BLOODCLOT IN EUROPE

New York hardcore legend and former Cro-Mags singer John Joseph is bringing his all-star new hardcore band to Europe. Expect dates in August. Bloodclot have just released their debut album ‘Burn Babylon Burn’.

BLOODCLOT’s sound combines classic New York hardcore intensity with extreme metal precision and brutality. It’s the sound of the New York underground rising again. The members of BLOODCLOT are no strangers to the genre. Singer John Joseph is the former frontman of legendary NYHC pioneers CRO-MAGS. Drummer Danny Schuler was a founding member of Brooklyn’s BIOHAZARD. Bassist Rick Lopez comes from NYC’s MERAUDER, Guitarist Scott Roberts is a former member of CRO-MAGS, BIOHAZARD and Cleveland HC legends THE SPUDMONSTERS, and Guitarist Eric Klinger is from PRO-PAIN and THE SPUDMONSTERS. Despite a hardcore lineage, the band’s songs break out of any and all genre confines. They blend slick metallic riffs with hardcore hooks, while steam rolling rhythms spearhead the assault. Their self-produced debut, "BURN BABYLON BURN" will drop later this year and is bound to set a new hardcore standard.

Back in 2005, Scott called John and asked him to sing for a new band he and Danny were forming. Upon hearing the demos, John was immediately inspired and began penning lyrics to what he had heard. Soon after, Rick joined the fold and the band was complete. John describes the band’s sound best. “I don’t want to lock it into any categories. There are hardcore and metal qualities, punk rock qualities, even some fusion in certain parts. It’s just heavy music, with a heavy message.” Tracks like “Revolution,” “Subtext” and the title track certainly draw from down and dirty NYC hardcore. However, the band couples that classic hardcore vibe with emotional intensity, spirituality, and intense musicianship.

Most importantly, the band maintains a positive focus, preserving the tenets of unity central to the classic ethos. And true to the classic punk-rock DIY vibe, they also wrote and recorded everything together in Danny’s studio, with no outside influence, financially or otherwise. Explains Danny, "We set out to create a piece of music that would last forever, and reflects the turbulent times we’re living in. The only way to do that was to believe in each other and do it completely by ourselves. We lived every second of this record, we trusted our instincts, and worked our asses off to get it done. We made this record with absolutely no regard for what is popular right now. We listened to ourselves, dug deep, and created the record we wanted to hear." Each member shared the same vision from the second they started playing. John explains, “We just play what we feel. If the sounds move us, then that’s what goes down. As an artist, it’s important not to write for anybody else other than yourself because you have to take it to the audience and if it ain’t real, the audience can smell the lie.” In some ways, this record even hearkens back to classic output by the likes of the CRO-MAGS and BIOHAZARD. “Every song tells a story and every song hits you over the head musically. In the sense of the message, I kind of see it as Age of Quarrel Part 2. Things have gotten a lot worse in the last twenty years. We’re at a worse point as a planet, and that’s what we’re delving into on this album. It’s a more advanced version of Age of Quarrel, and there’s a lot more angst in the vocals, the lyrics and everything.” The message, however, remains relevant and functions as a call for change.

The band’s name itself also possesses an important meaning. “In Jamaican, the word ‘bloodclot’ is a curse that describes everything being fucked up. It’s a ‘bloodclot’ situation, what’s happening on the planet, who’s running things through deception and lies, and we need to fix it.” If anyone can make a change through music, it’s these four individuals with over 80 years combined experience in hardcore. In the end, BLOODCLOT will make an impact. John exclaims, “We live this, every single day, that’s why it comes off authentic, because it ‘IS’ real.” 
 

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SHANE GETS ERECT!

It is ‘rumoured’ that former Nipple Erector and general Pogues survivor/singer Shane McGowan will play once again with his ‘70s band THE NIPPLE ERECTORS next Tuesday in central London  in the company of some Mopeds and Lepers. You have been warned! Apparently a recent rehearsal had the band firing on all cylinders again!
 

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MORE PISTOLS IN JUNE

 

THE SEX PISTOLS have added a show at Birmingham Academy on June 11th as part of their Combine Harvester tour! These are in addition to their shows at the Isle of Wight festival and Irish and European festival dates. A live DVD/documentary of last year’s Brixton shows (filmed by Julien Temple) will be released in June.

 

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SEX PISTOL PAUL COOK’S NEW BAND

Sex Pistols drummer Paul Cook has a new band called MAN RAZE. They are a straightforward rock band, featuring reggae touches similar to the Police. It also feature Phil Collen from Def Leppard! Their debut album is out June 2nd. Still no news on that elusive Professionals reformation though.

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MORE CONFIRMED FOR HARD ROCK CALLING

More fantastic bands have been confirmed to play the Hard Rocking Calling festival in Hyde Park on 28th and 29th June.

On Sunday 29th June, joining headliners THE POLICE will be THE STRANGLERS, CARBON SILICON and THE FLYING PADOVANIS.

Keep an eye on the VLP news for any more VLP-friendly bands announced.

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ACADEMY IN THE UK – BIRMINGHAM ONLY

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the ACADEMY IN THE UK VIVE LE PUNK TOUR 2008 will just be held in Birmingham this year on bank holiday May 4th. All tickets for Liverpool, Bristol, Newcastle and London should be returned to their point of purchase for a refund. Academy in the UK apologises for any inconvenience and hopes to see you at Birmingham!

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DR FEELGOOD MAKE DOCUMENTARY

Sex Pistols and Joe Strummer documentary director Julien Temple is currently making a film on the story of Canvey Island pub rock kings, DR FEELGOOD.

All past members are involved and it will include a ton of archive footage on the ‘Milk and Alcohol’ legends’ rise to the top in the late ’70s.

Expect a release at the end of 2008/ early 2009.

 

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DEAD KENNEDYS NEW SINGER & LONDON SHOW

DEAD KENNEDYS frontman Jeff Penalty has become the third vocalist to leave the band, following Jeffo Biafra and Brandon Cruz. Penalty explained,

"I thought about quitting numerous times over the past year, but I officially did so on Thanksgiving when I found out that the band had been recruiting a new singer behind my back and had even played a secret show with one at a bar in my neighbourhood."

"My sincere thanks and apologies, go out to the fans that supported my participation in the band. And Jello, you’ve been wrong about a lot of stuff, but you were certainly right about not trusting those guys…"

Ron ‘Skip’ Greer, former singer of East Bay pop punks The Wynona Riders, has joined the Dead Kennedys as touring vocalist.

The Dead Kennedys have also announced a London date at the Camden Electric Ballroom on Wednesday 28th May.

 

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X-RAY SPEX FOR ROUNDHOUSE

X-RAY SPEX will reform on September 6th to play London’s Camden Roundhouse. The line-up will include original members Poly Styrene (vocals) and Paul Dean (bass). The gig is almost sold out so get your tickets quick!

Look out for a Vive Le Punk interview with Polly Styrene in coming months!

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NEW CLASH DVD IN APRIL

A new DVD of THE CLASH is out in April. ‘THE CLASH LIVE: REVOLUTION ROCK’ DVD is a tribute to the seminal band’s incredible live shows and follows the band as their gig develop, including footage from all stages of their career – from 1979 studio clips to gigs in cubs (London’s The Music Machine 1978), theatres (The Lyceum 1978, 1980) and climaxing with their legendary performance at New York’s Shea Stadium in 1982. It also includes rare footage of the band’s performance on various TV shows.

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STRAY CATS FINAL TOUR

The US rockabilly legends THE STRAY CATS are bowing out with a huge European tour. They’re starting in Spain in August before heading to Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Holland and Belgium before hitting the UK on 10th September. The UK dates are as follows:

September
10 – London Brixton Academy
11 – Manchester Academy
12 – Glasgow Academy
14 – Dublin Vicar Street

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PISTOLS, POLICE & STOOGES FOR ISLE OF WIGHT

THE SEX PISTOLS and THE POLICE are headlining Saturday 14th June and Sunday 15th respectively of the ISLE OF WIGHT FESTIVAL. Unfortunately Friday 13th’s headliner is Kaiser Chiefs, certainly unlucky for Vive Le Punk readers.

IGGY AND THE STOOGES will also play on the Saturday.

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