Blackwood’s most famous sons, the Manic Street Preachers return to the scene of their riotous gig in the Blackwood Little Theatre to film a video for their latest single, ‘Distant Colours’.
Whilst the band can sometimes appear to be a little aloof and media shy, it has to be said they have stayed close to their roots in the south wales valleys, often offering a helping hand behind the scenes with various artistic projects.
This can be demonstrated by this video which includes scenes shot in Mid Wales, the heads of the Valleys and in Blackwood itself.
It would be a little bit egotistical to review a gig we have promoted ourselves, so here is a blog post about the first Peppermint Iguana gig for fourteen years.
It started out as a simple enough idea, Peppermint Iguana were going to team up with the Green Gatherings Campaign Crew (well, Tom Fowler) to put on a show case of some of the artists than have been found performing on the ‘open mic’ that the Campaigns crew host at the annual green gathering in Chepstow.
We started off with booking the amazing Tarantism Folk Disco, who have blown minds at the last two Green Gatherings. Then we started talking to some of our other mates who had also played our stage. It was not long before we had a list of bands that, frankly, was quite ridiculous for one night. But hey, we aint nothing if not one big happy family and we could not chuck anyone off the list (we just had to stop Tom inviting anyone else when he was pissed).
To celebrate five years of ripping up stages all over the UK, Lacterilla teamed up with local promoters Pity My Brain to put on a party with a stellar line up in the legendary Clwb Ifor Bach.
When Wales play rugby at home, the streets of Cardiff can often resemble a scene out of a Zombie movie. And tonight was no exception. Navigating Westgate Street to get into the car park at the end of Womanby Street was a challenge to say the least. I pity the livers, never mind the brains of the numpties wandering around oblivious to traffic. I have seen cattle on Llantrisant Common with more road sense.
We eventually managed to get to Clwb just in time to catch Not Since The Accident say goodbye and thank you. We can’t comment on how good they were, but the already respectably sized crowd seemed to be happy with their shift.
The early kick off for the rugby meant that a good crowd had assembled by the time the first band came on and some of them were sufficently lubricated to be making plenty of noise.
These guys are big favourites of ours here at Iguana HQ. Whilst their sound is definitely rooted in classic seventies rock, they are named after a song by welsh legends Budgie after all, they put a modern twist on things. They are anything but a retro metal band. They groove and they grind and they rock. They shake their thang in a way that allows us to forgive them for having long hair.
Tonight they are on form, its pedal to the metal all the way, they leave nothing in the tank and leave us wondering how on earth any band could follow that.
After break to recover and get fresh air, Cybernetic Witch Cult are up. They are a plutonium rock band from the Gagrakacka Mind Zones – AKA Cornwall. They often step in when Disaster Area are unable to play the Restaurant at the end of the Universe.
Mixing tripped out psychedelic spaced rock with back projections of scenes from science fiction B-movies, they manage to take an art form that can all to often venture into embarrassing pomposity and keep it real and keep it fun.
They manage to pick up the baton passed to them by Milk and keep the gathered masses happy and keep the freak flag flying.
And then – the reason for the gathering – Lacertillia.
We have been catching these guys live since day one and it never fails to impress how they just keep improving every time we see them. The have drive, passion and energy. They are loud, they are in your face and relentless.
If the Cybernetic lads provide the soundtrack to the end of the universe, Lacertilla are the house band in a sleazy post-apocalyptic biker club. Not quite Mad Max, more Mad Taff.
Their usual intensity has everyone shaking. But then things take a turn towards the exotic when two scantily clad young ladies climb up on stage and shake their booties, sending some of the crowd crazy with lust.
The boy Fry does his usual trick of walking into the crowd to break down all the barriers between crowd and band, but on this occasion, pulls something out of the PA and we lose vocals. He climbs back on stage and the band Fire up the Engine of God, but without the usual vocals. At first it seems odd, but the lack of vocals just drive the boys on to give an added intensity to the number to make up for it.
For a finale we get the band one by one surfing their way out over the crowd as the party comes to an end, we wander out into zombie land, which suddenly looks quite sane.
We have dusted off another classic inteview and added it to this website – Tarantism from 2007
It was to be a telephone call we would never forget, yet like most things momentous, it started out innocently enough. Back in 1997 as I sat with the then Mrs Iguana thinking about names for the as yet unborn second Iguana baby, the phone rang. “Hi Clint, it’s Mel. We are looking for gigs in South Wales.” Phone calls often started like that in those days. As I put the phone down, “who was that?” enquired Mrs Iguana. “Tarantism” I replied. “What on earth is one of them then”. “As it happens, I don’t know, I will look it up”. As I leafed my way through the dictionary I was struck by inspiration. Thus Tara Iguana was named.
Tarantism immediately became indispensable members of the extended Iguana family. Fast forward to 2007, we sat down with Tarantism in the back of their van for an interview. Fast forward to 2018 and we have Tarantism booked to play a gig for us in Le Pub, Newport. So we thought it about time to dust off that old interview and upload it to this ere website.
You may have heard the Peppermint Iguana crew are getting back into promoting after a break of 14 years. First up, we are teaming up with the Green Gathering Campaigns Crew to put on a gig in Le Pub on the 10th February with a shed load of really cool artists, including the amazing Tarantism Folk Disco to finish the night off.
‘What be a folk disco?’ I hear you all you cry. Well, rest assured, it’s not a bloke in an Aron jumper playing Stealer’s Wheel records. It is Mel and Magnus from that Tarantism playing disco music in a folk style.
‘Who are Mel and Magnus?’ I hear less of you cry. For those of you not cool enough to know, Mel and Magnus are the Posh and Becks of the celtic-ska-punk-funk-dance scene and have been at the core of legendary festival band Tarantism for over twenty years now. In addition they gig as a duo, Magnus wears capes on stage with Hawkwind and as well as doing cheesy discos, Mel makes the finest vegan cheese this side of Vegania.
Still want to know more? Fear not, in the run up to our gig, Mel and Magnus are dropping into the Dapper FM studio to take over the Peppermint Iguana Radio show.
You can expect some of their own tunes, some unreleased tunes by other bands recorded in their Rockaway Studios – and no doubt many more treats for your heads hearts and feets.
Our 16th January show went down a storm, we had hippies in Cwmcarn dancing whilst pickling Beetroot, gig photographers in Surrey sat in their van and anarchists from Newport sat in their mother’s front room.
We also paid tribute to fallen stars, hot pre-releases and a preview of our gig in Le Pub on 10th February. Mel and Magnus of that Tarantism Folk Disco, who be playing that gig, will be dropping in to take over our next show on 30th January.
To hear what it sounded like, pour yourself your favourite tipple and click on the linkety link below
Ace of spades: BY MOTORHEAD
The sun, the moon: BY GOAT
Riding east: BY DUBMATIX WITH SLY AND ROBBIE
Death race: BY CLUSTERFUCK
Free spirits: BY MERCURIUS RISING
Disrespect: BY THE DEFEKTERS
Brickfield nights: BY THE BOYS
Soldiers of dub: BY DUBALIZER
El doggo speaks out: BY THE DOG FACED HERMANS
Nostrovia: BY SCUM OF TOYTOWN
Everybody’s boogie: BY DOMMENGANG
Flesh eater version: BY BEANNIE AND THE CO-OPERATORS
It’s quite possible that many of you will have seen Ninjah perform live and not have realised it. He is the dude with the white dread locks often seen around Cardiff city centre playing random objects, such as bins or benches, with his ever present drum sticks.
Question: What do you get when you put a shed load of Cardiff’s most unhinged creative types in a room together? Answer: Clusterfuck. And this is their latest release. Thirteen slices of deranged floor fillers.
The biggest problem with ‘techno’ (or whatever you want to call it) is that many artists find their killer beat and just rework it time and time again resulting in – erm – repetitive beats. Clusterfuck can never be accused of falling into that trap.
What we have here just shy is fifty minutes of phat beats and dope breaks that get ya ass shaking and head spinning, with each track taking you in a new direction. The common denominator is that the bass lines are deep and heavy throughout, causing involuntary bobbing up and down but the BPM counter always manages to stay below the red line of ‘gabba’.
It helps to fend of the repetitiveness by bringing in a host of ‘special guests’. Efa Supertramp, Keef It Real, Captain Hotknives and Donald Trump are just some of the crew that help this paddle this album down the crazy river. Their irreverence and cheeky sense of humour also prevents this becoming just another boring techno record. Nothing is too serious, too hot or too heavy for these guys.
Drugs, death and Swansea are just a few of the topics covered here. They somehow manage to demonstrate that they are anti-establishment without really saying it. They are probably anarchists but don’t even know it, cos they are too busy having a party to contemplate shit like that. Which is how it should be really.
Get it on, bang a gong, get it on – ow – get it on.
One day, in the dim and distant future, Efa Supertramp will sit down, take a breather, or even possibly sleep. Until then, she is gonna run around fuelled on adrenalin with fingers in all sorts of pies, like this latest project, Killdren.
John Baine (AKA Attila) is not really a Stockbroker. Ray Burns is neither a Captain, nor Sensible. Rhiannon Crutchley, however, really is a Brewer’s Daughter.
When not helping dad out with bottling craft beers her time is split between recording and gigging on her own as The Brewer’s Daughter, playing fiddle with Tarantism, touring with the likes of Back to the Planet and Hawkwind, or just sailing up and down the canal in the narowboat she calls home. She even played the legendary 100 club in 2017. Continue reading THE BREWER’S DAUGHTER: Make Believe (Self Released 2016)→
This is a warts and all documentary reviewing the rise and fall of nineties mega stars, Oasis. Within less than three years they rose from playing in pubs to headlining Knebworth.
Oasis were one of the most over rated and under talented bands the UK has ever produced. Filling arenas with ‘lads’ who had bought into the band, but ultimately a magnificent triumph of style over substance.
With the Winter Solstice around the corner we thought it appropriate to get into party mose so for this show we got loads of choons you can dance to, from ska, folk and punk to full on afrocelticdubdiddlyfolkravecore.
For good measure we chucked in a few alternative seasonal choons, a sneak preview of what is coming your way from Merthyr Rising 2018, some good causes to donate to this christmas and the announcement ofthe first PEPPERMINT IGUANA GIG in many years
Listen again below
Crash and burn: BY EAT STATIC
Skank for Christmas: BY BIG REEL FISH
Walk this land: BY THE EZ ROLLERS
Babylons burning: BY ZION TRAIN
Area code: BY DREADZONE
Hell in M13: BY THE AUTONOMADS
Sons and daughters: BY CAPTAIN SKA
The house that austerity built: BY BEANS ON TOAST
Donkey jaw: BY KING KONG COMPANY
Alcoholic drinks: BY FAB SAMPERI
At home for Christmas: COSMO AND FLAPSANDWICH
I don’t want an i pad: BY SKINNNER AND TWITCHETT
Byker hill: BY KILNABOY
Mr Trump: BY BAD SAM
Cheese and bread: BY DAVID ROVICS
Won’t buy it: BY REGIME
Baneswell express: BY GOLDIE LOOKIN CHAIN
Sex and drugs and rock and rol: BY IAN DURY AND THE BLOCKHEADS
To help Dapper FM celebrate ten years on air, on 5th December we embarked on a three hour radio odyssey showcasing as many of our mates as we could.
No golden oldies or hidden gems just mates from the DIY underground. It was impossible to fit all of our mates on, so apologies for those that missed out. However, a few of those missing from the list can be found on our round up of 2017 show and there will be more on our festive knees up on 19th December.
Putting the play list together was quite humbling. We feel privileged to count so many damn fine creative musicians in our extended Iguana family. Our hats off to you all.
So, if you want to hear the show again (and you do, trust us) check out the mixycloud thang below
Rise up: BY THE MOB
Dr Benway: BY HEADJAM
Electro tribal: BY SAMP DEAP
Dissident dub: BY BLACK STAR DUB COLLECTIVE
Union man: BY THEE FACTION
Strike occupy resist: BY COSMO
Hard times: BY THE SPORADICS
Black dues: BY DREADZONE
Mercurius rising: BY MERCURIUS RISING
All my friends: BY THE BREWERS DAUGHTER
All my friends are freedom fighters: BY EFA SUPERTRAMP
Freedom fighters: BY SPANNER
Uncontrollable: BY THE REBEL SPELL
Kick out: BY BACK TO THE PLANET
Dubrevolution: BY THE DEFEKTERS
I drank the levellers rider: BY TARANTISM
Dirty field whore: BY MUDDY SUMMERS AND THE DIRTY FIELD WHORES
Millionaires: BY PHAT BOLLARD
Money is not our god dub: BY KILLING JOKE
Last of the high rollers: BY SUNS OF THUNDER
Barefoot in the car park: BY SUZI CHUNK AND THE GROOVY UNCLE
Liar liar 2017: BY CAPTAIN SKA
Jah war dub: BY RUTS DC
Tottenham three: BY AOS3
Smash it dub: BY DUB THE EARTH
Surplus people: BY RADICAL DANCE FACTION
Sky high: BY CULTURE SHOCK
Arcade perfect: BY SONIC BOOM SIX
Heaven’s wrath: BY INNER TERESTRIAL
Riot sound system: BY PRIMEVAL SOUP
Too far gone: BY THE WITCHES DRUM
I loves the port: BY BAD SAM
I love reggae: BY DIRTY REVOLUTION
Trojan city love: BY DUB CITY ROCKERS
Stay free edit: BY THE CLASH
As usual, high five to our sponsors, UNISON, the union for public service groovers
This ‘Selected highlights of 2017’ show is a bit unique, having been broadcast not once, but twice!
“How can that be?” we hear you cry. Well, it was first broadcast on Tuesday 28th November, but after the show finished we managed to break the station and loose the recording. Normally we would just shrug our shoulders and move on. But this was a reflection on some of the year’s best choonage with a rather splendid play list. So we decided to do the show again with the same play list.
On 21st November the legend that is Captain Paranoid joined Peppermint Iguana in the studio for a very special radio show.
Pick a few songs we said. The next thing we knew we had a massive thirty eight track play list and he could not make up his mind which ones to loose. He was even arguing with musicians he has collaborated with over which version of his own songs to play.
We were well over an hour into the show before we finally worked out what the play list was going to look like. But hey, this is what happens when working with people who are all consumed by music and are filled with passion and emotion. It was memorable. To say the least.
To listen to the show again click on the cloudcast below – and below that is what we think the play list was – even now it is hard to keep up with what went on!
Capitol Radio two: BY THE CLASH
Lust for life: BY IGGY POP
Naked: BY TERRORIST BALLET DANCERS FROM HELL
Fight the power: BY PUBLIC ENEMY
Intergalactic: BY THE BEASTIE BOYS
Masses: BY CHARLES BUKOWSKI
Sex and bombs: BY CAPTAIN PARANOID AND THE DELUSIONS
Revolution: BY GROUNDNATION
Typical girls: BY THE SLITS
Words of advice for young people: BY WILLIAM BURROWS
Snake eyes: BY CAPTAIN PARANOID AND THE DELUSIONS
Five and dime: BY CAPTAIN PARANOID AND LARRY LOVE
Doves cry: BY BE GOOD TANYAS
Another girl another planet: BY THE ONLY ONES
The war song demo: BY SUCKAFISH AND CAPTAIN PARANOID
On 21st November, legend of the Cardiff music scene, Chas, AKA Captain Paranoid, will be joining Peppermint Iguana on the decks for a mind bending special radio show.
Expect tales of The Terrorist Ballet Dancers from Hell, Captain Paranoid and the Delusions, Grass Roots Café, hanging out with The Alabama Three and who knows what else. All we need now is for Chas to whittle down his play list from 63 tunes to something a little more manageable.
Get it in your diary now, it’s gonna be mind-expanding.
Live on www.dapperfm.co.uk from 8pm o’clock on Tuesday 21st November. Expect the unexpected.
The October Revolution in Russia Kicked off 100 years ago this week – on 7th November 1917. As our next show goes out live on 7th November 2017, it would be rude to not run with a play list heavily laced with tunes that have a connection with Russia, revolutions and counter revolutions
Punk from Myanmar, spaced out psychedelic jams from Japan, tribal folk from Cameroon, Ska Punk from Netherlands, hard-core punk from Russia, Dub from France and stoner rock from Cardiff. All in a day’s work at Peppermint Iguana.
Yes, we were back swimming against the tide and beyond the mainstream once more on 24th October. To listen to the show again, check out the cloudcast below
On the 10th October we hit the hit the airwaves once more for a show full to overflowing with hot new releases, and demos.
Throughout the summer we have been concentrating on the UK festival scene, showcasing the bands playing the best of the underground gigs. But the season is finally over. Tents are now being stuffed into attics for the winter, lightweight caravans are being put in storage and hardcore trucks are heading for the sun.
So for this show we caught up with some of the demos and freebies we have had sent to us through the summer, but not got around to playing. Despite cocking up the advertising for the show, twice, forgetting to take our glasses into the studio and leaving the iguana phone back at HQ, it was a blast.
To listen again, check out the cloudcast below innit like
Doozer McDooze has gone and made a music video for a song he is releasing on Tuesday 10th October 2017 for Mental Health Awareness Day.
The Dooze’ told Peppermint Iguana, “This is a topic that means a lot to me, more so as I get older and I’m trying to spread the word in the hope of helping others by them relating to the song and becoming aware of the help that is available. As you know mental health is a universal issue which is becoming an epidemic particularly among young people, and most recently highlighted has been the fact that male suicide has been on the rise”.
“I feel that this topic needs to be spoken about more so that the feelings of stigma and shame which are attached to mental illnesses can become one step closer to being eradicated in our society.
By speaking honestly in this song through my lyrics about my own experiences and allowing my friends, family and audience to see a side of me that is mostly hidden away, I am hopeful that other people will feel compelled to talk to someone about how they feel; because sometimes there is no visible reason for mental illness to become such a huge factor in someone’s life”.
James Rivers Duff is a singer song writer that does not seem to let time or geography get in the way of his art. And this be the video for his latest musical offering.
James has travelled widely, particularly around Africa. He has contributed as a member of the Future Dub Project but is currently taking some time to focus on some solo work.
We asked James to tell us a little about his latest recording. “Time Is Yours is a song about making the most of your life and living in the moment”, James told us. “I asked my friend Jess if she could record some backing vocals but she was in Bali at the time, so she found a studio out there to record. The man in charge Andy Duarsa asked if she’d like to shoot a video for it so we collaborated over the net. I was travelling in Denmark so shot some footage on my phone and sent it over for him to add in”.
The result, as you will see below, features some stunning photography from Bali, James (rather ironically, on a river) and an uplifting but mellow soundtrack from the boy Duff.