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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MICHAEL MONROE’S TOP 10 PUNK COVERS!

As much a fan as he is an artist, our mate MICHAEL MONROE enjoys a good cover version as much as the next man, be it Hoyt Axton’s ‘Lightnin’ Bar Blues’ or Creedence’s ‘Up Around The Bend’ in the  days of HANOI ROCKS, or the storming version of ‘Kick Out The Jams’ he delivered at Vive Le Rock‘s inaugural awards bash earlier this year.

Michael’s in the UK this week, supporting Wayne Kramer’s MC50 on tour at Glasgow Academy (10 Nov), Manchester Albert Hall (11 Nov), and London Shepherds Bush Empire (12 Nov), so we dragged him out of rehearsals to ask him what his top ten favourite punk covers that he’s recorded are. This is what he told us…. enjoy!

1) The Damned: ‘Machine Gun Etiquette’ (on the Peace Of Mind album)

2) Dead Boys: ‘Ain’t Nothin’ To Do’ (on the Demolition 23 album)

3) Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers: ‘I Wanna Be Loved’ (on the Demolition 23 album)


4) U.K. Subs: ‘Endangered Species’ (on the Demolition 23 album)

5) Dead Boys: Ain’t It Fun (Duet with Axl on the Guns N’Roses Spaghetti Incident album)

6) Dead Boys: ‘What Love Is’ (on the Whatcha Want album)

7) U.K. Subs: ‘I Won’t Lie Down And Die’ (on the Whatcha Want album)

8) Dead Boys: ‘Not Anymore’ (on the Peace Of Mind album)

9) Stiv Bators: ‘A Million Miles Away’ (on the Nights Are So Long album)

10) Heavy Metal Kids: ‘Delirious’ (on the Hanoi Rocks Twelve Shots On The
Rocks album)

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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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EVERYTHING TO GAIN!

Ace French punks ZERO GAIN have their complete output compiled on a new CD anthology.

The quartet came together in the eastern-central city of Saint-Étienne in late 2013, having all done time in bands like Boxing Elena, Protex Blue, Spit and Perfect Cousins. They released their debut mini-LP Slow Thinking late the following year before contributing to a split LP alongside Torino from Lyon. This was followed by their first full album, Another Soundtrack To The Social War in March ’17.

The 24 track Modern Blues. The First Five Years compiles all the band’s recorded output, up to and including the Going Nowhere EP, released in April of this year.

Modern Blues. The First Five Years is available on CD from Nineteen Something Records. You can download 10 tracks FREE from Bandcamp.

Check out this clip of the band live.

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