NEW ORDER have just announced their return with a new studio album, their first in ten years.
Music Complete follows on from 2005’s Waiting For The Siren’s Call and marks a return to the line-up of Gillian Gilbert, whose last contribution was on 2001’s Get Ready. The album’s vivid sleeve design was once again provided by long-term collaborator Peter Saville.
Produced by the band themselves, with the exception of two tracks produced by CHEMICAL BROTHERS’ Tom Rowlands, and additional production by Stuart Price, Music Complete will be released on 25 September in CD, download and limited edition clear vinyl formats, as well as an exclusive 8-piece deluxe vinyl collection that includes the album plus extended versions of all 11 tracks on coloured vinyl. You can pre-order now from the New Order website.
All-girl Bristol band IDESTROY have a bunch of dates lined up to support the release of their debut EP, including a hometown show supporting former Runaway CHERIE CURRIE and a date at that rarest of things, a brand new punk- and rock-friendly venue, The Locomotive in Swindon.
Coming together late last year, featuring BLUE AEROPLANES guitarist Bec alongside bassist Becky and drummer Jenn, the trio have recently returned from playing the Anfi-Rock Sound Festival in Spain.
IDestroy’s debut EP is planned for a Summer release, but you can listen to the lead track ‘I Destroy’ here.
Original psych-punks THE BRAINIAC 5 prepare for the release of their first new album in thirty years with a special London show this week.
The band, who reunited in 2012 after initially splitting in 1980, release Exploding Universe on 24 July on Reckless Records through Shellshock. It follows on from last year’s When Silence Was Sound career retrospective and their 2013 comeback release, the Space Is The Place 10” EP.
Their only previous studio album was World Inside, recorded in 1979 but not released until 1988.
They celebrate the momentous occasion with an all-dayer at The Betsey Trotwood, Farringdon Road, London on Saturday 27 June. Kicking off at 2pm, the event also features sets from Jowe Head (of Swell Maps and Television Personalities), Mark & The Clouds, Richard Booth and more.
Originally born out of the mid-70s Cornish festival scene, The Brainiac 5 arrived in London at the advent of punk, recruiting guitarist Richard Booth from Stiff Records favourites Plummet Airlines along the way. Working with producer – and future Hawkwind drummer – Martin Griffin, they received praise from the NME for their Mushy Doubt EP, gaining the attention of John Peel and Alex Chilton and sharing bills with The Soft Boys and The Barracudas.
Pittsburgh punks ANTI-FLAG have announced six UK dates for Autumn, following their London appearance for the VANS WARPED TOUR on 18 October.
The band previously already has a handful of UK dates lined up in August, including a REBELLION show. They released their new album American Spring – featuring special guests Tom Morello of RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE and Tim Armstrong of RANCID – last month through Spinefarm.
Full UK dates are….
2 Aug – London The Old Blue Last (am and pm shows)
6 Aug – Blackpool Rebellion
8 Aug – London Brooklyn Bowl (double-header with LESS THAN JAKE)
Australian street-punks THE TERRACES have just announced that they’ve signed to UK label WESTWORLD RECORDINGS. The first fruits of this relationship will be the long-awaited release of their second album Empire and a full tour of the UK and Europe throughout August, including a return to the REBELLION FESTIVAL.
Formed in Melbourne in 2009 by frontman Gary Buckley and guitarist Dean Tsolondres, they’ve recently been joined by ROSE TATTOO bassist Steve ‘Kingy’ King and Mark Brabbs, best known as the original drummer with Algy Ward’s TANK.
Having toured the UK three times, with a debut appearance at Blackpool’s Rebellion in 2013, they return there on 9 August, followed by the UK and Europe. Full dates are below….
The Summer of THE DAMNED continues with news of two album releases from Westworld Recordings, following on from the reissue of their late-period return to form So, Who’s Paranoid?.
Fiendish Shadows is a live recording from the Phantasmagoria era, while Punk Oddities & Rare Tracks does what it says on the tin and covers the years ’77 to ’82.
Recorded in California in 1985, Fiendish Shadows features the Vanian, Scabies, Merrick, Jugg line-up at the peak of their commercial career and includes the hit single ‘Grimly Fiendish’ as well as classics ‘Smash It Up’, ‘Wait For The Blackout’ and ‘Love Song’. It also includes covers of Iggy Pop’s ‘Lust For Life’ and the Electric Prunes ‘I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night’, a song drawn from the set of their psych alter egos Naz Nomad & The Nightmares.
Punk Oddities & Rare Tracks features a clutch of live tracks from ’77, ‘79 and ’82, including ‘Curtain Call’, ‘Happy Talk’ and the Stooges’ ‘No Fun’, plus early demos of ‘Love Song’ and ‘I Just Can’t Be Happy Today’ and more besides.
Both titles will be available in September but you can order them now here.
East London art-punks LARK release a new album, their fifth, next month. Funny Man will be available on vinyl, CD and download from 10 July via Standard Lamp Records.
The musical vehicle of artist KARL BIELIK, Lark recorded the fourteen songs on Funny Man at Terrace Studios in Hackney and features contributions from Ian McKean (20 Flight Rockers and Balaam & The Angel) and Julian Marszalek (The November Five).
Funny Man is preceded by a FREE download single, a cover of Leonard Cohen’s ‘Closing Time’ not featured on the album but available from their Bandcamp.
KILLING JOKE have announced a batch of shows for Autumn, kicking off in Cardiff at the Great Hall on 25 October, and culminating in a show at London’s Roundhouse on 6 November. They’ll be releasing a new album, Pylon, on Spinefarm to coincide. Full dates are below.
CHERIE CURRIE, former frontwoman of the legendary RUNAWAYS, heads to the UK in November for her first ever solo dates.
She’ll be promoting her new album Reverie, her first solo album since 1980, on which she teams up with Runaways guitarist LITA FORD.
Cherie will be supported on all dates by recently reunited London band LAST GREAT DREAMERS. They play…
10th Nov 2015 – Railway, Bolton
11th Nov 2015 – Bannerman’s, Edinburgh
12th Nov 2015 – Yardbirds, Grimsby
14th Nov 2015 – The Globe, Newcastle
15th Nov 2015 – The Diamond, Sutton-in-Ashfield
16th Nov 2015 – Bierkeller, Bristol
17th Nov 2015 – The Robin 2, Bilston
18th Nov 2015 – The Underworld, London
Coming together in LA in 1975, the all-female Runaways were fronted by Currie alongside JOAN JETT under the guidance of rock Svengali, KIM FOWLEY. Releasing two albums to only limited success in the States, but huge in Japan, Currie left in ’77, issuing the solo album Beauty’s Only Skin Deep the following year.
The Runaways were the subject of a major biopic in 2010.
This August Bank Holiday, punks from across the country will descend on Cornwall, invading the beautiful Trereife Estate in Penzance, to bare witness to some of the most revered bands on the scene. Beauty and chaos!
Spanning the full punk rock genre, 3 CHORDS offers up some of the best UK bands with its most eclectic and exciting lineup yet, including The Restarts, Vice Squad, The Lurkers, Goldblade, TV Smith, Dirtbox Disco, Control, Dragster, Eastfield and loads more.
TWENTY-FOUR bands and ONE stage means you won’t miss a thing. Tickets are £55 including 3 days camping, with children’s tickets (5-15) at just £5. Head over to the 3 Chords website for more information.
New York hardcore legends MADBALL have announced a last minute London show following their appearance at Download this weekend.
The quartet have lined up a show at The Old Blue Last, Shoreditch this Monday 15 June. Support comes from Londoners, KNUCKLEDUST. Get your tickets here.
Playing Download for the first time in their twenty-year career, frontman Freddy Cricien says “We are very excited to be playing Download for the first time! It’s cool to be able to represent MB/HC music on that platform- we’re honoured. That said, there’s nothing like a good club show in London – it’s one of our favourite cities to play and in general…. This ‘surprise’ should be off the hook…. Look forward to it!”
The UNDERCOVER FESTIVAL returns to Surrey in September with three days of punk, post-punk, ska, dub and more.
Headliners THE DAMNED, UK SUBS, PENETRATION and PETER & THE TEST TUBE BABIES will be topping the bill at Bisley Pavilion, Woking over the weekend of 18-20 September.
Now in its third year, the indoor event will also be playing host to sets from Chelsea, Spizzenergi, Menace, XSLF, TV Smith, Department S, Witchdoktors, Dragster, The Defects, The Piranhas, Pussycat & The Dirty Johnsons, The Talks, The Barstool Preachers and loads more.
Evolving out of a small tent at nearby Guilfest, Undercover prides itself on taking an independent and grassroots approach. Says organiser Mick Moriarty: “We’ve got through to our third year and we’re going strong because what we have created really has struck a chord with people who like their music raw and full of the passion and energy that only acts like ours generate.”
The full line-up and tickets – £25 per day or £75 for the whole weekend – can be found at the Undercover website.
If you’ve been enjoying the Mod spectacular in our current issue, you may very well want to get your reading gear round SAWDUST CAESARS: ORIGINAL MOD VOICES by Vive Le Rock contributor Tony Beesley.
This lavish 450-page hardback book documents the whole journey of Mod, from its late 50’s beginnings through to the present, told in the words of the Mods themselves.
Featuring hundreds of rare photographs, every aspect of Mod Culture is explored: from modern jazz through rhythm’n’blues and ska to the origins of Northern Soul; the changing fashions, and the enduring influence of Mod through Punk, Britpop, Acid Jazz and beyond.
Published by Days Like Tomorrow Books, Sawdust Caesars is available along with other great offers now from Tony’s website.
Sheffield band THE PAYROLL UNION have announced the release of their long-awaited second album, along with two hometown shows, including a performance at the city’s Tramlines Festival.
Hotly tipped as the UK’s answer to Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, the quartet issue Paris Of America through their own Backwater Collective label on Monday 29 June.
They’ll be playing a special album launch on Saturday 27 June at Sheffield’s Club 60 – tickets. They then play Tramlines on Saturday 25 July. A London show will follow in September.
Focusing on the dark underbelly of American history, the eight songs on Paris Of America explore the violence of the ‘riot era’ of 19th Century Philadelphia, and are a collaboration between songwriter Pete David and the History Department of the University of Sheffield.
Original punks ALTERNATIVE TV return next month with their first new album in fourteen years.
The band, put together in 1976 by Sniffin’ Glue fanzine founder and former bank clerk Mark Perry – aka Mark P – release Opposing Forces through Public Domain Records on 10 July. The album was produced and mixed by the band’s drummer, Dave Morgan of The Loft, The Weather Prophets and The Rockingbirds fame, at his Big Fish studio in St Albans.
Originally coming together at Throbbing Gristle’s Industrial Studios in Hackney, early recordings featured Genesis P-Orridge on drums. Playing their first gig in Nottingham supporting The Adverts in May ’77, their line-up has been fluid throughout the years, with Perry also maintaining a solo career and stints with the Good Missionaries and The Door And The Window.
The closest they came to a hit was ‘Action Time Vision’ on Deptford Fun City Records in 1978.
The current line-up features Perry, Morgan, Lee McFadden and Clive Giblin on guitars and Steve Carter on bass. They’re in the process of lining up a series of dates.
Theatrical rockers THE TUBES have announced a string of UK dates on their 40th Anniversary Tour.
The legendary band – featuring original members Roger Steen, Rick Anderson, Prairie Prince and inimitable frontman Fee Waybill, plus David Medd – are celebrating forty years since the release of their classic eponymous debut, which featured standout tracks ‘White Punks On Dope’, ‘Boy Crazy’ and ‘What Do You Want From Life’.
Formed in San Francisco, The Tubes caused a furore from the off with their outrageous, borderline pornographic stage-shows and their bitingly satirical songs parodying consumerism and politics.
The media uproar on their debut UK tour in 1977 resulted in a series of banned performances, but they returned to headline Knebworth the following year. Since then they’ve grazed the charts a few times with singles such ‘Prime Time’ and ‘She’s A Beauty’.