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London, England, United Kingdom | INDIE

London, England, United Kingdom | INDIE
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"P.A.I.N. Our Universe Commences Here CD (Iron Man)"

Dub and ska aren't genres I've explored much as the bits I've heard mostly haven't grabbed me. This band, whose name stands for Propaganda And Information Network, mix these styles with punk, producing an effective result, much more impressive and individualistic than most ska-punk bands I've heard. P.A.I.N. are a very angry band who have a lot to say. Their philosophy is basically anti-police (or anti-current laws), anti-mainstream politics, pro-cannabis, pro-environmental protection. The inside of the cover shows a massive festival where punks, hippies, New Age traveller types, Rastas, trendies, rockers and people in costumes/masks are all gathering together, some smoking spliffs, some drinking, all enjoying the party atmosphere. Flags proclaim peace, anarchy and pro-cannabis. A band whose lyrics make you think, and who are sure to upset the moralistic establishment - http://www.blissaquamarine.net/albumreviews22.html

"Howard Marks"

The pro cannabis legalisation lot "entertain" with stories of skinning up in police stations, airtight arguments on freedom and medicinal properties to promote his ska-punk single "let me grow more weed" - Theatre

"Let Me Grow More Weed"

Let me Grow More Weed is a surprisingly good dub/reggae/rock mix with the doleful tones of Mr Marks making for a very effective narrative.
If you ignore the dubious politics, then this is a thoroughly excellent single, which stands on its musical merits with or without Mr Marks - (unknown)


P.A.I.N : "Oh My God! We're Doing it."

P.A.I.N featuring Howard Marks : "Let Me Grow More Weed" CD single

P.A.I.N : "Our Universe Commences Here"



ESTABLISHED in 1995, The Propaganda And Information Network (as P.A.I.N is officially named) was first put together from the ashes of two seminal free festival bands: A.O.S.3 and Radical Dance Faction. Brought together to carry on the same Anarcho-style rantings, but with a much harder, Punk Rock attitude to it (less toking and more drinking!) within the first 7 days of forming P.A.I.N managed to book up a 3 week tour, literally writing the set in soundchecks. The band went from strength to strength releasing their first live demo (Prison's no Place for Punishment - a real collector's item these days,) within their first month of existence. Well that was 11 years ago. Since then P.A.I.N. have released 2 studio albums, 2 cd singles and a couple of live albums, and are currently working on a new studio album and a P.A.I.N. in Dub album. There are a few gigs springing up around the country and more tours coming up in a couple of weeks so things are going great guns at the moment. "Sharpen your cutlasses boys, theres a mighty stormy sea ahead!!"

Watch P.A.I.N and Howard Marks Grow More Weed Video here:

P.A.I.N: Oh My God, We're Doing it....was originally released on Inner State back in 1995 the album sold out and after the collapse of Inner State had been lost until it's re-issue on Iron Man records in 2005. The Original artwork was reconstructed to be as close to the original as possible and the track listing includes all the classics from the P.A.I.N set:

Beltane, Everything must Go, Pork Dub, British Justice, No leaders for the Free, Money, Oh No! It's the Pigs, Lighters and Punx with Guns.

The album includes the work of Phil, Dan and Ozzy who were all in R.D.F. Phil has also played guitar with RUBELLA BALLET and sings with Suicide Bid. John sang with A.O.S.3. (and also LEGION OF DYNAMIC DISCHORD and later a band called LESS and these days ERIS)

This record was seen by P.A.I.N as the third in a trilogy, RDF: Raggamuffin Statement, A.O.S.3: Diversionary Tactics and this CD P.A.I.N: Oh My God! We're Doing it.

The Band has supported numerous underground struggles and pressure groups along the way, working extensively with groups like Reclaim the Streets, Anti-globalisation groups, Hunt Saboteurs, Anti-fascists, Squatters, Mad Pride,MacLibel, and many more....

That's the politics, however, it would be to sell the band short to say the story stops there...They are, like most punk bands, part Pistols, part Spinal Tap (actually, was there much difference?) and the best things about PAIN are the stories of what has happened to them over the years, genuinely unbelievable situations...Contrary to the many rumours circulating, the band have not split up, they never did. The band are alive and well and gigging all over the place, writing songs for the next album. The times they are a -changing!

P.A.I.N - O.U.C.H: The long awaited second album from P.A.I.N, sees the South London conspiracy offer the world a radioactive audio file crammed full of Nuclear Dub, Genetically modified Ska, and BSE laced Punk rock.

The album is about the prison system, its use against the defenceless, and laws that cannot be defended. The band have found allies in both expected and unexpected places, such as the well documented liason with Howard Marks and the welcome support of Kate Bush. Always outspoken, P.A.I.N see their music as a vehicle of political expression;

"There is much more to 'Our Universe' than the prohibition of Cannabis, you only have to look at the poetic irony of simultaneous fuel protests and widespread environmental catastrophe. Everyone will talk of the necessity for radical change, yet still, nothing changes. Are we all just consumers for the profit of the IMF? Do our lives really amount to a column of figures? Just who has the power now? Surprisingly, it's still all of us. The Protest Movement has become global in response, and we now have a genuine opportunity to fight back at the real enemy; no longer the copper, or politician, but the evil bastards who claim with a straight face that they own 90% of the worlds resources. We are all born on this planet and every single human being alive has an equal right to life, air, water, and food. They tell us that this is being naive and unrealistic. We tell them that we will never rest until our demands are met, they had better sleep lightly."

Original sleeve artwork by top British cartoonist Pete Loveday whose "Saga of Russell" comic books can be found around the world. Vinyl edition is limited to 1,000 copies with gatefold sleeve, CD version has 2 extra tracks.