THE CRAVATS VIDEO EXCLUSIVE!

Redditch iconoclasts THE CRAVATS are back with their first new single in 31 years. And they’re launching their brand new single exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

Originally extant from 1977 until the mid-80s, with releases on Small Wonder and Crass Records, The Cravats were stylistically at odds with with the UK punk scene, but were much loved nonetheless. Founder members The Shend and Svor Naan resurrected a live version of the band including drummer and fellow Redditcharian Rampton Garstang in 2009, but it wasn’t until the recent addition of guitarist Viscount Biscuits and bassist Joe 91 that they felt they had the right ingredients for new material.

The sharply observational ‘Jingo Bells’ plus ‘Batter House’ are available on limtied edition 7″ through Overground Records. A further 7″ and new album are promised before the end of the year.

The video was shot on a bus tour around Westminster by acclaimed director Mark Richards. Watch out for a cameo from CRASS founder Penny Rimbaud!

The Cravats play the Green Door Store, Brighton on 26 March with HAGAR THE WOMB, CULTURE SHOCK, BUS STATION LOONIES and more.

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ALAN McGEE LAUNCHES MUSICIANS AGAINST HOMELESSNESS

Creation records boss Alan McGee has launched a new nationwide campaign called Musicians Against Homelessness.

The campaign’s twin aims are to raise funds for the homeless charity Crisis and provide gig opportunities for new bands. Liverpool bands CAST and THE FARM will kick-start the campaign with a gig in Leeds this September. Scores of new bands are set to take part in similar live rock events all over the UK.

Cast singer John Power agreed to take part after being shocked by the UK’s homeless crisis. He says “Once you slip beneath the radar, it’s so hard to regain a foothold and so easy to find yourself living rough and becoming another anonymous casualty sleeping on the streets. It’s a massive modern problem and one we can’t just step over and ignore. That is why we’re supporting Crisis, to try and highlight the issue through music and try and raise awareness about the situation.

“Maybe it’s time for us to think about how this government is dismantling the safety net of the welfare system through cuts, and ask them to address the skyrocketing rents people are being asked to pay. They should also address the lack of affordable homes on offer to people. All of us need to question the stereotypical images we have of people on the streets. Falling on hard times or having a particular run of bad luck is something that could happen to anyone. And if you ain’t got any support when it hits you, you too could find yourself one rung of the ladder away from being homeless and living on the streets. Just a thought.”

McGee sees giving young bands a chance to gig as being just as important as the cause. He says “Due to the eternal gentrification of big cities, we are losing music venues all over the country, especially in London. Without these venues what chance will new bands, especially working-class bands, ever have of gaining the oxygen of experience and learning to refine their craft?

“Inner city redevelopment is killing the next generation of musicians, and very soon the working-class artists will be written out of the narrative of rock n roll music. Hopefully this project will give a lot of new bands a chance to play and to exist in a place where they can all shine on.”

Cast signed to McGee’s new Creation Management company in January and have recently started a  UK tour to support their latest album. The band notched up seven Top Ten singles in the 1990s.

They will launch the project at Leeds O2 on 18 September with fellow Liverpudlians The Farm.  ‘Very Special Guests’ will be joining them on the bill that night and proceeds will be donated to Crisis.

Musicians Against Homelessness shows will be set up and promoted independently all over the UK with the aim of becoming an annual event. The shows are endorsed by Alan McGee and will be open to ALL bands and venues who’d like to get involved in their local area.

Ed Tait, Director of Fundraising for Crisis, said “The support of Musicians Against Homelessness comes at an important time. Homelessness is devastating, leaving people vulnerable and isolated. With rough sleeping rising steeply across England, unfortunately our services are all the more important.”

Gigs will take place over a two-week period between 18 September and 2 October and will be co-ordinated by Emma Rule, a keen supporter and regular volunteer for Crisis who works with unsigned bands.

McGee says “We are trying to build a new wave of opportunities for young bands.”

To apply to play, manage or host an event in your local area contact mahgigs@gmail.com or find us on Facebook and Twitter.

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BLACK BOMBERS SET FOR TAKE-OFF!

Fast-rising Midlands rockers BLACK BOMBERS have announced a handful of shows taking them up to the release of their long-awaited debut album at the end of May.

The three dates, starting this weekend, culminate in a London album launch on the day of the record’s release, Friday 27 May.

Featuring members of seminal Birmingham punks THE PREFECTS and much-loved Island Records sleaze-rockers GUNFIRE DANCE, the trio have racked up an impressive CV that has seen them rubbing shoulders with the likes of THE DAMNED, THE JACOBITES, LORDS OF THE NEW CHURCH and THE NIGHTINGALES. Most recently, bassist Darren Birch has been touring as a member of HEARTBREAKER Walter Lure’s backing band.

With their first single ‘Crazy’, released last Spring, selling out in under a week, their self-titled debut album for Easy Action Records will be preceded by a single/video ‘Break It Down’ in late April.

Catch Black Bombers at….

20 March     Friction Arts, Digbeth, Birmingham
12 April        Hare & Hounds, Kings Heath, Birmingham (w/THE BELLRAYS)
27 May         Nambucca, Holloway, London (album release show)

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RADIO BIRDMAN ADD MORE SHOWS!

Aussie legends RADIO BIRDMAN have added more UK dates to their Summer European Tour.

Having previously announced shows in Manchester and Leeds, they’ve now added gigs in London and, for the first time ever, Scotland.

Dates are as follows…..

23 June        Club Academy, Manchester tickets
24 June        The Brudenell, Leeds tickets
25 June        Warehouse, Falkirk tickets
26 June        The Dome, Tufnell Park, London tickets

The band have also announced an exclusive release of two previously unheard tracks for Record Store Day. Cover versions of THE MASTER’S APPRENTICES’ ‘Buried And Dead’ and ALICE COOPER’s ‘The Ballad Of Dwight Fry’ were originally recorded at Melbourne’s Hothouse Audio in 2004 and recently remixed and mastered for a limited edition 7″ available through Citadel Records.

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LOS FASTIDIOS PLAY LONDON SHOW!

Italian ska-punks LOS FASTIDIOS play a rare London show in May as part of their European tour.

The Venetian antifascists play The Boston Arms, Tufnell Park on Wednesday 25 May. Support comes from LOST CHERREES and RATBAG. Tickets priced £5.00 are available here.

Los Fastidios released the EP So Rude, So Lovely last September. Also calling at Edinburgh, Salford, Dublin, Belfast and Derby, full dates are as follows….

13.05.2016 (CH) LUZERN – SEDEL
20.05.2016 (I) BOLOGNA – COMMUNITY CENTER AUTOGESTITO
23.05.2016 (D) To be announced
24.05.2016 (F) LILLE – EL DIABLO
25.05.2016 (UK) LONDON – BOSTON ARMS
26.05.2016 (UK) EDINBURGH – BANNERMANS BAR
27.05.2016 (UK) SALFORD – KING’S ARMS
28.05.2016 (IRL) DUBLIN – FIBBER MAGEES
29.05.2016 (UK) BELFAST – VOODOO
30.05.2015 (UK) DERBY – THE HAIRY DOG

Check out their ska-tastic cover of COCK SPARRER’s ‘We’re Coming Back’ here.

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SMALL IS BEAUTIFUL!

THE SMALL FACES are the subject of a new photographic exhibition in London, tying in with the staging of All Or Nothing – the Mod Musical.

The exhibition Small Or Nothing features a collection of approximately 100 prints by various photographers, represented in small format – 12″ x 12″ – and available to buy at the uniform price of £35.

The exhibition runs from 11 to 24 March at Snap Galleries, Piccadilly Arcade SW1, before moving to the Vaults Theatre, Lancelot Street SE1 for the run of All Or Nothing from 31 March to 30 April, accessible to ticketholders only.

Based on the life and music of The Small Faces, All Or Nothing was written by former EastEnders actress Carol Harrison and directed by BAFTA-winner Tony McHale. Tickets are available here.

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LEGENDARY PINK DOTS AQUARIAN AGE!

Long-serving Anglo-Dutch post-punks THE LEGENDARY PINK DOTS have announced the release of a new album next month.

Formed in London in 1980 before relocating to Amsterdam, the band have released more than forty albums, influencing the likes of SKINNY PUPPY and THE DRESDEN DOLLS.

Pages Of Aquarius is out on 22 April through Metropolis, but is available for pre-order now. Hear a taster here.

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With a US autumn tour to be announced, The Legendary Pink Dots have a trek round Europe during May. Catch them at….

08 May- Liege, FR L’Escalier
09 May- Paris, FR Le Klub
10 May- Lyon, FR Sonic
11 May- Freiburg, DE Slow Club
12 May- Frankfurt, DE Das Bett
13 May- Prague, CZ Cafe V Lese
14 May- Prostejov, CZ Apollo 13
15 May- Leipzig, DE WGT Festival
16 May- Cologne, DE MTC

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THE MEMBERS GET SHIFTY!

THE MEMBERS are back with a new video this week!

The folky and nocturnal ‘Work The Night Shift’ is taken from their brand new fifth studio album One Law, which you can buy here.

The band have a string of dates to take them through the Spring, including a spot as special guests at CHELSEA’s 40th Anniversary show at The Garage, the Blank Generation festival in Tottenham and ATTILA THE STOCKBROKER’s Glastonwick festival in West Sussex.

11 Mar     Corner Flag, Sunderland
17 Mar     Half Moon, Putney, London (w/ Department S)
25 Mar     T.Chances, Tottenham, London
1 Apr        Mr Kyps, Poole
8 Apr        Three Bridges Foortball Club, Crawley
16 Apr      Punk & Disorderly, Berlin
23 Apr      The Garage, London (Chelsea 40th Anniversary show)
1 May        Mode, Notting Hill, London (Portobello Live)
5 May       The Musician, Leicester (w/ Department S)
6 May      Something Else Festival Duns Tew, Oxfordshire
28 May    Spring Arts Centre, Havant
29 May    Blank Generation Festival, Tottenham, London
4 June     Glastonwick, Shoreham-by-Sea

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MING CITY ROCKERS UNVEIL NEW SINGLE!

Northeast Lincolnshire’s greatest rock’n’roll hopes, MING CITY ROCKERS return this month with a brand new album and have unveiled the first single from it!

‘Sell Me A Lemon’ is taken from the band’s second album Lemon and you can check it out here! The album was recorded and mixed by Steve Albini at his Electrical Audio studio in Chicago. It’s out through Republic Of Music on 25 March but you can pre-order it here.

The release sees new bassist Ramona Rae teaming up with Clancey Jones, Morley Adams and Wan Marshall.

You can catch Ming City Rockers live at Stockton Calling in Stockton-on-Tees on 25 March.

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LAST GREAT DREAMERS ANNOUNCE SINGLE AND TOUR!

Revitalised London rockers LAST GREAT DREAMERS have announced the release of a new single to coincide with their upcoming tour with Welsh sleaze legends TIGERTAILZ.

The band, who returned to the rock’n’roll fray in 2014, have also set up a PledgeMusic campaign for their first new album since their 90s heyday.

With the ten-date tour kicking off in Sutton-in-Ashfield, Notts on 8 April, and including two headline dates in Blackpool and Newcastle, the band’s new single ‘Glitterball Apocalypse’ is set for release through Ray Records on 15 April. Full dates are as follows….

Fri 8 April…………….. SUTTON-IN-ASHFIELD, The Diamond
Sat 9 April……………. BATHGATE, Dreadnought
Sun 10 April…………. BLACKPOOL, The Waterloo
Mon 11 April…………. NEWCASTLE, Trillians
Fri 15 April…………… LONDON, The Underworld
Sat 16 April………….. CARDIFF, The Globe
Weds 20 April………. BIRMINGHAM, Asylum 2
Thurs 21 April………. GRIMSBY, Yardbirds
Fri 22 April…………… BUCKLEY, Tivoli
Sat 23 April………….. Oxford, The Bullingdon

Of the tour, Dreamers guitarist Slyder says, “Obviously we are very excited to be out on tour again, and I think the Tigertailz audiences will be very different from the Cherie [Currie] tour last November, which is great. Ultimately they are a rock band, but they have pop sensibilities and catchy choruses, they love putting on a show and the whole glam, dressing up thing, as we do, so it should be a good fit. We’re less metal and more rock ’n’ roll but if their fans like good pop songs with a bit of camp swagger then they should enjoy us!”

The single and its B-side ‘The Way We Collide’ represent the first fruits of the band’s sessions for their forthcoming new album. Fans can contribute to the making of the album via their PledgeMusic page. After meeting their total, the band will be donating 10% of any further funds raised to mental health charity Mind.

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THE KING BLUES ANNOUNCE FESTIVAL REIGN!

Following on from their recent reformation and dates with ENTER SHIKARI, THE KING BLUES have announced a string of UK festival appearances.

Although Jamie Jazz has ducked out of the reunion, the band have consolidated around Itch, Fruitbat and new bassist Pete Pocket and show no sign of slackening their pace, issuing a scathing new single ‘Off With Their Heads’.

First on the list is Teddy Rocks in Blandford Forum, Dorset on 1 May with GENTLEMAN’S DUB CLUB.

They’ve also been added to the  line-up for Bearded Theory in Derbyshire 27 May, alongside STIFF LITTLE FINGERS, PIL, KILLING JOKE, WILKO JOHNSON and COCKNEY REJECTS.

They’ll then go on to headline the Pink stage at this year’s Slam Dunk Festival from 28-30 May.

In June they head for the South Coast to headline ATTILA THE STOCKBROKER’s Glastonwick Festival at Coombes near Shoreham-by-Sea on 3 June.

Between 11 and 14 August they play the Boomtown Fair near Winchester, alongside FUN LOVIN’ CRIMINALS, THE LEVELLERS, THE SELECTER, BAD MANNERS and more.

Then they join the line-up for Reading and Leeds from 26 to 28 August.

As if that wasn’t enough, more dates are set to be announced!

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IT CRAWLED FROM THE EAST (MIDLANDS)!

SWAMP DELTA, the Leicester band combining members of 80s grebo legends CRAZYHEAD and GAYE BYKERS ON ACID, have announced the release of their debut album.

Sick Liver Blues is out in April and will be available as a CD and download through their Bandcamp page. It features rerecorded versions of their three singles ‘Sick Liver Blues’, ‘Cut Loose’ and ‘Heavy Water’. There will also be a new single and video ‘Running From The Island Of The Dolls’ to coincide.

Swamp Delta, who comprise Pork Beast, Anderson and Rob Vomit from Crazyhead, and Robber Byker, plus Blink Cyclone and Saxy Sue, will also be playing four dates in April. Catch them at….

1 April       The Doghouse, Nottingham
2 April      KK Club, Corby
9 April      The Donkey, Leicester
30 April    The Dublin Castle, London

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And as if that wasn’t enough, Gaye Bykers On Acid themselves return after thirty years for three very special reunion shows in September. They invite you to git down and shake your thang at….

29 Sept    TBC, Newcastle
30 Sept    The Donkey, Leicester
1 Oct         The Forum, London (Indie Daze Festival)

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THE RACE IS ON FOR UNDERCOVER FESTIVAL!

UNDERCOVER FESTIVAL is set to return this year in a new location.

For its fourth year, the festival has relocated to Brighton Racecourse, which will see onsite camping reinstated as well as having access to Brighton’s hotels and B&Bs and other amenities. Not to mention the seaside!

Taking place over the weekend of 9 and 10 September, this year’s event sees no drop in standard with the usual high-calibre bill featuring appearances from THE SELECTER, DREADZONE, EDDIE & THE HOT RODS, SPEAR OF DESTINY, 999, CHELSEA, SONIC BOOM SIX, PETER & THE TEST TUBE BABIES, RADICAL DANCE FACTION, SPIZZENERGI, THE CRAVATS, ANTI PASTI, MENACE, DEPARTMENT S, DRAGSTER, THE TUTS, PUSSYCAT & THE DIRTY JOHNSONS, WITCHDOKTORS, CHARRED HEARTS, RAGE DC, CRIMINAL MIND and many, many more….

Tickets are available here.

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LONDON DATE FOR MARTIN NEWELL!

MARTIN NEWELL, frontman of 70s glam also-rans PLOD and mainstay of 80s psychedelicists CLEANERS FROM VENUS, plays a rare London show this weekend.

Now an established poet, Newell will be performing  with Essex act THE HOSEPIPE BAND, who’ve set some of his works to music and who include former NEW MODEL ARMY bassist Nelson, also a former bandmate of Newell in the Cleaners.

The afternoon show takes place at the Union Chapel in Islington on Sunday 6 March and tickets are available here.

Having formed in Colchester in 1973, Plod’s song ‘Neo City’ was included on 2003’s Velvet Tinmine compilation and is rightly hailed as a classic of junkshop glam. After the band’s break-up, Newell turned down an offer to join fledgling punks THE LONDON SS, later issuing a highly-regarded new wave solo single ‘Young Jobless’ before forming Cleaners From Venus in the early 80s. Signing to RCA, the band had some success in Germany, later starring in the book Lost In Music. Involving himself in various other projects, including a stint as lyricist for CAPTAIN SENSIBLE and recording an album with XTC’s Andy Partridge, Newell has intermittently returned to the Cleaners name over the years, releasing a new album Rose Of The Lanes last year through Soft Bodies Records.

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LUCKY 13 FOR THE VOODOO MACHINE!

URBAN VOODOO MACHINE have announced the release of their new album through PledgeMusic!

Recorded at Space Eko Studios in East London, Hellbound Hymns will be the band’s fourth studio album and, coming as it does in their 13th Anniversary year, will feature thirteen tracks. It comes after of what has been a tough period for the band, which saw the deaths of fiddler Rob ‘The Kid’ Skipper and guitarist Nick Marsh. The album will include contributions on eight tracks from Marsh, who sadly died in June last year.

Scheduled for release on 27 May, Pledgers will receive it two weeks earlier on 13 May. Tourdates in support of the album will be announced nearer the time. For a message from bandleader Paul-Ronney Angel and a taster of the album, go here.

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HARD-ONS GROWTH SPURT!

Legendary Aussie punk trio THE HARD-ONS have announced that they are now a “permanent” four-piece, with the return of original drummer/singer Keish De Silva.

Rejoining guitarist Peter ‘Blackie’ Black and bassist Ray Ahn, Keish will front the band while current sticksman Murray Ruse remains in place.

In a Facebook post on the announcement of Melbourne and Sydney shows in May, Ray said, “I always liked Keish, since primary school. He knew he was always welcome back to the Hard-Ons. He brings with him back to the band special talents beyond vocals. We will not be playing nostalgia sets, as we did for the 30th Anniversary shows in 2014. We are getting together a set for this line-up that will take into consideration a few old tracks from the past, and brand new material written for and knocked into shape together as the 4 piece. We are all pretty keen to move into a new phase of the Hard-ons.”

Formed at school in the Western Sydney suburb of Punchbowl, the Hard-Ons broke out of the mid-80s Aussie underground scene, earning considerable popularity in Europe and the U.S., with their ‘Girl In The Sweater’ becoming an Aussie punk evergreen. Splitting in ’94, they reunited three years late before Keish quit in 2001. The Hard-Ons released their most recent album Peel Me Like A Egg in 2014. It’s available to buy through Boss Tuneage.

Check out ‘Girl In The Sweater’.

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ELECTRIC PENCILS COME TO THE POINT!

New London garage-rock duo THE ELECTRIC PENCILS have unveiled a new video, launching their debut album, released this week!

‘Extra Curricular’ is taken from the self-titled album, which is available to download from their Bandcamp page. A vinyl release will follow. The video was directed by John Milmo.

Formed in late 2014 by vocalist/guitarist Ben Edge and drummer/bassist Steve Coley from THEE SPIVS, the duo recorded the album over a four-day period on a Zoom 16-track. Speaking exclusively to Vive Le Rock, Edge says, “We wanted to make an album that captured our live energy. I wrote all the songs over about a year period. Except for the song ‘What Do You Know About Me’ that was written by me, Steve and a friend of ours called Jan Blumentrath over a year ago.

“The video was shot on the rooftop of my brothers studio. Its on an old street round the back of Spitalfields market that will soon be lost to new developments. It really is a one of a kind and like stepping in to another era and the whole street has an eerie abandoned feel to it. Like something out of a Zombie film. My brother happened to be living in a tent for a while on the roof and it was seeing that, that inspired the idea for the video. The idea was that a meteorite was heading for the earth and society had collapsed. There was a few ideas going on where we are commenting on human nature as well as the nature of people in bands and the egos that they hold. In the end of the video it is our egos that cost us our lives. The inspiration was from a wide array of films such John Carpenter’s They Live as well as some westerns, zombie films and gang films like The Warriors. There is even a reference to a scene from Predator. The famous ‘Dillon you son of a bitch’ handshake scene hahaha!”

Having played only a handful of select dates so far, The Electric Pencils are currently in the process of lining up more for the months ahead, the first of which is at The Hope & Anchor, London on Saturday 7 May. Support comes from NERVOUS TWITCH. £6 on the door.

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