SLAVES: Acts of Fear and Love (Virgin 2018)

This third album from Slaves, Kent’s number one punk outfit, is a full frontal dose of sass and attitude. As we have come to expect.

Attitude? Tick. Swagger? Tick. No frills? Tick. Songs about everyday life? Tick. Lo-fi? Tick. Yep, it’s punk rock. Although punk with a twenty first century twist.

Chwarae teg, they don’t half make a racket for two guys with drums and some guitars.

They first grabbed our attention when we caught them live. Boy do they put on a show and a half. Does that translate onto disc? Well, sometimes. Old numbers like the Hunter have blown us away with their raw power.

For this album they have tried to progress with their sound, taking it into new territory. Now we would normally be the last to complain about that sort of thing, but there is a limit to how sophisticated you can get with just guitar and drums. These more melancholy moments don’t work for us – at least not on the first half dozen listens. Maybe they will grow on us with time.

It’s not all bad news though. Tunes like ‘Bugs’, ‘Chokehold’ and ‘Artificial Intelligence’ show glimpses of that old sonic attack and we remember why we liked them in the first place.

No doubt if we persevere with it we will grow to love it. But life is too short, too many other good albums out there for us to wrap around our lives.

We will still be making a beeline for their next live gigs in the ‘hood though.

DEAD AT 27: Bring in the lights (Self Released August 2018)

Dead at 27 drop ten new tracks to (hopefully) prove that you don’t have to be dead to be appreciated.

Eighty years to the day since the legendary bluesman Robert Johnson shuffled off his mortal coil, and thus claiming his place as the first member of the ‘Dead at 27 club’, this upcoming South Wales alt-metal outfit release their first album on all good streaming platforms.  Ask them nicely and you might be able to get hold of a limited copy on one of those ye olde compact discs.

In their two short years of gigging they have earned themselves a reputation with crowds, sound engineers and pub landlords alike as being loud enough to wake the dead. And this reputation is cemented with this release. Although it is not loud for the sake of it. It is tight, crisp, precision loudness, with volume used as another tool in the kit. Continue reading DEAD AT 27: Bring in the lights (Self Released August 2018)

Robert Johnson: Legend lives on 80 years after death

Eighty years ago today, Robert Johnson went to the great Juke Joint in the sky.

Johnson allegedly went down to the crossroads and sold his soul to the devil, in return for fame fortune and rock and roll stardom – all be it a good two decades before the invention of rock and roll.

As an itinerant performer who played mostly on street corners, in juke joints, and at Saturday night dances, Johnson had little commercial success or public recognition in his lifetime. Continue reading Robert Johnson: Legend lives on 80 years after death

LISTEN AGAIN: Peppermint Iguana Radio # 178 – Landed, Griffstock, Not the end of the World and all that Jazz

Landed, Griffstock, Not the end of the World, Beautiful Days, Green Man. Just a few of the festivals coming up in the next two weeks. And they are just a few of the festivals we previewed on show 178.

Relive our evening of jolly festival japes by checking out the Mixcloud thingy below

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LISTEN LIVE: Peppermint Iguana Radio 178 – Festival mayhem again

Festival season is now at that head spinning mind numbing stage where there are just too many gigs to be able to go to with one body.

With this show we will try to make sense of some of what is coming up, with Landed (again), Griffstock, Not the End of the World, Beautiful Days, Green Man and more. All mixed up with our usual selection of new releases.

Buckle up brothers and sisters, we’re not in Kansas anymore.

Tune in to from 8pm Tuesday 14th August

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LISTEN AGAIN: Peppermint Iguana Radio # 177 – Landed (part one) and Boom Town preview

 Another one of our festival preview shows. Mainly Landed festival (part one) and a bit of Boomtown.

When I were a boy there were not many legitimate festivals around. The hardest decision we had to make was at Glastonbury, because so many good bands were on at the same time.

Fast forward to today, and not only are bands clashing but festivals are clashing. And in august there are four or five decent festivals on each weekend.

For this show we focused on Landed, the best in-land festival in Wales, and Boomtown – an event that has ambitions to be better than Glastonbury.

We will also had a smidgen of Green gathering, following on from our show dedicated to the festival last week.

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LISTEN LIVE: Peppermint Iguana Radio # 177 – Landed Festival Preview innit.

August, the month when the festival season gets up a full head of steam and slams into top gear. We have already done our Green Gathering Special, so this week expect lots of tunes from and talk about the mighty Landed festival in Rhayader.

No doubt we will throw in a few new releases and wedge in a bit of Boomtown whilst we are at it.

Tune in to from 8pm Tuesday 31st July.

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LISTEN AGAIN: Peppermint Iguana Radio # 176 Green Gathering Special with the boy Tom Fowler

 With the Green Gathering is around the corner, we thought we might as well invite Tom Fowler around to do a special show.

He was actually well behaved, he did not swear much and he even played some music from bands playing the festival

He also played a few that are not.

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LISTEN LIVE: Green Gathering preview with the boy Tom Fowler

Peppermint Iguana are squeezing in an extra show on Tuesday 24th July, a Green Gathering Special with our man Tom Fowler dropping in a guest host.

Tom will be spinning some of his recent sonic discoveries – and he will be picking out his recommendations for the best of the line-up of the Green Gathering. No doubt, we will also be chatting about the campaigns area.

Visit Dapper FM website from 8pm on the 24th August.

LISTEN AGAIN: Peppermint Iguana # 175. Toldpuddle, Out West and all that jazz

The festival season is now well and truly in third gear and picking up speed. Once upon a time in the west is in our rear view mirror and Tolpuddle is around the next bend.

So this show featured tales of scorching summer weekend in Wiltshire and a preview of the annual union get together in Dorset.

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LISTEN AGAIN: Peppermint Iguana Radio # 174 – Once Upon a Time in the West Special 03/07/18

With Once Upon a Time in the West Festival around the corner, we thought it would be rude to not dedicate a significant slice of our most recent show to bands playing the event. So we did.

We also sung happy birthday to the NHS, told The Donald what we thought of him and had our own mini sonic world cup thing going on.

We were going head to head with England v Columbia, so one or two of you may have missed the show going out live. Fear not, the whole thing, mono-warts and all (we lost one of the channels for a bit at the start of the show), is here for you to listen to again below.

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REGIME LIVE: Cwmcarn Hotel 22/06/18

Regime live @ Cwmcarn Hotel

Regime, one of the hottest bands in Wales, drop into one of the newest live venues in the valleys. The hills were alive with the sound of anticipation and expectation.

The Cwmcarn Hotel has been around for years, but in the last twelve months it has been taken over by new owners who are looking to create something more interesting than your typical valleys pub with covers bands, tribute acts and karaoke. If they are going to book bands like Regime, the signs bode well.

As we arrive there is the smell of paint in the air. Aerosol paint. And out back graffiti artists are in action, giving the pub a makeover that will set it apart from the rest of the village. Continue reading REGIME LIVE: Cwmcarn Hotel 22/06/18

Interview with Pat Fulgoni

A celebrated multi genre singer songwriter that has toured extensively across the UK, Europe, USA & China had his music featured on UK & US television is the owner & founder of chocolate fireguard records with a fierce loyalty to the West Yorkshire Music scene.

An activist / campaigner within both the Hands off HRI & The Love Music Hate Racism Movements…The man truly is a creative behemoth.

Read inerview with Saving Grace HERE

LISTEN AGAIN: Iguana Radio # 172 West Wales Vibrations

Last weekend the iguana crew spent many lazy hours looking out over Cardigan Bay, whilst soaking up some festival vibrations.

And it was as we looked out over the water, we came up with a cunning plan. A radio show made up entirely of bands we have seen in west Wales over the years.

Some were from last weekend, whilst some are from gigs going back to the last century.

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Play list

  2. Fuck the Nazis: BY ZION TRAIN
  5. Vegetable attack: BY THE TOFU LOVE FROGS
  6. African Rave: BY DOO THE MOOG
  7. Tell the world: BY OK
  9. Kick out: BY BACK TO THE PLANET
  11. Babylon Dub: BY BHANG II RITES
  12. Special Brew: BY THE ULULATORS
  13. Watching the grass grow: BY NIK TUNER’S SPACE RITUAL
  14. Have you seen Bruce Richards Reynolds: BY THE ALABAMA THREE
  15. Don’t let the bastards grind you down: BY CAKEHOLE PRESLEY
  16. Dub flag: BY MOLARA
  17. Rat brain: BY MIGHTY FUOD
  19. Two Horizontal Hourglasses: BY SWANSEA LAPTOP ORCHESTRA

First broadcast on Dapper FM on 5th June 2018

Show sponsored by UNISON

LISTEN AGAIN: Peppermint Iguana Radio 171 – Ravers of the lost ARC

This week’s show celebrated sunshine, DIY attitudes and underground grooves

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Play list

  1. I said possee: BY KING KONG COMPANY
  2. It’s alright: BY TWENTY FIFTH OF MAY
  4. Hols some more: BY AFRICAN HEAD CHARGE
  5. Ravin raven: BY THE INEXPLICABLES
  6. Hummingbird dub: BY Q SHAQ
  8. Do the supernova: BY THE MEMBRANES
  10. Liberator: BY SPEAR OF DESTINY
  11. Sandblaster: BY CHINA SHOP BULL
  12. Get orf your knees: BY ONE EYED GOD
  13. Simon says: BY CAPTAIN ACCIDENT
  15. Big solutions: BY THE DICEMEN
  16. Squatter in the house: BY THE MAGIC MUSHROOM BAND
  17. Lost city of cardiza: BY SENDELICA
  18. Rain in the face: BY ANIMALIA

First broadcast on on 22nd May 2018

Show sponsored by


LISTEN AGAIN: Iguana Radio Show # 170 – Merthyr Rising Special

With less than three weeks to go to this year’s Merthyr Rising Festival, this week we had festival director Lyn Williams in the studio along with Peter Crews, of UNISON, the festival’s main partner.

The play list was made up (almost) entirely of bands playing the event and we chatted at length about all things Merthyr Rising.

To listen again, check out the mixcloud below


  1. Fight the power: BY DREADZONE
  2. Won’t buy it: BY REGIME
  3. Cave song: BY PRETTY VICIOUS
  4. Living in a rut: BY THE MOONBIRDS
  5. Jah war dub: BY RUTS DC
  6. Each mans hell: BY ROUGHNECK RIOT
  7. The windrush: BY CAPTAIN SKA
  8. Money for war: BY BEANS ON TOAST
  9. Cheese and bread: BY DAVID ROVICS
  10. Bells of Rhymney: BY THE ALARM
  11. Speedboat dreaming: BY FFUG
  12. Love thing: BY AFROCLUSTER
  13. Human Camouflage: BY PARKVIEW
  14. Afflictions: BY THE PITCHFORKS
  15. Lots of fun: BY FOREIGN LEGION
  16. Sex and drugs and rock and roll: BY IAN DURY AND THE BLOCKHEADS
  17. Freedom for Palestine: BY ONE WORLD
  18. Deep cover: BY COSMO
  19. Gunshot: BY FLORENCE BLACK
  20. Here we go again: BY THE UPBEAT SNEAKERS
  21. Hangover me: BY O’CONNELL AND LOVE

Show first broadcast on on 8th May 2018

Show sponsored by


LISTEN AGAIN: Iguana Radio # 169 – Iguana Rides Again

You can’t keep a good man down. Or a bad one for that matter. After six weeks off air, we returned to the airways on 1st May, with our first show from the brand new Dapper FM studio, to prove that we will indeed keep on keeping on.

Listen to the show again below innit.


  1. Keep on keeping on: BY THE REDSKINS
  2. Evil Spirits: BY THE DAMNED
  4. Buru Saturday: BY DUBMATIX
  5. Black Heaven: BY EARTHLESS
  6. Cougar rock by ZEKE
  9. Bar stool preacher: BY THE BAR STOOL PREACHERS
  10. Just begun: BY LEGO EDIT
  11. Keep it clean BBC session: BY THE VIBRATORS (PEEL SESSION JUNE 77)
  12. West one shine on me: BY THE RUTS
  13. Octane twisted: BY PORCUPINE TREE
  14. Subject to status: BY PITCHSHIFTER
  15. Live life love demo: BY LAST TREE SQUAD
  16. Boombassa: BY SUBGIANT
  17. The windrush: BY CAPTAIN SKA
  18. Bloodstains: BY AGENT ORANGE
  19. Brain in a jar: BY CHINA SHOP BULL
  20. Come as you are: BY NIRVANA
  21. The man that never was: BY RICK SPRINGFIELD AND DAVE GROHL
  22. Killing in the name: BY RICHARD CHEESE

First broadcast on 1st may on

Show sponsored by

Next show, Tuesday 8th May – a Merthyr Rising Special.

NB: During the show i referred to Paul Gray as being with the National Union of Journalit – which is of course bollocks. he is with the Musician’s Union.


LISTEN LIVE: Iguana Radio # 170 – Merthyr Rising Special 08/05/18

Our next show will be a Merthyr Rising Festival special, and we will be joined in the studio by Lyn Williams, director of the festival, and Peter Crews from UNISON, major partners of the event.

Expect a play list chock a block full of bands playing Merthyr Rising, the festival celebrating the workers uprising of 1831, at which the red flag was flown as a sign of protest the first time anywhere in the world.

So you can expect the likes of Dreadzone, Ruts DC, Regime, Roughneck Riot, Captain Ska, The Blockheads, Parkview, The Alarm and much more.

For more details about this awesome festival, go to

Tune in from 8pm O’clock on Tuesday 8th May – go to and click on the listen live button.

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LISTEN LIVE: Peppermint Iguana Radio Rides Again – Tuesday 1st May


After being off air for a month, Dapper FM is now plotted up in its new home, Jacs Live Music Venue in Aberdare.

The computers are installed, the CD decks are plumbed in and the microphones have been re-wired. In fact, we took the opportunity to give all the hardware a bit of a service whilst we were at it. So we should be cooking on gas from here on in. Continue reading LISTEN LIVE: Peppermint Iguana Radio Rides Again – Tuesday 1st May

BIG SAM TAKEN OFF AOS3 TEAM SHEET (But the subs are half tidy)

AOS3 with Sam playing down the left wing

News has reached Peppermint Iguana that there are going to be some changes to the team sheet of AOS3, with Big Sam currently unfit to play following an injury in training.

A post on the bands social media page stated: “It is with great sadness we have to report that Sam has decided to step back from the AOS3 live band, due to serious and ongoing back issues, leaving him in pretty much constant pain and unable to face the long vehicle journeys”. Continue reading BIG SAM TAKEN OFF AOS3 TEAM SHEET (But the subs are half tidy)

PEPPERMINT GIGUANA: Spanner, Last Tree Squad, Taffy Twp @ Le Pub, Newport, 14th April

Following on from the success of our folk disco, Peppermint Iguana once again are teaming up with the Green Gathering Campaigns crew for another gig featuring the best of the UK underground. On Saturday 14th April we present Spanner, Last Tree Squad and Taffy Twp – all in Newport’s top venue, Le Pub.

The gig will be a benefit for the anti-spycops campaign, which seeks justice for those that have been spied upon by the state for daring to question the power of the establishment.


Spanner live at something else in the dean

Spanner are a long standing much respected anarcho-ska-punk outfit from Bristle, known as much for their political activity as their music. They are anything but angry shouty blokes though. Their uplifting ska chops blend seamlessly with high octane punk energy that have been picking up audiences and throwing them around dancehalls, squats and festivals for almost two decades now.

Much loved by the South Wales activist community Spanner are guaranteed to leave a trail of sweaty, exhausted, smiling punks in their wake.


Last Tree Squad on their home turf,, Booth Hall, Hereford.

The night will be the first appearance in Newport for Hereford’s Last Tree Squad.  This seven piece collective have a love for all things dubby, mixing hip hop, reggae, raga, ska, jungle and dancehall.

Frontman Lofty, will be no stranger to long time Iguana watchers, having previously been part of the amazing Dubmerge and for a while was part of the backing band for West Wales’ dub diva Molara.

Whilst this will be their first visit to Newport, we are confident that their infectious brand of dance music will leave everyone wanting them back in the future.


Taffy being Twp in the old Le Pub

Taffy Twp will be no stranger to many of you. His one man riot-folk-punk set will be his way of celebrating his 33+1/3 birthday. Come along and smile and punch the air with him to help him get the gig off to a flying start.


Le Pub is a venue like no other in South Wales. It is a community owned venue that seeks to promote art, music, food and ideas.  Their ethos is so right on it has inspired us to get back into gig promotion for this first time in over a decade. Come along and find out what all the fuss is about.

Interact with us via the Facebook event page

Dapper on the Run

Dapper FM is on the move. After ten years in the Cana Centre Penywaun, we are now moving to a purpose built studio in the grounds of Jacs Live Music Venue, in the heart of Aberdare.

The last broadcast from the Cana will be the Something Else for the Weekend Show, from 9am till noon o’clock on 24th March 2018.

We aim to be up and running again by Easter, but that will depend on all the bits fitting together after being dismantled, dragged down to Aberdare and being reassembled in our new home.

This basically means the next Peppermint Iguana Radio show will not be till April – hopefully the 10th.

Of course, you can always use this break as a chance to catch up with past shows.

We would like to thank all who have listened to us over the last six and a bit years and we hope we can provide a new and improved service. We are a little bit excited!

LISTEN AGAIN: Peppermint Iguana Radio # 168 – Last Train from Cana Central

Our most recent show was a bit of a landmark, being the last show before the station moves to new home.

Six and a half years on from our first broadcast, we blasted out a three hour special, to commemorate our last live broadcast from the studio based in the Cana Centre, Penywaun.

To listen to the show again, check out the mixycloud thing below.

Don’t worry, we will be back broadcasting from our new studio on April 10th.

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As the snows around South Wales slowly thaw, news comes in that Surplus Festival is being put on ice for 2018.

A statement from the organisers said:

“As some of you know, Surplus Festival has lost it’s site. We’ve been trying our best to find a suitable alternative but unfortunately we haven’t been successful. With the time constraints and some other issues we’ve had to make the difficult decision to put things on hold”. Continue reading SURPLUS FESTIVAL NOT ‘APPENIN’ IN 2018

MIND YOUR HEAD RADIO: This is Radio Chas 01/03/18

Captain Paranoid has branched out into the world of radio. And he is making a damn fine job of it.

Here is his second ‘Mind Your Head Radio Show’, broadcast live and direct from his cottage in the woods on the fringes of the South Wales Valleys. Its dirty, its sexy, its funky. If you like Peppermint Iguana radio – you will like this.

You can keep up to speed with his live broadcasts and stuff by going to his Facebook Page

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Peppermint Iguana Radio # 177 – Three Dub Plates outside Dapper FM, Penywaun

On Tuesday 27th February, we braved the cold of the ‘Breeze from the Seas’ to bring you another hot episode of the Peppermint Iguana Radio Show.

We had joy, we had fun, we had two hours on air mun.

Then we had to warm the car up for ten minutes to defrost the brakes which had frozen on. I tell you what dudes, it’s two coats colder up in that Penywaun.

Anyway, whilst you are confined to barracks because of the ‘Beast from the East’, you can listen to the show again to warm the heart of your cockles. Just click on the mixycloud thingy

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CRASS: My part in their downfall – Aberdare 11/07/84

Crass, last ever gig, Aberdare, 1984

Got into a chat about possibly the most famous gig ever to have taken place in Aberdare this week, so I thought I would use this as an excuse to blog about my memories of that infamous gig.

It was a benefit for the National Union of Mineworkers, who were at the time a few months into the soon to become historic year long strike against pit closures. The headline band was the legendary Crass.

It was to be a gig that would go down in punk folklore. Indeed it was a night I would never forget, but not for the reasons you might imagine.

So let’s go back to 11th July 1984

I went up with my mate Mike, who just happened to be a striking miner, all be it from a different valley, and his lady at the time, Sandra. Sandra drove.

We arrived nice and early because there were several bands on the bill we wanted to see – Flux of Pink Indians and Annie Anxiety. Tickets were a snip at two quid and the doors opened at 6pm.

We handed over our treasured tickets and looked around the Colosseum.

“Where’s the bar?” enquired Mike.

“There is no bar”, replied the NUM dude on the door doing his impression of a masonry toilet.

Mike and I exchanged glances, no words were needed. Pub. We wanted to see Annie Anxiety, but with a drink in our hands. So if that was not possible, a retreat to the nearest hostelry was in order.

A swift half pint soon turned into a swift half gallon. Ish.

We figured that Crass and the Flux would do the maximum of an hour set each, so calculating backwards from the time all civilised gigs end, 11pm, if we got back to the gig by 9pm we would catch the main event.

Of course this calculation was based on the fact that the hundreds of gigs we had previously been to were all in venues with a bar, and those days stop tap was 11pm – so 11pm was when the gig would finish.

But this venue did not have a bar. Our calculations for when the gig would finish were therefore based on a false assumption.

“What do you mean the gig is over?” Says a genuinely disbelieving Mike when we arrived at our pre-planned 9pm.

“I mean it’s fucking over, what did you think I meant?” asks the genuinely disbelieving brick shit house.

We then go through a conversation that started off with a demand that the band comes back on, quickly downgraded to a demand for money to be returned, then a bizarre debate about it being a gig for striking miners and Mike pointing out that he was a striking miner. I think he wanted more than just his two quid back.

It has to be said about Mike, he was not scared of anyone and more often than not, he did not need to be. There were occasions though when, actually, perhaps he should have been scared. This was one such occasion. He wasn’t though. Luckily for him I am a lover not a fighter and managed to calm the situation down and we headed back home, light of the two quid ticket money – this was 1984, you could get pissed on two quid back then. But unlike all the punks that had gone to the gig, we were lubricated. Compensation of sorts.

We returned to Blackwood the same united unit that had left a few short hours previously. Unlike Crass. They split up in the van in the way home. Karma is a bitch.

A few weeks later I spotted the aforementioned man mountain that had been on the door that night knocking out a police horse with one punch on a picket line. Mike was lucky to have a lover like me as a friend.

Here is a blog from someone that did not go down the pub that night

DREADZONE: Live @ The Globe, Cardiff 17/02/18

Dreadzone @ the Globe, Cardiff

Dreadzone make their first trip of the year into the land of song – and dub.

Rumours that the earthquake that shook wales on 17th February was caused by Dreadzone sound checking have not been confirmed, but tonight they made the globe vibrate and rattle with their basslines. Continue reading DREADZONE: Live @ The Globe, Cardiff 17/02/18

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