Streetpunk champs BOOZE & GLORY have announced a major London show this Autumn, their first in the capital for three years.

Having just toured North America as special guests of DROPKICK MURPHYS, and with Summer festivals on the horizon, the multi-national band will play a very special 10th Anniversary show at the Electric Ballroom, Camden Town on Saturday 2 November.

The multi-band bill also features Jamaican skinhead reggae band ROY ELLIS aka MR SYMARIP & THE MOONSTOMPERS, London punks THE FILAMENTS and RISKEE & THE RIDICULE, Sweden’s THE BABOON SHOW and PERKELE, and Polish streepunks THE ANALOGS. There’ll also be an acoustic set from former Booze & Glory member Liam Marr, who’s now living in Australia. One more very special guest is set to be announced on 5 May.

Tickets for the show are on sale here.

If you can’t wait until November, Booze & Glory play the following festival dates this Summer…

25/05/19 Mosh Gegen Krebs, DE

08/06/19 Sound Of Revolution, NL

09/07/19 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

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WILKO JOHNSON is to headline a new festival in the Kent seaside town of Margate this summer.

Just a short hop over the Thames Estuary for the ex-DR FEELGOOD guitar slinger, he’ll be joined by co-headliners LINDISFARNE and STEVE HARLEY & COCKNEY REBEL at the Margate Rhythm & Rock Festival which takes place at the town’s Winter Gardens over the weekend of 6-8 September.


Day and weekend tickets are available here.

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NYC punk-blues tornadoes DADDY LONG LEGS blow in this week for two dates ahead of their UK tour.

The trio, whose new album Lowdown Ways is set for release through Yep Roc on 10 May, have announced that the record will be available to buy at the shows on both CD and LP.

They play The Prince Albert, Brighton this Thursday 18 April, followed by an appearance at London’s 229 Club as part of Le Beat Bespoke Weekender on Friday 19 April. They then return to kick off the tour proper at Audio, Glasgow on Thursday 9 May. Full dates are…

Thur 18 April – Brighton Prince Albert
Fri 19 April – London 229
Thur 9 May – Glasgow Audio
Fri 10 May – Belfast Black Box
Sat 11 May – Dublin The Sugar Club
Sun 12 May – Manchester Night n Day
Tues 14 May – Leeds Brudenell
Wed 15 May – Newcastle The Cluny
Fri 17 May – Norwich NAC
Sat 18 May – Bedford Esquires
Sun 19 May – Southend The Railway Hotel

Tickets for all shows are available here.

Pre-order Lowdown Ways here.

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What a night it was! Packed full of all of the legends of rock‘n’roll, punk, 2-Tone and new wave, the AEG Vive Le Rock Awards 2019 at London’s O2 Academy Islington was a night to remember! Featuring live sets from the likes of The Stranglers, Steve Diggle of Buzzcocks and the surprise reformation of The Rich Kids, for the full run down of what occurred plus exclusive interviews with the winners, pick up the latest issue of Vive Le Rock! out now!

Knox, Pauline Murray & Segs Jennings
Jackie Chambers & Kim McAuliffe from Girlschool with Vive editor Eugene Butcher
Neville & Sugary Staple
Glen Matlock
Ed Tudor Pole
JJ Burnel
The Professionals’ Chris McCormack & Tom Spencer with Rat Scabies

Photos © Tina Korhonen and Dave Cox

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Iconic Ohio art-punks PERE UBU have announced a new album for this Summer.

The Long Goodbye, which takes its name from Raymond Chandler’s classic crime novel, really is long, but is not necessarily a goodbye. While stressing it’s not the end of Pere Ubu, mainman David Thomas says, “This wraps up every song and story that Pere Ubu has been telling in different ways for the past forty plus years. It is one definitive hour that provides the answers to the questions we’ve been asking and delivers it up into what I consider the definitive destination.”

Unlike any other Ubu album, the material was written and arranged by Thomas using his private collection of synthesisers and drum-machines before passing them to the other members to be fleshed out.

“I’d been listening to commercial pop radio non-stop for months,” says Thomas. “That’s what I wanted to rewrite and reimagine. Pop music shouldn’t be without meaning or truthfulness. We live in desperate towns and we keep on going regardless of the stench. It’s not often you’re gonna find the answers. If ever. But here is pop music the way it should sound.”

The band were rejoined by legendary English drummer Chris Cutler for a show in Paris last December, where they played the songs from the album for only the second time ever, before they had been finished in the studio, and the set features here on a special bonus CD, Montreuil.

The Long Goodbye is released through Cherry Red on 12 June.

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Reggae legends STEEL PULSE have announced the release of a brand new album next month.

Their twelfth studio album, Mass Manipulation is the Birmingham band’s first new album in 15 years, following on from 2004’s African Holocaust. It’s set for release through Rootfire on 17 May, preceded by the single ‘Cry Cry Blood’.

Formed at school in Handsworth in 1975, aligning themselves with the Rock Against Racism movement and sharing stages with numerous punk acts. Their debut single ‘Ku Klux Klan’ and accompanying album Handsworth Revolution are regarded as pioneering classics of the roots reggae genre. Although many members have flowed through the band over the years, their line-up still features founding singer/guitarist David Hinds and keyboard-player Selwyn Brown.

Mass Manipulation is available to pre-order here.

As previously announced, Steel Pulse will be appearing at Bearded Theory’s Spring Gathering, which takes place at Catton Hall, Derbyshire from 23-26 May, alongside the likes of THE CULT, DREADZONE, LITTLE STEVEN & THE DISCIPLES OF SOUL, STIFF LITTLE FINGERS, THE SKIDS, THE SKATALITES, THE WILDHEARTS, ANGELIC USTARTS, THE BAR STOOL PREACHERS and loads more. Tickets are available here.

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Legendary Croydon punks JOHNNY MOPED are back with a new single and video that they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘Living In A Dream World’ is taken from the band’s forthcoming new album Lurrigate Your Mind, which is set for release through Damaged Goods on 24 May. The follow-up to 2016’s It’s A Real Cool Baby, the 14-track album was produced by longtime associate and former Tenpole Tudor guitarist Dick Crippen.

Formed in 1974, and at various points featuring the likes of Chrissie Hynde and Captain Sensible in their line-up, Johnny Moped were early performers at London’s legendary Roxy club, going on to release their debut album Cycledelic on Chiswick in 1978. The band were immortalised in the documentary Basically Johnny Moped directed by Sensible’s son Fred Burns, in 2013. Burns is also responsible for the new video.

“It’s hard to be normal,” says longtime guitarist Slimy Toad. “This video was filmed in Rock’n’Roll Robot’s music room and Johnny and his band think you’ll find you just can’t keep a good tune down. I hope you watch it!”

The album’s available to pre-order in a special limited edition bundle here.

Johnny Moped have several dates lined up, including a short German tour and a date at London’s 100 Club. Full dates are…

Feb 23rd – The Front Room, Croydon
March 3rd – Con Club, Lewes
April 20th – Revelations Festival, Harpenden
April 25th – Gleis 22, Munster, GER
April 26th – Museum, Koln, GER
April 27th – Wild At Heart, Berlin, GER
April 29th – Rock n Roll Butterfahrt, Helgoland
April 30th – Kling Klang, Wilhelmshaven, GER
May 1st – Hafenklang, Hamburg, GER
June 8th – 100 Club, London
August 3rd – Rebellion Festival, Blackpool

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Upholding the banner for oldtime country and rockabilly, DALE WATSON returns to the UK this Spring.

The Texan musician will play a series of dates in May and June, including an appearance at this year’s Red Rooster Festival in Norfolk.

Originally based in Austin, Watson is spending an increasing amount of time in Memphis where he is in the process of reopening legendary bar Hernando’s Hideaway, a onetime haunt of Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis.

A prolific artist since the mid-90s with around thirty albums to his credit, and secialising in songs about drinking, trucking and cheating, Watson’s latest release, Call Me Lucky, came out in February through Red House Records.

Check out his latest video…

Catch Dale and his band The Lone Stars on the road at…

Wed 29 May – London Jazz Café
Thur 30 May – Oxford Bullingdon
Fri 31 May – Euston Red Rooster Festival
Sat 1 May – Newcastle The Cluny
Sun 2 May – Liverpool Netherley Sports & Social Club
Mon 3 May – Glasgow St Lukes
Tues 4 May – Leeds Brudenell Social Club
Wed 5 May – Sheffield Greystones
Thur 6 May – Bristol Exchange

Tickets for all shows are available here.

Tickets for Red Rooster – which takes place at Euston Hall, near Thetford, Norfolk from 30 May to 1 June and also features sets from NICK LOWE, LOW CUT CONNIE, CEDRIC BURNSIDE, JESSE DAYTON, OH! GUNQUIT, POWERSOLO, JAMES & THE ULTRASOUNDS and more – are available here.

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2 Tone Records vets THE N.J.E. have a new limited edition release out for Record Store Day and have announced a trio of shows to celebrate.

The indie-jazz trio comprises Mark ‘Bedders’ Bedford of MADNESS, whose debut single ‘The Prince’ was 2 Tone’s second release, alongside Terry Edwards and Simon Charterton of pioneering Norwich punk-funkers THE HIGSONS, who released the singles ‘Tear the Whole Thing Down’ and ‘Run Me Down’ for the label in 1982/3.

Last summer, the band entered the BBC’s famed Maida Vale studio to record a session for BBC 6 Music’s Gideon Coe Show, produced by On-U Sound maestro Adrian Sherwood. The legendary dub producer later remixed tracks from the trio’s 2017 debut album Afloat at his studio in Kent.

The collected results can be found on the limited edition album Afloat In Dub, released as a vinyl-only white label dubplate on Record Store Day, Saturday 13 April.

The N.J. E will be playing free shows at three seaside locations across Southeast England on Record Store Day. You can catch them, and buy the record, at…

Vinyl Frontier, Grove Road, Eastbourne 1pm
Music’s Not Dead, De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea 3pm
The Railway Hotel, Clifftown Road, Southend-on-Sea 8pm

Our special collectors 2 Tone edition of Vive Le Rock is still available in shops.

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The ever-industrious KIRK BRANDON has announced dates for all three of his legendary bands for the spring and summer.

Having successfully reactivated both THEATRE OF HATE and SPEAR OF DESTINY in recent years, the start of 2019 also saw him reconvening a line-up of his first band, THE PACK alongside a vinyl reissue of the compilation album Dead Ronin.

Spear Of Destiny, who released a new studio album Tontine a year ago, play the following dates…

Wed 1st May – MIDDLESBROUGH Westgarth Social Club
Thur 2nd May – BATHGATE Dreadnought
Fri 3rd May – HUDDERSFIELD The Parish
Sat 4th May – NUNEATON Queens Hall

Spear Of Destiny then meet up with Theatre Of Hate at the Westworld Weekender at The Royal Hotel, Crewe on 10-11 May.

Theatre Of Hate, whose latest album Kinshi was released in 2016, then play…

Thur 16th May – LONDON 229 Club
Fri 17th May – MANCHESTER Club Academy
Sat 18th May – NORTHAMPTON Roadmender
Sun 19th May – SHEFFIELD Greystones

The Pack then pick up the baton for shows at…

Thur 6th June – PAISLEY, Bungalow
Fri 7th June – NEWCASTLE, University
Sat 8th June – MANCHESTER, Ritz
Sun 9th June – YORK, Fulford Arms

Tickets for all shows, plus releases, can be found at

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Vive Le Rock Award-winners KILLING JOKE have announced a short run of UK dates for the summer.

The legendary London band, who picked up the Best Live Band award at our event in Islington last month, will be playing the dates around their headline appearance at Boomtown Fair in Hampshire on 9 August.

Full dates are…

Thu 8 Aug – KK’s Steel Mill, Wolverhampton
Fri 9 Aug – Boomtown Festival, Winchester
Sat 10 Aug – Subterania, London
Mon 12 Aug – Concorde 2, Brighton

Tickets are on sale via the band’s website.

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L.A. punks OFF! are crowdfunding a new movie for release next year!

Described as a ‘modern day Repo Man‘, Watermelon: A Sci-Fi Punk Rockumentary will be preceded by a new album of the same name.

The supergroup were formed in 2009 featuring former Black Flag and Circle Jerks singer Keith Morris, bassist Steven McDonald from Redd Kross, ex-Burning Brides guitarist Dimitri Coats, and Earthless drummer Mario Rubalcaba.

The comedy, which was begun in 2016, picks up in Los Angeles five years after OFF! have disbanded. In an attempt to conquer his diabetes-induced erectile dysfunction, Keith Morris comes across a mind-altering medication extracted from mysterious watermelons. The drug not only restores his virility, it also gives him the ability to travel through space and time, prompting him to offer it to the rest of the group as a solution to their problems. Dimitri, Steven, Mario, and Dale find renewed faith in OFF! as the watermelon helps turn the band into hardcore heroes who can see and predict horrific events before they happen. When they turn to music, the group discovers a new experimental approach which not only redefines punk, but also becomes an underground movement.

Find out more about the project and donate at their Kickstarter page.

Check out the trailer….

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The Vive Le Rock-sponsored Strummercamp Festival returns to Oldham this Spring for the second year running.

Now in its 13th year, the festival, which is run entirely by volunteers in the spirit of the legendary CLASH frontman is back at Oldham Rugby Club over the weekend of 24-26 May.

Headlining this year are Vive Award-winners RUTS DC and THE BAR STOOL PREACHERS. Other acts confirmed over three stages include DUNCAN REID & THE BIG HEADS, INTERROBANG, HEADSTICKS, former STONE ROSES guitarist AZIZ IBRAHAM, THE ZIPHEADS, BUFFALO SOLDIERS, DIRT BOX DISCO, SKAPONES and loads more, with more acts to be confirmed.

Tickets are on sale here.

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Former NEW MODEL ARMY man Nelson is back with a new album from his latest band SURFQUAKE.

After twenty-two years touring the world’s stages with the legendary Bradford folk-punks, the bassist returned to his hometown of Colchester, Essex and, switching to guitar, formed Surfquake, inspired by the 60s sounds of surf music, sci-fi and psych.

A mix of covers and originals, Quake Up! belatedly follows on from the band’s 2012 debut Surf & Destroy, which saw the band getting airplay from radio legend and local lad Steve Lamacq.

Having also served (surfed?) time with major-league Colchester bands MODERN ENGLISH, CLEANERS FROM VENUS and CHURCHFITTERS, Nelson is joined in Surfquake by former MYSTERIE BOIS bassist Nic ‘Noserider’ Sadler, SALTDOG drummer Dan ‘The Dune’ Sceats and latest arrival, keyboardist Cara ‘Carabunga’ Bruns.

“After Cara joined, we got a new lease of life and started recording again,” says Nelson. “We always have a laugh in the studio and after nearly three years we found we had 17 tracks that we really liked and decided it was time to quake up and to stick ‘em together as an album – there’s a bunch of covers and a few of our own tunes – we even did a bit of singing for a change.”

Check out the cheap’n’cheerful video for ‘Surfer Jet City’…

Surfquake play a special album release show on 26 April at Three Wise Monkeys, Colchester. Tickets are on sale here.

Quake Up! is available to pre-order here.

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Cornish psych-rockers HANTERHIR are back with a new single and video, and they’re launching it exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

Originally from the Redruth band’s self-titled debut EP, ‘Radio Song’ is taken from their new compilation Our Hour just released through Easy Action Records.

The band’s critically acclaimed triple-album The Saving Of Cadan was released last summer making numerous end-of-year lists, including our sister mag Louder Than War. The band are currently in the process of planning a series of UK dates.

‘Radio Song’ is available now through iTunes, Google Play, Amazon, Spotify and all the usual platforms.

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Manchester band IMPERIAL WAX are to release their debut album this Spring.

Gastwerk Saboteurs is set for release through U.S. label Saustex Records on 17 May, preceded by the single ‘No Man’s Land’.

Describing themselves as “noise rock and garage brawlers unafraid of a psych workout or a rockabilly dust-up,” Imperial Wax comprise frontman Sam Curran with Keiron Melling, Dave Spurr and Pete Greenway, three 11 year veterans in the longest serving and last line up of THE FALL.

The band will be heading out on tour in support of the album. Catch them live at…

Thur 30 May – Huddersfield, The Parish
Fri 31 May – Manchester, Night People
Sat 1 June – Birmingham, Castle & Falcon
Sun 2 June – Brighton, Prince Albert
Mon 3 June – Bristol, Rough Trade
Thur 6 June – London, The Islington
Fri 7 June – Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach
Thur 13 June – Glasgow, Broadcast
Fri 14 June – Newcastle, Think Tank? Underground

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THE STRAY CATS have unveiled a brand new video for the first single from their new album

‘Cat Fight (Over A Dog Like Me)’ taken from the album 40, which is out on 24 May on Surfdog Records through Mascot Distribution.

The album, which celebrates the band’s 40th Anniversary, is the Long Island rockabillies’ first new full-length in 26 years. It’s available to pre-order here.

“I love this video!” says Slim Jim Phantom. “It’s an animation style that combines the best elements of vintage and contemporary into a rockin’ joyride through our song.”

“I love our new single and video for ‘Cat Fight’,” agrees Lee Rocker. “I’m married to a hot brunette with a temper so I get it!! Bouncy walking boogie bass, twangy tough guitar and slamming drums. The Stray Cats are back!!”

As previously announced, the band play four UK dates in June. Support on all dates comes from Aussie rockers THE LIVING END.

Sun 23 Jun – 02 Academy, Birmingham
Tues 25 Jun – 02 Apollo, Manchester
Wed 26 June – Hammersmith Apollo, London
Thurs 27 June – Hammersmith Apollo, London

Tickets are on sale here.

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BEDLAM BREAKOUT Northampton Roadmender

Friday 15th March

With five great bands covering the whole spectrum of psychobilly, Friday evening at Bedlam is a cool way for the curious to check things out. Local band GOGO LOCO open proceedings and they’re an extremely likeable duo. Guitarist and vocalist Joe is like Chuck Berry with restless leg syndrome, pacing the stage like a student from The Ministry of Silly Walks. Original tunes like ‘Maraca GoGo’ and ‘GoGo Loco Twist’ capture the energy of the British R&B boom only cranked up to 11. Their energetic performance is well received and throws down the gauntlet for the whole weekend.

Rising to the challenge are THE X-MEN. They immediately evince a strong garage-rock influence: imagine The Stooges jamming with Them while imbibing hallucinogens. A superb swirling psychedelic sound hypnotises the audience as The X-Men pull out a cover of The Syndicate Of Sound’s ‘Little Girl’ along with their own classic ‘She’s A Witch’. Closing with a rendition of The 13th Floor Elevators ‘You’re Gonna Miss Me’ only endears them to the crowd further.

The aptly titled FRANTIC VERMIN are a pleasing amalgamation of of styles as rock’n’roll meets ska with a country twang. It’s no mean feat to blend different genres but Frantic Vermin pull it off effortlessly by underpinning their sound with a strong song sensibility. A trio who make a big noise they turn in a crowd pleasing set.

The ultimately silky voice from the coolest cat in town COLBERT HAMILTON brings his band to entertain Bedlam. Risqué without being rude, ‘Dirty Dog’ kicks his set off in fine style with Colbert working the stage like a pro and by the time we reach ‘Daddy Rolling Stone’ he has the crowd in the palm of his hand. Ably backed by his band the BAD BREED, ‘Rock Party’ turns the whole venue into a… rock party, and they bring a nice flavour to the evening.

Providing the missing link between rockabilly and psychobilly, RESTLESS hit the stage and immediately set the venue alight. ‘After Midnight’ is a definite highlight along with a high voltage version of Golden Earring’s ‘Radar Love’, a song they’ve now made their own. ‘Mercury Blues’ is performed with great abandon theirs is a nice set that ebbs and flows and ticks all the right boxes and provides a fitting culmination to the opening day.

Saturday 16th March

Opening Saturday are a late replacement on the bill: the GARBAGE BAGS. With a sound guaranteed to blast away any hangovers they remind me a little of The Cramps… only more hyped and amped. Drummer and vocalist swap slots for one song which, along with some neat changes in tempo, keeps things interesting. With a wall of distorted guitar and a hyperactive frontman it’s an entertaining start to the day.

ATI EDGE AND THE SHADOWBIRDS arrive from Hungary armed with an adrenaline charged brand of rock’n’roll. With songs about cars, girls and cannibals they can’t really go wrong. They plough through a crowdpleasing set of which ‘Rockabilly Boogie’ is a definite highlight.

Putting the psycho in psychobilly are Japan’s GIGANTIX who prove the scene is truly global. They turn in a fun-fuelled set and the crowd soon warms to their surf-tinged sound. A manic cover of The Animals’ ‘House Of The Rising Sun’ raises the level of insanity and they win the first encore of the day: ‘Space Song’.

THE ROCKETZ hit the stage like a well- oiled machine and treat the throng to a bawdy ‘I Want U Dead’ and an atmospheric ‘Before The Night’. Spawned from the fertile Los Angeles scene, they are part of the vanguard (along with NY’s Screamin’ Rebel Angels) who are taking rockabilly to a new audience. ‘Killing’ is a set highlight and the band should be on your radar.

The SURFIN’ WOMBATZ are always guaranteed to raise more than a smile and, like their South London counterparts The Gonads, they keep their tongue firmly in cheek. With a thirty-year history they’ve built up an impressive discography and they deliver a career spanning, best of set. ‘Bald Billy Boogie’ really rocks and the band relive their Klub Foot days with tracks from their debut album. They have a sound that incorporates different styles (like the ska-infused ‘Peter Cushing’) and they’ve finally written a surf song but in their own inimitable style: ‘Surfin’ South London’. ‘Lack of Beer’ initiates a huge sing-a-long before a raucous rendition of Bo Diddley’s ‘You Can’t Judge A Book By The Cover’ brings the afternoon to a fitting finale.

Berlin’s DAMAGE DONE BY WORMS are out of the trap like a greyhound chasing a hare and by second track ‘Beer’ they’ve won over any doubters and pulled the slackers in from the bar. ‘Tommyknockers’ from their debut album follows; each track is delivered with passion but ‘Butcher Of The Night’ is a definite highlight. They use catchy guitar lines to snare the listener as evidenced by a fiery ‘Gasoline’ and their cover of The Buzzcocks ‘Ever Fallen In Love?’ is a fitting tribute to Pete Shelley.

THE HANGMEN turn in a solid set but fail to really capture the crowd’s full attention. Thankfully, a period of recording inactivity has been broken and the new tracks debuted point to a bright future.

Now making their fourth appearance at Bedlam, the MILWAUKEE WILDMEN hit the stage and provide a master class in stagecraft. ‘March’ stomps like an army and ‘Get In The Pit’ is suitably raucous. Their sound really swings like a pendulum especially on ‘Die Alone’ while a rocked up cover of Dead Or Alive’s ‘(You Spin Me) Right Round (Like a Record)’ wins the crowd’s approval. They close their set with another cover, this time a warlike version of Stan Ridgeway’s ‘Camouflage’ which is segued with Matchbox’s ‘Midnight Dynamos’. Genius.

THE RICOCHETS are welcomed to the stage like old friends and a cover of ‘Brand New Cadillac’ only increases their standing as scene legends. ‘Paranoia’ follows along with the insanely catchy ‘I’m a Loser’. With no signs of slowing down, they hit us with an excellent version of Generation X’s ‘King Rocker’ and a fine rendition of ‘Woolly Bully’. ‘Black Magic Woman’ follows as the band turn in a well received set. ‘In Hell’ is a precursor to two well deserved encores which includes a delirious ‘Psycho’.

A tangible tension builds as we await NEKROMANTIX which is finally released when the band hit the stage. By second track ‘Night Nurse’, the entire venue is under their spell and the band turn in a set that proves why they’re undisputed headliners. Bathed in blood red light and with his trademark coffin-shaped double bass, vocalist Kim looks like a demented preacher and delivers a sermon in the shape of ‘Alice In Psycholand’ and ‘Demons Are A Girl’s Best Friend’. ‘The Blood Cure’ raises the temperature and initiates some serious wrecking in the pit and there’s a real chemistry in the band and they perform with an obvious joy. In the live environment the band become infinitely heavier and they wouldn’t seem out of place at a metal festival. Waves of affection radiate between crowd and audience and Nekromantix are the perfect band at the witching hour. Miss them at your peril.

Sunday 17th March

Suited and booted, there’s a touch of The Meteors in THE MIGHTY INTERCEPTORS’ performance. Their set is a short, sharp shock and there’s no better way to spend a Sunday afternoon. New track ‘Danger In Every Curve’ points to a bright future.

The SPACE WASTERS deliver a fine slab of garage thrash which shows a definite Stooges influence. Opening shot ‘Action’ doesn’t take prisoners and neither does ‘I Don’t Like You’ and ‘Leave Me Alone’. They cap an enjoyable set with a rocket like X-Men cover.

Norfolk’s FAT’N’FURIOUS certainly know how to please a crowd which they do by covering ‘Baby Blue Eyes’ and ‘Monkey Man’. However they’ve got some cool original tunes like the mighty ‘King Of The Asylum’ which sits easily next to a rendition of The Meteors’ ‘I’m Insane’ (which they fuse with the Pistols’ ‘Pretty Vacant’). Closing with ‘Good Golly Miss Molly’ means they won’t be forgotten in a hurry.

A late and welcome addition to the bill are Bedford-based HENRY & THE BLEEDERS. With a set largely debuting new material, ‘The Beast’ in particular stands out with its catchy guitar motif and signposts a majestic new record. Led by the hyperactive and effervescent Henry, the band deliver a turbocharged set and close with perennial favourite ‘(I Gotta) Rock On (For You)’ sees them bow out in style.

Fun with a capital F, the DEATH VALLEY SURFERS are a six-piece with a big sound. Plenty of brass and even some violin add a touch of brevity to their set but underneath the madness they’ve some great tunes like ‘She’s Not Home’. A cover of ‘Tequila’ evinces a real surf influence and their set is a riotous cornucopia of sight and sound. J.B. From the Space Wasters joins them for a frantic set closer ‘Johnny B. Goode’.

THE GRISWALDS open Sunday evening in suitably loopy fashion with a set that doesn’t waste a second. ‘Spasms’ really grooves as ‘Hooker’ and ‘Fright Night’ follow in quick succession. New track ‘Psychobilly Love Affair’ is set to the sound of Bad Manners’ ‘Skinhead Love Affair’ while ‘Crazy Jim’ brings a ska influence. A faithful cover of The Undertones’ ‘Teenage Kicks’ is well received before an encore of The Housemartins ‘Happy Hour’ brings thing to a conclusion in an appropriately surreal fashion.

With their heavy ska sound PADDLE CELL are something of a revelation. With a sound that’s heavily laden with brass they soon get the whole venue skanking. As you’d expect, ‘Waiting’ and ‘Montego Bay’ set the venue alight and Paddle Cell are rewarded with the biggest cheer of the evening.

After some tour tribulations and shenanigans, THE SURF RATS perform with a new drummer who only had 24 hours to learn a set – but you’d never guess. ‘Vampire Lover’ really rocks as does ‘Evil Girl’ and The Rats put their unique stamp on rock’n’roll. The adrenaline-infused ska of ‘Smash it Up’ adds some variety to their set and new track ‘It’s The End’ shows some real development. A well-deserved encore follows in the shape of ‘Welcome to Killafornia’.

BATMOBILE are worthy headliners and, as the first non-British band to perform at The Klub Foot they have a special relationship with the UK. Hitting the stage the band are like whirling dervishes and it’s obvious why they’ve stayed at the top of the game for 35 years and many would argue that new record ‘Brand New Blisters’ is a career highlight. Affection radiates between band and audience as they plough through a greatest hits set and with their back catalogue they can’t go wrong. Running close to curfew the band still manage to cram in all their well known tunes plus a few fan favourites ensuring nobody leaves disappointed.

Peter Dennis.

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