Walter Lure & The Waldos - Habberdash - Haley Blais

Walter Lure & The Waldos - Damn Your Soul / Crazy Kids.

Background - Walter Lure & The Waldos present 'Damn Your Soul' aheads of releasing their new album 'Wacka Lacka Boom Bop A Loom Bam Boo'. This is the first new album in 2 1/2 decades from legendary guitarist-vocalist Walter Lure, an original member of The Heartbreakers, who spearheaded the first wave of punk rock, and also long-time collaborator with The Ramones. The Heartbreakers were also the band that supported the Sex Pistols on their 1976 Anarchy Tour just as the UK punk scene was building momentum.

"This is my first release of new songs in 25 years or so since the last Waldo’s album. That might seem like a long time but it really only feels like a few years-life seems to contract over long periods for some reason," says Walter Lure. Earlier, Walter Lure & The Waldos previewed the lead track 'Crazy Kids', which will be featured in the forthcoming full-length film 'Thunders: Room 37', dramatizing the final days of Lure’s former bandmate Johnny Thunders. Their new full-length also features other new tunes, as well as killer new versions of Heartbreakers classics 'London Boys' and 'Take A Chance On Me'.

Today Walter Lure & The Waldos is Walter Lure (guitar and vocals), along with Takanori Ichiuji (bass and vocals), Tak Nakai a.k.a. Takto (guitar and vocals), and Joe Rizzo (drums and vocals). In 1975, Walter Lure became an original member of The Heartbreakers as guitarist and vocalist, joining Johnny Thunders, Jerry Nolan (of the New York Dolls), and Richard Hell (of Television), who was later replaced by Billy Rath. Lure was playing with glam-punk band The Demons when he joined The Heartbreakers and earlier played with anarchic Bronx hard rock group Bloodbath in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s.

In 1977, The Heartbreakers released their only studio album ‘L.A.M.F.’ The band’s 1977 song ‘London Boys’ is a swipe at the Sex Pistols, in response to the Pistols' song ‘New York’, which put down the New York Dolls. After The Heartbreakers' "official" breakup in 1977, the band would often reform, continuing to play the occasional gig right up until Johnny Thunders' death in 1991. The Heartbreakers final show was for the Johnny Thunders Memorial Concert. In 1994, three Heartbreakers - Walter Lure, Tony Coiro and Joey Pinter – were joined by Jeff West in releasing ‘Rent Party’, The Waldos’ debut album.

Lure worked with The Ramones on their albums 'Subterranean Jungle' (1983), 'Too Tough To Die' (1984) and 'Animal Boy' (1986), released a single with The Blessed, and also started a number of bands, including The Hurricanes and The Heroes, before ultimately founding The Waldos.  In 1997, Walter Lure also played a set of shows for the 40th anniversary of The Heartbreakers 'L.A.M.F.' album, joined by Blondie's Clem Burke, Sex Pistols’ bassist Glen Matlock and Social Distortion’s Mike Ness.

'Wacka Lacka Boom Bop A Loom Bam Boo' will be released on August 17, but it is already available for pre-order via Bandcamp on both CD and red vinyl with reverse-board jackets. On September 6, Walter Lure & The Waldos will hold their record release party at Bowery Electric in New York. FACEBOOK.

'Damn Your Soul' and 'Crazy Kids' are the first two tracks on 'Wacka Lacka Boom Bop A Loom Bam Boo' the imminent new album from Walter Lure & The Waldos which includes a further ten songs. With all the urgency of classic punk rock and the maturity of a rock and roll stalwart this pair of full on rockers are both fresh and potent. This is clearly a class act, whose natural sense of what makes a great rock song is evident from the opening riffs and an attitude that appears to make age simply  immaterial.


Habberdash - What Do We Know.

Background - Pushing forward with the 2nd release from their 'Morning After The Madness' EP, the South Yorkshire (UK) outfit unveil their 'What Do We Know' official video single.

With their previous track 'Like A Lover' parading their ability to conjure up accessible pop-soaked alt-rock ; 'What Do We Know' ramps up the intensity with the hard-hitting modern rock leanings akin to Don Broco, Twin Atlantic and Deaf Havana. 

Confirmed for release on 25th Oct 2018, the 'Morning After The Madness' EP is a record that builds upon the bands early promise and takes their melodic impulses into much more ambitious terrains. Bringing in Treehouse Studios producer Daniel Jeffery to facilitate the bands creative process, Habberdash are soon to unearth what they hope to be an enticing introduction to a band who still have a lot more to offer.

Habberdash members Kriss Stainton (Vocals), Hayden Marshall (Bass), Ashley Houlden (Guitar) and Andrew Holland (Drums) will be launching their EP with a headline show at Diamond in Doncaster (UK) on 25th October. TWITTER.

Buzzing with energy and emotion 'What Do We Know' is a fabulous alt rocker that takes no prisoners, as the aural assault cracks on from the very first moments. The band are infused with commitment and yet allow room for some vital hooks that give the song some notable edge.


Haley Blais - Seventeen.

Background from Haley Blais - My sometimes self-deprecating, yet always self-loving relatability earned me a pretty massive online following where I racked in millions of views on my YouTube channel. Kicking off my musical career as a solo folk artist in 2016, I was pulled offline and into the real world with the release of my Late Bloomer EP, and a successful tour.

“Seventeen,” the new single off my Let Yourself Go EP, is an homage to my painfully average adolescence. Everyone goes through different phases growing up, trying to figure themselves out, and mine could easily be categorised as boring. 

I was lazy and dull with awful taste in music. Now, I’m in a band with my friends touring the country, playing the music that I love – as a job! That’s the opposite of boring to me. The video for “Seventeen” encapsulates how I’m exactly where I’ve always wanted to be. WEBSITE.

The video has that road trip imagery that never ceases to gain my attention and makes a perfect companion for 'Seventeen' a gently melodic indie rock meets pop type of song. There is a level of feel good vibes that are amplified by the film and yet an element of reflection makes it's way to the surface.