RANCID N MORE FOR REBELLION 2012

Big news for Rebellion festival 2012 with Rancid confirmed as headliners!!!! Plus-

RANCID
D.O.A.
AGNOSTIC FRONT
ZERO BOYS
SNFU
UK SUBS
ARGY BARGY
SPLODGENESSABOUNDS
GOLDBLADE
CHOKING SUSAN
SECTION 5
DRONGOS FOR EUROPE
FIRE EXIT
H.D.Q
PINK HEARSE
ON TRIAL UK
TV SMITH
BITE BACK

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GYPSY HOTEL-FORTHCOMING GIGS

 Hello People,  We got 3 parties coming up in October starting with our new night THE BLACK MAGIC VOODOO CLUB this Saturday (1st October - celebrating Lady Ane's birthday!), then it's THE URBAN VOODOO MACHINE'S "High Jeopardy Thing" single launch party at the 100 Club on Wednesday (5th October) and finally it's the GYPSY HOTEL 5 YEAR ANNIVERSARY at the Lexington Saturday 15 October.  Details below - see ya at the bar!!  Cheers!  GYPSY HOTEL  VIVE LE ROCK MAGAZINE & GYPSY HOTEL PRESENTS:  THE URBAN VOODOO MACHINE London’s black’n’red clad bourbon soaked gypsy blues bop’n’strollers check into the legendary 100 Club for the launch of their single “High Jeopardy Thing” taken from their critically acclaimed second album “In Black’N’Red.  Plus very special guests:  BROTHERS OF BRAZIL (Bossa Nova Punks from Brazil on Side One Dummy Records) http://sideonedummy.com/bands/brothers-of-brazil   ONE FATHOM DOWN (Psycho Surf Rockers from London)  Plus bump’n’grind bad girl burlesque from TRIXIE MALICIOUS  DJ Hugh Gadgit (Vive Le Rock)  WEDNESDAY 5 OCTOBER 2011. DOORS 7PM  100 CLUB  100 Oxford Street  London W1D 1LL Tickets £10 advance from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/128164 / £12 on the door.  The single “High Jeopardy Thing” c/w “Here Comes The Thunder” is released on Download 3 October – FREE CD single to 25 first ticket holders!  The Urban Voodoo Machine's album "In Black'N'Red' is OUT Now!  "..they've successfully marrying a cavalcade of genres including mariachi, gypsy punk and sideshow rock'n'roll..." 5/5 BIG CHEESE   "The culture crossing sound has roots in the Pogues, the Clash and cabaret noveau" 4/5 DAILY MIRROR  "Llsten to this album with a bottle in your hand and a bitter sweet grin on your face" 4/5 BIZARRE  "There are touches of just about every musical box of the 20th century, all served up with venom and knowing humor" 4/5 MAVERICK MAGAZINE  "A great mix of Preservation Hall jazz, Eastern European folk and rock'n'roll" 4/5 R2 MAGAZINE   Available in all good record shops and online via iTunes, Amazon, HMV etc  TIMES: Doors 7pm One Fathom Down 7.30pm – 8pm Brothers Of Brazil 8.30pm – 9pm Trixie Malicious 9.10pm -9.20pm The Urban Voodoo Machine 9.30pm – 11pm   Official after show will be at the 12 Bar Club, Denmark St, Soho till 3am.  Check out Vive Le Rock Magazine here: http://www.vivelerock.net/     GYPSY HOTEL “Bourbon Soaked Snake Charmin’ Rock’N’Roll Cabaret”  **SATURDAY 15 OCTOBER 2011** (5 Year Anniversary!)  STARRING:  LOS PLANTRONICS – Mariachi Death Surf From Norway! *Spaghetti Westerns, Garage Punk, Surf Instrumentals, Memphis Horns and good time bad-ass Rock’n’Roll are just a few of the ingredients that make up the Organic Voodoo Soup (the name of their latest album) that is Los Plantronics. A must see live band, this will be the 3rd time they check into Gypsy Hotel, the first time was our 1 year anniversary where they tore the house down! Check out their track “Bobby Peru” on our compilation CD. http://www.losplantronics.com/   ***** LALLA MORTE – Black Light Magic! * The Parisian suitcase starlet perform a brand new act for us for our anniversary - no doubt it will be super entertaining as usual! http://www.myspace.com/lallamorte   **** PATTI PLINKO AND THE MADDENING – Twisted Gypsy Folk Junk! * Patti Plinko and The Maddening have been receiving critically praise and 5 star reviews across Europe for their original music and showmanship. A three piece band consisting of twisted guitars, violins, beaten pots and whisky bottles. Lead singer Patti’s sneering vocals flirt amongst the sounds of gypsy punk, folk and dirty jazz. http://www.pattiplinko.com/index.html   *****  THE DEPTFORD BEACH BABES - Surfing Birds’n’Blokes! *Surf twang guitars, stompin' beats and grass skirts is what these guys are all about – and a whole lotta fun of course! The Beach Babes are regulars at Gypsy Hotel, both onstage and at the bar and features on our compilation CD with a cool version of “I Put A Spell On You” http://www.ellaguru.org.uk/music.php   ***** EMPRESS DEVILNIA - Bellydancin' Burlesque!  *From Norway’s premier burlesque troupe, The Fleshoticas – we welcome her back on our stage to bump’n’grind! http://marisletten.no/   ***** PIERRE OMER – Former Dead Brother!  *Pierre is most know as the guitarist/accordion player in the Dead Brothers, but has gone solo in the last few years and released a very fine album. As luck should have it, he is in London at Space Eko Studios working on a follow up album and we managed to talk him into coming to our party and do a few songs for us. http://www.myspace.com/pierreomer   ****** KITTY BANG BANG – Stray Cat Strutting! *Star of many shows including BOOM BOOM CLUB, Kitty is a milk swigging, motorbike riding fire breathing good time girl! http://www.kittybangbang.com/   ****** JOHN E VISTIC – Bleeding Heart Country”N Blues!  *Songs about love, death and the end of the world'; Vistic recently released his new sweat and blood rock n roll album 'Modern Love', produced by Paul Corkett (Nick Cave etc) to high acclaim, he is winner of numerous songwriting awards, and has recorded and toured extensively.www.vistic.co.uk  ****** DJ SCRATCHY –Resident Wax-Spinner! *Scratchy has been our resident DJ, compere and musical guidance since the beginning of the club. He has toured the world as a warm up DJ for The Clash, Gogol Bordello, Dr Feelgood, The Urban Voodoo Machine and The Pogues  amongst others. Do not ask him to play Madonna! Do check out his weekly radio show though! http://scratchysounds.co.uk/   The Lexington 96 – 98 Pentonville Road N1 9JB Tel: 0207 837 5371 Tube: Angel/Kings Cross  Doors 8pm Show starts 9pm Drinkin’ and Dancin’ till 4am.  Tickets £9.99 in advance from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/137166   NO UGG BOOTS!   WILL THERE BE CAKE? OF COURSE, IT'S OUR BIRTHDAY AFTER ALL!!  ************   All upcoming Gypsy Hotel Events:  Saturday 1 October THE BLACK MAGIC VOODOO CLUB at Osto, Dalston. Low Down Nice’N’Sleazy Blues’N’Burlesque Affair hosted by Lady Ane and Paul-Ronney Angel in Dalston – email theboss@gypsyhotel.co.uk for more info. £6.66 9pm -3am - LUNA ROSA will perform ******* Wednesday 5 October at 100 Club THE URBAN VOODOO MACHINE – Single launch party. Tickets and info here: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/128164 /  ********  Saturday 15 October  GYPSY HOTEL 5 YEAR ANNIVERSARY AT THE LEXINGTON!  Tickets and info here:   http://www.wegottickets.com/event/137166   ******** Saturday 4 November THE BLACK MAGIC VOODOO CLUB at Osto, Dalston. Low Down Nice’N’Sleazy Blues’N’Burlesque Affair hosted by Lady Ane and Paul-Ronney Angel in Dalston – email theboss@gypsyhotel.co.uk for more info. LAURA LONDON will perform. ******* Wednesday 9 November GYPSY HOTEL GOES TO NEW ORLEANS *The Urban Voodoo Machine, dj Scratchy, Missy Macabre and a host of local acts take to the stage at the All Ways Lounge. ******** Saturday 19 November at The Lexington (Wedding Special!) JACK RABBITT SLIM – Hi Octane Rockabilly! THE SILVER BRAZILIANS – Maximum Rhythm’n’Beat! TONY GARRULLO – The Manly Magician! BETTY D'LIGHT - Scottish Starlet, Pin-UP Princess & Femme Fatale! KEDA BREEZE - Country Trash Cabaret!  *******  Friday 16 December at the Garage, Highbury Corner VIVE LE ROCK MAGAZINE AND GYPSY HOTEL'S XXX-MAS BASH! ********* Saturday 31 December (NEW YEARS EVE) at La Sera, Stoke Newington Say Goodbye To Another Year with Rasp Thorne and the Briars, Friday Blues, dj Scratchy and many more 
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NEW MOTORHEAD DVD

 Motörhead  The Wörld Is Ours Vol 1  Everything Further Than Everyplace Else        BRAND NEW LIVE DVD     Release: Mid November 2011  Motörhead Music / UDR / EMI Music Services        Another country, another town, another place and a sold-out crowd roars their approval. The greatest road warriors in rock once again prepare to bleed their sweat all over another stage. Lemmy steps up to the mike…     “WE ARE MOTÖRHEAD ... … AND WE PLAY ROCK'N'ROLL !”     In celebration of their 35 years on the road Motörhead Music/UDR/EMI Music Services are proud to present Around The Wörld Vol 1, a blistering DVD containing live footage, interviews and some of the finest moments from the band’s 2011 world tour.     Mixed by the band's long-time producer Cameron Webb, Around The Wörld Vol 1  is stuffed with the classics Motörfans demand, from 'Overkill' to 'Ace Of Spades' to 'Killed By Death' as well as some old gems like 'Over The Top' and new favourites such as 'I Know How To Die.’     Around The Wörld Vol 1 gives you the complete set from the band's supreme performance in Chile at the Teatro Caupolican in Santiago on April 9th, 2011, shot by Banger Films and Sam Dunn (Iron Maiden Flight 666, Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage). The DVD continues with some tasty morsels from New York’s Best Buy Theater and the Manchester Apollo.     Around the Wörld Vol1 is a pure testament to the power, glory and sheer voltage of the finest rock’n’roll played by real legends. Accept NO substitute! And yes, as you guessed, the DVD documentation will be continued next year…     Around The Wörld Vol 1  Tracklisting:     Santiago de Chile  (90 minute concert) + interview (9 min)  1.We Are Motörhead 2.Stay Clean  3.Get Back In Line 4.Metropolis 5.Over the Top  6.One Night Stand  7.Rock Out  8. The Thousand Names of God 9. I Got Mine 10.I Know How to Die 11.The Chase Is Better Than the Catch 12. In the Name of Tragedy 13.Just 'Cos You Got the Power 14.Going to Brazil 15.Killed by Death 16.Ace of Spades 17.Overkill     New York  (20 minutes) + interview (23 min)  1.Rock Out 2.TheThousand Names of God 3. Killed By Death (feat.  Doro & Todd Youth)     Manchester (25 minutes) + interview (12 min)  1.We Are Motörhead 2.Stay Clean 3. Be My Baby 4. Get Back In Line 5. I Know How to Die  6.Born to Raise Hell  (feat. Michael Monroe)        Around The Wörld Vol 1  Will be available in the following formats:     1.      DVD + double audio CD (3 disc set)  Digipack 8 panel / 24 page booklet / CD format for CD racking  The DVD contains the full tracklisting as above plus 2 bonus audio CDs containing the Santiago concert in full and the selected tracks from New York and Manchester     2.      BluRay – Amaray box (single disc)  The BluRay contains the full tracklisting as above plus the following bonus material; ‘Get Back In Line’ video clip 3:45, ‘I Know How To Die’ video clip 4.00, ‘The Wörld Is Yours’ EPK 23 min     3.      DVD –  Amaray box  (single disc)  The DVD contains the full tracklisting as above     4.      Vinyl LP – Gatefold sleeve (double disc)  The vinyl album contains the full 90 min concert in Santiago, Chile at Teatro Caupolican      5.      Digital audio  The digital package contains full 90 min concert in Santiago, Chile plus selected songs from the New York and Manchester concerts     Motörhead complete their world tour with the following European dates     October  10/21/2011         CH   Zurich - Club Hallenstadion  10/23/2011         FR   Toulouse - Zenith  10/25/2011         FR   Clermont Ferrand - Zenith D' Auvergne  10/26/2011         FR   Nantes - Zenith  10/28/2011         BE   Brussels - Forest-National  10/29/2011         NL   Zwolle - Meerhal  10/31/2011         FR   Lille - Zenith Grand Palais  November  11/02/2011         UK   Wolverhampton - Civic Hall  11/03/2011         UK   Newcastle - City Hall  11/05/2011         UK   Glasgow - O2 Academy  11/06/2011         UK   Liverpool -  University Mountford Hall  11/08/2011         UK   Bristol - Colston Hall  11/11/2011         UK   Norwich - UEA  11/12/2011         UK   London - Hammersmith Apollo  11/14/2011         UK   Plymouth - Pavilions  11/15/2011         UK   Southampton - Guildhall  11/17/2011         UK   Nottingham - Royal Centre  11/18/2011         UK   Manchester - O2 Apollo  11/21/2011         FR    Paris - Zenith  11/23/2011         DE   Berlin - Columbiahalle  11/24/2011         DE   Leipzig - Haus Auensee  11/26/2011         DE   Munich - Zenith  11/27/2011         DE   Stuttgart - Schleyerhalle  11/29/2011         DE   Dusseldorf - Phillipshalle  11/30/2011         DE   Hamburg - Sporthalle  December  12/02/2011         DK   Aalborg - Skraeen Multi  12/04/2011         DK   Copenhagen - Vega Main Hall  12/05/2011         NO  Oslo - Sentrum Scene  12/07/2011         NO  Bergen - Peer Gynt Salen  12/09/2011         SE    Gothenburg - Lisebergshallen  12/10/2011         SE    Stockholm - Arenan  12/12/2011         SE    Orebro - Conventum  12/13/2011         SE    Sundsvall - Sporthallen  12/15/2011         SE    Lulea - Pontushallen  12/17/2011         FI     Tampere - Pakkahuone  12/18/2011         FI     Helsinki - Cable Factory     In other Motörhead news, the band have just launched their very first wine, Motörhead Shiraz. See the attached press release for full details!   
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VIVE LE ROCK AT 100 CLUB-NEXT WED-ROCK N ROLL N BURLESQUE!

VIVE LE ROCK MAGAZINE & GYPSY HOTEL PRESENTS:

THE URBAN VOODOO MACHINE
London’s black’n’red clad bourbon soaked gypsy blues bop’n’strollers check into the legendary 100 Club for the launch of their single “High Jeopardy Thing” taken from their critically acclaimed second album “In Black’N’Red.

Plus very special guests:

BROTHERS OF BRAZIL
(Bossa Nova Punks from Brazil on Side One Dummy Records)
http://sideonedummy.com/bands/brothers-of-brazil

ONE FATHOM DOWN
(Psycho Surf Rockers from London)

Plus bump’n’grind bad girl burlesque from TRIXIE MALICIOUS

DJ Hugh Gadgit (Vive Le Rock)

WEDNESDAY 5 OCTOBER 2011. DOORS 7PM

100 CLUB
100 Oxford Street
London W1D 1LL
Tickets £10 advance from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/128164 / £12 on the door.

The single “High Jeopardy Thing” c/w “Here Comes The Thunder” is released on Download 3 October – FREE CD single to 25 first ticket holders!

The Urban Voodoo Machine’s album "In Black’N’Red’ is OUT Now!

"..they’ve successfully marrying a cavalcade of genres including mariachi, gypsy punk and sideshow rock’n’roll…"
5/5 BIG CHEESE

"The culture crossing sound has roots in the Pogues, the Clash and cabaret noveau"
4/5 DAILY MIRROR

"Llsten to this album with a bottle in your hand and a bitter sweet grin on your face"
4/5 BIZARRE

Available in all good record shops and online via iTunes, Amazon, HMV etc

TIMES:
Doors 7pm
One Fathom Down 7.30pm – 8pm
Brothers Of Brazil 8.30pm – 9pm
Trixie Malicious 9.10pm -9.20pm
The Urban Voodoo Machine 9.30pm – 11pm

Official after show will be at the 12 bar Club till 3am.

Check out Vive Le Rock Magazine here: http://www.vivelerock.net/

PLEASE INVITE YOUR FRIENDS BY HITTING THE "+ SELECT GUESTS TO INVITE" BUTTON ON THE EVENT PAGE! THANK YOU KINDLY!

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ALBUM REVIEWS (SEPT)

AGNOSTIC FRONT
MY LIFE, MY WAY
(Nuclear Blast)
Another solid New York hardcore album from the originators.
8/10
Nearly 30 years in music is a stunning achievement in any genre and given the steady quality of Agnostic Front it is even more amazing. Straight from the opening of ‘City Streets’ it’s evident that the band led by co-founders – vocalist Roger Miret and guitarist Vinnie Stigma – are still on top form. From the socio-political rants to fast and furious hardcore street punk/metal crossover, it’s what they do best. Newly recruited guitarist Joseph James expands their sound, resulting in some of the best guitar work ever heard from the band. While the album doesn’t have an anthem to stand alongside classics such as ‘Gotta Go’ in their set, songs such as the title track will still guarantee a few windmills and leave others in the genre picking up change.
Jyrki ‘Spider’ Hamalainen

BEATSTEAKS 
BOOMBOX
(Warner)
Sixth album sees German punks master alt-rock.
7/10
Having gone from melodic punk heroes with 2002’s anthemic ‘Living Targets’ album, the Beatsteaks may be a name that has faded somewhat in the UK but in their homeland and all over mainland Europe they’ve been growing and growing, selling out multi-thousand seated shows and winning two prestigious EMA awards. In the last four years since 2007’s ‘limbo messiah’ they have clearly embraced a more mainstream sound, with rock and pop influences overshadowing their punk rock roots on ‘Boombox’ and nods to indie rock and the vocal stylings of Morrissey an obvious touching point. Long time fans will enjoy the likes of ‘Access Adrenaline’ and ‘Bullet From Another Dimension’ though, which show that, while they’re embracing a sound for larger audiences, they still know where they’ve come from. Arguably their bravest and most ambitious record to date, ‘Boombox’ is the sound of an admirable different direction for Berlin’s finest.
Ian Chaddock

THE BONGOLIAN
BONGOS FOR BEATNIKS
(Blow Up)
Fourth album of retro bongo-driven groove fusion!
7/10
The Bongolian (the alter ego of multi-instrumentalist and Big Boss Man frontman Nasser Bouzida) returns with a new record on respected ‘60s/Mod label (and famous club) Blow Up, and it’s another psychedelic trip that you’re going to love taking. A rhythmic. ‘60s-sounding fusion of funk, soul, Hammond, synths and Boogaloo, Bouzida plays all the instruments expertly and it’s no surprise that tracks like the rousing ‘The Clav Disco’, the blissful ‘Tortoise’ and the aptly titled ‘Hippy Trippy’ will appeal to fans of dance and hip-hop as much as collectors of old funk and soul records. ‘Bongos For Beatniks’ proves that the bongo is a versatile instrument that can be used to make cool, retro music that oozes funk fun. With live shows lined up for the year, The Bongolian is an experience you need to witness. 
Ian Chaddock

BUSTER SHUFFLE
OUR NIGHT OUT
(People Like You)
Madness from Cockney ska pop band.
8/10
It seems like the vast majority of ska bands these days combine the sound with a punk influence. That’s fine but it’s great to hear a new band breathing life back into witty, London ska pop. Certainly there’s a heavy influence of Madness throughout Buster Shuffle’s debut album, but fans of The Specials and The King Blues should also appreciate this four-piece. Frontman Jet Baker’s vocals, storytelling lyrics and infectious piano make songs such as ‘I’ll Get My Coat’, ‘Arthur McArthur’ and the bouncing title track burst with a fun-loving attitude and tales of everyday life – from nights out to bus journeys and anti-social behaviour. While there may be a little too much Madness worship for some, it’s great to hear a new generation keeping very English ska pop alive and skanking.
Rachel Owen

THE CARS
MOVE LIKE THIS
(Hear)
Cars back in the saddle after a 24 year hiatus.
6/10
All was well in the new wave world of The Cars for their first two albums. Killer singles and a sound that defined their genre came as standard. But as their fame grew so did the gulf between the sound that made them and their sound that was filling stadiums and making them huge with the track ‘Drive’ by the mid-1980s. So it was a relief to hear their first album in 24 years has more in common with their origins than their stadium-filling height. Album opener ‘Blue Tip’ has more than a nod to the mighty ‘Best Friends Girl’ of old and ‘Hits Me’ is a killer tune. Maybe it was the death of original bassist Benjamin Orr that persuaded them to look to their new wave roots for a comeback. Whatever it was, it was a good move.
Neil Anderson

CHAD VANGAALEN
DIAPER ISLAND
(Sub Pop)
Calgary maverick re-emerges with most cohesive album yet.
6/10
Although it won’t be to all Vive Le Rock readers’ taste, if you have any capacity for rough-hewn, minimalist melody, then ‘Diaper Island’ might be your bag. Vintage tape machines, guitar and voice are present, but there is little further undue embellishment, while the songs have shades of R. Stevie Moore, Pavement at their most oblique or even Kevin Coyne. Vangaalen’s voice, moreover, evokes the spirit of the great ’60s troubadours, and is maintained as a rich, plaintive thread throughout, despite the passivity of much of the songwriting. ‘Freedom For A Policeman’ is a strident exception, but the heart of the album is exemplified by simple, naked tracks like ‘Sara’ or ‘Wandering Spirits’, which gently recall the Fleet Foxes on a budget.
Alex Ogg

DEVILISH PRESLEY
THE DARK TRIAD
(November Tenth)
UK goth punks return with a brand new sound and the power of three.
7/10
With one of the loyalist fan bases in gothic punk rock, Devilish Presley were clearly taking more than a minimal risk when they decided to switch the line-up, with bassist Jacqui Vixen taking over lead vocals, but due to an unfortunate RSI injury, it seemed a reshuffle was inevitable. Thanfully, the Aussie singer’s vocal talents are a definite blessing to the band, with her balance of ethereal melody and raw, guttural bite providing the perfect accompaniment to the chugging guitars and horrorbilly overtones on highlights like lead single ‘The Beast Must Die’ and the virulent ‘Happy As Saturday’. Marking their fifth release, ‘The Dark Triad’ catalogues the self-made monsters of our society and delves lyrically into psychological themes, while adopting a harsher, distorted sound to match the cerebral mayhem.
Tom Williams

DEVILS BRIGADE
DEVILS BRIGADE
(Hellcat)
Rancid bass hero’s psychobilly band’s debut.
6/10
Formed over a decade ago, Devils Brigade, the long-awaited first album from the psychobilly side-project of Rancid’s Matt Freeman could be said to be an acquired taste. If you love psychobilly and/or Rancid then this record is certainly going to appeal. However, with Freeman taking on vocals as well as the upright bass, it may put off some. While Freeman’s nimble bass playing is second to none, his growled, rough vocals are certainly not, although it does admittedly suit the style of music. Backed by his Rancid bandmate Tim Armstrong on guitar and DJ Bonebrake (of LA punk legends X) on drums, there’s plenty of talent on board and tracks such as rumbling, driving opener ‘I’m Movin Through’ and the more Rancid-esque melodic guitar line-filled ‘Shakedown’. It’s far from perfect but it’s a bone-rattling listen and proof that Freeman can pen great rockabilly and psychobilly tunes.
Ian Chaddock

DUANE EDDY
ROAD TRIP
(Mad Monkey)
’60s rock ’n’ legend revs his engines again.
8/10
Twenty four years may seem like a long time between releases, but when you’re one of America’s most prolific rock ‘n’ roll icons, with a pair of Grammy’s, your own line of signature Gretsch Guitars and a place in the hallowed Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall of Fame under your belt, forgiveness comes as standard. Therefore, the 73 year-old Duane Eddy’s thirty-something release ‘Road Trip’ is definitely a cause for celebration. Conceived as a partnership between the ’60s guitar god and ex-Pulp guitarist, singer-songwriter and long-time fan Richard Hawley, the album drives a dusty, wild west landscape of blues, country and cowboy rock ‘n’ roll, all delivered in Eddy’s trademark twang tradition.  Hawley’s contributions are also well received, resulting in a smoky and scintillating release that’s imbued with over half a century’s worth of seasoned musical finesse.
Tom Williams 

ENGLISH DOGS
TALES FROM THE ASYLUM
(Winston)
’80s punks return with new EP. 
8/10
There have been several incarnations of English Dogs over the years, from the misconceived concept album ‘Where Legend Began’ to the metallic crossover of ‘All The Worlds A Rage’. Whilst this six-track EP isn’t the definitive line-up that recorded the seminal ‘Mad Punx And English Dogs’, it is their first release in over 15 years and is led by original vocalist Wakey, plus three new recruits. Wakey’s lust for all things punk have turned back the clock here to make sure songs like ‘Ya Buy One Bomb’ and ‘Fucked Up People’ are splattered in the spit and cider of old. Blessed with a 21st century production, ‘Tales From The Asylum’ is a raucous collection of pogo anthems delivered with Wakey’s signature irreverence and bile. Proof if need be that you shouldn’t let sleeping dogs lie.
Miles Hackett

FLOGGING MOLLY
SPEED OF DARKNESS
(Borstal Beat)
America’s finest Celtic folk punks with thrilling fifth album.
9/10
Known worldwide for their energetic and life-affirming live shows, Flogging Molly are a band that are undeniably exuberant and a fine soundtrack to any Guinness-soaked knees-up. However, matching that electric atmosphere of their gigs on record isn’t easy to do – which makes ‘Speed Of Darkness’, the band’s fifth full-length, all the more essential. The seven-piece have certainly tapped into working class Celtic punk concerns, adding some passion and depth to their party anthems, with stand out tracks such as ‘Don’t Shut ‘Em Down’ and ‘Revolution’ providing the perfect punk soundtrack to a fist-pumping rabble demanding their workers’ rights, where as the title track shows they can use traditional Irish instrumentation like old hands now. While it’s not quite on a par with their finest moment to date, 2002’s second album ‘Drunken Lullabies’, it’s more varied and certainly shows they’re thinking while they’re drinking.
Ian Chaddock

FORMER CELL MATES
PRESENTED AS A WORK OF FICTION
(Boss Tuneage/Poison City)
Angst-ridden rock/punk/country.
8/10
Sunderland outfit Former Cell Mates were formed in 2004 by singer/guitarist David Lee Burdon, former bassist with the mighty Leatherface, and have something of that band’s bruised tunefulness about them. This is their third album, following 2008’s ‘Who’s Dead & What’s To Pay’. Opening track ‘National Suite’ begins sparse and bass-driven, topped with Burdon’s melancholy but tuneful vocals, but soon builds into something sweeping and majestic with keyboards, horns and backing vocals – quite a little gem and a fair taste of what’s to come. ‘Right At Surrey Ridge’ is haunting, acoustic, country-style, and though the following ‘Violins’ begins that way, it’s soon bludgeoned by a pounding chorus. The afore-mentioned melancholy does become a little wearing by the end, but overall this is an eclectic, interesting and rather moving album.
Shane Baldwin

THE FUZZTONES
PREACHING TO THE PERVERTED
(Stag-o-Lee)
Sadly the title says it all.
5/10
Not always followers, this NYC foursome claim the foresight to have christened their fuzzbox-filmed guitar/’60s psychedelia fusion ‘grunge’ back in ‘84, when debut single ‘Bad News Travels Fast’ became part of garage punk’s gospel. Nowadays however, one suspects The Fuzztones are content to rest on that reputation. ‘Preaching To The Perverted’ is their first all-original collection in 15 years, but it’s barely the sound of a band brimming with imagination. Perfectly respectable but predictable Fuzztones fare, the dozen tracks here are all Sonics’ proto-punk stomps presented in a hammond haze (‘Between The Lines’) and kitsch, swampy voodoo blues (‘Don’t Speak Ill Of The Dead’). For the faithful there’s neither challenge nor cause for complaint, while for the curious agnostic will find far more spirit in first album ‘Lysergic Emanations’.
Alison Bateman

GENTLEMANS PISTOLS
AT HER MAJESTY’S PLEASURE
(Rise Above)
Leeds ’70s rock revivalists unleash another unstoppable volley.
9/10
Fans of Thin Lizzy, The Sweet, Sabbath and Free pay attention – Gentlemans Pistols could well be your new favourite band. Four of the hairiest northerners you’re likely to come across, these guys mean business and this second album, the follow-up to their 2007 self-titled debut, proves it. Right from the start, with the stomping and soloing filled, aptly titled opener ‘Living In Sin Again’. Elsewhere, it’s as sleazy and hazy as the ’70s were, with songs like ‘Some Girls Don’t Know What’s Good For Them’ and the spaced out, epic closer ‘Lethal Woman’ not only showing respect for the era that has clearly infuenced them but shows that it can be blasted into the 21st century with some mighty riffs and face-melting solos. ‘At Her Majesty’s Pleasure’ should mark Gentlemans Pistols out as newly crowned rock royalty.
Ian Chaddock

HILLBILLY MOON EXPLOSION
BUY, BEG OR STEAL 
(Jungle)
Rock ‘n’ roll revivalists going through the motions.
5/10
It’s not that this is a bad album, as it’s not. It’s a pleasing enough affair at times, it’s just that in the absence of a unique selling point of their own there’s little to differentiate Hillbilly Moon Explosion from any number of similar rock ‘n’ roll revivalists to be found in the roots rock ghetto. Having said that, this album does have its moments, such as the title track and the instrumental ‘Chalkfarm Breakdown’. Guest vocalist, Mark ‘Sparky’ Phillips, from Demented Are Go, is a welcome addition as he growls his way through an engaging duet with Emanuela Hutter called ‘My Love For Evermore’. Elsewhere, Hutter’s vocals are particularly alluring on ‘Broken Heart’ and ‘Goin’ To Milano’, but a spirited rock ‘n’ roll version of OMD’s ‘Enola Gay’ is too little, too late to save the day. Steal.
Rich Deakin

HOLLYWOOD SINNERS
DISTRATO GARANTITO
(Dirty Water)
High-octane garage rock ‘n’ roll.
(8/10)
This trio may hail from Toledo in Spain, but Hollywood Sinners sound more like they come from Detroit in the ’60s or the Medway in the mid-’80s. In fact, it’s only the fact that they often sing in their native tongue that gives the game away. They play no-frills garage punk the way it was always intended to be played – frantic, visceral and straight to the point – cramming twelve tracks into a breath-taking 25 minutes. Imagine The Kinks, The Standells and The Barracudas colliding with The Hives and dragging The Milkshakes along for the ride. It’s hard to pick a stand out track but ‘No Soy Bueno’,  ‘Huesos’ and ‘Have You Ever Been in Jail?’ all pack a hefty punch. Buy this if you like your rock ‘n’ roll loud and urgent.
Lee Cotterell

LEFT LANE CRUISER
JUNKYARD SPEED BALL
(Alive Natural Sound)
Power-blues duo getting down and dirty.
7/10
With one half of their line-up going by the name ‘Sausage Paw’ (responsible for ‘drums and shit’), you have a fairly accurate signpost to the territory these boys are coming from. The Fort Wayne based duo stir up a potent mess of diesel-reeking wrecker’s yard blues, a moonshine-soaked take on the pig trotter-punk sounds of Doo Rag et al put through a hellbilly filter, amply demonstrated on ‘Lost My Mind’ or ‘Circus’. But the more expansive sounds of tracks such as ‘Giving Tree’ hint of ambitions beyond the confines of the juke joint; the funky clavinet sounds on
‘Hip-Hop’ or ‘Pig Farm’, courtesy of the Black Diamond Heavies’ Reverend James
Leg, bring the somewhat unexpected hints of Bobby Womack or Stevie Wonder
to the mix, which combined with the ‘Cruiser’s innate power makes for one
powerful hybrid.
Hugh Gulland

THE LORDS OF ALTAMONT
MIDNIGHT TO 666
(Fargo)
More ground shaking, down ‘n’ dirty, west coast garage rawk.
8/10
With spectacularly titled former Cramps man Harry ‘Full Tilt’ Drumdini on sticks and the rest of the band carrying nicknames such as Sonic and Big Drag, it’s obvious this isn’t going to be a prog-rock album peppered with Rush and Genesis covers. What The Lords of Altamont do, and consistently have done throughout their ten year history, is fire out balls to the wall, distorted, retro garage rock. Reminiscent of late 1960s era bands such as the MC5 and The Sonics, ‘Midnight To 666’ is loud, primal and wholly unapologetic. The crazy, fists in the air, whoa packed ‘Bury Me Alive’ proves a particular stand-out track, but this album is best taken as a whole. Put on your biker shades, unzip your leather jacket, crack open a cold one, turn up the volume, sit back and enjoy.
Steve Lee

THE MAHONES
THE BLACK IRISH 
(True North)
Canadian Celtic punk veterans still going strong.
7/10
Bursting with Celtic energy and punk rock spirit, the Mahones’ 20 year career remains in top gear with latest offering ‘The Black Irish’. Though comparisons with fellow punk/folk rogues the Pogues are hard to dismiss, especially on the first four tracks, the Mahones stamp their own well-spirited identity all over ‘The Black Irish’. ‘Ghost Of A Whiskey Devil’ name-checks 1977 punk while ‘Girl With Galway Eyes’ – a particular favourite of mine – evokes a strong melodic feel and ‘The Blood Is On Your Hands’, and ‘Give It All Ya Got’ cast a stronger guitar vibe our way. ‘Paint The Town Red’ is an apt lyrical pointer to the flavour of this CD; a fine selection of songs all performed with a pureness of musical spirit this band have cornered so well.
Tony Beesley

THE MURDER ACT
TRAUM
(The Murder Act)
Shadowy tranced-out drone rock.
7/10
Having made waves around the Hoxton basements since forming two years ago, this London-based five-piece look set to break out to wider recognition with this debut mini-album, a six track sonic white-out of Krautrock-inspired drone and mesmeric comet-tail guitar noise. Rob Banham’s brooding post-Joy Division vocal mannerisms surf a wave of sparking guitar noise, culminating in a Wasted vs. Sonic Youth type of
affray. While ‘Repulsive Acts Of Penetrative Entertainment’ bangs on the Birthday Party’s front door, it’s the ominous trance-outs of ‘Sew My Eyes’ or the title track on which the Murder Act truly excel, the latter being the closing tour-de-force – a nine-minute moog-led trance-out which pushes out into impressive electronic vistas, practically pushing at the borders of space rock.
Hugh Gulland

NICK MARSH
A UNIVERSE BETWEEN US
(Belissima)
Swaggering solo rhythms from the ex-Flesh For Lulu frontman.
8/10
Probably most prominently known as the lead singer of ’80s goth rock outfit Flesh For Lulu and more recently as the progenitor of London’s signature carny-billy collective the Urban Voodoo Machine, Nick Marsh’s contributions to British rock ‘n’ roll have been significant, if not a little understated. ‘A Universe Between Us’ marks his solo debut, opening like a Spaghetti Western and continuing throughout in a lilting lounge and mariachi influenced vein, the record comes off sounding something akin to a gothic Morricone score. Lyrically complex in the majority, although not afraid to tread the tongue-in-cheek route with tracks like ‘Best Shag In The World’, and delivered in an alluring, ghostly baritone, the album is a definite must for followers of Marsh’s work, as well fans of Nick Cave, Tom Waits and Rufus Wainwright.   
Tom Williams

OBITS
MOODY, STANDARD AND POOR
(Sub Pop)
The new Radio Birdman anyone?
7/10
It’s fair to say that the members of Obits are veterans of their craft, but are by no means such as a band. The partnership of Rick Froberg (Drive Like Jehu and Hot Snakes) and Sohrab Habibion (Edsel) captivated fans on debut with ‘I Blame You’ and the euphoria is sure to continue after one listen of ‘Moody, Standard And Poor’. Seething with energy and a “no bullshit” attitude to their melodic brand of indie/garage rock, Obits hone in on the prowess of their former outfits, but strip down the aforementioned sound, incorporating elements of surf and rockabilly.The closest comparison I can give is Australian legends Radio Birdman, or a slowed down Saints with hints of a raw powered Iggy. Epic songs that sound  dirty, atmospheric but at the same time fresh and exciting. Obits are reinventing the wheel and keeping it real.
Max Barrett

THE OBJEX 
RESERVATION FOR DEBAUCHERY
(Crownn)
Sassy punk rock, Las Vegas style.
(8/10)
Since this quartet’s last album, ‘Attack Of The Objex’ they’ve changed drummers and honed their sound. They’re a damn fine punk band anyway but the factor that makes them stand out from their peers is their human dynamo – vocalist Felony Melony. Like a punk rock hybrid of Tina Turner and Skunk Anansie’s Skin, she’s a bit of a poster girl for the burgeoning Afro punk scene in the US. This time round they’ve returned with a more polished sound and a rockier edge. Kicking off with ‘Fingered’ – a statement of intent to stand up for ‘the sexual minority’ – before ‘RSVP’ explodes into life like a long lost Runaways number, they later enter  Dwarves’ territory with ‘Squeeze’.  An accomplished album from an underrated band, hopefully this will help them get the recognition they deserve worldwide.
Lee Cotterell

OCCULT DETECTIVE CLUB
CRIMES
(Alive Natural Sound)
Garage rock-out with Brit-punk flavourings.
7/10
A live draw on the Texas underground circuit, this Denton-based four-piece bring a class of ‘79 dynamic to their garage thrash-outs, with a definite nod to the likes of The Clash, the Buzzcocks, the Ruts and most noticeably The Jam detectable here on their second album. Bristling with punk energy, ‘Crimes’ is packed to bursting with anthemic guitar-based rock-outs, getting straight to the task in hand with hook-driven fare such as ‘C’Mon Levi’  or the title cut, surefire triggers for some serious pogo action when ODC take this stuff live. True to their Brit-punk influences, this outfit
squeeze a hefty shot of social awareness into their doings, as with the accusatory rant of ‘Running With The Red Squad’ or ‘Oh Bureaucracy’, delivering commendably high-energy jabs to the machinations of power in quick succession.
Hugh Gulland

PAUL COLLINS
KING OF POWER POP
(Alive Natural Sound)
If you say so Paul.
5/10
Well he’s certainly nailed his colours to the mast there. If power pop is your bag, you can either hug this to your heart or argue the veracity of this album’s title. One man’s summery is another man’s saccharine, and while I’ve no beef with certain of power pop’s touchstones – Byrds and Big Star come to mind  – men with Rickenbackers, white Chelsea boots and inexplicable ambitions to sound like the Knack are a taste I’ll never acquire. That said, Collins’ album is consistently pleasant enough – bursting with hooky major chord riffs, surftastic backup vocals, Alex Chilton cover versions, a well-meant salute to the Flaming Groovies… what’s wrong with that, you may well ask. Go grab it if that’s your bag, leave me to syringe the sugar out of my ears.
Hugh Gulland

POLY STYRENE
GENERATION INDIGO
(Future Noise)
Final solo album from late X-Ray Spex vocalist.
8/10
While DJs everywhere cue up ‘Oh Bondage, Up Yours’ in tribute to Poly Styrene, a more rounded epitaph can be found on this final record, which was released a mere month before the singer lost her battle with cancer. The vast imagination and range of influences which Styrene displayed at just 19 on X-Ray Spex’s ‘77 debut were still expanding when she reached 51. With equal arch experimentalist Youth on board as producer and player, genre boundaries are daringly disregarded on ‘Generation Indigo’, and electro, dub and pure pop territories effectively breached by that ageless and idiosyncratic voice. From addressing global poverty with eloquence rather than clichés on ‘No Rockefeller’, to convincingly mastering a modern 19 year old’s vocabulary on ‘Virtual Boyfriend’, Styrene still refuses to be bound on this wildly eclectic epilogue to her career.
Alison Bateman

THE PUSSYWARMERS
THE CHRONICLES OF…
(Voodoo Rhythm)
Second album from Swiss musical adventurers.
7/10
Formed in the Italian-speaking Ticino region of Switzerland and sonically settled on a dimensional fault line between myriad cultures, continents and centuries, multi-lingual multi-instrumentalists The Pussywarmers make variety the spice of their high-spirited exotica brew. They combine Weimar cabaret sounds, blistering brass borrowed from Dixieland jazz, tankard-toppling, slur-along Bavarian drinking songs and punked up, double bass-pulsating big band. Even at these moments, when every instrument is thrown into the mix, The Pussywarmers record using a mere two microphones and maintain an eerie, authentic vintage aura throughout for their unorthodox methods. What is equally apparent at each stop on their tour of the world’s wildest dance floors, whether they’re singing in English, Italian, German or French, is that wherever they go The Pussywarmers are sure to find the best party in town.
Alison Bateman

RADIO DEAD ONES
AAA
(SPV)
Second album from boisterous Berlin punk rockers.
7/10
German punk rockers Radio Dead Ones’ ‘AAA’ contains all the essential elements that make up a good aggressive punk album; thrashing pogo beats, mile-a-minute guitar riffs and yelling-at-the-top-of-their-lung vocals. For the next 35 minutes, the band barely pauses for breath, furiously bulldozing their way through 15 punk anthems, all infused with hardcore and rock ‘n’ roll influences and energy, with a fierce intensity so unyielding it becomes exhausting. ‘Smoking’ starts with a whirlwind of rolling drums and erupts into a full-blown hurricane, while Beverly Crime’s powerful vocals tear through Rik Oldman’s frantic guitar on ‘Dirty Love Hotel’. The album rocks as hard and fast as many, but at the same time it’s melodic and catchy as hell. And that’s the way good music should be.
Scott Zverblis

ROY ELLIS
THE BOSS IS BACK
(Liquidator)
Mr ‘Skinhead Moonstomp’s third album in five years.
6/10
Vocalist with the Pyramids, who became Symarip, Roy Ellis was a major name on the reggae scene in the late ’60s and early ’70s who was then catapulted back into the mainstream when the Specials covered ‘Skinhead Moonstomp’ at the height of 2 Tone. His voice remains strong and on songs like the opening ‘One Way Ticket To The Moon’ he proves he can still cut it with the best of them. Elsewhere it’s a little hit and miss and the cover of ‘The Rose’, made famous by Bette Middler, is certainly an odd choice and sits uncomfortably with the reggae, rock steady and soul of the other tracks. It’s good to see Ellis still making records though and Symarip’s London show at the 100 Club in June looks like being a night not to miss.
Andy Peart

SAXON
CALL TO ARMS
(UDR)
Light at the end of the tunnel for enduring metal warlords.
6/10
If Saxon were in an endurance contest they’d probably win hands down. They’ve always seemed happy to soldier on whether anyone really cared or not. The band’s glory days were the late ’70s when they had the metal world at their feet but global success was short lived. But Saxon have enjoyed a bit of a resurgence in the past couple of years thanks partly to their appearance on ‘Get It Together With Harvey Goldsmith’ when the renowned promoter tried to kick the band into the 21st century. There’s a more confident aura around ‘Call To Arms’ than the majority of Saxon offerings since the mid-’80s. If, like many, you’ve been giving them a wide berth for a while check out ‘Hammer Of The Gods’, and there might be a hint of a return to good fortune.
Neil Anderson

THE SKUZZIES
THE SKUZZIES
(Easy Action)
Deptford trio’s driving rock ‘n’ roll debut.
8/10
Drawing heavily on singer Jerome Alexandre’s life-experience-stranger-than-fiction, The Skuzzies’ debut is every bit as curious and contradictory as a character who counts Peter Doherty as a close conspirator and co-vocalist for the ska-styled bonus track ‘On The Corner’, yet shows no interest in charming Babyshambles’ “Converse and furs” clad indie darling fanbase, as savaged on ‘Rich Girls’. Slightly more straightforward are ‘Shotgun Romance’ and ‘Brompton Cocktail’; two quick, gritty hits of minimal, wiry and wired Heartbreakers guitar, and gutter-grounded but starry-eyed sentiment. Still, like any act able to cram such immense energy and emotion into apparently simplistic sonic skins, the Skuzzies are, overall, anything but simple. Closing stormy soundscape ‘Heartache Accelerates’ says as much with its ominous, brooding silences as it does with the raw-voiced title refrain repeated ad infinitum, forming the intense, intriguing coda to a debut of enough depth to invite listeners to return to it again and again. 
Alison Bateman

T-MODEL FORD AND GRAVELROAD
TALEDRAGGER
(Alive Natural Sound)
Spooky magic from the veteran bluesman.
8/10
If it’s a colourful life story you’re after, octogenarian bluesman T-Model Ford – year of birth uncertain, yellow sheet as long as your arm – shows most other contenders up for the posturing pussies they generally are. Backed up here by sympathetic young bucks GravelRoad, the road-tested performer effortlessly summons up that time-honoured dark blues magic, a deceptively simple honey-from-the-fingertips three-chord trick that brings together the shades of Howling Wolf and Robert Johnson for some unholy dialogue. Moaning at the moonlight from some ramshackle porch, Ford and his able companions have tapped into something truly timeless here, whether on upbeat Saturday night stompers such as ‘Big Legged Woman’ or hypnotically world-weary laments in the vein of ‘How Many More Years’ and ‘Worn My Body For So Long’. T Model’s older than your granddad, but he’ll stomp your sorry ass.
Hugh Gulland

THE URBAN VOODOO MACHINE
IN BLACK ‘N’ RED
(Gypsy Hotel)
Finest bourbon-marinated offerings yet.
9/10
The Urban Voodoo Machine quite simply ooze atmosphere on every one of the twelve tracks here. The advice that you ‘Go East’ in the opener – a song that’s drenched in that classic gypsy sound, but just as those aurally name-checked, UVM are nomadic in their musical wanderings (though the roots are ever-present) and they just take on added flavour. Stomping is an apt term to describe the music, with the album cracking along at a pace that would keep ballroom chandeliers rattling as vocalist Paul Ronney relates tales of the sleazy underbelly of life that people too dull to try secretly yearn. The blues, rock ‘n’ roll and even a tequila-spiced Tex-Mex interloper get involved. ‘Goodbye To Another Year’ bids you farewell to a superb album but this could well be their best year yet.
Simon Nott

TV SMITH
COMING IN TO LAND
(Boss Tuneage)
Former Adverts frontman’s most accomplished work to date.
8/10
Following a superb and consistent flow of post-Adverts solo outings ‘Coming In To Land’ is TV Smith’s most confident yet. As lyrically relevant as ‘Bored Teenagers’ was to 1977 punk, this new set of songs sheds new light onto Smith’s musical vision and aspirations with a refreshing approach. Opener ‘Worn Once’, ‘Man Down’ and ‘Headhunters’ are classic uptempo songs in familiar TV Smith style sitting alongside the slower pace of ‘Dawning Of False Hopes’ and ‘Us And Them’ and the uncharacteristic and quirky dig at society’s moaners ‘Complaints Dept’. The Dylan of the punk generation; this is the work of one of our time’s true individual performers painting a potent musical and lyrical vision of the modern age!
Tony Beesley

VARIOUS ARTISTS
GYPSY HOTEL VOL. ONE
(Gypsy Hotel)
Retro blend of vintage rock ‘n’ roll, burlesque and, er, banjos.
6/10
Compiling a bunch of acts who, over the years, have patronised London’s Gypsy Hotel club nights, this is a real mixed bag. On the one hand, listening to Nigel Burch and the Flea Pit Orchestra espousing the virtues of the Pub With No Name over a twangy, 1940s style fiddle and banjo strumming gets a little tiring pretty swiftly. On the other, the insane, trebly, whooping rock ‘n’ roll of The Jim Jones Revue truly blazes. Other highlights come from Walking Wounded, with some lo-fi Balkan ska (yes, really), Pogues man Spider Stacy and the mellow vibes of The Mighty Stef. As a whole, this compilation’s a little too patchy to cut it, but the great tracks it does throw up are surprisingly cool.
Steve Lee

VARIOUS ARTISTS
RECORDS TO RUIN ANY PARTY – VOLUME 3
(Voodoo Rhythm) 
Eclectic 21-track compilation from Swiss rock ‘n’ roll independent label.
6/10
Now getting close to its one hundredth release, many of the bands/artists on this latest Voodoo Rhythm compilation have a trash bluesy lo-fi nature to their sounds, with more than a few nods to the White Stripes, though these bands are more likely to be originators than copyists. There are enough surprises to keep you interested though, such as the Dead Brothers’ understated ‘The Power A Secret Holds’, the garage punk of the Guilty Hearts and the impressive psychedelic soul of King Khan and his Shrines. Elsewhere there are all sorts of nuggets taking in everything from country through to folk. Not quite something for everybody but if you like primitive rock ‘n’ roll and all its strands it’s likely that Voodoo Rhythm will cater for at least one of your needs.
Andy Peart

V8 WANKERS
IRON CROSSROADS
(SPV)
German metal/rock veterans cruising rather than accelerating.
6/10
V8 Wankers’ sixth album – produced by Tommy Newton (UFO, Helloween, Guano Apes etc.) is slightly formulaic- and therefore unsurprising – but nonetheless is a highly polished and competent rock record with fast pace and bite. It more or less mirrors the band’s previous albums with its full throttle, hard driving metallic rock anthems. Not all songs are memorable, not all choruses deliver and in general the record is a little uneven. Opening track, ‘Sworn To Fun Second To None’ makes an excellent  first impression due to its blistering guitar riffs and revving engine noises, but what follows is an album that is way too generic to be appreciated by the casual listener. ‘Iron Crossroads’ doesn’t break any new grounds, but it certainly won’t disappoint any fans of Germany’s premier rock/metal band either.
Scott Zverblis

WATTS
ON THE DIAL
(Watts)
Nostalgic rock ‘n’ roll from Boston’s finest.
7/10
With a sound harking back to the good old rock ‘n’ roll days of Rolling Stones and Cheap Trick, Watts reignite that ’70s flame with their sophomore effort. The revival kicks off with the title track and highlight, featured on this issue’s free CD, with crunching riffs that carry a cracking melody and considerable swagger that will no doubt trigger any nostalgic reflexes. Taking the best elements of old school punk, new wave and British invasion, Watts charge out of the blocks with straight up rock ‘n’ roll anthems. ‘Girls On Holiday’ is a softer moment gets the nod, but any of these belters could make a soundtrack to your summer, including a cover of 1980s hit, ‘No Secrets’ by The Angels. While nothing here is groundbreaking, Watts prove that the classic formula still works, and nail it.    
Max Barrett

WONK UNIT
TROLLEYS THANK YOU / WONK UNIT SAVED MY LIFE
(Wonk Unit)
Sixteen songs of melancholy ala Billie Joe Armstrong.
7/10
The album kicks off like old Green Day records with poppy punk and stories of heart break and failed relationships. Excluding the occasional flirtation with indie sounds, the London based trio sounds like they could’ve been on one of the early Punk-O-Rama compilations. The bands main protagonist Alex Johnson draws his poetic inspiration from personal experience resulting in convincing honesty and delivery, which at times demands your attention. Some of the songs, especially on the latter side of the album with titles like ‘Wonk Unit Saved My Life’, come across as self-important fillers heard in semi-acoustic singer-songwriter nights at the local pub on a Tuesday night. But instantly grabbing songs like ‘Los Angeles’ make the band worth checking out for those with pop punk sensibilities.
Jyrki ‘Spider’ Hamalainen



REISSUES

ALAN DAVEY
FOUR-TRACK MIND – VOLUMES 1 – 4
(Earthquake)
Impressive career retrospective from former Hawkwind bass monster, spanning 1986 to 2003.
8/10
Originally only available as four individual volumes, ‘Four-Track Mind’ has now been released as an attractively packaged metallic picture CD box set. This collection of demos encompasses virtually every aspect of Davey’s musical career, including Hawkwind, Bedouin and other solo material, although it does pre-date his current ultra-heavy power trio Gunslinger. Immerse yourself in the lush, electronic ambient soundscapes that Davey creates on the likes of ‘Bird Nebula’, and ‘R.E.M. Time’. You’ll love the fearsome speed on ‘Hitze Seeker V’, or the motorik intensity of ‘Deep Space Rock’, while ‘Motor Pink Head’ is a gut rumbling, bass heavy adaptation of the Pink Panther theme tune. It ain’t for nothing that Davey has been named “Bass Assassin #2” by Lemmy himself.
Rich Deakin

BAD MANNERS
FORGING AHEAD
(Pressure Drop)
London 2 Tone jokers’ 1982 album still a decent effort.
6/10
Heading up the 1979-’82 ska revival scene and fronted by the larger than life character  Buster Bloodvessel, Bad Manners chose to concentrate on humour and fun while the likes of The Specials and The Beat became involved in campaigns and social commentary. As a result the band enjoyed chart success, although this fourth record saw their success declining after the hit 1981 album ‘Gosh It’s… Bad Manners’ saw them peak with number 18 in the UK Album Charts. However, the album is still one hell of a good time as always, with ska favourites such as ‘My Girl Lollipop’ (a cover of Millie’s ‘My Boy Lollipop’) and the single ‘Got No Brains’. Certainly not their best work but well worth picking up if you’re a fan of ska who’s somehow lacking Bad Manners records.
Ian Chaddock

BO DIDDLEY
BO DIDDLEY’S BEACH PARTY
(Geffen)
Guitar legend’s raucous first live album gets reissued.
6/10
‘Bo Diddley’s Beach Party’ was recorded (pretty raw if this is anything to go by) live on Myrtle Beach, South Carolina on July 5th, 1983. His pioneering mix of rock ‘n’ roll, blues and R&B playing scored him a series of hits in the ’50s and ’60s but this ten track live album shows he was still going strong in the ’80s – in fact he performed well into the noughties, until his death in 2008. This high energy and celebratory live set includes raucous renditions of fan favourites such as ‘Gunslinger’ and the incredible ‘Hey Bo Diddley’. However, this recording is not great and it’s certainly not the clearest or most impressive live album you’ll hear. This is one beach party you’ll wish you were at, even if this recording doesn’t quite do the electric atmosphere justice.
Ian Chaddock

COCKNEY REJECTS
THE PUNK SINGLES COLLECTION
(Anagram)
All the singles from Oi!’s founders.
8/10
The Oi! movement, though much maligned, has proved to be one of the most durable of the many music press-manufactured genres. Cockney Rejects had, through sheer cheek and bravado, come under the managerial wings of Sham 69 singer Jimmy Pursey and Sounds features editor Garry Bushell and released the classic single ‘Flares ‘n’ Slippers’ on Small Wonder in August 1979. When a reviewer from another paper sneered that Rejects singer Stinky Turner did little but shout ‘Oi! Oi!’ between songs, the seed was planted in Bushell’s head, and before long EMI were releasing influential compilation ‘Oi! – The Album’. The Rejects were the movement’s most successful act, scoring three hit albums and six hit singles, and this set rounds up all the tracks from the latter. This is almost all top notch Oi!, though some may baulk at the later metal material.
Shane Baldwin

CRASS
CHRIST – THE ALBUM
(Crassical Collection)
Fourth release in remastered series of anarcho-punk pioneers.
9/10
Despite influencing everything from US hardcore to post-punk since forming in 1977 and imploding in spectacular fashion in 1984, the legend of Crass has bizarrely remained a cult concern. However, this latest remastered and beautifully repackaged Crass album, which feature previously unreleased tracks, illustrated booklets and live recordings , will no doubt help the legend of Crass grow and hopefully pull in a few more fans along the way. Crass always had a knack for the accessible and melodic, but it always came with an anarchic twist, as evident here. ‘Sentiment’ is almost wistful, ‘Mother Love’ distorts, while the ska-tinged ‘Reality Whitewash’ swings. However, it’s when both Steve Ignorant and Phil Free’s guitars go into full-on sneer on ‘The Greatest Working Class Rip-Off’ that ‘Christ – The Album’ bears the ripest fruit.
Scott Zverblis

THE DRONES
FURTHER TEMPTATIONS
(Anagram)
Manchester combo not to be confused with their more recent Antipodean namesakes.
8/10
The Drones emerged in the wake of the first wave of English punk to produce one of the great unsung albums of its era. Seething with punk vibrancy, ‘Further Temptations’ is littered with lyrics about alienation (‘Underdog’, ‘Lift Off The Bans’), anti-monarchy (‘Corgi Crap’), work (‘Bone Idol’), individuality and herd mentality (‘Lookalikes’), and is still as rousing as it ever was. ‘Movement’ is a relentless Stooges style assault, whilst a staccato version of The Ronettes’ ‘Be My Baby’ is the obligatory pogo-a-go-go cover. But there’s musical expertise at play too: just check out their 1980 single ‘Can’t See’, included here as a bonus track along with their other singles and B-sides.  It was a more commercial stab at new wave than punk, but it did mark the end of the band’s first incarnation.
Rich Deakin

THE GONADS
GREATER HITS – VOLUME ONE: PLUMS
(Randale)
Fifteen cuts of Monty Python-esque Oi! and an AC/DC cover.
6/10
The Gonads are fronted by controversial journalist Garry Bushell, who is known for coining the term Oi! and declaring punk dead. Ironically the compilation sets off with ‘Punk Rock Till I Die’ and includes hilariously titled songs from their 30-odd year career, such as ‘I Lost My Love To A UK Sub’ and ‘Hitler Was An ‘Omo’. Bushell’s polemical lyrics are the carrying force of the group that might get mistaken for an Anti-Nowhere League covers band. The man who once had his eyebrows shaved by Ozzy Osbourne manages to name-check even more than Jimmy Pursey on speed, with parody songs like ‘Wild Thing’ to ‘Doctorin’ the Tardis’. Overall it’s pretty much the same old chords and emotions, with Bushell’s grandmother’s former favourite ‘Big Balls’.
Jyrki ‘Spider’ Hamalainen

THE HITMEN
DANCING TIME ‘78-’79
(Shock / Savagebeat)
Muscular post-Birdman Oz punk.
6/10
With the 1978 break-up of Sydney’s high energy rock ’n’ rollers Radio Birdman, guitarist Chris Masuak and bassman Warwick Gilbert joined forces with Birdman associate Johnny Kannis, forming the nucleus of this psyche-trash-surf outfit. Hitmen line-ups would fluctuate over the next few years, with former Saints sticksman Ivor Hay providing the backbeat for a stretch. Pulling together extensive material from various demo sessions and live shows, ‘Dancing Time’ provides a two-disc window into a somewhat neglected chapter in Australian rock ’n’ roll, and the Masuak penned originals here prove that away from the Radio Birdman power-jostle, while Klondike Chris was a pretty respectable songwriter and guitarist in his own right. ‘Feast Of Words’, ‘Wings Of Steel’ and ‘Wrath Of God’ burn the same fuel that powered Birdman’s sonic air strikes. Classic trash-rock influences are touched on throughout, notably the Flaming Groovies on cuts like ‘It’s So Wild’, and the Detroit punk energy of the MC5 is seldom far from the mix.
Hugh Gulland

ICICLE WORKS
THE SMALL PRICE OF A BICYCLE
(Cherry Red)
Liverpool post-punks’ 1985 second album gets the deluxe treatment.
7/10
Never my favourite Icicle Works album on release, this deluxe reissue – the original ten tracks having quadrupled across three discs – is a pleasant rediscovery. It reminds of how vibrant, and diverse, the Merseyside post-punk scene was, with no identifiable sound beyond a state of permanent enthralment at pop music’s melodic possibilities. Ian McNabb’s voice is a perfect conduit for the typically grand themes explored in his songwriting herein, and works most appealingly on the hard-rocking ‘Perambulator’, the closest antecedent to the band’s still wonderful debut. It explodes ala the band’s millstone/milestone hit ‘Love Is A Wonderful Colour’. While McNabb’s talent has been grudgingly acknowledged by critics down the years, Icicle Works arguably possessed the finest Merseybeat drummer of his generation in current Beady Eye member Chris Sharrock – check out ‘Book of Reason’ for evidence.
Alex Ogg

LEE PERRY 
REGGAE GENIUS: 20 UPSETTER CLASSICS 
(Spectrum)
A reminder of the huge impact of Perry in the ’60s/’70s.
9/10
Lee Perry’s understanding of the importance of the vibe and mood of a track was second to none during the 1960s/’70s and is demonstrated here to great effect. From the legendary Bob Marley tracks and Junior Murvin’s iconic ‘Police And Thieves’ to lesser known cuts like The Gatherers’ ‘Words Of My Mouth’, there’s a groove that Perry could instinctively locate to let the sounds breathe. Whether recording himself with the Upsetters or producing bands such as the Heptones and the Congos there’s a consistency with these recordings which allows them to sit naturally next to each other and also provide a useful snapshot of exactly what could be achieved forty years ago, long before the digital age started to take the soul out of the recording process.
Andy Peart

THE OUTCASTS
VIVE LYON!
(Spit)
Excellent live material from early Northern Ireland punks
8/10
Spit Records is a new label set up by Sean O’Neill, co-author of the book ‘It Makes You Want To Spit’, which does a terrific job of covering the Northern Ireland punk scene from 1977 to 1982. He aims to set up a label which provides us with previously unreleased material from this most productive, inspired, and, naturally, volatile of punk scenes. Spit’s roster is opened by a release by one of NI’s most revered crews the Outcasts, which brings together two razor-sharp live sets, both recorded at the West-Side Club, in Lyon, France, in 1983 and 1984. Stand-outs include ‘The Cops Are Coming’ from the 1979 split EP ‘The Battle Of The Bands’ and their trashing of the Kenny Rogers weepy ‘Ruby…’. Add to this a 24-page booklet with excellent sleeve notes, including quotes from band members and the likes of SLF’s Henry Cluney, and you can’t go wrong.
Shane Baldwin

SCRITTI POLITTI
ABSOLUTE
(Virgin)
Scritti’s 34-year career comes full circle. 
4/10
As Green Garside seems to be on extended leave again, Virgin have decided to plug the gap with a retrospective spanning 34 years. Scritti Politti enjoyed their biggest mainstream success in the heady days of the mid-’80s and this album kicks off with most of them, back-to-back. The band’s immaculate, state-of-the-art pop topped off with Garside’s sugar-coated vocals had the world eating out of their hands at their height. ‘Wood Beez (Pray Like Aretha Franklin)’, ‘Absolute’ and then onto US top 10 smash ‘Perfect Way’ were the soundtrack for a generation. Though ‘Absolute’ offers extras for completists and it’s always nice to have a catch-up, this feels pretty patchy at best and it doesn’t help that the band have only averaged one album every seven years. A strange mix of top ten glitz, hip-hop comebacks and post-punk roots. 
Neil Anderson

SPIZZ
WHERE’S CAPTAIN KIRK? – THE VERY BEST OF SPIZZ
(Cherry Red)
Beam me up Scotty – it’s a career spanning Spizz retrospective!
7/10
This compilation includes nearly all Spizz’s single releases, some b-sides and some album tracks too from 1978 to 1982, when the band was renowned for changing its name on an almost yearly basis, as well as several latter day Spizz projects from the 1990s. Best remembered for the Spizz Energi incarnation though, their most famous songs are probably ‘Where’s Captain Kirk?’ and ‘Soldier Soldier’. But, if songs such as ‘Captain Kirk’ and ‘Spock’s Missing’ displayed a keen sci-fi sense of humour, then earlier songs like ‘6000 Crazy’ and ‘Cold City’ belied an edgier punk sensibility. As for the ’90s material, ‘On My Own’, is a stab at New Order-lite techno pop that’s not entirely without charm, but the gimmicky ‘The Sun Never Sets On Aston Villa’ is an acquired taste. Best remember them by their early idiosyncratic post-punk output then. 
Rich Deakin

TALISMAN
DOLE AGE – THE 1981 REGGAE COLLECTION
(Bristol Archive)
Arguably Bristol’s finest ’70s/’80s reggae act’s lost gems unearthed.
7/10
Bristol Archive Records have done it again. Alongside Black Roots, Talisman (originally formed under the name Revelation Rockers back in 1977 before the new moniker stuck in the early ’80s) were not only Bristol’s, but one of the UK’s finest reggae bands, earning them support slots with The Clash and The Rolling Stones. However, they never got a major record deal and their two singles from 1981 and two later LPs, ‘Takin’ The Strain’ (1984) and ‘Jam Rock’ (1990) are difficult to find to say the least. But thanks to Bristol Archive, this collection combines the two original 7” singles and seven previously unreleased live cuts of shows from Glastonbury and Bath University. Although more recorded material rather than live would have been desirable given the quality of these tracks, it’s still another release that shows how vibrant the Bristol scene was.
Ian Chaddock

THE TUBES
WILD WEST SHOW
(Secret)
White punks go west in London.
6/10
These ’70s San Francisco rockers’ outrageous stage reputation of old included mock bondage rituals, simulated sex and machine gun-toting terrorists kidnapping members of the audiences and imprisoning them in cages on stage. There was also a cast of outrageous characters including crippled Nazi Dr Strangekiss, country singer Hugh Heifer, punk star Johnny Bugger and, most notorious of all, Quay Lewd, an androgynous rock star with fright wig and teetering platform boots. The Tubes’ 2004 Shepherds Bush Empire show was rather less shocking but there’s plenty on this live CD/DVD set to keep the die-hards happy, including a guest appearance from Vice Squad’s finest, Beki Bondage. ‘White Punks On Dope’ will always stand out as the band at their finest – satirical rock ’n’ roll at its most addictive – and the live version here is great. But there’s another 165 minutes to go at.
Neil Anderson

TWISTED SISTER
COME OUT AND PLAY / LOVE IS FOR SUCKERS
(Armoury)
’80s glam metallers’ last two studio albums remastered.
6/10 & 3/10
Although Twisted Sister still perform live to this day they haven’t actually released a full studio album since 1987’s ‘Love Is For Suckers’. Originally intended as a Dee Snider solo album this was the last before their split in the 80’s and it shows. A sloppy mix of the pop rock that gained them notoriety, intermingled with a hashed return to their metal roots which couldn’t save this from the bargain bins. However its predecessor, 1985’s ‘Come Out And Play’ is a stronger affair. A rousing cover of The Shangri-Las’ ‘Leader Of The Pack’ is the highlight here, with other notable fist-banging anthems like the stomp of ‘I Believe In Rock ‘N’ Roll’. These re-issues may not be Twisted Sister’s finest hours but there is fun to be had amongst them.
Miles Hackett

THE UNDERTONES
TRUE CONFESSIONS (SINGLES = A’S + B’S)
(Salvo)
Away from the politics of 70’s punk, stood Ireland’s finest band.
9/10
Looking beyond the troubles of their Derry home, they embraced the bubblegum Punk of the Ramones with their own songwriting craft. From 1978’s ‘Teenage Kicks’ Feargal Sharkey and co. careered through a catalogue of gems adding melody to the grim early Thatcher years. ‘Get Over You’, ‘Jimmy Jimmy’, ‘Here Comes the Summer’,’ You’ve Got My Number’ and ‘My Perfect Cousin’ all sound as immediate and fresh today as the day they were conceived. When the band attempted to present a more mature extension of their sound, most successfully with the soul-flavoured beat of ‘It’s Going To Happen’, sadly their star began to wane and by 1983 the end was inevitable. This 2-CD compilation houses all of their singles along with often over-looked flip sides.
Tony Beesley

VARIOUS ARTISTS 
AVON CALLING 2: FORGOTTEN GEMS & UNKNOWN CURRIOS
(Bristol Archive)
Terrific post-punk from the South West.
9/10
In the late ‘70s and early ‘80s, regional compilations were very much in vogue, particularly the Brighton ‘Vaultage’ sets that introduced the likes of Peter And The Test Tube Babies and the Piranhas. So, when John Peel referred to Heartbeat Records’ 1979 compilation ‘Avon Calling’ as “the one that all other compilations must be judged by”, it was no small compliment. The South West was a thriving hotbed of post-punk activity, with many startlingly good (and some just startling) bands on the scene, and Heartbeat boss Simon Edwards was something of an archivist, storing up much of their unreleased work. Now we have the best of it on ‘Avon Calling 2’, with gems indeed from the likes of Social Security, X-Certs, Europeans, 48 Hours, Apartment and Joe Public. 
Shane Baldwin

VARIOUS ARTISTS
CROSSROADS IN COWTOWN
(Fantastic Voyage)
Vintage hillbilly, swing, boogie and western boppers.
7/10
This is a humdinger of a collection of tracks highlighting that, although the rock ‘n’ roll revolution was four years away when the earliest cuts were released, Elvis and co. only gave what was already proliferating from the late ’40s a bit of a tweak and added pink and black. Ranging from 1950 to ’58, the variety of styles showcased here become a mixture in the pot with swing boogie and hillbilly being mangled together as successfully as blues and hillbilly. The emphasis on this collection is on up-tempo dancefloor fillers strong on rhythm with delicious instrumentation. The lyrical content of some of these tracks will testify that while the style they sung over may well have been dated even by the end of the 1950s they were rockin’ it up in lifestyle long before the kids who thought they invented it.
Simon Nott

VARIOUS ARTISTS
KRIS NEEDS PRESENTS… DIRTY WATER 2: MORE BIRTH OF PUNK ATTITUDE
(Year Zero)
Kris Needs casts his net wider into the depths of ever dirtier water. 
9/10
‘Dirty Water 1’ was never going to be an easy act to follow, but Needsy has done it again, with 39 songs of rock ‘n’ roll, ‘60s psych,  garage, be-bop, free jazz and reggae, all imbued with punk attitude. While this second volume strays into more well chartered waters at times too, with Bowie, Velvets and the ubiquitous MC5, there are still plenty more surprises. The Rudements’ ‘Imagination’ from 1978 is a real revelation, whilst Needs himself is given a helping hand by sundry members of The Clash and Generation X, with his own band The Vice Creems on ‘Danger Love’ from the same year. With yet another exhaustive booklet penned by Needs – 84 pages to be precise – this is a more than worthy successor.
Rich Deakin

VARIOUS ARTISTS
SASSY SUGAR – THE PURE ESSENE OF NASHVILLE ROCK ‘N’ ROLL
(Fantastic Voyage)
When it was good it was good.
7/10
Nashville did to rock ‘n’ roll what it did to country – made it palatable to the masses. Some of the tracks on here will have the toes curling to snapping point, while others salivating in anticipation. There are some big names here, including Elvis, Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins, but it’s the largely unsung who are the stars, the session-men like guitar legend Grady Martin who were drafted in to ensure that the no-hit wonders that were being given a shot got the best chance to crack that one song. Sugary choruses and backing vocals without a doubt bloated many a lithe hipshaker, just witness how it tamed some ex-Sun wildmen, but filter that out and there are still plenty of gems – Ronnie Self’s ‘Black Night Blues’ being one of them – to make this an excellent compilation which Stuart Coleman’s excellent notes bring to life.
Simon Nott

VISIONS OF CHANGE / THE DEPRAVED
VISIONS OF CHANGE / THE DEPRAVED
(Boss Tuneage)
Exhaustive, and pretty exhausting, reissue of mid-1980s posi-punk.
7/10
Emanating from the unlikely suburban surroundings of Leamington Spa, The Depraved were pioneers of the nascent British posi-punk scene. Taking influence from the personal politics and intelligence of North American straight edge they truly represented the punk DIY (not EMI) ethic, playing some pretty spectacular and energetic lives shows along the way. Captured on the first disc of this reissue are both their albums and various compilation cuts. By 1987 The Depraved had mutated into Visions Of Change, cranked up a hammond organ, learnt to play a lot better (by their own admission, according to the comprehensive sleeve notes) and, in the process, created what can only be termed psyche-punk. This stuff soundtracked my misspent youth and it’s amazing how fresh, intense and vital these songs still sound.
Steve Lee

WAYNE COUNTY AND THE ELECTRIC CHAIRS
ROCK ‘N’ ROLL CLEOPATRA
(RPM)
The pre-Jayne punk years revisited.
6/10
As a fearless pioneer in trans-gender identification and a vital mover and shaker in New York’s 1970s glam-punk crossover, Wayne, later Jayne, County’s cultural significance is hard to overstate, although it might be fair to say there’s more to this artiste than his/her recorded output yields; the County oeuvre brags some indisputable high points – tranny-punk smut blasts such as ‘Fuck Off’, ‘Mean Motherfucking Man’ or ‘Toilet Love’ are undisputed triumphs. But the more pedestrian dog-ends of County’s recordings amount to little more than bargain basement heavy metal (albeit
with camper than usual vocals), and the Max’s live roster at the time certainly had better acts on offer. There’s a certain filler quotient to the twenty tracks compiled here, but if you can wear a certain percentage of derivative press-forward moments, the aforementioned nuggets should justify this purchase.
Hugh Gulland
 

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WIN MOTORHEAD BOOK!

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The seminal British band Motorhead have been rocking since 1975 and show no signs of letting up. From early classics "Ace Of Spades", "Overkill" and "No Sleep ’til Hammersmith", the band have racked up an incredible 25 albums. "Overkill" tells the whole story of the ultimate rock ‘n’ roll trip, through original interviews with those that were there.

To be in with a chance of winning one of five of these great books, ‘Like’ our new Vive Le Rock Facebook page (remember to ‘Like’ the page even if you’re already friends with our account) then message us with your name and address and identify which music legend fronts Motorhead.

Good luck and vive le rock!

 

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KING BLUES / SWINGIN’ UTTERS

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THE KING BLUES
Chinnerys, Southend-on-Sea, Essex
Friday 26th August 2011

As a warm up gig for Reading and Leeds, The King Blues come on stage to a crowd who can’t quite believe their eyes, yet welcome them with all ears in a venue ready to burst. Opening the night with the track ‘The Last of the Dreamers’, The King Blues show their commitment to putting on a blinding show from the minute they get on stage, with haunting vocals drawing the crowd in from their pints then like a thunderbolt Itch crashes through with his spoken, searing lyrics followed sharply by ‘We Are Fucking Angry’. The ferocity of the deliverance leaves no one questioning just how fucking angry they are.

Southend really gets to see how well this tight, well-oiled unit can play, ploughing neatly through tunes from all 3 albums, such as ‘Mr Music Man’, ‘Under The Fog’, ‘My Boulder’ and ‘Lets Hangs the Landlord’, to name but a few. A heaving, jumping audience sing almost word for word, song after song, from the just over 14 year olds to the just under 60 years olds. This band have crossed the ages with a success rarely ever seen. Even when a technical fault with the bass threatens to dampen an already sweaty night, with pure professionalism Itch strikes up a solo Ukele trio of tunes including the much loved ‘Out of Luck’ to the delight of the swaying crowd. A short break in the proceedings and Jamie takes the chance to talk to the audience as he does like an old friend, although this is the first time The King Blues have played Southend, and maybe the first time some fans have seen them.

By the time the thunderous ‘The Streets Are Ours’ is played the crowd are bouncing up and down like a hoard of protesters around a samba band. It may have been said before but the music and energy that The King Blues creates every time conjures up the perfect soundtrack for the revolution, and so with the new Clash-stylee, drum and bass version of ‘Power to the People’ blazing through, The King Blues show just how their roots are still very much in Punk Rock.

Andi C

SWINGIN’ UTTERS
London Camden Underworld
Sun 4th September 2011

Quite Early doors on this Sun 4th Sep; with a fairly big line -up. Catching a bit of The Exposed, it’s good straight forward Punk Rock that leaves the crowd suitably impressed. I also catch Moral Dilemma, who are one of London’s hardworking, hardcore Punk Rock bands, with good tunes with a fast delivery, they deserve to be much bigger. The members of this band seem to not only tour a lot, but also turn up to other bands’ shows and support the scene.

The Underworld (or mini world tonight) is only 3/4 full, yet more than enough people to welcome back the Utters. With an outstanding brand new album on Fat Wreck, the Utters are back after a long hiatus, except for a comeback Barfly show last year. They’ve still got what it takes even though, like the name of the new release suggest, they do look like they are here ‘Under Protest’. All Utters songs are like mini Ramones tunes, in a sense, not lasting for more than 2 and a half or 3 minutes.

Swingin’ Utters formed in the late 1980’s, originally from Santa Cruz, they were first known as Johnny Peabucks (A story in its self…) and Swingin’ Utters’ debut was called ‘Scared’. They moved to San Fran, where they recorded the ‘Streets of San Francisco’, produced by Lars Frederiksen of Rancid.

With loads of new songs to air tonight, it is great when a few of the old classics from their past are aired – ‘A Juvenile Product of The Working Class’ and ‘Wind Spitting Punk’ are blasted out with pure passion. The Swingin’ Utters have always been one of the best Punk bands from California’s late 80’s / 90’s scene, first coming to these shores as Rancids support band, so they have still got a very loyal following from then. With intelligent and very clever lyrics, often with a McGowan / Stummer-esque poetic vein, they’re pretty special. The other new tunes that stand out are ‘Brand New Lungs’, ‘Bent Collector of 1000 Limbs’ and ‘Give it All to The Man’.

They also air some classics, like the punk anthem ‘Catastrophe’ and some great tunes from their ‘5 Lessons Learned’ album, yet classics like ‘No Eager Man’ from ‘The Streets…’ album, really gets the eager crowd going, After a frantic hour set and a much happier looking Johnny Pee Buck singing (thanks too the amazing crowd and the band’s musicianship) the group blast out one off their all time greats ‘Next in Line’ with lyrics … like, "Out the back door and to the corner store – all I want is a drink and nothing more" – this comeback looks like it’s here to stay. Swingin’ Utters are a kind of Stiff Little Fingers / Clash meets The Pogues on the High Seas , for the 21st Century, with all the energy and passion to boot.. Looking forward to seeing them come back to these shores next year.

Andi C

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BAUHAUS

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With Peter Murphy tourin the UK in Early October, Vive Le Rock takes a look at the history of goth pioneers Bauhaus.

Bauhaus, originating in Northampton, England, is considered the original goth-rock band. Using influences from punk, glam rock, and Krautrock paired with Peter Murphy’s dark vocals, they were able to create a gloomy sound that appealed to those music fans that were unsatisfied with the New Wave movement in the early 1980s.

Daniel Ash (guitar), and his friend David J Haskins (bassist), along with Haskins’ little brother, Kevin Haskins (drums) played in various bands during their childhood years. However, most bands wouldn’t last more than one gig. While Ash continued to float from one band to the next, he was continually trying to convince friend Peter Murphy to be in a band with him on the grounds that he felt Murphy had the right ‘look.’ Murphy finally caved, however at first Ash chose against inviting David J into the band, as he wanted the band to be his and under his control. After only a few weeks with Chris Barber as bassist Ash reconsidered and asked David J to join them. Although David J has already committed to touring with another band, he felt playing with friends was top priority and left the other band. The group played their first gig as an unnamed band in Wellingborough on New Year’s Eve 1978.

The band eventually chose the name Bauhaus 1919 in reference to the German art movement of the 1920s as they felt the associations of the movement matched their musical style. In hopes of getting a record deal, an associate of the band, Graham Bentley, recorded a gig and sent it off to record labels, however the attempt was unsuccessful, as many record companies at the time did not have home video equipment. With this knowledge Bauhaus decided the record a demo.

After only six weeks together the band entered the studio to record their five-song demo. One song, ‘Bela Lugosi’s Dead’ was more than nine minutes long and became their debut single off of Small Wonder Records, during this time the band dropped the 1919, and released the track as just Bauhaus. The song did well, getting play on John Peel’s evening show and getting them an invitation to record a session on Peel’s show on 3 January 1980. The band released three more singles, one being ‘Telegram Sam’ originally by T.Rex before releasing their debut record, In the Flat Fields in 1980 off of 4AD record label. Although the album received negative press it topped the indie charts and peaked at 72 on the British pop charts.

Due to Bauhaus’ success they moved to 4AD’s bigger label Beggars Banquet Records to release single ‘Kick in the Eye.’ For their second album, Mask (1981) the band used a variety of different instruments to add a diverse sound and recorded a video for its title track as a promotional tool.

Their following single ‘Spirit’ did not do well on the charts. Upset with the results, the band re-recorded it for the third album, The Sky’s Gone Out (1982). During this time Bauhaus recorded a version of David Bowie’s ‘Ziggy Stardust,’ which became their biggest hit and got them onto Top of the Pops. Due to the single the album reached number four on the charts. The attention let to the band’s appearance in horror film The Hunger, where they performed ‘Bela Lugosi’s Dead’ during the opening credits.

Before going into the studio to record their fourth studio record, Burning From the Inside (1983), singer Peter Murphy was taken ill with pneumonia. Not wanting to wait on Murphy, Ash and David J took over the project even doing lead vocals on a few tracks. The album faired well, it’s single, ‘She’s in Parties,’ going to number 26 on the charts. The band embarked on an international tour in support of the album, however one night before a gig at the Hammersmith Palais in London Bauhaus decided to split. The band told the fans to make sure to make it out to the show, not tell anyone that this would be their last. After a set and long encore that included many earlier songs, David J said ‘rest in peace’ as he walked off stage. Burning was released a week later to positive reviews and the band released a limited edition single ‘Sanity Assassin’ as a thank you to all the fans in their fanclub.

After the break-up all members embarked on various projects. While speaking of their respected projects at the time, David J and Ash decided to try to reform Bauhaus. The four members decided to meet up and practice, however Murphy never showed, but the three enthused by the chemistry between the them formed Love and Rockets in 1985 that did well with single ‘So Alive’ in the US, but never made much of an impact in the UK. In 1999 after seven albums the band called it quits.

In 1998, Bauhaus decided to go on a ‘Resurrection Tour’ that included a new track ‘The Dog’s Vapour’ which was included in the soundtrack for film, Heavy Metal 2000. A live album, Gotham (1999) was released following the tour.

Bauhaus returned for the third time in 2005 playing at Coachella, a music festival that takes place in Indio, California. During the performance Murphy was lowered on stage upside down singing the band’s most well known
track ‘Bela Lugosi’s Dead.’ The band then embarked on a tour with Nine Inch Nails where they alluded that they hoped to record new music. On tour together until 2006, the band recorded and then released their fifth record, Go Away White in 2008. However, it marked the end of the band as there was no supporting tour and later members referenced an ‘incident’ that was never explained, but clearly led to the end of Bauhaus.

Peter Murphy tours the UK in October:

October
12 London Garage
13 Bristol O2 Academy 2
14 Glasgow King Tuts
15 Leeds Cockpit
16 Liverpool O2 Academy 2

Stevie Pearce

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THE DOOMED

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MOTORDAMNED UNTIL DEATH

Old friends MOTORHEAD and THE DAMNED both tour the UK in November. What better time to take a look back at their close ties and short-lived THE DOOMED? Read more about Motorhead, The Damned and The Doomed in the upcoming issue 5 of Vive Le Rock!

It’s actually over thirty years since the unholy alliance first hit the stage. When The Damned, the band that released the UK’s first punk, split from original guitarist Brian James in 1978 the remaining three members – gravedigger turned singer Dave Vanian, bass player Captain Sensible and drummer Rat Scabies – were worried about the legal percussions of using the name they thought lay with James so they adopted their original name for reunion gig. The Doomed were booked in at The Electric Ballroom on Tuesday, September 5, 1978. With Captain Sensible switching from bass to fill Brian James’s shoes on guitar they were left without a bass player so they drafted in Motorhead mainman Lemmy. Lemmy said: "We had about five hours of rehearsal. I learned eleven of their songs, and they learned one of mine, which they wound up fucking up on stage. I shouldn’t have even bothered having them do one of my songs, really."

It was one of the most productive periods in the career of The Damned and their comeback album, Machine Gun Etiquette, was probably their most frenetic and manic offering ever. Lemmy offered his services for more than their comeback gig as well. He ended up on the ‘B’ side of The Damned’s Just Can’t Be Happy Today single, the third seven inch offering from Machine Gun Etiquette. Lemmy said: "We recorded a couple of songs – a version of the Sweet’s ‘Ballroom Blitz’ and a Motorhead tune, ‘Over the Top’.”

So how are both outfits doing thirty years on? Well they both share an uncanny ability to go through a multiple of line-up changes. Only Lemmy remains from the Motorhead that were playing everything louder in the late 1970s. The Damned fare slightly better – Dave Vanian and Captain Sensible remain of the original (though Captain has had a few years off himself). Both bands have had their fair share of ups and downs over the decades but the 2009 tour with support from another enduring rock act, Girlschool, was a big success.

Lemmy sums up what’s on the agenda quite aptly: "Here we are again boys and girls, come and get your fuckin’ head blown off! – in the best possible taste."

It was the last chance to see the Motorhead frontman before he is truly immortalised on the silver screen in 2010 in the shape of ‘Lemmy: The Movie’. Directed/produced by Greg Olliver and Wes Orshoski, the film took two years to make and includes feature interviews with friends, peers, and admirers such as Dave Grohl, Slash, Ozzy Osbourne, Alice Cooper, Peter Hook of Joy Division/New Order, Dee Snider, Mick Jones of The Clash, Jim Heath of Reverend Horton Heat, Slim Jim Phantom of The Stray Cats, Mike Inez, pro skateboarder Geoff Rowley, pro wrestler Triple H, C.C. Deville of Poison, Fast Eddie Clarke, Johnny Knoxville, Jarvis Cocker, Marky Ramone, former Hawkwind bandmates Dave Brock and Stacia, and Steve Vai.

The Damned’s Captain Sensible is more than happy to have worked with Lemmy once again on their 2009 tour. "He’s the real deal, the absolute antithesis to all that the likes of Simon Cowell stand for. And for that we should all be grateful", says Captain Sensible. "This tour will be a celebration of all things rock ‘n’ roll… pity the poor roadies is all I can say!"
Neil Anderson

Motorhead tour in November with UK Subs and ANL:

November
2 Wolverhampton Civic Hall
3 Newcastle City Hall
5 Glasgow Academy
6 Liverpool University Mountford Hall
8 Bristol Colston Hall
11 Norwich UEA
12 London Hammersmith Apollo
14 Plymouth Pavillions
15 Southampton Guildhall
17 Nottingham Royal Centre
18 Manchester Apollo

The Damned tour in November:

November
9 Bristol Academy 2
10 Birmingham O2 Academy
11 Cambridge Corn Exchange
12 London Roundhouse
13 Brighton East Wing
14 Norwich UEA
15 Nottingham Rock City
17 Newcastle O2 Academy
18 Leeds O2 Academy
19 Manchester Academy
20 Edinburgh Picture House

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ADOLESCENTS

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ADOLESCENTS

By Doug Ahlgren

I caught up with the laidback bass player of The Adolescents, Steve Soto, who said the reason his band reformed ten years ago was because of the urging of a friend who wanted to book them at his club. So they got up on stage for a one-off gig and found something unexpected. “I figured there would just be a bunch of guys my age in the audience when we played; a whole nostalgic trip. But there were a lot of kids who showed up and the majority of the crowd was under 20 years old. It was really cool.”

That event seemed to leave an impression on the band as they are still touring constantly and have just released another acclaimed album with no signs of stopping momentum. “Tony (Cadena) and I started the band when we were 16 and we’ll finish it when we feel like it.”
When they were 18 they wrote and recorded their self titled debut album, called “The Blue Album” by most fans because of the cover. That classic Punk album still resonates today with the current crop of young punks. “Our first record was more of a personal thing. A lot of bands that made records in the Reagan-era are stuck with those (political) songs that are dated whereas our first record is more on the personal side of being a teenager so kids can still relate to it today.”

The new album The Fastest Kid Alive is a refreshing breath of air for Punk rock fans who long for the days when Hardcore punk actually packed a punch and had some great songwriting. Most of the songs on the record have a political slant.

“The album goes out to the U.S. army,” Soto joked, “Our apology to the world for bringing our brand of America to South America and the Middle East. The album is kind of just about the U.S. Government imposing their will on the world.”

Steve explains the lyrics behind one of new songs: Jefferson Memorial Dance Revolution. “A woman got arrested for dancing at the Jefferson Memorial. It’s things like that the government keeps trying to take our rights to express ourselves. Those things need to be brought attention to our fans.”

Steve and his band mates grew up in a fertile punk scene in Orange County, California that was met with a lot of hostility from their peers. He remembers one event when everything changed from that day forth. “It was Devo Monday: The Monday after Devo played Saturday Night Live was when the beatings really started at school. The jocks realized then what we were listening to, but by that time we had already moved on from bands like Devo to the Clash. I was getting my bike tires slashed just for liking a different kind of music.”

He also realizes how much the mindset has changed toward Punk Rock since then. “When the jocks threw their lunches at our punk friends when they visited us at school, they didn’t realize they were throwing shit at Mike Ness and Dennis Danell of Social Distortion. Those same guys say they like Social Distortion now.”

Nonetheless L.A. in the late 70, early 80s was an exciting place to grow up in as a punk teenager. “We started going to the Starwood in Hollywood. I would have to be pretty creative making up lies to my mom on Tuesday nights to get out of the house to go there. They had all the bands like X, Fear, Black Flag and DOA. Every Tuesday night there were amazing punk rock shows.”

Steve got wiser about the realities of the punk scene as he grew up. It wasn’t all D.I.Y. and pure. “A lot of the older guys who ran the clubs made a lot of money on us and we were unsuspecting kids who were happy when we got 50 bucks each. So when we finally figured out that whole end of the business out you look back and say ‘Oh, man those guys were shysters!’ But they also gave us a place to play and let the Orange County punk scene grow. I don’t think we would’ve gotten to where we did without those guys giving us an opportunity. “
Then Steve explains that he left the punk scene as it got bigger. “I burned out on the Punk violence thing. A gang element was there. A friend of mine got stabbed and I washed my hands of the thing for a while.”

‘The Fastest Kid Alive’ is out now on Concrete Jungle.
Steve Soto will be coming to the UK with the Punk Rock Karaoke tour in November. See below for more details.

DEREK O’BRIEN (Social Distortion, Agent Orange)
STAN LEE (The Dickies)
GREG HETSON (Bad Religion, Circle Jerks)
STEVE SOTO (Adolescents, Agent orange, 22 Jacks)

and YOU!?

NOVEMBER
04th UK GLASGOW SCHOOL OF ART STUDENT UNION
05th IR DUBLIN BUTTON FACTORY
06th UK NOTTINGHAM ROCK CITY
07th UK LEEDS BRUDENELL SOCIAL CLUB
08th UK Or Travel Day
09th OPEN
10th E. Basque Country tbc
11th E. MADRID GRUTA 77
12th E. BARCELONA ESTRAPERLO
13th OPEN
14th Day off
15th I. MILANO LO FI
16th I. BOLOGNA IL COVO
17th CH LUZERN SEDEL
18th A. GLEISDORF KUKE GLEISDORF
19th OPEN
20th UK LONDON ISLINGTON O2 ACADEMY 2

The original deal since 1996. We play….YOU sing! Pick a song,we give you the lyrics.We call your name and voila! you are the singer in a punk rock band backed by the finest hand picked side men.

Here is just a flavour of the some of the songs you could be singing:

PRK LIST
12XU – WIRE
ALTERNATIVE ULSTER – STIFF LITTLE FINGERS
AMOEBA – ADOLESCENTS
ANARCHY IN THE UK – SEX PISTOLS
ASTRO ZOMBIES – MISFITS
BIKEAGE – DESCENDANTS
BLITZKRIEG BOP – RAMONES
BLOODSTAINS – AGENT ORANGE
BODIES – SEX PISTOLS
BULLET – MISFITS
CALIFORNIA UBER ALLES – DEAD KENNEDYS
CHEERY BOMB – THE RUNAWAYS
EVER FALLEN IN LOVE – BUZZCOCKS
FUCK ARMAGEDDON – BAD RELIGION
GIVE IT BACK – THE DICKIES
I DON’T CARE ABOUT YOU – FEAR
I GOT A RIGHT – IGGY POP
I LOVE LIVIN IN THE CITY – FEAR
LOS ANGELES – X
MANNY MOE AND JACK – THE DICKIES
MY WAY – SEX PISTOLS
NERVOUS BREAKDOWN – BLACK FLAG
NEW ROSE – THE DAMNED
OUR LIPS ARE SEALED – THE GO GOS
PAY TO CUM – BAD BRAIN
SEARCH AND DESTROY – IGGY POP
SHEENA IS A PUNK ROCKER – RAMONES
SOLITARY CONFINEMENT – THE WEIRDOS
SONIC REDUCER – DEAD BOYS
TEENAGE KICKS – THE UNDERTONES
UNCONTROLABLE URGE – DEVO
WHAT DO I GET ? – BUZZCOCKS
WHITE RIOT – THE CLASH
WILD IN THE STREETS – CIRCLE JERKS

plus much much more ……………………..

So, get on your old bondage pants and spike up your hair for the Punk Rock Karaoke event of the year !

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KID CONGO POWERS

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CONGO RISING

Hugh Gulland chats with the Solo Chollo, Kid Congo Powers.



Kid, you’ve had a long evolution from being the ‘singer’s guitarist’ to a frontman in your own right, was Fur Bible the start of this?
“It’s very long-winded, yeah, (Fur Bible) was supposed to be Tex Perkins, but yeah, he got refused a visa. Then we did actually get together, but it was the wrong element at the time, you know, we were both going somewhere else, although we remain friends to today and admirers of each other. But that was just an ill-fated pact. It was a good idea that was ill-fated for whatever possible reasons, so that left us with a recording session with no singer! Someone pushed me to the front, and I reluctantly did that… actually it’s funny ‘cause the Fur Bible was the one big shame of my life, of all the records I’ve made! For years, 15 years, I was ashamed of that record, I never really liked the project really, but suddenly about six years ago people started going, “I just found that Fur Bible record, it’s amazing, I love this record“, and I’m like, ‘Ugh, don’t tell me about it’, people showing up with it to sign, I was like ‘Oh, get this thing away from me’. And then I just decided I should just listen to it… why is everyone into it now, because everyone hated it when it came out! So I played it, and I thought ‘Oh, that’s… quite good!’ It’s produced by Jim Thirlwell and it’s a good slice of hard gothic rock… so I put it on this compilation album I made a few years ago, called Solo Chollo, which was solo collaborations I’ve done, and then I decided it wasn’t so bad. But I hung my head in shame for many years… I never wanted to do it again after that, and then I just got caught up with doing the Gun Club again, and then I joined Nick Cave’s band and that kind of cut my solo project time down.”



It must have been quite a hectic time, you being in the Gun Club and then multi-banding with the Bad Seeds also…

“A lot of airplanes! We (Bad Seeds) recorded in Brazil, they were still living in London and Berlin, but that was a lot of plane rides, getting off one and getting on into another, into one studio and out the other, but I loved that, I was thriving, I was thriving off living in Berlin at the time and Jeffrey (Lee Pierce) was living in London, and that’s when we got the others, Romi (Mori) and Nick (Sanderson), and so it worked out, I wasn’t so far away, they came to Berlin and we recorded Mother Juno, at Hansa. That whole period was busy!”

Were Gun Club and the Bad Seeds very different working environments?
“Yeah, very, the Gun Club was a rock’n’roll band and very guitar based, and pretty traditional chord structures, interesting stuff, but, whereas the Bad Seeds was more vocal led and more piano, and a lot more experimental stuff was going on, but that was a really amazing learning curve for me there ‘cause I went in just being this guy from the Cramps and the Gun Club, playing pretty basic twelve bar blues rock, to this new idea, so it was really good for me and I think it worked out good for the Gun Club in the end, they were different things and I look at that period of my life as where I kind of grew up and I became more serious about stuff. I just learned a lot and I think that was the launching pad for more solo stuff, it gave me the confidence for that, to be thrown into this strange environment.”



And presumably there was a lot of hard living… you seem to be healthy and happy these days though?
“A lot of drugs, a lot of alcohol… I mean I got out of it early enough, before I turned to stone! I mean, a lot of my friends are healthy and happy, but some are not, and some are not alive… but, yeah, it was hard living, it was just the way it was, the eighties underground rock was like that, and that was the time before, I never knew what rehab was then! It wasn’t like now, everyone knows what it means, then, you didn’t realise, and also everyone was going for broke, there was no limits… a lot of that was about exploration, in the end you’ll find a lot of it was about dealing with whatever demons one has, but it was also about looking to go somewhere, even if that was a pretty dark place! It was extreme research if you like! And it was pretty widespread in underground rock communities, it was the times, it was in the fashion industry at the time, like heroin was everywhere. And ultimately it took its toll, some worse off than others, and musically, once you’re, heroin really just turns you to stone, you have no feeling anymore. And luckily people like me, and people like Nick and whoever, have survival instinct enough, and love for their music and work enough, that the idea to get out came.”



Do you remember a point at which you had to say ‘ok, time to back off now’ as far as the drugs went?

“Yeah, I was living in Berlin, and it was actually just over the death of a friend, who I didn’t know that well, someone in my circle of people, and I just kind of saw the way people were reacting, and being very unfeeling about it, ‘Oh, she was just weak, she wasn’t REALLY a junkie’, and I somehow saw that and was like, you know what, this is not me. And I thought, I’m in this amazing situation, I’m in Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, I’m in the Gun Club, and why do I not care about any of this? So, that kind of stuff, it’s just an ennui of sorts, if you get a minute to see it, you stand outside yourself and see it… so, luckily, here we are… (points to pic on the press biog) here I am in a Mariachi suit!”



In common with certain contemporaries such as Blixa Bargelt or Rowland S Howard, your playing comes from a very left field direction, not the conventional guitar-player route…
“Oh yeah, well thank you for putting me in that category! But I think I agree, we all came from a time where we were all untrained, and we all had made it up, and our approach was based on feeling and ideas about sound, it’s expressive more than it is technical. Rowland had a lot of technique to work with, but really a lust and a need to create our own sound. For me, and I know making music for Rowland and Blixa, is about creating language and it’s very much about creating your own language, and that was a goal of a lot of the early punk scene, and that’s something that I still strive for, being able to say things the way I say things… make music that’s unique to that. And luckily, cultivated that over the years , and I have a band that, like now my band (The Pink Monkey Birds) is younger than I am by 10 or 20 years, but they’re very clued in to where I’m coming from, and they’re coming from the same kind of idea, it took a long time to find people like that and I wanted to have younger people in my band because they have fresh ideas too. I can get mired down in all my old ideas, and that can be good for some things or that can be bad, but my band is very important now, and they’re very involved in shaping the way the music happens.”



’Gorilla Rose’ by Kid Congo And The Pink Monkey Birds is out now on In The Red records.

 

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BALAAM & ANGEL-LIVE SAT!

80’s post punk/goths BALAAM AND THE ANGEL play a rare London show this saturday at the 02 Academy Islington with support from Claytown Troupe. To read an interview with Balaam go to the vive website at www.vivelerock.net

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DEATH VALLEY SURFERS/BUBBLEGUM SCREW LONDON GIG

 Death Valley Surfers + Bubblegum Screw + the Dilenquents (21st Oct @ the Unicorn)         Time 21 October at 19:30 - 22 October at 00:00   --------------------------------------------------------------------------             Location The Unicorn        227 Camden road       London, United Kingdom   --------------------------------------------------------------------------             Created by: Spiderweb Promotions   --------------------------------------------------------------------------             More info Spiderweb promotions presents...        FREE FREE FREE FREE FREE FREE FREE FREE FREE FREE FREE FREE FREE        DEATH VALLEY SURFERS       ... "Crazy Rock & Roll like Bo Diddley on speed"        They surf with a Punkabilly style.       The Saxophone & Contra Bass pump out an infectious rhythm that rocks your bones.        They call it Crazy Rock’n’Roll.        The plan was to have fun on & off stage.       Don’t be surprise to see a stage full of dancing girls & Russ serving tequila to DVS fans. If you want to party, then these are your boys.        http://www.deathvalleysurfers.co.uk/        Bubblegum Screw       "Sleazy Glam Punk & Roll"        http://www.bubblegumscrew.com/        The Dilenquents       "Horror Punks"        http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Dilenquents/30041272730        FREE FREE FREE FREE FREE FREE FREE FREE FREE FREE FREE FREE FREE        Address:       The Unicorn (020 7485 3073)       227 Camden Road       London NW1 9AA        Nearest tubes: Kentish Town, Caledonian Road, Tufnell Park, Camden Road        Busses: 29, 253        FREE FREE FREE FREE FREE FREE FREE FREE FREE FREE FREE FREE FREE        Music till 11, drinking till 12, cheap booze, free entry all night!        TELL YOUR MATES - SPREAD THE WORD        Direct link to Spiderweb Promotions on facebook:       http://www.facebook.com/pages/Spiderweb-Promotions/197007260327542See more  
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BALAAM AND THE ANGEL

Balaam And The Angel


Ahead of their London O2 Academy Islington show on Saturday (1st October), Vive Le Rock catches up with ’80s post-punk goth rockers BALAAM AND THE ANGEL.

So what has Balaam And The Angel been up to since I saw you at the Marquee all those years ago ?
"Wow…….If I remember correctly the last time we were at The Marquee Club was Feb 1991 (20 years ago). By that stage it was in Charing Cross Road having moved from the Wardour Street location (which we also played in our even earlier days). We used to love playing the Marquee – great atmosphere – we played there several times and at one point we played, and sold out, three consecutive nights at the Charing Cross Road site. Since then ? Well the easiest way to describe what has been going on is to say that all three of us have been busy developing a successful life outside of the music industry. You see by ‘91 we were beginning to become disillusioned with the “business” side of making music – what had initially been fun and exciting had become a chore and we decided to take a break to allow us to concentrate on some other things and maybe rediscover some of the magic that had inspired us in our early days. We hadn’t intended to stay away forever, and certainly not for as long as we have, but you know how it is you blink and suddenly 5, 10, 20 years have gone by. We have played some gigs in the period since the last full tour but we have been very selective about this – the great thing about the situation that we are in at the moment is that we do not have the pressure of having to play to support a music career so we can choose things that we think are interesting or exciting (like the Dudley Castle show we did in 2000 and more recently the special guest support slot with The Mission in 2008)."

What can we expect from the O2 Academy Islington show ?
"I would like to think that one of the things that we did particularly well was to play live. We certainly did a lot of it and we did put a great deal of effort into every detail of our performances. The Islington show will be no different – in fact because it is a special one off and because we are so keen to create a stir we will be really pushing the boat out. Musically we will be playing numbers from pretty much every part of our career. There will be all the usual favourites alongside some songs that we have never ever played live. Also with the help of some of our long time musical colleagues we will be performing some songs with their full instrumentation in a way that we have never been able to do before. Visuals wise we have enlisted the help of an up and coming Dalston based visual artist who has developed some interesting footage for the evening so all in all it should be a truly memorable evening."

READ THE REST OF THE INTERVIEW WITH BALAAM AND THE ANGEL IN THE NEXT ISSUE OF VIVE LE ROCK (ISSUE 5), OUT NOVEMBER 10TH!

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LEN PRICE 3-ROCK LONDON!

 Our fave band The Len Price Three is doing a gig at the Half moon Putney on 14 October.  The Len Price 3 are a garage pop band hailing from the Medway Towns.   Their sound is forged in the Medway tradition, fusing driving energy,   catchy hooks and a raw 60’s garage sound. On disc and at live shows The   Len Price 3 offer a truly memorable and invigorating sonic experience.   Their first album, Chinese Burn, originally released by Laughing Outlaw   and recently re-released on Little Steven’s Wicked Cool label, offers   something for everyone from the Devils of Chatham Town to childhood   memories of fat wrestlers on Saturday afternoon TV. THE LEN PRICE 3 ROCK!!±!  More info http://www.thelenprice3.co.uk/ 
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SEASICK STEVE TOUR

 Seasick Steve Autumn Dates Announced “It’s A Long, Long Way” Video & 4Play Documentary Short  Following a triumphant string of festival appearances this summer, Seasick  Steve announces three more UK dates to round out the autumn. Kicking off in  London on 8th October, before carrying on to Manchester on 10th October and  Glasgow on 11th October, tickets for all of Seasick Steve’s autumn dates are  on sale now, and available from www.livenation.com, www.gigsandtours.com,  and www.gigsinscotland.com.  On August 15th, Seasick Steve released “It’s A Long, Long Way” (PIAS), the  final single off his Gold + selling album, You Can’t Teach An Old Dog New  Tricks  -- which incidentally spent three weeks in the UK’s Top Ten debuting  at number 6 on release. The studio recording of “It’s A Long, Long Way”  features Led Zeppelin’s legendary John Paul Jones on mandolin; and audiences  were thrilled when John made several surprise guest appearances with Seasick  Steve throughout the summer.  As a last fond farewell to the summer festival shows, a video for “It’s A  Long, Long Way” (directed by Ben & Jos from Asylum Films) has been put  together, consisting of a montage of live performance excerpts. A natural  festival sing-along favorite from the outset, footage of “It’s A Long, Long  Way” has been culled from the Isle of Wight Festival, the Goldcoast  OceanFest, the Larmer Tree Festival, and the Rock Werchter Festival in  Belgium as well as the iTunes Festival at the Camden Roundhouse.  The directors have also prepared a special 4play documentary short that  includes festival footage of Seasick Steve, along with an interview shot  backstage at The Cropredy Festival with Grinderman’s Jim Sclavunos posing  the questions. The short runs tonight/early tomorrow morning Monday 19th  September at about 1.25am on Channel 4.  Seasick Steve appears on TV once again this week on the afternoon of  Thursday the 22nd Setpember when he is a guest on ITV’s Alan Titchmarsh  Show; the show starts at 3pm. And last but not least, Steve has been  confirmed for the line-up of this year’s Guinness Arthur's Day Show to be  held at The Savoy Theatre in Cork on Thursday 22nd September.  Autumn Dates: • Sat 8th Oct London HMV Apollo Hammersmith Box Office 0844 844 4748 • Mon 10th Oct Manchester O2 Apollo         Box Office 0844 477 7677 • Tue 11th Oct Glasgow O2 Academy         Box Office 0844 499 9990  Tickets available from: • www.livenation.com • www.gigsandtours.com • www.gigsinscotland.com
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