GODFATHERS ANNOUNCE U.K. TOUR!

A year on from the release of their widely acclaimed album A Big Bad Beautiful Noise, THE GODFATHERS have announced a fresh bunch of UK dates.

The album, released in February 2017, saw the band back at the top of their game, its impact felt around the world, generating an intensive level of touring and sold out gigs across Europe.

This latest run of dates takes in their annual St Valentine’s Day Massacre show at London’s legendary 100 Club, with special guests TEN BENSON, plus three shows north of the border with fast-rising Scottish punks HEAVY DRAPES.

Full dates are….

02.02 – Southampton/Talking Heads
08.02 – Edinburgh/The Voodoo Rooms (w/ Heavy Drapes)
09.02 – Glasgow/Audio (w/ Heavy Drapes)
10.02 – Dundee/Beat Generator Live (w/Heavy Drapes)
16.02 – Manchester/Ruby Lounge
17.02 – London/100 Club (St Valentine’s Day Massacre – w/ Ten Benson)
18.02 – Bristol/The Fleece
23.02 – Birmingham/Hare & Hounds
24.02 – York/Victoria Vaults
25.02 – Middlesbrough/Westgarth Social Club

Tickets can be had via the band’s website.

Check out the video for ‘A Big Bad Beautiful Noise’.

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THE VICTIMS GIVE MANSON THE FINGER!

Seminal Aussie punks THE VICTIMS have been prompted by the death of Charles Manson to unveil what they’ve been working on.

The Perth band originally formed in 1977, releasing the classic single ‘Television Addict’ before splitting. Singer and guitarist Dave Faulkner and drummer James Baker later teamed up in the first line-up of the HOODOO GURUS.

Faulkner and Baker returned in 2014 to play Victims material, with THE HARD-ONS’ Ray Ahn joining them on bass. The trio have recently been revisiting old Victims material for later release. The song ‘Charlie’ was originally written as a put-down of Manson and the hero-worship surrounding him after the pair watched the film Helter Skelter.

Faulkner revealed in a Facebook post, “We decided to make ‘Charlie’ available for free now (on YouTube) because Manson died the day before we mixed it and it seemed like a good idea to give him a kick in the pants as he made his long-overdue exit. See ya, sucker!”

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J.D. McPHERSON HITS THE ROAD!

On a roll from headlining the Red Rooster Festival this summer, Okie roots-rocker J.D. McPHERSON crosses the pond once more for a European Tour in the New Year.

McPherson’s latest album, Undivided Heart & Soul – his first in 3 years – was released last month through New West. It was recorded in the historic RCA Studio B in Nashville, the studio credited with the creation of the ‘Nashville Sound’ and location for the recording of hundreds of classic albums. It was also used for the shoot of McPherson’s video for ‘Lucky Penny’.

McPherson’s tour kicks off at Norwich Arts Centre on 23 February and includes a London date at Shepherds Bush Empire on 2 March before he and his band head over to the mainland. Full dates are….

FEB 23 – Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich
FEB 25 – Saint Luke’s, Glasgow
FEB 26 – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
FEB 27 – Gorilla, Manchester
FEB 28 – Hare & Hounds, Birmingham
MAR 2 – Shepherds Bush Empire, London
MAR 3 – De Casino, Sint-Niklaas, Belgium
MAR 4 – La Maroquinerie, Paris, France
MAR 5 – Melkweg, Amsterdam, Netherlands
MAR 6 – Gruenspan, Hamburg, Germany
MAR 8 – Pustervik, Göteborg, Sweden
MAR 9 – Huskvarna Folkets Park, Huskvarna, Sweden
MAR 10 – Debaser, Gamla Stan, Sweden
MAR 12 – Lido, Berlin, Germany
MAR 13 – Mascotte, Zurich, Switzerland

Tickets are on sale now through his website.

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SKIDS NOT SCARED!

Dunfermline’s finest, THE SKIDS are to have their seminal debut album reissued in vastly expanded form next month.

Scared To Dance was originally released in early 1979, spending ten weeks in the UK Album Charts, eventually peaking at number 19. Recorded at London’s Air Studios with SENSATIONAL ALEX HARVEY BAND producer David Batchelor, it spawned the singles ‘Sweet Suburbia’, ‘The Saints Are Coming’ and their anthemic Top 10 hit, ‘Into The Valley’.

The new 3-disc reissue features a disc with the original album plus 9 bonus tracks including B-sides and alternative mixes. Disc 2 comprises 12 previously unreleased demos from 1978, while a third disc contains a complete set from a 1978 show at London’s legendary Marquee Club. The release is completed by a 28-page booklet.

Scared To Dance (Expanded) is set for release on 16 December through Caroline International.

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The recently rejuvenated band release a brand new album Burning Cities, produced by Youth, on 12 January 2018, with extensive live dates planned for the summer, including Rebellion. Full tour details are on their website.

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DAMNED MEN’S L.A. PROJECT!

Sometime DAMNED rhythm section Rat Scabies and Paul Gray have reunited on the new album by PROFESSOR AND THE MADMAN.

The L.A. based act is built around singers, guitarists and songwriters Alfie Agnew and Sean Elliott, both from punk band D.I.

Apparently, Alfie and Sean were playing a Xmas gig, at which Scabies just happened to be in attendance, and the pair coaxed him onstage to join them on a cover of The Damned’s ‘Smash It Up’. They later roped him into recording a version of the track with them at Agnew’s home studio. Eventually he agreed to play on their first two digital albums Elixir I: Good Evening, Sir!  and Elixir II: Election, both released last year.

Gray, who’d previously been in EDDIE & THE HOT RODS before joining The Damned for The Black Album and Strawberries, was contacted by Scabies through Facebook, and although they hadn’t communicated since a run of Damned runion shows in the early 90s, he agreed to join the project.

The album, Disintegrate Me, was co-produced by the band with English producer David M Allen, who worked on the notorious Damned album Not Of This Earth, as well as releases by THE CURE and SISTERS OF MERCY. It’s scheduled for release on 23 February through FullerTone Records.

Check out ‘Electroconvulsive Therapy’.

With Scabies and Gray based in the UK, Professor And The Madman have recruited a local rhythm section for US dates. It’s hoped that the pair will join the band for shows on this side of the pond.

As previously announced, Gray has rejoined The Damned for a forthcoming new album being recorded with Tony Visconti.

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DON’T DESPAIR, THE T.V. PERSONALITIES ARE HERE!

Original ’77 punks turned psych explorers, THE TELEVISION PERSONALITIES are to see a long-lost album finally released in the New Year.

Formed around mercurial frontman Dan Treacy, the band achieved a certain notoriety with now-classic songs like ‘Where’s Bill Grundy Now?’ and ‘Part-Time Punks’ before helping to spawn the early-80s psych revival with the album …And Don’t The Kids Just Love It.

The 15 previously unreleased tracks on Beautiful Despair was recorded during 1990 by Treacy and longtime Personality and former SWELL MAP Jowe Head at the latter’s flat in Stoke Newington, North London over a number of sessions to a 4-track portastudio.

Check out ‘If You Fly Too High’.

“‘If You Fly Too High’ was based on an encounter with Evan Dando of The Lemonheads in Berlin,” explains Head. “We did a memorable gig with them at the Ecstasy Madhouse in December 1989, when the Berlin Wall was being torn down. Exciting times. We jammed with Evan on stage that night, playing some tunes by Jonathan Richman and Johnny Thunders, as I recall. That song also mentions Alan McGee, who was a great fan of the TVPS and Dan’s songs. Alan openly admits that he emulated Dan’s style of music, and influenced his decision to run a mod-psychedelic club, The Living Room, and to start his label, Creation.”

Set for release on 26 January through Fire Records, Beautiful Despair is available to pre-order on limited edition black-and-white splatter vinyl, regular vinyl, CD and download here.

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BELLRAYS ALBUM AND TOUR EXCLUSIVE!

Riverside CA’s garage tornadoes THE BELLRAYS return with a new album and tour in the New Year.

Their first full new album since the release of Black Lightning in 2010, Punk Funk Rock Soul Volume 2 follows the release of Volume One, the four-track taster EP released earlier this year as an appetiser for the main feast. And we’re premiering the track ‘I Can’t Hide’.

First coming together back in 1990 and fronted by the indomitable Lisa Kekaula alongside founding guitarist Robert Vennum, The Bellrays’ high energy rock’n’soul shows quickly earned them comments like “The Stooges meet Aretha Franklin” and ” Tina Turner and the MC5″, an a reputation that has taken them right round the world.

“We take our ear where our heart lives in simple song writing, making ourselves and hopefully all who hear it feel good,” explains Lisa. “We are proud of its simplicity and love how the new songs sound like old friends. This release is a collection of songs that illustrates why we do what we do. We are not 20 year olds and that’s okay. We are proud of our mileage and journey and PUNK FUNK ROCK SOUL validates our comfort in what music means to us. Viability, trend and meaning are up to the eye of the beholder…we like to rock.”

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Speaking of the track ‘I Can’t Hide’, she says, “Bob wrote it about us and what means to be in a relationship. He said you realize that somebody actually loves you. Not taking the magnitude of what that means for granted.”

Punk Funk Rock Soul Volume 2 is set for release on 2 February through Cargo.  The band then head over at the start of March to play the following dates….

Thrs 1 Mar – Ramsgate Music Hall
Fri 2 Mar – Halifax The Lantern
Sat 3 Mar – Middlesbrough Westgarth Social Club
Sun 4 Mar – Edinburgh Opium
Tues 6 Mar – Glasgow Broadcast
Wed 7 Mar – Newcastle Cluny
Thrs 8 Mar – Leeds Brudenell
Fri 9 Mr – Manchester Soup Kitchen
Sat 10 Mar – Newport Le Pub
Tues 13 Mr – Southampton Talking Heads
Wed 14 Mar – Bristol Lantern
Thrs 15 Mar – Brighton The Albert
Fri 16 Mar – Norwich NAC
Sat 17 Mar – London The Camden Assembly

Tickets are on sale now through Punk Rock Blues!

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THE CRAVATS UNVEIL NEW VIDEO!

THE CRAVATS have a new single out and they’re premiering the video exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘Bury The Wild’ is taken from the band’s widely acclaimed album Dustbin Of Sound, and the video is the work of legendary filmmaker Mark Richards.

The Cravats have two dates at the start of December at….

1 Dec – Wharf Chambers, Leeds
2 Dec – Westgarth Social Club, Middlesbrough

They then play a show in Lewes on 26 January, before joining the reconvened FOLK DEVILS for shows in Bristol, London and Brighton in April, venues to be confirmed.

Dustbin Of Sound is available now from Overground Records.

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DIRT BOX DISCO VIDEO PREMIERE!

Midlands punk rock and rollers DIRT BOX DISCO have a brand new video which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘Imaginary Friend’ is taken from their latest album Poppycock – their fifth in 8 years – which was released last April. The video is the work of celebrated photographer and filmmaker Mark Richards.

A lively and reliable presence on the punk gigging circuit, touring constantly and consistently throughout the UK and  Europe, the DBD machine shows no signs of slowing down in 2018. Catch them on the road at…..

Sat Nov 18th – Whitehaven – Solway Hall
Sat Dec 2nd – Stoke – The Rigger
Sat Dec 9th – Manchester – Star and Garter
Sun Dec 10th – Manchester – Star and Garter
Sat Dec 30th – Wakefield – Warehouse 23

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Sat Jan 27th – Birmingham – Asylum
Sat Feb 10th – Portsmouth – Rifle Club
Sun Feb 11th – Swindon – The Vic
Sat Feb 24th – London – O2 Forum (London Rebellion)
Sat Apr 21st – York – Fibbers
Sun Apr 22nd – Derby – Hairy Dog
Fri Apr 27th – Newcastle – O2 Academy
Sat Apr 28th – Glasgow – O2 ABC Scotland (Scotland Calling)
Sun Apr 29th – Manchester – Rebellion Bar
Sat Jun 23rd – Scunthorpe – Lincoln Imp
Thu Jun 28th – London – O2 Academy ( w/The Adicts)
Sat Jun 30th – Manchester Ritz (NW Calling)
Sat Jul 28th – Sheffield – Corporation
Thu/Sun Aug 2/5 – Blackpool – Winter Gardens (Rebellion Festival)
Fri Aug 24th – Stockton – Georgian Theatre
Sat Aug 25th – Edinburgh – Smash
Sun Aug 26th – Doncaster – Diamond Live Lounge
Sat Sep 29th – Newcastle – Student Union (NE Calling)
Sat Nov 3rd – Wolverhampton – Wulfrun Hall (Midlands Calling)
Sat Nov 17th – Ilfracombe – Punk Fest
Sat Dec 15th – Leeds – Brudenell

Poppycock is available now through STP Records.

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KNOCK OFF VIDEO PREMIERE!

Watford street punks KNOCK OFF return with a new lyric video and a bunch of dates.

‘This Ain’t No Love Song’ is the first single from their third album Like A Kick In The Head, which was released in July.

The boys have had a busy year, playing to packed out rooms at Rebellion and The Great British Alternative Festival on their way round the UK, as well as dates in Belgium and Germany.

Next year is looking just as good with a return to Rebellion and the Netherlands confirmed, with more dates in the pipeline.

You can still catch them on the road before they put their feet up for Christmas at the following gigs…

17 Nov – Ebbw Vale Institute – (w/UK Subs)
18 Nov – Heart of Anarchy Festival – The Grapes – Hereford
24 Nov – Waterfront – Norwich (w/Cockney Rejects)
25 Nov – Esquires – Bedford (w/UK Subs)
26 Nov – Star & Garter – Manchester
9 Dec – The Fighting Cocks – Kingston

Like A Kick In The Head is available at gigs and from the band’s website.

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Check out the 16-page street punk special in the current issue of Vive Le Rock!

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TATTS ENTERTAINMENT!

Aussie legends ROSE TATTOO are to have their Tatts: Live In Brunswick album released in the UK.

The album was recorded at the legendary Bombay Bicycle Club in the Melbourne suburb of Brunswick in late ’82. The band had just released their third album Scarred For Life, the first with new guitarist Rob Riley replacing Mick Cocks, who’d been sacked a year earlier. The band would implode early the following year, leaving frontman Angry Anderson and bassist Geordie Leach to convene a new line-up.

The album was released in Australia last February on Golden Robot Records but thanks to a distribution deal with Cadiz Music, it will get an official UK release on 24 November.

A revamped Rose Tattoo are currently playing Australian dates, with former AC/DC bassist Mark Evans, ex-ANGELS guitarist Bob Spencer and sometime AUSTRALIAN CRAWL drummer John Watson joining Anderson and longtime slide guitarist Dai Pritchard. Shows in Europe and the UK are mooted for 2018.

Check out the video for ‘Scarred For Life’.

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CHERRY DOLLS DEBUT GETS U.K. RELEASE!

Fast-rising Aussie longhairs THE CHERRY DOLLS are set to release their debut album in the UK.

They’ve shared a video of a live version of the track ‘Slave’ to accompany the release of the 10-track Viva Los Dolls, which was produced by Alexander Markwell of THE DELTA RIGGS.

Coming together two years ago in Melbourne, The Cherry Dolls have since applied their Stooges, MC5 and Johnny Thunders influences to two well-received EPs and countless road miles.

Viva Los Dolls is out on Golden Robot Records through Cadiz on 24 November.

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PENNY BLACK REMEDY ADD DATES!

Folk punks THE PENNY BLACK REMEDY have added more dates in support of the release of their third album.

Maintaining Dignity In Awkward Situations was produced by legendary POLECATS and MORRISSEY guitarist Boz Boorer and features guest appearances from THE RUTS DC’s Segs Jennings and Dave Ruffy, former UK SUB Paul Slack and ex-CANNIBAL Jeff Mead.

The album was preceded in September by a single ‘I’d Murder To Have You Back’, whose video was shot in the famous Kazalište Marina Držića theatre in the historic walled city of Dubrovnik, Croatia where the band’s nucleus of Keith M Thomson and Marijana Hajdarhodzic are now based.

Maintaining Dignity In Awkward Situations is set for release on 24 November on mono del mundo through Cadiz, and is available to pre-order here.

As previously announced, the band play a special album launch show at The Islington, Tolpuddle Street, London on the album’s release day. Tickets are available here. They’ve now added several more dates across southern England at….

Sat 18 Nov – Hootananny, Brixton, London
Fri 24 Nov – The Islington, Angel, London (album launch)
Wed 29 Nov – What’s Cookin’, Leytonstone, London
Sat 2 Dec – The Prince Albert, Stroud, Gloucestershire
Sun 3 Dec – The Albion, Liskeard, Cornwall (acoustic)
Tues 5 Dec – The Duke Of Wellington, Shoreham (acoustic)
Sat 9 Dec – The Old Fire House, Exeter, Devon
Sun 10 Dec – The Little Albion, Broadstairs, Kent (acoustic)

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MAIN GRAINS DODGE THE RAIN!

Newcastle rockers THE MAIN GRAINS unleash their brand new single today, and you can check out the video here!

‘The Rain Is Over Now’ is available on CD and download along with two other tracks – ‘What We Gonna Do Now?’ and ‘Sock It To Me Baby!’ – via the band’s website.

Formed in 2015,the band features ex-WILDHEARTS and YO-YOs bassist Danny McCormack alongside guitarists JJ Watt and Ben Marsden and drummer Ginna Rhodes.

The band play Croydon Rocks Festival on 2 December – tickets – before heading out on tour as special guests of TYLA’S DOGS D’AMOUR. Catch them on the following dates….

7 Dec – Soundhouse, Leicester
8 Dec – The Lounge 666, London
9 Dec – Sin City, Swansea
14 Dec – Forest Tavern, Nottingham
15 Dec – Facebar, Reading
16 Dec – The Asylum, Birmingham
17 Dec – Warehouse 23, Wakefield
20 Dec – Rebellion, Manchester
21 Dec – Think Tank, Newcastle upon Tyne
22 Dec – Bannerman’s, Edinburgh

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THE FRANKLYS’ NEW SINGLE’S A KEEPER!

Anglo-Swedish garage rockers THE FRANKLYS return with a new single and video.

The track ‘Keeper’ is the latest single to be drawn from the band’s debut album Are You Listening?, which was released last May.

Featuring two members from Sweden and two from England, The Franklys have been building their profile with intensive touring and impressive live shows at such major festivals as Rebellion, Download and the Isle of Wight. They continue the trajectory with a bunch of dates at….

18 November – The Bassment, Chelmsford
25 November – Kazoopa Festival, Leeds
02 December – The Great Big Gig All-Dayer, West End Centre, Aldershot
12 November – The Windmill, Brixton

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THE MEMBERS VIDEO PREMIERE!

Camberley’s finest THE MEMBERS have a major new anthology out in time for Xmas, plus a brand new single, whose video Vive Le Rock is proud to premiere here!

‘Smartphone Junkie’ is being released on a 7″ single as well as appearing on the CD edition of Greatest Hits – All The Singles.

Never before have all the band’s singles been collected on one compilaton. Best known in the UK for the chart singles ‘Sound Of The Suburbs’ and ‘Offshore Banking Business’ as well as the punk disco staple ‘Solitary Confinement’, ‘Working Girl’ was an MTV smash in the 80s, while ‘Radio’ went to No 1 in Australia.

Greatest Hits is set for release on 1 December on 13-track 12″ vinyl and 18-track CD through Cadiz Music. It’s available to pre-order here.

The Members play a special launch party for the album at the legendary 100 Club in London on Saturday 11 November, with special guests THE DEFECTS, THE OUTFIT and ON TRIAL UK. Tickets priced £15 are available here.

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PUNK AND SKA STARS HOOK UP FOR SHOWS!

Four legendary bands from the worlds of punk and ska are joining forces for three major outdoor events next spring.

Brought together by the people behind the Slam Dunk Festival, THE BEAT, BUZZCOCKS, THE SELECTER and STIFF LITTLE FINGERS will all perform at each event on a rotating bill with all the bands playing a full set.

Based around the Spring Bank Holiday weekend, the shows are….

Friday 25 May – Millenium Square, Leeds tickets

Saturday 26 May – The Forum, Hatfield tickets

Sunday 27 May – Lakeside at the NEC, Birmingham tickets

Says The Beat’s Ranking Roger, “We have had the pleasure of sharing the stage with The Selecter for a while now and it makes for a great evening. Looking forward it’s a fantastic to also be playing with Stiff Little Fingers and The Buzzcocks as they were influential to The Beat’s first sound and certainly got me jumping up and down back in the day. I’m really looking forward to these shows with more of my heroes.”

Pauline Black of The Selecter asks, “Who doesn’t enjoy a punky ska and reggae party? The Selecter most definitely does! This lineup will be like playing with old friends.”

Meanwhile, SLF’s Jake Burns exclaims, “We were delighted to be asked to join The Selecter, Buzzcocks and The Beat for three shows in Leeds, Hatfield and Birmingham. We’re very much looking forward to playing with these terrific bands, who also happen to be long time friends. Bring it on!”

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MORE ACTS FOR MANCHESTER PUNK FEST!

More bands have been announced for Manchester Punk Festival which takes place in the city next spring.

As with previous years, the Festival will take over venues across Manchester city centre over the weekend on 19-21 April. Venues participating are Gorilla,  Rebellion, The Bread Shed, Zombie Shack, Underdog, Font and The Thirsty Scholar.

Acts lined up so far include PROPAGANDHI, CULTURE SHOCK, RANDOM HAND, WONK UNIT, THE BENNIES, CHEWING ON TINFOIL, BEAT THE RED LIGHT, COUNTERPUNCH, THE TUTS, SVETLANAS, ANTILLECTUAL, MOBINA GALORE, ROUGHNECK RIOT, UNIFORMS, CHRISTMAS, RUSSO, SPOILERS, IN EVIL HOUR, THE MINOR DISCOMFORT BAND, PIZZATRAMP, NERVUS, FOREVER UNCLEAN, REBUKE, FRESH, NATTERERS, ROTTEN FOXES, HAPPY ACCIDENTS, ALL ABOARD, ATTERKOP, DARKO, EGOS AT THE DOOR, DRONES, REGRET, WOLFBEAST DESTROYER, SOUNDS OF SWAMI, CAPTAIN HOTKNIVES, FREDDY THUDD PUCKER, SHANKLAND, PMX, THE LAB RATS, FOXES FAUX, INCISIONS, AERIAL SALAD, DEAD DRUMMER, TOM AYLOTT and THROWING STUFF.

Propagandhi (pictured) just released their new album Victory Lap through Epitaph in September.

Tickets priced £40 are on sale now here.

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