REWINDING WITH FROM THE JAM

Paul Weller has said a million times in a million interviews that he will never reform The Jam. Their legendary back catalogue gloriously lives on in the shape of original Jam bassist Bruce Foxton’s FROM THE JAM. His main partner in crime is the singer and guitarist Russell Hastings who he’s been working with since Russell joined Foxton and (original Jam drummer) Rick Buckler in The Gift back in 2006. Russell also co-wrote and performed on Bruce’s solo albums Back In The Room and 2016’s Smash The Clock. In December 2017 FTJ released a live album (via Pledge Music) titled From The Jam Live in an effort to capture the celebratory atmosphere that naturally arises when the band perform live. Vive Le Rock‘s Guy Shankland caught up with Bruce and Russell backstage at the sold-out Rewind Festival in Henley-On-Thames. The band have just delivered a very short, jam-packed (sorry) set of hit after hit after hit to a bleary-eyed but enthusiastic early afternoon crowd.

 

This is the band’s fourth Rewind appearance, so how do they find these retro type festivals? “They’re just great,” explains Russell. “Everyone’s so friendly.” Bruce continues: “All the performers have really got their act together and are, dare I say it, probably grateful for another bite of the cherry. From our perspective, there’s a great vibe backstage. There’s no prima donna’s, everybody’s just wishing each other all the best and they [the festivals] pull big crowds.”

Indeed they do, this year’s Rewind is pretty much sold out and that equates to almost twenty thousand punters a day.

“Yeah we’ve done a few which were forty thousand, we know they’re not all here for From The Jam but overall this is proper stuff, proper gigs.” Russell continues: “We do notice when playing these festivals that the ticket sales for the winter tours spike, they go up a lot, these [festivals] are great platforms for us, good live exposure. The promoters always tell us when the spikes are happening in sales and as Bruce says we know that these aren’t our fans, they wouldn’t necessarily pay just to come and see us, so it really works.”

The band are allotted just twenty-five minutes today so how do the band choose the setlist or does it choose itself? Bruce cuts in laughing, “They’re thinking of my age, he’ll be good for twenty-five! my heart!”

“The setlist picks itself really,” Russell continues. “You’d be a mug not to throw in all the cherries and there’s a lot of cherries. The band had so many hits that everyone identifies with, how many bands out there have that many hits under their belt that they have to cut some number ones out.”

Bruce elucidates further: “It sounds like we’re blowing our own trumpet but it’s hard when you only have twenty-five minutes and you only play six or seven songs and you try to fit all the hits in. We are very fortunate, it’s a great catalogue of stuff. When your doing this kind of festival people expect it [the hits]. There’s no point in going on and saying we’re playing an upcoming album, what kind of reaction are you going to get?”

Russell has been with the band for over a decade so what’s been his FTJ highlight? “Aw man, it’s been a journey! One is my friendship with Bruce because he’s a dear friend to me so that comes first.[In the background Bruce just says “Likewise”] “That makes the whole experience. I remember being on Bondi Beach with Bruce, flying into L.A and being in New York with Rick and Bruce, trying to go up Sears tower in Chicago. It’s not just different countries but playing Newcastle Academy and The Glasgow Barrowlands, playing the iconic venues and seeing people so caught up in the music. I mean, what a delightful thing to do, to be part of something where everybody’s just in a great fucking mood.”

When the band play it feels like a celebration.

“That’s right, they celebrate it, it’s a great thing that unity. It’s such a lovely experience doing it.”

With the PR giving me the ‘One Minute’ sign, we go the last question. The years between 1976-1980 gave us such a rich vein of songwriting and bands. We had Punk, 2-Tone, The Jam and New Wave. They are still celebrated to this day, why do you think that is? Bruce nails the question with a quick as a flash one-word answer – “Quality” – before adding, “I sound like the old man now, ‘There’s a tune there, there’s a lyric!’ It’s the quality of the songs.”

Forty years (from 1978) on are we back in the same place socially? “In a lot of ways,” Bruce says before Russell steps in. “I’m not going to jump on any bandwagon I’ll just tell it how I feel it is and its a load of fucking shit at the moment. I’m also really disappointed [with the music industry], I think that iTunes and the big conglomerates are destroying…[pauses]. If you try to get a record advance now they just fucking laugh at you. You can’t get one, you can’t even get expenses for the train. They want a produced album laid on the table, they just want the final cut then and there.” And that’s a wrap as the smiling and incredibly polite duo head off to musically educate another British Festival.

From The Jam continue to record new material, tour the world and delight fans from Henley to Hanoi. It’s those songs, those cutting Weller lyrics, the angry but pinpoint controlled guitar sound and opening bass lines that are greeted like returning war heroes. I finally put the idea of FTJ playing The Rebellion Festival to Bruce and Russell both seemed interested but then with that arsenal of songs in their Levi back pockets they could play any festival, anywhere on the globe and win the crowd over. The sadly prophetic “They smelt of pubs and Wormwood Scrubs and too many right-wing meetings,” Weller words are as relevant now as they were in 1978. What they have said will always remain.

Guy Shankland

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Welsh rockers NICOTINE PRETTY release their debut EP next month which they’re trailing with a brand new video.

‘This Ship Ain’t Going Down’ is one of six tracks on the Real Life Glories EP, which also features new versions of last year’s digital singles ‘Nicotine Pretty’ and ‘Who’s Gonna Save My Soul’.

Formed by former SICK LIVERS man Ginge Knievil, the Bridgend band also features Lewis Davies (vocals/guitar), Ian Pickens (bass) and Richie Phillips (drums) and cite the like of Johnny Thunders, Cheap Trick and The Professionals as influences. What’s not to like?

Real Life Glories is set for release on Glunk Records on 12 October and is available to pre-order here.

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NEVER TURN YOUR BACK ON A FIEND!

ALIEN SEX FIEND return this Autumn with a brand new double-album.

Possessed is the duo’s first new studio album since 2010’s Death Trip and follows on from last year’s 3-disc box set Fiendology.

Formed in 1982 around the nucleus of Nik Fiend and Mrs Fiend, ASF were a ubiquitous presence on the UK underground scene throughout the 80s, plying their trade in post-SUICIDE goth-horror and brown-acid psych. Apart from a handful of releases on their own 13th Moon label, the band have spent pretty much their entire recording career with Cherry Red, releasing their first single for their Anagram imprint, ‘Ignore The Machine’, in 1983.

Possessed sees the band back with Cherry Red, as a 12-track single CD and a 14-track double LP with exclusive bonus tracks and full original Nik Fiend gatefold artwork.

Set for release on 9 November, it will be preceded by the single ‘Shit’s Coming Down’ in mid-October.

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MILLIE MANDERS E.P. EXCLUSIVE!

Fast-rising ska-punks MILLIE MANDERS AND THE SHUTUP have a new EP out this week and they’re streaming it exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

The four-track Shutup EP was produced by the band with Musa Henderson at Brinks Records and mastered by Oz Craggs (Maid Of Ace, Mallory Knox).

“This sound is, in our opinion, the best we have ever had!” enthuses Millie.

They have a load of dates taking them up to the end of the year, kicking off with an EP launch tonight at the New Cross Inn, London. Full dates are…

20 Sep – London, New Cross Inn
21 Sep – Norwich, Blueberry Music House
22 Sep – Manchester, Star And Garter
23 Sep – Nottingham, The Bodga
28 Sep – Bracknell, Acoustic Couch
29 Sep – Salisbury, Winchester Gate
30 Sep – Canterbury, Lady Luck Bar
06 Oct – Staines, London Stone
20 Oct – Bradford, The Underground
25 Oct – Blackpool, Waterloo Bar
26 Oct – Blackpool, The Waterloo
09 Oct – Leeds, Wharf Chambers
10 Oct – Leuven, Belgium, Het Depot
01 Dec – Kingston, The Fighting Cocks
07 Dec – Folkstone, The Harp Restrung
08 Dec – Norwich, Blueberry Music House
13 Dec – Cambridge, Portland Arms
14 Dec – Ipswich, Smokehouse
15 Dec – Stamford, Voodoo Lounge
21 Dec – Bolton, The Alma Inn
22 Dec – Lancaster, The Bobbin
23 Dec – York, The Ainsty

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PREACHERS HIT THE ROAD!

Brighton punks THE BAR STOOL PREACHERS have a bunch of UK dates lined up in support of their acclaimed new album Grazie Governo.

The fast-rising six-piece have just been added to the bill for THE INTERRUPTERS’ US dates in November alongside BEDOUIN SOUNDCLASH.

Before then, though, there’s a small matter of eight dates in the UK and Ireland, kicking off with the Might As Well Than 4 alldayer in London, alongside The Capitalist Kids, Thousand Oaks, Aerial Salad, The Capital, To The Wall, Eat Dirt, Laserchrist and Tom Aylott. Full dates are…

20 Oct LONDON – Might As Well Then 4 @ New Cross Inn, UK
26 Oct HASTINGS – Crowley’s Bar, UK
27 Oct KINGSTON UPON THAMES – The Fighting Cocks, UK
31 Oct MANCHESTER – Star And Garter, UK
1 Nov DUBLIN – The Bowery, Ireland
2 Nov BELFAST – The Palm House, UK
3 Nov LIVERPOOL – MacGuires, UK
4 Nov STAFFORD – Redrum, UK

9 Nov LAS VEGAS, NV – Vinyl
10 Nov TEMPE, AZ – Tempe Marketplace
11 Nov POMONA, CA – The Glass House
13 Nov SANTA BARBARA, CA – Velvet Jones
14 Nov FRESNO, CA – Strummers
17 Nov  SACRAMENTO, CA – Ace Of Spades

FREE Bar Stool Preachers flexi with the new edition of Vive Le Rock! out now!

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DREAMERS PRIMAL SCREAMIN’!

LAST GREAT DREAMERS are back with a brand new video and a string of Winter headline shows.

‘Primitive Man’ is the third single to be taken from their critically lauded fourth album 13th Floor Renegades, following on from ‘No Sunshine’ and the title track.

The dates in December will put a seal on the revitalised power-pop rockers’ most successful year to date, which has seen them play shows in Spain and Norway, a major UK tour and a round of Summer festivals. They’ve also come to the attention of legendary LA DJ Rodney Bingenheimer, whose regular plays on his Underground Garage show on Sirius XM have earned them a US agent. The band are now looking forward to hitting American shores next year.

The December dates kick off with an appearance at the sold out Planet Rockstock festival South Wales and include a London show at the Black Heart in Camden. Full dates are…

Sun 2nd Dec – PORTHCAWL Planet Rock Stock
Fri 7th Dec – BIRMINGHAM Asylum 2
Sat 8th Dec – GLASGOW Nice ‘n’ Sleazy
Sun 9th Dec – SHEFFIELD Corporation
Sat 15th Dec – LONDON Camden Black Heart
Sun 16th Dec – SOUTHAMPTON Heartbreakers

Tickets are available now via their website, where they’re also currently having a merch sale!

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T.V. SMITH UNVEILS NEW SINGLE!

T.V. SMITH has announced a second single from his new album.

‘Never Again Until The Next Time’ is taken from Land Of The Overdose, which is just released on German label JKP, the label of punk superstars DIE TOTEN HOSEN.

“It’s been a long journey from 1977,” says the former ADVERTS frontman. “I used to think that punk rock was a one-off protest movement, but sadly now in 2018 there is even more to protest about. The punk spirit lives on. In Land Of The Overdose I’ve tried to sum up everything I feel about what’s wrong with the world and what we can do about it. The only compensation for me about the awful state we find ourselves in is that it’s inspired me to come up with some of the best songs I’ve ever written. I hope this album sends out a positive message that if we recognise the problems in the world things can start to change for the better, and that music can be a force for the good.”

Listen to ‘Never Again Until The Next Time’.

Catch T.V. Smith on the road at…

21 Dec – Leicester – Duffy‘s Bar
22 Dec – Manchester – Star & Garter
19 Jan – Worcester – Marr‘s Bar
20 Jan – Nottingham – Foremans

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THE AINTS! REVEAL NEW VIDEO!

Former SAINTS guitarist Ed Kuepper’s new band THE AINTS! have unveiled a first video from their new album.

As previously announced, The Church Of Simultaneous Existence draws on material written during Kuepper’s original period with The Saints from 1973 to ’78 and ‘Red Aces’ reflects the brass-infused-punk sound of his final album with the band, Prehistoric Sounds.

“I wrote the bulk of ‘Red Aces’ in 1975 back in Brisbane,” Kuepper explains. “It got put aside and I didn’t give it much thought until early 78 when I was living in London. The Saints had just recorded ‘Know Your Product’ which I was positive was going to be a number [one] smash hit. It inspired me to do a tentative follow up so I added the horn part to the early bit and lo and behold there it pretty much was…. only problem was ‘KYP’ wasn’t the hit we thought it was going to be so ‘Red Aces’ was shelved once again… always the bridesmaid never the bride…. until now when those gallant gents known as The Aints! bring you the song in all its only slightly fased glory ….”

The Church Of Simultaneous Existence is due for release through ABC Records on 21 September and is available to pre-order in various bundles here.

Fans of The Saints, the Rifles, the Sunnyboys and other Aussie bands from the late 70s and 80s would do well to check out the Australian Underground playlist on Spotify.

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CAVEMEN UNVEIL NEW VIDEO!

Kiwi garage-punks THE CAVEMEN have just released a video for their brand new single.

‘Burn Out For Love’ backed with ‘Dancing On The Razors Edge’ is set for release on 5 October through Dirty Water Records in the UK and Mandinga Records in Brazil. It’s available to pre-order here.

The band head across to mainland Europe tonight for a mammoth tour, save for a solitary UK date as support to Radio Birdman on 16 October. Full dates are…

14-09: Dueville (IT) – Viaroma17
15-09: Fontanafreda (IT) – Astro Club
16-09: Imperia (IT) – Arci Camalli
17-09: Toulouse (FR) – LE BLOB
18-09: Bilbao (ES) – La nube cafe teatro
19-09: Santander (ES) – Rockbeer Thenew
20-09: Coimbra (PT) – Teatrão
21-09: Lisboa (PT) – Sabotage Club
22-09: Madrid (ES) – Fun House Music Bar
23-09: Leon (ES) – Babylon León
25-09: Benidorm (ES) – Tentaculo R’n’R Club
26-09: Barcelona (ES) – Meteoro
27-09: Pamplona (ES) – Nebula Bar
28-09: Bordeaux (FR) – L’Antidote Bordeaux
29-09: Kuurne (BE) – Splinter Festival
30-09: Essen (DE) – Freak SHOW

01-10: Antwerpen (BE) – Cafee cabron
02-10: Liege (BE) – Far-West Bar
03-10: Brussels (BE) – Cafe Central
04-10: Munster (DE) – Gleis 22
05-10: Berlin (DE) – Tief
06-10: Leipzig (DE) – G16
07-10: Luzern (CH) – Sedel
08-10: Bern (CH) – The Voodoo Rhythm Hardware Store
09-10: Roma (IT) – 30 Formiche
10-10: Torino (IT) – Torino Asilo Occupato
11-10: Ravenna (IT) – Bronson
12-10: Suzzara (IT) – Grida dai Fienili
13-10: Ferrara (IT) – Circolo arci bolognesi
16-10: London (UK) The Dome, Tufnell Park w/ Radio Birdman
20-10: Istanbul (TU) We’re Loud
22 -10:Sofia (BL) Mixtape 5
23-10: Kumanovo (MAC) Agora
24-10: Serbia TBA
25-10: Belgrade (SER) Kc Grad
26-10: Ilirska Bistrica (SLO) Mknž

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WARFARE ALBUMS REISSUED!

Eighties punk-metal power trio WARFARE are to have their early albums reissued.

The band, who came together on Tyneside at the arse end of the NWOBHM scene, were formed by singing drummer Paul ‘Evo’ Evans, who’d done time with THE BLOOD, MAJOR ACCIDENT and ANGELIC UPSTARTS, together with guitarist Gunner and bassist Falken.

Primitive exponensts of early thrash, they attracted attention with their 12″ cover of FRANKIE GOES TO HOLLYWOOD’s ‘Two Tribes’, on legendary North East metal label Neat Records. Their debut album Pure Filth, released in ’84, was produced by SAINTS and TANK bassist Algy Ward, and featured a collaboration with VENOM, while the follow-up Metal Anarchy was produced by Lemmy. More recently, the band rerecorded early tracks with former PENETRATION guitarist Fred Purser in the producer’s chair.

The band’s first four albums – Pure Filth (with 5 bonus tracks), Metal Anarchy, Mayhen Fuckin’ Mayhem (produced by Venom’s Cronos) and A Conflict Of Hatred – are set for reissue on CD by Dissonance on 28 September. They’re available to pre-order here.

Check out the video for ‘Metal Anarchy’.

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WHOLE LOTTA SHAKIN’!

Guest of honour at this year’s inaugural Vive Le Rock Awards back in March, SHAKIN’ STEVENS has announced a major UK tour for the New Year.

A card-carrying rock’n’roll legend, Shaky will be playing from his coterie of 33 UK hits – including FOUR Number Ones! – as well as fan favourites and a few surprises.

“I’ve been going through my catalogue of songs in preparation for the tour, and re-introducing myself to the many and varied styles of music I’ve recorded during my solo career,” Shaky explains. “From country rock to Cajun, classic rock to Latin, and blues to Americana I’ve had the pleasure of re-discovering the ‘jewels’ from my repertoire that are so well-liked. Of course there’ll be hits and some songs that I haven’t performed live on stage for a decade or two….so some surprises! I’ve also included well-known songs from other artists whose work I admire, together with album tracks and newer songs, bringing it right up to date! I can’t wait to get back on the road and to have a great time with the audiences.”

You can catch Shaky on the following dates….

Fri 1 Mar SALISBURY City Hall
Sat 2 Mar NORTHAMPTON Derngate
Sun 3 Mar CARDIFF St David’s Hall
Tue 5 Mar BIRMINGHAM New Alexandra Theatre
Wed 6 Mar BEXHILL De La Warr Pavilion
Fri 8 Mar BOURNEMOUTH Pavilion
Sat 9 Mar LONDON Cadogan Hall
Mon 11 Mar READING Hexagon
Tue 12 Mar CAMBRIDGE Corn Exchange
Wed 13 Mar BUXTON Opera House
Fri 15 Mar HARROGATE Royal Hall
Sat 16 Mar EDINBURGH Queen’s Hall
Sun 17 Mar GLASGOW City Halls
Tue 19 Mar MANCHESTER Bridgewater Hall
Wed 20 Mar LIVERPOOL Eventim Olympia
Thu 21 Mar MIDDLESBROUGH Town Hall
Sat 23 Mar HULL City Hall
Sun 24 Mar LEEDS Town Hall

Shaky’s latest album Echoes Of Our Times is available now.

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SPENCER ADDS HEADLINE SHOWS!

JON SPENCER has announced a handful of UK and European headline shows in addition his support dates with THE MELVINS.

As previously announced, the BOSS HOG and BLUES EXPLOSION man is to release his first ever solo album Spencer Sings The Hits! through In The Red Records on 2 November.

Check out ‘I Got The Hits’.

Pre-order the album here.

Says Spencer, “I can’t wait to get over and play for everyone. I will be joined by the HITmakers – Bob Bert (Sonic Youth, Pussy Galore, Chrome Cranks, etc), Sam Coomes (Quasi, Heatmeiser, Elliot Smith), and M. Sord (No Monster Club, M. Sord) – we will be kicking out all of the new long-player SPENCER SINGS THE HITS! as well as some choice cuts from Pussy Galore, The Blues Explosion, Heavy Trash, and maybe even a super-secret cover-song or two. We just did a stint in the States with the Melvins so I know from experience that these will be some dynamite nights of rock, roll, riot, and rumble.”

The Melvins/Spencer tour kicks off in Haarlem, Netherlands on 20 October, with Spencer sneaking in a headline show in Glasgow on 27 October, climaxing at London’s KOKO on 30 October. Spencer then heads west to Bristol to open his headline dates at the Exchange on 1 November. Full dates are…

October – Melvins & Jon Spencer
20          Haarlem (NL)    Patronaat (TICKETS)
21          Kortruk (BE)       De Kreun (TICKETS)
23          Birmingham       02 Academy 2 (TICKETS)
24          Norwich              Waterfront  (TICKETS)
25          Cardiff                Y Plas (TICKETS)
26          Leeds                 Stylus (TICKETS)
27          Glasgow             Broadcast (TICKETS)  HEADLINE SHOW *
28          Manchester        Academy 2 (TICKETS)
29          Brighton             Concorde 2 (TICKETS)
30          London               Koko (TICKETS)

November – Jon Spencer headline dates
1            Bristol                 Exchange (TICKETS)
3            Newcastle           Cluny 2 (TICKETS)
4            Nottingham         Bodega (TICKETS)
5            Arlon (BE)           L’ entropot (TICKETS)
6            Brussels (BE)      Botanique (TICKETS)
7            Muenster (DE)    Gleis 22 (TICKETS)
8            Koln (DE)            Helios (TICKETS)

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HOT RODS BOW OUT!

As promised, Essex legends EDDIE & THE HOT RODS close the door on 40-plus years of touring with a very special show in London next spring.

Billed as ‘Done Everything We Wanna Do’ and co-promoted by Vive Le Rock with Black Wax, the band will take to the stage at the O2 Academy, Islington on Saturday 13 April.

The gig promises appearances from Hot Rods past and present along with some very special guests.

Tickets, including VIP packages granting, among other treats, admission to the aftershow party, are available here.

To prepare you for the event, Eddie And The Hot Rods – The Island Years is a 6-CD box set bringing together the band’s first three albums – Teenage Depression, Life On The Line and Thriller and a wealth of bonus material. Highlights include numerous BBC recordings including three Peel sessions and an In Concert performance, their collaboration with MC5 frontman Rob Tyner and a rare fan-club only 12-track album, originally pressed in a limited edition of 100 and available here for the first time on CD.

All brought together with a 28-page booklet, Eddie And The Hot Rods – The Island Years is released on 14 September.

In the meantime, the band continue to tour up to the end of the year. Full dates are on their website.

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GODFATHERS GIGS FOR GARRY!

THE GODFATHERS have announced two very special Scottish dates for December.

The shows in Edinburgh and Glasgow are benefits for the family of Garry Borland, lead singer of HEAVY DRAPES, who sadly passed away suddenly in June.

The band will play Voodoo Rooms in Edinburgh on Saturday 8th December and Audio in Glasgow on Sunday 9th December. On both nights The Godfathers will be joined by REACTION. There’ll also be a very special set by Heavy Drapes members Richie Simpson, Billy Duncanson and Jerry Crowe joined by The Godfathers’ Peter Coyne on vocals to perform some Heavy Drapes numbers and punk classics.

The proceeds from both concerts will go directly to Garry’s widow Julie Borland and their daughter Mischa.

Tickets for Edinburgh and Glasgow are on sale NOW!

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THE RATCHETS LAUNCH COOL VIDEO!

New Jersey punks THE RATCHETS return with a brand new single and a video which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘Gotta Be Cool’ is the first single to be taken from the band’s new album First Light, which is set for release this autumn through Pirates Press.

Hailing from Bruce Springsteen’s hometown of Asbury Park, the Ratchets have little in common with The Boss other than a blue-collar bike-jacket-and-engineering-boot rock’n’roll heart. The band’s debut album Glory Bound, released in 2006, was the first album to be released on Prates Press, but since then they’ve had a bit of a lay-off, making First Light the band’s first full-length album in more than a decade.

“You have to have something new to say and you have to mean it otherwise to me there’s a loss of credibility, and I’d rather keep my mouth shut than do that,” says frontman Jed Engine, and you can’t really say fairer than that.

“The Ratchets took some time off for a few years so I knew we had to write something really epic for the first session back. I think by the time we got to the studio we felt we were recording some really great tunes and the excitement
was there. We were lucky to record with our friend Pete Steinkopf, who is the guitarist from The Bouncing Souls, at his studio Little Eden in Asbury Park, NJ. It’s a familiar place to us — we used to practice there and wrote our LP Glory Bound there. He nailed our studio tones and that helped everything quickly fall
into place.

“‘Gotta Be Cool’ is about the nostalgia of looking back at your youth and the bond music forges between friends. When I wrote the song, I was thinking about what happens to those bonds as we grow older. Even though we may lose touch with friends we had as kids, the feelings behind those experiences don’t fade.”

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LAST GREAT DREAMERS ANNOUNCE SINGLE AND DATES!

Powerpop rockers LAST GREAT DREAMERS are back on the road, with a new single.

‘Primitive Man’ is the third single to be lifted from their acclaimed album 13th Floor Renegades which was released in April. The track’s available now from iTunes, Amazon and Spotify.

The band have spent the spring and summer gigging, including a number of festival appearances and their first ever shows in Norway. The band’s album has recently been picked up for regular airplay from legendary US powerpop maven Rodney Bingenheimer on his Sirius XM Underground Garage radio show, enabling them to hook up with a US agent and begin planning US dates for the new year.

“It’s been quite a year,” says guitarist Slyder. “The reaction to 13th Floor Renegades has been amazing, we’ve received some fantastic reviews and the songs have been going down a storm live too. We’ve also had some airplay in the USA and Scandinavia so we are planning to get out to both those places soon. ‘Primitive Man’ is a real stomping track, we now close the set with this, it’s already become a fan favourite”

In the meantime, you can catch the band on the road in the UK at…

Fri 31st August            BRADFORD Trash (w/Jetboy) – TICKETS

Sat 1st September       HRH SLEAZE Festival (Sheffield) – TICKETS

Sun 2nd September     LONDON Underworld (w/Jetboy) – TICKETS

Thu 13 September       BRADFORD Trash (w/Pretty Boy Floyd) – TICKETS

Fri 14 September         NOTTINGHAM Rock City (w/Pretty Boy Floyd) – TICKETS

Sat 15 September        HULL METAL HEAVEN Festival – TICKETS

Sun 16 September       LONDON Underworld (w/Pretty Boy Floyd) – TICKETS

Sun 2nd December      PLANET ROCKSTOCK Festival (Trecco Bay, S.Wales) – TICKETS

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REBELLION DIARY!

Sobered up from Rebellion yet?  Then have a read of Paula Frost’s report and relive all those sunny Blackpool memories….

This year the Vive Le Rock! crew made our way up to Blackpool for a long weekend of punk rock at the Winter Gardens! The festival has been running for 22 years and this year featured 350 bands across 4 days and 7 stages. Needless to say it’s the biggest event in the punk rock calendar year on year and one we look forward to.

Every day Max Splodge, the singer of ‘Two Pints Of Lager And A Packet Of Crisps’ kicks the Rebellion day off with his comedy bingo show. You won’t want to win one of his prizes, I’ve seen him give out a bag of out-of-date Bad Manners flyers.

Thursday kicked off with some Vive Le Rock! flyering outside the venue. Frontman Djamel from The Blue Carpet Band took a break from his usual role of playing Cramps style rock’n’roll and was recruited as part of our street team! We swerved through the busy crowds of punks enjoying another hot summer’s day and spoke to everyone we could, making sure they knew about Vive Le Rock, the only punk magazine in the UK. It was a great way of getting to know more of the punk family.

Backstage we bumped into Lynda and Coppo, two infamous punks who’d been on the scene since ’77 and knew all the bands (Coppo has most of them tattooed on his back!). Then someone called my name, it was John, the drummer of IDLES! They were playing the Empress Ballroom later and the rest of the band came over for a quick chat, including the big bushy bearded bassist known for his dancing in the ‘Stendhal Syndrome’ video.

It was time to venture further into the Winter Gardens, on the way I caught up with Jenna Talia of Glitter Trash, then met the controversial Soap Girls who had their boobs out as usual. There were tons of punks I hadn’t seen in years and it was great to link up with everyone again. We caught Call Me Malcolm on the introducing stage and then The Bar Stool Preachers hijacked me and lead singer T.J. McFaull took me to see one of his favourite bands The Menzingers. Steve Ignorant’s Slice of Life played the introducing stage. His acoustic crew of seated musicians drew a big crowd of singalong punks to the Opera House. Accompanied by Carol Hodge on piano, Ignorant performed a theatrical set dressed in a smart suit and braces with a trilby. Their moving performances of songs like ‘The Way Things Are’ and ‘Slice of Life’ brought some punks to tears.

IDLES played at 20:55 and sheered through ‘Mother’, ‘Well Done’ and ‘Stendhal Syndrome’ plus their new pro-love pro-immigration anthem ‘Danny Nedelko’ during their fifty-minute set. Frontman Joe climbed all over the stage and got into the audience whilst the rest of the band rolled around thrashing guitars in a frenzied intoxicating performance.

Later that night legendary punks the Buzzcocks headlined the Empress Ballroom and instilled that mystic feeling of revolution in a chandeliered, elegant room filled with punk rockers losing their minds. It was the flawless beginning to a weekend of anarchy and protest music.

There are too many other incredible moments to recount but you can read all about Rebellion 2018 in full in the new edition of Vive Le Rock!, on sale now.

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HANTERHIR UNVEIL VIDEO AND DATES!

Fast-rising Cornish psych-rockers HANTERHIR have a new video and single, which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘Hello Sunshine’ is a substantially edited version of the monumental opening track from their widely acclaimed new triple album The Saving Of Cadan, released last month through Easy Action Records. The video is the work of renowned Cornish new wave film director Mawgan Lewis.

The single is available now from iTunes, Amazon and Spotify.

“‘Hello Sunshine’ was the first song we wrote for the album that was originally going to be 10 songs on a 10 inch played by 10 people with only 10 copies printed,” explains band frontman Ben Harris. “Somehow, writing an almost 10 minute song gave us the hint that we were never going to fit all the songs on that format.

“We filmed ‘Hello Sunshine’ with Mawgan from Purple Knif in a 30 degree village hall that my first ever band rehearsed in. It hadn’t changed much, and possibly hadn’t been painted since I was last in there.”

The band are playing a series of dates throughout the late summer and autumn, including a rare London show at The Victoria in Dalston with special guests THE BRAINIAC 5, legends of the 70s Cornish free festival scene.

Full dates are…

20 Sept – The Old Bakery, Truro (w/ Dom Duff)  tickets
28 Sept – Harvest Gathering Festival, Newquay   tickets
21 Oct – The Sussex Arms, Tunbridge Wells
22 Oct – The Victoria, Dalston, London  tickets
23 Oct – The Railway Hotel, Southend on Sea

The Saving Of Cadan is available on triple-vinyl and double-CD here.

Read a new interview with Hanterhir in the latest edition of Louder Than War magazine, out now!

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