With The Dollyrots sixth album, Whiplash Splash, just over a couple of weeks away from its full release, the band have shared a video of the album’s first official single and have also released a full stream of the album ahead of it’s release. Dance Like A Maniac is the first single, and it’s everything one might expect of The Dollyrots, a short, sharp hyperactive blast of bubblegum punk, not content with the release of just a new single, The Dollyrots have also made the full Whiplash Splash album available to be streamed.
You view the video for Dance like A Maniac, and The Dollyrots tour dates, below Read More…
As the build up continues to the release of the band’s new album, Whiplash Splash, on March 24, The Dollyrots have released a video for the track Dance Like A Maniac. The supporters on Pledge Music have already gotten the album a full month before its release, the pledge campaign will continue until release date, so it’s not too late to get the album early. Whiplash Splash marks their first studio album since 2014’s Barefoot and Pregnant, the new album will be available on CD, blue vinyl and digital formats via their very own Arrested Youth Label.
The Role Models made a promise to release 3 albums in 3 years, with the recent launch of a Pledge Music campaign for their third album, Dance Moves, they look like they’re going to be as good as their word, Dance Moves follows on from their critically acclaimed albums, The Go To Guy and Forest Lawn. As usual with any Pledge Music campaign there will be lots of behind the scenes updates, as well as exclusive items for pledgers, a percentage of proceeds will go to the Haringey Autism branch of the National Autistic Society, a cause that is close to their hearts.
As the build up continues to the release of The Dollyrots new album, Whiplash Splash, on March 24, the band have announced that the Pledge Music campaign will continue until release date, so it’s not too late to show your support and get the album early. You can also join the duo on Sunday March 5 at 1:00pm PST / 4pm EST for a special live acoustic Stage It event of songs from the new album, they will be giving away limited test pressings, autographed CD’s, and a chance to hang with The Dollyrots as prizes to the top tippers.
Tickets for The Dollyrots Stage It event on March 5th can be purchased here
The Dollyrots Pledge Music campaign can be found here
Sleeping Through The WarNew West Records
By AJ Phink
Nashville based psych rock quartet All Them Witches have returned with their latest album, Sleeping Through The War, that will be released released via New West Records on February 24th, 2017. All Them Witches have never a band to settle on a style or formula, despite the success of their 2015 album, Dying Surfer Meets His Maker, their latest album heads off down another path, one that feels like a further progression down their idiosyncratic highway. Sleeping Through The War is a timely album, it’s title reflects the current turbulent situation in the world and how many people are reacting to these events, but whilst it challenges the lethargy, this is also an album that provides a welcome escape.
The epic track Bulls opens Sleeping Through The War, a dreamy slice of mellow psyche that’s edged with vintage fuzz that slowly builds up the pace and then eases you back down again, Don’t Bring Me Coffee is a more strident number, more akin to experimental post psychedelic bands of the early 1970’s, the era before rock monsters stalked the earth. The lead single from the album, Bruce Lee, brings a charged slice of garage fuelled psyche, this kind of number is what I’ve always felt was the missing element from an All Them Witches set, and it’s good to hear the kind of track I always hoped they’d produced introduced into their repertoire, in contrast 3.5.7 and Am I Going Up? are a duo of heady floating psyche influenced number that maintains the suspicious haze that is a trademark of an All Them Witches album. The final three numbers are lysergic tinged epic trips, their multi layered echo and reverb drenched soundscapes resonate with the authentic feel of west coast psychedelia, in particular the nine minute closing number, Guess I’ll Go Live On The Internet, is the prefect soundtrack for a journey to the centre of the mind.
All Them Witches are clearly considering the heavy times in which we all live, but they also encompassing influences and styles from the past. Sleeping Through The War feels very much like the natural successor to their 2015 album, Dying Surfer Meets His Maker, but at the same time it also surpasses their previous recordings. I was lucky enough to catch All Them Witches on one of last years three European tours, live they stand out alone amongst modern psyche as they capture of the original essence of psychedelia without sounding like an anachronism, and their albums are a reflection of what the manage to convey live. Every album has improved and broadened their sound, Sleeping Through The War is a fine slice of psyche, but their constant forward momentum has already made me start looking forward to their next album.
Sleeping Through The War will be available on all formats and can be pre-ordered here.
The Dollyrots have released a pay what you feel download of an acoustic version of Weezer‘s Perfect Situation ahead of Valentines Day, The Dollyrots will also be playing a live streaming Stageit of their favourite Weezer songs at 4pm EST today, more Information on The Dollyrots Stageit event can be found here. The Dollyrots are also set to release their sixth studio album, Whiplash Splash, on March 24, via their own Arrest Youth Label. The album can still be pre-ordered via Pledge Music but the campaign is due to finish shortly ahead of the album’s release date
Whiplash Splash can be pre-ordered via Pledge Music here
Punk rock duo The Dollyrots are set to release their sixth studio album, Whiplash Splash, on March 24, the album will be available on CD, limited edition sea foam blue vinyl and digitally on their very own Arrest Youth Label. Whiplash Splash marks their first studio album since 2014’s Barefoot and Pregnant. The Dollyrots plan to tour in support of the album throughout 2017, the first run of dates kick off on March 16 in Chicago and finishes off with two shows in the band’s Southern California home base, all dates will feature support by friends The Two Tens.
Whiplash Splash can be pre-ordered via Pledge Music here
The Dollyrots tour dates with The Two Tens can be viewed below Read More…
With The Dollyrots, it’s always been a family affair, now the pop punk stalwarts sixth album is ready to be released in less than a month, Kelly Ogden and Luis Cabezas are also celebrating a new addition to their rock and roll tribe, Miss Daisy Moon, born at the end of November. While one might think the rigors of childbirth would slow them down, this punk rock household has managed to crank out 24 updates for their loyal fans over the past two trimesters, showing off album art, songs from the new album, exclusive demo downloads, and of course, their beautiful soon-to-be rockstar children.
The Fuzzbox Pledge Music campaign for their comeback single, Let’s Go Supernova!, is going to be closed in the next few days, there is still an impressive array of Pledge Music goodies available, including signed CD’s, artwork and set lists, so if you want to take the opportunity to grab something from their successful Pledge Music campaign, it’s now or never.
The Punk Site Review of Let’s Go Supernova! can be found here
The Fuzzbox Pledge Music campaign can be found here
The Damned have announced a Pledge Music campaign for the 40th Anniversary re-issue of their legendary debut album, Damned Damned Damned, on both CD and LP, available both signed and unsigned on each format. The album features fully re-mastered audio & new sleevenotes within both the CD & LP formats recalling the story of the band’s conception and the album’s creation. Comprehensively researched and written by legendary punk writer John Ingham, these new sleevenotes cover the story of the album & the period in which it was written & recorded, the key players in its creation, the craft and instrumentation, the impact upon release and its legacy 40 years later.
You can pre-order the 40th Anniversary reissue of Damned Damned Damned here
Fuzzbox have released the video for Let’s Go Supernova, the single, their first new recording since 2010, can be ordered via Pledge Music and there are still some very special limited edition signed goodies and merch up for grabs.
The Punk Site review of Let’s Go Supernova can be found here
Let’s Go Supernova is available via iTunes and the Fuzzbox Pledge Music campaign here
The video for Let’s Go Supernova, and the tour dates with The Wonderstuff, can be viewed below Read More…
2016 has been a busy year for The Dollyrots, they released their live album, Family Vacation, relentlessly toured, recorded their new studio album, Whiplash Splash, and celebrated the arrival of their second child last month, and the Californian duo have still found time to continue to release pay what you can downloads of new songs. The Dollyrots have now released their annual name your price Xmas single, this time they’ve given their usual hyperactive treatment to Mariah Carey‘s All I Want For Xmas Is You for the festive season
You can pre-order The Dollyrots new album, Whiplash Splash, here
You can stream and download All I Want For Xmas Is You here
Punk legends The Skids are preparing to release their long awaited comeback album, Burning Cities, their first album in thirty five years. You can pre-order the album on Pledge Music on download, CD and vinyl, alongside merchandise including signed prints, t-shirts, and your chance to meet the band at a 40th anniversary tour meet & greet. There’s also a Pledge Music exclusive chance to own a copy of Richard Jobson‘s autobiography, Into The Valley, signed, and with your name in the credits.
You can pre-order Burning Cities here
Watch out, because punk legends The Damned are coming to Margate Winter Gardens on Friday 9th December where they will perform their debut album, Damned Damned Damned, in its entirety, followed by a career spanning retrospective.
The whole concert is being recorded by the Live Here Now team for release as The 40th Anniversary Live In Margate on double CD, triple coloured vinyl LP and download formats, all physical formats will include a free postcard from The Damned.
The Pledge Music campaign for The 40th Anniversary Live In Margate can be found here
Let's Go Supernova!Pledge Music
By AJ Phink
We’ve Got A Fuzzbox And We’re Going To Use It, or Fuzzbox for short, are celebrating the release of their brand new comeback single, Let’s Go Supernova! The single is launched today, November 18th 2016, to mark their return to recording they are also heading out on a full UK tour, as special guests of The Wonder Stuff, which will be their first full tour since 2010. In the past Fuzzbox were a band you just couldn’t pin down, veering between the punky fuzz of Rules And Regulations and slick pop of Pink Sunshine, so what does the latest incarnation of Fuzzbox have in store for us?
Let’s Go Supernova! kicks in with an enthusiastic refrain before you hit the first verse and then the chorus just hooks you in, the chorus on Let’s Go Supernova is so damn infectious it just lodges itself in your frontal lobes and refuses to leave, when you couple this with the fact that every element on this single, from the sparkling keyboards and driving bass to the signature fuzzy guitar, is married with a glorious vocal delivery and a wonderful glam rock stomp, you have a perfect and infectious single that I’ve been playing on repeat since the download dropped into my inbox. Let’s Go Supernova! isn’t a single that’s going to change your world, but I can guarantee it’s one that will improve your day the second you play it.
Let’s Go Supernova! is the kind of single that you rarely come across, it’s a perfectly balanced blend of it’s elements, there are traces of punk and alternative from their fuzzy roots, which sit happily alongside elements of rock and electronica, and it’s all polished off with a perfect pop sheen. This is the first recording made by the current line up of Fuzzbox, and it’s quite simply one of the best things I’ve heard this year, and as 2016 is drawing to a close I can say with some confidence this is will be my favourite single of 2016. On the strength of this release, and the live show I caught earlier this year, I recommend going supernova and then heading down to catch them on their upcoming tour.
Let’s Go Supernova is available via iTunes, and is still available via the Fuzzbox Pledge Music campaign here
The Fuzzbox Pledge Music campaign for their comeback single, Let’s Go Supernova!, is now in it’s final week, the single will be released on November 18th 2016 and next month they will embark on their first UK tour since 2010, as special guests of The Wonder Stuff. There is an impressive array of Pledge Music goodies available including the items you’d expect such as signed CD’s, artwork and set lists, but there are also unique items including signed ‘Merry Fuzzmas’ Xmas cards, Pillowcases and even unique handmade t shirts produced by original member Maggie
A sneak preview of the single can be found at the Official Fuzzbox Facebook page here
By AJ Phink
UK duo SSHH is joining forces with some of the most influential rhythm sections in history to come up with a collection of cover versions titled Issues. Issues is the debut album from singer Sshh Liguz and guitarist Zak Starkey, also known as a drummer for Oasis and The Who and son of Ringo Starr. Issues includes a plethora of special guests to weave together a genre defying strut through the last five decades of music. The idea behind the record was born when SSHH were asked to do a radio series which featured the music that had influenced them, but they decided to take things a step further. They located the original rhythm sections from those bands, and recruited them to play on the tracks they originally recorded.
The album opens with a raucous version of the classic Sex Pistols track, Problems, which features Paul Cook and Glen Matlock, this is a fairly straight cover but one that is raw and true to the original and it marks a fine start to the album. The version of The Ruts‘ Jah War, featuring the two remaining members from the original line up of The Ruts, is a departure from the original, this is a far more dub heavy version then the original, it also features heavy elements of electronica. For me this version lost the energy of the original, but it does capture it’s spirit, and is closer to the The Ruts DC sound than that of the original line up that recorded it.
Shoot Speed Kill Light features a duo from Primal Scream and this is another number that is true to the original, although with a slightly more spacey feel. All The Young Dudes features a lone member of Mott The Hoople accompanied by one member from the Sex Pistols and one of The Pretenders, this is another unadventurous but faithful run through, but it’s a solid version. The cover of Big Pink‘s Dominos features the vocalist from that band dueting with Sshh, along with several of Marilyn Manson‘s partners in crime, giving this a slightly heavier more menancing feel. Blondie‘s One Way Or Another, featuring their sticksman and one time Ramone, Clem Burke, returns to giving a straight up, but very raw feeling, version of the original.
Amy Winehouse‘s Back To Black is given the dub treatment, with the assistance of two of the much missed singer’s backing band, Grace Jones’ Private Life is given a thorough reworking, and signifies the return of Martin Chambers, of The Pretenders, and Glen Matlock, of the Sex Pistols. One track I expected to have the full dub ttreatment, Bob Marley‘s Get Up Stand Up is given a more strident and defiant feel, but one that manages to capture the spirit of the original. The Ruts are the only band on here to have more than one track covered, and the two original members return for a stripped down run through of their classic single Babylon’s Burning, with it’s incendiary bass line and guitar parts faithfully reproduced.
The album closes with The Small Faces track, Tin Soldier, this features an original member of The Small Faces, a Sex Pistol and a member of Oasis, this is a fine closing number to an album of covers that has had more hits than misses, for completists of the bands featured this would be a worthwhile purchase, and when you consider that proceeds from the album go to the Teenage Cancer Trust. It really is hard to find fault with this collection of reinterpretations. It embraces the original rock ’n’ roll of the sixties, through punk, reggae and dub into modern soul and electronica, and it is all done with style.
I normally try to avoid doing track by track reviews as it’s makes the review ridiculously long and doesn’t really tell you anything about the album, but with an album where the line up changes on every song, and the style and approach shift constantly I didn’t really have much of a choice. Obviously with any collection of this nature not every track is going to be to your taste, you might not like the original song or in some cases you’ll find the new version to be a pale shadow of the original, but this is a varied and interesting album, the fact they have employed original members to appear on the album gives this collection some added credibility, and raises it above a straight collection of covers.
Issues can be ordered via Pledge Music here
Fuzzbox are releasing their brand new comeback single, Let’s Go Supernova, on November 18th. The band have added even more Pledge Music goodies including personalised Merry Fuzzmas cards, signed prints of the awesome Bob Galewski artwork and signed photo’s of Fuzzbox, in addition to the host of goodies that have previously been announced. There are only 13 days remaining for you to sign up for the current Pledge Music campaign so don’t miss out
A sneak preview of the new single can be found at the Official Fuzzbox Facebook page here
The Fuzzbox Pledge Music campaign can be found here
Fuzzbox are releasing their brand new comeback single, Let’s Go Supernova, on November 18th, and to celebrate they are embarking on their first UK tour since 2010. The band have added new Pledge Music goodies including a VIP ‘Meet & Greet’ at the launch party on 18th November 2016 at the Leicester Soundhouse, where you can meet Fuzzbox for ‘afternoon bubbly & cake’ before their single launch, you will also be the first to get your hands on the new single. There are also exclusive t-shirts and signed CD’s and set lists amongst the goodies on offer.
The Fuzzbox Pledge Music campaign can be found here
Fuzzbox are on tour with The Wonderstuff In December and the tour dates can be viewed below Read More…
Stiff Little Fingers have announced that they’re gearing up for 2017, they will kick off the band’s 40th anniversary celebrations with their annual tour of the UK in March, they will be accompanied on all UK dates by Theatre Of Hate. They have also alluded to a celebration in Belfast, the city where they formed back in 1977, and further details of this event will follow.
Stiff Little Fingers are currently on their biggest ever tour of Canada, tickets for the 40th anniversary UK tour, and all the remaining Canadian shows, except the sold out show in Toronto, are on sale and can be viewed and purchased here
You can read The Punk Site Review Of Stiff Little Fingers live at the Picturedrome in July 2016 here
You can still order the forthcoming live album, Best Served Loud, via Pledge Music here
Punk legends The Damned have announced a huge UK tour taking in more than twenty towns and cities across the UK, and have revealed they are currently working on a brand new album for 2017. Celebrated as the most entertaining of the original punk bands, The Damned were the very first British band to release a punk single, New Rose, the first to release an album, Damned Damned Damned, and also the first to tour America. From the very first moment they started playing live in tiny punk clubs in 1976, The Damned quickly gained a reputation as a band who would always deliver an accomplished live set. The Damned continue to wave the flag for originality, stick two fingers up to mediocrity and celebrate a DIY punk ethos in the face of plastic entertainment and scripted reality.
Details of The Damned‘s forthcoming tour and the new album can be viewed below Read More…
The idea behind the record was born when SSHH were asked to do a radio series which featured the music that had influenced them, but they decided to take things a step further. They located the original rhythm sections from those bands, and a few additional musicians, and recruited them to record unique cover versions for the album. SSHH‘s second release from the album is their take on The Big Pink‘s Dominos, featuring Twiggy Ramirez and Gil Sharone of Marilyn Manson, the track is taken from the forthcoming Pledge Music album, Issues.
As if the pressures of recording a new album before Kelly Ogden gives birth to their second child wasn’t enough, The Dollyrots have found time to continue to release pay what you can downloads of new songs, in this case an acoustic cover of the Descendents classic Nothing With You.
You can still pledge to The Dollyrots, as yet untitled, sixth album, and in typical fashion for this band there is a stunning array of limited edition and once in a lifetime goodies and merch on offer
We’ve Got A Fuzzbox And We’re Going To Use It, or Fuzzbox for short, are celebrating their brand new comeback single, Let’s Go Supernova! The single will be released on November 18th 2016, to mark their return to recording they are also heading out on a full UK tour, as special guests of The Wonder Stuff, their first full tour since 2010. Up for grabs for pledgers are some very special limited edition signed goodies and Merch, the pledges are all strictly limited edition so once they’re gone, they’re gone.
Details of the Fuzzbox Pledge Music campaign can be found here
The Dollyrots have announced a new Pledge Music campaign, and they are determined to get the album finished before they become parents for the second time in November. This will be their sixth studio album, and fourth fan funded project. In the early days of the band they put out albums on Lookout Records and Joan Jett’s Blackheart Records, but they have since determined that DIY is the way to go. They’ve begun the writing process for their new, as yet untiled album, and will be in the studio in early September.
You can view the video below and join The Dollyrots Pledge Music campaign here
It’s been eight long years since The Damned released their last album, 2008’s So, Who’s Paranoid. For me they were always the most entertaining, and the best, of the original UK punk bands, forty years later they are the last band standing from those original bands. In their fortieth anniversary year The Damned have announced details of a new Pledge Music campaign to release their, as yet untitled, eleventh studio album.
You can sign up to The Damned‘s Pledge Music campaign here
Ryan Hamilton, vocalist for People on Vacation and Smile Smile has announced his debut solo record, Hell of a Day. It is being funded by a campaign through pledge music and will be released on April 30th. Ahead of the album’s drop date, he has posted a lyric video for the track Karaoke With No Crowd, check it out below.
LA based pop punk band Go Betty Go have reunited with their original lineup and are planning to release new material for the first time since 2005. Following a good run in the mid noughties, the group started to lose members, original singer Nicolette Vilar in 2006 and bassist Michelle Rangel in 2007, before going on hiatus shortly after.
A new album is in the works, with the band already doing some pre production work with Luis Cabezas of The Dollyrots and in order to fund the new record, have turned to fan funding site Pledge Music.
Click here to support their campaign.