MISSION MAN UNVEILS SOLO E.P!

THE MISSION guitarist SIMON HINKLER releases a new solo EP next month.

Simon’s musical career began with Sheffield post-punks ARTERY before he split to join the nascent PULP, playing on and co-writing the band’s 1983 debut album It. Having rejoined Artery he was recruited in 1985 to the newly formed Mission by SISTERS OF MERCY escapees Wayne Hussey and Craig Adams.

Leaving after five years, he began developing his solo career as well as the band MINDFEEL, before moving to the desert of New Mexico for 13 years. It’s tracks from this period that form the basis of the EP Moving On.

“Every time I come back to making music I’m reminded why I started doing it in the first place,” he says. “This EP has been a long time coming but I’m very pleased with the way it’s turned out.”

The 5-track Moving On EP is set for release on 7 September through Correctitude Records. It’s available to pre-order here.

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PIECE OF THE ACTION!

North London mod legends THE ACTION are the subject of a new career-spanning box set.

Although they only released six singles in their lifetime, none of which were hits, the Kentish Town band have become revered as one of the finest outfits of the original mod heyday, eventually evolving into free-flowing psych rock faves MIGHTY BABY during the late 60s and early 70s.

The Action were the first band signed by Beatles producer George Martin after he left EMI to set up his own company AIR Productions. In due course, he produced the band’s five singles issued on Parlophone between 1965 and 1967 as well as tracks intended for a never-released album.

All those tracks are included in the 4-disc Shadows & Reflections: The Complete Recordings 1964-1968. The set also brings together TV and radio recordings, rehearsal, demo and audition tapes and alternative mixes, many of which are available on CD for the first time, making it the band’s most comprehensive anthology ever.

The set is rounded out with a 36-page booklet, including numerous rare and unseen photos and 16,000-word sleevenotes by Action authority David Wells.

Set for release on Grapefruit through Cherry Red on 26 October, Shadows & Reflections: The Complete Recordings 1964-1968 is available to pre-order here.

Check out ‘I’ll Keep On Holding On’

 

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THE RUN UP FEELING DOWN!

Bristol melodic punks THE RUN UP have just unveiled a brand new video.

‘The Upside Of Being Down’ is taken from the band’s new 5-track EP Good Friends, Bad Luck which is set for release through Real Ghost Records on 28 September.

Says frontman Larry Bernard, “We decided on Good Friends, Bad Luck because of the amount of shitty luck we’ve had on the road recently with our van breaking down, missing shows and even getting robbed of our wheels on a dual carriageway in Germany. We are super lucky to have each other to rely on to make the best of the bad situations.”

Formed in 2014, the band released their self-titled debut album last year, and since then have played successful tours of the UK, Europe and the USA. The band head out on a run of UK and European shows this week, kicking off with a gig tonight in their hometown, culminating in a London date at the O2 Academy, Islington. Full dates are…

16.08.18 – UK Bristol – Exchange
17.08.18 – DE Cologne – Privat
18.08.18 – DE Osnabrück – TRASH
19.08.18 – DE Hamburg – Monkeys Music Club
22.08.18 – DE Berlin – Schokoladen
23.08.18 – CZ Prague – Café Na půl cesty
24.08.18 – DE Regensburg – Privat
25.08.18 – DE Ulm – The Broken Fest
26.08.18 – DE Trier – Sutteräng
02.09.18 – UK London – O2 Academy Islington

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FULLER MOON!

New York punk iconoclasts TELEVISION are to have their landmark debut album given the deluxe vinyl reissue treatment for the first time ever.

Released on Elektra Records in February 1977, Marquee Moon really moved the goalposts on the still juvenile punk rock pitch, with its complex song structures – including the 10-minute title track – and prog-like guitar interplay. For the linchpins of the nascent NYC punk scene coalescing around CBGB’s, this was a real left-turn, underscoring the rulebook-shredding anything-is-possible ethos of the era; much talked about, yet still, in reality seldom seen.

This new deluxe double blue vinyl set, features the eight original tracks, plus five additional tracks originally released on the 2003 CD reissue, (some making their vinyl debut here), including alternate takes of ‘See No Evil’, ‘Friction’ and ‘Marquee Moon’, the full-length version of their classic non-album debut single ‘Little Johnny Jewel’, and an instrumental track.

The full tracklisting is…

Side one:

‘See No Evil’

‘Venus’

‘Friction’

‘Marquee Moon’

Side two:

‘Elevation’

‘Guiding Light’

‘Prove It’

‘Torn Curtain’

Side three:

‘Little Johnny Jewel’ (Parts 1 & 2)

‘See No Evil’ (Alternate Version)

‘Friction’ (Alternate Version)

Side four:

‘Marquee Moon’ (Alternate Version)

‘Untitled’ (Instrumental)

 

The deluxe vinyl Marquee Moon will be available through Rhino on 2 October.

 

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NEW SINGLE AND ALBUM FOR BIRDPEN!

Alt-rock duo BIRDPEN have just unveiled a striking new video for their latest single.

‘Oh So Happy’ is taken from the pair’s fifth album There’s Something Wrong With Everything, which is due out on 12 October. It’s available to pre-order now exclusively through PledgeMusic.

The duo, who feature Dave Pen of long-running London post-rock band ARCHIVE and Mike Bird, will be playing a series of UK and Euorpean dates during the autumn, including the following two shows…

17.10.18 LONDON The Islington

18.10.18 SOUTHAMPTON Joiners Arms

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MICHAEL MONROE FOR MC50 TOUR!

Finnish glam punk legend MICHAEL MONROE has been announced as special guest for November’s MC50 U.K tour.

Fresh from playing to a packed Opera House at Blackpool’s Rebellion festival, Michael is set to bring his high
energy rock’n’roll to this incendiary double bill.

“MC5 have always been one of my favourite bands of all time and one of the most important bands in the history of Rock’n’Roll,” he says. “So it’s a great honour and privilege to be part of Mr. Wayne Kramer’s MC 50 tour. It’s gonna be a real blast of energy, that’s for sure!”

With a brand new album recorded and due for release in 2019,  Michael Monroe and his band join the MC50 at…

10 Nov – Glasgow ABC
11 Nov – Manchester Albert Hall
12 Nov – London Shepherds Bush Empire

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Pic by Dod Morrison

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EXHIBITION FOR KILLING JOKE ARTIST!

Artist and designer Mike Coles is to have an exhibition of his work in East London later this month.

The artist, who’s known for his work with Killing Joke, The Orb and the Malicious Damage label, which he co-founded, has plundered his back catalogue, remixing it to produce a deck of 56 playing cards, alongside a collection of 56 hilariously deranged mercenary rhymes in the style of the traditional nursery rhyme, but with a twisted modern slant.

The exhibition Over the Hills and Back for Tea will feature all 56 artworks plus a chilling and disturbing audio installation of found sound and spoken word. All the artworks will be for sale.

The exhibition takes place from 25 to 29 August at 5th Base Gallery, Heneage Street (off Brick Lane), London E1 5LJ.

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TEARAWAYS LAND IN THE U.K.!

Santa Monica powerpoppers THE TEARAWAYS are in the UK for a run of dates next week.

Although pretty much unknown in the UK, the band have been going since 1980, building a loyal following up and down the West Coast. For the past couple of years they’ve had BLONDIE drummer Clem Burke in the line-up and he’ll be joining them for their UK dates.

Catch them at…

August 14 – PJ Molloy’s, Dunfermline
August 15 – King Tut’s, Glasgow
August 16 – Rock City, Nottingham
August 17 – Nell’s Jazz & Blues Club, London (w/ Last Great Dreamers)
August 19 – The Thunderbolt, Bristol
August 20 – The Horns, St. Albans

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AMPLINE UNVEIL NEW VIDEO!

Cincinatti post-punks AMPLINE have just unveiled a brand new video for the track ‘Shrunken Heads’.

This abrasive punk barn-burner’s taken from the trio’s fifth full-length album Passion Relapse, which is out now through Sofaburn Records.

Kevin Schmidt, Rick McCarty and Mike Montgomery came together as Ampline in 2001, since when, they’ve toured widely across the US, Europe and the UK. Passion Relapse was recorded, mixed and mastered at Montgomery’s  analogue recording studio Candyland in Dayton, Kentucky, which has hosted such acts as The Breeders, Protomartyr, Buffalo Killers, Ed Crawford (fIREHOSE), Courtney Barnett and more.

When not on Ampline or Candyland duty, Montgomery is a member of the duo R.Ring with The Breeders’ Kelly Deal, recently releasing their debut LP. He also plays in Mike Vallely and the New Arms alongside professional skateboarders Kristian Svitak (The Heartaches / Swami Recs) and Mike Vallely (Black Flag / Good For You with Greg Ginn). Vallely’s skateboard company Street Plant has featured numerous Ampline tracks in their video edits.

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T.V. SMITH BACK WITH NEW ALBUM!

Former ADVERTS frontman T.V. SMITH is back with a new album and tour.

Land Of The Overdose is set for release on 14 September through JKP Records, the label of German band DIE TOTEN HOSEN, the German punk legends with whom Smith recorded and released an entire studio album – Useless: The Very Best Of TV Smith – something they have never done with any other artist.

More than forty years after finding chart success with Devon punk legends The Adverts, Smith has morphed into and insightful and incisive political troubadour, playing in excess of 100 gigs a year.

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

Smith will be taking his message to the masses with shows at….

23.08.2018  Shoreham – Duke Of Wellington
24.08.2018  Brenchley – Beer Festival
31.08.2018  Stourbridge – Katy Fitzgeralds
01.09.2018  Uttoxeter – Punk Uttoxeter
02.09.2018  Marchington – Dog & Partridge
06.09.2018  Edinburgh – Bannermans
07.09.2018  Whitwell Festival of Music
08.09.2018  London – Unicorn
21.12.2018  Leicester – Duffy‘s Bar
22.12.2018  Manchester – Star & Garter

Land Of The Overdose is available to pre-order now here.

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SUICIDAL TENDENICIES UNVEIL NEW ALBUM!

Cali crossover legends SUICIDAL TENDENCIES are back next month with a brand new album.

STill Cyco Punk After All These Years is a reworking of an album originally recorded by ST frontman Mike Muir back in 1995, released under the name Cyco Miko and featuring Sex Pistol Steve Jones.

“Although the 13 years I was in Suicidal at the time, I did things I never dreamed I’d have the chance to, or could happen, there were still way too many times that were extremely difficult to handle”, explains Mike. “Basically, ‘Love Music, don’t Like the other stuff’. Anyhow, remembering that original love for music made me want to do a Punk STyle record and at the time I didn’t feel it was, could or should be an ST album.”

Now STill Cyco Punk After All These Years re-imagines those songs, newly recorded with legendary former SLAYER drummer Dave Lombardo behind the kit.

“I felt it not only could be, but it should be an ST album,” continues Muir. “Not retro, but taking it 25 years forward and make it a modern Cyco Punk record. Extremely dangerous after so many years, but damn, I love these songs and I feel them so much. Perhaps surprisingly more now than when I was 30.”

STill Cyco Punk After All These Years is set for release on 7 September through the band’s own Suicidal imprint, but it’s available to pre-order here.

Check out the track FUBAR

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ALL YOUR EBBS IN ONE BASKET!

Essex industrialists NITZER EBB have announced an end to their eight-year hiatus with a live appearance accompanied by a major box set.

Contemporaries of DEPECHE MODE, FRONT 242 and DIE KRUPPS, the Chelmsford EBM pioneers Bon Harris and Douglas McCarthy will return to the stage at the Amphi Festival in Cologne, Germany on 20 July 2019. They’ll be joined onstage by original founding members David Gooday and Simon Granger, the first time the four have been onstage together since 1987. Further live dates are promised in due course.

The dates will be preceded in October this year by the career-panning vinyl box set 1982 – 2010.

A coloured vinyl edition brings together the albums That Total Age, Belief, Showtime, Ebbhead, Big Hit and Basic Pain Procedure, all but the last of these expanded to double albums with additional 12″ mixes and gatefold sleeves.

The black vinyl edition omits Basic Pain Procedure, which has been recently reissued, but there’s space for it, and their most recent release, Industrial Complex, in the box!

The set also includes a large format booklet with notes by McCarthy and Harris, plus rare and unseen photos, fliers and other artwork.

Set for release on 5 October through Pylon Records, both box sets are available to pre-order here.

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INTO THE VALLEY!

Rising London rockers THE KUT have unveiled a ne video ahead of a string of summer tour dates.

‘Hollywood Rock’n’Roll’ is taken from the trio’s debut album Valley Of Thorns which is out now through Cargo.

The Kut play Rebellion, Blackpool tonight (Thursday) then head off round the country, winding up at The Islington, London on 19 August. Full dates are…

02/08 REBELLION PUNK FESTIVAL – BLACKPOOL
03/08 ZANZIBAR – LIVERPOOL
04/08 REBELLION – MANCHESTER
05/08 O’RILEYS – HULL
07/08 CLASSIC GRAND – GLASGOW
08/08 BANNERMANS – EDINBURGH
09/08 THE BRICKYARD – CARLISLE
10/08 TRILLIANS – NEWCASTLE
11/08 THE SOUNDHOUSE – LEICESTER
12/08 VERVE – LEEDS
13/08 WEST STREET LIVE – SHEFFIELD
14/08 ARCHES – COVENTRY
15/08 THE CASTLE & FALCON – BIRMINGHAM
16/08 THE CHELSEA INN – BRISTOL
17/08 THE MOON – CARDIFF
18/08 CLUB 85 – HITCHIN
19/08 THE ISLINGTON – LONDON

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XTC MEMBERS RETURN TO THE STAGE!

Fifty per cent of XTC return to the live stage this autumn for the first time in donkey’s years.

The Swindon band’s bassist/vocalist Colin Moulding and original drummer Terry Chambers will be embarking on a series of shows at Swindon Arts Centre on 29, 30, 31 October and 1 November, with the possibility of further shows being added.

The dates follow on from the release last year of the pair’s Great Aspirations EP under the band name TC&I, and also mark the 40th Anniversary of XTC’s first studio album White Music.

Says Moulding, “These dates are probably commensurate with our output thus far. We’re not going to do the usual promoters’ circuit. Besides it’s kind of special this way. Like a stationary west end show or something,” says Colin Moulding.

“Exciting times,” agrees Chambers. Eighteen months ago couldn’t see this happening – I’m as excited about these gigs as I was in 1973 playing our first gig at the Arts Centre, Swindon as a 17 year Helium Kid, and the first time to be playing with Colin together on stage since San Diego.

As well as the pair’s new material as TC&I, they plan to play a selection of the songs from the XTC catalogue written by Colin, several of which have never been played live due to the fact that the band stopped touring in 1982, not long before Chambers’ departure.

Tickets for the shows are available now here.

Check out the video for ‘Scatter Me’.

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DAVID J RETURNS TO HIS PAST!

BAUHAUS man DAVID J has announced a pair of intimate solo shows later this month.

For Back To Beck (The Crucible Of Bela Lugosi’s Dead) the bassist will return to the tiny Beck Studios in Wellingborough, Northants on 26 August, where Bauhaus originally recorded their classic debut single in 1979. It will be the first time he’s returned to the studio since recording his second solo album Crocodile Tears and The Velvet Cosh in 1985.

As well as playing songs from his back catalogue, David will be interviewed by Andrew Brookbank, author of Bauhaus – Behind The Mask, followed by a Q&A session.

The Wellingborough show will be preceded by a date at The Islington, London on 25 August, where he’ll be joined by special guests.

Tickets for both shows are available here

The two solo dates fall admid a lengthy series of European shows with PETER MURPHY, where they’ll be performing a set of Bauhaus classics, including the album In The Flat Field in its entirety. Full dates are…

Aug 15 – Kluisbergen, Belgium @ W Fest
Aug 17 – Taranto, Italy @ Cinzella Festival
Aug 23 – Vilar de Mouros, Portugal – Vilar de Mouros Festival
Aug 25 – London, UK @ The Islington **David J solo show**
Aug 26 – Wellingborough, UK @ Beck Studios **David J solo show**
Oct 18 – Wellington, New Zealand @ San Fran
Oct 19 – Christchurch, New Zealand @ Foundry
Oct 20 – Auckland, New Zealand @ Powerstation
Oct 22 – Adelaide, Australia @ Governor Hindmarsh
Oct 25 – Brisbane, Australia @ The Zoo
Oct 26 – Melbourne, Australia @ Max Watts
Oct 27 – Sydney, Australia @ The Factory
Oct 28 – Perth, Australia @ The Capitol Theatre
Nov 6 – St. Petersburg, Russia @ Aurora Hall
Nov 7 – Moscow, Russia @ Glavclub
Nov 9 – Belgrade, Serbia @ Dom Omladine Beograda
Nov 10 – Frankfurt, Germany @ Das Bett
Nov 12 – Zurich, Switzerland @ Mascotte
Nov 14 – Paris, France @ Bataclan
Nov 18 – Madrid, Spain @ La Riviera
Nov 19 – Barcelona, Spain @ Razzmataz
Nov 21 – Rome, Italy @ Orion Live Club
Nov 22 – Milan, Italy @ Fabrique
Nov 23 – Munich, Germany @ Ampere
Nov 24 – Bochum, Germany @ Christuskirche
Nov 26 – Wroclaw, Poland @ A2
Nov 27 – Berlin, Germany @ Columbia Theater
Nov 28 – Hamburg, Germany @ Knust
Dec 4 – Manchester, UK @ O2 Ritz
Dec 5 – Glasgow, UK @ SWG3
Dec 6 – Northampton, UK @ Roadmender
Dec 8 – Leeds, UK @ Leeds Beckett SU
Dec 9 – London, UK @ O2 Forum Kentish Town
Dec 11 – Copenhagen, Denmark @ Store Vega
Dec 12 – Stockholm, Sweden @ Nalen
Dec 14 – Athens, Greece @ Gazi Music Hall
Dec 15 – Thessaloniki, Greece @ Principal Club Theater

David’s most recent album Vagabond Songs is available now, as is his memoir Who Killed Mr Moonlight?

A series of coloured vinyl Bauhaus releases is due later this year.

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WIN! WIN! WIN! SLIGHTLY STOOPID TICKETS!!!

San Diego reggae-punks SLIGHTLY STOOPID have a new album out and are celebrating with a one-off London gig next month. And Vive Le Rock has two pairs of tickets to give away!!!

Everyday Life, Everyday People, which is out now through Stoopid/Membran, is the band’s ninth studio album features appearances from UB40’s Ali Campbell, Yellowman, G. Love, Sly & Robbie and Don Carlos from Black Uhuru.

Check out the single ‘If You Want It’ featuring Alborosie.

Slightly Stoopid play the O2 Academy, Islington on Thursday 16 August. To be in with a chance of winning one of two pairs of tickets, all you have to do is send an email to info@vivelerock.net with ‘STOOPID’ in the subject box, and the answer to the following question…

The new album by Slightly Stoopid includes a cover version of ‘Legalize It’ with Ali Campbell on vocals.
Which former member of The Wailers wrote and recorded the song for his debut solo album released in
1976?

Good luck!

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ALL-STAR CLASH CELEBRATION AT DINGWALLS!

JOE STRUMMER and THE CLASH will be celebrated in September with a special event at London’s legendary Dingwalls venue, sponsored by Vive Le Rock!

Gates Of The West, which takes place on Friday 7 September, will benefit the charities The Joe Strummer Foundation, supporting projects around the world that create empowerment through music, and Music & Memory, which uses music to help unlock memories in people with dementia.

The night will feature a set from JESSE MALIN, plus numerous special guests including GLEN MATLOCK, RANKING ROGER, CHUCK PROPHET, MARK STEWART, CHARLIE HARPER, PETE WYLIE, ITCH from THE KING BLUES, CRAIG FINN and TAD KUBLER from THE HOLD STEADY, members of Joe’s band THE MESCALEROS, DJs RICHARD NORRIS and SCRATCHY and loads more…

There’ll also be a screening of rare Clash film footage from The Future Is Unwritten director Julien Temple.

Tickets priced £22 are on sale here.

 

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CURSE OF LONO VIDEO PREMIERE!

London Americana act CURSE OF LONO have a new single out today and they’re premiering it exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘Tell Me About Your Love’ is the second single to be lifted from the band’s forthcoming second album As I Fell which is set for release through Submarine Cat on 17 August. The song was written after frontman Felix Bechtolsheimer visited his Grandfather in hospital shortly before he passed away last year.

“I witnessed a conversation between my Grandfather and my Grandmother, who had been married for sixty-nine years and hadn’t spent more than a handful of nights apart in all that time,” says Felix. “My Grandfather had lived through the Holocaust where he lost a lot of family and he had lost his son a few years ago, but he insisted that his life had been amazing. He said that he would love to hang around a few more years but that he was ready whenever his time came. Then he took her hand and said, tell me the stories of our life. And I watched them hold hands and look out over the lake together as they recalled their adventures. It was one of the most emotional things I have ever witnessed but it was also incredibly inspiring.”

The album, which was produced by Oli Bayston at Rancho V, a remote desert studio in Joshua Tree, California and Flesh & Bone Studios in Hackney, is accompanied by a documentary, Somewhere In Their Heads, by Gregg Houston,  which has been nominated for Best Short Documentary at the Los Angeles Film Awards, Best Cinematography at the Independent Shorts Film Festival, Best International Short Film at the Summerfolk Short Film Showcase in Canada, and Best Director and Best Short Documentary at the World Music & Independent Film Festival Awards.

Curse Of Lono play the following dates in August….

August 19 Beautiful Days Festival, Devon
August 26 Graze Festival, Hampshire
August 28 Stockholm, Bryggarsalen (with David Ramirez)
August 29 Oslo, Café Mono (with David Ramirez)
August 30 Malmo, Folk å Rock (with David Ramirez)

 

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