SUCCESS BECKONS FOR NIGHTMEN!

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Swedish garage rockers NIGHTMEN return with a new album in April.

The prophetically-titled Can’t Avoid Success follows relatively hot on the heels of their debut Fifteen Minutes Of Pain, which was released a year ago.

Formed in Malmö in 2014, Nightmen bring together members from the likes of TERRIBLE FEELINGS, YAST and MF/MB/, creating a blend of garage rock and powerpop, citing such influences as RAMONES and DEAD MOON.

They released their debut EP Girl For You through Rundgång Rekords in early 2015, signing to Lövely Records for their debut LP a year later.

Can’t Avoid Success is released on 14 April through Lövely Records. It’s available to pre-order on CD from Freight Train and digitally from iTunes.

Check out the video for the single ‘Ahahahah (Oh No)’.

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INMATES RE-RELEASED!

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Legendary North London R&B band THE INMATES are to have their first three albums reissued as a box set.

First Offence, Shot In The Dark and Heatwave In Alaska were originally issued through Radar/WEA from 1979 to 1982.

Islington’s answer to DR FEELGOOD, The Inmates were formed by members of THE FLYING TIGERS and THE CANNIBALS and featured the impressive talents of powerful and charismatic frontman Bill Hurley, guitarists Peter Gunn and Tony Oliver, bassist Ben Donnelly and, at different times, drummers Jim Russell and Eddie from THE VIBRATORS.

The band’s first single was a cover of THE STANDELLS’ ‘Dirty Water’, which just scraped the US Top 50, while second single, a version of JIMMY McCRACKLIN’S ‘The Walk’ was a ubiquitous radio hit, making the the UK Top 40. The Vic Maile-produced First Offence made the US Top 40 albums chart.

After Heatwave In Alaska, Hurley handed the mic to Barrie Masters from EDDIE & THE HOT RODS, before returning to the band in 1987.

Along with the three albums, the 3-CD set features 8 bonus tracks and a 20-page booklet.

The Albums 1979-82 is released on 26 May through Cherry Red. It’s available to pre-order here.

Check out ‘Stop It Baby’ from Shot In The Dark.

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MAX’S KANSAS CITY COMP REISSUED!

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Max’s Kansas City 1976 – the compilation spawned by the legendary New York City nightclub – is getting an expanded reissue.

Situated at 213 Park Avenue South, Max’s first opened in the mid-60s as a haven for artists, poets and musicians, including Andy Warhol, William Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, David Bowie, Iggy Pop and Lou Reed – it was also the location for the recording of the Velvet Underground’s classic 1972 live album, Live At Max’s Kansas City.

Closing in 1974, it reopened a year later, becoming as integral to the birth of New York punk as CBGB’s, with show’s from the likes of Wayne County, New York Dolls, Johnny Thunders, Patti Smith, Ramones, Television, The Fast, The Dictators, Blondie and many more.

Max’s Kansas City 1976 was compiled as a 10-track album by music director Peter Crowley to help promote the club. Now the original album is expanded to 40 tracks across two CDs, with a selection of 25 on the double-vinyl edition. Including many unreleased and rare tracks, it was once again compiled by Crowley, who also adds sleevenotes detailing the album’s history. Further notes and artist biogs by writer, musician and Max’s regular Jimi LaLumia complete a 20-page booklet.

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Max’s Kansas City: 1976 & Beyond is released through Jungle on 5 May. It’s available to pre-order here.

Full tracklisting on the CD version is as follows….

Disc 1:
Wayne County and the Backstreet Boys – Max’s Kansas City
The Fast – Boys Will Be Boys
Harry Toledo – Knots
Cherry Vanilla and her Staten Island Band – Shake Your Ashes
Wayne County and the Backstreet Boys – Cream In My Jeans
The Fast – Wow Pow Bash Crash
Wayne County and the Backstreet Boys – Flip Your Wig
John Collins Band – The Man In Me
Suicide – Rocket USA
The Fast – Kids Just Wanna Dance
Philip Rambow – Night Out
Suicide – Ghost Rider
New York Dolls – Bad Girl
The Stilettos – Pink Stilettos
The Knots – Heartbreaker
The Senders – 6th Street
Jimi Lalumia & the Psychotic Frogs – Death To Disco
The Brats – First Rock Star on the Moon
The Offs – You Fascinate Me
The Terrorists – Riis Park
Roland Alphonso & the Terrorists – Sax Skandal
Disc 2:
Von LMO – This Is Pop Rock
Fast Floyd & the Famous Firebirds – Frogs Legs
Cellmates – Everybody Wants
Science – Twisco
BMTs – Clothes & Alchohol
Keiran Liscoe & the Attitude – Hello St. Vincents
Freddy Frogs – Days On Earth
Joy Ryder – Johnny Was A Fireman
Sea Monster – Halloween In Detroit
Ruby & the Rednecks – Ruby From The Wrong Side of Town
Joey Kelly Allstars – Amanda
Philippe Marcade – All Quite Wasted
Jayne County – Max’s Kansas City (reprise)
Iggy Pop – Rock Action
Nico – Saeta
Gang War – These Boots Are Made For Walking
Johnny Thunders & the Heartbreakers – M.I.A.
Sid Vicious & The Idols – Take A Chance

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Read a full feature on Max’s in the latest edition  of Vive Le Rock!

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PUNKS HIT THE NORTH!

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Tickets are selling fast for this year’s Scotland and North West Calling festivals.

The two all-day events, which are happening in April and June respectively, are both co-headlined by THE EXPLOITED and THE TOY DOLLS, who are playing their only UK shows this year.

Scotland Calling takes place on Saturday 29 April at the O2 ABC, Glasgow with ANGELIC UPSTARTS, UK SUBS, 999, RESTARTS, GIMP FIST, HI FI SPITFIRES and SPUNK VOLCANO & THE ERUPTIONS with more to be confirmed. There’s also an aftershow with VICE SQUAD and  FIRE EXIT.

Tickets are on sale here.

North West Calling is at the O2 Ritz, Manchester on Saturday 3 June with Angelic Upsstarts, DIRT BOX DISCO, PETER & THE TEST TUBE BABIES, 999, THE OUTCASTS, ABRASIVE WHEELS, Fire Exit, LOADED 44 and THE CUNDEEZ.

Get tickets here.

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CHEAP TRICK ANNOUNCE U.K. DATES!

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CHEAP TRICK have announced three UK dates this Summer.

Rockford, Illinois’ finest released their 17th album Bang, Zoom, Crazy… Hello in April last year. Their first with new drummer Dax Nielsen in place of Bun E Carlos, it met with wide acclaim. Carlos was briefly reunited with the band at that time, when they were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.

The band recently revealed through Twitter that they’re already working on a follow up, expected this Summer.

Cheap Trick play the following dates….

27 Jun – London O2 Kentish Town Forum, UK
28 Jun – Manchester Academy, UK
29 Jun – Bristol O2 Academy, UK

Tickets are on sale now here.

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THE MISSION ANNOUNCE NEW BOX SET!

THE MISSION herald a new box set edition of current album Another Fall From Grace with a brand new video.

‘Only You & You Alone’ is the penultimate track on the original album and features a guest appearance from Martin Gore of DEPECHE MODE.

The Complete Another Fall From Grace Box contains two CDs, two vinyl LPs and a DVD, along with a 20-page limited edition book featuring artwork and lyrics. The set includes seven bonus tracks comprising remixes and two new tracks. The DVD features four videos, including ‘Only You & You Alone’.

The box set will be available from 12 May from the band’s website.

As previously announced, the band play the following UK dates in May….

Thu 11th Norwich Waterfront *
Wed 17th Bournemouth O2 Academy
Thu 18th Oxford O2 Academy
Fri 19th Liverpool O2 Academy
Sat 20th Newcastle O2 Academy
Fri 26th Sheffield O2 Academy (Wayne’s Birthday celebration show)
Sat 27th Leicester O2 Academy

Support comes from SKELETAL FAMILY and PAULINE MURRAY except *.

As also previously announced, they join THE TUBES as support to ALICE COOPER on an arena tour in November….

Sat 11th Leeds First Direct Arena
Sun 12th Glasgow The SSE Hydro
Tue 14th Birmingham Barclaycard Arena
Wed 15th Manchester Manchester Arena
Thu 16th London The SSE Arena, Wembley

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SHAKING CHAINS UNVEIL DEBUT SINGLE!

Happening new Manchester post-punks SHAKING CHAINS issue their debut AA-side single next month, and you can check it out here.

‘Midnight Oil’ is inspired by John Schlesinger’s classic 1969 film Midnight Cowboy while ‘Drunk No More’ takes its lead from Carol Batton, Poet Laureate for Mental Health Survivors. “’Drunk No More’ is the thirteenth step of a twelve-step programme – one foot into the abyss,” says lyricist Nathan Mcilroy. “When you get to the bottom but before you’re physically and mentally capable of going back to the top of the slide.”

Due for release on 7″ vinyl through Concrete Records on Friday 21 April, the single is available to pre-order here.

Shaking Chains are playing Manchester and London launch parties at….

25 April – The Eagle Inn, Salford TICKETS

29 April – The Islington, London TICKETS

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BERNIE TORMÉ DONS HIS SPURS!

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Guitar legend BERNIE TORMÉ releases his new triple album next month and hits the road to coincide.

Dublin Cowboy is the result of a phenomenally successful PledgeMusic campaign that hit its original target in under nine hours.

Comprising 29 tracks in total, the album features a disc each of brand new electric and acoustic material, while a third disc adds a live recording from South Shields in January 2016, featuring classic tracks from Tormé’s 40-year career.

“I always wanted to do a triple album and also an acoustic album,” he says. “And combining the two seemed like the obvious idea, though truth is it nearly killed me: I’m still in recovery! But on top of all that, and with two albums of screaming wails and dive-bombs, I am totally knocked out with how the shred-free acoustic album has been received! Fans who pledged and have heard it absolutely LOVE it! Quadruple album next time? Nah, I really don’t think so!”

Dublin Cowboy is released on CD, vinyl and download through Retrowrek Records on Friday 7 April, and is available to pre-order here.

Catch Bernie and his band on tour at….

1st April SOUTH SHIELDS The Unionist Club
2nd April GLASGOW Nice n Sleazy
3rd April EDINBURGH Bannermans
4th April GRIMSBY Yardbirds
5th April MANCHESTER FAC251
6th April WOLVERHAMPTON The Robin 2
7th April LONDON The Borderline
8th April BRIGHTON The Prince Albert

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MEMBRANES, SPEAR FOR STRUMMERCAMP!

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Vive Le Rock is pleased and proud to sponsor Strummercamp Festival, which returns in May after a year’s lay-off.

Taking place at Manchester Rugby Club, Cheadle Hulme over the weekend of 26-28 May, the 11th Strummercamp continues the spirit and positive influence of Joe Strummer and The Clash, providing a mix of punk, ska, reggae, rock’n’roll and more on a not-for-profit and completely independent basis.

This year’s event features performances from THE MEMBRANES, SPEAR OF DESTINY, T.V. SMITH, NEWTOWN NEUROTICS, DEPARTMENT S, CHRON GEN, ATTILA THE STOCKBROKER, THE HURRIERS, NECK, THE WAKES, BEXATRON, RUFF TRADE, KLONK, HEADSTICKS, BUFFALO SOLDIERS, THE NORTHERN EMBEZZLERS, KOPEK MILLIONAIRES, NOSEBLEED, STATION 5 and loads more…

Tickets are being sold on a revolutionary ‘pay what you can afford’ basis, with adult weekend tickets ranging from £65 to £80 at increments of £5. They’re on sale here. Kids under 12 are FREE!!

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CHORDS U.K. SINGLE AND DATES!

CHRIS POPE and THE CHORDS UK have unveiled a new video and announced a series of UK dates for the year ahead.

‘Heart Of The Matter’ is a remixed version of a track from the band’s acclaimed album Take On Life, released last Autumn. The single is backed with an acoustic version of ‘Happy Families’. Single and album are available from the band’s website.

Chris and the band will be playing as special guests to THE MEN THEY COULDN’T HANG at Shepherds Bush Empire on Saturday 15 April. Tickets are available here.

They’ve also been added to the bill of this year’s Undercover Festival, taking place at its new home of Margate Dreamland on 8-9 September.

Full UK dates are….

Apr 15 – O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London
Apr 29 – The Raine Club, Hull
Apr 30 – The Longland Club, Middlesbrough
May 5 – 100 Club, London
Jun 23 – Bellfield Tavern, Kilmarnock
Jun 24 – Stone Valley Festival, Bishop Auckland
Aug 5 – Spring Meadows Club, Sandwell
Aug 6 – Music Mania, Worthing
Sep 9 – Undercover Festival, Margate
Sep 30 – Phoenix, Exeter
Oct 13 – Zombie Shack, Manchester

More dates to be confirmed….

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MAID OF ACE HIT THE ROAD!

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Sisterly south coast punks MAID OF ACE have announced a series of UK dates next month.

Kicking off in Canterbury on 18 April, the tour climaxes with a special Some Weird Sin night at Nambucca in London on 28 April. With BAD NERVES and WHITE WITCHES also on the bill, tickets at a very reasonable £6.00 are available here.

The Hastings quartet released their second album Maid In England to wide acclaim last year. It’s available now from their website.

Both the band’s album are also now available to download from iTunes.

Catch them on the road at….

April 18th – Lady Luck, Canterbury
April 19th – Sticky Mikes, Brighton
April 20th – Talking Heads, Southampton
April 21st – MPF – Sound Control, Manchester
April 22nd – Bannermans, Edinburgh
April 24th – Think Tank Underground, Newcastle
April 25th -The Parish, Huddersfield
April 27th – Winchester Arms,Taunton
April 28th – Nambucca, London (w/Bad Nerves & White Witches)

Read a new interview with Maid Of Ace in the latest edition of Vive Le Rock!

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CLASH DEBUT CELEBRATED IN EAST LONDON!

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On the 40th Anniversary of its release, THE CLASH’s iconic debut album is being celebrated with a special event in London.

Clash Night ’77 brings together music, poetry and discussion in celebration of a landmark release in UK punk.

Taking place at Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road on Satuday 8 April, the event has been put together by Philosophy Football in association with the RMT union.

The night is set to open with a panel discussion, featuring authors Daniel Rachel (The Walls Come Tumbling Down) and Dave Randall (Sound System: The Political Power Of Music); Rock Against Racism founders Red Saunders and Roger Huddle; writer, artist and sometime Clash manager Caroline Coon; ASIAN DUB FOUNDATION’s Pandit G, and former music journalist Ngaire Ruth of Loud Women.

Side 2 of The Clash will be performed ‘as was’ by 48 THRILLS – featuring Steve North from the stage play Meeting Joe Strummer – while Side 2 will be recreated by SEAN McGOWAN, NIA WYN, JOE SOLO, EMILY HARRISON and DREAM NAILS.

The night will be headlined by CAPTAIN SKA, with sets during the evening from ATTILA THE STOCKBROKER, JANINE BOOTH, COMRADE X and THE LONE GROOVER, ranting verse from POETRY ON THE PICKET LINE and the Rock Against Racism photography of Syd Shelton.

Tickets for the event are £9.99 with discounts for multiple bookings. They’re available here.

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We revisit The Clash in our series on classic ’77 albums in the latest edition of Vive Le Rock!

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GARY LAMMIN ANNOUNCES INSTORE GIGS!

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BERMONDSEY JOYRIDERS mainman GARY LAMMIN has announced a pair of instore dates in support of his recently released debut solo album.

A veteran of the London punk scene, Lammin recorded Gary Guitar Lammin with legendary SEX PISTOLS producer Dave Goodman, but the recordings were shelved following Goodman’s death in 2005.

Lammin will be performing in solo acoustic mode at….

25 March – Raven Records,74 Bromley Road, Beckenham – 4pm

1 April – All Ages Records, 27 Pratt Street, Camden – 4pm

Both dates have some personal significance to Lammin, and to his close working relationship with Goodman. Raven Records is “literally a few streets down” from Goodman’s former Mandala Studios, where the bulk of the recording was completed more than a decade ago. Meanwhile, Lammin says of his appearance at All Ages in Camden, “I particularly wanted a gig for the album on April Fool’s day, as it was a day that me and Dave Goodman spoke about a bit”. He explains that the figure of the fool was often in their minds as these philosophical, dramatic, and dream-like songs took shape; “we both found it interesting that in a lot of Shakespearian plays, it is the court jester or the fool (who often is only pretending to be a fool), is the only person who is actually is privy to all information – because nobody takes him seriously”.

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SISTERAY EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE!

Walthamstow band SISTERAY are set to release a new EP next month and they’re premiering the lead track exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘Queen’s English’ is the opening cut from 15 Minutes, a title inspired by Andy Warhol’s famous quote about fame.

Formed in 2014, the quartet came together over a shared love of BUZZCOCKS, THE CLASH, THE KINKS and THE SMITHS. Since then they’ve been playing up and down the country, performing guerrilla gigs and organising their own club nights,  as well as appearing at Camden Rocks, Isle of Wight and Leeds festivals.

The EP was recorded at East London’s Lightship 95 studio with producer Rory Attwell of TEST ICICLES and VACCINES fame.

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Guitarist Dan Connolly says, “Now more than ever, people seem to be given 15 minutes and 15 minutes only. It’s not an album and it’s not a single. It’s simply a statement about the times we are living in.”

15 Minutes is available from 14 April through Vallance Records on vinyl and download. It’s available to pre-order here.

Catch the band live at….

Thur 16 Mar – Bleach, BRIGHTON
Fri 17 Mar – Guns & Smoke, LONDON
Fri 24 Mar – Firebug, LEICESTER
Fri 31 Mar – Black Heart, LONDON

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EXCLUSIVE! ANYONE FOR WEIRD SEX?

Garage punk supergroup WEIRD SEX are unveiling new music exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

The eight songs featured here make up one side of a split cassette EP with fellow Roadkill Records signings BROKEN SOUNDTRACKS.

Fronted by charismatic singer Joey Ackland, and featuring members of SLY PERSUADERS, DEATHLINE and SUICIDE PARTY, Weird Sex’s buzzsaw guitars, skittering synths and basic pop hooks have seen them compared to the seminal NYC punk sounds of SUICIDE and the RAMONES.

Weird Sex and Broken Soundtracks play a special FREE launch party at The Lock Tavern, Camden on Friday 17 March, with SECRET TONGUES and AVERAGE SEX.

Featuring a great value 14 tracks, the EP is available to pre-order on cassette and download for a very reasonable fiver here.

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DOCTORS OF MADNESS BOX SET!

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Cult 70s art-rock band DOCTORS OF MADNESS have their output compiled in a new box set.

Formed in Brixton in 1974 and fronted by charismatic vocalist Richard ‘Kid’ Strange, the Doctors were a huge influence on punk, counting the likes of the SEX PISTOLS and THE JAM as their support bands and Dave Vanian and T.V. Smith as collaborators.

The 3-CD Perfect Past: The Complete Doctors Of Madness brings together their three albums for Polydor, plus previously unreleased studio material, live tracks featuring Smith and a prospective ’78 single with Vanian.

Set for release on 5 May though Cherry Red, it’s available to pre-order here.

A reformed Doctors Of Madness play a very special one-off show at a secret London location on Tuesday 16 May, with special guests BAND OF HOLY JOY and LILY BUD. Tickets priced £12.00 are available here.

More dates to be confirmed.

Check out ‘Waiting’ from their ’76 debut Late Night Movies, All Night Brainstorms.

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EIGHT ROUNDS RAPID HIT THE TARGET!

Suit-wearing South Essex roustabouts EIGHT ROUNDS RAPID have released a first video from their new album.

‘I Like It’ is taken from Objet D’Art, the band’s second album, which follows on from their highly-rated 2014 debut Loss Leader.

The video was directed by Tony Burke and features actor Ewen MacIntosh of The Office fame.

The Southend band, who feature Wilko’s son Simon Johnson on guitar, plus frontman David Alexander, bassist Jules Cooper and drummer Lee Watkins, have three dates lined up for the coming weeks catch them at….

31 March – St Moritz Club, London
1 April – The Railway Hotel, Southend
7 April – St Moritz Club, London

Objet D’Art is out now through Cadiz. Buy it here.

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We talk to Dave Alexander from the band for our Gob Rock feature in the latest edition of Vive Le Rock!

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ROCKAWAY BEACH’S BIRTHDAY BOMB!

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Ace London punk and rock’n’roll club ROCKAWAY BEACH celebrates its second birthday next month!

Hosted by Timmy from glam-punks THE DeRELLAS, once a month for the past two years, the club has taken over the basement of the legendary Hope & Anchor for sell-out gigs from the likes of THE VIBRATORS, BRIAN JAMES, URBAN DOGS, S*M*A*S*H, HONEST JOHN PLAIN, VICE SQUAD, BLACK BOMBERS, WITCHDOKTORS, DIRTY STRANGERS, THE PECKHAM COWBOYS and more.

Headlining the 2nd Anniversary Party on Friday 28 April are THE ANITA CHELLAMAH BAND, featuring the frontwoman of HANOI ROCKS spin-off THE CHERRY BOMBZ plus members of SHAM 69, LORDS OF THE NEW CHURCH and CHEAP AND NASTY. Support comes from THE PHOBICS and Rich Rags from THE ROLE MODELS.

Tickets priced £8 are on sale now here.

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