PERENNIAL FAVOURITES!

US artpunks PERENNIAL have a new single and they’re premiering it with Vive Le Rock!

Abarasive floorfiller ‘In The Midnight Hour’ is the title track from the Connecticut trio’s second album which is due out on CD and cassette on 1 February and on vinyl on 1 March.

“Musically, we wanted something with all the ingredients of something you can dance to, but with some thornier angles here and there,” they say of the single. “”We loved the layering of a song that is narratively about how we deal with a sometimes ferocious world, and trying to get by in that world, but with music that is kinetic in response. If the whole album is about the nighttime, we wanted the title track to be both haunted and full of possibility.”

For the album, the trio looked upon refreshingly old-school inspirations, in the form of The Clash’s Sandinista!, Patti Smith’s Horses, The Creation’s We Are Paintermen and The Shape Of Punk To Come by Refused. The whole caboodle was licked into shape thanks to the production chops of Chris Teti of local emo stalwarts The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die.

In The Midnight Hour is available to pre-order in various bundles here.

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BLACK WAX WORK EVENT!

Multinational rockers LOS PEPES play a special London show this week as a lunch party for Essex label Black Wax Noise Division.

The band have just released their fifth album The Happiness Program to wild reviews. It’s available now from Bandcamp.

Taking place at The Finsbury pub at Manor House on Friday 21 January, the gig also features sets by CHINESE JUNK, YOUNG FRANCIS HI-FI and TENEMENT RATS. The show kicks off at 7pm.

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THIS IS TOMORROW CALLING!

JAMES DOMESTIC has unveiled another new single and video ahead of the release of his debut solo album, due later in the year.

‘Mañana’ is the third single to be taken from the album Carrion Repeating, following on from his debut single ‘Faze Out’ released in October and ‘Push On Through’ which came out in November.

Frontman of East Anglian hardcore pioneers THE DOMESTICS, James says of the new single, “It’s the sound of garage punk riffs, soul, saxophones, and steel drums all diced up, chucked in the pan and fried up for a few minutes. Then when you plate it up you realise you made this weird little pop song that people keep singing to you. It’s only been out a few days and that’s happened a dozen times already. It’s probably because there are cats in the video. Everyone likes cats, don’t they?”

‘Mañana’ is available digitally through Spotify, Apple and all the usual platforms.

Carrion Repeating is set for release 22 April on Kibou Records through TNS (UK) and Amok (Germany). It’s available to pre-order here.

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NORTH(EAST)ERN UPROAR!

Geordie punk-rockers CRASHED OUT plough headlong into the New Year with a brand new single and lyric video which they’re premiering with Vive Le Rock!

‘Hypocrisy’ is the first single to be taken from the band’s forthcoming new album which is due out in the Spring through Demons Run Amok.

“The song is all about the massive sicking class divide that the so called ruling class insist no longer exists here in the UK!!!!,” say the band. “It’s a full on in ya face punk rock anthem.”

‘Hypocrisy’ is available to stream/download from Spotify, Amazon, Apple and all the usual platforms.

Formed in the North-East of England in 1995, combining street-punk and rock into their own individual sound across five albums and split albums with Angelic Upstarts and LA punks The Generators.

The band already have a load of gigs booked for 2022, kicking off in Newcastle this Saturday and a memorial gig for the Upstarts recently departed Mensi (RIP) on 1 April. Full dates (so far) are…

15 Jan – Trillians, Newcastle
19 Feb – The Star & Garter, Manchester
25 Feb – The Underworld, Camden London (w/ Last Resort)
1 Apr – Hedworth Hall, South Shields (Mensi memorial gig)
25 Jun – Bannerman’s, Edinburgh
26 Jun – Ivory Black’s, Glasgow
15 Jul – Kubix Festival, Sunderland
22 July – Riverside, Newcastle (w/ The Dickies)
6 Aug – Rebellion, Blackpool
14 Sept – Hedworth Hall, South Shields (w/ The Toy Dolls)

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THREE CHORDS AND THE ROOF!

BOOZE & GLORY are back with a brand new single and video.

The singalong ‘Raising The Roof’ signals a return to the anthemic street-punk of third album As Bold As Brass from 2014.

“‘Raising The Roof’ is the song about good times we all been missing in the last couple years of global pandemic – lockdowns, lack of shows and parties,” they say. “So from now on – Let the good times roll!”

The track is one of four new songs that the band plan to release during the first half of 2022.

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GLO EXPECTATIONS!

Philly hardcore mob SOUL GLO have just unveiled a first video from their forthcoming album.

The complexly titled ‘Jump!! (Or Get Jumped!!!)((by the future))’ is the first single to be taken from the band’s fourth album Disapora Problems, which is due out in March.

“Essentially the video makes fun of the people who have asked our drummer what it’s like being the only white member of the band, playing upon the presumption that we aren’t actually friends and have TJ in the band just to be able to bully them,” explains singer Pierce Jordan. “A lot of the gags in the video largely references the movie Whiplash with J.K. Simmons and Miles Teller, which is about a young drummer and his abusive mentor. Toward the end of the video we throw a Roots reference in there to further explore the idea of ‘reverse racism’ which really is only ever just a persecution fantasy that exists in the minds of white people.”

Diaspora Problems is due for release on 25 March through Epitaph. Pre-order it here.

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PUMP UP THE VOLUME!

London’s Pump It Up Power-Pop Weekender has announced its full line-up for this summer’s event.

Now in its fourth iteration, put together by promoters Some Weird Sin, the event will return once again to The Lexington in Islington over the 2nd and 3rd July.

Headliners on the Saturday are Norway’s THE YUM YUMS, while NYC’s BABY SHAKES (pictured) close the weekend on the Sunday.

Also line-up for Saturday are THE SPEEDWAYS, RADIO DAYS, CAROLINE & THE TREATS, POGY ET LES KEFARS and EMPEROR PENGUIN.

Sunday’s line-up in completed by DUNCAN REID & THE BIG HEADS, SLYDER SMITH & THE OBLIVION KIDS (feat. three-quarters of Last Great Dreamers), AVILDA, AMOEBA TEEN and SMALLTOWN TIGERS, making their first UK trip since 2019 and a first chance to catch them ahead of their shows with The Damned in October.

Weekend and day tickets are available here.

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SAVE THE MONOCHROME SET!

Post-punk vets THE MONOCHROME SET have released a new single ahead of their forthcoming new album.

‘Hello, Save Me’ is taken from Allhallowtide, the London band’s sixteenth studio album and fifth for German label Tapete, following on from 2019’s Fabula Mendax.

Formed in 1978 out of the ashes of The B-Sides, who had featured a young Adam Ant, The Monochrome Set include two founding members of The Ants, guitarist Lester Square and bassist Andy Warren, who remains in the band today alongside guitarist/singer Bid. The current line-up also features drummer Mike Urban and keyboard-player Athena Ayren.

Like recent albums, Allhallowtide was recorded at Brixton’s One Cat Studio with engineer/producer Jon Clayton. It’s set for release on 22 March.

Check out ‘Hello, Save Me’…

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RHODA DOES BOWIE…

RHODA DAKAR pays tribute to DAVID BOWIE in honour of his 75th birthday with a reggae cover of the Duke’s ‘The Man Who Sold The World’.

The release comes with the announcement of the BODYSNATCHERS’ singer’s signing to the Sunday Best label.

Recorded at South London’s Perry Vale Studios with Pama International producer Lenny Bignell, the track features contributions from The Aggrolites keyboard-player Roger Rivas (rated by Lynval Golding as the best reggae keyboardist around) and Jimmy Regal & The Royals’ Joff Watkins on harmonica, plus rhythm section Andi McLean and Marley Drummond.

“I was bewitched by seeing Bowie perform Starman on TOTP,” Rhoda recalls. “I was 12 going on 13 and thereafter he held sway over all my teenage years. Friendships, music, clothes, attitudes – all were influenced forever. It’s hard to choose, but ‘The Man Who Sold The World’ is one of my favourite Bowie albums. There had been the traditional reggae version of the title track back in the day, but the vocals lacked commitment, so we thought we’d do a proper, modern version.”

‘The Man Who Sold The World’ is the second in a series of five 7” singles (following her cover of Morrissey’s ‘Every Day Is Like Sunday’) all mastered by dubstep pioneer Jason Goz at Transition Mastering – each b/w dub versions – which will be released from now up until Rhoda’s new album next autumn. Each release comes packaged in an exclusive sleeve designed by renowned Sheffield artist Pete McKee.

Coinciding with the release of the single, Rhoda will join revered multi-instrumentalist Terry Edwards (Near Jazz Experience, Higsons, The Blockheads, Madness) and a group of exceptional musicians at his ‘Bowie + Beyond’ (covering the period 1977-1980) nights at Pizza Express, Holborn, London on 5th and 6th January. Tickets on sale here.

Then in March, Rhoda will be playing an eight-date tour, culminating in a London headline show at the legendary 100 Club. Dates are…

Wed 2 March: The Cavern, Liverpool
Thu 3 March: The Cluny, Newcastle
Fri 4 March: Cathouse, Glasgow
Sat 5 March: Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh
Fri 11 March: Sally Brown’s, Bradford
Sat 12 March: Night Owl, Birmingham
Thurs 17 March: Buttermarket, Shrewsbury
Fri 18 March: The 100 Club, London

Further details and tickets are available here.

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AUTOMATIC CRUZ CONTROL!

Veteran L.A. rockers CRUZADOS are back with a brand new album this month. Nearly 35 years after their last!

Set for release on 28 January through Deko Records, the recently revitalised band’s She’s… Automatic! follows belatedly on from the band’s second album After Dark, which came out in 1987, before they split in 1990.

Formed in 1984 out of the ashes of East L.A. punks The Plugz, Cruzados shifted styles in a more rock direction, which saw them release two albums for Arista and a spot in the Patrick Swayze action movie Road House.

Band members Chalo Quintana and Marshall Rohner found work with the likes of Izzy Stradlin, T.S.O.L. and Social Distortion but have since passed away. Now founding bassist Tony Marisco has put together a new line-up featuring members of The Dogs and Little Caesar.

Recorded during the winter of 2021, She’s… Automatic! features guest appearances from the likes of Dave Alvin, John Doe, Dave Hidalgo and Steve Berlin from Los Lobos, Melanie Vammen (Muffs, Pandoras, Leaving Trains, etc) and T.S.O.L.’s Greg Kuehn.

Check out the title track…

Pre-order She’s… Automatic! here.

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