Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign benefit – 18 June 2014, The Buffalo Bar, N1

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Chris TT and the Hoodrats

Robb Johnson

Attila the Stockbroker

Steve White and the Protest Family

The Hurriers

Dave Douglass

Jack Monroe

and us, Thee Faction

 

All of these bands/speakers on the Buffalo Bar‘s stage, this Wednesday, in aid of the Orgreave Truth and Justice campaign. OMFG.

 

If you haven’t got your tickets already, you may find a couple left with Philosophy Football, but you’ll be lucky – http://www.wegottickets.com/event/260888

 

New Thee Faction EP available now

 

 

 

 

 

 

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‘Songs to Remind the Class of the Glorious Victory to Come, and the Work That Must Be Done To Get There’ is the new EP from Thee Faction.

Featuring a  reworking of old Thee Faction favourite ‘Customer’, with legendary punk poet Attila the Stockbroker on lead vocals, as well as a never-heard-before brand new song ‘Relentless’, sung by Judy Dyble, of Fairport Convention fame, this four-track EP is limited to 250 copies. As well as these two special-guest-sung highlights you’ll also get ‘Employment’ (from the current album Good Politics) and Thee Faction’s Christmas Song (previously masquerading as a hidden track on an old album that’s no longer available).

Have a listen to the trailer:

You really need this. There’s not going to be another opportunity to get the Attila or Judy songs. So order now.

Of course, you might want to order it as a package with the current album, Good Politics. If you do, you can have the pair for £10 (incl.P&P).

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Or, if you haven’t got Singing Down the Government either, you can get both albums and the EP for £12 (incl. P&P).

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At the Buffalo Bar (28/11) we launch our new EP

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Customer (featuring Attila the Stockbroker)

Relentless (featuring Judy Dyble)

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Thee Faction’s Christmas Song

This new EP will be available at our next London gig. On the 28th November. Buffalo Bar. With Keith TOTP and his Minor UK Indie Celebrity All-Star Backing Band. And also with Abdoujaparov (Fruitbat off of out of Carter USM’s current band). Here’s a taster:

Attila will be joining us on stage. Judy will be there too. Everything else we’re doing in London for the rest of 2013 is already sold-out. So if you want to see us in London, it’s got to be this one. It’s also a chance to pick up a load of Thee Faction records for Xmas presents. So bring money. And wear your best clothes.

Here’s all you need to know about the gig and how to get tickets.

See you there.

Armistice Day Launch for Philosophy Football’s ‘Remembering 1914′ T-Shirt

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Today, on Armistice Day 2013, the comrades at Philosophy Football launch a Special Edition T-shirt for next year’s 1914 Centenary.  Designed by renowned illustrator and Philosophy Football collaborator Dan Murrell, a hauntingly simple yet incredibly powerful image to commemorate the sacrifice, appalling waste and destruction of the ‘Great War’. A silhouette of an unknown soldier, with a football instead of a rifle in hand, a single red poppy to remind us of the terrible physical and psychological damage that the ‘War to End All Wars’ resulted in. 

The soldier might be a Clydeside shipbuilder, a Dublin postal worker, a Welsh miner, an Indian farmer, a New Zealander, a Canadian, an American, an Australian, a South African, a Birmingham foundry worker, a Manchester mill hand, a Fleet Street machine minder. The place and date are unspecified. He’d sooner be playing football, away from the horror. And of course famously on Christmas Day 1914 soldiers from both sides did just that, a brief but hugely symbolic  episode of rank-and-file resistance to the juggernaut of war which left 22 million dead. He’d rather be playing football but all his mates who would play in his team would soon be be dead  at Loos, or Vimy Ridge. or the Somme, or Passchendaele. He is the Unknown Soldier, shown through a unique Philosophy Football prism.

And it is more than just a shirt. As Philosophy Football’s unique contribution to the centenary it will help fund a major event they have planned for Saturday 20 December 2014, to mark the 1914 Christmas Football Truce with a peace football tournament, music, poetry, ideas and art . An event in support of the No Glory in War 1914-18 campaign, which the shirt will be promoting too.

With respect and imagination Philosophy Football mark in a modern way via a T-shirt  the memory of World War One. The aim is to help challenge the hoopla of the fast-approaching centenary that threatens to smother us with a message of what a lovely war it was, and never mind cause, consequence or dubious purpose.

Socialist RnB Chart

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Comrades, the days are drawing short; the dark Tory mornings are closing in, and the capitalist clock has gone back, and this can mean only one thing. That’s right, it’s time for the seasonal catch-up with the Socialist RnB chart.

The good news is that Thee Faction’s plaudit-laden current album is straight in a number 3! Thanks to all of you for your support (and see the link below if you haven’t yet got around to ordering your copy.)

Unfortunately, in what’s becoming a bit of a pattern, timing is against us and not one but TWO Socialist RnB classics have charted higher: reissues of TV Smith’s 80s band Cheap, and Tom Robinson’s 70s band.. the Tom Robinson Band.

It’s not a competition. In fact we welcome the opportunity this gives us for reflection and self-criticism. We will redouble our efforts, hone our analysis and return next year a better Thee Faction, with a greater fifth album.

And at least we beat the Billy Bragg re-issue. Perhaps the Bard of Bridport will now rue overlooking Thee Faction for Glastonbury’s Left Field Stage FOUR years running? As Marx once said*: what goes around, comes around.

In other news, an expected and deserved place in the top 5 to indiepop revolutionaries Colour Me Wednesday, for their debut album on Discount Horse records. Just below them, new entries from Grace Petrie, with her new band, and from Robb Johnson and Steve White, without their bands. Don’t be putting ideas in Billy Brentford’s head now.

Eagle-eyed chartologists may notice that last year’s Paddy Nash album is down as a new entry. Let’s just say that getting chart returns from Socialist RnB outlets can mean playing the long game. Onward!

Thee Faction’s highest charting albums ‘Good Politics’ and ‘Singing Down The Government’ can be bought as a single package HERE for only £10

 

 

*“Eighteenth Brumaire”(probably)