ALONG CAME JONES!

Following a successful string of summer shows, THE JIM JONES ALL STARS have revealed details of their debut single.

Originally recorded by Louisiana R&B legend Charles Sheffield, ‘It’s Your Voodoo Working’ was recorded earlier this year at Memphis Magnetic Studios in Memphis, Tennessee and features guest vocals from local R&B and rock’n’roll singer Nikki Hill.

“Exciting times!” says Jones. “This will be first blood for both Jim Jones All Stars and Ako-Lite Records – and ‘It’s Your Voodoo Working’ is the perfect addition to any Halloween playlist.”

Released on 7 October through Ako-Lite Records, ‘It’s Your Voodoo Working’ will be available via all major streaming and download platforms.

The band have announced a brace of dates including a very special London Hallowe’en show at Walthamstow Trades Hall with a variety of special guests. “It feels great to be back on home turf,” says Jones. “The last London show sold out well in advance, so this time we’ve got a bigger venue. It’s a Saturday night and with buses and tubes running well after closing, this is going to be one hell of a Halloween! This is the one you’ve been waiting for!”

Catch them live at…

14 Oct – The Golden Lion, Bristol tickets
29 Oct – Walthamstow Trades Hall, London tickets

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GIRLS IN SYNTHESIS REVEAL NEW VIDEO!

South London post-punks GIRLS IN SYNTHESIS have unveiled another video from their forthcoming new album.

‘My Husband’ is taken from The Rest Is Distraction, the follow-up to their 2020 debut Now Here’s An Echo From Your Future, and features guest keyboards from former Fall member Eleni Poulou.

“I wrote it from the angle of someone living with a physically abusive partner, and the fear, isolation and anxiety they manage daily,” explains vocalist and bassist John. “I see this as a key track on the record. The intensity is created through minimalism, rather than full on noise. It’s a hard thing to pull off. And I think we really did.”

“With the video we really tried to capture the tension that hangs over the song,” adds guitarist Jim. “That isolation and vulnerability, with it being too literal. The subject matter of the song must be treated with respect, and we did that by presenting the viewer with a series of images that frame the outside world that exists alongside their internal, domestic reality.”

Set for release on 14 October through the band’s Own It label via Cargo, The Rest Is Distraction is available to pre-order here.

As previously announced, the band play a run of UK and European dates throughout the Autumn. Full dates are…

13/10/22 – NORTHAMPTON – Black Prince
14/10/22 – LONDON – The Lexington
15/10/22 – TUNBRIDGE WELLS – Sussex Arms
19/10/22 – BRISTOL – The Louisiana
20/10/22 – MANCHESTER – The Peer Hat
21/10/22 – NOTTINGHAM – Bodega
22/10/22 – BRIGHTON – Green Door Store
09/11/22 – GHENT – Bar Bricolage [w. Cocaine Piss]
10/11/22 – BRUSSELS – Magasin4
11/11/22 – TOURNAI – Water Moulin
12/11/22 – SIEGEN – Veb Siegen
13/11/22 – HAMBURG – Westwerk
14/11/22 – COPENHAGEN – Rahuset
15/11/22 – ODENSE – Posten
16/11/22 – BERLIN – Urban Spree
17/11/22 – FRIEBURG – Slow Club
18/11/22 – WURZBURG – Cafe Cairo
19/11/22 – NUREMBERG – Desi
20/11/22 – UTRECHT – Db’s
07/12/22 – GLASGOW – The Flying Duck
08/12/22 – NEWCASTLE – Zerox
09/12/22 – HULL – The Adelphi
10/12/22 – BIRMINGHAM – Dark Horse

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RUTS D.C. ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM!

RUTS DC return with a brand new video and news of a new album.

‘Counterculture’ is the first single and (almost) title track from the trio’s new album Counterculture?, which is set for release on 11 November through Sosumi Recordings. It’s their first album since 2016’s acclaimed Music Must Destroy.

“Counterculture? For us, it never went away,” says bassist/vocalist John ‘Segs’ Jennings. “We’ve always been on the outside and still are. It’s ok to be a freak. That’s why The Ruts started in the first place. If it’s still inside you, it’s time to light that flame again. Get to know what you don’t know. Come and borrow my lighter.”

Counterculture? is available to pre-order here.

The band head out on tour during November and December, culminating in a headline show at London’s Islington O2 Academy. Full dates are…

18/11- Exeter Phoenix
19/11- Southampton Brook
20/11- Cardiff Globe
21/11- Oxford O2 Academy
22/11- Stoke Sugarmill
23/11- Glasgow St Lukes
26/11- Liverpool Arts Club
28/11- Sheffield O2 Academy
29/11- Bristol Thekla
30/11- Nottingham Rescue Rooms
02/12- Birmingham Institute
03/12- London Islington O2 Academy

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A.P.B REISSUES INCOMING!

Scots post-punk funkers APB are to have their signed a reissue deal with American label Liberation Hall.

Formed in 1979 in the smalltown of Ellon in Aberdeenshire, contemporaries of the likes of Gang Of Four, Au Pairs, The Higsons and fellow Scots, Boots For Dancing, the band’s second single for Aberdeen indie Oily Records, ‘Shoot You Down’, became a big hit on the underground dancefloors of NYC leading to extensive and successful US tours, opening for The Clash and James Brown before headlining in their own right. They would also become popular with BBC Radio 1 DJs John Peel, Kid Jensen and Peter Powell.

APB remain active and still include founder members singer/bassist Iain Slater, guitarist Glenn Roberts and drummer George Cheyne.

The first release under the new deal will an expanded edition of the 1985 singles compilation, Something To Believe In, set for release on 18 November.

Check out ‘Shoot You Down’…

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AERIAL SALAD COUNT THE HOURS!

Manc punks AERIAL SALAD are back with their first post-pandemic single.

‘The Same 24 Hours (As Beyoncé)’ represents the trio’s first new material since the release of their 2020 album Dirt Mall and is described as “a scathing criticism of modern influencer, celebrity, and social media culture,” taking as its inspiration the words of Love Island contestant Molly Mae: “Beyoncé has the same 24 hours in a day that we do”.

“The new single throws jabs at modern working life, and the constant feeling of ‘survival’ over prosperity for millions of British people who are just trying to live nice, relaxing, lowkey lives,” explains guitarist and vocalist Jamie Munro. “But between soaring energy prices and unrealistic life expectations set by the likes of Molly Mae on social media, everyone is just left burnt out and hurting.”

The video was recorded just outside of Vibe recording studio in Cheetam Hill, Manchester and subtly features clothes that the band have bought second hand as a last-ditch effort to stick one to fast fashion.

“If we had a bigger budget, it would have looked like the ‘Ashes To Ashes’ video by David Bowie,” laughs Jamie. “But we don’t have the money for a camera crew or make-up team so this will have to do for ya!”

‘The Same 24 Hours (As Beyoncé)’ is available now from Spotify and all the usual platforms.

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RICHIE RAMONE DATES!

Former RAMONES drummer RICHIE RAMONE crosses the pond for a series of dates in the UK and Ireland next month.

Serving with the NYC punk legends from ’83 to ’87, Richie is the only drummer to be credited as composer, writer and lead singer on a Ramones song – six in all, appearing on the albums Animal Boy, Too Tough To Die and Halfway To Sanity, including the latterday classic ‘Somebody Put Something In My Drink’.

Publishing his autobiography I Know Better Now through Backbeat Books in 2018, his most recent release is the single ‘Not Afraid’ in October ’21.

The dates kick off in Dublin on 13 September, culminating in a London show at the Black Heart in Camden, London on 23 September. Full details below…

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TOOTING GALLERY!

Brit powerpop princes THE SPEEDWAYS are back with their second new video in a matter of weeks!

‘A Drop In The Ocean’ is the second track on a new double A-side single, also featuring the song ‘Shoulda Known’, the video for which was revealed a few weeks ago.

Their latest celluloid opus was shot by Jez Leather, in a perhaps unintentional homage to Hanoi Rocks, in Tooting Bec, south-west London.

Both tracks feature on the band’s long-awaited forthcoming third album Talk Of The Town, which sees the band branching out from their regular powerpop palette. “We wanted to go for a more cinematic / widescreen sound, for this to be a game-changer in the powerpop world,” says guitarist Mauro Venegas.

“We threw the kitchen sink dramas at this one,” adds singer/guitarist Matt Julian. “And turned up the guitars!”

‘A Drop In The Ocean’ and ‘Shoulda Known’ are both available digitally from today on all the usual platforms. A limited edition 7″ is available to pre-order here.

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MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT FOR MUSICIANS

Mental health organisation SOUND SYSTEM SUPPORT have launched a new campaign encouraging those involved in music to share their thoughts about the impact of their experiences on their mental health.

Sound System Support is a custom-built therapy and wellbeing service for touring musicians and professionals, founded by therapist and ex-performer Katie Evans. They provide tailored support packages based on the artist’s needs while on the road, and on the return to home life. With specialists in psychotherapy, identity, sex, change work, loss, meditation, addiction, trauma, and complex mental health they can offer help for a wide range of issues

As part of their mission to shine a light on mental health in the music industry, Sound System Support are launching a new campaign, Sound Off (On Mental Health In Music), encouraging those involved in music to speak up about their experiences, concerns, tips, and thoughts around mental health. While Sound System Support focuses predominantly on time spent touring, this campaign wants to cover everything.

“We have decided to launch Sound Off because we know that mental health still comes with a degree of stigma and shame,” Evans explains. “In the music world particularly, it can feel tough to speak out about struggling when the job you do may feel like a privileged or fun position. Yet life in music can come with many specific issues. From years of experience, we know that to tackle shame we bring things into the light and connect through mutual experiences.”

The organisation is encouraging people to share short videos or pictures that they feel express their thoughts on mental health, using the hashtags #soundoffmh #soundsystemsupport and #mhim, so that they can get in touch and ask to add you to our campaign. They also plan to record video interviews and run live events featuring a mix of pre-booked performers and open mic, encouraging people to share in a group environment. This will include musicians, those working in the industry and therapists/experts; they are hoping to get people involved and open discussions.

They will be updating their website soon with more news and ways to get involved, but in the meantime encourage people to add them on Instagram, Twitter, and TikTok.

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SHOUT IT OUT LOUD!

LOUD WOMEN FEST returns next month with its usual eclectic line-up.

This year’s event takes place at The Amersham Arms in South London over 2-3 September and features sets from the likes of I, DORIS (pictured), BUGEYE, CHARLEY STONE, CHROMA, DEUX FURIEUSES, DEUXES, DINOSAUR SKULL, FRAULEIN, GILAN, GIRLCRUSH, HANNAH ROSE KESSLER, HOTWAX , I AM HER and loads more.

“Loud Women has always campaigned for better representation of women in the music industry,” says founder Cassi Fox. “It’s all about building a strong platform and passing the mic to those who most need their voices amplified. There’s strength in numbers, so this year we’re using that platform also to amplify the voices of our sisters campaigning on important topics which are relevant to our audiences – e.g. access to abortion healthcare, keeping gigs safe from sexual assault, and protecting ourselves, our sisters (and not just our cisters) from state violence.”

This year they’re partnering with various organisations, including Level Up, running bystander intervention training and campaigning on behalf of pregnant women in prisons; Safe Gigs for Women, a team of volunteers creating a safer environment for women at gigs and festivals; Girls Against, a nonprofit organisation standing up against sexual assault and misogyny in the live music scene; and Alliance 4 Choice – a Northern Ireland abortion support campaign group.

Check out the trailer…

Further details and tickets can be found here.

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FIRST BANDS ANNOUNCED FOR MANCHESTER PUNK FEST!

A first list of bands has been announced for next year’s Manchester Punk Festival.

Now in its seventh edition, the event will see 130 bands performing across seven city venues over the weekend of 7-9 April 2023.

Hitting the stages of The Union, Gorilla, The Bread Shed, Rebellion, Zombie Shack, Yes and Sandbar, you can catch OFF WITH THEIR HEADS, BIG D & THE KIDS TABLE, WONK UNIT, DEATH BY STEREO, LIGHTYEAR, CATBITE, DIRECT HIT!, AFTER THE FALL, FAINTEST IDEA, SNIFF, YOUTH AVOIDERS, MILLIE MANDERS & THE SHUT UP, MOBINA GALORE, CALL ME MALCOLM, WADEYE, KNIFE CLUB, ALLDEEPENDS, CASUAL NAUSEA, BATWOLF,THE SEWER CATS, COMEBACK CLIT, ZERO AGAIN, ELECTRIC PRESS, THE DOMESTICS, BOSSMAGS, SPILLAGE, THE RED STAINS, SYD.31, JASON STIRLING, KADDISH, FOR I AM, PHINIUS GAGE, LAZLO BABY, HEATHCLIFF, GOING OFF, KRUPSKAYA, LAUGHING IN THE FACE OF, THE CRIPPENS, THE PETERLEES, MURDER CLUB, SUBORDINATE, THE HUMAN PROJECT ,SARAH CAREY, STONE LEEK, DEATH TRAILS, DEAD OBJECTIVES, THE LAB RATS, DISTRAL, GREEN EYED MONSTER, EPIC PROBLEM, PHANTOM BAY, PLASTICS, HIGH PRAISE, BINBOY, THE DEADITES, A GREAT NOTION, SHOOTING DAGGERS, STAY PUT, CHERYM, HONEY JOY, FORTITUDE VALLEY, RAT CAGE, CLAYFACE, CONSOLATION and CHEERBLEEDERZ, with many more still to be announced. There will also be comedy, poetry, live podcasts and much more.

Tickets are on sale here.

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NOT FLAKIN’ IT!

Punk-pop duo VOODOO RADIO make the most of the long hot summer by launching a brand new video.

‘Ice Cream Man (Deluxe Double-Flake’n’Strawberry Sauce Mix)’ is a version of a track from the Cumbrian duo’s widely praised debut mini-album Pop Pills, remixed by Pete Hobbs of indie-pop duo The Boy Least Likely To.

Released through Holy Dotage, ‘Ice Cream Man’ is available to stream/download here.

Voodoo Radio have a string of gigs lined up. Catch them on the road at…

20 Aug – The Hive, Rotherham
27 Aug – Cellar Bar, Whitehaven
28 Aug – Crapfest, Liverpool (Jacaranda)
2 Sep – Hope & Anchor, London
24 Sep -Birds Nest, Deptford
25 Sep – Prince Albert, Brighton
8 Oct – Twisterella, Middlesbrough
11 Nov – Birds Nest, Deptford
12 Nov – The Pipe Line, Brighton
19 Nov – Facebar, Reading
17 Dec – Riverside Rebellion, Middlesbrough
26 Dec- The Welly, Dalton (Boxing Night)

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LEGS AKIMBO!

NYC blues shakers DADDY LONG LEGS are back with a string of UK dates this autumn.

Returning for their first tour since the Covid pandemic, the band’s new four-piece line-up sees original members Brian Hurd (vocals/harp) Murat Aktürk (guitars/vocals) and Josh Styles (drums/maracas) joined by new member Dave Klein on piano.

The band have been working on the follow-up to 2019’s Lowdown Ways, which is slated for release in the new year. In the meantime, they play the following dates….

TUES 11 OCT – Manchester – Blues Kitchen
WED 12 OCT – Newcastle – Cluny C2
THURS 13 OCT – Edinburgh – Voodoo Rooms
FRID 14 OCT – Glasgow – Broadcast
SAT 15 OCT – Birkenhead – Future Yard
SUN 16 OCT – Hebden Bridge – Trades
TUES 18 OCT – Bristol – Exchange
WED 19 OCT – Norwich – NAC
THURS 20 OCT – Bedford – Esquires
FRIDAY 21 OCT – London – The Lexington
SAT 22 OCT – Brighton – The Albert
SUN 23 OCT – Folkestone – Chambers

Tickets are on sale here.

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NONE MORE BLACK!

Satanic metal figureheads VENOM are to issue their career-spanning In Nomine Satanas anthology as a 6 CD + DVD box st.

The set, comprising their original albums for Neat Records, from 1981’s Welcome To Hell up to the live album Eine Kleine Nachtmusik from ’86, was previously issued as a deluxe vinyl set in 2019. The set also includes the Sons Of Satan, collection including an expanse of early demos going back to the beginnings of the band in 1979.

The set is completed by the inclusion of 7th Date Of Hell, a DVD documenting a performance from the legendary Hammersmith Odeon in 1984.

As if that wasn’t enough, BMG are issuing a 40th Anniversary deluxe edition of their classic genre-igniting second album Black Metal, on silver-and-black-swirl vinyl, limited to 1,500 copies.

Set for release on 23 September, both releases are available to pre-order here.

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IS MICK THERE?

Aussie garage legends SCREAMING TRIBESMEN’s founder Mick Medew has collaborated with his life partner Ursula Collie on a brand new album.

Love Is Calling was conceived through a series of live-streaming sessions during Covid lockdown. With Medew on guitars and vocals and Ursula on keys, the ten tracks on the album cover a broader palette than Medew has hitherto been known for with the Tribesmen and latterly, the Memerisers, spanning power-pop, synthpop, alt-country and pop-rock.

Recorded and produced by longtime collaborator Brian Mann, Love Is Calling is available now through I-94 Bar Records.

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FANGS FOR THE NIGHT!

THE DAMNED have announced the release of a new live album and concert film.

The film and album A Night Of A Thousand Vampires are the result of the Class of ’76 punk legends’ historic show at London’s prestigious Palladium theatre in October 2919, which was put together with help from Circus Of Horrors for a full immersive theatrical experience with the audience fully entering into the spirit of things in vampiric attire. The occasion also served as a fond farewell to drummer Pinch following twenty years’ sterling service.

The 17-song set spans the band’s 40+ year career with debut album highlight ‘Neat Neat Neat’ cheekily morphing into Bauhaus’s ‘Bela Lugosi’s Dead’ with tracks from their recent album Evil Spirits bringing things right up to date.

Released through earMUSIC on 28 October, A Night Of A Thousand Vampires is available as a 2 CD+Blu-ray digipak and gatefold double LPs on limited edition transparent red, crystal clear, glow in the dark and black vinyl. Initial copies come with a free poster.

A Night Of A Thousand Vampires is available to pre-order here.

Full tracklist…

  1. Beauty Of The Beast
  2. Wait For The Blackout
  3. Plan 9 Channel 7
  4. Standing On The Edge Of Tomorrow
  5. Grimly Fiendish
  6. Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde
  7. Absinthe
  8. Under The Floor Again
  9. I Just Can’t Be Happy Today
  10. 13th Floor Vendetta
  11. Eloise
  12. People Are Strange
  13. Curtain Call
  14. Tightrope Walk
  15. The Dog
  16. Neat Neat Neat – Bela Lugosi’s Dead
  17. Black Is The Night

Pic by Dod Morrison

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SPOOK PATROL!

Fast-rising London punks GHOST CAR have just released a new single from their forthcoming debut album.

The band recently signed to One Little Independent for the release of the album Truly Trash from which the single ‘Sex’ is drawn.

The single is “about having an interaction with someone once and thinking more of it than it actually was,” they say. “Especially with social media, being able to see that person all the time, thinking you have a connection when really you just snogged them at a party once. It made us so happy to be a band formed by women from different parts of the world but with the same feelings and frustrations!”

Speaking about Truly Trash, they say, “This album is our way to express what bothers us, from personal interactions to international politics. We wanted to explore different themes in a simple way so that they could be accessible to everyone.”

‘Sex’ is available now on Spotify and all the usual platforms.

Set for release on 28 October, Truly Trash is available to pre-order here.

Ghost Car play The Victoria, Dalston, London on 7 August.

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I’LL STILL BE DREAMING OF YOU, CROYDON!

The cultural enclave of Croydon is to have its punk and post-punk scenes celebrated with a new documentary film and compilation album.

Are They Hostile? is the brainchild of director Mark Williams and Griff Griffiths of the band BAD ACTORS, whose 1980 debut single gives the film its title.

Cited in some quarters as the ‘birthplace of punk’, thanks to its links with THE DAMNED and JOHNNY MOPED, Croydon spawned several great bands who never quite went overground as punk exploded on a national and international lever. Covering the late 70s to the early 80s, the documentary casts a spotlight on bands such as THE MARINES (pictured), THE DALEKS, THE HEROES, CASE, FANATICS and more from the once thriving scene built around such legendary venues as The Greyhound and The Star.

As Griffiths explains, “It’s also a film about being young, being passionate, being part of something.”

Are They Hostile? will premier at the David Lean Cinema in Croydon on 2 September with a Q&A afterwards by Griffiths and Williams, with an aftershow party nearby with special celebrity guests to be confirmed.

The film will be accompanied by the release of an 18-track vinyl and CD compilation, released through Damaged Goods, which is available to pre-order here.

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HOTBLOODED!

London-based rockers THE HEAT INC. have a new video which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘Draw Blood For Proof’ is “an ode to family and friendship, as much about the good stuff as the bad,” say the band. “It’s about appreciating the people who love us because they need to be loved just as much as we need to be loved because without that, without them…we’d all be lost.”

Released through their own Melted Dino Records, the single is available to stream/download here.

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