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Hereford Live Presents Anarchy in Hereford An Evening Of Punk- Line Up Special – Headsticks

October 7, 2014

10653329_314365712079425_4688567170184691339_nBy 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.

October 18th- Hereford Live Presents…. Anarchy in Hereford – An evening of punk. Featuring Headsticks, THE BLISSETTS and Abysmal

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 third and final special Hereford live installment we speak to headliners Headsticks to get us all in the mood for this must see show.

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 Andrew, singer ( in my own little way), Harmonica player (ditto)…..and songwriter with Headsticks…..oh, and usually driver too!….I’ve been paying with bands for about 15 years now….seems like yesterday!!!

What was it that first got you to pick up your instruments- and then to write your own compositions and direct your creativity?  

The need to be loved really…..still waiting for this to happen!!!!

How did you form and where did the name come from?
We formed late 2012, basically myself and Doon had been working on a few songs and playing a few support slots….Nick the bass player (and also a sound engineer) was doing our sound at a gig and asked if we were looking for other musicians, which we were, so he jumped on board! We then stole Tom the drummer from Doon’s other band ( mainly to bring down the average age of the band as he’s only a pup!)…..we’ve just recruited a fifth Headstick)….his first gig was last night and all went well! As for what the band name means, well, we wanted something with a local angle….Stoke is known for pottery and coal….there were no decent pottery terms which hadn’t been used, though for a very short time we considered The sagar makers bottom knockers ( that was an actual job in the pots years ago)….so settled on Headsticks, which are the supports from the winding gear at the top of the pit entrance in the coal mining industry….
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.

I tend to witter on to introduce each song, what it is all about and hopefully to engage the punters, I’m pretty in your face really without being to confrontational…..I want people to think about what we have to say, but want them to feel as though they’ve had a belting night too, uplifted and hopefully they’ll embrace what we stand for….
What is it that you personally get from your performance?
There’s no better feeling than seeing people singing one of your own songs back at you…it makes all the graft worthwhile and just gives you a buzz unlike any other.How would you describe the reception to your presence?
Generally very positive….people tend to get what we are about very quickly and we make friends easily as a result….

Is there a particular track that you all just love to play?

‘You’re killing me America’ tends to get me wired…. And it’s a song I can’t help belting out, no matter how I try to be a little reserved, I just have to give it some nuts!

Is this the first time you’ve teamed up with Hereford Live?

Yes, it is, but hopefully not the last!

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?

Hoping for a decent crowd, great sets from all 3 bands and if just one person comes to me and says they’ve had a great night, or feels inspired then that’s good enough for me….as for our performance, well, it’ll be raw and honest and full off integrity….passionate and heartfelt as that’s the only way we know really.

Are you planning anything super special for this visit to Hereford?

As things stand, nothing special as we’re just bedding in our new guy Phil, but as he’s now settled in we may drop in a new song or two if rehearsals go to plan….but that’s not set in stone, if there’s something ready then we’ll do it for sure!

Enlighten us to what can we look forward to from you in the future- many other plans set for the rest of this year, be it touring, recording, releasing etc?

We’re doing a handful of Autumn dates, all very different and all on paper good looking shows….but we’re working heavily on a bigger run of dates for Spring before hopefully nailing a chunk of Summer festivals… many gig offers are coming in for next year and we’ve already agreed a few festivals including a couple of decent looking headline spots! Hopefully a second album at some point next year, with recording starting on that later this year….We’ll hopefully just keep on doing what we do, making new friends, and making decent music in our own little way!

And Finally any last words from you?

Just that we had a grand time and even better reception when we played  ‘Down on The Farm’ in the Summer, and are looking forward to meeting up with Rich again at this gig….great to be part of it and really looking forward to hearing both Abysmal and The Blissets and hopefully meeting loads of like minded people who’ll hopefully have themselves a top night of folk’n’punk’n’rock’n’roll……let’s do this, an evening of musical disobedience!!!!!

A huge thank you to Andrew be sure to check out all three of our gig preview interview specials, get excited and save the date for this unmissable hometown show.

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