MONROE HEEDS THE CALL OF THE WILD!

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…

Tickets are available here.

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PEDALJETS PREPARE FOR TAKE-OFF!

Kansas City alt-rockers PEDALJETS have just unveiled a taster for their first new album in six years.

Formed in 1984, Pedaljets quickly established themselves as one of the Midwest’s bands-most-likely-to, sharing stages with the likes of The Replacements, Hüsker Dü and Meat Puppets and picking up plays on MTV.

After a long hiatus, the band resurfaced with a retooled version of their self-titled second album, followed by the all new What’s In Between in 2013, cited by Vive Le Rock at the time as “the missing link between The Replacements and Nirvana.”

Now joined by new guitarist Cody Wyoming, founder members guitarist Mike Allmayer, bassist Matt Kesler and drummer Rob Morrow recorded Twist The Lens with producer Paul Malinowski, once again bringing in studio veteran John Agnello (Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr) at the mixing stage.

Check out the title track…

Twist The Lens is due for release through Electric Moth Records on 14 February.

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FERRO SOLO UNVEILS GIUDA-POWERED VIDEO!

A year on from the release of his debut album, Italian musician FERRO SOLO has unveiled a video of his collaboration with Roman yob-rock sensations GIUDA.

Solo, also known as Ferruccio Quercetti, guitarist and singer with long-serving Bolognese garage-punks CUT, included the terrace-stomping shoutalong ‘He Spies’ on the snappily-titled album Almost Mine: The Unexpected Rise and Sudden Demise of Fernando (Pt. 1), released last year.

“When I wrote ‘He Spies’, I was dreaming for it to become a glam/yob-rock stomper in the style of Slade, Jesse Hector or the Hammersmith Gorillas,” he explains. “I wanted the sound of a gang of street urchins let loose in the suburbs of a decaying industrial UK town in 1974 and nothing less! Actually, the only band who’s capable to conjure that kind of noise comes from Rome, Italy, and it’s called Giuda. They also happen to be great friends of mine. When I got in touch with them about this, they enthusiastically embraced my mad idea and gave me everything I wanted and more. I adored every minute of my time in the studio with Giuda, under the guidance of Danilo Silvestri, master of the Glam racket!”

Solo/Quercetti has just released a second solo album, Almost Mine: The Unexpected Rise and Sudden Demise of Fernando (Pt. 2), which came out last month. Released through Riff Records, both albums are available on vinyl, CD and download here.

Cut’s most recent album Second Skin was released in 2017 and is available here.

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BOOZE AND GLORY UNVEIL NEW VIDEO!

Having just celebrated their 10th birthday with a riotous sold-out show at London’s Electric Ballroom, BOOZE & GLORY have gifted their fans with a new video.

The aptly-titled rousing street-punk anthem ‘Ten Years’ is the third video from their latest acclaimed album Hurricane. Directed by Frank Pellegrino, it’s a fast-paced circle-pit action-packed travelogue of the band’s decade on the road.

Hurricane is available to buy here.

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THE 12 BARS OF XMAS!

Stuck for ideas for what to buy for the punk in your life this Xmas?

Legendary and much missed London venue The 12 Bar Club is being celebrated with a series of vinyl records plus books, a DVD and a very special London show in December.

Situated at 26 Denmark Street – London’s original Tin Pan Alley – the 12 Bar’s inclusive booking policy and late bar made it much loved as a haunt for musicians and gig-goers across London until it was unceremoniously forced out by developers in 2015 after a long battle.

Orchestrated by promoters London Callin’, who staged regular punk gigs at the club from 2001 onwards, the 12 Bar Legacy Collection will comprise twelve coloured vinyl 7″ singles and EPs featuring acts that have played the club over the years. Bands already featured include COCK SPARRER, THE PENNY BLACK REMEDY, THE BAR STOOL PREACHERS and RUNNIN’ RIOT.

Already halfway through the series, the sixth and latest instalment features tracks from THE WITCHDOKTORS, SPACE WASTERS, FRIENDS OF LUCA BRASI and THE LOVE ME TENDERS.

The series also features two companion books and a DVD of Tali Clarke’s documentary A Riot Of Our Own.

The releases are available to buy individually or as part of a full subscription from the London Callin’ website.

London Callin’ have also announced a special gig at London’s Boston Arms Music Room in Tufnell Park on 14 December, featuring 999, MENACE, FIRE EXIT and THE BLEACH BOYS, who all feature on the 7th release in the series, copies of which will be available FREE to all ticketholders. Tickets are available here.

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NEW TOWN KINGS HIT BY TRAGEDY

East Anglian ska and reggae giants NEW TOWN KINGS have had their world rocked by tragedy with the sudden death of their guitarist Stuart McClung.

Stuart (left in pic) died on Saturday night when a car mounted the pavement and ploughed into the smoking area outside The Spinnaker pub in the band’s hometown of Colchester, Essex.

One man was airlifted to hospital with life-changing industries, while another man and a woman were also injured in the crash. A 40-year old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder, causing grievous bodily harm with intent, death by dangerous driving and assault.

Formed in 2006, New Town Kings quickly made a name for themselves on the international circuit with the albums Sound Of The New Town and M.O.J.O., released through Bomber Music, playing more than 500 shows in ten different countries. An infectious and reliable festival draw, playing the likes of Boomtown and Secret Garden Party, they’ve also become firm favourites at Rebellion. Their most recent album was last year’s Reach Out.

Our thoughts are with Stuart’s family, friends, bandmates and many fans.

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SHIP ROCKED!

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!

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JIM JONES DOUBLES DOWN!

After a successful 2019, JIM JONES & THE RIGHTEOUS MIND kick off the New Year with a bang, with two shows in one day.

Hot on the heels of their ‘Get Down And Get With It’ hit single and tour, the band have lined up a pair of shows at London’s famous Lexington venue on Sunday 12 January.

Jim and the band will play an all-ages matinee show kicking off at 2pm, followed by an 18+ set from 7pm. Support comes from hostile Deutsche blues anarchist BONE ZENO (afternoon) and fast-rising London psych-freaks DAEMONIK FONCE (evening).

“Think of it as a double Sunday Service,” says Jones. “The earlier show will help baptize kids into the righteous ways of rock’n’roll, while the later show will be more of a confirmation. Either way, you can’t beat the Devil’s music on the Lord’s day.”

Tickets, priced £14 for each show on £25, are available here.

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RESOLUTION NOW!

Punks will be descending on London’s Oxford Street once more for the New Year’s Resolution festival.

Now in its sixth year, Resolution runs from Friday 3 to Sunday 12 January at the legendary 100 Club, hosting the great and the good of the UK’s punk scene plus a raft of newcomers in support.

First names announced include GBH, NEWTOWN NEUROTICS, SUBHUMANS, ANTI-NOWHERE LEAGUE, THE BOYS, LAST GREAT DREAMERS, DESPERATE MEASURES and more…

For the first time, the festival will be 14+, encouraging the new breed of young punks (accompanied by an adult).

Full billing so far is…

Fri 3 Jan – TV SMITH & THE BORED TEENAGERS + THE DERELLAS + BLUE CARPET BAND

Sat 4 Jan – ANTI-NOWHERE LEAGUE + CRASHED OUT + SWEENEY AND THE FELLAS

Sun 5 Jan – MENACE + NEWTOWN NEUROTICS + KNOCK OFF + NICK CASH + FACE UP + DELINQUE (half-dayer)

Mon 6 Jan – BACKSTREET ABORTIONS + TBC

Wed 8 Jan – THE VIBRATORS + GUITAR GANGSTERS + DESPERATE MEASURES

Thur 9 Jan – SUBHUMANS + THE BLUNDERS + REBEL STATION

Fri 10 Jan – GBH + VARUKERS + BORROWED TIME

Sat 11 Jan – THE BOYS + LAST GREAT DREAMERS

Sun 12 Jan – TBC + RED LIGHT REBELS

Tickets, including full festival passes, are on sale here.

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IT’S ONLY DOC’N’ROLL!

The Doc’N’Roll Film Festival returns to London next month, screening a range of music documentaries at cinemas across the capital.

Highlights include A Dog Called Money, director Seamus Murphy’s globetrotting film about PJ HARVEY; an evening with RAINCOATS founder Gina Birch, featuring several of her short films and videos, plus the world premiere of her latest film Paintings; Where Does A Body End?, a documentary about NYC art-punks SWANS; the UK premiere of The Chills: The Triumph & Tragedy Of Martin Phillipps, about the pioneering New Zealand post-punks and their troubled founder; and The Heart Is A Drum – NEU! & Klaus Dinger, about the hugely influential 70s German band and their mercurial percussionist.

Full listings are…

Fri 1st Nov, 6:15pm – Barbican Cinemas
London Premiere
A Dog Called Money – PJ Harvey + Q&A featuring the director

Fri 1st Nov, 6:30pm – The Rio Cinema
World Premiere
Disco Confessions – John Morales, A Life In The Mix + Q&A featuring John Morales and the director

Sat 2nd Nov, 4:45pm – Institute of Contemporary Arts, ICA
World Premiere
Gina Birch – Cracked Open + Q&A featuring writer Lucy O’Brien and Gina Birch
(Art, Film, Video, & Music)

Sat 2nd Nov, 5:45pm – Barbican Cinemas
World Premiere
Keyboard Fantasies – The Beverly Glenn-Copeland Story + Q&A featuring Glenn Copeland and the director

Sat 2nd Nov, 8:00pm – Barbican Cinemas
UK Premiere
Where Does a Body End? Swans + Q&A featuring the director

Sun 3rd Nov, 5:00pm – Picturehouse Central
London Premiere
Dennis and Lois + Q&A featuring the director

Sun 3rd Nov, 6:00pm Curzon Soho
London Premiere
Once Aurora

Sun 3rd Nov, 7:30pm – The Castle Cinema
World Premiere
Passion and Rituals + Q&A featuring Marietta Veulens and the director

Thu 7th Nov, 6:30pm – Curzon Soho
UK Premiere
Gordon Lightfoot – If You Could Read My Mind + Q&A featuring the directors

Thu 7th Nov, 6:30pm – Picturehouse Central
UK Premiere
Lee Moses – Time and Place + Q&A featuring the director

Thu 7th Nov, 7:00pm – House of Vans
Short Music Docs Night + Q&A featuring the directors

Sat 9th Nov, 5:30pm – The Rio Cinema
UK Premiere
Brainiac – Transmission After Zero + Q&A

Sat 9th Nov, 6:00pm – Curzon Soho
UK Premiere
The Chills – The Triumph & Tragedy of Martin Phillipps + Q&A featuring the co-director

Sat 9th Nov, 6:00pm – Genesis Cinema
World Premiere
The Rest is History – The Early Days of Drum & Bass + Q&A featuring the director

Sat 9th Nov, 9:00pm – The Castle Cinema
Where Does a Body End? Swans + Q&A featuring the director

Sun 10th Nov, 5:00pm – Curzon Soho
UK Premiere
Show Me The Picture – The Story of Jim Marshall + Q&A featuring the director

Sun 10th Nov, 6:00pm – Genesis Cinema
UK Premiere
Hype Master + Q&A featuring the director

Monday 11th Nov, 6:30pm – Rio Cinema
World Premiere
Rip Up The Road – A Film about Foals + Q&A featuring the director and members of the band

Tue 12th Nov, 8:30pm – Picturehouse Central
UK Premiere
The Shows The Thing – The Legendary Promoters of Rock + Q&A featuring the director

Tue 12th Nov, 8:30pm – Genesis Cinema
UK Premiere
Underground Inc. – The Rise & Fall of Alternative Rock + Q&A

Tue 12th Nov, 8:35pm – Barbican Cinemas
World Premiere
Digging For Weldon Irvine + Q&A featuring the director

Wed 13th Nov, 6:30pm – The Rio Cinema
UK Premiere
We Intend To Cause Havoc – Witch + Q&A featuring the director + Afterparty

Wed 13th Nov, 8:00pm – The Ritzy Cinema
UK Premiere
Soul Train – The Hippest Trip in America + Q&A

Thurs 14th Nov, 8:30pm – Genesis Cinema
UK Premiere
It’s Yours – Hip Hop & The Internet + Q&A featuring the director

Fri 15th Nov, 6:30pm – The Rio Cinema
UK Premiere
The Rise of The Synths – A Synthwave Film + Q&A featuring the director + Afterparty

Fri 15th Nov, 6:30pm – Barbican Cinemas
UK Premiere
The Heart Is A Drum – NEU! & Klaus Dinger + Q&A featuring the director

Sat 16th Nov, 3:30pm – Picturehouse Central
London Premiere
Jim Galloway: A Journey in Jazz + Q&A featuring the director

Sat 16th Nov, 4:30pm – Barbican Cinemas
UK Premiere
Don’t Get Trouble in Your Mind – The Carolina Chocolate Drops’ Story

Sat 16th Nov, 5:00pm – Curzon Soho
London Premiere
Desolation Center + Q&A featuring the director

Sat 16th Nov, 6:00pm – Picturehouse Central
UK Premiere
Chuck Berry – The Original King of Rock’n’Roll + Q&A featuring the director

Sun 17th Nov, 3:00pm – Picturehouse Central
London Premiere
It Must Schwing! The Blue Note Story + Q&A featuring the director

Sun 17th Nov, 5:00pm – Curzon Soho
UK Premiere
David Crosby: Remember My Name

Sun 17th Nov, 6:00pm – Picturehouse Central
UK Premiere
The Remix: Hip Hop X Fashion + Q&A featuring the directors

Tickets and full details at docnrollfestival.com

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BLOOM SHAKE THE ROOM!

Wet-behind-the-ears punks GOLDENBLOOM look set to shake up the London scene with their debut single, out this week.

The East London-based trio only got together in May and played their debut gig a couple of weeks back.

Ignore the neat haircuts; the single ‘LIFE’ is an abrasive two-and-a-half-minute energy-burst in the time-honoured tradition of enthusiastic parental-expectation-defiance. Check the lyric video…

Goldenbloom open for THE SLY PERSUADERS, LEISURE TANK and DEAD HORSE on Saturday 30 November at Aces & Eights, Tufnell Park for Roadkill Records. Tickets here.

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NEWTOWN NEUROTICS FILM PREMIERE!

Essex punk legends NEWTOWN NEUROTICS have announced the debut screening of their long-awaited documentary movie.

KICK OUT! The Newtown Neurotics Story is the work of filmmaker Luke Baker and was made possible thanks to a fevered crowdfunding campaign.

The film charts the career of the band from their early beginnings in the post-war newtown of Harlow, at the same time as Margaret Thatcher ascended to 10 Downing Street, not un-coincidentally, just prior to the second UK punk explosion.

Inextricably linked to iconic and fertile Harlow venue, The Square, the band provided a string of insurgent anthems – ‘When the Oil Runs Out’, ‘Kick Out The Tories’, ‘Living With Unemployment’ – fuelled by Steve Drewett’s insightful, incisive lyrics, which have earned a new relevance in the current political climate.

“What started as a simple video idea quickly grew into something much bigger,” explains Baker. “What struck me during our initial meetings was how relevant the lyrics Steve wrote over thirty years ago were still today.
While mainstream success alluded them, they have quite the pedigree in terms of their fan base, their historic shows behind the iron curtain and Steve’s solo shows in North Korea and Cuba. On one hand, you could say it’s a film about a band that has continuously evolved with the political and social changes around them. On the other, it’s a film about how many of the issues and problems tacked in the band’s lyrics still resonate today as much as they did back then.”

Alongside the band themselves, the movie also features contributions from such friends, fellow-travellers and observers as Billy Bragg, Attila The Stockbroker, Phil Jupitus, Garry Bushell and journalist and broadcaster Steve Lamacq.

Co-promoted by Vive Le Rock and Black Wax, KICK OUT! will receive its world premiere on Saturday 25 April 2020 at the Leytonstone Ballroom (upstairs at The Red Lion), East London. Hosted by MC Steve Lamacq the event will feature performances from the Neurotics, Attila The Stockbroker and more, plus a Q&A with Luke Baker.

Tickets go on sale at 9.00am on Thursday 31 October from newtownneurotics.com Black Wax and Dice.

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DREAMERS GONNA DREAM!

Following on from the runaway success of last year’s 13th Floor Renegades album, rejuvenated powerpop rockers LAST GREAT DREAMERS are celebrating the 25th Anniversary of their classic debut Retrosexual with a first-time-ever vinyl edition and one-off London show at The Lounge in Camden on 16 November, recreating their infamous Glitterball club nights. We got the lowdown from guitarist Slyder…

Define ‘retrosexual’?

For us at the time it was a play on words and was highlighting our love of the 1970s era of music, TV, fashion, cars etc. Later the phrase was used meaning putting the man back into manhood, the antithesis of what  we meant by it then we were camping it up in our 70’s suits and tottering around on platform heals.

What do you remember about the recording of the album?

We recorded the album in Newcastle at our record company’s studio. We had a false start initially as we were recording the bass we had a mug of tea drop onto the mixing desk spilling tea into the channels and putting the studio out of action. Also we were living in the studio in a converted stairwell sleeping in bunk beds, not the most glamourous of residential studios but it was a lot of fun and a great experience.

Where did you hold the original Glitterball Club, and what memories do you have of that time?

The Glitterball was originally based in Gossips and later moved to St. Moritz. It was a monthly 70s rock night, the only one in London at the time. One gig highlight at that time was supporting Suzi Quatro at The Marquee Club, it was a sold out show and Suzi made a point of coming to our dressing room to say Hi, that was a nice touch, we were all fans of her as kids so we were all a bit in awe of her.

You’re planning a mystery tour along with the gig…

Well we’ve been running through a few ideas and there are plenty of special places that are important in the band’s history. The West End of London was where the scene was then so we’ll definitely be visiting there, but sadly a few of the landmarks in our history have been bulldozed.

What’s next for the band after this?

We’re taking a bit of a backseat on live shows other than a few we have dotted about for the rest of the year, and will mostly be writing and rehearsing new material for our fifth album, which will come out some time in 2020. We will also be heading out to Scandinavia, Spain and Germany in the Spring and most probably a full UK tour to coincide with the new release.

Check out ‘Last Great Dreamer’ from Retrosexual

Retrosexual is rereleased on 15 November. Pre-orders and tickets for the gig and the magical mystery tour are available now from lastgreatdreamers.com

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VICTIMS OF CIRCUMSTANCE!

Legendary Aussie punk THE VICIMS are to have their complete works released on a new vinyl compilation.

Originally formed in Perth in 1977, the band featured future HOODOO GURUS Dave Faulkner (aka Dave Flick) on guitar and vocals and James Baker on drums plus bassist Dave Cardwell aka Rudolph V.

The trio released the iconic – and now absurdly collectable – ‘Television Addict’ single in April ’78, followed a few months later by the curiously-named 5-track No Thanks To The Human Turd EP. The contents of both records can be found on The Victims vinyl album, with nine more unreleased-at-the-time demo tracks.

Released on limited-edition coloured vinyl in a gatefold sleeve, it’s available to order now through In The Red Recordings.

The LA-based label is also issuing the Horror Smash EP, comprising new recordings of three original Victims songs by a reconvened band featuring Ray Ahn from the HARD-ONS on bass. Pressed on limited edition coloured 7″ vinyl, you can get that here.

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JUNK AND DISORDERLY!

MICHAEL MONROE has revealed a new lyric video ahead of his UK tour.

‘Junk Planet’ is taken from the ex-HANOI ROCKS legend’s new album One Man Gang which came out last week.

As previously announced, Michael’s dates kick off at London’s Islington Academy on Wednesday 30 October and finish in Great Yarmouth at Hard Rock Hell on Saturday 9 November. Full dates are…

30 Oct – Islington Academy, London
1 Nov – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
2 Nov – The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
3 Nov – Engine Rooms, Southhampton
4 Nov – The Mill, Digbeth, Birmingham
5 Nov – The Garage, Glasgow
6 Nov – Club Academy, Manchester
7 Nov – The Fleece, Bristol
8 Nov – The Sugarmill, Stoke-on-Trent
9 Nov – Hard Rock Hell, Vauxhall Holiday Park, Great Yarmouth

Tickets for all dates are available here.

One Man Gang is available to buy here.

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HELL’S BELLS!

THE BELLRAYS are to return to the UK for a series of dates in the New Year.

The band, who fuse gritty garage punk with sanctifying soul, were founded in Riverside, California in the early 90s by singer Lisa Kekaula and guitarist Bob Vennum. They got a huge profile boost in the UK when Alan McGee’s Poptones label signed them, their Meet The BellRays compilation chiming with the early 90s garage punk explosion.

Despite numerous line-up changes over the years, and numerous labels, Lisa and Bob have kept chugging, releasing their latest album Punk Funk Rock Soul Vol.2 last year.

Their tour kicks off in Portsmouth on 15 January, winding it’s way to Oslo in Hackney, London on 26 January. They’re joined on all dates by fast-rising multinational garage punks LOS PEPES, who released their latest album Positive Negative earlier this year. Full dates are…

WED 15 JAN – Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth
THU 16 JAN – The Louisiana, Bristol
FRI 17 JAN – Le Pub, Newport
SAT 18 JAN – The Phoenix, Exeter
SUN 19 JAN – The Lantern, Halifax
TUE 21 JAN – Voodoo, Edinburgh
WED 22 JAN – Broadcast, Glasgow
THU 23 JAN – The Cluny, Newcastle
FRI 24 JAN – Westgarth Social Club, Middlesbrough
SAT 25 JAN – Prince Albert, Brighton
SUN 26 JAN – Oslo, London

Tickets go on sale here at 9.00am on Thursday 24 October.

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START CHOPPIN’!

South Coast art-punks CHOPCHOP are preparing for the release of their debut album in the new year with a new video.

‘This Is Not Your Home’ is taken from Everything Looks So Real, which is set for release on 14 February. It’s the maiden release for Rose Hill Records, based out of cult Brighton venue The Rose Hill.

The band have a handful of dates lined-up, including a London show at The Dublin Castle on 11 December. Full dates are…

26 Oct – Rose Hill, Brighton
24 Nov – Bar 42, Worthing
29 Nov – UCA Bar, Canterbury
11 Dec – Dublin Castle, London
14 Feb – Rose Hill, Brighton (album launch)

Everything Looks So Real is available to pre-order here, which will also entitle you to a free download.

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DINNER IS SERVED!

The UK’s leading exponents of ‘kitchencore’, Liverpool band PETE BENTHAM & THE DINNER LADIES have just released their fourth album England’s Up For Sale. Vive Le Rock hooked up with Pete to find out what’s cookin’…

Your new album England’s Up For Sale – is it a soundtrack for the 31 October Brexit deadline?
Yes sure. Despite being seen as a kind of a theatrical band, we just use that as a way of putting across social comment and things we believe in. We think making it entertaining is a better way of putting across a serious point, than ranting at people. So how could the album not be a soundtrack to what’s going on now? It’s sad how the country is so divided. We certainly understand why disillusioned people voted for it, but like most people from Liverpool, we are pro-Europe because under Thatcher, their (leaked) plan was for a ‘managed decline’ for Liverpool and it was massive European funding that revitalised the city and helped make it the amazing place it is today. Plus it’s always been a melting pot of different races and cultures.

Are you influenced by Liverpool’s rich history pf punk and political bands?
Because of its history as a major port and a gateway to the World and other cultures, plus the strong labour movement, Liverpool is a political place, so you can’t help but be influenced by it. It also still has a strong sense of identity and community, that has been lost in some places. That’s why divisive people like the far right never get a good reception here. Obviously, the city has a massive history of great bands and the current DIY punk scene is also great. There’s so many amazing current bands here like The Wasters, Down & Outs, Pardon Us, Bolshy, Sheepy, Piss Kitti, Crapsons who have all got something important to say. My personal favourite local band is probably still Half Man Half Biscuit, who like ourselves sometimes get dismissed as a novelty band, but are often making some proper social commentary, that’s not always appreciated.

You seem to be a bit of a favourite of Rebellion festival regulars?
Yes. We are lucky that Darren and Jennie get what we do and to have have played it so many times. But we do always put on a show with the visuals and everything so I guess we are one of the bands that add something to proceedings, alongside, say, Interrobang!? Wonk Unit, Evil Blizzard and a few others. Rebellion is the best and is a massive thing for the punk scene as a whole, and has been brilliant in helping us reach loads of people.

The album takes in various styles… We like ‘Goth Postman”s psychobilly vibe. You aren’t afraid to experiment...
Yes, our stuff is quite eclectic. We often get called ‘a people’s band’ in that unlike most bands, we are all different ages and types. So we all bring different influences to it. I bring my garage rock & roll thing, the rhythm section Pete and Tony come from the DIY punk and hardcore scene, sax player Anna has a classical background and was in a really good ska band. Plus The Dinnerettes dancers bring the whole performance art thing to it. But I think mainly we just all love all kinds of music. When we are on tour the CD in the van will be be playing all sorts of stuff like Moldy Peaches, Wire, The Specials, Syd Barrett, Motown, Velvet Underground plus all the current bands we play with like Pizzatramp, Nosebleed, Wonk Unit etc.

Whats the funniest gig Pete Bentham & The Dinner Ladies have ever played?
Two years ago Peter from Paranoid Visions, who likes us and is a top man, invited us over to Dublin to play with Lars Frederikson’s band Old Firm Casuals. When we got there, the line-up was three skinhead Oi bands and mostly skins in the audience and there’s me on stage with a load of girls dressed as Dinner Ladies singing abut Marcel Duchamp! It actually went surprisingly well. Perhaps skinheads are more clued up about conceptual artists than you’d think?

Did you have a crush on your dinner lady at school?
Definitely not. They were terrifying at our school, like the Gestapo. But the people who come to our shows dressed as Dinner Ladies look pretty good. Also, the band is named after my mum who was a Dinner Lady.

England’s Up For Sale is out now through Antipop Records.

Catch Pete Bentham & The Dinner Ladies live at…

Sat 9 Nov – Fulford Arms, York
Sat 16 Nov – The Station, Ashton-under-Lyne
Sat 7 Dec – Percy’s, Whitchurch

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