CAROL HODGE UNVEILS NEW VIDEO!

Piano-playing Yorkshire songwriter CAROL HODGE has unveiled another video from her new album.

‘The Moan Of A Thousand Years’ is taken from The Crippling Space Between, which is out today.

Accompanied a video by renowned videographer Ash Pears, ‘The Moan Of A Thousand Years’ and the album it comes from find Hodge reflecting on the turmoil of the last eighteen months. It’s not all doom and gloom though, her lyrics frequently couched in irony and humour with emotive piano numbers rubbing up against rousing, uplifting indie rock as indicated by the single.

“If you’ve felt lost, hopeless and despondent, this album is for you,” says Carol. “If you’ve raged, kicked and screamed in the face of adversity, this album is for you. If you’ve felt desperate, voiceless and teetered on the brink, depressed with a cherry on top, then this album is for you. These songs are both my personal catharsis, and the collective sigh of nation, put through the wringer and pulled out with a forced grin and a deep sense of self-deprecation.”

Perhaps best known as piano-player and collaborator with Steve Ignorant, Carol was born with a rare condition called cleft type symbrachydactyly, which means Carol has just two fingers on her left hand, but this hasn’t stopped her building an impressive CV which has seen her work with the likes of Ginger Wildheart, The Membranes, Headsticks and Texan songwriter Ryan Hamilton.

Hodge’s third album, released through her own Midnight Stamp label, The Crippling Space Between is available here.

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ACTION STATIONS!

Swedish action rockers THE DRIPPERS have a brand new single out this Friday.

A scorching declaration of intent, ‘Time For Some Action’ is an incendiary teaser for the Gothenberg trio’s second album which follows on from their straightforwardly-titled 2019 debut Action Rock.

“It was William [Dickborn, guitar] who told us in the car, going up to Sunlight Studio, that he had a new song that was gonna be on the album,” explains bassist Viktor Skatt. “We’d worked hard and pre-produced the other tracks over several months so it seemed like he was a bit late to the party with this one. But we learned the song in the studio and worked on it for half an hour. Turned out it had a great groove to it, and with that commanding title it was a fitting song to choose as a first single. It’s time for some action!!”

Stream/download ‘Time For Some Action’ here.

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KIRA RAISES HER FLAG!

Former BLACK FLAG bassist KIRA ROESSLER has announced the release of her debut solo album.

Roessler joined Black Flag in 1983, following stints in Sexsick, The Monsters and Twisted Roots, alongside former Germs and current Foo Fighters guitarist Pat Smear. Immediately prior to joining the Rollins and co, she was in DC3 with former Black Flag singer and guitarist Dez Cadena. Roessler played on four Flag studio albums during her tenure, kicking off with ’84’s Family Man.

Henry Rollins said of her Roessler, “She was a mere slip of a woman, but physical size really didn’t matter. She was in one of the most ferocious bands at the peak of violence in that scene in the ’80s.”

Going on to form dos with ex-Minutemen bassist Mike Watt, Roessler has also enjoyed a successful career as a film dialogue editor, working on such films as Mad Max: Fury Road, Joker and A Star is Born, and earning two Emmys in the process.

Striking a much more minimalistic tone than her work with Black Flag, Kira recorded the album, simply titled Kira, with her brother Paul Roessler (Screamers, TSOL, Richie Ramone).

“These days, most of my music is created alone in my room and then fleshed out with tasty additions from close friends I request virtual musical bits from,” she says. “Then, it’s off to Kitten Robot Studio where my loving brother and co-producer Paul Roessler helps me polish each song. The goal is simple – express my inner essence and hope that others might feel a bit of their own by listening.”   

Kira is set for release on 19 October through Kitten Robot.

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THE OLD MEN FROM THE MOUNTAIN!

Penny Rimbaud from CRASS and Youth from KILLING JOKE have released a stunning new video from their forthcoming collaborative project.

‘We The Mountain, We The Sea’ finds Rimbaud waxing poetic over music by Youth, featuring the solo violin of sixteen-year-old Isabella Kolaczynska. The video was filmed and edited by Agi K.

Recorded and mixed in 2011 and remixed eight years later, the album Corpus Mei evolved through Youth presenting Rimbaud with a finished track, over which the latter would recite his own poetry, each piece coming together in a single take. Fellow Crass member Eve Libertine also recorded one track while contributing lyrics and backing vocals to others. Further overdubs were provided by Kolaczynska, Louise Elliott on flute and tenor sax, Kate Shortt on cello and Tony Barber on electric bass.

“Recording and writing this album was an intense and wonderful experience,” says Youth. “Penny is one of the great visionary poets of our generation. A seer and prophet… crying to the universe, alone up on the mountain. Part Blake, part John the Baptist and part Buddha. His is the limb nailed to the cross of our cultural banality. Such a narrative demands a suitably epic backdrop. Composing and producing this music, as a foil to Penny’s beautiful and terrifying, almost biblical monologues, has been one of my greatest achievements in over 40 years of making music. The themes reveal Penny’s almost psychic pre-cognition of today’s dystopia and the sudden slo-mo apocalypse were all living through now. Nevertheless, it leaves you with a feeling of hope, inspiration and many positive possibilities. This was a great challenge and a deep channeling in itself. Despite the serious nature of the work we were mostly laughing and really enjoying each other’s company, the sessions were filled with joy and love.”

“Throughout the recording of Corpus Mei the symbiosis was proved – we are as one, above as below,” adds Rimbaud. “Trust that wisdom, and creative love will prevail: the very core before the apple.”

‘We The Mountain, We The Sea’ is available to stream/download here.

Set for release through One Little Independent on 19 November, Corpus Mei is available to pre-order here.

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OPERATION OVERLORD!

Chicago punk pioneers NAKED RAYGUN have announced the release of their first new album in more than three decades.

Over The Overlords is the band’s first new album since 1990’s Raygun… Naked Raygun. It’s also their final Naked Raygun album to feature longtime bassist Pierre Kezdy, who passed away from cancer in October last year.

First formed in 1980, Naked Raygun released five albums before splitting in 1991. Reuniting for a one-off reunion show in 1997, they came back more permanently in 2006 following a performance at Chicago’s Riot Fest.

Over The Overlords is out through Audioplatter via Plastic Head on 15 October. It’s available to pre-order here

Check out ‘Living In The Good Times’…

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SPEED FREAKS!

Manchester veterans THE SPEED OF SOUND have a new video which they’re premiering with Vive Le Rock!

A slice of sprightly psych clocking in at under two minutes, ‘Opium Eyes’ is the second single to be lifted from the band’s new album Museum Of Tomorrow, their fifth, which we described as “unique and otherworldly”.

“‘Opium Eyes’ reflects the glazed, distanced stare of someone evading the past, the present and the future,” say the band. “Disengagement is the safest retreat for the alienated; from the poppy fields of Panta to Thomas de Quincy and on to Wild Palms and Dune, the escape to an artificial reality overtakes the ‘real’ world in importance.”

Released through Californian label Big Stir, Museum Of Tomorrow is available here.

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MONKEY BUSINESS!

Swedish rockers THE BABOON SHOW are back with a storming new single and video.

‘Oddball’ follows on from the band’s last single ‘I Never Say Goodnight’ out last year and is, say the band, “for all the Oddballs out there, all the misfits and outcast who want to fit in or not. We sure do feel like Oddballs. Be whoever you wanna be and have fun while doing it! Oddballs, we salute you!”

Formed in Stockholm in 2003, the band comprises founders Cecilia Boström (vocals), Håkan Sörle (guitar) and Niclas Svensson (drums), more recently joined by bassist Frida Ståhl. Following on from their six-track debut EP, they delivered their first three full-length album in little more than 18 months! They’ve toured widely covering not only Scandinavia and Europe but also playing in China and Cuba, where they recorded with Cuban musicians, fusing their high velocity Scandipunk with Cuban rhythms.

The band have lined up a Euro tour for the first half of 2022, arriving in the UK in June for dates at The Hairy Dog, Derby (10/6) and O2 Kentish Town, London (11/6), the latter as guests of The Descendents.

‘Oddball’ is set for release on vinyl on 28 January, and is available to pre-order, with an exclusive 20-page comic and sew-on patch, here.

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THE LORD IS BORED!

HIS LORDSHIP, the new rock’n’roll power trio project from Pretenders guitarist James Walbourne, unveil their debut single today.

The band recently tore a strip off the Red Rooster Festival and London’s Moth Club with their incendiary stripped back rock’n’roll. Now His Lordship goes overground with ‘I’m So Bored Of Being Bored’, a sentiment that most of us can empathise with during these challenging times.

Check out the, quite literal, lyric video…

The band have announced a one-off Christmas show at The Lexington, London on Tuesday 21 December, with support from Iraina Mancini. Tickets go on sale here on Thursday 16 September.

‘I’m So Bored Of Being Bored’ is available now digitally from Spotify and all the usual platforms.

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MÄSH HYSTERIA!

Berlin rockers MÄSH have just released their debut album for Wanda Records.

The five-piece band (don’t let the pic mislead you!) don’t like to give too much away about themselves, but as far as we can tell formed in 2018, ploughing a similar beltloop-challenging bootboy-glam furrow to the likes of Giuda and Faz Waltz. Since then they’ve released a very fine pair of 7-inchers for Wanda (also responsible for releases by Los Pepes, Guitar Gangsters and Cyanide Pills) and one for Spanish label Snap!

Their self-titled 11-tracker is available now on limited edition red vinyl, regular black and download from Bandcamp.

Check out the video for ‘Leave You Behind’…

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IT’S ONLY FLOCK ‘N’ ROLL!

Aussie legends the HARD-ONS are back with another new video from their forthcoming album.

‘Lite As A Feather’ is the second song – after last month’s ‘Hold Tight’ – to be taken from the album I’m Sorry Sir, That Riff’s Been Taken, their first album to feature You Am I’s Tim Rogers on vocals. Although the new video, from Radio Birdman: Descent Into The Maelstrom director Jonathan Sequeira, finds the band members swapping instruments. With predictably hilarious results!

I’m Sorry Sir, That Riff’s Been Taken is out on 8 October through Boss Tuneage.

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RESTITUTION REVOLUTION!

Fast-rising London rockers SEVEN DAYS AND DOESN’T DIE have just launched a video for their debut single, which is out today.

The rampaging ‘No Restitution’ is the first taste of the band’s self-titled debut album, due on 19 November through their own Seven Days label.

Fronted by guitarist/vocalist Kit, who also plays in Rich Ragany & The Digressions, the rest of the line-up comprises guitarist Deano, drummer Nic and bassist Roadkill – not his real name, we’re guessing!

The track was recorded by Tom Hough (Bloc Party, Grinderman) and mastered by Dave Draper (Professionals, Wildhearts).

Described by Kit as “a sleazy lament on longing and remorse,” it’s an explosive first offering from a band that’s definitely one to watch.

Pre-order the album Seven Days and Doesn’t Die here.

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FOUR CHORDS AND THE TRUTH!

THE CHORDS UK are back with a new video as a taster for their forthcoming album.

The rousing, anthemic ‘Hey Kids! Come The Revolution’ is the first single to be taken from Big City Dreams, the follow-up to 2018’s Nowhere Land.

Described by Paul Weller as “the best songwriter of his generation”, guitarist/singer Chris Pope was a founder member of late-70s mod revivalists The Chords, who racked up a huge following and string of minor hits before splitting in 1981. Pope returned with The Chords UK in 2013, broadening the band’s sound and fanbase with a set of hard-hitting punchy, punky anthems, as well as successful tours of Europe and the US.

‘Hey Kids! Come The Revolution’ is set for release on 8 October through EPOP Records, with Big City Dreams set to follow on 18 February. The following night, the band will play a special launch party at the legendary 100 Club on London’s Oxford Street.

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PENNYWISE FRONTMAN UNVEILS SOLO PROJECT!

JIM LINDBERG, frontman of Cali melodic punks PENNYWISE has just laid down a first taste of his new solo project with a new video.

‘The Palm Of Your Hand’ was produced by folk-punk maven Ted Hutt and features help from Dropkick Murphys Marc Orrell on guitar, The Mighty Mighty BossTones’ Joe Gittleman on bass and Social Distortion’s Dave Hidalgo Jr on drums.

“I wanted to create two fictional characters who are struggling with shame, guilt and self-delusion to match the chorus lyric and so that’s how ‘Left-Handed Sal’ and ‘Walleyed Sally’ were created,” says Lindberg of the song, which was 15 years in gestation. “It’s a song about two people who for one reason or another can’t seem to get out of their own way and end up inflicting all kinds of damage on the people around them. The only way they’ll get out from under all their problems is to ‘Let that ego drop’ and let their feelings show. The answer is right there in front of them, in ‘the palm of your hand’.”

There’s no news yet on when or if a full-length album will be released.

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HUMAN TRAFFIC ON THE ROAD!

RICHARD DAVIES & THE DISSIDENTS finally make good on their acclaimed debut album with a run of live shows this Autumn.

The West Country blue-collar rockers, who feature various members of Mega City Four, Last Great Dreamers, Tiny Monroe and The Snakes released their debut album Human Traffic to wide international praise in June last year, but thanks to the Covid pandemic, plans for live shows had to be put on hold.

The band finally emerged last month to play a storming set at Mantonfest near Marlborough. They’ve now got the bit between their teeth, with more shows lined up including a set at the Swindon Shuffle festival and London’s Pump It Up Powerpop Weekender at the end of the month.

Full dates are…

Fri 10 Sept – The Castle, Swindon (Swindon Shuffle)
Sat 18 Sept – The Fox, Basingstoke
Fri 24 Sept – The Betsey Trotwood, London
Sat 25 Sept – The Lextington, London (Pump It Up)
Sat 27 Nov – What’s Cookin’, Leytonstone

Check out Richard Davies & The Dissidents covering Lords Of The New Church’s ‘Russian Roulette’ at Mantonfest…

Human Traffic is available now on Bucketfull Of Brains Records.

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COVER YOUR HEADS!

Long-serving French punks BURNING HEADS are back with an album of covers.

As the title implies, Under Their Influence features versions of songs by bands that have left their mark on the Orléans mob over the past three-and-a-bit decades.

The idea for the project came at the start of 2020 following the departure of frontman Pit Samprass and the return of original guitarist Philippe Agogué. The band recorded nineteen tracks instrumentally then invited nineteen singers from the cream of France’s punk and indie scene to add their vocals.

The album finds the band tearing through tracks by The Clash, UK Subs, Naked Raygun, Descendents, Bad Religion, Dag Nasty, Pennywise, Bad Brains, Hard-Ons, DI, The Lambrettas(!), Adolescents and more, handled by singers from the likes of Sixpack, Off Models, Lion’s Law, Flying Donuts, Speed Jesus, King Phantom, The Mercenaries, Not Scientists and Eternal Youth, whose frontman Fra later got the fulltime gig with the Heads.

Originally released digitally last year through Bandcamp, Under Their Influence is now available as a 12″ LP + 7″ edition and on a 19-track CD. Both formats are available now from Nineteen Something Records.

Check out Burning Heads covering Adhesive’s ‘Uphill Struggle’…

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WILDHEARTS GET IN THE (SPLITTER) VAN!

THE WILDHEARTS celebrate the release of their brand new album with a video released today.

The ball-breaking hardcore-channelling ‘Splitter’ is taken from 21st Century Love Songs, which is out today through Graphite Records. The album follows on from 2019’s Renaissance Men, the band’s highest-charting album since 1984’s P.H.U.Q which went all the way up to 11.

“’Splitter’ was the first song that I wrote for the new album,” explains Ginger. “The one where I thought, ‘Oh fuck, I can hear us playing that, it’s gonna be filthy, especially live’. I sent the riff to Ritch straight away, as I always do when I get an idea I’m excited about, and he was into it right off the bat. That’s the thing with new Wildhearts songs, until there’s a big, dirty riff in the bag you can’t move on and write the rest of the album. It all starts with a righteous riff and some shouting. And I hope it always begins that way. If you ain’t got the riffs then you ain’t got shit.”

You can stream/order 21st Century Love Songs here.

As previously announced, the band are kicking off their tour tonight in Cardiff and are on the road right up to mid-December. Full dates are…

September
3 Fri Tramshed (Huggard Rocks), Cardiff
4 Sat The Booking Hall, Dover 7
5 Sun Phoenix, Exeter 2
6 Mon Cheese & Grain, Frome 2
8 Wed Academy 2, Manchester 1, 3
9 Thu Electric Ballroom, London 1, 3
10 Fri Waterfront, Norwich 1, 4
11 Sat Chalk, Brighton 1, 4
12 Sun Madding Crowd, Bournemouth 1,
15 Wed KKs Steel Mill, Wolverhampton 1, 5
16 Thu Guildhall, Gloucester 5
17 Fri Boiler Shop, Newcastle 2, 5
18 Sat Stylus, Leeds 1, 3
20 Mon Mac Arts, Galashiels
21 Tue Tolbooth, Stirling
22 Wed The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen
24 Fri Foundry, Sheffield 1, 6
25 Sat Engine Rooms, Southampton 1, 6
October
1 Fri Great British Alternative Festival, Skegness
2 Sat MK11, Milton Keynes
15 Fri Roadmender, Northampton
16 Sat Cornwall Rocks, Cornwall
17 Sun The Fleece, Bristol
November
4 Thu Hard Rock Hell, Great Yarmouth
5 Fri MMH Radio 10 Year Birthday Bash, Birmingham
11 Thu Hedworth Hall, South Shields
12 Fri Monsterfest, Inverness
December
10 Fri Brewery Arts, Kendal
11 Sat Georgian Theatre, Stockton-on-tees
12 Sun Asylum,, Hull 8
13 Mon Sub 89, Reading 8
15 Thu Rock City, Nottingham 3, 8

Key to special guests…

September
Those Damn Crows 1
Raging Speedhorn 2
The Middlenight Men 3
Beach Riot 4
James And The Coldgun 5
Waco 6
The Melbies 7
December
Discharge 8
Tony Wright 9

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WE LOVE IT LOUD!

MOTÖRHEAD have announced a new compilation of their loudest ever tracks.

The aptly-titled Everything Louder Forever features 42 tracks spread across four LPs or 2 CDs. There’ll also be a two-LP version.

The set of course features the early classics on which the Motörhead legend was built such as ‘Motörhead’, ‘Overkill’, ‘Bomber’, ‘Ace Of Spades’ and ‘Killed By Death’ and goes on to cover the band’s complete career with various tracks that don’t often get a look-in.

To coincide with the announcement, they’ve released a new video for the track ‘We Are Motörhead’…

Set for release on 29 October, Everything Louder Forever is available to pre-order here.

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A VOID ON HOLLOWAY ROAD!

Fast-rising post-punks A VOID have unveiled a new video ahead of their performance this weekend at London’s Punk’n’Roll Rendezvous festival.

The festival takes place at Nambucca at 596 Holloway Road N7 from Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th September.

The London-based French trio will play on the Saturday as main support to HEALTHY JUNKIES. Other bands appearing over the weekend include YUR MUM, SWAMP CHICKEN, NEON ANTIMAL, THE ANORAKS, KONTROL FREAKS, FLEHS TETRIS, SUBURBAN TOYS, BARKING POETS and more.

Go here for tickets.

Formed in Paris, A Void have spent the past four years based in London earning a reputation for their incendiary gigs. A metaphor for luck, their new single ‘Stepping On Snails’ was produced by Jason Wilson (Dinosaur Pile-Up, YouMeAtSix).

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