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.
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!”
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.
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!”
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.”
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)
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.
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.
The latest in a new crop of bands emerging from Down Under, A. SWAYZE & THE GHOSTS are set to release their debut 12″ single next month.
Despite having the worst name since Chocolate Starfish, the image-free Tasmanian quartet have delivered a seemingly effortlessly urgent slab of New Wave punk in ‘Suddenly’, such as might’ve lit up the airwaves in late ’78, courtesy of Peter Powell or Kid Jensen.
The prospect of 10″ minute B-side ‘Reciprocation’ sounds even more intriguing.
Set for release through Rough Trade on 29 March, the single is available to pre-order here.
The band hit the UK for an appearance at The Great Escape, Brighton which runs from 9-11 May.
Loads more acts have been added to the bill for Belgium’s legendary GROEZROCK FESTIVAL.
As previously announced JAWBREAKER and DROPKICK MURPHYS will be headlining the event, which is to take place at Meerhout on 26 and 27 April.
Other confirmed acts include COHEED AND CAMBRIA, MILLENCOLIN, COMEBACK KID, BOWLING FOR SOUP, MARKY RAMONE with GREG HETSON, STICK TO YOUR GUNS, NECK DEEP, BEACH SLANG, BRUTUS, DEEZ NUTS, HANK VON HELL, JOYCE MANOR, TRASH TALK and loads more.
That’s 80 confirmed acts and still 10 more – including a very special mainstage guest – to be announced. For more details and tickets, go to the festival website.
The classic Mod movie Quadrophenia is to have its 40th Anniversary celebrated with a special Londonscreening this Spring.
Franc Roddam’s 1979 directorial debut, based around THE WHO’s 1973 rock opera, is to be shown at Islington Assembly Hall on, appropriately enough, Bank Holiday Monday 6 May, with the screening followed by a Q&A with a number of the film’s stars including Phil Daniels (Jimmy), Leslie Ash (Steph), Mark Wingett (Dave) and Trevor Laird (Ferdy), hosted by broadcaster and DJ, Eddie Piller.
Quadrophenia is centred around Jimmy, a young Mod, who escapes from his dead-end job as a mailroom boy by dancing, partying, taking amphetamines, riding his scooter, and brawling with the motorcycle-riding Rockers. He discovers one of his childhood friends Kevin is now a Rocker and witnesses him attacking his Mod friends one night. The Mods vs Rockers violence escalates on a Bank Holiday trip to Brighton.
Although much of the movie is based, and was shot, around The Who’s stamping ground of Shepherd’s Bush, it has strong ties with Islington where various members of the cast, including Daniels, grew up or attended the nearby Anna Scher Theatre School. The location of the café where the Mods congregate was Alfredo’s in Essex rode, which became a haven for Scooterists for several years, while the nearby Mildmay Tavern was a major Mod hangout during the late-70s Mod revival.
Leeds punk legends MEKONS are back with a new album and a UK tour. And they’re celebrating with a brand new video.
‘Lawrence Of California’ is taken from the album Deserted, which follows on from last year’s It Is Twice Blessed, for which the band reconvened their 1977 line-up under the guise of MEKONS 77.
Deserted was recorded, oddly enough, in the desert around to the town of Joshua Tree, California, where they also shot the accompanying video.
The album is set for release on Bloodshot in the US and Glitterbeat in Europe on 29 March and is available to pre-order here.
The band play four UK dates at the start of April – including shows in Brighton and London where they’ll be joined by rejuvenated anarcho-punk legends HAGAR THE WOMB and INTERROBANG‽ – before heading round Europe. Full dates are…
2 April – Le Pub, Newport 3 April – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds 4 April – Patterns, Brighton 5 April – 100 Club, London 6 April – Cinetol, Amsterdam 7 April – Musik & Frieden, Berlin 8 April – Hafenklang, Hamburg 9 April – Alice, Copenhagen 10 April – Mousonturm, Frankfurt 11 April – Stadtwerkstatt, Linz 12 April – Chelsea, Vienna 13 April – Franz.K, Reutlingen 14 April – Franziskaner, Bad Salgau
South Yorkshire grungers HANDS OFF GRETEL have unveiled their forthcoming album with a brand new video.
I Want The World is set for release in March and the title track is the first single.
Hands Off Gretel were formed in 2015 when frontwoman Laure Tate dropped out of school aged 16, inspired by the likes of Hole, The Distillers, Nirvana and PJ Harvey. Over the past 3 years the band have played over 100 UK headline dates, toured Germany and played major festivals, including, Rebellion, The Great British Alternative, Isle of Wight, Amplified, Download and Camden Rocks. Fiercely independent with a large and loyal fanbase, the band’s PledgeMusic campaign to fund the album reached 100% within 24 hours.
“With the new album we wanted to incorporate more of a pop production to our sound, capturing the wildness and brashness of the fuzz guitars and heavy drums mixed with a flirtatious pop fruitiness,” explains Lauren. “The songs have a pop arrangement at the core. I worked hard at crafting catchy melodies and layering my harmonies throughout the whole album. All the while keeping the grit and angst people love in our live shows. It was the most natural progression for us being able to express ourselves in different ways without losing what we have at our core.”
Catch Hands Off Gretel live on the following dates…
Thurs 28 March – Nambucca, London (London Album Launch) Fri 29 March – – Old School House, Barnsley (Hometown Album Launch)
This Feeling Tour
Sat 6 April – Hope & Ruin, Brighton
Sat 20 April – Café Totem, Sheffield
Fri 26 April – Broadcast, Glasgow
Sat 27 April – Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh
Confirmed festival dates
Sun 2 June – Camden Rocks Festival Sun 21 July – Amplified Festival 1-4 July – Rebellion, Blackpool (day tbc)
I Want The World is out on 29 March via Puke Pop Records. Pre-order it here.
BOOZE & GLORY are back with a brand new video, which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
“We’re super excited to show you this video for the new single ‘Live It Up’, says mainman Mark. “The song has been recorded in Soundlab Studios in Orebro, Sweden. It was the first time we worked with the producer Mathias Farm (guitarist from Millencolin) and we’re really happy with the final results. We’re just about to hit the road again starting in Europe WOSP and Persistance Tour this month followed by 4 weeks across North America with our friends Dropkick Murphys. This year we celebrate our 10 year anniversary and we have lots of great things in the pipeline!”
12/01/19 Zyrardow, PL
13/01/19 Warsaw, PL
13/01/19 TTV TV Studio Show
17/01/19 Astra Kultuhaus, Berlin, DE
18/01/19 Grosse Freiheit, Hamburg, DE
19/01/19 Krafwerk Mitte, Dresden, DE
20/01/19 Sono Centrum, Brno, CZ
21/01/19 Kulturzentrum Backstage, Munich, DE
22/01/19 Inselhalle, Lindau, DE
23/01/19 Les Docks, Lausanne, Swiss
24/01/19 Kultuzentrum Schlachthof Wiesbaden, DE
25/01/19 BrielpoortDeinze, BE
26/01/19 Turbinenhalle, Oberhausen, DE
27/01/19 The Forum, London, UK
Tour with DROPKICK MURPHYS
02/17/19 Mid-Hudson Civic Center, Poughkeepsie, NY
02/18/19 Rebel, Toronto, ON
02/19/19 20 Monroe Live, Grand Rapids, MI
02/20/19 The Sylvee, Madison, WI
02/23/19 The Cotillion, Wichita, KS
02/24/19 South Side Ballroom, Dallas, TX
02/25/19 Cain’s Ballroom, Tulsa, OK
02/27/19 Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater, Austin, TX
02/28/19 Alamo City Music Hall, San Antonio, TX
03/01/19 The Fillmore, New Orleans, LA
03/02/19 Vinyl Music Hall, Pensacola, FL
03/04/19 Jannus Live, St. Petersburg, FL
03/05/19 Jackie Gleason Theater, Miami Beach, FL
03/06/19 House Of Blues, Lake BuenaVista, FL
03/08/19 House Of Blues, N Myrtle Beach, SC
03/09/19 The Mill & Mine, Knoxville, TN
03/10/19 The National, Richmond, VA
03/11/19 Freedom Hall, Lancaster, PA
03/12/19 State TheatrePortland, ME
03/15/19 House Of Blues, Boston, MA
03/16/19 House Of Blues, Lowell, MA
13/04/19 Punk & Disorderly Fest, DE 25/05/19 Mosh Gegen Krebs, DE 08/06/19 Sound Of Revolution, NL 9/07/19 Rockmarathon, HU 13/07/19 Sjock Fest, BE 02/08/19 Rebellion Festival, UK 07/08/19 Punk Rock Holiday, SLO 16/08/19 Pod Parou Fest, CZ
Much-loved 80s country-rockers THE LONG RYDERS are to return next month with their first new album in more than 30 years.
The Los Angeles band initially came to prominence as part of the mid-80s Paisley Underground scene which saw a rise in late-60s influenced psych and country-rock bands like The Rain Parade, Dream Syndicate, Green On Red, The Three O’Clock, True West and Thin White Rope.
Signing to Island, the band were particularly successful in the UK, where their classic single ‘Looking For Lewis And Clark’ grazed the lower reaches of the Singles Chart. Splitting in ’87, bandleader Sid Griffin relocated to London where he formed The Coal Porters and worked as a journalist. In their absence, the band’s legacy inspired the mid-90s alt.country movement and the subsequent boom in Americana.
Periodically reconvening since 2004, when they appeared at Glastonbury, an offer of a week in Dr Dre’s state-of-the-art studio led to the recording of Psychedelic Country Soul, featuring the band’s classic line-up of Sid Griffin, Tom Stevens, Stephen McCarthy and Greg Sowders, under the guidance of Ramones producer (and producer of The Long Ryders’ previous album Two Fisted Tales) Ed Stasium.
The band return to Europe for the following dates in April…
10th April – Gorilla – Manchester (UK) 11th April – Rescue Rooms – Nottingham (UK) 12th April – Engine Rooms – Southampton (UK) 13th April – Islington Assembly Hall – London (UK) 14th April – Paard – Den Haag (Netherlands) 15th April – Folk å Rock – Malmo (Sweden) 16th April – Slaktkyrkan – Stockholm (Sweden) 17th April – John Dee – Oslo (Norway) 18th April – Shamrock – Helsinki (Finland) 19th April – Auditorium –Toscanini, Chiari (Italy) 21st April – Bronson – Ravenna (Italy)
JIM JONES & THE RIGHTEOUS MIND have announced the first single from their long-awaited new album, and tour dates to match.
‘Sex Robot’ is set for release on 22 February followed by the album CollectiV through Masonic Records on 8 March. It follows on from the band’s acclaimed debut Super Natural, released last year.
Recorded at Space Eko Studios in East London, CollectiV lives up to its name by seeing Jim and the band joined by a number of illustrious guests including guitarist Little Barrie, soul singer Sister Cookie, URBAN VOODOO MACHINE’s Paul-Ronney Angel, and opera singer Vesna Petresin. CollectiV also finds Jim Jones re-uniting with guitarist Ray ‘Sonic’ Hanson and drummer Phil Smith, his comrades from THEE HYPNOTICS, who reunited earlier this year for the first time in over 20 years.
Another guest to feature on the album is Keith Richards’ 1964 Gibson Hummingbird – the very guitar on which ‘Street Fighting Man’ and other classics were written and recorded.
“The idea was to take disparate influences and ideas and then bring them together,” explains Jim. “Just like in real life, these different elements work really well together.
“Get together and get involved! It’s an important time for us all to break down the barriers, work together, and channel each other’s energies. And that’s exactly what we’ve done on CollectiV.”
To coincide with the release, the band have lined up a UK tour throughout March and April. Full dates are…
15 Mar – Jac’s, Aberdare 16 Mar – MacArts, Galashiels 21 Mar – 100 Club, London 22 Mar – Hope & Ruin, Brighton 29 Mar – Railway Inn, Winchester 30 Mar – White Hart, Corby 31 Mar – Music Hall, Ramsgate 04 Apr – The Cluny, Newcastle 12 Apr – The Bullingdon, Oxford 13 Apr – The Barn, Portsmouth 14 Apr – Hare & Hounds, Birmingham 19 Apr – Dryden Street Social, Leicester