Brighton Magazine

The Brighton Magazine

Selected Brighton Magazine Article

Thursday 16 March 2017

Ex Crass Frontman Steve Ignorant Brings New Band To The Hope & Ruin Brighton

"Years ago I read a book called Brighton Rock, for days the atmosphere of that story stayed with me and I've always wanted to create an album that would have that same effect on people" so says Steve Ignorant.

Having cut his punk teeth in Crass, Steve Ignorant"s latest project – Slice Of Life – allows for the more contemplative side of his song-writing to reveal itself. 

Like musical depictions of a British kitchen-sink drama, the songs on the debut album Love and a Lamp-post  provide vivid vignettes of the everyday. 

Both personal and universal, Slice of Life present ruminations from the bar stool honed on the late-night walk home. Musically, the band is built on an acoustic arrangement of piano, guitar and bass. 

Having shed the punk noise that defined Crass, Slice of Life retain the emotional impact and compassion that has long distinguished Steve"s work.

The band has recently supported kindred-spirits Sleaford Mods to capacity crowds at venues such as London"s Forum and performed at the Rebellion, Wickerman and Something Else A Bit North festivals. In so doing, the band have won over many new fans and rekindled the interest of many an older punk rocker.


Steve Ignorant is a singersongwriter and co-founded the anarcho-punk band Crass with Penny Rimbaud in 1977. 

After Crass, he sang with Conflict, Schwartzenegger and Stratford Mercenaries. In 2007 he performed Crass" entire Feeding of the 5000 album live at the Shepherds Bush Empire and throughout 2010-2011 presented The Last Supper, touring/celebrating the songs of Crass around the globe, ending with a farewell gig at Shepherds Bush Empire in November 2011. 

In 2013 Steve and Paranoid Visions decided to record an album. The result "When …?", a hybrid of styles, all with a nod to early 80s anarcho-punk. They now perform live on special occasions.

"Crass has a huge legacy and their importance can"t be overstated, but Steve was always just an ordinary, if intelligent, punk who happened to become the singer. 

"He didn't ask to be cast as some sort of "Voice of a Generation". This album is his chance to move on and he has succeeded in making an interesting album full of honesty and gritty charm." - Louder Than War

Slice Of Life @ The Hope and Ruin, Brighton, on Saturday 8th April 2017.

by: Mike Cobley




Share    

Pic by Toby Smedley

Veteran Brighton-based actor Ian Kelsey will explode back on to our small screens this week, reigniting his acquaintance with Coronation Street bad boy Pat Phelan, in a storyline Kelsey refers to as ‘quite dramatic’.

As a member of one of the UK's leading acting dynasties, Laurence Fox is best known for playing DS James Hathaway in Lewis
Jon Ronson by Emli Bendixen

Writer, broadcaster and one-time keyboard player for Frank Sidebottom, Jon Ronson has spent a substantial chunk of the last decade thinking about psychopaths and, following an earlier tour, he's taking the results of that work back on the road this Autumn. 
Jon Richardson (c) Andy Hollingworth

The stand-up Jon Richardson is chatting from a rather unusual location. He reveals that,“I'm currently in the Aldi car park in Clevedon.” Who said that the life of a comedian isn't non-stop glamour?

Years before Justin Currie was writing top ten albums with Del Amitri, he was enjoying a musical awakening courtesy of some of the biggest bands in history. And in his typical self-depreciating style, Currie admits there were one or two less fashionable favourites along the way too.

Photoworks led Into the Outside: is a Heritage Lottery Fund learning project with young people, examining Brighton & Hove's LGBTQ+ past and creating a new archive of queer youth experience for the city and beyond.

Direct from an extended season in London's West End, Bill  Kenwright's production of Alan Ayckbourn's farcical tale of matrimonial mishaps, How the Other Half Loves comes to Theatre Royal Brighton, next month.

A group of Hanover residents are making a bid to save their award-winning pub, The Greys, from closing down and are appealing to the people of Brighton & Hove to raise £400,000 by the end of December to keep the doors open.

Greg Davies has a comedic face. No disrespect, but he only has to glance at a camera and people wet themselves. He's also an imposing figure, standing at 6 ft 8 in tall in his size 13 shoes. But can he cut it live? Stephanie Keane was at The Brighton Centre to find out ..

While flowing from the same, molten core of melody, songwriting style and self-belief, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds' new album, Who Built The Moon? alters the singer-songwriter’s course following a two-year creative collaboration with renowned producer, DJ & composer, David Holmes. 

Paloma Faith – one of only two British female artists this decade to have their last three albums go double platinum in the UK – will release her fourth album, The Architect, this autumn.
Image by Sam Stephenson

A topical new youth opera exploring the experiences of young people forced by war to flee their homes has its world premiere at Glyndebourne, later this autumn.

Louise Redknapp rose to fame as a member of the girl group Eternal. She left the band to carve out a successful solo career achieving sales of over five million records with five albums.

The lights went down, his voice came over the PA “how are you doing Brighton?” and then he messed up the next line of his intro and yelled “I've fu**ed it guys!” This was Joel Dommett's grand entrance to his recent rip-roaring performance at Brighton Dome.

Archive search

Search our archives for what's on and gone for the best of this city's theatre music comedy news and much more...







Organising a conference or event in Brighton?
See our Brighton Conference section.
Brighton web design by ...ntd