At Ebbw Vale

3 Things you need to know about Thee Faction

1. There’s a new album coming VERY soon, and it’s our best yet. It’s called Reading Writing Revolution. Here’s a sneak preview of the cover in progress.
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2. Our next gig will be in London on 22 April, at a very special ‘Kick out the Tories’ night at The 100 Club, with some massively exciting names on the bill. More on that soon.

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3. Our products and services available on Bandcamp now includes t-shirts, and three of our albums – At Ebbw Vale, Up the Workers! and Singing Down the Government. The more stuff we sell, the more stuff we can create.

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Socialist Santa Knows What Your Friends, Family & Comrades Need

We are sitting here at Thee Faction HQ with a pile of jiffy bags, badges, records and CDs, just waiting for those last minute seasonal orders to come in. It is the simplest possible way of getting your Christmas presents in. Order right now, and we’ll post them straight away. Think about how many people in your life:

1. Would love Thee Faction

2. Need to hear Thee Faction

3. Would be so affronted by Thee Faction that it’s worth seven quid just to see the look on their face

Your socialist friends need a soundtrack. Your liberal friends need their minds changing. Your conservative friends need a kick up the arse. Thee Faction records are the gift that keeps on giving, in all three of these departments. Order a big bundle of them now, and distribute them amongst everyone you know.

It’s worth remembering that we have the next record written and rehearsed. We’re booked in to record it mid-January. But we can’t get it properly recorded and mixed and pressed until we have sold a lot more of Singing Down The Government.

The deals are still on:

£7 gets you Singing Down The Government

Singing Down cover

£10 gets you Singing Down The Government and Up The Workers:

two albums

£15 gets you At Ebbw Vale (on vinyl and CD), Up The Workers and Singing Down The Government:

three albums

Of course, you can still buy Up The Workers or At Ebbw Vale on their own too.

Order right now, comrades. Much depends on it. Not 100% convinced? Catch up on what the media has been saying about us.

We’re going down Le Pub…

On Friday 16th November 2012 Thee Faction return to Gwent. You are all aware of the samizdat recording of At Ebbw Vale, on that legendary night, all those years ago. Well next Friday we will be just down the road from Ebbw Vale. In Newport.

Our fine comrades Give Me Memphis are launching their tremendous new album Fore at their home venue of Le Pub, in Caxton Place, Newport. It has been 13 years since their last album, which we weren’t around for the launch of, as it came out during our ‘wilderness years’. So it is an honour to be with them to launch this one.

You’ll have seen Give Me Memphis plenty of times, either backing or supporting that legend of Socialist RnB Jon Langford. But here they’ll be in their rightful place: headlining Le Pub and showcasing what is genuinely a fantastic record. And we will be warming the crowd up with our own Socialist RnB, treating it as the ‘Welsh Launch’ for Singing Down the Government, our new album.*

If you are one of the many people who contacts us saying: ‘why don’t you ever play in South Wales/the West of England?’ then this is your opportunity to see us not far from home. Seize the opportunity. Come to the show, and take home copies of Fore and of Singing Down the Government.

This gig is going to be enormous. See you there. Wear your best clothes.

*or, at least, this is what we’re telling Dai Nasty and Baby Face, to humour their infantile bourgeois Welsh patriotic tendencies.

All three Thee Faction albums for £15

The comrades at Soviet Beret Records are down to the last few copies of At Ebbw Vale. So they have put together this ridiculous offer. It won’t be around for long, so take advantage now. All three of our albums for £15 (incl.P&P). Just to be clear, that’s:

1 x CD of Singing Down The Government, or, The War of Position And How We’re Winning It*

1 x CD of Up the Workers!, or, Capitalism is Good For Corporations That’s Why You’ve Been Told Socialism Is Bad All Your Life

1 x 12″ 33 1/3 LP (what the kids today call ‘vinyl’) of At Ebbw Vale

1 x CD of At Ebbw Vale (in case you don’t have a record player – in which case stick the LP on the wall, as it is an undeniable design classic)

and a cardboard envelope with some stamps on it. For £15.

As we said, the Trots at Soviet Beret say this probably won’t last long, as there aren’t very many At Ebbw Vales left. So order now.

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Of course, many of you will still have their original beloved bootleg cassette of At Ebbw Vale from back in 1985. If that’s the case, and you see no value in the three album package, you can get the two studio albums for a tenner. That’s £10 for two beautifully packaged CD albums.

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*Soviet Beret are anxious that we remind you that the new album isn’t officially out until 20th October. But we also understand that if you order now, it’ll be dispatched very quickly indeed. That is to say, we understand they’re not really waiting.

Happy Birthday to the NHS (and thanks for having us to Marxism 2011)

Today is the 63rd birthday of the National Health Service. If ever a day merited National Holiday status it’s this one. Instead we got a day off to watch a couple of posh kids get wed. Nonetheless, it’s our duty to honour the creation of one of the finest antidotes to free market capitalism the world has seen. The NHS is the reason why loads of right-wing Americans see us as, effectively, a communist country. And that’s how its architect, Nye Bevan, would have wanted it to be. In place of fear Nye wanted us to be safe in the knowledge that the state would provide. And he chose one of those very few moments – when men come home from bloody wars, tooled up and refusing to accept that things would be as bad as they were before – to slide it under the radar of the ruling class. But what choice did they have? It was that or a proper workers’ state.

Now, you can argue that, were it not for Nye’s blueprints for an evolutionary democratic socialist society, we would have gone the whole hog by now, and successive Tory governments wouldn’t have clawed back all those gains that Nye, and those around him, fought so hard for. They’ve got a point. But Nye made things better for his class. Full stop. He improved the lives of working people more than any other British politician, by driving through change with the force of a thousand bulldozers. And so today we pause for a moment to remember him, and his finest creation.

Of course, let’s not forget that Nye was MP for Ebbw Vale – a town Thee Faction will be forever associated with. If you were amongst the comrades at the Marxism 2011 After Party at the Vibe Bar last night you might have picked up a free CD in a plastic wallet, with  no information on it other than a link to this blog. What you have in your hands is a copy of Thee Faction’s legendary At Ebbw Vale. Recorded in situ, it captures a band at the peak of its powers in 1984. So, if you’re listening to it, here’s the artwork and track listing:

At Ebbw Vale

 

1. Union Man/Proletarian Man

2. Don’t Sell Your Consent

3. Conservative Friend

4. Charm Alone

5. The Cactus

6. Gone Too Long

7. Hands Untied

8. Rise Up

9. Julie Got a Raise

10. Social Inclusion Through Marxism

11. 4Evry1

12. I Can See The Future

 

If you love the album, and want to own it on vinyl (the format we recorded it for, and still our most approved format), you can get it from Soviet Beret Records for very little money.

If you’re wondering why lots of your favourites from last night at Marxism 2011 aren’t on it (366, Marx My Main Man, Ready, Customer and so on), you’ll find them on our new album: Up the Workers! or Capitalism is Good For Corporations That’s Why You’ve Been Told Socialism is Bad All Your Life. You can get that from Soviet Beret too. But you might prefer to take advantage of our special comradely offer (which we’ll reveal in our reply to you) by emailing us at theefaction85@googlemail.com and placing the words “one solution: revolution” in the subject box. We promise it’s a good one.

Wear your badges with pride, brothers and sisters. And come and see us at the next gig: Mods Against the Cuts at Blow Up, Denmark Street on Saturday August 13th.

So, Happy Birthday to the NHS, and thanks for having us to the SWP. We had a great night. Can we come back next year?

Important announcement about Up The Workers!

Do you own a copy of At Ebbw Vale? If you do, and you haven’t received a vital email from Thee Faction this afternoon, you need to email us at theefaction85@googlemail.com . Put the codeword “GDH Cole” in  the subject box.

Sorry to be so cloak and dagger about this. But it is really important that you do this. It is absolutely in your interests to act on this advice. We can’t say very much more except that we might be able to help you own the most important record ever to be released some time before anyone else, and with approximately double the value. A ‘comrades only’ deal, if you like.

So email us now. You will be very very pleased that you did. We kid you not.

Buy Our Record

It has come to the Guild’s attention that quite a few of you don’t have our record- At Ebbw Vale. We are midway through the production of the new one. It’s full of spanking new songs designed to stimulate revolution in all who listen to them. But until we sell enough copies of At Ebbw Vale, Soviet Beret Records will not have the money to press the new one.

At Ebbw Vale

There are so many reasons to buy At Ebbw Vale:

  • It’s an important historical artefact, representing a moment in socialist history
  • Every song on it rocks like the proverbial. There is no room in our set for some of those songs anymore, so you’re only going to hear them on the album.
  • The sleeve is a design classic. It is our finest visual statement of intent.
  • It is, as The Guardian’s Chris Roberts will tell you, “as good as Slade Alive. Yes, that good.” (more press and testimony can be read at Soviet Beret’s site)
  • The Independent on Sunday strongly believes you need it.
  • It is phenomenally good value. £8.50 gets you At Ebbw Vale on CD and vinyl (you get both!), a free Thee Faction button badge, and all the postage and packing you could hope for.

So, do your bit for the revolution, comrades, and go to Soviet Beret and order your copy. You need this album.

For a four minute preview, listen to this:

Scottish Socialist Party reviews At Ebbw Vale

Click here to read one of the finest reviews of any record ever written. The fact that it is of ours is a fanastic bonus.

As you know, Thee Faction are not cheerleaders for any particular political party. We recognise the Labour Party as the political product of the labour movement in Britain, and we show solidarity with any group or party of socialists who we believe are fighting against the forces of capital, and for the kind of socialism we believe in and want to see. But we remain unalligned.

All of which is a ridiculous preamble to telling you that the review above is from a comrade in the Scottish Socialist Party. The Scottish struggle is, of course, our struggle, and the SSP work tirelessly up there to battle against The Man. We hope to see plenty of comrades from the SSP when we play at the 13th Note in  Glasgow on the 5th December. But we hope to see plenty of representatives of other groups too. A Thee Faction gig is a celebration of the potential that lies within our class for shaping a better society. The more voices in that mix the merrier, frankly. So if you’ve friends and comrades in Glasgow, or within reach of Glasgow, tell them that they need to be at the 13th Note on the 5th. It’s going to be fantastic.

Meanwhile, read the review. If you enjoyed writers in the golden age of music writing – the Savages, Kents, Marcuses, Toscheses and so on – then you’ll spot the references and enjoy it all the more. If you’re not au fait with those writers, it might be best to read the final page first!

Thanks to the comrade for putting so much heart into writing a review of a record. Few do these days. We salute you. Explore that website and make an effort to listen to their podcast. It’s always straight out of the top drawer.

See you in Glasgow. And buy the record. Click here.

Thee Faction in the Independent on Sunday

Did you see Comrade Simon Price’s review of At Ebbw Vale in today’s Independent on Sunday? For comrades outside of the UK, the IoS is a left-of-centre Sunday paper, broadsheet in spirit if not in size. Getting a review in it is a good thing, we think. If we’re going to appear in the bourgeois press we definitely want it to be under the stewardship of Comrade Price. Anyway, read the review properly here. His closing line is spot on: “With a recession, a services-slashing government and a Royal Wedding in the offing, Thee Faction’s “comeback” couldn’t be more timely.”

We aren’t sure why “comeback” is in inverted commas, of course. Perhaps because Comrade Price knows that the comeback is over – the fightback has begun? Yes, that must be it.

Go and buy the album comrades. At Soviet Beret Records. And come and watch us sing and play. You’ll find us at the 13th Note in Glasgow on the 5th December, The Garage in London on the 18th December, and the Half Moon in Putney on the 21st January. More details of these gigs and other stuff can be found here.

Anyway, thanks again to Comrade Price for alerting the bourgeois press to our presence. It won’t be long, comrades, before the bourgeois press is our press. The fightback is well underway.

Order our album now!

Look! CD, vinyl and badges. For £8.50!!! Order now.

Hundreds of people look at this blog every day. And yet most of those people probably don’t own a copy of At Ebbw Vale. This astonishes us. Realistically, reading our blog requires an understanding of the Socialist R&B we create. It will cost you very very little, and will enhance your life very very much. There are certain records that define a political moment. At Ebbw Vale does precisely that – defining a moment in 1985 that echoes through to this moment in 2010.

Look! You *do* need stinkin' badges!

£8.50 gets you your CD, your 12″ slab of vinyl and a badge (plus all manner of postage and packing). Go to Soviet Beret Records (our record company) and order your copy. Very simply procedure. Go and do it now. You can hear samples of the record over at Soviet Beret, or on the ‘music’ page above.