Archive for February, 2013

Ed Banger & the Nosebleeds  aka  Rabid Dogs

Star & Garter Manchester – 22  Feb 2013

Friday night in The Star & Garter & it’s bloody freezing  outside though, inside isn’t much better. The Garter as basic & bleak as it ever was, well that’s no big deal, punk rock was born in such establishments without the luxury of a decent sound system which the Garter has.  However the temperature inside  is just about to improve thanks to the opening band on tonight’s bill and the reason why I’m here, Ed Banger & The Nosebleed as or, as they are billed tonight, ‘Rabid Dogs’.  Mr Gerrity ascends the stage with his 3 brothers in arms, welcomes everyone to the room & launches into ‘The Bitch’ followed by ‘Now I Know ‘.

It’s the 1970’s again instantly, this is brilliant. The enlightened of you will, of course, have spotted that these are straight from the Slaughter & The Dogs back catalogue, Ed’s band in the ‘Bite Back’ period.  Gerrity then launches into ‘Hell in New York’  and boy is this band on fire.  30 years are gone in the blink of an eye, it’s all about the moment, the wall of sound & some of the best tunes to emerge from the whole punk period. The band, boot boy Mass Centi on guitar & Manchester stalwart Steve Wilson on bass, spit fury from their weapons of choice whilst the whole attack is held down by the steamhammer  Mad Muffet, veteran Slaughter & the Dogs drummer. We are then treated to ‘Victims of the Vampire’ & ’Kinell  Tommy’ , ‘ Ain’t Ever Been to Music School’  &’ Fascist Pigs’ from Ed’s Nosebleed days.

Next we have what for me is one of the top 5 punk songs of all time – ‘Cranked Up Really High’. I’ve got a video camera in my hand & want to throw it away, to throw this ageing frame into some pit action.  The delivery is blistering,, this band plays like it’s been together for years even though this is this particular line-up’s first outing, the first  of many I hope. ‘ Cranked’ is a tough song to follow but hot on its heels we have the incredible ‘Where have the Boot Boys Gone’. Take a look Ed,  one of them is stood next to you playing guitar!  Then we have Slaughter & The Dogs version of ‘the New York Dolls ‘Who Are The Myster Girls’, a rare cover I always thought better than the original & I’m a Dolls fan.  The last song in a near perfect set is ‘Boston Babies’. This was a  short & amazing performance from a band who owned the songs & breathed a fire into them I’ve not witnessed in years. To borrow from one of Manchester’s punk contemporaries, this punter felt 16 again.

Simon Collier

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distantdrums1Distant Drums – A Compilation  Album Dedicated to the Memory of Paris Angels Drummer Si Worrall – Release Date March 4 2013

Distant Drums is a special memorial  album dedicated to the memory of Paris Angels drummer Si Worrall, including a one-off  track by The Stone Roses’  Mani with Dust Junkys’ MC Tunes along with Spencer Birtwistle. There is also  a special re-recorded version of ‘Death Of Imagination’  for Simon by Mark Burgess ,  John Lever (both of The Chameleons)  with guitarists  Andy Clegg  & Andy Whitaker recording together again as The Sun and The Moon.  Amongst the many other generous contributors are Paris Angels with a previously unreleased track, Intastella, Tony Ogden (World Of Twist), Inspiral Carpets, The Cornelius Crane, Dub Sex, Eliza P,  SupaJamma,  Proud Mary, Suddi Raval, The Clint Boon Experience, Martin Stephenson, The Rainkings and many more

All artists featured on the album have donated their tracks royalty free for use on this record and profits raised from the release of the album will go towards Hector’s Charity, set up at St Mary’s Hospital / Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Charity by Clint Boon’s young son, Hector.

Simon Worrall

Big Si, as everyone knew him, was the friendly drummer in Paris Angels, who passed away in October 2011. Si was big in stature at 6’4″ and big in personality. To give you a handle on him, he was a mixture between Keith Moon and Tommy Cooper,  a merry prankster that always had a one-liner ready for everyone and all situations. He was never punctual and sometimes infuriating, but you could never stay mad with him because he had a heart of gold and a rapier-like wit to match. A true mad-cap colossus of a drummer with an infectious smile who is truly missed by all that met him.

Distant Drums: Worldwide  distribution through 24 Hour Service Station / Ioda / The Orchard.

Songs & Artists featured on Distant Drums:

Paris Angels ~ Sleeping With The Radio On

The Sun and The Moon ~ Death Of Imagination

MC Tunes,Mani,Spen & Bunn – Saturday Night

Inspiral Carpets ~ You’re So Good For Me

Together ~ Storming Heaven (Sasha’s 1991 Broken Table Remix)

Weaveworld ~ Out & Down

Music For Aborgines  ~ Sitting On A Biscuit 

Andy Whitaker ~ Stars   

Plastic Gun Alliance ~ Television 

Intastella ~ I Believe In Changes

Tony Ogden ~ Girls In Colour

Super – I Went To The Mirror

Dub Sex – Swerve

Thrush Puppies ~ Tart/Bint

Bong ~ Sometime To Sometimes

Motion Incorporated ~ Strawberry Sunshine

Laugh ~ Time To Loose It

The Rainkings ~ Way Down

The Second Floor – Strange Blues

Best ~ Better Move On Over

Happier Than Us  ~ Dreaming

Orange Skies ~ Strong As You 

Eliza P ~ Hedge Witch 

Supajamma ~ Rudi

Clint Boon Experience ~ Somewhere In Time

Bubblegum – Hoochy Coochy Girl

Loopzilla ~ True Colours (One For The Haç) 

The Cornelius Crane ~ June Has Gone

Rod Smith ~ When i was young

Echo Devils ~ There Ain’t No Sound In Space

Proud Mary ~ Give A Little Love

Spartak ~ Let’s Go Get ‘Em

Suddi Raval ~ Cre Que Te Amo

Bad Man Wagon ~ Kill ‘Em All

The Vincent  Valmara Show ~ Murder In The Flat

Walton Hesse ~ Walt’s 15th Dream

Foilface ~ The Rolling

Martin Stephenson ~ Miles Away

Truant featuring Chris Jam  ~ Howulikeme

Bonebox ~ The Devil Is In The Detail

Ed Banger & The NoseBleeds ~ I Love Rock n Roll

Single release: Andy Whitaker ~ Stars (courtesy of Wanderland Music Publishing)

Full details of contributors, latest album news,  Download  links,  track listing and individual artist links on the dedicated album website

Album website – www.distantdrums.co.uk  The website gives details on individual artist with links to their own profiles & of course will feature regular news updates.

Label website – www.stereokillrecordings.com

For review copies please contact us through the Stereokill Website. Thanks.

Interview: Manchester stars discuss new charity compilation album ‘Distant Drums’ | Live4ever Ezine.

The next release on Stereokill Recordings is ‘Distant Drums’ a 36 track compilation of manchester artists in memory of Paris Angels drummer Big Si Worrall. Great feature on the release with comments from sone of the contributors.