Is this your first time playing Rebellion? If not, when / how many times have you played before?
Yes, it’s our very first time playing here. Luckily I get to play twice as I’m also doing an acoustic set which is a nice bonus. I did busk outside one year. I turned up early one day with the intention of earning enough money to buy a day ticket. I earned about £50 in the first half hour and instead I got pissed and went to Pleasure Beach.
What tips for other musicians do you have on applying to play Rebellion?
Be patient. It took us ten years to get a slot. There’s a lot of quality bands from all over the world trying to get on the bill. It’s impossible for the team to listen to everyone. However, I do believe the highly erotic nude selfies that I sent Darren definitely had an impact. The banana shots especially. I would like to think that we were booked on musical merit but we weren’t. Definitely send naked pics.
What is your all time favourite Rebellion performance/moment? Who/what is your dream Rebellion performance?
My favourite performances are usually The Adicts. I love watching them. My favourite ever moment was Bob Geldof pissing everyone off … I thought it was hilarious on so many levels. There was a guy stood next to me, you should of seen his face. He was distraught. I’ve never witnessed anything quite like it.
My dream line up would be a bill made up of Rancid, Social Distortion, Iggy Pop, Nashville Pussy, Hot Water Music, and Atari Teenage Riot. That would be insane.
What is a must have thing (what do you always bring that you cannot leave home without?) for Rebellion?
Well, you’re talking to a guy who once turned up to Rebellion with absolutely nothing but the clothes on his back. What else do you need apart from your wallet. You’re not gonna need a fucking lunchbox or a laptop when you’re right in the middle of a punk rock frenzy now are you? Everything you need should be in your wallet … some cash, a maxed out credit card, an out of date jonny, a couple of old train tickets, and a passport sized picture of Pat Butcher … what else does any good punk need?
Best hangover cure? (If you are sober, what beverage or food keeps you going for Rebellion?)
I don’t have one and I don’t have too many hangovers. To be honest I don’t really get drunk. I do love a drink but equally I have to look after myself. I’m a very energetic frontman and I’m starting to get older so I eat well and do light exercise. I like to eat Sushi before a gig, I also have a selection of teas, I’ll eat nuts, seeds, and spinach type stuff. I like to cycle and walk everywhere. That all mixed with a healthy dose of Rum makes for a great Rock n Roll show.
What song can the audience NOT miss out on seeing you play?
‘Rock n Roll Kid’ without a doubt. It’s a behemoth of a song. I’ve crawled bloodied and beaten on my hands and knees, over shards of glass, and right into the depths of hell for that song. It’s got everything. It’s primal rock n roll.
What day, time and stage are you performing?
The Yalla Yallas are at The Opera House at 17:30 on Thursday 2nd August. My acoustic slot is at 3pm on the same day.
What are you currently working on or currently promoting? (Songs, video, EP, new album, etc.) Please get links so we can promote on The Punk Lounge site!
This last year we’ve been touring our 3rd album ‘Medusa’ it’s available on Vinyl/CD/Digital Download from http://www.theyallayallas.com
Here is a video for ‘Asylum’ which is taken from the album:
What is the best thing for you about Rebellion?
The people. It’s such a pleasure to catch up with everyone. Some years where I have been skint and not bought a ticket I’ve still hopped on a train and got pissed with friends in Blackpool whilst they’re taking a breather from the bands. Always a great atmosphere.
What do you think could be improved for your Rebellion experience?
I’d like to see a little more of the next generation being pushed a little further up the bill. As much as I love them … the old guard can’t go on forever. My worry is that there could be a huge void in the whole punk scene once the ‘77 bands start hanging up their safety pins. We got to think of the future.