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GIG REVIEW – Batushka, Schammasch, Trepaneringsritualen @ Rebellion, Manchester

By |January 13th, 2018|0 Comments


Very much a large congregation of the happily dead gathered for a mysterious ritual experience in these dark winter times.  Batushka have obviously cast a spell of blackened doom off the strength of their only album so far to attract a sold out venue, never had to queue down the street here before even while the first band has started up. 

GIG REVIEW – Ho99o9, Kate Mo$$ @ The Deaf Institute, Manchester

By |December 10th, 2017|0 Comments


Another day, another trip to Manchester, almost an advent calendar of aural carnage to get through.  Had only seen Ho99o9 (pronounced Horror) for the first time here in town in the summer when they were on the way to stir up the mud of Glastonbury, but the punk/hiphop/electronic insanity was pretty stunning and well worth riding this cutting edge for once more.  They had actually been here supporting Papa Roach last month but more about that later….

Common Ground Festival Benefit @ The Peer Hat, Manchester

By |December 9th, 2017|0 Comments



Having missed the actual Common Ground Festival (formerly called The Dirty Weekend) in September through other commitments this was an opportunity for me to help chip in to the recovery of the losses that the festival made. The promoters here, and a lot of the attendees, know it’s exactly the kind of underground gathering they want to see continuing in the future.  So today almost seems a mini flavour of the main event, some of them having played the do down in Bristol, with a great selection of bands and the grin inducing messy mayhem of the alternative community get-together.

REVIEW – BBC Horizons Launchpad Awards @ Pie Records Café, Rhos on Sea

By |December 6th, 2017|0 Comments

An invite to respectable mainstream awards do?  With my reputation?  To be fair I was only filling in for the Crud who was off to the Eastern Front to fight the Russians so I’m sure I didn’t seem as relatively bad.  It gave me a chance to break out my suit jacket for shits and giggles and break out of my grindcore entrenchment. 

GIG REVIEW – Mammothfest (Sunday) @ The Arch, Brighton

By |October 8th, 2017|0 Comments


The last time I was in Brighton I was maybe 8 or 9 years old, on a camper van holiday of England with my family. I can recall playing a game of plastic bowls on the green at the front with my younger sister, our parents watching from a distance from the van, when there was a suddenly a boisterous gaggle of punks upon us asking for a game. They were just having a laugh, there was no malice there, and they rolled on soon enough after no doubt alarming my folks, but I can still picture the mohawks and dye, the black and the badges, the crazy gang. Who knows what early impression this made on me, and sent me down this slippery cider ski slope I have ended up on?!?