A DOLL’S TALE!

NEW YORK DOLLS legend Sylvain Sylvain hits the UK this week for an intimate series of dates, sponsored by Vive Le Rock!

The solo dates in support of the guitarist’s warts’n’all autobiography There’s No Bones In Ice Cream will find him accompanying himself on some of the songs that made his and the band’s name, between anecdotes from the incredible life story of one of the USA’s most notorious rock’n’roll bands.

Catch him on the road at…

Thurs 19 July – Trades Club, Hebden Bridge
Fri 20 July – Museum & Art Gallery, Blackburn
Sat 21 July – Attma, Manchester
Sun 22 July – The Dublin Castle, London
Tues 24 July – Hotel Pelirocco, Brighton
Thurs 26 July – Saint Luke’s, Glasgow
Fri 27 July – Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh
Sun 29 July – Bar 10, Forfar

Set for publication on 19 July, There’s No Bones In Ice Cream is available to pre-order here.

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BLACK DELTA MOVEMENT BRING THE RAIN!

Humberside psych-rock duo THE BLACK DELTA MOVEMENT have unveiled a video for their new single.

‘Let The Rain Come’ is set for release as a limited edition 72 on Friday 27 July. It precedes their debut album Preservation which will follow on 3 August through Clubbed Thumb/Non Delux.

The pair, who count the likes of Alan MGee, THE BRIAN JONESTOWN MASSACRE’s Anton Newcombe and PRIMAL SCREAM’s Barrie Cadogan among their fans, have lined up a series of UK dates in support of the release. Catch them on the road at…

03/08 Humber Street Sesh, Hull
08/08 Rough Trade East, London
09/08 Rough Trade, Nottingham
16/09 Psych Weekender, Manchester
11/10 Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar, Brighton
12/10 Water Rats, London
13/10 The Lab, Northampton
17/10 The New Adelphi, Hull
20/10 Bootleg Social, Blackpool
25/10 Record Junkee, Sheffield
26/10 The Basement, York
08/11 Classic Grand, Glasgow
09/11 Smiths, Bathgate

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BAR STOOL PREACHERS UNVEIL NEW VIDEO!

BAR STOOL PREACHERS have just unveiled a video for their new single.

‘Warchief’ is the second single, but first video from a trilogy drawn  from their forthcoming album Grazie Governo, which is set for release digitally on 3 August and physically on 24 August through Pirates Press.

The next video in the trilogy, ‘Grazie Governo’, will be released on 17 July, followed by ‘Choose My Friends'(featuring Aimee Interrupter) on 24 July.

With the band’s marketing team going into overdrive, Grazie Governo will be available in seven different vinyl versions, each including two BIG spraypaint stencils and a digital download.  In addition, three picture flexis have been made to accompany the video trilogy. They’re included in all coloured vinyl copies of the records, and also available at local shops, by mailorder and at various festivals and gigs.

Grazie Governo is available to pre-order digitally from iTunes and Bandcamp, each with four tracks ready to download immediately.

The band have a load of UK and European dates lined up, kicking off in Manchester this Friday and taking in Wonkfest and Rebellion along the way. Catch them at…

13 July – Manchester, UK – The Star And Garter
20 July – Tolpuddle, UK – Tolpuddle Festival
21 July – Taunton, UK – Taunton Live
22 July – Bristol, UK – Skankfest @ The Fleece
28 July – Tufnell Park Dome, UK – Wonkfest
2 Aug – Blackpool, UK – Rebellion Festival
5 Aug – Somerset, UK – Outcider Festival
9 Aug – Winchester, UK – Boomtown Fair
13 Sept – Hamburg, DE – Hafenklang
14 Sept – Prague, CZ – 007
15 Sept – Munich, DE – Backstage

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POST-TRUMP PUNK PARTY!

If you’re in London this Friday, demonstrating about the presence of Mr Trump, and feel inclined to end the day with some righteous punk rock action, you may wish to know that Harlow’s finest, THE NEWTOWN NEUROTICS will be headlining a FREE punk party in Camden.

Organised by Garageland, the show at The Lock Tavern, Chalk Farm Road will also feature rising stars THE RANDY SAVAGES and YOUNG FRANCIS plus DJ Hey Paula ’til 1am.

As previously announced, the Neurotics recently smashed the crowdfunding target for their documentary movie Kick Out!, directed by Luke Baker, which is now in the works.

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THE LIVING END ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM!

Aussie rockers THE LIVING END return this Autumn with a brand new album.

The Melbourne band’s eighth album, Wunderbar follows on from 2016’s Shift and will be released worldwide through Rise/BMG Records on 28 September. You can hear the first single ‘Don’t Lose It’ above.

Originally formed in 1994 as The Runaway Boys in homage to their heroes THE STRAY CATS, the band quickly moved away from rockabilly towards punk as they found themselves supporting the likes of GREEN DAY and THE OFFSPRING on Down Under tours. Following a string of singles and EPs, when they finally released their self-titled debut album in 1998, it rocketed to No.1 in the Australian album chart, becoming the second-highest selling album in Australian rock history, with quadruple-platinum sales. Since then, all but one of their albums has reached the Top 5.

For the recording of Wunderbar, guitarist Chirs Cheney, bassist Scott Owen and drummer Andy Strachan ensconced themselves in a studio in Berlin for six weeks with producer Tobias Kuhn, also known for his work with DIE TOTEN HOSEN.

“Berlin’s such an amazing place,” explains Scott. “There’s no better place in the world for rock and roll bands to make dirty, gritty rock and roll music.”

Wunderbar is available to pre-order here.

 

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SHAM BACK FOR UNDERCOVER!

Following the success of last year’s event, SHAM 69 will be returning to headline the Undercover Festival next spring.

The Pursey/Parsons/Tregunna/Guy line-up will be topping the bill on the Saturday night, with SLAUGHTER & THE DOGS and G.B.H. heading up the Friday and Sunday respectively.

Having occupied various locations along the South Coast in previous years, the festival now ups the ante by moving to the big city, relocating to The Dome and accompanying Boston Music Room in North London’s Tufnell Park over the weekend of 26-28 April 2019.

Other acts appearing over the weekend include CHELSEA, THE DEFECTS, XSLF, ED BANGER AND THE NOSEBLEEDS, MENACE, THE RESTARTS, SPUNK VOLCANO & THE ERUPTIONS, 1919, BIG BOY TOMATO, PUSSYCAT & THE DIRTY JOHNSONS, CHARRED HEARTS, EASTFIELD, WITHDOKTORS, EAST TOWN PIRATES, SCREAMING DEAD and many more.

There’s also a buskers stage and aftershow parties ’till 2am on the Friday and Saturday.

Tickets are available now here.

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VOODOO BY THE RIVER!

THE URBAN VOODOO MACHINE have announced a FREE open air show in London.

The gig on Saturday 21 July takes place at The Scoop open air theatre next to City Hall between Tower Bridge and HMS Belfast on the South Bank. It will last from 7pm to 9pm and kids are welcome.

The band recently released the singles compilation 15 Shots From The Urban Voodoo Machine, celebrating their 15th Anniversary.

They have a load of shows lined up to take them through the Summer and Autumn. Catch them on the road at…

27 July – Southampton – Gabefest
28 July – Leamington Spa, Warwickshire – The Assembly
4 Aug – West Lulworth, Dorset – Bestival
5 Aug – Colchester, Essex – Brightlingsea Free Music Festival
12 Aug – Winchester, Hampshire – Boomtown Fair
25 Aug – Harelbeke, Belgium – Stassegem Kermis
26 Aug – Bedford – Twinwood Festival
2 Sept – Whitecross, Wadebridge – Cornwall Tattoo Convention
7 Sept – Hastings, East Sussex – Blackmarket VIP
14 Sept – Leeds – Brudenell Social Club
15 Sept – Guilford – The Holdroyd Arms
28 Sept – Bath – Chapel Arts Centre
29 Sept – Horton, Dorset – Horton Stomp
5 Oct – Doncaster, South Yorkshire – Little Theatre
6 Oct – Stockton-On-Tees – The Georgian Theatre
7 Oct – Liverpool – Zanzibar Club
19 Oct – Bedford – Esquires
20 Oct – London, Nambucca – Gypsy Hotel 12th Anniversary Party
27 Oct – Norwich – OPEN
28 Oct – Bishops Cleeve, Cheltenham – The Jazz Cafe @ The Tithe Barn
1 Nov – Sheffield – Greystones
8 Nov – Glasgow – Grand Ole Opry.
9 Nov – Inverness – Ironworks
10 Nov – Aberdeen – Drummonds
11 Nov – Galashiels – MacArts
16/17 Nov – Brighton – The Prince Albert

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SNIFFERS BACK FOR MORE!

Fast-rising Aussie tearaways AMYL & THE SNIFFERS are returning to the UK in the Autumn.

The Melbourne band’s first visit at the end of June was marked by sold-out shows and riotous scenes, including a packed gig at The Lexington in London.

Having made a whistle-stop tour of the USA, and a quick trip home, Amy and her boys return to play London’s Moth Club on 25 September.

Tickets for the show go on sale at 9am on Friday 6 July. Stay tuned for more shows…

Their Big Attraction & Giddy Up compilation is available now from Damaged Goods.

Read a new interview with Amyl & The Sniffers in the current edition of Vive Le Rock! out now!

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THE CHILLS ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM!

New Zealand post-punk legends THE CHILLS have announce the release of a new album for the autumn.

Formed in Dunedin in 1980, the band – with a revolving door line-up centred around mainstay Martin Phillipps – were originally signed to the iconic Flying Nun label, going on to make records for Homestead, Creation and Slash and enjoying international success as standard-bearers for ‘the Dunedin sound’.

Fraught with illness, death and addiction problems, the band entered a lengthy period of hiatus from the late 90s , but with Phillipps receiving effective treatment for Hepatitis C, the band returned with a new album, Silver Bullets, in 2015.

With interest rekindled thanks in part to an expanded reissue of their classic Kaleidoscope World compilation, The Chills are set to release Snow Bound on 14 December through Fire, accompanied by a major tour of their homeland.

Described by Phillipps as… “Hopefully a kind of Carole King ‘Tapestry’ for ageing punks,” Snow Bound is available to pre-order here.

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BOOK OF BEYOND!

MADNESS’s classic debut album will be the subject of live discussion this week in London.

Released in the autumn of 1979 on Stiff records, One Step Beyond spawned no fewer than four hit singles with covers of Ska legend Prince Buster’s title track and band originals ‘The Prince’, ‘Night Boat To Cairo’ and ‘My Girl’.

The subject of a book in Bloomsbury’s respected 33⅓ series, the album will be discussed at the R’n’R Book Club at The Dublin Castle in Camden Town – a venue with which Madness are closely associated – on Wednesday 4 July.  The book’s author, musician and onetime 2 Tone signee Terry Edwards, will be talking to host Julie Hamill. Also in attendance will be Madness bassist Mark Bedders’ Bedford, now a bandmate of Edwards in The Near Jazz Experience.

Tickets for the event are available here.

As previously anounced, The Near Jazz Experience are touring the UK this autumn with The Nightingales and Stewart Lee.

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WINSTON SMITH IN CONVERSATION!

Best known for his Dead Kennedys artwork and collages for Jello Biafra’s Alternative Tentacles, Winston Smith recently returned toLondon to display his first art show since 1989. Across 19 and 20 May,Winston, alongside curator Alan Dickey, showed some of his iconic work of the late 1970s and 1980s. Winston told Vive Le Rock, “If you compare what was going on during the Reagan, Thatcher era and now with the Trump, Theresa May and Putin era it is a perfect time to bring back collage art!”

The event held at Orbital Comics was busy throughout the weekend with the highlight being Winston’s live interview with Savage Pencil. You can watch the interview on Winston’s website.

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DAMAGED GOODS DECEMBER DATES!

DAMAGED GOODS RECORDS have announced a series of very special 30th Anniversary gigs for the end of the year.

The four shows by some of the East London label’s finest acts will take place at The Lexington, London during December.

Saturday 1 December sees the return of HOLLY GOLIGHTLY from the USA where she’s now based. She and her band will be joined by special guests, Medway supergroup THE SENIOR SERVICE. Tickets

Saturday 8 December features a Medway special with GRAHAM DAY & THE GAOLERS (pictured) with support from garage-psychers THE GALILEO 7. Tickets

On Friday 14 December, South London Oi mob HARD SKIN are joined by fast rising young punks CYANIDE PILLS and SICK ON THE BUS alumni THE BACKSTREET ABORTIONS. Tickets

Finally, there’s more punk on Saturday 15 December from ’77 originals JOHNNY MOPED, THE SNIVELLING SHITS and ARMITAGE SHANKS. Tickets

As previously announced, Damaged Goods hold a 30th birthday party at Koko, Camden on 6 September with WILD BILLY CHILDISH & CTMF plus Johnny Moped and The Shadracks. Tickets are on sale here.

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REVEREND HORTON HEAT HITS LONDON!

Dallas punkabilly stalwarts REVEREND HORTON HEAT blow in for a London show next week.

The show at the O2 Academy, Islington on Thursday 5 July is the band’s only UK performance this time round.

Making their first visit to these shores in three years, Jim ‘The Rev’ Heath and bassman Jimbo Wallace are now joined by new drummer RJ Contreras and piano-player Matt Jordan, who are set to make their recorded debut with the band on a new album this autumn.

Support comes from legendary rockabilly artist VINCE RAY’S LOSER MACHINE.

Tickets for the show are on sale here.

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RARE GIG FOR DORSET NEW WAVE LEGENDS!

Cult Dorset new wavers TOURS hit the reunion trail with a gig in Poole this month.

Favourites of the legendary John Peel, the DJ played their self-released ’79 single ‘Language School’ on 50 consecutive nights, declaring it his second favourite single after ‘Teenage Kicks’.

Snaffling an album deal with Virgin, who declared songwriters Ronnie Mayor and Richard Mazda “the punk Lennon-McCartney”, they only managed one more single ‘Tourist Information’ before grinding to a halt. Mazda, however, made a name for himself as a producer working with numerous bands during the 80s, including The Scientists, The Fall, The Birthday Party, The Fleshtones, Folk Devils and others.

It was only when Cherry Red began preparing the band’s archive recordings for the 2010 retrospective comp Album Of The Year… (That Never Was), that Mazda and Mayor began putting plans together to reconvene the band with original guitarist John Hole.

With a new rhythm section of Nick Waugh (drums) and Mark Pitfield (bass) – but not, on this occasion, Mazda, who’s currently based in New York – Tours take to the stage at The King Charles, Poole on Saturday 30 June.

“We’ve got five new songs, a couple of choice covers and all my old songs,” says Mayor. “There are even t-shirts on sale at the gig only. We plan to find a way of keeping us all involved as long as there is sufficient interest in seeing Tours on stage and we all enjoy the experience.”

Check out ‘Language School’.

Album Of The Year… is available to download from Amazon.

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RUTS DC: THE CRACK AT 40!

THE RUTS DC have announced a major tour for the New Year, celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the classic album The Crack.

The tour takes in 17 dates across the UK and Ireland during February and March, including a London show at Shepherds Bush Empire. Support at all shows comes from THE PROFESSIONALS.

Coming together in the West London district of Southall in 1977, The Ruts sound fundamentally fused rabble-rousing punk with the dub-reggae influence of their surroundings. Their classic debut single ‘In A Rut’ was released at the start of 1979 on People Unite Records, the label owned by friends and neighbours MISTY IN ROOTS.

Their pioneering debut album The Crack was released on Virgin that autumn and is rightly regarded as one of the most important releases of the immediate post-punk – and indeed punk – era. Driven by a string of hit singles in ‘Babylon’ Burning’, ‘Something That I said’ and the reggae-fuelled ‘Jah War’, The Ruts were poised for major international success, only for their plans to be disrupted by the sudden death of charismatic frontman Malcolm Owen from a heroin overdose in July 1980.

Having played a benefit for guitarist Paul Fox, who was suffering from terminal cancer, in 2007, with Henry Rollins taking Owen’s role, surviving members Segs Jennings and Dave Ruffy decided to continue with The Ruts DC, recruiting guitarist Leigh Hegarty for the critically acclaimed album Music Must Destroy in 2016.

Celebrating the released of The Crack in 2019, the band will be performing the album live onstage in its entirety for the very first time, and in doing so will be paying tribute to Owen and Fox.

“It’s always been important to us to be a current and forward-thinking band, releasing and playing new material whilst being proud of our past,” states Segs. “A milestone to many, The Crack is an important piece of work to us too. We now feel ready to celebrate where we came from.”

“Making The Crack was a real game changer for me,” continues Ruffy. “The Ruts were a band that were greater than the sum of their parts and wrote music inspired by everything we had ever heard. It’s a piece of work that I am immensely proud to have been a part of. Now forty years on we will be playing the album in its entirety, it’s quite a challenge as some of the songs have not been played since 1980! Our legacy is large, and we are and will continue working hard to make this a great show.”

Full dates are as follows…

11th Feb Phoenix Exeter
12th Feb Concorde 2 Brighton
13th Feb O2 Ritz Manchester
15th Feb 02 Institute 2 Birmingham
16th Feb 02 Academy 2 Sheffield
17th Feb The Junction Cambridge
18th Feb 02 Academy Oxford
20th Feb Waterfront Norwich
21st Feb Riverside Newcastle
22nd Feb Garage Glasgow
23rd Feb Tunnels Aberdeen
24th Feb Liquid Rooms Edinburgh
26th Feb Rescue Rooms Nottingham
27th Feb SWX Bristol
28th Feb O2 Shepherds Bush Empire London
2nd Mar Button Factory Dublin, IE
3rd Mar Limelight Belfast

Tickets go on sale at gigsandtours.com and ticketmaster.co.uk on Friday 29 June.

Check out The Ruts playing ‘Jah War’ live in Paris….

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PSYCHEDELIC FURS REISSUE VINYL ALBUMS!

THE PSYCHEDELIC FURS are to have their original albums reissued on heavyweight vinyl next month.

The band have been enjoying a period of renewed activity recently, including a Singles Tour of the UK last September, and culminating in a sold-out performance this month at London’s Royal Festival Hall as part of Robert Smith’s Meltdown Festival.

Formed in South London in 1977 around Surrey siblings Richard and Tim Butler, the Furs released seven albums between 1980 and 1991. Signing to CBS, the band’s self-titled debut was followed a year later by Talk Talk Talk, spawning the classic singles ‘Pretty In Pink’ and ‘Dumb Waiters’.

The Todd Rundgren-produced Forever Now saw a move toward a slicker sound and US success with the single ‘Love My Way’, while 1984’s Mirror Moves yielded more hits in ‘Heaven’ and ‘The Ghost In You’ as well as anticipating the rise in dance music with ‘Heartbeat’.

The band’s career peaked in 1987 with the album Midnight To Midnight following on from the success of  John Hughes’ Furs-inspired movie Pretty In Pink, with the band headlining that year’s Glastonbury Festival.

Original drummer Vince Ely returned for 1989’s Book Of Days, which saw a return to the edgier post-punk sound of the early 80s, before the band switched labels to East/West and revamped their line-up once more for 1991’s World Outside.

Pressed on 180gm vinyl and packaged in replicas of the original sleeves, the albums are set for release on 27 July through Sony Legacy and are available to pre-order here.

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PASTURES AND PASTORS!

Stevenage goth standard-bearers FIELDS OF THE NEPHILIM join forces with Aussie psych legends THE CHURCH this autumn for three UK dates.

Having come to prominence during the 80s, at opposite ends of the same spectrum, this will be the first time the two bands have toured together.

Formed in 1984, the Nephilim, still featuring original members Carl McCoy and Tony Pettitt, broke an 11-year recording hiatus with a new single ‘Prophecy’ in 2016.

Billed as Special Guests, The Church came together in Sydney in 1980 and  released their latest album Man Woman Life Death Infinity last autumn and have just completed a successful series of UK headline shows on the back of an appearance at Robert Smith’s Meltdown Festival.

Check out ‘Another Century’

The two bands play the following dates…

Monday 29th Oct – O2 Ritz Manchester
Wednesday 31st Oct – O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
Thursday 1st Nov – O2 Institute Birmingham

Tickets are on sale here.

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