THE CYANIDE PILLS !

 This young band from Leeds really caught our attention. They just signed to Damaged Goods so check em out now!! cheers VIVE!

CYANIDE PILLS
 
Title:  BREAK IT UP
 
Release Date: 23RD FEBRUARY 2009

This is the debut single by Leeds based punks Cyanide Pills!.
This was the best demo we heard last year so we’ve finally got round to releasing it…and there’s lots more to come.
‘Break It Up’ is a short sharp two minute audio assault which sounds like a great lost single from ’79. If you like Buzzcocks, The Boys, The Briefs and the like then you’re gonna love this. There are 2 equally ace tracks on the flipside – “Mail Order Bride” and “Stick ‘Em Up.”
"SO who cares about Cyanide Pills?
 
Who cares about lead singer, Phil? A recovering alcoholic and substance abuser (we use the word ‘recovering’ in a very loose way). He seems to annoy everyone he meets. People think he’s a complete c*nt. He says he’s misunderstood, but he’s not, they’re spot-on. He’s had no musical training and I really think that shows.
 
Who cares about the drummer, Chris? He works in a shop all day long, bored out of his mind, selling fags and porno magazines to van drivers and alcopops to under-aged kids with ASBO’s. He plays drums like Keith Moon’s retarded brother.
 
Who cares about rhythm guitarist, Sy? He works as a mechanic (ever see the video to The Vapors Waiting for the Weekend? well it’s like that day in day out). He’s the one with the greasy face. He can’t play guitar solos as he crushed his hand at work putting my car through its M.O.T. (It failed).
 
Who cares about bass player, Coz, who’s always heavily medicated due to violent outbursts? Who seems to have channeled her rage into learning how to play the bass and looking after the band finances (which literally runs into tens of pounds!). She plays bass like a machine, i.e. with no feeling what so ever.
 
Who cares about lead guitarist, Alex, who’s Norwegian and communicates to the others with a series of shrugs and grunts? For some reason people think he’s attractive (which pisses the others off). I had the impression he lives in a cave. He plays guitar like a drunken virtuoso.
 
To sum it up they are a bunch of dysfunctional misfits, outsiders, people with ‘baggage’ and untrustworthy losers. But they make a great sound, so forget this biog crap and go listen to them. It’s the only thing they can do well." It’s on clear Yellow vinyl as well….
Cyanide Pills are:-
Phil Privilege (Shouting) Alex A (Picking) Sy Pinkeye (Strumming)
Chris Wrist (Banging) Coz (Twanging)
 
Upcoming shows
8 Feb       Retro Bar               Manchester
 
www.myspace.com/thecyanidepills <http://www.myspace.com/thecyanidepills>
 

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GALLOWS GREY BRITAIN

 
Gallows confirmed to release ‘Grey Britain’ May 4th
Track-listing announced
 
‘The most anticipated album of 2009’ Rock Sound – January 2009
 
 
Gallows will be releasing their highly-anticipated follow-up to 2006’s ‘Orchestra Of Wolves’ album on May 4th. Produced by GGGarth Richardson (Biffy Clyro, Rise Against, Rage Against The Machine) at London’s RAK Studios and titled ‘Grey Britain’, Gallows second album is a swift upper-cut to the face of anyone expecting the band to have tamed their sound for mass consumption. If anything, Gallows sound nastier and more feral than ever before, but there’s a progression in the music that will smash any pre-conceived notions about the band to bits. And this is a record that comes with a message from a band with something to say, viciously documenting life in Britain today.
 
The Track-listing is as follows:
 
01 The Riverbank
02 London is The Reason
03 Leeches
04 Black Eyes
05 I Dread The Night
06 Death Voices
07 The Vulture (Acts I & II)
08 The Riverbed
09 The Great Forgiver
10 Graves
11 Queensberry Rules
12 Misery
13 Crucifucks
 
Gallows will also tour the UK in May at the following dates.
 
May 2009
2nd Brighton Concorde 2
5th Sheffield Leadmill
6th Manchester Academy
8th Glasgow ABC1
9th Newcastle Academy
10th Leeds Met Uni
12th Nottingham Rock City
13th Norwich UEA
15th Oxford Academy
16th Birmingham Academy
18th Bristol Academy
19th Portsmouth Pyramids
21st London Forum
25th Belfast Limelight
26th Dublin Academy
 
www.gallows.co.uk <http://www.gallows.co.uk/>
www.everythingisfallingapart.com <http://www.everythingisfallingapart.com/>
www.myspace.com/gallows <http://www.myspace.com/gallows>

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SLF TOUR

STIFF LITTLE FINGERS MARCH /APRIL TOUR

The  Northern Irish punk legends will be  on tour this March/April 2009.

16th March 2009 – Ulster Hall, BELFAST (Northern Ireland)
17th March 2009 -Barrowland, Ballroom GLASGOW (Scotland)
18th March2009 – O2 Academy, NEWCASTLE-UPON-TYNE
19th March 2009 – The Canteen, BARROW-IN-FURNESS
21st March 2009 – Academy 2, MANCHESTER
22nd March 2009 – The Engine Shed, LINCOLN
23rd March 2009 – Rock City, NOTTINGHAM
24th March 2009 – The Assembly, LEAMINGTON SPA
26th March 2009 – O2 Academy, BRISTOL
27th March 2009 – The Hub, PLYMOUTH
28th March 2009 – O2 Academy, OXFORD
29th March 2009 – The Palace Theatre, BRIDGWATER
31st March 2009 – Concorde 2, BRIGHTON
1st April 2009 – The Cresset, PETERBOROUGH
2nd April 2009 – The Opera House, BOURNEMOUTH
3rd April 2009 – The Forum, LONDON

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STRAWBERRY BLONDES NEW ALBUM/SHOW

Welsh street punks the Strawberry Blondes play a hometown show in Newport TJs 21st Feb with the Kings of the Delmar, Deadbeat Deluxe and Casual Storm. Its only £5 to get in and there will be a ton of free stuff to be given away.The Blondes are about to record their second album which will feature a number of high profile punk rock guests. More news at www.myspace.com/strawberryblondes

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GATHERING OF THE THOUSANDS

After various management people pulled the plug on the last ever punk show at the Astoria-Conflict and a cast of (literally) Thousands will put on the GATHERING OF THE THOUSANDS show in April.With 2 brilliant stages featuring all kinds of punk , rock and rock n roll bands-this is the big show London has been waiting for!!!

Details below-

The gathering of the thousands
At the coronet theatre
26-28 new Kent road
London se1 6tj
0207 701 1500
www.coronettheatre.co.uk

Good Friday april10th
£15 advance  £20 on the door
6pm to7am
Main stage
Conflict with no one
Romeo must die
The grit
Rubella ballet
Pig iron
fuckshovel
Extinction of mankind
blitzkrieg
Dirty love
Poundaflesh
babar luck
Lost Cherrees
Active Slaughter
The Dual

Performance by Dangerous Dolly and Miss Dolly Blow Up

Second stage
The Jim Jones revue
The loyalties
Kill casino
nemhain
Moral dilemma
Defcon Zeroe
White light parade
The veil
Shush
Union x

dj for main and second stage
Vodka…….batman….riyad…sideshow…nina….seamus666…..soulscraper 69……dave rox….Apollo…..
Club room rock “n” roll floor
Old man shaun…….chris setzer……faithandbelladear…….yompinguy…….

Tickets available online from www.seetickets.com and www.ticketweb.co.uk

Also resurrection records (Camden) all ages records (Camden) and sister ray (Berwick st)Housemans(kings cross),mortarhate records,pobox 448 eltham London se9 20s England

Drinks promotions on the night

Please respect our neighbors and leave the venue quietly thank you. ……xxxxxxxxxxxx

 

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VIVE LE PUNK STREET TEAM NEEDED!

 
Big Cheese & Viva Le Punk UK Street teamers WANTED!
 
Hi rockers!!,
Were looking for dedicated, exciting and enthusiastic people to join our new street team which will involve itself in the promotion of all things music related!
We are all over the UK so no matter where your town or city, Dundee to Dalston we want to hear from you.

We need street teamers to spread the word! we’ve got flyers, stickers and all sorts of promotional stuff for you to distribute in your town to get the wordout about Big Cheese and Viva le punk! Digitally you can Bulletin about us, add our banner to your myspace page.

In return our chosen teamers will recieve free Cd’s, stickers and gig tickets, depending on what we are promoting in your town and how involved you want to be.

If you’re interested email me at hazel@deckcheese.com and tell me why you think you would be perfect for street teaming, whats bands you like and a bit about yourself and any ideas you have for inventive street teaming!
Look forward to hearing from you – I will be in touch!l

 

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NICK CAVE V THE SAINTS

   

SAINTS MAN JOINS NICK CAVE BAND-PLUS

NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS
ANNOUNCE FESTIVAL APPEARANCES for 2009
 
NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS announce the first of a string of summer festival appearances.
 The band, featuring Ed Kuepper on guitar, will headline at German festivals Southside (Neuhausen Ob Eck) and Hurricane (Scheesel) in June, Scotland’s T in the Park on 10th July and Oxegen Festival in Ireland on 11th July. 
Kuepper, formally of Australian bands The Saints and Laughing Clowns, completes the current Bad Seeds line up of Warren Ellis, Martyn Casey, Thomas Wydler, Jim Sclavunos and Conway Savage.

Kuepper has been, and continues to be, a significant influence on contemporary Australian music. He formed the original version of the proto punk band The Saints in 1973 whilst in high school and when the original Saints split he formed what, in the eyes of many, was an even bolder enterprise, Laughing Clowns. 
The Clowns broke up in 1984 and Kuepper launched a prolific solo career which has seen the release of more than 20 albums and several film and soundtrack projects. His latest studio recording was ‘Jean Lee and the Yellow Dog’ in 2007
 
 This full schedule of festival dates promises to include some of the best and most exciting festivals that Europe and the British Isles have to offer. These festival dates mark the band’s first European appearances since their sold-out London Troxy shows in November 2008. More details will announced very soon.

> Festival info:-
> www.hurricane.de
> www.southside.de
> www.tinthepark.com
> www.oxegen.ie
> Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds and Mute are set to release their first four albums in a series that will see the band’s entire album catalogue digitally re-mastered and remixed in 5.1 surround sound.

> All 14 albums will be available as re-mastered CD and as a deluxe Collectors Edition starting with the release of From Her To Eternity, The Firstborn Is Dead, Kicking Against The Pricks and Your Funeral… My Trial on March 30th 2009.

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NEW SUICIDAL TENDENCIES ALBUM!

"Welcome to the Year of the Cyco, it’s been a long, long wait"

2009 is finally here and the new year is gonna be very good for all the Cycos and Suicidal Maniacs. New Suicidal Tendencies CD! New Cyco Miko CD! New Infectious Grooves CD!

And now you can get a preview before it’s in stores.

Suicidal Records presents "Year of the Cyco" to give you a taSTe of what’s to come! CD is now only available thru the bands website. Get your copy, pass on the link and hook up your friends and warn your enemies! And blaST it long and loud!

Year of the Cycos featuring Cyco Miko, Infectious Grooves and Suicidal Tendencies…

now "WELCOME to the CYCO side!"

Suicidal also play LA’s Hollywood Palladium on March 28th with Biohazard.

more news go to www.mysace.com/suicidaltendencies 

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NEW MEMBERS SINGLE!!

THE MEMBERS ARE PLEASED TO ANNOUCE THAT There is a New Single Called INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL CRISIS… out Soon on Download… ALSO they are tour dates in the Sumeer Also check the Website http://www.themembers.co.uk for up to date tour dates

The Members will also play our first ever Vive Le Punk festival in Leamington Assembley rooms on April 26th!

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EX-PISTOLS-THE PROFESSIONALS TO REFORM?

The Professionals-the brilliant band that Sex Pistols Paul Cook and Steve Jones formed after the Pistols demise never really fufilled their potentional, splitting shortly after the ‘Didnt See It Coming ‘ album in 1982. Now it seems the band may get together later this year for more shows. Believe me, this band were great-and if you have never heard the album, check it out. Excellent, melodic,guitar driven rock.

See below for quotes from Steve Jones  from the excellent Cook and Jones website- Kick Down the Doors-www.cookandjones.co.uk

3rd December
Professionals reunion update:
On today’s Jonesy’s Jukebox Steve Jones mentioned that he, Paul Cook, Ray McVeigh and Duff McKagen are thinking about playing some Professionals gigs, possibly next summer.  He asked guest Butch Walker if he would be interested in producing a new Professionals album.

8th November
Further to the previously mentioned Professionals reunion rumours, Steve said on Jonesy’s Jukebox yesterday he would like to reform The Professionals for some shows next year: "Just going up and down the (West) coast." However this would depend on there being sufficient demand for tickets to cover costs.

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X-RAY SPEX DOUBLED UP!

X-RAY SPEX 

GERM FREE ADOLESCENTS 

DELUXE EDITION   

 13TH APRIL 2009 

 

This deluxe  double-CD edition comprises a total of 41 tracks. The first twelve tracks on  Disc One make up the whole of X-Ray Spex’s superb 1978 album,  Germ Free Adolescents. Also included are four single tracks, A  & B sides plus seven BBC Peel Sessions from February and November of  1978.

Disc Two comprises a series of studio demos and rough mixes as well  as two unreleased backing tracks.

 

One of the great English punk  bands of the late 1970s, X-Ray Spex was formed in 1976 by school  friends Marianne Elliot (Poly Styrene) and Susan Whitby  (saxophonist Lora Logic). They exploded onto the punk scene with one of  the era’s great singles, the feminist punk-rallying cry Oh! Bondage Up  Yours! With Logic’s sax stating the melody semi-tunefully and Jak  Airport’s guitar laying down a wash of distorted chords, Styrene’s  vocal, especially on the chorus is a marvel, making this one of punk rock’s  finest moments.

So too was X-Ray Spex’s debut LP, Germfree  Adolescents (although Logic had by this time left the band). The  songs were guitar driven punk pop that combined outrage and aggression with  a sense of alienation and disenfranchisement about rampant commerciality and  an increasingly sterile and artificial world. 

 

 

Tracklisting:

 

Disc  One

 

Art-I-Ficial  (Germ Free   Adolescents)  

Obsessed With You (Germ  Free  Adolescents) 

Warrior In Woolworths  (Germ Free  Adolescents) 

Let’s Submerge (Germ  Free  Adolescents) 

I Can’t Do Anything  (Germ Free  Adolescents) 

Identity (Germ Free   Adolescents)  

Genetic Engineering  (Germ Free  Adolescents) 

I Live Off You (Germ  Free  Adolescents) 

I Am A Poseur (Germ  Free  Adolescents) 

Germ Free Adolescents  (Germ Free  Adolescents) 

Plastic Bag (Germ Free   Adolescents)  

The Day The World  Turned  Dayglo 

Oh! Bondage Up  Yours! 

I Am A  Cliché 

Age  

Highly  Inflammable 

Genetic  Engineering 

Art-I-Ficial 

I Am A  Poseur 

Identity 

Germ Free  Adolescents 

Warrior In  Woolworths 

Age

Disc Two

 

Obsessed With  You 

Let’s  Submerge 

Plastic  Bag 

I Live Off  You 

I Am A  Cliché 

I Can’t Do  Anything 

The Day The World  Turned  Dayglo 

Oh! Bondage Up  Yours! 

Genetic  Engineering 

Art-I-Ficial 

Germ Free  Adolescents 

Age  

Warrior In  Woolworths 

Obsessed With  You 

The Day The World  Turned  Dayglo 

I Can’t Do  Anything 

Warrior In  Woolworths 

Prefabricated   Icon

X-RAY SPEX   

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PRIMAL CREAM COVER SUICIDE

Suicide’s Alan Vega Celebrates his 70th Year
Commemorative Limited Edition EP Series
Primal Scream
Lydia Lunch
Released 30/3/09

Alan Vega has recently celebrated his 70th birthday, to mark this occasion, blastfirstpetite is conducting a yearlong series of limited edition releases. The series kicked off with two releases, by Bruce Springsteen and The Horrors. Both limited editions of 4000. Both now sold out. 
March 30th see’s the arrival of the next two releases in the series. For their contribution Primal Scream have covered Suicide’s ‘Diamonds, Furcoat, Champagne’, ”Suicide songs are so perfect and fully realized that it was hard to pick one and reinterpret it in a personal way. We chose ‘Diamonds, Furcoat, Champagne’ as we loved the lyric and also it’s sci-fi futuristic sound. We did a garage rock glam version with French electro chanteuse Miss Kitten in the end, and tried to bring out the pop song that lies beneath every Suicide track”, says Primal Scream’s Bobby Gillespie. This is a limited 10” vinyl pressing of 3,000, sleeve artwork by Fang Lujin.
For the second release Lydia Lunch chose to cover Suicide’s ‘Frankie Teardrop’, “My tongue around Alan Vega’s words… a wet dream come true”, she says. Also included is an unreleased demo version of the same song by Suicide recorded in 1976. This is a limited 10”vinyl pressing of 2,000.
The promo CD enclosed contains both A and B-sides of the next two vinyl releases of the series.
Each release includes:
•    an established recording artist paying tribute to Alan by covering one of his songs,
•    a previously unreleased Suicide/Vega rarity from the archives, and
•    proving that Vega’s work even now continues to inspire, a cover version by a young up and coming band.

Major artistes include Bruce Springsteen, Primal Scream, Peaches, Grinderman, Spiritualised, The Horrors, Klaxons, Liars, Gavin Friday & David Ball, Sunn 0)) + Pansonic, Julian Cope, Lydia Lunch and Vincent Gallo, Upcoming bands include Beat The Devil/Shilpa Ray, No Bra, HTRK, X-Vectors, Nik Void (ex-Kaito), Effi Briest, S.C.U.M., and Stephen Burroughs (ex-Head Of David).
The sleeve images are all by contemporary visual artists who have been inspired by Vega, including Edward Mapplethorpe, Alex Rose, Cary Kwok, and Colter Jacobsen.
Any of the series can be pre-ordered via links at blastfirstpetite.com and alanvega.com. Physical distribution is by Cargo (UK), Red Eye (USA), and digital distribution by State5.

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THE VIVE LE PUNK FESTIVAL!

WWW.VIVELEPUNK.NET presents the first ever VIVE LE PUNK FESTIVAL

Featuring

ANTI-NOWHERE  LEAGUE
UK SUBS
THE  MEMBERS
999
THE LURKERS
VICE SQUAD
THE   VARUKERS
SECTION 13
Doors  3pm – 11pm.
Leamington Assembley rooms 26th April

.tickets £20 adv…box office  no, 01926-523001 or seetickets.com.

Set to be a great show, and featuring a rare gig from the recently reformed Members, the first ever Vive Le Punk festival is sure to be a great day out. More news soon as we get them. 

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NEW BLOCKHEADS ALBUM/FILM

On April 6th The Blockheads; one of the punk and new wave era’s best loved bands, are set to return to the forefront of the British music scene with a brand new studio album “Staring Down The Barrel” via EMI Records, and will also embark on a Nationwide UK Tour. 

Originally known as Ian Dury & The Blockheads, the current line-up, consisting of four of the original members; Chaz Jankel (piano, guitar), Mick Gallagher (keyboards), Norman Watt-Roy (bass) and John Turnbull (guitar), are joined by Dylan Howe (drums) and Gilad Atzmon (sax). “Barrel” is the second studio album the Blockheads have released since their original lead singer, Ian Dury, passed away from cancer in 2000.

Comprised of new music written by Jankel (who wrote the music for the hit singles Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll, and Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick), the lyrics are penned by new Blockheads vocalist Derek Hussey (aka Derek The Draw), Dury’s personal minder from 1990-2000.

With the front CD inlay artwork illustrated by Sir Peter Blake; the album dovetails the Blockhead’s UK and French tour dates, which includes a special show at the historic London punk venue, the Electric Ballroom on 30th April featuring original Blockheads’ saxophonist Davey Payne. The new album coincides with the 30th Anniversary of ‘Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick’ that originally reached No.1 in the UK singles chart in 1979, selling in excess of 1 million copies.

It has just been officially confirmed that an unconventional film biopic about the iconic musician Ian Dury entitled ‘Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll’, will star Andy Serkis (Lord of the Rings) in the title role. Produced by Damian Jones (Kidulthood, Adulthood), the film will be released in 2010. Jankel has been appointed as musical supervisor, while The Blockheads have already recorded tracks for the film soundtrack

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STRAWBERRY BLONDES NEW ALBUM/SHOW

Welsh street punks the Strawberry Blondes play a hometown show in Newport TJs 21st Feb with the Kings of the Delmar, Deadbeat Deluxe and Casual Storm. Its only £5 to get in and there will be a ton of free stuff to be given away.The Blondes are about to record their second album which will feature a number of high profile punk rock guests. More news at www.myspace.com/strawberryblondes

 

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IAN DURY BIO PIC TO BE MADE.

The actor who played Gollum in Peter Jackson‘s ‘Lord Of The Ring’‘s films is set to play  the punk legend Ian Dury in a forthcoming biopic of the iconic singer’s life.

Andy Serkis, who also starred in Jackson‘s 2005 remake of ‘King Kong’, said filming for the production is set to begin in April.

He told Cinema Blend that playing the role of Dury, who suffered from polio and walked with the aid of a stick, is something he’s looking forward to.

"He’s an amazing character, a real poet. He sort of came up out of the British pub rock scene. He sort of pre-empted the Pistols and the whole punk movement," he said.

"And he was a polio sufferer, so he basically didn’t have much use of his left leg or his left arm. The chance of being any kind of rock star is like zero [back then]. He was one of the first disabled punk rockers ever. I’m really looking forward to that."

COURTESY NME.COM

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I.R.S RECORDS RELEASES COMING

Starting February 10th, Capitol Records will dig deep into the I.R.S. Records vault and begin making some of the now-defunct label’s most acclaimed music available digitally for the first time. Gary Numan, the Police’s Stewart Copeland, Television’s Tom Verlaine, Wall of Voodoo, Timbuk 3, Concrete Blonde and many more artists are slated to have their I.R.S. recordings released DRM-free. We’re especially excited for the digital release of dada’s alternative classics Puzzle and American Highway Flower.

But the really big news is that the digital world will finally, legally, be able to download the dbs influential first two albums, Stands For Decibels and Repurcussion, as well as their fourth album Sound of Music. Plus seven songs by the punk supergroup Lords of the New Church, featuring the Dead Boys’ Stiv Bators, will also hit iTunes, Amazon and most other digital music providers. Capitol will release the I.R.S. albums over the course of six weeks, culminating on March 17th. Additionally, Capitol will release four Best of the I.R.S. Years collections dedicated to Over the Rhine, dada, Dread Zeppelin and the dB’s. While CD sales continue to slump, we applaud Capitol for at least trying to bring classic records to a new generation, as evidenced by their mass reissue of vinyl records last year.

Courtesy Rolling Stone magazine.

 

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