Cleveland, Ohio duo ARCHIE & THE BUNKERS have unveiled a video for their new single ‘Sally Lou’.
True to form, the teenage bothers Emmett and Cullen O’Connor deliver a minimalist slab of grinding, lo-fi organ punk. ‘Sally Lou’ is taken from their self-titled debut album which is out now through Dirty Water Records. You can order it here.
Recording the album with Detroit garage legend Jim Diamond at his Ghetto Recorders studio, Emmett says matter-of-factly, “We drove, set up and recorded pretty much everything. Then, we went back to the hotel and recorded the next day. The next day Jim played us our songs and we liked them.”
The brothers are currently finalising dates for their debut European tour later this year.
Dutch post-punks RATS ON RAFTS have made a superb video for their new single, an abrasive cover of the LEE HAZLEWOOD & NANCY SINATRA evergreen ‘Some Velvet Morning’.
It’s out on Fire Records on 4 March, ahead of a bunch of UK dates, including a London show supporting protopunk legends PERE UBU. Rats On Rafts released their second album Tape Hiss through Fire last October.
Full dates are as follows….
22 Mar: Drift Bar, Portsmouth
23 Mar: Boileroom, Guilford
24 Mar: The Dome, Tufnell Park, London w/ Pere Ubu
25 Mar: Sticky Mikes Frog Bar, Brighton
26 Mar: The Lock Tavern, London
Bristol pop-punkers IDESTROY unveil their debut E.P. with an extensive tour and a video for lead track ‘Vanity Loves Me’.
The trio of guitarist/singer Bec Jevons, bassist Becky Baldwin and drummer Jenn Haneef will be launching the release with a special show at Bristol’s Hyrda Bookshop on 26 February. The tour kicks off in Birmingham on Thursday 18 February and sees them playing headline shows alongside dates supporting SUBHUMANS and THE RAMONAS. Full dates are as follows…..
Thur 18 Feb – The Rainbow, Birmingham
Fri 19 Feb – The Frog and Fiddle, Cheltenham (w/Subhumans)
Sat 20 Feb – The Unicorn, London
Fri 26 Feb – Hydra Bookshop, Bristol (EP LAUNCH NIGHT)
Sat 27 Feb – The Cons Club, Chippenham (Afternoon)
Sat 27 Feb – The Cellar, Oxford (Evening)
Fri 4 Mar – The Dolls House, Abertillery
Sat 5Mar – T. Chances, London
Sun 6 Mar – Three Bridges Venue, Crawley
Thur 10 Mar – The Victoria, Swindon
Fri 11 Mar – The Louisiana, Bristol (w/The Ramonas)
Sat 12Mar – Readipop, Reading
Sun 13 Mar – Bath Half Marathon (Morning)
Sun 13 Mar – Fuel, Cardiff
Tue 5 Apr – The Thirsty Scholar, Manchester
Wed 6 Apr – Bannermans, Edinburgh
Thur 7 Apr – O’Rileys, Hull
Sat 23 Apr- The Wunderbar, Midsomer Norton
Sat 30 Apr – The Rifleman Pub, Stalybridge
To celebrate its 20th Anniversary, FUN LOVIN’ CRIMINALS’ classic debut Come Find Yourself is getting a deluxe reissue this month and Vive Le Rock is giving you this appetite-whetting video exclusive!
The New York trio burst onto the scene in 1996 with no fewer than three Top 30 hits – ‘The Fun Lovin Criminal’, ‘King Of New York’ and ‘Scooby Snacks’ – and a debut album that stayed on the chart for more than 100 weeks, going multi-platinum in the process.
Thanks to Edsel Records, Come Find Yourself is being reissued in an expanded three-CD edition and a collectors’ deluxe box-set, featuring a 12″ vinyl picture disc, a 10″ BBC sessions EP and a DVD from which the above clip is taken.
Speaking about the new edition, singer Huey Morgan said, “It’s a very unique record for the times, and remains so today – it’s not dated. It burned a path for crossing genres that we now take for granted.Looking back, it was a good start for a career in music that was uncompromising. You can tell listening to it, it was exactly the way we wanted it to be. There’s still a lot of love out there for Come Find Yourself.”
Released on Friday 19 February, Come Find Yourself is available to pre-order here.
The Fun Lovin’ Criminals are currently on tour in the UK. Full dates below….
Friday 05 Newcastle O2 Academy
Saturday 06 Nottingham Rock City
Thursday 11 Oxford O2 Academy
Friday 12 Worthing Pavilion Theatre
Saturday 13 Norwich UEA LCR Norwich
Thursday 18 Cardiff Y Plas (formally Solus)
Friday 19 Exeter Great Hall
Saturday 20 London 02 Forum Kentish Town
Thursday 25 Birmingham The Institute
Friday 26 Manchester Cathedral
Saturday 27 Glasgow Barrowland Ballroom
GINGER WILDHEART has issued a striking, thought-provoking short film for a track from his brand new album Year Of The Fanclub due next week.
The powerful nine-minute film directed by Mark Haldor accompanies the song ‘Don’t Lose Your Tail, Girl’, which Wildheart describes as a feminist song written by a man.
“I was brought up by strong women and had little positive male influence in my life in comparison,” he explains. “I think this gives me an unbiased view on the opposite sex, by which I mean it’s unaffected by the stereotypes supported in magazines aimed at both men and women. In the end it’s a song about appreciating yourself, giving yourself a break, which seems harder for women in society.
“I wanted Mark to film the movie as I know he has earned strong bonds with the actresses he works with. He also has an eye for beauty beyond heavy make-up and posing, which is what a nine-minute film really needs. Nine minutes of contorting females would be torturous to watch. He has captured personality and joy, as well as a darker side that is quite disturbing.
“I think the film is a work of art, occasionally uncomfortable to watch, but with a lasting feeling of freedom. It’s a song about not losing your identity, and the film captures that in the natural beauty of the performances.”
According to Haldor, the director wanted to “create a visual stimulus that would not only do the lyrics and eclectic sounds justice, but provoke a look at women, of all ages, races and backgrounds and what they go through in life, both positive and negative.
“My intention was that everyone viewing should be able to resonate with at least one moment from it on a personal level. Whilst shot with many beautiful and talented actresses to tell several stories, the suggestion is that they could also be contrasting snapshots of just one character’s life, had she made different life choices.
“It was important to me that there was also no definitive ending to this film or any of the stories told as I wanted people to be left wondering what happens to these characters next? Just as we do with people we know and have known in real life. A reminder for all to embrace each day and who we are because that’s all that truly matters.”
Year Of The Fanclub is released through Round Records Records on 12 February.
THE BOYS have issued video footage shot on their momentous trip to China a year ago.
Promo clips of ‘I’m A Believer’ and ‘Brickfield Nights’ (above), professionally shot in Beijing by Jonathan Alpart and Will Griffin, have surfaced on YouTube. The clips were recorded for Chinese video show Sound Stage.
The band had originally travelled to China for a nine-date tour, only to find the dates cancelled at the behest of the Chinese Ministry of Culture for reasons of “crowd control and security issues”, with letters sent to venues threatening immediate closure should the band perform.
However, this didn’t stop them squeezing in three secret underground gigs, resulting in an hour-long documentary and the album Undercover – Live In China. Released through Action Records, it’s available from The Boys’ store, along with their current studio album Punk Rock Menopause.
Bostonion ska-punks JAYA THE CAT have unveiled a brand new video, along with an announcement of their appearance at this year’s 20th Anniversary Rebellion Festival.
‘Fake Carerras’ is taken from their acclaimed 2012 album The New International Sound Of Hedonism, and the video was filmed by Philip ‘Faf’ Pfaff of THE TIPS. Says Jaya frontman Geoff Lagadec, “So, we took a little time off from working on our new album to make this sweet tour video for ‘Fake Carreras’. We hope you love it as much as we love you!”
The New International Sound Of Hedonism is still available through Bomber Music.
Currently based in Amsterdam, the band have a raft of European shows throughout the first half of 2016, leading up to their Rebellion appearance in Blackpool on 6 August. Full dates are as follows….
30.01.2016 ESSEN (D) TuRock
31.01.2016 DEN HAAG (NL) Paard van Troje
05.02.2016 LEIDEN (NL) Gebr. De Nobel
06.02.2016 ARNHEM (NL) Willemeen
08.02.2016 SITTARD (NL) Ernestos
13.02.2016 ROTTERDAM (NL) Baroeg
11.03.2016 VIERSEN (D) Rockschicht
26.03.2016 HAMBURG (D) 15. International Tattoo Convention
27.03.2016 HAMBURG (D) 15. International Tattoo Convention
15.04.2016 SCHWAEBISCH HALL (D) Club Alpha 60
16.04.2016 NEUNKIRCHEN (D) Antattack Festival
23.04.2016 LINDAU (D) Club Vaudeville
29.04.2016 FREISING (D) Uferlos Festival
06.05.2016 NUERNBERG (D) Zentralcafe im Künstlerhaus
07.05.2016 AACHEN (D) Musikbunker
27.05.2016 DORDRECHT (NL) Bibelot
28.05.2016 WUPPERTAL (D) Klub
01.07.2016 KOELN (D) Summer Jam
06.08.2016 BLACKPOOL (UK) Rebellion Fest
THE BOYS dive headlong into 2016 with a brand new video!
‘Global Warming’ is the fourth video to be drawn from their critically acclaimed album Punk Rock Menopause. Directed by TV documentary maker Paul frost, the video was filmed at the band’s gig at London’s Pipeline Club. Their only UK show of 2015, it marked a return to match-fitness of guitarist Honest John Plain following a serious accident earlier in the year.
Both Punk Rock Menopause and the secretly-recorded Undercover: Live In China album are available to buy from the band’s website.
THE CULT have dropped a brand new video for another track from their new album.
‘Hinterland’ is taken from the album Hidden City which is released through Cooking Vinyl on 5 February. It’s available to pre-order now from the band’s store.
According to Ian Astbury, “Hinterland is a place both real and imagined, a hidden city symbolic of a new Rome. Through the eyes of several witnesses we observe a yound woman as she realises her enlightened self in a dystopian dream world. Hinterland is filled with symbolism reflecting a new aeon in the shift of human consciousness as we realign with our planet’s natural rhythms.”
As previously announced, The Cult play the following dates….
Feb 25 – Bristol, England, Colston Hall
Feb 26 – Manchester, England, Albert Hall
Feb 27 – London, England, O2 Academy Brixton
Feb 29 – Nottingham, England, Rock City
Mar 1 – Birmingham, England, O2 Institute
Mar 3 – Aberdeen, Scotland, Music Hall
Mar 4 – Glasgow, Scotland, Barrowlands
Mar 5 – Dublin, Ireland, Vicar Street
Mar 6 – Belfast, Northern Ireland, Mandella Hall
Mar 8 – Leeds, England, Beckett University Union
Mar 9 – Newcastle, England, City Hall
Mar 10 – Norwich, England, UEA
L.A. sleaze-rockers DR BOOGIE have just released their debut album so we thought you might like to check out the video for the title track.
Featuring a line-up of Chris P (vox/guitar), Dustin James (guitar/vox), Jeff Turpin (bass/vox) and Luis Herrera (drums), the band came together in late 2014 and were quick to come to the attention of tastemakers Rodney Bingenheimer and Little Steven.
Dr Boogie are currently planning overseas dates. Keep an eye on their website for more details…
SATELLITE PARADISO, the new project led by former PSYCHEDELIC FURS guitarist John Ashton, have issued a second single from their acclaimed debut album.
If you think ‘Angelic’ sounds unmistakably Furs-ish, that maybe because it features current Furs Mars Williams (sax), Paul Garisto (drums) and Amanda Kramer (keys). The UK post-punk quotient is upheld by former GANG OF FOUR bassist Sara Lee, while vocals are handled by Fred Schreck of US early-90s band CRUSH.
Based in Woodstock, NY, Satellite Paradiso feature a floating all-star line-up. While Schreck and drummer/pianist Frank Coleman are part of the live band, Ashton has also solicited contributions from the likes of Paul Ferguson of KILLING JOKE, Cheetah Chrome from THE DEAD BOYS and ROCKET FROM THE TOMBS, DAVID BOWIE bassist Gail Ann Dorsey and original Furs Duncan Kilburn and Roger Morris.
‘Angelic’ and Satellite Paradiso’s debut album are available from their webstore.
CLASS OF ’76, a new punk-rock supergroup, have just released their debut single, and here’s the video for it!
Fronted by EDDIE & THE HOT RODS singer Barrie Masters, the band features original Hot Rods and sometime JOHNNY THUNDERS drummer Steve Nicol, MEMBERS and VIBRATORS guitarist Nigel Bennett and bassist Russ Strutter of WILKO JOHNSON and TONIGHT, who you may recall had a hit single with ‘Drummer Man’ in early ’78.
Folk-punks ROUGHNECK RIOT have released a new video, celebrating another successful year, spent mostly on the road.
‘All That We Know’ is taken from the Warrington band’s current album Out Of Anger, which is available now through TNS Records.
The band have two more UK shows left this year, at Bootleggers, Kendal (17 Dec) and The Zombie Hut, Corby (27 Dec). They return next year with a birthday bash at Warrington’s Pyramid Centre on 26 March, with support from WONK UNIT, SMOKEY BASTARD, CAPTAIN HOTKNIVES and more. Get your tickets here.
German melodic punks THE LAMPLIGHTERS have released a new video on the eve of the release of their new album.
The Ramones-channeling ‘Basement’ is taken from the album Views, which is out on 18 December through No Panic.
Originally formed in 2009, relentless touring has seen The Lamplighters rise to become mainstays on the European punk scene. Recording Views in a ten-day burnout earlier this year, they’re now planning a major tour for early 2016.
Italian ska-punks LOS FASTIDIOS have launched a new video for the lead track from their recent So Rude, So Lovely EP.
The eight-track release – and all their other records and merch – can be ordered through Kob Records.
Last seen in the UK at the AWOD North festival in Derby in September, the antifascist band – who hail form the Northern cities of Parma, Verona and Venice – have announced five dates in the UK and Ireland in May 2016….