Dapper London songwriter BRANDY ROW has a new video and he’s unveiling it exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
The single ‘Do Or Die’ has just been released on NFT Records and it’s available now on vinyl and download through his website.
The full line-up has been announced for next year’s Undercover Festival, which returns to Dreamland in Margate on Friday 13 and Saturday 14 April.
As previously announced, THE BLOCKHEADS will headline the Friday night, while SHAM 69 will top the bill on the Saturday.
Other acts lined up for the first night include EDDIE & THE HOT RODS, RODDY RADIATION & THE SKABILLY REBELS, SONIC BOOM SIX, XSLF, SEX PISTOLS EXPERIENCE, WITCHDOKTORS, CHURCH OF EON, KING PUNCH, SKACIETY, THE COMMITTED, HAZARD and RUSS CRIMEWAVE.
Joining Jimmy Pursey and co on Saturday night are CHELSEA, PETER & THE TEST TUBE BABIES, KIRK BRANDON, MENACE, CRISIS, BIG BOY TOMATO, EAST TOWN PIRATES, PUSSYCAT & THE DIRTY JOHNSONS,
THE WARRIORS, ANDY BLADE, NUFFIN, NO LIP, RED (RELIGION EQUALS DECAY), RAGE DC, THE FANZINES, SURGERY WITHOUT RESEARCH, STONE HEROES, SCANDAL and GYB.
Day and weekend tickets, with discounts for families and groups, are available here.
Legendary Scottish garage rockers THE PRIMEVALS play a rare London show next week.
Fronted by Michael Rooney, the band formed in Glasgow in 1983, singing to New Rose and coming to prominence on the fertile mid-80s garage scene alongside the likes of THE GUN CLUB, THE FUZZTONES and THE NOMADS.
Despite changes in line-up, recent years have seen an avalanche burst of activity with the release of a string of albums including Heavy War (2012), Tales Of Endless Bliss (2014) and this year’s Dislocation.
The Primevals headline a special Rockaway Beach Hallowe’en night at The Hope & Anchor, Islington on Friday 27 October. Support comes from THE PHOBICS and GO GO CULT. Tickets priced £8 are available here.
Check out The Primevals playing ‘Prairie Chain’ from ’86.
JIM JONES & THE RIGHTEOUS MIND have announced a run of UK dates next month, kicking off with a very special London show.
Flushed with the success of their acclaimed debut album Super Natural in the spring, Jones and band have announced the dates in support of new single ‘Something’s Gonna Get Its Hands On You’, which is out on 17 November.
The tour opens at Mirth, Marvel & Maud in Walthamstow, London on Friday 10 November. Support comes from THE FUTURE SHAPE OF SOUND and THE LEFT OUTSIDES. Tickets priced £12.50 are on sale here.
The band then head off round the country with support from fast-rising garage-punk duo DOLLS. Full dates are….
10 Nov – Mirth, Marvel & Maud, London
15 Nov – The Cluny, Newcastle
16 Nov – The Lantern, Halifax
17 Nov – The Soundhouse Leicester
18 Nov – The Forum, Tunbridge Wells
24 Nov – Brain Freeze Festival, Ebbw Vale
Scots punk’n’roll three-piece THE MURDERBURGERS have a brand new video which they’re launching exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
‘December Ruined Everything’ is taken from the album The 12 Habits Of Highly Defective People, released at the end of last year. The video was filmed and directed by Mark Richards and stars Fraser Murderburger, Jim from PIZZA TRAMP, Fizzy, and a bunch of lovely animals.
The guys have a bunch of dates lined up, including shows in the US and Europe. Catch them on the road at….
Wed 25th Oct – Big Pre-Fest in Little Ybor, FL, USA @ Crowbar
Sun 29th Oct – The Fest, Gainesville, FL, USA @ High Dive
Thu 9th Nov – Namur, Belgium @ Le Temple w/ PEARS
Fri 10th Nov – Rastatt, Germany @ Art Cannrobert
Sat 11th Nov – Untererthal, Germany @ Stabruch Festival
Fri 15th Nov – Euskirchen, Germany @ Altes Casino
Sat 16th Nov – Bonn, Germany @ Bla
Sat 17th Feb – Edinburgh, Scotland @ Banshee Labyrinth w/ Pizza Tramp
Early bird tickets are now on sale for next year’s STRUMMERCAMP festival, which Vive Le Rock is proud to be sponsoring!
For their twelfth festival, Strummercamp is moving to a new venue, Oldham Rugby Union Club, where it will be taking place over the Bank Holiday weekend of 25-27 May.
No line-up details have been announced yet, but with previous bills featuring the likes of THE DAMNED, BILLY BRAGG, THE ALARM, RUTS DC, THE MEMBRANES, DREADZONE, THE BEAT THE SELECTER, THE UNDERTONES, UK SUBS, SPEAR OF DESTINY, THE BLOCKHEADS etc, you’ve got a good idea of what to expect!
Early bird weekend ticket prices range from £55 for adults / £35 for under-18s to £110 for families, while under-12s get in FREE!
Tickets are on sale now here! Get in quick before the prices go up!
Legendary Suffolk punks THE ADICTS return with their first new album in five years!
The Ipswich band have hooked up with Arising Empire, the punk offshoot of Nuclear Blast Records, for the release of And It Was So!, which follows on from 2012’s All The Young Droogs. The album’s heralded by the new single ‘Picture The Scene’, which is out now.
The band, fronted by charismatic singer Monkey and projecting a Clockwork Orange image, originally formed in 1975, but really came to prominence with the resurgence of punk in 1981 with the release of their debut album Songs Of Praise and subsequent singles ‘Chinese Takeaway’ and ‘Bad Boy’. A major label deal with Sire, a brief name-change to ADX and a dalliance with kids’ TV failed to propel them further, but in more recent years, they’ve become a successful draw in the US and Europe.
And It Was So! is set for release on 17 November and is available to pre-order here.
Texan roots-rocker JESSE DAYTON flies in next month for a tour of the UK and Ireland.
Based in Austin, Dayton made his name as a guitarist playing on albums by outlaw country stars like JOHNNY CASH, WAYLON JENNINGS, KRIS KRISTOFFERSON and WILLIE NELSON, but more recently he’s been seen playing with JOHN DOE and X and opening for SUPERSUCKERS.
He’s also worked extensively on soundtracks for horror films directed by ROB ZOMBIE.
Dayton’s most recent album is The Revealer, released a year ago on his own Hardcharger Records. Check out the lyric video for ‘Holy Ghost Rock’n’Roller’.
Catch Jesse and his band on the road at….
23 Oct – The Maze, Nottingham
24 Oct – The Greystones. Sheffield
Oct 25 – Stereo, Glasgow
26 Oct – Brudendell Social Club, Leeds
27 Oct – Gosforth Civic Center, Newcastle
28 Oct – Cleere’s, Kilkenny
30 Oct – Errgle Inn, Belfast
31 Oct – Whelan’s Halloween Party, Dublin
1 Nov – Railway, Winchester
2 Nov – Borderline, London
Amsterdam-based reggae-punks JAYA THE CAT have announced a string of UK dates presented by Vive Le Rock!
The six dates in December see the band teaming up with East London independent brewery, Signature Brew.
Speaking on the partnership, Signature Brew’s Sam McGregor says, “I’ve been a Jaya The Cat fan for longer than I’ve been a beer nerd, and since we started Signature Brew, they’ve always been trying to get their hands on our beer. Now, we’re making it official. Signature Brew is proud to be the official libation of Jaya! Make sure you check them out at some of the legendary independent venues across the UK this December.”
The band, who formed in Boston in 1998 before moving to Europe, will be touring on the back of their new album A Good Day For The Damned, which is set for release through Bomber Music on 17 November. It’s available to pre-order here.
Speaking about the tour, bassist Jan Onverwagt says, “We can’t wait to bring six Good Days For The Damned to the UK, with a special bit of excitement to make it back to Scotland for the first time in years.”
Full dates below….
French Motörhead worshippers IRON BASTARDS head out on a series of UK dates this week.
The Strasbourg trio have been holed up in Southend-on-Sea for most of the year, but are set to return home in December. Until then, they’re bent on playing as many dates as they can.
Since coming together three years ago, David Bour (bass/vocals), David Semler (guitar) and Anthony Meyer (drums) have gigged intensely across Europe, playing more than 140 gigs and festivals, and releasing two EPs and two albums – the brilliantly-named Boogie Woogie Violence in 2015, and Fast & Dangerous at the start of this year.
Check out the video for ‘Vintage Riders’.
Catch Iron Bastards live at….
4 Oct – Fiddler’s Elbow, London
6 Oct – St Moritz Club, London
14 Oct – The Crowndale, London
19 Oct – Trillians Rockbar, Newcastle
20 Oct – The Dolls House, Abertillery
27 Oct – The Doll at the Black Bull, Gateshead
2 Nov – The Unicorn, London
3 Nov – Asylum, Chelmsford
7 Nov – The Horns, Watford
9 Nov – Fiddler’s Elbow, London
11 Nov – Railway Tavern, Darlington
23 Nov – Fiddler’s Elbow, London
24 Nov – The Fighting Cocks, London
30 Nov – Off The Cuff, London
Fast-rising California punks SCIATIC NERVE have just launched a new video ahead of the release of their debut album.
‘Bright Lights’ is taken from the self-titled album which is out on Friday 13 October through Gunner Records.
The Bay Area band, who’ve all been friends since junior high, all have substantial track records, serving in SWINGIN’ UTTERS, NOTHINGTON, WESTERN ADDICTION and COBRA SKULLS.
Speaking about the single, frontman Chris Matulich says, “‘Bright Lights’ is kind of an abstract song lyrically. It doesn’t have a clear focus, and I like vague lyrics that allow listeners to find/create their own meaning. It means something different to me now than what I intended when I wrote it about walking the streets of my neighbourhood in San Francisco.”
Sciatic Nerve is available to pre-order here.
Adrian Sherwood’s dub explorers DUB SYNDICATE are to get four of their early alums reissued this autumn.
Following on from last year’s vinyl reissue of On-U Sound’s flagship act AFRICAN HEAD CHARGE’s first four albums, the same is doing done for Sherwood’s duo project with former CREATION REBEL drummer, Style Scott.
Albums being repressed are debut album The Pounding System from 1982; the following year’s double LP One Way System – originally a ROIR cassette-only release, now issued as a gatefold double; 1984’s collaboration with Dr Pablo, North Of The River Thames, and Tunes From The Missing Channel from ’85. The releases come with printed inner bags, download cards and bonus tracks where available.
Alongside the reissues, there’s also a new album Displaced Masters, featuring nine stripped-back takes of early tracks. The five releases will also be available as a CD box-set, Ambience In Dub 1982-1985 with a 24-page booklet.
Sherwood and LITTLE AXE host Sherwood At The Controls #4 at London’s Jazz Cafe on 18 November.
Pic © Kishi Yamamoto
The Gangland London Film Festival takes place next month, bringing together some of the most iconic Brit crime flicks of the past 70 years.
All the greats are here, from Basil Dearden’s 1950 The Blue Lamp, which introduced us to PC George Dixon, through Donald Cammell and Nicholas Roeg’s Performance, with Mick Jagger and Anita Pallenberg, Michael Caine’s foray into the underworld of the North East in Get Carter and John Mckenzie’s 1980 East End classic, The Long Good Friday.
Taking place at the historic Regent Street Cinema over the weekend of 14-15 October, the screenings will be complemented by Q&As with film specialists, crime authors and historians.
The full running order is….
SATURDAY 14TH OCTOBER
3.00 PM: VILLAIN
Starring Richard Burton, Ian McShane and Nigel Davenport
1971’s VILLAIN is the story murderous, sadistic London gang leader Vic Dakin, a mother-obsessed homosexual modeled on real-life gangster Ronnie Kray, is worried about potential stool pigeons that may bring down his criminal empire. The brutal Vic cuts the throat of one bloke who has been a little too loose-lipped, afraid that his gossiping may turn into a grand operatic performance for the coppers. Vic, who enjoys playing at rough trade with his sidekick Wolfe, plans a payroll robbery and directs the blackmailing of Members of Parliament with a taste for unorthodox sex. Scotland Yard Police Inspector Matthews, playing Javert to Vic’s Jean Valjean, is moving in on him and the gang. Gang-member Edgar is hospitalized for an ulcer, and Inspector Matthews might be able to make him sing. Will Edgar spill the beans to the coppers before Vic can silence him?
6.00 PM: PERFORMANCE
Starring Edward Fox, Mick Jagger, Anita Pallenberg
Chas, a violent and psychotic East London gangster needs a place to lie low after a hit that should never have been carried out. He finds the perfect cover in the form of guest house run by the mysterious Mr. Turner, a one-time rock superstar, who is looking for the right spark to rekindle his faded talent.
+ Q&A with Kieron Pim author of the award winning Jumpin’ Jack Flash: David Litvinoff and the Rock,n,Roll Underworld – the biography of David Litvinoff – an extraordinary man who connected the worlds of art, rock’n’roll and criminality in Fifties and Sixties London.
8.30 PM: GANGSTER NO.1
Starring Malcolm McDowell, David Thewlis, Paul Bettany
A middle-aged crime boss smugly reflects back from 1999, narrating the brutality which made him triumphant – and feared. As an unnamed young hood in Swinging 60’s London, he aped his mod boss Freddie Mays, and seemed to do anything for him. But his narration exposes all-consuming envy: of Freddie’s supremacy, and especially his tall bird. The baby shark develops his viciousness and backstabbing, scheming to be Gangster No. 1.
+ Q&A with crime novelist, writer and editor, Cathi Unsworth and Andrew Hulme, the editor of Gangster No.1 (and a string of other major films….).
SUNDAY 15TH OCTOBER
2.00 PM: THE BLUE LAMP
Starring Jack Warner, Dirk Bogarde, Jimmy Hanley
New London police officer Andy Mitchell (Jimmy Hanley) is paired with seasoned cop George Dixon (Jack Warner) to work the night shift. Meanwhile, criminals Tom Riley (Dirk Bogarde) and Spud (Patric Doonan) plan a series of robberies with Tom’s girl Diana, a discontented beauty, as inside worker. But in their second crime, they are caught robbing a local cinema, George meets Tom in a face-off. While trying to coax the thief into making a peaceful surrender, George is shot, setting off a citywide manhunt. The killer is clever, but will he outsmart himself?
+ Q&A with Paul Willetts, author of ‘North Soho 999’, the true story of gangs and gun crime in 1940’s London and of the crime wave that inspired The Blue Lamp.
4.30 PM: GET CARTER
Starring Michael Caine, Britt Ekland, John Osborne
A vicious London gangster, Jack Carter (Michael Caine), travels to Newcastle for his brother’s funeral. He begins to suspect that his brother’s death was not an accident and sets out to follow a complex trail of lies, deceit, cover-ups and backhanders through Newcastle’s underworld, leading, he hopes, to the man who ordered his brother killed.
+ Q&A with Nick Triplow, author of Getting Carter a meticulously researched and riveting account of the career of a doomed genius, Ted Lewis, one of the most important writers you’ve never heard of – the writer behind the book on which Get Carter was based, Jack’s Return Home – a book which many commentators agree launched contemporary British crime writing.
7.30 PM: THE LONG GOOD FRIDAY
Starring Bob Hoskins, Helen Mirren, Paul Freeman
Harold, a prosperous English gangster, is about to close a lucrative new deal when bombs start showing up in very inconvenient places. A mysterious syndicate is trying to muscle in on his action, and Harold wants to know who they are. He finds out soon enough, and bloody mayhem ensues.
+ Q&A with Trevor Laird. Appearing in The Long Good Friday as ‘boy under car’, Trevor has many a hilarious tale from the set of the film.
Tickets and further info can be found here.
Last weekend, Vive Le Rock went north of the border to co-promote a show at Broadcast in Glasgow featuring three of Scotland’s finest up’n’coming punk bands. Neil Hodge was there to review the proceedings….
Take a Saturday night in Glasgow, a NYC record label, add three of Scotland’s premier punk bands, an intimate venue full of enthusiastic punters and you have the recipe for a superb night out. This was a hotly anticipated sold-out gig, with people travelling some distances to attend (Dublin, England, North of Scotland). They were most definitely not disappointed.
Tarbeach Records label-mates ReAction, Heavy Drapes and The Zips came together to provide a high octane, hundred-mile-an-hour punk rock romp. The running order had been kept under wraps beforehand to ensure maximum attendance for all bands and the ploy worked. The venue was rammed and the atmosphere was palpable as Airdrie’s peerless ReAction kicked things off in vigorous style with a selection of tracks from their debut album and recent EP. Opening up with ‘Dead Boy Racer’ the pace started at break-neck speed and didn’t let up throughout the set. The now familiar songs in the set were bolstered by some raucous new material including ‘Kamikaze Baby’, a song about Debbie Juvenile from the original Bromley Contingent, and closed with audience choice, their energetic version of External Menace’s ‘Someday’. By the time they left the stage packed-out venue was now a veritable sweatbox.
There was no time wasted between bands and shortly after ReAction exited stage left it was the turn of Edinburgh’s Heavy Drapes. The band took to the stage with frontman De Liberate making his now familiar declaration “We’re Heavy Drapes and we are punk rock,” before launching into their musical manifesto with ‘Number 1’. Fresh from a triumphant gig on Rebellion’s main stage, this was the first gig for ex-Scars guitarist, Paul Research. He has certainly brought a new vibrancy to the band who were on blistering form. It was a colossal assault on the senses from start to finish. The set included all the now standard Drapes tracks – ‘Into the Blue’, ‘Janie’ – with the crowd in great voice too, especially on tracks like ‘Let’s Free The Working Class’ and set closer ‘(I Wanna Be) Maladjusted’, every song going down a storm with the partisan crowd.
It was down to seminal Glasgow punk legends The Zips to close proceedings. We were treated to a career-spanning set starting with the topical ‘Hear, Hear’ and ‘Thin Blue Line’ from the latest album. The tempo of the evening was kept up with the likes of the high-spirited celebration of ’40 Years of Punk Rock’ and the first live outing for older song ‘Take Me Down’, which features on Gary Crowley’s upcoming punk and new wave compilation, through to set closer, early single ‘Don’t Get Pushed Around’, The Zips jolted the already exuberant crowd into another level of euphoria, the resultant jubilation saw the night ending with a stage invasion.
With new songs, imminent albums and forthcoming gigs a-plenty from all three bands, the future looks dazzling for Scottish punk. If you haven’t already done so, seek them all out – or stay at home staring at your navel, the choice is yours.
Legendary New York punk club CBGB’s is celebrated as part of a new season at London’s Barbican this autumn.
The Grime & The Glamour: NYC 1976-90 which runs from 29 September until 5 October, chronicles a period of significant cultural and historical change, before the artists and musicians moved out and the developers moved in.
Remembering CBGB’s is a triple-bill film event celebrating the impact of punk on the city’s cultural identity. Taking place on Friday 29 September and features The Blank Generation – Ivan Kral and Amos Poe’s behind-the-scenes document featuring Iggy Pop, Blondie and Patti Smith; M Henry Jones’ 1979 short Soul City; and Maggi Carson, Juliusz Kossakowski and Ric Shore’s Punking Out, examining the early years of NYC punk through outspoken and direct interviews with gig goers and members of The Ramones, The Voidoids and The Dead Boys. The event will be introduced by legendary journalist and Vive Le Rock contributor Kris Needs.
Other film being shown during the week include Susan Seidelman’s Smithereens, starring Richard Hell; Chantal Ackerman’s haunting News From Home; female erotic fantasy Variety; a documentary celebrating cabaret artiste and Warhol consort Tally Brown, New York; an early offering from the cinematic king of New York’s underbelly Abel Ferrara, Ms. 45 (aka Angel of Vengeance); and credited with capturing the last gasp of the downtown scene before its decline is Raul Ruiz’s The Golden Boat.
Full details of the season and tickets can be found on the Barbican website.
Class of ’77 punks THE CRAVATS return this month with their first new album in 37 years.
Dustbin Of Sound follows on the from last year’s pair of singles ‘Jingo Bells’ and ‘Blurred’ and is the first album to feature the reconvened line-up of The Shend, Svor Naan, Joe 91, Rampton Garstang and Viscount Biscuits.
Formed in Redditch in ’77, The Cravats released several records on the legendary Small Wonder label, including the classic The Cravats In Toytown album. They split in 1982, spawning The Very Things. The Shend and Naan got together in 2009 to play Rebellion, and they’ve continued to perform since.
An expanded reissue of In Toytown appeared on CD in 2012.
Dustbin Of Sound is due for release on 29 September through Overground Records. It’s available to pre-order here.
The Cravats play the following dates….
17 Sept – Star & Garter, Manchester (w/ Dead Objectives)
18 Sept – Marc Riley Show, BBC 6 Music
14 Oct – The Green Door Store, Brighton (w/ The Nightingales & Ted Chippington)
21 Oct – The Lexington, London (w/ Interrobang & The Astronauts)
4 Nov – The Flapper, Birmingham (w/ The Membranes & The Astronauts)
1 Dec – Wharf Chambers, Leeds (w/ Flies On You)
2 Dec – Westgarth Social Club, Middlesborough (w/ Turning Black Like Lizards & Pellethead)
Check out the video for ‘Blurred’
Following the sudden cancellation of the Westworld Calling gig at Islington Academy this Saturday 2 Sept, two of the bands due to play – CHRON GEN and 1919 – have managed to arrange a last minute gig just round the corner at Elektrowerkz club.
Westworld Calling was initially scheduled to also feature THE RUTS DC and CHELSEA. No reason has yet been given for the cancellation but a rematch has been promised for 2018.
Elektrowerkz is literally 5 minutes’ walk from the original venue, behind Angel Tube Station in Torrens St. The two bands will be joined by South Coast electro-punks MR STRANGE. On-the-door admission price is to be confirmed.
Chron Gen are also scheduled to play Ilfracombe Punk Festival on 18 November.
1919 are about to play a batch of German dates before returning to play Wharf Chambers, Leeds on 20 October.
THE PENNY BLACK REMEDY frontman Keith M Thomson has unveiled another new video for a track from his debut solo album.
‘It’s Not A Matter Of Space’ is the title track from the album, which was written, performed, recorded and mixed by Thomson and released by mono del mundo through Cadiz Music at the end of last year. It’s available to buy here.
The Penny Black Remedy themselves return with their long-awaited third album this autumn. Co-produced by Thomson with POLECATS and MORRISSEY guitarist Boz Boorer, it was recorded in Portugal and Croatia with various special guests including former UK SUBS bassist Paul Slack and THE RUTS’ Dave Ruffy and Segs Jennings.
The album will be preceded in mid-September by a single, accompanied by a pair of London dates at….
15 Sept – The Fox And Firkin, Lewisham, London
16 Sept – The Magic Garden, Battersea, London