CHRISTMAS CRYBABYS!

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.

Tickets are on sale here.

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PREFAB MESSIAHS’ ROBOTIC RETURN!

Massachusetts new wave psych band THE PREFAB MESSIAHS are back with a brand new single and video.

‘Bring On The Robots’ is the first new material from the band since the release of their acclaimed full-length album Psychsploitation Today!, released earlier this year.

Originally existing in Worcester, Massachusetts during the early 80s, recordings by the band were hard to find until California label Burger gave an official full reissue to a previously CD-R only compilation, Devolver, in 2007. This was followed in 2015 by an 8-song mini-album of new material, Keep Your Stupid Dreams Alive.

‘Bring On The Robots’ is out digitally through iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and all usual platforms.

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WONK UNIT XMAS PREMIERE!

Everyone’s favourite DIY punks WONK UNIT are celebrating Xmas with a new 7″ single and a brand new video, which they’re premiering with Vive Le Rock!

‘Me & Curtis’ is the punk version of ‘Christmas In A Crackhouse’ which they unveiled last year. Both tracks are available on a double A-side limited edition red vinyl 7″ from the band’s website.

As a reminder, here’s what last year’s video looked like…

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RICH HOPE’S GROOVY VIDEO PREMIERE!

Veteran Pacific Northwest roots rocker RICH HOPE has a new video, and he’s premiering it exclusively with Vive Le Rock! 

‘Golden Clouds’ is a cover of a track by the FLAMIN’ GROOVIES from their legendary Sneakers EP. This version is taken from Rich’s new album I’m All Yours, the follow-up to 2009’s Gonna Whip It On Ya.

Born and raised in Edmonton, Canada, Rich’s first band, The Taxicrabs, were given their name by Country Dick Montana of The Beat Farmers. Relocating to Vancouver, he released his first full-length album Good To Go
in 1998,  before signing on with the band John Ford for two albums.

Since forming a duo with drummer Adrian Mack,  he’s been support of choice for the likes of the Black Crowes, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, The Sadies, Social Distortion and Reverend Horton Heat among others.

I’m All Your is out now and available to order through Bandcamp.

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LAST GREAT DREAMERS’ POWERPOP TOP 10!

Powerpop rockers LAST GREAT DREAMERS put a seal on their most successful year yet with a series of December dates.

They follow on from the release of their acclaimed fourth album 13th Floor Renegades and steady touring which has seen them play up and down the UK, as well as their first ever shows in Norway and Spain. They’ve also begun making plans for their first ever US shows, having had their tracks rotated on legendary powerpop DJ Rodney Bingenheimer’s radio show in LA.

Following their headline shows in December, they’re back out on the road in the new year as special guests to Chicago glamsters Enuff Z’Nuff.

Catch them live at…

Fri 7th Dec BIRMINGHAM Asylum 2
8th Sat Dec GLASGOW Nice ‘n’ Sleazy
9th Sun Dec SHEFFIELD Corporation
15th Sat Dec LONDON Camden Black Heart
16th Sun Dec SOUTHAMPTON Heartbreakers

Sat 19th Jan WOLVERHAMPTON Giffard Arms (Dementia Awarefest)
Sat 26th Jan LONDON Monarch (Camden Rocks all-dayer)
Wed 13th Feb EDINBURGH Bannermans (w/Enuff Z’Nuff)
Thu 14th Feb LONDON Underworld (w/Enuff Z’Nuff)
Fri 15th Feb NUNEATON Queens Hall (w/Enuff Z’Nuff)
Sat 16th Feb BRADFORD Trash (w/Enuff Z’Nuff)
Sun 17th Feb BUCKLEY Tivoli (w/Enuff Z’Nuff)
Mon 18th Feb STOKE ON TRENT Eleven (w/Enuff Z’Nuff)

To celebrate, Vive Le Rock asked guitarist Slyder to come up with his Top 10 powerpop nuggets…

Hanoi Rocks – ‘Boulevard of Broken Dreams’
The band probably responsible for Last Great Dreamers’ existence, Marc [Valentine, guitar/vocals] and I both being huge fans; nothing like them before and nothing close to them since, you can hear the likes of The Clash and Mott in there but they had a real unique sound and look. Hard to pick a favourite song, love them all but I think on the Two Steps From The Move album they really came of age, obviously on the verge of great things until tragedy struck. The production on this record, the harmonies etc, just moved up a notch. This song is a great example of that and they look so damn cool in this video too.

Redd Kross – ‘Stay Away From Downtown’
Redd Kross are one of my favourite bands. First I heard of them was Third Eye, introduced to me by Marc, and then the subsequent albums, saw them once in London on the Show World tour in the 90s and again more recently touring Researching The Blues. When I heard ‘Stay Away From Downtown’ I was instantly hooked by the riff and the chorus. I played this song to death and still do, it was instrumental in getting me back into playing again after a 10-year break. I’d just got back in touch with Marc again when this came out, it excited me and made me want to get back on stage again!

Blondie – ‘I’m Gonna Love You Too’
From Parallel Lines, hard to pick any individual track again but this is a great example of their reinvented 1950s sound in the late 70s, a bit Buddly Hollyesque. Fun and vibrant, always showcasing Clem’s brilliant drumming and Debbie is just fantastically talented and beautiful, love her scream into the rip roaring guitar solo!

Squeeze – ‘Is That Love?’
I think Squeeze are similar to The Kinks in their ‘storytelling’ style of lyric writing. This is a perfect example of the classic 2½ minute pop song. Straight into a short and sweet riff and verse 1, Glen Tilbrook’s soulful voice with a country edge, sweet harmonies and perfect little rockabilly/country guitar solo.

Silversun – ‘Golden Skin’
Came across this in the late 90s on the soundtrack to British romcom movie Shooting Fish. Great catchy opening riff that’s a theme throughout, layered vocal harmonies and simple melodic octave guitar solo, perfect pop song!

The Kinks – ‘Till The End Of The Day’
The Kinks were the ultimate storytellers, quintessentially English, trashy guitar sound & excellent harmonies. This song we earmarked to cover whilst on tour, we jammed it in a soundcheck or two but it never came to anything, maybe one day. The lyrics seemed to fit with the whole vibe of touring & the happy bubble you are in…“you and me we’re free, we do as we please. From the morning till the end of the day”.

The Ramones – ‘I Wanna Be Sedated’
Another completely unique band with so many songs, it’s so very hard to pick a favourite. Great production on this record, very tight squelchy guitars, repetitive catchy singalong lyrics, impossible not to love this, The Ramones at their best.

The Buzzcocks – ‘Ever Fallen In Love’
Fabulous pop song, simple but meaningful lyrics, great jangly guitars, perfect chorus and harmonies from a band that churned out tons of catchy, camp 3-minute pop punk classics. Saw them most recently at Exeter a few years back and never heard a guitar as loud as Steve Diggle’s. He played and performed like he’d just been given his guitar back after having had it confiscated for 10 years!

The Hives – ‘Hate To Say I Told You So’
While I was browsing through YouTube this song started playing and I’d earlier had the CD in my hands when thinking of tracks to include for this, so decided to put it in. Loads of energy, attitude & aggression, cool look and sound.

Boomtown Rats – ‘Rat Trap’
A favourite band as a kid, again very unique in their sound. Great songs, look and attitude. I do remember hearing that this song was like an homage or sequel to The Kinks’ ‘Waterloo Sunset’, not sure if there’s any truth in that though.

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BANDS LINE UP FOR MANCHESTER PUNK FEST!

The line-up’s shaping up for next year’s Manchester Punk Festival, which will take over eight venues in the city from 19-21 April 2019.

As previously announced, SUBHUMANS will be main headliners. They’re now joined by BAR STOOL PREACHERS, DOOM, KING PRAWN, DEAD TO ME, SMOKE OR FIRE, NOT ON TOUR, THE CREEPSHOW, THE ARTERIES, THE INFESTED, CONSUMED FAINTEST IDEA, HARIJAN, RESTORATION, NERVUS, FAIR DO’S, ADRENALIZED, ASTPAI, PRESS CLUB, JANUS STARK, A VULTURE WAKE, ARMS ALOFT and loads more.

They’ll be appearing across the city at The Union, Gorilla, The Bread Shed, Rebellion, Underdog, Zombie Shack, The Thirsty Scholar and Font Bar.

Tickets are selling really fast, so get in quick here.

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DANCE THIS MESS AROUND!

Instrumental power trio THE MESSTHETICS have announced their first ever UK dates.

The Washington DC band, who comprise drummer Brendan Canty and bassist Joe Lally from FUGAZI, plus guitarist Anthony Pirog, released their self-titled debut album through Dischord earlier this year.

Catch the band at…

25/01 UK BRISTOL LOUISIANA

26/01 UK LONDON LABEL MATES (INDOOR) FESTIVAL

27/01 UK BRIGHTON HOPE & RUIN

28/01 UK BIRMINGHAM HARE & HOUNDS

29/01 UK NOTTINGHAM BODEGA

30/01 UK LEEDS BRUDENELL SOCIAL CLUB

31/01 UK NEWCASTLE THE CLUNY

1/02 UK GLASGOW BROADCAST

2/02 UK BELFAST VOODOO

3/02 IRELAND DUBLIN GRAND SOCIAL

5/02 UK MANCHESTER NIGHT PEOPLE

6/02 UK LONDON BOSTON MUSIC ROOM

7/02 BE BRUSSELS MAGASIN 4

8/02 BE ARLON L’ENTREPOT

9/02 NL DEN HAAG GRAUZONE (INDOOR) FESTIVAL

The Messthetics is available to buy through Bandcamp.

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JANUS STARK PLAY THEIR JOKER!

Melodic punks JANUS STARK are back with a new video – their first ever!

The single ‘Shuffling The Pack’ represents the Peterborough band’s first new material in 21 years!

The band were first former in 1996 by former DESTRUCTORS and ENGLISH DOGS guitarist Gizz Butt. Given a boost in profile thanks to his appearances with THE PRODIGY, the band scored a minor hit with the ‘Every Second Counts’ accompanied by the album Great Adventure Cigar. Since splitting the band in 2002, Butt has performed with Steve Ignorant on his CRASS revival gigs, as well as playing with FIELDS OF THE NEPHILIM and German alternative metal band PYOGENESIS.

Speaking about ‘Shuffling The Pack, Butt explains, “It’s a tale of promises that lead to betrayal. When someone lays down the red carpet to you and promises the earth, yet before you know it, your honeymoon is over, and you’ve been shuffled to the back of the pack.

“Personally, I’ve been at the receiving end of a ‘promisor’ a number of times, fooled by the proverbial dangly carrot. A few friends of mine helped me recognise the signs. The video represents a promise that I am intended to follow. This time I suspect something, so I’m going to confront this villain. This time he’s chosen the wrong card!”

The single is the first fruit from a new album due next year.

You can catch Janus Stark live on the following dates…

Nov 24 – The Ostrich Peterborough
Jan 12 – The Monarch Camden, London
April 19-21 – Manchester Punk Festival
May 25 – Punk and Ska Festival Wales, Machlynlleth

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BEDDERS’ SKA AND REGGAE TOP 10!

MADNESS return to their House Of Fun weekender at Minehead Butlin’s at the end of the month.

Over the weekend of 30 November-2 December, the Nutty Boys play host to a range of live acts and DJs including MUNGO JERRY, DAVID RODIGAN, CHRIS DIFFORD, HORACE ANDY, GENO WASHINGTON, ADRIAN SHERWOOD, DENNIS BOVELL, JANET KAY, HUEY MORGAN, Bez and Rowetta from HAPPY MONDAYS, EARL GATESHEAD, CHAINSKA BRASSIKA, THE ESKIES, THE SKATA TONES and more….

There’s still some tickets available here.

To celebrate, we asked the band’s longstanding bass supremo Mark ‘Bedders’ Bedford for his Top 10 ska and reggae tracks….

 

“It’s the worst thing in the world to ask a musician his or her favourite tracks. There are normally so many in a musician’s head. Groups and sub-groups of suitable bits of music for every occasion. But asking them to pick ten will elicit hand-wringing on a monumental scale. This list is a touch easier because the brief was to stick to ska and reggae. But I could have drawn up a list for Top Ten of All-Time records – this would have taken weeks, of course. Or a jazz list; a blues list; a punk list. So, here it is – for today – because it will probably change tomorrow or next week?”

‘Eastern Standard Time’ – Don Drummond: “This lovely, lazy and loping tune, by The Skatalites, is really part of the roots of ska. You can hear the jazz influence, which featured in a lot of early ska tunes. Jazz was what this stellar band of musicians was listening to and playing before making this record. You can also hear, unsurprisingly, the Caribbean music as well. A lot of The Skatalites, individually, went on to make important ska and reggae records.”

‘Ali Baba’ – John Holt: “John Holt’s vocal on this track is super cool. He’s singing in such an easy way. This is counterpoint to the lyrics which are fantastic, in the truest sense of the word. John lays out the lyrics in a way which says, this tune is about a heavily psychedelic dream I had but, hey, no big deal. The experts say that this tune is technically ‘Rocksteady’. It also features a really nice horn section.”

‘East of the River Nile’ – Augustus Pablo: “This instrumental has one of my favourite introductions. It could easily be the start of an old film. What follows is a lovely slow groove with minimal instrumentation – where every instrument sounds just right. Then in comes Augustus Pablo’s melodica. Great use of reverb to create atmosphere, helped by some nice dub. This came out in 1977 but could have fitted into any reggae era.”

‘Ring The Alarm’ – Tenor Saw: “Tenor Saw is regarded as one of the great dancehall-style singers. He was working in the early period where reggae was discovering digital music. He’s young and confident on this track and his vocal style and inflections are so good. A brilliant rhythm, as well. Tenor Saw died aged 21 – a massive loss.”

‘Mr Brown’ – Bob Marley & The Wailers with The Upsetters: “Produced by Lee Perry; written by The Upsetters’ Glen Adams and given to The Wailers. It’s the story about a ghost being seen around town. So we get ‘creepy’ sounds and scary vocals. We also get great harmonies from The Wailers. I always think of it as a stand-alone reggae record – there’s not much like it? Just imagine if reggae had gone totally psychedelic?”

‘Cuss Cuss’ – Lloyd Robinson : “This brilliant, driving rhythm became one of the most covered in Jamaica. The urgency matches Lloyd Robinson’s vocal: ‘Get out of my life with your fuss and fight; I don’t want it’. Then up pops an organ hook line. 2’33” of a short, sharp plea.”

‘CB 200’ – Dillinger: “Title track from Dillinger’s superb album of the same name. This brought reggae and dub to the Punks and a wider audience. An album for every collection.”

‘Tunnel One’ – Tommy McCook: “Tommy McCook was one of the founders of The Skatalites and he leads this tune with his beautiful sax playing. Not only can you hear John Coltrane in his playing but you can also hear Miles Davis in the trumpet that follows him. Built on a rock solid rhythm, it’s over too soon.”

‘Sit and Wonder’ – Prince Buster: “This track, I think, is influenced by the Nyabinghi rhythm, which comes from the chants that are used by Rastafarians? It’s certainly one I haven’t heard on many records? Prince Buster delivers a trademark vocal with nice doo-wop harmonies and a cheeky sax part.”

‘All Will Be Well In The Garden’ – Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry and Adrian Sherwood. “A great and intriguing combination. Their work together is so good and you could pick many tracks. Nice mournful horns, harmonica and a sliding double bass(?). Reggae is in a healthy state here.”

You can also catch Bedders playing with the NEAR JAZZ EXPERIENCE at Indo, Whitechapel on the last Tuesday of every month. Their debut album Afloat is out now through Sartorial Records.

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THE GODFATHERS ANNOUNCE DATES!

THE GODFATHERS have announced a string of UK dates leading up to their annual St Valentine’s Day Massacre show.

The band have enjoyed a boost in fortunes over the last couple of years, following the release of their acclaimed return-to-form album A Big Bad Beautiful Noise in February ’17.  Much of that time has been spent touring widely outside the UK, putting dozens of festival appearances and thousands of road miles under their belts.

The five UK dates culminate in their annual St Valentine’s Day Massacre Show – a Godfathers tradition of more than 30 years – at London’s legendary 100 Club with special guests THE DeRELLAS. Full dates are…

8 Feb – Wolverhampton – Slade Rooms  tickets
9 Feb – Manchester – Rebellion  tickets
14 Feb – Hebden Bridge – Trades  tickets
15 Feb – Norwich – The Waterfront  tickets
16 Feb – London – 100 Club  tickets

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LOUISE DISTRAS UNVEILS NEW VIDEO!

LOUISE DISTRAS has just released a video for her brand new single!

‘Street Revolution’ is the title track from a new EP set for January release. It follows on from her debut album Dreams From The Factory Floor from 2015. It paves the way for her forthcoming second full-length, recently recorded in Oakland, California with producers Steve Whale of THE BUSINESS and Ross Petersen.

Louise describes the track as “… a rallying anthem for the new underground movement of working class kids, rising together through music to fight for their future”.

Louise heads out on the Street Revolution tour in January, which will be raising funds for the Crisis charity in conjunction with Musicians Against Homelessness.

“Having run away from home as a teenager, Musicians Against Homelessness is cause close to my heart,” she says. “We all walk our own warzone path which is only one step away from a situation we can’t control. Music saves lives and supporting Crisis is my way of giving something back.”

Cathc louise on the following dates…

17th Jan – Cambridge, Portland Arms
18th Jan – Nottingham, The Bodega
23rd Jan – Leeds, Key Club
24th Jan – Newcastle, Cluny 2
25th Jan – Guildford, The Boileroom
26th Jan – Norwich, Waterfront Studio
27th Jan – Portsmouth, Edge of The Wedge
29th Jan – Leicester, Firebug
31st Jan – Bishops Stortford, The Half Moon
2nd Feb – Wolverhampton, Slade Rooms

Tickets are available via Louise’s website.

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GENE LOVES JEZEBEL ANNOUNCE U.K. DATES!

GENE LOVES JEZEBEL have announced a string of UK dates for the New Year.

The 80s pop-goths, who feature co-founder Jay Aston, alongside guitarist James Stevenson, bassist Pete Rizzo and drummer Joel Patterson, released their most recent album Dance Underwater last year.

The dates, which comprise the band’s first UK tour in over a decade, are as follows…

Fri 11 Jan – The Factory, Manchester
Sat 12 Jan – Ivory Blacks, Glasgow
Sun 13 Jan – Trillians, Newcastle
Thur 17 Jan – The Fleece, Bristol
Fri 18 Jan – Esquires, Bedford
Sat 19 Jan – Islington Academy, London

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MAKE FRIENDS WITH THE BEVIS FROND!

South Coast psych legends THE BEVIS FROND return with a brand new album next month and have just unveiled a track from it.

‘Lead On’ is taken from the brilliantly titled album We’re Your Friends, Man which is out on Friday 7 December through fire records.

They play a special launch for the album at Black Market VIP, Hastings on Saturday 8 December, with support from BRONCO BULLFROG. Tickets are on sale here.

We’re Your Friends, Man is available to pre-order on double-vinyl, CD and download here.

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BRIAN JAMES’ TOP 10!

Punk legend BRIAN JAMES returns to the stage next month with a very special show in London.

On Friday 7 December, the DAMNED and LORDS OF THE NEW CHURCH founder and, let’s not forget, writer of the first ever Brit punk single ‘New Rose’, will play the intimate Nell’s Jazz & Blues club in West Kensington. Performing with his regular trio, The Brian James Gang, he’ll be recording the set for a possible live album.

Tickets are on sale here.

Vive Le Rock caught up with Brian over a bottle of red to find out what songs inspired him. Here’s his Top 10….

1. ‘You really got me’ – The Kinks “The boss of all riffs, the first I learnt to play and probably the most influential for guitar players everywhere.”

2. ‘Stone Free’ – Jimi Hendrix Experience “The B side of his first single, ‘Hey Joe’, this is the definitive version, with my favourite Hendrix guitar solo. He re recorded it a few times later on, but go for this one. Wild and off the wall, wonderful.

3. ‘Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere’ – The Who  “Sheer musical anarchy, first in-your-face feedback, maniacal drums and guitar. This threw the conventional music rule book in the fire, total attitude, play as loud as it goes.”

4. ‘Do It’ – Pink Fairies  “The B-side of their first single, ‘The Snake’, total rock n roll energy. This is the attitude version, don’t bother with any others, these guys kept attitude afloat in England during the early 70’s.

5. ‘I Put A Spell On You’ – The Crazy World of Arthur Brown  “From their debut album, Nina Simone’s haunting song turned inside out, a la Screaming Jay Hawkins. What a voice and what demonic Hammond organ playing by the grossly underrated Vincent Crane, timeless.”

6. ‘Sister Anne’ – The MC5  “During the 60s I was a big fan of the groups and artists on Detroit’s Tamla Motown label, then I discovered the MC5, also a Detroit act, and they couldn’t be more different: twin guitars, like double Chuck Berry on speed, machine-gun drums and great rock’n’roll songs.  ‘Sister Anne’ is from their third album High Time. If you don’t already have it, then get it.”

7. ‘Boredom’ – The Buzzcocks  “This is from the Spiral Scratch EP, which featured Howard Devoto on vocals and sums up 76-77 punk London and particularly the early few months of the Roxy club in Covent Garden, London.”

8. ‘Blank Generation’ – Richard Hell  “If ‘Boredom’ sums up early Punk London, then ‘Blank Generation’ sums up the early New York Punk scene. Particularly the club CBGB’s in the Bowery area. A great slightly avant garde sound from the ex Television and Heartbreakers innovator.”

9. ‘I Wanna Be Your Dog’ – The Stooges  “The first of my two favourite singers is Iggy Pop and this track from the Stooges first album is probably the best example of why. Another amazing Detroit band who paved the way for the Punk scenes.”

10. ‘Learning The Blues’ – Frank Sinatra  “My other favourite singer, from the Sinatra-Basie album.  My parents were always playing Sinatra around the house when I was a kid and it really got in my heart and soul, what an amazing voice and what a powerful band, the Count Basie orchestra was. Recorded in 1962, my advice is to give it a shot.”

Brian’s reissued debut solo album Brian James is out now on deluxe vinyl from Easy Action.

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THUNDERS LIVE ALBUM GETS REISSUE TREATMENT!

JOHNNY THUNDERS & THE HEARTBREAKERS are to have their classic live album given the deluxe expanded vinyl format.

D.T.K. Live At The Speakeasy was recorded on 15 March 1977 at the notorious musicians’ hangout on Margaret Street in London’s West End. Fresh from recording their debut album L.A.M.F. for Track Records, the band’s two sets were recorded at the club with the the Maison Rouge mobile studio parked outside.

Initially released on Jungle in 1982, as a 10-track LP. A further five tracks were recovered to complete the whole two sets, and the whole lot were remixed for Down To Kill – Complete Live At The Speakeasy in 2009.

This new version comes on limited edition red-and-white vinyl, with a free CD and a sixteen-page booklet with notes by legendary journalist and Vive Le Rock contributor Kris Needs.

Set for release by Jungle on 23 November, Down To Kill – Complete Live At The Speakeasy is available to pre-order here.

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ROUNDHEAD OR DEAD!

Ranting punk poet ATTILA THE STOCKBROKER has just released a new album with a difference.

Restoration Tragedy sees Attila and his band BARNSTORMER 1649 creating an album fusing the music of the 17th Century with the sounds of ’77 buzzsaw punk, inspired by events just after the English Revolution, when Charles I was beheaded,  the country became a republic, the ‘world turned upside down’ and unprecedented radical ideas spread across the land.

This album of ‘Roundhead Renaissancecore’ features numerous early musical instruments, such as shawm, crumhorn, cornamuse, bombarde, shawm and five different recorders, jousting with guitar, bass and drums all played by Attila and the band themselves.

“Growing up and living in Southwick, the port town of Shoreham Harbour in West Sussex, I’ve spent my life next door to the site of a pivotal moment in English history,” Attila explains. “After his defeat at the Battle of Worcester in 1651, Charles II travelled south in disguise, chased by the New Model Army, and ended up at Shoreham Port, sneaking off to France in a coal boat called Surprise from a spot 400 yards from where our house now stands. I’ve always been interested in the history of the English Civil War and its aftermath and like many locals, been aware of the story. Completely coincidentally, I’ve always loved early music, have taught myself to play many ancient instruments and believed those simple sounds could be harnessed to the energy of punk in the same kind of way that The Pogues combined Irish music and punk.”

Attila The Stockbroker began performing as a poet in 1980 in Harlow, Essex alongside his mates NEWTOWN NEUROTICS. Since then he has toured widely, playing more than 3,000 gigs in 24 countries, including pioneering shows in East Germany and Albania. His acclaimed autobiography Arguments Yard (35 years of Ranting Verse and Thrash Mandola) was published by Cherry Red Books in 2015.

Restoration Tragedy is available on limited edition gatefold double vinyl and CD from Attila’s website and at gigs. You can catch him on the road at…

10 Nov – SHOREHAM – Duke of Wellington
29 Nov – NORTHWICH – Salty Dog
30 Nov – ASHTON UNDER LYNE – Station
1 Dec – SHEFFIELD – Gardeners Rest
15 Jan – PETERSFIELD – Write Angle

Watch a full Barnstormer 1649 live show from Latest Musicbar, Brighton here.

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WAYNE HUSSEY UNVEILS THEATRICAL RELEASE!

THE MISSION mainman Wayne Hussey has used downtime from the band to compose and record the score for a stage-play in brazil.

The award-winning As Irmãs Siamesas, which was written by José Rubens Siqueira and features Hussey’s wife Cinthya, is currently enjoying a two-month run at the Teatro Aliança Francesa in São Paulo, where the pair live.

Recorded over a two-month period last summer, Hussey – together with pianist James Bacon and violinist David Milsom – recorded the score for a CD for sale at perfomances. Due to demand from fans, however, a CD is being made available for a limited period through The Mission’s webstore.

Individually numbered and signed, and expanded to feature music not available on the original theatrical release, the CD will only be available for purchase from the store until midnight on Friday 30 November.

“I’ve never made it a secret that I harbour ambition to compose and score for film,” explains Hussey. “Sadly, for a myriad of reasons, I’ve never been presented with the opportunity to do so. So it was with open arms I recently accepted the invitation to write music for a stage play. As Irmãs Siamesas is a Brazilian play written by José Rubens Siqueira and this particular new version is directed by my good friend, Sébastien Brottet-Michel, a French actor who works with the world renowned Parisienne ‘Theatre De Soleil’. The fact that my wife, Cinthya, is one of the two actors in this two women play, the other being Nara Marques, is perhaps why I was offered the job. A little nepotism never hurt anybody.

“The brief was…brief. After conversation with Sébastien we decided the music should be slow – none of the tempos are over 70 bpm – empty and open with lots of space, flexible, unsentimental; music that doesn’t dictate the way an audience should react and feel to the dialogue and action on stage, but interacts with the actors in an unobtrusive way.

“We talked about the setting of the play as being timeless and placeless, rural rather than urban. I wanted to avoid using instruments that were modern, that required electricity, that would place it in a specific time. I thought about ageless acoustic instruments, such as a piano, a violin, and a classical acoustic guitar, that might be found in a lot of homes where the onus is on families entertaining themselves rather than by TV, radio, or, these days, the internet. These instruments became my exclusive sound palette for this project. Muted colours, if you want.

“It’s been a great learning process, and discipline, for me as a musician to compose and make music that doesn’t strive for, nay demand, the listeners attention. In conjunction with the brilliant English pianist, James Bacon, and renowned violinist, David Milsom, we have fashioned a series of adagios that, whilst are a million light years away from the music I usually create, I am so very proud of.”

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MICHAEL MONROE’S TOP 10 PUNK COVERS!

As much a fan as he is an artist, our mate MICHAEL MONROE enjoys a good cover version as much as the next man, be it Hoyt Axton’s ‘Lightnin’ Bar Blues’ or Creedence’s ‘Up Around The Bend’ in the  days of HANOI ROCKS, or the storming version of ‘Kick Out The Jams’ he delivered at Vive Le Rock‘s inaugural awards bash earlier this year.

Michael’s in the UK this week, supporting Wayne Kramer’s MC50 on tour at Glasgow Academy (10 Nov), Manchester Albert Hall (11 Nov), and London Shepherds Bush Empire (12 Nov), so we dragged him out of rehearsals to ask him what his top ten favourite punk covers that he’s recorded are. This is what he told us…. enjoy!

1) The Damned: ‘Machine Gun Etiquette’ (on the Peace Of Mind album)

2) Dead Boys: ‘Ain’t Nothin’ To Do’ (on the Demolition 23 album)

3) Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers: ‘I Wanna Be Loved’ (on the Demolition 23 album)


4) U.K. Subs: ‘Endangered Species’ (on the Demolition 23 album)

5) Dead Boys: Ain’t It Fun (Duet with Axl on the Guns N’Roses Spaghetti Incident album)

6) Dead Boys: ‘What Love Is’ (on the Whatcha Want album)

7) U.K. Subs: ‘I Won’t Lie Down And Die’ (on the Whatcha Want album)

8) Dead Boys: ‘Not Anymore’ (on the Peace Of Mind album)

9) Stiv Bators: ‘A Million Miles Away’ (on the Nights Are So Long album)

10) Heavy Metal Kids: ‘Delirious’ (on the Hanoi Rocks Twelve Shots On The
Rocks album)

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