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.
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…
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’…
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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….
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.”
The Beater: “This one is very popular. Muttley doesn’t even have to sing it live; the crowd does all the work for him.”
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.”
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
There’s lots going on in the world of THE URBAN VOODOO MACHINE this week, starting with this exclusive premiere of the video for their new single…
‘Johnny Foreigner’ is the band’s riposte to all the xenophobia that’s been stinking up the place over the past couple of years. Says frontman Paul-Ronney Angel, “I’ve lived in the UK for over 27 years now and it’s very much home, but now everything is under threat – let’s see if they’ll let me stay!”
The single is set for release this Friday 11 October, on the same day as a new compilation album, The Urban Voodoo Machine’s Friends And Family Album Vol 1, which features 15 bands and artists covering the UVM’s songs, including WILKO JOHNSON, JIM JONES, BIG BOY BLOATER, THE GREAT MALARKEY, T.V. SMITH, THE FUTURE SHAPE OF SOUND and more…
The release date also conveniently coincides with the 13th Birthday Party of their infamous Gypsy Hotel night, which they’re celebrating at Nambucca, Holloway alongside the Future Shape Of Sound, The Great Malarkey and more. Tickets are on sale here.
This Friday is also the first date of the band’s Fuck Brexit Tour, which will take them up to the end of the year. Full dates are…
Fri 11 Oct – Gypsy Hotel, Nambucca, LONDON Sat 12 Oct – Craufurd Arms, MILTON KEYNES Sat 19 Oct – Tivoli, Buckley, NORTH WALES Thurs 7 Nov – Joiners, SOUTHAMPTON Sat 9 Nov – Frog & Fiddle, CHELTENHAM Fri 15 Nov – The Wardrobe, LEEDS Sat 16 Nov – Bunkhouse, SWANSEA Sun 17 Nov – Cobblestones, BRIDGWATER, SOMERSET Wed 20 Nov – Bongo Club, EDINBURGH Thurs 21 Nov – Stereo, GLASGOW Fri 29 Nov – Waterloo, BLACKPOOL Wed 11 Dec – The Robin, BILSTON Thurs 12 Dec – Greystones, SHEFFIELD Fri 13 Dec – The Cluny, NEWCASTLE Sat 14 Dec – Mickleton Village Hall, MICKLETON, TEESDALE
International industrialists KMFDM are back with a new album this week.
PARADISE is the band’s 21st studio album and follows on from 2017’s Hell Yeah.
Formed in Paris in 1984 as a performance art project by multi-instrumentalist Sascha Konietzko, the band relocated to Hamburg then the US evolving as pioneers of industrial rock alongside the likes of MINISTRY, NINE INCH NAILS and SKINNY PUPPY.
An extraordinarily prolific outfit with a revolving door approach to band members, KMFDM invited a number of special guests to participate in the recording of PARADISE, including TACKHEAD bassist Doug Wimbish and returning founder member and <PIG> linchpin Raymond Watts.
Set for release this Friday 11 October through Metropolis, you can pre-order PARADISEhere.
A new movie is set to shine a spotlight on the psychobilly scene and the makers want your help…
Big Psychobilly Movie is the brainchild of two Russian directors, Kyrill Ermichev and Ivan Bortnikov. A member of St Petersburg band Scary BOOM, Ermichev had also written a book Russian Psycho Attack, which inspired the project.
The film features members of bands including Batmobile, Demented Are Go, Reverend Horton Heat, Frenzy, The Quakes, Surf Rats, Basementones, Rattlesnakes, Mad Sin and many more. Artists, tattooists, hairdressers and gig organisers have also taken part in the project.
The aim of the film is to explore the theme and aesthetics of the genre “…whose special mission is to be a binding thread, a bridge between modern musical culture and the golden age of rock and roll”.
“At the age of 13, in 1987, I heard Batmobile’s ‘Slapping Suspenders’ and was bewitched by this music,” explains Ermichev. “I want to share this feeling with the audience of the film. Meeting the participants of the film, I found great pleasure in the atmosphere of friendship and like-mindedness, which knows no borders. We did not waste our time and energy on trifles like politics. We talked only about music. I don’t want to not pick out anyone, but of course, as a director, I love those who great storytellers.”
With the movie expected to be completed next year, the makers are asking for contributions of photographs and video footage, assistance with distribution and premieres and for pre-orders and donations. They can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
TENSHEDS, the solo guise of JIM JONES & THE RIGHTEOUS MIND’s keyboard player Matt Millership, has revealed a video for his latest single.
‘Youngbloods’ is taken from Tensheds’ fourth album Deathrow Disco, which was recorded in just three days at Free House studios with drummer and longtime collaborator Ed Wells, featuring just piano, Rhodes organ and drums.
Deathrow Disco follows on from the artist’s previous release, The Dandy Punk Prince, for which he was presented with the Discretional Rock Award by none other than caped crusader Rick Wakeman at the House of Lords.
Set for release on 6 December, Deathrow Disco is available to pre-order here.
With less than a month to go until their 10th Anniversary bash, BOOZE & GLORY unveil a brand new video.
‘My Heart Is Burning’ is the second single to be lifted from the band’s new album Hurricane, which is set for release on 18 October through their own Scarlet Teddy label.
As previously announced, Booze & Glory are to hold a 10th Birthday Party at the Electric Ballroom in Camden, London on Saturday 2 November. Bands lining up to help them blow out the candles include GIUDA, RISKEE & THE RIDICULE, ROY ELLIS, THE BABOON SHOW, PERKELE, THE FILAMENTS, THE ANALOGS plus an acoustic set from former member LIAM MARR.
Vive Le Rock is deeply saddened to hear of the passing of long-serving EDDIE AND THE HOT RODS frontman Barrie Masters.
His death was announced by the band on Facebook with the words….. “It is with extreme sadness we announce the passing of the legendary Barrie Masters. As you can expect, this sudden news is a huge shock to the band and family. We welcome tributes posted to our Facebook and Twitter sites which will be passed on to Barrie’s family. More news will follow.”
Formed in Southend-on-Sea in 1975, and inspired by local heroes Dr Feelgood, their high energy rhythm’n’blues and Nuggets-influenced garage rock sound would soon have them mistaken for punk. Signing to Island, the Live At The Marquee EP and single ‘Teenage Depression’ would hit the charts paving the way for the Top 10 single and all-time classic ‘Do Anything You Wanna Do’ in August ’77.
The band broke up in ’81, with Masters replacing Bill Hurley in The Inmates for a few years before reforming the band. In recent years, with Masters at the helm, they maintained a heavy touring schedule across the UK and Europe, playing tours with Status Quo and Stiff Little Fingers. Announcing that 2018 would be the band’s final year of touring, Masters accepted the Living Legend accolade at this year’s Vive Le Rock awards.
A full celebration of Barrie will appeare in a future edition of the magazine. Our thoughts right now are with his bandmates, family, friends and fans around the world.