MAIN GRAINS DODGE THE RAIN!

Newcastle rockers THE MAIN GRAINS unleash their brand new single today, and you can check out the video here!

‘The Rain Is Over Now’ is available on CD and download along with two other tracks – ‘What We Gonna Do Now?’ and ‘Sock It To Me Baby!’ – via the band’s website.

Formed in 2015,the band features ex-WILDHEARTS and YO-YOs bassist Danny McCormack alongside guitarists JJ Watt and Ben Marsden and drummer Ginna Rhodes.

The band play Croydon Rocks Festival on 2 December – tickets – before heading out on tour as special guests of TYLA’S DOGS D’AMOUR. Catch them on the following dates….

7 Dec – Soundhouse, Leicester
8 Dec – The Lounge 666, London
9 Dec – Sin City, Swansea
14 Dec – Forest Tavern, Nottingham
15 Dec – Facebar, Reading
16 Dec – The Asylum, Birmingham
17 Dec – Warehouse 23, Wakefield
20 Dec – Rebellion, Manchester
21 Dec – Think Tank, Newcastle upon Tyne
22 Dec – Bannerman’s, Edinburgh

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THE FRANKLYS’ NEW SINGLE’S A KEEPER!

Anglo-Swedish garage rockers THE FRANKLYS return with a new single and video.

The track ‘Keeper’ is the latest single to be drawn from the band’s debut album Are You Listening?, which was released last May.

Featuring two members from Sweden and two from England, The Franklys have been building their profile with intensive touring and impressive live shows at such major festivals as Rebellion, Download and the Isle of Wight. They continue the trajectory with a bunch of dates at….

18 November – The Bassment, Chelmsford
25 November – Kazoopa Festival, Leeds
02 December – The Great Big Gig All-Dayer, West End Centre, Aldershot
12 November – The Windmill, Brixton

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THE MEMBERS VIDEO PREMIERE!

Camberley’s finest THE MEMBERS have a major new anthology out in time for Xmas, plus a brand new single, whose video Vive Le Rock is proud to premiere here!

‘Smartphone Junkie’ is being released on a 7″ single as well as appearing on the CD edition of Greatest Hits – All The Singles.

Never before have all the band’s singles been collected on one compilaton. Best known in the UK for the chart singles ‘Sound Of The Suburbs’ and ‘Offshore Banking Business’ as well as the punk disco staple ‘Solitary Confinement’, ‘Working Girl’ was an MTV smash in the 80s, while ‘Radio’ went to No 1 in Australia.

Greatest Hits is set for release on 1 December on 13-track 12″ vinyl and 18-track CD through Cadiz Music. It’s available to pre-order here.

The Members play a special launch party for the album at the legendary 100 Club in London on Saturday 11 November, with special guests THE DEFECTS, THE OUTFIT and ON TRIAL UK. Tickets priced £15 are available here.

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PUNK AND SKA STARS HOOK UP FOR SHOWS!

Four legendary bands from the worlds of punk and ska are joining forces for three major outdoor events next spring.

Brought together by the people behind the Slam Dunk Festival, THE BEAT, BUZZCOCKS, THE SELECTER and STIFF LITTLE FINGERS will all perform at each event on a rotating bill with all the bands playing a full set.

Based around the Spring Bank Holiday weekend, the shows are….

Friday 25 May – Millenium Square, Leeds tickets

Saturday 26 May – The Forum, Hatfield tickets

Sunday 27 May – Lakeside at the NEC, Birmingham tickets

Says The Beat’s Ranking Roger, “We have had the pleasure of sharing the stage with The Selecter for a while now and it makes for a great evening. Looking forward it’s a fantastic to also be playing with Stiff Little Fingers and The Buzzcocks as they were influential to The Beat’s first sound and certainly got me jumping up and down back in the day. I’m really looking forward to these shows with more of my heroes.”

Pauline Black of The Selecter asks, “Who doesn’t enjoy a punky ska and reggae party? The Selecter most definitely does! This lineup will be like playing with old friends.”

Meanwhile, SLF’s Jake Burns exclaims, “We were delighted to be asked to join The Selecter, Buzzcocks and The Beat for three shows in Leeds, Hatfield and Birmingham. We’re very much looking forward to playing with these terrific bands, who also happen to be long time friends. Bring it on!”

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MORE ACTS FOR MANCHESTER PUNK FEST!

More bands have been announced for Manchester Punk Festival which takes place in the city next spring.

As with previous years, the Festival will take over venues across Manchester city centre over the weekend on 19-21 April. Venues participating are Gorilla,  Rebellion, The Bread Shed, Zombie Shack, Underdog, Font and The Thirsty Scholar.

Acts lined up so far include PROPAGANDHI, CULTURE SHOCK, RANDOM HAND, WONK UNIT, THE BENNIES, CHEWING ON TINFOIL, BEAT THE RED LIGHT, COUNTERPUNCH, THE TUTS, SVETLANAS, ANTILLECTUAL, MOBINA GALORE, ROUGHNECK RIOT, UNIFORMS, CHRISTMAS, RUSSO, SPOILERS, IN EVIL HOUR, THE MINOR DISCOMFORT BAND, PIZZATRAMP, NERVUS, FOREVER UNCLEAN, REBUKE, FRESH, NATTERERS, ROTTEN FOXES, HAPPY ACCIDENTS, ALL ABOARD, ATTERKOP, DARKO, EGOS AT THE DOOR, DRONES, REGRET, WOLFBEAST DESTROYER, SOUNDS OF SWAMI, CAPTAIN HOTKNIVES, FREDDY THUDD PUCKER, SHANKLAND, PMX, THE LAB RATS, FOXES FAUX, INCISIONS, AERIAL SALAD, DEAD DRUMMER, TOM AYLOTT and THROWING STUFF.

Propagandhi (pictured) just released their new album Victory Lap through Epitaph in September.

Tickets priced £40 are on sale now here.

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BUSTER SHUFFLE TAKE TO THE ROAD!

Piano-bashing Cockney ska band BUSTER SHUFFLE have a bunch of UK dates lined up in preparation for the release of their new album.

I’ll Take What I Want follows on from 2014’s Naked and is set for release on 24 November through Burning Heart. It features the single ‘I Don’t Trust A Word You Say’ which was released last month.

The band have recently undertaken a successful tour of the US West Coast with labelmates GIUDA, as well as a pair of dates in Mexico. They return to the UK to play the following shows….

10 Nov – Star And Garter, Manchester
11 Nov – Wheatsheaf, Banbury
12 Nov – Waterloo, Blackpool
16 Nov – Yardbirds Rock Club, Grimsby

You can pre-order I’ll Take What I Want here.

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HAWKWIND RELEASE ROUNDHOUSE SHOW!

HAWKWIND are set to release a new live album in December, recorded at their first Roundhouse show in 40 years.

The band returned to the iconic London venue in May of this year, 45 years on from the legendary Greasy Truckers Party with MAN and BRINSLEY SCHWARZ, when the band recorded the original version of ‘Silver Machine’ with Bob Calvert on vocals.

The new 2 CD/DVD set At The Roundhouse features a set rich in highlights from their 70s career, including ‘Born To Go’, ‘You’d Better Believe It’, ‘The Golden Void’ and ‘Steppenwolf’ plus tracks from their two most recent Top 40 albums The Machine Stops and Into The Woods.

For the encore, the band were joined by  guitarist Phil Campbell on ‘Brainbox Pollution’ and ‘Silver Machine’.

“Yes, it was really good fun playing back at The Roundhouse,” explains Dave Brock. “After not playing there since 1977 (when we had Motörhead support us), it brought back many fine memories for me. Great venue!!”

The set is completed by a DVD of the gig, bringing John Moules’ incredible lightshow into your frontroom.

Set for release on 8 December through Cherry Red, At The Roundhouse is available to pre-order here.

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INTRODUCING ZEN TEN RECORDS!

Our sister mag Louder Than War is teaming up with the good folk at Easy Action Records to help them launch a brand new label this week!

With its parent already leading the pack as one of Europe’s hottest reissue labels, Zen Ten Records with will specialise in physical releases from happening new acts.

With the likes of TABLE SCRAPS, GALANTS, VELVET HANDS and HYPOPHORA on their books, the label will take over The Black Heart in Camden on Wedensday 1 November with help from latest signings, MORIATY, LOCKS and AUCTION FOR THE PROMISE CLUB (pictured).

Admission is just a fiver and proceedings kick off at 7.30pm.

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BEATSTEAKS PLAY RARE LONDON SHOW!

Berlin rockers BEATSTEAKS are set to launch their new album in London next month.

Yours, which was released in their homeland two months ago and has already hit the No.1 spot over there, is out through Warners on 10 November. It features a guest appearance from JAMIE T, who co-wrote the anti-Brexit anthem ‘Hate To Love’, as well as Chad Price from Cali punks ALL.

Huge in mainland Europe, Beatsteaks play a relatively intimate show at London’s Koko on 10 November. Already well on the way to selling out, remaining tickets are available here.

Yours is available to pre-order on vinyl and CD through Amazon.

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SAINT AGNES ROCK AGAINST VIOLENCE!

Garage-punks SAINT AGNES are to headline this year’s Rock Against Violence event in London next month.

Now in its sixth year, RAV is the annual music event benefiting Solace Women’s Aid, a London-based charity that supports women and children affected by domestic and sexual violence, helping more than 11,000 survivors each year.

This year Solace are partnering with Roadkill Records for a night featuring some of London’s hottest new bands at the O2 Islington in London on Thursday 16 November. The full line-up is as follows….

SAINT AGNES formed in 2014 and have released four sell-out singles and a live EP. With their gritty, DIY work ethic they have risen from the underground to claim their place as one of London’s most compelling and authentic live bands with a devoted following. They draw their audience in with songs of love and betrayal and electrify with their fuzzed out, hook-laden, desert stomp. Watch the video for ‘Merry Mother of God Go Round’ and other singles on their website.

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DEAD COAST are a 4- piece psych / blues / surf / garage band based in London. They released their debut album Shambolic in 2016, followed by their first ever US tour in 2017 in support of their standalone single titled ‘The Silt’, including appearances at SXSW and gigs in New York, Chicago and LA. Check out ‘The Silt’ and Shambolic here.

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THE WILD THINGS are a 4-piece alternative rock band from West London. Drawing on early influences as wide as the Beach Boys and Foo Fighters by way of a Weezer pop-tinged lean, the band’s recent output has seen them pull in a rockier, dirtier vibe recalling The Smashing Pumpkins and Band of Skulls via Wolf Alice. Read more and listen to free tracks on their website.

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THE SLY PERSUADERS make raucous garage rock soaked in searing guitars, surf-pop beats and layers of gypsy-psych percussion. With a reputation for hard work, coupled with gang-style backing vocals and anthemic choruses, they’ve cultivated a respectable following on the live London music scene. Visit the Sly Persuaders’ Bandcamp to hear their eponymous debut album, which was released in February this year via Roadkill Records.

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PLUM aka Shona Maguire is an electro-pop producer and multi-instrumentalist creating intricate, unique and quirky music. With a live set combining home-made floor pad samplers, filters, various buttons and triggers, she has been described as a bit of a mad scientist. Shona became the first female artist ever to win ‘Best Electronic’ category in the Scottish Alternative Music Awards in 2013. Listen to her album The Seed here.

“We’re really thrilled and grateful that these talented bands are all helping us campaign against domestic and sexual abuse,” says Mary Mason, Solace’s CEO. “There is such a widespread problem across the capital with thousands of women and children needing support after experiencing horrific abuse. Gigs like these reach new audiences and help raise awareness of the issues as well as the services that can support women and girls to be safe, recover and live independently free from abuse.”

Tickets priced £15 are on sale here or £18 on the night. The event will also include a silent auction and raffle prizes to raise additional funds for Solace, including holiday accommodation, private bartending services, collector’s items, beauty products and many more.

If you’re unable to attend, please consider making a donation to Solace Women’s Aid here.

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MARK ‘PORKCHOP’ HOLDER EXCLUSIVE!

Tennessee punk-blues guitar ace MARK ‘PORKCHOP’ HOLDER returns with a new album next month and he’s sharing a track exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘Be Righteous’ is drawn from the BLACK DIAMOND HEAVIES founder’s second album Death And The Blues, which comes just nine months after his debut solo album Let It Slide.

Once again the album was laid down at Tiny Buzz studios in his hometown of Chattanooga, where he was joined by bassist Travis Kilgore and drummer Doug Bales on eight new originals, plus covers of Don Nix’s ‘Nobody Wants To Cry’,  Junior Kimbrough’s ‘Sad and Lonely Nights’ and the traditional song ‘Billy The Kid’,  made famous by Marty Robbins.

“The philosophy of recording this album,” he says, “was to document the increased live dynamic of a band that has
now played a couple of hundred shows together. It’s a power trio record…

“‘Be Righteous’ starts with an old biker saying. To me, the message of the song is simple; if you lead a dog-eat-dog life, you’re bound to meet a bigger, hungrier dog.”

Death And The Blues is set for release on 3 November on limited vinyl, CD, digital and streaming formats via Alive Naturalsound Records. You can pre-order the vinyl here.

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SIMON WELLS VIDEO EXCLUSIVE!

Former SNUFF guitarist and singer SIMON WELLS returns with a new video which he’s launching exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘Optimism’ is taken from Simon’s debut solo album Crime Of The Scene and features pianist and singer Carol Hodge. The video was shot in and around Hastings by renowned filmmaker Mark Richards.

Having spent more than a decade with Snuff and selling over half a million records, Simon found success on the dance music scene. He later founded mod-punks SOUTHPORT, releasing albums on Go Kart, Golf and Boss Tuneage. The latest leg of his career finds him in stripped down acoustic mode, with sets at Wonkfest and Rebellion already behind him. He and Carol have a number of shows lined up, starting with The Windmill in Brixton on 29 October. Full dates are….

29 Oct – Brixton Windmill, LONDON
3 Nov – Queens Head, BELPER
17 Nov – Lovelocks Coffee Shop, LIVERPOOL
18 Nov – Pilgrim’s Pit, STOKE ON TRENT (matinee)
18 Nov – Fox and Newt, LEEDS
2 Dec – Zigfrid Von Underbelly, LONDON
16 Dec – Westgarth Social Club, MIDDLESBROUGH
17 Dec – New Inn, CANTERBURY (matinee)

Crime Of The Scene is available now through Chopback Records.

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EXCLUSIVE RAMONAS VIDEO PREMIERE!

THE RAMONAS are back with a brand new video which they’re launching exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘Poser’ is lifted from First World Problems, the band’s first album of original material. It’s available to buy on CD here and as a download from iTunes and all the usual download sites.  A vinyl edition is set to follow in December.

The band have the following upcoming dates….

26 NOV – LEWES CON CLUB, LEWES (w/ UK SUBS)
2 DEC – CROYDON ROCKS FESTIVAL, CROYDON
7 DEC – BLACK MARKET VIP, HASTINGS
15 DEC – LOUISIANA, BRISTOL
23 DEC – FORUM, TUNBRIDGE WELLS (w/ ANTI NOWHERE LEAGUE)

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SUZIE STAPLETON NEW SINGLE EXCLUSIVE!

Fast-rising guitarist and songwriter SUZIE STAPLETON has a new single out this week and she’s giving an exclusive  with Vive Le Rock!

The brooding ‘Yesterday’s Town’ follows on from ‘You Were There’, released last Spring, and once again features the talents of GALLON DRUNK drummer Ian White and bassist Gavin Jay from JIM JONES & THE RIGHTEOUS MIND. It will be available to download free from Friday 27 October at Suzie’s website.

She’ll be giving the single an official launch with a show at The Old Blue Last, Shoreditch, London on 8 November as guest to HENRI HERBERT, who will also be launching his new album.

Born and raised in Australia, Stapleton relocated to the UK in 2015, quickly finding herself in illustrious company, sharing stages with the likes of BOSS HOG, MICK HARVEY and MARK LANEGAN. Earlier this year she guested on LYIDIA LUNCH & CYPRESS GROVE’s covers album Under The Covers, an involvement which stemmed from her collaborations with Grove on THE JEFFREY LEE PIERCE PROJECT, whose fourth and final volume is currently in production.

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J.D. HANGOVER VIDEO EXCLUSIVE!

Fast-rising punk-blues duo J.D. HANGOVER have a new video which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

Fusing Delta bottleneck blues with Farfisa-rockin’ garage groove and Suicide-style propulsive beats, ‘Mr Williamson’ is the second track to be released from their debut self-titled mini-album, which is set for release through Annibale Records (Shivas, Dead Coast etc) on 17 November.

J.D. Hangover comprises Stiv Cantarelli and Roberto Villa of Italian blues-punk legends STIV CANTARELLI & THE SILENT STRANGERS, whose last album Banks Of The Lea – recorded at East End garage-lab Gizzard Studios with sometime Membranes and Monkey Island guitarist Pete Bennett producing – was released to great acclaim in 2014, including a 9/10 review in Vive Le Rock!

This time around, the pair have ensconced themselves in Villa’s L’Amor Mio Non Muore analogue studio in the town of Forli, laying down the six tracks to the beat of a 1972 Roland TR-77 drum machine.

Having only recently played their first dates, opening for ALEJANDRO ESCOVEDO, the duo are next scheduled to support BOSS HOG in Cesena, Italy on 8 November. They’re currently planning UK gigs and festivals for 2018.

J.D. Hangover is available to pre-order now on CD, cassette and download here.

 

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THE ROUTES EXCLUSIVE TRACK PREMIERE!

Japanese garage trio THE ROUTES are about to unleash their sixth album and are sharing a track exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘Dysphoria’ is taken from Dirty Needles And Pins, the band’s second album this year, following on from In This Perfect Hell. The enigmatic trio don’t give much away about themselves, other than that Chris Jack plays all the instruments apart from the drums, which are provided by Jonathan Hillhouse.

Dirty Needles And Pins is set for release through Greenway Records on 17 November and is available to pre-order here.

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FIRST NEW SCIENTISTS TRACKS IN 30 YEARS!

Legendary Aussie punks THE SCIENTISTS have returned with their first new recordings in 30 years!

The band, fronted by guitarist and singer Kim Salmon, have reformed sporadically and in various permutations since splitting in 1987. They last hooked up in 2016 to celebrate the release of their box set anthology A Place Called Bad, dropping into London to play a scorching set at the Lexington.

This latest incarnation finds Salmon, guitarist Tony Thewlis and bassist Boris Sujdovic reconnecting with drummer Leanne Chock from their classic Weird Love and later Sedition periods. The fruits of the reunion are a Scientists-style overhaul of French 60s legend Jacques Dutronc’s ‘Mini Mini Mini’ coupled with the first ever officially released studio version of Scientists rarity ‘Perpetual Motion’.

The band celebrate the release with a series of Australian dates starting next week.

Both tracks are available to stream and download here.

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