Brighton punks THE BAR STOOL PREACHERS have a bunch of UK dates lined up in support of their acclaimed new album Grazie Governo.
The fast-rising six-piece have just been added to the bill for THE INTERRUPTERS’ US dates in November alongside BEDOUIN SOUNDCLASH.
Before then, though, there’s a small matter of eight dates in the UK and Ireland, kicking off with the Might As Well Than 4 alldayer in London, alongside The Capitalist Kids, Thousand Oaks, Aerial Salad, The Capital, To The Wall, Eat Dirt, Laserchrist and Tom Aylott. Full dates are…
20 Oct LONDON – Might As Well Then 4 @ New Cross Inn, UK
26 Oct HASTINGS – Crowley’s Bar, UK
27 Oct KINGSTON UPON THAMES – The Fighting Cocks, UK
31 Oct MANCHESTER – Star And Garter, UK
1 Nov DUBLIN – The Bowery, Ireland
2 Nov BELFAST – The Palm House, UK
3 Nov LIVERPOOL – MacGuires, UK
4 Nov STAFFORD – Redrum, UK
9 Nov LAS VEGAS, NV – Vinyl
10 Nov TEMPE, AZ – Tempe Marketplace
11 Nov POMONA, CA – The Glass House
13 Nov SANTA BARBARA, CA – Velvet Jones
14 Nov FRESNO, CA – Strummers
17 Nov SACRAMENTO, CA – Ace Of Spades
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Eighties punk-metal power trio WARFARE are to have their early albums reissued.
The band, who came together on Tyneside at the arse end of the NWOBHM scene, were formed by singing drummer Paul ‘Evo’ Evans, who’d done time with THE BLOOD, MAJOR ACCIDENT and ANGELIC UPSTARTS, together with guitarist Gunner and bassist Falken.
Primitive exponensts of early thrash, they attracted attention with their 12″ cover of FRANKIE GOES TO HOLLYWOOD’s ‘Two Tribes’, on legendary North East metal label Neat Records. Their debut album Pure Filth, released in ’84, was produced by SAINTS and TANK bassist Algy Ward, and featured a collaboration with VENOM, while the follow-up Metal Anarchy was produced by Lemmy. More recently, the band rerecorded early tracks with former PENETRATION guitarist Fred Purser in the producer’s chair.
The band’s first four albums – Pure Filth (with 5 bonus tracks), Metal Anarchy, Mayhen Fuckin’ Mayhem (produced by Venom’s Cronos) and A Conflict Of Hatred – are set for reissue on CD by Dissonance on 28 September. They’re available to pre-order here.
As promised, Essex legends EDDIE & THE HOT RODS close the door on 40-plus years of touring with a very special show in London next spring.
Billed as ‘Done Everything We Wanna Do’ and co-promoted by Vive Le Rock with Black Wax, the band will take to the stage at the O2 Academy, Islington on Saturday 13 April.
The gig promises appearances from Hot Rods past and present along with some very special guests.
Tickets, including VIP packages granting, among other treats, admission to the aftershow party, are available here.
To prepare you for the event, Eddie And The Hot Rods – The Island Years is a 6-CD box set bringing together the band’s first three albums – Teenage Depression, Life On The Line and Thriller and a wealth of bonus material. Highlights include numerous BBC recordings including three Peel sessions and an In Concert performance, their collaboration with MC5 frontman Rob Tyner and a rare fan-club only 12-track album, originally pressed in a limited edition of 100 and available here for the first time on CD.
All brought together with a 28-page booklet, Eddie And The Hot Rods – The Island Years is released on 14 September.
In the meantime, the band continue to tour up to the end of the year. Full dates are on their website.
Sobered up from Rebellion yet? Then have a read of Paula Frost’s report and relive all those sunny Blackpool memories….
This year the Vive Le Rock! crew made our way up to Blackpool for a long weekend of punk rock at the Winter Gardens! The festival has been running for 22 years and this year featured 350 bands across 4 days and 7 stages. Needless to say it’s the biggest event in the punk rock calendar year on year and one we look forward to.
Every day Max Splodge, the singer of ‘Two Pints Of Lager And A Packet Of Crisps’ kicks the Rebellion day off with his comedy bingo show. You won’t want to win one of his prizes, I’ve seen him give out a bag of out-of-date Bad Manners flyers.
Thursday kicked off with some Vive Le Rock! flyering outside the venue. Frontman Djamel from The Blue Carpet Band took a break from his usual role of playing Cramps style rock’n’roll and was recruited as part of our street team! We swerved through the busy crowds of punks enjoying another hot summer’s day and spoke to everyone we could, making sure they knew about Vive Le Rock, the only punk magazine in the UK. It was a great way of getting to know more of the punk family.
Backstage we bumped into Lynda and Coppo, two infamous punks who’d been on the scene since ’77 and knew all the bands (Coppo has most of them tattooed on his back!). Then someone called my name, it was John, the drummer of IDLES! They were playing the Empress Ballroom later and the rest of the band came over for a quick chat, including the big bushy bearded bassist known for his dancing in the ‘Stendhal Syndrome’ video.
It was time to venture further into the Winter Gardens, on the way I caught up with Jenna Talia of Glitter Trash, then met the controversial Soap Girls who had their boobs out as usual. There were tons of punks I hadn’t seen in years and it was great to link up with everyone again. We caught Call Me Malcolm on the introducing stage and then The Bar Stool Preachers hijacked me and lead singer T.J. McFaull took me to see one of his favourite bands The Menzingers. Steve Ignorant’s Slice of Life played the introducing stage. His acoustic crew of seated musicians drew a big crowd of singalong punks to the Opera House. Accompanied by Carol Hodge on piano, Ignorant performed a theatrical set dressed in a smart suit and braces with a trilby. Their moving performances of songs like ‘The Way Things Are’ and ‘Slice of Life’ brought some punks to tears.
IDLES played at 20:55 and sheered through ‘Mother’, ‘Well Done’ and ‘Stendhal Syndrome’ plus their new pro-love pro-immigration anthem ‘Danny Nedelko’ during their fifty-minute set. Frontman Joe climbed all over the stage and got into the audience whilst the rest of the band rolled around thrashing guitars in a frenzied intoxicating performance.
Later that night legendary punks the Buzzcocks headlined the Empress Ballroom and instilled that mystic feeling of revolution in a chandeliered, elegant room filled with punk rockers losing their minds. It was the flawless beginning to a weekend of anarchy and protest music.
There are too many other incredible moments to recount but you can read all about Rebellion 2018 in full in the new edition of Vive Le Rock!, on sale now.
THE MISSION guitarist SIMON HINKLER releases a new solo EP next month.
Simon’s musical career began with Sheffield post-punks ARTERY before he split to join the nascent PULP, playing on and co-writing the band’s 1983 debut album It. Having rejoined Artery he was recruited in 1985 to the newly formed Mission by SISTERS OF MERCY escapees Wayne Hussey and Craig Adams.
Leaving after five years, he began developing his solo career as well as the band MINDFEEL, before moving to the desert of New Mexico for 13 years. It’s tracks from this period that form the basis of the EP Moving On.
“Every time I come back to making music I’m reminded why I started doing it in the first place,” he says. “This EP has been a long time coming but I’m very pleased with the way it’s turned out.”
The 5-track Moving On EP is set for release on 7 September through Correctitude Records. It’s available to pre-order here.
New York punk iconoclasts TELEVISION are to have their landmark debut album given the deluxe vinyl reissue treatment for the first time ever.
Released on Elektra Records in February 1977, Marquee Moon really moved the goalposts on the still juvenile punk rock pitch, with its complex song structures – including the 10-minute title track – and prog-like guitar interplay. For the linchpins of the nascent NYC punk scene coalescing around CBGB’s, this was a real left-turn, underscoring the rulebook-shredding anything-is-possible ethos of the era; much talked about, yet still, in reality seldom seen.
This new deluxe double blue vinyl set, features the eight original tracks, plus five additional tracks originally released on the 2003 CD reissue, (some making their vinyl debut here), including alternate takes of ‘See No Evil’, ‘Friction’ and ‘Marquee Moon’, the full-length version of their classic non-album debut single ‘Little Johnny Jewel’, and an instrumental track.
The full tracklisting is…
‘See No Evil’
‘Little Johnny Jewel’ (Parts 1 & 2)
‘See No Evil’ (Alternate Version)
‘Friction’ (Alternate Version)
‘Marquee Moon’ (Alternate Version)
The deluxe vinyl Marquee Moon will be available through Rhino on 2 October.
Santa Monica powerpoppers THE TEARAWAYS are in the UK for a run of dates next week.
Although pretty much unknown in the UK, the band have been going since 1980, building a loyal following up and down the West Coast. For the past couple of years they’ve had BLONDIE drummer Clem Burke in the line-up and he’ll be joining them for their UK dates.
Catch them at…
August 14 – PJ Molloy’s, Dunfermline
August 15 – King Tut’s, Glasgow
August 16 – Rock City, Nottingham
August 17 – Nell’s Jazz & Blues Club, London (w/ Last Great Dreamers)
August 19 – The Thunderbolt, Bristol
August 20 – The Horns, St. Albans
Cali crossover legends SUICIDAL TENDENCIES are back next month with a brand new album.
STill Cyco Punk After All These Years is a reworking of an album originally recorded by ST frontman Mike Muir back in 1995, released under the name Cyco Miko and featuring Sex Pistol Steve Jones.
“Although the 13 years I was in Suicidal at the time, I did things I never dreamed I’d have the chance to, or could happen, there were still way too many times that were extremely difficult to handle”, explains Mike. “Basically, ‘Love Music, don’t Like the other stuff’. Anyhow, remembering that original love for music made me want to do a Punk STyle record and at the time I didn’t feel it was, could or should be an ST album.”
Now STill Cyco Punk After All These Years re-imagines those songs, newly recorded with legendary former SLAYER drummer Dave Lombardo behind the kit.
“I felt it not only could be, but it should be an ST album,” continues Muir. “Not retro, but taking it 25 years forward and make it a modern Cyco Punk record. Extremely dangerous after so many years, but damn, I love these songs and I feel them so much. Perhaps surprisingly more now than when I was 30.”
STill Cyco Punk After All These Years is set for release on 7 September through the band’s own Suicidal imprint, but it’s available to pre-order here.
Rising London rockers THE KUT have unveiled a ne video ahead of a string of summer tour dates.
‘Hollywood Rock’n’Roll’ is taken from the trio’s debut album Valley Of Thorns which is out now through Cargo.
The Kut play Rebellion, Blackpool tonight (Thursday) then head off round the country, winding up at The Islington, London on 19 August. Full dates are…
02/08 REBELLION PUNK FESTIVAL – BLACKPOOL
03/08 ZANZIBAR – LIVERPOOL
04/08 REBELLION – MANCHESTER
05/08 O’RILEYS – HULL
07/08 CLASSIC GRAND – GLASGOW
08/08 BANNERMANS – EDINBURGH
09/08 THE BRICKYARD – CARLISLE
10/08 TRILLIANS – NEWCASTLE
11/08 THE SOUNDHOUSE – LEICESTER
12/08 VERVE – LEEDS
13/08 WEST STREET LIVE – SHEFFIELD
14/08 ARCHES – COVENTRY
15/08 THE CASTLE & FALCON – BIRMINGHAM
16/08 THE CHELSEA INN – BRISTOL
17/08 THE MOON – CARDIFF
18/08 CLUB 85 – HITCHIN
19/08 THE ISLINGTON – LONDON
JOE STRUMMER and THE CLASH will be celebrated in September with a special event at London’s legendary Dingwalls venue, sponsored by Vive Le Rock!
Gates Of The West, which takes place on Friday 7 September, will benefit the charities The Joe Strummer Foundation, supporting projects around the world that create empowerment through music, and Music & Memory, which uses music to help unlock memories in people with dementia.
The night will feature a set from JESSE MALIN, plus numerous special guests including GLEN MATLOCK, RANKING ROGER, CHUCK PROPHET, MARK STEWART, CHARLIE HARPER, PETE WYLIE, ITCH from THE KING BLUES, CRAIG FINN and TAD KUBLER from THE HOLD STEADY, members of Joe’s band THE MESCALEROS, DJs RICHARD NORRIS and SCRATCHY and loads more…
There’ll also be a screening of rare Clash film footage from The Future Is Unwritten director Julien Temple.
Aussie rockers THE LIVING END have unveiled a video for their new single which they announced last week.
‘Don’t Lose It’ is taken from the band’s new album Wunderbar, which is set for release through Rise/BMG on 28 September. It’s available to pre-order here.
The video features an all-star cast of Australian musicians and TV and radio celebs, including Jimmy Barnes,
Merrick Watts (Triple M), Matty Johns and Chris Page (Triple M), Phil Jamieson (Grinspoon), Kasey Chambers,
These New South Whales, Ray Hadley (2GB), Murray Cook (The Wiggles), David ‘Friendly’ Friend (Puppetry Of The Penis), Jane Gazzo (Triple M), Tim Rogers (You Am I), Eddie McGuire (Channel 9), Daryl Braithwaite, Molly Meldrum, Tom Williams (Channel 7) and Ruby Fields.
Pittsburgh punks ANTI-FLAG have announced a series of UK and Irish dates for the Autumn.
The band, who formed back in 1993, released their most recent album American Fall a year ago. They’ve just released a video for the track ‘Trouble Finds Me’ from the album.
Their UK dates kick off in Birmingham on 30 October and take in a date at London’s Heaven club. Full dates are…
30 Oct – Birmingham, UK – Asylum
31 Oct – Bristol, UK – SWX
1 Nov – London, UK – Heaven
2 Nov – Manchester, UK – Academy 2
3 Nov – Glasgow, UK – Garage
5 Nov – Belfast, UK – Foundry
6 Nov – Dublin, IE – Whelan’s
Support comes from CANCER BATS and WORRIERS.
The band have also announced two happenings of their occasional one day Antifest on mainland Europe.
The first takes place at Paronaat, Haarlem in the Netherlands on 26 October and features Less Than Jake, Reel Big Fish, Silverstein, Cancer Bats, Prestige, Black Peaks, Culture Abuse, Worriers, Tusky and Drones.
They then head to Wiesbaden, Germany on 28 October, where they take over the Schlachthof with a bill featuring Silverstein, Less Than Jake, Reel Big Fish, Cancer Bats, Black Peaks, Worriers and Tusky.
In a statemen, the band say, “Anti-Flag have always seen punk rock as a vehicle for change; community leads to recognizing commonality, which leads to a recognition of our collective power, which leads to us knowing we have the power to create the future we want to see.
“This tour, this line-up, eclectic in sonics but all bands believe in sharing empathy over apathy, optimism over cynicism. The goal is to bring people from all walks of life through the door. Introducing them to new people, new friendships, new ideas.
“As with any Anti-Flag tour, records, bands, and t-shirts are not the predications of our work. Amnesty International, Sea Shepherd, Kein Bock Auf Nazis, (and hopefully many other local organizations) will be involved. Disseminating ideas on how to fight fascism, fight for human rights and fight for the life of our planet at every show. At a time when we see the right and fascism as a whole on the rise, racism being emboldened, and hatred commonplace in public discourse… these shows will hopefully provide solace, a place for us all to come together and recognize our power, recharge our strength and continue to fight bigotry with every breath we take.”
Humberside psych-rock duo THE BLACK DELTA MOVEMENT have unveiled a video for their new single.
‘Let The Rain Come’ is set for release as a limited edition 72 on Friday 27 July. It precedes their debut album Preservation which will follow on 3 August through Clubbed Thumb/Non Delux.
The pair, who count the likes of Alan MGee, THE BRIAN JONESTOWN MASSACRE’s Anton Newcombe and PRIMAL SCREAM’s Barrie Cadogan among their fans, have lined up a series of UK dates in support of the release. Catch them on the road at…
03/08 Humber Street Sesh, Hull
08/08 Rough Trade East, London
09/08 Rough Trade, Nottingham
16/09 Psych Weekender, Manchester
11/10 Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar, Brighton
12/10 Water Rats, London
13/10 The Lab, Northampton
17/10 The New Adelphi, Hull
20/10 Bootleg Social, Blackpool
25/10 Record Junkee, Sheffield
26/10 The Basement, York
08/11 Classic Grand, Glasgow
09/11 Smiths, Bathgate
THE URBAN VOODOO MACHINE have announced a FREE open air show in London.
The gig on Saturday 21 July takes place at The Scoop open air theatre next to City Hall between Tower Bridge and HMS Belfast on the South Bank. It will last from 7pm to 9pm and kids are welcome.
The band recently released the singles compilation 15 Shots From The Urban Voodoo Machine, celebrating their 15th Anniversary.
They have a load of shows lined up to take them through the Summer and Autumn. Catch them on the road at…
27 July – Southampton – Gabefest
28 July – Leamington Spa, Warwickshire – The Assembly
4 Aug – West Lulworth, Dorset – Bestival
5 Aug – Colchester, Essex – Brightlingsea Free Music Festival
12 Aug – Winchester, Hampshire – Boomtown Fair
25 Aug – Harelbeke, Belgium – Stassegem Kermis
26 Aug – Bedford – Twinwood Festival
2 Sept – Whitecross, Wadebridge – Cornwall Tattoo Convention
7 Sept – Hastings, East Sussex – Blackmarket VIP
14 Sept – Leeds – Brudenell Social Club
15 Sept – Guilford – The Holdroyd Arms
28 Sept – Bath – Chapel Arts Centre
29 Sept – Horton, Dorset – Horton Stomp
5 Oct – Doncaster, South Yorkshire – Little Theatre
6 Oct – Stockton-On-Tees – The Georgian Theatre
7 Oct – Liverpool – Zanzibar Club
19 Oct – Bedford – Esquires
20 Oct – London, Nambucca – Gypsy Hotel 12th Anniversary Party
27 Oct – Norwich – OPEN
28 Oct – Bishops Cleeve, Cheltenham – The Jazz Cafe @ The Tithe Barn
1 Nov – Sheffield – Greystones
8 Nov – Glasgow – Grand Ole Opry.
9 Nov – Inverness – Ironworks
10 Nov – Aberdeen – Drummonds
11 Nov – Galashiels – MacArts
16/17 Nov – Brighton – The Prince Albert
MADNESS’s classic debut album will be the subject of live discussion this week in London.
Released in the autumn of 1979 on Stiff records, One Step Beyond spawned no fewer than four hit singles with covers of Ska legend Prince Buster’s title track and band originals ‘The Prince’, ‘Night Boat To Cairo’ and ‘My Girl’.
The subject of a book in Bloomsbury’s respected 33⅓ series, the album will be discussed at the R’n’R Book Club at The Dublin Castle in Camden Town – a venue with which Madness are closely associated – on Wednesday 4 July. The book’s author, musician and onetime 2 Tone signee Terry Edwards, will be talking to host Julie Hamill. Also in attendance will be Madness bassist Mark Bedders’ Bedford, now a bandmate of Edwards in The Near Jazz Experience.
Cult Dorset new wavers TOURS hit the reunion trail with a gig in Poole this month.
Favourites of the legendary John Peel, the DJ played their self-released ’79 single ‘Language School’ on 50 consecutive nights, declaring it his second favourite single after ‘Teenage Kicks’.
Snaffling an album deal with Virgin, who declared songwriters Ronnie Mayor and Richard Mazda “the punk Lennon-McCartney”, they only managed one more single ‘Tourist Information’ before grinding to a halt. Mazda, however, made a name for himself as a producer working with numerous bands during the 80s, including The Scientists, The Fall, The Birthday Party, The Fleshtones, Folk Devils and others.
It was only when Cherry Red began preparing the band’s archive recordings for the 2010 retrospective comp Album Of The Year… (That Never Was), that Mazda and Mayor began putting plans together to reconvene the band with original guitarist John Hole.
With a new rhythm section of Nick Waugh (drums) and Mark Pitfield (bass) – but not, on this occasion, Mazda, who’s currently based in New York – Tours take to the stage at The King Charles, Poole on Saturday 30 June.
“We’ve got five new songs, a couple of choice covers and all my old songs,” says Mayor. “There are even t-shirts on sale at the gig only. We plan to find a way of keeping us all involved as long as there is sufficient interest in seeing Tours on stage and we all enjoy the experience.”
PUBLIC IMAGE LTD have announced a string of cinema screenings of the documentary film The Public Image Is Rotten.
Directed by Tabbert Fiiller, the film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York last year before receiving its European premiere at London’s Raindance Festival. The film charts the influential band’s forty-year career through numerous line-ups and stylistic shifts to the present day.
PiL are currently midway through and extensive 40th Anniversary Tour of the UK, Europe and Japan.
The Public Image Is Rotten can be seen at the following cinemas…
3rd June – Camden Odeon Camden
17th June – Edinburgh Cameo Picturehouse
27th June – Exeter Exeter Picturehouse
4th July – London Hackney Picturehouse
4th July – Southampton Harbour Lights Picturehouse
4th July – London Stratford Picturehouse
6th July – Liverpool Picturehouse @ Fact
9tth July – Liverpool Picturehouse @ Fact
19th July – Camden Odeon Camden
19th July – Norwich Picturehouse Cinema City
19th July – Manchester Odeon Manchester Great Northern
19th July – Blackpool Odeon Blackpool
19th July – Kingston Odeon Kingston
19th July – Southend Odeon Southend
19th July – Glasgow Odeon Glasgow Quay
19th July – Oxford Odeon Oxford
9th Aug – Birmingham Electric Cinema
Further details and tickets are available for here.
Read a new interview with John Lydon in the current edition of Vive Le Rock!
East London street-punk legends – and Vive Le Rock award-winners – COCK SPARRER are to get their first four albums compiled in a new box set this month.
The four-CD Cock Sparrer: The Albums 1978 – 1987 kicks off with the band’s rare self-titled debut, originally only released in Spain, and bolstered here by 5 bonus tracks. This is followed by the now classic Shock Troops album, fully remastered from the original tapes and also including three bonus tracks.
Disc three is their third studio album Running Riot In ’84, with the set completed by the 1987 live album Live And Loud!!
With the whole project overseen by Sparrer guitarist Daryl Smith, with full input from the rest of the band, the set is rounded out with a fully illustrated booklet.
Released through Captain Oi! on 29 June, Cock Sparrer: The Albums 1978 – 1987 is available to pre-order here.
This will be followed in August by Cock Sparrer: The Albums 1994 – 2017, which brings the extremely influential band’s story right up to date, culminating in last year’s acclaimed album Forever.