Its undeniable that we are rubbish at this.

So, lots been going on. We've been away from here quite allot, sometime playing in a field, sometimes ranting about the insanity of the way those in power are carrying on.  But in and amongst this we're trying to make some positive things happen, including finishing off the last bits on the LP, getting it mastered and out there.  For those that have been waiting patiently, thanks / sorry.  We are slow, not loaded and trying to do it right, do it ourselves and not compromise or resort to crowd funding.  Not far off now.

We had the best time playing a couple of gigs with the mighty Bratakus , Jer playing with us and Sned leading the trash kit urchins playing along.  The love of good friends is powerful as fuck.

  

Vague plans

Cracking gig on Friday at The Cellar Bar in Cardigan.  Hogweeds and the ever fantastic Tits Up!  Their LP should be out soon, get your piggy banks out (Steady David, not you).

Some upcoming gigs:

Thurs 19th May Full Moon Cardiff with Nightingales and Ted.  I know, its all too much.

Late May, maybe a gig or 2 UP North.  TBC

June, sometime, The Parrot Carmarthen with a proper exciting band (TBC)

July 2nd Degeneration Fest, with loads of other bands including The Mob!! Telford

Looking for a gig Aber / Mach area on the way up to Telford on Fri 1st July if you know of anywhere we might be able to play, give us a shout.  Ta.

August, playing in a field out West.

An LP launch will happen, somewhere, sometime. 

If you know of any other events / benefits you think we'd fit with / upset everyone, give us a shout.  Always up for playing if we can, especially if its a benefit / or sommat out of the ordinary.

So the powers that be have been caught out again.  Who'd have thought the elite were corrupt, hypocritical, selfish deceivers?  Little wonder their usual blame culture tactics aren't working so well.  We are in for interesting times one way or another for sure.  Again Paris seems to be where people are experimenting with freedom

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/apr/08/nuit-debout-protesters-occupy-french-cities-in-a-revolutionary-call-for-change

https://medium.com/mosquito-ridge/steel-crisis-they-do-not-give-a-shit-86516750a1e0#.gvlpr04tj  

Spaceheads and Howie Reeve mini tour

Spending time with good people is a recharge we needed after a long haul through shitty dark wet storm blasted weeks.  Getting to gig with magicians who can transform the world for a few hours is a privilege.

Howie manages to draw you in to his world with cracking banter, vivid imagery and a mix of harmonics and resonance that relieves you of the need to notice where you are, or anything else outside the gathering.  Clustered around these moments of compassion, tragedy, oddness and joy we are still.  The skill and courage to create this is hard earned from years of gigging ceaselessly.  He is a master.  Go and be part of it if you get the chance.

Spacehead's achieve the transforming of wet February night into a wonderland with the wizardry of Rucksack cinema.  Much from little. Richard and Andy are 2 of the best musicians out there; technically brilliant, but instead of chin rubbing cleverness or ego wank, they generate  massive driving scapes bursting with uplifting energy.  Perfectly matched with this Jamie floods the space with images and light, bang in time with the music.  Like the best raves, we are submerged in sensory overload on a positive wave after wave.  If you need plugging into the good stuff, go get some.  

It was a privilege.    

Comp track bonanza

Well maybe not a bonanza of new stuff, but some remixes/ remastered versions of tracks.  Anyhow, we're honoured to be be on 3 new righteous comps.

2 are from the powerhouse of good things that is Afiach  www.afiach.com

The other is on a mighty piece of work put together by the force for good that is Devotional Hooligan Dizzy https://digitaldizzy.bandcamp.com/album/va-a-warmer-welcome

Positive things going on.

HNY Comrades!

Well that was an interesting year.  Gurt BIG thanks to everyone who's come to gigs, put us on, bought / downloaded the EP, played us on their shows, helped and supported us.  This stuff only works if we help each other out and theres been loads of that in 2015.  Thanks.  Lots of highlights and loads to look forward to next year.  Always keen to play more and get out to different places, so give us a shout if you've got a cunning plan.  Hope yous are all doing OK.  Look forward to seeing you in 2016.


"When you think of all the more useful things you could do...."

We've been hoarding tunes for a while now, playing some of them live, keeping others under wraps.  There has been a pretty vigorous editing of whats good, whats not and ended up with 12-13 contenders.  We're heading into the studio (Owain at Stuiowz again) in Jan to start getting the basic tracks down.  The plan is then to work with various collaborators, play grow and mutate stuff until something good appears.  Jer will be there few surprises as well.  

At the end of this we'll release something LP shaped.  Vinyl?  CD?  Download?  Yous can help us decide.  There will be something hand made about what ever emerges.  It will be done by us.  It will be passionate and a step on from the EP.  I know its more unnecessary stuff on a planet with finite resources and that its unlikely to spark off an era of creative cooperation and increasing irrelevance of existing power structures hastening the final collapse of capitalism.  BUT it will be a spark.   

Reactive.

There is an almost unbearable amount of things going on which demand our attention, compassion and spark off all sorts of reactions driving us to want change.  How do we respond?  Liking, cutting and pasting posts on Fckbook?  Drowning in a sea of images of human animal and environmental horror and abuse?  Ignoring and hiding doesn't work.  Being permanently angry kills you.  Resisting abuse is vital, but exhausting.  Sharing information and showing up abuse where it happens is really positive.  But what do you do with that knowledge / emotion?

I've always liked the light a single candle thing.  I'm not great at it, but not having your agenda set by the powers that be and constantly being forced into reacting is one way of reclaiming our lives.  Choosing to do something creative that undermines their authority.  Something that takes the piss a bit.  Something small and doable.  Something that changes the power dynamic.

Maybe I'll do something useful tomorrow.  

New stuff.

Been writing some new tunes over the last few months.  Some of you will have seen them live.  Some have been evolving in the set for a while now.  Few more not far off.  

Writing and evolving tunes is one of the best bits of being in a band.  Who knows what will come out?  Its all about the dance.

Hub Festival Cardiff

This Sunday in Cardiff, great line up of interesting stuff.

For Fcbookers.

Write up of whats on.

SUNDAY 30 AUGUST
LESSON NO.1 & HUB FESTIVAL PRESENT:

THE DEATH OF HER MONEY (6.30pm)
This will be the second of probably three Cardiff gigs by this band in 2015, because they enjoy the thought of you wanting more. It will be loud and atmospheric and moving and a showcase for the fruits of their decade-long transition from a pummelling sludge/'post-metal' type band to a genre-defying trip into all kindsa weird murky soundworlds. Spend teatime letting them feed you their vision. http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Death-Of-Her-Money/163632863667642?fref=ts

WATER (5.40pm)
Debut Cardiff gig - in fact their first out-of-city performance! - by Water, a six-woman EXPERIENCE who formed in Manchester and whom are all active in the region's visual art/experimental music/counterculture/etc scene. The person writing this saw them play earlier this summer and was knocked on his ass by a mind-altering and ritualistic combo of droning synths, looped rhythms, manipulated vocal creepery and other cool stuff. If you like Throbbing Gristle, Coil or recent releases by their pals Gnod, you ought to dig this, but that's only a rough pointer. http://www.facebook.com/Wearethewater

BISMUTH (4.40pm)
Bass/drums two-piece whose interpretation of sludge metal and drone doom is unorthodox, devastating and totally vital in an era where a lot of heavy/slow/low bands seem to find it hard to bring much original to the table. Relentless amplifier assault and riffs from the bottom of the tar barrel, most likely previewing their tasty double LP which is damn nearly out. Hailing from Nottingham, they killed it when they were here last year and are thus expected to do so again. http://www.facebook.com/bismuthslow

MWSTARD (3.50pm)
This will be a long overdue first gig in Cardiff for this trio, who live over in Pembrokeshire and have so far released one six-song EP of vibrant, angry and inventive punk rock. Their musical background stretches back some 25 years, including various anarcho/hardcore bands linked to the Flat Earth label (Suffer, Health Hazard and Witchknot among others). Describing themselves as a "DIY pre-post-punk kift disco band," Mwstard's sound is more danceable, in the vein of The Ex for example. It is of course an honour to have them play at Hub, likewise all the other bands.
http://www.facebook.com/Mwstard

ALL HAPPENING AT: Fuel, Womanby Street, Cardiff
TICKETS: £10 per day or £15 for three days! That's for all the stages, not just this one. See here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1418624465134902/



Austericity.

Interesting take on how Greece has been shafted.

John Pilger 

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The problem of Greece is not only a tragedy. It is a lie.

13 July 2015

An historic betrayal has consumed Greece. Having set aside the mandate of the Greek electorate, the Syriza government has willfully ignored last week's landslide "No" vote and secretly agreed a raft of repressive, impoverishing measures in return for a "bailout" that means sinister foreign control and a warning to the world.

 

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has pushed through parliament a proposal to cut at least 13 billion euros from the public purse - 4 billion euros more than the "austerity" figure rejected overwhelmingly by the majority of the Greek population in a referendum on 5 July.

 

These reportedly include a 50 per cent increase in the cost of healthcare for pensioners, almost 40 per cent of whom live in poverty; deep cuts in public sector wages; the complete privatization of public facilities such as airports and ports; a rise in value added tax to 23 per cent, now applied to the Greek islands where people struggle to eke out a living. There is more to come.

 

"Anti-austerity party sweeps to stunning victory", declared a Guardian headline on January 25. "Radical leftists" the paper called Tsipras and his impressively-educated comrades. They wore open neck shirts, and the finance minister rode a motorbike and was described as a "rock star of economics". It was a façade. They were not radical in any sense of that cliched label, neither were they "anti austerity".

 

For six months Tsipras and the recently discarded finance minister, Yanis Varoufakis, shuttled between Athens and Brussels, Berlin and the other centres of European money power. Instead of social justice for Greece, they achieved a new indebtedness, a deeper impoverishment that would merely replace a systemic rottenness based on the theft of tax revenue by the Greek super-wealthy - in accordance with European "neo-liberal" values - and cheap, highly profitable loans from those now seeking Greece's scalp.

 

Greece's debt, reports an audit by the Greek parliament, "is illegal, illegitimate and odious". Proportionally, it is less than 30 per cent that of the debit of Germany, its major creditor. It is less than the debt of European banks whose "bailout" in 2007-8 was barely controversial and unpunished.

 

For a small country such as Greece, the euro is a colonial currency: a tether to a capitalist ideology so extreme that even the Pope pronounces it "intolerable" and "the dung of the devil". The euro is to Greece what the US dollar is to remote territories in the Pacific, whose poverty and servility is guaranteed by their dependency.

 

In their travels to the court of the mighty in Brussels and Berlin, Tsipras and Varoufakis presented themselves neither as radicals nor "leftists" nor even honest social democrats, but as two slightly upstart supplicants in their pleas and demands. Without underestimating the hostility they faced, it is fair to say they displayed no political courage. More than once, the Greek people found out about their "secret austerity plans" in leaks to the media: such as a 30 June letter published in the Financial Times, in which Tsipras promised the heads of the EU, the European Central Bank and the IMF to accept their basic, most vicious demands - which he has now accepted.

 

When the Greek electorate voted "no" on 5 July to this very kind of rotten deal, Tsipras said, "Come Monday and the Greek government will be at the negotiating table after the referendum with better terms for the Greek people". Greeks had not voted for "better terms". They had voted for justice and for sovereignty, as they had done on January 25.

 

The day after the January election a truly democratic and, yes, radical government would have stopped every euro leaving the country, repudiated the "illegal and odious" debt - as Argentina did successfully - and expedited a plan to leave the crippling Eurozone. But there was no plan. There was only a willingness to be "at the table" seeking "better terms".

 

The true nature of Syriza has been seldom examined and explained. To the foreign media it is no more than "leftist" or "far left" or "hardline" - the usual misleading spray. Some of Syriza's international supporters have reached, at times, levels of cheer leading reminiscent of the rise of Barack Obama. Few have asked: Who are these "radicals"? What do they believe in?

 

In 2013, Yanis Varoufakis wrote: "Should we welcome this crisis of European capitalism as an opportunity to replace it with a better system? Or should we be so worried about it as to embark upon a campaign for stabilising capitalism? To me, the answer is clear. Europe's crisis is far less likely to give birth to a better alternative to capitalism... I bow to the criticism that I have campaigned on an agenda founded on the assumption that the left was, and remains, squarely defeated... Yes, I would love to put forward [a] radical agenda. But, no, I am not prepared to commit the [error of the British Labour Party following Thatcher's victory]... What good did we achieve in Britain in the early 1980s by promoting an agenda of socialist change that British society scorned while falling headlong into Thatcher's neoliberal trip? Precisely none. What good will it do today to call for a dismantling of the Eurozone, of the European Union itself...?"

 

Varoufakis omits all mention of the Social Democratic Party that split the Labour vote and led to Blairism. In suggesting people in Britain "scorned socialist change" - when they were given no real opportunity to bring about that change - he echoes Blair.

 

The leaders of Syriza are revolutionaries of a kind - but their revolution is the perverse, familiar appropriation of social democratic and parliamentary movements by liberals groomed to comply with neo-liberal drivel and a social engineering whose authentic face is that of Wolfgang Schauble, Germany's finance minister, an imperial thug. Like the Labour Party in Britain and its equivalents among former social democratic parties such as the Labor Party in Australia, still describing themselves as "liberal" or even "left",  Syriza is the product of an affluent, highly privileged, educated middle class, "schooled in postmodernism", as Alex Lantier wrote.

 

For them, class is the unmentionable, let alone an enduring struggle, regardless of the reality of the lives of most human beings. Syriza's luminaries are well-groomed; they lead not the resistance that ordinary people crave, as the Greek electorate has so bravely demonstrated, but "better terms" of a venal status quo that corrals and punishes the poor. When merged with "identity politics" and its insidious distractions, the consequence is not resistance, but subservience. "Mainstream" political life in Britain exemplifies this.

 

This is not inevitable, a done deal, if we wake up from the long, postmodern coma and reject the myths and deceptions of those who claim to represent us, and fight.

 

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