END GAME!

Chris Cheney, guitar ace with Aussie rockers THE LIVING END, speaks to Vive Le Rock ahead of their dates with the STRAY CATS next month!

We last saw the Living End at Green Day’s Hyde Park concert in 2017. What have you been up to?

Lots! Since then we recorded and released our eighth album called Wunderbar. We recorded it in Berlin, Germany with a producer called Tobias Kuhn and it’s hands down our favourite album. We’ve toured Australia a couple of times and done a bunch of shows in Europe. Unfortunately we haven’t been back to the UK since the Hyde park gig. Apologies up front.

Haven’t you also been touring with Australian rock legend Jimmy Barnes?

We did a tour over here called the ‘Red Hot Summer’ which Jimmy headlined. Joan Jett was also on the bill and killed it every day. Crowd size ranges between 10 and 15,000 people and it’s outdoors in the blaring Aussie heat, super fun though. Gotta keep hydrated if you know what I mean!

Do you still live in Los Angeles? How’s life out there?

Back and forth a bit at moment. LA is fantastic, always warm, the place is buzzing with energy and I’ve made some dear friends there. I find it a very inspiring place creatively, everyone’s on top of their game and it kind of brings the best out in you.

Supporting the Stray Cats in June must be quite a bit of a dream come true. Didn’t the Living End start out playing Stray Cats covers?

Yep. We were called The Runaway Boys when we were still at school and pretty much knew how to play every Stray Cats song there is. We came from the rockabilly scene where they were undoubtedly the most successful band from that genre. To me, they were the best band I’d ever heard or seen so to be playing with them in the town where they first broke is very surreal. We feel incredibly blessed to have had the career we have and they are partly responsible for that. Their influence on us made us stand out from every other band and they really inspired us to want to be the best musicians we could be.

Have you played with them before?

Yes, in Australia in 2009. I got to play a few songs onstage with them which was quite mental. 15-year-old me was kind of freaking out. They’re all really nice down-to=earth guys though.

Got any surprises lined up for fans on these shows?

Nope! And yep! Just to be playing these UK shows is super exciting. We don’t leave any fuel left in the tank, it’s all or nothing.

What do you like about coming to the U.K?

The pubs! The history! Not so much the weather, haha! No, I love it all. There’s an incredible energy there that I like. Probably for me the historical aspect is so interesting. From the 100 Club to Buckingham Palace to Camden Market, it’s so cool. I’m sounding like a tourist aren’t I? I can not wait!!!

The new Stray Cats special edition of Vive Le Rock is out now!!

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INSTIGATION FOR THE NATION!

We spoke to Andy ‘Tez’ Turner of Dewsbury’s UKHC legends INSTIGATORS for our Where Are They Now? column in the April edition of Vive Le Rock! He had a lot to say for himself, but due to space restrictions we couldn’t fit it all in. Now, in all its glory, you can read the full unexpurgated interview….

In 1980 Britain was a desolate place for a generation of dismayed working class youth, unemployed and angry. As the first wave of punk fell and gave way to the anarcho punk movement of the 80s, a new voice of protest rose.

The Instigators formed in West Yorkshire and influenced by Crass and UK Subs, they played their first show in 1982 and were soon supporting bands like Subhumans and Flux of Pink Indians. Instigators went on to tour Europe and America many times and no doubt made a big impact on the punk scene. Frontman Andy Turner, also formerly of XPOZES, caught up with Vive Le Rock to talk about then and now.


You were brought up in Huddersfield. What was it like growing up there? What school did you go to and what was your first job?

I went to Honley High School and finished there in the summer of 1979. People now call it graduating but there was nothing really to ‘graduate’ to, as through the 70s and 80s there was mass unemployment, not just across West Yorkshire but whole sways of the country. And this meant areas like Huddersfield were choc full of angry young people which made it quite violent times. The only ‘real’ job I ever had was a few months after leaving school at a basketware importers but by then we’d started a band called Xpozez and what I was earning went into getting that off the ground. By 1980 we were up and running and not long after that we had recorded and released the first Xpozez EP, Systems Kill on our own Retaliation Records.

How did you first get into music? What venues and record shops did you go to and name a few bands you got in to?

Like most kids around that time pre-teen it was all about the radio and Top Of The Pops so when I heard / saw bands like Slade, The Sweet, T Rex and Bowie, that blew my tiny mind although it wasn’t until I started reading about punk and pre-punk bands that I started really getting interested and when those bands actually got stuff recorded it was just as I thought it was gonna be and I got into it big time. My second ever gig was The Clash, TRB, X-Ray Spex, Steel Pulse and more at Victoria Park, London (30.04.78 – and in case you wondered the first was Siouxsie & The Banshees at Huddersfield Polytechnic eight days earlier). I bought every single (it was mostly singles back then) I could get my hands on. There were decent shops in town like Bradley’s Records, Woods, Boston Records (for ex jukebox 7”s) plus even Boots, Woolworth’s and WH Smith’s had record sections. Then there were trips to Leeds, Bradford, and Manchester. We also set up a mail order back in the early 80s and started importing a lot of hard-to-get overseas stuff (Dischord Records etc) and got to hook up with loads of good people doing what we were all over the world. Venues came and went as they do now but initially there were loads of bands doing the college circuit so we got to see tons, plus in late ’79 Cleopatra’s reggae club started putting on punk shows starting with Slaughter And The Dogs (I think it was Mick Rossi’s brother who was booking) and besides a few of the first wave that were still around at the start of the 80s, we got to see the second wave like Cockney Rejects, Exploited, Discharge, Crass even. There was only really a couple of pubs (The Albion, West Riding) and one club (Coach House) you’d be safe in back then. Both put bands on too. Later we’d be making trips to places like The F Club in Leeds and various venues in Bradford, especially when Nick Toczek started booking in regular Gory Details, Fatal Shocks and Natural Disasters shows from around 1982-83.

How did you become part of Instigators and what was your first rehearsal and first gig like?

Xpozez put out a bunch of singles and EP’s and did patches of touring until they ground to a halt in 1985. We’d booked Instigators to play in Huddersfield (November 5, 1982 with Flux Of Pink Indians) and they made an impression on us. Between then and when the first album (Nobody Listens Anymore) came out we played quite a few shows together heading out in a big old bread van together. They started rehearsing at our place and not long after they’d released that record their singer quit and they asked me to join. There was lots of gigs coming in including a European tour but two of the others guys decided to bow out which left things up in the air, but (Simon) Mooney – founder and guitarist – was determined to carry on now things were starting to happen so we got Andrew Turnbull (bass) and Steve Curran (drums) in and rehearsed like crazy right up until we set off on tour. I’m not sure if this was the first show but one of the first I did with Instigators was at the 100 Club, London with Urban Dogs.


You were known as an anarcho punk band – what was the scene all about for you – what bands did you admire and how did you become a vegetarian?

Instigators’ initial releases, including the album we came in on PHOENIX (1986), were released on Bluurg Records (Dick Lucas from Subhumans’ label) and prior to that both Instigators and Xpozez had played a load of shows with a load of bands you’d class as anarcho but also a load of other bands and were a constant on compilation tapes and fanzines around at the time. There really was an alternative underground in the 80s and for a while things looked quite positive outside the old-school-tie mainstream. The vegetarian thing started for me in a massive squat in Milan in 1984 when we are on tour with Xpozez. The people there let us stay a few days and said we could do anything we wanted except no meat. I should say thanks to those folks as I’m still not tempted by gourmet burgers or pulled fucking whatever.

What was the peak of the Instigators like? You toured America – what bands did you tour with and how far did you take the band?

From that first jaunt on the continent at the end of 1985 things just snowballed. We were out on tour virtually non-stop over the next few years only taking time off to record. The Hypegopromo 1&2 double CD that’s just come out on Sanctus Propaganda is a snapshot of what we were about between ’85 and ’88. Back in the day we compiled two C60 cassettes that featured live stuff recorded across Europe and the USA and spliced it together with tons of radio stuff like interviews (including one with Tim Yohannan on Maximum Rock N Roll Radio when we were in San Francisco), radio sessions, adverts for shows and DJs who were playing our stuff. I hadn’t heard it in years and it was a great reminder of just a little of what we were up to back then.

How did the band end?

The final tour was in 1992. We ended in Milan in front of one of the biggest crowds we’d played to as a headliner. It was a bit weird knowing that this would be the last time but was also good knowing what we’d achieved not only as a band but also in growing up and experiencing so much. Most of which we all still carry with us today.

What have you been up to since and what are you doing now?

I’ve been lucky that I’ve managed to do stuff involving music since I was 16 years old and I’m still not cynical and jaded. I’m privileged to have learned at the feet of many masters and mistresses in their field and hopefully taken in what they were teaching me and been able to use that in a positive way. My fellow travellers from that period are all doing things they wanted to do – Simon Mooney is a well respected photographer, Steve Curran is drum teching and tour managing around the world and Andrew Turnbull is a man of mystery. He’s always flying off to exotic places under the guise of fixing stuff. It wouldn’t be a surprise if he was a spy!

Get Instigators Hypegopromo 1&2 double CD on Sanctus Propaganda and check out the band at www.facebook.com/instigatorsUK/

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CLASS OF ’77!

A new box set will bring together a wealth of classic, rare and obscure tracks from punk’s glory year of 1977.

Following on from punk’s year zero in ’76 which saw legendary festivals at Mont de Marsan in France and London’s 100 Club and the Sex Pistols tossing a cultural lighted match into a box of dynamite when they squared up to Bill Grundy on primetime TV that December, punk went seriously overground in 1977, with a boom in bands and independent releases.

Cortinas

The 3-disc 1977 – The Year Punk Broke features classic tracks from the stars of the first wave, including BUZZCOCKS, X-RAY SPEX, THE STRANGLERS, THE DAMNED, THE VIBRATORS, THE JAM, GENERATION X etc plus more from those who started off well but quickly faded, like EATER, THE STUKAS, THE USERS, MENACE, THE MODELS and THE CORTINAS.

Motorhead

Then there are counter-cultural freaks that weren’t really punk, but tuned into what was in the air, bands like MOTORHEAD, BRAINIAC 5, LARRY WALLIS and THE RINGS; pub rockers TYLA GANG, GRAHAM PARKER, COUNT BISHOPS, EDDIE AND THE HOT RODS and SPIDER. And let’s not forget the art school crowd with the likes of DEAF SCHOOL, DOCTORS OF MADNESS and ULTRAVOX!

Brainiac 5

Rounded out with dozens of obscure tiny label sides, this 87-track trip down memory lane comes with an expansive booklet with hoards of rare and unseen photos and a new 15,000 word essay.

Set for release on 28 June through Cherry Red, The Year Punk Broke is available to pre-order here.

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GIUDA ADDED TO BOOZE AND GLORY BASH!

GIUDA have been added as special guests to BOOZE & GLORY’s 10th Anniversary bash in London this Autumn.

As previously announced, the multi-national street-punks will be throwing the party at the Electric Ballroom, Camden Town on 2 November.

The Roman glam-rock’n’rollers join an all-day bill which also includes ROY ELLIS aka Mr Symarip & The Moonstompers, PERKELE, THE FILAMENTS, THE BABOON SHOW, THE ANALOGS, RISKEE & THE RIDICULE and ex-Booze & Glory member LIAM MARR playing a solo acoustic set.

Tickets are on sale here.

Giuda’s new album E.V.A. is out now through Rise Above.

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VIVE LE VIDEO!

Ace London rockers NEON ANIMAL pay tribute to the great and the good of rock’n’roll with this brilliantly-titled track from their latest EP God’s Own Bastards. And they’re premiering the video with Vive Le Rock!

“Imagine if Vive Le Rock! magazine were to take the form of a song, it might sound something like this,” says band frontman and livewire Mark Thorn. “A collaborative effort that sprang to life during a drunken (and other nameless party products) jam in a period when every other week some rock ‘n’ roll legend seemed to be hitting the dust and a copy of Vive Le Rock! and other bibles of rock ‘n’ roll religion just happend to be lying open on the coffee table as if by magic…..”

Featuring fast-rising London punks HEALTHY JUNKIES, Neon Animal’s ass-shakin’ anthem ‘Vive Le Rock’ is a riotous life celebration of the spirit of rock ‘n’ roll. It’s past and it’s present and it’s happening right here, right now!

God’s Own Bastards is available now from Bandcamp and iTunes.

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DAVE KUSWORTH PLAYS LONDON DATE!

Legendary Midlands musician DAVE KUSWORTH has lined up a rare London show next month.

The latest emergence in a period of renewed activity for the former JACOBITES, BOUNTY HUNTERS and TENDERHOOKS guitarist, the gig at London’s famed Hope & Anchor on Friday 10 May is only Kusworth’s second London show since the release of the career-spanning double album The World Of Dave Kusworth Vol 1 & 2.

Special guest support comes from former VIBRATORS, UK SUBS and CRYBABYS guitarist DARRELL BATH, with KULT 45s opening.

Tickets are available here.

Buy The World Of Dave Kusworth here.

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LOWDOWN DADDIES!

NYC punk-blues tornadoes DADDY LONG LEGS blow in this week for two dates ahead of their UK tour.

The trio, whose new album Lowdown Ways is set for release through Yep Roc on 10 May, have announced that the record will be available to buy at the shows on both CD and LP.

They play The Prince Albert, Brighton this Thursday 18 April, followed by an appearance at London’s 229 Club as part of Le Beat Bespoke Weekender on Friday 19 April. They then return to kick off the tour proper at Audio, Glasgow on Thursday 9 May. Full dates are…

Thur 18 April – Brighton Prince Albert
Fri 19 April – London 229
Thur 9 May – Glasgow Audio
Fri 10 May – Belfast Black Box
Sat 11 May – Dublin The Sugar Club
Sun 12 May – Manchester Night n Day
Tues 14 May – Leeds Brudenell
Wed 15 May – Newcastle The Cluny
Fri 17 May – Norwich NAC
Sat 18 May – Bedford Esquires
Sun 19 May – Southend The Railway Hotel

Tickets for all shows are available here.

Pre-order Lowdown Ways here.

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JOHNNY MOPED VIDEO EXCLUSIVE!

Legendary Croydon punks JOHNNY MOPED are back with a new single and video that they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘Living In A Dream World’ is taken from the band’s forthcoming new album Lurrigate Your Mind, which is set for release through Damaged Goods on 24 May. The follow-up to 2016’s It’s A Real Cool Baby, the 14-track album was produced by longtime associate and former Tenpole Tudor guitarist Dick Crippen.

Formed in 1974, and at various points featuring the likes of Chrissie Hynde and Captain Sensible in their line-up, Johnny Moped were early performers at London’s legendary Roxy club, going on to release their debut album Cycledelic on Chiswick in 1978. The band were immortalised in the documentary Basically Johnny Moped directed by Sensible’s son Fred Burns, in 2013. Burns is also responsible for the new video.

“It’s hard to be normal,” says longtime guitarist Slimy Toad. “This video was filmed in Rock’n’Roll Robot’s music room and Johnny and his band think you’ll find you just can’t keep a good tune down. I hope you watch it!”

The album’s available to pre-order in a special limited edition bundle here.

Johnny Moped have several dates lined up, including a short German tour and a date at London’s 100 Club. Full dates are…

Feb 23rd – The Front Room, Croydon
March 3rd – Con Club, Lewes
April 20th – Revelations Festival, Harpenden
April 25th – Gleis 22, Munster, GER
April 26th – Museum, Koln, GER
April 27th – Wild At Heart, Berlin, GER
April 29th – Rock n Roll Butterfahrt, Helgoland
April 30th – Kling Klang, Wilhelmshaven, GER
May 1st – Hafenklang, Hamburg, GER
June 8th – 100 Club, London
August 3rd – Rebellion Festival, Blackpool

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KILLING JOKE ADD DATES!

Vive Le Rock Award-winners KILLING JOKE have announced a short run of UK dates for the summer.

The legendary London band, who picked up the Best Live Band award at our event in Islington last month, will be playing the dates around their headline appearance at Boomtown Fair in Hampshire on 9 August.

Full dates are…

Thu 8 Aug – KK’s Steel Mill, Wolverhampton
Fri 9 Aug – Boomtown Festival, Winchester
Sat 10 Aug – Subterania, London
Mon 12 Aug – Concorde 2, Brighton

Tickets are on sale via the band’s website.

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THE WAX FACTOR!

Manchester band IMPERIAL WAX are to release their debut album this Spring.

Gastwerk Saboteurs is set for release through U.S. label Saustex Records on 17 May, preceded by the single ‘No Man’s Land’.

Describing themselves as “noise rock and garage brawlers unafraid of a psych workout or a rockabilly dust-up,” Imperial Wax comprise frontman Sam Curran with Keiron Melling, Dave Spurr and Pete Greenway, three 11 year veterans in the longest serving and last line up of THE FALL.

The band will be heading out on tour in support of the album. Catch them live at…

Thur 30 May – Huddersfield, The Parish
Fri 31 May – Manchester, Night People
Sat 1 June – Birmingham, Castle & Falcon
Sun 2 June – Brighton, Prince Albert
Mon 3 June – Bristol, Rough Trade
Thur 6 June – London, The Islington
Fri 7 June – Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach
Thur 13 June – Glasgow, Broadcast
Fri 14 June – Newcastle, Think Tank? Underground

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BASTARD SQUAD!

French rockers IRON BASTARDS have announced the release of a new album with an incendiary new video.

An anthem for the absurd and violent times we’re currently living in, ‘Days Of Rage’ is taken from the band’s forthcoming third album Cobra Cadabra, which is due out through Hell Prod Records on 4 April. It’s available to pre-order here.

Formed in Stasbourg in 2013, the Motörhead-worshipping trio based themselves in Southend-on-Sea for several months while they toured the length and breadth of the UK, before returning home at the start of last year. Since forming, they’ve played more than 240 gigs in 11 countries.

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POWERPOP WEEKENDER RETURNS!

The PUMP IT UP! POWERPOP WEEKENDER is back for a second year, following the success of last year’s event.

Presented by Some Weird Sin, the two-day spectacular moves to a new venue, The Lexington in Islington, North London, over the weekend of 27 and 28 July.

Lined up to headline are Dublin’s THE NUMBER ONES and Detroit’s NIKKI CORVETTE. Other acts on the bill include LAST GREAT DREAMERS (pictured), THE PRISCILLAS, RICH RAGANY & THE DIGRESSIONS, MUSIC CITY, FAST CARS, AUTOGRAMM with still more to be announced.

Day and weekend tickets are available here.

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SVETLANAS VIDEO EXCLUSIVE!

Exiled Russian punks SVETLANAS have signed with Demons Run Amok and are premiering a brand new video exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

Fronted by the hyperactive and charismatic Olga Svetlanas, the band formed in Moscow in 2009, releasing their debut album the following year. Relocating the the US, they’ve earned a reputation for their super-intense live performances at a string of international events including SXSW, Vans Warped Tour, Punk Rock Bowling and Rebellion.

In 2016, they so impressed ex-Queens Of The Stoneage bassist Nick Oliveri that he joined the band! Their most recent album is 2017’s This Is Moscow Not LA, recorded at Josh Homme’s Pink Duck Studios.

“As a long running label if you get the chance to work with an outstanding Band you have to say YES!,” says DRA’s Rene. “If you share the same ideas, thoughts and passion a long living partnership is a must!

“We’re excited to welcome the Most Dangerous Band In The World, SVETLANAS! Make sure to catch ‘em live and feel the energy and anger of this powerhouse!

“Expect their DRA debut at the end of the year or beginning of the new year. In the meantime enjoy their new Video for ‘Negative Approach’ from their last record This Is Moscow Not LA.

And the band themselves say….”What we are doing here is not just a collaboration between band and label but it is a bond founded on values and ideals. We are ready to fight!”

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MORE SONGS ABOUT LOVE AND NOISE!

French melodic punks LANE have just unveiled a video from their forthcoming debut album.

‘A Dead Man’s Soul’ is taken from A Shiny Day, which is set for release on the Twenty Something label on Friday 8 March. The album follows on from the band’s debut release, the 10″ four-track Teaching Not To Pray, released last year.

Hailing from the city of Angers in western France, LANE, an acronym for Love And Noise Experiment, have a bit of history. Brothers Pierre-Yves (bass) and Eric Sourice (vocals, guitar) were founder members of LES THUGS, one of France’s most iconic punk bands, who released nine albums throughout the 80s and 90s on such labels as Closer, Vinyl Solution, Alternative Tentacles and SubPop. They’re joined in the band by another pair of brothers, Camille (drums) and Etienne Belin (guitar) from fellow Angers band DARIA. The line-up is completed by Pierre-Yves son Félix also on guitar.

A Shiny Day is available to pre-order here.

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C.C. RIDERS!

Darrell Bath from Soho sleaze-merchants THE CRYBABYS and Rob Carlyle of NYC rockers THE COMPULSIONS join forces for a European Tour this month.

Kicking off at Brighton Pipeline on 15 March and followed by a London show at Tufnell Park’s Aces & Eights with RICH RAGANY & THE DIGRESSIONS, the Return Of The Rock’n’Roll Double Whammy tour winds through Germany and Sweden before heading back to England with a show at Canterbury’s New Inn. Full dates below…

Founding The Crybabys at the start of the 90s with Boys guitarist Honest John Plain, Bath has also slung his guitar with the likes of Ian Hunter, Dogs D’Amour, UK Subs and The Vibrators. The revolving door line-up of The Compulsions, meanwhile, has featured members of Guns N’ Roses, The New York Dolls, Psychedelic Furs and Hanoi Rocks, as well as legendary Bowie guitarist Earl Slick.

The pair met for the first time on an (almost) acoustic tour of the UK and Germany and had such a blast, they’ve decided to do it all over again.

“It couldn’t have gone any better,” says Bath. “For starters, our music worked together perfectly: A bit of blues, a bit of boogie-woogie, maybe a ballad or three thrown in for good measure.”

“I was really impressed by all the rock ‘n’ rollers over in England and
Germany. Much better crowds than here in the States,” says Carlyle. “I’m
also psyched for Sweden. I’ve never played there before but I’ve heard
nothing but great things about the Scandinavian music scene. Can’t f*ckin’
wait!”

Check out the tour trailer video…

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BAD RELIGION COME OF AGE!

L.A. punk legends BAD RELIGION return this Spring with their first new album in six years.

The appropriately-titled Age Of Unreason follows on from 2013’s True North and is set for release on 3 May through Epitaph.

“The band has always stood for enlightenment values,” co-songwriter and guitarist Brett Gurewitz explains. “Today, these values of truth, freedom, equality, tolerance, and science, are in real danger. This record is our response.”

The songs on Age Of Unreason are both furious and meticulously crafted. There are references to contemporary events; racist rallies, Trump’s election, the erosion of the middle class, Colin Kaepernick’s protest, alternative facts, conspiracy theories, and there are homages to the literary and philosophical works that have long inspired the band.

Check out the track ‘Chaos FromWithin’, which examine’s the USA’s current border wall controversy…

Says co-songwriter and lead singer Greg Graffin, “Throughout history, walls have been used to keep the barbarians out, but it seems to me that the truly barbaric aspect of a civilization is the chaos that comes from within.”

Pre-order Age Of Unreason here.

Bad Religion will be touring Europe in support of the album in May, cuminating in two UK dates at the Slamdunk Festival in Leeds and Hatfield. Full dates are…

*3 May – Tanzbrunnen, Cologne (DE)
*4 May – Faust Wiese, Hannover (DE) – SOLD OUT
6 May – AB, Brussels (BE)
7 May – Trianon, Paris (FR)
*8 May – La Nef, Angouleme (FR)
*10 May – Saarlandhalle, Saarbrücken (DE)
*11 May – S’Oliver Halle, Wärzburg (DE) – SOLD OUT
*12 May – Messehalle, Dornbirn (AT)
*14 May – Wizink, Madrid (ES)
15 May – Altice Arena-Sala Teyo, Lisbon (PT)
*17 May – Poble Espanol, Barcelona (ES) – SOLD OUT
*18 May – Iradier Arena, Vitoria (ES)
21 May – Arena-Open Air Buehne, Vienna (AT)
22 May – Effenaar, Eindhoven (NL)
*25 May – Slamdunk Festival, Leeds (UK)
*26 May – Slamdunk Festival, Hatfield (UK)

*Punk In Drublic shows

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BLACK BOMBERS VIDEO EXCLUSIVE!

Birmingham proto-punks BLACK BOMBERS return with a stunning new video, which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘Relentless’ is the first track to be unveiled from the power trio’s new mini-album Vol.4. The six-tracker will be released through Easy Action next month on 10” vinyl, harking back to the golden days of the mini-album in the 80s, as well as legendary 10-inchers like the COUNT BISHOPS’ Live, and of course fellow Brummies BLACK SABBATH’s classic fourth album.

“We’d had ‘Relentless’ for a while and recorded it for the debut album,” explains drummer Dave Twist. “But it didn’t feel right somehow, so we left it off. We got it right this time – cutting out anything that didn’t propel the thing forward.”

Following on from the band’s previous releases – the two 7” singles ‘Crazy’ and ‘Rush’ and their 2016 self-titled full-length, Vol.4 was recorded in the band’s lock up with engineer Simon Bishop and his Dragon Electric mobile studio. The record features five band originals, plus a scorching cover of Paisley Underground band GREEN ON RED’s classic ‘Hair Of The Dog’.

“Al and I are fans of Green on Red and thought that ‘Hair of the Dog’ would sound great with a heavier treatment,” explains bassist Darren Birch. “We imagined a cross between Crazy Horse and Blue Cheer…”

With Twist and Birch joined by guitarist/vocalist Alan Byron, Black Bombers boast an impressive CV that includes time served with the likes of original ’77 punks The Prefects, 90s sleaze-rockers Gunfire Dance, The Damned’s Brian James, Walter Lure of Heartbreakers fame, The Godfathers and seminal Birmingham garage band, TV Eye. A ferocious live act, they’ve been compared by reviewers to The Stooges, Third World War, Pink Fairies and Larry Wallis-era Motörhead

The band have a handful of shows lined up in April. Catch them live at…

4 Apr – Hare & Hounds, Birmingham (w/ The Folk Devils)
7 Apr – Westgarth Social Club, Middlesbrough (w/ Eight Rounds Rapid)
14 Apr – Hare & Hounds, Birmingham (w/ Jim Jones & The Righteous Mind)
18 Apr – Hope & Anchor, London (w/ Last Great Dreamers)

Vol.4 is released through Easy Action Records on Friday 29 March. It’s available to pre-order on iTunes and Spotify here.

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READY, STEADY, REISSUE!

GENERATION X’s classic debut album is to get the expanded reissue treatment!

The self-titled album, released in March ’78, was produced by soon-to-be award-winning producer Martin Rushent, at that time best known for his work with The Stranglers, and during roughly the same period as he was working on Buzzcocks’ Another Music In A Different Kitchen. The band had previously worked with Sweet and Mud producer Phil Wainman, who they felt was too poppy.

The album was recorded at TW Studios, Fulham in a week, with most of the tracks done in one take with minimal overdubs. It yielded the minor hit ‘Ready Steady Go’ and, unusually for a punk album, a number of tracks past the 4-minute mark, including the epic ‘Kiss Me Deadly’ (which would give its name to the band’s third album) and cacophonic six-minute closer ‘Youth Youth Youth’. The album reached No.29 in the charts on its release.

The new 2-CD or 3-LP reissue features the fully remastered original 11-track album, plus a further 19 tracks, 11 of which are previously unreleased. The additional tracks include all contemporaneous single As and Bs, including the non-album singles ‘Your Generation’ and ‘Wild Youth’, tracks from the Phil Wainman sessions, album outtakes and several mixes by the album’s engineer Alan Winstanley. The CD includes a 12-page booklet with notes by journalist Adrian Thrills, plus previously unseen photos.

The expanded Generation X is set for release on Friday 26 April.

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