South-Coast folk-punks McDERMOTT’s 2 HOURS are to release their final album next month.
The band were formed in Brighton in 1986 out of the ashes of two other bands, The Bliffs and The Crack, who’d cut their teeth on the German pub scene. Fronted by singer-songwriter Nick Burbridge, they would earn a reputation for incendiary live shows, becoming a major influence on THE LEVELLERS and other likeminded souls.
Besieged, which is set for release on 8 February, sees Burbridge and co collaborating with Jeremy and Simon from The Levs, plus members of renowned folk-rockers OYSTERBAND.
Released through The Levellers’ On The Fiddle label, Besieged is available to pre-order as a 2-CD set, featuring a ‘best of’ compilation. Pre-ordered copies will also be signed by Burbridge.
Also available through all major digital platforms, pre-orders from iTunes will receive an instant FREE download, plus two other tracks ahead of release.
London powerpop rockers LOS PEPES have a new video to show off and they’re doing it exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
‘Positive Negative’ is the title track from the band’s fourth album, which is set for release this Spring through Wanda Records / Adrenalin Fix Music. The video was directed by Ryan Quarterman of Future Human Design Co.
“‘Positive Negative’ is the title track of our upcoming new album. Therefore as a song it represents the whole record’s concept of doing exactly what people say you shouldn’t do,” explains singer/guitarist Ben Perrier. “Wrong is normally right in our experience. To capture the energy of this unhealthy attitude of wrongdoing we made this short clip in which we fail to defuse a bomb. All set to a Beat Club TV-esqe backdrop of green screen explosions and non stop action. Enjoy it folks.”
Described as the Motörhead of powerpop, Los Pepes came together in 2013, sporting a truly international line-up, originating in the UK, Japan, Brazil and Poland. Tearing several strips off clubs, bars and festivals across the UK and Europe, they’ve shared stages with the likes of The Kids, Mudhoney, Guitar Wolf, The Detroit Cobras, The Stems, The Sonics and many many more…
San Francisco legends the FLAMIN’ GROOVIES have their early recordings compiled in a new box set next month.
Originally formed back in the mid-60s, the Groovies were at odds with the blossoming psych scene thanks to their love of early rock’n’roll. Nevertheless, having released their own 10-inch EP Sneakers, they were snapped up by Epic for their full length debut, Supersnazz. When that failed to sell, however, they switched to Kama Sutra for Flamingo, then Teenage Head.
With a change in line-up, seeing frontman Roy Loney replaced by Chris Wilson, guitarist Cyril Jordan would take the band in a more Beatley/powerpop direction during the 70s, signing to Sire and riding the New Wave across Europe. Reconvening in 2013, the band released their latest album Fantastic Plastic in 2017.
Gonna Rock Tonite! The Complete Recordings 1969-71 brings together those first three albums across three CDs, all expanded with bonus tracks including numerous rock’n’roll covers. The set is completed with a 20-page booklet including a new 7,500-word essay.
Set for release on 22 February through Cherry Red, Gonna Rock Tonite! Is available to pre-order here.
BOOZE & GLORY are back with a brand new video, which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
“We’re super excited to show you this video for the new single ‘Live It Up’, says mainman Mark. “The song has been recorded in Soundlab Studios in Orebro, Sweden. It was the first time we worked with the producer Mathias Farm (guitarist from Millencolin) and we’re really happy with the final results. We’re just about to hit the road again starting in Europe WOSP and Persistance Tour this month followed by 4 weeks across North America with our friends Dropkick Murphys. This year we celebrate our 10 year anniversary and we have lots of great things in the pipeline!”
12/01/19 Zyrardow, PL
13/01/19 Warsaw, PL
13/01/19 TTV TV Studio Show
17/01/19 Astra Kultuhaus, Berlin, DE
18/01/19 Grosse Freiheit, Hamburg, DE
19/01/19 Krafwerk Mitte, Dresden, DE
20/01/19 Sono Centrum, Brno, CZ
21/01/19 Kulturzentrum Backstage, Munich, DE
22/01/19 Inselhalle, Lindau, DE
23/01/19 Les Docks, Lausanne, Swiss
24/01/19 Kultuzentrum Schlachthof Wiesbaden, DE
25/01/19 BrielpoortDeinze, BE
26/01/19 Turbinenhalle, Oberhausen, DE
27/01/19 The Forum, London, UK
Tour with DROPKICK MURPHYS
02/17/19 Mid-Hudson Civic Center, Poughkeepsie, NY
02/18/19 Rebel, Toronto, ON
02/19/19 20 Monroe Live, Grand Rapids, MI
02/20/19 The Sylvee, Madison, WI
02/23/19 The Cotillion, Wichita, KS
02/24/19 South Side Ballroom, Dallas, TX
02/25/19 Cain’s Ballroom, Tulsa, OK
02/27/19 Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater, Austin, TX
02/28/19 Alamo City Music Hall, San Antonio, TX
03/01/19 The Fillmore, New Orleans, LA
03/02/19 Vinyl Music Hall, Pensacola, FL
03/04/19 Jannus Live, St. Petersburg, FL
03/05/19 Jackie Gleason Theater, Miami Beach, FL
03/06/19 House Of Blues, Lake BuenaVista, FL
03/08/19 House Of Blues, N Myrtle Beach, SC
03/09/19 The Mill & Mine, Knoxville, TN
03/10/19 The National, Richmond, VA
03/11/19 Freedom Hall, Lancaster, PA
03/12/19 State TheatrePortland, ME
03/15/19 House Of Blues, Boston, MA
03/16/19 House Of Blues, Lowell, MA
13/04/19 Punk & Disorderly Fest, DE 25/05/19 Mosh Gegen Krebs, DE 08/06/19 Sound Of Revolution, NL 9/07/19 Rockmarathon, HU 13/07/19 Sjock Fest, BE 02/08/19 Rebellion Festival, UK 07/08/19 Punk Rock Holiday, SLO 16/08/19 Pod Parou Fest, CZ
The UK SUBS are to headline a new punk festival in Hertfordshire this Easter.
Brought to you in conjunction with promoters Human Punk, and sponsored by Vive Le Rock!, the Revelations Festival will take place at Harpenden Public Halls over Friday 19 and Saturday 20 April.
Other bands lined up up to play include THE VIBRATORS, THE MEMBERS, JOHNNY MOPED, 999, TV SMITH, DESPERATE MEASURES, SLAUGHTER II, THE ZIPHEADS, CRISIS, THE SATELLITES, DEPARTMENT S, THE WEIRD THINGS, TERMINAL TWIST and more…
Essex pop-punks MR HAPPY CHAINSAW return with a brand new single and video.
‘Safe Place’ was recorded at Manor Studios, Braintree and all proceeds from sales will got to mental health charity CALM – Campaign Against Living Miserably.
CALM are dedicated to preventing male suicide, the single biggest killer of men under the age of 45 in the UK. CALM provide support to men in the UK, of any age, who are down or in crisis someone to talk to either by calling 0800 585858, or via webchat on their website
The band have organised an all-day CALMival at The Wheatsheaf, Witham on Saturday 26 January, featuring sets from Laurence Crow, 3 Foot High, Counties, Fatality, Shooty and the Bang Bang, Lemoncurd Kids, Audrey Ripper with more to be confirmed.
‘Safe Place’ is available to download now from Bandcamp.
SUZI QUATRO has announced a new album and a major tour for 2019.
The glam rock legend has signed a worldwide deal with SPV/Steamhammer and will release No Control on 29 March. It will be preceded by the single ‘No Soul / No Control’ on 15 February.
Suzi and her band embark on an Australian Tour on 16 February, reaching the UK in April for a series of arena dates, including a show at London’s SSE Arena on 11 April.
The Detroit-born bassist has been releasing records since 1966, when she recorded her first sides with The Pleasure Seekers. Moving to the UK, she enjoyed her first No.1 with ‘Can The Can’ in May ’73, going on to achieve no fewer than eleven Top 40 hits. She’s continued releasing albums into the 21st Century with Back To The Drive in 2006, In The Spotlight in 2011 and Quatro, Scott & Powell – featuring Sweet’s Andy Scott and Don Powell from Slade – in 2016.
“These albums were thought about and planned out in great detail,” she says. “I’m proud of all three releases, very proud. But my new album No Control is its own animal.”
Speaking of her new record deal, she adds, “I am very pleased to be releasing my new album on SPV/Steamhammer. I am more than ready to rock n roll my way into 2019!”
Suzi’s full dates are…
16.02. AUS-Barossa Valley – Seppeltsfield Wines
17.02. AUS-Hobart – Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens
23.02. AUS-Bendigo – Bendigo Racecourse
24.02. AUS-Canberra – Stage 88 Commonwealth Park
02.03. AUS-Wodonga – Gateway Lakes
03.03. AUS-Kiama – Kiama Showground
09.03. AUS-Kariong – Mount Penang Parklands
10.03. AUS-Jacobs Well – Harrigans Drift Inn
16.03. AUS-Port Macquarie – Westport Park
04.04. UK-Manchester – O2 Apollo
05.04. UK-Leeds – First Direct Arena
06.04. UK-Cardiff – Motorpoint Arena
07.04. UK-Brighton – Brighton Centre
09.04. UK-Newcastle – Metro Radio Arena
10.04. UK-Nottingham – Motorpoint Arena
11.04. UK-London – The SSE Arena
12.04. UK-Birmingham – Genting Arena
13.04. UK-Liverpool – Echo Arena
14.04. UK-Bournemouth – BIC
Much-loved 80s country-rockers THE LONG RYDERS are to return next month with their first new album in more than 30 years.
The Los Angeles band initially came to prominence as part of the mid-80s Paisley Underground scene which saw a rise in late-60s influenced psych and country-rock bands like The Rain Parade, Dream Syndicate, Green On Red, The Three O’Clock, True West and Thin White Rope.
Signing to Island, the band were particularly successful in the UK, where their classic single ‘Looking For Lewis And Clark’ grazed the lower reaches of the Singles Chart. Splitting in ’87, bandleader Sid Griffin relocated to London where he formed The Coal Porters and worked as a journalist. In their absence, the band’s legacy inspired the mid-90s alt.country movement and the subsequent boom in Americana.
Periodically reconvening since 2004, when they appeared at Glastonbury, an offer of a week in Dr Dre’s state-of-the-art studio led to the recording of Psychedelic Country Soul, featuring the band’s classic line-up of Sid Griffin, Tom Stevens, Stephen McCarthy and Greg Sowders, under the guidance of Ramones producer (and producer of The Long Ryders’ previous album Two Fisted Tales) Ed Stasium.
The band return to Europe for the following dates in April…
10th April – Gorilla – Manchester (UK) 11th April – Rescue Rooms – Nottingham (UK) 12th April – Engine Rooms – Southampton (UK) 13th April – Islington Assembly Hall – London (UK) 14th April – Paard – Den Haag (Netherlands) 15th April – Folk å Rock – Malmo (Sweden) 16th April – Slaktkyrkan – Stockholm (Sweden) 17th April – John Dee – Oslo (Norway) 18th April – Shamrock – Helsinki (Finland) 19th April – Auditorium –Toscanini, Chiari (Italy) 21st April – Bronson – Ravenna (Italy)
The great and the good of European garage punk will be descending on Santander, Spain in April for the 2019 edition of the Action Weekend.
The 15th such event, this year’s festival will take place over the 5th and 6th of April with a bill topped by fast-rising Lyon quartet THE SCANERS. Other acts announced include the UK’s KING SALAMI & THE CUMBERLAND THREE and THE EMBROOKS, TERRIER from Madrid and MUJERES from Barcelona.
There’s still more acts to be announced, with the festival offering 10 international DJs, plus film screenings, record fair, flea market and more.
Earlybird tickets, at a ridiculously reasonable 20€, are available here.
Fast-rising Carlisle band HARDWICKE CIRCUS see in the New Year with a run of shows, including three dates in London.
Formed in the Cumbrian city a couple of years ago, the seven-piece band recently came to the attention of Pub Rock impressario and Stiff Records co-founder Dave Robinson, who quickly arranged for them to play a monthly residency at – where else? – the legendary Hope & Anchor in Islington, scene of so many Pub Rock triumphs.
The band play the final night of the residency tonight (Wed 2 Jan), followed by outer London shows in Walthamstow and Wimbledon, before heading back north. Full dates are…
WED 2 JAN – Hope & Anchor, Islington, London FRI 4 JAN – Ye Olde Rose & Crown, Walthamstow, London SAT 5 JAN – The Cavern Freehouse, Wimbledon, London SAT 26 JAN – Big Burns Supper Festival, Dumfries SUN 27 JAN – The Green Hotel, Kinross