Cravats Gigs coming up

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Saturday 26th March
The Green Door Store
Lower Goods Yard, Brighton, BN1 4FQ

As part of Get On With It (with Hagar The Womb, Culture Shock, Bus Station Loonies and more)

More information here
Tickets available here

Saturday 2nd April
The Flapper
Cambian Wharf, Kingston Row, Birmingham, B1 2NU

With Lesley Woods (Au Pairs) and Department S

£13 entry, doors 7pm
More information here
Tickets available here

Cravats new Single

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From Overground records

Anyone who has had even a vague love of punk music over the last 35 years will know The Cravats or, at least, be aware of their existence.

Championed by John Peel with four sessions, releases on Small Wonder and Crass; the sax-riddled, bass-laden weirdness, the humour, the love of Dada and the infamous Redditch ‘Dustbin of Sound’.

Never mainstream, never hugely popular but always utterly unique they ploughed their own musical furrow in the peripheral vision of the music biz since forming in 1977, which was fine by them.

Those that loved them, loved them to death, those that didn’t, didn’t.

They stopped in the mid-eighties for a cup of tea and it wasn’t until the 2006 release of ‘The Land of The Giants’ double CD compilation on Overground Records that many folk realised what they’d missed.

Co-founder The Shend and original sax-riddler Svor Naan, along with fellow Redditcharian Rampton Garstang on drums, resurrected a live version of the band in 2009 at the bequest of admirers old and new.

Steve Albini’s curated ATP, the final Feeding of The 5000 Crass show, a host of European festivals including 4 years at Rebellion Festival, a Marc Riley BBC6 session and a bunch of selective UK gigs followed to much critical acclaim.

But it is only since the addition, of Viscount Biscuits on guitar and Joe 91 on bass that they have finally decided the ingredients are right for new material and the Jingo Bells / Batter House single is the first offering of this burst of productivity. With a second 7″ already recorded and an LP due for release by the end of 2016, plus a host of upcoming gigs The Cravats are well and truly back.

Still drenched in sax, obliquely angry, raucous and sounding like no other band in existence they have remained faithful to the sound that made them unique. Eccentrically frantic on stage, odd but on the ball on record and definitely not normal, the world needs bands like The Cravats.

For now though, it’ll have to settle for just the one.

Track Listing: Jingo Bells / Batter House

You can order the single from

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Gee Vaucher ‘Introspective’ at FIRSTSITE COLCHESTER – opening 11th November 2016

From The university of Essex site

In Autumn 2016 Firstsite (http://www.firstsite.uk.net), Colchester’s pre-eminent gallery for contemporary art, will host a retrospective of the work of Gee Vaucher, which will be curated by Stevphen Shukaitis and Gavin Grindon. This position will be to assist in research involved in the planning and preparation of the exhibition, as well as the catalogue to be produced to accompany it. Gee Vaucher is an internationally renowned political artist, known for her ‘radical creativity’, montages, and iconic record sleeve artwork for the famous anarchist-pacifist band Crass. Vaucher has always seen her work as a tool for social change, using surrealist styles and methods, and a DIY aesthetic to create powerful images exploring political and personal issues. Gee Vaucher who has been working as an artist in the UK since the 1960’s is yet to have a major retrospective of her work in a UK public institution. This exhibition will re-affirm her position as a counter-cultural artistic force whose influence on local, national and international visual art and cross-disciplinary contexts deserves to be explored. The exhibition will celebrate the rich history of art and activism both on a local and national level. It will not only look back to the radical spirit of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s, but is also an opportunity to engage audiences in important social debates taking place today. Taking a focus on art’s power to reflect on, contribute to and inform public debate, this is an opportunity to explore challenging work, which is highly accessible and thought provoking due to the social issues it covers. Vaucher will receive an Honorary Doctorate at the University of Essex in July 2016, to celebrate her Essex roots, recognize the importance of her work, and reflect the radical past of the University, which it continues to celebrate as ‘the Essex Spirit’. This position is an opportunity for a student to conduct research supporting this exhibition.

Penny Rimbaud reads the war poems of Wilfred Owen Friday 25th March 2016

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LONDON: Friday 25th March
‘THE PITY OF WAR’.  Penny Rimbaud reads                                                                the war poems of Wilfred Owen accompanied by                                                    Kate Shortt-cello & Liam Noble-piano, plus visuals                                                     by Gee Vaucher.

Thursday 12th May
‘L’ACADÉMIE DES VANITÉS’, exact programme and additional guest performers to be arranged.
VORTEX JAZZ CLUB.

11 Gillet Square.London N16 8AZ
0207 254 4097            www.vortexjazz.co.uk

Crass Masters now available to download from Bandcamp

From the Southern Website

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The original digital masters of Crass’ six studio albums are now available to purchase on Bandcamp.  Bandcamp is a unique site where artists can sell directly to fans, and fans have the option of choosing audiophile formats like FLAC, Ogg Vorbis,  or ALACas well as the usual lossy formats like AAC and MP3.

Zounds Demystified: Lyrics and Notes Book

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Book about Zounds, which I knew was published but hadn’t seen it on offer but found it here.

Available from Amazon here

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Andy T Gig, A benefit for Calder Valley Flood Victims 19th March 2016

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