Former VICE SQUAD drummer and now Vive Le Rock contributor Shane Baldwin teams up with Bristol Archive Records founder Mike Darby to share stories of the city’s punk scene during the 70s and 80s.
A founder member of Vice Squad in 1978, Baldwin was also a co-founder of the Riot City label, one of the major players on the UK82 scene, releasing product by ABRASIVE WHEELS, VARUKERS and fellow Bristolians CHAOS UK and CHAOTIC DISCHORD. Now a contributor to a number of publications, Shane’s book Last Rockers: The Vice Squad Story was published earlier this year. He’s currently writing a new book on the Bristol punk scene.
Bristol Archive Records showcases music from the diverse Bristol punk and reggae scene from 1979 onwards, many of whom are still active today. Their extensive archive documents the city’s punk scene through rare photographs, posters, gig listings, label and band discographies, gig and release reviews and stories from people active in the scene.
The discussion, chaired by noted writer, lecturer and musician Dr Peter Webb, takes place at Arnolfini, Bristol at 5pm-6pm on Saturday 30 July. Tickets for the discussion are available here.
The discussion will be followed by a gig featuring Chaos UK, BLURT and RITA LYNCH. Tickets available here.
Legendary pub-rockers KILBURN AND THE HIGH ROADS have their classic 1975 album Handsome reissued by Cherry Red next month.
The Kilburns, as they became known, are noted for having launched the musical career of one IAN DURY. They also featured, at one time or another, future BLOCKHEAD Davey Payne, guitarist Keith Lucas, soon to front 999 as Nick Cash, and fine artist Humphrey Ocean.
Formed in 1971, and gifted with an eclectic sound and a revolving-door line-up, The Kilburns were spotted playing infamous music biz hangout The Speakeasy by pub-rock impresario and future Stiff Records boss Dave Robinson and BRINSLEY SCHWARZ’s Nick Lowe in late ’72. Robinson helped them onto the circuit by booking them a gig at The Tally Ho in Kentish Town in January ’73, before relinquishing management to legendary London radio DJ Charlie Gillett.
Signing to the tiny Raft label, they recorded their debut album Wotabunch! with producer Tony Ashton of ASHTON, GARDNER & DYKE, but the label was bought out by WEA who chose not to release it. Re-recording the tracks with a new line-up, they signed to Pye subsidiary Dawn Records, releasing their official debut Handsome in 1975, by which time the band had split. Wotabunch! was belatedly released in 1978 by Warner Bros as a cash-in following the success of Dury’s solo album New Boots And Panties!!
Cherry Red’s new expanded edition of Handsome includes the full album plus numerous bonus tracks plus a second disc featuring an 11-track Capital Radio session from April ’74. Scheduled for release on 26 August, Handsome is available to pre-order here.
Post-gothic diva Sukie Smith and her band MADAM have released a new video to coincide with the announcement of their forthcoming album launch show.
‘I Am Your Home’ is the second single to be taken from the album Back To The Sea, which is released digitally on 5 August. You can pre-order it from iTunes now. A vinyl release will follow on 23 September.
The video was directed by Matthew Lynch and edited by Ellie McNaughtan.
Madam play The Moth Club, Vallette Street, Hackney, London on Monday 12 September. Tickets priced £8 are available here.
German punk chanteuse NINA HAGEN is set to play her first U.K. show in 14 years!
As part of here World Tour celebrating 45 years on stage and screen, the charismatic performer will play London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire on Saturday 24 September. Special guest at the show is Stiff Records hitmaker LENE LOVICH.
Sometimes referred to as the Godmother of Punk, the East Berlin-born Hagen was a successful teenage actress and singer before migrating to the West in 1976 and signing to CBS Records. Moving to London, she fell in with the likes of THE SLITS and THE SEX PISTOLS before returning to Germany to form the NINA HAGEN BAND and went on to record German language versions of Lovich’s ‘Lucky Number’ and THE TUBES ‘White Punks On Dope’ , all the while causing media uproar with her controversial public appearances.
Acclaimed 80s punk-blues reconstructionists THE SCREAMING BLUE MESSIAHS are to have their long-deleted albums compiled in a new box set.
Across five CDs, Vision In Blues includes indie debut mini-album Good And Gone, plus major label releases Gun-Shy, Bikini Red and Totally Religious. There’s also a full live set from a December ’89 show in Zurich, plus a plethora of bonus studio and live tracks. The set is completed by a 7″ single featuring the tracks ‘Vision In Blues’ and ‘Good And Gone’ and a lavish booklet with new band interviews.
Scheduled for release on 2 September through Easy Action, Vision In Blues is available to pre-order here. The first 200 orders will receive replica tour laminates, plus an exclusive live CD EP.
Easy Action are also issuing an expanded edition of Good And Gone on limited edition coloure 12″ vinyl. Pre-order here.
Rising from the rubble of Beefheart and Feelgood channelling pub-rockers MOTOR BOYS MOTOR in 1983, the Messiahs drew praise with Good And Gone, their debut on Big Beat, produced by Feelgood producer Vic Maile. Touring the world with the likes of THE CRAMPS, ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN and DAVID BOWIE – who proclaimed them his favourite band! – they released three major label albums and had a Top 30 single before imploding in 1990.
Watch an interview with frontman Bill Carter, featuring tracks recorded live in Maryland.
For more on Dr Feelgood and pub rock, check out the latest edition of Vive Le Rock!
Post-punk icons GANG OF FOUR have announced the release of a new live album.
Live… In The Moment was recorded at Islington Assembly Hall in London on Friday 6 November 2015 following a lengthy tour of the USA. While in the States, the band filmed their sell-out performance at New York’s Irving Plaza. A DVD of the show comes packaged with the CD of the live album.
The band’s first live album since 1984’s At The Palace, the set list for the release highlights the band’s catalogue of more than 35 years, from first single ‘Damaged Goods’ and 1979’s classic debut album Entertainment!, right up to last year’s What Happens Next, their first album to feature new vocalist John ‘Gaoler’ Sterry.
Set for release on 2 September through Membran, Live… In The Moment is available to pre-order here.
Pub-rockers TYLA GANG have their complete works compiled by Cherry Red next month.
Formed by ex-DUCKS DELUXE frontman Sean Tyla in 1975, Tyla Gang debuted with the classic ‘Styrofoam’ single for Stiff and ‘Suicide Jockey’ for Skydog before signing to U.S. label Beserkely for the albums Yachtless and Moonproof. Failing to find major success, they split in ’79 with Tyla heading off for a solo career, while guitarist Bruce Irvine joined much-loved but shortlived acid-punks LIGHTNING RAIDERS.
Following a long period away from the music business, working on a pig farm and as a cricket coach, Tyla reformed the Ducks in 2007, followed by the Gang in 2010.
Across three CDs, Pool Hall Punks: Complete Recordings 1976-1978 compiles albums and singles, along with B-sides, live tracks, three John Peel sessions, tracks from the Old Grey Whistle Test and recordings under different guises. Scheduled for release on 26 August, it’s available to pre-order here.
The Tyla Gang play a special lunchtime show celebrating Sean Tyla’s 70th birthday at The Boom Boom Club at Sutton United F.C., Surrey on Sunday 16 October. The band precede this with a short tour of Sweden at….
28/9 Rockbåten, Helsingborg
29/9 Engelen, Stockholm
30/9 Lorient, Linköping
1/10 East West, Örebro
2/10 Folk å Rock, Malmö
Tyla’s superb 2010 memoir Jumpin’ In The Fire: A Life In Rock’n’Roll is now available on special offer from Soundcheck Books.
For more Sean Tyla and pub rock action, check out the new edition of Vive Le Rock!
Swiss garage-blues legend REVEREND BEAT-MAN blows in for a one-off U.K. date next week.
The rockin’ vicar headlines a very special Dirty Water Club Battle of the One Man Bands at Nambucca, Holloway Road, London on Friday 29 July.
A founder member of Bern’s THE MONSTERS, Beat-Man began performing solo in 1999, armed only with a guitar, kick-drum and hi-hat and working under the influence of HOWLIN’ WOLF and HASIL ADKINS. He founded the high-ranking garage label Voodoo Rhythm Records in 1992, going on to release records by the likes of KING KHAN & THE SHRINES, BOB LOG III, HIPBONE SLIM and loads more.
Also on the bill at the event are LEADFOOT TEA – aka Lee of THE GRAVEMEN, THE BRANDED and THEE EXCITERS – and Southend-based BONE ZENO, formerly known as D-66.
Out Of Control, writer Tony Beesley’s classic photo-memoir of two South Yorkshire punk clubs, is being made available once again in a strictly limited edition of 100 signed copies.
Documenting the scene at seminal venues the Outlook in Doncaster and the Windmill in Rotherham during 1977-78, this new revised and improved edition of Out Of Control includes scores of rare photos of the likes of GENERATION X, ULTRAVOX, THE ADVERTS, PENETRATION, THE BOYS, THE SAINTS, ELECTRIC CHAIRS, THE LURKERS and THE JAM.
Featuring first hand accounts by attendees at these memorable first wave gigs, along with posters, fliers, fanzines and other memorabilia, the book also includes a foreword by former Boys bassist, Duncan ‘Kid’ Reid.
Available to pre-order now from Tony’s website, the first 30 pre-orders will include a free CD of THE SEX PISTOLS live at Doncaster Outlook, where they appeared under the name Tax Exiles on the SPOTS tour or August ’77, as well as an ultra-rare radio interview with Sid Vicious and Johnny Rotten.
Hard working streetpunk trio KNOCK OFF have released a video for their new single and they’re launching it exclusively through Vive Le Rock!
‘Fingers To The Bone’ is the second single to be taken from their second album This Is Who We Are. This Is What We Do. It’s available now from the band’s website.
Formed in September 2013, the boys have had a busy couple of years, with support slots with the likes of BUZZCOCKS, SHAM 69, U.K. SUBS and THE BUSINESS. There’s plenty still to come with a return to Rebellion and a German tour and various other gigs line-up for the rest of the year. Full dates are below….
04.08 – Rebellion, Blackpool (Arena Stage 12.55)
12.08 – 100 Club, London (w/ Old Firm Casuals)
10.09 – Undercover Festival, Brighton Racecourse
22.09 – Panic Room, Essen (Germany)
23.09 – Monkey’s Music Club, Hamburg (Germany)
24.09 – Cortina Bob’s, Berlin (Germany)
25.09 – Gig Club, Halle (Germany)
07.10 – Great British Alternative Festival, Skegness
14.10 – The Horseshoe, Wellingborough (w/ The Astronauts)
15.10 – T Chances, London (w/ East End Badoes)
06.11 – Diabetes Benefit Weekender, Owl Sanctuary, Norwich
25.11 – Club Ifaw Bach, Cardiff (w/ U.K Subs and Cyanide Pills)
26.11 – The Fleece, Bristol (w/ U.K Subs and Cyanide Pills)
SoCal harcore legend KEITH MORRIS has his autobiography published next month.
My Damage: The Story Of A Punk Rock Survivor is literally that, charting the former BLACK FLAG, CIRCLE JERKS and OFF! frontman’s life, from his Hermosa Beach childhood working in his father’s bait shop, through his first experiences with drugs – from a friend who worked in a zoo! – to the formation of Black Flag and beyond, along the way appearing in classic movies The Decline of Western Civilization and Repo Man, and battling drug and alcohol addiction, diabetes and the music industry.
Co-written with noted punk fanzine writer Jim Ruland, My Damage is published by Da Capo on 30 August. It’s available to pre-order here.
Morris currently fronts FLAG alongside original Black Flag members Chuck Dukowski, Dez Cadena and Bill Stevenson and guitarist Stephen Egerton. They play Camden Underworld, London on Tuesday 2 August and Rebellion, Blackpool on Thursday 4 August.
Hastings punks MAID OF ACE are set to release their brand new album, and they’re launching the first video from it exclusivelly with Vive Le Rock!
Filmed around the band’s hometown by director Mark Richards, ‘Maid In England’ is the title track from the sibling quartet’s second album, due out on 5 August. You can pre-order it here.
Speaking about the album, songwriters Alison and Anna claim, “We just write about whatever we’re feeling at the time… We don’t put ourselves in a box to try and maintain a certain label, as long as we’re writing songs that we think are good, nothin’ else matters”.
The girls will be laucnhing the alabum at Rebellion on 5 August, as well as playing several dates across the UK and Europe with the likes of THE DWARVES, LEFTOVER CRACK and MDC. Full dates are below.
02.08 Exchange – Bristol w/ The Dwarves + CJ Ramone (UK)
05.08 Rebellion Festival – Blackpool *ALBUM LAUNCH- Tower Street Arena- 1.20pm* (UK)
08.08 The Rainbow – Birmingham (UK)
11.08 The Underworld Camden – London w/ Leftover Crack + In Evil Hour (UK)
12.08 The Fighting Cocks – London w/ MDC (UK)
13.08 The Union Bar – Hastings (UK)
18.08 The Lady Luck Bar- Canterbury (UK)
20.08 Le Molotov – Marseille (France)
21.08 Secret Place (Home of Underground Rock) – Montpellier (France)
23.08 Chemiefabrik – Dresden (Germany)
24.08 Auto Da Fé Music Pub- Kladno (Czech Republic)
27. 08 Monsters of Odonien – Koln (Germany)
Vive Le Rock is teaming up with the folks at Gypsy Hotel to mark the 13th Anniversary of the death of JOHNNY CASH with an all-star tribute show at London’s Brooklyn Bowl on Sunday 11 September.
A Night In Black will feature Camden legend DANIEL JEANRENAUD and his CAMDEN CATS backing a host of special guest singers on a repertoire of more than 40 Cash classics.
Among those contributing will be JIM JONES, HENRI HERBERT, PAUL-RONNEY ANGEL of URBAN VOODOO MACHINE, KATHERINE BLAKE of MEDIAEVAL BABES, TOM SPENCER of THE PROFESSIONALS, BIG BOY BLOATER, SISTER COOKIE, ROB HERON of the TEA PAD ORCHESTRA, MICHAEL J SHEEHY, MARCELLA PUPPINI of the PUPPINI SISTERS and many more.
And in true Gypsy Hotel style, there’s also a Ring Of Fire burlesque show by TRIXI TASSELS!
Tickets at a very reasonable £10 are available here.
Finnish goth-punks THE 69 EYES have unveiled a new video as well as announcing a couple of U.K. headline dates.
The song ‘Miss Pastis’ is a French-themed track, taken from the Helsinki band’s current album Universal Monsters. Frontman Jyrki 69 says of the song, “It’s a great driving rocker of a song which has already made people move in our live set. I got the idea for the lyrics in Marseille, France where pastis is cheap and girls are pretty. I shot the video in the gardens of Palace of Versailles – I wanted to make it look like a crazy, little art film influenced by as much Jacques Tati as Federico Fellini and classic French films.”
Universal Monsters is available to order here. It’s available to download here.
The band have also announced two headline shows, in Nottingham and Manchester, to tie in with their previously announced support dates with THE MISSION. Full dates are….
3 Nov UK – Leeds: Academy (w/ The Mission) tickets
4 Nov UK – London: Forum (w/ The Mission) tickets
5 Nov UK – Nottingham: Rescue Rooms tickets
6 Nov UK – Birmingham: Institute (w/ The Mission) tickets
7 Nov UK – Manchester: Academy 3 tickets
There’s more action from Portugal this summer, this time of a rock’n’roll variety, as THE PARKINSONS and frontman Afonso Pinto’s other band JOHNNY THROTTLE line up rare London dates.
First up, Johnny Throttle play a Some Weird Sin night at The Lexington on Saturday 23 July. Support comes from SCRAPS and THEE EVILTONES. Tickets priced £7 are available here.
The Parkinsons then play their only London show, headlining the Clerkenwell Festival on Sunday 28 August. Taking place in Spa Fields Park, Clerkenwell from 1.00 to 6.30pm, across two stages, and also featuring a jumble sale, bake-off and dog show, this event is becoming one of London’s essential rock’n’roll highlights of the summer. And it’s FREE! Loads more acts to be announced. More info here.
Two-piece garage-blues supergroup KING MUD have lined up two U.K. dates this month as part of their European tour.
The duo of Freddy J IV from LEFT LANE CRUISER and Van Campbell of BLACK DIAMOND HEAVIES holed up in a Burbank recording studio with producer Arthur Alexander of NYC new wavers THE SORROWS to lay down a series of punk-blues originals, augmented by a couple of covers – THEM’s garage classic ‘I Can Only Give You Everything’ and DR FEELGOOD’s ‘Keep It Out Of Sight’.
The results can be found on Victory Motel Sessions, which is out now on Alive Naturalsound.
King Mud play the following U.K. dates….
Mon 25 July – The Crypt (under Bedford’s), Norwich
Tues 26 July – The Shacklewell Arms, Dalston, London