South-Coast folk-punks McDERMOTT’s 2 HOURS are to release their final album next month.
The band were formed in Brighton in 1986 out of the ashes of two other bands, The Bliffs and The Crack, who’d cut their teeth on the German pub scene. Fronted by singer-songwriter Nick Burbridge, they would earn a reputation for incendiary live shows, becoming a major influence on THE LEVELLERS and other likeminded souls.
Besieged, which is set for release on 8 February, sees Burbridge and co collaborating with Jeremy and Simon from The Levs, plus members of renowned folk-rockers OYSTERBAND.
Released through The Levellers’ On The Fiddle label, Besieged is available to pre-order as a 2-CD set, featuring a ‘best of’ compilation. Pre-ordered copies will also be signed by Burbridge.
Also available through all major digital platforms, pre-orders from iTunes will receive an instant FREE download, plus two other tracks ahead of release.
London powerpop rockers LOS PEPES have a new video to show off and they’re doing it exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
‘Positive Negative’ is the title track from the band’s fourth album, which is set for release this Spring through Wanda Records / Adrenalin Fix Music. The video was directed by Ryan Quarterman of Future Human Design Co.
“‘Positive Negative’ is the title track of our upcoming new album. Therefore as a song it represents the whole record’s concept of doing exactly what people say you shouldn’t do,” explains singer/guitarist Ben Perrier. “Wrong is normally right in our experience. To capture the energy of this unhealthy attitude of wrongdoing we made this short clip in which we fail to defuse a bomb. All set to a Beat Club TV-esqe backdrop of green screen explosions and non stop action. Enjoy it folks.”
Described as the Motörhead of powerpop, Los Pepes came together in 2013, sporting a truly international line-up, originating in the UK, Japan, Brazil and Poland. Tearing several strips off clubs, bars and festivals across the UK and Europe, they’ve shared stages with the likes of The Kids, Mudhoney, Guitar Wolf, The Detroit Cobras, The Stems, The Sonics and many many more…
San Francisco legends the FLAMIN’ GROOVIES have their early recordings compiled in a new box set next month.
Originally formed back in the mid-60s, the Groovies were at odds with the blossoming psych scene thanks to their love of early rock’n’roll. Nevertheless, having released their own 10-inch EP Sneakers, they were snapped up by Epic for their full length debut, Supersnazz. When that failed to sell, however, they switched to Kama Sutra for Flamingo, then Teenage Head.
With a change in line-up, seeing frontman Roy Loney replaced by Chris Wilson, guitarist Cyril Jordan would take the band in a more Beatley/powerpop direction during the 70s, signing to Sire and riding the New Wave across Europe. Reconvening in 2013, the band released their latest album Fantastic Plastic in 2017.
Gonna Rock Tonite! The Complete Recordings 1969-71 brings together those first three albums across three CDs, all expanded with bonus tracks including numerous rock’n’roll covers. The set is completed with a 20-page booklet including a new 7,500-word essay.
Set for release on 22 February through Cherry Red, Gonna Rock Tonite! Is available to pre-order here.
BOOZE & GLORY are back with a brand new video, which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
“We’re super excited to show you this video for the new single ‘Live It Up’, says mainman Mark. “The song has been recorded in Soundlab Studios in Orebro, Sweden. It was the first time we worked with the producer Mathias Farm (guitarist from Millencolin) and we’re really happy with the final results. We’re just about to hit the road again starting in Europe WOSP and Persistance Tour this month followed by 4 weeks across North America with our friends Dropkick Murphys. This year we celebrate our 10 year anniversary and we have lots of great things in the pipeline!”
12/01/19 Zyrardow, PL
13/01/19 Warsaw, PL
13/01/19 TTV TV Studio Show
17/01/19 Astra Kultuhaus, Berlin, DE
18/01/19 Grosse Freiheit, Hamburg, DE
19/01/19 Krafwerk Mitte, Dresden, DE
20/01/19 Sono Centrum, Brno, CZ
21/01/19 Kulturzentrum Backstage, Munich, DE
22/01/19 Inselhalle, Lindau, DE
23/01/19 Les Docks, Lausanne, Swiss
24/01/19 Kultuzentrum Schlachthof Wiesbaden, DE
25/01/19 BrielpoortDeinze, BE
26/01/19 Turbinenhalle, Oberhausen, DE
27/01/19 The Forum, London, UK
Tour with DROPKICK MURPHYS
02/17/19 Mid-Hudson Civic Center, Poughkeepsie, NY
02/18/19 Rebel, Toronto, ON
02/19/19 20 Monroe Live, Grand Rapids, MI
02/20/19 The Sylvee, Madison, WI
02/23/19 The Cotillion, Wichita, KS
02/24/19 South Side Ballroom, Dallas, TX
02/25/19 Cain’s Ballroom, Tulsa, OK
02/27/19 Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater, Austin, TX
02/28/19 Alamo City Music Hall, San Antonio, TX
03/01/19 The Fillmore, New Orleans, LA
03/02/19 Vinyl Music Hall, Pensacola, FL
03/04/19 Jannus Live, St. Petersburg, FL
03/05/19 Jackie Gleason Theater, Miami Beach, FL
03/06/19 House Of Blues, Lake BuenaVista, FL
03/08/19 House Of Blues, N Myrtle Beach, SC
03/09/19 The Mill & Mine, Knoxville, TN
03/10/19 The National, Richmond, VA
03/11/19 Freedom Hall, Lancaster, PA
03/12/19 State TheatrePortland, ME
03/15/19 House Of Blues, Boston, MA
03/16/19 House Of Blues, Lowell, MA
13/04/19 Punk & Disorderly Fest, DE 25/05/19 Mosh Gegen Krebs, DE 08/06/19 Sound Of Revolution, NL 9/07/19 Rockmarathon, HU 13/07/19 Sjock Fest, BE 02/08/19 Rebellion Festival, UK 07/08/19 Punk Rock Holiday, SLO 16/08/19 Pod Parou Fest, CZ
The UK SUBS are to headline a new punk festival in Hertfordshire this Easter.
Brought to you in conjunction with promoters Human Punk, and sponsored by Vive Le Rock!, the Revelations Festival will take place at Harpenden Public Halls over Friday 19 and Saturday 20 April.
Other bands lined up up to play include THE VIBRATORS, THE MEMBERS, JOHNNY MOPED, 999, TV SMITH, DESPERATE MEASURES, SLAUGHTER II, THE ZIPHEADS, CRISIS, THE SATELLITES, DEPARTMENT S, THE WEIRD THINGS, TERMINAL TWIST and more…
Essex pop-punks MR HAPPY CHAINSAW return with a brand new single and video.
‘Safe Place’ was recorded at Manor Studios, Braintree and all proceeds from sales will got to mental health charity CALM – Campaign Against Living Miserably.
CALM are dedicated to preventing male suicide, the single biggest killer of men under the age of 45 in the UK. CALM provide support to men in the UK, of any age, who are down or in crisis someone to talk to either by calling 0800 585858, or via webchat on their website
The band have organised an all-day CALMival at The Wheatsheaf, Witham on Saturday 26 January, featuring sets from Laurence Crow, 3 Foot High, Counties, Fatality, Shooty and the Bang Bang, Lemoncurd Kids, Audrey Ripper with more to be confirmed.
‘Safe Place’ is available to download now from Bandcamp.
SUZI QUATRO has announced a new album and a major tour for 2019.
The glam rock legend has signed a worldwide deal with SPV/Steamhammer and will release No Control on 29 March. It will be preceded by the single ‘No Soul / No Control’ on 15 February.
Suzi and her band embark on an Australian Tour on 16 February, reaching the UK in April for a series of arena dates, including a show at London’s SSE Arena on 11 April.
The Detroit-born bassist has been releasing records since 1966, when she recorded her first sides with The Pleasure Seekers. Moving to the UK, she enjoyed her first No.1 with ‘Can The Can’ in May ’73, going on to achieve no fewer than eleven Top 40 hits. She’s continued releasing albums into the 21st Century with Back To The Drive in 2006, In The Spotlight in 2011 and Quatro, Scott & Powell – featuring Sweet’s Andy Scott and Don Powell from Slade – in 2016.
“These albums were thought about and planned out in great detail,” she says. “I’m proud of all three releases, very proud. But my new album No Control is its own animal.”
Speaking of her new record deal, she adds, “I am very pleased to be releasing my new album on SPV/Steamhammer. I am more than ready to rock n roll my way into 2019!”
Suzi’s full dates are…
16.02. AUS-Barossa Valley – Seppeltsfield Wines
17.02. AUS-Hobart – Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens
23.02. AUS-Bendigo – Bendigo Racecourse
24.02. AUS-Canberra – Stage 88 Commonwealth Park
02.03. AUS-Wodonga – Gateway Lakes
03.03. AUS-Kiama – Kiama Showground
09.03. AUS-Kariong – Mount Penang Parklands
10.03. AUS-Jacobs Well – Harrigans Drift Inn
16.03. AUS-Port Macquarie – Westport Park
04.04. UK-Manchester – O2 Apollo
05.04. UK-Leeds – First Direct Arena
06.04. UK-Cardiff – Motorpoint Arena
07.04. UK-Brighton – Brighton Centre
09.04. UK-Newcastle – Metro Radio Arena
10.04. UK-Nottingham – Motorpoint Arena
11.04. UK-London – The SSE Arena
12.04. UK-Birmingham – Genting Arena
13.04. UK-Liverpool – Echo Arena
14.04. UK-Bournemouth – BIC
Much-loved 80s country-rockers THE LONG RYDERS are to return next month with their first new album in more than 30 years.
The Los Angeles band initially came to prominence as part of the mid-80s Paisley Underground scene which saw a rise in late-60s influenced psych and country-rock bands like The Rain Parade, Dream Syndicate, Green On Red, The Three O’Clock, True West and Thin White Rope.
Signing to Island, the band were particularly successful in the UK, where their classic single ‘Looking For Lewis And Clark’ grazed the lower reaches of the Singles Chart. Splitting in ’87, bandleader Sid Griffin relocated to London where he formed The Coal Porters and worked as a journalist. In their absence, the band’s legacy inspired the mid-90s alt.country movement and the subsequent boom in Americana.
Periodically reconvening since 2004, when they appeared at Glastonbury, an offer of a week in Dr Dre’s state-of-the-art studio led to the recording of Psychedelic Country Soul, featuring the band’s classic line-up of Sid Griffin, Tom Stevens, Stephen McCarthy and Greg Sowders, under the guidance of Ramones producer (and producer of The Long Ryders’ previous album Two Fisted Tales) Ed Stasium.
The band return to Europe for the following dates in April…
10th April – Gorilla – Manchester (UK) 11th April – Rescue Rooms – Nottingham (UK) 12th April – Engine Rooms – Southampton (UK) 13th April – Islington Assembly Hall – London (UK) 14th April – Paard – Den Haag (Netherlands) 15th April – Folk å Rock – Malmo (Sweden) 16th April – Slaktkyrkan – Stockholm (Sweden) 17th April – John Dee – Oslo (Norway) 18th April – Shamrock – Helsinki (Finland) 19th April – Auditorium –Toscanini, Chiari (Italy) 21st April – Bronson – Ravenna (Italy)
The great and the good of European garage punk will be descending on Santander, Spain in April for the 2019 edition of the Action Weekend.
The 15th such event, this year’s festival will take place over the 5th and 6th of April with a bill topped by fast-rising Lyon quartet THE SCANERS. Other acts announced include the UK’s KING SALAMI & THE CUMBERLAND THREE and THE EMBROOKS, TERRIER from Madrid and MUJERES from Barcelona.
There’s still more acts to be announced, with the festival offering 10 international DJs, plus film screenings, record fair, flea market and more.
Earlybird tickets, at a ridiculously reasonable 20€, are available here.
Fast-rising Carlisle band HARDWICKE CIRCUS see in the New Year with a run of shows, including three dates in London.
Formed in the Cumbrian city a couple of years ago, the seven-piece band recently came to the attention of Pub Rock impressario and Stiff Records co-founder Dave Robinson, who quickly arranged for them to play a monthly residency at – where else? – the legendary Hope & Anchor in Islington, scene of so many Pub Rock triumphs.
The band play the final night of the residency tonight (Wed 2 Jan), followed by outer London shows in Walthamstow and Wimbledon, before heading back north. Full dates are…
WED 2 JAN – Hope & Anchor, Islington, London FRI 4 JAN – Ye Olde Rose & Crown, Walthamstow, London SAT 5 JAN – The Cavern Freehouse, Wimbledon, London SAT 26 JAN – Big Burns Supper Festival, Dumfries SUN 27 JAN – The Green Hotel, Kinross
Hertfordshire psychobillies THE ZIPHEADS have a brand new video, which they’re launching exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
Having taken inspiration from Mad Max in previous videos, the St Albans trio have gone back in time to the age of The Flintstones in the video for ‘Dinosaur Rock’.
“We had the idea for the video when the album Prehistoric Beat was originally released in 2013,” they say. “Our friend Tom Malins is an unbelievably talented animator so we were talking to him about this idea but at the time nobody had the money or the time to make it happen. But when Bomber Music re-released the album in July we got together and made it happen. The video is influenced by the Hannah-Barbera style cartoons of the 1960s with some Ren & Stimpy 90s influences chucked in.
Formed in 2006, The Zipheads releaed their debut album Prehistoric Beat on their own label, before signing to Bomber Music for the follow-up Z2: Rampage! in 2016. Their punk-infused rockabilly has earned them serious props on the international psychobilly scene, with the trio invited to play festivals in Spain, France, the Czech Republic, Finland, Sweden, the Netherlands and the U.S.A, sharing stages with the likes of Tiger Army, Rev Horton Heat, The Meteors, Guana Batz, Demented Are Go, King Kurt, Mad Sin and many more.
Catch the band on the following dates…
Sat 22 Dec The Horn, St Albans
Fri 11 Jan The Kings Head, Cromer
Sat 12 Jan The New Adelphi, Hull
Fri 25 Jan Hope & Anchor, Islington, London
Thu 31 Jan Fulford Arms, York
Fri 1 Feb Black Bull, Gateshead
Sun 3 Feb The Waterloo Music Bar, Blackpool
Fri 15 Feb Fish Fabrique Novelle, St. Petersburg, Russia
Sat 16 Feb Glastonberry Pub, Moscow, Russia
Fri 1 Mar Lewes Con Club, Lewes
Sun 3 Mar Bar 42, Worthing
Sat 23 Mar The Fighting Cocks, Kingston Upon Thames
Thu 28 Mar Gambrinus Music Club, Paris, France
Sat 6 Apr The Green Door Store, Brighton
Fri 19 Apr Harpenden Public Halls, Harpenden
Sun 5 May 2 Night Stand, Watford
Fri 24 May Black Heart, Camden, London
Sat 25 May Strummercamp Festival, Oldham
Fri 12 Jul Once Upon A Time in the West, Wiltshire
Sat 17 Aug Exchange, Bristol
The reissued Prehistoric Beat is out now through Bomber Music.
Fire Films, the cinematic arm of Fire Records, have announced a new documentary about Robert Lloyd and The Nightingales.
King Rocker is the work of comedian Stewart Lee and director Michael Cumming (Brass Eye, Toast) and is set for release in 2019.
Lloyd came to prominence as frontman of original Birmingham punks The Prefects, who supported The Clash on their White Riot Tour, as well as sharing stages with Buzzcocks, The Damned and The Fall, yet released no records until after they’d split.
The Prefects morphed into The Nightingales achieving some success during the mid-80s before Lloyd went solo and signed to Virgin. The band reformed in 2004 and have since toured widely, reaching their highest profile yet with this year’s Perish The Thought album.
Donations to the making of the film can be made here.
JIM JONES & THE RIGHTEOUS MIND have announced the first single from their long-awaited new album, and tour dates to match.
‘Sex Robot’ is set for release on 22 February followed by the album CollectiV through Masonic Records on 8 March. It follows on from the band’s acclaimed debut Super Natural, released last year.
Recorded at Space Eko Studios in East London, CollectiV lives up to its name by seeing Jim and the band joined by a number of illustrious guests including guitarist Little Barrie, soul singer Sister Cookie, URBAN VOODOO MACHINE’s Paul-Ronney Angel, and opera singer Vesna Petresin. CollectiV also finds Jim Jones re-uniting with guitarist Ray ‘Sonic’ Hanson and drummer Phil Smith, his comrades from THEE HYPNOTICS, who reunited earlier this year for the first time in over 20 years.
Another guest to feature on the album is Keith Richards’ 1964 Gibson Hummingbird – the very guitar on which ‘Street Fighting Man’ and other classics were written and recorded.
“The idea was to take disparate influences and ideas and then bring them together,” explains Jim. “Just like in real life, these different elements work really well together.
“Get together and get involved! It’s an important time for us all to break down the barriers, work together, and channel each other’s energies. And that’s exactly what we’ve done on CollectiV.”
To coincide with the release, the band have lined up a UK tour throughout March and April. Full dates are…
15 Mar – Jac’s, Aberdare 16 Mar – MacArts, Galashiels 21 Mar – 100 Club, London 22 Mar – Hope & Ruin, Brighton 29 Mar – Railway Inn, Winchester 30 Mar – White Hart, Corby 31 Mar – Music Hall, Ramsgate 04 Apr – The Cluny, Newcastle 12 Apr – The Bullingdon, Oxford 13 Apr – The Barn, Portsmouth 14 Apr – Hare & Hounds, Birmingham 19 Apr – Dryden Street Social, Leicester
The loose ends of 70s junk-shop glam and boot-boy rock are tied up on a new box set, out next month.
All The Young Droogs: 60 Juvenile Delinquent Wrecks follows on from previous compilations Velvet Tinmine, Glitterbest and Boobs, released on RPM through Cherry Red.
Compiled by junk-shop glam archivist and musician Phil King, the three CD set features a handful of well-known names, including MOTT THE HOOPLE, IGGY & THE STOOGES, BE BOP DELUXE, TASTE and THIRD WORLD WAR.
There’s also a smattering of Down Under gems from the likes of SUPERNAUT featuring Garry Twinn of Twenty Flight Rockers fame, Steve Kilbey’s pre-Church band BABY GRANDE and STEVIE WRIGHT ex of The Easybeats.
For the most part, though, the running order represents a refreshing roll-call of shouldabeens and also-rans like RAY OWEN’S MOON, MILK’N’COOKIES, THE BRATS, GLO MACARI, IRON VIRGIN, HECTOR, HOT ROD, REDHEAD, HUSTLER, BILBO BAGGINS, STUD LEATHER, BUSTER, BRETT SMILEY, JOHN HOWARD, HELTER SKELTER and loads more.
The whole set is illuminated by a glamorous 36-page booklet.
All The Young Droogs is set for release on 25 January. It’s available to pre-order here.
Ace London rock’n’rollers MOTHER’S LITTLE HELPER play a special Christmas show this week.
The trio – who feature guitarist James Walbourne and bassist Nick Wilkinson from THE PRETENDERS, plus drummer Kris Sonne – are playing the Punk Rock Blues Christmas party at The Lexington, Islington, London on Friday 21 December.
Support comes from Southend-on-Sea’s TUPPENNY BUNTERS and pub rock power trio THEE DAGGER DEBS. Your DJ for the evening is ROCKINGBIRDS guitarist Andy Hackett. The fun starts at 7.30pm. Tickets are on sale here.
Check out this clip of Mother’s Little Helper tearing a strip off Link Wray’s ‘Run Chicken Run’…
Swiss industrialists THE YOUNG GODS are back with their first new single in eight years.
‘Figure Sans Nom’ is taken from their forthcoming new album. The trio of Franz Treichler, Cesare Pizzi and Bernard Trontin are to play a one-off UK date at at the O2 Islington Academy on 23 March. Tickets are available here.
Aussie punk legends COSMIC PSYCHOS have announced a European Tour for next year, including three UK shows.
The Melbourne trio, who first came together in the early 80s, enjoyed worldwide success aroudn the end of the decade when they signed to SubPop. Recent albums Cum The Raw Prawn and this year’s Loudmouth Soup, plus the acclaimed documentary Blokes You Can Trust, have seen the band’s star rise once again.
The tour kicks off on 3 April in Manchester and include a London show at Tufnell Park Dome on 5 April. Full dates are…
Robert Smith has revealed that THE CURE are to complete a new album in the New Year.
The band’s frontman was speaking on US radio station SiriusXM following their induction into the Rock’n’Roll Hall Of Fame. He told Debatable hosts Mark Goodman and Alan Light, that he was inspired to follow up 2008’s 4:13 Dream after curating the Meltdown event on London’s SouthBank during the summer.
“Seeing all these new bands—I’ve listened to some of these bands and met so many of them that it’s kind of inspired me to do something new,” Smith explained. “So, yes, we’re going in about six weeks time to finish off what will be our first album in more than a decade. It’s very exciting times for us all around.”
The band have announced a series of festival shows across Europe next summer…
Sat 8 June – Malahide Castle, Dublin, Ireland Sun 16 June – FIRENZE ROCKS Festival, Florence, Italy Fri 21 – Sun 23 June – HURRICANE and SOUTSIDE Festivals, Germany Mon 24 – Wed 26 June – INMusic Festival, Zagreb, Croatia Fri28 June – Rock Werchter Festival, Belgium
Sat 6 July – Roskilde Festival, Denmark Thur 4 July – EXIT Festival Serbia Thur 11 July – NOS Alive Festival, Portugal Wed 17 July – EJEKT Festival Plateia Nerou, Faliro, Athens, Greece Thur 18 – Sat 20 July – Colours Of Ostrava, Czech Republic Mon 22 July – Rock The City Festival, Bucharest, Romania
Sat 3 Aug – Afisha Picnic, Moscow, Russia Wed 7 Aug – Øya Festival, Oslo, Norway Fri 9 – Sun 11 Aug – Flow Festival, Helsinki, Finland Fri 16 Aug – Glasgow Summer Sessions, Scotland Fri 23 Aug – Rock En Seine Festival, France