Clearly there’s a buzz going around certain quarters of the punk fraternity on the announcement that Steve Ignorant will actually be performing a set of Crass songs that he and the band recorded back in the heady anarchic days of punk.
So much of a buzz in fact, that this time around he will be performing with a full band at the ever popular Concorde 2 in Brighton on Saturday 18th April 2020. His last appearance in the city was at the certainly more compact Prince Albert on 6th April 2018. Things are therefore moving in the right direction for Steve Ignorant, with renewed interest in all things Crass, on the back of the recent re-releases of the original material.
For those of you that are unaware of the background to this, Steve Ignorant is a singer/songwriter and artist, who co-founded the anarcho-punk band Crass with Penny Rimbaud in 1977. After Crass stopped performing in 1984, he worked with other groups including Conflict, Schwartzeneggar, Stratford Mercenaries, Current 93, and US punk band Thought Crime, as well as occasional solo performances.
Interestingly, Steve is also a wood sculptor and volunteer on the Sea Palling Independent Lifeboat, and has written his autobiography –‘All The Rest Is Propaganda’– and believe it or not has worked as a traditional Punch and Judy performer using the name Professor Ignorant.
In 2007 he performed Crass’s 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 80’s anarcho-punk. They now perform live on special occasions, with the new Brighton concert certainly flagging up as one. Steve currently performs with his new band Slice Of Life, which is a far cry from the aggression of Crass, nevertheless compelling with powerful songs delivered in an acoustic style.
Slice Of Life’s debut album ‘Love And A Lamp-post’ was released on Overground records in late 2014, surprising many with its honesty and change of style for Steve.
Further Ignorant data here: www.steveignorant.com
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