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Killing Joke 40th Anniversary Tour

The Past, The Present and the Future. Billed as the Bands 40th Anniversary tour, Jaz Coleman and Band, Saunter into Manchester Academy for what is know by the Fans as a Gathering. There are a couple of support acts on the bill tonight, Firstly Black Waters and then Turbwolf. Two high octane bands before the main event. First up are Black Waters Indie Punk rock band from Guildford, it was… Keep Reading

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Cold Water Swimmers Release Double Debut Tracks

Difficult times can produce great music, as evidenced over the years by an array of brilliant politically-inspired songs, providing a much needed voice for the defiant, disheartened and forgotten. Given the economic and social climate we find ourselves in once more, it’s no surprise perhaps that Cold Water Swimmers have a few choice words of their own. When a whole country pretty much agrees  that Danny Dyer talks more political sense… Keep Reading

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Camden Rocks Kicks Arse

Saturday: Camden Rocks is London’s premier rock festival in London’s premier rock location. On Friday I photographed Blossoms, a band so vanilla that prolonged exposure carries risk of poisoning. Quite why yesterday’s All Points East Festival audience of young people were going crazy over a band whose most exciting crowd interaction was: “Hello, we’re Blossoms from Stockport” was, and is, beyond me. Today however, I’m at Camden Rocks – over… Keep Reading

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The Damned – Evil Spirits

The Damned are back with new album Evil Spirits released this Friday. It’s their first album for a decade following on from the 2008 album So Who’s Paranoid. The Damned are one band that haven’t burnt out, like many of the same generation, but have evolved over the years, they challenge the establishment, and politics just as much as they used to and for a a band that recently celebrated forty years… Keep Reading

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The Allovers Release debut Album ‘Yer Guises’

Canadian punk, power-trio, The Allovers, have joined Anxious & Angry Records to release their debut album, Yer Guises, on May 18th. “We are stoked to have Ryan Young and the rest of the Anxious and Angry crew behind us for our debut release. Their dedication to the punk community is unwavering and we have nothing but respect for what they’re doing. We look forward to a busy 2018 and are… Keep Reading

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The Damned. O2 Academy, Bristol.

With a long career spanning several decades The Damned are out on tour to promote new album Evil Spirits. The tour, arrives in Bristol tonight, and I soon discovered there were people that were at last nights gig in Cardiff and some taking in Bournemouth too the next night. Overheard outside the venue people talking about how they’d seen the band several times, Over the years and they felt they… Keep Reading

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The Damned, Leeds O2 Academy

With a new album (thier first in 10 years), a celebration of 40 years in the business, The Damned are once again on the road showing us that there is not only life left on the old dog, but that  its groomed, fit and healthy and ready to rumble. Talking of rumble tonights opener Slim Jim Phantom (yes he of the Stray Cats) set a blistering pace with his  outstanding… Keep Reading

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God Save the Punk…

The Punk subculture includes an array of expression, through ideologies, music, fashion and visual art. Punk was adapted in the 1970’s in the United Kingdom, United States and Australia. Who got there first is still not decided upon. This whole movement was built around the idea of sticking a finger up to society’s idea of ‘normality’ and showing everyone how to not give a flying fuck. It was also about… Keep Reading

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Black Lips UK Dates

Atlanta flower punk pioneers Black Lips are rolling on. After their headlining appearance at Reading & Leeds this summer, the band have now announced a number of UK and European live dates, including a return to the capital in late November to headline an always raucous Fluffer Pit Party. Earlier this year through Vice Records, Black Lips released Satan’s Graffiti or God’s Art?. Produced by Sean Lennon at his studio… Keep Reading

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Touts Release Their Highly Anticipated Second EP ‘Lit’

Touts will release their highly-anticipated second EP ‘LIT’ on November 10th via Hometown Records. The four track EP will include the lead single ‘Bomb Scare’, out now. Of the single, lead singer Matthew Crossan says: “The song was written around the time when the news was covering the injustice in America, when Keith Scott was ‘shot down in Charlotte’ for no apparent reason. The song is also about the on-going… Keep Reading

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Gwar, The International, Knoxville, Tennessee

Comic Shock Rockers, Gwar, violated souls at The International in Knoxville, TN this past Friday.    The uptight and easily offended need not buy tickets to a Gwar event. You will only leave disgusted and Gwar doesn’t have a complaint department. Nor do they care. I have heard about Gwar’s over the top concerts since I was a teenager. I have kept up with their music, change of characters, and… Keep Reading

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Camden Rocks Festival 2017, London

13,785 steps, 250 bands, 24 venues, 1 ticket. Camden Rocks 2017 The heart of London’s music scene beat a powerful united rhythm on Saturday 3rd June as thousands came together to enjoy the sound and spectacle of the annual Camden Rocks Festival. On any given night in Camden you’re hard pressed to stand on the street and not hear live music free-wheeling down the pavement. The place is littered with… Keep Reading

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Membranes & Friends The 02 Ritz, Manchester

Membranes front man John Robb chose Saturday evening to showcase the bands album Dark Matter/Dark Energy with the help of Manchester BIMM Choir and no less than six supporting bands. The Ritz was filling up nicely when first act up Manchester’s The Empty Page kicked the evening off at 5pm with a thundering grungy sound not unlike the Smashing Pumpkins. With an album already under their belt the powerful trio… Keep Reading

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You Me At Six, Doncaster Dome

All killer and no filler, You Me at Six and Tonight Alive took the roof off the Dome tonight, in a show that was truly memorable. Tonight it was the turn of the Doncaster Dome to host the You Me at Six “Night People” tour. In a pop-punk spectacular we witnessed a combination of bands that made for an almost perfect night. Opening the show tonight were South West 3… Keep Reading

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Creeper, Birmingham O2 Institute

With debut album ‘Eternity, in Your Arms’ gracing store shelves just days before tour started, Creeper worked their way around the UK to show that they are as powerful as ever. Working with ‘That’s Not Metal’ podcast to create a line-up full of exciting bands, Creeper bought Puppy, Energy, and Milk Teeth along for the ride. First up were heavy-metal 3-piece Puppy, and although a slower start to the evening,… Keep Reading

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Creeper Release ‘Misery’ Video

After the release of their debut album ‘Eternity, In Your Arms’, Creeper unveil the video for ‘Misery’; the third and final music video to complete the trilogy. It’s no secret that the Southampton punks have been blowing up a storm lately, with the release of their debut album Eternity, In Your Arms that hit the shelves on the 24th March. But just days after the roaring reviews have come in,… Keep Reading

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New Music: Idles ‘Mother’

IDLES met as a quintet at the death of the indie scene in Bristol and began making visceral and sometimes unlistenable post-punk to a growing crowd. They began with their own club night Batcave and practicing religiously until they felt they had found their sound and their live show; with that in check they have now completed their first album and are savaged in hunger to play their music. They… Keep Reading

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Hardcore Punk Band ‘FUCKED UP’ Drop Eighth Installment

Long-running Canadian hardcore punk unit FUCKED UP will drop the eighth installment of their “Zodiac Series” with Year Of The Snake next month via Tankcrimes. Fusing all the prime tenets of rock, punk, metal, and psychedia into a comprehensive and imposing opus of unyielding enormity, FUCKED UP is sonically and conceptually devouring in ways few bands can emulate. Following the releases of 2006’s Year Of The Dog, 2008’s Year Of… Keep Reading

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Cabbage, The Blind Tiger, Bolton

Cabbage are on a roll it would seem and though my culinary expectations for such a bland dish would be fairly low my anticipation at finally getting to catch up with the afore named five piece Manchester band at The Blind Tiger in Bolton is quite the opposite . Currently riding on a wave of press and fan adoration I only have their photos and videos to base my anticipation… Keep Reading

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Action Time Vision: A Story of UK Independent Punk 76 – 79

Autumn 2016 marks for the fortieth anniversary of the British musical revolution that was Punk Rock, fanfared by the release of ‘Anarchy In The UK’ by the Sex Pistols and ‘New Rose’ by The Damned. Marking this monumental birthday, ACTION TIME VISION is the first-ever box set to document the independent punk scene, which was born with Punk and thrived outside of the major label framework. • With 111 tracks,… Keep Reading

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