Outcider festival 2018

We’re playing 8.30pm on Friday 3rd. See ya down the front!

Check out https://www.facebook.com/events/1435636716526043 for more info and get  tickets here: http://www.outciderfestival.co.uk/tickets/.

Dorset Radical bookfair afterparty 04.11.18

Confirmed so far:

Dan Kemp: fiddle player, singer-songwriter, traditional and anarcho-folk, formerly with Ash Victim, Buskin’ Punx Orchestra, Will Tun and the Wasters.  Bandcamp  Facebook

Geeza: Resident reggae D.J.

Jonny L: Acoustic punk, rock n’ roll with a bit of ska thrown in.

Kickin’ Bambi: Socially conscious full-on punk band from Bournemouth.  Facebook

Mercurius Rising: Acoustic campfire/squat-punk with varied musical influences.  Bandcamp  Facebook  Soundcloud

Spanner: Militant ska-punk band from Bristol. “Music to strike fear into the hearts of capitalists, cops, bosses and politicians everywhere!” Bandcamp  Facebook  Soundcloud  Website

Undying Heads: Travelling hobo band playing original compositions and a few covers. Duo with sometime guest artists joining in. Currently busking and looking for gigs in Portugal, Spain, Ireland and UK. Bandcamp Facebook

Ireland tour report

Last month we had a stonking few days in Ireland. Here follows the saga…

After a car search by cops at the ferry port on the way out:

Ben “You gonna pack that back as it was?”

Stroppy cop “That’s not our job. We don’t have to.”

Clever cop (showing off her police intelligence) “I’ll give you a hand.”

Ben “No, don’t worry, we’ll sort it”

Clever cop “You a band then?”

Eve (Slowly) “Yeeeah.”

Stroppy cop “What sort of music. You on youtube?”

Ben “Reggae.”

Stroppy cop “What’s your band called?”

Ben and Eve “You wouldn’t like it.”

Stroppy cop “Ooh, a bit radical is it?”

Our first night was a “settling in” night with no gig and we were in very good company with the punks of New Ross. There were stories and laughs aplenty and it’s clear these folks have been around the block a few times! We were introduced to a very odd version of pool, “bumper pool”, which we can conclude is only for playing when drunk or with the kids, who helpfully showed us how it’s done with a cue that resembled a banana! Burgers and wedges cooked up by local wildling Cameron (no shit, he was actually in Game of Thrones!) sealed the deal for everlasting friendship with the New Ross crew. Thanks so much to Conor (the changeling) for amazing hospitality, tales of rebellion, a walk down an old railway tunnel(!) and lots of ace book recommendations! Top people and we look forward to our next visit.

The first gig was in Ballina, with new friends and tour organisers Shithatt, a quality post punk band whose spiritual home is evidently Emmett’s, where we played that night. A really nice crowd and what a powerful band they are! They absolutely belted it out and we felt compelled to do the same. There was a rush on the Tshirts meaning we didn’t have many for the rest of the tour and Ballina earns the award for “most likely to see a Spanner Tshirt in Ireland here”.

There was a fair bit of “craic” after, with Woody and Richy representing the band in the late night session while the rest of us got our heads down. Needless to say the proposed mob beach trip the next morning didn’t materialise, but reports are there was one sighting of a solitary member of the naked vanguard on the beach who had been ealier forced out of the sleeping area by Richy’s foghornesque snoring. The long drive to Dublin was made easier with an en route gem of a find in a one horse town – of vegan ice cream!

Next up was the fair (well, that’s open to question!) city of Dublin and a stay with another Conor and his fellow squatters. Everyone was well jubilant about the results of the referendum the previous week, when over 2/3 of voters historically made abortion legal secured women’s right to choose. We heard how grassroots campaigners for “Yes” were up against very powerful interests and institutions who threw so much money and resources into efforts to maintain a ban on abortion in the Republic of Ireland. It was an unequal struggle but it was a struggle that showed how with hard work and determination, good people can win!

There was an entertaining impromptu radical history tour of the town with more evidence of the same (as well as of a fair few defeats!), including some top stories and sites of past struggles and a very heartening account of fascists being well dealt with by a sizable and militant mob and chased out of town. This was accompanied by some top vegan takeaway fare, Eve clearly getting the best result of the menu!

The gig itself was at Drop Dead Twice, a boojie looking new venue but with good sound. We met the hard working Eddie who put the gig on and enjoyed the other bands before taking to the stage to play. There was a good dance and some of Dublin’s skanking champs were evidently out. We met some really sound folks after the gig and gave assurances we’d be back before too long.


Then it was on for an absolute monster pizza (there were concerns it was too big for us to handle, but we dealt with it!) session back at the squat, washed down with potcheen and more chats with our very sound hosts. It’s people like these that remind us that we are everywhere!

Same goes for Bob in Cork, who put on the next and last gig for us. We are very much singing from the same sheet! He didn’t have any of his old band, Section 4, to play us, but we found one of their CDs since at the 161 fest in Manchester – in the bargain bin! They were a classic rowdy and bouncing antifascist / anarchist Oi! band and it’s a shame we didn’t get to play with them. Before the gig we had a bit of food, sampled the Beamish and the Murphy’s and tried our hands at a game of rings in an old Cork pub. The locals were clearly amused at our efforts while Nick had a bit of a talking to by an old local with fire in his eyes! Fred Zeppelin’s is a punk and metal venue in Cork, and a good place for an end of tour gig. It was great to recognise (ahem!) our new mates from New Ross at the gig and there was, in the immortal words of Russ Abbott, “a happy atmosphere”. The Audible Joe’s were certainly audible and very energetic, ripping it up with fast and loud melodic hardcore which got the crowd moving. We had to give it everything on our last night and it seems like people weren’t asking for their money back, so that was good. There was nearly a bit of on stage fainting it was so hot but we managed to saty on our feet. Full respect to Noisy Nick for carrying on, despite feeling rough from the start of the tour. Nothing a bit of rapid style and raging drumming can’t sort out! He won’t be stopped!

The next morning we were homeward bound via the beach, with fond memories of our host, Bob, with a coat over his head in his favourite chair. We’ll be back over there before too long, for sure. Great people, top gigs and so much fun! Until next time…

0161 fest, Manchester.

We are very proud to be playing on the Anna Campbell stage, 5.45pm on Sunday 17th June. We’re going to give it everything we got for this gig in remembrance of our awesome friend and comrade and all others like her who fought so hard and remain an inspiration and example to us all! This is going to be a big one!

Ireland gigs

So for the first time we are playing a few gigs in Ireland next week. We can’t wait! Here’s how it’s gonna go.

First up is Ballina:

Then on to Dublin!

Last night is Saturday 2nd June in Cork:



Refugee solidarity gig

Roll up, roll up, you ‘orrible little squigglies – it’s gig time at the Red Lion! A night of music raising money for the Dunkirk Refugee Women’s Centre!

More precise times to follow, but things will be kicking off around 8:30/9:00 with….

Anarcho Folko playing their distressing, fast ‘n’ sloppy folk-punk shouty tunes. After several years of lying fallow, this is their long-threatened return to live gigging so come laugh at them shitting their kecks with terror!

Next up is Perkie bringing some awesome solo indie dream pop. Killa keys, vonderful vocals and lush lyrics. personal/political/powerful/passionate/pandas/pangolins

Finally, would it be a Bristol benefit gig without Spanner? Who can say? Regardless, they are playing so all is well. You know the drill: come dance around to their political punk-ska-and-all-sorts stylings and celebrate them finally finishing mixing their fucking album 😉

The gig is a benefit for Dunkirk Refugee Women’s Centre, a volunteer-run space that is “committed to supporting women, families and minors in and around Grande Synthe, Dunkirk and Calais. We support the specific needs of women, children and vulnerable people, of all ages and nationalities, who have left their homes and loved ones due to war, conflict and persecution”

It’s coming!

Yes! There’s a lot of work gone into this one as well as loads of awesome musical, mirthful and mob shouty contributions from friends and comrades of Spanner. It’s taken us a while but we’re actually quite close now. The album’s been mastered and the artwork is in progress. We’re really looking forward to having it out and about!

We’ve set up a crowdfunder to help pay for the release. Anyone wanting to support the new album can get it first and with a discount to say thanks for helping out. So if you’d like to pre-order your CD or LP you can do it here:


And here’s track one from the new album, to get you in the mood for more musical motivation for action and making revolution! See you at the gigs and on the streets!

Newport anti spycops benefit

Stag and Hounds 08.03.18

Red Lion 28.01.18