A short writing update

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A quick update on some of my writing for other venues.

Ed Wood – The Violent Years

The low-budget genre director Ed Wood is much-beloved of fans of so-bad-they’re-good films, particularly those involving cheap monsters and wonky flying saucers. The man was so widely recognised for his complete lack of filmmaking talent that he was posthumously awarded with a Golden Turkey Award for being the worst director ever. The only comparable artist […]

Shellshock Rock: a humanistic record of the ’78/79 Belfast punk scene

Shellshock Rock is a punk rock documentary with an interesting history and provenance. Shot between 1978 and 1979, it’s a surprisingly affectionate record of the Belfast punk scene of the time. Now, it’s tricky for me to talk about this era with any degree of authenticity as I wasn’t born until ’82, but everything I’ve read […]

How to Annoy Old Punks in Four Easy Steps

Take classic hardcore punk song from 80s Have it covered by a squeaky clean pop singer (Bonus points if he/she is cuter than most punk rockers) Fill entire cover band with guys from 80s hardcore punk bands Get quote from original singer approving of the cover version

The Taxpayers – To Risk So Much for One Damn Meal (album)

During my research into this record – a fun process that usually involves browsing the execrable MySpace far more than I’d like – I discovered that the Taxpayers credit a whopping ten people on this record. This goes some way toward explaining just how they’ve managed to produce such a varied record whilst retaining a […]

Annabel – Here We Are Tomorrow (EP)

When Here We Are Tomorrow first came to me for review I had a strong sensation that I’d heard Annabel before. Although I think this wasn’t the case, and I was actually suffering from a bit of ‘music geek’s name confusion’ and thinking of Annalise, alongside recognising their name from their record labels websites, I […]

Cynics – Stones I’ve Thrown 7″

Cynics is Giles Bidder, a musician based in London, who plays “heartfelt acoustic punk”. You want reference points? I’ll give you reference points: Cynics are part of the current, wonderful wave of British punk rock that has also given us Apologies, I Have None, Serf Combat, Calvinball, Bangers and Bastard Rats among others. Acoustic outfits […]

“I think it’s something that’s hard to recognise if you don’t experience it yourself”

Via the I live sweat… zine (ezine? tumblrzine? tumbline? Help me, my portmanteaus are terrible) is another great piece about the lived realities of sexism in the punk scene. It’s the male band members who don’t take you seriously, and when you get upset with how you’re treated, ask you if you’re menstruating. It’s the […]

The Reptilian – Full Health (EP)

Kalamazoo. What a place to live that must be. The name just rolls off the tongue: Kalamazoo. According to Wikipedia the name is derived from an old Potawatomi word; a Native American tribe from the area around Lake Michigan. Kalamazoo. The closest I can get to that is the crappy kazoo I bought to irritate […]

Babies Three – self-titled LP

Long-term fans of British DIY hardcore may remember Margate’s Babies Three, who were about between ’99 and ’04 and released a handful of records before briefly changing their name and splitting up. I never got to see them but they toured Europe with Yaphet Kotto and Song of Zarathustra, which is pretty fucking badass. So, […]