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.
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.
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.
ADAM ANT has announced a UK tour celebrating his breakthrough album Kings Of The Wild Frontier next year. It follows on from his Dirk Wears White Sox tour earlier this year.
Originally released in November 1980, Kings Of The Wild Frontier was Adam’s first album with writing partner Marco Pirroni (SIOUXSIE & THE BANSHEES, THE MODELS) and yielded the hit singles ‘Kings Of The Wild Frontier’, ‘Dog Eat Dog’ and ‘Antmusic’. Full tour dates are below….
Three of GARY NUMAN’s early albums are being reissued on vinyl this month, just in time for his three shows at The Forum in London, where he will perform each of the albums on consecutive nights.
Following on from Numan’s debut release with TUBEWAY ARMY, Replicas – the second and last Tubeway Army album – and The Pleasure Principle and Telekon were originally released in 1979 and 1980.
The albums come on standard black vinyl and have been cut from high-resolution digital files by award-winning engineer John Dent at Loud Mastering. Replicas and The Pleasure Principle are single LPs while Telekon is a double LP, featuring bonus tracks comprising singles, B-sides, alternate mixes and an out-take. They can be pre-ordered here.
The London dates are followed by a show at Manchester Academy celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Numan’s first show there. Full dates are….
21 Oct – London, UK – The Forum – performing Replicas
22 Oct – London, UK – The Forum – performing The Pleasure Principle
23 Oct – London, UK – The Forum – performing Telekon
As promised Vive Le Rock faves GIUDA launch the video for their new single ‘Roll The Balls’ today!
As we announced last week, the football-loving Roman boot-boys play The Lexington in Pentonville Road on Saturday 5 December. Support comes from glam-punk trio THEE JEZEBELS. Tickets are £10 (£12 otd) and are available here.
Legendary US proto-punks ROCKET FROM THE TOMBS return with a new album and UK dates later this year. These are preceded by a brand new video for the song ‘Coopy (Schrodinger’s Refrigerator)’ that you can see here.
Originally formed in 1974 and lasting for little more than a year, the seminal Cleveland, Ohio outfit spawned both THE DEAD BOYS and PERE UBU, allowing songs like ‘Sonic Reducer’, ‘Ain’t It Fun’ (The Dead Boys), ’30 Seconds Over Tokyo’ and ‘Final Solution’ (Pere Ubu) to become US punk classics.
First reconvening in 2003, the current line-up features Crocus Behemoth (aka David Thomas) and Darwin Layne (aka Craig Bell) from the original band, plus longstanding drummer Steve Mehlman and guitarists Buddy Akita and Gary Siperko.
Black Record, released on 13 November through Fire Records, features a new version of ‘Sonic Reducer’ along with a cover of garage godfathers THE SONICS’ ‘Strychnine’. Pre-order the album here.
Rocket From The Tombs play the following dates in December….
It’s here! The first issue of LOUDER THAN WAR magazine is out today, available through W.H. Smith’s and all good newsagents!
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Pioneering folk-punk label BLANG RECORDS celebrates its 10th Anniversary this Autumn with two special gigs and an 18-track compilation album.
Founded out of the monthly Blang nights at legendary London venue The 12 Bar Club, the label returns to the venue (albeit in its new location on Holloway Road) on 1 and 8 October for two celebratory shows. Acts appearing over the two nights include label founders SERGEANT BUZFUZ, DAVID CRONENBERG’S WIFE, MALCOLM KAKSOIS, JJ CRASH, PAUL HAWKINS & THE AWKWARD SILENCES, SLATE ISLANDS, THOMAS TRUAX, EMILY CAPELL, MATT DOLPHIN, EUGENE RIPPER and more. Full running order for the gigs can be found on the Blang website.
Admission to the gigs is £5 on the door each night. It also gets you a free pre-release copy of the new compilation album Lucky Dip, which features most of the above plus tracks from MILK KAN, THEE CEE CEES (pictured), FILTHY PEDRO, SHEEPY, DEXTER BENTLEY, CORPORAL MACHINE & THE BOMBERS and others. Lucky Dip gets its official release on 6 November.
Vive Le Rock is much saddened to learn of the passing of former DAMNED bassist Bryn Merrick, following a long battle with cancer.
Bryn replaced Paul Gray in the band in 1983, joining from Cardiff punks VICTIMIZE and first appearing on the ‘Thanks For The Night’ single. He played with the band throughout their commercially successful MCA years, including the albums Phantasmagoria and Anything . He also participated in their psychedelic side project NAZ NOMAD & THE NIGHTMARES and their Give Daddy The Knife, Cindy album. In recent years, he played with RAMONES tribute band, THE SHAMONES.
Our thoughts are with his family, friends and fans.
Long-serving LA rockers JUNKYARD have unveiled a video for their new single ‘Faded’.
The band have issued a limited edition vinyl 7″ of the track backed with ‘The River’, which they’re selling signed copies of TODAY (11 Sept) ONLY from their website. The single is also available on CD and digitally from iTunes and Amazon.
The band, who originally formed in 1986 and feature MINOR THREAT, BAD RELIGION and DAG NASTY guitarist Brian Baker in their line-up, will play a benefit for cancer-troubled SUPERSUCKERS frontman Eddie Spaghetti at The Viper Room in Hollywood on 3 October, before heading off on a tour of Spain.
Detroit disco-garage rockers ELECTRIC SIX are set to release a studio album next month, followed by UK and Irish dates during November and December.
Still notorious for their chart smashes ‘Danger! High Voltage’ – featuring Jack White – and the follow-up ‘Gay Bar’, the band will release their eleventh album Bitch, Don’t Let Me Die through Metropolis on 2 October. You can pre-order it here.
Italian ska-punks LOS FASTIDIOS release a new EP this weekend, the day before headlining the final night of the AWOD North festival.
The eight-track So Rude, So Lovely features three brand new songs, plus five bonus tracks including covers of ‘Dirty Old Town’ and Italian partisan anthem ‘Bella Ciao’. It’s out on Saturday 12 September via Kob Recors, but you can pre-order it here.
Then on Sunday 13 September they join OI POLLOI, MENACE, CHARRED HEARTS, LAGAN and more at The Hairy Dog in Derby for AWOD North, the first Another Winter Of Discontent festival to be held outside London. Tickets still available here.
Vive Le Rock is pleased and proud to bring you a double-dose of GODFATHERS video action today!
‘Till My Heart Stops Beating’ is one side of their brand new double A-side single which is available now through iTunes and Amazon. It’s also available as a strictly limited 7” direct from the band’s website.
Check back later when we’ll give you the other side!
The South London gangster garage-rockers, who’ve just celebrated their 30th Anniversary, recently retooled with guitarists Mauro Venegas and Steve Crittall, and drummer Tim James, joining battle-hardy brothers Peter and Chris Coyne.
Legendary London rockers TEN BENSON are set to make good on their long-awaited return with the release of a new single in September!
The track is accompanied by this video by film director Mark Locke (UNKLE, PIXIES, DINOSAUR JR etc).
‘Mud Man’, self-produced and mixed by Anthony Chapman (ARNDALES, COLLAPSED LUNG), is available to download through Ditto Music from 11 September.
Ten Benson recently played their first London show for five years at The Lexington and made an appearance at the Supernormal Festival in August.
Critically acclaimed and ever changing, Ten Benson first came on the scene at the end of the last century with the release of their debut single ‘The Claw’ in 1997. Since then they’ve released five albums and toured extensively, but over the last few years have been on a very long sabbatical undertaking different projects.
More details of their recording plans and live dates are set to be announced very soon.
Reunited 80s garage-rockers THE PANDORAS arrive in London next week for their only UK date as part of a European tour.
They play The Shacklewell Arms, Dalston on Saturday 5 September with support from OH! GUNQUIT and THE FRANKLYS. Buy tickets from the Dirty Water website.
Part of the same Hollywood scene that spawned THE BANGLES, THE THREE O’CLOCK, THE RAIN PARADE and THE DREAM SYNDICATE, the band enjoyed a fluid line-up during their eight-year career, recording their debut album with BOMP! supremo Greg Shaw, and going on to sign with Restless, Rhino and Elektra. The band’s career was brought to a tragic halt, however, when frontwoman Paula Pierce died suddenly from a brain anyeurism.
Bassist Kim Shattuck, who went on to find success with THE MUFFS and PIXIES returns to fill Pierce’s role, alongside Melanie Vammen, Karen Blankfeld and new member Hilary Burton.