25 YEARS OF RETROSEXUAL ACTIVITY!

LAST GREAT DREAMERS are to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of their classic debut album Retrosexual this Autumn.

The band were formed on the Soho glam scene in 1993 and released Retrosexual the following year to considerable acclaim. It would be their only album until reforming in 2014.

For the first time ever, the album will be released on vinyl in a fully-remastered limited edition, including a free download. The record will be released through their own Ray Records label on Friday 15 November, but it’s available to pre-order here.

Now scattered across the country, to celebrate, the powerpop-rockers will be playing a special London show at The Lounge in their old stamping ground of Camden Town on Saturday 16 November, where they’ll be playing Retrosexual in its entirety including songs never performed live before, plus a second set of fan favourites. The gig will be followed by an after-party with Marc and Slyder from the band on the decks, recreating one of their original Glitterball monthly club nights. Tickets are on sale here. The band are also planning VIP packages and a ‘magical minibus tour’ of their old haunts.

Since reforming the band have gone from strength to strength, touring more widely than ever before, including shows in Spain, Norway and Italy and numerous festival appearances. Releasing their acclaimed fourth album 13th Floor Renegades in April 2018, Marc and Slyder have since been joined by new rhythm section Tim Emery and Rik Pratt.

“Marc and I haven’t played some of these songs live for over twenty years so relearning them has been great and we are both really excited about the prospect of playing them again,” says Slyder. “We know this album means a lot to many of our fans so it will be a privilege to play it for them in its entirety. It’s gonna be a real party atmosphere, a celebration, we have a few special things planned and hopefully a few special guests.”

Last Great Dreamers will also be playing the second Pump It Up Powerpop Weekender alongside The Number Ones, Duncan Reid and The Big Heads and more at The Lexington, London on Saturday 27 July. Tickets are on sale here.

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HEALTHY JUNKIES VIDEO EXCLUSIVE!

London punks HEALTHY JUNKIES have a new video which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘This Is Not A Suicide’ is taken from the band’s latest album Delirious Dream which was released last Autumn.

The band have a bunch of dates coming up, including their third annual FREE Punk & Roll Rendezvous festival from 6-8 September at The Unicorn, Camden featuring 25 bands plus DJs. Full dates are…

12 July – The 100 Cub (w/The Vibrators and Penetration)
13 July – The Unicorn, Camden ( Punk & Roll Rendezvous )
20 July – Percy’s Cafe, Whitchurch
26 July – The Amersham Arms, New Cross, London
3 Aug – Rebellion Festival, Blackpool
17 Aug – Wolsey’s, Bangor, N Ireland (BBA Taking Control Festival)
23 Aug – The Mulberry, Sheffield (Punks Against Cancer)
31 Aug – BOSfest. Burnham-on -sea
7 Sept – The Unicorn, Camden (Punk &and Roll Rendezvous)
18 Sept – The Dublin Castle, London
28 Sept -Kollis The Lounge, London
5 Oct – HRH Punk Festival, O2 Academy, Sheffield

Delirious Dream is available now from the band’s website.

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PENETRATION COVER BUZZCOCKS!

PENETRATION have covered BUZZCOCKS’ classic ‘I Don’t Mind’ for a new video.

As previously announced, the Newcastle band will be joining Buzzcocks and THE SKIDS at the Royal Albert Hall, London on 21 June, celebrating the life of the sadly departed Pete Shelley.

Penetration’s Pauline Murray memorably paid tribute to Shelley at the Vive Le Rock Awards in March, performing ‘What Do I Get?’ alongside Steve Diggle and the house band, The Vive Le Rockers.

“I first saw Buzzcocks as an 18-year-old at the Screen On The Green in 1976,” she recalled. “Punk inspired young people to explore talents they didn’t know they had and Pete Shelley wrote love songs with a twist,
simple yet profound. I wish Pete was here tonight to know how much he was appreciated for his lifelong dedication to music and providing the soundtrack to the lives of a generation. It’s only when someone leaves us that we notice how their lack of presence can change everything.”

Penetration covered ‘I Don’t Mind’, for the sessions that resulted in their acclaimed 2015 comeback album Resolution, which also featured former Buzzcocks drummer John Maher. The band shot a video for the song at Whitley Bay Playhouse, which has been unseen until now.

Penetration play the following dates…

21.06.19 LONDON Royal Albert Hall (w/ Buzzcocks & Skids)
22.06.19 PORTSMOUTH Wedgewood Rooms
12.07.19 LONDON 100 Club
13.07.19 LEWES Con Club
14.07.19 HALIFAX Lantern
03.08.19 BLACKPOOL Rebellion Festival
06.10.19 SHEFFIELD O2 Academy
18.10.19 NEWCASTLE Cluny
19.10.19 GLASGOW Audio

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PETER PERRETT HEADS FOR SOMERS TOWN!

PETER PERRETT and friends have been announced as headliner for this year’s Somers Town Festival.

Now in its 21st year, this lively community event takes place annually in the Somers Town area of London between St Pancras and Euston Stations and Camden to the north. This year’s festival on Saturday 13 July has been invited onto the British Library Piazza adjacent the traditional event on Chalton Street.

Artists confirmed to appear alongside the Only Ones frontman Peter Perrett & ‘Special Guests’ over four stages are former Loft and Weather Prophets frontman Pete Astor, Knox from The Vibrators, Oh! Gunquit, Imaginary Millions, The Speedways, The Mighty Caretakers and more to be announced.

There’ll also be film screenings – including The Parkinsons documentary A Long Road To Nowhere – poetry, comedy, street theatre, city gardening, a rock’n’roll market, a pop-up Somers Town museum, numerous stalls from local vendors and loads more.

Completely free of admission and open to all, the organisers have set up a Go Fund Me page, offering various incentives, to invite voluntary donations to help make the event the best it can be.

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HEY! KOLOSSUS!

Industrial techno-rock duo CUBANATE have a new EP out and they’ve unveiled a strikine new video for the title track.

Kolossus represents the pair’s first new music in more than two decades and features five new songs as well as remixes by FRONT LINE ASSEMBLY’s Rhys Fulber from and DROWND. The video is the work of E Gabriel Edvy of Blackswitch Labs.

Formed in London in 1992 as a four-piece, Cubanate eventaully slimmed down to a nucleus of vocalist Marc Heal and guitarist Phil Barry. Going out as support to the likes of Gary Numan, Sisters Of Mercy and Front 242, they released four albums before splitting in 2000. Heal and Barry reconvened in 2016 for Chicago’s Cold Waves festival, going on to play several more dates in support of the 2017 compilation Brutalism.

Kolossus is available now through Armalyte Industries.

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OUT COME THE FREAKS!

Fast-rising Yorkshire punks HANDS OFF GRETEL have unveiled another new video from their latest album.

‘Freaks Like Us’ is the fourth single to be taken from second album I Want The World, which was released in March through Puke Pop Records..

“‘Freaks Like Us’ is an anthem for the outcasts; for those that ever feel misunderstood and alone,” explains frontwoman Lauren Tate. “I really needed this song on my iPod when I was at school. The video takes me back to getting banned from performing at the school talent show, when I flipped the middle finger to the girls sat whispering and laughing at me in the audience. Writing this song for me was a way of saying ‘Just watch me’, embracing who I am and continuing to prove all that doubted me, wrong.”

The band, who were shortlisted for Vive Le Rock‘s New Blood award in March, hit the road for a series of gigs and festival shows, including Isle Of Wight, Kendal Calling and Rebellion. Full dates (so far) are…

Album Tour
20 June – Bodega Nottingham
21 June – Clwb Ifor Bach Cardiff
22 June – The 1865 Southampton
23 June – Suburbs The Holdroyd Guildford
4 July – Louisiana – Bristol
5 July – Shacklewell Arms – London
6 July – The Prince Albert – Brighton
10 July – Fulford Arms – York
11 July – Think Tank Newcastle
12 July – Broadcast – Glasgow
13 July – Bannermans – Edinburgh

Festival Dates
15 June – Isle Of Wight Festival
20 July – Black Thorn Music Festival
26 July – Kendal Calling
21 July – Amplified Festival
4 August – Rebellion Festival
31 August – Lindisfarne Festival

I Want The World, gig tickets and merch are available from the band’s website.

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THE BOYS KEEP SWINGING!

THE BOYS have unveiled a brand new video ahead of a bunch of Scandinavian dates.

The West London ’77 punk legends are celebrating the fifth anniversary of their critically acclaimed Punk Rock Menopause album with a video for the track ‘Keep Quiet’.

The video was recorded during the band’s September 2018 Italian tour. Unfortunately guitarist Honest John Plain was unable to make the video shoot due to ill health.

“It was filmed and directed by Lester Greenowski at the Ligera Club in Milan, says keyboard player Casino Steel. “Many thanks to Lester and the enthusiastic crowd who made this possible. We had a great time!”

Guitarist/vocalist Matt Dangerfield agrees, adding: “This is now the sixth track from Punk Rock Menopause to be immortalised in video, which I think demonstrates just how strong the album is.”

The Boys head to Scandinavia in June for the Odal Rock Festival, returning in September for more dates. Catch them at…

Sat 22 June – Odal Rock Festival
Thur 12 Sept – Gothenburg
Fri 13 Sept – tbc
Sat 14 Sept – Hova
Fri 20 Sept – tbc
Sat 21 Sept – Trondheim

Punk Rock Menopause is now available digitally from Revolution Records and Spotify…

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REED ALL ABOUT IT!

Writer, actor, broadcaster and musician RICHARD STRANGE is to celebrate the music of LOU REED on tour this Autumn.

The DOCTORS OF MADNESS frontman will be performing a selection of the New York legend’s songs – including classics intermingled with some obscure gems – in six cities during September, backed by a world class band.

With legendary musician, producer and arranger Terry Edwards of Gallon Drunk, PJ Harvey and The NJE acting as musical director, the line-up features guitarists Kevin Armstrong (David Bowie, Iggy Pop) and Paul Cuddeford (Ian Hunter, Trent Miller), keyboardist Florence Sabeva (Earl Slick) and drummer Dave Imby (Kid Creole).

You can catch Richard Strange and co on the following dates…

Sat 21 Sept – Jubilee Church, Hull
Sun 22 Sept – Zanzibar, Liverpool
Mon 23 Sept – Arts Centre, Norwich
Tues 24 Sept – O2 Islington Academy, London
Weds 25 Sept – Arts Centre, Colchester
Thurs 26 Sept – O2 Academy 2, Birmingham

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THE WHO SET UP SHOP!

A new pop-up shop is opening in Soho in celebration of all things WHO.

WHO @ 52 will be opening at 52 Brewer Street, London W1F 9TQ over Friday 14th and Saturday 15th from 10am to 6pm.

The venture will celebrate the legendary band’s return to Wembley Stadium for the first time in forty years, along with the release of their Tommy Orchestral, a live version of their pioneering rock opera, performed with a full symphony orchestra last year to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the seminal 1969 album.

Items for sale in the shop will include the Tommy Orchestral album on CD and vinyl; an exclusive limited edition 7″ of ‘Pinball Wizard’ ONLY available at WHO @ 52; official Who merch, including a bespoke t-shirt and poster; tickets for the Wembley Stadium gig on 6 July.

The shop will also include an exhibition of rare Who memorabilia and shoppers will be invited to compete in a special Pinball Wizard Challenge.

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LITTLE STEVEN ROCKS THE HARD ROCK CAFE!

Vive Le Rock recently hung out at London’s Hard Rock Cafe for Stevie Van Zandt’s live DJ set and radio broadcast of his Underground Garage Dance Party. The long-time member of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band and actor famous for The Sopranos series brought along his wife Maureen Van Zandt, who also plays his wife in The Sopranos.

A crowd of fans hoping to get their Van Zandt CDs and records signed gathered under the stage at the entrance of the Hard Rock. Van Zandt pulled up in a blacked-out 4×4 and entered through a side door to huge applause before grabbing the mic and opening his radio show with The Beach Boys’ ‘Good Vibrations’.

The appearance comes off the back of the new album Summer Of Sorcery from Little Steven & The Disciples of Soul, Little Steven’s first album of new material in 20 years. The band recently kicked off their live tour in May.

The show lasted two hours and featured Van Zandt’s usual mix of old school rock’n’roll embellished by his own stories as a fan and a performer. He took a break to meet everyone in the audience and spent a lot of time having pictures with fans.

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MURDERBURGERS VIDEO EXCLUSIVE!

Scots punks MURDERBURGERS have a new video which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘Turning 30 Was An Eye Opener’ is the opening track from the band’s latest album What A Mess released last March.

The video was made by and stars Kyle from Lovers Turn To Monsters. For fans of going apeshit in a room on your own.

Frontman Fraser heads out for solo dates during June, followed by full band shows around Europe with FLAMINGO NOSEBLEED, followed by appearances at Wonkfest and Rebellion. Full dates are…

8/06/19 – Dunfermline – Monty’s (Fraser solo)
19/06/19 – Inverness – The Market Bar (Fraser solo)
20/06/19 – Aberdeen – The Cellar (Fraser solo)
21/06/19 – Dundee – Conroy’s Basement w/ Nelson Savage + more (Fraser solo)
24/06/19 – Bristol – The Exchange w/ Ogikubo Station (Fraser solo)
25/06/19 – London – New Cross Inn w/ Ogikubo Station (Fraser solo)
26/06/19 – Leicester – The Soundhouse w/ Ogikubo Station (Fraser solo)
27/06/19 – Stafford – Redrum w/ Ogikubo Station (Fraser solo)
28/06/19 – Manchester – Gullivers w/ Ogikubo Station (Fraser solo)
29/06/19 – Glasgow – TBC w/ Ogikubo Station (Fraser solo)
30/06/19 – Edinburgh – Banshee Labyrinth w/ Ogikubo Station (full band)
02/07/19 – Vorselaar, Belgium – Den Tip w/ Flamingo Nosebleed
03/07/19 – Osnabruck, Germany – Substanz Haus w/ Flamingo Nosebleed
04/07/19 – Luneburg, Germany – Asta Wohnzimmer w/ Flamingo Nosebleed
05/07/19 – Berlin, Germany – Trickster w/ Flamingo Nosebleed
06/07/19 – Altenburg, Germany – Finnegans Irish Pub w/ Flamingo Nosebleed
07/07/19 – Prague, Czech Rep – Cafe Na Pul Cesty w/ Flamingo Nosebleed
08/07/19 – Vienna, Austria – Cafe Carina w/ Flamingo Nosebleed
09/07/19 – Linz, Austria – Sputnik Rock Cafe w/ Flamingo Nosebleed
10/07/19 – TBC w/ Flamingo Nosebleed
11/07/19 – Ravensburg, Germany – Cafe Balthes w/ Flamingo Nosebleed
12/07/19 – Savièse, Switzerland – Cage2Faraday w/ Flamingo Nosebleed
13/07/19 – Thun, Switzerland – AKuT w/ Flamingo Nosebleed
14/07/19 – Bergamo, Italy – Punk Rock Raduno
16/07/19 – Chamonix, France – Le Monkey (full band acoustic show)
17/07/19 – TBC
18/07/19 – Saarbrucken, Germany – Nilles Bar
19/07/19 – Den Bosch, Holland – Brouwpodium Bossche Brouwers aan de Vaart
20/07/19 – Hastings – Crowleys
27/07/19 – London – Wonkfest
01/08/19 – Blackpool – Rebellion Festival

What A Mess is available now from Asian Man (US), Brassneck (UK/EU), Umlaut (UK/EU) and Waterslide (Japan).

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TOP OF THE ‘CHOPS!

Long-serving garage-rockers FLAMING SIDEBURNS are back with a brand new single.

‘Soulshaking’ is Finnish band’s first new song from their original line-up since the band’s classic album Hallelujah Rock’n’Rollah eighteen years ago. While that release brought huge international success for the band, it also marked the departure of founding guitarist Arimatti Jutila, leading to the band continuing with various different line-ups.

Last year, the original members came together once more for a series of dates, leading to the creation of a batch of material of which ‘Soulshaking’ is the first release.

“We had just played the first show in Barcelona, and the sense of ease and energy was filling our bodies,” explains Jutila. “I think that feeling was captured in ‘Soulshaking’.”

The track is a taster for the band’s new, as yet untitled, album which is set for release next year, the band’s 25th Anniversary.

You can stream/download ‘Soulshaking’ here.

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THE PACK’S BACK!

Reunited post-punks THE PACK are to issue their first new recordings since reconvening last year.

Progenitors to THEATRE OF HATE, the band features original members Kirk Brandon and John Werner plus Steve Grantley and Warren Wilson.

The quartet re-recorded thirteen Pack originals over three days in Salford last January. The Salford Sessions package also includes a DVD of the band’s show in London on 27 January.

Available for pre-release, the exclusive bundle also includes a limited edition art print, a t-shirt and an MP3, and is on sale from Brandon’s website.

As previously announced, The Pack play the following dates this month…

Wed 5 June – LONDON The Islington
Thu 6 June – PAISLEY Bungalow
Fri 7 June – NEWCASTLE University SU
Sat 8 June – MANCHESTER Ritz – on stage at 4.45pm
Sun 9 June – YORK Fulford Arms

Tickets for all shows are on sale here.

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PLAYING CAT AND MOUSE!

Fast-rising South London punks WERECATS are heading off four a joint tour with Cali trio CITY MOUSE.

Comprising members of The Pukes, The Zatopeks,The Blankheads and Soon The Darkness, Werecats have become a reliable draw at punk gatherings including Rebellion and Wonkfest, thrilling crowds up and down the land with their infectious Ramones-meets-Ronnettes powerpop-punk, scooping up wide-eyed acclaim for their debut full-length Destined For The Outside.

Werecats’ co-headlining tour with City Mouse kicks off in Deal, Kent on 27 June, climaxing in Ipswich on 6 July, with both bands stooping off in London for the Polite Riot Festival at New Cross Inn on 28 June with The Adolescents, In Evil Hour and more.

Before the tour they join Sick On The Bus, Lost Cherrees and Slow Faction at Camden Unicorn on June. When they return they have appearances lined up at Punk Rock Raduno, Italy; Boomtown Fair, Winchester; Punx Picnic, Bristol; and Fest 18, Florida.

Full dates are…

Sat 8 June – The Unicorn, Camden (w/Sick On The Bus etc)

WERECATS / CITY MOUSE TOUR
Thurs 27 June – The Lighthouse, Deal
Fri 28 June – Le Pub, Newport
Sat 29 June – TBA, Birmingham
Sun 30 June – New Cross Inn, London (Polite Riot)
Tues 2 July – Banshee Labyrinth, Edinburgh
Wed 3 July – Eagle Inn, Manchester
Thurs 4 July – TBA, Liverpool
Fri 5 July – The Skerries, Bangor, Wales
Sat 6 July – The Smokehouse, Ipswich

Thurs 11 July – Punk Rock Raduno 4, Bergamo, Italy
Sun 28 July – Wedgwood Rooms, Portsmouth (w/The Dopamines etc)
Wed 7 Aug – Shacklewell Arms, London (w/The Violent Hearts etc)
Wed-Mon 7-13 Aug – Boomtown Fair, Winchester
Sat 31 Aug – Punx Picnic, The Exchange, Bristol (w/Pizzatramp, Anthrax etc)
Fri-Sun 1-3 Nov – Fest 18, Gainsville FLA, USA

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OIL OVER THE WATER!

Aussie heavyweights MIDNIGHT OIL land in Europe next month for a series of gigs and festival dates.

The shows mark a prompt return for the environmental rockers who broke a 15-year hiatus with their worldwide Big Circle Tour in 2017. At that time, the band played two sold-out shows at London’s Eventim Apollo.

The Sydney band, who enjoyed an international hit with the song ‘Beds Are Burning’ in 1987, first came together in 1972, adopting the name Midnight Oil in 1976. Since then they’ve released eleven studio albums and four live albums, all the while campaigning tirelessly on environmental and other issues. The band called a halt in 2002, when frontman Peter Garrett decided to devote his time to politics, eventually serving as a government minister.

The band have just released a live album and DVD – Armistice Day – recorded in their hometown at the culmination of the Big Circle tour in November 2017.

This year also sees the 40th Anniversary of the band’s breakthrough album Head Injuries, produced by Leszek Karski of Brit band Supercharge, which saw the band play the UK for the first time, which they may or may not be celebrating on the current dates.

“It’s one of those things you can’t believe has happened,” says Garrett. “You can’t believe you’re doing an interview and talking about it. You can’t believe you’re still walking around and making music. So maybe we should celebrate it. That’s a very good idea.”

While the band are playing a lot of dates across the UK and Europe, homeland shows are being kept to a minimum to provide a space for the possible recording of a new album. The only Australian show currently booked is the Big Red Bash festival in Queensland.

“We were going to do some more, there’s a lot of demand for us to play but in some ways we want to finish what we started,” he says. “We’re playing back in London, which we’re looking forward to, and Manchester as well, and some of the European dates are essentially continuing where we were before, and I think we can sort of play around and see what music emerges.

“There’s no reason why bands who create rock can’t do it as well as they did, but a lot of them struggle with it. They rarely make records as good as they did in the early part of their career, and there’s a bunch of different reasons for that, and if we’re going to record, that’s the challenge we’ve got to set ourselves and see whether we can get over the first hurdle or not.”

Kicking off the tour at Manchester’s O2 Apollo, the band play Dublin Olympia and Brixton Academy before heading round Switzerland, Germany, France and Belgium. Full dates are…

SUN 9 JUNE O2 Apollo | Manchester, UK
TUE 11 JUNE Olympia | Dublin, Ireland
THU 13 JUNE O2 Brixton Academy | London, UK
SAT 15 JUNE Festi’neuch Openair Festival | Neuchatel, Switzerland
MON 17 JUNE Stadtpark | Hamburg, Germany
WED 19 JUNE Porta Nigra | Trier, Germany
FRI 21 JUNE Zeltfestival | Mannheim, Germany
SAT 22 JUNE Rock the Ring | Hinwil, Switzerland
THU 27 JUNE Grand Rex | Paris, France
SAT 29 JUNE Festival Retro C Trop | Tilloloy, France
MON 1 JULY Tollwood Festival | Munich, Germany
WED 3 JULY Killesberg | Stuttgart, Germany
FRI 5 JULY Rock Zottegem | Zottegem, Belgium
SAT 6 JULY Zitadelle | Mainz, Germany
TUE 9 JULY Les Nuits De Fourviere Festival | Lyon, France
THU 11 JULY Guitare en Scene Festival | Saint-Julien-en-Genevois, France
SAT 13 JULY Amphitheatre | Gelsenkirchen, Germany

Tickets are available here.

Armistice Day: Live At The Domain, Sydney is available on CD, DVD, Blu-Ray and limited edition red vinyl here.

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FLIPPER AT 40!

San Francisco rockers FLIPPER are celebrating their 40th Anniversary with a European tour.

Flipper debuted in 1979 on the SF Underground 7” compilation EP with the track ‘Earthworm’. This was followed by the singles ‘Love Canal’ c/w ‘Ha Ha Ha’ and the classic ‘Sex Bomb’ c/w ‘Brainwash’ in 1981, a song that has now been covered countless times over the years. The band’s debut album Generic Flipper (released in 1982) is considered a classic, and remains Flipper’s most acclaimed album of their prolific career, which includes four studio albums and five live releases.

“They were just heavy,” wrote Henry Rollins in his essential memoir Get In The Van. “Heavier than you. Heavier than anything…When they played they were amazing.”

For their 40th Anniversary Tour, founding members Ted Falconi and Steve DePace are joined by Scratch Acid and Jesus Lizard frontman David Yow and Minutemen and fIREHOSE bassist Mike Watt.

Kicking off on 30 July in Nottingham and climaxing in Berlin on 20 August, the tour includes an appearance at Rebellion on 1 August and a London show at The Garage on 4 August. Full dates are…

30-Jul – Nottingham UK Rescue Rooms
31-Jul – Bristol UK The Exchange
1-Aug – Blackpool UK Rebellion Festival
2-Aug – Glasgow UK CCA
3-Aug – Leeds UK Brudenell
4-Aug – London UK Garage
5-Aug – Gent Belgium DOK
6-Aug – Amsterdam The Netherlands Paradiso Noord
8-Aug – Aachen Germany Musikbunker
9-Aug – Karlsruhe Germany Hackerei
10-Aug – Bologa Italy Freakout
11-Aug – Milan Italy Magnolia Open Air
12-Aug – Padova Italy Anfiteatro del Venda
13-Aug – Vienna Austria Chelsea
15-Aug – Bielefeld Germany Forum
16-Aug – Hamburg Germany Hafenklang
17-Aug – Helsinki Finland Kuudes Linja
20-Aug – Berlin Bi Nuu

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RIDICULE IS NOTHING TO BE SCARED OF!

Young Kent roustabouts RISKEE & THE RIDICULE have signed to Bomber Music and have just unveiled a new single and video.

‘Kaboom!’, fusing urgent, incisive lyricism with hardcore punk and hip-hop influences, is the first single to be taken from the band’s third album Body Bag Your Scene, which is out at the end of June.

“Our song is about the blatant scare tactics used by the right-wing media to give the illusion of danger,” states frontman Scott Picking. “This illusion creates the fear of being attacked, which naturally creates hostility. ‘We attack each other to the sound of their applause because their assets are safe if we’re coming for yours’. We chose the word ‘Kaboom’ because of its use in comic books ‘to indicate a large explosion’. Comic books can print what they like, and people know its fiction. Newspapers do the same and people take it as the truth.”

Set for release on 28 June, you can pre-order the album here.

Riskee & The Ridicule are lined up to join BOOZE & GLORY at their 10th Anniversary show at London’s Electric Ballroom on Saturday 2 November.

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PLATA DU JOUR!

Spanish garage-blues trio GUADALUPE PLATA return to the UK for a series of dates next month.

A band that seemingly has trouble in coming up with album titles, the band have the latest in a long line of self-titled releases out on 2 June through Everlasting Records.

Kicking off in Londonon 6 June, where they play the legendary Dingwalls as part of the Future Juke Festival, the 10-date tour culminates in Brighton at The Prince Albert on 16 June.

THU 6 JUNE – London – Dingwalls – Future Juke Festival
FRI 7 JUNE – Haverfordwest – The Druidstone
SAT 8 JUNE – Exeter – The Phoenix
SUN 9 JUNE – Leeds – The Brudenell Social Club
TUE 11 JUNE – Edinburgh – Sneaky Pete’s
WED 12 JUNE – Glasgow – Broadcast
THU 13 JUNE – Newcastle – The Cluny
FRI 14 JUNE – Manchester – Night n Day
SAT 15 JUNE – Norwich – Norwich Arts Centre
SUN 16 JUNE – Brighton – The Prince Albert

Tickets for all shows are available here.

Check out the video for ‘Duermo Con Serpientes’ (I Sleep With Snakes)….

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