7 Day Conspiracy are persistent. Let’s face it, 11 years playing punk rock, touring up and down the UK and Europe in a bloody Ford Fiesta, releasing three albums and two EPs for which the BPI pointedly refused to issue official Gold discs and they’re still not millionaires, they’re not even big in Japan – something had to give. So they discovered Calypso and added luscious 3 part harmonies to the insightful lyric “You’re A Fucking Cunt”.
A proper UK punk band, playing for the hell of it.
End Of Pipe formed in Florianópolis, SC. in Brazil in 2006. They began earning themselves a reputation as a great live band by playing at parties and skate championships around Santa Catarina – an island just off the southern Brazilian coast. Singing in English helped them stand out from other Brazilian acts and they released their first EP in 2008. This led to supports with visiting US acts like Less Than Jake, Face To Face , No Use For a Name and inspired the formation of The Club, a collective of punk bands based in Santa Catarina. “ We wanted people to know Florianópolis for more than just surfing”
In 2014 the band released their second EP – Keep Running - through Undermusic in Brazil and Bomber Music in Europe. Produced by Phil Fargnoli the EP with it’s well-crafted songs and solid, loud guitars is firmly rooted in 1990s melodic punk, echoing the likes of Garage Fuzz, Samian, Hot Water Music.
End Of Pipe are:
Uirá Medeiros – Guitar & Vocals
Pedro Marques - Guitar & Vocals
Alex Ritter – Bass
Victor Berretta – Drums
Like their contemporaries Snuff and Leatherface, Goober Patrol formed in the late 1980s, bringing together influences from the British pop punk and American hardcore scenes; reviewers have highlighted the Goobers sound as equal parts Stiff Little Fingers, Circle Jerks and Snuff.
That was then, this is now, and just when it was needed most, slightly drunk lefty poetry rides again with the return of the mildly famous punk quartet. This summer has been extremely hectic; the much-lauded one day tour with NOFX in August left these punk veterans clamouring for their oxygen masks and walking sticks, pining for ‘a nice comfy chair’. But forget all that … they’re back with another collection of childish Marxist poetry berating the current right wing establishment and extolling the community virtues of the punk rock scene. But this time they’re not alone, this time they’re in the company of their grandsons 7 Day Conspiracy from Kent. Together, both bands deliver slab after slab of infectious punk / ska / calypso / d-beat that will annoy your parents and radicalise the family hamster. Yeehar, wot a bargain!’ Ah love calypso / d-beat me!
“One of the most frantic and energetic live bands around today, Graveyard Johnnys mix the primitive rhythms and animal-instinct of 1950′s rockabilly with the aggression and passion of punk rock from back when it was dangerous”
Graveyard Johnnys formed in 2008 in Chepstow, Wales. Their debut self-funded EP ‘Streetblocks and City Lights’ was immediately picked up on by champion of the underdog Mike Davies of the BBC Radio One Punk Show. Heavy rotation followed along with five BBC sessions, including two at the famous Maida Vale Studios.
The band, wasted no time packing their kit into a van and headed off on tour all over the UK , Europe and Scandinavia and were invited to play the cream of the Psychobilly Festival slots as well as a wide range of support slots with bands from Mad Sin to Turbonegro to Hayseed Dixie, amassing a mighty Graveyard Johnnys Army along the way.
Joe Grogan plays double bass and treats it with no respect whatsoever - complimenting the thunderous drum abuse that only a real life lumberjack like Tom Lord could produce. Just the sort of fellas the Psychobilly scene loves. With influences coming from Punk Rock and early Rockabilly, but steering clear of the usual well trodden gimmicks, the 2011 release of debut album ‘Songs From Better Days’ (Wolverine Records) showcased the band's thirst to push the boundaries of the genres. Following this album new guitarist Callum Houston is persuaded to join and finally gives the band a steady line-up and in 2014 Graveyard Johnnys hit the USA for the first time, touring extensively with the legendary Nekromantix
The new album ‘Dead Transmission’ continues the adventure; Piss and vinegar in places, affectionate in others, but rocking and stomping throughout. This is no stereotypical ‘billy album, this is rock’n’roll at it’s visceral best with some rousing tunes chucked into the mix of influences. There are lyrical nods to the past ,Dale Hawkins and Carl Perkins, the spirit of The Cramps, and maybe even a tribute to the Sex Pistols in there. Really? Probably not, it’s all in the interpretation...
Great Cynics are three unreliable people who like hanging out in cars and listening to The Lemonheads. They have two albums out, 'Don't Need Much' on Household Name Records and 'Like I Belong' on Bomber Music. There's also an EP called 'In The Valley' out on Kind Of Like Records.
Great Cynics are:
Jaya The Cat are a US band from Boston. In 2004 they toured Europe and never went home. They are now based in Amsterdam They play an original mix of reggae, punk rock and ska, with sounds ranging from booze-fuelled anthems to chilled out dance tracks to political commentary.
Adding keyboards, samples, percussion and occasionally even a Tiki Bar to their onstage act. the average Jaya the Cat concert becomes as much a party as a performance, with the audience singing, dancing and drinking along. Jaya The Cat tour throughout Europe constantly and have recently been making some waves in the UK also.
While the core element of punk and reggae remain, they have been triple distilled in dancehalls and clubs from Brighton to Barcelona to Bucharest, creating a sonic moonshine that will have you hooked from the first sip. Expect an album filled with drunken sunrises, narrow escapes, dysfunctional love affairs, political disillusionment and raised glasses, through seedy bars, carnival parades and late night dives, coming your way.
The albums “The New International Sound Of Hedonism” and “More Late Night Transmissions” are out now on Bomber Music.
“One foot on the beach and the other on the streets” Big Cheese
“Pretty F**cking Amazing” Vive Le Rock
Jesse James formed in 2000 with a shared love of punk rock, soul and Irish whiskey. They wasted no time in tearing their way up to second place in Kerrang’s video chart with the release of their debut EP ‘Shoes’ on Deck Cheese Records. The video was made on a budget of £30.
Debut album 'Punk Soul Brothers’ followed, and the band toured it hard: 200 shows a year rewarded them with a fan-base large enough to justify the extravagance of recording their second album ‘Mission’ at Fat Mike from NOFX's studio in San Francisco in 2003.
They followed that up with more relentless touring, including a trip across Canada with The Planet Smashers in the middle of a harsh winter, surviving -20C weather, vindictive Mounties, onstage electrocutions, fights with lumberjacks and flooded hotel rooms.
'Dear Jesus' - a song written in despair of the neocons who started wars while praisin’ Jesus - was blacklisted by Radio 1 for being 'offensive', and music video channels declined to playlist the stop-motion animated video that depicted George W. Bush in an unfavourable light. The band’s frustration at the quiet execution of their second album led to the band taking a break to decide if they wanted to carry on. They did, and they didn’t. They released a third and final album - 'The Assassination of Jesse James’ - in 2006.
The album was well-received by critics and fans alike, and features some of the band’s finest moments. Lead single ‘Everything’ was promoted with another low-budget, high-energy video and enjoyed a heavy rotation on Topshop’s in-store music video channel, earning the band some new and nattily-dressed fans.
They played a farewell tour in 2007, and turned down every subsequent offer until now: Jesse James reformed in 2014 to play the Slam Dunk Festival. Encouraged by the response of old fans and new, the band decided to bring it all back home to London Town for a special one-night-only reunion in the capital city, which sold out.
New Town Kings are a 9 piece Ska & Reggae band from Colchester, Essex
Formed in 2007 the band have released two albums to date – Sounds Of The New Town (2008) and M.O.J.O. (2012). Acclaimed as the UK’s greatest trad Ska band, New Town Kings have been playing tours raves and festivals across the UK and mainland Europe for years. Along the way they have shared the stage with hundreds of amazing bands including Reel Big Fish, The Slackers, The Skints, Congo Natty and many more.
There have been numerous comings and goings amongst the horn section (isn’t there always!) but in 2013 long time front man Chris decided to call it a day and the future was looking bleak for the band. After a few months or wondering and wandering, onto the scene stepped massively talented new singer Dabs Bonner. This was the shot in the arm they needed and with renewed energy and focus New Town Kings went into the studio and recorded the new EP “Pull Up & Rewind” featuring a stronger reggae vibe and more some politically aware lyrics than previous releases.
New Town Kings are:
Dabs Bonner - Vox
Tommy Marchant – Bass
Stuart McClung – Guitar
John Maynard - Guitar
Sky Roskell-Cheale – Drums
Scott James – Keys
Rob Band – Percussion
Rory Sadler – Sax
Rob Landen - Trumpet
Formed in 2013 for an International Women's Day gig, Petrol Girls continue to tour regularly around the UK and mainland Europe
Their music combines manic jagged rhythms with vocals that range from furious screaming to intricate melodies and harmonies. Drawing direct influence from Refused, White Lung, Bikini Kill, Fugazi, RVIVR, Propagandhi, At The Drive-In and War On Women, Petrol Girls have sculpted a sound and a performance that is not only explosive, but highly detailed and raucous.
Petrol Girls identify explicitly as a feminist band and draw on personal experiences to challenge and ridicule sexism, as well as exploring wider political themes, such as alienation, mental health and the current anti-austerity movement. Sometimes desperate and sometimes defiant, ‘Some Thing’ interrogates some big political ideas from an acutely personal perspective. Mental health and relationship issues open up into wider questions about alienation, borders, complicity and control. It draws together different musical influences in a way that reflects this collision of ideas in the context of a culture that feels increasingly less human.
Petrol Girls are:
Liepa Kuraitė - Bass and Vox
Ren Aldridge - Guitar and Vox
Joe York - Guitar and Vox
Zock - Drums
RANDOM HAND have spent the last twelve years tearing full throttle through the UK punk scene with their ferocious in your face ska-punk-metal mayhem. They've played over 1250 shows, touring across the UK, Europe and USA.
They have released three albums with Bomber Music - Another Change Of Plan , Inhale/Exhale and Seething Is Believing as well as the fan only live album Live From K-Town.
Bassist Joe Tilston has also released a solo folk album - Embers , Singer Robin is part of stand up comedy troupe The Leeds Tealights.
Currently gearing up for album number three. Do not adjust your seatbelt, this ride is far from over!
If you ask your average man on the street what his favourite 6 piece folk-punk band from England with a drummer named “Buttons” is, he would certainly say Smokey Bastard. Well, he would have done a couple of years ago but Buttons got replaced by Tyron and so we can't say that anymore.
Their irreverent, raucous live shows have earned them a cult following in the UK and Europe since the release of their first album “Propping Up The Floor” in 2010. The second album “Tales From The Wasteland” had great reviews, winning places in the end of year polls on many zines and blogs.
Traditional folk, played by punks and banged out way faster than it really should be, they have quickly fixed a reputation as one of Britain's hardest working and, though they'd never admit it, most musically proficient bands. They even have their own cask ale...
Full of melodies to rival their rustic musicianship, a bastardised (of course) mix of Flogging Molly,
Bellowhead, Dreadnoughts and every record ever made by the rare hippies who also had an Exploited record at home, this is something for the folkies and the punks in equal measure.
• Rock Sound Magazine: “Like a gang of extremely talented pirates” 7/10
• Big Cheese Magazine: “Smokey Bastard are a band you need in your life” 4/5
• Vive Le Rock Magazine: “Gloriously and energetically abusing folk” 4/5
Folk Artist of the Year at Somojo Awards 2011
Sorry & The Sinatras are the band formed by Scott Sorry (former bassist with The Wildhearts and Amen) Lenny Thomas (Trashlight Vision) Rich Jones (The Black Halos,Atari Teenage Riot) and Dave Kerr (The Cherrykicks).You won’t be surprised to hear this is rock’n’roll at it’s punkiest, dirtiest, most visceral and most memorable.
Following the release of their popular album Highball Roller in 2009, SATS played a couple of tours before personal reasons forced an indefinite hiatus.
While rumours and suggestions of a return to the stage abound, so far it ain’t happened. However The Kings Of Shambles Street EP loudly and proudly reminds us what we’re missing. A raw five song blast of guitars and attitude, heartbreak and humour; from the shouty title track , through the contemporary junkie love song “Valencia” and a great cover of The Replacements “Bastards Of Young” this EP is a hint of how great this band could have been.
Unfashionable and Unrepentant The Kings Of Shambles Street EP is a glorious swansong from a great rock’n’roll casualty.
The Roughneck Riot from Warrington, near Manchester, are a 6 piece orchestra of twisted Folk Punk rockers influenced by traditional Folk music from around the world. Since the release of the first album “Night Train with the Reaper” in early 2010 the band have taken touring by the horns, with non-stop gigs up and down the UK and Europe and shows with the likes of The Real McKenzies, Sham 69, Demented Are Go, Street Dogs , Shane MacGowan, The Creepshow, Swingin’ Utters, Talco and The Buccaneers.
“We are reinventing and rewriting Folk music to make sense to our lives today. We write music for people, regardless of race, nationality, age, gender or sexuality. In a country with a government trying to destroy it, and a music industry run by money hungry people who couldn’t care less about musicians, we are here as a voice amongst many in the scene ready to be heard. We are here to play Folk Punk music. From nowhere & everywhere. This is our Day.”
Hailing from the London boroughs of Waltham Forest and Redbridge, this eclectic outfit’s refreshing urban blend of Jamaican styles, pop hooks, grimey raps and filthy basslines have seen them tour extensively with everyone from Bedouin Soundclash and Gym Class Heroes to Easy Star All Stars and You Me At Six, as well as put in countless performances at legendary festivals across Europe including Reading and Leeds. Their established fanbase has also seen them consistently sell out esteemed venues in London from Scala to Koko.
With the music already attracting attention from BBC Radio 1Xtra’s David Rodigan and BBC 6 Music’s Nemone, and all releases having garnered praise from respected publications Kerrang and RockSound as well as plays from Radio 1’s Huw Stephens, long-time Radio 1 supporter Mike Davies and Steve Lamacq (BBC Radio 2/6 Music), The Skints are now set to unleash a highly anticipated third album over the coming months.
With their punk rock work ethic and genre-bending style, this talented group are truly on the cutting edge of the capital’s sound.
There are no dull moments for The Smoking Hearts. Live shows see guitars smashed and drum kits sprawled across stages and it’s not uncommon to find singer Ben Mills is in the back of the venue, on the bar, or hanging from the rafters, coercing the crowd into joining the chaos. Playing with the likes of The Used, Asking Alexandria, Gallows, Death By Stereo, Andrew WK, Black Veil Brides The Smoking Hearts have cemented their reputation as one of the most exciting young bands in the U.K.
The Smoking Hearts are getting ready to show the world they’re back again, the 2013 album Victory! Is a visceral blend of high-energy Rock ‘N’ Roll Punk and Hardcore clocking in at just over the 30 minute mark - a celebration, a testament to The Smoking Hearts' DIY/ 'never say die' approach to life onstage and off. Following the album release through Bomber in the UK, the band were snapped up by US label Bullet Tooth who have released the album stateside and 3Wise who have released it in Australia
“This is head banging, beer-spitting, ear-bleeding Rock ‘N’ Roll at its loudest and proudest... Boasting enough power to raise the dead”
"Equally known for destroying venues as they are for their balls-to-the-wall take on punk rock."
"Their brand of Valient Thorr or Zeke-esque guitar-mangling marks them out as worthy contenders to take Gallows "Kings Of British Punk crown."
“Their incendiary songs and live energy is pure perspiration soaked entertainment to the max. These boys deserve your attention and deserve to be huge.”
“What more could you ask for?”
The Smoking Hearts are:
Ben Mills – Vocals
Nobba Green – Guitar
Simon Barker – Guitar
Calvin Roffey – Bass
Matthieu Taylor – Drums
Versus You are a 4 piece punk rock band from Luxembourg.
Yes, they have punk bands in Luxembourg.
Formed in 2005 they have so far released 3 albums and played hundreds of shows all across Europe as headline act and/or supporting the likes of NOFX, Alkaline Trio, No Use For A Name, Propagandhi, Rise Against, Dead To Me, The Flatliners, Anti-Flag, Star Fucking Hipsters, Strike Anywhere, Bayside, Adolescents, The Casualties, MXPX, Strung Out, Black Flag, Jimmy Eat World. - These guys work hard.
Hard work is rewarded. The song “The Hotel Room” from their 3rd album 'This Is The Sinking' topped the charts in Luxembourg, which just goes to show how much more civilised the mainland is. But it’s still rock’n’roll and like any band with a conscience Versus You have had a new drummer every year.
Versus You are:
Eric Rosenfeld: Guitar, Vocals
Dario Bruno: Guitar, Backing Vocals
Giordano Bruno: Bass
Jerry Kirpach: Drums