BOOZE & GLORY have a brand new EP out today and they’re sharing a video of one of the tracks.
‘The Streets I Call My Own’ is the final track on the four-song Raising The Roof 12″. Say the band, “The track is a sentimental journey to the places we were born and raised, the streets we all know well – or we used to know, because they don’t look the same anymore. The video has been filmed in Sosnowiec, Poland.”
Released in a choice of colours – oxblood and mustard yellow – in a gatefold sleeve, the EP is available now from Pirates Press.
Powerpop rocker MARC VALENTINE teams up with a Class of ’77 punk legend to pay homage to Camden Town on his new single as he launches the video exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
‘Mornington Avenue’ finds the LAST GREAT DREAMERS frontman hooking up with Matt Dangerfield, founder of THE BOYS and onetime member of seminal punk precursors THE LONDON SS alongside Mick Jones, Brian James and others.
The single is the second track to be unveiled from Valentine’s debut solo album Future Obscure, which was recorded with Professionals and Wildhearts producer Dave Draper and is set for release on 8 July through Arcane Wires.
The video, by filmmaker Darren Stockford, finds Valentine and Dangerfield revisiting Camden scenes from their past, along with band members Steve Fielding, Denley Slade and Richard Davies (of Richard Davies & The Dissidents).
“There was a certain bittersweet thrill making this video,” sighs Valentine. “Visiting old haunts in Camden and sitting outside my old flat where my band started way back in 1989. It was also also a real honour having Matt appear in the video and having the permission to use some vintage footage of The Boys. I think the video captures the sentiment of the song perfectly, thanks to the editing skills and artistic eye of the terrific auteur Darren Stockford.”
‘Mornington Avenue’ is available to stream/download here.
Enigmatic London punk-blues trio BAD FRACTALS have a new video which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
‘FreeRange’ was co-produced by Killing Joke’s Youth and the video was directed by acclaimed animator Monsta.
According to the band, “The video is a hilarious trip through the horrors of factory farming to the origins of the universe itself. It also acts as much needed trauma work, stemming from [singer] Bang Crosby’s childhood phobia of hard-boiled eggs! Originally conceived as a single image of copulating chickens, it rapidly evolved into a parody of the human race itself and its desperate desire to consume life, and everything in it. However, concealed in the video is an even bigger question: is our universe a mass-produced hologram itself?”
LA pop-punks JOYCE MANOR have unveiled a single from their forthcoming new album.
The irresistibly summery ‘Don’t Try’ is second single to be taken from 40 oz To Fresno, following on from the recently revealed Gotta Let It Go.
Formed in Torrance Ca in 2008, Joyce Manor have delivered five albums so far and last year reissued a remastered version of their eponymous debut album through Asian Man. Originally planning to take a break from music, frontman Barry Johnson felt the need to keep writing during lockdown, the result surfacing on 40 oz To Fresno. The album was produced by Rob Schnapf, who they worked with on fourth album Cody, and mixed by Tony Hoffer (Beck, Supergrass, Idlewild).
Set for release on 10 June through Epitaph, 40 oz To Fresno is available to pre-order here.
The band will be touring Europe and the UK with Pennsylvania’s Menzingers in the Autumn. Full dates are…
Sunshine Coast punk whippersnappers THE CHATS herald their new album with a new video.
‘6L GTR’ is the second single to be taken from the band’s forthcoming second album Get Fucked, following on from ‘Struck By Lightning’, released earlier in the year. The video is the work of animator and illustrator Marco Imov.
MICHAEL MONROE has unveiled a second single from his forthcoming new album.
The swaggering ‘Can’t Stop Falling Apart’ is taken from the former Hanoi Rocks frontman’s forthcoming I Live Too Fast To Die Young, and follows on from last month’s ‘Murder The Summer Of Love’ single.
“It’s an ode to our wives and loved ones who have stuck by our sides through years of playing music and touring the world,” says Monroe about the new single. “But this can also apply to any person working hard, away from home a lot of the time, who is lucky enough to have a loved one sticking by their side through thick and thin. So, it’s a celebratory song to our nearest and dearest who are always there for us.”
“It’s a big, 1970s Slade-inspired glam stomper,” comments guitarist Rich Jones. “It celebrates our loved ones who support us through the ups and downs of being a touring musician.”
“Try to focus on the positive,” Monroe adds. “Because what you focus on usually tends to multiply…”
Recorded towards the end of last year at Inkfish Studios in Helsinki, the new album features eleven new songs produced by Monroe and the band along with engineer Erno Laitinen and features special guest Slash from Guns N’ Roses on the title track.
Set for release on 10 June through Silver Lining Music, I Live Too Fast To Die Young is available to pre-order here.
The Monroe band will be touring Europe throughout the summer, including dates with Alice Cooper and appearances at Sweden Rock, Hellfest, Wacken and HRH Sleaze festivals. Full dates are…
04 Jun – Gelsenkirchen (DE) 06 Jun – K.B. Hallen, Copenhagen (DK)* 9-11 Jun – SAARISTO OPEN AIR, Kaarina (FI) 10 Jun – ROCK IN THE CITY, Kuopio (FI) 11 Jun – SWEDEN ROCK, Sölvesborg (SE) 15 Jun – Dolina Charlotty, Charlotta (PL)* 17 Jun – Stadthalle, Zwickau (DE) * 18 Jun – AZKENA FESTIVAL, Vitoria-Gasteiz (ES) 21 Jun – Mitsubishi Electric Halle, Dusseldorf (DE)* 22 Jun – Jahrhunderthalle, Frankfurt (DE)* 25 Jun – HELLFEST, Clisson (FR) 29 Jun – Ippodromo San Siro, Milan (IT)* 07 Jul – SAUNA OPEN AIR, Tampere (FI) 08 Jul – ROCK IN THE CITY, Oulu (FI) 15 Jul – VAUHTIAJOT, Seinäjoki (FI) 16 Jul – ROCK IN THE CITY, Rovaniemi (FI) 30 Jul – SKOGSROJET FESTIVAL, Rejmyre (SE) 03 Aug – WACKEN OPEN AIR, Wacken (DE) 06 Aug – VAASA FESTIVAL, Vaasa (FI) 27 Aug – HRH Sleaze, Sheffield (UK)
New Jersey punks BEACH RATS have just unveiled a new video as a taster for their forthcoming debut album.
‘Rat Beat’ is the title track from the album which is due out at the end of July through Epitaph.
Coming together in the seaside town of Asbury Park, Beach Rats boast an impressive line-up featuring vocalist Ari Katz (Lifetime), guitarist Pete Steinkopf (Bouncing Souls,) bassist Bryan Kienlen (Bouncing Souls,) guitarist Brian Baker (Bad Religion, Minor Threat) and Danny Windas (Let It Burn) on drums.
After releasing the five-track Wasted Time EP in 2018, which they matched with a bunch of high-energy gigs, the band convened in Baker’s basement to knock the songs into shape for their debut album, finally laying them down in the space of a single day at Lakehouse Studios once more working with engineer Eric Bennett.
“We’d go down in the basement, put on masks, open the windows and we could play – within CDC guidelines!,” recalls Baker. “We couldn’t go to dinner at each other’s houses but we could practice.”
“You’re gonna get authentic punk and hardcore from Beach Rats because we are all from the 80s,” Kienlen assures us. “It’s literally taking it back to some of our biggest influences like Negative Approach and Poison Idea, and of course, Minor Threat.”
Set for release on 29 July, Rat Beat is available to pre-order here.
Birmingham post-punks CULT FIGURES are back with a new single and a special one-off London show this month.
The download single, ‘Something About You’ c/w ‘Boredom Club’, features songs recorded during sessions for the band’s widely acclaimed album Deritend, which came out last year, and is being released in tribute to the band’s founder and frontman Gary Jones, who sadly passed away in March.
‘Something About You’ is described as “a timely punky rant against figures of authority who have bitten off more than they can chew but still choose to choke on their ill-advised gorging,” while ‘Boredom Club’ dates back to the early days of the band, who formed out of the same Solihull Art School scene as, and under the auspices of, DIY punk pioneers Swell Maps. Both tracks were produced and mixed by legendary producer John Rivers (Nikki Sudden, Love And Rockets, Pop Will Eat Itself).
Say the band, “The songs are now being released as the band’s salute to our original vocalist, founder, and the man responsible for giving the band its name – Gary Jones, who passed away on 4 March after battling with cancer. Everything Cult Figures will be working on from here will be in dedication to his memory.”
Released through Gare Du Nord Records, the single is available now through Bandcamp.
Cult Figures return to the stage at The Dublin Castle, Camden on Friday 29 April with their new line-up featuring new singer Fraser Gillespie and guitarist Steve May. Support comes from Kape Kanaveral, Wicked Splinters and Vibrogette. Tickets are on sale here.
Proceeds from the single and from the band’s merch on the night (bring cash!) will be donated to St Joseph’s Hospice, Hackney, who cared for Gary during his final days.
THE INTERRUPTERS are back with a brand new single and video.
Released today, ‘In The Mirror’ is the first single to be taken from the band’s forthcoming new album In The Wild, which is due out in August.
“I fell into so many self-destructive patterns trying to come to terms with my childhood,” says frontwoman Aimee Interrupter says of the song. “I spent so long trying to run from the pain. No matter how far I ran, there I was…. I realised I needed to make peace with who I saw in the mirror.”
The video was shot by renowned documentary maker Kevin Kerslake, responsible for films about Nirvana (Live! Tonight! Sold Out!!), Joan Jett (Bad Reputation) and The Ramones (We’re Outta Here!).
“We are SO EXCITED to announce our fourth full-length album In The Wild,” they say. “We put SO MUCH LOVE into this album. Produced by our very own Kevin Bivona, this album takes you on a journey throughout Aimee’s life and every song is a deep delve. We recorded almost the entire record in our home studio during the lockdown which as we all know was a turbulent time for everyone. The making of the record allowed us to have purpose and to rid our closets of all the skeletons lurking. Humbled and honoured to have features from Tim Armstrong, Rhoda Dakar, Alex and Greg from Hepcat, and The Skints.”
Before the album is released, the band will be joining the likes of SUM 41, DROPKICK MURPHYS and PENNYWISE at this year’s Slam Dunk Festival in Leeds and Hatfield.
Released on 5 August through Hepcat/Epitaph, In The Wild is available to pre-order here.
GINGER WILDHEART’s 2019 solo album The Pessimist’s Companion is finally getting a full release through Little Steven’s Wicked Cool label.
The album, housed in a sleeve by former Replacements drummer Chris Mars, had previously had a limited release through Ginger’s own Round Records label.
“Fresh from a break up, a lonely alcoholic living in a caravan poured his feelings into a collection of songs, as dark as they are confessional,” explains Ginger. “The landscape is more eclectic than its predecessor, Ghost In The Tanglewood, but cut from the same tree. The Pessimist’s Companion never got a proper commercial release, due to one thing or another, and was hastily mixed and compiled to meet its pre-order deadline. Rough, urgent and entirely in keeping with the subject matter. The album presented here, still wrapped in stunning artwork by Chris Mars, features a brand new mix, a different running order and five extra songs recorded for the session but not finished in time. This is a deeply personal release for me. I hope you find something here to warm the colder nights alone.”
Set for release on 22 April, The Pessimist’s Companion is available to pre-order here.
To celebrate the release, Ginger heads out on tour next week for seven acoustic shows in the company of sometime Wildheart Jon Poole, kicking off on Sunday 17th at The Cluny in Newcastle and winding up at the Lexington in London on Saturday 23rd.
Full dates are….
Sun 17th Newcastle Cluny tickets Mon 18th Edinburgh Bannermans SOLD OUT Tue 19th Leicester Soundhouse tickets Wed 20th Cardiff Clwb Ifor Bach tickets Thu 21st Blackpool Waterloo Music Bar tickets Fri 22nd Huddersfield Parish tickets Sat 23rd London Lexington tickets
RHODA DAKAR has unveiled another new video in her series of five cover version singles for Sunday Best.
The latest release, following on from her recordings of ‘Everyday Is Like Sunday’ and ‘The Man Who Sold The World’, is a ska version of ‘Walking After Midnight’, previously best known as a massive country hit for Patsy Cline in 1957.
“I was introduced to Country music through Elvis Costello’s Almost Blue album,” Rhoda says of the roots of her discovery of the song. “I loved ‘Sweet Dreams’ and once I heard Patsy Cline’s version I was hooked. Even my kids used to request ‘Crazy’ in the car. After Sarah Everard’s murder ‘Walking After Midnight’ was the first tune that came to mind, especially as I, too, had taken to walking around after dark during lockdown. Somehow it felt safer. It seems the predators felt so too.”
Produced by Lenny Bignell (Pama International, Phoenix City All-Stars) and mastered by dubstep pioneer Jason Goz at Transition Mastering, the single is backed with a dub version of the track, ‘Midnight Skank’, featuring MC Natty Campbell.
Undersung Dutch punks PANIC are celebrated in a new documentary.
Jimmy Is Punk – The Story Of Panic, by filmmaker Duco Donk, was shortlisted for the Best Music Documentary prize at the 2020 Raindance festival. The film is now set to stream exclusively on Doc’n Roll TV.
Formed in Amsterdam in 1976, Panic burned brightly but briefly for just two years, releasing a solitary album 13 in 1977. Known for their chaotic performances, Jimmy Is Punk tells the band’s story, with the help of a live concert film shot on 16mm and Super 8 analogue film, at a gig in the city of Gouda. The documentary goes on to recount the band’s mission to New York to play the legendary CBGB’s club.
Jimmy Is Punk will be available to stream here from Wednesday 30 March.
THE IMBECILES have unveiled another new single ahead of their dates with KILLING JOKE.
‘You’re Gonna Wanna’ is the second single from forthcoming album Imbecilica, which was recorded with KJ bassist Youth, at his studio in southern Spain.
“’You’re Gonna Wanna’ is The Imbeciles’ ‘Shiny Happy People’, if you will (or if you won’t),” states band founder and guitarist Butch Dante. “We wanted to give people a break from the absolutely shit show that is the world today. The lyrics are what you’d get if one of the c**ts who wrote those ‘live life love laugh’ posters took a handful of dexys and did a song with a garage band. And the video reflects that. It’s a celebration of all cultures, all religions. Frankly, I think we fucking nailed it.”
Imbecilica is released through Cadiz Music on 20 May. Pre-order it here.
The Imbeciles head out on tour with Killing Joke next week. Full dates are…
28 Mar Cardiff Tramshed 29 Mar Nottingham Rock City 31 Mar Bristol O2 Academy 1 Apr Liverpool O2 Academy 2 Apr Birmingham O2 Institute 4 Apr Manchester Albert Hall 5 Apr Newcastle Boiler Shop 6 Apr Glasgow Barrowland 8 Apr Leeds O2 Academy 9 Apr London Eventim Apollo Hammersmith
Self-styled ‘Rock n’ Roll’s Greatest Failure’ JOHN OTWAY will play his 5,000th gig next week.
The veteran of the pub and college circuit during the 70s and 80s, Otway has gone on to sell-out the London Palladium and the Royal Albert Hall thanks to his ever-loyal fanbase. Now he’s set to headline Shepherds Bush Empire on Saturday 2 April.
“Perhaps I’ve not even succeeded at being rock and roll’s greatest failure,” ponders Otway, who turns 70 this year. “Enthusiasm and misplaced belief can take you a long way. I’ve had two UK hit singles more than Led Zeppelin, performed more than five times the number of gigs The Beatles managed and starred in more lemonade commercials than Arianna Grande and Taylor Swift put together. I’ve appeared at Glastonbury Festival more times than Beyonce and even headlined both the Royal Albert Hall and London Palladium which David Bowie failed to do. Now I’m to celebrate my 5,000th gig, a number none of those stars have reached.”
Emerging out of the Home Counties folk scene in the early 70s, his chaotic performances alongside cohort Wild Willy Barrett endeared him to punk audiences and promoters earning the pair a five-album deal with Polydor, resulting in numerous TV and radio appearances and a hit single, ‘Cor Baby That’s Really Free’, in 1977. Becoming a reliable afternoon draw at festivals over the years, he achieved a Top 10 hit with ‘Bunsen Burner’ in 2002.
Tickets for the Shepherds Bush show, which will feature a full band, are available here.
Also touring in support of Wilko Johnson, a full list of Otway’s gigs can be found on his website.
International punk supergroup ULTRABOMB have just unveiled another new single from their forthcoming album.
The unexpected partnership of The Mahones’ Finny McConnell, Hüsker Dü’s Greg Norton and ex-UK Subs drummer Jamie Oliver sent shockwaves throughout the international punk community in February when they dropped their explosive debut single ‘Stickman Vs. Hangman’.
Now they’re back with a second salvo in the shape of the more emotive, restrained but no less powerful ‘Star’…
“I dedicate this to my daughter, Coco,” explains Norton. “She inspires me every day. I wrote this for her. I want her to follow her dreams, and I feel she can accomplish anything if she is committed to it and puts her heart into it.”
With their debut album Time To Burn set from release on 27 May through UltraBomb Records, the trio have wasted no time in getting on the road, and kick off their tour in Ireland next week, landing in London on 2 April with another punk supergroup, DESPERATE MEASURES, in tow. Full dates are…
29 Mar – Wharf Chambers, Leeds 30 Mar – Bunkers Hill, Nottingham 31 Mar – Waterloo Music Bar, Blackpool 1 Apr – Queens Hall, Nuneaton (w/ Desperate Measures) 2 Apr – 229 Venue, London (w/ Desperate Measures)
Cornish space-cadets HANTERHIR are back with a brand new album and single.
The seven-piece band from Redruth, who dazzled with their eclectic mix of spacerock, post-punk, psych and folk on the triple album The Saving Of Cadan in 2018, are set to release a new album Nyns Eus Denvydth Bys Trest at the end of May through Easy Action.
“The album’s title roughly translates as ‘There is no-one to trust’,” says singer, guitarist and songwriter Ben Harris. “Writing and recording the album was done over the backdrop of Brexit, a falling apart relationship and then Covid lockdowns. With all the wacky things that have come out of people’s mouths over the past few years I think the title pretty much sums everything up.”
Formed in 2008, Hanterhir have become one of the biggest bands in the Southwest, playing numerous festivals and sharing stages with the likes of Gang Of Four, Peter Hook & The Light and Flaming Lips. Following the success of The Saving Of Cadan, they featured in a BBC documentary on the resurgence of the Cornish language, headlined London’s Kernow In The City festival and released a double-A-side single featuring covers of Sonic Youth’s ‘Schizophrenia’ and David Bowie’s ‘Dancing Out In Space’ just as Covid lockdown hit. They returned to live action with an appearance at Hawkwind’s Hawkfest last August.
Hanterhir released a new single/video ‘Honey Bees’ on St Piran’s Day, 5 March…
They play The Acorn Theatre, Penzance on 30 April and are currently lining up gigs and festival dates for later in the year.
ASIAN DUB FOUNDATION have announced a bunch of UK dates to coincide with expanded reissues of a pair of classic albums.
Originally released in 2003 and 2005 respectively, Enemy Of The Enemy and Tank are both presented in for the first time on vinyl in newly remastered double-sets, packaged in luxuriant gatefold sleeves.
Their best-selling album, Enemy Of The Enemy features the track ‘Fortress Europe’, critiquing the Government’s immigration policy and including the eerily prescient line, “2022, a new European order. Robot guards patrolling the border. Cybernetic dogs getting closer and closer. Armoured Cars Immigration Officers.” Featuring guest appearances from Sinead O’Connor and Radiohead’s Ed O’Brien, the album features three bonus tracks including ‘Illegal Minds’ featuring The Pop Group’s Mark Stewart, plus two remixes by Adrian Sherwood and The Bug.
Adrian Sherwood also contributed to Tank, along with On-U-Sound collaborator Ghetto Priest. This reissue is also boosted by three bonus cuts, including ‘Easy Man’, featuring Jane’s Addiction’s Perry Farrell.
US rock supergroup MOTOR SISTER trail their forthcoming album with a brand new video.
‘Can’t Get High Enough’ is taken from the band’s long-awaited second album Get Off, which follows on from 2015’s Ride.
The band was formed as a covers band for the occasion of Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian’s 50th birthday and features he and his wife Pearl Aday, plus Mother Superior singer/guitarist Jim Wilson, Armored Saint bassist Joey Vera and Cult drummer John Tempesta.
Signing to Metal Blade, Ride was comprised of Mother Superior songs, in honour of one of Ian’s favourite bands, but this time around they’ve come up with mostly new material. “We wanted to make a high energy, kick-ass rock’n’roll record from top to bottom,” says Wilson. “All killer, no filler.”
“Our first record Ride was a collection of songs we re-recorded from the band Mother Superior which was great, but I‘m stoked that we had this chance to actually get into a room together and write this batch of all new material. We keep in mind where this band originated from but we get to take it to totally different levels.”
“‘Can‘t Get High Enough‘ is a straight-up ripper from start to finish,” adds Ian about the single.
Set for release on 6 May, Get Off is available to pre-order here.