PIECE OF THE ACTION!

North London mod legends THE ACTION are the subject of a new career-spanning box set.

Although they only released six singles in their lifetime, none of which were hits, the Kentish Town band have become revered as one of the finest outfits of the original mod heyday, eventually evolving into free-flowing psych rock faves MIGHTY BABY during the late 60s and early 70s.

The Action were the first band signed by Beatles producer George Martin after he left EMI to set up his own company AIR Productions. In due course, he produced the band’s five singles issued on Parlophone between 1965 and 1967 as well as tracks intended for a never-released album.

All those tracks are included in the 4-disc Shadows & Reflections: The Complete Recordings 1964-1968. The set also brings together TV and radio recordings, rehearsal, demo and audition tapes and alternative mixes, many of which are available on CD for the first time, making it the band’s most comprehensive anthology ever.

The set is rounded out with a 36-page booklet, including numerous rare and unseen photos and 16,000-word sleevenotes by Action authority David Wells.

Set for release on Grapefruit through Cherry Red on 26 October, Shadows & Reflections: The Complete Recordings 1964-1968 is available to pre-order here.

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EXHIBITION FOR KILLING JOKE ARTIST!

Artist and designer Mike Coles is to have an exhibition of his work in East London later this month.

The artist, who’s known for his work with Killing Joke, The Orb and the Malicious Damage label, which he co-founded, has plundered his back catalogue, remixing it to produce a deck of 56 playing cards, alongside a collection of 56 hilariously deranged mercenary rhymes in the style of the traditional nursery rhyme, but with a twisted modern slant.

The exhibition Over the Hills and Back for Tea will feature all 56 artworks plus a chilling and disturbing audio installation of found sound and spoken word. All the artworks will be for sale.

The exhibition takes place from 25 to 29 August at 5th Base Gallery, Heneage Street (off Brick Lane), London E1 5LJ.

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AMPLINE UNVEIL NEW VIDEO!

Cincinatti post-punks AMPLINE have just unveiled a brand new video for the track ‘Shrunken Heads’.

This abrasive punk barn-burner’s taken from the trio’s fifth full-length album Passion Relapse, which is out now through Sofaburn Records.

Kevin Schmidt, Rick McCarty and Mike Montgomery came together as Ampline in 2001, since when, they’ve toured widely across the US, Europe and the UK. Passion Relapse was recorded, mixed and mastered at Montgomery’s  analogue recording studio Candyland in Dayton, Kentucky, which has hosted such acts as The Breeders, Protomartyr, Buffalo Killers, Ed Crawford (fIREHOSE), Courtney Barnett and more.

When not on Ampline or Candyland duty, Montgomery is a member of the duo R.Ring with The Breeders’ Kelly Deal, recently releasing their debut LP. He also plays in Mike Vallely and the New Arms alongside professional skateboarders Kristian Svitak (The Heartaches / Swami Recs) and Mike Vallely (Black Flag / Good For You with Greg Ginn). Vallely’s skateboard company Street Plant has featured numerous Ampline tracks in their video edits.

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ALL YOUR EBBS IN ONE BASKET!

Essex industrialists NITZER EBB have announced an end to their eight-year hiatus with a live appearance accompanied by a major box set.

Contemporaries of DEPECHE MODE, FRONT 242 and DIE KRUPPS, the Chelmsford EBM pioneers Bon Harris and Douglas McCarthy will return to the stage at the Amphi Festival in Cologne, Germany on 20 July 2019. They’ll be joined onstage by original founding members David Gooday and Simon Granger, the first time the four have been onstage together since 1987. Further live dates are promised in due course.

The dates will be preceded in October this year by the career-panning vinyl box set 1982 – 2010.

A coloured vinyl edition brings together the albums That Total Age, Belief, Showtime, Ebbhead, Big Hit and Basic Pain Procedure, all but the last of these expanded to double albums with additional 12″ mixes and gatefold sleeves.

The black vinyl edition omits Basic Pain Procedure, which has been recently reissued, but there’s space for it, and their most recent release, Industrial Complex, in the box!

The set also includes a large format booklet with notes by McCarthy and Harris, plus rare and unseen photos, fliers and other artwork.

Set for release on 5 October through Pylon Records, both box sets are available to pre-order here.

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DAVID J RETURNS TO HIS PAST!

BAUHAUS man DAVID J has announced a pair of intimate solo shows later this month.

For Back To Beck (The Crucible Of Bela Lugosi’s Dead) the bassist will return to the tiny Beck Studios in Wellingborough, Northants on 26 August, where Bauhaus originally recorded their classic debut single in 1979. It will be the first time he’s returned to the studio since recording his second solo album Crocodile Tears and The Velvet Cosh in 1985.

As well as playing songs from his back catalogue, David will be interviewed by Andrew Brookbank, author of Bauhaus – Behind The Mask, followed by a Q&A session.

The Wellingborough show will be preceded by a date at The Islington, London on 25 August, where he’ll be joined by special guests.

Tickets for both shows are available here

The two solo dates fall admid a lengthy series of European shows with PETER MURPHY, where they’ll be performing a set of Bauhaus classics, including the album In The Flat Field in its entirety. Full dates are…

Aug 15 – Kluisbergen, Belgium @ W Fest
Aug 17 – Taranto, Italy @ Cinzella Festival
Aug 23 – Vilar de Mouros, Portugal – Vilar de Mouros Festival
Aug 25 – London, UK @ The Islington **David J solo show**
Aug 26 – Wellingborough, UK @ Beck Studios **David J solo show**
Oct 18 – Wellington, New Zealand @ San Fran
Oct 19 – Christchurch, New Zealand @ Foundry
Oct 20 – Auckland, New Zealand @ Powerstation
Oct 22 – Adelaide, Australia @ Governor Hindmarsh
Oct 25 – Brisbane, Australia @ The Zoo
Oct 26 – Melbourne, Australia @ Max Watts
Oct 27 – Sydney, Australia @ The Factory
Oct 28 – Perth, Australia @ The Capitol Theatre
Nov 6 – St. Petersburg, Russia @ Aurora Hall
Nov 7 – Moscow, Russia @ Glavclub
Nov 9 – Belgrade, Serbia @ Dom Omladine Beograda
Nov 10 – Frankfurt, Germany @ Das Bett
Nov 12 – Zurich, Switzerland @ Mascotte
Nov 14 – Paris, France @ Bataclan
Nov 18 – Madrid, Spain @ La Riviera
Nov 19 – Barcelona, Spain @ Razzmataz
Nov 21 – Rome, Italy @ Orion Live Club
Nov 22 – Milan, Italy @ Fabrique
Nov 23 – Munich, Germany @ Ampere
Nov 24 – Bochum, Germany @ Christuskirche
Nov 26 – Wroclaw, Poland @ A2
Nov 27 – Berlin, Germany @ Columbia Theater
Nov 28 – Hamburg, Germany @ Knust
Dec 4 – Manchester, UK @ O2 Ritz
Dec 5 – Glasgow, UK @ SWG3
Dec 6 – Northampton, UK @ Roadmender
Dec 8 – Leeds, UK @ Leeds Beckett SU
Dec 9 – London, UK @ O2 Forum Kentish Town
Dec 11 – Copenhagen, Denmark @ Store Vega
Dec 12 – Stockholm, Sweden @ Nalen
Dec 14 – Athens, Greece @ Gazi Music Hall
Dec 15 – Thessaloniki, Greece @ Principal Club Theater

David’s most recent album Vagabond Songs is available now, as is his memoir Who Killed Mr Moonlight?

A series of coloured vinyl Bauhaus releases is due later this year.

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CURSE OF LONO VIDEO PREMIERE!

London Americana act CURSE OF LONO have a new single out today and they’re premiering it exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘Tell Me About Your Love’ is the second single to be lifted from the band’s forthcoming second album As I Fell which is set for release through Submarine Cat on 17 August. The song was written after frontman Felix Bechtolsheimer visited his Grandfather in hospital shortly before he passed away last year.

“I witnessed a conversation between my Grandfather and my Grandmother, who had been married for sixty-nine years and hadn’t spent more than a handful of nights apart in all that time,” says Felix. “My Grandfather had lived through the Holocaust where he lost a lot of family and he had lost his son a few years ago, but he insisted that his life had been amazing. He said that he would love to hang around a few more years but that he was ready whenever his time came. Then he took her hand and said, tell me the stories of our life. And I watched them hold hands and look out over the lake together as they recalled their adventures. It was one of the most emotional things I have ever witnessed but it was also incredibly inspiring.”

The album, which was produced by Oli Bayston at Rancho V, a remote desert studio in Joshua Tree, California and Flesh & Bone Studios in Hackney, is accompanied by a documentary, Somewhere In Their Heads, by Gregg Houston,  which has been nominated for Best Short Documentary at the Los Angeles Film Awards, Best Cinematography at the Independent Shorts Film Festival, Best International Short Film at the Summerfolk Short Film Showcase in Canada, and Best Director and Best Short Documentary at the World Music & Independent Film Festival Awards.

Curse Of Lono play the following dates in August….

August 19 Beautiful Days Festival, Devon
August 26 Graze Festival, Hampshire
August 28 Stockholm, Bryggarsalen (with David Ramirez)
August 29 Oslo, Café Mono (with David Ramirez)
August 30 Malmo, Folk å Rock (with David Ramirez)

 

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RARE LONDON SHOW FOR KUSWORTH!

West Midlands rock’n’roll legend DAVE KUSWORTH plays a rare full band show in London this month.

A founder member of seminal Birmingham garage rockers T.V. EYE alongside future members of DURAN DURAN, THE PREFECTS, XPERTZ and BLACK BOMBERS, Kusworth would hook up with former SWELL MAP Nikki Sudden in the highly regarded JACOBITES, before forming his own band THE BOUNTY HUNTERS as well as spending time in DOGS D’AMOUR.

Kusworth plays the latest instalment of the Rockaway Beach Club at iconic London venue The Hope & Anchor in Islington on Friday 27 July. Support comes from ex-HOLLYWOOD BRAT Brady’s retooled proto-punks THE LONDON SS and glam-psych trio THE SONIC JEWELS.

Tickets priced £8 are on sale here.

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THE CHATS ANNOUNCE U.K. SHOWS!

Following in the footsteps of AMYL & THE SNIFFERS, Queensland’s THE CHATS are the latest bunch of mullet-headed Aussie punk urchins to try their hand in the UK and Europe.

The Sunshine Coast trio turned a few heads when the video for their anthemic post-punk single ‘Smoko’ went viral at the end of last year.

The band blow into the UK in October for dates including a show at London’s The Dome. Full dates are…

19/10 The Flapper – Birmingham
20/10 Club Sabbath – Glasgow
22/10 Rebellion – Manchester (upgraded from The Star & Garter)
23/10 The Dome, Tufnell Park – London
24/10 Olympic Café – Paris
25/10 Molotow – Hamburg
26/10 Paradiso Amsterdam – Amsterdam
28/10 Latest Music Bar – Brighton

 

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GLORY FIRES PLAY U.K. SHOWS!

New wave Southern rockers LEE BAINS III & THE GLORY FIRES have play a string of UK dates next month.

Formed in 2012 by Bains, a former guitarist with Tuscaloosa, Alabama garage punk legends THE DEXATEENS, the band have released albums for Alive Natrualsound and Sub Pop, most recently shifting to Don Giovanni for last year’s double album Youth Detention (Nail My Feet Down to the South Side of Town).

Aug 22 – Bristol, England – Tunnels
Aug 23 – Winchester, England – Railway
Aug 24 – Nutley, England – Bylines Festival
Aug 25 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – BlueMoon Fest
Aug 26 – Kettering, England – Greenbelt Festival
Aug 27 – Kettering, England – Greenbelt Festival
Aug 28 – Newport, Wales – LePub
Aug 29 – Edinburgh, Scotland – Leith Depot
Aug 30 – Glasgow, Scotland – Hug & Pint
Aug 31 – Newcastle, England – Cluny
Sep 1 – Halifax, England – The Lantern
Sep 2 – Sheffield, England – Greystones
Sep 3 – Brighton, England – Prince Albert
Sep 4 – London, England – Brixton Windmill

Check out ‘Good Old Boy’ from Youth Detention…

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THE LIVING END ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM!

Aussie rockers THE LIVING END return this Autumn with a brand new album.

The Melbourne band’s eighth album, Wunderbar follows on from 2016’s Shift and will be released worldwide through Rise/BMG Records on 28 September. You can hear the first single ‘Don’t Lose It’ above.

Originally formed in 1994 as The Runaway Boys in homage to their heroes THE STRAY CATS, the band quickly moved away from rockabilly towards punk as they found themselves supporting the likes of GREEN DAY and THE OFFSPRING on Down Under tours. Following a string of singles and EPs, when they finally released their self-titled debut album in 1998, it rocketed to No.1 in the Australian album chart, becoming the second-highest selling album in Australian rock history, with quadruple-platinum sales. Since then, all but one of their albums has reached the Top 5.

For the recording of Wunderbar, guitarist Chirs Cheney, bassist Scott Owen and drummer Andy Strachan ensconced themselves in a studio in Berlin for six weeks with producer Tobias Kuhn, also known for his work with DIE TOTEN HOSEN.

“Berlin’s such an amazing place,” explains Scott. “There’s no better place in the world for rock and roll bands to make dirty, gritty rock and roll music.”

Wunderbar is available to pre-order here.

 

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SNIFFERS BACK FOR MORE!

Fast-rising Aussie tearaways AMYL & THE SNIFFERS are returning to the UK in the Autumn.

The Melbourne band’s first visit at the end of June was marked by sold-out shows and riotous scenes, including a packed gig at The Lexington in London.

Having made a whistle-stop tour of the USA, and a quick trip home, Amy and her boys return to play London’s Moth Club on 25 September.

Tickets for the show go on sale at 9am on Friday 6 July. Stay tuned for more shows…

Their Big Attraction & Giddy Up compilation is available now from Damaged Goods.

Read a new interview with Amyl & The Sniffers in the current edition of Vive Le Rock! out now!

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DAMAGED GOODS DECEMBER DATES!

DAMAGED GOODS RECORDS have announced a series of very special 30th Anniversary gigs for the end of the year.

The four shows by some of the East London label’s finest acts will take place at The Lexington, London during December.

Saturday 1 December sees the return of HOLLY GOLIGHTLY from the USA where she’s now based. She and her band will be joined by special guests, Medway supergroup THE SENIOR SERVICE. Tickets

Saturday 8 December features a Medway special with GRAHAM DAY & THE GAOLERS (pictured) with support from garage-psychers THE GALILEO 7. Tickets

On Friday 14 December, South London Oi mob HARD SKIN are joined by fast rising young punks CYANIDE PILLS and SICK ON THE BUS alumni THE BACKSTREET ABORTIONS. Tickets

Finally, there’s more punk on Saturday 15 December from ’77 originals JOHNNY MOPED, THE SNIVELLING SHITS and ARMITAGE SHANKS. Tickets

As previously announced, Damaged Goods hold a 30th birthday party at Koko, Camden on 6 September with WILD BILLY CHILDISH & CTMF plus Johnny Moped and The Shadracks. Tickets are on sale here.

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LONDON SCREENING FOR QUO FILM!

The director’s cut of the STATUS QUO documentary Hello Quo! is to receive a one-off screening in London next month.

Running at over two-and-a-half hours, this will be the first time the full-length directors cut has been screened in the capital since the film’s release in 2012.

Critically acclaimed on its release, Hello Quo! charts the story of the South London boogiemasters from their origins in early-60s Peckham, right up to the reunion of Francis Rossi, Rick Parfitt, Alan Lancaster and John Coghlan – the first time that they’d played together in 30 years – that precipitated the Frantic Four shows in 2013. The film is made even more poignant following the subsequent death of Parfitt in 2016.

The screening at the Regent Street Cinema at 7.30pm on Thursday 12 July will be followed by a Q&A with the film’s director, Alan G Parker.

Tickets are available here.

Watch an excerpt.

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CULTURE ABUSE UNVEIL NEW VIDEO!

Bay Area pop-punks CULTURE ABUSE have unveiled a video for their new single ‘Dip’.

The single is taken from Bay Dream, the band’s first album for Epitaph.

Speaking about the single, frontman David Kelling says, “It’s a song is about missing the ones that I love and time going by so fast. Trying not to get crushed by the pressures of life or losing hope. I feel like a lot of songs start from a place of pain or sadness, and then I process things for a bit and try to find the beauty and hope in life.”

In making the video for ‘Dip’, director Ryan Baxley (with the assistance of Alice Baxley and Brandon Schwartzel) created a human-sized photocopy machine—a process that involved printing 4,500 images, draining 14 drums of toner, and logging 400 hours of work. High-concept yet lo-fi, the video essentially serves as an animated zine, and perfectly reflects the DIY ethos of the band.

“I like the idea that the things I make don’t require a whole lot more than a bunch of effort,” says Baxley. “You don’t need a lot of money or extravagant sets, an art degree, or even a whole lot of skill. Just the willingness to work hard and make shit. And in my case, friends that share the same ethics and are surprisingly willing to work with you. So if anything, I hope this video inspires someone else to make something for themselves, ’cause it’s just fun to do.”

The band are current on tour throughout Europe. Catch them at…

June 15th, 2018 – Nova Rock – Nickelsdorf (AT)
June 16th, 2018 – Logo – Hamburg (DE) *
June 18th, 2018 – Conne Island – Hamburg (DE) **
June 19th, 2018 – Eternia – Prague (CZ) **
June 20th, 2018 – S0 36 – Berlin (DE) **
June 21st, 2018 – NCO Club – Karlsruhe (DE) **
June 22nd, 2018 – Graspop Metal Meeting – Dessel (BE)
June 23rd, 2018 – Hurricane Festival (DE)
June 24th, 2018 – Southside Festival (DE)
June 25th, 2018 – LA Mars – Angouleme (FR) *
June 26th, 2018 – Warm Audio – Decine Charpieu (FR) *
June 29th, 2018 – Sommer Gloom @ Kavka – Antwerpen (BE) **
June 30th, 2018 – Vainstream Rockfest (DE)

* w/ The Bronx
** w/ Modern Life Is War/Cro Mags

They then hit the UK for three instores at Rough Trade Shops…

July 2nd, 2018 – Rough Trade East London (7pm)
July 3rd, 2018 – Rough Trade Nottingham – (7.30pm)
July 4th, 2018 – Rough Trade Bristol – (7.30pm)

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GOING BLANK AGAIN!

Former FOLK DEVILS frontman Ian Lowery has just had his late-80s solo work as KING BLANK reissued by Beggars Arkive.

The Real Dirt was originally released in 1988 through Beggars Banquet’s sister label Situation Two, and featured fellow former Folk Devil Kris Jozajtis on guitar, plus bassist Hugh Garrety, drummer Kevin Rooney and future BUSH guitarist Nigel Pulsford.

Following the implosion of Folk Devils in 1987, Lowery – who’d also fronted Sunderland punks THE WALL and post-punk funkers SKI PATROL – was still contracted to Beggars. Hooking up with Bill Carter of SCREAMING BLUE MESSIAHS, he delivered the single ‘Mouthoff’ under the King Blank name, which led to the recording of The Real Dirt, featuring the singles ‘Blind Box’ and ‘Uptight’, the latter accompanied by a video (above) directed by Viv Albertine of THE SLITS.

Lowery’s musical career continued with THE IAN LOWERY GROUP and DRUG OF CHOICE until his untimely death in 2001. The Real Dirt is the latest in an ongoing reissue project managed by his brother David Lowery and Folk Devils and Ski Patrol guitarist Nick Clift.

The new digital-only edition of The Real Dirt sees all 10 tracks fully digitally remastered with the inclusion of all three singles and B-sides. Buy The Real Dirt here.

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TOP GIZAS! SHARKS VIDEO EXCLUSIVE!

SHARKS return with a new album this month, and they’re premiering the first video from it with Vive Le Rock!

‘That Girl’ is taken from Ready Set Go, the band’s second album since their 2014 reunification and the follow-up to last year’s Killers From The Deep.

Speaking about the video, the band commented…

“With a deadline looming and an expensive location on hold, Chris Spedding and Steve ‘Snips’ Parsons were both unavailable to film a promo for their new album Ready Set Go. The ever resourceful director Charles Hennegrave decided to hire 2 professional actors who studied the signature moves of S and S and dressed up in Egyptian Mummy outfits. We think you’ll agree that the result is much better than having two veteran performers make utter fools of themselves.”

Ready Set Go is set for release through 3MS Records on 29 June. It’s available to pre-order here.

You can read a new interview with Sharks in the latest edition of Vive Le Rock!, out now!

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Pic by Regina Bingel

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STRING ALONG A BLOATER!

BIG BOY BLOATER has unveiled another new video from his new album which is released next week.

‘Stop Stringing Me Along’ is the third video to be taken from Pills, the guitarist’s first album with his new stripped down version of THE LIMITS. It’s released through Provogue/Mascot Label Group on 15 June.

“This isn’t really directed at any one person or a specific organisation, but is a general song about things that have happened to me,” says Bloater about the song. “The shared experience a lot of my musician friends have had and an ode to the old days of the music business – the man with the big cigar who promises the World and delivers nothing is real and he’s still out there! I guess it’s a cautionary tale for anyone starting out in the music industry today!”

As previously announced, Big Boy Bloater and the Limits head out on tour this autumn. Catch them on the road at…

Thurs 6th Sept – NOTTINGHAM, The Maze
Fri 7th Sept – NEWCASTLE, The Cumberland Arms
Sat 8th Sept – GLASGOW, Stereo
Sun 9th Sept – PRESTON, The Continental
Thurs 13th Sept – BIDEFORD, The Palladium Club
Weds 19th Sept – LONDON, The Black Heart
Thurs 20th Sept – BRISTOL, Mr Wolf’s
Fri 21st Sept – ALDERSHOT, West End Centre
Weds 26th Sept – SHREWSBURY, Albert’s Shed
Thurs 27th Sept – CHELTENHAM, The Frog and Fiddle
Fri 5th Oct – NORWICH, B2 Venue
Sat 6th Oct – LOUTH, Hoochie Coochie Club

Read a new interview with Big Boy Bloater in the current edition of Vive Le Rock!, out now!

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