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Next month (Feb 23rd) ‘Feedback’, the debut Rocket Recordings album by Thee Alcoholics – the London 5 piece formed by ex Hey Colossus member Rhys Llewellyn – is released. Obviously, as long time fans of both HC and Rocket, we were intrigued, so we got Rhys to give us the lowdown on the albums that have most influenced the band’s music. 

Ahead of the release, the band have shared this exclusive live in the studio footage of them playing their single ‘Baby I’m Your Man’, with the added skronk of Colin Webster (Sex Swing). Get this in your ears.

They are also heading out on tour in support of the album release. Catch them at one of these shows:

FRI O9 FEB – LE MARQUIS DE SADE – RENNES (support tbc)
Tickets on the door
SAT 10 FEB – QUAIM – NANTES (supporting Ditz)
Tickets – https://quai-m.fr/agenda/ditz
FRI 16 FEB – GRAYSTON UNITY – HALIFAX (with Andrew DR Abbott)
Tickets – https://www.seetickets.com/event/thee-alcoholics/the-grayston-unity/2839510
SAT 17 FEB – THE FERRET – PRESTON (with British Birds, Deaf Deaf Deaf + more)
Tickets – https://www.skiddle.com/whats-on/Preston/The-Ferret/Empire-Events-Presents-Psyched-Up/36712359/
WED 21 FEB – THE PEER HAT – MANCHESTER (with Cold Comfort & Bones Shake)
Tickets – https://thepeerhat.co.uk/event/thee-alcoholics-with-bones-shake-cold-comfort/
THU 22 FEB – DUBREK STUDIOS – DERBY (with Splinter Group & Atomic Tide)
https://www.ents24.com/derby-events/dubrek-studios/thee-alcoholics/6967442
FRI 23 FEB – THE LUBBER FIEND – NEWCASTLE (with Louse & Boy Latex)
https://thelubberfiend.bigcartel.com/product/thee-alcoholics-w-louse-and-boy-latex
SAT 24 FEB – CHAMELEON – NOTTINGHAM (with Island Apes & Nothing Rests)
Tickets on the door
THU 29 FEB – THE CROWN – BRISTOL (support tbc)
Tickets – https://dice.fm/event/arklv-thee-alcoholics-29th-feb-the-crown-bristol-tickets
FRI O1 MAR – MOOR VAULTS – LONDON (support tbc)
Tickets – https://dice.fm/event/arklv-thee-alcoholics-29th-feb-the-crown-bristol-tickets

Powerplant – Stump Soup (Static Shock Records) 2022

I first heard Powerplant about 18 months ago blasting through the walls of our Peckham rehearsal studio while we are having a cigarette break one night. Since then I have been pretty obsessive about them. Amazing punk rock hardcore band live, yet on this record they take on a beautiful cinematic low fi organ chorus of Sega Mega Drive doom.

Theo Zhykharyev is the Ukrainian London based mastermind behind the band and these recordings are mainly recorded by him and not the full band. It’s stunning! Each song is a cosmic journey through the circuits of time and space. Mostly instrumental (Nothing Good Shall Ever Change Here features some Welsh spoken word) and likely recorded on a 4-track in a mouldy basement, this record has inspired me and made me want to give up music in equal measures.

Viagra Boys – Street Worms (Years0001 / Rough Trade) 2019

I was turned on to VB by our old drummer Chris Summers who suggested I might like them.  The Swedish Stooges he summed them up as.  I was sceptical, as I am when anyone suggested I might like something but they didn’t disappoint. 

Street Worms is the band at their most raw before all the pop production and Sleaford Mods collaborating occurred.  They sound heated,  fuzzy and the lyrics are unapologetically funny and disturbing at the same time.  My wife took me up to Kentish Town to see them a year or so later and the band was tight as fuck.  Added sax for the old cats! 

Girls Against Boys – Cruise Yourself (Touch & Go) 1994

This record has more swag than pretty much any other record I can think of.  The vocals are incredible and the guitar sound is amazing. 

I was late to the party with GVB and saw them for the first time back in 2006 when they re-formed to play the previous album Venus Luxury No.1 Baby, which was great, but as an encore they played a bunch of tracks from Cruise Yourself and they were just so heavy and swung like a fucking stoner.  ‘Kill The Sex Player’ and ‘Cruise Your New Baby Fly Self’ are just hard as fuck.

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