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GigBox (see 'HEARTS ATTACK' for full listing) 18 March 2017 - Wheatsheaf, Leighton Buzzard, UK 24 March 2017 - private party 25 March 2017 - Katie Fitzgeralds, Stourbridge, UK 1 April 2017 - Rockstock & Barrel Festival, Burton On Trent, UK 7 April 2017 - Crew Bar, Nuneaton, UK (support from 5 Hills Out) 3 to 7 May 2017 - Germany full details tbc 3 June 2017 - Glastonwick Festival, UK 9 June 2017 - The Old Star, Queen Street, Uttoxeter, UK 1 July 2017 - Bremerhaven Street Festival, Bremerhaven, Germany more to be added as they come in..........
RantBox (it’s Foxie’s and it’s always slightly different but it just looks & sounds the same, ok ….. it is the same…these are my own views and not necessarily those of the band although they voted me leader to tell them what to do according to Gel, so you may remain mystified by it all……………..) So there went 2016, thank feck for that. Apart from the very sad loss of many musicians and superstars in 2016 (I won’t name them you know who they are and they all means something different to everyone of you), we’ve seen political upheaval here and abroad, and not in a good way, with growing intolerance, racism, and yet more austerity and economic uncertainty it seems. If anyone thinks the Tories give a shit about those Midland and Northern industrial wastelands or worker’s rights post Brexit, or that it means reinvestment, or jobs coming back, or that Ł350million a week extra will go into the NHS, think again. Especially next time you buy a Chinese made fridge or microwave when I hope you reflect on the fact that for most Brits it’s only the price that matters. Why? Because we’ve all become little capitalists in a post-Thatcher Britain. Being a de-unionised, privatising, and low wage economy has consequences but the blame for that lies closer to home with us and our own Parliament, and not in some foreign land or the EU. Yes, the EU has its issues and it was up to us to change it rather than run away, but no referendum will magically give democracy back to the people when international capital is still permitted to tax dodge and pull the strings. You want change? You’re going to have to fight for it! I look forward to seeing that….. Neverthless, what is utterly depressing is the scapegoating of foreigners, the immigration debate, and continuing dialogue around that with some of the most vile language being used on social media or news forums whenever Brexit is ‘discussed’. And I use the word ‘discussed’ in the loosest sense. For musicians, Brexit means more cost and more difficulty touring ultimately. I said pre-Brexit that Bleeding Hearts has historically relied on overseas gigs to pay for our albums and to subsidise the mostly poorly paid UK gigs we do – remember that low wage economy reference? We are going to have to re-think our whole approach at some point. For many touring musicians the future will be challenging and in the hands of Tory idiots like Boris Johnson, Liam Fox, and David Davis to play their ideological Game Of Thrones with. God help us. Hopefully, it will give me plenty of ideas for songs, indeed it has already put lead in my pencil figuratively speaking. That’s because these days I write my tunes on a dandy little computer albeit with the help of my mits and an old Telecaster. There is no fear we are about to mellow out here because now more than ever we need an alternative voice to rail against the increasingly populist narrative. And the Bleeders ain’t never been populist, or errr, popular. That’s why our logo says “alternative music for alternative people”. A mantra we will continue to shout from the rooftops, even if it upsets a few folks along the way. Yes, “We Are So Uncool” and we know a song about that don’t we?! Not much of a seasonal message I know but then I ain’t the fecking Queen am I….but I will wish you all the best for 2017 and hope you like the website tweaks, not twerks. Cheers, Foxie
NewsBox For those of you visiting this page for the first time, here is a jargon buster: 'Hearts Attack' means gigs 'Hearts Propaganda' means biog 'Hearts Noize' means music 'Hearts Pix n Mix' means photo/video Hearts Doshswap' means merchandise The rest are hopefully self-explanatory (-: Gigs Gigs are being worked on and slowly coming in, so watch the GigBox, not GoggleBox, but the GigBox, or better still visit “Hearts Attack” which will tell you everything you need to know, apart from the meaning of life or what’s for tea ‘cus it’s all just a play on words innit. What’s Up? As you know, we have a new drummer, his name is Stuart, so please say hello to him at a gig and buy him a shandy or better still a coke if you have any cash left. Stuart is now also known as the 'Dark Destroyer' after his first gig in Nuneaton with us because he breaks drumkits. He’s been getting up to speed over the last few weeks with the Bleeders set and doing rather well. He joined us for our annual Seasonal curry in the Black Country because it’s a tradition and as he’s South African we had to show him a few of our traditions like this, oh and the one like the blue goldfish in the curry house bog. 2017 Plans We are now at the point where the existing set is nearly sorted and so at long last we are moving, or will be, on to the extensive back catalogue of Foxie's new tunes. Some have already been aired like “Whiskey Is The One” which is our current set fave. Other gems to come include one about the boss on your back dragging you down called “Voice Of The Common Man” and how the Tories can never be trusted “Tory Attacks” which is a full on anti-austerity song. We’re all with Jeremy on that one………….. These will be looked at in early 2017 with a view to adding to the set list and deciding which of said tunes will form the backbone of the long awaited 6th album - live downloads and EP's aside that is. Of course, there are the usual gigging plans afoot and hopefully some festivals in the offing. It’s hard work securing such stuff these days because everyone expects everything for nowt. As for the new album, or simply “number 6” as we like to call it, we will give it some thought, hope to raise the cash and come up with a working title. We did have a couple of titles before, you know, like “Partisan”, but we dallied with a ‘best of’ album too but we may go with something that sums us up, a kind of ‘what it says on the tin is what you get kind of thing’ like “The Electric Folked Machine” or “The Bad Sons” (ask our moms). Website Yup, it’s changed a bit. In a kind of evolutionary way, not a revolutionary one. Revolution’s cost money and take a lot of planning in case you hadn’t guessed but we live in hope…………………….see you somewhere in 2017. Peace & Love with the occasional necessary disturbance to keep things fresh. All the best, Foxie, Gel, Ewan, Stuart
ContactBox If you want to contact the band please email: You can also write to us the old fashioned way at: Bleeding Hearts, 45 Weymoor Road, Harborne, Birmingham B17 0RR All other contact information for gigs and overseas tours can be found on our 'Hearts Contact' page.
GoodieBox Oh yes, we have a limited supply of the following Bleeders Merchandise: CD's: Folk 'n' Glory, Politics & Love T-Shirts: XL size black Pint Glasses: with special Bleeding Hearts Logo Hip Flasks: "Whiskey Is The One" (out of stock on order) To get your mits on this stuff, come to a gig and buy it in person, or visit our 'Hearts Doshswap' page