John Sinclair – renegade poet, scholar and cultural revolutionary…..

December 31, 2013

John Sinclair the renegade poet, scholar and cultural revolutionary releases his new album on Iron Man Records on Monday 24th March 2014.

While his work has continued in preparation for this, John found himself at Dial House, home of Crass members Penny Rimbaud and Gee Vaucher in December. John wanted to work on some new recordings at Dial house with The Bermondsey Joyriders who in turn will be in Birmingham in coming months. After many years working hard in their respective fields, John finally had a chance to have a good chat with Penny. Discussions of music, art and the rest followed before Penny gave John a book of his latest poetry and its all John’s been reading for the past few days. John has also been working on a short video documentary about his new record of the same name called Mohawk and has completed a show for Radio Free Amsterdam remembering the John Sinclair Freedom Rally in Ann Arbor on 10th Dec 1971. Look out for John talking about how he first started working with MC5 and how it all ended in the next issue of Mojo and there should be an interesting piece in Uncut too on the subject of Jazz, Blues and all things John Sinclair.

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Last Under The Sun gigs 2014

December 30, 2013

Fri Jan 24 2014 The Adam and Eve, Birmingham, UK with The Members + Deadflowers + Last Under The Sun
Wed Jan 29 2014 The Adam and Eve, Birmingham, UK with The Duel
Sun Feb 16 2014 The Flapper and Firkin, Birmingham, UK
Sat Feb 22 2014 The Stanley, Norwich, UK With Ziplock
Sun Mar 2 2014 The Sitwell Tavern, Derby, UK With Black Cop and Prolefeed
Sat Mar 8 2014 Bastards on Beer Festival, Groningen, NL
Sat Apr 19 2014 The Intake Club, Mansfield, UK
Sat Jun 14 2014 The Intake Club, Mansfield, UK

“On this EP, Last Under The Sun deliver five songs of terror and the harsh realities of life. In that same apocalyptically bleak way that bands like the Subhumans and Crass have done in the past. But they are singing about our current day in a direct way “how many people die, for a worthless cause… I dont wanna die in some desert war”. It is all about our politically violent world, but at times it’s done with some humor like on the song ‘Hooligan Jihad’. How can you forget the lyrics “You can’t play crust in fucking flip-flops…”. Frantic and pissed off, members also make up Birmingham’s infamous Police Bastard, who had a split with War//Plague on Profane Existence last year. Which is no surprise as you could draw parallels in the style they play. Very much a no excuses crust styled hardcore with it’s roots firmly in DIY hardcore punk. There certainly is great production and tight musicianship on this too, without losing a raw punk sound.”

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Police Bastard – Confined

December 29, 2013

Police Bastard are back with a new album on Iron Man Records called Confined.

“CVLT Nation’s Top 6 Crust Albums 2013: Police Bastard are pretty infamous at this stage, so no need for any introductions with band member links to Doom, Sore Throat, Filthkick, Sensa Yuma etc. Their new album ‘Confined’ sticks to their cynical view of the world mixed with innovative guitar textures and driving industrial intensity. Thought-provoking monologues and confrontational lyrics bring you on a cold, doom-laden journey of perpetual war, psychological mind control, disillusionment and omnipresent bullshit. For a band that has been knocking about on and off for twenty years, they could be forgiven for reverting to the formulaic. However, they rethink and deliver a furious maelstrom of complex dark hardcore, best served cold.” CVLT Nation (Dec 19, 2013)
“The album starts with “The Curse Of The Cross”, an anti-theistic slice of brutality, which leaves the listener in no doubt that Police Bastard mean business. You even get a quote from Richard Dawkins about teaching the bible as fiction. Musically they give us huge chugging riffs on “Brought To Our Knees”, which tackles the blandness of multi-national companies infecting the high street, set against the backdrop of the widening gap between rich and poor. For those that like their anthems loud and stompy, “Sick Sick System” will no doubt win a seal of approval with its knock about Punk mayhem and catchy refrain, ‘sick sick system, same old bullshit’. Elsewhere on the album, we get subjects as diverse as being captivated by virtual reality (Word Confined) and environmental disaster from the hand of mankind (Cries From The Earth). Album closer “Fortress” sees organised religion attacked once more, and poses the question, how long before it crumbles…..” – Zak, Ryans Gig Guide (Dec 01, 2013)
“….From Mark Orton‘s cover art through the final song, “Fortress,” Police Bastard have presented an album that uses hardcore’s battering ram approach to push through a series of songs that depict how humanity has destroyed the Earth. Lines such as “We’re sealing our fate” hammer home the idea that mankind has taken the world to the edge of existence, and we’ll all soon perish, should we not change our ways. Thankfully, Confined manages to never lapse into Earth Crisis-like preaching, choosing instead to quote the likes of John Gray‘s Straw Dogs: “Long after the traces of the human animal have disappeared, many of the species it is bent on destroying will still be around, along with others that have yet to spring up. The Earth will forget mankind. The play of life will go on.” While the music is basic hardcore which occasionally aims for bigger sonic targets, the lyrics and presentation are what make Police Bastard worth checking out……” Rock Star Journalist, Rock Star Journalist (Nov 22, 2013)
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