U.K. BRACED FOR MORE CUT!

Italian post-punks CUT have announced a UK tour plus a new single.

The long-serving Bologna trio will contribute one side to a split split single alongside Turin’s MOVIE STAR JUNKIES on the splendidly-named Ancona label, Bloody Sound Fucktory. Cut’s track ‘Bad Chromosome’ features special guest MINUTEMEN and fIREHOSE bassist Mike Watt, who also contributed to the band’s most recent album Second Skin, released in 2017.

The band recently released a video for the album track ‘You Killed Me First’, saying…

“This video has been assembled with footage filmed with all kinds of devices by various people who have been at our live shows throughout the years. Some were already long-time friends and collaborators of ours, while others we have met on that occasion for the first time and have stayed friends ever since. There’s some we’ve met just once and even some we’ve never been introduced to in person! Most of them just happened to be in the audience that night and managed to capture some of the action. Nevertheless, they’ve all been there with us, sharing that suspension of society’s rules and regulations which every rock and roll show should aim at generating. Thank you for contributing with your visual memories of the CUT experience! Most importantly, thank you all so very much for your support across more than two decades. See you on the road and keep on dancing to A Different Beat!”

Formed in 1996, Cut have released six albums, including 2010’s Annihilation Road, recorded and mixed in New York with Matt Verta-Ray (Madder Rose, Speedball Baby, Heavy Trash) and mastered by Voidoids guitarist Ivan Julian. Since forming they’ve toured constantly throughout the UK, Europe and the USA, sharing stages with the likes of Iggy & The Stooges, Violent Femmes, Radio Birdman, The Jim Jones Revue, Royal Trux, The Hives, Mudhoney and loads more.

In November last year, guitarist/vocalist Ferrucio Quercetti released his widely acclaimed debut solo album Almost Mine: The Unexpected Rise and Sudden Demise of Fernando (Part 1).

Cut hit the UK in March for a series of dates kicking off at The Shacklewell Arms in London on Friday 8 March. Full dates are…

Fri 8 Mar – London – Garageland @ Shacklewell Arms (w/Lucy & The Rats)
Sat 9 Mar – Bristol – Mother’s Ruin
Sun 10 Mar – York – The Fulford Arms
Mon 11 Mar – Dundee – Make That a Record @ Conroy’s Basement
Tues 12 Mar – Glasgow – Hug & Pint
Wed 13 Mar – Edinburgh – Leith Depot
Thur 14 Mar – Liverpool – Free Rock and Roll @ Sound Food and Drink
Fri 15 Mar – Bolton – Big Unit
Sat 16 Mar – Preston – The Ferret
Sun 17 Mar – Manchester – Star & Garter (w/The Varukers)

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GROOVIES’ EARLY YEARS COMPILED!

San Francisco legends the FLAMIN’ GROOVIES have their early recordings compiled in a new box set next month.

Originally formed back in the mid-60s, the Groovies were at odds with the blossoming psych scene thanks to their love of early rock’n’roll. Nevertheless, having released their own 10-inch EP Sneakers, they were snapped up by Epic for their full length debut, Supersnazz. When that failed to sell, however, they switched to Kama Sutra for Flamingo, then Teenage Head.

With a change in line-up, seeing frontman Roy Loney replaced by Chris Wilson, guitarist Cyril Jordan would take the band in a more Beatley/powerpop direction during the 70s, signing to Sire and riding the New Wave across Europe. Reconvening in 2013, the band released their latest album Fantastic Plastic in 2017.

Gonna Rock Tonite! The Complete Recordings 1969-71 brings together those first three albums across three CDs, all expanded with bonus tracks including numerous rock’n’roll covers. The set is completed with a 20-page booklet including a new 7,500-word essay.

Set for release on 22 February through Cherry Red, Gonna Rock Tonite! Is available to pre-order here.

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NEW YEAR’S REVELATION!

The UK SUBS are to headline a new punk festival in Hertfordshire this Easter.

Brought to you in conjunction with promoters Human Punk, and sponsored by Vive Le Rock!, the Revelations Festival will take place at Harpenden Public Halls over Friday 19 and Saturday 20 April.

Other bands lined up up to play include THE VIBRATORS, THE MEMBERS, JOHNNY MOPED, 999, TV SMITH, DESPERATE MEASURES, SLAUGHTER II, THE ZIPHEADS, CRISIS, THE SATELLITES, DEPARTMENT S, THE WEIRD THINGS, TERMINAL TWIST and more…

Tickets priced £30 day or £55 weekend are available from Wegottickets and Stargreen.

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SHAKE SOME ACTION!

The great and the good of European garage punk will be descending on Santander, Spain in April for the 2019 edition of the Action Weekend.

The 15th such event, this year’s festival will take place over the 5th and 6th of April with a bill topped by fast-rising Lyon quartet THE SCANERS. Other acts announced include the UK’s KING SALAMI & THE CUMBERLAND THREE and THE EMBROOKS, TERRIER from Madrid and MUJERES from Barcelona.

There’s still more acts to be announced, with the festival offering 10 international DJs, plus film screenings, record fair, flea market and more.

Earlybird tickets, at a ridiculously reasonable 20€, are available here.

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LLOYD ON CELLULOID!

Fire Films, the cinematic arm of Fire Records, have announced a new documentary about Robert Lloyd and The Nightingales.

King Rocker is the work of comedian Stewart Lee and director Michael Cumming (Brass Eye, Toast) and is set for release in 2019.

Lloyd came to prominence as frontman of original Birmingham punks The Prefects, who supported The Clash on their White Riot Tour, as well as sharing stages with Buzzcocks, The Damned and The Fall, yet released no records until after they’d split.

The Prefects morphed into The Nightingales achieving some success during the mid-80s before Lloyd went solo and signed to Virgin. The band reformed in 2004 and have since toured widely, reaching their highest profile yet with this year’s Perish The Thought album.

Donations to the making of the film can be made here.

Watch the trailer.

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MOTHER’S LITTLE HELPER DISH OUT THE XMAS SPIRIT!

Ace London rock’n’rollers MOTHER’S LITTLE HELPER play a special Christmas show this week.

The trio – who feature guitarist James Walbourne and bassist Nick Wilkinson from THE PRETENDERS, plus drummer Kris Sonne –  are playing the Punk Rock Blues Christmas party at The Lexington, Islington, London on Friday 21 December.

Support comes from Southend-on-Sea’s TUPPENNY BUNTERS and pub rock power trio THEE DAGGER DEBS. Your DJ for the evening is ROCKINGBIRDS guitarist Andy Hackett. The fun starts at 7.30pm. Tickets are on sale here.

Check out this clip of Mother’s Little Helper tearing a strip off Link Wray’s ‘Run Chicken Run’…

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COSMIC PSYCHOS HIT THE ROAD!

Aussie punk legends COSMIC PSYCHOS have announced a European Tour for next year, including three UK shows.

The Melbourne trio, who first came together in the early 80s, enjoyed worldwide success aroudn the end of the decade when they signed to SubPop. Recent albums Cum The Raw Prawn and this year’s Loudmouth Soup, plus the acclaimed documentary Blokes You Can Trust, have seen the band’s star rise once again.

The tour kicks off on 3 April in Manchester and include a London show at Tufnell Park Dome on 5 April. Full dates are…

Apr 3 – Night People, Manchester
Apr 04 – Institute 3, Birmingham
Apr 05 – The Dome, London
Apr 06 – Faster Louder Festival, Eindhoven, Netherlands
Apr 07 – T’Hoekske, Gierle, Belgium
Apr 08 – dB’s, Utrecht, Netherlands
Apr 09 – Helios 37, Köln, Germany
Apr 10 – Gleis 22, Münster, Germany
Apr 11 – TAPE, Aarhus, Denmark
Apr 12 – YOKO Bar, Hamburg, Germany
Apr 13 – Musik & Frieden, Berlin, Germany

Tickets go on sale at 9.00am on Monday 17 December via the band’s website.

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LENE LOVICH STATELESS AGAIN

New Wave chart star LENE LOVICH has announced a series of UK dated in celebration of the 40th Anniversary of her Stiff Records debut, Stateless.

The Detroit-born UK-based singer’s debut album reached the Top 40 of the UK Album Charts in March ’79, yielding two Top 20 singles in ‘Say When’ and the No.3 smash ‘Lucky Number’. It also featured a version of the Tommy James & The Shondells evergreen ‘I Think We’re Alone Now’, the original A-side to ‘Lucky Number’ before the latter was picked up by radio DJs.

Lene will be heading out on tour from Friday 8th until Saturday 23rd March, including a show at The Garage in London on Thursday 21st, playing the album in its entirety, as well as other favourites.

“It is incredibly flattering to know that people are still interested in Stateless after all these years,” she says. “And it is always humbling to learn what it has meant to people on a personal level. We all have music which becomes the soundtrack to our lives, and to know that people are still listening is the highest compliment that you can ever be paid as an artist and a performer. Far from being near nostalgia, taking the album out on the road for its anniversary year is a way of saying thank you, both to the fans who have appreciated it for so long, and also to the songs themselves, which have meant so very much to me and gave me such a wonderful start on this journey.”

Full dates are…

Fri 8 March – Riverside, Newcastle
Sat 9 March – G2, Glasgow
Sun 10 March – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
Fri 15 March – O2 Institute, Birmingham
Sat 16 March – Club Academy, Manchester
Sun 17 March – The Waterfront, Norwich
Thur 21 March – The Garage, London
Fri 22 March – Concorde 2, Brighton
Sat 23 March – O2 Academy, Oxford

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PETE SHELLEY R.I.P.

The world of punk and music in general is in shock at news of the death of BUZZCOCKS founder Pete Shelley.

The singer/guitarist died suddenly of a suspected heart attack on Thursday in Estonia where he was living.

Formed in 1976, the band fused punk speed and energy with seemingly effortless pop melodicism and astute lyrics spotlighting the swings and roundabouts of everyday life and relationships. In doing so they wielded a huge influence across punk worldwide, particularly in the US, over bands from Husker Du and Nirvana to Green Day and Blink 182.

Inspired by a review of the SEX PISTOLS in the NME, Shelley and Buzzcocks singer Howard Devoto travelled south from their home in Bolton to see the band, later arranging for them to play their seminal gig at Manchester’s Lesser Free Trade Hall. Buzzcocks would go on to support the Pistols at their second Manchester gig before heading back to London to play the legendary 100 Club punk festival in September.

Releasing the four-track Spiral Scratch EP in January ’77, when Devoto left the band to form Magazine, Shelley moved to vocals, with the band signing to United Artists and releasing the single ‘Orgasm Addict’ in November of that year. This heralded an impressive run of chart success, with no fewer than seven Top 4o singles – including the No.12 hit ‘Ever Fallen In Love’ – and two Top 20 albums, Another Music In A Different Kitchen and Love Bites. Their singles would be collected in 1979 on the essential compilation Singles Going Steady.

After the band split in 1981, Shelley launched a solo career with the single ‘Homospaien’ and began to embrace electronic sounds, inspired by his love of Krautrock.

Buzzcocks returned in 1989, playing a showstopping comeback performance at the following year’s Reading Festival and releasing a new album Trade Test Transmissions in ’93. The band had continued to tour and record periodically since them, playing major shows worldwide, often to much larger audiences, such is the esteem with which they are held in the punk community. They released their most recent album The Way in 2014.

Remember him this way…

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EVIL BLIZZARD VIDEO PREMIERE!

EVIL BLIZZARD have a brand new video, which they’re unveiling exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

Entering into the Xmas spirit, the chirpily-titled ‘Unleash The Misery’ is the third single to be drawn from the Preston band’s acclaimed album The Worst Show On Earth.

Released through Crackedankles Records, ‘Unleash The Misery’ c/w ‘Tongue Cushion’ is available on 7″ (limited to 300 copies) and download from Bandcamp.

Written and directed by Giles Bastow, the video stars Joanne Mitchell and James Foster.

Says bandmember Filthydirty: “The director Giles Bastow approached us about making a short film to accompany the single as opposed to a ‘promo video’. Giles is a total Horror movie buff but wanted to make a short film with a twist: he wanted to subvert the cliche of the ‘helpless girl who is always the first victim’ and wanted to portray the female character as the stronger victor.”

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PREFAB MESSIAHS’ ROBOTIC RETURN!

Massachusetts new wave psych band THE PREFAB MESSIAHS are back with a brand new single and video.

‘Bring On The Robots’ is the first new material from the band since the release of their acclaimed full-length album Psychsploitation Today!, released earlier this year.

Originally existing in Worcester, Massachusetts during the early 80s, recordings by the band were hard to find until California label Burger gave an official full reissue to a previously CD-R only compilation, Devolver, in 2007. This was followed in 2015 by an 8-song mini-album of new material, Keep Your Stupid Dreams Alive.

‘Bring On The Robots’ is out digitally through iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and all usual platforms.

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RICH HOPE’S GROOVY VIDEO PREMIERE!

Veteran Pacific Northwest roots rocker RICH HOPE has a new video, and he’s premiering it exclusively with Vive Le Rock! 

‘Golden Clouds’ is a cover of a track by the FLAMIN’ GROOVIES from their legendary Sneakers EP. This version is taken from Rich’s new album I’m All Yours, the follow-up to 2009’s Gonna Whip It On Ya.

Born and raised in Edmonton, Canada, Rich’s first band, The Taxicrabs, were given their name by Country Dick Montana of The Beat Farmers. Relocating to Vancouver, he released his first full-length album Good To Go
in 1998,  before signing on with the band John Ford for two albums.

Since forming a duo with drummer Adrian Mack,  he’s been support of choice for the likes of the Black Crowes, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, The Sadies, Social Distortion and Reverend Horton Heat among others.

I’m All Your is out now and available to order through Bandcamp.

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BANDS LINE UP FOR MANCHESTER PUNK FEST!

The line-up’s shaping up for next year’s Manchester Punk Festival, which will take over eight venues in the city from 19-21 April 2019.

As previously announced, SUBHUMANS will be main headliners. They’re now joined by BAR STOOL PREACHERS, DOOM, KING PRAWN, DEAD TO ME, SMOKE OR FIRE, NOT ON TOUR, THE CREEPSHOW, THE ARTERIES, THE INFESTED, CONSUMED FAINTEST IDEA, HARIJAN, RESTORATION, NERVUS, FAIR DO’S, ADRENALIZED, ASTPAI, PRESS CLUB, JANUS STARK, A VULTURE WAKE, ARMS ALOFT and loads more.

They’ll be appearing across the city at The Union, Gorilla, The Bread Shed, Rebellion, Underdog, Zombie Shack, The Thirsty Scholar and Font Bar.

Tickets are selling really fast, so get in quick here.

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JANUS STARK PLAY THEIR JOKER!

Melodic punks JANUS STARK are back with a new video – their first ever!

The single ‘Shuffling The Pack’ represents the Peterborough band’s first new material in 21 years!

The band were first former in 1996 by former DESTRUCTORS and ENGLISH DOGS guitarist Gizz Butt. Given a boost in profile thanks to his appearances with THE PRODIGY, the band scored a minor hit with the ‘Every Second Counts’ accompanied by the album Great Adventure Cigar. Since splitting the band in 2002, Butt has performed with Steve Ignorant on his CRASS revival gigs, as well as playing with FIELDS OF THE NEPHILIM and German alternative metal band PYOGENESIS.

Speaking about ‘Shuffling The Pack, Butt explains, “It’s a tale of promises that lead to betrayal. When someone lays down the red carpet to you and promises the earth, yet before you know it, your honeymoon is over, and you’ve been shuffled to the back of the pack.

“Personally, I’ve been at the receiving end of a ‘promisor’ a number of times, fooled by the proverbial dangly carrot. A few friends of mine helped me recognise the signs. The video represents a promise that I am intended to follow. This time I suspect something, so I’m going to confront this villain. This time he’s chosen the wrong card!”

The single is the first fruit from a new album due next year.

You can catch Janus Stark live on the following dates…

Nov 24 – The Ostrich Peterborough
Jan 12 – The Monarch Camden, London
April 19-21 – Manchester Punk Festival
May 25 – Punk and Ska Festival Wales, Machlynlleth

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THE GODFATHERS ANNOUNCE DATES!

THE GODFATHERS have announced a string of UK dates leading up to their annual St Valentine’s Day Massacre show.

The band have enjoyed a boost in fortunes over the last couple of years, following the release of their acclaimed return-to-form album A Big Bad Beautiful Noise in February ’17.  Much of that time has been spent touring widely outside the UK, putting dozens of festival appearances and thousands of road miles under their belts.

The five UK dates culminate in their annual St Valentine’s Day Massacre Show – a Godfathers tradition of more than 30 years – at London’s legendary 100 Club with special guests THE DeRELLAS. Full dates are…

8 Feb – Wolverhampton – Slade Rooms  tickets
9 Feb – Manchester – Rebellion  tickets
14 Feb – Hebden Bridge – Trades  tickets
15 Feb – Norwich – The Waterfront  tickets
16 Feb – London – 100 Club  tickets

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GENE LOVES JEZEBEL ANNOUNCE U.K. DATES!

GENE LOVES JEZEBEL have announced a string of UK dates for the New Year.

The 80s pop-goths, who feature co-founder Jay Aston, alongside guitarist James Stevenson, bassist Pete Rizzo and drummer Joel Patterson, released their most recent album Dance Underwater last year.

The dates, which comprise the band’s first UK tour in over a decade, are as follows…

Fri 11 Jan – The Factory, Manchester
Sat 12 Jan – Ivory Blacks, Glasgow
Sun 13 Jan – Trillians, Newcastle
Thur 17 Jan – The Fleece, Bristol
Fri 18 Jan – Esquires, Bedford
Sat 19 Jan – Islington Academy, London

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A.N.W.L. HIT THE STREETS OF LONDON!

ANTI-NOWHERE LEAGUE are to headline a special punk event in London next autumn.

The London Punk Festival will take place at the 229 Club on Saturday 21 September and feature 8 bands across two rooms.

Other bands lined up to play are DISCHARGE, VICE SQUAD, CHRON GEN, KNOCK OFF, ANTI-PASTI, MENACE and CRIMINAL MIND.

Earlybird tickets priced £27.50 (full price £33.00) are available here.

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ROUNDHEAD OR DEAD!

Ranting punk poet ATTILA THE STOCKBROKER has just released a new album with a difference.

Restoration Tragedy sees Attila and his band BARNSTORMER 1649 creating an album fusing the music of the 17th Century with the sounds of ’77 buzzsaw punk, inspired by events just after the English Revolution, when Charles I was beheaded,  the country became a republic, the ‘world turned upside down’ and unprecedented radical ideas spread across the land.

This album of ‘Roundhead Renaissancecore’ features numerous early musical instruments, such as shawm, crumhorn, cornamuse, bombarde, shawm and five different recorders, jousting with guitar, bass and drums all played by Attila and the band themselves.

“Growing up and living in Southwick, the port town of Shoreham Harbour in West Sussex, I’ve spent my life next door to the site of a pivotal moment in English history,” Attila explains. “After his defeat at the Battle of Worcester in 1651, Charles II travelled south in disguise, chased by the New Model Army, and ended up at Shoreham Port, sneaking off to France in a coal boat called Surprise from a spot 400 yards from where our house now stands. I’ve always been interested in the history of the English Civil War and its aftermath and like many locals, been aware of the story. Completely coincidentally, I’ve always loved early music, have taught myself to play many ancient instruments and believed those simple sounds could be harnessed to the energy of punk in the same kind of way that The Pogues combined Irish music and punk.”

Attila The Stockbroker began performing as a poet in 1980 in Harlow, Essex alongside his mates NEWTOWN NEUROTICS. Since then he has toured widely, playing more than 3,000 gigs in 24 countries, including pioneering shows in East Germany and Albania. His acclaimed autobiography Arguments Yard (35 years of Ranting Verse and Thrash Mandola) was published by Cherry Red Books in 2015.

Restoration Tragedy is available on limited edition gatefold double vinyl and CD from Attila’s website and at gigs. You can catch him on the road at…

10 Nov – SHOREHAM – Duke of Wellington
29 Nov – NORTHWICH – Salty Dog
30 Nov – ASHTON UNDER LYNE – Station
1 Dec – SHEFFIELD – Gardeners Rest
15 Jan – PETERSFIELD – Write Angle

Watch a full Barnstormer 1649 live show from Latest Musicbar, Brighton here.

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