PROFESSOR AND THE MADMAN have announced the release of a brand new album.

The Anglo-American band, who feature sometime DAMNED members Rat Scabies and Paul Gray, are set to release Séance through Fullertone Records. It follows on from 2018’s Disintegrate Me and Live At The 100 Club, released last year.

“A séance typically refers to a ritual used to make contact with a person who has died,” says Alfie Agnew who, with Sean Elliott constitutes the US half of the band. “We see the songs on our new album as attempting to re-establish contact with an era, a way of life, that has died. More specifically, our goal is to evoke the strong connection we felt toward music in our youth — the ritual of bringing home an album from the record store and totally immersing yourself in its journey. We love albums and this group exists to celebrate them. Our new songs tend to be reflective, as we remember former friends and band members who may no longer be along for the ride.” 

Check out the title track here.

Pre-orders for the album, which include a special board-game devised by the band, are available via the band’s website.

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Lancastrian psych-punks THE LOVELY EGGS have rescheduled the dates for their spring tour.

The duo had had a major tour planned in support of their new album I Am Moron, which is due out through EGG Records on 3 April. Unsurprisingly the dates have now been cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and have now been rescheduled for July.

“In light of the coronavirus it was just impossible for us to go ahead with our April tour,” explains singer and guitarist Holly Ross. “Fortunately for us, we are used to shit hitting the fan, so we’ve rescheduled all the gigs to now take place in July instead. We hope everyone can still make all the rescheduled gigs and get ready for one hell of an Eggs party this summer. We’d like to thank all of the promoters we work with for helping us reschedule the dates. They’ve been absolute legends and we can’t believe we’ve put the tour back together so quickly. Solidarity going out to all the other bands, promoters and venues who have had to reschedule or cancel their tours. We’re all in it together. This is mad innit. Look after yourselves and see you on the other side Eggheads!”

In the meantime, the pair have released a new hand-made video for the album track ‘Second Rate’ to tide fans over until the summer.

“For the video we wanted to present a masterclass in how to not spend £20,000 on making a music video so we made it ourselves,” Holly continues. “So many bands blow so much wedge on making videos it’s a bit obscene, so we thought fuck it, we’ll do it ourselves. It’s our ethos really and is also totally in keeping with the song. We’ve never moaned about not having access to big budgets and not doing stuff is just not an option for us, so we always roll up our sleeves, get on with it and do the best that we can for the budget we have got, which for this was zero! I suppose with the video we wanted people to question what their idea of ‘second rate’is. ‘Second Rate’ means different things to different people. For some people the idea of a Pot Noodle sandwich would be unthinkable but to David it’s a delicious after-hours snack. Same with living in Lancaster and not having a label etc. These are things that some people consider ‘second rate’ but we don’t. So, there are a lot of images in there that invite the viewer to question their opinions on what they value. Then there’s a load of psychedelic footage and random images to blast the mundane out into the universe because it’s impossible to cope with the bleakness of day to day life without having some magic in there. So yeah in a way this video is like a microcosm of our world. Enjoy the ride!!”

The Lovely Eggs’ rescheduled tour dates kick off on 16 July in Newcastle. The tour also includes extra London and Manchester dates in October. Catch them on the road at…

Thursday July 16: The Cluny, Newcastle
Friday July 17: Gorilla, Manchester SOLD OUT
Saturday July 18: The Brudenell, Leeds SOLD OUT
Sunday July 19: Castle and Falcon, Birmingham SOLD OUT
Monday July 20: The Portland Arms, Cambridge SOLD OUT
Tuesday July 21: Komedia, Brighton SOLD OUT
Wednesday July 22: The Loft, Southampton
Thursday July 23: The Fleece, Bristol SOLD OUT
Friday July 24: The Garage, London SOLD OUT
Saturday July 25: The Bullingdon, Oxford
Wednesday, July 29: Mash House, Edinburgh
Thursday, July 30: CCA, Glasgow
Saturday, August 8: Network, Sheffield
Friday, October 23: Heaven, London
Friday October 30: The Ritz, Manchester

Tickets are on sale here.

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South-coast post-punks BLABBERMOUTH have just dropped a new single and video, ‘Youthful Haze’.

The enigmatic Hastings five-piece don’t give much away about themselves, but this tremendous video is the work of renowned film-maker Mark Richards.

Formed last year, the band have a hometown headline show at Crowley’s Bar, Hastings on 9 April, and are part of the line-up for this year’s Wonkfest at the Dome, London on 25 July. They promise loads more shows in between, viruses notwithstanding.

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London punks GIRLS IN SYNTHESIS have just dropped a video for their new single ‘Pressure’.

A claustrophobic hammer-blow of angry punk, blasting against a maddening background of cold-war electronics, ‘Pressure’ is the first taste of the trio’s debut album Now Here’s An Echo From Your Future, set for release on 22 May through Harbinger Sound, the label that brought you Sleaford Mods.

“In both music and lyrical content this song sets out to capture the unrelenting pressures of living in the modern world,” explains vocalist and guitarist Jim. “The pressures and expectations of which ‘they’ force upon you – with the apparent realisation that you will never be what they want you to be. ‘Pressure, the twist of the gut, as one door opens another fucking shuts’,”

Formed in 2016, the staunchly DIY band built their manifesto on incendiary live performances, with the likes of Slaves, Bad Breeding and Damo Suzuki, and a string of 7-inches eventually compiled on Pre/Post: A Collection 2016-2018 for Louder Than War.

Recording for Now Here’s An Echo From Your Future began in April last year under the watchful ear of Sean Tomlinson at Rockit Studio in Hull, before moving to Hackney’s Gun Factory Studio, with finishing touches made at bassist John’s SICK Studio in Hither Green, South London.

Pre-order the album here.

Girls In Synthesis play the following dates in May…

14 May – Chameleon Arts Cafe, Nottingham
15 May – The Great Escape, Brighton (venue TBA)
16 May – o2 Academy, Leicester (Wide Awake Festival)
16 May – The Talleyrand, Manchester (late show)
23 May – The Social, London (album launch show)
30 May – The Lab, Northampton

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An equal world is an enabled world and that’s why Vive Le Rock! is celebrating International Women’s Day with a rock’n’roll twist.

The day is about challenging stereotypes, fighting bias and broadening perceptions which has always been a thread running through rock music and especially punk. At the Vive Le Rock! Awards we’re honouring Chrissie Hynde who’s always been a loud and proud voice for feminism and activism within her music and outside of it.

Today we’re shining a light on another amazing woman, Hard Rock Café’s original rock‘n’roll waitress, Rita Gilligan! Forty-nine years ago, Rita was there in 1971 when the original Hard Rock Café opened its doors in London. Hungry for the job, she told the manager, “I’m the best you’re gunna get so you might as well hire me!” And he told her to start work right then, on the spot. Since then she’s hung out with The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton and remembers what a great place it was for them to hang out.

With 49 years of work under her belt, she’s travelled the world and opened 170 cafes and still loves the job. She was awarded an MBE for serving the public and says she “Enjoyed every second of it!”

Here’s to you Rita!

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THE NJE – the jazz-punk supergroup put together by members of MADNESS, GALLON DRUNK and THE HIGSONS – have just unveiled a brand new single.

‘Nought To 60’ is the trio’s first new record since the album Afloat In Dub, their collaboration with producer Adrian Sherwood, released for Record Store Day last year. It’s available now from Bandcamp on a ‘pay what you like’ basis, and on Spotify from Friday.

After a winter spent working on other projects, the band return to live activity this month. Catch them at…

Wed 11 Mar – Chats Palace, Homerton, London
Thur 12 Mar – Kino-Teatr, St Leonards-on-Sea

Sax-player Terry Edwards is also issuing a double-vinyl compilation of his solo works: Stop Trying To Sell Me Back My Past (vol 1) comprises four 90s EPs featuring a series of covers of songs by The Jesus & Marcy Chain, The Fall, Miles Davis, The Damned, Sex Pistols and The Cure. Set for release through Sartorial Records via Cargo, this Record Store Day-only item will be available on 18 April.

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RICH RAGANY & THE DIGRESSIONS have a brand new video which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

The ROLE MODELS frontman’s new band have had a great year, receiving many excellent reviews for their debut album Like We’ll Never Make It, including 9/10 from Vive Le Rock. They’ve also been playing numerous high profile shows, like the one from which this video for the album’s title track is taken, opening for THE LEMONHEADS at London’s O2 Forum. The video is the work of Craig Temple at Racketeer Productions.

The launch of the video comes with the announcement that the band has been chosen to open for STATUS QUO on their winter UK dates. Get there early to catch them at…

27 Nov – Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
28 Nov – Leicester De Montfort Hall
30 Nov – Cardiff St. David’s Hall
1 Dec – Birmingham Symphony Hall
3 Dec – Brighton Centre
5 Dec – London Eventim Apollo
6 Dec – Bournemouth BIC

The band is currently gearing up to go into the studio with celebrated UK producer Andy Brook and Grammy Award-winner Mario J McNulty (David Bowie, Glen Matlock, Raveonettes) mixing.

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SUZIE STAPLETON has announced the release of another new single ahead of her March dates.

‘Blood On The Windscreen’, out on 16 March through AWAL, is the second single to be taken from the Australian guitarist’s forthcoming debut album which is due out this spring.

The inspiration for the song comes from an experience Stapleton had while touring as support to THE CHURCH during the summer of 2018.

“We were on the highway on our way to Glasgow when suddenly there was a loud thump from the front of the van,” she recalls. “[Church guitarist] Peter Koppes called out ‘What was that?’. Apparently we’d hit a pigeon. I peered through the front and noted ‘There’s blood on the windscreen’, joking that it would be a good song title. It’s actually a fairly daft song title. However, I spent the rest of summer writing for the album in an empty house in Brighton, furnished with a futon bed from Freecycle and an old fridge. I was facing the blank page one day and started toying with the phrase. It melded with the thoughts I was having of the rich benefiting from the collapse of nature, inequality, greed, shortsightedness of our leaders – that type of thing. Putting the apocalypse in a pop song.”

Stapleton heads out on the road next month for a bunch of shows, including two opening for THEE HYPNOTICS and two with HUMANIST, producer/guitarist Rob Marshall’s new project featuring vocals from Mark Lanegan, Dave Gahan, Mark Gardener and more. Full dates are…

Sat 21 Mar – The Dome, LONDON*
Tues 24 Mar – The Lexington, LONDON – SOLD OUT**
Wed 25 Mar – The Globe, CARDIFF*
Thur 26 Mar – Grain Barge, BRISTOL
Sat 28 Mar – Soup Kitchen, MANCHESTER – SOLD OUT**
Sun 29 Mar – The Prince Albert, BRIGHTON**

*w/ Thee Hypnotics **w/Humanist

Tickets on sale here.

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THE DAMNED have announced a short series of UK dates for the early Summer.

The four shows will be the band’s first dates following the departure of drummer Pinch following their Hallowe’en show at the London Palladium last year. It remains to be seen who’ll be occupying the drumstool.

Catch the band live at…

May 17: Stylus, Leeds
May 18: Friars, Aylesbury
May 20: The Garage, Glasgow
May 21: The Leadmill, Sheffield

Special guests are yet to be announced, with tickets going on sale on Friday 21 February at 10 am, here.

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It’s that time again! Vive Le Rock is proud to provide the world premiere of Wonkfest 6 – The Movie!

Filmed at The Dome, Tufnell Park, London on 28 July 2018 by renowned punk film and video-maker Mark Richards and his team, the movie features the cream of DIY punk from the UK and beyond.

“Just finally watched the 2018 Wonkfest movie!!!!! IT’S FUCKIN’ BRILLIANT!!” says Wonk Unit frontman and Wonkfest founder Alex Johnson. “I think that myself and Fraser Macncheese are the best TV presenters EVER and should be given jobs as TV presenters all over the world and win BAFTAs and shit. I s’pose Mark Richards did OK too. Oh yeah and Simon Short who did a marvellous job with sound despite only having camera audios to use after the rigs we hired in failed. Oh yeah and the bands. They did OK too. And everyone else. But mainly me and Besto.

Clocking in at around two hours in length, the movie features appearances from The Fleas, Angry Itch, Emergency Bitter, Youth Killed It, Laserchrist, Traits, Desperate Measures, Christmas, Nosebleed, Dealing With Damage, Aerial Salad, Grand Collapse, The Raging Nathans, East End Trinity, Blind Man Death Stare, Guitar Gangsters, Pints, Unwanted Consumer, Revenge Of The Psychotronic Man, The Dub Righters, Calva Louise, The Murderburgers, Bad Cop / Bad Cop, Vanilla Pod, Pizzatramp, The Bar Stool Preachers and Wonk Unit.

This year’s Wonkest is nicely taking shape. Bands already lined up to play The Dome on 25 July include Tyranosaurus Alan / T Alan, CLCKWS, Persian Rug Sale, Crooked Little Sons, Lost Cherrees, Burnt Tapes, Dead Mob, The Kimberly Steaks, Aerial Salad, Waco, Fights and Fires and Raw Poo. Loads more to be announced….

Tickets are on sale here.

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Le Beat Bespoke Weekender returns to London over Easter and this year will be taking over three venues in East London.

The annual celebration of all things beat, psych and garage will host three nights at the Oslo club in Hackney – KING KHAN & THE SHRINES will headline Friday 10 April with support from OH! GUNQUIT. Saturday 11 April’s headliners are Edinburgh’s THE KAISERS, plus guests CRAIG SHAW & THE EXCELLOS. Then on Sunday 12 April, Bedfordshire psych-rockers WOLF PEOPLE (pictured) will headline with THE HANGING STARS opening.

After the main shows, the action will move across the road to Paper Dress Vintage each night for after-party madness with three rooms of live music and DJs ’til 4am.

On Saturday, there’ll also be a free all-dayer down at The Strongrooms in Shoreditch, with live music from THE COLOUR COLLECTION and GO-GO LOCO, plus DJs, food and vintage market.

Wolf People’s performance will be their last show for the foreseeable future as they’ve announced an indefinite hiatus, so tickets for this show will sell out quickly.

Tickets are on sale here.

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Original punks CHELSEA have decided that their next album will be their last. Andy they’re inviting fans to contribute to the making of it.

Formed in late ’76 by Gene October, Chelsea spawned GENERATION X before October recruited a new line-up for a string of releases, beginning with the classic ‘Right To Work’, for Miles Copeland’s Step Forward label. Seeing many more changes over the years, the band’s most recent album was Mission Impossible for Westworld in 2017, and Meanwhile Gardens will be their twelfth.

To bring the new album to fruition, the band have set up a Kickstarter campaign, offering a selection of enticing rewards for contributors, including….

  • the original prototype album cover artwork drawn by the band in the back of the tour bus, this really is a one-off!;
  • two fully signed Epiphone guitars used on the recording of the new album demos;
  • the opportunity to come to the studio and record backing vocals, with your name in the credits;
  • a day in the studio writing and recording a song/demo with Nic Austin and Mat Sargent from the band. You get to take a copy of the demo home with you after spending the night in a local hotel.

The top reward is having the band play a full acoustic gig in your own front room!

All contributors to the fund will also be automatically entered into the ‘Chelsea Draw’ to win the band’s signed stage shirts.

Some special time-limited rewards will also be added along the way.

Chelsea have a trio of festival appearances lined up so far for the year. Catch them at…

6 Mar – Undercover, Woking tickets
28 Mar – Scarborough Punk Festival, Scarborough tickets
6-9 Aug – Rebellion, Blackpool tickets

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Brighton punks ĠENN have just unveiled a new video ahead of a string of tour dates.

The super-vibrant party-smart ‘Du Da Dance’, which frontwoman Leona says is about “not caring about what other people think of you or say about you, and just enjoying life,” is available now from Bandcamp, Spotfiy and all usual platforms.

The Anglo-Maltese quartet, whose name is taken from the Maltese word for craziness, have a bunch of shows lined up for the spring, including an appearance at Manchester’s 0161 Festival. Full dates are…

16 Feb – Patterns, Brighton
12 Mar – Camden Assembly, London
5 Apr – The Hope & Ruin, Brighton
16 Apr – Suburbstheholroyd, Guildford
18 Apr – The Grace, London
19 Apr – Crauford Arms, Milton Keynes
29 Apr – Musician, Leicester
30 Apr – 0161 Festival, Manchester

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THE PSYCHEDELIC FURS have announced the release of their first new album in nearly 30 years, plus a major London show.

Made Of Rain is the post-punk legends’ first new album since World Outside in 1991, and is set for release on 1 May through Cooking Vinyl. The 12-track album was produced by guitarist Richard Fortus and mixed by Mission and House Of Love producer Tim Palmer.

It’s being heralded by the new single ‘Don’t Believe’ which you can check out here. It’s available to stream and download when you pre-order the album here.

The band have also announce a very special show at London’s Royal Albert Hall on 14 May, where they’ll be playing the album in its entirety, plus a set of hits and classic album tracks . Tickets go on general sale on 7 February, but fans can get a sneaky exclusive jump on that when they order the album from the band’s official webstore.

Formed in Surrey in 1977 by the Butler brothers, Richard and Tim, the Pyschedelic Furs released their debut album in 1980, going on to achieve considerable mainstream success, particularly in the US, where their classic ’81 single and indie disco favourite ‘Pretty In Pink’ inspired a Hollywood movie of the same name, as well as headlining Glastonbury in ’86. More recently, the band have rebuilt their career with steady international touring, including a show at London’s Royal Festival Hall as part of Robert Smith’s Meltdown in 2018.

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THE STRANGLERS have announced that their UK dates this Autumn will be their last full tour.

In forty-five years, through at least three line-up changes, the hit-making Class of 77 punks have hardly left the road, making them one of the UK’s hardest working, most consistent international touring bands. In fact, the band are off to Australia and New Zealand for shows next week and will play European festival shows throughout the summer months.

The band’s original drummer Jet Black, whose ice cream van legendarily served as the band’s tour bus in their early days, retired from touring in 2015 at the age of 78. His place has since been taken by Jim Macaulay.

The twenty-one date tour during October and November will kick off in Lincoln on 20 October and will take in a Welsh show at the 5,000-capacity Cardiff Motorpoint Arena, where the band supported Alice Cooper last year. Also featuring a hometown show at G Love in Guildford on 16 November, the tour will culminate at London’s Brixton Academy on 21 November. Full dates are…

20 Oct – Engine Shed, Lincoln Tickets
22 Oct – Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff
23 Oct – O2 Academy, Bristol
24 Oct – Corn Exchange, Cambridge
26 Oct – UEA, Norwich
27 Oct -Dome, Brighton
29 Oct – O2 Academy, Newcastle
30 Oct – City Hall, Sheffield
31 Oct – O2 Academy, Birmingham
2 Nov – Guildhall, Portsmouth
3 Nov – Rock City, Nottingham
5 Nov – Music Hall, Aberdeen
7 Nov – O2 Academy, Glasgow
9 Nov – Victoria Hall, Stoke
10 Nov – De Montfort Hall, Leicester
12 Nov – O2 Academy, Leeds
14 Nov – O2 Apollo, Manchester
16 Nov – G Live, Guildford
17 Nov – Hexagon, Reading
19 Nov – Cliffs Pavilion, Southend
21 Nov – O2 Academy, Brixton

Tickets go on sale here at 10.00am on Friday 31 January.

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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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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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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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