On the other side of the pond….BibleCodeSundays to open for DKMs

London’s BibleCodeSundays have just announced they have pulled the UK and Irish support slot for the Dropkick Murphys pre-St Pat’s tour. Dates announced so far:

Feb 8th – Liverpool, UK – O2 Academy
Feb 9th – Dublin – Vicar Street
Feb 10th – London UK – The Roundhouse
Feb 11th – glasgow SCOTLAND – Barrowlands



Philip Chevron’s (THE POGUES) band The Radaitors from Space have just released Trouble Pilgrim in the US through our goodselves at Shite’n’Onions. It’s a limited edition release including 250 copies on color vinyl (with CD insert).

The Bleeding Hearts: Folk’n’Glory

I’m confused. Wasn’t/isn’t there a German folk-punk band of the Pogues school of song writing also called The Bleeding Hearts. These Folk’n’Glory guys are quite clearly English and from reading their promo material, our new friends from the West Midlands have been around since ’95 or so. Maybe the same band? Maybe I just imagined the Germans?

Anyway Germans or no Germans, this bunch of Bleeding Hearts take a distinctly English approach to folk-punk and so like a lot of English bands in this genre they bow down at the alter of THE LEVELLERS. The Bleeding Hearts have roots in the whole anarcho punk thing – both in style and substance though with sometimes a slight metallic undercurrent along with highly caffeinated fiddles that bring to mind Cornwall’s BATES MOTEL. The only thing that doesn’t gell well with me is the vocals often hit the heavy metal register – but nothing that a daily habit of a few packs of cigarettes and a bottle of whiskey can’t cure. Bleeding Hearts are the type of band to best enjoyed on the festival circuit surrounded by white people with dreadlocks, painful looking piercing’s and BO problems, though if those logistics don’t work for you then Folk’n’Glory is a good substitute.















Shite’n’Onions Podcast#43 featuring Icewagon Flu

Podcast#43 features VA’s Icewagon Flu and their new collection of Irish standards given the Icewagon twist – Off The Wagon – Volume 2

Neck – Here’s Mud In Yer Eye – Necked (A Few Odds From The  Oul’ Sods!)

Icewagon Flu – Hills Of Connemara – Off The Wagon – Volume 2

Icewagon Flu – Galway Races – Off The Wagon – Volume 2

The Currency – Jim Jones – 888 single

Bang On The Ear – The Rising Of The 45 – Tales From The Glen

Icewagon Flu – Follow Me Up To Carlow – Off The Wagon – Volume 2

Lexington Field – Tracy Boys Fight The World – Old Dirt Road

Bang On The Ear – Loch Lomond – Tales From The Glen

Icewagon Flu – Techno Jig – Off The Wagon – Volume 2

Black 47 – Celtic Rocker – Bankers and Gangsters

The Real McKenzies – Bitch Off The Money – Locked & Loaded

The Steam Pig – Motorhead @ 5 AM – Motorhead @ 5 AM 7″



BibleCodeSundays: US tour – May 2011

The BibleCodeSundays undertake a short US tour to support their new EP, The Pittsburgh Kid, out now through iTunes as well as BCS’s Andy Nolan’s upcoming transatlantic gangster movie, Clan London. Come down and hear some great music and maybe be discovered.

The Pittsburgh Kid - EP, The BibleCodeSundays

May 20 Special show TBA in Boston*
May 21 “Clan London Party”, The Four Green Fields – Boston, MA
May 22 “Clan London Party”, Connollys West 45 – NYC
May 23 TBA
May 26 Whiskey Republic, Providence RI (Ken Casey of the DKM’d bar)
May 27,28,29 BlackThorne Resort – East Durham, with – Black 47,Derek Warfield,Whole Shabang,Gobshites and more

*I’m sworn to secrecy as to where and with whom they are playing with but it’s big….


Larkin Brigade’s Evacuation Day* (March 18th)

*Evacuation Day

March 17 is Evacuation Day, a holiday observed in Suffolk County (which includes the city of Boston)[1] and also by the public schools in Cambridge[2] and Somerville, Massachusetts.[3] The holiday commemorates the evacuation of British forces from the city of Boston following the Siege of Boston, early in the American Revolutionary War. Schools and government offices (including some[4] Massachusetts state government offices located in Suffolk County) are closed. If March 17 falls on a weekend, schools and government offices are closed on the following Monday in observance. It is the same day as Saint Patrick’s Day, a coincidence that played a role in the establishment of the holiday.

NECK supporting Stiff Little Fingers at The Forum (London)

Looks like this will be a wild night:

NECK supporting Stiff Little Fingers at The Forum (again)!!!

Friday, March 25 · 7:30pm – 10:30pm

9-17 Highgate Rd
London, United Kingdom



The Gobshites CD release party for Songs Me Da Got Pissed To is (finally) this
Thursday, March 3rd
Four Green Fields
One Boston Place (behind the Old State House)
Boston, MA 02108
Suite 120

Message from The Gobshites:
Get there by 7PM and be the first to hear Songs Me Da Got Pissed To and Poitin! We’ll start the night off as a listening party.

Not only will it be your first chance to buy The Gobshites newest CD, it’s my birthday!!!! Yep, another year older and closer to death. Come cheer me up!

If you pre-ordered Songs Me Da, they will be in the mail Thursday. (that’s when I pick them up) Let me know if you’re coming to the show and I’ll bring yours there.

paddyrock.com podcast

Just wanted to give a shout out to John Bowles @ paddyrock.com who has posted his latest podcast. Need to get my finger out and start working on my Paddy’s Day podcast.


The Radiators From Space: Cockles and Mussels: The Very Best Of (CD) – from the archive

When they are remembered in the States, if at all, it is normally for being the breeding ground of future Pogue Phil Chevron. Much more than this, however, is this fact: The Radiators From Space are an all-too often overlooked punk band. Histories omission is our loss, but this collection seeks to right this wrong, if only in a small way.

Formed in Dublin by Phil Chevron, the Radiators From Space have been called the best band to ever come out of Ireland. I’m not too up on the band’s history, nor their early days, save for what I have read: The Radiators were discovered in late 1976/early 1977 by influential London label, Chiswick Records, and their vinyl debut pre-dated such luminaries as the Clash and Elvis Costello. The Radiators were most certainly among Ireland’s first punk bands. ‘Irish’ being the operative word.

Chevron, while acknowledging the bands punk roots, also recognizes the uniquely Irish vision that band had. They weren’t London kids, after all.

Irish teens life-experiences were entirely their own; hence the subject matter wouldn’t be entirely the same, although the attitude was one they could rally behind.

Chevron explains: “While we shared many of the characteristics of the UK punk bands – the energy and the attitudes – we had nothing to say about tower-blocks or anarchy. Our best songs came from our experience of growing up in an Ireland still paralyzed by political and religious hypocrisies but which, we believed, was in its heart youthful and forward-thinking. We were the first Irish band to grapple with these contradictions but first and foremost we were a pop group and we could readily identify with the UK’s ‘No Fun’ slogan.”

Sadly, most of the original albums are now deleted, and fetch collectors’ prices. The first two albums, “TV Tube Heart” and even more so their second, “Ghosttown” are considered influential classics, inspiring everyone from Thin Lizzy (toured with ‘em) to Christy Moore (who does a nice version of “Song of the Faithful Departed.”)

This collection, however, is fairly easily picked-up, and is a wonderful introduction to the band. Chevron is a great guitarist, and his vocals start out with the ’77 sneer so familiar to most, but as the band progresses, his talent expands and the songs become much more than punk rock.

The opening cuts show the band at their fiery best. “Television Screen” shows teenage frustration with a rockabilly cum punk guitar propelling the tune all the way. “I’m gonna stick my Strat-o-caster through the television screen” a young Chevron roars.

As he said above, subject matter was more Irish-oriented, with songs like “Sunday World” showing a typical slice of mundane Irish life, and hints at a growing distance from the Catholic Church to the crazed rev-up “Enemies” to the namesake of the first album, the prison ditty “Prison Bars” (where Chevron does his best Johnny Rotten) to the Boomtown Rat-ish sounding boredom of “Let’s Talk About the Weather.”

As the disc progresses, so do the band. The fast, three-chord-type punk is replaced by angry rock-n-roll. “Johnny Jukebox” has a ‘50’s flair all it’s own and rocks. “Kitty Rickets” has an almost Specials-type feel, an Irish “Ghosttown” if you will. It breaks down Ireland’s legends in one fantastic song.

Then we come to “Song of the Faithful Departed.” It is now considered a true Irish classic, sidestepping any boundaries imposed by genres. With good reason, its modern Irish poetry, giving the more recently exiled a ballad of their own. The ghosts and tales of the Ireland of past and present are twisted and re-imagined in this tune, myths broken down, and spit back out with complete honesty. This one is probably the best on the disc, the best they ever did, and packs quite an emotional wallop for a ‘punk’ band. You can see the seeds of Phil’s later work with the Pogues in this, although it may well be his finest hour.

To attempt to fill up the review with any more drivel would be useless. I don’t know what became of any of the members other than Phil, I don’t know why they disbanded, I only know the legacy they left behind, and know how many bands count them as major influences. If you’re a true student of the punk movement in Ireland, this band is as indispensable as the Undertones and the Stiff Little Fingers, and pre-dated both of them. Pick it up and see what Chevron’s made his reputation on, and why the Shane and the Pogues were so glad to pick him up (“Thousands are Sailing” anyone?)

Review by Sean Holland