DREGAN LEAVES MIKE MONROE BAND

DREGEN Exits MICHAEL MONROE's Band To Focus On Solo Career, BACKYARD BABIES

 

DREGEN Exits MICHAEL MONROE’s Band To Focus On Solo Career, BACKYARD BABIES

DREGEN Exits MICHAEL MONROE's Band To Focus On Solo Career, BACKYARD BABIES

Swedish guitarist/vocalist Dregen (real name: Andreas Tyrone Svensson) has announced his departure from former HANOI ROCKS singer Michael Monroe‘s solo band to focus on a solo career.

Dregen has played guitar in Michael Monroe‘s live band since the summer of 2011, and he also played on the band’s latest album, "Horns and Halos". Replacing him is British guitarist Rich Jones (THE GINGER WILDHEART BANDTHE BLACK HALOS), who first appeared with Monroe on tour last autumn.

"Luckily, Rich, who has done an excellent job as Dregen‘s substitute, has gelled into the band’s chemistry so well that the rest of the band welcomes him with open arms as a permanent member. And so the saga continues," says Michael Monroe.

Dregen‘s solo band will appear as Michael Monroe‘s opening act on their gigs in Finland at Pakkahuone (Tampere), Tavastia (Helsinki), Kaivohuone (Naantali) and M/S Viking Grace in April and May.

"It’s been three amazing years in the Michael Monroe band and I’ve been enjoying every second of it!" says Dregen. "I’m gonna miss this band so much, but it’s time for me to focus on my solo career and future BACKYARD BABIES albums. I hope that I contributed positive energy, great live shows, riffs, dirt, and songs on [Monroe‘s latest album] ‘Horns And Halos’ that gave Michael Monroe an extra dimension after ‘Sensory Overdrive’. This band is so good so they’ll be fine without me.

"I’ll be supporting Michael Monroe with my solo band in April and May. What a great package! What a great show! What a great ending!"

"Dregen and his band opening up for Michael Monroe is a nice send-off and a special treat for the fans," adds Michael Monroe.

Dregen released his self-titled debut solo album on September 25, 2013 via Universal Music in Sweden. The CD was issued via Spinefarm Records in the U.K. on September 30, 2013.

"Horns And Halos" was certified gold in Finland for sales in excess of 10,000 copies within the first week of the CD’s release. Released on August 27, 2013 via Spinefarm Records, the CD is the follow-up to the 2011 critically acclaimed "Sensory Overdrive", winner of Classic Rock magazine’s "Album Of The Year" and a No. 1 record in Monroe‘s Finnish homeland.


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ELECTRIC RIVER DROP VIDEO, TOUR DATES N’ PURE RAWK AWARD!

 ELECTRIC RIVER

 KENT ROCKERS DROP LYRIC VIDEO FOR FIRST SINGLE OFF NEW ALBUM, PLUS TOUR NEWS AND PURE RAWK AWARD NOMINATION!  It's all going on for fast rising Kent rockers ELECTRIC RIVER, fresh from a packed show on Saturday at London's Garage, as they drop the long awaited lyric video for new single  'IN YOUR NAME' out March 31st on Cadiz music, taken from their forthcoming new album.  WATCH 'IN YOUR NAME' HERE-  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jnKN0R8aP0U  
  ELECTRIC RIVER KENT ROCKERS DROP LYRIC VIDEO FOR FIRST SINGLE OFF NEW ALBUM, PLUS TOUR NEWS AND PURE RAWK AWARD NOMINATION!  It's all going on for fast rising Kent rockers ELECTRIC RIVER, fresh from a packed show on Saturday at London's Garage, as they drop the long awaited lyric video for new single  'IN YOUR NAME' out March 31st on Cadiz music, taken from their forthcoming new album.  WATCH 'IN YOUR NAME' HERE-  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jnKN0R8aP0U  Meanwhile singer/bass player Sponge is also nominated for a 'Best Frontman'award at this Friday's Pure Rawk awards at the Boston Arms in London. (www.purerawk.com)  And catch Electric River on tour this week at- 06/03/14	 The Grapes, Stafford  07/03/14	 The Black Bull, Gateshead + Colt 45  08/03/14	 The Sands, Carlisle + Colt 45  14/03/14	 The Pav Tav, Brighton  15/03/14	 The Apple & Parrot, Torquay  + Crazy Arm  16/03/14	 The White Rabbit, Plymouth + Crazy Arm  www.electricriver.co.uk www.facebook.com/electricriver       
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THE GODFATHERS UK TOUR

 Legendary London rockers THE GODFATHERS announce two UK concerts, which replace concerts cancelled in November 2013 due to band illness.  The Godfathers play The Underworld in Camden, London on Saturday 3rd May & The Prince Albert, Brighton on Sunday 4th May. Tickets available from www.wegottickets.com & all the usual outlets.

 

An intense touring schedule for the band also includes concerts & tours in Belgium, France, Ireland (featuring a performance at the famed Trinity Ball at Dublin’s prestigious Trinity College on Friday 4th April, tickets for this annual event sold out in three hours – an all-time record!) Bulgaria, Greece & a 13 date UK tour as special guests of punk icons Stiff Little Fingers. The Godfathers/SLF tour dates are as follows:

 

Mon March 17 – Barrowland, Glasgow Tues Mar 18 – O2 Academy, Liverpool Weds Mar 19 – Rock City, Nottingham Fri Mar21 – Wulfrun Hall, Wolverhampton Sat Mar 22 – The Ritz, Manchester Sun Mar 22 The Assembly, Leamington Spa Mon Mar 24 The Cresset, Peterborough Weds Mar 26 The Waterfront, Norwich Thurs Mar 27 – Corn Exchange, Ipswich Fri Mar 28 – The Forum, London Sat Mar 29 – O2 Academy, Bristol Mon Mar 31 – The Phoenix, Exeter Tues Apr 1 Pyramid Centre, Portsmouth

 

The Godfathers are currently writing songs & tunes for their follow-up album to the critically acclaimed ‘Jukebox Fury’. The (as yet untitled) new studio album is expected to be released sometime in 2015, which (coincidentally) will be 30 years since the formation of the band.

 

Press enquiries: godfathersnow@gmail.com

 

www.godfathers.uk.com

 

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ELECTRIC RIVER TOUR AND FESTIVALS

 ELECTRIC RIVER HEAD OUT ON TOUR THIS WEEK. THEY WILL RELEASE THEIR NEW ALBUM ‘THE FAITH AND PATIENCE’ ON CADIZ MUSIC IN MAY.

06/03/14

The Grapes, Stafford

£2 ENTRY!! 

Intervention + Local Support

Click Here For Facebook Event

07/03/14

The Black Bull, Gateshead

Colt 45 + Local Support 

8pm – £3

08/03/14

The Sands, Carlisle

+ Colt 45 + Bitzer + Dawn Foster + Laura James 

Tickets £10 Advance : Click To Buy

www.thesandscentre.co.uk

14/03/14

The Pav Tav, Brighton

Electric River + The Bob Hoskins ExperienceBeggarz Fix + Three Against Four + Edd Man

7.30pm

£4 (Add Name To Facebook Event)

£5 on door otherwise 

£2 Drinks all night long!

Click Here For Facebook Event

15/03/14

The Apple & Parrot, Torquay

Free Entry – 7.30pm – + Crazy Arm + Local Support

16/03/14

The White Rabbit, Plymouth

Crazy Arm + Brunel + Haunt The Woods

£3 Entry 8pm

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19/04/14 Boars Head, Dover 9pm Free Entry
25/04/14 The Queens Head, Rye 9pm Free Entry
09/05/14 Westworld Weekend, The Box, Crewe
23/05/14 Strummercamp Festival, Manchester
31/05/14 Camden Rocks Festival, London
19/07/14 Dover Music Festival
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BEASTMILK UK TOUR

 Praise for "Climax":

  "Album of the bleak, of the week."  The Guardian  "A beautifully constructed, artful and imaginitive debut"  Classic Rock  "Heroically hook-packed."  NME  "A current favourite."  Stuart Braithwaite, Mogwai  "A post-apocalyptic thrill-ride."  Rock-A-Rolla  "Don't forget "Climax" when putting together your records of the year lists..."  Terrorizer  Beastmilk had an excellent end to 2013 - with the release of "Climax" seeing staunch support at rock press from the likes of Metal Hammer, Classic Rock, Kerrang! and Terrorizer, but also attention from the likes of The Guardian, Pitchfork, Stereogum, NME and The Fly amongst others. They're a band who surprised and continue to surprise people.  The band have now announced 3 UK dates for March.  They will be playing the following dates:  24th March - The Lexington - London  25th March - Star & Garter - Manchester  26th March - Bodega - Nottinghan  Tickets can be bought from  killilive.com [http://kililive.com] and  [http://seetickets.com]  Bold, anthemic and dark, you can watch the video for "Death Reflects Us"  here [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gIrehsz_1a4]  Beastmilk's debut album, "Climax", is out now via Svart Records in Europe. 
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ATHLETICO SPIZZ’S ‘DO A RUNNER’ GETS A RE RELAESE1

 

ATHLETICO SPIZZ 80 / DO A RUNNER

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By the end of 1979 Spizzenergi were a record breaking band; ‘indie darlings’ on the hip ’Rough Trade’ label, and championed by the (then) powerful music press. Their first three singles had taken top slots in the fledgling independent charts for over a year, and troubled the national charts with hits ‘Soldier Soldier‘ and ‘Captain Kirk‘ (later covered by REM). The band sold out a week’s residency at London’s (original) Marquee Club in Wardour Street, including a matinee for under 16’s. They toured extensively throughout Europe, and with a number of top support slots, including Siouxsie and The Clash and radio sessions for legendary DJ John Peel at the BBC.

In 1980 the band changed its name to ‘Athletico Spizz 80‘, turned its back on quirky punk/pop and unleashed a dark angular jazz-punk inspired album called ‘Do A Runner‘, signing to major label A&M Records – stablemates; The Carpenters and Police.

A dystopian vision; prophesising environmental disaster, religious indoctrination, and terrorism, alienated journalists and fans alike, and the band were roundly slated for forsaking ‘Rough Trade‘, with tirades from the (then) influential music journos such as Steve Sutherland in Melody Maker. The band were vilified for the lengthy rambling anthemic (8 mins) ‘Airships‘, along with the shortest ever punk track ‘Clocks are Big‘, leaving punters and critics scratching their heads; Odd time signatures, droning distorted keyboards, visceral guitar, Mark Coalfield’s introspective existential lyrics and Snare/Solar’s spikey, jazzy rhythm section didn’t align with the musical landscape, but did mark a revolutionary leap into the 80’s, setting the tone influencing a raft of bands.

Despite the bad press ‘Do A Runner’ spent 5 weeks on the UK charts, peaking at 27, selling 30,000 copies in the first week of release, but the relentless music-press backlash had a profound effect and the band’s ‘card was marked’.

The album was the link between the 70’s & 80’s, the see-saw that pivoted between the dying embers of punk and the pomp of new wave. Now hailed as; ‘groundbreaking‘, ‘seminal‘, ‘a collectors’ item‘, and all the more remarkable for being recorded and mixed in three days over the spring bank holiday weekend 1980. The strength of the band’s talent shines in the sublime metallic guitar droning ‘Red & Black’; a rhythm section ‘tour-de-force’; the brilliant Coalfield sung ‘Personimpersonator’ fuelled by Spizz’s raw clattering guitar shimmying across Scott’s shards of glass Gibson SG; and the jagged classic ‘New Species‘ with the Snare/Solar trademark pounding tom/bass theme underpinning Spizz‘s searing robotic carrion call. Gems such as the Brechtian ‘Intimate’, and Kraftwerkesque ‘Rhythm Inside’ demonstrate insight and interpretation well beyond the band’s tender years.

 

FURRY RECORDS

After five years spent searching record label vaults and dogged persistence, drummer Clive Parker has unearthed the original tapes from the A&M Records USA pressing (orig’ cat no. SP4838). Painstakingly restored from the master tapes here is the ‘Do A Runner’ album finally released – after 34 years – with the added bonus of the band’s wonderful second album ’Spikey Dream Flowers’ (guitar from Lu Edmonds of PIL & The Damned) with it’s classic re-working of the band’s punk/disco classic ‘Soldier Soldier‘. The tapes were thought to have been destroyed and could not be found in the UK, making this a very special set.

Lu Edmonds has worked prolifically with PIL as writer and multi-instrumentalist on more than 16 albums, as well as The Mekons, and Kirsty MacColl, and his own solo work. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lu_Edmonds

Clive Parker formed Big Country with Stuart Adamson, and Bruce Watson creating the distinctive double-bass drum drone and triplet themes used by Mark Breziki on the multi- million selling Crossing album. Then signed to EMI with his self styled synth band Scary Thieves pioneering the use of electro drums. Clive toured with John Moore (Jesus & Mary Chain), and is now a musician, writer, published author, and actor. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clive_Parker

Spizz is still performing, using various line-up’s / band names.

https://www.facebook.com/spizz.energi

Jim Solar (James Little) was a SONY Music Publishing executive, and is now an entertainment agent.
http://screen-talent.com/

Lead tracks / Radio:

7) Red & Black
9) Personimpersonator 16) Soldier Soldier

Sounds like;
Queens of the Stone Age The Skids
Wire
PIL

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KILLING JOKE-NEW MUSIC COMING!

 new

‘IN DUB’
album
plus
Live Album 
Jaz Coleman’s
book 
Letters From Cythera 
& Symphony No.2 “The Island”
out 
May 5th  

May 5th sees a cornucopia of delights released from  Killing Joke – Killing Joke : ‘In Dub’ triple CD and ‘Down By The River‘ double live album,  along with Jaz Colemans’ first book ‘Letters From Cytheria’  and Symphony No.2 ‘The Island’. 

KILLING JOKE : IN DUB 

Youth has created a new Killing Joke release entitled Killing Joke: In Dub. Youth explains “I first discovered Dub in 1976, along with many other kinds of music it became the soundtrack to my late teenage years and consistent through the rest of my life. We were surrounded by Dub in Ladbroke Grove in the late 1970’s…. This is the first time a collection of Killing Joke’s Dub mixes has been released as an album, spread over 3CD’s over four hours of Dub annihilation…it has been an epic voyage. Compiling the best of the legacy and distilling all new Dub plates into a definitive collection was never going to be easy. This album has taken over a year to lovingly put together and of all of the many productions and mixes I have been fortunate enough to have been involved with, this one, I’m sure, will be one of those that tells the story best and the one that makes me feel extremely proud to be a part of the phenomena that is Killing Joke.”

Killing Joke: In Dub is available as digital download and  3CD set. And to coincide with IN Dub Killing Joke have created a video for Tomorrow’s World (Urban Primitive Dub) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SkSSaHyk77U

LETTERS FROM CYTHERA & THE ISLAND SYMPHONY

These two simultaneous releases represent is the ultimate Jaz Coleman auditory and literal experience.

Letters From Cythera’ was written between years 2007 – 2008 in the South Pacific and outlines how the occult sciences have shaped Jaz’s philosophical outlook expounding on his preferred system for a personalized renaissance (the supersynthesis), which consists of completing 13 separate projects or masterpieces over a five to six year period. In the book he documents his endeavors in tackling this epic undertaking. In short, it is the antithesis of a conventional rock biography.

Thus ‘Letters from Cythera’ is the first of two books giving a detailed account of his hidden history and involvement with Hermetics, Earth Sciences and the Rosicrucian tradition noting the various Kabalistic innovations that have evolved over the last 33 years (and perhaps more significantly how they have influenced his work with both Killing Joke and Orchestra). ‘Letters from Cythera’ also covers the principles of self education, symbolism, quantum mechanics, numerology and of course my ongoing obsession with the image of a hidden island at the ends of the earth.

Along, with the book Jaz is releasing his 2nd Symphony (‘The Island’) as a companion work and was composed in 1997 to celebrate his NZ Citizenship. 

KILLING JOKE – DOWN BY THE RIVER
 

Recorded live ‘The Royal Festival Hall’ in 2011, Geordie Walker KJ Guitarist and founder member describes this as ‘the definitive KJ Live album’.  Featuring 20 songs spanning their entire career the album is available as a CD with Bonus DVD of on-stage image projections and on double

To Pre Order 

Killing Joke ‘In Dub’ 

 

 

Letter To Cythera’ go to  http://www.amazon.co.uk/Letters-From-Cythera-Jaz-Coleman/dp/B00HZ3961O/ref=pd_sim_sbs_m_h__1

The Island Symphony’ go to  http://www.amazon.co.uk/Island-Symphony-No-2/dp/B00I36KKI0/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1392385383&sr=1-1&keywords=jaz+coleman

‘Letter To Cythera’ & ‘The Island Symphony’ http://www.amazon.co.uk/Letters-From-Cythera-Book-CD/dp/B00HZ39650/ref=pd_sim_sbs_b_1

‘Down By The River’ CD w/bonus DVD go to
 
‘Down By The River’ Vinyl album  go to

 

 
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JAMES WILLIAMSON-STOOGES-NEW MUSIC-AND INTERVIEWED IN CURRENT VLR!

 NEW JAMES WILLIAMSON MUSIC!! AND READ HIS EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW IN THE LATEST ISSUE OF VIVE LE ROCK! 

THE STOOGES’ GUITAR LEGEND JAMES WILLIAMSON ANNOUNCES THE RELEASE OF HIS NEW EXCLUSIVE RECORD STORE DAY VINYL SINGLE "OPEN UP AND BLEED"/"GIMME SOME SKIN" ON APRIL 19TH!
 
THESE TWO NEW TAKES OF EARLY STOOGES’ TRACKS FEATURE THE STOOGES (SANS IGGY) & VOCALS FROM TEXAS BLUES SINGER & GUITARIST CAROLYN WONDERLAND
 
THIS LIMITED SINGLE IS AN EARLY TASTE OF JAMES WILLIAMSON’S FORTHCOMING "RE-LICKED" STUDIO ALBUM, WHERE HE’LL BE JOINED BY STEVE MACKAY, MIKE WATT & TOBY DAMMIT OF THE STOOGES & WILL FEATURE A NUMBER OF GREAT GUEST VOCALISTS RE-INTERPRETING LESSER-KNOWN STOOGES GEMS
 
 
James Williamson (photo: Tanya Alexis)

While on a break from touring this year, the members of The Stooges (sans Iggy) got together and recorded songs that were originally penned by Iggy Pop and James Williamson in 1973/74. These songs were never properly recorded since the band didn’t have a record deal at the time.
 
James Williamson always wanted to revisit these songs and has done so with a powerhouse lineup of singers who don’t disappoint on his forthcoming album entitled Re-Licked. "Open Up & Bleed"/"Gimme Some Skin" is the first single from Re-Licked, which will be out later this year. The Stooges’ James Williamson, Steve Mackay, Mike Watt & touring drummer Toby Dammit are joined on both tracks by Texas blues singer & guitarist Carolyn Wonderland, who adds her own forceful and soul-drenching takes on these two rarely heard gems.

Re-Licked will also feature other lesser-known Stooges tracks properly recorded and mixed for the first time. Songs such as "I Gotta Right," "Rubber Legs," "She Creatures of the Hollywood Hills," "Wild Love" and others will be fronted by a wealth of talented vocalists such as Jello Biafra, Mark Lanegan, Ariel Pink, Lisa Kekuala (The BellRays) and others to be announced soon.

James Williamson & Carolyn Wonderland’s new limited vinyl single "Open Up & Bleed"/"Gimme Some Skin" will be available at independent record stores worldwide on Record Store Day, April 19th.
 
CLICK THE IMAGE ABOVE TO WATCH THE VIDEO TEASER FOR "OPEN UP & BLEED"
 
 

FOR MORE INFO ON JAMES WILLIAMSON:
http://straightjameswilliamson.com
 
Carolyn Wonderland & James Williamson (photo: Heather Harris)

FOR MORE INFO ON CAROLYN WONDERLAND:

 

 
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PUNK ROCK BOWLING-FULL LINEUP!

 The 16th Annual Punk Rock Bowling and Music Festival

May 23-26, 2014

 

Late Night Club Show Schedule/Lineups Announced

 

Bands Include: All, Reverend Horton Heat, Judge, H20, Old Man Markley, Cro Mags, Naked Raygun, A Global Threat, CJ Ramone, Final Conflict,
The Briefs, Nightbirds, Gang Green, Manic HIspanic, The Meatmen, Off With Their Heads, Mr. Symarip, Poison Idea, The Freeze,
One Way System, Night Birds, Noi!se, Radkey, plus much much more!!!

 

Club Show Tickets on Sale March 15 at www.PunkRockBowling.com

 

Festival Lineup includes COCK SPARRER, DESCENDENTS, NOFX, Against Me!, The Slackers,

Face To Face, Anti-Nowhere League, Angelic Upstarts, Leftover Crack, Off!, Good Riddance, Masked Intruder and Many More

 

 

 

 

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Punk Rock Bowling has just rolled out their late night club schedule for Memorial Day Weekend in Downtown Las Vegas.

All Club shows are 21+

Outdoor festival is all ages.

Festival tickets and Hotel Rooms are still available, but going fast for the holiday weekend so book early.
http://www.punkrockbowling.com

have just been added to the lineup for Punk Rock Bowling & Music Festival. The annual event returns to Las Vegas for its 16th year this Memorial Day Weekend, May 23-26!

 

Headliners Cock Sparrer, Descendents and NOFX will also be joined by Against Me!, The Slackers, Face To Face, Anti-Nowhere League, Angelic Upstarts, Leftover Crack, Off!, Good Riddance, Masked Intruder and many more. See full lineup below.

 

PRB has become one of the premiere festivals in the country, attracting die hard punk fans from all over the world.  3 days of festival shows, 4 nights of late night club shows, a 2 day bowling tournament, hotel pool parties, a punk rock poker tournament and comedy shows to boot! It’s all wrapped up into one amazing weekend in the city that never sleeps!

 

The lineup:

 

COCK SPARRER
DESCENDENTS
NOFX
Against Me!

Anti-Nowhere League

Face To Face
The Adicts

Leftover Crack

Off!
Angelic Upstarts

The Dwarves

The Slackers

Good Riddance

Cerebral Ballzy

SNFU

Peter & The Test Tube Babies

Masked Intruder

Devil’s Brigade

La Plebe

The Generators

Bad Cop/Bad Cop

Black Market Syndicate

Lost in Society

Clepto

Rats in the Wall

The Objex

The Gashers

 

www.punkrockbowling.com

 

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