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A Dedication to Stephen “Catbird” Robinson 1965-2017


Myself, Jamie Lenman and Catbird in 2013

It’s no secret that this website has been a bit on the quiet side recently and I’d like to take a moment to explain why this has happened. On the 26th of September 2017, the world lost Stephen “Catbird” Robinson; a long time Total Rock DJ, one of my biggest influences and one of my best friends.

I met Catbird through his son, who joined my class at secondary school in 2000. We became friends the day he arrived and as our friendship continued, he invited me to the inaugural Visible Noise all- ages show, Subverse at a venue near Portobello Market in central London. Catbird was taking him, his sisters and a few others and this would become the first concert I’d ever been to. This moment is essentially Day One for me regarding rock music and anything remotely loud and angry.

One of my earliest memories of Catbird is going round his house and seeing two, big bookcases he had rammed full of CDs in his living room. I remember Catbird pulling out random records he liked and putting them on the stereo and basically thinking to myself, “I want this.” Low and behold, 16 years later and there is now a wall of over a thousand CDs in my flat that can basically be tracked back to that very moment.

Catbird was a huge influence on me, my taste in music and my life. He took me to all the earliest concert experiences I had, including some really memorable ones like a festival in Exeter that we travelled to with his son. We stayed the night in Exeter and the following day when we were travelling home we stopped in Dawlish Warren. We sat on Red Rock that afternoon and listened to Mahumodo on a portable stereo, probably to the chagrin of locals and tourists.

For the last 5 years I’ve been running UK Scumscene which is a name that Catbird himself coined for a website that he started work on in the early 2000s. This place exists because he existed, and through his work with Total Rock I’ve had many opportunities to share the music I’ve discovered with him, like he used to do with me. He’s allowed me to meet my heroes through interviews in the old Total Rock studio and he’s never asked for anything in return.

I have so much to thank Catbird for. I have nothing but positive memories of my time with him and the places we went. That man’s passion for music is infectious and I’ll be carrying that with me for the rest of my life, and like myself, he was a massive nerd that would often gush about his love for video games like Elite, and as a friend recently reminded me, he wrote down everything Paul Stanley was saying at a Kiss concert in the eighties.

So as you can imagine, it’s been a little difficult finding the energy to continue running a website that is so intrinsically connected to Catbird. UK Scumscene isn’t going anywhere and we will be publishing some year end lists soon, but I couldn’t return to it without letting you all know that I recently lost my biggest musical influence and I wanted you all to know how much he meant to me.

Rest in peace, Catbird. I’m going to miss you.

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Total Rock: Catbird’s Sunday Roasting 17/1/2016

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On Sunday the 17th of January 2016 we finally returned to Total Rock to appear on Catbird’s Sunday Roasting! If you missed our appearance on the show then you can click below to listen to the podcast on MixCloud. Here’s a list of our picks and the time-stamps for each song are listed beside them:

11:59 – SikTh – Philistine Philosophies
42:18 – Boxkite – Cycles
50:29 – TORPOR – As Waves Crash
1:04:23 – Gnarwolves – Boneyard
1:14:25 – I, The Lion – Hold Strong
1:20:21 – Eulogy – Deaf Cult
1:44:17 – Chubby Thunderous Bad Kush Masters – Chopsticks and Bad Meatballs
1:50:20 – Iced Out – Man’s Ruin
1:53:58 – TEEF – Consumed
1:56:25 – Samoans – Stompbox
2:05:06 – Mage – One for the Road


Our Picks for Catbird’s Sunday Roasting on Bloodstock Radio (08/12/2013)

We returned to actually host Catbird’s Sunday Roasting alongside James Begley of Hybris on the 8th of December 2013 while Catbird is away for a few weeks. Below is a list of our picks for the show and links to online stores that allow you to purchase the releases they are featured on. We thoroughly recommend you scope out the bands we featured as we truly believe they are some of the best UK rock and metal artists doing the rounds:

Hold Your Horse Is – The Exit (buy here)
Dinosaur Pile-Up – Start Again (buy here)
Rolo Tomassi – Old Mystics (buy here)
Malefice – V (buy here)
Carcass – No Love Lost (buy here)
Gallows – Last June (buy here)
Iron Monkey – House Anxiety (buy here)
Bovine – Thank Fuck I Ain’t You (buy here)

If you missed the show then don’t forget to catch the repeat of Catbird’s Sunday Roasting on Bloodstock Radio at 12pm on Wednesdays.

Don’t forget that on the 22nd of December, Jamie Lenman will be in the studio for an interview and a live acoustic session.


Our Picks for Catbird’s Sunday Roasting on Bloodstock Radio (01/12/2013)

We returned to co-host Catbird’s Sunday Roasting beside James Begley of Hybris on the 1st of December 2013. Below is a list of our picks for the show and links to online stores that allow you to purchase the releases they are featured on. We thoroughly recommend you scope out the bands we featured as we truly believe they are some of the best UK rock and metal artists doing the rounds:

Monolithian – Yog Sothoth (buy here and here)
Limb – Plague Doctor (buy here)
Monolithian – The Dry (see links above)
Dinosaur Pile-Up – Peninsula (buy here)
Cleavers – I Can’t Wait Around For You (buy here)
Hang the Bastard – Sweet Mother (buy here)

You can now listen to a repeat of Catbird’s Sunday Roasting on Bloodstock Radio at 12pm on Wednesdays so don’t miss out!

For the next two weeks myself and James will be hosting the show as Catbird is away. Next week I will be interviewing Hybris live in the studio and on the 22nd of December Jamie Lenman will be in the studio for an interview and a live acoustic session.


Our Picks for Catbird’s Sunday Roasting on Bloodstock Radio (24/11/2013)

We returned to co-host Catbird’s Sunday Roasting beside James Begley of Hybris on the 24th of November 2013. Below is a list of our picks for the show and links to online stores that allow you to purchase the releases they are featured on. We thoroughly recommend you scope out the bands we featured as we truly believe they are some of the best UK rock and metal artists doing the rounds:

Hearts Under Fire – You Are: Convenience (buy here)
Old Skin – Hag//Ridden (buy here please)
Esoteric Youth – Senicide (buy here)
Black Spiders – Stick it to the Man (buy here)
Tempestora – Relentless (buy here. Album review live on this website 26/11/2013)

Tune into Catbird’s Sunday Roasting next week for a special interview with Jamie Lenman as well as a live acoustic session CANCELLED AND BEING MOVED TO A DIFFERENT DATE. It’s going to be special.


Our Picks for Catbird’s Sunday Roasting on Bloodstock Radio (17/11/2013)

We returned to co-host Catbird’s Sunday Roasting beside James Begley of Hybris on the 17th of November 2013. Below is a list of our picks for the show and links to online stores that allow you to purchase the releases they are featured on. We thoroughly recommend you scope out the bands we featured as we truly believe they are some of the best UK rock and metal artists doing the rounds:

MINE – Disappear (buy here)
Funeral for a Friend – Storytelling Part 2 (buy here)
Press to Meco – Affinity (buy here)
Rhoda May – #8 (Out 6/1/2014. Download 589 EP which features this song here)
Gurt – Psycho Killer (buy here)


Our Picks for Catbird’s Sunday Roasting on Bloodstock Radio (10/11/2013)

We returned to co-host Catbird’s Sunday Roasting beside James Begley of Hybris on the 10th of November 2013. It was good to be back on the show after such a long break and despite not getting to play as much of our own choices as we did last time, we thoroughly enjoyed chatting rock and metal with Catbird and James.

Below is our picks for the show and links to online stores that allow you to purchase the releases they are featured on. We thoroughly recommend you scope out the bands we featured as we truly believe they are some of the best UK rock and metal artists doing the rounds:

Carcass – Cadaver Pouch Conveyor System (buy here)
Jamie Lenman – Fizzy Blood & Pretty Please (buy here)
Limb – Son and Daughter (buy here)
Corrupt Moral Altar – Whiskey Sierra (buy here)


News: Total Rock Team Up With Bloodstock Festival to Create Bloodstock Radio

On December 1st Total Rock Radio will be merged with Bloodstock Festival to launch Bloodstock Radio. Here’s the official word from Total Rock head honcho Tony Wilson:

“The provision of a year-round festival radio station is a ground-breaking move, and one that sees both TotalRock and Bloodstock continue their track records of innovation and support for rock and metal music. Our Award-winning roster of TotalRock DJs will be joined by many of the voices already well known to the BOA community to serve up an unrivalled feast of metal and rock. We shall also continue to provide our up-to-the-minute news service and daily newsletter under the Bloodstock banner.”

Bloodstock Radio will be housed at www.bloodstockradio.com. There’s currently no word as to whether it will stay as an Internet radio station or branch out onto other platforms.


Our Total Rock Playlist (02/09/2012)

This Sunday gone (2/9/12) we co-hosted on Catbird’s Sunday Roasting over at Total Rock. For anyone that listened in (and for anyone that didn’t) I’ve compiled the list of tracks we chose.

If you click the tracks you will also be taken to a place where you can either listen to it or buy the release it comes from:

Cold Summer – A is Arson
God Damn – God Damn
Victorian Whore Dogs – Chin of Knoll
Prelude to the Hunt – Terror by Night
Aghast! – Look Alive
Crocus – 222E
Knife Crimes – World Past Saving
Swinelord – The Sandman’s Coming
Let it Die – No Escape
History of the Hawk – X is the New Y
Battle for Paris – Mason, Blow a Hold in That Fuckin’ Wall
Black Veins – …And Hell Followed
DSDNT – Break
Brotherhood of the Lake – Hard to Bear
End Reign – Release the Wolves
Rolo Tomassi – Old Mystics

Big thanks to Catbird for having us on the show again and an even bigger thanks to everyone who listened in and supported UK rock and metal.