Here is a summary of those performing, go to http://www.supersonicfestival.com for more detailed info.
Having just completed a storming series of shows in the USA and Canada, the fabulous Steve Ignorant ensemble is now rehearsing their new touring bassist Pete Wilson. In order to ensure they recieve the maximum novelty value of Antipodean sun, the band have chosen to rehearse in Norwich.
If you happen to be among of the hardy band of souls who live in Australia or New Zealand, these half-dozen shows represent your first and last opportunity to witness Steve Ignorant sing Crass songs. In fact, apart from a single show in London’s Shepards Bush this November, these shows represent the last chance of anyone, anywhere, to see these songs sung live by the man who sang on the records.
These shows are therefore literal history in the making, a never to be repeated full-stop. Book your tickets NOW so that in years to come you will be able to reduce young punks to misty-eyed envy with the words: “I was there”.
Friday June 10th Brisbane | Prince of Wales Hotel
With Special Guests Alien Virus, Dregz, D Rouser
Tickets via Oztix
Saturday June 11th Sydney | Salmagundi Studios
With Special Guests – The Rumjacks, Steppin Razor & Inebrious Bastard
Plus DJ Doledrum and DJ Franco
Tickets via Oztix
Friday June 17th Melbourne | The Tote
With Special Guests The Duvtons, Bastard Squad & Leprosy.
Tickets via Oztix and in person at the venue.
Tickets on sale via http://www.oztix.com/au
New Zealand Shows
Saturday 18th June Wellington | Bodega
With Special Guests Gripper, Mr Sterile Assembly
Sunday 19th June Auckland | The Kings Arms (Early show – Steve Ignorant on stage 8pm sharp)
Special Guests tbc
All shows R18
Tickets on sale via www.undertheradar.co.nz and Real Groovy Records (Auckland)
Joe Lally played bass in Fugazi from the band’s inception in 1987 until their hiatus in 2003. When the members of Fugazi decided to take an indeﬁnite break from recording and performing Joe began working on solo material and has continued to write and perform new material in collaboration with a wide variety of musicians and friends.
Joe has released two albums on Dischord Records, “There to Here” in 2006 and “Nothing is Underrated” in 2007, and has toured extensively in the USA, Europe, Brazil, Japan and beyond. Joe’s albums and his tours have until recently featured a large cast of collaborators including his Fugazi mates, members of Capillary Action, Zu, Melvins, and others.
On Joe’s newest album, “Why Should I Get Used to It” he has settled on a more permanent line-up featuring his current touring mates, guitarist Elisa Abela and drummer Emanuele Tomasi. The album was recorded in Rome, where Joe has
lived for the last several years, and has just been released on Dischord in conjunction with Joe’s imprint, Tolotta Records. Therefore your excuses for not owning a copy – unless you’re struggling to feed your kids – now number zero.
Joe and his band will continue to tour in 2011, with dates in Europe and Brazil already booked, and many more dates and territories to follow.
Stay tuned for more information.
This week Aaron Weaver supplied some insight on the creation of the new album:
Following the success that was Totem 2, Important Records offer you Totem 3. Produced by Randall Dunn, this is the final offering before entering the new wave of the failed future from Master Musicians Of Bukkake.
Totem 3 journeys from quiet Bardo womb meditations and instrumental mantras, to the delusional glee of Kali Yugafied Indian rock. Totem 3 is the most diverse and heartfelt of the Totem trilogy; a steady, pulsating musical mirror that expresses the atrophy of our “Modern World” through the no-age hallucinations of passionate melodies. A place where disembodied nomadic djinn join in laments, attempting to push through cell-phone interference with a message of no return. Culminating finally in the Totem trilogy’s finale; the John Carpenter-esque synthetic horror film decay of our “FAILED FUTURE”.
This is spiritual music made for healing by people who are pursuing the betterment of the mind and body. We live in an age of anxiety and this is music that pushes back against it. This is music that wants, above all, to be joyful. There’s nothing more useful than pushing against this contemporary anxiety and MMOB does it with humour, style, brains and substance.
Totem 3 is a record that sounds as good to your ears as it does to your mind. Please play it loudly.
U.S. Christmas play a unique brand of psychedelic, high-volume blues rock that evades any easy classification. Founded in Marion NC in the summer of 2002, USX now approaches a decade of playing, recording, and evolving.
USX released its fifth full-length album, Run Thick In The Night, in fall 2010, and is now following with an epic full-length single track album,The Valley Path. NATE from the band has this to say:
“A true idea must be made real. When the idea for The Valley Path was imagined, all involved agreed it was true and went forward. Forward in thought, forward in vision, forward in action. We achieved what we wanted to achieve, and whatever is said about The Valley Path, it will stand.
USX has played more gigs than I can remember, from Marion to Prague, Detroit, Austria, Memphis and Switzerland. Dirt floors and Masonic temples, churches and ghettos, wilderness and cities. To dozens and hundreds – occasionally thousands. We have recorded our songs, projected our collective visions. We have realized all that we have imagined. At this point, we have nothing to prove. We’ve been under the gun many times, and whatever anyone might think about us, we’ve never flinched. Never compromised. When things are good – and they usually are, being in this band is a dream. But we can’t entirely escape reality. Fuse boxes blow, power fails, instruments break, people leave. We vomit in parking lots and go play inside. We sleep sitting up and wake up sore. Or we sleep in places most people would not wilfully enter. We are hungry and miss home. We go on, and we are thankful because we have songs. And when we write our songs become a part of us, our centre. Our home.
A song does not have to be a part of a collection. It is more important for music to take the path it chooses, and an artist must be willing to let this happen. The Valley Path is one song. And a song is a thing that changes.”
NATE – USX (December 25, 2010)
Pinched from Steve Ignorant’s website today:
Bloody really bad news. Our gig in Baltimore is definitely cancelled and we are not able to find a suitable replacement venue. We are still trying to find out if you will get a refund – for now we suggest you contact the vendor you bought your tickets from.
When we’ve found out what the fuck went on I’ll tell you the whole story, but for now can I just say please understand that this is out of our control. It’s not just us that’s been shafted, there are apparently about 20 other sold-out shows that have met the same fate. What can I say apart from sorry, and we’re absolutely gutted. Baltimore, I’m really really sorry.
Now, the good news is we’ve found another venue willing to let us play a gig on Saturday. It’s in a place called Scranton Pennsylvania and all the details are below. If you can get there that’ll be great but I understand if you can’t.
Also I’m really pleased that Goldblade will be joining us on Saturday as well.
Again – Sorry, Baltimore.
Steve Ignorant presents The Last Supper
Crass Songs 1977-1984
at Eleanor Rigby’s
JERMYN, PA 18433
Tickets $16 in advance
+ Local support tbc