SHARKS ON FILM RAMPAGE!

In March 2016,  SHARKS set out to make a feature-length documentary about their strange and unexpected revival. Three directors and two production companies later, the band have decided to make the film themselves.

This promo clip was directed by Steve ‘Snips’ Parsons for Huna Films. It gives a small taste of the barely organised chaos and elegant mischief behind the music.

Filming will end in October 2017 after these tour dates….

19 Sept – TBC, Lewes
21 Sept – Fruit, Hull tickets
22 Sept – Market Hall, Scarborough
23 Sept – Esquires, Bedford tickets
24 Sept – The Lexington, London tickets

To coincide with the dates, Sharks will release a single from their upcoming concept album Black Beatles And White Temptations. It will be available both as a download and on limited edition vinyl.

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AIRBOURNE LAND IN THE U.K!

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Aussie longhairs AIRBOURNE return to the UK next autumn for a bunch of dates.

The Melbourne quartet, who released their fourth album Breakin’ Outta Hell through Spinefarm in September last year, recently replaced longstanding guitarist David Roads with Matt ‘Harri’ Harrison. He made his live UK debut with the band in Belfast, Edinburgh and at Download last week.

The next run of dates kicks off with an appearance at Hard Rock Hell in Wales, and includes a London show at the legendary Roundhouse in Camden.

Full dates are….

Fri 10 Nov – Wales, Hafan Y Mor, Hard Rock Hell
Sat 11 Nov – Bristol Academy
Mon 13 Nov – Glasgow Academy
Tue 14 Nov – Manchester Academy
Wed 15 Nov – London Roundhouse
Sat 18 Nov – Norwich UEA
Sun 19 Nov – Oxford Academy
Mon 20 Nov – Sheffield Academy
Wed 22 Nov – Nottingham, Rock City

Tickets go on sale on Friday 16 June here.

Check out the band’s tribute to Lemmy, ‘It’s All For Rock’n’Roll’.

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LAS KELLIES HIT EUROPE!

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Argentinian psych-punks LAS KELLIES follow up on the success of last year’s Friends & Lovers album with another trek through Europe.

The Buenos Aires trio were formed back in 2005 by sisters Silvina and Cecilia Kelly, and were joined last year by bassist Manuela Ducatenzeiler.

The band’s European Tour kicks off with at The Victoria in Dalston, London on 22 June, followed by an appearance at the Glastonbury Festival the next day.

Admission to the Dalston show is FREE but you need a ticket, which you can get here.

Full tour dates are as follows….

22 Jun: The Victoria, London, UK
23 Jun: Glastonbury Festival, Somerset, UK
29 Jun: La Station (Festival Comme Nous Brulons) , Paris, France
30 Jun: Penny Lane, Rennes, France
01 Jul: Biches Festival, Cisai-St-Aubin, France
08 Jul: Festival Maison Fumetti, Nantes, France
12 Jul: BeGood, Barcelona, Spain
14 Jul: Caracol, Madrid, Spain
15 Jul: FBI, Benicasssim, Spain

Check out the video for ‘I Don’t Care’.

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RAMONES LEAVE HOME DELUXE REISSUE!

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The RAMONES’ classic second album gets the deluxe reissue treatment next month in honour of its 40th Anniversary.

Leave Home was originally released in January 1977 and features such chestnuts as ‘Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment’, ‘Suzy Is A Headbanger’, ‘Commando’, ‘Glad To See You Go’ and ‘California Sun’.

Recorded with a bigger budget than its predecessor, Leave Home was co-produced by Tommy Ramone with Tony Bongiovi, at that time best known for his work with Gloria Gaynor, and engineered and mixed by Ed Stasium.

The album’s sleeve was designed by Moshe Brakha, also responsible for the Rolling Stones’ Black And Blue sleeve, while the rear featured the now iconic bald eagle logo by designer Arturo Vega.

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The 40th Anniversary reissue is available as a limited edition vinyl version in hardback book format, complete with recollections from former manager Danny Fields, as told to noted rock writer Michael Azerrad, plus notes on the recording from Stasium.

There’s also a 3-CD version featuring the original and new 40th Anniversary mixes of the album, a second disc with more than two dozen rare and unreleased recordings, and a third disc featuring a 19-track live set from CBGB’s on 2 April 1977.

Set for release through Rhino on 21 July, it’s available to pre-order here.

Check out ‘Commando’ live from ’77.

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SNIVELLING SHITS COME AGAIN!

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Iconic ’77 punks THE SNIVELLING SHITS have their solitary album reissued next month.

I Can’t Come was initially compiled in 1988, long after the band had ceased to exist, and was the third release on Damaged Goods Records.

Fronted by music journalist Giovanni Dadomo of Sounds and ZigZag fame, the Shits had a revolving door line-up, including, at one time or another, fellow scribes Pete Makowski and Dave Fudger, producer Steve Lillywhite, CLASH DJ Barry ‘Scratchy’ Myers, HOT RODS drummer Steve Nicol and VIBRATORS guitarist John Ellis.

The band released their sole classic single ‘Terminal Stupid’ c/w ‘I Can’t Come’ on Ghetto Rockers in 1977, before splitting, later resurfacing as ARTHUR COMIX with ‘Isgodaman’ on the compilation Streets, the first ever release on Beggars Banquet Records.

Damaged Goods are now reissuing I Can’t Come with revised artwork, including archive photos by noted photographer Paul Slattery. Along with the aforementioned tracks, this release also includes Dadomo’s recording of ‘Their Ain’t No Sanity Clause’ with THE DAMNED, one of two songs he co-wrote with the band, the other being ‘I Just Can’t Be Happy Today’.

Set for release on 21 July on limited edition white vinyl, CD and download, it’s available to pre-order here.

Check out The Snivelling Shits’ Peel Session from 6 June 1978.

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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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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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CLEVER THING VIDEO PREMIERE!

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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RANCID LOOKING FOR TROUBLE!

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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DIRTY FENCES UNVEIL NEW VIDEO!

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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BLACK BULLETS VIDEO EXCLUSIVE!

Hampshire rockers THE BLACK BULLETS have a new single out this month and they’re launching the video exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘Mockingbird’ is set for release on the band’s own label on Friday 28 April. It’s available to pre-order from iTunes now.

Formed in Basingstoke in 2012, the Black Bullets have released a string of acclaimed EPs, touring the UK and Europe widely, sharing stages along the way with the likes of MICHAEL MONROE, UK SUBS, LA GUNS, ANTI-NOWHERE LEAGUE and loads more.

Currently clocking up the miles on their Welcome To Hellsville Tour, UK fans can catch them at….

28 April – LONDON, The Lounge, Archway (w/VINCE RAY & THE BONESHAKERS)
19 May – LONDON, Hope & Anchor (w/THE WITCHDOKTORS)
27 May – BASINGSTOKE, White Hart
10 June – SOUTHEND, The Alex

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FRIENDS OF THE EARTH!

Eco-friendly psych-rockers THE MOTHERS EARTH EXPERIMENT unleash their debut single on Record Store Day.

The six-piece Birmingham band have been together for two years, and in that time have supported the likes of GONG, ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE, ARTHUR BROWN, NIK TURNER’S SPACE RITUAL and PURSON as well as appearing on the main stage at last year’s Lunar Festival.

Signed to Birmingham institution Swordfish Records – also responsible releases by GODFLESH, DAVE KUSWORTH and ROKY ERICKSON – the band’s debut single, the enviroskeptic-frustrating ‘Cool Down Mama’, is released on Saturday 22 April as a limited edition 7″.

The band’s self-titled debut album is set for release on Friday 19 May on CD and limited edition multicoloured gatefold vinyl. It’s available to pre-order now through Amazon.

The Mothers Earth Experiment play The Borderline, London on Wednesday 10 May as support to GOLDRAY. Get your tickets here.

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FOLK DEVILS AND INCA BABIES HIT THE ROAD!

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Fabled West London post-punks FOLK DEVILS have announced a series of UK dates in tandem with Manchester’s INCA BABIES.

Both bands impacted on the UK underground scene with their strident blues-fuelled post-punk, forming a homegrown assistant alongside the likes of THE BIRTHDAY PARTY, THE GUN CLUB and THE SCIENTISTS, recording numerous Peel Sessions and burning bright and fast.

Fronted by the charismatic Ian Lowery, formerly of Northeast punks THE WALL, Folk Devils were celebrated with a career overview – Beautiful Monsters (Singles & Demo Recordings 1984-86) – through Optic Nerve Recordings last year, accompanied by gigs in London and Preston, with singer Dave Hodgson of PARTING SHOTS in place of Lowery, who sadly died in 2001. The success of the release and gigs has galvanised the band into more action.

Says guitarist Kris Jozajtis: “Getting back together for live shows happened because of the release of Beautiful Monsters last September, and the collective need of the surviving Devils to mark that event by doing what we used to do best – playing the songs live. It certainly wasn’t about nostalgia, although there was always a sense of unfinished business after we called it a day in the 80s. Of course, we wanted to honour the memory and singular talent of Ian. Much of what he wrote is even more resonant now, as many critics realize. Finding Dave Hodgson, who knew Lowery and has a real connection with the material, was crucial to making the reunion work. However, we also wanted to see if we could rekindle the fire which had characterized the sound of the band. I guess audiences can judge whether we’ve succeeded in that for themselves. But the fact that we’re all investing time, energy and money in this project will tell you what we think.”

Watch a clip of Folk Devils in their mid-80s prime.

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Fronted by singer, guitarist and songwriter Harry Stafford, in their initial run from ’82 to ’88, Inca Babies released four albums and six singles. Stafford convened a new line-up of the band in 2007 featuring GOLDBLADE drummer Rob Haynes and bassist Vince Hunt, formerly of A WITNESS. Since then they’ve toured Europe, Russia, America and India and releasing three albums, their most recent being The Stereo Plan in 2014.

Check out Inca Babies on German TV from 1986.

Catch both bands on the road at….

Fri July 14: Manchester @ The Whiskey Jar
Sat July 15: London @ The Shacklewell Arms *
Sun July 16: Northampton @ The Charles Bradlaugh *
Thu July 20: Leeds @ Brudenell Social Club
Fri July 21: Glasgow @ O2 ABC2
Sat July 22: Bethesda, N. Wales @ Neuadd Ogwen

*Also featuring Venus Fly Trap

Both bands hook up again alongside ETON CROP and YEAR OF BIRDS for a Peel Regenerated show at Middlesbrough’s Westgarth Social Club on Sat Oct 28.

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PETER PERRETT UNVEILS SOLO ALBUM!

ONLY ONES founder PETER PERRETT is finally set to release his debut solo album this summer. And he’s revealed a video for the title track as a taster.

How The West Was Won features 10 new songs recorded by Peter with his two sons Jamie and Peter Jr and was produced by legendary ROLLING STONES producer Chris Kimsey.

The songs on How The West Was Won examine complex emotional terrain and extreme human behaviour, shot through as always with wry self-analysis. In a sense the album is a Perrett family affair: there are love songs (‘An Epic Story’, ‘C Voyeurger’) from Peter to his wife of 47 years Zena. On ‘Something In My Brain’, Perrett discusses good choices, bad choices and ultimately the only choices that will guarantee survival. There are also songs where Perrett opens his curtains and stares out into a much-changed world (‘Man Of Extremes’, ‘Sweet Endeavour’).

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How The West Was Won is set for release on 30 June through Domino. It’s available to pre-order on limited edition gatefold coloured vinyl with a signed print here, and as a download here.

Having initially split the Only Ones in 1982, Peter barely touched a guitar until his 1996 album Woke Up Sticky with his band The One. More inaction followed has he battled with continuing addiction problems, until The Only Ones reformed in 2007. Although they played a series of Japanese dates without drummer Mike Kellie in 2014, Peter’s reluctance to continue with the band, and Kellie’s tragic death earlier this year would seem to have put paid to future Only Ones activity.

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CUBANATE GET BRUTAL!

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UK techno-rockers CUBANATE herald a new compilation album with a pair of live dates this month.

The 14-track Brutalism covers the band’s first four years, drawing on their first three albums Antimatter, Cyberia and Barbarossa, and features remastered versions of singles such as ‘Oxyacetylene’, ‘Body Burn’ and ‘Joy’.

Check out ‘Body Burn’.

Due for release on 5 May, Brutalism is available to pre-order here.

Formed in London in 1992 around a nucleus of vocalist Marc Heal and guitarist Phil Barry, later joined by NITZER EBB drummer Julian Beeston. Fusing techno beats with rock guitar, they supported the likes of SISTERS OF MERCY, GARY NUMAN and FRONT 242. Splitting in 200, they reformed last year for Chicago’s Cold Waves festival.

Speaking about Brutalism, Heal says, “Listening back to these old tracks and hearing them remastered I’m pleased and surprised how fresh they sound. We had so little time to record them, it was all done on the fly. These days, with EDM now big corporate business, it’s easy to forget how wild and anarchic that early techno scene was. Anything went. One thing to remember was that it was only ten or twelve years after punk. If you had been a 16-year-old punk in 1978, you were still barely in your late 20’s when all these mad raves were happening so a lot of people who were a bit older in the scene were people who had been punks and still carried that spirit.”

The gigs in Glasgow and London represent their first UK shows since 1999. Catch them at….

28 April – Saint Luke’s, GLASGOW
30 April – O2 Academy Islington, LONDON

Support comes from EMPIRION, KANGA, JE$US LOVES AMERIKA and (in London only) CEASE2XIST.

Tickets are available here.

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CURSE OF LONO PLAY SPECIAL LONDON SHOW!

London band CURSE OF LONO have released a trailer for their brand new album out today, which they’re sharing exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

The trailer also serves as a taster for a short film Saturday Night: A Film Of Four Songs, directed by Alex Walker. The film recently won Best Music Video at the LA Independent Film Festival, the London Independent Film Awards and Feel The Reel International Film Festival in Glasgow and has made the official selection at the International Music Video Underground in LA.

The band are launching their debut album Severed with a special show at London’s Water Rats venue on Thursday 20 April. All proceeds from the gig will go to help much-loved London music figure Barry Marshall-Everitt in his fight against cancer. A key player on the London music scene since the late 60s, Barry has worked in pirate radio on the infamous Radio Geronimo, tour managed the likes of T REX and PINK FAIRIES and for many years ran Soho’s celebrated Borderline club during its heyday. Most recently, he’s been running the roots radio station House Of Mercy.

“Barry wrote one of the first articles about my old band for Music Week back in 2005,” says Curse Of Lono frontman Felix Bechtolsheimer. “He has played us on the radio, promoted our gigs at The Borderline and Dingwalls and, more importantly, he’s become a great friend. He has helped so many bands over the years, including many of our mates, so it seems only right to try to give a little back.”

Tickets for the gig are available here.

Severed is available now through the band’s website.

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MAMMOTH MAMMOTH VIDEO EXCLUSIVE!

Aussie fuzz-rockers MAMMOTH MAMMOTH have a new video which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘Sleepwalker’ is taken from their upcoming fourth studio album Mount The Mountain, which is due for release through Napalm Records on 28 April. Also featuring a cover of KYLIE MINOGUE’s crossover anthem ‘Can’t Get You Out Of My Head’, it’s available to pre-order here.

The Melbourne quartet head out on the road across Europe from the end of the month, although in the spirit of Brexit, they won’t be playing the UK.

You can, however, catch them at….

29.04.17 DE – Berlin – Desertfest Berlin
02.05.17 DE – Dresden / Ostpol
03.05.17 DE – Osnabrueck / Bastard Club
04.05.17 DE – Cologne / Sonic Ballroom
05.05.17 DE – Duesseldorf / Pitcher
07.05.17 NL – Utrecht / dB’s
08.05.17 DE – Frankfurt / Nachtleben
09.05.17 DE – Hamburg / Hafenklang
10.05.17 DE – Kiel / Schaubude
11.05.17 DE – Chemnitz / AJZ
12.05.17 DE – Cottbus / Zum faulen August
13.05.17 DE – Lichtenfels / Paunchy Cats
14.05.17 AT – Linz / Stadtwerkstatt
15.05.17 DE – Munich / Feierwerk
17.05.17 DE – Wuerzburg / Immerhin
18.05.17 DE – Saarbruecken / Garage
19.05.17 CH – Luzern / Bruch Brothers
20.05.17 CH – Olten / Coq D Or

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INMATES RE-RELEASED!

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Legendary North London R&B band THE INMATES are to have their first three albums reissued as a box set.

First Offence, Shot In The Dark and Heatwave In Alaska were originally issued through Radar/WEA from 1979 to 1982.

Islington’s answer to DR FEELGOOD, The Inmates were formed by members of THE FLYING TIGERS and THE CANNIBALS and featured the impressive talents of powerful and charismatic frontman Bill Hurley, guitarists Peter Gunn and Tony Oliver, bassist Ben Donnelly and, at different times, drummers Jim Russell and Eddie from THE VIBRATORS.

The band’s first single was a cover of THE STANDELLS’ ‘Dirty Water’, which just scraped the US Top 50, while second single, a version of JIMMY McCRACKLIN’S ‘The Walk’ was a ubiquitous radio hit, making the the UK Top 40. The Vic Maile-produced First Offence made the US Top 40 albums chart.

After Heatwave In Alaska, Hurley handed the mic to Barrie Masters from EDDIE & THE HOT RODS, before returning to the band in 1987.

Along with the three albums, the 3-CD set features 8 bonus tracks and a 20-page booklet.

The Albums 1979-82 is released on 26 May through Cherry Red. It’s available to pre-order here.

Check out ‘Stop It Baby’ from Shot In The Dark.

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