SOLO DATES FOR URBAN VOODOO MACHINE FRONTMAN!

URBAN VOODOO MACHINE frontman, singer and songwriter Paul-Ronney Angel will be playing some solo acoustic shows around the UK and Norway in December and January.

“I’m looking forward to the challenge of playing alone without the powerhouse 8 piece band behind me,” he says. “All my songs were written on an acoustic guitar so I know that it will work! I’m not planning a solo career though. The Urban Voodoo Machine is very much a full time thing and my number one priority. The Voodoo’s will tour the UK before Christmas – the last shows of our 15th Anniversary Tour, then start working on a new album in January so expect a new album from us next year!”

You can catch Angel armed only with an acoustic guitar, some blues harmonicas, a kazoo and the Devil’s Songbook at the following gin palaces…

Fri 30 Nov – Level 111, SWINDON
Sat 1 Dec – The Cove, SOUTH DEVON
Sun 2 Dec – Suburbs @ Holroyd Arms, GUILDFORD
Thur 27 Dec – Aye Aye Club, OSLO, NORWAY
Sat 29 Dec – Aas Stasjon, AAS. NORWAY
Fri 25 Jan – The Green Note, Camden, LONDON
Sun 27 Jan – Kitchen Garden Cafe, BIRMINGHAM
Wed 30 Jan – The Brunswick, BRIGHTON

Mr Angel will also lead the all star Vive Le Rockers band at our 5th annual Vive Le Christmas bash that takes place at London’s Nambucca on Wednesday 5 December. This total one-off show show will feature a 20 song set list from members of The Ruts, Jim Jones Revue, Sex Pistols, The Urban Voodoo Machine, Big Boy Bloater, The Revillos, Los Plantronics, Sick On The Bus, Brandy Row, James Brown Band, The Inmates, Sarah Vista and many more!

Tickets for this star studded one off show are available here!

And don’t forget, you can still catch the full Urban Voodoo Machine experience at…

Wed 12 Dec – Robin 2, Bilston
Thur 13 Dec – Waterloo, Blackpool
Fri 14 Dec – The Source, Carlisle
Sat 15 Dec – Mickleton Village Hall, Teesdale
Thur 20 Dec – Joiners, Southampton
Fri 21 Dec – The Bunkhouse, Swansea
Sat 22 Dec – Soundhouse, Leicester

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RICH HOPE’S GROOVY VIDEO PREMIERE!

Veteran Pacific Northwest roots rocker RICH HOPE has a new video, and he’s premiering it exclusively with Vive Le Rock! 

‘Golden Clouds’ is a cover of a track by the FLAMIN’ GROOVIES from their legendary Sneakers EP. This version is taken from Rich’s new album I’m All Yours, the follow-up to 2009’s Gonna Whip It On Ya.

Born and raised in Edmonton, Canada, Rich’s first band, The Taxicrabs, were given their name by Country Dick Montana of The Beat Farmers. Relocating to Vancouver, he released his first full-length album Good To Go
in 1998,  before signing on with the band John Ford for two albums.

Since forming a duo with drummer Adrian Mack,  he’s been support of choice for the likes of the Black Crowes, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, The Sadies, Social Distortion and Reverend Horton Heat among others.

I’m All Your is out now and available to order through Bandcamp.

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REGIONAL SCREENINGS FOR TROJAN FILM!

The award-winning documentary Rudeboy: The Story Of Trojan Records is to receive a series of regional screenings from this week.

Director Nicholas Jack Davies’ film about the British reggae, ska, rocksteady and dub label – which celebrated its 50th anniversary this year – was premiered earlier this month at the Doc’n’Roll Film Festival and received the festival’s Jury Prize, judged by Geoff Travis (founder of Rough Trade Records), Estella Adeyeri (musician and sound engineer), Kirsty Allison (poet and music journalist), Oli Harbottle (Dogwoof film distributors) and Jess Partridge (PRS Foundation and London in Stereo).

The film will now go on tour, visiting Nottingham, Birmingham, London, Edinburgh and Dublin. Full details are….

NOTTINGHAM PREMIERE – Friday 30th Nov 20:00 – Broadway Cinema, NG1 3AL – FREE after-party!
BIRMINGHAM PREMIERE – Friday 7th Dec 19:00 The Mockingbird Cinema, Gibb St, B9 4AA
LONDON ENCORE – Castle Cinema, Saturday 8th Dec 15:30 64 – 66 Brooksby’s Walk, E9 6DA
EDINBURGH PREMIERE – Saturday 15th Dec 15:15 Cameo Picturehouse, 38 Home St, EH3 9LZ
DUBLIN PREMIERE – Thursday 20th Dec 18:30 IFI Cinema 6 Eustace St, D02 PD85

Tickets for all screenings are available here.

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BANDS LINE UP FOR MANCHESTER PUNK FEST!

The line-up’s shaping up for next year’s Manchester Punk Festival, which will take over eight venues in the city from 19-21 April 2019.

As previously announced, SUBHUMANS will be main headliners. They’re now joined by BAR STOOL PREACHERS, DOOM, KING PRAWN, DEAD TO ME, SMOKE OR FIRE, NOT ON TOUR, THE CREEPSHOW, THE ARTERIES, THE INFESTED, CONSUMED FAINTEST IDEA, HARIJAN, RESTORATION, NERVUS, FAIR DO’S, ADRENALIZED, ASTPAI, PRESS CLUB, JANUS STARK, A VULTURE WAKE, ARMS ALOFT and loads more.

They’ll be appearing across the city at The Union, Gorilla, The Bread Shed, Rebellion, Underdog, Zombie Shack, The Thirsty Scholar and Font Bar.

Tickets are selling really fast, so get in quick here.

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DANCE THIS MESS AROUND!

Instrumental power trio THE MESSTHETICS have announced their first ever UK dates.

The Washington DC band, who comprise drummer Brendan Canty and bassist Joe Lally from FUGAZI, plus guitarist Anthony Pirog, released their self-titled debut album through Dischord earlier this year.

Catch the band at…

25/01 UK BRISTOL LOUISIANA

26/01 UK LONDON LABEL MATES (INDOOR) FESTIVAL

27/01 UK BRIGHTON HOPE & RUIN

28/01 UK BIRMINGHAM HARE & HOUNDS

29/01 UK NOTTINGHAM BODEGA

30/01 UK LEEDS BRUDENELL SOCIAL CLUB

31/01 UK NEWCASTLE THE CLUNY

1/02 UK GLASGOW BROADCAST

2/02 UK BELFAST VOODOO

3/02 IRELAND DUBLIN GRAND SOCIAL

5/02 UK MANCHESTER NIGHT PEOPLE

6/02 UK LONDON BOSTON MUSIC ROOM

7/02 BE BRUSSELS MAGASIN 4

8/02 BE ARLON L’ENTREPOT

9/02 NL DEN HAAG GRAUZONE (INDOOR) FESTIVAL

The Messthetics is available to buy through Bandcamp.

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JANUS STARK PLAY THEIR JOKER!

Melodic punks JANUS STARK are back with a new video – their first ever!

The single ‘Shuffling The Pack’ represents the Peterborough band’s first new material in 21 years!

The band were first former in 1996 by former DESTRUCTORS and ENGLISH DOGS guitarist Gizz Butt. Given a boost in profile thanks to his appearances with THE PRODIGY, the band scored a minor hit with the ‘Every Second Counts’ accompanied by the album Great Adventure Cigar. Since splitting the band in 2002, Butt has performed with Steve Ignorant on his CRASS revival gigs, as well as playing with FIELDS OF THE NEPHILIM and German alternative metal band PYOGENESIS.

Speaking about ‘Shuffling The Pack, Butt explains, “It’s a tale of promises that lead to betrayal. When someone lays down the red carpet to you and promises the earth, yet before you know it, your honeymoon is over, and you’ve been shuffled to the back of the pack.

“Personally, I’ve been at the receiving end of a ‘promisor’ a number of times, fooled by the proverbial dangly carrot. A few friends of mine helped me recognise the signs. The video represents a promise that I am intended to follow. This time I suspect something, so I’m going to confront this villain. This time he’s chosen the wrong card!”

The single is the first fruit from a new album due next year.

You can catch Janus Stark live on the following dates…

Nov 24 – The Ostrich Peterborough
Jan 12 – The Monarch Camden, London
April 19-21 – Manchester Punk Festival
May 25 – Punk and Ska Festival Wales, Machlynlleth

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SINGING DOWN THE GOVERNMENT!

Everybody talks about sticking it to the man, but who’s really doing it?

Fed up with local politicians taking money for doing nothing, Belfast punk Petesy Burns has teamed up with academic and author Colin Harper to deliver a stinging rebuke of Northern Ireland Assembly Members. And the song, resoundingly-titled ‘Smash The System’, is surely a rallying call in current times, as relevant almost anywhere around the world as it is in Northern Ireland.

Says Harper, who wrote the song, “The Northern Ireland Assembly collapsed in January 2017, the direct result of the Minister in charge of a botched heating scheme called RHI refusing to step aside while an enquiry took place. RHI will cost Northern Ireland taxpayers an estimated £490-500 million in wasted money.”

According to Harper, between January 2017 and October 2018, the 90 NI assembly members have received £10.25 million in salaries and an estimated £11.77 million in expenses. During that period, one assembly member has received £69,600 extra for his role as Speaker.

“He hasn’t spoken once”, says Harper. “Imagine if all of this was happening in London. It would be a national outrage.”

“I have no connection with punk whatsoever, but the medium felt right for getting the message out about this mess,” he continues. “I’d recently watched a documentary on 1970s Belfast punk legends, The Outcasts and was impressed by band member Petesy Burns’ compassionate anarchist ethos – kindness towards one’s fellow man – and by the energy of his performance. I got in touch and he was immediately on board.”

Credited to Colin Harper’s Bourgeois Fury, ‘Smash The System’ is available now from iTunes, Amazon and all usual digital platforms.

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THE GODFATHERS ANNOUNCE DATES!

THE GODFATHERS have announced a string of UK dates leading up to their annual St Valentine’s Day Massacre show.

The band have enjoyed a boost in fortunes over the last couple of years, following the release of their acclaimed return-to-form album A Big Bad Beautiful Noise in February ’17.  Much of that time has been spent touring widely outside the UK, putting dozens of festival appearances and thousands of road miles under their belts.

The five UK dates culminate in their annual St Valentine’s Day Massacre Show – a Godfathers tradition of more than 30 years – at London’s legendary 100 Club with special guests THE DeRELLAS. Full dates are…

8 Feb – Wolverhampton – Slade Rooms  tickets
9 Feb – Manchester – Rebellion  tickets
14 Feb – Hebden Bridge – Trades  tickets
15 Feb – Norwich – The Waterfront  tickets
16 Feb – London – 100 Club  tickets

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LOUISE DISTRAS UNVEILS NEW VIDEO!

LOUISE DISTRAS has just released a video for her brand new single!

‘Street Revolution’ is the title track from a new EP set for January release. It follows on from her debut album Dreams From The Factory Floor from 2015. It paves the way for her forthcoming second full-length, recently recorded in Oakland, California with producers Steve Whale of THE BUSINESS and Ross Petersen.

Louise describes the track as “… a rallying anthem for the new underground movement of working class kids, rising together through music to fight for their future”.

Louise heads out on the Street Revolution tour in January, which will be raising funds for the Crisis charity in conjunction with Musicians Against Homelessness.

“Having run away from home as a teenager, Musicians Against Homelessness is cause close to my heart,” she says. “We all walk our own warzone path which is only one step away from a situation we can’t control. Music saves lives and supporting Crisis is my way of giving something back.”

Cathc louise on the following dates…

17th Jan – Cambridge, Portland Arms
18th Jan – Nottingham, The Bodega
23rd Jan – Leeds, Key Club
24th Jan – Newcastle, Cluny 2
25th Jan – Guildford, The Boileroom
26th Jan – Norwich, Waterfront Studio
27th Jan – Portsmouth, Edge of The Wedge
29th Jan – Leicester, Firebug
31st Jan – Bishops Stortford, The Half Moon
2nd Feb – Wolverhampton, Slade Rooms

Tickets are available via Louise’s website.

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GENE LOVES JEZEBEL ANNOUNCE U.K. DATES!

GENE LOVES JEZEBEL have announced a string of UK dates for the New Year.

The 80s pop-goths, who feature co-founder Jay Aston, alongside guitarist James Stevenson, bassist Pete Rizzo and drummer Joel Patterson, released their most recent album Dance Underwater last year.

The dates, which comprise the band’s first UK tour in over a decade, are as follows…

Fri 11 Jan – The Factory, Manchester
Sat 12 Jan – Ivory Blacks, Glasgow
Sun 13 Jan – Trillians, Newcastle
Thur 17 Jan – The Fleece, Bristol
Fri 18 Jan – Esquires, Bedford
Sat 19 Jan – Islington Academy, London

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MAKE FRIENDS WITH THE BEVIS FROND!

South Coast psych legends THE BEVIS FROND return with a brand new album next month and have just unveiled a track from it.

‘Lead On’ is taken from the brilliantly titled album We’re Your Friends, Man which is out on Friday 7 December through fire records.

They play a special launch for the album at Black Market VIP, Hastings on Saturday 8 December, with support from BRONCO BULLFROG. Tickets are on sale here.

We’re Your Friends, Man is available to pre-order on double-vinyl, CD and download here.

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A.N.W.L. HIT THE STREETS OF LONDON!

ANTI-NOWHERE LEAGUE are to headline a special punk event in London next autumn.

The London Punk Festival will take place at the 229 Club on Saturday 21 September and feature 8 bands across two rooms.

Other bands lined up to play are DISCHARGE, VICE SQUAD, CHRON GEN, KNOCK OFF, ANTI-PASTI, MENACE and CRIMINAL MIND.

Earlybird tickets priced £27.50 (full price £33.00) are available here.

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SAY YOU WANT A RESOLUTION?

The Resolution Festival returns to London’s 100 Club in January with the usual bumper crop of New Year punk to set you up for the rest of 2019!

Taking place at the legendary venue on Oxford Street from Friday 4th to Sunday 13th of January, you’ll be able to catch some of the UK’s top punk bands, including headliners DISCHARGE, GBH, UK SUBS, THE DERELLAS, ANTI-NOWHERE LEAGUE, VIBRATORS, SUBHUMANS, VICE SQUAD, DRAGSTER and SLAUGHTER II.

The supporting cast is just as good with appearances from MENACE, THE VARUKERS, THE MEMBERS, Nick Cash from 999, DESPERATE MEASURES (pictured), KNOCK OFF, BLUE CARPET BAND, WARWOUND and more…

Tickets for all events are on sale here!

Full details of all events below…

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THUNDERS LIVE ALBUM GETS REISSUE TREATMENT!

JOHNNY THUNDERS & THE HEARTBREAKERS are to have their classic live album given the deluxe expanded vinyl format.

D.T.K. Live At The Speakeasy was recorded on 15 March 1977 at the notorious musicians’ hangout on Margaret Street in London’s West End. Fresh from recording their debut album L.A.M.F. for Track Records, the band’s two sets were recorded at the club with the the Maison Rouge mobile studio parked outside.

Initially released on Jungle in 1982, as a 10-track LP. A further five tracks were recovered to complete the whole two sets, and the whole lot were remixed for Down To Kill – Complete Live At The Speakeasy in 2009.

This new version comes on limited edition red-and-white vinyl, with a free CD and a sixteen-page booklet with notes by legendary journalist and Vive Le Rock contributor Kris Needs.

Set for release by Jungle on 23 November, Down To Kill – Complete Live At The Speakeasy is available to pre-order here.

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ROUNDHEAD OR DEAD!

Ranting punk poet ATTILA THE STOCKBROKER has just released a new album with a difference.

Restoration Tragedy sees Attila and his band BARNSTORMER 1649 creating an album fusing the music of the 17th Century with the sounds of ’77 buzzsaw punk, inspired by events just after the English Revolution, when Charles I was beheaded,  the country became a republic, the ‘world turned upside down’ and unprecedented radical ideas spread across the land.

This album of ‘Roundhead Renaissancecore’ features numerous early musical instruments, such as shawm, crumhorn, cornamuse, bombarde, shawm and five different recorders, jousting with guitar, bass and drums all played by Attila and the band themselves.

“Growing up and living in Southwick, the port town of Shoreham Harbour in West Sussex, I’ve spent my life next door to the site of a pivotal moment in English history,” Attila explains. “After his defeat at the Battle of Worcester in 1651, Charles II travelled south in disguise, chased by the New Model Army, and ended up at Shoreham Port, sneaking off to France in a coal boat called Surprise from a spot 400 yards from where our house now stands. I’ve always been interested in the history of the English Civil War and its aftermath and like many locals, been aware of the story. Completely coincidentally, I’ve always loved early music, have taught myself to play many ancient instruments and believed those simple sounds could be harnessed to the energy of punk in the same kind of way that The Pogues combined Irish music and punk.”

Attila The Stockbroker began performing as a poet in 1980 in Harlow, Essex alongside his mates NEWTOWN NEUROTICS. Since then he has toured widely, playing more than 3,000 gigs in 24 countries, including pioneering shows in East Germany and Albania. His acclaimed autobiography Arguments Yard (35 years of Ranting Verse and Thrash Mandola) was published by Cherry Red Books in 2015.

Restoration Tragedy is available on limited edition gatefold double vinyl and CD from Attila’s website and at gigs. You can catch him on the road at…

10 Nov – SHOREHAM – Duke of Wellington
29 Nov – NORTHWICH – Salty Dog
30 Nov – ASHTON UNDER LYNE – Station
1 Dec – SHEFFIELD – Gardeners Rest
15 Jan – PETERSFIELD – Write Angle

Watch a full Barnstormer 1649 live show from Latest Musicbar, Brighton here.

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WAYNE HUSSEY UNVEILS THEATRICAL RELEASE!

THE MISSION mainman Wayne Hussey has used downtime from the band to compose and record the score for a stage-play in brazil.

The award-winning As Irmãs Siamesas, which was written by José Rubens Siqueira and features Hussey’s wife Cinthya, is currently enjoying a two-month run at the Teatro Aliança Francesa in São Paulo, where the pair live.

Recorded over a two-month period last summer, Hussey – together with pianist James Bacon and violinist David Milsom – recorded the score for a CD for sale at perfomances. Due to demand from fans, however, a CD is being made available for a limited period through The Mission’s webstore.

Individually numbered and signed, and expanded to feature music not available on the original theatrical release, the CD will only be available for purchase from the store until midnight on Friday 30 November.

“I’ve never made it a secret that I harbour ambition to compose and score for film,” explains Hussey. “Sadly, for a myriad of reasons, I’ve never been presented with the opportunity to do so. So it was with open arms I recently accepted the invitation to write music for a stage play. As Irmãs Siamesas is a Brazilian play written by José Rubens Siqueira and this particular new version is directed by my good friend, Sébastien Brottet-Michel, a French actor who works with the world renowned Parisienne ‘Theatre De Soleil’. The fact that my wife, Cinthya, is one of the two actors in this two women play, the other being Nara Marques, is perhaps why I was offered the job. A little nepotism never hurt anybody.

“The brief was…brief. After conversation with Sébastien we decided the music should be slow – none of the tempos are over 70 bpm – empty and open with lots of space, flexible, unsentimental; music that doesn’t dictate the way an audience should react and feel to the dialogue and action on stage, but interacts with the actors in an unobtrusive way.

“We talked about the setting of the play as being timeless and placeless, rural rather than urban. I wanted to avoid using instruments that were modern, that required electricity, that would place it in a specific time. I thought about ageless acoustic instruments, such as a piano, a violin, and a classical acoustic guitar, that might be found in a lot of homes where the onus is on families entertaining themselves rather than by TV, radio, or, these days, the internet. These instruments became my exclusive sound palette for this project. Muted colours, if you want.

“It’s been a great learning process, and discipline, for me as a musician to compose and make music that doesn’t strive for, nay demand, the listeners attention. In conjunction with the brilliant English pianist, James Bacon, and renowned violinist, David Milsom, we have fashioned a series of adagios that, whilst are a million light years away from the music I usually create, I am so very proud of.”

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JON SPENCER UNVEILS TRASH VIDEO!

Currently on tour in the UK, JON SPENCER unveils another new video from his debut solo album Spencer Sings The Hits! And he’s premiering it exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

Like its predecessor ‘I Got The Hits’, ‘Do The Trash Can’ is the work of filmmaker Alex Italics.

Having just played a string of dates with THE MELVINS, Spencer now headlines a batch of his own dates kicking off with a special show at Rough Trade East, London tonight, Friday 2 Nov at 7pm!

Full dates are…

2              London                 Rough Trade East

3              Newcastle           Cluny 2 (TICKETS)

4              Nottingham        Bodega (TICKETS)

5              Arlon (BE)            L’ entropot (TICKETS)

6              Brussels (BE)      Botanique (TICKETS)

7              Muenster (DE)  Gleis 22 (TICKETS)

8              Koln (DE)             Helios (TICKETS)

Spencer Sings The Hits is out on In The Red Records and is available now here.

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