Rockney rascals CHAS & DAVE have announced a ‘Spring Beano’ at London’s Royal Albert Hall next year.
The gig on 20 April is the North Londoners’ first time at the venue since their first legendary sold-out show in 2014, and follows a triumphant return to live performance at last week’s British Summer Time festival, after Chas Hodges’ treatment for cancer of the oesophagus earlier in the year.
Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday 14 July here.
Veterans of the London rock’n’roll scene with more than 50 years of service, the pair had played their final tour together in 2013 – including a performance at Rebellion – following Dave Peacock’s decision to retire, but were coaxed back by public demand. Their most recent studio album was That’s What Happens, released through Warner Bros later that year. They released a live album and DVD Not Just Anuvver Beano, a celebration of the 40th Anniversary of their debut album, at the end of last year.
Chas & Dave have a full run of dates, both new and rescheduled, taking them up to the end of the year. Check their website for details.
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Journalist Anu Shukla recently eavesdropped on a conversation between the legendary LEE ‘SCRATCH’ PERRY and Martin ‘Youth’ Glover of KILLING JOKE backstage at The Boileroom in Guildford…..
A magical mystical tour with Mr Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry
We raced down the M25 at breakneck speed. Tonight, an hour before he was due on stage, we’d nailed a date with Mr Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry. Killing Joke bassist Martin ‘Youth’ Glover was to lead the conversation. His contribution to the Scratch version of Golden Clouds with the Orb would no doubt get a mention.
The place was rammed wall-to-wall as we struggled to walk through the doors of Surrey’s Boiler Room Club. We fought through the crowd, scrambled up a flight of stairs and found ourselves facing a crew of unflinching comrades. These cats were serious but somehow, we got the green light, ditched our bags and got cameras prepped for the mayhem below.
He was about to come on stage anytime soon. The crowd was going nuts with anticipation. Rapturous applause and whistling welcomed Scratch to the stage. And as he got into full swing, dreadlocks of fellow punters crashed into my face while I tried to steady my camera. A Scottish dude next to me hollered like man possessed as we stood squashed like sardines inching our way to the front.
Perry has made over a thousand albums and as Youth later told me: “I’ve seen him play countless times but there’s been occasions where I haven’t recognised a single track because he’s made so many.” Iron Shirt though, was at least one everyone did… And it was evident it was the legend that is Scratch most had come to see.
He was in top form and high spirits as fans reached out to light up his joint. Bouncing ecstatically, they moshed like mad. It felt a lot more intense than the Village Underground gig where he had played the previous night.
This was the ultimate LSP magical mystery tour. The night before at a collaborative exhibition with artist Peter Harris, we got a glimpse into the mind of the indefatigable Scratch. From Genesis to Revelation: The Higher Powers Bible was essentially the Bible according to LSP with images which included the artist giving birth to himself, while another depicted the Queen as a ‘blood sucker’. Adrian Sherwood was on the decks and joined by the likes of Coldcut’s Jonathon Moore and the Pop Group’s Mark Stewart amongst a string of others.
This was one mental weekend of pure Perry power. So here we were at its apex. And once again, we found ourselves fighting through 300 die-hard fans to reach him for our scheduled chinwag. Youth was nowhere to be seen amongst the hordes of people but there was no time to lose. Spotting him mid-conversation with a Killing Joke fan, I dragged him up the stairs past a queue of journalists and fans. Beaming insanely into the unsmiling face of a band member, we were greeted with a stern: “You’re Anu, right?” We were in.
Lee walked into the kitchen and the magic began. He exuded an enigmatic energy that filled the room with a bright light, greeting each of us with a big warm hug. There was no way of knowing the direction this conversation would take. But there’s a lot of ground to cover with a legend like Scratch and unless you can manipulate the space-time continuum, there’s only one thing you can do and that’s to go with the flow. Special things happen in life sometimes and this was certainly one of them. We were positively levitating. Hope you enjoy the film.
Rejuvenated post-punk stalwarts FOLK DEVILS and INCA BABIES hit the road this week on a joint UK tour.
Both bands emerged – from West London and Manchester respectively – during the mid-80s trading on the same dark blues-infused swamp-punk as fellow travellers THE BIRTHDAY PARTY, THE SCIENTISTS and THE GUN CLUB.
Folk Devils returned last summer on the back of the overdue and much acclaimed anthology Beautiful Monsters through Optic Nerve Recordings. Parting Shots’ Dave Hodgson replaces original frontman Ian Lowery, who sadly died in 2001.
Check out ‘English Disease’.
Based around founder member Harry Stafford, Inca Babies reformed in 2007, releasing their latest album The Stereo Plan in 2014.
Watch them performing ‘Opium Den’ on German TV.
Full dates are….
Fri 14 July – Manchester, The Whiskey Jar
Sat 15 July – London, The Shacklewell Arms *
Sun 16 July – Northampton, The Charles Bradlaugh *
Thurs 20 July – Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
Fri 21 July – Glasgow, O2 ABC2
Sat 22 July – Bethesda, North Wales, Neuadd Ogwen
*Also featuring VENUS FY TRAP
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GREEN ON RED legend CHRIS CACAVAS flies in for a pair of rare UK dates next week.
As well as being keyboard-player on all the Tucson-via-LA band’s classic recordings up to 1987, Cacavas was a major figure on the 80s ‘paisley underground’ scene, working with GIANT SAND, THE DREAM SYNDICATE, TRUE WEST and NAKED PREY, eventually forming his own band JUNKYARD LOVE.
Based in Germany for some years, in 2013 Cacavas collaborated with Edward Abbiati of Italian roots-rock stars LOWLANDS, resulting in the album Me And The Devil on Harbour Song Records.
Check out the video for ‘Back Against The Wall’.
This year they pair hooked up again to play live with a bespoke backing band THE DIRTY DEVILS, featuring bassist Joe Barreca, drummer Andrea Paradiso and Italian blues guitar legend Maurizio ‘Gnola’ Glielmo.
Unfortunately, Abbiati has had to bow out for health reasons, but Cacavas and the Devils are going ahead with the dates at….
Fri 14 July – Railway Hotel, Southend-on-Sea, Essex
Sat 15 July – Ex-Servicemen’s Club, Leytonstone, London
They’ll be joined by THE LUCKY STRIKES on both dates, plus BOB COLLUM in Southend and HAWK SOOLD of PLASTIC PALS in London.
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Pic by Antonio Spano Greco
THE PROFESSIONALS have announced an intimate one-off London show to celebrate the release of their first new album in 36 years.
What In The World belatedly follows on from the band’s debut I Didn’t See It Coming released in November 1981.
The show takes place at The Garage, Highbury Corner on Saturday 28 October. Tickets are available here.
Formed by Paul Cook and Steve Jones after the split of the SEX PISTOLS, the band returned in 2015 and still feature Cook and bassist Paul Myers from the classic line-up, with Tom Spencer of THE MEN THEY COULDN’T HANG and BIG BOY TOMATO in the role of frontman and guitarist.
Although Jones, now based in the US, has so far declined to rejoin the band, he does put in an appearance on the album, alongside such special guests as Duff McKagan, Mick Jones, Marco Pirroni and Billy Duffy. It’s available to pre-order here
Coincidentally, 28 October is also the 40th Anniversary of the Pistols’ Never Mind The Bollocks album, making the Garage gig a very special double celebration.
You’ll be able to catch the band before then at Rebellion on 4 August.
Purveyors of punky spacefolk, SONS OF SOUTHERN ULSTER have three Irish dates lined up next month.
The enigmatic partnership of Justinus J. Kelly and David J. Meagher from Cavan can be experienced at the following dates….
August 3rd World Academy of Music, University of Limerick (lunchtime)
August 4th Arts and Culture Centre, Bailieboro, Co. Cavan
August 5th Washerwoman Bar, Ballina, Co.Tipperary
Check out the video for ‘The Pop Inn’.
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Legendary West London punks THE LURKERS are to get a long awaited career overview with a new box set!
Formed on the mean streets of Uxbridge, the band were the first artists to release a record on Beggars Banquet, scoring an impressive FIVE Top 75 singles during their first 18 months, including the punk disco staples ‘Shadow’, ‘Ain’t Got A Clue’ and ‘New Guitar In Town’.
Now Beggars Arkive are redressing the balance with a 4oth Anniversary 5-CD box set, including the band’s first two classic Beggars albums Fulham Fallout and God’s Lonely Men, a disc of single tracks and demos, 21 BBC session tracks and the collaborative album by Lurkers and Boys guitarists Pete Stride and Honest John Plain, New Guitars In Town, released on CD for the first time ever.
The release is accompanied by a reissue of that first classic Beggars 7″ ‘Shadow’ c/w ‘Love Story’. Says Beggars founder Martin Mills, “Underneath our Fulham shop (Beggars Banquet record store) we had a basement which we turned into a rehearsal room where punk bands like Generation X went to rehearse. One of the other bands that rehearsed down there was The Lurkers. The manager of the shop, Mike Stone, started to manage the band because they needed help. Then he needed help so we started managing them and trying to get them a deal – but we couldn’t. This was 1976 and at that point there weren’t very many labels, and each one had already signed their one punk band – and that was it. So we set about doing the record ourselves in a way that is now second-nature to almost anyone in a band. But then it was such an unusual thing to do. Then there was no road-map. There were no small independent record companies, so we worked out how to put a record out ourselves. We ended up putting out our first single by The Lurkers soon after Stiff put out ‘Buy 1’ with Nick Lowe and Chiswick put out their first single. So the three of us started at pretty much the same time. It was a lot of fun and a piece of cake, to be honest, because there were so few punk singles around that everyone bought everything there was. There was this completely captive market. So we did another Lurkers single which was just as much fun. Then we thought, let’s put out an album, and we did. Which was Streets, a punk compilation album from all the independent labels that were suddenly springing up. After this we put out the first Lurkers album.”
Set for release on 28 July, the Lurkers box set is available to pre-order here.
Watch The Lurkers perform ‘I Don’t Need To Tell Her’ on Revolver.
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Following on from intensive touring of the USA and an appearance at last weekend’s British Summer Time festival with GREEN DAY, RANCID, etc, THE DAMNED have announced a major tour for the new year.
The Evil Spirits Tour will kick off on 26 January 2018 in Newcastle and wind up at The Forum in London on 17 February.
The band recently signed new album deal with Search And Destroy Records through Spinefarm/Universal.
Tickets go on sale at 10am on Friday 7 July here.
Full dates are…..
26 January Newcastle O2 Academy
27 January Dundee Caird Hall
28 January Glasgow O2 Academy
30 January Leeds O2 Academy Leeds
31 January Manchester Academy 1
1 February Birmingham O2 Academy
3 February Leicester O2 Academy
4 February Nottingham Rock City
6 February Folkestone Leas Cliff Hall
7 February Southend Cliffs Pavilion
9 February Cardiff Great Hall
10 February Bristol O2 Academy Bristol
11 February Bournemouth O2 Academy
13 February Southampton O2 Guildhall
14 February Bexhill De La Warr Pavilion
17 February London O2 Forum
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