Happening garage-psych trio L.A. WITCH have unveiled a new single and video ahead of Euro dates next spring.
‘Drive Your Car’ is taken from the band’s acclaimed self-titled debut album, released in September through Suicide Squeeze. The video is the work of by award-winning New York artist and filmmaker Allie Lane.
Currently touring Australia, L.A. Witch are set to follow up this year’s European shows with another bout of industrious gigging, with dates in Switzerland, Italy, Germany, Sweden, France and the UK, including a London show at Oslo in Hackney. Full dates are….
16 Mar – Le Port Franc, Sion CH
17 Mar – Milk Party, Parma IT
20 Mar – Rote Fabrik, Zurich CH
21 Mar – Quasimodo, Berlin DE
22 Mar – Hafenklang, Hamburg DE
23 Mar – Melodybox, Stockholm SE
24 Mar – Truck Stop Alaska, Goteborg SE
27 Mar – The Chameleon, Nottingham UK
28 Mar – Sleazy’s, Glasgow UK
29 Mar – Cluny, Newcastle UK
30 Mar – Oslo, London UK
31 Mar – Headrow House, Leeds UK
4 Apr – Supersonic, Paris FR
5 Apr – Maison de l’etudiant, Arras FR
6 Apr – Veka, Glarus CH
7 Apr – Ohibo, Milan IT
SHANE MACGOWAN is to have his 60th birthday celebrated with a special show in Dublin next month.
The NIPPLE ERECTORS, POGUES and POPES frontman turns 60 on 25 December, with the concert taking place at the city’s National Concert Hall on 15 January.
Featuring a band including Jem Finer, Cait O’Riordan, Terry Woods and Spider Stacy of The Pogues and led by musical director Terry Edwards, a host of famous names will be lining up to pay tribute to the mercurial singer, including Nick Cave, Johnny Depp, Bobby Gillespie, Glen Hansard, Camille O’Sullivan, Cerys Matthews, Carl Barat, Lisa O’Neill, Finbar Furey, whenyoung, Glen Matlock and Clem Burke of Blondie and more….
Brighton punks HARKER have unveiled a first single from their forthcoming debut album.
‘300 Cigarettes’ is taken from No Discordance, which is set for release in February.
Starting out as an acoustic project by guitarist and singer Mark Boniface in 2014, Harker have coalesced over the course of three well received EPs to include bassist and singer Phoebe Saunders, guitarist Tony Ware and drummer Matt Claxton. Drawing primary influences from Chicago and New Jersey punk, the band has gigged steadily across the UK and Europe, sharing stages with the likes of BOSTON MANOR, MOOSE BLOOD and CREEPER.
Speaking about the single, Mark explains, “’300 Cigs’ is about how people can use others emotional states to gain trust and self-assurance. At most times we can be caring, understanding and loving. But unfortunately, there are some who ignore the consequences of their actions on people, and it highlights a horrible part of human nature. At our worst, we can be self-centred, reserved and unaware of the problems we create within ourselves and within others. The song acts as a remedy to the damage left behind after we cut poisonous people out of our lives.”
Of the album, he says, “No Discordance is a beast. We’ve thrown everything at it. It’s been the most difficult, but rewarding work we’ve done.”
Set for release on 9 February, No Discordance is available to pre-order here.
An acclaimed documentary on seminal punk band THE SLITS is to get a DVD release next spring.
Directed by William E Badgley, Here To Be Heard: The Story Of The Slits received its world premiere at the London Film Festival in October.
The film tells the story of the young women pioneers of the mid-70’s punk era from a female point of view and runs from the inception of the group in 1976 to its end in 2010, coinciding with the death of lead vocalist, Ari Up.
It includes interviews with Ari plus fellow band members Viv Albertine, Palmolive, Tessa Pollitt, Bruce Smith and Hollie Cook, plus the various figures surrounding the band, inclduing Don Letts (former group manager and punk documentarian), Vivien Goldman (NYU punk professor), Dennis Bovell (producer of debut album Cut), Paul Cook (Sex Pistols), Gina Birch (The Raincoats), Adrian Sherwood (producer and long-term friend and collaborator) and many more, as well as previously unseen footage and band recordings.
The film is expected to receive a theatrical release in the New Year, followed by a DVD release. DVDs can be pre-ordered from the PledgeMusic page, as well as other items of exclusive merch.
LAST GREAT DREAMERS head out for a handful of dates this month as they break from recording their new album.
The as yet untitled album – the band’s fourth – is being produced by Pete Brown, son of Beat Boom cockney rocker Joe Brown. Having previously worked with the likes of DAVE EDMUNDS, NICK LOWE and STATUS QUO, Pete has a vast wealth of experience as an engineer, producer and musician in his own right.
Says guitarist Slyder Smith, “Working with him has been fantastic so far; he’s really getting something special out of the Dreamers, this is going to one hell of a record. We have 11 great songs and there are definitely a few surprises in there. We have most recording done now with just some vocals and lead guitar to finish before the mix.”
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Last seen playing a series of dates with THE QUIREBOYS in September, the Dreamers return to the road joining Midlands metallers WOLFSBANE before playing a New Year’s Eve party in Bolton. Dates are….
Sun 17 Dec – Birmingham Asylum
Thurs 21 Dec – London Islington 02 Academy
Sun 31 – December Bolton BarMetro Rocks
The line-up’s been announced for next year’s Resolution Festival at London’s spiritual home of punk – The 100 Club.
For the third year running, a host of punk legends will descend on the Oxford Street venue, which was burned into worldwide punk consciousness when the onetime jazz club held the 100 Club Punk Special in September of 1976, kickstarting a revolution.
Taking place throughout the first half of January 2018, bands lined up include THE VIBRATORS (who played the original ’76 festival), ANTI-NOWHERE LEAGUE, THE BOYS, SUBHUMANS (pictured), THE MEMBERS, VICE SQUAD, UK SUBS, DESPERATE MEASURES, GBH, DISCHARGE and more.
The full line-up (so far) is as follows….
Thur 4th THE VIBRATORS + Ed Tudor Pole + Slagerij
Fri 5th ANWL + The Defects + Borrowed Time
Sat 6th THE BOYS + The Heavy Drapes + The Vulz
Sun 7th ANTI-PASTI + The Varukers + Knock Off
Mon 8th TBC
Tue 9th THE MEMBERS + Chron Gen + Ambition Demolition
Wed 10th SUBHUMANS + Criminal Mind + Desperate Measures
Thur 11th VICE SQUAD + Menace + Nick Cash (999 solo set)
Fri 12th GBH + Steve Ignorant’s Slice of Life
Sat 13th DISCHARGE + Loaded 44
Sun 14th UK SUBS + The Ramonas + Red Light Rebels
Tickets for the full festival (£80) or for individual shows, are available here.
A first list of acts has been announced for next year’s Strummercamp Festival, which for the first time is proudly sponsored by Vive Le Rock magazine!
Taking place over the Bank Holiday Weekend of 25-27 May at its new venue, Oldham Rugby Union Club, the festival will be playing host to THE URBAN VOODOO MACHINE, DESPERATE MEASURES, IL COMPLESSO, ROUGHNECK RIOT, MEDIA WHORES, MATILDA’S SCOUNDRELS, THE PAPASHANGOS, RUFF TRADE, STRAIGHTEN OUT, BLACK BALLED, THE CUT, VERBAL WARNING, WITCH FEVER, TIME FOR ACTION, TOXIC, FILF and loads more to be confirmed.
There’ll also be a stage from Manchester’s TNS Records and the Shangri La Acoustic Stage.