YOU AM HARD-ONS!

Aussie punk legends the HARD-ONS have unveiled the first single from the forthcoming new album.

As recently announced, the band have recruited a new lead singer in the form of Tim Rogers, best known for his role in chart stars YOU AM I.

A longtime Hard-Ons nut, Tim’s still in You Am I but that hasn’t stopped him stepping up to record an album with his new bandmates, and will be touring with them just as soon as Covid allows.

Taken from the brilliantly-named I’m Sorry Sir, That Riff’s Been Taken, the righteously throbbing punk-pop ‘Hold Tight’ comes accompanied by a video by Jonathan Sequeira, maker of the excellent Radio Birdman doc Descent Into The Maelstrom.

Due out on 8 October through Boss Tuneage in the UK, I’m Sorry Sir, That Riff’s Been Taken is available to pre-order now through Bandcamp.

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VINCENT GETS SOME STICK!

Legendary NYC rocker SONNY VINCENT has unveiled a second video from his forthcoming new album.

The explosive, coruscating ‘Stick’ is taken from Snake Pit Therapy, Vincent’s first new solo album in seven years. It follows on from the single ‘The End Of Light’, released earlier in the summer.

“This work explores a world that is filled with uncertainty, calamity, disappointment and ugliness while at the same time the piece is mining and searching for excitement and beauty,” says Vincent. “I’m stickin’ with you, baby.”

A revered veteran with more than 50 years in the business, Vincent is a hugely prolific artist with dozens of his releases to his name, founding the seminal NYC band Testors and collaborating along the way with members of The Damned, Dead Boys, Husker Du, Velvet Underground, Stooges, Rocket From The Crypt and more.

His most recent release was the self-titled debut album by punk-metal supergroup The Limit, alongside Bobby Liebling of iconic metal pioneers Pentagram.

Vincent also recently published a memoir, also titled Snake Pit Therapy.

‘Stick’ is available now on Spotify and Apple.

Set for release on 17 September through Svart Records, Snake Pit Therapy is available to pre-order here.

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IDOL THOUGHTS

BILLY IDOL returns next month with a brand new EP.

His first new music in seven years, The Roadside features four new songs co-written with longtime collaborator Steve Stevens and produced by Green Day and Weezer producer Butch Walker.

During the past year, Idol has found himself in reflective mode and as such the EP’s lead track and first single ‘Bitter Taste’ find him ruminating on his near-fatal 1990 motorcycle accident.

“I think everyone has been feeling more reflective (during the pandemic),” he says. “So, it seemed quite logical and natural to write something about my motorcycle accident. Certainly, the motorcycle accident was the catharsis, the wake-up moment. A little bit of me got left on that roadside. But it wasn’t necessarily a bad thing in the end; it was a wake-up call. Maybe on that roadside I left behind the irreverent youthful Billy and opened the door for a more attentive father and a more sensitive musician.”

The single is accompanied by a new video by esteemed US photographer and filmmaker Steven Sebring.

The Roadside is Idol’s first release under a new deal with Dark Horse Records, the label originally founded by George Harrison and now relaunched by his son Dhani Harrison and David Zonshine. “I couldn’t be more excited to welcome Billy Idol to the Dark Horse Records family,” says Dhani. “Billy is a legend and his music couldn’t fit the Dark Horse persona any better. I’ve loved his music throughout my whole life so to be able to give this new music a home on our historic label is a massive honour.”

Set for release on 17 September, The Roadside is available to pre-order here.

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STIFF BUSINESS!

SoCal punk supergroup INFAMOUS STIFFS have just unveiled their debut album.

Kill For The Sound follows swiftly on the heels of a trio of incendiary singles, ‘Get It Straight’, ‘Shakedown’ and ‘Freak Parade’.

Formed in 2019, Infamous Stiffs draw on decades of SoCal punk rock heritage, including members of CD2, Verbal Abuse, Electric Frankenstein, Hollywood Hate, Graceland Mafia, The Legendary Swagger, The County Stars, Nardcore’s Rat Pack, Junkyard, The Zero Class and Reel Big Fish.

Check out the video for ‘Shakedown’…

Released through Die Laughing/Golden Robot, you can buy Kill For The Sound here.

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TALES FROM THE BULLRING!

Long-lost Birmingham post-punk band THE HAWKS premiere a rare archive video exclusively with Vive Le Rock! ahead of the release of their album at the end of the month.

Lauded during their brief existence and accruing semi-legendary status over the years, The Hawks were formed out of the ashes of seminal Birmingham garage band TV EYE along with former pre-fame members of DURAN DURAN, carving out a savage reputation on the city’s club scene and releasing one single and recording several cassette EPs over three years.

With the band splitting by the end of ’81, the cassettes had languished for decades, with guitarist Dave Kusworth (who in the interim had found success with Dogs D’Amour, The Jacobites and others) petitioning the band’s singer/songwriter Stephen Duffy (former Duran Duran frontman, Lilac Time founder and the tapes’ custodian) to make the songs available.

Following Kusworth’s sudden passing in September 2020, Duffy moved to make the release a reality in tribute to his friend. Restored to the best condition possible by Grammy-winning LA-based producer/engineer John Paterno, the tracks are now to be released on the album Obviously 5 Believers (the band’s original name) through Seventeen Records and Easy Action.

“We didn’t make demo’s, blue prints for future single or albums, we played live and I sang over the top, just to see what we sounded like,” says Duffy today. “These are like field recordings from a much simpler time. Simple in that we had no lust for fame and fortune, we had no manifestos beyond our fringes. We wanted to sign to a small label and play some shows but somehow we couldn’t fulfil even those modest ambitions.”

The video features the song ‘Bullfighter’, originally earmarked as the band’s second single…

Set for release on 27 August, the 10-track Obviously 5 Believers is available on limited edition vinyl here and CD here.

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BELVEDERE LEAD FUGAZI TRIBUTE!

Washington DC punk pioneers FUGAZI are to be celebrated with a new tribute album this Autumn. And Vive Le Rock is premiering a track from it!

One of THE most influential and inspiring bands of the 80s US punk scene, Fugazi took hardcore and ran with it, creating sharp and incisive new forms and driving the DIY and straight-edge ethos that underpinned punk for decades to come.

Spread across a limited edition double-CD package, Silence Is A Dangerous Sound: A Tribute To Fugazi features 43 tracks from 43 of the bands that Fugazie inspired.

Check out Calgary punks BELVEDERE’s version of ‘Styrofoam’…

“I first heard Fugazi and Repeater in the early ’90s and was blown away,” says band-member Steve Rawles. “The rawness of the music, the lyrics, and the DIY message was heard loud and clear. We’re so thankful to be able to put our spin on ‘Styrofoam’.”

Due for release on 1 October, through Ripchord, with all profits going to the Tribe Animal Sanctuary in Scotland, Silence Is A Dangerous Sound is available to pre-order here.

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FEROCIOUS DOG UNVEIL CHARITY SINGLE

Folk-punks FEROCIOUS DOG have a new single out today and they’re premiering the video exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘Broken Soldier’ is the second single to be taken from the Nottinghamshire band’s forthcoming new album The Hope, and is intended to raise funds for and awareness of the UK charity Combat Stress, helping former servicemen and women with mental health problems, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety and depression.

“Having worked closely with Combat Stress for many years since the loss of our son Lee and setting up the Lee Bonsall Memorial fund to raise awareness of PTSD, our aim with the ‘Broken Soldier’ song and video is to raise more awareness around veterans suffering from PTSD and hopefully help them to reach out to Combat Stress for help,” explains frontman Ken Bonsall. “After losing Lee and setting up his Memorial Fund, our ambition was that if we could save one veteran or family from going through the pain and heartache we suffered, then we would have achieved our goal.”

“On behalf of Combat Stress and the veterans that seek our unique and vital help we would like to say thank you to Ken and Karen, their family and friends, the band Ferocious Dog and the Lee Bonsall Memorial Fund,” says the charity’s Director of Fundraising, Robert Marsh. “Their incredibly generous support over the last six years will have helped many, many veterans struggling with mental health problems. We very much hope that ‘Broken Soldier’ is a huge success and the awareness generated will encourage other veterans to seek help and not suffer in silence and that it’s OK not to be OK.”

The lyrics to ‘Broken Soldier’ were written by Ken’s good friend Andrew Hawkins, who knew Lee, and the band hope the song and video will help veterans suffering from PTSD to come forward and get the help they need.

Ferocious Dog are donating £5,000 via the Lee Bonsall Memorial Fund and encourage fans to donate here.

‘Broken Soldier’ is available to stream/download here.

Set to be released on 15 October through Graphite Records, The Hope is available to pre-order here.

As previously announced, Ferocious Dog head out on tour in support of the album throughout the Autumn. Full dates are…

October
Fri 8th O2 Academy 2 Liverpool
Sat 9th Marine Hall Fleetwood
Fri 15th Old Fire Station Bournemouth
Sat 16th Chalk Brighton
Sun 17th The Venue Derby
Mon 18th Old Cold Store Nottingham
Tue 19th Nightrain Bradford
Wed 20th O2 Academy 3 Manchester
Thu 21st Nell’s London
Fri 22nd O2 Academy 2 Oxford
Sat 23rd Waterfront Norwich
Thu 28th The Globe Cardiff
Fri 29th O2 Academy Leicester
Sat 30th Esquires Bedford
November
Fri 5th O2 Academy 2 Newcastle
Sat 6th La Belle Angele Edinburgh
Fri 12th Ropetackle Arts Shoreham-On Sea
Sat 13th The Forum Tunbridge Wells
Thu 18th Cheese & Grain Frome
Sat 20th Exeter Phoenix Exeter
Sun 21st Guildhall Gloucester
Fri 26th KK’s Steel Mill Wolverhampton
Sat 27th Picturedome Holmfrith
December
Sat 4th Leadmill Sheffield

Tickets are on sale here.

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DESPERATE MEASURES ARE BLOOMING MARVELOUS!

Rejuvenated Kiwi rockers DESPERATE MEASURES have unveiled another new video from their forthcoming mini-album.

The brooding ‘Flowers At Your Door’ is the second single to be taken from the six-track Rinsed, and follows on from ‘The Rich-Tual’, revealing the diversity and complexities of the band’s sound. The video was directed, edited and shot by Craig Temple of Racketeer Pictures.

“’Flowers…’ was written after being stuck in pretty much self-isolation for three months on last year’s first lockdown as a relationship went down the pan,” explains band founder and frontman Eugene Butcher. “It was a lonely time for a lot of people and this song was born out of all that.”

Formed on the thriving Christchurch scene in 1981, Desperate Measures burned briefly but brightly in their original incarnation, performing at the infamous Golden Showers festival and being handpicked to play an aftershow party for The Clash before releasing the now highly sought-after 1984 EP.

Retooled and revitalised four decades later, Butcher leads a new London-based line-up featuring guitarist Gaff (Glitterati, Rich Ragany & The Digressions), bassist Ricky McGuire (The Men They Couldn’t Hang, UK Subs) and drummer James Sherry (K-Line, Done Lying Down).

‘Flowers At Your Door’ is available now from Spotify, Apple and Bandcamp.

Out on 6 August through Easy Action, Rinsed is available to pre-order here.

Desperate Measure play a special album launch at The Hope & Anchor on 30 July with support from Knox from The Vibrators and The Backstreet Abortions – tickets

They then play HRH Punk at Sheffield O2 Academy on 3 October – tickets – before heading out on tour with THE PROFESSIONALS. Full dates…

13 Oct – Tunbridge Wells, Forum
14 Oct – Oxford, o2 Academy
15 Oct – Swansea, Sin City
16 Oct – Manchester, Factory
18 Oct – Glasgow, King Tuts
19 Oct – Newcastle, The Cluny
20 Oct – Nottingham, Bodega
21 Oct – Birmingham, Castle Falcon
22 Oct – Liverpool, EBGB’s
24 Oct – London, The Garage
25 Oct – Bristol, The Exchange
26 Oct – Leeds, Brudenell Social
27 Oct – Milton Keynes, Craufurd Arms
28 Oct – Chester, Live Rooms

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YORKSHIRE’S BURNING!

Fast-rising Yorkshire rockabilly and roots roustabouts THE BURNER BAND have a new video which they’re premiering with Vive Le Rock!

‘Blues Came In’ is the first single to be taken from the Leeds outfit’s debut album Signs And Wonders, which is due out in September.

Singer/guitarist Lewis Burner has been treading the boards for a while, with the likes of Bob Log III, The Legendary Shack Shakers and at the Strummercamp festival, releasing two solo albums before hooking up with singer and double-bassist Ian.

On Signs And Wonders they mix bluegrass and rock’n’roll with a punk attitude and lyrics that reflect on everything from mental health issues to the dedication shown by the people of Liverpool in eradicating the Sun newspaper from its environs.

“This is a song we wrote together about living dangerously and then getting walloped by the blues,” says Lewis about the video. “We filmed it in the Rodley Social Club because I really like pubs and this is one where I grew up in Leeds. Plus, they let us, so thanks! It would have been much funnier and better had we had more talent available. The telecaster you hear was £250,000 but came with a free house.”

Due out on 3 September through Shed Load Records, Signs And Wonders is available to pre-order and vinyl here and on CD and download here.

The Burner Band head out on a tour this Autumn with fellow Yorkshireman, renowned singer/guitarist/skater Serious Sam Barrett, kicking off with a joint album launch show at Leeds’ Brudenell Social club on 17 September – tickets. Before that they have a handful of dates on their own. Full dates are…

Sun 1 Aug – Deer Shed Festival, Thirsk
Sat 28 Aug – Caroline Club, Shipley (afternoon, Lewis solo)
Sun 29 Aug – Preston *
Fri 3 Sept – Calder Vale Hotel, Horbury*
Sun 5 Sept – Bradford Underground (Lewis solo)
Sat 11 Sept – Armley Festival
Fri 17 Sept – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds (album launch gig)*
Sat 18 Sept – The Swan, Addingham*
Fri 24 Sept – Paradise Tap N Taco, Harrogate*
Sun 26 Sept – The Swinging Arm, Birkenhead*
Fri 1 Oct – Dorothy Pax, Sheffield*
Sat 2 Oct – What’s Cookin’, London*
Sun 3 Oct – Beak Brewery HQ, Lewes*
Fri 8 Oct – Village Hall, Terrington (LIAMS Club)*
Sat 9 Oct – Constitutional Club, Farsley*
Fri 15 Oct – Labour Rooms, Otley*

*with Serious Sam Barrett

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LET’S HAVE A PARTY!

Yorkshire post-punks PARTY DAY are to have their complete works made available on CD for the first time ever.

Formed near Barnsley in 1981, the band’s proximity to both Leeds and Sheffield meant they were ideally placed to involve themselves in both cities’ developing post-punk and goth scenes, while they made an instant impact nationally with their first two singles ‘Row The Boat Ashore’ and ‘The Spider’ being picked up for airplay by John Peel. These were followed in 1985 by their debut album Glasshouse and a year later by Simplicty, each earning rave reviews in the music weeklies.

The two-CD Sorted! anthology comprises both albums and singles, plus the 4-track Glasshouse EP, along with compilation tracks and unreleased material. The set is completed by a 20-page booklet, including rare photographs and contemporary reviews. The sleeve design replicates the Glasshouse EP artwork which has achieved peak goth by being selected for the Victoria & Albert Museum’s Prints and Drawings collection.

The two-CD edition of Sorted! is released on 24 September through Optic Nerve Recordings and is available to pre-order here. A gatefold double coloured vinyl edition comprising Glasshouse and Simplicity without the extra tracks will be available later in the year.

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DANISSSH SHAKIN’!

Danish-Brazilian garage duo THE COURETTES have announced a major UK tour in support of their forthcoming album.

The super-hip husband-and-wife duo of vocalist/guitarist Flavia Couri and drummer/backing vocalist Martin Couri have been gaining attention in the UK over the past year with their singles ‘Want You! Like A Cigarette’ and ‘Hop The Twig’ on Damaged Goods – not to mention their two previous albums – are set to release their brand new full-length Back In Mono in October.

Kicking off down on the South Coast in Portsmouth on 15 October – the album’s release date – the pair traverse England, Scotland and finally Wales, winding up in Cardiff on 31 October. Along the way they hit London for what will doubtless be a rammed show at The Lexington on 19 October.

Full dates are…

Fri 15 Oct – Portsmouth The Loft
Sun 17 Oct – Norwich Norwich Arts Centre
Tues 19 Oct – London The Lexington
Thur 21 Oct – Hastings The Piper
Fri 22 Oct – Sheffield Yellow Arch Studios
Sat 23 Oct – Middlesbrough Westgarth Social Club
Sun 24 Oct – Hull Adelphi
Mon 25 Oct – Newcastle The Cluny
Tues 26 Oct – Manchester Night N Day
Wed 27 Oct – Edinburgh Voodoo Rooms Speakeasy
Thur 28 Oct – Glasgow Mono
Sat 30 Oct – Brighton The Albert
Sun 31 Oct – Cardiff The Moon

Tickets go on sale here on Friday 23 July at 10am.

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WEREWOLVES ON THE PROWL!

The world’s number one CRAMPS tribute band TEENAGE WEREWOLVES return to the UK next month. Having been postponed three times already, thanks to the lifting of pandemic restrictions, the shows finally look set to go ahead.

Following on from their explosive 2019 tour, the band planned a speedy return, lining up a 13-date tour for 2020. Frontman Jack Atlantis and showgirl Kitten de Ville were two days away from boarding a flight for London to start the tour when the first airport closures started at the beginning of the pandemic. Left with no choice, Jack and his tour manager Gary, cancelled all dates.

Over the course of 14 months, they started over from scratch and re-booked, then cancelled, three complete tours. That’s 40 booked then cancelled venues, 90 hotel rooms and 85 poster designs. Months of lost time which equates to substantial financial and personal loss they will never get back. To add insult to injury, the band were forced to make two member changes: lead guitarist and drummer, plus two different rock’n’roll show-girls.

“The Delta variant looked like it would surely end a fourth Teenage Werewolves tour,” sighs Jack. “When Boris Johnson recently announced 100% re-opening, we were caught off guard and have been racing to get up to speed as our and our opening act SHE’S IN BAUHAUS’s dates loom closer. . . As of today, this project is clinging by its claws (pun intended), so success of this 2021 tour is crucial for us to continue in the United Kingdom.”

Kicking off in Grimsby on 12 August, the Stay Sick Tour winds through to Brighton Green Door Store on 23 August, taking in a London show at the legendary 100 Club on 20 August. Full dates are…

12 AUG – GRIMSBY Docks Academy – tickets
13 AUG – LEEDS The Warehouse Leeds – tickets
14 AUG – NEWCASTLE The Cluny – tickets
15 AUG – STOCKTON The Georgian Theatre, Stockton – tickets
16 AUG – MANCHESTER Factory Manchester – tickets
17 AUG – LIVERPOOL Jimmy’s Liverpool – tickets
18 AUG – WOLVERHAMPTON The Slade Rooms – tickets
19 AUG – BRISTOL The Fleece Bristol – tickets
20 AUG – LONDON The 100 Club – tickets
21 AUG – DERBY The Hairy Dog – tickets
22 AUG – SOUTHAMPTON The Joiners – tickets
23 AUG – BRIGHTON The Green Door Store – tickets

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GUN CLUB SONG INSPIRES VIDEO

THE GUN CLUB’s ‘John Hardy’ has been immortalised in a new CGI video.

The song, which featured on the legendary band’s 1982 album Miami album, produced by Blondie’s Chris Stein, soundtracks the animated video created by Paris-based CG artists Laurent Mercier and Cédric Bernard of Callicore Productions and was co-produced by Jacqui Pierce, sister of Gun Club mainman Jeffrey Lee Pierce.

A traditional song, ‘John Hardy’ is based on the true story of a 19th Century railwaymen who killed someone in a drunken dispute during a craps game near Keystone, West Virginia and was later hanged for the murder.

Miami was one of two major label album releases for the band, released through Stein’s Animal imprint of Chrysalis Records and followed two years later by Las Vegas Story.

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PROFESSIONALS ADD DATES!

THE PROFESSIONALS have announced a string of summer dates ahead of the release of their new album.

The Pretty Vaccinated Tour will comprise five UK shows at the end of August, including the band’s appearance at the Stone Valley Festival near Newark on 28 August.

The dates are in addition to the band’s already announced October tour with DESPERATE MEASURES in support of their new album SNAFU, which is out on 24 September.

“Getting out to there to play and see you lovely people has seemed like an unrealistic fantasy for too long,” they say. “Our fingers are crossed for our album launch tour this October. Please don’t let it go tits up again! So, in the meantime, our marvellous agent has managed to grab us a string of gigs around a festival show on the Saturday. Yes, they’re not our usual haunts, we had to avoid October locations, but we truly can’t wait to make some noise and get amongst the people. We’ve been working on the new album. That’s kept us sane through mad times. You’ll get to hear it in October. Before then though, let’s get together to blow away the cobwebs of covid.”

Full tour dates are…

August – The Pretty Vaccinated tour
25th Wed St Albans, The Horn
26th Thu Bridgwater, Cobblestones
27th Fri Southend, The Cricketer’s
28th Sat Newark, Stone Valley Festival
29th Sun Guildford, Boiler Room

October – SNAFU tour
13th Wed Tunbridge Wells, Forum
14th Thu Oxford, o2 Academy
15th Fri Swansea, Sin City
16th Sat Manchester, Factory
18th Mon Glasgow, King Tuts
19th Tue Newcastle, The Cluny
20th Wed Nottingham, Bodega
21st Thu Birmingham, Castle Falcon
22nd Fri Liverpool, EBGB’s
24th Sun London, The Garage
25th Mon Bristol, The Exchange
26th Tue Leeds, Brudenell Social
27th Wed Milton Keynes, Craufurd Arms
28th Thu Chester, Live Rooms

Tickets for all shows are available from the band’s website.

Desperate Measures’ new single ‘Flowers At Your Door’ is out on 26 July through Easy Action.

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COLD STARES VIDEO EXCLUSIVE!

Indiana blues duo THE COLD STARES have a new lyric video which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘Prosecution Blues’ is the third single to be lifted from their forthcoming fifth album Heavy Shoes, which follows on from 2019’s Ways.

Guitarist/singer Chris Tapp says, “‘Prosecution Blues’ was an opportunity to tip our hat to some of our heavy blues influences.” But he’s not just talking about music…

“I’m writing from the point of Edgar Allan Poe and William Faulkner. It needs to have weight to it,” he explains. “There’s not really anything that bothers me to talk about. When you don’t allow yourself to be human and say what’s happened to you, then you make other people that are going through tough shit think that they’re alone.”

Their first album for Mascot Records, Heavy Shoes was recorded at Sam Phillips Recording Studio in Nashville – “We did our Ways album there, so it very much felt like a continuation of that. So, it was familiar and pretty much the same cast of characters,” says drummer Brian Mullins – and later mixed by Mark Needham (Taj Mahal, Chris Isaak) and mastered by NYC mastering legend Andy VanDette (The Almighty, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion).

Set for release on 13 August, Heavy Shoes is available to pre-order here.

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DANGEREENS TAKE THE PITH!

Canadian sleaze-monkeys DANGEREENS have signed to Golden Robot and release their first single for them later this month.

The Montreal quintet turned heads with the excellent self-titled 5-track EP back in 2018 and released their debut full-length Tough Luck, from which the new single ‘Streets Of Doom’ is taken, last year through Germany’s Alien Snatch label.

Fusing junkshop glam, Thunders punk and 50s rock’n’roll, they’ve toured all over their homeland, making it as far down as Boston and NYC. Who knows when they’ll make it to this side of the pond.

‘Streets Of Doom’ is available to stream/download here.

If you’re looking for something to watch, try ‘Blacklight City’ from their debut EP…

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LOWE AND SCABIES REUNITED!

Rat Scabies has been reunited with producer Nick Lowe for the first time since the recording of The Damned’s classic debut album in 1976.

Lowe produced the band’s debut single ‘New Rose’ followed by the album Damned Damned Damned, widely accepted as the first ever UK punk single and album.

The pair came together last weekend on a session by The Spammed, the charity band that Scabies plays in alongside Specials bassist Horace Panter, musician and actor Micko Westmoreland, ex-Banshees and Specimen guitarist Jon Klein, Terry Edwards of Gallon Drunk and NJE fame and comic actor Kevin Eldon.

Lowe was called in to produce the band on a version of his own classic song ‘(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love And Understanding’, which first appeared as a single by Lowe’s pub-rock pioneers Brinsley Schwarz in 1974.

With recording taking place at Dire Straits guitarist Mark Knopfler’s British Grove Studio – with studio time generously donated by Knopfler for the purpose – the track will feature on Viva -Songs Of Freedom, a new compilation released in the New Year by the Specialized Project, to raise funds for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

“I suppose I have never been able to afford working with Nick since”, quipped Scabies.

On recording the song, Lowe commented, “It’s a good song which has been covered so many times over the years, I now scarcely feel I had anything to do with it. I was flattered to be invited and very pleased for an opportunity to get out of the house and spend time in the stimulating company of similarly under-employed musicians.”

Pics courtesy of Ashley Jones & Harry Pye

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FUTURAMA POSTPONED

Thanks to the ongoing doubt around the scheduling of live music events, the organisers of the Vive Le Rock-sponsored FUTURAMA festival have taken the difficult decision to postpone the event until Easter 2022.

The much-vaunted return of the semi-legendary 80s post-punk event, featuring Heaven 17 (pictured), Spear Of Destiny, A Certain Ratio, Peter Hook & The Light, The Chameleons and many more, had initially been scheduled to take place in April this year, but ongoing restrictions forced organisers to move it to September. With doubts rife across the industry over the wisdom of the Government’s decision to free the nation from restrictions on 19 July, the decision was taken to move it once again to the weekend of 16-17 April 2012.

The organisers state, “We apologise for the inconvenience but the increasing COVID infection rate, plus the latest delay in lifting restrictions without the necessary assurances and guidance from the Government, has made it impossible to put the festival on this year. It’s the news that many expected but few wanted, but it did become obvious during the long dark months of lock down that even if a green light was given on June 21st, people would still be hesitant and rightly so. Despite the government saying July the 19th, we know people have changed and it will take a little time to restore confidence and feel secure inside indoor events.

“More than anything, we want Futurama to be free of all restrictions. We want it to be a celebration of freedom, we want people to be able to fully immerse themselves in the festival and to be able to wander around all our great venues, watching bands, eating & drinking, without having to worry about safety precautions. That’s what a festival is all about; having a great time, interacting with music fans and we don’t think we can produce that special atmosphere this year. We are all longing for Futurama to return and we can wholeheartedly promise to deliver the greatest post punk festival this country has seen in over four decades.

“Most bands have reconfirmed for next year and the ones that can’t make it will be replaced by just as good bands as we have been inundated with acts to play the festival. The good news is we’re happy to confirm that tickets for this year’s festival will automatically be rolled over to 2022. So next year’s festival is secured, and no further action is required! If you’re not able to join us in 2022, you’ll be able to claim a face value refund on all tickets. We’re working closely with our ticketing partners, and they will be in touch with instructions on the next steps within 7 days. Thank you again for your continued support. For now, keep safe, keep healthy and look after each other. The Futurama Team.”

More details can be found here.

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