HOLY AND HEAVEN-SENT!

DAVID BOWIE producer and bassist Tony Visconti and Spiders From Mars drummer Woody Woodmansey’s HOLY HOLY will be back next Spring celebrating The Best Of Bowie.

Featuring guest vocalist Glenn Gregory from HEAVEN 17, the band will be performing songs from the Thin White Duke’s back catalogue from iconic hits to cult classics.

Taking in eight shows around the country throughout April, including a London date at The Barbican, Visconti, Woodmansey and Gregory will be joined by guitarists James Stevenson (Gen X, Chelsea) and Paul Cuddeford (Cockney Rebel), Tony’s daughter Jessica Lee Morgan on 12-string and sax, and Janette Mason on keyboards.

Full dates are…

8 April – Tramshed, Cardiff
9 April – Barbican, London
11 April – Waterside Theatre, Ayesbury
13 April – Forum, Bath
14 April – Town Hall, Birmingham
16 April – Barbican, York
17 April – Philharmonic, Liverpool
18 April – Old Fruitmarket, Glasgow

Tickets are on sale here.

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WOMB TO MANOEUVRE!

Anarcho-punk legends HAGAR THE WOMB are just one of a raft of bands added to the bill of next year’s Loud Women Fest.

Now on it’s fifth instalment, the festival was postponed this year because of Covid 19, but is set to return on 20 March 2021 at the 229 venue on Great Portland Street, where more than 20 female and female-fronted acts will be appearing across two stages.

Alongside Hagar The Womb and previously announced headliners BANG BANG ROMEO, acts so far scheduled to appear include ARXX, GENN, PINK LEMONADE, I DORIS, BREAKUP HAIRCUT, BUGEYE, HONEY JOY, JELLY CLEAVER, LILITH AI, THE EMPTY PAGE and MIRI. More to be announced…

Tickets are on sale here.

Check out the trailer…

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SCARS AREN’T SO OLD

Long-lost Edinburgh post-punks SCARS are to have their sole album reissued in a deluxe expanded edition this Autumn.

Formed in 1977, the four-piece were north-of-the-border contemporaries of The Pop Group and Gang Of Four and adopted a similar scratchy funk template, but with a more commercial, almost New Romantic, quality, making their lack of success all the more baffling.

Fronted by Robert King and featuring bassist John Mackie, drummer Calum McKay (then Steve McLaughlin) and brilliantly-named guitarist Paul Research, like Gang Of Four, they released their debut single ‘Adult/ery’ on Bob Last’s Fast Product label before signing to PRE Records, the New Wave sub-label of Charisma, also briefly home to The Monochrome Set, Manicured Noise and Delta 5.

Released in 1981, Author! Author! is rated as a classic in post-punk terms and was rated by The Scotsman newspaper as number 75 in the top 100 Scottish rock and pop albums of all time. The band splitting the following year, the short and tumultuous story of Scars is told in Grant McPhee’s award-winning documentary Big Gold Dream.

Crying out for a reissue, Author! Author! is now presented by Cherry Red Records as a 3-CD set: alongside the original 10-track album, the set also includes stand-alone singles, b-sides and demos featuring covers of Steve Harley’s ‘The Psychomodo’, David Essex’s ‘Silver Dream Racer’ and Jacques Brel’s ‘Next’, previously made famous by Scots rock legends, the Sensational Alex Harvey Band.

There’s also a full CD of live tracks spanning the years ’78 to ’81, taken from six gigs, including Edinburgh’s White Hart pub and George Square Theatre, Glasgow’s Plaza Ballroom and Valentino’s club, and 11 tracks from a show in Groningen in The Netherlands.

Author! Author! is set for release on 30 October and is available to pre-order here.

Check out ‘Leave Me In Autumn’ from The Old Grey Whistle Test….

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THE CRAZY WORLD OF BRANDY ROW!

Dapper young songsmith about town, BRANDY ROW is back with a brand new single and video, which he’s premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

The moddish, folksy ‘Crazy World’, recorded with his 12-piece band The Coalition of Sound, is the first single to be taken from Brandy’s forthcoming debut album In Reverse, while the accompanying video by Gary Chandler-Honor casts a lysergic eye over otherwise refreshingly normal-looking London cityscapes.

Having spent several years touring with the likes of Adam Ant, Glen Matlock, Earl Slick and Slim Jim Phantom, East Londoner Brandy has spent four years preparing for the release of the album which draws on such increasingly relevant issues as mental health, spirituality, social climate and addiction.

‘Crazy World’ is available now on Spotify and all the usual digital platforms, while In Reverse will follow later in the year.

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RODENT WARRIORS!

THE MIDDLENIGHT MEN have just unveiled a video for their second single.

‘Rat Star’ follows on from the London powerpoppers’ effervescent debut ‘BA Baby’ which came out in June and was premiered by Vive Le Rock!

The brainchild of Role Models and YoYos guitarist Nick Hughes, with help from Status Quo’s Leon Cave, producer Andy Brook and others, The Middle Night Men are gearing up for the release of their debut album ISSUE 1 due early next year.

“‘Rat Star’ is the song everyone needs right now,” says Hughes. “A fan couldn’t have put it better when they said ‘This is brilliant, just what we all need right now – no nonsense, unapologetic rock’n’roll FUN! Love it, more sparklers all round!’ And that’s everything it was intended to be. Unapologetic fun, a method of escapism of everything 2020.”

‘Rat Star’ is available digitally here.

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SORRY, NOT SORRY!

Swiss alt-rockers THE BEAUTY OF GEMINA have just released their first ever UK single, despite having been around for fifteen years.

‘Apologise’ is the first single to be taken from the trio’s forthcoming new album Skeleton Dreams.

Well established in their homeland, and led by guitarist and singer Micahel Sele, The Beauty Of Gemina have released eight studio albums and two live albums and played in 25 countries around the world.

In the Spring of 2019, Sele unexpectedly had to undergo major heart surgery, which was followed by a lengthy period of recovery resulting in the songs for Skeleton Dreams.

‘Apologise’ is out now through TBOG Music and available on digital platforms including Spotify.

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RELY ON REGAL!

Dirty-blues three-wheeler JIMMY REGAL & THE ROYALS gear up for the release of their new album by premiering a new lyric video exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘That’s All It Took’ is the first track to be unveiled from Late Night Chicken, the South-East London band’s second album, out through Lunaria Records on 25 September.

“‘That’s All It Took’ is about the vanishing distance between heaven and hell,” say the band. “Breaking up and falling in love are equally destructive, and each can happen within a heartbeat. One second you’re together on the dance floor, next she’s gone. Or just one glance at the right pair of eyes and boom – you’re in a situation. The main riff is a guitar’s interpretation of Ray Charles’ ‘What’d I Say?’. We’re influenced by piano rhythm’n’blues, honking horn sections and the like, as a way of making the guitar and harmonica do things they’re not used to. Reinterpretation is one way of moving forward.”

The enigmatic trio don’t give away much about themselves, except that they recorded the album with producer Simon Trought (Comet Gain, Television Personalities) at Soup Studio, situated in an old lightship at the mouth of the River Lea in East London. “When the tide was down, we played on a slight slope,” recalls guitarist CJ Williams. “Come evening time, the tide pops the boat back up and everything starts rocking.”

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PARANOID AT 50!

BLACK SABBATH’s classic second album Paranoid is being reissued in a new box-set in celebration of its 50th anniversary.

Released in September 1970, a mere seven months after their world-changing eponymous debut, the album was preceded that August by the single of the title-track, a Top 5 international hit and still Sabbath’s biggest hit single.

Produced once again by Rodger Bain, the album features several of the Brum legends’ best-known songs, such as ‘Fairies Wear Boots’, ‘Iron Man’, ‘Electric Funeral’ and ‘War Pigs’, the originally intended title for the album and inspiration for its iconic sleeve design.

The super deluxe 50th Anniversary box-set edition of Paranoid features five vinyl LPs plus a hardback book, poster and replica programme from the 1970 Paranoid Tour.

The five LPs comprise the original album; a rare quadraphonic mix, originally released on vinyl and 8-track cartridge in ’74; and two 1970 live recordings spread across three discs. Recorded in Montreux, Switzerland and Brussels for Belgian TV, they’ve never previously been officially released.

Also available as a 4-CD version, Paranoid: Super Deluxe Edition is set for release on 9 October through BMG. It’s available to pre-order here.

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PAUL-RONNEY ANGEL VIDEO EXCLUSIVE!

URBAN VOODOO MACHINE frontman Paul-Ronney Angel has been using his lockdown wisely, resulting in his debut solo single, which he’s premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

Observing strict social distancing rules, ‘One Ghost Town’ was recorded with Alex McGowan at East London’s Space Eko Studio while the video was filmed on the empty streets of the capital, as well as Angel riding a horse with his guitar slung on his back somewhere on the outskirts of town!

“I hadn’t actually planned to release a solo single as when I write I do it for the UVM,” he explains. “But this came about as a necessity – there was no chance to get a 9-piece band together to record during Covid-19 lockdown. The song is very much a document of these strange times as well as a put-down of the Tory government – ‘the government fails yet again, they’re a joke you can trust’ .”

‘One Ghost Town’ is out today Friday 31 July on Gypsy Hotel Records/Cadiz Music and is available from all digital stores.

A limited-edition digipack CD EP, as well as facemasks and other merchandise, is available direct from the man and his horse.

While touring is off the cards for Paul-Ronney, he’s been playing live on Facebook from his living room every Saturday at 8pm UK time – this Saturday 1 August will be his 19th show. It’s free to tune in but tips are welcome via PayPal.com to theurbanvoodoomachine@hotmail.com

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ROCKED AND BOLTED!

NWOSR (New Wave Of Southern Rock) contenders THE GEORGIA THUNDERBOLTS are about to release their debut EP and are sharing their latest video.

‘Lend A Hand’ is just one of five songs on the band’s self-titled release. Hailing from Rome – Rome, Georgia that is – the five-piece recorded the tracks at Barrick Recording Studio in Glasgow – Glasgow, Kentucky that is – a facility also used by the likes of Nashville Pussy, Black Stone Cherry and Nine Pound Hammer.

“In Georgia, you hear Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Allman Brothers, and all of the greats everywhere,” they comment. “Rock and roll is something that comes naturally for us. We love it and are in it for the long haul. We feel like we can bring it back.”

Set for release on 21 August through Mascot, The Georgia Thunderbolts is available to pre-order here.

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V.I.P. IT UP AND START AGAIN!

Midlands Mod/powerpop band THE V.I.P.’S failed to break through in their late 70s heyday, but now thanks to a complete works compilation, they’re ripe for rediscovery.

Formed in 1978 at Warwick University in Coventry, the crucible of the Mod revival, the band gigged across the Midlands, often sharing stages with The Specials and Squire, stablemates on the Bust label.

Recording sessions with former Animals bassist and Hendrix and Slade manager Chas Chandler led to a deal with RCA’s Gem imprint. Substantial airplay and tour dates with Dexys Midnight Runners, Madness, The Beat and Secret Affair soon followed. Their Bolan-esque single ‘The Quarter Moon’, produced by Mike Leander, was a Radio 1 record of the week, rocketing to number 55 in the charts, but further success eluded them and they folded, eventually partially re-emerging as New Psychedelia band Mood Six.

Now the band’s complete studio recordings, including all their five singles, are to be compiled on one 17-track LP. Completely remastered and pressed on limited edition blue vinyl in a gatefold sleeve, Need Somebody To Love will be released by Optic Nerve Records on 30 October. It’s available to pre-order here.

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ACE OF SPADES AT 40!

MOTÖRHEAD’s classic Ace Of Spades album is to have its 40th Anniversary celebrated with a deluxe collectors’ edition box set.

The trio’s fourth album, Ace Of Spades was their third full-length release in under two years, the icing on the cake of their ’79 breakthrough with Overkill and Bomber.

Produced by legendary producer Vic Maile at Jackson’s Studio in Rickmansworth, the album rocketed to No.4 in the charts, with the title track, by far the band’s most popular and enduring song, reaching No.13.

The band accompanied the album’s release with the mammoth Ace Up Your Sleeve Tour, culminating with four sold-out nights at the prestigious Hammersmith Odeon.

Including no fewer than 42 previously unreleased tracks, the deluxe Ace Of Spades box set contains…

  • The Ace Of Spades album, half-speed mastered and created from the original master tapes.
  • Two double-live albums of previously unheard concerts from Belfast and Orleans, France on the Ace Up Your Sleeve Tour.
  • A Fistful Of Instrumentals : A 10” EP of previously unreleased, instrumental tracks from 1980.
  • The Good, The Broke & The Ugly. A double album of B-sides, outtakes and rare tracks.
  • Ace On Your Screens: A DVD compilation of rare TV appearances from 1980-81, a live concert from 1981 and a 5.1 audio mix of the original album.
  • The Ace Of Spades story. A 40 page book telling the story of Ace Of Spades through previously unpublished interviews with the people that were there. Includes never before seen photos and memorabilia.
  • The ‘Ace Up Your Sleeve’ tour programme
  • The Motörhead Rock Commando comic.
  • A set of 5 poker dice that can be played on the game board inside the box set lid.
  • All encased in a classic Wild West dynamite box.
  • A limited edition 7″ reproduction of the Dutch ‘Ace Of Spades’, with a previously unreleased instrumental version on Side B. (while stocks last!)

The album will also be released in double-CD and triple-vinyl hardback-book editions, featuring a previously unheard concert from the ‘Ace Up Your Sleeve’ tour, the story of the album and many previously unseen photos.

Set for release on 30 October, all three editions are available to pre-order here!

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BUBONIC YOUTH!

Aussie songwriter SUZIE STAPLETON has unveiled a video for the title track of her long-awaited debut album.

‘We Are The Plague’ is the third single to be released from the album which is set to drop on 31 July.

Eerily prophetic, the track was written and recorded long before COVID-19 was ever a threat, the title having more to do with the concept of the human race being a blight on the planet.

“I had a meeting in early January to discuss the artwork for We Are The Plague,” Suzie recalls. “I joked, ‘I hope a deadly pandemic doesn’t sweep across the globe before the album is released’. About a week later, coronavirus starting hitting the headlines. No doubt coronavirus is a matter of grave concern, however, the biggest threat to humanity is humanity. Why have we been so quick to take drastic action on coronavirus yet drag out feet when it comes to dealing with climate change which could bring down not only us but the entire global ecosystem?”

Suzie recorded much of the album at her home studio in Brighton, with her rhythm section section of Jim Jones & The Righteous Mind bassist Gavin Jay and Stranglers drummer Jim Macaulay laying down their parts at OX4 studios in Oxfordshire. It was mixed at East London’s Urchin Studios by Dan Cox of Thurston Moore and Lianne La Havas fame.

The album has already picked up a raft of unanimously approving reviews, including 9-out-of-10 in the current edition of Vive Le Rock!

Due for release through Suzie’s own Negative Prophet label, We Are The Plague is available to pre-order in various bundles here.

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JANUS STARK EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE!

The revitalised JANUS STARK are back with another new video which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘Commodity Awakening’ is taken from the band’s Angel In The Flames album released last year.

After a gap of 20 years during which Gizz Butt played for many celebrated artists such as Steve Ignorant (Crass) and Fields Of The Nephilim, Gizz decided to bring Janus Stark back with a brand new full-length album and the band found a home with Time & Matter Recordings. With a portfolio of high praising reviews and a 70-date UK and European tour the future looked set until Covid 19 hit .

When the lockdown was announced and gig venues closed, Gizz moved his studio to his home and kept recording there, managing to record an entire album, several new songs and number of lockdown videos.

‘Commodity Awakening’ was filmed just weeks before the lockdown at one of the UKs best underground venues, Mama Liz’s in Stamford, Lincolnshire. Directed by Phil Berridge, it is inspired by the Sex Pistols ‘Pretty Vacant’ video and clips from The Old Grey Whistle Test and bursts into life in the middle when the song arrives at the future.

The song title and subject matter are inspired by the last words that the late Keith Flint of The Prodigy spoke to Gizz in a taxi in Brazil.

Although the brakes are still on regarding live performance, Gizz continues to perform live sets on line via streaming performances at the band’s Facebook page.

Janus Stark have an impressive archive of demo material, so to keep everyone happy, Time & Matter Recordings have planned with Gizz to release a series of these with the first two all ready for release. Keep up to date on the band’s website.

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THE COURETTES VIDEO EXCLUSIVE!

Scandinavian garage-punk sensations THE COURETTES have made a video for their latest single which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

Touting a gloriously lo-fi approximation of Phil Spector’s classic girl-group sound, ‘Want You! Like A Cigarette’ is the first puff of sessions for the duo’s long awaited third album set for release later this year through Damaged Goods.

Based in Denmark, The Courettes comprise Brazilian singer/guitarist Flávia Couri and Danish drummer Martin Couri. Releasing their debut album Here Are The Courettes in 2015, they’ve racked up a super-impressive 250+ gigs in fifteen countries, sharing stages with the likes of The Sonics, Pretty Things, The Bellrays, Jon Spencer, B52s, Stray Cats and loads more.

“Once we got a review saying The Courettes was ‘the real deal, the most authentic 60s inspired garage rock since the Milkshakes were around’ (Lee Cotterell, Vive Le Rock!),” they chirrup. “This is our first single for Damaged Goods Records, the Godfather label of British garage punk. We grew up listening to these records, so we’re proud of being on their roster together with some of our heroes. “

‘Want You! Like I Cigarette’ sold out of its initial limited edition red vinyl pressing in a week, but a second pressing of 500 copies on pink vinyl is available to order here.

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CULTURE ABUSE DELIVER THE SHIT!

Genre-defying San Francisco punks CULTURE ABUSE attempt to make up for their enforced lockdown lay-off with a new digital-only compilation album.

Spanning the band’s seven-year career, the 29-track Good Shit, Bad Shit, Who Gives a Shit?! compiles demos, alternate versions, fan tapes, live recordings – including excerpts from their now legendary show at Hackney’s Moth Club last year – and fun covers from the likes of the Sex Pistols, Buzzcocks and The Clash.

“With the state of the live music industry in limbo, we thought now is a better time than any to open ourselves up and give the listener a different take on some of our past work,” they declare. “We take the groovy mid-tempo songs off Bay Dream (2018) and give you our aggressive live set atmosphere. We re-imagined the faster, more upbeat songs from Peach (2016) and slowed them down into an acoustic, stripped-down set. Cover songs from iconic bands like the Sex Pistols, the Buzzcocks and the Equals, we tear ‘em up and piece ‘em back together the way we do when we sit down together and make ‘zines, tour posters and show flyers. Some of our original songs are covered by our close friends within this collection. We’re presenting this release through digital outlets so the songs are at their most accessible. So whatever’s happening in your life, here are some songs to help you take it all on: the good shit and the bad shit.”

Check out ‘Heavy Love’

Released digitally through Epitaph on 24 July, Good Shit, Bad Shit, Who Gives a Shit?! is available to pre-order here.

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THE GODFATHERS PART 2

Last week we premiered the video for one half of THE GODFATHERS’ storming new double A-side single. Now it’s time for the other half!

‘I’m Not Your Slave’ is coupled with ‘Wild And Free’, which is available on CD and limited edition 7″ vinyl exclusively from the band’s website.

Says frontman and band founder Peter Coyne, “Our bass player Jon Priestley (previously in The Damned) wrote the tune to ‘I’m Not Your Slave’ as well producing and engineering it, and I wrote the lyrics, concerning a political relationship rather than a personal one. Everyone in The Godfathers now (guitarists Richie and Wayne and drummer Billy) writes material or contributes toward numbers and we’re determined that our next album will be ultra-special.”

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HEALTHY JUNKIES UNVEIL NEW VIDEO!

London punks HEALTHY JUNKIES have just released a new video for the track ‘Some Kind Of Girl’ from their latest album Delirious Dream.

The band shot the video with director John Clay back in January before the world was turned upside down. John recently checked up on them to find out how they’re keeping mind, body and soul together during these testing times….

How are you passing the time in lockdown?

To start with, being locked down was a bit of a relief as we had been on the road constantly for 10 years, like being on a rollercoaster practically all the time. Even when we came home from a tour or series of gigs we would have to plan for the one which would soon follow. A life of excess takes its toll and after all we are meant to be ‘Healthy’ Junkies. So as a result of not gigging we were able to focus on finishing the recording of our next album which is funnily enough entitled Forever On The Road. It started off as the soundtrack to our USA tour diary but as time went on Nina added more and more vocals, Nina and Phil wrote loads of new lyrics, Dave added more basslines and Phil re-wrote and remixed much of what we had used for the soundtrack to the aforementioned tour diary. This in itself has taken a huge amount of time but it has definitely been worth it. We also have been able to edit the video footage for our new video ‘Some kind of girl’ which was shot back in January with you. Having edited the video and agreed on a final cut we have been full-on with promoting it in accordance with your PR masterplan. And you are certainly no slacker John! Other than that, Nina managed to win an ongoing battle with her neighbours who had decided at the beginning of lockdown to put up a huge fence partitioning off a large part of the shared garden at the back of her flat. I mean, who does that? The temptation was just to rip it down but instead we went through the due process with patience and persistence.  It took 6 weeks but in the end the neighbours were forced to remove the fence themselves in accordance with the terms of their contract and the law. A small but necessary victory.

The discrimination spoken about in your new song is details not being believed. Why do victims still face such prejudice?

The office environment is still predominately a patriarchal environment. Abuse of power is still going on and many people still fear for their jobs if they do not comply with what is suggested of them. Particularly young women who are trying to make a good impression at work, fit in as much as possible, not wanting to lose their job for financial reasons. They are vulnerable to such behaviour and it is 2020!! Many people exploit naivety and it has been like that for so long now that it still somehow seems to acceptable to that do it. Things are starting to change now due partly to the ME TOO movement. People are speaking up and aggressors are being called out. Nina – ‘When I arrived in London there was not this kind of support available, things were very different 15 years ago.’

What do you make of Trump’s rolling back on Trans rights?

Well this is pretty much what we would expect from Donald Trump. He’s taking away rights from the transgender community, they will no longer have equal rights for healthcare! And during a pandemic! He is clearly targeting a minority group and I suspect he’s doing this to secure votes from his huge middle American contingent. This will supposedly save the USA money too which plays right into the mindset of the many. He so often claims that Obama did nothing in his term and yet here he is rolling back on an Obama instated policy for his own agenda. And for maximum impact he announced this on the same day as the Florida gay club Pride massacre. The mind boggles frankly.

How do you feel about Rowling’s remarks in her defence of statements labelled transphobic?

J K Rowling dropped a clanger on twitter and the response was predictably massive. To then respond with what I believe was a huge essay about the abuse she suffered in her first marriage seemed like a bit of a distraction tactic. While not wishing in any way to underplay what was no doubt a horrible experience for her, it does not seem to really address her previous controversial comment. Maybe will choose her words a little more carefully in future. Still love her books of course…. Social media is a great tool when used well but can also be misleading, toxic and have catastrophic consequences if the words we choose are not accurate or sensitive.

Given the recent protests in London, how do you feel about the media’s handling of the BLM protests as opposed to the ‘counter-protestors’?

The media on the whole only seems interested in sensationalising for a more popular or notorious story. This has always been the case but nowadays with all the online news bulletins, fake news etc it is much worse. The press pick and choose what they think will sell more papers / get more views or whatever other agenda they have in mind. So you really have to cross check information. They seem to thrive on violence and unrest, it’s like they think throwing gasoline onto a fire will help!! As far as I know the proposed BLM march in London on Saturday was called off due to the potential clashes with counter-protesters. Yet we read about coverage of fights breaking out between BLM protesters and counter-protesters. So to answer your question, the media coverage is all too often biased.

Will there be any commentary on current events on your double album?

The new double album began as a soundtrack to our USA tour diary (available on DVD on our website) in autumn 2018 and was a musical description of that journey and all that came with it. There are 33 tunes in all, some are just over a minute long and the styles range from horror film soundtrack to trash grunge to piano and cello duets to psychedelic mayhem etc etc. While putting it together we used songs in a few cases (5) that were written before the tour simply because we thought they fitted. One of them was inspired by the mass exodus of people in the Africas and Middle East taking their perilous journey in search of a new life, it relates to a particular story that marked us about a boy called David who was one of the ‘Lost boys of Sudan’ (there were about 20,000 such kids). He fled his war-torn village in Sudan at the age of about 5 years old, separated from his mother, to Ethiopia where he spent many years in a refugee camp, then civil war forced him to Kenya, until he managed with UN help to make his way to the USA, get a university degree and start that sought-after new life. Despite the story being from the past, the displacement of people due to war or extreme poverty is still very much happening. The song is called ‘Underground City’. Another song written at around the same is about equality and it basically states that whoever we are, whatever we’ve done or not done we all up in paradise in the end. The French word for heaven is paradise, paradise sounded better! Some might use the term 6 feet under! It documents the life of a struggling person who battles for rights and seeks change. It is called ‘Stairs Of Life’. Sometimes it feels like you’re basically pissing in the wind, trying to do anything of worth or make a difference in such a huge monstrosity of a world that we now live in, but we are not quitters so we carry on striving.

What was it like working with Aaron from A Void during the video shoot?

Aaron, the super talented bass player and debonair of the rage machine that is the band A Void, was an absolute pleasure to work with and have on the set. He played a character that was so opposite to his own. A sinister-looking office predator. The required facial expressions and creepy mannerisms for the shots he was in have been nailed to a tee. He has a crazy energy about him that is infectious and we would not be surprised at all to see him in more roles as an actor in the future. We must also mention that the other 3 actors – Isabella Barter (who appeared in an episode of Black Mirror), Vicki Totten (from the band Dirty Ol’ Crow) and the one and only Stevie Bray also all gave stunning performances.

This is your third time being filmed by myself. Feel free to share any anecdotes from the past, near past and the latest shoot.

Every video we have done with you has been quite different. One of them was a live recording/video. But on all 3 shoots you have inspired us to give that little bit extra, put us in such a mind that we are able to free ourselves of anything outside of our performance. Your directing is planned out and executed with precision. Even when it isn’t planned it appears that it was. One of your tricks that stood out was the repositioning of each member of the band by, say, 10 feet each time (it was a very large room) for each shot. Difficult to explain but it certainly played tricks with the eye in the final cut. I (Phil) particularly appreciated you helping me up 3 flights of stairs with a heavy office desk (a prop) at 1.30 AM at the end of the shoot when pretty much everyone else was on the verge of passing out in a state of well-earned inebriation. We also remember filming the ‘I Can’t Stand Anyone’ video in an alleyway in Borough which was the location of a terrorist attack that happened a matter of days after. That gave an added lilt of sinister to the video.

When can we hope to see you live again and will there be more single/video releases from the album?

As it stands we do not know for sure when we will be allowed to play again. There are of course so many mixed messages from scientists and politicians about what the plan is and what we should and should not do. Our annual Punk and Roll Rendezvous festival at The Unicorn on 4-6 September will go ahead we hope. But nothing is certain. Second wave of the pandemic is predicted by most people so that would no doubt delay things. We are also due to go on another Lips Can Kill tour with our friends Tokyo Taboo, Yur Mum and Pollypickpocketz. That is scheduled for late October into November so we cross our fingers and toes and hope that we can get back out playing before all the remaining venues go bust due to inactivity. The venues are under threat, it is worrying. However, I must mention a couple of acoustic live streams that we are very excited to be playing: the Rebellion Festival on 5-8 August and also SORM (School Of Rock and Media) festival on 28 June.

As for new videos we will start putting another one together this week for a song called Last day in L.A. Dave is planning on filming himself in a skate park doing various stunts. Maybe we should get him a stunt double! Any offers? It will be the first single from the new album. We are very excited about getting this song out, it reminds us of the good times we’ve had on the road and about the many excellent folks we have met along the way. It’s a sunny song. We also filmed a video for the song ‘These Boots Are Made For Walking’ while we were in Hollywood. It needs a little more editing then it will be ready to go ! Plenty to get on with…

It’s been good chatting with you again John.

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