Saturday, 7 January 2017

F Hell

Long tyme

uh, we've done a fair bit since we last spoke... guess it's easier to update other stuff. really who cares.

We played The Beautiful Octopus Club Festival at the Southbank

We went to America, had a great time, thanks AKE and everyone.


We then played Static Shock Weekend 2016

This was all great, 2016 was great right? Right. There's a whole load of in-between... personally and internationally. Books of poetry were released, we all worked hard, other records by other bands were released and toured, paintings were made, printing was done, we attempted as best we could to live authentic and real lives, the world seemingly collapsed around us but we still exist. we're going to record a new record this year and not play much until thats done in more irrelevant news.

TOP 10.


Wednesday, 18 May 2016


We're going on tour again next Friday... doing a one-off in Paris (as you do) coming back playing with Orden Mundial and Protex (which i'm still figuring out if playing it breaks my no reunion shows rule.) in Sheffield at the Lughole... then two days later we got back Anneke in Antwerp and then make our way through Germany to Bad Bonn Kibli Fest in Switzerland to play with Powell and then back through Germany to play with Royal Headache at VERA - but no beds this time. 

ok, see you there. we'll have t-shirts with this picture from Perry at Comfortable on a Tightrope on them - 

27.05.16 - Paris w/ Sleaford Mods, White Fence
28.05.16 - NOISE ANNOYS FEST - Sheffield w/ Orden Mundial, Protex, Detergents
31.05.16 - BEL - Antwerp, Music City
01.06.16 GER - Köln, Sonic Ballroom
02.06.16 GER - Mannheim, Kurzbar
03.06.16 SUI - Düdingen, Bad Bonn Kilbi w/Powell
04.06.16 GER - Frankfurt, Au-Fest
05.06.16 GER - Halle, Party Hasi
06.06.16 GER - Leipzig, Noch Besser Leben
07.06.16 GER - Dresden, Chemiefabrik
08.06.16 GER - Berlin, Urban Spree
09.06.16 GER - Hamburg, Hafenklang
10.06.16 NED - Groningen, Vera w/ Royal Headache

11.06.16 NED - TBC

Monday, 28 March 2016

clear out / PUNK

A couple of bits from things we've done recently, interviews, gigs, blah blah...

Snippet #1 -

"The title of Distractions is referred to what it means to be distracted from being yourself and the desire of being another person. Did you suffer frequently all these distractions that inspire the record?
It was a way of trying to acknowledge all the things which could be perceived as distractions but creating something positive out of it… even seeing the band as a distraction from getting on with other things you should be doing, like working or leading a regular life... like if we hadn’t of been distracted then that album wouldn’t exist. I’ve seen some people perceiving it as a negative take on being distracted, I don’t think it’s either negative or positive, it’s just being aware of how much influence those things have on our lives. Also, it was a way of delving further into the fictional “Town Called Distraction” we introduced on the first LP, this record are stories and tales of people that exist in that world. 

Continuing with the contents of the record, I believe that this is a very instinctive record, surrounding aspects that affect all of us. Reflect them on the songs is a relief?
Sorry, I don’t understand.

I like a lot the metaphors that appear in ‘The Bridge’. Do you believe that your music has a great reflexive component?
Great, thanks! I like thinking and writing about things which are ambiguous and can have different contradicting ideas placed upon them… That song is a good example of trying to hold something in place with words that disagree with each other but express a certain feeling or uneasiness about something as tangible as a bridge. Kinda goes back to how some people have definite ideas about our songs being negative or positive, where for me they’re neither, it’s just trying create situations that could be both. 

Talking about reflections, you convert two poems in songs such are ‘Paul’ and ‘(Taking) a walk’, showing definitively that you didn’t want to get a conventional record. Did you have clear to include these songs in the record?
The idea to continue the theme of spoken word tracks on our records was there from the start, it was just working out how we’d frame them. I really enjoy words and often they can be pushed to the back of what is important in a song… this is has always been a way to approach communicating an idea more directly, cutting away the form and restrictions of a sub-2 minute punk song but retaining it’s essence.

This is a compulsory question. You are a punk band. However, nowadays the term punk is getting more and more confused. What involves punk for you?
I think it’s like I was saying about having something which contradicts itself repeatedly, which you can place whatever you want on to the word or concept and it can stick, it is tangible and people understand but at the same time as soon as it is questioned it collapses in on itself… like quantum physics and how a particle can be many things at the same time until it is observed."

STATIC SHOCK PICS. by Judas Rapite.

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A video posted by @the_positive_press on

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As previously explained, this piece is concerned with punk and its legacy, with a focus on why there's been a recent surge in bands tapping into it. Apologies if some of the questions sound a bit generic... (And, by the way, I like what you do very much…)

You’ve been described as - amongst other things- a punk band that’s happy to embrace all the [inherent] contradictions”. Can you elaborate? Are we talking badge of pride, poisoned chalice, a bit of both…?

 We said that about ourselves. It was a way of acknowledging that as a word 'punk' is essentially meaningless and a mass of contradictions that have as much validity as each other thereby negating each other. However, it is a signifier and a way of communicating quickly certain ideas and things we associate with... Much like wearing a Ramones t-shirt could do to a stranger in the street, it could start a conversation about a similar interest. However, for example, when you can buy Ramones t-shirts in Matalan then the edges start blurring of what that can mean, there isn't less validity of buying your Ramones t-shirt from Matalan same as there isn't less validity of just listening to the Ramones on YouTube rather than an original 12" but some people think that there is a problem with that and it lacks some cultural depth. Good thing about the fluid nature of the word 'punk' though is that it can be used to describe anything that pisses anyone else off so whatever you do you can't lose. 

In what ways does punk/the punk aesthetic inform what you do? (Sound, culture, politics….)

 All of those in different ways i think. Mainly though for us it has been about being self-sustaining and being responsible for our own lives, creating alternate realities that move away from ones that might've been prescribed to us when we were younger. We all are active in supporting ourselves through endeavours that engage with art and culture which the band compliments.

Buzzcocks, early Mekons, early Fall – I hear clear parallels in your work with that of the Class of 77/78. How important to go direct to the original movement, rather than draw from later punk-inspired eras – hardcore, riot grrrl, early 21st century post-punk?

Important but equally important to ignore them altogether. That's cool you hear all that and we take it as a compliment. We try to draw from as many different sources as possible. For example the beat from "Jumpin' Jack Flash" is used on nearly every song on Distractions... The use of samplers and samples is concurrently a nod to hip hop and modern composition / computer music... There's definitely shades of American hardcore in there, Australian punk, c86 bands, "noise" and ambient music too. 

Punk in ’76 was a cultural movement largely born outside the music industry and with a manifesto to dismantle/deconstruct all musical orthodoxies (and more). There is no sense of 'movement' today. Is ‘punk' now simply about style and attitude? And is that enough? 

 I don't think punk ever had a manifesto, that's probably why we like it so much... It can be anything you want it to be. In terms of movement though, that just indicates a lack of involvement... The London and UK punk scene at the moment is an incredibly motivating and inspiring place to be, the bands and labels are some of the best in the world and there's a huge emphasis on destroying the embarrassingly commonplace sight of all-male, white, heterosexual, able-bodied bands that proliferate... In a feat of unimaginable strength of will and vision in the property cess-pit that is London the community has also managed to create an autonomous venue/record shop/cafe/community space called DIY Space for London which in itself demonstrates a very healthy 'movement' (the people involved also have great attitude and style btw). 

M is a magazine that represents songwriters. What’s so great about a  'punk’ approach to songwriting that demands revisiting (and quite possibly reassembling)?

 Why have 3 chords when you could have 1? 

I witnessed punk first-hand. There was a lot of comedy and a lot of violence. In some ways, the bands seemed incidental; a chaotic sense of *belonging was everything. To me, that says everything about the difference between the power of music and subculture then and now. Am I missing something?

Absolutely, what each generation finds subversive changes and intentionally aims to alienate the generation before. Also, violence is overrated. 

Thursday, 10 March 2016

Tuesday, 26 January 2016


Gonna have these posters riso-printed by CRUMB CABIN with us, new Tees designed by MJ Vexx printed by POSITIVE PRESS with us, the re-press of Distractions on clear vinyl and possibly the repress of Dreamlands on EGG. 

Come make us have fun. 

01/27 Brighton, UK @ Sticky Mike’s w/ Soft Walls, The Glugg
01/28 Rennes, France @ Bar’Hic
01/29 Bordeaux, France @ Wunderbar
01/30 San Sebastian, Spain @ Lurrazpiko Festa
01/31 Madrid, Spain @ Wurlitzer Ballroom
02/01 Zaragoza, Spain @ La Lata de Bombillas
02/02 Barcelona, Spain @ Heliogabal
02/03 Toulouse, France @ Le Rabelin
02/04 Antwerp, Belgium @ Music City
02/05 Leiden, The Netherlands @ CAB03
02/06 Amsterdam, The Netherlands @ Pacific Parc
02/07 Groningen, The Netherlands @ VERA

Wednesday, 6 January 2016

I can see clearly now

Released on the 15th Jan 2016, buy.

Gonna have a party to celebrate it on the 13th Feb 2016 at The Forge in Camden, UK. Come.

†˙´ ∫®^∂©´

Tuesday, 5 January 2016

Friday, 11 December 2015



 Maria Ugne Benedikaite Barbie Lawrie Daisy Winstanley Florence England James Burgess Jack Gillis Sophie Alda Svenka Blockov Simon Marsham Tom Hall

Wednesday, 11 November 2015


I am the source of the overflow

A torn neck

An effervescent glow

I am the route to the heart of it

I am a feat,

I am a cage

I separate and I connect







I am the Bridge

Don’t think it can go through,

Endless living between the two.

I was born, washed and stripped

With my head nailed to the track

I’m separate

But I connect







I am the Bridge

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Human Trolls

We recently had a strange run-in with a very polite and fawning real life internet youtube troll (RLIYTT). It was a fascinating experience which I think one day i'll go into more detail about, at the moment I can't be bothered if i'm honest. However I did want to share with you the fall out of this run-in. Essentially the RLIYTT ended up letting us know that if you're a feminist then you can't be in a punk band...

i'll just let that sit there for a while.

... aaaand, his fellow RLIYTTs have started a campaign to let us know our failings in the punk department and hit us where it hurts most... youtube comments (The last one will be available to buy as a t-shirt asap btw etc)

 Thanks bye!

Monday, 14 September 2015

Oct / Nov

Hey, we have a bunch of stuff going on in October & November... including some very fun gigs that we're really looking forward to. and getting some new recordings on the go for a couple of releases before the year is out.

Anyway, here are all the live music dates we have so far -

09.10.2015 - Modern Art Oxford, Oxford

10.10.2015 - Beacons Metro, Leeds

24.10.2015 - The Trades Club, Hebden Bridge w/ Hookworms, Tiny Minds tickets

25.10.2015 - The Continental, Preston w/ Maximum Joy, Glaxo Babies + more Tickets for whole thing / Cheaper tickets for SY / Monotony

30.10.2015 - Green Door Store, Brighton w/ Protomartyr tickets

05.11.2015 - STATIC SHOCK WEEKEND - DIYSFL, London w/ The Love Triangle + more tickets

13.11.2015 - The Lexington, London w/ Sheer Mag - Sold Out

Monday, 7 September 2015


Sean asked us if we'd like to play with SHEER MAG at The Lexington on November the 13th 2015, we said, "Yes, of course".

He put tickets up online and people have been buying them (of course), but now we feel like we need to make sure that those of you who don't know about it should really know that a) it is happening and b) that there are fewer than 50 tickets left and c) it is happening, check out the poster...

Here's the info and link to buy tickets, because you'll need to a buy a ticket if you want to come, ok -

Friday November 13th
The Lexington
96-98 Pentonville Road
N1 9JB

7:45pm start
£7 entry.

Monday, 10 August 2015

more more more

Some more music from TL/BB...

Thursday, 23 July 2015

It lives!



the update. 


Next Saturday on the 1st of August we play BARN PARTY with everyone (SHOPPING
DAS BOOTS THE CHEMIST), see you there, it's going to be great. The day after that on Sunday the 2nd of August we play Powerlunches in Dalston with our BFFs VEXX (tour was GREAT by the way) SNOB and EFIALTIS which at the time of press is sold out. See you there it's going to be great.


Then after that we are playing with PISSED JEAN

S ...on the 19th of August at the 100 Club, (y'know the place where Teddy Edwards and Dick Morrissey had their famous tenor sax duel) You can get tickets. You can.

Then there's some other stuff which i'll tell you about later, shows with Hookworms, Protomartyr and our first foray into Europe. OK. 


The 12" of the Monotony MONOTONY is here and it looks like this... 

Either in Black print (200 made) or Teal print (100 made). It's coming out on Faux Discx on the 14th August 2015 officially but you can pre-order your copy RIGHT HERE. It's the same on both sides don't you know?

The Positive Press (The Prince of Prints, Mince) made the sleeves by the way and they look great. He also has some of our leftover t-shirts from tour for sale on his website R I G H T H EEEEEE R E.

I think that's bloody everything for now...

See you, bye.