LORDS LIVE AT VIVE AWARDS!

THE VIVE LE ROCK AWARDS are back! And we’re we’re really pushing the boat out for the mag’s 10th Anniversary with a bigger and better event at London’s Shepherds Bush Empire on Wednesday 1 April!

As revealed over the weekend, we’ve managed to coerce Brian James and Dave Treganna into reforming the legendary LORDS OF THE NEW CHURCH for one night only. The place of sadly deceased frontman Stiv Bators will be taken by his great friend and sparring partner Michael Monroe, while former CLASH drummer (and co-writer of the classic track ‘Russian Roulette’) Terry Chimes will be occupying the drumstool.

Formed in 1981, the Lords were the first ‘supergroup’ to emerge from punk, when DAMNED founder James hooked up with DEAD BOYS frontman Bators, SHAM 69 bassist Treganna and BARRACUDAS drummer Nicky Turner. Releasing three classic albums through Miles Copeland’s IRS organisation, achieving international radio hits with singles like ‘Dance With Me’, ‘Open Your Eyes’ and a cover of MADONNA’s ‘Like A Virgin’.

Other guests include SPECIALS and FUN BOY THREE founder Neville Staple plus, once again, our MC, Edward Tudor Pole, plus more big name acts including an extra special headline band!

Tickets, including exclusive VIP packages, are available here!

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THE BELLRAYS HIT TOWN!

Blues is the teacher. Punk is the preacher. It’s all about emotion and energy. Experience and raw talent, spirit and intellect. Exciting things happen when these things collide.

Bob Vennum and Lisa Kekaula made the BellRays happen in 1990 in Riverside, California but they weren’t really thinking about any of this then. They wanted to play music and they wanted it to feel good. They wanted people to WANT to get up, to NEED to get up and check out what was going on. Form an opinion. React.

So they took everything they knew about; the Beatles, Stevie Wonder, the Who, the Ramones Billie Holiday, Lou Rawls, Hank Williams, the DB’s, Jimmy Reed, and Led Zeppelin (to name a very few to whom “BLUES IS THE TEACHER”) and pressed it into service.

It’s a rock show in its rawest and rarest form!

They’re joined on all dates by fast-rising multinational garage punks LOS PEPES, who released their latest album Positive Negative last year. Full dates are…

WED 15 JAN – Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth
THU 16 JAN – The Louisiana, Bristol
FRI 17 JAN – Le Pub, Newport
SAT 18 JAN – The Phoenix, Exeter
SUN 19 JAN – The Lantern, Halifax
TUE 21 JAN – Voodoo, Edinburgh
WED 22 JAN – Broadcast, Glasgow
THU 23 JAN – The Cluny, Newcastle
FRI 24 JAN – Westgarth Social Club, Middlesbrough
SAT 25 JAN – Prince Albert, Brighton
SUN 26 JAN – Oslo, London

Tickets are on sale here 

We catch up with The Bellrays in the new edition of Vive Le Rock, out on 27 January!

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UNCONDITIONAL DISCHARGE!

UK hardcore legends DISCHARGE are to celebrate their 40th Anniversary with a major new anthology.

Yes, it’s forty years since the Stoke-on-Trent band released their iconic debut single ‘Realities Of War’ and to celebrate, they’re releasing Protest And Survive: The Anthology, a 53-track career-spanning collection on double splatter vinyl and double digipak CD.

The band actually formed in 1977 but ‘Realities Of War’ saw them break out of their Potteries bolthole, picking up regular airplay from John Peel and earning them a 44-week stay on the indie chart, peaking at No.5. The band would go on to wield a globe-straddling influence over punk and metal, going so far as to sprout a new sub-genre, D-Beat.

Protest And Survive is heralded by the previously unreleased track ‘Descending Into Madness’, which was recorded in 2002 with original singer Kelvin ‘Cal’ Morris.

“As we were writing the tunes for the 2002 album, me and Bones felt that Kelvin was not doing too much to contribute, so we didn’t really know how it was going turn out until the demo,” explains co-founder Tezz Roberts. “We did in Stoke and let me tell you, we breathed a sigh of relief when we heard his voice was back! It’s not the finished product but you get the gist of it!”

Set for release on Friday 21 February through BMG, Protest And Survive is available to pre-order here.

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VIDEOS OF THE YEAR!

We’ve seen some great videos this year – some flash and fancy, others cheap but cheerful – many of which were exclusively premiered with Vive Le Rock! We decided to get our heads together and come up with our Top 10. Unfortunately, there were just so many good ones, we rounded it up to fifteen. You’re welcome! Enjoy!

15. BRUTALISTS – TAKE IT ALL AWAY

14. LOS PEPES – POSITIVE NEGATIVE

13. SMALLTOWN TIGERS – JUST FRIENDS

12. GRADE 2 – GRAVEYARD ISLAND

11. AMYL & THE SNIFFERS – SOME MUTTS CAN’T BE MUZZLED

10. THE SPEEDWAYS – THEY DON’T KNOW

9. IDLES – MERCEDES MARXIST

8. THE CRAVATS – SHY

7. BOOZE & GLORY – MY HEART IS BURNING

6. HARD-ONS – OH… YOUR CRUSHED?

5. JOHNNY MOPED – LIVING IN A DREAM WORLD

4. MICHAEL MONROE – LAST TRAIN TO TOKYO

3. THE SPECIALS – VOTE FOR ME

2. LUICIDAL – ONE STEEL SOLDIER

1. RMBLR – SERIOUS

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TIDINGS OF COMFORT AND JOY!

Iconic South London post-punks BAND OF HOLY JOY sweep out the old and ring in the new with a pair of shows either side of the New Year.

The hugely influential band, first formed in New Cross by transplanted Geordie, Johny Brown in 1984, have had a bit of a rebirth in recent years with a brace of widely acclaimed albums – 2017’s Funambulist We Love You and this year’s Neon Primitives, both through the Tiny Global label, as well as playing numerous shows, including dates with DOCTORS OF MADNESS . They’re currently in the studio working on new material.

The band head down to Brighton on Sunday 29 December for a show at The Prince Albert, with support from ASBO DEREK. Tickets are available here.

Then it’s into the New Year with a special Pennyblackmusic show at The Water Rats, London on Friday 17 January. They’ll be joined by MOON UNDER WATER and DREAM MAPS. Tickets are on sale here.

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CIRCLE JERKS ADD LONDON DATE!

As expected, CIRCLE JERKS have added a London date to their European tour next year.

As previously announced, the reconvened L.A. band will be playing a string of dates across Europe during the summer in celebration of the 40th Anniversary of their classic debut album Group Sex, including an appearance at Rebellion in August.

The band, who were originally formed in 1979 by former BLACK FLAG frontman Keith Morris and ex-RED KROSS (and future BAD RELIGION) guitarist Greg Hetson, will play London’s Electric Ballroom in Camden Town on Wednesday 5 August. Tickets are available here.

The dates will be accompanied by a special commemorative reissue of Group Sex.

Full dates below…

Check out Group Sex album tracks ‘Deny Everything’ and ‘Don’t Care’ live in ’85….

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RMBLR VIDEO EXCLUSIVE!

Hot-to-trot Georgia rockers RMBLR are back with a brand new video which they’re launching worldwide today with Vive Le Rock!

We first wrote about the band – pronounced Rambler – back at the start of 2017 when we premiered their track ‘Name Game’ from the EP Territory released through Fat Possum.

The video for ‘Serious’, whose footstomping rough-house rock’n’roll straddles ’77 punk, glam and greasy street-rock, was directed, edited and shot by noted Atlanta filmmaker Video Rahim, who’s also responsible for clips by the likes of Mastodon, Biters and Blackberry Smoke.

First released at the start of last year, ‘Serious’ is available to buy here.

With members hailing from Baltimore and Atlanta, Rmblr emerged out of the touring line-up of notorious East Coast proto-punks DINOS BOYS. Among their influences, they cite Chuck Berry, The Saints, Coloured Balls and The Kids, and that’s good enough for us.

We reckon you’re gonna be hearing a whole lot more from these guys. Seriously.

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CLASH COUNTRY ROCKERS!

The music of THE CLASH is to be celebrated in a special show in London in the New Year.

Americana Clash!, part of AmericanaFest UK, will see a host of names from the UK folk and Americana scene playing a selection of songs from the Clash repertoire at the Oslo venue in Hackney on Monday 27 January.

The Clash and Americana, are of course, inextricably linked. When Texan songwriter JOE ELY played The Venue in London’s Victoria in 1978, The Clash were in attendance and artist and band would spend the next few days hanging out at various establishments around town including Dingwalls and The Hope & Anchor. The following year, both bands would play the famed Armadillo World Headquarters venue in Austin, while Ely would support The Clash on their London Calling tour in 1980, hooking up whenever The Clash found themselves in Texas.

Much later, during the sessions for JOHNNY CASH’s final album, Joe Strummer would join Cash on a recording of Bob Marley’s ‘Redemption Song’.

Apparently, the two Joes had planned to record an album together in Mexico, a project that was derailed when Strummer sadly passed away in December 2002.

Artists performing at the Americana Clash! event include FRANK TURNER, GRACE PETRIE, DANNY WILSON (of DANNY & THE CHAMPIONS OF THE WORLD), PETER BRUNTNELL and more.

Proceeds from the gig will go to the Joe Strummer Foundation and Hackney Winter Night Shelter.

Tickets are on sale here.

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BRIEFS ENCOUNTER!

Legendary Seattle punks THE BRIEFS hit the UK next month for a rare London date on their European tour.

Inspired by the likes of the Undertones, Buzzocks and The Toy Dolls, these bleach-blonde buzzsaw brats have been going since 2000, when they released their debut album Hit After Hit, spawning the stop-start punk disco floorfiller ‘Poor And Weird’. Since then, they’ve release six albums with this year’s Platinum Rats, for Damaged Goods, coming after a long absence from the racks.

Sharp-eyed readers will also recognise frontman Steve E Nix and bassist Stevie Kicks from powerpoppers THE CUTE LEPERS, who released three albums through Damaged Goods between 2008 and 2011.

The Briefs play The Lexington, London on Sunday 8 December with support from French synth punks THE SCANERS and fast-rising London powerpop squad THE SPEEDWAYS. Tickets are on sale here.

Full European tour dates are…

30/11 Munich (GER) – Kafe Kult
01/12 Bern (CH) – Rössli Bar
03/12 Nimes (FR) – Paloma
04/12 Lyon (FR) – Ninkasi
05/12 Bordeaux (Fr) – Iboat
06/12 Rennes (FR) – Mondo Bizarro
07/12 Paris (FR) – Le Chinois
08/12 London (UK) – Lexington
10/12 Dunkerque (FR) – 4 Ecluses
11/12 Kortrijk (BEL) – The Pit’s
12/12 Dortmund (GER) – FZW
13/12 Dresden (GER) – Chemiefabrik
14/12 Hamburg (GER) – Molotow
15/12 Berlin (GER) – Cassiopeia

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PEDALJETS PREPARE FOR TAKE-OFF!

Kansas City alt-rockers PEDALJETS have just unveiled a taster for their first new album in six years.

Formed in 1984, Pedaljets quickly established themselves as one of the Midwest’s bands-most-likely-to, sharing stages with the likes of The Replacements, Hüsker Dü and Meat Puppets and picking up plays on MTV.

After a long hiatus, the band resurfaced with a retooled version of their self-titled second album, followed by the all new What’s In Between in 2013, cited by Vive Le Rock at the time as “the missing link between The Replacements and Nirvana.”

Now joined by new guitarist Cody Wyoming, founder members guitarist Mike Allmayer, bassist Matt Kesler and drummer Rob Morrow recorded Twist The Lens with producer Paul Malinowski, once again bringing in studio veteran John Agnello (Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr) at the mixing stage.

Check out the title track…

Twist The Lens is due for release through Electric Moth Records on 14 February.

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LEVELLING THE LAND!

Hard-working folk-rockers THE LEVELLERS have announced a raft of UK and European tour dates to take them through 2020.

The Brighton band celebrated their 30th Anniversary last year with a major tour and the album We The Collective. Then last month they played a special sold-out show at the London Palladium in aid of the mental health Mind. A brand new studio album is promised for 2020.

The dates kick off with a pair of shows at The Apex in Bury St Edmunds on 12 and 13 February and wind up at Nottingham Rock City on 4 and 5 December. They’ll be playing dates in Northern Europe during October. Full dates are…

FEBRUARY
12 Bury St Edmunds, The Apex
13 Bury St Edmunds, The Apex
14 Falmouth, Princess Pavilion
15 Falmouth, Princess Pavillion
26 Brecon, Theatre Brycheiniog
27 Port Talbot, Princess Theatre
28 Blackwood, Miners Institute
29 Llandudno, Venue Cymru

MARCH
01 Liverpool, Grand Central
19 Guildford, G Live
20 Norwich, Uea
21 Margate, Dreamland

APRIL
29 Sheffield, Leadmill
30 Coventry, Empire

MAY
01 Holmfirth, Picturedrome
02 Holmfirth, Picturedrome
13 Hastings, White Rock Theatre
14 Frome, Cheese & Grain
15 Aylesbury, Waterside Theatre
16 Southampton, O2 Guildhall

OCTOBER
07 Eindhoven, Effenaar (Nl)
08 Amsterdam, Paradiso (Nl)
09 Koln Gloria, (De)
10 St Niklaas, Casino (Be)
11 Depot, Leuven (Be)

NOVEMBER
04 York, Barbican
05 Dundee, Fat Sams
06 Stirling, Albert Halls
07 Edinburgh, Liquid Rooms
08 Aberdeen, Lemon Tree
18 St Albans, Arena
19 Scunthorpe, The Baths Hall
20 Manchester, Albert Hall
21 Manchester, Albert Hall

DECEMBER
03 Lancaster, Town Hall
04 Nottingham, Rock City
05 Nottingham, Rock City

Tickets are on sale here.

No news of any London shows or festival dates, although presumably they’ll be playing their regular Beautiful Days festival at Escot Park, Devon on 21-23 August.

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NEW TOWN KINGS HIT BY TRAGEDY

East Anglian ska and reggae giants NEW TOWN KINGS have had their world rocked by tragedy with the sudden death of their guitarist Stuart McClung.

Stuart (left in pic) died on Saturday night when a car mounted the pavement and ploughed into the smoking area outside The Spinnaker pub in the band’s hometown of Colchester, Essex.

One man was airlifted to hospital with life-changing industries, while another man and a woman were also injured in the crash. A 40-year old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder, causing grievous bodily harm with intent, death by dangerous driving and assault.

Formed in 2006, New Town Kings quickly made a name for themselves on the international circuit with the albums Sound Of The New Town and M.O.J.O., released through Bomber Music, playing more than 500 shows in ten different countries. An infectious and reliable festival draw, playing the likes of Boomtown and Secret Garden Party, they’ve also become firm favourites at Rebellion. Their most recent album was last year’s Reach Out.

Our thoughts are with Stuart’s family, friends, bandmates and many fans.

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RESOLUTION NOW!

Punks will be descending on London’s Oxford Street once more for the New Year’s Resolution festival.

Now in its sixth year, Resolution runs from Friday 3 to Sunday 12 January at the legendary 100 Club, hosting the great and the good of the UK’s punk scene plus a raft of newcomers in support.

First names announced include GBH, NEWTOWN NEUROTICS, SUBHUMANS, ANTI-NOWHERE LEAGUE, THE BOYS, LAST GREAT DREAMERS, DESPERATE MEASURES and more…

For the first time, the festival will be 14+, encouraging the new breed of young punks (accompanied by an adult).

Full billing so far is…

Fri 3 Jan – TV SMITH & THE BORED TEENAGERS + THE DERELLAS + BLUE CARPET BAND

Sat 4 Jan – ANTI-NOWHERE LEAGUE + CRASHED OUT + SWEENEY AND THE FELLAS

Sun 5 Jan – MENACE + NEWTOWN NEUROTICS + KNOCK OFF + NICK CASH + FACE UP + DELINQUE (half-dayer)

Mon 6 Jan – BACKSTREET ABORTIONS + TBC

Wed 8 Jan – THE VIBRATORS + GUITAR GANGSTERS + DESPERATE MEASURES

Thur 9 Jan – SUBHUMANS + THE BLUNDERS + REBEL STATION

Fri 10 Jan – GBH + VARUKERS + BORROWED TIME

Sat 11 Jan – THE BOYS + LAST GREAT DREAMERS

Sun 12 Jan – TBC + RED LIGHT REBELS

Tickets, including full festival passes, are on sale here.

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IT’S ONLY DOC’N’ROLL!

The Doc’N’Roll Film Festival returns to London next month, screening a range of music documentaries at cinemas across the capital.

Highlights include A Dog Called Money, director Seamus Murphy’s globetrotting film about PJ HARVEY; an evening with RAINCOATS founder Gina Birch, featuring several of her short films and videos, plus the world premiere of her latest film Paintings; Where Does A Body End?, a documentary about NYC art-punks SWANS; the UK premiere of The Chills: The Triumph & Tragedy Of Martin Phillipps, about the pioneering New Zealand post-punks and their troubled founder; and The Heart Is A Drum – NEU! & Klaus Dinger, about the hugely influential 70s German band and their mercurial percussionist.

Full listings are…

Fri 1st Nov, 6:15pm – Barbican Cinemas
London Premiere
A Dog Called Money – PJ Harvey + Q&A featuring the director

Fri 1st Nov, 6:30pm – The Rio Cinema
World Premiere
Disco Confessions – John Morales, A Life In The Mix + Q&A featuring John Morales and the director

Sat 2nd Nov, 4:45pm – Institute of Contemporary Arts, ICA
World Premiere
Gina Birch – Cracked Open + Q&A featuring writer Lucy O’Brien and Gina Birch
(Art, Film, Video, & Music)

Sat 2nd Nov, 5:45pm – Barbican Cinemas
World Premiere
Keyboard Fantasies – The Beverly Glenn-Copeland Story + Q&A featuring Glenn Copeland and the director

Sat 2nd Nov, 8:00pm – Barbican Cinemas
UK Premiere
Where Does a Body End? Swans + Q&A featuring the director

Sun 3rd Nov, 5:00pm – Picturehouse Central
London Premiere
Dennis and Lois + Q&A featuring the director

Sun 3rd Nov, 6:00pm Curzon Soho
London Premiere
Once Aurora

Sun 3rd Nov, 7:30pm – The Castle Cinema
World Premiere
Passion and Rituals + Q&A featuring Marietta Veulens and the director

Thu 7th Nov, 6:30pm – Curzon Soho
UK Premiere
Gordon Lightfoot – If You Could Read My Mind + Q&A featuring the directors

Thu 7th Nov, 6:30pm – Picturehouse Central
UK Premiere
Lee Moses – Time and Place + Q&A featuring the director

Thu 7th Nov, 7:00pm – House of Vans
Short Music Docs Night + Q&A featuring the directors

Sat 9th Nov, 5:30pm – The Rio Cinema
UK Premiere
Brainiac – Transmission After Zero + Q&A

Sat 9th Nov, 6:00pm – Curzon Soho
UK Premiere
The Chills – The Triumph & Tragedy of Martin Phillipps + Q&A featuring the co-director

Sat 9th Nov, 6:00pm – Genesis Cinema
World Premiere
The Rest is History – The Early Days of Drum & Bass + Q&A featuring the director

Sat 9th Nov, 9:00pm – The Castle Cinema
Where Does a Body End? Swans + Q&A featuring the director

Sun 10th Nov, 5:00pm – Curzon Soho
UK Premiere
Show Me The Picture – The Story of Jim Marshall + Q&A featuring the director

Sun 10th Nov, 6:00pm – Genesis Cinema
UK Premiere
Hype Master + Q&A featuring the director

Monday 11th Nov, 6:30pm – Rio Cinema
World Premiere
Rip Up The Road – A Film about Foals + Q&A featuring the director and members of the band

Tue 12th Nov, 8:30pm – Picturehouse Central
UK Premiere
The Shows The Thing – The Legendary Promoters of Rock + Q&A featuring the director

Tue 12th Nov, 8:30pm – Genesis Cinema
UK Premiere
Underground Inc. – The Rise & Fall of Alternative Rock + Q&A

Tue 12th Nov, 8:35pm – Barbican Cinemas
World Premiere
Digging For Weldon Irvine + Q&A featuring the director

Wed 13th Nov, 6:30pm – The Rio Cinema
UK Premiere
We Intend To Cause Havoc – Witch + Q&A featuring the director + Afterparty

Wed 13th Nov, 8:00pm – The Ritzy Cinema
UK Premiere
Soul Train – The Hippest Trip in America + Q&A

Thurs 14th Nov, 8:30pm – Genesis Cinema
UK Premiere
It’s Yours – Hip Hop & The Internet + Q&A featuring the director

Fri 15th Nov, 6:30pm – The Rio Cinema
UK Premiere
The Rise of The Synths – A Synthwave Film + Q&A featuring the director + Afterparty

Fri 15th Nov, 6:30pm – Barbican Cinemas
UK Premiere
The Heart Is A Drum – NEU! & Klaus Dinger + Q&A featuring the director

Sat 16th Nov, 3:30pm – Picturehouse Central
London Premiere
Jim Galloway: A Journey in Jazz + Q&A featuring the director

Sat 16th Nov, 4:30pm – Barbican Cinemas
UK Premiere
Don’t Get Trouble in Your Mind – The Carolina Chocolate Drops’ Story

Sat 16th Nov, 5:00pm – Curzon Soho
London Premiere
Desolation Center + Q&A featuring the director

Sat 16th Nov, 6:00pm – Picturehouse Central
UK Premiere
Chuck Berry – The Original King of Rock’n’Roll + Q&A featuring the director

Sun 17th Nov, 3:00pm – Picturehouse Central
London Premiere
It Must Schwing! The Blue Note Story + Q&A featuring the director

Sun 17th Nov, 5:00pm – Curzon Soho
UK Premiere
David Crosby: Remember My Name

Sun 17th Nov, 6:00pm – Picturehouse Central
UK Premiere
The Remix: Hip Hop X Fashion + Q&A featuring the directors

Tickets and full details at docnrollfestival.com

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DREAMERS GONNA DREAM!

Following on from the runaway success of last year’s 13th Floor Renegades album, rejuvenated powerpop rockers LAST GREAT DREAMERS are celebrating the 25th Anniversary of their classic debut Retrosexual with a first-time-ever vinyl edition and one-off London show at The Lounge in Camden on 16 November, recreating their infamous Glitterball club nights. We got the lowdown from guitarist Slyder…

Define ‘retrosexual’?

For us at the time it was a play on words and was highlighting our love of the 1970s era of music, TV, fashion, cars etc. Later the phrase was used meaning putting the man back into manhood, the antithesis of what  we meant by it then we were camping it up in our 70’s suits and tottering around on platform heals.

What do you remember about the recording of the album?

We recorded the album in Newcastle at our record company’s studio. We had a false start initially as we were recording the bass we had a mug of tea drop onto the mixing desk spilling tea into the channels and putting the studio out of action. Also we were living in the studio in a converted stairwell sleeping in bunk beds, not the most glamourous of residential studios but it was a lot of fun and a great experience.

Where did you hold the original Glitterball Club, and what memories do you have of that time?

The Glitterball was originally based in Gossips and later moved to St. Moritz. It was a monthly 70s rock night, the only one in London at the time. One gig highlight at that time was supporting Suzi Quatro at The Marquee Club, it was a sold out show and Suzi made a point of coming to our dressing room to say Hi, that was a nice touch, we were all fans of her as kids so we were all a bit in awe of her.

You’re planning a mystery tour along with the gig…

Well we’ve been running through a few ideas and there are plenty of special places that are important in the band’s history. The West End of London was where the scene was then so we’ll definitely be visiting there, but sadly a few of the landmarks in our history have been bulldozed.

What’s next for the band after this?

We’re taking a bit of a backseat on live shows other than a few we have dotted about for the rest of the year, and will mostly be writing and rehearsing new material for our fifth album, which will come out some time in 2020. We will also be heading out to Scandinavia, Spain and Germany in the Spring and most probably a full UK tour to coincide with the new release.

Check out ‘Last Great Dreamer’ from Retrosexual

Retrosexual is rereleased on 15 November. Pre-orders and tickets for the gig and the magical mystery tour are available now from lastgreatdreamers.com

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HELL’S BELLS!

THE BELLRAYS are to return to the UK for a series of dates in the New Year.

The band, who fuse gritty garage punk with sanctifying soul, were founded in Riverside, California in the early 90s by singer Lisa Kekaula and guitarist Bob Vennum. They got a huge profile boost in the UK when Alan McGee’s Poptones label signed them, their Meet The BellRays compilation chiming with the early 90s garage punk explosion.

Despite numerous line-up changes over the years, and numerous labels, Lisa and Bob have kept chugging, releasing their latest album Punk Funk Rock Soul Vol.2 last year.

Their tour kicks off in Portsmouth on 15 January, winding it’s way to Oslo in Hackney, London on 26 January. They’re joined on all dates by fast-rising multinational garage punks LOS PEPES, who released their latest album Positive Negative earlier this year. Full dates are…

WED 15 JAN – Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth
THU 16 JAN – The Louisiana, Bristol
FRI 17 JAN – Le Pub, Newport
SAT 18 JAN – The Phoenix, Exeter
SUN 19 JAN – The Lantern, Halifax
TUE 21 JAN – Voodoo, Edinburgh
WED 22 JAN – Broadcast, Glasgow
THU 23 JAN – The Cluny, Newcastle
FRI 24 JAN – Westgarth Social Club, Middlesbrough
SAT 25 JAN – Prince Albert, Brighton
SUN 26 JAN – Oslo, London

Tickets go on sale here at 9.00am on Thursday 24 October.

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FASTIDIOS AND FURIOUS!

Italian ska-punks LOS FASTIDIOS are back in the UK for more dates next month.

The tireless anti-fascists from Verona released their eighth full-length Joy Joy Joy in July, playing a run of UK dates to accompany it, including their now regular appearance at Rebellion.

The dates, which kick off in Staines on 13 November, and take in Morecambe Punk Festival and a London show at The Birds Nest in Deptford, are…

13 Nov – The London Stone, Staines
14 Nov – Back Beat Bar, Brighton
15 Nov – The Birds Nest, London
16 Nov – 1 in 12 Club, Bradford
17 Nov – Morecambe Punk Festival
18 Nov – The Salty Dog, Northwich
19 Nov – Thunderbolt, Bristol

Joy Joy Joy is out now through Kob Records. Check out the single ‘Get The Ball Rolling’…

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CLIMATE OF BUNTER!

Essex duo TUPPENNY BUNTERS have announced a string of dates for the autumn.

Familiar to many as the hosts of renowned Southend-on-Sea music venue The Railway Hotel, Fi and Dave Dulake have taken time out from the day-to-day running of the pub to concentrate on their long-running musical project.

Fi and Dave have been playing together since 2005, when their four-piece band THE VIRGO INTACTA was personally chosen by Jack White to open for THE WHITE STRIPES on several UK dates. Since then, they’ve been involved with various projects, with Dave adding his talents to releases by the likes of THE PHROGS, HOWLING BLACK SOUL and STIV CANTARELLI & THE SILENT STRANGERS.

Both accomplished drummers and keyboard-players, the pair trade instruments frequently within a set, combining “trashy Moon-style drums behind an amped-up honky-tonk piano. A mercurial performance from two songwriters with up-front tunes that take in music hall, 60s pop, early prog, punk and garage.”

Kicking off the tour on their home turf, full dates are…

2 Nov – Railway Hotel, Southend
7 Nov – Fulford Arms, York
8 Nov – Northern Quarter, Huddersfield
9 Nov – Saltburn House, Saltburn
10 Nov – Sound, Liverpool
11 Nov – Duffy’s Bar, Leicester
21 Nov – The Edge, Basildon
23 Nov – Paper Dress, London

Check out ‘Mr Quilp’ from their debut album…

Tuppenny Bunters

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