Club was an eight piece extravaganza of sound and creative revelry embracing the sights and mischief of their home town’s TV heritage. Their sound blossomed with the punk nurtured DIY attitude and inspiring sounds of the late seventies yet from day one cast its own aural image as proven by debut album See You Next Tuesday in 2013. It was a proposition though which was evolving from that first release and in open exploration by the band’s second album which was released as a quadrilogy of four EPs.
Art is Magic opens with its title track, slipping in on a rhythmic coaxing until a lash of sound sparks a post punk lined stroll led by Vanderbraindrain’s distinctive tones. The song prowls the senses, keys simultaneously providing a melancholic yet mystique lined caress; it all uniting in an infectious swing and call to join its arcane devilry. Captivation was swift and only escalated as the track tempted and teased with its seventies lent enterprise.
Devastation hit after the release of the first EP when drummer Terry Super Cockell tragically died. Though the band completed the album’s unveiling it was obviously without zeal; as they say the following EPs released in a ‘daze’, with the band falling to its knees and closing in on demise as members subsequently left. It was a challenging, life questioning and changing time which was not so obvious to the outside world at the time such the quality of those releases but maybe now best understood by checking out Reverse Family’s current project 365 days of songwriting, the band the solo project of TTC’s founding member Andreas Vanderbraindrain though he goes by Dermot Illogical for it. It is a still on-going colossal collection of tracks written across those times released as an EP a week for a year, many of its songs spawned from the darkness he personally fell into through those times.
It is a thickly potent start to the album keenly backed by the poppier rock exploits of Always taking things too far. It bounces around like a mix of Athletico Spizz 80 and Mammal Hum, a fusion of new wave and art rock which poked the appetite initially, whetted its lips further before thereon in fully teasing eager greed by the listen. It is a trait of the album as a whole, making an attention grabbing first impression but spawning lustier reactions by the play though some songs like Soulless City Syndrome had us instantly drooling. Its opening noir tinted intimation simply nurtured intrigue, the following electronic and tenacious punk ‘n’ roll of the song sparking the passions as it cantered lustfully through ears. The best track on Art is Magic, it twists and lures like an Adicts meets Zanti Misfits inspired dervish wearing a cape woven with threads of The Monochrome Set for one unique and gorgeous encounter. It is a hard task to follow such a pinnacle yet Fruit Salad Girl with its spiky pop rock makes relatively light work of it, the infection loaded
romp a nagging rock ‘n’ roll roar which had the body bouncing and vocal chords blaring in no time before Drowning My Sorrows allowed a breath to be taken with its folk pop saunter. Not that it is a dormant on the catchiness, its easy going but boisterous swing leading feet and hips away like a collusion of The Farmer Boys and Swell Maps. Put your Faith in what you can control similarly has a laid back but tenaciously catchy gait and demeanour, again the band’s lo-fi instincts breeding a richly appetising temptation as rhythmically persuasive as it is melodically and lyrically sharp. Thus eager involvement was swift and as forcibly recruited by the bolder rousing punk ‘n’ roll of We are the Team, a song which is the band announcing they are undefeated and returning with new vigour and invention whilst creating a personal declaration for all to embrace. It would be a shock not to have the scent of early Adam and The Ants somewhere within a TTC encounter, Let the kids run the country the irresistible moment within Art Is Magic as the band source their own earlier traits and another influences’ for a greed brewing slice of aural virulence before the darker tone and shadows of Rock and Roll’s not a science infests ears and psyche like a viral infection you cannot shake off, or in this case want to. The song reminded of short lived Welsh punks The Table at times but again TTC spin a web of sound and addiction all their own. The album concludes with Who and youz army, a rhythmically tenacious and infectiously barbed slice of punk rock which would have aroused air punching crowds back in the day just as now. Its hooks are familiar yet inescapable and its character old school with the irritability of today; ingredients ensuring Art Is Magic goes out on a major high. Listening to their album just hits home what we would be missing without The Tuesday Club and how lucky newcomers will be now discovering them through such a glorious romp.
Big thanks to everyone who made it to the 02, what a blast! Special mentions to Frank at Flag for the gig, Department S for the kit share and Anna Thompson and Denise Parsons for the photos
TCs at the DC
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She Made Me Do It ‘Drenched’ E.P. “Through the captivation and intimation of Dax’s golden yet often almost portentously lined vocals and the descriptive yet rousingly tenacious antics of Crewdson’s guitar to the suggestive caresses and intriguing shimmers of their keys, She Made Me Do It create a captivating web to immerse in and dance with.” She Made Me Do It featuring Shaheena Dax (Rachel Stamp) on vocals and Will Crewdson (Rachel Stamp, Adam Ant, The Selecter) on guitar release their new E.P. on Feb 1st, 2019 on Catranstic Records. Unabashedly brazen new wave styled anthems come easy to She Made Me Do It. Their new E.P. never shies away from delivering a short sharp verse/chorus hit of adrenaline perfectly mixed with a dark lyrical realism. The band has become heavier and even more guitar driven while still retaining their electronic edge and knack for huge choruses. The E.P. is available to pre-order on 10” vinyl or CD now from SheMMDI.com Read full, in-depth review at Ringmaster Review
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She Made Me Do It create a captivating web to immerse in and dance with
Music Releases – Dislocated Flowers 2019 2019 is going to be a year of chaos, disruption, confusion and social upheaval much as it was in 1979 when the Thatcher ideology was unleashed on the UK. And here we are 40 years later with her disciples having convinced a small enough majority of people that it’s best for the UK to ‘Leave’ Europe…never has history been so obvious in its repetition and dire in its consequences. In the USA an extreme right-wing billionaire functioning clinical psychopath is President. Read the ‘Hare Psychopathy Check List’ to see what I mean about the Wall fetishist Trumpty Dumpty…you might also notice our very own blonde-haired narcissist old Etonian displays the same character traits minddisorders.com/Flu-Inv/Hare-Psychopathy-Checklist.html Across Europe and the Globe the far right has rebranded and is finding mass appeal again as wealth and power consolidates in ever fewer hands. People are becoming desperate and fearful while falling for the Rights’ seductively easy solutions of blaming ‘the other’ and not the greedy and egregious behaviour of the wealthy and powerful. These thoughts and observations are purely my own though I don’t think I am far wide of the mark. The Dislocated Flowers LP ‘Hegemony’ is my reaction to this.
Music has always been the most potent forum to get ideas and messages across…all of you reading this will have been affected by the Sex Pistols, The Clash, Buzzcocks, PiL, Magazine, Joy Division and a whole bunch of Bands and Musicians that exploded onto the scene immediately before and during the last overt and obvious right wing coup in this country. In our present age of instant global communication the ability to organise, educate and inform ourselves has never been greater…by the same token the ability to sow discord, misinform and incite has also never been greater. It seems to be a reality that the most creative era’s in music, the arts and writing occur in times of huge political, economic and societal unrest and upheaval…as unfortunate as that may seem it is where we are right now and as musicians we are well placed to comment on this and to join the narrative by influencing and affecting change. I know that without Lydon and others doing so 40+ years back there wouldn’t have been the social/political revolution that followed and the backlash against the Right and Authoritarianism. Those same forces have now reasserted their dominance and it’s time to fight back against them. We all know the struggles and difficulties of getting our music noticed out there or even heard let alone paid for. The monopoly power of the massive Digital Tech Vampires that pay only a fraction to musicians whilst raking in billions in profits in much the same manner as the remaining ‘Big 4’ record labels (Rather like the ‘Big 4’ accountancy firms eh?) means there is very little chance of being heard unless you over expose your music, push and have some luck in the zeitgeist…
“2019 is going to be a year of chao s, disruption, confusion and social u pheaval much as it was in 1979 when the Tha tcher ideology was unleashed on the UK .” Hegemony – An LP of 14 tracks commenting on what’s been brewing, festering and now exploding globally since 2016. dislocatedflowers.bandcamp.com/album/hegemony-lp Life is Good E.P – A 7 track E.P of guitar driven Garage/Psychedelic Pop. A nostalgic nod to another period when music really did make a change.
dislocatedflowers.bandcamp.com/album/life-is-good-e-p Exotica Electronica E.P – A 5 track EP sampler from the Exotica Electronica LP. Headspace music drawing on many global and internal synesthesiastic influences.
' S S E L Y 'JO THE PETE JONES INTERVIEW
Musician and producer Pete ‘Joyless’ Jones goes head-to-head with Rogue Sector’s Andrew Trussler and talks PiL, pills, bass and bananas and much more besides. Pete Jones was born in 1957 and grew up in Watford. As a teenager, inspired by David Bowie and Yes, he started playing bass guitar. His first serious band was a prog rock group called Blonde. By 1982, he was living in New York City, recording and performing with Public Image Ltd and Brian Brain. He played bass on PiL’s Commercial Zone album, including their biggest selling single, This Is Not A Love Song. After leaving PiL he went on to play and record with many other bands, among them Cowboys International and The Creepy Dolls, as well as making music and producing under his own name. In recent years, he’s been a key member of Department S; playing bass, writing songs and producing their 2016 album, When All Is Said And All Is Done. He’s also been a great supporter of local bands in the St Albans area. He is, quite possibly, the nicest miserable sod you could ever meet. In June he releases a solo album, Contrivances For The Soul, with an autobiography to be published later in the year.
Let’s start with your ‘Joyless’ nickname. Are you a glass-is-half-empty kind of guy? Call me what you like. I quite like the ‘Joyless’ tag and you will often find me playing up to it on occasions when the circumstances allow. It’s all show because underneath that miserable and joyless exterior is a very happy bunny. I’m at my happiest when I’m being miserable. You release your first solo album in June, which I’ll return to later. But you’ve also written a book that chronicles your life; from Musical leanings - Pete as a boy growing up on a Watford council estate, playing very diverse. Luckily, I had an bass for Public Image older brother, Terry, who kept a Ltd, Brian Brain, Department S, look out for me. He was a tough right through to your current projects. Why now? skinhead and had a reputation, so nobody dared lay a finger on me. Writing a book was something I never thought of doing until Did you feel like an outsider? recently. It was a good friend Not in an obvious way, no. I had of mine who actually suggested plenty of friends when I was it. Every other two-bit rock god growing up, I just didn’t seem to seems to have written one so I think in the same way as them. thought, ‘Why don’t I?’ It’s been I was a very shy kid and always quite cathartic going back and worried about all sorts of shit. writing it all down, and it makes me realise how much I’ve done What was the first music you over the years. gravitated to? Tell me about your early life in Watford. Well, it was a fairly normal upbringing, albeit at the poorer end of the scale. We lived on a tough council estate; no heating, phone, carpets or other such niceties, but I didn’t know any better. Everyone else was just as skint as us. How did you get on at school? It was shit, I hated every fucking minute of it. I went to a large comprehensive, made from two schools. One was a grammar school, the other a secondary modern. So the mix of pupils was
I remember playing my dad’s old records at home: Lonnie Donegan and George Formby mostly. But I wasn’t touched by the music, I was more interested in how the record player worked and wanted to take it apart. As a young teenager, I listened to all sorts of rock music, then Bowie came along and he was really the first artist to make me want to play in a band. I got into music halfway through my A-Levels and, from that point on, that’s all I wanted to do. I would have gladly chucked that all in if I could have joined a band and gone on tour! If I hadn’t got involved in music,
'He's also been a great supporter of lo
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ocal bands in the St Albans area.
I would have had to get a job like everybody else, but I didn’t have any particular skill that I could draw on. I did get offered a job in a surveyor’s office, after my A-levels, but I turned that down and signed on the dole instead. When did you first start playing bass? What drew you to the bass rather than, say, guitar? I only ended up in a band called Cosmosis coz my mate Tony said we were going to start one! He said he was the lead guitarist, my mate Dave said he was the drummer, so it was a toss-up between keyboards and bass. Didn’t you get punched by Tony simply because you’d written a song?
when I was learning bass and I guess he was a big influence on me. What was your first ‘proper’ band called and what style of music was it? We were called Blonde and we played prog rock. We thought we were the bee’s fucking knees, full of bluff and bravado. We went round telling people we were the best band in Watford. We played opuses and songs with odd time signatures. We built our own drum riser out of pallet wood for our drummer. He had a massive kit, with a gong. It weighed a ton. Our keyboard player had a Mellotron and that weighed even more. My hair was past my shoulders and I looked like a girl. This would have been around 1975/76, just as punk was bursting through. We all thought it was a joke and totally and utterly missed the boat.
Prog Rock in Watford: Pete Jones (left) in Blonde Ha ha! He was jealous when I wrote a song called Shit Man. He kicked me in the stomach and jumped on me like a madman. He ended up with a bad drug habit years later. He was a bit of a loon, that one. What was the point when you thought, ‘Hey, I’ve got some ability here’? Did it give you a sense of identity in your teenage years? I’ve never been very aware of my own ability. People always said I could play a bit, but I always thought other musicians were better. I never felt playing bass defined me, it was just something I did.
So, when punk exploded you never thought, ‘This is a scene, a milieu, there’s something interesting happening here’? Not at all, I didn’t get a whiff of it. I remember seeing the Sex Pistol’s debut TV performance and I couldn’t believe how bad it was. I’d been playing for a while and had been practicing like mad, so the young punks who played simple songs, or couldn’t play very well for that matter, seemed like a piss take. Coming from the leafy suburbs of Watford we didn’t get the ‘angry yoof’ bit either. It totally went over our heads. By the time we realised what it was all about it was too late.
exciting though… As far as we were concerned it was getting a deal with a major record company that mattered. The DIY ethos seemed silly to us, you needed to get a deal with a big advance, etc… Pathetic really how naive we were. With that in mind, how did you end up in Public Image Ltd? I met Martin Atkins when he auditioned for the drummer’s job in my Watford-based band, Bogart, and he eventually joined us. We changed our name – thankfully - to the equally awful The Hots. We played in and around London for a while, until Martin left us to join PiL. I then met John Lydon when I gave Martin a lift to the Manor Studio in Oxford, where PiL were making Flowers of Romance in 1981. By 1982, PiL were based in NYC and having trouble finding a bass player who would fit the band. Martin suggested me and the next thing I knew, I was in. I didn’t have to audition. Having been in a prog rock band before the advent of punk, did you feel like you were slumming it when you joined PiL? I didn’t really want to join them. I couldn’t really stand the music. Compared to what I had played before, it was pretty simple stuff, not exactly taxing bass lines. Had any of their earlier stuff caught your ear? After all, it wasn’t just punk noise. There was disco, jazz fusion and dub reggae in there too… Not really. I knew their sound wasn’t some act of combined genius. I’d seen how they worked: noodle about in the studio and wail some words over the top.
What did you think of the album they made just before you joined, Anarchy in Granada: The Sex Pistol’s the bass-less, tribal-rhythm sound debut TV performance: of The Flowers Of Romance?
Were there any bass players you really rated?
I was a big fan of Chris Squire [Yes]
The DIY ethos must’ve been
I quite like the album coz I know how instrumental my mate Martin was in making it. I like that it’s different and
"By 1982, PiL were based in NYC and having trouble finding a bass player who would fit the band. Martin suggested me and the next thing I knew... I was in."
Bitter PiL? - Pete Jones and John Lydon
that’s something you can’t take away from PiL. It wasn’t mainstream and I liked that.
The Unlikely Lads: PiL perform The Flowers Of Romance on TOTP 1981: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OLMlHe2CslY
Did you write any of the songs on Commercial Zone? Martin and I wrote Solitaire at a sound check, so we decided to record it one afternoon on our own. We worked on the Miller High Life track too, without Keith or John. The band was a hotch-potch of ideas from various sources.
Tell me about the first time you entered a recording studio as part of PiL.
PiL Solitaire – written by Pete Jones & Martin Atkins: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J1nqEQlYsVU
When I joined PiL in NYC, I got off the plane and went straight to Park South studio to record what would become Commercial Zone. I got handed a bass and they said “play along to this.” We worked through the night and I was offered a pile of drugs to help beat the jet lag.
You played bass on what turned out to be PiL’s most successful single, This Is Not A Love Song. It reached...
Was there a producer? No, it was self-produced. I didn’t get a look in, as Keith Levene and Bob Miller [sound engineer] would take up the seats in front of the desk and twiddle knobs. I’d chuck my sixpence-worth in now and again, but to little effect. Were there times when the whole band recorded ‘live’ in the studio? Or did you all lay down your respective parts separately? PiL never recorded as a band. It was always piecemeal, one layer of shit at a time. L-R: Keith Levene, Pete Jones, Martin Atkins
number 5 in the UK singles chart in 1983. Did you have any inkling that this was going to be a hit when you were working on it? No, when it was recorded nobody really liked it much. I preferred what became the B-side, Blue Water. Didn’t Keith Levene steal the master tapes at one point? Keith and John had an almighty row because Keith was mixing This Is Not A Love Song on his own. John told him to fuck off. So he did, with the master tapes…
What were the individual members of PiL like as people? They had their moments. I got on okay with John and Keith, as difficult as they were. John could be socially awkward at times, a right little rotter. Martin was my mate, so we stuck together for the most part. Did Lydon ever say to you, ‘That was a great bit of bass playing Pete’?
PiL This Is Not A Love Song - Pete Jones on Bass: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Kzk1xZCiv8
He only ever said one positive thing to me in that respect. Shortly after I joined we went to the Danceteria in New York. At the bar he said, “I’m glad you’re here.” He was very guarded and difficult to get close to. He didn’t give much away.
Did you enjoy doing live gigs with them?
Why did you leave PiL when you did?
The live gigs were pretty immense, John was at his best as a front man during this period and there was always a sense of menace and energy. The set was different every night, very under-rehearsed. Songs would vary in length depending on the mood and we never had a set list before going on stage. We’d decide what song to play next as we went along. My parts were piss-easy so I would just stand and watch John working the crowd.
The drip, drip, drip of shit. After 8 months or so I thought, ‘fuck it,’ I’m going home. I told Martin on the way to the airport, then just jumped on a plane. I wasn’t getting paid. We were only playing a couple of shows a week, with loads of time hanging about, either at the hotel or the studio.
In a sense, you were part of a major cultural shift, seeing it from the inside. Was there a point where you looked around and realised you were in the midst of something big? Not once. I never saw much money so I certainly wasn’t getting rich. I was quite blasé about the whole thing. I was playing for one of the most influential bands on the planet and I couldn’t have given a toss. In interviews at the time, PiL talked about destroying rock n’ roll, as though they were on a mission. But did they actually have one? Not at all, it was all by accident rather than design. There never was a plan, scheme or mastermind. It was all bullshit. Jah Wobble once said that PiL was a group of emotional cripples, all on different drugs. Were there a lot of substances around during your time in the band and what effect did they have on the camaraderie (or lack of it)? I did notice a lot of substances around at the time, I think that’s where most of the money went. Cocaine was a popular drug at the time and it was being hoovered up by the noseful. Did the drug taking exacerbate a bunker mentality within PiL at the time? It just led to a lot of weird conversations and paranoia. We were very protective of the band, so it was difficult for fans to get close. Everybody just wanted to get to John, so I would get pissed off if people approached me and asked the inevitable question ”is John around?” after 5 minutes.
When I left PiL, I walked away from the music business for a while. I went to work for Kodak Limited [back in the UK], where my mum and dad worked. Did you ever regret leaving? Not once did I ever regret leaving. Perhaps it wasn’t the best career move, but I never look back. I got offered work when I returned to the UK, a tour with Kim Wilde of all people, and an up-and-coming band called Southern Death Cult. But I turned them both down. How stupid was that? In some ways, is your forthcoming book an attempt to put the record straight regarding your time in PiL? Not really. I know what happened during that time. I don’t feel a need to make sure everyone else knows it too. John’s been placed on a pedestal and become an icon, but I’m not bothered one way or the other by that. I often hear it said that John is a genius. I don’t think that for one moment. So be it. John’s bread landed very much butter side up when he walked into Malcolm McLaren’s shop in the 1970s. Now the Emperor is standing stark bollock naked, and nobody has the nerve to tell him. You and Martin Atkins (along with Bobby Surgeoner) were also playing gigs as Brian Brain throughout your involvement with PiL. How did you find the time? PiL were only playing twice a week so we had loads of spare time to fill. We played some USA dates in between the PiL gigs. We also took shitloads of speed, so we had the night time hours to use as well. We did contemplate opening for PiL, but that idea was soon shot down in flames!
‘I’m glad you’re here” - Pete Jones and John Lydon (photo: Maureen Baker)
Brian Brain – They’ve Got Me In The Bottle: https://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=Nc96BWiY6pA In your book you’re quite disparaging about Brian Brain’s output! And yet, they had an indie hit in 1980 with They’ve Got Me In The Bottle, and club hits with the singles Jive Jive (1981) and Funky Zoo (1982). So you must have been doing something right. Well, I wouldn’t call them hits as such. But, by today’s standards, we sold quite a few records. This was all pre-digital don’t forget, even pre-CD, so everything was on vinyl. We shot a video for Jive Jive on 16mm film whilst in NYC and this was shown quite a bit in the North American new wave clubs that existed back then.
Brian Brain – Jive Jive: https://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=9r6JRVfGwlk How widely did you tour? Brian Brain did four tours of the USA, up and down the UK, plus a couple of trips to the Netherlands.
Tell me about the bananas! During our first gig, at the John Bull pub in London, we threw bananas into the crowd and it ended up as a banana fight. There was banana mulch everywhere. We moved on to throwing inflatables, ping pong balls, cabbages and even raw chickens with the heads still attached. We decided it would be fun to throw things into the audience during the last number. But we never really thought that through, in as much that whatever we threw would be thrown back at us again. The gigs were quite confrontational, weren’t they? We didn’t set out to be confrontational as such - honest! We would drink an awful lot, especially Martin. He would invariably end up in the crowd, fighting with someone or other. He even ended up fighting our roadie on stage once. He also got punched by a sound guy for causing too much feedback through the monitors.
tour. We had an after show party at a club in Boston with our friends. Martin had been winding up the band we were watching. He started pulling microphone cables, pushing monitors over, unplugging leads, etc. It was really funny, or so we thought. Martin went to the toilet and, mid-piss, had his face smashed into the wall and then he was kicked in the face. His jaw was broken in two places, his nose was busted and he could only drink through a straw for a few weeks. His assailant… GG Allin! Why did you leave the band? During a USA Brian Brain gig, I suddenly had a moment on stage where I thought what we were doing was complete and utter shite.
After one gig I gather Martin got head butted in the toilets. That was after our second American rained
I was actually embarrassed to be on stage watching Martin rolling around drunk, wailing through our somewhat terrible songs, even though I’d written half of them! I came off stage and said that was it, I was done. Ex Go-Go’s bassist, Margot Olavarria, took over bass duties and Brian Brain carried on for a couple more years. Having seen the music biz up close, what one thing would you do to reverse the decline of the music industry, as a barometer of culture, art and fashion? The music industry isn’t in actual decline as far as I know. It was worth about $17.3 billion in 2017 in a year in which it grew by 8.1%. It’s still Brian Brain - L-R: Bobby Surgeoner, a massive, fat pie, it’s just that the Martin Atkins, Pete Jones slices for most are getting smaller. Someone is making shit loads of money out of it, and it isn’t me and you! What has changed is how the music industry is structured, and the etc. Fund the arts properly in our ways new distribution models work. schools and give everyone the opportunity to create. You asked what I would do to reverse Okay, how did you come to be the a perceived decline. I would pump bass player for the revitalised as much money as possible into Department S in recent years? grassroots music initiatives: venues, schools, education, theatre groups, In 2014 I went to see them play a community radio and arts. Invest charity gig in Enfield. I got asked to in shared community facilities with stand in on bass duties for Back To music and dance studios Zero and Sam, their guitarist, was
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also in Department S. I did the one gig with them. Then Department S needed a bass player for a show supporting Chameleons Vox. I did that gig then stayed! As well as playing bass, you wrote many of the songs for the band’s 2016 album, When All Is Said And All Is Done. You also produced it. How did you end up in the producer’s chair? That was down to cost. We couldn’t really afford the studio time to record and mix a whole album, so I offered to do a lot of the work in my studio. We recorded all the drum parts at U2 studio in Wembley and the rest we did at my house. We saved a lot of money, but it was a lot of work for me to do all that on my own. I wasn’t sure if I would be able to do it, but I persevered and got it all done.
Department S – When All Is
Said And All Is Done: https://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=zGPzciZTpfM How did long did the recording/ mixing process take and what challenges did you encounter on the way? It took about 3 months. The challenge was mixing the songs with limited studio resources and choice of microphones. Ed [Eddie Roxy] recorded the vocals under the stairs with the coats and my dog snoring at his feet! You played a lot of gigs with them, across the UK and Europe. Which ones did you enjoy the most and why? I always enjoyed the bigger crowds, so I liked the Rebellion and Undercover festivals in the UK. The W-Festival in Belgium was a belter. I enjoyed the jaunts over to Europe. The hospitality you receive at even the smallest gig is second to none and puts the UK gig scene to shame.
Department S performing Is Vic There at Rebellion 2017: https://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=-DJmaAOAYQo
You’ll be leaving Department S after April this year. What made you decide to call it a day?
When I first joined the band I wanted to move them forward and reach for bigger and better things. It was a real battle getting them to record a new album. It was only after Phil Thompson joined us [on guitar] that it happened.
if I went (go forth) and made (manufactured) an album called Contrivances For The Soul.
I also wanted to see the band develop artistically, with an expanded line up and more of a visual element. Unfortunately, artistic differences within the group meant they were happy just being a ‘rock and roll band’ which is not what I’m about at all. I want to do things that are different and push boundaries, not just play rock and roll. That’s been going on for 50 years, it’s dull and it’s dead.
I had demos of some songs that were destined for a new Department S album. But, after 18 months, we still hadn’t done anything about going into the studio. So after my dreamlike epiphany I decided to use the songs for my own album and set about re-recording them.
Will you be sad to leave? What will you miss most?
The only problem is trying to remain objective about it all. Producing is the easy part, you just have to make the songs sound as good as possible and there are certain set ways and tools do that. It was much harder to stand back from it all and say “is this any good or not?”
I will really miss carrying my heavy bass rig in and out of the van and up flights of stairs at gigs! I will miss the camaraderie on the road, especially with Phil Thompson, as we have become good mates over the last few years.
What was the initial motivation to record and bring out a solo album now?
You wrote all the songs on the album, you’re playing pretty much all the instruments and you produced it. Was it difficult juggling all those roles?
You’re also part of an ongoing project called the Southdown Laundry Club. What’s that all about? In 2014, I moved to Harpenden after I met Mieke, my girlfriend. I would often drink down at the Carpenters Arms in Southdown. That’s where I met [local poet] Irvine Hunter. We were waiting for our laundry to dry at the launderette across the road.
Department S - L-R: Pete Jones, Phil Thompson, Alan Galaxy
We started Southdown Laundry Club as a bit of fun, which then grew to incorporate Irvine’s poetry and my soundscapes. We plan to release more material this year.
Southdown Laundry Club – Songs For Someone Else: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/songs-forsomeone-else-ep/1164398225 Let’s talk about your new solo album, Contrivances For The Soul. That’s definitely not a punk title! What’s the story behind it? It came to me at night while I was fast asleep. I heard a voice in my ear say “go forth and manufacture contrivances for the soul.” It woke me with a start and I wrote down what I’d heard.
Some days I would listen back to a mix and think it was shit, another day it might move me to tears. Really hard to know which response is valid. I relied on good friends and people I trust to tell me if it was any good, knowing they wouldn’t just be blowing smoke up my arse.
Do you work fast when you’re in the studio? What system do you use? I run a Pro Tools based set up with Reason V10, that has all my soft synths and samplers in, running alongside. I do tend to work quickly. I like to strike when the iron is hot and crack on. If I come up against a roadblock or some creative blockage I just shut everything down and take the dog for a walk, or go down the pub! The track Basket Of Hands has an electronic, nightmarish quality to it and an off-kilter time signature. What inspired the song?
I’m not spiritual, I don’t believe in god or higher powers and all that malarkey, but it did scare me a bit. The voice was as if someone was speaking very close to my ear.
This was inspired by the story of King Leopold II, who bought the Congo in the late 1800s and proceeded to strip the country of its riches, namely rubber. He enslaved a whole nation and killed 10 million or so of its people while he was at it, the fucker.
It didn’t make any sense, until I realised that it would
If rubber quotas were not met by the villagers, they
No, I’m not going to tour. But I may do a live show or two later in the year, once I get my supergroup together. I have spoken to a few really good players who are interested in helping me out with a live show. It’s a question of whether I can overcome the crushing selfdoubt to pull it all together… Watch this space; you’ll be the first to know.
? Pete d e t i n u re Friends Lydon, n h o J h t i Jones w at the 100 ge backsta 18 Club, 20 could be shot, and to prove they had been dispatched, hands would be cut off. This became a sort of currency, local people would raid other villages to collect hands if their own quotas were short. It was a truly awful period in Belgian history. It’s very well documented in a book called King Leopold’s Ghost by Adam Hochschild. Recommended reading. My favourite track on the album is Spanish Snow. The arrangement is so lush and it’s the only song I’ve ever heard that features Flamenco bass! Talk us through the development of this track. It opens with “The Spanish snow falls on/in my heart” spoken in Spanish by a friend of mine. I never realised that you do get snow in Spain, up in them there hills. The song developed over a couple of weeks, as I added the Spanish flavours. The lyrics are a bit cryptic and I’ll leave it to the listener to interpret what they mean! There’s a song off the album that you’ve just released as a single, Psycho Drill. Who or what are you referring to in this song? The Psycho drill is just another way of describing those thoughts that get in your head and drill down until they cause damage. “I got a drill it’s killing me….” etc.
Psycho Drill by Pete Jones: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/psycho-drillsingle/1451574007 It features Leigh Heggarty on guitar. How did you two become friends? Is he easy to work with? Leigh is lovely. He plays for Ruts DC and Department S have shared a stage with them a few times. I first met him when I played that gig with Back To Zero. Leigh was playing 2nd guitar for them at the time. He has a knack of coming up with really great guitar parts in the studio, he will throw out 3 or 4 really good ideas. He’s a top geezer with a lot of experience under his belt and he just loves playing guitar. Are you planning to tour the new album with a band?
When’s the album coming out? The album is due out on June 21st, on coloured vinyl, limited edition, numbered gatefold sleeve. The book? Who knows! Okay, a few final thoughts on PiL… You’re an interviewee in The Public Image Is Rotten documentary, released last year. What did you think of the film? It’s a very good account of PiL history from the Sex Pistols up to the present day, with some great interviews. Unfortunately, there are a few people missing from the film (Richard Dudanski, Jeanette Lee and a proper interview with Keith Levene for starters), and it’s a bit long. In the film, Martin Atkins says the darkness of PiL’s music in the early days is missing from the current version of the band. Do you agree with at? You saw them at the 100 Club last year. Yes I do. At the 100 Club it all seemed so sterile. It was a bit like the Johnny Rotten show. The band were playing the songs without any edge whatsoever. It was really quite sad for me to watch. At the end of that gig you met up with John Lydon, for the first time in 35 years. Was it a good experience or a rotten one? After the gig I paid a visit to the dressing room. I had a nice chat with him and his wife Nora, all very amiable and friendly. Are you proud of your time with PiL or has it become a bit of a millstone? I’m very proud and no, it’s not a millstone at all. I’ve dined out on it for 35 years and I still get my royalties for playing on This Is Not a Love Song. I’m proud that I played on PiL’s highest charting single, I’ll take full credit for that!
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Helen Carter In the club
Do Ré Mi
Joining us in the club this time around is Helen Carter, bassist with Do-Ré-Mi, one of Australia’s most respected and successful Post-Punk bands. Our Rogerio Marauder saw them play a gig in 1986, and he bought their “Domestic Harmony” album the very next day because they were that good. We’re pleased to report that they’ve recently reformed, and they’re still that good! Ladies and Gentlemen, Helen Carter... O
Hey Helen, welcome into ‘The Club’! A great big PPC thanks for joining us...
and We’re sitting in the cyber pub doing this interview it’s our round. What would you like to drink?
If it’s warm weather I’ll have a G & T with lots of ice and fresh lime, please. If it’s cooler I’ll have a hearty Australian red. If we’re near Dublin I’ll have a Guinness on tap.
so What was the last thing you heard/watched that was good you had to tell someone about it?
Spoon live on US radio KEXP. https://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=9xAVeoCS4qM
I’ve been sharing it with anyone who listens! There’s some awesome drama happening on Australia’s ABC TV as well. Fortunately, we followed in the UK’s footsteps rather than the US when it comes to good, dark drama. I don’t watch STAN or Netflix or pay TV – I don’t seem to have the time. What does Punk Rock mean to you?
Freedom, having a voice, and shouting about injustice. When I first started playing bass in ’77 I felt like I’d joined the most amazing scene. Punk suited my personality – angry at authority, anxious to understand the world unfiltered by hype and propaganda. I liked the fact that the
mainstream was slightly afraid of me, even though I wasn’t a full-on zipper ‘n’ safety pin punk. . b)
Is the internet a help or hindrance to a) new acts established acts?
I think both apply. On the down side, live music in smaller venues has carked it, at least in Australia. A band – new or established – used to be able to play 5-6 days a week if they so desired. It’s not just the venues closing either; getting people out from behind their computers and getting them to the pubs and clubs is hard work. Another down side is that noone wants to pay for music since it’s freely available on the internet. On the upside, if you’re clever you can reach a lot of folk with your tunes. What four things would you put in a time capsule?
This moment; a Leasingham Bin 7 Riesling; a love letter to Continued...
Deborah Conway (Left) and Helen Carter (R) in 1986.
Deb and Helen (with 2019 drummer Julia Day) in 2019.
Bridie, Deb and Helen
Do Re Mi 2019 line-up left to right: Bridie O’Brien (guitar), Deborah Conway (original member, vox), Helen Carter (original member, bass), Julia Day, (drums), Clio Renner (keys and BVs).
my closest friends and a copy of Pink Flag by Wire.the pistols and that encouraged bands to be weirder. and a good idea. If you had a time machine and could go back to any year in music, what would it be and why?
1982, which is when Do Re Mi recorded our first independent EP. What a joy, so liberating! And at that time I was wallowing in the most awesome amount of English punk and new wave (oh, and the Ramones of course). If you could be any character in a film, what film and who would it be?
Any bird in any sky. I want to fly.
You are now In The Club, but what club do you actually wish it was?
I’m completely happy with THIS Club! As far as I know it only admits non-wankers and is a Fuckwit-Free Zone (FFZ). Although as Groucho said, ‘I don’t want to belong to any club that admits people like me!’
Who’d be in your 4 piece fantasy band. Guitar, Bass, Drums and Vocals? (Although you don’t have to restrict it to a 4 piece)
I would like to play the drums in an AC/DC cover band. I would have Johnny Marr on guitar, Flea on bass and Bon Scott on vocals. What question haven’t we asked you that you wish we had?
‘Is it OK if we pay you and your band to tour the UK and Europe staying in 6 star hotels?’ Answer: Well fuck yeah! Where’s the best place to find your musical endeavours on the internet?
Probably YouTube and Discog. I’m very slack with social media & web pages. Thanks Helen, here you go folks, get listening...
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7 years in, The Tuesday Club release an unlikely album 3 - Art is Magic. Literally half the band they started out as, now a 4 piece from the initial 8. From a hugely promising debut album - See you next Tuesday... they moved to their 2nd official release by way of a quadrilogy of 4 eps. Having played a fantastic promo tour for ep1 my consciousness, the TCs were literally rocked and almost derailed by the tragic death of drummer Terry Super Cockell, the subsequent releases were put out in a daze and not with a little help from dep drummers until the arrival of Current sticks man Blairski. The good ship ship Rocked and tilted violetly following the penultimate ep release lady gargar and subsequent defection of Bass, vocals and guitars but somehow steadied leaving the current 4 piece to regroup and begin work on their ‘comeback’ - Art is Magic Art Is Magic Always Taking Things Too Far Soulless City Syndrome Fruit Salad Girl Drowning My Sorrows Put Your Faith (In What You Can Control) We Are The Team Let The Kids Run The Country Rock’n’Roll’s Not A Science Who And Youz Army
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In 2013 as a bristling 8 piece - 2 bass, keys, drums, 3 guitars, 2 vocals and a Minx!... The Tuesday Club released ‘See you next Tuesday’ on an unsuspecting world... “Roxy Music played by The Rocky Horror Show”... here for the first time you can grab for your collection - The Complete sessions... featuring the lost tracks and unreleased material... 5 of which have been released on varying eps and singles, 3 of which have never been released... and now due to loss of the original masters - 1 of which was never and will never be finished! Released on Ltd edition of only 50 cds and a digital download. You’d be a definite SYNT not to want this?! CD1: Original Album:
Dolly Dynamite Ain’t Got No Class Money Means Nothing Nanananana She Splayed My Teeth New Regime (Slow Swing) Replication and Montage All You Do Is Wow New Glamour Wish My Slate Was Cleaner Vinyl As a Manifesto Oh Daddy Please Little Miss Attitude Human inhuman being
Previously released Material True Sex Appeal (Free Xmas single) These Dogs Bite (B-Side Dolly Dynamite EP) Old Before Your Time (Original mix) One Idea and a Lonely Voice (From Forbidden Kiss EP) New Regime (Punkd) (B-Side Ain’t got no Class) Previously Unreleased Material Erotism And Machinery It Ain’t Changed Me Gordon Curfew (unfinished Mix)
Other releases currently available from The Tuesday Club
My Consciousness EP My Consciousness, Harsh tales of ancient news and Something Major. Available on Silver and MP3 download! EP001
Lady Gargar EP Lady Gargar, Scars are Superstars and Resistance makes your heart groan fonder. Available on Silver and MP3 download! EP003
Forbidden Kiss EP Forbidden Kiss, Cities Alive and One Idea and a lonely voice. Available on Silver and MP3 download! EP002
Boo Hoo EP Boo Hoo, Beat Oven, Greyer Shades Of Grey Available on Silver and MP3 download! EP004
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This track is based on a cassette demo from the B-Wolf from the mid 1980s with new lyrics added by Andy. Back in 1984 Wargames, the postpunk/new wave band B-Wolf was in, called it a day. But The Wolf carried on writing material for a new album for when he found a new band. He had a portastudio, a couple of guitars, a Casio CZ101 keyboard and a drum machine. As he can’t sing he ended up with a lot of instrumental demos. Fast forward 30 years and when clearing the attic he came across a box full of old cassettes and fancied giving them a listen… He thought it would be an interesting project to revisit these tracks written by his twenty year old self. In some cases he had the original 4 tracks so he used these and added to them and in other cases where he only had a mixed down track he rerecorded everything. At the time he was influenced by the likes of Siouxsie & the Banshees, The Cure, Psychedelic Furs, The Banshees/Cure offshoot, The Glove, and Magazine.
The Dodo - The Album. Finally released in it’s full digital tragedy... Taking 3 weeks of evenings to produce in the autumn of the late late noughties... unplanned and adrenalised. It sounds more like a the soundtrack to Saint-Saens carnival of the animals transported to a lost autumn somewhere in a darker, richer, swinging 60’s... the 1860’s that is. Harpsichord, strings, bells, and tormented otherwordly backing vocals provide the backdrop to this feast of psychedelic melancholia laid bare to inspire and unhinge in equal measure. From the soaring yet forbidding, puritanical bleak, wailing, death mask procession of ‘Into the Black’, to the 60’s apple blossom infused cold war time bomb - ‘Waiting for the walls to come down. The DIY or DIE Organisation sound like a ghostly ice-cream van stalking the neighbourhoods of the as yet unwritten Tim Burton animation… ‘Gothic Pop Victoriana’. The DODO was born, it grew and ultimately demised, leaving this as it’s epitaph... Into the mists of time and tragedy it fades... the last Thylacine resplendent in a Tin Foil Crown.
With the debut album tabled for release in 2018it looks to be an exciting year for the duo.
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Imagine Scrooge hadn’t had his dream and he’d carried on blissfully and corporatly crushing the spirit of his loyal workforce, this is Bob Cratchits revenge. Despite all the hardship Bob’s soul elevated his family to higher consciousness where they dispensed with traditon and used the foil for something alltogether more glam than a turkeys marathon runners blanket. Melancholic yet up lifting Tin Foil Crown is an anthem of Hope and fortitude against the odds!
THE BLEEED Life is for winners and only winners... 'Dream boy doing well' is about dead winners, dead from life... dead ending... dead bored... dead frustrated... imagine... Johnny the horrifying man from Repetition by David Bowie in a scene from a 1970's Hammer Horror Film... infused with the dark hopeless sarcasm of the queen in snow white... that's what the Bleeed are serving up for you this time dear friends, go on take a bite!
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MY SONGS ABOUT LIFE MID CRISIS Ever had that dream where an insect invades the ear and sets up home to mercilessly tease and torment thereon in? If so, a form of similar reality is about to be unleashed as the Reverse Family step forward to announce themselves with a sound which trespasses and festers in the psyche. The difference is that this is set to be the most welcome invasion of ears as it crawls with relish into the imagination. Reverse Family is the solo project of Dermot Illogical, aided by a fluid band of collaborators from time to time, this debut offering is a lo-fi exploration into an experimental DIY web of sounds and flavours which is hard to pin down but certainly embraces everything from post punk and noise pop to indie and old school punk. There are so many highlights offered by the Reverse Family songs; each track connecting with an ever eager hunger for punk fuelled, post punk spiced imagination. Plastic Punks epitomises this perfectly, its Fire Engines toned melodic jangle and Spizzenergi devilry sheer temptation again emerging as something specific to Reverse Family. With a tongue in cheek lining to the lyrical reflection shaping songs which spreads into the music itself, Reverse Family is a beguiling adventure with a nod to the past and a grip on an imagination as fresh as it is, well quite simply a touch loco. Ringmaster Review
"This loose and snazzy slinky strut has been leaked as a mooching club floor teaser as to whats to come. Time tunnelling its way from a new wave age to present day, this glam funked schizoid crooner is possessed of the kind of wayward outsider pop dialect that imagines odd popper Gary Wilson doing Adam Ant homages whilst shimmying up to a class of 1980 gathering of Jona Lewie and Robin Scott moonlighting as M types." losingtoday.com
Legend of Pierre is the follow up single to â€˜Way it Goesâ€™ from the bands new vinyl only LP My Songs about life Mid Crisis.
"A haunting keys wrapped sultry croon"
It started on 1st January 2015, caused by tragedy in December 2014 and finally ended with a 'closing party' on October 6th 2018. If this is your introduction to the #rf365 you have a lot of catching up to do! In case you missed it first time round, as of 1st January 2019, The Perfect Pop Co-Op have been re-issuing the collection on Bandcamp for the first time in conjunction with the posting of 'compilation' videos on youtube to accompany each release, for more go to...
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THE LAST release of THE 365!
Sampler 12 - 28 SEPT - RF365SAMP12 Do it just for me (day 344) Your house (day 346) Salt (day 355) Breathy graffiti (day 365)
Interesting Times - Dislocated Flowers Valerie Leon, Queen of Neon - The Bleeed Broken Morning - She Made Me Do It Fiction - Reverse Family Beat Oven Extended Mix - The Tuesday Club Just A Game - The Dodo Superslider - The Venus Overload Public Domain - Andreas And The Wolf Logical Mind Pv Remix - The Scratch Iâ€™ve had Enough - TAGAS In the evening - Jordan Thomas
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To Celebreate Now Over 50 issues of the Perfect Pop Co-Op Magazinbe in it’s 2 guises from ‘Sound of the Suburbs’ to ‘In The Club’ but also The 2nd year of Andreas & The Wolf Radio Shows... We’ve put togehter A 2nd free sampler of 5 of our favourite acts played over the last years shows & Half a Dozen + PPCO projects Old and New! Dislocated Flowers Interesting Times - Title taken from the Apocryphal Chines proverb ‘May you live in interesting times’ meaning ‘May you see chaos, destruction and conflict and remember what you have lost’. To shine a light on the madness of now it’s necessary to remind yourself of what has gone before. Delivered with a wall of guitar feedback and text from WW2. twitter.com/DislocatedFlow3 Dislocated/Soundcloud
The Venus Overload SuperSlider - A song of delusion referencing anger at wilful stupidity. Written and recorded in 1996 during the last period of tory hegemony. Sometimes only a sledgehammer will do to make people listen. Unless of course a person wants to be part of the problem and not the solution. Gawd Bless Yer MC5. TVO/Soundcloud
Featuring 4 Tuesday Club members and recording this and 7 other tracks in 2013. The Bleeed looked sure to become a regular PPCO feature until the death of drummer Terry. With an 80s tinged production, 1 finger guitar riffs and a very healthy obsession with Hammer Horror films, the 3 surving members, have vowed to return in a modified retro styling... watch out 2019!
Made ‘famous’ by 2017/18’s 365 project (incase you missed it!) 365 songs released over 365 days, the now defunct band once headed by missing in action front man Dermot Illogical, treat us to an unreleased track ‘Fiction’ from the days when a Mid Life Crisis was something old people had! theperfectpopco-op.
The Scratch -
Played XFM & BBC introducing sessions, around 200 gigs, played Versus cancer 07 at the M.E.N. Manchester, released 4 albums and numerous singles and then went on hiatus in 2012... GirlsWorld
The Tuesday Club - Formed as a break from the ‘day job’ in 2011 by 8 members of different local bands including The Scratch, We are White Worm, The Daves and 50ft Woman. The Tuesday Club started rehearsing on a Tuesday with tracks deemed ‘back burner’ material and from there grew into something unique. Today 8 years on and despite tragedy and the shedding and regrouping of some of the
original members, the band is now back to a 6 piece. The TC’s have metamorphosised into a three album institution. 2019 is already looking promising with decent supports to Gene Loves Jezebel and Dreadzone.
The Dodo - Another Scratch splinter faction The DIY or
DIE Organisation were formed by Andy Scratch, Steve Filth and John the Bassist as mini album side project with Crane Fly aspirations. They recorded one album in 2010 over 3 frantic weeks and then demised. theperfectpopco-op.
Andreas & The Wolf
Before the Radio show there was the TCs now there’s a psycho pop duo. The basic concept came from the Bwolf reimagining his twenty year old self & trying to keep true to his original bedroom DIY cassette culture ideals - throw an Andreas into the mix and see what mutates... influenced by early 80s electronica, dub and wonkiness. The debut album is due out in 2019.
@andreasandtwolf mixcloud.com/perfectpopcoop instagram.com/andreasandthewolf
TAGAS - Reclusive star of the last 3 Andreas and the Wolf Radio shows Tagas bring us strangely uplifting Melancholy with their tracks of lost and unrequited love. Something like Momus, meets the Pet Shop Boys with Marc Almond definitely considering making it a threesome. Facebook/tagasmusic SoundCloud.com/tagas-music
Jordan Thomas - Better know to us in the PPCO and
the wider world as J-Rod the former and now new guitarist with the Tuesdsay Club, treats us to his unique slice of solo surf pop from the wilds of deepest Norfolk!
She Made Me Do It
A Living legend in these parts Will Crewdson returns to the PPCO sampler this time with She Made Me Do. Shaheena Dax (Rachel Stamp) on vocals and Will Crewdson (Rachel Stamp, Adam Ant, The Selecter) on guitar. Broken Morning is one of four great tracks on their latest E.P. ‘Drenched’ which came out 1st Feb, 2019 on Catranstic Records.“Unabashedly brazen new wave styled
anthems come easy to She Made Me Do It. ”
Big thanks to all for their great creative contributions. As with all we do, our aim is to spread the word of great underground DIY exponents and with all your help to ultimately bring PERFECT POP back to the Saccarin Sodden Masses collective consciousness...or at the very least create for ourselves an alternate world where PERFECT POP is the weird/ obscure/creative/diy cult/ that can exist and get the airing it deserves!!!
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PT T R C E E G C ! F PER CO ! AN EX JONESHCOMIN BOOK POPLUSIVEM PETE FORT EXC FRO
? s u io r e s g in k c fu u o y e r A ? 'What? Who? PiL I d n a t h ig fl e th r e ft a d e r e tt I'm fucking sha !' n w o d e li a d n a r e w o h s a could really do with 24th August 1982, I was sitting at my mum’s house doing fuck all and twiddling my thumbs as per usual. The phone rang; it was Martin Atkins calling from New York. He was still in the USA following our last Brian Brain tour. He had managed to ingratiate himself back into the PiL camp whilst we were in NYC, made his peace with Keith Levene and had started recording some new songs with them. The problem was the band was running short of money, and none of it was forthcoming from a record company of any sorts, least of all Virgin Records. It was all a mess. John Lydon had just finished filming a movie in Italy along with Harvey Keitel and had been paid very well for doing so. It was money that was helping to keep the band afloat. The only way to get out of the financial mess was to play some gigs but nobody seemed very keen to do so. The last PiL gig had been the infamous riot show at the Ritz in May 1981 so obviously some people were nervous about what might happen if they booked the band. They tried to find a bass player who was a good fit to fill the vacated Jah Wobble slot but for some reason, they hadn’t found anyone in America they thought would be suitable (nor willing) and Martin had suggested getting me over to do it, hence the call. I didn’t say yes straight away though, I had a real problem on two counts; one was that I couldn’t stand the music, I had always personally considered PiL to be shit, and secondly, I thought John was a complete arse. I liked a few of their early songs but to me, the rest was just self-indulgent crap, you know what they say about experimentation often being the domain of the talentless right? I really couldn’t tolerate Lydon’s social inadequacy, my previous meetings with him hadn’t exactly been full of grace and charm so playing in the same band I knew might be difficult. On top of all this, I was told Ken Lockie was involved too as he was an old friend of Keith living in NYC and had been hanging round the studio. He was ostensibly there to play live keyboards with the band. What is this a conspiracy? This wasn’t
looking too good. Martin had previously told me how difficult Keith had been to work with during the 1980 tour and that there were often a lot of drugs around (well there’s always a bright side!). I was finding it hard to put a positive spin on it. I’d already been to America coast to coast with Brian Brain 4 times, so I didn’t feel a burning need to go there again in a rush. I had a feeling if I went, it might be for some considerable time away from my friends and family. It wasn’t just going to be for a few dates. On the up side, I had wrongly assumed that money wouldn’t be an issue. As far as I was concerned, the finances were in order as they were still signed to Virgin Records and I was expecting to be well paid for the honour. On that score, I was perhaps a little naïve.
Pic courtesy of Maureen Baker
'They're waiting for you at th e studio for you to put a bass part down.'
"After a couple of hours John Lydon suddenly popped up from behind the mixing desk like a gnarly old jackin-the-box where, unbeknownst to me, he had been lying I said to Martin that I would down since before think about it and I asked him to call me back the next day. I had arrived. He An obviously irritated Keith then got on the phone and always had to make was banging on about how great PiL were and that did I an entrance that boy, realise I was being offered the he couldn't even make chance to join the best band on the planet and why was I the effort and show hesitating? He said I should just some basic social get on a plane to NYC there and then. Yes Keith, OK. I told skills or respect him I’d think about it. I could tell he was none too pleased when I arrived, just but I was genuinely not overly to say hello and how impressed at the thought of joining. are ya?"
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OUT MAY 3 Despite my better judgement, the next day in another phone call I told Keith I would do it and by the second week in September I was waiting for the necessary work visa and plane ticket to arrive. I went out and bought all the available PiL albums to learn the old songs. It didn’t take long. Wobble’s bass lines weren’t exactly the most challenging. I learnt them all in an afternoon. (Wow, this is going to be easy). I couldn’t believe how bad some of them were though, apart from the odd tune most of their stuff sounded like a complete dirge to me, tuneless drivel, particularly most of Metal Box. Flowers of Romance was OK even though it had hardly any bass parts on it and I had been there at the Manor Studios while it was being recorded remember? I had seen first hand how much dithering about was involved. Otherwise, I felt I could easily deal with any childlike antics of Messrs’ Lydon, Levene and Lockie on a personal level, that didn’t frighten me one bit and at least I had an
ally in Martin. We were mates so I was sure we’d be able to watch each other’s backs. I eventually had decided to suck it up and after waiting a while for the work visa to come through, off I went. I gave no thought to terms and conditions, as I said, I thought money wasn’t going to be a problem especially once we were touring. I didn’t think to ask for a contract, it just wasn’t the done thing to ask for. The first PiL gig since the infamous Ritz riot was planned for 28th September 1982 so there was plenty of time to settle in. I thought I’d have a few days to get rid of the jet lag before we set to work, you know, get settled in my room at the Iroquois Hotel, have some fun, see the sights again and see who was knocking about. But on that score, I was very much mistaken. When I landed at JFK airport, Martin had come out to meet me. I thought that was a bit odd as I knew full well how to get to Manhattan from JFK using public
transport and I didn’t have a lot of stuff with me, not even a guitar. Martin was looking a bit red-faced and flustered and after saying a quick hello rushed me out of the arrivals hall. ‘They’re waiting for you at the studio for you to put a bass part down.’ ‘What? Who? PiL? Are you fucking serious? I’m fucking shattered after the flight and I could really do with a shower and a lie down’ Well he was serious. PiL were recording at Park South Studios on West 58th Street and they were indeed waiting for me, keeping their studio session open and thus forcing another band, who were there to record for an evening session, waiting and waiting. When I asked Martin what we were supposed to be recording he tried singing the song to me in the back of the cab. He wasn’t famed for his tunefulness bless him, and the notes he was singing all sounded the same, as if through a sock and it sounded like he had a severe sinus problem. I didn’t know what the tune was.
"I soon realised that it was just typical PiL, pure chaos. I felt totally unfazed by it all, I was confident in my ability and the bass line wasn't very taxing."
‘It’s ok Martin, I’ll work it out when I get there, for fuck’s sake’ I really was pissed off with them putting me on the spot like that, it was a bit inconsiderate. No thought at all for how I was feeling or what state I was in. As it happens, I had been knocking back large vodka and tonics through the flight and was half pissed but of course, I knew empathy wasn’t going to be featuring in anyone’s skill set in that band. We duly arrived at the studio and I was swept in, past a gaggle of really pissed off musicians from the waiting band who were sitting with their gear in the studio foyer. Their eyes followed me like daggers into the control room, I felt quite sorry for them. Go home boys, I think it’s gonna be a long night.
I was getting more and more tired. I declined the offer of ‘something to help me stay awake’ from someone and I just plodded on. Ken Lockie was the same as he ever was, he had very little to say about lots. After a couple of hours John Lydon suddenly popped up from behind the mixing desk like a gnarly old jack-in-the-box where, unbeknownst to me, he had been lying down since before I had arrived. He always had to make an entrance that boy, he couldn’t even make the effort and show some basic social skills or respect when I arrived, just to say hello and how are ya? The session went on until god knows what time, the last take was no better than the first and we seemed to have spent most of the night watching Keith twiddle knobs on the mixing desk and talking shit, what a start. I was again offered various powdered substances to help with the jet lag but I preferred to work fairly straight in the studio, I learnt from the quality of the early Brian Brain recordings that drugs and studios don’t mix. Martin and I eventually retired to the Iroquois Hotel, grabbed a few beers and some welcomed sleep. This is going to be a challenge I thought. The Mad Max song we worked on sounded average until I beefed it up a bit; Martin’s drums were solid, that was to be expected, there was some poorly played bass and synth parts on it played by Keith but not much guitar and what I assumed was some sort of guide vocal from John. It nearly made me laugh out loud when I heard it. For some reason, he was singing in a really high, tuneless wail and it sounded dreadful. I’m pretty sure everyone else thought so too but no one had the audacity or the guts to say anything to John about it. It was a bit like the Emperor’s new clothes story and here was the Emperor, standing stark-bollock naked for the world to see and no one said a word. I wasn’t going to speak out that’s for sure. A lot of the other tracks we worked on during my time there were in much the same vein; the backing sounded passable (though a lot of that seemed as though they were unfinished ideas) but the vocals were all over the place. I gave John a nickname ‘Johnny Two Note’ not to his face of course, you can’t go calling your boss names now can you? But I must say that I am very pleased to see that name is just as relevant today as it was 35 years ago. After a couple of days, the focus quickly shifted to the live set and our first rehearsal was planned at a Manhattan studio space, Blondie’s old hangout I believe. It was good to be playing with Martin again, we were a tight rhythm section that we had worked on and cemented over a number of years and the PiL tunes sounded great on that score. We ran through some of the old stuff from First Issue and Metal Box. It was a piece of piss to play those simple Wobble bass lines but I wanted to make my own mark on the sound and add a bit of grunt. The Wobble sound was very fat and heavy on the bottom end. Bob Miller had never listened to Metal Box so didn’t really know or understand what that original PiL sound was all about. I could have just copied that sound and rolled all the mid and top end off the bass but I was keen to make my own, distinct sound. What I played and sounded like seemed to go down all right with the others, nobody said anything to the contrary and we soldiered on for a while and knocked a semblance of a set into shape. I was given some cash to go out with the roadie to buy a couple of Fender basses which I thought was cool, there seemed to be loads of cash floating around, it reinforced my belief that there was plenty of money, there was always enough for pharmaceuticals and beer.
In the control room was Keith Levene, Ken Lockie, the new PiL manager Bob Tullipan and his girlfriend Maureen Baker plus Bob Miller who was the engineer for both the studio and live sessions. Quite an audience I thought. After saying a quick hello I sat down and was given a Fender bass to play and it was plugged straight into the desk. A track was played and Keith said have a listen to this and play along. It was a song called Mad Max and was a simple disco ditty in G minor that I soon worked out the bass line to and off we went. Take after take after take after take, on and on it went, late into the night like death itself, I thought it was never going to end. This was being thrown in at the deep end for sure and I wasn’t sure if it was some sort of test. Normally I would have expected to record in the main room of the studio with a full amplifier rig rather than record stood in front of a load of strangers in the control room. I soon realised that it was just typical To be continued………. PiL, pure chaos. I felt totally unfazed by it all, I was confident in my ability and the bass line wasn’t very taxing. Nobody said much, polite Keep up with all the news at conversation wasn’t the order of the day, but as the hours slipped by
TAGAS Tagas is born Tagas was never really part of the plan. He kind of evolved from a culmination of circumstances, like it was fate or always meant to be. He grew from years of writing poems and stories, both of which were important to the way I processed events in my life at the time. It was only as the years went by and as a result of writing songs with a friend of mine, that I began to find my love of creating music. After the musical collaboration with my friend ended, I started to write songs on my own and could appreciate the value of using music in an open and honest way - in a way that was cathartic and helped me make sense of things. I had grown up loving synth bands, so it felt natural that this would be the direction that Tagas would go in, that I would use electronic music to create a world in which my lyrics could exist alongside erratic bleeps, repetitive drum beats, deep baselines and sequencers. Almost straight away, right from the very first early songs I wrote, it felt like a part of me had found its voice. It was then that Tagas was born. Tagas grows Initially Tagas was a very solitary experience. He was almost a journal, somewhere to explore those things that I struggled to process. His music was rarely shared, for fear he divulged too much of me. I was too protective of him and felt it best that he lived his life as a passionate hobby of mine. However, as a result of tentatively sharing Tagas with friends and beginning to believe their words of encouragement, it felt as though the time was right to start letting my music reach out to others. It began to dawn on me that Tagas might be able to connect with people and that the experiences and feelings I wrote about were not unique to me. The songs of Tagas are universal to all of us. They are songs that explore those darker moments in our lives, when we feel at our most hurt or vulnerable, when we struggle or search for something better, when we donâ€™t know fully who we are, those times when we feel broken. Tagas lives It is only now that I can truly see how important Tagas has been in my life. It is only now, as he starts to exist outside of the privacy of my personal world, that I recognise that there might be an audience out there somewhere for him. It feels like the time is right to reach out to people and find the ones that might be looking for something different, might be looking for something like Tagas, and who might just grow to love his little melancholic universe. You can find more of Tagas online. Head to Facebook/tagasmusic and like him.
Or follow him on SoundCloud.com/tagas-music
AT USIC E E R G VE M SIT A A N W NE TURE OPROCATI FEA
What is AtomCollectorRecords.com ? At its core it is a FREE site where you listen to music and earn credits which you use to get your own music heard. But it is A WHOLE LOT MORE than that - read on! You can add up to 50 SoundCloud, Spotify, BandCamp, YouTube, ReverbNation & FanBurst tracks. You listen to other musician’s tracks and earn a credit every time you listen for at least 60 seconds. You can vote for your favourite tracks, leave comments and follow their social media accounts. There’s a chat room which is always friendly and a good laugh. We really do have a fantastic community already and it is growing fast! There are message boards to find collaborators, post upcoming gigs, discuss music promotion, find Spotify playlists, etc. Tracks that are in play also get added to playlists on various platforms and there is even a weekly radio show featuring selected tracks that is aired on Radio Beacon. We also make frequent use of Twitter to spread the music so make sure you set up all your social media accounts so you can get tagged and people can follow you. Go to www.AtomCollectorRecords.com and sign up.
Check out the video above and the FAQ for more information. Maybe see you in the chat room! JUXTA JOHN
Here’s our latest PPCO guide to our new & fave ‘LIKED’ artists on ACR
Black Eye Butterfly
Music, Event, Live and Sports Media PR since 2005 Drawing on the knowledge and contacts built up over two decades in the music industry, Manilla Public Relations can offer you the professionalism, work rate and results to meet the demands of all musical styles. Over the years we have handled all manner of campaigns and events from acoustic to punk and we deal with hundreds and hundreds of media contacts from regional radio to flagship national radio and TV shows. find out more at... manillapr.com
Manilla PR’s Ones to watch Verity White storms into 2019 with a brand new album Reclaim Set Fire Out on Mar 8th Fade Away video :
Verity White is an exciting, emerging artist from Cheltenham showcasing a unique and emotional twist on female fronted rock. She takes influences from the 90s scene, mashing it up with synths, strings and intricate vocal lines to create brutal yet beautiful alternative, rock music. Energetic and engaging her band puts on a compelling live show; loved by fans of female fronted rock stalwarts like Dream Wife, Halestorm, Skunk Anasie, Garbage, The Pretty Reckless and She Makes War.
“Breaking Out fits very well alongside the canon of female artists who found success in the 90s which includes such names as Garbage and PJ Harvey.... White’s debut album is quite novel and incorporates all of those influences with a more modern sound.” Fireworks magazine
Verity is well recognised in the indie music scene in the U.K. and uses her strong social media presence to actively support mental health awareness, the arts and female empowerment. Her riot grrrl inspired track Own Me was recently chosen by Exposure Skate to feature on the video of their 2018 championships, supporting women in skateboarding. Prog Radar exclaimed Verity as: “arguably one of the best female artists of her generation”. Recently, Verity and her band have been impressing gig-goers at festivals (Lechlade, FeckFest, Frogfest) and live music venues (Pizza Express Live, Camden Assemly, The Slaughtered Lamb) across the U.K., as well as a live lounge slot on BBC Radio Glos. They’re now booking dates for their second tour in Spring 2019, to coincide with the release of their eagerly awaited second album, Reclaim;Set Fire. Verity writes with her husband, Alex White who also produces the music, and records at their studio Arpeggio Creative in Gloucestershire. They’re joined on stage by Joe Kelly on bass and Alex McIntosh on drums.
www.veritywhite.com www.veritywhite.bandcamp.com www.twitter.com/veebear www.facebook.com/veritywhiteband www.instagram.com/Original_Verity www.youtube.com/TheVeeBear
Manilla PR’s Ones to watch
Born in Ashford, Kent Glenn has made a name for himself on the London stage and has been staring things up around the country throughout the festival season. Alternating between one man shows, and collaborations with a group of musical misfits, Glenn’s live performances are ever changing, but universally powerful. The live experience has been the principal aspect of Glenn’s musical outlook with recordings acting as a snapshot of musical moments. And these recordings are all the stronger for it. A mix of the thoughtful and playful is ever present in his work. Songs full of energy, catchy and emotive in equal measure showcase his unique talent. 2014 saw the release of his first single. Faces on Tables which demonstrates this combination of thought provoking lyrics, and energetic musicianship. This single release, with accompanying video whet the appetite for what was to come.
Landed on Your Feet is the brand new single from Glenn Hodge Banned. Glenn also filmed a special thank you to fans who helped him make the single and video possible. You can see the video at : youtube.com/watch?v=Aku707lFG3A&t=2s A music man in the style of Frank Turner and according to Billy Bragg - Glenn Hodge’s music is “Really good stuff” . Glenn has previously featured on BBC Radio London. Glenn himself says “I think of myself as a folk singer but many do not. Maybe alternative folk would better describe my bastardization of the genre? Reviewers have described my lyrics as thought provoking and my musicianship energetic. Perfect Gentleman is my fifth work to be released and is probably the closest to traditional folk music as I have been. Enjoy... please.” In what he does we find an honesty and passion that is all too rare. This isn’t music written for the A+R department, it’s relevant, resonant and dynamic, both musically and lyrically.
A working class ethos formed the backdrop for Hodge’s EP Iconoclast. An irreverent take on the slog that is urban life for a great many Londoners can be found in “Ignoramus” and “C U Next tuesday”, dealing with the gauntlet that is the morning commute and the intense frustration of a working life free from fulfilment. It’s not difficult to find an empathy for the themes and thoughts on display. An eloquent everyman tackling issues to which we can all relate. Whilst romance is far from absent, tired and trite romanticism is thankfully nowhere to be seen. Be it the thoughtful treatment of his own chosen Genre in “English Folk” or the nature of personal relationships and the home life, there is an honesty and an abundance of passion on display. www.glennhodge.com www.facebook.com/ GlennHodgeBanned www.twitter.com/ GHodgeBanned
A prolific producer, DK1 has an extensive back catalogue and is re-releasing several of his albums through F&G Records including the piano/acoustic guitar led Into the Woods and Messin’ with Maslow – a more beat driven, electro production. The new album sees DK1 explore a broad range of styles from acoustic rock to piano ballads to electronica. Many tracks are infused with the artist’s wry sense of humour and each tells a unique story – sometimes global in theme, other times very personal. The infectiously catchy lead single Skinny Jeans is a classic example of how DK1 combines these different elements to create his unique music.
Manilla PR’s Ones to watch
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What's Happening at Harpenden Public Halls?
Spring is shaping up to be a busy one for the Halls, with some great live music seeing us through to the early summer. We kick off the season with the ethereal sounds of MOYA BRENNAN, who is best remembered as the lead vocalist from CLANNAD on Tuesday 2nd April, in what will be an enchanting and intimate evening of traditional Celtic and modern Irish music. On Saturday 6th April we welcome HAZEL O’CONNOR for the first time to the Halls, in what will undoubtedly be an unforgettable show. She’s joined by saxophonist Clare Hirst (Communards, David Bowie) and Sarah Fisher (Eurythmics) on keyboards performing all of her hits. We complete our trio of female performers in April with the superb CHANTEL McGREGOR on 12th April. If you’re a fan of blues-rock then you’ll be completely captivated by her mesmerising performance. Things get a bit more lively when DREADZONE join us on Sunday 21st April. Don’t worry, it’s not a school night – it’s Easter bank holiday weekend, PLUS a certain band are also supporting, so there’s really no excuse for not coming along! (lovely big poster overleaf!) TOYAH joins us on 3rd May. Still making a noise, this is a unique chance to experience the high-priestess of punk with a full live band performing a set of her hit singles and classic songs. April and May sees a few quality tributes swinging by: CILLA & THE SHADES OF THE ‘60S need no explanation and are with us on Tuesday 30th April and THE ZOOTS on Friday 17th May, performing an authentic ‘60s tribute
show featuring music from the Beatles to the Monkees and the Kinks to the Stones and everything in between. If folk/rock is your thing then you really shouldn’t miss out on THE SIMON & GARFUNKEL STORY who join us on Friday 24th May and THE BOB DYLAN STORY on Thursday 6th June. Meanwhile, our RECOND FAIR on April 13th ties in beautifully with RSD, which means once you’ve thawed out from standing outside Empire Records since 5am, you can pop along to the Halls and get your fill of second hand vinyl. It’s always packed with dealers selling vinyl, CD’s and memorabilia of all genres, and it’s FREE to get in as well, so come along for some crate digging. We’re already taking bookings for a range of shows over the summer: FROM THE JAM (Saturday 15th June), THE KILKENNYS (Friday 21st June), EDDI READER (Saturday 22nd June), SPECIAL KINDA MADNESS (Friday 5th July) and PETTY CRIMINALS (Saturday 20th July).
Make sure you keep an eye on our website – there’s new shows being added all the time! We hope to see you soon. Cheers, Glenn (General Manager at the Public Halls)
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EVENT HORIZON LIVE in association with BAD PAINTINGS present
FAREWELL UK TOUR SUMMER 2019
Celebrating the music of Arthur Lee & LOVE, his band featuring original LOVE guitarist Johnny Echols reunite for a farewell UK tour
Plus special guests
and Sam Forrest (Nine Black Alps)
WEDNESDAY - 26 @ Newport, IOW - Strings THURSDAY - 27 @ Brighton - Haunt SATURDAY - 29 @ Liverpool - Grand Central SUNDAY - 30 @ Glasgow - Oran Mor
MONDAY - 1 @ Leeds - Brudenell TUESDAY - 2 @ Birmingham - Hare & Hounds WEDNESDAY - 3 @ Cardiff - Globe THURSDAY - 4 @ Bristol - Fleece FRIDAY - 5 @ London - Islington Assembly
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Springy spring is here! Very sad to say that The Hare & Hounds events are no more. Elaine & Paul have left the pub! I just wanted to thank them for all their support over the last 3 years putting on live music & supporting original artists rather than doing what most pubs do & just put on covers bands! The ‘Harey’ events were brilliant and such a great community pub… Elaine & Paul – you will be missed but Good Luck for your next adventures and hope to see you at a gig soon! We had an amazing last couple of gigs with songs being written for the pub! Very humbling to see such support. There are videos – check out the newly named FB page -
As you can imagine I was worried about finding a new home for these events but seems that I have more support than I realised, and all events have now been covered at other pubs including a new extra event too. Huge thanks to The Rose & Crown in St Michaels for taking on ‘Rosey Open Mic’ in exactly the same format as before. Looking forward to working with this lovely old pub in a picturesque part of St Albans. Same dates as before – 2nd/4th Wednesdays of the month. (see flyer) The #HareyLounge has kindly been taken by Dave at The Lower Red Lion. Dave is a great supporter of local music. So slight time change – we are no Live@5! The only slight difference with this event will be the audience must be 12+ so kid free zone! But all dogs very welcome – there is even a jar of dog treats on the bar! Another historic pub. The White Lion were keen to have me too, so we now have another Open Mic Night running on the 1st Tuesday of the month. So, thanks very much to the team there. Looking forward to a new night and another outlet for local music. (See flyer) So, all in all, local music is safe in St Albans… In other news I have programmed live music for Larks in The Parks across 3 stages in Fleetville, Victoria Playing Fields & Sopwell for 30/6 – all family friendly events in local parks!
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I’ve been asked to be one of the judges for M festival line up. Great local festival on 6th July at Marlborough School with upcoming young acts being featured. Balstock is back this year 13/14/15th September. I will again be hosting the stage at The White Lion with The Tuesday Club confirmed headliners. This is a fab event with so much going on… one of my favourite festivals of the year. My other favourite festival is ‘The Rickmansworth Festival’ I’m not hosting a stage, but I will be going along to just enjoy the event. Over 2 days 18/19th May – alongside the beautiful canal. can’t wait! My new website launched a couple of months ago so please go and take a look! www.theparsonsknow.com great design by 8ecreative
Radio shows going from strength to strength with guests galore.. 5 years old this October! Thanks to Mathew Turvey for being my assistant this last year!
Li- Li – the long-awaited album from this fantastic local artist is now available. Over 2 years in the making but worth the wait. Deliciously infectious. Catch her live when you can, and you can hear one of the funniest songs ever – ‘Inflatable Men’ it’s not on the album! I will leave that one to your imagination! Find out more...
facebook.com/Li-LiLiadain-328535777304793/ Jack Hobbs- New album ‘Revival’ another album that’s taken is time to land but again well worth the wait. Jack was my sound engineer at The
Live Music Project for many years & I am delighted that he’s back to his solo act. Jack also runs Jacket Studios over in Childwickury & Jacket Records too ! This is a well written & produced album as you’d expect but I love the richness of sound & you can feel how much of his heart he has put into this project. Checkout ‘The Keys’ which I love & another favourite ‘Go For Gold’ has a lovely jazzy feel.
Southbound – New album ‘Rocking Horse’ These boys are growing up & it’s showing with a slightly more mature offering that showcases how hard they have worked this last couple of years on honing their craft with countless live performances. A tremendous sound engineered & produced by none other than Steve Honest who also produced The Tuesday Club albums! You’d be forgiven for thinking that this band has been around since the 70s – it has that feel & quite frankly its astonishing knowing they are probably still not in their 20’s (or only just!) If you like your blues/rock to be modern with a throwback to the supergroups of the 70s rock scene then you will love this! Find out more here:
Other new releases worth a quick mention are The Papersnakes, The Greyhound Factory, Charlotte & The Glovers, Pete Jones & Written In Ink. Thanks for reading – please come check out some live music with me when you can & don’t forget to tune in every Monday night on 92.6Fm
radioverulam.com for my radio show!
Thank you & goodnight!
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Street Food StAlbans
Since 2016, St Albans has been hungrily watching as the vintage food trucks rolled into Hitchin, Hertford, Welwyn and Hatfield every summer, for the fabulous Street Food Monthly. All around Hertfordshire, towns centres are creating vibrant community events while championing hardworking foodie entrepreneurs, several of whom have gone on to take the plunge into bricks and mortar.
sriracha). Or try their Vegan Afel, with a hand crafted vegan sausage. dapperdoghotdogs.com and other street food vendors to be added as it grows. Hot food prices will be £5-£9. Local indie business, Tomoka Spirits Boutique, tomokaspiritsboutique.co.uk are going to be running the bar for all the boozy needs, with local distillery offerings including, Black Bridge Blue Admiral Gin, Puddingstone and
However, we’ve had some great news. Get your glad rags on, grab friends and family and get ready to head to Christopher Place and Street Food St Albans! This new, fantastic familyfriendly event, is on the second Friday of every month starting May 10th. It is open to everyone, no age restrictions and it will be amazing. There’s going to be street food truck/ trailers including Peddling Pizza, where every pizza is hand stretched to order with their own 24 hour slow fermented dough, using just four ingredients (keep an eye out for the seasonal Figgy Stardust)
Dapper Dog Hotdogs will also be joining the crew. Try their Cubano, (pork sausage topped with maple pulled ham hock, Monterey Jack cheese, gherkins, mustard mayo and
pistachio baklava sandwiching a layer of sweet cream ice cream. Christopher Place will be laying out toys for the children, there will be live music from local performers and the fun runs through the evening, from 5-10pm. Top quality food, drink and entertainment in the heart of the city. The brain child of the winner of the 2018 St Albans and Hertfordshire Food & Drink Award Best Market Stall, community champion and self-confessed pizza nerd, Adam Atkins (Peddling Pizza), Street Food St Albans is a community initiative with Christopher Place. To quote Adam “it’s gonna be epic!” Street Food St Albans feels really rock ‘n’ roll to us. Like any gig, a big turnout will lead to a more diverse offering. We can’t wait for the launch on May 10th, love the collaborative approach and we are looking forward to seeing St Albans city centre get it’s Friday night groove on - grass roots style. We’re awarding Adam and the crew our #SuperKoolOldSchool ‘thumbs up’ for this initiative.
Flowerbomb. Local ice creamery like no other, Darlish, darlish.com will be rolling in their very elegant ice cream cart and serving up Persian inspired, naturally flavoured, ice creams and sorbets. You have to check out their Baklava Ice Cream Sandwich, luxury
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Sounds of the Suburbs
Sound of the Suburbs is a record shop in Ruislip. On 13th April though record store day - it makes its debut as a record label, with the release of a 12" EP featuring punk bands Religion Equals Decay (R.E.D.) and Who Killed Nancy Johnson? Sounds of the Suburbs Sessions no. 001 is the first of what are planned to be a series of releases. The inspiration for them comes from the John Peel sessions: and as in those days, the bands involved went into a studio and recorded fresh versions of two of their songs, exclusively for this release. Limited to 300 copies and with a choice of white, black or red vinyl, this first release includes another exclusive, in that Who Killed Nancy Johnson's second track, Blood in the Soil, hasn't been released before and won't be re-recorded, so this really is the only way to get it. All proceeds from selling this first EP will go towards funding the next one. It's hoped in this way that the series will become a living record of current bands doing new things, just as the old Peel sessions were.
Suburbs - email him on You can get a copy of the EP direct from Tony at Sounds of the p page email@example.com - or via Who Killed Nancy Johnson's Bandcam
As ever, a lot has happened since we last spoke! The Tuesday Club released their first 7” vinyl single - 'Let the Kids Run The Country' & th...
Published on Apr 2, 2019
As ever, a lot has happened since we last spoke! The Tuesday Club released their first 7” vinyl single - 'Let the Kids Run The Country' & th...