U.S. psych-punks THE PREFAB MESSIAHS have unveiled a new single from their forthcoming album.

‘Everything U Know’ is the latest of four videos to be released from the album Psychsploitation …Today!, which is set for release on 26 January through Lolipop/Burger Records.

The band originally coalesced in Worcester, Massachusetts during the early 80s, releasing the cassette album Flex Your Mind. A CD-R compilation Devolver in 1998 sparked interest, with an official re-release through power-pop and garage experts Burger encouraging new material on the shape of the aptly-titled mini-album Keep Your Stupid Dreams Alive in 2015.

Band frontman Xerox Feinberg explains, “The new album is really a mental and sonic continuation of the things we were obsessed about from the beginning — mashing up the sounds and attitudes of ’60s garage-psychedelia with post-punk ’80s stuff and dragging all that into whatever ‘today’ is — while generally trying to poke people in the ribs and skewer some of the Big Shams behind all the Shiny Facades. We still don’t do songs about girls’ names or feeling good. We’re still trying to toss everything into the mix including the kitchen sink. We’re still bemused and shocked and disgusted with The State of Things — and also in love with the noises in our heads and guitars. We like to think that The Prefab Messiahs’ work is never done.”

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Fast-rising Brummie garage trio TABLE SCRAPS have just unveiled a video for their new single.

‘Sick Of Me’ is the first single to be taken from the band’s debut album Autonomy which is set for release on 23 February through Zen Ten Records, the brand new label from Easy Action Music.

Propelled by an insistent two-note groove and a floorshakingly primal beat, ‘Sick Of Me’ conjures that same never-fails British Invasion magic that so inspired the kids of Detroit and certified Lenny Kaye’s Nuggets comp the high-school prom soundtrack at the end of the universe.

The 7″ of ‘Sick Of Me’ b/w ‘Mequinenza’ is available to buy here in a limited edition of 500 copies worldwide.

Table Scraps have a series of dates lined up around the album release, including a London date at The Shacklewell Arms on 28 February and a special launch party at The Hare & Hounds, Birmingham on 2 March. Full dates are….

23 Feb – Foodhall, Sheffield
28 Feb – Shacklewell Arms, London
1 Mar – 60MPC, Bournemouth
2 Mar – Hare & Hounds, Birmingham
3 Mar – The Trap, Bristol

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Sick of Christmas yet? THE MILD PERILS might sympathise.

The London duo – who feature vocalist Jenny Drag from glam-garage tearaways THE PRISCILLAS – have just unveiled a new single and video, ‘(I’m Going To My) Happy Place (For Christmas)’.

On the surface a jolificacious would-be chart-topper, the song hides considerably darker and world-weary content. Says Jenny, “I can’t stop listening to our Christmas single. And I hate Christmas!”

‘Happy Place’ is available to download now from iTunes.

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Aussie garage legends THE STEMS play a one-off London show next year, celebrating the 30th Anniversary of their classic first album.

One of the more retro and melodic bands on the highly fertile 80s Australian scene, The Stems were formed in Perth in 1983, releasing their debut album At First Sight, Violets Are Blue four years later. More commercially successful than most of their counterparts, the album reached the Top 40 while subsequent singles made the lower reaches of the Top 100.

Splitting prematurely that year, the members went on to various bands with frontman Dom Mariani making his presence felt with The Someloves, The Stonefish, DM3 and, more recently, Datura4 and The Domnicks with former Cortinas and Clash guitarist Nick Sheppard.

The reformed Stems have performed regularly in recent years, with Mariani, bassist Julian Matthews and drummer David Shaw joined by new guitarist Ashley Naylor.

The Stems play the 100 Club, London on Sunday 6 May. Tickets are on sale here.

Check out ‘Tears Me In Two’.

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John Doe with Tom DeSavia and friends
(Da Capo)
First things first: John Doe is by no means the main author of this book. Founder and bassist of long-serving L.A. punks X (who even named their first album in the city’s honour), Doe is well placed to comment on the times, which he does with a dry, beatnik flair. But his scattered entries are slim, allowing a cast of musos, journos and other scenesters to contribute the real meat’n’potatoes. The best essays come from The Go-Gos’ Jane Wiedlin, then a wet-behind-the-ears student, enjoying this new explosion of music, drugs and sex while living in notorious punk apartment block, The Canterbury; and Mike Watt’s tale of the Minutemen, three plaid-shirted teenagers from the wrong side of the tracks. Elsewhere Robert Lopez (aka El Vez) comments from both the gay and Latino perspectives, while the Blasters’ Dave Alvin is the pragmatic rock’n’roller. A dark cloud descends with the arrival of the violent, male-dominated hardcore scene. Henry Rollins’ own view is typically that of the wide-eyed fan, but the arrogance and aggression of T.S.O.L’s Jack Grisham speaks volumes.
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BILLY IDOL has announced his first UK dates in three years!

The former GENERATION X frontman’s Live! 2018 Tour will land in Europe this summer with the first date in Manchester on 20 June, and a gig at London’s Brixton Academy on 23 June, with more dates to be announced.

The shows represent his first UK dates since the Kings & Queens Of The Underground Tour of 2014/2015, which accompanied his first new album in eight years. 2014 also saw the publication of his best-selling autobiography Dancing With Myself.

Dates announced so far are….

June 20 Manchester, UK O2 Apollo
June 21 Birmingham, UK O2 Academy
June 23 London, UK O2 Academy Brixton
June 25 Luxembourg, LU Rockhal
June 26 Regensburg, DE Donau Arena
June 30 Zajecar, RS Guitar Fest
July 2 Budapest, HU Budapest Park Open Air
July 3 Munich, DE Tollwood Festival
July 6 Zurich, CH Hallenstadion
July 14 Halle, DE Peissnitz Insel
July 17 Cologne, DE Tanzbrunnen
July 19 Berlin, DE Zitadelle
July 21 Slupsk, PL Charlotta Valley Amp
July 22 Hamburg, DE Stadtpark

Tickets go on sale this Friday 15 December at 10.00am here.

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Chicago roots-rocker JAKE LA BOTZ make his UK headline debut this week in London.

Now based in Nashville, the songwriter recently released his sixth album, Sunnyside – his first new album in four years – recorded in Chicago with J.D. McPHERSON’s producer and bass-player Jimmy Sutton.

The album draws on La Botz’s life experiences as a teenage punk, juvenile delinquent, actor , drifter, apprentice to blues elders growing up in Chicago, self-educated reader, addict in Los Angeles, musician in a gospel church, Buddhist and meditation teacher. As if that hasn’t kept him busy enough, along the way he’s shared stages with such greats as Ray Charles, Dr. John, Mavis Staples, Etta James, The Blasters and Tony Joe White.

Presented by Punk Rock Blues, La Botz plays The Sebright Arms, Coate Street, Hackney on Wednesday 13 December. Support comes from BIG JOE LOUIS. Get your tickets here.

Check out the video for ‘How I Wish She Was Mine’.

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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

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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….

Tickets go on sale this Friday at 8.00am here.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

Funded through PledgeMusic, donors can still contribute here.

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

Tickets are available here

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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.

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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.

Earlybird tickets are now on sale here.

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Post-punk chanteuse and artist ANNE PIGALLE celebrates her 40th Anniversary of arriving in London with a new art and performance show.

Having moved to London in 1977, Pigalle emersed herself in the punk scene, going on to work with the likes of Adrian Sherwood, Michael Nyman and The Flying Lizards’ David Cunningham. More recently she’s completed cabaret-related painting shows with Jimmy Cauty, Billy Childish and Jamie Reid.

Never Mind The Jackson Pollocks, Here’s Anne Pigalle will take place over three days at Blasé House, Hackney Wick, London from Friday 8 to Saturday 10 December.

On the Friday night from 8pm, Pigalle will be performing live, including a number of punk covers, while on the Saturday and Sunday from 12 noon to 7pm, she’ll ill be available for Tarot readings. You’ll also be able to commission her to sketch you or a friend, priced per hour or half hour.

A wide array of Pigalle’s original art will also be available to buy throughout the weekend.

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THE DAMNED are treating fans with a deluxe vinyl box set of five early singles.

Released through BMG, the Stiff Singles 1976-1977 box set brings together all the band’s singles for that infamous label, from their classic debut, and first British punk single, ‘New Rose’, and including the now super-rare ‘Stretcher Case Baby’, originally available to fan club members only.

Each of the singles is recreated with its original artwork and lavishly packed in a deluxe box featuring contemporary press cuttings. The package also includes an exclusive embroidered Damned patch, not available elsewhere.

The complete tracklisting is….

1. New Rose
2. Help

1. Neat Neat Neat
2. Stab Yor Back
3. Singalonga Scabies

1. Problem Child
2. You Take My Money

1. Don’t Cry Wolf
2. One Way Love

1. Stretcher Case Baby
2. Sick Of Being Sick

Set for release on 26 January, the box set is available to pre-order here.

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Manchester post-punks A CERTAIN RATIO have just released the first albums in a major reissue programme, as well as announcing a series of UK dates for the spring.

Formed in 1978, the band were one of the first post-punk outfits, alongside the likes of GANG OF FOUR, THE POP GROUP and SCRITTI POLITTI, to embrace funk in their music, signing to Factory Records and having an underground hit on both sides of the Atlantic with second single ‘Shack Up’.

The band’s first and second albums, The Grave Yard And The Ballroom (1980) and To Each… (1981), both produced by the legendary Martin Hannett, have just been reissued, along with their 1986 album Force.  More reissues will follow throughout the spring, followed by a new compilation in July.

A Certain Ratio play their last date of this year at the O2 Ritz, Manchester on 16 December – tickets – and have lined up the following dates for next year.

16 March – Newcastle, Hoochie Choochie
17 March – Glasgow, Stereo
24 March – Bristol, Fiddlers Club
25 March – Brighton, The Haunt
21 April – London, Garage
18 May – Hebden Bridge, Trades Club
26 May – Tameside, Atmosphere Festival

Tickets are available here.

A Certain Ratio are supporters of Artists Against Hunger, a campaign by Action Against Hunger and will donate £1 for each ticket sold in 2018.

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