Legendary Midlands musician DAVE KUSWORTH has lined up a rare London show next month.
The latest emergence in a period of renewed activity for the former JACOBITES, BOUNTY HUNTERS and TENDERHOOKS guitarist, the gig at London’s famed Hope & Anchor on Friday 10 May is only Kusworth’s second London show since the release of the career-spanning double album The World Of Dave Kusworth Vol 1 & 2.
Special guest support comes from former VIBRATORS, UK SUBS and CRYBABYS guitarist DARRELL BATH, with KULT 45s opening.
THE PSYCHEDELIC FURS have announced another round of UK dates for the Autumn.
Based in the USA for some years, the dates in October continue the band’s renewed homeland activity, which has seen them visit the UK for three years running, and included an appearance at last year’s Meltdown, hosted by THE CURE’s Robert Smith.
Formed by the Butler brothers Richard and Tim in Surrey in 1977, the band went on to become one of the most influential of UK post-punk bands, particularly in the US, where their song ‘Pretty In Pink’ inspired a successful movie of the same name. All the band’s original albums were reissued on vinyl last year. Rumours persist of a new album in the works, their first since 1991’s World Outside.
Kicking off in Manchester on 1 October, the tour culminates with a show at London’s legendary Roundhouse. Support on all dates comes from the new band formed by former TRANSVISION VAMP singer Wendy James. Full dates are…
Tues 1 Oct – O2 Ritz, Manchester Thurs 3 Oct – Pyramids Centre, Portsmouth Fri 4 Oct – Dome, Brighton Sat 5 Oct – O2 Institute, Birmingham Mon 7 Oct – Stylus, Leeds Tues 8 Oct – O2 Academy, Glasgow Wed 9 Oct – O2 Academy, Newcastle Fri 11 Oct – Rock City, Nottingham Sat 12 Oct – Roundhouse, London
Tickets got on sale at 10.00am on Friday 26 April here.
Streetpunk champs BOOZE & GLORY have announced a major London show this Autumn, their first in the capital for three years.
Having just toured North America as special guests of DROPKICK MURPHYS, and with Summer festivals on the horizon, the multi-national band will play a very special 10th Anniversary show at the Electric Ballroom, Camden Town on Saturday 2 November.
The multi-band bill also features Jamaican skinhead reggae band ROY ELLIS aka MR SYMARIP & THE MOONSTOMPERS, London punks THE FILAMENTS and RISKEE & THE RIDICULE, Sweden’s THE BABOON SHOW and PERKELE, and Polish streepunks THE ANALOGS. There’ll also be an acoustic set from former Booze & Glory member Liam Marr, who’s now living in Australia. One more very special guest is set to be announced on 5 May.
WILKO JOHNSON is to headline a new festival in the Kent seaside town of Margate this summer.
Just a short hop over the Thames Estuary for the ex-DR FEELGOOD guitar slinger, he’ll be joined by co-headliners LINDISFARNE and STEVE HARLEY & COCKNEY REBEL at the Margate Rhythm & Rock Festival which takes place at the town’s Winter Gardens over the weekend of 6-8 September.
Other confirmed acts include THE MEN THEY COULDN’T HANG, THE BLOCKHEADS, EDWARD TUDOR POLE, GENO WASHINGTON & THE RAM JAM BAND, DESMOND DEKKER’S ACES, HARDWICKE CIRCUS, JOHN OTWAY, HERE & NOW, STRAY, THE MEMBERS, SHARPEEZ, DJ WENDY MAY and loads more…
NYC punk-blues tornadoes DADDY LONG LEGS blow in this week for two dates ahead of their UK tour.
The trio, whose new album Lowdown Ways is set for release through Yep Roc on 10 May, have announced that the record will be available to buy at the shows on both CD and LP.
They play The Prince Albert, Brighton this Thursday 18 April, followed by an appearance at London’s 229 Club as part of Le Beat Bespoke Weekender on Friday 19 April. They then return to kick off the tour proper at Audio, Glasgow on Thursday 9 May. Full dates are…
Thur 18 April – Brighton Prince Albert Fri 19 April – London 229 Thur 9 May – Glasgow Audio Fri 10 May – Belfast Black Box Sat 11 May – Dublin The Sugar Club Sun 12 May – Manchester Night n Day Tues 14 May – Leeds Brudenell Wed 15 May – Newcastle The Cluny Fri 17 May – Norwich NAC Sat 18 May – Bedford Esquires Sun 19 May – Southend The Railway Hotel
What a night it was! Packed full of all of the legends of rock‘n’roll, punk, 2-Tone and new wave, the AEG Vive Le Rock Awards 2019 at London’s O2 Academy Islington was a night to remember! Featuring live sets from the likes of The Stranglers, Steve Diggle of Buzzcocks and the surprise reformation of The Rich Kids, for the full run down of what occurred plus exclusive interviews with the winners, pick up the latest issue of Vive Le Rock! out now!
Iconic Ohio art-punks PERE UBU have announced a new album for this Summer.
The Long Goodbye, which takes its name from Raymond Chandler’s classic crime novel, really is long, but is not necessarily a goodbye. While stressing it’s not the end of Pere Ubu, mainman David Thomas says, “This wraps up every song and story that Pere Ubu has been telling in different ways for the past forty plus years. It is one definitive hour that provides the answers to the questions we’ve been asking and delivers it up into what I consider the definitive destination.”
Unlike any other Ubu album, the material was written and arranged by Thomas using his private collection of synthesisers and drum-machines before passing them to the other members to be fleshed out.
“I’d been listening to commercial pop radio non-stop for months,” says Thomas. “That’s what I wanted to rewrite and reimagine. Pop music shouldn’t be without meaning or truthfulness. We live in desperate towns and we keep on going regardless of the stench. It’s not often you’re gonna find the answers. If ever. But here is pop music the way it should sound.”
The band were rejoined by legendary English drummer Chris Cutler for a show in Paris last December, where they played the songs from the album for only the second time ever, before they had been finished in the studio, and the set features here on a special bonus CD, Montreuil.
The Long Goodbye is released through Cherry Red on 12 June.
Reggae legends STEEL PULSE have announced the release of a brand new album next month.
Their twelfth studio album, Mass Manipulation is the Birmingham band’s first new album in 15 years, following on from 2004’s African Holocaust. It’s set for release through Rootfire on 17 May, preceded by the single ‘Cry Cry Blood’.
Formed at school in Handsworth in 1975, aligning themselves with the Rock Against Racism movement and sharing stages with numerous punk acts. Their debut single ‘Ku Klux Klan’ and accompanying album Handsworth Revolution are regarded as pioneering classics of the roots reggae genre. Although many members have flowed through the band over the years, their line-up still features founding singer/guitarist David Hinds and keyboard-player Selwyn Brown.
As previously announced, Steel Pulse will be appearing at Bearded Theory’s Spring Gathering, which takes place at Catton Hall, Derbyshire from 23-26 May, alongside the likes of THE CULT, DREADZONE, LITTLE STEVEN & THE DISCIPLES OF SOUL, STIFF LITTLE FINGERS, THE SKIDS, THE SKATALITES, THE WILDHEARTS, ANGELIC USTARTS, THE BAR STOOL PREACHERS and loads more. Tickets are available here.
Legendary Croydon punks JOHNNY MOPED are back with a new single and video that they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
‘Living In A Dream World’ is taken from the band’s forthcoming new album Lurrigate Your Mind, which is set for release through Damaged Goods on 24 May. The follow-up to 2016’s It’s A Real Cool Baby, the 14-track album was produced by longtime associate and former Tenpole Tudor guitarist Dick Crippen.
Formed in 1974, and at various points featuring the likes of Chrissie Hynde and Captain Sensible in their line-up, Johnny Moped were early performers at London’s legendary Roxy club, going on to release their debut album Cycledelic on Chiswick in 1978. The band were immortalised in the documentary Basically Johnny Moped directed by Sensible’s son Fred Burns, in 2013. Burns is also responsible for the new video.
“It’s hard to be normal,” says longtime guitarist Slimy Toad. “This video was filmed in Rock’n’Roll Robot’s music room and Johnny and his band think you’ll find you just can’t keep a good tune down. I hope you watch it!”
The album’s available to pre-order in a special limited edition bundle here.
Johnny Moped have several dates lined up, including a short German tour and a date at London’s 100 Club. Full dates are…
Feb 23rd – The Front Room, Croydon March 3rd – Con Club, Lewes April 20th – Revelations Festival, Harpenden April 25th – Gleis 22, Munster, GER April 26th – Museum, Koln, GER April 27th – Wild At Heart, Berlin, GER April 29th – Rock n Roll Butterfahrt, Helgoland April 30th – Kling Klang, Wilhelmshaven, GER May 1st – Hafenklang, Hamburg, GER June 8th – 100 Club, London August 3rd – Rebellion Festival, Blackpool
Upholding the banner for oldtime country and rockabilly, DALE WATSON returns to the UK this Spring.
The Texan musician will play a series of dates in May and June, including an appearance at this year’s Red Rooster Festival in Norfolk.
Originally based in Austin, Watson is spending an increasing amount of time in Memphis where he is in the process of reopening legendary bar Hernando’s Hideaway, a onetime haunt of Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis.
A prolific artist since the mid-90s with around thirty albums to his credit, and secialising in songs about drinking, trucking and cheating, Watson’s latest release, Call Me Lucky, came out in February through Red House Records.
Check out his latest video…
Catch Dale and his band The Lone Stars on the road at…
Wed 29 May – London Jazz Café Thur 30 May – Oxford Bullingdon Fri 31 May – Euston Red Rooster Festival Sat 1 May – Newcastle The Cluny Sun 2 May – Liverpool Netherley Sports & Social Club Mon 3 May – Glasgow St Lukes Tues 4 May – Leeds Brudenell Social Club Wed 5 May – Sheffield Greystones Thur 6 May – Bristol Exchange
Tickets for Red Rooster – which takes place at Euston Hall, near Thetford, Norfolk from 30 May to 1 June and also features sets from NICK LOWE, LOW CUT CONNIE, CEDRIC BURNSIDE, JESSE DAYTON, OH! GUNQUIT, POWERSOLO, JAMES & THE ULTRASOUNDS and more – are available here.
2 Tone Records vets THE N.J.E. have a new limited edition release out for Record Store Day and have announced a trio of shows to celebrate.
The indie-jazz trio comprises Mark ‘Bedders’ Bedford of MADNESS, whose debut single ‘The Prince’ was 2 Tone’s second release, alongside Terry Edwards and Simon Charterton of pioneering Norwich punk-funkers THE HIGSONS, who released the singles ‘Tear the Whole Thing Down’ and ‘Run Me Down’ for the label in 1982/3.
Last summer, the band entered the BBC’s famed Maida Vale studio to record a session for BBC 6 Music’s Gideon Coe Show, produced by On-U Sound maestro Adrian Sherwood. The legendary dub producer later remixed tracks from the trio’s 2017 debut album Afloat at his studio in Kent.
The collected results can be found on the limited edition album Afloat In Dub, released as a vinyl-only white label dubplate on Record Store Day, Saturday 13 April.
The N.J. E will be playing free shows at three seaside locations across Southeast England on Record Store Day. You can catch them, and buy the record, at…
Vinyl Frontier, Grove Road, Eastbourne 1pm Music’s Not Dead, De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea 3pm The Railway Hotel, Clifftown Road, Southend-on-Sea 8pm
Our special collectors 2 Tone edition of Vive Le Rock is still available in shops.
The ever-industrious KIRK BRANDON has announced dates for all three of his legendary bands for the spring and summer.
Having successfully reactivated both THEATRE OF HATE and SPEAR OF DESTINY in recent years, the start of 2019 also saw him reconvening a line-up of his first band, THE PACK alongside a vinyl reissue of the compilation album Dead Ronin.
Spear Of Destiny, who released a new studio album Tontine a year ago, play the following dates…
Wed 1st May – MIDDLESBROUGH Westgarth Social Club Thur 2nd May – BATHGATE Dreadnought Fri 3rd May – HUDDERSFIELD The Parish Sat 4th May – NUNEATON Queens Hall
Spear Of Destiny then meet up with Theatre Of Hate at the Westworld Weekender at The Royal Hotel, Crewe on 10-11 May.
Theatre Of Hate, whose latest album Kinshi was released in 2016, then play…
Thur 16th May – LONDON 229 Club Fri 17th May – MANCHESTER Club Academy Sat 18th May – NORTHAMPTON Roadmender Sun 19th May – SHEFFIELD Greystones
The Pack then pick up the baton for shows at…
Thur 6th June – PAISLEY, Bungalow Fri 7th June – NEWCASTLE, University Sat 8th June – MANCHESTER, Ritz Sun 9th June – YORK, Fulford Arms
L.A. punks OFF! are crowdfunding a new movie for release next year!
Described as a ‘modern day Repo Man‘, Watermelon: A Sci-Fi Punk Rockumentary will be preceded by a new album of the same name.
The supergroup were formed in 2009 featuring former Black Flag and Circle Jerks singer Keith Morris, bassist Steven McDonald from Redd Kross, ex-Burning Brides guitarist Dimitri Coats, and Earthless drummer Mario Rubalcaba.
The comedy, which was begun in 2016, picks up in Los Angeles five years after OFF! have disbanded. In an attempt to conquer his diabetes-induced erectile dysfunction, Keith Morris comes across a mind-altering medication extracted from mysterious watermelons. The drug not only restores his virility, it also gives him the ability to travel through space and time, prompting him to offer it to the rest of the group as a solution to their problems. Dimitri, Steven, Mario, and Dale find renewed faith in OFF! as the watermelon helps turn the band into hardcore heroes who can see and predict horrific events before they happen. When they turn to music, the group discovers a new experimental approach which not only redefines punk, but also becomes an underground movement.
The Vive Le Rock-sponsored Strummercamp Festival returns to Oldham this Spring for the second year running.
Now in its 13th year, the festival, which is run entirely by volunteers in the spirit of the legendary CLASH frontman is back at Oldham Rugby Club over the weekend of 24-26 May.
Headlining this year are Vive Award-winners RUTS DC and THE BAR STOOL PREACHERS. Other acts confirmed over three stages include DUNCAN REID & THE BIG HEADS, INTERROBANG, HEADSTICKS, former STONE ROSES guitarist AZIZ IBRAHAM, THE ZIPHEADS, BUFFALO SOLDIERS, DIRT BOX DISCO, SKAPONES and loads more, with more acts to be confirmed.
Former NEW MODEL ARMY man Nelson is back with a new album from his latest band SURFQUAKE.
After twenty-two years touring the world’s stages with the legendary Bradford folk-punks, the bassist returned to his hometown of Colchester, Essex and, switching to guitar, formed Surfquake, inspired by the 60s sounds of surf music, sci-fi and psych.
A mix of covers and originals, Quake Up! belatedly follows on from the band’s 2012 debut Surf & Destroy, which saw the band getting airplay from radio legend and local lad Steve Lamacq.
Having also served (surfed?) time with major-league Colchester bands MODERN ENGLISH, CLEANERS FROM VENUS and CHURCHFITTERS, Nelson is joined in Surfquake by former MYSTERIE BOIS bassist Nic ‘Noserider’ Sadler, SALTDOG drummer Dan ‘The Dune’ Sceats and latest arrival, keyboardist Cara ‘Carabunga’ Bruns.
“After Cara joined, we got a new lease of life and started recording again,” says Nelson. “We always have a laugh in the studio and after nearly three years we found we had 17 tracks that we really liked and decided it was time to quake up and to stick ‘em together as an album – there’s a bunch of covers and a few of our own tunes – we even did a bit of singing for a change.”
Check out the cheap’n’cheerful video for ‘Surfer Jet City’…
Surfquake play a special album release show on 26 April at Three Wise Monkeys, Colchester. Tickets are on sale here.
Cornish psych-rockers HANTERHIR are back with a new single and video, and they’re launching it exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
Originally from the Redruth band’s self-titled debut EP, ‘Radio Song’ is taken from their new compilation Our Hour just released through Easy Action Records.
The band’s critically acclaimed triple-album The Saving Of Cadan was released last summer making numerous end-of-year lists, including our sister mag Louder Than War. The band are currently in the process of planning a series of UK dates.
Manchester band IMPERIAL WAX are to release their debut album this Spring.
Gastwerk Saboteurs is set for release through U.S. label Saustex Records on 17 May, preceded by the single ‘No Man’s Land’.
Describing themselves as “noise rock and garage brawlers unafraid of a psych workout or a rockabilly dust-up,” Imperial Wax comprise frontman Sam Curran with Keiron Melling, Dave Spurr and Pete Greenway, three 11 year veterans in the longest serving and last line up of THE FALL.
The band will be heading out on tour in support of the album. Catch them live at…
Thur 30 May – Huddersfield, The Parish Fri 31 May – Manchester, Night People Sat 1 June – Birmingham, Castle & Falcon Sun 2 June – Brighton, Prince Albert Mon 3 June – Bristol, Rough Trade Thur 6 June – London, The Islington Fri 7 June – Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach Thur 13 June – Glasgow, Broadcast Fri 14 June – Newcastle, Think Tank? Underground
THE STRAY CATS have unveiled a brand new video for the first single from their new album
‘Cat Fight (Over A Dog Like Me)’ taken from the album 40, which is out on 24 May on Surfdog Records through Mascot Distribution.
The album, which celebrates the band’s 40th Anniversary, is the Long Island rockabillies’ first new full-length in 26 years. It’s available to pre-order here.
“I love this video!” says Slim Jim Phantom. “It’s an animation style that combines the best elements of vintage and contemporary into a rockin’ joyride through our song.”
“I love our new single and video for ‘Cat Fight’,” agrees Lee Rocker. “I’m married to a hot brunette with a temper so I get it!! Bouncy walking boogie bass, twangy tough guitar and slamming drums. The Stray Cats are back!!”
As previously announced, the band play four UK dates in June. Support on all dates comes from Aussie rockers THE LIVING END.
Sun 23 Jun – 02 Academy, Birmingham Tues 25 Jun – 02 Apollo, Manchester Wed 26 June – Hammersmith Apollo, London Thurs 27 June – Hammersmith Apollo, London