Hometown gig for punk aces Resistance 77 this weekend

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Local music favourites Resistance 77 will play what could be their last ever gig in their home town of South Normanton to mark St George’s Day weekend.

The patriotic punk rock band, a firm favourite of former Forest and England star Stuart Pearce, will play a free show at The Hawthorns on Alfreton Road on Saturday, April 21, (7pm) with support from Stinky Tim and Static Kill.

The busy veteran band are also to be the subject of a documentary charting their career and have dates in the USA next month.

“We were formed in 1980, played our first gig at South Normanton Miners Welfare and then got banned,” smiled singer Ian ‘Oddie’ Hodson.

“There were a number of broken glasses and someone had been sick and, despite record bar takings as the place was packed, the committee decided to ban us.

“We haven’t played South Normanton since 2012, so are really happy to be playing in our birthplace, so to speak.

“It’s a homecoming gig and could well be our last in Normanton.

“So it would be great to see some of the old faces that used to follow us all around in the early days.

“We already know people are travelling from all over the country to attend, with some from as far as Carlisle.”

He added: “It’s now 38 years on and the punk scene is still thriving and local bands such as Verbal Warning, Hung Like Hanratty and Apocalypse Babes are all doing well, which is great as we are all mates and support each other.”

Stuart Stirling, a filmmaker from Manchester, has begun work on a documentary called We Are Resistance 77, which will chart the history of the band as well as give an insight into the members.

“We’re quite honoured that someone finds us of interest,” said Ian.

“Some filming has taken place and he expects it to take a good year as he wants to capture the band in action, focusing on the Rebellion Punk festival in Blackpool where we seem to attract an audience in the thousands. Some filming is also planned at The Hawthorns.”

Although now in the veterans category, this is not a band showing any signs of slowing down as yet and they intend to conquer the West Coast of America.

They already have a couple of gigs lined up over there in May, appearing at the prestigious Punk Rock Bowling festival in Las Vegas as well as at the Regent Theatre in Los Angeles.

“I can’t say how pleased and exited we are to be appearing at these venues,” said Ian.

“Playing at Punk Rock Bowling will be a dream come true and could be the highlight of our career.

“We aim to make our mark and also line up a tour out there for next year. Having previously toured the East Coast, the West Coast has always been in our sights.

“We also have a mini German tour at the end of June, playing in Dresden and Berlin with a possible return to Belgium in December.

“Although the band has always been a hobby, we have been fortunate to have played all over Europe including Italy, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Austria, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic as well as twice in USA.

“But playing in South Normanton is always special and means a lot to us.”

More records are also planned.

Ian said: “We are releasing a limited edition commemorative CD to coincide with our trip to USA, which will be on sale at the Hawthorns

“We are starting to write a follow up album to our last recording No Escape.

“That gained excellent reviews, even as far as USA, especially from TV pundit and music journalist John Robb, who stated it was the best punk release in the last decade.

“This has put us under a bit of pressure to follow up with another album, which has to be as good as the last if not better.”