GENE LOVES JEZEBEL PLAY LONDON SHOW!

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With glam-goth legends GENE LOVES JEZEBEL set to release their first new album in 14 years, they’ve lined up an intimate London gig next week.

Produced by legendary producer Peter Walsh, Dance Underwater was funded through a PledgeMusic campaign and finds original frontman Jay Aston joined by James Stevenson, Chris Bell and Pete Rizzo. It’s set for release on 30 June through Westworld and is available to pre-order here.

Gene Loves Jezebel play the Black Heart, Camden on Monday 26 June. Tickets priced £15 are available here.

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ANYONE FOR A CHAINSAW PARTY?!

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Ace Essex punks MR HAPPY CHAINSAW launch their comeback EP this weekend with a special minifest.

Originally formed in 2004, the band split in 2009, only to return last year. Their new 5-track EP It’s Not My Ball, featuring three new songs and retooled versions of two older tracks, is set for release on 26 June and is available to pre-order here.

Their special launch party at The George, Witham on Saturday 24 June, also features sets from WOLFE SUNDAY, JIMMY VORN & THE VIPERS, SHOOTING GALE, FYRESKY and THE TRUSTED. Kicking off at 6pm, admission is FREE!

Check out the lyric video for the single ‘Standing There’.

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LEE ROCKER VIDEO PREMIERE!

STRAY CATS legend LEE ROCKER has a brand new video out and he’s premiering it exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

The video, made by Callicore Productions features Lee and band’s medley of Elvis’s Sun Sessions classics ‘That’s Alright Mama’ and ‘Blue Moon’.

Look out for an appearance by the Vive Le Rock hotel!!!

Check out the current edition of Vive Le Rock magazine for our 10-page Stray Cats extravaganza!

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SHARKS ON FILM RAMPAGE!

In March 2016,  SHARKS set out to make a feature-length documentary about their strange and unexpected revival. Three directors and two production companies later, the band have decided to make the film themselves.

This promo clip was directed by Steve ‘Snips’ Parsons for Huna Films. It gives a small taste of the barely organised chaos and elegant mischief behind the music.

Filming will end in October 2017 after these tour dates….

19 Sept – TBC, Lewes
21 Sept – Fruit, Hull tickets
22 Sept – Market Hall, Scarborough
23 Sept – Esquires, Bedford tickets
24 Sept – The Lexington, London tickets

To coincide with the dates, Sharks will release a single from their upcoming concept album Black Beatles And White Temptations. It will be available both as a download and on limited edition vinyl.

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RODENTS RETURN!

The wonderfully named YORKSHIRE RATS return with a new video for the the lead track from their new EP.

‘Alone Together’ is taken from the appropriately titled Yorkshire Rats EP which was released last week. It also features the tracks ‘Where Do I Sign?’, ‘No Way Out’ and ‘Better Days Will Come’.

Recorded at Innersound Studios in York by Sam and Joe Graves (ASKING ALEXANDRIA, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE) and released through their own Northern Ruff label, it’s available to download now from the band’s website.

Formed in Pontefract in 2004 by Don Mercy of BILLY NO MATES and ABRASIVE WHEELS fame, Yorkshire Rats released a single and EP and toured with RANCID before taking an extended hiatus, returning with a full-length album Sea Of Souls in 2015. The line-up is completed by guitarist Matt Lee, bassist Josh Clarke and drummer Chris Furness.

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GODFATHERS UNLEASH NEW VIDEO!

THE GODFATHERS have revealed a striking new video for the title track from their acclaimed album A Big Bad Beautiful Noise.

The video was filmed, edited and directed by Luke Baker and contains flashing images throughout.

Band frontman Peter Coyne says, “The song and video reflect the social and political tensions in today’s society. We want our music to be a part of the soundtrack to a long, hot and very angry summer.”

As previously announced the song is the lead track from A Big Bad Beautiful EP, a limited edition 4-track 10-inch release, which is available exclusively from the band’s website.

The Godfathers play a special show at The Lexington, London on Saturday 24 June, where they’ll play the current album in its entirety, plus a set of classics and rare tracks. Tickets are available here.

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THEATRE OF HATE LIVE ALBUMS REISSUED!

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THEATRE OF HATE have their classic  He Who Dares Wins live albums reissued as a deluxe box set next month.

Formed in 1980 by Kirk Brandon, after a handful of singles, Theatre Of Hate took the unusual step of making their debut full-length, He Who Dares Wins, a live album, recorded at Leeds Warehouse in January ’81. Released on their own Burning Rome label, it quickly rose to the top of the Indie Chart.

A second volume, recorded live in Berlin, was released the following year.

Alongside the two original albums, the new 5-CD box set includes two further volumes, recorded at reunion shows at Manchester Academy in 2007 and Bristol Fleece in 2012. A fifth disc adds a previously unreleased show from Brussels Anciennes Belgique in May 1982.

The set is completed with a fully illustrated booklet, with new sleevenotes by Pat Gilbert, featuring interviews with band members.

He Who Dares Wins: Deluxe Edition is set for release through Cherry Red on 26 July. It’s available to pre-order here.

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Theatre Of Hate released Kinshi, their first new album in 34 years, last autumn. They play the Westworld Weekend at the Box, Crewe on 11-12 May 2018.

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RUTS DC HEADLINE WESTWORLD CALLING!

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THE RUTS DC are to headline a very special Westworld Recordings night in London this autumn.

Westworld Calling scheduled to take place at the O2 Academy in Islington on Saturday 2 September and will also feature sets from original ’77 punks CHELSEA, UK82 favourites CHRON GEN and retooled Bradford goth-punks 1919.

Tickets priced £20 go on sale on Monday 19 June here.

Having cruelly suffered the death of original singer Malcolm Owen in 1980, followed by that of guitarist Paul Fox in 2007, bassist Segs Jennings and drummer Dave Ruffy regrouped with guitarist Leigh Heggarty to release Music Must Destroy last year, their first new rock album in 35 years. Universally acclaimed, it was subsequently awarded Album of the Year in Vive Le Rock!

Check out the video for the single ‘Psychic Attack’.

Westworld have has been building up an impressive roster over the past couple of years, with new albums from all of the above plus GENE LOVES JEZEBEL, PETER HOOK & THE LIGHT and DEPARTMENT S.

They’ve also been responsible for a series of classic reissues from the likes of  DISCHARGE, EXPLOITED, TOY DOLLS, VICE SQUAD, GBH, EXTREME NOISE TERROR, GREEN DAY, ANGELIC UPSTARTS, UK SUBS, BAD BRAINS, POISON IDEA, DOA, THE DAMNED, STIFF LITTLE FINGERS, 999, SPEAR OF DESTINY, THE FALL and many more….

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WIN A MALCOLM MCLAREN FILM BOX SET!!!

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Phil Stongman’s excellent doc Anarchy! The McLaren Westwood Gang was one of the highlights of last year’s Punk At The BFI season.

It’s now available as a deluxe limited edition box set, and thanks to Cadiz Music, we’ve got three copies to give away!

The film includes candid interviews with Malcolm McLaren conducted in Paris and London, previously unseen footage about his childhood, his 1960’s activism, meeting with Vivienne Westwood, their Kings Road shops. It focuses on his key role in the Punk ‘anti-fashion’ and the Sex Pistols and many others, and includes contributions from The Clash, 101ers, Bow Wow Wow, Adam Ant, Boy George, Don Letts, Tony Wilson, Tracey Emin, Stuart Christie, Nick Egan and Westwood herself.

The box set comprises a 2-DVD set featuring the film and a disc of extras including the last ever filmed interview with Malcolm McLaren; a 12-page book with an essay by Barry Cain who interviewed Malcolm many times; a 7″ vinyl single featuring a side of Malcolm talking, with music from the film on the other; a postcard signed by film Phil Strongman; a poster and an Anarchy! badge.

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To be in with a chance of winning one of three copies of this luxurious box set, just drop an email to info@vivelerock.net with ‘Anarchy Film!’ in the subject box, with the answer to the following question:

What legendary US band did Malcolm McLaren manage in 1975?

…and we’ll pick three winners at random.

Good luck! But if you don’t win, the box set is available now, along with other fantastic stuff, from our own Vive Le Shop!

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AIRBOURNE LAND IN THE U.K!

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Aussie longhairs AIRBOURNE return to the UK next autumn for a bunch of dates.

The Melbourne quartet, who released their fourth album Breakin’ Outta Hell through Spinefarm in September last year, recently replaced longstanding guitarist David Roads with Matt ‘Harri’ Harrison. He made his live UK debut with the band in Belfast, Edinburgh and at Download last week.

The next run of dates kicks off with an appearance at Hard Rock Hell in Wales, and includes a London show at the legendary Roundhouse in Camden.

Full dates are….

Fri 10 Nov – Wales, Hafan Y Mor, Hard Rock Hell
Sat 11 Nov – Bristol Academy
Mon 13 Nov – Glasgow Academy
Tue 14 Nov – Manchester Academy
Wed 15 Nov – London Roundhouse
Sat 18 Nov – Norwich UEA
Sun 19 Nov – Oxford Academy
Mon 20 Nov – Sheffield Academy
Wed 22 Nov – Nottingham, Rock City

Tickets go on sale on Friday 16 June here.

Check out the band’s tribute to Lemmy, ‘It’s All For Rock’n’Roll’.

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MIRACULOUS MULE SHARE NEW TRACK!

London punk-blues trio MIRACULOUS MULE issue a new 3-track download single this week, and they’re sharing one of the tracks with Vive Le Rock!

The release follows on from their acclaimed album Two Tonne Testimony, released in March through Muletone/Bronzerat.

The lead track is a reissue of ‘Sound Of The Summer’, whose video was premiered by Vive Le Rock last July. But this time around they’re sharing their tripped out version of the dark gospel standard ‘In My Time Of Dying’ made famous by Led Zeppelin.

Says frontman Michael J Sheehy, “It’s an old traditional gospel song which had been recorded by Blind Willie Johnson, Josh White and Bob Dylan long before Zep. Weirdly our version came out as two distinct halves, the first part sounding more like Black Sabbath than LZ and the second half perhaps sounding a little like Robert Plant’s recent experiments with African music.”

Miraculous Mule have dates lined up at….

17th June: Stag’s Head, London (w/ TABLE SCRAPS)
23rd June: Glastonbury Festival
14th July: Once Upon A Time In The West Festival

Rounded out by the track ‘Ain’t It Hard’, the single is set for release on 16 June and is available through iTunes.

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LAS KELLIES HIT EUROPE!

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Argentinian psych-punks LAS KELLIES follow up on the success of last year’s Friends & Lovers album with another trek through Europe.

The Buenos Aires trio were formed back in 2005 by sisters Silvina and Cecilia Kelly, and were joined last year by bassist Manuela Ducatenzeiler.

The band’s European Tour kicks off with at The Victoria in Dalston, London on 22 June, followed by an appearance at the Glastonbury Festival the next day.

Admission to the Dalston show is FREE but you need a ticket, which you can get here.

Full tour dates are as follows….

22 Jun: The Victoria, London, UK
23 Jun: Glastonbury Festival, Somerset, UK
29 Jun: La Station (Festival Comme Nous Brulons) , Paris, France
30 Jun: Penny Lane, Rennes, France
01 Jul: Biches Festival, Cisai-St-Aubin, France
08 Jul: Festival Maison Fumetti, Nantes, France
12 Jul: BeGood, Barcelona, Spain
14 Jul: Caracol, Madrid, Spain
15 Jul: FBI, Benicasssim, Spain

Check out the video for ‘I Don’t Care’.

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S*M*A*S*H PLAY LONDON SHOW!

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New wave of new wave titans S*M*A*S*H play a rare London gig this month in support of their latest album.

Goodbye W.G.C. was released in February through Esprit De Corps Records, ten years on from their previous album, Icon.

Check out the video for the single ‘Art Therapy’.

Coming to prominence in the early 90s, S*M*A*S*H earned a Top 30 placings with their debut Smash EP and the single ‘(I Want to) Kill Somebody’, which was followed by the single ‘Barrabas (Piloted)’ for SubPop.

The Welwyn Garden City trio play a special Rockaway Beach night at the legendary Hope & Anchor, Islington on Fridy 30 June.  Support comes from fast-rising one-woman agit-punk revolutionary LOUISE DISTRAS.

Tickets priced £10 are available here.

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RAMONES LEAVE HOME DELUXE REISSUE!

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The RAMONES’ classic second album gets the deluxe reissue treatment next month in honour of its 40th Anniversary.

Leave Home was originally released in January 1977 and features such chestnuts as ‘Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment’, ‘Suzy Is A Headbanger’, ‘Commando’, ‘Glad To See You Go’ and ‘California Sun’.

Recorded with a bigger budget than its predecessor, Leave Home was co-produced by Tommy Ramone with Tony Bongiovi, at that time best known for his work with Gloria Gaynor, and engineered and mixed by Ed Stasium.

The album’s sleeve was designed by Moshe Brakha, also responsible for the Rolling Stones’ Black And Blue sleeve, while the rear featured the now iconic bald eagle logo by designer Arturo Vega.

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The 40th Anniversary reissue is available as a limited edition vinyl version in hardback book format, complete with recollections from former manager Danny Fields, as told to noted rock writer Michael Azerrad, plus notes on the recording from Stasium.

There’s also a 3-CD version featuring the original and new 40th Anniversary mixes of the album, a second disc with more than two dozen rare and unreleased recordings, and a third disc featuring a 19-track live set from CBGB’s on 2 April 1977.

Set for release through Rhino on 21 July, it’s available to pre-order here.

Check out ‘Commando’ live from ’77.

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JIM JONES UNCENSORED!

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In the latest edition of Vive Le Rock, we talk to JIM JONES & THE RIGHTEOUS MIND about their stunning debut album Super Natural. But they had much more to say than we had room for. So here you can read, in all its glory, Rich Deakin’s full unexpurgated feature….

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RESISTANCE IS (NOT) FUTILE…

Jim Jones and Gavin Jay from The Righteous Mind cast a Super Natural spell over Vive Le Rock’s! Rich Deakin

When it was announced in June 2014 that the Jim Jones Revue were splitting up, it came as a huge shock to their fiercely staunch followers. Since 2007 the Revue had been tearing up venues across the UK, Europe and the US with their incendiary, high-octane live performances, typified by displays of sheer unbridled energy. The obvious question was why after seven successful years, countless gigs and three albums did they call it a day? Jay says “The same reasons most bands call it a day – we just weren’t working well as a group any more. People weren’t getting on, the eternal ‘musical differences’. We also felt a little boxed in, painted as a rockabilly revival band which was never what the Revue was about. We wanted a fresh canvas. Nothing smells as bad as stale rock ‘n’ roll.”

Jones similarly states, “A general consensus that it was time to move on, partly a feeling that the band had said everything it could in its current formation, and to continue would have begun to be a self-parody… and partly that the process of constant touring was becoming too much for some of the members.”

That said, the band did one final tour, aptly named The Last Hurrah Tour. Culminating in a triumphal sold-out farewell show at The Forum in Kentish Town, London, the band were joined by special guests Nick Lowe and Walter Lure. After such a rapturous send-off Jones and Jay surely must have had second thoughts even if only fleetingly? “Of course,” Jones responds “…but at the same time I felt really pleased that everyone had agreed to do the final tour and how successful it had all been, and that we ended on a really positive note!”

Jay is matter of fact with his response and reflects, “I’m glad we could end it on a high point. Certainly not an experience I’ll forget easily. Emotionally it was as mixed as you might imagine – I was proud of what we’d achieved, grateful for the amazing response, but also a little relieved that it was finally over. There was some sadness, as there will be whenever a chapter comes to a close. But by that point we were deep in writing and rehearsing for the Righteous Mind so I was too busy to waste time getting maudlin about the past. No regrets, no.”

Barely had the flames from that final ‘Last Hurrah’ at the Forum died down, when Jim Jones was back in the studio. Having brought along Revue bassist Gavin Jay for the ride too, Jones wasted no time in setting about forging a “sonic vision” for his new band, The Righteous Mind. Jones also enlisted drummer Phil Martini. The Revue’s keyboard player, Henri Herbert, was also initially involved, but says Jones, “[Herbert] left the party to pursue a solo boogie career that had suddenly taken off.” All members of the Revue have now subsequently moved on to other projects: lead guitarist Rupert Orton is now concentrating on promotion, whilst drummer Nick Jones has hooked-up with Henri Herbert’s new band.

It took several months for the band’s line up to stabilise. Making their debut with a handful of live dates in France in May 2015, the band subsequently underwent two more personnel changes before playing their first live UK show in London a month later. Jones explains, “Matt (Millership) and Mal (Troon) swooped in and saved the day. Matt was one of the piano players we’d been in touch with for the Jim Jones Revue when Elliot Mortimer left. Matt had been too busy then, but luckily was available for the Righteous Mind. Malcolm, we had known for a while – a gifted player and a former bandmate of our drummer Phil Martini, from many moons previous in The Tokyo Dragons.”

Jay can’t praise Millership and Troon highly enough either, “Matt and Mal are a monstrously talented duo and I anticipate their influence increasing as time goes on, although a good chunk of the album was actually written before their arrival. We had a few line-up changes before we settled on the current gang, but were incredibly fortunate to find Matt and Mal, who have more than stepped up to the mark. We certainly have more avenues open to us than we ever did with The Revue.”

For example Jay continues, “Jim had the idea of bringing a pedal steel into the mix, so Joe Glossop and Dave Page came on board to help out. But they were busy lads, so eventually we settled on the current line-up.”

Continuing this theme, Glossop was “poached by Tom Jones” says Jim Jones, “[but] still joins us from time to time if Matt can’t make it.” Jones further elaborates on those early personnel upheavals, “Mr Paul Seacroft was the first one to show us what the pedal-steel would sound like in the line-up, but was too busy with work to commit to a full-time position. David Page, a really talented player took over for a bit, but then he got dragged away too – off with Rick Rubin to record with the Ruen Brothers at Shangri-La Studios in Malibu.” Jones concludes “Thank God for Matt and Mal… I don’t know how many more times we could get that lucky!”

The incorporation of pedal-steel guitar, and Jay’s deployment of upright bass, certainly adds a darker dimension to the Righteous Mind’s sound than the Revue’s. In fact, there appears to be a dark undercurrent running right through The Righteous Mind – from the band’s suitably macabre and occultish Kenneth Anger-esque promotional videos, the lyrics, and the cover art, to the title of the new album, Super Natural. Jones adds salaciously, “We’re interested in all that juicy stuff! We try and absorb as much as possible and use what’s relevant to us.”

Jay’s response is more measured, “I wouldn’t call myself a believer in the occult, but I find the imagery and ideas that come from it fascinating. I like Alan Moore’s notion of using rituals to open up imaginative spaces without necessarily following it as an absolute ‘truth.’ Anything that lets you step out of mainstream thinking and question societies morals and prejudices is a good thing in my book.”

Equally esoteric is the band’s name. Wasn’t it taken from a book about psychology? Jay confirms, “That is correct, although purely for the title and what it suggested to us. At the time we hadn’t read the book, although I had encountered Jonathon Haidt’s ideas before. It is an interesting read though luckily! And quite pertinent in these times of political divisiveness, as he gets to grips with the subconscious motives for voting the way we do.”

Jones proffers an explanation too, “The book is about morality and what motivates those feelings and beliefs in us… quite fascinating reading, but the truth is, I just liked the way the name looked. I always liked the term ‘Righteous’, and now, coincidentally, it seems to fit with the world we’re living in at the moment and ties in with a sense of resistance.”

On the subject of ‘resistance’, Jim Jones is obviously very passionate when it comes to political issues too. He was an avowed advocate of populist Democrat Bernie Sanders during the Primaries in the run-up to the recent US Presidential elections, and more recently, closer to home, Jim Jones & The Righteous Mind, along with the likes of Paul Weller and Robert Wyatt, played a gig in celebration of and solidarity for Jeremy Corbyn’s progressive policies. So, what does he think of the current global political situation – what with the likes of Trump, Brexit, the rise of the far-right and the forthcoming UK General election?

“I’m not really in favour of any one party or movement, I’m more just against all forms of oppression and cuntishness, so I tend to stand with anyone who offers resistance against that. The current rise and acceptance of fascism is very troubling, it disturbs me to see my brothers and sisters so easily corralled into standing up for leaders who ultimately don’t give a fuck about them by the corrupt mainstream media – the good old divide and conquer, it’s been working like a charm for centuries. It would be so great to see the people get together and turn the tables on that shit… you know, in my lifetime!”

Bringing the theme of ‘resistance’ even closer to their music, in January this year the Righteous Mind threw their weight behind Independent Venue Week, with Jones quoted as saying, “In these times of continuously increasing corporate stranglehold, it’s more important than ever to have places that strengthen the community… independent venues are the headquarters of the resistance!” If the band’s DIY proclivities are anything to go by Jones must also be acutely aware how this “corporate stranglehold” extends beyond venues and into the wider music industry. Since their formation in 2014, The Righteous Mind having increasingly moved towards keeping things in-house. Although they have employed the talents of renowned French illustrator and tattooist Jean-Luc Navette for the artwork on their ‘Boil Yer Blood’ single and debut album ‘Super Natural’, Gavin Jay is an artist in his own right.

“Like many rockers before me, I followed the traditional and approved route into rock n roll, via art college. The call of the bass was strong so I knew that’s what I had to do by the time I left, but I kept my hand in with the odd bit of creativity here and there. It was whilst making the cover for ‘Heavy Lounge #1’ that I began experimenting with collage, and it’s just taken off from there. I’ve always loved surrealism and occult imagery, with Max Ernst and Joseph Cornell being the most obvious influences on the work I’m making now. And I’m gearing up for my first ever exhibition in June, which is really exciting.”

As for Jones, he has already produced and directed one of the band’s promotional videos, and whereas Jim Sclavunos from Nick Cave’s Bad Seeds and Grinderman produced the last two Revue albums, Jones has also produced all their singles, including the debut album Super Natural. This has also been released on their own label MaSonic. Given the Jim Jones Revue connection to Sclavunos, it might be argued that it’s hardly surprising that The Righteous Mind have been likened to Grinderman on occasion, but Jones insists, “None of our music is supposed to sound like that by design, but if it does have parallels in any way I would take that as a compliment.”

He then goes onto impress just how significant Nick Cave was on his formative musical tastes though, “From the first time hearing ‘Big Jesus Trash Can’ at age 15 or 16 I was a fan of the Birthday Party… there just isn’t anything else as irreverently spiteful or aggressive. They had the opposite sound to rock ‘n’ roll but were more rock ‘n’ roll than all the posturing hair metal bands put together!” Jones concludes, “That first Grinderman LP came out and it was the best sounding record for miles. So when we got a chance to work with Jim Sclavunos and use his production experience with Jim Jones Revue we were thrilled!”

Jay is similarly praiseworthy of Cave and Sclavunos, but equally quick to dismiss any similarities as coincidental, “I’ve been a big fan of Nick Cave’s music for many years and it was great to work with Jim Sclavunos, who also played live drums on a UK tour when Phil was away. But the songwriting I think comes from a wider range of influences. Jim Jones is like a musical archaeologist, digging up rare treasure that he’ll bring into rehearsal for us to study and learn from. I think the biggest mistake a musician can make is to slavishly copy someone else. We definitely wanted to find our own voice and be as open as possible.”

They’ve certainly done that with Super Natural, which having produced it himself, Jones says, “I feel like I finally know what I’m doing in there.” A change of direction had already been hinted at on the Revue’s Savage Heart album, and in some respects this has been carried over into The Righteous Mind. But Jones agrees that guitarist Mal Troon and keyboard player Matt Millership have played a significant part in providing a completely different dimension and sound than that of the Revue, “Yes, you have these great players and it’s important to use them. If you know you’re working with a killer, then you need to give ‘em the knife and let ‘em get to work!”

Of course, Stooges and MC5 influences are never too far away from a Jim Jones album. But just how influential are they? Jones responds, “A huge piece of the puzzle… they opened the door in both directions; all the way back to the caveman blues, and far ahead to the future and cosmic travel.”

Jay can’t impress enough the importance of such influences, “I was blown away hearing The Stooges, New York Dolls and MC5 as a kid – utterly life changing. And that still stands, I feel that music is in my DNA, swooshing around in my blood. But there’s a whole lot more in the mix too, and I think we’re cautious about just being yet another tribute band to that genre.”

And to prove a point, there’s also been a distinct shift away from the more traditional rock ‘n’ roll boogie style that typified the Revue, towards a more straight down the line no-nonsense, heavy rock sound, which has even been likened to Led Zeppelin – especially on the band’s new single ‘Heavy Lounge #1’. Jones neither agrees with or refutes this comparison, but does offer an explanation of the inspiration behind it, “It’s just your typical apocalyptic, existentialist blues and the sanctuary and redemption that comes from a lover’s kiss… the power of a thing that can take you beyond another thing… rock ‘n’ roll basically! Musically, the original inspiration came from a section in a Charles Mingus number that’s been a favourite for many years called ‘Better Git It In Your Soul’… our song is a punk rock version of that.” Jay agrees, and sums up, “I guess I was trying to channel a bit of that – intensity, heaviness, but also with a swing to it.”

It also seems that Jones can’t stay off the road for too long. With tours of France and England just completed, the Righteous Mind are now returning to the continent for a series of festival appearances, including yet another date in France. The French, it seems, hold a particular affection for Jones. When asked why, he replies,
“This magazine is called Vive Le Rock! – there’s a connection! I think there is something in the French and Spanish culture that goes with rock ‘n’ roll… a rebellious spirit to change things you don’t like… cut off the heads of the aristocracy and establishment etc. Also, I think, generally, when you get outside of England there is an attitude of appreciation and respect for artists purely because they make the effort to be that. It isn’t so necessary to be trendy like it is in the UK. You find people are much more open to enjoying something just because it’s good on some level.”

Although the Righteous Mind already have several singles under their belt, it’s taken nearly three years for their debut album to come to fruition. But if the Righteous Mind have somewhat remained in the shadows of the Jim Jones Revue so far, the release of ‘Super Natural’ has now changed all that. Gavin Jay says, ““It’s been a long, hard battle making this record happen, but I really think it’s the best thing we’ve ever done, so it’s very gratifying to read [the] reviews”. He then goes on to explain just why it took so long for the debut album to come to fruition, “I think anyone making music in 2017 will understand the struggle, the main issue being the current dismal state of the music industry. There just isn’t the money or support there once was, venues are closing across the country, and people stream their music rather than buying it. It’s assumed you can just go out and earn money from touring but that isn’t necessarily the case, often you’re lucky just to break even. After The Revue ended we had no label, no money, but an album that knew we just had to make. The question was how to survive in the meantime. Low paid casual work and a massive credit card bill being the answer there. Glamorous it ain’t, and blind faith in the music has carried me through on a number of occasions… and still does.”

After ever-dynamic live performances, and such a critically lauded debut album, how does Jones think the Righteous Mind will respond, and where will their ever accelerating trajectory take them? Jones simply says, “Keep turning up the heat, and take it to the next level!” Jay concurs, by adding “To step up it another gear, to hit the road hard and record as much as possible. We’ve already got a ton of ideas for the next LP, so getting on with that – we basically want to be workaholics.”

I don’t think anyone will argue with that!

Rich Deakin
Super Natural by Jim Jones & The Righteous Mind is now available on MaSonic / Hound Gawd Records www.houndgawd.com
For details about Gavin Jay’s art exhibition go to www.gavinjay.co.uk

 

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NEW DROPKICKS VIDEO!

Celtic-punk lifesavers DROPKICK MURPHYS have unveiled another video from their latest hit album 11 Short Stories Of Pain And Glory.

‘Until The Next Time’ is a remix of the closing track from the album – the Bostonions’ ninth – which was released back in January.

According to drummer Matt Kelly, ‘Until The Next Time’, which has had a new mix by production legend Tony Hoffer, is, “a song about having to put the good times on hold temporarily. We were glad to come, so sad to go, so while we’re here we’ll have us a real good time! See you out on the ice!”

Having spent much of the year so far on the road in the UK, Europe and the USA, the band have announced further UK shows including an appearance at Glastonbury Festival. Full dates are….

25 June – Other Stage, Glastonbury
26 June – Rock City, Nottingham
27 June – Alhambra, Dunfermline
28 June – O2 Academy, Liverpool
29 June – O2 Academy, Bournemouth

You can read a full interview with Dropkick Murphys in the current edition of Vive Le Rock‘s sister magazine Down For Life.

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SNIVELLING SHITS COME AGAIN!

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Iconic ’77 punks THE SNIVELLING SHITS have their solitary album reissued next month.

I Can’t Come was initially compiled in 1988, long after the band had ceased to exist, and was the third release on Damaged Goods Records.

Fronted by music journalist Giovanni Dadomo of Sounds and ZigZag fame, the Shits had a revolving door line-up, including, at one time or another, fellow scribes Pete Makowski and Dave Fudger, producer Steve Lillywhite, CLASH DJ Barry ‘Scratchy’ Myers, HOT RODS drummer Steve Nicol and VIBRATORS guitarist John Ellis.

The band released their sole classic single ‘Terminal Stupid’ c/w ‘I Can’t Come’ on Ghetto Rockers in 1977, before splitting, later resurfacing as ARTHUR COMIX with ‘Isgodaman’ on the compilation Streets, the first ever release on Beggars Banquet Records.

Damaged Goods are now reissuing I Can’t Come with revised artwork, including archive photos by noted photographer Paul Slattery. Along with the aforementioned tracks, this release also includes Dadomo’s recording of ‘Their Ain’t No Sanity Clause’ with THE DAMNED, one of two songs he co-wrote with the band, the other being ‘I Just Can’t Be Happy Today’.

Set for release on 21 July on limited edition white vinyl, CD and download, it’s available to pre-order here.

Check out The Snivelling Shits’ Peel Session from 6 June 1978.

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AMPLIFIER TRIPPIN’ THE KOSMOS!

Manchester alt.rockers AMPLIFIER pave the way for their latest album with a new video.

‘Kosmos’ is the first song to be unveiled from the 10-track  Trippin’ With Dr Faustus, the band’s sixth album, following on from from 2014’s Mystoria.

The title of the new album reflects the band’s frustration with major label power struggles over the years, resulting in frontman Sel Balamir founding a new label, Rockosmos, for this release, as well as signing Sheffield space rock titans AWOOGA and London art rockers THUMPERMONKEY.

“It always ends up with the little guys getting lost down the cracks,” he says. “That’s why we decided to bail while we could – for better or worse.”

Trippin’ With Dr Faustus was produced by Balamir at the band’s Manchester studio between 2014 and 2016, mixed by Iago Lorenzo in Vigo, Spain and mastered by Robin Schmidt in Karlsruhe, Germany. Once again, the sleeve art was designed by Balamir himself.

Set for release on 30 June on gatefold double transparent vinyl, mediabook CD and download, it’s available to pre-order here.

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