GIG REVIEW – Idles, Lice @ Gorilla, Manchester

By |April 18th, 2018|0 Comments

Review by Paul Hammond
Photos by Linsday Melbourne & Mandy Ashton

Early last year I was scrolling through music links posted by various friends on Facebook when I happened upon Idles (pic above & below by Lindsay Melbourne) and the video for ‘Mother’, I think it was singer Joe Talbot’s pink suit that caught my eye but that was just the start of it. The song smacked me straight between the eyes and I was soon ploughing through more links on YouTube to find out more about the band. I purchased their debut album ‘Brutalism’ immediately and I promised myself that I would go and see them live at the earliest opportunity!

Neil Crud on TudnoFM – Show 104 – with Saint Stevie in Session

By |April 16th, 2018|0 Comments

I saw Saint Stevie play a drunken performance at Pie Records, Rhos-On-Sea a couple of months ago and immediately booked him in for a live session. His Bathroom Tapes albums Vol 1 and 2 are available on Bandcamp and possess a certain charm that you’ll hear in the session.

Neil Crud on TudnoFM – Show 104
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GIG REVIEW – Nothing Nice To Say Festival Day 3 @ SO36, Berlin

By |April 14th, 2018|0 Comments

[all cool b+w pics by Montecruz Foto]

Cottaging for pizza, I meet Nathan, Kenny, Rob and a Bristolian contingent here for the festival. They invite me to tag along and show me the ‘pun’ slogan tattoos they drunkenly had done today, like; Born To Be Mild and Girls Just Wanna Have Pun. We have a beer or two in the street outside the venue and Nicole cycles past, she tells us of the demonstration she and 25000 others have been on in Alexanderplatz. Tenants are getting vociferous about the ever increasing rent increases in Berlin, greedy landlords are forcing normal hard working people out of their homes and the city is increasingly getting as expensive as London or Paris.

GIG REVIEW – Troika, Sudor, Tanning Bats @ Schwester Martha, Berlin

By |April 14th, 2018|0 Comments

Attempting to shake off the hangover of yesterday, I sought solace with a few beers and punk rock in the afternoon. Schwester Martha (the venue) took a little bit of finding at it’s secret location.

GIG REVIEW – Red Dons, Tarantula, Kieltolaki, Negativ @ SO36, Berlin

By |April 13th, 2018|0 Comments

(all cool b&w pics by Montecruz Foto)

Nothing Nice To Say Festival is now in its third year. A four day event held at select venues across Berlin, and unlike other similar ‘city based’ events, there are no bands clashing – so you can get to see all who play. It brings together hardcore, punk, post-punk acts and like minded people from across the globe. I met up with Nicole who was kind enough to chaperone me through the streets of the city that never sleeps and educate me on the anarchist / squatting history of Berlin, in particular the anarchist band Ton Steine Scherben who immediately struck me as a prototype Stooges.