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The Professionals

Announce new album ‘What In The World’.

35 years later, the band formed from the ashes of the Sex Pistols by Paul Cook and Steve Jones is back. Revitalised, re-energised and reinvigorated, the band proudly release their new album ‘What In The World‘ on October 27th 2017, on Automaton Records.

What In The World bristles with conviction and finds The Professionals on electrifying form, delivering some of the most ballsy, honest and downright brilliant songs of their career.
“We’re not breaking any musical boundaries – we’re doing what we do best. From the heart with energy and integrity.”

Paul Cook and Paul Myers were reunited on stage touring with Vic Goddard’s Subway Sect. There the idea sprang to revisit The Professionals. New frontman and guitar player Tom Spencer was invited to come to rehearsals, to sing and play guitar while Steve Jones was being lured back to the UK to join. As it became obvious Steve wouldn’t be heading over, and with rehearsals feeling better and better – the new line up was born!!

The Professionals are also joined by a stellar cast of guest guitar players including original member Steve Jones (who plays on three tracks). Duff McKagen (Guns ‘n’ Roses), Mick Jones (The Clash), Phil Collen (Def Leppard), Marco Pirroni (Adam & The Ants), Chris McCormack (3 Colours Red) and Billy Duffy (The Cult) also join the party.

“In the studio we put the songs down as a three piece but what was needed was a second guitarist’s mind, to come from another angle. Cookie dusted off his punk rock address book and made a few calls. All the guests added their own unique magic.”

This energetic album features 10 finely crafted songs, full of rock’n’roll attitude – including a tribute to Lemmy and Bowie, ‘Going, Going, Gone’. Before closing with the Darwinian pop at world leaders ‘Monkeys’.

All the basic tracks were put down at Zak Starkeys studio, just outside London and were finished at Tower Studios in Pershore. While the guests recorded in various studios, both here and in the US.

What In The World was produced by Dave Draper with Paul Cook and Tom Spencer there to co-produce. The album is an aural treat, with no calculated image or reliance on nostalgia.

Watch now the lyric video for ‘Good Man Down‘, the first track to be taken from The Professionals forthcoming album “What In The World” which is due for release on October 27th 2017, featuring Steve Jones & Billy Duffy.

To celebrate the release of What In The World The Professionals play a special headline show at London’s Garage on October 28th.

“We’ve been adding a new track or two to live shows but can’t wait to try some of the other new songs. We’re buzzing about the album, and can’t wait to spread the buzz. Of course there’ll be old stuff played too. We don’t cover Pistols stuff (apart from Silly Thing) but as the gig’s 40 years to the day from Nevermind The Bollocks was released, we might just add a cover or two!”

The Professionals have created a truly honest album and it is the sound of a band at the top of their game, which is an all too rare commodity in today’s world, so – put it on loud!

What In The World track Listing:

1. Good Man Down feat. Steve Jones & Billy Duffy
2. Let Go feat. Phil Collen
3. Going, Going, Gone feat. Steve Jones & Billy Duffy
4. Extremadura feat. Mick Jones & Victoria Liedtke
5. Rewind feat. Phil Collen
6. Hats Off feat. Duff McKagen & Chris McCormack
7. New Generation feat. Marco Pirroni
8. Take Me Now feat. Steve Jones, Billy Duffy & Marco Pirroni
9. Bad Baby feat. Terri Cook
10. Monkeys feat. Duff McKagen & Phil Collen

Cd Cat Number: AUTOMCD001
Vinyl Cat Number: AUTOMLP001

The 10-track album What In The World is available on standard CD, vinyl and as a digital download to pre-order go to

The Professionals October UK dates

27th Slade Rooms Wolverhampton.
28th The Garage London.


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SikTh have announced the supports for their December 2017 headline UK tour – they will be joined by the UK’s Devil Sold His Soul ( ) and Press To Meco ( ).
SikTh’s Dan Weller enthusiastically commentsPress to Meco are one of my favourite bands in the UK. Amazing songwriters and Luke’s guitar playing is immense. I’m so happy to have them on the road with us”, plus Mikee W Goodman having caught Devil Sold His Soul for the first time this summer when both bands played Arctangent Festival states “I had not seen Devil Sold His Soul until recently at Arctangent, they sounded absolutely awesome and I’m really looking forward to having them on the tour with us and getting to hear more from them.”


SikTh having previously revealed that the London show on 8th December at Koko will see them play their 2006 album ‘Death of a Dead Day’ in full for the first time watch the announcement by Dan Weller & Mikee Goodman, Mikee updates fans on what they can expect on the December shows “As people know we are going to play Death of a Dead Day in full in London, we also plan on playing most of the songs on other dates, plus a good few from our new album. We have totally revamped our set for you, it’s going to be interesting as it’ll be the longest set we’ve played!”

SikTh released their latest record, The Future in Whose Eyes? in June this year on new Snapper Music imprint Millennium Night. It was also the first release featuring new co-vocalist and former member of Aliases Joe Rosser and was followed by an explosive set on the main stage at Download Festival. With Death Of A Dead Day being Re-issued by Peaceville last year, it is arguably the band’s most influential record, helping to give birth to the ‘djent’ movement. Watch the music video for ‘Golden Cufflinks‘ taken from the forth coming full length ‘The Future In Whose Eyes?OUT NOW!

SikTh Tour Dates
Sat 2-Dec – Manchester, Academy 3
Sun 3-Dec – Glasgow, Garage
Mon 4-Dec – Birmingham, Institute
Wed 6-Dec – Bristol, SWX
Thu 7-Dec – Brighton, Concorde 2
Fri 8-Dec – London, KOKO

Ticket info:

Press for ‘The Future in Whose Eyes?’

‘Sikth have again managed to defy expectations completely on their own terms’Metal Hammer..

‘They’re masters of melding melody and intricacy’  – Total Guitar Magazine!

‘whiteknuckle aural assault’Prog Magazine.

“It’s time to step aside because the kings of the genre are back on the throne”Punktastic.

‘The metal world has been put on notice once again’  – Ghost Cult

‘a landmark album, both for the band and quite possibly the British metal scene as well’  – Echoes & Dust

“this is really the SikTh album we’ve all been waiting for.”Metal Sucks

“this record stands on its own legs against the slew of modern metal records that listeners are inundated with on a daily basis, and manages to surpass many of them.”Metal Injection

SikTh are:

Mikee W Goodman – vocals
Dan Weller – guitar
Dan Foord – drums
James Leach – bass
Pin – guitar
Joe Rosser – Vocals



Subspecies UK headline tour with special guests Bullet Height.

Courtesans follow ‘Better Safe Than Sober‘ EP success and Bloodstock slot with ‘Subspecies‘ UK headline tour this November and December.

The London doom pop group have announced a series of live shows, starting next month. Berlin-based electronic-rock duo Bullet Height are confirmed as special guests on this must see UK tour.

Mesmerised‘ was the first single from the EP ‘Better Safe Than Sober‘ released 31st March 2017 by the Courtesans.

The newly announced dates follows Courtesans special guest UK tour slot to Wednesday 13 this October.

“When you’re swallowed by routine and too tired to get out of the black hole – enlighten your consciousness with the gloom of Courtesans and special guests Bullet Height. We will be performing tracks from ‘Better Safe Than Sober’, plus songs from our first album, and the first outing for some brand new tunes”Courtesans

“Yes!!! You beautiful Brits!! We can finally reveal some news we’ve been developing in the past weeks – We are so excited to announce we are joining forces with the Courtesans to bring Bullet Height to you with our first UK tour ever! We are impatiently counting down the days and look forward to meeting so many new faces on the road!”Bullet Height. Watch their music video for ‘Wild Words‘ taken from the new album ‘No Atonement’ by Bullet Height.

Courtesans ‘Subspecies’ UK tour with special guests Bullet Height!

23rd Nov – Cardiff, The Moon, Cardiff
24th Nov – Bristol, Mothers Ruin
25th Nov – Southampton, Heartbreakers
26th Nov – Brighton, The Hope & Ruin
1st Dec – Leicester, Duffy’s Bar
2nd Dec – Nottingham, The Red Room
3rd Dec – Norwich, The Waterfront Studio
6th Dec – Birmingham, The Flapper
7th Dec – Leeds, The Key Club
9th Dec – Newcastle, Think Tank

More dates to be announced.


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