A Raised Fist & A Helping Hand

The Electric Luddites – WSO Interview #6

“The reason we formed in the first place was to speak out against austerity”

Electric Luddites

ludditesWhat event are you involved in?
We’re playing in Sheffield on October 3rd at Shakespeares. We’re a four piece band playing jazz, rock, punk, blues. We play originals and the odd cover of songs by the levellers, the clash, Bob Dylan. The reason we formed in the first place was to speak out against austerity in Nov 2013.

All the members of the band come from different musical backgrounds from folk rock indie all of us are over 40 years old so we are a mature band. We’ve had two EPs out both recorded live and have played a fair few gigs in our native Sheffield and further afield. Politically we are broadly of the left and the Punk DIY ethic is very close to our hearts.

What made you want to get involved?

It’s what we are about and besides it’s a fantastic and positive idea that helps people in the process. A no brainier really!

What inspires you or makes you hopeful?
The goodness of most people, independent music ,the power of the collective will of the people. Then jazz ,blues rock, punk rock, reggae, community spirit.

What are you most looking forward to about October 2-4?

For the event to help those in need, to entertain people and have a good fun day out. I hope the weekend will make people think, encourage them take positive action and above all let them know there’s more good caring people than selfish self serving people out there.

We’ll send a loud and clear message to the Tory government and let em know how we feel and that we are many and are working together and that we shall over come!

Find out more about The Electric Luddites on their website 


Author: Matt Hill Songwriter

Storytelling singer-songwriter and community artist who offers a British take on folk and Americana. Formerly known by the stage name Quiet Loner. Recent projects include a songwriting residency in a museum, an album co-written with people at a homeless project and a stint as a resident musician in a prison.

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