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Road to Rebellion: Jim Sorrow and The Fuckin’ Glorious

Jim (Jimbo) Sorrow began his music career on a council estate in Hull in 1996.  He was the lyricist and frontman in post hardcore punk underground legends The Freaks Union.  He also wrote and played guitar in The Dead Pets, and created the short projects Kill Youth Culture, and [pop]ation before playing bass in Autopsy Boys, and forming Manchester super group Yosser!  In between all of this, he is a cheeky solo banjo/guitar and stand up joker.  Jim is now back on guitar, this time in Yorkshire super group The Fuckin’ Glorious.

Jim and Sam chat man-to-man…

Is this your first time playing Rebellion? If not, when / how many times have you played before?

I have lost count of the times I’ve played over the years. The first one was with The Dead Pets (around 2001) when it was called the ‘Wasted Festival’.  I also had a few years at Morecambe and we played the Carlton as a ten-piece.

My second time was fronting Freaks Union in the Market Hall to a packed punked of a crowd a year or so later. I’ve done a lot of solo sets, too.  I played in Dun2Def for a few years and now The Fuckin’ Glorious, back again for our second Blackpool. It all blurs over time in a good way!

 

What tips for other musicians do you have on applying to play Rebellion?

Have your shit together. By that I mean have decent press pack, online links, video links, gig listings etc. It’s a festival most punk bands want to play and as big as it is, there are limited slots. Over the years bands ask me if I can help and I advise with the above.

Also it’s good to have a booking agent or a person in the band who can take on the role. Just cos your ‘punk’ does not mean you will get the platform. The music game has changed a lot and online presence is a giant part of that. My head blows with it at times but it’s the way it is.

Some bands attack the festival if they miss out instead of getting said shit together. I always conduct my communication professionally and always have regardless of what band I am in. You are promoting your music, so make sure you don’t trip with bad people skills. If you cannot do that then carry on pissing in the wind.

If you get the slot don’t be a dick! Have a bit of etiquette backstage if bands you love are hanging around and enjoy an amazing event. Behave (ahem) when drunk, and it’s great for networking. Venue staff are always top so let them know. It’s a special festival and very intense in a great way. Definitely a massive meet up of friends and bands.

 

What is your all-time favourite Rebellion performance/moment?  Who/what is your dream Rebellion performance?

For me 2009 doing the Dead Pets reform was really up there.  We did a pre-show at West Coast Cafe the evening before and it was the hottest gig I have ever done.  Following that, we played to a full capacity Ballroom the next day. The whole energy was massive. It set off one of the maddest weekends with little sleep but that is not to tell on here.

To name other bands there is no possible way I can pick one. I have seen so much talent over the years… headlines have been great, but so have bands lower on the bill. It’s a festival of too much choice and a lot of missed sets throughout the positive madness. It would be unfair of me to even try and chose one. I cannot even consider a dream performance. Too many.

 

What is a must have thing (what do you always bring that you cannot leave home without?) for Rebellion?

My guitar, and that bloody broken banjo. I am a bit of a ‘wing it’ guy every year.  I like to travel as light as I can!  The worst one was around 5 years ago when I did not book my accommodation and was dossing about each night/morning.  I remember dropping zopiclone and waking up in a friend’s car footwell. Then, being ordered to wake up and leave early hours because I was snoring too loud.  I found Captain Hotknives, we got the beer breakfast, and sang at drunk old men who delighted in egging us on.

I bring what I think I need and anything else is tough shit. You can buy dreams in Blackpool.

 

Best hangover cure? (If you are sober, what beverage or food keeps you going for Rebellion?)

For me it has always been more beer.  It sounds juvenile but I am (like most of us music players) a booze addict.  I usually always miss my bed and breakfast at accommodation and see where the mood – or sickness – takes me. Currently, I am sober so if I get through this year sober I really have cracked it.  It will definitely be a different experience.

 

What song can the audience NOT miss out on seeing you play?

All of them! Silly bloody question. TFG are prime entertainment and should never be missed. Just to watch four grown men cry for 30 minutes is the blessing you all dreamed of. Solo wise, I am shit but the banter, I am told, is second to none!

 

What day, time and stage are you performing?

This year we play 1:30 pm Saturday on the Arena Stage. Come if you dare, and see if you can understand a word we say.

My solo slot I believe is Thursday around 4.10 pm. I will probably be there early…  chewing Huggies ear off with nonsense.  So come say ‘fuck off’ in your most polite way. I usually say ‘buy my beer’ but this year it will be ‘don’t tempt me with your evil’.

 

What are you currently working on or currently promoting?

We (The Fuckin’ Glorious) have just released our first digital single called ‘Joys of Triviality’.  Adding the video featuring our Yorkshire comedy hero Charlie Chuck (ya cakey pig) which we are really proud of! The debut album Trite will be out for Rebellion and will be available for pre-order very soon on our Bandcamp.

 

What is the best thing for you about Rebellion?

Seeing a massive load of mates at the best punk festival in the country and losing life years by having no sleep at all.

 

What do you think could be improved for your Rebellion experience?

Cheaper backstage booze? Haha!  Seriously though, currently (sober I am) a good choice of non-alcohol beer/drinks outside of fizzy pop and water. It’s difficult being sober when the choices in most venues can be drab!!!  Possible Rebellion ales, get rid of the crap chav beer and make it exciting (I guess the venue want to sell their own stock).

 

Feel free to add anything you think would benefit the readers…

Ok, see many of you at this year’s annual pilgrimage and let’s have a cracker! – Jimbo

  

Find The Fuckin’ Glorious on Facebook @ https://www.facebook.com/tfglorious/

On Bandcamp: https://thefuckinglorious.bandcamp.com/releases

 

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