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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JON SPENCER UNVEILS TRASH VIDEO!

Currently on tour in the UK, JON SPENCER unveils another new video from his debut solo album Spencer Sings The Hits! And he’s premiering it exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

Like its predecessor ‘I Got The Hits’, ‘Do The Trash Can’ is the work of filmmaker Alex Italics.

Having just played a string of dates with THE MELVINS, Spencer now headlines a batch of his own dates kicking off with a special show at Rough Trade East, London tonight, Friday 2 Nov at 7pm!

Full dates are…

2              London                 Rough Trade East

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)

Spencer Sings The Hits is out on In The Red Records and is available now here.

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WELCOME TO KUSWORTH’S WORLD!

Legendary Birmingham songwriter DAVE KUSWORTH has announced a one-off London show in celebration of a major new anthology.

An early member of chartbusting Soho sleaze-merchants Dogs D’Amour, playing on their 1984 debut album, Kusworth began his career in 1977 with seminal Birmingham garage band TV Eye, going on to find success in The Jacobites with former Swell Map, Nikki Sudden.

The first ever vinyl compilation of Dave’s work, and a taster for a major vinyl reissue programme, The World Of Dave Kusworth Vol.1 & 2 brings together the cream of Dave’s material from his period with The Jacobites, as well as tracks from his own later bands The Bounty Hunters, The Tenderhooks and The Dave Kusworth Group.

The album also features a track from Dave’s new solo album, due for release in 2019. Each of the 20 tracks was chosen personally by Kusworth and longtime friend, bandmate and designer Dave Twist, who was also responsible for the album’s lavish packaging.

Kusworth will be launching the album with a very special Rockaway Beach club night at London’s Hope & Anchor on Sunday 4 November. Tickets are on sale now here.

The World Of Dave Kusworth Vol.1 & 2 is available to pre-order now through Troubadour Records via Easy Action.

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BLACK DOLDRUMS NEW TRACK EXCLUSIVE!

Ascendant London psych-rock duo BLACK DOLDRUMS have a new EP out next month and they’re premiering the lead track exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘There Is No Eye’ is taken from the four-track Sad Paradise EP which will be their first release on the Club AC30 label. It was co-produced by engineer James Aparicio whose credits include Spiritualized, Nick Cave and Depeche Mode.

A combination of Kevin Gibbard’s layers of six-string sonic attack and Sophia Lacroix’s relentless tribal drums, the pair have been causing a stir across London and further afield for the last couple of years, paying homage to greasy biker psych and brown-acid meltdown.

“With just the two of us, it’s a close relationship with its challenges,” explains Gibbard. “We don’t have a lot of people we can rely on and for creativity this can be both productive and destructive as well as rewarding, due to the fact we both have something in common to work against. It’s us against them. Lyrically, I like to keep things simple and base each song around a theme as appose to a specific subject. More a feeling than a story. In terms of composition, each song ends up being a journey as we like to experiment and push it as far as we can with just the two of us. Our whole approach is that a song should write itself.”

Catch Black Doldrums live at…

10 Nov – Paper Dress Vintage, London
25 Nov – The Lanes, Bristol
6 Dec – The Victoria, London
7 Dec – The Chameleon Arts Café, Nottingham

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THE CASUALTIES NEW TRACK EXCLUSIVE!

Revered NYC street punks THE CASUALTIES are back and they’re premiering a track from their new album exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

Taken from Written In Blood, the band’s eleventh studio album, with its opening scorching, insistent guitar riff, the angry ‘Ashes’ means business from the off.

“This song is like revenge in reverse!” enthuses frontman David Rodriguez. “It’s about all of things you do to self-sabotage your life and right when the world thinks you’re going to die, you hide out and collect all the broken pieces and put yourself back together. And as you hear all the trash people talk about you, you just continue to take care of yourself and watch as everyone else truly burns up in their own hate. As they say the best revenge is doing good for yourself!”

First coming together in 1990, The Casualties have maintained a fearsome punk presence, touring with the likes of G.B.H., THE COCKNEY REJECTS, THE EXPLOITED and more, and playing the inaugural Holidays In The Sun festival, the precursor to Rebellion.

Following on from 2016’s Chaos Sound, Written In Blood was recorded at The Blasting Room studio in Fort Collins, Colorado with producer Bill Stevenson of THE DESCENDENTS and engineer Jason Livermore. It’s the first album for Rodriguez, who joined last year to replace long-serving original frontman Jorge Herrera.

Set for release on 26 October through Cleopatra, Written In Blood is available to pre-order here.

Catch The Casualties on the road at…

Metal Alliance Tour w/Goatwhore…

Oct 31 – Jefferson, LA – Southport Hall
Nov 1 – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
Nov 2 – Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey
Nov 3 – San Antonio, TX – Alamo City Music Hall
Nov 4 – Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom
Nov 6 – Mesa, AZ – Club Red
Nov 7 – West Hollywood, CA – Roxy Theatre
Nov 8 – San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick
Nov 9 – Fresno, CA – Full Circle Brewing Company
Nov 10 – Orangeville, CA – The Boardwalk
Nov 11 – Berkeley, CA – Cornerstone Berkeley
Nov 13 – Seattle, WA – Club Sur Rocks
Nov 14 – Portland, OR – Dante’s
Nov 16 – Salt Lake City, UT – Metro Music Hall
Nov 17 – Denver, CO – Marquis Theatre
Nov 18 – Merriam, KS – Aftershock
Nov 20 – St. Paul, MN – Turf Club
Nov 21 – Chicago, IL – Reggie’s Rock Club
Nov 23 – Detroit, MI – Magic Stick
Nov 24 – Kingston, ON – Overtime Sports Bar
Nov 25 – Quebec City, QC – Salle Multi
Nov 26 – Montreal, QC – Les Foufounes Electriques
Nov 28 – New York NY – Gramercy Theater
Nov 29 – Rochester, NY – Montage Music Hall
Nov 30 – Easton, PA – One Centre Square

Euro Tour Dates…

Jan 22 – Saint Jean De Vedas, France – Secret Place
Jan 25 – Brussels, Belgium – Magasin 4

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THE PRIMEVALS HEAD SOUTH!

Scottish garage-psych legends THE PRIMEVALS hit the highway for a rare bunch of English shows in the coming weeks.

Formed in Glasgow in 1983, the band still feature original frontman Michael Rooney and guitarist Tom Rafferty, and have just released a new 7″ vinyl EP, So Extra through Spain’s Ghost Highway Records.

The band head down to Liverpool on Friday 19 October, before heading east to Middlesborough on the Saturday for the Peel Regenerated all-dayer with TURNING BLACK LIKE LIZARDS, THE VOODOO RAYS, THE STRAYS and more.

They then hit the A1 in November for shows in Northampton, climaxing in a special Rockaway Beach show alongside THE WITHCDOKTORS in London on 17 November.

Full dates are….

Fri 19 Oct District, Liverpool (w/ The Gentle Scars + Raw Bones)
Sat 20 Oct Westgarth, Middlesborough (Peel Regenerated) tickets
Fri 16 Nov The Lab, Northampton (w/ Venus Fly Trap) tickets
Sat 17 Nov The Hope & Anchor, London (w/ The Witchdoktors + DC Spectres) tickets

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CAN YOU DIG IT?

South Coast punk label GROW YOUR OWN have announced their second annual all-dayer in London next month.

Since forming three years ago, the label has been a ubiquitous and reliable presence on the UK anarcho scene with releases by ANTHRAX, HAGAR THE WOMB (pictured), FLOWERS IN THE DUSTBIN, ACTIVE SLAUGHTER, VIRUS, A-HEADS and more.

This year’s event will take place at The Gunners, Blackstock Road, Finsbury Park on Saturday 17 November from 1pm ’til 11pm. Bands appearing this year include Anthrax, Hagar The Womb, Virus, SANCTION THIS, MINDFRAME, THE BLACK DEATH, THE COMMITED, THE FLEAS and more…

Tickets priced £10 are on sale here.

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POSIES AT 30!

Powerpop legends THE POSIES hit the UK this month on their mammoth 30th Anniversary Tour.

The Washington State quartet will be touring in the line-up that released their classic third album Frosting On The Beater – Dan Auer, Ken Stringfellow, Dave Fox and Mike Musburger.

The band have also launched a PledgeMusic campaign to rerelease the three albums from their successful Geffen period – Frosting… , Dear 23 and Amazing Disgrace – on vinyl. Find out more here.

The four UK dates on their tour are…

Fri 19 Oct London The Garage
Sat 20 Oct Leeds Brudenell Social Club
Sun 21 Oct Glasgow King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut
Tues 23 Oct Manchester The Deaf Institute

Full European tour dates and ticket details can be found on the band’s website.

Check out the video for ‘Dream All Day’.

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PIRATE COPY EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE!

Unruly punk rock quartet PIRATE COPY are plotting a fresh journey of rambunctious shenanigans, commencing with the launch of the new video ‘Reckless Alice’, premiered exclusively with Vive Le Rock and taken from the band’s forthcoming album, Swashbuckle & Swagger, out on Friday 26 October via Black Sail Records.

Says frontman Cap’n Kernow’, “‘Reckless Alice’ is based on the real-life story of Alice Whelan, who took misadventure to a whole new level by drunkenly commandeering a ferry in Torquay while attempting to escape the police! The song incorporates quotes from her subsequent trial, while the visually-stunning video, courtesy of Purple Knif, sees The Reckless One reimagined as ruthless bandit seeking to liberate Pirate Copy of their ill-gotten gains!”

Cleverly merging the vigour of punk rock to the buccaneering backstory that underpins their Cornish heritage, Pirate Copy have caused a stir across the South West and beyond, leaving a plethora of livewire gigs, indomitable fun and memorable songs in their wake.

Although based in Cornwall, the band have made regular jaunts across the land, establishing themselves as festival favourites, in part thanks to the interactively inclusive mayhem of their live show. 2013’s The Shape Of Piracy To Come EP was the band’s first tangible sign of bounteous booty. Further runs of festival appearances and shows followed, including a glut of memorable trips to the capital, before a second EP, the mighty Goin’ Down A Storm, dropped in May 2015.

Now, Pirate Copy are ready to unleash their dynamite debut album Swashbuckle & Swagger, which displays a dirty dozen of devastating ditties, marinated in rum and other unmentionable fluids, ready to attack your eardrums. Vive Le Rock‘s Dick Porter remarks about the album, “To experience Pirate Copy in full flow, as Poseidon intended, is a joy indeed. Swashbuckle & Swagger is a treasure chest of pleasures; combining live floor fillers such as ‘Somalian Pirates Suck’ and legendary set closer ‘I’m On A Boat’ with devilishly crafted new material like ‘Outlaw Pirates’, they have opened a Pandora’s box of piratical punk power.”

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NEVER TURN YOUR BACK ON A FIEND!

ALIEN SEX FIEND return this Autumn with a brand new double-album.

Possessed is the duo’s first new studio album since 2010’s Death Trip and follows on from last year’s 3-disc box set Fiendology.

Formed in 1982 around the nucleus of Nik Fiend and Mrs Fiend, ASF were a ubiquitous presence on the UK underground scene throughout the 80s, plying their trade in post-SUICIDE goth-horror and brown-acid psych. Apart from a handful of releases on their own 13th Moon label, the band have spent pretty much their entire recording career with Cherry Red, releasing their first single for their Anagram imprint, ‘Ignore The Machine’, in 1983.

Possessed sees the band back with Cherry Red, as a 12-track single CD and a 14-track double LP with exclusive bonus tracks and full original Nik Fiend gatefold artwork.

Set for release on 9 November, it will be preceded by the single ‘Shit’s Coming Down’ in mid-October.

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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.

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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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