Steve Ignorant's Slice Of Life + Pet Needs
This gig is for a standing audience
“Years ago I read a book called Brighton Rock, for days the atmosphere of that story stayed with me and I’ve always wanted to create an album that would have that same effect on people.” Steve Ignorant
Slice Of Life are:
Steve Ignorant – vocals
Carol Hodge – piano & BVs
Pete Wilson – guitar & BVs
Pete Rawlinson – bass
Having cut his punk teeth in Crass, Steve Ignorant’s latest project – Slice Of Life – allows for the more contemplative side of his song-writing to reveal itself. Like musical depictions of a British kitchen-sink drama, the songs on the debut album Love and a Lamp-post (Overground Records, 2014) provide vivid vignettes of the everyday. Both personal and universal, Slice of Life present ruminations from the bar stool honed on the late-night walk home. Musically, the band is built on an acoustic arrangement of piano, guitar and bass. Having shed the punk noise that defined Crass, Slice of Life retain the emotional impact and compassion that has long distinguished Steve’s work.
Currently, Slice of Life are writing new songs and touring extensively all over the UK and Europe. They have recently supported kindred-spirits Sleaford Mods to capacity crowds at venues such as London’s Forum and performed at the Rebellion, Wickerman and Something Else A Bit North festivals. In so doing, the band have won over many new fans and rekindled the interest of many an older punk rocker.
Steve Ignorant is a singersongwriter and co-founded the anarcho-punk band Crass with Penny Rimbaud in 1977. After Crass, he sang with Conflict, Schwartzenegger and Stratford Mercenaries. In 2007 he performed Crass’ entire Feeding of the 5000 album live at the Shepherds Bush Empire and throughout 2010-2011 presented The Last Supper, touring/celebrating the songs of Crass around the globe, ending with a farewell gig at Shepherds Bush Empire in November 2011. In 2013 Steve and Paranoid Visions decided to record an album. The result ‘When …?’, a hybrid of styles, all with a nod to early 80s anarcho-punk. They now perform live on special occasions.
Carol Hodge provided the female vocals in Steve’s Last Supper band from January 2011. Previous projects Wrecks and Bad Taste Barbies. Carol also plays piano and sings solo as Carol Hodge (FKA Crystal Grenade).
Pete Wilson joined The Last Supper band when he took over on bass in 2011. He has played guitar and bass in several bands, including Wrecks, Andy T and Lies, All Lies.
Peter Rawlinson currently plays solo as Little Hero and plays guitar in garage/psych band Three Dimensional Tanx who released their 3rd album last year. Before Slice of Life he played with Pete Wilson in Lies, All Lies.
“Crass has a huge legacy and their importance can’t be overstated, but Steve was always just an ordinary, if intelligent, punk who happened to become the singer. He didn’t ask to be cast as some sort of ‘Voice of a Generation’. This album is his chance to move on and he has succeeded in making an interesting album full of honesty and gritty charm.” - Louder Than War
“Talking of Crass, Steve Ignorant is here with his Slice of Life acoustic band. He may be 57 but the righteous anger still burns within Ignorant. Between songs, Ignorant is an engaging raconteur, with tales from his childhood, through Crass up to today and the Sea Palling volunteer lifeboat crew. Behind Ignorant, Carol Hodge, Pete Wilson and Pete Rawlinson play music from the great Love And A Lamppost album and beyond. This may be gentler on the ear than Crass, Schwartzeneggar, Paranoid Visions or pretty much anything else Ignorant has done but it is no less intense or cathartic. (1010)” - Outline Online
“Folk-flecked, contemplative and primarily acoustic in design, their debut, Love And A Lamp-post, is a radical stylistic about-turn. Long-term fans expecting hobnailed punk anthems and Ignorant’s trademark rancid bark will instead be challenged by accessibly melodic, piano-framed outings.” - Record Collector
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Support: PET NEEDS
Four lads who through the nature of chaos all landed in Essex, wide-eyed, out of breath and ready to create something huge. With explosive live performances of fractured anthems, PET NEEDS are currently smashing sets throughout the East, screaming stories of chance meetings, self-destruction, perceived freedom, lampposts and woods.
"PET NEEDS have a superb passion of highs and lows, great lyrics. "Punk isn't dead, it's just up for sale"... Brilliant!" Steve Mick, Sniffin' Glue journalist.
Tickets £10 / £8 concessions.
Doors open 7.30pm.