WE ARE THE RODENT CREW!

Fast-rising powerpop-punks LUCY & THE RATS have announced the release of their debut album.

The self-titled debut album was recorded in Denia, Spain and produced by Johnny Casino and Detroit garage rock maven Jim Diamond. It’s set for release through Dirty Water Records on 25 May. It’s available to pre-order here.

Brought together in London in 2015 by Aussie punk legend Lucy Spazzy, since then they’ve travelled the world and toured the UK as special guests to BUZZCOCKS.

Lucy & The Rats are just one of the bands appearing at the Vive Le Rock/Some Weird Sin Powerpop Weekender at The Finsbury, London on 28/29 July.

Also appearing over the weekend are headliners THE BARRACUDAS and DIRTY FENCES, plus LOS PEPES, BABY SHAKES, PROTEX, ROLE MODELS, TV CRIME, FAZ WALTZ, RANDY SAVAGES, MORE KICKS and THE SPEEDWAYS.

Tickets are on sale here.

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DAMNED ANNOUNCE MORE DATES!

Putting a cap on what has already been an amazing year for the band, THE DAMNED have announced a series of UK headline shows for November and December.

Last month the punk legends picked up the Band Of The Year award at the inaugural Vive Le Rock Awards, tearing the roof off our ceremony at Islington Academy in the process.

Two weeks later, they released their first new album in a decade, the Tony Visconti-produced Evil Spirits, which rocketed to No.7 in the UK album chart, their highest ever chart placing.

The band have now announced a series of dated kicking off at Brighton Dome on 19 November and including a London show at Shepherds Bush Empire on 23 November. Full dates below….

Tickets go on sale this Friday 27 April here.

As previously announced, the band have four shows in June as support to HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES….

June 16th Birmingham Genting Arena
June 17th Manchester Arena
June 19th Glasgow The SSE Hydro
June 20th London The SSE Arena, Wembley

…followed by four headline dates at….

August 22nd Southampton, O2 Guildhall
August 23rd Holmfirth, Holmfirth Picture House
August 24th Warrington, Warrington Parr Hall
August 25th Belfast, Belsonic Festival

Evil Spirits is available to buy here.

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Read all about our wild and debauched awards night in the new edition of Vive Le Rock! OUT NOW!

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SUFFOLK ‘N’ GOOD!

East Anglian singer, songwriter and producer ED SYKES has his debut single released this summer.

Summoning the glam rock’n’roll 70s spirit of Bowie, Mott and the Stones, ‘Whiplashed’ includes a guest contribution from The Pretty Things’ Jon Povey, while a cover of ‘Ziggy Stardust’ on th b-side features Bowie’s longtime pianist Mike Garson.

Speaking about the single, Sykes says, “Its early ‘70s vibe captures the time that I was born into and the sounds that formed the bones of my musicality. This is essentially my ‘Get It On’ or ‘Rebel Rebel’. I wanted it to sound like a great little timeless Rock and Roll number that you feel you already know somehow. I want to remind people how great pop can be and to show people the standard that I aspire to. For me great pop and rock and roll should be instant, you have no intellectual choice you are either in or out. The sound of it, how it hits you, you know you instinctively love it so it’s not a choice. That’s what I’m about.”

Hailing from the Suffolk market town of Bury St Edmunds, Sykes was until recently a member of noted Colchester band So-Called Humans, but has been a visible figure on the local scene for many years, coming to the attention of Suffolk pop icon, John Peel, who played Ed’s tracks on his radio show.

Citing among his influences the likes of Bowie, Bolan, Hawkwind, Wire, Gary Numan, King Tubby and The Jesus & Mary Chain, most recently Sykes was recruited to produce the latest album by former Pretty Things and Pink Fairies drummer Twink, who says, “Ed Sykes has proven to me what an incredible talent he is. He guided me towards the light of the late ‘60s while producing my album Think Pink III. I hope Ed’s new single is a smash. He deserves it.”

‘Whiplashed’ is out through the brilliantly-named Maniac Squat Records on 8 June.

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MADNESS MOVIE ON THE ROAD!

One Man’s Madness, the new documentary film about MADNESS sax-player Lee ‘Kix’ Thompson, goes on a tour of cinemas throughout the UK next month.

The film, which was shown as part of the Vive Le Rock-sponsored Soundscreen Festival in March, tells Thompson’s story from his childhood in North London, through meeting the members of Madness and onto major success.

Directed by Jeff Baynes and starring all members of Madness as well as Neville Staple, Lynval Golding, Norman Cook and others, the film takes its cue from the Ealing comedies of the 40s and 50s, music hall and famous BBC arts documentaries, with a nod to those great British comics down the years such as Max Wall, Tommy Cooper, Les Dawson, Dick Emery, Morecambe and Wise and Spike Milligan.

“The whole experience in the making of this Mocu has been a sheer joy,” says Lee. “Miming along to all the characters was slightly tongue-twisting. However, with the director’s patience and perseverance we got there eventually. Jeff makes a fantastic Cappuccino and his wife was most patient with my array of props, wigs and slap. Thank you to all involved, you’ve made a happy man very old!”

Watch the trailer.

Cinemas so far confirmed to screen ‘One Man’s Madness’:

Tue 22 May LONDON: Showcase Bluewater (with Q&A with Lee and Jeff Baynes)

Wed 23 May READING: Showcase

Wed 23 May SOUTHAMPTON: Showcase

Wed 23 May NOTTINGHAM: Showcase

Wed 23 May DERBY: Showcase

Wed 23 May LEICESTER: Showcase

Wed 23 May PETERBOROUGH: Showcase

Wed 23 May LEEDS: Showcase

Wed 23 May COVENTRY: Showcase

Wed 23 May BRISTOL: Showcase

Mon 28 May SOUTHEND: Southend Film Festival

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FAZ WALTZ UNVEIL NEW VIDEO!

Italian powerpoppers FAZ WALTZ have just released a video for their new single, ‘Julie’.

The single is taken from the band’s sixth album Double Decker which is out now through Contra Records. It’s available to buy now from their website.

Hailing from Cantù near Lake Como, the trio have been around over a decade and favour the same 70s bootboy beats as their Roman colleagues GIUDA.

Faz Waltz are just one of the bands appearing at the Vive Le Rock/Some Weird Sin Powerpop Weekender at The Finsbury, London on 28/29 July.

Also appearing over the weekend are headliners THE BARRACUDAS and DIRTY FENCES, plus LOS PEPES, BABY SHAKES, PROTEX, ROLE MODELS, TV CRIME, LUCY & THE RATS, RANDY SAVAGES, MORE KICKS and THE SPEEDWAYS.

Tickets are on sale here.

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PREFAB MESSIAHS CREATE A MONSTER!

Rejuvenated Massachussetts garage-psych explorers THE PREFAB MESSIAHS have unveiled a new video for the appropriately-titled track ‘Monster Riff’ from their acclaimed comeback album Psychspolitation …Today!

The band’s Senior Acting Spokesperson,  Xerox Feinberg gets on the case….

“Way back in the day, a couple members of The Prefabs lived in a crappy off-campus apartment shared by a spoiled metalhead teenager sporting a giant mullet, a padlocked room full of virgin vinyl, and a massive drum set he couldn’t keep a beat on. This kid (just a few years younger than us) had nothing but contempt for our early attempts at garage-rock-pop-psych-revivalism. I traded him Alice Cooper’s Love It To Death for a battered copy of Revolver and never looked back… until now. ‘MONSTER RIFF’ is a long-delayed homage to this crazed roomie and the kind of music I spent decades snobbishly avoiding. There’s some giant guitar riffs (IMHO), bassist Trip Thompson channels a demonic Axl Rose, and somehow The Flamin’ Groovies sorta get in there too. The exquisitely animated video ties it all together with a fairly senseless melange of B-movie monsters and alternative reality Saturday morning cartoons.”

Originally existing on the Boston club scene from 1981 to ’83, The Prefab Messiahs spent the following three decades as just a memory until a Burger Records reissue of a CD-R compilation prompted renewed interest. An 8-song mini-album – Keep Your Stupid Dreams Alive – in 2015 was followed earlier this year by Psychsploitation …Today!, a full-length album of all-new material.

Psychsploitation …Today! is out now through Lolipop/Burger Records. You can buy it here.

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CHERRY RED ISSUE DOLLS DEMOS AND LIVE SET!

The NEW YORK DOLLS are to have a wealth of live material and rare demo recordings compiled in a new box set.

Debuting in New York City on Christmas Eve 1971, the Dolls are widely regarded as a precursor to punk, becoming a massive influence a wide range of artists, from Kiss tp the Ramones and The Damned and on to Morrissey and Guns’n’Roses. They were briefly managed by Malcolm McLaren pre-Pistols and ex-Dolls guitarist was special guest on the fables Anarchy Tour of ’77, later returning in 2004 for a Morrissey-instigated reunion.

The 5 CD Personality Crisis: Live Recordings & Studio Demos 1972-1975 brings together early demos recorded with original drummer Billy Murcia prior to his tragic death in November ’72, and demos for their debut album in March 73. The set also features three discs worth of live recordings from Paris, NYC, Long Island, Vancouver, Detroit and Dallas, from ’73 to ’75.

Fully remastered for this release, the set also includes a booklet with full sleevenotes and rarely seen photos.

Set for release on 27 April through Cherry Red, Personality Crisis is available to pre-order here.

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NEW D.O.A. ALBUM ARRIVES!

Canadian punk legends D.O.A. return with a new studio album next month.

Fight Back, which is set for release on 1 May, follows on from the band’s previous album Hard Rain Falling in 2015.

The Vancouver band have gone through numerous line-ups since they evolved out of THE SKULLS in 1978. Thei latest configuration sees founding frontman/guitarist Joe ‘Shithead’ Keithley joined by Paddy Duddy on drums and Corkscrew on bass.

Allegedly the first band to use the term ‘hardcore’ in reference to punk, the band have clocked up a whopping 17 studio albums and have played upwards of 4,000 shows on five different continents.

Exhibiting a strong activist ethic, the band has played numerous benefit gigs and staged protests supporting such causes as environmental issues, women’s rights, food bank benefits, and stood against war, racism, weapons proliferation, and countless other causes.

At one time an aspiring civil rights lawyer, as well as author of a book entitled TALK – ACTION = 0, Keithley has recently declared that he is standing for Mayor in his hometown of Burnaby, British Columbia on behalf of the local Green Party, announcing via Instagram,  “I am going to fight for grassroots democracy where everybody’s voice is heard! I will put a stop to the heartless Demovictions that are a disgrace to Burnaby, BC and Canada. The Burnaby Greens will work towards making Burnaby a greener and more sustainable city.”

In May, the band kick off a series of 40th Anniversry dates across the US, with MDC in support. They play….

5/21 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Metro Music Hall
5/22 – Colorado Springs, CO @ Black Sheep
5/23 – Fort Collins,CO @ Hodi’s Half Note
5/24 – Denver, CO @ Streets Of London Pub
5/26 – Las Vegas, NV @ Punk Rock Bowling Festival
5/29 – Laguna Niguel, CA @ Karmann Bar
5/30 – West Hollywood, CA @ The Viper Room
5/31 – San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick

6/02 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Rebel Lounge
6/03 – Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad
6/04 – El Paso, TX @ Lowbrow Palace
6/05 – Harlingen, TX @ Hop Shop
6/06 – Austin, TX @ Barracuda
6/07 – Houston, TX @ The Secret Group
6/08 – San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger
6/09 – Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Bar and Grill
6/10 – Tulsa, OK @ Shrine
6/12 – Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room
6/13 – Des Moines, IA @ Lefty’s Live Music
6/15 – Billings, MT @ The Pub Station
6/16 – Spokane, WA @ The Pin!

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CLASSIC POSTER BOOK REISSUED!

Extradition Books, the book publishing sister company of Vive Le Rock, is proud to reissue the classic book Pin-Ups 1972-82: Ten Years Of Classic Posters From The Punk, New Wave And Glam Era in a softcover coffee-table format.

Bolstered by dozens of new images and new insights from those who were there, this collection of over 200 posters  – featuring iconic images of timeless artists like Bowie, Blondie, Ramones, The Damned, Adam Ant, Motörhead, Suicide, Iggy Pop, Tom Robinson Band and Lou Reed – celebrates a decade’s music and design.

Drawing on scores of personal interviews with stars, artists, photographers and fly-posting mafiosi, Alwyn Turner and Roger Crimlis tell the stories behind the pictures from a golden age of rock & roll.  Adam Ant – eminently qualified as both art student and popstar – has provided a brand new and insightful foreword to this edition.

Due for publication on 11 May, Pin-Ups is available for pre-order now from Viveleshop.com.

The book will be launched at a pair of events in London next week at…

Daunt’s, Marylebone
Tuesday 24th April 6:30-8:00 pm

The Flood Gallery, Greenwich
Thursday 26th April 6.30pm – 8.30pm

Admission is free by guestlist only. Contact Chris Hewlett at chris@chrishewlett.com to arrange admission.

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GANG OF FOUR UNVEIL NEW TRACK!

GANG OF FOUR have unveiled a new track from their forthcoming EP.

‘Ivanka (Things You Can’t Have)’ is the second track to be lifted from the band’s Complicit EP, which represents their first new music in three years. As you might’ve guessed, it’s inspired by the daughter of the current President of the USA, and features NOVA TWINS’ Amy Love alongside Gang Of Four vocalist Gaoler.

Speaking of the track’s lyrics, which weave in direct quotes from Ivanka about herself and observations about her father, band guitarist and founder Andy Gill says, “It would’ve been easy to be extremely damning about Donald Trump and of course, like everyone else, I could have called him all kinds of names. What drew me to this subject at all was the running commentary from Ivanka in the earlier stages of this administration – it was fascinating to get a kind of explanation or justification from the daughter who had already been given an official position within the White House. And frankly, a lot of it was pretty funny. But although the characters in the Trump family are interesting, it’s more the ideologies and politics which they represent and enable which need describing.”

You can stream ‘Ivanka (Things You Can’t Have)’ here.

The 4-track Complicit EP is set for release on 20 April.

Gang Of Four play the following dates…

27 April BOLOGNA, ITALY Zona Roveri Music Factory

28 April ROME, ITALY Traffic Club Roma

14 May BUENOS ARIES, PALERMO, ARGENTINA Niceto Club

19 May MEXICO CITY, CUAUHTEMOC, MEXICO Festival Marvin, CDMX

3 August HORTEN, NORWAY Bueskytterbanen

5 October LONDON, UK Indie Daze, 100 Club

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BUSTER SHUFFLE VIDEO EXCLUSIVE!

Strike a light! Cockney-ska roustabouts BUSTER SHUFFLE are back with a new video which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘We Fall To Pieces’ is taken from their rambunctious fourth album I’ll Take What I Want which was released through Burning Heart Records last November.

After cruising in the Bahamas with FLOGGING MOLLY, the band have dates in Germany before accompanying THE MIGHTY MIGHTY BOSSTONES around the US, save for a couple of UK shows as guests of MAD CADDIES. Full dates are….

18.04 – Will’s Pub, Orlando, FL – USA
20-23.04 – Flogging Molly’s Salty Dog Cruise, Miami, FL, USA to Bahamas
27.04 – Mephisto, Hannover – Germany
28.04 – Monkey’s Club, Hamburg – Germany
30.04 – Bi Nuu, Berlin – Germany
16-28.05 – Punk Rock Bowling, Las Vegas, NV – USA
26.06 – Ace Of Spades, Sacramento, CA – USA (with The Mighty Mighty Bosstones)
27.06 – The Fillmore, San Francisco, CA – USA (with The Mighty Mighty Bosstones)
30.06 – House Of Blues, San Diego, CA – USA (with The Mighty Mighty Bosstones)
03.07 – The Van Buren, Phoenix, AZ – USA (with The Mighty Mighty Bosstones)
05.07 – Scoot Inn, Austin, TX – USA (with The Mighty Mighty Bosstones)
06.07 – House Of Blues, Houston, TX – USA (with The Mighty Mighty Bosstones)
07.07 – House Of Blues, Dallas, TX – USA (with The Mighty Mighty Bosstones)
31.07 – O2 Academy, Newcastle – UK (with Mad Caddies)
01.08 – O2 Institute 2, Birmingham – UK (with Mad Caddies)
18.08 – Phoenix Concert Theatre, Toronto, ONT – Canada (with The Mighty Mighty Bosstones)
19.08 – Andrews Hall, Detroit, MI – USA (with The Mighty Mighty Bosstones)
21.08 – The Vogue, Miniapolis, IN – USA (with The Mighty Mighty Bosstones)
22.08 – House Of Blues, Chicago, IL – USA (with The Mighty Mighty Bosstones)
23.08 – House Of Blues, Cleveland, OH – USA (with The Mighty Mighty Bosstones)

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BOOZE AND GLORY VIDEO EXCLUSIVE!

Award-winning street-punks BOOZE & GLORY have a new video which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘The Time Is Now’ is lifted from the band’s acclaimed album Chapter IV, their debut for Burning Heart Records, released in March last year.

Produced by Jaka Curlic (JZA CREW / PunkRock Holiday), the video was shot on tour at the end of last year and is the last to feature departed guitarist Liam.

The band recently walked away with the New Blood Award at the inaugural Vive Le Rock Awards held at the O2 Academy in London.

Having already clocked up over 100 shows worldwide since the release of Chapter IV, they now head off on a tour of the USA and Canada, briefly returning to Europe before heading for Australia. Full dates are…

19.04 – Reggies Rock Club – Chicago, IL, USA
20.04 – Sanctuary – Detroit, MI, USA
21.04 – Hard Luck – Toronto, Ont, Canada
22.04 – Coop Katacombes, Montreal, Canada
24.04 – Fuze Box, Albany, NY, USA
25.04 – Kung Fu Necktie, Philadelphia, PA
26.04 – Brighton Bar – Long Branch, NJ, USA
28.04 – Hard Core Stadium, Cambridge, MA, USA
29.04 – Dover Brickhouse – Dover, DE, USA
02.06 – Paddy Fest, Aerzen – Germany
15,06 – Vaudeville, Lindau (Bodensee) – Germany
16.06 – With Full Force Fest, Grafenhainichen – Germany
30.06 – Ultra Chaos Picnic Fest, Zelebsko – Poland
06.07 – Duycker, Hoofdorp – Netherlands
07-08.07 – Ruhpott Rodeo Fest. Bottrop – Germany
15.07 – Mighty Sounds Fest Tabor – Czech Republic
04.08 – Pol’And’Rock Fest, Kostrzyn – Poland
05.08 – Xtreme Fest, Albi – France
09.08 – Endless Summer Fest, Torgau – Germany
24.08 – Reload Festival, Sulingen – Germany
30.08 – Spirit Fest, Niedergorsdorf – Germany
01.09 – Tattoo Convention, Augsburg – Germany
20.09 – Crown And Anchor, Adelaide – Australia
21.09 – Bendigo Hotel, Melbourne – Australia
22.09 – Transit Bar, Canberra – Australia
23.09 – Valve Bar, Sydney – Australia
25.09 – Rad Bar, Wollongong – Australia
26.09 – Hamilton Station Bar, Newcastle – Australia
28.09 – Crowbar, Brisbane – Australia

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NIKKI SUDDEN’S DUBLIN SESSIONS REISSUED!

NIKKI SUDDEN is to have a collection of rare recordings reissued for Record Store Day.

Originally released on the Irish label Hotwire in 1986, The Last Bandits In The World was recorded in Dublin the previous year, following the initial demise of Sudden and Dave Kusworth’s band, The Jacobites. For the recording, Sudden hooked up with guitarist Johnny Fean of Irish folk-rock legends HORSLIPS and Simon Carmody from garage-psychers THE GOLDEN HORDE for sessions produced by Horslips drummer Eamon Carr.

The Last Bandits In The World – Complete sees the original 10-track release expanded with the addition of the rare ‘Christmas Morning’ single – with Sudden and Carmody joined by sometime WINGS and DR FEELGOOD guitarist Henry McCullough, future Supernatural actor Mark Sheppard and Sam Steiger and John Connors from The Golden Horde  – and the 1989 12″ ‘The Angels Are Calling’, recorded with members of THE WATERBOYS. The set is completed by the inclusion of one previously unreleased studio outtake, ‘Tell Me’.

Fully remastered at Woodbine Studios, Leamington Spa by Carmody with longtime Sudden producer/engineer John A Rivers, The Last Bandits In The World – Complete is being released through Seventeen Records as a limited edition deluxe gatefold 18-track double-album for Record Store Day (21 April), followed in May by a CD release, available to pre-order here.

Listen to ‘Winter’.

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SMASH FASHION VIDEO EXCLUSIVE!

L.A. powerpoppers SMASH FASHION return with a new single and they’re premiering the brilliant new video exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘Runs In The Family’ is the first single to be taken from the band’s fourth album Rompus Pompous which is out this month and follows on from 2014’s acclaimed debut Big Cat Love.

Blending glam, psych, powerpop and punk, Smash Fashion have been tearing up stages with the likes of Ian Hunter,  Psychedelic Furs, Cheap Trick and Silversun Pickups for a few years. On the strength of this swaggering street-shakin’ party-starter, it looks like the new album will be a real gamechanger for the band.

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LOUISE DISTRAS UNVEILS NEW SINGLE!

LOUISE DISTRAS returns this month with a new single and a string of dates.

‘Land Of Dope And Glory’ is a first taste of Louise’s forthcoming, as yet untitled, album, set for release this Autumn. The album follows on from her hugely successful and highly acclaimed debut album Dreams From The Factory Floor, first released in the UK 2013 and throughout the rest of the world in 2015.

The new album was recorded in Oakland, California with Ross Petersen (Bruce Springsteen, Goo Goo Dolls, ) and Steve Whale of The Business In the producers’ chairs.

Speaking about the single, Louise says, “G.O.D. stands for gold, oil and drugs. Because in a world where God is money, it feels like the constant consumer manipulation that we as people face on a daily basis from big corporations and government stands against everything we value as human beings; peace, love and understanding.”

Louise heads out on tour this week, playing St Albans tonight and winding up at Camden Underworld on 10 May. Full dates are….

11 April – St. Albans, The Horn
12 April – Newport, Le Pub
13 April – Stowmarket, John Peel Centre
14 April – Tunbridge Wells, Forum Basement
15 April – Southampton, The Joiners
17 April – Nottingham, The Bodega
19 April – Preston, The Ferret
20 April – Bridgwater, The Cobblestones
23 April – Stoke on Trent, The Underground
24 April – Newcastle, The Cluny
25 April – Glasgow, Audio
26 April – Hull, The Polar Bear
28 April – Birmingham, The Castle & Falcon
29 April – Selby, Pop Punk Pile Up
10 May – London, The Underworld

Tickets are available here.

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CELIBATE RIFLES’ MEXICAN STAND-OFF!

Australian punk icons THE CELIBATE RIFLES are back with their first release in 14 years.

Meeting The Mexicans: Live In Melbourne is the Sydney band’s first new album since 2004’s Beyond Respect, and the third live album of their career.

The album is a result of an increased period of activity from the band, who’ve been playing several dates over the past couple of years, including a tour with reformed Aussie legends THE SUNNYBOYS.

Recorded at the city’s Thornbury Theatre in June last year, Meeting The Mexicans features 12 tracks, half electric and half acoustic, including covers of The MC5’s ‘Shakin’ Street’ and Iggy & The Stooges’ ‘Gimme Danger’.

Speaking about the release, guitarist and band founder Kent Steedman told Vive Le Rock, “We had a long soundcheck as we had to set up for two different sets, so it was a longer than usual lead-up. This was the first time in many years that we tried an acoustic set, it went over well as always, despite its imperfections, and listening back to it the feel and humour was there, hence this CD. There’s a couple of handling errors and ‘feet into touch’ because we chose to present it as it was played, rather than fix things in production. The album has been remixed with the intent of giving an idea of the energy conveyed, rather than cleansing and polishing it. Where possible, we included songs that had not been out on previous live records. Meeting The Mexicans is perhaps a happy accident, and is a bit like an old bootleg, but this time we are exploiting ourselves. We hope you enjoy and listen to this CD in that spirit!”

Meeting The Mexicans is released as a limited edition CD here before being made available for streaming.

Check out their version of ‘Gimme Danger’.

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BIG BOY BLOATER DROPS PILLS!

Blues-rock titan and Vive Le Rock Awards nominee BIG BOY BLOATER and his band THE LIMITS have just released a new video.

‘Pills’ is the title track from their forthcoming new album which is out on 15 June through Provogue/Mascot.

Following the 2016 release of Luxury Hobo, which made Vive Le Rock‘s Albums of the Year, Bloater and his band have stripped down to a trio, with a rhythm section comprising Matt Cowley on drums and Steven Oates on bass.

Speaking about the title track, Bloater says, “I think the sinister side to it is the pharmaceutical companies want you to take these drugs and they want you to keep on thinking you’re ill so they can sell you tablets. It’s gonna get to the point where you’re taking anti-biotics for everything, eventually they won’t work and we’re all gonna die from a super flu.”

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RADIO BIRDMAN FLY IN!

Aussie legends RADIO BIRDMAN have announced another string of European dates for the autumn.

First formed in 1974, the band have been increasingly active in the live stakes, having last played the UK in 2016.

These latest dates follow on from the success of Descent Into The Maelstrom: The Radio Birdman Story, a full length documentary by Jonathan J Sequeira. The film recently made its UK debut as part of the Vive Le Rock sponsored Soundscreen Film Festival, where Sequeira and the band’s original drummer Ron Keeley were grilled in a Q&A by Vive Le Rock‘s esteemed editor Eugene Butcher.

Inclduding one UK at their regular haunt of The Dome, Tufnell Park, London, Radio Birdman play the following dates….

10 Oct – Patronaat Haarlem, Harlem (ND)
11 Oct – Het Burgerweeshuis, Deventer (ND)
12 Oct – Paard, Den Haag (ND)
13 Oct – Het Bos, Antwerp (BE)
14 Oct – Wilde Westen, Kortrijk (BE)
16 Oct – The Dome, Tufnell Park, London (UK)
17 Oct – Alhambra, Paris (FR)
18 Oct – tba, France
19 Oct – Carnavalorock, St Brieuc (FR)
20 Oct – tba, France
22 Oct – Molotow, Hamburg (DE)
23 Oct – Lido Berlin, Berlin (DE)
25 Oct – Fuzz Live Music Club, Athens (GR)
26 Oct – Locomotiv Club, Bologna (IT)
27 Oct – Otis Tours B-Day at Druso, Bergamo (IT)
28 Oct – Spazio 211, Turin (IT)
30 Oct – Hell Dorado, Vitoria-Gasteiz (SP)
31 Oct – Caracol, Madrid (SP)
1 Nov – Sala Planta Baja, Granada (SP)
2 Nov – Funstastic Dracula, Benidorm (SP)
3 Nov – Sala Zero, Tarragona (SP)

Watch a trailer for Descent Into The Maelstrom.

 

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