I had a great chat and a laugh with Liam Bird from ‘Punks In Pubs’. You can listen via any podcast streaming platform or click on the following links
On Sunday 10th November we played at the Breaking Barriers Festival at Het Depot in Leuven, Belgium and absolutely loved it. Great venue, superb sound and lovely people.
Photos by Manu Gambier
More sad news I’m afraid – Max Bode, one of my closest friends and the inspiration behind the song ‘Diffrability’ passed away Friday 1st November 2019 at the age of 25.
Listen for free on spotify to Diffrability: https://open.spotify.com/artist/5cfgbqj0YowAIiw0EkIGGQ
He always had a smile on his face and whenever we got together we’d always have a great laugh at the expense of those straights who couldn’t see past his wheelchair. Fucking lovely bloke and will be missed by many.
Max you’re not insignificant
You were not so uniform
I’m proud to have known you
And glad that you weren’t of the norm
All My love
This is the video animation that he created in 2015 of the song ‘The Way Things Are’
Today is the perfect day for the song S.A.D. it will be released on our new album DON’T TURN AWAY in August.
Anyone that has suffered a loss or has to deal with depression and/or despair YOU are not alone.
Book review by Dolf for TRUST magazine.
References – Steve Ignorant with Matthew Worley
Lets start with the final question: „ Steve, what‘s the story behind the book‘s cover?“ „One of my favourite paintings is called Grande Odalisque by Ingres. There‘s always been controversy about it, this woman lying on her side but the spine is too long for the human torso. Couple of years ago now, I was in the pub in Sea Palling and there‘s a woman called Caroline who lives there. Now, she‘s got a different ability – a difability – if I can put it that way: she walks differently to me or you. And she was standing at the bar and I looked over and was like, ‚my god, that‘s Odalisque‘, so I asked her if she‘d mind having a photo taken. She said ‚yes‘ and that‘s why she‘s on the cover.“
Now that this is out of the way lets focus on the rest, a book about Steve‘s lyrics. After a foreword by The Shend follows a conversation between Steve Ignorant and Matthew Worley. They talk about Steve‘s songs, the lyrics, what they mean, when they were written, why and how. It starts of with „Do they owe us a living?“ that was a Crass song, followed by 39 more songs, some of them Crass, others for Conflict, Schwartzeneggar, Stratford Mercenaries and his current band Slice of Life. For fans who want to know behind the scenes storys and anecdotes this is a great source, it is loosened with photos and original script. The reader finds out a lot about the person Steve Ignorant, where he is coming from and where he is at nowadays. In parts very interesting read, mixes with trivial and entertainment. 160 pages, 14,99 £ (Dolf)
Dimlo Productions Norfolk, www.steveignorant.com
Steve Ignorant’s Slice Of Life will be starting their Tour in April and will be playing songs from their new album ‘DON’T TURN AWAY’ that will be released later this year.
IGNORANT’S SLICE OF LIFE TOUR: DON’T TURN AWAY
4 Devonshire Arms, Cambridge
5 Music Hall, Ramsgate
6 Lewes Con Club, Lewes
18 Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
19 The Rigger, Newcastle-under-Lyme
20 The Maze, Nottingham
21 Dementia Aware Fest at Dolls House, Abertillery
4 Katie Fitzgeralds, Stourbridge
5 Old Cinema Laundarette, Durham
8 Dog And Parrot, Eastwood
25 Colchester Arts Centre, Colchester
26 The Rising Sun Arts Centre, Reading
27 The Riviera in Boscombe, Bournemouth
28 BESTIVAL, Lulworth Estate
1-4 REBELLION, Blackpool
More dates tbc
Steve Ignorant’s Slice Of Life new song S.A.D. Steve: “Anyone that suffers from depression or S.A.D. will probably recognise what I’m talking about. Hope it helps people to know that they are not alone.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d3eVyxFQE9Y
Check out Steve Ignorant’s Slice Of Live on Iggy Pop’s BBC 6 radio show where he played Stretford Blue and SAD on 22nd July 2018 https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0b6ppqc
Simon is a published freelance concert photographer. His new book ‘Punks Not Dead’ is now available via his website https://www.simontakes.photos/
A lovely bloke and great pictures.