Essex punk legends NEWTOWN NEUROTICS have announced the debut screening of their long-awaited documentary movie.
KICK OUT! The Newtown Neurotics Story is the work of filmmaker Luke Baker and was made possible thanks to a fevered crowdfunding campaign.
The film charts the career of the band from their early beginnings in the post-war newtown of Harlow, at the same time as Margaret Thatcher ascended to 10 Downing Street, not un-coincidentally, just prior to the second UK punk explosion.
Inextricably linked to iconic and fertile Harlow venue, The Square, the band provided a string of insurgent anthems – ‘When the Oil Runs Out’, ‘Kick Out The Tories’, ‘Living With Unemployment’ – fuelled by Steve Drewett’s insightful, incisive lyrics, which have earned a new relevance in the current political climate.
“What started as a simple video idea quickly grew into something much bigger,” explains Baker. “What struck me during our initial meetings was how relevant the lyrics Steve wrote over thirty years ago were still today. While mainstream success alluded them, they have quite the pedigree in terms of their fan base, their historic shows behind the iron curtain and Steve’s solo shows in North Korea and Cuba. On one hand, you could say it’s a film about a band that has continuously evolved with the political and social changes around them. On the other, it’s a film about how many of the issues and problems tacked in the band’s lyrics still resonate today as much as they did back then.”
Alongside the band themselves, the movie also features contributions from such friends, fellow-travellers and observers as Billy Bragg, Attila The Stockbroker, Phil Jupitus, Garry Bushell and journalist and broadcaster Steve Lamacq.
Co-promoted by Vive Le Rock and Black Wax, KICK OUT! will receive its world premiere on Saturday 25 April 2020 at the Leytonstone Ballroom (upstairs at The Red Lion), East London. Hosted by MC Steve Lamacq the event will feature performances from the Neurotics, Attila The Stockbroker and more, plus a Q&A with Luke Baker.
Following on from the runaway success of last year’s 13th Floor Renegades album, rejuvenated powerpop rockers LAST GREAT DREAMERS are celebrating the 25th Anniversary of their classic debut Retrosexual with a first-time-ever vinyl edition and one-off London show at The Lounge in Camden on 16 November, recreating their infamous Glitterball club nights. We got the lowdown from guitarist Slyder…
For us at the time it was a play on words and was highlighting our love of the 1970s era of music, TV, fashion, cars etc. Later the phrase was used meaning putting the man back into manhood, the antithesis of what we meant by it then we were camping it up in our 70’s suits and tottering around on platform heals.
What do you remember about the recording of the album?
We recorded the album in Newcastle at our record company’s
studio. We had a false start initially as we were recording the bass we had a
mug of tea drop onto the mixing desk spilling tea into the channels and putting
the studio out of action. Also we were living in the studio in a converted
stairwell sleeping in bunk beds, not the most glamourous of residential studios
but it was a lot of fun and a great experience.
Where did you hold the original Glitterball Club, and
what memories do you have of that time?
The Glitterball was originally based in Gossips and later
moved to St. Moritz. It was a monthly 70s rock night, the only one in London at
the time. One gig highlight at that time was supporting Suzi Quatro at The
Marquee Club, it was a sold out show and Suzi made a point of coming to our
dressing room to say Hi, that was a nice touch, we were all fans of her as kids
so we were all a bit in awe of her.
You’re planning a mystery tour along with the gig…
Well we’ve been running through a few ideas and there are
plenty of special places that are important in the band’s history. The West End
of London was where the scene was then so we’ll definitely be visiting there, but
sadly a few of the landmarks in our history have been bulldozed.
What’s next for the band after this?
We’re taking a bit of a backseat on live shows other than a few we have dotted about for the rest of the year, and will mostly be writing and rehearsing new material for our fifth album, which will come out some time in 2020. We will also be heading out to Scandinavia, Spain and Germany in the Spring and most probably a full UK tour to coincide with the new release.
Check out ‘Last Great Dreamer’ from Retrosexual…
Retrosexual is rereleased on 15 November. Pre-orders and tickets for the gig and the magical mystery tour are available now from lastgreatdreamers.com
Legendary Aussie punk THE VICIMS are to have their complete works released on a new vinyl compilation.
Originally formed in Perth in 1977, the band featured future HOODOO GURUS Dave Faulkner (aka Dave Flick) on guitar and vocals and James Baker on drums plus bassist Dave Cardwell aka Rudolph V.
The trio released the iconic – and now absurdly collectable – ‘Television Addict’ single in April ’78, followed a few months later by the curiously-named 5-track No Thanks To The Human Turd EP. The contents of both records can be found on The Victims vinyl album, with nine more unreleased-at-the-time demo tracks.
Released on limited-edition coloured vinyl in a gatefold sleeve, it’s available to order now through In The Red Recordings.
The LA-based label is also issuing the Horror Smash EP, comprising new recordings of three original Victims songs by a reconvened band featuring Ray Ahn from the HARD-ONS on bass. Pressed on limited edition coloured 7″ vinyl, you can get that here.
MICHAEL MONROE has revealed a new lyric video ahead of his UK tour.
‘Junk Planet’ is taken from the ex-HANOI ROCKS legend’s new album One Man Gang which came out last week.
As previously announced, Michael’s dates kick off at London’s Islington Academy on Wednesday 30 October and finish in Great Yarmouth at Hard Rock Hell on Saturday 9 November. Full dates are…
30 Oct – Islington Academy, London 1 Nov – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds 2 Nov – The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes 3 Nov – Engine Rooms, Southhampton 4 Nov – The Mill, Digbeth, Birmingham 5 Nov – The Garage, Glasgow 6 Nov – Club Academy, Manchester 7 Nov – The Fleece, Bristol 8 Nov – The Sugarmill, Stoke-on-Trent 9 Nov – Hard Rock Hell, Vauxhall Holiday Park, Great Yarmouth
THE BELLRAYS are to return to the UK for a series of dates in the New Year.
The band, who fuse gritty garage punk with sanctifying soul, were founded in Riverside, California in the early 90s by singer Lisa Kekaula and guitarist Bob Vennum. They got a huge profile boost in the UK when Alan McGee’s Poptones label signed them, their Meet The BellRays compilation chiming with the early 90s garage punk explosion.
Despite numerous line-up changes over the years, and numerous labels, Lisa and Bob have kept chugging, releasing their latest album Punk Funk Rock Soul Vol.2 last year.
Their tour kicks off in Portsmouth on 15 January, winding it’s way to Oslo in Hackney, London on 26 January. They’re joined on all dates by fast-rising multinational garage punks LOS PEPES, who released their latest album Positive Negative earlier this year. Full dates are…
WED 15 JAN – Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth THU 16 JAN – The Louisiana, Bristol FRI 17 JAN – Le Pub, Newport SAT 18 JAN – The Phoenix, Exeter SUN 19 JAN – The Lantern, Halifax TUE 21 JAN – Voodoo, Edinburgh WED 22 JAN – Broadcast, Glasgow THU 23 JAN – The Cluny, Newcastle FRI 24 JAN – Westgarth Social Club, Middlesbrough SAT 25 JAN – Prince Albert, Brighton SUN 26 JAN – Oslo, London
Tickets go on sale here at 9.00am on Thursday 24 October.
The UK’s leading exponents of ‘kitchencore’, Liverpool band PETE BENTHAM & THE DINNER LADIES have just released their fourth album England’s Up For Sale. Vive Le Rock hooked up with Pete to find out what’s cookin’…
Your new album England’s Up For Sale – is it a soundtrack for the 31 October Brexit deadline? Yes sure. Despite being seen as a kind of a theatrical band, we just use that as a way of putting across social comment and things we believe in. We think making it entertaining is a better way of putting across a serious point, than ranting at people. So how could the album not be a soundtrack to what’s going on now? It’s sad how the country is so divided. We certainly understand why disillusioned people voted for it, but like most people from Liverpool, we are pro-Europe because under Thatcher, their (leaked) plan was for a ‘managed decline’ for Liverpool and it was massive European funding that revitalised the city and helped make it the amazing place it is today. Plus it’s always been a melting pot of different races and cultures.
Are you influenced by Liverpool’s rich history pf punk and political bands? Because of its history as a major port and a gateway to the World and other cultures, plus the strong labour movement, Liverpool is a political place, so you can’t help but be influenced by it. It also still has a strong sense of identity and community, that has been lost in some places. That’s why divisive people like the far right never get a good reception here. Obviously, the city has a massive history of great bands and the current DIY punk scene is also great. There’s so many amazing current bands here like The Wasters, Down & Outs, Pardon Us, Bolshy, Sheepy, Piss Kitti, Crapsons who have all got something important to say. My personal favourite local band is probably still Half Man Half Biscuit, who like ourselves sometimes get dismissed as a novelty band, but are often making some proper social commentary, that’s not always appreciated.
You seem to be a bit of a favourite of Rebellion festival regulars? Yes. We are lucky that Darren and Jennie get what we do and to have have played it so many times. But we do always put on a show with the visuals and everything so I guess we are one of the bands that add something to proceedings, alongside, say, Interrobang!? Wonk Unit, Evil Blizzard and a few others. Rebellion is the best and is a massive thing for the punk scene as a whole, and has been brilliant in helping us reach loads of people.
The album takes in various styles… We like ‘Goth Postman”s psychobilly vibe. You aren’t afraid to experiment... Yes, our stuff is quite eclectic. We often get called ‘a people’s band’ in that unlike most bands, we are all different ages and types. So we all bring different influences to it. I bring my garage rock & roll thing, the rhythm section Pete and Tony come from the DIY punk and hardcore scene, sax player Anna has a classical background and was in a really good ska band. Plus The Dinnerettes dancers bring the whole performance art thing to it. But I think mainly we just all love all kinds of music. When we are on tour the CD in the van will be be playing all sorts of stuff like Moldy Peaches, Wire, The Specials, Syd Barrett, Motown, Velvet Underground plus all the current bands we play with like Pizzatramp, Nosebleed, Wonk Unit etc.
Whats the funniest gig Pete Bentham & The Dinner Ladies have ever played? Two years ago Peter from Paranoid Visions, who likes us and is a top man, invited us over to Dublin to play with Lars Frederikson’s band Old Firm Casuals. When we got there, the line-up was three skinhead Oi bands and mostly skins in the audience and there’s me on stage with a load of girls dressed as Dinner Ladies singing abut Marcel Duchamp! It actually went surprisingly well. Perhaps skinheads are more clued up about conceptual artists than you’d think?
Did you have a crush on your dinner lady at school? Definitely not. They were terrifying at our school, like the Gestapo. But the people who come to our shows dressed as Dinner Ladies look pretty good. Also, the band is named after my mum who was a Dinner Lady.
Powerpop legends THE RUBINOOS return to the UK for dates in the New Year.
The Berkeley, Ca quartet recently released From Home, their first new album in four years. Produced by and co-written with Chuck Prophet, it’s widely considered to be a return to powerpop match-fitness.
Formed in 1970, The Rubinoos were one of the first bands on the Bezerkley label, hitting their stride in the late 70s with their self-titled debut album and its follow-up Back To The Drawing Board. Their cover of Tommy James & The Shondells ‘I Think We’re Alone Now’ and their own ‘I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend’ are revered in powerpop circles.
Now back in their 1980 configuration of John Rubin, Tommy Dunbar, Donn Spindt and Al Chan, the band hit the UK in January for three dates. Catch them at…
Fri 24 Jan – 229 Club, London Sat 25 Jan – The Cluny 2, Newcastle Sun 26 Jan – Deaf Institute, Manchester
Check out their to paean to Islington beat legend Honey Lantree…
Italian ska-punks LOS FASTIDIOS are back in the UK for more dates next month.
The tireless anti-fascists from Verona released their eighth full-length Joy Joy Joy in July, playing a run of UK dates to accompany it, including their now regular appearance at Rebellion.
The dates, which kick off in Staines on 13 November, and take in Morecambe Punk Festival and a London show at The Birds Nest in Deptford, are…
13 Nov – The London Stone, Staines 14 Nov – Back Beat Bar, Brighton 15 Nov – The Birds Nest, London 16 Nov – 1 in 12 Club, Bradford 17 Nov – Morecambe Punk Festival 18 Nov – The Salty Dog, Northwich 19 Nov – Thunderbolt, Bristol
Joy Joy Joy is out now through Kob Records. Check out the single ‘Get The Ball Rolling’…
Long lost Peterborough punks RIFF RAFF are to reform for a one-off London gig next year.
The band, best known for being the springboard for the future career of BILLY BRAGG, will be reconvening for a show at Camden Dingwalls on Saturday 8 February.
The occasion for the reunion is the celebration of guitarist Wiggy’s 60th birthday, and will feature the 1977 line-up of the band, responsible for the classic I Wanna Be A Cosmonaut EP, released on Chiswick the following year.
Tickets are limited to 200 and are available here.
We talk to Billy Bragg in the latest edition of Vive Le Rock! available here.
Legendary rockers BAD NEWS are to have their albums and films reissued this month.
The UK four-piece came to prominence in the mid-80s when they were the subject of a fly-on-the-wall documentary on Channel 4. Propelled to fame, their debut album was produced by Brian May and they went on to appear at the Reading Festival and at Monsters Of Rock at Castle Donington.
The original film, Bad News Tour, from the makers of The Comic Strip Presents… series, and starring Ade Edmondson, Rik Mayall, Nigel Planer and Peter Richardson was followed by a sequel, More Bad News, in 1988.
Both films are being reissued on double-disc DVD through Gonzo on 25 October.
The band’s three albums Bad News, Bootleg and Almost Rare are also being reissued as vinyl only editions.
To celebrate the reissues, both films will received a special London screening at The Prince Charles Cinema, Leicester Square on Friday 25 October. It will be followed by a Q&A with director Peter Richardson and a signing at Fopp Records, Covent Garden. Full details here.
Fast-rising South Coast punks GRADE 2 have just released their debut album ahead of a string of European and UK dates.
The band, who hail from the Isle of Wight, recorded the album Graveyard Island with producer Tim Armstrong at the RANCID man’s Shiprec Studios in Los Angeles. It was then mixed by THE INTERRUPTERS’ Kevin Bivona.
Released through Armstrong’s Hellcat label, the 12-track Graveyard Island follows the trio’s two previous full-lengths, Mainstream View and Breaking The Routine, and several EPs.
The band are currently playing a series of US dates including the Vive Le Rock-sponsored Rock The Ship festival in Oakland this Friday. They then play several dates around Europe during November before making UK landfall in Edinburgh on 7 December, reaching London’s 100 Club on 21 December. Catch them live at…
3 Nov – Hoofddorp, Duycker (NL) 4 Nov – Essen, Don’t Panic (DE) 5 Nov – Onsabrück, Whiskys (DE) 6 Nov – Hamburg, Logo (DE) 7 Nov – Würzburg, Immerhin (DE) 8 Nov – Leipzig, Conne Island(DE) 9 Nov – Erfurt, Museumkeller (DE) 10 Nov – Geleen, De Meister (NL) 7 Dec – Edinburgh, La Belle Angele 14 Dec – Newcastle-under-Lyme, Lymedale Bar 15 Dec – Southend-On-Sea, The Venue 20 Dec – Manchester, Star & Garter 21 Dec – London, 100 Club
Essex duo TUPPENNY BUNTERS have announced a string of dates for the autumn.
Familiar to many as the hosts of renowned Southend-on-Sea music venue The Railway Hotel, Fi and Dave Dulake have taken time out from the day-to-day running of the pub to concentrate on their long-running musical project.
Fi and Dave have been playing together since 2005, when their four-piece band THE VIRGO INTACTA was personally chosen by Jack White to open for THE WHITE STRIPES on several UK dates. Since then, they’ve been involved with various projects, with Dave adding his talents to releases by the likes of THE PHROGS, HOWLING BLACK SOUL and STIV CANTARELLI & THE SILENT STRANGERS.
Both accomplished drummers and keyboard-players, the pair trade instruments frequently within a set, combining “trashy Moon-style drums behind an amped-up honky-tonk piano. A mercurial performance from two songwriters with up-front tunes that take in music hall, 60s pop, early prog, punk and garage.”
Kicking off the tour on their home turf, full dates are…
2 Nov – Railway Hotel, Southend 7 Nov – Fulford Arms, York 8 Nov – Northern Quarter, Huddersfield 9 Nov – Saltburn House, Saltburn 10 Nov – Sound, Liverpool 11 Nov – Duffy’s Bar, Leicester 21 Nov – The Edge, Basildon 23 Nov – Paper Dress, London
Aussie legends HARD-ONS are back with a brand new album.
So I Could Have Them Destroyed is the band’s twelfth album and comes a full five years after its predecessor Peel Me An Egg.
Australia’s most successful independent band, Hard-Ons formed at school in Punchbowl in Sydney’s southwestern suburbs in 1981, releasing their debut album Smell My Finger five years later. They achieved international popularity in the late 80s as part of the skatepunk scene, releasing a split single with The Stupids and later recorded a cover of the AC/DC classic ‘Let There Be Rock’ with Henry Rollins. Earlier this year, they joined the revamped Rose Tattoo on the Still Never Too Loud tour.
The band are soon to be immortalised in a new documentary film from Jonathan J. Sequeira, the director of Descent Into The Maelstrom – The Radio Birdman Story. Find out more here.
With bassist Ray Ahn and guitarist Peter Black joined by drummer Murray Ruse in 2011, the new album sees the return of former singing drummer Keish de Silva as frontman.
So I Could Have Them Destroyed is out now through Boss Tuneage.
THE MACC LADS tour the UK in October and November In the current edition of Vive Le Rock!, we bring you the full story of Cheshire’s foulmouthed finest. Here, in their own words, are five essential tracks to whet your appetite….
Muttley: “There was a local beauty competition they held until 1985. Just before that, we went to Belgium to play a gig. The Heysel Stadium disaster happened, and the papers were full of it. When we got back, the biggest story in the local paper was, ‘Who Will Be Miss Macclesfield?’ No mention of the squashed Italians! So we wrote a song about it.”
The Beater: “This one is very popular. Muttley doesn’t even have to sing it live; the crowd does all the work for him.”
Stez: “I’ve always loved this one. I think it tells a great tale of that particular snapshot in time, about the North/South divide. It’s about a Northern guy going to London and finding it full of foreigners.”
Muttley: “This one only has two chords in it. And it’s another one of those stories; nowadays it would be called false news. But it’s one we heard about a dentist who put a patient under anesthetic and raped her. Great, eh? It brings a tear to your eye!”
JULIE THE SCHOOLY Muttley: “This one is pretty true. It’s about pulling a girl and going home with her, and in the morning, I asked her if I could drop her off, and she pointed me to her school. That was a shocker!”
The Macc Lads are on tour during November and December. Full dates are…
2 Nov – O2 FORUM KENTISH TOWN 8 Nov – O2 INSTITUTE BIRMINGHAM 9 Nov – O2 ACADEMY NEWCASTLE 15 Nov – THE GARAGE GLASGOW 16 Nov – O2 ACADEMY LIVERPOOL 22 Nov – O2 ACADEMY BRISTOL 23 Nov – O2 ACADEMY SHEFFIELD 30 Nov – ROADMENDER NORTHAMPTON 14 Dec – ENGINE SHED LINCOLN
There’s lots going on in the world of THE URBAN VOODOO MACHINE this week, starting with this exclusive premiere of the video for their new single…
‘Johnny Foreigner’ is the band’s riposte to all the xenophobia that’s been stinking up the place over the past couple of years. Says frontman Paul-Ronney Angel, “I’ve lived in the UK for over 27 years now and it’s very much home, but now everything is under threat – let’s see if they’ll let me stay!”
The single is set for release this Friday 11 October, on the same day as a new compilation album, The Urban Voodoo Machine’s Friends And Family Album Vol 1, which features 15 bands and artists covering the UVM’s songs, including WILKO JOHNSON, JIM JONES, BIG BOY BLOATER, THE GREAT MALARKEY, T.V. SMITH, THE FUTURE SHAPE OF SOUND and more…
The release date also conveniently coincides with the 13th Birthday Party of their infamous Gypsy Hotel night, which they’re celebrating at Nambucca, Holloway alongside the Future Shape Of Sound, The Great Malarkey and more. Tickets are on sale here.
This Friday is also the first date of the band’s Fuck Brexit Tour, which will take them up to the end of the year. Full dates are…
Fri 11 Oct – Gypsy Hotel, Nambucca, LONDON Sat 12 Oct – Craufurd Arms, MILTON KEYNES Sat 19 Oct – Tivoli, Buckley, NORTH WALES Thurs 7 Nov – Joiners, SOUTHAMPTON Sat 9 Nov – Frog & Fiddle, CHELTENHAM Fri 15 Nov – The Wardrobe, LEEDS Sat 16 Nov – Bunkhouse, SWANSEA Sun 17 Nov – Cobblestones, BRIDGWATER, SOMERSET Wed 20 Nov – Bongo Club, EDINBURGH Thurs 21 Nov – Stereo, GLASGOW Fri 29 Nov – Waterloo, BLACKPOOL Wed 11 Dec – The Robin, BILSTON Thurs 12 Dec – Greystones, SHEFFIELD Fri 13 Dec – The Cluny, NEWCASTLE Sat 14 Dec – Mickleton Village Hall, MICKLETON, TEESDALE
International industrialists KMFDM are back with a new album this week.
PARADISE is the band’s 21st studio album and follows on from 2017’s Hell Yeah.
Formed in Paris in 1984 as a performance art project by multi-instrumentalist Sascha Konietzko, the band relocated to Hamburg then the US evolving as pioneers of industrial rock alongside the likes of MINISTRY, NINE INCH NAILS and SKINNY PUPPY.
An extraordinarily prolific outfit with a revolving door approach to band members, KMFDM invited a number of special guests to participate in the recording of PARADISE, including TACKHEAD bassist Doug Wimbish and returning founder member and <PIG> linchpin Raymond Watts.
Set for release this Friday 11 October through Metropolis, you can pre-order PARADISEhere.
A new movie is set to shine a spotlight on the psychobilly scene and the makers want your help…
Big Psychobilly Movie is the brainchild of two Russian directors, Kyrill Ermichev and Ivan Bortnikov. A member of St Petersburg band Scary BOOM, Ermichev had also written a book Russian Psycho Attack, which inspired the project.
The film features members of bands including Batmobile, Demented Are Go, Reverend Horton Heat, Frenzy, The Quakes, Surf Rats, Basementones, Rattlesnakes, Mad Sin and many more. Artists, tattooists, hairdressers and gig organisers have also taken part in the project.
The aim of the film is to explore the theme and aesthetics of the genre “…whose special mission is to be a binding thread, a bridge between modern musical culture and the golden age of rock and roll”.
“At the age of 13, in 1987, I heard Batmobile’s ‘Slapping Suspenders’ and was bewitched by this music,” explains Ermichev. “I want to share this feeling with the audience of the film. Meeting the participants of the film, I found great pleasure in the atmosphere of friendship and like-mindedness, which knows no borders. We did not waste our time and energy on trifles like politics. We talked only about music. I don’t want to not pick out anyone, but of course, as a director, I love those who great storytellers.”
With the movie expected to be completed next year, the makers are asking for contributions of photographs and video footage, assistance with distribution and premieres and for pre-orders and donations. They can be contacted at email@example.com