KIRK BRANDON

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KIRK BRANDON

The legendary frontman talks to Eugene Butcher about the original line-up of Theatre Of Hate reuniting and what we can expect from the new Spear Of Destiny album…

 

For the Theatre Of Hate dates I hear the original band is getting back together again? What’s it like playing with Stan Stammers and the other guys?
"The band consists of Stanley Stammers, John Lennard and me, along with Danny Farrant on drums and Adrian Portos doing guitar duties. Stanley, John and myself are the hardcore of it and we are lucky to have the drum genius of Danny Farrant playing with us. It’s always special standing on a stage with John and Stanley. The nearest I could explain it is some kind of ‘unity’… of person, of being, maybe all this along with the totally unique music being played up there. It’s definitely a very big buzz on stage with the guys.”

 

Vive Le Rock has heard a snippet of the new Spear Of Destiny album and it’s sounding amazing. How did the recording go and what can you tell us about the album?

"This album, ’31’, is a more uptempo album than most in recent years. Not deliberately so, just that the batch of songs turned out that way. As I have often said, I feel as if I am simply ‘the messenger’ for the music. The universe sends it through and I receive the message. It has a wide range of subjects too. The words, as is always the case, are the hardest to write. Especially after so many years as a songwriter. In the case of ’31’, it has not been so hard. I even wrote three sets of words to the songs without marrying up word and music with a guitar in my hand. Some songs simply write themselves like ‘Titanium Man’ or ‘The Failure’, plain and simple.
"’Titanium Man’, had guitar parts put on by Spear guitarist Adrian Portos that blew everybody’s minds; there are or could be no other parts bar what he put on it that would fit more perfectly than Titanium Man’s cranky, doomed world view. Marvel and the CCCP would be proud.On ‘Cry Baby Cemetery’ there’s a ton of voodoo to the tune, alongside its strange off kilter rhythm, Ade’s ripping lead guitar and plenty of women screaming throughout. An eerie Louisiana copycat crime is its themes and lyrical inspiration.
"‘Speed of Life’ was inspired by Manet’s famous painting of a woman tending bar at the Folies-Bergere in Paris in 1882 (somewhat bizarrely, she looks very similar in appearance to my mother). The disillusionment and bewilderment at the speed of life in her times, at the end of her century, painted into her expression. I transposed that to modern times using famous quotes.

"’Love on The Rhine’ is like a drinking song from 1910, standing somewhere by the famous river. The almost accidental introduction part continually makes me smile, as it sounds like some 1970s dreary German TV series or drama intro music.

"There’s a lot on this album, so I won’t drone on and spoil it for listeners.”

Read more of this interview in the new issue of Vive Le Rock (no.20), out now! Order your copy HERE.

 

 

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MOTORHEAD & THE DAMNED NOV GIGS

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MOTORHEAD and THE DAMNED will play the UK together in November.

Motorhead have announced three arena shows for November, including a show at Wembley Arena.

Joining Motorhead will be The Damned and Germany country rockers The Bosshoss.

The dates are:

November
4 Manchester O2 Apollo
6 Birmingham NIA Arena
8 London Wembley Arena

Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday 25th July at LiveNation.

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SICK OF IT ALL NEW ALBUM

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New York hardcore punk veterans Sick Of It All have announced that their upcoming album will be titled ‘The Last Act Of Defiance’ and will be released on September 29th on Century Media.

See the cover art below.

The track listing of the album reads as follows:

1. Sound the Alarm
2. 2061
3. Road Less Traveled
4. Get Bronx
5. Part of History
6. Losing War
7. Never Back Down
8. Facing the Abyss
9. Act Your Rage
10. Disconnect Your Flesh
11. Beltway Getaway
12. Sidelined
13. Outgunned
14. DNC

‘The Last Act Of Defiance’ was produced by long time friend and producer Tue Madsen who recorded the album at Nova Studio in Staten Island, NY while mixing it in his own Antfarm Studio in Denmark.

Asked about what he wants fans to walk away with after hearing ‘The Last Act Of Defiance’, Armand Majidi’s (drums) answer is very simple: “I want them to feel that they just heard a hardcore record that has everything, from blistering speed to bouncing groove, to heavy and pounding to bright and melodic.”

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BLUES LEGEND JOHNNY WINTER DEAD AT 70

Blues Legend JOHNNY WINTER Dead At 70

 Blues Legend JOHNNY WINTER Dead At 70

Blues legend Johnny Winter has died at the age of 70. The news was first reported by American Blues Scene and Jenda Derringer, wife of Winter‘s former bandmate Rick DerringerJenda wrote on Facebook: "[Johnny] passed early this morning in Zurich, Switzerland." She added: "He was not in good health and was very frail and weak."

Johnny — elder brother of fellow music legend Edgar Winter — has always been one of the most respected singers and guitar players in rock and the clear link between British blues-rock and American Southern rock. Throughout the ’70s and ’80s, Johnny was the unofficial torch-bearer for the blues, championing and aiding the careers of his idols like Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker.

Former GUNS N’ ROSES drummer Matt Sorum paid tribute to Johnny Winter via Twitter. He wrote: "I’ve just become close with Edgar and I’m so sad for him and his family. They had plans to tour."

The Blues magazine editor Ed Mitchell said this morning: "It’s no secret that Johnny has battled with ill health for many years — but he seemed to transcend that struggle when he played live. No one’s slide tone was as sweet, searing, stinging or fiery. Johnny Winter blazing away on a Gibson Firebird is an iconic blues image.

"He was the greatest slide blues guitarist that ever lived. We’ll always have him to thank for pulling Muddy Waters out of his funk in the Seventies and helping him record some of his greatest work: ‘Hard Again’‘I’m Ready’ and ‘King Bee’. All essential."

Speaking to JournalStar.com last month, Johnny Winter said: "When I was about 12, I knew I wanted to be a musician. The blues had so much emotion and so much feeling; if you don’t have that, you’re not going to be good at it."

Asked if there was anything left for him to accomplish, Winter said: "I’ve never won a Grammy on my own — I’d like to do that. The ones I’ve got have been with Muddy. I’ve been nominated a lot of times but never won."

Regarding what he would like his legacy to be, Winter said: "I just hope I’m remembered as a good blues musician."

Winter‘s big breakthrough came in 1968 when Rolling Stone writers Larry Sepulvado and John Burks featured him in a piece on the Texas Music scene, which prompted a bidding war among labels that Columbia eventually won.


Winter remained active up until his death and was scheduled to release a new studio album, "Step Back", on September 2 via Megaforce Records. The follow-up to 2011’s "Roots" features a host of special guests, including Eric ClaptonBen HarperBilly GibbonsJoe PerryDr. JohnLeslie WestBrian Setzer and Joe Bonnamassa.

"As the great blues historian Robert Palmer once bluntly stated, ‘Texas’s blues pedigree is unsurpassed," writes Brad Tolinski in the liner notes for the recent career-retrospective boxed set "Johnny Winter: True To The Blues". "But of all of these bright lights, perhaps the most electrifying, exotic and resilient Texas export is a snowy white guitarist from Beaumont, whose truth-is-stranger-than-fiction given name is Winter. For well over five decades, John Dawson ‘Johnny’ Winter III has produced and played on some of the most exciting blues and rock recordings in the history of both genres. His absolute command of traditional music has earned him the respect of serious musicologists, while his tremendous agility, wicked speed and full-tilt aggression on the electric guitar and acoustic bottleneck has won over several generations of younger rock players looking to cop some the fastest and hottest licks ever committed to tape."

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Read more at http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/blues-legend-johnny-winter-dead-at-70/#gLgGPFhhW9HWrOSi.99

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GUILFEST THIS WEEKEND!

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GUILFEST 2014 hits Stoke Park in Guildford this weekend (18th – 20th July).

Make sure you head over to the VIVE LE ROCK STAGE for the likes of SHAM 69 (original line-up), BUZZCOCKS, RUTS DC, CHELSEA, THE URBAN VOODOO MACHINE, THE SKINTS, THE VIBRATORS, ELECTRIC RIVER, BERMONDSEY JOYRIDERS and many more!

For the Vive Le Rock Stage line-up see below.

For more info, the full festival line-up and tickets, head to Guilfest.co.uk

See you this weekend!


Vive Le Rock Stage

FRIDAY (18th July)                                SATURDAY (19th July)                        SUNDAY(20th July)

  • SHAM 69 (Original Line Up)

  • Chelsea

  • Stone Foundation

  • The Vibrators

  • UnderView

  • 2nd Hand Citizens

  • Brompton Mix

  • The Shakespearos

  • Split Glory

  • The Orders

  • Buzzcocks

  • The Urban Voodoo Machine

  • The Sex Pistols Experience

  • Imperial Leisure

  • Bermondsey Joyriders

  • Dirty Revolution

  • Skaciety

  • WitchDoktors

  • Model Society

  • The Scintillas

  • Pig Ignerents

  • Miss Vincent

  • Ruts D.C

  • The Skints

  • The Ramonas

  • New Town Kings

  • Electric River

  • Riskee & The Ridicule

  • The Spitfires

  • Carnival Youth

  • Neighbourhood Threat

  • Tree House Fire

  • R.E.D.

 

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GONE TO THE DOGS-CHARITY GIG-STAGE TIMES TONIGHT

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 STAGE TIMES FOR THIS GREAT CAUSE-THAT STARTS TONIGHT ARE-

Friday
Doors 7pm
Our last chance 7.15pm
The Dementias 7.50pm
Sad Sally          8.35pm
Hung like Henratty 9.15pm
Dun 2 Def         10,00pm
Duncan Reid      10.45pm
 
Saturday
Doors 5.00pm
Chris Mcdougall  Dysfunction 7.00pm
The Shots  7.45pm
The Duel    8.30pm
Arthur (Accustic) 9.15pm
red Alert  10.00pM

Gone to the Dogs Festival 

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THE BOYS – ‘I’M A BELIEVER’ VIDEO (VLR EXCLUSIVE)

From their brand new album!

On June 20 2014 THE BOYS release their long-requested first new studio album since 1981 on Wolverine Records. Featuring the original founder members and creative core of Matt Dangerfield, Casino Steel and Honest John Plain, the new album “Punk Rock Menopause” is packed with 13 iconic new songs bearing the band’s classic trademark blistering guitars, hard-edged melodies, killer hooks and layered harmonies. It will be released as CD/LP and Digital Download! www.theboys.co.uk

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