The great and the good of European garage punk will be descending on Santander, Spain in April for the 2019 edition of the Action Weekend.
The 15th such event, this year’s festival will take place over the 5th and 6th of April with a bill topped by fast-rising Lyon quartet THE SCANERS. Other acts announced include the UK’s KING SALAMI & THE CUMBERLAND THREE and THE EMBROOKS, TERRIER from Madrid and MUJERES from Barcelona.
There’s still more acts to be announced, with the festival offering 10 international DJs, plus film screenings, record fair, flea market and more.
Earlybird tickets, at a ridiculously reasonable 20€, are available here.
Fast-rising Carlisle band HARDWICKE CIRCUS see in the New Year with a run of shows, including three dates in London.
Formed in the Cumbrian city a couple of years ago, the seven-piece band recently came to the attention of Pub Rock impressario and Stiff Records co-founder Dave Robinson, who quickly arranged for them to play a monthly residency at – where else? – the legendary Hope & Anchor in Islington, scene of so many Pub Rock triumphs.
The band play the final night of the residency tonight (Wed 2 Jan), followed by outer London shows in Walthamstow and Wimbledon, before heading back north. Full dates are…
WED 2 JAN – Hope & Anchor, Islington, London FRI 4 JAN – Ye Olde Rose & Crown, Walthamstow, London SAT 5 JAN – The Cavern Freehouse, Wimbledon, London SAT 26 JAN – Big Burns Supper Festival, Dumfries SUN 27 JAN – The Green Hotel, Kinross
Hertfordshire psychobillies THE ZIPHEADS have a brand new video, which they’re launching exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
Having taken inspiration from Mad Max in previous videos, the St Albans trio have gone back in time to the age of The Flintstones in the video for ‘Dinosaur Rock’.
“We had the idea for the video when the album Prehistoric Beat was originally released in 2013,” they say. “Our friend Tom Malins is an unbelievably talented animator so we were talking to him about this idea but at the time nobody had the money or the time to make it happen. But when Bomber Music re-released the album in July we got together and made it happen. The video is influenced by the Hannah-Barbera style cartoons of the 1960s with some Ren & Stimpy 90s influences chucked in.
Formed in 2006, The Zipheads releaed their debut album Prehistoric Beat on their own label, before signing to Bomber Music for the follow-up Z2: Rampage! in 2016. Their punk-infused rockabilly has earned them serious props on the international psychobilly scene, with the trio invited to play festivals in Spain, France, the Czech Republic, Finland, Sweden, the Netherlands and the U.S.A, sharing stages with the likes of Tiger Army, Rev Horton Heat, The Meteors, Guana Batz, Demented Are Go, King Kurt, Mad Sin and many more.
Catch the band on the following dates…
Sat 22 Dec The Horn, St Albans
Fri 11 Jan The Kings Head, Cromer
Sat 12 Jan The New Adelphi, Hull
Fri 25 Jan Hope & Anchor, Islington, London
Thu 31 Jan Fulford Arms, York
Fri 1 Feb Black Bull, Gateshead
Sun 3 Feb The Waterloo Music Bar, Blackpool
Fri 15 Feb Fish Fabrique Novelle, St. Petersburg, Russia
Sat 16 Feb Glastonberry Pub, Moscow, Russia
Fri 1 Mar Lewes Con Club, Lewes
Sun 3 Mar Bar 42, Worthing
Sat 23 Mar The Fighting Cocks, Kingston Upon Thames
Thu 28 Mar Gambrinus Music Club, Paris, France
Sat 6 Apr The Green Door Store, Brighton
Fri 19 Apr Harpenden Public Halls, Harpenden
Sun 5 May 2 Night Stand, Watford
Fri 24 May Black Heart, Camden, London
Sat 25 May Strummercamp Festival, Oldham
Fri 12 Jul Once Upon A Time in the West, Wiltshire
Sat 17 Aug Exchange, Bristol
The reissued Prehistoric Beat is out now through Bomber Music.
Fire Films, the cinematic arm of Fire Records, have announced a new documentary about Robert Lloyd and The Nightingales.
King Rocker is the work of comedian Stewart Lee and director Michael Cumming (Brass Eye, Toast) and is set for release in 2019.
Lloyd came to prominence as frontman of original Birmingham punks The Prefects, who supported The Clash on their White Riot Tour, as well as sharing stages with Buzzcocks, The Damned and The Fall, yet released no records until after they’d split.
The Prefects morphed into The Nightingales achieving some success during the mid-80s before Lloyd went solo and signed to Virgin. The band reformed in 2004 and have since toured widely, reaching their highest profile yet with this year’s Perish The Thought album.
Donations to the making of the film can be made here.
JIM JONES & THE RIGHTEOUS MIND have announced the first single from their long-awaited new album, and tour dates to match.
‘Sex Robot’ is set for release on 22 February followed by the album CollectiV through Masonic Records on 8 March. It follows on from the band’s acclaimed debut Super Natural, released last year.
Recorded at Space Eko Studios in East London, CollectiV lives up to its name by seeing Jim and the band joined by a number of illustrious guests including guitarist Little Barrie, soul singer Sister Cookie, URBAN VOODOO MACHINE’s Paul-Ronney Angel, and opera singer Vesna Petresin. CollectiV also finds Jim Jones re-uniting with guitarist Ray ‘Sonic’ Hanson and drummer Phil Smith, his comrades from THEE HYPNOTICS, who reunited earlier this year for the first time in over 20 years.
Another guest to feature on the album is Keith Richards’ 1964 Gibson Hummingbird – the very guitar on which ‘Street Fighting Man’ and other classics were written and recorded.
“The idea was to take disparate influences and ideas and then bring them together,” explains Jim. “Just like in real life, these different elements work really well together.
“Get together and get involved! It’s an important time for us all to break down the barriers, work together, and channel each other’s energies. And that’s exactly what we’ve done on CollectiV.”
To coincide with the release, the band have lined up a UK tour throughout March and April. Full dates are…
15 Mar – Jac’s, Aberdare 16 Mar – MacArts, Galashiels 21 Mar – 100 Club, London 22 Mar – Hope & Ruin, Brighton 29 Mar – Railway Inn, Winchester 30 Mar – White Hart, Corby 31 Mar – Music Hall, Ramsgate 04 Apr – The Cluny, Newcastle 12 Apr – The Bullingdon, Oxford 13 Apr – The Barn, Portsmouth 14 Apr – Hare & Hounds, Birmingham 19 Apr – Dryden Street Social, Leicester
The loose ends of 70s junk-shop glam and boot-boy rock are tied up on a new box set, out next month.
All The Young Droogs: 60 Juvenile Delinquent Wrecks follows on from previous compilations Velvet Tinmine, Glitterbest and Boobs, released on RPM through Cherry Red.
Compiled by junk-shop glam archivist and musician Phil King, the three CD set features a handful of well-known names, including MOTT THE HOOPLE, IGGY & THE STOOGES, BE BOP DELUXE, TASTE and THIRD WORLD WAR.
There’s also a smattering of Down Under gems from the likes of SUPERNAUT featuring Garry Twinn of Twenty Flight Rockers fame, Steve Kilbey’s pre-Church band BABY GRANDE and STEVIE WRIGHT ex of The Easybeats.
For the most part, though, the running order represents a refreshing roll-call of shouldabeens and also-rans like RAY OWEN’S MOON, MILK’N’COOKIES, THE BRATS, GLO MACARI, IRON VIRGIN, HECTOR, HOT ROD, REDHEAD, HUSTLER, BILBO BAGGINS, STUD LEATHER, BUSTER, BRETT SMILEY, JOHN HOWARD, HELTER SKELTER and loads more.
The whole set is illuminated by a glamorous 36-page booklet.
All The Young Droogs is set for release on 25 January. It’s available to pre-order here.
Ace London rock’n’rollers MOTHER’S LITTLE HELPER play a special Christmas show this week.
The trio – who feature guitarist James Walbourne and bassist Nick Wilkinson from THE PRETENDERS, plus drummer Kris Sonne – are playing the Punk Rock Blues Christmas party at The Lexington, Islington, London on Friday 21 December.
Support comes from Southend-on-Sea’s TUPPENNY BUNTERS and pub rock power trio THEE DAGGER DEBS. Your DJ for the evening is ROCKINGBIRDS guitarist Andy Hackett. The fun starts at 7.30pm. Tickets are on sale here.
Check out this clip of Mother’s Little Helper tearing a strip off Link Wray’s ‘Run Chicken Run’…
Swiss industrialists THE YOUNG GODS are back with their first new single in eight years.
‘Figure Sans Nom’ is taken from their forthcoming new album. The trio of Franz Treichler, Cesare Pizzi and Bernard Trontin are to play a one-off UK date at at the O2 Islington Academy on 23 March. Tickets are available here.
Aussie punk legends COSMIC PSYCHOS have announced a European Tour for next year, including three UK shows.
The Melbourne trio, who first came together in the early 80s, enjoyed worldwide success aroudn the end of the decade when they signed to SubPop. Recent albums Cum The Raw Prawn and this year’s Loudmouth Soup, plus the acclaimed documentary Blokes You Can Trust, have seen the band’s star rise once again.
The tour kicks off on 3 April in Manchester and include a London show at Tufnell Park Dome on 5 April. Full dates are…
Robert Smith has revealed that THE CURE are to complete a new album in the New Year.
The band’s frontman was speaking on US radio station SiriusXM following their induction into the Rock’n’Roll Hall Of Fame. He told Debatable hosts Mark Goodman and Alan Light, that he was inspired to follow up 2008’s 4:13 Dream after curating the Meltdown event on London’s SouthBank during the summer.
“Seeing all these new bands—I’ve listened to some of these bands and met so many of them that it’s kind of inspired me to do something new,” Smith explained. “So, yes, we’re going in about six weeks time to finish off what will be our first album in more than a decade. It’s very exciting times for us all around.”
The band have announced a series of festival shows across Europe next summer…
Sat 8 June – Malahide Castle, Dublin, Ireland Sun 16 June – FIRENZE ROCKS Festival, Florence, Italy Fri 21 – Sun 23 June – HURRICANE and SOUTSIDE Festivals, Germany Mon 24 – Wed 26 June – INMusic Festival, Zagreb, Croatia Fri28 June – Rock Werchter Festival, Belgium
Sat 6 July – Roskilde Festival, Denmark Thur 4 July – EXIT Festival Serbia Thur 11 July – NOS Alive Festival, Portugal Wed 17 July – EJEKT Festival Plateia Nerou, Faliro, Athens, Greece Thur 18 – Sat 20 July – Colours Of Ostrava, Czech Republic Mon 22 July – Rock The City Festival, Bucharest, Romania
Sat 3 Aug – Afisha Picnic, Moscow, Russia Wed 7 Aug – Øya Festival, Oslo, Norway Fri 9 – Sun 11 Aug – Flow Festival, Helsinki, Finland Fri 16 Aug – Glasgow Summer Sessions, Scotland Fri 23 Aug – Rock En Seine Festival, France
Legendary Hertfordshire psych-punks THE ASTRONAUTS are to play a super-rare London show next week.
Formed over forty years ago in Welwyn Garden City by frontman Mark Astronaut, the band released their debut EP in 1979 and have released numerous records on various labels over the years, notably The Mob’s All The Madmen label, to whom they returned in 2013 for the single ‘Typically English Day’ and career-spanning compilation Urban Planning 1979-2013.
Along the way, they’ve shared stages with the likes of Hawkwind, Crass, Psychic TV, John Cooper Clarke, The Redskins, Dire Straits and Duran Duran!
Appearing at a special one-off occurrence of author Martin Dowsing’s Dogfishtrombone nights at The Hope & Anchor in Islington on Wednesday 19 December, they’re joined by MUR-MAN, PROPERTY an SPINMASTER PLANTPOT. Admission is a very reasonable £6 on the door.
New Wave chart star LENE LOVICH has announced a series of UK dated in celebration of the 40th Anniversary of her Stiff Records debut, Stateless.
The Detroit-born UK-based singer’s debut album reached the Top 40 of the UK Album Charts in March ’79, yielding two Top 20 singles in ‘Say When’ and the No.3 smash ‘Lucky Number’. It also featured a version of the Tommy James & The Shondells evergreen ‘I Think We’re Alone Now’, the original A-side to ‘Lucky Number’ before the latter was picked up by radio DJs.
Lene will be heading out on tour from Friday 8th until Saturday 23rd March, including a show at The Garage in London on Thursday 21st, playing the album in its entirety, as well as other favourites.
“It is incredibly flattering to know that people are still interested in Stateless after all these years,” she says. “And it is always humbling to learn what it has meant to people on a personal level. We all have music which becomes the soundtrack to our lives, and to know that people are still listening is the highest compliment that you can ever be paid as an artist and a performer. Far from being near nostalgia, taking the album out on the road for its anniversary year is a way of saying thank you, both to the fans who have appreciated it for so long, and also to the songs themselves, which have meant so very much to me and gave me such a wonderful start on this journey.”
Full dates are…
Fri 8 March – Riverside, Newcastle Sat 9 March – G2, Glasgow Sun 10 March – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds Fri 15 March – O2 Institute, Birmingham Sat 16 March – Club Academy, Manchester Sun 17 March – The Waterfront, Norwich Thur 21 March – The Garage, London Fri 22 March – Concorde 2, Brighton Sat 23 March – O2 Academy, Oxford
Hotshot blues-punk duo J.D. HANGOVER are set to reissue their acclaimed debut mini-album on vinyl next month.
The pair, from Florence, Italy – who have been likened to Suicide meets Lightnin’ Hopkins – originally surfaced during autumn last year with the original CD, cassette and download release through Italy’s Annibale label.
Since then, they’ve played several high profile shows with the likes of BOSS HOG, LYDIA LUNCH, PiL and a gig at London’s Borderline with THE SCIENTISTS.
Following a string of uniformly excellent reviews, the release has been picked up Berlin label Hound Gawd! – responsible for releases by THE FUZZTONES, TH’ LEGENDARY SHACKSHAKERS and JIM JONES & THE RIGHTEOUS MIND – who decided to give it a vinyl release in honour of those classic 12” mini-albums popular in the 80s.
J.D. Hangover is a spin-off project of Stiv Cantarelli and Roberto Villa from STIV CANTARELLI & THE SILENT STRANGERS – Italy’s answer to The Gun Club – whose most recent album, Banks Of The Lea, received considerable praise on its release in 2014.
“When you start something out of nothing, solely based on your feelings or on your needs in that single moment, it may not always be a joyful ride,” explains Cantarelli. “But when you see this thing grow, when you see that smile on the face of the people at gigs or the urge that they have to try to talk to you in order to get a piece of the action well, it makes you feel you’re on the right path.
“It’s been an interesting year for J.D.Hangover. We shared many stages with people that we used to listen when we were kids. We found a way to express ourselves in a way that never happend before: from the guts. Every night with a different output. Happy, sad, angry, hopeless. All ended up in the music we played. We met idols, followers, strangers, people who walked in by chance. And from all of them we managed to have a reaction. Ashtonishment, curiosity, excitement, loathing. Never indifference though, and that’s our biggest achievement. We played from the heart to the heart, and we touched some. ‘Cause, you know, we’re all Frankies.”
The six-track J.D. Hangover is set for release on 11 January and is available to pre-order here.
KIRK BRANDON is to resurrect his first band THE PACK for a series of dates in the New Year.
The dates will coincide with a vinyl reissue of the band’s compilation album Dead Ronin.
Brandon formed the band in 1978 with Canadian brothers Simon and Jonathan Werner and drummer future The Wall and UK Subs drummer Rab Fae Beith, later replaced by PiL’s Jim Walker. They released two singles, ‘Heathen’ and ‘King Of Kings’, also compiled on an EP, before splitting in 1980, when Brandon formed Theatre Of Hate.
Their recordings were compiled on the CD compilation Dead Ronin for YEAAH! Records.
Released for the first time on vinyl, Dead Ronin will be available as a strictly limited edition on red, yellow, green or black vinyl through Overground from 25 January. It’s available to pre-order here.
To coincide, The Pack will be playing the following dates…
Thur 24 Jan – The Dockyard, Portsmouth Fri 25 Jan – The Exchange, Bristol Sat 26 Jan – Star & Garter, Manchester Sun 27 Jan – Underworld, London
Support on all dates comes from DESPERATE MEASURES.
THE ADVERTS frontman T.V. SMITH will be reuniting with Catalonian band THE BORED TEENAGERS for a string of UK dates next spring.
Smith first hooked up with the band – also known as SUZY & LOS QUATTRO – for Spanish dates in 2003, recording the single ‘What If?’ c/w ‘New Church’. The band, who are all huge Adverts fans, went on to learn the entire Crossing The Red Sea album, which they played in full with TV on his fiftieth birthday at London‘s esteemed 100 Club in 2007, later released on CD by Boss Tuneage. TV and the band went on to tour …Red Sea in Germany and the UK, and in 2016 wowed the main stage at Rebellion with a set comprising songs from …Red Sea and the Adverts’ second album Cast Of Thousands.
Already booked for a return to Rebellion with the band next year, Smith will be taking them round the UK for four dates in May. Catch them at…
22 May – NOTTINGHAM – Maze
23 May – LEEDS – Brudenell (with The Cyanide Pills)
24 May – BRISTOL – Exchange
25 May – MORECAMBE – Nice‘n‘Sleazy Festival
26 May – SOUTHWICK – Glastonwick Festival
Smith also has some solo dates coming up, where he’ll doubtless be playing tracks from his latest album Land Of The Overdose. He’ll be performing at…
21 Dec – LEICESTER – Duffy‘s Bar
22 Dec – MANCHESTER – Star & Garter
19 Jan – WORCESTER – Marr‘s Bar
20 Jan – NOTTINGHAM – Foremans
19 Apr – HARPENDEN – Revelations Festival.
20 Apr – SOUTHEND – The Venue @ The Cricketers
THE RUTS’ classic album turns 40 next year and THE RUTS DC will be setting out on a major tour to celebrate it.
Arguably one of the most influential and iconic albums of the whole punk era, The Crack will also get a fully remastered vinyl reissue through Virgin/EMI.
The Ruts formed in Southall, West London in 1977, and pioneered the fusion of punk, reggae and dub, inspired and influenced by friends and neighbours MISTY IN ROOTS, on whose People Unite label, The Ruts’ debut single ‘In A Rut’ was released at the start of ’79.
The Crack, which was co-produced at Town House Studios by the band and Mick Glossop (Lurkers, Magazine, Penetration), was released in September ’79, peaking in the UK Album Chart at 16 and yielding the hit singles ‘Babylon’s Burning’ and ‘Something That I Said’.
Such an album pointed towards a glowing career for the band, one that was to be cruelly cut short by the death of frontman Malcolm Owen from a heroin overdose in July, aged only 26.
The remaining trio would soldier on for a few more years as Ruts DC, but it was not to be…
Following the death of guitarist Paul Fox from lung cancer in 2007, bassist John ‘Segs’ Jennings and drummer Dave Ruffy would eventually reunite, with guitarist Leigh Heggarty as The Ruts DC, releasing the album Music Must Destroy in 2016.
“It’s always been important to us to be a current and forward-thinking band, releasing and playing new material whilst being proud of our past,” states Segs today. “A milestone to many, The Crack is an important piece of work to us too. We now feel ready to celebrate where we came from.”
“Making The Crack was a real game changer for me,” continues Ruffy. “The Ruts were a band that were greater than the sum of their parts and wrote music inspired by everything we had ever heard. It’s a piece of work that I am immensely proud to have been a part of. Now forty years on we will be playing the album in its entirety, it’s quite a challenge as some of the songs have not been played since 1980! Our legacy is large, and we are and will continue working hard to make this a great show.”
With the album reissued on Friday 8 February, the band will be heading out on the road throughout the month, kicking off in Exeter on 11 February and including a show at London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire on 28 February. Support on all dates comes from THE PROFESSIONALS. Full dates are…
11 Feb – Phoenix Exeter
12 Feb – Concorde 2 Brighton
13 Feb – O2 Ritz Manchester
15 Feb – 02 Institute 2 Birmingham
16 Feb – 02 Academy 2 Sheffield
17 Feb – The Junction Cambridge
18 Feb – 02 Academy Oxford
20 Feb – Waterfront Norwich
21 Feb – Riverside Newcastle
22 Feb – Garage Glasgow
23 Feb – Tunnels Aberdeen
24 Feb – Liquid Rooms Edinburgh
26 Feb – Rescue Rooms Nottingham
27 Feb – SWX Bristol
28 Feb – O2 Shepherds Bush Empire London
2 Mar – Button Factory Dublin, IE
3 Mar – Limelight Belfast
EVIL BLIZZARD have a brand new video, which they’re unveiling exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
Entering into the Xmas spirit, the chirpily-titled ‘Unleash The Misery’ is the third single to be drawn from the Preston band’s acclaimed album The Worst Show On Earth.
Released through Crackedankles Records, ‘Unleash The Misery’ c/w ‘Tongue Cushion’ is available on 7″ (limited to 300 copies) and download from Bandcamp.
Written and directed by Giles Bastow, the video stars Joanne Mitchell and James Foster.
Says bandmember Filthydirty: “The director Giles Bastow approached us about making a short film to accompany the single as opposed to a ‘promo video’. Giles is a total Horror movie buff but wanted to make a short film with a twist: he wanted to subvert the cliche of the ‘helpless girl who is always the first victim’ and wanted to portray the female character as the stronger victor.”
London’s Rockaway Beach club celebrates Xmas with a bang this year, with a rare show by Soho sleaze-punks THE CRYBABYS.
The band were put together in 1990 by guitarists Honest John Plain from The Boys and Darrell Bath (Dogs D’Amour, Vibrators, Ian Hunter) with ex-Whiz Kids drummer Robbie Rushton and Vibrators/Fallen Angels bassist Mark Duncan. Shortlived with occasional subsequent reunions, their gigs are the stuff of legend.
Taking place at Islington’s fabled Hope & Anchor on Friday 7 December, the gig features support from Basingstoke five-piece THE BLACK BULLETS and SCANT REGARD featuring Flesh For Lulu and Adam Ant guitarist Will Crewdson.