THE LAMPLIGHTERS IGNITE!

German melodic punks THE LAMPLIGHTERS have released a new video on the eve of the release of their new album.

The Ramones-channeling ‘Basement’ is taken from the album Views, which is out on 18 December through No Panic.

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Originally formed in 2009, relentless touring has seen The Lamplighters rise to become mainstays on the European punk scene. Recording Views in a ten-day burnout earlier this year, they’re now planning a major tour for early 2016.

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TURBONEGRO UNVEIL NEW VIDEO!

TURBONEGRO have returned with a brand new song and an excellent new video to go with it.

The brilliantly-titled ‘Hot For Nietzsche’ was filmed in Las Vegas, Nevada and Santa Ana, California and directed by Rick Kosick of Jackass and classic skatemag Big Brother.

You can buy ‘Hot For Nietzsche here.

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Formed in Olso in 1989, Turbonegro’s most recent album is Sexual Harassment, their first to feature former DUKES OF NOTHING frontman Tony Sylvester, released in 2012.

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HALLELUJAH! THE RETURN OF THE DEXATEENS!

Alabama quintet THE DEXATEENS have announced the arrival of their long-awaited sixth album with this redneck-baiting video.

‘Old Rebel’ is taken from Teenage Hallelujah which is due for release via Cornelius Chapel Records next Spring. It’s their first release since the Sunsphere EP two years ago.

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Fusing Southern rock with garage punk, The Dexateens were formed by guitarist Elliott McPherson in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, releasing their debut album on Estrus Records in 2004. Mid-period releases saw them indulging in mellower alt.country fare, but recent reports have found them very much back on scorching form.

Guitarist Lee Bains III has since formed LEE BAINS III & THE GLORY FIRES, while bassist Matt Patton has been shared with DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS.

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CURE EURO TOUR!

THE CURE have announced a major European Tour for Autumn 2016. It’s their first such tour since 2008.

It kicks off in Helsinki, Finland on 7 October and winds up with two UK dates, at Manchester Arena on 29 October and Wembley Arena on 1 November.

The band’s last album was 2008’s 4:13 Dream. They haven’t revealed whether there will be a new one to coincide with the dates.

Full dates and ticket links are below.

OCTOBER

07
HELSINKI Finland
Hartwall Arena
Presale : Thursday 26-Nov-15 @ 10am CET
Onsale : Monday 30-Nov-15 @ 10 am CET
Ticket link : www.lippu.fi

09
STOCKHOLM Sweden
Ericsson Globe Arena
Presale : 26-27 Nov-15 @ 9am CET
Onsale : 30-Nov-15 @ 9am CET
Ticket link : www.axs.com

11
OSLO Norway
Spektrum
Pre-sale : Wednesday 25th November 10AM to Thursday 26th November 3PM
On-sale : Tuesday 1st December 9AM CET
Ticket link : http://www.billettservice.no/event/479173

12
GOTHENBURG Sweden
Scandinavium
Presale : 26-27 Nov-15 @ 9am CET
Onsale : 30-Nov-15 @ 9am CET
Ticket link : www.ticnet.se

14
COPENHAGEN Denmark
Forum
Presale : 26-Dec-15 @10am CET
Onsale : 1-Dec-15 @ 10am CET
Ticket link : http://www.billetnet.dk/event/FOR1410L…

17
HAMBURG Germany
Barclaycard Arena
Pre-sale : Starting Wednesday 25-Nov-15 @ 09:00 CET
On sale : 27-Nov-15 @ 09:00 CET
Hamburg : http://kj.de/tickets.html?artist=1985&event=16253

18
BERLIN Germany
Mercedes-Benz Arena
Pre-sale : Starting Wednesday 25-Nov-15 @ 09:00 CET
On sale : 27-Nov-15 @ 09:00 CET
Berlin : http://kj.de/tickets.html?artist=1985&event=16254

20
LODZ Poland
Atlas Arena
Presale : none
Onsale : Thursday 26-Nov-15 @ 10am CET
Ticket link : www.livenation.pl

22
PRAGUE Czech Republic
O2 Arena
Pre-sale : 24-25 Nov-15 @ 10am CET http://www.livenation.cz/
Onsale : Thursday 26-Nov-15 @ 10am CET www.ticketportal.cz

24
MUNICH Germany
Olympiahalle
Pre-sale : Starting Wednesday 25-Nov-15 @ 09:00 CET
On sale : 27-Nov-15 @ 09:00 CET
Munich : http://kj.de/tickets.html?artist=1985&event=16255

26
VIENNA Austria
Marxhalle
Pre-sale : none
On sale : 27-Nov-15 @ 9am CET
Tickets : http://www.oeticket.com/tickets.html…

27
BUDAPEST Hungary
Papp Laszlo Sports Arena
Pre-sale : none
On-sale : 27-Nov-15 @ 10am CET
Ticket link : www.livenation.hu

29
BOLOGNA Italy
Unipol Arena
Pre-sale : none
On-sale : 24-Nov-15 @ 10am CET
Tickt link : www.ticketone.it

30
ROME Italy
Palalottomatica
Pre-sale : none
On-sale : 24-Nov-15 @ 10am CET
Tickt link : www.ticketone.it

NOVEMBER

01
MILAN Italy
Mediolanum Forum
Pre-sale : none
On-sale : 24-Nov-15 @ 10am CET
Tickt link : www.ticketone.it

04
BASEL Switzerland
St. Jakobshalle
Presale : 25-Nov-15 @ 8am CET
Onsale : 26-Nov-15 @ 8am CET
Ticket link : www.ticketcorner.ch

06
STUTTGART Germany
Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle
Pre-sale : Starting Wednesday 25-Nov-15 @ 09:00 CET
On sale : 27-Nov-15 @ 09:00 CET
Stuttgart : http://kj.de/tickets.html?artist=1985&event=16256

08
LEIPZIG Germany
Arena
Pre-sale : Starting Wednesday 25-Nov-15 @ 09:00 CET
On sale : 27-Nov-15 @ 09:00 CET
Leipzig : http://kj.de/tickets.html?artist=1985&event=16257

10
COLOGNE Germany
Lanxess Arena
Pre-sale : Starting Wednesday 25-Nov-15 @ 09:00 CET
On sale : 27-Nov-15 @ 09:00 CET
Cologne : http://kj.de/tickets.html?artist=1985&event=16258

12
ANTWERP Belgium
Sportspaleis
Presale : none
Onsale : 27-Nov-15 @ 10am CET
Ticket link : www.proximusgoformusic.be
Dutch: http://www.proximusgoformusic.be/nl/event.php…
French: http://www.proximusgoformusic.be/fr/event.php…

13
AMSTERDAM Holland
Ziggo Dome
Presale : none
Onsale : Thursday 26-Nov-15 @ 10am CET
Ticket link : www.ticketmaster.nl

15
PARIS France
AccorHotels Arena [ex Bercy] Presale through Alias site : Wednesday 25th November – 10am (local time)
Venue presale (Accorhotels Arena) : Thursday 26th November – 10am (local time)
On sale : Friday 27th November – 10am (local time)
Presale : LINK TBC
Tickets : http://www.alias-production.fr/artistes/the-cure/

17
LYON France
Halle Tony Garnier
Presale : none
On sale : Friday 27th November – 10am (local time)
Tickets : http://www.alias-production.fr/artistes/the-cure/

18
MONTPELLIER France
Park&Suites Arena
Presale : none
On sale : Friday 27th November – 10am (local time)
Tickets : http://www.alias-production.fr/artistes/the-cure/

20
MADRID Spain
Barclaycard Center
Presale : 01-Dec-15 @ 10am CET
Onsale : 03-Dec-15 @ 10am CET
Ticket link : http://www.livenation.es/artist/the-cure-tickets

22
LISBON Portugal
MEO Arena
Onsale : 28-Nov-15 @ 11am CET
Ticket link : http://ticketline.sapo.pt/evento/12322

24
BILBAO Spain
BEC
Presale : 01-Dec-15 @ 10am CET
Onsale : 03-Dec-15 @ 10am CET
Ticket link : http://www.livenation.es/artist/the-cure-tickets

26
BARCELONA Spain
Palau St Jordi
Presale : 01-Dec-15 @ 10am CET
Onsale : 03-Dec-15 @ 10am CET
Ticket link : http://www.livenation.es/artist/the-cure-tickets

29
MANCHESTER UK
Manchester Arena
Pre-sale : Thursday 26-Nov-15 @ 9am UK time
On-sale : Friday 27-Nov-15 @ 9am UK time
Ticket link : BOOKINGSDIRECT.COM

01
LONDON UK
The SSE Wembley Arena
Pre-sale : Thursday 26-Nov-15 @ 9am UK time
On-sale : Friday 27-Nov-15 @ 9am UK time
Ticket link : BOOKINGSDIRECT.COM

 

 

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LONDON SHOW FOR BRIAN JAMES!

THE DAMNED and LORDS OF THE NEW CHURCH legend BRIAN JAMES rocks back with  a very special London show and a new single!

Taking place on Friday 29 January at the capital’s fabled Hope & Anchor in Islington – where The Damned filmed their infamous ‘New Rose’ clip – the gig celebrates forty years of punk and is dubbed Year Zero Special accordingly. Organised by promoters Rockaway Beach, support comes from RAGE DC and tickets are priced £12, available here.

It’s been a very active year for James. He appeared in Wes Orshoski’s acclaimed Damned documenatary Don’t You Wish That We Were Dead?, while his latest album the Guitar That Dripped Blood getting rave reviews throughout the press. A limited edition coloured vinyl edition released for Record Store Day sold out in double quick time, but fear not! Another run will be made available to coincide with the gig. In the meantime, you can get the CD here.

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James also has a limited edition single out this month in the Easy Action Records Singles Club series. The vinyl 7″ features ‘Walkin’ ‘Round Naked’ from The Guitar That Dripped Blood backed with a version of the Damned classic ‘Born To Kill’ and comes with a postcard signed by the man himself. Get it here!

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HELP STEEL PULSE TELL THEIR STORY!

UK reggae legends STEEL PULSE are to be the subject of a new documentary film. And fans are being invited to contribute to the making of it.

Directed by filmmaker Yoni Gal and produced by Gal with Oscar-nominated producer Mike Lerner, Dreadtown follows the band from their origins in Handsworth, Birmingham in the mid-70s through their US success during the 80s and 90s and beyond.

Narrated by Hollywood star Danny Glover, the film will feature interviews with a diverse cast of interviewees including Burning Spear, Aswad, UB40, John Lydon, Billy Idol, Rita Marley, Gwen Stefani, Matt Groening, Island Records founder Chris Blackwell, Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith, World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Lennox Lewis and more.

The band, together with Gal and Lerner, have launched an Indiegogo campaign offering a number of incentives for fans to contribute to the completion of the film, which is due for release at the end of 2016.

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Watch a teaser for Dreadtown.

Check out the major new interview with Steel Pulse’s David Hinds and UB40’s Robin Campbell in the new edition of Vive Le Rock!

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LIFE’S A BLAST FOR DISCHARGE!

Stoke hardcore legends DISCHARGE have signed to Nuclear Blast and have unveiled a video for the new track ‘NWO’.

The band, who initially formed in 1977 and have been as influential on the birth of thrash metal as they have punk, are planning a new album End Of Days for next year.

In a statement the band say: “DISCHARGE are very happy to say we’ve signed to Nuclear Blast Records, a label that knows the genre and believes in what we do. We love the family atmosphere that revolves around the label and we are proud to be on their roster of great bands, some of whom are friends of ours. We’re excited about our new album End Of Days, with three quarters of the original classic line up (Bones, Rainy and Tezz), plus Dave on drums and JJ Janiak on vocals – who captures the original DISCHARGE sound and spirit. Original drummer Tezz moves onto rhythm guitar, so this is the first time in the band’s history that we’ve had a five-piece line-up. End Of Days are upon us, but it‘s just the beginning for us with Nuclear Blast…the nightmare continues!”.

Check out the video for ‘NWO’.

Discharge have also been confirmed for next year’s Rebellion Festival. Full dates so far are as follows….

20 November 2015 – Wakefield, Warehouse
30 January 2016 – Belfast, Voodoo
1 April 2016 – London, T. Chances
23 July 2016 – Coventry, The Arches
4-7t August 2016 – Blackpool, Rebellion Punk Festival
22 October 2016 – Cardiff, The Moon

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U.S. RELEASE FOR NEUROTICS TRIUMPH!

Essex punk legends the NEWTOWN NEUROTICS are to have their acclaimed live album Triumph Over Adversity given a full US release through new punk label Violated Records.

The album, which documents the band’s celebrated April ’87 show at Uxbridge’s Brunel University, was initially released during the summer on their own Cruel Binary label via the band’s website. It will be the debut release for Violated, a subsidiary of Philadelphia’s Creep Records, and hits the streets on Friday 20 November.

Says band frontman Steve Drewett: “We are really pleased the way this album is taking off, of course we were confident it would do well, because the special quality of this remarkable live recording was indicating that it was going to create waves.  Now it is to be released in the States we are confident that the album’s success has only really just begun.”

Listen to ‘Living With Unemployment’.

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Although marred by sadness at the death in May of original bassist Colin Dredd, 2015 has seen the band’s profile become higher than ever, with gigs in the UK and Ireland, including a performance at the Rebellion Festival. A return to Rebellion in 2016 is already confirmed with the band planning more UK shows and hopefully recording new material.

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HORROR-PUNK’S NOT UNDEAD!

Halloween may have passed but the scariness continues as Europe’s top horror-punks THE OTHER wash up on the UK’s shores.

Following on from the release of their sixth album Fear Itself through SPV in June, the German band play six shows with support from Bournemouth’s similarly gruesome AL B DAMNED, kicking off in Manchester on Monday. Full dates are as follows….

09.11.15 Manchester – Tiger Lounge

10.11.15 Leicester – The Shed

11.11.15 Nottingham – The Old Angel

12.11.15 Birmingham – Scruffy Murphy’s

13.11.15 London – Boston Music Room

14.11.15 Brighton –Green Door Store

Formed in the town of Leichlingon in 2002 out of the ashes of a MISFITS tribute band, The Other began bringing their own original material to the table, building a following through their eye and earcatching performances with the likes of THE DAMNED, THE METEORS, THE CULT and The Misfits themselves.

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DREAMING OF A GINGER XMAS!

GINGER WILDHEART’s punk-pop duo HEY! HELLO! see in the festive season with a handful of UK shows in December. Support on all dates comes from Midlands garage-punks DIRT BOX DISCO. Dates are as follows….

Thu 10th December – York Fibbers – Tickets
Fri 11th December – Stockton Georgian Theatre – Tickets
Sat 12th December – Sheffield Corporation – Tickets
Sun 13th December – Edinburgh Electric Circus – Tickets
Mon 14th December – Stoke Sugarmill – Tickets
Thu 17th December – London The Forum (Ginger’s Birthday Bash) – Tickets

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NEPHILIM ANNOUNCE LONDON CLUB DATE!

FIELDS OF THE NEPHILIM have announced an intimate London club gig ahead of their annual Christmas show at Shepherds Bush Empire on Saturday 19 December.

Carl McCoy and co will play the O2 Academy, Islington on Thursday 17 December, their smallest UK show in 30 years. Support comes from NERGAL from BEHEMOTH. Tickets are available here.

There are still a handful of tickets left for the Shepherds Bush show, where they’re supported by PURSON. You can get them here.

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TOO ARROGANT TO WAIT!

Impatient French teenagers THE ARROGANTS are playing an album launch gig in London this Saturday 31 October. Even though the album’s not out ’til December!

The Lille-based beat nerds will be taking to the stage of The Fiddler’s Elbow in Camden at a Halloween party staged by Dirty Water Records and promoters Weirdsville. THE RAZORBLADES and THE MIRAGE MEN are also on the bill. Tickets are available here.

The Arrogants’ debut album, No Time To Wait was recorded at the vintage studios of the Nation Belgian Corporation in just three days under the watchful eye and ear of producer Healer Selecta aka Yvan Serrano of the London-based DUSTAPHONICS. Following on from the band’s debut EP released late last year, the album’s out via Dirty Water Records on 7 December.

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Check out the Farfisa-rockin’ ‘Flashing Lights’.

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MEMBRANES MAN CHALLENGES US BUREAUCRACY!

Blackpool punk legends THE MEMBRANES are currently undertaking their first US tour. Nearly forty years after they first came together.

But the tour has not been without its frustrations, costing the band thousands of dollars before they even got into the country, with severe delays in the process for obtaining entry visas causing the band to miss the opening dates, leaving them even further out of pocket.

Reporting from the road, in a piece titled Are These The Last Days Of British Bands Touring America? On the Louderthanwar website, band founder JOHN ROBB voiced his frustration.

“It’s an arcane, expensive and ridiculous system fraught with stress and hurdles,” he says. “It doesn’t really help when you realise that American bands get into the UK for 50 dollars without any hassle – that’s a good thing – that’s how it should be. The Brits have called that one right. Culture should be able to move around the world and it should definitely be a fair and level playing field in a free market zone….

“Even when you get here there are the taxes. 30 per cent of your gig fee is taken off you every night. Paying tax in a country you don’t even live in is strange and annoying and cripples the already decimated tour budget. Don’t get me wrong – I’m happy to pay tax in a country I live in and vote in but everywhere I go?”

Receiving support from other UK musicians, including THE ONLY ONES’ Peter Perrett and Miles Hunt from THE WONDER STUFF, Robb has set up a Facebook campaign to highlight these concerns and hopefully bring about change.

The Membranes’ tour hits California tonight with shows at The Hideout, San Diego (28 Nov) and Slidebar Rock’n’Roll Kitchen, Fullerton (29 Nov). Then on 4 Nov they play XOXO in Oakland, with their show being preceded by “a no bollocks discussion of punk rock”, featuring Robb in conversation with Jello Biafra, former UK SUBS guitarist Nicky Garratt, SPITBOY’s Michelle Cruz Gonzales and Penelope Houston of THE AVENGERS.

The Memranes’ new album Dark Matter / Dark Energy is out now.

Check out the new Louder Than War magazine from the publishers of Vive Le Rock and Big Cheese!

 

 

 

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SLEAFORD MODS UNVEIL SILLY VIDEO!

Following on from the success of their largest headlining tour to date, plus their debut appearance on Jools Holland’s Later… , SLEAFORD MODS launch a brand new video for their forthcoming single ‘Silly Me’ taken from the hit album Key Markets.

Says Jason Williamson: “‘Silly Me’ is about the long tunnel, the one that has no light. Another week spent walking up and down the street. The quiet tension of your living room with its shit sofa. The unconfirmed nature of ‘doing’ instead of ‘trying’.

“It’s that realisation that all you have to work with is your own failure, it’s the only starting point you have and to ignore it, to dismiss the reasons why unhappiness is still haunting you is a mistake. It’s your ticket out of misery if you keep trying to confront it because eventually persistence rules. Not all the time though.

“This isn’t one of those fucking smug acid jazz positivity yawns. Large numbers of people have fuck all and that won’t change. That’s horrible. ‘Silly Me’ is just one experience over Andrew’s solid, hard funk loop.”

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‘Silly Me’ is out through Harbinger Sound on 27 November, but you can get Key Markets now as a download from iTunes or on vinyl through Cargo.

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BLAGGERS REUNITE FOR 0161 FESTIVAL!

Legendary agit-punk/rap crossover mob BLAGGERS ITA return next year to headline the final day of Manchester’s 0161 FESTIVAL.

The anti-fascist gathering takes place at Moston Miners Community Centre from 29 April to 1 May, and also features sets from INNER TERRESTRIALS, HAGAR THE WOMB, THE HURRIERS, ACID DROP, THE OPPRESSED, THE PROWLERS, EASTFIELD, ANDY T, RUDE PRIDE, WHAT WE FEEL, ANTI-SYSTEM, THE YALLA YALLAS and loads more, including an acoustic stage and DJs.

Weekend tickets are £31.50 and you can get them here.

Blaggers ITA originally came together in 1988, fronted by singer Matty ‘Blagg’ Roberts from Oi band COMPLETE CONTROL. Incorporating elements of hip-hop and dance music, they signed to EMI in 1993, releasing a number of high-profile singles and touring with MANIC STREET PREACHERS before Roberts left the band. He died in 2000.

Watch the video for ‘Stresss’.

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CANVEY ISLAND BABY!

Legendary DR FEELGOOD frontman LEE BRILLEAUX is the subject of a new biography due out next month.

Lee Brilleaux: Rock’n’Roll Gentleman was written and researched by author Zoe Howe and follows on from her acclaimed co-written memoir with Feelgood guitarist WILKO JOHNSON, Looking Back At Me.

The book follows the young Lee through teenage jugbands on Canvey Island and his burgeoning love of the blues, to his meeting with Wilko and the foundation of Essex’s greatest musical export, Dr Feelgood, the band he helmed through thick and thin for more than two decades until his sad and untimely death from cancer in 1994.

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Compiled from numerous exclusive interviews, the 320-page book is illustrated with several rare and previously unseen photographs. Priced £14.99, it can be pre-ordered here.

Zoe Howe’s previous books include Barbed Wire Kisses: The Complete Jesus And Mary Chain Story and Typical Girls? The Story Of the Slits.

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URBAN FOXX!

Former ULTRAVOX frontman JOHN FOXX returns with a new album, out today.

London Overgrown is released via his own Metamatic label through Cargo following a limited website-only release earlier this year. You can buy it here.

Listen to the title track.

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Royal College of Art student Foxx founded Ultravox in the mid-70s, and while they were fuelled by punk, they delved deeper into pioneering electronic music, recording with noted German producer Conny Plank and influencing GARY NUMAN. Foxx left the band for a solo career in 1979, releasing his debut album Metamatic the following year. He has since gone on to carve a dual career in art and design.

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