STRAY CATS ANNOUNCE ALBUM AND TOUR!

THE STRAY CATS make good on their recent reunion by announcing a tour AND a new album next year!

The Massapequa threesome will be celebrating their 40th Anniversary in 2019 and are promising to make it a good one.

The as-yet unnamed album – their first in 25 years! – will be recorded in Nashville with British producer Peter Collins – whose credits include Alvin Stardust and Middlesex rockabilly rebels Matchbox – and engineer Vance Powell (Buddy Guy, Jack White, Seasick Steve), and released through Surfdog Records.

The album will be accompanied by tour dates as yet to be confirmed.

Having formed in 1979, the trio enjoyed considerable worldwide success with several hit singles and three albums, initially splitting in 1984. Since then they’ve reunited on various occasions, periodically releasing albums. They played a farewell tour in 2008/9, returning this summer for a handful of wildly-received US dates.

“Forty years ago, us three teenagers started a little band to play a musical style that had long since passed, and most folks had never heard of, this Rockabilly music,” explains guitarist/singer Brian Setzer. “Forty years later we stand together and still get that same thrill and exhilaration from the music. That feeling is what makes the fireworks go off and the sparks fly. It makes the world go around.”

“Making a new Stray Cats album for 2019 in Nashville seems like the exact right thing, right time, right place, and right band for the gig! We have an album’s worth of new songs that are classic rockabilly while keeping the music and style current and fresh, like always. In other words…A Stray Cats album,” agrees drummer Slim Jim Phantom.

Bassist Lee Rocker adds, “They say history repeats itself and I now know that’s true. 40 years after Brian, Jim and I formed the Stray Cats, we are back! I’m so excited to be in the studio with my brothers. I can tell you that this will be the best Stray Cats album we have ever made. The time is right, the songs are great and we’re ready to rock.”

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THE CASUALTIES NEW TRACK EXCLUSIVE!

Revered NYC street punks THE CASUALTIES are back and they’re premiering a track from their new album exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

Taken from Written In Blood, the band’s eleventh studio album, with its opening scorching, insistent guitar riff, the angry ‘Ashes’ means business from the off.

“This song is like revenge in reverse!” enthuses frontman David Rodriguez. “It’s about all of things you do to self-sabotage your life and right when the world thinks you’re going to die, you hide out and collect all the broken pieces and put yourself back together. And as you hear all the trash people talk about you, you just continue to take care of yourself and watch as everyone else truly burns up in their own hate. As they say the best revenge is doing good for yourself!”

First coming together in 1990, The Casualties have maintained a fearsome punk presence, touring with the likes of G.B.H., THE COCKNEY REJECTS, THE EXPLOITED and more, and playing the inaugural Holidays In The Sun festival, the precursor to Rebellion.

Following on from 2016’s Chaos Sound, Written In Blood was recorded at The Blasting Room studio in Fort Collins, Colorado with producer Bill Stevenson of THE DESCENDENTS and engineer Jason Livermore. It’s the first album for Rodriguez, who joined last year to replace long-serving original frontman Jorge Herrera.

Set for release on 26 October through Cleopatra, Written In Blood is available to pre-order here.

Catch The Casualties on the road at…

Metal Alliance Tour w/Goatwhore…

Oct 31 – Jefferson, LA – Southport Hall
Nov 1 – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
Nov 2 – Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey
Nov 3 – San Antonio, TX – Alamo City Music Hall
Nov 4 – Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom
Nov 6 – Mesa, AZ – Club Red
Nov 7 – West Hollywood, CA – Roxy Theatre
Nov 8 – San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick
Nov 9 – Fresno, CA – Full Circle Brewing Company
Nov 10 – Orangeville, CA – The Boardwalk
Nov 11 – Berkeley, CA – Cornerstone Berkeley
Nov 13 – Seattle, WA – Club Sur Rocks
Nov 14 – Portland, OR – Dante’s
Nov 16 – Salt Lake City, UT – Metro Music Hall
Nov 17 – Denver, CO – Marquis Theatre
Nov 18 – Merriam, KS – Aftershock
Nov 20 – St. Paul, MN – Turf Club
Nov 21 – Chicago, IL – Reggie’s Rock Club
Nov 23 – Detroit, MI – Magic Stick
Nov 24 – Kingston, ON – Overtime Sports Bar
Nov 25 – Quebec City, QC – Salle Multi
Nov 26 – Montreal, QC – Les Foufounes Electriques
Nov 28 – New York NY – Gramercy Theater
Nov 29 – Rochester, NY – Montage Music Hall
Nov 30 – Easton, PA – One Centre Square

Euro Tour Dates…

Jan 22 – Saint Jean De Vedas, France – Secret Place
Jan 25 – Brussels, Belgium – Magasin 4

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BILLY BREMNER BOUNCES BACK!

Guitarist BILLY BREMNER has announced a pair of rare UK shows with his band ROCKFILES.

A onetime member of LULU’s backing band, Bremner came to fame as guitarist in the pub rock supergroup ROCKPILE alongside Dave Edmunds, Nick Lowe and Terry Williams. He then went on to play with THE PRETENDERS on their hit ‘Back On The Chain Gang’ as well as playing numerous sessions with the likes of ELVIS COSTELLO, CARLEN CARTER and SHAKIN’ STEVENS, as well as enjoying a solo career with Stiff Records. More recently he’s been working in Sweden with THE REFRESHMENTS and with DUCKS DELUXE frontman Sean Tyla in THE TROUBLE BOYS, taking their name from his song, notably covered by Dave Edmunds and Thin Lizzy.

Billy Bremner’s Rockfiles play The 100 Club, London on Wednesday 23 January. Tickets are on sale here.

They then play The Prince Albert, Brighton on Sunday 27 January. Get tickets here.

The dates are preceded this month by a new singles compilation from Cherry Red, charting Billy’s career since 1974. Singled Out is available to order here.

Check out Rockpile performing ‘Trouble Boys’.

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CULTURE ABUSE COVER THE EQUALS!

San Francisco punks CULTURE ABUSE tool up for their UK tour with a cover of THE EQUALS’ 1967 single ‘Police On My Back’.

Formed in Hornsey in 1965, The Equals had a number of hits including ‘Black Skin Blue-Eyed Boys’ and the millions-selling ‘Baby Come Back’ and spawned the career of Eddie ‘Electric Avenue’ Grant. ‘Police On My Back’, only released as a single in Europe, would later get a fresh boost when covered by THE CLASH on their Sandinista album.

A live favourite of Culture Abuse, their version features guest vocals from Zac Carper of FIDLAR.

“We’ve been playing this song live for the last year,” explains frontman David Kelling. “Then right after we recorded Bay Dream we were partying with Zac and thought it would be fun to try and tackle it together. Most people know it because of The Clash but the song was actually a cover by a band from the 60s called The Equals, fronted by Eddie Grant! So it’s a testament to how truly good the song is! We went into the studio hungover, the morning after we played with Fidlar in LA and knocked this out, mostly live, with some wild overdubbing.”

Touring in support of second album Bay Dream, the band play the following dates….

17 Oct  Southampton, Joiners  TICKETS
18 Oct  Birmingham, Actress & Bishop  TICKETS
19Oct  Nottingham, Bodega  TICKETS
20 Oct  Leeds, Key Club  TICKETS
21 Oct  Brighton, Hope & Ruin  TICKETS
22 Oct  Bristol, Exchange  TICKETS
23 Oct  Glasgow, King Tuts   TICKETS
24 Oct  Manchester, Star & Garter  TICKETS
25 Oct  London, Boston Music Room  TICKETS

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THE PRIMEVALS HEAD SOUTH!

Scottish garage-psych legends THE PRIMEVALS hit the highway for a rare bunch of English shows in the coming weeks.

Formed in Glasgow in 1983, the band still feature original frontman Michael Rooney and guitarist Tom Rafferty, and have just released a new 7″ vinyl EP, So Extra through Spain’s Ghost Highway Records.

The band head down to Liverpool on Friday 19 October, before heading east to Middlesborough on the Saturday for the Peel Regenerated all-dayer with TURNING BLACK LIKE LIZARDS, THE VOODOO RAYS, THE STRAYS and more.

They then hit the A1 in November for shows in Northampton, climaxing in a special Rockaway Beach show alongside THE WITHCDOKTORS in London on 17 November.

Full dates are….

Fri 19 Oct District, Liverpool (w/ The Gentle Scars + Raw Bones)
Sat 20 Oct Westgarth, Middlesborough (Peel Regenerated) tickets
Fri 16 Nov The Lab, Northampton (w/ Venus Fly Trap) tickets
Sat 17 Nov The Hope & Anchor, London (w/ The Witchdoktors + DC Spectres) tickets

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SPENCER’S GOT THE HITS!

JON SPENCER has unveiled a video for the lead track from his debut solo album.

As previously announced Spencer Sings The Hits! is set for release on 2 November through In The Red Records.

The video for ‘I Got The Hits’ is the work of young Arizona director Alex Italics. Says Spencer, “Over the past year I kept seeing wonderful and strange music videos that had one thing in common: all were directed by an Alex Italics. I determined to track down this young auteur with the aim of getting a similar cinematic sensation for my new album Spencer Sings The Hits! Alex turned out to be a mild-mannered young man from Tucson, Arizona living in Southern California. I gave him a free hand to pick the song and devise a treatment. The result is the scary slice-of-life that you can now see for yourself.

“I love the creepy contrast with the song’s punk abandon,” continues Jon. “We filmed at a rented house in Santa Ana. At the end of each day, after the nearby nightly Disneyland fireworks had faded and the cast and crew had left, I would sleep in a bunk bed in the child’s bedroom. Turns out doing an entire video laying on the floor is harder than it looks!”

Spencer will be touring Europe in the UK over the next couple of months, both headlining and as special guests to THE MELVINS. Full dates are….

October – with The Melvins unless noted
19          Eindhoven(NL)  Café’ Wilhelmina (TICKETS)  HEADLINE SHOW
20          Haarlem (NL)     Patronaat (TICKETS)
21          Kortruk (BE)       De Kreun (TICKETS)
23          Birmingham       02 Academy 2 (TICKETS)
24          Norwich              Waterfront  (TICKETS)
25          Cardiff                Y Plas (TICKETS)
26          Leeds                 Stylus (TICKETS)
27          Glasgow             Broadcast (TICKETS) HEADLINE SHOW
28          Manchester        Academy 2 (TICKETS)
29          Brighton             Concorde 2 (TICKETS)
30          London               Koko (TICKETS)

November – Jon Spencer headline dates
1            Bristol                 Exchange (TICKETS)
2            London               Rough Trade East
3            Newcastle          Cluny 2 (TICKETS)
4            Nottingham       Bodega (TICKETS)
5            Arlon (BE)           L’ entropot (TICKETS)
6            Brussels (BE)      Botanique (TICKETS)
7            Muenster (DE)  Gleis 22 (TICKETS)
8            Koln (DE)            Helios (TICKETS)

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HANTERHIR VIDEO PREMIERE!

Fast rising Cornish psych-rockers HANTERHIR today premiere a new video with Vive Le Rock!

The track ‘Hope Comes With Love’ is the third single to be released from their widely acclaimed triple-album The Saving Of Cadan which is out now through Easy Action.

Formed in Redruth in 2007, the band have developed their sound in isolation from the mainstream, drawing on a diverse set of influences including the Psychedelic Furs, Echo & The Bunnymen, Sonic Youth and Hawkwind, whose onetime sax-player Nik Turner has been known to perform with the band on occasion.

You can catch Hanterhir on the following dates….

20 Oct Charlie’s Bar, Redruth
21 Oct The Sussex Arms, Tunbridge Wells
22 Oct The Victoria, Dalston, London (w/Brainiac 5) tickets
23 Oct The Railway Hotel, Southend-on-Sea

Read a new interview with Hanterhir in our sister magazine Louder Than War out now!

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XMAS WITH BRIAN JAMES!

Punk legend BRIAN JAMES has announced a special one-off London show with his band THE BRIAN JAMES GANG in December. Plans are afoot to record the show for a new live album.

In the year that his old band THE DAMNED have returned with a new album and a newfound appetite for touring, their founder and original songwriter has also received a boost in profile as his long out-of-print debut solo album got a deluxe vinyl reissue from Easy Action Records.

Brian and the Gang will bring the year to a close with a seasonal show on Friday 7 December at Nell’s Jazz & Blues in West Kensington, just a stone’s throw from the site of the legendary Nashville Rooms, scene of so many early Damned gigs in the heyday of punk.

“Well, I figure it’s about time to host an Xmas party and where better to make a whole lotta noise than Nell’s Jazz and Blues Club in West Kensington. It’s looking like the Brian James Gang are going to record the gig on the 7 December for a future live album, so be prepared to scream your bleeding heads off.”

Tickets for the gig are on sale now here.

Check out the video for ‘Slow It Down’

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NOCTORUM NEW SINGLE EXCLUSIVE!

NOCTORUM, the current project of former THE CHURCH guitarist Marty Willson-Piper are preparing to release their fourth album and they’re airing the first single exclusively with with Vive Le Rock!

In Noctorum, Willson-Piper is joined by producer and longtime collaborator Dare Mason. Friends since childhood, the pair have worked together on Willson-Piper’s numerous solo albums as well as projects with The Church.

Named after a village on The Wirral, where the pair grew up, Noctorum’s debut album Sparks Lane was released in 2003, followed by Offer The Light in 2006 and Honey Mink Forever in 2011.

New single ‘A Girl With No Love’, which is set for release on 24 October through all digital platforms, is taken from the album The Afterlife, which the pair have been recording with help from local musicians at Mason’s VIP Lounge studio in Penzance, Cornwall. Due for official release in February, it’s available to pre-order for early shipping in November through PledgeMusic, alongside various unique offers and experiences.

Willson-Piper is currently touring the US followed by dates in Europe. Catch him on the road at…

07 Oct NEW ORLEANS, LA – Siberia Lounge
11 Oct FORT WORTH, TX – Fort Worth Live
12 Oct SAN ANTONIO, TX – TBC
13 Oct AUSTIN, TX – Cactus Cafe
15 Oct MARFA, TX – Hotel Saint George
16 Oct HOUSTON, TX – Warehouse Live
18 Oct DENTON, TX – Patterson-Appleton Center
19 Oct DALLAS, TX – Palo Santo Galactic Headquarters
20 Oct DALLAS, TX – Palo Santo Galactic Headquarters
24 Oct NEW YORK, NY – The Loft
26 Oct HARRISBURG, PA – Stage On Herr
27 Oct BERLIN, NJ – The Vault
10 Nov HELSINKI, FINLAND – Nordic Music Days (as part of Anekdoten)
22 Dec BURG STERNBERG, GERMANY – Geisterfest
02 Jan LANDSBERG, GERMANY – Café Zirnheld (TBC)

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CAN YOU DIG IT?

South Coast punk label GROW YOUR OWN have announced their second annual all-dayer in London next month.

Since forming three years ago, the label has been a ubiquitous and reliable presence on the UK anarcho scene with releases by ANTHRAX, HAGAR THE WOMB (pictured), FLOWERS IN THE DUSTBIN, ACTIVE SLAUGHTER, VIRUS, A-HEADS and more.

This year’s event will take place at The Gunners, Blackstock Road, Finsbury Park on Saturday 17 November from 1pm ’til 11pm. Bands appearing this year include Anthrax, Hagar The Womb, Virus, SANCTION THIS, MINDFRAME, THE BLACK DEATH, THE COMMITED, THE FLEAS and more…

Tickets priced £10 are on sale here.

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VELVET HANDS OF DEATH!

Cornish garage types THE VELVET HANDS have just unveiled a video for the latest single off their debut album.

‘Everyone Is Dead’ is a raucous lament to those who left us during that fateful year of 2016 – Bowie, Prince, George Michael… but also a celebration of life itself. We only get one chance, so make the most of it. We think this storming track’s not a million miles from another legendary departed rocker, but imitation’s the sincerest form of flattery, right?

The band play dates this week as part of Red Stripe’s This Feeling tour. Catch them on the road at…

Oct 5th – The Engine Shed – Lincoln
Oct 6th – WaterRats – London
Oct 11th – The Venue – Derby
Oct 12th – The Electric Church – Blackburn
Oct 13th – Lending Room – Leeds

Their debut album Party’s Over is available now on CD and vinyl on Zen Ten Records through Easy Action and digitally through all the usual download stores.

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BACK IN BUSINESS!

Oi legends THE BUSINESS are set to return, when they headline the final day of the Punk & Disorderly festival in Berlin next year, which they’ve announced with a video message to their many fans…

The long-serving and much-loved band formed in Lewisham, South-East London in 1979 but came to a halt with the tragic death of founding frontman Micky Fitz from cancer at the end of 2016.

For the festival, at Astra Kulturhaus, Berlin on 14 April, The Business will feature, for the first time on one stage together, early days members Steve Kent, Steve Whale and Mick Fairbairn. Of course the inimitable Fitz is irreplaceable, but for this show, the band will feature a trio of special guest singers – Al Barr from DROPKICK MURPHYS, Roi Pearce from THE LAST RESORT and COCKNEY REJECTS’ Jeff Turner.

The rest of the bill for the day features the Rejects, The Last Resort, DISCHARGE, BOOZE & GLORY, THE DETAINED, RUDE PRIDE, TANK SHOT and CUT MY SKIN.

Tickets are on sale here.

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POSIES AT 30!

Powerpop legends THE POSIES hit the UK this month on their mammoth 30th Anniversary Tour.

The Washington State quartet will be touring in the line-up that released their classic third album Frosting On The Beater – Dan Auer, Ken Stringfellow, Dave Fox and Mike Musburger.

The band have also launched a PledgeMusic campaign to rerelease the three albums from their successful Geffen period – Frosting… , Dear 23 and Amazing Disgrace – on vinyl. Find out more here.

The four UK dates on their tour are…

Fri 19 Oct London The Garage
Sat 20 Oct Leeds Brudenell Social Club
Sun 21 Oct Glasgow King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut
Tues 23 Oct Manchester The Deaf Institute

Full European tour dates and ticket details can be found on the band’s website.

Check out the video for ‘Dream All Day’.

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DELUXE TREATMENT FOR DELUXE!

Yorkshire glam iconoclasts BE BOP DELUXE are to have their classic album Sunburst Finish reissued as a deluxe box set.

Formed in Wakefield, West Yorkshire in 1972 by guitarist Bill Nelson, Be Bop Deluxe melded glam imagery with pop melodies and proggy instrumentalism, releasing five studio albums and one live album for the Harvest label.

Recorded at Abbey Road and produced by Nelson with John Leckie, Sunburst Finish was released in February ’76, the band’s first album to reach the Top 20 of the album chart and yielding their only hit single, ‘Ships In The Night’, which reached number 23.

With the musical seachange of that period, the band hit a commercial breakthrough, chiming with the futuristic new wave scene building around the likes of Ultravox! and Magazine.  Ever an eye on the future, Nelson would split Be Bop Deluxe in ’78, with forming the more obviously new wave Red Noise with keyboardist Andy Clark.

Remastered from the original tapes, the new 4-disc Sunburst Finish box set from Cherry Red features the original mix of the album, a new 2018 mix, BBC live recordings and Peel Session tracks, a DVD containing a 5.1 surround sound mix and video material from The Old Great Whistle Test and the previously unissued video for ‘Ships In The Night’.

The set comes complete with a 68-page booklet with a new essay by Nelson, a facsimile ’76 tour programme, postcards and a replica poster.

Set for release on 16 November, the box set is available to pre-order here.

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RODS JOIN FINGERS ON TOUR!

Essex legends EDDIE & THE HOT RODS have announced that they’ll be touring the UK as special guests to STIFF LITTLE FINGERS next Spring.

The band had previously announced that 2018 would be their final year of touring. However, the offer of a quick trip round the UK with the Belfast punk stalwarts – who’ll be celebrating the 40th Anniversary of their classic debut Inflammable Material –  proved too good to miss.

“Whilst the plan was to no longer tour after 2018, we saw this as an opportunity that we couldn’t pass up,” the band explained on their Facebook page. “As the final dates for 2018 were published we received a lot of messages from people disappointed that we wouldn’t be heading far up North… or East, South, West. It hasn’t been feasible for us to hit all the places we’d have liked to on our own but this tour gives you one final chance to see us on the road. This is it, one more run around the UK in the lead up to our special one off celebration show in April.”

As revealed last month, the band will be headlining a very special Vive Le Rock-sponsored show at London’s Islington Academy. Full 2019 dates are…

With SLF…

Wed 6 Mar O2 Academy Leeds, Leeds
Fri 8 Mar O2 Institute, Birmingham
Sat 9 Mar The Great Hall, Cardiff
Sun 10 Mar O2 Academy Bristol, Bristol
Tue 12 Mar Waterfront, Norwich
Wed 13 Mar Rock City, Nottingham
Fri15 Mar O2 Academy Newcastle, Newcastle Upon-Tyne
Sat 16 Mar Barrowland Ballroom, Glasgow
Sun 17 Mar Barrowland Ballroom, Glasgow
Tue 19 Mar Ironworks, Inverness
Wed 20 Mar The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen
Fri 22 Mar Academy, Manchester
Sat 23 Mar Pyramids, Portsmouth
Sun 24 Mar O2 Forum, London (w/THE VAPORS)

Headlining…

Sat 13 Apr O2 Academy, Islington, London

Tickets for these, and the band’s Autumn 2018 dates, are available from the band’s website.

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LEAGUE FILM PREMIERES AT DOC’N’ROLL FEST!

A new documentary on the ANTI-NOWHERE LEAGUE is to get its world premiere as part of the Doc’n’Roll Film Festival, which returns for its fifth edition this Autumn.

The festival, which runs from 1st to 18th November at cinemas across London, will feature 28 documentaries focusing on iconic musicians, labels and cultures down the decades from such widespread parts of the world as Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Ukraine and Wales, including 25 world, European, UK and London premieres, filmmaker and artist Q&As and live music events.

We Are The League (How Deep Do You Want It?) by director George Hencken is packed full of never-before-seen archive footage, from the League’s first ever show at the world-famous Lyceum in London, to clips from Stewart Copeland’s legendary lost nouveau-punk art film odyssey So What!

The screening on Friday 2 November at the Genesis Cinema, Whitechapel will be followed by a Q&A with the director and band members.

Other Vive Le Rock-friendly docs screening during the festival include Some Other Guys – The Story Of The Big ThreeThe Wedding Present: Something Left BehindMy View: Clem BurkeRudeboy: The Story of Trojan RecordsIs It Punk Music?Stories From She Punks and more.

The full schedule is…

Thurs 1 Nov, 6.45pm – Barbican Centre
Our Most Brilliant Friends (World Premiere + Q&A)
Slow Club

Fri 2 Nov, 6:30pm – The Photographers’ Gallery
Kojey Radical short film (World Premiere + Q&A)

Fri 2 Nov, 9pm – Genesis Cinema
We Are The League (How Deep Do You Want It?) (World Premiere + Q&A)
Anti-Nowhere League

Sat 3 Nov, 3pm – Curzon Soho
Some Other Guys – The Story of The Big Three (London Premiere + Q&A)
The Big Three

Sat 3 Nov, 4pm – Rio Dalston
Something Left Behind (London Premiere + Q&A)
The Wedding Present

Sat 3 Nov, 6.30pm – Picturehouse Central
My View: Clem Burke (London Premiere + Q&A)

Sun 4 Nov, 2.30pm – Genesis Cinema
RocKabul (UK Premiere + Q&A)

Sun 4 Nov, 4pm – Barbican Centre
Mantra: Sounds into Silence (UK premiere + Q&A)

Sun 4 Nov, 5.30pm – Rio Dalston
Rudeboy: The Story of Trojan Records + Q&A

Wed 7 Nov, 8pm – Everyman King’s Cross Cinema
Never Stop – A Music That Resists (UK Premiere + Q&A)
Detroit Techno followed by after party at Spiritland

Thur 8 Nov, 6.30pm – Picturehouse Central
I Can Only Be Mary Lane (UK Premiere + Q&A)

Thur 8 Nov, 8.45pm – Barbican Centre
Anorac (London Premiere + Q&A)
Welsh-language pop music

Friday 9 Nov, 6.30pm – Picturehouse Central
Is It Punk Music? (UK Premiere + Q&A)
Cassels

Sat 10 Nov, 3.00pm – The Castle Cinema
Rudeboy: The Story of Trojan Records

Sat 10 Nov, 3.30pm – Barbican Centre
Anne Clark: I’ll Walk Out Into Tomorrow (UK Premiere + Q&A)

Sat 10 Nov, 6pm – Curzon Soho
Silvana (London Premiere + Q&A)

Sat 10 Nov, 7pm – Genesis Cinema
Stories from She Punks (World Premiere + Q&A)

Sun 11 Nov 3pm – Picturehouse Central
Blue Note Records – Beyond the Notes (London Premiere + Q&A)

Sun 11 Nov, 4pm – Rio Dalston
Sepultura Endurance (UK Premiere)

Sun 11 Nov 5pm – Curzon Soho
The Library Music Film (London Premiere + Q&A)

Mon 12 Nov, 8.45pm – Barbican Centre
Chilly Gonzales – Shut Up and Play The Piano + Q&A

Tue 13 Nov, 8.30pm – Rich Mix
My Darling Son: Morski & The Turbans (UK Premiere + Q&A)

Wed 14 Nov, 6.30pm – Picturehouse Central
Myth (UK Premiere + Q&A)
Vasyl Slipak Opera Singer

Wed 14 Nov, 8.30pm – Rich Mix
Slave to the Grind (London Premiere + Q&A)
Grindcore

Thur 5 Nov, 8.45pm – Ritzy
Rudeboy: The Story of Trojan Records

Thur 15 Nov, 9.10pm – Picturehouse Central
About a Badly Drawn Boy: The Story of The Hour Of Bewilderbeast (London Premiere + Q&A)

Sat 17 Nov 1pm – Ronnie Scotts
Blue Note Records – Beyond the Notes + Q&A

Sat 17 Nov, 4pm – Picturehouse Central
How They Got Over: Black Quartets and the Road to Rock’n’Roll (UK Premiere + Q&A)

Sat 17 Nov, 6.30pm – Genesis Cinema
So, Which Band Is Your Boyfriend In…? (London Premiere + Q&A)
UK Female DIY and underground scene

Sun 18 Nov, 4pm – Bertha Doc House
Pure Love: The Voice Of Ella Fitzgerald

Sun 18 Nov, 5.30pm – Curzon Soho
Ethiopiques: Revolt of the Soul (UK Premiere + Q&A)

Sun 18 Nov, 6pm – Picturehouse Central
Listen To My Song (World Premiere + Q&A)
Ex FARC Colombian musician Esteban

Full movie info and ticket details can be found on the Doc’n’Roll website.

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PIRATE COPY EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE!

Unruly punk rock quartet PIRATE COPY are plotting a fresh journey of rambunctious shenanigans, commencing with the launch of the new video ‘Reckless Alice’, premiered exclusively with Vive Le Rock and taken from the band’s forthcoming album, Swashbuckle & Swagger, out on Friday 26 October via Black Sail Records.

Says frontman Cap’n Kernow’, “‘Reckless Alice’ is based on the real-life story of Alice Whelan, who took misadventure to a whole new level by drunkenly commandeering a ferry in Torquay while attempting to escape the police! The song incorporates quotes from her subsequent trial, while the visually-stunning video, courtesy of Purple Knif, sees The Reckless One reimagined as ruthless bandit seeking to liberate Pirate Copy of their ill-gotten gains!”

Cleverly merging the vigour of punk rock to the buccaneering backstory that underpins their Cornish heritage, Pirate Copy have caused a stir across the South West and beyond, leaving a plethora of livewire gigs, indomitable fun and memorable songs in their wake.

Although based in Cornwall, the band have made regular jaunts across the land, establishing themselves as festival favourites, in part thanks to the interactively inclusive mayhem of their live show. 2013’s The Shape Of Piracy To Come EP was the band’s first tangible sign of bounteous booty. Further runs of festival appearances and shows followed, including a glut of memorable trips to the capital, before a second EP, the mighty Goin’ Down A Storm, dropped in May 2015.

Now, Pirate Copy are ready to unleash their dynamite debut album Swashbuckle & Swagger, which displays a dirty dozen of devastating ditties, marinated in rum and other unmentionable fluids, ready to attack your eardrums. Vive Le Rock‘s Dick Porter remarks about the album, “To experience Pirate Copy in full flow, as Poseidon intended, is a joy indeed. Swashbuckle & Swagger is a treasure chest of pleasures; combining live floor fillers such as ‘Somalian Pirates Suck’ and legendary set closer ‘I’m On A Boat’ with devilishly crafted new material like ‘Outlaw Pirates’, they have opened a Pandora’s box of piratical punk power.”

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REWINDING WITH FROM THE JAM

Paul Weller has said a million times in a million interviews that he will never reform The Jam. Their legendary back catalogue gloriously lives on in the shape of original Jam bassist Bruce Foxton’s FROM THE JAM. His main partner in crime is the singer and guitarist Russell Hastings who he’s been working with since Russell joined Foxton and (original Jam drummer) Rick Buckler in The Gift back in 2006. Russell also co-wrote and performed on Bruce’s solo albums Back In The Room and 2016’s Smash The Clock. In December 2017 FTJ released a live album (via Pledge Music) titled From The Jam Live in an effort to capture the celebratory atmosphere that naturally arises when the band perform live. Vive Le Rock‘s Guy Shankland caught up with Bruce and Russell backstage at the sold-out Rewind Festival in Henley-On-Thames. The band have just delivered a very short, jam-packed (sorry) set of hit after hit after hit to a bleary-eyed but enthusiastic early afternoon crowd.

 

This is the band’s fourth Rewind appearance, so how do they find these retro type festivals? “They’re just great,” explains Russell. “Everyone’s so friendly.” Bruce continues: “All the performers have really got their act together and are, dare I say it, probably grateful for another bite of the cherry. From our perspective, there’s a great vibe backstage. There’s no prima donna’s, everybody’s just wishing each other all the best and they [the festivals] pull big crowds.”

Indeed they do, this year’s Rewind is pretty much sold out and that equates to almost twenty thousand punters a day.

“Yeah we’ve done a few which were forty thousand, we know they’re not all here for From The Jam but overall this is proper stuff, proper gigs.” Russell continues: “We do notice when playing these festivals that the ticket sales for the winter tours spike, they go up a lot, these [festivals] are great platforms for us, good live exposure. The promoters always tell us when the spikes are happening in sales and as Bruce says we know that these aren’t our fans, they wouldn’t necessarily pay just to come and see us, so it really works.”

The band are allotted just twenty-five minutes today so how do the band choose the setlist or does it choose itself? Bruce cuts in laughing, “They’re thinking of my age, he’ll be good for twenty-five! my heart!”

“The setlist picks itself really,” Russell continues. “You’d be a mug not to throw in all the cherries and there’s a lot of cherries. The band had so many hits that everyone identifies with, how many bands out there have that many hits under their belt that they have to cut some number ones out.”

Bruce elucidates further: “It sounds like we’re blowing our own trumpet but it’s hard when you only have twenty-five minutes and you only play six or seven songs and you try to fit all the hits in. We are very fortunate, it’s a great catalogue of stuff. When your doing this kind of festival people expect it [the hits]. There’s no point in going on and saying we’re playing an upcoming album, what kind of reaction are you going to get?”

Russell has been with the band for over a decade so what’s been his FTJ highlight? “Aw man, it’s been a journey! One is my friendship with Bruce because he’s a dear friend to me so that comes first.[In the background Bruce just says “Likewise”] “That makes the whole experience. I remember being on Bondi Beach with Bruce, flying into L.A and being in New York with Rick and Bruce, trying to go up Sears tower in Chicago. It’s not just different countries but playing Newcastle Academy and The Glasgow Barrowlands, playing the iconic venues and seeing people so caught up in the music. I mean, what a delightful thing to do, to be part of something where everybody’s just in a great fucking mood.”

When the band play it feels like a celebration.

“That’s right, they celebrate it, it’s a great thing that unity. It’s such a lovely experience doing it.”

With the PR giving me the ‘One Minute’ sign, we go the last question. The years between 1976-1980 gave us such a rich vein of songwriting and bands. We had Punk, 2-Tone, The Jam and New Wave. They are still celebrated to this day, why do you think that is? Bruce nails the question with a quick as a flash one-word answer – “Quality” – before adding, “I sound like the old man now, ‘There’s a tune there, there’s a lyric!’ It’s the quality of the songs.”

Forty years (from 1978) on are we back in the same place socially? “In a lot of ways,” Bruce says before Russell steps in. “I’m not going to jump on any bandwagon I’ll just tell it how I feel it is and its a load of fucking shit at the moment. I’m also really disappointed [with the music industry], I think that iTunes and the big conglomerates are destroying…[pauses]. If you try to get a record advance now they just fucking laugh at you. You can’t get one, you can’t even get expenses for the train. They want a produced album laid on the table, they just want the final cut then and there.” And that’s a wrap as the smiling and incredibly polite duo head off to musically educate another British Festival.

From The Jam continue to record new material, tour the world and delight fans from Henley to Hanoi. It’s those songs, those cutting Weller lyrics, the angry but pinpoint controlled guitar sound and opening bass lines that are greeted like returning war heroes. I finally put the idea of FTJ playing The Rebellion Festival to Bruce and Russell both seemed interested but then with that arsenal of songs in their Levi back pockets they could play any festival, anywhere on the globe and win the crowd over. The sadly prophetic “They smelt of pubs and Wormwood Scrubs and too many right-wing meetings,” Weller words are as relevant now as they were in 1978. What they have said will always remain.

Guy Shankland

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