Liverpool post-punk figureheads the Wild Swans are about to take flight and embark on a short UK tour. The set will include Wild Swan classics and a selection of magnificent new songs from the imminent new album ‘The Coldest Winter for a Hundred Years’.  
The band line up comprises Paul Simpson, Les Pattinson (ex Echo & the Bunnymen), Ricky Maymi (Brian Jonestown Massacre), Mike Mooney (ex Spiritualized), Steve Beswick (ex The Heart Throbs) and Richard Turvey. 

" /> Liverpool post-punk figureheads the Wild Swans are about to take flight and embark on a short UK tour. The set will include Wild Swan classics and a selection of magnificent new songs from the imminent new album ‘The Coldest Winter for a Hundred Years’.  
The band line up comprises Paul Simpson, Les Pattinson (ex Echo & the Bunnymen), Ricky Maymi (Brian Jonestown Massacre), Mike Mooney (ex Spiritualized), Steve Beswick (ex The Heart Throbs) and Richard Turvey. 

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WILD SWANS LIVE

Don’t miss out. Tickets are on sale now.
7th June 2011 Glasgow – The Captains Rest
8th June 2011 Manchester – Ruby Lounge 
9th June 2011 Bristol – Thekla
10th June 2011 London – Bush Hall
11th June 2011 Liverpool – Stanley Theatre


BERMONDSEY JOYRIDERS CD/GIG

 THE BERMONDSEY JOYRIDERS PREMIERE 2ND ALBUM ŒNOISE AND REVOLUTION¹ LIVE & IN FULL AT LONDON¹S 100 CLUB -  WITH LIVE NARRATION BY SPECIAL GUEST JOHN SINCLAIR!  Claiming all the credentials of a bonafide Œ77 Punk super group, The Bermondsey Joyriders are a band with the hard-won experience and history of three veteran punks.  Founding members Gary Lammin (vocals / guitar) and Martin Stacey (bass) cut their teeth in the Joe Strummer-produced Little Roosters and Generation X precursors Chelsea respectively, whilst recent recruit Rat Scabies (drums) will be best known as the man who laid down fast ¹n¹ frantic foundations for The Damned, the band who released the first British punk single New Rose.  More than the sum of their impressive heritage however, The Bermondsey Joyriders have won praise for splicing punk rock with raw blues via Lammin¹s startling slide guitar, emerging with a sonic signature that is undeniably all their own.  Given just 12 hours (!) in the studio to lay down their self-titled 2008 debut, they managed to produce a record that Classic Rock magazine¹s Carol Clerk deemed to have ³pulled off a really impudent mix of influences², and which Guitarist magazine¹s Charles Shaar Murray felt had achieved a ³unique spin on punk-blues².  Now under the direction of Cure and Depeche Mode producer David M Allen, the band are close to completing their second album, Noise and Revolution; an ambitious concept record, which fully realises the ideas that won acclaim when only sketched out on their debut.   Gloriously cocking a snoot at just about everything in the rulebook, Noise and Revolution finds real punk rebel spirit in combining 60s garage psychedelic trash, blues and soul sounds with brutally driven street rock 'n' roll.  The record's most radical twist on the ¹77 blueprint however comes the narration provided ex MC5 manager and counter culture icon, John Sinclair.  With the relevant, rare life experiences to make his spoken word parts captivatingly convincing, Sinclair speeds Noise and Revolution¹s story along with a poet¹s pace and rhythm, and a wicked humour.  Though a release date is yet to be set, The Bermondsey Joyriders, with true punk attitude, are to perform this unique record live and in full. A one-off show at London¹s legendary 100 Club on May 8th, will see John Sinclair join them onstage to recreate his narrative parts.  The decision to give a not yet released record this treatment, is indisputably brave and fresh, and a move which speaks volumes about the band's rightful confidence in Noise and Revolution.  This is one show you can say will be like no other - and one show you¹ll truly want to be able to say you were there for!  Key points for listings:  The Bermondsey Joyriders (+ special guest John Sinclair) play Noise and Revolution live  May 8th @ The 100 Club Support from: The Duel & The Resistants Plus: Luna Rosa (burlesque) & DJ Jeff Munday £8 advance / £10 on the door - doors at 7.30pm www.myspace.com/thebermondseyjoyridersofficial <http://www.myspace.com/thebermondseyjoyridersofficial> 
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ADAM ANT WORLD EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW AND TOUR TALK!!

VIVE LE ROCK attended the launch of Adam Ants UK tour press conference today
and it was great! Adam played a 40 minute set that included Ant Music, Stand
and Deliver, Physical plus covers by Iggy Pop and T Rex. He also answered
questions about his album and the tour.You can watch the videos below:

 

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ISSUE 2 SOLD OUT!

We’re sorry to announce that our online supplies of issue 2 are now sold out.

However, you can still pick up a copy at WH Smiths and all good newsagents.

We also still have copies of issue 1 (Ramones on the cover) available, which you can order HERE.

Issue 3 is out May 12th.

 

 

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BIG CHEESE CALIFORNIA PUNK SPECIAL

 BIG CHEESE magazines’ California Punk Special is out now with the Descendents on the cover plus a look at the greatest West Coast punk bands like the Dead Kennedys. All, Fear, Vandals, Adolescents, Dickies and more. Big Cheese is in stores from Monday or order it online at www.bigcheesemagazine.com

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KILLING JOKE HIT THE ROAD

 POST-PUNK GODZ ANNOUNCE UK DATES IN SUPPORT OF NEW SINGLE, 

 ŒEUROPEAN SUPER STATE¹, INCLUDING APPEARANCES AT THE ROYAL  FESTIVAL HALL IN LONDON AND SONISPHERE 2011Š     KILLING JOKE will make three headline UK appearances in March/April 2011;   As with KJ¹s last two UK dates in October 2010, the above shows will feature the original line-up of Jaz Coleman, Geordie, Paul Ferguson & Youth; they coincide with the release of new single/video ŒEuropean Super State¹ via Spinefarm Records.  Taken from the band¹s current/13th studio album, ŒAbsolute Dissent¹, released last year through Spinefarm to huge critical acclaim, ŒEuropean Super State¹ will be available on CD, download & limited edition coloured vinyl 12², with all formats carrying exclusive bonus studio & remix material, including a reworking of the title track by Godflesh mainman Justin Broadrick. The 12² will be exclusively available from What Records (www.whatrecords.co.uk <http://www.whatrecords.co.uk> )  The list of dates is as follows:-  March 30th ­ Nottingham, Rock City 0845 413 4444 / www.kililive.com <http://www.kililive.com>   March 31st ­ Manchester, Academy 2 0161 831 1111 / www.kililive.com <http://www.kililive.com>   April 1st ­ London, Royal Festival Hall, Ether Festival 0844 847 9910 / www.southbankcentre.co.uk <http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk>   July 8th ­ Sonisphere Festival, Knebworth House http://uk.sonispherefestivals.com/buy-tickets  Once described by drummer Paul Ferguson as ³the sound of the earth vomiting², Killing  Joke ­ covered by Metallica, Foo Fighters, Helmet and more ­ now stand as one of rock¹s most influential outfits, continuing to write and perform songs best suited to the apocalypse (imminent in their book!).  

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POLL RESULTS: MARCH

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Last month we asked:

WHO WAS THE GREATEST NEW WAVE BAND/ACT?

Here are the results:

BLONDIE   48.6% 

DEVO  15.3%
ELVIS COSTELLO  13.2%
XTC  12.5%
TALKING HEADS  10.4%

Now vote for what you think is the best Adam Ant album!

 

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THE BELLRAYS

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Twenty one years and an admirable back catalogue, Californian quartet The BellRays are back with their new album ‘Black Lightning’ and an ass kicking mix of soul and rock ‘n’ roll. Vive Le Rock caught up with guitarist Bob Vennum to find out more.

It’s been a little while since you put out a record. What’s new in the BellRays camp?
“We basically had a lot of time off last year getting the record finished. We missed a couple of cycle periods in releasing it so it was hard to get a tour booked. The good thing about it was we got to spend enough time on the record to make it sound great and give the songs what they needed. Other than that we’ve just been keeping busy trying to be good people.”

Talk us through the titling and recording of ‘Black Lightning’.

“This record really does mark where the band is in this point in time. It’s the first time that Lisa [Kekaula, vocals] and I sat down to write a record. ‘Close Your Eyes’ is the only song that we’d been out playing for a long time before recording it. This time Lisa and I sat down and actually wrote all the songs on the record with the intention of getting a record out. It’s nice to know that we can operate like that and come up with what I think are some of our best songs.

“We had Matt Radosevich to help produce it, which is a new thing for us as well. In the past we had to do it all ourselves for whatever reasons, but this time we were able to bounce ideas off Matt. Having him in the control room saying, ‘you can do it better’ or ‘try this’ or ‘that’s not really working’ was really helpful. He had some good ideas about the song structures and stuff too. It really freed me up and helped me concentrate on my own performances since I didn’t have to tweak knobs or worry about pushing any buttons. I didn’t have to any of that other stuff that I usually have to. I was able to just hand everything over to Matt, who knows way more about making stuff sound good than I do.

“As far as the title goes, ‘Black Lightning’ just seems to describe our situation when we were putting everything togther. It’s all about power, energy, suddenness and rarity. Lightning doesn’t strike that often and ‘Black Lightning’ strikes even less than that!

It seems that ‘Black Lightning’ sees the BellRays reinvigorated. Songs like ‘Sun Comes Down’ and ‘Everybody Get Up’ have a real punch and power to them for example. Do you think this is the case, listening back to it now?
“I do think that. I was really happy when we were in the song writing process and we were coming up with such good ideas. I would do the demos and think that they sounded great. Then after we recorded everything for real it was amazing to hear how much better they sounded and more alive. I think it had to do with coming out of our shell and working in a completely different way. We really just got out of our own way for the most part and let people do their jobs, as opposed to trying to herd the process ourselves and it freed up so much energy. I feel kind of stupid for having it take this long to get to how most bands usually operate.”

How much of a difference do you feel there is between, say, The Stooges and the Supremes in terms of heart? Just thinking that you combine the two…
“I see us more as including the both of them in what we do, as opposed to combining them. Maybe stylistically they’re near our centre point but I’m way more interested in groups like The Beatles, The Who, Cream and Cheap Trick because of the songs and the song writing and the places they could take you to musically.

“I’ve always wanted to be in a band that had no limits and could do whatever it wanted to musically and not be hemmed in by style. The bands I like could make a set or an album really go somewhere. You could start out here and end up in a different place. The songs could all be different sounding and different styles. The Beatles put ‘Blackbird’ and ‘Helter Skelter’ on the same album! Two completely different types of songs. I’ve also always liked powerful singers. When I met Lisa I was blown away because she sang like all the singers I really listened to (Otis Redding, Etta James, Mavis Staples, Mose Alison etc.). I was always way more interested in the singers than I was the guitar players. When the whole punk thing happened it really just showed how free things could get, that you didn’t necessarily have to do things in a an official way. You could just grab an instrument and make whatever noise you wanted to. It’s all about options with The BellRays. We want to incorporate everything into what we do.

“The other thing is people think that because we play loud and fast that bands like The Temptations,  Martha And The Vandellas, The Supremes and Little Richard didn’t. Everybody remembers the radio hits ‘My Girl’ and ‘Stop In The Name Of Love’ and all that but, if you went to see them in a show, they played loud and they played fast! It was the hardest rocking stuff around.”

What are the BellRays plans for the rest of 2011?
“We’ll be getting ‘Black Lightning’ out there to the people. We plan on being in everyone’s living room this year!

Read the review of The BellRays’ ‘Black Lightning’ in issue 2 of Vive Le Rock, out now. Order your copy HERE.
 

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DESCENDENTS

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Californian punk legends THE DESCENDENTS grace the cover of the new issue of our sister mag Big Cheese (no. 132) this month. Here’s an excerpt from the exclusive interview with bespectacled frontman Milo Aukerman about the band’s sense of humour, nerd credentials and the iconic Milo cartoon figure…

Something that makes the Descendents special and that made them stand out from their hardcore and punk peers throughout the years has been their witty, self-deprecating humour.

“We all spent our school years as the uncool kids, having food thrown at us and being teased,” reveals Aukerman. “We not only developed a hatred of the cool kids, but also learned the strategy of self-deprecation as a defence mechanism. Events in our lives that would be embarrassing to others were a source of pride for us. Like Bill getting kicked out of chemistry class for smelling too bad (he had been out fishing). Or finishing a song and not having a single person clap or cheer (“Reverent silence,” I would sometimes say into the mic, to fill the void).”

Fitting with this sense of humour and fun is the iconic nature of frontman Milo due to the cartoon caricature of him that adorns many of the band’s releases in a simple yet striking and instantly recognisable way.

“Another schoolmate of mine, Rodger Deuerlein, used to draw comic strips for fun during school. One of them was about me (I can’t remember what I was doing in it, probably flailing or acting like a nerd). So he came up with the cartoon figure, then when Bill wanted to call our first album ‘Milo Goes to College’, he thought we could use the cartoon. We got another friend (Jeff Atkinson) to draw it, because Rodger had left L.A. to go to West Point. It’s a pretty easy cartoon to draw, and these days I see lots of tattoos of it. Thanks, Rodger and Jeff!”

To read the rest of the feature, including new and exclusive interviews with frontman Milo Aukerman and drummer Bill Stevenson, order Big Cheese by clicking HERE.

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WIN KILLING JOKE TICKETS

Win a pair of tickets to – Killing Joke  Royal Festival Hall / Friday 1 April 2011 Following last year’s triumphant reunion the original founding members of Killing Joke – Jaz Coleman, Youth, Geordie Walker and Paul Ferguson – return to play material from their seminal back-catalogue as well as songs from their eagerly awaited new album. A major influence on bands such as Nirvana, Nine Inch Nails, Smashing Pumpkins and Metallica, Killing Joke’s mix of post punk and metal has seen them hailed as sonic iconoclasts who railed against the establishment and restlessly pursued their own vision. Their eponymous comeback album, released in 2003 after a seven-year break, was produced by Gang of Four’s Andy Gill and featured Dave Grohl on drums. Considered one of their finest, it saw them reclaim their status as one of the most essential UK bands of the last 30 years.   For further info and to book tickets visit the Southbank Centre website http://bit.ly/etherkillingjoke   To win the ticketrs simply tell us the name of Killing Jokes biigest ever Chhart single. Email answers to info@bigcheesemagazine.com

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MEMBERS NEWS

Heres the news from those Sounds of the Suburbs legends-the Members!!! Lost Videos FOUND, New Cd’s and TEE Shirts, Brentford Show With RAT Heres all the News from The Members 1. The New ep is coming out next week on CD get yours now with bonus tracks here 2. Brentford show is in A Church! On the 1st April Rat only lives round the corner. Rat Scabies has never Played so near his house so this show is gonna be special, the lads got pretty tight on tour and now its time to see for yourself. There are tickets here 3. The New T shirts and Merch is ready its hot we got Polos Harringtons come and get it here. 4. Missing Videos on the Net for the first time. The Official Videos of * Solitary Confinement from 1979 * Offshore Banking from 1979 * Its Cold out there, Balkan Madness From Chris and JC in the 80’s * New English Blues part ii 5. Rats Blog.Read about what its like to go on tour with a Band playing 12 shows and driving 4000 miles. READ IT HERE 6. We are always looking for exciting new places to play so. If you wanna book us email me. info@themembers.co.uk See you in Brentford! JC

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STIFF LITTLE FINGERS/VIVE TOUR

Catch SLF on their Vive Le Rock sponsored tour -last dates at- Wed 23rd Mar Stiff Little Fingers O2 Academy Oxford Oxford Thu 24th Mar Stiff Little Fingers Millennium Music Hall Cardiff Fri 25th Mar Stiff Little Fingers HMV Forum London Sun 27th Mar Stiff Little Fingers O2 Academy Bristol Bristol Mon 28th Mar Stiff Little Fingers The Assembly Leamington Spa Wed 30th Mar Stiff Little Fingers The Junction Cambridge Thu 31st Mar Stiff Little Fingers The Waterfront Norwich Fri 1st Apr Stiff Little Fingers Manchester Academy Manchester Sat 2nd Apr Stiff Little Fingers Rock City Nottingham

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POLY STYRENE VIDEO INTERVIEW

With less than a week to go before releasing her critically acclaimed new solo album “Generation Indigo”, Poly Styrene, presents a personal insight into the album. 

The footage sees the iconic frontwoman from X-ray Spex talking to renowned journalist and rock critic John Robb and also features behind the scenes footage from the album campaign photo shoot.

 

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THE JIM JONES REVUE NEW VIDEO

The Jim Jones Revue have posted their new video for the single ‘Dishonest John’ (out March 28th).

Directed by Martin Behrman and James Layton, the David Lynch style video intercuts club performance footage of the band with fantasy footage of a discombobulated Jim Jones getting overwhelmed by swarms of amorous ladies at a post-gig after-party.

Watch the video below and catch the band on tour in March/April.

 

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RUNAWAYS SINGER READIES NEW ALBUM

The Runaways singer Cherie Currie is working on a new solo album, her first since 1980’s ‘Messin’ With The Boys’.

The album is being produced by Velvet Revolver/ex-Guns ‘N’ Roses drummer Matt Sorum and will feature guest appearances from Slash, Duff McKagan, Courtney Love, Juliette Lewis and Billy Corgan.

The as-yet untitled new album is due out later this year.

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OUTCASTS LIVE ALBUM

Northern Ireland punk legends the Outcasts are reforming this for this years Revbellion festival-and now Spit records are releasing a live album of them recorded in France in the 80s. Coming complete with a 24 page booklet plus an unreleased new song-Ghetto Blaster- get more details at www.spitrecords.co.uk

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FREE FRENZY ALBUM!!

Get psychobilly legends-Frenzys brand new album-‘In the Blood’ FREE when you subscribe to Big Cheese magazine this month!! And its a Dropkick Murphys Celtic punk special too! Get it at www.bigcheesemagazine.com now!

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