THE CRAVATS UNVEIL LOST FILM CLIP!

THE CRAVATS launch the latest in their series of classic single reissues with this rare archive clip premiered exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

The footage of the classic ‘I Hate The Universe’ was shot live at the legendary Zig Zag Club in London and had previously been lost for more than three decades.

Following the band’s recent resurgence with last year’s critically acclaimed LP Dustbin of Sound they are re-releasing limited editions of their classic Small Wonder singles on vinyl, as many missed them first time around and apart from paying silly money on eBay or Discogs it is a way of filling that ‘C’ section in your record collections with finery.

Limited to 500 copies, the band’s debut 1978 release ‘Gordon’ b/w ‘Situations Vacant’ was reissued last year and very few remain. It’s still available now from Overground Records or from any Cravats Live show.

Now, originally issued in June ’79, here comes ‘Burning Bridges’ b/w ‘The End’ and ‘I Hate The Universe’.

Produced by Bob Sargeant (a week after he produced The Fall’s Live At The Witch Trials in the same studio), it has been digitally remastered and, like ‘Gordon’, is encased in the same glorious sleeve artwork.

Attempting to make these re-releases look as close to the originals as possible has been a labour of love. Back then artwork was all: bits of cardboard, Letraset, scissors and a tube of glue, but thanks to modern, space-age technology you’ll get a near identical sleeve and spot-on label – in this instance Pete Stennett has kindly allowed the band to reproduce his legendary Small Wonder Record label. Each copy also comes with a handy insert featuring ‘Cravfacts’.

Remember, only 500 of these exist and then they’ve gone forever. It’s available now here or any Cravats gig.

The next release in the series, ‘Precinct’ will follow in a few months, so collect the set and drink plenty of water.

 

Below, Cravats frontman The Shend tells the story of the film clip…

As you can imagine The Cravats were somewhat thrilled to be asked to support The Birthday Party and UT at The Zigzag Club in London on 8 May 1982.

In the days before iPhones and even camcorders (first available to the general public in 1983), getting anything filmed involved good old celluloid and luckily that day, Simon Towle was on the guestlist clutching his trusty Super 8 cine camera which incredibly had sound.

He filmed all of ‘I Hate The Universe’ which, seeing as the reels of film only lasted a few minutes, was a feat in itself, and recorded the audio with the camera’s built in microphone.

A couple of months later we all gathered at Gordon’s flat (Gordon Winter was the lead singer of Small Wonder stablemates The English Subtitles and also the marvellously manic chair-wielding Mr H on stage with us in this film) in Rupert Court, Soho and watched the unedited masterpiece projected on a wall. That was the last time anyone saw it . . . for decades!

We sadly lost touch with Simon and the film became a dim memory but it was the only known footage of The Cravats and every now and then I’d try to track down Simon and this Holy Grail of Cravatian artefacts. I searched social media and googled Simon but the trail was always cold. Not knowing how to correctly spell his surname didn’t help.

Then in 2017 I befriended English Subtitles’ guitarist Louis who now lived in Hamburg on Farcebook and asked him if he knew of Simon’s whereabouts. It turned out Simon had moved to New Zealand many years ago and thanks to Mark Zuckerberg’s networking behemoth I got in touch, but although he remembered making the film he was unsure whether it still existed.

Bah, Inspector Morse never had this much trouble detectiving.

Then, a message from Simon in early 2018 finally cracked the case. While clearing the loft he’d found the film in, er, a case.

Hoorah! I exclaimed, and using Google Street View, Simon found a suitable celluloid conversion emporium in a town some miles from his home.

Once converted to digital it was sent through the howling ether of outer space to Shend Towers and passed to lovely chum and Emperor of digital imagery, the mighty Mark Richards for editing into the gem you see here.

Okay, it hasn’t the audio clarity or visual splendour of a cinematic classic such as say, Those Magnificent Men In Their Flying Machines, but it’s really, really flipping old, was recorded on equipment with less pixels than a badger and has travelled the globe stuffed in a suitcase with some net curtains and 52 vintage copies of Practical Wireless Magazine.

Thirty-six years in the making and with massive thanks to Simon Towle, Mark Richards and all who helped along the way, we can finally present the legendary celluloid extravaganza that is, ‘I Hate The Universe’.

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HANTERHIR VIDEO PREMIERE!

Fast rising Cornish psych-rockers HANTERHIR today premiere a new video with Vive Le Rock!

The track ‘Hope Comes With Love’ is the third single to be released from their widely acclaimed triple-album The Saving Of Cadan which is out now through Easy Action.

Formed in Redruth in 2007, the band have developed their sound in isolation from the mainstream, drawing on a diverse set of influences including the Psychedelic Furs, Echo & The Bunnymen, Sonic Youth and Hawkwind, whose onetime sax-player Nik Turner has been known to perform with the band on occasion.

You can catch Hanterhir on the following dates….

20 Oct Charlie’s Bar, Redruth
21 Oct The Sussex Arms, Tunbridge Wells
22 Oct The Victoria, Dalston, London (w/Brainiac 5) tickets
23 Oct The Railway Hotel, Southend-on-Sea

Read a new interview with Hanterhir in our sister magazine Louder Than War out now!

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REBELLION DIARY!

Sobered up from Rebellion yet?  Then have a read of Paula Frost’s report and relive all those sunny Blackpool memories….

This year the Vive Le Rock! crew made our way up to Blackpool for a long weekend of punk rock at the Winter Gardens! The festival has been running for 22 years and this year featured 350 bands across 4 days and 7 stages. Needless to say it’s the biggest event in the punk rock calendar year on year and one we look forward to.

Every day Max Splodge, the singer of ‘Two Pints Of Lager And A Packet Of Crisps’ kicks the Rebellion day off with his comedy bingo show. You won’t want to win one of his prizes, I’ve seen him give out a bag of out-of-date Bad Manners flyers.

Thursday kicked off with some Vive Le Rock! flyering outside the venue. Frontman Djamel from The Blue Carpet Band took a break from his usual role of playing Cramps style rock’n’roll and was recruited as part of our street team! We swerved through the busy crowds of punks enjoying another hot summer’s day and spoke to everyone we could, making sure they knew about Vive Le Rock, the only punk magazine in the UK. It was a great way of getting to know more of the punk family.

Backstage we bumped into Lynda and Coppo, two infamous punks who’d been on the scene since ’77 and knew all the bands (Coppo has most of them tattooed on his back!). Then someone called my name, it was John, the drummer of IDLES! They were playing the Empress Ballroom later and the rest of the band came over for a quick chat, including the big bushy bearded bassist known for his dancing in the ‘Stendhal Syndrome’ video.

It was time to venture further into the Winter Gardens, on the way I caught up with Jenna Talia of Glitter Trash, then met the controversial Soap Girls who had their boobs out as usual. There were tons of punks I hadn’t seen in years and it was great to link up with everyone again. We caught Call Me Malcolm on the introducing stage and then The Bar Stool Preachers hijacked me and lead singer T.J. McFaull took me to see one of his favourite bands The Menzingers. Steve Ignorant’s Slice of Life played the introducing stage. His acoustic crew of seated musicians drew a big crowd of singalong punks to the Opera House. Accompanied by Carol Hodge on piano, Ignorant performed a theatrical set dressed in a smart suit and braces with a trilby. Their moving performances of songs like ‘The Way Things Are’ and ‘Slice of Life’ brought some punks to tears.

IDLES played at 20:55 and sheered through ‘Mother’, ‘Well Done’ and ‘Stendhal Syndrome’ plus their new pro-love pro-immigration anthem ‘Danny Nedelko’ during their fifty-minute set. Frontman Joe climbed all over the stage and got into the audience whilst the rest of the band rolled around thrashing guitars in a frenzied intoxicating performance.

Later that night legendary punks the Buzzcocks headlined the Empress Ballroom and instilled that mystic feeling of revolution in a chandeliered, elegant room filled with punk rockers losing their minds. It was the flawless beginning to a weekend of anarchy and protest music.

There are too many other incredible moments to recount but you can read all about Rebellion 2018 in full in the new edition of Vive Le Rock!, on sale now.

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RUTS DC: THE CRACK AT 40!

THE RUTS DC have announced a major tour for the New Year, celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the classic album The Crack.

The tour takes in 17 dates across the UK and Ireland during February and March, including a London show at Shepherds Bush Empire. Support at all shows comes from THE PROFESSIONALS.

Coming together in the West London district of Southall in 1977, The Ruts sound fundamentally fused rabble-rousing punk with the dub-reggae influence of their surroundings. Their classic debut single ‘In A Rut’ was released at the start of 1979 on People Unite Records, the label owned by friends and neighbours MISTY IN ROOTS.

Their pioneering debut album The Crack was released on Virgin that autumn and is rightly regarded as one of the most important releases of the immediate post-punk – and indeed punk – era. Driven by a string of hit singles in ‘Babylon’ Burning’, ‘Something That I said’ and the reggae-fuelled ‘Jah War’, The Ruts were poised for major international success, only for their plans to be disrupted by the sudden death of charismatic frontman Malcolm Owen from a heroin overdose in July 1980.

Having played a benefit for guitarist Paul Fox, who was suffering from terminal cancer, in 2007, with Henry Rollins taking Owen’s role, surviving members Segs Jennings and Dave Ruffy decided to continue with The Ruts DC, recruiting guitarist Leigh Hegarty for the critically acclaimed album Music Must Destroy in 2016.

Celebrating the released of The Crack in 2019, the band will be performing the album live onstage in its entirety for the very first time, and in doing so will be paying tribute to Owen and Fox.

“It’s always been important to us to be a current and forward-thinking band, releasing and playing new material whilst being proud of our past,” states Segs. “A milestone to many, The Crack is an important piece of work to us too. We now feel ready to celebrate where we came from.”

“Making The Crack was a real game changer for me,” continues Ruffy. “The Ruts were a band that were greater than the sum of their parts and wrote music inspired by everything we had ever heard. It’s a piece of work that I am immensely proud to have been a part of. Now forty years on we will be playing the album in its entirety, it’s quite a challenge as some of the songs have not been played since 1980! Our legacy is large, and we are and will continue working hard to make this a great show.”

Full dates are as follows…

11th Feb Phoenix Exeter
12th Feb Concorde 2 Brighton
13th Feb O2 Ritz Manchester
15th Feb 02 Institute 2 Birmingham
16th Feb 02 Academy 2 Sheffield
17th Feb The Junction Cambridge
18th Feb 02 Academy Oxford
20th Feb Waterfront Norwich
21st Feb Riverside Newcastle
22nd Feb Garage Glasgow
23rd Feb Tunnels Aberdeen
24th Feb Liquid Rooms Edinburgh
26th Feb Rescue Rooms Nottingham
27th Feb SWX Bristol
28th Feb O2 Shepherds Bush Empire London
2nd Mar Button Factory Dublin, IE
3rd Mar Limelight Belfast

Tickets go on sale at gigsandtours.com and ticketmaster.co.uk on Friday 29 June.

Check out The Ruts playing ‘Jah War’ live in Paris….

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PASTURES AND PASTORS!

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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NIGHTINGALES ANNOUNCE MORE DATES!

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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TOP OF THE POPPERS!

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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BRIAN JAMES: NOT SLOWING DOWN!

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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ANYONE FOR A CHAINSAW PARTY?!

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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