LIVE REVIEWS EXTRA!

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
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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

 

 

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TOGETHERFEST COMES TO LONDON!

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.

Tickets are available here.

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!”

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Vanishing Life’s debut album Surveillance is out through Dine Alone Records next week.

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PUNK IN WALSALL!

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.

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Pics by Sophie Pitchford

 

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HAWKWIND: SPIRIT OF THE PAGE!

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.

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THE RETURN OF THE RUBINOOS!

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.

Check out ‘… Boyfriend’ on YouTube.

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THE HANOI ROCKS STORY: READ BY CHRISTMAS!

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.

Watch a trailer here.

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THE FRANKLYS UNVEIL NEW VIDEO!

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

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LUCKY STRIKES ANNOUNCE SHOWS!

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.

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MEMBRANES TO PLAY SI DENBIGH BENEFIT!

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.

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GODFATHERS ANNOUNCE BEAUTIFUL ALBUM, SINGLE AND TOUR!

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

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ANTI-FLAG RELEASE REVOLUTIONARY VIDEO!

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.”
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‘Without End’ is available to download here.

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MEMBRANES FOR MANCHESTER!

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.

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ESSEX PUNK CLUB UNDER THREAT!

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!

KEEP MUSIC LIVE!!!

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CROSSING THE NIALL WITH REVENGE OF THE PSCYHOTRONIC MAN

Manchester thrash-punks REVENGE OF THE PSYCHOTRONIC MAN herald a series of UK dates with a new video.

‘Niall Quinn’ is the latest track to be taken from the band’s third album Colossal Velocity and is, unsurprisingly, a tribute to Irish former footballer and TV pundit Niall Quinn.

According to the band, “The story starts at 0161 Festival, which is held at Moston Miners Club. There are a huge array of books at the club, many of which are football autobiographies. In some down time between the bands, our good friend Colin Armstrong decided to read aloud from said books. It’s a running joke which snowballed from there!”

RPM have announced the following dates, kicking off tonight in Leeds. Full dates are….

Fri 11 Nov – Pie Race, Wharf Chambers, Leeds
Fri 18 Nov – Maguires, Liverpool
Sat 19 Nov – Union Bar, Hastings
Sat 26 Nov – The Yorkshire House, Lancaster
Fri 2 Dec – The Borough, Sunderland
Sat 3 Dec – Book Yer Ane Fest, Dundee
Fri 9 Dec – The Workers Club, Kings Lynn
Fri 16 Dec – Santiago, Leeds
Sat 17 Dec – Bank Top Tavern, Oldham
Thurs 19 Jan – Gullivers, Manchester (with SNFU)
Sat 4 Feb, 2017 – Phoenix Bar, High Wycombe

Colossal Velocity is available now from TNS Records.

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FIRST ACTS ANNOUNCED FOR BEARDED THEORY!

A first list of acts has been announced for next year’s Bearded Theory Festival.

This year’s festival, the tenth, once again takes place at Catton Hall, Derbyshire over the late May bank holiday weekend of Thurs 25 to Sun 28 May.

Acts appearing over the weekend include NEW MODEL ARMY, SKUNK ANANSIE, SLAVES, THE SELECTER, JAYA THE CAT, THE ALARM, FEROCIOUS DOG, DREADZONE, GOLDBLADE, WHEATUS, PRONGHORN and many, many more still to be announced.

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Tickets (including details of their innovative instalment plan) can be found here.

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New Model Army pic by Francesca Sullivan

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THE ROAD TO RUIN!

Long lost Philadelphia punks RUIN are to get their two super-rare albums reissued next month.

Birthed out of a city in industrial meltdown in the early 80s, Ruin developed in near isolation, creating a sound at odds with the prevailing hardcore scenes in other US cities. Initially labelled as Buddhists, they performed on candlelit stages and dressed all in white, and included LEONARD COHEN covers in their repertoire!

Their two albums – 1984’s He-Ho and Fiat Lux from 1986 – are now being combined on a double-white vinyl LP by Southern Lord Records. Scheduled for release on 9 December, it’s available to pre-order here.

In celebration of the release, Ruin will play a special one of record release party at The Barbary, Philadelphia on Saturday 17 December. The ticket price of $30 will include a copy of the album, access to the special after-party and a copy of the DVD Ruin… Killed Live From Union Transfer. Tickets go on sale on Sunday 27 November here.

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REZILLOS FOR A.W.O.D.!

The final line-up’s been confirmed for the next ANOTHER WINTER OF DISCONTENT festival, which takes place in London in February.

The four-day event, staged as usual at The Boston Arms, Tufnell Park from Thursday 16 to Sunday 19 Feburary, will feature headline performances from THE REZILLOS (pictured), MENACE, ANTISECT and the recently reformed OMEGA TRIBE.

Menace headline the opening night, with SICK ON THE BUS, RAGE DC, RAW POO and HAZARD.

The Rezillos top Friday’s bill above EASTFIELD, THE SPORADICS, KISS MY ACID and THE MISPELT.

Antisect head up Saturday’s all-dayer, featuring LOS FASTIDIOS, HARD SKIN, WARWOUND, DRAGSTER, YALLA YALLAS, INTERROBANG, BRASSICK, SHOT!, PETE BENTHAM & THE DINNER LADIES, DAMIDGE, RAT BAG, SURGERY WITHOUT RESEARCH and CHRIS BUTLER.

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As previously announced, Sunday’s event has been tagged ‘Vi Day’ in tribute to the late punk legend and POISON GIRLS frontwoman VI SUBVERSA who died in February. Kicking off at 1.30 and with all profits going to women’s charities, the line-up features Omega Tribe (pictured), DIRT, RUBELLA BALLET, LOST CHERREES, HAGAR THE WOMB, THE PUKES, DOGSHITE, DUB THE EARTH, LAB RATS, REFUSE/ALL, BRATAKAS and BOLSHY.

Tickets priced £48 for the whole event; £15 each for Fri, Sat and Sun; £12 for Thurs are available from the AWOD website.

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