Jesus Hooligan

Review by Richard Mabe

Jesus Hooligan started when Singer Steven Brunton, got too ill with throat problems and couldn't perform with Hardcore Punk band Gout anymore. So, Steve decided to record his own stuff when health would allow him to. Not being able to play any instruments Steve enjoyed the sounds of what was around him such as, Tractors, Angle Grinders, Chains, Barrels, Human Breath, Barking etc.
With a belief that if a song is any good it can be performed and recorded with any instrument or sound. That’s why Jesus Hooligan are not restricted to a normal band format.
Jesus Hooligan also believe that the audience are as important as the band when it comes to live shows. That’s why they have interesting ways of playing live that include the audience 100%.
The Jesus Hooligan Drum circle consists of up to 25 barrels going into the audience, with Guitarists, Didgeridoos and Drums on stage. The songs are simple, primal and tribal and the audience become the band.
Jesus Hooligans Natural noise, where the audience make the sounds, i.e. Barking, grunting, stamping etc as the backtrack for my songs, while Steve sings them, again complete audience participation.

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