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Thee Faction Return to Southend



Last year we went and played Southend. Three things happened.

1. We discovered the best night out in Britain. Podrophenia’s bashes at the Railway in Southend are phenomenal. Mondo and Piley’s record collections rank amongst the best in the UK, and they bring the choicest cuts down to play. The crowd is the most mixed crowd you could imagine. After the revolution we picture a world without cliques and tiresome fetishistic sub-genres. We imagine nights out full of people from 18 to 80, unconcerned by clothes or hair, but deeply concerned with comradeship, dancing and having a great time. That is, quite literally, what the Podrophenia bash is like. And, astonishingly, it’s free.

2. We discovered Eight Rounds Rapid. Playing on their home turf. Menacing and hard hitting. RnB meets intelligent punk. They are extraordinarily good. Just extraordinarily good. We since had them down to London to play the Buffalo Bar at Xmas. They blew everyone away.

3. We had fish’n’chips on the seafront. And it was righteous. Well, the two vegetarians had vegeburgers and chips. But the rest of us had fish. And it was righteous.

You know what’s happening on Friday 1st February? We will be re-acquainting ourselves with all these three things!!!! The Guild is ridiculously excited. As should you be. It’s an hour from London on the train. Come and join us. The best night out in Britain, including two of the best bands in Britain, and you get to eat fish’n’chips on the seafront.

Free entry. Did we mention that?

The Gig of 2012 – 12/12/12 Buffalo Bar, London


On Wednesday 12th December you have the opportunity to attend the gig of 2012. Something pretty spectacular will need to happen in the last few days of the year if this one is to be beaten. We’ll talk you through it.

First up, Eight Rounds Rapid. Essex’s finest. We predict this will be the last time you see them play bottom of the bill anywhere. Indeed, we suspect the next time you see them it’ll be somewhere much bigger, and they’ll be top of the bill. We played with them on their home turf, in Southend, and they were phenomenal. Best young band in Britain. Think ATV/Gang of Four/World Domination Enterprises/Future of the Left/Dr Feelgood/ John Cooper Clarke. But ploughing their own furrow in the finest way. Here’s their latest:

Then it’s a gang of our very favourite comrades (individually), grouped together as one of the world’s most comradely bands. Steve White and the Protest Family. At the Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival earlier this year, everywhere you looked they were playing. And they were always epic. If you’ve never seen them you will love them. If you have seen them you already love them. Here’s one of theirs:

In between the Protest Family and Thee Faction comes what could be the high point of the evening. It’s certainly the bit that is most intriguing those who are coming. One of Thee Faction’s very favourite writers and comrades, Francis Wheen, is going to say a few words. You know him, of course, from Radio 4’s The News Quiz, from Private Eye, from the odd appearance on Have I Got News For You…but mainly you know him from his books. He brought Marx to life in his 1999 biography of the great man, for example. Thee Faction devour everything he writes. So it’ll be ‘best of order’ for a few minutes while he addresses the hordes. He may even throw in some vocals on a couple of Thee Faction songs….

Then we’re on. It’s our last show of an incredible year. We’ve played with some amazing bands this year (Franz Nikolay, Attila The Stockbroker, Laetitia Sadier, The Tuts, Joanne Joanne….). We’ve played some fantastic events (Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival, Marxism 2012, Communist University of Wales, the DDRofRnB…). We’ve put out the best Socialist RnB album of the year. But we’ve already got half an eye on 2013. Indeed, we’ll be straight into the studio in January to record the next album. So at the Buffalo Bar gig there’ll be some old favourites, some carefully chosen prime cuts from the current album, and a handful of corkers off the next one. Plus we’re polishing our polemic…..Less rock more talk….

So you’re going to be getting your fiver’s worth. Or six quid’s worth if you pay on the door. But we recommend booking tickets in advance. More efficient.

Doors open at 20.00. Get there early. Miss nothing. And wear your best clothes. You owe it to the movement.