Sex Pistols

SEX PISTOLS
“Never Mind The Bollocks (Deluxe Edition)

[UNIVERSAL]

To mark 35 years since its original release, a bumper “Bollocks” box-set has been released this month, along with, for the less fanatical, or more cash strapped punter, this ‘deluxe’ double-disc package. Disc One is “Bollocks” in all its glory. A dozen songs that have stood the test of time and all these years later still pack a mighty punch made up of raucous anthems. I hardly ever spin the original album, but I don’t need to, these songs are etched in to my consciousness. Not only is the music still absolutely rocking, and loaded with Jonesy’s beefy riffs, but Johnny’s vocals remain truly volatile, as he goads, threatens, and snarls at an unsuspecting populace. The rhyming of “Birmingham” and “Abortion” in “Bodies” is lyrical genius.

Let’s not forget too, the album was recorded whilst the band were in a state of flux, with original bassist Glen Matlock jettisoned in favour of the uber charismatic, but musically inept, Sid Vicious. So inept, that Steve Jones recorded most of the bass parts as well on these songs, showing he wasn’t exactly the “Lazy Sod” he professed to be.

Tagged on to Disc One are the B-Sides of their 7″s, all great songs in their own right, but there’s no “I Wanna Be Me”. Not sure why. The pisstaking “New York”, with Johnny sniping about those “poor little faggots” in the NY Dolls, who Malcolm McLaren had managed a few years earlier, is surely evidence the internal battle lines were already being drawn. And listening to “EMI”, the irony wasn’t lost on me that their current label (Universal) is in the process of acquiring said label that hastily cut their losses with the ‘Pistols back in the day. What comes around eh…

Disc Two is live recordings from ’77. A bootleg of the Sweden set will have long been housed in completest collections, and to close are 3 rough tracks from Penzance, Cornwall… “Problems/No Fun/Anarchy”… total primal energy… bosh!

So, that’s what you get on this double-deluxe-disc package. I know pretty much everyone who would want a copy of “Bollocks” already has at least one version, but its historic importance cannot be overstated. The music really does still sound that fuckin’ great. It’s an unlimited supply… and you know the reason why!

Words: Pete Craven

Sex Pistols ‘Holidays in the Sun’ video – unseen footage


Its only been 35 years in the waiting but today marks the release of a promo video for Sex Pistols’s classic ‘Holidays in the Sun’. Unlike the Sex Pistols other single’s from the infamous ‘Never Mind The Bollocks, Here’s The Sex Pistols’ (‘Anarchy in the UK’, ‘God Save The Queen’ and ‘Pretty Vacant’) no promo video for ‘Holidays in the Sun’ was ever filmed.

The newly released promo video was edited by longtime Sex Pistols collaborator Julien Temple and has been compiled from previously unreleased footage especially for use on the limited edition super deluxe box set ‘Never Mind The Bollocks, Here’s The Sex Pistols’.

Temple comments on the vibrant video saying:

“The live performance was shot using one camera and shows the extraordinary captivating quality of the band at the time. There was shock in the room, it was hypnotising, contagious, and unfolded right in front of you. It was filmed in Penzance in September 1977, the Pistols arrived unannounced and the audience couldn’t believe what they were getting”

Limited edition super deluxe box set ‘Never Mind The Bollocks, Here’s The Sex Pistols’ is due to be released September 24th through Universal Music UK.

Thrice Reveal ‘Anthology’ Details

Thrice (who are currently on a hiatus after 13 years and eight full-length releases) have announced details of several pre-order packages for their forthcoming live recording, ‘Anthology’.. The record features 24 songs from their ‘Farewell Tour’ and will be available digitally, on two CDs, and as a limited edition box set containing four LP’s. The LP box set is limited to just 3000 stamped and numbered pieces and will include a 24-page photo booklet along with 2 black LP’s and 2 white LP’s all on 180 gram vinyl.

Drummer Riley Breckenridge stated:

“Is a live record that is truly live. There are no overdubs, no edits and no pitch corrections. We wanted this to be an honest and accurate representation of a show from our Farewell Tour and a memento for our fans, and that’s exactly what it is.”

‘Anthology’ track listing:
1. Yellow Belly
2. Image of the Invisible
3. The Artist In The Ambulance
4. Kill Me Quickly
5. Under A Killing Moon
6. Silhouette
7. In Exile
8. The Weight
9. Promises
10. Daedalus
11. Words In The Water
12. Of Dust And Nations
13. Red Sky
14. The Earth Will Shake
15. The Messenger
16. Digital Sea
17. Stare At The Sun
18. Deadbolt
19. To Awake And Avenge The Dead
20. Beggars
21. Come All You Weary
22. Phoenix Ignition
23. T & C
24. Anthology

Fans are able to per-order ‘Anthology’ here.

Gallows album release show photo gallery


On Sunday 9th September Gallows played the tiny Fighting Cocks venue in Kingston to celebrate the launch of their third and self-titled studio album. Of course the show was completely sold out and a great success. If you missed out on the gig we’ve got a treat for you. Whack on ‘Last June’ (embedded below) and absorb into up and coming photographer Joe Brady‘s photo gallery and it’s like you’re almost there. In the words of Joe, “Gallows tore the Fighting Cocks a new one.” Enjoy.

WATCH VIDEO FOOTAGE FROM THIS ELECTRIC SHOW COURTESY OF JAMES SHERRY’S MAN CAM

Words: Emma Wallace
Photos: Joe Brady

Title Fight Documentary and Single

Today, Crossfire favourites Title Fight dropped latest single ‘Secret Society‘ which is from their forthcoming full-length record ‘Floral Green‘. The single can be purchased here via Side One Dummy Records and is available to stream below.

In other Title Fight news, the band recently posted the second part of their documentary (directed/edited by Alex Henery) online. The short film features the band at Studio 4 in Conshohocken, PA with engineer/producer Will Yip. Watch it below:

The Sword Release Album via Napalm Records


Having sold more than 200,000 units in the U.S. alone, The Sword are major contenders in the current heavy music market. The band have announced they will release their 4th LP on November 5, 2012 which will feature cover art by legendary comic book artists J.H. Williams III (Batwoman, Promethea).

The album entitled ‘Apocryphon’ – which was produced and mixed by J. Robbins (Clutch, Jawbox)- will be released in Europe via renowned metal label Napalm Records.

New Deftones Album Release Date


Deftones are amazing, and that’s a fact. The influential band have announced they will be back to pummel our ear drums with their 7th studio album this winter. The obscurely titled ‘Koi No Yokan’ will hit the shelves on 12th November 2012 via Reprise Records. Get excited, we already are.

To remind us just how perfect Deftones are, below is ‘Rocket Skates’ taken from last album ‘Diamond Eyes’.

Circa Survive DIY Album Details


American band Circa Survive have announced the release of their fourth full-length album, ‘VIOLENT WAVES‘, due out on August 28th. The five-piece band recorded and self-produced the eleven-track album earlier this year at Studio 4 in their hometown of Philadelphia and will be self-releasing the album using direct-to-fan distribution, a step away from thier previous endevaours with Equal Vision and Atalntic Records.

In conjunction with Topspin Media, The Uprising Creative and Firebrand, the band has built a web delivery system that will allow them to deliver their new album directly to fans without any record label or distributor involvement. The band – who’s style is rooted in progressive-rock and punk- have a close relationship with their fans and believe this method as the best way of connecting with them and establishing the future of Circa Survive in the current economic climate.

Guitarist Colin Frangicetto comments:

“Collectively we’ve run the gamut from working with really small DIY labels to big indies all the way to a major label. The band has learned a ton from each of those experiences and at this point feel confident in our ability to successfully produce, release and promote a record on our own. There’s really nothing more satisfying to us then bringing our vision to the world in this way.”

Vocalist Anthony Green added:

“By choosing to download our music directly from us, you are choosing to give our band a future and directly supporting us and our families.”

A variety of bundle options are available including deluxe vinyl packaging hand-painted by the band members, or for just $5 fans can purchase the digital version of Violent Waves.

Orders can be made directly through the band here.

Expect an album review and UK/Euro show announcements to follow here at Crossfire.

Words: Emma Wallace

Gallows announce tour & release

Gallows have burst back into the consciousness of the punk scene with the announcement of a new album, tour and FREE single download ‘Last June’ available via www.gallows.co.uk

The bands next full length release will hit the shelves in September, the 12 track record will be the bands first since the departure of Frank Carter and the arrival of former Alexisonfire man Wade MacNeil as vocalist. The album will be self-titled with the following track listing:

‘Victim Culture’
‘Everybody Loves You (When You’re Dead)’
‘Last June’
‘Outsider Art’
‘Vapid Adolescent Blues’
‘Austere’
‘Depravers’
‘Odessa’
‘Nations’
‘Never Enough’
‘Cult Of Mary’
‘Cross Of Lorraine’

In support of the release Gallows will be hitting the road and touring across the UK with the opener taking place at Brighton’s Haunt and the tour closing at Camden’s Underworld. Support will come from Feed The Rhino and Brotherhood of the Lake

OCTOBER
03 BRIGHTON Haunt
04 EXETER Cavern
05 BRISTOL Fleece
06 MANCHESTER Club Academy
08 NEWCASTLE O2 Academy 2
09 GLASGOW King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut
11 NOTTINGHAM Rock City Basement
12 SHEFFIELD Corporation
13 STOKE Sugarmill
14 WREXHAM Central Station
15 LEEDS Cockpit
16 PETERBOROUGH Club Revolution
17 BIRMINGHAM O2 Academy 2
19 LONDON Underworld

October release for Bones Brigade : An Autobiography

Following the successful premiere’s of Stacy Peralta’s new documentary Bones Brigade : An Autobiography, the director has announced overnight his desire to release the film publicly in October this year. Speaking to an energy drink website on the subject of distribution Peralta says:

“I’m very excited with the road we’re taking with this film. It looks like we are going to self-release theatrically and make a deal with a company called Topspin Media that is going to manage our entire presence on the web. This will include selling “Bones Brigade” directly from our website via download and DVD, as well as many other things. We will be doing the final on-line and sound mix in late June to have it finished July 1st. Our plan is to release sometime in early October.”

Put it on your Xmas present list.

The film had its UK premiere this week month at a screening at the Sheffield Doc Fest this Wednesday night with another screening about to run this weekend on Sunday.

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