Blackpool Rocks

14 August 2016

Rebellion 2016, well I had a whale of a time: ate loads of chips; drank buckets cider; stayed up late once or twice; saw some bands; discovered some new bands; got my haircut courtesy of Doc Martens; and more. I hope you enjoyed it too.

Special thanks to Bill for letting me carry his guitar; Guy for letting me drop a pint of cider on him; Joe for joining me on stage for GLC (and all the rest of you who did the same); Those Naughty Lumps for helping me stay up late; Mic for pointing out I could get my haircut for free; all those around me in the band passes queue for helping to idle the time away; and especially Marianne for spotting the lipstick smudge on my cheek before Mouse did.

But most of all, thank you to all your Mums and Dads for letting you stay up for our Friday night closer, it would have been pretty pointless otherwise.

Next one up is the Undercover Festival, Brighton Racecourse 9th September.



24 June 2016

time to make up and be friends again.

Tomorrow and Sunday (25th & 26th June) is the 2nd HIV/AIDS Punk Festival down in New Cross. Menace will playing Saturday, and there’s plenty of other quality aural entertainment going on too. All here:

Then we’re off to slosh in the Dorset mud at StickStock on the 9th July:

And back home to the Hope and Anchor on the 15th:


Did you miss me?

26 April 2016

Well, lost my voice several times over the past 6 six weeks, but I’m back, so back on with the ear defenders.

So what’s happened? The Fighting Cocks in Kingston. Morgellons were on good form. 5 Go Mad had Jon wandering around the audience with his radio link. Menace had a few stage guests, at one time there was myself, Martin Sawtell and Toby playing… bass players rule! Just needed Charlie to complete the set.

Then the south coast tour, the Old Barn at Portsmouth and the Anvil in Bournemouth. 5 Go Mad popped up again at the Old Barn to light a fire for us, thanks for the use of the amp Jon. The Electric Shakes followed us to Bournemouth with their lively pop-punk (I’m gonna get shot for using the word pop arn’t I?). I’d lost my voice from the previous night so I couldn’t ruin the live recording with my injudicious controlled shouting (backing vocals). Yes, if you were there, you were on the recording… let you know when we decide what to do with it.

Then off to Edinburgh for Punk for Pam. Wet, windy and uphill was Edinburgh. I’m told the first two are not permanent, but Scottish rain seems to like me. Managed to find my voice for a pretty decent gig from the band, but felt so bad after that I had to drink all the beer I could find to poison my ills. Ah, but t’was a good night!

And so what next? I’ve been hearing reports that a slimline Noel has been sighted around the Hope and Anchor. Will I recognise him at the next rehearsal? Your chance to observe this phenomena comes up on the 28th May at T.Chances and the Blank Generation festival. Be there. Make history.