Issue 1

Rape is no laughing matter

When I first started writing this piece, I was fuming, I wanted to name names, I wanted to show these rape apologist fuckers up for who they are, and I wanted to use the word “fuck” a lot more.  But I’m not going to, I’m not giving them the unwarranted attention they no doubt crave.  But if you don’t know who the guilty parties are and want to, I’m not going to have any problem spilling the beans in person. It all started at the Punx Picnic, where a superficially inoffensive, ultimately average punk band were dropped from...
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Date: 01 Sep 2011 06:00
Author: Chris
Tags: feminism issue 1 rape culture

Brighton May Day 2011

In 1896 the Chicago Police Department opened fire on protesters demanding an 8 hour working day, in what became known as the Haymarket Massacre.  Since then, May Day has symbolically been a day for the majority to stand up against the tyranny and exploitation of capitalism. Fast forward to 30th April 2011, and the first May Day of a newly invigorated UK protest movement under the coalition government (which is, let’s face it, a Tory government).  Brighton saw one of the biggest mobilisations of 2011, assembling at the West Pier, a location announced only half an hour in...
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Date: 01 Sep 2011 06:00
Author: Chris
Tags: anarchism issue 1 may day

DIY or Die: Bread

Baking bread is one of those basic things I think everyone should know how to do, and it’s far from the dark art it’s made out to be. Free yourself from tasteless and expensive mass produced loaves with countless agents, treatments and whatever else in them by making your own. This is a basic bread recipe, but you can adapt it to do anything you like.  Just change the quantities in proportion for more/less, add seeds, herbs, veg and nuts to the mixture, or just shape it differently at the end to achieve what you want, use your...
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Date: 01 Sep 2011 06:00
Author: Chris
Tags: diy or die issue 1 recipes

Poly Styrene 1957 - 2011

I don’t remember the first time I ever heard the X-ray Spex. I assume that my mum must have played them while I was growing up. But I remember the first time I ever heard them. I must have been thirteen years old, sat in my bedroom. At the time, it was covered in posters of people I wanted to be like, from a music scene I’d discovered aged eleven and devoured wholeheartedly. I’d found one of my mum’s old tapes - a punk compilation from the early 80’s that I still have, and I’d been listening to...
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Date: 01 Sep 2011 06:00
Author: Nat
Tags: issue 1 punk

Richie Blitz - Protest Songs and Singalongs

It’s kind of weird being this into a friend’s record, but it’s just that good! Folk-punk about politics and drinking done so fucking perfectly. It’s a free download, but be warned, if you listen more than once, you’ll find the songs have well and truly burrowed their way into your brain. ‘We Shall Die Free’ has one of the best choruses I’ve heard in a long time.
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Date: 01 Sep 2011 06:00
Author: Chris
Tags: issue 1 punk reviews

Dimebag Jonnys - Ex-Teenage Rebels

Straight up punk with bits of fast distorted ska, and a Suicidal Tendencies influence. The vocals have that Tim Armstrong slur but they grow on you if you can get past that and the sometimes slightly dumb lyrics.
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Date: 01 Sep 2011 06:00
Author: Chris
Tags: issue 1 punk reviews

Anti-Venöm - As Soon as There is Justice

Incredible one-man crack-rocksteady outfit from Mexico, combining crusty ska with punk and a bit of melodic hardcore in there for good measure.
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Date: 01 Sep 2011 06:00
Author: Chris
Tags: issue 1 punk reviews

From The Cradle to The Rave - A Nightmare on Wall Street

This is going to have some mixed reactions, but I love it. Ex-My Own Religion go kinda ATR. Fast, angry punk combined with drum’n’bass and dubstep. Open your mind and give it a good a proper listen.
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Date: 01 Sep 2011 06:00
Author: Chris
Tags: issue 1 punk reviews

Union Jack - Tales of Urban Freedom

Angry French ska-punk group with dual-vocals doing something a bit different. I can’t seem to get into this, even though I really like it when I have a listen. Perhaps it’s the poppy ska-punk-hip-hop thing they’re doing?
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Date: 01 Sep 2011 06:00
Author: Chris
Tags: issue 1 punk reviews

Resolution 242 - Resurgence

Remember their amazing first EP with that incredible dub-punk sound and intelligent political lyrics? It’s nothing like that, and seems to have picked up a pretty weak hip-hop sound from somewhere.
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Date: 01 Sep 2011 06:00
Author: Chris
Tags: issue 1 punk reviews