By now we hope you are all familiar with the fantastic work of Herefordshire community group Hereford Live. A group of dedicated people joining forces and determined to put Hereford on the live music map.
The Hereford Live group have been meeting regularly for some time now, discussing ideas and planning strategies to revive live music in the county. The group is formed of bands, venue owners, promoters and music fans who would love to see a return to Hereford playing hosts to touring household names.
“Hereford is no stranger to best-selling artists; bands from the Rolling Stones, Manic Street Preachers, Stereophonics and The Beautiful South, to Pulp, James, Two Door Cinema Club and The Wombats have played in Hereford over the years.” said Anthony Murphy of The Jailhouse. “Some of them played in the county during sell-out tours, others have played to small groups of people before they were signed or became household names. There are some incredible artists in Herefordshire, many of whom are destined for great things. We want to get as many people as possible to support the live music scene we have in Herefordshire – not only will they be seeing the talent of tomorrow now, it will help us to stage bigger events in the future too.”
Following a string of successful events since their launch night back in September of last year- Hereford Live are continuing to grow, as is their support. Once again Hereford Live are hosting a special event on our doorstep, an event bringing in touring acts from further afield and introducing Hereford to a wide array of talent, a night we wouldn’t have otherwise be able to witness.
All the way from Stoke on Trent, headlining the evening we have the fantastic folk/punk band Headsticks. The gig is part of UK tour in support of their debut album “Muster”. With anthemic choruses, barbed lyrics, and infectious melodies their sound embodies punk ethics combined with a folk style delivery, a fantastic live band you won’t want to miss.
Support comes from rabble rousing Watford punk band The Blissetts
Opening up the evening are Herefordshire’s very own “punk nutters” Abysmal.
The punk ethics of the evening is set to cater for all, from the acts and their punk roots, to their attitude to their projection. This night is set to unite all music lovers, with all music tastes. An unmissable evening in Hereford.
To get us all in the mood of the event, we are thrilled to spend some time with each of the acts, from homegrown talent Absymal to the touring acts The Blissetts and Headsticks. In the first of our Anarchy in Hereford gig preview special we speak to Abysmal to find out what they will be bringing to The Jailhouse on October 18th.
Before we get to the details of your forthcoming live appearance at the Hereford Live’s Anarchy in Hereford show, We want to get to know more on you. Please introduce yourselves and your role within the band- How long have you been playing and performing live?
I am Rich, lead guitarist in Abysmal, we play classic 70s/ 80s punk style music – nothing too serious, just a bit of a good time. We all live in Herefordshire and a couple in the band make cider for a living – proper punk drink!
How did you form and where did the name come from?
Our name is errrrr “autobiographical” 😉
How would you personally describe your own sound in one word?
Describe what you think you each bring to your live performances, sell your showmanship, sell us your sets.
It’s about friendship & music, we enjoy what we do and hope that comes across, we give a pretty intense show, celebrating what punk was back in the day – a message of frustration and anger. But it is also fun. There is little to no chat between songs – the less Gwyn (our singer) is allowed to talk the better it is for all concerned and at least while we are on stage we like to live the songs, so I have a range of angry faces – which is about the limit of my talents
What is it that you personally get from your performance?
It’s energizing, I do get in to a little angry zone when I play, the music does mean something to me. I come off stage on such a high, I just want to do it all again
How would you describe the reception to your presence?
I honestly have no idea, as I said earlier, I get in to a zone. But Gwyn is a good front man – he involves the crowd – he’s the friendly one
Is there a particular track that you all just love to play?
I guess it would be a cover of Pretty Vacany by the Pistols, has a great opening, not many better punk songs
Is this the first time you’ve teamed up with Hereford Live?
As a band, yes. I am part of Hereford Live, I am passionate about it – I know that sounds twee, but trying to get all sorts of live music in to the county is something I really want to see. If we can get other Punk bands to come along to this gig and see what we can do, that would be great, but it’s not about any one genre, I want to see all sorts of music – hence our involvement with the Down on the Farm festival each year
What are you looking forward to most about the HL Anarchy show and what can we look forward to from your live performance that night?
I am looking forward to seeing the other bands – I have seen Headsticks once before and they are just so entertaining and engaging. Their folk music is very accessible and their message is very relevant, The Blissetts are like us, they play with anger & energy
Are you planning anything super special for your hometown show?
It’s our hometown show, so we will try to get some of our own local cider on sale at the bar
And Finally any last words from you?
This is a gig for all, each band plays something different, so it’s not just for punk lovers – please come and support Hereford’s live music scene, you will be welcomed And thanks to Hereford Live, the Jailhouse and Circuit Sweet who are so supportive – giving bands an opportunity to play.
A huge thank you to Rich- be sure to check back for our next gig preview interview with The Blissetts and save the date for this unmissable hometown show.