FRANK TURNER UNVEILS SINGLE AND SHOWS

FRANK TURNER returns with a new single an a run of live shows throughout the Summer.

‘The Gathering’, which features guest appearances from JASON ISBELL and MUSE’s Dom Howard, voices the frustrations that we’ve all felt at the absence of live music over the past year and heralds the removal of restrictions and hopeful return to some kind of normality in the coming months.

To make good on this declaration, Turner and his label Xtra Mile will be staging a series of special outdoor shows throughout the Summer.

“At a time when the pandemic has wreaked havoc all across the live music industry, I feel like it’s important to get back to the basics – playing live music to entertain a crowd,” he says. “This summer, with Xtra Mile and friends, I’m taking the punk approach – do it yourself, find a way. I can’t wait.”

The shows will feature a full supporting cast drawn from the Xtra Mile roster and varying from gig to gig, including Skinny Lister, Johnny Lloyd, Pet Needs, Ducking Punches, Non Canon, Deux Furieuses, Berries, Guise and Samantics. Turner will be playing in a duo with Matt Nasir except where noted…

JUNE
19 – Bideford, The Big Sheep
20 – Bideford, The Big Sheep
26 – Frome, Cheese & Grain
27 – Frome, Cheese & Grain

JULY
8 – Liverpool, Top Rope Brewery – competition winners only
17 – Gloucester, Llanthony Secunda Priory
18 – Gloucester, Llanthony Secunda Priory

AUGUST
21 – Manchester, Urmston Sports Club (full band show)

SEPTEMBER
3 – Hull, Zebedees Yard

Tickets for all shows are available here.

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FIVE GO MAD IN CORNWALL

Psych-punk veterans THE BRAINIAC 5 re-emerge from lockdown with an early years compilation featuring three new tracks.

Originally formed in Cornwall in the mid-70s, the band were contemporaries of the likes of Here & Now and Inner City Unit, moving to London to join in with the New Wave and the first rumblings of the psychedelic revival alongside The Soft Boys and The Barracudas.

Splitting in 1980 just prior to the release of their debut album World Inside, the reconvened in 2012 to actively and consistently release new material.

Another Time Another Dimension features several rare studio and live recordings from their original 1976-80 configuration, alongside new and previously unreleased material from the past few years.

The album is in part a tribute the band’s longtime friend, producer and engineer, Martin Griffin, best known as a member of Hawkwind during the late 70s and early 80s, who sadly passed away at the beginning of 2020.

“Martin and I were members of free festival favourites the Half Human Band in the early ‘70s,” says singer/guitarist Charlie Taylor. “We both moved to Cornwall at around the same time: Martin set up his recording studio in the village of Roche and I joined the Brainiacs in Penzance. Martin gave the Brainiacs free studio time which facilitated the recording of the Mushy Doubt EP, the ‘Working’ 7” and the World Inside LP. He drummed with the Brainiacs when our drummer was incapacitated and mixed the sound at many of our gigs in the West Country and London. He was the fifth member of the band, supporting us every step of the way.”

Released through Reckless Records on Friday 7 May, Another Time Another Dimension is available from Reckless Records shops in London and Chicago and through Bandcamp.

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WALNUT WHIPPERSNAPPERS!

SoCal punk legends DESCENDENTS revisit their distant past on their new album.

Recorded in 2002, 9th & Walnut features the band’s original line-up of bassist Tony Lombardo, drummer Bill Stevenson, vocalist Milo Aukerman and guitarist Frank Navetta, who sadly passed away in 2008. The album takes its name from the location of their original Long Beach practice space.

Comprising 18 songs written from 1977 to 1980, 9th & Walnut features tracks from their debut single ‘Ride The Wild’ c/w ‘It’s A Hectic World’, featuring Milo on vocals for the first time, plus a cover of The Dave Clark Five’s footstomping classic ‘Glad All Over’. The band have just unveiled the track ‘Baby Doncha Know’ as a taster…

“’Baby Doncha Know’ was maybe the fifth song we learned,” recalls Stevenson. “We would go out to 9th & Walnut every weekend and practice all day. I mainly just remember being in awe of how ‘a kid my age, who goes to my high school’ could have written all these cool songs. Frank seemed to have a maturity beyond his years. I never asked him who or what it was about. I was just happy to be there with him and Tony”.

Set for release through Epitaph on 23 July, 9th & Walnut is available to pre-order here.

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THE DeRELLAS UNVEIL NEW VIDEO!

London/Brighton glam-punks THE DeRELLAS resurface from lockdown with a new video ahead of their long-awaited new album release.

The video accompanies a new version of their single from a couple of years ago, ‘High Rise Supersize’ – “rebooted, remixed, re-energised,” as they put it.

The track is expected to feature on the band’s new album Something’s Got To Give, due out soon.

Meanwhile, the band emerge blinking into the light for a show with RAGE DC at The Acoustic Couch, Bracknell on 24 July.

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DROPKICK MURPHYS ANNOUNCE ARENA TOUR!

With their new album just out, DROPKICK MURPHYS have announced their biggest tour of UK and Ireland ever.

Celebrating their 25th year as a band, the Boston celtic-punks just dropped Turn Up That Dial, their 10th studio album to rave reviews.

Now they’ve stepped up a gear by announcing nine arena shows in February next year, including shows in Northern and southern Ireland and culminating in a show at London’s prestigious Wembley Arena. They’ll be joined on all dates by LA ska-punks THE INTERRUPTERS.

Full dates are…

15 Feb – Manchester O2 Victoria Warehouse
16 Feb – Newcastle O2 City Hall
18 Feb – Dublin 3Arena
19 Feb – Belfast The Telegraph Building
22 Feb – Glasgow The SSE Hydro
23 Feb – Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
24 Feb – Brighton Centre
25 Feb – Birmingham O2 Academy
26 Feb – London The SSE Wembley Arena

Tickets go on sale at 9.00 am on Friday 7 May here.

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SPEAK ABOUT CONSTRUCTION!

Rejuvenated Birmingham punks CULT FIGURES have just unveiled another new video.

‘Concrete And Glass’ is taken from Deritend, the band’s first album of new music on forty years and follows on from the recent single ‘Chicken Bones’.

Darlings of the same Solihull Art School scene, that also gave the world DIY punk pioneers Swell Maps, the band resurfaced in 2016 with the album The 166 Ploughs A Lonely Furrow, which featured new recordings of old material.

Now based in London, the video for ‘Concrete And Glass’ was filmed by the band’s guitarist, and award-winning filmmaker, Jon Hodgson, and features singer Gary Jones ambling through the City’s Barbican estate.

“’Concrete And Glass’ was inspired by something my wife said while we were walking around London’s Soho,” says Jones. “The gentrification… ‘all the buildings going up, and the buildings coming down, were making her frown’ … took the narrative off into a hazy Soho nostalgia trip from the halcyon days of carefree youth.”

Out now through Gare Du Nord Records, Deritend is available physically through Bandcamp and digitally here.

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HAPPY MAYDAY FROM HEALTHY JUNKIES!

Hard-working London punks HEALTHY JUNKIES have a new video which they’re premiering with Vive Le Rock!

“‘Mayday’ is a grunge styled anthem, a cry for help, a shout to the heavens, a code red warning, and a call to action.” says guitarist Phil Honey-Jones. “Mental health has become one of the most talked about subjects especially in recent years. With the lockdown restrictions, pandemic and the stopping of any kind of socialising and of course the cessation of actual live music this problem has been magnified way beyond any previous levels. This is what happened when you lock people up for an extended period of time!

“The song was recorded at home at what we call The Purple Palace, and features our good friend from a long time Frog from Pollypikpocketz on additional vocals.”

Eager to get back out on the road again, the band are currently booking dates with a view to promoting their recent Forever On The Road albums. They’ve also been making the most of the enforced downtime to work on their new album.

Released through the band’s own label Banana Castle, ‘Mayday’ is available now on Spotify. Healthy Junkies music is available to buy in physical form from their website.

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