THE AINTS! REVEAL NEW VIDEO!

Former SAINTS guitarist Ed Kuepper’s new band THE AINTS! have unveiled a first video from their new album.

As previously announced, The Church Of Simultaneous Existence draws on material written during Kuepper’s original period with The Saints from 1973 to ’78 and ‘Red Aces’ reflects the brass-infused-punk sound of his final album with the band, Prehistoric Sounds.

“I wrote the bulk of ‘Red Aces’ in 1975 back in Brisbane,” Kuepper explains. “It got put aside and I didn’t give it much thought until early 78 when I was living in London. The Saints had just recorded ‘Know Your Product’ which I was positive was going to be a number [one] smash hit. It inspired me to do a tentative follow up so I added the horn part to the early bit and lo and behold there it pretty much was…. only problem was ‘KYP’ wasn’t the hit we thought it was going to be so ‘Red Aces’ was shelved once again… always the bridesmaid never the bride…. until now when those gallant gents known as The Aints! bring you the song in all its only slightly fased glory ….”

The Church Of Simultaneous Existence is due for release through ABC Records on 21 September and is available to pre-order in various bundles here.

Fans of The Saints, the Rifles, the Sunnyboys and other Aussie bands from the late 70s and 80s would do well to check out the Australian Underground playlist on Spotify.

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SPENCER ADDS HEADLINE SHOWS!

JON SPENCER has announced a handful of UK and European headline shows in addition his support dates with THE MELVINS.

As previously announced, the BOSS HOG and BLUES EXPLOSION man is to release his first ever solo album Spencer Sings The Hits! through In The Red Records on 2 November.

Check out ‘I Got The Hits’.

Pre-order the album here.

Says Spencer, “I can’t wait to get over and play for everyone. I will be joined by the HITmakers – Bob Bert (Sonic Youth, Pussy Galore, Chrome Cranks, etc), Sam Coomes (Quasi, Heatmeiser, Elliot Smith), and M. Sord (No Monster Club, M. Sord) – we will be kicking out all of the new long-player SPENCER SINGS THE HITS! as well as some choice cuts from Pussy Galore, The Blues Explosion, Heavy Trash, and maybe even a super-secret cover-song or two. We just did a stint in the States with the Melvins so I know from experience that these will be some dynamite nights of rock, roll, riot, and rumble.”

The Melvins/Spencer tour kicks off in Haarlem, Netherlands on 20 October, with Spencer sneaking in a headline show in Glasgow on 27 October, climaxing at London’s KOKO on 30 October. Spencer then heads west to Bristol to open his headline dates at the Exchange on 1 November. Full dates are…

October – Melvins & Jon Spencer
20          Haarlem (NL)    Patronaat (TICKETS)
21          Kortruk (BE)       De Kreun (TICKETS)
23          Birmingham       02 Academy 2 (TICKETS)
24          Norwich              Waterfront  (TICKETS)
25          Cardiff                Y Plas (TICKETS)
26          Leeds                 Stylus (TICKETS)
27          Glasgow             Broadcast (TICKETS)  HEADLINE SHOW *
28          Manchester        Academy 2 (TICKETS)
29          Brighton             Concorde 2 (TICKETS)
30          London               Koko (TICKETS)

November – Jon Spencer headline dates
1            Bristol                 Exchange (TICKETS)
3            Newcastle           Cluny 2 (TICKETS)
4            Nottingham         Bodega (TICKETS)
5            Arlon (BE)           L’ entropot (TICKETS)
6            Brussels (BE)      Botanique (TICKETS)
7            Muenster (DE)    Gleis 22 (TICKETS)
8            Koln (DE)            Helios (TICKETS)

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THE RATCHETS LAUNCH COOL VIDEO!

New Jersey punks THE RATCHETS return with a brand new single and a video which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘Gotta Be Cool’ is the first single to be taken from the band’s new album First Light, which is set for release this autumn through Pirates Press.

Hailing from Bruce Springsteen’s hometown of Asbury Park, the Ratchets have little in common with The Boss other than a blue-collar bike-jacket-and-engineering-boot rock’n’roll heart. The band’s debut album Glory Bound, released in 2006, was the first album to be released on Prates Press, but since then they’ve had a bit of a lay-off, making First Light the band’s first full-length album in more than a decade.

“You have to have something new to say and you have to mean it otherwise to me there’s a loss of credibility, and I’d rather keep my mouth shut than do that,” says frontman Jed Engine, and you can’t really say fairer than that.

“The Ratchets took some time off for a few years so I knew we had to write something really epic for the first session back. I think by the time we got to the studio we felt we were recording some really great tunes and the excitement
was there. We were lucky to record with our friend Pete Steinkopf, who is the guitarist from The Bouncing Souls, at his studio Little Eden in Asbury Park, NJ. It’s a familiar place to us — we used to practice there and wrote our LP Glory Bound there. He nailed our studio tones and that helped everything quickly fall
into place.

“‘Gotta Be Cool’ is about the nostalgia of looking back at your youth and the bond music forges between friends. When I wrote the song, I was thinking about what happens to those bonds as we grow older. Even though we may lose touch with friends we had as kids, the feelings behind those experiences don’t fade.”

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THE AINTS! ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM!

Former SAINTS guitarist ED KUEPPER returns next month with the debut album by his new band THE AINTS!

Kuepper previously used the name The Aints during the early 90s for gigs featuring Kent Steedman from The Celibate Rifles on bass and drummer Tim Reeves.

The new project, which came together last year, sees Kuepper teaming up with Rifles and New Christs drummer Paul Larsen Loughhead, Sunnyboys bassist Peter Oxley, jazz pianist Alister Spence and trumpeter and brass arranger Eamon Dilworth.

The Church Of Simultaneous Existence draws on material written during Kuepper’s original period with The Saints from 1973 to ’78 and a video trailer reflects the brass-infused-punk sound of his final album with the band, Prehistoric Sounds.

“Things had started to move fairly quickly once The Saints recorded ‘(I’m) Stranded’ in mid ’76,” remembers Kuepper. “We recorded three albums over the next two years as well as doing a fair it of touring, and for a while things were looking very promising. However, business problems, compounded by personal and artistic differences meant the band didn’t get around to recording all the material I had lying around….so forty (very) odd years later it occurred to me that these songs might well have made up a hypothetical 4th album….The Church Of Simultaneous Existence…..the songs that refused to die….performed in much the way they would have had the band not split up in 1978.’’

The Church Of Simultaneous Existence is due for release through ABC Records on 21 September and is available to pre-order in various bundles here.

Fans of The Saints, the Rifles, the Sunnyboys and other Aussie bands from the late 70s and 80s would do well to check out the Australian Underground playlist on Spotify.

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PIECE OF THE ACTION!

North London mod legends THE ACTION are the subject of a new career-spanning box set.

Although they only released six singles in their lifetime, none of which were hits, the Kentish Town band have become revered as one of the finest outfits of the original mod heyday, eventually evolving into free-flowing psych rock faves MIGHTY BABY during the late 60s and early 70s.

The Action were the first band signed by Beatles producer George Martin after he left EMI to set up his own company AIR Productions. In due course, he produced the band’s five singles issued on Parlophone between 1965 and 1967 as well as tracks intended for a never-released album.

All those tracks are included in the 4-disc Shadows & Reflections: The Complete Recordings 1964-1968. The set also brings together TV and radio recordings, rehearsal, demo and audition tapes and alternative mixes, many of which are available on CD for the first time, making it the band’s most comprehensive anthology ever.

The set is rounded out with a 36-page booklet, including numerous rare and unseen photos and 16,000-word sleevenotes by Action authority David Wells.

Set for release on Grapefruit through Cherry Red on 26 October, Shadows & Reflections: The Complete Recordings 1964-1968 is available to pre-order here.

Check out ‘I’ll Keep On Holding On’

 

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EXHIBITION FOR KILLING JOKE ARTIST!

Artist and designer Mike Coles is to have an exhibition of his work in East London later this month.

The artist, who’s known for his work with Killing Joke, The Orb and the Malicious Damage label, which he co-founded, has plundered his back catalogue, remixing it to produce a deck of 56 playing cards, alongside a collection of 56 hilariously deranged mercenary rhymes in the style of the traditional nursery rhyme, but with a twisted modern slant.

The exhibition Over the Hills and Back for Tea will feature all 56 artworks plus a chilling and disturbing audio installation of found sound and spoken word. All the artworks will be for sale.

The exhibition takes place from 25 to 29 August at 5th Base Gallery, Heneage Street (off Brick Lane), London E1 5LJ.

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AMPLINE UNVEIL NEW VIDEO!

Cincinatti post-punks AMPLINE have just unveiled a brand new video for the track ‘Shrunken Heads’.

This abrasive punk barn-burner’s taken from the trio’s fifth full-length album Passion Relapse, which is out now through Sofaburn Records.

Kevin Schmidt, Rick McCarty and Mike Montgomery came together as Ampline in 2001, since when, they’ve toured widely across the US, Europe and the UK. Passion Relapse was recorded, mixed and mastered at Montgomery’s  analogue recording studio Candyland in Dayton, Kentucky, which has hosted such acts as The Breeders, Protomartyr, Buffalo Killers, Ed Crawford (fIREHOSE), Courtney Barnett and more.

When not on Ampline or Candyland duty, Montgomery is a member of the duo R.Ring with The Breeders’ Kelly Deal, recently releasing their debut LP. He also plays in Mike Vallely and the New Arms alongside professional skateboarders Kristian Svitak (The Heartaches / Swami Recs) and Mike Vallely (Black Flag / Good For You with Greg Ginn). Vallely’s skateboard company Street Plant has featured numerous Ampline tracks in their video edits.

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ALL YOUR EBBS IN ONE BASKET!

Essex industrialists NITZER EBB have announced an end to their eight-year hiatus with a live appearance accompanied by a major box set.

Contemporaries of DEPECHE MODE, FRONT 242 and DIE KRUPPS, the Chelmsford EBM pioneers Bon Harris and Douglas McCarthy will return to the stage at the Amphi Festival in Cologne, Germany on 20 July 2019. They’ll be joined onstage by original founding members David Gooday and Simon Granger, the first time the four have been onstage together since 1987. Further live dates are promised in due course.

The dates will be preceded in October this year by the career-panning vinyl box set 1982 – 2010.

A coloured vinyl edition brings together the albums That Total Age, Belief, Showtime, Ebbhead, Big Hit and Basic Pain Procedure, all but the last of these expanded to double albums with additional 12″ mixes and gatefold sleeves.

The black vinyl edition omits Basic Pain Procedure, which has been recently reissued, but there’s space for it, and their most recent release, Industrial Complex, in the box!

The set also includes a large format booklet with notes by McCarthy and Harris, plus rare and unseen photos, fliers and other artwork.

Set for release on 5 October through Pylon Records, both box sets are available to pre-order here.

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DAVID J RETURNS TO HIS PAST!

BAUHAUS man DAVID J has announced a pair of intimate solo shows later this month.

For Back To Beck (The Crucible Of Bela Lugosi’s Dead) the bassist will return to the tiny Beck Studios in Wellingborough, Northants on 26 August, where Bauhaus originally recorded their classic debut single in 1979. It will be the first time he’s returned to the studio since recording his second solo album Crocodile Tears and The Velvet Cosh in 1985.

As well as playing songs from his back catalogue, David will be interviewed by Andrew Brookbank, author of Bauhaus – Behind The Mask, followed by a Q&A session.

The Wellingborough show will be preceded by a date at The Islington, London on 25 August, where he’ll be joined by special guests.

Tickets for both shows are available here

The two solo dates fall admid a lengthy series of European shows with PETER MURPHY, where they’ll be performing a set of Bauhaus classics, including the album In The Flat Field in its entirety. Full dates are…

Aug 15 – Kluisbergen, Belgium @ W Fest
Aug 17 – Taranto, Italy @ Cinzella Festival
Aug 23 – Vilar de Mouros, Portugal – Vilar de Mouros Festival
Aug 25 – London, UK @ The Islington **David J solo show**
Aug 26 – Wellingborough, UK @ Beck Studios **David J solo show**
Oct 18 – Wellington, New Zealand @ San Fran
Oct 19 – Christchurch, New Zealand @ Foundry
Oct 20 – Auckland, New Zealand @ Powerstation
Oct 22 – Adelaide, Australia @ Governor Hindmarsh
Oct 25 – Brisbane, Australia @ The Zoo
Oct 26 – Melbourne, Australia @ Max Watts
Oct 27 – Sydney, Australia @ The Factory
Oct 28 – Perth, Australia @ The Capitol Theatre
Nov 6 – St. Petersburg, Russia @ Aurora Hall
Nov 7 – Moscow, Russia @ Glavclub
Nov 9 – Belgrade, Serbia @ Dom Omladine Beograda
Nov 10 – Frankfurt, Germany @ Das Bett
Nov 12 – Zurich, Switzerland @ Mascotte
Nov 14 – Paris, France @ Bataclan
Nov 18 – Madrid, Spain @ La Riviera
Nov 19 – Barcelona, Spain @ Razzmataz
Nov 21 – Rome, Italy @ Orion Live Club
Nov 22 – Milan, Italy @ Fabrique
Nov 23 – Munich, Germany @ Ampere
Nov 24 – Bochum, Germany @ Christuskirche
Nov 26 – Wroclaw, Poland @ A2
Nov 27 – Berlin, Germany @ Columbia Theater
Nov 28 – Hamburg, Germany @ Knust
Dec 4 – Manchester, UK @ O2 Ritz
Dec 5 – Glasgow, UK @ SWG3
Dec 6 – Northampton, UK @ Roadmender
Dec 8 – Leeds, UK @ Leeds Beckett SU
Dec 9 – London, UK @ O2 Forum Kentish Town
Dec 11 – Copenhagen, Denmark @ Store Vega
Dec 12 – Stockholm, Sweden @ Nalen
Dec 14 – Athens, Greece @ Gazi Music Hall
Dec 15 – Thessaloniki, Greece @ Principal Club Theater

David’s most recent album Vagabond Songs is available now, as is his memoir Who Killed Mr Moonlight?

A series of coloured vinyl Bauhaus releases is due later this year.

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CURSE OF LONO VIDEO PREMIERE!

London Americana act CURSE OF LONO have a new single out today and they’re premiering it exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘Tell Me About Your Love’ is the second single to be lifted from the band’s forthcoming second album As I Fell which is set for release through Submarine Cat on 17 August. The song was written after frontman Felix Bechtolsheimer visited his Grandfather in hospital shortly before he passed away last year.

“I witnessed a conversation between my Grandfather and my Grandmother, who had been married for sixty-nine years and hadn’t spent more than a handful of nights apart in all that time,” says Felix. “My Grandfather had lived through the Holocaust where he lost a lot of family and he had lost his son a few years ago, but he insisted that his life had been amazing. He said that he would love to hang around a few more years but that he was ready whenever his time came. Then he took her hand and said, tell me the stories of our life. And I watched them hold hands and look out over the lake together as they recalled their adventures. It was one of the most emotional things I have ever witnessed but it was also incredibly inspiring.”

The album, which was produced by Oli Bayston at Rancho V, a remote desert studio in Joshua Tree, California and Flesh & Bone Studios in Hackney, is accompanied by a documentary, Somewhere In Their Heads, by Gregg Houston,  which has been nominated for Best Short Documentary at the Los Angeles Film Awards, Best Cinematography at the Independent Shorts Film Festival, Best International Short Film at the Summerfolk Short Film Showcase in Canada, and Best Director and Best Short Documentary at the World Music & Independent Film Festival Awards.

Curse Of Lono play the following dates in August….

August 19 Beautiful Days Festival, Devon
August 26 Graze Festival, Hampshire
August 28 Stockholm, Bryggarsalen (with David Ramirez)
August 29 Oslo, Café Mono (with David Ramirez)
August 30 Malmo, Folk å Rock (with David Ramirez)

 

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RARE LONDON SHOW FOR KUSWORTH!

West Midlands rock’n’roll legend DAVE KUSWORTH plays a rare full band show in London this month.

A founder member of seminal Birmingham garage rockers T.V. EYE alongside future members of DURAN DURAN, THE PREFECTS, XPERTZ and BLACK BOMBERS, Kusworth would hook up with former SWELL MAP Nikki Sudden in the highly regarded JACOBITES, before forming his own band THE BOUNTY HUNTERS as well as spending time in DOGS D’AMOUR.

Kusworth plays the latest instalment of the Rockaway Beach Club at iconic London venue The Hope & Anchor in Islington on Friday 27 July. Support comes from ex-HOLLYWOOD BRAT Brady’s retooled proto-punks THE LONDON SS and glam-psych trio THE SONIC JEWELS.

Tickets priced £8 are on sale here.

Check out ‘Stevie’s Radio Station’

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THE CHATS ANNOUNCE U.K. SHOWS!

Following in the footsteps of AMYL & THE SNIFFERS, Queensland’s THE CHATS are the latest bunch of mullet-headed Aussie punk urchins to try their hand in the UK and Europe.

The Sunshine Coast trio turned a few heads when the video for their anthemic post-punk single ‘Smoko’ went viral at the end of last year.

The band blow into the UK in October for dates including a show at London’s The Dome. Full dates are…

19/10 The Flapper – Birmingham
20/10 Club Sabbath – Glasgow
22/10 Rebellion – Manchester (upgraded from The Star & Garter)
23/10 The Dome, Tufnell Park – London
24/10 Olympic Café – Paris
25/10 Molotow – Hamburg
26/10 Paradiso Amsterdam – Amsterdam
28/10 Latest Music Bar – Brighton

 

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GLORY FIRES PLAY U.K. SHOWS!

New wave Southern rockers LEE BAINS III & THE GLORY FIRES have play a string of UK dates next month.

Formed in 2012 by Bains, a former guitarist with Tuscaloosa, Alabama garage punk legends THE DEXATEENS, the band have released albums for Alive Natrualsound and Sub Pop, most recently shifting to Don Giovanni for last year’s double album Youth Detention (Nail My Feet Down to the South Side of Town).

Aug 22 – Bristol, England – Tunnels
Aug 23 – Winchester, England – Railway
Aug 24 – Nutley, England – Bylines Festival
Aug 25 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – BlueMoon Fest
Aug 26 – Kettering, England – Greenbelt Festival
Aug 27 – Kettering, England – Greenbelt Festival
Aug 28 – Newport, Wales – LePub
Aug 29 – Edinburgh, Scotland – Leith Depot
Aug 30 – Glasgow, Scotland – Hug & Pint
Aug 31 – Newcastle, England – Cluny
Sep 1 – Halifax, England – The Lantern
Sep 2 – Sheffield, England – Greystones
Sep 3 – Brighton, England – Prince Albert
Sep 4 – London, England – Brixton Windmill

Check out ‘Good Old Boy’ from Youth Detention…

Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires

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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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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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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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LONDON SCREENING FOR QUO FILM!

The director’s cut of the STATUS QUO documentary Hello Quo! is to receive a one-off screening in London next month.

Running at over two-and-a-half hours, this will be the first time the full-length directors cut has been screened in the capital since the film’s release in 2012.

Critically acclaimed on its release, Hello Quo! charts the story of the South London boogiemasters from their origins in early-60s Peckham, right up to the reunion of Francis Rossi, Rick Parfitt, Alan Lancaster and John Coghlan – the first time that they’d played together in 30 years – that precipitated the Frantic Four shows in 2013. The film is made even more poignant following the subsequent death of Parfitt in 2016.

The screening at the Regent Street Cinema at 7.30pm on Thursday 12 July will be followed by a Q&A with the film’s director, Alan G Parker.

Tickets are available here.

Watch an excerpt.

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