London post-goth chanteuse Sukie Smith and MADAM have released a video for a track from their new album due this summer.
‘When I Met You’ is taken from the album Back To The Sea, set for release on 1 July through Shilling Boy Records. It’s available to pre-order at a special low price through iTunes.
Their first new album in five years, it follows 2011’s acclaimed Gone Before Morning and features guest appearances from Adam Franklin of SWERVEDRIVER and Frankie Frankie of THROW DOWN BONES.
‘When I Met You’ is the first of four videos currently in production, with videos due to be made of all eleven album tracks.
Speaking of the video, Sukie says “Directed by Devon Dickson, and set in the badlands of Bethnal Green, Hackney Wick and Stratford, it is a late night journey of memory, regret, fury, violence, but ultimately of survival. Two separate entities, which combined become much more than the sum of their parts …. This song is about a boyfriend getting beaten half to death, taken to hospital, expected to die and what happened while he/ she was there. The film is about the aftermath of the events in the song – the anonymous cab ride giving Sukie the space to relive the events that have just unfolded, joined by the people who ghost ride in her mind as comfort or trouble. Subterranean and tense, it is about the thousands and thousands of stories playing out in this huge city. Every part of London reminds me of someone, a part of my life that’s not now, it is not now.”
BAUHAUS frontman PETER MURPHY has announced a one-off London show.
The Northampton Goth Overlord plays the O2 Academy, Islington on Wednesday 18 May, where he’ll be performing music from across his four-decade career. Tickets go on sale at 10am on Thursday 31 March.
Peter’s last new studio album Lion – produced by KILLING JOKE bassist Youth – was released in 2014, while a live album Mr Moonlight Tour: 35 Years Of Bauhaus came out last autumn. This week he embarks on the Stripped acoustic tour of North America.
San Francisco legends the FLAMIN’ GROOVIES have unveiled their first new single in thirty years!!!
‘Crazy Macy’, a slice of classic Groovies, is set for release through Burger Records on 16 April. Available on 7″ vinyl and cassette, you can pre-order it here!
As previously announced, the Groovies are celebrating their 50th Anniversary this year, with a new album and a documentary film in the pipeline, with an extensive tour of europe and the UK thoughout April and May. Full dates are….
11/04 MON – Stereo Club – Alicante (SP)
12/04 TUE – Loco Club – Valencia(SP)
14/04 THU – Sala Caracol – Madrid (SP)
15/04 FRI – Gijon Sound Festival c/o Albeniz Club – Gijon (SP)
16/04 SAT – Intxaurrondo K.E. – San Sebastian (SP)
17/04 SUN – tba Europe
19/04 TUE – Whelan’s – Dublin (Ireland)
20/04 WED – Brudenell Social Club – Leeds (UK)
21/04 THU – Center of Contemporary Arts – Glasgow (UK)
22/04 FRI – Club Academy – Manchester (UK)
23/04 SAT – ATP Festival – Prestatyn (UK)
24/04 SUN – ATP Festival – Prestatyn (UK)
25/04 MON – Scala – London (UK)
26/04 TUE – The Globe – Cardiff (UK)
28/04 THU – De Zwerver – Leffinge (BE)
29/04 FRI – Le Petit Baine – Paris (FR)
30/04 SAT – tba Europe
01/05 SUN – Hafenklang – Hamburg (DE)
03/05 TUE – tba Europe
04/05 WED – Folk & Rock – Malmo (SW)
05/05 THU – John Dee – Oslo (NO)
06/05 FRI – Pustervik – Gothenburg (SW)
07/05 SAT – Nobelberget – Stockholm (SW)
Yet more bands have been added to the bill of this year’s CAMDEN ROCKS festival, taking place on 4 June!
For its fifth year, the festival – proudly sponsored by Vive Le Rock! – brings more than 200 acts to 20 venues across London’s Camden Town!
Today’s additions include PENETRATION, YASHIN, SONIC BOOM SIX, JOHNNY FOREIGNER, THE ST PIERRE SNAKE INVASION, SYMMETRY, SKY VALLEY MISTRESS, GUMBLE BEE, DESPERATE MEASURES, BLURRED VISION, THE FALLEN STATE, DUCHESS, JOANOVARC and EMILY LEE.
They join a bill that already includes CARL BARAT & THE JACKALS, GLEN MATLOCK, GINGER WILDHEART, YOUNG GUNS, BILLY BRAGG, THE GODFATHERS, CREEPER, INME, JIM JONES & THE RIGHTEOUS MIND, THE VIRGINMARYS, WARRIOR SOUL, GUN, REIGNING DAYS, QUEEN KWONG, ROLE MODELS, LOUISE DISTRAS, THE TUTS, THE MEN THAT WILL NOT BE BLAMED FOR NOTHING, THE MAIN GRAINS, FATHOMS, LOUNGE KITTENS and loads more with still more than a hundred bands to be announced!
Two legends of 80s anarcho-punk have joined forces on a limited edition split single!
ANTHRAX (UK) and HAGAR THE WOMB have both contributed tracks to the release which is out now through Anthrax’s label Grow Your Own Records.
Anthrax perform ‘Fear’ and ‘Surprise Surprise’ while Hagar The Womb add ‘Hated By The Daily Mail’. It’s available as a download and limited edition orange “7 vinyl in a gatefold sleeve through Bandcamp.
Anthrax play an anarcho-punk weekender at the Boston Arms, London on 29 April-1 May – tickets. A benefit for Love Sex / Hate Sexism and National Rape Crisis Helpline, they’re joined on the bill by THE MOB, DOOM, LIBERTY, ICONS OF FILTH, WARWOUND and more.
That same weekend, Hagar The Womb play Manchester’s 0161 Festival alongside BLAGGERS I.T.A., OPPRESSED, ANTI-SYSTEM, ATTILA THE STOCKBROKER, EASTFIELD, INNER TERRESTRIALS and more – tickets.
Both bands will be appearing at this year’s Rebellion Festival – tickets.
Redditch iconoclasts THE CRAVATS are back with their first new single in 31 years. And they’re launching their brand new single exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
Originally extant from 1977 until the mid-80s, with releases on Small Wonder and Crass Records, The Cravats were stylistically at odds with with the UK punk scene, but were much loved nonetheless. Founder members The Shend and Svor Naan resurrected a live version of the band including drummer and fellow Redditcharian Rampton Garstang in 2009, but it wasn’t until the recent addition of guitarist Viscount Biscuits and bassist Joe 91 that they felt they had the right ingredients for new material.
The sharply observational ‘Jingo Bells’ plus ‘Batter House’ are available on limtied edition 7″ through Overground Records. A further 7″ and new album are promised before the end of the year.
The video was shot on a bus tour around Westminster by acclaimed director Mark Richards. Watch out for a cameo from CRASS founder Penny Rimbaud!
The Cravats play the Green Door Store, Brighton on 26 March with HAGAR THE WOMB, CULTURE SHOCK, BUS STATION LOONIES and more.
Aussie legends RADIO BIRDMAN have added more UK dates to their Summer European Tour.
Having previously announced shows in Manchester and Leeds, they’ve now added gigs in London and, for the first time ever, Scotland.
Dates are as follows…..
23 June Club Academy, Manchester tickets
24 June The Brudenell, Leeds tickets
25 June Warehouse, Falkirk tickets
26 June The Dome, Tufnell Park, London tickets
The band have also announced an exclusive release of two previously unheard tracks for Record Store Day. Cover versions of THE MASTER’S APPRENTICES’ ‘Buried And Dead’ and ALICE COOPER’s ‘The Ballad Of Dwight Fry’ were originally recorded at Melbourne’s Hothouse Audio in 2004 and recently remixed and mastered for a limited edition 7″ available through Citadel Records.
Northeast Lincolnshire’s greatest rock’n’roll hopes, MING CITY ROCKERS return this month with a brand new album and have unveiled the first single from it!
‘Sell Me A Lemon’ is taken from the band’s second album Lemon and you can check it out here! The album was recorded and mixed by Steve Albini at his Electrical Audio studio in Chicago. It’s out through Republic Of Music on 25 March but you can pre-order it here.
The release sees new bassist Ramona Rae teaming up with Clancey Jones, Morley Adams and Wan Marshall.
You can catch Ming City Rockers live at Stockton Calling in Stockton-on-Tees on 25 March.
Following on from their recent reformation and dates with ENTER SHIKARI, THE KING BLUES have announced a string of UK festival appearances.
Although Jamie Jazz has ducked out of the reunion, the band have consolidated around Itch, Fruitbat and new bassist Pete Pocket and show no sign of slackening their pace, issuing a scathing new single ‘Off With Their Heads’.
First on the list is Teddy Rocks in Blandford Forum, Dorset on 1 May with GENTLEMAN’S DUB CLUB.
They’ve also been added to the line-up for Bearded Theory in Derbyshire 27 May, alongside STIFF LITTLE FINGERS, PIL, KILLING JOKE, WILKO JOHNSON and COCKNEY REJECTS.
They’ll then go on to headline the Pink stage at this year’s Slam Dunk Festival from 28-30 May.
In June they head for the South Coast to headline ATTILA THE STOCKBROKER’s Glastonwick Festival at Coombes near Shoreham-by-Sea on 3 June.
Between 11 and 14 August they play the Boomtown Fair near Winchester, alongside FUN LOVIN’ CRIMINALS, THE LEVELLERS, THE SELECTER, BAD MANNERS and more.
MARTIN NEWELL, frontman of 70s glam also-rans PLOD and mainstay of 80s psychedelicists CLEANERS FROM VENUS, plays a rare London show this weekend.
Now an established poet, Newell will be performing with Essex act THE HOSEPIPE BAND, who’ve set some of his works to music and who include former NEW MODEL ARMY bassist Nelson, also a former bandmate of Newell in the Cleaners.
The afternoon show takes place at the Union Chapel in Islington on Sunday 6 March and tickets are available here.
Having formed in Colchester in 1973, Plod’s song ‘Neo City’ was included on 2003’s Velvet Tinmine compilation and is rightly hailed as a classic of junkshop glam. After the band’s break-up, Newell turned down an offer to join fledgling punks THE LONDON SS, later issuing a highly-regarded new wave solo single ‘Young Jobless’ before forming Cleaners From Venus in the early 80s. Signing to RCA, the band had some success in Germany, later starring in the book Lost In Music. Involving himself in various other projects, including a stint as lyricist for CAPTAIN SENSIBLE and recording an album with XTC’s Andy Partridge, Newell has intermittently returned to the Cleaners name over the years, releasing a new album Rose Of The Lanes last year through Soft Bodies Records.
Rock ‘n’ roll harmony trio THE REBELLES have made a new video for their upcoming debut single and are launching it exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
Comprising Tracie Hunter, Elizabeth Westwood and Phoebe White, The Rebelles deliver unique, heartfelt takes on classic tracks from the punk and glam eras, often with a little help from the folks who made the songs famous.
Their timely take on the BOWIE-penned / MOTT-recorded glam hymn ‘All The Young Dudes’ hears them joined on backing vocals and acoustic guitar by Ian Hunter, who revisits the track he and Mott took to number 3 in 1972. Bass is provided by the SEX PISTOLS’ Glen Matlock, while James Stevenson (THE CULT, GENERATION X), and Neil Gabbitas lend their guitar skills.
The accompanying video was filmed by Billy Boyd Cape during the star-studded recording sessions for the single, and captures the intuitive vocal interplay, intense chemistry, and infectious sense of fun, which lend the Rebelles’ special guest-filled live shows the feel of an intimate jam session crossed with an all-star stage invasion.
‘All The Young Dudes’ is released on 18 March via Turtle Recordings, and is the first single to be taken from a forthcoming album that’s set to feature cameos by Mick Jones, Clem Burke, Chris Spedding, Slim Jim Phantom and Kenney Jones (readers may like to hazard a guess at the tracklisting based on those names). Tracie says, “expect to hear ten songs on this album that you already love, that will make you smile when you realise what it is, expect to hear a punk attitude draped in silk with a few sharp edges. Expect to escape for a while with us”.
New York City punks MORNING GLORY have announced the release of a new six-track EP.
‘Post War Psalms’ features tracks recorded during the sessions for the band’s most recent album War Psalms. It’s set to be the first release on Buyback Records, the new label founded by bassist Heavy Metal Chris, due 1 April. It’s available to pre-order on 10″ black vinyl or green and black splatter vinyl here. Alternatively, it’s available in a purple and white swirl vinyl/t-shirt package from Anxious & Angry Records.
Formed in 2001, Morning Glory are the brainchild of ex-CHOKING VICTIM frontman Ezra Kire, also a sometime member of LEFTOVER CRACK.
As THE VIBRATORS gear up for a tour-de-force show celebrating 40 years of the band, including appearances from the classic line ups, original guitarist John Ellis takes Vive Le Rock back to his formative days as an aspiring musician.
“I was a lover of music, the thing is probably my mum actually, she was a big Lonnie Donegan fan; every time we were on holiday, in places like Great Yarmouth, at that time bands used to play those kind of gigs, summer residences, on the pier. Cliff and the Shadows had been around a long time as well, so I saw Cliff and The Shadows do pantomime, so I was well into the twangy guitars! And also the Beatles were coming through when I was eleven or twelve, and that was pretty amazing. But prior to that I’d seen Lonnie Donegan live a few times.
“Now I teach blues guitar workshops and I’m a massive fan of the blues, it’s one of the main musics for me; but what I didn’t realise when I was a young man, eight or nine years old – and why would I have done – but I was actually witnessing the birth of the British blues boom. Lonnie Donegan was almost single handedly responsible for creating what you could call that blues revival, him and Alexis Corner, and those few people were responsible for bringing over those blues greats. And out of those little bands, you’ve got your Eric Claptons and your Jeff Becks and your Jimmy Pages. You’ve got your burgeoning birth of the British blues. And of course British blues went on to become rock music and then went on to become, eventually, punk and everything else.
“That was my background as a musician and I’d fiddled around with a guitar – my gran had bought me a guitar and everything. But I never really got into guitar (until) I started Bazooka Joe with my friend Daniel. You’re probably talking about ‘68, we were probably doing those Hampstead Town Hall gigs. After I left (Daniel) carried it on, so he’d have much more understanding of the history of the band, and of course Adam Ant became a member of Bazooka Joe – and the first ever Sex Pistols gig was supporting Bazooka Joe!”
Texan roots-rockers SLOBBERBONE have their career revisited on a new compilation album out on 1 April.
The Best Of Slobberbone – Bees & Seas compiles tracks from the band’s four albums – Crow Pot Pie, Barrel Chested, Everything You Thought Was Right Was Wrong Today and Slippage – and comes complete with sleevenotes by Patterson Hood of DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS, packaged in a sleeve designed by Will Johnson of fellow Dentonites CENTRO-MATIC.
Released through New West Records, the album is available in double-CD, double-vinyl and digital formats and can be pre-ordered now through the band’s website.
Formed in the early 90s out of the same fertile Denton scene that also spawned LIFT TO EXPERIENCE, THE RIVERBOAT GAMBLERS and BAPTIST GENERALS, Slobberbone fused muscular rock, hillbilly-punk and navel-gazing slacker balladry, topped off by Brent Best’s brilliant storytelling lyrics of mundane, dysfunctional and often quite grim blue-collar lives. Frequent visitors to the UK and Europe, the band split in 2005 only to reform in 2009 for a tour. A new album was promised but with guitarist Jess Barr quitting in 2014 and Best releasing a solo album Your Dog, Champ last year, Slobberbone remain dormant.
Check out this fan-shot live video of Slobberbone playing their REPLACEMENTS tribute, ‘Placemat Blues’.
Notorious post-punk funk deconstructionists THE POP GROUP have unearthed a long lost video for their classic single ‘We Are All Prostitutes’.
The video was recorded at the Bristol band’s show at London’s Electric Ballroom at the time of the single’s original release in November ’79. Previously unseen, it was recently rediscovered in the attic of video-maker Chris Reynolds and has now gained a new life as the official video for the single’s reissue.
“During my final year at the Film School I had a desire to make film about a Bristol band rather than a London one,” Reynolds explains. “A guy I worked with at the Bristol Hippodrome as a stagehand, said I should meet The Pop Group and sorted out a visit to them rehearsing in a studio near St Pauls in Bristol.
“A few months later, following the recording of the single ‘We Are All Prostitutes’, myself and Simon Fanthorpe, long time buddy and video associate, ended up at the Electric Ballroom in Camden to shoot the band live.
“The band were playing a gig with the GANG OF FOUR and THE SLITS. It was quite simply a wondrous night. We had purloined a couple of black and white Sony Rover half inch video recorders from the London College of Printing and set ourselves up in the auditorium. Simon grabbed a slot near the stage and we turned over. The gig was a belter and all three bands blew us away.
“Editing in the mid to late seventies was as basic as basic can be. Cuts were made with only a terrible accuracy of 4 frames either side of the frame. We found, that a way round this was to sync the decks up by hand any blindly cut in and out manually. Madness. For this reason the tapes were transferred and I processed them through a Colour Video Synthesiser housed at the college. Basically it was a multilevel keyer that colourised and boosted the rushes.
“We hid in the edit suite all night and after several hours of very risky on the fly cutting created the anarchic collage that you see. Its not neat or clever in fact we pulled the plugs and waggled the video connectors to make the images break up more. Nuts.
“It did the job at the time and was seen as pretty unorthodox then, but it has languished in its box in my attic, lost for over 37 years. A belated reunion last year with Mark found me repeatedly trawling through the waist high junk of my attic without success. But, as is so often the way, a search for a serviceable suitcase had me literally tripping over it. I hope it brings you some pleasure.”
‘We Are All Prostitutes’ is reissued on digital and 7″ formats on Friday 19 February. Their long out of print second studio album, For How Much Longer Do We Tolerate Mass Murder? is being reissued the same day.
Reissued and available on CD for the first time, the LP version comes packaged with eight giant original artwork prints on four double-sided posters, and the CD format will include smaller versions of all the posters. Although ‘….Prostitutes’ was omitted from the original pressing of the album, it is now being included on the reissue.
Orange County punk stalwarts THE OFFSPRING return to the U.K. this Summer as part of their Summer Nationals tour.
Having last year auctioned off their Columbia Records back catalogue for a cool $35 million, the band have recently been spotted working on the follow-up to 2012’s Days Go By with producer Bob Rock. Fans can therefore hopefully expect them to be showing off some new tunes.
Support on all dates comes from BAD RELIGION. Catch both bands at….
Sun 19 June O2 Academy, Birmingham
Mon 20 June O2 Academy, Glasgow
Wed 22 June Eventim Apollo, London
Tickets go on sale here from 9am on Friday 19 February.
URBAN DOGS, the long-running yet occasional side-project of Knox from THE VIBRATORS and Charlie Harper from U.K. SUBS, reconvene for a rare full-band show in London next month.
In a show put together by discerning punk promoters Rockaway Beach, Urban Dogs will be headlining at the legendary Hope & Anchor pub in Islington on Wednesday 16 March. The strictly one-off show will be the first full-band gig by the Dogs in nearly twenty years!
Support for the gig comes from London’s favourite glam-punks, THE DERELLAS.
Tickets for the gig are a meagre £10 and are available here.
As previously announced, The Vibrators play a special 40th Anniversary show just down the road at Islington O2 Academy on Saturday 27 February. Tickets are available here.
Bristol pop-punkers IDESTROY unveil their debut E.P. with an extensive tour and a video for lead track ‘Vanity Loves Me’.
The trio of guitarist/singer Bec Jevons, bassist Becky Baldwin and drummer Jenn Haneef will be launching the release with a special show at Bristol’s Hyrda Bookshop on 26 February. The tour kicks off in Birmingham on Thursday 18 February and sees them playing headline shows alongside dates supporting SUBHUMANS and THE RAMONAS. Full dates are as follows…..
Thur 18 Feb – The Rainbow, Birmingham
Fri 19 Feb – The Frog and Fiddle, Cheltenham (w/Subhumans)
Sat 20 Feb – The Unicorn, London
Fri 26 Feb – Hydra Bookshop, Bristol (EP LAUNCH NIGHT)
Sat 27 Feb – The Cons Club, Chippenham (Afternoon)
Sat 27 Feb – The Cellar, Oxford (Evening)
Fri 4 Mar – The Dolls House, Abertillery
Sat 5Mar – T. Chances, London
Sun 6 Mar – Three Bridges Venue, Crawley
Thur 10 Mar – The Victoria, Swindon
Fri 11 Mar – The Louisiana, Bristol (w/The Ramonas)
Sat 12Mar – Readipop, Reading
Sun 13 Mar – Bath Half Marathon (Morning)
Sun 13 Mar – Fuel, Cardiff
Tue 5 Apr – The Thirsty Scholar, Manchester
Wed 6 Apr – Bannermans, Edinburgh
Thur 7 Apr – O’Rileys, Hull
Sat 23 Apr- The Wunderbar, Midsomer Norton
Sat 30 Apr – The Rifleman Pub, Stalybridge