Portland, Oregon punks THE STOPS are set to issue their debut album this Autumn.
The five-piece, who cite “old school OC punk bands” like THE ADOLESCENTS and local heroes THE WIPERS as influences, recorded Nameless Faces at Red Lantern Studios in their hometown with producer/engineer Adam Becker. It was mastered by Portland native Daniel Hussayn (RED DONS, ROLE MODELS) at his Bomb Factory studio in North London.
Nameless Faces is available from Dirt Cult Records via Bandcamp, with a European release on Sabotage Records later this month.
The Stops will be touring Europe during October, but only appear to have a few of the gigs in place. Get in touch with the band if you can help out. Dates are….
Fr. 2.10. Tübingen – Heimat To Hell Fest
Sa. 3.10 Munich – Kafe Kult
Sun. 4.10 Leipzig
Mo 5.10 Hamburg – Hafenklang
Tue 6.10 Cologne – AZ
Wed 7.10 Belgium/Netherlands/Germany
Thur 8.10 Paris
Fr 9.10 TBA
Sat 10.10 San Sebastian
Sun 11.10 Logroño – VILLATRUÑO SQUAT
Mo. 12.10 Zaragossa
Wed 14.10 Lyon
Thur 15.10 Geneve
Fr. 16.10 Basel
Sat 17.10 TBA
Sun 18.10 Vienna – Venster
Mo 19.10 Zagreb
Tue 20.10 Budapest
We 21.10 Brno
Thu 22.10 Berlin
Fr. 23.10 Hannover
Sat. 24.10 Bremen- G18 / Terrible Feelings
Doing their best to keep the ailing spirit of Soho alive, London powerpop-punk quartet ROLE MODELS have just issued their debut album through Glunk Records.
The Go-To Guy was recorded in London and Berlin and features guest appearances from MICHAEL MONROE BAND members Rich Jones and Sam Yaffa.
Fronted by guitarist and singer Rich Rags (formerly of London pop-punk legends THE LOYALTIES, who also featured Jones), the Role Models line-up is completed by Loyalties drummer Simon Maxwell, guitarist Nick Hughes and RED DONS bassist Daniel Hussayn.
Resplendent in a sleeve depicting the pool-room of the much-missed Soho hangout The 12 Bar Club, The Go-To Guy is available now from Glunk Records.
You can check out the album and download previous releases free here.
Londoners are in for a treat this weekend as URBAN VOODOO MACHINE headline a one-day free festival on Sunday afternoon.
The UK’s favourite bourbon-soaked gypsy blues bop’n’stroll band will be taking the stage at Clerkenwell Festival in Spa Fields Park off Exmouth Market, Islington this Sunday 30 August. Kicking off at 1.30pm until 5pm, also on the bill are KING SALAMI & THE CUMBERLAND 3, 9 TON PEANUT SMUGGLERS, LIL’ LOST LOU, FLORENCE JOELLE and RUN DEVIL RUN plus more acts to be announced.
There’s also a rock’n’roll jumble sale and a dog show! A good time is guaranteed!
Young Cornish garage-punks THE BLACK TAMBOURINES are to unleash their second album next month.
Having reissued the band’s debut last year on expanded CD, Easy Action are to release Freedom on 4 September on CD, vinyl download and cassette.
Scorching out of Falmouth in 2010, The Black Tambourines initially released their debut album in 2013, quickly identifying them as leaders of a new wave of Cornish acts. The following year saw them touring the UK and Ireland with THE JESUS AND MARY CHAIN as well as playing the Glastonbury, Isle of Wight and Great Escape festivals, the latter a guerilla gig from the back of a lorry!
Having made their mark on Manchester Psych Fest in June, the band go on to play The Brewhouse, London (22 Aug); the End Of The Road Festival, Dorset (4-6 Sept); and a homecoming show at Falmouth’s largest venue, The Princess Pavilion on 30 Oct.
LA ska-punks THE INTERRUPTERS have a new video for the single ‘Take Back The Power’ which they’re launching exclusively through Vive Le Rock! tonight!
‘Take Back The Power’ is the opening cut from their self-titled debut album which is out now through Hellcat Records.
The band are touring across Europe all Summer, playing headline shows and supporting BAD RELIGION, LESS THAN JAKE and MAD CADDIES. They played Boomtown Fair in Winchester last week. The remaining dates are….
18.08.15 – DE Essen – Zeche Carl w/ Less Than Jake
19.08.15 – DE Stuttgart – Universum w/ Less Than Jake
20.08.15 – FR Selestat – Le Tigre
21.08.15 – RO Bucharest – Green Sounds Festival
22.08.15 – DE Berlin – SO36 ‘Ronaldo’s Bday Bash
24.08.15 – CH Zurich – Hafenkneipe
25.08.15 – AT Dornbin – Conrad Sohm w/ Bad Religion
26.08.15 – CH Geneva – L’Usine w/ Bad Religion
27.08.15 – FR Montbeliard – Atelier des Moles
28.08.15 – LUX Luxembourg – Atelier w/ Bad Religion
29.08.15 – DE Bremen – Pier 2 w/ Bad Religion
30.08.15 – DE Frankfurt – Batschkapp w/ Bad Religion
01.09.15 – FR Paris – La Cigale w/ Bad Religion
02.09.15 – IT Milan – Live Club w/ Bad Religion
03.09.15 – IT Bologna – Estragon w/ Bad Religion
04.09.15 – SLO Ljubljana – Gala Hala
05.09.15 – AT Hollabrunn – Alte Schlachthof
06.09.15 – CZ Prague – Cross Club
07.09.15 – DE Berlin – Ramones Museum
Wait a decade-and-a-half for a CRAZYHEAD spin-off and along come two at once!
You’ll have heard SWAMP DELTA. Now Crazyhead (and ZODIAC MINDWARP) drummer Rob Morris and guitarist Kev Reverb have joined forces in Leicester’s premier ‘art power trio’ THE MARINUCCIS. The band is completed by bassist and singer Stew Brackley, formerly of legendary jazz-punkers BLACK CARROT.
Sharing a string of influences, from Beefheart to Pere Ubu and beyond, the threesome have just issued their self-titled debut album. The end result is “psychedelic jazz-punk rock n’ roll for the mind and body!” And we can’t argue with that!
Check out ‘37’, the opening cut from their debut album.
The band are currently readying a new EP, Motorizer, for the Autumn. In the meantime, keep an eye on their Facebook page for gigs.
JOE JACKSON has announced the release of his first new album of original songs in seven years.
Fast Forward will be released throughout Europe on 2 October vie earMusic. The project was originally conceived as four separate four-song EPs recorded in four different cities – New York, Amsterdam, Berlin and New Orleans – with four different line-ups.
The complete album features fourteen Jackson originals plus two covers – the TELEVISION classic ‘See No Evil’ and the 1930s German ‘Kabarett’ song ‘Good Bye Johnny’.
Fast Forward will be promoted with a career-spanning European tour, on which Joe will support the full-band performances with a solo piano set. Full dates to be announced.
Aussie slackers TUMBLEWEED celebrate the 20th Anniversary of their classic second album Galactophonic this week with a new expanded deluxe reissue.
Following their release of their debut in 1992 and an intensive period of touring which saw the Wollongong quintet visit the US, Europe and the UK, plus an infamous Australian tour supporting NIRVANA, ‘95’s Galactophonic was their major label breakthrough for Polydor, debuting in the Top 10.
The Source of three classic singles – ‘Gyroscope’, ‘Hang Around’ and ‘Armchair Ride’ – the original thirteen-track album is now expanded to a whopping thirty-four tracks, including single and EP B-sides, live radio sessions and recently rediscovered cassette demos. Available as a double-CD and download, it’s also out on vinyl for the first time ever.
Tumbleweed will be playing Galactophonic in full on a series of Australian dates in August and September, their first since the tragic sudden death of founding bassist Jay Curley last year.
Fast-rising filthy blues practitioner JOHN J PRESLEY releases a new EP next month, and has unveiled a video for the lead track, directed by celebrated rock photographer Steve Gullick.
The White Ink EP – featuring the track ‘Come Calling’ – is out on 21 August through Vital Music.
Previously seen turning heads as special guest on the JIM JONES REVUE’s farewell tour last Autumn, Presley laid down the five songs on White Ink in a single eight-hour burnout overseen by producer Liam Watson at East London’s famed Toe Rag Studios.
Hagar The Womb originally formed in the toilets at Wapping Anarchy Centre in 1980, releasing two 12” EPs, The Word Of The Womb (on CONFLICT’S Mortarhate label) and Funnery In A Nunnery (Abstract), both of them reaching the top ten on the indie chart. They originally split in 1986.
The band members were brought back in touch with one another through US label Mississippi, who released a compilation album A Brighter Shade Of Black in 2011 and they resumed gigging in early 2012 going on to play the Rebellion and Another Winter Of Discontent festivals. They released a new EP, Life Of Lies, on All The Madmen last year.
DIRTY WATER RECORDS have announced the signing of teenage tearaways ARCHIE & THE BUNKERS with an album release planned for the autumn.
Hailing from Cleveland, Ohio, this frighteningly young duo comprise Cullen O’Connell (14) on keys and vocals and Emmett O’Connell (16) on drums and vocals. They play what they call Hi-Fi Organ Punk – which Emmett describes as, “rock’n’roll that’s been peeled back to its raw foundation” – and cite influences from jazz organ legend Jimmy Smith to The Stooges and The Dead Boys.
Recording their first two EPs in their basement, they upped sticks to Ghetto Recorders in Detroit to lay down their debut full-length with renowned producer Jim Diamond. It’s earmarked for release on Dirty Water at the end of September. Dates to follow.
Tickets are selling fast for THE DAMNED’s 40th Anniversary show at the Royal Albert Hall next year.
As previously announced, in a bid to celebrate their fortieth birthday in style, the band have booked in at that bastion of the establishment, the Royal Albert Hall, London on Friday 20 May 2016.
They’re planning a very special show, the content of which is being kept a closely guarded secret. When asked what could be expected, Dave Vanian enigmatically replied, “Expect the unexpected”.
Captain Sensible responded “Anyone informing the snotty bunch of oiks that we were back in ’76 that the band may be playing the Albert Hall forty years later would’ve undoubtedly been greeted with a prize selection of four letter expletives. The Damned had a surly edge back then… not exactly the urbane gents about town you find us today. How we managed to come through four decades of chaos and destruction is a miracle…. even scattering a few decent records in our wake as we went.
“Our 40th Anniversary show will be a celebration, not just of a band but a special time in British music history… the dawn of punk, when seemingly anything was possible if you could strum a couple of chords on a guitar. And if the Albert Hall is good enough for Messrs Clapton and Wakeman then it’s good enough for us. On the night a fun and varied setlist will shine a light around the darkest corners of the jolly old discography…. can’t wait!”
Sheffield garage rock’n’rollers ROAMING SON release their new EP this week.
The band’s second release, the five-track Blood On My Hands was recorded with producer Paul Tuffs at Tufty Studio in the city and features artwork by renowned poster artist Martin Bedford.
The EP is available on CD or download. Check it out here.
Formed four years ago, Roaming Son comprise vocalist/guitarist Tim Lee Cavanagh, guitarist Mark Lyall, bassist Andy Dickinson and drummer Martin Richardson and in that time have become South Yorkshire’s go-to band for rock’n’roll energy and excess.
Their next gig is on Sunday 6 September at The Greystones, Sheffield with JASON & THE SCORCHERS guitarist Warner E Hodges. Get your tickets here.
A certified proto-punk classic rises to the surface once again next month when Esoteric Recordings reissue the debut album by infamous UK outfit THIRD WORLD WAR.
Originally released in 1971 on the Fly label (home of T REX), the self-titled album has been newly remastered from the original tapes and has been expanded with two bonus tracks and a new essay.
Essentially a duo of Terry Stamp and Jim Avery together with manager and producer John Fenton, Third World War were very much at odds with the prevailing peace’n’love climate of the times, and their primitive politico-rock songs – with titles like ‘Get Out Of Bed You Dirty Red’, ‘Working Class Man’ and ‘Preaching Violence’ – were often more direct than the likes of the PINK FAIRIES.
Original London punks EATER are to get the deluxe treatment next month when their sole album – The Album – is reissued through Cherry Red.
First released in 1977, the latest model comprises the whole original album, plus a second disc of rare singles and compilation tracks – essentially their complete recorded output.
Formed in North London in ’76 by four schoolfriends, Eater’s profile was boosted on the teen scene thanks to fresh-faced 14-year-old drummer Dee Generate. Playing their first gig in Manchester supported by Buzzcocks, they were one of the first bands to play legendary punk venue The Roxy, supported by The Damned and Johnny Moped. They featured on the Live At The Roxy WC2 album and in Don Letts’ seminal screen document Punk Rock Movie.
Reuniting for occasional gigs in recent years, frontman Andy Blade published a memoir The Secret Life Of A Teenage Punk Rocker in 2005.
WALTER LURE, the only surviving member of the classic line-up of New York punk legends JOHNNY THUNDERS & THE HEARTBREAKERS, will tour the UK in September.
Lure, who was last seen over here blowing the roof off London’s Forum as support to the JIM JONES REVUE at their farewell performance last October, will play seven dates as follows…
Wed 16-Southend, The Railway Hotel
Thrs 17-London, The Jazz Café
Fri 18-Birmingham, The Hare & Hounds
Sat 19-Manchester, the Soup Kitchen
Sun 20-Glasgow, Broadcast
Mon 21-Newcastle, The Cluny
Tues 22-Leeds. The Brudenell Social Club
Joining the nascent Heartbreakers in 1975, following Thunders’ departure from the NEW YORK DOLLS, Lure featured in the band’s classic line-up, participating in the SEX PISTOLS’ ill-fated Anarchy Tour and the recording of the legendarily crummy-sounding Track Records debut album L.A.M.F.
Following his departure from the band, Lure notoriously enjoyed a career as a Wall Street stockbroker, but also found time to work with the RAMONES and others before fielding his own band the WALDOS.
For the September dates, Lure will be backed by members of Birmingham’s GUNFIRE DANCE. Tickets go on sale on Friday 3 July at 9am from Punk Rock Blues.
HENRY ROLLINS will be hosting a weekly two-hour show for a London radio station throughout July.
The former BLACK FLAG frontman, actor, writer and spoken-word performer will take over the 2-4pm slot on Tuesdays on Dalston’s internet station NTS Radio, starting on 7 July. The shows will then be uploaded to Mixcloud for future listening.