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Homestead Fest at the Homestead Southampton 20.06.10
Homestead Fest was a going away party of sorts for the legendary house/venue that is the Homestead. Serf Combat played on the Sunday so the only recordings I have are from that date (damn dissertation stopping Saturday fun!). I don’t really feel like I’m the most well informed person to talk about the Homestead in Southampton having only been there twice and only played there once but I do feel well qualified to say that it was one of the most inspiring days I’ve had in a long time, really reminding me why creativity, friends and good old DIY punk really is a great thing. So enough cheese from me, onto some of the bands I recorded. Oh and if you want more info on the place and what happened to it, then head over here.
The first performance I saw was by Joey Tu. I don’t know a lot about this fella at all. What I do know is that he played a fun, interesting set with an acoustic guitar, harmonica and uke which had a conservatory full of punks (and the obligatory dog) watching. Fun times. Here’s a video of him playing ‘Great Expectations’ then you can download the full set below:
Seven Nights and Seven Days
Thinking About You (?)
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THREE PAIRS OF SHOES
Three Pairs of Shoes were up next and I think extended a few people’s perceptions about what DIY music could produce and what the term folk really meant. I’m not meaning to put any bands down but folk influenced punk does not folk make and these three really showed that. Proper folk from the word go, this was incredible musicianship, incredible songs and entertainment from start to finish. Rather than evoking Against Me or Billy Bragg this was much more from the Fence Collective school, reminding me of King Creosote, Pete Seeger or James Yorkston and the Tom Waits cover was a welcome bonus! Raising the bar from the off, I look forward to seeing these three again. Check ‘em out, get their demo then their new CD and then go from there. Here’s a video of them ripping it up with their full set for download below…
Jockey full of bourbon (tom waits cover)
In the summer
THE WORKING DEAD
All I knew before Homestead Fest about the Working Dead
is that they’re from Watford and frankly as an ex-Watfordian carrying the burdan I know that that’s enough to make me watch them. I think there may also be ex-members of the FBATS but I wouldn’t call that a selling point (sorry!). I also now know that they’re a pretty damn good punk band mixing up skate punk with None More Black style melodies and some heavy almost crust like moments. Thats about all I do know but they’re definately one to keep an eye on and I reckon with more time and gigs their sound may get a bit more refined (and perhaps a little bit of a shorter set – 33 mins? 20 mins is optimal I reckon!). Good stuff.
Here’s the set!
Don’t hate the playa, hate the game
Short Angry one
Harmonising with Tinnitus
Thrash Pop is Dead
Five of Seven
I Played in FBATS for Three Years and all I got was Giles’ Cock in my Ear
So…the first band to have two sets on this blog, whats that all about?! Well the thing is I’ve come to realise that WEGROWBEARDS
are actually very good. Don’t tell Alf or Dunc that as I’ll never hear the end of it. More importantly they played this gig as a two piece as Phill (bass) has recently left. Phill is a shit hot bassist and was great in the band but to be totally honest I think they are much better as a two piece, much more passion, rawness and well…fun. This was two dude on drums and guitar boxed into the corner of a (in fairness very large!) bedroom with a ton of people shouting along and having fun. One of the best things here was the heckling too, to make this set less cliquey here’s some info to help understand the heckles..!
* James Hull
is the main antagoniser and instigator of heckles. Later that night he stage dived off a step ladder.
* Apologies I Have None
are an awesome folk influenced punk band who used to be a two piece – those two members are very skinny.
* Porches are another band which Duncan and Alf are in – they run on booze
* Serf Combat
is another band which Alf is also in (and me!) – we played after and someone ran across the ceiling upside down
Check out the video here of them covering Against Me for an idea of the set. Then check out the set below…
The Miners Strike
Black and Tans
Pints of Guiness Make You Strong (Against Me! cover)
Reinventing Axl Rose (Against Me! cover)