If ever there was a place on this gobshite planet to incubate good punk rock, that place is Belfast.... And sure enough, the Northern Ireland capital has gifted us with one of the greatest punk bands of all time, Stiff Little Fingers. Rather than wallow in the provocative-for-provocation’s-sake nihilism of their English counterparts, Stiff Little Fingers drew from first-hand experience of their hometown’s Troubles, imbuing their frustration with their island’s inherent, elegiac tunefulness ... And the Fingers are still soldiering on, with original singer/guitarist Jake Burns and bassist Ali McMordie joined by guitarist Ian McCallum and drummer Steve Grantley.... Like their peers, Stiff Little Fingers give a two-fingered salute to the hypocrisy of the world, but unlike others, their music locates hope amid the rage. ”

Ned Lannamann

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Stiff Little Fingers (left to right) Ian McCallum, Ali McMordie, Jake Burns, Steve Grantley. Photo by Bernie Mcallister.

Stiff Little Fingers (left to right) Ian McCallum, Steve Grantley, Jake Burns, Ali McMordie. Photo by Bernie Mcallister.

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The fiery group were formed in Belfast, Northern Ireland, in 1977 in the midst of the Troubles, and singer-guitarist Jake Burns found plenty of lyrical inspiration just outside his front door in the violent streets of his divided hometown. Such explosive tracks as “Tin Soldiers” and “Suspect Device” still sound powerful today....”

Falling James, L.A. Weekly

Northern Ireland punk legends Stiff Little Fingers, particularly their album Inflammable Material, undeniably influenced multiple generations of loud and fast musicians—it’s even the basis of a “Is this the new Green Day” meet-cute joke for the nerds in Gen X hit High Fidelity. But SLF’s classic recorded material not only stands the test of time, but so do their live shows, which bring out punks of all ages to pay homage by shouting along.”

Paul Cajun

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