Fast-rising French politico-punks NIGHTWATCHERS have a new video which they’re premiering today exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
The intriguingly-titled ‘1905 & The Muslim Exception’ is the first single to be taken from the Toulouse quartet’s forthcoming second album Common Crusades.
“The 1905 French law on the Separation of the Churches and State was passed on 9 December 1905,” explain the band. “It established state secularism in France. Secularism was right in metropolis, but was an exception in the French colonial empire where colonization and evangelization always went hand in hand. In Algeria, the French State supervised the practice of Islam and organized the Muslim cult in a logic of control and regulation.”
Common Crusades follows on thematically from the band’s 2019 debut La Paix Ou Le Sable (Peace Or Sand). While that raised awareness of state violence and subjugation in France’s overseas colonies, Common Crusades casts a spotlight on the aftermath of such conflicts.
Common Crusades is due out in the Autumn through Lövely Records.
US New Wave artist PEARL HARBOUR is back with a new single.
‘I Wish I Were You’ is taken from the newly reissued 1995 album Here Comes Trouble.
Pearl Harbour, aka Pearl E Gates, achieved a degree of fame in the early 80s fronting San Francisco and PEARL HARBOUR & THE EXPLOSIONS, releasing an album for Warners at the start of 1980. Relocating to London, she released the album Don’t Follow Me, I’m Lost Too, produced by The Blockheads’ Mickey Gallagher and featuring an all-star band including Wilko Johnson, Topper Headon, Mick Jones, Steve New, Wilko Johnson and others. She would soon marry Simonon.
Following their divorce in 1989, she returned to San Francisco, later recording Here Comes Trouble with SF musicians including East Bay Ray from the Dead Kennedys.
Pearl says of the single, “Oh yeah she’s driving to lovers lane in her cool pink caddy and missing out on some fun while waiting on your man. Again he’s missing in action so I put on the radio, turning the dial and listen. This song makes me fuzzy all inside, I’m in control… ‘I wish I were you, so I can make love to me’.’’
Released through Die Laughing Records, ‘I Wish I Were You’ is available to stream/download here.
Fast-rising Medway garage-punks THE SHADRACKS have just unveiled a new single and lyric video.
‘You Can’t Lose’ is taken from the trio’s long-awaited second album From Human Like Forms, which is due out on 13 August through Damaged Goods and follows on from their self-titled 2018 debut.
The new single is the first outing for new bassist Rhys Webb, formerly of THE HORRORS, who joins the band alongside singer/guitarists Huddie Shadrack (son of Billy Childish) and drummer Elisa Abednego.
“It’s about wanting something you can’t get,” explains Huddie about the choice of single. “Chasing the unobtainable and finding yourself at the mercy of your pursuits.”
The album’s release will be complimented by videos by innovative film maker and former The Jesus And Mary Chain bassist Douglas Hart.
The band play an album launch show at The Moth Club, Hackney, London on 13 August. Tickets are available here.