Ace Essex punks MR HAPPY CHAINSAW launch their comeback EP this weekend with a special minifest.
Originally formed in 2004, the band split in 2009, only to return last year. Their new 5-track EP It’s Not My Ball, featuring three new songs and retooled versions of two older tracks, is set for release on 26 June and is available to pre-order here.
Their special launch party at The George, Witham on Saturday 24 June, also features sets from WOLFE SUNDAY, JIMMY VORN & THE VIPERS, SHOOTING GALE, FYRESKY and THE TRUSTED. Kicking off at 6pm, admission is FREE!
THE GODFATHERS have revealed a striking new video for the title track from their acclaimed album A Big Bad Beautiful Noise.
The video was filmed, edited and directed by Luke Baker and contains flashing images throughout.
Band frontman Peter Coyne says, “The song and video reflect the social and political tensions in today’s society. We want our music to be a part of the soundtrack to a long, hot and very angry summer.”
As previously announced the song is the lead track from A Big Bad Beautiful EP, a limited edition 4-track 10-inch release, which is available exclusively from the band’s website.
The Godfathers play a special show at The Lexington, London on Saturday 24 June, where they’ll play the current album in its entirety, plus a set of classics and rare tracks. Tickets are available here.
Coming to prominence in the early 90s, S*M*A*S*H earned a Top 30 placings with their debut Smash EP and the single ‘(I Want to) Kill Somebody’, which was followed by the single ‘Barrabas (Piloted)’ for SubPop.
The Welwyn Garden City trio play a special Rockaway Beach night at the legendary Hope & Anchor, Islington on Fridy 30 June. Support comes from fast-rising one-woman agit-punk revolutionary LOUISE DISTRAS.
Punk-blues disrupter BONE ZENO launches his new album with an uncompromising new video, which he’s premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
Filmed by Jemma Harwood and Red Marshall, ‘U Fuck Me’ is taken from Black Milk, which is out through Impression Records on vinyl, CD and download. It’s available now from Amazon and other stockists.
Hailing from Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, Zeno arrived in London at the start of the Noughties, operating under the guise of techno-punk-bluesman D-66 and featuring at the now legendary Not The Same Old Blues Crap nights.
Cloaked in darkness, with the occasional chink of light, the 11-track Black Milk finds him ruminating on life and death with rare, raw emotion and savage, excoriating art-punk guitar, channeling THE BIRTHDAY PARTY, THE GUN CLUB and JUNIOR KIMBROUGH.
Now based in Portugal, home of his great friends and former bandmates THE PARKINSONS, Bone Zeno’s never-ending album launch tour hits the UK this week for dates at…..
8 June – The Gunners, Islington, London
9 June – The Plough & Harrow, Leytonstone, London
10 June – The Railway Hotel, Southend-on-Sea (w/ DARK GLOBES)
11 June – RyeWax, Peckham, London
Ace Scottish punks and Wonkfest faves THE MURDERBURGERS have recently suffered a touring disaster.
On the way to catch a ferry home after dates in Belgium, a deer appeared out of nowhere and totalled their car. What with the damage to their vehicle and the cost of alternative transport home, they reckon they’re down at least a couple of grand.
In a post on Facebook, they admitted, “Apart from being shaken up we’re all okay, but the car is a mess, we’re financially ruined and we ended up stuck at a hotel in Belgium for a couple of days. Didn’t see this coming at all and we’re all mentally buggered.”
In an effort to claw back some of the money, and not wishing to ask for something in return for nothing, they’ve slashed the price of items on their Bandcamp page, including their latest album The 12 Habits Of Highly Deffective People which came out last year. You can also download the band’s entire catalogue for under a tenner.
Anyone wishing just to offer a donation can contact the band via Bandcamp or Facebook.
The band are also considering organising a fundraising gig in Edinburgh later this month.
It’s that time again as we unveil the exclusive premiere of last year’s Wonkfest 4: The Movie, documenting last year’s instalment of the annual celebration of all things DIY punk in North London!
Directed once again by Mark Richards, the film features 28 bands including MING CITY ROCKERS, THE FRANCEENS, NOSEBLEED, MIDWAY STILL, MURDERBURGERS, REVENGE OF THE PSYCHOTRONIC MAN, THE RESTARTS, ROUGHNECK RIOT and of course DIY punk ringleaders WONK UNIT.
This year’s Wonkfest 5: The Omen takes place at The Dome, Tufnell Park on Saturday 1 July and promises the usual 12 hours of mayhem from the cream of underground punk, including sets by MAID OF ACE, THE PARKINSONS, THE CRAVATS, PET BENTHAM & THE DINNER LADIES, CAPTAIN HOTKNIVES, BAD BREEDING, THE KIMBERLEY STEAKS, GREAT CYNICS, CALVA LOUISE, SPUNK VOLCANO & THE ERUPTIONS, SHEEPY, MATILDA’S SCOUNDRELS, PIZZATRAMP and more…
Tickets priced £22 are available here and they’re selling fast!
Don’t forget to bring a tray of food for the buffet and a few items for local charities.
PLUS! This year, there’s also a pre-Wonkfest party at The Blackheart, Camden on Friday 30 June, with Ming City Rockers, BILLY LIAR, THE DECLINE, THE DUB RIGHTERS, ANGRY SOMETIMES plus special guests!
Aussie rock legends RADIO BIRDMAN are to have their amazing story told in a new documentary film. You can watch the trailer here….
Inspired by the Detroit sounds of THE STOOGES and THE MC5, took Sydney by storm when they formed in 1974, going on to make two albums before splitting during a UK tour in ’78. Becoming a huge influence on Aussie punk and rock during the 80s and 90s, they reformed in the late 90s and have remained active since, even releasing a new album Zeno Beach in 2006, and visiting the UK several times.
Filmed and directed by Jonathan J Sequeira, Descent Into The Maelstrom tells the story of the band and the scene they created around their Funhouse club, with help from all the original members plus various Oz rock luminaries.
Says Sequeira, “Descent Into The Maelstrom isn’t just the story of Radio Birdman, it’s the story of a scene, a movement, in Australia, started by the band. It’s about doing your music, and your art without compromise, when everyone tries to shut you down. Radio Birdman inspired the outsiders in Australian society to do their own thing. Like the band, the film is a completely independent production – the band’s take no-prisoners attitude fed into the making of it. The intensity of the music and the individuals is still there, coming off the screen, and it insists that you too settle for nothing less than the best.”
The film’s cinematic release has yet to be confirmed, but it will be preceded by the release of a soundtrack album featuring Birdman classics as well as their precursors THE RATS and TV JONES, contemporaries THE SAINTS, homegrown influences THE MASTERS APPRENTICES and THE EASYBEATS plus THE RAMONES, FLAMIN’ GROOVIES and RICHARD HELL.
Descent Into The Maelstrom – Funhouse Jukebox Soundtrack is set for release on 9 June on vinyl with free download. It’s available to pre-order here.
Legendary HANOI ROCKS frontman MICHAEL MONROE has his first career-spanning compilation out next month.
Simply titled The Best, the 29-track double disc set brings together key tracks from Michael’s 30-year post-Hanoi career, plus a selection of rarities and previously unreleased songs.
As well as tracks from his solo albums, the comp includes four songs from the Little Steven-produced Demolition 23 album, unavailable for more than 20 years. There are also two outtakes from 2015’s Blackout States album plus the brand new single ‘One Foot Outta The Grave’.
“There’s a couple of extra special tracks,” says Michael. “Like ‘It’s A Lie’, sung as a duet with Stiv Bators (Dead Boys, Lords Of The New Church) back in 1985, and a never-before-released second version of the Steppenwolf cover ‘Magic Carpet Ride’ featuring Slash, left over from the Coneheads soundtrack project that Slash did with me in 1993. And since Slash has the biggest heart of gold in Rock‘n’Roll, he was kind enough to allow me to use it on this album. God bless him!”
The Best is released through Spinefarm on 9 June. It’s available to pre-order here.
In the run-up to the release of their new album, RANCID have unveiled another new video.
The autobiographical, political anthem ‘Telegraph Avenue’ is taken from Trouble Maker, the band’s ninth album which is released through Hellcat/Epitaph on Friday 9 June. It’s available to pre-order here.
As previously announced, Rancid will be joining GREEN DAY on their dates around the UK and Ireland….
6/28/17 Belfast, Ormeau Park
6/29/17 Dublin, Royal Hospital Kilmainham
7/1/17 London, Hyde Park
7/3/17 Sheffield Arena
7/4/17 Glasgow, Bellahouston Park
THE MEKONS celebrate their 40th Anniversary with their own festival this summer.
Set in rural Suffolk, Mekonville will bring together, for the first time ever, the current and original line-ups of the band.
Taking place from 28 to 29 July in the village of Pettaugh between Ipswich and Stowmarket, the festival will also feature BONNIE PRINCE BILLY, TILLY MOSES, CHRIS MILLS, ESPER SCOUT, CALVA LOUISE, LES TRIABOLIQUES, JON LANGFORD & HIS MEN OF GWENT, THE HILL BANDITS THE 4DGS, INTERROBANG, ETON CROP, LITTLE SPARTA, SALLY TIMMS and more.
The weekend also promises DJs, spoken word and poetry, comedy, arts and crafts and local food and drink.
Mekons founder Andy Corrigan says, “Mekonville will be more than a celebration of a band. We will be creating a family-friendly celebration of the enthusiastic immersion in all art forms which took a bunch of teenage art students from painting, to film-making, to performance art, to recording John Peel sessions.”
Jon Langford adds, “As teenage art students we formed a band. Who’d have thought we would have still been going all these years later? Mekonville will feature every element of the performing arts we can cram into a weekend.”
Staged in collaboration with PettaFiesta, tickets for Mekonville can be bought here.
Punk-blues fans delight as keyboard maestro JAMES LEG and triumphant Northern Irish guitar/drums duo THE BONNEVILLES continue their UK headline tour this month.
The tour kicked off on 3 May in Belfast, but there are still 10 more shows to got, including Leeds’ Brudenell Socail Club tonight (10 May) and a London show at the newly refurbished Borderline on next Wednesday 17 May.
The onetime John Wesley Myers of BLACK DIAMOND HEAVIES and THE IMMORTAL LEE COUNTY KILLERS released his second solo album Below The Belt to great acclaim in 2015. He’s recently followed it up with the supercharged, and appropriately titled, Blood On The Keys through Alive Naturalsound.
Hailing from Lurgan, fellow Alive-wires The Bonnevilles turned heads on their arrival with their fusion of humid Mississippi blues and stripped back Down By the Jetty malevolence. They’ve just followed up their head-turning Arrow Pierce My Heart with the vinyl-only early-recordings comp Listen For Tone.
Class of ’77 LA punks THE DICKIES hit the UK and Ireland on their 40th Anniversary Tour this summer!
The 14 dates throughout July include two shows at The Underworld in London, where they will perform their first two career-defining albums The Incredible Shrinking Dickies and Dawn Of The Dickies plus hits on consecutive nights.
Formed in the San Fernando Valley after guitarist Stan Lee and bassist Billy Club witnessed THE DAMNED on their maiden US tour, they were the first California punk band to strike a major deal. Their comedy amphetamine buzzsaw covers, such as BLACK SABBATH’s ‘Paranoid’, made them an instant hit in the UK, where their version of the Banana Splits theme took them to a highly respectable Number 7 in the charts.
Full tour dates are…..
6th July, BRISTOL, Fleece
7th July, LONDON, Underworld
8th July, LONDON, Underworld
9th July, NORWICH, Waterfront
11th July, LEICESTER, Musician
12th July, YORK, Fibbers
13th July, MANCHESTER, Sound Central
14th July, DUBLIN, Thomas House
15th July, BELFAST, Voodoo
16th July, EDINBURGH, Studio 24
17th July, GLASGOW, Audio
19th July, NEWCASTLE, O2 Academy 2
20th July, LEEDS, Brudenell Social Club
21st July, NOTTINGHAM, Rescue Rooms
22nd July, WOLVERHAMPTON, Slade Rooms
23rd July, BRIGHTON, Lewes Con Club
Post-punk neo-psychedelicists TELEVISION PERSONALITIES are having their first four albums reissued this summer.
Formed in 1978 by Dan Treacy, the band caused a stir with the Where’s Bill Grundy Now EP and its indie dancefloor classic ‘Part Time Punks’, but it wasn’t until 1981 that they managed a full album. And Don’t The Kids Just Love It fused twee mod pop through a DIY post-punk blender and featured the track ‘I Know Where Syd Barrett Lives’, saddling them to the bubbling psychedelic revival.
Transitional second albumMummy Your Not Watching Me appeared in 1982 on Treacy’s own Whaam! label. Arguably an influence on the Medway Sound, it features the single ‘Painting By Numbers’.
They Could Have Been Bigger Than The Beatles is a collection of singles, outtakes and unreleased tracks which features ‘David Hockney’s Diary’ and ‘The Boy In The Paisley Shirt’ along with renditions of THE CREATION’s ‘Painter Man’ and ‘Making Time’.
After a brief hiatus, Treacy convened a new line-up for 1984’s altogether darker The Painted Word. Check out the video for the title track.
Having received a limited edition release for Record Store Day, all four albums will be reissued through Fire Records on 14 July on vinyl, CD and download. They’re available to pre-order here.
Former JIM JONES REVUE piano-pounder HENRI HERBERT is headlining London’s infamous Gypsy Hotel club night this weekend. And he and his band will be using the occasion to record their debut album completely live!
Says Henri, “I’ve brought in Jim Jones to help with the production as he knows how a piano is supposed to sound – LOUD AND DIRTY!!”
Taking place at Bones & Pearl Studios, Markfield Road, London N15 on Saturday 6 May, also appearing on the bill at Gypsy Hotel’s Springtime Ball are Spaghetti-western-abilly songstress SARAH VISTA and her band, plus the Queen of Alternative Burlesque, VIVID ANGEL. Your host PAUL-RONNEY ANGEL from THE URBAN VOODOO MACHINE, will be kicking the night off with an exclusive acoustic set, accompanied by violin goddess MLLE CHAT NOIR, playing their unique blend of gypsy blues country jazz.
All this will be topped up by some great tunes courtesy of legendary tour DJ for THE CLASH, THE POGUES and more, DJ SCRATCHY.
And as if that wasn’t enough, there’s a FREE shot of bourbon to the first fifty lucky souls through the door!
Legendary DEAD BOYS and LORDS OF THE NEW CHURCH frontman STIV BATORS is set to be immortalised on celluloid in a new documentary film.
STIV: The Life And Times Of A Dead Boy is being made by director Danny Garcia, the man responsible for such films as The Rise and Fall Of The Clash, Looking For Johnny, and Sad Vacation: The Last Days Of Sid and Nancy.
Emerging from the Cleveland, Ohio scene and relocating to New York City with The Dead Boys, Stiv fronted the band through two classic albums and the anthemic ‘Sonic Reducer’ single before heading to the UK to team up with the remains of SHAM 69 in THE WANDERERS. He subsequently found success alongside DAMNED guitarist Brian James in The Lords Of The New Church throughout the 80s. Stiv died in Paris in 1990 after being hit by a taxi.
Post-punk legends THE PSYCHEDELIC FURS return to the UK in September.
The tour, their first here in some years, will feature the band playing all their singles from every studio album in their catalogue. Kicking off in Glasgow on 1 September, the 9-date tour takes in a show at the Forum in London on 9 September.
First formed in Surrey in 1977, relocating to North London, the Furs scored several minor hit singles and albums including Talk Talk Talk and Forever Now. They relocated to the US in the early 80s, where their student disco classic ‘Pretty In Pink’ inspired a major film. After a hiatus, the band regrouped around founders Richard and Tim Butler in 2001.
Full tour dates are….
1 Sept GLASGOW • O2 Academy
2 Sept LEEDS • O2 Academy
3 Sept MANCHESTER • O2 Ritz
5 Sept BIRMINGHAM • O2 Institute
6 Sept BRISTOL • O2 Academy
7 Sept BRIGHTON • Concorde 2
9 Sept LONDON • O2 Forum Kentish Town
10 Sept OXFORD • O2 Academy
11 Sept NORWICH • UEA
Tickets go on sale here at 9am on Friday 28 April.
Watford mod-rockers THE SPITFIRES have a new single out next month, and a pair of headline dates to coincide.
‘Move On’ is the band’s first new material since their acclaimed second album A Thousand Times last August, and was written and recorded during an intense four day period at the end of the year.
Band frontman Billy Sullivan, speaking about the song, says, “It shows a change in direction musically and lyrically. It’s a pop song, taking influences from reggae and dub but bringing it into 2017. I don’t think we could or would have set out to recreate that music. We just interpret the space and rhythm into our own sound. Do our own version if you like. I also think it’s a positive statement: move on from tired old views and show that we as people are better than that”.
Released on Friday 19th May on Catch 22 Records, ‘Move On’ is available on 7” blue coloured vinyl and digital download with exclusive B-Side ‘Stick To Your Guns’. The first 150 copies of the 7” will include a free newspaper – featuring unseen photos, lyrics and articles. It’s available to pre-order here.
The band support the release with two headline shows at the start of June. Catch them at….
2nd June – The Georgian Theatre, Stockton-on-Tees
10th June – 229, London
You can read a new interview with The Spitfires in the latest edition of Vive Le Rock magazine, out this week!