JAMES LEG GETS IN STEP!

JAMES LEG, alias John Wesley Myers of the IMMORTAL LEE COUNTY KILLERS and BLACK DIAMOND HEAVIES, is set to release his second solo album next month through Alive Naturalsound Records.

Following on from his acclaimed 2011 solo debut, Solitary Pleasure, and his 2012 joint venture with LEFT LANE CRUISER, Painkillers, Leg recorded the tracks for Below The Belt earlier this year in the dead of winter with several guest musicians at Johnny Walker’s (SOLEDAD BROTHERS, CUT IN THE HILL GANG) studio, Masonic Sounds in Dayton, Kentucky. The album was mixed by renowned producer/engineer Jim Diamond at Ghetto Recorders in Detroit.

Standout cuts among a clutch of Leg originals include covers of THE DIRTBOMBS’ ‘Can’t Stop Thinking About It’, SISTER ROSETTA THARPE’s ‘Up Above My Head’ and, most alarming of all, THE CURE’s ‘A Forest’.

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Below The Belt is set for release on 11 September on CD, download and clear vinyl, with UK dates planned for November. You can pre-order the album here.

Meanwhile, listen to ‘Up Above My Head’.

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WHOLE LOTTA SHACK SHAKIN’!

Hillbilly rockers the LEGENDARY SHACK SHAKERS return next month with a new album, followed by a full UK tour in November.

The Southern Surreal, the Kentucky quartet’s debut for Alternative Tentacles, is their first release in five years and also comes on their 20th Anniversary. Comprising fifteen tracks fusing rock, punk, blues and country, the band is joined on this release by a couple of special guests, JESUS LIZARD guitarist Duane Denison and Hollywood actor Billy Bob Thornton.

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Listen to the single ‘The One That Got Away’.

The Southern Surreal is released on 11 September but you can pre-order it here.

Catch the Legendary Shack Shakers on tour at….

Tuesday 10th November – Brighton, The Haunt

Wednesday 11th November – Saddleworth, White Hart at Lydgate

Thursday 12th November – Glasgow, Broadcast

Friday 13th November – Belfast, McHughs

Saturday 14th November – Dublin, TBA

Sunday 15th November – Thekla, Bristol

Monday 16th November – Cardiff, The Globe

Tuesday 17th November – Newcastle, The Cluny

Wednesday 18th November – London, The Garage

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FLAMIN’ FIFTY!

San Fanciscan rock’n’roll legends the FLAMIN’ GROOVIES turn 50 next year! And they’re getting ready for the party by shakin’ a whole lot of action!

With a full US tour lined up for November, the band are set to release a new single this Autumn featuring two Cyril Jordan and Chris Wilson songs. The newly recorded ‘Crazy Macy’ and ‘Let Me Rock’ will be issued on cassette and download by Californian label Burger Records, with a limited edition vinyl 7” coming later.

Having just returned from a European Tour, the Groovies are now putting the finishing touches to their first new album in more than thirty years, which will be released next year along with a documentary film The Incredible Flamin’ Groovies Movie. Watch a trailer for the film here.

Formed as a rock’n’roll covers band in 1966, the Flamin’ Groovies have been through various configurations, signing to Sire in the 70s and getting caught up in the New Wave with the classic Shake Some Action album and single. An invitation to play the HOODOO GURUS’ Dig It Up! festival in Australia in 2013 resulted in the successful reunification of founder members Cyril Jordan and George Alexander with 70s guitarist and singer Chris Wilson, plus drummer Victor Penalosa, for a series of well-received dates in Japan, the US and the UK.

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MARINUCCI BOOGIE, YEAH?

Wait a decade-and-a-half for a CRAZYHEAD spin-off and along come two at once!

You’ll have heard SWAMP DELTA. Now Crazyhead (and ZODIAC MINDWARP) drummer Rob Morris and guitarist Kev Reverb have joined forces in Leicester’s premier ‘art power trio’ THE MARINUCCIS. The band is completed by bassist and singer Stew Brackley, formerly of legendary jazz-punkers BLACK CARROT.

Sharing a string of influences, from Beefheart to Pere Ubu and beyond, the threesome have just issued their self-titled debut album. The end result is “psychedelic jazz-punk rock n’ roll for the mind and body!” And we can’t argue with that!

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Check out ‘37’, the opening cut from their debut album.

The band are currently readying a new EP, Motorizer, for the Autumn. In the meantime, keep an eye on their Facebook page for gigs.

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SNUFF HIT 30!

North London punks SNUFF have announced a 30th Anniversary Tour for February next year, including a London show at the Electric Ballroom on Friday 19 February.

Originally formed in Hendon in 1986 and releasing their debut album three years later, the three-piece Snuff briefly split in 1991, returning with an augmented line-up three years later. The John Peel favourites have just been touring with BAD RELIGION. You can catch the band on tour at….

Fri 12 February 2016 – CARDIFF Globe

Sat 13 February 2016 – WOLVERHAMPTON Slade Rooms

Sun 14 February 2016 – NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE Think Tank

Mon 15 February 2016 – GLASGOW Cathouse

Tue 16 February 2016 – LEEDS Key Club

Thu 18 February 2016 – MANCHESTER Academy 3

Fri 19 February 2016 – LONDON Electric Ballroom

Sat 20 February 2016 – NORWICH Owl Sanctuary

Sun 21 February 2016 – PORTSMOUTH Wedgewood Rooms

Book your tickets here.

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CARRION PROTESTING!

Obscure 80s anarcho-punks STONE THE CROWZ have their recorded output compiled in one place this month.

Initially coming together on the London/Essex border with a mutual love of CRASS, adding a Z to their name so as not to be confused with the similarly branded Glasgow blues-rockers, Stone The Crowz took a distinct animal rights stance, espousing hunt-sabbing and other forms of direct action.

Playing their debut gig as support to SUBHUMANS, they became regulars on the London and home counties anarcho scene, their recordings finding an outlet on releases via Slam, Endangered Music and CONFLICT’s Mortarhate label. Following their split, members went on to form punk-metal crossover band AXEGRINDER.

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Available on CD, download and limited edition clear vinyl gatefold, Protest Songs 85-86 is out on 28 August but can be pre-ordered here.

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JOE JACKSON STEPS FORWARD!

JOE JACKSON has announced the release of his first new album of original songs in seven years.

Fast Forward will be released throughout Europe on 2 October vie earMusic. The project was originally conceived as four separate four-song EPs recorded in four different cities – New York, Amsterdam, Berlin and New Orleans – with four different line-ups.

The complete album features fourteen Jackson originals plus two covers – the TELEVISION classic ‘See No Evil’ and the 1930s German ‘Kabarett’ song ‘Good Bye Johnny’.

Fast Forward will be promoted with a career-spanning European tour, on which Joe will support the full-band performances with a solo piano set. Full dates to be announced.

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THEE FACTION – REVOLUTION FOR THE MASSES!

The world’s number one Socialist punk-blues band THEE FACTION have announced their longest and most far-reaching series of shows to date.

Taking in shows in London, Newport, Leeds and Manchester, they’ll be sharing stages on a couple of occasions with INTERROBANG‽, the new musical project of former CHUMBAWAMBA men Dunstan Bruce and Harry Hamer.

21 August – Union Chapel, London Tickets

 

2 Oct – Nambucca, London (w/ Interrobang‽)

4 Oct – Le Pub, Newport

(Both part of the We Shall Overcome weekend of nationwide gigs)

 

6 Oct – The Blues Kitchen, Camden

7 Nov – Wharf Chambers, Leeds (w/ Interrobang‽)

14 Nov –The Miners Working Men’s Club, Manchester

29 November –New Cross Inn, London (w/ ATTILA THE STOCKBROKER and others)

19 December 2015 – Rich Mix, London – Down With Scrooge: A Seasonal Night Out Against Austerity

The band, who played a typically rabble-rousing performance in June on Glastonbury’s Left Field Stage, at the personal invitation of BILLY BRAGG, recently released their fifth album Reading Writing Revolution on Soviet Beret Records. You can buy it here.

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CROSS WORDS FROM PARANOID VISIONS!

Long-serving Irish punks PARANOID VISIONS return with a brand new album this month.

Cryptic Cross Words is their fifth since reuniting in 2005, and first featuring the new rhythm section that arrived in 2014. As such, they’re confident that it’s their best yet, saying: “With every release we have done, there has always been a compromise, and certain styles or genres we have wanted to explore have been almost achieved, but not executed the way we imagined them…until now”.

Cryptic Cross Words, out on 14 August via Overground, is available on CD and white vinyl. You can order it here.

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Originally formed in Dublin in 1981, Paranoid Visions are Eire’s biggest punk band, founding their own label FOAD Musick and regularly hitting the Irish charts. They gained a reputation for baiting Irish rock behemoths U2 with their FOAD2U2 campaign and the I Will Wallow EP. Splitting in ’92, they returned in 2005 and in 2013 released the album When…? through Overground with CRASS frontman STEVE IGNORANT, touring with him as guest vocalist.

Watch the video for ‘It’s A Bloody Road To Freedom’.

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TWO BY FOUR!

GANG OF FOUR have announced two UK dates for the Autumn at the tail-end of a mammoth North American Tour.

The post-punk legends, who released their latest album What Happens Next in February through Membran, play Islington Mill, Salford on 5 November, and Islington Assembly Hall, London on 6 November.

Get tickets for Salford and London.

If you can’t wait until then, they play the Rebellion Festival in Blackpool this Friday.

Formed at Leeds University in 1977, Gang Of Four epitomised post-punk, releasing the genre-defining Entertainment! Album in 1979. Resurfacing sporadically over the years, including a dalliance with their original line-up in 2004, sole founder member Andy Gill returned with a revitalised line-up last year. They’ve just released a video for the track ‘Dying Rays’ from What Happens Next, featuring Das Boot star Herbert Grönemeyer. Watch it here.

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TUMBLEWEED GO SUPER-GALACTOPHONIC!

Aussie slackers TUMBLEWEED celebrate the 20th Anniversary of their classic second album Galactophonic this week with a new expanded deluxe reissue.

Following their release of their debut in 1992 and an intensive period of touring which saw the Wollongong quintet visit the US, Europe and the UK, plus an infamous Australian tour supporting NIRVANA, ‘95’s Galactophonic was their major label breakthrough for Polydor, debuting in the Top 10.

The Source of three classic singles – ‘Gyroscope’, ‘Hang Around’ and ‘Armchair Ride’ – the original thirteen-track album is now expanded to a whopping thirty-four tracks, including single and EP B-sides, live radio sessions and recently rediscovered cassette demos. Available as a double-CD and download, it’s also out on vinyl for the first time ever.

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Tumbleweed will be playing Galactophonic in full on a series of Australian dates in August and September, their first since the tragic sudden death of founding bassist Jay Curley last year.

Watch the video for ‘Hang Around’.

Buy Galactophonic.

There’s loads more Aussie stuff in the current edition of Vive Le Rock!

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THE FRONT ARE BACK!

New York City hardcore legends AGNOSTIC FRONT return to the UK this Autumn for a pair of dates.

The band, who released their eleventh studio album The American Dream Died in April through Nuclear Blast, play The Marble Factory, Bristol (1 Oct) and The Underworld, London (3 Oct).

They’ll be joined on both dates by Lars Frederiksen’s OLD FIRM CASUALS and COLDSIDE.

Says Agnostic Front-man Roger Miret: “We are very excited to hit the UK with a couple of dates celebrating our newest release The American Dream Died! The support we’ve received over time from the UK has always been amazing. This time we can all expect to sing some of the new chaotic rowdy songs as well as the classics! See you in the pit!”

Buy tickets.

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HANDS ON THE ATTILA!

Punk poet and activist ATTILA THE STOCKBROKER has his autobiography published next month and he’s celebrating with an extensive UK tour.

Arguments Yard takes him from his birthplace on the Sussex coast to a thirty-five year career encompassing the first punk gig in Stalinist Albania, touring East Germany and beyond, to domestic campaigns like Rock Against Racism, Red Wedge, the Miners’ Strike, the Poll Tax and two Gulf Wars.

The book, subtitled Thirty Five Years of Ranting Verse and Thrash Mandola, is published by Cherry Red on 3 September and will be launched at a series of special events as part of the tour, including Festival 800 in Lincoln (3-5 Sept); a show at The Square in his adopted 80s hometown of Harlow with THE PIRANHAS and STEVE DREWETT of NEWTOWN NEUROTICS (11 Sept) ; a London show at The Borderline with his own band BARNSTORMER, Newtown Neurotics and The Piranhas plus comedian JEREMY HARDY and DJ STEVE LAMACQ (25 Sept).

Get tickets for Harlow and London.

Pre-order Arguments Yard.

The full tour dates are….

SEPTEMBER

Thurs-Sat 3-5: LINCOLN Official launch of  book as part of Festival 800: three days of events

Fri 11: HARLOW Square with guests The Piranhas and Newtown Neurotics singer Steve Drewett

Sun 13: HULL The New Adelphi Club

Wed 16: MITCHELDEAN (Forest of Dean) Brewery Tap

Thurs 17: WOLVERHAMPTON  Clarendon Hotel

Fri 18: WALTHAMSTOW Festival

Sat 19 WORCESTER Marrs Bar (Worcester Music Festival)

Sun 20 STROUD Prince Albert

Fri 25  LONDON  Launch at the Borderline with Newtown Neurotics, comedian Jeremy Hardy, DJ Steve Lamacq, Attila’s  band Barnstormer and more

Wed 30 SHOREHAM Ropetackle Arts Centre with guests John Otway, TV Smith and Brighton & Hove Albion saviour Dick Knight

 

OCTOBER

Fri 2 HASTINGS The Carlisle with TV Smith

Fri 9 BRUSSELS Magasin 4

Thurs 15 MALDON (nr Chelmsford) Blue Boar Hotel

Fri 16 LEEDS Packhorse

Sat 17 BARNSLEY Old Number 7 with Joe Solo

Sun 18 WHITBY Musicport Festival (daytime)

Mon 19 CANTERBURY Kent University Gulbenkian Theatre (his old uni)

Tues 27 PENARTH Windsor Ale House

Wed 28 CARMARTHEN Parrot Music Bar

Thurs 29 GOGINAN nr Aberystwyth The Druid

Fri 30 SWINDON The Locomotive

Sat 31 SOUTHAMPTON Arthouse Cafe

 

NOVEMBER

Sun 1 READING Rising Sun Arts Centre

Fri –Sun 6-8 ALDEBURGH Poetry Festival

Tues 17 PETERSFIELD Write Angle at the Square Brewery

Thurs 19 STOURBRIDGE Katie Fitzgerald’s

Fri 20 OLDHAM Library

Sat 21 LIVERPOOL (TBC)

29 LONDON New Cross Inn with The Piranhas and more

 

DECEMBER

3 LONDON Islington Folk Club

12 BELPER Queen’s Head

 

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THE FUTURE SHAPE OF SOUND LAUNCH NEW VIDEO!

Vive Le Rock helps East London outfit THE FUTURE SHAPE OF SOUND launch a brand new video today, with a host of celebrities on hand to help it go with a swing!

Led by producer Alex ‘Captain Future’ McGowan, TFSOS recorded ‘Rise Up (Feat. Sister Cookie)’ at his Space Eko Studio, where he’s collaborated with such weighty names as URBAN VOODOO MACHINE, JAH WOBBLE, JIM JONES & THE RIGHTEOUS MIND, BIG JOE LOUIS, MARK LANEGAN and JOSH HOMME. He’s joined in TFOS by Stuart ‘Lodekka’ Dace, the man who put the sax into PRIMAL SCREAM’s Screamedelica.

Influenced by the likes of SISTER ROSETTA THARPE, CLARA WARD SINGERS, SLIM HARPO and HASIL ADKINS, TFSOS release ‘Rise Up’ through Brighton’s Freshly Squeezed Music.

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You can download the single now from iTunes, Spotify and Bandcamp.

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