Blues, Politics and War – And We Should Die of That Roar.

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By Jordan Mooney.
Header image basis, first article photograph and posters courtesy of Igor Gruda, Grafotopia

That element of tragedy which lies in the very fact of frequency, has not yet wrought itself into the coarse emotion of mankind; and perhaps our frames could hardly bear much of it. If we had a keen vision and feeling of all ordinary human life, it would be like hearing the grass grow and the squirrel’s heart beat, and we should die of that roar which lies on the other side of silence. As it is, the quickest of us walk about well wadded with stupidity.

So goes that famous quote from Mary Ann Evan‘s era-defining novel, Middlemarch. The quote deals with the idea of people having no attention for common, everyday suffering – how we maintain a self-imposed ignorance as a defence mechan...

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Quiet Marauder’s new single – SOS – feat. Jemma Roper

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Bloody hell, this lot again?!

That’s right, our favourite anti-folk Cardiff-Crazies are back - Quiet Marauder have stormed our office for the god-knowsieth time, smashing windows, leaving bits of Bono everywhere, a chewed up rubiks cube and a little betamax tape all ready and waiting, tied with ribbon – holding their latest music video – this time, it’s track 26 on volume 4 of their 111-track debut - SOS.

Telling the all-too-familiar-tale of a day’s office drudgery, the story soon takes a dark and increasingly bizarre turn in typical Marauder fashion – and once again features the fine values of On-Par productions, who once again turn a relatively low-fi video into a stunning piece of cinematography.

Quiet Marauder, in our opinion, remain one of the...

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Jordan Reyne – ‘Mother’ – the second in a matriarchal series

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By Jordan Mooney.

It’s always a great event when an independent musician releases a new album or EP.

Forget a multi-million record artist releasing their 60th cash-in, forget an album of B-sides that weren’t good enough for release the first time ’round. Forget your limited editions, your special editions and your alternative cases…

No, no. The true pleasure is when people pour their heart and soul into a release and make something great. Ten times more graft, no labels peering over every minute to make sure there’s no room for upset – oh no. Typically it’s a musician sitting on a train with a notebook. A musician at home with an acoustic guitar on a Friday night. It’s music by people – people you can meet in a pub, people you can shake hands with, hug, share a drink with.

It makes music m...

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Spin-O-Rama – A Primitives Double Feature

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By Jordan Mooney.

I’m too young to remember a lot of what made music great.

It’s sad, really, isn’t it? That such a phrase can be uttered in a time when, realistically, charting music should be bigger, more vibrant and, above all else, more fun and exciting than ever.

Just over twenty five years ago, the vibrant age of brightly-coloured upstarts on music television – take, for example, late 80s to early 90s Top of the Pops, was in full steam. But the age of fun party bands on television seems to have disappeared – and no, I don’t mean drivel like One Direction...

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Being ‘Little Freddie’ – Freddie Mack on being the Godson of history’s greatest frontman

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By Jordan Mooney.
Photos courtesy of The Mack family.

Of all the people we’ve interviewed on ‘The Wall’, one of my favourites has to be Freddie Mack. Or Freddie Meat. Or Freddie from Liquid Meat. You get the idea!

Liquid Meat are one of those bands you don’t come across very often. A true rock group with metal lineage – with a real family heritage behind it.

When I first spoke to Freddie Mack, It didn’t take very long to piece together who he is. The son of the legendary record producer, Reinhold Mack, and, thus, as legend dictates…the godson of Freddie Mercury - perhaps the, scrub that, certainly the most legendary frontman in history.

Freddie Mercury doesn’t need introduction. From 1973, up until his death in 1991, he was quite literally one of the biggest rock gods of the music industr...

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Hemorrhoids, Horror Punk and Tiny Little Bugs – a Silpha and the Corpseboners Double Feature

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By Jordan Mooney.

When you’re in this business, you begin working up a keen sense of what genre bands will loosely adhere to – all from title alone.

With that said, see if you can guess this one: Silpha and the Corpseboners.

That’s right. It’s time for another horror punk group, this time from our friends at Undead Artists, a label devoted to dark, scary and often bizarre punk and rock music. These fine ladies and gents are also responsible nowadays for keeping our good fiends Raizing Hell on a leash. Not an easy task, but a job somebody has to maintain. Even if it results in an occasional in-house dismemberment.

The very name of this band, really, should be enough for you. However, the band exceeds their own title tenfold – it’s a package full of surprises. Agony and Ecstasy isn’t a t...

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B-Movies, Snuffsville and Fukushima Mayflies – A Dick Venom Double Feature

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By Jordan Mooney.

Before we begin this piece, we can only apologise for our hiatus – Cat on the Wall is planning something big and rather exciting, but it will take a lot of work – and, soon enough, your help – to execute.

More on that later.

 

Back in July, Cat on the Wall travelled to Pentrich Rock and Blues in Derbyshire as a little holiday from the continuous stresses of our everyday lives. (Sometimes, I run out of crisps. Tragic.) This intimate, proud little festival for ladies and gentlemen with big handlebars and bigger exhaust pipes is built on a series of very long standing – indeed, this was the thirtieth year of the festival – and very eccentric – established characteristics.

Clive Jackson from Doctor and the Medics (whom we interviewed last year) is the official compere for th...

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Quiet Marauder Release New Video – Pretty Girls Are (Pretty), Feat. My Name is Ian

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Quiet Marauder, the finest anti-folk Mavericks in all of Wales (this sounds dubious, but we checked. It’s true.) are back with another seminal music video – this time, it’s for Pretty Girls Are (Pretty), a track featuring My Name Is Ian – which can be found on Disc One of their incredible 111 track album, MEN.

It details the mission to see pretty girls on public transport.

And how pretty girls are pretty. And asks one of life’s ultimate questions.

Why is it more sad when a pretty girl is sad? But not as sad when one who isn’t pretty is sad?

The answer may not surprise you.

The music video, as we’ve come to expect from this video series by On Par Productions, provides lush, high quality filming, excellent lighting and, ultimately, incredibly good production values.

As ever, it hammers home...

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Revisiting Deranged (1974) – A Film Review

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By Brandon Engel.

The film Deranged came out in 1974, the same year as The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Both films were inspired by the Wisconsin murderer and body snatcher, Ed Gein, and both films were pivotal in terms of establishing the so-called hixploitation subgenre, which toys with stereotypical portrayals of rural whites or hillbillies in low-budget horror films. And while Deranged has largely fallen off the radar in comparison to the immensely successful Chainsaw, it bears revisiting now, as Deranged offered a more direct telling of the Gein case than any film that had been released prior.

Countless horror films, including Psycho and The Silence of the Lambs, were also inspired by Gein. The real life Gein lived on a farm just outside of the very small town of Plainfield, Wisconsin...

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Another Trip to the Haunted Regis of Nottingham – An Army of Walking Corpses Double Feature

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By Jordan Mooney.
Photographics by Asylum Seventy7.
K.M.D. artwork by Darkwave Art.

Zombies. Zombies, zombies, zombies. If there’s a horror icon to have really established itself as a major part of a popular culture in recent years, zombies are probably the posterchild. What was once a niche form of horror media has become a cornerstone.

But Zombies, as great as they are, aren’t always that scary. They often lack discipline, they lack Doc Martens and tattoos, and, more often than not, they simply don’t know how to arrange themselves. It’s extremely difficult to be scared of something incapable of strategic planning.

Zombies, furthermore, tend to be very difficult to orchestrate into a band...

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