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.
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.
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).
Or, if you haven’t got Singing Down the Government either, you can get both albums and the EP for £12 (incl. P&P).
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.
See you there.
A guest post from the comrades at Philosophy Football.
You don’t need us to tell you the significance of Orgreave. So you’ll understand why a night of music remembering that moment in the class war is vitally important, and why the injustices must not be forgotten. So you’ll want to be at this.
Comrades in the North East and North West are forever pointing out that we don’t visit them enough. So meet us half way. See you all in Barnsley.
NB The venue has changed. The gig is now at Club Retro (see poster above).
Can’t make this one? Then get yourself to Newport, South Wales for the 18th October. We return to Le Pub with the comrades of Give Me Memphis.
On Wednesday night we will be helping the Bubble Club celebrate their 8th birthday, at the Backyard Bar in Bethnal Green, London. We’ll be bashing out some hits, introducing a couple of new ones, and even unleashing a one-off song (‘The Bubble Club’) we’ve written especially for the occasion. Get your phones out to record that one, because we won’t ever play it again.
Why should you come? Well, even if you don’t fancy seeing us, The Bubble Club is exactly the sort of organisation you should be supporting. Check this out, for example.
If you can’t make it, it’s going to be a while ’til we play London again. So you’ll have to console yourself with a copy of our new album, Good Politics. £7 including postage (to anywhere) and packing.
Try before you buy? Here’s a trailer:
Have a look at all the press and whathaveyou here.
“a dose of wildly galvanising, blisteringly angry, insanely entertaining blue collar rock’n’roll….mixing the grungey pub rock power of Dr Feelgood with the bolshy brass of Dexys, virtually every track is scalp-pricklingly good…” (Mojo – 4/5)
“The pseudonymous collective purvey piledriving, brassy RnB and proletarian-rousing politics, and deliver both with unapologetic gusto, at a time when both are needed more than ever….they offer a blood transfusion to the world-weary, painfully over-sophisticated state of 21st century pop.” (Classic Rock 8/10)
If you are desperately trying to find the soundtrack to the fightback against neo-liberalism, and this Tory-led government. If you are desperate for solution songs, not protest songs. If you’re wondering what happened to noisy soul bands with guitars and horns. If you want a brilliant album for only £7 (incl.P&P), then look no further. Thee Faction’s third studio album – Good Politics: Your Role As An Active Citizen in Civil Society – is out now. If you’re happy with the Mumford-isation of music, then this is not for you. But if you know, deep in your soul, that art is a hammer not a mirror, and if you need music free of ego and rammed full of devastating political analysis delivered with joy, hope and humour, you really need this record.
Like all those TV-advertised compilation albums in the 80s that you didn’t want, Thee Faction’s albums are not available in the shops.* Neither are they available for download. We don’t want intermediaries, and we don’t think you should have our music without the carefully considered and designed packaging that accompanies it. So you can only get it direct from us. Order right now and we’ll dispatch it within a day.
As well as live favourites ‘Better Than Wages’, ‘It Don’t Work’, ‘Employment’ and ‘Con-Dem-Nation’, the album contains some surprise treats, including ‘What Suzy Digs’, featuring our favourite living author – Francis Wheen (biographer of Karl Marx) – on tremendous lead vocals. Richard Archer out of Hard Fi pops up on vocals as usual, of course, as well as all sorts of other special guests, including the legend that is Keith TOTP. The artwork comes, yet again, courtesy of our favourite cartoonist – the Independent’s Andy Watt.
So you’re getting a beautifully packaged album, full of special guests and socialist hits. For £7. Wherever you live. It’s £7. Including postage. We may even chuck in a badge.
Still not entirely sure? Here’s a trailer for the album to convince you:
Here’s the video to the remix of ‘Better Than Wages’ Andy Lewis (off of out of Paul Weller’s band) did for us:
Want to read the pre-release reviews in full? Here’s the Mojo one:
and here’s the Classic Rock one:
There’ll be more reviews now the record’s out, of course. But get in now. Get your copy. It’s the soundtrack to the class war. It’ll put a smile on your face and hope in your heart. And an analysis on your tongue. A socialist needs nothing else.
So waste no time. Buy it now:
Come on. Help a DIY band out. You may have given up buying records. Make an exception. Cos this one’s for the Movement. Order now. £7 including P&P. Click through and order.
*well, bar a couple of ultra-comradely ones run by people we love and trust.
Today we release our brand new single: Better Than Wages. Download it here for free. And share very very widely.
Of course, if you prefer to be able to watch pictures while listening to your Socialist RnB, you can watch the video here:
There’s an album version too, which will be the opening track on Good Politics: Your Role As An Active Citizen in Civil Society. But this single is a bit special. It’s a remix by one of our staunchest comrades Andy Lewis. He’s popped it up some, emphasising the horns and throwing some noises in, and we like it very much. But if your preference is for our more traditional massive guitar onslaught, don’t worry: the album version has more than enough guitar to please you. Keep an eye on the news from Soviet Beret for details of how to get your copy.
Meanwhile, do your bit and send this single viral. Link to this page and get everyone you know to download it. There will be rewards that are better than wages. But not ’til we all actively seek them out. Let’s up the consciousness, comrades. Do your bit.
Tell everyone. Literally everyone. And show them this video. Cos we need to sell 100 copies of Singing Down the Government to be able to release the new album. Help us do that.
Send it viral, comrades. Send it viral.