THE LORDS OF THE NEW CHURCH AND MORE UNEARTHED: Two-CD release from Blixa Sounds, due July 20, features the band’s self-titled 1982 debut, plus bonus tracks and live set.


LOS ANGELES, Calif. — The 1982 self-titled debut by post-punk supergroup the Lords of the New Church will be unearthed for a new generation of fans by Blixa Sounds Records on July 20, 2018.


This special edition two-CD set titled Lords of the New Church: Special Edition features all 10 tracks from the band’s 1982 self-titled debut, originally released by I.R.S. Records in the U.S., plus the B-side bonus tracks “Girls Girls Girls” and “Young Don’t Cry,” as well as the single version of the band’s modern rock hit, “Open Your Eyes.” The album is augmented by a 13-track 1982 live set — culled from the band’s own vault — featuring the Lords in all their glory at My Father’s Place, the legendary Long Island, N.Y. nightclub. Aside from live versions of the songs on their debut, the second disc includes the Lords’ reading of the Allen Toussaint classic “Fortune Teller.” The set includes a 12-page, full-color booklet, featuring photos of the band, replicas of gig posters and new liners noted by music journalist Craig Rosen, who interviewed the band in 1983 for his college newspaper.


The Lords of the New Church were formed in 1980 by Stiv Bator and Brian James, both survivors of the punk wars of the late ’70s. James was a founding member and chief songwriter of U.K. punks the Damned, responsible for such classics as “New Rose” and “Neat Neat Neat.” Bator was the mouthpiece of young, loud and snotty Cleveland punks the Dead Boys, known for such classics as “Sonic Reducer” and “Caught With the Meat in Your Mouth.” It was record mogul Miles Copeland, founder of the I.R.S. Records label and older brother of Police drummer Stewart, who suggested the Bator-James alliance.


Initially, the Lords were a punk supergroup of sorts, with its first rhythm section consisting of ex-Generation X bassist Tony James and two-time Clash drummer Terry Chimes. Though they didn’t last, their song “Russian Roulette” stayed, and made the band’s debut album. Bassist Dave Tregunna of Sham 69 was eventually recruited with Damned drummer Rat Scabies joining the fold for a single 1980 gig billed as the Dead Damned Sham Band. By the time Scabies was replaced by Nick Turner, formerly of London-based neo-surf combo the Barracudas, the band was rechristened the Lords of the New Church.


Recorded at Farmyard Studios in the U.K. and produced by the Lords, the band’s 10-track 1982 debut is an unholy mix of punk, glam, garage rock and goth, giving those too young to catch the Damned and the Dead Boys in their prime the opportunity to experience the legends of Bator and James in real time.


Delivered at the beginning of the Reagan-Thatcher years, Bator’s lyrics perfectly caught the paranoia of the time, observing, “They threaten our lives with nuclear war” in the opening salvo “New Church.” He takes it a step further in the band’s biggest hit and album standout “Open Your Eyes.” Over a galloping punky reggae rhythm provided by James et al., Bator sings, “Video games train the kids for war / Army chic in high-fashion stores,” later adding “nuclear politicians’ picture show / the acting’s lousy but the blind don’t know.” Those lyrics were timely in ’82, and sadly they’re still relevant today; only the puppetheads in charge have changed.


Elsewhere, the Lords served up the defiantly politically incorrect “Eat Your Heart Out,” aimed at a “rich bitch” Stiv wants to “shut up and sit down,” a killer cover of the Balloon Farm nugget “Question of Temperature,” and other raging originals, including the tribal stomp of “Portobello,” the big beat psych-pop of “Livin’ on Livin’,” and the eve-of-destruction rocker “Holy War.”


While the band was touring to support the album in March 1983, an aspiring college journalist caught up with the Lords prior to a gig at Perkins Palace in Pasadena, California. What he witnessed was not rock ’n’ roll excess, but rather a group of seasoned professionals working hard to break through. Their day consisted of a TV appearance, interviews, soundcheck, a quick trip back to the hotel, and then the gig. Bator was wisecracking and rail thin; James, more soft-spoken and serious. “We’re four geezers who got together because we got along with each other,” James noted. Bator, at the time, was down on punk, which had been co-opted by violent skinheads, and was seeking to offer fans an alternative. “It’s all just a repeating of clichés and slogans of the past,” he said. “It’s become a fashion instead of a movement of passion like it was.”


While the Lords went on to record two other studio albums, their self-titled debut remains their finest hour (actually, a quick-hit 34 minutes). Bator died in 1990 after being hit by a car in Paris. According to legend, his girlfriend snorted some of his ashes and sprinkled the rest on the grave of Jim Morrison

Stiv may be gone, but it’s not too late for you to worship at the altar of the Lords and join the New Church. Shut up and sit down, and give it a listen.



Lords Of The New Church: Special Edition

Disc One:

1. New Church

2. Russian Roulette

3. Question of Temperature

4. Eat Your Heart Out

5. Portobello

6. Open Your Eyes

7. Livin’ On Livin’

8. Li’l Boys Play With Dolls

9. Apocalypso

10. Holy War

Bonus Tracks

11. Girls, Girls, Girls

12. Young Don’t Cry

13. Open Your Eyes (Single Version)

Disc Two:

(Live From My Father’s Place 1982)

1. New Church

2. Question of Temperature

3. Girls Girls Girls

4. Livin’ On Livin’

5. Eat Your Heart Out

6. Russian Roulette

7. Fortune Teller

8. Open Your Eyes

9. Li’l Boys Play with Dolls

10. Holy War

11. Portobello

12. Apocalypso

13. New Church

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MINISTRY Announces Fall 2018 North American Tour


American industrial juggernaut MINISTRY will continue to support their critically acclaimed album “AmeriKKKant” with a full U.S. tour this November and December. Joining them are new wave of synthwave cessations CARPENTER BRUT and manic avant garde industrial act IGORRR.


“I think the sets are going to work really well together,” commented MINISTRY mastermind Al Jourgensen. “Looking forward to seeing the masses collapsing into a puddle of sweat by the end of the festivities.”


General admission tickets will be available for purchase starting Friday, June 8 at 10 a.m. local time.


Confirmed dates are as follows:


Nov. 21 – San Francisco, CA – The Warfield
Nov. 23 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot
Nov. 24 – Denver, CO – Fillmore
Nov. 27 – Minneapolis, MN – Skyway Theatre

Nov. 29 – Joliet, IL – The Forge
Nov. 30 – Cleveland, OH – Agora Theatre
Dec. 01 – Detroit, MI – Majestic Theater
Dec. 02 – Toronto, ON – Rebel
Dec. 04 – Rochester, NY – Anthology
Dec. 05 – Washington, DC – Fillmore
Dec. 06 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza
Dec. 07 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza
Dec. 08 – Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory
Dec. 10 – Asheville, NC – Orange Peel
Dec. 11 – Memphis, TN – New Daisy Theater
Dec. 12 – Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey
Dec. 13 – Houston, TX – House of Blues Houston
Dec. 14 – San Antonio, TX – Aztec Theater
Dec. 16 – Phoenix, AZ – Marquee
Dec. 18 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues San Diego
Dec. 20 – Los Angeles, CA – The Fonda
Dec. 21 – Los Angeles, CA – The Fonda


Joining Jougensen in MINISTRY’s most recent touring lineup were drummer Derek Abrams, vocalist Burton C. Bell (FEAR FACTORY), live scratcher DJ Swamp (BECK, THE CRYSTAL METHOD), alongside longtime bandmembers Sin Quirin and Cesar Soto on guitars, Tony Campos (FEAR FACTORY, STATIC-X, ASESINO, CAVALERA CONSPIRACY) on bass, and keyboardist John Bechdel (KILLING JOKE, FEAR FACTORY).

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GLENN DANZIG: ‘Hidden Lyrics Of The Left Hand Volume II’ Due In August


The second collection of lyrics of Glenn Danzig songs from DANZIG, SAMHAIN and the MISFITS will be released as “Hidden Lyrics Of The Left Hand Volume II”, featuring illustrations by long-time Danzig and Verotik collaborator Simon Bisley.


The book, which will be available in August, can be ordered at your local comic or indie record shop, or from the Verotik-World eBay store.


The first volume of “Hidden Lyrics Of The Left Hand” book with illustrations by Bisley came out in 2010. The book was meant to appease every Danzig fan who was dying to know the lyrics to all the DANZIG, MISFITS and SAMHAIN songs — tracks that never had their “dark verses” printed.


Bisley has painted many album covers for Danzig, including the latest CD, 2017’s “Black Laden Crown”.

As previously reported, Glenn Danzig and his band will perform DANZIG’s 1992 album, “Danzig III: How The Gods Kill”, live in its entirety exclusively at this year’s Psycho Las Vegas festival, set to take place August 17-19 at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. It will mark the only time “Danzig III” will be played in full in the U.S. this year.


Glenn previously played “How The Gods Kill” live at Riot Fest and his own Blackest Of The Black festival last year.


Glenn will also celebrate DANZIG’s 30th anniversary this year by playing a limited number of special shows in Europe in August.


The run begins August 2 at Wacken Open Air, where DANZIG will headline one of the main stages, and includes stops in the U.K., Germany, Luxembourg and Czech Republic. DANZIG will complete the tour with a headlining performance at Brutal Assault festival on August 11 in Jaromer, Czech Republic.

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Rock the Dock Concert Series – L.A. Guns PRESENTED BY 96.7 The Eagle at Prairie Street Brewing 200 Prairie St. Rockford, IL (Home of Cheap Trick)


The well-known and respected local rocker and all around funnyman Johnny Monaco and the band he’s recently been hired to perform guitar duties with the always awesome L.A. Guns played their first show in the region at Rockford Friday night with the guitarist in tow and it did not disappoint.


First of all I have to say that the station 96.7 The Eagle really know how to throw a party. It’s obvious that although this was news to me the locals are quite accustomed to it. The Prairie Street Brewing is fun filled venue on the shores of the Rock River with a great staff and a helluva menu. I had the pulled pork sandwich which was served up proper on a pretzel roll. As a Man B Que member if not done right I’d have ripped it but it was perfect and helped absorb some of the finer spirits I induced this evening. I’m very particular when it comes to BBQ. To support L.A. Guns the station brought out wig wearing 80’s tribute rockers  Sunset Strip who were a lot more Hairbangers Ball than Steel Panther and they were followed by another well know regional hard rocking outfit  Hessler as the sun had begun to set. At 930 it was the band we suffered for 3 hours of Chicago Friday rush hour gridlock to show our adoration for, the very great L.A. Guns.


The band came out blazing as always and Johnny Monaco seemed like a really good fit. Tracii who is well documented by now one of my favorite players to watch live has always decent and humble enough to take the back seat from time to time and let the second guitarist shine on their own a little bit and the show in Rockford was no exception. The opening number “The Devil Made Me Do It” which was penned by former axeman Michael Grant boated Monaco’s slick fingering.  He also had his talents showcased during the twin lead of my fave “Over the Edge” and again on “Jelly Jam” later in the set.


L.A. Guns have been non-stop criss-crossing the planet for just over a year now and from what I’ve read have begun work on a follow up to last year’s blockbuster “The Missing Peace”. If there must be a downside of the blistering hard rocking set is that it wasn’t long enough and they left out “Kiss My Love Goodbye” a staple of the legend that is L.A. Guns. I really wish they’d push the set closer to 2 hours as they obviously have the stamina and ability.


The current L.A. Guns lineup is vocalist Phil Lewis, lead guitarist Tracii Guns, rhythm guitarist Johnny Monaco, bassist Johnny Martin and drummer Shane Fitzgibbon.


Setlist June 1, 2018

The Devil Made Me Do It

Electric Gypsy

No Mercy

Over the Edge

Sex Action

One More Reason

The Flood’s the Fault of the Rain


Don’t Look at Me That Way


Never Enough

Jelly Jam

The Ballad of Jayne

Rip and Tear


A big thank you to Captain Jack at 96.7 The Eagle and the entire staff at Prairie Street Brewing. Please give us reason to return. You all truly rock ROCKFORD!
























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The Riot Fest first wave lineup is here. September 14, 15, & 16 at Douglas Park, Chicago



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