Getting in the spirit of Halloween, AC/DC are offering this limited edition screen print by artist Rhys Cooper. A six-colour metallic ink print measuring 12″ by 36″ and individually hand-numbered, it’s only available until Sunday. You can order it now exclusively from Rockabilia here.
Impatient French teenagers THE ARROGANTS are playing an album launch gig in London this Saturday 31 October. Even though the album’s not out ’til December!
The Lille-based beat nerds will be taking to the stage of The Fiddler’s Elbow in Camden at a Halloween party staged by Dirty Water Records and promoters Weirdsville. THE RAZORBLADES and THE MIRAGE MEN are also on the bill. Tickets are available here.
The Arrogants’ debut album, No Time To Wait was recorded at the vintage studios of the Nation Belgian Corporation in just three days under the watchful eye and ear of producer Healer Selecta aka Yvan Serrano of the London-based DUSTAPHONICS. Following on from the band’s debut EP released late last year, the album’s out via Dirty Water Records on 7 December.
Check out the Farfisa-rockin’ ‘Flashing Lights’.
Welsh garage-punks THE SICK LIVERS have today unveiled a brand new video for the track ‘I Need Nurse’ from their acclaimed second album Mid Liver Crisis. The video was made by local animation company Hoodoo Animations.
Mid Liver Crisis was released during the summer by Glunk Records. You can get it now from the band’s website.
The band play the following dates to take them up to the end of the year….
Oct 30 The Royal Oak, Bath
Nov 14 Hobos, Bridgend
Dec 18 Le Pub, Newport
Dec 19 Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff
Since it’s nearly Halloween, we thought you might like to see the creepy new video from Chepstow punkabillies GRAVEYARD JOHNNYS. ‘Little Witch’ is from their second album Dead Transmission which is available from Bomber Music now.
The trio jump on their broomsticks this weekend for the following dates….
30/10/15 : Dragonffli | PONTYPOOL
31/10/15 : Zombie Hut | CORBY
The good news is that SUPERSUCKERS frontman EDDIE SPAGHETTI declared last week that after months of major surgery and radiation treatment for throat cancer, he is now cancer-free!
However, it’s not all good news, as he revealed on his Facebook page: “The downsides are that I can no longer grow a manly beard (the only thing I can muster up is this stupid “cop mustache”. Ugh) and that my neck is now blackish red (quite literally, like a beet!).”
Vive Le Rock wishes Eddie all the best for his recuperation an looks forward to seeing him back in action soon! But those medical bills won’t pay themselves so New Jersey label Capacitor Records are issuing a benefit compilation album You Can’t Kill Rock’n’Roll, with all proceeds going to the Spaghetti family. Featuring sixteen tracks from the likes of MUDHONEY, ZEKE, COFFIN BREAK, THE LUCKY BOYS, THE DERELICTS, THE BLACK CLOUDS and the Supersuckers themselves, it’s available to order here. Dig deep, rockers!
Also, a London benefit for Eddie has been orgnaised for Saturday 28 November. It’s taking place at The Hope & Anchor, Islongton and features sets from THE BERMONDSEY JOYRIDERS, TRAVIS CUT and RUBBERLEGS with one other act to be announced. Tickets are £7 in advance (£10 OTD) and are available here.
Meanwhile, the Supersuckers’ country record Holdin’ The Bag is out now and available here.
Blackpool punk legends THE MEMBRANES are currently undertaking their first US tour. Nearly forty years after they first came together.
But the tour has not been without its frustrations, costing the band thousands of dollars before they even got into the country, with severe delays in the process for obtaining entry visas causing the band to miss the opening dates, leaving them even further out of pocket.
Reporting from the road, in a piece titled Are These The Last Days Of British Bands Touring America? On the Louderthanwar website, band founder JOHN ROBB voiced his frustration.
“It’s an arcane, expensive and ridiculous system fraught with stress and hurdles,” he says. “It doesn’t really help when you realise that American bands get into the UK for 50 dollars without any hassle – that’s a good thing – that’s how it should be. The Brits have called that one right. Culture should be able to move around the world and it should definitely be a fair and level playing field in a free market zone….
“Even when you get here there are the taxes. 30 per cent of your gig fee is taken off you every night. Paying tax in a country you don’t even live in is strange and annoying and cripples the already decimated tour budget. Don’t get me wrong – I’m happy to pay tax in a country I live in and vote in but everywhere I go?”
Receiving support from other UK musicians, including THE ONLY ONES’ Peter Perrett and Miles Hunt from THE WONDER STUFF, Robb has set up a Facebook campaign to highlight these concerns and hopefully bring about change.
The Membranes’ tour hits California tonight with shows at The Hideout, San Diego (28 Nov) and Slidebar Rock’n’Roll Kitchen, Fullerton (29 Nov). Then on 4 Nov they play XOXO in Oakland, with their show being preceded by “a no bollocks discussion of punk rock”, featuring Robb in conversation with Jello Biafra, former UK SUBS guitarist Nicky Garratt, SPITBOY’s Michelle Cruz Gonzales and Penelope Houston of THE AVENGERS.
The Memranes’ new album Dark Matter / Dark Energy is out now.
Check out the new Louder Than War magazine from the publishers of Vive Le Rock and Big Cheese!
As previously announced, rejuvenated Brit rockers LAST GREAT DREAMERS return with a brand new single ‘Dope School’ to coincide with their tour with former RUNAWAYS singer CHERIE CURRIE. And in the spirit of the Halloween season, they’ve made a suitably scary video for it!
Following the release of the single on 9 November, the band have announced that they’ll be re-releasing a fully remastered version of their classic debut Retrosexual on 18 November – 21 years to the week since it’s original release! However, it’ll be on sale early to those who catch them on tour. Full dates are….
7th Nov – The Wheatsheaf – Oxford (warm-up w/ BERNIE TORME)
10th Nov – Railway – Bolton
11th Nov – Bannerman’s – Edinburgh
12th Nov – Yardbirds – Grimsby
14th Nov – The Globe – Newcastle
15th Nov – The Diamond – Sutton-in-Ashfield
16th Nov – Bierkeller – Bristol
17th Nov – The Robin 2 – Bilston
18th Nov – The Underworld – London
Following on from the success of their largest headlining tour to date, plus their debut appearance on Jools Holland’s Later… , SLEAFORD MODS launch a brand new video for their forthcoming single ‘Silly Me’ taken from the hit album Key Markets.
Says Jason Williamson: “‘Silly Me’ is about the long tunnel, the one that has no light. Another week spent walking up and down the street. The quiet tension of your living room with its shit sofa. The unconfirmed nature of ‘doing’ instead of ‘trying’.
“It’s that realisation that all you have to work with is your own failure, it’s the only starting point you have and to ignore it, to dismiss the reasons why unhappiness is still haunting you is a mistake. It’s your ticket out of misery if you keep trying to confront it because eventually persistence rules. Not all the time though.
“This isn’t one of those fucking smug acid jazz positivity yawns. Large numbers of people have fuck all and that won’t change. That’s horrible. ‘Silly Me’ is just one experience over Andrew’s solid, hard funk loop.”
Italian boot-boys GIUDA have unveiled their new album, due for release in December.
Speaks Evil is the Roman quintet’s third album and first for Burning Heart Records. Released on 4 December, it’s available to pre-order now from iTunes, giving you immediate access to the track ‘Bad Days Are Back’.
As previously announced, Giuda headline The Lexington, London on 5 December, with support from Thee Jezebels. Tickets are available here.
Preparations for next year’s REBELLION FESTIVAL have stepped up a gear with the announcement of performances from US legends DESCENDENTS and FLAG – featuring Chuck Dukowski, Keith Morris, Dez Cadena and Bill Stevenson of BLACK FLAG revisiting their old band’s back catalogue.
STIFF LITTLE FINGERS have also been lined-up as one of the weekend’s headliners, with STEVE IGNORANT & PARANOID VISIONS and NEWTOWN NEUROTICS also added to a bill that already includes THE DAMNED, COCK SPARRER, FEAR, THE EXPLOITED, COCKNEY REJECTS, PETER HOOK AND THE LIGHT playing JOY DIVISION, THE DICKIES, HAGAR THE WOMB, DISCHARGE, GBH, UK SUBS, SLAUGHTER & THE DOGS, DICTATORS NYC, THE OUTCAST, PETER & THE TEST TUBE BABIES, THE VIBRATORS, THE MEMBERS, DIRTBOX DISCO, 999, THE VARUKERS, ANTI-PASTI, INFA RIOT, HERE AND NOW, THE RAMONAS, ANTHRAX UK, SPIZZ ENERGI, ABRASIVE WHEELS and loads more.
Rebellion takes place as usual a Blackpool Winter Garden from 4 to 7 August 2016. Get your tickets here.
Edinburgh post-punk band BOOTS FOR DANCING finally get their album released next month. More than 30 years after they split!
The Undisco Kidds is issued by Edinburgh dance label Athens Of The North Records on 27 November and can be pre-ordered here.
Formed in 1979 under the influence of GANG OF FOUR and THE POP GROUP, the band had a fluid line-up, that at times included Jo Callis, Angel Paterson and Simon Templar from THE REZILLOS and JOSEF K drummer Ronnie Torrance. Guitarist Graeme High went on to join DELTA 5 while Callis joined HUMAN LEAGUE
Initially signed to the Pop Aural label by Bob Last, of Fast Product fame, they released three singles but an album eluded them during their lifetime. The Undisco Kidds brings together their various recordings plus two sessions for John Peel. It also has sleevenotes by Callis and BBC producer Mark Hagen.
Frontman Dancin’ Dave Carson told Vive Le Rock: “AOTN have done a great job. I’ve been working with Euan Fryer on this for over 3 years, it’s taken an inordinate amount of time to track down high quality source material, partly because we had rare access to studio time that only hinted at our potential development. The same goes for sourcing photo and graphic images, but we’ve got there in the end and I’m extremely proud and chuffed at the end result.
“We were the home for waifs and strays! – I think because we emphasised the party/dance vibe, it attracted musicians that want to stretch out in that area, try something away from the post-punk norm. Because band really always was fluid it didn’t seem too much of an issue, everyone that hopped onboard, brought their own individual groove to the party and when people drift out there’s was a mutual respect and acknowledgement that people develop and move in different ways. We weren’t striving to cop a deal so we weren’t hungry for career opportunities in fact the opposite. My theory was the music business was ‘honest capitalism’ cause you knew from day one that you were going to get ripped off and exploited.
“The band had a fluid nature, but there were personal loyalties there as well. The loyalty that was the magical quality to it. We tried to get everyone to contribute and work as a collective. In terms of that kind of intensity that we had, it took a lot of work to do that as a unit. I suppose the only time we had nyone who really directed us was in the early days when Jo joined, because he had all these skills, and that changed us dramatically. From floundering when he joined, to being fully equipped by the time he left, we eventually had all this knowledge about dynamics and how you develop collectively.
“It was brilliant, because he just had all that all in his head, but it took a lot of energy for us to do that, and I think that’s why we didn’t last that long. It required everyone to have that energy, and people had other things to do. That was good as well, because it kept things healthy. If you become too insular you become like the last gang in town, and you just plough a furrow, disregard everything outside that and continue what you’re doing, and what you’re doing might be crap.
“There was a point it became, not frustrating, but it just wasn’t going to keep going that way. I thought we’d played longer, but it was about two and a bit years. I can understand why now. It was quite a short period of time. You did something and that was for then, but for bands now there’s a whole different way of working.”
Watch Boots For Dancing perform ‘Parachute’ at Leeds Futurama Festival in 1980.
Athens Of The North on Facebook
Pics by Alastair McKay
Swedish retro-rockers HONEYMOON DISEASE prepare for the release of their new album next month by unveiling a brand new video ‘Higher’ exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
The Gothenberg quartet are releasing The Transcendence through Napalm Records on Friday 20 November but you can pre-order it here.
The band have also lined up a European tour, which stops off at Camden Underworld on 22 November. Full dates are as follows….
OCT 31 SAT Abrakadabra Boras, Sweden
NOV 18 WED Templet Lyngby, Denmark
NOV 19 THU Klubsen Hamburg, Germany
NOV 20 FRI Turock Essen, Germany
NOV 21 SAT Speedfest Eindhoven, Netherlands
NOV 22 SUN Underworld London, United Kingdom
NOV 23 MON Das Bett Frankfurt, Germany
NOV 24 TUE Z7 KONZERTFABRIK Pratteln, Switzerland
NOV 25 WED Backstage Munich, Germany
NOV 26 THU Moritzbastei Leipzig, Germany
NOV 27 FRI SZENE Vienna, Austria
NOV 28 SAT Weekender Innsbruck, Austria
NOV 29 SUN Bi-Nuu Berlin, Germany
Legendary agit-punk/rap crossover mob BLAGGERS ITA return next year to headline the final day of Manchester’s 0161 FESTIVAL.
The anti-fascist gathering takes place at Moston Miners Community Centre from 29 April to 1 May, and also features sets from INNER TERRESTRIALS, HAGAR THE WOMB, THE HURRIERS, ACID DROP, THE OPPRESSED, THE PROWLERS, EASTFIELD, ANDY T, RUDE PRIDE, WHAT WE FEEL, ANTI-SYSTEM, THE YALLA YALLAS and loads more, including an acoustic stage and DJs.
Weekend tickets are £31.50 and you can get them here.
Blaggers ITA originally came together in 1988, fronted by singer Matty ‘Blagg’ Roberts from Oi band COMPLETE CONTROL. Incorporating elements of hip-hop and dance music, they signed to EMI in 1993, releasing a number of high-profile singles and touring with MANIC STREET PREACHERS before Roberts left the band. He died in 2000.
Watch the video for ‘Stresss’.
Sax-driven garage rockers MFC CHICKEN launch their new album with a special show in North London this Saturday 24 October.
The gig takes place at Silver Bullet, Station Place, Finsbury Park and support comes from SISTER COOKIE and THE NEW STARGAZERS. Tickets are £9 and you can get them here.
Fronted by dapper Canadian tenorman Spencer Evoy, the London-based band release their third album It’s MFC Chicken Time on vinyl, CD and download through Dirty Water Records. You can pre-order it here.
From 29 October, the band head off on an extensive tour of Spain, dates below….
29 Oct – Madrid. Fun House
30 Oct – Alcalá de Henares. Ego Live
31 Oct – Málaga. Sala Velvet. Vermut-o-Rama.
01 Nov – Ubeda. La Teteria
03 Nov – Valladolid. Black Pearl
04 Nov – Donostia/San Sebastián. Dabadaba (+ Aullido Atómico)
05 Nov – León. El Gran Café
06 Nov – Oviedo, La Lata de Zinc (+ Aullido Atomico)
07 Nov – Vitoria. Helldorado
08 Nov – Liérganes. Los Picos
10 Nov – Burgos. Estudio 27
11 Nov – Pamplona, Nebula Bar
12 Nov – Barcelona. Marula Café. Awamababuluba Club
13 Nov – Zaragoza. Sala King Kong
14 Nov – Valencia. 16 Toneladas
15 Nov – Alicante. Sala Stereo. Ciclo Atiende Alicante
THE OUTFIT is an exciting new project from COCKNEY REJECTS frontman Jeff Turner.
They’re launching their debut album Forgotten Class with a special show at London’s 100 Club this Saturday 24 October. Support comes from WARRIOR CHARGE and the mighty DON LETTS is on the decks. Tickets are £12 and you can get them here.
Check out the video for ‘Dangerous Times’.
THE SELECTER have issued a brand new video for the track ‘Walk The Walk’ from their latest album Subculture. They’ll also be touring the album during November and December.
The video was filmed in two evocative locations in South London: Clapham’s Rectory Grove housing co-op, on the last day before residents were evicted by Lambeth Council; and Brixton Railway Arches, where thriving artistic communities are desperately fighting eviction by Network Rail, who wish to install expensive retail chains in their place.
The Subculture Tour, which features support from THE TUTS on all dates, lands in the following towns and cities…..
9 Nov NORWICH Open
20 Nov LONDON Clapham Grand
21 Nov NOTTINGHAM Rock City
22 Nov CAMBRIDGE Junction
03 Dec YORK The Duchess
04 Dec MANCHESTER Academy 2
05 Dec SHEFFIELD The Plug
06 Dec NORTHAMPTON Roadmender
09 Dec BATH Komedia
10 Dec WREXHAM Central Station
11 Dec DUBLIN The Academy
12 Dec BELFAST The Limelight
13 Dec BIRMINGHAM o2 Academy 2
17 Dec READING Bowery District
18 Dec EXETER Phoenix
19 Dec PORTSMOUTH Wedgewood Rooms
Get your tickets here.
Legendary DR FEELGOOD frontman LEE BRILLEAUX is the subject of a new biography due out next month.
Lee Brilleaux: Rock’n’Roll Gentleman was written and researched by author Zoe Howe and follows on from her acclaimed co-written memoir with Feelgood guitarist WILKO JOHNSON, Looking Back At Me.
The book follows the young Lee through teenage jugbands on Canvey Island and his burgeoning love of the blues, to his meeting with Wilko and the foundation of Essex’s greatest musical export, Dr Feelgood, the band he helmed through thick and thin for more than two decades until his sad and untimely death from cancer in 1994.
Compiled from numerous exclusive interviews, the 320-page book is illustrated with several rare and previously unseen photographs. Priced £14.99, it can be pre-ordered here.
Zoe Howe’s previous books include Barbed Wire Kisses: The Complete Jesus And Mary Chain Story and Typical Girls? The Story Of the Slits.
Check out the brand new video from East London garage bluesers THE DUBLO and Polish gangsta rap star POPEK!
Dublo leader Pete Bennett was mildly alarmed when the copiously tattooed man-mountain Popek inadvertently barged into his Hackney garret one evening last year. But this serendipitous development, fuelled by Cockspur rum, led to an unlikely but fruitful partnership.
Entering Hackney Wick’s analogue Gizzard Studios (BILLY CHILDISH, THE FALL, STIV CANTARELLI) with ace engineer/producer Ed Deegan, the pair – along with fellow Dublo members Davina Pascal, Wayne Worrell and Leo Smith – recorded twelve tracks for an album due in the New Year. It’s also led to The Dublo’s average YouTube viewing figures multiplying by more than a hundred!
A noted writer and artist, Bennett is also founder of long-serving Blackpool/London post-punks MONKEY ISLAND. Championed and produced by JOHN ROBB, it’s a relationship that’s seen Bennett co-opted for guitar duties on THE MEMBRANES current North American dates. The tour continues at….
21 October – Stone Fox, Nashville, TN
23 October – Circle Bar, New Orleans, LA
27 October – The Rebel Lounge, Phoenix, AZ
28 October – Hideout, San Diego, CA
29 October – The Slidebar Rock-n-Roll Kitchen, Fullerton, CA
7 November – Biltmore Caberet, Vancouver, Canada.
Pic by Lucy Johnston
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