P.A.I.N play heavy dub reggae, good time ska, p....ssed off punk rock, and endeavour to keep their heads around the contradictory and confusing areas of radical politics. The Band has supported numerous underground struggles and pressure groups along the way.
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, there's a mighty stormy sea ahead!!”
Members of P.A.I.N can also be found in SUICIDE BID, A.O.S.3, RUBELLA BALLET, LESS, ERIS and LEGION OF DYNAMIC DISCHORD.
3. Blue Ska
4. Rocking Cross de Borda
5. Neighbourhood Watch
6. Super Drugs
9. Eastern Dub
Recording Type: Studio
Recording Mode: Stereo
P.A.I.N: ESTABLISHED 1995, PURVEYORS OF QUALITY DUB REGGAE, GROOVY SKA AND POLITICAL PUNK ROCK.
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”. (P.A.I.N)
Original sleeve artwork by top British cartoonist Pete Loveday whose “Saga of Russell” comic books can be found around the world.
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 P.A.I.N 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!