REBELLION TALES!

It’s only three weeks ’til Rebellion. We asked some of the acts playing this year to give us some of their favourite Rebellion memories…

Alex – Wonk Unit
Nothing particularly glamorous or rock n roll but a couple of years back when we were playing that amazing slot in the Empress Ballroom between Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes and Slaves, we’d got all set up on time and I was twiddling my thumbs with 15 minutes to go before show time. I hate waiting around so as our hotel was only 5 minutes around the corner, I decided to just walk back to kill time. So, check this, I opened the door, went in, cracked open a can of Coke and I shit my pants??? Like literally no warning, no feeling, I didn’t fart, I didn’t sneeze or do anything, just suddenly I found I just shit my fuckin pants??? Like WTF??? I guess I was lucky to be in our hotel room, but it was a pretty traumatic few minutes of cleaning up and changing my shorts before running back to the Ballroom to a packed 3000 strong crowd. Was a wicked gig! Xx

Fat Bob – Hard Skin
Rebellion 2016 – It’s Sunday early afternoon and I’ve had enough. I’m just fucking leaving, and I hear some winging American voice on the outside stage and the missus’ asks who that is. Some geezer in the street suggests it’s Jelly Biafra or something but I’ve no fucking idea and I don’t care.

Walk a bit further down the road and bump into Daryl from Cock Sparrer. We are chatting on – usual Bollocks and then these fat balding middle-aged German geezers stop the conversation – getting excited they’ve met a legend. They are all over me like most balding middle-aged men who try to chat to me on Grinder. Anyway, they want a selfie with the legend that is Fat Bob. Both of them are wearing Cock Sparrer T-Shirts and ask Daryl without a clue who he is, if he minds taking a picture of them with me.

Being an Oi! celebrity is hard but it’s about time Cock Sparrer swapped their pay check with Hard Skin.

TV Smith
The first time I was invited to perform at Rebellion was 1996. I’d never played a solo set at a punk festival before, and Rebellion had never had a solo artist before either, so I was a little nervous to say the least. Festivals being what they are, there was no opportunity for a soundcheck so when I walked on stage, I knew it was ‘now or never’. For a moment it looked like it would be “never”: I looked over to the mixing desk halfway down the hall – past the crowds of people in the audience waiting to see what I would come up with – and saw there was no one manning it. I plugged in. No sound. Was this going to be a truly acoustic gig, in front of nearly a thousand people? I’d expected it to be nerve-wracking – but not this nerve-wracking. Time stretched out before me and after what seemed like the longest couple of minutes, I had ever experienced a figure appeared behind the desk and I had sound. Not a good sound, to tell the truth – through the monitors on the stage, my guitar sounded like a distant tinny wasp, and I played it so hard to compensate that I almost immediately broke a string and the gig came to an abrupt stop. I didn’t have a spare guitar with me, so to the audience’s bemusement I had to put a new string on the guitar on stage. I then attempted to play ‘Bombsite Boy’ for the first time since the Adverts – I’d promised an acoustic Adverts set and that was what I was bloody well going to play – only to find out the song was far too complicated for acoustic guitar, and twenty years after my youthful former self wrote it, also too high to sing. Bizarrely, the audience loved it, and after a (for me) tortuous 40 minutes I left the stage to resounding applause and demands for encores.

It was a trial by fire, but I’m happy to say that I’ve played solo every year since then, and the acoustic scene at Rebellion has grown so popular that artists and audiences queue up to play, and get into the Almost Acoustic venue over the entire three days of the event. In fact, I’ve had so many complaints over the past few years from people who couldn’t actually squeeze into the room while I was playing that this year, I’m doing my solo show in the Opera House. Classy or wot?

Segs – Ruts DC
It’s a strange phenomenon at Rebellion festival that whatever time you intend on going to bed, you always seem to be coming back to the hotel as the sun’s coming up, you miss breakfast (again) after not eating properly the day before.

After 5/6 years of this routine, I decided last year to get home while the night was relatively young. Still, gig done I did need to chill out with a beer or something, somewhere. “Come around to our hotel.” said Tom, singer of The Professionals. So off we went. So, there I was, sitting outside chatting to one Paul Cook (I have to mention, yes, he of The Sex Pistols fame, about our upcoming Crack 40 tour and other things).

“Last orders,” shouted one of the barmen – it was 3.30 am. “I’ve managed it!”, I thought. A relatively early night…but … “Rambo’s on the phone”, said Chris McCormack, the Proffs’ guitarist. “John wants a few people back to his hotel, he needs cheering up, don’t bring any idiots!” So, Chris said to me and girlfriend Tara Rez, “Come on you two, you’re not idiots”.

“Jesus!”, I said. Was he talking about John Lydon? -Yes, he was! Cookie said that he wasn’t gonna go and I said that there was no way I was going to meet JL, pissed, at 3.30 in the morning! I’m just about ready for my early night.

So, Cookie left and then , as we were starting off on our walk back to our safe haven, I got a text with hotel address. “Maybe we’ll just go for a little while …hmm.” So, we jumped a cab, the hotel was a way away and we had to get met at the gates by a security man who escorted us in.

We walk into the outside area and there was Mr Lydon, and a few friends/band members and Cookie had turned up in the end, so I walk up to introduce myself to John Lydon: “Hello Mr Lydon, I’m Segs from the Ruts – last time I saw you was in 1979 – you were looking at our album cover (The Crack). “We had just entered the press room at Virgin Records that day and proudly seen (the) Johnny Rotten holding up our up first LP .” Then I told him with a smile on my face, “You said ‘bunch of faggots’!”

He just said, “I deny it! I deny anything that I’ve ever been accused of.” He shook my hand warmly and told us that the bar was open “Get yourselves a drink and come and join us.”

So, there I was chatting away to John Lydon, he was actually really friendly to everyone. We rolled him a joint and sat down, the conversations were pretty deep and I even had the dutch courage to sing him a couple of lyrics from Music Must Destroy! What was happening? After an hour or so the evening drew naturally to a close, he said he had to go and take care of a few things and next minute he was gone. We said our goodbyes and got in a taxi —you guessed it —as our driver transported us along the Blackpool’s well-trodden promenade, the sky was well into its morning. The land of the rising sun indeed.

Sound good? There’s still time to get tickets!!

Day and weekend tickets available here: http://www.rebellionfestivals.com/tickets

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Rebellion Festival is an ALL AGES, family friendly event and children under 12 are admitted free of charge (accompanied by an adult). More information and tickets are available at:

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BEVIS PATROL!

Brit-psych legends THE BEVIS FROND have announced a series of shows in the UK and Europe.

The increasingly active outfit, who’ve been releasing albums since the late-80s, most recently last year’s We’re Your Friends, Man, will plays gigs and festivals shows taking them through to the Autumn.

They kick off with a performance at the 17th Dream Of Dr Sardonicus festival in Cardigan, and take in shows in Manchester, Glasgow and Oxford. Full dates are…

2-4 Aug – The Cellar Bar, Cardigan (17th Dream of Dr Sardonicus)
10 Aug – Yellowstock Festival, Geel, Belgium
26 Sep – The Jericho Tavern, Oxford
27 Sep – The Old Hairdressers, Glasgow
28 Sep – Aatma, Manchester
10 Oct – Arena, Berlin, Germany

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CATS IN THE BOX!

STRAY CATS fever continues to sweep the world with the announcement of a major new box set from the Long Island rockabilly legends.

In celebration of the trio’s 40th Anniversary, Runaway Boys brings together their first three classic albums – Stray Cats, Gonna Ball and Rant’n’Rave – released on Arista between 1981 and 1983, newly half-speed remastered and given the 180g deluxe vinyl treatment.

A fourth vinyl disc brings together eleven b-sides and assorted rarities.

On top of that, there’s a 40-page book compiling classic interviews down the years alongside rare and unseen photos and memorabilia.

Best of all is the Rumble In Brighton board game, where players are invited to race from London’s Ace Cafe to Brighton seafront for a dust-up on the beach.

Also available are 25-track double-vinyl and 36-track double-CD anthologies.

Set for release on 27 September through BMG, the box set and anthologies are available to pre-order here.

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IT’S HAMMER TIME!

THE DAMNED have announced a new ‘greatest hits’ collection along with a very special London show.

Black Is The Night is the most comprehensive and far-reaching Damned compilation ever, featuring 39 classics from their back catalogue, handpicked by the band themselves, as well as one new song.

Set for release on double-CD and quadruple-vinyl on 25 October through BMG, it’s available to pre-order here.

On 28 October, the band will take to the stage of the legendary London Palladium, partnering with Hammer House Of Horror in A Night Of A Thousand Vampires, their biggest headline show this year.

The event is planned as an immersive theatrical experience, featuring cabaret and a supporting cast from Circus Of Horrors, promising “shock, awe and gore!” Audience members are encouraged to dress appropriately!

Tickets for the event go on sale this Friday here.

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NEW MODEL SINGLE!

NEW MODEL ARMY have unveiled a lyric video for the first single from their new album.

The urgent, dystopian ‘End Of Days’ is taken from From Here, which follows on from 2016’s Winter and is set for release through EARmusic on 23 August. The album is available to order in various formats and bundles here.

The band will follow the release with a UK tour kicking off in Southampton on 8 October and taking in a London date at the Electric Ballroom, Camden on 14 November. Full dates are…

08/10 – 1865, Southampton
13/11 – SWX, Bristol
14/11 – Electric Ballroom, London
15/11 – Junction, Cambridge
16/11 – Stylus, Leeds
17/11 – Tramshed, Cardiff
19/11 – Live Rooms, Chester
20/11 – Boiler Shop, Newcastle
21/11 – Liquid Rooms, Edinburgh
22/11 – O2 Ritz, Manchester
23/11 – O2 Institute, Birmingham
12/12 – Concorde 2, Brighton
21/12 – Rock City, Nottingham

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BREEDING PROGRAMME

In 2019, the urgency of anarcho punk’s message is just as relevant, if not more so, than in 1982. Punks with informed opinions and a ferocity towards the injustices of government and mankind as a whole continue to make their voices heard amid a cultural atmosphere of ignorance and submission. Vive Le Rock caught up with Bad Breeding, who carry the flame of anarcho wrath into the 21st century.

You formed in 2013 in Stevenage, how did you all get together and what’s the journey been like?

We’ve been friends since we were kids and went to the same secondary school. There was a time in the summer of 2013 when we were all at a bit of a loose end in terms of employment and decided to do something in the evenings that would serve as a bit of a release from the slog of labouring shifts and agency work. Bad Breeding has allowed us to contribute to a lot of political and cultural discussions we’ve felt marginalised from growing up in somewhere like Stevenage. It’s given us an outlet of expression that we haven’t been able to construct elsewhere in our working lives.

How long did it take to write and record this album and what do you want people to get out of it?

We wrote the bulk of Exiled in a month or two after getting back from a European tour last October. We had structures and a few songs down before we left, but most of them were finished off in the autumn after spending a month or so travelling around in the van. Exiled further explores the systemic, pernicious con-tricks of neoliberalism that have dogged and punished vast sections of the British working class since Thatcher through Blair and beyond into the sort of ideological contempt that is being played out now under the Conservatives. I think there’s been a trend in mainstream guitar music in recent years to confuse working-class resistance with unshakeable victimhood. Things seems to be put through a patronising or condescending liberal lens. I think you tend to get a lot of virtue signalling and weird class tourism from bands. We wanted to write a record that spelled out the rank injustices experienced on a daily basis as they are in the cold light of day – without pretence or performative gesturing.

Since the first wave of anarcho punk, what did those bands change and achieve?

The thing I always took from that period was the emphasis on a collective effort to push for change – whether that be within immediate music scenes, local community issues or wider constructs within the political landscape. I wouldn’t term myself as an anarchist, I would define myself as a socialist, but those anarcho bands were important in opening up political dialogue within music that wasn’t led by the capitalist class and wasn’t constricted by the overbearing nature of liberal intellectualism. It placed people at the heart of everything and inspired collective politicisation without people being put off by the misdirection of the supposedly complex political realities laid out by late capitalism. Educationally those bands played an important role in offering a route into politics that didn’t have to be defined by a lofty education and were often more aligned with direct action. Through pamphleting, art and organising, they democratised access to radical information, arguments and varying modes of resistance.

What message are you spreading?

The intention is to create records and take part in shows that centre on the spirit of the collective and allow people to take part in political discussions without feeling marginalised or belittled. For me you’ve got to use genuine anger and frustration as a means of bringing people together. Channelling anger and frustration into something that people can relate to at an immediate level has always seemed a positive practice for me. If it can open up doors for people to read up on particular issues or get involved in local, direct work then that’s progress in my mind.


What other bands do you feel are vital to the anarcho scene now and why?

Nicky Rat, who produces most of the band’s artwork, has put together a brilliant band called Subdued. I think they’re pretty crucial at the moment. It sort of takes the best and coldest parts of Amebix and a lot of those early bands on Spiderleg Records and combines them with that deathly smog of stuff like Celtic Frost. There are lots of exciting things happening in the DIY scene both here and in Europe at the moment, which aren’t necessarily defined by anarchism, but are certainly driven by a collective desire to bring people together and give bands a chance to play shows and tour.

What are some influential bands to you and some key albums that inspire you?

Being born in 1990 most of my inspiration started with an inherited record collection and all the literature and artwork that came with it. Flux of Pink Indians and a lot of the bands on Spiderleg  (Amebix, Subhumans, The System, Kronstadt Uprising) are important to us. Crass and some of the bands on Crass Records too (Zounds, Omega Tribe, DIRT, The Mob). The Six-Minute War EPs are some of my favourites and the later Fallout records too. No Trend’s Too Many Humans is a crucial one within the band as a document of progressive nihilism. They had so much commitment to messing with conformity and people’s heads. That band is a standalone art form in its own right. There’s plenty of other stuff too – Icons of Filth, S.A.S, Instigators, Reality Control and the Epileptics.

What do you think of Crass?

They’ve been a vital entry point for us, especially in understanding the importance of collective power and collaboration, although I wouldn’t say we share the same politics. One of the things that always drew me to Crass was the intention to question and resist without being overbearing or condescending. It didn’t smack of being educationally pious, but more of a group that asked people to question what was around them. Some of their comments on the links between capital, power and the condition of our environment seem to be ringing truer than ever as we become acutely more aware that we’re enduring a vile system that is wholly incompatible with the survival of life on our planet. The use of different elements of media has appealed to us too – the use of video, literature and some of the more direct methods of resistance that came to define a lot of anarcho bands at the time. In terms of artwork we’ve tried to use that idea of writing to help further the points on our records by including essays and other bits of literature with the releases.

Do you go along with the DIY ethic and if so, how?

Stevenage hasn’t got a live scene and licensing issues make it difficult to put on shows. You’d need people wanting to come out too so in that regard building something based around music here has been difficult. We had Bowes Lyon House in the 80s that put on a lot of great anarcho bands but sadly they don’t do shows there anymore. Instead we’ve been involved with different movements across Europe. For example, we did a Rote Hilfe fundraiser in 2017 to help pay the legal costs for those arrested at the G20 protests in Hamburg, while we’ve also taken part in fundraisers for No Tav and a number of other movements in Italy. We get involved wherever we can. Locally our work has been less built around shows and more focused on our community food bank and locally-run group People for People – Stevenage, which encourages the use of direct methods to help alleviate the strain of austerity taking grip in the town.

If Brexit was handed over to you – how would you deal with it?

I can’t answer on behalf of the band unfortunately. We’ve all got differing viewpoints and it’d take a while before we got anywhere near a coherent answer. It’s taken two years to reach this weird impasse so imagine the arguments we’ve had amongst ourselves during that time. Personally I feel the only democratic option is to deliver what people voted for. We risk conceding huge amounts of ground to the right if people’s votes are done away with. There was evidently misdirection on both sides of the debate and I think that was an honest measure of just how much political self-interest governed each campaign. That said, I think it would be dismissive to assume that people were duped or voted solely on ideologically nationalistic lines as opposed to their own economic experiences and material conditions. Some sections of the mainstream press ran with the idea that Brexit purely centred on reactionary nationalism and xenophobia, which may have been true in some cases, but they never really gave space to acute concerns regarding the role of the European Union as a damaging neoliberal cartel. There are important questions to be asked of the EU as a reactionary force of late capitalism and its exploitation of workers both here and in mainland Europe. If we’re striving for revolutionary challenges to the nefarious and exploitative structures that govern our lives then it’s vital we should hold a mirror up to a neoliberal construct backed by corporate banks, big business and imperialistic forces like NATO.

What’s lined up next for the band in 2019?

We’ll be doing some shows with Uniform from New York City at the back end of July – Bristol, Hull, Leeds, Cardiff and London. We should get out to do another European tour in September and hopefully get over to the United States where Iron Lung are releasing the record too.

Exiled by Bad Breeding is out now through One Little Indian.

For fans of: Subhumans, Flux of Pink Indians, Subdued

Bad Breeding are featured in the current issue of Vive Le Rock!

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25 YEARS OF RETROSEXUAL ACTIVITY!

LAST GREAT DREAMERS are to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of their classic debut album Retrosexual this Autumn.

The band were formed on the Soho glam scene in 1993 and released Retrosexual the following year to considerable acclaim. It would be their only album until reforming in 2014.

For the first time ever, the album will be released on vinyl in a fully-remastered limited edition, including a free download. The record will be released through their own Ray Records label on Friday 15 November, but it’s available to pre-order here.

Now scattered across the country, to celebrate, the powerpop-rockers will be playing a special London show at The Lounge in their old stamping ground of Camden Town on Saturday 16 November, where they’ll be playing Retrosexual in its entirety including songs never performed live before, plus a second set of fan favourites. The gig will be followed by an after-party with Marc and Slyder from the band on the decks, recreating one of their original Glitterball monthly club nights. Tickets are on sale here. The band are also planning VIP packages and a ‘magical minibus tour’ of their old haunts.

Since reforming the band have gone from strength to strength, touring more widely than ever before, including shows in Spain, Norway and Italy and numerous festival appearances. Releasing their acclaimed fourth album 13th Floor Renegades in April 2018, Marc and Slyder have since been joined by new rhythm section Tim Emery and Rik Pratt.

“Marc and I haven’t played some of these songs live for over twenty years so relearning them has been great and we are both really excited about the prospect of playing them again,” says Slyder. “We know this album means a lot to many of our fans so it will be a privilege to play it for them in its entirety. It’s gonna be a real party atmosphere, a celebration, we have a few special things planned and hopefully a few special guests.”

Last Great Dreamers will also be playing the second Pump It Up Powerpop Weekender alongside The Number Ones, Duncan Reid and The Big Heads and more at The Lexington, London on Saturday 27 July. Tickets are on sale here.

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HEY! KOLOSSUS!

Industrial techno-rock duo CUBANATE have a new EP out and they’ve unveiled a strikine new video for the title track.

Kolossus represents the pair’s first new music in more than two decades and features five new songs as well as remixes by FRONT LINE ASSEMBLY’s Rhys Fulber from and DROWND. The video is the work of E Gabriel Edvy of Blackswitch Labs.

Formed in London in 1992 as a four-piece, Cubanate eventaully slimmed down to a nucleus of vocalist Marc Heal and guitarist Phil Barry. Going out as support to the likes of Gary Numan, Sisters Of Mercy and Front 242, they released four albums before splitting in 2000. Heal and Barry reconvened in 2016 for Chicago’s Cold Waves festival, going on to play several more dates in support of the 2017 compilation Brutalism.

Kolossus is available now through Armalyte Industries.

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Pic by E Gabriel Edvy

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THE WHO SET UP SHOP!

A new pop-up shop is opening in Soho in celebration of all things WHO.

WHO @ 52 will be opening at 52 Brewer Street, London W1F 9TQ over Friday 14th and Saturday 15th from 10am to 6pm.

The venture will celebrate the legendary band’s return to Wembley Stadium for the first time in forty years, along with the release of their Tommy Orchestral, a live version of their pioneering rock opera, performed with a full symphony orchestra last year to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the seminal 1969 album.

Items for sale in the shop will include the Tommy Orchestral album on CD and vinyl; an exclusive limited edition 7″ of ‘Pinball Wizard’ ONLY available at WHO @ 52; official Who merch, including a bespoke t-shirt and poster; tickets for the Wembley Stadium gig on 6 July.

The shop will also include an exhibition of rare Who memorabilia and shoppers will be invited to compete in a special Pinball Wizard Challenge.

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THE PACK’S BACK!

Reunited post-punks THE PACK are to issue their first new recordings since reconvening last year.

Progenitors to THEATRE OF HATE, the band features original members Kirk Brandon and John Werner plus Steve Grantley and Warren Wilson.

The quartet re-recorded thirteen Pack originals over three days in Salford last January. The Salford Sessions package also includes a DVD of the band’s show in London on 27 January.

Available for pre-release, the exclusive bundle also includes a limited edition art print, a t-shirt and an MP3, and is on sale from Brandon’s website.

As previously announced, The Pack play the following dates this month…

Wed 5 June – LONDON The Islington
Thu 6 June – PAISLEY Bungalow
Fri 7 June – NEWCASTLE University SU
Sat 8 June – MANCHESTER Ritz – on stage at 4.45pm
Sun 9 June – YORK Fulford Arms

Tickets for all shows are on sale here.

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PLAYING CAT AND MOUSE!

Fast-rising South London punks WERECATS are heading off four a joint tour with Cali trio CITY MOUSE.

Comprising members of The Pukes, The Zatopeks,The Blankheads and Soon The Darkness, Werecats have become a reliable draw at punk gatherings including Rebellion and Wonkfest, thrilling crowds up and down the land with their infectious Ramones-meets-Ronnettes powerpop-punk, scooping up wide-eyed acclaim for their debut full-length Destined For The Outside.

Werecats’ co-headlining tour with City Mouse kicks off in Deal, Kent on 27 June, climaxing in Ipswich on 6 July, with both bands stooping off in London for the Polite Riot Festival at New Cross Inn on 28 June with The Adolescents, In Evil Hour and more.

Before the tour they join Sick On The Bus, Lost Cherrees and Slow Faction at Camden Unicorn on June. When they return they have appearances lined up at Punk Rock Raduno, Italy; Boomtown Fair, Winchester; Punx Picnic, Bristol; and Fest 18, Florida.

Full dates are…

Sat 8 June – The Unicorn, Camden (w/Sick On The Bus etc)

WERECATS / CITY MOUSE TOUR
Thurs 27 June – The Lighthouse, Deal
Fri 28 June – Le Pub, Newport
Sat 29 June – TBA, Birmingham
Sun 30 June – New Cross Inn, London (Polite Riot)
Tues 2 July – Banshee Labyrinth, Edinburgh
Wed 3 July – Eagle Inn, Manchester
Thurs 4 July – TBA, Liverpool
Fri 5 July – The Skerries, Bangor, Wales
Sat 6 July – The Smokehouse, Ipswich

Thurs 11 July – Punk Rock Raduno 4, Bergamo, Italy
Sun 28 July – Wedgwood Rooms, Portsmouth (w/The Dopamines etc)
Wed 7 Aug – Shacklewell Arms, London (w/The Violent Hearts etc)
Wed-Mon 7-13 Aug – Boomtown Fair, Winchester
Sat 31 Aug – Punx Picnic, The Exchange, Bristol (w/Pizzatramp, Anthrax etc)
Fri-Sun 1-3 Nov – Fest 18, Gainsville FLA, USA

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RIDICULE IS NOTHING TO BE SCARED OF!

Young Kent roustabouts RISKEE & THE RIDICULE have signed to Bomber Music and have just unveiled a new single and video.

‘Kaboom!’, fusing urgent, incisive lyricism with hardcore punk and hip-hop influences, is the first single to be taken from the band’s third album Body Bag Your Scene, which is out at the end of June.

“Our song is about the blatant scare tactics used by the right-wing media to give the illusion of danger,” states frontman Scott Picking. “This illusion creates the fear of being attacked, which naturally creates hostility. ‘We attack each other to the sound of their applause because their assets are safe if we’re coming for yours’. We chose the word ‘Kaboom’ because of its use in comic books ‘to indicate a large explosion’. Comic books can print what they like, and people know its fiction. Newspapers do the same and people take it as the truth.”

Set for release on 28 June, you can pre-order the album here.

Riskee & The Ridicule are lined up to join BOOZE & GLORY at their 10th Anniversary show at London’s Electric Ballroom on Saturday 2 November.

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IT’S ONLY FETLOCK ‘N’ ROLL!

Mysterious equine garage-rocker ONE HORSE BAND has just released a new album.

Straight from the stable floor, Keep On Dancing fuses intense, dirty, lo-fi punk-blues with hip-shaking rock’n’roll and infectious beat-group melodies. One Horse Band’s second album if follows on from 2017’s opening salvo Let’s Gallop!

Based in Milan, Italy, One Horse Band followed his debut album with a canter round the clubs and festivals of mainland Europe before spending the summer of last year at Outside Inside Studio in Montebelluna near Venice, with legendary Detroit knob-twiddler Jim Diamond (White Stripes, Sonics, Dirtbombs etc) in the producer’s chair.

Released through fast-growing rock’n’roll label Area Pirata, Keep On Dancing is accompanied by a video for the track ‘Dirty Leaves On The Ground’.

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HOPE AND JOY!

Long-serving South London post-punks BAND OF HOLY JOY do their bit to counteract the rise of the far-right with a series of anti-racism gigs in the run-up to the release of their new album.

The three shows, benefits for the organisation Hope Not Hate, will take place this month in Newcastle, Leicester and London under the banner Pop Not Hate. Each of the shows will feature a full supporting cast, with musician and author HELEN McCOOKERYBOOK as main support on all dates.

Full dates are…

Sat 18 May – Star & Shadow Cinema, Newcastle tickets
Sun 19 May – The Musician, Leicester tickets
Sun 26 May – The Lexington, London tickets

Formed in a New Cross squat in 1984 and fronted by charismatic Newcastle émigré Johny Brown, the Band Of Holy Joy reached their commercial peak while signed to Rough Trade during the late 80s. The past decade has seen a renewed and highly prolific period of activity for the band, with numerous releases, international touring and other projects, including the hugely successful weekly Resonance FM radio show Bad Punk.

Following on from 2017’s widely acclaimed Funambulist We Love You, the band will issue a new album Neon Primitives through Tiny Global Records on 7 June. It’s available to pre-order here.

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THIS YEAR’S MODEL!

NEW MODEL ARMY have announced the release of a new album and a major tour of the UK and Europe.

From Here follows on from their successful studio albums Between Dog And Wolf (2013) and Winter (2016), which have seen a revival of fortunes for the longserving Bradford band.

The new album was recorded earlier this year at Ocean Sound Recordings studio on the tiny Norwegian island of Giske.

“We all have different lives and different tastes in almost everything, including music”, they say. “One thing we have in common is the love of bleak, open, cold, rugged landscapes – water, snow, rock. So this was the perfect place for us to work on something collectively – at all times while we were working, we could look up and see the sky, the sea and melting snow on the mountains, all in a constant state of change. So this album has a feel that is different to our other albums, but it still contains all the elements that characterise our peculiarly unidentifiable music – perhaps even more than ever. And From Here was an obvious title. The record belongs to a very special place and a particular time – what is happening in the world, where we are as a band and where we are as people.”

From Here is set for release on 23 August through EarMusic, and is available to pre-order in various bundles here.

The album release will be followed in October, kicking off in Southampton on the 8th, winding up in Nottingham on 21 December and taking in a London date at the Electric Ballroom on 14 November, as well as shows in France, Germany, Switzerland, Poland, Hungary, the Netherlands and Istanbul. Full dates are…

08 Oct SOUTHAMPTON 1865 // UK
09 Oct PARIS Maroquinerie // France
10 Oct DORTMUND FZW // Germany
11 Oct HAMBURG Markthalle // Germany
12 Oct BERLIN Huxleys // Germany
13 Oct POZNAN Tama // Poland
15 Oct GDYNIA Ucho // Poland
16 Oct WARSAW Proxima // Poland
17 Oct WROCLAW Stary Klasztor // Poland
18 Oct KRAKOW Kwadrat // Poland
19 Oct BUDAPEST A38 // Hungary
22 Oct WINTERTHUR Salzhaus // Switzerland
23 Oct FRIBOURG Fri-Son // Switzerland
24 Oct FREIBURG Jazzhaus // Germany
25 Oct MUNCHEN Backstage // Germany
26 Oct STUTTGART LKA // Germany
27 Oct NURNBERG Hirsh // Germany
29 Oct DRESDEN Beatpol // Germany
30 Oct FRANKFURT Batschkapp // Germany
31 Oct LOSHEIM Eisenbahnhalle // Germany

01 Nov RIJKEVORSEL De Singer // Belgium
02 Nov STRASBOURG La Laiterie // France
13 Nov BRISTOL SWX // UK
14 Nov LONDON Electric Ballroom // UK
15 Nov CAMBRIDGE Junction // UK
16 Nov LEEDS Stylus // UK
17 Nov CARDIFF Tramshed // UK
19 Nov CHESTER Live Rooms // UK
20 Nov NEWCASTLE Boiler Shop // UK
21 Nov EDINBURGH Liquid Rooms // UK
22 Nov MANCHESTER o2 Ritz // UK
23 Nov BIRMINGHAM o2 Institute // UK
30 Nov ISTANBUL Zorlu PSM Studio // Turkey

12 Dec BRIGHTON Concorde 2 // UK
13 Dec AMSTERDAM Melkweg // Netherlands
14 Dec COLOGNE Palladium // Germany
21 Dec NOTTINGHAM Rock City // UK

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY STUPIDO RECORDS!

Vive Le Rock visited Stupido Records 30th Anniversary party at Tavastia Club, Helsinki in late April to find out what makes this great Finnish record label tick.

Stupido Records was founded in 1988, and since then their empire has grown to include a record shop, a mail order service and a publishing company. They’ve signed 37 legendary Finnish  bands including Pelle Miljoona (pictured), Waltari, Tumppi Varonen (from Problems and Pelle Miljoona) and Villu Tamme / J.M.K.E.

This event was over two days and various Stupido Records artists performed, including  Finnish punk rock legends like Pelle Miljoona (Pelle Miljoona – singing and drums,  Tumppi Varonen, Veli-Pekka ‘Puka’ Oinonen – guitar). Pelle Miljoona is a pioneer in the Finnish punk rock scene. He recorded his first album in 1977 and the band line-up has changed over the years, hence most recognised names who played for the band over the years are Hanoi Rocks legends Andy McCoy on guitar and Sam Yaffa on bass.

On the night Pelle Miljoona played his hits like ‘Moottoritie On Kuuma’ (‘The Freeway Is Hot’), ‘Tahdon Rakastella Sinua’ (‘I Want To Make Love To You’).

Tumppi Varonen & Problems (Tumppi Varonen – singing, Heikki Hiekkasalmi – bass, Saska Ketonen – drums, Petri Peevo – guitar). Tumppi Vuorinen is a musician, writer and former municipal politician. Varonen made his first recording for Problems in the late 1970s.  Since then, he has been playing  on and off with Problems and Pelle Miljona’s bands. Tumppi Varonen &  Problems played ‘Katupoikia’ (‘Street Boys’), ‘Tiina On Punkkari’ (‘Tina Is Punk’) and the new single ‘Ihan Sama’ (‘What Ever’).

Tumppi Varonen & Problems

Pää Kii is a punk band founded in 2012. Soundi and Rumba magazines chose the band’s first album to be their 2012 album of the year. Pää Kii has also has been awarded in the Femma and Emma Gala. (Teemu Bergman – singing and guitar, Antti Leppäniemi – guitar, Vekku Vartiainen – bass, Heikki Laaksomies – drums) They played ‘Paskahousun Paluu’ (‘Return Of The Shitpants’), ‘Apinoiden Planeetalla’ (‘Planet Of Apes’) and ‘Sweet Home Kouvola’.


Pää Kii

All bands were really energetic and Stupido records can be proud of their long success in the music business as a independent record label.

For more information visit www.stupido.fi

Photos by Jari Flinck https://www.instagram.com/jariflinck.photography/

Text by Kati Brugnoli  www.katibrugnoli.com

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A.C.C. RIDERS!

Roots rock supergroup THE A.C.C. have a new video and they’re premiering it exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘Never Gave Up’ is taken from the band’s debut album Beautiful, At Night, which was released last month.

An abbreviation of Abbiati Cantarelli Conspiracy, The A.C.C. are fronted by co-guitarist/vocalists Ed Abbiati from roots rock band Lowlands and Stiv Cantarelli of blues-punks Silent Strangers and J.D. Hangover notoriety. The band’s line-up is completed by drummer Antonio Perugini from the Silent Strangers and bassist Joe Barreca of The Mandolin Brothers. Their fifth guest member on the album is guitar and keyboard player Chris Cacavas from Green On Red and The Dream Syndicate.


Beautiful, At Night is available now at Amazon, CD Baby, iTunes and Spotify

J.D. Hangover’s self-titled six-track EP is out now through Hound Gawd.

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STRAY CATS UNLEASH NEW VIDEO!

The STRAY CATS have unveiled another new video for a track from their new album.

‘Rock It Off’ is taken from the album 40, the Long Island trio’s first new studio album in 26 years, in celebration of their 40th Anniversary.

The video, directed by John Logsdon, comprises session footage from the recording of the album at Nashville’s Blackbird Studio with producer Peter Collins and engineer Vance Powell.

“I wanted to make this record, the three of us standing like we do onstage,” says Brian Setzer. “When we set up like that, that’s when you get your best performances, because you’re feeding off each other a lot more.”

“‘Rock It Off’ may be my favourite track on 40“, says Slim Jim Phantom. “When the guitar riff comes in, I stand up a little straighter and imagine a peacock strutting. It’s got a shuffle groove that’s tailor-made for me to do the bop-bop-a-bop – the video captures the fun and good vibes we all shared while making the whole album.”

As previously announced, the Stray Cats embark on a tour of the UK and Europe in June and July. Full dates are…

Fri 21 Jun – Azkena Rock Festival, Spain
Sun 23 Jun – 02 Academy, Birmingham
Tues 25 Jun – 02 Apollo, Manchester
Wed 26 June – Hammersmith Apollo, London
Thurs 27 June – Hammersmith Apollo, London
Sat 29 June – Retro C Trop, France
Mon 01 July – AFAS Live, Netherlands
Wed 03 July – Columbiahalle, Germany
Thurs 04 July – Palladium, Germany
Sat 06 July – American Tours Festival, France
Sun 07 July – Les Eurockeennes, France
Tues 09 July – Killesberg, Germany
Thurs 11 July – Zenith, Germany
Fri 12 July – X-Tra, Switzerland
Sat 13 July – Musilac Festival, France
Thurs 18 July – Pori Jazz Festival, Finland
Sat 20 July – Summer Jamboree, Sweden

40 is released on 24 May through Surfdog/Mascot and is available to pre-order here.

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