STAPLES CORNER!

Transplanted Australian post-punk guitarist SUZIE STAPLETON has announced a new single and dates ahead of her debut album release.

The witchy, neo-gothic ‘Thylacene’ is set for release from all the usual digital platforms, while the long-awaited debut album We Are The Plague is set to follow in the Spring.

Stapleton is joined on the recordings by JIM JONES & THE RIGHTEOUS MIND bassist Gavin Jay and STRANGLERS drummer Jim Macauley. Sessions took place at OX4 studios in Oxford and Stapleton’s home studio, with noted producer Dan Cox (Lianne La Havas, Thurston Moore) brought in at the mixing stage.

“When I started writing for this album, I felt a sense of responsibility to address what was going on in the world,” she explains. “We’re bombarded constantly by horrific news, stuck on a broken systemic hamster wheel. I felt stupid writing about my insignificant woes whilst the world burned around me.”

The live dates, which will feature YANN TIERSON drummer Dave Collingwood taking the place of Macauley, kick off with a special single launch on 7 December at Paper Dress Vintage in Hackney, with special guests MIRACULOUS MULE and THE PACERS. Full dates are…

7 Dec – Paper Dress Vintage, London tickets
4 Jan – The Carlisle, Hastings
24 Jan – The Brunswick, Brighton
25 Jan – Rough Trade, Bristol

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FERRO SOLO UNVEILS GIUDA-POWERED VIDEO!

A year on from the release of his debut album, Italian musician FERRO SOLO has unveiled a video of his collaboration with Roman yob-rock sensations GIUDA.

Solo, also known as Ferruccio Quercetti, guitarist and singer with long-serving Bolognese garage-punks CUT, included the terrace-stomping shoutalong ‘He Spies’ on the snappily-titled album Almost Mine: The Unexpected Rise and Sudden Demise of Fernando (Pt. 1), released last year.

“When I wrote ‘He Spies’, I was dreaming for it to become a glam/yob-rock stomper in the style of Slade, Jesse Hector or the Hammersmith Gorillas,” he explains. “I wanted the sound of a gang of street urchins let loose in the suburbs of a decaying industrial UK town in 1974 and nothing less! Actually, the only band who’s capable to conjure that kind of noise comes from Rome, Italy, and it’s called Giuda. They also happen to be great friends of mine. When I got in touch with them about this, they enthusiastically embraced my mad idea and gave me everything I wanted and more. I adored every minute of my time in the studio with Giuda, under the guidance of Danilo Silvestri, master of the Glam racket!”

Solo/Quercetti has just released a second solo album, Almost Mine: The Unexpected Rise and Sudden Demise of Fernando (Pt. 2), which came out last month. Released through Riff Records, both albums are available on vinyl, CD and download here.

Cut’s most recent album Second Skin was released in 2017 and is available here.

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BOOZE AND GLORY UNVEIL NEW VIDEO!

Having just celebrated their 10th birthday with a riotous sold-out show at London’s Electric Ballroom, BOOZE & GLORY have gifted their fans with a new video.

The aptly-titled rousing street-punk anthem ‘Ten Years’ is the third video from their latest acclaimed album Hurricane. Directed by Frank Pellegrino, it’s a fast-paced circle-pit action-packed travelogue of the band’s decade on the road.

Hurricane is available to buy here.

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NEWTOWN NEUROTICS FILM PREMIERE!

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.

Tickets go on sale at 9.00am on Thursday 31 October from newtownneurotics.com Black Wax and Dice.

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VICTIMS OF CIRCUMSTANCE!

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.

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DINNER IS SERVED!

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.

England’s Up For Sale is out now through Antipop Records.

Catch Pete Bentham & The Dinner Ladies live at…

Sat 9 Nov – Fulford Arms, York
Sat 16 Nov – The Station, Ashton-under-Lyne
Sat 7 Dec – Percy’s, Whitchurch

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HERE IS THE ‘NOOS!

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…

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WIGHT RIOT!

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

Tickets are on sale here.

Check out the single ‘Tired Of It’…

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URBAN VOODOO MACHINE VIDEO EXCLUSIVE!

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

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BARRIE MASTERS R.I.P.

Vive Le Rock is deeply saddened to hear of the passing of long-serving EDDIE AND THE HOT RODS frontman Barrie Masters.

His death was announced by the band on Facebook with the words….. “It is with extreme sadness we announce the passing of the legendary Barrie Masters. As you can expect, this sudden news is a huge shock to the band and family. We welcome tributes posted to our Facebook and Twitter sites which will be passed on to Barrie’s family. More news will follow.”

Formed in Southend-on-Sea in 1975, and inspired by local heroes Dr Feelgood, their high energy rhythm’n’blues and Nuggets-influenced garage rock sound would soon have them mistaken for punk. Signing to Island, the Live At The Marquee EP and single ‘Teenage Depression’ would hit the charts paving the way for the Top 10 single and all-time classic ‘Do Anything You Wanna Do’ in August ’77.

The band broke up in ’81, with Masters replacing Bill Hurley in The Inmates for a few years before reforming the band. In recent years, with Masters at the helm, they maintained a heavy touring schedule across the UK and Europe, playing tours with Status Quo and Stiff Little Fingers. Announcing that 2018 would be the band’s final year of touring, Masters accepted the Living Legend accolade at this year’s Vive Le Rock awards.

A full celebration of Barrie will appeare in a future edition of the magazine. Our thoughts right now are with his bandmates, family, friends and fans around the world.

R.I.P.

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ROCKET TO VENUS!

East Midlands electro-rockers THE VENUS FLY TRAP celebrate the 30th Anniversary of their classic ‘Rocket USA’ single with a new digital reissue this week.

‘Rocket USA’ is of course a cover of the SUICIDE track, and was originally released on French label Danceteria in 1989. It was produced by BAUHAUS drummer Kevin Haskins and features sax by THE JAZZ BUTCHER’s Pat Fish.

Formed in 1986 in Northampton, The Venus Fly Trap were born onto the same thriving East Midlands scene that brought the world the likes of Crazyhead, Gaye Bykers On Acid and The Bomb Party. Describing their sound as “Bladerunner sci-fi rock’n’roll mixed with acidic cinematic visions”, they’ve released eight albums, the most recent of which being last year’s Icon.

‘Rocket USA b/w ‘Cloud Lips’ and ‘Opium War’ is out on Friday 4 October on Glass Miniature.

Catch The Venus Fly Trap on the following dates…

2 Oct – Soundhouse, Leicester (w/ Theatre Of Hate)
4 Oct – Sprial Archive Records, Northampton (Single Launch)
12 Oct – Esquires, Bedford (w/ Transmission)
26 Oct – Crauford Arms, Milton Keynes (w/ Transmission)
9 Nov – L’Escobar, Tournai, Belgium
30 Nov – Hope & Anchor, London (w/ Attrition + Pat Fish)
6 Dec – Duffy’s, Leicester
19 Dec – TBC, Hamburg, Germany

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THE REZILLOS ARE BACK!

Original ’76 punks THE REZILLOS have announced a major tour for next year.

The Edinburgh band found chart success after signing to Sire with the Top 20 single ‘Top Of The Pops’ and album Can’t Stand The Rezillos, before splitting and reconfiguring as The Revillos.

Reforming in 2001, they’ve recorded and toured sporadically over the years, their most recent album being 2015’s Zero.

Still featuring original frontman and woman Eugene Reynolds and Fay Fife, the band embark on the Rezillomania Tour throughout February, including a London show at the 229 Club. Full dates are…

Fri 7 Feb – The Fiddlers, Bristol
Sat 8 Feb – The Brook, Southampton
Sat 15 Feb – Rebellion, Manchester
Fri 21 Feb – Roadmender, Northampton
Sat 22 Feb – 229, London
Fri 28 Feb – Junction, Cambridge
Sat 29 Feb – Epic Studios, Norwich

Tickets are on sale now here.

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IS MICK THERE?

Aussie legend MICK MEDEW is back with a new album from his latest band THE MESMERISERS.

Medew built a cult following in the early 80s with Brisbane band THE SCREAMING TRIBESMEN, releasing the classic singles ‘Igloo’ and ‘A Stand Alone’. Relocating to Sydney and recruiting the former RADIO BIRDMAN guitarist Chris Masuak, the band would enjoy a lengthy and successful homeland career, their 1988 single ‘I’ve Got A Feeling’ even making the Top 10 of Billboard’s Modern Rock Chart in the US.

Medew was awarded Queensland’s prestigious GW McLennan Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015.

In the Mesmerisers, Medew is joined by former Tribesmen Brian Mann on guitar and Michael Charles on drums, with Lois Andrews holding down bass duties.

The new album Open Season follows on from the band’s 2013 self-titled debut. Produced by Mann and mastered by another Aussie legend, Don Bartley, it’s available now through I-94 Bar Records.

Check out the video for the album’s title track…

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ELECTRAJETS JET IN!

NYC rockers ELECTRAJETS celebrate the release of their debut album this autumn with a pair of UK shows.

This hot-to-trot rock’n’roll supergroup, led by guitarist Jeff Ward of Birmingham glam-punk legends GUNFIRE DANCE, first formed in 2015, bringing together bassist Cynthia Ross of NYC vets THE B-GIRLS and NEW YORK JUNK, and drummer Dahm Majuri Cipolla of PHANTOM FAMILY HALO and Japanese instrumentalists MONO.

The album Transatlantic Tales, was produced by Ward and recorded by Martin Bisi (Sonic Youth, Live Skull, Bill Laswell) at Brooklyn’s famed BC Studio and features a guest appearance from Thee Hypnotics’ Ray Hanson. It’s out now through Tarbeach.

ElectraJets play…

Fri 8 Nov – Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham
Sat 9 Nov – The Unicorn, Camden, London

They’ll be joined at both shows by Birmingham power trio BLACK BOMBERS, who feature Ward’s former Gunfire Dance oppo Darren Birch on bass and recently released the 6-track mini album Vol 4 through Easy Action to huge acclaim.

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WONK UNIT UNVEIL NEW SINGLE!

Croydon DIY punks WONK UNIT have just dropped a video for their new single.

‘Cyclists’ was inspired when the band were delayed by a pair of pedallers en route to a festival. Frontman Alex takes up the story…

“Did they care about the motorcade snaking behind them? Cause not! [sic] Go read the highway code – two abreast is cool but ONLY IN CERTAIN SITUATIONS. DO NOT OBSTRUCT THE FLOW OF TRAFFIC. It’s the rules. So, I was tapping my hands on the dashboard when the funk took hold. “Cyclists riding 2 abreast blocking traffic, blocking traffic”. Then I did some rapping (but thankfully that never made it onto the single.) After about three months the cyclists decided to fix a puncture and we made it to the festival. By then the song was already a Wonk winner in the van! We jammed it in soundcheck and was a hit in our set later that night. The end.”

‘Cyclists’ is available to download here.

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ROCK THE SHIP!

We’re raising a glass of rum and hoisting the flag of rebellion for the 15th Anniversary Rock The Ship weekender! Vive Le Rock are proud to present this year’s Rock The Ship Festival organised by our brothers over at Pirates Press Records. It’s taking place across October 17th to 20th 2019 in the Bay Area of California with COCK SPARRER, SUBHUMANS, CJ RAMONE, THE OLD FIRM CASUALS, CHARGER AND STREET DOGS all billed to play plus loads more. As well as old favourites, the festival includes a host of younger bands like Brighton’s The Barstool Preachers, Grade 2 (newly signed to Hellcat Records) and the all-girl power unit Badcopbadcop. Bar Stool Preachers’ Tom McFaull said, “Every now and again, a label shows you just how important they’ve become and how much they’ve grown, and Rock The Ship is that from Pirates Press Records: another clear statement of intent. Some of the biggest and definitely some of the BEST artists in the world right now, all under one flag, working with punks, for punks. We’re proud to be a part of such an amazing party and family.” See the full line-up on their poster designed by punk rock veteran Tim Armstrong of Rancid.

Become a pirate for the weekend and hang out with the crew on the flight deck of a legendary aircraft carrier! Subhumans Dick Lucas said, “We’re very much looking forward to playing Pirates Press’s anniversary party, and the fact it’s on an aircraft carrier makes it not only one of the weirdest venues ever, but a prime example of putting a war machine to much better use!” Pirates Press have also added on a load more shows you can check out around Oakland and beyond. 350 LIMITED Weekend Passes are on sale now @ ROCKTHESHIPFESTIVAL.COM Day tickets to the Saturday show on October 19th aboard the USS Hornet will be sold shortly after weekend tickets sell out.

A weekend pass is the only way to attend the 4 other official Rock The Ship events at the Starline Social Club & Ballroom. Punters will also get a free poster and gift too! CJ Ramone left us with this message, “AHOY MATEYS!!! CJ RAMONE OF THE WORLD FAMOUS RAMONES HERE!! ROCK THE SHIP IS GOING TO BE THEE PARTY OF THE YEAR!!! FROM THE STARLINE BALLROOM SHOWS TO THE FLIGHT DECK OF THE USS HORNET, THE BAY AREA WILL  BE ROCKIN’!!! HAPPY AS HECK TO BE CELEBRATING 15 YEARS OF PIRATE PRESS!!! SEE Y’ALL THERE!!!”

All tickets are on sale now at ROCKTHESHIPFESTIVAL.COM

A few more messages from the bands…

“This show is a bucket list show for me. To be able to play with some of the bands that inspired me to do what I do is a great show in itself. But to also play with them on an aircraft carrier…it’s going to be insane.” – Aaron Rev, The Drowns

“I’m really happy and grateful that Charger gets to be a part of this event!! Great bands and a great label!!” Matt Freeman, Charger

“I thought we had ticked all of the boxes until Pirates Press booked a fucking aircraft carrier for us to play on for their 15th anniversary!” Colin McFaull, Cock Sparrer

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TIGERS ON THE PROWL!

Already being talked up on the Euro garage-punk scene, Italy’s SMALLTOWN TIGERS are all set to drop their debut single next month, and will be playing a bunch of UK dates to support it.

Hailing from the northern seaside city of Rimini, the trio came into existence a year ago, earning their stripes playing squat clubs and beach parties, before scooping the support slot for NYC powerpop aces BABY SHAKES on their jaunt around Italy this spring.

Now signed to Area Pirata Records, the band are due to release their debut single ‘Just Friends’ on 27 September, followed by a mini-album in the New Year. Both were produced by punk-blues guru Stiv Cantarelli (J.D. Hangover, The A.C.C.) and mastered by legendary Detroit producer Jim Diamond (The Sonics, White Stripes).

‘Just Friends’ is available to pre-order now via Bandcamp.

Smalltown Tigers head to the UK in early October for a handful of dates, including an appearance at Loud Women‘s 4th Birthday Party at London’s iconic Hope & Anchor. Full dates are…

Thurs 10 Oct – The Railway Hotel, Southend-on-Sea
Fri 11 Oct – The Shacklewell Arms, London (Garageland Club)
Sat 12 Oct – The Hope & Anchor, London (onstage 5pm) tickets
Sat 12 Oct – Biddle Bros, London (onstage 10pm)

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THE DOCTORS ARE IN!

DOCTORS OF MADNESS have announced the release of their first new album in 41 years.

Originally existing from 1974 to 1978, the Brixton art-rock band, fronted by the charismatic Richard ‘Kid’ Strange, released three albums for Polydor and are widely accepted to have formed a direct link between the progressive glam of Bowie and Roxy Music and punk. They even briefly included Dave Vanian in their line-up during The Damned’s first hiatus.

Reforming in 2014, the band went on to tour the UK and Japan in support of Cherry Red’s ‘complete works’ box set Perfect Past in 2017.

The new album Dark Times was recorded at Doghouse Studios, Oxfordshire with legendary producer John Leckie, who last worked with the band on 1976’s Figments Of Emancipation, and features contributions from Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott, Terry Edwards (Gallon Drunk, The NJE), Sarah Jane Morris (The Communards), Steve Bolton (Paul Young, Atomic Rooster), Paul Guerin (The Quireboys) and Dylan Bates (Flea-Pit Orchestra). The sleeve art, meanwhile, is the work of Psychedelic Furs’ guitarist Rich Good.

Speaking about the project, Strange states, “This is a wholly self-financed project, and no external record company was involved with the production or creation… hence its uncompromising nature. Damned right it’s political!”

Set for release on 13 September, Dark Times is available to pre-order here.

Check out the video for the first single ‘Make It Stop’…

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