Role Models Release ‘Manette Street’ Video

Role Models DMManette Street is a track taken from the latest album by power pop punk rockers Role Models, it’s a nod to the one remaining area of central London that still resembles the scene of a decade ago, as Manette Street houses the Crobar, run by long time friend of the band Liv and is still the scene of many a hazy dawn. Dance Moves was originally launched via a Pledge Music campaign that hit it’s goal in less than four hours, the album is available on CD in the UK via Glunk Records here,  in the US via Rum Bar Records here and digitally via Bandcamp here

The Punk Site Review of Dance Moves can be read here

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Scott Sorry UK Benefit Show Announced ‘For Sorry’s Sake’

Scott Sorry Huddersfield Benefit Show Dec 17In the wake of the sad news of Scott Sorry being diagnosed with a brain tumour, a benefit show ‘For Sorry’s Sake‘ has been announced. On Saturday February 17th Role Models, The Main Grains, Drama Club Rejects, The Empty Page and Psychobabylon, with many more acts to be confirmed, will play an all day event at The Parish in Huddersfield, the venue where Sorry And The Sinatras filmed the video for Hated Heart. Tickets for For Sorry’s Sake will be £15 and will be available shortly

Scott Sorry‘s Go Fund Me page is located here

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Michael Monroe UK Tour 17

Michael Monroe / Role Models / Liberty Slaves

Rebellion Bar, Manchester, UK

30th November 2017

Rating: 5/5




rolemodels1 Dec 17Tonight is the opening night of a short UK by the legendary Michael Monroe, someone who I’ve always wanted to catch live, and as an added bonus he’s bought up and coming punk and rollers Role Models along for the ride. Sadly we arrive too late to catch anything meaningful from opening act Liberty Slaves, but the few tracks we do hear as we’re in the lengthy queue to enter the Rebellion Bar indicate they are a heavyweight rock ‘n roll act with all the attitude and swagger you’d expect from a band opening for Michael Monroe. The crowd in the venue is a mix of punks, rockers and glam rockers that pretty accurately reflects the legacy that Michael Monroe has left in his wake, those who only remember the heyday of eighties glam rock are in for a surprise as his solo career has reflected a harder edged punk influence and is closer to Motörhead or The Wildhearts, both of whom he has collaborated with.

rolemodels15 Dec 17But first up it’s the Role Models who are still riding high on the release of criticality acclaimed full length, Dance Moves, their third album in as many years. The Role Models kick off with Lie For Today and their mix of punked up rock ‘n roll clearly strikes a chord with tonight’s crowd, and it appears that the combination of Role Models and Michael Monroe may well be a match made in heaven. The Role Models manage to twist all the best elements of punk and rock’ n roll into their all too brief thirty minute set, in which they include material from all three of their full lengths. Tracks such as (I Broke My Back) Disappointing You sound better than ever, and for me the Role Models seem to deliver tonight’s set like it’s their own headline show, and had this been the case I’d have left a happy man such is the energy and quality of their set.

rolemodels8 Dec 17Tonight the Role Models played like their lives depended on it on a tour has afforded them the exposure they deserve, and if they continue like this then 2018 could well be their year. The material from Dance Moves fits seamlessly into their set, and as good as they are on record nights like tonight confirm that this is a band you really need to experience live. The Role Models have collectively lived the rock ‘n roll lifestyle and their songs reflect their experiences, as a result what you get is a genuine rock ‘n roll sound that embraces the New York punk scene, but with an attitude and sound that have made a smooth transatlantic crossing. They close their all too brief set with a supercharged This Eventually Leads Nowhere that confirms their status as one of the best bands out there.

michaelmonroe12 Dec 17Before Michael Monroe hits the stage it’s no surprise to see that the Jack Daniels is flowing freely at the bar, it would seem that some habits just aren’t worth changing, and the Rebellion Bar is at capacity for a rare intimate club show by a true original. Whilst the glam rock scene might have taken it’s image from Michale Monroe, many of the bands missed the point on the punk sensibility that accompanied the attitude, and as a result they have fallen by the wayside, whereas Michael Monroe has carried on doing what he does best with absolutely no compromise. He enters to the enigmatic strains Ennio Morrione and then kicks things off with sleaze punk of Demoltion 23‘s Nothin’s Alright, any preconceptions you may have had about a Michael Monroe show are well and truly trashed as the opening number owes more to the likes of the Dead Boys than it does to Hanoi Rocks.

michaelmonroe13 Dec 17Over the last few years we’ve lost many of what could be called rock ‘n roll outsiders and legends, but tonight’s set by Michael Monroe confirms that we haven’t quite lost all of them yet, he carries the stage presence of someone has lived the life and whilst the majority of the set owes a bigger debt to sleazy rock ‘n roll than the shows we at The Punk Site would usually cover, you just can’t deny a true icon and original when you’ve see one in the flesh. During his set he parodies the established rock ‘n roll cliches of those that followed in his wake and he delivers an energetic set that covers his entire back catalogue, from Hanoi Rocks through to Demolition 23 and across his prolific solo career. There’s a distinctly hedonistic feel that is carried throughout tonight’s show, something that has pervaded his entire career, and if you can fault tonight’s set then you just don’t love rock ‘n roll.

michaelmonroe4 Dec 17Thankfully Michael Monroe eschews the final encore ritual and just carries straight on through the night and until way beyond tonight’s curfew, of course this includes an amped up version of the Creedence Clearwater Revival classic, Around The Bend, that was one of Hanoi Rocks classic singles and this gets an approrpriately rapturous reception by the packed Rebellion Bar, and a finale of Dead, Jail Or Rock ‘N Roll  and the Johnny Thunders classic I Wanna Be Loved keep the show going long into the night, and ends a perfect set that has run for the best part of two hours. Following his set escape from the venue was impossible until the capacity crowd is sure that his set has actually finally finished and that Michael Monroe has finally left the building. Tonight the combination of the perfect support slot from the Role Models, and the energetic career spanning headline set from Michael Monroe, means that tonight’s show was hard to fault on any level

michaelmonroe6 Dec 17Tonight’s sold out show by one of rock ‘n rolls veterans was something that you need to experience live, his band, including his long term partner in crime Sami Yaffa, has an authentic rock ‘n roll feel that was carried through the entire set, and this contributed to making this one of my favourite shows of 2017. The Role Models part in how much I enjoyed tonight can’t be underestimated, whilst they owe a debt to Michael Monroe they bring their own style with an adrenalized hybrid of power pop, punk and rock ‘n roll. As we finally head out into the freezing Mancunian night I’m left thinking that It’s not often you can say you saw a living legend, but I feel like that was what I experienced tonight, and you really can’t ask for much more from a cold and damp Thursday night out in Manchester.

rolemodels6 Dec 17Live photography is by Dean Unsworth, his Instagram account is located here, and you can click on any of Dean’s photos to view a slide show of the images

Michael Monroe‘s website can be found here

The Role Models Bandcamp is here and their Facebook page is here

The Punk Site review of the Role Models’ Dance Moves album can be read here

Liberty Slaves Facebook page is located here

The Role Models ‘Dance Moves’ Album Released In The USA

Role Models DMThe Role Models released their third album in three years in the UK last month via Glunk Records, now Dance Moves will be available in the US via Rum Bar Records. Dance Moves was originally launched via a Pledge Music campaign that hit it’s goal in less than four hours. The Role Models will on tour in the UK next month with Michael Monroe, and Dance Moves is available on CD in the UK via Glunk Records here and digitally via Bandcamp here

The Punk Site Review of Dance Moves can be read here

You can order Dance Moves in the US via Rum Bar Records here

Role Models Announce UK Tour With Michael Monroe

Role Models UK Tour Nov 17The Role Models have announced that they will be the main support on a short run of UK dates with Michael Monroe this November, the Role Models will be touring in support of their critically acclaimed new album, Dance Moves. Michael Monroe is undertaking the UK dates ahead of his appearance at the sold out Planet Rostock festival.

You can read The Punk Site review of Dance Moves here and the album can be purchased here

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Role Models DM

Role Models

Dance Moves

Glunk Records

Rating: 4/5




Another year has passed and the Role Models have released their third album in three years, the album was originally launched via a Pledge Music campaign that hit it’s goal in less than four hours. Dance Moves takes you through a binge weekend with someone who has a lot to forget, or remember, the highs and lows, the exhilaration and the stinging guilt. The remembrance of loved ones past and the realization of friendships present, wanting to be lost and still yearning to be found, getting lost and being found. Dance Moves follows on from 2016’s critically acclaimed Forest Lawn album and is now available via Glunk Records.

Dance Moves is a step away from the immediate impact that the punkier Forest Lawn album had, this feels like a more mature and refined release and there’s a heavier influence from their rock ‘n roll sensibilities. Dance Moves is a perfect third instalment in a trilogy that has had the same core influences of power pop, punk and rock ‘n roll, with each album bringing one of these qualities to the fore, whether this is intended is something that only the Role Models will know for sure. Dance Moves is another solid album with no moments that have you reaching to skip over any tracks, and embedded in it’ grooves there a few stone cold classics in the shape of the album’s title track, Covered In Mistakes and Wizard Van that prove the Role Models have lost none of edge, or their tendency to pump out guitar hooks that lodge themselves firmly in your brain.

Three album’s in three years is an impressively consistent output for any band, but this is all the more impressive when you consider that the Role Models have released three album’s that each have their own character, yet maintain the Role Model‘s trademark mix of power pop, punk and rock ‘n roll. Add to this that that Dance Moves also features an impressive roster of guest appearances, including members of The Boys, The Scott Sorry Band and Robin Black And The IRS, to bolster their impressive sound, then you have a recipe for a third impressive full length in as many years, making the Role Models one of the most consistent band’s out there at the moment.

Dance Moves is available on CD via Glunk Records here and digitally via Bandcamp here

Role Models Release ‘Dance Moves’ LP

Role Models DMAnother year has passed and the Role Models have released their third album in three years, Dance Moves was originally launched via a Pledge Music campaign that hit it’s goal in less than four hours. Dance Moves takes you through a binge weekend with someone who has a lot to forget, or remember, the highs and lows, the exhilaration and the stinging guilt. The remembrance of loved ones past and the realization of friendships present, wanting to be lost and still yearning to be found, getting lost and being found. Dance Moves follows on from 2016’s critically acclaimed Forest Lawn album and is now available via Glunk Records

Dance Moves is available on CD via Glunk Records here and digitally via Bandcamp here

Camden Rocks Festival Announces Latest Additions To Line Up

Camden Rocks Mar 17Today Camden Rocks Festival confirmed Merseyside’s indie rock legends, The Coral, Sheffield’s Reverend and The Makers will join the 2017 festival line up. Also topping the line-up this year are The Damned, who will play a very special set list exclusively for the Camden Rocks Festival. Having also recently announced The Rifles, Milburn, Carl Barat And The Jackals, Orange Goblin, Ruts DC, The King Blues & many more, this year sees Camden Rocks Festival pushing boundaries further still, set to host 250 bands and artists across 25 of Camden Town’s revered music venues on June 3rd 2017.

Tickets for the Camden Rocks Festival can be purchased here

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Role Models Announce Pledge Campaign For ‘Dance Moves’

Role Models Feb 17 2The 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.

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Scott Sorry UK Tour Feb 17

Scott Sorry / The Empty Page / Role Models

Gullivers, Manchester, UK

23rd February 2017

Rating: 4.5/5




Role Models Feb 17 1A hectic journey into Manchester amidst the chaos of Storm Doris, yes it really was called that, sees us arrive in the nick of time for the Role Models, a band I’ve wanted to see since I first heard last years triumphant Forest Lawn LP, an album that for me was one of the best releases of 2016. In true rock ‘n roll style there is a quick tune up followed by a swig from a hip flask and we’re away. Due to the aforementioned Storm Doris hitting the UK I’m not the only one who’s had trouble getting here, frontman Rags starts to explain the travel problems, but cuts himself short with “you don’t give a shit about that” and they launch into Life Of Today, from this point on it’s clear Role Models are even better live than their album promised.

Role Models Feb 17 2The Role Models play a combination of sleazy glam and punk that is borne of the New York Dolls and the Dead Boys, it’s played with a commitment and attitude that really deserves more than an early opening slot on a Thursday night, they are even better live than they are on record and given how good Forest Lawn was that is no mean feat. New Reason, a track recorded just after the turn of the decade, sounds sharper than ever, this has Cyndi Lauper‘s True Colours segued into it, Rags adds “hey don’t be embarrassed its a good song” to address the bemusement of the crowd, before he takes a hefty gulp from his hip flask and acknowledges the turnout for their early set “maybe this is a town that gives a shit about music”

Role Models Feb 17 3Rags self deprecating humour “I thought I’d be way cooler when I came to the home of Joy Division, ah shut the fuck up man” peppers the set and they play a career spanning snap shot of their own brand of high energy punk rock ‘n roll that closes with a triumphant This Eventually Leads Nowhere, which ends a perfect but all too brief opening set, the reception from the crowd indicates the Role Models will return to Manchester, and if I’m honest I’m already counting the days.  Role Models have a pledge campaign for their new album, Dance Moves, that hit its total in a few days, they are one of the most impressive bands out there, and on the basis of tonight, and their last album, the Role Models are an example of how things should be done. 

Empty Page Feb 17 1Next up are The Empty Page, they were an unknown quantity to me prior to tonight, something that I’m glad has been remedied, they are trio that deliver a chaotic noisy storm that contains elements of riot grrrlll, grunge, eighties indie and punk in their sound, these components are blended randomly together to create a fine discordant set. The members of The Empty Page reflect the seemingly random elements of their sound, from the man mountain of a drummer and their wiry demonic looking guitarist to their vocalist, who embodies the attitude and delivery of the defiant side of the alternative scene. Their sound is bass heavy with more than a nod to the finest, and noisier, moments of the Pixies.

Empty Page Feb 17 2The Empty Page embody the attitude of punk with elements of early grunge along with their own idiosyncratic style that gives them a cross genre that will appeal to those who appreciate the darker side of the alternative scene. The Empty Page carry their own dissonant dark energy and this is something that I hope to experience again, they are another band that epitomises the diversity of Manchester’s music scene. In the face of the problems many small venues are facing in the UK, the majority of these in Manchester remain open and defiantly busy, and impressively It doesn’t matter how many concerts I attend in my home town, it seems there’s always another band to be discovered.

Scott Sorry Feb 17 1Finally we get Scott Sorry, he has returned to recording and live shows after a five year hiatus, their set channels equal parts of early Dropkick Murphys, Rancid and Social Distortion. They make a defiant and impressive start to their set with material from his first solo release, the impressive When We Were Kings album. and tonight’s show is one that embodies high energy punk ‘n roll, a fact underlined by Scott Sorry‘s Johnny Cash T shirt, with its iconic middle finger salute. Scott Sorry revisits their past mid set, with a few songs from the days of Sorry & The Sinatra’s, this has more of an anthemic Street punk feel about it, but the early material blends perfectly into the set.

Scott Sorry Feb 17 2Of course there is no visit from to the UK from an American artist without a reference to Donald Trump, Scott Sorry declares that “Trump is a Cheeto puff motherfucker” and they launch into a furious rendition of the Stiff Little Fingers classic, Suspect Device , in defiance to the policies of the current President, he admits they have chosen this as it isn’t possible to write a better political protest song, and to be honest he has a point as there are few better than this classic from Belfast’s finest. Scott Sorry marks the end to a diverse triple bill of bands that not only bridges the Atlantic, but also marks a union of everything that’s worth a damn in rock n roll, this was another great show at Gullivers that demonstrated that the spirt of rebellion and originality that personifies punk is still alive and well

Scott Sorry Feb 17 3Tonight has been a triumphant triple bill, whether it’s the amazing opening set by the Role Models, that carried the sleaze and attitude of early punk rock, through to the local contribution from The Empty Pages who personifed the independence and creativity of the UK alternative scene, through to the full tilt punk ‘n roll of Scott Sorry, this was an amazing tour and I’m hoping i can catch all three of the bands who played tonight again. As a footnote the end of tonight’s show ended up involving shots of Jagermeister with the Role Models, who insisted I have a drink with them despite the fact I’d just ordered a fresh pint, after that it gets hazy, but that’s a story for another day.

Scott Sorry Feb 17 4On a serious note it’s worth mentioning that two of the bands frontmen, Rags of the Role Models and Scott Sorry, have children that are on the autistic spectrum, the honesty around the level of personal disclosure that was on display tonight was very touching, both bands played songs regarding their children’s struggle with communication, and its admirable that two bands are publicly highlighting an issue that is all too often ignored. The Role Models are also supporting the Haringey Autism branch of the National Autistic Society through their current Pledge Music campaign, a campaign that is well worth supporting on every level.

The National Autistic Society website, where you can access information and donate, is here

The Pledge Music campaign for the new Role Models album, Dance Moves, can be found here

Forest Lawn can be ordered here, streamed via the Role Models Bandcamp here and The Punk Site review is here

The Empty Page‘s website is here and their debut album, Unfolding, can be streamed and purchased here

Scott Sorry‘s website can be found here and his Facebook page is here

Photography is by Dean Unsworth, his Instagram account is located here,

You can click on any of Dean’s photos to view a slide show of the images

The Role Models Announce UK Tour

Role Models Tour Feb 17London power pop quartet the Role Models have announced a UK tour in support of their impressive Forest Lawn album, that was released last year via Glunk Records. The tour will start in Sheffield on the 16th February and the will culminate at the legendary 100 Club in London on the 24th February.

Forest Lawn can be ordered here and streamed via the Role Models Bandcamp here

You can read The Punk Site review of Forest Lawn here

The tour dates can be viewed by clicking on the tour flyer

Camden Rocks Festival Annouces Line Up Additions

Camden Rocks Feb 17Having announced The Damned, Orange Goblin and Ruts DC amongst the first acts to be confirmed for Camden Rocks Festival 2017, today Sheffield’s recently reformed indie pioneers Milburn join the line-up, alongside Camden’s own Carl Barat & The Jackals, The Rifles, The King Blues, The Membranes and many more. Following a sold-out fifth year in 2016, this year will see Camden Rocks Festival up the stakes again, set to host a staggering 250 bands and artists across 25 of Camden Town’s venues on June 3rd 2017.

Tickets for the Camden Rocks Festival 2017 can be purchased here

The full line up of bands appearing at the Camden Rocks Festival 2017 can be viewed below Read More…

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Role Models

Forest Lawn

Glunk Records

Rating: 4.5/5




The Role Models are a London based quartet who arose from the ashes of The Loyalties, they have played their brand of punk rock since the turn of the decade and it would seem that they have been slowly building up to making this album. The Role Models sound is informed by the American bands that were so influential on the fledgling punk scene in the 1970’s, but they have taken this sound and given it a contemporary feel. Forest Lawns is their sophomore album, it follows 2015’s The Go To Guy, that was a fine album in it’s own right but Forest Lawn is a serious progression from their debut full length.

From the opening track, Radio, it becomes clear that the Role Models have delivered an album of anthemic punk power pop, but what separates this album from the herd is that every single track on Forest Lawn hits the spot. As you would expect it’s mostly an uptempo affair, but when the pace does slow it’s done with style, Bullshit Corner is the perfect example of this as it’s the best song that Johnny Thunders never wrote. The choruses are all infectious, the guitar breaks will make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up and the production and mix on Forest Lawn suits the material perfectly, as a result every track on Forest Lawn is a slice of perfect punk rock that carries a slightly sleazy rock n roll quality.

If you wanted to criticise this album you could argue that it’s living in the past, but firstly, given this album is so damn good I don’t care whether it’s three decades in the past or transported from the future, and secondly, this is a contemporary take that is informed by the bands that came before them, if you took the best parts from bands such as The Dead Boys, The New York Dolls and The Only Ones and used those elements to make a perfect album this would be the result. I honestly can’t fault Forest Lawn on any level. This is one of the best albums you’ll hear this year and I’m blown away by this quartet’s sophomore release, on the strength of Forest Lawn they should be destined for great things.

Forest Lawn can be ordered, and I think you should order it, here

The Role Models bandcamp can be found here