RICH RAGANY AND THE DIGRESSIONS have a brand new video which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
The ROLE MODELS frontman has brought together some incredible musicians from bands such as The Dedwardians, The Men They Couldn’t Hang and The Scott Sorry Band to form The Digressions. The last few months have found them as BBC’s Band Of The Month and on many stages including a show at the Kentish Town Forum as support for The Lemonheads.
BUZZCOCKS have unveiled some of the guests who’ll be joining them for their show at London’s Royal Albert Hall next month.
As previously announced, the show at the prestigious London venue on 21 June had already been arranged, but following the tragic death of Pete Shelley in December last year, the band decided to turn the show into a celebration of their singer.
THE SKIDS’ Richard Jobson and PENETRATION’s Pauline Murray – who memorably sang ‘What Do I Get?’ with Steve Diggle at this year’s Vive Le Rock Awards – were already booked to support on the night.
Other names lined up to contribute are Dave Vanian and Captain Sensible from THE DAMNED, Peter Perrett from THE ONLY ONES, SONIC YOUTH’s Thurston Moore and THE CHARLATANS’ Tim Burgess. Original Buzzcocks John Maher and Steve Garvey will also be appearing. Music journalist, author and broadcaster Paul Morley will compere the evening. More names will be announced soon.
“I’m looking forward to an amazing show at London’s Royal Albert Hall,” says Diggle. “It’s going to be the perfect setting for us and our fans to pay tribute to Pete Shelley.”
Long-serving South London post-punks BAND OF HOLY JOY do their bit to counteract the rise of the far-right with a series of anti-racism gigs in the run-up to the release of their new album.
The three shows, benefits for the organisation Hope Not Hate, will take place this month in Newcastle, Leicester and London under the banner Pop Not Hate. Each of the shows will feature a full supporting cast, with musician and author HELEN McCOOKERYBOOK as main support on all dates.
Full dates are…
Sat 18 May – Star & Shadow Cinema, Newcastle tickets Sun 19 May – The Musician, Leicester tickets Sun 26 May – The Lexington, London tickets
Formed in a New Cross squat in 1984 and fronted by charismatic Newcastle émigré Johny Brown, the Band Of Holy Joy reached their commercial peak while signed to Rough Trade during the late 80s. The past decade has seen a renewed and highly prolific period of activity for the band, with numerous releases, international touring and other projects, including the hugely successful weekly Resonance FM radio show Bad Punk.
Following on from 2017’s widely acclaimed Funambulist We Love You, the band will issue a new album Neon Primitives through Tiny Global Records on 7 June. It’s available to pre-order here.
We spoke to Andy ‘Tez’ Turner of Dewsbury’s UKHC legends INSTIGATORS for our Where Are They Now? column in the April edition of Vive Le Rock! He had a lot to say for himself, but due to space restrictions we couldn’t fit it all in. Now, in all its glory, you can read the full unexpurgated interview….
In 1980 Britain was a desolate place for a generation of dismayed working class youth, unemployed and angry. As the first wave of punk fell and gave way to the anarcho punk movement of the 80s, a new voice of protest rose.
The Instigators formed in West Yorkshire and influenced by Crass and UK Subs, they played their first show in 1982 and were soon supporting bands like Subhumans and Flux of Pink Indians. Instigators went on to tour Europe and America many times and no doubt made a big impact on the punk scene. Frontman Andy Turner, also formerly of XPOZES, caught up with Vive Le Rock to talk about then and now.
You were brought up in Huddersfield. What was it like growing up there? What school did you go to and what was your first job?
I went to Honley High School and finished there in the summer of 1979. People now call it graduating but there was nothing really to ‘graduate’ to, as through the 70s and 80s there was mass unemployment, not just across West Yorkshire but whole sways of the country. And this meant areas like Huddersfield were choc full of angry young people which made it quite violent times. The only ‘real’ job I ever had was a few months after leaving school at a basketware importers but by then we’d started a band called Xpozez and what I was earning went into getting that off the ground. By 1980 we were up and running and not long after that we had recorded and released the first Xpozez EP, Systems Kill on our own Retaliation Records.
How did you first get into music? What venues and record shops did you go to and name a few bands you got in to?
Like most kids around that time pre-teen it was all about the radio and Top Of The Pops so when I heard / saw bands like Slade, The Sweet, T Rex and Bowie, that blew my tiny mind although it wasn’t until I started reading about punk and pre-punk bands that I started really getting interested and when those bands actually got stuff recorded it was just as I thought it was gonna be and I got into it big time. My second ever gig was The Clash, TRB, X-Ray Spex, Steel Pulse and more at Victoria Park, London (30.04.78 – and in case you wondered the first was Siouxsie & The Banshees at Huddersfield Polytechnic eight days earlier). I bought every single (it was mostly singles back then) I could get my hands on. There were decent shops in town like Bradley’s Records, Woods, Boston Records (for ex jukebox 7”s) plus even Boots, Woolworth’s and WH Smith’s had record sections. Then there were trips to Leeds, Bradford, and Manchester. We also set up a mail order back in the early 80s and started importing a lot of hard-to-get overseas stuff (Dischord Records etc) and got to hook up with loads of good people doing what we were all over the world. Venues came and went as they do now but initially there were loads of bands doing the college circuit so we got to see tons, plus in late ’79 Cleopatra’s reggae club started putting on punk shows starting with Slaughter And The Dogs (I think it was Mick Rossi’s brother who was booking) and besides a few of the first wave that were still around at the start of the 80s, we got to see the second wave like Cockney Rejects, Exploited, Discharge, Crass even. There was only really a couple of pubs (The Albion, West Riding) and one club (Coach House) you’d be safe in back then. Both put bands on too. Later we’d be making trips to places like The F Club in Leeds and various venues in Bradford, especially when Nick Toczek started booking in regular Gory Details, Fatal Shocks and Natural Disasters shows from around 1982-83.
How did you become part of Instigators and what was your first rehearsal and first gig like?
Xpozez put out a bunch of singles and EP’s and did patches of touring until they ground to a halt in 1985. We’d booked Instigators to play in Huddersfield (November 5, 1982 with Flux Of Pink Indians) and they made an impression on us. Between then and when the first album (Nobody Listens Anymore) came out we played quite a few shows together heading out in a big old bread van together. They started rehearsing at our place and not long after they’d released that record their singer quit and they asked me to join. There was lots of gigs coming in including a European tour but two of the others guys decided to bow out which left things up in the air, but (Simon) Mooney – founder and guitarist – was determined to carry on now things were starting to happen so we got Andrew Turnbull (bass) and Steve Curran (drums) in and rehearsed like crazy right up until we set off on tour. I’m not sure if this was the first show but one of the first I did with Instigators was at the 100 Club, London with Urban Dogs.
You were known as an anarcho punk band – what was the scene all about for you – what bands did you admire and how did you become a vegetarian?
Instigators’ initial releases, including the album we came in on PHOENIX (1986), were released on Bluurg Records (Dick Lucas from Subhumans’ label) and prior to that both Instigators and Xpozez had played a load of shows with a load of bands you’d class as anarcho but also a load of other bands and were a constant on compilation tapes and fanzines around at the time. There really was an alternative underground in the 80s and for a while things looked quite positive outside the old-school-tie mainstream. The vegetarian thing started for me in a massive squat in Milan in 1984 when we are on tour with Xpozez. The people there let us stay a few days and said we could do anything we wanted except no meat. I should say thanks to those folks as I’m still not tempted by gourmet burgers or pulled fucking whatever.
What was the peak of the Instigators like? You toured America – what bands did you tour with and how far did you take the band?
From that first jaunt on the continent at the end of 1985 things just snowballed. We were out on tour virtually non-stop over the next few years only taking time off to record. The Hypegopromo 1&2 double CD that’s just come out on Sanctus Propaganda is a snapshot of what we were about between ’85 and ’88. Back in the day we compiled two C60 cassettes that featured live stuff recorded across Europe and the USA and spliced it together with tons of radio stuff like interviews (including one with Tim Yohannan on Maximum Rock N Roll Radio when we were in San Francisco), radio sessions, adverts for shows and DJs who were playing our stuff. I hadn’t heard it in years and it was a great reminder of just a little of what we were up to back then.
How did the band end?
The final tour was in 1992. We ended in Milan in front of one of the biggest crowds we’d played to as a headliner. It was a bit weird knowing that this would be the last time but was also good knowing what we’d achieved not only as a band but also in growing up and experiencing so much. Most of which we all still carry with us today.
What have you been up to since and what are you doing now?
I’ve been lucky that I’ve managed to do stuff involving music since I was 16 years old and I’m still not cynical and jaded. I’m privileged to have learned at the feet of many masters and mistresses in their field and hopefully taken in what they were teaching me and been able to use that in a positive way. My fellow travellers from that period are all doing things they wanted to do – Simon Mooney is a well respected photographer, Steve Curran is drum teching and tour managing around the world and Andrew Turnbull is a man of mystery. He’s always flying off to exotic places under the guise of fixing stuff. It wouldn’t be a surprise if he was a spy!
NEW MODEL ARMY have announced the release of a new album and a major tour of the UK and Europe.
From Here follows on from their successful studio albums Between Dog And Wolf (2013) and Winter (2016), which have seen a revival of fortunes for the longserving Bradford band.
The new album was recorded earlier this year at Ocean Sound Recordings studio on the tiny Norwegian island of Giske.
“We all have different lives and different tastes in almost everything, including music”, they say. “One thing we have in common is the love of bleak, open, cold, rugged landscapes – water, snow, rock. So this was the perfect place for us to work on something collectively – at all times while we were working, we could look up and see the sky, the sea and melting snow on the mountains, all in a constant state of change. So this album has a feel that is different to our other albums, but it still contains all the elements that characterise our peculiarly unidentifiable music – perhaps even more than ever. And From Here was an obvious title. The record belongs to a very special place and a particular time – what is happening in the world, where we are as a band and where we are as people.”
From Here is set for release on 23 August through EarMusic, and is available to pre-order in various bundles here.
The album release will be followed in October, kicking off in Southampton on the 8th, winding up in Nottingham on 21 December and taking in a London date at the Electric Ballroom on 14 November, as well as shows in France, Germany, Switzerland, Poland, Hungary, the Netherlands and Istanbul. Full dates are…
08 Oct SOUTHAMPTON 1865 // UK
09 Oct PARIS Maroquinerie // France
10 Oct DORTMUND FZW // Germany
11 Oct HAMBURG Markthalle // Germany
12 Oct BERLIN Huxleys // Germany
13 Oct POZNAN Tama // Poland
15 Oct GDYNIA Ucho // Poland
16 Oct WARSAW Proxima // Poland
17 Oct WROCLAW Stary Klasztor // Poland
18 Oct KRAKOW Kwadrat // Poland
19 Oct BUDAPEST A38 // Hungary
22 Oct WINTERTHUR Salzhaus // Switzerland
23 Oct FRIBOURG Fri-Son // Switzerland
24 Oct FREIBURG Jazzhaus // Germany
25 Oct MUNCHEN Backstage // Germany
26 Oct STUTTGART LKA // Germany
27 Oct NURNBERG Hirsh // Germany
29 Oct DRESDEN Beatpol // Germany
30 Oct FRANKFURT Batschkapp // Germany
31 Oct LOSHEIM Eisenbahnhalle // Germany
01 Nov RIJKEVORSEL De Singer // Belgium
02 Nov STRASBOURG La Laiterie // France
13 Nov BRISTOL SWX // UK
14 Nov LONDON Electric Ballroom // UK
15 Nov CAMBRIDGE Junction // UK
16 Nov LEEDS Stylus // UK
17 Nov CARDIFF Tramshed // UK
19 Nov CHESTER Live Rooms // UK
20 Nov NEWCASTLE Boiler Shop // UK
21 Nov EDINBURGH Liquid Rooms // UK
22 Nov MANCHESTER o2 Ritz // UK
23 Nov BIRMINGHAM o2 Institute // UK
30 Nov ISTANBUL Zorlu PSM Studio // Turkey
12 Dec BRIGHTON Concorde 2 // UK 13 Dec AMSTERDAM Melkweg // Netherlands 14 Dec COLOGNE Palladium // Germany 21 Dec NOTTINGHAM Rock City // UK
Punks will be descending on the Clyde estuary for a five-day festival this Summer.
Punk On The Peninsula will take place from 4-8 July at various venues in the town of Dunoon on the Cowal Peninsula at the mouth of the Clyde.
Headlined by COCKNEY REJECTS and RUTS DC, they’ll be joined by numerous other acts inclduding T.V. SMITH, KNOCK-OFF, ONE WAY SYSTEM, FECKIN’ EJITS, RUST, FIRE EXIT, BOOTS N ALL, THE ANGRY AGENDA, KICKBACK GENERATION, THE TUAREGS and more to be announced.
The event will also feature a screening of the Rejects’ film East End Babylon, a coach trip to a brewery, a beach BBQ, a curry night and punk karaoke!
Full details and day and weekend tickets are available here.
A new box set will bring together a wealth of classic, rare and obscure tracks from punk’s glory year of 1977.
Following on from punk’s year zero in ’76 which saw legendary festivals at Mont de Marsan in France and London’s 100 Club and the Sex Pistols tossing a cultural lighted match into a box of dynamite when they squared up to Bill Grundy on primetime TV that December, punk went seriously overground in 1977, with a boom in bands and independent releases.
The 3-disc 1977 – The Year Punk Broke features classic tracks from the stars of the first wave, including BUZZCOCKS, X-RAY SPEX, THE STRANGLERS, THE DAMNED, THE VIBRATORS, THE JAM, GENERATION X etc plus more from those who started off well but quickly faded, like EATER, THE STUKAS, THE USERS, MENACE, THE MODELS and THE CORTINAS.
Then there are counter-cultural freaks that weren’t really punk, but tuned into what was in the air, bands like MOTORHEAD, BRAINIAC 5, LARRY WALLIS and THE RINGS; pub rockers TYLA GANG, GRAHAM PARKER, COUNT BISHOPS, EDDIE AND THE HOT RODS and SPIDER. And let’s not forget the art school crowd with the likes of DEAF SCHOOL, DOCTORS OF MADNESS and ULTRAVOX!
Rounded out with dozens of obscure tiny label sides, this 87-track trip down memory lane comes with an expansive booklet with hoards of rare and unseen photos and a new 15,000 word essay.
Set for release on 28 June through Cherry Red, The Year Punk Broke is available to pre-order here.
NYC rockers THE SWEET THINGS have a new video which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
‘Liquor Lightning’ is taken from the band’s debut album In Borrowed Shoes, On Borrowed Time which is out through Wendigo Productions/Spaghetty Town on 24 May, ahead of their first ever UK tour, which kicks off with an appearance at Camden Rocks.
Catch the band at…
June 1 – London – Kolis (Camden Rocks) June 2 – London – Hard Rock Cafe June 3 – London – Live on Air, Boogaloo Radio June 4 – Birmingham – The Dark Horse June 5 – Nottingham – The Chameleon June 6 – Sheffield – West Street Live June 7 – Manchester – TBA June 8 – Liverpool – TBA
MICHAEL MONROE has announced a European tour in support of his new album.
“I am very excited to announce that me and my band will be heading out for a full European tour this winter in support of our brilliant new album One Man Gang which is going to be released this fall,” says Monroe. “It’s an ‘all killers, no fillers’ album and I can’t wait for you to hear it. I also can’t wait to see you down the road!”
The eagerly anticipated One Man Gang is the first new album from the former HANOI ROCKS frontman since 2015’s Blackout States and features his regular band, guitarists Steve Conte and Rich Jones, drummer Karl Rockfist and Monroe’s former Hanoi Rocks colleague, bassist Sami Yaffa.
Label details and release date for the album will be announced shortly.
The tour is set to kick off in Oslo on 22 October and features a London show at the O2 Academy, Islington on 30 October as well as a headline performance at the Hard Rock Hell festival in Great Yarmouth on 9 November. Full dates are…
Oct 22: Oslo, NO John Dee Oct 23: Gothenburg, SE Pustervik Oct 24: Stockholm, SE Fryhuset Klubben Oct 25: Copenhagen, DK High Voltage Oct 26: Hamburg, DE Headcrash Oct 27: Berlin, DE Frannz Oct 29: Paris, FR La Maroquinerie Oct 30: London, UK O2 Academy Islington Nov 01: Leeds, UK Brudenell Social Club Nov 02: Milton Keynes, UK Crauford Arms Nov 03: Southampton, UK Engine Room Nov 04: Birmingham, UK The Mill Nov 05: Glasgow, UK Garage Nov 06: Manchester UK, Club Academy Nov 07: Bristol, UK Fleece Nov 08: Stoke, UK Sugarmill Nov 09: Great Yarmouth, UK, Hard Rock Hell Festival
More shows are likely to be added. Tickets are available here.
GIUDA have been added as special guests to BOOZE & GLORY’s 10th Anniversary bash in London this Autumn.
As previously announced, the multi-national street-punks will be throwing the party at the Electric Ballroom, Camden Town on 2 November.
The Roman glam-rock’n’rollers join an all-day bill which also includes ROY ELLIS aka Mr Symarip & The Moonstompers, PERKELE, THE FILAMENTS, THE BABOON SHOW, THE ANALOGS, RISKEE & THE RIDICULE and ex-Booze & Glory member LIAM MARR playing a solo acoustic set.
Stevenage anarcho mob BAD BREEDING have dropped a video for their new single.
‘Whose Cause?’ is the first track to be taken from their forthcoming third album Exiled, which follows on from last year’s Abandonment EP, their debut release for One Little Indian.
The video is the work of Owen Deutsch of D4MT Labs and NYC punks KALEIDOSCOPE.
“’Whose Cause?’ explores political misdirection in the media and its role in sowing seeds of division, suspicion and distrust in our communities,” explains frontman Christopher Dodd. “It touches on the nefarious ties between capital and a pocketed media class, while commenting on how instruments of the right have harnessed and manipulated divisive politics of identity in an attempt to dent the collective bonds of solidarity that bind our communities together. It’s about pushing beyond force-fed narratives and looking at the disastrous implications reactionary storytelling has on propping up the survival of late capitalism and the patrician outriders it funds and protects: the gilded bourgeoisie, the imperialists, the warmongers, the contemptuous old-money hawks, the emboldened corporate elite.”
Exiled is set for release on 21 June and is available to pre-order here.
Bad Breeding play the following dates…
July 21st – Crofter’s Rights, Bristol July 22nd – The Polar Bear, Hull July 23rd – Temple of Boom, Leeds July 24th – The Moon, Cardiff July 25th – Electrowerkz, London
UK rockers SYTERIA have had all their gear nicked after a gig in London.
The Yorkshire band, who feature GIRLSCHOOL guitarist Jackie Chambers, had been playing dates to roadtest material for their forthcoming new album. They’d just played a gig at The Lounge venue in North London before spending the night at the local Premier Inn. The next morning they discovered that their van, parked in the hotel’s car park, had been emptied.
“What next?” they ask. “Well, now we have to replace all the gear as well as find the money to pay for the studio, pressing, printing, etc. in readiness for the new album. Thankfully the gigs we do have booked, the support bands, and local musicians have all been kind enough to lend us their equipment until we do replace it.”
The band have set up a Kickstarter page to fund the release of their next album Reflection. Their modest target was reached in three days, but please consider chipping in to help the band out of a tight spot.
Roots rock supergroup THE A.C.C. have a new video and they’re premiering it exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
‘Never Gave Up’ is taken from the band’s debut album Beautiful, At Night, which was released last month.
An abbreviation of Abbiati Cantarelli Conspiracy, The A.C.C. are fronted by co-guitarist/vocalists Ed Abbiati from roots rock band Lowlands and Stiv Cantarelli of blues-punks Silent Strangers and J.D. Hangover notoriety. The band’s line-up is completed by drummer Antonio Perugini from the Silent Strangers and bassist Joe Barreca of The Mandolin Brothers. Their fifth guest member on the album is guitar and keyboard player Chris Cacavas from Green On Red and The Dream Syndicate.
Ska legend NEVILLE STAPLE and his wife Sugary have announced a new single to coincide with their dates with THE UNDERTONES.
‘Working Hard Everyday’ follows on from recent single ‘Put Away Your Knives’ and the album Rude Rebels, featuring Neville’s Specials cohort Roddy Radiation.
Neville and Sugary Staple co-wrote ‘Working Hard Everyday’ with Charlie Organaire (aka Charles Cameron), best friend and colleague to ska pioneer Prince Buster. He was involved in many of the legend’s hit songs, as well as writing his own music and working with Prince Buster’s son Sultan.
Out now, the single is available to stream and download here.
The band have a busy summer of gigs and festivals ahead, kicking off this Thursday at London’s Electric Ballroom with The Underrtones. Full dates are…
May 2 LONDON – Electric Ballroom (w/The Undertones) May 3 COVENTRY – Empire (w/The Undertones) May 4 BRISTOL – SWX (w/The Undertones) May 9 NEWCASTLE-UPON-TYNE – Boiler Shop (w/The Undertones) May 10 LEEDS – O2 Academy (w/The Undertones) May 11 MANCHESTER – O2 Ritz (w/The Undertones) May 16 NORWICH – Open (w/The Undertones) May 17 BEXHILL ON SEA – De La Warr Pavilion (w/The Undertones) May 18 COOKHAM – Lets Rock The Moor (2.00pm) May 18 SOUTHAMPTON – Engine Rooms (w/The Undertones) May 25 HERTFORDSHIRE – Stone Valley South Festival May 26 MERTHYR TYDFIL – Merthyr Rising June 1 CHIPPING SODBURY – SodFest June 8 SHEFFIELD – Music For The Homeless June 15 KETTERING – 40th Anniversary of 2-Tone (w/Jerry Dammers DJ, Beat Goes Bang) June 22 WESTON-SUPER-MARE – 40th Anniversary of 2-Tone (w/Jerry Dammers DJ, Beat Goes Bang) June 29 STANHOPE – Stone Valley North Festival July 5 BLYTH – North East Chilli Fest July 6 SOUTHAMPTON – Let’s Rock Southampton July 13 THAME – Thame Music Festival July 14 EXETER – Wonder Fields Festival July 19 MELKSHAM – Melksham Music Festival July 20 HOLMFIRTH – Holmfirth Ska Splash July 21 TAMWORTH – Warton Music Festival July 27 CHIDDINGLY – Chiddfest Aug. 3 SUDDINGTON / MACCLESFIELD – Rewind Festival North Aug. 9 WINCHESTER – Boomtown Fair Aug 10 RATLINGHOPE – Farmer Phil’s Festival Aug 17 STRETFORD – Great Northern Ska Festival Aug 18 HENLEY-ON-THAMES – Rewind Festival South Aug 31 CASTLE DONINGTON – Off the Tracks Festival
Ace London rockers NEON ANIMAL pay tribute to the great and the good of rock’n’roll with this brilliantly-titled track from their latest EP God’s Own Bastards. And they’re premiering the video with Vive Le Rock!
“Imagine if Vive Le Rock! magazine were to take the form of a song, it might sound something like this,” says band frontman and livewire Mark Thorn. “A collaborative effort that sprang to life during a drunken (and other nameless party products) jam in a period when every other week some rock ‘n’ roll legend seemed to be hitting the dust and a copy of Vive Le Rock! and other bibles of rock ‘n’ roll religion just happend to be lying open on the coffee table as if by magic…..”
Featuring fast-rising London punks HEALTHY JUNKIES, Neon Animal’s ass-shakin’ anthem ‘Vive Le Rock’ is a riotous life celebration of the spirit of rock ‘n’ roll. It’s past and it’s present and it’s happening right here, right now!
A brand new festival is set to bring full-on rock sounds to the East of England next month. And we have 3 x VIP ticktes plus exclusive merch to give away!
Headlined by THE VIRGINMARYS, THE WILDHEARTS and HARDCORE SUPERSTAR, Call Of The Wild Festival takes place over the weekend of 24-26 May at Lincolnshire Showground, Grange De Lings, Lincoln.
Other acts appearing across the three stages include LAST GREAT DREAMERS, TRUCKER DIABLO, A JOKER’S RAGE, THE TREATMENT, TAX THE HEAT, THOSE DAMN CROWS, BULLETS AND OCTANE, THE IDOL DEAD, HANDS OFF GRETEL, COLT 45, FALLING RED, ROCKY SHADES’ WRATHCHILD, SPEED STROKE, WITH TRIPPER, THE KUT, SYTERIA, RAZORBATS, DUCKING PUNCHES and loads more…
Full details and day and weekend tickets are available here.
To be in with a chance of winning one of three VIP tickets plus exclsuive merch, all you’ve got to do is send an email to email@example.com with ‘VLR Ticket Giveaway’ in the subject box, completing the following sentence…
The STRAY CATS have unveiled another new video for a track from their new album.
‘Rock It Off’ is taken from the album 40, the Long Island trio’s first new studio album in 26 years, in celebration of their 40th Anniversary.
The video, directed by John Logsdon, comprises session footage from the recording of the album at Nashville’s Blackbird Studio with producer Peter Collins and engineer Vance Powell.
“I wanted to make this record, the three of us standing like we do onstage,” says Brian Setzer. “When we set up like that, that’s when you get your best performances, because you’re feeding off each other a lot more.”
“‘Rock It Off’ may be my favourite track on 40“, says Slim Jim Phantom. “When the guitar riff comes in, I stand up a little straighter and imagine a peacock strutting. It’s got a shuffle groove that’s tailor-made for me to do the bop-bop-a-bop – the video captures the fun and good vibes we all shared while making the whole album.”
As previously announced, the Stray Cats embark on a tour of the UK and Europe in June and July. Full dates are…
Fri 21 Jun – Azkena Rock Festival, Spain Sun 23 Jun – 02 Academy, Birmingham Tues 25 Jun – 02 Apollo, Manchester Wed 26 June – Hammersmith Apollo, London Thurs 27 June – Hammersmith Apollo, London Sat 29 June – Retro C Trop, France Mon 01 July – AFAS Live, Netherlands Wed 03 July – Columbiahalle, Germany Thurs 04 July – Palladium, Germany Sat 06 July – American Tours Festival, France Sun 07 July – Les Eurockeennes, France Tues 09 July – Killesberg, Germany Thurs 11 July – Zenith, Germany Fri 12 July – X-Tra, Switzerland Sat 13 July – Musilac Festival, France Thurs 18 July – Pori Jazz Festival, Finland Sat 20 July – Summer Jamboree, Sweden
40 is released on 24 May through Surfdog/Mascot and is available to pre-order here.
Ladbroke Grove counter-culture commandos PINK FAIRIES are to have their three classic albums for Polydor reissued in a new box set.
Scheduled for release through Retroworld on 24 May, the aptly-titled The Polydor Years brings together the three albums the infamous band released between 1971 and 1973 – Never Never Land, What A Bunch Of Sweeties and Kings Of Oblivion.
Each of the albums is augmented by extra tracks.
Formed out of the ashes of writer, activist and scenester Mick Farren’s Deviants and featuring former Pretty Things and Tomorrow drummer Twink, the band evolved as free-wheeling festival favourites, very much along the lines of what Detroit’s MC5 were doing over the pond.
Never Never Land combined proto-punk anthems like ‘Do It’ and ‘Teenage Rebel’ with the 11-minute freeform jam of ‘Uncle Harry’s Last Freakout’ and souldful West Coast rock of ‘War Girl’.
Once Twink had departed, remaining members Paul Rudolf, Duncan Sanderson and Russell Hunter delivered the heavy-grooving What A Bunch Of Sweeties.
For Kings Of Oblivion, Sanderson and Hunter quickly recruited former UFO guitarist Larry Wallis on their most cohesive set. Wallis would later take amhetamine-fuelled album-opener ‘City Kids’ with him when he co-founded the fledgling Motörhead.