Police Bastard – Gig Dates updated 2015

August 20, 2015

“Thought-provoking monologues and confrontational lyrics bring you on a cold, doom-laden journey of perpetual war, psychological mind control and disillusionment.”

Police Bastard – Confined CD (Iron Man) Distributed via Cargo Records

Police Bastard – It’s Good To Hate CD/DVD (Iron Man) Distributed via Cargo Records

Police Bastard Gig Dates:

2015
Aug 21st – The Dolls House, Abertillery, Wales https://www.facebook.com/thedollshousewales
Aug 22nd – The Sitwell Tavern, Derby
Aug 28th – Fuk Reddin Festival, T-Chances, London http://www.reknaw.com
Oct 4th – The Phoenix Bar, High Wycombe
Oct 10th – The Underground, Plymouth Rash Decision, Slug, Sickpig, Boycott The Baptisthttps://www.facebook.com/undergroundvenue
Oct 24th – T-Chances, London with Thatchers Love Child https://www.facebook.com/TChancesUK
Oct 30th – The Moon Club, Cardiff with Grand Collapse, Square Peg, and Poetic Justice
Oct 31st – The Chelsea, Bristol with The Migranes https://www.facebook.com/TheChelseaInnBS5
Nov 20th – The Rainbow, Birmingham with Anti System and Constant State Of Terror
Nov 21st – Stuck on a Name studios, Nottingham with Deviated Instinct
Dec 12th – The Rainbow, Birmingham with Warwound
Dec 27th – The Rainbow, Birmingham with GBH, Drongos For Europe

2016
Feb 27th – The Garage, Swansea
March 26th – The Moon Club, Cardiff with Conflict, Grand Collapse, Liberty, and more
Apr 1st – T-Chances, London with Discharge
Apr 23rd – The Courtyard, Rotherham with Bleed

(For all Police Bastard bookings: mark@ironmanrecords.co.uk)

Police Bastard - Confined CD Front Cover

Police Bastard – Confined – CD Album (Iron Man Records) Distributed by Cargo

Police Bastard - Confined - Terrorizer review by Ian Glasper 2014

“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)

Police Bastard - Confined Band Photo 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)

Police Bastard - Confined CD Back Cover

“….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)

Tracklisting:

The Curse Of The Cross, Brought To Our Knees, Sick Sick System, Humanimal, Cries From The Earth, Binary Thinker, Words Confined, Bite The Hand, We Are The Dead, Fortress.

The album was Recorded, Mixed, Produced and Mastered by Simon Reeves at Framework Recording Studios.

Police Bastard - Confined Inside CD wallet

Police Bastard Logo 2013

Police Bastard – T-shirts and other items of interest Buy here

IMB6020 Police Bastard – Dead to the world Album (Discography of everything from Gulf War Syndrome onwards with 7 never released new songs. Should be released next…..)

More Police Bastard info here: Police Bastard, Twitter, Facebook

Iron Man Records – a Birmingham based Independent Record Label

July 15, 2015

Iron Man Records Logo for print

Iron Man Records is a Birmingham based independent record label, founded in 1996. The label has released recordings by: P.A.I.N, Police Bastard, John Sinclair, Nightingales, Steve Fly, TC Lethbridge, Dufus, Sensa Yuma, and Last Under The Sun, amongst others.

“Music has no flag, no government, no police. Nobody owns it, nobody controls it. Music crosses all borders of geography, language, culture and belief. Music brings people together…..” – Reasons Why

Iron Man Records is run by a Music Promoter and Tour Manager – Mark Badger and a Script writer and Lawyer with a music background – Kevan Tidy.

Mark Badger founded Birmingham Music Network, in 2000.  Since 1994, Mark has organised more than 1000 gigs around Birmingham as Badger Promotions. Additionally, Mark Badger is an active member of two Birmingham based bands: Last Under The Sun and Police Bastard.

Before joining Iron Man Records, Kevan Tidy was a musician and a songwriter. Kevan has worked as a lawyer for many years and can help aspiring inventors, film makers, writers, and musicians and has worked at all levels.

Iron Man Records offers a number of services from Releasing Music, Tour Management and Online Strategy to Legal Advice. The label works closely with several radio stations, including: Music World Radio and Radio Free Amsterdam to give good new music a chance to be heard.

Iron Man Records is about artistic freedom. The label demonstrates its approach by supporting musicians who have something to say and wish to produce music in their own time, and on their own terms.

– Magdalena Szytko, Birmingham, 2015

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Police Bastard – Gig Dates 2015

January 24, 2015

Police Bastard - Tour Dates Flyer 2015

“Thought-provoking monologues and confrontational lyrics bring you on a cold, doom-laden journey of perpetual war, psychological mind control and disillusionment.”

Police Bastard – Confined CD (Iron Man) Distributed via Cargo Records

Police Bastard – It’s Good To Hate CD/DVD (Iron Man) Distributed via Cargo Records

Police Bastard Gig Dates:
March 19th – The Lughole, Sheffield with Systematik (Canada) https://www.facebook.com/thelughole
March 20th – The Black Bull, Gateshead http://www.theblackbullvenue.co.uk
March 21st – Liquid Rooms, Edinburgh (Punk For Pam) with Subhumans, Paranoid Visions, Sick On The Bus, The Vile, Superfast Girlie Show, Thee Overdose, Critikill, Buzzbomb https://www.facebook.com/events/696269723740619/
April 3rd – T-Chances, London with Coitus, Short Bus Window Lickers, The Kadt http://www.reknaw.com
April 4th – Intake Club, Mansfield, Nottingham with Dogflesh, The Septic Psychos, Fear Insight, First Wave, Meansteed https://www.facebook.com/events/1079864568696573/
April 10th – The Dolls House, Abertillery, Gwent with Pizzatramp + State Of Decay https://www.facebook.com/thedollshousewales
April 11th – The Actress and Bishop, Birmingham with ANTHRAX U.K, Hagar the Womb, Lost Cherrees, Hatework Conspiracy, 16 Guns, Burning Flag, and Indecent Assault  http://theactressandbishop.com
May 12th – The Actress and Bishop, Birmingham with Poison Idea http://theactressandbishop.com
June 19th – The Actress and Bishop, Birmingham Anti System, The Vile, Scarred Society, Indecent Assault, and No Laughing Matter http://theactressandbishop.com
Aug 9th – Rebellion Festival, Blackpool http://www.rebellionfestivals.com
Aug 28th – Fuk Reddin Festival, T-Chances, London http://www.reknaw.com
Oct 9th – Fearfest, The Asylum, Birmingham The Stupids, Thirty Six Strategies, and King Of Pigs HC https://www.facebook.com/events/1538353739775580/
Oct 10th – The Underground, Plymouth Rash Decision, Slug, Sickpig, Boycott The Baptist
https://www.facebook.com/undergroundvenue
Oct 23rd – The Actress and Bishop, Birmingham http://theactressandbishop.com
Oct 24th – T-Chances, London with Thatchers Love Child https://www.facebook.com/TChancesUK
(For all Police Bastard bookings: mark@ironmanrecords.co.uk)

Police Bastard - Confined CD Front Cover

Police Bastard – Confined – CD Album (Iron Man Records) Distributed by Cargo

Police Bastard - Confined - Terrorizer review by Ian Glasper 2014

“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)

Police Bastard - Confined Band Photo 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)

Police Bastard - Confined CD Back Cover

“….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)

Tracklisting:

The Curse Of The Cross, Brought To Our Knees, Sick Sick System, Humanimal, Cries From The Earth, Binary Thinker, Words Confined, Bite The Hand, We Are The Dead, Fortress.

The album was Recorded, Mixed, Produced and Mastered by Simon Reeves at Framework Recording Studios.

Police Bastard - Confined Inside CD wallet

Police Bastard Logo 2013

Police Bastard – T-shirts and other items of interest Buy here

IMB6020 Police Bastard – Dead to the world CD Album (Discography of everything from Gulf War Syndrome onwards with 7 never released new songs. Should be released next…..)

More Police Bastard info here: Police Bastard, Twitter, Facebook

Police Bastard – “It’s Good To Hate” CD distributed by Cargo

September 19, 2014

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Police Bastard – “It’s Good To HATE” distributed by Cargo – October 6th 2014

“Police Bastard – ‘It’s Good To Hate’ CD and DVD Four new tracks and one cover here and its typical Police Bastard…powerful, inspiring, hardcore punk with passionate vocals (incidentally, when did Stu-Pid grow up and come just plain ‘Pid’?!). If any changes are noticeable since their original incarnation, then it’s probably a bit more metal influenced, with the occasional guitar screech and more Doom-esque growls of anguish, but apart from that its good as ever and especially that ‘Pid’ is back on vocals. The cover is The Mob’s ‘I Wish’ which, after the gentle intro, gets the Bastard treatment and it works too. The DVD has footage of the band live, mainly at Birmingham’s Market Tavern, but also from a European outdoor festival and the Kopi squat. It’s good quality (especially the outdoor one) and really makes me long to catch them live again as the last time was way back when 120 Rats was open (Late 90’s). 7/10.” Bald Cactus Issue 28 2011

The release contains a CD featuring four new songs and one cover version with an additional DVD containing live footage collected between 2007 and 2010. The record features the work of founding band members Pid and John Doom doing dual vocals together again for the first time in ten years. The gigs and recordings have also seen the return of Chris Crass, who took over on bass from Trogg in 1994. Seano Porno and Mark Badger from Last Under The Sun have picked up the work of guitars and additional vocals and the drummer is Simon James who also plays in Last Under The Sun and formerly of Rivers Edge. The release is dedicated to Trogg, Police Bastard’s first bass player who passed away in 2008. It was because of Trogg and his enthusiasm to do it all again that Police Bastard started writing, rehearsing, recording and touring again.

CD tracks include: The Lie, God Off, Erosion, Born To Die and a cover of I Wish (Originally written by The Mob)

DVD includes: Keep An Active Mind (2007-2008), Police Bastard Live at 25 Jahre AU Festival, Frankfurt, Germany (2008), Police Bastard Live at Kopi, Berlin, Germany (2010).

The CD tracks were Recorded, mixed, produced and mastered by Simon Reeves at Framework Recording Studios, Musoplex. Simon has worked with the likes of Napalm Death, Cathedral, Meathook Seed, and a host of others from The Cubans, Harpies, and The Nightingales. After a nearly 20 year dedication to new and alternative music in all its many forms, he has become a master at capturing ferocious guitars and brutal sounds. The new recordings are by far the best thing the band has produced to date.

The DVD includes “Keep an Active Mind” a film by Iron Man Records, edited by Anthony J. Hughes, documenting a year in the life of Police Bastard with footage from a show the band organised at The Market Tavern, Birmingham 2007, Steve Ignorant’s “Feeding of the 5,000” aftershow party, London 2007 and a tour of Europe in 2008 organised by Alerta Antifascista. The footage includes some live performances and out takes of the band on tour with a budget you can stick under a glass.

The footage of Police Bastard Live at 25 Jahre AU Festival, Frankfurt and Live at Kopi, Berlin, Germany was filmed, edited and directed by Peter Rhead.

Sleeve Artwork was done by Richard Daborn and photographs were taken by Lucy Pryor

“More great stuff from Iron Man in Birmingham…this was a total surprise, cause I’d not even realised that they had got anything new out, I’d seen em a couple of years before at the after party gig following Steve Ignorant’s Feeding of the 5000 gig (they were awesome then!) but assumed as I’d heard/seen nothing since that they’d split. Well a few weeks after getting this they played at the Old Wharf in Birmingham on a Sunday night, and along with Leatherface, I’d say the best band I’ve seen in 2010. This CD again was recorded a good while ago, but the best things are worth waiting for! 5 new tracks of brutal anarcho punk rock at its best! 4 own songs (like the title “God Off”) and a Mob cover (“I Wish”). Great line-up with (Stu)Pid and Jonny Doom together again on vocals, and 2 folk from Last Under The Sun to beef things up. Awesome! Also includes a live DVD as well.” – Steve, Ripping Thrash, Issue 27, 2011

Husk, Kill the King, Last Under The Sun, Inscriptions – Sun 16th Feb 2014 at The Flapper and Firkin

February 13, 2014

Husk, Kill the King, Last Under The Sun, Inscriptions Sun 16 Feb 2014 at The Flapper and Firkin

Husk
+ KILL THE KING
+ Last Under The Sun http://www.reverbnation.com/lastunderthesun
+ Inscriptions

Venue
The Flapper and Firkin, Cambrian Wharf, Birmingham, B1 2NU

https://www.facebook.com/PropagatorPresents

Tickets £5 adv or £6 on the door
7.30pm

Download all Last Under The Sun Music for FREE here: http://lastunderthesun.bandcamp.com/

 

Last Under The Sun + Fear Insight + Fetus Christ – Sat 15th Feb Rock Zombie, Dudley 8pm

February 13, 2014

Last Under The Sun + Fear Insight + Fetus Christ Sat 15th Feb Rock Zombie, Dudley 8pm

The Culture Industry: Enlightenment or Mass Deception?

February 10, 2014

“Pop culture in general is the main thing they use to keep young people from developing any ideas.” – John Sinclair.

John Sinclair - Mohawk front cover

John Sinclair, the renegade poet, scholar and cultural revolutionary releases his new album called “Mohawk,” on Iron Man Records, on Monday 24th March 2014 with distribution by Cargo. The music was written and arranged by Steve Fly who mirrored John’s poems in the music by initially combing the tempo of the original songs recorded by John ‘Dizzy’ Gillespie, Charlie ‘Bird’ Parker and Thelonious Monk. Steve The Fly is a native of Stourbridge UK, now an Amsterdam resident who plays drums, spins vinyl, writes novels and literary and cultural commentary. He also maintains a flock of websites and works in various other art forms without visible restraint.  His other music projects have included New Flesh, Garaj Mahal, Temple Dragon band, of course he is now full time with John Sinclair.

John has been on TV news recently with an appearance on CNN talking to Atika Shubert about the Marijuana laws in Holland, and the value of these laws in attracting tourism. The piece makes an interesting overview of the issues involved and Cafe 420 is featured including an interview with the owner. Perhaps Birmingham City Council’s tourism department could learn a trick or two.

For those into poetry and performance: Amiri Baraka, the poet, playwright and political organizer died last month at the age of 79. Baraka was a leading force in the black arts movement of the 1960s and 1970s. In 1963 he published “Blues People: Negro Music in White America,” known as the first major history of black music to be written by an African American. A year later he published a collection of poetry titled “The Dead Lecturer” and won an Obie Award for his play, “Dutchman.” After the assassination of Malcolm X in 1965 he moved to Harlem and founded the Black Arts Repertory Theater. In the late 1960s, Baraka moved back to his hometown of Newark and began focusing more on political organizing, prompting the FBI to identify him as “the person who will probably emerge as the leader of the pan-African movement in the United States.” Baraka continued writing and performing poetry up until his hospitalization late last year, leaving behind a body of work that greatly influenced a younger generation of hip-hop artists and slam poets. If you don’t know his work, find out more for yourself.

For those assembling posters and flyers for gigs across the region, January also said Farewell to Gary Grimshaw, a Rock Art Legend, the man whose posters and covers defined the Detroit rock scene. John Sinclair wrote a few lines that I think are worth sharing with Midlands based musicians and artists here “Gary Grimshaw was a great creative artist who helped define the spirit and feeling of an entire era with his brilliant posters for the Grande Ballroom in Detroit, his artwork for underground newspapers like the Detroit Sun, the Fifth Estate and the San Francisco Oracle, and his posters and record covers for the MC-5 and other bands.

“He was a music lover first and foremost, best friends in high school with Rob Tyner of the MC5, a beautiful cat and the most tireless and dedicated art worker I’ve ever known. We were partners in crime at the Grande Ballroom and the Detroit Artists Workshop, we founded Trans-Love Energies and the White Panther Party together, we worked side by side for several years while he beautifully interpreted all my ideas for cultural and social change into public artwork that could make people want to do things they’d never done before.

“After the movement ended in the mid-’70s we went our separate ways but reunited in Detroit in the 1980s in partnership with Frank & Peggy Bach to serve the Motor City music community for several years before Gary moved to the San Francisco Bay area. He was one of my greatest friends of all time, most valued co-worker and constant inspiration.”

“The Revolution is totally committed to bringing people out of their shells and into each others arms. The music is the source and effect of our spirit flesh and we demand a free music and a free high energy source that will drive us wild into the streets…..yelling and screaming and tearing down everything that would keep people slaves” – John Sinclair

John Sinclair relives his ups and downs with the MC5 in the next issue of MOJO, on sale from January 28, 2014.

Last Under The Sun have more gigs planned, 15th Feb at Rock Zombie Dudley and 16th Feb at The Flapper and Firkin Birmingham. You can listen to and download all their music for free here: http://lastunderthesun.bandcamp.com or you can find their cds in the Iron Man Shop. The band are off to Belgium and Holland in March.

Police Bastard are assembling tour dates to promote their new album, Confined, which continues to generate interesting reviews. A few quotes include:

“Thought-provoking monologues and confrontational lyrics bring you on a cold, doom-laden journey of perpetual war, psychological mind control and disillusionment.”

“…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’.

“….From Mark Orton‘s cover art through to 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…”

“Confined” was recorded at Framework Studios, Birmingham and is out now.

The Nightingales – Born out of Birmingham’s original punk group The Prefects, the Nightingales have stubbornly ploughed their own furrow in the field of alternative rock n roll for three decades. 2006 saw the release of “Out Of True” on Iron Man Records and the return of a reformed Nightingales after some years away. The band have not wasted much time since then and yet another new album is on the way for 2014.

The band hope to announce tour dates for UK/Europe for  April and May and some Festivals to be confirmed for over the summer/autumn 2014. There may be some United States dates in Sept/Oct time too.

Nightingales are planning a 7″ 45rpm to be released at some point & another album to be recorded later in the year for early 2015 release.

Described in John Robb’s definitive post punk biography ‘Death To Trad Rock’ as “the misfits’ misfits”, the band has constantly garnered praise and respect from other artists and received endless glowing press reports, particularly for their live shows. Led by singer/lyricist Robert Lloyd (‘The most underestimated songwriter of his generation’ according to Ben Thompson in the Independent) the latest incarnation of the Nightingales are back again with a new album recorded at Faust studio in September 2013 for release in spring 2014. There will be a vinyl lp and the record label & title will be confirmed soon.

Blog: On the Iron Man website I’ve posted a series of interesting articles like The Bitcoin Revolution By Steven Hager and Free The Weed 35 by John Sinclair.

The Bitcoin Revolution: “Bitcoin is rapidly transforming the financial landscape with a peer-to-peer solution for wealth transfer. It has already shown capacity to absorb tremendous resources and withstand crisis sell-offs. Read this short ebook to understand why you should invest in this revolutionary computer art meets cryptography concept. I came late to Bitcoin and have zero understanding of the technical complexities of cryptography, but I do realize Bitcoin is open source and completely transparent and completely non-predatory in design, a real departure from our banking industry. Any assets moved into Bitcoin virtually disappear from the public record at this point and do not become taxable events until they are brought back into the system. Bitcoin has numerous benefits to offer and represents a real threat to our current corrupt money system. The media has been relentlessly negative on bitcoins for a reason: they threaten the status quo.”

Free The Weed: “….people in the cannabis community are looking on in wonder as the United States takes its first tentative steps toward legalizing marijuana for use by all thinking persons over 18 years of age.

Like they say in New Orleans, a lotta people don’t know that marijuana is not actually legal in the Netherlands, although over-the-counter sales of cannabis has been allowed under what they call a “grey area” in the law which amounts to a sort of super-decriminalization policy that not only eliminates arrest but lets smokers buy and ingest the sacrament in designated coffee shops without police interference.

But growing, distribution, wholesale transfer and delivery are still fully illegal, growers are tracked down and arrested, distributors are intercepted, delivery remains fully clandestine, shop owners are prohibited from stocking more than 500 grams of cannabis products on the premises at any one time, and even the consumer is limited to purchases of no more than 5 grams per trip.”

If you are a rapper or organise shows for rap and hip hop, Prop Anon, from New York, is looking at Touring Europe in July 2014. If you want to book him to play email him at propanon23@gmail.com. Theres a post with a few videos I like on the website.

P.A.I.N play in Brighton on 15th March and a number of other tour dates are coming up. Keep an eye on their Facebook page.

Framework Recording Studios is now fully operational in Digbeth with Simon Reeves at the controls. The recording studio is based at Blotto on Floodgate Street, Birmingham, B55ST. If you are interested in recording at Framework call 07790 158210 or email siframework@gmail.com.

Tour Mangement: In addition to running Iron Man Records, I also work as a Tour Manager and spend a lot of time helping bands find just about everything else tour related. If you need a tour manager or need help sourcing a good vehicle at the right price email mark@ironmanrecords.co.uk or call (+44) 07974 746810.

WARNING: Culture Industry is a term coined by Theodor Adorno (1903–69) and Max Horkheimer (1895–1973), who argued in “The Culture Industry: Enlightenment as Mass Deception,” that popular culture is akin to a factory producing standardized cultural goods – through film, radio and magazines – to manipulate the masses into passivity; the easy pleasures available through consumption of popular culture make people docile and content, no matter how difficult their economic circumstances. Culture industries may cultivate false needs; that is, needs created and satisfied by capitalism. True needs, in contrast, are freedom, creativity, or genuine happiness….Culture not only mirrors society, but also takes an important role in shaping society through the processes of standardization and commodification, creating objects rather than subjects. By standardizing the consumer’s needs, the Culture Industry is manipulating the consumer to desire what it produces. The outcome is that mass production feeds a mass market that minimizes the identity and tastes of the individual consumers who are as interchangeable as the products they consume. Think about it.

For more on all of the above and to buy music by the artists visit www.ironmanrecords.net

The Members + Deadflowers + Last Under The Sun Fri 24th Jan 2014 at The Adam and Eve 8pm

January 13, 2014

The Members

+ Deadflowers

+ Last Under The Sun (9pm Start…45 min set)

18+
£4 on the door (not £6)
Doors 7.30pm

“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.” – Sean Fitzgerald, Profane Existence (Dec 08, 2012)

“The first word that springs to mind when hearing this provocatively titled EP by Birmingham band Last Under The Sun is brutal. Relentless would be another good word. It is the sort of noise that would stun an elephant, or induce Central American Dictators to surrender. They would be nail on cert’s to be the house band in Guantanamo Bay. They badge themselves as a Punk and Hard-core band, and this is pretty much on the nail. Shouty or almost spoken vocals, short and to the point songs and that attitude are very punk, and it is all set to music that yes does have that melody that punk grasped so well, but it is nearly buried under a ferocious attack of blistering, thrashed up metal style riffs and machine gun drums that hammer away without recourse to such social niceties as pausing for breath. The band has been in existence in various forms since about 2001 and this experience and longevity shows, the sound is developed, the songs accomplished and it all has a togetherness about it.” – Ed Dyer, Green Man Music (Oct 31, 2012)

“Hooligan Jihad, released November 23rd 2012, by Last Under The Sun is fast-paced hardcore punk that doesn’t hold back. Last Under The Sun is a four-piece band based out of Birmingham England. They performed their first show in October of 2001, and continued to play in Holland, Belgium, France and Germany. Over the years, two of their drummers passed away: Neil Farrington in 2009 and Samuel Fry in 2011. The five-song album starts off with “More Helicopters” which has a strong anti-war message, clearly stated in the lyrics “I don’t wanna die in your fucking war,” and finishes with a two minute sum up of the album in their song “Hooligan Jihad.” The instrumentation in this album is solid. The beats are fast and in your face, clearly synced well through the many years of musicianship this band has shared. They blend punk and hardcore nicely, in that when they’re not blasting away their punk beats, they’re getting you moving with a breakdown…..” – Christine Collins, Upstate metal (Dec 22, 2012)

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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.”

You can buy Last Under The Sun – Hooligan Jihad in The Iron Man Shop here: http://stores.ebay.co.uk/Iron-Man-Shop

All Gig Bookings: Email (tel: 07974 746810)

Video: Last Under The Sun – Beautane

September 19, 2013

Last Under The Sun - Hooligan Jihad

Last Under The Sun – Hooligan Jihad 5 song CD EP (Released through Iron Man Records, Birmingham)

The band has been described as “Fast Chaotic Hardcore Punk Rock” from Birmingham England. Last Under The Sun includes members of Police Bastard, Jilted Generation and Lokey.

Last Under The Sun - Hooligan Jihad CD Review October 2012

– Review from Ryan’s Gig Guide October 2012

Buy Hooligan Jihad CD EP here: http://stores.ebay.co.uk/Iron-Man-Shop

Last Under The Sun - Hooligan Jihad CD artwork

Mark Badger – Vocals / Guitar

Seano Porno – Vocals / Guitar

Hassan Sabbah – Bass

Vic Flange – Drums

Recorded, Mixed, Produced and Mastered by Simon Reeves at Framework Recording Studios, Musoplex, Birmingham, England.

Last Under The Sun - Hooligan Jihad CD artwork

Samuel Fry Obituary

Neil Farrington Obituary

The press kit including what people have said about the band so far is here: http://www.sonicbids.com/lastunderthesun

The band have a website here: http://www.reverbnation.com/lastunderthesun

Free full download of tracks available here: http://lastunderthesun.bandcamp.com/

Last Under The Sun - Hooligan Jihad CD artwork

Discography:

“All Agents Defect” 30 song Demo 2001 (Digital Download only on Last.FM)

“Windfall” 8 Song Album recorded 2001 released May 2004 (Iron Man Records)

“All Empires Crumble” 5 song EP recorded 2004 released May 2005 (Iron Man Records)

“Gone” 17 Song Album recorded Sept 2005 released 2010 (Iron Man Records)

“Hooligan Jihad” 5 song EP recorded August 2010 released 2011 (Iron Man Records) as digital download only.

“Hooligan Jihad” 5 song CD EP recorded August 2010 released 2012 (Iron Man Records)

Reviews worth mentioning:

Hooligan Jihad reviewed by:

Mike Brown, Kemptation

Ed Dyer, Green Man Music

The Bottom Rung Of The Ladder

Hooligan Jihad played by:

Old Man and Bitter Girl Podcast 74

Homegrown Podcast 186

Videos

Iron Man Records – Online Shop

January 28, 2013

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The Iron Man shop sells Punk, Dub, Rock, Metal, Acoustic and Alternative music on CD, Vinyl, DVD, and Video. The shop also stocks books, comic books and rare or hard to find items.

I only sell what I listen to, I like, and I recommend. Every item is brand new and undamaged, no second hand or damaged goods.

Try it, you might like what you find. http://stores.ebay.co.uk/Iron-Man-Shop

Iron Man Records – Online Shop

January 21, 2013

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The Iron Man shop sells Punk, Dub, Rock, Metal, Acoustic and Alternative music on CD, Vinyl, DVD, and Video. The shop also stocks books, comic books and rare or hard to find items.

I only sell what I listen to, I like, and I recommend. Every item is brand new and undamaged, no second hand or damaged goods.

Try it, you might like what you find. http://stores.ebay.co.uk/Iron-Man-Shop

Iron Man Records – Online Shop

January 14, 2013

Iron Man Records - shop a5 advert 150 dpi

The Iron Man shop sells Punk, Dub, Rock, Metal, Acoustic and Alternative music on CD, Vinyl, DVD, and Video. The shop also stocks books, comic books and rare or hard to find items.

I only sell what I listen to, I like, and I recommend. Every item is brand new and undamaged, no second hand or damaged goods.

Try it, you might like what you find. http://stores.ebay.co.uk/Iron-Man-Shop

The War That Doesn't Exist

November 28, 2012

Bush to the left of them

Blair to the right

Into the valley of death

 

Drove the 5,000

In a great cloud of dust

Into the jaws of Hell

 

“There’s not to reason

Or ask of them why

There’s is to do and to die”

 

After all that has gone

There’s no turning back

For a Suicidal Cavalry Attack

 

Who wants to be the last one to die?

In a war that already is lost

Who wants to be the last one to die?

In a war that doesn’t exist

 

Two steps forward

Then three steps back

For a line that was drawn on a map

 

“Into the valley

Of the shadow of death”

The loved ones who’ll never come back

 

Where are they now?

The posters that read

“This country ….is at war”

 

Lost in a conflict

That history will judge

A Suicidal Cavalry Attack

 

Who wants to be the last one to die?

In a war that already is lost

Who wants to be the last one to die?

In a war that doesnt exist

 

Death still rains down

On the villages and towns

Civilians burned in their homes

 

They’ll take you away

If you stand up and say

The names of the “Glorious Dead”

 

Those that come back

Shoot themselves in the head

With the trauma of what they have seen

 

What does it take

To call them all back from this

Suicidal Cavalry Attack

 

Words by Mark from Last Under The Sun

Captain Of My Soul

October 20, 2012

I am the Captain of my soul

I am the master of my fate

And I’m coming, I’m coming, I’m coming home

 

They’ll send you to hell, with a habit of mind

They’ll make you a monster, with a habit of mind

They’ll force you to stand, it’s a habit of mind

And the sound of the shot, is just a habit of mind

 

They’ll put you away, with a habit of mind

The sleight of the hand, is a habit of mind

They’ll say that you’re crazy, with a habit of mind

They’ll burn you alive, with a habit of mind

 

They’ll keep you awake with a habit of mind

They’ll turn you around make you sleep to the light

They’ll order the shot, when you put up your hands

If there’s a hell, its a habit of mind

 

If there’s a hell, its a habit of mind

If there’s a hell, its a habit of mine

If there’s a hell, its a habit of mind

If there’s a hell, its a habit of mine

 

Words by Mark from Last Under The Sun

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