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Subculture speaks to Rhoda Dakar

Subculture speaks to Rhoda Dakar

We talk to Rhoda Dakar, the voice of 2-Tone band The Bodysnatchers, and part of The Specials' group history, about music (new and old) and recording material to mark the 35th anniversary of The Bodysnatchers' formation. As one of the key artists associated with the 2-Tone era, you were obviously a big part of the British Ska-revival subculture. Which subculture do you think has left the greatest legacy in terms of lasting influence and inspiration…

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The Lost Boys - A Better Life

The Lost Boys - A Better Life

Introducing The Lost Boys, a four-piece indie pop band from Southampton. Delivering short and sharp and catchy, energetic music, littered with quirky and yet touching lyrics, The Lost Boys' music is heavily influenced by all the things that surround them and that they experience in everyday life.  New single 'A Better Life' is now available digitally, and released 16th Oct on limited 7" vinyl through Heavy Soul Records (original home to The Strypes).…

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Kormac - Doorsteps

Kormac - Doorsteps

Speech Debelle, Irvine Welsh and Micah P Hinson join Kormac on new album ‘Doorsteps’ Kormac is a producer, DJ and turntablist from Dublin, Ireland, who makes electro-house hip-hop, and lives amongst his collection of movie and music artifacts from bygone eras, through countless visits to dusty second-hand stores and junk shops. Championed by Annie Mac, DJ Food, DJ Yoda and Mr. Scruff, DJ Kormac is soon to release new album Doorsteps on Bodytonic…

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Sub-Sonic Live launches in Tokyo!

Sub-Sonic Live launches in Tokyo!

September saw Fred Perry's first Sub-Sonic Live club night to be held in Japan! The amazing launch line up included live performances from Japan's Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra, OKAMOTO'S and go!go!vanillas as well as UK band Little Barrie, with DJ sets from Tatsuo Sunaga, Mariko Goto, G.RINA and JAMES. We'll have footage of the night soon. In the meantime take a look at the photos from the night, here and in the album over on our Facebook page. OKAMOTO'S…

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Pete Chambers 2-Tone Playlist

Pete Chambers 2-Tone Playlist

Pete Chambers is the Director & Curator of the Coventry Music Museum, creator of Coventry’s famous 2-Tone Trail, Music Historian by choice, and local music Journalist for the Coventry Telegraph by trade. He has written six books on the subject of Coventry Music.   Fred Perry Subculture have been lucky enough to have Pete Chambers make the following exclusive playlist, complete with notes and trivia about each track choice. Enjoy! 1. The Special…

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Siouxsie & The Banshees Reissue

Siouxsie & The Banshees Reissue

Siouxsie and the Banshees formed in London back in 1976, initially associated with the UK punk-rock scene, though soon evolving to become one of the most prolific bands of the then emerging post-punk scene. Fronted by the inimitable Siouxsie Sioux, the band are distingushed by their uncompromising, daring rhymic, discordant sound mixed with components of pop, goth and avant-garde.  Exciting news for fans both old and new, as Siouxie and the Banshees…

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Kindness - Otherness

Kindness - Otherness

Here at Fred Perry Subculture we love a genre-crossing mix of sounds, and Adam Bainbridge, aka Kindness is one of the most exciting new projects around, providing sophisticated pop that spans across the sounds of funk, disco, electro, hip hop, R&B, Soul and Jazz. Complete with piano, horn, cowbells and saxophones, Kindness' second album, Otherness, is an expansive, complex arrangement, drawing from classic 80s soul and 90s dance.   Bainbridge…

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Vic Godard & Subway Sect - 1979

1979 Now! is the new album from Vic Godard & Subway Sect, out October 6th 2014 on AED Records. The album is a celebration of Vic Godard's Northern…

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Peru Bravo - Funk, Soul & Psych from Peru's Radical Decade

Peru Bravo - Funk, Soul & Psych from Peru's Radical…

‘Peru Bravo’ is the second compilation from Tiger’s Milk Records to be released on October 6th It tells the story of a fleeting subculture of the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, when Peru’s capital, Lima, nurtured a culture of young bands full of ideas and energy despite the country’s instability under the oppressive rule of General Juan Velasco Alvarado. ‘Peru Bravo’ features fifteen tracks covering Peru’s underground funk, soul and psych scene between…

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Hyde & Beast - Open Your Heart

Hyde & Beast - Open Your Heart

It's hard to resist the charm of Hyde & Beast - AKA Dave Hyde (The Futureheads) and Neil Bassett (The Golden Virgins). We were big fans of their first album, their relaxed approach to sourcing a brass section, and their overall ability to channel the sound of another era into the present without ever sounding old. Their second album 'Keep Moving' (released in August 2014) saw them receive the high praise they deserve from 6Music, NME, Q and even…

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Wampire

Wampire

Portland, Oregon-based psych-pop band Wampire has just wrapped a high-profile series of dates supporting Temples in the U.S. and will be on the road again when their sophomore album Bazaar drops on 7 October via Polyvinyl. Bazaar follows 2013’s Curiosity and trades in lysergic sounds pioneered by 60s outfits Pink Floyd and Love, 80s revivalists The Soft Boys and The Teardrop Explodes and contemporaries MGMT. The album opens with the crackers “The…

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Hookworms - On Leaving

Hookworms - On Leaving

Hookworms are set to release their second album, 'The Hum' with new track, 'On Leaving' hinting at what to expect. Taking the current psych-geist and paring it back to a refreshing modern monochrome pallette, 'On Leaving' can be sampled best via its hypnotic minimalist black and white Op art video, which you can view below. Described by the band’s bassist MB as their attempt at “a really minimal two-note rager”, the track will appear on Hookworms'…

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Benjamin Booker

Benjamin Booker

New Orleans-based musician Benjamin Booker isn’t the first singer/guitarist to filter electric blues through a punk rock sensibility—he has been vocal about taking inspiration from Jack White and Gun Club bandleader Jeffrey Lee Pierce—but he is certainly the best new artist in a long while to push the blues further into the 21st century. Booker and his touring band, drummer Max Norton and bassist Alex Spoto, have been cutting their teeth opening…

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Duncan Reid - C'est La Vie

Duncan Reid - C'est La Vie

Duncan Reid is famed for his role as singer and bass player of Joey Ramone’s favourite band, The Boys, and rode on the crest of a wave during punk’s original late-1970s heyday as part of a wider collective of friends and peers that included Sex Pistols, The Clash, Generation X and a host of other power-chord pioneers. Fast forward to to 2014 and Duncan’s new group Duncan Reid and the Big Heads are set to release their second album, entitled The Difficult…

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Jagwar Ma & Childhood Gig Review

Jagwar Ma & Childhood Gig Review

Last night at The Garage, London, the latest installment from Fred Perry Subculture's Sub-Sonic Live took place, with a sold out gig headlined by Aussie 'Madchester' influenced outfit Jagwar Ma, support from London indie rockers Childhood, and DJ sets from THE legendary Shaun Ryder, known for fronting Happy Mondays. With a range of big names in attendance such as Foals frontman Yannis, and Specials frontman Terry Hall DJing in room 2, the night was…

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Clint Boon from Inspiral Carpets Playlist!

Clint Boon from Inspiral Carpets Playlist!

Stars of the Madchester boom of the late 80s and early 90s, the Inspiral Carpets are back with their first studio album in twenty years. The new album – entitled simply Inspiral Carpets – will be released on Cherry Red Records on 29 September 2014, and is available to order here. The album will include recently unveiled song ‘Spitfire’, the video for which was shot at Gorton Monastery, one of Manchester’s most notable, historic landmarks. ‘Let…

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Tops New Vid & Tour Dates

Tops New Vid & Tour Dates

TOPS are two guys and two girls from Montreal, who make nostalgic disco-pop with a punk edge.  The band recently shared the video for "Way To Be Loved" of which the band said, "The video was inspired by the party scene in Midnight Cowboy and the movie Nowhere by Gregg Araki. We dolled up our place, provided refreshments and tunes. Our friends came with bells on and did their thing, it felt like a low-budget swingers wedding. Message: Be who you are…

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Subculture speaks to The Rentals' Matt Sharp

Subculture speaks to The Rentals' Matt Sharp

We speak to Matt Sharp of The Rentals (and formerly Weezer) about The Rentals' long-awaited third album "Lost In Alphaville" (out now via Polyvinyl Records), his admiration for the female voice, and working with Britpop's finest. Back in 1994 you were a big part of Weezer - what drove you to form The Rentals? Well I guess at this time of doing a lot of interviews you have no choice but to be a bit reflective, answering all these questions about…

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Riot Fest

Riot Fest

An unseasonably low temperature and rain dampened the grounds at Chicago’s Humboldt Park on the opening Friday of Riot Fest, but spirits remained high as organizers and fans worked together to make the most of the bad weather. Now in its tenth year, Riot Fest has called Humboldt Park home since 2012 and utilized the expansive tract of land to set up seven stages as well as carnival amusements, including two Ferris wheels, a haunted house and a miniature…

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Northern Soul Soundtrack

Northern Soul Soundtrack

“This is a story of a youth culture that changed a generation and influenced songwriters, producers, DJs and designers for decades to come. This is the story of Northern Soul.” Northern Soul the film, is an uplifting story of two friends whose horizons are opened up by the discovery of black American soul music. Directed by Elaine Constantine, the film is considered the most accurate portrayal yet of the Northern Soul subculture and legendary musical…

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