VIVE SPONSORS NEW FILM FESTIVAL!

Vive Le Rock is joining forces with Rock & Roll Cinema, AEG Presents and Cadiz music in the creation of a brand new film festival for London.

Bringing together a programme of new music documentaries, live shows and Q&As, Soundscreen Music & Film Festival will take place from 21 to 27 March at some of the capital’s most iconic venues, including the 100 Club, Koko and Regent Street Cinema.

The festival will culminate in the first ever Vive Le Rock Awards at the O2 Academy, Islington on Wednesday 28 March.

The opening night of Soundscreen will feature the premiere of Uncaged, the story of Brix Smith and The Extricated – the band featuring Smith and fellow ex-Fall members Paul and Stephen Hanley – at the 100 Club. The
screening on 21 March will be followed by a live performance by the band.

Thanks to their sweary rants about modern England, Nottingham duo Sleaford Mods have been called “The Voice of Britain” by their fans, “Britain’s angriest band” by the Guardian, and “The world’s greatest rock ‘n’ roll band” by Iggy Pop. Jason Williamson, beatmaker Andrew Fearn, and their manager Steve Underwoodhave won over fans with their brutally honest lyrics and DIY ethos. Christine Franz’s documentary Bunch Of Kunst follows them on their journey from Sherwood to chart success, taking on the music business on their own terms. Franz and Underwood will undertake a Q&A at the screening taking place at Mile End’s Genesis Cinema on Tuesday 27 March.

A unique double bill featuring separate documentaries on each of the legendary Davies brothers from The Kinks, in the presence of the director Julien Temple,  Ray Davies – Imaginary Man and Dave Davies – Kinkdom Come will be shown at the Regent Street Cinema on Friday 23 March at 7pm.

Saturday 24 March at Regent Street Cinema sees the UK premiere of The Go-Betweens: Right Here, a documentary about the people who created this seminal rock band. Unflinching, insightful and at times painfully honest, the film tells the story of The Go-Betweens from the inside out, from the people who lived it, and from those whose lives were transformed by it.

A Shot Of Whisky, on Sunday 25 March at Regent Street Cinema, is the incredible story of the legendary LA club, Whisky a Go-Go. This is where reputations were built, moulds were broken, rules were torn up and legends were made. No other venue has nurtured generations of music legends such as Led Zeppelin, Fleetwood Mac, Frank Zappa, Love, The Doors, Buffalo Springfield, Smokey Robinson, Earth Wind & Fire, The Temptations, Blondie, The Go Go’s, The Knack, Guns ‘N’ Roses, Motley Crue and many more.

Descent Into The Maelstrom, the story of Australia’s legendary 70s Punks, Radio Birdman, reveals how the band changed their nation by inspiring not only the fans, but also a golden age of independent music, firing up the likes
of Cold Chisel, Midnight Oil and more.

Also confirmed is Here To Be Heard: The Story of the Slits, which tells the story of Ari Up and company from their inception in 1976 to the band’s end in 2010 and the death of Ari. Featuring Tessa Pollitt, Palmolive, Viv Albertine, Bruce Smith, Adrian Sherwood and many more, it’s essential viewing.

Madness’ saxophonist, song and lyric writer Lee Thompson will perform live at a screening of the hilarious One Man’s
Madness rock / mockumentary at the 100 Club. Lee Scratch Perry will also make a rare London live appearance alongside a screening of his trailblazing documentary Lee Scratch Perry’s Vision of Paradise being shown on the big screen at Koko.

Full details of all screenings can be found at at www.soundscreenfestival.com

Tickets for the Vive Le Rock Awards are on sale here.

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NUN’S THE WORD FOR HOLY JOY!

Reinvigorated South London post-punks BAND OF HOLY JOY return to their old stamping ground for an intimate show in April.

The band, still fronted by charismatic Newcastle iconoclast Johny Brown, celebrated one of the most successful of their 33 years in 2017 with high profile dates around the release of their widely acclaimed new album Funambulist We Love You.

The band return to play The Ivy House in Nunhead on Friday 6 April, with support from QUARTERLIGHT, the current band from PENETRATION co-founder Gary Chaplin, and atmospheric art-punks PENDENNIS. MC for the evening will be DOCTORS OF MADNESS frontman Richard Strange.

Brown promises, “A night of beastly beatitude and other sonic deviances at the Ivy House, London’s first co-operatively owned pub with the best back room and stage in London. Come and join us for some good old bohemian beatnik post-punk kicks…”

Tickets are on sale here.

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CRAVATS AND FOLK DEVILS JOIN FORCES!

Post-punk legends THE CRAVATS and FOLK DEVILS join forces for dates this spring.

Originally signed to iconic label Small Wonder, The Cravats last year released their first new album in 35 years, the acclaimed Dustbin Of Sound through Overground.

West Londoners Folk Devils made a surprise return in 2016, to play shows in support of the retrospective anthology Beautiful Monsters on Optic Nerve.

Both bands will be dusting off classic tracks from their back catalogue as well as demonstrating new material at shows in London, Bristol and Brighton. Full dates are….

Thur 5 April – The Thunderbolt, Bristol (w/ Otalgia) tickets
Fri 6 April – The Water Rats, London (w/ DJ James Endeacott) tickets
Sat 7 April – Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar, Brighton tickets

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LOUDER THAN WAR – SCOTLAND SPECIAL!

THE COCTEAU TWINS are the cover stars of the new ‘Made In Scotland’ edition of Louder Than War magazine.

Our bumper special also includes new features on BELLE & SEBASTIAN, THE JESUS & MARCY CHAIN and FRANZ FERDINAND.

There’s also our tribute to Manc legend MARK E SMITH.

Plus, there’s over a hundred pages crammed with interviews, news and reviews on the likes of SWANS, THE BREEDERS, SPACEMEN 3, MY BLOODY VALENTINE, NED’S ATOMIC DUSTBIN, THE WONDER STUFF, SHAME, THE LOVELY EGGS, U.S. GIRLS, THE GO! TEAM, SUPERCHUNK, THE SPOOK SCHOOL, BLACK MOTH, EMBRACE, THE JAZZ BUTCHER and loads more….

Louder Than War is available to order here now!

Don’t want to miss an issue? Subscribe to Louder Than War now for just £29.99 and receive a copy of MOGWAI’s latest album Every Country’s Sun absolutely FREE!!!

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A HOT ROD SPEAKS!

Essex legends EDDIE & THE HOT RODS recently announced that 2018 would be their final year of touring.

Ahead of the band’s show next week at Northampton’s Roadmender club, Vive Le Rock‘s Peter Dennis caught up with the band’s drummer Simon Bowley for a chat….

Peter: Hi. Please introduce yourself and the band.
Simon: My name is Simon, I manage the band and play drums. Dipster plays bass, Rich plays guitar and Barrie Masters is the original vocalist.

Peter: Can you tell me about your musical journey? What was your earliest memory and what made you want to pick up an instrument?
Simon: My uncle is Steve Nicol who along with Barrie formed the band in 1975. Steve was the original drummer so my earliest memory is of them being played on the stereo and watching them on TV. I was 7 when I went to the Rainbow to watch them. I started playing drums properly at the age of 8 or 9. At the age of 13 I joined a show band and did some TV work. All through school I played in different youth bands. When I left school I formed a heavy rock band called Enigma, we were managed by my uncle and we signed to Virgin Records but unfortunately nothing happened. At the age of 26 I joined Eddie and the Hot Rods and 21 years later I’ve toured all over the world, played some of the biggest festivals and had a right good time.

Peter: What other bands were you in before the Hot Rods? How did you join the Hot Rods and how do you feel the new line up gels together?
Simon: I joined the Hot Rods as a stand-in for the guy they had at the time, the band were just doing odd shows and not taking it too seriously. I eventually got the job full-time when the band were offered a 76 date tour with Dr. Feelgood.

Peter: That whole Canvey Island scene was magical with a host of great bands. How does that whole scene compare now with then?
Simon: Dr. Feelgood kick started the whole Canvey Island scene and the music press latched onto it, a bit like the Madchester scene with Oasis. These days there are still good bands coming from the Island but unfortunately they’re stifled by the music press.

Peter: ‘Teenage Depression’ is often cited as the link between pub rock and punk rock. How do you feel about the albums legacy? Do you consider the band to be a pub or punk rock band? Neither? Or something in between?
Simon: I feel the album does have a place in history as the link between pub and punk rock. It was recorded in just a week and sounds raw and energetic. The Hot Rods were a rock band who likened themselves to bands like The MC5. They never got into the whole punk look and never liked the punk tag. Even today we are a high energy rock band with a punk twist.

Peter: You attract a wide demographic to your shows. How does it feel to see young people who weren’t even born in 1977 digging your music?
Simon: It’s great. They often come up to us and say, “My dad told me I must come and see you and I’m so glad I did.” It’s nice that we can still connect with the younger generation.

Peter: You recently toured with John Otway. What was it like touring with such an energetic performer? Were you worried that he might upstage you or did that spur you on?
Simon: It’s funny because John is actually a quiet, sensible chap off stage. No we never feel upstaged and we never go out to upstage anybody either. We appreciate that people have spent their hard earned cash coming to watch us and just try to give them a great show. We have known John for a long time and his show is very different from ours. It’s all great fun.

Peter: You’ve gigged all over the world. Where was your best reception? How to over seas crowds compare with the UK? Any new territories you’d like to play?
Simon: I think I would have to say that the USA is the best, purely because we still appeal to a younger audience over there, they are pretty crazy gigs. Foreign audiences are good. I think they appreciate that we still travel to their countries. The UK audiences are still great too. I would’ve liked to play Australia before we stop but that’s looking unlikely now as 2018 is our final farewell. We don’t generally mind who our touring partners are. I think these days the package tours of bands from the same era do very well.

Peter: The band haven’t played Northampton for a while. How do you feel that this tour is going to hit the town?
Simon: I remember visiting Northampton and The Roadmender on the Naughty Rhythms Tour back in 2000. Strange really because that one went on the ‘must visit again soon’ list. Is it 18 years already?! It was a great gig and venue. The people were really friendly and up for the gig, so were really looking forward to playing there again.

Catch Eddie & The Hot Rods on the road at…

Sat 17 Feb – Roadmender, Northampton
Fri 9 Mar – Hapenden Hall, Harpenden (w/ Department S)
Fri 13 Apr – Undercover Festival, Margate

Tickets available here.

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JOHNNY HALLYDAY R.I.P.

French rock’n’roll legend Johnny Hallyday sadly passed away at the end of last year. You can read our full tribute to the great man here….

 

JOHNNY HALLYDAY
15/06/1943 – 05/12/2017

Known as the “French Elvis”, Johnny Hallyday sold more than 110 million records and was famous across generations. Although he wasn’t well known outside of the French-speaking world, he was music royalty in his homeland and was the biggest French rock ‘n’ roller ever. With a career spanning over half a century, he sadly passed away in December from lung cancer, aged 74. He released 50 studio and 29 live albums. Following his passing, French president Emmanuel Macron stated, “we will never forget the name, face, the voice or above all the concerts of Johnny Hallyday.” He later added on Twitter, “we’ve all something of Johnny in us”, a reference to Hallyday’s 1985 hit ‘Quelque chose de Tennessee’ (Something of Tennessee). France paid tribute to the man and mourned his loss, with a headline in L’Obs magazine reading “The king is dead” and the Duroc metro stop in Paris being renamed Durock Johnny.

Born Jean-Philippe Smet in Paris to a French mother and Belgian father, he was abandoned as a baby by his parents and raised by his aunt, surrounded by cabaret singers and performers. As a teenager he took to the stage, taking the name Hallyday from an American relative. At the age of 14 he saw Elvis Presley’s ‘Lovin’ You’ at the cinema which he later claimed determined the course of his life.

He briefly lived in London as a child, when the relatives who raised him were working there. He also stated that he recorded in the capital of England frequently and had some famous friends. “I was very good friends with Jimi Hendrix, I knew Mick Jagger, John Lennon. Rod Stewart is a friend. We’d all record in the different studios and meet for tea.”

Hallyday was signed to Vogue Records in late 1959 and his first was released in March 1960. The second single from that four-track EP, ‘Souvenirs Souvenirs’, which he performed on television, was his breakthrough hit. His ‘Viens Danser le Twist’ launched the transatlantic dance craze in France and his first album, the hugely successful ‘Salut les Copains’ on Philips resulted in a major tour and near-hysterical fans. President Charles de Gaulle was disgusted at the corruption of France’s youth and suggested they be drafted into road-gangs “because they clearly have too much energy to spare”.

Hallyday went from a young heartthrob who introduced France to American-styled rock ‘n’ roll in the ’60s to an ageing bad boy of French pop, wearing black leather, metal skull jewellery and rarely seen without a cigarette. His music was varied, covering everything from rock ‘n’ roll and blues to country and ballads, even though more than a quarter of his recordings were French adaptations of English language songs. However, Johnny Hallyday was best loved for his energetic and unforgettable live performances. Everything from hip-swinging and smoke and flames to being winched down into a stadium from a helicopter, he was a master performer. Over the course of more than 50 tours he played to more than 28 million people (roughly a third of the population of his homeland) and was so famous in France that Jimi Hendrix once played as his support act. His last legendary (and free) performance was on Bastille Day 2009 at the foot of the Eiffel Tower, with a live audience of between 800,000 and 1 million people.

His immense popularity led to alcohol, orgies, fights, tax scandals and fast motorbikes and cars (he walked away from a 125mph crash in his Lamborghini). He was dogged by insecurities and struggles as a result of being abandoned, going on to survive an early suicide attempt in 1966, suffer from depression, need cocaine to work and battle years of health problems. He had four marriages, and gossip magazines followed him around, even though he presented himself as a regular guy.

He wasn’t just a musician either, having acted to critical acclaim in numerous films and once for the auteur-director Jean-Luc Godard in the 1985 film ‘Détective’. Hallyday even won an award in 2003 for his role in Patrice Leconte’s ‘L’Homme du Train’. He was also personal friends with French politicians, including Jacques Chirac and Nicolas Sarkozy.

 

Receiving a diagnosis of colon cancer in 2009, that was followed by an operation on a herniated disc resulting in him being put in a medically induced coma for three weeks. When the news broke the doctor who did the surgery was attacked in his home by a masked gang. However, Hallyday recovered and released the 2012 album ‘L’Attente’ in 2012, which resulted in his first ever gigs in the UK, at London’s legendary Royal Albert Hall. Two more followed in 2014 and 2015, as well as a 90-date tour Rester Vivant (Staying Alive) that only finished last year. Speaking of the 2012 Royal Albert Hall gigs, which he cited as his best memory on stage, he recalled, “there was a very ‘rock and roll’ atmosphere. People were getting on to the stage, like they did in the 1960s. I hadn’t seen that for some time.”
Latterly living in Los Angeles with his wife Laeticia and their two daughters, he lived the rock ‘n’ roll dream for over five decades. Rock in peace.

Check out Johnny singing ‘Laisse les Filles’ in 1960

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LIKE A CAT IN THE RAIN!

Vive Le Rock favourites JAYA THE CAT have unveiled a new video on the eve of their latest tour of the UK and Ireland.

‘Huddersfield Rain’ – surely the only song written about the West Yorkshire market town – is taken from the band’s latest album A Good Day For The Damned, released last November. The video was shot at their London show during their previous visit in December.

They’re not playing Huddersfield this time around, but are playing….

Feb 8 – Waterfront Studio, Norwich
Feb 9 – The Maze, Nottingham
Feb 10 – The Art Department, Belfast
Feb 11 – Fibber McGees, Dublin
Feb 12 – Marr’s Bar, Worcester

Buy A Good Day For The Damned here.

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THE DAMNED REVEAL NEW VIDEO!

THE DAMNED have unveiled a futuristic video for their new single.

‘Standing On The Edge Of Tomorrow’ is taken from the Tony Visconti-produced new album Evil Spirits, which is out in April through Search And Destroy/Spinefarm.

The video was directed by band frontman Dave Vanian with renowned video producer Dan Axtell.

Regarding the video’s theme, Vanian says, “The exploration and colonisation of other worlds is something we will face in the not so distant future. My fervent hope is that we do not take our fears and prejudices with us and repeat the mistakes we have made on our home planet.”

The Damned have just embarked on a UK Tour. Remaining dates are….

30th January – Leeds, O2 Academy Leeds
31st January – Manchester, Academy 1
1st February – Birmingham, O2 Academy
3rd February – Leicester, O2 Academy
4th February – Nottingham, Rock City
6th February – Folkestone, Leas Cliff Hall
7th February – Southend, Cliffs Pavilion
9th February – Cardiff, Great Hall
10th February – Bristol O2, Academy Bristol
11th February – Bournemouth, O2 Academy
13th February – Southampton, O2 Guildhall

Tickets are available here.

Evil Spirits is available to pre-order here.

The Damned answer your questions in the new edition of Vive Le Rock! Buy it here!

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GUITAR WOLF ON THE PROWL!

Japanese rock’n’roll legends GUITAR WOLF jet in for some UK dates in March.

The Tokyo trio last played in the UK in 2016, when they tore the roof off The Dome in London’s Tufnell Park on the back of their then brand new album T-Rex From A Tiny Space Yojouhan.

This time around they’ll be staying a bit longer with dates in Leeds, London and Brighton. Full dates are….

Wed 21 Mar – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
Thur 22 Mar – Mirth, Marvel & Maud, London (w/Los Pepes, Suicide Generation & Jim Jones DJ set)
Fri 23 Mar – The Albert, Brighton

Tickets are on sale now from Punk Rock Blues

Check out the video for ‘Jet Satisfaction’.

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MUMMIES AND PRETTIES FOR LE BEAT BESPOKE!

Le Beat Bespoke returns with its annual weekender over Easter.

The event takes place once again at 229 Great Portland Street, London from Friday 30 March to Sunday 1 April.

Headlining the Friday night are long-serving R&B stalwarts THE PRETTY THINGS with support from THE DREADS.

Saturday night sees a rare London show by Californian garage legends THE MUMMIES, with guests THE BARON FOUR.

The Sunday night sees mysterious headliner TITO RAMIREZ joined by THE FUZILIS.

Each show is followed by DJs playing into the early hours, while daytime entertainment is provided on the Saturday at The Strongrooms, Shoreditch by Dirty Water recording stars JOHNNY THROTTLE and THE JACK CADES.

Tickets for all events can be found at the Le Beat Bespoke website.

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DAMNED ACCOMPLICES LAUNCH NEW VIDEO!

L.A. band PROFESSOR AND THE MADMAN have just unveiled a first video from their new album.

As previously reported, the band features co-frontmen Alfie Agnew (Adolescents, D.I.) and Sean Elliott (D.I., Mind Over Four) alongside former DAMNED drummer Rat Scabies and current Damned bassist Paul Gray.

Both Scabies and Gray appear in the video for ‘Space Walrus’, a psych-pop nugget inspired by David Bowie’s ‘Space Oddity’.

Produced by English producer David M Allen (The Cure, Sisters Of Mercy, The Damned), ‘Space Walrus’ comes from the album Disintegrate Me which is due out on 23 February. It’s available to pre-order here.

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SET THE CONTROLS FOR KOZFEST!

Bands have been announced for this year’s Kozfest.

The festival, which has been growing since 2011, takes place at Uffculme in Mid Devon over the weekend of 27-29 July and leads the way in all things space-rock, psychedelic and psych-punk.

Acts booked for this year include, THE FIERCE AND THE DEAD, DEVIANT AMPS, THE BRAINIAC 5 (pictured), MAGICK BROTHERS, THE DIALS, THE INVISIBLE OPERA COMPANY OF TIBET, THE SKRAELINGS, THE CHUMLEY WARNER BROTHERS, FLUTATIOUS, ALPHA OMEGA, KRANKSCHAFT, BEASTFISH, NUKLI, LAPIS LAZULI, LACERTILIA, SKELETON GONG, TREVOR’S HEAD, JELLY, SENDELICA, SUMERIAN KYNGS, AURORA, SPACEDOGS, THE TELEPHONES and loads more.

Tickets priced £95 (including booking fee) go on sale at 10.00am on Saturday 20 January.

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HOORAY FOR HOLLYWOOD SINNERS!

Spanish garage-punks HOLLYWOOD SINNERS return their long-awaited fourth album.

Khöme Kakkä follows on from the highly-rated Disastro Garantito released through Dirty Water Records back in 2011.

Speaking about the long delay to their return, guitarist/singer Edu Sinner says, “I started a business in Madrid six years ago called Pandora’s Vox which is a bar and 21 rehearsal room studio for bands, and put all my energy into it. So Hollywood Sinners almost stopped entirely. We were only doing a few gigs each year, and not a lot each month as we all used to do. But now we have a new LP and we are again ready to rock!”

Formed in Toledo back in 2001, the trio have become a regular attraction at garage festivals across Europe. The new album was recorded with legendary producers Mike Mariconda and Jorge Explosion at the all-analogue Circo Perotti in Gijon, birthplace of garage opuses from the likes of Billy Childish, The Masonics, Holly Golightly and The Cynics.

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FUNDING LAUNCHED FOR CARDIACS’ TIM!

A crowdfunding page has been set up to help pay for CARDIACS’ main man Tim Smith’s healthcare costs.

Tim suffered a cardiac arrest in 2008, leaving him with severe brain damage and a neurological condition called dystonia.

Tim has limited ability to move and speak, but treatment has shown some improvement in his condition. However, a shortfall in funding has meant that his treatment has been inconsistent.

It is believed that, through crowdfunding, Tim will improve enough to use a computer to make music.

Formed in 1977, Cardiacs developed a highly original sound, fusing punk, psych and progressive influences, earning them little in the way of commercial success, but a loyal international following with such bands as Radiohead, Blur Faith No More and Napalm Death citing them as an influence.

Since Tim’s illness musicians and fans alike have been involved in numerous fundraising activities including benefit gigs and a tribute album. For more information and/or to donate, go to Tim’s JustGiving page.

Check out ‘Is This The Life?’

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VOODOOS GOT THE BLUES!

The URBAN VOODOO MACHINE kick off the New Year with a brand new single.

‘January Blues’ is a state-of-the-nation address from the pen of band founder Paul-Ronney Angel, “part melancholic folk ballad and part punk protest song sparing no emotions and hitting the truth hard!”

The song is coupled with a cover of the GLEN CAMPBELL classic ‘Rhinestone Cowboy’ in honour of the genre-straddling music legend who sadly passed away in 2017, as well as Angel’s much-missed UVM sparring partner NICK MARSH, who’d feature the song in his solo sets.

Recorded at East London’s Space Eko Studio by Alex MacGowan, the single features stirring new artwork by Johnny Stingray.

Released today, the single is available on download on from Friday 5 January via iTunes and Amazon.

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MORE NAMES FOR MPF2018!

More names have been added to what is shaping up to be an impressive bill for this year’s Manchester Punk Festival.

Taking place in six venues across Manchester over the weekend of 19-21 April, this year’s bill has now been boosted by Carbondale, Illinois pop-punks THE COPYRIGHTS and Hackney evergreens THE RESTARTS, making their debut at the festival.

Also added are THE SPOOK SCHOOL, THE BABY SEALS, HOLIDAY, START AT ZERO, NO MATTER, SPEEDOZER, DUCKING PUNCHES, CASUAL NAUSEA, TELLISON, HOOF, LUCINDA LIVINGSTONE, MILLIE MANDERS and MPF regulars REVENGE OF THE PSYCHOTRONIC MAN.

They join CULTURE SHOCK, PROPAGHANDI, IRON CHIC, LIGHTYEAR, WONK UNIT, THE TUTS, ANTILLECTUAL, RANDOM HAND, PIZZATRAMP, MOBINA GALORE, DARKO, BRASSICK, ROUGHNECK RIOT and many, many more.

Tickets priced £40 are available here.

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MOD REVIVAL UNDER THE SPOTLIGHT!

The late-70s mod revival and the rise of ska are the subject of at a night of discussion in East London next month.

Inspired by the punk explosion of ’76 and ’77, and the rise of The Jam, the mod revival really kicked into gear in ’79, propelled by the release of The Who-related films The Kids Are Alright  and Quadrophenia.

Allied to that was the appearance of the 2Tone label and the rise of ska with The Specials, The Selecter, Madness, The Beat and The Bodysnatchers emerging alongside a simultaneous rise of far-right groups like the National Front and British Movement.

These bands – many of them multi-racial – stood in direct conflict with those rump organisations, and were allied to Anti Nazi League and Rock Against Racism. As tensions escalated, leading to a summer of rioting in the UK in 1981, the Specials’ ‘Ghost Town’ sat ominously at number one in the charts.

On Tuesday 23 January at Second Home, Hanbury Street, Shoreditch, DJ and music historian Bill Brewster will chair a panel of Acid Jazz and Countdown label founder and noted DJ and mod spokesperson Eddie Piller, mod author Terry Rawlings and former Bodysnatcher and 2Tone artist Rhoda Dakar.

Tickets are available here, with all proceeds going to the Kibera Hamlets School in Nairobi.

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MERRY XMAS FROM THE MILD PERILS!

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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