Dutch post-punks RATS ON RAFTS have made a superb video for their new single, an abrasive cover of the LEE HAZLEWOOD & NANCY SINATRA evergreen ‘Some Velvet Morning’.
It’s out on Fire Records on 4 March, ahead of a bunch of UK dates, including a London show supporting protopunk legends PERE UBU. Rats On Rafts released their second album Tape Hiss through Fire last October.
Full dates are as follows….
22 Mar: Drift Bar, Portsmouth
23 Mar: Boileroom, Guilford
24 Mar: The Dome, Tufnell Park, London w/ Pere Ubu
25 Mar: Sticky Mikes Frog Bar, Brighton
26 Mar: The Lock Tavern, London
Bristol pop-punkers IDESTROY unveil their debut E.P. with an extensive tour and a video for lead track ‘Vanity Loves Me’.
The trio of guitarist/singer Bec Jevons, bassist Becky Baldwin and drummer Jenn Haneef will be launching the release with a special show at Bristol’s Hyrda Bookshop on 26 February. The tour kicks off in Birmingham on Thursday 18 February and sees them playing headline shows alongside dates supporting SUBHUMANS and THE RAMONAS. Full dates are as follows…..
Thur 18 Feb – The Rainbow, Birmingham
Fri 19 Feb – The Frog and Fiddle, Cheltenham (w/Subhumans)
Sat 20 Feb – The Unicorn, London
Fri 26 Feb – Hydra Bookshop, Bristol (EP LAUNCH NIGHT)
Sat 27 Feb – The Cons Club, Chippenham (Afternoon)
Sat 27 Feb – The Cellar, Oxford (Evening)
Fri 4 Mar – The Dolls House, Abertillery
Sat 5Mar – T. Chances, London
Sun 6 Mar – Three Bridges Venue, Crawley
Thur 10 Mar – The Victoria, Swindon
Fri 11 Mar – The Louisiana, Bristol (w/The Ramonas)
Sat 12Mar – Readipop, Reading
Sun 13 Mar – Bath Half Marathon (Morning)
Sun 13 Mar – Fuel, Cardiff
Tue 5 Apr – The Thirsty Scholar, Manchester
Wed 6 Apr – Bannermans, Edinburgh
Thur 7 Apr – O’Rileys, Hull
Sat 23 Apr- The Wunderbar, Midsomer Norton
Sat 30 Apr – The Rifleman Pub, Stalybridge
London-based garage rockers THE FRANKLYS have announced a full UK Tour in support of their new single.
‘Comedown’ b/w ‘Long Way’ is released on 25 March but a limited edition 7″ is available to pre-order from the band’s website.
Full tour dates are as follows…..
29/02/16 Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar, Brighton
03/03/16 Anglia Ruskin, Cambridge
04/03/16 Cult Café, Ipswich
05/03/16 The Asylum, Chelmsford
09/03/16 Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh
10/03/16 Nice n Sleazy, Glasgow
11/03/16 The Top House, Stanley, Durham
12/03/16 The Fleece, Northallerton
17/03/16 The Finsbury, Manor House, London
18/03/16 Bumper, Liverpool
19/03/16 Bad Apples, Leeds
20/03/16 The Castle Hotel, Manchester
24/03/16 Green Door Store, Brighton
25/03/16 The Railway, Winchester
26/03/16 Esquires, Bedford
01/04/16 Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff
02/04/16 Threshold Festival, Liverpool
02/04/16 The Firebug, Leicester
U.K. punk legends DISCHARGE return with a brand new album and a batch of dates in April.
As previously announced, the Stoke-on-Trent band signed to Nuclear Blast late last year. Their debut for the label, End Of Days is out on 29 April. They’ll be playing dates in London, Liverpool and Birmingham in the run-up, with more shows – including Rebellion – later in the year.
The band comment: “So here it is the End Of Days… 15 brand-new tracks. The first day we entered the studio we kept hearing all over the media that there was a blood moon that night, and certain religious groups were reporting that it was the End Of Days. It seemed a natural title for the album given the lyrical content of the songs and the state of the world today, so it stuck with us. Regression has been the basis of this album, opposed to ‘progression’. We really cut it down to basics on this one, quite a few songs under two minutes long… we’re all really pleased with it. Play loud!”
End Of Days is available to pre-order on CD and vinyl with a signed lyric sheet here. Alternatively, there’s a limited white vinyl version and CD/t-shirt package available here.
Following successful comeback dates with CHERIE CURRIE last Autumn and the brand new single ‘Dope School’, LAST GREAT DREAMERS take a break from writing for their next album to play a handful of U.K. dates this month.
You can catch them on the following dates….
Thurs 18 Feb BILSTON, Robin 2 (w/ Wille & the Bandits)
Fri 19 Feb BOLTON, Railway
Sat 20 Feb NOTTINGHAM, Salutation Inn
Guitarist vocalist Slyder says,“Work is underway writing and rehearsing new stuff for the album, it’s sounding fantastic and we are sure our fans will love it. Although the studio work is rewarding, there is nothing like playing live and the Cherie tour was such a great experience we were missing doing that. We have plans to tour later in the Spring but got some offers from a few venues we had played last November so we jumped at the chance to get back out there just for a few shows.”
Following these dates, the band will start a PledgeMusic campaign for the new album, coinciding with a second single and a support tour with Welsh Glam titans TIGERTAILZ in April. The as yet untitled album is scheduled for release in August.
Boston post-punk legends MISSION OF BURMA play a string of European dates in April.
The pioneering band, cited as an influence by the likes of SONIC YOUTH and NIRVANA, are over to play the All Tomorrow’s Parties festival in Prestatyn, making their first trip this side of the pond since 2013. Their most recent album Unsound was issued by Fire Records in 2012.
Catch Mission Of Burma at….
18 Apr: Opium Rooms, Dublin, Ireland tickets
19 Apr: Exchange, Bristol, UK tickets
20 Apr: Elektrowerkz, London, UK tickets
21 Apr: Belgrave Music Hall, Leeds, UK tickets
22 Apr: ATP, Pontins, Prestatyn, North Wales, UK tickets
23 Apr: Het Bos, Antwerp, Belgium tickets
24 Apr: Bitterzoet, Amsterdam, Netherlands tickets
25 Apr: Bi Nuu, Berlin, Germany tickets
San Francisco rock’n’roll legends the FLAMIN’ GROOVIES are returning to shake some action in Europe this Spring!
Celebrating their 50th Anniversary this year, the band – Cyril Jordan, Chris Wilson, George Alexander and Victor Penalosa – also have a documentary film and a new album – their first in 30 years! – lined up during 2016.
The tour, throughout April and into May, visits Spain, Ireland, Belgium, France, Germany, Sweden, Norway and six dates in the U.K. including two at the ATP Festival in Prestatyn and a London show at the Scala. Full dates are below….
11/04 MON – Stereo Club – Alicante (SP)
12/04 TUE – Loco Club – Valencia(SP)
14/04 THU – Sala Caracol – Madrid (SP)
15/04 FRI – Gijon Sound Festival c/o Albeniz Club – Gijon (SP)
16/04 SAT – Intxaurrondo K.E. – San Sebastian (SP)
17/04 SUN – tba Europe
19/04 TUE – Whelan’s – Dublin (Ireland)
20/04 WED – Brudenell Social Club – Leeds (UK)
21/04 THU – Center of Contemporary Arts – Glasgow (UK)
22/04 FRI – Club Academy – Manchester (UK)
23/04 SAT – ATP Festival – Prestatyn (UK)
24/04 SUN – ATP Festival – Prestatyn (UK)
25/04 MON – Scala – London (UK)
26/04 TUE – The Globe – Cardiff (UK)
28/04 THU – De Zwerver – Leffinge (BE)
29/04 FRI – Le Petit Baine – Paris (FR)
30/04 SAT – tba Europe
01/05 SUN – Hafenklang – Hamburg (DE)
03/05 TUE – tba Europe
04/05 WED – Folk & Rock – Malmo (SW)
05/05 THU – John Dee – Oslo (NO)
06/05 FRI – Pustervik – Gothenburg (SW)
07/05 SAT – Nobelberget – Stockholm (SW)
Norfolk ska-punks FAINTEST IDEA have announced the release of their third album for April.
The brilliantly-titled Increasing The Minimum Rage is out on 1 April through Manchester label TNS Records. It’s available to pre-order in various formats here.
“The new record sounds heavier both musically and lyrically than our previous releases” comment the band “With free market capitalism still rampant things don’t look too great for the younger generation. The album is a reflection of the time we find ourselves in, it is the sound of people trying to keep hope in a seemingly bleak future.”
The King’s Lynn sextet recorded the album with legendary ska-punk knob-twiddler Hieronymous Melchers (Citizen Fish, Snuff, Capdown, King Prawn, etc). It was mastered by Massimiliano Giorgini of Anti Flag, Rise Against and Alkaline Trio fame.
You can catch Faintest Idea on the following dates…..
13.02.16 – Reading – Face Bar 24.02.16 – Oxford – The Cellar 25.02.16 – Canterbury – The Lady Luck 26.02.16 – Brighton – Bleach 27.02.16 – Hasting – The Union Bar 03.03.16 – Sheffield – The Lughole 04.03.16 – Liverpool – Maguire’s Pizza Bar 05.03.16 – Cambridge – The Corner House
To celebrate its 20th Anniversary, FUN LOVIN’ CRIMINALS’ classic debut Come Find Yourself is getting a deluxe reissue this month and Vive Le Rock is giving you this appetite-whetting video exclusive!
The New York trio burst onto the scene in 1996 with no fewer than three Top 30 hits – ‘The Fun Lovin Criminal’, ‘King Of New York’ and ‘Scooby Snacks’ – and a debut album that stayed on the chart for more than 100 weeks, going multi-platinum in the process.
Thanks to Edsel Records, Come Find Yourself is being reissued in an expanded three-CD edition and a collectors’ deluxe box-set, featuring a 12″ vinyl picture disc, a 10″ BBC sessions EP and a DVD from which the above clip is taken.
Speaking about the new edition, singer Huey Morgan said, “It’s a very unique record for the times, and remains so today – it’s not dated. It burned a path for crossing genres that we now take for granted.Looking back, it was a good start for a career in music that was uncompromising. You can tell listening to it, it was exactly the way we wanted it to be. There’s still a lot of love out there for Come Find Yourself.”
Released on Friday 19 February, Come Find Yourself is available to pre-order here.
The Fun Lovin’ Criminals are currently on tour in the UK. Full dates below….
Friday 05 Newcastle O2 Academy
Saturday 06 Nottingham Rock City
Thursday 11 Oxford O2 Academy
Friday 12 Worthing Pavilion Theatre
Saturday 13 Norwich UEA LCR Norwich
Thursday 18 Cardiff Y Plas (formally Solus)
Friday 19 Exeter Great Hall
Saturday 20 London 02 Forum Kentish Town
Thursday 25 Birmingham The Institute
Friday 26 Manchester Cathedral
Saturday 27 Glasgow Barrowland Ballroom
The often overlooked 80s psychedelic revival gets a long-awaited overview this Spring with the release of a major new box-set from Cherry Red.
The three-CD Another Splash Of Colour: New Psychedelia In Brtiain 1980-85 anthology expands on a 1982 compilation that was released by WEA to capitalise on the scene which morphed out of the 1980 Mod revival with bands like MOOD SIX, THE PLAYN JAYN, THE HIGH TIDE and others, drawing crowds to nightspots like The Groovy Cellar and Alice In Wonderland and inspiring labels such as Creation and Whaam!
The 64-track set encompasses all facets of the UK scene, from early psych-punks THE BARRACUDAS, THE BRAINIAC 5 and THE SOFT BOYS (featuring Robyn Hitchcock) , Mods SQUIRE and PURPLE HEARTS, Essex janglers CLEANERS FROM VENUS (pictured) and LE MAT, major players JULIAN COPE, THE ICICLE WORKS and THE MONOCHROME SET to revitalised punks KNOX, CHARLIE HARPER, CAPTAIN SENSIBLE plus THE DAMNED in their psych-revivalist NAZ NOMAD & THE NIGHTMARES guise, plus Alice In Wonderland’s flagship band – and the scene’s only chart-toppers DOCTOR & THE MEDICS.
Complete with a weighty booklet including a 9,000 word essay, Another Splash Of Colour is released on 29 April, but is available to pre-order here.
Cleaners From Venus mainman Martin Newell plays London’s Union Chapel on Sunday 6 March – tickets are available here.
The reconvened Brainiac 5 play The Betsey Trotwood, London on Friday 18 March.
GINGER WILDHEART has issued a striking, thought-provoking short film for a track from his brand new album Year Of The Fanclub due next week.
The powerful nine-minute film directed by Mark Haldor accompanies the song ‘Don’t Lose Your Tail, Girl’, which Wildheart describes as a feminist song written by a man.
“I was brought up by strong women and had little positive male influence in my life in comparison,” he explains. “I think this gives me an unbiased view on the opposite sex, by which I mean it’s unaffected by the stereotypes supported in magazines aimed at both men and women. In the end it’s a song about appreciating yourself, giving yourself a break, which seems harder for women in society.
“I wanted Mark to film the movie as I know he has earned strong bonds with the actresses he works with. He also has an eye for beauty beyond heavy make-up and posing, which is what a nine-minute film really needs. Nine minutes of contorting females would be torturous to watch. He has captured personality and joy, as well as a darker side that is quite disturbing.
“I think the film is a work of art, occasionally uncomfortable to watch, but with a lasting feeling of freedom. It’s a song about not losing your identity, and the film captures that in the natural beauty of the performances.”
According to Haldor, the director wanted to “create a visual stimulus that would not only do the lyrics and eclectic sounds justice, but provoke a look at women, of all ages, races and backgrounds and what they go through in life, both positive and negative.
“My intention was that everyone viewing should be able to resonate with at least one moment from it on a personal level. Whilst shot with many beautiful and talented actresses to tell several stories, the suggestion is that they could also be contrasting snapshots of just one character’s life, had she made different life choices.
“It was important to me that there was also no definitive ending to this film or any of the stories told as I wanted people to be left wondering what happens to these characters next? Just as we do with people we know and have known in real life. A reminder for all to embrace each day and who we are because that’s all that truly matters.”
Year Of The Fanclub is released through Round Records Records on 12 February.
Garage-rockin’ New Zealanders THE RAW NERVES have just issued a new four-track EP.
The third in a series of EPs, the Auckland quartet wasted no time in putting Serious Beef together and its quickfire lick’n’stick approach reaps dividends.
“We recorded the Serious Beef EP in a couple of hours in our drummer’s living room, in the beautiful Auckland suburb of Mount Albert,” says guitarist Dave Taylor. “I think it’s the best stuff we’ve done. ‘Serious Beef’ is about someone being annoyed with you, but not talking about it. I tried to sell the song to a prominent chain of butchers over here in New Zealand – ‘The Mad Butcher’. I said we could make it literally about serious pieces of beef and they could use it in an advert. They said thanks but no thanks.
“‘Life Has Dulled My Senses’ is about the crushing realisation that not even Night Moves by BOB SEGER can pull you out of an all encompassing numbness. It’s a dark place to be in. Luckily, it’s a place we only visit sometimes.
“The final track ‘Emotions Are Hard’ is proof of our collective obsession with [Nashville trio] NATURAL CHILD. They’re the best band on the planet”
PHILIP RAMBOW, former frontman of pub rockers and New Wave precursors THE WINKIES, plays a rare solo show in London this week.
With a new album Whatever Happened To Phil Rambow just released, he plays The Railway Tavern, Dalston on Thursday 4 February. He’ll be joined on guitar by Martin Belmont of DUCKS DELUXE, NICK LOWE and GRAHAM PARKER & THE RUMOUR fame. Co-headliner is roots-rocker BOB COLLUM.
Formed in 1973, The Winkies grasped a certain kudos for being recruited by BRIAN ENO as backing band on his only solo tour off the back of his Here Come The Warm Jets album. The band released one album, produced by CLASH and MOTT THE HOOPLE producer Guy Stevens, before splitting, with rhythm section Brian Turrington and Michael Desmarais joining Stiff signees THE TYLA GANG and Rambow going on to a solo career, appearing at the historic Front Row Festival at London’s legendary Hope & Anchor in late ’77.
THE VIBRATORS celebrate forty years at the punk coalface with a very special anniversary party this month!
Taking place at London’s O2 Academy, Islington on 27 February, the legendary band’s first two line-ups will be performing a set of early classics, while the current Vibrators line-up will be joined by a couple of surprise special guests!
Support comes from punk rock revitalists THE DeRELLAS. Tickets priced £15 (plus booking fee) are on sale tickets.
THE BOYS have issued video footage shot on their momentous trip to China a year ago.
Promo clips of ‘I’m A Believer’ and ‘Brickfield Nights’ (above), professionally shot in Beijing by Jonathan Alpart and Will Griffin, have surfaced on YouTube. The clips were recorded for Chinese video show Sound Stage.
The band had originally travelled to China for a nine-date tour, only to find the dates cancelled at the behest of the Chinese Ministry of Culture for reasons of “crowd control and security issues”, with letters sent to venues threatening immediate closure should the band perform.
However, this didn’t stop them squeezing in three secret underground gigs, resulting in an hour-long documentary and the album Undercover – Live In China. Released through Action Records, it’s available from The Boys’ store, along with their current studio album Punk Rock Menopause.