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.
Two ex-punks are showing their roots on a new album set for release next month.
Bonfire & Pine is the second album from folk/Americana duo HOPE IN HIGH WATER. But it’s a long way from the pair’s noisier past, in sound if not in spirit.
Josh Chandler Morris previously served for a decade as frontman of Milton Keynes’ Bomber Music-signed hardcore ska-punks ANTI VIGILANTE, while Carly Slade played bass in Hackney trio TRASHCAT. Since 2014, though, they’ve ploughed a different furrow: Morris picked up an acoustic guitar and Slade a banjo, and working on their close harmonies, the pair relocated to a caravan in the woods.
“Although I loved the high energy of punk music, the older I got the more I was drawn to the stripped back sincerity of folk and country music,” admits Morris. “The attitude wasn’t that dissimilar, both punk and country prioritise authenticity. I just came to be drawn artists like Justin Townes Earle who seem to be able to make an incredible connection with an audience by being one man and a guitar.”
Releasing their debut album Never Settle in 2017, the pair have become one of the hardest working acts on the folk and Americana circuit, something that Bonfire & Pine, which sees them expanding on the format into a greater array of styles, looks set to build on.
Set for release on 8 November, Bonfire & Pine is available to pre-order here.
Hope In High Water play The Crauford Arms, Milton Keynes on 8 November – tickets