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REVIEW: STEVE IGNORANT’S SLICE OF LIFE – DON’T TURN AWAY

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ARTIST: STEVE IGNORANT’S SLICE OF LIFE

ALBUM: DON’T TURN AWAY

LABEL: OVERGROUND

Ex-Crass frontman and his gang reach out with heartfelt second album.

‘Don’t Turn Away’ is crammed with belt out punk poetry for older anarchists. The overall sound of the LP is acoustic with rich harmonies, heartfelt piano and walking basslines over Ignorant’s very subjective and intimate poetry. Ignorant reaches out to his older fan base, (it’s an album for over 50s) with lyrics about mental health, reflective memories and life on an NHS waiting list.

Opening title track builds up from a bassline, giving the audience a gradual warm up into their sound. ‘Your Day Will Come’ makes use of Ignorant’s emotion and anger whilst Carol creates drama on the piano. ‘S.A.D.’ is an ambitious ballad dedicated to anyone that has suffered a loss or has had to deal with depression and despair. Ignorant reassures “YOU are not alone”. As a ex-member of Crass, Ignorant is sensitive to a lot of the worlds issues from animal rights to feminism and ‘Slaughterhouse’ was written about not blindly being pulled into every protest going. People often expect too much and as he gets older, he is more selective about what he publicly supports. One man can’t save the world alone; so look at what you’re doing to help.

More punk artists are exploring acoustic performances year on year; The Skids have just released an acoustic album and Rebellion’s acoustic stage is packed every year with fans singing along to the likes of 999’s Nick Cash and Penetration’s unplugged session. Ignorant pulls of these fete well, ‘Diffrability’ is for T.V. Smith fans and ‘Good Intentions’ is an old rock ‘n’ roll reinvention.

In 2011 Steve Ignorant’s Last Supper Tour was over in Australian & New Zealand when the group were stranded because of a Chile ash cloud cancelling flights. Over a few beers, Carol, Pete and Steve decided to form ‘Slice Of Life’. Carol Hodge sang for Steve’s Last Supper band and has been fronting rock groups since age 15, including Wrecks and Bad Taste Barbies and her solo project Crystal Grenade. Pete Wilson joined The Last Supper band when he took over on bass in 2011. He has also played guitar and bass in Wrecks, Andy T and Lies, All Lies. Their first gig was played in Wellingborough in October 2013 followed by an album ‘Love And A Lamp-post’ in 2014. The sound of piano, acoustic guitar and upright bass alongside Steve’s heart and soul poetry is a far cry from Crass’s youthful anger. Steve still cares deeply about the world and the people in it, but he’s screaming in a different way now.

Paula Frost

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