YORKSHIRE’S BURNING!

Fast-rising Yorkshire rockabilly and roots roustabouts THE BURNER BAND have a new video which they’re premiering with Vive Le Rock!

‘Blues Came In’ is the first single to be taken from the Leeds outfit’s debut album Signs And Wonders, which is due out in September.

Singer/guitarist Lewis Burner has been treading the boards for a while, with the likes of Bob Log III, The Legendary Shack Shakers and at the Strummercamp festival, releasing two solo albums before hooking up with singer and double-bassist Ian.

On Signs And Wonders they mix bluegrass and rock’n’roll with a punk attitude and lyrics that reflect on everything from mental health issues to the dedication shown by the people of Liverpool in eradicating the Sun newspaper from its environs.

“This is a song we wrote together about living dangerously and then getting walloped by the blues,” says Lewis about the video. “We filmed it in the Rodley Social Club because I really like pubs and this is one where I grew up in Leeds. Plus, they let us, so thanks! It would have been much funnier and better had we had more talent available. The telecaster you hear was £250,000 but came with a free house.”

Due out on 3 September through Shed Load Records, Signs And Wonders is available to pre-order and vinyl here and on CD and download here.

The Burner Band head out on a tour this Autumn with fellow Yorkshireman, renowned singer/guitarist/skater Serious Sam Barrett, kicking off with a joint album launch show at Leeds’ Brudenell Social club on 17 September – tickets. Before that they have a handful of dates on their own. Full dates are…

Sun 1 Aug – Deer Shed Festival, Thirsk
Sat 28 Aug – Caroline Club, Shipley (afternoon, Lewis solo)
Sun 29 Aug – Preston *
Fri 3 Sept – Calder Vale Hotel, Horbury*
Sun 5 Sept – Bradford Underground (Lewis solo)
Sat 11 Sept – Armley Festival
Fri 17 Sept – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds (album launch gig)*
Sat 18 Sept – The Swan, Addingham*
Fri 24 Sept – Paradise Tap N Taco, Harrogate*
Sun 26 Sept – The Swinging Arm, Birkenhead*
Fri 1 Oct – Dorothy Pax, Sheffield*
Sat 2 Oct – What’s Cookin’, London*
Sun 3 Oct – Beak Brewery HQ, Lewes*
Fri 8 Oct – Village Hall, Terrington (LIAMS Club)*
Sat 9 Oct – Constitutional Club, Farsley*
Fri 15 Oct – Labour Rooms, Otley*

*with Serious Sam Barrett

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PROFESSIONALS ADD DATES!

THE PROFESSIONALS have announced a string of summer dates ahead of the release of their new album.

The Pretty Vaccinated Tour will comprise five UK shows at the end of August, including the band’s appearance at the Stone Valley Festival near Newark on 28 August.

The dates are in addition to the band’s already announced October tour with DESPERATE MEASURES in support of their new album SNAFU, which is out on 24 September.

“Getting out to there to play and see you lovely people has seemed like an unrealistic fantasy for too long,” they say. “Our fingers are crossed for our album launch tour this October. Please don’t let it go tits up again! So, in the meantime, our marvellous agent has managed to grab us a string of gigs around a festival show on the Saturday. Yes, they’re not our usual haunts, we had to avoid October locations, but we truly can’t wait to make some noise and get amongst the people. We’ve been working on the new album. That’s kept us sane through mad times. You’ll get to hear it in October. Before then though, let’s get together to blow away the cobwebs of covid.”

Full tour dates are…

August – The Pretty Vaccinated tour
25th Wed St Albans, The Horn
26th Thu Bridgwater, Cobblestones
27th Fri Southend, The Cricketer’s
28th Sat Newark, Stone Valley Festival
29th Sun Guildford, Boiler Room

October – SNAFU tour
13th Wed Tunbridge Wells, Forum
14th Thu Oxford, o2 Academy
15th Fri Swansea, Sin City
16th Sat Manchester, Factory
18th Mon Glasgow, King Tuts
19th Tue Newcastle, The Cluny
20th Wed Nottingham, Bodega
21st Thu Birmingham, Castle Falcon
22nd Fri Liverpool, EBGB’s
24th Sun London, The Garage
25th Mon Bristol, The Exchange
26th Tue Leeds, Brudenell Social
27th Wed Milton Keynes, Craufurd Arms
28th Thu Chester, Live Rooms

Tickets for all shows are available from the band’s website.

Desperate Measures’ new single ‘Flowers At Your Door’ is out on 26 July through Easy Action.

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LOWE AND SCABIES REUNITED!

Rat Scabies has been reunited with producer Nick Lowe for the first time since the recording of The Damned’s classic debut album in 1976.

Lowe produced the band’s debut single ‘New Rose’ followed by the album Damned Damned Damned, widely accepted as the first ever UK punk single and album.

The pair came together last weekend on a session by The Spammed, the charity band that Scabies plays in alongside Specials bassist Horace Panter, musician and actor Micko Westmoreland, ex-Banshees and Specimen guitarist Jon Klein, Terry Edwards of Gallon Drunk and NJE fame and comic actor Kevin Eldon.

Lowe was called in to produce the band on a version of his own classic song ‘(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love And Understanding’, which first appeared as a single by Lowe’s pub-rock pioneers Brinsley Schwarz in 1974.

With recording taking place at Dire Straits guitarist Mark Knopfler’s British Grove Studio – with studio time generously donated by Knopfler for the purpose – the track will feature on Viva -Songs Of Freedom, a new compilation released in the New Year by the Specialized Project, to raise funds for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

“I suppose I have never been able to afford working with Nick since”, quipped Scabies.

On recording the song, Lowe commented, “It’s a good song which has been covered so many times over the years, I now scarcely feel I had anything to do with it. I was flattered to be invited and very pleased for an opportunity to get out of the house and spend time in the stimulating company of similarly under-employed musicians.”

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CALL Ms LEE…

Rising Portuguese songstress STARSHA LEE has a new video out which she’s premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘Killing Heteronomy’ is taken from a new EP which is due for release later in the Summer and is described as “a post-Duchamp exercise of nihilism”.

Now based in London, the intriguingly enigmatic Starsha doesn’t give a great deal away about herself, but her new band features guitarist Crispin Gray from Queenadreena.

Look out for a feature on Queenadreena in the next issue of Vive Le Rock out 27 July.

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RICH RAGANY REVEALS NEW SINGLE!

RICH RAGANY AND THE DIGRESSIONS have unveiled another new single from their new album.

‘Sometimes We Can Hear The Voices’ is taken from the band’s second album Beyond Nostalgia & Heartache which is out now and follows on from the band’s debut album Like We’ll Never Make It, released in 2019.

“This song is written from the perspective of someone who is leaving a home or situation in which they had suffered abuse,” explains Rich. “I wanted the mood to be very cinematic from the get-go and really uplifting and euphoric in the chorus, giving it the feel of freedom from that place. To show that, yes, even though those voices can still haunt you, you are free now.

“The title came from conversations about my experiences with all this and how I kinda find myself fighting those memories and [guitarist] Gaff said, ‘Yeah man… sometimes we can hear the voices…’ That conversation… the friendship and understanding in it, made me grab the guitar as soon as I could and write the song.”

The video for the single, which catches the band in thoroughly relaxed mode on a London rooftop, was directed, edited and shot by Craig Temple of Racketeer Pictures.

Beyond Nostalgia & Heartache is out now through Story Highway Records and is available here.

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SCHWARZ ‘N’ ALL!

Pub rock legend BRINSLEY SCHWARZ has unveiled a new video as a taster for his forthcoming new solo album.

‘You Drive Me To Drink’ is the second single from Tangled, following on from ‘Storm In The Hills’ at the start of the year. The new album comes five years after his unexpected debut solo album Unexpected.

Schwarz, along with Nick Lowe, was a founder member of the pub rock pioneers of the same name who, following a disastrous hype involving flying a ‘plane-load of journalists to New York to see them play a support slot at the Fillmore East, built a bridgehead on the London pub scene and beyond, arguably paving the way for punk.

When the band split, Schwarz briefly joined Ducks Deluxe before co-founding The Rumour to back newcomer Graham Parker. Continuing to work with Parker over the years, he’s produced and played with numerous other artists such as Desmond Dekker, Dr Feelgood, Rachel Sweet, Kirsty MacColl and Pointed Sticks.

‘You Drive Me To Drink’ is available to stream/download here.

Tangled is out on 3 September through Fretsore Records.

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SPECIALS TOP 10 – WIN SPECIALS SINGLES!

In the new edition of Vive Le Rock!, we celebrate the 40th Anniversary of THE SPECIALS’ classic single ‘Ghost Town’ with band founder Jerry Dammers. Here Vive‘s man in the 2-tone suit Guy Shankland takes us through his Top 10 Specials tracks. And once you get to the bottom, you can find out how to win some scintillating Specials vinyl…
  1. ‘Vote For Me’
    Stunning 2019 comeback single. Four-plus decades on and it seems we may still need The Specials to guide us. ‘Ghost Town’ revisited circa 2019/20.
  1. ‘The Boiler’
    Brutal and traumatising single about date rape featuring a Rhoda Dakar tour de force on lead vocals.
  1. ‘You’re Wondering Now’
    The emotive debut album closer can still bring a cannonball size lump to the throat.
  1. ‘Do The Dog’
    Who am I to say but the speedy delivery married with the fast tempo and devastating poetry made this the perfect reunion gig opener.
  1. ‘Blank Expression’
    Terry Hall’s laconic vocals fit the mood and style of the song so perfectly it’s hard to see the join. A classic.
  1. ‘Too Much Too Young’
    If school kids weren’t aware of the dangers of teenage pregnancy they were now. A Grange Hill generation got a hard-hitting rude boy meets rude girl sex education lesson.
  1. ‘Free Nelson Mandela’
    As relevant and as well known as Band-Aid. Another Jerry Dammers Specials (AKA) masterpiece.
  1. ‘Concrete Jungle’
    Chanting, violence and tribal alliances get ground into the inner city pavement. A song that’s been sung by both Radiation and Hall.
  1. ‘Gangsters’
    An entire movement gets drop-kicked into life by screeching tyres and Neville’s “Bernie Rhodes knows don’t argue!“ intro. Timeless 2-Tone.
  1. ‘Ghost Town’
    Haunting, morose and politically on point. The original Specials swan song is still possibly their greatest song and statement.

To be in with a chance of winning Specials singles on 7″ and 12″, just send an email to info@vivelerock.net with ‘Specials Competition’ in the subject and the answer to this question:

Where did the band perform for their episode of the classic TV series Rock Goes To College?

Read our exclusive ‘Ghost Town’ special in the latest edition of Vive Le Rock! available here!

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BEST LAID PLANS…!

Covid has once again thwarted LOVELY EGGS’ touring plans as they are forced to reschedule their tour dates yet again.

The dates had been scheduled to take place back in April in support of the Lancaster psych-pop duo’s I Am Moron album. With the arrival of Covid on the scene the dates were rescheduled and rescheduled. Now with the Government’s decision to delay the lifting of restrictions, the pair have been forced to reschedule the shows (hopefully) one last time.

“It’s part of the DIY culture,” explains singer/guitarist Holly Ross. “You just don’t give up. So as soon as we found out that re-opening had been pushed back, we set about heaving all our tour dates back into late July/August. We didn’t want to wait till next year. And within 24 hours we’d re-booked our UK tour for the seventh time! We are all just ready for the party now. Everyone has been looking forward to these shows for over a year and we can’t wait to bring it to em!”

The dates follow on from the release of their new single on 9 July, ‘I, Moron’ featuring special guest Iggy Pop. The b-side features their version of Pop’s ‘Dum Dum Boys’ from his 1977 solo album The Idiot.

“Being in The Lovely Eggs we’re kind of used to surreal experiences but collaborating with Iggy Pop takes the biscuit,” exclaims Holly. “It’s actually unbelievable. For him just to say nothing but “moron” over and over again fitted in with the sentiment of the song perfectly. He just GOT it. We are all morons. In a world of moronic things. In a world of moronic ideas. You are moron. I am Moron. We are Moron.”

“For the b-side it made real sense to us to cover one of Iggy’s songs off The Idiot,” adds drummer David Blackwell. “There seemed to be a real synchronicity to it. I had this album on cassette, and it was one of the first albums that I got really into. ‘Dum Dum Boys’ struck a chord with us, kind of missing the old days and the old gang we used to hang out with.”

Catch The Lovely Eggs on the following dates…

July 2021
Fri 23 Gorilla, Manchester SOLD OUT
Sat 24, The Brudenell, Leeds NEW SHOW!!
Thur 29 02 Academy, Sheffield
Fri 30 The Garage, London SOLD OUT
Sat 31 SWX, Bristol [Venue upgrade. Original tickets still valid]

August 2021
Sun 1, The Bullingdon, Oxford
Mon 2, The Joiners Southampton [Venue change. Original tickets still valid] SOLD OUT
Tues 3, Concorde 2, Brighton [Venue upgrade. Original tickets still valid]
Wed 4, Metronome, Nottingham
Thur 5, District, Liverpool [Venue change. Original tickets still valid]

April 2022
Thurs 7 Castle and Falcon, Birmingham SOLD OUT
Fri 8, Heaven, London
Mon 11 Junction 2, Cambridge
Sat 16, The Brudenell, Leeds SOLD OUT

May 2022
Thur 26 The Cluny, Newcastle
Fri 27 Stereo, Glasgow
Sat 28 The Mash House, Edinburgh SOLD OUT
Sun 29 The Crescent, York
Mon 30 Sub Rooms, Stroud
Tues 31 Clwb Ivor Bach, Cardiff

June 2022
Wed 1 Face Bar, Reading
Fri 3 02 Ritz, Manchester

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FEROCIOUS DOG ARE REVOLTING!

Nottinghamshire folk-punks FEROCIOUS DOG have just unveiled a first video from their forthcoming new album.

‘Pentrich Rising’ commemorates the Last English Revolution when, in 1817, when two-hundred men from the Derbyshire village of Pentrich and surrounding villages marched on Nottingham in the belief that they were taking part in a nationwide insurrection.

“The idea for the writing of this song goes back over many years,” explains frontman Ken Bonsall. “The history behind the Last English Revolution in Pentrich is well-known, but being so close to where I live I felt that I had to write this song. A close friend and work colleague at the coal mine said that his family were related to William Turner, one of the main characters in the Pentrich Rising. For that reason I chose to write the song through William Turner’s eyes. To shoot the video at the old Derby Gaol, the original place of his imprisonment and execution just added more historical fact behind the song.”

Stream/download ‘Pentrich Rising’ here.

The single is taken from the album The Hope, which is due out on 15 October through Graphite Records. It’s available to pre-order here.

To celebrate the release they’ll be embarking on a mammoth tour. Full dates are…

Fri 8 Oct – O2 Academy 2 Liverpool
Sat 9 Oct – Marine Hall Fleetwood
Fri 15 Oct – Old Fire Station Bournemouth
Sat 16 Oct – Chalk Brighton
Wed 20 Oct – O2 Academy 3 Manchester
Thu 21 Oct – Nell’s London
Fri 22 Oct O2 – Academy 2 Oxford
Sat 23 Oct – Waterfront Norwich
Thu 28 Oct – The Globe Cardiff
Fri 29 Oct O2 – Academy Leicester
Sat 30 Oct – Esquires Bedford
Fri 5 Nov O2 – Academy 2 Newcastle
Sat 6 Nov – La Belle Angele Edinburgh
Fri 12 Nov – Ropetackle Arts Shoreham
Sat 13 Nov – The Forum Tunbridge Wells
Thu 18 Nov – Cheese & Grain Frome
Fri 19 Nov – Princess Pavilion Falmouth
Sat 20 Nov – Exeter Phoenix Exeter
Sun 21 Nov – Guildhall Gloucester
Fri 26 Nov – KK’s Steel Mill Wolverhampton
Sat 27 Nov – Picturedome Holmfirth
Sat 4 Dec – Leadmill Sheffield

Tickets are available here.

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CHRIS CATALYST VIDEO PREMIERE!

Leeds DIY rocker has a new video which he’s premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘King Of Everything’ is the final single to be taken from his widely acclaimed current album Kaleidoscopes.

The track is described as “a wry look at the culture of Internet idiots and online onanists everywhere, starring Chris as both of the above. An anthem for a post-lockdown, pre-apocalyptic Summer.”

A member of numerous bands over the years, Chris is perhaps best known for his role in EUREKA MACHINES and his stint in Leeds gothic overlords SISTERS OF MERCY.

Kaleidoscopes is out now. You can catch Chris live on tour this September with MASSIVE WAGONS.

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‘RACKING THEM UP!

Fast-rising Medway garage-punks THE SHADRACKS have just unveiled a new single and lyric video.

‘You Can’t Lose’ is taken from the trio’s long-awaited second album From Human Like Forms, which is due out on 13 August through Damaged Goods and follows on from their self-titled 2018 debut.

The new single is the first outing for new bassist Rhys Webb, formerly of THE HORRORS, who joins the band alongside singer/guitarists Huddie Shadrack (son of Billy Childish) and drummer Elisa Abednego.

“It’s about wanting something you can’t get,” explains Huddie about the choice of single. “Chasing the unobtainable and finding yourself at the mercy of your pursuits.”

The album’s release will be complimented by videos by innovative film maker and former The Jesus And Mary Chain bassist Douglas Hart.

The band play an album launch show at The Moth Club, Hackney, London on 13 August. Tickets are available here.

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BLUES COMES CALLIN’…!

Italian punk-blues one-woman-band ELLI DE MON heralds her new album with a video which she’s premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

The brooding, slow-building ‘Blue Spirit Blues’ is her interpretation of a song by blues legend Bessie Smith and is taken from the album Countin’ The Blues.

Comprising songs from the repertoires of Smith, Ma Rainey, Memphis Minnie, Elizabeth Cotten and others, the album can be seen as a soundtrack to Elli’s book Countin’ The Blues – Indomitable Women, a celebration of the blues queens of the 20s, published last year.

Speaking about the song, Elli says, “Sometimes you forget about them. They live hidden in dark places and they move very silently. But you can feel them and you can’t escape… and they get to hurt you so deeply. The BLUE DEVILS. Well, you can recognize them and this is the first step to get free. Bessie Smith knew it and she burnt her demons out. This is her song and I tried to make it mine.”

Hailing from the historic city of Vicenza and firmly established on the European garage-blues scene, Elli has shared stages with the likes of The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Cedric Burnside and Voodoo Rhythm Records boss, The Reverend Beat-Man. Releasing albums since 2014, her last album was a split release with brilliantly-named psych-blues exponents Daily Thompson.

Recorded live at Sonika in Ferrara, the video was shot by noted filmmaker Ares Brunelli.

Set for release on 18 June through Area Pirata Records, Countin’ The Blues is available to pre-order here.

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DESPERATE TIMES CALL FOR DESPERATE MEASURES!

Legendary UK/New Zealand punk and rock quartet DESPERATE MEASURES are back with a brand new mini-album this Summer.

Formed in Christchurch, New Zealand in 1981, releasing one single and a live album before splitting two years later. Still fronted by founder member Eugene Butcher, the band resurfaced in London tooled up for the 21st Century and now featuring guitarist Gaff (Rich Ragany, Hollywood Brats), bassist Ricky Maguire (UK Subs, The Men They Couldn’t Hang) and ex-K-Line and Done Lying Down drummer James Sherry.

Set for release through Easy Action in August, the six-track 10″ mini-album Rinsed was written during lockdown and features five band originals plus a cover of the Dave Berry/Sex Pistols classic ‘No Lip’. The band unveiled a first taste of the release earlier in the year with a video for the track ‘The Rich-tual’…

Desperate Measures launch the album with a headline show at a special Rockaway Beach club night at London’s legendary Hope & Anchor on 30 July, with support from Knox from The Vibrators and Backstreet Abortions. Tickets here.

They then join ex-Pistol Paul Cook’s revitalised PROFESSIONALS on tour around the UK throughout October. “To go on tour with The Professionals is a dream come true!,” says Butcher. “We were totally into their album I Didn’t See It Coming back in the day. This is going to be an explosive double bill!”

Full dates are….

Wed 13 Oct – Tunbridge Wells Forum
Thur 14 Oct – Oxford o2 Academy
Fri 15 Oct – Swansea Sin City
Mon 18 Oct – Glasgow King Tuts
Tue 19 Oct – Newcastle The Cluny
Wed 20 Oct – Nottingham Bodega
Thur 21 Oct – Birmingham Castle Falcon
Fri 22 Oct – Liverpool EBGB’s
Mon 25th Oct – Bristol The Exchange
Tue 26th Oct – Leeds Brudenell Social
Wed 27th Oct – Milton Keynes Craufurd Arms
Thur 28th Oct – Chester Live Rooms

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FRANK TURNER UNVEILS SINGLE AND SHOWS

FRANK TURNER returns with a new single an a run of live shows throughout the Summer.

‘The Gathering’, which features guest appearances from JASON ISBELL and MUSE’s Dom Howard, voices the frustrations that we’ve all felt at the absence of live music over the past year and heralds the removal of restrictions and hopeful return to some kind of normality in the coming months.

To make good on this declaration, Turner and his label Xtra Mile will be staging a series of special outdoor shows throughout the Summer.

“At a time when the pandemic has wreaked havoc all across the live music industry, I feel like it’s important to get back to the basics – playing live music to entertain a crowd,” he says. “This summer, with Xtra Mile and friends, I’m taking the punk approach – do it yourself, find a way. I can’t wait.”

The shows will feature a full supporting cast drawn from the Xtra Mile roster and varying from gig to gig, including Skinny Lister, Johnny Lloyd, Pet Needs, Ducking Punches, Non Canon, Deux Furieuses, Berries, Guise and Samantics. Turner will be playing in a duo with Matt Nasir except where noted…

JUNE
19 – Bideford, The Big Sheep
20 – Bideford, The Big Sheep
26 – Frome, Cheese & Grain
27 – Frome, Cheese & Grain

JULY
8 – Liverpool, Top Rope Brewery – competition winners only
17 – Gloucester, Llanthony Secunda Priory
18 – Gloucester, Llanthony Secunda Priory

AUGUST
21 – Manchester, Urmston Sports Club (full band show)

SEPTEMBER
3 – Hull, Zebedees Yard

Tickets for all shows are available here.

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DROPKICK MURPHYS ANNOUNCE ARENA TOUR!

With their new album just out, DROPKICK MURPHYS have announced their biggest tour of UK and Ireland ever.

Celebrating their 25th year as a band, the Boston celtic-punks just dropped Turn Up That Dial, their 10th studio album to rave reviews.

Now they’ve stepped up a gear by announcing nine arena shows in February next year, including shows in Northern and southern Ireland and culminating in a show at London’s prestigious Wembley Arena. They’ll be joined on all dates by LA ska-punks THE INTERRUPTERS.

Full dates are…

15 Feb – Manchester O2 Victoria Warehouse
16 Feb – Newcastle O2 City Hall
18 Feb – Dublin 3Arena
19 Feb – Belfast The Telegraph Building
22 Feb – Glasgow The SSE Hydro
23 Feb – Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
24 Feb – Brighton Centre
25 Feb – Birmingham O2 Academy
26 Feb – London The SSE Wembley Arena

Tickets go on sale at 9.00 am on Friday 7 May here.

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ALABAMA 3 GET WHACKED!

ALABAMA 3 return with a new single and video and news of a new album and dates to follow.

‘Whacked’ is the first new music from the Brixton mavericks since the tragic passing of The Very Reverend D Wayne Love in May 2019.

“’Whacked’ was recorded in the early weeks of the first UK lockdown in March 2020,” remembers producer Cam Blackwood (George Ezra, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes). “I think the hedonistic spirit of the song was amplified a million times by the fact we were making the record remotely – with the musicians in the band recording their parts at home, sending them all to me to collate and arrange – then I would send the instrumental track to Larry to record vocals on. The energy was pretty insane – we were like caged animals desperate to get out.

“We managed to find time three months later (when the first lockdown ended in July 2020) to get together and put the finishing touches to the song,” continues Blackwood. “Being in the studio with a few beers seemed like a fitting way to finalise the tune and put the last 1% of energy into the recording. This song feels like classic Alabama 3 to me. It’s a banger!”

“You can praise the Lord, you can pass the ammunition, you can be woke you can be wicked you can have the wisdom of Solomon but unless you are ready to get whacked with Alabama 3 there’s no point in dreaming,” adds Larry. “Rearrange the rubble, paint your bomb shelters and make sure everybody in the neighbourhood feels good cos we feel like getting stupid and you need to get whacked.”

The video for the single was directed by the Sitcom Soldiers company. Speaking of the clip, Love pronounces, “Feast Thine eyes brothers and sisters upon Alabama 3’s new video, everybody’s getting whacked on something. We salute the good the bad and the ugly and every neighbourhood that is brave enough to have a party. Please drink responsibly and be advised that viewer discretion is required, no animals or children were hurt in the making of this video though some participants needed Nurofen the day after the shoot. Enjoy!”

‘Whacked’ is the first track to be aired from their forthcoming Step 13, which is due out on 20 August, through Submarine Cat Records. It’s available to pre-order here. Tickets for their forthcoming tour dates are available from the same link.

Thursday 17 March 2022 Cambridge, The Junction
Friday 18 March 2022 Birmingham, Institute 2
Saturday 19 March 2022 Liverpool, O2 Academy
Friday 25 March 2022 Dublin, Academy
Saturday 26 March 2022 Belfast, Limelight
Thursday 31 March 2022 Brighton, Concorde 2
Friday 1 April 2022 Southampton, Engine Rooms
Saturday 2 April 2022 Exeter, Phoenix
Sunday 3 April 2022 Bournemouth, Old Fire Station
Thursday 7 April 2022 Newcastle, Boiler Shop
Friday 8 April 2022 Edinburgh, Liquid Rooms
Saturday 9 April 2022 Glasgow, SWG3
Sunday 10 April 2022 Kendal, Brewery Art Centre
Thursday 14 April 2022 Cardiff, Tramshed
Friday 15 April 2022 Holmfirth, Picturedrome
Saturday 16 April 2022 Manchester, O2 Ritz
Sunday 17 April 2022 Leeds, Warehouse
Wednesday 27 April 2022 Reading, Sub89
Thursday 28 April 2022 Oxford O2 Academy
Friday 29 April 2022 Bristol, O2 Academy
Saturday 30 April 2022 London, SBE

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ANOTHER VIEW…

Long lost 80s garage-psych exponents VIEWS are the subject of a new anthology.

Formed in the northern Italian city of Brescia in 1983, inspired by the nascent Paisley Underground scene, the band chimed with the times mixing Hüsker Dü melodic punk with Rain Parade psych and Sarah Records indie jangle, but with a distinct European edginess, to terrific effect.

Views made their recording debut on the now classic comp Rockbeef alongside big-hitting scenesters Not Moving and Liars, before presenting their own debut mini-album Namby Pamby in 1988.

This was followed by the suitably weirdly-titled full-length Mummycat The World No.2 in 1990, featuring 8 originals, plus covers of Lou Reed’s ‘Real Good Time Together’ and The Beatles’ ‘Everybody’s Got Something To Hide Except For Me And My Monkey’, thus completing the sum total of their officially released recordings.

Released through Area Pirata, Mother Tapes Anthology 1986-1990 brings together both albums while a second disc features the Rockbeef track ‘Expectations’, plus 11 other demos and live tracks.

Mother Tapes Anthology 1986-1990 is available now via Bandcamp and the Area Pirata store.

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NEW SCIENTISTS!

Aussie legends THE SCIENTISTS have announced the release of a brand new album.

The 11-track Negativity is the first new Scientists full-length studio album in 35 years and features the same line-up that played a European tour in 2018 – Kim Salmon, Tony Thewlis, Boris Sujdovic and Leanne Cowie – also previously found on the classic 2007 live album Sedition.

The album is the band’s third release for US label In The Red, following on from the 2018 single ‘Braindead’ and the 2019 EP 9H₂O.SiO₂.

Check out the video for the song ‘Outsider’…

Set for release on 11 June, Negativity is available to pre-order here.

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