BONE ZENO VIDEO PREMIERE!

Punk-blues disrupter BONE ZENO launches his new album with an uncompromising new video, which he’s premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

Filmed by Jemma Harwood and Red Marshall, ‘U Fuck Me’ is taken from Black Milk, which is out through Impression Records on vinyl, CD and download. It’s available now from Amazon and other stockists.

Hailing from Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, Zeno arrived in London at the start of the Noughties, operating under the guise of techno-punk-bluesman D-66 and featuring at the now legendary Not The Same Old Blues Crap nights.

Cloaked in darkness, with the occasional chink of light, the 11-track Black Milk finds him ruminating on life and death with rare, raw emotion and savage, excoriating art-punk guitar, channeling THE BIRTHDAY PARTY, THE GUN CLUB and JUNIOR KIMBROUGH.

Now based in Portugal, home of his great friends and former bandmates THE PARKINSONS, Bone Zeno’s never-ending album launch tour hits the UK this week for dates at…..

8 June – The Gunners, Islington, London
9 June – The Plough & Harrow, Leytonstone, London
10 June – The Railway Hotel, Southend-on-Sea (w/ DARK GLOBES)
11 June – RyeWax, Peckham, London

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MURDERBURGERS BUGGERED!

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Ace Scottish punks and Wonkfest faves THE MURDERBURGERS have recently suffered a touring disaster.

On the way to catch a ferry home after dates in Belgium, a deer appeared out of nowhere and totalled their car. What with the damage to their vehicle and the cost of alternative transport home, they reckon they’re down at least a couple of grand.

In a post on Facebook, they admitted, “Apart from being shaken up we’re all okay, but the car is a mess, we’re financially ruined and we ended up stuck at a hotel in Belgium for a couple of days. Didn’t see this coming at all and we’re all mentally buggered.”

In an effort to claw back some of the money, and not wishing to ask for something in return for nothing, they’ve slashed the price of items on their Bandcamp page, including their latest album The 12 Habits Of Highly Deffective People which came out last year. You can also download the band’s entire catalogue for under a tenner.

Anyone wishing just to offer a donation can contact the band via Bandcamp or Facebook.

The band are also considering organising a fundraising gig in Edinburgh later this month.

Check out the video for ‘Lung Capacity’.

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NEW FALL ALBUM EMERGES!

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Mark E Smith and his Manchester iconocalsts THE FALL return with a brand new album next month.

The latest in a catalogue of more than 30 studio releases across 41 years, New Facts Emerge follows on from the success of Sub Lingua Tablet in 2015.

The 11-track album recorded at various locations by the latest Fall line-up of Smith,  Peter Greenway (guitar, synth, backing vocals); Dave Spurr (bass, Mellotron, backing vocals) and Kieron Melling (drums). It was produced by Melling and Smith, and mastered by longtime Fall engineer Andy Pearce.

Packaged in a sleeve by legendary designer and former LOOP drummer Becky Stewart, New Facts Emerge comes in double-vinyl 10″ and CD formats.

Set for release on 28 July through Cherry Red, it’s available to pre-order here.

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GUADALUPE PLATA HIT THE ROAD!

Spanish punk-blues trio GUADALUPE PLATA kick off their latest UK tour in Mnachester tonight, as Vive Le Rock share this video for the lead track from their latest self-titled album, out now on Everlasting Records.

The tour takes in shows at the now sold-out Red Rooster Festival on Saturday 3 June and the Lexington, London on Thursday 8 June.

Full dates are….

1/6 Manchester- The Soup Kitchen
2/6 Snaith- Out To Lunch Festival
3/6 Euston- Red Rooster Festival
5/6 Newcastle – The Cluny
6/6 Edinburgh – Sneaky Pete’s
7/6 Leeds – Brudenell Social Club
8/6 London- The Lexington
9/6 Brighton – Sticky Mike’s
10/6 Bristol- The Louisiana
11/6 Exeter- The Phoenix

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BLOODCLOT VIDEO PREMIERE!

Hardcore supergroup BLOODCLOT have unveiled a new video which they’re launching exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘Kali’ is taken from the band’s debut album Up In Arms. It’s the first fruit of the four-way partnership of singer John Joseph from CRO-MAGS, WARZONE and DANZIG guitarist Todd Youth, plus bassist Nick Oliveri and drummer Joey Castillo of QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE.

Says Joseph, “In this band we’re doing what each of us have always done: give it our all. We work hard, and we have a lot to say. Look around the planet – people are fed up with the corrupt ruling class. They destroy the planet and kill millions for profit, and the formula for our response is simple: Anger + applied knowledge = results. Don’t just bitch. Change it.”

Set for release through Metal Blade on 14 July, Up In Arms is available to pre-order in various bundles here.

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PUNK GOES TO DEVON!

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Punks will be descending on North Devon in the Autumn, for this year’s Ilfracombe Punk Festival.

The 3-day event which takes place at Ilfracombe Holiday Park from 17 to 19 November will be headlined by SUBHUMANS, THE RUTS DC and THE REZILLOS.

Other confirmed acts include DISCHARGE, 999, CHRON GEN, SLAUGHTER UK, TV SMITH, THE LURKERS, KNOCK OFF, TARA REZ, SUPER FAST GIRLIE SHOW, THE BUS STATION LOONIES, CHURCH OF EON, RESISTANCE 77 plus more to be confirmed.

Tickets, including accommodation, at a special earlybird price of £119 (based on 2-4 people sharing) or £145 (single occupancy) are available here.

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PUNKS LINE UP FOR MENTAL HEALTH!

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STIFF LITTLE FINGERS head a line-up of punk bands contributing to a new compilation album raising money for people with mental health problems.

Proceeds from the 16-track Top Of The Punks Volume 1 album will go to mental health charity Mind.

Other acts contributing tracks to the project include ANGELIC UPSTARTS, THE DEFECTS, THE FILAMENTS, KNOCK OFF, SUBCULTURE, RT-ZED, 5 GO MAD, APPLE SHIFT SEVEN, WRECK-AGE, WAKE THE CITY, BORN TO DESTRUCT, JOHNNY & THE MENTAL BREAKDOWNS, HAZARD, UK VOMIT and SPRING PARK.

Put together by Simon Turner, a longtime sufferer of depression, the project hopes to raise £5,000 for Mind. He says, “Mental health issues are all around us. I don’t know a single person who hasn’t been touched by its effects. This is my modest way of supporting an amazing charity that helps those who need it.”

The specially designed album artwork emulates the the classic Top Of The Pops compilation series of the 70s.

Set for release on 17 June, the album will receive a special live launch at The Bear, Northampton that night. Confirmed acts appearing are Subculture, 5 Go Mad, Jonny & The Mental Breakdowns, Apple Shift Seven, Wreck-Age, Wake The City, Born To Destruct, Spring Park and UK Vomit. Admission is £5 on the night.

The album is available as a CD limited to 400 copies and download. It’s available to pre-order here.

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WONKFEST 4 MOVIE PREMIERE!!

It’s that time again as we unveil the exclusive premiere of last year’s Wonkfest 4: The Movie, documenting last year’s instalment of the annual celebration of all things DIY punk in North London!

Directed once again by Mark Richards, the film features 28 bands including MING CITY ROCKERS, THE FRANCEENS, NOSEBLEED, MIDWAY STILL, MURDERBURGERS, REVENGE OF THE PSYCHOTRONIC MAN, THE RESTARTS, ROUGHNECK RIOT and of course DIY punk ringleaders WONK UNIT.

This year’s Wonkfest 5: The Omen takes place at The Dome, Tufnell Park on Saturday 1 July and promises the usual 12 hours of mayhem from the cream of underground punk, including sets by MAID OF ACE, THE PARKINSONS, THE CRAVATS, PET BENTHAM & THE DINNER LADIES, CAPTAIN HOTKNIVES, BAD BREEDING, THE KIMBERLEY STEAKS, GREAT CYNICS, CALVA LOUISE, SPUNK VOLCANO & THE ERUPTIONS, SHEEPY, MATILDA’S SCOUNDRELS, PIZZATRAMP and more…

Tickets priced £22 are available here and they’re selling fast!

Don’t forget to bring a tray of food for the buffet and a few items for local charities.

PLUS! This year, there’s also a pre-Wonkfest party at The Blackheart, Camden on Friday 30 June, with Ming City Rockers, BILLY LIAR, THE DECLINE, THE DUB RIGHTERS, ANGRY SOMETIMES plus special guests!

Tickets priced £7 are available here.

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MUERTOS PREMIERE NEW TRACK!

Hot young psych-rockers MUERTOS have a new single out next month, and they’ve given Vive Le Rock and exclusive preview!

Following on from the London trio’s debut EP last year, ‘Spin’ is set for release through Roadkill Records on Friday 9 June. The day after, they play a special launch party at The Lock Tavern, Camden Town, London with THE SLY PERSUADERS, ELEPHANT and PULASKI.

Featuring the boy/girl guitar and vocals partnership of DeAnna Avis from Tequila and Marc Crane from Basildon, Muertos are completed by drummer Tom Lewis, citing influences such as THE JESUS AND MARY CHAIN, BLACK ANGELS and THE KILLS.

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THE MEMBERS AT 40 FEST!

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Camberley’s finest THE MEMBERS are to celebrate their 40th Anniversary with a special one-day festival in July.

The Sound Of The Suburbs Festival is to take place on Saturday 29 July at the Fiery Bird venue in Woking, Surrey, a new enterprise for the town, which has not had a music venue for years.

The band will be joined by special guests THE RUTS DC and more bands to be announced. The event also promises an exhibition of punk artwork, record stalls and an aftershow party.

Tickets priced £25 are on sale here.

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LOS FASTIDIOS HIT THE U.K!

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Ace Italian antifa streetpunks LOS FASTIDIOS hit the UK next month for the first in a series of summer dates.

Fronted by charismatic frontman Enrico, the band formed in northern Italy in 1991, and have been touring Europe solidly ever since. Their most recent album The Sound Of Revolution was released in march through Kob Records.

The band head over for an appearance at Manchester’s 0161 Festival at the end of June, going on to play Rebellion and BoomTown during August. Full dates are….

24.06 Manchester – 0161 Festival
02.08 Shoreham – Duke of Wellington
03.08 Wrexham – Saith Seren
04.08 Blackpool – Rebellion (Acoustic stage)
05.08 Blackpool – Rebellion
06.08 Glasgow – Stereo Cafe Bar w/The Wakes
07.08 Aberdeen – Vulture Lounge
08.08 Edinburgh – Bannermans Bar w/Oi Polloi
09.08 Hereford – The Booth Hall
10.08 Derby – The Hairy Dog
11.08 London – AWOD – Boston Arms
12.08 Winchester – BoomTown Fair

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ARCHIE AND THE BUNKERS VIDEO PREMIERE!

Brotherly garage outfit ARCHIE & THE BUNKERS return with a brand new video, which they’re launching exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘You’re My Pacemaker’ is the first track to be revealed from the duo’s as yet untitled second album, due for release in the Autumn. They’re releasing it now as an appetite-whetter for a five week Euro tour kicking off next week in Rouen, France.

The hi-fi organ punk partnership of teenage brothers Cullen and Emmett O’Connor have been causing a ruckus since they came storming out of Cleveland, Ohio in 2013. They released their debut album through Dirty Water Records to much fuss in 2015.

They’re missing out on the UK this time around, but mainland Europeans can catch them at….

08/06/17 – FR – Rouen – Le 106
09/06/17 – FR – Bordeaux – Relâche Festival
10/06/17 – FR – Nîmes – This Is Not A Love Song Festival
12/06/17 – PORTUGAL – Porto – Cave 45
13/06/17 – SPAIN – Sevilla – Sala X
14/06/17 – PORTUGAL – Lisbon – Club Sabotage
15/06/17 – SPAIN – Madrid – Wurlitzer Ballroom
16/06/17 – SPAIN – Alicante – Stereo
17/06/17 – SPAIN – Zaragoza – Slap Festival
20/06/17 – FR – Rennes – Le Bar de la Cité
21/06/17 – FR – Nantes – Chien Stupide
22/06/17 – FR – Paris – Mécanique Ondulatoire
23/06/17 – FR – Redange – Cry Baby Car Show
24/06/17 – NL – Groningen – Vera
25/06/17 – NL – Utrecht – DB’s
27/06/17 – GERMANY – Hamburg – Hafenklang
28/06/17 – GERMANY – Munster – Gleiss 22
29/06/17 – CH – TBA
30/06/17 – ITALY – Salsomaggiore – Beat Festival
01/07/17 – ITALY – Ravenna – Hana Bi
02/07/17 – ITALY – Perrugia – T. Trane
05/07/17 – ITALY – Torino – Blah Blah Club
06/07/17 – FR – Belfort – Eurockéennes Festival
07/07/17 – TBA
08/07/17 – NL – Helmond – Cocoa

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PETER PERRETT UNVEILS VIDEO AND DATES!

ONLY ONES founder PETER PERRETT has unveiled another new video, along with four UK shows.

‘An Epic Story’ is the second song to be revealed from his debut solo album How The West Was Won and celebrates his relationship with his beloved wife Zena, which began in 1969.

The video was directed by former JESUS AND MARY CHAIN bassist, and Peter’s long-term friend, Douglas Hart.

Peter an his band, which features his sons Jamie and Peter Jr, have lined up four dates this autumn. They are….

30 October – King Tuts, Glasgow
2 November – Gorilla, Manchester
4 November – Electric Ballroom, London
7 November – Concorde 2, Brighton

Tickets go on sale on Wednesday 24 May.

How The West Was Won is released through Domino on 30 June. It’s available to pre-order here.

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FIREBALL TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED!

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Dates have been announced for the second annual Fireball – Fuelling The Fire Tour. And this year’s event promises a host of ska-punk shenanigans!

Headlining October’s run of dates are Huntingdon Beach ska heroes REEL BIG FISH (pictured) with support from Pittsburgh punks ANTI-FLAG (pictured), Solvang CA ska-punks MAD CADDIES and Fireball’s Hottest Band competition winners SWEET LITTLE MACHINE.

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The tour kicks off in Manchester on 11 October and takes in two shows at the Forum in London’s Kentish Town. Full dates are as follows….

11.10.17 O2 Ritz Manchester
12.10.17 O2 Academy Bristol
13.10.17 O2 Academy Leicester
14.10.17 O2 Academy Leeds
16.10.17 O2 Forum Kentish Town
17.10.17 O2 Forum Kentish Town
18.10.17 O2 Academy Newcastle
19.10.17 O2 Academy Glasgow
20.10.17 O2 Academy Liverpool*
21.10 17 O2 Academy Sheffield*

*Anti-Flag not appearing on these dates.

Tickets, priced at an austerity-busting £10, go on sale here on Friday 26 May.

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RADIO BIRDMAN REVEAL DOC TRAILER!

Aussie rock legends RADIO BIRDMAN are to have their amazing story told in a new documentary film. You can watch the trailer here….

Inspired by the Detroit sounds of THE STOOGES and THE MC5, took Sydney by storm when they formed in 1974, going on to make two albums before splitting during a UK tour in ’78. Becoming a huge influence on Aussie punk and rock during the 80s and 90s, they reformed in the late 90s and have remained active since, even releasing a new album Zeno Beach in 2006, and visiting the UK several times.

Filmed and directed by Jonathan J Sequeira, Descent Into The Maelstrom tells the story of the band and the scene they created around their Funhouse club, with help from all the original members plus various Oz rock luminaries.

Says Sequeira, “Descent Into The Maelstrom isn’t just the story of Radio Birdman, it’s the story of a scene, a movement, in Australia, started by the band. It’s about doing your music, and your art without compromise, when everyone tries to shut you down. Radio Birdman inspired the outsiders in Australian society to do their own thing. Like the band, the film is a completely independent production – the band’s take no-prisoners attitude fed into the making of it. The intensity of the music and the individuals is still there, coming off the screen, and it insists that you too settle for nothing less than the best.”

The film’s cinematic release has yet to be confirmed, but it will be preceded by the release of a soundtrack album featuring Birdman classics as well as their precursors THE RATS and TV JONES, contemporaries THE SAINTS, homegrown influences THE MASTERS APPRENTICES and THE EASYBEATS plus THE RAMONES, FLAMIN’ GROOVIES and RICHARD HELL.

Descent Into The Maelstrom – Funhouse Jukebox Soundtrack is set for release on 9 June on vinyl with free download. It’s available to pre-order here.

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MICHAEL MONROE ISSUES BEST OF COMP!

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Legendary HANOI ROCKS frontman MICHAEL MONROE has his first career-spanning compilation out next month.

Simply titled The Best, the 29-track double disc set brings together key tracks from Michael’s 30-year post-Hanoi career, plus a selection of rarities and previously unreleased songs.

As well as tracks from his solo albums, the comp includes four songs from the Little Steven-produced Demolition 23 album, unavailable for more than 20 years. There are also two outtakes from 2015’s Blackout States album plus the brand new single ‘One Foot Outta The Grave’.

“There’s a couple of extra special tracks,” says Michael. “Like ‘It’s A Lie’, sung as a duet with Stiv Bators (Dead Boys, Lords Of The New Church) back in 1985, and a never-before-released second version of the Steppenwolf cover ‘Magic Carpet Ride’ featuring Slash, left over from the Coneheads soundtrack project that Slash did with me in 1993. And since Slash has the biggest heart of gold in Rock‘n’Roll, he was kind enough to allow me to use it on this album. God bless him!”

The Best is released through Spinefarm on 9 June. It’s available to pre-order here.

Check out the video for ‘Dead, Jail or Rock’n’Roll’.

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The current issue of Vive Le Rock magazine, featuring our mammoth 10-page Hanoi Rocks feature, is still available here!

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RANCID UNVEIL NEW VIDEO!

In the run-up to the release of their new album, RANCID have unveiled another new video.

The autobiographical, political anthem ‘Telegraph Avenue’ is taken from Trouble Maker, the band’s ninth album which is released through Hellcat/Epitaph on Friday 9 June. It’s available to pre-order here.

As previously announced, Rancid will be joining GREEN DAY on their dates around the UK and Ireland….

6/28/17 Belfast, Ormeau Park
6/29/17 Dublin, Royal Hospital Kilmainham
7/1/17 London, Hyde Park
7/3/17 Sheffield Arena
7/4/17 Glasgow, Bellahouston Park

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