Legendary Aussie punks THE SCIENTISTS have returned with their first new recordings in 30 years!
The band, fronted by guitarist and singer Kim Salmon, have reformed sporadically and in various permutations since splitting in 1987. They last hooked up in 2016 to celebrate the release of their box set anthology A Place Called Bad, dropping into London to play a scorching set at the Lexington.
This latest incarnation finds Salmon, guitarist Tony Thewlis and bassist Boris Sujdovic reconnecting with drummer Leanne Chock from their classic Weird Love and later Sedition periods. The fruits of the reunion are a Scientists-style overhaul of French 60s legend Jacques Dutronc’s ‘Mini Mini Mini’ coupled with the first ever officially released studio version of Scientists rarity ‘Perpetual Motion’.
The band celebrate the release with a series of Australian dates starting next week.
Both tracks are available to stream and download here.
London-based street-punks SCANDAL have just released a brand new video.
‘Always’ is a precursor to the band’s third album On A Roll, which is due for release in the New Year through Spirit Of The Streets Records.
It was produced by former VIBRATORS bassist Pat Collier and the video is the work of renowned filmmaker Mark Richards.
Scandal originally came together in Romania in 1998, where, through 2 albums and countless gigs, they became one of the biggest Street-punk bands in the country.
After a 6-year hiatus, three of the original members reconnected in London to have another crack and have since released a brace of EPs. They’re currently on the lookout for a new guitarist, and likely candidates can get in touch via their Facebook page.
Their back catalogue is available now through Bandcamp.
They have gigs lined-up at….
8 Nov – Fiddler’s Elbow, London w/ Haymaker and Royal Oi!
10 Feb – The Fighting Cocks, Kingston ALBUM RELEASE PARTY
13 April – Undercover Festival, Margate
Read our 16-page street-punk special in the latest edition of Vive Le Rock!
The song, which we think has a bit of a ring of Leatherface about it, is due for release on a limited edition split 7″ flexi alongside fellow Cambridge band THE BABY SEALS through R*E*P*E*A*T Records on 20 October via Bandcamp and iTunes.
Coming together back in 2008, Beverley Kills released their debut EP No Cash Value in 2010, followed by their first, self-titled, full-length in 2011, earning an 8/10 review in Vive Le Rock! They hooked up with R*E*P*E*A*T in 2014 for a further EP, the 10″ On The Trail. Over the years they’ve shared stages with the likes of THE SLITS, GBH, GRANT HART, SNUFF, DEADCUTS and THE PRIMITIVES.
Guitarist Kate says, “Well, the song is about witnessing the behaviour of someone who constantly tries to intimidate those close to them and those that live around them. It’s a true story about that, and seeing them get their comeuppance.”
Both bands will play a special launch show at The Blue Moon, Norfolk Street, Cambridge on Saturday 21 October.
Taking its name from MAGAZINE’s evergreen ‘Shot By Both Sides’, To The Outside Of Everything is a new box set charting the evolution of post-punk from 1977 to 1981.
Across 5 CDs and over 100 tracks, the anthology brings together a series of classic singles from the scene’s major players like GANG OF FOUR, THE FALL, ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN, PSYCHEDELIC FURS, JOY DIVISION, WIRE, SCRITTI POLITTI, PIL plus seldom heard tracks from a plethora of angular also-rans in the form of THE SKODAS, SPIDER KING, THE DROWNING CRAZE, NEW ASIA, MEDIUM MEDIUM and FIVE OR SIX, drawing from the catalogues of such iconic labels as Fast, Zoo, Rough Trade, Factory etc…
The set comes complete with a lavish 48-page booklet including an essay and band history by former NME writer Neil Taylor.
Set for release on 1 December through Cherry Red, To The Outside Of Everything is available to pre-order here.
1. YOUNG SAVAGE – Ultravox!
2. SHOT BY BOTH SIDES – Magazine
3. I AM THE FLY – Wire
4. EAST SHEEN – ‘O’ Level
5. UNITED – Throbbing Gristle
6. T.V.O.D. – The Normal
7. PUPPET LIFE – Punishment Of Luxury
8. BOMBERS – Tubeway Army
9. REPETITION – The Fall
10. PRIVATE PLANE – Thomas Leer
11. CHINA’S ETERNAL – The Tights
12. WAX DOLLS – Fischer-Z
13. SKANK BLOC BOLOGNA – Scritti Politti
14. DAMAGED GOODS (LP VERSION) – Gang Of Four
15. SUMMERTIME BLUES – The Flying Lizards
16. SUICIDE A GO GO – Big In Japan
17. STEADY EDDIE STEADY – Fashion
18. HEARTS IN EXILE –The Homosexuals
19. THIS IS YOUR LIFE – Glaxo Babies
20. SLEEPING GAS (ZOO 7” VERSION) – The Teardrop Explodes
21. NEEDLES AND PILLS – The Passions
22. FAIRYTALE IN THE SUPERMARKET – The Raincoats
1. THE DIGNITY OF LABOUR PT. 1 – Human League
2. LOST IN ROOM – Alternative T.V.
3. THE PICTURES ON MY WALL – Echo And The Bunnymen
4. DEATH DISCO – PiL
5. EINE SYMPHONIE DES GRAUENS – The Monochrome Set
6. COURTS OR WARS – Second Layer
7. IDEOLOGICALLY UNSOUND – Poison Girls
8. TYPICAL GIRLS – The Slits
9. SOLDIER SOLDIER – Spizzenergi
10. YOU – Au Pairs
11. TRANSMISSION – Joy Division
12. BACK TO NATURE –Fad Gadget
13. 16 HOURS – The Passage
14. WE ARE ALL PROSTITUTES – The Pop Group
15. SPIRIT OF YOUTH – The Last Gang
16. THIS WEEK – The Adicts
17. TURN TO RED – Killing Joke
18. SECOND STILL – Modern Eon
19. WE LOVE YOU – The Psychedelic Furs
20. WHITE MICE – Mo-Dettes
21. EMILE ZOLA – The Deep Freeze Mice
22. FROM THE CRADLE TO THE GRAVE – Crispy Ambulance
23. SKETCH FOR SUMMER – The Durutti Column
1. LET’S BUILD A CAR – Swell Maps
2. WARM – Family Fodder
3. CARTROUBLE – Adam And The Ants
4. BRIGADE – Clock DVA
5. WARM GIRLS –Girls At Our Best!
6. ICE AGE – The Membranes
7. BOOTS FOR DANCING – Boots For Dancing
8. LULLABY CHEAT – Ludus
9. SWANS ON GLASS – Modern English
10. SQUARES AND TRIANGLES – Thompson Twins
11. MARY MILLINGTON – The Disco Zombies
12. FIRE – Occult Chemistry
13. FINAL ACHIEVEMENT –In Camera
14. GIRLS DON’T COUNT – Section 25
15. HARD OBJECTS – Art Objects
16. RADIO DRILL TIME – Josef K
17. CONTROVERSIAL SUBJECT – The The
18. MY MOTHER WAS A FRIEND OF AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE – Blurt
19. THE AFFECTIONATE PUNCH – The Associates
20. THERE GOES CONCORDE AGAIN – …And The Native Hipsters
1. THE FRIEND CATCHER – The Birthday Party
2. PRECINCT – The Cravats
3. IT’S SO DIFFICULT – Dislocation Dance
4. DO DIFFERENT DANCES – Spöön Fazer
5. B. – Colin Newman
6. DISNEY BOYS – Blue Orchids
7. CABBAGE – Mass
8. GET UP AND USE ME – Fire Engines
9. ANONYMITY – Dance Chapter
10. OVERSPREADING ART GENIUS – Blancmange
11. WE ARE ALL ANIMALS – The Diagram Bros.
12. A STILL REFLEX – Repetition
13. CEREMONY – New Order
14. HUNGRY, SO ANGRY – Medium Medium
15. 50 YEARS OF COMPARATIVE WEALTH – Steve Diggle
16. ANOTHER REASON – Five Or Six
17. CLOCK – The Danse Society
18. SOMETIMES I WISH – The Laughing Apple
19. RAINDANCE – The Past Seven Days
20. INVISIBILITY – Eyeless In Gaza
21. IDIOT STRENGTH – The Nightingales
22. NOTHING – My Captains
1. REBEL WITHOUT A BRAIN – Theatre Of Hate
2. I AM THE BISHOP – Notsensibles
3. CENTRAL PROPOSITION – New Asia
4. LIFE IN REVERSE – Marine
5. WATCHING THE HYDROPLANES – Tunnel Vision
6. FADING – Jah Wobble
7. SNAKES AND LADDERS – TV21
8. HAPPY FEELING – The Sinatra’s
9. TRIBES – Soul
10. STORAGE CASE – The Drowning Craze
11. IMAGINATION – Sad Lovers And Giants
12. HU – Dif Juz
13. ANIMALS – Spider King
14. VEGAS – Nico
15. I DON’T WANT TO LIVE WITH MONKEYS – The Higsons
16. I’D LIKE TO SHOOT YOU DOWN – APB
17. NOTHING – René Halkett David Jay
18. STRETCH (7” VERSION) – Maximum Joy
19. AFTERWARDS – Artery
20. LAST WORDS (7” VERSION) – 23 Skidoo
21. EVERYBODY THINKS EVERYBODY ELSE IS DEAD BAD – The Skodas
22. HEART DISEASE – Biting Tongues
23. COUNTRIES – The Reflections
24. RADIO PRAGUE – This Heat
MICHAEL MONROE has announced a handful of UK dates at the end of next month.
The ex-HANOI ROCKS legend, who released a double compilation The Best earlier this year through Spinefarm, is playing three dates in the run up to his sold-out show at the Planet Rockstock Festival at Trecco Bay, South Wales on 3 December.
The full dates are…
Thurs Nov 30th: Manchester Rebellion
Fri Dec 1st: London The Dome
Sat Dec 2nd: Birmingham O2 Institute 3
Sun Dec 3rd: Planet Rockstock Festival
Support in Manchester, London and Birmingham comes from ROLE MODELS. Tickets go on sale this Friday from all the usual outlets.
THE MEMBERS are among artists launching a Punk Rock’n’Roll Art Show in London this Friday.
The exhibition promises a display of works by various musical luminaries, including Knox from The Vibrators, Gaye Black from The Adverts, Nicky Tesco and JC Carroll from The Members, Spizz, Andy Blade from Eater, Charlie Harper and loads more.
The launch event takes place on Friday 6 October at the Underdog Gallery, Arch 6, Crucifix Lane, London Bridge from 6.30pm. The event will kick off with a parade along Bermondsey St at 7pm.
Alongside The Members, Charlie Harper, Andy Blade and Spizz Energi will also be performing on the night.
There’ll also be a special reading by Celeste Bell, daughter of Poly Styrene, the narrator of a new documentary Poly Styrene: I Am A Cliche, clips of which will be screened during the evening.
The exhibition will run daily from 11am to 7pm until 10 October.
Ace London club night SOME WEIRD SIN celebrate their 5th Anniversary this weekend with an evening of top garage rock’n’roll.
Taking place at their regular haunt of Nambucca, Holloway Road on Friday 29 September, the night is headlined by relocated Kiwi urchins THE CAVEMEN, who are joined by MISCALCULATIONS, playing their first show in two years in honour of their new album Echolocation.
The bill is completed by powerpop sensations LUCY & THE RATS and primal protopunks WEIRD SEX.
They’ll be assisted before, in between and after by regular DJs Simon Drowner and Mauro Venegas.
Long-serving London garage rockers THE CANNIBALS are to bow out with a farewell gig this weekend.
Initially formed in 1976 by ex-COUNT BISHOPS singer Mike Spenser – who, according to author Jon Savage in his essential England’s Dreaming, had been briefly mooted as original frontman of the SEX PISTOLS – The Cannibals’ revolving door line-up has featured members of THE INMATES, THE POLECATS, THE JESUS & MARY CHAIN and many more along the way.
The Cannibals’ Last Stand will take place at The Dublin Castle, Camden Town, London on Saturday 30 September, featuring the band’s current line-up, plus a brief performance by by the classic ’78-’79 line-up. Kicking off at 7.45pm, support comes from JONAH GOLD & HIS SILVER APPLES. There’ll also be the screening of a video of archive Cannibals footage and a sale of band memorabilia.
Woking’s finest THE JAM are to be celebrated with a 40th Anniversary box set.
Messrs Weller, Foxton and Buckler burst onto the scene in the spring of 1977 with ‘In The City’, the first of an impressive run 18 Top 40 singles, taking Dr Feelgood’s skinny-tied proto-punk blueprint and going on to inspire the post-punk Mod Revival.
The succinctly-named 1977 covers that golden year for the band, bringing together remastered albums, demos, live recordings and TV appearances over 5 discs….
Disc 1 features their classic debut – also In The City – from May ’77, followed by a second disc of album demos, six of which are previously unreleased.
Second album This Is The Modern World, released in November of that year in its iconic Gered Mankowitz sleeve, makes up the third disc.
Disc 4 features a previously unreleased live recording from legendary London pub, The Nashville from 10 September 1977. It also includes a brace of John Peel sessions.
The fifth disc is a DVD comprising a selection of TV appearances from Top Of The Pops and So It Goes, plus promo videos and includes performances of stand-alone single ‘All Around The World’.
The box set is completed by a 144-page book, featuring new liner notes, period photos and a wealth of cuttings, reviews and memorabilia, along with a set of 5 postcards.
Set for release on 20 October through USM/Polydor, 1977 is available to pre-order here.
Ace Essex pop-punks MR HAPPY CHAINSAW have unveiled another new video from their current comeback EP, It’s Not My Ball.
‘Charlie’ is a completely reworked classic by the band, who split up in 2009, only to reform last summer. The video was created after a call out on social media inviting fans to send in 10-second clips.
The band have a bunch of dates lined-up, kicking off with a Musicians Against Homelessness gig on Friday 29 September. Taking place at Essex’s leading punk venue, The Asylum in Chelmsford, the gig will also feature sets from KOOPA, SHOOTING GALE and WOLFE SUNDAY. Tickets priced £4 are available here, and £5 on the door if available. Donations will also be collected on the night.
Full dates are….
Sep 29 – Asylum, Chelmsford
Oct 28 – The George, Witham
Nov 24 – Three Wise Monkeys, Colchester
Dec 2 – Punch & Judy, Ipswich
Dec 15 – Asylum, Chelmsford
Fast-rising New Yorkers DIRTY FENCES have unveiled a new video and a bunch of UK dates ahead of their third studio album.
The party-hearty ‘Teen Angel’ is taken from Goodbye Love, the follow-up to 2013’s Too High To Kross and 2015’s Full Tramp.
The new album’s set for release on 27 October through Greenway Records and is available to pre-order here.
In the meantime, the band play London’s Shacklewell Arms this Sunday 17 September, working their way through Birmingham, Glasgow and Sheffield towards Liverpool Psych Fest on Friday 22 Sept. They then head to France, Italy, Slovenia, Austria, Switzerland, Spain, Germany, Ukraine and Finland. Full dates are….
9.17: London, UK – Shacklewell Arms
9.19: Birmingham, UK – The Sunflower Lounge
9.20: Glasgow, UK – Broadcast
9.21: Sheffield, UK – Picture House Social
9.22: Liverpool, UK – Liverpool Psych Fest
9.23: Paris, FR – Supersonic
9.24: Lille, FR – DoItYourself
9.25: Lyon, FR – Le Trokson
9.27: Torino, IT – Blah Blah
9.28. Erba, IT – Centrale Rock
9.29: Bolzano, IT – Sudwerk
9.30: Innsbruck, AT – PMK
10.01: Parma, IT – Rampa Party
10.02: Ilirska Bistrica, SL – Mknž Ilirska Bistrica*
10.03: Salzburg, AT – Rockhouse*
10.04: Due Ville (Vicenza), IT – Via Roma*
10.05: Roma, IT – La Fine*
10.06: Bologna, IT – Covo Club*
10.07: Glarus, CH – Veka-Glarus
10.08: Nimes, FR – Bada Bing
10.09: Barcelona, ES – Sidecar
10.10: Fraga, ES – Fiestas del Pilar
10.11: Madrid, ES – Wurlitzer Ballroom
10.12: Pamplona, ES – Nebula Bar
10.13: Valencia, ES – Funtastic Dracula Carnival
10.14: San Sebastian, ES – Kutxa Kultur Kluba
10.15: Nantes, FR – Dynamo
10.17: Zurich, CH – Dynamo/Werk31
10.18: Tubingen, DE – Münzgasse 13
10.19: Erfurt, DE – Cafe Tiko
10.20: Wurzburg, DE – Immerhin
10.21: Berlin, DE – Lido
10.26: Kiev, UA – Mezzanine
10.27: Helsinki, FI – Lepakkomies
10.28: Tampere, FI – Vastavirta klubi
10.29: Turku, FI – TVO
Minnesota punk legends HÜSKER DÜ are to be celebrated with a new box set this autumn.
Released by US archive label The Numero Group, also responsible for last year’s spectacular SCIENTISTS box set, Savage Young Dü chronicles the St Paul trio’s early years from 1979 to ’83 across four LPs or 3 CDs.
Sourced from original analogue demos, board tapes, and session masters, the collection comprises 69 tracks, 47 of them previously unreleased. Included are historic documents of the band’s earliest shows, first singles ‘Statues’ c/w ‘Amusement’ and ‘In A Free Land’, as well as 1983’s full-length debut studio album Everything Falls Apart and an alternate version of 1982’s seminal live recording Land Speed Record, all newly remastered.
The recordings are accompanied by a hardback book including a band history created with full participation from Grant Hart, Greg Norton, and Bob Mould, plus numerous never-before seen photos, a collection of rare flyers and a detailed sessionography.
Limited editions will also be accompanied by a 7″ EP Extra Circus, featuring 5 previously unissued tracks from the sessions for the classic 1983 SST mini-album Metal Circus.
Set for release on 10 November, Savage Young Dü is available to pre-order here. You can stream it here now.
The latest in a long line of barnstorming Aussie rock’n’rollers JAMES McCANN & THE NEW VINDICTIVES head to Europe for dates next next month.
Western Australian McCann had been a member of Sydney garage-rockers HARPOON before returning to Perth to hook up with Gareth Liddiard in the fledgling DRONES. Eventually ending up in Melbourne, he eventually formed the New Vindictives, along the way finding time to collaborate with the likes of Spencer P Jones and Brian Hooper (BEASTS OF BORBON), Damo Suzuki (CAN), Ray Ahn and Peter Black (HARD-ONS) and more.
The latest album from the New Vindictives, Gotta Lott Move – BOOM!, which features the latest single ‘Sheena Says’, has just been released on vinyl through Beast Records and on CD – with three extra tracks! – through Off The Hip.
The band – featuring Tim Deane (guitar), Chris Taranto (bass) and Jackson Kite (drums) will be playing dates in France and Spain throughout October. See below….
Cult UK new wave power poppers THE FAVOURITES have a career-spanning vinyl compilation out next month.
New Feeling brings together both the Nottingham band’s highly sought-after singles plus b-sides and ten other never-officially-released tracks.
The release is being trailed by a slideshow video for the track ‘One Of Those Dreams’ premiered here.
Fronted by future POGUES bassist Darryl Hunt, The Favourites were formed out of the remnants of legendary Stiff Records-signed pub-rockers PLUMMET AIRLINES in 1977. Touring the UK as support to the likes of THE ONLY ONES, THE RICH KIDS, THE VIBRATORS and SQUEEZE, they released two singles in 1979 – covers of ABBA’s ‘SOS’ and London punks THE WASPS ‘Angelica’ – before splitting.
While Hunt would find fame by replacing Cait O’Riordan in The Pogues, guitarist Duncan Kerr and drummer Keith Gotheridge would later fetch up in doo-wop hitmakers DARTS. Bassist Kevin Green and guitarist Tony Berrington, meanwhile, teamed up in rockabillies THE DEADBEATS, releasing the classic Vic Maile-produced On Tar Beach album for New Rose – recently reissued through Ace Records.
Fully digitally remastered by Sean Read of DEXYS, New Feeling is set for release on vinyl (with a free CD of the album) through Reckless Records on 29 September. Willy Wonka-style, a very limited number will include original copies of the super-rare Nick Tauber-produced ‘Angelica’ single!
The album is available to buy in person ahead of the release date at the Reckless shop in London’s Berwick Street.
A download version of the album is available to pre-order now through Bandcamp.
As they gear up for their 40th Anniversary tour, PENETRATION are set to release not one but TWO limited edition 7″ singles!
As previously announced, the County Durham legends play a dozen dates in October and November, including a show at London’s Islington Academy. The tour follows on from the release of their highly acclaimed comeback album Resolution in 2015.
The first of the singles features newly recorded versions of three songs – ‘In The Future’, ‘Race Against Time’ and ‘Duty Free Technology’ – that were originally demoed by the ban back in 1976. It will be available on purple vinyl.
The second single will feature two cover versions that the band recorded during the sessions for Resolution – the FLAMIN’ GROOVIES classic ‘Shake Some Action’ and, in a nod to current drummer John Maher, BUZZCOCKS’ ‘I Don’t Mind’. This one will be pressed on gold vinyl. Both singles will be available in a full colour picture bag and limited to 500 copies.
The singles are both available to pre-order via the band’s Pledge page, along with various other unique items including signed test pressings of each single, handwritten and signed 40th Anniversary tour setlists and lyric sheets, an exclusive T-Shirt design and signed and personalised prints of this iconic photo of Pauline Murray by legendary photographer Rik Walton…
Full tour dates are….
21.10.17 LIVERPOOL O2 Academy 2
22.10.17 GLASGOW Broadcast
26.10.17 LONDON O2 Academy Islington (w/ DESPERATE MEASURES)
27.10.17 LEWES Lewes Con Club
28.10.17 BRISTOL The Bierkeller
03.11.17 EDINBURGH Mash House
04.11.17 NEWCASTLE Cluny
09.11.17 SHEFFIELD O2 Academy 2
10.11.17 PRESTON The Continental
11.11.17 DERBY The Hairy Dog
16.11.17 BIRMINGHAM O2 Academy 3
18.11.17 STOCKTON Georgian Theatre
The infamous SEX PISTOLS interview album Some Product is to be reissued in expanded form.
The album, a collage of various interviews with band members interspersed with radio ads, was originally released in August 1979. It featured an edited version of the legendary Bill Grundy interview, plus reflections on her son by John Lydon’s mother.
The new version, cunningly retitled More Product, sees it expanded to 3 discs, with the inclusion of a rare BBC Radio 1 Rock On interview from 1977, plus previously unreleased interviews from Edinburgh’s Radio Forth and Newcastle’s Radio Metro from the same year.
It’s available now through UMC.
Read a full feature on the Sex Pistols in the new edition of Vive Le Rock magazine, available in four different collectable covers!
North London rockers TEN BENSON are to play a rare hometown gig this weekend when they headline the Clerkenwell Festival.
Now in its sixth year, the one-day festival takes place in Spa Fields Park off Exmouth Market from 1pm ’til 7pm on Sunday 27 August.
Formed in 1997 with six albums to their credit, Ten Benson have been quiet of late, their most recent release being 2015’s ‘Mud Man’ single.
They’ll be joined on the bill by THE DELTAS, THE MIRAGE MEN, FUTURE SHAPE OF SOUND and XYLAROO. Further attractions include a rock’n’roll jumble sale, a record fair and the now legendary Clerkenwell Festival Dog Show.
Admission is FREE with a bucket collection for donations.
The festival will be followed as usual by an aftershow party at St James’ Church, Clerkenwell Green.