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Lock Up Your Shoes; Goldblade Hit The Road!

Posted in Music by undergroundengland on March 30, 2009

Well, that’s what we’d say if they weren’t already working the coolest shoes this side of the 50’s!

Underground’s longest serving punk rock convicts are Goldblade, fronted by the mighty John Robb.  Formed in 1995 after Robb’s previous band The Membranes dissolved, Goldblade have gone on to tour the world, make record after record and continually grace the planet’s sweatiest punk stages wearing our rad designs.

If you haven’t already watched him chatting away in this month’s video interview ‘John Robb on John Robb’, well, where have you been?!

If you want to catch the live show in action – mixing rock n’ roll with raw punk power – Goldblade can be found in a darkened basement near you from April…

3 Apr 2009 – Josephs Well – Leeds
10 Apr 2009 – The Independent – Sunderland
11 Apr 2009 – The Moorings – Aberdeen
12 Apr 2009 – Rockers – Glasgow
16 Apr 2009 – The Globe – Cardiff
16 May 2009 – Mutiny Festival – The Spa – Bridlington
17 May 2009 – Bearded Theory Festival – Derbyshire
24 May 2009 – Strummercamp – Manchester
6 Jun 2009 – Glastonwick Festival – Brighton
4 Jul 2009 – Secret(ish) Gig – Leicestershire
25 Jul 2009 – UK Festival – TBC
8 Aug 2009 – Rebellion Festival – Blackpool
9 Aug 2009 – Rebellion Festival – Blackpool
15 Aug 2009 – Legionowo Rock Festival – Legionowo
12 Sep 2009 – Durham Uni – Durham

And just in case Santa had a blackout and forgot (how rude!) to put Goldblade’s latest album, ‘Mutiny’ in your stocking last year, take a virtual jog to www.goldblade.com and pick up a copy.

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Kelly  xx

Sonic Boom Six Record 4th Album & Plan New Tour

Posted in Music, News by undergroundengland on February 16, 2009

With a hectic 2008 out of the way, Sonic Boom Six are currently digesting the festive treats with a pair of unbranded slippers and full throttle music detox.

Yeah right. They will however be snugly tucked into new Underground shoes and well within in their comfort zone by getting back into the studio.

In recent months, SBS have gained a new member and additional six-stringer in the form of ex-Howards Alias trombone master, Nick Horne. So after a mammoth amount of touring with an extra guitarist no less, The Boom have graced an impressive amount of stages across the world.

Going from Japan to America, playing festivals with the likes of Blondie, and even starting their own fully independent record label, the Mancunian punks will be slowing down for no one as they set about the writing process for a new record, their forth full-length album which they are currently recording in Devon.

With guitarist Ben promising to ‘bring the rock’ in their video interview for our site, the new tunes will see a heavier route taken through their trademark genre maze. Excited much? We do like things heavy on planet Underground.

Don’t worry though, they won’t be cooped up the whole year, you can still check them out on some UK dates with Reggae/Ska legends The Beat, which kicks off in Oxford on March 12th…

12 Mar – THE ACADEMY – OXFORD
13 Mar – THE COCKPIT – LEEDS
19 Mar – THE POINT – CARDIFF
20 Mar – THE ACADEMY – MANCHESTER
21 Mar – ISLINGTON ACADEMY – LONDON
22 Mar – THE ACADEMY – NEWCASTLE
25 Mar – ROADMENDERS – NORTHAMPTON
26 Mar – RESCUE ROOMS – NOTTINGHAM
27 Mar – CONCORDE 2 – BRIGHTON
28 Mar – THE ACADEMY -BIRMINGHAM

For now, be sure to keep up to date with SB6’s record label, Rebel Alliance Recordings. Check out all the info on the bands and sounds they’re releasing. If you like them, you can purchase shiny cds and magical MP3’s that live in your computer and probably make you dance out loud.

www.myspace.com/sonicboomsix

www.myspace.com/rebelalliencerecordings

Kelly xx

Sonic Boom Six And Underground Get Interactive

Posted in collaborations, competitions, Music by undergroundengland on February 16, 2009

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Being a Manchester based outfit with international recognition as a distinct brand, we thought we’d have a thing or two in common with our favourite locals Sonic Boom Six.

The Northern DIYers have been wearing our shoes for a while now and with a new website to show off, we wanted our first port of call in the land of interactive genius to be in our hometown with a generous explosion of home-grown talent.

Enter SBS, a band that started over six years ago whilst at Salford University, who’ve now outlasted countless British Ska bands that initially made an impression on a dying UK punk scene. Keeping it alive on the underground with their ear-bending eclecticism in full view, the quintet are today stronger than ever and touring like a Greyhound bus being towed by the Roadrunner.

Signed to independent labels in Japan and America, not to mention starting what front-woman Leila describes as “not just a highlight of 2008 but a highlight of my life” in the shape of their very own record label in Blighty, this band never fail to adapt and succeed in making current sounds for adventurous music fans.

By adopting certain hand gestures to men in suits carrying fat cheques, SBS have taken situations that require too much compromise for art and turned them into new opportunities. Their blend of punk, ska, dub, rock, reggae and hip-hop makes them one of the most unique bands not only in Manchester but wherever they roam.

Clearly, SBS have evolved into an identifiable and outspoken force in UK music. If you haven’t seen them live, make it your new year’s resolution to get acquainted with their antics. Roomer has it they’ll be wearing some pretty cool shoes…

Watch our video here:

filmed on 10th December 2008 at the band’s hometown gig at Manchester Academy 3. And no, we didn’t give them cookies and ice-cream, they really are that nice.

Kelly xx