Crikey — we’re suddenly half way through January ! This month has been action packed already .Firstly our Pledge campaign has now gone live and I just want to say a big thank you to all of you who have Pledged so far . I hope you all enjoyed your Solstice/ Christmas/ New year festivities in whatever way you chose to celebrate it -maybe you just enjoyed the break . Me ..? ..I couldn’t wait to get back to moving forward .We rehearsed – then played the 100 club gig in London – We all really enjoyed it and again a big thank you to all who attended – it seemed to go down a storm , although the guy who reviewed it for the Guardian newspaper seemed to miss the point completely — whatever ..we had much worse reviews back in the day so we just keep on rolling into 2015 – I went to join Ruffy in Portugal to continue our ongoing writing process , having been strumming away with Mr Heggarty in the latter part of last year , we got a lot done , in between great food , liberally lubricated by the local aguadente- Madrone( Medronho)
Well as we all get ready for the unavoidable festivities of christmas and ” The new year”, for me – it’s all about the Solstice .Today – the 21st , is the shortest day of the year and as such , is the true new years cross over point dictated by our relative position to the Sun ..Indeed , it must be the origin of christmas before it was highjacked by the controlling powers of the priest class and later twisted further by the invention of a big fat bloke in a red suit by Coca- Cola .
It means that , from tomorrow , the days will start getting longer and those early dark evenings will slowly , but noticeably , start to lift . The beginning of the new year .
So , it was with this celestial event in mind that we set off to Bristol for last nights gig at the Fleece .
We like the Fleece -having played there last year to a great and warm crowd and working well with promoters Ziggy and Jon from Death or Glory promotions .
We arrive early and , as the venue is still closed. Pop into the Seven Stars pub conveniently placed next door .As we entered we were rather pleasantly surprised to see and hear a young man playing his own songs on acoustic guitar .An interesting style of singing that switched to a gentle falsetto for the chorus accompanied our pint of Star Gazer .The atmosphere was warm , it was friendly and dare I say – kinda christmassy .Chatting and encouraging the singer afterwards, I found out that his name was Jach Fox-Williams .I hope to hear him again soon . Next up was a guy called Dan Vickers – again playing his own songs – this time incorporating some slide guitar techniques in open tuning and an interesting style of laying his guitar on his lap and using it as a percussive instrument while playing haunting chords . Enchanting , was the word that Ruffy used to describe his performance….as we finished our second pint . …oh – better go to soundcheck !
Soundcheck done – we do an interview with our militant cameraman Shaun and soon it’s gig time – theres a good crowd , great vibe – everybody’s up for it and as our own little mosh pit starts to swirl , I am pleased that I can manage to dodge a couple of over – excited ( plastic ) hurled glasses and avoid smashing my teeth into my ever moving microphone as the mosh boyz fall and bump into it .We all enjoyed it – lots of smiles and good to see many old and new friends afterwards – see you all again soon.
Kick off 2015 with a 5 date celebration of classic punk in its spiritual home as 100 Club presents Resolution Festival.
From Tuesday 6th January to Saturday 10th January, Resolution Festival will be hosting some of the biggest and best names in punk music. With Anti-Nowhere League kicking things off, there are also performances from 999, Ruts DC, Ed Tudor Pole, Chris Spedding and the newly announced secret special guests: UK Subs!
Tickets can be bought for individual days (priced from £10) or a full festival pass for only £45. Read on below for our picks of this amazing lineup.