PUNK IN CAMERA

PROUD GALLERIES in Camden are hosting a major exhibition of photographs by punk photographer ANDY ROSEN.

THE END OF GENERATION X – Rosen’s first exhibition in more than 20 years – features a wealth of recently rediscovered shots that have been hidden away in storage since the early 80s. Casting a new light on London’s original punk era, the exhibition includes outtakes from The Jam’s album cover sessions, intimate portraits of Johnny Rotten, unseen live shots of The Clash and a pre-Culture Club Boy George, working the cloakroom at the Blitz club.

The End Of Generation X runs from 11 June to 19 July. Further details can be found on the Proud website.

Image © Andy Rosen

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BACKYARD BABIES BOUNCE BACK!

Swedish rock’n’roll institution BACKYARD BABIES return this Summer after a five-year lay-off with a new single and a whole load of festival dates, followed by a new album in August.

The single ‘Th1rt3en Or Nothing’ is out now and you can listen to it here.

A brand new album Four By Four – their eighth – follows on 28 August through Gain.

Between times, they’ll hit the European festival circuit, kicking off with Sweden Rock on 5 June plus an appearance in the UK at Download on 14 June. Full dates are below.

Formed in 1989 in the small town of Nässjö, the band still features its original line-up of Peder Carlsson, Johan Blomquist, Dregen and Nicke Borg. Involved in various projects over the years, Dregen formed Hellacopters in 1994 and more recently played alongside Michael Monroe.

Tour dates…

05 Jun            Sweden Rock Festival – Sweden

11 Jun            Greenfield Festival  – Switzerland

12 Jun            Nova Rock Festival – Austria

13 Jun            Fishbait Rock Festival – Åland Islands

14 Jun            Download Festival – UK

18 Jun            Tons of Rock Festival – Norway

19 Jun            Hurricane Festival – Germany

20 Jun            Hellfest – France

21 Jun            Southside Festival – Germany

27 Jun            Bråvalla Festival – Sweden

03 Jul             Ruisrock Festival – Finland

12 Jul             Sjock Festival – Belgium

17 Jul             Resurrection Fest – Spain

06 Aug            Leyendas Del Rock – Spain

07 Aug            Getaway Rock – Sweden

08 Aug            Kubana Festival – Russia

10 Oct             Loud Park 15 – Japan

http://backyardbabies.com/

 

 

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GOING FOR THE JUGGLER!

Possibly the originators of the ‘gypsy-punk’ genre, 80s band ONE THE JUGGLER are reuniting for two London gigs next month to celebrate the CD reissue of their debut album Nearly A Sin.

You can catch them at The Pelton Arms, Greenwich on Friday 12 June and The Dublin Castle, Camden on Friday 19 June.

Formed out of the ashes of Southeast London punks The Reptiles, One The Juggler quickly signed to RCA, being voted best new band at the Reading Festival in 1983 and releasing their debut album later that year.

In their short lifespan, their line-up included, at one time or another, members of Eddie & The Hot Rods, Splodgenessabounds, Burlesque, Ligotage, Slaughter & The Dogs AND Mick Ronson!

Following the 1985 release of the Ronson-produced second album Some Strange Fashion, the band fell out of favour with RCA and splintered.

Frontman Rokko (aka Ray ‘Sham’ Morris) relocated to Woodstock, USA where he formed the band Spiv UK. Bassist Lushi (aka Jerry T Jones) and guitarist Lin (aka Colin Minchin) now play in Kent band Glamweazel, who’ll also be supporting on the reunion dates.

Check out the video for One The Juggler’s debut single ‘Passion Killer’.

They have a new Facebook page here.

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GET READY FOR THE GORIES!

Get ready for some serious primal rock’n’roll action as seminal Detroit trio THE GORIES pay a super-rare visit to the UK at the end of July.

They play…

28 July                   Birthdays, Dalston, London

29 July                   The Ruby Lounge, Manchester

30 July                   ABC, Glasgow

Get your tickets here!

Originally around in the late 80s and early 90s, the 2 guitars/drums line-up of Mick Collins, Dan Kroha and Peggy O’Neill released the classic albums Houserockin’, I Know You Fine, But How You Doin’ (produced by the legendary Alex Chilton) and Outta Here before splitting in ’92. A massive influence on Jack White and the rest of the Detroit garage scene, Collins and Kroha went on to form The Dirtbombs and Demolition Doll Rods respectively. The three of them have reconvened for reunion shows since 2009.

Check out their Facebook page.

 

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RUMOUR TOUR’S NO MYSTERY

GRAHAM PARKER & THE RUMOUR have lined up a short UK tour for October.  The dates follow the release this week of Mystery Glue, the follow-up to 2012’s Three Chords Good, the pub rock veterans’ first new album in thirty years.

Mystery Glue was recorded at London’s legendary RAK studios and is released through Universal on Cadet Concept, formerly a 70s imprint of Chess Records.

Graham Parker & The Rumour play…

OCT 11 / Bristol / O2 Academy

OCT 12 / Southampton / The Brook

OCT 14 / Holmfirth / Picturedome

OCT 15 / Leamington Spa / Assembly

OCT 17 / London / The Forum

Tickets go on general sale this Friday 22 May at 9am.

Touted as the ‘English Springsteen’, Graham Parker came together with The Rumour when Stiff Records founder Dave Robinson backed the former Surrey petrol-pump attendant with ex-members of pub rockers Brinsley Schwarz, Ducks Deluxe and Les Bontemps Roulez.

Gaining critical acclaim and minor hits, Parker struck out for a solo career in 1980. Domiciled in the US for years, Parker reformed The Rumour in 2011, coinciding with the release of the documentary film Don’t Ask Me Questions.

http://grahamparker.net/

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IT’S ABOUT TIME FOR CHELSEA

Original punks CHELSEA return this month with a brand new album and a bunch of UK dates throughout the Summer.

Saturday Night Sunday Morning is the band’s tenth album and sees Gene October and James Stevenson reunited with former members Nic Austin and Matt Sargent, alongside drummer Lee Morrell.

This new flurry of activity recently saw the release of Right To Work – The Singles on white vinyl, while a further studio album is planned for later in the year.

Check out ‘About Time’ from Saturday Night Sunday Morning here, and catch the band on the road at…

100 Club – London – 5th June
Brooklands – Batley, Yorkshire – 26th June
Ivory Black – Glasgow – 27th June
The Hop – Wakefield – 28th June
Derby Hairy Dog – Derby – 10th July
New Cross Inn – London – 11th July
Rebellion Festival – Blackpool – 8th August
Undercover Festival – Bisley, Surrey – 19th September
GBA Festival – Skegness – 8th October

 

http://www.chelseapunkband.com/

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NUMAN FOR MANCHESTER

GARY NUMAN returns to Manchester Academy on Saturday 24 October for a very special performance as part of the venue’s year-long series of 25th Anniversary shows.

Having performed more than ten headline shows at the Academy during the past sixteen years, Numan has built up a strong affinity with the venue and his loyal Manchester fanbase.

The electro-pioneer and his band will use this occasion to present an all-new show, following on from his last appearance there, on the epic World Tour for 2013’s Splinter (Songs From A Broken Mind) album.

Pre-sale tickets can be had via the Academy Facebook page from 5.25pm on Wednesday 20 May. They go on general sale from Friday 22 May at 9am.

The Academy 25 series of Anniversary shows kicks off on Saturday 10 October with BUZZCOCKS and continues through 2016. Shows so far are as follows…

BUZZCOCKS – Saturday 10th October 2015

Plus a selection of Very Special Guests still TBA

 

GARY NUMAN – Saturday 24th October 2015

Plus special announcements still to come

 

PETER HOOK & THE LIGHT – Friday 30th October 2015

A “Joy Division” Celebration – Performing Unknown Pleasures & Closer

And featuring an opening set of ‘New Order’ material

 

FROM THE JAM + THE UNDERTONES + THE BEAT + LOUISE DISTRAS –

Saturday 31st October 2015

 

THE WEDDING PRESENT – Plus support from artists personally chosen by David Gedge:

THE VASELINES + CINERAMA + EMMA POLLOCK

Saturday 14th November 2015

 

HAPPY MONDAYS – ‘PILLS ‘N’ THRILLS AND BELLYACHES’ – 25th ANNIVERSARY SHOW

plus special announcements still to come

Friday 20th November 2015

 

HAPPY MONDAYS – ‘PILLS ‘N’ THRILLS AND BELLYACHES’ – 25th ANNIVERSARY SHOW

SECOND SHOW ADDED DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND

Saturday 21st November 2015

 

MEGADOG

With live performances from System 7, Dreadzone and Eat Static

Saturday 21st November 2015

 

NEW MODEL ARMY + THE DUB PISTOLS + TV SMITH –

Saturday 5th December 2015

 

http://www.numan.co.uk/

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THEE CEE CEES OFFER A SOLUTION

The election result may not have been what they wanted but agitating supergroup THEE CEE CEES’ belt and braces approach to rock’n’politics saw them release their debut single and album during the same week.

Thee Cee Cees aka THEE CONCERNED CITIZENS feature an all-star line-up of DIY music maven and Xtra Mile signing Chris T-T, Bluetones guitarist Adam Devlin, Thee Faction’s Billy Brentford, Paul Weller bassist Andy Lewis and drummer Steve ‘Smiley’ Barnard of Joe Strummer’s Mescaleros and The Alarm.

Their debut album Solution Songs, recorded under the radar at the BBC’s Maida Vale Studios, is available through Blang Records.

Their debut single ‘Have An Analysis’, which was launched last week with a special show at Wilko Johnson’s local The Railway Hotel in Southend-on-Sea, is available as a limited edition 7-inch from Podrophenia Records. Check out the video here.

http://theeceecees.org/

 

Pic by Stephen Dowling

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MARGATE’S MOD BANK HOLIDAY

The Mods will be returning to Margate over the Whitsun Bank Holiday weekend of 22-25 May for a celebration of Mod culture.

Fifty years on from the notorious Mods vs Rockers seafront battles with headlines like Wild Ones Beat Up Margate, the Kent town will host live bands, DJs, a scooter show, record fair, dance competition and more over three nights and two days.

Promoters Great British Media & Culture – a partnership of Eli Thompson of Margate Soul Weekend and Rob Bailey of New Untouchables – have put together an excellent programme, including live headline sets from Medway acts The James Taylor Quartet and Graham Day & The Forefathers, plus tribute band The Small Fakers.

Nighttime events take place at the Westcoast Club on the town’s King Street, with the daytime events, including a Battle Of The Bands stage, in the piazza opposite.

Tickets – either for the whole weekend or for individual events – can be purchased here.

 

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BIRDMAN LAND IN LONDON

Australian rock’n’roll legends Radio Birdman return to Europe for dates during June and July, including a show at London’s Dirty Water Club.

This fresh burst of activity follows on from the release last year of a mammoth 8-CD box set on Citadel Records and the Dirty Water show – at The Dome in Tufnell Park on Tuesday 23 June – will be the Sydney rockers’ first visit to London since 2006. Support comes from Johnny Throttle and Michael Jackson and tickets are available here.

Full tourdates are as follows…..

JUNE 10 – FRANCE – STRASBOURG – Laiterie
JUNE 11 – FRANCE – PARIS – Trabendo
JUNE 12 – FRANCE – LE HAVRE – Tetris
JUNE 13 – FRANCE – LA ROCHE – Fuzz Yon
JUNE 14 – FRANCE – BORDEAUX – Relache Festival
JUNE 16 – ESPANA – BARCELONA – Bikini
JUNE 17 – SPAIN – BILBAO – Kafè Antzokia
JUNE 18 – SPAIN – GIJON – Sala Acapulco
JUNE 19 – SPAIN – MADRID – Arena
JUNE 20 – SPAIN – VALENCIA – Loco Club
JUNE 23 – UK – LONDON- Dirty Water Club
JUNE 25 – NORWAY – OSLO – John Dee
JUNE 26 – SWEDEN – STOCKHOLM – Debaser
JUNE 27 – SWEDEN – GOTHENBURG – Pustervik
JUNE 28 – GERMANY – HAMBURG – Hafenklang
JUNE 30 – GERMANY – FREIBURG – Cafè Atlantic
JULY 01 – ITALY – PADOVA – Go Down Fest
JULY 02 – ITALY – LA SPEZIA – Spazio Boss
JULY 03 – ITALY – SALSOMAGGIORE – Festival Beat
JULY 04 – ITALY – BOLOGNA – Alchemica

http://www.radiobirdman.com/

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DIRECTOR PROMISES “DARKER” DAMNED DOCUMENTARY

“This film is much darker,” says film maker Wes Orshoski on the follow-up to his critically acclaimed Lemmy documentary, which focuses on The Damned. Titled ‘Don’t You Wish That We Were Dead’, Wes adds that “Captain is still going to make you laugh out loud and the performances are very raucous, but it’s a much more sobering look at what it’s like to be in a band with someone who you met as a teenager. The strange reality of being in a band that has lasted four decades and being tied at the hip to someone that you entered into this pact with before you even had any clue who you were as a person. ‘Lemmy’ was meant to be sort of a popcorn-munching, roller coaster ride, a party. The Damned film has that, but it’s also much more real.”

You can read Wes’s full story in the latest issue of VLR, on sale now, and view the documentary at the following venues in June:

June 8th Cardiff Chapter Arts Centre
June 9th Liverpool Picture House At Fact
June 10th Brighton Dukes @ Komedia
June 11th Newcastle Upon Tyne Tyneside Cinema
June 12th Edinburgh Filmhouse

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THE MAHONES ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM

Seminal Irish punk band The Mahones have announced the track listing for their upcoming album, The Hunger & The Fight (Part Two).

01. The Hunger & The Fight Fight (Reprise)

02. Sea Of Skeletons / These Hands Will Build America

03. Irish Brigade (Fighting 69th)

04. Hammer In A Bag (Riot Tonight)

05. JFK

06. Punk Rock Saved My Life

07. Fuck You

08. Turn This Town (Upside Down)

09. Irish Punk Girl

10. Alternative Ulster (Stiff Little Fingers Cover)

11. The Parting Glass

Special guests and release dates to be announced shortly. The album will be released on The Mahones’ own record label, Whiskey Devil Records, and distributed by eOne (Canada), Cobraside Records (USA), and Wolverine Records (Europe, UK, Australia, Japan).

The Hunger & The Fight (Part One) was an Irish folk album, paying tribute to the band’s ancestry and musical heroes. It featured original and traditional songs and music, and told stories of Ireland, and specifically Dublin. Part Two brings the journey to America, and specifically to New York City, and the music transitions from folk to punk. This album will showcase the other side of The Mahones, and will be a full out punk album.

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JESSE MALIN NEW ALBUM/TOUR

Jesse Malin returns to the UK for a May tour and releases a new single, ‘Turn Up The Mains’ from his forthcoming new album New York Before The War  on 18th May. Jesse describes the song as “a ‘fuck you’ anthem to blow away all the things we are hit with on a daily basis to make room for something better. Sometimes celebrations can be fueled by anger and anxiety.”

The new album New York Before the War  features contributions from Peter Buck, Craig Finn, Wayne Kramer and J. Mascis. It is released via One Little Indian on 30th March.

May Tour

14th MANCHESTER Night & Day
15th NOTTINGHAM Bodgea Social Club
17th GLASGOW King Tuts
18th NEWCASTLE The Cluny
19th BIRMINGHAM 02 Academy 2
20th PORTSMOUTH Wedgewood Rooms
21st LONDON Tufnell Park Dome

Arriving almost five years on from his last record (2010’s Love It to Life), Jesse’s artistic ambitions for New York Before the War, were high: he knew he had to make it count. “I wanted to make a record that encompassed everything I’ve done, and I wanted to challenge myself sonically and rhythmically. I also wanted to create a soundtrack to battle these apathetic times.”

 

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