GOOD NEWS AND BAD!

Legendary rockers BAD NEWS are to have their albums and films reissued this month.

The UK four-piece came to prominence in the mid-80s when they were the subject of a fly-on-the-wall documentary on Channel 4. Propelled to fame, their debut album was produced by Brian May and they went on to appear at the Reading Festival and at Monsters Of Rock at Castle Donington.

The original film, Bad News Tour, from the makers of The Comic Strip Presents… series, and starring Ade Edmondson, Rik Mayall, Nigel Planer and Peter Richardson was followed by a sequel, More Bad News, in 1988.

Both films are being reissued on double-disc DVD through Gonzo on 25 October.

The band’s three albums Bad News, Bootleg and Almost Rare are also being reissued as vinyl only editions.

DVDs and albums are available to pre-order here.

To celebrate the reissues, both films will received a special London screening at The Prince Charles Cinema, Leicester Square on Friday 25 October. It will be followed by a Q&A with director Peter Richardson and a signing at Fopp Records, Covent Garden. Full details here.

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PSYCHOBILLIES ON FILM!

A new movie is set to shine a spotlight on the psychobilly scene and the makers want your help…

Big Psychobilly Movie is the brainchild of two Russian directors, Kyrill Ermichev and Ivan Bortnikov. A member of St Petersburg band Scary BOOM, Ermichev had also written a book Russian Psycho Attack, which inspire the project.

The film features members of bands including Batmobile, Demented Are Go, Reverend Horton Heat, Frenzy, The Quakes, Surf Rats, Basementones, Rattlesnakes, Mad Sin and many more. Artists, tattooists, hairdressers and gig organisers have also taken part in the project.

The aim of the film is to explore the theme and aesthetics of the genre “…whose special mission is to be a binding thread, a bridge between modern musical culture and the golden age of rock and roll”.

“At the age of 13, in 1987, I heard Batmobile’s ‘Slapping Suspenders’ and was bewitched by this music,” explains Ermichev. “I want to share this feeling with the audience of the film. Meeting the participants of the film, I found great pleasure in the atmosphere of friendship and like-mindedness, which knows no borders. We did not waste our time and energy on trifles like politics. We talked only about music. I don’t want to not pick out anyone, but of course, as a director, I love those who great storytellers.”

With the movie expected to be completed next year, the makers are asking for contributions of photographs and video footage, assistance with distribution and premieres and for pre-orders and donations. They can be contacted at thescaryboom@gmail.com

Check out the first teaser…

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BOOZE AND GLORY UNVEIL NEW VIDEO!

With less than a month to go until their 10th Anniversary bash, BOOZE & GLORY unveil a brand new video.

‘My Heart Is Burning’ is the second single to be lifted from the band’s new album Hurricane, which is set for release on 18 October through their own Scarlet Teddy label.

As previously announced, Booze & Glory are to hold a 10th Birthday Party at the Electric Ballroom in Camden, London on Saturday 2 November. Bands lining up to help them blow out the candles include GIUDA, RISKEE & THE RIDICULE, ROY ELLIS, THE BABOON SHOW, PERKELE, THE FILAMENTS, THE ANALOGS plus an acoustic set from former member LIAM MARR.

Tickets are on sale here.

The band recently announced a string of European dates for the autumn. Full details here.

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NEW HOPE FOR THE WRETCHED!

Two ex-punks are showing their roots on a new album set for release next month.

Bonfire & Pine is the second album from folk/Americana duo HOPE IN HIGH WATER. But it’s a long way from the pair’s noisier past, in sound if not in spirit.

Josh Chandler Morris previously served for a decade as frontman of Milton Keynes’ Bomber Music-signed hardcore ska-punks ANTI VIGILANTE, while Carly Slade played bass in Hackney trio TRASHCAT. Since 2014, though, they’ve ploughed a different furrow: Morris picked up an acoustic guitar and Slade a banjo, and working on their close harmonies, the pair relocated to a caravan in the woods.

“Although I loved the high energy of punk music, the older I got the more I was drawn to the stripped back sincerity of folk and country music,” admits Morris. “The attitude wasn’t that dissimilar, both punk and country prioritise authenticity. I just came to be drawn artists like Justin Townes Earle who seem to be able to make an incredible connection with an audience by being one man and a guitar.”

Releasing their debut album Never Settle in 2017, the pair have become one of the hardest working acts on the folk and Americana circuit, something that Bonfire & Pine, which sees them expanding on the format into a greater array of styles, looks set to build on.

Set for release on 8 November, Bonfire & Pine is available to pre-order here.

Hope In High Water play The Crauford Arms, Milton Keynes on 8 November – tickets

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CATS OUTTA THE BOX!

The STRAY CATS’ flash new 40th Anniversary box set is out today!

Runaway Boys brings together the New York rockabillies’ first three classic albums – Stray Cats, Gonna Ball and Rant N’ Rave – on half-speed mastered heavyweight vinyl, plus a fourth slab featuring b-sides and rare cuts.

The set also includes a plush hardback book with rarely seen photographs and period interviews, plus the already legendary Rumble In Brighton board game.

To see exactly what you get, check out the video…

There’s also a double-vinyl and double-CD anthology available. All three are available to order here.

You can read a review of Runaway Boys in the forthcoming October edition of Vive Le Rock!

The last few copies of our Stray Cats special edition from the summer are available to order here.

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RAMALLAH TRACK EXCLUSIVE!

Boston street punks RAMALLAH have a new album coming and they’re sharing a track from it exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

The Last Gasp Of Street Rock’N’Roll is set for release on 4 October through Sailor’s Grave Records and we’re sharing the title track with you now….

Frontman White Trash Rob says, “It is a sick world that we live in. Not just my world, but the whole world. And I intend to shove it as many people’s faces as I can. So I’m holding back on the personal memoirs and anecdotes that I’ve often indulged in in the past. The whole world is burning as we speak. Right now the only crime is silence”.

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PSYCHOBABYLON VIDEO EXCLUSIVE!

Leeds rockers PSYCHOBABYLON have a brand new video which they’re launching exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘No Means Of Escape’ is taken from the band’s 4-track EP, Is This All There Is?, which is available on CD from the band’s wesbstore and digitally from all the usual platforms.

Formed eleven years ago out of the ashes of the bands Phluid and Slash Vegas, with a line-up of Rusty D (vocals), Andrew Mewse (guitar), Robbie G (guitar), Andy Knott (drums) and JJ Watt on bass, who sharp-eyed viewers will also recognise as a member of The Main Grains.

In line with the song’s title, the band explain that the video’s concept… “is the continual reduction of space in which the band are playing in. Ever felt like you can see the way out but still can’t get there?”

As for the lyrics, Rusty D says, “I won’t describe what the words are about as hopefully it will connect with the listener. They could take something totally different from the song and who am I to say whether that is right or wrong. Shit hot though, innit?”

The band have a bunch of dates lined up, including three shows with Warrior Soul. Catch them live at…

21 Sept – Record Junkee, Sheffield
28 Sept – The Doll’s House, Abertillery (Dollfest 6)
30 Oct – Trillians, Newcastle (w/ Warrior Soul)
31 Oct – Bannerman’s, Edinburgh (w/ Warrior Soul)
7 Nov – Waterloo Music Bar, Blackpool (w/ Warrior Soul)
23 Nov – The Fox & Newt, Leeds

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CRASHED OUT VIDEO EXCLUSIVE!

Long-serving Jarrow punks CRASHED OUT have a brand new video, which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

The work of film-maker Stuart Sterling, the video features the song ‘Still A Fighter’ from the band’s 2005 album Crash And Burn. Stuart takes up the story…

“I first saw Crashed Out years ago at Rebellion. I later Googled them and came across their YouTube channel where I saw the original ‘Still A Fighter’ video. I immediately fell in love with the song and think it is one of their best. I saw them a few more times at The Star & Garter and Rebellion. But it was not until I saw Crashed Out at North West Calling in Manchester in 2019 when I finally got the chance to approach them. I saw Chris [Wright, frontman] standing alone at the bar, so… I went up to him, introduced myself, told him what I do, how I would like to work with them and gave Chris my card. I was not sure whether I would hear from Chris again, but a few days later he got in contact. Chris said he had seen my work, and was really impressed with the official music video I had made for Discharge, ‘The Broken Law’, which for me was my best to date. Chris said he wanted to make a music video with me and not only that, he wanted to do ‘Still A Fighter’! Of all the songs he could have chosen, he chose my favourite!”

“Stuart sent me a story line and location ideas so I scouted out two local boxing gyms to shoot the boxing scenes and Newcastle Uni for the band scenes,” explains Chris. “Everything was done in one long exhausting day! Anyway here’s the final result of the video we are very happy with what Stu has done I am sure a lot of people will also enjoy the video and song.”

Crashed Out are currently working on their next album for 2020 release and have the following dates to take them up to the end of this year…

5 Oct – Hard Rock Hell Punk, Sheffield
1 Nov – The Tap Room, Newcastle
16 Nov – Bannermans, Edinburgh
28 Dec – Trillians, Newcastle

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CRAVATS VIDEO EXCLUSIVE!

Rejuvenated punk veterans THE CRAVATS are back with a new single and video, which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

A typically sinister slice of sax-driven post-punk, ‘Shy’ is the first taste of the band’s new album due out in February next year, the follow-up to their hugely acclaimed comeback album Dustbin Of Sound, released in 2017.

The video was shot on location at Bom-Bane’s Cafe, Brighton by renowned film and music video maker Mark Richards.

‘Shy’ is available now from Overground Records.

The Cravats have a bunch of shows lined up at…

Fri 21 Sept – Rockaway Park, Temple Cloud, Somerset (w/ The Slacksons)
Sat 22 Sept – Le Pub, Newport, Wales (w/ The Charlemagnes)
Fri 29 Nov – The Hairy Dog, Derby (w/ Turning Black Like Lizards)
Sat 7 Dec – Green Door Store, Brighton (w/ Interrobang)

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DOIN’ IT FOR THE KIDS!

HANDS OFF GRETEL frontwoman LAUREN TATE has just released a new video from her latest solo album.

‘What About The Kids’ is taken from Songs For Sad Girls, which will be released through her own Trash Queen label on Friday 20 September, and the video was directed by Lauren herself.

A high-school dropout from South Yorkshire, Tate has been making an releasing her own music since the age of 15. Recording and self-producing eleven of the fourteen tracks in her own studio, Songs For Sad Girls is Lauren’s first new solo album in five years.

“I planned to get my album produced by someone when I could afford it, but there was a certain magic and honesty captured in my recordings that I knew would really move people,” Lauren explains. “My lyrics are honest and brutal with songs about domestic abuse, body image, feminism and fear of dying. I wanted it to sound like a girl writing in her diary, unapologetic and imperfect like real girls are.”

Speaking about the single, she says, “The song is from a child’s point of view speaking to her father addressing gun violence in America. I wanted the song to highlight issues around gun control and the importance of children’s future in a world where nobody is listening to them. I wrote this song to sing for those that won’t ever get the chance to do so.”

Songs For Sad Girls is available to order here.

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READY TO GO AGAIN!

Original Mod Revivalists SQUIRE have just reissued their debut single for its 40th Anniversary.

Originally released in March ’79 on one side of a split single with the band Coming Shortly, ‘Get Ready To Go’ was the first release of that year’s revival.

Widely viewed at the time as the best of the new Mod bands, Squire would go on to sign to Arista but failed to make an impact on the charts in the same way as the likes of Secret Affair and The Lambrettas. They continued for some years, though, releasing four albums, culminating in 1984’s September Gurls, taking its name from the Big Star classic.

Still fronted by guitarist and songwriter Anthony Meynell, the band returned in 1999 and have continued to tour, reissuing September Gurls last year.

Now joined by the B-side ‘Livin’ In The City’ the single is being reissued on limited edition red or green 7″ vinyl and is available to buy from Bandcamp.

The band play a special launch party at The Cavern Freehouse, Raynes Park, London this Saturday 31 August.

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DENTAL AS ANYTHING!

Fast-rising grime punks RISKEE & THE RIDICULE have dropped another video from their new album.

The uncompromising, abrasive ‘Cut Your Teeth’ is the third single to be lifted from the Kent band’s acclaimed third album Body Bag Your Scene, their first for Bomber Music.

“‘Cut Your Teeth’ is about our personal experiences with people whether they’re good or bad interactions,” says frontman Scott Picking. “It’s about people who work hard to keep doing what they love in the face of adversity.”

You’ve got plenty of chances to catch the band, who’ve just delivered showstopping performances at Rebellion and Boomtown festivals. Next stop, Ramsgate Music Hall this Sunday 25 August. Full dates are…

25 Aug – Ramsgate Music Hall, Kent
31 Aug – The Palladium Club, Bideford
7 Sept – Illusive Fest, Northampton
20 Sept – Ramsgate Music Hall, Kent
27 Sept – The London Stone, Staines
5 Oct – Rich Mix, London (w/ Ghouls)
12 Oct – Turbulence Festival, Plymouth
18 Oct – Exchange, Bristol (w/ King Prawn)
19 Oct – Underworld, London (w/ King Prawn)
2 Nov – Electric Ballroom, London (w/ Booze & Glory)

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NAUTICAL, BUT NICE!

Finnish rock legend ANDY McCOY has just released a video for his brand new single.

‘Seven Seas’ is the first single from the former HANOI ROCKS guitarist’s new album 21st Century Rocks, his first new full-length since 1995’s Building On Tradition.

The album is a culmination of renewed activity for McCoy: the past year has sen him recording and touring for the 40th Anniversary of his pre-Hanoi band PELLE MILJOONA OY, alongside his old sparring partner, bassist Sami Yaffa. Dates are still ongoing with the band playing Helsinki’s legendary Tavastia club on 29 and 30 August.

McCoy plays a special solo acoustic show tonight (15 Aug) at the Hard Rock Cafe, Helsinki, with an album launch scheduled for Suvilahti TBA, Helsinki at the end of September. A full tour next year is promised, although wther this will include UK shows remains to be seen.

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VOODOO TATTOO!

After a summer spent hitting the festivals and fleshpots of Europe and the UK, THE URBAN VOODOO MACHINE roll up their sleeves for an appearance at the London Tattoo Convention.

Now in its 15th year, this year’s event tales place at Tobacco Dock, Wapping from 27 to 29 September.

Other acts appearaing as part of the Convention’s musical line-up include THE QUIREBOYS, NEVER THE BRIDE and AC/DC tribute HELLS BELLS.

The Convention’s Gretsch Guitars stage will also be offering the opportunity to ‘Jam with Gretsch’, in between live blues sessions and the chance enter a charity auction and win one of five customised guitars.

Other highlights of the weekend will include the UK’s oldest tattooist Doc Price inking his last ever tattoo; a half-pipe materclass with skate legend Steve Olson; celebrity tattoo artist Mark Mahoney will be judging this year’s tattoo competitions.

 

Further details and tickets can be had at thelondontattooconvention.com

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WIGHT RIOT!

Isle Of Wight punks GRADE 2 have signed to Hellcat Records and drop a new video to celebrate.

‘Graveyard Island’ is the title track from the angry young punkers’ third album which is due for release on 11 October. It follows on from their 2016 debut Mainstream View and 2017’s Break The Routine.

The trio, who formed at school in 2013, ran into RANCID’s Lars Frederiksen, who liked the band so much he spread the word to his colleague Tim Armstrong. The guitarist invited the band to record at his Shiprec Studio in L.A. with him producing, and agreed to release the resulting album, mixed by THE INTERRUPTERS’ Kevin Bivona, through Hellcat.

“He’s one of the most efficient people we’ve ever worked with,” says bassist/vocalist Sid Ryan. “He knows exactly what he wants. In the studio, he wanted to capture how we sound onstage, so we were tracking songs live with a scratch vocal.”

“Although we’re more than forty years on from when punk began, I actually think the times are very similar now to how they were back then,” he continues. “The political climate today means that people see the worst in everything, which means that for us there’s a lot to write about. Everything in the country is pretty much turning to shit! There are certain parts of our record that would make sense were it released in 1976.”

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HAGITATION FOR THE NATION!

Rejuvenated anarcho darlings HAGAR THE WOMB have their new record out just in time for their Rebellion appearance.

The six-track Hagitate EP was recorded by Medway legend Jim Riley at Ranscombe Studios in Rochester and is released via Kent DIY label Grow Your Own on 10″ black/red marbled vinyl and CD and is available through Bandcamp and at Rebellion.

The six-piece band are arguably even more popular now than when they formed in the bogs of Wapping Autonomy Centre in 1981, releasing the infamous EPs Word Of The Womb on CONFLICT’s Mortarhate label and Funnery In A Nunnery on Abstract. They were later cited as a huge influence on the 90s Riot Grrrl movement.

Since reconvening for the release of the US compilation A Brighter shade Of Black in 2012, they’ve issued new material on All The Madmen and Grow Your Own and the comprehensive anthology Hagiography in 2016.

Hagar The Womb play the Saturday at Rebellion, at 8.50pm on the Pavilion Stage.

On 15 September, the band play their first ever US show at the Near Dark Festival in Oakland, California.

As previously announced, they also headline LOUD WOMEN’s Fourth Birthday Party at The Hope & Anchor, Islington, London on 12 October.

Check out our anarcho-punk special in the latest edition of Vive Le Rock!

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BAR STOOL PREACHERS UNVEIL NEW VIDEO!

THE BAR STOOL PREACHERS are back with another new video from their current album, and more dates.

‘High Horse’, taken from their acclaimed album Grazie Governo, gives a candid lighthearted look at behind the scenes life on the road for the band, and features cameos from members of JAYA THE CAT, STREET DOGS and THE INTERRUPTERS.

Recently seen on tour with THE MIGHTY MIGHTY BOSSTONES, the band are back in the UK for Rebellion before heading back out for North American dates with THE BOUNCING SOULS and THE BRONX. Full dates are…

THE BAR STOOL PREACHERS

August 2019

1st BLACKPOOL, UK – Rebellion Festival, Winter Gardens
1st BLACKPOOL, UK – Rebellion Festival, Winter Gardens
4th COMPTON MARTIN, UK – Outcider Festival, Fernhill Farm

Bouncing Souls + The Bronx + THE BAR STOOL PREACHERS

August 2019

9th MONTREAL, QC, Canada – Foufounes Electriques
10th TORONTO, ON, Canada – Phoenix Concert Theatre
11th PITTSBURGH PA, USA – Mr. Smalls Theatre
13th CLEVELAND, OH, USA – Grog Shop
14th DETROIT, MI, USA – Saint Andrews Hall
17th CHICAGO, IL, USA – Metro
18th MINNEAPOLIS, MN, USA – Varsity Theater
19th MILWAUKEE, WI – X-Ray Arcade

THE BAR STOOL PREACHERS + The Raging Nathans

20th DAYTON, OH – Blind Bob‘s
21st LANCASTER, PA – American Bar & Grill
22nd ASBURY PARK, NJ – Asbury Park Brewery
23rd ALLSTON, MA – O‘Brien‘s
24th DOVER, NH – Brickhouse

THE BAR STOOL PREACHERS

September 2019

13th KINGSTON, UK – Fighting Cocks
14th DERBY, UK – Hairy Dog
15th MANCHESTER, UK – Star ’N Garter
16th LEEDS, UK – Brudenell Club
17th NEWCASTLE, UK – Trillians
18th GLASGOW, UK – Stereo Cafe
19th CARLISLE, UK – Brickyard
20th BLACKPOOL, UK – Waterloo Bar
21st CARDIFF, UK – Club For Bach
22nd ILSON, UK – Latch Lifter (ALL AGES)

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JIM JONES PUTS HIS BOOTS ON!

JIM JONES & THE RIGHTEOUS MIND return this autumn with a UK tour and a limited edition single.

Back in the studio for the first time since last year’s acclaimed CollectiV album, the band have laid down a stage favourite, an explosive cover of the Little Richard and Slade chartbuster ‘Get Down And Get With It’.

“’Get Down Get With It’ became the rallying cry for the CollectiV tour, so it made sense to go back into the studio, turn everything up to 11 and totally rip it up,” testifies Jones. “Liars and charlatans have got the world tearing itself apart right now, when really, we should be coming together. Even if it’s just for a few minutes, this absolutely does that and lives up to its name.”

Released on 7″ pink vinyl on the band’s Masonic label on 20 September and limited to 1,000 copies, the single will only be available at tour venues and select independent record stores.

The tour kicks off in York on 19 Sept and features a special London show at The Garage with a 2.30am late licence and a full supporting bill. Full dates are…

19 Sept – York, Fulford Arms
20 Sept – Manchester, Night & Day
21 Sept – London, The Garage
22 Sept – Bristol, The Exchange 26 Sept – Norwich, Waterfront
27 Sept – Brighton, Green Door
28 Sept– Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach
29 Sept – Southampton, Joiners
3 Oct – Southend, The Railway Hotel
4 Oct – Hastings, The Piper
5 Oct – Bedford, Esquires

Tickets are on sale now via the band’s website.

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