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.
THE BOYS release a new live album this week as a souvenir of their first – almost non-existent – dates in China in January this year. Featuring thirteen Boys classics – including ‘Brickfield Nights’, ‘First Time’ and ‘Terminal Love’, Undercover – Live In China is out on 1 July through Action Records.
The band had been scheduled to play nine dates in China, but arrived to find they’d been cancelled by the Ministry of Culture, who warned that any performances would be shut down immediately. Despite a tip-off that they were being followed, with help from their friends in the country, they were able, through word of mouth, to organise three secret gigs, including one in a rehearsal complex with recording and TV facilities attached, enabling to record this album and make a one-hour documentary. Watch a clip from it here.
ALL TOMORROW’S PARTIES have announced that their ATP 2.0 festival next April will be curated by comedian and writer STEWART LEE.
Lee, who was spotted this week at RADIO BIRDMAN’s London show, is well renowned for having superb musical taste, and while acts have yet to be announced, we can hopefully expect a decent supply of punk and rock’n’roll.
ATP 2.0 takes place at Pontin’s in Prestatyn, North Wales from 15 to 17 April and discounted earlybird tickets can be bought here.
Founded in 2001, ATP has hosted festivals in the UK, USA, Australia and Iceland. Past events have been curated by NICK CAVE, SONIC YOUTH, MUDHONEY, DINOSAUR JR and MY BLOODY VALENTINE among others.
Original psych-punks THE BRAINIAC 5 prepare for the release of their first new album in thirty years with a special London show this week.
The band, who reunited in 2012 after initially splitting in 1980, release Exploding Universe on 24 July on Reckless Records through Shellshock. It follows on from last year’s When Silence Was Sound career retrospective and their 2013 comeback release, the Space Is The Place 10” EP.
Their only previous studio album was World Inside, recorded in 1979 but not released until 1988.
They celebrate the momentous occasion with an all-dayer at The Betsey Trotwood, Farringdon Road, London on Saturday 27 June. Kicking off at 2pm, the event also features sets from Jowe Head (of Swell Maps and Television Personalities), Mark & The Clouds, Richard Booth and more.
Originally born out of the mid-70s Cornish festival scene, The Brainiac 5 arrived in London at the advent of punk, recruiting guitarist Richard Booth from Stiff Records favourites Plummet Airlines along the way. Working with producer – and future Hawkwind drummer – Martin Griffin, they received praise from the NME for their Mushy Doubt EP, gaining the attention of John Peel and Alex Chilton and sharing bills with The Soft Boys and The Barracudas.
The Summer of THE DAMNED continues with news of two album releases from Westworld Recordings, following on from the reissue of their late-period return to form So, Who’s Paranoid?.
Fiendish Shadows is a live recording from the Phantasmagoria era, while Punk Oddities & Rare Tracks does what it says on the tin and covers the years ’77 to ’82.
Recorded in California in 1985, Fiendish Shadows features the Vanian, Scabies, Merrick, Jugg line-up at the peak of their commercial career and includes the hit single ‘Grimly Fiendish’ as well as classics ‘Smash It Up’, ‘Wait For The Blackout’ and ‘Love Song’. It also includes covers of Iggy Pop’s ‘Lust For Life’ and the Electric Prunes ‘I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night’, a song drawn from the set of their psych alter egos Naz Nomad & The Nightmares.
Punk Oddities & Rare Tracks features a clutch of live tracks from ’77, ‘79 and ’82, including ‘Curtain Call’, ‘Happy Talk’ and the Stooges’ ‘No Fun’, plus early demos of ‘Love Song’ and ‘I Just Can’t Be Happy Today’ and more besides.
Both titles will be available in September but you can order them now here.
This August Bank Holiday, punks from across the country will descend on Cornwall, invading the beautiful Trereife Estate in Penzance, to bare witness to some of the most revered bands on the scene. Beauty and chaos!
Spanning the full punk rock genre, 3 CHORDS offers up some of the best UK bands with its most eclectic and exciting lineup yet, including The Restarts, Vice Squad, The Lurkers, Goldblade, TV Smith, Dirtbox Disco, Control, Dragster, Eastfield and loads more.
TWENTY-FOUR bands and ONE stage means you won’t miss a thing. Tickets are £55 including 3 days camping, with children’s tickets (5-15) at just £5. Head over to the 3 Chords website for more information.
The UNDERCOVER FESTIVAL returns to Surrey in September with three days of punk, post-punk, ska, dub and more.
Headliners THE DAMNED, UK SUBS, PENETRATION and PETER & THE TEST TUBE BABIES will be topping the bill at Bisley Pavilion, Woking over the weekend of 18-20 September.
Now in its third year, the indoor event will also be playing host to sets from Chelsea, Spizzenergi, Menace, XSLF, TV Smith, Department S, Witchdoktors, Dragster, The Defects, The Piranhas, Pussycat & The Dirty Johnsons, The Talks, The Barstool Preachers and loads more.
Evolving out of a small tent at nearby Guilfest, Undercover prides itself on taking an independent and grassroots approach. Says organiser Mick Moriarty: “We’ve got through to our third year and we’re going strong because what we have created really has struck a chord with people who like their music raw and full of the passion and energy that only acts like ours generate.”
The full line-up and tickets – £25 per day or £75 for the whole weekend – can be found at the Undercover website.
Theatrical rockers THE TUBES have announced a string of UK dates on their 40th Anniversary Tour.
The legendary band – featuring original members Roger Steen, Rick Anderson, Prairie Prince and inimitable frontman Fee Waybill, plus David Medd – are celebrating forty years since the release of their classic eponymous debut, which featured standout tracks ‘White Punks On Dope’, ‘Boy Crazy’ and ‘What Do You Want From Life’.
Formed in San Francisco, The Tubes caused a furore from the off with their outrageous, borderline pornographic stage-shows and their bitingly satirical songs parodying consumerism and politics.
The media uproar on their debut UK tour in 1977 resulted in a series of banned performances, but they returned to headline Knebworth the following year. Since then they’ve grazed the charts a few times with singles such ‘Prime Time’ and ‘She’s A Beauty’.
Fresh from supporting old muckers The Damned at The Roundhouse, JOHNNY MOPED are about to release their first 7” single since 1978!
The limited edition double A-side ‘Ain’t No Rock N Roll Rookie’ and ‘Super Woofa’ is out on 31 July but you can pre-order it now from Damaged Goods.
The band are currently in the studio preparing their long-awaited new album for release later in the year, but before that they’ll be making their first ever appearance at the Rebellion Festival in August.
Originally coming together in Croydon in 1974 and at one time or another featuring Captain Sensible and Chrissie Hynde in their line-up, Johnny Moped were one of the first bands to play London’s legendary punk venue, The Roxy, their classic ‘Hard Lovin’ Man’ featuring on the Live At The Roxy WC2 compilation.
Releasing one album, Cycledelic, on Chiswick before splitting up, they returned in 1990 with The Search For Xerxes. They were the subject of a documentary film Basically Johnny Moped by director Fred Burns in 2013. Watch the trailer for the film here.
Surrey Socialist R’n’B collective THEE FACTION release their new album next week, together with a batch of festival dates and a brand new video, premiered by Vive Le Rock today!
Reading Writing Revolution is the band’s fifth album since the original 80s line-up were spurred into reforming by the discovery of the tapes of their Live At Ebbw Vale album and follows 2013’s Good Politics.
Subtitled The Tendency Of The Rate Of Profit To Fall and released through Soviet Beret, the album features eleven brand new tracks, including the new download single ‘(You’ve Got The) Numbers (Why Don’t You Use It?)’ – check out the video here!
The band will be playing three festival shows this Summer, including the Left Field Stage at Glastonbury at the personal invitation of Billy Bragg. The dates are…