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GINGER WILDHEART has confirmed that he’s up for touring with his band MUTATION this autumn, despite his ongoing hospitalisation for mental health issues.
The dates, which are set to take place at the end of October and beginning of November, are in support of the trio’s recently released album Mutation III: Dark Black, which is out now on undergroove.
Says Ginger, “I am fully committed to the Mutation tour in October, and all other Mutation activity to come. I consider this music a catharsis, a way of channeling the aggression and desperation that I’m currently experiencing.
These shows will act as essential therapy in keeping me focused and providing a goal to strive for in my mental health well-being. I’m maintaining my fitness and keeping my eye on the prize. When I say that we will rid ourselves of our demons on every date of this tour in mean it 100 per cent. This will not be a drill.”
An outlet for some of Ginger’s heaviest material, Mutation first came about in 2012 and see the guitarist/vocalist joined by co-writer Scott Lee Andrews (Exit_International) and drummer Denzel (Vennart/ Young Legionnaire). Fiull dates are below….
October 27 Leeds Brudenell Social Club
October 29 Manchester Deaf Institute
October 30 Glasgow Stereo
October 31 Newcastle Riverside
November 1 London Underworld
November 2 Cardiff The Globe
November 3 Brighton Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar
November 4 Damnation Festival
Go here for tickets.
BRUCE FOXTON & RUSSELL HASTINGS alias FROM THE JAM have announced the release a new live album.
The fittingly-titled From The Jam Live! mark 10 years since they began life as an essentially live entity, celebrating the classic back catalogue of the Woking legends. Since then they’ve toured relentlessly, both internationally and on their home turf, where they’ve clocked up nearly 200 headline shows.
Hastings “felt it [was] time to release a live album as it’s been 10 years since the live DVD A First Class Return was filmed at The Forum, Kentish Town. We’ve toured most countries now over the years but you can’t beat a sold out British crowd to play to!”
Foxton adds, “We often reflect on our most memorable shows and the new live album will encapsulate these, illustrating the very best of the band’s live performance, where the band and crowd were at one with each other, creating an exhilarating power packed set that still echoes around these venues to this day.”
Full tracklisting is….
1. In The City
2. This Is The Modern World
3. Down In Tube The Station At Midnight
4. The Butterfly Collector
5. Smithers Jones
6. That’s Entertainment
8. Saturday’s Kids
9. David Watts
10. Going Underground
11. Town Called Malice
12. The Eton Rifles
Set for release on 1 December, From The Jam Live! is available to pre-order here.
The band’s upcoming tour dates and ticket details can be found here.
If you caught legendary UK SUBS bassist ALVIN GIBBS at Rebellion talking about his extraordinary time on the road with IGGY POP but didn’t manage to pick up a copy of his book, fear not! You can buy it exclusively from our own Vive Le Shop!
Published by our new book company Extradition Book, Some Weird Sin – On Tour With Iggy Pop chronicles 230 nights touring across six continents on tour with the Godfather of Punk. The book vividly unveils a touring realm of drugs, alcohol reliance, Iggy’s tense encounter with Bowie backstage in NYC and single-handedly taking on Pepsi Cola Corp in the Antipodes. Discover also the decadent happenings at a Guns N’ Roses hotel room party in Texas and the cocaine-fuelled craziness that ensued after a triumphal show in Miami.
After splitting from the UK Subs, Gibbs was living in Los Angeles in 1988 when he received a ‘phone call from his friend, ex-Hanoi Rocks’ guitarist Andy McCoy. McCoy had just joined Iggy Pop’s touring band and needed to know if Gibbs was interested in the available bassist’s job. By eagerly answering, ‘Yes’, Alvin initiated a musical association with Iggy that entailed sharing the stage with him for a nonstop eight-month long tour taking in every major city across six continents!
Follow Iggy around the globe as Some Weird Sin – On Tour With Iggy Pop candidly reveals the relentless travel schedules, illicit pleasures and satisfying stage triumphs of being in a band with the man who by general acclaim is considered to be the indisputable godfather of punk. It was an extraordinary ride.
Check out Iggy, Alvin, Andy and co playing ‘Cold Metal’ and ‘I Wanna Be Your Dog’.
THE BAND OF HOLY JOY headline a night of post-punk in London next month.
The show, at The Lexington on 17 September, also features sets from ex-FALL guitarist Martin Bramah’s BLUE ORCHIDS and Teddington’s VIC GODARD alumni and Peel Favourites, THE BITTER SPRINGS. Tickets for the show are available here.
The gig follows on from BOHJ’s stunning performance with THE DOCTORS OF MADNESS at the same venue in the spring, and ahead of the release of their new album in October.
Funambulist We Love You, the band’s 18th studio album, is described as a “… literary examination of the malaise set forth by Brexit, Trump, the rise of the far-right and a general disenfranchisement from most post-war liberal values. It rarely names any names, and it’s far from strident, but it’s undeniably a record forged by 2017. (And you don’t need to look it up – a funambulist is a tightrope walker – even we’re not sure if that’s a metaphor or simply an obtusely snappy title.)”
Watch a trailer for the album.
Funambulist We Love You is set for release by Tiny Global Productions on 27 October and is available to pre-order here.
Rising from the ashes of seminal Newcastle punks SPEED and fronted by charismatic vocalist and songwriter Johny Brown, BOHJ were formed out of the South London squat scene of the early 80s, releasing three albums on Flim Flam Records before signing to Rough Trade. Reaching their (first) commercial peak in the late 80s, the band split in ’93, only to return with a new line-up at the start of the new millennium.
Along the way, Brown has been involved in various media projects including theatre, film and radio, with the band continuing to host their weekly Bad Punk show on Resonance FM.
The Clouds The Break The Sky, a 3 x CD compilation of the band’s Flim Flam recordings, is set for release on 25 August through Rough Trade and is available to pre-order here.
Fast-rising young electro-rockers MONNA VANNA follow their just-released debut EP with a series of dates.
With a sound rooted in primitive electronica, fronted by Cam Bradbury’s soaring, cinematic vocal, the Leeds-based duo call to mind the earliest outings by SOFT CELL and others from the Yorkshire soldering-iron scene. The coruscating FX-laden post-punk guitar of Dan Knights adds a whole other sonic dimension. Aural images of early-80s electronica are underlined by Bradbury’s occasional melodica, reminiscent of both NEW ORDER and a pre-THE THE Matt Johnson.
Definitely a band on the up, catch them on the road at….
26 Aug – Queen St Brewhouse, Colchester
27 Aug – Hertford Festival, Hertford
1 Sept – 93ft East, London
23 Sept – Acklam Market, London
27 Oct – 360 Club, Leeds
Pic by Ximena Arnold
Legendary Stiff recording artist WRECKLESS ERIC returns to the U.K. for three seaside shows at the end of this month.
A pioneers of DIY punk, Eric’s 1977 debut for Stiff, ‘Whole Wide World’ quickly became a punk disco evergreen, and he was the only artist on the label to participate in both Stiff package tours. He had a second wind in the 80s as part of the Medway garage scene, forming the LEN BRIGHT COMBO with former MILKSHAKES Bruce Brand and Russ Wilkins.
His most recent album is 2015’s AmERICa on Fire Records.
Now based in upstate New York, Eric jets in to play the following dates….
Check out ‘Take The Cash’.
L.A. garage punk duo THE TWO TENS are set to issue their second album next week.
On Repeat is set for release on Friday 18 August and follows on from last year’s full-length debut Volume.
Building on the raw garage punk of their debut the duo of guitarist Adam Bones and drummer Rikki Styxx – who also plays in fast-rising Dirty Water Records band THE DARTS – have added a distinct powerpop vibe, as can be experienced on the single ‘Keeping Hope Alive’.
Says Styxx, “We wanted On Repeat to be different than Volume. We had talked about adding more layers and getting more creative with sounds overall. We were fortunate enough to work with renowned producer John Fields who has his hands in a lot of ‘pop’ albums. Also Adam started writing more love songs. There’s something to swing your hips to and something to crowd surf to. It’s got a lot of flavours that’s for sure.”
On Repeat is available to pre-order in various vinyl, CD and digital bundles here.
More names have been added to the ILFRACOMBE PUNK FESTIVAL, which takes place in the Devon resort from 17-19 November.
Saturday headliners THE RUTS DC are joined on the Friday by GBH and with THE REZILLOS closing the show on the Sunday.
Other names appearing at the event at Ilfracombe Holiday Park include SUBHUMANS, DISCHARGE, SHAM 69, CHRON GEN, 999, THE LURKERS, KNOCK OFF, TV SMITH, CHURCH OF EON, SLAUGHTER UK, BUS STATION LOONIES, SUPER FAST GIRLIE SHOW, SEGREGATES, TARA REZ and RESISTANCE 77.
Early bird tickets priced £119 (sharing)/£145 (single occupancy) are available here.
EDDIE & THE HOT RODS celebrate the 40th Anniversary of their classic single ‘Do Anything You Wanna Do’ with two special shows this weekend.
The single, written by manager Ed Hollis and guitarist Graeme Douglas, newly arrived from fellow Southenders THE KURSAAL FLYERS, was released on 29 July 1977. The first single from their second album Life On The Line, it soared to No 9 in the UK charts, becoming the band’s biggest hit. It has since been covered numerous times, by the likes of MICHAEL MONROE, THE ALMIGHTY, DIE TOTEN HOSEN, THE BUSINESS, PETER BRUNTNELL and MANFRED MANN’S EARTH BAND.
The current line-up of the band play a hometown show at Chinnery’s, Southend on Friday 11 August, with support from THE MEDIA WHORES and HEADLINE MANIAC – tickets.
They then play the 100 Club, London on Saturday 12 August, joined once again by The Media Whores – tickets.
Original punk legends CHELSEA have been in the studio recording a brand new album. Bassist Mat Sargent got in touch to let Vive Le Rock know how things have been going down…..
Saturday Night Sunday Morning in 2014 was Chelsea’s first album in 10 years so the fans were ready for a new album. A killer line-up with James Stevenson from the first recording line-up and Nic Austin from the Evacuate period both on guitar. The album did very well and for the 40th Anniversary the record company released the three Chelsea Anthology box sets of the complete studio recordings and unreleased demos. All the studio albums were also reissued on limited edition coloured vinyl, which got the collector fans wanting more.
The record company, Westworld Recordings, asked us to record a new studio album for the bands 40th Anniversary so in January 2016 Nic and I worked on demos, writing 4 tracks together – ‘You’re No Fun’, ‘Control’, ‘Sun Stop Shining’ and ‘I Can’t take This’.
Nic and I both wrote the lyrics and music for ‘You’re No Fun’, it was the first track we wrote for the album. Nic came up with a haunting riff for ‘Control’, I did a ‘Shakin’ All Over’ type bass line for the verses and we wrote the lyrics together, Nic wrote the hooky chorus. Nic and I jammed ‘I Can’t Take This’, it just happened, it was a telepathy like when we’re on stage, we just knew where we were going with that song. Nic wrote the lyrics for the verses and I wrote the lyrics for the bridge. ‘Sun Stop Shining’ was a song I wrote with a friend in mind, the late Tony Van Frater (bass player for Cockney Rejects / Red Alert) who had passed away a few months before. Nic wrote the lyrics for the chorus and added the Chelsea morse code guitar.
Nic had written 4 tracks of his own – ‘Fashion’, ‘Suit In The Spotlight’, ‘Let Me Go’ and ‘Something In The Air’. I’d also written a track ‘Old Town’ whilst I was in Florida visiting my Dad. I had a dream about going back to my old town in Yorkshire but everything had changed and everyone had moved on. It was the first time I’d written a song from a dream, I jumped out of bed one morning around 6am and scribbled the lyrics down around. I remember an alligator swimming past in the lake in front of the house whilst I was writing it.
I went over to Gene’s place a few times times for writing sessions in February and March 2017, we wrote ‘Jackie Got A Gun’, ‘Mission Impossible’ and ‘Sands Of Time’. Gene had already written some lyrics so I strummed the guitar and we wrote some extra parts for the songs. I’d already written the music for ‘Jackie’s Got A Gun’ and Gene’s lyrics fit the track really well. Gene had the idea for ‘Mission Impossible’, he even had a riff for it which he sang to me whilst I strummed along and wrote the chorus & solo. When Gene sang me ‘Sands Of Time’, it reminded me of the Dave Goodman ‘Rocks Off’ era of Chelsea. Straight away knew it was asking for an acoustic feel.
James came to a couple of writing sessions at Gene’s place when we wrote ‘I Don’t Know, I Don’t Care’. Gene and James wrote the chorus and Gene and I wrote the verses. James also played through an old song called ‘Just Like Me’ which he’d written in 1978 for Chelsea but had never got used. When Gene heard it he said, “That old thing, sounds alright though, why don’t we do that then?”… So we did.
I went over to Nic’s in April where we demoed the tracks I’d done with Gene and James. Nic and I also wrote a new song ‘Make It Happen’ which just happened. Again it was the telepathy between us both, it just came from nowhere, we wrote the lyrics and music together.
After listening to the demos on CD for a few weeks, Nic, Lee and I rehearsed the album in the basement of the ‘Hand In Hand’ pub in Brixton during April and May before we went into the studio to start recording.
On the 3rd June we went to Panther Studios in Surrey and ‘Mr. Lee’ laid down all the drums for 15 songs in just under 6 hours. The following day I put all the bass down which took around 5 hours and we started on rhythm guitars. On the thrid and fourth day we cracked on with guitars and did the backing vocals. A friend of mine Sam Jones popped over to the studio and played piano and flute on a track, James also recorded some rhythm guitars and did a few solos. On the sixth and seventh day I worked on tidying the tracks up with producer Dick Crippen getting the backing tracks ready for Gene to do his lead vocal. I redid a couple of bass tracks and Lee did some tambourine & shakers.
On Saturday the 10th of June after the first week in the studio, we played at the Camden Underworld for Gene’s birthday bash. Playing a gig just before going into the studio was a great way to warm Gene’s voice up for the recording session. It was an excellent show with Chron Gen and Department S supporting, opening up the show for us.
A few days after the gig, Gene came to the studio and spent 3 days recording the vocals. James came back to the studio and finished his guitar tracks for all the songs. I spent a couple of days sifting through the tracks with Dick, getting the best takes and getting the tracks ready for mixing. Nic, Lee and I spent the last few days of the recording session doing final over dubs and mixing the tracks.
The album was initially to be called Mission Impossible and with 15 tracks to record & mix in just under 3 weeks it seemed an apt title. Mission accomplished!
Industrial rock giants FRONT LINE ASSEMBLY are to play in London this month as the only UK date on their European Tour. And Vive Le Rock has two pairs of tickets to give away!!!
The Vancouver band play the O2 Academy Islington on Thursday 24 August, supported by German band DER REST.
Formed in 1986 by ex-SKINNY PUPPY member Bill Leeb in 1986, Front Line Assembly have successfully combined the influence of early electronica with elements of rave and metal on a string of pioneering albums including Caustic Grip, Millennium and Hard Wired. The current tour will see the return of original member Rhys Fulber.
To be in with a chance of winning a pair of tickets to their Islington show, just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with FRONT LINE ASSEMBLY COMP in the subject box with the answer to the following question….
Aussie rock legends and Vive Le Rock faves ROSE TATTOO are set to return with a new line-up. And holding down the bottom end is none other than former AC/DC bassist Mark Evans.
Evans joined AC/DC in 1974, playing on their debut album High Voltage and leaving after the release of Let There Be Rock in 1977. Later replacing ex-Tatts guitarist Mick Cocks in heavy rockers HEAVEN, more recently he’s joined former BUFFALO and COUNT BISHOPS frontman Dave Tice in the acoustic duo TICE & EVANS.
News of the new Tatts line-up was broken in a Facebook post by another new member, former ANGELS guitarist Bob Spencer. Joining Evans and Spencer in the band are former AUSTRALIAN CRAWL drummer John Watson, Dai Pritchard – the band’s guitarist for the past decade – and of course frontman Angry Anderson.
Anderson, Evans and Pritchard recently hooked up in the band BLOOD, SWEAT & BEERS, a touring outfit put together in celebration of the music featured in writer Murray Engleheart’s essential Aussie rock history book of the same name.
London punk-jazz trio THE N.J.E. release a new single today, unveiling the video with Vive Le Rock!
Their highly original take on JIMI HENDRIX’s ‘Voodoo Chile’ heralds the band’s long-awaited debut album Afloat, which is out next month.
The video was shot by Liv Bedford at the trio’s regular haunt, Indo Bar in Whitechapel.
The NJE – or Near Jazz Experience – were formed in 2010 by three musicians with 2 Tone Records connections – sax-player Terry Edwards and drummer Simon Charterton are former members of Norwich punk-funkers THE HIGSONS, while Mark Bedford is the longstanding bassist with MADNESS. Between them, they’ve put in time with the likes of IAN DURY, NICK CAVE, THE JESUS AND MARY CHAIN, SIOUXSIE, SNUFF, ALEX HARVEY, SPIRITUALIZED, TOM WAITS and BIG STAR.
Most recently Edwards has been a member of GALLON DRUNK, PJ HARVEY’S HOPE SIX DEMOLITION PROJECT and Tony Visconti and Woody Woodmansey’s BOWIE tribute, HOLY HOLY. He also joins Bowie pianist Mike Garson on his Aladdin Sane dates this autumn.
The 11-track album brings together studio recordings and live tracks, recorded at Indo and elsewhere.
Set for release on Friday 1 September through Sartorial Records, Afloat is available to pre-order here.
Yorkshire punk duo CHAMBERS are unveiling their new single exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
‘Down The Rabbit Hole’ follows on from the pair’s previous singles ‘Hostile’ and ‘Sister Doom’ and is released through I’m Not From London Records this Friday 4 August.
“We filmed the video in four scenes which each highlight different moods and emotions experienced in relationships,” they say. “The song was originally written with an Alice In Wonderland theme in mind. Sometimes in life you can feel like you’re sinking down in to a bottomless pit, much like the one in Alice in Wonderland, where the more you worry about a situation, the worse it gets and you ultimately sink further and further in to a pit of self-doubt.”
The video was directed by Patrick Mateer and Josh Moore.
Recently winning funding from the PRS Foundation’s Open Music Fund enabling them to concentrate their resources on further recording and touring, the pair – who hail from Leeds and Hull – have already shared stages with the likes of Black Honey, Dinosaur Pile-Up, Clean Cut Kid and Louise Distras.
Chambers head into the studio later this year to work on a full EP. In the meantime they’ve got a bunch of festivals and gigs lined up. Full dates so far are….
4 August – Preston – The Ferret
5 August – Humber Street Sesh – BBC Introducing Stage
18 August – Driffield – Tribfest
19 August – Ashton Under Lyne – The Station Hotel
29 August – Hull – The Sesh
17 September – Worcester Music Festival – Firefly
2 October – Hamburg – Hafenklang (Germany)
4 October – Amsterdam – Vrankrijk – WTF QUEER Wednesdays (Netherlands)
5 October – Arnhem – Cafe De Wacht (Netherlands)
Ace Italian antifa mob LOS FASTIDIOS have just unveiled a new video.
‘Clandestino’ is a cover of a song by French world-punk legend MANU CHAO and is taken from the band’s current album The Sound Of Revolution which is out now through Kob Records.
The band from Verona have just arrived in the UK and play The Duke Of Wellington, Shoreham tonight and Rebellion over the weekend. Full dates are below….
02.08 Shoreham – Duke of Wellington
03.08 Wrexham – Saith Seren
04.08 Blackpool – Rebellion (Acoustic stage)
05.08 Blackpool – Rebellion
06.08 Glasgow – Stereo Cafe Bar w/The Wakes
07.08 Aberdeen – Vulture Lounge
08.08 Edinburgh – Bannermans Bar w/Oi Polloi
09.08 Hereford – The Booth Hall
10.08 Derby – The Hairy Dog
11.08 London – AWOD – Boston Arms
12.08 Winchester – BoomTown Fair
Pic by Elisa Dixan
PETER AND THE TEST TUBE BABIES frontman Peter Bywaters was barred from entering the US at the weekend for impersonating Donald Trump!
The band had been due to play the Punk Invasion Festival in Orange County but on landing in San Francisco last Friday, Bywaters was detained by Customs & Border Protection officials and interrogated for 6 hours. During that time he was confronted with photos and videos of himself dressed as Trump from the band’s last German Tour, where Bywaters was particularly scathing about Trump and US politics in general. His passport and phone were confiscated, he was fingerprinted, DNA swabbed, photographed and forced to make a sworn statement before being put on a plane back to London. During the 11-hour flight home he was denied any alcohol, as United Airlines have a policy of refusing alcohol to deportees!
The rest of the band played the festival with the help of guest vocalists Joey from Narcoleptic Youth, Ron from Lower Class Brats, Gabe from Oi Scouts and Mike from Blank 77.
On 1 September Peter and The Test Tube Babies will release their new single ‘Crap Californian Punk Band’ featuring Lars Frederiksen. As previously announced, their new album That Shallot will be released on 15 September.
“A US Tour or festival will never ever happen again!” says Bywaters.
As you may have seen, Vive Le Rock has entered the world of rock’n’roll book publishing with our new brand, Extradition Books!
Our first two volumes are available to order now, unavailable anywhere else!
Metal Guru – The Life & Music of Marc Bolan is author Paul Roland’s fascinating biography of the the glam rock god: over 238 packed pages it features brand new interviews, anecdotes and chapters from everyone who knew Marc including David Bowie and The Damned’s Captain Sensible. Brilliantly illustrated with a wealth of rare photos, posters, flyers and memorabilia, it’s something that no self-respecting Marc fan will want to be without.
Priced £15, it’s available to order here.
We’re also delighted to bring you Some Weird Sin, UK Subs bassist Alvin Gibbs’ incredible diary of life on the road, playing alongside Hanoi Rocks guitarist Andy McCoy in Iggy Pop’s band on his 1988 world tour. The book charts an explosive sex, drugs and alcohol-fuelled 232-night sprint around the globe as henchmen to the Igfather, illustrated with more than 50 images – many previously unseen. Unbridled chaos and wild times ensue!
Also priced £15, get it now here.