RHODA’S MIDNIGHT WALK

RHODA DAKAR has unveiled another new video in her series of five cover version singles for Sunday Best.

The latest release, following on from her recordings of ‘Everyday Is Like Sunday’ and ‘The Man Who Sold The World’, is a ska version of ‘Walking After Midnight’, previously best known as a massive country hit for Patsy Cline in 1957.

“I was introduced to Country music through Elvis Costello’s Almost Blue album,” Rhoda says of the roots of her discovery of the song. “I loved ‘Sweet Dreams’ and once I heard Patsy Cline’s version I was hooked. Even my kids used to request ‘Crazy’ in the car. After Sarah Everard’s murder ‘Walking After Midnight’ was the first tune that came to mind, especially as I, too, had taken to walking around after dark during lockdown. Somehow it felt safer. It seems the predators felt so too.”  

Produced by Lenny Bignell (Pama International, Phoenix City All-Stars) and mastered by dubstep pioneer Jason Goz at Transition Mastering, the single is backed with a dub version of the track, ‘Midnight Skank’, featuring MC Natty Campbell.

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BAD BREEDING UNVEIL NEW SINGLE

Herts hardcore mob BAD BREEDING are back with a taster for their forthcoming new album.

The throbbing ‘Human Capital’ is the first single and title track from the Stevenage quartet’s fourth album which is due out in July through One Little Independent Records.

Formed in 2013, Bad Breeding took their lead from the Golden Age of anarcho-punk and influence from the likes of Crass, Flux Of Pink Indians and Rudimentary Peni. Releasing their self-titled debut album in 2016, the band have since gone on to sign to the One Little Independent label, the perfect home for the band having originally been set up by members of Flux. The label released the band’s third album Exiled in 2019, which featured in Vive Le Rock‘s albums of the year.

‘Human Capital’ is available now on Spotify and all the usual digital platforms.

Bad Breeding play the following dates….

06 July – Liverpool – Quarry
07 July – Edinburgh – The Banshee Labyrinth
09 July – Manchester – Talleyrand
14 July – Nottingham – Chameleon
15 July – London – Moth Club
16 July – Bristol – Crofters
22 July – Hastings – The Crypt
23 July – Guildford – The Boiler Room

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TURNING UP THE GAS!

THE GASLIGHT ANTHEM return to the UK this summer, on their first headline tour in four years.

The Brunswick NJ band went on indefinite hiatus in 2015, but reunited for dates in 2018 in celebration of the 10th Anniversary of their iconic second album, The ’59 Sound.

Frontman Brian Fallon recently announced on social media that they were “returning to full time status as a band,” adding, “We’re also beginning to write new songs for what will be our sixth LP. We’re looking forward to the future and seeing you all again. We want to thank you for staying with us.”

During their August European tour, they’ll play six dates in the UK and Ireland, including a London show at Wembley Arena, their biggest ever UK show. Full dates are…

9 Aug – Berlin, DE – Columbiahalle
11 Aug – Koln, DE – Palladium
12 Aug – Eschwege, DE – Open Flair Festival
13 Aug – Puttlingen, DE – Rocco del Schlacko
14 Aug – Munchen, DE – Zenith
16 Aug – Bremen, DE – Pier2
18 Aug – London, UK – OVO Wembley Arena
19 Aug – Manchester, UK – O2 Apollo
20 Aug – Edinburgh, UK – O2 Academy
21 Aug – Birmingham, UK – O2 Academy
23 Aug – Dublin, IE – National Stadium
24 Aug – Belfast, NI – The Telegraph Building

Fan presale for the headline tour begins Tuesday 29 March at 10:00am, while the public on-sale kicks off this Thursday 31 March at 10:00am. Full details are on the band’s website.

The Gaslight Anthem on Facebook

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PANIC STATIONS!

Undersung Dutch punks PANIC are celebrated in a new documentary.

Jimmy Is Punk – The Story Of Panic, by filmmaker Duco Donk, was shortlisted for the Best Music Documentary prize at the 2020 Raindance festival. The film is now set to stream exclusively on Doc’n Roll TV.

Formed in Amsterdam in 1976, Panic burned brightly but briefly for just two years, releasing a solitary album 13 in 1977. Known for their chaotic performances, Jimmy Is Punk tells the band’s story, with the help of a live concert film shot on 16mm and Super 8 analogue film, at a gig in the city of Gouda. The documentary goes on to recount the band’s mission to New York to play the legendary CBGB’s club.

Jimmy Is Punk will be available to stream here from Wednesday 30 March.

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IMBECILES UNVEIL NEW VIDEO

THE IMBECILES have unveiled another new single ahead of their dates with KILLING JOKE.

‘You’re Gonna Wanna’ is the second single from forthcoming album Imbecilica, which was recorded with KJ bassist Youth, at his studio in southern Spain.

“’You’re Gonna Wanna’ is The Imbeciles’ ‘Shiny Happy People’, if you will (or if you won’t),” states band founder and guitarist Butch Dante. “We wanted to give people a break from the absolutely shit show that is the world today. The lyrics are what you’d get if one of the c**ts who wrote those ‘live life love laugh’ posters took a handful of dexys and did a song with a garage band. And the video reflects that. It’s a celebration of all cultures, all religions. Frankly, I think we fucking nailed it.”

Imbecilica is released through Cadiz Music on 20 May. Pre-order it here.

The Imbeciles head out on tour with Killing Joke next week. Full dates are…

28 Mar Cardiff Tramshed
29 Mar Nottingham Rock City
31 Mar Bristol O2 Academy
1 Apr Liverpool O2 Academy
2 Apr Birmingham O2 Institute
4 Apr Manchester Albert Hall
5 Apr Newcastle Boiler Shop
6 Apr Glasgow Barrowland
8 Apr Leeds O2 Academy
9 Apr London Eventim Apollo Hammersmith

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NEXUS POSITION PLEASE

Legendary Greek post-punks NEXUS have returned after a 17-year hiatus with a brand new album.

Cited as Greece’s first industrial band, Nexus are the brainchild of musician, songwriter, label boss, broadcaster and filmmaker, a veteran of the country’s post-punk and Goth scenes since the early 80s.

Pougounas came to prominence as founder of Athens band FLOWERS OF ROMANCE, one of the most influential bands on the Greek underground scene, whose final album Brilliant Mistakes in 1996 was produced by Wayne Hussey. He formed Nexus in 2000, followed by NEW ZERO GOD in 2006. He currently hosts the internationally syndicated Blackout Radio Show.

For the new album Ninouki, alongside Greek musicians, Yiannis Drenoyiannis, Michalis Galeos, Louis Kontoulis and Michalis Semertzoglou, Pougounas worked with UK guitarist Mark Gemini Thwaite (The Mission, Spear Of Destiny, Peter Murphy) and renowned producer John Fryer (Nine Inch Nails, This Mortal Coil, Love And Rockets).

Ninouki is available now via Bandcamp

Mike Pougounas on Facebook

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OTWAY OR THE HIGHWAY

Self-styled ‘Rock n’ Roll’s Greatest Failure’ JOHN OTWAY will play his 5,000th gig next week.

The veteran of the pub and college circuit during the 70s and 80s, Otway has gone on to sell-out the London Palladium and the Royal Albert Hall thanks to his ever-loyal fanbase. Now he’s set to headline Shepherds Bush Empire on Saturday 2 April.

“Perhaps I’ve not even succeeded at being rock and roll’s greatest failure,” ponders Otway, who turns 70 this year. “Enthusiasm and misplaced belief can take you a long way. I’ve had two UK hit singles more than Led Zeppelin, performed more than five times the number of gigs The Beatles managed and starred in more lemonade commercials than Arianna Grande and Taylor Swift put together. I’ve appeared at Glastonbury Festival more times than Beyonce and even headlined both the Royal Albert Hall and London Palladium which David Bowie failed to do. Now I’m to celebrate my 5,000th gig, a number none of those stars have reached.”

Emerging out of the Home Counties folk scene in the early 70s, his chaotic performances alongside cohort Wild Willy Barrett endeared him to punk audiences and promoters earning the pair a five-album deal with Polydor, resulting in numerous TV and radio appearances and a hit single, ‘Cor Baby That’s Really Free’, in 1977. Becoming a reliable afternoon draw at festivals over the years, he achieved a Top 10 hit with ‘Bunsen Burner’ in 2002.

Tickets for the Shepherds Bush show, which will feature a full band, are available here.

Also touring in support of Wilko Johnson, a full list of Otway’s gigs can be found on his website.

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MORE LOST VENUES

Following on from 2020’s successful publication, Damaged Goods Books have announced a second volume of the widely praised book London’s Lost Music Venues.

Author Paul Talling’s original book emerged during the first lockdown, featuring over 100 London music venues that have been lost during the past few decades, providing a timely warning that live music cannot be taken for granted as a combination of taxes, apathy and grasping landlords and developers have cut a swathe through what was once the live music capital of the UK.

For this volume, Paul has covered more than 140 venues, focusing on suche theatre-sized establishments as the legendary Rainbow, the Hammersmith Palais, the Lyceum and the Astoria, as well as smaller venues that have closed since the original publication, such as the much-loved Borderline.

Set for publication on 23 June, London’s Lost Music Venues 2 is available to pre-order here.

On 28 June, Rough Trade East will be hosting a special launch event for the book, featuring a Q&A with the author and an acoustic performance by The Adverts’ founder TV Smith – tickets

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THE DEVILLE’S IN THE DETAIL

Perhaps best known as a member KING PRAWN, guitarist HANS DEVILLE has a new video which he’s premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

A long way from the ska-punk of his other band, the Western Noir ‘Ruby Stars’ is taken his widely acclaimed album Prophecies Of The Lost, recorded with singer Andrew J Davies of the ‘dark country’ band FRANK FROM BLUE VELVET.

The video, which also features guitarist Andrew Francis, bassist Mark J Lee and former Peter & The Test Tube Babies drummer Ogs, was shot by rockabilly filmmakers Bopflix in the West Villa Bar at Hastings’ historic Crown House.

Hans and the band have announced a special ‘dark country hoedown’ at The Dublin Castle, Camden, London on Saturday 26 March – tickets

Prophecies Of The Lost is available to buy here.

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THE ‘BOMB PARTY

International punk supergroup ULTRABOMB have just unveiled another new single from their forthcoming album.

The unexpected partnership of The Mahones’ Finny McConnell, Hüsker Dü’s Greg Norton and ex-UK Subs drummer Jamie Oliver sent shockwaves throughout the international punk community in February when they dropped their explosive debut single ‘Stickman Vs. Hangman’.

Now they’re back with a second salvo in the shape of the more emotive, restrained but no less powerful ‘Star’…

“I dedicate this to my daughter, Coco,” explains Norton. “She inspires me every day. I wrote this for her. I want her to follow her dreams, and I feel she can accomplish anything if she is committed to it and puts her heart into it.”

With their debut album Time To Burn set from release on 27 May through UltraBomb Records, the trio have wasted no time in getting on the road, and kick off their tour in Ireland next week, landing in London on 2 April with another punk supergroup, DESPERATE MEASURES, in tow. Full dates are…

29 Mar – Wharf Chambers, Leeds
30 Mar – Bunkers Hill, Nottingham
31 Mar – Waterloo Music Bar, Blackpool
1 Apr – Queens Hall, Nuneaton (w/ Desperate Measures)
2 Apr – 229 Venue, London (w/ Desperate Measures)

Time To Burn is available to pre-order here.

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KINGS OF OBLIVION!

LAST GREAT DREAMERS guitarist Slyder Smith has announced a new album.

Hooking up with LGDs’ bassist Tim Emery and drummer Rik Pratt under the name of SLYDER SMITH & THE OBLIVION KIDS, the trio having been working up an album’s worth of brand new material in their rehearsal room. Now they’re ready to head into the studio at the end of March to record the album with producer Pete Brown (Siouxsie & The Banshees, Marc Almond, The Smiths, Diamond Head).

Having funded the recording process themselves, the band are reaching out to fans via Kickstarter to contribute to the cost of CDs, vinyl and promotional merch in exchange for a range of very special rewards. For further details go here.

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BLACK BOMBERS VIDEO PREMIERE!

Brummie proto-punk bruisers BLACK BOMBERS are back with a brand new single and video, which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

The first release by the expanded Bombers line-up featuring new guitarist Steve Crittall who joined at the start of 2020, ‘Last Bite’ is released as a limited edition 7″ through Easy Action on 1 April.

“All Fools’ Day 2022 seems the perfect time to release a track about false promises and the fantasy of returning to fading Empires,” say the band. Recorded between lockdowns during the summer of 2020, work on the track was completed in Crittall’s studio in Soho, London.

The single is backed with a cover of The Damned’s ‘You Take My Money’ from their neglected second album Music For Pleasure.

Put together by bassist Darren Birch (Gunfire Dance, Brian James Gang, Walter Lure), singer/guitarist Alan Byron and drummer Dave Twist (The Prefects, TV Eye, The Hawks), Black Bombers released their self-titled debut album in 2016, followed by the mini-album Vol. 4 in 2019.

More recently, Twist, a recognised music historian and archivist, is responsible for the acclaimed anthology Un-Scene! Post Punk Birmingham 1978 – 1982, out this month, also through Easy Action.

Currently in the process of booking dates around the UK, Black Bombers and others play a Ukraine benefit show at The Hare & Hounds, Kings Heath on Sunday 27 March.

Pre-order ‘Last Bite’ here.

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TRUST NEVER SLEEPS

Cornish space-cadets HANTERHIR are back with a brand new album and single.

The seven-piece band from Redruth, who dazzled with their eclectic mix of spacerock, post-punk, psych and folk on the triple album The Saving Of Cadan in 2018, are set to release a new album Nyns Eus Denvydth Bys Trest at the end of May through Easy Action.

“The album’s title roughly translates as ‘There is no-one to trust’,” says singer, guitarist and songwriter Ben Harris. “Writing and recording the album was done over the backdrop of Brexit, a falling apart relationship and then Covid lockdowns. With all the wacky things that have come out of people’s mouths over the past few years I think the title pretty much sums everything up.”

Formed in 2008, Hanterhir have become one of the biggest bands in the Southwest, playing numerous festivals and sharing stages with the likes of Gang Of Four, Peter Hook & The Light and Flaming Lips. Following the success of The Saving Of Cadan, they featured in a BBC documentary on the resurgence of the Cornish language, headlined London’s Kernow In The City festival and released a double-A-side single featuring covers of Sonic Youth’s ‘Schizophrenia’ and David Bowie’s ‘Dancing Out In Space’ just as Covid lockdown hit. They returned to live action with an appearance at Hawkwind’s Hawkfest last August.

Hanterhir released a new single/video ‘Honey Bees’ on St Piran’s Day, 5 March…

They play The Acorn Theatre, Penzance on 30 April and are currently lining up gigs and festival dates for later in the year.

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BLUE SWEDE CHOONS!

You’ll have read the 16 pages of Swedish rock action in the latest edition of Vive Le Rock! Now check out the sounds with our handy video playlist….!!

THE NOMADS – WHERE THE WOLFBANE BLOOMS

UNION CARBIDE PRODUCTIONS – BE MYSELF AGAIN

THE OHNOS – HEADLESS IN HELL

FREEDOM – SOMEBODY’S GONNA HOLD HER TONIGHT

DICTATOR SHIP – SAVAGE

GRANDE ROYALE – DANGEROUS

THE HEADLINES – WARPAINT/AUTHORITY

THE HIVES – LOST AND FOUND

DIAMOND DOGS – WEEKEND MONSTER

DREGEN – JUST LIKE THAT

THE HELLACOPTERS – THE DEVIL STOLE THE BEAT FROM THE LORD

The latest edition of Vive Le Rock! is still available here!

Pic by Micke Sandström

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EDWARDS GETS HIS GOATS!

Indie go-to brass boffin TERRY EDWARDS and his 90s band THE SCAPEGOATS are to have their classic debut album issued on vinyl for the first time.

A founder member of 2Tone-signed punk-funkers THE HIGSONS, Edwards has worked with numerous groups and artists over the past forty years, including Nick Cave, Siouxsie Sioux, PJ Harvey, Madness, The Jesus and Mary Chain, The Blockheads, Tom Waits, Alternative TV, Gallon Drunk and many more…

Edwards joined forces in The Scapegoats with bassist Jem Moore (Serious Drinking), drummer Ian White (Gallon Drunk) and trumpeter/guitarist Ian R. Watson (Higsons, Slab), to release their debut album My Wife Doesn’t Understand Me to considerable acclaim in 1995.

Originally only available on CD, the album is being re-released through Edwards’ own Sartorial Records for Record Store Day on 23 April as a 45 rpm double-vinyl album, with a free download card for the full album plus four bonus tracks.

My Wife Doesn’t Understand Me is also available on CD and download (minus bonus tracks) here.

Check out ‘Margaret Thatcher We Still Hate You…’

Edwards’ current band The N.J.E., featuring Higsons drummer Simon Charterton and Madness’ Mark Bedford on bass, play the following dates…

Tues 5 April – Chats Palace, Hackney, London
Sat 30 July – Con Club, Lewes
Wed 7 Sept – Pizza Express Live, Holborn, London

Terry Edwards on Facebook

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ASIAN DUB FOUNDATION ACROSS THE NATION!

ASIAN DUB FOUNDATION have announced a bunch of UK dates to coincide with expanded reissues of a pair of classic albums.

Originally released in 2003 and 2005 respectively, Enemy Of The Enemy and Tank are both presented in for the first time on vinyl in newly remastered double-sets, packaged in luxuriant gatefold sleeves.

Their best-selling album, Enemy Of The Enemy features the track ‘Fortress Europe’, critiquing the Government’s immigration policy and including the eerily prescient line, “2022, a new European order. Robot guards patrolling the border. Cybernetic dogs getting closer and closer. Armoured Cars Immigration Officers.” Featuring guest appearances from Sinead O’Connor and Radiohead’s Ed O’Brien, the album features three bonus tracks including ‘Illegal Minds’ featuring The Pop Group’s Mark Stewart, plus two remixes by Adrian Sherwood and The Bug.

Adrian Sherwood also contributed to Tank, along with On-U-Sound collaborator Ghetto Priest. This reissue is also boosted by three bonus cuts, including ‘Easy Man’, featuring Jane’s Addiction’s Perry Farrell.

Both albums are available to order here.

Asian Dub Foundation play the following dates….

Fri 1 Apr – Bristol Trinity
Fri 8 Apr – Manchester Band On The Wall
Sat 9 Apr – Glasgow Studio Warehouse
Fri 15 Apr – London Earth Hackney
Fri 22 Apr – Brighton Chalk

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MALCOLM GARRETT LIVE INTERVIEW

Graphic designer MACLCOLM GARRETT come under the spotlight with a special edition of London’s Rock’n’Roll Book Club.

A student of Manchester Polytechnic’s design department, Garrett is perhaps best know for his iconic sleeves for Buzzcocks, including the classic single ‘Orgasm Addict’ single and the albums Love Bites, Another Music In A Different Kitchen and A Different Kind Of Tension, but was also involved in design work on numerous releases from Magazine, 999, The Pop Group, The Members, Richard Hell, Yachts, Duran Duran, Devo, Wayne County, The Inmates, Stray Cats, Toots & The Maytals, Simple Minds, Polecats and many more.

At the event at Camden’s Dublin Castle on Wednesday 16 March, Garrett will be interviewed by Rock’n’Roll Book Club host Alison Beale as well as taking questions from the floor.

Tickets for the event are available here. There will be reduced admission with a ‘Malcolm Garrett Art Statement’ badge from this year’s Punk Art Show which launches at the Museum Of Youth And Culture, Shaftesbury Avenue on Friday 11 March.

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CHATS ZAP BACK!

Aussie punk urchins THE CHATS have dropped a new video ahead of their UK tour which kicks off next week.

‘Struck By Lightning’ is the first fruit of recording sessions with new guitarist Josh Hardy, who replaces founder member Josh Price.

“The new bloke, Josh – he fucking rips, man!,” enthuses singer/bassist Eamon Sandwith. “He’s been a good friend of ours for years. His band The Unknowns were the first band that were our age on the Sunny Coast – before we’d even formed The Chats. In the early days, they were a full-on rockabilly band, and he had the quiff. He’d comb his hair back and stuff, and we just thought he was the fucking coolest guy ever.

“After our old guitarist Pricey left, me and Matt [Boggis, drummer] had a conversation, like, ‘If we can’t get Josh, we might just not carry on’,” he continues. “Luckily, he was willing to join, and we got right into it, writing songs and stuff. We were like, this is unreal – so good!”

Speaking of the new single, he says “’Struck By Lightning’ came about when we were having a jam. I was on the drums, and I just started playing this little pattern, like, ‘struck-by – LIGHT-NIN’!’ I thought, ‘Hmm, that could work’, so I went home and wrote a song about getting struck by lightning, like how you would feel, and what would happen. People can’t grow their hair back and shit. It’s weird – especially the whole no-eyebrows thing. That would be really scary! I’m really hoping that this doesn’t happen to me, now I’ve written a song about it.”

The UK tour kicks off with a sold-out show in Southampton on Satruday 19 March. Full dates are…

19 Mar – Southampton, 1865 SOLD OUT
20 Mar – Nottingham, Rock City
22 Mar – Dublin, Olympia
23 Mar – Belfast, Limelight 2
24 Mar – Glasgow, Galvanizers
25 Mar – Newcastle, Boiler Shop SOLD OUT
26 Mar – Manchester, Academy
27 Mar – Leeds, Stylus
28 Mar – Bristol, 02 Academy
29 Mar – Brighton, Chalk SOLD OUT
30 Mar – London, Electric Brixton
31 Mar – London, Electric Brixton

Pic by Luke Henery

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