RESOLUTION NOW!

Punks will be descending on London’s Oxford Street once more for the New Year’s Resolution festival.

Now in its sixth year, Resolution runs from Friday 3 to Sunday 12 January at the legendary 100 Club, hosting the great and the good of the UK’s punk scene plus a raft of newcomers in support.

First names announced include GBH, NEWTOWN NEUROTICS, SUBHUMANS, ANTI-NOWHERE LEAGUE, THE BOYS, LAST GREAT DREAMERS, DESPERATE MEASURES and more…

For the first time, the festival will be 14+, encouraging the new breed of young punks (accompanied by an adult).

Full billing so far is…

Fri 3 Jan – TV SMITH & THE BORED TEENAGERS + THE DERELLAS + BLUE CARPET BAND

Sat 4 Jan – ANTI-NOWHERE LEAGUE + CRASHED OUT + SWEENEY AND THE FELLAS

Sun 5 Jan – MENACE + NEWTOWN NEUROTICS + KNOCK OFF + NICK CASH + FACE UP + DELINQUE (half-dayer)

Mon 6 Jan – BACKSTREET ABORTIONS + TBC

Wed 8 Jan – THE VIBRATORS + GUITAR GANGSTERS + DESPERATE MEASURES

Thur 9 Jan – SUBHUMANS + THE BLUNDERS + REBEL STATION

Fri 10 Jan – GBH + VARUKERS + BORROWED TIME

Sat 11 Jan – THE BOYS + LAST GREAT DREAMERS

Sun 12 Jan – TBC + RED LIGHT REBELS

Tickets, including full festival passes, are on sale here.

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IT’S ONLY DOC’N’ROLL!

The Doc’N’Roll Film Festival returns to London next month, screening a range of music documentaries at cinemas across the capital.

Highlights include A Dog Called Money, director Seamus Murphy’s globetrotting film about PJ HARVEY; an evening with RAINCOATS founder Gina Birch, featuring several of her short films and videos, plus the world premiere of her latest film Paintings; Where Does A Body End?, a documentary about NYC art-punks SWANS; the UK premiere of The Chills: The Triumph & Tragedy Of Martin Phillipps, about the pioneering New Zealand post-punks and their troubled founder; and The Heart Is A Drum – NEU! & Klaus Dinger, about the hugely influential 70s German band and their mercurial percussionist.

Full listings are…

Fri 1st Nov, 6:15pm – Barbican Cinemas
London Premiere
A Dog Called Money – PJ Harvey + Q&A featuring the director

Fri 1st Nov, 6:30pm – The Rio Cinema
World Premiere
Disco Confessions – John Morales, A Life In The Mix + Q&A featuring John Morales and the director

Sat 2nd Nov, 4:45pm – Institute of Contemporary Arts, ICA
World Premiere
Gina Birch – Cracked Open + Q&A featuring writer Lucy O’Brien and Gina Birch
(Art, Film, Video, & Music)

Sat 2nd Nov, 5:45pm – Barbican Cinemas
World Premiere
Keyboard Fantasies – The Beverly Glenn-Copeland Story + Q&A featuring Glenn Copeland and the director

Sat 2nd Nov, 8:00pm – Barbican Cinemas
UK Premiere
Where Does a Body End? Swans + Q&A featuring the director

Sun 3rd Nov, 5:00pm – Picturehouse Central
London Premiere
Dennis and Lois + Q&A featuring the director

Sun 3rd Nov, 6:00pm Curzon Soho
London Premiere
Once Aurora

Sun 3rd Nov, 7:30pm – The Castle Cinema
World Premiere
Passion and Rituals + Q&A featuring Marietta Veulens and the director

Thu 7th Nov, 6:30pm – Curzon Soho
UK Premiere
Gordon Lightfoot – If You Could Read My Mind + Q&A featuring the directors

Thu 7th Nov, 6:30pm – Picturehouse Central
UK Premiere
Lee Moses – Time and Place + Q&A featuring the director

Thu 7th Nov, 7:00pm – House of Vans
Short Music Docs Night + Q&A featuring the directors

Sat 9th Nov, 5:30pm – The Rio Cinema
UK Premiere
Brainiac – Transmission After Zero + Q&A

Sat 9th Nov, 6:00pm – Curzon Soho
UK Premiere
The Chills – The Triumph & Tragedy of Martin Phillipps + Q&A featuring the co-director

Sat 9th Nov, 6:00pm – Genesis Cinema
World Premiere
The Rest is History – The Early Days of Drum & Bass + Q&A featuring the director

Sat 9th Nov, 9:00pm – The Castle Cinema
Where Does a Body End? Swans + Q&A featuring the director

Sun 10th Nov, 5:00pm – Curzon Soho
UK Premiere
Show Me The Picture – The Story of Jim Marshall + Q&A featuring the director

Sun 10th Nov, 6:00pm – Genesis Cinema
UK Premiere
Hype Master + Q&A featuring the director

Monday 11th Nov, 6:30pm – Rio Cinema
World Premiere
Rip Up The Road – A Film about Foals + Q&A featuring the director and members of the band

Tue 12th Nov, 8:30pm – Picturehouse Central
UK Premiere
The Shows The Thing – The Legendary Promoters of Rock + Q&A featuring the director

Tue 12th Nov, 8:30pm – Genesis Cinema
UK Premiere
Underground Inc. – The Rise & Fall of Alternative Rock + Q&A

Tue 12th Nov, 8:35pm – Barbican Cinemas
World Premiere
Digging For Weldon Irvine + Q&A featuring the director

Wed 13th Nov, 6:30pm – The Rio Cinema
UK Premiere
We Intend To Cause Havoc – Witch + Q&A featuring the director + Afterparty

Wed 13th Nov, 8:00pm – The Ritzy Cinema
UK Premiere
Soul Train – The Hippest Trip in America + Q&A

Thurs 14th Nov, 8:30pm – Genesis Cinema
UK Premiere
It’s Yours – Hip Hop & The Internet + Q&A featuring the director

Fri 15th Nov, 6:30pm – The Rio Cinema
UK Premiere
The Rise of The Synths – A Synthwave Film + Q&A featuring the director + Afterparty

Fri 15th Nov, 6:30pm – Barbican Cinemas
UK Premiere
The Heart Is A Drum – NEU! & Klaus Dinger + Q&A featuring the director

Sat 16th Nov, 3:30pm – Picturehouse Central
London Premiere
Jim Galloway: A Journey in Jazz + Q&A featuring the director

Sat 16th Nov, 4:30pm – Barbican Cinemas
UK Premiere
Don’t Get Trouble in Your Mind – The Carolina Chocolate Drops’ Story

Sat 16th Nov, 5:00pm – Curzon Soho
London Premiere
Desolation Center + Q&A featuring the director

Sat 16th Nov, 6:00pm – Picturehouse Central
UK Premiere
Chuck Berry – The Original King of Rock’n’Roll + Q&A featuring the director

Sun 17th Nov, 3:00pm – Picturehouse Central
London Premiere
It Must Schwing! The Blue Note Story + Q&A featuring the director

Sun 17th Nov, 5:00pm – Curzon Soho
UK Premiere
David Crosby: Remember My Name

Sun 17th Nov, 6:00pm – Picturehouse Central
UK Premiere
The Remix: Hip Hop X Fashion + Q&A featuring the directors

Tickets and full details at docnrollfestival.com

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BLOOM SHAKE THE ROOM!

Wet-behind-the-ears punks GOLDENBLOOM look set to shake up the London scene with their debut single, out this week.

The East London-based trio only got together in May and played their debut gig a couple of weeks back.

Ignore the neat haircuts; the single ‘LIFE’ is an abrasive two-and-a-half-minute energy-burst in the time-honoured tradition of enthusiastic parental-expectation-defiance. Check the lyric video…

Goldenbloom open for THE SLY PERSUADERS, LEISURE TANK and DEAD HORSE on Saturday 30 November at Aces & Eights, Tufnell Park for Roadkill Records. Tickets here.

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NEWTOWN NEUROTICS FILM PREMIERE!

Essex punk legends NEWTOWN NEUROTICS have announced the debut screening of their long-awaited documentary movie.

KICK OUT! The Newtown Neurotics Story is the work of filmmaker Luke Baker and was made possible thanks to a fevered crowdfunding campaign.

The film charts the career of the band from their early beginnings in the post-war newtown of Harlow, at the same time as Margaret Thatcher ascended to 10 Downing Street, not un-coincidentally, just prior to the second UK punk explosion.

Inextricably linked to iconic and fertile Harlow venue, The Square, the band provided a string of insurgent anthems – ‘When the Oil Runs Out’, ‘Kick Out The Tories’, ‘Living With Unemployment’ – fuelled by Steve Drewett’s insightful, incisive lyrics, which have earned a new relevance in the current political climate.

“What started as a simple video idea quickly grew into something much bigger,” explains Baker. “What struck me during our initial meetings was how relevant the lyrics Steve wrote over thirty years ago were still today.
While mainstream success alluded them, they have quite the pedigree in terms of their fan base, their historic shows behind the iron curtain and Steve’s solo shows in North Korea and Cuba. On one hand, you could say it’s a film about a band that has continuously evolved with the political and social changes around them. On the other, it’s a film about how many of the issues and problems tacked in the band’s lyrics still resonate today as much as they did back then.”

Alongside the band themselves, the movie also features contributions from such friends, fellow-travellers and observers as Billy Bragg, Attila The Stockbroker, Phil Jupitus, Garry Bushell and journalist and broadcaster Steve Lamacq.

Co-promoted by Vive Le Rock and Black Wax, KICK OUT! will receive its world premiere on Saturday 25 April 2020 at the Leytonstone Ballroom (upstairs at The Red Lion), East London. Hosted by MC Steve Lamacq the event will feature performances from the Neurotics, Attila The Stockbroker and more, plus a Q&A with Luke Baker.

Tickets go on sale at 9.00am on Thursday 31 October from newtownneurotics.com Black Wax and Dice.

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DREAMERS GONNA DREAM!

Following on from the runaway success of last year’s 13th Floor Renegades album, rejuvenated powerpop rockers LAST GREAT DREAMERS are celebrating the 25th Anniversary of their classic debut Retrosexual with a first-time-ever vinyl edition and one-off London show at The Lounge in Camden on 16 November, recreating their infamous Glitterball club nights. We got the lowdown from guitarist Slyder…

Define ‘retrosexual’?

For us at the time it was a play on words and was highlighting our love of the 1970s era of music, TV, fashion, cars etc. Later the phrase was used meaning putting the man back into manhood, the antithesis of what  we meant by it then we were camping it up in our 70’s suits and tottering around on platform heals.

What do you remember about the recording of the album?

We recorded the album in Newcastle at our record company’s studio. We had a false start initially as we were recording the bass we had a mug of tea drop onto the mixing desk spilling tea into the channels and putting the studio out of action. Also we were living in the studio in a converted stairwell sleeping in bunk beds, not the most glamourous of residential studios but it was a lot of fun and a great experience.

Where did you hold the original Glitterball Club, and what memories do you have of that time?

The Glitterball was originally based in Gossips and later moved to St. Moritz. It was a monthly 70s rock night, the only one in London at the time. One gig highlight at that time was supporting Suzi Quatro at The Marquee Club, it was a sold out show and Suzi made a point of coming to our dressing room to say Hi, that was a nice touch, we were all fans of her as kids so we were all a bit in awe of her.

You’re planning a mystery tour along with the gig…

Well we’ve been running through a few ideas and there are plenty of special places that are important in the band’s history. The West End of London was where the scene was then so we’ll definitely be visiting there, but sadly a few of the landmarks in our history have been bulldozed.

What’s next for the band after this?

We’re taking a bit of a backseat on live shows other than a few we have dotted about for the rest of the year, and will mostly be writing and rehearsing new material for our fifth album, which will come out some time in 2020. We will also be heading out to Scandinavia, Spain and Germany in the Spring and most probably a full UK tour to coincide with the new release.

Check out ‘Last Great Dreamer’ from Retrosexual

Retrosexual is rereleased on 15 November. Pre-orders and tickets for the gig and the magical mystery tour are available now from lastgreatdreamers.com

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VICTIMS OF CIRCUMSTANCE!

Legendary Aussie punk THE VICIMS are to have their complete works released on a new vinyl compilation.

Originally formed in Perth in 1977, the band featured future HOODOO GURUS Dave Faulkner (aka Dave Flick) on guitar and vocals and James Baker on drums plus bassist Dave Cardwell aka Rudolph V.

The trio released the iconic – and now absurdly collectable – ‘Television Addict’ single in April ’78, followed a few months later by the curiously-named 5-track No Thanks To The Human Turd EP. The contents of both records can be found on The Victims vinyl album, with nine more unreleased-at-the-time demo tracks.

Released on limited-edition coloured vinyl in a gatefold sleeve, it’s available to order now through In The Red Recordings.

The LA-based label is also issuing the Horror Smash EP, comprising new recordings of three original Victims songs by a reconvened band featuring Ray Ahn from the HARD-ONS on bass. Pressed on limited edition coloured 7″ vinyl, you can get that here.

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JUNK AND DISORDERLY!

MICHAEL MONROE has revealed a new lyric video ahead of his UK tour.

‘Junk Planet’ is taken from the ex-HANOI ROCKS legend’s new album One Man Gang which came out last week.

As previously announced, Michael’s dates kick off at London’s Islington Academy on Wednesday 30 October and finish in Great Yarmouth at Hard Rock Hell on Saturday 9 November. Full dates are…

30 Oct – Islington Academy, London
1 Nov – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
2 Nov – The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
3 Nov – Engine Rooms, Southhampton
4 Nov – The Mill, Digbeth, Birmingham
5 Nov – The Garage, Glasgow
6 Nov – Club Academy, Manchester
7 Nov – The Fleece, Bristol
8 Nov – The Sugarmill, Stoke-on-Trent
9 Nov – Hard Rock Hell, Vauxhall Holiday Park, Great Yarmouth

Tickets for all dates are available here.

One Man Gang is available to buy here.

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HELL’S BELLS!

THE BELLRAYS are to return to the UK for a series of dates in the New Year.

The band, who fuse gritty garage punk with sanctifying soul, were founded in Riverside, California in the early 90s by singer Lisa Kekaula and guitarist Bob Vennum. They got a huge profile boost in the UK when Alan McGee’s Poptones label signed them, their Meet The BellRays compilation chiming with the early 90s garage punk explosion.

Despite numerous line-up changes over the years, and numerous labels, Lisa and Bob have kept chugging, releasing their latest album Punk Funk Rock Soul Vol.2 last year.

Their tour kicks off in Portsmouth on 15 January, winding it’s way to Oslo in Hackney, London on 26 January. They’re joined on all dates by fast-rising multinational garage punks LOS PEPES, who released their latest album Positive Negative earlier this year. Full dates are…

WED 15 JAN – Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth
THU 16 JAN – The Louisiana, Bristol
FRI 17 JAN – Le Pub, Newport
SAT 18 JAN – The Phoenix, Exeter
SUN 19 JAN – The Lantern, Halifax
TUE 21 JAN – Voodoo, Edinburgh
WED 22 JAN – Broadcast, Glasgow
THU 23 JAN – The Cluny, Newcastle
FRI 24 JAN – Westgarth Social Club, Middlesbrough
SAT 25 JAN – Prince Albert, Brighton
SUN 26 JAN – Oslo, London

Tickets go on sale here at 9.00am on Thursday 24 October.

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START CHOPPIN’!

South Coast art-punks CHOPCHOP are preparing for the release of their debut album in the new year with a new video.

‘This Is Not Your Home’ is taken from Everything Looks So Real, which is set for release on 14 February. It’s the maiden release for Rose Hill Records, based out of cult Brighton venue The Rose Hill.

The band have a handful of dates lined-up, including a London show at The Dublin Castle on 11 December. Full dates are…

26 Oct – Rose Hill, Brighton
24 Nov – Bar 42, Worthing
29 Nov – UCA Bar, Canterbury
11 Dec – Dublin Castle, London
14 Feb – Rose Hill, Brighton (album launch)

Everything Looks So Real is available to pre-order here, which will also entitle you to a free download.

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DINNER IS SERVED!

The UK’s leading exponents of ‘kitchencore’, Liverpool band PETE BENTHAM & THE DINNER LADIES have just released their fourth album England’s Up For Sale. Vive Le Rock hooked up with Pete to find out what’s cookin’…

Your new album England’s Up For Sale – is it a soundtrack for the 31 October Brexit deadline?
Yes sure. Despite being seen as a kind of a theatrical band, we just use that as a way of putting across social comment and things we believe in. We think making it entertaining is a better way of putting across a serious point, than ranting at people. So how could the album not be a soundtrack to what’s going on now? It’s sad how the country is so divided. We certainly understand why disillusioned people voted for it, but like most people from Liverpool, we are pro-Europe because under Thatcher, their (leaked) plan was for a ‘managed decline’ for Liverpool and it was massive European funding that revitalised the city and helped make it the amazing place it is today. Plus it’s always been a melting pot of different races and cultures.

Are you influenced by Liverpool’s rich history pf punk and political bands?
Because of its history as a major port and a gateway to the World and other cultures, plus the strong labour movement, Liverpool is a political place, so you can’t help but be influenced by it. It also still has a strong sense of identity and community, that has been lost in some places. That’s why divisive people like the far right never get a good reception here. Obviously, the city has a massive history of great bands and the current DIY punk scene is also great. There’s so many amazing current bands here like The Wasters, Down & Outs, Pardon Us, Bolshy, Sheepy, Piss Kitti, Crapsons who have all got something important to say. My personal favourite local band is probably still Half Man Half Biscuit, who like ourselves sometimes get dismissed as a novelty band, but are often making some proper social commentary, that’s not always appreciated.

You seem to be a bit of a favourite of Rebellion festival regulars?
Yes. We are lucky that Darren and Jennie get what we do and to have have played it so many times. But we do always put on a show with the visuals and everything so I guess we are one of the bands that add something to proceedings, alongside, say, Interrobang!? Wonk Unit, Evil Blizzard and a few others. Rebellion is the best and is a massive thing for the punk scene as a whole, and has been brilliant in helping us reach loads of people.

The album takes in various styles… We like ‘Goth Postman”s psychobilly vibe. You aren’t afraid to experiment...
Yes, our stuff is quite eclectic. We often get called ‘a people’s band’ in that unlike most bands, we are all different ages and types. So we all bring different influences to it. I bring my garage rock & roll thing, the rhythm section Pete and Tony come from the DIY punk and hardcore scene, sax player Anna has a classical background and was in a really good ska band. Plus The Dinnerettes dancers bring the whole performance art thing to it. But I think mainly we just all love all kinds of music. When we are on tour the CD in the van will be be playing all sorts of stuff like Moldy Peaches, Wire, The Specials, Syd Barrett, Motown, Velvet Underground plus all the current bands we play with like Pizzatramp, Nosebleed, Wonk Unit etc.

Whats the funniest gig Pete Bentham & The Dinner Ladies have ever played?
Two years ago Peter from Paranoid Visions, who likes us and is a top man, invited us over to Dublin to play with Lars Frederikson’s band Old Firm Casuals. When we got there, the line-up was three skinhead Oi bands and mostly skins in the audience and there’s me on stage with a load of girls dressed as Dinner Ladies singing abut Marcel Duchamp! It actually went surprisingly well. Perhaps skinheads are more clued up about conceptual artists than you’d think?

Did you have a crush on your dinner lady at school?
Definitely not. They were terrifying at our school, like the Gestapo. But the people who come to our shows dressed as Dinner Ladies look pretty good. Also, the band is named after my mum who was a Dinner Lady.

England’s Up For Sale is out now through Antipop Records.

Catch Pete Bentham & The Dinner Ladies live at…

Sat 9 Nov – Fulford Arms, York
Sat 16 Nov – The Station, Ashton-under-Lyne
Sat 7 Dec – Percy’s, Whitchurch

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HERE IS THE ‘NOOS!

Powerpop legends THE RUBINOOS return to the UK for dates in the New Year.

The Berkeley, Ca quartet recently released From Home, their first new album in four years. Produced by and co-written with Chuck Prophet, it’s widely considered to be a return to powerpop match-fitness.

Formed in 1970, The Rubinoos were one of the first bands on the Bezerkley label, hitting their stride in the late 70s with their self-titled debut album and its follow-up Back To The Drawing Board. Their cover of Tommy James & The Shondells ‘I Think We’re Alone Now’ and their own ‘I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend’ are revered in powerpop circles.

Now back in their 1980 configuration of John Rubin, Tommy Dunbar, Donn Spindt and Al Chan, the band hit the UK in January for three dates. Catch them at…

Fri 24 Jan – 229 Club, London
Sat 25 Jan – The Cluny 2, Newcastle
Sun 26 Jan – Deaf Institute, Manchester

Check out their to paean to Islington beat legend Honey Lantree…

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FASTIDIOS AND FURIOUS!

Italian ska-punks LOS FASTIDIOS are back in the UK for more dates next month.

The tireless anti-fascists from Verona released their eighth full-length Joy Joy Joy in July, playing a run of UK dates to accompany it, including their now regular appearance at Rebellion.

The dates, which kick off in Staines on 13 November, and take in Morecambe Punk Festival and a London show at The Birds Nest in Deptford, are…

13 Nov – The London Stone, Staines
14 Nov – Back Beat Bar, Brighton
15 Nov – The Birds Nest, London
16 Nov – 1 in 12 Club, Bradford
17 Nov – Morecambe Punk Festival
18 Nov – The Salty Dog, Northwich
19 Nov – Thunderbolt, Bristol

Joy Joy Joy is out now through Kob Records. Check out the single ‘Get The Ball Rolling’…

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RIFF RAFF RETURN!

Long lost Peterborough punks RIFF RAFF are to reform for a one-off London gig next year.

The band, best known for being the springboard for the future career of BILLY BRAGG, will be reconvening for a show at Camden Dingwalls on Saturday 8 February.

The occasion for the reunion is the celebration of guitarist Wiggy’s 60th birthday, and will feature the 1977 line-up of the band, responsible for the classic I Wanna Be A Cosmonaut EP, released on Chiswick the following year.

Tickets are limited to 200 and are available here.

We talk to Billy Bragg in the latest edition of Vive Le Rock! available here.

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GOOD NEWS AND BAD!

Legendary rockers BAD NEWS are to have their albums and films reissued this month.

The UK four-piece came to prominence in the mid-80s when they were the subject of a fly-on-the-wall documentary on Channel 4. Propelled to fame, their debut album was produced by Brian May and they went on to appear at the Reading Festival and at Monsters Of Rock at Castle Donington.

The original film, Bad News Tour, from the makers of The Comic Strip Presents… series, and starring Ade Edmondson, Rik Mayall, Nigel Planer and Peter Richardson was followed by a sequel, More Bad News, in 1988.

Both films are being reissued on double-disc DVD through Gonzo on 25 October.

The band’s three albums Bad News, Bootleg and Almost Rare are also being reissued as vinyl only editions.

DVDs and albums are available to pre-order here.

To celebrate the reissues, both films will received a special London screening at The Prince Charles Cinema, Leicester Square on Friday 25 October. It will be followed by a Q&A with director Peter Richardson and a signing at Fopp Records, Covent Garden. Full details here.

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WIGHT RIOT!

Fast-rising South Coast punks GRADE 2 have just released their debut album ahead of a string of European and UK dates.

The band, who hail from the Isle of Wight, recorded the album Graveyard Island with producer Tim Armstrong at the RANCID man’s Shiprec Studios in Los Angeles. It was then mixed by THE INTERRUPTERS’ Kevin Bivona.

Released through Armstrong’s Hellcat label, the 12-track Graveyard Island follows the trio’s two previous full-lengths, Mainstream View and Breaking The Routine, and several EPs.

The band are currently playing a series of US dates including the Vive Le Rock-sponsored Rock The Ship festival in Oakland this Friday. They then play several dates around Europe during November before making UK landfall in Edinburgh on 7 December, reaching London’s 100 Club on 21 December. Catch them live at…

3 Nov – Hoofddorp, Duycker (NL)
4 Nov – Essen, Don’t Panic (DE)
5 Nov – Onsabrück, Whiskys (DE)
6 Nov – Hamburg, Logo (DE)
7 Nov – Würzburg, Immerhin (DE)
8 Nov – Leipzig, Conne Island(DE)
9 Nov – Erfurt, Museumkeller (DE)
10 Nov – Geleen, De Meister (NL)
7 Dec – Edinburgh, La Belle Angele
14 Dec – Newcastle-under-Lyme, Lymedale Bar
15 Dec – Southend-On-Sea, The Venue
20 Dec – Manchester, Star & Garter
21 Dec – London, 100 Club

Tickets are on sale here.

Check out the single ‘Tired Of It’…

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CLIMATE OF BUNTER!

Essex duo TUPPENNY BUNTERS have announced a string of dates for the autumn.

Familiar to many as the hosts of renowned Southend-on-Sea music venue The Railway Hotel, Fi and Dave Dulake have taken time out from the day-to-day running of the pub to concentrate on their long-running musical project.

Fi and Dave have been playing together since 2005, when their four-piece band THE VIRGO INTACTA was personally chosen by Jack White to open for THE WHITE STRIPES on several UK dates. Since then, they’ve been involved with various projects, with Dave adding his talents to releases by the likes of THE PHROGS, HOWLING BLACK SOUL and STIV CANTARELLI & THE SILENT STRANGERS.

Both accomplished drummers and keyboard-players, the pair trade instruments frequently within a set, combining “trashy Moon-style drums behind an amped-up honky-tonk piano. A mercurial performance from two songwriters with up-front tunes that take in music hall, 60s pop, early prog, punk and garage.”

Kicking off the tour on their home turf, full dates are…

2 Nov – Railway Hotel, Southend
7 Nov – Fulford Arms, York
8 Nov – Northern Quarter, Huddersfield
9 Nov – Saltburn House, Saltburn
10 Nov – Sound, Liverpool
11 Nov – Duffy’s Bar, Leicester
21 Nov – The Edge, Basildon
23 Nov – Paper Dress, London

Check out ‘Mr Quilp’ from their debut album…

Tuppenny Bunters

Pic by Ning Zhou

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HARD-ONS DROP NEW ALBUM!

Aussie legends HARD-ONS are back with a brand new album.

So I Could Have Them Destroyed is the band’s twelfth album and comes a full five years after its predecessor Peel Me An Egg.

Australia’s most successful independent band, Hard-Ons formed at school in Punchbowl in Sydney’s southwestern suburbs in 1981, releasing their debut album Smell My Finger five years later. They achieved international popularity in the late 80s as part of the skatepunk scene, releasing a split single with The Stupids and later recorded a cover of the AC/DC classic ‘Let There Be Rock’ with Henry Rollins. Earlier this year, they joined the revamped Rose Tattoo on the Still Never Too Loud tour.

The band are soon to be immortalised in a new documentary film from Jonathan J. Sequeira, the director of Descent Into The Maelstrom – The Radio Birdman Story. Find out more here.

With bassist Ray Ahn and guitarist Peter Black joined by drummer Murray Ruse in 2011, the new album sees the return of former singing drummer Keish de Silva as frontman.

So I Could Have Them Destroyed is out now through Boss Tuneage.

Check out the video for ‘Oh… You’re Crushed?!’…

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MACC LADS ANNOUNCE TOUR DATES!

THE MACC LADS tour the UK in October and November In the current edition of Vive Le Rock!, we bring you the full story of Cheshire’s foulmouthed finest. Here, in their own words, are five essential tracks to whet your appetite….

MISS MACCLESFIELD
Muttley: “There was a local beauty competition they held until 1985. Just before that, we went to Belgium to play a gig. The Heysel Stadium disaster happened, and the papers were full of it. When we got back, the biggest story in the local paper was, ‘Who Will Be Miss Macclesfield?’ No mention of the squashed Italians! So we wrote a song about it.”

SWEATY BETTY
The Beater: “This one is very popular. Muttley doesn’t even have to sing it live; the crowd does all the work for him.”

ENGLAND’S GLORY
Stez: “I’ve always loved this one. I think it tells a great tale of that particular snapshot in time, about the North/South divide. It’s about a Northern guy going to London and finding it full of foreigners.”

APPRENTICE DENTIST
Muttley: “This one only has two chords in it. And it’s another one of those stories; nowadays it would be called false news. But it’s one we heard about a dentist who put a patient under anesthetic and raped her. Great, eh? It brings a tear to your eye!”

JULIE THE SCHOOLY
Muttley: “This one is pretty true. It’s about pulling a girl and going home with her, and in the morning, I asked her if I could drop her off, and she pointed me to her school. That was a shocker!”

The Macc Lads are on tour during November and December. Full dates are…

2 Nov – O2 FORUM KENTISH TOWN
8 Nov – O2 INSTITUTE BIRMINGHAM
9 Nov – O2 ACADEMY NEWCASTLE
15 Nov – THE GARAGE GLASGOW
16 Nov – O2 ACADEMY LIVERPOOL
22 Nov – O2 ACADEMY BRISTOL
23 Nov – O2 ACADEMY SHEFFIELD
30 Nov – ROADMENDER NORTHAMPTON
14 Dec – ENGINE SHED LINCOLN

Tickets available now here.

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