Happening garage-psych trio L.A. WITCH have unveiled a new single and video ahead of Euro dates next spring.

‘Drive Your Car’ is taken from the band’s acclaimed self-titled debut album, released in September through Suicide Squeeze. The video is the work of by award-winning New York artist and filmmaker Allie Lane.

Currently touring Australia, L.A. Witch are set to follow up this year’s European shows with another bout of industrious gigging, with dates in Switzerland, Italy, Germany, Sweden, France and the UK, including a London show at Oslo in Hackney. Full dates are….

16 Mar – Le Port Franc, Sion CH
17 Mar – Milk Party, Parma IT
20 Mar – Rote Fabrik, Zurich CH
21 Mar – Quasimodo, Berlin DE
22 Mar – Hafenklang, Hamburg DE
23 Mar – Melodybox, Stockholm SE
24 Mar – Truck Stop Alaska, Goteborg SE
27 Mar – The Chameleon, Nottingham UK
28 Mar – Sleazy’s, Glasgow UK
29 Mar – Cluny, Newcastle UK
30 Mar – Oslo, London UK
31 Mar – Headrow House, Leeds UK
4 Apr – Supersonic, Paris FR
5 Apr – Maison de l’etudiant, Arras FR
6 Apr – Veka, Glarus CH
7 Apr – Ohibo, Milan IT

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SHANE MACGOWAN is to have his  60th birthday celebrated with a special show in Dublin next month.

The NIPPLE ERECTORS, POGUES and POPES frontman turns 60 on 25 December, with the concert taking place at the city’s National Concert Hall on 15 January.

Featuring a band including Jem Finer, Cait O’Riordan, Terry Woods and Spider Stacy of The Pogues and led by musical director Terry Edwards, a host of famous names will be lining up to pay tribute to the mercurial singer, including Nick Cave, Johnny Depp, Bobby Gillespie, Glen Hansard, Camille O’Sullivan, Cerys Matthews, Carl Barat, Lisa O’Neill, Finbar Furey, whenyoung, Glen Matlock and Clem Burke of Blondie and more….

Tickets go on sale this Friday at 8.00am here.

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Brighton punks HARKER have unveiled a first single from their forthcoming debut album.

‘300 Cigarettes’ is taken from No Discordance, which is set for release in February.

Starting out as an acoustic project by guitarist and singer Mark Boniface in 2014, Harker have coalesced over the course of three well received EPs to include bassist and singer Phoebe Saunders, guitarist Tony Ware and drummer Matt Claxton. Drawing primary influences from Chicago and New Jersey punk, the band has gigged steadily across the UK and Europe, sharing stages with the likes of BOSTON MANOR, MOOSE BLOOD and CREEPER.

Speaking about the single, Mark explains, “’300 Cigs’ is about how people can use others emotional states to gain trust and self-assurance. At most times we can be caring, understanding and loving. But unfortunately, there are some who ignore the consequences of their actions on people, and it highlights a horrible part of human nature. At our worst, we can be self-centred, reserved and unaware of the problems we create within ourselves and within others. The song acts as a remedy to the damage left behind after we cut poisonous people out of our lives.”

Of the album, he says, “No Discordance is a beast. We’ve thrown everything at it. It’s been the most difficult, but rewarding work we’ve done.”

Set for release on 9 February, No Discordance is available to pre-order here.

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An acclaimed documentary on seminal punk band THE SLITS is to get a DVD release next spring.

Directed by William E Badgley, Here To Be Heard: The Story Of The Slits received its world premiere at the London Film Festival in October.

The film tells the story of the young women pioneers of the mid-70’s punk era from a female point of view and runs from the inception of the group in 1976 to its end in 2010, coinciding with the death of lead vocalist, Ari Up.

It includes interviews with Ari plus fellow band members Viv Albertine, Palmolive, Tessa Pollitt, Bruce Smith and Hollie Cook, plus the various figures surrounding the band, inclduing Don Letts (former group manager and punk documentarian), Vivien Goldman (NYU punk professor), Dennis Bovell (producer of debut album Cut), Paul Cook (Sex Pistols), Gina Birch (The Raincoats), Adrian Sherwood (producer and long-term friend and collaborator) and many more, as well as previously unseen footage and band recordings.

The film is expected to receive a theatrical release in the New Year, followed by a DVD release. DVDs can be pre-ordered from the PledgeMusic page, as well as other items of exclusive merch.

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LAST GREAT DREAMERS head out for a handful of dates this month as they break from recording their new album.

The as yet untitled album – the band’s fourth – is being produced by Pete Brown, son of Beat Boom cockney rocker Joe Brown. Having previously worked with the likes of DAVE EDMUNDS, NICK LOWE and STATUS QUO, Pete has a vast wealth of experience as an engineer, producer and musician in his own right.

Says guitarist Slyder Smith, “Working with him has been fantastic so far; he’s really getting something special out of the Dreamers, this is going to one hell of a record. We have 11 great songs and there are definitely a few surprises in there. We have most recording done now with just some vocals and lead guitar to finish before the mix.”

Funded through PledgeMusic, donors can still contribute here.

Last seen playing a series of dates with THE QUIREBOYS in September, the Dreamers return to the road joining Midlands metallers WOLFSBANE before playing a New Year’s Eve party in Bolton. Dates are….

Sun 17 Dec – Birmingham Asylum
Thurs 21 Dec – London Islington 02 Academy
Sun 31 – December Bolton BarMetro Rocks

Tickets are available here

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The line-up’s been announced for next year’s Resolution Festival at London’s spiritual home of punk – The 100 Club.

For the third year running, a host of punk legends will descend on the Oxford Street venue, which was burned into worldwide punk consciousness when the onetime jazz club held the 100 Club Punk Special in September of 1976, kickstarting a revolution.

Taking place throughout the first half of January 2018, bands lined up include THE VIBRATORS (who played the original ’76 festival), ANTI-NOWHERE LEAGUE, THE BOYS, SUBHUMANS (pictured), THE MEMBERS, VICE SQUAD, UK SUBS, DESPERATE MEASURES, GBH, DISCHARGE and more.

The full line-up (so far) is as follows….

Thur 4th THE VIBRATORS + Ed Tudor Pole + Slagerij
Fri 5th ANWL + The Defects + Borrowed Time
Sat 6th THE BOYS + The Heavy Drapes + The Vulz
Sun 7th ANTI-PASTI + The Varukers + Knock Off
Mon 8th TBC
Tue 9th THE MEMBERS + Chron Gen + Ambition Demolition
Wed 10th SUBHUMANS + Criminal Mind + Desperate Measures
Thur 11th VICE SQUAD + Menace + Nick Cash (999 solo set)
Fri 12th GBH + Steve Ignorant’s Slice of Life
Sat 13th DISCHARGE + Loaded 44
Sun 14th UK SUBS + The Ramonas + Red Light Rebels

Tickets for the full festival (£80) or for individual shows, are available here.

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A first list of acts has been announced for next year’s Strummercamp Festival, which for the first time is proudly sponsored by Vive Le Rock magazine!

Taking place over the Bank Holiday Weekend of 25-27 May at its new venue, Oldham Rugby Union Club, the festival will be playing host to THE URBAN VOODOO MACHINE, DESPERATE MEASURES, IL COMPLESSO, ROUGHNECK RIOT, MEDIA WHORES, MATILDA’S SCOUNDRELS, THE PAPASHANGOS, RUFF TRADE, STRAIGHTEN OUT, BLACK BALLED, THE CUT, VERBAL WARNING, WITCH FEVER, TIME FOR ACTION, TOXIC, FILF and loads more to be confirmed.

There’ll also be a stage from Manchester’s TNS Records and the Shangri La Acoustic Stage.

Earlybird tickets are now on sale here.

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Post-punk chanteuse and artist ANNE PIGALLE celebrates her 40th Anniversary of arriving in London with a new art and performance show.

Having moved to London in 1977, Pigalle emersed herself in the punk scene, going on to work with the likes of Adrian Sherwood, Michael Nyman and The Flying Lizards’ David Cunningham. More recently she’s completed cabaret-related painting shows with Jimmy Cauty, Billy Childish and Jamie Reid.

Never Mind The Jackson Pollocks, Here’s Anne Pigalle will take place over three days at Blasé House, Hackney Wick, London from Friday 8 to Saturday 10 December.

On the Friday night from 8pm, Pigalle will be performing live, including a number of punk covers, while on the Saturday and Sunday from 12 noon to 7pm, she’ll ill be available for Tarot readings. You’ll also be able to commission her to sketch you or a friend, priced per hour or half hour.

A wide array of Pigalle’s original art will also be available to buy throughout the weekend.

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THE DAMNED are treating fans with a deluxe vinyl box set of five early singles.

Released through BMG, the Stiff Singles 1976-1977 box set brings together all the band’s singles for that infamous label, from their classic debut, and first British punk single, ‘New Rose’, and including the now super-rare ‘Stretcher Case Baby’, originally available to fan club members only.

Each of the singles is recreated with its original artwork and lavishly packed in a deluxe box featuring contemporary press cuttings. The package also includes an exclusive embroidered Damned patch, not available elsewhere.

The complete tracklisting is….

1. New Rose
2. Help

1. Neat Neat Neat
2. Stab Yor Back
3. Singalonga Scabies

1. Problem Child
2. You Take My Money

1. Don’t Cry Wolf
2. One Way Love

1. Stretcher Case Baby
2. Sick Of Being Sick

Set for release on 26 January, the box set is available to pre-order here.

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Manchester post-punks A CERTAIN RATIO have just released the first albums in a major reissue programme, as well as announcing a series of UK dates for the spring.

Formed in 1978, the band were one of the first post-punk outfits, alongside the likes of GANG OF FOUR, THE POP GROUP and SCRITTI POLITTI, to embrace funk in their music, signing to Factory Records and having an underground hit on both sides of the Atlantic with second single ‘Shack Up’.

The band’s first and second albums, The Grave Yard And The Ballroom (1980) and To Each… (1981), both produced by the legendary Martin Hannett, have just been reissued, along with their 1986 album Force.  More reissues will follow throughout the spring, followed by a new compilation in July.

A Certain Ratio play their last date of this year at the O2 Ritz, Manchester on 16 December – tickets – and have lined up the following dates for next year.

16 March – Newcastle, Hoochie Choochie
17 March – Glasgow, Stereo
24 March – Bristol, Fiddlers Club
25 March – Brighton, The Haunt
21 April – London, Garage
18 May – Hebden Bridge, Trades Club
26 May – Tameside, Atmosphere Festival

Tickets are available here.

A Certain Ratio are supporters of Artists Against Hunger, a campaign by Action Against Hunger and will donate £1 for each ticket sold in 2018.

Watch Michael Shamberg’s short film Tribeca.

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Cleveland OH punk legends DEAD BOYS return in the New Year to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of their monumental debut album Young, Loud And Snotty.

Formed in 1976 out of the ashes of seminal proto-punks ROCKET FROM THE TOMBS, the Boys were fronted by charismatic singer Stiv Bators and featured the talents of guitarists Cheetah Chrome and Jimmy Zero, bassist Jeff Magnum and drummer Johnny Blitz. Kicking off their recording career with the classic ‘Sonic Reducer’ single, they released two albums – Young, Loud And Snotty and We Have Come For Your Children before splitting in 1979, with Bators eventually going on to front THE LORDS OF THE NEW CHURCH.

For the 40th Anniversary, Chrome and Blitz have teamed up with new members Jake Hout, Ricky Rat and Jason Kottwitz to re-record the album and play a series of dates. The Dead Boys hit the UK for the following shows….

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A year on from the release of their widely acclaimed album A Big Bad Beautiful Noise, THE GODFATHERS have announced a fresh bunch of UK dates.

The album, released in February 2017, saw the band back at the top of their game, its impact felt around the world, generating an intensive level of touring and sold out gigs across Europe.

This latest run of dates takes in their annual St Valentine’s Day Massacre show at London’s legendary 100 Club, with special guests TEN BENSON, plus three shows north of the border with fast-rising Scottish punks HEAVY DRAPES.

Full dates are….

02.02 – Southampton/Talking Heads
08.02 – Edinburgh/The Voodoo Rooms (w/ Heavy Drapes)
09.02 – Glasgow/Audio (w/ Heavy Drapes)
10.02 – Dundee/Beat Generator Live (w/Heavy Drapes)
16.02 – Manchester/Ruby Lounge
17.02 – London/100 Club (St Valentine’s Day Massacre – w/ Ten Benson)
18.02 – Bristol/The Fleece
23.02 – Birmingham/Hare & Hounds
24.02 – York/Victoria Vaults
25.02 – Middlesbrough/Westgarth Social Club

Tickets can be had via the band’s website.

Check out the video for ‘A Big Bad Beautiful Noise’.

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Seminal Aussie punks THE VICTIMS have been prompted by the death of Charles Manson to unveil what they’ve been working on.

The Perth band originally formed in 1977, releasing the classic single ‘Television Addict’ before splitting. Singer and guitarist Dave Faulkner and drummer James Baker later teamed up in the first line-up of the HOODOO GURUS.

Faulkner and Baker returned in 2014 to play Victims material, with THE HARD-ONS’ Ray Ahn joining them on bass. The trio have recently been revisiting old Victims material for later release. The song ‘Charlie’ was originally written as a put-down of Manson and the hero-worship surrounding him after the pair watched the film Helter Skelter.

Faulkner revealed in a Facebook post, “We decided to make ‘Charlie’ available for free now (on YouTube) because Manson died the day before we mixed it and it seemed like a good idea to give him a kick in the pants as he made his long-overdue exit. See ya, sucker!”



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On a roll from headlining the Red Rooster Festival this summer, Okie roots-rocker J.D. McPHERSON crosses the pond once more for a European Tour in the New Year.

McPherson’s latest album, Undivided Heart & Soul – his first in 3 years – was released last month through New West. It was recorded in the historic RCA Studio B in Nashville, the studio credited with the creation of the ‘Nashville Sound’ and location for the recording of hundreds of classic albums. It was also used for the shoot of McPherson’s video for ‘Lucky Penny’.

McPherson’s tour kicks off at Norwich Arts Centre on 23 February and includes a London date at Shepherds Bush Empire on 2 March before he and his band head over to the mainland. Full dates are….

FEB 23 – Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich
FEB 25 – Saint Luke’s, Glasgow
FEB 26 – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
FEB 27 – Gorilla, Manchester
FEB 28 – Hare & Hounds, Birmingham
MAR 2 – Shepherds Bush Empire, London
MAR 3 – De Casino, Sint-Niklaas, Belgium
MAR 4 – La Maroquinerie, Paris, France
MAR 5 – Melkweg, Amsterdam, Netherlands
MAR 6 – Gruenspan, Hamburg, Germany
MAR 8 – Pustervik, Göteborg, Sweden
MAR 9 – Huskvarna Folkets Park, Huskvarna, Sweden
MAR 10 – Debaser, Gamla Stan, Sweden
MAR 12 – Lido, Berlin, Germany
MAR 13 – Mascotte, Zurich, Switzerland

Tickets are on sale now through his website.

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Dunfermline’s finest, THE SKIDS are to have their seminal debut album reissued in vastly expanded form next month.

Scared To Dance was originally released in early 1979, spending ten weeks in the UK Album Charts, eventually peaking at number 19. Recorded at London’s Air Studios with SENSATIONAL ALEX HARVEY BAND producer David Batchelor, it spawned the singles ‘Sweet Suburbia’, ‘The Saints Are Coming’ and their anthemic Top 10 hit, ‘Into The Valley’.

The new 3-disc reissue features a disc with the original album plus 9 bonus tracks including B-sides and alternative mixes. Disc 2 comprises 12 previously unreleased demos from 1978, while a third disc contains a complete set from a 1978 show at London’s legendary Marquee Club. The release is completed by a 28-page booklet.

Scared To Dance (Expanded) is set for release on 16 December through Caroline International.


The recently rejuvenated band release a brand new album Burning Cities, produced by Youth, on 12 January 2018, with extensive live dates planned for the summer, including Rebellion. Full tour details are on their website.

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Long lost Brit power-poppers THE FAVOURITES have just released a brilliant new retrospective anthology, and we have five copies to give away!

They’re also launching a video for the track ‘Favourite Shoes’ exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘Favourite Shoes’ was originally released on the B-side of the Nottingham band’s debut single, a punked-up cover of ABBA’s ‘SOS’. With no existing TV or video footage available, the video was created by Martin James Gee with prompts from band members Darryl Hunt and Duncan Kerr.

The Favourites were formed in 1977 by members of Stiff-signed pub rockers PLUMMET AIRLINES and THE GTs, whose sole recorded appearance was on the fabled Raw Records compilation, Raw Deal. Earning support slots with the likes of THE ONLY ONES and SQUEEZE, they released one further single – a cover of THE WASPS’ ‘Angelica’ – before splitting.

The album New Feeling, which was released in September through Reckless Records and received a glowing review in the latest edition of Vive Le Rock, features both singles plus B-sides and 10 other recently unearthed recordings, digitally remastered by Sean Read from DEXYS.

And we have 5 copies of New Feeling to give away!!!  Each LP contains a CD of the album, but there’s more! One lucky winner will also receive a mint unplayed copy of the now rare and valuable original ‘Angelica’ single!!!

To be in with a chance of winning, just send an email to info@vivelerock.net with ‘FAVOURITES COMP’ in the subject box by Wednesday 29 November, telling us the answer to this simple question:

Favourites frontman Darryl Hunt went on to play bass in which major band?  Good luck!

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New Feeling is available to buy online here, or directly from Reckless Records, 30 Berwick Street, London.

Read the story of The Favourites in the latest edition of Vive Le Rock, on sale now!

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Sometime DAMNED rhythm section Rat Scabies and Paul Gray have reunited on the new album by PROFESSOR AND THE MADMAN.

The L.A. based act is built around singers, guitarists and songwriters Alfie Agnew and Sean Elliott, both from punk band D.I.

Apparently, Alfie and Sean were playing a Xmas gig, at which Scabies just happened to be in attendance, and the pair coaxed him onstage to join them on a cover of The Damned’s ‘Smash It Up’. They later roped him into recording a version of the track with them at Agnew’s home studio. Eventually he agreed to play on their first two digital albums Elixir I: Good Evening, Sir!  and Elixir II: Election, both released last year.

Gray, who’d previously been in EDDIE & THE HOT RODS before joining The Damned for The Black Album and Strawberries, was contacted by Scabies through Facebook, and although they hadn’t communicated since a run of Damned runion shows in the early 90s, he agreed to join the project.

The album, Disintegrate Me, was co-produced by the band with English producer David M Allen, who worked on the notorious Damned album Not Of This Earth, as well as releases by THE CURE and SISTERS OF MERCY. It’s scheduled for release on 23 February through FullerTone Records.

Check out ‘Electroconvulsive Therapy’.

With Scabies and Gray based in the UK, Professor And The Madman have recruited a local rhythm section for US dates. It’s hoped that the pair will join the band for shows on this side of the pond.

As previously announced, Gray has rejoined The Damned for a forthcoming new album being recorded with Tony Visconti.


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Original ’77 punks turned psych explorers, THE TELEVISION PERSONALITIES are to see a long-lost album finally released in the New Year.

Formed around mercurial frontman Dan Treacy, the band achieved a certain notoriety with now-classic songs like ‘Where’s Bill Grundy Now?’ and ‘Part-Time Punks’ before helping to spawn the early-80s psych revival with the album …And Don’t The Kids Just Love It.

The 15 previously unreleased tracks on Beautiful Despair was recorded during 1990 by Treacy and longtime Personality and former SWELL MAP Jowe Head at the latter’s flat in Stoke Newington, North London over a number of sessions to a 4-track portastudio.

Check out ‘If You Fly Too High’.

“‘If You Fly Too High’ was based on an encounter with Evan Dando of The Lemonheads in Berlin,” explains Head. “We did a memorable gig with them at the Ecstasy Madhouse in December 1989, when the Berlin Wall was being torn down. Exciting times. We jammed with Evan on stage that night, playing some tunes by Jonathan Richman and Johnny Thunders, as I recall. That song also mentions Alan McGee, who was a great fan of the TVPS and Dan’s songs. Alan openly admits that he emulated Dan’s style of music, and influenced his decision to run a mod-psychedelic club, The Living Room, and to start his label, Creation.”

Set for release on 26 January through Fire Records, Beautiful Despair is available to pre-order on limited edition black-and-white splatter vinyl, regular vinyl, CD and download here.


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