Ace Italian anti-fascist ska-punks LOS FASTIDIOS have unveiled a first video from their new album.
‘Radio Babylon’ is taken from The Sound Of Revolution which is due out on 1 February through Kob Records. It’s available to pre-order now through the band’s website.
Originally formed in Verona in 1991 and still fronted by founder member Enrico, Los Fastidios return to the UK next month to play London’s Another Winter Of Discontent Festival at Tufnell Park Dome on Saturday 18 February, alongside ANTISECT, HARD SKIN, DRAGSTER, YALLA YALLAS, WARWOUND, INTERROBANG and more. Tickets for the day are £15 and £48 for the whole weekend and are available here.
Los Fastidios have also been confirmed for the 0161 Festival in Manchester in June, as well as Rebellion in August, with more UK shows to coincide.
New London ‘dirty sax punk’ band GUTTFULL launched their debut single and video on Friday, in celebration of the inauguration of the 45th President of the USA.
Describing themselves as “an expression of fury at injustice and oppression”, Guttfull feature the talents of guitarist Cassie Fox (Thee Faction, The Wimmins’ Isntitute), bassist Gemma Gompertz (Kenickers), sax-player Phil Thwaite (Thee Faction, Charlemagnes), drummer Magnus Alanko (Down Love, Those Unfortunates) and newcomer Momoe Tasker on vocals.
The band say, “The video is a message to Trump on his inauguration day, and represents GUTTFULL’s views, all our friends’ views, and probably most of London’s views (at least judging by the spontaneous authentic reactions of those who appear in the video), the London mayor, if not the country!”
‘Arsehole’ is available to download now through Bandcamp.
Catch Guttfull on the following dates…..
18 March, The Sound Lounge in Tooting
31 March, The Fighting Cocks in Kingston
29 April, The Rose Hill in Brighton
Midlands soul-boys STONE FOUNDATION have announced the release of their fourth studio album, made with a little help from PAUL WELLER.
Street Rituals was produced by The Modfather, who also co-wrote two of the songs and provided guitar, piano and vocals, including a lead vocal on the new single, ‘Your Balloon Is Rising’. You can watch the video here.
Says Weller, “These are dark, dark times so I was glad to hear a positive voice and vibrations in the words and a joy in the music…what a pleasure and a privilege it was to work with these fellas… It’s their best songwriting to date, and I just hope people get to hear it because there are some great tunes and I like the message on the record. I like the social comment, because you have so little of that these days.”
Set for release through 100% Records on 31 March, Street Rituals is available to pre-order from the band’s website.
Stone Foundation are set to support Weller at his Teenage Cancer Trust show at London’s Royal Albert Hall on 31 March, prior to embarking on their own headline tour at the end of April. Full dates are….
East London garage r’n’b legends KING SALAMI & THE CUMBERLAND 3 have announced their first ever UK tour, which they’re celebrating with a brand new video!
Having released numerous records and toured all over the world, the Hackney quartet came second in BBC TV’s The UK’s Best Part-Time Band series last year. They now step up a gear with the release of their long-awaited third album and a full UK tour.
Their new video, for the title track of their forthcoming album Goin’ Back To Wurstville, was shot on the band’s recent dates in Japan. The album is set for release through Dirty Water Records on Friday 3 March, when they kick off the tour with a special London launch party at Nambucca, Holloway Road.
Full tour dates are as follows….
Fri 3 March London – Nambucca
Sat 4 March Southend – The Railway Hotel
Thur 9 March Leeds – The Brudenell Social Club
Fri 10 March Manchester – The Soup Kitchen
Sat 11 March Sheffield – The Greystones, Sheffield
Thur 23 March Birmingham – The Sunflower Lounge
Fri 24 March Newcastle – THINK TANK?
Fri 31 March Brighton – The Prince Albert
Sat 1 April Reading – Purple Turtle
PERE UBU have three classic end-of-the century albums collected in a new vinyl box set in March.
Drive, He Said 1994-2002 is the third in a series retrospective collections from the iconic Cleveland proto-punks.
Issued by Fire Records on 10 March, the box features 1994’s Raygun Suitcase, Pennsylvania from 1998 and 2002’s St Arkansas, as well as Back Roads, a collection of live tracks, jam sessions and outtakes, all fully remixed by David Thomas and Paul Hamann. The package is completed with a poster and download postcard.
Raygun Suitcase saw the band back on an independent label following a period with Fonatan, heralding a return to darker, more complex music, while Pennsylavania marked the return of original guitarist Tom Herman after an absence of 20 years.
Drive, He Said 1994-2002 is available to pre-order here.
Iconic US mover and shaker DANNY FIELDS is the subject of a new documentary to be screend in UK cinemas from next week.
Since the mid-60s, Fields has played a pivotal role in the shaping of rock’n’roll history as a behind-the-scenes connector, working first as a journalist hanging out at Warhol’s Factory then as publicist at Elektra Records, building the career of THE DOORS, before going on to manage THE STOOGES, MC5 and THE RAMONES.
Named after the Ramones song, Danny Says, by filmmaker Brendan Toller, tells Fields’ story through candid testimony from the likes of Iggy Pop, Alice Cooper. Tommy Ramone, Wayne Kramer, Lenny Kaye, Jac Holzman and, of course, Fields himself.
Vive Le Rock is saddened by news of the death yesterday of Lance D’Boyle aka Gary Lance Robins, original drummer of UK anarcho legends POISON GIRLS.
Pete Fender, son of Poison Girls’ frontwoman Vi Subversa and a member of RUBELLA BALLET, FATAL MICROBES and others, posted this statement on Facebook earlier today….
“For the last 26 years, Gary has been scratching a meagre living as an artist in a remote part of the Sierra Nevada, high up the mountains of rural Granada in Spain.
“In February last year, Gary’s life-long friend and soulmate Frances, Vi Subversa, passed away, leaving him devastated. Before she passed, Gary came over to England to see her for the last time, and during this visit he was the victim of a credit card snatch that left him in debt for thousands of pounds, and without any means of support apart from his basic pension and the proceeds of a few pieces of art. The credit bank have refused his case for compensation and in fact have charged substantial interest on the original amount.
“In light of this fact, we are launching this urgent appeal to raise funds for Gary’s funeral costs and to clear his debts. If you can, please head over to the Poison Girls downloads page where you are free to download whatever you like, and donate what you can. Thank you xx”
Fast-rising Cornish garage tykes THE VELVET HANDS release a new single next month, and they’re launching the video exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
‘I Don’t Mind’ c/w ‘The End’ is set for release on Friday 3 February as a download and limited edition 7″ blue vinyl, available to pre-order now through Easy Action Records.
Part of the much talked about Cornish New Wave, The Velvet Hands had their second single ‘Habit’ feature as the opening track on last Summer’s Cornwall Calling 2 compilation. Their next single, ‘Trains’ c/w ‘Curtains Closed’ was released though Easy Action for last year’s Record Store Day, and completely sold out of its 300 run on the day.
The band are currently in Troubadour Studios, Falmouth, working on their debut album which is scheduled for release during Summer 2017.
Having played last week’s Camden Rocks all-dayer, the Velvet Hands play The Monarch, Camden on Wednesday 8 February.
Following its successful run at the New Art Gallery in Walsall last month, the Punk In Walsall: Life and Legacy photographic exhibition is now coming to Birmingham, where it will be on view from 16 January to 6 February at the Parkside Gallery in Birmingham City University.
The exhibition is a unique collection of specially commissioned portrait photographs and interviews with punks from Walsall, reflecting on what punk meant to them at the time, and still means to them decades later. The exhibition is open to all, entry is free, and visitors will be able to take a copy of the free newspaper produced as part of this project.
Project curator Steve Pottinger says, “I was very keen to record how punk changed people’s lives in places like Walsall, and I’m really proud of what we’ve created. The stories this project brings to life are wonderfully interesting and varied.”
The exhibition was made possible through a Sharing Heritage grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to Walsall Creative Factory, an organisation founded to develop and deliver exciting and dynamic arts and heritage projects and events with local communities, and to celebrate diversity and culture.
The Parkside Gallery is open 9am-7pm Mon-Fri, and 9-6pm on Saturdays.
MEKONS founder JON LANGFORD journeys from his home base of Chicago to the UK next month for a flurry of live activity.
Langford reconvenes his Thatcher-baiting 80s trio THE THREE JOHNS for a live session with Marc Riley on BBC 6 Music on 2 February, before playing HOME, Manchester on 3 Feb at the opening of a new exhibition by fellow Three John, John Hyatt.
The band then play The Continental, Preston on 4 Feb, with EL HOMBRE TRAJEADO and THE GREAT LEAP FORWARD, followed by a show at The Bluecoat, Liverpool on 9 Feb.
Langford then heads south for three dates with his Newport-based project, THE MEN OF GWENT. The band, who also feature members of GIVE ME MEMPHIS AND 80s janglers THE DARLING BUDS, have recorded and gigged sporadically over the past two decades, finally issuing their debut album The Legend Of LL in 2015 through Country Mile.
The Men Of Gwent play The Islington, Tolpuddle Street, London N1 on Friday 10 February. They’ll be joined by Socialist r’n’b collective THEE FACTION and former CHUMBAWAMBA member and current INTERROBANG frontman DUNSTAN BRUCE. Get tickets here.
They they then return to their homeland for a gig at Le Pub, Newport on Saturday 11 Feb, before winding up at Ynysddu Progressive Club, Caerphilly on Sunday 12 Feb.
London’s bourbon soaked Gypsy blues bop’n’stroll orchestra THE URBAN VOODOO MACHINE have unveiled a new video.
‘Fallen Brothers’ is a tribute to their band members Robb ‘The Kid’ Skipper & Nick Marsh who died in October 2014 and June 2015, aged 28 and 53 respectively.
About the song, singer/writer Paul-Ronney Angel said, “It’s about moving on as much as it’s about remembering them. It’s time to sing, dance and remember the good times!
We will sing and we will dance We will drink and we will laugh We will not forget the past And our Fallen Brothers
We all miss them terribly of course, but as a band it was never a question of stopping as I’m certain they would have wanted us to carry on. Really hope they would have approved of this video as they’re both in it – it’s been emotional but also fun to go through hours of old footage with them in it!”
‘Fallen Brothers’ is taken from the band’s latest album Hellbound Hymns, which made number 21 in Vive Le Rock‘s Top 50 Albums of 2016. Vinyl and CDs are available to buy directly from the band’s website.
The Urban Voodoo Machine’s next London show will be headlining our 5th Annual Vive Le Valentine at the Dome in Tufnell Park on Saturday 4 February along with Miraculous Mule, Bar Stool Preachers, The Fuzillis, Trixi Tassels, Brandy Row, Frank Sanazi & DJ’s Jim Jones & Eugene Butcher – tickets priced at a bargainous £15 are available here.
The Urban Voodoo Machine’s live show has been described as terrifyingly bizarre, hysterically funny; a riot for the eyes and sensation for the ears: a sing-a-long, drink-a-long, clap-a-long affair and you can also catch them at the following venues….
Friday 27 January, John Peel Centre, Stowmarket
Friday 3 February, Black Market, Warsop
Saturday 4 February, Vive Le Valentine, The Dome, London
Friday 3 March, The Globe, Cardiff
Saturday 11 March, Brudenel Social Club, Leeds
Friday 31 March, Georgian Theatre, Stockton
Saturday 1 April, Mama Roux, Birmingham
Friday 21 April, Porthleven Festival, Cornwall
Saturday 22 April, The Railway, Winchester
Friday 28 April, The Cluny, Newcastle
Saturday 29 April, The Grapes Music Bar, Stafford
MIRACULOUS MULE kick off the new year with the announcement of a brand new album.
Two Tonne Testimony is heralded by the unveiling of a video for the track ‘Where Monsters Lead’, a sermon of heavy foreboding originally unleashed in November immediately following the US presidential election.
The band’s third full-length album, Two Tonne Testimony is due for release on their own Muletone Recording Company label through Bronzerat on 24 March, featuring the following tracks….
1. Holy Fever
2. Shave ‘Em Dry!
3. Sound of The Summer
4. Where Monsters Lead
5. Daddy Grace
6. Two Tonne Testimony
7. They Cut We Bleed
8. The Fear
9. We Know About Cha
10. Blues Uzi (The Reprisal)
We’re delighted to have Miraculous Mule appearing at our fifth annual Vive Le Valentine show at The Dome, Tufnell Park, London on Saturday 4 February, alongside THE URBAN VOODOO MACHINE, THE BAR STOOL PREACHERS, THE FUZILIS and BRANDY ROW. Tickets, at a bargainous £15, are available here.
Read a new interview with Miraculous Mule in the current edition of Vive Le Rock!
Ace London punk promoters Rockaway Beach get a jump on next year’s 40th Anniversary celebrations by bringing together the 1978 line-up of THE VIBRATORS for a one-off London gig.
Featuring original members Knox, Eddie and John Ellis, by ’78 the band were joined by bassist Gary Tibbs for their second album V2, produced by the legendary Vic Maile, which featured the bona fide hit single ‘Automatic Lover’, which reached the Top 40 in March of that yeah. Tibbs later went on to hold down the bottom end in ADAM & THE ANTS and ROXY MUSIC.
The Vibrators play Rockaway Beach at the iconic Hope & Anchor in Islington on Thursday 2 March. Support comes from current Vibrators guitarist DARRELL BATH and his band. All profits from the gig will go to the Rock’n’Roll Rescue charity. Tickets priced £10 are available here.
The Vibrators are set to release a new album Past, Present And Into The Future later this year. Featuring Knox, John, Eddie, Gary, Darrell and current Vibrators bassist Pete Honamaki, it’s produced by original bassist Pat Collier. It’s available to pre-order from their PledgeMusic page, along with various items of Vibrators merch and memorabilia.
Essex r’n’b guitar legend WILKO JOHNSON has a new ‘best of’ compilation out next month.
I Keep It To Myself: the Best of Wilko Johnson is being released on 24 February on the iconic Chess label through Universal. The double-disc album comprises a comprehensive overview of Johnson’s career, including re-recordings of such DR FEELGOOD classics as ‘Roxette’, ‘She Does It Right’ and ‘Twenty Yards Behind’, bringing it right up to date(ish) with recordings from his 2014 collaboration with ROGER DALTREY.
The full tracklisting is….
‘She Does It Right’
‘I Keep It To Myself’
‘Ice On The Motorway’
‘Back In The Night’
‘Barbed Wire Blues’
‘Living In The Heart Of Love’
‘Some Kind Of Hero’
‘Twenty Yards Behind’
‘Out In The Traffic’
‘Keep On Loving You’
‘When I’m Gone’
‘Come Back And Love Me’
‘She’s Good Like That’
‘The Beautiful Madrilena’
‘Down By The Waterside’
‘I Really Love Your Rock’n’Roll’
I Keep It To Myself is available to pre-order here.
Legendary UK rock’n’roll dons THE GODFATHERS return next month with their first new album in four years!
The appropriately-titled A Big Bad Beautiful Noise is the first Godfathers album to feature the new revitalised line-up – with founder Peter Coyne joined by Steve Crittall and Mauro Venegas (guitars), Darren Birch (bass) and Tim James (drums) – that rocked various festival stages last summer, including the Isle Of Wight, Camden Rocks and Spain’s Motorbeach.
As previously announced, the band will accompany the album with a UK tour and they’ve been declared match-fit having successfully seen off a series of shows in Greece in December.
Speaking of the release, Coyne says, “I can honestly say I really am proud of every single song on this record. We wanted to make a contemporary Rock’n’Roll album that kicked like a mule, and I think we’ve achieved that. Be warned though! A Big Bad Beautiful Noise is a very addictive album and you just might get hooked!”
A Big Bad Beautiful Noise is released on the newly formed Godfathers Recordings2 label through Cargo on 10 February. It’s available to pre-order on CD and 180g deluxe limited edition vinyl here and as a download here.
The album is preceded by a single ‘You Don’t Love Me’ on 3 February as a download and on limited edition pillar-box red vinyl.
The Godfathers play the following UK shows….
9 February Westgarth Social Club – Middlesbrough
10 February Hare & Hounds – Birmingham (with special guests THE HIP PRIESTS)
11 February O2 Academy Islington – London (with special guests THE MEMBRANES)
16 February Cluny 2 – Newcastle
17 February Ivory Blacks – Glasgow
18 February Trades Club – Hebden Bridge
Rejuvenated psych-punks THE BRAINIAC 5 return with a new album this month.
Journey To X is their second full-length album since their 2012 reunification and follows hot on the heels of 2015’s acclaimed Exploding Universe.
Once more it was recorded at Alchemy Studios in North London with producer Kenny Jones, and is the first Brainiac 5 album to feature new drummer Joe ‘From San Diego’ Malone.
Say the band, “After experimenting with sax and flute for our last album, we thought that this time we would revert to our core four-piece psych/punk guitar orientated template. With the introduction of the powerhouse drumming of Joe Malone, we’ve certainly come up with some blistering music in this vein. However, somewhere along the journey we seem to have also wandered off on some other new paths… The journey has been exciting and fulfilling and has resulted in what we feel is our most complete and accomplished work to date.”
Formed in Cornwall in 1976, The Brainiac 5 were regulars on the South-West free festival circuit before heading up to London to join the late-70s/early-80s psych scene, alongside the likes of THE BARRACUDAS and THE SOFT BOYS, where they counted John Peel and Alex Chilton as fans. They released a single and EP produced by HAWKWIND’s Martin Griffin, but their debut album World Inside didn’t emerge until after they’d split. They recently appeared on Cherry Red’s psych revival box set, Another Splash Of Colour.
The band celebrate Journey To X with an 8-hour album launch party at The Gunners, 204 Blackstock Road, London N5 on Saturday 21 January. Kicking off at 4pm, it will feature the band playing the album in full, plus sets from MORTON VALENCE, MARK & THE CLOUDS, THE GREEN RAY, RICHARD BOOTH (of PLUMMET AIRLINES) and PROUDFOOT. Admission is FREE.
Journey To X is released on Friday 20 January as a download, CD and deluxe gatefold vinyl, and is available to pre-order now through Bandcamp, iTunes and Amazon.
Northamptonshire crust punks ANTISECT return with their first new music in 30 years.
The video for ‘Black’ was released on 1 January. It’s the first track to be unveiled from their forthcoming double album The Rising Of The Lights, whose release date is yet to be confirmed.
As previously announced, Antisect play the Another Winter Of Discontent festival at The Dome, Tufnell Park on Saturday 18 February. It’s their first London show in two years. Tickets are available here.
They’ll also be joining old friends DISCHARGE at The Flapper, Birmingham on Saturday 22 April.
Formed in Daventry in 1982, the band split up in ’87 before returning in 2011. Graced by numerous line-up changes over the years, last year saw the band retooled as a three-piece with founding guitarist Pete Lyons (pictured) and drummer Joe Burwood joined by returning 80s bassist John Bryson.