Because Vive Le Rock mag is crowded with great live reviews, we sometimes can’t get them all in!
So here’s a couple of extra reviews for yer…..
LAST GREAT DREAMERS
THE WHEATSHEAF, OXFORD
The LAST GREAT DREAMERS arrive in Oxford at the arse end of a nationwide tour in support of their latest release, the aurally agreeable pledge music, fan-funded ‘Transmissions From Oblivion’. Although struggling with man-flu the band deliver an energetic, heel kicking, Beechams assisted full throttle performance. Dressed in an array of hats, scarves, spotty shirts with obligatory black waistcoats, the band are Dickensian visual vagabonds and if ever a group sounded like they looked it’s the LGD. Set and album opener ‘Oblivion Kids’ initially suffers from streaky vocals due to said illness but front man Valentine digs deep and delivers a performance which grows in stature the longer he continues. Single ‘Glitterball Apocalypse’ avoids turning into the Euro 96 anthem ‘Three Lions’ by a goalpost and ‘Ashtray Eyes’ sees lead guitarist Slyder take over the singing duties. A finale of ‘Last Great Dreamers’ and the smash and grab closer ‘Dope School’ complete a spirited sixty minutes of Snot, Rattle and Roll. Guy Shankland
FROM THE JAM
SUB 89 READING
FROM THE JAM open with a top ten treble of ‘Modern World’, ‘Strange Town’ and ‘Beat Surrender’ it’s a win win scenario that opens the nostalgic vocal floodgates. A rousing ‘Butterfly Collector’, ‘Down In a Tube Station’ and ‘That’s Entertainment’ are all given early set-list outings. Bruce Foxton confidently handles singing duties on ‘David Watts’, ‘Smithers Jones’ and ‘News Of The World’. ‘Going Underground’, ‘A Town Called Malice’ and ‘Start’ simply demonstrate the pure unadulterated song writing genius of a youthful Paul Weller. FTJ deliver these songs with energy, passion and breathe life into this timeless body of work. The songs all remain vital and provide an incisive snapshot of Thatcher’s Britain in the early eighties through the eyes of a young disaffected suburban male. A double finale of ’In The City’ and ’Eton Riffles’ puts the final cherry on a celebratory, Jam packed night. Twenty songs in ninety sing-a-long minutes, most sung word for word by the sold out, smiling, Sub89 crowd. That’s entertainment. Guy Shankland
Following on from the success of their 30th Anniversary dates this Autumn, THE MISSION have announced further dates for 2017 with the unveiling of a brand new video.
The appropriately-titled ‘Blood On The Road’ is taken from the band’s critically acclaimed Top 40 album Another Fall From Grace and catches the band, and fans, on the road in Bristol, Utrecht, Cologne and Paris. Moreover, it was filmed and edited by Vive Le Rock‘s own deputy editor James Sharples.
The latest series of dates take place in May and include a show in Sheffield on 26 May in honour of Wayne Hussey’s birthday. More shows are expected to be added, but current dates are….
Fri 12 May Belgium Leuven Het Depot
Sat 13 May Germany Oberhausen New Waves Festival
Sun 14 May Germany Flensburg Roxy
Wed 17 May Bournemouth O2 Academy
Thu 18 May Oxford O2 Academy
Fri 19 May Liverpool O2 Academy
Sat 20 May Newcastle O2 Academy
Wed 24 May Greece Athens Gagarin 205
Fri 26 May Sheffield O2 Academy (Wayne’s Birthday celebration show)
Sat 27 May Leicester O2 Academy
Tues 30 May Netherlands Hengelo Metropol
Wed 31 May Netherlands Tilburg 0-13
Sat 3 June Germany Hannover Musikzentrum
Hardcore visionary WALTER SCHREIFELS is to curate another TogetherFest in London in February.
Taking place once more at the Electric Ballroom, Camden on 25 February, the event will be headlined by seminal Connecticut band YOUTH OF TODAY with performances from AMERICAN NIGHTMARE, TRASH TALK and WOLF DOWN. Schreifels, a sometime member of Y.O.T. as well as QUICKSAND, GORILLA BISCUITS (who headlined last year’s event) and RIVAL SCHOOLS, will also be performing with his current band VANISHING LIFE, who will be making their U.K. debut.
Says Schreifels, “A few years ago I had the thought that I’d like to see a hardcore/punk festival with more variety and a connecting thread to the early inspiration of the movement,” explains Schreifels. “It seems to me that the scene has become sectioned off lately and sadly, more about posture and violence, so TogetherFest was conceived to push the ball in the opposite direction. My inspiration for this series of shows across Europe are Minor Threat, Negative Approach, CRASS, Siouxsie & the Banshees, Maximum Rock ‘n Roll, and the D.I.Y. power that pushed it all forward. Last year Gorilla Biscuits headlined, this year it’s Y.O.T. but with my friends at Creative Talent in Germany we’ve created a very diverse festival. I’m very excited and proud to have Vanishing Life on board as well; these shows are gonna be a blast!”
The West Midlands town of Walsall celebrates the 40th Anniversary of punk next month with a new exhibition.
Punk In Walsall: life and legacy takes place at the New Art Gallery, Walsall over the weekend of 3-4 December.
The exhibition is a unique collection of portrait photographs and interviews with punks from Walsall, reflecting on what punk meant to them at the time, and still means to them decades later. It’s a celebration of the dramatic impact of the punk scene on young people in one West Midlands town.
A free newspaper produced as part of this project, and there will also be a board where visitors can leave photos of themselves back in the day, copies of old gig tickets, newspaper cuttings from the time, and so on. Copies of the free newspaper will also be available at Walsall libraries from early December.
Project curator Steve Pottinger says, “I was very keen to record how punk changed people’s lives in places like Walsall, and I’m really proud of what we’ve created. The stories this project brings to life are wonderfully interesting and varied.”
The exhibition has been made possible through a Sharing Heritage grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to Walsall Creative Factory, an organisation founded to develop and deliver arts and heritage projects and events with local communities, and to celebrate diversity and culture.
The New Art Gallery is open 10am-5pm on Saturdays, and 12-4pm on Sundays.
Danish duo THE RAVEONETTES unveil a new song this week and have chosen to premiere the video exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
‘Fast Food’ is the penultimate offering from their innovative Rave-Sound-Of-The-Month-Club playlist, where they’ve been uploading a fresh track on the last Friday of every month this year. The final track will drop at the end of December. You can subscribe to the playlist here.
The Raveonettes are breaking with the norm and creating what they’re labelling an ‘anti-album’. A collection of songs that aren’t bound by the constraints of the format. At the end of the 12 months, the tracks will then be released as an album via their Pledge Music campaign.
Speaking of ‘Fast Food’, Sune Rose Wagner says, “When you wanna leave somebody because it’s causing you more harm than good but lust is ever-present and it’s impossible to deny.”
Sonic Assassins, the critically acclaimed history of HAWKWIND by Vive Le Rock contributor Ian Abrahams, is now digitally available in a fully revised an updated edition.
First published in 2004, the book relates the saga of Dave Brock and his Ladbroke Grove space cadets, from his days as a blues busker, through the late-60s and early-70s counter-culture movement and the band’s heyday, to surfing the zeitgeist of new wave, receiving a welcome boost from the NWOBHM, followed by rave culture in the late 80s and 90s.
Rewritten, expanded and updated with new interviews and fresh research, the book covers each of the band’s official releases in turn, detailing the band’s many line-ups, bringing it right up to date with this year’s chart-bothering return to form The Machine Stops.
The book is available to order now as a Kindle edition from Amazon.
U.S. power pop legends THE RUBINOOS have announced their first U.K. show in 37 years!
Originally formed for a high-school dance back in 1970 in Berkeley, California by Jon Rubin and Tommy Dunbar, The Rubinoos became one of the flagship bands of the briefly hip Beserkley Records, formed by their manager, Matthew King Kaufman, alongside EARTH QUAKE, JONATHAN RICHMAN & THE MODERN LOVERS, GREG KIHN and token British act THE TYLA GANG.
Featuring on 1977’s Beserkley Chartbusters compilation, they received acres of TV, radio and press coverage, and had minor hits with a cover of TOMMY JAMES & THE SHONDELLS’ ‘I Think We’re Alone Now’ and ‘I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend’, both of which are now considered classic power pop sides.
The Rubinoos play the Rah Rah Room, Piccadilly, London on Monday 9 January. Support comes from 80s Berkshire surf icons THE SURFIN’ LUNGS. Tickets are available here.
Finnish glam-punk legends HANOI ROCKS have their story told in a new hardcover book.
Previously available in the Finnish language, the newly-translated All Those Wasted Years has just been published by Cleopatra Records.
Written by Finnish music writer Ari Väntänen with Michael Monroe and Andy McCoy, the 348-page book follows the band from their birth out of the Finnish punk scene, through their move to London in the early 80s and the tragic death of drummer Razzle to their resurrection at the start of the 21st Century.
The book features many rare and previously unpublished photos and includes a collectable coloured 7″ single in a cloth bag, featuring two live tracks from the band’s 83-84 heyday.
Fast-rising garage rockers THE FRANKLYS have unveiled a brand new video as they head out on tour with AIRBOURNE.
‘Castaway’ is the first single to be taken from the band’s forthcoming debut album, and is available from Hälta Hälta Records from 2 December. Recorded and mixed with producer Sean Douglas, the band say, “We have finally managed to transfer how we sound live on to a record. We have worked with plenty of different engineers and producers in the past, but no one has really been able to capture the rawness from our live show.”
Speaking of the tour with Airbourne, they say, “We can’t think of a single thing coming out of Australia that we don’t like, including this band, so pretty sure we’re gonna get on just fine. Might have a bit of competition with the hair though as they sure have some healthy looking locks!”
Get there early to catch them on the following dates….
Tue 22 Nov Leeds O2 Academy w/ Airbourne & Crobot
Wed 23 Nov Newcastle O2 Academy w/ Airbourne & Crobot
Thur 24 Nov Glasgow Barrowlands w/ Airbourne & Crobot
Sat 26 Nov Manchester O2 Ritz w/ Airbourne & Crobot
Essex folk-punks THE LUCKY STRIKES play a belated album launch show this week, as well as announcing a London date in December.
The Southend band, who’ve been celebrating their 10th Anniversary this year, released their fifth album The Motion And The Moving On last month, earning them several rave reviews, including 9 out of 10 from Vive Le Rock! It’s available now from Harbour Song Records.
They play legendary rock’n’roll pub The Railway Hotel in their hometown this Friday 25 November.
They then play the What’s Cookin’ club at Leytonstone Ex-Servicemen’s Club, Harvey Road, London E11 on Wednesday 21 December.
The band is currently planning more dates for the new year.
THE MEMBRANES will be playing a special benefit gig for MARCH VIOLETS frontman Si Denbigh in Leeds next week.
Earlier this year, Denbigh – also known for his time with BATFISH BOYS and as drum machine programmer for THE SISTERS OF MERCY – suffered a stroke that completely paralysed his left side. Having spent the past six months receiving physiotherapy in hospital, he’s now gained the strength to return home, but the flat where’s lived for thirty years will require extensive modification to enable him to cope independently under these new circumstances. The estimated cost of these works is £4-5,000.
Taking place at Brudenell Social Club, Leeds on Sunday 27 November, the event will also feature a solo set from Sisters guitarist CHRIS CATALYST, plus more names to be announced. Further details will be posted on the Facebook event.
There are no advance tickets for the show – there’s a suggested donation of £10 on the door. There will also be merch and various Violets rarities on sale on the night. Please give generously.
West London trio KATALINA KICKS have unveiled a video for their new single due out next month.
Laden with social commentary and featuring a cameo from the President Elect of the U.S.A., ‘Guns’ is set for release on 2 December. It’s available to re-order from iTunes.
“It’s a song of despair,” says guitarist/vocalist Ian George. “The most powerful man in the world, and even he can’t stop the gun madness in his own country. And then after the Paris attacks, Trump said that terrifying quote about if people had guns, less people would have been hurt. So we sampled that just to show the absurdity.”
Katalina Kicks play a special free launch show for the single at 93 Feet East, Brick Lane, London on 30 November.
THE GODFATHERS return next year with a brand new album and single and a series of dates.
A Big Bad Beautiful Noise, the band’s first new album in 4 years, is set for release on 10 February through their own label Godfathers Recordings2. It will be preceded a week earlier by a single ‘You Don’t Love Me’ on 3 February.
Recorded in Birmingham over the summer, it’s the first Godfathers album to feature the fully revitalised line-up of frontman Peter Coyne, guitarists Steve Crittall and Mauro Venegas, drummer Tim James and bassist Darren Birch.
Says band founder Coyne, “It’s very important to myself and the rest of the band that The Godfathers make a kick-arse, contemporary rock’n’roll record that expands upon the musical legacy of the great Godfathers’ albums – Hit By Hit, Birth School Work Death, More Songs About Love And Hate and Unreal World. And I believe we’ve just done that…”
Having proved their chops earlier this year with a sold-out European Tour, headline appearances on the Vive Le Rock stage at Camden Rocks and at Spain’s Motorbeach Festival and a showstealing performance at the iconic Isle Of Wight Festival, the band have lined-up a series of UK dates, including the previously announced show at the Islington Academy, London on 11 February. Catch the band on the road at….
9 February Westgarth Social Club – Middlesbrough tickets
10 February Hare & Hounds – Birmingham (w/ THE HIP PRIESTS) tickets
11 February O2 Academy Islington – London (w/ THE MEMBRANES) tickets
16 February Cluny 2 – Newcastle tickets
17 February Ivory Blacks – Glasgow tickets
18 February Trades Club – Hebden Bridge tickets
Pittsburgh punks ANTI-FLAG have unveiled a revolutionary 360 degree video for their new single.
‘Without End’ has been remixed by musician/producer JUSTIN FRANCIS from last year’s American Spring album and features guest appearances from RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE’s Tom Morello and Minneapolis hip-hop artist P.O.S. The video was directed by Doug Helmick with animation by Chelsea Jones.
A timely release coinciding with the result of the U.S presidential election, the band say this of the song: “Our history will not be written by Donald Trump. It is important for us to speak out and organize when the future of fear and bigotry that he projects is not the one we believe in.
“We are honoured that Tom Morello and P.O.S have contributed to this track. Their collective history of using their art to challenge the status quo speaks for itself.”
THE MEMBRANES have announced a special show in Manchester next Spring.
A continuation of renewed activity from John Robb and his band following the release of their acclaimed album Dark Matter/Dark Energy, they’ll be headlining the show at the city’s O2 Ritz venue on 29 April, where they’ll be joined by the 20-piece BIMM Choir. A full supporting bill is set to include BRIX SMITH & THE EXTRICATED, DUB SEX and THE BLINDERS, plus more to be confirmed.
The show will also include a screening of The Membranes’ film Universe.
Tickets are available here or in special bundles including the Dark Energy CD or the new remix album Inner Space/Outer Space. Go here for details.
The Membranes head out on tour this weekend as special guests to THE SISTERS OF MERCY. Full dates and tickets are available here.
It won’t have escaped your notice that live music venues are currently struggling up and down the country, so we’re particularly saddened to hear that another great club is in difficulty.
The Asylum in Chelmsford has been putting on great gigs in Chelmsford, Essex for a few years now, catering for fans of punk, metal and more, bravely holding the fort for live music in the no-mans-land between Colchester and Southend. The likes of THE PUKES, THE FRANKLYS, PLATYPUS, STIV CANTARELLI & THE SILENT STRANGERS, THE DELTA JACKS and THE LUCKY STRIKES have all played memorable gigs their while local bands like THE PENNY ANTICS, MR HAPPY CHAINSAW and OSMIUM GUILLOTINE have all cut their teeth there.
Having been fighting the good fight keeping the kids of the Chelmer Valley culturally fed and watered, they now find themselves in the deeply unenviable position of needing a lot of money very quickly. As is usual in these situations, they’ve set up a GoFundMe page.
Also, legendary Southend venue The Railway Hotel is helping out by staging a special fundraising gig on Tuesday 15 November. As it’s such short notice, the full line-up is yet to be finalised but one WILKO JOHNSON, LEW LEWIS and other very special guests are expected. Kick off is 6pm. Admission is FREE but bring plenty of dough to donate!