Check out the article in the Guardian 🙂
I’m absolutely gutted and stunned to tell you that a very dear friend of mine, Mark Pickstone, died last night (12th March 2022). We worked closely together on songs that would later be used in Schwarzeneggar and as you know he was the keyboard player in that band. Mark was a gentle and caring giant who I loved very much and I shall miss him greatly. I ask you all to raise a glass to him. My thoughts go to his wife and family.
See you later Mark.
It’s with a heavy heart that I have to tell you that Bob Butler died on Monday 28th February 2022. As most of you know we worked together in Schwarzeneggar and The Last Supper, but more than a work mate he was a true friend, a bloody good bass player, a bloody good bloke and I shall bloody well miss him. I shall always think of him with that cheeky grin on his face as the pair of us would slope off for that sneaky beer. My arms reach out to Helga in this dreadful time. See you later Bob and remember – ‘straight on’.
It can’t get anymore exciting and scary to play your first gig with a new band at the London Electric Ballroom supporting Sleaford Mods but that’s exactly what happened.
It is now 7 years ago that Pete Rawlinson became part of the Slice Family. As soon as we played the first notes on that stage I knew he was a keeper. Great bass player and lovely human being.
Incredibly sad news, Mensi passed away on 10th December 2021. My thoughts are with his family and friends. I always admired him, he was a man of great principles and an inspiration to us all who were fighting for a better world. He will be sadly missed but never forgotten.
See you later mate. Steve
Thomas ‘Mensi’ Mensforth, singer with the Angelic Upstarts passed away following a battle with Covid, aged 65.
27th January Crane Lane, Cork 2022
As most of you know Ian Walsh, our Cork promoter and friend, suddenly passed away at the end of August this year (2021).
I personally have no involvement in organizing gigs as the promoter deals with that side of the tour. Over the last couple of months, I and several other people have tried to find out what was going to happen with the rescheduled gig in 2022.
We only managed to find out that several tickets were sold from a record shop and from Ian. The venue was dealing directly with Ian and has taken the gig of their gig list.
Because the venue has failed to interact with us, it now seems obvious that they have cancelled the show which is completely out of our control and of huge regret to us and the memory of Ian.
Apart from it being a huge disappointment it is also a financial loss to the people that bought a ticket, the band, the support bands, the sound guy and everyone that was directly or indirectly involved.
More importantly Ian will be greatly missed and our thoughts are with Ian’s family and friends during this sad and difficult time.
The Dublin and Belfast gigs -28th and 29th January 2022, which are organized by a different promoter are still going ahead (Covid restrictions permitted) and hopefully we’ll be able to see you there.
Thank you for your support and understanding.
Your Day Will Come – a song about animal cruelty which was released on the Don’t Turn Away album in 2019. You can listen for free on Spotify and support us by clicking ‘follow’.
Spotify: Your Day Will Come https://open.spotify.com/album/0fG068PG1xjNfIlGKL4lQ8?highlight=spotify:track:58MaqLGd1CQhOxDH7RLWlk
As soon as I’d written that song I had an idea for a t-shirt using one of the photos we had of Evie walking back from the shop with a baseball bat. For her it was a toy but it was a great image to go with this song. It was only a couple of months ago that with the help of Simon from Carry On Screening that my vision became a reality. He cleverly used part of the Slice Of Life Symbol (created by Brian from Flesh and Bone) to create this great image.
From design, to print, to sew on the labels, to getting it on the web shop took about 3 months. At the time of designing this great t-shirt we had no idea that Evie would no longer be with us. I hope you like the design and what it stands for as much as we do.
Text on the back is an extract of the song:
A quick rehearsal with Jay, the drummer before setting off to Butlins for the Great British Alternative Festival.
Sorry to have to tell you that after this there will be no more new pictures of Evie appearing as she passed away peacefully at home on Monday morning 11th October 2021. Just picked up her ashes and she is now safely tucked up in the garden with daffodil bulbs for company.
We had a wonderful 10 years with a wonderful companion – yes, tears but also smiles and great memories.
Steve and Jona
After it had to be rescheduled twice due to the pandemic, North East Calling was finally happening. What a line up and so great to meet up with everyone again.
The Ignorant Band: Steve Ignorant (vocals), Carol Hodge (vocals & keys), Jay Bagnall (drums), Pete Rawlinson (bass), Pete Wilson (guitar). All photos by Simon Balaam.