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.
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.
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…
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
01 Liverpool, Grand Central
19 Guildford, G Live
20 Norwich, Uea
21 Margate, Dreamland
29 Sheffield, Leadmill
30 Coventry, Empire
01 Holmfirth, Picturedrome
02 Holmfirth, Picturedrome
13 Hastings, White Rock Theatre
14 Frome, Cheese & Grain
15 Aylesbury, Waterside Theatre
16 Southampton, O2 Guildhall
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
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.
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
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…
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
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.
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’…
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
THE MACC LADS tour the UK in October and November In the current edition of Vive Le Rock!, we bring you the full story of Cheshire’s foulmouthed finest. Here, in their own words, are five essential tracks to whet your appetite….
Muttley: “There was a local beauty competition they held until 1985. Just before that, we went to Belgium to play a gig. The Heysel Stadium disaster happened, and the papers were full of it. When we got back, the biggest story in the local paper was, ‘Who Will Be Miss Macclesfield?’ No mention of the squashed Italians! So we wrote a song about it.”
The Beater: “This one is very popular. Muttley doesn’t even have to sing it live; the crowd does all the work for him.”
Stez: “I’ve always loved this one. I think it tells a great tale of that particular snapshot in time, about the North/South divide. It’s about a Northern guy going to London and finding it full of foreigners.”
Muttley: “This one only has two chords in it. And it’s another one of those stories; nowadays it would be called false news. But it’s one we heard about a dentist who put a patient under anesthetic and raped her. Great, eh? It brings a tear to your eye!”
JULIE THE SCHOOLY Muttley: “This one is pretty true. It’s about pulling a girl and going home with her, and in the morning, I asked her if I could drop her off, and she pointed me to her school. That was a shocker!”
The Macc Lads are on tour during November and December. Full dates are…
2 Nov – O2 FORUM KENTISH TOWN 8 Nov – O2 INSTITUTE BIRMINGHAM 9 Nov – O2 ACADEMY NEWCASTLE 15 Nov – THE GARAGE GLASGOW 16 Nov – O2 ACADEMY LIVERPOOL 22 Nov – O2 ACADEMY BRISTOL 23 Nov – O2 ACADEMY SHEFFIELD 30 Nov – ROADMENDER NORTHAMPTON 14 Dec – ENGINE SHED LINCOLN
International industrialists KMFDM are back with a new album this week.
PARADISE is the band’s 21st studio album and follows on from 2017’s Hell Yeah.
Formed in Paris in 1984 as a performance art project by multi-instrumentalist Sascha Konietzko, the band relocated to Hamburg then the US evolving as pioneers of industrial rock alongside the likes of MINISTRY, NINE INCH NAILS and SKINNY PUPPY.
An extraordinarily prolific outfit with a revolving door approach to band members, KMFDM invited a number of special guests to participate in the recording of PARADISE, including TACKHEAD bassist Doug Wimbish and returning founder member and <PIG> linchpin Raymond Watts.
Set for release this Friday 11 October through Metropolis, you can pre-order PARADISEhere.
TENSHEDS, the solo guise of JIM JONES & THE RIGHTEOUS MIND’s keyboard player Matt Millership, has revealed a video for his latest single.
‘Youngbloods’ is taken from Tensheds’ fourth album Deathrow Disco, which was recorded in just three days at Free House studios with drummer and longtime collaborator Ed Wells, featuring just piano, Rhodes organ and drums.
Deathrow Disco follows on from the artist’s previous release, The Dandy Punk Prince, for which he was presented with the Discretional Rock Award by none other than caped crusader Rick Wakeman at the House of Lords.
Set for release on 6 December, Deathrow Disco is available to pre-order here.
Fast-rising buzzsaw punks SMALLTOWN TIGERS’ long-awaited debut single is released this Friday and they’re premiering the video exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
‘Just Friends’ is the first track to be revealed from the girls’ forthcoming debut album, due out through Area Pirata Records in the New Year, and comes just in time for their first ever UK dates in October.
The single and album were recorded in one two-day blitz with producer Stiv Cantarelli (JD Hangover, Silent Strangers) and mastered by Detroit legend Jim Diamond (White Stripes, Sonics, Dirtbombs).
Formed just a year ago in the Italian beachside city of Rimini, the Tigers are the latest tremors in the current Italian punk earthquake that’s also turned up the likes of Sloks, The Cogs, White Pagoda and The Dirtiest…
The Tigers have already played several high profile shows in their homeland, including a tour with NYC powerpoppers Baby Shakes, and are now turning heads over here, not least that of The Undertones’ Mickey Bradley, who’s already played ‘Just Friends’ on his BBC Ulster radio show.
The band play four shows in the UK, including an afternoon set at Loud Women’s 4th Birthday Party at London’s Hope & Anchor on Saturday 12 October, followed by show later that night at Biddle Bros in Clapton. Full dates are…
Thurs 10 Oct – The Railway Hotel, Southend-on-Sea Fri 11 Oct – The Shacklewell Arms, Dalston, London (w/ The Speedways) Sat 12 Oct – The Hope & Anchor, Islington, London (5pm) Sat 12 Oct – Biddle Bros, Clapton, London (10pm)
‘Just Friends’ is available to download from Bandcamp and all regular platforms.
Legendary French rocker LITTLE BOB plays a trio of London shows next month with his new band BLUES BASTARDS in support of their new album.
Hailing from France’s rock’n’roll capital of Le Havre, the onetime Roberto Piazza rose to prominence in the mid-70s, his band Little Bob Story taking their cue from the rough-edged r’n’b of Dr Feelgood and playing the second Mont De Marsan punk festival in ’77. Signing to Chiswick Records, they appeared on Vertigo’s cult compilation New Wave, covering The Small Faces’ ‘All Or Nothing’.
Now in his 70s, the diminutive singer and his band have just released the album New Day Coming through Freeworld Records.
Set to play his first UK dates in 40 years, you can catch Little Bob live in London at…
Tues 8 Oct – Bush Hall, Shepherds Bush tickets Wed 9 Oct – What’s Cookin’, Leytonstone (w/ Kult 45s) Thurs 10 Oct – Amersham Arms, New Cross
The International London Tattoo Convention returns to the capital next week!
And to celebrate 15 years of the event, Vive Le Rock has a very special Golden Ticket goodie bag worth more than £300 to give away!!!
The Convention takes place at Tobacco Dock in Wapping from Friday 27th to Sunday 29th September. Tickets are available here.
The goodie bag we’re giving away will include…
two day tickets for the event!
a souvenir guide book!
a Stray Cats double vinyl LP anthology designed by legendary tattooist Dennis Cockell!
drinks tokens for the Roundhouse bar!
Gretsch Guitars goodies!
The Graphic Art of Tattoo Lettering book from Thames & Hudson!
a Fuel Girls Poster!
family passes for 2020 Tattoo: British Tattoo Art Revealed!
and all presented in a limited addition tote bag!
To be in with a chance of winning this amazing prize, all you have to do is send an email to email@example.com by Friday 20 September with LONDON TATTOO CONVENTION in the subject box, with the answer to the following question…
Q: Which ’77 punk icon has been tattooed by LTC judge Mark Mahoney?
Things are hotting up for JIM JONES & THE RIGHTEOUS MIND’s London show next weekend.
Already announced for the gig at The Garage on Saturday 21 September are YE NUNS, CHROME MOUNTAIN and SUSIE STAPLETON.
Now Jim has announced that his band’s own set will be augmented by guest appearances from Sister Cookie, Paul-Ronney Angel and Luci Fire Tusk from The Urban Voodoo Machine, Stuart Dace from The Future Shape Of Sound, and West London legend, Dirty Strangers frontman Alan Clayton.
And there’s more: in an interview for Southend’s Ship Full Of Bombs radio station, Jim revealed, “There’s a possibility that there may be some original members of The Jim Jones Revue joining us for the encore. I’m not saying for sure one way or the other.”
As previously announced, the band release a limited edition pink 7″ single of their version of the Slade classic ‘Get Down And Get With It’ on 19 September. It will only be available at select record stores and at the band’s gigs. Catch them live at…
19 Sept – York, Fulford Arms 20 Sept – Manchester, Night & Day Café 21 Sept – London, The Garage 22 Sept – Bristol, The Exchange 26 Sept – Norwich, Waterfront 27 Sept – Brighton, Green Door 28 Sept – Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach 29 Sept – Southampton, Joiners 03 Oct – Southend, The Railway Hotel 04 Oct – Hastings, The Piper 05 Oct – Bedford, Esquires
Ace Denver CO rockers FAST EDDY have just unleashed their new single and they’re premiering the video exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
Coming together in 2014 as a side project for various Denver rock knobs, Fast Eddy take their name not from the Motörhead legend, but from a celebrated local drug dealer.
Now galvanised into a fulltime rock’n’roll machine, guitarist/singer Micah Morris, bassist Devon Francy, drummer Arj Narayan on drums and guitarits Lisandro Gutierrez, have stepped up their game and deliver ‘Lost’, recorded with Tuk Smith of longtime Vive faves BITERS in the producer’s chair.