Hot new London punk’n’roll trio SUZITOY have announced their debut single and a short UK tour to back it up.
The band, who feature former FLESH FOR LULU drummer Bish Bishop, alongside basist Ko-Chun Lee and guitarist Marlon Woods from WE BUY GOLD, unleash the download single ‘Gangs’ on 20 July, with a physical EP to follow in the autumn.
“’Gangs’ is our response to the corporate and corrupt powers that enslave the people,” says Bish of the new single. “It’s dark and dangerous, but at the same time you can dance to it. That’s a really potent mix and not for the faint of heart.”
The band head out on tour next week, kicking off in Edinburgh on the 18th and winding up in London on the 26th. Full dates are…
18 Jul – Edinburgh, Bannerman’s Bar 19 Jul – Newcastle, The Black Bull 20 Jul – Whitchurch, Percy’s Café Bar 21 Jul – Rotherham, The Trades 26 Jul – London, The Amersham Arms
Newly minted Celtic folk-punks THE WALKER ROADERS have unveiled a lyric video for their first single.
‘Will You Go Lassie Go’ is taken from the band’s self-titled debut album, out on 23 August.
Led by THE POGUES co-founder and accordionist James Fearnley, the band also features former DROPKICK MURPHYS multi-instrumentalist Marc Orrell, and FLOGGING MOLLY co-founder Ted Hutt. They’re joined on the album by bassist Brad Wood, fiddler Kieran Mulroney and drummer Bryan Head. Based in L.A., the band take their name from a notorious street gang in Fearnley’s fome city of Manchester.
“I’d come across Ted loads since arriving in Los Angeles years ago,” explains Fearnley. “Socially, gastronomically, not least musically, beginning with Brad Wood suggesting me to play accordion on an album Ted was producing. It developed from there. Marc, I knew from Dropkick Murphys opening for The Pogues one Christmas. And then he surfaced in L.A. It was an opportunity too good to pass up to bring us together with others I’d played with that had talent, an instrument and an ear.”
The original members of the TOM ROBINSON BAND are coming together to celebrate the life of Danny Kustow next month.
The guitarist, who joined the band in 1976, passed away in March after a short illness.
Signing to EMI, TRB were instantly successful with their debut single ‘2-4-6-8 Motorway’ and debut album Power In The Darkness both soaring into the Top 5. One of the most politically motivated bands of the era, they played regular shows supporting Rock Against Racism and the Anti-Nazi League.
Following the break-up of the band in October ’79, Kustow contributed to Generation X’s third album Kiss Me Deadly, going on to play in The Spectres with Glen Matlock and The Planets with members of The Blockheads. He would later play on Robinson’s 1983 hit ‘War Baby’, rejoining the briefly reformed TRB at the end of the decade. More recently, he joined Robinson onstage for ‘…Motorway’ at the 100 Club in 2017.
The gig at The Scala in London’s Kings Cross on Monday 29 July will feature Robinson plus original members, keyboard-player Mark Ambler and drummer Dolphin Taylor, who also played in Stiff Little Fingers and Spear Of Destiny before relocating to L.A.
Also featuring members of Robinson’s current band and special guests, the night will include video screenings of Danny at his best.
Tickets for the show are now on sale here. All profits from the gig will go to NHS Critical Care Unit in Bath, who cared for Danny during his final days.
Fast-rising grime-punks RISKEE AND THE RIDICULE have unveiled a new video from their imminent new album.
Following on from’Kaboom!’ earlier this month, the broodingly anthemic ‘In The Dark We Dwell’ is taken from the Kent quartet’s third album Body Bag Your Scene, their debut for Bomber Music.
“‘In The Dark We Dwell’ is about gravitating towards self destruction,” explains frontman Scott Picking. “It’s an insight in to the past. It’s about who we used to be and who we are now.”
Directed by the band themselves, the video “is a respectful nod to Keith Flint and anyone suffering from their own internal darkness.”
The band have several UK dates lined up, including appearances at Rebellion and Booze & Glory’s 10th Anniversary bash at Camden’s Electric Ballroom in November. Full dates are…
29 Jun – Crowley’s Bar, Hastings 13 Jul – 1 In 12 Club Bradford 26 Jul – The Lab, Northampton 1-4 Aug – Rebellion, Blackpool 17 Aug – Esquires, Bedford 20 Sep – Ramsgate Music Hall 5 Oct – Rich Mix, London 18 Oct – Exchange, Bristol 2 Nov – Electric Ballroom, London (w/Booze & Glory)
Body Bag Your Scene is out on 28 June and is available to pre-order here.
Fast-rising London rockers RANDY SAVAGES have a bunch of shows coming up next month and they’re sharing a new live video exclusively with Vive Le Rock! as a taster.
The clip of the unreleased ‘Better With Age’ was shot on the band’s recent dates in The Netherlands.
“It’s about still drinking and still taking drugs in your 30s and 40s when you should know better…”, they say proudly.
Randy Savages play Garageland at London’s Shacklewell Arms on Friday 12 July, with SNAKERATTLERS, before joining the bill at the second Pump It Up Powerpop Weekender at The Lexington on Saturday 27 July, alongside THE NUMBER ONES, DUNCAN REID & THE BIG HEADS, LAST GREAT DREAMERS and more.
Their final show of the month will be as special guests to US legends POISON IDEA at their last ever UK show at New Cross Inn on 31 July.
The band are currently lining up an Italian tour, to be followed by the release of an EP recorded live at London’s legendary 100 Club.
PENETRATION have covered BUZZCOCKS’ classic ‘I Don’t Mind’ for a new video.
As previously announced, the Newcastle band will be joining Buzzcocks and THE SKIDS at the Royal Albert Hall, London on 21 June, celebrating the life of the sadly departed Pete Shelley.
Penetration’s Pauline Murray memorably paid tribute to Shelley at the Vive Le Rock Awards in March, performing ‘What Do I Get?’ alongside Steve Diggle and the house band, The Vive Le Rockers.
“I first saw Buzzcocks as an 18-year-old at the Screen On The Green in 1976,” she recalled. “Punk inspired young people to explore talents they didn’t know they had and Pete Shelley wrote love songs with a twist, simple yet profound. I wish Pete was here tonight to know how much he was appreciated for his lifelong dedication to music and providing the soundtrack to the lives of a generation. It’s only when someone leaves us that we notice how their lack of presence can change everything.”
Penetration covered ‘I Don’t Mind’, for the sessions that resulted in their acclaimed 2015 comeback album Resolution, which also featured former Buzzcocks drummer John Maher. The band shot a video for the song at Whitley Bay Playhouse, which has been unseen until now.
Penetration play the following dates…
21.06.19 LONDON Royal Albert Hall (w/ Buzzcocks & Skids) 22.06.19 PORTSMOUTH Wedgewood Rooms 12.07.19 LONDON 100 Club 13.07.19 LEWES Con Club 14.07.19 HALIFAX Lantern 03.08.19 BLACKPOOL Rebellion Festival 06.10.19 SHEFFIELD O2 Academy 18.10.19 NEWCASTLE Cluny 19.10.19 GLASGOW Audio
Fast-rising Yorkshire punks HANDS OFF GRETEL have unveiled another new video from their latest album.
‘Freaks Like Us’ is the fourth single to be taken from second album I Want The World, which was released in March through Puke Pop Records..
“‘Freaks Like Us’ is an anthem for the outcasts; for those that ever feel misunderstood and alone,” explains frontwoman Lauren Tate. “I really needed this song on my iPod when I was at school. The video takes me back to getting banned from performing at the school talent show, when I flipped the middle finger to the girls sat whispering and laughing at me in the audience. Writing this song for me was a way of saying ‘Just watch me’, embracing who I am and continuing to prove all that doubted me, wrong.”
The band, who were shortlisted for Vive Le Rock‘s New Blood award in March, hit the road for a series of gigs and festival shows, including Isle Of Wight, Kendal Calling and Rebellion. Full dates (so far) are…
Album Tour 20 June – Bodega Nottingham 21 June – Clwb Ifor Bach Cardiff 22 June – The 1865 Southampton 23 June – Suburbs The Holdroyd Guildford 4 July – Louisiana – Bristol 5 July – Shacklewell Arms – London 6 July – The Prince Albert – Brighton 10 July – Fulford Arms – York 11 July – Think Tank Newcastle 12 July – Broadcast – Glasgow 13 July – Bannermans – Edinburgh
Festival Dates 15 June – Isle Of Wight Festival 20 July – Black Thorn Music Festival 26 July – Kendal Calling 21 July – Amplified Festival 4 August – Rebellion Festival 31 August – Lindisfarne Festival
I Want The World, gig tickets and merch are available from the band’s website.
Long-serving garage-rockers FLAMING SIDEBURNS are back with a brand new single.
‘Soulshaking’ is Finnish band’s first new song from their original line-up since the band’s classic album Hallelujah Rock’n’Rollah eighteen years ago. While that release brought huge international success for the band, it also marked the departure of founding guitarist Arimatti Jutila, leading to the band continuing with various different line-ups.
Last year, the original members came together once more for a series of dates, leading to the creation of a batch of material of which ‘Soulshaking’ is the first release.
“We had just played the first show in Barcelona, and the sense of ease and energy was filling our bodies,” explains Jutila. “I think that feeling was captured in ‘Soulshaking’.”
The track is a taster for the band’s new, as yet untitled, album which is set for release next year, the band’s 25th Anniversary.
San Francisco rockers FLIPPER are celebrating their 40th Anniversary with a European tour.
Flipper debuted in 1979 on the SF Underground 7” compilation EP with the track ‘Earthworm’. This was followed by the singles ‘Love Canal’ c/w ‘Ha Ha Ha’ and the classic ‘Sex Bomb’ c/w ‘Brainwash’ in 1981, a song that has now been covered countless times over the years. The band’s debut album Generic Flipper (released in 1982) is considered a classic, and remains Flipper’s most acclaimed album of their prolific career, which includes four studio albums and five live releases.
“They were just heavy,” wrote Henry Rollins in his essential memoir Get In The Van. “Heavier than you. Heavier than anything…When they played they were amazing.”
For their 40th Anniversary Tour, founding members Ted Falconi and Steve DePace are joined by Scratch Acid and Jesus Lizard frontman David Yow and Minutemen and fIREHOSE bassist Mike Watt.
Kicking off on 30 July in Nottingham and climaxing in Berlin on 20 August, the tour includes an appearance at Rebellion on 1 August and a London show at The Garage on 4 August. Full dates are…
30-Jul – Nottingham UK Rescue Rooms 31-Jul – Bristol UK The Exchange 1-Aug – Blackpool UK Rebellion Festival 2-Aug – Glasgow UK CCA 3-Aug – Leeds UK Brudenell 4-Aug – London UK Garage 5-Aug – Gent Belgium DOK 6-Aug – Amsterdam The Netherlands Paradiso Noord 8-Aug – Aachen Germany Musikbunker 9-Aug – Karlsruhe Germany Hackerei 10-Aug – Bologa Italy Freakout 11-Aug – Milan Italy Magnolia Open Air 12-Aug – Padova Italy Anfiteatro del Venda 13-Aug – Vienna Austria Chelsea 15-Aug – Bielefeld Germany Forum 16-Aug – Hamburg Germany Hafenklang 17-Aug – Helsinki Finland Kuudes Linja 20-Aug – Berlin Bi Nuu
Hertfordshire Goth legends FIELDS OF THE NEPHILIM are to play a handful of UK dates next month.
The four dates in Glasgow, Leeds, Nottingham and Newcastle represent a relatively speedy return to homeland touring following on from their three dates last Autumn in London, Manchester and Birmingham.
Full dates are…
27 June – Glasgow Barrowland 28 June – Leeds Stylus 29 June – Nottingham Rock City 30 June – Newcastle O2 Academy
RICH RAGANY AND THE DIGRESSIONS have a brand new video which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
The ROLE MODELS frontman has brought together some incredible musicians from bands such as The Dedwardians, The Men They Couldn’t Hang and The Scott Sorry Band to form The Digressions. The last few months have found them as BBC’s Band Of The Month and on many stages including a show at the Kentish Town Forum as support for The Lemonheads.
Punks will be descending on the Clyde estuary for a five-day festival this Summer.
Punk On The Peninsula will take place from 4-8 July at various venues in the town of Dunoon on the Cowal Peninsula at the mouth of the Clyde.
Headlined by COCKNEY REJECTS and RUTS DC, they’ll be joined by numerous other acts inclduding T.V. SMITH, KNOCK-OFF, ONE WAY SYSTEM, FECKIN’ EJITS, RUST, FIRE EXIT, BOOTS N ALL, THE ANGRY AGENDA, KICKBACK GENERATION, THE TUAREGS and more to be announced.
The event will also feature a screening of the Rejects’ film East End Babylon, a coach trip to a brewery, a beach BBQ, a curry night and punk karaoke!
Full details and day and weekend tickets are available here.
NYC rockers THE SWEET THINGS have a new video which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
‘Liquor Lightning’ is taken from the band’s debut album In Borrowed Shoes, On Borrowed Time which is out through Wendigo Productions/Spaghetty Town on 24 May, ahead of their first ever UK tour, which kicks off with an appearance at Camden Rocks.
Catch the band at…
June 1 – London – Kolis (Camden Rocks) June 2 – London – Hard Rock Cafe June 3 – London – Live on Air, Boogaloo Radio June 4 – Birmingham – The Dark Horse June 5 – Nottingham – The Chameleon June 6 – Sheffield – West Street Live June 7 – Manchester – TBA June 8 – Liverpool – TBA
Stevenage anarcho mob BAD BREEDING have dropped a video for their new single.
‘Whose Cause?’ is the first track to be taken from their forthcoming third album Exiled, which follows on from last year’s Abandonment EP, their debut release for One Little Indian.
The video is the work of Owen Deutsch of D4MT Labs and NYC punks KALEIDOSCOPE.
“’Whose Cause?’ explores political misdirection in the media and its role in sowing seeds of division, suspicion and distrust in our communities,” explains frontman Christopher Dodd. “It touches on the nefarious ties between capital and a pocketed media class, while commenting on how instruments of the right have harnessed and manipulated divisive politics of identity in an attempt to dent the collective bonds of solidarity that bind our communities together. It’s about pushing beyond force-fed narratives and looking at the disastrous implications reactionary storytelling has on propping up the survival of late capitalism and the patrician outriders it funds and protects: the gilded bourgeoisie, the imperialists, the warmongers, the contemptuous old-money hawks, the emboldened corporate elite.”
Exiled is set for release on 21 June and is available to pre-order here.
Bad Breeding play the following dates…
July 21st – Crofter’s Rights, Bristol July 22nd – The Polar Bear, Hull July 23rd – Temple of Boom, Leeds July 24th – The Moon, Cardiff July 25th – Electrowerkz, London
UK rockers SYTERIA have had all their gear nicked after a gig in London.
The Yorkshire band, who feature GIRLSCHOOL guitarist Jackie Chambers, had been playing dates to roadtest material for their forthcoming new album. They’d just played a gig at The Lounge venue in North London before spending the night at the local Premier Inn. The next morning they discovered that their van, parked in the hotel’s car park, had been emptied.
“What next?” they ask. “Well, now we have to replace all the gear as well as find the money to pay for the studio, pressing, printing, etc. in readiness for the new album. Thankfully the gigs we do have booked, the support bands, and local musicians have all been kind enough to lend us their equipment until we do replace it.”
The band have set up a Kickstarter page to fund the release of their next album Reflection. Their modest target was reached in three days, but please consider chipping in to help the band out of a tight spot.
Ska legend NEVILLE STAPLE and his wife Sugary have announced a new single to coincide with their dates with THE UNDERTONES.
‘Working Hard Everyday’ follows on from recent single ‘Put Away Your Knives’ and the album Rude Rebels, featuring Neville’s Specials cohort Roddy Radiation.
Neville and Sugary Staple co-wrote ‘Working Hard Everyday’ with Charlie Organaire (aka Charles Cameron), best friend and colleague to ska pioneer Prince Buster. He was involved in many of the legend’s hit songs, as well as writing his own music and working with Prince Buster’s son Sultan.
Out now, the single is available to stream and download here.
The band have a busy summer of gigs and festivals ahead, kicking off this Thursday at London’s Electric Ballroom with The Underrtones. Full dates are…
May 2 LONDON – Electric Ballroom (w/The Undertones) May 3 COVENTRY – Empire (w/The Undertones) May 4 BRISTOL – SWX (w/The Undertones) May 9 NEWCASTLE-UPON-TYNE – Boiler Shop (w/The Undertones) May 10 LEEDS – O2 Academy (w/The Undertones) May 11 MANCHESTER – O2 Ritz (w/The Undertones) May 16 NORWICH – Open (w/The Undertones) May 17 BEXHILL ON SEA – De La Warr Pavilion (w/The Undertones) May 18 COOKHAM – Lets Rock The Moor (2.00pm) May 18 SOUTHAMPTON – Engine Rooms (w/The Undertones) May 25 HERTFORDSHIRE – Stone Valley South Festival May 26 MERTHYR TYDFIL – Merthyr Rising June 1 CHIPPING SODBURY – SodFest June 8 SHEFFIELD – Music For The Homeless June 15 KETTERING – 40th Anniversary of 2-Tone (w/Jerry Dammers DJ, Beat Goes Bang) June 22 WESTON-SUPER-MARE – 40th Anniversary of 2-Tone (w/Jerry Dammers DJ, Beat Goes Bang) June 29 STANHOPE – Stone Valley North Festival July 5 BLYTH – North East Chilli Fest July 6 SOUTHAMPTON – Let’s Rock Southampton July 13 THAME – Thame Music Festival July 14 EXETER – Wonder Fields Festival July 19 MELKSHAM – Melksham Music Festival July 20 HOLMFIRTH – Holmfirth Ska Splash July 21 TAMWORTH – Warton Music Festival July 27 CHIDDINGLY – Chiddfest Aug. 3 SUDDINGTON / MACCLESFIELD – Rewind Festival North Aug. 9 WINCHESTER – Boomtown Fair Aug 10 RATLINGHOPE – Farmer Phil’s Festival Aug 17 STRETFORD – Great Northern Ska Festival Aug 18 HENLEY-ON-THAMES – Rewind Festival South Aug 31 CASTLE DONINGTON – Off the Tracks Festival
Ladbroke Grove counter-culture commandos PINK FAIRIES are to have their three classic albums for Polydor reissued in a new box set.
Scheduled for release through Retroworld on 24 May, the aptly-titled The Polydor Years brings together the three albums the infamous band released between 1971 and 1973 – Never Never Land, What A Bunch Of Sweeties and Kings Of Oblivion.
Each of the albums is augmented by extra tracks.
Formed out of the ashes of writer, activist and scenester Mick Farren’s Deviants and featuring former Pretty Things and Tomorrow drummer Twink, the band evolved as free-wheeling festival favourites, very much along the lines of what Detroit’s MC5 were doing over the pond.
Never Never Land combined proto-punk anthems like ‘Do It’ and ‘Teenage Rebel’ with the 11-minute freeform jam of ‘Uncle Harry’s Last Freakout’ and souldful West Coast rock of ‘War Girl’.
Once Twink had departed, remaining members Paul Rudolf, Duncan Sanderson and Russell Hunter delivered the heavy-grooving What A Bunch Of Sweeties.
For Kings Of Oblivion, Sanderson and Hunter quickly recruited former UFO guitarist Larry Wallis on their most cohesive set. Wallis would later take amhetamine-fuelled album-opener ‘City Kids’ with him when he co-founded the fledgling Motörhead.
Streetpunk champs BOOZE & GLORY have announced a major London show this Autumn, their first in the capital for three years.
Having just toured North America as special guests of DROPKICK MURPHYS, and with Summer festivals on the horizon, the multi-national band will play a very special 10th Anniversary show at the Electric Ballroom, Camden Town on Saturday 2 November.
The multi-band bill also features Jamaican skinhead reggae band ROY ELLIS aka MR SYMARIP & THE MOONSTOMPERS, London punks THE FILAMENTS and RISKEE & THE RIDICULE, Sweden’s THE BABOON SHOW and PERKELE, and Polish streepunks THE ANALOGS. There’ll also be an acoustic set from former Booze & Glory member Liam Marr, who’s now living in Australia. One more very special guest is set to be announced on 5 May.