"In times of crisis, times of pain, you've got it all to lose, or all to gain"
Rebellion - A massive thank youThe band were absolutely blown away by the crowd that came along and packed the Olympia 1 at the recent Rebellion festival, it looks like the guys at Rebellion got it right again moving the band from the Arena as it would never have been able to get the crowd in. We have been told it was easily the biggest attendance of the weekend in that venue, which when you look at who was in there, is some going! Jen, Daz and everyone who came along, you're the best!
America Bound?The band are in talks about touring the west coast of the US of Oi! early next year, more to follow....
Control on Shock Treatment this FridayThe band are featured on top punk show Shock Treatment this Friday night, 23rd August. It is on from 7pm until 1am UK time and can be found at tbfmonline.co.uk
At last it's here!
The band are delighted to announce that the follow up to our last album, Punk Rock Ruined My Life, is now available! Ballad of the Working Man is available from Mainstage Merch or from the label, Randale Records and is already selling like hot cakes! It is available on both CD and Vinyl formats.
Next Up KanalrockThe band play the Kanalrock Festival next weekend in Horten, Norway, along with a host of bands including Snuff, Subhumans and Peter & The Test Tube Babies
Germany CallingThe band have been invited to play on the Back On The Streets Festival in July 2014, more details to follow.
Norway The band have been added to the punk festival, Kanalrock in Norway and will be playing on Saturday 3rd August alonside bands including Snuff and the Subhumans and those Merrydown swigging legends, the Test Tube Babies
Rebellion The band will be playing on Saturday 10th August at the Rebellion Festival in Blackpool
Promo Video The band have just finished filming a video to help promote the new album. Featuring the track, 'Our Tattoos are the story of our lives', it was filmed in London at the recent show at the Fiddlers Elbow with Oi Oi The Shop, OFC and Angry Agenda as well as round our own stomping ground, at the local tattooists and our local boozer, The Swan in Crawley. This should hit the 'net in the next week or so.
New Album The follow up to 'Punk Rock Ruined My Life' will be released on Randale/Longshot/Pirates Press on CD Digipack and vinyl in late July, exact date to be confirmed.
It is called 'Ballad of the Working Man' and the band can't wait for it's release.
New Merch There are a few new Control items on Mainstge Merch, check them out, these include superb new Harrington Jackets.
Controls Radio Feature The band are being featured on Edinburgh Radio Show, Scooter Sounds, which goes out tonight at 10pm. It features Mod, Ska, Northern Soul and Punk Rock.
You can listen online by clicking this link
Brighton The band are booked to play at the famous Prince Albert venue in Brighton on Saturday 20th April. Also on the bill are Angry Agenda and The Liabilities.
You can order tickets from the band or here:
New shows in February We are pleased to announce some dates in February.
Friday 8th - Derby, The Hairy Dog
Friday 22nd - Gateshead, Three Tuns
Saturday 23rd - Dundee, Beat Generator
Rancid - A Big Thank You The band have just returned for another two nights with Street Punk Super Stars, Rancid. We just want to say a massive than you to them all for making us feel so welcome and to everyone who came along to see us so early at the shows, the guys in the band were blown away with the amount of people who braved the winter weather to get there in time to sample some Hooligan Rock & Roll.
No rest for the wicked though, now it's time to get working on the 3rd album which we kept being reminded by people at the shows, is late. Somethings never change!
Until next time!
Manchester Off The band have had to pull out of the show in Manchester with Special Duties, we apologise to anyone who was planning on coming to see us. Still go along and support this show as you will be treated by some first class punk rock when Special Duties hit the stage.
Glasgow and Liverpool The band are just back from two great nights with Rancid and the Cockney Rejects giving a lot of people their first experience of Hooligan Rock & Roll and we just want to thanks Lars and the lads for making it possible.
Next stops Bournemouth and Bristol, let's have it!
Punk Rock Ruined My Life The band were told in the past few days that Step-1 Records are having to repress the album due to demand, the guys are delighted and want to say a massive thank you to everyone who didn't download it or burn a copy as keeping labels in business, keeps the scene alive.
Rancid calling At last it has arrived....
The week of the first of our four shows with the mighty Rancid.
Sunday sees us play the legendary Barrowlands in Glasgow and Iain for one can't wait to go home as rumour has it he is going to catch the football the day before too to make a proper weekend of it and to catch up with his friends back home.
Monday we play Liverpool at the O2 Academy and we can't wait to play in one of the friendliest cities in the UK.
Both nights the band are also joined on stage by the legendary East End Bad Boys, the Cockney Rejects.
Should be two cracking shows.
Xmas Manchester Show We are forever being asked why we very rarely play north of Gatwick Airport so at last we are delighted to announce our first Manchester show. We will be playing with the legendary punk rock herberts, Special Duties, who after a break to try pig farming in Suffolk are back unleashing their brand of protest punk as a result of the failure of their foray into farming.
The show is at The Star & Garter on Saturday 22nd December, spread the word and hope to see you there.
You asked for it, so make sure you come along for a night of hooligan rock & roll.
Bedford The band would like to say a big thank you to Mojo for putting the band on at Esquires in Bedford last weekend. The band had a great time and would like to thank the few hardy souls who came along. A right good night was had by all. Mojo is one of the best guys in the business, so support his shows, it is very much a labour of love for the man. Mojo, we salute you.
Durham Punk Festival Only a few more days till the Durham Punk Festival, tickets for this show are available via www.gigbox.co.uk
Rebellion Update The band are delighted to announce that they have been moved from their original slot of 6.20pm to an earlier time of 3.45pm due to people contacting the band as soon as the times were announced to point out that our proposed time was clashing with both Argy Bargy and the Last Resort.
This is the Last Resort's first show this year in the UK so it would have been crazy to clash as there are only a handful of Streetpunk/Oi! bands on the whole weekend so to have 3 of them on stage at more or less the same time would be a real shame with absolutely everyone losing out and as wee Stitch pointed out, he was so keen to see the other two bands, we would have had to play without a drummer!
Berlin ahoy The band have been invited to play Berlin on December 15th and are looking into the possibility as just before Xmas there are a host of gigs in the UK available.
Control to play London Punk Festival The band are booked to play the first London Punk Festival at the 229 Venue in London on Sunday the 29th September. The festival is a three day affair and includes many great acts.
A 3 day ticket is £60 with 1 day tickets costing £25. For the amount of great acts playing, this is an absolute bargain. Tickets are available from all major ticket outlets and direct from the promoter at http://www.agmp.co.uk/
Randale Records A big thank you The band are just back from playing the annual Randale Records meeting in south west Germany where they played with Infa Riot, Evil Conduct, On File, Last Seen Laughing and the Old Firm Casuals on the Saturday evening before being entertained on the Sunday afternoon by Frankie Flame and Jenny Woo. The guys had a great time and want to say a huge thank you to Diana, Olly, Sven and all the crew who made it all happen. Thanks guys.
Rebellion Running Orders confirmed
The running order for each stage and day for this years Rebellion Festival have been announced and the band have risen to a later spot than they were given last year. We are again in the Arena Stage and look forward to it very much as we play on the Sunday which looks like being a phenomenal day with superb bands from the start of the day in Foreign Legion all the way through to Rancid who close the day and the festival in what promises to be easily the biggest and best year yet for the ever growing festival
Thank You Amsterdam
The lads are just back from playing at the Melkweg in Amsterdam, the first of three scheduled shows there in a matter of months. The lads were blown away by the response and want to say a huge thank you to everyone who came along and watched our show and to the Old Firm Casuals and The Bruiseheads. See you all again very soon!
Rebellion Stage Confirmed
The guys are delighted to be told they will again be playing on the Arena stage at Blackpool on the Sunday of the Rebellion Festival weekend, See you down the front for what should be a great day from start to finish with all sorts of quality bands on with it all culminating with the mighty Rancid to bring the house down after set from great bands including UK SUBS, Agnostic Front, Foreign Legion, Argy Bargy, Gimp Fist, Booze & Glory and many more.
Thank You Berlin
The band are just back from playing at the famous Punk & Disorderly Festival in Berlin, MAD's mega popular weekender and would like to thank everyone for turning out in such huge numbers to watch the band on what was a very early slot on the Friday evening, we can't thank you enough and it made the 40 odd hour return drive more than worthwhile. We can't wait to return!
Hooligan Classics - Volume 1 - It's here at last!
The split release with Old Firm Casuals, On File and The Chosen Ones has arrived at last, and it's selling like hotcakes. If you want a copy just click here but be warned, these are literally flying out the door. http://mainstagemerch.co.uk/hooligan-classics-vol-1/
Berlin was the first appearance of what could be a permanent new lead guitarist, Ryan 'Shane mcGowan' Smyth, he did sterling work and comes on board after several years in pop punk band Deadline. He more than bears an uncanny resemblance to the singer of irish legends, The Pogues, both on and off stage, he is destined to become a legend, wherever he ends up.
Its nearly time for this .
HUGE thanks to everyone who came out to show there support @punk and disorderly Berlin,and to all the other great bands we shared the stage with.Hope to see you all again soon....Next stop amsterdam !!!!
DURHAM PUNKFEST 2012
The release date for the 4 band split on Randale Records,is now confirmed for the 7th of april, featuring 4 brand new studio tracks from Control, Old Firm Casuals, On File and The Chosen Ones. This release is showcasing bands from either side of the Atlantic with the USA being represented on the West Coast by San Francisco's Old Firm Casuals, and from the Eastern Seaboard, The Chosen Ones.
Back on this side of the pond, Control are joined by Hedgy's Highland Hooli-Heroes, On File to show that the scene is alive and well over on this wee Island of ours too.
This is a must for all serious collectors of vinyl and is sure to be a very popular release. For pre-orders, please click here for Randale Records. www.randale-records.de
At last we have our first show date for Rancids 20th anniversary tour !!
punk and disorderly 2012
Punk & Disorderly Festival
The band have been told they are playing on the first day of the festival. Friday 13th at the Astra Kulturhaus in Berlin.
The band are delighted to announce they have now been officially added to the Rancid show in Amsterdam on Friday 3rd August, more details to follow!
Punk'n'Disorderly - Berlin
The band are confirmed on this years Punk'n'Disorderly Festival in Berlin on the weekend of 13th -15th April. For more info on venue, tickets, line-up etc, please click on the link on our links page.
Amsterdam - Here we come
The band are confirmed on the bill of the Old Firm Casuals show in Amsterdam on 26th April at the famous Melkweg venue. This will be a first for the band and we are really looking forward to playing there.
The band have been confirmed to be playing on the sunday at this year's rebellion festival, August the 5th.
The band have recruited a permanent drummer for what looks like a very busy year. Joe Lewis (aka) 'stitch' who lives locally and has been playing his trade under the noses of the band in local acts for the last few years, was introduced to Klaus and Terry by a friend of the band, and has since been working hard in the studio preparing for the forthcoming shows this year.
Munich Next Month Mad sin have been added to the pogorausch festival in Munich next month.
Split on the Randle RecordsThe split with the old firm casuals, on file and chosen ones looks scheduled to be out in the next few weeks with the band contributing a brand new track, the hard hitting 'when we come out to play'. Look out for what looks like being a great release.
30 years of oi! - Never surrenderThis Gary Bushell inspired release is finally out now and is flying off the shelves and proving to be a massive popular release and includes legendary bands including The cockney rejects, Cock sparrer, The buisness, The traditionals and Last resort.
The band have been offered dates in several places around the country in the last few weeks including Carlisle, London, Bristol and Norwich so watch this space!!
A stitch in timeNow becoming embedded behind the drumkit young stitch has arrived exactly at the right time for the band, as there are some major rumblings going on a present for the band which would be far and away the biggest shows they have ever been involved in, more to follow...
Kids tees at lastAt long last the band have now got a kids T-shirt available, you can have a look at these at
MAINSTAGEMERCH.CO.UKPunk by the sea festivalThe band are booked to play this festval for the first time the day after the show in Amsterdam with Cock Sparrer.
It means no party in Amsterdam for the band afterwards but a long drive and ferry trip to make sure they get to Portsmouth in plenty of time to take the stage. The date is the 17th of June and if you want to buy a ticket or get details just go to the link in our links section.
Durham punk festival The band are delighted to have been invited to play this fast becoming cult festival in Durham. Such is the reputation of the festival these days, the promoters are absolutely inundated every year by bands keen to get in on the act, we can't wait, but be warned, it's an early start to the hooligan rock'n'roll on the day with the band second on in the early afternoon. The date is the 15th of Sept and if you want tickets or details, just go to the link on our links section.