CRAMPS TRIBUTE RETURN

Following on from last year’s successful debut tour, US Cramps tribute band, TEENAGE WEREWOLVES are heading back for dates next month.

Catch them at…

9 June – 100 Club, London (w/Pussycat & The Dirty Johnsons)
10 June – The Cluny, Newcastle
11 June – Warehouse, Leeds
12 June – Hairy Dog, Derby (w/Pussycat & The Dirty Johnsons, The Shakin’ Nightmares)

Tickets on sale here.

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ENTOMBED RETURNS

ENTOMBED FESTIVAL is returning to Hastings next year, following the success of this year’s event.

The festival is due to take place on Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th March 2023 and will again take place at The Crypt, Hastings. The even is curated by local Hastings promotors Toxic Wotsit, Infected Umbrella and Fat Wizard Promotions and focuses on all things heavy.

Heading up the line up are PIGS PIGS PIGS PIGS PIGS PIGS PIGS (pictured), who were set to play the 2022 event but had to pull out – but happily they are able to return in 2023. Joining them will be TUSKAR, INHUMAN NATURE, TRIPPY WICKED, HELPLESS, BEIGE and KULK, with many more bands to be announced.

Along with stellar bands, there will be after parties and themed cocktails with many more details to come. To keep up to date with all announcements, you can follow the festival pages on Instagram and Facebook, or sign up to Toxic Wotsit’s mailing list at www.toxicwotsit.co.uk.

Tickets are on sale now and are available here.

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KEEP US ON THE RODENT

New Jersey punk supergroup BEACH RATS have unveiled another new track.

‘Heavy Conversation’ is the second track to be revealed from the band’s debut album Rat Beat, out in July.

Coming together in the seaside town of Asbury Park, Beach Rats comprise vocalist Ari Katz (Lifetime), guitarists Pete Steinkopf (Bouncing Souls) and Brian Baker (Bad Religion, Minor Threat), bassist Bryan Kienlen (Bouncing Souls,) and drummer Danny Windas.

“It’s loose, it’s imperfect, don’t overthink it,” reasons Baker. “It’s the experience of doing it. The time travel, that’s what it’s about.”

Out on 29 July through Epitaph, you can pre-order Rat Beat here.

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GHOST TO COAST

Whitby’s Vive Le Rock-sponsored Tomorrow’s Ghosts festival have announced the first acts for their Spring Gathering event next year.

Partnering with the Sophie Lancaster Foundation, the event will take place at Whitby Pavilion over Friday 29 and Saturday 30 April 2023.

Heading up the Friday night are darkwave visionaries COLD CAVE, with NEW MODEL ARMY topping the bill on the Satruday. Also appearing throughout the weekend are THE ROSE OF AVALANCHE, SIBERIA, LEBANON HANOVER, IST IST and THE NOSFERATU, with another special guest expected to be added in the coming weeks.

After the live entertainment’s finished, merriment – or gloom, depending on how you look at it – will carry on into the early hours with clubs Carpe Noctum and Planet X.

Pre-sale tickets are available now with general sale starting this Friday 27 May here.

Final tickets are also available for Tomorrow’s Ghosts’ Hallowe’en edition this October, featuring FIELDS OF THE NEPHILIM, THE LOVELESS, GHOST DANCE, INTO A CIRCLE, BALAAM AND THE ANGEL and more…

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RICH JONES – EXTRA!

We spoke to RICH JONES for the latest edition of Vive Le Rock! As a special bonus for his fans, we’re giving you this extra-special online-only content….

Guitarist, songwriter and graphic designer Rich Jones has been responsible for some of the grittiest punk/glam rock to emerge over the past couple of decades. He’s also played alongside some of the icons of the genre such as Michael Monroe, Casey Chaos, Ginger Wildheart, and Paul Cook. This year sees the release of new albums by Michael Monroe and The Black Halos, two projects Rich has been heavily involved in. Phil Singleton spoke to one of rock ‘n’ roll’s unsung heroes.
Having lived in Vancouver, LA, London and Berlin, Rich has settled in Toronto, the city of his youth. His maverick geographical journey began at an early age. “I was born in Coventry and we moved out here when I was about eight years old, just outside Toronto,” recalls Rich. “So it was easy to move back here.”

Who were your early musical influences? “There was always a lot of music going on in our house, which was great,” says Rich. “When we first moved to Canada, my parents took me to my first concert, which was Queen. It was one of those things when you’re a kid, your head explodes. I still remember it really well, it was like ‘that’s what I want to do’. Brian May playing the Bohemian Rhapsody guitar solo, that’s a job for somebody! The radio was always on, and you know what it’s like when you’re young, you just want to check out everything. The first record I ever bought was ‘Kings of the Wild Frontier’ by Adam and the Ants. My house was Queen, Supertramp, The Beatles, Elton John, everything. I got Never Mind the Bollocks when I was about 14 and I thought ‘my god!’ You just start digging. For me a lot of it was about the New York punk scene.”

Was information easy to come by pre-internet? “There was this great set of CDs that came out in the early 90s called DIY, Rhino put them out,” Rich remembers enthusiastically. “There was one on the English Scene, one on the New York scene, and they had these amazing liner notes that told you everything about the bands. That started me down that path. Over the years I felt that has always been the base, but you have to listen to more stuff and you have to find other bands. I’ve always tried to remember how exciting it was when I was younger to discover a new band or a new sound. I still want that thrill, and I still look, and I still get it.”

Your life as a musician appears to have taken off when you left Toronto. “In the early 90s I moved to Vancouver and I started The Black Halos out there.”

The 1999 self-titled debut and 2001 follow-up, ‘The Violent Years’, are fabulous down and dirty,hard rocking, glam punk albums. This was followed by a long hiatus with a new album ‘How the Darkness Doubled’ due this year. After we made our second record 20 years ago, I had already decided the third record was going to be called this. Then we broke up, so now we’re back together that’s got to be the album title! It’s a spiritual follow up.”

You were in Amen for three years from 2001, I suspect it could get pretty wild? “I lived in LA for a few years and that was also completely not for me!” grins Rich in agreement. “Amen all blew up in dramatic fashion in London when we released an album and did an in-store appearance at the Virgin Megastore in Oxford Street and it turned into a fist fight with the band during our signing session! [‘Death Before Musick’ LP]. So I ended up leaving the band during that tour, and just stayed in England, ‘I guess I live here now!’”

London would see Rich form bonds that remain strong to this day. “I lived there for the next 10 or 11 years and played with a load of people during that time,” says Rich. “I played with Tyla from The Dogs D’Amour, I was in The Yo-Yo’s, I played with Alec Empire from Atari Teenage Riot. Then I joined Ginger Wildheart’s band for a few years.”

What about the Bassknives? “That came about because The Yo-Yo’s did a UK tour with 3 Colours Red,” remembers Rich. “Pete Vuckovic and I really hit it off talking about Killing Joke records. When 3 Colours Red ended and The Yo-Yo’s were gone, Pete started Bassknives with Paul Grant from 3 Colours Red. He realised when they were going to play live they needed another guitar player, so he called me up. They did the first EP [‘Come on You Motherfuckers’] without me, then we started working on stuff and made a record that never came out. It was a weird time because the stuff was great. Pete was a really talented singer songwriter but he had some kind of mental block about finishing this record. The mix was never right, he was at home trying to do it himself. He spent years mixing the record so it just fizzled out eventually. It’s a shame, whatever Pete’s reasons were, it was his baby and so if it wasn’t right for him, it wasn’t going to get done unfortunately. I thought it was really good, it had a lot of potential.”

Rich and Scott Sorry got together for a relatively short lived venture, Sorry and the Sinatras. “Scott Sorry and me are still great friends to this day, he’s one of my favourite people in the world. It’s worth saying that if we kept up with Sorry and the Sinatras we probably both would’ve died.”

In the meantime he relocated once more. “At that point I was still living in London, but it was so expensive to live there and everything was getting shut down, like the 12 Bar. I worked in a studio right behind the 12 Bar. The Astoria got knocked down, one thing after another, it was like dominoes falling. I was paying all this money to live in the city yet everything I loved was disappearing. I had a friend in Berlin and he said ‘hey do you want to rent my flat, it’s 300 euros a month’. I said I’ll be there in two weeks! I just loaded all my shit into a van and went to Berlin. My wife did her master’s degree in Berlin and she had to find work and she didn’t speak German so we ended up back in Canada. I’m glad we made the move, it feels great to be here. I don’t plan on going anywhere else for a while now!”

He also joined Ginger Wildheart’s band. Ginger recommended Rich to Michael Monroe, and he’s been a permanent fixture in Michael’s band since 2013. Rich’s major project currently is the forthcoming record he’s been making with Michael. When I say making, I mean, writing, producing, designing, as well as playing guitar. This sounds far removed from The Black Halos. “It’s nice to be in something like The Black Halos compared to when I’m making a record with Michael, when there’s a lot of pressure, the record has to be good, we have to make sure the record company picks up the option.”

You are the main songwriter for all the bands you’ve been involved in, including Michael’s. I take it you enjoy that level of responsibility?. “I don’t think I enjoy the responsibility, but I like the process,” Rich clarifies thoughtfully. “For instance, when the pandemic started we were in the middle of a tour with Michael, which we cut short. I was going to be home for a while and thought I would make the most of this time and originally decided to write a song every day for a month, which I did. How many of those were good, I don’t know! It kind of got me going and as the pandemic went on I thought I should use this time to be creative, not just sit around watching movies and getting fat. By the time we were ready to do things, I had 30 songs for the Michael Monroe record and I had 20 for The Black Halos record. So I was like ‘let’s go, we’ve got all this stuff to work from’. The responsibility is the part I hate about it, it puts the pressure of success on your shoulders. Let’s say I write 10 of the 12 songs on the Michael Monroe record, and it bombs, then it’s my fault. That’s the part I have a hard time with. I had a bit of a meltdown before the last Michael Monroe record came out [‘One Man Gang’], because I’d written the vast majority of the stuff for the first time. What if it’s not good enough? What if people hate it? And I kind of lost it for a little bit.”

Needless to say, the album got rave reviews. “The record came out and it was well received, fortunately,” says Rich with a sigh of relief. “But then the whole thing fell apart with the pandemic. The pandemic changed my attitude about certain things. I’ve always been the guy that said let’s go on tour, let’s get in the van. Normally I’m away all summer, now having all this time on my own with my wife and family, I’m trying to prioritise and find a better balance.”

Is being in Michael’s band one of the ultimate achievements to-date for you as a musician? “I guess, I don’t tend to look at things like that. Obviously I feel real happy to do it, and feel fortunate to be in that position to play with those guys. Those guys are all a much higher calibre of musician than I am but I fit in well, I kind of fulfil a role in the band that works. The first time I got in a room with those guys in a rehearsal space in Helsinki, it was mind blowing. But then after a while those guys became my friends and band mates and now they’re just guys that I sit around with, get drunk on the bus with and tell jokes, talk shit. I just think there’s something really special, that combination of those guys in the band, we can give any band a run for their money live. That’s a great feeling for sure. That’s the goal, to be in that kind of band where you feel super confident about everyone and everything. I love all those dudes like brothers, like some of my best friends in the world. That’s pretty rare in a band, there’s usually one guy, the fart in an elevator guy, who comes on the bus and you think ‘oh god, here he is!’”

I challenge Rich’s belief that he’s not of the same calibre as the others, after all he wrote almost all of the new album. “That’s what I mean, in a sense I kind of fit in, in my own way,” says a modest Rich. “I’m a solid self-taught guy who can hold his own. They can play anything. It definitely gave me a kick in the ass to get better as a musician.”

Where do you get all these lyrics from, what inspires them? You’re very prolific. “It’s life experience,” says Rich. “Especially when you’re touring and travelling as much as I am. I get a lot of stories. I always keep a notepad on my phone, I just write down ideas and I have a huge list.”

Rich will never tell you this, but he’s one of rock’s nice guys, humble and unpretentious. He’s also the real deal, a dyed in the wool multi-faceted rock ‘n’ roll trouper, a grafter, the likes of whom underpin the rock ‘n’ roll we adore. Lend your ears to The Black Halos compilation ‘F.F.T.S.’ and Michael Monroe’s ‘I Live Too Fast To Die Young’. Authentic rock at its finest.

Phil Singleton

Read a full feature with Rich Jones in the new edition of Vive Le Rock!

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DOWN ON THE STREET

BOOZE & GLORY have a brand new EP out today and they’re sharing a video of one of the tracks.

‘The Streets I Call My Own’ is the final track on the four-song Raising The Roof 12″. Say the band, “The track is a sentimental journey to the places we were born and raised, the streets we all know well – or we used to know, because they don’t look the same anymore. The video has been filmed in Sosnowiec, Poland.”

Released in a choice of colours – oxblood and mustard yellow – in a gatefold sleeve, the EP is available now from Pirates Press.

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MULE VARIATIONS

London blues strategists MIRACULOUS MULE are back with a new single and video and news of a new album.

‘O Death’ is a traditional song made famous by bluegrass pioneer Ralph Stanley. Lead vocals are handled by returning singer Alex Louise Petty who featured in the band’s original line-up. The track is backed on the double-A-side single by another traditional song ‘John The Revelator’.

Both tracks feature on the band’s new album Old Bones, New Fire, which is out on 12 August through Lightning Archive. It’s the long-awaited follow-up to 2017’s acclaimed Two Tonne Testimony.

“We had a vague plan to put on some kind of special hometown show to mark the 10th anniversary of our first gig back in 2010 but the pandemic had other ideas,” explains founding guitarist and co-vocalist Michael J Sheehy. “While going through an old hard drive trying to clear space to record new music, I found some monitor mixes of a live session we recorded during sessions for what would become our first album Deep Fried and these performances kind of blew me away. I shared them with the band and we decided to record some more material in a similar vein to create an album. As soon as restrictions lifted, we got together in a room and something magical happened.”

Speaking of ‘O Death’, Petty adds, “Michael played me Vera Hall’s version of the song back at the beginning of the band, and while we can’t improve upon these old recordings, we can find our own way into the songs. Like many a great folk song, ‘O Death’ will always find its place in any era.”

The video is the work of Swiss artist Stéphanie Cousins.

Old Bones, New Fire is available to pre-order here.

The band have just announced a very special launch gig for the album on Sunday 14 August at the ornate Fitzrovia Chapel in London’s West End. Tickets are on sale here.

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THAT HELSINKI-ING FEELING!

Fast rising Finnish rockers ROKETS have released their first single for new label The Sign.

A punky smooch of high energy action rock, ‘Cherry Kiss’ is the first track to be revealed from the Helsinki band’s forthcoming second album Break Free which follows on from debut full-length Fast Times, released in 2020.

“After the recording of our debut album Fast Times, our bass player, second guitarist and drummer have changed,” say the band. “Nevertheless, you will still absolutely hear that signature sound of ours with an addition of razor sharp dynamics in the groove. All glory to the lovely people of The Sign Records for taking us under their sonic wings and presenting this single to the masses. The song tells a story of an irresistible seductress that will be the end of you. She’ll lure you in, take you down and make you wish you would’ve made that U-turn when you still had the chance. There’s no escaping this femme fatale!”

‘Cherry Kiss’ is available to stream/download here.

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SPRINGTIME IN CAMDEN!

Powerpop rocker MARC VALENTINE teams up with a Class of ’77 punk legend to pay homage to Camden Town on his new single as he launches the video exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘Mornington Avenue’ finds the LAST GREAT DREAMERS frontman hooking up with Matt Dangerfield, founder of THE BOYS and onetime member of seminal punk precursors THE LONDON SS alongside Mick Jones, Brian James and others.

The single is the second track to be unveiled from Valentine’s debut solo album Future Obscure, which was recorded with Professionals and Wildhearts producer Dave Draper and is set for release on 8 July through Arcane Wires.

The video, by filmmaker Darren Stockford, finds Valentine and Dangerfield revisiting Camden scenes from their past, along with band members Steve Fielding, Denley Slade and Richard Davies (of Richard Davies & The Dissidents).

“There was a certain bittersweet thrill making this video,” sighs Valentine. “Visiting old haunts in Camden and sitting outside my old flat where my band started way back in 1989. It was also also a real honour having Matt appear in the video and having the permission to use some vintage footage of The Boys. I think the video captures the sentiment of the song perfectly, thanks to the editing skills and artistic eye of the terrific auteur Darren Stockford.”

‘Mornington Avenue’ is available to stream/download here.

Future Obscure is available to pre-order here.

As previously announced, Valentine and band head out on tour in July. Full dates are…

Fri 8 July – Nag’s Head, Macclesfield (launch party)*
Fri 15 July – Tap’n’Tumbler, Nottingham*
Sat 16 July – Voodoo Daddy’s, Norwich*
Sun 17 July – Dublin Castle, London*
Tues 19 July – Trillians, Newcastle
Wed 20 July – Bannerman’s, Edinburgh^
Thur 21 July – Fulford Arms, York^
Fri 22 July – Asylum 2, Birmingham^
Sat 23 July – Star’n’Garter, Manchester^

*with Carol Hodge ^with Continental Lovers

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The Boys themselves have three UK dates lined up for next month at…

Thurs 2 June – Prince Albert, Brighton tickets
Fri 3 June – New Cross Inn, London tickets
Sat 4 June – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds tickets

Last but not least, Richard Davies and The Dissidents play a London headline show at The Hare & Hounds, Leyton on Saturday 11 June – tickets

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MIND YOUR MANORS

LA pop-punks JOYCE MANOR have unveiled a single from their forthcoming new album.

The irresistibly summery ‘Don’t Try’ is second single to be taken from 40 oz To Fresno, following on from the recently revealed Gotta Let It Go.

Formed in Torrance Ca in 2008, Joyce Manor have delivered five albums so far and last year reissued a remastered version of their eponymous debut album through Asian Man. Originally planning to take a break from music, frontman Barry Johnson felt the need to keep writing during lockdown, the result surfacing on 40 oz To Fresno. The album was produced by Rob Schnapf, who they worked with on fourth album Cody, and mixed by Tony Hoffer (Beck, Supergrass, Idlewild).

Set for release on 10 June through Epitaph, 40 oz To Fresno is available to pre-order here.

The band will be touring Europe and the UK with Pennsylvania’s Menzingers in the Autumn. Full dates are…

3-10-2022 – Dublin / Opium Rooms (IE)
4-10-2022 – Dublin / Opium Rooms (IE)
6-10-2022 – Glasgow / Barrowland Ballroom (UK)
7-10-2022 – Manchester / Manchester Academy (UK)
8-10-2022 – London – The Roundhouse (UK)
10-10-2022 – Antwerp / Kavka Zappa (BE)
11-10-2022 – Amsterdam / Melkweg (NL)
12-10-2022 – Münster / Sputnikhalle (DE)
13-10-2022 – Hamburg / Markthalle (DE)
14-10-2022 – Berlin / So36 (DE)
15-10-2022 – Linz / SBAM Fest (DE)
17-10-2022 – Solothurn / Kulturfabrik Kofmehl (CH)
19-10-2022 – Cologne / Gloria Theatre (DE)
20-10-202 – Cologne / Gloria Theatre (DE)
21-10-2022 – Wiesbaden / Schlachthof (DE)
22-10-2022 – Stuttgart / Im Wizemann (DE)
23-10-2022 – Munich / Backstage Werk (DE)

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THE WORLD ACCORDION TO J.C. CARROLL

MEMBERS mainstay J.C. CARROLL straps on an accordion for a new album with his roots and folk band THE WISE MONKEYS.

Formed thirty-three years ago, the Monkeys also currently feature violin and didgeridoo player Elliet Mackrel, Members drummer Nick Cash and guitarist/mandolinist Steve Grocott from The Drones, and are no slouches when it comes to tangos, two-steps, waltzes, jigs and murder ballads.

Carroll is no stranger to the accordion, an instrument he first picked up in 1985. Since then he has played it with Johnny Thunders and Sinead O’Connor, and on the soundtracks to no fewer than six Julian Temple films plus Johnny Depp and Marlon Brando movies.

Set for release on 29 July, the album This Is Our Recorded is preceded by a video for the brilliantly-named autobiographical Chuck Berry-inspired Cajun romp, ‘Vive Le Rock’…

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GTR HEROES!

Sunshine Coast punk whippersnappers THE CHATS herald their new album with a new video.

‘6L GTR’ is the second single to be taken from the band’s forthcoming second album Get Fucked, following on from ‘Struck By Lightning’, released earlier in the year. The video is the work of animator and illustrator Marco Imov.

‘6L GTR’ is available to download/stream here.

Get Fucked is available through Bargain Bin Records on 19 August.

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THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT!

Northern rockers THE CITY KIDS have a brand new single and video which they’re premiering with Vive Le Rock!

‘It Should Have Been You’ is the first track to be revealed from Filth, the forthcoming second album from the supergroup featuring members of The Main Grains, Warrior Soul, Tigertailz and Falling Red.

Lead singer JJ says, “The song was written about the age-old problems that most people will have dealt with: going out, looking and feeling good in your mind, only to have one of those nights where everything goes wrong, then, the aftermath where you reflect on people telling you to ‘be yourself’ and it still goes wrong, and, how seemingly less deserving people get all the things you feel you should. All set to a catchy singalong rock’n’roll tune, so, hopefully, its relatable to most people.”

The video is the work of director Bill ‘Fuzzy’ McGlide, who adds, “All there is to say is that it’s a fun clip. No frills. An 80 minute show in 4 minutes. GO AND SEE THIS BAND!!! Great music and you’ll have a damn good time. That’s what music is supposed to be about. Right????”

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NOTHING ON THE JUKEBOX

London post-punks NOTHINGHEADS unveil a new single this Friday.

‘Jukebox’ is the first track to be revealed from their forthcoming EP Digging. The track was recorded with producer Chris Smith at Press Play Studios in Bermondsey, South London and is released digitally through Holy Dotage and on cassette through Just Step Sideways.

“Jukebox is about retreating into your own ‘doom cave’, tuning out and turning it up,” announce the band.

The band will be playing live at…

5 May – Old Blue Last, London
7 May – Hanwell Hootie Festival, West London
23 Jul – Tramlines In The City, Sheffield

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THE SCUM ALSO RISES

Mysterious Londoners NRVS are back with a new single and video.

‘Scum’ is the third track to be unveiled from the trio’s forthcoming EP which was recorded at South London’s Off License Studios. The video is the work of director Grain Freeze and Matt Bateman, who between them have worked with Dinosaur Pile-Up, Noel Gallagher and Aphex Twin.

“So what about Scum? We’re all scum” say the band. “We’re the future of the human race and we’re fucked, as Extinction Rebellion used to say when they were cool – and we love it, or at least we seem to! Us lot just happen to be feeling it at the moment cos we happen to be alive now, so we’re the toppest layer of the pond… scum, get it?”

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BIG HEADS STRIKE AGAIN!

Cornish psych-rockers HANTERHIR have unveiled a psychedelic new video ahead of their show at Penzance’s Acorn Theatre this Saturday.

‘Don’t Go’ is the second single to be released from the Redruth band’s forthcoming album There Is No-One To Trust (Nyns Eus Denvydth Bys Trest), following on from the single ‘Honey Bees’ which came out last month.

“The video was filmed one evening in a small wood near Falmouth,” explains bassist Grant Kellow. “No-one could really see out of the eyeholes on the heads, lots of shouts of ‘Lift your left leg higher’, ‘Duck down’, and ‘Whose bright idea was this?’. But even Mike [Hewitt, sax] didn’t trip over anything in the end. Big fun making it. All filmed by the band in turn.”

“The heads took me a year over lockdown to make!” adds frontman Ben Harris. “Mike was the alien, Grant was the bear, Simon [Howard, guitar] was the devil, Jason [Brown, drums] was the hedgehog, Peasy [guitar] was the moon Lou [Macchi, violin] was the sun and I was the frog.”

Formed in 2008, Hanterhir have become one of the biggest bands in the Southwest, playing numerous festivals and sharing stages with the likes of Gang Of Four, Peter Hook & The Light and Flaming Lips. Following the success of previous album The Saving Of Cadan, they featured in a BBC documentary on the resurgence of the Cornish language, headlined London’s Kernow In The City festival and released a double-A-side single featuring covers of Sonic Youth’s ‘Schizophrenia’ and David Bowie’s ‘Dancing Out In Space’ just as Covid lockdown hit. They returned to live action with an appearance at Hawkwind’s Hawkfest last August and are currently lining up gigs and festival dates for later in the year.

Set for release on 27 May through Easy Action on vinyl and CD (with exclusive bonus track), There Is No-One To Trust is available to pre-order here.

Tickets for the Acorn Theatre show are available here.

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DESPERATE MEASURES HIT THE ROAD!

It’s shaping up to be another busy year for New Zealand born, London based rockers DESPERATE MEASURES.

Following their mini album Rinsed on Easy Action Records and a full UK tour with Paul Cook’s post-Pistols rockers The Professionals at the end of last year, Desperate Measures have started recording their debut full-length album, due early 2023. Working once again with Andy Brook (who has produced, engineered, and toured with the like of Status Quo, Ginger Wildheart, Wonk Unit, Hayseed Dixie…) at The Brook Studios in Wallington, Surrey, Desperate Measures have completed work on a new single titled ‘Thinking Of England’ that lyrically captures the yearning to escape from a place or a situation you might not want to be.

The single will be released in time for the Queen’s Jubilee on 3 June. Desperate Measures will play a single launch show at London’s Water Rats Theatre on 20 May to coincide. Says frontman Eugene Butcher, “We’ll be showcasing a few songs from our forthcoming album, plus the new single which has just happened to coincide with the Queen’s Jubilee. And we’ve got The Duel and Seven Days and Doesn’t Die along for the ride so expect a right Royal knees up!”

Tickets for Water Rats 20 May available here

See Desperate Measures in 2022!

April 30 Angel Weekender, Coalville
May 13 London Powerhaus (w/ Nashville Pussy)
May 14 Westworld Weekender, Wolverhampton
May 20 London, Water Rats
June 3 Strummercamp Fest, Oldham
July 1 229 Club, London (w/ UltraBomb)
July 8 Bedford Esquires (w/ The Rose Of Avalanche)
July 9 Manchester, Night People (w/ The Rose Of Avalanche)
July 22 Hope & Anchor, London (w/ Sick On A Bus)
August 4 Blackpool, Rebellion Festival
August 20 Unity Festival, Corby
September 3 Banfest Festival, Banstead

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MICHAEL MONROE REVEALS NEW ALBUM AND VIDEO

MICHAEL MONROE has unveiled a second single from his forthcoming new album.

The swaggering ‘Can’t Stop Falling Apart’ is taken from the former Hanoi Rocks frontman’s forthcoming I Live Too Fast To Die Young, and follows on from last month’s ‘Murder The Summer Of Love’ single.

“It’s an ode to our wives and loved ones who have stuck by our sides through years of playing music and touring the world,” says Monroe about the new single. “But this can also apply to any person working hard, away from home a lot of the time, who is lucky enough to have a loved one sticking by their side through thick and thin. So, it’s a celebratory song to our nearest and dearest who are always there for us.”

“It’s a big, 1970s Slade-inspired glam stomper,” comments guitarist Rich Jones. “It celebrates our loved ones who support us through the ups and downs of being a touring musician.”

“Try to focus on the positive,” Monroe adds. “Because what you focus on usually tends to multiply…”

Recorded towards the end of last year at Inkfish Studios in Helsinki, the new album features eleven new songs produced by Monroe and the band along with engineer Erno Laitinen and features special guest Slash from Guns N’ Roses on the title track.

Set for release on 10 June through Silver Lining Music, I Live Too Fast To Die Young is available to pre-order here.

The Monroe band will be touring Europe throughout the summer, including dates with Alice Cooper and appearances at Sweden Rock, Hellfest, Wacken and HRH Sleaze festivals. Full dates are…

04 Jun – Gelsenkirchen (DE)
06 Jun – K.B. Hallen, Copenhagen (DK)*
9-11 Jun – SAARISTO OPEN AIR, Kaarina (FI)
10 Jun – ROCK IN THE CITY, Kuopio (FI)
11 Jun – SWEDEN ROCK, Sölvesborg (SE)
15 Jun – Dolina Charlotty, Charlotta (PL)*
17 Jun – Stadthalle, Zwickau (DE) *
18 Jun – AZKENA FESTIVAL, Vitoria-Gasteiz (ES)
21 Jun – Mitsubishi Electric Halle, Dusseldorf (DE)*
22 Jun – Jahrhunderthalle, Frankfurt (DE)*
25 Jun – HELLFEST, Clisson (FR)
29 Jun – Ippodromo San Siro, Milan (IT)*
07 Jul – SAUNA OPEN AIR, Tampere (FI)
08 Jul – ROCK IN THE CITY, Oulu (FI)
15 Jul – VAUHTIAJOT, Seinäjoki (FI)
16 Jul – ROCK IN THE CITY, Rovaniemi (FI)
30 Jul – SKOGSROJET FESTIVAL, Rejmyre (SE)
03 Aug – WACKEN OPEN AIR, Wacken (DE)
06 Aug – VAASA FESTIVAL, Vaasa (FI)
27 Aug – HRH Sleaze, Sheffield (UK)

*with Alice Cooper

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