DAMAGED GOODS RECORDS have announced a series of very special 30th Anniversary gigs for the end of the year.
The four shows by some of the East London label’s finest acts will take place at The Lexington, London during December.
Saturday 1 December sees the return of HOLLY GOLIGHTLY from the USA where she’s now based. She and her band will be joined by special guests, Medway supergroup THE SENIOR SERVICE. Tickets
Saturday 8 December features a Medway special with GRAHAM DAY & THE GAOLERS (pictured) with support from garage-psychers THE GALILEO 7. Tickets
On Friday 14 December, South London Oi mob HARD SKIN are joined by fast rising young punks CYANIDE PILLS and SICK ON THE BUS alumni THE BACKSTREET ABORTIONS. Tickets
Finally, there’s more punk on Saturday 15 December from ’77 originals JOHNNY MOPED, THE SNIVELLING SHITS and ARMITAGE SHANKS. Tickets
As previously announced, Damaged Goods hold a 30th birthday party at Koko, Camden on 6 September with WILD BILLY CHILDISH & CTMF plus Johnny Moped and The Shadracks. Tickets are on sale here.
Dallas punkabilly stalwarts REVEREND HORTON HEAT blow in for a London show next week.
The show at the O2 Academy, Islington on Thursday 5 July is the band’s only UK performance this time round.
Making their first visit to these shores in three years, Jim ‘The Rev’ Heath and bassman Jimbo Wallace are now joined by new drummer RJ Contreras and piano-player Matt Jordan, who are set to make their recorded debut with the band on a new album this autumn.
Support comes from legendary rockabilly artist VINCE RAY’S LOSER MACHINE.
Tickets for the show are on sale here.
Cult Dorset new wavers TOURS hit the reunion trail with a gig in Poole this month.
Favourites of the legendary John Peel, the DJ played their self-released ’79 single ‘Language School’ on 50 consecutive nights, declaring it his second favourite single after ‘Teenage Kicks’.
Snaffling an album deal with Virgin, who declared songwriters Ronnie Mayor and Richard Mazda “the punk Lennon-McCartney”, they only managed one more single ‘Tourist Information’ before grinding to a halt. Mazda, however, made a name for himself as a producer working with numerous bands during the 80s, including The Scientists, The Fall, The Birthday Party, The Fleshtones, Folk Devils and others.
It was only when Cherry Red began preparing the band’s archive recordings for the 2010 retrospective comp Album Of The Year… (That Never Was), that Mazda and Mayor began putting plans together to reconvene the band with original guitarist John Hole.
With a new rhythm section of Nick Waugh (drums) and Mark Pitfield (bass) – but not, on this occasion, Mazda, who’s currently based in New York – Tours take to the stage at The King Charles, Poole on Saturday 30 June.
“We’ve got five new songs, a couple of choice covers and all my old songs,” says Mayor. “There are even t-shirts on sale at the gig only. We plan to find a way of keeping us all involved as long as there is sufficient interest in seeing Tours on stage and we all enjoy the experience.”
Check out ‘Language School’.
Album Of The Year… is available to download from Amazon.
THE RUTS DC have announced a major tour for the New Year, celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the classic album The Crack.
The tour takes in 17 dates across the UK and Ireland during February and March, including a London show at Shepherds Bush Empire. Support at all shows comes from THE PROFESSIONALS.
Coming together in the West London district of Southall in 1977, The Ruts sound fundamentally fused rabble-rousing punk with the dub-reggae influence of their surroundings. Their classic debut single ‘In A Rut’ was released at the start of 1979 on People Unite Records, the label owned by friends and neighbours MISTY IN ROOTS.
Their pioneering debut album The Crack was released on Virgin that autumn and is rightly regarded as one of the most important releases of the immediate post-punk – and indeed punk – era. Driven by a string of hit singles in ‘Babylon’ Burning’, ‘Something That I said’ and the reggae-fuelled ‘Jah War’, The Ruts were poised for major international success, only for their plans to be disrupted by the sudden death of charismatic frontman Malcolm Owen from a heroin overdose in July 1980.
Having played a benefit for guitarist Paul Fox, who was suffering from terminal cancer, in 2007, with Henry Rollins taking Owen’s role, surviving members Segs Jennings and Dave Ruffy decided to continue with The Ruts DC, recruiting guitarist Leigh Hegarty for the critically acclaimed album Music Must Destroy in 2016.
Celebrating the released of The Crack in 2019, the band will be performing the album live onstage in its entirety for the very first time, and in doing so will be paying tribute to Owen and Fox.
“It’s always been important to us to be a current and forward-thinking band, releasing and playing new material whilst being proud of our past,” states Segs. “A milestone to many, The Crack is an important piece of work to us too. We now feel ready to celebrate where we came from.”
“Making The Crack was a real game changer for me,” continues Ruffy. “The Ruts were a band that were greater than the sum of their parts and wrote music inspired by everything we had ever heard. It’s a piece of work that I am immensely proud to have been a part of. Now forty years on we will be playing the album in its entirety, it’s quite a challenge as some of the songs have not been played since 1980! Our legacy is large, and we are and will continue working hard to make this a great show.”
Full dates are as follows…
11th Feb Phoenix Exeter
12th Feb Concorde 2 Brighton
13th Feb O2 Ritz Manchester
15th Feb 02 Institute 2 Birmingham
16th Feb 02 Academy 2 Sheffield
17th Feb The Junction Cambridge
18th Feb 02 Academy Oxford
20th Feb Waterfront Norwich
21st Feb Riverside Newcastle
22nd Feb Garage Glasgow
23rd Feb Tunnels Aberdeen
24th Feb Liquid Rooms Edinburgh
26th Feb Rescue Rooms Nottingham
27th Feb SWX Bristol
28th Feb O2 Shepherds Bush Empire London
2nd Mar Button Factory Dublin, IE
3rd Mar Limelight Belfast
Check out The Ruts playing ‘Jah War’ live in Paris….
THE PSYCHEDELIC FURS are to have their original albums reissued on heavyweight vinyl next month.
The band have been enjoying a period of renewed activity recently, including a Singles Tour of the UK last September, and culminating in a sold-out performance this month at London’s Royal Festival Hall as part of Robert Smith’s Meltdown Festival.
Formed in South London in 1977 around Surrey siblings Richard and Tim Butler, the Furs released seven albums between 1980 and 1991. Signing to CBS, the band’s self-titled debut was followed a year later by Talk Talk Talk, spawning the classic singles ‘Pretty In Pink’ and ‘Dumb Waiters’.
The Todd Rundgren-produced Forever Now saw a move toward a slicker sound and US success with the single ‘Love My Way’, while 1984’s Mirror Moves yielded more hits in ‘Heaven’ and ‘The Ghost In You’ as well as anticipating the rise in dance music with ‘Heartbeat’.
The band’s career peaked in 1987 with the album Midnight To Midnight following on from the success of John Hughes’ Furs-inspired movie Pretty In Pink, with the band headlining that year’s Glastonbury Festival.
Original drummer Vince Ely returned for 1989’s Book Of Days, which saw a return to the edgier post-punk sound of the early 80s, before the band switched labels to East/West and revamped their line-up once more for 1991’s World Outside.
Pressed on 180gm vinyl and packaged in replicas of the original sleeves, the albums are set for release on 27 July through Sony Legacy and are available to pre-order here.
Stevenage goth standard-bearers FIELDS OF THE NEPHILIM join forces with Aussie psych legends THE CHURCH this autumn for three UK dates.
Having come to prominence during the 80s, at opposite ends of the same spectrum, this will be the first time the two bands have toured together.
Formed in 1984, the Nephilim, still featuring original members Carl McCoy and Tony Pettitt, broke an 11-year recording hiatus with a new single ‘Prophecy’ in 2016.
Billed as Special Guests, The Church came together in Sydney in 1980 and released their latest album Man Woman Life Death Infinity last autumn and have just completed a successful series of UK headline shows on the back of an appearance at Robert Smith’s Meltdown Festival.
Check out ‘Another Century’
The two bands play the following dates…
Monday 29th Oct – O2 Ritz Manchester
Wednesday 31st Oct – O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
Thursday 1st Nov – O2 Institute Birmingham
Tickets are on sale here.
PUBLIC IMAGE LTD have announced a string of cinema screenings of the documentary film The Public Image Is Rotten.
Directed by Tabbert Fiiller, the film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York last year before receiving its European premiere at London’s Raindance Festival. The film charts the influential band’s forty-year career through numerous line-ups and stylistic shifts to the present day.
PiL are currently midway through and extensive 40th Anniversary Tour of the UK, Europe and Japan.
The Public Image Is Rotten can be seen at the following cinemas…
3rd June – Camden Odeon Camden
17th June – Edinburgh Cameo Picturehouse
27th June – Exeter Exeter Picturehouse
4th July – London Hackney Picturehouse
4th July – Southampton Harbour Lights Picturehouse
4th July – London Stratford Picturehouse
6th July – Liverpool Picturehouse @ Fact
9tth July – Liverpool Picturehouse @ Fact
19th July – Camden Odeon Camden
19th July – Norwich Picturehouse Cinema City
19th July – Manchester Odeon Manchester Great Northern
19th July – Blackpool Odeon Blackpool
19th July – Kingston Odeon Kingston
19th July – Southend Odeon Southend
19th July – Glasgow Odeon Glasgow Quay
19th July – Oxford Odeon Oxford
9th Aug – Birmingham Electric Cinema
Further details and tickets are available for here.
Read a new interview with John Lydon in the current edition of Vive Le Rock!
The director’s cut of the STATUS QUO documentary Hello Quo! is to receive a one-off screening in London next month.
Running at over two-and-a-half hours, this will be the first time the full-length directors cut has been screened in the capital since the film’s release in 2012.
Critically acclaimed on its release, Hello Quo! charts the story of the South London boogiemasters from their origins in early-60s Peckham, right up to the reunion of Francis Rossi, Rick Parfitt, Alan Lancaster and John Coghlan – the first time that they’d played together in 30 years – that precipitated the Frantic Four shows in 2013. The film is made even more poignant following the subsequent death of Parfitt in 2016.
The screening at the Regent Street Cinema at 7.30pm on Thursday 12 July will be followed by a Q&A with the film’s director, Alan G Parker.
Tickets are available here.
Watch an excerpt.
GANG OF FOUR have just revealed a new video for the track ‘Lucky’ from their Complicit EP, which came out this Spring.
The claustrophobic clip by filmmaker Pete Cannon is a homage to the Italian neo-realist cinema of the 1950s.
Speaking about ‘Lucky’, guitarist Andy Gill explains, “It’s about how luck defines more than we imagine. You might think of the words from Macbeth concerning life being an hour upon the stage where the walking shadow struts and frets but can change nothing. A parallel idea is that luck may have as much impact on the course of a life than anything an individual does. As in Sartre’s ‘les jeux sont faits’, action, truth, morality will always play second fiddle to luck.”
The band have revealed that a new full-length Gang Of Four album, the follow up to 2015’s What Happens Next, is set for September release.
Pic by DJ Markham
Bay Area pop-punks CULTURE ABUSE have unveiled a video for their new single ‘Dip’.
The single is taken from Bay Dream, the band’s first album for Epitaph.
Speaking about the single, frontman David Kelling says, “It’s a song is about missing the ones that I love and time going by so fast. Trying not to get crushed by the pressures of life or losing hope. I feel like a lot of songs start from a place of pain or sadness, and then I process things for a bit and try to find the beauty and hope in life.”
In making the video for ‘Dip’, director Ryan Baxley (with the assistance of Alice Baxley and Brandon Schwartzel) created a human-sized photocopy machine—a process that involved printing 4,500 images, draining 14 drums of toner, and logging 400 hours of work. High-concept yet lo-fi, the video essentially serves as an animated zine, and perfectly reflects the DIY ethos of the band.
“I like the idea that the things I make don’t require a whole lot more than a bunch of effort,” says Baxley. “You don’t need a lot of money or extravagant sets, an art degree, or even a whole lot of skill. Just the willingness to work hard and make shit. And in my case, friends that share the same ethics and are surprisingly willing to work with you. So if anything, I hope this video inspires someone else to make something for themselves, ’cause it’s just fun to do.”
The band are current on tour throughout Europe. Catch them at…
June 15th, 2018 – Nova Rock – Nickelsdorf (AT)
June 16th, 2018 – Logo – Hamburg (DE) *
June 18th, 2018 – Conne Island – Hamburg (DE) **
June 19th, 2018 – Eternia – Prague (CZ) **
June 20th, 2018 – S0 36 – Berlin (DE) **
June 21st, 2018 – NCO Club – Karlsruhe (DE) **
June 22nd, 2018 – Graspop Metal Meeting – Dessel (BE)
June 23rd, 2018 – Hurricane Festival (DE)
June 24th, 2018 – Southside Festival (DE)
June 25th, 2018 – LA Mars – Angouleme (FR) *
June 26th, 2018 – Warm Audio – Decine Charpieu (FR) *
June 29th, 2018 – Sommer Gloom @ Kavka – Antwerpen (BE) **
June 30th, 2018 – Vainstream Rockfest (DE)
* w/ The Bronx
** w/ Modern Life Is War/Cro Mags
They then hit the UK for three instores at Rough Trade Shops…
July 2nd, 2018 – Rough Trade East London (7pm)
July 3rd, 2018 – Rough Trade Nottingham – (7.30pm)
July 4th, 2018 – Rough Trade Bristol – (7.30pm)
East London street-punk legends – and Vive Le Rock award-winners – COCK SPARRER are to get their first four albums compiled in a new box set this month.
The four-CD Cock Sparrer: The Albums 1978 – 1987 kicks off with the band’s rare self-titled debut, originally only released in Spain, and bolstered here by 5 bonus tracks. This is followed by the now classic Shock Troops album, fully remastered from the original tapes and also including three bonus tracks.
Disc three is their third studio album Running Riot In ’84, with the set completed by the 1987 live album Live And Loud!!
With the whole project overseen by Sparrer guitarist Daryl Smith, with full input from the rest of the band, the set is rounded out with a fully illustrated booklet.
Released through Captain Oi! on 29 June, Cock Sparrer: The Albums 1978 – 1987 is available to pre-order here.
This will be followed in August by Cock Sparrer: The Albums 1994 – 2017, which brings the extremely influential band’s story right up to date, culminating in last year’s acclaimed album Forever.
Cock Sparrer play the following dates…
July 15 – Spain, Barcelona -Barnanroll
Sept 7 – Denmark, Copenhagen, -Lille Vega
Sept 8 – Germany, Hamburg -Knust
Sept 16 – Germany, Berlin -SO36
Oct 26 – Germany, Leipzig -Conne Island
Nov 3 – Germany, Oberhausen -Kulttempel
JIM JONES & THE RIGHTEOUS MIND have set the wheels in motion for their new album.
CollectiV is the follow-up to last year’s debut Super Natural and is scheduled for release in October.
The rabble-rousing band are inviting fans to get together and get involved by joining The CollectiV – an organisation that will see the group and their admirers become their own record label.
Jim Jones & The Righteous Mind have elected to reject what they see as the outmoded business model of the old music industry. In its place will be greater sense of unity between the band and their followers.
“I don’t like those barriers they have at concerts that puts the distance between the stage and the crowd,” says Jones. “It makes it like it’s a separate thing and it’s not; the whole point is to channel each other’s energies and make that direct contact.”
He continues: “If you can lift someone out of their mundane day and make them feel as if there’s something better, or we can go a little bit higher and that, hey, you’re not on your own .. we can make that connection.
That’s what it’s all about – that connection!
“And then you realise that the same is true of your recorded work. Why have that barrier and mechanism of middlemen and the record industry people telling you what you can and can’t do, when it makes perfect sense for our fans to be our record label? Together we can do this!”
Using Kickstarter, members of The CollectiV will receive delivery of the new album ahead of its release date. Exclusive membership items will also be available.
From Thee Hypnotics and Black Moses through to the Jim Jones Revue and The Righteous Mind, Jim Jones has dedicated his life to making exciting, passionate rock ‘n’ roll music. Playing from the heart and shooting from the hip, Jim remains an elemental, innovative force in rock ‘n’ roll.
This is the next step of an incredible journey and you’re invited to be part of The CollectiV.
Sign up here today!
Two of the UK’s finest garage rock’n’roll bands meet up for a rare London showdown this month.
Nottingham’s HIP PRIESTS and Birmingham’s BLACK BOMBERS will be taking the stage at this month’s instalment of the fabulous Rockaway Beach Club at the legendary Hope & Anchor in Islington on Friday 29 June. Support comes from Detroit-influenced two-piece THE LOVE ME TENDERS.
Tickets priced £7 are on sale here.
Former FOLK DEVILS frontman Ian Lowery has just had his late-80s solo work as KING BLANK reissued by Beggars Arkive.
The Real Dirt was originally released in 1988 through Beggars Banquet’s sister label Situation Two, and featured fellow former Folk Devil Kris Jozajtis on guitar, plus bassist Hugh Garrety, drummer Kevin Rooney and future BUSH guitarist Nigel Pulsford.
Following the implosion of Folk Devils in 1987, Lowery – who’d also fronted Sunderland punks THE WALL and post-punk funkers SKI PATROL – was still contracted to Beggars. Hooking up with Bill Carter of SCREAMING BLUE MESSIAHS, he delivered the single ‘Mouthoff’ under the King Blank name, which led to the recording of The Real Dirt, featuring the singles ‘Blind Box’ and ‘Uptight’, the latter accompanied by a video (above) directed by Viv Albertine of THE SLITS.
Lowery’s musical career continued with THE IAN LOWERY GROUP and DRUG OF CHOICE until his untimely death in 2001. The Real Dirt is the latest in an ongoing reissue project managed by his brother David Lowery and Folk Devils and Ski Patrol guitarist Nick Clift.
The new digital-only edition of The Real Dirt sees all 10 tracks fully digitally remastered with the inclusion of all three singles and B-sides. Buy The Real Dirt here.
If you’ve seen the superb SLITS documentary Here To Be Heard, you’ll understand the significance of bassist Tessa Pollitt’s scrapbook, which charts the life of the band from 1976 through a goldmine of cuttings, photographs and notes.
Now Vive Le Rock‘s book publishing arm Extradition Books has recreated that very document in all its glory. The 72-page replica contains dozens of contemporary reviews, interviews and news items from the likes of Sounds, NME, Melody Maker and Zig Zag, not to mention various horrified tabloids! There’s also numerous gig fliers and colour photographs documenting this unique band.
Says Tessa, “I started collecting cuttings from the old press (no internet in those days!) from 1976 onwards. This was the scrapbook era. I also loved taking photos from childhood, and have continued on an instamatic camera ever since, some of these included in this scrapbook. It was [director] William Badgley’s idea to use my scrapbook as a starting point to base the documentary around, an idea that proved to be successful. I hope you enjoy the insight into the story of The Slits and the visuals, which include personal photos from Palmolive, Christine Robertson (our manager) and myself. The Slits exist. Yours truly – Tessa Pollitt.”
The Slits – News, Cuttings & Scraps is available now priced £25, including a DVD of the Here To Be Heard film from Vive Le Shop.
Read a review of Here To Be Heard in the latest edition of Vive Le Rock!
Essex punks THE FILAMENTS have just unveiled a track from their forthcoming new album ahead of a London launch party this week.
‘Rip-Off World’ is taken from Look To The Skies, which is out through Pirates Press on Friday 15 June. The following day they wet the baby’s head with a launch party at The Underworld in Camden , with support from LION’S LAW, KNUCKLEDUST, THE RESTARTS and NASTY BASTARD. Get tickets here.
The Chelmsford sextet have more dates lined up throughout the year, including shows in The Netherlands and Frnce. Full dates are…
16/06/2018 – London, UK – Underworld Camden (Record release show)
04/08/2018 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Rebellion Festival
09/08/2018 – Bristol, UK – Boomtown Festival
14/09/2018 – Derby, UK – Hairy Dog
06/10/2018 – Rennes, France – The Bobbleshop Rennes
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