Antifolk-punk pioneer Hank Osasuna aka Spinmaster Plantpot tells Julie Cruickshank about his influences and his TV work.
Belgium post-punk band Whispering Sons talk to Eoghan Lyng about their critically acclaimed second album 'Several Others' and forthcoming British tour.
Italian blues musician Elli de Mon speaks to Julie Cruickshank about her dazzling new album 'Countin' the Blues', upon which she covers early female blues artists,, as well as her punk and garage influences and playing the blues all over Europe.
Andrew Twambley chats to Richard Jobson, lead singer of Scottish punk / New Wave legends The Skids about their new covers LP, 'Songs From A Haunted Ballroom', which pays homage to the Kinema Ballroom in their hometown of Dunfermline.
John Clarkson speaks to guitarist Mark Taylor from Australian 70s punk act The Lipstick Killers about ‘Strange Flash’, their new double CD retrospective.
Gary Jones, Jon Hodgson and Lee McFadden from post-punk band Cult Figures speak to John Clarkson about their reformation after an absence of 36 years and new album ‘DerItend'.
Members guitarist and frontman JC Carroll speaks to Andrew Twambley about the punk/reggae band’s new and seventh album ‘Bedsitland’ and his recent autobiography ‘Still Annoying the Neighbours’.
Drummer and founder member of punk legends The Damned Rat Scabies chats to Andrew Twambley about his first shows with the group in 25 years and his new album with Chris Constantinou, ‘One Thousand Motels’.
Penetration vocalist Pauline Murray speaks to Andrew Twambley about her new solo album 'Elemental' and her 70's punk background.
Pioneering Jamaican DJ, singer and producer Prince Hammer chats to Adam Coxon about his storied career and his experiences working with luminaries from the worlds of dub, reggae and punk.
Amanda J. Window speaks to Jonny Fluffypunk – a poet in love with the spirit of punk and DIY. He explains why he recently jumped at the chance to 'sell out'.
John Clarkson speaks to Valli, the bassist and guitarist with Italian female rock and roll/punk trio Smalltown Tigers, about 'Five Things', their debut mini-album.
Singer-songwriter and punk veteran Tom Robinson speaks to John Clarkson about his forthcoming 70th birthday and his past and present career.
Bassist and vocalist with post-punk band Gina Birch talks to John Clarkson about the 40th Anniversary vinyl reissue of their classic self-titled debut album.
Adrian Janes speaks to singer and bass player from Arizonian post-punk band Audra about their fourth album and first release in ten years, 'Dear Tired Friends'.
Richard Jobson, the frontman with 70's-formed Scottish punk band the Skids, speaks to John Clarkson about their reunion, new acoustic album 'Peaceful Times', and his forthcoming solo tour.
Richard Jobson, the frontman with 70's-formed Scottish punk band Skids, speaks to John Clarkson about their reunion, new acoustic album 'Peaceful Times', and his forthcoming solo tour.
John Clarkson speaks to Olivier Libaux from French band Nouvelle Vague, who have divided fans and critics by covering late 70s and early 80s punk and new wave songs as bossa nova tunes, about their new compilation album 'Curiosities' and current European tour.
Dreams to Fill the Vacuum
The Sounds of Sheffield 1978-1988
Proud Sheffielder Fiona Hutchings checks out the latest curated collection from Cherry Red Records promising plenty of punk and post punk gems, including twelve previously unreleased tracks.
Big Gold Dreams
John Clarkson examines new five-CD box set 'Big Gold Dreams', which documents Scottish punk and independent music between 1977 and 1989, and proves to be the definitive account of a definitive era.
Dastardly joins the Time Team crew on a dig through the archive of US punk/alt.rock icons Husker Du with 'Savage Young Du', a new three CD box set.
Andrew Czezowski and Susan Carrington
The Roxy Our Story and Rick Poyner (Ed)/Oh So Pretty: Punk in Print 1976-1980
Adrian Janes reflects on two new books on 1970's punk, one on the legendary Roxy Club and the other on punk fanzines and writing
Gary J. Jucha
The Clash FAQ
Tony Gaughan finds American Gary Jucha's'The Clash FAQ' to be the definitive book on the seminal punk band
Anthony Strutt introduces us to his early heroes The Folk Devils, a seminal 1980s post-punk act whose only album, 'Goodnight Irony', has been recently re-released alongside some session tracks on a collection called 'Beautiful Monster'.
Punk 1976-78 - British Library
Adrian Janes finds that the Punk 1976-78 exhibition in the British Library, though by no means exhaustive, succeeds in conveying something of the fraught circumstances in which the punk movement arose in the UK and the excitement and great creative energy it unleashed
Adrian Janes examines ‘Ork Records; New York, New York’, a well-produced double CD package which tells the story of influential 1970’s punk/new wave label Ork Records
Adrian Huggins reflects on 'Razor Blades And Aspirin: 1990-1993', a superb new box set from North East punk legends Leatherface, which compiles together three of their finest albums with B-Sides and rarities
Chris Stein - Negative: Me, Blondie and the Advent of Punk, Somerset Hous
Adrian Janes enjoys Blondie guitarist Chris Stein's evocative recent exhibition at Somerset House in London, which documents the 70's New York punk/new wave scene and his band's forty year career
Len Bright Combo
The Len Bright Combo were a short-lived garage/punk band fronted by Stiff Records' Wreckless Eric. Malcolm Carter examines both their albums, 'The Len Bright Combo' and 'Combo Time', which have recently been reissued by Fire Records
I Dreamed I Was a Very Clean Tramp
Adrian Janes examines 70's punk icon and Voidoids front man Richard Hell's new autobiography, 'I Dreamed I Was a Very Clean Tramp'
Dave Goodwin talks to acclaimed photographer Sheila Rock about her new book ‘Punk+’, which features her classic photos of the 70's punk era
Tom Fogarty enjoys 1980 cynical cult film ‘Breaking Glass’, which starring Hazel O’Connor and about a punk band's rise to fame, has just been re-released in a collector’s edition on DVD
John Clarkson looks back on the career of 70's band the Outsiders, which was the first group of Adrian Borland from the Sound, and who are often seen as being the the first punk band to self-release an album
Andrew Carver reflects upon South London punk/rock 'n' roll band the Godfathers first two major label releases, 1988's 'Birth, School, Work, Death' and 1989's 'More Songs about Love and Hate', which have both recently been reissued
Malcolm Carter reflects upon under rated 70's punk/new wave band the Distractions, who have released two new EPs, 'Black Velvet' and 'Come Home', during the last few months
Academy 3, Manchester, 21/2/2020
Denzil Watson watches Balkan ska/punk collective Dubioza Kolektiv play an energetic set at the Academy 3 in Manchester.
I Am Lono
Bodega, Nottingham, 27/2/2020
Dave Goodwin at the Bodega in Nottingham enjoys a night of dark post-punk/synth rock from promising new band I Am Lono.
Moth Club, London, 23/1/2020,
Dastardly braves the January cold for some heartwarming DIY punk rock from London three-piece Big Joanie.
New Cross Inn, London, 5/9/2019
Ben Howarth at the New Cross Inn in London enjoys an emotionally intense set to promote their second album 'Wasted Energy' from rising Melbourne punk band Press Club.
OC Fair and Event Center in Costa Mesa, 10/3/2019
L. Paul Mann enjoys the third and final day of the 12th annual Musink Festival in California which featured an onslaught of punk veterans.
Gang Of Four
Borderline, London, 12/4/2019
Adrian Janes watches influential post-punk the Gang of Four in a show at the Borderline in London play a fiery set to promote their new album 'Happy Now'.
Radical Dance Faction
Trades Club, Hebden Bridge, 19/1/2019
Helen Tipping enjoys an upbeat set at the Trades Club in Hebden Bridge to promote their new album 'Daydream Dystopia' from punk/dub/ska group Radical Dance Faction.
Academy 3, Manchester, 7/11/2018
Denzil Watson has fallen in deep, deep like with Balkan ska-rap-punk-Balkan folk act Dubioza Kolektiv. They deliver a barnstorming set in the basement of Manchester Academy.
Professor and the Madman
100 Club, London, 11/8/2018
In a venue forever linked to the pioneers of punk, Peter Cole watches two of the old guard come together with some American visitors to show London how it's done in a Damned good show.
Hydro, Glasgow, 19/6/2018
John Clarkson at the Hydro in Glasgow watches punk legends the Damned in a set in support of the Hollywood Vampires play a set of their classic singles and songs.
(With Therapy?), 02 Academy, Liverpool, 6/3/2018
Richard Lewis watches punk legends the Stranglers showcase their impressive live firepower at a full capacity, extremely hot O2 Academy in Liverpool with Northern Irish rockers Therapy? in support.
Canyon Club, Agoura, 4/3/2018
L.Paul Mann watches punk/new wave band the Psychedelic Furs play a powerful set of classic hits at the the Canyon Club in Agoura in California.
Gang Of Four
Metro, Chicago, 30/9/2016
Lisa Torem watches as post-punk outfit Gang of Four bowl over new fans as well as old at a gig at Chicago's intimate Metro
John Cooper Clarke
Bakewell Town Hall, Bakewell, 1/6/2016
Nicky Crewe watches John Cooper Clarke perform an exuberant set of punk poetry at Bakewell Town Hall
Magnet, Liverpool, 31/3/2016
John Hogkinson watches reformed 70's punk band Penetration at The Magnet make a forceful return to Liverpool thirty-seven years after they last played there
South London Stinks
Disco Zombies, who were post-punk proteges of John Peel. get an essential reissue – and send Maarten Schiethart on a trip down memory lane.
Sean O’Brien and His Dirty Hands
My Colors Dark
Ben Howarth refelcts upon Californian singer-songwriter Sean O'Brien's eighth solo album from last year, which is an enjoyable ride from power-pop to angsty punk.
In our 'Re:View' section, in which our writers look back at albums from the past, Nicky Crewe reflects on Manchester post-punk band the Mothmen's long-lost only album 'Pay Attention', which has just been released on CD for the first time
Rocket From the Tombs
The Day the Earth Met the Rocket From the Tombs
In our 'Re:View' section, in which our writers look back at albums from the past, Jon Rogers reflects on the turbulent career of short-lived mid 70's punk pioneers Rocket From the Tombs, and their recently reissued posthumous 2002 album of demos and live recordings, 'The Day the Earth Met...'
In our 'Re:View' section', in which our writers look back at albums from the past, Jon Rogers' reflects upon female post-punk outfit the Raincoats' 1981 experimental second album, 'Odyshape', which has recently been re-released
Andrew Carver looks at London-formed band the Lucy Show's post-punk debut album, '...undone', which has recently been reissued on the American Words On Music label
Jon Rogers reflects on all-female post-punk group the Raincoats' self-titled 1979 album, which has recently been re-released
Sad Lovers and Giants
Feed the Flames
In our 'Re: View' column, in which our writers look back at albums from the past, Anthony Strutt examines Watford-based post-punk band Sad Lovers and Giants' recently reissued 1983 second album, 'Feeding the Flame'
Isa and the Filthy Tongues
John Clarkson looks at Edinburgh-based post-punk act Isa and the Filthy Tongues debut album, 'Addiction', which has just been re-released in an extended edition
Script of the Bridge
Anthony Strutt writes about Manchester post punk group the Chameleons' 1983 debut album, 'Script of the Bridge', which has just been re-released in a 25th anniversary double CD remastered edition
The Sufferer and the Witness
In the latest in our Re : View series, in which our writers look back at albums from previous years, Alex Halls examines Chicago quartet punk Rise Against's fourth album 'The Sufferer and the Witness;, which he missed out on when it was released last year
Re : View-Penetration
In the latest in our Re : View series, in which our writers look back at albums from the past,Andrew Carver examines British punk band Penetration's 1978 debut album 'Moving Targets'
Re : View-Thrice
The Artist in the Ambulance
In his first article for us new Pennyblackmusic writer Andy Vincent writes about the impact hardcore/punk band Thrice's album 'The Artist in the Ambulance' had on him after he unexpectedly discovered them at the start of his college's summer holidays
Re : View-V/A
In the latest in our 'Re : View' series, in which our writers lookk back on albums of the past, Andrew Carver examines 'Vancouver Complication', a classic 1979 punk compilation, which has just been reissued on Sudden Death Records with extra tracks
Re : view-The Nils
Alex Soria, the leader of the influential Canadian punk band The Nils, died in December. Andrew Carver looks back over his legacy and at his band's often maligned 1988 self-titled debut album
In Dreams Begin Responsibilities
In his new column, European Sun's Steve Miles continues to assess what punk means to him, and in the second part of a two part article examines the latter five out of ten groups that transformed his life.
In Dreams Begin Responsibilities
In his new column, European Sun's Steve Miles admits that he is ‘a punk through and through’ and verifies the point by citing in the first part of a two part article five out of the ten incomparable bands that changed his life.
Ten Songs That Made Me Love
Eoghan Lyng selects tracks by punk legends The Clash for this month’s edition of 'Ten Songs That Made Me Love...' Following the band’s progress, the cuts chart the outfit’s progress from London upstarts to their incorporation of many of the musical trends that came to define the 1980s.
The Stiff Records Story
in her regular 'Raging Pages' book column Lisa Torem finds that Richard Balls' book ‘Be Stiff’, which is about the rise and fall of Stiff Records, imbues a classic, cultural relevance and that its heroes made an indelible mark on pop/punk music.
Ten Songs That Made Me Love...
Mary O'Meara in 'Ten Songs That Made Me Love...' writes of some of her favourite songs by post-punk band The The, the project of London-based singer-songwriter and experimental musician Matt Johnson
Sean Madigan Hoen
(Raging Pages) Songs Only You Know
In the second instalment of her new book series 'Raging Pages', Lisa Torem examines ex-punk musician Sead Madigan Hoen's new memoir, 'Songs Only You Know'
Condemned to Rock 'n' Roll
Ben Howarth in 'Condemned to Rock 'n' Roll' questions Daft Punk's strategically marketed new single 'Get Lucky', which is been hyped as one of the musical releases of the year
In our competition, we have fifteen copies of Washington DC's post punk pop band Dot Dash's debut album',Spark>Flame>Ember>Ash',to give away
Safety Pins and Genius, Go Johnny Go
With John Lydon about to tour again this month with Public Image Limited, Spencer Robertshaw in his 'Evidently Spencertown' poetry series reflects upon the legendary punk figure
Katie Anderson takes photos at the Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms of new British hardcore punk band, which includes in in line-up BBC Radio 1's 'Rock Show' presenter, Daniel P. Carter
At a gig at the Wedgewood Rooms in Portsmouth on their latest British tour, Katie Anderson photographs Swedish punk band Millencolin
New Found Glory
Katie Anderson photographs hard working Californian-based punk pop five-piece New Found Glory at a date at the Southampton Guildhall on their latest British tour
In the third and final part of his series on the 70's punk era, Adam Wood looks at the rise into the mainstream of the punk movement, after the Sex Pistols' infamous appearance with Bill Grundy on the 'Today' show and its subsequent decline as a result
Katie Anderson photographs rising Watford-based punk/hardcore band Gallows exclusively for Pennyblackmusic and for our 'Photoscapes' series at the Wedgewood Rooms in Portsmouth
Resistance through Style
In the second part of a three part series, in which Adam Wood examines the 70's British punk movement, he writes about the fashion, fanzines and sexual psychology of the movement
In the first part of a new three part series, in which Adam Wood examines the rise of 70's British punk, he looks at the social and the political factors of the country at the time which both generated and developed the movement.
Andrew Twambley photographs post-punk act the Psychedelic Furs at the Ritz in Manchester.
Andrew Twambley photographs controversial electronic punk duo Sleaford Mods at a gig at the Manchester Academy.
Andrew Twambley photographs 80's punk band the Adicts on a recent tour at the Ritz in Manchester.
Public Image Ltd
Andrew Twambley photographs punk legends Public Image Ltd at the at the O2 Ritz in Manchester.
Barb Wire Dolls
Melanie Smith takes photographs of Greek punk act Barb Wire Dolls at Sound Control in Manchester
Darren Aston takes photographs of Scottish post-punk act the Twilight Sad at the East Village Arts Club in Liverpool
Bill Gray takes photographs of Leeds-punk band Brawlers at a show at King Tut’s Wah Wah Club in Glasgow
Bill Gray takes photographs of Birmingham-based punk/alternative band the Nightingales at a show in Glasgow