Hello folks! Butcher Boy - New Album & Single We have the fantastic new single from Butcher Boy out this Monday 22nd August. Their 3rd album "Helping Hands" is out the following Monday (29th August). Their first two albums were released on the well respected London indie label ‘How Does It Feel To Be Loved’ run by ex-Melody Maker journo Ian Watson and they received some excellent press, 8/10 in the NME, 4/5 in Uncut, 4/5 in the Guardian and loads more. You can order both new releases online now by clicking on the cover art. See below for more info on this fine band. Imperial 7"/Download (Released 22nd August) Helping Hands CD/Download (Released 29th August) Butcher Boy has existed in its current form since early 2005, but lead singer John Blain Hunt has played in various incarnations of the band since the late 1990s. Initially, Butcher Boy didn’t have any songs; John was a resolute left-hander and could barely play guitar. But he enjoyed sending anonymous poetry to local papers under the guise of Butcher Boy in the hope of engaging the writers through their columns. Butcher Boy was about books by George Orwell and Charles Schulz… it was about films by Bill Douglas and Robert Bresson… it was about records by Vince Guaraldi and The Smiths. Butcher Boy was about an imaginary world of woods and darkness and absolute, precise beauty. About power-cuts and candles. But Butcher Boy wasn’t really about songs. It was a little bit of sparkle between sickness and the dole. Butcher Boy can only write from the heart. Butcher Boy has resolute faith in pop music and pop records. And Butcher Boy finds solace knowing that cynicism and irony have no part in what they try to do. Piney Gir Video Shoot If you're in London this weekend and fancy appearing in a video for a track from Piney Gir's forthcoming album Geronimo! called "Stay Sweet" get yourself down to The Lexington on Saturday between 12-4pm. More details to follow in tomorrow's mailout or checkout Piney's facebook page. Thanks for reading, Ian & Duncan www.DAMAGEDGOODS.co.uk
Death Valley Surfers who have been described as King Kurt meets Bo Diddley
on speed, are off to Italy for 2 weeks in October. Working with the
famous Blitz Agency of Verona. See www.blitzstudio.it/ for tour dates
They are also currently writing a script for a forthcoming short
film. They will also be looking for Psychos, punks & Rockabillys to
be in the film. Filming will take place in November at a major London
music venue. More details to follow soon.
***MASSIVE 7TH INTERNATIONAL LONDON TATTOO CONVENTION 23/24/25 SEPTEMBER 2011 @ TOBACCO DOCK*** The seventh International London Tattoo Convention, now the most important and crowded convention in the world, will be held over the weekend of September 23/24/25 at Tobacco Dock, 50 Porters Walk, Wapping, E1W 2SF. This year, the organizers of this world record breaking event are opening up even more areas, rooms and attractions than ever before, to meet the public’s inexorably increasing interest in body art. Established in 2005, The London International Tattoo Convention, organized by the global Tattoo Life Publication, had outgrown original venue the Old Truman Brewery by 2007 and moved to the enormous Tobacco Dock in 2008. In 2009 organizers set the ‘Guinness World Record for The Most People Being Tattooed Simultaneously’, while well over 20,000 thronged Tobacco Dock in 2010 and even more are expected through the doors in 2011. More than 250 of the world’s absolute elite tattooists (selected from well over 1,000 applications) will be practicing their art in public, working in multiple styles of the art form this year:- *Chicano style artists working include Jose Lopez, Ben Grillo, Fonzy, Manuel Valenzuela, Steve Soto, Chuey Quintanar, Carlos Torres and Dr Lakra. *New skool style artists working include Adrian Lee, Matt Stamah, Ron Earhart, Boris, Jim Miner, Phil Holt and Jeff Gogue. *Traditional style artists working include Tim Hendricks (star of new TV show NYC Ink), Bill Loika, Chad Koeplinger, Theo Jak, Steve Bolz, Charlie Roberts, Theo Mindell and Scott Sylvia. *Japanese style (modern) artists working include Mike Rubendall, Henning Jorgensen, Pino Cafaro, Dalmiro, Shige, Genko, and Dalmiro, while japanese style (traditional) artists working include the Horiyoshi III family, Horitaka, Rico and Jess Yen. *Realism style artists working include Nikki Hurtado, Alex de Pase and Shane O'Neill. *Horror style artists working include Rober Hernandez, Jack Ribeiro, Milosh, Dan Marshall, Tim Kern, Liorcifer, Erik de l'etoile, Ethan Morgan and Lenu. *Tribal style artists working include Jondix, Mike the Athens, Tas, Brent McCown, Daniel di Mattia, and Jacqueline Spoerle. *Comic style style artists working include Jesus Salayero, Dimitri and STeph D. As ever, there will be a massive amount of tattoo equipment and supplies stalls, exhibitions, artistic events, alternative attractions and distractions at this polished and rounded event, which has come such a long way since its inception. Major 2 Tone Ska acts The Beat and The Selector are already confirmed to play headline sets in the sprawling underground Jamaica Inn over the weekend; Vince Ray and The Boneshakers will once again headline The Voodoo Crypt, and many many more acts have yet to be announced. The massive, spectacular, semi-submerged underground vault floor boasts wide lounge areas where select magical, jaw-dropping alternative performers will astound at regular intervals throughout the weekend. There will be a humungous number of alternative merchandise and clothing plus massive fetish and vintage retro markets on the lower ground floor, making a wall-to-wall extravaganza of rockabilly, goth, 50’s pin-up, punk and rocker clothing. A wide range of food and drink - catering for all tastes - will be available on site from restaurants on the ground floor and the outside food court, plus various traditional East End themed pubs and a dedicated real ale bar, all licensed until 1.00am, on the lower vault floor. Tattoo Art For Japan / Art Auction For The Red Cross Japan Relief Fund – Among the numerous shows and exhibitions planned for the London Tattoo Convention, a special mention must be made for this fund raising artistic project. This exhibition of Japanese art and tradition, put together thanks to the hard work, generosity and involvement of Diamond Jim of Old Style Tattoo in Cologne / Koln, presents works made specifically for the event by Mick Tattoo (Zurich), Mike Wilson (USA), Shad (Belgium), Dan Sinnes (Luxembourg), Chad Koeplinger (USA), Chriss Dettmer (Germany), Dave Fox (USA), Scott Smith (USA), Steve Burton (Canada) and many other top artists. Jim’s objective is to auction all the works of Tattoo Art Japan over the three days of the convention and donate 100% of the proceeds to the Red Cross Japan Relief Fund. Vanessa Lake Calendar – Amazing American alt model Vanessa Lake, one of the sexiest fetish glamour models on the planet, will be at the Tattoo Life booth to chat with her fans and sign copies of The Tattoo Energy 2012 Calendar. Each page of the calendar features her breath taking body, beautifully highlighted by photographer Christian Saint against a back drop set in a mysterious motel, out of time, right in line with her tattoos; exclusively sleeves with illustrations inspired by Lewis Carroll’s ‘Alice In Wonderland’ and ‘Through The Looking Glass’ works. Check out www.ispyvanessalake.com. Elegy Ellem – Sexy model and top Burlesque performer Elegy Ellem, who varies her performances from cute pin-up style with a twist to pure erotic fetish acts, will fly in from her native Sweden for the weekend. You never know what can happen when this sexy creature steps on stage, so prepare to be surprised and stunned when she performs on the main stage of the convention. Website - www.elegyellem.se. The Fuel Girls’ ‘Fire And Air Cabaret Show’ featuring the Amazing Ari and Collette – The Fuel Girls, who have a built a formidable reputation for the edgiest, sexiest, most adrenaline filled kick ass fire breathing, rock and roll dance and stunt show on the planet, will perform a very special set on the main stage of the convention. Their ‘Fire And Air Cabaret Show’, featuring the Amazing Ari and Collette, containing fire, aerial hoops, trapeze, not a lot of clothing and a whole lot of attitude, is simply breath-taking. Highly experienced aerial artist Collette, who has previously toured with Cirque Du Soleil, and is currently starring in the new Phantom Of The Opera show in the West End, will leave the audience open mouthed with her graceful and gravity defying moves as she swoops overhead in a stunning series of moves. The Amazing Ari, who has appeared in a variety of UK television features for both ITV and the BBC, specialises in aerial circus arts, aerial silk, Spanish web, corde lisse, static trapeze, aerial ring, harness work and fire dance. He will perform a double ‘Tango’ themed hoop show with Fuel Girl Teta, as well as his Sailor show on a rope, Moulin Rouge, Arabia and many more themed shows. Website – www.fuelgirls.co.uk Woodcut Portraits – Alex Binnie, one of Britain’s most famous tattooists and owner of popular London tattoo shop Into You, will present his exhibition of woodcut portraits for the first time during the London Tattoo Convention. A re-interpretation of the current woodblock prints that made Japanese Floating World Art so popular, 30 portraits of tattooed people, including some such famous international tattooists as Filip Leu, Jondix and Freddy Corbin, cut on wood and then printed on Japanese paper, will be on display. An alternative artistic journey between the traditions of the past and the world of modern tattoo, this is also Alex Binnie’s personal tribute to Japanese traditional art, of which he is a master with his works on skin. Alexbinnie.com The Oxford British Tattoo History Museum – Bringing the past to life with an extensive collection of evocative tattoo art objects, the Oxford British Tattoo History Museum is one of the most important world institutions in the history of tattooing. A historical / anthropological exhibition of tattoo art objects amassed by museum founder and curator Lionel Titchener, who began collecting in 1975, will be on display. This precious unique collection includes numerous ancient tattoo machines, much memorabilia, and a wide variety of tools used over the ages – from, for example, a small, carved Japanese bone to an old Roman tool of the 4th century BC. Chris Conn Seminar – Internationally acclaimed San Franciscan artist and tattoo genius Chris Conn, will hold a seminar on the design and rendering of the female face and form for tattooists. Chris, who worked as a tattoo artist from 1990 to 2006, when he retired to focus on his amazing art and illustration, will outline a system he developed over the years for generating solid, dynamic, female-subject designs quickly and efficiently with a minimum of reference. During the convention he will hold a three-hour-plus seminar for tattooists, focusing on achieving mood and drama with facial and physical expression, how to represent specific body parts and proportions (breasts, eyes, hair, hands, legs etc), use of shading and skin tone, keeping the balance between detail and clarity, how the layout and scale affect the drawing, ensuring a sense of life and spirit in the design, evolving your own personal style and much, much more. Visit Sekretcity.com for more info and to enroll in advance of the convention. Le Sante Peccatrici – (Sinful Saints / Holy Sinners). This exhibition, dedicated to the saints of the Catholic tradition, aims to show the strong and creative female face of the mainly male dominated tattoo sector. Promoted by Viola Von Hell and coordinated with Valentina De Rosa, Sofia Mesisca and Valentina Franzetti, 31 works of art, created by some of the best female Italian tattooists, along with a group of young promising international artists, will be on display. The artists involved worked with the figures of saints, each one generating a unique interpretation, using different formats, materials and techniques – pencil, graphite, acrylic, chalk, watercolour and oil paint on wood, card and cloth, to create striking images. The idea of using female saints as the main subject of the exhibition was not random; it was inspired by the stories historic, strong women who sacrificed themselves to support their beliefs. Tattoo Contests – As always, the biggest show on offer is provided by the visitors themselves, who will compete in the Tattoo contests for ‘Best Of Day’, ‘Best Back Piece’, ‘Best Back Ornament’, ‘Best Colours’, ‘Best Black And Grey’ and ‘Best Of Show’. For more info go to thelondontattooconvention.com, from which tickets are available priced at £20 for Friday, £30 for Saturday, £25 for Sunday, or £55 for a weekend pass.
To celebrate their 30th Anniversary GIRLSCHOOL have re-recorded their Top 5 album Hit and Run – Revisited. Released on 26th September through Wacken Records The album features 2 bonus tracks – Demolition Boys and Version Hit and Run featuring Doro.
Finally my dear Vive Le Rock lovers-issue 4 will be out next Tuesday!! Featuring just some of these-
2TONE OLD AND NEW
EDDIE AND THE HOT RODS
THE REPLACEMENTS AND MUCH MUCH MORE!!! MORE DETAISL SOON!!
Big news came our way recently when the self-proclaimed "Third-biggest Formula Rock Band in the World" Turbonegro returned with news of a brand new front-man, Tony Sylvester. It has been a whirlwind few weeks ever since, having returned to the stage at the annual Turbojugend Fan Club Convention in Hamburg on Friday July 15, after a two year hiatus to the roaring approval of their denim-clad fans. Now, Supersonic have ensnared the almighty Kings Of Deathpunk for a UK exclusive headline performance at the festival. Bringing all the glam, good tunes and great vibes (and hopefully hordes of denim-clad followers) we couldn't be more excited! The line up includes, Tony Sylvester aka The Duke Of Nothing (Vocals), Happy Tom (Bass), Euroboy (Guitar), Pål Pot Pamparius (Keys/Guitar), Tommy Manboy (Drums/Percussion) and Rune Rebellion (Guitar). Tony Sylvester comments on playing the festival: " I was so chuffed that Lisa and Jenny asked Turbonegro to headline Supersonic and that the first show with the new line up in the UK will be there. Not only are they the best promoters in the UK, but I've been lucky enough to have been involved with the festival itself since its second year: announcing bomb threats, swimming in the fountains, playing Northern Soul, arguing on panels, you name it. This will be the first time I've actually played there however!" For more information you can visit www.turbonegro.com, or https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Turbonegro/160527554015654 and follow them on twitter @TurbonegroHQ. ARE YOU READY? There will still be more news to follow in the coming weeks as we get ever closer to the festival but for now, please feel free to spread this news far and wide! Current line up: ALVA NOTO / a.P.A.t.T. /AGATHE MAX /ANTILLES /ASTRO /BARDO POND / BYETONE/ CIRCLE/ CLOAKS /CUT HANDS /ELECTRIC WIZARD / ETERNAL TAPESTRY/ FIRE!/ KOGUMAZA/ LUCKY DRAGONS/ MONARCH/ NATHAN BELL/ PART CHIMP/ PHARAOH OVERLORD/ PEKKO KAPPI/ SCORN/ SECRET CHIEFS / SILVER APPLES / SKULL DEFEKTS / SLABDRAGGER/ TEETH OF THE SEA / THE BERG SANS NIPPLE/ TONY CONRAD/ WHITE HILLS / WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM / ZOMBI / ZU93 Tickets for the festival are only £75 for three days of music, film, art and cake and are available from: http://www.supersonicfestival.com
OFF! are back in the UK for the second time this month next week with F*d Up and at Reading and Leeds festivals. They’ve also just completed a trilogy of live videos that can be checked out at the following links. ‘Compared To What’ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tOLRA85UcfM&feature=player_embedded ‘Poison City’ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1g9DoX4oKU&feature=player_embedded OFF! complete live video series UK Dates including Reading & Leeds and XOYO with F*d Up www.offofficial.com http://goincase.com/room205/off/ Keith Morris (vocals) | Dimitri Coats (guitar) | Steven McDonald (bass) | Mario Rubalcaba (drums) OFF! have unveiled the final video in a three part live series recorded by Go Incase for their Room 205 Series. The videos for Compared To What, Poison City and Crawl can be viewed here. The band’s beautifully frenzied hardcore punk sound is given visuals to match in what is the perfect trilogy of videos to demonstrate their aesthetic. OFF! will be back in the UK next week following their first ever performances on these shores earlier this month. Their last live dates on this run will be at XOYO with F*d Up and at Reading & Leeds Festivals on the Lock Up Stage. The individual roots established by Keith Morris (Black Flag/Circle Jerks), Dimitri Coats (Burning Brides), Steven McDonald (Redd Kross), and Mario Rubalcaba (Earthless/Hot Snakes/Rocket From the Crypt) are uniquely woven throughout the rock music canon. Each has challenged society’s cyclical and complacent ideals in their own respective bands, and three decades on they’ve never strayed from their intentions. Now they come together as a four-piece called OFF! and they’re as confrontational as ever, lunging inside the aesthetic of West Coast hardcore to push life’s most provocative issues to the forefront. The pinch-hitting First Four EPs mark their explosive approach for a total of 16 songs in just under 18 minutes. The band split its recording into only two sessions, with the first nine songs completed in January 2010, while the latter half was hammered out on August 25th of last year. EUROPEAN DATES – Aug 17 59:1 (w/Fucked Up) Munich, GERMANY Aug 18 Schlachthof (w/Fucked Up) Wiesbaden, GERMANY Aug 19 Underground (w/Fucked Up) Cologne, GERMANY Aug 20 Pukkelpop Festival Hasselt, BELGIUM Aug 23 Doornroosje (w/The Bronx) Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS Aug 24 Melkweg (w/The Bronx) Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS Aug 25 XOYO (w/Fucked Up) London, UK Aug 26 Leeds Festival UK Aug 28 Reading Festival UK
WIRE- 2nd UK Tour plus Live album In spite of having toured extensively throughout the world with their brilliantly received "Red Bark Tree" album during the 1st half of 2011 Wire's line-up of Colin Newman, Graham Lewis & Robert Grey, supplemented since May 2010 with live guitarist Matt Simms have recently announced their 2nd UK tour of the year. Twice as long and covering several cities where the band have not played since the 70's, the November tour will see the band end the year with a flourish. To accompany the tour Wire's label Pinkflag will be releasing a live album (all formats) of a prestigious show from earlier in the year. The album will be available as exclusive tour merchandise during the tour and will only be released to shops once the tour is over. Support on all dates will be provided by the highly acclaimed American duo Talk Normal who are just now putting the finishing touches to their debut album. TOUR DATES Nov 15: HMV Institute, Birmingham, UK Nov 16: Manchester 3, Manchester, UK Nov 17: Liquid Rooms, Edinburgh, UK Nov 18: The Arches, Glasgow, UK Nov 19: Academy 2, Newcastle, UK Nov 20: Brudenell Social Club, Leeds, UK Nov 22: Concorde 2, Brighton, UK Nov 23: XOYO, London, UK Nov 25: Academy 2, Liverpool, UK Nov 26: Whelans, Dublin, Eire Nov 29: Thekla, Bristol, UK Nov 30: Phoenix, Exeter, UK Dec 01: The Globe, Cardiff, UK Dec 02: Academy 2, Oxford, UK Dec 03: The Plug, Sheffield, UK
Dead Kennedys Guitarist East Bay Ray Announces Album The Killer Smiles set for UK release on 17 October 2011 Influential Dead Kennedys guitarist East Bay Ray announces the release of the self-titled debut album of his new band, East Bay Ray and The Killer Smiles. The album will come out on 17 October. The 12 new tracks were produced by Paul Leary, Butthole Surfers guitarist and widely known for producing Sublime's massive self-titled CD and their single "Santeria." Along with Ray's distinctive sound, the recording also features the voice and lyrics of Skip McSkipster from the Wynonna Riders and recent Dead Kennedys' tours. As East Bay Ray describes the album: "While Skip and I were touring in the DKs, we started writing a batch of new songs and wanted to record them. And then Paul Leary, who the DKs used to play with in warehouses back in the day, took a liking to the project and he ended up producing it." Skip declares, "Working with a guitarist of Ray's caliber has allowed me to more fully explore where my vocals can go. People will find the album very wide-ranging and a good start for where the band will take us" They are joined on the album by drummer Steve Wilson and bassist Greg Reeves, both who have also filled in on several major Dead Kennedys tours. Sonicbids EPK: http://www.sonicbids.com/EastBayRayTheKillerSmiles Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/East-Bay-Ray/107246597160 Reverbnation: http://www.reverbnation.com/killersmiles Hi Res Cover Art: http://mvdb2b.com/i/300dpi/MVD5236A.jpg Order Link: http://www.wienerworld.com/index.php?catnumber=MVD5236A East Bay Ray and The Killer Smiles - TRACKLIST: 1. Raising the Stakes 2. Lipstick Cherry Red 3. You're Such A Fake 4. Area 51 5. The Heart Is Something 6. It's Broken 7. I'm A User 8. The Runner 9. The Last Time You Failed 10. Safe and Sound 11. The Hardest Part 12. 16 Tons
YOUTH CLUB Projects presents #3:
“IT’S SOMETHING HELL’S”
From 18th – 31st August
YOUTH CLUB 2.1 Kingly Court (Just off Carnaby St). London W1B 5PW
Open Mon – Fri 11am – 6pm
“Its Something Hell’s” is a celebration of Rockabilly, Rockers & Teddy Boy style past and present.
The exhibition is a collaboration between YOUTH CLUB and the renowned Rockabilly barber Mr Ducktail and 50s beauty stylist Miss Betty. Featured in the show are photographs from the Youth Club archive by Tim Scott, Leonie Morse, Richard Braine, Robin Maddock plus many more shots from the 50s to the present.
YOUTH CLUB is an award winning pop culture company that is passionate about
embedding brands, products, spaces and services with meaning and relevance. It is
also home to one of the world’s leading youth culture content archives, providing
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“What Rockabilly gave us in fusing Blues, Gospel, Rhythm & Blues with old-time Country, they (and black musicians like Chuck Berry who were making the cross-over from the opposite direction) created the soundtrack for the 20th century and beyond. Horrified at the sight of white teens from ‘good families’ shaking their booties on the dance floor, public spirited civic leaders announced ‘Rock & Roll Has Got To Go’ and smashed vinyl records to underline their intention. But it didn’t go away and, in various distinct but ultimately related genres, it evolved into what most people all over the world listen and groove to today.” – Ted Polhemus
IT’S SOMETHING HELL’S LAUNCH EVENT:
Thursday 18th August
YOUTH CLUB, 2.1 Kingly Court, London W1B 5PW from 6pm
PSYCHIC LIFE by JAH WOBBLE and JULIE CAMPBELL Psychic Life is a new collaboration between Jah Wobble and Julie Campbell (aka LoneLady). Former PiL guitarist Keith Levene also appears on the album. Psychic Life will be released via Cherry Records on 14th November 2011. Here, Jah Wobble writes about how the collaboration began and how it all came together. I first made the acquaintance of Julie Campbell via Email on the Eighteenth of February 2011. We arranged a meeting at Manchester’s Deansgate a couple of days later, on a Saturday afternoon. It was a very confused beginning to our collaboration, reminiscent of a Larry David scenario. I thought that her record company (Warp) were interested in me remixing or possibly producing her. She was under the opposite impression and thought that I was looking to find a singer for a band that I was supposed to be forming. I had first heard her voice when Steve Beckett, the boss of Warp Records, played me her the title track of her 2010 album ‘Nerve Up’. Initially, I knew her by her stage name LoneLady. At first, I assumed that ‘Nerve up’ and the single ‘Intuition’ were cover versions, simply because they immediately sounded familiar to me. It was as if I already knew them. To my ear, they had a dry tautness and a melodic sensibility that strongly suggested Manchester of the late seventies. I assumed they were classics by the Buzzcocks or Joy Division (during their later Martin Hannett period), that had somehow eluded me. The Buzzcocks were the first punk band, other than the Sex Pistols, that I liked. I first saw them at the Vortex in 1977. They were lyrically adept, with a taut, focused sound with just the right amount of irony. I bought their début EP ‘Spiral Scratch’ (great title). I particularly liked ‘Boredom’, especially the one note solo. However, LoneLady had an edgy aesthetic about her, way beyond any seventies band. She had intelligently paired down and reduced her sound to the bare minimum, thereby making it even more starkly dramatic and effective. She was obviously a smart cookie. I checked out her performances on YouTube and was struck by her commanding presence (and what I felt was a rather haughty demeanour). She had what I would call that 'beautiful androgyny thing' that the British (Bowie et al) tend to do so well. I hoped she wasn't as difficult as some singers tend towards being. When I sat opposite her, I sipped cappuccino and slurped down snails (enveloped in a rich buttery garlic sauce). Julie drank a Belgian beer. I was relieved to find that she was an intelligent and articulate woman; both down to earth and knowledgeable culturally. She had a background in fine arts. I explained to her how I had a lingering ambition to make an album that was in the (for want of a better term) 'post-punk' tradition. This longing had been exacerbated by the talk of a PiL reunion a couple of years before my meeting with Julie. I had always felt that it was unlikely that I would ever play under the PiL banner again; and predictably, negotiations stalled at a very early stage. However, that episode further whetted my appetite to make a post-punk album in the original PiL mode (but with a modern sensibility – there's no point in making 'museum music'). The thing that had always thwarted me was the distinct lack of a charismatic (in the right ‘uncharismatic’ way) singer/front person. I had been on the lookout for 'the one', on and off, for twenty odd years. To be honest, I had never even come close. However, not being able to find the right person has never baffled me. It is, after all, a tall order. They would need to be able to deal convincingly with a number of styles of music, whilst always being their own (authentic) idiosyncratic self. (Up to this point, I have never even seen the particular ‘ideal’ that I was looking for contained in any one performer.) Spoken word needs to be part of the package in a venture like this. For all its darkness and trauma, post-punk is connected (inextricably) to the ideals of late nineteenth century romanticism; especially its poetry, which rails, quite rightly, against the rationalisation of life and nature. Back then, the industrial age was the enemy, whereas now it’s the information-led age, the new Tower of Babble, in its myriad forms, that stands infantile and all-pervasive in opposition to the romantic ideal. Facebook and the industrial revolution point towards the same thing. Unthinking, unhappy uniformity – well, fuck that. (That’s why post-punk came about; because ‘punk’ became unthinking, unhappy and uniform – and artistically restricting.) So as I sat there, on a bright fresh early spring afternoon, I had one question on my mind: "is this the one?" The early indications were very positive. Julie was well up to give it a go. All I could promise, at that point, was that it was highly likely that the process would be a lot of fun and that nice dinners would be eaten in nice restaurants. She also told me that she was a serious PiL fan, which delighted me. That meant that we were halfway there already. I suggested that we get Keith Levene to play some guitar for us. Keith had been in contact with me in the months leading up to my meeting with Julie. In fact, I had already had a bash with him at the end of one of my gigs. I knew that he was very aware that he had wasted so many years pursuing the wrong things. It was a good time to be getting him in. We decided that we would cut some basic backing tracks, and if all went well, we would get Levene to play on them. No-one has ever come close to Levene in terms of playing the non-square, non-bourgeoisie, harmonically hip, ‘guitar wash’ a la ‘Poptones’, ‘Theme’, etc. So a few days later, just to get the ball rolling, we cut three basic rhythm tracks, 'Psychic Life', 'Phantasms' and 'Ruinlust'. Julie put vocals down. I noticed her thick, bound notebook of lyrics. I asked if I could peruse them. I was astounded; there was page after page of typed (as in typed with a typewriter) lyrics. A torrent of dark, haunting and troubled images was conveyed by the words. It was momentarily overwhelming. "Game on!" I thought, "this girl's the real thing. She's a poet!" I also found that she could really sing. Additionally I discovered that, similar to myself, she was a psychogeographer and long distance urban pedestrian (facts crucial to the creation of this project). Above all, the post-punk period was about having fun and shedding shackles. That ethos is as strong as it ever was, as far as I’m concerned. It’s about working with a melange of influences, approaches and aesthetics. (It also allows an old bloke like me to travel backwards and forwards in time.) Here is a list of some of the people, places and things that have influenced the making of this album and its accompanying images/artwork: Georgio Moroder, Biba, Emily Dickinson, Chaka Khan, Ingmar Bergman, Helmut Newton, The Yellow Wallpaper, Karl Lagerfeld, French Film Noir, J.G. Ballard, Disco, Andrei Tarkovsky, Blade Runner, The Robbie Vincent Show. Jah Wobble, Stockport, August, 2011 PSYCHIC LIFE by JAH WOBBLE and JULIE CAMPBELL CHERRY RED RECORDS Release Date: 14TH NOVEMBER 2011
White Lies Announce details of a new single. White Lies are very, very good at what they do – 4/5 album of the week Sunday Times There’s greatness here – 4/5 Q The album delivers on the promise – 4/5 Mojo It’s really quite difficult not to be impressed by them – 4/5 Time Out Astoundingly assured – 4.5/5 The Fly White Lies have announced details of the release of a new single. The Power & The Glory will be released through Fiction Records on Monday 26th September 2011. The single, taken from their 2nd album Ritual, which was released earlier this year, will also feature mixes from Wax Stag and Bibio. Released in January of this year the album reached number 3 in the U.K. album charts, charted top 10 in many countries worldwide and made the top 20 in the U.S. i-Tunes chart. The band also play their biggest U.K. shows to date in December with the tour culminating in a show at Wembley Arena. This year has already seen the band play U.S. and U.K. headline tours (including two sold-out nights at London’s Shepherds Bush Empire and a New York Terminal 5 show), make high-profile Stateside TV appearances on the Late Show with David Letterman and the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, play rapturous sets at both Glastonbury and T in the Park, appear at over 30 festivals around the world and perform as main support on the Kings of Leon U.K. and European stadium tour. Their Saturday night performance on the Other Stage at Glastonbury and main stage show at Lollapalooza can be viewed here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9O-KqZSXQHg http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ApNkFbyILQ4 Their current list of U.K. dates is as follows: AUGUST 26th Reading Reading Festival (NME / Radio 1 Stage) 27th Leeds Leeds Festival (NME / Radio 1 Stage) <!--[if !supportEmptyParas]--> <!--[endif]--> DECEMBER 12th Wolverhampton Civic Hall 13th Manchester Apollo 15th Glasgow Academy 17th London Wembley Arena
Billy Rath-from Johnny Thunders and the Heartbreakers plays the 100 Club Punk fest with support from the Sex Pistols Experience, Rebel Truce )Clash Tribute) Setting Sns(jam Tribute and the Threats from Scotland on Sat Oct 22nd. Doors are at 6pm. See you all there
JERRY DAMMERS' SPATIAL A.K.A. ORCHESTRA Following their highly acclaimed national tour and appearances at Glastonbury and on 'Later with Jools Holland', Jerry Dammers’ Spatial AKA Orchestra return to play a London date at The Barbican on Friday 18th Nov 2011. The Specials’ and 2 Tone founder Jerry Dammers’ funk and dub influenced arrangements of his selections from cosmic jazz , reggae, exotica and library music, have formed backdrops for some of the country’s finest jazz improvisers, in his highly acclaimed orchestra, with whose expert help Dammers has brought to life, reinvented and rejuvenated some of the records, visual images, objects, (and keyboards) he has collected over the years, (alongside a handful of his own creations). Orchestra favourites, plus some new selections paying homage to a further variety of futurist musical dreamers, adaptations of Dammers’ own songs, and a small amount of original material, are now moving the orchestra beyond its “Sun Ra Tribute band” starting point. Alternative musical styles, not always associated with jazz, (from rock to jungle or dubstep), are also somewhere in the mix. Featuring: Jason Yarde , Denys Baptiste , Larry Stabbins, Nathaniel Facey, Shabaka Hutchins, Terry Edwards (saxes), Finn Peters (flute), Robin Hopcraft (trumpet) , Harry Brown (trombone), Anthony Joseph (vocals), Francine Luce (vocals), Alcyona Mick (piano) ,Roger Beaujolais (vibes), Larry Bartley (double bass), Patrick Illingworth (drums), Crispin “Spry” Robinson, (percussion), Steve Gibson (percussion), Ollie Bayley (electric bass), Patrick Hatchett, Guy Clarke (guitars), Jerry Dammers (keyboards). “Dammers’ arrangements brilliantly join the dots …….. making the inaccessible accessible….. a genuinely joyful sound.” Alexis Petridis, The Guardian. “Triumphant, glorious, exhilarating.” Nick Hasted, Uncut. “Now this is really special.” Kitty Empire, The Observer. “Go and see them.” Ian Harrison, Mojo. “Puts the joy back into live jazz.” Jazzwise. Winners of Gilles Peterson Worldwide Awards 2011, 'John Peel' Award (for musical adventurousness).
HANK3 CHARTS NEW TERRITORY WITH FOUR-RECORD RELEASE DUE OUT OCTOBER 10TH Expect Country, Doom-Rock and Speed Metal with Cattle Callin www.hank3.com With his own new label, Hank3 Records, and the sense that he has thrown off the chains holding him back creatively, Shelton Hank Williams III, aka Hank3, is coming out swinging this year with the release of FOUR records on October 10th - that's right - FOUR. The unprecedented launch, in a distribution partnership with Megaforce Records (MRI), features a broad range of music that bridges more than one head-thumping genre - a familiar theme that true Hank3 fans have embraced for years. Ghost to a Ghost/Guttertown, a double-album set, is a straight-shooting country collection, flavored with Hank3's trademark hellbilly sound, and heavily weighted with Cajun influence (especially on Guttertown) and an ambient, lonesome mood - and a few very special guests. Two more releases are Attention Deficit Domination and 3 Bar Ranch Cattle Callin - intensely metal-driven records on which Hank3 plays all instruments. Attention Deficit Domination is a pressure-dropping, doom rock statement that has been anticipated by his hardcore fans for years, and Cattle Callin explores a new mind-bending "Cattle Core" sound, featuring Hank3's speed metal woven in and around actual cattle auctioneering. All three projects were recorded at The Haunted Ranch, Hank3's home and studio that lies on the outskirts of Nashville - a fitting place since the town has never really known what to do with this grandson of the American icon. He finally parted ways with Curb Records January 1. "I have musical freedom. I'm able to say 'Here's my record' and I don't have to go through a million different channels just to put out a song," he says. "It's all me now." Hank3 wrote the lion's share of the songs that appear on the 41-track Ghost to a Ghost. The players are Andy Gibson on steel guitar and banjo, who also aided in its recording, David McElfresh on fiddle and mandolin, Zach Shedd on standup bass, Daniel Mason on banjo, super-picker Johnny Hiland on guitar, Billy Contreras on fiddle, and Rory Hoffman on accordion. Guest appearances include the mythical Tom Waits on the haunted "Fadin Moon" from Guttertown and on the Ghost to a Ghost title track, Alan King of Hellstomper, Les Claypool of Primus fame and beyond, Dave Sherman, Troy Medlin and Hank3's dog, Trooper. Cuts such as "Guttertown," "Ridin The Wave," and "The Devil's Movin In" on Ghost to A Ghost, and "Goin to Guttertown," "The Low Line," and "I'll Save My Tears" on Guttertown highlight both the excellent musicianship on the records, and Hank3's unmistakable, confident vocals. Attention Deficit Domination allows the listener into Hank3's crunching, metal world of the heavy and the slow, complete with his renowned, fundamental percussion. The nine tracks hardly allow you to get up from the floor. With songs such as "I Feel Sacrificed" and the tormented "Livin Beyond Doom," Hank3 works a ground somewhere between devastation and high theatre. "Both A.D.D. and Cattle Callin are very intense. It's very manic," Hank3 says. "It's hard to follow, even for the guys I play with. I'm playing everything on these two. It's very complex." There are 23 tracks on Cattle Callin, featuring Hank3's driving, formidable guitar attack, with instrumentation build around the auctioneering and, in some cases, his own higher-register vocal treatment laid over the top. Metal fans will notice some tongue-in-cheek humor with titles such as "Heavy Cattle" and "Angus of Death." Also, fans of bluegrass will love the banjo-driven "Cattle Callin Lonesome Blues," featuring Mason. "I was raised around it [cattle auctioneering] and it's pretty amazing how fast these guys are," Hank3 says. "Hip-hop has looped auctioneers. Bluegrass has messed around with it a little bit. This has never been done in the heavy metal world." The October release of all three projects represents a new birth for Hank3, and he's happy to have the chance. "Megaforce Records has helped me with my vision to do something that's never been done before," he says. "They're handling my distribution, and I wanted to flood the market and do everything different. I wanted to come out of the gate strong. "I'm opening up the mind a little bit and bringing some different styles together."
PiL play the last shows of the 2011 tour this weekend in Japan. They will play Summer Sonic Festival Osaka & Tokyo, before finishing with their own club show at Tokyo, Studio Coast. Both Summer Sonic Festival’s are completely sold-out however, some tickets are available for the Studio Coast show via this link. Tickets will also be available on the door if the show does not sell-out before Monday.
Summer Sonic Festival Osaka, Japan, August 13th 2011
Co-headlining mountain stage, 2nd biggest stage
Summer Sonic Festival Tokyo, Japan, August 14th 2011
Headlining mountain stage, 2nd biggest stage
In 1977, Steve Ignorant and Penny Rimbaud founded Crass.
In 1984 Crass disbanded.
In 2007, as a personal tribute to Crass, Steve Ignorant performed a show at Shepherds Bush Empire called ‘The Feeding Of The Five Thousand’, a celebration of the Crass album of the same name, which was performed in its entirety. Answering the calls that have come from around the globe in response to the Shepherd’s Bush gigs Steve Ignorant has been touring ‘The Last Supper’ across the UK, Europe, US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand to rapturous audiences, celebrating the period of Crass’ work with which he feels most closely aligned – the period when he feels the band were at the strongest, most productive and most hopeful.
In November 2011 Steve Ignorant and his merry band of musicians comprising Gizz Butt (guitar), Pete Wilson (bass), Spike T Smith (drums) and Carol Hodge (vocals) will be performing the Last Supper for the last time, deliberately and significantly to be held once again at the 02 Shepherds Bush Empire.
This will doubtless be the last time any member of Crass will play these songs live again. Ever.
Steve has invited some old friends along to help make this a truly unforgettable event and I am pleased to announce the support acts for the final ever show…
The Cravats <http://t.ymlp51.com/hbmaiauswuaoamhjagahhe/click.php>
Formed in 1978 near Birmingham, England, these dada fuelled, Jazz-Punk colossals soon became firm John Peel favourites with their unique brand of sax-riddled, bass-laced punk weirdness, doing 4 sessions for the great man and releasing numerous records on Small Wonder, Crass, Corpus Christi and most recently the double CD retrospective, ‘Land of The Giants’ on Overground Records, who, in January, are also re-releasing the band’s first 1978 LP, ‘The Cravats In Toytown’ on CD, as well as a brilliantly crafted new creation culled from the original ‘In Toytown’ master tapes by Penny Rimbaud of Crass, which one described as, ". . . Like an English Stately Home garden landscaped by Jackson Pollock." The live band features, original founder and voice, The Shend (The Cravats, The Very Things) as well as legendary Cravats sax behemoth, Svor Naan along with Rex Speedway on fuzz club guitar, Rev. J. Noble on bass and Rampton Garstang, the tree-bending sticksman.
Eccentrically frantic on stage, odd but on the ball and definitely not normal.
Paranoid Visions <http://t.ymlp51.com/hbjaaauswuapamhjacahhe/click.php>
Formed in Dublin in 1981, Paranoid Visions quickly allied themselves to the anarcho punk fraternity of the second wave of punk rock in the early 80’s. Heavily influenced by the Crass ethic of DIY music, the band formed their own F.O.A.D label and licensed their records to All The Madmen, home of the Mob, Thatcher on Acid, Blyth Power and the Astronauts. The band are currently completing their new album, entitled "Dichotomy: White Sands / Black Earth" for release in early 2012. the album features contributions from the Cravats’ The Shend, TV Smith, Goldblades’ John Robb and US punk band the Blame. A single (featuring TV Smith on guest vocals), "Outsider Artist" will be released to coincide with this show with Steve Ignorant, the bands largest London gig to date.
Videos: politician 2011 <http://t.ymlp51.com/hbbadauswuavamhjagahhe/click.php> (cd single), reached number 6 in the IRMA irish physical sales chart 2011, strobelight and torture <http://t.ymlp51.com/hbhaaauswuaaamhjacahhe/click.php> (7" and cd single), reached number 4 in the independant download charts 2010 Missing in action <http://t.ymlp51.com/hbwarauswuagamhjagahhe/click.php> (album track from 40 shades of gangreen, 2007) video produced by students from tisch college, NYC, as part of their work experience in Dublin courtesy of hot press.
Andy T. began writing poetry/lyrics around the mid 1970’s encouraged by the free festival scene which had a lot of roots and branches in Rochdale. Andy became friends with Crass, attending a lot of their gigs around the country. They were expressing similar feelings that he related to. He had been sending cassette tapes of his poetry and music to friends for quite a while. Crass decided to release a bunch of tapes they had received from all over the country as Bullshit Detector. Andy had something to do with 5 tracks on the first one. Andy T’s music has been described as ‘Joy Division meets Killing Joke at a dub reggae party, with a fat, old bloke shouting over the top’. It probably sounds like nothing you’ve heard before, please feel free to decide for yourself.
Some special secret guests will also be appearing!
If you would like more detailed information about the support acts then please do not hesitate to get in touch.
We would be most grateful if you would consider this event for listings and preview ahead of time and if you would like to speak to Steve Ignorant to get his perspective on performing these songs live for the last time then I will gladly arrange, he is ready and willing…
"So here it is then – the final date for the final gig, it’s so weird looking at it knowing it’s going to be the last time I ever perform Crass songs live on stage. I know that was the idea behind this Last Supper tour, but to see it in black and white in front of you like this really makes it final. I know that every gig I do is special and that me and the band put 1000% into every performance, but I have to admit to you all, this one will be special.
If you’re thinking of coming, bring some tissues – it’s gonna be emotional" – Steve Ignorant
The Last Supper
O2 Shepherds Bush Academy
Saturday 19th November. Doors 7pm
Special guests: The Cravats, Paranoid Visions and Andy T
Tickets £20, on sale now from Ticketweb <http://t.ymlp51.com/hbqarauswuapamhjaxahhe/click.php> , the Southern web shop, UK tickets <http://t.ymlp51.com/hbyanauswuanamhjaxahhe/click.php> .
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