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We Shall Overcome – Nambucca, Holloway Rd – Friday Oct 2nd

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Thee Faction, Interrobang and Keith Top of the Pops and his Minor UK Indie Celebrity All-Star Backing Band. Friday October 2nd. Nambucca, N7 6LB. Free entry (but suggested £5 minimum donation on door).

You know all about We Shall Overcome by now. The biggest network of simultaneous gigs this country has ever seen. Organised by a group of left-wing musicians,many of whom have never met each other, with minimal support from the media or the mainstream. Just shy of 250 events, across three nights.

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Your role is to turn up to one. Preferably one a night. And if you’re in or near London, we recommend our one. Featuring Thee Faction, Interrobang?! and Keith Top Of The Pops & His Minor UK Indie Celebrity All-Star Backing Band, it’s all happening at Nambucca on Holloway Road, N7 6LB. Free to get in, but we are asking for a suggested minimum donation of £5 to help people at the sharp end of the ruling class’s gruesome austerity programme.*

You don’t often get to see us for a fiver in London. But to get Interrobang and Keith TOTP thrown in too is phenomenal. Make sure this gig is packed. Bring everyone you know. Let’s celebrate our movement, stick two fingers up to austerity, and help those who are screwed by it.

See you at Nambucca. First band on at 20.00.

And if you’re looking for other We Shall Overcome gigs on Saturday and Sunday, we recommend Loud Women at the Silver Bullet in Finsbury Park on Saturday night (featuring Red Scare and Kassandra Krossing off of out of Thee Faction playing in their other band The Wimmins’ Insitute, as well as Blindness, Argonaut, Janine Booth and others), and getting yourself to Newport, South Wales on Sunday to see us play at Le Pub with Burning Ferns, Helen Love and local legends The Darling Buds. But if you’re staying in London, check what Steve White and the Protest Family are up to. We think they’re playing constantly across the weekend.

*for ‘austerity’ read ‘class war’

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We Shall Overcome Weekend October 2nd-4th

Thee Faction’s next gigs are part of the nationwide We Shall Overcome weekend. Baby Face explains what it’s all about.

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This year we’ve done some big gigs: Glastonbury, Tolpuddle, the Corbyn fundraiser. But our next is the biggest. Because on the first weekend in October we are taking part in the We Shall Overcome weekend.

The weekend acknowledges two things. First, it acknowledges the horrendous dismantling of society that the Tories have been pursuing. We have never been so socially insecure since before 1945. There is no safety net we can reliably fall back on. Everything is precarious. So everyone is a failed pay cheque or two away from absolute destitution. And that means that an enormous number of us are already there. Secondly, it acknowledges that every night socially and politically conscious musicians are busy, in ones, twos, threes, fours, playing in pubs and clubs across the land, doing their bit and making a little bit of noise to a relatively small number of people.

So let’s throw these two things together. Let’s get all of those musicians to play, across the same weekend, to make a noise about austerity. To stand up to and, yes, overcome austerity. Let’s play for free, where possible, and let’s take donations for carefully chosen charities that will do their bit to alleviate the social destruction of austerity.

Of course, the election of Jeremy Corbyn as Labour leader has been a huge boon to the spirit of anti-austerity. But this is not a party political weekend. It’s fair to say that the vast majority of the UK’s left-wing musicians are involved in this, and we suspect the involvement of the right will be non-existent. But it is being organised under a single banner: We Shall Overcome.

Comrade Joe Solo has done phenomenal work to piece this whole thing together. There are well over 200 events happening, under one fist. We would honestly recommend that you turn up to the one nearest you. It’s not really about travelling miles to see your favourites. Go local. Meet like-minded people. Discuss how to keep the momentum up. Organise the next one. Share ideas. Make more stuff happen.

But if you do want to see us, we’re playing twice. On Friday the 2nd October we will be playing at Nambucca in Holloway – deep in the heart of Corbyn country. It’s an amazing line-up: Keith Top Of The Pops & His Minor UK Indie Celebrity All-Star Backing Band will be kicking the evening off. Interrobang!? (pretty much our favourite band of the moment) are on next. And then us. You’ll recognise lots of people in the other bands. Keith TOTP’s band includes all sorts of minor celebrities, from bands like Carter USM, Gay Dad, and even Thee Faction. Interrobang!? feature two members of Chumbawamba (Harry and Dunstan) and one of Regular Fries.

We’ve not done enough of this kind of thing this year. It’ll be really lovely to play with a load of good friends, in a pub in London, with a lot of friends in the audience. We’ve not done it since the pre-election gig at the 100 Club. So come. We’ll be asking for a suggested minimum donation of a fiver.

On the Saturday members of Thee Faction are doing other We Shall Overcome gigs in London with their other bands. We’ll tell you more about that nearer the time.

On the Sunday we’re off to our second home: Newport, South Wales, to play at our favourite venue Le Pub. Sam, the woman in charge of the place, has been tireless in her commitment to WSO, and Le Pub is hosting an entire weekend of stuff. We’re slotting into the final bit, warming the crowd up for local heroes, and very old friends of Thee Faction, The Darling Buds. Also on are the Burning Ferns and Helen Love. Again, an amazing night. If you’re local to Newport, get down there for as much of the weekend as you can.

In its own way the We Shall Overcome weekend will be one of the most important cultural events of 2015. Austerity can only be countered en masse, with huge gestures of solidarity. We have to be seen to have numbers. So do your bit. Get to as many events as you can. And, if you’re near ours, get to ours. We’d love to see you.

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RALLY AND FUNDRAISER – feat. JEREMY CORBYN, Thee Faction, Owen Jones, Robb Johnson, Phyll Opoku, Janine Booth

21st August – come and hear Jeremy Corbyn speak in the run up to the Labour leadership election, at the beautiful venue of Islington’s Union Chapel .

Thee Faction are hosting this fundraising event, and all proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to Corbyn’s campaign.

Jeremy Corbyn’s speech will be, of course, the pinacle of the evening. Before that, you can enjoy music and speech from:

Tickets for the event are only available in advance, through this Eventbrite link. The event is likely to sell out, so don’t wait before securing your tickets.

If you’re unable to come to the event yourself, show solidarity with Corbyn’s campaign and help support this important fundraising event by sharing this blog, and the Facebook event.

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Chumbawamba to Interrofaction?!

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There are just a few days left for our staunch comrade Dunstan Bruce to reach his Kickstarter target so he can get on with making what we know will be a flipping excellent film, revealing the true story behind Chumbawamba, “from DIY squat gigs to Madison Square Gardens, and back again”.

This film must get made – get involved and chip in what you can, here!

Thee Faction and Dunstan Bruce’s new band, Interrobang?!, are teaming up for an awesome autumn tour. Dates now confirmed include:

2 October – The Pipeline, London

7 November – Wharf Chambers, Leeds

***** WATCH THIS SPACE TOO FOR EXCLUSIVE NEWS OF AN INTERROFACTION?! COLLABORATION SINGLE?!?! *****

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Warmed up yet?

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Playing Glastonbury Left Field last weekend was a blast: huge thanks to Billy Bragg for inviting us, a big top full of muddy lefties for singing along with us, and Charlotte Church for partying heartily with us.

But name-dropping is bourgeois. And our trip to the West country served one important purpose: to warm us up for the proper festivals we’re playing at in the next couple of weeks. Namely:

The Matchwomen Festival – Camden, this Saturday 4th July

and

The Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival – Sunday 19 July, opening slot

See you there!

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Make sure you’ve got a copy of our new album, Reading Writing Revolution, to hand so you can sing along with us:

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Reading Writing Revolution £7
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Reading Writing Revolution & Good Politics £10
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 [if these links don’t work it might be because you’ve come to this page via theefaction.org Come back to this page via this link and all should be well]

Every order gets an “I Did Not Vote Tory” badge (and if you order the Three Rs/Good Politics bundle you’ll get an extra Thee Faction badge of some kind too). While stocks last.

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It contains this remarkable single:

  • And this one too:

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    New LP out now. Reading Writing Revolution

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    Reading Writing Revolution £7

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    Reading Writing Revolution & Good Politics £10

     [if these links don’t work it might be because you’ve come to this page via theefaction.org Come back to this page via this link and all should be well]

    Although samizdat copies have been doing the rounds for a few weeks, our new LP Reading Writing Revolution is finally officially released. Soviet Beret will be doing their own thing, of course, but as always you can buy it direct from us. Seven pounds (including P&P). Wherever you are.  A tenner gets you the new one and the last one (Good Politics). Everything else is out of print and available to download on our Bandcamp page. In-keeping with our normal rules, no one gets to buy a download of Reading Writing Revolution or Good Politics until the CDs are sold out. Which usually takes a couple of years. So buy the CD and rip it. if you really don’t want to own a CD, pass it on to someone else (whether a comrade, or someone whose mind needs changing).

    Every order gets an “I Did Not Vote Tory” badge (and if you order the Three Rs/Good Politics bundle you’ll get an extra Thee Faction badge of some kind too). While stocks last.

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    If you need persuading to buy it, read on (there’ll be videos and persuasive words and whathaveyou). But if you clearly need this immediately order here:

    Reading Writing Revolution – £7.00

    Reading Writing Revolution & Good Politics: £10.00

     [if these links don’t work it might be because you’ve come to this page via theefaction.org Come back to this page via this link and all should be well]

    Things you need to know:

    • It’s got a lovely sleeve, designed by Comrade ‘Cils, which looks a little bit like the classic Soviet poster “Comrade Lenin Cleanses the Earth of Filth”. So we are marking this coincidence by calling ours “Comrade Baby Face Cleanses the Earth of Filth”. Here’s the Lenin one that it looks a bit like.

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    • It was recorded by Der Hammer. At Keith Topovic’s place.

    • We recorded almost all of it live. In a big room. So it is our most ‘live’ feeling record since At Ebbw Vale. People often tell us that our records don’t quite do justice to the Thee Faction live experience. This once gets closer.

    • It’s got 11 Socialist RnB bastillestormers on there. Want the list? Choose Your Enemy/(You’ve Got The) Numbers(Why Don’t You Use It?)/The Three Rs/Rent Strike/Bastards/Socialism: Utopian and Scientific/Police State/(Get It Out) Of Your System/Strictly Come Marching/Equality/Bubble Club.

    • It is subtitled ‘The Tendency of the Rate of Profit to Fall’. The old Marxist chestnut. But you know what? Current thinking is that it really is in decline.

    • It contains this remarkable single:

    • And this one too:

    • And if you’re coming to see us at Glastonbury you’ll need to be able to singalong. We’ll do lots off these two albumsLeft_Field_2015_Lineupa

    Buy Thee Faction’s LP: Reading Writing Revolution

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    Reading Writing Revolution, or, The Tendency of the Rate of Profit to Fall, is the fifth album from legends of Socialist RnB Thee Faction. It’s yours for £7.

    Track listing: Choose your enemy/(You’ve got the) numbers (why don’t you use it?)/The Three Rs/Rent strike/Bastards/Socialism:utopian & scientific/Police state/(Get it out) of your system/Strictly come marching/Equality/Bubble club

    Reading Writing Revolution £7

    Not sure? Here’s the first single from Reading Writing Revolution:

    Like it? Download it for free:

    And here’s the second single. With a selection of pictures and numbers to look at:

    And here’s the title track:

    Now buy the album.

    Kick Out The Tories: The Pep Rally

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    Chris T-T & The Hoodrats, Grace Petrie, Thee Faction & Janine Booth. 100 Club, Oxford Street. Wed 22/4/15.

    Cheap advance tickets (£6) still available. £8 on door. Best line-up you’ll see in London this year. Thee Faction onstage 20.00 sharp. Grace Petrie 21.00. Chris T-T and the Hoodrats 22.00. Janine Booth somewhere in between.

    Can’t come, but want to get your hands on our new LP – Reading Writing Revolution – long before its official release? Get it here for £7. Or get our last two LPs for a tenner (Good Politics & Reading Writing Revolution).

    Not sure? Here’s our new single. It will convince you.

    Downoad it for free here:

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    Orgreave Justice CD featuring Thee Faction – out now

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    Thee Faction are honoured to be included in the Orgreave Justice CD produced by Philosophy Football. All profits to the Orgreave Truth and Justice campaign, so please buy as many copies as you can afford.

    How’s this for a line up:

    Matt Abbott, Attila the Stockbroker, Banner Theatre, Billy Bragg, The Black Lamps, Blaggers ITA, Blossoms, Cambodia, Chris Evans Collective, Chris T-T, Chumbawamba, Steve Drewett, Paul Heaton, The Hurriers, Jethro Platts, Joe Solo, Robb Johnson, Jon Langford, Louise Distras, The Movement, New Model Army, The Oppressed, Grace Petrie, Pitman Poet, Quiet Loner, Sleaford Mods, TV Smith, Terry and Dead, Thee Concerned Citizens, Thee Faction, Tony Walsh, Steve White and the Protest Family and Wilde Sammon.

    Get yours, with or without a T-shirt, here.