DINOSAUR JR are to have four classic albums reissued in expanded form on CD and vinyl.
Green Mind, Where You Been, Without A Sound and Hand It Over were originally released by the legendary Massachusetts band between 1991 and ’97 when they were signed to Warner Bros, and were seen as a second wind for the band following their implosion after their UK breakthrough album Bug in 1998.
Each of the releases, curated with full input from band founder J Mascis, and including new sleevenotes from noted journalist Keith Cameron, will be available on double vinyl and double CD from 27 September through Cherry Red.
Green Mind surfaced in 1991 and featured Mascis playing most instruments on most songs, with contributions from original drummer Murph, along with briefly recruited bassist Don Fleming and drummer Dan Spiegel from the band Gumball.
The rerelease features copious bonus tracks, including the Whatever’s Cool With Me EP, while the CD version also has a previously unreleased live set from Hollywood Palladium.
Where You Been, released in ’93, was a major commercial success, reaching the UK Top 10, with the accompanying single ‘Start Choppin’ making the Top 20. It saw a return of Murph to fulltime duties and the arrival of bassist Mike Johnson, as well as the unlikely presence of a string quartet.
Bonus tracks include a version of The Flying Burrito Brothers’ ‘Hot Burrito #2’ and a selection of Peel Session tracks. The CD also includes a previously unreleased live set from St Paul Civic Centre.
Released in ’94, Without A Sound was the first Dinosaur J not to feature Murph, with Mascis handling the drums himself. It yielded the hit single ‘Feel The Pain’. Bonus tracks on this edition include tracks recorded live in London, with the CD adding instrumental versions of album tracks.
Their last album for a decade, although ’97’s Hand It Over sold poorly, offering no radio hits, it’s apparently regarded by Mascis as his favourite album from the Warner period. Opening track ‘I Don’t Think’ featured vocals from My Bloody Valentine’s Bilinda Butcher and Kevin Shields, who produced the track.
Bonus tracks include an EP of songs recorded for the Matt Dillon movie Grace Of My Heart and tracks from an Australian TV broadcast, with the CD adding an unreleased set from a show in Stockholm.
DIY punk legends TELEVISION PERSONALITIES have an elaborate and comprehensive singles collection out this week.
Formed in Chesea in 1977 by Dan Treacy, later joined by SWELL MAPS’ Jowe Head, the band are perhaps best-know for their 1978 tracks ‘Where’s Bill Grundy Now?’ and ‘Part-Time Punks’ before turning towards psychedelia with ‘I Know Where Syd Barrett Lives’.
The double-CD hardback book-form package houses Some Kind Of Happening – Singles 1978-1989 and Some Kind Of Trip – Singles 1990-1994, the compilation contains numerous highpoints and rarities from a multitude of labels, including their debut 45 ’14th Floor’, a Creation Records flexi, their ultra-rare take on Mel & Kim’s ‘Respectable’ and 1989’s nearly-hit ‘Salvador Dali’s Garden Party’…
Set for release on 12 July through Fire Records, the anthology is available to pre-order here.
Jowe Head, meanwhile, has his new double solo album Widdershins – in which he tackles weird folk, post-punk and Krautrock – out through Easy Action Records on the same day. It’s available to pre-order here.
Jowe plays The Stag’s Head, Hoxton, London on 27 July.
East Anglia’s leading melodic punks BEVERLEY KILLS venture forth from their Cambridge base for a handful of dates next month.
The much-loved quartet have kept a relatively low profile in recent years – save for a track on a flexi from Repeat Fanzine in 2017 and a very special 10th Anniversary show in their hometown last year.
The band now break cover for a trio of shows in Norwich, Newcastle and London, where they play this year’s Wonkfest.
Full dates are…
Fri 26 July – Gringo’s, Norwich (w/Goober Patrol & Project Mork) Sat 27 July – The Dome, Tufnell Park, London (Wonk Fest 7) Sat 31 Aug – The Cluny, Newcastle (w/China Drum)
In other news, Bevs guitarist Kate Fleet has just published her first children’s book. Monty Mouse of Cambridge Town was written by Kate and illustrated by Angela Cogo and is available here.
Now in its fifth year, the Red Rooster Festival has shaped up from humble beginnings to be THE go-to weekend for rock’n’roll, blues and roots music . Vive Le Rock donned its dungarees to check it out….
RED ROOSTER FESTIVAL EUSTON HALL, SUFFOLK
With a track record of good weather, Red Rooster is something of a rarity in the UK calendar. Better not jinx it! It’s also one of the easiest on the eye, when it comes to locations, situated in the grounds of Euston Hall on the Norfolk-Suffolk border, by wood and river. Moreover, it’s compactness means you don’t waste time and energy slogging everywhere, can easily find your mates and are generally in with a good chance of making it back to your tent before passing out.
Kicking off on the Thursday evening, just as most people are arriving, the mainstage offers a low-key bill of mellow country rock, headlined by Philadelphia’s Low Cut Connie, trading in a weird concoction of garage rock through a Queen filter.
The following morning, though, the fest sets off in earnest with London’s long-serving Cajun aces Joli Blon, who do an amazing job of shaking the masses out of their torpor. The day takes shape approvingly via the many-headed Cash-style country-punk of The Johnsons, ZZ Top-channelling newcomer Sam Morrow and Texan golden boy Jarrod Dickinson, who takes time to salute homestate legend Doug Sahm with a terrific cover of ‘I’m Glad For Your Sake’.
After a Prosecco-and-veggie-burrito break, Vive Le Rock returns to the mainstage for another of Texas’s finest sons, Dale Watson. Single-handedly saving country music one truckin’ song at a time, Dale’s on fine form, the crowd quickly getting into singalong mode on ‘I Lie When I Drink’ (“…and I drink a lot!”). Ever the consummate pro, Dale takes some beating, although Nick Lowe gives it a good go. Since teaming up with LA’s masked instrumental surf band Los Straightjackets, the Godfather of Pub has been reinvigorated: delivering an elementary ‘greatest hits’ set, rockin’ recent single ‘Tokyo Bay’ is as good as anything the great man’s ever done.
By Saturday both stages – and the sun’s rays – are getting into their stride, so we slap on the lotion to enjoy sets on the Little Red Rooster acoustic stage from fast-rising skateboarder-cum-country-blues-picker, Yorkshire’s own Serious Sam Barrett – drawing one of the biggest crowds of the weekend – and the country’n’rockabilly of The Haystingers, unphased by a mid-set power failure.
Over on the mainstage, it’s Euro-tastic with youthful French rockabillies Howlin’ Jaws delivering a blistering set, closely followed by Switzerland’s Powersolo and the homegrown Oh! Gunquit, featuring the finest hula-hooping, trumpet-blowing frontwoman of the festival.
East Londoner Errol Linton has been a reliable draw on the London scene for many years, so it’s great to watch him deliver a crowd-pleasing mid-afternoon set of his reggae-infused blues. He’s definitely deserving of bigger things. So too, Cedric Burnside: grandson of the legendary R.L. who kickstarted the noughties punk-blues scene, he delivered a blistering set, backed only by a hard-hitting drummer with an infectious beat. The two even swapped places at one point!
For the final act of the weekend, Vive was in a bit of a quandary, but sorely tempted by the soul-inspired space-rock of The Budos Band, we opted for the tried’n’tested Legendary Shackshakers on the Little Red Rooster stage. One of the most dynamic acts of the festival, it’s a shame they’re relegated to the smaller stage, but their fiery gothic-country-punk has zero airs and graces, quickly creating the atmosphere of the moshpit, frontman J.D. Wilkes risking life and limb (his, the band’s, the crowd’s) with his cavalier mic-stand antics. A brilliant punk-rock frontman, and quite possibly the only one armed with a banjo, Wilkes is a force of nature who deserves much wider fame.
The party kept rockin’ well into the night over on the Howlin’ Woods DJ stage, but totally spent from the Shackshakers, Vive (dis)gracefully retired. Out first Red Rooster successfully completed, we’ll definitely be back next year.
Punk legend BRIAN JAMES has added a one-off London show this summer.
The former DAMNED and LORDS OF THE NEW CHURCH axeman – and let’s not forget, author of THE very first UK punk single ‘New Rose’ – hasn’t played in the capital since a World Cup-bothering show at the Lexington last summer, celebrating the vinyl reissue of his classic debut album.
This time he’ll be playing Oxford Street’s fabled 100 Club, scene of many early victories, including the legendary 100 Club Punk Festival in September of ’76.
The show on Friday 23 August will also feature special guests THE DeRELLAS with Londoners ELECTRICS opening proceedings.
Tickets are available from the 100 Club website, with a FREE CD EP for the first 100 tickets sold!
London punks HEALTHY JUNKIES have a new video which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
‘This Is Not A Suicide’ is taken from the band’s latest album Delirious Dream which was released last Autumn.
The band have a bunch of dates coming up, including their third annual FREE Punk & Roll Rendezvous festival from 6-8 September at The Unicorn, Camden featuring 25 bands plus DJs. Full dates are…
12 July – The 100 Cub (w/The Vibrators and Penetration) 13 July – The Unicorn, Camden ( Punk & Roll Rendezvous ) 20 July – Percy’s Cafe, Whitchurch 26 July – The Amersham Arms, New Cross, London 3 Aug – Rebellion Festival, Blackpool 17 Aug – Wolsey’s, Bangor, N Ireland (BBA Taking Control Festival) 23 Aug – The Mulberry, Sheffield (Punks Against Cancer) 31 Aug – BOSfest. Burnham-on -sea 7 Sept – The Unicorn, Camden (Punk &and Roll Rendezvous) 18 Sept – The Dublin Castle, London 28 Sept -Kollis The Lounge, London 5 Oct – HRH Punk Festival, O2 Academy, Sheffield
Delirious Dream is available now from the band’s website.
THE BOYS have unveiled a brand new video ahead of a bunch of Scandinavian dates.
The West London ’77 punk legends are celebrating the fifth anniversary of their critically acclaimed Punk Rock Menopause album with a video for the track ‘Keep Quiet’.
The video was recorded during the band’s September 2018 Italian tour. Unfortunately guitarist Honest John Plain was unable to make the video shoot due to ill health.
“It was filmed and directed by Lester Greenowski at the Ligera Club in Milan, says keyboard player Casino Steel. “Many thanks to Lester and the enthusiastic crowd who made this possible. We had a great time!”
Guitarist/vocalist Matt Dangerfield agrees, adding: “This is now the sixth track from Punk Rock Menopause to be immortalised in video, which I think demonstrates just how strong the album is.”
The Boys head to Scandinavia in June for the Odal Rock Festival, returning in September for more dates. Catch them at…
Sat 22 June – Odal Rock Festival Thur 12 Sept – Gothenburg Fri 13 Sept – tbc Sat 14 Sept – Hova Fri 20 Sept – tbc Sat 21 Sept – Trondheim
Punk Rock Menopause is now available digitally from Revolution Records and Spotify…
Vive Le Rock recently hung out at London’s Hard Rock Cafe for Stevie Van Zandt’s live DJ set and radio broadcast of his Underground Garage Dance Party. The long-time member of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band and actor famous for The Sopranos series brought along his wife Maureen Van Zandt, who also plays his wife in The Sopranos.
A crowd of fans hoping to get their Van Zandt CDs and records signed gathered under the stage at the entrance of the Hard Rock. Van Zandt pulled up in a blacked-out 4×4 and entered through a side door to huge applause before grabbing the mic and opening his radio show with The Beach Boys’ ‘Good Vibrations’.
The appearance comes off the back of the new album Summer Of Sorcery from Little Steven & The Disciples of Soul, Little Steven’s first album of new material in 20 years. The band recently kicked off their live tour in May.
The show lasted two hours and featured Van Zandt’s usual mix of old school rock’n’roll embellished by his own stories as a fan and a performer. He took a break to meet everyone in the audience and spent a lot of time having pictures with fans.
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!!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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
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
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