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.
If you’ve seen the superb SLITS documentary Here To Be Heard, you’ll understand the significance of bassist Tessa Pollitt’s scrapbook, which charts the life of the band from 1976 through a goldmine of cuttings, photographs and notes.
Now Vive Le Rock‘s book publishing arm Extradition Books has recreated that very document in all its glory. The 72-page replica contains dozens of contemporary reviews, interviews and news items from the likes of Sounds, NME, Melody Maker and Zig Zag, not to mention various horrified tabloids! There’s also numerous gig fliers and colour photographs documenting this unique band.
Says Tessa, “I started collecting cuttings from the old press (no internet in those days!) from 1976 onwards. This was the scrapbook era. I also loved taking photos from childhood, and have continued on an instamatic camera ever since, some of these included in this scrapbook. It was [director] William Badgley’s idea to use my scrapbook as a starting point to base the documentary around, an idea that proved to be successful. I hope you enjoy the insight into the story of The Slits and the visuals, which include personal photos from Palmolive, Christine Robertson (our manager) and myself. The Slits exist. Yours truly – Tessa Pollitt.”
The Slits – News, Cuttings & Scraps is available now priced £25, including a DVD of the Here To Be Heard film from Vive Le Shop.
Read a review of Here To Be Heard in the latest edition of Vive Le Rock!
Following on from the success of this year’s event, CAMDEN ROCKS head honcho Chris McCormack has announced next year it will be expanded to TWO DAYS!
On Saturday 2 June, for the 6th year running, Camden Rock brought more than 8,000 fans to the North London rock’n’roll enclave to see and hear over 200 acts – including PiL, British Sea Power, Maximo Park (pictured), The Professionals and more – performing at 20+ different venues.
So successful was the event that they’ve decided to double up and make it a two-day event in 2019. A limited number of earlybird day and weekend tickets are available now for the festival which takes place over Saturday and Sunday 1 and 2 June. Get them here!
Aussie legends THE CHURCH have announced a handful of UK dates following their sold-out Meltdown show next week.
As previously announced, the band join the PSYCHEDELIC FURS at London’s Royal Festival Hall on Friday 15 June as part of the festival curated by THE CURE’s Robert Smith.
The following weekend, they take over West London’s Bush Hall for A Weekend Crusade. On Saturday 16 June, the band will be playing selections from their albums Starfish and Hologram Of Baal, celebrating their 30th and 20th Anniversaries respectively. On Sunday 17 June, they’ll be performing their classic 1982 album The Blurred Crusade in its entirety. Both days will also feature film screenings and solo sets. Tickets are available here.
The band then head north to play dates in Sheffield (18/6), Newcastle (19/6) and Glasgow (20/6) playing shows in support of the latest album Man Woman Life Death Infinity. They’ll be joined on these dates by UK-based Australian artist Suzie Stapleton. Full dates are below…
Watford mods THE SPITFIRES return with a new album this summer and have unveiled a new video as a taster.
‘Remains The Same’ is the first single to be taken from the album Year Zero, which is set for release through Hatch Records on 27 July. It’s available to pre-order here.
In three years, the band’s infectious brand of ska, punk, reggae and soul has seen both their previous albums Response and A Thousand Times reach the top end of the Independent Albums Chart, as well as denting the national Top 100.
The band hit the road this Autumn for a lengthy series of dates that will take them into the New Year and includes a London show at the Islington Assembly Hall. Full dates are….
Fri 05 Oct – Southend, Chinnerys
Sat 06 Oct – Norwich, Arts Centre
Fri 02 Nov – Dover, Booking Hall
Sat 03 Nov – Brighton, Patterns
Fri 09 Nov – Leamington Spa, Zephyr Lounge
Sat 10 Nov – London, Islington Assembly Hall
Thu 15 Nov – Birmingham, Hare & Hounds
Fri 16 Nov – Glasgow, Broadcast
Sat 17 Nov – Edinburgh, Mash House
Fri 23 Nov – Bristol, Fiddlers
Sat 24 Nov – Exeter, Cavern
Thu 29 Nov – Newcastle, Cluny
Fri 30 Nov – Carlisle, Old Fire Station
Fri 07 Dec – Leeds, Hi Fi Club
Sat 08 Dec – Northampton, Roadmender
Fri 25 Jan – Belfast, Limelight 2
Sat 26 Jan – Dublin, Workman’s Club
Fri 08 Feb – Sheffield, Plug
Sat 09 Feb – Manchester, Gorilla
Fri 15 Feb – Hull, Fruit
Sat 16 Feb – York, Fibbers
Fri 22 Feb – Cardiff, The Globe
Sat 23 Feb – Liverpool, O2 Academy 2
Original punk legend VIC GODARD is the subject of a new charity compilation.
Singing A Song In Prison: The Songs Of Vic Godard features 13 tracks written by the great man and covered by a diverse array of artists and compiled for the benefit of Amnesty International by Liverpool musician Joe McKechnie.
Bands featured include ORANGE JUICE, THE BLUE ORCHIDS, THE JESUS AND MARY CHAIN, ADVENTURES IN STEREO, THE BITTER SPRINGS, THE KINGFISHERS, ADAM WALTERS and more.
Available to buy digitally from Bandcamp, 100% of all profits go directly to Amnesty International.
Rising London street-punks EAST END BADOES launched their new album A Punk Rock Sound With An East End Beat last month – with a full supporting cast! – at London’s 100 Club. Vive Le Rock‘s Tony Ghirardi was there…
EAST END BADOES The 100 Club, London
The 100 Club was the evening’s destination for Human Punk’s four band offering of East End Badoes, The Violators, Knock Off and Geoffrey OiCott, and there was the added attraction of it being the Badoes album release gig.
The evening kicked off with Yorkshire Cricket based Oi band, Geoffrey OiCott. Dressed in their obligatory cricket whites, they warmed up the 100 Club with their tongue-in-cheek renditions ‘Dawn Of The Dickie Birds’, ‘Robin Hood Was A Yorkshire Man’ and ‘Glory Glory Garry Thompson’, which was changed to ‘Glory Glory Eric Bristow’ in recognition of the darts player’s recent death.
Knock Off (left) were next up, a three piece from Watford with a couple of cracking albums and singles under their belts. They are an ultra-hardworking band and it really shows with their tight professional set which included crowd favourites ‘Are You Offended’, ‘Jack The Ripper’ and their terrace chant, ‘Football, Beer And Punk Rock’ which always goes down a storm.
UK82 returned to the 100 Club in the shape of The Violators (below). Having been back together since last year’s appearance at Rebellion, great things were expected of them. After overcoming some initial bass amp problems, they put in a blinding set of old favourites, with ‘Summer Of ‘81’ and ‘Gangland’ being the highlights.
The stage was now set for the East End Badoes to make their first ever album launch. There was a large following for them, most of whom piled down the front of the stage to join in the fun. The majority of tracks, as expected, were from the new album, like ‘Poplar Boys’ and ‘Trouble On The Streets’, all were very well received by those in attendance. The band played at full tilt and at one point Mark’s snare drum broke; until a new one was found, a member of the audience offered his prosthetic leg to use! A great, fun evening which ended with a few of the crowd on stage adding vocals for ‘Trouble On The Streets’ and their cover of The Professionals ‘1-2-3’. Tony Ghirardi
Formed in 2000 out of the ashes of surf-punk legends THE BAMBORAS, The Lords Of Altamont has released 7 albums on various labels, while their revolving door line-up has featured members of The Fuzztones, The MC5 and The Cramps. This London date is part of a full European Tour in support of current album The Wild Sounds Of The Lords Of Altamont, released last autumn.
Fast-rising US garage-punks THE DARTS return to the UK next month.
The Phoenix/Los Angeles band turned a lot of heads when they played The Finsbury in London last may at what for many was gig of the year.
Now more than a year later, they’ve lined up a show at Nambucca, Holloway on Tuesday 26 June at the front of their next European jaunt, and as a launch for their new album due out through Dirty Water Records. Support comes from transplanted Kiwis, THE CAVEMEN.
South London post-punk evergreens THE BAND OF HOLY JOY are to play a special show in North London later this month.
The gig takes place at Bones & Pearl, Markfield Road, Tottenham on Sunday 27 May. An impressive supporting cast features sets from HOWLROUND VS TIME ATTENDANT, MYSTERY CULT NO.2, STEPH HORAK, HECTOR GANNET, ANNE GARNER, BEN CON CELLO BAND and COLDLIPS, plus DJ sets from Ali Makiavelli and Subterraneans.
Formed in 1984 in New Cross by Tyneside emigre Johny Brown, the Band Of Holy Joy had a triumphant year last year with the widely acclaimed new album Funambulist We Love You and the double compilation album of their 80s recordings for Flim Flam Records, Clouds The Break The Sky.