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
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.
Powerpop rockers LAST GREAT DREAMERS put a seal on their most successful year yet with a series of December dates.
They follow on from the release of their acclaimed fourth album 13th Floor Renegades and steady touring which has seen them play up and down the UK, as well as their first ever shows in Norway and Spain. They’ve also begun making plans for their first ever US shows, having had their tracks rotated on legendary powerpop DJ Rodney Bingenheimer’s radio show in LA.
Following their headline shows in December, they’re back out on the road in the new year as special guests to Chicago glamsters Enuff Z’Nuff.
Catch them live at…
Fri 7th Dec BIRMINGHAM Asylum 2
8th Sat Dec GLASGOW Nice ‘n’ Sleazy
9th Sun Dec SHEFFIELD Corporation
15th Sat Dec LONDON Camden Black Heart
16th Sun Dec SOUTHAMPTON Heartbreakers
Sat 19th Jan WOLVERHAMPTON Giffard Arms (Dementia Awarefest)
Sat 26th Jan LONDON Monarch (Camden Rocks all-dayer)
Wed 13th Feb EDINBURGH Bannermans (w/Enuff Z’Nuff)
Thu 14th Feb LONDON Underworld (w/Enuff Z’Nuff)
Fri 15th Feb NUNEATON Queens Hall (w/Enuff Z’Nuff)
Sat 16th Feb BRADFORD Trash (w/Enuff Z’Nuff)
Sun 17th Feb BUCKLEY Tivoli (w/Enuff Z’Nuff)
Mon 18th Feb STOKE ON TRENT Eleven (w/Enuff Z’Nuff)
To celebrate, Vive Le Rock asked guitarist Slyder to come up with his Top 10 powerpop nuggets…
Hanoi Rocks – ‘Boulevard of Broken Dreams’
The band probably responsible for Last Great Dreamers’ existence, Marc [Valentine, guitar/vocals] and I both being huge fans; nothing like them before and nothing close to them since, you can hear the likes of The Clash and Mott in there but they had a real unique sound and look. Hard to pick a favourite song, love them all but I think on the Two Steps From The Move album they really came of age, obviously on the verge of great things until tragedy struck. The production on this record, the harmonies etc, just moved up a notch. This song is a great example of that and they look so damn cool in this video too.
Redd Kross – ‘Stay Away From Downtown’
Redd Kross are one of my favourite bands. First I heard of them was Third Eye, introduced to me by Marc, and then the subsequent albums, saw them once in London on the Show World tour in the 90s and again more recently touring Researching The Blues. When I heard ‘Stay Away From Downtown’ I was instantly hooked by the riff and the chorus. I played this song to death and still do, it was instrumental in getting me back into playing again after a 10-year break. I’d just got back in touch with Marc again when this came out, it excited me and made me want to get back on stage again!
Blondie – ‘I’m Gonna Love You Too’
From Parallel Lines, hard to pick any individual track again but this is a great example of their reinvented 1950s sound in the late 70s, a bit Buddly Hollyesque. Fun and vibrant, always showcasing Clem’s brilliant drumming and Debbie is just fantastically talented and beautiful, love her scream into the rip roaring guitar solo!
Squeeze – ‘Is That Love?’
I think Squeeze are similar to The Kinks in their ‘storytelling’ style of lyric writing. This is a perfect example of the classic 2½ minute pop song. Straight into a short and sweet riff and verse 1, Glen Tilbrook’s soulful voice with a country edge, sweet harmonies and perfect little rockabilly/country guitar solo.
Silversun – ‘Golden Skin’
Came across this in the late 90s on the soundtrack to British romcom movie Shooting Fish. Great catchy opening riff that’s a theme throughout, layered vocal harmonies and simple melodic octave guitar solo, perfect pop song!
The Kinks – ‘Till The End Of The Day’
The Kinks were the ultimate storytellers, quintessentially English, trashy guitar sound & excellent harmonies. This song we earmarked to cover whilst on tour, we jammed it in a soundcheck or two but it never came to anything, maybe one day. The lyrics seemed to fit with the whole vibe of touring & the happy bubble you are in…“you and me we’re free, we do as we please. From the morning till the end of the day”.
The Ramones – ‘I Wanna Be Sedated’
Another completely unique band with so many songs, it’s so very hard to pick a favourite. Great production on this record, very tight squelchy guitars, repetitive catchy singalong lyrics, impossible not to love this, The Ramones at their best.
The Buzzcocks – ‘Ever Fallen In Love’
Fabulous pop song, simple but meaningful lyrics, great jangly guitars, perfect chorus and harmonies from a band that churned out tons of catchy, camp 3-minute pop punk classics. Saw them most recently at Exeter a few years back and never heard a guitar as loud as Steve Diggle’s. He played and performed like he’d just been given his guitar back after having had it confiscated for 10 years!
The Hives – ‘Hate To Say I Told You So’
While I was browsing through YouTube this song started playing and I’d earlier had the CD in my hands when thinking of tracks to include for this, so decided to put it in. Loads of energy, attitude & aggression, cool look and sound.
Boomtown Rats – ‘Rat Trap’
A favourite band as a kid, again very unique in their sound. Great songs, look and attitude. I do remember hearing that this song was like an homage or sequel to The Kinks’ ‘Waterloo Sunset’, not sure if there’s any truth in that though.
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
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.
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
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.
MADNESS return to their House Of Fun weekender at Minehead Butlin’s at the end of the month.
Over the weekend of 30 November-2 December, the Nutty Boys play host to a range of live acts and DJs including MUNGO JERRY, DAVID RODIGAN, CHRIS DIFFORD, HORACE ANDY, GENO WASHINGTON, ADRIAN SHERWOOD, DENNIS BOVELL, JANET KAY, HUEY MORGAN, Bez and Rowetta from HAPPY MONDAYS, EARL GATESHEAD, CHAINSKA BRASSIKA, THE ESKIES, THE SKATA TONES and more….
To celebrate, we asked the band’s longstanding bass supremo Mark ‘Bedders’ Bedford for his Top 10 ska and reggae tracks….
“It’s the worst thing in the world to ask a musician his or her favourite tracks. There are normally so many in a musician’s head. Groups and sub-groups of suitable bits of music for every occasion. But asking them to pick ten will elicit hand-wringing on a monumental scale. This list is a touch easier because the brief was to stick to ska and reggae. But I could have drawn up a list for Top Ten of All-Time records – this would have taken weeks, of course. Or a jazz list; a blues list; a punk list. So, here it is – for today – because it will probably change tomorrow or next week?”
‘Eastern Standard Time’ – Don Drummond: “This lovely, lazy and loping tune, by The Skatalites, is really part of the roots of ska. You can hear the jazz influence, which featured in a lot of early ska tunes. Jazz was what this stellar band of musicians was listening to and playing before making this record. You can also hear, unsurprisingly, the Caribbean music as well. A lot of The Skatalites, individually, went on to make important ska and reggae records.”
‘Ali Baba’ – John Holt: “John Holt’s vocal on this track is super cool. He’s singing in such an easy way. This is counterpoint to the lyrics which are fantastic, in the truest sense of the word. John lays out the lyrics in a way which says, this tune is about a heavily psychedelic dream I had but, hey, no big deal. The experts say that this tune is technically ‘Rocksteady’. It also features a really nice horn section.”
‘East of the River Nile’ – Augustus Pablo: “This instrumental has one of my favourite introductions. It could easily be the start of an old film. What follows is a lovely slow groove with minimal instrumentation – where every instrument sounds just right. Then in comes Augustus Pablo’s melodica. Great use of reverb to create atmosphere, helped by some nice dub. This came out in 1977 but could have fitted into any reggae era.”
‘Ring The Alarm’ – Tenor Saw: “Tenor Saw is regarded as one of the great dancehall-style singers. He was working in the early period where reggae was discovering digital music. He’s young and confident on this track and his vocal style and inflections are so good. A brilliant rhythm, as well. Tenor Saw died aged 21 – a massive loss.”
‘Mr Brown’ – Bob Marley & The Wailers with The Upsetters: “Produced by Lee Perry; written by The Upsetters’ Glen Adams and given to The Wailers. It’s the story about a ghost being seen around town. So we get ‘creepy’ sounds and scary vocals. We also get great harmonies from The Wailers. I always think of it as a stand-alone reggae record – there’s not much like it? Just imagine if reggae had gone totally psychedelic?”
‘Cuss Cuss’ – Lloyd Robinson : “This brilliant, driving rhythm became one of the most covered in Jamaica. The urgency matches Lloyd Robinson’s vocal: ‘Get out of my life with your fuss and fight; I don’t want it’. Then up pops an organ hook line. 2’33” of a short, sharp plea.”
‘CB 200’ – Dillinger: “Title track from Dillinger’s superb album of the same name. This brought reggae and dub to the Punks and a wider audience. An album for every collection.”
‘Tunnel One’ – Tommy McCook: “Tommy McCook was one of the founders of The Skatalites and he leads this tune with his beautiful sax playing. Not only can you hear John Coltrane in his playing but you can also hear Miles Davis in the trumpet that follows him. Built on a rock solid rhythm, it’s over too soon.”
‘Sit and Wonder’ – Prince Buster: “This track, I think, is influenced by the Nyabinghi rhythm, which comes from the chants that are used by Rastafarians? It’s certainly one I haven’t heard on many records? Prince Buster delivers a trademark vocal with nice doo-wop harmonies and a cheeky sax part.”
‘All Will Be Well In The Garden’ – Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry and Adrian Sherwood. “A great and intriguing combination. Their work together is so good and you could pick many tracks. Nice mournful horns, harmonica and a sliding double bass(?). Reggae is in a healthy state here.”
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
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”.
“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
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
Punk legend BRIAN JAMES returns to the stage next month with a very special show in London.
On Friday 7 December, the DAMNED and LORDS OF THE NEW CHURCH founder and, let’s not forget, writer of the first ever Brit punk single ‘New Rose’, will play the intimate Nell’s Jazz & Blues club in West Kensington. Performing with his regular trio, The Brian James Gang, he’ll be recording the set for a possible live album.
Vive Le Rock caught up with Brian over a bottle of red to find out what songs inspired him. Here’s his Top 10….
1. ‘You really got me’ – The Kinks “The boss of all riffs, the first I learnt to play and probably the most influential for guitar players everywhere.”
2. ‘Stone Free’ – Jimi Hendrix Experience “The B side of his first single, ‘Hey Joe’, this is the definitive version, with my favourite Hendrix guitar solo. He re recorded it a few times later on, but go for this one. Wild and off the wall, wonderful.
3. ‘Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere’ – The Who “Sheer musical anarchy, first in-your-face feedback, maniacal drums and guitar. This threw the conventional music rule book in the fire, total attitude, play as loud as it goes.”
4. ‘Do It’ – Pink Fairies “The B-side of their first single, ‘The Snake’, total rock n roll energy. This is the attitude version, don’t bother with any others, these guys kept attitude afloat in England during the early 70’s.
5. ‘I Put A Spell On You’ – The Crazy World of Arthur Brown “From their debut album, Nina Simone’s haunting song turned inside out, a la Screaming Jay Hawkins. What a voice and what demonic Hammond organ playing by the grossly underrated Vincent Crane, timeless.”
6. ‘Sister Anne’ – The MC5 “During the 60s I was a big fan of the groups and artists on Detroit’s Tamla Motown label, then I discovered the MC5, also a Detroit act, and they couldn’t be more different: twin guitars, like double Chuck Berry on speed, machine-gun drums and great rock’n’roll songs. ‘Sister Anne’ is from their third album High Time. If you don’t already have it, then get it.”
7. ‘Boredom’ – The Buzzcocks “This is from the Spiral Scratch EP, which featured Howard Devoto on vocals and sums up 76-77 punk London and particularly the early few months of the Roxy club in Covent Garden, London.”
8. ‘Blank Generation’ – Richard Hell “If ‘Boredom’ sums up early Punk London, then ‘Blank Generation’ sums up the early New York Punk scene. Particularly the club CBGB’s in the Bowery area. A great slightly avant garde sound from the ex Television and Heartbreakers innovator.”
9. ‘I Wanna Be Your Dog’ – The Stooges “The first of my two favourite singers is Iggy Pop and this track from the Stooges first album is probably the best example of why. Another amazing Detroit band who paved the way for the Punk scenes.”
10. ‘Learning The Blues’ – Frank Sinatra “My other favourite singer, from the Sinatra-Basie album. My parents were always playing Sinatra around the house when I was a kid and it really got in my heart and soul, what an amazing voice and what a powerful band, the Count Basie orchestra was. Recorded in 1962, my advice is to give it a shot.”
Brian’s reissued debut solo album Brian James is out now on deluxe vinyl from Easy Action.
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…
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.