HATCHER’S BRITAIN!

Lancashire psych-punk duo THE LOVELY EGGS herald a new album with a new single and video.

‘This Decision’ is the first track to be revealed from the new album I Am Moron, which is set for release via their own Egg Records label on 3 April. It follows on from their acclaimed 2018 release This is Eggland and once again is co-produced and mixed by Flaming Lips and MGMT producer David Fridmann.

I Am Moron takes its bearings from the observations by Holly Ross and David Blackwell on the deteriorating state of Brexit-era Britain and the world in general. ‘This Decision’ is the duo’s attack on greed and mindless consumerism and a fierce defence of the thoroughly independent no-frills lifestyle they have chosen to pursue.

“For the video we wanted something with the pedal to the frigging floor,” explains Ross. “The track is pretty intense so we wanted something to match that and to take a pop at the moronic relentless capitalist culture that we’re surrounded by these days.”

The Lovely Eggs head out on tour in support of the album. Cathc them live at…

Thur 9 Apr – The Cluny, Newcastle
Fri 10 Apr – The Brudenell Social Club, Leeds SOLD OUT
Sat 11 Apr – The Castle & Falcon, Birmingham
Sun 12 Apr – The Bullingdon, Oxford
Mon 13 Apr – The Fleece, Bristol
Tues 14 Apr – The Loft, Southampton
Wed 15 Apr – The Portland Arms, Cambridge SOLD OUT
Thur 16 Apr – Komedia, Brighton
Fri 17 Apr – The Garage, London
Sat 18 Apr – Gorilla, Manchester SOLD OUT
Fri 1 May – The Mash House, Edinburgh
Sat 2 May – CCA, Glasgow

Tickets are available here.

‘This Decision’ is our now and is available on limited edition vinyl and digitally here.

I Am Moron is available to pre-order here.

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MAID OF ACE VIDEO EXCLUSIVE!

South-coast punks MAID OF ACE are back with a new video, which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘The Terror’ is the first single from the band’s as yet unnamed third album which is due for release this summer. The video is once again the work of noted videographer Mark Richards.

The band have been busy touring the world for the past few years, most recently round Europe with punk legends The Exploited. They kick off 2020 with a series of February dates with ANTI-FLAG and THE CREEPSHOW. Full dates are…

2 Feb – Chalk, Brighton
4 Feb – 02 Academy Islington, London
5 Feb – Club Academy, Manchester
6 Feb – The Mill, Birmingham
7 Feb – Garage, Glasgow
8 Feb – The Key Club, Leeds
9 Feb – The Globe, Cardiff

Tickets are on sale here.

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UNCONDITIONAL DISCHARGE!

UK hardcore legends DISCHARGE are to celebrate their 40th Anniversary with a major new anthology.

Yes, it’s forty years since the Stoke-on-Trent band released their iconic debut single ‘Realities Of War’ and to celebrate, they’re releasing Protest And Survive: The Anthology, a 53-track career-spanning collection on double splatter vinyl and double digipak CD.

The band actually formed in 1977 but ‘Realities Of War’ saw them break out of their Potteries bolthole, picking up regular airplay from John Peel and earning them a 44-week stay on the indie chart, peaking at No.5. The band would go on to wield a globe-straddling influence over punk and metal, going so far as to sprout a new sub-genre, D-Beat.

Protest And Survive is heralded by the previously unreleased track ‘Descending Into Madness’, which was recorded in 2002 with original singer Kelvin ‘Cal’ Morris.

“As we were writing the tunes for the 2002 album, me and Bones felt that Kelvin was not doing too much to contribute, so we didn’t really know how it was going turn out until the demo,” explains co-founder Tezz Roberts. “We did in Stoke and let me tell you, we breathed a sigh of relief when we heard his voice was back! It’s not the finished product but you get the gist of it!”

Set for release on Friday 21 February through BMG, Protest And Survive is available to pre-order here.

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MOVING ON UP!

One of the most iconic of Italian punk bands, NOT MOVING have been born again in a new band with a brand new EP.

Originally formed in the northern town of Piacenza in 1981, Not Moving were one of Italy’s most successful homegrown punk bands. Drawing influence from the gothic punk and rock’n’roll of X, The Gun Club and The Cramps, the band released three albums and toured with the likes of The Clash, Johnny Thunders and The Celibate Rifles before disintegrating amid addiction and acrimony during the 90s.

A brief reunion in the mid-Noughties saw them return to the stage for dates with The Damned and The Stooges, while reissues of their original albums quickly sold out.

Now longtime members Rita Lilith Oberti (vocals), Dome La Muerte (guitar) and Tony Bacciocchi (drums) are back together as NOT MOVING LTD, joined by Iride Volpi in a Cramps-style two guitars/no bass line-up.

The first fruit of the configuration is a three track vinyl and download EP featuring the tracks ‘Lady Wine’, ‘Spider’ and ‘Suicide Temple’. Released through Area Pirata, it’s available now through Bandcamp and Spotify.

Check out ‘Lady Wine’…

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ARE YOU GOING TO SCARBOROUGH PUNK FESTIVAL?

Punk comes to the Yorkshire coast this spring for the Scarborough Punk Festival.

Headlined by THE SKIDS and ANTI-NOWHERE LEAGUE, the one-day event takes place at the Scarborough Spa on Saturday 28 March.

A very impressive bill also features PETER AND THE TEST TUBE BABIES, CHELSEA, 999, THE RAMONAS, HUNG LIKE HANRATTY, MENACE, HOT ROCKETS, KINGCROWS and THE VIBRATORS.

The festival proper will be preceded by an intimate pre-show party on Friday 27 March at The Tipi Venue, featuring EXTREME NOISE TERROR, MAU MAUS, ANTI-SYSTEM, WAR ALL THE TIME, CHARRED HEARTS, SATANIC MALFUNCTIONS and ACTIVE MINDS.

Tickets are available here. The first 200 earlybird tickets sold out within minutes so get in quick!

It’s worth noting that the town’s full of very cheap hotels and B&Bs this time of year, so get booking now and make a weekend of it!

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SCANDAL VIDEO EXCLUSIVE!

Street-punks SCANDAL kick off the new year with a brand new single and video, which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

An anthem to the Romanian quartet’s adopted hometown, ‘This Is London’ was recorded once again with producer and former VIBRATORS bassist Pat Collier at his Perry Vale studio in South London, and features a guest appearance by Carlos from Surrey punks THE FOAMERS.

The video was shot on the streets of the capital with a bunch of mates by noted filmmaker Mark Richards, his third clip for the band.

Formed more than 20 years ago, Scandal have been in London for seven of those, releasing three EPs and a full-length album since 2016. Having toured widely across the UK and Europe, 2020 will be a busy year for the band with the current line-up of Vlad (bass/backing vocals), Gigi GM (drums), Brendan (vocals) and Andreas (guitars/backing vocals) gearing up for a further European tour, plus numerous festival appearances, including their second visit to Rebellion in August.

‘This is London’ is out on a 7” split EP with São Paulo’s SUBALTERNOS.

Scandal play the following dates…

Sat 25 Jan – The London Stone, Staines (w/ Peter & The Test Tube Babies etc)
Sat 15 Feb – Hairy Dog, Derby (w/ Argy Bargy, Gimp Fist etc)
Fri 13 Mar – Fighting Cocks, Kingston (w/ Rude Pride etc)

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