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Mission Possible

Mission possible …….The phone rang, with a crackle on the line “Oi Oi

Mr Alucard ..  your mission ..if you chose to accept it is to attend three gigs in

four days”   That’s possible I thought, Where what who and when .I took the details.

The first gig of the three was at the Hop Wakefield .I am not sure what the venue was trying to be, pub disco or art gallery .It had recently be refurbished and looked very nice and clean even the bogs! Downstairs there was a little corner stage complete with a little man whaling away about some thing but the main event was upstairs,

through the labyrinth of corridors and anti-rooms each with a bar inside. Jez and I bumped into a familiar face Eddie from The Vibrators, hang on …who have we come to see?

the U.K.Subs supported by Eureka Machines Eddie was helping out on transport duties

Eureka Machines looked smart, played hard and coordinated .I have seen this band before at the York D-V8 festival last year and had enjoyed their set .Once again they never disappointed. Now for the headline act the U.K.Subs.

With a slight smile and a nod of the head Charlie Harper attached his very own microphone to the stand and launched into the set. Like the Swiss movement of an expensive time peace the band, sharp and tight run through their classic numbers” I Live in a car” “C. I. D”  “Emotional Blackmail” to name but three plus, great to hear numbers from the new album “Work in Progress” stand out numbers “Hell is other People” “creation”

Snake hips Jet weaved backwards and forwards across the stage; only looking up to get a cue from Jamie on the drums .Alvin Gibbs had a problem his Thunderbird bass guitar

was in Bristol and we were in Wakefield! A guy from the support band lent his bass out to Alvin who caressed and ran his fingers up and down the fret board like rain droplets on a stormy day. Young Jamie Oliver must rank as one the countries best drummers, his sticks move with the grace and speed of helicopters rotor blades.

Charlie, still celebrating his 67th birthday was as ever the essence, of a hypothetical form of dark energy moving around the stage .He only knew about his birthday as one of his sons

phoned him up to wish him well! Hey…. the band do requests, as part of the encore

they went into “party in Paris” Time passed with a flourish ….here’s to the next gig !

Gig number two, Wilko Johnson at Fibbers York. I was looking forward to seeing the new revamped Fibbers but oh no ………I was disappointed – how much had they spent – it looked unfinished to me, poor standing area  poor bar area and  sh*t toilets –I would say the stage itself was better for the performers that’s the only plus point –

NO – bring back the old Fibbers please! Wilko a  pre-punk man is R and B.His

Influence permutated through the fledgling punk rock scene. With in his band is

Norman Watt Roy he and his bass guitar are as one .Most say that he is the worlds best bass player – who I am to argue!  With a mad steer in his eyes Wilko charges round the stage with his machine gun guitar songs like “back in the night” “roxette”

The last day of the mission and it was back to York, The Duchess this time to see Captain Sensible. Last time I saw the Captain Sensible Band I co – promoted the gig at the Cleethorpes Winter Gardens, the line up that night included three members of a little known band called The Damned. After bumping into Monty (The Damned’s keyboard player) he confirmed who was in the line up – Captain (of cause) Paul Gray (ex Damned bass player) Monty and Dave Berk ( ex Johnny Moped drummer)

.Jez and I settled down at the front of the stage to saviour the sight and sound of the evening’s entertainment. A haze of smoke and 1 2 3 4 into the set

“the love policeman” “wot” “glad it’s all over “ plus top favourites of mine “neat neat neat “ and “life goes on” .The band looked at ease with each other joking and smiling

through out the set . A quick backstage Hello with Captain …then home

mission accomplished .

Thanks to Jez and special mention to Agent Joe 90 (code name Red Top )

Dave Alucard (Pogo Crew)


She’s a Punk Rocker UK

Zillah Minx in,She’s a Punk Rocker UK available for instant download for £5.00 HERE

Trailer for a one-hour film Documentary by and about Punk Rock Women, 1977 Punk Rock an Oral History by the women who were part of Punk.
Punk women changed the public face of female. It was very empowering for universal women. The story of punk could almost be a women’s liberation story. Caroline Coon.

1977 sees the explosion of a new subculture: Punk. Punk women were clearly visible by their appearance, clothes, makeup, hair, piercing and tattoos. Punk was the first youth movement where women were equals. Prior to punk, women were seen as the girlfriends of skins, mods, hippies and teddy boys, but a female punk was a punk.

Punks, both male and female, hit the media headlines from 1976 onwards. Moral outcry erupted as the media and officialdom proclaimed Punk Public Enemy Number One. Being a punk was dangerous, so why did so many women become punks? Was it just about dressing up outrageously? Were these punk women treated as equal members of the subculture and how were they treated by the rest of society? How did being a punk affect their lives? Did punk woman directly influence society’s attitudes to women today.

The lives of these women will reveal an insight into female punks and a culture that has been greatly misunderstood and misrepresented in the media.

Their personal oral histories explore their experiences of being a punk. Life stories, gigs, fashion, music, politics, friends, relations & events. The women to a varying extent agree that today they are still punks at heart, if not in appearance.

Why did women want to be punks? How did they become punks? Socially what was happening in their lives? Was it a gradual move or a sudden overnight decision? Did being a punk change their lives?

The present media interest in punk is a male-dominated vision of the era. This programme reassesses – from the perspectives of punk women – women’s roles in a dynamic movement that irreversibly changed the face of society, politics, art and music.
Director: Zillah Minx — Lead singer with punk band rubella ballet since 1976.

Rubella Ballet Myspace

She’s a Punk Rocker UK Myspace

She’s a Punk Rocker UK now available for instant download for £5.00 HERE


Posted by on May 30, 2011 in Documentaries


An Interview with The March Violets

The March Violets (Photo by Holly Fairclough)

I think it was in 2001 at a record fair.  I was looking to buy a couple of 7” singles when a guy next to me started searching through a pile of singles.  He picked “Crow Baby” of The March Violets and asked for the price.  He was told 20 Euros…

He put it back and I turned to mind my own business.  Another guy showed up and started searching the pile.  He also took out “Crow Baby” and asked for the price.  This one was told 30 Euros.

He bought it.

This 10 Euro change in price within 2 minutes was funny to me and I still remember it.

I thought it would be a good intro for an interview where the band that released “Crow Baby” talks about the past the present and the future…

For the first time that I can remember, the entire band took an active interest in getting their thoughts and feelings across. 

AND … as an added bonus and another “first of firsts”, The March Violets contacted us the day after posting the interview and offered to our readers a FREE DOWNLOAD of an upcoming track off their almost-ready-to-be-released album.  Click here for the free download of “ROAD OF BONES”!

tribe4mian:  Can you tell us a little about your previous release history?  Do you have a personal favorite and why?


• Tom – From 1982 until 1984 the band released a series of EP’s and singles, both on the Merciful Release label and then our own Rebirth imprint.  One of the biggest omissions in our release history is that there is NO album. This is something that is about to be rectified this year.

Personal favourites for me would include Crow Baby… just because it really doesn’t sound like anything else made since… pure Violets and very hard to imitate really… Undertow would come a close second just because I love the vocal interplay between Si and Rosie, the lyrics and the good solid bass, drum and guitar riffage… oh perhaps there’s more… 😉

In fact I think there was a period of writing in the band that peaked between the 1982 Peel Session and Snakedance… we were firing on all cylinders… it feels like that again now too.  Road Of Bones is my current favourite from the new material.

Si – My personal favourite is probably the first Violets EP, Religious as Hell.  That was the first vinyl I had ever done, and holding your first proper record is something quite fantastic.

(Though I do remember with fondness a 12″ picture disc that I did for Batfish with Motorhead‘s label.  I had just got the test pressings and eagerly stuck one on the turntable. It was a mashed up track, called Purple Dust:  A strange mix of Purple Haze and Another One Bites The Dust played at the same time… yes, weird and probably best left alone… but it had the intro to Purple Haze “doo Dah, doo dah , doo dah… BOOM!”… the entire building shook and the record jumped off… the physics lab at the nearby university had exploded on the downbeat.)

And I enjoyed seeing the finished gold snakeskin cover of Snakedance… I think I got a design award for that from somewhere.

Jo – Before joining The March Violets, I was a member of the now-defunct Screaming Banshee Aircrew.  We released three albums on Resurrection Records“Fishnet Messiah” (2004), “When All Is Said and Done” (2007) and “Sugar” (2009).  I am also a member of the band “Berlin Black and the Shades of Grey” which features the vocal talents of Chris Tuke, SBA’s former guitarist.  He has a CD out under this name called “Burn It Down”.

tribe4mian:  You created D-Rok, toured with UFO and recorded an LP for Games Workshop featuring Brian May on guitar. How is working with Brian May and how different is the feeling nursing Dr. Avalanche for The Sisters Of Mercy?


Si – Brian May was and is a very lovely chap.  Totally amazing guitarist, with a really down to earth attitude and a great gentle sense of humour.  I have bumped into him a couple of times since then and he has always been really friendly, he actually does remember the people he has worked with, which must be thousands over the years. Incredible.

I am not allowed any feelings while Nursing Dr. Avalanche.

tribe4mian:  Tom Ashton is currently living in the U.S. How do you manage to function with members on different continents?  (…Although now with the invention of the airplane, I suppose things are not as hard…)


Si – It is pretty hard work.  We have laid the basis for a lot of tracks down and do a lot of things over the internet. But it’s not the same as being in the same room.  Luckily it seems that we can actually do stuff this way and still get great results. We must be bloody good!

Jo – Admittedly it does make things a little less straight forward.  The main challenge it presents is with writing new material – it slows the process down a lot, as there’s no substitute for being able to get together and jam.  Obviously it limits our gigging schedule a little bit as well, as gigs have to be planned for the short periods of time during which we are all on the same continent.

Tom – Yes, airplanes have come in very useful.  😉  It is a challenge for me personally as I am working on my own at my end but so far we are writing and recording the best stuff we’ve done in my opinion. Obviously when it comes to the second album it would be preferable to be able to work standing in the same room as the rest of the band but hopefully some success with the first album will facilitate that.

Luckily these days with Skype and fast internet we can fire ideas and mixes at each other from thousands of miles away and still create a fantastic composite of how we sound and still be rather good I reckon. 😉

tribe4mian:  As we all know, back in the 80s everyone ran to the record store to grab their favorite band’s new release. Here we are, 30 years later, and I was wondering…now that all the record stores are gone what media platforms will you be using for your new release, when is it coming out, and what title can we look forward to finding?


Si – I don’t think all the record stores are gone, though having just tried to put a gig poster up in a couple of record shops in Leeds who are selling tickets to be told “we haven’t got any space till next week”.  I’m not fucking surprised they are going out of business…

You are totally correct, things have changed for musicians in a way that couldn’t have been predicted in the 80’s. Back then it was vinyl or cassette, and yes you really did wait in the store to hear a track from the new record… it was really exciting.  You might have heard it on the radio, late at night on John Peel‘s show, staying up specially to hear new music.  And it was people like John who shaped the way things went, but he was incredibly fair about things… he would play stuff he liked, and to be honest you might only like some of it… but at least you got the choice and he was some kind of filter.  I think that is the difference, these days there is no real Shit Filter, and people swap entire record collections on a USB stick.  Gigabytes of music.  You could not actually listen to that much music in the rest of your life.  And it is all for free.  The word Devalued springs to mind… on every level. Maybe if the listeners knew how much work and passion and just Lifetime goes into making good music they might actually buy it and support the Artist.  Though some people do.  Our fans are fantastic.  Truly great people.

I came to the conclusion that with all the things that cropped up and got in the way of recording, it was impossible to finish this new Album properly in time for this summer tour, without killing myself.  So we have decided to release a 5 track EP.  This will be called ‘Love Will Kill You’ and will be given free to all the people who pledged to help us make the LP.  We hope to have it at the upcoming gigs.

The tracks are:

    • Road Of Bones
    • London’s Drowning
    • Dandelion King
    • A Little Punk Thing
    • We Are All Gods

So now you know.

Tom – The New Album will be named ‘Made Glorious’ and it is being funded by our most dedicated fans.  By using a website called we have asked them to pledge money in advance in order to fund the recording and manufacture of the album and all the other exclusive goodies associated with the pledge, as it is known.  So the album will be available for digital download for ALL pledgers and those who pay a bit more will get a CD copy… others who are willing to spend a bit more again will get the double CD version with extra tracks and remixes, posters and other deluxe materials.  The Pledge is still running by the way, and any new pledges will just help us to make the Album even better and maybe tour and do some videos.

We are aiming at a late fall release.

The March Violets (-Si-)

tribe4mian:  Your “Natural History” LP has a 1 zillion dollar note (unfortunately I can’t cash it anywhere).  What are your thoughts and views on the US debt and its continuance in raising the debt higher while we see Americans, and for that matter, we see worldwide populations, suffering to the point of what may be no return?


Si – Over to Tom who lives there…

But I think we are all being screwed by the 1% who are maintaining their lifestyle by raping the rest of the world.  I also think that what we are doing globally is unsustainable.  Fucking humans, we are a short-sighted self- destructive disease.  We can’t last.

Tom – Hmmmm… Economics 101… This is a bit of a bugbear for me as it appears that the Reagan/Thatcher policies that fueled the greed that defined a lot of what the 1980’s was about… has come full circle/reached its apex/or whatever…  My Gran who was a true Labour Mayor of a certain very large New Town near London when I was a child never tired of telling me this is what would happen in the end.

I remember marching against Thatcher and her ilk back in the late 70’s. We knew things were bad even then with the Labour Government but even my precocious 16 year old mind knew that you can’t sell things to people that they already own and then pocket the money with no consequences.  When she snatched my little sister’s milk… that was the wake-up call… why would anyone want to end such a thing?

So, basically I have surmised that the reason we are all in deep shit is purely due to the reaching of this policy’s logical conclusion… just how many banks have sold/circulated and profited/siphoned the same old shit/bad debt/ to each other and their friends/victims?  The answer is nearly ALL of them… certainly enough to bring the whole system crashing down on itself which it patiently has… it’s just that not surprising it’s not a widely reported fact.

Where does America fit into all this?  Well, because this specifically non-ethical type of Capitalism [Google the phrases Wal-Mart and Dead Peasants] originated here [and is in many ways a product of its geographical layout and soon-to-be critical reliance on oil] it is most likely to bit harder here first.  The country itself is spread wide and far [apart from some of the more sensible conurbations] and how these people who are spread wide will cope as the century progresses will be an interesting proposition.  I live in the Southeastern USA and it’s quite possible to drive 80 miles per day just doing the normal day’s routine… very few people in other countries would be prepared or even want to take it to that extreme…

One hopes that ingenuity and co-operation will win the day…that’s what I want to happen…but there is a darker side too…we all know how the so called Wild West was really won and I wouldn’t want my children anywhere near that, thank you very much! 😉

tribe4mian:  Is the sound of the new album different from when you were starting out? How can you label it?


Si – It’s nearly 30 years, and as they say, it’s not the same Bridge and not the same River.  We’ve all done different things for that time, learned new stuff, tried new stuff, been influenced by this and that.  But it amazes me, we still sound the same.  It probably shouldn’t, it’s the three original members and a very talented new bass player.  I personally label it March Violets because that is what it is… we were always pretty willing to try anything as long as it sounded good to us… the principle still applies.  And a lot of my contribution has been bubbling away in my head for twenty-odd years.  Tunes and words, I don’t throw things away, I let them ferment, refine them, distill them, until I have something I like. I think the new Album is typical Violets, with some surprises as ever, and an Old School attitude.

Tom – Well of course things will be sounding different to some extent… we have all come a long way from our teens and early twenties when we started the band… and with Jo in the new line up there is a whole fresh input of experience being added to the mix as well.

We’ve spent a lot of time on this record thinking about what it was that attracted our original fan-base, distilling the essence of that and pouring it into some of the new tracks.  Of course also we’ll be exploring some new directions that weren’t available to us at the time of the original line up in the ’80’s.

I’ve always found it very hard to label things that are intensely personal but I suppose you can do it on a track by track basis.  Some are romantic or emotionally searing, some more in the angry punky vein, others are just fun and dancey… the band itself, I think, will continue to reject the obvious labels that people may or may not try to pin on us.

The March Violets (Photo by Al Pulford)

The March Violets (Photo by Al Pulford)

tribe4mian:  Rosie is an award-winning author, amongst other things, that I’d like to know more about and would be glad if you could mention them here. How does she feel to be on stage with the band again?


Rosie – I’ve never been off-stage…!  I’ve never been intimidated by performance – If I was, I’d have given up a long time ago.  I have a powerfully low threshold for doing things I don’t like.

Si, Tom, and myself have been working on our own projects over the past *cough*enty years.  We’ve never stopped writing and performing, and it shows when we get on stage as The March Violets in 2011.  We’re writing new songs at an astounding pace.  It wouldn’t feel right if we were just churning out the old material.

Right now I’m slowly returning to touring and performance after an 18-month period dealing with cancer. Challenging?  Yes, you could say that:  it wasn’t on my to-do list.  Particularly ironic was that it was throat cancer – for a singer!

As well as The March Violets, I’m continuing to work on my own projects.  I’m currently writing my new one-woman show, plus my latest novel is with my agent.  As I am not a ghostwritten footballer or a ‘celeb’ it’s not going to be an easy ride getting it published… I’ve had numerous short stories in anthologies, plus four solo collections of poetry, the latest only a few months back:  Things I Did While I Was Dead

In between, I perform across the UK, Europe, and the USA as Rosie Lugosi, burlesque singer and Mistress of  She’s an alter-ego, an exaggerated (honest!) part of me.  She’s quite demanding, so there’s a clear demarcation line between how I am on-stage compared to off-stage.  But she’s a lot of fun to bring out of the dressing up box and play with for a night. She satisfies my need to perform, to dress up, to be rude to people, and get paid for it.

tribe4mian:  We know you’re starting your European tour soon. How does the economic strife affect your present day tours in comparison to years gone by?


Si – It’s much harder, a lot of people have no money to spend on music and concerts.  But you also find that people party harder when times are not much fun… it’s an escape route.  But the answer is… We will see.

tribe4mian:  In his career, Tom has guested for The Sisters Of Mercy, Danse Society, toured and recorded with Clan of Xymox.  He was also part of a project with Cleo (who replaced Rosie in the Violets), Craig Adams (Sisters), Steven Hewitt (Placebo), and Mark Price (All About Eve) which was called Amania but was never released.  Not many people know about this and I wondered how he feels when looking back upon all that?


Tom – All great times for me on those. Had a lot of fun whilst playing a bit of guitars for The Danse Society on The Tube.  Met Jools Holland, of course who [I sincerely hope, drunkenly] told me to ‘get my cock out’ just before I walked on stage to do 2000 Light Years… even more importantly, Leslie Ash, whom I was madly in love with at the time [as most boys my age were after seeing her and Phil Daniels in Quadrophenia] asked me for a fag and I got to light it for her too… them were ‘t days. 🙂

Clan of Xymox’s Ronny and Mojca have become very close friends after I toured the USA with the band in 1991 in support of the Phoenix album release.  It will be wonderful to hook up with them again in Leipzig when The Violets play WGT later this year…

The Amania thing was really good but we got stuck in the Camden circuit never to return 😉 …hmmm maybe I should bung up a Facebook page and upload a few tracks because, unfortunately, none of it saw the light of day at the time… would be interesting to hear people’s take on it now almost 15 years later…

tribe4mian:  On June 4th Simon Hinkler (former guitarist of The Mission) will open for you at Leeds. How did you come up with this idea?


Si – I just thought it would be nice to get together with some old mates, and Simon was up for it.  I was also trying to get Artery to play too, Simon’s old band and Murray was guitarist in Batfish Boys so some nice connections… maybe next time.  I’m looking forward to seeing Simon, he is a great guitarist and a lovely chap.  WE also have a brand new band making their debut in Leeds, with Ed Banshees new lot the ‘Partly Faithful’.  Always good to mix the new with the old.

tribe4mian:  How has the internet piracy issue affected not only your sales but also your desire to release new material with little to no compensation?


• Si – It has obviously made things very difficult. You can only hope that people who like your music want to support you and give a shit enough to buy stuff… I have faith.  The real problem was caused by the Greedy Major Labels not adapting to new technology… remember Napster?  What a mistake to not go with it.  Bunch of shortsighted corporate clowns.  They are paying the price now, and unfortunately, so are we all.

Jo – Personally, as musician, I will always be writing new material, and always wanting to get it heard, regardless of the “compensation”.  However, the fact that there is little or no money to be made does make it more difficult – in that it’s often not even possible to recoup your costs.  In my previous band we sank a lot of our own personal money into albums that we never recovered, which is a real shame, but as we were doing it for love not money, it didn’t matter.  Of course we were only a small band, and not expecting to be able to make a living at it.  The March Violets are on a different level entirely.

The March Violets

tribe4mian:  With album sales down, tour sales down, and just a general feeling of doom and gloom, what do you foresee for the future of the music industry?.


Si – It will evolve, but I think it will end up as subscription based for music collections, probably held in a cloud. The real problem is the lack of good shit-filters these days, it’s all out there and as the Cash Pussies said… 99% is shit.  So I also think that the level of desperation to sell crap to the public will mean it gets cheaper and cheaper to the point of being free as the distribution/content-providers battle for income, or actually just for numbers to advertise at.  It will devalue everything.  But there will always be live gigs, and hopefully loyal fans who realise that if you make it impossible for musicians to make a living you will get the amateurish safe nonsense of the Simon Cowell monstrosity, and that’s it.  Or maybe we will all be doing little holo-stream gigs?

Jo – It’s a tricky one.  The music industry is certainly going to need a bit of a shake-up if it is going to survive.  On the other hand, people will always want to make music and people will always want to listen to it, so I do think it will survive… in some form or other.  So long as the likes of Simon Cowell are still controlling it, though, I don’t think the future’s that bright.

tribe4mian:  Jo Violet, who joined for the 2010 reunion gig in London, has become a permanent fixture and had previously played bass, keyboards, violin.  She also sang in the Screaming Banshee Aircrew and still plays bass in the ‘Trash Vogue’ combo Berlin Black.  Recently, she performed the part of Gilda in the opera, “Rigoletto”, has a degree from Oxford University and a PhD. How does it feel to have such diverse and talented people in just one band?


Si – It is great, Jo is very talented and a great asset to the band, we have a track in production sparked off by her singing some operatic style stuff… really cool.  It is also good to have another female in the band, it adds perspective and everyone knows lady bass players are the best.

Jo – Haha, I’m not really particularly talented – I’ve always seen myself as something of a jack of all trades, master of none.  That said, the band certainly *is* very well-loaded with diverse and talented people, and obviously this has always been one of its strengths, way back since the beginning. It’s a pleasure to be working with them.

tribe4mian:  Have you noticed a faithful following of friends and fans as you travel on different pathways within the industry?


Si – Very much so, and it is a heartening thing.  It is a small world too…  and our fans in particular are the most good looking and sexy fans in the world.  It’s almost automatic, as soon as you become a Violets fan this inner beauty just starts to leak out and glow.

Jo – Oh yes, definitely. The same faces crop up over and over again, and you get to know them.  People who started as fans can become friends over time.  It’s nice.

Rosie – Most definitely!  It’s been a pleasure getting to know them. I’ve only ever had one creepy fan (and very creepy she was too, but that’s another story). I’ve never, ever understood people who get sneery about their fans. Apart from the fact that fans appreciate the songs / stories / poems / whatever that we produce, they also show their appreciation by buying the albums, the books, the t-shirts.  Do the math: fans pay our goddamn wages. It’s as simple as that. What’s not to like?

tribe4mian:  What was one of the most memorable and fun times (which are printable) that you can share with our readers?


Si – Seeing Joy Division supporting Siouxsie, or maybe Bauhaus supporting Magazine.

tribe4mian:  Last question:  If you could come back as any other person in time, past or present day, whose body would you like to jump into?


Si – I’d like to jump into a young Margaret Thatcher, somewhere on the top of a very tall building.  Things would have gone very differently.

Rosie – Genghis Khan has always appealed.  Can’t imagine for the life of me why.

Tom – I reckon I’ll have to cheat on that question and say I would like to clone myself in order to be in two places at once… it would make working with the band and being home in the USA with my family an even easier proposition 😉 … or maybe just a working jaunt technology, that would be good too. 🙂 

If I came back as someone else then I’d have to say [without naming names] it would be great to be someone who is in a powerful position of influence and a willingness to use that for the true benefit of all of us on this planet… or maybe just Phil Daniels circa 1979… that would do too…  😉

tribe4mian:  We want to thank you for what has certainly been one of the most interesting interviews we have had the pleasure of conducting.  Your reflections and history leave us eagerly awaiting more from you and we hope that the future will be as diverse and gratifying as the past has been.  Thank you again and all the best to each of you in all your journeys through time.  We’ll be keeping tabs on you and will post more of your travels and adventures.

Be well!

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You can learn more about The March Violets by visiting their official website, HERE or by clicking the above logo.

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Posted by on May 19, 2011 in Interviews, Music


The World Goth Collective

Goth, Mosher, Freak, Metalhead, Rocker, Punk… Dressed in black from head to toe… maybe a chain, maybe a pin, maybe a stud… A bit of lace, a touch of leather, a buckle, a belt, maybe a feather …

Which of us hasn’t been creative… expressive …in how we dress, in how we appear to the outside world…

Now imagine being beaten to death, kicked so savagely that your very gender is not recognizable…

Sophie Lancaster and Robert Maltby (Photo from

Sophie Lancaster and Robert Maltby (Photo from

And that’s just what happened one August evening in the United Kingdom in 2007.  A young couple, Robert Maltby and his girlfriend of three years, Sophie Lancaster, were walking home through a park in Lancashire when a group of teenagers ganged up and began their vicious assault on Robert.  He was beaten unconscious. 

And as Sophie sat there protectively cradling her love in her arms, the group of teenagers turned their blows to her.  They kicked her head… they jumped on her head… over and over, Their attack was so vicious on the couple that no one could discern which was the male and which was the female.  Both Robert and Sophie were taken to hospitals in comas.  Robert slowly recovered over the next two weeks.  Sophie, however, never regained consciousness and was removed from life support when it was determined that she would never recover. 

… all because they were Goths … because they were different from their attackers … because …

There’s no justification.  Society as a whole has disintegrated to the lowest depths of humanity.  They’re not sure exactly how many participated in the murder and assault.  One thing is certain, a young girl is silenced, her creative flair will never have the opportunity to mature, her laughter cannot be heard …

The S.O.P.H.I.E. Lancaster Foundation was established in the hopes of preventing another senseless murder.  To try to bring understanding and acceptance into the human mix.  Sophie’s name provided the perfect acronym for the foundation’s aim:  Stamp Out Prejudice Hatred and Intolerance Everywhere.  Her family, her friends, the Goth Community, and other subcultures banded together to change the world.

The S.O.P.H.I.E. Lancaster Foundation

These last few days brought the world together in another charitable way, too.

World Goth Day is quickly descending upon us, and as in the past, S.O.P.H.I.E. continues to play an important role in the gathering of people who love wearing all that black, all that lace, all those chains…

A collaborative effort was quickly put together by bands from all different corners of the world.  And I do mean QUICKLY.  With only a couple of days alloted, everyone scurried about to studios and the streets.  Audio clips were made, videos were taped, and everything was spliced together just as quick as quick could be.  For you see, the sole purpose was to put on a global production in order to raise some money for S.O.P.H.I.E. in time for World Goth Day.  Oddly enough, even though time was not on their side, they pulled it off, and had great FUN while doing so.

The below clip is the final cut of a 48-hour international production.  Hats off to Gary for pulling it off, and the greatest of bows to all those who stopped running in blind circles to participate in the first World Goth Collective.

*Featured bands participating in the The World Goth Collective: 

Dead HeavenUK | New Zero GodGreece | The Hiram KeyTurkey | Strap On HaloUSA | Midnight ConfigurationUK | NightPorterUK | AnkstSouth Africa

Cover Track of David Bowie‘s “Everyone Says Hi“.

We do hope you enjoyed the video and in the spirit of giving will make a donation (no matter how big or how small) to the S.O.P.H.I.E. Lancaster Foundation, HERE.  We’ll keep the S.O.P.H.I.E. banner running on the sidebar so that you can always check back on the foundation’s efforts, events, and progress.

Sending you our wishes for a peaceful evening. 🙂

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Posted by on May 18, 2011 in Music, Reflections


A road documentary shot from the inside of the last Black Flag tour

Reality 86’d” A film by David Markey (c) 1991 We Got Power Films. (TRT 01:01:51) A road documentary shot from the inside of the last Black Flag tour ever (the 1986 “In My Head” US tour.) Greg Ginn along with Henry Rollins, Cel Revulta, and Anthony Martinez comprise the final line up of the band. Featuring behind the scenes proceedings and live performances from Black Flag, Painted Willie, and Gone (Ginn’s side project, then featuring Sim Cain and Andrew Weiss (later of the Rollins Band) . Filmmaker / musician David Markey was along for the entire trip as the drummer / singer for Painted Willie (with Phil Newman & Vic Makauskas), documenting the six month tour as it happened. Also features roadie Joe (“Planet Joe“) Cole, soundmen Davo Claasen and Dave “Ratman” Levine, and the tour manager who kept it all together, Mitch Bury. A crucial turning point in American underground rock. The end of the line for a trail blazing American band.

Click HERE to watch the documentary.


Interesting people tell interesting stories…

Michael Palmer has led a remarkable life as a well-respected board-certified physician of Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine, and Addiction Medicine.   He has also become a writing phenomenon as each of his 14 published medical thrillers have made their way onto the New York Times Best Sellers list.
HERE is his interview on Tribe4mian posted on 2010/01/15

There are some people who are musicians and some people who are music lovers.  Needless to say, there are musicians who are music lovers as well.   But what is there to point out regarding what part of your life music is taking.  Music is like a drug.  Once you taste it, it’s hard to leave it.
Ladies and Gentlemen, the Dave Alucard interview is HERE as it was posted on 2009/05/26

One day I found myself in Australia. Don’t ask me how, I just found myself there… People seem to believe that this is an isolated land, far away from the rest of the continents but I am sure for one thing: a lot of Aussie artists of all kinds and sizes are well known to  most of us.
Valerios Calocerinos has been playing the bass for Ikon and Lemon Avenue among others, and he is also a record label owner.
This interview was posted HERE back in 2009/06/16
Venus Fly Trap come from Northampton-UK and since the 80′s, they keep releasing albums and touring Europe.
So far, they toured the whole Europe and one thing I have to admit is that, knowing their leader, Alex Novak for a lot of years now, it slipped my mind that he was a member of one of my favourite bands, The Tempest..
Read all about it HERE.

Mick Magic was one of the prominent figures of the Cassette Scene.  Hailing from Frimley, Surrey, Mick formed the space rock band Magic Moments At Twilight Time, had a fanzine and a label called “Music & Elsewhere”, and also began the United World Underground project.
Read HERE the interview we posted we posted on 2010/09/15

Initially beginning as an electronic percussionist, and later as a recoding artist, Martin released three CD albums with Casualty Park.  He has also done commissioned scores for The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, The Oxygen Cable Network, and LionsGate Films. He was a member and co-writer of four albums for the electro/acoustic-improv group Sandbox Trio with Daniel Panasenko and Chuck Ehlis.
He also worked with Mick Karn and now, along with Percy Howard he has a new project called Hardboiled Wonderland and they are about to release a new album in June.
We interviewed him on 2009/03/24 and we will have to get a new one for their new release…
You can read it HERE

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Posted by on May 7, 2011 in Interviews




GLASGOW – Classic Grand: £15 adv, Tue 15th Nov, doors: 7.30pm
MANCHESTER – Club Academy : £15 adv, Wed 16th Nov, Doors 7.30pm
SOUTHAMPTON – Talking Heads : £15 adv, Thu 17th Nov, Doors 7.30pm
LEAMINGTON SPA – The Assembly : £15 adv, Fri 18th Nov, Doors 7pm
LONDON – O2 Academy Islington : £16 adv, Sat 19th Nov, Doors 6pm
BRISTOL – The Tunnels : £15 adv, Sun 20th Nov, Doors 7pm

Buy your tickets HERE


NITZER EBB + DIE KRUPPS “Join In The Rhythm Of Machines” Tour 2011

Here is Nitzer Ebb Live at KulturBolaget, Malmö, Sweden on April 28 2011

and here is Die Krupps the same night

Next show tonight 06.05.2011 at Salzburg / B-Lack link

And then:
13.05.2011 London / Mute: Short Circuit Electronic Music Festival link

14.05.2011 Valencia / Sala Garaje (No link available)

13.06.2011 Leipzig / Wave Gotik Treffen Festival link

17.07.2011 Cologne / Amphi Festival link

22.07.2011 Bolkow / Poland Fixmer/McCarthy link

29.07.2011 Leiria Portugal / Fade In Festival link

30.07.2011 Utrecht, Tivoli / Summer Darkness Festival link


May brewings

 The month of May has brought us warmer weather, longer days, and much gothier nights.

New Zero God ushered in the the start of the month with their performance at PassPort Club in the heart of Piraeus.  The event was an open-door St. Paul High School’s Class of 1990 reunion fundraiser to benefit the Thiva-Lamia Women’s Prison. The stage was set for fellow schoolmates’ bands to entertain while raising money for a worthy cause. 

New Zero God kicked off the show.  Drummer, Dimitris “Sidheog” Steves, hammered skins for his classmates with songs like “Kiss the Witch“, “Bang Bang“, and The Flowers Of Romance classic, “Kashmir“, which was originally performed by New Zero God singer Mike Pougounas during his Flowers days.  Fellow NZG/FOR bassist Harris Stavrakas brought home the medley with his signature style while Michalis Christou strummed like no other guitarist before him.

The following clip is from that evening. 

While we’re on the topic of “Kashmir”, Cassandra’s Castle of Nightbreed Radio [UK] has announced their May 10 through June 9, 2011 schedule lineup, which includes “Kashmir”.  The next show will air on Tuesday, May 10 at 6 PM/UK | 8 PM/GR (repeated at Midnight/UK | 2 AM/GR) and will run for four weeks.

A live review was posted today at Dominion Magazine [UK] on New Zero God’s Sunday night performance at PassPort Club by the magazine’s newest correspondent, Thanos.  With all the focus on New Zero God and each NZG members years of contributions to the music scene, it was decided that a Greek journalist should be brought into the folds to let viewers know what else might be happening in this little country of ours. 

Thanos came up with THIS first part of the history of the Greek “dark” scene.

And since we’re on the subject of England, we should also mention that Dominion’s Radio Chart was released yesterday.  On it you will find Nexus, the prior band of Mike Pougounas and Dimitris Steves.  It is a huge honor to see songs of the past brought back to life in a country so far from our footsteps.


Devilish Presley. ‘ The Dark Triad ‘

Devilish Presley. ‘ The Dark Triad ‘

May 9th sees Devilish Presley unleash their 5th and most terrifying studio album to date ‘ The Dark Triad ‘. One of the most hard working band’s around serve up a blood chilling delight that will make your ears bleed and the hairs on the back of your neck stand up on end after listening to 12 tracks of pure vocal and guitar power. Just when you thought they were dead and buried they rise again after trials and tribulations within the band that nearly led to it’s very demise. They have re emerged stronger than ever!! This album bears testament to that…

‘ The Dark Triad ‘ is a monster of an album, fast loud and punchy to say the least with an average track time of just under 3 minutes. Starting off with ‘ Happy As Saturday ‘ which is the lead album track and throughout the pace hardly slackens.

Jacqui Vixen has taken over on lead vocals and guitar after injury forced her to stop playing bass in the band. ( A great shame ) She has been working with vocal coach Stevie Vann best known for her work with none other than Def Leppard and AC/DC. The results can be clearly heard. Her vocal range is now broader with increased power and direction while on ‘ Dance Floor Ghost ‘ it takes on a more haunting quality too. This is an emotive track dedicated to, as is the whole album to the duo’s friend Fee who committed suicide in Berlin 2 years ago.  A stand out track by far.

Johnny Navarro provides backing vocals while wielding chunky lead guitar riffs around like a possessed mad axeman, in fact, people have almost had their heads cleaved in two by the said guitarists axe wielding type antics at gigs!! ‘ Kiss Kiss Apocalypse ‘, ‘ Down Where you Belong ‘ and ‘ Zurich Psychological Club ‘ being fine examples of this. The next time your at a Devilish Presley gig and Johnny runs into the crowd guitar in hand, be afraid, be very afraid!!… ( Failing that, wear a hard hat )

The first single release from the album ‘ The Beast Must Die ‘ video has been creeping it’s way rightly so up YouTube’s ratings. Hand written lyrics, signed with a DVD version of the video released by the band has SOLD OUT!! Buy a physical cd version of ‘ The Dark Triad ‘  and there are 2 bonus tracks to be had, ‘ Don’t Come Any Closer ‘ and ‘ The Murder Parade ‘.

Narcissism, Machiavellianism & Psychopathy are the 3 personality disorders to which the album refers. The monsters they sing about refer to those of the self made variety. How many of us can say we don’t have any of those?!  This is a far superior album than the band’s last release ‘ Flesh Ride ‘. It is superior in every way. The songs are loud and in your face, the production is a hell of a lot better and the 12 tracks flow together to give what is no doubt their best album yet. Introspection after personal trials always seem to bring the best out in many a musician and band. ‘ The Shakers ‘ track alone show’s this is the case here from London’s Horrorbilly Punks. Monsters, rock n roll and death, it’s all here.

With Jacqui’s vocals now having a better, broader range and benefiting from increased confidence whilst Johnny being given a free murderous range out on guitar Devilish Presley have risen from the dead and evolved into one of the finest counter culture bands around with arguably this their best work to date in my opinion. You can’t keep this band down. HELL YEAH!!! Jez

‘ The Dark Triad ‘ track listing;

1. Happy As Saturday

2. City Of Dreadful Night

3. The Beast Must Die

4. Cocaine Joe

5. Down Where You Belong

6. Dance Floor Ghost

7. Is There Anybody There

8. Kiss Kiss Apocalypse

9. I Created A Monster

10. The Shakers

11. Horror Movie Head

12. Zurich Psychological Club

Bonus Tracks. ( Cd version ONLY )

13. Don’t Come Any Closer

14. The Murder Parade

Devilish Presley are;

Jacqui Vixen: Lead Vocals & Guitar

Johnny Navarro: Lead Guitar & Backing Vocals

All photographs Copyright Jez Keefe Photography