GOTHS LAND IN LEEDS

Leeds Goth legends THE ROSE OF AVALANCHE are to headline the city’s Goth City Festival next week.

Now in its sixth increment, the festival takes place at various locations around the city from 7th to 10th July and will also feature a set from international special guest CAROLINE BLIND from the USA. Formerly frontwoman of San Francisco band Sunshine Blind, her band features members of Red Lorry Yellow Lorry, The Mission, Switchblade Symphony and Lost Tapes.

“I’m totally gobsmacked at the feedback from our recent tour supporting The Mission across the UK, it’s surpassed my expectations and indeed the band’s,” says Rose Of Avalanche guitarist Paul James Berry. “Our goal was to play hard and show everyone that we still had the fire and vengeance needed to return to the high-table. To be invited to headline this year’s Goth City Festival in our own town, and support a remarkable charity is an honour and privilege! See you there…”

“I’m so excited to play Goth City,” says Blind. “Not only is it my first post-Covid show, but my first full-band show in years, at a larger festival with many bands, and to top it all off, we’re going to have Wolfie onstage with us to play some Lorries songs. It’s going to be legendary!”

Festival organiser Joel Heyes adds, “We were delighted at the success of last year’s event against the odds, and extremely pleased that our move to our new summer dates can go ahead planned. Rose of Avalanche are the perfect headliners for Goth City, providing a link between the pot-punk roots of Leeds goth and the vibrant current scene in the UK. We’re looking forward to quite the party in July!”

All proceeds from Goth City Promotions events during the festival are donated to PAFRAS (Positive Action For Refugees and Asylum Seekers), a local charity for destitute refugees and asylum seekers. The festival has raised over £15,000 for PAFRAS during its first five years.

The full schedule for the festival is…

Thursday 7th July 2022
Boom Leeds, Byron Street Mills, Leeds
‘A Night of the Dark Arts 6’ cabaret night featuring:
CAROLINE BLIND, CARLIE MARTECE, IAN FTG and (g)host AMEREKAT
Doors: 8pm-11pm

Friday 8th July 2022
Left Bank, Cardigan Road, Leeds
ROME BURNS
BYRONIC SEX & EXILE
THE WAY OF ALL FLESH, DJ PINKABELLE
8pm-12.30am

Saturday 9th July 2022
Wharf Chambers, Wharf Street, Leeds
WITCH OF THE VALE
LA RISSA
JOHN MERRICKS REMAINS
CELAVI
ASTROFAUN
Doors: 5pm

Boom Leeds, Byron Street Mills, Leeds
RHOMBUS
GOTHZILLA
THE BLACK RIDERS CULT

DJs HGV and KITTY KLAWS
Doors: 8pm-late

Extreme Stage: Boom 2, Byron Street Mills, Leeds
PENANCE STARE
PAK40
Doors: 7.30pm-10pm

Sunday 10th July 2022
The Old Red Bus Station, Vicar Lane, Leeds
T&A Productions present – market & stalls
Doors: 12-5pm, free admission

Wharf Chambers, Wharf Street, Leeds
THE GOLDEN AGE OF NOTHING
THE WEBB
DOWN FROM ABOVE
THE SCARLET HOUR
Doors: 5pm-10pm

Boom Leeds, Byron Street Mills, Leeds:
THE ROSE OF AVALANCHE
CHAOS BLEAK
DEATHTRIPPERS
Doors: 8pm, 11pm curfew

For tickets and further information go here.

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TAXI TO THE TERMINAL ZONE

Industrial-glam hybrid TERMINAL have unveiled a video for their new single.

The searing, propulsive ‘Godfire’ is taken from the US-based band’s debut album Blacken The Skies, which was released last year.

The video for ‘Godfire’ is dedicated to Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, who was recently killed by Israel’s defence forces while documenting their brutality in the West Bank. “Apartheid is unsustainable,” states Terminal mainman Thomas Mark Anthony. “It will fall. We’ve seen it. But the longer it goes on, and the worse its atrocities, the harder it will be to have reconciliation instead of violent retribution.”

Tentatively returning to live activity, Terminal plan to visit Europe this Autumn.

Released through Metropolis, Blacken The Skies is available here.

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KILLING JOKE FOR ALBERT HALL!

Following on from a successful return to the stage this year, KILLING JOKE have announced a very special show at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

The show, taking place on 12 March 2023 and titled Follow The Leaders, will see the band performing their first two albums – 1980’s eponymous debut and 1981’s What’s THIS For…! – in their entirety.

“We are living in the most dangerous period in human history in which extinction from nuclear war could happen in the next twelve months,” says Jaz Coleman. “If we make it, then Killing Joke at the Albert hall in 2023 will give great meaning and comfort to all of us. Come share a moment in history with the prophetic and legendary Killing Joke.”

Tickets for the show go on sale this Friday here.

The band are currently preparing a new album to follow the release of their recent Lord Of Chaos EP, their first new material in more than seven years.

Released in March through Spinefarm, Lord Of Chaos is available to stream/order here.

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TIGERS PROWL INTO LONDON!

Italian punk sensations SMALLTOWN TIGERS finally return to the UK for their first visit since the release of their debut mini-album.

The girls from Rimini turned heads on their first visit, with an appearance at Loud Women‘s 4th Birthday Party and The Shacklewell Arms, shooting the video for their ‘Five Things’ video while they were here. Despite the arrival of Covid, the band released the 8-track Five Things mini album in June 2020, but inevitably their supporting dates would be postponed and then cancelled.

Good news came when the band were personally invited to open for THE DAMNED on their reunion dates, which will now take place this Autumn.

The girls finally return to London to play the Pump It Up Powerpop Weekender at London’s Lexington this Sunday 3 July, alongside NYC’s BABY SHAKES who the Tigers first toured with in Italy back in the Summer of 2019 (see pic). An impressive bill also features DUNCAN REID AND THE BIG HEADS, SLYDER SMITH & THE OBLIVION KIDS, EMPEROR PENGUIN and France’s ALVILDA.

Speaking about the show, bassist/singer Valli says, “It will be great to share the stage with so many great bands, some of them for the first time and some others like The Speedways and The Baby Shakes we already shared the stage with. Moreover, the fabulous NYC girls (and boy!) The Baby Shakes were the band we opened for in Italy on our first tour ever… ah, sweet memories. Can’t wait to be in London again. It’s gonna be a blast! Be sure to buy your ticket in advance, it’s gonna be a busy Saturday and Sunday night on the 2nd/3rd of July!

“Other than that, we can’t wait to play some songs from the brand new album we’re currently preparing and which will be out next year. We think it’s the best material we ever wrote and we can’t wait to hear what you think of it. See you at the Powerpop Weekender people! Stop by and say hi!”

Remaining tickets for the event are available here.

Check out the video for ‘Five Things’…

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SLYDER TURNS ON THE CHARM

Last Great Dreamers guitarist SLYDER SMITH has issued a first single from his new solo album.

‘When The Rain Comes’ is taken from the album Charm Offensive, which is due out on 19 August through Ray Records.

“’When The Rain Comes’ is prime-time radio, a summer road movie soundtrack, a highly melodic, charming, and commercial pop song,” says Smith. “With its solid rock foundation, jangly rhythm guitars, and an assured vocal delivery, this upbeat, catchy earworm’s melodic lead guitar hook lines and singalong choruses will be in your head for days; scratch the surface though and you’ll find there is a darkness there too. ‘When The Rain Comes’ has this year’s summer hit written all over it!”

Pre-order Charm Offensive here.

Smith plays London’s Pump It Up Powerpop Weekender at The Lexington this Sunday with his band The Oblivion Kids, featuring Rik Pratt and Tim Emery from Last Great Dreamers, before heading out on tour with Sweden’s Electric Boys. Full dates are…

3rd July – LONDON – Pump It Up Powerpop Weekender (w/ Baby Shakes, Duncan Reid, Smalltown Tigers etc)
23rd Aug – STOKE – Eleven (w/ Electric Boys)
24th Aug – LONDON – The Underworld (w/ Electric Boys)
25th Aug – SWANSEA – Hangar 18 (w/ Electric Boys)
26th Aug – Y LLEW COCH – Mach, Machynlleth (w/ Electric Boys)
27th Aug – BRADFORD – Nightrain (w/ Electric Boys)
28th Aug – SHEFFIELD – HRH Sleaze (w/ Michael Monroe, Hardcore Superstar, Electric Boys etc)
30th Aug – NEWCASTLE – Trillians (w/ Electric Boys)
31st Aug – EDINBURGH – Bannermans (w/ Electric Boys)
1st Sept – GLASGOW, Hard Rock Cafe (w/ Electric Boys)
2nd Sept – WOLVERHAMPTON, The Robin (w/ Electric Boys)
3rd Sept – BLACKPOOL, The Waterloo (w/ Electric Boys)

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TONY WRIGHT VIDEO PREMIERE!

Terrorvision frontman TONY WRIGHT has a new video which he’s premiering with Vive Le Rock!

Quite different from Terrorvision’s usual fare, the dark, acoustic and quite bleak ‘Buried You Deeper’ is a first taste of his forthcoming solo album The Anti Album, which is set for release through Graphite Records on 7 October.

The video was shot in Margate by Leigh Brookes and also features Wright’s “long suffering mate” Milly, who also plays keyboards in Terrvision.

“’Buried You Deeper’ is a bit of a country and west Yorkshire kinda tune,” Wright explains. “Its roots are quite deep and dark and when I first wrote it I thought that it was maybe a bit too dark… So I changed the lyrics up a bit and hopefully gave it a twist/alternative that people can hear and not be disturbed by it. I’d say if folk know the real meaning behind it then they will find that but for the more light-hearted amongst us then hopefully it’s just a cool little cowboy song.”

To celebrate the release of The Anti Album, Wright will be playing 17 shows starting on the album release day the Victoria Hall, Settle on 7 October and winding up with a hometown show at The Night Train in Bradford on 6 November. Full dates are…

Fri 7 Oct Settle Victoria Hall
Sat 8 Oct Scunthorpe Cafe Indie
Sun 9 Oct Todmorden Golden Lion
Tue 11 Oct Edinburgh Bannermans
Wed 12 Oct Glasgow The Hug and Pint
Fri 14 Oct Isle Of Man Colby Glen
Wed 19 Oct Scarborough Vibe
Thu 20 Oct Hull Welly
Fri 21 Oct Doncaster Imperial
Sat 22 Oct Blackpool Compass Cafe
Wed 26 Oct Hertford Corn Exchange
Thu 27 Oct Plymouth Junction
Fri 28 Oct Newport Le Pub
Sat 29 Oct Stafford The Ship Aground
Thu 3 Nov Milton Keynes The Crauford Arms
Fri 4 Nov Wolverhampton The Giffard
Sun 6 Nov Bradford The Night Train

Tickets and album pre-orders are available here.

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THE KUT ON TOUR!

THE KUT has announced a UK tour and a series of instores in support of her new album.

Produced by James LeRock (Def Leppard / Skindred), and part funded by an Arts Council grant, her second album GRIT is set for release on 8 July through Criminal Records.

During the first part of July she’ll be playing the following record shop instores…

Sat 9th HMV Kettering
Sun 10th HMV High Wycombe
Tue 12th HMV Portsmouth
Wed 13th FOPP London
Thur 14th HMV Oxford

Later in the month she embarks on a full-band headlining tour with shows at…

Thur 21st SOUTHAMPTON Joiners
Fri 22nd LONDON Notting Hill Arts Club
Sat 23rd BATH Moles
Tue 26th WORCESTER Drummonds
Wed 27th CHESTER Live Rooms
Thur 28th LANCASTER Bobbin
Fri 29th EDINBURGH Bannermans
Sat 30th NEWCASTLE Trillians
Sun 31st HULL O’Rileys

Tickets are available here.

Check out the single ‘Animo’…

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MY WRECKLESS VALENTINE!

MARC VALENTINE has a new video for his latest single which he’s premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘Death Is Overated’ is taken from the Last Great Dreamers frontman’s debut solo album Future Obscure. It’s available now as a digital double A-side single with the track ‘Break My Heart Anyway’, also on the album.

The video, by Darren Stockford, was shot in and around north Norfolk. Both the song and the video feature special guest Wreckless Eric.

”I wanted to release two songs at the same time, kind of like an old school double A-side single when I was a kid,” Valentine explains. “I felt it was kind of an exciting thing to do and a good precursor to the release of the album on 8 July. I like the juxtapose of the two songs together too. It was particularly special working with Wreckless Eric on ‘Death Is Overrated’ – and hearing his voice on the record is a real spinetingling thrill. His backing vocals are truly sublime and he’s really put his stamp on the song. I think we’ve both been through the dark recently and yet somehow made it back to the light. Then you flip sides to ‘Break My Heart Anyway’ – an unrequited satire and a fizzy serving of summer trash-pop!”

Both tracks are available now on Spotify.

Marc Valentine and his band are touring throughout July. Full dates are…

Fri 8 July – Nag’s Head, Macclesfield (launch party)
Fri 15 July – Tap’n’Tumbler, Nottingham
Sat 16 July – Voodoo Daddy’s, Norwich
Sun 17 July – Dublin Castle, London
Tues 19 July – Trillians, Newcastle
Wed 20 July – Bannerman’s, Edinburgh
Thur 21 July – Fulford Arms, York
Fri 22 July – Asylum 2, Birmingham
Sat 23 July – Star’n’Garter, Manchester

Tickets are on sale here.

Read an interview with Marc Valentine in the new edition of Vive Le Rock!

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CULTURE WARS

Devo-loving synth-punks THE MEAT SWEATERS have just unveiled another new video.

‘Body Yoghurt’ is the lead track from the trio’s debut EP Paranoid And Sweaty which is out on 22 July through Hype Music, via Extreme Music.

“What does yoghurt taste like? How do you know the flavours? Which do you like? Which are best to apply to your body? Let us tell you about the best and worst ways to Body Yoghurt,” states band member Wahoo Samuels.

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RATS ENTERTAINMENT!

New Jersey punk supergroup BEACH RATS have unveiled another new single from their forthcoming debut album.

The energetic two-speed ‘Blown To Bits’ is taken from the album Rat Beat which is out on 29 July through Epitaph.

Comprising members of Bouncing Souls, Bad Religion and Lifetime, guitarist Brian Baker describes Beach Rats’ songwriting formula thus: “You get into a practice room with no agenda and you start fucking around and a chord progression becomes the verse. Then comes the chorus, the breakdown. Then, maybe a weird part. That’s it.”

Rat Beat is available to pre-order here.

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MUSICIANS EXHIBIT ART FOR CHARITY

Stars of alternative rock are among artists whose work features in a new exhibition raising money for charity.

The exhibition, Always On My Mind, which runs from 27-30 July at the Fitzrovia Gallery in London’s West End, will raise funds for the National Brain Appeal charity.

Artists exhibiting at the show include Nick Cave, Billy Childish, James Johnston (Gallon Drunk), Francis Macdonald (Teenage Fanclub), Twinkle Troughton, Magda Archer, Gordon Beswick, Sasha Bowles, Matthew Collings, Alice Herrick, Corin Johnson, Kate Murdoch, Carson Parkin-Fairley, Harry Pye, Elena-Andreea Teleaga and Tracey Williams.

Artist Harry Pye, who curates the exhibition, says, “The National Brain Appeal help people with neurological disorders that one in six of us are likely to experience in our lifetimes. I have a friend whose recently been diagnosed with Parkinson’s and two friends with MS. I am now the same age my father was when he suffered a stroke and it feels like an ever increasing number of my peers are becoming full time carers for their parents – unsurprisingly then I’d be delighted all the works in this exhibition sold and the National Brain Appeal got some much needed cash – but that’s not the only reason this exhibition exists. The last few years have been tough on everyone. When I find myself in times of trouble and need help to cope I turn to art and artists. For me, each of the artists in this show is a reason to be cheerful there is something about the way their minds work and/or the intention behind the work they do that I am in love with. My hope is that I’ve organised an exhibition of art that will make you want to make art yourself, give you food for thought, and feel more positive about life. All the ingredients are there.”

The show will be open to the public 27 – 30 July between 12-6pm and entry is free.

Fitzrovia Gallery is at 139 Whitfield St, London W1T 5EN

All artworks are for sale and at least 50% of all sales will go to The National Brain Appeal. There will be two prints by Billy Childish launched at the exhibition and online in editions of 40. Each print will be available for £40 each. All proceeds from sales of the print will be generously donated to The National Brain Appeal.

Pic: A pencil drawing of Elvis by Francis Macdonald of Teenage Fanclub. The drawing is part of an Elvis Presley Triptych.
Francis says, “I enjoy drawing people I like or admire and sharing the images on-line. It’s fun, relaxing and good for my mental health and creativity. Drawing Elvis is tricky – maybe because he is so iconic. But I was glad to try and capture him across different eras while helping to raise money and awareness of a good cause.”

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REVELATION FOR THE NATION

MIRACULOUS MULE have unveiled another video for a track from their forthcoming new album.

Already released as a digital double A-side coupled with ‘O Death’, ‘John The Revelator’ is a cover of the traditional Gospel song made popular during the 1930s by Blind Willie Johnson and later by Son House. The video was edited and directed by Marc Blackie.

The band release their new album Old Bones, New Fire, their first since 2017’s Two Tonne Testimony, on 12 August through Lightning Archive.

Speaking about the album, guitarist and singer Michael J Sheehy explains, “We had a vague plan to put on some kind of special hometown show to mark the 10th Anniversary of our first gig back in 2010 but the pandemic had other ideas. While going through an old hard drive trying to clear space to record new music, I found some monitor mixes of a live session we recorded during sessions for what would become our first album Deep Fried and these performances kind of blew me away. I shared them with the band and we decided to record some more material in a similar vein to create an album. As soon as restrictions lifted, we got together in a room and something magical happened.”

Alongside Sheehy, bassist Patrick McCarthy and drummer Ian Burns, the album sees the return of original singer Alex Louise Petty.

The band have arranged a very special launch gig for the album on Sunday 14 August at the ornate Fitzrovia Chapel in London’s West End. Tickets are on sale here.

Old Bones, New Fire is available to pre-order here.

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Pic by Marc Blackie

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REBELLION STAGE TIMES ANNOUNCED

Stage times have been announced for Rebellion and its new outdoor R-Fest.

This year’s Rebellion festival will take place from 4 to 7 August, as usual at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens, while the new R-Fest will take place over the same dates on a new outdoor stage in front of the Blackpool Tower.

The largest punk and alternative festival in the world, Rebellion returns to full-strength post-pandemic with a line-up that includes SHAM 69, BAD RELIGION, COCK SPARRER, CIRCLE JERKS, STIFF LITTLE FINGERS and many more.

The 15,000-capacity R-Fest will feature a diverse array of acts over the four days, with sets from THE LEVELLERS, HAWKWIND, THE STRANGLERS, GARY NUMAN, THE UNDERTONES, THE SKIDS, SQUEEZE, BUZZCOCKS, MISTY IN ROOTS, BILLY BRAGG and the just announced WEDDING PRESENT, plus loads more.

With so many acts on so many stages over the weekend, meticulous planning will be required to catch your favourites so festival-goers are advised to check the stage times here.

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CLEOPATRA RECORDS AT 30

Vive Le Rock has teamed up with Cleopatra Records to celebrate the label’s 30th Anniversary with a very special show in London this autumn.

The show, which takes at the O2 Academy Islington on Wednesday 26 October, will see JAH WOBBLE performing PiL’s iconic Metal Box album “rebuilt in dub” for the first time.

Support for the evening comes from Class of ’76 punk legends 999 and EATER.

Compere for the evening will be Animal from THE ANTI-NOWHERE LEAGUE with an aftershow featuring Vive Le Rock DJs ’til 1.00 am.

Tickets are on sale now here.

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Pic by Ali Catterall

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THE BEAT GOES ON

Italian post-punk legends NOT MOVING LTD are back with a new album and video.

Formed in Piacenza in 1981 and fusing garage-rock, psych and psychobilly, Not Moving were one of the most prominent bands on the Italian underground scene, often compared with the likes of X, The Cramps and The Gun Club and touring with Johnny Thunders and The Clash.

Splitting in 1989, singer Rita Lilith Oberti, guitarist Dome La Muerte and drummer Antonio Bacciocchi were joined by new guitarist Iride Volpi as Not Moving LTD. They now consolidate their return with their first new music in 34 years on the album Love Beat through Area Pirata.

Love Beat is the exact representation of what Not Moving LTD is all about, an artistic entity that makes obvious reference to the past and its roots whilst constantly looking forward,” say the band. “The nine tracks are the outcome of a long, hard-fought and sincere journey through everything we can define as rock’n’roll. Nothing more, nothing less.”

Check out the video for the title track…

Love Beat is available now from Bandcamp.

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Pic by Antonio Viscido

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HANTERHIR ARE ALWAYS ON!

Cornish post-punk spacerockers HANTERHIR have unveiled another new video from their latest album.

The psychotronic ‘Always On’, which finds them unleashing their inner early Psychedelic Furs, is the opening cut from their acclaimed new album Nyns Eus Denvydth Bys Trest (There Is No-one To Trust) which is out now through Easy Action Records.

Read an album review and interview with Hanterhir in the latest edition of Vive Le Rock!

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MICHAEL MONROE’S NEW VIDEO AND DATES!

MICHAEL MONROE has unveiled another new vide ahead of the release of his new album this Friday.

‘Everybody’s Nobody’ is the third single to be taken from the album I Live Too Fast To Die Young, which earned a whopping 9-out-of-10 review in the current edition of Vive Le Rock!

The track follows on from previous singles ‘Murder The Summer Of Love’ and ‘Can’t Stop Falling Apart’ released earlier this year.

As previously announced, UK fans will have a chance to catch Monroe and his band on 1 and 2 July opening for Guns N’ Roses at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium London tickets. They’ll be returning to headline HRH Sleaze at Sheffield O2 Academy on 27 August tickets.

It’s also just been announced that Monroe will be touring with Black Star Riders and Phil Campbell’s Bastard Sons in February next year. Full dates are…

Monday 13 Feb Nottingham, Rock City
Wednesday 15 Feb Norwich, UEA
Thursday 16 Feb Ipswich, Corn Exchange
Friday 17 Feb Manchester, O2 Ritz
Saturday 18 Feb Wolverhampton, KK’s Steel Mill
Sunday 19 Feb Leeds, O2 Academy
Tuesday 21 Feb Cardiff, Tramshed
Wednesday 22 Feb Bristol, O2 Academy
Thursday 23 Feb Glasgow, SWG3
Friday 24 Feb Newcastle, O2 City Hall
Sunday 26 Feb London, O2 Shepherds Bush Empire

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A MAIR’S TALE

ONLY ONES bassist ALAN MAIR has unveiled a new solo single and video.

The haunting ‘The Devil’s Porridge’ tells the story of Nobel Prize founder Alfred Nobel’s establishment of the world’s largest explosives factory in 1871 in North Ayrshire, Scotland and the terrible conditions under which more than 12,000 female employees had to work.

The cordite turned their skin yellow and their hair green and generations of women gave birth to yellow babies. The women worked on one-legged stools as falling asleep could kill them, and workers were prone to acetone addiction.

“When I was a kid I regularly played on the beaches in Ayrshire, particularly Irvine Beach and I always noticed there were very strange sand dunes all along the coast and even as a young kid wondered how they got there,” explains Mair. “It wasn’t until I read the phrase ‘The Devil’s Porridge’ last year and investigated it that I discovered it was from when Alfred Nobel had built the largest explosives factory in the world all along that coast. They had taken sand from the beaches and built it up to the roofs of all the dynamite stock buildings so that if there was an explosion the debris would go upwards and not cause a domino effect of all the stock buildings exploding, which is what happened at Nobel’s factory in Sweden, killing his brother and twelve others. It was playing in the sand dunes as a kid and the fact that none of my family ever told me all about Nobel’s history in Scotland that inspired me to write the song.”

‘The Devil’s Porridge’ will be available to stream from 17 June.

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