Stevenage goth standard-bearers FIELDS OF THE NEPHILIM join forces with Aussie psych legends THE CHURCH this autumn for three UK dates.
Having come to prominence during the 80s, at opposite ends of the same spectrum, this will be the first time the two bands have toured together.
Formed in 1984, the Nephilim, still featuring original members Carl McCoy and Tony Pettitt, broke an 11-year recording hiatus with a new single ‘Prophecy’ in 2016.
Billed as Special Guests, The Church came together in Sydney in 1980 and released their latest album Man Woman Life Death Infinity last autumn and have just completed a successful series of UK headline shows on the back of an appearance at Robert Smith’s Meltdown Festival.
Check out ‘Another Century’
The two bands play the following dates…
Monday 29th Oct – O2 Ritz Manchester
Wednesday 31st Oct – O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
Thursday 1st Nov – O2 Institute Birmingham
Tickets are on sale here.
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Birmingham post-punk evergreens THE NIGHTINGALES have announced a series of UK dates for the Autumn.
Originally formed in 1979 out of the ashes of seminal Brum punks THE PREFECTS, since reconvening in 2004, the band has become increasingly active. They’ve just completed a short run of dates, and released a single ‘Commercial Suicide Man’ with punk legend VIC GODARD, who Nightingales frontman Robert Lloyd first met when The Prefects and Subway Sect supported THE CLASH on their White Riot Tour.
Buy ‘Commercial Suicide Man’ here.
The Nightingales will be joined on select dates on the forthcoming tour by fast-rising punk-jazz threesome THE NEAR JAZZ EXPERIENCE, featuring Terry Edwards and Simon Charterton from 80s post-punk funkers THE HIGSONS and MADNESS bassist Mark ‘Bedders’ Bedford.
Full tour dates are….
Thu 20th Sep – The Cellar, Oxford
Fri 21st Sep – The Exchange, Bristol
Sat 22nd Sep – Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth
Sun 23rd Sep – Tom Thumb Theatre, Margate
Tue 25th Sep – Soup Kitchen, Manchester*
Wed 26th Sep – Stereo, Glasgow*
Thu 27th Sep – Opium, Edinburgh*
Fri 28th Sep – Central Bar, Gateshead*
Sat 29th Sep – The Lantern, Halifax*
Sun 30th Sep – Greystones, Sheffield*
Tue 2nd Oct – Hare & Hounds, Birmingham*
Wed 3rd Oct – Moth Club, London*
Thu 4th Oct – The Portland Arms, Cambridge*
Fri 5th Oct – Canal House, Nottingham*
Sat 6th Oct – Green Door Store, Brighton
*featuring The Near Jazz Experience
Tickets available now here.
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Oz-punk sensations AMYL AND THE SNIFFERS are set to make their UK debut this month with a series of dates and their debut release for Damaged Goods.
The band formed in Melbourne in 2016, writing, recording and releasing their debut EP Giddy Up in a mind-numbing 12 hours. It was followed last year by a second EP, Big Attraction. Combined on a single album, the release has been flying out of the racks ever since. Big Attraction & Giddy Up is now getting a much-needed re-release by Damaged Goods on 18 May. It’s available to order here.
the band play two shows in Brighton as part of The Great Escape festival this weekend before heading to London for a string of shows, culminating in an already sold-out gig at The Lexington on Wednesday 23 May. Full dates are…
Fri 18th Prince Albert, Brighton (TGE Festival)
Sat 19th Australian BBQ – The Beach 12.50pm – 1.15pm, Brighton (TGE Festival)
Sun 20th Australian BBQ – Hoxton Square – London. 2.10pm – 2.40pm
Tue 22nd Rough Trade East Instore 7pm
Tue 22nd Lock Tavern, London
Wed 23rd Lexington, London SOLD OUT
Check out the new single ‘Cup Of Destiny’.
Read more about Amyl and The Sniffers in the forthcoming edition of Vive Le Rock!
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While THE DAMNED have been basking in the limelight of their new album, original band founder BRIAN JAMES hasn’t been idle, revealing a brand new video as a taster for an expanded reissue of his hard-to-find debut solo album, as well as announcing a London date.
Brian James was originally recorded in 1990 following the break-up of James’ 80s band THE LORDS OF THE NEW CHURCH. It was released on French label New Rose, formed a decade earlier, its name taken from the James- penned Damned debut single.
Reissued on 27 April through Easy Action Records, the album has been fully remastered for vinyl with two bonus tracks, new artwork and liner-notes by Brian. It’s available to pre-order here.
Brian recently went into the studio in Brighton, with drummer Malcolm Mortimer (who played on the original album) and bassist Austin Gayton, to make a video for the track ‘Slow It Down’. The video was shot by Tim and Poppy from fast-rising Birmingham garage trio TABLE SCRAPS.
“Although we’d factored in the usual amount of time for bands to take rests and to fuck up a few takes, Brian, Austin and Malcolm didn’t miss a single beat,” reveals Tim. “They had more energy and enthusiasm during the shoot than any teenage band I’ve filmed or seen play and it’s clear that Brian lives and breathes rock’n’roll.”
Brian James has just announced a show at The Lexington in London on 28 June, with Table Scraps as support. Tickets are on sale here.
Brian is currently working on his autobiography.
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Ace Essex punks MR HAPPY CHAINSAW launch their comeback EP this weekend with a special minifest.
Originally formed in 2004, the band split in 2009, only to return last year. Their new 5-track EP It’s Not My Ball, featuring three new songs and retooled versions of two older tracks, is set for release on 26 June and is available to pre-order here.
Their special launch party at The George, Witham on Saturday 24 June, also features sets from WOLFE SUNDAY, JIMMY VORN & THE VIPERS, SHOOTING GALE, FYRESKY and THE TRUSTED. Kicking off at 6pm, admission is FREE!
Check out the lyric video for the single ‘Standing There’.
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