Ace London rock’n’rollers MOTHER’S LITTLE HELPER play a special Christmas show this week.
The trio – who feature guitarist James Walbourne and bassist Nick Wilkinson from THE PRETENDERS, plus drummer Kris Sonne – are playing the Punk Rock Blues Christmas party at The Lexington, Islington, London on Friday 21 December.
Support comes from Southend-on-Sea’s TUPPENNY BUNTERS and pub rock power trio THEE DAGGER DEBS. Your DJ for the evening is ROCKINGBIRDS guitarist Andy Hackett. The fun starts at 7.30pm. Tickets are on sale here.
Check out this clip of Mother’s Little Helper tearing a strip off Link Wray’s ‘Run Chicken Run’…
Swiss industrialists THE YOUNG GODS are back with their first new single in eight years.
‘Figure Sans Nom’ is taken from their forthcoming new album. The trio of Franz Treichler, Cesare Pizzi and Bernard Trontin are to play a one-off UK date at at the O2 Islington Academy on 23 March. Tickets are available here.
Aussie punk legends COSMIC PSYCHOS have announced a European Tour for next year, including three UK shows.
The Melbourne trio, who first came together in the early 80s, enjoyed worldwide success aroudn the end of the decade when they signed to SubPop. Recent albums Cum The Raw Prawn and this year’s Loudmouth Soup, plus the acclaimed documentary Blokes You Can Trust, have seen the band’s star rise once again.
The tour kicks off on 3 April in Manchester and include a London show at Tufnell Park Dome on 5 April. Full dates are…
Robert Smith has revealed that THE CURE are to complete a new album in the New Year.
The band’s frontman was speaking on US radio station SiriusXM following their induction into the Rock’n’Roll Hall Of Fame. He told Debatable hosts Mark Goodman and Alan Light, that he was inspired to follow up 2008’s 4:13 Dream after curating the Meltdown event on London’s SouthBank during the summer.
“Seeing all these new bands—I’ve listened to some of these bands and met so many of them that it’s kind of inspired me to do something new,” Smith explained. “So, yes, we’re going in about six weeks time to finish off what will be our first album in more than a decade. It’s very exciting times for us all around.”
The band have announced a series of festival shows across Europe next summer…
Sat 8 June – Malahide Castle, Dublin, Ireland Sun 16 June – FIRENZE ROCKS Festival, Florence, Italy Fri 21 – Sun 23 June – HURRICANE and SOUTSIDE Festivals, Germany Mon 24 – Wed 26 June – INMusic Festival, Zagreb, Croatia Fri28 June – Rock Werchter Festival, Belgium
Sat 6 July – Roskilde Festival, Denmark Thur 4 July – EXIT Festival Serbia Thur 11 July – NOS Alive Festival, Portugal Wed 17 July – EJEKT Festival Plateia Nerou, Faliro, Athens, Greece Thur 18 – Sat 20 July – Colours Of Ostrava, Czech Republic Mon 22 July – Rock The City Festival, Bucharest, Romania
Sat 3 Aug – Afisha Picnic, Moscow, Russia Wed 7 Aug – Øya Festival, Oslo, Norway Fri 9 – Sun 11 Aug – Flow Festival, Helsinki, Finland Fri 16 Aug – Glasgow Summer Sessions, Scotland Fri 23 Aug – Rock En Seine Festival, France
Legendary Hertfordshire psych-punks THE ASTRONAUTS are to play a super-rare London show next week.
Formed over forty years ago in Welwyn Garden City by frontman Mark Astronaut, the band released their debut EP in 1979 and have released numerous records on various labels over the years, notably The Mob’s All The Madmen label, to whom they returned in 2013 for the single ‘Typically English Day’ and career-spanning compilation Urban Planning 1979-2013.
Along the way, they’ve shared stages with the likes of Hawkwind, Crass, Psychic TV, John Cooper Clarke, The Redskins, Dire Straits and Duran Duran!
Appearing at a special one-off occurrence of author Martin Dowsing’s Dogfishtrombone nights at The Hope & Anchor in Islington on Wednesday 19 December, they’re joined by MUR-MAN, PROPERTY an SPINMASTER PLANTPOT. Admission is a very reasonable £6 on the door.
New Wave chart star LENE LOVICH has announced a series of UK dated in celebration of the 40th Anniversary of her Stiff Records debut, Stateless.
The Detroit-born UK-based singer’s debut album reached the Top 40 of the UK Album Charts in March ’79, yielding two Top 20 singles in ‘Say When’ and the No.3 smash ‘Lucky Number’. It also featured a version of the Tommy James & The Shondells evergreen ‘I Think We’re Alone Now’, the original A-side to ‘Lucky Number’ before the latter was picked up by radio DJs.
Lene will be heading out on tour from Friday 8th until Saturday 23rd March, including a show at The Garage in London on Thursday 21st, playing the album in its entirety, as well as other favourites.
“It is incredibly flattering to know that people are still interested in Stateless after all these years,” she says. “And it is always humbling to learn what it has meant to people on a personal level. We all have music which becomes the soundtrack to our lives, and to know that people are still listening is the highest compliment that you can ever be paid as an artist and a performer. Far from being near nostalgia, taking the album out on the road for its anniversary year is a way of saying thank you, both to the fans who have appreciated it for so long, and also to the songs themselves, which have meant so very much to me and gave me such a wonderful start on this journey.”
Full dates are…
Fri 8 March – Riverside, Newcastle Sat 9 March – G2, Glasgow Sun 10 March – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds Fri 15 March – O2 Institute, Birmingham Sat 16 March – Club Academy, Manchester Sun 17 March – The Waterfront, Norwich Thur 21 March – The Garage, London Fri 22 March – Concorde 2, Brighton Sat 23 March – O2 Academy, Oxford
Hotshot blues-punk duo J.D. HANGOVER are set to reissue their acclaimed debut mini-album on vinyl next month.
The pair, from Florence, Italy – who have been likened to Suicide meets Lightnin’ Hopkins – originally surfaced during autumn last year with the original CD, cassette and download release through Italy’s Annibale label.
Since then, they’ve played several high profile shows with the likes of BOSS HOG, LYDIA LUNCH, PiL and a gig at London’s Borderline with THE SCIENTISTS.
Following a string of uniformly excellent reviews, the release has been picked up Berlin label Hound Gawd! – responsible for releases by THE FUZZTONES, TH’ LEGENDARY SHACKSHAKERS and JIM JONES & THE RIGHTEOUS MIND – who decided to give it a vinyl release in honour of those classic 12” mini-albums popular in the 80s.
J.D. Hangover is a spin-off project of Stiv Cantarelli and Roberto Villa from STIV CANTARELLI & THE SILENT STRANGERS – Italy’s answer to The Gun Club – whose most recent album, Banks Of The Lea, received considerable praise on its release in 2014.
“When you start something out of nothing, solely based on your feelings or on your needs in that single moment, it may not always be a joyful ride,” explains Cantarelli. “But when you see this thing grow, when you see that smile on the face of the people at gigs or the urge that they have to try to talk to you in order to get a piece of the action well, it makes you feel you’re on the right path.
“It’s been an interesting year for J.D.Hangover. We shared many stages with people that we used to listen when we were kids. We found a way to express ourselves in a way that never happend before: from the guts. Every night with a different output. Happy, sad, angry, hopeless. All ended up in the music we played. We met idols, followers, strangers, people who walked in by chance. And from all of them we managed to have a reaction. Ashtonishment, curiosity, excitement, loathing. Never indifference though, and that’s our biggest achievement. We played from the heart to the heart, and we touched some. ‘Cause, you know, we’re all Frankies.”
The six-track J.D. Hangover is set for release on 11 January and is available to pre-order here.
KIRK BRANDON is to resurrect his first band THE PACK for a series of dates in the New Year.
The dates will coincide with a vinyl reissue of the band’s compilation album Dead Ronin.
Brandon formed the band in 1978 with Canadian brothers Simon and Jonathan Werner and drummer future The Wall and UK Subs drummer Rab Fae Beith, later replaced by PiL’s Jim Walker. They released two singles, ‘Heathen’ and ‘King Of Kings’, also compiled on an EP, before splitting in 1980, when Brandon formed Theatre Of Hate.
Their recordings were compiled on the CD compilation Dead Ronin for YEAAH! Records.
Released for the first time on vinyl, Dead Ronin will be available as a strictly limited edition on red, yellow, green or black vinyl through Overground from 25 January. It’s available to pre-order here.
To coincide, The Pack will be playing the following dates…
Thur 24 Jan – The Dockyard, Portsmouth Fri 25 Jan – The Exchange, Bristol Sat 26 Jan – Star & Garter, Manchester Sun 27 Jan – Underworld, London
Support on all dates comes from DESPERATE MEASURES.
THE ADVERTS frontman T.V. SMITH will be reuniting with Catalonian band THE BORED TEENAGERS for a string of UK dates next spring.
Smith first hooked up with the band – also known as SUZY & LOS QUATTRO – for Spanish dates in 2003, recording the single ‘What If?’ c/w ‘New Church’. The band, who are all huge Adverts fans, went on to learn the entire Crossing The Red Sea album, which they played in full with TV on his fiftieth birthday at London‘s esteemed 100 Club in 2007, later released on CD by Boss Tuneage. TV and the band went on to tour …Red Sea in Germany and the UK, and in 2016 wowed the main stage at Rebellion with a set comprising songs from …Red Sea and the Adverts’ second album Cast Of Thousands.
Already booked for a return to Rebellion with the band next year, Smith will be taking them round the UK for four dates in May. Catch them at…
22 May – NOTTINGHAM – Maze
23 May – LEEDS – Brudenell (with The Cyanide Pills)
24 May – BRISTOL – Exchange
25 May – MORECAMBE – Nice‘n‘Sleazy Festival
26 May – SOUTHWICK – Glastonwick Festival
Smith also has some solo dates coming up, where he’ll doubtless be playing tracks from his latest album Land Of The Overdose. He’ll be performing at…
21 Dec – LEICESTER – Duffy‘s Bar
22 Dec – MANCHESTER – Star & Garter
19 Jan – WORCESTER – Marr‘s Bar
20 Jan – NOTTINGHAM – Foremans
19 Apr – HARPENDEN – Revelations Festival.
20 Apr – SOUTHEND – The Venue @ The Cricketers
THE RUTS’ classic album turns 40 next year and THE RUTS DC will be setting out on a major tour to celebrate it.
Arguably one of the most influential and iconic albums of the whole punk era, The Crack will also get a fully remastered vinyl reissue through Virgin/EMI.
The Ruts formed in Southall, West London in 1977, and pioneered the fusion of punk, reggae and dub, inspired and influenced by friends and neighbours MISTY IN ROOTS, on whose People Unite label, The Ruts’ debut single ‘In A Rut’ was released at the start of ’79.
The Crack, which was co-produced at Town House Studios by the band and Mick Glossop (Lurkers, Magazine, Penetration), was released in September ’79, peaking in the UK Album Chart at 16 and yielding the hit singles ‘Babylon’s Burning’ and ‘Something That I Said’.
Such an album pointed towards a glowing career for the band, one that was to be cruelly cut short by the death of frontman Malcolm Owen from a heroin overdose in July, aged only 26.
The remaining trio would soldier on for a few more years as Ruts DC, but it was not to be…
Following the death of guitarist Paul Fox from lung cancer in 2007, bassist John ‘Segs’ Jennings and drummer Dave Ruffy would eventually reunite, with guitarist Leigh Heggarty as The Ruts DC, releasing the album Music Must Destroy in 2016.
“It’s always been important to us to be a current and forward-thinking band, releasing and playing new material whilst being proud of our past,” states Segs today. “A milestone to many, The Crack is an important piece of work to us too. We now feel ready to celebrate where we came from.”
“Making The Crack was a real game changer for me,” continues Ruffy. “The Ruts were a band that were greater than the sum of their parts and wrote music inspired by everything we had ever heard. It’s a piece of work that I am immensely proud to have been a part of. Now forty years on we will be playing the album in its entirety, it’s quite a challenge as some of the songs have not been played since 1980! Our legacy is large, and we are and will continue working hard to make this a great show.”
With the album reissued on Friday 8 February, the band will be heading out on the road throughout the month, kicking off in Exeter on 11 February and including a show at London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire on 28 February. Support on all dates comes from THE PROFESSIONALS. Full dates are…
11 Feb – Phoenix Exeter
12 Feb – Concorde 2 Brighton
13 Feb – O2 Ritz Manchester
15 Feb – 02 Institute 2 Birmingham
16 Feb – 02 Academy 2 Sheffield
17 Feb – The Junction Cambridge
18 Feb – 02 Academy Oxford
20 Feb – Waterfront Norwich
21 Feb – Riverside Newcastle
22 Feb – Garage Glasgow
23 Feb – Tunnels Aberdeen
24 Feb – Liquid Rooms Edinburgh
26 Feb – Rescue Rooms Nottingham
27 Feb – SWX Bristol
28 Feb – O2 Shepherds Bush Empire London
2 Mar – Button Factory Dublin, IE
3 Mar – Limelight Belfast
EVIL BLIZZARD have a brand new video, which they’re unveiling exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
Entering into the Xmas spirit, the chirpily-titled ‘Unleash The Misery’ is the third single to be drawn from the Preston band’s acclaimed album The Worst Show On Earth.
Released through Crackedankles Records, ‘Unleash The Misery’ c/w ‘Tongue Cushion’ is available on 7″ (limited to 300 copies) and download from Bandcamp.
Written and directed by Giles Bastow, the video stars Joanne Mitchell and James Foster.
Says bandmember Filthydirty: “The director Giles Bastow approached us about making a short film to accompany the single as opposed to a ‘promo video’. Giles is a total Horror movie buff but wanted to make a short film with a twist: he wanted to subvert the cliche of the ‘helpless girl who is always the first victim’ and wanted to portray the female character as the stronger victor.”
London’s Rockaway Beach club celebrates Xmas with a bang this year, with a rare show by Soho sleaze-punks THE CRYBABYS.
The band were put together in 1990 by guitarists Honest John Plain from The Boys and Darrell Bath (Dogs D’Amour, Vibrators, Ian Hunter) with ex-Whiz Kids drummer Robbie Rushton and Vibrators/Fallen Angels bassist Mark Duncan. Shortlived with occasional subsequent reunions, their gigs are the stuff of legend.
Taking place at Islington’s fabled Hope & Anchor on Friday 7 December, the gig features support from Basingstoke five-piece THE BLACK BULLETS and SCANT REGARD featuring Flesh For Lulu and Adam Ant guitarist Will Crewdson.
Massachusetts new wave psych band THE PREFAB MESSIAHS are back with a brand new single and video.
‘Bring On The Robots’ is the first new material from the band since the release of their acclaimed full-length album Psychsploitation Today!, released earlier this year.
Originally existing in Worcester, Massachusetts during the early 80s, recordings by the band were hard to find until California label Burger gave an official full reissue to a previously CD-R only compilation, Devolver, in 2007. This was followed in 2015 by an 8-song mini-album of new material, Keep Your Stupid Dreams Alive.
‘Bring On The Robots’ is out digitally through iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and all usual platforms.
Veteran Pacific Northwest roots rocker RICH HOPE has a new video, and he’s premiering it exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
‘Golden Clouds’ is a cover of a track by the FLAMIN’ GROOVIES from their legendary Sneakers EP. This version is taken from Rich’s new album I’m All Yours, the follow-up to 2009’s Gonna Whip It On Ya.
Born and raised in Edmonton, Canada, Rich’s first band, The Taxicrabs, were given their name by Country Dick Montana of The Beat Farmers. Relocating to Vancouver, he released his first full-length album Good To Go
in 1998, before signing on with the band John Ford for two albums.
Since forming a duo with drummer Adrian Mack, he’s been support of choice for the likes of the Black Crowes, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, The Sadies, Social Distortion and Reverend Horton Heat among others.
I’m All Your is out now and available to order through Bandcamp.
Powerpop rockers LAST GREAT DREAMERS put a seal on their most successful year yet with a series of December dates.
They follow on from the release of their acclaimed fourth album 13th Floor Renegades and steady touring which has seen them play up and down the UK, as well as their first ever shows in Norway and Spain. They’ve also begun making plans for their first ever US shows, having had their tracks rotated on legendary powerpop DJ Rodney Bingenheimer’s radio show in LA.
Following their headline shows in December, they’re back out on the road in the new year as special guests to Chicago glamsters Enuff Z’Nuff.
Catch them live at…
Fri 7th Dec BIRMINGHAM Asylum 2
8th Sat Dec GLASGOW Nice ‘n’ Sleazy
9th Sun Dec SHEFFIELD Corporation
15th Sat Dec LONDON Camden Black Heart
16th Sun Dec SOUTHAMPTON Heartbreakers
Sat 19th Jan WOLVERHAMPTON Giffard Arms (Dementia Awarefest)
Sat 26th Jan LONDON Monarch (Camden Rocks all-dayer)
Wed 13th Feb EDINBURGH Bannermans (w/Enuff Z’Nuff)
Thu 14th Feb LONDON Underworld (w/Enuff Z’Nuff)
Fri 15th Feb NUNEATON Queens Hall (w/Enuff Z’Nuff)
Sat 16th Feb BRADFORD Trash (w/Enuff Z’Nuff)
Sun 17th Feb BUCKLEY Tivoli (w/Enuff Z’Nuff)
Mon 18th Feb STOKE ON TRENT Eleven (w/Enuff Z’Nuff)
To celebrate, Vive Le Rock asked guitarist Slyder to come up with his Top 10 powerpop nuggets…
Hanoi Rocks – ‘Boulevard of Broken Dreams’
The band probably responsible for Last Great Dreamers’ existence, Marc [Valentine, guitar/vocals] and I both being huge fans; nothing like them before and nothing close to them since, you can hear the likes of The Clash and Mott in there but they had a real unique sound and look. Hard to pick a favourite song, love them all but I think on the Two Steps From The Move album they really came of age, obviously on the verge of great things until tragedy struck. The production on this record, the harmonies etc, just moved up a notch. This song is a great example of that and they look so damn cool in this video too.
Redd Kross – ‘Stay Away From Downtown’
Redd Kross are one of my favourite bands. First I heard of them was Third Eye, introduced to me by Marc, and then the subsequent albums, saw them once in London on the Show World tour in the 90s and again more recently touring Researching The Blues. When I heard ‘Stay Away From Downtown’ I was instantly hooked by the riff and the chorus. I played this song to death and still do, it was instrumental in getting me back into playing again after a 10-year break. I’d just got back in touch with Marc again when this came out, it excited me and made me want to get back on stage again!
Blondie – ‘I’m Gonna Love You Too’
From Parallel Lines, hard to pick any individual track again but this is a great example of their reinvented 1950s sound in the late 70s, a bit Buddly Hollyesque. Fun and vibrant, always showcasing Clem’s brilliant drumming and Debbie is just fantastically talented and beautiful, love her scream into the rip roaring guitar solo!
Squeeze – ‘Is That Love?’
I think Squeeze are similar to The Kinks in their ‘storytelling’ style of lyric writing. This is a perfect example of the classic 2½ minute pop song. Straight into a short and sweet riff and verse 1, Glen Tilbrook’s soulful voice with a country edge, sweet harmonies and perfect little rockabilly/country guitar solo.
Silversun – ‘Golden Skin’
Came across this in the late 90s on the soundtrack to British romcom movie Shooting Fish. Great catchy opening riff that’s a theme throughout, layered vocal harmonies and simple melodic octave guitar solo, perfect pop song!
The Kinks – ‘Till The End Of The Day’
The Kinks were the ultimate storytellers, quintessentially English, trashy guitar sound & excellent harmonies. This song we earmarked to cover whilst on tour, we jammed it in a soundcheck or two but it never came to anything, maybe one day. The lyrics seemed to fit with the whole vibe of touring & the happy bubble you are in…“you and me we’re free, we do as we please. From the morning till the end of the day”.
The Ramones – ‘I Wanna Be Sedated’
Another completely unique band with so many songs, it’s so very hard to pick a favourite. Great production on this record, very tight squelchy guitars, repetitive catchy singalong lyrics, impossible not to love this, The Ramones at their best.
The Buzzcocks – ‘Ever Fallen In Love’
Fabulous pop song, simple but meaningful lyrics, great jangly guitars, perfect chorus and harmonies from a band that churned out tons of catchy, camp 3-minute pop punk classics. Saw them most recently at Exeter a few years back and never heard a guitar as loud as Steve Diggle’s. He played and performed like he’d just been given his guitar back after having had it confiscated for 10 years!
The Hives – ‘Hate To Say I Told You So’
While I was browsing through YouTube this song started playing and I’d earlier had the CD in my hands when thinking of tracks to include for this, so decided to put it in. Loads of energy, attitude & aggression, cool look and sound.
Boomtown Rats – ‘Rat Trap’
A favourite band as a kid, again very unique in their sound. Great songs, look and attitude. I do remember hearing that this song was like an homage or sequel to The Kinks’ ‘Waterloo Sunset’, not sure if there’s any truth in that though.
The line-up’s shaping up for next year’s Manchester Punk Festival, which will take over eight venues in the city from 19-21 April 2019.
As previously announced, SUBHUMANS will be main headliners. They’re now joined by BAR STOOL PREACHERS, DOOM, KING PRAWN, DEAD TO ME, SMOKE OR FIRE, NOT ON TOUR, THE CREEPSHOW, THE ARTERIES, THE INFESTED, CONSUMED FAINTEST IDEA, HARIJAN, RESTORATION, NERVUS, FAIR DO’S, ADRENALIZED, ASTPAI, PRESS CLUB, JANUS STARK, A VULTURE WAKE, ARMS ALOFT and loads more.
They’ll be appearing across the city at The Union, Gorilla, The Bread Shed, Rebellion, Underdog, Zombie Shack, The Thirsty Scholar and Font Bar.
Tickets are selling really fast, so get in quick here.