Sunday, December 19, 2010

FROM THE ARCHIVES 4 - THE STEAM PIG - Dublin punk band (1994-2005)

LOCATION - Dublin, Ireland
RECORD LABELS - Mad Butcher, Jacinta's Offshore Holdings, Weird, Rejected, Punk Shit
ABOUT - Nasty punk band 1994-2005. Defunct.
BIOGRAPHY - Hindsight is a damning thing, it twists and turns to the memory of achievement, embarrassment, productiveness, shoddiness, squabbling, those moments when you nail it and others when everything falls apart spectacularly. In relation to The Steam Pig, all the aforementioned apply.
The Steam Pig was a Dublin based punk band which formed in 1994 out of the frag of several others that had previously been active in the toilet venues of the city centre. Named after a James McClure crime novel from 1971, the band's blueprint was one of basics - pooling our suspect and hamfisted talents in the creation of a punk band which found it's own sound and not one consciously grafted from somewhere else. The idea was to sound like a Dublin band whatever that might be and not like one from some other geographical cyst.
Eventually overcoming musical dyslexia enough to be thrown to the lions, the band did as all bands do - gigged, recorded, often made a show of themselves in public, succumbed to alcoholic idiocy and finally got their shit together to record 4 very different sounding albums, progressing and feeding into the music with a splattering of stylistic thievery.
Hooking up with Mad Butcher, a German label with a staunch anti-fascist agenda, the band released WY-ID T'D' DOUBLE-IN (1997), a collection of songs from 2 separate sessions and gigged extensively in Ireland and England until the untimely death of guitarist Godsy in late 1998. This difficult period of inactivity was one which the band may not have survived through except for the lingering air of unfinished business. The band reconvened several months later and continued as a 3 piece, driven by an incomplete second album and the positively received EP MOTORHEAD @ 5AM, released during the band's absence.
DEEP FRIED OBEDIENCE (2000) was the band's "catholic" album issued by Mad Butcher in Germany and Rejected in Ireland. This proved to be the most popular release and is generally regarded as their finest moment... although former members of the band may dispute this out of sheer bloodymindedness.
With all unfinished business cleared and a few tricks harvested along the way, the band broadened their sound, introducing elements of metal, hardcore, and progressive rock resulting in the abrasive POTSHOTS (2003). With this change, it was obvious that it did not fit with the Mad Butcher roster any more so the band created their own label, Jacinta's Offshore Holdings to release it in Ireland, approaching Punk Shit Records in Birmingham about handling English/European distribution.
This arrangement worked well and was repeated with Weird Records on board in England for the release of BASTARD UGLY EVERYTHING (2005), their most accomplished work. Directly after this, the band bowed out quietly. The sound was moving on and any further expansion would have made it unrecognisable from the band which recorded the first cassette. The work was complete and to trudge on for years and years without questioning it would have been counterproductive - 11 years is enough for any punk band.
There's a lengthy and eventful story, but it won't be put to detailed record here. Such things are generally boring from the outside and serve only as occasional nostalgic pub talk for the people concerned. 


The ROGUE SPORE is pleased to announce the immediate release of approximately 1.2 hours of electronic research and development for free download in a variety of high quality & compressed formats...

01 - Enzyme hot pot
02 - Contagion
03 - Rogue Spore suite ( I & III )
04 - Emergency Naartjie
05 - Rogue Spore II - Genetic Heist
06 - Cankerseige
07 - Lesser Spotted Paradigm
08 - Pathogen
09 - Tonic/clonic
( for your listening displeasure in an awakened state. Running time aprox. 37.5 minutes )

Listen to the entire album at

RS2 - THE CATARACT ( 2010 )
01 - Cryonics
02 - Haven
03 - Divine Miasma
( for your listening displeasure in a state of slumber. Running time aprox. 38.8 minutes )

Listen to the entire album at

Captured and deconstructed by the Rogue Spore January - November 2010.
Mastered by Dano Barry December 2010. 

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DISCOURSES ON MALFUNCTION ( RS1 ) / THE CATARACT ( RS2 ) by ROGUE SPORE is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

Saturday, December 4, 2010


ROGUE SPORE : Self germinated early 2010 with a mission of sporadically infesting soundwaves. ROGUE SPORE is an equal opportunities pathogen. ROGUE SPORE will issue the following 2 volumes before the end of the year....

RS1 - DISCOURSES ON MALFUNCTION ( 9 tracks for your listening displeasure in an awakened state )
RS2 - THE CATARACT ( 3 tracks for your listening displeasure in a state of slumber )

Approximately 1.2 hours of electronic research and development to download for free in a variety of high quality formats. Watch for further details...

Thursday, November 25, 2010


( 27 February 1955 - 24 November 2010 )

Tuesday, September 7, 2010


AUSPICIOUS RECONSTITUTIONS - An exhibition of images by Boz Mugabe

OPENING RECEPTION Friday 15 October - 18:00 - 21:00 at MadArt Gallery. 56 Lower Gardiner Street, Dublin, Ireland

AUSPICIOUS RECONSTITUTIONS is an exhibition by Dublin based artist Boz Mugabe. This is an anthropological study, surveying human strength and tribal instinct. In a former life Boz worked rabidly on illicit and heretical codices, narrowly avoiding much deserved execution. This exhibition opens 15th October and runs until the end of the month.
Facebook event page

Monday, August 23, 2010

Propaganda Posters - Ho Chi Minh City, Hoi An, Da Nang - Socialist Republic of Vietnam - 2004

Translations most graciously provided by Mr Ian Bosonnet esq. also noting that General Vo Nguyen Giap, who led the Vietnamese vs the French (1945-54) and US (1960-75) turned 100 this week. Amazing he is still alive, so  long after all the other leaders ( Ho Chi Minh, Le Duan etc) are all dead.
‘Promote industrialisation and modernisation’

‘25th April 2004: Election Day for the Peoples’ Committees’
(Note from Ian: These are local councils under the Communist Party)

‘Honourable Soldiers Defending the Country’
(PAV-People’s Army Vietnam i.e. national army)
‘The spirit of International Workers’ Day (May 1st) is invincible/irrepressible’
‘Ho Chi Minh City- 30th April 1975-2004.A warm welcome
 for the 29th Anniversary of the Liberation of the South of 
Vietnam and Unification’ 
(of the Vietnamese Socialist Republic)
25th April 2004: Election Day for the Peoples’ Committees’   
25th April 2004: ‘Everyone should vote’
‘The Soldiers and the people of Hoi An show determination and excellent planning for the country in 2004’
‘Election day for the Peoples’ Committee’
‘Honourable Soldiers Defending the Country’
‘25th April 2004: all voters will be gathering to elect the Peoples’ 
Committee for the term 2004-09’
‘A glorious and great leader of an heroic people’
‘The Spirit of the Victory of the 30th April and International Workers’ Day (May 1st) are immortal’
‘7th May 1954-7th May 2004: The Battle of Dien Bien Phu- 50th Anniversary, the past and present.’
‘Warmly welcome the elections for the People’s Committee for the term 2004-09’

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

DREAM DECEIVERS - The Judas Priest trial 20 years ago this month.

The story of James Vance and Judas Priest - 20 years ago this month ( 16th July - 24th August 1990 ) and still a preposterous example of witchhunting in hicksville USA. The parents come across as insufferable redneck scum and their children obviously the detritus of the gene pool to shoot themselves to something as lame as Judas Priest. There was always the option of switching it off and listening to something infinitely better.  ECRUOS EHT SI NATAS..... TI OD, TI OD, TI OD...

Monday, July 5, 2010


" ... an unscientific point of view on the beginning and evolution of life.... and how it could probably end..."

Engaging, unique and painfully labour intensive, this is the latest offering from Italian street artist BLU.... Enjoy.

BIG BAG BIG BOOM - the new wall-painted animation by BLU from blu on Vimeo.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

New Boz artwork posts...

Please note that all BOZ ARTWORK updates will now be posted on the official blog at or through the official site at

Friday, May 7, 2010