New Northeast supergroup THE CITY KIDS have just released their debut single and are premiering the video exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
Put together by JJ Watt from THE MAIN GRAINS, the band also features Dennis Post (Warrior Soul, Flush The Fashion) and Berty Burton (Tigertailz).
‘Best Of You’ is the first track to be revealed from the newly recorded debut album which was produced by the band themselves and mastered by Wildhearts and Professionals producer Dave Draper.
The video is the work of Fuzzy McGlide, who’s been responsible for all the Main Grains’ artwork and most of their videos.
“The song is basically about not letting people’s opinions take your essence, don’t change for anyone, be true to yourself.” says JJ. “Recently, the three of us lost a close friend, Mikey Lawless, the bass player in Falling Red. This single is for sale online and ALL sales are going to help with his funeral costs, or be split between Macmillan and Marie Curie as they have been a massive help.”
‘Best Of You’ is available now from The City Kids’ Bandcamp.
The surviving members of EDDIE & THE HOT RODS have announced that they’ll be playing a series of dates throughout 2020 in memory of founding frontman Barrie Masters.
Masters sadly passed away suddenly last October following the band’s decision to retire from touring at the start of the year. Following encouragement from fans worldwide, and at the insistence of Barrie’s family, the band have decided to carry on playing live, with bassist Ian ‘Dipster’ Dean stepping up to the mic.
The band’s line-up is completed by longtime members Simon Bowley on drums and guitarist Richard Holgarth, with bassist Mic Stoner joining the band.
The dates kick off with an appearance at the Great British Alternative Festival at Butlins in Minehead, and culminate with a London show at the Red Lion Ballroom, Leytonstone on 3 October, the first anniversary of Masters’ death. The band will be joined on various dates by DEPARTMENT S* and DUNCAN REID & THE BIG HEADS**. Full dates are…
Feb 28 Minehead Great British Alternative Festival Apr 17 Chelmsford Football Club* Jun 6 Coombes Glastonwick Festival Jun 11 Putney Half Moon* Jun 12 Leicester Musician* Jun 13 Barnard Castle TCR Hub* Jun 14 Barnoldswick Music & Arts Centre* Jun 19 Brighton Patterns* Jun 25 Sheﬃeld Greystones* Jun 26 Buckley The Tivoli* Jul 4 Harlow Latton Park Sep 4 Cardiﬀ The Globe* Sep 12 Whitwell Festival Sep 18 Guilford Holroyd Arms* Sep 19 Nottingham Rescue Rooms* Sep 25 Cambridge Junction** Sep 26 Norwich Epic Studios** Oct 3 London Red Lion Ballroom
Aussie punk poster-boys have announced the release of their debut album with another run of UK dates and a wince-inducing new video.
‘The Clap’ is taken from High Risk Behaviour, and features guitarist Josh Price on vocals.
The trio from the Sunshine Coast have come along way since ‘Smoko’ went viral, earning them the personal approval of both Iggy Pop and Queens Of The Stoneage, who both invited the band to guest on Australian tours.
High Risk Behaviour has taken 18 months to record as the band dropped into engineer Billy Garner’s studio in Geelong, Victoria during breaks in touring. Says bassist/singer Eamon Sandwith, “If we’d just done a week and slogged it out we could have had an album before now but we just kept going in there and making newer and better songs so it’s hard to put a stop on it. Some of the songs were first-take and we were like, ‘That’s good, whatever’. We’re really not perfectionists.”
Although courted by various labels in a high-pressure bidding war, the trio chose to stick with their own Bargain Bin imprint, firmly entrenched as they are in their DIY ethic.
“We thought, if we just do it ourselves we don’t have to worry about getting swindled,” says Sandwith. “We’ve always done it our way.”
High Risk Behaviour is released on 27 March on Bargain Bin Records via Cooking Vinyl Australia. It’s available to pre-order here.
Fri 16 Oct – Southampton, 1865 Sat 17 Oct – Nottingham, Rock City Sun 18 Oct – Bristol, 02 Academy Mon 19 Oct – Ireland, Dublin, Olympia Tue 20 Oct – Belfast, Limelight Thu 22 Oct – Glasgow, Galvanizers Fri 23 Oct – Leeds, Stylus Sat 24 Oct – Newcastle, Boiler Shop Sun 25 Oct – Manchester, 02 Academy Mon 26 Oct – Brighton, Dome Wed 28 Oct – London, Electric Brixton Thu 29 Oct – London, Electric Brixton
Lancashire psych-punk duo THE LOVELY EGGS herald a new album with a new single and video.
‘This Decision’ is the first track to be revealed from the new album I Am Moron, which is set for release via their own Egg Records label on 3 April. It follows on from their acclaimed 2018 release This is Eggland and once again is co-produced and mixed by Flaming Lips and MGMT producer David Fridmann.
I Am Moron takes its bearings from the observations by Holly Ross and David Blackwell on the deteriorating state of Brexit-era Britain and the world in general. ‘This Decision’ is the duo’s attack on greed and mindless consumerism and a fierce defence of the thoroughly independent no-frills lifestyle they have chosen to pursue.
“For the video we wanted something with the pedal to the frigging floor,” explains Ross. “The track is pretty intense so we wanted something to match that and to take a pop at the moronic relentless capitalist culture that we’re surrounded by these days.”
The Lovely Eggs head out on tour in support of the album. Cathc them live at…
Thur 9 Apr – The Cluny, Newcastle Fri 10 Apr – The Brudenell Social Club, Leeds SOLD OUT Sat 11 Apr – The Castle & Falcon, Birmingham Sun 12 Apr – The Bullingdon, Oxford Mon 13 Apr – The Fleece, Bristol Tues 14 Apr – The Loft, Southampton Wed 15 Apr – The Portland Arms, Cambridge SOLD OUT Thur 16 Apr – Komedia, Brighton Fri 17 Apr – The Garage, London Sat 18 Apr – Gorilla, Manchester SOLD OUT Fri 1 May – The Mash House, Edinburgh Sat 2 May – CCA, Glasgow
Punk comes to the Yorkshire coast this spring for the Scarborough Punk Festival.
Headlined by THE SKIDS and ANTI-NOWHERE LEAGUE, the one-day event takes place at the Scarborough Spa on Saturday 28 March.
A very impressive bill also features PETER AND THE TEST TUBE BABIES, CHELSEA, 999, THE RAMONAS, HUNG LIKE HANRATTY, MENACE, HOT ROCKETS, KINGCROWS and THE VIBRATORS.
The festival proper will be preceded by an intimate pre-show party on Friday 27 March at The Tipi Venue, featuring EXTREME NOISE TERROR, MAU MAUS, ANTI-SYSTEM, WAR ALL THE TIME, CHARRED HEARTS, SATANIC MALFUNCTIONS and ACTIVE MINDS.
Tickets are available here. The first 200 earlybird tickets sold out within minutes so get in quick!
It’s worth noting that the town’s full of very cheap hotels and B&Bs this time of year, so get booking now and make a weekend of it!
Mining a rich seam of Swedish garage-punk, ROTTEN MIND are back with a new video and album.
‘Beat Of The Street’ is the second single to be taken from Rat City Dog Boy, the Uppsala quartet’s fourth album, which follows last year’s misleadingly-titled Fading Into Oblivion.
Speaking about the album’s title, guitarist/singer Jakob Arvidsson says, “We practically live on the streets, in the bars and in our rehearsal room in Uppsala; the dark and twisted city with a long history of rock music and especially punk. For us, taking inspiration from the nights in Uppsala and putting it on tape was an essential part of writing this album.”
Rat City Dog Boy will be released on vinyl and download through Lövely Records on 7 February.
Last month, punks brought sunshine to Morecambe. Vive Le Rock packed our buckets and spades.
Off we go to the seaside once again for three days and nights of fun at a proper DIY punk festival. Day One kicks off with PAUL CARTER bringing his own brand of humour to the proceedings and he goes down like a spoonful of honey. SINFUL MAGGIE played a stomping set that left me wanting more. Quality. PICTURE FRAME SEDUCTION had to have a stand-in bass-player but they did not suffer in any way and they delivered every song with confidence. Next up for me was PARANOID VISIONS. This was one of the highlights of the weekend and the place was packed with happy punters. Animated does not come close.
Saturday rolls around with an early start of 12 o’clock. A healthy crowd had already gathered in anticipation of the days proceedings. A band that I had never heard before was RED LONDON and I am so glad that I caught them live. Top energy and great tunes. SYSTEM OF HATE have been delivering quality gigs from day one but this one was a bit special as it was Dave Guilford’s last gig with the band. Good luck with the future Dave. FACE UP smashed it and Rox really has got stage craft nailed. GIMP FIST have always gone over my head but I think I have been converted. Highly enjoyable.
And then it’s Sunday. THE YALLA YALLAS woke the crowd up with some proper anthems. Top job. THE DELINQUENTS played to a full room and the joy as they played was infectious. Time for a bit of old school Goth with 1919. Another highlight for me. ANTI PASTI did what they do and as a three-piece they do it oh so well. Absolutely brilliant. The weekend was rounded off with the infectious EASTFIELD. They never fail to bring a smile to my face.
All in all a fantastic weekend that was run by a great team of volunteers. Take a bow people.
Melodic hardcore mob STRIKE ANYWHERE have announced a series of dates for the summer.
Having formed in Richmond, Virginia in 1999, the band released several albums during their first decade, culminating in their most recent full-length In Defiance Of Empty Times in 2012. Since then they’ve put their energies into touring.
A first list of dates – including a London show at New Cross Inn on 15 August – is below. More dates to be announced. Tickets go on sale this Thursday at 9.00am.
Just about recovered from their 10th Anniversary bash last month, street-punk Euro-champs BOOZE & GLORY have announced a UK and Irish tour for the Spring.
To get you in the mood, they’ve just unveiled a fifth video from their new album Hurricane; this time it’s the title track.
The band’s tour kicks off at the Underworld in London on 4 April, winding its way to the Palm House in Belfast on 25 April. Full dates are…
4 April – LONDON – Underworld 5 April – NORWICH – Salty Dog 6 April – BRISTOL – The Fleece 8 April – NEWCASTLE – Trillians 9 April – DUNDEE – Generator 10 April – GLASGOW – Broadcast 11 April – BLACKPOOL – Waterloo Music Bar 15 April – DERBY – Hairy Dog 16 April – PLYMOUTH – The Underground 17 April – LEEDS – Boom 23 April – BOLTON – Alma Inn 24 April – DUBLIN – Grand Social 25 April – BELFAST – Palm House
Further dates and support acts to be announced soon. Go here for tickets.
THE PROFESSIONALS return to activity in the New Year with a trio of 4-track EPs.
The rejuvenated band, still featuring founder member and former SEX PISTOL Paul Cook, are set to release their first new music since the release of their 2017 comeback album What In The World.
To be released in January, February and March, each EP will feature two new songs, plus two live recordings of older songs. The new material will also be up for consideration for a new album due in October, with potential for re-recording with special guests. What In The World featured numerous guest contributors, including Steve Jones, Duff McKagan, Phil Collen and Billy Duffy.
Joining Cook in the current Professionals line-up are guitarist/singer Tom Spencer, ex-3 Colours Red guitarist Chris McCormack and new arrival, bassist Toshi JC Ogawa from The Ga Gas.
The three EPs are available to pre-order on vinyl and CD in various bundles here.
Rock’n’roll guitar legend BILLY BREMNER returns to the UK for a brace of shows in the New Year.
The Aberdonian musician, now based in Sweden, has enjoyed a career of more than 50 years, coming to fame in the late 70s with the supergroup ROCKPILE, alongside Dave Edmunds, Nick Lowe and Terry Williams. A sought-after guitar-slinger, as well as contributing to solo albums by Edmunds and Lowe, he’s worked with the likes of Elvis Costello, Shakin’ Stevens, The Pretenders and many more, playing on the latter’s 1982 comeback hit ‘Back On The Chain Gang’.
After a long absence, Bremner returned to the UK with his Swedish band for shows earlier this year, which found him particularly on form playing highlights from his career as well as various rock’n’roll standards.
Catch Billy Bremner’s Rockfiles at…
Sun 19 Jan – The Prince Albert, Brighton tickets Mon 20 Jan – 100 Club, London tickets
Support at the 100 Club show comes from fellow Edmunds alumnus GERAINT WATKINS who has a new album Rush Of Blood out now.
Following their successful UK tour and the release of the acclaimed new album One Man Gang, it’s been announced that MICHAEL MONROE and his band will headline the Saturday night at next year’s Call Of The Wild Festival.
The former HANOI ROCKS legend joins Friday night headliners MASSIVE WAGONS and Sunday night bill-toppers, ex-MOTÖRHEAD man PHIL CAMPBELL & THE BASTARD SONS at the festival, which returns to the Lincolnshire Showground at Grange de Lings near Lincoln over the weekend of 29-31 May for the second year running.
“Life doesn’t get much better than when you confirm Michael Monroe to headline the Festival you’ve spent a life dreaming about building,” says Festival Director Raz White. “I became a huge Hanoi Rocks fan back when I was 14 and started to cross over from punk to rock bands. The image, energy and songs just resonated with me. In my humble opinion, easily the greatest frontman to strut the stage. So, this is a huge honour for me and the whole team. We can guarantee this show will be absolutely spectacular!”
“Can’t wait to see you all at Call Of The Wild and play this great, upcoming festival,” says Michael.
Other bands appearing on the festival’s three stages include WARRIOR SOUL, THE THROBS, GLEN MATLOCK, LAWNMOWER DETH, BLACK RAIN, CRUEL INTENTIONS, DEAD GIRLS ACADEMY, SKARLETT RIOT, NEW DEVICE, MIDNIGHT CITY, EVERY MOTHER’S NIGHTMARE, KICKIN’ VALENTINA, EMPYRE, THE SWEET THINGS, JANUS STARK, CRASHED OUT, MOTOCHRIST and loads more…
Iconic Essex glam rocker MARTIN NEWELL is to publish a second volume of autobiography.
Newell rose to fame as frontman of Colchester band PLOD, who in recent years have become synonymous with the ‘junkshop glam’ genre, their track ‘Neo City’ achieving classic floorfilling status through its presence on the compilation Velvet Tinmine.
Plod’s rise and fall years, as well as Newell’s eventful youth, were portrayed vividly in his first, essential, memoir This Little Ziggy.
New volume The Greatest Living Englishman focuses on the following two decades, during which he found success with his best-known band THE CLEANERS FROM VENUS, wrote songs with Captain Sensible, had a nearly-hit with New Wave anthem ‘Young Jobless’, recorded an album with XTC’s Andy Partridge and forged an alternative career as one of the UK’s most published poets.
The Greatest Living Englishman is due for publication on 25 November but is available to pre-order here.
Pirates Press boss Eric ‘Skippy’ Mueller waxes lyrical with Dom Warwick, discussing vinyl innovations and family values, during the build up to their Rock The Ship 15th anniversary event.
Pirates Press are based in Oakland, California, and have been at the heart of a revolution that has seen a major reversal in the popularity of vinyl in recent years. Having started a manufacturing company from the confines of his bedroom in 2004, Skip branched into his own label, aptly titled Pirates Press Records, a year later. The business now spans across the world, with the manufacturing side averaging 3-4 million records pressed each year.
2019 marks their 15th anniversary, and never being one to shy away from the unconventional, Skip will be marking the occasion with what some might call not just crazy, but bat shit crazy, a weekend of events with the centrepiece a gig staged on an aircraft carrier, the USS Hornet. But how was this even possible?
“A lot of planning and a little bit of luck. After the last Rock The Ship event, celebrating our 10th Anniversary, we stewed over ways to take it up a notch. One of the consistent comments was to do it on an actual ship. Exploring our options here in the bay, there are not many ships that can accommodate a large enough crowd, but we found one, a famous one at that! While they haven’t put on many concerts, certainly not any of this magnitude, they are equally excited about it and going above-and-beyond to help make sure that it is a fun and successful celebration for all of us and everyone who attends.”
The ability to make this possible stems from Skip’s innovative vision and seeing barriers as opportunities rather than points of failure, although there is also a sense of tradition and family.
“After a year of pressing records for other people, we had the ‘itch’ so to speak. Starting off by releasing a six picture disc box-set (for 12 of our friends’ bands), we proceeded to curate the label’s releases using bands that were either comprised of Pirates themselves, or friends of Pirates. The label more-or-less evolved organically from there, bringing on lots of new bands, both big and small, to help create the community that we see today. We could not be more humbled, or proud at the evolution of the company.”
From these modest beginnings, the vinyl pressing business has been booming, with Pirates Press using both modern and old technologies, along with being the first to open a brand new vinyl press.
“Whilst making records for all the major labels and their subsidiaries, a vast majority of our business comes from independent record labels and bands, with an average pressing of somewhere between 500 and 1000 units. Ultimately, it’s a lot of titles spanning virtually every genre of music and every type of ‘scene’ there is out there. Being able to help people across the globe get some of the best records in the world made is the one thing everyone at Pirates is most proud of, as it undoubtedly has the biggest impact on music in general, worldwide.”
Creativity knows no bounds, aside from the coloured vinyl, there have been other special pressings, one particularly personal, incorporating the ashes of Bruce Roehrs, columnist for Maximum Rock n Roll.
“Putting our friend’s ashes into a record is definitely up there, although I probably wouldn’t even try and do it myself again, even for a friend. It was an ordeal, emotionally and logistically, but very, very special and for Bruce, unbelievably fitting.
“In the same vein of crazy, but perhaps a half a notch down, we have also made records with holograms for The Ratchets, bullet-shaped bits milled out of the main area of a NOi!SE record, made Detournement a molotov cocktail flexi with a printed bandanna and even made Rancid an official Louisville Slugger wooden baseball bat to go with their 46×7” leather-clad boxset. We like a good challenge, and we like turning heads even more.”
A full review of Rock The Ship will appear in our next issue of Vive Le Rock!
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 inspired 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 email@example.com
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.