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GBH, Varukers, Insurgency, No Agenda, Back Street Abortions @ The Bobbin, Lancaster

By |December 15th, 2018|0 Comments

[ace pics from Darren Green and Malek Baali]

The second night of my contrasting Xmas hardcore holidays saw me braving the storms to make my way up the M6 to Lancaster.  Been quite a few years since I have ventured to the punk rock mecca of Rebellion at nearby Blackpool but there was a definite flavour of that event here with some old school legends treading the sticky boards, except it was a free entry gig in a pub!  What’s not to like? 

Fret, Frog Pocket, Soft Issues @ Star and Garter, Manchester

By |December 14th, 2018|0 Comments

Xmas so hitch up for a slay ride around the North West for the weekend to have a final traditional dose of live music experiences.  I was thinking back that there was often something about this time that required a special mission and a diverse double header gave some frisson of anticipation to these jaded ears sinking into hibernation after another excellent years entertainment. 

GIG REVIEW – Whores., Heads, Irk – Temple of Boom, Leeds

By |October 9th, 2018|0 Comments

It was a couple of years back that a friend in the U.S. recommended the filth and fury of these Noise Rock-ing Whores., probably with the release of their only album so far, “Gold”.  I was impressed with the levels and tones at the time but a lot (of drinking) has gone on in the meantime to the extent I couldn’t remember much about them by the time this tour was announced.  Some vestige of memory must remain though as in the traditional busy autumn tours season I thought, hey, why not add another Monday night expedition!

GIG REVIEW – Palm, Friendship, Kurokuma @ Rebellion, Manchester

By |September 16th, 2018|0 Comments

(pics by ad gosling and lorraine peaker, thanks)

Sunday night is Japanese hardcore night, right?  Trekking from Chiba and Osaka in spite of all manner of natural disasters hindering them it was no relative effort to get up from North Wales to check this feast of fury.  And Kurokuma would have had to negotiate the Snake Pass from Sheffield, never easy.   I’d seen them before, and Palm amid the insanity of Obscene Extreme, but the main draw was definitely Friendship who’s recent “Hatred” album really grabbed the attention like having your ears boxed with its brutal tones.  Even for little old desensitized-through-overexposure me.

Break The Chains Festival @ Temple of Boom, Leeds

By |August 26th, 2018|0 Comments


Well, why not try to squeeze another batch of bands in before the end of the summer?  This new festival had dropped like a bomb when announced earlier in the year, to the extent that I took time out of Desertfest London in May to sit on a kerb outside a pub with a pint and await the allotted ticket sale time, grabbing a couple before it sold out in minutes, then returning to the fray.  With a big smile at the prospect of a phenomenal line-up of legendary grind, hardcore, and extreme metal, the underground organisers in Leeds really have the contacts and the cahones to put together something special.