ViveLe Rock is proud to present the mighty one day Camden Rocks festival-this saturday at 12 different venues around Camden, London! Headliners include Therapy, Glen Matlock, The Computers, The Rifles, ITCH(King Blues) Electric River, Straightlines,. YoYos, The Howling, The Vex, Smoking Hearts and loads more. Tickets are just £20 for the entire day of rock n roll! To see the days lineup, stage times and ticket info go to www.camdenrocksfestival.com see you there!!!!
Vive Le Rock magazine & Dry Heave Records proudly present a night of the New Breed :
Hailing from Montreal, Canada are the ten legged chaos machine that is TRIGGER EFFECT. Despite being a new name in the UK the quintet have two studio albums under their belts and several tours of North America and mainland Europe already notched up, but this is all about to change! With a sound falling somewhere between the thunderous melody of The Bronx, mixed with the dischordance of Refused and all delivered with the ferocity of Black Flag, their non-stop, chaos filled sets have built them a reputation as one of the most explosive live bands out there.
The band’s new album, ‘What’s Left To Eliminate?’, will drop in the UK on May 27th on Dry Heave Records, following this the band will be bringing the maelstrom of their live experience to the UK for the first time. If you caught their incendiary set at Groezrock last year you’ll know what to expect, if not, watch them light the touch paper and stand well back!
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THE SMOKING HEARTS
Graceful is definitely not a word to describe THE SMOKING HEARTS. Their live Shows have seen guitars smashed and drum kits sprawled across stages and it is not uncommon to find half the band playing in the crowd while singer Ben Mills is in the back of the venue, on the bar or hanging from the rafters, all while coercing the crowd into joining the party. Clocking in at just over the half hour mark, "Victory!" is a celebration. Featuring backing vocals from over 40 of the bands friends "Victory!’ is a party of an album, the soundtrack to every good night out. THE SMOKING HEARTS intend on celebrating their victory worldwide.
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Ray Manzarek, most known as a founding member of the ’60s rock band The Doors, is dead. According to a message posted on the band’s Facebook page, Manzarek died of bile duct cancer while in Rosenheim, Germany, on Monday, May 20. He was 74. Wife Dorothy Manzarek and brothers Rick and James were by his side.
"Manzarek is best known for his work with The Doors who formed in 1965 when Manzarek had a chance encounter on Venice Beach with poet Jim Morrison. The Doors went on to become one of the most controversial rock acts of the 1960s, selling more than 100-million albums worldwide … After Morrison’s death in 1971, Manzarek went on to become a best-selling author, and a Grammy-nominated recording artist in his own right. In 2002, he revitalized his touring career with Doors’ guitarist and long-time collaborator, Robby Krieger."
Hi – Retro Man Blog and Damaged Goods Records are proud to present the official Launch Party for THEE SPIVS new album "The Crowds and The Sounds" on June 29th at The Half Moon Putney, with Special Guests The Fallen Leaves and The Past Tense. Tickets and more details can be found at this link: http://www.halfmoon.co.uk/event/736
Recorded WORKS BOXSET
Out 9th SEPTEMBER
COLLECTED FOR THE FIRST TIME,
ALL of THE CLASH’S SEMINAL STUDIO ALBUMS REMASTERED,
3 CD DEMOS, NON-ALBUM SINGLES, RARITIES & B-SIDES,
DVD OF ALL VIDEOS WITH UNSEEN FOOTAGE by JULIEN TEMPLE & DON LETTS,
ORIGINAL & NEWLY COMMISSIONED CLASH FANZINES
EXCLUSIVE POSTER, DOG TAGS, STICKERS, BADGES AND MORE
THE CLASH HITS BACK
A 2-DISC selection OF THE very BEST (Available on CD/LP/Digital)
THE CLASH 5 STUDIO-ALBUM SET (available on CD/LP/DIGITAL)
‘The clash’, ‘Give ‘em enough rope’, ‘London calling’, ‘Sandinista!’ & ‘combat rock’ – re-mastered with original packaging restored
WATCH THE BAND ANNOUNCE HERE IN ‘THE CUT OUT SHOW’ (CREATED BY THE CLASH):
WATCH THE TRAILER HERE:
Sony Music releases The Clash Sound System – the band’s re-mastered recorded works collected together for the first time – on 9th September. Contained within classic boombox packaging designed by Paul Simonon, the boxset contains the band’s 5 seminal studio albums in their original 8-disc format, newly remastered by The Clash, a further 3 discs featuring demos, non-album singles, rarities and B-sides, a DVD with previously unseen footage by both Don Letts and Julien Temple, original promo videos and live footage, an owner’s manual booklet, reprints of the band’s original ‘Armagideon Times’ fanzine as well as a brand new edition curated and designed by Paul Simonon and merchandise including dog tags, badges, stickers and an exclusive Clash poster.
Conceived and compiled by The Clash, ‘Sound System’ is a significant and unique collection of the complete recorded works by the 20th century’s most influential British band. Greatly enhanced by the careful remastering rendering the original recordings more vital and crisp, all contained in Paul Simonon’s iconic design, with a selection of bonus material, ‘Sound System’ is the most important and unique boxset to be released.
Prompted by demand for a complete collection, ‘Sound System’ is a powerful reminder of The Clash’s enduring legacy. It’s hard to think of a band before or since that have exerted such universal influence. The 70’s punk movement gave birth to some important bands, but none were more important than The Clash. Here were a band who pushed and broke musical boundaries, a band who fused musical experimentation with a socio-political conscience. From their eponymously-titled debut album in 1977, the band incorporated elements of reggae, rap, jazz, dance, rockabilly and ska in their music. Their passionate, political agenda continues to inspire new fans and musicians alike. Indeed, the issues The Clash tackled are as relevant today as they were in the late 70s/early 80s. Dubbed “the only band that matters” in their heyday, the same could be said almost 40 years later.
· All newly re-mastered by The Clash with award-winning engineer Tim Young
• Three CDs featuring rare tracks, demos, non-album singles and B-sides (track listing follows)
• DVD including unseen Julian Temple footage, early Super 8 film shot by Don Letts, all the band’s promo videos and previously unseen live footage (details below)
• Owner’s Manual booklet
• Folder containing reprints of ‘Armagideon Times 1 & 2 and Armagideon Times 3 (new edition of fanzine compiled and designed by Paul Simonon)
• Merchandise; dog tags, badges, stickers and a Future Is Unwritten note book designed by Harland Miller
• An exclusive photo poster
Polydor Demos – The Clash’s second recording session November 1976
6. Career Opportunities
9. White Riot – PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED
Julien Temple Archive – 6:20
White Riot Interview – 7:10
Promo and interviews with Tony Parsons
Sussex University 1977
Don Letts Super 8 Medley 11:40
Clash On Broadway – 19:50
The Clash – Hits Back
(2CD Best Of)
Released simultaneously, ‘The Clash Hits Back’ features 33 of the band’s iconic tracks, across a 2-CD set. The tracklisting is sequenced from the band’s legendary Brixton Fairdeal show in 1982.
Hits Back contains the best studio recordings of the full set, plus 8 additional iconic tracks, and will be available digitally and on CD. It comes with the original setlist, handwritten by Joe Strummer which he usually taped to the back of his Telecaster before each gig.
“Every show was different. Joe would spend a lot of time composing the running order, considering dynamics, emotional impact and the key the songs were in. This record is based on Joe’s set list from The Casbah Club UK Tour, Brixton Fairdeal, 10th July 1982”. Mick, Paul & Topper.
U K D E C A Y
N E W H O P E F O R T H E D E A D
LONG AWAITED NEW ALBUM – THEIR FIRST SINCE 1981
“With one crashing blow, UK Decay have rewritten the rules of engagement for supposed ‘comeback’ albums and redefined the term ‘Punk’ for the modern age. Make no mistake about it, this is no sentimental rehash of a sound from over 30 years ago, this is a seismic explosion of anger unleashed in a sound that emanates from both Heaven and Hell. ‘New Hope for the Dead’ is destined to be one of the defining albums of 2013.”
It’s true, dammit! While the world and his wife are going ga-ga over a group of girls recreating the sounds that UK DECAY were part responsible for in their teenage years before splitting in 1982, the original post-punks are about to release ‘New Hope For The Dead’, only their 2nd album and first since reforming after more than a quarter of a century apart. A heavy sonic assault built upon the politics of dissent that lyrically encompasses the twin evils of extremism and bigotry, the fracturing nature of society, the lack of engagement by today’s generation and the attraction of things that ultimately harm us, it is also home to a collection of excellent new songs.
Originally formed in Luton in early 1979, UK Decay were leaders of the then emerging post-punk scene and are widely credited (if once derided) with coining the term ‘Goth’ in a music press interview in Sounds music paper that subsequently inspired a worldwide movement. Part of a musical lineage that saw them emerge after Siouxsie & The Banshees and pre-fame Adam & The Ants alongside the likes of Bauhaus and Killing Joke, their single/EP releases and 100,000 selling debut studio album For Madmen Only were substantial Independent Chart topping records, while they were also session regulars on John Peel’s Radio 1 show. Extensive touring in the UK and mainland Europe led to tours of North America – including memorable treks supporting Dead Kennedys and then headlining above a new LA punk scene containing Circle Jerks, Black Flag, DOA, Social Unrest, The Subhumans, etc – while current iconic names such as Dave Grohl, Trent Reznor and Tool have all cited the music of UK Decay and their incendiary live performances as influences on their own careers.
Lead vocalist Abbo grew up on the Farley Hill estate in Luton, “just one street away from the idiot that now fronts the English Defence League.” In the late 70’s it reflected the social conflicts of the time; now, even more so, the town finds itself riddled with racial tension, bigotry and violence that make it a potential blueprint for a future Britain. “We’re not here for a nostalgic reunion, the band came back together as we felt we had something to say about our times and put out music that is made of these times ” he opines. “There have been three or four generations of music since we originally split up, but there is a vacuum in music of any comment or action in kicking against a world of apathy, discrimination and totalitarianism.”
“We are finding that our voice resonates with old and new alike,” adds guitarist Spon. “It’s a new time but the same problems exist. We’ve always been a political band, but one that’s able to reference human passions too. The new album encapsulates all of that and presents it with a sound that is the best we’ve ever achieved.”
New Hope For The Dead is released by Rainbow City Records on LP, CD and download and distributed by SRD. The album cover features paintings by the Italian anarchist artist Franko B of the US and UK flags in embossed black oil that amplify the themes of UK Decay’s new songs. The LP inner sleeve and CD booklet contain photography by Hugo Glendinning.
2003 – 2013
London’s O2 Academy Islington celebrates a decade of live music with a show from US rock royalty
Thursday 29th August 2013 – Doors 7pm
£22.00 adv from ticketweb.co.uk / 0844 477 2000 (24hr)
Monday 20th May 2013; Academy Music Group (AMG) will celebrate a decade of live music in the Capital this August. O2 Academy Islington opened on Friday 19th September 2003 with a phenomenal launch night performance from US punk rockers, Alkaline Trio, bringing a sell-out zealous crowd who knew every word to every last song during the sprint paced hour long set!
What better way for O2 Academy Islington to turn the ripe old age of 10 in 2013, than with the help of the band who opened it! Alkaline Trio will celebrate with an exclusive live show at the venue on Thursday 29th August 2013 as a special birthday performance, bringing their combustible magic to delighted UK fans.
Well known as a guaranteed tour stop for global punk/ rock acts, the last decade has seen O2 Academy Islington present shows from major rock royalty including; KISS, Def Leppard, Skindred, Biffy Clyro, Paramore, Bullet For My Valentine and Jimmy Eat World to name but a few; so it’s a fitting tribute to welcome back one of punk rock’s finest to celebrate a LOUD ten years of live music in N1!
More than 15 years since Alkaline Trio’s debut album release ‘Goddamnit’ (1998) and now nine albums later, the band have cemented themselves firmly as spokesperson for ‘the downtrodden, the dispossessed, the ill-at-ease’ while ever broadening their palette with new colours and extremes, never producing two records the same. April 2013 has seen the release of their most recent album ‘My Shame Is True’, preceding the start of the 2013 tour and highly anticipated UK festival performances including Reading and Leeds (Lock Up/ Rock Stage) .
Alkaline Trio are
Matt Skiba – Vocals/Guitar
Dan Andriano – Vocals/Bass
Derek Grant – Drums
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Further tour dates as well as their performance at Reading and Leeds Festival include:
26th August 2013 – Dublin Academy,
27th August 2013 – Belfast Limelight,
28th August 2013 – Edinburgh Liquid Rooms,
29th August 2013 – London, O2 Academy Islington
*** The Crunch unveil video for debut single ‘Down By The Border’, out June 3rd on 7” vinyl via Legal Records ***
Weds 5th June – LONDON, Upstairs at The Garage (supported by Eastern Promises)
Doors 7pm. Tickets £15 adv. at http://www.ticketweb.co.uk/event/the-crunch-tickets/60755
The Vive Le Rock & Big Cheese sponsored Camden Rocks 2013 festival has announced the stage times in the various venues around Camden.
Check out the full band list and set times HERE.
Returning to London’s NW1 postcode for a second time, Big Cheese and our sister mag Vive Le Rock are stoked to sponsor this year’s Camden Rocks festival!
With over a hundred established and up-and-coming bands bringing the noise on Saturday the 1st of June, venues taking part include the Jazz Cafe, Monarch, Enterprise, Camden Head, the Barfly, Purple Turtle, Black Heart, the Hawley Arms, Lock Tavern, The Cuban and Camden Rock, essentially bringing Camden Town alive with the sound of music from 12pm to 12am!
With BC friendly bands such as RISE TO REMAIN, FEARLESS VAMPIRE KILLERS, STRAIGHT LINES, HAWK EYES, THE JB CONSPIRACY, BLEACH BLOOD, ELECTRIC RIVER and ITCH playing alongside the likes of THE REFILES, THERAPY?, THE YOYOS, GLEN MATLOCK, THE HOWLING and BAD FOR LAZARUS as well as DJ sets from Carl Barat and Chris McCormack, it’s going to be one hell of a party!
Get your £20 ticket and find out more info HERE.
Bruce Springsteen has recorded a track with Dropkick Murphys to raise funds for victims of the recent bombing in Boston.
The Boston band were approached by Springsteen following the recent Boston marathon bombings and have re-recorded a new version of the band’s song ‘Rose Tattoo’ for inclusion on an EP released on iTunes today (May 15). The three song release will also include live acoustic versions of the songs ‘Jimmy Collins’s Wake’ and ‘Don’t Tear Us Apart’ by Dropkick Murphys.
"Our friend Bruce Springsteen joins us for a new version of ‘Rose Tattoo,’ featuring his vocals, plus two live acoustic tracks recorded at the Gibson Showroom in Las Vegas just four days after those tragic events," the band reveal in a press release. "Bruce actually called us up the day of the bombing and asked what he could do to help," adds guitarist James Lynch. "We didn’t have to reach out. He was there for us."
All funds from the sale of the EP will be disbursed directly to The Claddagh Fund, a charity run by Ken Casey of the Dropkick Murphys.
Having spent the last year and a half playing truant – as the rhythm section in a French band – Bailey and drummer, Peter Wilkinson, dust off their halos and re-focus on The Saints.
‘King of the Sun’ was produced by Fortunato Luchresi and engineered by Sean Carey. The title track will be the first single taken from the album. Initially released in Australia November 2012 to coincide with the band’s Australian tour
Chris Bailey says of the album, “The Saints have always been my main passion, despite my promiscuity and desire for musical experiment I feel that The Saints are an unfinished musical journey. This album is one step closer on this road.”
The tracks are subtle metaphors, disguised in nostalgia or cherishment of a time gone by; they capture the difficulties and the despair of our times.
The Saints continue to entertain crowds far and wide, throughout the world. Details of UK/European live dates will be announced soon.
Over the years the band have released 15 studio albums, 17 singles, 6 EPs, 2 live albums and 10 compilation albums, not to mention Bailey’s solo output and collaborations with other artists.
And they have done a shitload more but this is just PR, listen to the music….
Stream KILLING JOKE’s ‘The Singles Collection’ below!
Out this week ‘The Singles Collection 1979 – 2012’, captures the ever-evolving KJ story with a series of dark, apocalyptic songs; over the years, the band – now back to their original line-up – have successfully combined disco and funk and a shamanic wisdom with the dark side of the punk fall-out, and their music is always challenging and always driven by its own special character & chemistry.
Simply, the influence of Killing Joke has been enormous, with an unlikely roll-call of musicians taking their cues from the KJ catalogue – from Nirvana to most modern American metal to many DJs and dance music mavericks… few, however, have coming close to matching the band’s innate power and prophetic message.
Killing Joke ‘The Singles Collection 1979 – 2012’ is initially being released as a Limited Edition 3 CD set (33 career-spanning singles plus a third disc of rarities, including previously unreleased studio tracks), plus a Super Deluxe Cigar-Boxed Edition.
‘The pure magic of the most amazing post-punk outfit to ever walk the planet‘
Vive Le Rock, 10/10
The Boys + The DeRellas play The Borderline on 22 June 2013 , as a release party for the re release of The Boys first two albums, http://mamacolive.com/theborderline/listings/upcoming-events/18310/the-boys-deluxe-reissues-tour-plus-special-guests/
*** All-star power-pop rockers The Crunch make their UK live debut with an intimate, one-off show at London’s Relentless Garage on June 5th ***
Doors 7pm. Tickets £15 adv. at http://www.ticketweb.co.uk/event/the-crunch-tickets/60755
Here’s the new video for Pittsburg rockers, The Cheats cover of "Hammersmith Palais" which is appearing on the free sampler for the current issue of Vive Le Rock Magazine!!! Some of you may recognise it as a cover of Michael Monroes Demolition 23 song!
ELECRIC RIVER finishing up recording new album
More UK dates announced
Award winning Kent rockers ELECTRIC RIVER are just putting the finishing touches to the recording of their new album in Devon with Peter Miles (King Blues/We Are The Ocean).
Electric River recorded 16 songs including their radio single “Hold Your Nerve” and the live favourite “Keep The Engine Burning”, their song about Wilko Johnson’s battle with cancer.
In the meantime Electric River have been chosen to support UK legends New
Model Army and Ruts DC next week at:
9th Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms with new Model Army
10th Camden Underworld with Ruts DC
11th Sheffield Plug with New Model Army
Electric River also recently won Best New Breed at the Pure Rawk Awards show in London where they played a storming live set.
At last – an exhibition that brings together over 40 years of musical mementos and memorabilia from the UK’s leading practitioners of old school R & B – Dr Feelgood. Take a journey through the early years when Lee, Wilko, Sparko and the Big Figure cut their teeth on Canvey Island before exploding onto the London pub rock scene. View an incredible collection of concert posters, record sleeves, press cuttings and previously unseen photographs from the days of Down By The Jetty and Milk and Alcohol all the way through to the modern era. Never before assembled in one place, this is a unique opportunity to get close to the artefacts and imagery from one of the worlds most exciting live bands. The Canvey Club 162 High Street Canvey Island SS8 7SS open: Monday to Saturday: 12:00-22:30 Saturday & Sunday: 12:00-15:30 and 19:00-22:30 Chris Fenwick Walks To coincide with the exhibition we have organised a number of Chis Fenwick’s famous Canvey Walks, visiting Canvey’s most infamous spots and Feelgood hide-outs. The walks will start at 10:30am – The Lobstersmack, Canvey Island SS8 0NR on the following days: 10th May, 17th May & 24th May finishing at The Canvey Club. The walk is aprox 2 hours. No booking necessary – just turn up.