West Midlands rock’n’roll legend DAVE KUSWORTH plays a rare full band show in London this month.
A founder member of seminal Birmingham garage rockers T.V. EYE alongside future members of DURAN DURAN, THE PREFECTS, XPERTZ and BLACK BOMBERS, Kusworth would hook up with former SWELL MAP Nikki Sudden in the highly regarded JACOBITES, before forming his own band THE BOUNTY HUNTERS as well as spending time in DOGS D’AMOUR.
Kusworth plays the latest instalment of the Rockaway Beach Club at iconic London venue The Hope & Anchor in Islington on Friday 27 July. Support comes from ex-HOLLYWOOD BRAT Brady’s retooled proto-punks THE LONDON SS and glam-psych trio THE SONIC JEWELS.
NYC punk-blues legend JON SPENCER returns returns in the Autumn with his debut solo album and a bunch of live dates.
Spencer Sings The Hits is to be released through In The Red Records on 2 November and features the single ‘Do The Trash Can’, shown here.
To make the record, Spencer headed out to the Key Club Recording Comapany in sleepy Benton Harbor, Michigan where the BLUES EXPLOSION made 2012’s Meat and Bone to lay down tracks with Bill Skibbe, who also produced the most recent BOSS HOG album Brood X, along with keyboard player Sam Coombes and drummer M Sord.
Says Spencer, “Sam is someone with whom I have crossed paths many times over the years. I have always been a fan of his wild keyboard style and twisted tunesmith-ery. (In fact we kicked around the idea of a collaboration way back in the early aughts.) I got to know Sord from previous visits to and projects done at the Key Club, he was the handyman and assistant engineer that turned out to be a great drummer.”
Laying down the basic track during late 2017, the sessions were brought to an abrupt halt when Spencer was forced to return to New York on the sudden death of his father-in-law.
“I had to rush back East to be with family,” he explains. “But we accomplished enough – got basics down for all songs. I went back to Michigan (solo) in January to overdub and mix. In general, throughout the project, I tried not to overthink anything and instead just kept pushing forward, trusting in my instincts. I figured that I had already spent months and years thinking about this record and these songs.”
Set for release on 2 November, Spencer Sings The Hits is available to pre-order here.
Spencer will be playing UK dates at the end of October as special guest to THE MELVINS.
23 Oct Birmingham 02 Academy 2
24 Oct Norwich Waterfront
25 Oct Cardiff Y Plas
26 Oct Leeds Stylus
28 Oct Manchester Academy 2
29 Oct Brighton Concorde 2
30 Oct London Koko
Brazilian punk sensation SUPLA lands in London for a one-off show next week and Vive Le Rock! has ten pairs of tickets to give away!
A multimedia celebrity in his homeland, Supla has appeared in numerous TV shows and films as well as being a member of punk bands PSYCHO 69 and Side One Dummy signings BROTHERS OF BRAZIL.
His new album Illegal is available now from his website. Check out the video for the title track.
Supla plays the O2 Academy, Islington on Saturday 4 August and we have 10 pair of tickets to give away. To be in with a chance of winning a pair, just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with SUPLA in the subject box with the answer to the following question….
What member of the Monty Python team directed a 1985 film called Brazil?
Following in the footsteps of AMYL & THE SNIFFERS, Queensland’s THE CHATS are the latest bunch of mullet-headed Aussie punk urchins to try their hand in the UK and Europe.
The Sunshine Coast trio turned a few heads when the video for their anthemic post-punk single ‘Smoko’ went viral at the end of last year.
The band blow into the UK in October for dates including a show at London’s The Dome. Full dates are…
19/10 The Flapper – Birmingham
20/10 Club Sabbath – Glasgow
22/10 Rebellion – Manchester (upgraded from The Star & Garter)
23/10 The Dome, Tufnell Park – London
24/10 Olympic Café – Paris
25/10 Molotow – Hamburg
26/10 Paradiso Amsterdam – Amsterdam
28/10 Latest Music Bar – Brighton
Aussie rockers THE LIVING END have unveiled a video for their new single which they announced last week.
‘Don’t Lose It’ is taken from the band’s new album Wunderbar, which is set for release through Rise/BMG on 28 September. It’s available to pre-order here.
The video features an all-star cast of Australian musicians and TV and radio celebs, including Jimmy Barnes,
Merrick Watts (Triple M), Matty Johns and Chris Page (Triple M), Phil Jamieson (Grinspoon), Kasey Chambers,
These New South Whales, Ray Hadley (2GB), Murray Cook (The Wiggles), David ‘Friendly’ Friend (Puppetry Of The Penis), Jane Gazzo (Triple M), Tim Rogers (You Am I), Eddie McGuire (Channel 9), Daryl Braithwaite, Molly Meldrum, Tom Williams (Channel 7) and Ruby Fields.
Leeds rockers SYTERIA have a bunch of dates taking them through to the autumn.
The band, who feature in the latest edition of Vive Le Rock!, first came together in 2015 and feature Jackie Chambers of the legendary GIRLSCHOOL on lead guitar. Their debut album Rant-o-Bot is out now.
Th dates take in appearances at the Tramlines and Winterstorm festivals, as well as a London show at the New Cross Inn and four dates in Corfu!
New wave Southern rockers LEE BAINS III & THE GLORY FIRES have play a string of UK dates next month.
Formed in 2012 by Bains, a former guitarist with Tuscaloosa, Alabama garage punk legends THE DEXATEENS, the band have released albums for Alive Natrualsound and Sub Pop, most recently shifting to Don Giovanni for last year’s double album Youth Detention (Nail My Feet Down to the South Side of Town).
Aug 22 – Bristol, England – Tunnels
Aug 23 – Winchester, England – Railway
Aug 24 – Nutley, England – Bylines Festival
Aug 25 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – BlueMoon Fest
Aug 26 – Kettering, England – Greenbelt Festival
Aug 27 – Kettering, England – Greenbelt Festival
Aug 28 – Newport, Wales – LePub
Aug 29 – Edinburgh, Scotland – Leith Depot
Aug 30 – Glasgow, Scotland – Hug & Pint
Aug 31 – Newcastle, England – Cluny
Sep 1 – Halifax, England – The Lantern
Sep 2 – Sheffield, England – Greystones
Sep 3 – Brighton, England – Prince Albert
Sep 4 – London, England – Brixton Windmill
Pittsburgh punks ANTI-FLAG have announced a series of UK and Irish dates for the Autumn.
The band, who formed back in 1993, released their most recent album American Fall a year ago. They’ve just released a video for the track ‘Trouble Finds Me’ from the album.
Their UK dates kick off in Birmingham on 30 October and take in a date at London’s Heaven club. Full dates are…
30 Oct – Birmingham, UK – Asylum
31 Oct – Bristol, UK – SWX
1 Nov – London, UK – Heaven
2 Nov – Manchester, UK – Academy 2
3 Nov – Glasgow, UK – Garage
5 Nov – Belfast, UK – Foundry
6 Nov – Dublin, IE – Whelan’s
Support comes from CANCER BATS and WORRIERS.
The band have also announced two happenings of their occasional one day Antifest on mainland Europe.
The first takes place at Paronaat, Haarlem in the Netherlands on 26 October and features Less Than Jake, Reel Big Fish, Silverstein, Cancer Bats, Prestige, Black Peaks, Culture Abuse, Worriers, Tusky and Drones.
They then head to Wiesbaden, Germany on 28 October, where they take over the Schlachthof with a bill featuring Silverstein, Less Than Jake, Reel Big Fish, Cancer Bats, Black Peaks, Worriers and Tusky.
In a statemen, the band say, “Anti-Flag have always seen punk rock as a vehicle for change; community leads to recognizing commonality, which leads to a recognition of our collective power, which leads to us knowing we have the power to create the future we want to see.
“This tour, this line-up, eclectic in sonics but all bands believe in sharing empathy over apathy, optimism over cynicism. The goal is to bring people from all walks of life through the door. Introducing them to new people, new friendships, new ideas.
“As with any Anti-Flag tour, records, bands, and t-shirts are not the predications of our work. Amnesty International, Sea Shepherd, Kein Bock Auf Nazis, (and hopefully many other local organizations) will be involved. Disseminating ideas on how to fight fascism, fight for human rights and fight for the life of our planet at every show. At a time when we see the right and fascism as a whole on the rise, racism being emboldened, and hatred commonplace in public discourse… these shows will hopefully provide solace, a place for us all to come together and recognize our power, recharge our strength and continue to fight bigotry with every breath we take.”
NEW YORK DOLLS legend Sylvain Sylvain hits the UK this week for an intimate series of dates, sponsored by Vive Le Rock!
The solo dates in support of the guitarist’s warts’n’all autobiography There’s No Bones In Ice Cream will find him accompanying himself on some of the songs that made his and the band’s name, between anecdotes from the incredible life story of one of the USA’s most notorious rock’n’roll bands.
Catch him on the road at…
Thurs 19 July – Trades Club, Hebden Bridge
Fri 20 July – Museum & Art Gallery, Blackburn
Sat 21 July – Attma, Manchester
Sun 22 July – The Dublin Castle, London
Tues 24 July – Hotel Pelirocco, Brighton
Thurs 26 July – Saint Luke’s, Glasgow
Fri 27 July – Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh
Sun 29 July – Bar 10, Forfar
Set for publication on 19 July, There’s No Bones In Ice Cream is available to pre-order here.
Humberside psych-rock duo THE BLACK DELTA MOVEMENT have unveiled a video for their new single.
‘Let The Rain Come’ is set for release as a limited edition 72 on Friday 27 July. It precedes their debut album Preservation which will follow on 3 August through Clubbed Thumb/Non Delux.
The pair, who count the likes of Alan MGee, THE BRIAN JONESTOWN MASSACRE’s Anton Newcombe and PRIMAL SCREAM’s Barrie Cadogan among their fans, have lined up a series of UK dates in support of the release. Catch them on the road at…
03/08 Humber Street Sesh, Hull
08/08 Rough Trade East, London
09/08 Rough Trade, Nottingham
16/09 Psych Weekender, Manchester
11/10 Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar, Brighton
12/10 Water Rats, London
13/10 The Lab, Northampton
17/10 The New Adelphi, Hull
20/10 Bootleg Social, Blackpool
25/10 Record Junkee, Sheffield
26/10 The Basement, York
08/11 Classic Grand, Glasgow
09/11 Smiths, Bathgate
BAR STOOL PREACHERS have just unveiled a video for their new single.
‘Warchief’ is the second single, but first video from a trilogy drawn from their forthcoming album Grazie Governo, which is set for release digitally on 3 August and physically on 24 August through Pirates Press.
The next video in the trilogy, ‘Grazie Governo’, will be released on 17 July, followed by ‘Choose My Friends'(featuring Aimee Interrupter) on 24 July.
With the band’s marketing team going into overdrive, Grazie Governo will be available in seven different vinyl versions, each including two BIG spraypaint stencils and a digital download. In addition, three picture flexis have been made to accompany the video trilogy. They’re included in all coloured vinyl copies of the records, and also available at local shops, by mailorder and at various festivals and gigs.
Grazie Governo is available to pre-order digitally from iTunes and Bandcamp, each with four tracks ready to download immediately.
The band have a load of UK and European dates lined up, kicking off in Manchester this Friday and taking in Wonkfest and Rebellion along the way. Catch them at…
13 July – Manchester, UK – The Star And Garter
20 July – Tolpuddle, UK – Tolpuddle Festival
21 July – Taunton, UK – Taunton Live
22 July – Bristol, UK – Skankfest @ The Fleece
28 July – Tufnell Park Dome, UK – Wonkfest
2 Aug – Blackpool, UK – Rebellion Festival
5 Aug – Somerset, UK – Outcider Festival
9 Aug – Winchester, UK – Boomtown Fair
13 Sept – Hamburg, DE – Hafenklang
14 Sept – Prague, CZ – 007
15 Sept – Munich, DE – Backstage
If you’re in London this Friday, demonstrating about the presence of Mr Trump, and feel inclined to end the day with some righteous punk rock action, you may wish to know that Harlow’s finest, THE NEWTOWN NEUROTICS will be headlining a FREE punk party in Camden.
Organised by Garageland, the show at The Lock Tavern, Chalk Farm Road will also feature rising stars THE RANDY SAVAGES and YOUNG FRANCIS plus DJ Hey Paula ’til 1am.
As previously announced, the Neurotics recently smashed the crowdfunding target for their documentary movie Kick Out!, directed by Luke Baker, which is now in the works.
Aussie rockers THE LIVING END return this Autumn with a brand new album.
The Melbourne band’s eighth album, Wunderbar follows on from 2016’s Shift and will be released worldwide through Rise/BMG Records on 28 September. You can hear the first single ‘Don’t Lose It’ above.
Originally formed in 1994 as The Runaway Boys in homage to their heroes THE STRAY CATS, the band quickly moved away from rockabilly towards punk as they found themselves supporting the likes of GREEN DAY and THE OFFSPRING on Down Under tours. Following a string of singles and EPs, when they finally released their self-titled debut album in 1998, it rocketed to No.1 in the Australian album chart, becoming the second-highest selling album in Australian rock history, with quadruple-platinum sales. Since then, all but one of their albums has reached the Top 5.
For the recording of Wunderbar, guitarist Chirs Cheney, bassist Scott Owen and drummer Andy Strachan ensconced themselves in a studio in Berlin for six weeks with producer Tobias Kuhn, also known for his work with DIE TOTEN HOSEN.
“Berlin’s such an amazing place,” explains Scott. “There’s no better place in the world for rock and roll bands to make dirty, gritty rock and roll music.”
Following the success of last year’s event, SHAM 69 will be returning to headline the Undercover Festival next spring.
The Pursey/Parsons/Tregunna/Guy line-up will be topping the bill on the Saturday night, with SLAUGHTER & THE DOGS and G.B.H. heading up the Friday and Sunday respectively.
Having occupied various locations along the South Coast in previous years, the festival now ups the ante by moving to the big city, relocating to The Dome and accompanying Boston Music Room in North London’s Tufnell Park over the weekend of 26-28 April 2019.
Other acts appearing over the weekend include CHELSEA, THE DEFECTS, XSLF, ED BANGER AND THE NOSEBLEEDS, MENACE, THE RESTARTS, SPUNK VOLCANO & THE ERUPTIONS, 1919, BIG BOY TOMATO, PUSSYCAT & THE DIRTY JOHNSONS, CHARRED HEARTS, EASTFIELD, WITHDOKTORS, EAST TOWN PIRATES, SCREAMING DEAD and many more.
There’s also a buskers stage and aftershow parties ’till 2am on the Friday and Saturday.
New Zealand post-punk legends THE CHILLS have announce the release of a new album for the autumn.
Formed in Dunedin in 1980, the band – with a revolving door line-up centred around mainstay Martin Phillipps – were originally signed to the iconic Flying Nun label, going on to make records for Homestead, Creation and Slash and enjoying international success as standard-bearers for ‘the Dunedin sound’.
Fraught with illness, death and addiction problems, the band entered a lengthy period of hiatus from the late 90s , but with Phillipps receiving effective treatment for Hepatitis C, the band returned with a new album, Silver Bullets, in 2015.
With interest rekindled thanks in part to an expanded reissue of their classic Kaleidoscope World compilation, The Chills are set to release Snow Bound on 14 December through Fire, accompanied by a major tour of their homeland.
Described by Phillipps as… “Hopefully a kind of Carole King ‘Tapestry’ for ageing punks,” Snow Bound is available to pre-order here.
MADNESS’s classic debut album will be the subject of live discussion this week in London.
Released in the autumn of 1979 on Stiff records, One Step Beyond spawned no fewer than four hit singles with covers of Ska legend Prince Buster’s title track and band originals ‘The Prince’, ‘Night Boat To Cairo’ and ‘My Girl’.
The subject of a book in Bloomsbury’s respected 33⅓ series, the album will be discussed at the R’n’R Book Club at The Dublin Castle in Camden Town – a venue with which Madness are closely associated – on Wednesday 4 July. The book’s author, musician and onetime 2 Tone signee Terry Edwards, will be talking to host Julie Hamill. Also in attendance will be Madness bassist Mark Bedders’ Bedford, now a bandmate of Edwards in The Near Jazz Experience.