Shriekback (May Jun 17)

Pioneering post-punk supergroup SHRIEKBACK return with their first live show in 25 years! And Vive Le Rock has 10 PAIRS OF TICKETS TO GIVE AWAY!!!

Formed in 1981 by former XTC keyboard player Barry Andrews and ex-GANG OF FOUR bassist Dave Allen, Shriekback recruited guitarist Carl Marsh and drummer Martyn Barker, embarking on the exploration of the outer reaches of punk-infused dance music with infectious singles like ‘Lined Up’, ‘My Spine (Is The Bassline)’ and ‘Nemesis’ and the indie-dance crossover classic Oil & Gold album.

For their show at London’s Shepherds Bush Empire on Saturday 3 June, Andrews, Marsh and Barker will be joined by PiL bassist Scott Firth, plus sometime live collaborators Steve Halliwell, Mike Cozzie and Wendy and Sarah Partridge.

To win a pair of tickets to the show, all you have to do is email with ‘SHRIEKBACK’ in the subject box, telling us the title of the band’s 1983 debut full-length album, and we’ll pick ten winners at random!

Good luck!!!

Check out the video for ‘Nemesis’.

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US garage supergroup THE DARTS – not to be confused with Brit doowop chart-toppers DARTS – step up to the oche for two UK shows this month.

Hailing from LA and Phoenix, the band, who comprise members of THE LOVE ME NOTS, BRAINSPOON, ZERO ZERO, THE DOLLYROTS and others, recently signed to Dirty Water Records, who released their two US EPs as a digital album at the start of the year. You can buy it here.

The Darts make their UK debut at The Finsbury, Manor House, London on Thursday 25 May, with THE PRISCILLAS and SUICIDE GENERATION. Tickets are £8.50 and you can get them here.

They then head down to Brighton, where they play Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar on Friday 26 May alongside LA’s DEATH VALLEY GIRLS at a Bitchcraft club night. Admission for that one is FREE!

The Darts then head off to Europe for a week of dates in France and Italy – see below….


Check out the video for ‘My Heart Is A Graveyard’.

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Hot new Brighton psych-rockers CLEVER THING have a new single out and they’re premiering the video exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

The lurching, primal ‘Fixer Upper’ follows on from last year’s ‘In A Tissy’. Released through Be Pacific Records, it’s available now through iTunes.

Bringing together Rich Fownes of BAD FOR LAZARUS and THE EIGHTIES MATCHBOX B-LINE DISASTER and Daisy Coburn of PINK LIZARDS, Clever Thing are completed by bassist Charlie Buttons and drummer James Drohan.

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Fort Wayne’s finest, LEFT LANE CRUISER return with a brand new album next week and they’re premiering a track exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

In fact, ‘Liquor Store’ is so exclusive, you’ll only find it on the CD version of Claw Machine Wizard and not on the vinyl or digital versions.

After sporting a three-piece line-up on 2015’s Dirty Spliff Blues, band founder Freddy J Evans IV has returned Left Lane Cruiser to a duo format for Claw Machine Wizard, retaining the services of drummer Pete Dio. Having said that, sonically seaking, they’re still pushing forward….

“There’s still a lot of signature LLC gut-bucket blues on the new record,” Freddy explains, “but we’re constantly trying to expand the sound. I’ve always kept our foundation in blues and classic rock, but after a decade of making albums, eventually new flavors creep in. On the road we listen to a lot of James Brown, Funkadelic, Parliament, Charles Bradley and other soulful artists. Also been jammin’ MF Doom’s Special Herbs, which are his instrumental tracks. Those kinds of sounds had a big influence on this record. I think in general this record is a huge departure from the previous LLC albums. We kinda refer to it as our soul record. There’s a lot of different flavors on this one.”

Speaking of influences, the artwork for Claw Machine Wizard takes its lead from the iconic sleeve designs of the MC5’s Back In The USA and DR FEELGOOD’s Down By The Jetty.


Talking about ‘Liquor Store’, Freddy says, “This a tune about partying on the road and how much trouble it brings us with our ladies back home. My wife is my goddess, my queen, my moon and stars, but she keeps a tight leash on me when it comes to partying. And when you play rock’n’roll, partying is your business, and business is good.”

Set for release on 19 May through Alive Naturalsound, Claw Machine Wizard is available to pre-order here.


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THE MEKONS celebrate their 40th Anniversary with their own festival this summer.

Set in rural Suffolk, Mekonville will bring together, for the first time ever, the current and original line-ups of the band.

Taking place from 28 to 29 July in the village of Pettaugh between Ipswich and Stowmarket, the festival will also feature BONNIE PRINCE BILLY, TILLY MOSES, CHRIS MILLS, ESPER SCOUT, CALVA LOUISE, LES TRIABOLIQUES, JON LANGFORD & HIS MEN OF GWENT, THE HILL BANDITS THE 4DGS, INTERROBANG, ETON CROP, LITTLE SPARTA, SALLY TIMMS and more.

The weekend also promises DJs, spoken word and poetry, comedy, arts and crafts and local food and drink.

Mekons founder Andy Corrigan says, “Mekonville will be more than a celebration of a band. We will be creating a family-friendly celebration of the enthusiastic immersion in all art forms which took a bunch of teenage art students from painting, to film-making, to performance art, to recording John Peel sessions.”

Jon Langford adds, “As teenage art students we formed a band. Who’d have thought we would have still been going all these years later? Mekonville will feature every element of the performing arts we can cram into a weekend.”

Staged in collaboration with PettaFiesta, tickets for Mekonville can be bought here.


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THE GODFATHERS are to release a new EP next month, just as they are about to play a very special one-off London show.

The band returned earlier in the year with their first album in four years, the critically acclaimed A Big Bad Beautiful Noise and a highly successful tour of the UK and Europe which found them completely revitalised and, according to some reports, better than ever.

The limited edition 10-inch vinyl A Big Bad Beautiful EP features the title track from the album as well as a special High Voltage remix of the album cut and live favourite ‘Defibrillator’. It’s rounded out with two exclusive, previously unavailable tracks ‘You’re So Slow’ and ‘Human Zo0’.

Set for release through their own Godfathers Recordings on 16 June, it’s available to pre-order from their website.

As previously announced, The Godfathers play a special show at The Lexington in London on Saturday 24 June. Titled, naturally, A Big Bad Beautiful Night, the show will feature two sets by the band: one with them performing the latest album in its entirety, and a second, much longer, set, featuring Godfathers classics and treasures, many of which have not been played live in years.

The show will also feature special guests LOS PEPES, plus Godfathers band members DJing until 4am.

Tickets priced £14.00 plus booking fee are available now here.


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Punk-blues fans delight as keyboard maestro JAMES LEG and triumphant Northern Irish guitar/drums duo THE BONNEVILLES continue their UK headline tour this month.

The tour kicked off on 3 May in Belfast, but there are still 10 more shows to got, including Leeds’ Brudenell Socail Club tonight (10 May) and a London show at the newly refurbished Borderline on next Wednesday 17 May.

The onetime John Wesley Myers of BLACK DIAMOND HEAVIES and THE IMMORTAL LEE COUNTY KILLERS released his second solo album Below The Belt to great acclaim in 2015. He’s recently followed it up with the supercharged, and appropriately titled, Blood On The Keys through Alive Naturalsound.

Check out ‘Human Lawn Dart’.

Hailing from Lurgan, fellow Alive-wires The Bonnevilles turned heads on their arrival with their fusion of humid Mississippi blues and stripped back Down By the Jetty malevolence. They’ve just followed up their head-turning Arrow Pierce My Heart with the vinyl-only early-recordings comp Listen For Tone.

Listen to ‘The Whiskey Lingers’.

Full dates below. Tickets available here.

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It’s been announced that THE DAMNED have signed a new record deal with Search And Destroy records, in a joint venture with Spinefarm.

The new deal will see the punk legends release their first new album in nearly a decade. Due to be recorded this summer, it’ll be the belated follow-up to 2008’s Who’s Paranoid?

The news comes as the band resume their hugely successful 40th anniversary trek through the USA and Canada, briefly curtailed after Captain Sensible fell offstage in Toronto, breaking a rib. Forced to postpone 3 shows, they resumed the tour at the legendary Stone Pony club in Asbury Park, New Jersey with a the Captain seated on a toilet throne throughout.

The following day he said, “As movement is a bit awkward currently, I played last night seated, but it all went swimmingly and this epic 40th Anniversary tour is now firmly back on the road. We’ve played some great venues on the trip… and Asbury Park’s Stone Pony is up there with the best of ’em. But I have to say I wish I’d waited till here before backflipping off the stage, as this one was only 3 feet high. D’oh!”

The tour, with THE BELLRAYS in support, continues ’til the end of May, before the band return to Europe for a string of festival dates at….

1 June    Primavera Sound, Barcelona, Spain tickets
3 June   Camden Rocks, London, UK tickets
16 June  Hellfest, Clisson, France tickets
1 July     British Summer Time, London, UK tickets
7 July    Exit Festival, Novi Sad, Serbia tickets

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Class of ’77 LA punks THE DICKIES hit the UK and Ireland on their 40th Anniversary Tour this summer!

The 14 dates throughout July include two shows at The Underworld in London, where they will perform their first two career-defining albums The Incredible Shrinking Dickies and Dawn Of The Dickies plus hits on consecutive nights.

Formed in the San Fernando Valley after guitarist Stan Lee and bassist Billy Club witnessed THE DAMNED on their maiden US tour, they were the first California punk band to strike a major deal. Their comedy amphetamine buzzsaw covers, such as BLACK SABBATH’s ‘Paranoid’, made them an instant hit in the UK, where their version of the Banana Splits theme took them to a highly respectable Number 7 in the charts.

Full tour dates are…..

6th July, BRISTOL, Fleece
7th July, LONDON, Underworld
8th July, LONDON, Underworld
9th July, NORWICH, Waterfront
11th July, LEICESTER, Musician
12th July, YORK, Fibbers
13th July, MANCHESTER, Sound Central
14th July, DUBLIN, Thomas House
15th July, BELFAST, Voodoo
16th July, EDINBURGH, Studio 24
17th July, GLASGOW, Audio
19th July, NEWCASTLE, O2 Academy 2
20th July, LEEDS, Brudenell Social Club
21st July, NOTTINGHAM, Rescue Rooms
22nd July, WOLVERHAMPTON, Slade Rooms
23rd July, BRIGHTON, Lewes Con Club



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Post-punk neo-psychedelicists TELEVISION PERSONALITIES are having their first four albums reissued this summer.

Formed in 1978 by Dan Treacy, the band caused a stir with the Where’s Bill Grundy Now EP and its indie dancefloor classic ‘Part Time Punks’, but it wasn’t until 1981 that they managed a full album. And Don’t The Kids Just Love It fused twee mod pop through a DIY post-punk blender and featured the track ‘I Know Where Syd Barrett Lives’, saddling them to the bubbling psychedelic revival.

Transitional second album Mummy Your Not Watching Me appeared in 1982 on Treacy’s own Whaam! label. Arguably an influence on the Medway Sound, it features the single ‘Painting By Numbers’.

They Could Have Been Bigger Than The Beatles is a collection of singles, outtakes and unreleased tracks which features ‘David Hockney’s Diary’ and ‘The Boy In The Paisley Shirt’ along with renditions of THE CREATION’s ‘Painter Man’ and ‘Making Time’.

After a brief hiatus, Treacy convened a new line-up for 1984’s altogether darker The Painted Word. Check out the video for the title track.

Having received a limited edition release for Record Store Day, all four albums will be reissued through Fire Records on 14 July on vinyl, CD and download. They’re available to pre-order here.

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Rising alternative rock artist SUZIE STAPLETON releases her new single today, and she’s premiering it exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘You Were There’ is a first taste of her forthcoming EP, Negative Prophet, which is set for release later this year. The EP features Stapleton’s first recordings since hooking up with JIM JONES REVUE and THE RIGHTEOUS MIND bassist Gavin Jay and GALLON DRUNK drummer Ian White. It was produced by Stapleton with engineer Drew Smith (PJ Harvey, Ed Harcourt).

The haunting video clip is also handiwork of Jay.

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You can download ‘You Were There’ here FREE.

Born in Sydney but based in London since 2015, Stapleton has shared stages with the likes of MARK LANEGAN, MICK HARVEY and BOSS HOG, and held an audience spellbound at last year’s CAMDEN ROCKS.

Stapleton features on LYDIA LUNCH and CYPRESS GROVE’s covers album Under The Covers, set for release in June through Rustblade Records. A continuation of Stapleton’s collaborations with Grove on the third Jeffrey Lee Pierce Sessions Project album Axels & Sockets, she’s also lined up to appear on a fourth volume, currently in production.

She returns to Camden Rocks this year on 3 June.

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Essex pop-punk legends MR HAPPY CHAINSAW return next month with a brand new EP.

Originally coming together in 2004, the band built up a huge following, sharing stages with the likes of THE VIBRATORS, UK SUBS, ENTER SHIKARI, MADNESS and NEW TOWN KINGS. Having imploded in 2009, the band announced their return last summer.

Coming eight years after their last EP, We Appear To Be On Fire, the 5-track It’s Not My Ball features three new songs, including the lead-off single ‘Standing There’, plus complete reworkings of the classics ‘Charlie’ and ‘Your Best Friend’.

Check out the lyric video for ‘Standing There’.

It’s Not My Ball is set for release on 9 June, but is available to pre-order in various bundles from their website.

The band have a London date at T Chances, Tottenham on 9 June, followed by a special record launch party at The George, Witham on 24 June, as well as various other shows throughout the spring and summer. Full dates are….

11 May – The Edge, Basildon, Essex
12 May – The Asylum, Chelmsford, Essex
26 May – Thameside Theatre, Grays, Essex (Acoustic)
09 June – T Chances, Tottenham, London
17 June – LegionStock, Great Waltham, Essex
24 June – The George, Witham, Essex (Record Launch Party)
08 July – Asylum Inmates Revolt Weekender, Chelmsford, Essex
15 July – Eight Ash Green Festival, Colchester, Essex
22 July – Smile Festival, Sudbury, Suffolk
22 July – Beer Fest at the Manor, Pitsea, Essex
25 Aug – AlternatIV Fest, Chelmsford, Essex


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Northern Californian punk legends RANCID are set to return this summer with their first new album in three years. You can check out the video for lead-off single ‘Ghost Of A Chance’ here.

Trouble Maker is the ninth studio album from the Berkley quartet and follows on from 2014’s acclaimed …Honor Is All We Know. Produced by the band’s long-serving producer, and Epitaph Records founder, Brad Gurewitz, it’s set for release through Hellcat/Epitaph on 9 June.

Three weeks later, the band hit the UK for dates as special guests of GREEN DAY at….

1st July – London, Hyde Park
3rd July – Sheffield Arena
4th July – Glasgow, Bellahouston Park

Trouble Maker will be available on CD, digital and vinyl formats. The deluxe digital version will include two bonus tracks ‘We Arrived Right On Time’ and Go On Rise Up’. A vinyl deluxe version of Trouble Maker comes with those tracks on a bonus 7”. Pre-orders are available here.


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Birmingham’s tasty young garage rockers TABLE SCRAPS have unveiled a video for their new single ‘My Obsession’.

Drawing on their collective love of trash horror and B-movies, and with their combined expertise in design and video, the band bought a load of 3D glasses, creating a 3D sleeve design and a 3D video to go with them.

‘My Obsession’ is a joint release coupled with fellow Brummie rockers BLACK MEKON’s ‘Kung Future’ on that band’s 45 Consortium singles club.

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Originally formed as a duo of next-door-neighbours guitarist Scott Vincent Abbott and drummer Poppy Twist, they expanded last summer with the addition of TJ on bass. Having shared stages with the likes of FAT WHITE FAMILY, BUZZCOCKS, THE STRANGLERS and KID CONGO POWERS, Table Scraps’ sound is described as “towers of venomous fuzz battling reverb-drenched vocals and a broken theremin”.

The band have a load of dates lined up. Catch them at….

4th May – Sound, Liverpool
29th May – Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham
10th June – Shacklewell Arms, Dalston, London
17th June – Stags Head, Hoxton, London
7th July – Lock Tavern, Camden, London
8th July – Bristol Psych Fest
9th July – Green Store Door, Brighton
5th August – Roadkill Records Weekender, London
11th August – The Finsbury, Manor House, London
16th September – Beyond The Tracks Festival, Birmingham


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Former JIM JONES REVUE piano-pounder HENRI HERBERT is headlining London’s infamous Gypsy Hotel club night this weekend. And he and his band will be using the occasion to record their debut album completely live!

Says Henri, “I’ve brought in Jim Jones to help with the production as he knows how a piano is supposed to sound – LOUD AND DIRTY!!”

Taking place at Bones & Pearl Studios, Markfield Road, London N15 on Saturday 6 May, also appearing on the bill at Gypsy Hotel’s Springtime Ball are Spaghetti-western-abilly songstress SARAH VISTA and her band, plus the Queen of Alternative Burlesque, VIVID ANGEL. Your host PAUL-RONNEY ANGEL from THE URBAN VOODOO MACHINE, will be kicking the night off with an exclusive acoustic set, accompanied by violin goddess MLLE CHAT NOIR, playing their unique blend of gypsy blues country jazz.

All this will be topped up by some great tunes courtesy of legendary tour DJ for THE CLASH, THE POGUES and more,  DJ SCRATCHY.

And as if that wasn’t enough, there’s a FREE shot of bourbon to the first fifty lucky souls through the door!

Tickets priced £9.99 are on sale now, here.

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Skanking outta West London’s Ladbroke Grove, dub-punks SMILEY & THE UNDERCLASS pave the way for their debut album with a new video, and they’re launching it exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘It’s All England’ is the opening cut from Rebels Out There, which the Ladbroke Grove band recorded at the studio of Mick Jones of THE CLASH. It was produced by legendary DJ, remixer and sound system guru Nick Manasseh.

Says Smiley, “I remember listening to ‘Taxman’ by The Beatles and wondering who Mr Wilson and Mr Heath were. It’s the same with talking about David Cameron, Theresa May or even Trump. The themes are there and are pretty obvious for anyone who’s willing to listen: environmental apocalypse, inequality, the death of reason and the rise of bullshit. The weird thing was that we wrote the album before the Brexit vote and the US elections. We were singing about building walls and making truth long before these arseholes came and turned reality on it’s head.”

Alongside Smiley on rhythm guitar and vocals, the Underclass are Jay Hirano (drums), Ryan Windross (bass) and James Shephard (lead guitar).


Set for release on 14 July through their own Bredda Records, Rebels Out There is available to pre-order on CD and download here.

Smiley & The Underclass have a summer of dates ahead, including performances at Bearded Theory and Glastonbury. Catch them on the road at….

12 May – New Cross Inn, London
26 May – Bearded Theory Festival, Walton On Trent
2 Jun – Mau Mau Bar, London
24 Jun – Hootananny, Brixton, London
25 Jun – Glastonbury Festival, Pilton, Somerset
14 Jul – Spanky van Dyke’s, Nottingham

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Brooklyn punks DIRTY FENCES are reissuning their debut EP with TWO EXTRA TRACKS! And one of them is receiving its European launch here!

First released through Volcom in 2012, the EP has been revamped with ‘Sell The Truth’ and ‘2X2’ for UK release through Dirty Water Records.

Formed in high-school in Boston, nurturing and obsession with KISS and MOTLEY CRUE, the band relocated the New York where, taking the lead of new heroes THE DICTATORS and RAMONES, they fused their buzzsaw punk with classic girl group pop finesse.

Releasing their second album Full Tramp two years ago through Slovenly, they return to the UK in September to play Liverpool Psych Fest. Look out for more shows around that time.

The appropriately-titled First EP Plus Two Xtra Songs is set for release on 12 May. You can pre-order it here.

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Legendary DEAD BOYS and LORDS OF THE NEW CHURCH frontman STIV BATORS is set to be immortalised on celluloid in a new documentary film.

STIV: The Life And Times Of A Dead Boy is being made by director Danny Garcia, the man responsible for such films as The Rise and Fall Of The Clash, Looking For Johnny, and Sad Vacation: The Last Days Of Sid and Nancy.

Emerging from the Cleveland, Ohio scene and relocating to New York City with The Dead Boys, Stiv fronted the band through two classic albums and the anthemic ‘Sonic Reducer’ single before heading to the UK to team up with the remains of SHAM 69 in THE WANDERERS. He subsequently found success alongside DAMNED guitarist Brian James in The Lords Of The New Church throughout the 80s. Stiv died in Paris in 1990 after being hit by a taxi.

Watch a trailer for the film here.

An IndieGoGo page has been set up to help fund the film.


Read a new feature on the Lord Of The New Church in the latest edition of Vive Le Rock magazine, out now!

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