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.
Bay Area pop-punks CULTURE ABUSE have unveiled a video for their new single ‘Dip’.
The single is taken from Bay Dream, the band’s first album for Epitaph.
Speaking about the single, frontman David Kelling says, “It’s a song is about missing the ones that I love and time going by so fast. Trying not to get crushed by the pressures of life or losing hope. I feel like a lot of songs start from a place of pain or sadness, and then I process things for a bit and try to find the beauty and hope in life.”
In making the video for ‘Dip’, director Ryan Baxley (with the assistance of Alice Baxley and Brandon Schwartzel) created a human-sized photocopy machine—a process that involved printing 4,500 images, draining 14 drums of toner, and logging 400 hours of work. High-concept yet lo-fi, the video essentially serves as an animated zine, and perfectly reflects the DIY ethos of the band.
“I like the idea that the things I make don’t require a whole lot more than a bunch of effort,” says Baxley. “You don’t need a lot of money or extravagant sets, an art degree, or even a whole lot of skill. Just the willingness to work hard and make shit. And in my case, friends that share the same ethics and are surprisingly willing to work with you. So if anything, I hope this video inspires someone else to make something for themselves, ’cause it’s just fun to do.”
The band are current on tour throughout Europe. Catch them at…
June 15th, 2018 – Nova Rock – Nickelsdorf (AT)
June 16th, 2018 – Logo – Hamburg (DE) *
June 18th, 2018 – Conne Island – Hamburg (DE) **
June 19th, 2018 – Eternia – Prague (CZ) **
June 20th, 2018 – S0 36 – Berlin (DE) **
June 21st, 2018 – NCO Club – Karlsruhe (DE) **
June 22nd, 2018 – Graspop Metal Meeting – Dessel (BE)
June 23rd, 2018 – Hurricane Festival (DE)
June 24th, 2018 – Southside Festival (DE)
June 25th, 2018 – LA Mars – Angouleme (FR) *
June 26th, 2018 – Warm Audio – Decine Charpieu (FR) *
June 29th, 2018 – Sommer Gloom @ Kavka – Antwerpen (BE) **
June 30th, 2018 – Vainstream Rockfest (DE)
* w/ The Bronx
** w/ Modern Life Is War/Cro Mags
They then hit the UK for three instores at Rough Trade Shops…
July 2nd, 2018 – Rough Trade East London (7pm)
July 3rd, 2018 – Rough Trade Nottingham – (7.30pm)
July 4th, 2018 – Rough Trade Bristol – (7.30pm)
Former FOLK DEVILS frontman Ian Lowery has just had his late-80s solo work as KING BLANK reissued by Beggars Arkive.
The Real Dirt was originally released in 1988 through Beggars Banquet’s sister label Situation Two, and featured fellow former Folk Devil Kris Jozajtis on guitar, plus bassist Hugh Garrety, drummer Kevin Rooney and future BUSH guitarist Nigel Pulsford.
Following the implosion of Folk Devils in 1987, Lowery – who’d also fronted Sunderland punks THE WALL and post-punk funkers SKI PATROL – was still contracted to Beggars. Hooking up with Bill Carter of SCREAMING BLUE MESSIAHS, he delivered the single ‘Mouthoff’ under the King Blank name, which led to the recording of The Real Dirt, featuring the singles ‘Blind Box’ and ‘Uptight’, the latter accompanied by a video (above) directed by Viv Albertine of THE SLITS.
Lowery’s musical career continued with THE IAN LOWERY GROUP and DRUG OF CHOICE until his untimely death in 2001. The Real Dirt is the latest in an ongoing reissue project managed by his brother David Lowery and Folk Devils and Ski Patrol guitarist Nick Clift.
The new digital-only edition of The Real Dirt sees all 10 tracks fully digitally remastered with the inclusion of all three singles and B-sides. Buy The Real Dirthere.
SHARKS return with a new album this month, and they’re premiering the first video from it with Vive Le Rock!
‘That Girl’ is taken from Ready Set Go, the band’s second album since their 2014 reunification and the follow-up to last year’s Killers From The Deep.
Speaking about the video, the band commented…
“With a deadline looming and an expensive location on hold, Chris Spedding and Steve ‘Snips’ Parsons were both unavailable to film a promo for their new album Ready Set Go. The ever resourceful director Charles Hennegrave decided to hire 2 professional actors who studied the signature moves of S and S and dressed up in Egyptian Mummy outfits. We think you’ll agree that the result is much better than having two veteran performers make utter fools of themselves.”
Ready Set Go is set for release through 3MS Records on 29 June. It’s available to pre-order here.
You can read a new interview with Sharks in the latest edition of Vive Le Rock!, out now!
BIG BOY BLOATER has unveiled another new video from his new album which is released next week.
‘Stop Stringing Me Along’ is the third video to be taken from Pills, the guitarist’s first album with his new stripped down version of THE LIMITS. It’s released through Provogue/Mascot Label Group on 15 June.
“This isn’t really directed at any one person or a specific organisation, but is a general song about things that have happened to me,” says Bloater about the song. “The shared experience a lot of my musician friends have had and an ode to the old days of the music business – the man with the big cigar who promises the World and delivers nothing is real and he’s still out there! I guess it’s a cautionary tale for anyone starting out in the music industry today!”
As previously announced, Big Boy Bloater and the Limits head out on tour this autumn. Catch them on the road at…
Thurs 6th Sept – NOTTINGHAM, The Maze
Fri 7th Sept – NEWCASTLE, The Cumberland Arms
Sat 8th Sept – GLASGOW, Stereo
Sun 9th Sept – PRESTON, The Continental
Thurs 13th Sept – BIDEFORD, The Palladium Club
Weds 19th Sept – LONDON, The Black Heart
Thurs 20th Sept – BRISTOL, Mr Wolf’s
Fri 21st Sept – ALDERSHOT, West End Centre
Weds 26th Sept – SHREWSBURY, Albert’s Shed
Thurs 27th Sept – CHELTENHAM, The Frog and Fiddle
Fri 5th Oct – NORWICH, B2 Venue
Sat 6th Oct – LOUTH, Hoochie Coochie Club
Read a new interview with Big Boy Bloater in the current edition of Vive Le Rock!, out now!
Birmingham post-punk evergreens THE NIGHTINGALES have announced a series of UK dates for the Autumn.
Originally formed in 1979 out of the ashes of seminal Brum punks THE PREFECTS, since reconvening in 2004, the band has become increasingly active. They’ve just completed a short run of dates, and released a single ‘Commercial Suicide Man’ with punk legend VIC GODARD, who Nightingales frontman Robert Lloyd first met when The Prefects and Subway Sect supported THE CLASH on their White Riot Tour.
The Nightingales will be joined on select dates on the forthcoming tour by fast-rising punk-jazz threesome THE NEAR JAZZ EXPERIENCE, featuring Terry Edwards and Simon Charterton from 80s post-punk funkers THE HIGSONS and MADNESS bassist Mark ‘Bedders’ Bedford.
Full tour dates are….
Thu 20th Sep – The Cellar, Oxford
Fri 21st Sep – The Exchange, Bristol
Sat 22nd Sep – Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth
Sun 23rd Sep – Tom Thumb Theatre, Margate
Tue 25th Sep – Soup Kitchen, Manchester*
Wed 26th Sep – Stereo, Glasgow*
Thu 27th Sep – Opium, Edinburgh*
Fri 28th Sep – Central Bar, Gateshead*
Sat 29th Sep – The Lantern, Halifax*
Sun 30th Sep – Greystones, Sheffield*
Tue 2nd Oct – Hare & Hounds, Birmingham*
Wed 3rd Oct – Moth Club, London*
Thu 4th Oct – The Portland Arms, Cambridge*
Fri 5th Oct – Canal House, Nottingham*
Sat 6th Oct – Green Door Store, Brighton
The UK’s favourite DIY punks WONK UNIT are back with a brand new video, which they’re launching exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
‘Day Job Wanker’ is the first single from the band’s new album Terror which gets is out through Plasterer Records in time for Wonkfest on 28 July.
“‘Don’t give up your day job!’ We’ve all heard it,” says Wonk Unit’s Alex. “The artists in office jobs, the poets on building sites. Anyone with aspirations that differ from that of the conventional norm. The blank, contemptuous expressions we are met with after sharing our creations with co-workers, friends and family, people who don’t understand.”
31 May – Cafe Nefast, Stift Bree, Belgium
2 June – Melkweg, Amsterdam, Netherlands
3 June – Oude Heerbaan, Oost-Vlaanderen, Belgium
22 June – The Parish, Huddersfield
23 June – Uttoxeter Punk Festival, The Old Star, Uttoxeter
29 June – Old Town House, Warrington
30 June – NW Calling, O2 Ritz, Manchester
1 July – Fox & Firkin, Lewisham, London (acoustic)
5 July – Störfaktor Festival, Zwickau, Germany
7 July – K3, Hameln, Germany
8 July – Ruhrport Rodeo, Germany
13 July – Belvoir Castle, Bath
14 July – Wemstock Festival, Wem, Shropshire
15 July – Punks Against Cancer, Hairy Dog, Derby
20 July – Frog & Fiddle, Cheltenham
21 July – Mayhem at Mick’s, Rose Farm, Fleckney, Leicestershire
22 July – West End Centre, Aldershot
28 July – Wonkfest, The Dome, Tufnell Park, London
4 August – Rebellion – Rebellion Festival, Blackpool (full band plus acoustic)
10 August – Boomtown Festival. Winchester
25 August – Strangriedefest, Hannover, Germany
27 August – Anyway, Essen, Germany
29 August – Pitcher, Dusseldorf, Germany
31 August – Cassiopeia, Berlin
1 September – Punk Rock Bowling, Monkeys, Hamburg
28 September – The Palace, Wotsit Called Fest, Hastings
29 September – Redrum, Stafford
1 December – Star & Garter, Manchester
Last call for tickets for the grand VIBRATORS reunion show this Saturday!
For the very last time, all the members from the band’s first and second album line-ups will take the stage at the Islington Assembly Hall, London. The band will also be joined by other members from their illustrious history throughout the night.
Support comes from fellow Class of ’77 punks MENACE plus current Vibrators bassist Pete’s other band, TIME TO KILL.
Last Great Dreamers have already played a full UK tour and their first ever Spanish dates this year, and have lined up even more shows, including three gigs with former Georgia Satellite DAN BAIRD, their first ever Norwegian shows and an appearance at Bearded Theory Festival in Derbyshire. Full dates are….
Wed 23rd May – EVESHAM The Iron Road (w/Dan Baird & Homemade Sin)
Fri 25th May – BEARDED THEORY, Derbyshire
Sat 26th May – BREAKING BANDS, Bromsgrove
Thu 14th June – DERBY Flower Pot (w/Dan Baird Homemade Sin)
Fri 15th June – KEIGHLEY Octagon Live (w/Dan Baird & Homemade Sin)
Fri 6th July – OSLO Olsen (NORWAY)
Sat 7th July – LILLEHAMMER Classic Rock Festival (NORWAY)
Sat 28th July – CAMBRIDGE Rock Festival
Fri 10th August – MANCHESTER Eagle
Sat 11th August – NOTTINGHAM Salutation
Former STOOGES guitarist JAMES WILLIAMSON has released a video by his new band THE PINK HEARTS.
‘Riot On The Strip’ is taken from the band’s debut album Behind The Shade, which is set for release next month through Leopard Lady Records.
The track features Williamson’s unmistakable guitar, fronted by the band’s singers Frank Meyer (of The Streetwalkin’ Cheetahs) and Petra Haden, daughter of legendary bass-player Charlie Haden.
With all tracks co-written by Williamson, aside from a cover of Alejandro Escovedo’s ‘I Died A Little Today’, it represents the guitarist’s first album of new material since the last Stooges album Ready To Die from 2013, on which Haden played violin.
Set for release on 22 June, Behind The Shade is available to pre-order here.
Both Scabies and Gray contributed to the latest PATM album, Disintegrate Me, which was released to wide acclaim in February. Because of the logistics involved, it could well be the ONLY time the full quartet appears together on stage.
French garage-rockers ESCOBAR finally make their London debut next month.
The Limoges duo play The Finsbury, Manor House on 12 May as a co-promotion between Dirty Water and Weirdsville. Support comes from PINK CIGAR and the hotly-tipped SUICIDE GENERATION. Tickets are on sale here.
The following night they play The Pipeline, Brighton.
The pair released their third album The Biggest Sound last autumn through Dirty Water Records.
Full dates are….
05/05 – Montaigu-Zichem (BE) – Strong Man Festival
06/05 – Kortrijk (BE) – The Pits
07/05 – Brussels (BE) – Le Chaff
12/05 – London (UK) – Finsbury Pub (Dirty Water Club/ Weirdsville R’n’R Night)
13/05 – Brighton (UK) – The Pipeline (Weirdsville R’n’R Night)
25/05 – Orléans (FR) – Blues Devil
26/05 – Nimes (FR)
East Anglian singer, songwriter and producer ED SYKES has his debut single released this summer.
Summoning the glam rock’n’roll 70s spirit of Bowie, Mott and the Stones, ‘Whiplashed’ includes a guest contribution from The Pretty Things’ Jon Povey, while a cover of ‘Ziggy Stardust’ on th b-side features Bowie’s longtime pianist Mike Garson.
Speaking about the single, Sykes says, “Its early ‘70s vibe captures the time that I was born into and the sounds that formed the bones of my musicality. This is essentially my ‘Get It On’ or ‘Rebel Rebel’. I wanted it to sound like a great little timeless Rock and Roll number that you feel you already know somehow. I want to remind people how great pop can be and to show people the standard that I aspire to. For me great pop and rock and roll should be instant, you have no intellectual choice you are either in or out. The sound of it, how it hits you, you know you instinctively love it so it’s not a choice. That’s what I’m about.”
Hailing from the Suffolk market town of Bury St Edmunds, Sykes was until recently a member of noted Colchester band So-Called Humans, but has been a visible figure on the local scene for many years, coming to the attention of Suffolk pop icon, John Peel, who played Ed’s tracks on his radio show.
Citing among his influences the likes of Bowie, Bolan, Hawkwind, Wire, Gary Numan, King Tubby and The Jesus & Mary Chain, most recently Sykes was recruited to produce the latest album by former Pretty Things and Pink Fairies drummer Twink, who says, “Ed Sykes has proven to me what an incredible talent he is. He guided me towards the light of the late ‘60s while producing my album Think Pink III. I hope Ed’s new single is a smash. He deserves it.”
‘Whiplashed’ is out through the brilliantly-named Maniac Squat Records on 8 June.
Rejuvenated Massachussetts garage-psych explorers THE PREFAB MESSIAHS have unveiled a new video for the appropriately-titled track ‘Monster Riff’ from their acclaimed comeback album Psychspolitation …Today!
The band’s Senior Acting Spokesperson, Xerox Feinberg gets on the case….
“Way back in the day, a couple members of The Prefabs lived in a crappy off-campus apartment shared by a spoiled metalhead teenager sporting a giant mullet, a padlocked room full of virgin vinyl, and a massive drum set he couldn’t keep a beat on. This kid (just a few years younger than us) had nothing but contempt for our early attempts at garage-rock-pop-psych-revivalism. I traded him Alice Cooper’s Love It To Death for a battered copy of Revolver and never looked back… until now. ‘MONSTER RIFF’ is a long-delayed homage to this crazed roomie and the kind of music I spent decades snobbishly avoiding. There’s some giant guitar riffs (IMHO), bassist Trip Thompson channels a demonic Axl Rose, and somehow The Flamin’ Groovies sorta get in there too. The exquisitely animated video ties it all together with a fairly senseless melange of B-movie monsters and alternative reality Saturday morning cartoons.”
Originally existing on the Boston club scene from 1981 to ’83, The Prefab Messiahs spent the following three decades as just a memory until a Burger Records reissue of a CD-R compilation prompted renewed interest. An 8-song mini-album – Keep Your Stupid Dreams Alive – in 2015 was followed earlier this year by Psychsploitation …Today!, a full-length album of all-new material.
Psychsploitation …Today! is out now through Lolipop/Burger Records. You can buy it here.
GANG OF FOUR have unveiled a new track from their forthcoming EP.
‘Ivanka (Things You Can’t Have)’ is the second track to be lifted from the band’s Complicit EP, which represents their first new music in three years. As you might’ve guessed, it’s inspired by the daughter of the current President of the USA, and features NOVA TWINS’ Amy Love alongside Gang Of Four vocalist Gaoler.
Speaking of the track’s lyrics, which weave in direct quotes from Ivanka about herself and observations about her father, band guitarist and founder Andy Gill says, “It would’ve been easy to be extremely damning about Donald Trump and of course, like everyone else, I could have called him all kinds of names. What drew me to this subject at all was the running commentary from Ivanka in the earlier stages of this administration – it was fascinating to get a kind of explanation or justification from the daughter who had already been given an official position within the White House. And frankly, a lot of it was pretty funny. But although the characters in the Trump family are interesting, it’s more the ideologies and politics which they represent and enable which need describing.”
You can stream ‘Ivanka (Things You Can’t Have)’ here.
The 4-track Complicit EP is set for release on 20 April.
Gang Of Four play the following dates…
27 April BOLOGNA, ITALY Zona Roveri Music Factory
28 April ROME, ITALY Traffic Club Roma
14 May BUENOS ARIES, PALERMO, ARGENTINA Niceto Club
19 May MEXICO CITY, CUAUHTEMOC, MEXICO Festival Marvin, CDMX
L.A. powerpoppers SMASH FASHION return with a new single and they’re premiering the brilliant new video exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
‘Runs In The Family’ is the first single to be taken from the band’s fourth album Rompus Pompous which is out this month and follows on from 2014’s acclaimed debut Big Cat Love.
Blending glam, psych, powerpop and punk, Smash Fashion have been tearing up stages with the likes of Ian Hunter, Psychedelic Furs, Cheap Trick and Silversun Pickups for a few years. On the strength of this swaggering street-shakin’ party-starter, it looks like the new album will be a real gamechanger for the band.
Blues-rock titan and Vive Le Rock Awards nominee BIG BOY BLOATER and his band THE LIMITS have just released a new video.
‘Pills’ is the title track from their forthcoming new album which is out on 15 June through Provogue/Mascot.
Following the 2016 release of Luxury Hobo, which made Vive Le Rock‘s Albums of the Year, Bloater and his band have stripped down to a trio, with a rhythm section comprising Matt Cowley on drums and Steven Oates on bass.
Speaking about the title track, Bloater says, “I think the sinister side to it is the pharmaceutical companies want you to take these drugs and they want you to keep on thinking you’re ill so they can sell you tablets. It’s gonna get to the point where you’re taking anti-biotics for everything, eventually they won’t work and we’re all gonna die from a super flu.”
ARTHUR ALEXANDER, founder of NYC power-poppers SORROWS and the Cyril Jordan-produced THE POPPEES, returns with his debut solo album next month. And he’s sharing the track ‘Psycho-Automatic’ exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
Not to be confused with the US soul legend of ‘You Better Move On’ fame, this Arthur Alexander emigrated to New York from Warsaw, forming the The Poppees, who became regulars ad Max’s Kansas City and were the very first new band signed to Greg Shaw’s iconic BOMP! label. Later signing to CBS for two albums with his new band Sorrows, Alexander enjoyed a mid-life career producing album for the likes of T-MODEL FORD and KING MUD for Alive Naturalsound.
His debut solo album One Bar Left makes good use of Arthur’s various influences and experiences on both sides of the desk, running the gamut from power-pop to punk and rock’n’roll.
“I started writing ‘Psycho-Automatic’ in 1984, when I lived in New York City,” he says. “And finished it in Los Angeles as it was percolating in my head til 2016 (what do you mean, I’m slow!?!?!), going through various changes, additions and rewrites. Though the lyrics are pretty ‘out there’ and ‘psycho-conceptual,’ they also reflect in parts the turmoil that was slowly building up in my own life back then. Opening with the 9th chord, undoubtedly, and however subconsciously, inspired by The Beatles’ ‘It’s Getting Better’, I’m rather proud to say that the similarity ends there. Aaron Minton from a great L.A. band – Prima Donna (they have a new record coming out on Wicked Cool Records soon) – on tenor sax, for a blistering and psycho(tic) solo break, and then, Aaron, actually all eight Aarons! ;), turns into a full horn section for the remainder of the song. Also, playing spectacular bass lines is my Polish friend Wojtek Pilichowski, a MONSTER of a bass player. Just google him… and make sure you’re sitting down! He’s featured on several other songs on the album as well.”
One Bar Left is set for release on 4 May through Dead Beat Records. It’s available to pre-order on red and black vinyl and CD here.