Hillbilly rockers the LEGENDARY SHACK SHAKERS return next month with a new album, followed by a full UK tour in November.
The Southern Surreal, the Kentucky quartet’s debut for Alternative Tentacles, is their first release in five years and also comes on their 20th Anniversary. Comprising fifteen tracks fusing rock, punk, blues and country, the band is joined on this release by a couple of special guests, JESUS LIZARD guitarist Duane Denison and Hollywood actor Billy Bob Thornton.
Listen to the single ‘The One That Got Away’.
The Southern Surreal is released on 11 September but you can pre-order it here.
Catch the Legendary Shack Shakers on tour at….
Tuesday 10th November – Brighton, The Haunt
Wednesday 11th November – Saddleworth, White Hart at Lydgate
Thursday 12th November – Glasgow, Broadcast
Friday 13th November – Belfast, McHughs
Saturday 14th November – Dublin, TBA
Sunday 15th November – Thekla, Bristol
Monday 16th November – Cardiff, The Globe
Tuesday 17th November – Newcastle, The Cluny
Wednesday 18th November – London, The Garage
Obscure 80s anarcho-punks STONE THE CROWZ have their recorded output compiled in one place this month.
Initially coming together on the London/Essex border with a mutual love of CRASS, adding a Z to their name so as not to be confused with the similarly branded Glasgow blues-rockers, Stone The Crowz took a distinct animal rights stance, espousing hunt-sabbing and other forms of direct action.
Playing their debut gig as support to SUBHUMANS, they became regulars on the London and home counties anarcho scene, their recordings finding an outlet on releases via Slam, Endangered Music and CONFLICT’s Mortarhate label. Following their split, members went on to form punk-metal crossover band AXEGRINDER.
Available on CD, download and limited edition clear vinyl gatefold, Protest Songs 85-86 is out on 28 August but can be pre-ordered here.
Long-serving Irish punks PARANOID VISIONS return with a brand new album this month.
Cryptic Cross Words is their fifth since reuniting in 2005, and first featuring the new rhythm section that arrived in 2014. As such, they’re confident that it’s their best yet, saying: “With every release we have done, there has always been a compromise, and certain styles or genres we have wanted to explore have been almost achieved, but not executed the way we imagined them…until now”.
Originally formed in Dublin in 1981, Paranoid Visions are Eire’s biggest punk band, founding their own label FOAD Musick and regularly hitting the Irish charts. They gained a reputation for baiting Irish rock behemoths U2 with their FOAD2U2 campaign and the I Will Wallow EP. Splitting in ’92, they returned in 2005 and in 2013 released the album When…? through Overground with CRASS frontman STEVE IGNORANT, touring with him as guest vocalist.
Watch the video for ‘It’s A Bloody Road To Freedom’.
Punk poet and activist ATTILA THE STOCKBROKER has his autobiography published next month and he’s celebrating with an extensive UK tour.
Arguments Yard takes him from his birthplace on the Sussex coast to a thirty-five year career encompassing the first punk gig in Stalinist Albania, touring East Germany and beyond, to domestic campaigns like Rock Against Racism, Red Wedge, the Miners’ Strike, the Poll Tax and two Gulf Wars.
The book, subtitled Thirty Five Years of Ranting Verse and Thrash Mandola, is published by Cherry Red on 3 September and will be launched at a series of special events as part of the tour, including Festival 800 in Lincoln (3-5 Sept); a show at The Square in his adopted 80s hometown of Harlow with THE PIRANHAS and STEVE DREWETT of NEWTOWN NEUROTICS (11 Sept) ; a London show at The Borderline with his own band BARNSTORMER, Newtown Neurotics and The Piranhas plus comedian JEREMY HARDY and DJ STEVE LAMACQ (25 Sept).
Pre-order Arguments Yard.
The full tour dates are….
Thurs-Sat 3-5: LINCOLN Official launch of book as part of Festival 800: three days of events
Fri 11: HARLOW Square with guests The Piranhas and Newtown Neurotics singer Steve Drewett
Sun 13: HULL The New Adelphi Club
Wed 16: MITCHELDEAN (Forest of Dean) Brewery Tap
Thurs 17: WOLVERHAMPTON Clarendon Hotel
Fri 18: WALTHAMSTOW Festival
Sat 19 WORCESTER Marrs Bar (Worcester Music Festival)
Sun 20 STROUD Prince Albert
Fri 25 LONDON Launch at the Borderline with Newtown Neurotics, comedian Jeremy Hardy, DJ Steve Lamacq, Attila’s band Barnstormer and more
Wed 30 SHOREHAM Ropetackle Arts Centre with guests John Otway, TV Smith and Brighton & Hove Albion saviour Dick Knight
Fri 2 HASTINGS The Carlisle with TV Smith
Fri 9 BRUSSELS Magasin 4
Thurs 15 MALDON (nr Chelmsford) Blue Boar Hotel
Fri 16 LEEDS Packhorse
Sat 17 BARNSLEY Old Number 7 with Joe Solo
Sun 18 WHITBY Musicport Festival (daytime)
Mon 19 CANTERBURY Kent University Gulbenkian Theatre (his old uni)
Tues 27 PENARTH Windsor Ale House
Wed 28 CARMARTHEN Parrot Music Bar
Thurs 29 GOGINAN nr Aberystwyth The Druid
Fri 30 SWINDON The Locomotive
Sat 31 SOUTHAMPTON Arthouse Cafe
Sun 1 READING Rising Sun Arts Centre
Fri –Sun 6-8 ALDEBURGH Poetry Festival
Tues 17 PETERSFIELD Write Angle at the Square Brewery
Thurs 19 STOURBRIDGE Katie Fitzgerald’s
Fri 20 OLDHAM Library
Sat 21 LIVERPOOL (TBC)
29 LONDON New Cross Inn with The Piranhas and more
3 LONDON Islington Folk Club
12 BELPER Queen’s Head
FROM THE DEEP, the joint project of Nick Marsh (Flesh For Lulu, Urban Voodoo Machine) and his partner Katharine Blake (Miranda Sex Garden, Mediaeval Babes) have their self-titled album released at the end of October.
Written and recorded by the pair over several years and produced by Katharine, the album features performances from several artists who will be well known to fans of Katharine’s and Nick’s previous work and spans a variety of musical styles.
Following Nick’s tragic death from cancer on 5 June, the album can be seen as a celebration of the life and music that he and Katharine created together. In their own words: “The marriage of Katharine’s classically Gothic sensibility and Nick’s majestic realm of dirty exotica, scales the dizzy heights of the impossibly romantic, and plumbs the depths of Bacchanalian depravity. Join them!”
From The Deep will be released on 30 October on Bellissima Records, but you can pre-order it now here.
Watch the video for ‘The Lovers’.
Read a full tribute to Nick Marsh in the current edition of Vive Le Rock!
LEFT LANE CRUISER return to the UK for a string of dates in the Autumn.
The Fort Wayne, Indiana trio have just released their new album Dirty Spliff Blues on Alive Naturalsound Records. You can catch them on the following dates during October….
TUESDAY 20 Cardiff, The Moon
WEDNESDAY 21 Newcastle, The Cluny
THURSDAY 22 Edinburgh, Sneaky Pete’s
FRIDAY 23 Manchester, Soup Kitchen
SATURDAY 24 Southend, The Railway Hotel
SUNDAY 25 London, Oslo
Tickets are available here.
Formed in 2004 by slide-guitarist Freddie J IV and drummer Brenn Beck, Left Lane Cruiser released their first album for Alive, Bring Yo’ Ass To The Table, in 2008. Following the departure of Beck after 2013’s Rock Them Back To Hell, Freddie returned with a retooled Cruiser featuring drummer Pete Dio and Joe Bent on bass and skateboard! Read a new interview with Left Lane Cruiser in the current edition of Vive Le Rock!
Listen to ‘Whitebread n Beans’ from Dirty Spliff Blues.
IMPERIAL STATE ELECTRIC return with a brand new album next month, heralded by a new video.
The band, fronted by HELLACOPTERS guitarist Nicke Andersson alongside DATSUNS bassist Dolph de Borst, plus guitarist Tobias Egge and drummer Tomas Eriksson, release Honk Machine through Psychout on 21 August. The video for the Byrdsy ‘All Over My Head’ provides an intriguing first glimpse.
The band visit the UK in November for three shows with GRAVEYARD….
3 November – Birmingham – 02 Academy 2
4 November – London – Electric Ballroom
5 November – Manchester – Academy 3
Initially a post-Hellacopters solo project for Andersson, Imperial State Electric evolved into a band for 2010’s self-titled debut, followed by Pop War (2012) and Reptile Brain Music (2013).
Look out for a new interview with Imperial State Electric in a future edition of Vive Le Rock!
If you’ve read the article on Australia’s Sharpies youth cult in the new edition of Vive Le Rock you might be interested in a new compilation, When Sharpies Ruled.
This stylish set – subtitled A Vicious Selection – features 23 tracks from the likes of COLOURED BALLS and ROSE TATTOO – the bands most readily associated with the movement – plus BILLY THORPE & THE AZTECS, SKYHOOKS, SUPERNAUT, TED MULRY GANG, RABBIT, FINCH, LA FEMME, BUSTER BROWN and more. Its slipcase package includes a 28-page booklet and a 60-page book chronicling the movement, illustrated with dozens of rare photographs.
Mostly based around Melbourne, the Sharpies took their name from their sharp style sense and had a reputation for violence although unlike the skinheads in the UK, this was neither racially nor politically motivated and rarely extended beyond conficts between rival gangs.
When Sharpies Ruled is out next month on CD and double-vinyl on the reactivated Festival label in Australia, with a UK release expected in the Autumn via Republic of Music.
Legendary Boston R’n’B howlers BARRENCE WHITFIELD & THE SAVAGES have announced a string of UK dates for October.
The dates follow the release of a brand new album Under The Savage Sky on Bloodshot on 21 August. They play….
Thrs 1 Southend – The Railway Hotel
Fri 2 Norwich – The Waterfront
Sat 3 Edinburgh – Electric Circus
Sun 4 Manchester – The Ruby Lounge
Tues 6 Leeds – The Brudenell Social Club
Wed 7 Newcastle – The Cluny
Thrs 8 Guildford – The Boileroom
Fri 9 London – Blues Kitchen Brixton
Sat 10 Exeter – Phoenix
Sun 11 Bristol – The Tunnels
Tickets are on sale here from 9am Monday 20 July.
Coming together in the late 70s and featuring members of Boston garage legends THE LYRES, Barrence Whitfield & The Savages came to prominence in the mid-80s thanks to their high-energy live sets, including a show-stealing performance at Glastobury in ’87. After diverting his time to other projects, such as country music and film scores, Whitfield reconvened The Savages in 2010 for the albums Savage Kings followed Dig Thy Savage Soul in 2013.
Tacoma garage legends THE SONICS return to the UK this month for a series dates to promote the release of their first new album in nearly FIFTY YEARS!!!
This Is The Sonics follows on from their classic BOOM album in 1966. You can hear ‘Bad Betty’ from the album!
Part of the fertile early 60s garage scene in the US North West, along with contemporaries The Kingsmen and The Wailers, The Sonics were massively influential on subsequent generations of bands and tracks like ‘The Witch’, ‘Psycho’ and ‘Strychnine’ are all reliable garage evergreens.
Touring late July with special guests ELECTRIC RIVER at all shows, you can catch up with them at the dates below….
Thur 23 Wakefield Unity Works www.billetto.co.uk
Fri 24 Manchester The Ritz www.ticketmaster.co.uk
Sat 25 Wickerman Festival Scotland www.thewickermanfestival.co.uk
Sun 26 Norwich Waterfront www.seetickets.com
Tues 28 Birmingham Library, The Institute www.ticketmaster.co.uk
Wed 29 Bristol Academy www.ticketweb.co.uk
Thur 30 London The Forum www.ticketmaster.co.uk
Band pic by Merri L Sutton
Well, it’s the final day of our week of videos celebrating Aussie rock. It was always going to be a tough choice but we couldn’t let the week go by without hearing from NICK CAVE.
THE BOYS NEXT DOOR met at school in Melbourne in the mid-70s and their cover of Nancy Sinatra’s ‘These Boots Are Made For Walking’ was featured on Lethal Weapons, Australia’s first punk compilation, released on Mushroom Records’ punk imprint Suicide Records in 1978. The only act on the label to achieve any real success, they soon recruited guitarist ROWLAND S HOWARD before morphing into THE BIRTHDAY PARTY. And the rest, as they say, is history.
You can read more about The Birthday Party and other greats of Aussie rock in the new edition of Vive Le Rock!
Day four of our Aussie video week brings us an early punk nugget, described by the label as “Australia’s first new wave hit single”! UK migrants Malcolm Baxter and Andy Groome, under the name THE LAST WORDS, recorded and released ‘Animal World’ themselves in 1977 and it was reissued twice, by Wizard in Oz and then Rough Trade in the UK. Later delving into dub in the company of Adrian Sherwood, the band had a last hurrah on an unlikely 1981 bill at London’s Lyceum alongside Slade, Discharge and U2 (!!!) before calling it a day. The band will be best remembered, though, for this glorious two-minutes-forty-seconds of Buzzcocky pop-punk. Enjoy!
It’s day three of our Aussie video week and this is easily one of our favourites. THE SAINTS formed in Brisbane in 1974 but in the UK their debut single ‘(I’m) Stranded’ arrived seemingly out of nowhere in ’76 when Sounds magazine (rightly) pronounced it Single Of The Week.
Third single ‘This Perfect Day’ earned them a surprise appearance on Top Of The Pops the following year, but it’s the brassy ‘Know Your Product’ from second album Eternally Yours that we’re gonna plump for.
After three classic albums for EMI, guitarist Ed Kuepper split to form LAUGHING CLOWNS while bassist Algy Ward joined THE DAMNED before forming heavy rockers TANK, but charismatic frontman Chris Bailey has helmed a mellower yet still great Saints to this day. Read an interview with him in the new edition of the mag.
Well, you’ll have seen the cover of the new issue by now. Today, AC/DC are of course one of the biggest mainstream rock bands in the world. But back in the mid-70s their primitive high-energy take on rock’n’roll and rhythm’n’blues – driven by a yobbish bootboy stomp – helped pave the way for punk.
Here’s the fresh-faced fivesome back where it all began. AC/DC, we salute you!
With Australian rock legends AC/DC, THE SAINTS, RADIO BIRDMAN and THE CHURCH all visiting the UK this year, we decided to make our next issue a celebration of all things Aussie rock. To get you in the mood for it, we’ve been rifling through the Vive Le Rock video archive and alongside our regular up-to-the-minute news reports, we’ll be bringing you a classic clip from Downunda every day this week.
To kick off, here’s Sydney’s Radio Birdman, who flew in to rock London a couple of weeks back….
Photo © Bob King bobking.com.au
On the eve of MAMMOTH MAMMOTH’s return to Europe, Vive Le Rock is stoked to be launching the video for their brand new single ‘Fuel Injected’ from the Aussie rockers’ latest album Volume IV – Hammered Again out through Napalm Records.
Mixing the finest dirty hard rock with a healthy dose of stoner vibes, the band invites you to get hammered with them on their European dates throughout July. Full ticket details and info at Mammothmammoth.com
08.07.15 DE – Berlin / Cassiopeia
*with MIDNIGHT GHOST TRAIN
09.07.15 DE – Kiel / Schaubude
*with MIDNIGHT GHOST TRAIN
10.07.15 DE – Erfurt / Stoned From The Underground
11.07.15 DE – Düsseldorf / Pitcher
12.07.15 NL – Utrecht / DBs
14.07.15 DE – Würzburg / Immerhen
15.07.15 DE – München / Feierwerk
16.07.15 CH – Olten / Coq d or
17.07.15 DE – Siegen / Vortex
18.07.15 DE – Hamburg / Rock Café
20.07.15 DE – Bremen / Roemer
22.07.15 DE – Gießen / On The Rocks – Under The Rocks
23.07.15 DE – Dresden / Ostpol
24.07.15 AT – Wien / Arena
25.07.15 DE – Frankfurt / Das Bett (Sky High Festival)
Look out for a major Aussie rock spectacular in the next issue of Vive Le Rock!
Aussie rockers DATURA4 release their debut album next week and have launched a new video to go with it. ‘Out With The Tide’ is the lead-off track from Demon Blues which is out through Alive Naturalsound on 10 July.
Formed in Fremantle in Western Australia in 2011, Datura4 is the brainchild of Dom Mariani of 80s legends THE STEMS and DM3 and Greg Hitchcock of YOU AM I and THE NEW CHRISTS. They’re joined by drummer Warren Hall (THE DRONES) and bassist Stu Loasby.
We reviewed Demon Blues in the current issue of the mag, confirming it’s “pretty much satisfaction guaranteed.”
Look out for an Aussie rock spectacular in the next issue of Vive Le Rock.
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