Archive for the 'POLITICAL PUNK' Category

18
Jun
17

urban vietcong – a colpi di machete cd – now available

… now available from Rebel Time Records … the debut 6-song cd from Italian left-radical streetpunk/oi/core outfit Urban Vietcong … $10.00 (postage included) in Canada … limited copies, so don’t delay, act today … ! Scroll down to read an interview with the band …

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03
Jun
17

a few words with urban vietcong

I’ve been a fan of Italian punk rock for a long time … I first got into bands like Indigesti, Wretched, Raw Power, Nabat, Peggio Punx, CCM, etc, in the early 1980’s thanks to (the hugely influential) Bad Compilation Tapes and thanks to Craig, from Hamilton’s Schizophrenic Records, who was distributing BCT tapes locally, so they were easy for me to get my hands on.
Here’s a bit of an interview with another, much newer, Italian band (based in Livorno) that’s now getting a lot of play at Rebel Time Records HQ. Urban Vietcong came to my attention when singer Bebe (who was also the singer for the great band Trade Unions – check our their tunes on Youtube) dropped me a line of Facebook and we got to chatting.
10 copies of the band’s debut are winging their way to Canada for distribution as we speak!
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Please introduce yourselves! Who / what is Urban Vietcong?
Urban Vietcong was born in October 2015  from the ashes of Trade Unions. Trade uvtwoUnions was a band that mixed oi! with hardcore and existed from 2004 until 2015. When Trade Unions ended , Sciu and Bebe searched for a new guitarist and new drummer to form a new band, because they were  both still thirsty for the stage! Giova and Fante were the answer to our prayers , both for kinship and for sound, because with different influences (melodic hardcore, punk rock ) the sound has become more original. When people ask us what kind of music we play ,we are in trouble because we mix everything we like,from oi! to punk rock.
Gli urban vietcong nascono nel mese di ottobre del 2015 dalle ceneri dei trade unions. I trade unions era una band che ha mescolato oi! Con hardcore in attività dal 2004 al 2015. Quando questa esperienza finì, sciu e bebe cercano una nuova chitarra e un nuovo batterista per formare una nuova band, essendo ancora assetati di palchi, giova e fante sono stati un’ottima risposta, sia per affinità che suono, perché con influenze diverse (hardcore melodico, punkrock) il suono è diventato più originale. Quando ci chiedono che musica facciamo, siamo in difficoltà perché mescoliamo tutto quello che ci piace, da oi! Al punkrock.
The band released as 6-song CD in 2016 called “A Colpi Mi Machete.” What are some of the themes of the album?
The themes of ours songs are related to our everyday lives, from the bar to  the struggles of our city. For example in “Livorno Non Si Piega,” we speak of struggle of our ancestors against the invaders, right up to the present day, to defend the rights of the working class or against the new bosses..”Hunger Strike & Troubles” speaks about the Irish conflict. In “Attacco” we express our desire for a greater organization of left movement, in order to, as Majakovskij said, to attack the sky.  In other songs we talk more about everyday life and urbbanvietcongcoverpirate life!

il tema delle nostre canzoni è legato alla nostra vita quotidiana, dal bancone alle lotte della nostra città. Ad esempio in “livorno non si piega” parliamo della lotta dei nostri antenati contro gli invasori fino ai giorni nostri, Per difendere i diritti della classe operaia o contro i nuovi padroni. “Hunger strike and troubles” parla del conflitto irlandese. In Attacco esprimiamo il nostro desiderio di una maggiore organizzazione del movimento come diceva majakovskij per assalteremo il cielo. In altri parliamo di più della vita quotidiana e della vita pirata!

Urban Vietcong sings about political issues. Are there any political issues you are involved in on a personal basis, or as a band?
Music, as well as  being fun, and a way to come together, is a means of communication and a way to convey our ideas. In Italy and also in other countries, capital with its means and methods (fascists, police and politicians) is increasingly depleting the less well-off classes. We are only a drop in the sea, but in our social centre and  in our own little way we try to do something to combat this, such as defending historical memory (partisans), anti-fascism,  the right to housing, and more.
la musica oltre che un divertimento,e per stare insieme è un mezzo di comunicazione per trasmettere le nostre idee.in italia e anche in altri paesi il capitale con i suoi mezzi (fascisti, polizia e politici) sta impoverendo sempre piu Le classi meno abbienti, siamo soltanto una goccia nel mare, ma nel nostro piccolo cerchiamo di fare attività per combattere tutto questo,come ad esempio difendere la memoria storica (partigiani), l’antifascismo, il diritto alla casa e altro ancora.
Are there any other good political bands from Italy that you would recommend?
The most political and historic band in Italy is ska band, Banda Bassotti. In addition to uvonethis, in the oi / punk scene, we can’t forget name likes Atarassia Group, S-Contro, Barricata Rossa, Attaccabrighe, Sempre Peggio, Azione Diretta, Malasuerte….we apologize if we forgot someone!
La band più politica e storica è la banda bassotti,ma nel panorama oi!punk italiano non possiamo non menzionare band come malasuerte,azione diretta,barricata rossa,atarassia grop,sempre peggio e s-contro…chiediamo scusa se ce ne siamo dimenticata qualcuna!
Future plans?
Assault the empire! At this time we are going to continue to promote “A Colpi Di Machete” and in January we will begin recording a new album. And, of course, bring socialism to Canada with our sound!
Assaltare il cielo! finiremo di promuovere il disco “a colpi di machete”e a gennaio torneremo in studio per registrare il nuovo album.


Discoccupati senza dio e rifugiati
presi a calci in faccia trattati come feccia
il proletariatovariegato e incazzato
va reso coscienzoso e pure organizzato
PRIORITA’ è la casa e si difende coi picchetti
PRIORITA’ e il lavoro si bastona i sindacati
PRIORITA’ la scuola lotta con gli studenti
PRIORITA’ è la strada si difende dai fascisti

Non stringeremo le cinghie le farem rotear davvero
caricheremo uniti assalteremo il cielo
Non mancheremo il colpo vi spazzeremo il via
con il sangue agli occhi non sarà solo utopia

Lo stato borghese si difende con i maiali
sguinzagliando digos usando tribunali
seduti sempre dalla parte sbagliata
insieme allo sfruttato dietro una barricata
ATTACCO vietcong a colpi di machete
ATTACCO al razzismo come pantere nere
ATTACCO come Palestina contro israele
ATTACCO come Spartaco contro il potere

Antifà dal 1591, leggi livornine qui nessuno è straniero
Villani con Guerrino sconfiggono l’impero
Fischiano i cannoni soffia il vento garbino
A morte l’austriaco sovrano, popolano resiste dalle sue porte
11 Maggio Bartelloni sfida la sorte
Figli di livorno la morte in lotta vi ha trovato

Sognai la libertà, mi opposi all’impero
Labronicamente ribelle spirito mai domo
Decisi di vivere per l’eternità
Divenni baluardo della mia città

Livorno non si piega e mai si piegherà, nuovi sovversivi difendon la città
Vecchi valori contro i nuovi padroni , difendi le tue strade senza timori
Livorno non si piega e mai si piegherà, nuovi banditi difendon la città
Tra i mercati e quartieri popolari , nella mente partigiani e botte ai militari

21
May
17

more top five finds

… a lot of great music hitting the airwaves and earholes … here’s some more top tuneage getting airtime at Rebel Time HQ …

 

city miles city miles city miles

CityMiles

… balaclava-clad streetpunk / oi from somewhere in the UK … mysterious …

 

 

grand collapse grand collapse grand collapse

GrandCollapse

… frantic hardcore punk out of Cardiff, UK …

 

 

knifedogs knifedogs knifedogs

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… four piece street rocknroll combo from Calgary …

 

 

no borders no borders no borders

NoBorders

… politically and socially conscious hardcore out of Ottawa …

 

 

urban vietcong urban vietcong urban vietcong

UrbanVietcong

… left-radical streetpunk/oi/core out of Livorno, Italy …

05
May
17

top five finds – may 2017

… a veritable diaperload of politically charged punk rock …

GLASSED GLASSED GLASSED

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… from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada … steel city street rock … defend Hamilton … members of Born Wrong, Dismantle and more …

 

GRIT GRIT GRIT

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… from Dublin, Ireland … ” one of these bands who suddenly explode out of nowhere, release a blazing demo full of anthemic tracks and captivate the listeners with their to-the-point style, catchy melodies and smart, socially conscious, politically charged lyrics …”

 

BRIGADIR BRIGADIR BRIGADIR

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… from St. Petersburgh, Russia … Red and Anarchist skinhead oi …

 

LA REVUELTA MAGONISTA LA REVUELTA MAGONISTA

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… from Guadalajara, Mexcio  … “composed of friends with antifascist ideas. Working from the ethics of doing it yourself. There are different influences, anarchism and zapatismo. Musicals like: Crass, Les Partisans, Hi! The arrase, Inadaptats. The Flores Magon Brigade. The skatalites, Kortatu. The Redskins, The adjusters, Opcio k95, Action Sedition, Berurier Noir, Guerrilla Alert … “

 

STREETLIGHT SAINTS STREETLIGHT SAINTS

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 … from Calgary, Alberta, Canada … “melodic street punk from … sing along pub rock anthems with a social conscious. Streetlight Saints provide a positive voice for the underdogs, outcasts and down trodden in today’s society. Fist in the air and a song in our hearts ….. here we goooooooo!!!”
05
May
17

the fallout – march 19, 2017 – hamilton

falloutlogo… back in March, The Fallout opened for Red Alert in Hamilton at This Ain’t Hollywood … here’s a few tunes from their set, courtesy of Mr. Duane Timbers. Thanks Duane …

… first tune is a new one. The band is recording at we speak, hoping to help release something by them sooner than later …

29
Oct
16

interview with afterboltxebike

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Here’s an bit of an interview with (and a couple of songs by) Mexico’s Afterboltxebike. First came across this band when I saw their video for their song “Pavlichenko” about famed Russian sniper/nazi hunter Lyudmila Pavlichenko. Got to chatting with guitarist Diego on Facebook and the rest is history! Answers are by Gabriela and Diego…

For those of us who are not familiar with Afterboltxebike, please introduce the band!

Afterboltxebike began in 2015, after some talk about the idea of creating music with afterintlogo-001communist or “protesta” lyrics. None of us knew how to play any instruments (and we still don’t know how to play, haha) but we shared, and do share, a love for music and political ideology. Andrea (bass) and Diego (guitars) like punk and HC punk music and they invited me to play drums, although I didn’t listen very much to  that genre, because I was more focused on metal, but that doesn’t matter, we were looking for fun and we found it!

What does the name of your band mean? Where did you get the name for the band?

We choose the name Afterboltxebike because it is the first song from the album Kolpez Kolpe by the basque punk band Kortatu, one of the more important communist punk bands in the scene.

At first I didn’t know the real meaning of Afterboltxebike, we assumed the name of the song had some connection to the bolsheviks, so it was to show  people the communist ideology of our band.

In early October 2016, we met Fermin Muguruza, former member of Kortatu, and we asked about the meaning of  the word afterboltxebike.

afterintoneFermin told us the history, in the 80’s in the Basque Country (and the rest of the Spanish State) some punx say they are after-punks (so concerned to the post punk bands), so the Kortatu guys think , “we are not bolsheviks because that are part of the soviet past, so, now, we are after-bolsheviks, like a new generation of bolsheviks”.

So, Afterbolxebike is a new word, from the English word “After” and the Russian word “Bolsheviks,” but written like a basque word Boltxebike.

Afterboltxebike has recorded/released 2 songs … “¿De qué lado estas?” and “Pavlichenko.” Both these songs seem to be political songs. What are these songs about? What themes does afterinttwoAfterboltxebike sing about?

We try to paint in our lyrics the social injustice and talk about people who made history fighting against fascism, is a way to make honor: talk about anybody talk, about brave people who were looking for a better life, because we want the same thing. So, we know that we won’t change all the world with these lyrics, but we hope that in any place of the planet there will be anybody curious who probably start to question his/her reality. We are antifascist and we want to talk about it!

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Afina su mira, recarga su arma
Su objetivo es la peste parda
Respira hondo y dispara
Otro nazi ha muerto por sus balas
Defendió Odessa y disparo en Crimea
Lyudmila Pavlichenko era toda una guerrera
Esperando en la nieve inicio el infierno
De los fascistas que invadieron

Trecientos nazis murieron
Pavlichenko los cazó
Oficiales y sargentos
A ninguno perdonó

DE QUE LADO ESTAS?

No tengo duda, estoy convencida
Que los patrones son mis enemigos
No aspiro a ser como uno de ellos
 Mi fuerza esta con los obreros
Las cadenas que te tienen atado
Estan en tu cabeza, estan en tus manos
Nuestra trinchera te esta esperando
Estas con los patrones o con los explotados
Nuestro camino esta muy claro
Revolucion del proletariado
Nuestro sendero esta iluminado
Por los comunistas que han luchado
De que lado estas?
Del patron o del proletariado
De que lado estas?

I think someone in the band is making a documentary about the Mexican political punk scene? Could you talk a little bit about that?

.Diego (guitar) is  doing two documentaries, one is a  history of hardcore punk in Monterrey (the city where we live), and other is a little video about the political punk scene of Guadalajara City. The two documentaries are D. I. Y. and primarily funded by Diego with contributions from friends interested in the two projects.

What are some of the political issues affecting the members of Afterboltxebike? What particular issues are you working around?

We have the same problems that all persons who are mad about the shit that capitalism bring afterintthreeus have (wars, genocides, poverty); communist or not, people want a change, and  claims for it (ecologist, anarchists, etc): the apathy of the society to the world’s problems. The individualism and the beliefs that the system has put it on in all of us. It’s complicated stay against injustice because we live in that everyday, in the school, job (if there’s money, there’s food) family (who says “You must  grow up and find a good job and make money! Buy a car and get married!!) and even friends, but we’re still in and don’t get down for that, we know that is a “normal attitude” in a society that still doesn’t believe in the theory of evolution, hah.

Respect for the band, we need a lot of practicing to get a better sound and we are working on it.

What is in the future for Afterboltxebike? (of course, here you can talk about your upcoming world tour and double-live-in-Japan album!)

Our future… We probably won’t have a Japan tour hahah but we’re making new songs and playing live in wherever invite us. Actually we want to release some some of our own songs and we’re gonna release two covers from Abuso, a local punk band from 80’s, this is for a project that we have with the Abuso’s guitarist, Felipe, a friend of the band, who  is kindly helping us,( he also plays in Cabrito Vudú, a great national band! ).

In addition, we want to thanks all of our friends and people who are supporting us, especially you Randy for support the music and the scene!

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... and, here’s the videos the band made for their two songs …

PAVLICHENKO

DE QUE LADO ESTAS?

13
Oct
16

atterkop – album and release show reviews

… the new Atterkop platter is out and about and getting some rave reviews which we’ve published below … the band had a record release show a few days back, and a review of the show follows below as well… accompanying pics are from the release show and were taken by Patrick Page Fallon

From what I hear, Atterkop has been banging around picking up steam in the underground punk scene of Bristol. Their initial full length offering ‘Liber Abaci’ is what I would hope for from the band I think they are. Even down to the album title, Atterkop pushes the ‘think for yourself’ attitude.

“Liber Abaci” was the title of a 13th century book on arithmetic focusing on making atterkopreleasethreecalculations without the use of an abacus or other systemic tools. ‘Liber Abaci’ plays like a good set list. Every boy, Every girl kicks in after the short intro like a call to arms in all its breakneck speed circle-pit glory before loosening up on you, ever so slightly, with some choppy ska reminiscent of early Suicide Machines or Choking Victim records. Then you’re off on through a series of aggressive songs peppered with strong messages about globalization, suburban life, gender politics and other things I look for a politically leaning band to address.

Safer Spaces is the song that truly makes this listener draw comparisons to Choking Victim and their gravel voiced anarchistic ska/punk hybrid music. Breaking The Sequence follows by breaking the sequence and letting more of their 2nd wave ska sound come through and it is more noticeably present in the songs that finish up the album.

Atterkop released a rad animated video for ‘Picket Fence’ in August which could make it the 1st single if people still use such terms and practices in the largely digital world. This is a wise choice in my opinion because it does a thorough job giving an overall representation of  Atterkop in one song. It’s hardcore. It’s punk rock. It’s ska. It has humor to show they may be serious but Atterkop doesn’t seem to be assholes about it. I call this a solid initial release by an eclectic band and look forward to what they do next. (Rock n Reel Reviews)

Named after, whether intentionally or not, a book that helped convince the world to adopt a more efficient numerical system, the politically-pumped Liber Abaci from Bristol four-piece Atterkop aims for a similar impact, delivered via heavy instrumentation, conviction in their powerful group chants, and socially critical displeasure.

Introduction serves as an atmospheric opening to the album. The dark dub-rock influences, the playful bassline and spooky, winding guitar lines create a smoother, more atterkopreleasetwolistenable Mars Volta feel. This aura is quickly dispelled with Every Boy, Every Girl as we reach the hardcore territory which Atterkop has mapped out well. The rapid shred of distortion from the chord progression is held aloft by its parade of blastbeats and the shouty unison of its backing vocals. A token, but highly effective, clean ska interruption, complete with some swing in the guitar’s skank and a memorable walking bassline skipping energetically just ahead of the beat, balances out the heaviness of the verse whilst displaying the range of the band’s musical delivery.

Trees Will Fall features further good use of group chanting, an indicator of the band’s energy whilst reflecting its sentiment of inclusivity. This is a powerful tune, highly developed through some nice touches, such as when guitar drops out in the second verse and the bass is allocated to the foreground in a tasty stylistically punk breakdown. The way the verses almost begin in half-time, before swapping into a faster incarnation then looping back into the heavier accenting, helps keep the energy up. A menacing dub-interlude slowly picks off then reintroduces the instruments, darkly and dreamlike, before returning us to the song’s intensifying layers of shouting, distortion, and comprehensively precise drumming.

Listeners preferring their music less full on might find refuge in Safer Spaces’ gentler atterkopreleasesevenreggae plodding. But only for its intro. The genre influences are well balanced, and the message of the lyrics make an empowering statement “it’s not about political correctness but sensitivity”, where the idea of actually practicing friendly actions is favoured as opposed to bogging down the application of moral behaviour with technicalities. Break the Sequence is a short but sour criticism of citizenship’s second-place relationship to its government, featuring some smoothly picked guitar, straying from its straightforwardly aggressive distorted chords, saving them for the chorus. The dissonant note bend at the song’s end adds some theatrical element.

The restless introducing bassline of General Practitioner leads us into an impressive display of ska-punk that fluctuates in intensity throughout. Probably one of the album’s stronger tracks, the bass work on this track is infectious and really completes the song here, while the wayward addition of incrementally heavy musical ideas from the other instrumentation keeps things busy and maintains our interest.

Picket Fence’s punk steadiness meets some delicious horn additions. These blurt out a staccato European-sounding melody under the guitar’s skank chords and an expertly atterkopreleaseeightsyncopated bassline. On the intensely loud chorus, the horns screech under the distortion. Apparently written in response to some racist graffiti that shamefully surfaced near one of the band member’s houses, it is a call to arms against, or a call to ignore, fascist behaviour. As short-lived as the writing that inspired it, the band’s concise but developed approach here signals a need to move on from such intolerance.

Red Lines’ rapid up-tempo ska-shuffle creates a nice bookend for the screaming outbursts and tenacious drumming. A breakdown later in the song slyly re-appropriates a classical motif into a powerfully uplifting bit of major-key heaviness, merging perfectly with the emotive vocals that end the song for another of Liber Abaci’s searing highlights.

If We Stop We Die is neither the tagline from Speed, nor a shark’s mantra, but a dub-heavy masterpiece that transforms into straightforward punk by the end of the tune. Complete with dormant heaviness from the occasionally surfacing flurries of guitar and angry political message, it’s a strong place to end the album at. Due to the autoplay, I accidentally found that the album loops back quite well on itself to restart with Introduction. Still sounding fresh whilst drawing influence from several genres that can sometimes become over-saturated, it’s a testament to the consideration that you can hear has gone into arranging these tracks.

Released on the fourth anniversary of their founding, Atterkop have produced this consistent, eleven strong, full-length debut of quality ska-punk, at times littered with a darker, heavier, more thrash-orientated edge than what is normally expected. It pays off massively, with the dubbier sections showcasing the band’s musical sensitivity and the punkier sections detailing the group’s more personal side. Whilst still a fair way off from smashing the system, it’ll at least be likely to be monopolising people’s speakers long after its release. (Punk Archive)

An album as hard-hitting in its beliefs as much as it is in its vibrant and genre-crossing Punk-Rock sound, Liber Abaci is chaotic, intense and quite beautiful in its focussed, tenacious and unrelenting rage.

atterkopreleasenineNow if that doesn’t make you want to read on I don’t know what will. Perhaps some name drops for those aficionados? The band cite ‘…the cream of Ska-Punk bands from early 2000’s (King Prawn, Capdown, Five Knuckle) fusing this sound with a more politically aggressive sentiment.’

You listen to the album and quickly hear the company this Ska-Punk is keeping. Skate Punk, old-school Hardcore and its more modern variant, as well as the dark and cutting melodies and abrasiveness of contemporary Crust Punk are all well and truly entrenched, as is a very welcome and well deployed Post-Hardcore appeal lathered over the top of the wound this band are creating in the sound barrier.
If you haven’t already guessed, the album is an absolute thrill-ride.

‘Introduction’ is the calm before the storm and the opening notes of ‘Every Boy, Every Girl’ inform you of the melodic destruction that is about befall you. The Hardcore Punk/Dub crossover of ‘Trees Will Fall’ in its warning against humankind’s reckless natural exploitation is somewhat disjointed but seems to rescue itself from the sharp change in direction.
‘Safer Spaces’ for the most part is a pure Dub/Hardcore Punk crossover but for the driven melodic guitar leads that give a hint of Crust Punk to the mix. By this point you find yourself less bothered by the sharp direction changes, instead embracing the formation of band’s signature Punk-Rock.

The passion put into this release pulsates from the slower, riff-laden tracks as much as it does the breakneck pace or the deceptively gentle Ska and Dub infusions. ‘Break The Sequence’ gives us a taster of this before the tempo is amped up again for the atterkopreleasefoursupercharged “crack rock steady” of ‘General Practitioner’.
The melodic guitars are a highlight of the Atterkop sound, despite their forte lying in fast, abrasive and discordant tenacity. The likes of From Ashes Rise come to mind, as well as a slight penchant for a more stripped melodic sound in the likes of ‘Hope Will Float’.

‘Forgotten, Found’ sounds akin to old-school Fugazi if it had happened now and focussed more on the Dub influence. The whole album is conditioned with this more technical, precisely chaotic Post-Hardcore agenda but in ‘Forgotten, Found’, it really shines.

Picket Fence is by far the best track on the album. Its blunt and to the point, showing Atterkop for who they are and musically, the more melodic Crust Punk sound wouldn’t be without its almost mischievous brass and Ska-string flutter.
Atterkop’s skill is something that can’t fault. Punk may a lot of the time be simple music and technique brashly sped-up but the skill to do so that fast should never be underpinned. Atterkop show themselves off throughout with the simple, the fast and the complex standing equally tall in their layered sound.

The albums final two punches one and the same with the previous nine and are well worth your time, off you go. (Musically Fresh)

…and, here’s a review of the album release show … from Punk Archive …

Braving the recent chilling air and a river-induced tummy-ache, last Saturday at the Stag and Hounds was the ideal (and only) place to catch Atterkop’s album launch gig. The atterkopreleaseshoweleven-track Liber Abaci is a strong record and to hear it live on the day of release seemed like it would be well worth doing.

Little Fists started the night: their first Bristol show, with a set of moody, stripped-down, grungy Fugazi-inspired punk rock. The vocal duties were shared across the London sadcore three-piece, often sang out bluntly with edgy dispassion, an almost Gang Of Four style delivery, sounding suitably authentic. It was bleak and raw music, steadily delivered, and highlights included the band’s laid back instrument swapping, during which the band’s tune Swift End stood out particularly. Ending the set via an intense and well-received cover of Hole’s Pretty On the Inside, it was soon time for Spanner to take over.

By the time Spanner were setting up the crowd had almost tripled in size, and the band shortly proved their command of it. Jumpy, angry, snare-heavy tunes with a heavy ska influence, excellent teamwork on the vocals, and some subtle trumpet and violin additions make Spanner fully tooled up to deliver a decent set. The trumpet player’s aggressive vocal shouts stood out loudest, seemingly leading the way through rounds of tasty walking atterkopreleasesixspannerbasslines and solid skank rhythm from the guitar, but the entire group sang with conviction, each adding in and butting out vocally whenever possible, this hectic feel and sense of cohesion is always one of the main strengths I find in punk bands. The upbeat tone of their music does well to counterbalance and advocate the lyrics’ cynicism (try Border Regime). The reliable enthusiasm that goes with ska-punk matched a loose approach to genre that arose in the form of sudden twists in the song during Number One’s folk-punk jiggery and heavy dub verse in, or in the jungle/D’n’B style rhythm-section interlude on the brilliant Mug’s Game, all of which were highly effective. The energetic playing was danceable, probably more danceable, but not as heavy or intense as what Atterkop were about to bring us a few minutes later.

Atterkop played almost the entirety of the freshly released Liber Abaci. Opening with the atterkopreleasefourwinding melodic descent of Introduction, the crowd was in and up for a treat. Smashing through the album’s opening tracks, the taut playing showed they knew their material and audience well. The energy of their frontman was unprecedented: just watching his impassioned jerking movements helped relieve my whining about the minor illness that was only just quelling my increasing instinct to skank-out at the front, as much of the crowd had found themselves doing. The music covered a range of influences whilst the lyrics covered a range of societally-pressing topics. The reggae-stomp to the bass and shouts for inclusivity on Safer Spaces, that hardcore-punk drumming and in-your-face backing vocals on Hope Will Float, all working perfectly live. The breakneck verse of Red Lines makes it one of the most fun tunes. Towards the track’s end, midway through plucking out a stately

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Atterkop and Spanner: rebel tunes for rebel times

traditional interlude, the guitarist’s nonchalant observation: “Ooh, someone’s dropped their keys”, right before the entire band re-joins to launch us through the heavy stabs comprising the song’s last verses, was hilarious, but also musically brilliant. Ending the set with time to spare, after asking the crowd if “we can fuck off now?”, the declined band overcame any tiredness by finishing off with a couple of their earlier releases, C.D.G followed by Mary the Elephant, for a crowd-pleasing end to proceedings. Powerful, abrasive, pleasantly modest, Atterkop were a joy to watch. Good luck to them with the release of this stunning album, and thanks also to Spanner especially for an excellent night.




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