Friday, 8 May 2015
Sunday, 18 January 2015
Here's a review of Ted Curtis' book The Darkening Light from the latest Cubesville fanzine.
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It is 1986, two years after Crass have called it a day, and the anarchopunk scene feels like it's falling apart. Heavy metal has ransacked punk like a muscle-bound Viking invader and Crass Utopianism is as murky as the homebrewed lager drunk by The Darkening Light's main protagonist, Frank. In the transition between anarchopunk and UKHC, Frank and his friends tumble into their huntsab group's Sherpa van to journey between Wiltshire and Wood Green for an all-day squat gig featuring Antisect, Atavistic and Heresy. Ted Curtis's writing captures the mood of dislocation and isolation and the tuppence ha'penny hedonism of homebrew and glue as Frank fumbles for answers in a contradictory scene whose protagonists wrap its rules around their own awkward personalities. The anarchopunk preoccupation with veganism chokes in the blue haze of rollup smoke and is muted behind the pandemonium and horror stories that fly around the gig.
As much as The Darkening Light could be a story about DIY culture at its most abrasive, it serves as a prelude to alcoholism and mental health issues. Indeed, its frankness could provide answers to many an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, anger management workshop or cognitive behavioural therapy session.
Ian Glasper's account of the late 1980s UKHC movement, Trapped in a Scene, was possibly the first book that attempted to catalogue this subculture whose authenticity lay in its own obscurity. In an otherwise comprehensive study, Mr Glasper's interviews, band profiles and discographies catalogue the music scene of the time, but struggle to capture the mood. Curtis's worm's eye view peers, totally sozzled, between the fissures of fact and fiction to produce a piece of subculture writing that ranks with the best.
Friday, 9 January 2015
Tuesday, 3 September 2013
Wednesday, 19 December 2012
From obscure 1930s Sci-fi publications to Riot Grrl zines and photo collages, Salford Zine Library houses a weird and wonderful collection of self-made publications... And what is the Blue Peter connection...?
Friday, 14 December 2012
Friday, 28 September 2012
Here's an interview conducted a month or two back during the Rebellion festival. What better venue to talk about anarchy and absurdity than Blackpool's answer to the Hollywood Boulevard, the Comedy Carpet. Brought to you in glorious stereo and hungover technicolour.
Tuesday, 21 August 2012
As angry and uncompromising as ever, the full title of Andy's single is "I Still Fucking Hate Thatcher" and is counterbalanced perfectly with "Sing a Happy Song", playing on 33rpm and 45rpm respectively.
Andy's single on Crass Records, Weary of the Flesh, is considered a champion of DaDaist punk. For this project, he is backed by a band featuring members of State of Urgency and the Crow People. Collectively they sound something between Joy Division and PIL with Andy's angry poetry over the top
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Tuesday, 3 July 2012
Oh yes, Cubesville #12 is hot off the press bringing you essential anarchist bathroom reading. This issue is a special retrospective on the future featuring all the usual mayhem, described by Negative Reaction as "Bugs n Drugs without the cartoons".
This issue we talk about utopia and dystopia with people who dare to dream including: perennial punk poet Attila the Stockbroker, Polish legends Dezerter and Mancunian armageddonists the Blacklight Mutants.
We take the vegan tardis to the end of the universe and bring you cut out and keep action figures courtesy of Warrington punx Hated till Proven.
At 32 A5 pages it rests snugly beside anyone's toilet.