Indieterria presents The Blinders For The Many Tour

Dear Readers,

Every day in music business is different. But if somebody told us that we would be reporting on a tour to raise funds for a political party during election time last week, we would raise our eyebrows. Music and politics is as old as time itself but UK has not seen rock bands tour to support a political party since New Labour movement or at least since Manics dropped their first album.

For The Many Tour poster

Sold out shows!

Well guess what. We do have a tour to raise funds for Labour Party and yes, we are gonna report on it. With details.  Manchester based trio The Blinders (called by musical press to be the most vocal and important band on the scene in the last three decades) hit the road to fund raise, encourage young people to vote and to push for the social change we all desperately need. Ahead of their For The Many Tour the members have issued this statement:

“All of our lives it has felt like politics has worked against us with election after election seemingly serving the interests of a limited few.
For us, the election on the 12th of December, provides a crucial opportunity to elect a Labour government that we truly believe in.
The For the Many Tour is about using our platform to bring people together, influence change and help create a society in which we are a little bit more equal.
We hope to be joined by as many of our friends and like minded individuals as possible.
IF NOT NOW……. THEN WHEN ?”

The band called upon other musicians, spoken word artists and general audience to join them in creating concerts with all the profits going to local Labour Party chapters, often is constituencies with seats that could challenge the status quo. The answer was shift and within few days seven concerts have been set up across the country, with a leading show at O2 Ritz in Manchester with a star line up.

The is still chance to join the initiative and everyone interested, be it a venue, artists or volunteers  can get in touch with the band via a page that has been set up  for the purpose of the tour: https://forthemanytour.com/contact or they can simply send an enquiry to bands email: management@theblindersofficial.com

*** Tour ***

Show#1 – Blackpool 

Blackpool was the first show on the tour and we have to say the kick off was amazing. With 6 bands and one poet on the bil, the innauguration of the tour went absolutely perfect. Jordan Allen did a solo show to open up the celebration, Nana White Pepper blew everyone away with their set (and made their manager proud!), Filthy Tricks were mesmerazing and Palava and Scarlet rocked the crowd like category 5 hurricane. Please see their video for proof! Afghan Sand Gand and Patrick T Davies are close friends of the Blinders so it was not a surprise to see them on the bill. Bobby Bentham of Strange Bones (who did a lovely DJ set) and the emerging band Those Fucking Snowflakes (be careful! They are an avalanche!), made the gig a memorable night for equality and diversity. It is worth mentioning that the performances were a little bit delayed. As the running order was getting behind the schedule, the Blinders played before Those Fucking Snowflakes and in a really cool turn of events, they ended up headlining the gig! How cool is that!

Blackpool event poster

Date: 30.11.2019
Town: Blackpool
Venue: Bootleg Social
Address: 30 Topping St, Blackpool FY1 3AQ
Door:  7 PM – 2 AM
Tickets: £10
Line Up: The Blinders, Jordan Allen (solo show), Nana White Pepper, Afghan Sand Gang, Filthy Tricks, Palava, Scarlet, Those Fucking Snowflakes, Patrick T. Davies (spoken word), Bobby (Strange Bones)– DJ set
This show is 18+
Event Page    

Pictures:
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5inWMdgHZB/ (Patrick T Davies)
https://twitter.com/MapMove/status/1201139817922416640?s=20 (venue)
https://twitter.com/nanawhitepepper/status/1201221536214126593/photo/1 (Nana White Pepper)
https://twitter.com/nanawhitepepper/status/1200781592307875842/photo/1 (Nana White Pepper)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5nxUHmnS00/ (Palava)
https://twitter.com/underblackcombe/status/1201155705094463488 (The Blinders)

Palava performing in support of the Labour Party at the Bootleg – pictures by Edgaras Lazurinas

 

Those Fucking Snowflakes pictures by Alysia Mitchell

Videos:

Nana White Pepper


Scarlet (video by Joseph Challender)


The Blinders Setlist:
Gotta Get Through
L’Etat C’Est Moi
Free The Slave
ICB Blues
Forty Days And Forty Nights
Something Wicked This Way Comes
Ramona Flowers
Brave New World
Rage
Rat In A Cage
Brutus/Et Tu/Berlin Wall


Show#2 – Manchester

Manchester was the second show on the tour but the biggest one overall. It was dubbed “Socialist Sunday” and its motto was “For the Manny, Not the Few”. Over 1200 tickets were sold in 3 weeks, 12 bands performed and 10 speakers shared their views with the public. There was a new merch stand with amazing t-shirts saying “The Blinders For The Many Tour”, “Tories Out” and “Union Kicking Ass for The Working Class” (that was presented on stage by Charlie McGough of the Blinders and proved very photogenic).

The show was organized by Kallum Nolan (Rochdale Labour Coulcillor) and Ben Taylor (head of events at Jimmy’s Group). It was streamed online in its entirety by The People’s Assembly.

Manchester event poster known as Socialist Sunday

Set list for the night picture by Ben Taylor

Date: 01.12.2019
Town:  Manchester
Venue:  O2 Ritz
Address:  Whitworth Street West, M15NQ
Door:  2 PM – 11 PM
Tickets: £10
Line Up:  The Blinders, Cabbage, Scuttlers, The Rhythm Method, Eccentronic Research Council Space Monkeys, The Pagans S.O.H, Cold Water Swimmers, Ventrelles, Gerry O’Gorman, Dollie Demi, Karl Hildebrandt plus guest speakers Jon McClure (Reverend & The Makers), Maxine Peake, Andy Burham, Tom Keenan (DJ) and more.
Event Page     

Live stream:
https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=447410862814225 (interview with Maxine Peake)
https://www.facebook.com/ThePeoplesAssembly/videos/2415456978716818 (Part1  – Cold Waters Swimmers, Pagans SOH, Eccentronic Research Council, Loose Articles, Gerry O’Gorman)
https://www.facebook.com/ThePeoplesAssembly/videos/2147855098844652/ (Part2 – Space Monkeys, The Rhythm Method, Scuttlers)
https://www.facebook.com/ThePeoplesAssembly/videos/595952144499283/ (Part 3 –  Cabbage and The Blinders)

Pictures:

Official selection of pictures from the event captured by the amazing Trust A Fox.
https://www.trustafoxphotography.com/trust-a-fox-blog/2019/12/3/socialist-sunday-011219-o2-ritz-manchester

https://twitter.com/theblindersband/status/1201555027795611648 (The Blinders)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5lZtFWJFPB/ (The Blinders)
https://twitter.com/MapMove/status/1200928543611465730 (merch stand)
https://twitter.com/kallumnolan/status/1201497246099034119/photo/1 (mixed)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5kvo62Ab1F/?igshid=1saj2hfv19odi (Patrick T Davies)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5kqkjqhkVV/ (The Blinders)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5kgNxenmqL/ (The Blinders, Cabbage)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5jR_h6hFWq/(mixed)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5jLpXMAzGN/ (The Blinders)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5jJwGlgaWY/ (mixed)
https://twitter.com/ScuttlersINC/status/1201529492868620292/photo/1 (Scuttlers)
https://twitter.com/TrustFox/status/1201478833674891265?s=20 (Cold Water Swimmers)
https://twitter.com/TrustFox/status/1201464249551400960?s=20 (Pagans SOH)
https://twitter.com/TrustFox/status/1201493081595535361?s=20 (Space Monkeys)
https://twitter.com/TrustFox/status/1201486395900092416?s=20 (Gerry O’Gorman)
https://twitter.com/TrustFox/status/1201484341156691968?s=20 (Loose Articles)
https://twitter.com/TrustFox/status/1201474913216929792?s=20 (Dollie Demi)
https://twitter.com/TrustFox/status/1201472507502616582?s=20 (Eccentronic Research Council)
https://twitter.com/TrustFox/status/1201471604003344388?s=20 (Ventrelles)
https://twitter.com/TrustFox/status/1201576129150246922?s=20 (John McClure of Reverend & TheMakers)
https://twitter.com/TrustFox/status/1201607817670643714/photo/1 (Thomas Haywood of The Blinders)
www.facebook.com/shampson3/posts/10156956567352725 (Pagans SOH)
https://www.facebook.com/shampson3/posts/10156957359237725 (The Blinders)
https://www.facebook.com/shampson3/posts/10156956665367725 (Space Monkeys, Rhythm Method and Scuttlers)
https://www.facebook.com/shampson3/posts/10156956362102725 (mixed)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5lO_nxFtgM/ (mixed)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5kPiIun_ag/ (Loose Articles)
https://www.facebook.com/pg/neilwinwardphotography/photos/?tab=album&album_id=432495580752604 (The Blinders)
https://www.facebook.com/pg/neilwinwardphotography/photos/?tab=album&album_id=432369810765181 (The Scuttlers)
https://www.facebook.com/pg/neilwinwardphotography/photos/?tab=album&album_id=432326074102888 (The Rhythm Method)
https://www.facebook.com/pg/neilwinwardphotography/photos/?tab=album&album_id=432298250772337 (Space Monkeys)
https://www.facebook.com/pg/neilwinwardphotography/photos/?tab=album&album_id=432263300775832 (Gerry O’Gorman)
https://www.facebook.com/pg/neilwinwardphotography/photos/?tab=album&album_id=432242337444595 (Loose Articles)
https://www.facebook.com/pg/neilwinwardphotography/photos/?tab=album&album_id=431684000833762 (Eccentronic Research Council)
https://www.facebook.com/pg/neilwinwardphotography/photos/?tab=album&album_id=431603720841790 (Cold Water Swimmers)
https://www.facebook.com/pg/neilwinwardphotography/photos/?tab=album&album_id=431643110837851 (Pagans SOH)
https://www.facebook.com/pg/neilwinwardphotography/photos/?tab=album&album_id=431615794173916 (Karl Hildebrandt)
https://www.facebook.com/pg/neilwinwardphotography/photos/?tab=album&album_id=431537780848384 (Dollie Demi)

Videos:
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5kjjGrHLoR/?igshid=thqer0e9ejc1
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5kPGSkHQdh/
https://twitter.com/Reverend_Makers/status/1201265997472313349?s=20
https://www.youtube.com/user/mancmusic/videos (large collection of videos)
https://www.facebook.com/679846713/posts/10156600900541714/

Poetry:
Mancunian (mosh pit) poet laurate – Karl Hildebrandt spoke at the Ritz just before the Pagans SOH gig and addressed the inequality and social injustice with his poem. The piece is still unentitled and it was written about 4 am on the day of the concert! His poetry is really powerful and resonated with the audience. Due to high demand (many people asked us to add it!) we have teamed with Karl who kindly re-recorded it and you can listen to it below:

 

The Blinders went on stage exactly at 10:00 pm and the public quickly greeted them with delight. It was another full house for the trio in one year, as they sold out the venue in April during their Columbia Spring tour. Thomas Haywood spoke to the public convincing them to vote Labour and “finally breaking his silence”. During “Berlin Wall” after singing the famous line “Does my vote count for anything at all?”, he felt prompted to add “Yes, it fucking does!” to huge cheers form the audience. The ending of the gig was a real surprise as members of several Manchester bands – Cabbage, Scuttlers, Saytr Play, and Document, joined The Blinders on stage to perform Cabbage’s infamous track “Terrorist Synthesizer” in a obvious jab at conservative mainstream press often calling Jeremy Corbyn a “terrorist symphatizer” because of his peace negotiations with IRA in the early 1990’s.

Set list:
Gotta Get Through
L’Etat C’Est Moi
Free the Slave
ICB Blues
Where No Man Comes
Something Wicked This Way Comes
Ramona Flowers
Brave New World
Rage
Rat In A Cage
Brutus/Et Tu/Berlin Wall
Encore: Terrorist Synthesizer (with Cabbage and Scuttlers)

After party poster

The party was not over with the lights out at the Ritz. The bands, speakers and many of the audience members moved to the popular night club, The Night People where the good fun continued till early morning. All bar profits were also donated to local Labour North West branch.

Show #3 – Doncaster 

The Doncaster show was the second show on the tour to sell out. The Blinders arrived to spread the message of hope and glory (well we exaggerate, but just a tiny bit) to mostly young audience at their favourite hang-out place, aka The Social. It was good to see the band’s family members and friends who came out to greet them. The show was described as sweaty but amazing. Patrick T Davies again provided a spoken word, Jordan Allen played a another solo acoustic gig under the alias of Gordin Alan (A Tribute act) and Wraiths and Tinfoils raised the temperature to boiling levels. The Blinders were a bit delayed (about half an hour due to late start) but played a full set, just without the encore. The fundraiser was a success and a substancial sum will be given to local chapter of Labour Party. Thank you to all who donated and who came out to support the tour. It is greatly appreciated.

Doncaster event poster

Date: 02.12.2019
Town: Doncaster
Venue:  Social Bar
Address:  28-30 Lazarus Court, Bradford Row, DN1 3NF
Door:  7:30 PM – 11 PM
Tickets: £10
Line Up: The Blinders, Wraights, Tinfoils, Jordan Allen (solo show), Patrick T. Davies (spoken word)
This show is 18+
Event Page  

Pictures:
https://www.facebook.com/theblindersband/posts/2465383860401600 (The Blinders and Jordan Allen)
https://twitter.com/hossfitt/status/1201653341039874050/photo/1 (The Blinders)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5l-bYnHfMJ/ (The Blinders)
https://www.instagram.com/p/Bc7ugRtnnRO/ (The Blinders)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5n84vFH_ig/ (The Blinders)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5n6u3zHDbe/ (Thomas Haywood)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5n5qkuHh9_/ (Thomas Haywood)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5npVauhQiM/ (The Blinders and Jordan Allen)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5nc8FRAjnw/ (Patrick T Davies)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5nrd8VHeej/ (Wraiths)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5nCPEFHSRk/ (Jordan Allen)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5nuVfPnUbR/ (Wraiths)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5n1YrOnp2u/ (Tinfoils)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5nysbYHZfj/ (Tinfoils)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5nxqh0H5uX/ (Tinfoils)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5ya1spH61q (The Blinders and Jordan Allen)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5quNu6nH5e/ (Thomas Haywood)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B53uLeCgmuT (The Blinders)

 

Videos:
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5mbcY5gaR2/
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5nttLlgM92/
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5nocm1HKDo/
https://www.facebook.com/bob.wallis.75/posts/10216941080253874

The stage times were as follows (just add 30 minutes to them as there was a delay!):

The Blinders set list:
Gotta Get Through
L’Etat, C’Est Moi
Free the Slave
ICB Blues
40 Days And 40 Nights
Something Wicked This Way Comes
Ramona Flowers
Rage
Brave New World
Rat In A Cage (feat Jordan Allen)
Brutus/Et Tu/Berlin Wall

Show #4  – London

Fourth show on the tour and the merry machine came to the capitol to deliver an intimate show what was probably the smallest gig on the tour. Fans of four bands filled the venue to the last place and it was another sold out show collecting money for the Labour Party. Seasons has only the capacity of 80 people so the show was really up close-and-personal. Band members climbed the instruments and the bar, sat on the floor, walked among the public and they shouted the lyrics back at them. Several bands from all over the UK came to support the line up (including The Novus from Stourbridge, which makes us super proud). IT felt as being back at the beginning of their career – playing tiny venues with dedicated fans. All for a good cause.

Stage times:
Cross Wires: 7.45pm
Couples: 8.30pm
SISTERAY: 9.15pm
The Blinders: 10pm

Woodford Green event poster

Updated poster in collaboration with Kick Up the Jamz

Date: 04.12.2019
Town: Woodford Green
Venue:  Seasons
Address:  215 The Broadway, Woodford Green, Redbridge, IG8 0HL
Door:  7:30 PM -11 PM
Tickets: £8
Line Up: The Blinders, Sisteray, Couples, Cross Wires
Event Page

Pictures:
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5r79FVA1qL/ (The Blinders)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5sZ-AxHhLr/ (The Blinders)
https://twitter.com/overtimer/status/1202512522529705984?s=20 (The Blinders)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5sxrgBA8Yv/ (The Blinders)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5tEECUgJvo/ (The Blinders)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5srWQVB4Wz/ (The Blinders, Sisteray)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5r79FVA1qL/ (The Blinders)
https://www.facebook.com/CrossWires/posts/2630184297062430 (Cross Wire)
https://twitter.com/overtimer/status/1202512522529705984 (The Blinders, Couples)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B55T8mZAvgt/

Couples  photographed by Caffy St Luce

Videos:

The Blinders by Tyla Challenger



The Blinders set list:
Gotta Get Through
L’Etat C’Est Moi
Free The Slave
ICB Blues
Forty Days And Forty Nights
Something Wicked This Way Comes
Ramona Flowers
Brave New World
Rage
Rat In A Cage
Brutus/Et Tu/Berlin Wall

 

Show #5  – Newport 

Newport event poster

Date: 05.12.2019
Town:  Newport (Wales)
Venue:  Le Pub
Address:  14 High Street, NP20 1FW
Door:  7 PM – 11 PM
Tickets: £8
Line Up: The Blinders, Al Moses, Jack Perrett, Football FC, Sam J Grudgings (spoken word)
This show is 16+
Event Page   

Pictures:
https://twitter.com/JBryantWales/status/1202887717400526848?s=20 (mixed)
https://twitter.com/MapMove/status/1202730368836755458?s=20 (The Blinders)
https://www.facebook.com/JackPerrettMusic/posts/1064427550564263 (Jack Perrett Music)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5xY8fNnSG4/ (The Blinders)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5xLTqAnsVm (Jack Perrett Music)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5z8CmQAI1F/ (The Blinders)

Videos:
https://twitter.com/JBryantWales/status/1202887717400526848?s=20
https://twitter.com/elaine246810/status/1202752627467018245?s=20

The Blinders Set list:
Gotta Get Through
L’Etat C’Est Moi
Free The Slave
ICB Blues
Forty Days And Forty Nights
Something Wicked This Way Comes
Ramona Flowers
Brave New World
Rage
Rat In A Cage
Brutus/Et Tu/Berlin Wall

 

   

Show #6  – Stourbridge

Stourbridge event poster

Going, going, gone

Date: 06.12.2019
Town:  Stourbridge
Venue:  Green Duck Brewery
Address:  Gainsborough Trading Estate, Rufford Rd, DY9 7ND
Door:  7PM – 11PM
Tickets: £7
Line Up: The Blinders, The Novus, Flares, Ian Marrey, Jess Silk,
Peter Lowe, Maggie Dunne (Fuzz Box) and Mark Roberts (DOXA) – speakers
This show is 18+
Event Page      

The Stourbridge concert sold out as the first show on the tour, nearly a week before its date! It was the first time The Blinders visited Stourbridge and they did a canvassing session in the morning, despite the heavy rain.

The show started at 6:00 pm with a surprise performance from Ian Marrey who replaced The Humdrum Express (Ian Passey) that was sadly forced to cancel due to an illness.  His 20 minute set was full of classic protest songs but he presented two of his own compositions that were truly appreciated by the crowd. Next was Jess Silk, a young Black Country artist with a powerful voice and true socialist nature. Flares (the youngest band on the bill) were too young to normally enter the brewery but stole the show with their enthusiasm and powerful stage presence. We sneaked with them into the brewery itself for a photo session and we got kicked out in a real punk rock fashion! Rock and roll kids, is not dead at all!

The Novus are fantastic, unstoppable noise/garage machine that flattens everything in its way. The band is exactly in the same spot as The Blinders were just 2 years ago – they are on the brink of becoming the next sensation and the four guys from Stourbridge know it very well. They have everything, catchy songs, great stage presence and a vocalist that gives it all. Look out as the Novus are touring with This Feeling and are making a name for themselves.

The Blinders closed the day with a set that was identical with previous shows. A mix of well known songs (Ramona Flowers, Brave New World) and several new ones (Rage, Something Wicked This Way Comes, 40 Days & 40 Nights) made everyone happy and proved that the Doncaster trio are now a professional band ready to take over the world.

Three speeches delivered throughout the evening belonged to Maggie Dunne from Fuzzbox, Peter Lowe (Labour Councillor) and Mark Roberts (DOXA, Mother’sEarth EXperiment).

Gallery:

Venue  – Green Duck Brewery

 

 

Ian Marrey  – first performer of the evening

 

Jess Silk – a lady with a very powerful voice (and a guitar)

 

Mark Roberts – master of ceremony

 

Maggie Dunne – speaker

 

Peter Lowe – Labour Councillor

 

Flares – the young quartet from Birmingham

 

The Novus  – hosts and main support

 

The Blinders – the masterminds behind the tour

The event was attended by many local artists from West Midland scene. Thomas Haywood posed to many pictures and we were lucky to photograph him alongside Chris Phee, lead singer of Sedated Society.

 

Videos:

Other pictures:
https://twitter.com/2324Photography/status/1203118940089704448 (The Novus)
https://www.facebook.com/thenovusband/posts/2545933365462443 (The Novus)
https://twitter.com/tyrer_adrian/status/1203305199550509059 (The Blinders)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5xePOijKy7/ (The Blinders)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5xWJAdgE1D/ (Flares)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5xTIdoAzJ1/ (The Blinders)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5xLvSxA5fy/ (The Blinders)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5wD0BAAhtS/ (Thomas Haywood)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5v_ihPAdUg/ (The Novus)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5v7bgbDO-K/ (The Blinders)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5ztETcnWr2/ (The Blinders)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5xvIiAgnot/ (The Novus)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5xmWW7Ak3W/ (Flares)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B53uLeCgmuT (The Blinders)

The Blinders Set list:
Gotta Get Through
L’Etat C’Est Moi
Free The Slave
ICB Blues
Forty Days And Forty Nights
Something Wicked This Way Comes
Ramona Flowers
Brave New World
Rage
Rat In A Cage
Brutus/Et Tu/Berlin Wall

 

Show #7  – Lincoln

Lincoln event poster

Date: 09.12.2019
Town: Lincoln
Venue:  Labour Club
Address:  Grafton House, 32 Newland, LN1 1XJ Lincoln
Door:  7:30 PM -11 PM
Tickets: £7.50
Line Up: The Blinders, Broken Crown, Mary`s Dream, Gary Rudd, The Pagans S.O.H, The Rills

Pictures:
https://twitter.com/MapMove/status/1204171064043098112?s=20 (venue)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B55r3q4nD8N/ (The Blinders)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B54343UhYzp/ (The Blinders)
https://twitter.com/karlhanson1/status/1204185873484521472?s=20 (Mary’s Dream)
https://twitter.com/the_pagans/status/1204380550078836738?s=20 (The Pagans SOH)
https://twitter.com/the_pagans/status/1204118138075398144?s=20 (The Pagans SOH)
https://www.facebook.com/thepagansband/posts/2690265631053917 (The Pagans SOH)

Videos:

Mary’s Dream, all female quartet stole the show even from the Blinders! The young ladies sang several songs, include “Come Together” by The Beatles and it was a great choice for the ocassion! Please be on the look out as they have some serious potential!

 

Show #8 – Norwich 

The show was a sold out!

Norwich event poster

Date: 10.12.2019
Town:  Norwich
Venue: EPIC TV Studios
Address:  112-114 Magdalen Street, Norwich, Norfolk, NR3 1JD
Door: 7 PM – 11PM
Tickets: £7
Line Up: The Blinders, Youth Killed It, Eluders, The Revere, Ducking Punches (Solo Set)
Event Page       

Pictures:
https://twitter.com/ELUDERSUK/status/1204571267585773570 (Eluders)
https://twitter.com/MapMove/status/1204504765633302529/photo/1(Eluders)
https://www.facebook.com/briana.hibbert.73/posts/2474833052774691(The Blinders)
https://twitter.com/MapMove/status/1204558264182149121

Blinders Set list:
Gotta Get Through
L’Etat C’Est Moi
Free The Slave
ICB Blues
I Want Gold
Ramona Flowers
Brave New World
Rat In A Cage
Brutus/Et Tu/Berlin Wall


Show #9  – Stoke Upon Trent (happening today)

Stoke Upon Trent event poster

Date: 11.12.2019
Town: Stoke on Trent
Venue:  The Underground
Address:  2 Morley St, Stoke-on-Trent ST1 4LS
Door:  7 PM – 11 PM
Tickets: £10
Line Up: The Blinders, Psyence, Pacific, Loose Articles, Afghan Sand Gang, Patrick T. Davies and Filth (DJ set)
This show is 18+

Event Page         Tickets

Before the show even started, there was a competition going on!

***Come Together, We Need Each Other***

We strongly encourage everyone to get involved and attend one of the shows above, but there is so much more that one can do – even not moving from one`s sofa. We would like to list few ideas – in case you feel powerless. Because you are not.

– No brainer but register to vote. It takes few minutes and it is the most direct and efficient tool in any elections. Take part. Vote. You have time till midnight on Tuesday 26th November.

https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

-Encourage your friends to register. Nothing beats a personal example.

– Give your local party chapter a call – they may need volunteers, canvassers, even people who prepare  letters. A bit of activism goes a long way.

– Share the posters or events for the tour on your socials, stories or chat groups. Inform your friends.

– Print a poster for the tour and put it in your student hall or on a community board (where it is allowed).

– Maybe make leaflets – it`s cheap and very effective.

– Let local press, bloggers or radios know. They are always looking for new stories to tell. Or write an article or blog yourself.

– If you know a venue that could host a gig to raise funds – you don’t even need The Blinders to do your own gig. Team up with few other artists and do it. It is easier than you think. And besides bringing social change it will also give you real skills how to do events. And how to meet new people.  Win -win.

Press release:
https://modernsky.uk/blinders-announce-pro-labour-many-tour-ahead-uk-general-election

Media coverage:
http://indiemidlands.com/the-blinders-coming-to-green-duck-brewery/
https://louderthanwar.com/news-socialist-sunday-all-dayer-at-the-02-ritz-december-1st-2019
https://ryanwrites99.wordpress.com/2019/11/24/the-blinders-and-friends-present-for-the-many-stourbridge
https://www.getintothis.co.uk/2019/11/the-blinders-cabbage-the-rhythm-method-and-more-join-forces-for-socialist-sunday
https://www.manchestertheatres.com/event/socialistsunday-manchester-for-a-labour-government-with-the-blinders
https://newsoundsmag.co.uk/2019/11/25/the-blinders-announce-pro-labour-for-the-many-tour-ahead-of-uk-general-election
https://www.thestar.co.uk/news/doncaster-rock-band-blinders-announce-uk-tour-support-labour-party-1321546
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/c/charlie-mcgough-bass-player-blinders
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/why-im-voting-labour-daniel-connolly-musician-sisteray
https://www.skiddle.com/news/all/The-Blinders-set-off-on-politically-charged-For-the-Many-tour/54623
https://www.expressandstar.com/entertainment/music/2019/11/30/stourbridges-the-novus-join-the-blinders-in-hometown-for-gig-to-support-labour
https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/whats-on/citylife-seven-days-manchester-events-17312341
http://www.maximumvolumemusic.com/peak-blinders/
https://www.rhonddacynontaff.com/2019/12/the-blinders-2/
https://www.southwalesargus.co.uk/news/18081899.labour-backing-band-performing-newport-tonight/

Interviews:
https://wordsformusic.blog/2019/12/08/the-blinders-for-the-many-interview/

Gig Reviews:
https://www.eventhestars.co.uk/2019/12/socialist-sunday-blinders-cabbage.html (Manchester)
https://www.thezineuk.co.uk/2019/12/forthemany/ (London)
https://www.rgm.press/the-blinders-the-novus-flares-jess-silk-ian-passey-for-the-many-not-the-few​-stourbridge-6-12-19/ (Stourbridge)


Tour Updates:

The band is not only playing nine shows across November/December but also canvassing on behalf of Labour. Just one of the images we have seen:

Support your scene and your local Labour chapter!
Mal/Rita

 

Indieteria presents The Columbia Exhibition

Dear Readers,

This is the end, sang Jim Morrison, on one of the most popular songs by The Doors and it does look like an end of an era. Not a definitive end of course, nobody is calling it quits and the band is not breaking up, yet we cannot help but feel a certain sense of  profound loss.

In August, The Blinders announced two acoustic shows to celebrate the first anniversary of the release of “Columbia” – their critically acclaimed debut album. The shows were accompanied by a double vinyl live album recorded during their tour in April. “Live At The Ritz” was the band’s gift to the loyal fans and the last stop on their journey before the dystopian gates of Columbia were to be shut tight for the last time.

Originally, the concerts were supposed to take place on 21st of September but due to Thomas Haywood’s illness, they were moved to 2nd of November. Both events of course sold out straight away and fans had to wait patiently for the big day to arrive. A minor inconvenience but the wait was definitely worth it in the end. As they say, good things happen to those who are counting down the days on their calendars.

We arrived at 33 Oldham Street exactly at 13:00 fearing that we have missed some of the show, but luckily the doors opened half an hour  later. We had the time to have something to eat, prepare and charge our recording equipment (aka the faithful mobile phones) and take a small Polaroid session for future PR purposes. Believe us, in the busy lives of the A&R’s, half an hour means forever! At 13:30 sharp, we were allowed into the main performance room and the Q&A session commenced.

David Nolan, an accomplished music journalist and published author started the show by giving the audience his business cards, asking them to text him the questions for the band. The best ones were chosen and the trio was asked to answer them which proved to be a really great move. While asking the question, David looked for the author among the public and it helped the session to have a more intimate feel. The band also seemed pleased that they could interact with the audience. This led to several funny moments where we found out about cringe worthy situations from the early gigs or allowed Matty or Charlie to express their opinions on certain topics such as politics or being in a popular rock group. David also made everybody laugh when he realized there were no chairs for the band to sit on and the group had to stand up (“welcome to the 1970’s!”), except for Matty who sat comfortably on this drum set much to the playful irritation of Charlie and Thomas. What we liked about Mr Nolan the most was the fact that he didn’t sugar coated anything and was not afraid to speak his mind (“your Twitter feed is boring”). He held the lads up to the task and wouldn’t let them skip answering difficult questions, if they weren’t cooperating, he dragged the answers out them! He was a fair and square host, not hired to sing praises but to present the boys as they truly are. And brownie points to the band themselves as they truthfully answered everything. Not everyone would allow to be grilled like this, majority of the bands would probably used this session as a PR stunt, but the Blinders were very honest and real.

Thomas as the front man, spoke the most, explaining the recording process of the first album, telling stories from the road and histories hidden behind his favourite pictures taken by Sam Crowston. The Q&A session lasted for over an hour and afterwards, the band posed for pictures and signed posters and records.

The performance came next and it was a revelation to those who haven’t seen the band in an acoustic setting before. We have seen The Blinders playing at the Night at the Museum in Blackburn so we were prepare for what was coming but it was still a great experience. Thomas’s keyboard skills improved greatly since the summer and he was now comfortably jamming between songs. The Blinders played 9 songs in total, two brand new ones (“I Want Gold” and “Something Wicked This Way Comes”), one from Thomas’ solo repertoire (“Circle Song”) and the rest was composed from the songs  included on “Columbia”.

Matinee event
Date: 2nd of November
Time: 13:30-16:00 pm
Place: 33 Oldham Street
Host (Q&A): David Nolan

Setlist:

L’Etat C’Est Moi
Ballad Of Winston Smith
Where No Man Comes
I Want Gold
ICB Blues
Orbit (Salmon Of Alaska)
Something Wicked This Way Comes
Circle Song
Brave New World

Pictures:

 

Videos:

Q&A Session: 

 

Evening event:

We sadly could only attend the afternoon performance, but the main evening event wasn’t much different from the matinee one. The set list was a bit different (“Ramona Flowers” and “Rat In A Cage” were added) but the Q&A session was again conducted by David Nolan. If you’d like to listen to the entire performance, you are in luck as it was recorded and it is available on Youtube. All the links are attached below.

Date: 2nd of November
Time: 19:00-22:00 pm
Place: 33 Oldham Street
Host (Q&A): David Nolan

Setlist:
ICB Blues
Something Wicked This Way Comes
Brave New World
Orbit (Salmon Of Alaska)
Brave New World
Rat In A Cage
Ramona Flowers
Circle Song
I Want Gold

Videos:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DhN1qup-etI (full show and Q&A)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LxpMoToJZWE (Q&A session)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rEX_2QhA0Nc (Orbit)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9cULZZQfT2g (ICB Blues, Something Wicked This Way Comes, Brave New World)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dVA_s1zR7UM (Brave New World)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BPwk2Bo7mE8 (Rat In A Cage)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UsOotB1ucyY (Ramona Flowers)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iwDLpP8NnOc (Circle Song)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HCnaj8zffMw (Something Wicked This Way Comes)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Pr9-OUPr6Y (I Want Gold)

 

THE EXHIBITION

After the performance, the guests were free to roam and admire the exhibition that was prepared especially for the ocassion. It was divided into two parts: the photography exhibition taken by Sam Crowston (displayed on the walls), and the costumes, artwork and everything else linked to the band was also presented on the two upper floors of the building.

The Columbia Photo Exhibition was spread on all floors of the 33 Oldham Street. The walls were decorated with over 60 framed pictures – from the main restaurant area on the ground floor, the first floor where the performance and the Q&A session took place, to the top floor sitting area that has been turned into the main exhibition room. Each photograph was given a short description underneath and each floor had their own small story board which explained different periods in the band’s history and shed a bit of a light at the displayed pictures.

The Columbia Era – all pictures by Sam Crowston
https://samcrowstonimaging.com/
https://www.instagram.com/sam_crowston_
https://twitter.com/sam_crowston_
https://www.facebook.com/sam.crowston

You can purchase the prints at:
https://theblindersofficial.com/theexhibition

Time: 2nd – 30th November 2019
Place: 33 Oldham Street, Manchester
Entry: Free

 

The second part of the exhibition was a bit smaller but also impressive. We could see the famed blue boilersuit costumes and pig masks that appeared in the “Swine” video, old promotional posters (All Seeying Eye, You Are Being Observed, Know Your Place, We Are In This Together) created for the first stage of Columbia promo tour and used in the “L’Etat C’Est Moi”short film. There was a short propaganda video displayed on the wall, covers of all four singles released from the debut album (“Gotta Get Through”, “Brave New World”, “Rat In A Cage” and “L’Etat C’Est Moi”) and artworks made out of broken vinyl created by West Midlands based artist, Kirk Whitehouse.

An old type writer took the central stage with the bands lyrics scattered around it and some of the lyrics sheet were also displayed in different parts of the room. To find them all, you had to criss-cross the exhibition several times but it was worth doing.

Outside, two red Columbia flags were battered by the winter winds and rain…

The acoustic shows and the live record (“Live at the Ritz”) closed the first chapter in the band’s history. The second album is now recorded, mixed and will be released sometime next year.

Nobody knows what the future holds for the Doncaster trio. Some shows are already booked for 2020 and the band has no intention for slowing down so we can expect bigger and better things to happen. Let’s keep our fingers crossed.

Please stick with the band to see what’s going to happen next. The ride is going to be  exciting  and it’s worth looking forward to it.

See you soon,
Rita and Malicia

Indieterria Presents Punks for West Papua

Dear Readers,

Rock and roll has always been political. The biggest legends in music business such as Bob Dylan, Jim Morison, The Boss, Joni Mitchell, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles and others are known for their commentary about social changes, human interactions and connections. They were harsh critics of wars or aggression, callers for peace and observers of the political currents for many decades. Without their strong condemnation, many of the atrocities committed all over the world, would never seen the light of the day. Songs such as “Bizzare Fruit” by Billie Holliday, Donovan’s “The War Drags On”, “We Didn’t Start The Fire” by Billy Joel, “Born in the USA” by Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band or Dylan’s famous “Times, They Are-a-Changing” became synonymous with the term “protest song” and touched on women’s suffrage, human rights, civil rights, anti-war movement, sexual revolution, gay rights, animal rights and environmentalism. We can easily say that each of these songs changed many minds and made the world a better place.

Punks for West Papua logo

Punk rock (especially the original movement born in 1970`s and 1980’s) has been particularly interested in politics. Sex Pistols, The Clash and Billy Bragg led a cultural revolution in the UK, attacking governmental war on trade unions, far right ideology and relentless commercialization and wasteful consumption. The German scene called for Berlin Wall to be demolished, demilitarization of divided capital and the end of Cold War. French groups called for unity on the international scene and American punks (with Black Flag, The Pixies, And The Ramones) led a successful crusade against Ronald Reagan, homelessness, corrupted police and austerity measures that affected poorest communities.

Our current punk scene is proudly carrying on the tradition of standing against injustice and on the 1st of December, members of The Membranes, The Blinders, Witch Fever and MFU (Modern Family Unit) will join activists from Manchester chapter of MCR Punks For West Papua to bring to your attention one of the worst genocides of our times, that of the ingenious population of West Papua.

The official press release for the event reads:

Punks For West Papua Australia was first launched in 2016 as the brainchild of Jody Bartolo from the punk band Diggers With Attitude to shine a light on the threat of eco-cide from resource extraction, human rights abuses against the people at the hands of Indonesian security forces, and to inspire others to stand in solidarity for West Papuan independence.

“Indonesia is not going to continue getting away with the slaughter of the indigenous rightful owners of West Papuan land” says Ash Brennan co-founder of Punks For 4 West Papua, Australia. The Australian punk rock community created a no-holds barred Australian wide benefit, involving over 50 bands in 7 cities around the country, making Punks For West Papua the biggest, and no doubt, loudest punk rock showcase in the nation’s history. “Australian punk is loud, very loud. Pernicious resource extraction in West Papua has also been hazardous to the environment and is a major contributor of Climate Change. But the world is now watching” says Brennan.

Official poster

According to Punks For West Papua Manchester co-founder Gary Hilton of Gas Music: “Little known Melanesian country West Papua has been subjected to a media black out for over 50 years. But with more than 500,000 indigenous people murdered to loot West Papua’s gold and other vast natural resources – time’s up.”

To send a thunderous message to the United Nations to intervene in West Papua, MCR Punks will challenge a world drumming record in the Summer of 2019. We invite drummers, musicians, activists, media and volunteers! If you can hit a drum you can help be part of the world record attempt to change the world for the better. To get involved in the world record drumming attempt please contact us at office@freewestpapua.org.

The launch of MCR Punks for West Papua is scheduled for December 1st because it is a historic day in West Papua. It marks the 57th anniversary of the first raising of West Papua’s symbol of independence, the Morning Star Flag. It is illegal to raise the Morning Star in West Papua. Doing so can bring charges of treason and a 15 year jail sentence. On December 1st people in West Papua, and all over the globe, will be participating in a Global Flag Raising to show their solidarity.”

One of the organizers of the event, John Robb, editor of Louder Than War  magazine and member of The Membranes says: “Punk rock was always more than three chords. It was a force of empowerment and an energy of hope. It always thought it could change the world. Maybe it’s now finally making that change.”

Young stars of Manchester scene are also vocal, giving their time and guitars to the noble cause. The Blinders and Witch Fever recorded short videos explaining why charity concert and fighting for justice is important in the modern world:

Saturday event times:

6.00 Doors
6.30 Gary Hilton from Gas Music & Modern Family Unit
7.30 Musicians Against Homelessness Speeches
8.50 Georgina Robinson & Joesy Lowesy
8.00 WITCH FEVER
8.45 John Robb speech on behalf of MCR Punks 4 West Papuas & The Membranes
9.45 Punks speech Richard J Hillgrove VI
10.15 The Blinders
11.00 Close DJ Dave Sweetmore from Revolution 96.2 & MadChester

Address:
Alphabet Brewing Company
99 North Western Street, M12 6JL Manchester, United Kingdom

Tickets:
Few tickets are still available at: https://www.skiddle.com/whats-on/Manchester/Alphabet-Brewing-Co/MCR-Punks-4-West-Papua-w-The-Blinders–Membranes/13372499/

Official website: 
http://www.punks4westpapua.com/

Punks 4 West Papua Australia Trailer:

Amnesty International Reports: 
https://www.amnesty.org/download/Doc
uments/ASA2181982018ENGLISH.PDF

Press release by Benny Wenda, Chairman of the United Liberation Movement For West Papua (ULMWP), statement issued on September 21, 2018:
https://www.freewestpapua.org/2018/09/21/benny-wenda-releases-statement-warning-of-danger-to-west-papuans-during-unga-session/

Punks for West Papua (Manchester):

https://www.facebook.com/MCRPunks4WestPapua

More information:

https://louderthanwar.com/punks-west-papua-australia-opens-chapter-angry-manchester-uk-sonder-festival-2018/
https://www.freewestpapua.org/2018/11/04/mcrpunks4wp/

Official Spotify List for the event:

https://open.spotify.com/user/grrrt/playlist/71RqBGOCq6yltnFY2HLJ1j?si=xIhykdT5QimMvXPk_AJ9zQ 

Please join us!
We will see you in Manchester to prove that music can be a weapon in a fight against corruption and murder.

Best regards
Rita and Malicia Dabrowicz

Indieterria meets Rita Lynch

Dear Readers,

Please forgive us if we will be acting like complete fan girls. We absolutely and dearly love Rita Lynch – our next featured artist on Indieterria. We have seen her live on January 1st, 2017 in Worcester, have her records in our musical archives and can hardly wait to see her perform at Musicians Against Homelessness on 22nd September. Read on, this is one of our favorite interviews yet!

Rita Lynch performing at NYE party at Pig and Drum in Worcester , 31 December 2016 – January 1 2017

First Lady of punk

Don’t believe when they tell you that punk is dead. The genre is not only very much alive and kicking; it is going through a period of renaissance. It may be a bit older (and wiser), less drunk and more philosophical at times, yet its message against austerity, social alienation and economic devastation rings loud and clear. Political climate is certainly helping to bridge the age gap between new audiences and the underground legends and helps deliver a musical middle finger exactly where it hurts the most. Yet, looking for rebellion is not the only reason why the kids turn to punk rock. Its biggest strength definitely lies in the authenticity and originality, constant re-definition and self-discovery. We have teamed up with Rita Lynch, the first lady of punk to speak about her career, surviving the odds and her plans for her rock and roll future.

You were first introduced to music when attending a Catholic school. Apparently, a nun has taught you how to play a guitar. Were the nuns really that supportive? Catholic schools in 60’s and 70 were rather known to suppress any form of artistic creativity.

Rita Lynch: The nun who taught me guitar was one of the better ones. She obviously enjoyed playing guitar herself and, as teachers go especially all those years ago, she was slightly more interested in creativity. She had already put one of my stories in the school magazine. She also had given me the cane, a couple of times, once for laughing in church. None of the teachers back then were that interested in a shy child like me who was always getting ill. So she was a bit of a hero to me all those years ago.

As soon as you graduated, you found yourself in the middle of London`s punk rock revolution. You founded one of nation`s first all-female rock bands – Rita & The Piss Artists, playing mostly squats and small venues. Can you recall some of the wild days and tell us who were in the band beside you?

Rita Lynch: With Rita and the Piss Artists we did a lot of drinking. We were a 4 piece band. I played bass and helped write the songs, but I did not sing. During our time we had 2 different singers. The first was a woman called Caspar; she had a brilliant voice but left us quite quickly. The next singer, Jo, wasn’t a good singer but had enough front to do it. The guitarist was not very good but the drummer had played before so we, the bass and drums, mostly held it all together. One squat gig, we played at the Demolition Ballroom on Stokes Croft, Bristol and somebody pulled the plug on us, we were so bad. We would all get very drunk, maybe take some speed and get up on stage. If we had taken it a bit more seriously, we could have done well, maybe. It was more of a sideline to the serious job of drinking. But we were doing it for a while when few women were.

The drummer from the Piss Artists, Justine Butler, just lives around the corner from me now. She went on to get a Master’s degree and had a child who is grown up now. She is a lovely woman. We meet up now and again and she has come to loads of my gigs over the years – she’s very supportive.

Once your band folded, you permanently moved to Bristol. At that time, the town had a vibrant scene with bands such as The Cortinas, Social Security and The Pigs. How did the mostly male scene react to outspoken female artist from the capital?

Rita Lynch: When I first started playing my own gigs as Rita Lynch, I was a solo acoustic performer. The sexism was terrible, the things men in the music world said to me were often rude, insulting and so misogynistic. Stuff like women dingers are always late for gigs, have tantrums at sound checks, and generally talked about as if they were spoilt children. Some of the graffiti in back stage rooms really shocked me. I was, at the time, going out with a woman and mostly socializing on the gay scene. It kind of removed me from the heterosexual world which really helped in those first few years. I was never late and always professional and built up a defence against this sexism by dressing outrageously and, with my height being nearly 6ft I kind of must have struck quite an intimidating figure. It put a wall around me and inside that I happily wrote my songs and tried to perfect and develop my own music.

You also made yourself a name as a performer/protest figure marching around in a mutilated wedding dress. What was the protest about?

Rita Lynch: I went on a lot of demos back then. But the wedding dress was mostly just for wearing in the day time. So, every day was a personal protest. I bought it for 50 pence in a charity shop and ripped it up, and would wear it just to get attention, like I was living art, walking down the street. But loads of people would stare and, as I was always barefoot in the summer, I must have looked very unusual. Apparently a young child saw me from a window and told her mum there was a real live fairy walking down the street. This was all in St. Paul’s. It was a vibrant place with big reputation for race riots. There was a lot of prostitution on the street corners and police would not go down the frontline. It had lots of drugs, crime as well and racism. It was a cool place to live very freely, if you had the nerve.

You joined cold wave outfit God Bless You as a bassist. At that time, the band consisted only of Simon Black and Dave Ryan. Within a year, you were not only a full time member, but also a co-vocalist. With you in the line up, God Bless You released several singles such as “Sugar” which are considered the beginning of your career as an artist and performer. How do you remember the collaboration with Simon and Dave?

Rita Lynch: God Bless You was amazing musically. Dave had a fantastic voice and Simon was genius with inventing simple but amazing tunes and riffs. I was with them as backing vocalist for nearly 2 years. I learnt a lot from watching them put songs together. They also introduced me to countless good bands and artists like Iggy Pop and Roxy Music. Dave was a poet and a great thinker, his lyrics were brilliant. He was hugely pivotal in inspiring me to sing and write songs. I loved being in God Bless You. Dave and Simon were my heroes.

In 1991 you released your first solo work “Call me your girlfriend”. The LP became very popular and music press compared you to Kirstin Hersh, Patti Smith, PJ Harvey and even Nico. Channel 4 made a documentary about you. Was it hard to copy with the attention of the media?

Rita Lynch: I loved the attention I got from the “Call me your Girlfriend” album but it was scary as I had been underground for so long and I also found it intimidating. It validated me but made me nervous as well. I had to write another album and I was unsure how to go. I personally thought that I could do so much better than this first album. The album got me a lot of attention on the gay scene but the record label I was with, Moles in Bath, did not promote it very well elsewhere. So, I became a ‘lesbian’ singer increasingly which was not what I wanted and I still had to make the cross over to the mainstream. Also, the record label did not distribute the album properly so people could not easily get hold of it. As a result, I was still ‘underground’ but big on the gay scene. Then both, me and my girlfriend, we got beaten up for being gay. These were harsh times to be ‘out’, I found all this very difficult. The music was getting lost and I felt uncomfortable with being heralded as a ‘lesbian icon’. I was a singer/songwriter but all the other identities were becoming more important. Being an artist, I was feeling misunderstood.

Cover of What am I – anther record from our sonic archives and also signed by the artist.

What am I – sleeve and inside of the record

Your background and lyrical themes also drew comparisons to Sinéad O’Connor – another female figure that could not be easily squeezed into a box. Looking back, do you think there were really similarities between you?

Rita Lynch: I saw Sinéad play at Gay Pride in London, I can’t remember the year. She blew my mind; I had never seen or heard anything like it before. It was one of the most important gigs I have ever seen in my life. Unforgettable. I was humbled by the experience. There are similarities in that we both grapple with sexuality, Catholicism and politics. She is Irish born, I am Irish born to immigrant parents in London. Being Irish/Catholic is an identity made more personal and volatile due to the racism of the English and the weight of the ongoing war and domination of Ireland by the English. Sinéad was and is one the most important musical influences of my life.

You have been a successful solo artist for the last 25 years. In that period you released thirteen albums under your own name, three with other bands, appeared on over thirty compilations and scored several productions (Vampire Diary, Channel 4`s Rosebud), you toured nationally and around Europe. That`s an incredible body of work. Were you expecting such a long run in this dog eat dog industry?

Rita Lynch: No. I never expected to do music in the first place, let alone to be doing it for so long. I love writing songs, I love singing and putting a good lyric together. But my love of these things has developed hugely with the passing of time. I don’t actually see myself as ‘successful’ artist. Over the years, with all the egos and vanities and nonsense that comprise much of the music business, I have tried to focus on the writing of songs and developing my particular style. I was heartbroken when my first album did not go as well as I wanted and as I got older tried to ‘give up’ music and get a proper job. I never did get a proper job. I am dedicated to making music. It is my job. I want to write as many songs as I can. My ambition with music has altered from wanting fame in a vanity way when I was younger to a true hard working attention to song writing. The music business or industry is vile. I don’t think about it much anymore, like it has nothing to do with me. I admire people who dedicate themselves to their art, even when they do not get success, I have aspired to this. I try to work hard at writing songs. I don’t go out much, whenever I get time, I do music. My son is severely autistic and it has been a challenging experience. My life is dedicated to the care of my son and music. I do a lot of gigs, solo and with my band. I am still hugely ambitious in that I have yet to write my best song. I need to communicate through music; it is my take on the human experience.

Cover of Good Advice record, from our own archives. Yes, it is signed and we treasure it.

In 2006 you reinvented yourself yet again by joining The Blue Aeroplanes. You recorded three albums with them (Skyscrappers, Good Luck Signs and Anti-Gravity). In return, John Langley and Mike Youe back you up on your tours. You seem more like good friends than just musical collaborators.

Rita Lynch:  Being in The Blue Aeroplanes was amazing. I admire their music. Also that was how I met my drummer, John Langley. This has been the best musical collaboration since God Bless You. John is the best drummer most people will ever see. He makes every song better with his drumming. When we first teamed up, I wrote the album “Good Advice”. He is massively inspiring and also introduced me to new music. We were a 2 piece for a few years. He upped my game, I had to get better so I practiced more and more and worked harder at my guitar playing. We developed hugely as a band. We sometimes make up songs on stage – improvising with John is a dream. We understand each other musically. It’s like magic. When Mike joined us a few years ago, he fitted in easily. He is a very good musician and picks stuff up very quickly. It felt just right straight away. John and I have been good friends for years and Mike is a lovely easy going person. We have a laugh as well.

In 2016, an anthology of your music “Story to tell (1988-2011)” has been released to celebrate your career and involvement in Bristol music scene. Can you tell us more about this project?

Rita Lynch: Mike Darby used to be my manager about 25 years ago. He had the idea to put out this anthology. It is a cross section of songs spanning 3 decades. I want to bring out another anthology but will do this one myself through the record label I work with now. Also, I am currently setting up to release all my future albums with them and re-release all the previous ones.

You played Worcester on New Year`s Eve at Pig and Drum. You will return to Marrs Bar this September to take part in Musicians Against Homelessness event. Will there be a chance to hear some of your new music?

Rita Lynch: Yes, I will be playing a lot of my new songs. My new album entitled “Backwards” will be released in January 2018. You will have a chance to hear some of my new material for the first time on 22nd of September.

 

You can follow Rita at:

http://ritalynch.co.uk/
https://www.facebook.com/rita.lynch.121

Musicians Against Homelessness charity concert will take place on September 22nd 2017 at Marrs Bar

If you want to see Rita Lynch  play Musicians Against Homelessness concert, tickets are a £5 and can be bought from the links below:

https://www.wegottickets.com/event/413506
http://www.marrsbar.co.uk/events/musicians-against-homelessness-2/
https://www.facebook.com/events/106395143421500

To find out more about MAH visit Musicians Against Homelessness on Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/mahgigs/

Please note that due to a serious hand injury Rita will open the gig and her set will be shorter than expected. But it may be also streamlined on Facebook and it will be different than her usual sets, so you better be at Marr`s Bar 8:00 pm sharp! 😉

Take care,

Mal+Rita

Interview Logs: Val.Ium of Pist.On

Hello everybody!

We had a few days off but now we are now back into action! As you can see, we are still going through our archive and we are finding a true treasures there. This is the oldest interviews we have ever conducted! In 2002, Rita and Mal have been contacted by one of the journalists from Polish Radio Programme 3 to create a fan led music website that was to be called “The Rock Service”. Unfortunately, the project never really took off and we were left with several interviews and lots of materials.  Please read our conversation with the to incredible bass player Val.Ium. Enjoy!!

Interview with Val.Ium (ex – Pist.On)

There are not many women in metal music. Val.Ium, a bass player for New York City based band Pist.On is a notable exception. Known for her incredible skills and stage performance, Val took the male dominated music world by storm. The following interview has been conducted in April 2003 for a “Rock Service”, a fan created music website in co-operation with Polish Radio Programme 3. Sadly, the project never took off,  but the interview has been placed on PistArmy website two years later. Now updated with new information, it proves that the legacy of the band still lives on!

Part I: Life before music

Vanadian Avenue: You are one of the world’s top female bass players. What made you to pick up the bass guitar for the first time?

Val Ium: Well, I had originally learned to play the piano as a child, but, when I got into my teens, I developed an attraction to the heavy thumping beats of the bass. Once I met Henry, he wanted to switch over to the guitar, as he was originally a bass player as well, so, I just practiced my ass off so I could keep up with him.

Vanadian Avenue: You were raised in a religious family. You even attended two Catholic schools for 12 years. Do you think your childhood had any impact on your adult life?

Val Ium: Look at what a freak I am. What do you think?! 🙂

Vanadian Avenue: I know that The Cars are one of your favourite bands. Can you name your past and current favourites?

Val Ium: I grew up when MTV had just begun, so I was exposed to everything from Devo to Judas Priest and I’m thankful for that! MTV today in theUS sucks! I hear very little new bands that I really get excited over; I get more excited listening to the old metal bands; Priest, AC/DC, White Zombie, Motorhead, etc.

Val interview page 1, all rights reserved

Part II: A life in Pist.On

Vanadian Avenue: Was Pist.On your first band?

Val Ium: It was my first serious band! I played in a few others that I consider “practice” now looking back.

Vanadian Avenue: Pist.On was described by many music journalists as a cross between Metallica and Paradise Lost. True or false?

Val Ium: I never even heard or heard of Paradise Lost until we signed with their manager. I think the Metallica thing was a result of Josh Silver making Henry sings like Hetfield on that first record. They were never considered an influence though!

Vanadian Avenue: You are good friends with Type O Negative. Your first record “Number One” was produced by Josh Silver You can be also heard singing on one of their records – “October Rust”. How do you recall working with them? Are you still in touch?

Val Ium: We don’t really keep in touch at all anymore. We’ve all basically gone our separate ways in life. I sang on “In Praise of Bacchus” because I was there during the recording and I worked cheap!

Vanadian Avenue: Does Peter Steele scare you?

Val Ium: I would think that  I scare Peter much more than he could ever scare me. I’m sure he’d agree.

Vanadian Avenue: Shortly after finishing your debut album guitarist Paul Poulos and drummer Danny Jam Kavadlo left the band. Later your second drummer – Jeff McManus was told he had only six months to live plus you had numerous other problems not easy to solve. Bad luck, curse or a fatal fate?

Val interview page 2, all rights reserved

Val Ium: All three!

Vanadian Avenue: Ok, what’s the story with dropping the dot in your name for Atlantic label in the US?

Val Ium: Atlantic Records refused to release anything that “referred to bodily fluids”. We were against it from the beginning but no one ever cares what the band thinks when that much money is the issue!

Vanadian Avenue: After releasing your second album $ell.Out your band went on hiatus. Henry have satisfied himself that Pist.On wasn’t active for almost year and a half. He said, “My current [back in 2001 – Rita] situation made me attempt to disappear from the human race for the past three months”. – Can you tell what happened?

Val Ium: Allegedly he went into a deep depression, but looking back I think he just needed a little attention and knowledge that some people still cared.

Vanadian  Avenue: In statement published in January 2001 on your official web site you wrote, “We realized that we are happier being miserable together than being miserable apart and beside that we all tried to join other bands. But nobody wanted us so we are all doomed to stay together forever.” But six months later you have announced your departure from the band. Why?

Val interview page 3, all rights reserved

Val Ium: Because I was tired of trying to hold things together. Looking back I realize that it was just a selfish effort I made to keep the band going when no one else really wanted to do the work anymore. It was probably a mistake, but, if it did nothing else, it made me realize that I definitely had had enough. I regret things turned out the way they did to this day, but, it was a question of whether or not I wanted to keep my sanity. I chose to keep my sanity.

Part III: Life after the band

Vanadian Avenue: Ex bands should be remembered fondly. What was the best thing that has happened to you while being in Pist.On?

Val Ium: Without a doubt the two things I am proud of; the friends that I made whom I still keep in touch with and the places I got to see and things I got to do that very few people are lucky enough to. Meeting some big rock stars wasn’t too bad either. 🙂

Vanadian Avenue: “Val will be missed as she was my friend and my business partner for many years, but the show must go on”. These are the words of Henry. Is there a band without Val.Ium?

Val Ium: That’s a question for Henry to answer!

Vanadian Avenue: In an interview for Delirium mag, you said, “I’m pure evil … don’t come near me.” Are you still that angry?

Val Ium: No, my anger ran out when I left PistOn I think. My bitterness remains, though.

Val interview page 4, all rights reserved

Vanadian Avenue: You used to write for British edition of “Metal Hammer”. Do you plan the return of “Vanity Case”?

Val Ium: I doubt “Metal Hammer” would care to hear from me at this point!

Vanadian Avenue: What are your plans for the near future?

Val Ium: I am going to school to get a degree in textile design. (In May 2012, Val graduated with MA degree in Social work from Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College – Rita)

Vanadian Avenue: Is there anything nice you would like to tell your hard core Polish fans? 🙂

Val Ium: Sure. I’d like to say that I appreciate every moment that I was fortunate enough to live my life as a musician. There is nothing like it in the world and I encourage anyone who wants to do it to work hard and not give up, as long as the fire burns within you. I also say thank you to YOU for even being interested in listening to me!

XXXOOOO Val

Interview and layout
by Rita and Malicia Dabrowicz
Pictures used with permission, all rights reserved

Important links:
https://www.facebook.com/valerie.kaye.33 – Val’s official Facebook page
https://www.instagram.com/dollyofthevals/ – Val on Instagram
https://www.facebook.com/PistArmy/ – fan page on Facebook
www.pistonline.com/pistarmy – a fan website dedicated to Pist.On
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pist.On – Wikipedia entry for the band

Thank you so much for reading!

The PDF version of this interview can be seen here:
https://cocamidemea.files.wordpress.com/2012/05/val_interview.pdf

The Issuu version can be found here:
http://issuu.com/vanadianavenue/docs/val_interview

First publication of this interview was posted on Pistarmy website several years ago and still can be seen there:
http://www.pistonline.com/articles/rita/

A screenshot showing the original interview at Pist.On official fan website

A screenshot showing the original interview at Pist.On official fan website

Screengrab to show our interview being featured on Pist.On official fan page

Screengrab to show our interview being featured on Pist.On official fan page

As with other interviews, please do not re-post them without our approval. It happened to us many times and we consider it stealing, even if you provide links! Please write for permission first. any questions? Rdabrowicz at yahoo dot com.

Muchos gracias,
XXXX Rita and Mal

****Update 19/05/2017****

Screenshot from the fundraiser for Val Kaye – the campaign raised most of its funds in 6 hours and is trending!

A lot of time has passed since we updated this particular entry but now we have a good reason.
Valerie Kaye – the fearless former bass-player of NYC heavy yet melodic outfit Pist.On needs our assistance and we are more than willing to step up to the task.

Known under her stage name Val Ium, Valerie recorded and toured with Type O Negative and Marilyn Manson among many other biggest acts of the 90s. Now Val pursues a new career in a new state. However due to unfortunate circumstances she lost a car that is vital in her current situation.

It will cost a bit to get the car back – so please help out. Any donation counts.

https://www.gofundme.com/please-help-val-get-her-car-back

As a thank you – here are some scans from our personal archives of metal madness featuring Val.Ium in all her glory:

Val.Ium on a feature in Metal Hammer UK, 1997

Val.Ium in Metal Hammer UK, 1997

Val.Ium featured in Metal Hammer UK, 1997

Val.Ium on a feature in Metal Hammer Poland, 1996

Love and kisses
Mal+Rita

 

****Update 20/05/2017****

Val reacting last night to the fundraiser. How awesome!

You people are incredible. No seriously, you are all rock stars in your own right. What happened last night is just awesome. In just one day the goal of the fundraiser was met and currently it stands at $3,130

That means Val may recover her car and pay all the necessary fees and charges. But let`s not call it a victory yet. We strongly appeal to anyone who wishes to still contribute – do it. Help Val to assure she can safely be back on her road to build a new successful career. It ain`t easy, and if you can offer a helping hand or few bucks or RTs, we all will be grateful.

https://www.gofundme.com/please-help-val-get-her-car-back

“We rise by lifting others”
-Robert Ingersoll

We promised ourselves that if the fundraiser reached $3000, we would post more images from our musical archives. So here they are:

Close up of Val from Pist.On debut album #1

Pist.On with Val on their debut album #1

Val and the boys on second album Sell Out

Val on the sleeve of Pist.On second album – Sell Out

Keep on rocking good, good people of the world
Mal+Rita

 

****Update 21/05/2017****

Tattude Lady website logo

The fundraiser is still going and we are now at £3275! So it is only fair to reach down to our archives again and share some more Val.Ium related goodies. Did you know that Val used to have her own official page called Tattude Lady? It is now offline but guess what – we have saved portions of it so you can get to see it.

Main page

More screens recovered from old website

Some good old sarcasm from Valerie – she is known for it.

Page debuted around 2000 – and it may look very simple by today`s standards.  However remember  that Valerie was one of the first in the business to actually have her official page. And she was to our knowledge the only bassist in metal community to maintain this side of business at that time.  It was through Tattude Lady that Val communicated her departure from Pist.On to her fans by publishing a special interview (another first in metal world!)  – you can read it below, and it makes a fantastic addiction to our own interview with Val.Ium. See, we do spoil you!

Interview p1

Interview p2

Interview p3

That was the beauty and tragedy of Pist.On – they were ahead of their time by at least a decade, both musically and business wise.

We kind of wish Tattude Lady was resurrected.  Perhaps one day it will.

All the tours that Val.Ium was on

Please continue to donate. We still have few things in the archives which we are willing to share.

https://www.gofundme.com/please-help-val-get-her-car-back

xxxooo`s
Mal+Rita