Last call for tickets for the grand VIBRATORS reunion show this Saturday!
For the very last time, all the members from the band’s first and second album line-ups will take the stage at the Islington Assembly Hall, London. The band will also be joined by other members from their illustrious history throughout the night.
Support comes from fellow Class of ’77 punks MENACE plus current Vibrators bassist Pete’s other band, TIME TO KILL.
Original punk legend VIC GODARD is the subject of a new charity compilation.
Singing A Song In Prison: The Songs Of Vic Godard features 13 tracks written by the great man and covered by a diverse array of artists and compiled for the benefit of Amnesty International by Liverpool musician Joe McKechnie.
Bands featured include ORANGE JUICE, THE BLUE ORCHIDS, THE JESUS AND MARY CHAIN, ADVENTURES IN STEREO, THE BITTER SPRINGS, THE KINGFISHERS, ADAM WALTERS and more.
Available to buy digitally from Bandcamp, 100% of all profits go directly to Amnesty International.
Legendary DOCTORS OF MADNESS founder RICHARD STRANGE has announced a one-off performance of his classic solo album The Phenomenal Rise Of Richard Strange.
Described as a ‘political fantasy concept’, the album was originally released in 1981, three years after the dissolution of the Doctors.
The show at London’s Bush Hall on Saturday 9 June will be the ‘first and only full and complete’ performance of the album, and will be delivered in a special cabaret-style setting with special guests and many surprises.
Formed in Brixton and described as “the missing link between David Bowie and The Sex Pistols”, The Doctors Of Madness were a huge influence on punk (Dave Vanian was even briefly a member), but being very much ahead of their time, were unable to reap any rewards. A box set retrospective released last year through Cherry Red was accompanied by some rapturously-received live shows.
Tickets for the Bush Hall show, priced £22, are on sale here.
Members of the PROFESSIONALS, THE WILDHEARTS and THE TOY DOLLS have teamed up to send England on their way to the World Cup with a new anthem and video!
‘Charge Of The Light Brigade’ by THE TALLYWAGS celebrates England’s past World Cup campaigns, through thin and thinner, hopefully sending a resounding and reassuring message to our boys that things probably can’t get any worse, and at all costs to maintain the traditional stiff upper lip in the face of adversity.
‘Charge Of The Light Brigade’ is available now on iTunes and Spotify.
Rising London street-punks EAST END BADOES launched their new album A Punk Rock Sound With An East End Beat last month – with a full supporting cast! – at London’s 100 Club. Vive Le Rock‘s Tony Ghirardi was there…
EAST END BADOES The 100 Club, London
The 100 Club was the evening’s destination for Human Punk’s four band offering of East End Badoes, The Violators, Knock Off and Geoffrey OiCott, and there was the added attraction of it being the Badoes album release gig.
The evening kicked off with Yorkshire Cricket based Oi band, Geoffrey OiCott. Dressed in their obligatory cricket whites, they warmed up the 100 Club with their tongue-in-cheek renditions ‘Dawn Of The Dickie Birds’, ‘Robin Hood Was A Yorkshire Man’ and ‘Glory Glory Garry Thompson’, which was changed to ‘Glory Glory Eric Bristow’ in recognition of the darts player’s recent death.
Knock Off (left) were next up, a three piece from Watford with a couple of cracking albums and singles under their belts. They are an ultra-hardworking band and it really shows with their tight professional set which included crowd favourites ‘Are You Offended’, ‘Jack The Ripper’ and their terrace chant, ‘Football, Beer And Punk Rock’ which always goes down a storm.
UK82 returned to the 100 Club in the shape of The Violators (below). Having been back together since last year’s appearance at Rebellion, great things were expected of them. After overcoming some initial bass amp problems, they put in a blinding set of old favourites, with ‘Summer Of ‘81’ and ‘Gangland’ being the highlights.
The stage was now set for the East End Badoes to make their first ever album launch. There was a large following for them, most of whom piled down the front of the stage to join in the fun. The majority of tracks, as expected, were from the new album, like ‘Poplar Boys’ and ‘Trouble On The Streets’, all were very well received by those in attendance. The band played at full tilt and at one point Mark’s snare drum broke; until a new one was found, a member of the audience offered his prosthetic leg to use! A great, fun evening which ended with a few of the crowd on stage adding vocals for ‘Trouble On The Streets’ and their cover of The Professionals ‘1-2-3’. Tony Ghirardi
SPECIALS and FUN BOY THREE legend NEVILLE STAPLE has lined up a summer of festival appearances.
Since leaving the Specials in 2012, Neville has resumed his solo career with gusto, touring widely and releasing the album Return Of Judge Roughneck in February last year through Cleopatra.
You can catch Neville and his band at the following festivals…
26 May – ELDERFLOWER FIELDS, East Sussex
9 June – STONE VALLEY FEST, Hertfordshire
16 June – BRISTOL VOLKSFEST
22 June – ASHBOURNE FESTIVAL, Derbyshire
23 June – LOVE MUSIC HATE RACISM, Newport
30 June – MINETY FESTIVAL, Swindon
14 July – BIG WEEKEND, Cambridge
21 July – 2 TONE FOREVER, Southend on Sea
22 July – TBC London
27 July – BUTEFEST, Isle of Bute
29 July – FLEUR FEST, East Hagbourne
3 August – REBELLION, Blackpool
10 August – GREEN MEADOWS, Peterborough
11 August – VW WHITE NOISE, Thetford
17 August – REWIND FESTIVAL, Henley
18 August – WITNEY MUSIC FEST, Oxfordshire
25 August – CAMPER CALLING, Warwickshire
26 August – GRAZE FESTIVAL, Winchester
Formed in 2000 out of the ashes of surf-punk legends THE BAMBORAS, The Lords Of Altamont has released 7 albums on various labels, while their revolving door line-up has featured members of The Fuzztones, The MC5 and The Cramps. This London date is part of a full European Tour in support of current album The Wild Sounds Of The Lords Of Altamont, released last autumn.
Former STOOGES guitarist JAMES WILLIAMSON has released a video by his new band THE PINK HEARTS.
‘Riot On The Strip’ is taken from the band’s debut album Behind The Shade, which is set for release next month through Leopard Lady Records.
The track features Williamson’s unmistakable guitar, fronted by the band’s singers Frank Meyer (of The Streetwalkin’ Cheetahs) and Petra Haden, daughter of legendary bass-player Charlie Haden.
With all tracks co-written by Williamson, aside from a cover of Alejandro Escovedo’s ‘I Died A Little Today’, it represents the guitarist’s first album of new material since the last Stooges album Ready To Die from 2013, on which Haden played violin.
Set for release on 22 June, Behind The Shade is available to pre-order here.
SEX PISTOLS and PiL legend JOHN LYDON will be participating in an exclusive Q&A at this year’s Rebellion Festival.
He’ll be chatting to journalist and author Barry Cain on Sunday 5 August before PiL close the festival that night. Cain will be focusing on the band’s long career as they celebrate their 40th Anniversary this year.
Also appearing over the weekend of 2-5 August are STIFF LITTLE FINGERS, BUZZCOCKS, THE EXPLOITED. COCKNEY REJECTS, UK SUBS, NEWTOWN NEUROTICS,THE PROFESSIONALS, D.R.I., RUTS DC, THE ADICTS, THE WILDHEARTS, HAGAR THE WOMB, MAD CADDIES, THEATRE OF HATE, PETER HOOK & THE LIGHT, THE STUPIDS, IDLES, MICHAEL MONROE, ANGELIC UPSTARTS, DISCHARGE, THE VANDALS, GBH, LAGWAGON, SLAUGHTER & THE DOGS and many, many more….
Fast-rising US garage-punks THE DARTS return to the UK next month.
The Phoenix/Los Angeles band turned a lot of heads when they played The Finsbury in London last may at what for many was gig of the year.
Now more than a year later, they’ve lined up a show at Nambucca, Holloway on Tuesday 26 June at the front of their next European jaunt, and as a launch for their new album due out through Dirty Water Records. Support comes from transplanted Kiwis, THE CAVEMEN.
Oz-punk sensations AMYL AND THE SNIFFERS are set to make their UK debut this month with a series of dates and their debut release for Damaged Goods.
The band formed in Melbourne in 2016, writing, recording and releasing their debut EP Giddy Up in a mind-numbing 12 hours. It was followed last year by a second EP, Big Attraction. Combined on a single album, the release has been flying out of the racks ever since. Big Attraction & Giddy Up is now getting a much-needed re-release by Damaged Goods on 18 May. It’s available to order here.
the band play two shows in Brighton as part of The Great Escape festival this weekend before heading to London for a string of shows, culminating in an already sold-out gig at The Lexington on Wednesday 23 May. Full dates are…
Fri 18th Prince Albert, Brighton (TGE Festival)
Sat 19th Australian BBQ – The Beach 12.50pm – 1.15pm, Brighton (TGE Festival)
Sun 20th Australian BBQ – Hoxton Square – London. 2.10pm – 2.40pm
Tue 22nd Rough Trade East Instore 7pm
Tue 22nd Lock Tavern, London
Wed 23rd Lexington, London SOLD OUT
Voodooo Rhythm Records head honcho REVEREND BEAT-MAN heads to the UK next week with his accomplice SISTER NICOLE IZOBEL GARCIA in tow.
Helming Europe’s number one trash rock’n’roll and blues label for more than 30 years, Beat-Man is Switzerland’s greatest purveyor of gospel blues trash as an endlessly touring one-man-band. He’s also founder of the country’s longest-serving psychobilly band, THE MONSTERS.
For this UK tour, he’ll be joined by Garcia, a veteran of various short-lived L.A. garage-punk bands, and more recently fronting MANOS DEL CHANGO, trading in her own Habanero Blues style, alongside Voodoo Rhythm labelmate DELANEY DAVIDSON.
TUE 15 MAY – Norwich – Epic
WED 16 MAY – Brighton – The Albert
THU 17 MAY – Southend – The Railway Hotel
FRI 18 MAY – Newcastle – The Cluny
SAT 19 MAY – Glasgow – Broadcast
SUN 20 MAY – Edinburgh – Leith Depot
TUE 22 MAY – London – Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen
Beggars Arkive has announced the release of a comprehensive box set from BAUHAUS founder PETER MURPHY.
The appropriately-titled 5 Albums comprises the singers first 5 albums from 1986 to 1995: Should The World Fail To Fall Apart, Love Hysteria, Deep, Holy Smoke and Cascade.
Each disc features a plethora of bonus tracks, including demos, radio edits and alternate mixes.
Throughout June and July, Murphy will also be embarking on his long awaited three-week residency at The Chapel in San Francisco, where he will be performing the seminal albums in their entirety, alongside three special Ruby Anniversary Bauhaus shows. Original Bauhaus bassist David J will be special guest for these three shows. Full dates are…
June 26th – Should the World Fail to Fall Apart
June 28th – Mr Moonlight (Bauhaus set) (featuring David J) (SOLD OUT)
June 29th – Mr Moonlight (Bauhaus set) (featuring David J) (SOLD OUT)
June 30th – Mr Moonlight (Bauhaus set) (featuring David J)
July 4th – Cascade (early show)
July 4th – Holy Smoke (late show)
July 6th – Dust (early show)
July 6th – Ninth (late show)
July 7th – Love Hysteria (early show)
July 7th – Love Hysteria (late show)
July 8th – Stripped
July 12th – Deep + special encore of selections from Love Hysteria
July 13th – Deep
July 14th – Deep
July 15th – Deep
South London post-punk evergreens THE BAND OF HOLY JOY are to play a special show in North London later this month.
The gig takes place at Bones & Pearl, Markfield Road, Tottenham on Sunday 27 May. An impressive supporting cast features sets from HOWLROUND VS TIME ATTENDANT, MYSTERY CULT NO.2, STEPH HORAK, HECTOR GANNET, ANNE GARNER, BEN CON CELLO BAND and COLDLIPS, plus DJ sets from Ali Makiavelli and Subterraneans.
Formed in 1984 in New Cross by Tyneside emigre Johny Brown, the Band Of Holy Joy had a triumphant year last year with the widely acclaimed new album Funambulist We Love You and the double compilation album of their 80s recordings for Flim Flam Records, Clouds The Break The Sky.
Both Scabies and Gray contributed to the latest PATM album, Disintegrate Me, which was released to wide acclaim in February. Because of the logistics involved, it could well be the ONLY time the full quartet appears together on stage.
BIG BOY BLOATER & THE LIMITS have another new video, which they’re launching exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
‘Friday Night’s Alright For Drinking’ is the second video to be taken from their new album Pills, which is set for release on 15 June on Provogue/Mascot Label GroupMascot Records. It’s available to pre-order here.
Speaking about the track, Bloater says, “Every single line in this song refers to something that’s happened to me where I live, so this is a very personal song. With the video I wanted to get the idea across of rising above what’s going on around you and not getting drawn in. And of course, given the chance I don’t mind a small tipple and a good bit of music on a Friday night!”
The band have lined up a tour in support of the album. 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
L.A. ska-punks THE INTERRUPTERS return with a first video from their new album.
‘She’s Kerosene’ is taken from Fight The Good Fight, the band’s third album, which is out through Hellcat on 29 June.
The follow-up to 2015’s Say It Out Loud, Fight The Good Fight was produced by longtime collaborator, Rancid frontman, and Grammy Award-winning producer Tim Armstrong with the band at Ship-Rec Recorders in Los Angeles. The album was mixed by another Grammy winner, Tom Lord-Alge (Blink-182, Fall Out Boy, Weezer).
The track ‘She’s Kerosene’ reflects on breaking free from narcissistic abuse. Says frotnwoman Aimee, “I really hope when people listen to that song, it helps them feel empowered to leave a toxic relationship.”
The Interrupters are performing at the Punk in Drublic festivals across the US. On July 14, the band will join the final run of the US Vans Warped Tour.
Fight The Good Fight is available to pre-order here.
MIRACULOUS MULE are one of a number of bands taking part in the Future Juke Festival in London later this month.
Subtitled “A Festival of 21st Century Blues”, the event lands at five London venues from 29 May to 5 June, and features acts from the outside edges of the blues spectrum, including ELI ‘PAPERBOY’, JAKE LA BOTZ, MUDLOW and SISTER COOKIE.
Full dates are….
Tues 29 May – Jake La Botz + Sister Cookie + Annie Bea @ Paper Dress Vintage, Hackney