Legendary Seattle punks THE BRIEFS hit the UK next month for a rare London date on their European tour.
Inspired by the likes of the Undertones, Buzzocks and The Toy Dolls, these bleach-blonde buzzsaw brats have been going since 2000, when they released their debut album Hit After Hit, spawning the stop-start punk disco floorfiller ‘Poor And Weird’. Since then, they’ve release six albums with this year’s Platinum Rats, for Damaged Goods, coming after a long absence from the racks.
Sharp-eyed readers will also recognise frontman Steve E Nix and bassist Stevie Kicks from powerpoppers THE CUTE LEPERS, who released three albums through Damaged Goods between 2008 and 2011.
The Briefs play The Lexington, London on Sunday 8 December with support from French synth punks THE SCANERS and fast-rising London powerpop squad THE SPEEDWAYS. Tickets are on sale here.
Midlands psych-punks THE COGS OF TYME have their debut album released today, just 33 years after it was recorded!
Described as “Frat Punk Fun with a little Acid thrown in,” by band founder Gavin Wissen, the band were a small but but significant part of the fertile mid-80s scene around Rugby, Warwickshire that would spawn SPACEMEN 3 and, in turn, SPIRITUALIZED. The band’s members include Tim Morris (Spacemen 3), Will Carruthers (Spacemen 3, Spiritualized, Spectrum, Brian Jonestown Massacre) and Sean Cook (Spiritualized, Massive Attack).
Tyme Waits For No Man comprises 12 studio, live and rehearsal recordings, including one track recorded Rugby’s now legendary Reverberation Club, jointly run by the Cogs and the Spacemen. The album was mastered by noted Midlands producer John A Rivers.
The limited edition vinyl album also features a 4-page insert with notes by the band members along with Mark ‘Mac’ Macdonald of Birmingham’s iconic Sensateria club; and front cover art by Spacemen 3 and Spiritualized artist Natty Brooker.
Released through Seventeen Records and Easy Action, it’s available here.
Swedish sleaze merchants BACKYARD BABIES have dropped a brand new video ahead of their New Year dates with THE WILDHEARTS, proudly sponsored by Vive Le Rock!
‘Yes To All No’ is taken from the Nässjö band’s eighth album Sliver & Gold, which was released in March.
Formed in 1987, Backyard Babies are one of Sweden’s biggest rock bands, their albums routinely hovering at the top of the national charts. Guitarist Dregen is also known for his stints with The Hellecopters, The Wildhearts and Michael Monroe.
Backyard Babies play the following dates….
28 Jan – O2 Academy, Newcastle 29 Jan – Limelight, Belfast 30 Jan – QMU, Glasgow 31 Jan – O2 Ritz, Manchester 1 Feb – O2 Forum Kentish Town, London 2 Feb – Tramshed, Cardiff 4 Feb – O2 Institute, Birmingham
Support on all dates come from Pennsylvania rockers CKY.
Transplanted Australian post-punk guitarist SUZIE STAPLETON has announced a new single and dates ahead of her debut album release.
The witchy, neo-gothic ‘Thylacene’ is set for release from all the usual digital platforms, while the long-awaited debut album We Are The Plague is set to follow in the Spring.
Stapleton is joined on the recordings by JIM JONES & THE RIGHTEOUS MIND bassist Gavin Jay and STRANGLERS drummer Jim Macauley. Sessions took place at OX4 studios in Oxford and Stapleton’s home studio, with noted producer Dan Cox (Lianne La Havas, Thurston Moore) brought in at the mixing stage.
“When I started writing for this album, I felt a sense of responsibility to address what was going on in the world,” she explains. “We’re bombarded constantly by horrific news, stuck on a broken systemic hamster wheel. I felt stupid writing about my insignificant woes whilst the world burned around me.”
The live dates, which will feature YANN TIERSON drummer Dave Collingwood taking the place of Macauley, kick off with a special single launch on 7 December at Paper Dress Vintage in Hackney, with special guests MIRACULOUS MULE and THE PACERS. Full dates are…
7 Dec – Paper Dress Vintage, London tickets 4 Jan – The Carlisle, Hastings 24 Jan – The Brunswick, Brighton 25 Jan – Rough Trade, Bristol
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…
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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…
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