Ace French punks GUERILLA POUBELLE have announced a series of UK and European dates next month.
The Paris trio, whose name translates as ‘Dustbin Guerilla’, head out on a co-headlining tour with Wisconsin’s ARMS ALOFT throughout April and May including shows in London, Manchester, Cardiff and Canterbury.
To whet your appetite, they’ve released a new video for the track ‘Golgotha’ from their 2017 album La Nausée, utilising footage from John Carpenter’s They Live!
Catch both bands on the following dates…
20 Apr – LONDON New River Studio 21 Apr – MANCHESTER Manchester Punk Fest 22 Apr – CARDIFF The Tiny Rebel 23 Apr – CANTERBURY The Folkestonenor 24 Apr – BE BRUXELLES Le Bunker 25 Apr – FR METZ Maison Des Etudians 26 Apr – DE LENENSSTADT – OT Grevenbrück 27 Apr – DE MUNICH Kafe Kult 28 Apr – FR LUTTERBACH Salle des Brasseurs 29 Apr – DE MAINZ Kreativfabrik 30 Apr – CH BULLE Ebulition 1 May – FR BAGNOLS-SUR-CEZE La Moba 2 May – FR MARSEILLE Skate Punk Fest 3 May – FR CIRAL Blizz Art Fest 4 May – FR MONTAIGU Rhinoferoces Fest 4 May – FR PARIS Le Gibus
EVIL BLIZZARD have announced the release of a double live album for Record Store Day, and they’re launching it with a new video exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
‘Tell Me’ is taken from VILEVILIVE which was recorded live at the Sonic Rock Solstice Festival in Worcestershire last year. The album follows on from the last year’s release of the band’s debut album The Worst Show On Earth.
VILEVILIVE is set for release though the band’s Crackedankles label on Friday 12 April, in time for Record Store Day the following day. It will be available on white vinyl in a gatefold sleeve with a free download card, limited to 500 copies. It will also be available on CD, also limited to 500.
The band play a special headline show at Preston’s iconic Guild Hall on Staurday 13 April, with support from Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs, The Membranes and Part Chimp. Tickets are available here.
THE STRAY CATS have unveiled the first single from their new album, their first in 26 years!
‘Cat Fight (Over A Dog Like Me)’ is taken from the succinctly-titled 40, celebrating the Long Island rockabillies’ 40th Anniversary. Check it out here.
The band recorded the album at Blackbird Studio, Nashville at the end of last year with producer Peter Collins. Check out this studio clip featuring band and producer talking about the album…
“You have to understand how unique The Stray Cats are,” explains Brian Setzer. “It’s me playing an old hollow body guitar, Slim Jim playing two or three drums, and Lee Rocker slapping a stand-up acoustic bass. I get to write new songs and then play them with my buddies. Somehow we created a new and exciting sound with this simple idea. And you know what? A lot of people agree!”
“This new album really feels like the first record we did, it’s really natural and comfortable,” adds Lee. “For the recording, we went live – like doing a gig, we recorded in a real, organic way. We were all in one room standing next to each other recording live, with the amps turned up to 10, it captured the undefinable things that happen when a band is great, it captured the magic that takes place and an undefined spark.”
“We’re very, very focused when we get into the studio,” continues Slim Jim. “It didn’t feel like a long time had passed since we had done this, it felt very natural and familiar. We were all in a row with everyone watching each other, so it felt like a gig in the set-up. We really embraced that a little bit for the album, it’s like an old way of making records. The modern is meeting the vintage, which has always been our inspiration.”
Featuring 12 all-new original songs, 40 is set for release on 24 May on Surfdog Records via Mascot Label Group Distribution. It will be available as a limited boxed edition CD, with two bonus tracks, a set of coasters plus postcards and stickers, as well as a limited editon siver vinyl LP. You can pre-order the album here and get ‘Cat Fight…’ as an instant free download.
As previously announced, the Cats play the following European dates…
Fri 21 June Azkena Rock Festival, Vitoria, Spain Sun 23 June 02 Academy, Birmingham Tues 25 June 02 Apollo, Manchester Wed 26 June Eventim Apollo, London Thur 27 June Eventim Apollo, London Sat 29 June Retro C Trop, Tilloloy, France Mon 1 July AFAS Live, Amsterdam, Netherlands Wed 3 July Columbiahalle, Berlin, Germany Thur 4 July Palladium, Cologne, Germany Sat 6 July American Tours Festival, Tours, France Sun 7 July Les Eurockeennes, Belfort, France Tues 9 July Killesberg, Stuttgart, Germany Thur 11 July Zenith, Munich, Germany Fri 12 July X-Tra, Zürich, Switzerland Sat 13 July Musilac Festival, Aix-Les-Bains, France Thur 18 July Pori Jazz Festival, Pori, Finland Sat 20 July Summer Jamboree, Falun, Sweden
Aussie rock vets DATURA4 have a new album coming out and they’re sharing a track exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
‘Run With Lucy’ is taken from the Western Australian rockers’ third album Blessed Is The Boogie, which is due out through Alive Naturalsound on 5 April.
Datura4 are lead by Fremantle native Dom Mariani, who’s been a linchpin of Aussie underground rock for the past 40 years with bands like The Go-Starts, The Stems, The Someloves, DM3 and The DomNicks (with former Cortinas and Clash guitarist Nick Shepard). Usually to be found trading in Beatley powerpop and Nuggets-era psych, with Datura4 Dom and his colleagues Stu Loasby, Warren Hall and Bob Patient scratch their heavy blues-rock and footstomping boogie itch.
“‘Run With Lucy’ (Lucifer) is an ode on the Cult of Personality,” Dom explains. “Living in uncertain times while our world leaders push agendas that create an unstable world to make us all feel uneasy about the future of this planet. History repeating? And so we bagged ‘em up into some glam-boogie-stomp ‘cos that’s the way we like it.”
There’s a limited edition Blessed Is The Boogie pre-order bundle available here.
THE FALL’s first two albums have their 40th birthday celebrated with the start of a new reissue programme.
Live At The Witch Trials was recorded in a single day at Sound Suite Studios in Camden and released in March 1979 on Miles Copeland’s Step-Forward label. It included material written by some of the then three-year-old band’s previous members, while drummer Karl Burns had left the notoriously fluctuant band before it was released with guitarist Martin Bramagh to follow soon after. It has since, however, become a landmark and hugely influential release.
It was followed just seven months later by Dragnet, which saw Mark E Smith, Marc Riley and Mike Leigh joined by Craig Scanlon and and Steve Hanley, two of the longest serving members of the Fall family. It was recorded at Cargo Studios in Rochdale, with co-producer Grant Showbiz.
Both albums will be available on limited edition coloured vinyl and as 3-CD box sets. The …Witch Trials box set features numerous bonus tracks, including tracks from the debut ‘Bingo Master’s Break-Out!’ single and the ‘Dresden Dolls’ bootleg single, plus Peel Sessions tracks, and a live set from Mr Pickwick’s, Liverpool from August ’78.
The expanded Dragnet, meanwhile, features several takes from the recording of the ‘Rowche Rumble’ single, plus live sets from Retford and Los Angeles. The vinyl edition also includes a replica 7″ of the ‘Rowche Rumble’ single.
Set for release on 24 May, these reissues represent the first salvos in Cherry Red’s deluxe reissue programme, Fall Sound Archive.
Fast-rising Yorkshire punks THE YALLA YALLAS have unveiled a video for their new single.
‘Problems’ is the first single to be taken from the Leeds
band’s fourth album which is due out in late Spring.
“The Hi-Energy Rock’n’Roll song was written on World Suicide Prevention Day and is a feel good fuck you to the advertising industry,” say the band. “The effects of advertising and social media on young people especially is starting to become a concern within society. The song is a rejection of perfection and the catchy chorus celebrates that each of us have our problems.”
He single is released digitally on Friday 15 February and will be available through all the usual platforms. You can get more information from the band’s website.
They’ve got a bunch of dates coming up, including support slots with Penetration, TV Smith and Subhumans. Get there early to catch them at…
Fri 26 April – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds (w/ Penetration) Sat 11 May – The Blind Pig, Sowerby Bridge Wed 22 May – The Maze, Nottingham (w/ TV Smith) Thurs 30 May – Fulford Arms, York (w/ Subhumans)
Venice Beach punks LUICIDAL have a brilliant new video which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
‘One Steel Soldier’ is the epic closing track from the band’s recently-released second album Born In Venice and stars guest vocalist Dale Henderson from thrashers BEOWÜLF. The video is the work of renowned artist and skater Bart Saric.
Luicidal was formed in 2012 by former SUICIDAL TENDENCIES members Louiche Mayorga and R.J. Herrera with a yen to create music “badass like the 80’s style Suicidal music.” The band released their self-titled debut in 2014. By early 2016, Herrera had left the band and the current line-up features Marty Ramirez on guitar, Mayorga on bass, Vince Sollecito on drums and Mike Avilez on vocals.
Fellow Venice band Beowülf formed in 1981, signing to Mike Muir’s Suicidal label. Releasing their first album in 1986, and sometimes described as a cross between Suicidal Tendencies and Motörhead, they’ve had numerous line-ups, Henderson being the sole original member.
Led by Lester Nuby III, formerly of much-loved 90s garage rockers VERBENA, Holiday Gunfire were formed two years ago, bringing together the cream of Birmingham underground rock, namely Jason Hamric, Craig Ceravolo and Michael Williams, in a band the traces the grand trajectory of American blue-collar post-punk, alighting on the likes of Sugar, Buffalo Tom and Fugazi.
Speaking about the new single, Hamric says, “‘Fake it’ is that inner dialog you have when there is every reason in the world to call someone out on their shit, but your empathy kicks in. You remember your own flaws and you let it go… secretly hoping the universe takes care of them for you!”
You can check out the video for the band’s debut single ‘Imaginary Friend’ here.
Aussie blues-punks TROPICAL FUCK STORM are set to make their European debut this Spring, including a bunch of UK dates.
The band were put together by Gareth Liddiard and Fiona Kitschin at the end of 2016 when their band THE DRONES went on hiatus, beiing joined by Lauren Hammel from HIGH TENSION and Erica Dunn of MOD CON, PALM SPRINGS and others. They released their debut album A Laughing Death In Meatspace last Autumn, a striking exercise in strident, experimental punk-blues. The band have just released a video for the track ‘The Future Of History’…
They hit the UK in May with a date at Oslo, London on the 8th, followed by an appearance at Brighton’s Great Escape Festival before heading around the country and over to Europe. More shows are to be announced but current dates are…
8 MAY OSLO, LONDON
9-11 MAY THE GREAT ESCAPE, BRIGHTON
15 MAY THE SOUND HOUSE, DUBLIN
17 MAY THE HUG AND PINT, GLASGOW
18 MAY COBALT STUDIOS, NEWCASTLE
21 MAY MERLEYN, NIJMEGEN
22 MAY HET BOS, ANTWERP
23 MAY VERA, GRONINGEN
24 MAY LONDON CALLING, AMSTERDAM
26 MAY FESTIVAL WHITE NAT WHITE HEAT, NANTES
29 MAY MOD, HASSELT
30 MAY VOORIUT, GENT
4 JUNE BEACHES BREW FESTIVAL, MARINA DI RAVENNA
6 JUNE LE ROMANDIE, LAUSANNE
15 JUNE ANDOAINGO ROCK, ANDOAIN
21 JUNE AZKENA ROCK, VITORIA
MADNESS have announced a pair of major London shows in honour of their 40th Anniversary.
The shows represent just a small part of the North London ska pioneers’ upswing in renewed activity.
On 15 June, the band take to the stage in the grounds of the stately home Kenwood House in Hampstead, North London, a mere stone’s throw from the stamping ground of their youth. As befits the genteel surroundings, they’ll be joined for this show by a full orchestra.
Then on 26 August, their one-day festival House Of Common returns to Clapham Common, where they’ll be joined by a full supporting cast of acts which will be announced in the coming weeks.
Tickets for both shows go on sale this Wednesday 30 January at 9.00am here.
The shows will be followed by the publication of a new autobiography, Before We Was We: The Making Of Madness, which sees the individual band members telling their stories up to their breakthrough year of 1979. Published by Virgin Books on 26 September, it’s available to pre-order here.
As usual, the band return to Butlin’s Minehead at the end of November for their annual House Of Fun weekender. Tickets are available here.
Aussie legends THE BEASTS OF BOURBON return with a new album and a new name: THE BEASTS STILL HERE.
First coming together in 1983, the Beasts coalesced around various musicians on the Australian underground scene during downtime in their existing careers. Since then they’ve gone on to become one of the most highly revered bands on that circuit, as well as earning serious kudos on an international status.
Following on from the band’s final show, and the death of Beasts bassist Brian Hooper, mainman Tex Perkins corralled the existing members in the studio to see what would transpire.
The sessions brought together Perkins and longstanding Beasts drummer Tony Pola, guitarist Charlie Owen (also from The New Christs) and guitarist Kim Salmon and bassist Boris Sujdovic (The Scientists). Also making one cut was original guitarist Spencer P Jones, who would sadly succumb to cancer in August last year.
The result is the 12-track album Still Here featuring some of the band’s best material in years, including covers of Frank Zappa’s ‘The Torture Never Stops’ and Warren Zevon’s ‘My Shit’s Fucked Up’, plus Jones’ chillingly poignant ‘At The Hospital’.
Still Here is set for release through Bang! Records on 15 February. In the meantime, the band have unveiled a video for the excellent track ‘On My Back’…
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.
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)
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.
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…
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.
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.
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’…