BLACK DELTA MOVEMENT BRING THE RAIN!

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

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BAR STOOL PREACHERS UNVEIL NEW VIDEO!

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

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GANG OF FOUR UNVEIL NEW VIDEO!

GANG OF FOUR have just revealed a new video for the track ‘Lucky’ from their Complicit EP, which came out this Spring.

The claustrophobic clip by filmmaker Pete Cannon is a homage to the Italian neo-realist cinema of the 1950s.

Speaking about ‘Lucky’, guitarist Andy Gill explains, “It’s about how luck defines more than we imagine. You might think of the words from Macbeth concerning life being an hour upon the stage where the walking shadow struts and frets but can change nothing. A parallel idea is that luck may have as much impact on the course of a life than anything an individual does. As in Sartre’s ‘les jeux sont faits’, action, truth, morality will always play second fiddle to luck.”

The band have revealed that a new full-length Gang Of Four album, the follow up to 2015’s What Happens Next, is set for September release.

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CULTURE ABUSE UNVEIL NEW VIDEO!

Bay Area pop-punks CULTURE ABUSE have unveiled a video for their new single ‘Dip’.

The single is taken from Bay Dream, the band’s first album for Epitaph.

Speaking about the single, frontman David Kelling says, “It’s a song is about missing the ones that I love and time going by so fast. Trying not to get crushed by the pressures of life or losing hope. I feel like a lot of songs start from a place of pain or sadness, and then I process things for a bit and try to find the beauty and hope in life.”

In making the video for ‘Dip’, director Ryan Baxley (with the assistance of Alice Baxley and Brandon Schwartzel) created a human-sized photocopy machine—a process that involved printing 4,500 images, draining 14 drums of toner, and logging 400 hours of work. High-concept yet lo-fi, the video essentially serves as an animated zine, and perfectly reflects the DIY ethos of the band.

“I like the idea that the things I make don’t require a whole lot more than a bunch of effort,” says Baxley. “You don’t need a lot of money or extravagant sets, an art degree, or even a whole lot of skill. Just the willingness to work hard and make shit. And in my case, friends that share the same ethics and are surprisingly willing to work with you. So if anything, I hope this video inspires someone else to make something for themselves, ’cause it’s just fun to do.”

The band are current on tour throughout Europe. Catch them at…

June 15th, 2018 – Nova Rock – Nickelsdorf (AT)
June 16th, 2018 – Logo – Hamburg (DE) *
June 18th, 2018 – Conne Island – Hamburg (DE) **
June 19th, 2018 – Eternia – Prague (CZ) **
June 20th, 2018 – S0 36 – Berlin (DE) **
June 21st, 2018 – NCO Club – Karlsruhe (DE) **
June 22nd, 2018 – Graspop Metal Meeting – Dessel (BE)
June 23rd, 2018 – Hurricane Festival (DE)
June 24th, 2018 – Southside Festival (DE)
June 25th, 2018 – LA Mars – Angouleme (FR) *
June 26th, 2018 – Warm Audio – Decine Charpieu (FR) *
June 29th, 2018 – Sommer Gloom @ Kavka – Antwerpen (BE) **
June 30th, 2018 – Vainstream Rockfest (DE)

* w/ The Bronx
** w/ Modern Life Is War/Cro Mags

They then hit the UK for three instores at Rough Trade Shops…

July 2nd, 2018 – Rough Trade East London (7pm)
July 3rd, 2018 – Rough Trade Nottingham – (7.30pm)
July 4th, 2018 – Rough Trade Bristol – (7.30pm)

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GOING BLANK AGAIN!

Former FOLK DEVILS frontman Ian Lowery has just had his late-80s solo work as KING BLANK reissued by Beggars Arkive.

The Real Dirt was originally released in 1988 through Beggars Banquet’s sister label Situation Two, and featured fellow former Folk Devil Kris Jozajtis on guitar, plus bassist Hugh Garrety, drummer Kevin Rooney and future BUSH guitarist Nigel Pulsford.

Following the implosion of Folk Devils in 1987, Lowery – who’d also fronted Sunderland punks THE WALL and post-punk funkers SKI PATROL – was still contracted to Beggars. Hooking up with Bill Carter of SCREAMING BLUE MESSIAHS, he delivered the single ‘Mouthoff’ under the King Blank name, which led to the recording of The Real Dirt, featuring the singles ‘Blind Box’ and ‘Uptight’, the latter accompanied by a video (above) directed by Viv Albertine of THE SLITS.

Lowery’s musical career continued with THE IAN LOWERY GROUP and DRUG OF CHOICE until his untimely death in 2001. The Real Dirt is the latest in an ongoing reissue project managed by his brother David Lowery and Folk Devils and Ski Patrol guitarist Nick Clift.

The new digital-only edition of The Real Dirt sees all 10 tracks fully digitally remastered with the inclusion of all three singles and B-sides. Buy The Real Dirt here.

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TOP GIZAS! SHARKS VIDEO EXCLUSIVE!

SHARKS return with a new album this month, and they’re premiering the first video from it with Vive Le Rock!

‘That Girl’ is taken from Ready Set Go, the band’s second album since their 2014 reunification and the follow-up to last year’s Killers From The Deep.

Speaking about the video, the band commented…

“With a deadline looming and an expensive location on hold, Chris Spedding and Steve ‘Snips’ Parsons were both unavailable to film a promo for their new album Ready Set Go. The ever resourceful director Charles Hennegrave decided to hire 2 professional actors who studied the signature moves of S and S and dressed up in Egyptian Mummy outfits. We think you’ll agree that the result is much better than having two veteran performers make utter fools of themselves.”

Ready Set Go is set for release through 3MS Records on 29 June. It’s available to pre-order here.

You can read a new interview with Sharks in the latest edition of Vive Le Rock!, out now!

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RANDY SAVAGES VIDEO EXCLUSIVE!

North London punks RANDY SAVAGES are set to release their debut single next month and they’re premiering their first video exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘Intercontinental’ is one side of a double-A single shared with ‘Guilty Of Nuthin’, which is set for release through Memphis label Wrecked-Em Wreckords on 13 July.

Describing themselves as “the missing link between cheap speed and Cheap Trick”, the band recorded the single in their own studio, buitl out of two disused shipping containers somewhere in Camden Town.

In their first year, they’ve played dates with the likes of Eddie & The Hot Rods, Anti-Nowhere League and Protex and next month they join the bill of Vive Le Rock and Some Weird Sin’s Pump It Up! Power Pop Weekender.  Taking place at The Finsbury Pub, Manor House over the weekend of 28-29 July, the event features sets from Protex, THE BARRACUDAS (only London show this year!), DIRTY FENCES, FAZ WALTZ, ROLE MODELS, LOS PEPES, LUCY & THE RATS and more. Tickets are available here.

Full Randy Savages tour dates…

24 June – Canterbury – Lady Luck
13 July – Camden – Lock Tavern – Garageland – single launch (w/ Newtown Neurotics)
15 July – Derby – Hairy Dog – Punks Against Cancer
28 July – London – The Finsbury – Powerpop Weekender
11 Aug – Kingston – Fighting Cocks
17 Aug – Leeds – Bad Apples
18 Aug – Oldham – Bank Top
18 Nov – London – 100 Club

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STRING ALONG A BLOATER!

BIG BOY BLOATER has unveiled another new video from his new album which is released next week.

‘Stop Stringing Me Along’ is the third video to be taken from Pills, the guitarist’s first album with his new stripped down version of THE LIMITS. It’s released through Provogue/Mascot Label Group on 15 June.

“This isn’t really directed at any one person or a specific organisation, but is a general song about things that have happened to me,” says Bloater about the song. “The shared experience a lot of my musician friends have had and an ode to the old days of the music business – the man with the big cigar who promises the World and delivers nothing is real and he’s still out there! I guess it’s a cautionary tale for anyone starting out in the music industry today!”

As previously announced, Big Boy Bloater and the Limits head out on tour this autumn. Catch them on the road at…

Thurs 6th Sept – NOTTINGHAM, The Maze
Fri 7th Sept – NEWCASTLE, The Cumberland Arms
Sat 8th Sept – GLASGOW, Stereo
Sun 9th Sept – PRESTON, The Continental
Thurs 13th Sept – BIDEFORD, The Palladium Club
Weds 19th Sept – LONDON, The Black Heart
Thurs 20th Sept – BRISTOL, Mr Wolf’s
Fri 21st Sept – ALDERSHOT, West End Centre
Weds 26th Sept – SHREWSBURY, Albert’s Shed
Thurs 27th Sept – CHELTENHAM, The Frog and Fiddle
Fri 5th Oct – NORWICH, B2 Venue
Sat 6th Oct – LOUTH, Hoochie Coochie Club

Read a new interview with Big Boy Bloater in the current edition of Vive Le Rock!, out now!

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ZERO HOUR FOR THE SPITFIRES!

Watford mods THE SPITFIRES return with a new album this summer and have unveiled a new video as a taster.

‘Remains The Same’ is the first single to be taken from the album Year Zero, which is set for release through Hatch Records on 27 July. It’s available to pre-order here.

In three years, the band’s infectious brand of ska, punk, reggae and soul has seen both their previous albums Response and A Thousand Times reach the top end of the Independent Albums Chart, as well as denting the national Top 100.

The band hit the road this Autumn for a lengthy series of dates that will take them into the New Year and includes a London show at the Islington Assembly Hall. Full dates are….

Fri 05 Oct – Southend, Chinnerys
Sat 06 Oct – Norwich, Arts Centre
Fri 02 Nov – Dover, Booking Hall
Sat 03 Nov – Brighton, Patterns
Fri 09 Nov – Leamington Spa, Zephyr Lounge
Sat 10 Nov – London, Islington Assembly Hall
Thu 15 Nov – Birmingham, Hare & Hounds
Fri 16 Nov – Glasgow, Broadcast
Sat 17 Nov – Edinburgh, Mash House
Fri 23 Nov – Bristol, Fiddlers
Sat 24 Nov – Exeter, Cavern
Thu 29 Nov – Newcastle, Cluny
Fri 30 Nov – Carlisle, Old Fire Station
Fri 07 Dec – Leeds, Hi Fi Club
Sat 08 Dec – Northampton, Roadmender

Fri 25 Jan – Belfast, Limelight 2
Sat 26 Jan – Dublin, Workman’s Club
Fri 08 Feb – Sheffield, Plug
Sat 09 Feb – Manchester, Gorilla
Fri 15 Feb – Hull, Fruit
Sat 16 Feb – York, Fibbers
Fri 22 Feb – Cardiff, The Globe
Sat 23 Feb – Liverpool, O2 Academy 2

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WONK UNIT UNVEIL NEW VIDEO!

The UK’s favourite DIY punks WONK UNIT are back with a brand new video, which they’re launching exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘Day Job Wanker’ is the first single from the band’s new album Terror which gets is out through Plasterer Records in time for Wonkfest on 28 July.

“‘Don’t give up your day job!’ We’ve all heard it,” says Wonk Unit’s Alex. “The artists in office jobs, the poets on building sites. Anyone with aspirations that differ from that of the conventional norm. The blank, contemptuous expressions we are met with after sharing our creations with co-workers, friends and family, people who don’t understand.”

The track features guest vocals from Jess of CALVA LOUISE and Emily from THE FLEAS and the video is the work of acclaimed filmmaker Mark Richards.

You can catch Wonk Unit on the road at….

31 May – Cafe Nefast, Stift Bree, Belgium
2 June – Melkweg, Amsterdam, Netherlands
3 June – Oude Heerbaan, Oost-Vlaanderen, Belgium
22 June – The Parish, Huddersfield
23 June – Uttoxeter Punk Festival, The Old Star, Uttoxeter
29 June – Old Town House, Warrington
30 June – NW Calling, O2 Ritz, Manchester
1 July – Fox & Firkin, Lewisham, London (acoustic)
5 July – Störfaktor Festival, Zwickau, Germany
7 July – K3, Hameln, Germany
8 July – Ruhrport Rodeo, Germany
13 July – Belvoir Castle, Bath
14 July – Wemstock Festival, Wem, Shropshire
15 July – Punks Against Cancer, Hairy Dog, Derby
20 July – Frog & Fiddle, Cheltenham
21 July – Mayhem at Mick’s, Rose Farm, Fleckney, Leicestershire
22 July – West End Centre, Aldershot
28 July – Wonkfest, The Dome, Tufnell Park, London
4 August – Rebellion – Rebellion Festival, Blackpool (full band plus acoustic)
10 August – Boomtown Festival. Winchester
25 August – Strangriedefest, Hannover, Germany
27 August – Anyway, Essen, Germany
29 August – Pitcher, Dusseldorf, Germany
31 August – Cassiopeia, Berlin
1 September – Punk Rock Bowling, Monkeys, Hamburg
28 September – The Palace, Wotsit Called Fest, Hastings
29 September – Redrum, Stafford
1 December – Star & Garter, Manchester

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RUSSIA, HERE WE COME!

Members of the PROFESSIONALS, THE WILDHEARTS and THE TOY DOLLS have teamed up to send England on their way to the World Cup with a new anthem and video!

‘Charge Of The Light Brigade’ by THE TALLYWAGS celebrates England’s past World Cup campaigns, through thin and thinner, hopefully sending a resounding and reassuring message to our boys that things probably can’t get any worse, and at all costs to maintain the traditional stiff upper lip in the face of adversity.

‘Charge Of The Light Brigade’ is available now on iTunes and Spotify.

Show our boys your support and get sharing!

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LAST GREAT DREAMERS VIDEO PREMIERE!

Last Great Dreamers have already played a full UK tour and their first ever Spanish dates this year, and have lined up even more shows, including three gigs with former Georgia Satellite DAN BAIRD, their first ever Norwegian shows and an appearance at Bearded Theory Festival in Derbyshire. Full dates are….

Wed 23rd May – EVESHAM The Iron Road (w/Dan Baird & Homemade Sin)
Fri 25th May – BEARDED THEORY, Derbyshire
Sat 26th May – BREAKING BANDS, Bromsgrove
Thu 14th June – DERBY Flower Pot (w/Dan Baird Homemade Sin)
Fri 15th June – KEIGHLEY Octagon Live (w/Dan Baird & Homemade Sin)
Fri 6th July – OSLO Olsen (NORWAY)
Sat 7th July – LILLEHAMMER Classic Rock Festival (NORWAY)
Sat 28th July – CAMBRIDGE Rock Festival
Fri 10th August – MANCHESTER Eagle
Sat 11th August – NOTTINGHAM Salutation

 

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You can read a new interview with Last Great Dreamers in the current edition of Vive Le Rock!

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JAMES WILLIAMSON UNVEILS NEW VIDEO!

Former STOOGES guitarist JAMES WILLIAMSON has released a video by his new band THE PINK HEARTS.

‘Riot On The Strip’ is taken from the band’s debut album Behind The Shade, which is set for release next month through Leopard Lady Records.

The track features Williamson’s unmistakable guitar, fronted by the band’s singers Frank Meyer (of The Streetwalkin’ Cheetahs) and Petra Haden, daughter of legendary bass-player Charlie Haden.

With all tracks co-written by Williamson, aside from a cover of Alejandro Escovedo’s ‘I Died A Little Today’, it represents the guitarist’s first album of new material since the last Stooges album Ready To Die from 2013, on which Haden played violin.

Set for release on 22 June, Behind The Shade is available to pre-order here.

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BIG BOY BLOATER VIDEO EXCLUSIVE!

BIG BOY BLOATER & THE LIMITS have another new video, which they’re launching exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘Friday Night’s Alright For Drinking’ is the second video to be taken from their new album Pills, which is set for release on 15 June on Provogue/Mascot Label GroupMascot Records. It’s available to pre-order here.

Speaking about the track, Bloater says, “Every single line in this song refers to something that’s happened to me where I live, so this is a very personal song. With the video I wanted to get the idea across of rising above what’s going on around you and not getting drawn in. And of course, given the chance I don’t mind a small tipple and a good bit of music on a Friday night!”

The band have lined up a tour in support of the album. Catch them on the road at…

Thurs 6th Sept – NOTTINGHAM, The Maze
Fri 7th Sept – NEWCASTLE, The Cumberland Arms
Sat 8th Sept – GLASGOW, Stereo
Sun 9th Sept – PRESTON, The Continental
Thurs 13th Sept – BIDEFORD, The Palladium Club
Weds 19th Sept – LONDON, The Black Heart
Thurs 20th Sept – BRISTOL, Mr Wolf’s
Fri 21st Sept – ALDERSHOT, West End Centre
Weds 26th Sept – SHREWSBURY, Albert’s Shed
Thurs 27th Sept – CHELTENHAM, The Frog and Fiddle
Fri 5th Oct – NORWICH, B2 Venue
Sat 6th Oct – LOUTH, Hoochie Coochie Club

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INTERRUPTERS PUT UP A FIGHT!

L.A. ska-punks THE INTERRUPTERS return with a first video from their new album.

‘She’s Kerosene’ is taken from Fight The Good Fight, the band’s third album, which is out through Hellcat on 29 June.

The follow-up to 2015’s Say It Out Loud, Fight The Good Fight was produced by longtime collaborator, Rancid frontman, and Grammy Award-winning producer Tim Armstrong with the band at Ship-Rec Recorders in Los Angeles. The album was mixed by another Grammy winner, Tom Lord-Alge (Blink-182, Fall Out Boy, Weezer).

The track ‘She’s Kerosene’ reflects on breaking free from narcissistic abuse. Says frotnwoman Aimee, “I really hope when people listen to that song, it helps them feel empowered to leave a toxic relationship.”

The Interrupters are performing at the Punk in Drublic festivals across the US. On July 14, the band will join the final run of the US Vans Warped Tour.

Fight The Good Fight is available to pre-order here.

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SUFFOLK ‘N’ GOOD!

East Anglian singer, songwriter and producer ED SYKES has his debut single released this summer.

Summoning the glam rock’n’roll 70s spirit of Bowie, Mott and the Stones, ‘Whiplashed’ includes a guest contribution from The Pretty Things’ Jon Povey, while a cover of ‘Ziggy Stardust’ on th b-side features Bowie’s longtime pianist Mike Garson.

Speaking about the single, Sykes says, “Its early ‘70s vibe captures the time that I was born into and the sounds that formed the bones of my musicality. This is essentially my ‘Get It On’ or ‘Rebel Rebel’. I wanted it to sound like a great little timeless Rock and Roll number that you feel you already know somehow. I want to remind people how great pop can be and to show people the standard that I aspire to. For me great pop and rock and roll should be instant, you have no intellectual choice you are either in or out. The sound of it, how it hits you, you know you instinctively love it so it’s not a choice. That’s what I’m about.”

Hailing from the Suffolk market town of Bury St Edmunds, Sykes was until recently a member of noted Colchester band So-Called Humans, but has been a visible figure on the local scene for many years, coming to the attention of Suffolk pop icon, John Peel, who played Ed’s tracks on his radio show.

Citing among his influences the likes of Bowie, Bolan, Hawkwind, Wire, Gary Numan, King Tubby and The Jesus & Mary Chain, most recently Sykes was recruited to produce the latest album by former Pretty Things and Pink Fairies drummer Twink, who says, “Ed Sykes has proven to me what an incredible talent he is. He guided me towards the light of the late ‘60s while producing my album Think Pink III. I hope Ed’s new single is a smash. He deserves it.”

‘Whiplashed’ is out through the brilliantly-named Maniac Squat Records on 8 June.

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FAZ WALTZ UNVEIL NEW VIDEO!

Italian powerpoppers FAZ WALTZ have just released a video for their new single, ‘Julie’.

The single is taken from the band’s sixth album Double Decker which is out now through Contra Records. It’s available to buy now from their website.

Hailing from Cantù near Lake Como, the trio have been around over a decade and favour the same 70s bootboy beats as their Roman colleagues GIUDA.

Faz Waltz are just one of the bands appearing at the Vive Le Rock/Some Weird Sin Powerpop Weekender at The Finsbury, London on 28/29 July.

Also appearing over the weekend are headliners THE BARRACUDAS and DIRTY FENCES, plus LOS PEPES, BABY SHAKES, PROTEX, ROLE MODELS, TV CRIME, LUCY & THE RATS, RANDY SAVAGES, MORE KICKS and THE SPEEDWAYS.

Tickets are on sale here.

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PREFAB MESSIAHS CREATE A MONSTER!

Rejuvenated Massachussetts garage-psych explorers THE PREFAB MESSIAHS have unveiled a new video for the appropriately-titled track ‘Monster Riff’ from their acclaimed comeback album Psychspolitation …Today!

The band’s Senior Acting Spokesperson,  Xerox Feinberg gets on the case….

“Way back in the day, a couple members of The Prefabs lived in a crappy off-campus apartment shared by a spoiled metalhead teenager sporting a giant mullet, a padlocked room full of virgin vinyl, and a massive drum set he couldn’t keep a beat on. This kid (just a few years younger than us) had nothing but contempt for our early attempts at garage-rock-pop-psych-revivalism. I traded him Alice Cooper’s Love It To Death for a battered copy of Revolver and never looked back… until now. ‘MONSTER RIFF’ is a long-delayed homage to this crazed roomie and the kind of music I spent decades snobbishly avoiding. There’s some giant guitar riffs (IMHO), bassist Trip Thompson channels a demonic Axl Rose, and somehow The Flamin’ Groovies sorta get in there too. The exquisitely animated video ties it all together with a fairly senseless melange of B-movie monsters and alternative reality Saturday morning cartoons.”

Originally existing on the Boston club scene from 1981 to ’83, The Prefab Messiahs spent the following three decades as just a memory until a Burger Records reissue of a CD-R compilation prompted renewed interest. An 8-song mini-album – Keep Your Stupid Dreams Alive – in 2015 was followed earlier this year by Psychsploitation …Today!, a full-length album of all-new material.

Psychsploitation …Today! is out now through Lolipop/Burger Records. You can buy it here.

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