THE MUSLIMS CALL FOR UNITY!

North Carolina punks THE MUSLIMS have unveiled a new video from their forthcoming new album.

‘Unity’ is taken from the Durham trio’s fourth full-length Fuck These Fuckin’ Fascists which is set for release through Epitaph on 24 September.

Formed in 2017 in the aftermath of the 2016 US election which brought Trump to the presidency, the all-Muslim, all-gay trio take draw inspiration from such trailblazing and uncompromising black artists as Nina Simone, Jimi Hendrix, and Poly Styrene and Bobby Hackney Sr of Detroit’s pioneering black proto-punk band Death.

“Love is an action word that demands of us to speak up and fight, passionately, for the future we all deserve,” proclaims vocalist QADR. “I’m so tired of their belligerent screams for ‘UNITY,’ corny dances and symbolic gestures. We don’t want Harriet Tubman on a fuckin’ $20, we want reparations and no more racist police.”

Pre-order Fuck These Fuckin’ Fascists here.

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JUSTIN SULLIVAN HITS THE ROAD!

NEW MODEL ARMY frontman JUSTIN SULLIVAN has announced a string of solo dates for the Autumn.

The dates follow on from the May release of Sullivan’s second solo album Surrounded, released eighteen years after the first.

The album was written during the first weeks of last year’s lockdown and recorded mostly by Sullivan at home, with contributions from all current members of NMA as well as various other guests.

“Under the circumstances, it wasn’t particularly surprising that this was the moment to make another solo record and the songs came thick and fast in the first few weeks of the lockdown,” says Sullivan. “There is not so much about ‘what’s happening in the World’. As with ‘Navigating by the Stars’, which was written in the aftermath of 9/11, I wanted to write about other things – some well-known stories, some less well-known, some autobiographical and more a landscape of the imagination than social comment.”

Sullivan plays the following dates…

06 Oct – BLACKPOOL Waterloo Bar
07 Oct – LEEDS Brudenell Social Club
08 Oct – SUNDERLAND The Peacock
09 Oct – SHEFFIELD Corporation
10 Oct – LONDON The Lexington
11 Oct – NORWICH Waterfront
13 Oct – EXETER Phoenix
14 Oct – BRISTOL Exchange
15 Oct – DERBY The Venue
16 Oct – NEWHAMPTON Arts Centre
17 Oct – BURY The Met
19 Oct – STOWMARKET John Peel Centre
20 Oct – SHOREHAM Ropetackle Arts Centre
21 Oct – BEDFORD Esquires

Tickets are on sale now here.

Buy Surrounded here.

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IDOL THOUGHTS

BILLY IDOL returns next month with a brand new EP.

His first new music in seven years, The Roadside features four new songs co-written with longtime collaborator Steve Stevens and produced by Green Day and Weezer producer Butch Walker.

During the past year, Idol has found himself in reflective mode and as such the EP’s lead track and first single ‘Bitter Taste’ find him ruminating on his near-fatal 1990 motorcycle accident.

“I think everyone has been feeling more reflective (during the pandemic),” he says. “So, it seemed quite logical and natural to write something about my motorcycle accident. Certainly, the motorcycle accident was the catharsis, the wake-up moment. A little bit of me got left on that roadside. But it wasn’t necessarily a bad thing in the end; it was a wake-up call. Maybe on that roadside I left behind the irreverent youthful Billy and opened the door for a more attentive father and a more sensitive musician.”

The single is accompanied by a new video by esteemed US photographer and filmmaker Steven Sebring.

The Roadside is Idol’s first release under a new deal with Dark Horse Records, the label originally founded by George Harrison and now relaunched by his son Dhani Harrison and David Zonshine. “I couldn’t be more excited to welcome Billy Idol to the Dark Horse Records family,” says Dhani. “Billy is a legend and his music couldn’t fit the Dark Horse persona any better. I’ve loved his music throughout my whole life so to be able to give this new music a home on our historic label is a massive honour.”

Set for release on 17 September, The Roadside is available to pre-order here.

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BELVEDERE LEAD FUGAZI TRIBUTE!

Washington DC punk pioneers FUGAZI are to be celebrated with a new tribute album this Autumn. And Vive Le Rock is premiering a track from it!

One of THE most influential and inspiring bands of the 80s US punk scene, Fugazi took hardcore and ran with it, creating sharp and incisive new forms and driving the DIY and straight-edge ethos that underpinned punk for decades to come.

Spread across a limited edition double-CD package, Silence Is A Dangerous Sound: A Tribute To Fugazi features 43 tracks from 43 of the bands that Fugazie inspired.

Check out Calgary punks BELVEDERE’s version of ‘Styrofoam’…

“I first heard Fugazi and Repeater in the early ’90s and was blown away,” says band-member Steve Rawles. “The rawness of the music, the lyrics, and the DIY message was heard loud and clear. We’re so thankful to be able to put our spin on ‘Styrofoam’.”

Due for release on 1 October, through Ripchord, with all profits going to the Tribe Animal Sanctuary in Scotland, Silence Is A Dangerous Sound is available to pre-order here.

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LIVING COLOUR!

COLOURSØUND, the collaborative project of THE CULT’s Billy Duffy and Mike Peters from THE ALARM have just released their long-awaited second album Coloursøund II. In the latest edition of Vive Le Rock!, Guy Shankland hears from Duffy. In this special online-only interview, we get a track-by-track rundown of the new album from Peters…

‘Paradise’
“I just heard that as being an instant piece of Coloursound music. It’s a great starting point for a classic Billy Duffy riff played on the White Falcon. It’s iconic before you even hear the vocals come in. It’s a cliche, but when I first heard it, I felt like I was in paradise. Hearing my favourite guitarist of all time sharing one of his brand-new creations with me, and that was the driving force of the album. At this point in our lives, we’re free people; we can go where we wanna go. We love and respect both The Alarm and The Cult, but we can work outside of those confines and let this one be an anthem for our time together.”

‘Lightning Strike’.
“What I like about working with Billy is, as a great guitarist, he’s not precious about where the source of the material comes from. So he’ll sometimes ask, “What have you got Mikey?”, and I’ll play him a riff; I do feel nervous about showing him one of my riffs (laughing) because he’s so great on guitar, but he sometimes likes loading the weapon with some ammunition that comes from another source. He listens to a riff I’ve recorded on my phone, and then as soon as he starts playing it… it goes up to twenty on the dial. He really does know how to place that riff into a space that you then hear as massive rock music. I wanted the lyrics to be more about, Coloursound are back in town. It’s like lightning strikes twice. We’re here now, we’re in this moment, and we’re going to make the best of it…”

‘Revelation’.
“Again, this song has got a stamp on the darker side of where we’ve come from—the alternative music of the eighties which spawned a generation of influences if you like. I’ve always loved Killing Joke, and I thought it would be great to have something a little bit darker on the record. It was actually Billy’s guitar riff, and when we were writing the album, I took Billy up to this place near Carnarvon, which I’d found on the beach, a little beach house. The waves were crashing in, and it felt like we were right in the bosom of Mother Nature and the revelation of the waves hitting the sea and hitting the window of the house we were writing in. The song just poured out in an instant. Billy hit the coolest chords, and there it was.”

‘Addiction’.
“I think ‘Addiction’ has a lot of ties with the original sound of Coloursound. We were originally responding to the Britpop generation that spawned around us in 1999. Billy and I came from a generation that felt we’d been pushed aside a little bit. When both our bands arrived in America in the late eighties and a big part of the nineties, we were the alternative, but then the next minute, you’ve got a new wave of alternative with Nirvana and Pearl Jam. In Britain, it was Blur, Oasis and the Manic Street Preachers and we just felt swept aside, and we had some songs on that first (Coloursound) album that were our way of saying, hey, we’re still here, still alive and still contemporary. We may not be in the bands you know us from, but we’ve still got a lot to give out, and that still comes across in what we’re doing. We listen to modern music – Sam Fender, Catfish And The Bottlemen… We listen to what’s going on and even though we’re elder statesmen of rock music if you like, we still wanna be on the front line, in the trenches where it’s all really happening. Also, we both work in an industry which has major issues with a plethora of habits and addictions.”

‘Why’.
“We originally intended to freshen up and properly record some of the original songs that we had from 1999. The original recordings we made were really just demos, good production demos. We were going to go into the studio with someone like Bob Rock and do a big album. Unfortunately for Coloursound, Ian Astbury and Eddie Macdonald from The Alarm came to see a gig, and it was like, wow, better get these guys back where we belong! The phone started ringing, and opportunities started arriving for The Alarm. ‘Why’ came in at the tail end because we originally went in to write three songs and re-record some cuts from the original era, but we got a roll. Songs just flew out, Billy said, I’ve got this chord sequence here, and we were pretty much packed and ready to go, but he played me, and it just reminded me of something Bowie might have done around Ziggy or Aladdin Sane time. It’s almost got a Steve Harley Cockney Rebel feel in a way, and I just heard the lyric ‘Why. Why are we here after all this time? Why didn’t we walk away then after all this time?’ I think there’s a bit of sub-conscious reflection in it, the fact we both had to walk away from Coloursound in 1999 and go back to our real lives. The relationship we had was just as powerful, the pull; we knew we had to walk away, but it still hurt. In 1999, Coloursound was set up to become something like our generation’s version of the Foo Fighters or something. There’s a real relationship between Billy and I when we write together, and now it’s a relationship out of wedlock, as we say, but it’s an affair that’s got a lot of dynamism in it and has a real place in the world. There’s also a little piece of what would have happened if we’d met in 1983… and put our resources into each other at that time. I know I have to walk away from this at some point again because Billy’s too good not to be in The Cult. The Cult are one of our generations greatest bands, and he belongs in The Cult. I just have to appreciate that I’m lucky enough to have him in my camp when I can and make the most of it! The only thing missing from the song is the answer because we all know it has to happen.”

‘Action’.
“A Lot of Coloursound material happens because Billy challenges me with an amazing guitar riff, and I just said to Billy that I was going to throw some lyrics at him, and then you see what music you’ve got in your consciousness or memory banks that might apply. I think The Cult start around Billy’s riffs or Ian’s musical mood. I don’t think they start with the lyrics first when they’re writing. So this was a role reversal, and ‘Action’ is what came out of that. Billy is a fan of The Stooges, Ron Asheton, Johnny Thunders, New York punk, and it’s got that kind of swagger to it that you get from being a fan who was there at the beginning. We were both (separately) at the Iggy Pop gig at Manchester Apollo when Bowie was on keyboards. It influenced us massively; Iggy with his top off, with leather trousers on and Bowie on keyboards it was an incredible gig, and Blondie was the support band…That instigation into music in us both we both love Slade and Glam, but we also love that New York Punk scene.”

‘The Other Side.’
“Again, that’s another Billy riff; it’s a little bit ‘Search And Destroy’. Billy and I are both football fans, and we follow teams from the opposite side of Manchester, and I wanted to write a song… We’re different but very alike. We want to be inspired by each other and explore our differences that bring us together as Coloursound and as friends.”

‘Start A Fire’.
“This was a song from Billy’s songbook; he started the whole song, really. Again, he played me the tune he had, and it was quite high pitched, so I said, why don’t we try this on a baritone guitar which I learnt through doing acoustic shows. Billy really took to the guitar, and I think it opened a new world to him in terms of the tones he could get from the guitar and also where the singer could pitch himself over Billy’s guitar playing style. When we had a body of work, I said, unlike last time, I’m not going to play rhythm guitar. You’re gonna play it all. To adhere to you and your vision. The listener can only hear Billy Duffy playing the guitar; you don’t want to hear Tony Iommi and then have Ozzy playing the guitar underneath, filling all the space. So I just stayed out of the way. One of the guitar solos on ‘Start A Fire’ highlights Billy’s versatility because it’s such a great solo, and you wouldn’t normally associate Billy playing like that in The Cult, which just shows how dextrous he can be.”

‘Eye For An Eye’.
“Another Billy Duffy-meister riff, and I hear it as an out and out rock song. I think was trying to channel a bit of my inner Jack Bruce. It’s a bit of a Cream number. We spoke about making a simple rock album, and what’s better than that seventies British rock period Sabbath and Cream and then from America we both love Montrose, and I wanted to sing it in a way that you don’t normally associate Mike Peters with singing either. It’s quite high-pitched, and it demands a big vocal and a big roar. (laughing) Fill the lungs and go for it! Lyrically it was inspired by the music. I didn’t want it to be too introspective, and I wanted it something you can sing live, plus the fans could relate to it as well. Eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth is kind of what we do, Billy and I. When he presents me with a riff, I want to extract everything I can get from this and give as good as I get. I feel I’ve got to raise my game to play alongside Billy and have the honour to sing with him. I’m a massive fan of Ian Astbury. I think he’s an incredible talent, and I have to think about what The Cult fans will think when they hear me singing with their man, y’know and The Alarm fans as well. I wanted there to be some surprises for Alarm fans. I can sing like this because there is a different guitar dynamic going on that inspires a different performance from me, and I think I’ve also taken Billy to certain areas that he wouldn’t usually take in. That’s the beauty of Coloursound and our relationship.”

‘Mourning Call’.
“When we’d finished, this is a song that we couldn’t get out of our heads. It has this amazing droned in Billy riff that was almost echoing the chorus. It was so catchy it was almost too good. I thought the song was too melodic for the record we’d done, but it just felt like we needed to approach it very differently by the time we got to that part of the recording process. So we sacrificed quite a lot of its original conception and turned it into something a lot more interesting and deeper. Originally I called it ‘Morning Call’, but Billy sat down and said, Mike, this m-o-u-r-n-ing call, let’s take the song in that direction. That’s another example of Billy being able to look at you as a lyricist as well. He can cast his eye over what you’re doing and spot little nuances and turn the song from night into day or, in this case, day into night.”

Coloursøund II is available now from couloursound.co.uk

Read a full interview with Billy Duffy in the latest edition of Vive Le Rock!

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DATSUNS PUT PEDAL TO METAL!

Kiwi rockers THE DATSUNS have announced the release of their own limited edition guitar pedal in celebration of the release of their recent new album.

The Eye To Eye shares its name with the album – the band’s first in seven years – and is an all-analogue phaser, hand built by guitarist Christian’s London-based boutique effects company Magnetic Effects.

“The Eye To Eye is a 4 stage OTA-based phaser capable of many shades of phase including slow and swirly though to fast and intense,” they say. “Each Eye To Eye pedal is hand built by Christian in London, England.”

Check out the Eye To Eye and the full range of Magnetic Effects here.

The band have just released ‘Dehumanise’, the third single to be taken from the album, accompanied by a video shot by renowned film director Sam Kristofski. Says bassist and singer Dolf Datsun, “‘Dehumanise’ is another Sci-Fi inspired number, about being literally stripped down to your utilitarian parts by the machines and machinations around you. The main parts were written on tour, opening for Graveyard in Europe some years back. I was listening to a ton of heavy 70’s rarities at the time, sampling their drum intros in Garageband to make demos. This one features more custom fuzz guitar FX courtesy of Christian and also my first attempt at a synth solo, wild!”

Eye To Eye is available here.

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DANISSSH SHAKIN’!

Danish-Brazilian garage duo THE COURETTES have announced a major UK tour in support of their forthcoming album.

The super-hip husband-and-wife duo of vocalist/guitarist Flavia Couri and drummer/backing vocalist Martin Couri have been gaining attention in the UK over the past year with their singles ‘Want You! Like A Cigarette’ and ‘Hop The Twig’ on Damaged Goods – not to mention their two previous albums – are set to release their brand new full-length Back In Mono in October.

Kicking off down on the South Coast in Portsmouth on 15 October – the album’s release date – the pair traverse England, Scotland and finally Wales, winding up in Cardiff on 31 October. Along the way they hit London for what will doubtless be a rammed show at The Lexington on 19 October.

Full dates are…

Fri 15 Oct – Portsmouth The Loft
Sun 17 Oct – Norwich Norwich Arts Centre
Tues 19 Oct – London The Lexington
Thur 21 Oct – Hastings The Piper
Fri 22 Oct – Sheffield Yellow Arch Studios
Sat 23 Oct – Middlesbrough Westgarth Social Club
Sun 24 Oct – Hull Adelphi
Mon 25 Oct – Newcastle The Cluny
Tues 26 Oct – Manchester Night N Day
Wed 27 Oct – Edinburgh Voodoo Rooms Speakeasy
Thur 28 Oct – Glasgow Mono
Sat 30 Oct – Brighton The Albert
Sun 31 Oct – Cardiff The Moon

Tickets go on sale here on Friday 23 July at 10am.

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GUN CLUB SONG INSPIRES VIDEO

THE GUN CLUB’s ‘John Hardy’ has been immortalised in a new CGI video.

The song, which featured on the legendary band’s 1982 album Miami album, produced by Blondie’s Chris Stein, soundtracks the animated video created by Paris-based CG artists Laurent Mercier and Cédric Bernard of Callicore Productions and was co-produced by Jacqui Pierce, sister of Gun Club mainman Jeffrey Lee Pierce.

A traditional song, ‘John Hardy’ is based on the true story of a 19th Century railwaymen who killed someone in a drunken dispute during a craps game near Keystone, West Virginia and was later hanged for the murder.

Miami was one of two major label album releases for the band, released through Stein’s Animal imprint of Chrysalis Records and followed two years later by Las Vegas Story.

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COLD STARES VIDEO EXCLUSIVE!

Indiana blues duo THE COLD STARES have a new lyric video which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘Prosecution Blues’ is the third single to be lifted from their forthcoming fifth album Heavy Shoes, which follows on from 2019’s Ways.

Guitarist/singer Chris Tapp says, “‘Prosecution Blues’ was an opportunity to tip our hat to some of our heavy blues influences.” But he’s not just talking about music…

“I’m writing from the point of Edgar Allan Poe and William Faulkner. It needs to have weight to it,” he explains. “There’s not really anything that bothers me to talk about. When you don’t allow yourself to be human and say what’s happened to you, then you make other people that are going through tough shit think that they’re alone.”

Their first album for Mascot Records, Heavy Shoes was recorded at Sam Phillips Recording Studio in Nashville – “We did our Ways album there, so it very much felt like a continuation of that. So, it was familiar and pretty much the same cast of characters,” says drummer Brian Mullins – and later mixed by Mark Needham (Taj Mahal, Chris Isaak) and mastered by NYC mastering legend Andy VanDette (The Almighty, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion).

Set for release on 13 August, Heavy Shoes is available to pre-order here.

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DANGEREENS TAKE THE PITH!

Canadian sleaze-monkeys DANGEREENS have signed to Golden Robot and release their first single for them later this month.

The Montreal quintet turned heads with the excellent self-titled 5-track EP back in 2018 and released their debut full-length Tough Luck, from which the new single ‘Streets Of Doom’ is taken, last year through Germany’s Alien Snatch label.

Fusing junkshop glam, Thunders punk and 50s rock’n’roll, they’ve toured all over their homeland, making it as far down as Boston and NYC. Who knows when they’ll make it to this side of the pond.

‘Streets Of Doom’ is available to stream/download here.

If you’re looking for something to watch, try ‘Blacklight City’ from their debut EP…

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FUTURE GAMES!

CAPTAIN FUTURE, alias Alex McGowan from The Future Shape Of Sound and producer of The Urban Voodoo Machine, has a new video which he’s premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘Zombie Lover’ is the second single to be taken from the Captain’s debut album Ghostman. It follows on from the debut single ‘Holy Waters’ which came out in January.

The album is the result of the enforced downtime brought about the Covid pandemic which brought a halt to the day-to-day proceedings at McGowan’s Space Eko East studio, allowing the multi-instrumentalist to progress in peaceful isolation on Ghostman.

As ‘Zombie Lover’ indicates, the album steers away from the rambunctious gypsy sounds of the UVM and the testifying soul of the TFSOS in favour of the downtempo dubby blues and trip-hop beats McGowan has honed down the years through his collaborations with the likes of Jah Wobble, Tricky and Martina Topley-bird.

Ghostman is out this Friday 9 July on Gypsy Hotel Records. Captain Future plays an album launch show with The Urban Voodoo Machine’s Paul-Ronney Angel at Elektrowerks, Islington, London on 15 July. Tickets are available here.

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SPIDERS DRIVING!

BLACK SPIDERS are back with another new single. And with yesterday’s announcement that Covid restrictions are being lifted on 19 August, the Yorkshire rockers can reveal that they’ve got a series of dates lined up.

Having gone on hiatus in 2017, the band last year revealed that they’d recorded an album during lockdown. The self-titled release is out now and the band have unveiled the latest single from it, ‘Give Em What They Want’.

And what the band think ‘they’ want is the new album on vinyl, so they’ve announced its release for Record Store Day on 17 July. It’s available to pre-order here.

Black Spiders will also be playing a series of shows in the run-up to their appearance at the Steelhouse Festival in Wales on 25 July. Full dates are…

Wed 21 July – Chester Live Rooms
Thur 22 July – Leeds Key Club
Fri 23 July – Southampton Joiners
Sat 24 July – Milton Keynes Craufurd Arms
Sun 25 July – Steelhouse Festival Ebbw Vale

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JoBOXERS GET BACK IN THE RING!

80s soul-pop pioneers JoBOXERS have announced their first live shows in nearly 35 years!

The band, formed in 1982 by ex-members of Vic Godard’s SUBWAY SECT and went out as support to MADNESS, unleashing a string of hits including a brace of Top 10 singles in ‘Boxerbeat’ and ‘Just Got Lucky’, the latter selling a quarter of a million copies and cracking the US Top 40.

The band released a pair of albums – including the Top 20 ‘Like Gangbusters’ – before splitting in 1985.

The reunited JoBoxers head out on the following dates in November…

NOV 2 CONCORDE 2, BRIGHTON
NOV 3 THE CAVERN, LIVERPOOL
NOV 4 ARTS CENTRE, COLCHESTER
NOV 5 THE 100 CLUB, LONDON
NOV 6 FIDDLERS, BRISTOL

Tickets are on sale here.

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MANCHESTER PUNK FESTIVAL RETURNS!

MANCHESTER PUNK FESTIVAL have announced their return in 2022.

Set to take place at seven venues across the city over the Easter Weekend of 15-17 April, bands announced include JAYA THE CAT, BELVEDERE, ROUGHNECK RIOT, THE BAR STOOL PREACHERS, PIZZATRAMP, OI POLLOI, THE BLUE CARPET BAND, IN EVIL HOUR, RISKEE & THE RIDICULE, A WILHELM SCREAM, MARTHA, SHAI HULUD, RED CITY RADIO, MUCH THE SAME, FRESH, CHEWING ON TINFOIL, THE PUBLIC SERPENTS, ACCIDENTE and loads more.

Tickets are on sale now here.

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SEX, DRUGS AND HIV ON TV!

London punk Mat Sargent’s Sex, Drugs And HIV documentary is being screened on London Live TV tonight.

Diagnosed with HIV, in 1995 Sargent, bass-player with original punks CHELSEA, asked fellow musicians to help him put an album together to give back to the charities that had helped him in his life. Fifteen years, 215 musicians and 40 songs later the album was complete.

Sex, Drugs And HIV will be shown from 10.30-11.30pm BST on the London Live channel which can be found at…

Freeview 8
Sky 117
Virgin 159
You View 8

The album and the recently released 8xDVD Studio Sessions box set are available now from the website.

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GIVE GIBBONS HIS DUE!

A new petition has been launched to have Birmingham rock’n’roll legend STEVE GIBBONS recognised with a star on the city’s Walk of the Stars.

Gibbons turns 80 next month and what better way to celebrate this momentous occasion and commemorate his contribution to the Second City’s – and the UK’s cultural legacy, believes petition founder Jim the Hat, than to have him included on the star-studded Broad Street pavement that was begun by Ozzy Osbourne in 2007 and also includes the likes of Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, Roy Wood and Jasper Carrott.

Born in the suburb of Harborne, Gibbons began his career in 1960 with The Dominettes before continuing throughout the British beat boom with the brilliantly-named bands The Uglys and Balls. He would later do a three-month stint in legendary Brum rock’n’roll breeding ground The Idle Race before they morphed into The Steve Gibbons Band in the mid70s. Building an explosive reputation on the pub circuit, the Band were invited to tour the UK, Europe and the US with The Who, leading to chart success with the No.12 hit ‘Tulane’ and the essential live album Caught In The Act.

More recently, Gibbons has continued touring, as a member of tribute band The Dylan Project and in his own right, as well as fundraising for various causes.

Sign the petition here.

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INTERRUPTERS ANNOUNCE NEW MOVIE!

THE INTERRUPTERS celebrate the release of their new live album with a very special live broadcast next week.

Live In Tokyo is a document of the LA ska-punks show-stealing performance at the city’s Summer Sonic Festival in 2019, while touring in support of their most recent studio album Fight The Good Fight.

Released today through Hellcat, Live In Tokyo is available here.

To celebrate the release, the band will be broadcasting the movie Live In Tokyo – This Is My Family! around the world. Shot at the Summer Sonic Festival, it includes the band’s set plus behind-the-scenes footage and exclusive interviews. Tickets are available here. Fans will have the opportunity to buy exclusive merch during the broadcast.

UK and European fans will get a chance to check out their ska-punk heroes in the flesh at the start of next years when they head over as special guests on DROPKICK MURPHYS’ Turn Up That Dial arena tour. Full dates are…

Fri 21 Jan 2022 – Mannheim, Germany – Maimarkthalle
Sat 22 Jan 2022 – Dortmund, Germany – Westfalenhalle
Sun 23 Jan 2022 – Chemnitz, Germany – Messehalle
Tue 25 Jan 2022 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Falconer Hall
Wed 26 Jan 2022 – Hamburg, Germany – Barclaycard Arena
Thu 27 Jan 2022 – Hannover, Germany – Swiss Life Hall
Fri 28 Jan 2022 – Paris, France – Le Zénith
Sat 29 Jan 2022 – Paris, France – Le Zénith
Tue 01 Feb 2022 – Brussels, Belgium – Vorst National
Thu 03 Feb 2022 – Vienna, Austria – Wiener Stadthalle
Fri 04 Feb 2022 – Jesolo, Italy – PalaInvent
Sat 05 Feb 2022 – Basel, Switzerland – St Jakobshalle
Sun 06 Feb 2022 – Munich, Germany – Zenith
Mon 07 Feb 2022 – Munich, Germany – Zenith
Wed 09 Feb 2022 – Budapest, Hungary – Budapest Sport Arena
Thu 10 Feb 2022 – Warsaw, Poland – Expo XXI
Fri 11 Feb 2022 – Berlin, Germany – Max Schmeling Halle
Sat 12 Feb 2022 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Ziggo Dome
Sun 13 Feb 2022 – Nantes, France – Le Zenith
Tue 15 Feb 2022 – Manchester, England – O2 Victoria Warehouse
Wed 16 Feb 2022 – Newcastle Upon Tyne, England – O2 City Hall
Fri 18 Feb 2022 – Dublin, Republic of Ireland – 3Arena
Sat 19 Feb 2022 – Belfast, Northern Ireland – The Telegraph Building
Sun 20 Feb 2022 – Belfast, Northern Ireland – The Telegraph Building
Tue 22 Feb 2022 – Glasgow, Scotland – SSE Hydro
Wed 23 Feb 2022 – Cardiff, Wales – Motorpoint Arena Cardiff
Thu 24 Feb 2022 – Brighton, England – The Brighton Centre
Fri 25 Feb 2022 – Birmingham, England – O2 Academy Birmingham
Sat 26 Feb 2022 – London, England – The SSE Arena, Wembley

Tickets are available here.

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OVERCOMPENSATION FOR THE NATION!

Essex pop-punks PET NEEDS are back with another new single and video.

‘Overcompensating’ is the latest track to be taken from the Colchester quartet’s debut album Fractured Party Music which is out now through Xtra Mile.

“The whole tune was built around the line ‘we’ll laugh about this one day (separately and at the expense of each other)’,” says frontman Johnny Marriott. “It then grew into a story about a desperate attempt to prove to people that life is brilliant when in reality we all have rough days and we’re all vulnerable at times. To any old friends who think they may have influenced this song – don’t worry! It’s almost definitely purely fictitious.”

Stream/download ‘Overcompensating’ here.

Emerging from a now thriving punk and rock scene based in and around Britain’s ancient capital, Pet Needs will be joining FRANK TURNER and other Xtra Mile acts at a series of outdoor ‘gatherings’. Full dates are…

JUNE
19 – Bideford, The Big Sheep*
26 – Frome, Cheese & Grain*
27 – Frome, Cheese & Grain*

JULY
8 – Liverpool Top Rope Brewery* – competition winners only
17 – Gloucester Llanthony Secunda Priory*
18 – Gloucester Llanthony Secunda Priory*

AUGUST
21 – Manchester Urmston Sports Club

SEPTEMBER
3 – Hull, Zebedees Yard*

* Also featuring Frank Turner, Skinny Lister, Ducking Punches, Non Canon, Deux Furieuses, BERRIES, Guise, Samantics.

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