Wow, the last few weeks have been very odd indeed! Since we began putting together the beast that is Eighth Day Magazine Issue Nineteen, the coronavirus has been ripping its way around the world and taking no prisoners on its way. In a music industry that the virus has been busy changing beyond all recognition, forcing gigs, tours and festivals to be cancelled, we have been very lucky, but just like everybody else, we have had to adapt to the current situation just as much. Everybody who we interviewed in the early stages of putting this issue together talked excitedly of the live dates they were playing, only to be faced with having to tentatively reschedule them or cancel them altogether shortly afterwards. We couldn't bring you the Gig Guide for this issue, but we got a bit creative and replaced it with a little present for you, which we hope you enjoy!
Anyway, our cover star is Glen Matlock. Best known as the original bassist of the Sex Pistols, Glen has done a lot since then, first forming the Rich Kids with Midge Ure, Rusty Egan and Steve New before going on to perform and / or write with, among others, Iggy Pop and a reformed Faces as well as releasing a plethora of albums with a variety of bands, including his most recent, 2018's 'Good to Go', which features former David Bowie guitarist Earl Slick and Stray Cats drummer Slim Jim Phantom. We recently saw Glen, along with Earl, performing tracks from 'Good to Go' together with a selection of other songs stretching right across his rich and varied career as well as some that inspired him. In our huge fourteen page interview with him, Alice Jones-Rodgers asks questions covering his entire career so far and we think you will be surprised to see him talk about things that have never seen published anywhere else!
But that is just one of eight huge interviews in the plotted history of rock 'n' roll that is Eighth Day Magazine Issue Nineteen! Alice talks to Rod Argent from rock legends The Zombies in an interview that spans an incredible fifty-eight years, from their formation at The Blacksmiths Arms in St. Albans right through to preparations for a brand new album via producing absolute classic records such as the US number one singles 'She's Not There' (1964) and 'Time of the Season' (1968) and the landmark 1968 album 'Odessey and Oracle'; From The Jam, who tell us, among other things, all about not only touring classic Jam albums, playing them in their entirety but also recording and performing new material and working with Paul Weller on their two original studio albums 'Back in the Room' (2012) and 'Smash the Clock' (2016) and Paul Weller's sister, Nicky Weller, who joins us for a chat about how, this year (coronavirus permitting), she and Jam fanatic Den Davis will be taking the acclaimed Jam exhibition About the Young Idea to Brighton Beach, a location famously used in the 1979 Mod classic 'Quadrophenia' and featured on the back cover of The Jam's 1979 album 'Setting Sons'. Meanwhile, Kevin Burke interviews Steve Diggle about the past, present and future of the Buzzcocks; Wilko Johnson about his days in Dr. Feelgood, overcoming cancer to produce some of the most startling work of his career, including his 2014 album 'Going Back Home' with Roger Daltrey and 2018's 'Blow Your Mind' and Melanie Vammen (The Pandoras, The Muffs) and Palmyra Delran (The Figgs) of supergroup The Coolies all about their plans for a memorial concert for bandmate Kim Shattuck (The Muffs, Pixies, etc.) with all proceeds going to help with research into ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), otherwise known as motor neurone disease. And if that wasn't enough, Peter Dennis heads to Finland to talk to dark electronic band Miseria Ultima and gets an insight into the making of their brilliant recent sophomore release 'Greygardens'.
Elsewhere, in this monumental issue, Paul Foden celebrates the fortieth anniversary of the Cure's classic second album 'Seventeen Seconds', Alice reviews the brand new album by Liverpudlian / Australian late sixties / early seventies garage punk influenced band The Dry Retch, 'Pyongsang Kaensaeng!' and Lorcan Finnegan's strange suburban horror 'Vivarium'; Peter heads to The Musician in Leicester to review Japan's Otoboke Beaver and South Korea's Drinking Boys and Girls Choir; Frenchy joins us for another rant, this month about (what else?) Covid-19; Wasted World return for another instalment of the legendary comic strip and German Shepherd Records tell us all about their involvement in this year's Cambridge Calling with insights into bands Bouquet of Dead Crows, The Scissors and Umbrella Assassins, as well as Two Lost Souls, who, after wowing us with last year's debut album 'Cords and Digits', release their brand new single, 'Liquorice Tasting' on 17th April. And whilst we are on the subject of bands you may not have heard of, Alice introduces us to the exciting new three-piece rock band Last of the Misfit Heroes and reviews their debut EP 'Misfit, Misplaced'.
You can find all this and much more beside in Eighth Day Magazine Issue Nineteen, out now in Print and eMag form from our shop and in Print form from all our usual stockists as soon as the coronavirus allows!
Issue Nineteen was brought to you by the Eighth Day Magazine team:
Alice Jones-Rodgers: Editor-in-Chief, interviewer, writer, reviewer
Scott Rodgers: Photographer
Kevin Burke: Interviewer, writer and reviewer
Paul Foden: Interviewer, writer and reviewer
Peter Dennis: Interviewer, writer and reviewer
Wayne Reid: Interviewer, writer and reviewer (currently AWOL but no doubt planning something big!)
Dan Webster: Wasted World
German Shepherd Records: "Different Noises for Your Ears".
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