Saturday, 30 August 2014

Are you a believer?



Raking round the internet I stumbled upon this trailer. It spoke to me in a way that trailers don't normally. First, it didn't feel like I had just watched the film, or seen all the best bits and second it built up a real sense of excitement, the same kind of excitement I had for this kind of stuff as a sci-fi loving teenager.

The thing that grabbed me the most was the sense of old-school sci-fi, not Star-trek/Star Wars space opera stuff, more like 2001 or Planet of the Apes. I'm lookin' forward to this one!

Thursday, 28 August 2014

rubble challenge

Powerful words from one of many folk who have had their worlds turned upside down.

War doesn't end when the bombs stop falling.

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Colin Riot RIP

A working class protest, nothing more, nothing fucking less.

First time i saw Runnin' Riot was with Los Destructos in Leven about 15 years ago, great gig, certainly didn't think I'd be sharing a stage with the same band 14 years later, or that I'd play in different bands with every member of Los Destructos, but that's a story for another day.

'having a laugh and having a say' - that'll be my lasting memory of Colin.

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Fighting Cougars 2004

So, ten years ago I flew in an plane for the very first time, and Germany was my destination. Fighting Cougars was the band, a six month learning curve which ultimately led to the formation of Atomgevitter and a further seven year adventure in the international hardcore scene. These formative months however, at the time, felt like the most important moment in my life till that point.

There are some excellent stories from my time with the Cougars, especially from the German tour, if you wanna know more ask me next time you see me.

Hopefully the demo and pics will bring back a few memories for those of you who were there at the time.

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

freaky fitness

At the grand old age of 31 I have found myself at the crossroads of fitness, my puppy fat glory days are fading from view and the grey haired, pot bellied reality of middle age is scratching at my front door. The answer? Stepping it up a few gears.

I've set up a training blog here where I will post not just my exercise regime but also any recipes or other fitness related stuff I have going on. Any encouragement/thoughts/advice would be much appreciated.

see you in the park/gym

The origins of Gaelic punk

I think its fair to say that Gaelic language punk is now a thing, that is to say there have been several bands recording full EP's or albums in the language. The most prolific of these groups is certainly Edinburgh's Oi Polloi, who have now released two full length albums in Gaelic, Ar Ceol, Ar Canan, Ar-a-mach and Duisg, in addition to Gaelic language tracks on numerous split singles and EP's. While Oi Polloi were certainly at the forefront of this movement, Seattle based Mill a h-Uile Rud were also instrumental in establishing the Gaelic punk movement.

So why on earth did all these bands decide to start singing in Gaelic? Hopefully this documentary following Mill a h-Uile Rud on a tour of Europe in the early 2000's will answer a few questions.

Sunday, 22 June 2014

Broken Brains 7"

available from me, £5 postpaid, listen below