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The Sophie Lancaster Foundation

The Murder of Sophie Lancaster was a murder case in the United Kingdom in 2007. The victim, along with her boyfriend, Robert Maltby, was attacked by a number of males in their late teens while walking through Stubbylee Park in Bacup, Rossendale in Lancashire. As a result of her severe head injuries she went into a coma, never regained consciousness, and later died. The police said the attack may have been provoked by the couple’s wearing gothic fashion and being members of the goth subculture. (From Wikipedia)

In August 2007, Sophie Lancaster was kicked to death, simply for dressing differently. Ιn tribute to the outgoing, bubbly girl who was denied the chance to live life her way, cult new British make-up brand Illamasqua has commissioned a short film by award-winning French director, Fursy Teyssier.

Produced by creative agency Propaganda, in association with iconic British band, Portishead, Dark Angel is a beautifully haunting rendition of Sophie’s story.

The aim of the film is to raise awareness of The Sophie Lancaster Foundation and generate £500,000 to help educate young people about tolerance. Since Sophie’s death, we’ve been working with behavioural experts Huthwaite International, to put together an interactive youth workshop that does just that.

But this essential education programme can only be delivered with your help.

Please, please show your support watch the film and make a donation.

A note from Sophie’s mum, Sylvia
Since Sophie’s death on August 24th 2007, following the horrific attack on her and her partner Rob in Stubbeylee Park, Bacup, Lancashire, we have had lots of kind offers of support and donations. Sophie and Rob dressed in their unique way, expressing their individuality as creative artistic people.

After consulting family and friends, we felt that a charity should be set up in Sophie’s name. The charity, known as The Sophie Lancaster Foundation, will focus on creating respect for and understanding of subcultures in our communities.

It will also work in conjunction with politicians and police forces to ensure individuals who are part of subcultures are protected by the law.

Enjoy the website. And please get in touch with us if you have any messages, feedback or questions.
Sylvia.

 
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Posted by on March 31, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

Whitby

A nice little vid.

 
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Posted by on March 31, 2011 in Goth, etc.

 

chewing gun – Industrial Chewing Machine

Industrial Chewing Machine” is the 2011 debut album of the Athenian band, Chewing Gun.  It is a self-produced album by this 4-piece act that is putting its mark on the map of the Greek underground rock scene.

With the current line up of singer/guitar player Takis Markou, bass player Giannis Gekis, drummer Tasos Peppas, and guitar player Giorgos Christopoulos, Chewing Gun has managed to release a very interesting 10-track album.

Their sound covers a musical spectrum from King Crimson to Tool, and, as far as I know, the band was working on this album for over a year.  As you may have already realized, we are talking about a band that plays rock fusion, a music genre which cannot be labelled as “mainstream”.  Since I don’t like putting musicians under labels, I, therefore, won’t do it now with this album.  The only thing I can say is that you should give them a listen and come up with your own opinion.

Check this video and if you like what you hear, click here to get in touch with them.

 
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Posted by on March 29, 2011 in Prog-rock

 

The Hiram Key

You might know The Cureheads.  Formed in 1990, they originally hail from London and are a tribute band dedicated to The Cure.  They’ve toured the UK, USA, and Europe.  The band’s members have also served in the lineups of other bands such as Nosferatu, Killing Miranda, and a few others.
 

 
From this original band came the evolution of “The Hiram Key“, a new band which shares almost the same musicians as The Cureheads.  The Hiram Key consists of Gary Clarke (ex-Nosferatu), Sean Flude (ex-Noah), Roi Robertson (on loan from his Mechanical Cabaret), and Belle Star (Nosferatu/Killing Miranda).  All four of them are with The Cureheads.
 
The band has two releases, “The Quest EP” and “The Map EP”, both of which are available on CD Baby, Amazon, and iTunes.  Their new album, “Amerikafka” will also be available in the same places upon its upcoming release.
 
Their sound is close to the sound of The Cure and Echo & the Bunnymen, with touches of Joy Division and Bauhaus thrown into the mix.

Here is a teaser clip for you:
 
 

This very active band recently added into their live schedule a June 26 show with Inkubus Sukkubus in London.  This will follow on the heels of their German Tour with Ikon.

You can buy tickets for this show directly through www.thehiramkey.co.uk and avoid the booking fee.
 
The Hiram Key have put up an exclusive brand new tune (Too Lazy to Cry) which can be downloaded for free by visiting www.reverbnation.com. Also, if you join their official website you can get their Live album totally free.  This will be made available after April 7th when it airs on Swiss National Radio.

 
 

Breaking News…

Very sad news coming over the wires …

Elizabeth Taylor

Elizabeth Taylor

 

Legendary actress, Elizabeth Taylor (age 79), has passed away at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles of congestive heart failure. 

The two-time Oscar winner was lovingly surrounded by her children.

Read more here:

CNN | BBC | Wikipedia

And sadly, once again, I offer my two cents for the ferryman. 

Rest In Peace, Dame Taylor.

 
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Posted by on March 23, 2011 in Reflections

 

Getting Your Goth On with New Zero God, Dominion, Nightbreed…

There are days when I’m truly happy that this internet invention exists.  Although I long for the days of yore when a trip to the record store brought me complete happiness, I must admit, the immediacy that the internet provides quickly overshadows those long-lost days.  Don’t get me wrong, I still love going to the few record shops that exist, and I still feel a thrill as I finger through albums of the past.  But … I also relish that I can sit in my sleeping attire, coffee by my side, and browse through whatever strikes my fancy.

And such was the case today …

Mike Pougounas of New Zero God

Mike Pougounas of New Zero God

Our hometown boys, New Zero God, have been busy … indeed, quite busy … and it appears that they have caught the attention of several countries outside the borders.  First it was Brazil, then GermanyItaly, AustraliaUnited States, Canada, and now they’ve made their way all the way to England.

Dominion Magazine, a U.K. based publication, has released a preview of their printed magazine’s highlights.  The leading story is brought to you by Cassandra, who not only writes for Dominion and Terrorizer Magazine, but also hosts her own show, Cassandra’s Castle, on Nightbreed Radio

Dominion Magazine [UK]And naturally, you know where this is bringing us… Dominion’s leading story features an in-depth article on Cassandra’s recent conversation with Mike Pougounas of New Zero God, who has been no stranger in this blog. 

As most of you who follow tribe4mian already know, Mike has led quite an active life in the world of music.  He’s not only the frontman and vocalist of New Zero God, but he also formed The Flowers Of Romance back in the 80s, Greece’s great (if not THE greatest) gothic rock band, and whose tunes still stand their ground all these years later. 

Pougounas is also a founding member of Nexus, Greece’s first industrial rock band, and the founder of Cyberdelia Records.  Rather than give you a double-dose of repetitive reading, I suggest you click on the following link to bring you right to Dominion’s article on the band, the man, the industry, and lots of other goodies.

“From the publishers of Terrorizer, Dominion delves into the depths of gothic, darkwave, industrial, EBM and all things dark and delicious. Exclusively available in Terrorizer, it has all the reviews, news and views you’ve come to expect from the world’s most extreme music magazine.”
 
Dominion has also chosen the New Zero God video, “Kiss the Witch“, from their “Fun Is A Four Letter Word” release, as their featured Video of the Week.  (Filmed live at After Dark by JohannesAngel of The Venus Shrine.)

Speaking of live shows, you can catch New Zero God live at An Club in Athens next Thursday (7 April) where they’ll be sharing the stage with Background Noise Suppression of Thessaloniki and Penny Dreadful with Yiannis Kalifatidis from Into the Abyss on vocals and guitar.  As I mentioned in a previous post, after having caught New Zero God and Background Noise Suppression at their recent show at EightBall Club in Thessaloniki, I’m truly looking forward to next week’s show with Penny Dreadful joining them on stage. 

New Zero God with Background Noise Suppression and Penny Dreadful, Live at AN CLUB, April 7, 2011

Here at tribe4mian, we try to keep you up-to-date with the latest news, and sometimes we’re the first to publically announce “new news”.  Here’s something that hasn’t been officially announced up till now… 

New Zero God will be performing live at next weekend’s three-day festival to support the residents of Keratea

Keratea Art Resistance Festival

We’ll bring you much more news on this festival in a later posting devoted exclusively to the event.  It promises to be one of the most important and well-attended causes of the year and we hope you’ll include at least one of the days in your own schedule of things to do.

Going back to an earlier mention of Nightbreed Radio, Trevor Bamford, aka “The Darklord“, announced last night that they uploaded some New Zero God tracks to their “Fourth Wave” playlist.  If you haven’t had the chance to check out Nightbreed Radio yet, I suggest you do so. 

Nightbreed Radio

I’ve kept their radio up and running for hours on end since discovering them a couple of days ago and I have yet to be disappointed.  From “Cassandra’s Castle” to “Fourth Wave”, and to all the shows on their roster, it’s truly been pleasurable to sit and work with this playing in the background.

Click HERE to grab your own dose of Nightbreed Radio…

So until next time, we bid you ado and send you many wishes for a peaceful and relaxing read.

 
 

The Best of Don Campau Vol. 2 (2000-2009)

After listening to each of the tracks on this album, I silently laughed at the idea of how uncomfortable this album would make some people feel from any one of a multitude of record labels…
 
The artist is not some rookie in the music world.
Music world, not music business.
 
He managed to keep himself clear from the blood thirsty/soul chewing music industry for almost 40 years.  Through the underground network, in which Don Campau is one of the most vital tentacles, he offers his own music compositions.  Available on cassettes or CDs, the one I am writing about today is the second compilation of his songs covering the era 2000-2009. 
 
The Best of…Vol. 2” is a rock’n’roll album all the way.
 
It’s a fast, speedy album and carries some strong garage punk elements, fun, very little folk melodies, sarcasm, aggression, as well as some surprises … such as the closing track “So I Pretend To Be (Suite)”.  A retrospective collection of 18 songs, Campau is offering his voice on all the tracks and plays most of the instruments himself.  Some tracks are also featured in albums he released during this past decade with Greg Gray, Eric Wallack, Fate Sanders (unreleased), Ray Carmen, Chris Phinney, Dino DiMuro, Kevyn Dymond, Michael J. Bowman and Mars Dark.
 
My favorite tracks: “Stop, Don’t Go”,  “Man on A Mission”, “Mr. Hyde”, “Why Do I Do This?”, “Djakarta Get Out”.
 
You can get in touch with the artist here

 

UK SUBS… A Work In Progress.

So, how do you write a review of your favourite punk bands latest cd and yet remain unbiased?? Well, I haven’t a clue!!… Just say it how you see it I suppose, what more can you do. So, here goes…

It’s been 8 long years since the UK SUBS last made a studio album. Far too long. This is an enduring band that has been continually out on the road with one line up or another. 34 years down the line they are still here and refuse to go away!! Many bands call it a day then reform in later years, not so the UK SUBS. They just go onward and evolve and get better and better…

My own personal experience with the UK SUBS began on May 8th 1980 at Cleethropes Winter Gardens.   A venue which is now no more. Demolished to nothing, yet in it’s day played host to none other than the Sex Pistols on the Anarchy Tour… Yes, the Sex Pistols played a small UK east coast venue, a venue steeped in musical heritage. The night the UK SUBS played I will never forget, a true introduction to punk rock in no uncertain terms… The place was rammed!! What I witnessed that night stays with me still, a vivid memory I can still recount even now in clear detail.That same year August 8th 1980 proved to be yet another memorable date in my own personnel UK SUBS history, a line up change but a band still undiminished in it’s appeal for me, if not more so. After failing half my O level exams my best friend Nick suggested we go to London to see the band at the Music Machine. So, off we went. Supported by none other than The Straps. A couple of 16 year olds from the provinces on a journey to the capital which will forever be etched into our brains and still recounted with such enthusiasm even today. Priceless…

The history of the UK SUBS is well documented on http://www.uksubstimeandmatter.net the best source for all things UK SUBS. Take a look, it’s a great site!!

Enough of things past. Back to the present…

The idea basically being that the band should record an album beginning with every letter of the alphabet, they have now reached the letter W in that quest. Work In Progress being the result. 14 tracks with a combination of power, precision and subtly which shows the adaptability of the band, a band which is one of the finest bands around let alone a punk band! A band full of character and talent with every member contributing to this album to produce for me the best UK SUBS album to date. It’s taken a long time to knock Another Kind Of Blues off my top spot in terms of albums by the UK SUBS but they have done it with this one.

Fronted by punk rock legend Charlie Harper, he has assembled a band which has raw talent and experience in abundance. From first seeing this line up I’ve waited for some studio work to see if they could match their live performances, and can they?? In my opinion YES, they can and then some.

I’m not going to review the album tracks with any great depth of detail, it’s up to you the listener to decide for yourselves what you think about the album. These are just my thoughts about an album when I first heard was being recored have waited for with bated breath. So much so that I ordered it from 2 different outlets and in the end couldn’t wait for it to turn up so downloaded it off itunes to get it quicker!! As I have said before each member of the band; Charlie Harper, Alvin Gibbs, Jet and Jamie Oliver have contributed to the writing along with Lars Frederiksen of Rancid. ( Yes, the Lars Frederiksen )

The album bursts into live with Creation, a reworked version of a song previously recorded on the 2008 Warhead EP. It took time to adjust listening to this version of the song but it sure as hell wakes you up to what is to follow. Tokyo Rose is next, a very catchy track which leads into Hell Is Other People. I can personally testify to that!! Never afraid to speak his mind, Charlie just tells it how it is. Plain and simple, the way it should be. The pace slows with The Axe but not in intensity or power. Something which this album has plenty of in abundance, In typical UK SUBS style they then hit top gear with Radio Unfriendly, a fast paced track which owes so much to the talent of Jamie Oliver. Modern day radio under corporate control is indeed a sludge fest…

This Chaos, says it all about the world we live in. A co-operation between Charlie Harper & Lars Frederiksen has produced a classic social comment track.

Do we have a chance?No

To realise potential? No

Do they have freedom? No

To be what we wanna be

oh no

Guru sees Alvin Gibbs take to vocals with a self penned track about fake, self righteous guru’s who are just out for the money. There are plenty of those about who people fall victim to these days. Eighteen Wheels with it’s Dwain Eddie style guitar twang and the powerful Children Of The Flood, complete with it’s sumptuous rock style guitar solo’s from Jet lead into what for me is the best track on this album, All Blurs Into One. This album certainly doesn’t do that by any means!! It’s the longest track on the album but has subtle pace changes, backing vocals along with pure raw UK SUBS power. It builds in intensity all the way through to provide a show stopping track. I love this…  It would be great to see this performed live.

Blood is a powerful punchy track. The crowd cried out for more, with an album of this quality the crowd certainly will. Rock n Roll Whore which is another very catchy hard hitting song which makes way for the classic Sonics song Strychnine. A cover song they have played live and I’m glad to see it has made it onto the album. After 13 tracks the album finishes with track number 14 for me the weakest track on here, Robot Age. Maybe it was case of one track too far… But it has grown on me somehwhat. I’ll let you be the judge of that for yourselves.

I have seen the band live over the years and this line up for me is personally my favourite. Chalrie Harper must have played hundreds, if not thousands of gigs over the years and shows no sign of slowing down. He is always in amongst the fans talking and posing for photo’s with them as are the rest of the band. A true punk rock legend. In Jamie Oliver they have the second longest serving member of the UK SUBS only after Charlie Harper himself. Jamie is a great drummer with talent to match which comes through to the fore on this album. Jet is one of the nicest people you could ever wish to meet and also an excellent guitarist. He is in full flow on this album with subtle chords and powerful guitar riffs. For me Alvin Gibbs is the best UK SUBS bass player. He gives that bit extra in terms of drive and power when he plays whilst being no mean lyricist too. It is good to here him on vocals.

So there you have it, my thoughts on the latest UK SUBS release Work In Progress. Don’t take my word for it, go buy a copy and judge it’s merits yourselves. Even better go see the band live, trust me, you won’t regret it!!! They are on FIRE…

Basically I love this band. Everyone has their favourite band and for me this is it!! Bands come and go but for me the UK SUBS are out there doing it! As Charlie says ” We’re living it!! ” Year after year. No pretence, they are what they are, an EXCELLENT band and this IS an EXCELLENT album. I would just like to congratulate Charlie, Alvin, Jet and Jamie. You can keep your corporate conveyer belt media hyped shit. This is the real deal. Punk rock’s finest!!! I can’t wait for X…

Shortly after writing this the terrible events of the earthquake and tsunami unfolded in Japan. Jet had returned to Japan for 3 months while the band toured Europe with original UK SUBS guitarist Nicky Garrett. We are all worried about him as there has been no contact with him as yet. We all hope he is safe, well and hear from him very soon.

Jez

UK SUBS PUNK FOREVER…

 

To buy a copy of the album go to http://www.captainoi.com

 

UK SUBS

Work In Progress…

 

Charlie Harper: Vocals

Alvin Gibbs: Bass

Jet: Guitar

Jamie Oliver: Drums

 

All Photographs Copyright Jez Keefe

http://www.jezkeefephotography.com/index.html

 

Happenings in the world of music …

It’s been a few days since we’ve been here (sorry about that), but the world seems to be spinning faster and faster with each passing hour and it’s been rather impossible to keep up with all of it.

New Zero God - Live at Eightball Club, Thessaloniki on March 5, 2011 (Photo by Nadine Bratani)

I took a trip up to Thessaloniki this weekend and attended the LIVE show of New Zero God and Background Noise Suppression.  This is truly a powerful duo of bands and the word about town is that they will again be combining forces for a live performance at An Club in Athens on April 7th.  Joining them will be Penny Dreadful (with Yiannis Kalifatidis from Into the Abyss on vocals and guitar).  This will be the first time the three bands are playing together and after seeing the amazing show of New Zero God and Background Noise Suppression, coupled with the history of Into the Abyss, I’m sure this will be a show that shouldn’t be missed.  

We’ll post more details once they are released … 🙂

Mike Starr

In other news today, most of you have probably already heard that Mike Starr, ex-Alice in Chains bassist, has passed away.  He was found dead yesterday with no other details released surrounding his much-too-soon passing. 

Starr was one of the original members of Alice in Chains and left during their Dirt Tour.  The late Layne Staley (vocalist of Alice in Chains) attributed Starr’s departure to a ‘difference of priorities’  Starr, however, admitted during his 2010 stint on VH1‘s reality show, “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew”, that the real reason that he was kicked out of the band was because of his continuous drug adventures / addictions. 

Whether or not this played any role in his death will be revealed with the passage of time… but, from what I can see, it appears that his rehab was rather short-lived.  Only three weeks ago he was arrested and booked on suspicion of felony possession of a controlled substance. 

Tragic events seemed to follow Starr’s path in life… Shortly after his departure from Alice in Chains, he joined forces with Ray Gillen and Bobby Rondinelli (both of Black Sabbath fame) as the bassist for Sun Red Sun.  Unfortunately, the project soon ended with the death of Gillen back in 1993.

Mike Starr was only 44 years old when he met his ultimate fate… May he rest in peace and join the other amazing talents in the great gig in the sky …

On another note, British singer, songwriter, pianist, drummer, and sometimes-actor Phil Collins (ex-Genesis) has officially announced his retirement from the music industry.

Collins originally joined Genesis as their drummer with occasional backing vocals, but in 1975 he became their lead vocalist when Peter Gabriel left the band.  Over time, he found great commercial success, both with Genesis and with his solo career, and left Genesis in 1996.  In 1999, he reunited with Gabriel and other members of Genesis to re-record “The Carpet Crawlers”.

According to Atlantic Records, his worldwide sales JUST as a solo artist were 150 million as of the year 2000.  It should be duly noted that only three recording artists have sold over 100 million albums worldwide, with both solo career and principal member of a band factored into the equation:  Michael Jackson, Sir Paul McCartney, and Phil Collins, himself.  Quite an amazing attribute to list on your CV, I must say.

Phil Collins

This recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee has also racked up seven Grammy Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, and an Academy Award.  According to Billboard Magazine, when you total up all of his work with Genesis, his solo career, and his random works with other artists, Collins had the most top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 chart than any other artist during the 1980’s.  In 2008 he was ranked #22 for the most successful artist in the ‘Billboard Hot 100 Top All-Time Artists’ chart.

His career is certainly much too impressive to list all of his accomplishments, so we’ll just end this here with our best wishes for a happy and long life enjoying all the things he never had the time to do prior to his retirement.

And with that, we send you our wishes for a great middle-of-the-week!

 
 

Theo Jansen

 
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Posted by on March 1, 2011 in Uncategorized