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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THE RAMONES’ classic third album is to get a deluxe expanded 40th Anniversary reissue next month.

Rocket To Russia was originally released at the height of punk in the autumn of 1977, preceded and followed by the classic singles ‘Sheena Is A Punk Rocker’ and ‘Rockaway Beach’.

Produced by Tony Bongiovi and engineered by Ed Stasium, it was the last Ramones album to feature original drummer Tommy Ramon behind the kit (he would return to produce their next album).  Its front cover art reprised their debut’s brick wall motif with a photo by manager Danny Fields, while the rear featured a cartoon by Punk magazine founder John Holmstrom.

Housed in a 12″ x 12″ hardback book, the lavish 40th Anniversary 3CD/1LP  reissue will feature both the original mix of the 14-track album, plus a new back-to-basics ‘Tracking Mix’ by Stasium.  He explains, “When putting together this new Tracking Mix, I decided to include the versions of ‘I Don’t Care’ and ‘It’s A Long Way Back to Germany,’ since they were recorded during the Rocket To Russia sessions at Mediasound, and are completely different takes that have never been heard before. ‘Sheena’ has been omitted, as it was recorded in a totally different session a few months prior, in-between the Leave Home and Rocket To Russia albums.”

The second disc contains two dozen rare and unreleased recordings, including rough mixes from sessions at Mediasound and The Power Station. There’s also an early version of ‘Needles And Pins’ with Tommy on drums, the B-side single mix of ‘Babysitter’, an alternative version of ‘It’s A Long Way Back To Germany’, with Dee Dee on vocals, an original radio promo with Joey Ramone, and more.


Disc 3 features a complete, previously unreleased, live recording from a show at Glasgow Apollo on 19 December 1977, recorded just days before the show at London’s Rainbow which yielded the classic live album It’s Alive.

Set for release through Rhino on 24 November, it’s available to pre-order here.

Full tracklisting….

Disc One: Original Album

Remastered Original Mixes
1. “Cretin Hop”
2. “Rockaway Beach”
3. “Here Today, Gone Tomorrow”
4. “Locket Love”
5. “I Don’t Care”
6. “Sheena Is A Punk Rocker”
7. “We’re A Happy Family”
8. “Teenage Lobotomy”
9. “Do You Wanna Dance?”
10. “I Wanna Be Well”
11. “I Can’t Give You Anything”
12. “Ramona”
13. “Surfin’ Bird”
14. “Why Is It Always This Way?”
40th Anniversary Tracking Mix
15. “Cretin Hop”
16. “Rockaway Beach”
17. “Here Today, Gone Tomorrow”
18. “Locket Love”
19. “I Don’t Care” – Version 2
20. “It’s A Long Way Back To Germany” – Version 1
21. “We’re A Happy Family”
22. “Teenage Lobotomy”
23. “Do You Wanna Dance?”
24. “I Wanna Be Well”
25. “I Can’t Give You Anything”
26. “Ramona”
27. “Surfin’ Bird”
28. “Why Is It Always This Way?”

Disc Two: Bonus Material
Mediasound/Power Station Rough Mixes
1. “Why Is It Always This Way?” – Mediasound Rough, Alternate Lyrics *
2. “Rockaway Beach” – Power Station Rough *
3. “I Wanna Be Well” – Power Station Rough *
4. “Locket Love” – Power Station Rough *
5. “I Can’t Give You Anything” – Power Station Rough *
6. “Cretin Hop” – Power Station Rough *
7. “Happy Family” – Power Station Rough *
8. “Ramona” – Mediasound Rough, Alternate Lyrics *
9. “Do You Wanna Dance?” – Mediasound Rough *
10. “Teenage Lobotomy” – Mediasound Rough *
11. “Here Today, Gone Tomorrow” – Mediasound Rough *
12. “I Don’t Care” – Version 2, Mediasound Rough *
40th Anniversary Extras
13. “Here Today, Gone Tomorrow” – Acoustic Version *
14. “It’s A Long Way Back To Germany” – Version 1-Dee Dee Vocal *
15. “Ramona” – Sweet Little Ramona Pop Mix *
16. “Surfin’ Bird” – Alternate Vocal *
17. “Teenage Lobotomy” – Backing Track *
18. “We’re A Happy Family” – At Home With The Family *
19. “Cretin Hop” – Backing Track *
20. “Needles And Pins” – Demo Version *
21. “Babysitter” – B-Side Version
22. “It’s A Long Way Back To Germany” – B-Side Version
23. Joey RTR Radio Spot Promo *
24. “We’re A Happy Family” – Joey & Dee Dee Dialogue *

Disc Three: Live at Apollo Centre, Glasgow, Scotland (December 19, 1977)
1. “Rockaway Beach” *
2. “Teenage Lobotomy” *
3. “Blitzkrieg Bop” *
4. “I Wanna Be Well” *
5. “Glad To See You Go” *
6. “Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment” *
7. “You’re Gonna Kill That Girl” *
8. “I Don’t Care” *
9. “Sheena Is A Punk Rocker” *
10. “Carbona Not Glue” *
11. “Commando” *
12. “Here Today, Gone Tomorrow” *
13. “Surfin’ Bird” *
14. “Cretin Hop” *
15. “Listen To My Heart” *
16. “California Sun” *
17. “I Don’t Wanna Walk Around With You” *
18. “Pinhead” *
19. “Do You Wanna Dance?” *
20. “Chain Saw” *
21. “Today Your Love, Tomorrow The World” *
22. “Now I Wanna Be A Good Boy” *
23. “Judy Is A Punk” *
24. “Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue” *
25. “We’re A Happy Family” *

LP: 40th Anniversary Tracking Mix

Side One
1. “Cretin Hop”
2. “Rockaway Beach”
3. “Here Today, Gone Tomorrow”
4. “Locket Love”
5. “I Don’t Care” – Version 2
6. “It’s A Long Way Back To Germany” – Version 1
7. “We’re A Happy Family”
Side Two
1. “Teenage Lobotomy”
2. “Do You Wanna Dance?”
3. “I Wanna Be Well”
4. “I Can’t Give You Anything”
5. “Ramona”
6. “Surfin’ Bird”
7. “Why Is It Always This Way?”

* Previously Unreleased

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Punk legend POLY STYRENE is celebrated with the annual Polyfest later this month.

The event is set to take place at The Dublin Castle on Camden Parkway on Saturday 21 October from 3.45pm.


This year, the event will be raising funds for Rock’n’Roll Rescue, Knox’s rock’n’roll charity shop, next door to the pub.

Tickets priced £20 are available here.

As previously reported, Poly is the subject of a new documentary Poly Styrene – I Am A Cliche set for release next year.

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Fort Wayne’s finest, LEFT LANE CRUISER have unveiled a new video ahead of their European tour.

‘Claw Machine Wizard is the title track from the band’s latest album, which was released last spring through Alive Naturalsound and which sees them returned to a duo format of Freddie ‘Jo’ Evans IV on guitar and vocals and Pete Dio on drums.

Their tour licks off in Lille, France on 10 October, taking in Russia, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands before landing in London on 7 November for ten shows in the UK and Ireland. Full dates are….

10/10 @ Aeronef – Lille, France
10/11 @ Volta – Moscow, Russia
10/12 @ Mod – St. Petersburg, Russia
10/13 @ Le Petit Bain – Paris, France
10/14 @ Le Cluricaume – Poitiers, France
10/15 @ Le Galion – Lorient, France
10/16 @ Le Petit Minou – Brest, France
10/17 @ Scene Michelet – Nantes, France
10/18 @ Void – Bordeaux, France
10/20 @ Moulin – Brainans, France
10/21 @ La Parenthèse – Nyon, France
10/23 @ Magasin 4 – Brussels, Belgium
10/24 @ Kultura – Liege, Belgium
10/26 @Cassiopeia – Berlin, Germany
10/27 @Garage Deluxe – Munich, Germany
10/28 @ Gaswerk – Wintherthur, Switzerland
10/29 @ Gigors Electric – Gigors, France
10/31 @ dB’s – Utrecht, Netherlands
11/3 @ Café Buitenlust – Landhorst, Netherlands
11/4 @ Spektakel – Asten, Netherlands
11/5 @ De Giraf – Zwalm, Belgium
11/6 @ Muziekcafe De Zwerver – Leffinge, Belgium
11/7 @ Hoxton Bar – London, UK
11/8 @ Le Pub – Newport, UK
11/9 @ Cluny – Newcastle, UK
11/10 @ Moby Grape Basement Club- Stockton, UK
11/11 @ Broadcast – Glasgow, Scotland UK
11/12 @ Deaf Institute – Manchester, UK
11/14 @ Upstairs@Whelans – Dublin, Ireland
11/16 @ Cypress Avenue – Cork, Ireland
11/17 @ Dizzy‘s – Derry, Ireland
11/18 @ Oh Yeah Centre – Belfast, Ireland

Buy Claw Machine Wizard here.


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Berkshire electro-punks PINK DIAMOND REVUE have a new single out next month and they’re revealing it exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘Go Go Girl’ is set for digital release on Friday 13 October. It follows on from the EP We Don’t Play Rock’n’Roll, released in February.

Fronted by Acid Dol – “a model from another dimension” – the Reading trio combine beats from today with riffs, samples and vocal harmonies from the 50’s and 60’s, clocking up over 150 live shows since their formation in 2014.


Pink Diamond Revue play the following gigs….

1st October – Off The Cuff Bar – London
14th October – Oxjam – Reading
30th October – Brixton Windmill – London

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Got room for a bit more Bolan? Go on! You know you wanna!!

Then check into Generating Steam Heat‘s special glam rock radio show, brought to you by Vive Le Rock‘s very own Mark McStea.

Alongside the Boppin’ Elf, Mark selects an hour’s worth of stack-heeled stompers from the likes of  Suede Razors, Faz Waltz, Hello, Giuda, The Biters, Bauhaus, Suzi Quatro, Hobnail, Chunky, Geordie, Star Studded Sham, The Arrows and more…

Look out for the forthcoming issue of Vive Le Rock where Mark interviews Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman, the team behind numerous glam rock hits, as well as Suzi Quatro and Suede Razors!

Don’t forget, Metal Guru, Paul Roland’s superb biography of Bolan is now available from Vive Le Shop!

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Rejuvenated West Texans AT THE DRIVE IN have announced a series of headline dates for the New Year.

The dates in March, which form part of a full European tour, will be the band’s first UK headline tour since the release of their acclaimed comeback album in • ter a • li •a earlier this year.

Support on all five dates comes from DEATH FROM ABOVE and LE BUTCHERETTES, the Mexican garage band that ATDI guitarist Oscar Rodriguez recently produced, who also join them in Australia this month.

The band also have their own limited edition skateboard decks available, made by Pocket Pistols Skateboards. They’re available through the band’s merch store.

Full tour dates are….

Friday 9th March – London, UK Brixton Academy
Saturday 10th March – Newcastle, UK O2 Academy
Monday 12th March – Birmingham, UK Academy 2
Tuesday 13th March – Manchester, UK O2 Apollo
Thursday 15th March – Glasgow, UK O2 Academy

Tickets for the shows will go on sale at 9am on Friday 22 September here.

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Rejuvenated London rockers LAST GREAT DREAMERS have just announced that they are returning to the studio this November to record their fourth album.

The album, yet to be titled, follows on from their highly acclaimed Transmissions From Oblivion released in 2016. It will be crowdfunded through Pledgemusic and is scheduled for release through their own Ray Records in March 2018.

The pledge campaign was launched at the weekend to coincide with a string of dates supporting THE QUIREBOYS. You can pre-order the album at as well as purchasing lots of other exclusives.

Catch Last Great Dreamers on the road with The Quireboys from tonight at….

Thursday 14 September Derby – The Venue
Friday 15 September Wakefield – Warehouse 23
Saturday 16 September Wolverhampton – Slade Rooms

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THE STRANGLERS have announced a full UK tour for the New Year.

Branded as The Definitive Tour, the dates will feature the band presenting, as you might’ve guessed, what they consider their definitive set.  Kicking off in Liverpool on 6 March and climaxing in Manchester on 31 March, the tour will include a London show at Brixton Academy on 24 March.

The shows are set to coincide with the reissue of the band’s first seven albums, originally released on the United Artists and Liberty Labels, from their 1977 debut Rattus Norvegicus to 1981’s La Folie and including their first live album Live (X Cert) from 1979, all of which graced the UK Top 10, excepting La Folie which stumbled at a respectable No.11.

The band will be supported on all dates by THERAPY? who you may recall once recorded a version of The Stranglers’ ‘Nice’n’Sleazy’, produced by none other than Vive Le Rock contributor and MEMBRANES boss John Robb.

Full dates are….

6 March – LIVERPOOL O2 Academy
8 March – GLASGOW O2 Academy
9 March – INVERNESS Ironworks
10 March – KILMARNOCK Grand Hall
12 March – NOTTINGHAM Rock City
13 March – PORTSMOUTH Guildhall
15 March – BRISTOL O2 Academy
16 March – CARDIFF Tramshed
17 March – BIRMINGHAM O2 Academy
19 March – NORWICH The Nick Rayns LCR
20 March – SOUTHEND Cliffs Pavilion
22 March – LEEDS O2 Academy
23 March – LINCOLN Engine Shed
24 March – LONDON O2 Academy Brixton
26 March – GUILDFORD G Live
27 March – READING Hexagon
29 March – NEWCASTLE O2 Academy
30 March – CAMBRIDGE Corn Exchange
31 March – MANCHESTER O2 Apollo

Tickets go on sale on Friday 15 September at 9.00am here.

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Burmese punk band THE REBEL RIOT are set to hit the UK! And a crowdfunding page has been set up to help them do it.

The band will be familiar to anyone who caught the film My Buddha Is Punk by director Andreas Hartmann at last year’s Doc’n’Roll Film Festival.

Formed in Yangon, Myanmar (Burma), formed in 2007 after the Saffron Revolution, over the past ten years The Rebel Riot have captured the world’s attention with their outspoken music that mixes anarchist-punk politics with their own take on Buddhist philosophy, and they’ve put their ideals into action forming the Yangon chapter of Food Not Bombs, feeding the city’s homeless.

Now the Punk Ethics collective, who promote the progressive elements of the global punk scene, have set up a crowdfunding campaign to raise £5,000 bring the band to the UK to tour alongside screenings of the film. Visit the page and donate here.

Watch the My Buddha Is Punk trailer.


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Vive Le Rock is proud to present an exclusive premiere of the new video and single from Amsterdam based reggae punks JAYA THE CAT! ‘Sweet Eurotrash’ is the first single from the forthcoming album “A Good Day For The Damned” which will be released on November 17th by Bomber Music.

Sweet Eurotrash is a story about a night of sin, madness and questionable life decisions made in bathroom stalls and bedroom closets. A tale of overly jealous hotel maids and unreasonably early check out times. Basically, this is more general confusion from the reggae punk ensemble known as Jaya The Cat. When you and a handful of friends stay out all night and then stumble home together at dawn anything can happen. Tried and tested for you – the confusion, the madness, the swan, taking a bath in a dirty Amsterdam canal and the mess two relatively small pillows can make.

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Guitar explorer RICHARD WARREN returns with a new album this month and Vive Le Rock is premiering this exclusive track from it.

The limpid rockabilly-flavoured ‘Last Breath’ is the second single to be drawn from Disentangled, Warren’s fourth album, which is set for release on 15 September through Hudson Records.

Hailing from Nottinghamshire, Warren began his career in the mid-90s with Mod rockers THE HYBIRDS on Heavnly, before switching to electronica as ECHOBOY for Mute Records at the turn of the millennium.

Since then, he has worked with various bands including STARSAILOR, KINGS OF THE SOUTH SEAS, SPIRITUALIZED and SOULSAVERS with Mark Lanegan and Dave Gahan, with whom he’s recorded three albums.

Disentangled is available on black and limited edition green vinyl and is available to pre-order here

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Fast-rising garage rockers THE DARTS step up to the oche by unveiling their new video exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

The quartet from Phoenix and L.A. tore the roof off The Finsbury in London at the start of their first Euro-trek back in May.

The band now score a double top with a first single – ‘The Cat’s Meow’ – from their debut album for Dirty Water Records, Me. Ow.

The album was recorded with Arizona producer Bob Hoag at Flying Blanket Recording, and noted L.A. punk figure Paul Roessler at Kitten Robot Studio. The single was co-written by legendary Underground Garage DJ, John Carlucci.

The band hit the road across the US throughout the Autumn, touring with THE LIVING END, THE JACKETS and ESCOBAR, culminating in a very special Dirty Water Club night at the Valley Bar in Phoenix.

Me. Ow is set for release on 28 September on pink vinyl, CD and download. It’s available to pre-order here.


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GINGER WILDHEART has confirmed that he’s up for touring with his band MUTATION this autumn, despite his ongoing hospitalisation for mental health issues.

The dates, which are set to take place at the end of October and beginning of November, are in support of the trio’s recently released album Mutation III: Dark Black, which is out now on undergroove.

Says Ginger, “I am fully committed to the Mutation tour in October, and all other Mutation activity to come. I consider this music a catharsis, a way of channeling the aggression and desperation that I’m currently experiencing.
These shows will act as essential therapy in keeping me focused and providing a goal to strive for in my mental health well-being. I’m maintaining my fitness and keeping my eye on the prize. When I say that we will rid ourselves of our demons on every date of this tour in mean it 100 per cent. This will not be a drill.”

An outlet for some of Ginger’s heaviest material, Mutation first came about in 2012 and see the guitarist/vocalist joined by co-writer Scott Lee Andrews (Exit_International) and drummer Denzel (Vennart/ Young Legionnaire). Fiull dates are below….

October 27 Leeds Brudenell Social Club
October 29 Manchester Deaf Institute
October 30 Glasgow Stereo
October 31 Newcastle Riverside
November 1 London Underworld
November 2 Cardiff The Globe
November 3 Brighton Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar
November 4 Damnation Festival

Go here for tickets.


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MOTÖRHEAD have announced the release of an album of covers.

The appropriately-titled Under Cöver features a selection of songs covered by the band during their 40-year career, including the SEX PISTOLS’ ‘God Save The Queen’, the RAMONES’ ‘Rockaway Beach’, ‘Breaking The Law’ by JUDAS PRIEST and their Grammy-winning cover of METALLICA’s ‘Whiplash’.

The compilation also includes their previously unreleased rendition of DAVID BOWIE’s ‘Heroes’, recorded during the sessions for their final studio album Bad Magic.

Says guitarist Phil Campbell, “It’s such a great Bowie song, one of his best, and I could only see great things coming out of it from us, and so it proved to be, and Lemmy ended up loving our version.”

Full tracklisting is….

1. Breaking The Law
2. God Save The Queen
3. Heroes
4. Starstruck
5. Cat Scratch Fever
6. Jumpin’ Jack Flash
7. Sympathy For The Devil
8. Hellraiser
9. Rockaway Beach
10.Shoot ‘Em Down
11. Whiplash

Due for release in September, Under Cöver will be available for pre-order shortly via the band’s website.


Check out ‘God Save The Queen’.

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South Coast punk legends PETER AND THE TEST TUBE BABIES have signed to Arising Empire Records, a division of Nuclear Blast.

The first fruit of the relationship will be a new, ominously-titled, album That Shallot.

Considered by the band to be their “best album ever”, most of the songs were written by band founders Peter Bywaters and Del Strangefish, with two by new bassist Nick Abnett. The album also features contributions from RANCID’s Lars Frederiksen and THE PUKES, and Olga from THE TOY DOLLS was also involved.


The band play Rebellion on 3 August followed by a run of dates taking them up to the end of the year. Full dates are….

Aug 3rd – Rebellion Festival, Blackpool
Sept 29th – Stoke, Venue 11
Sept 30th- North East Calling, Sunderland.
Oct 1st – Manchester. Venue TBC.
Oct 6th – London, 100 Club
Oct 7th – The Great British Alternative Festival, Skegness
Nov 4th – Midlands Calling – Wolverhampton, Wulfrun hall.
Nov 24th – Southampton, Talking Heads
Nov 25th – Ramsgate, Elephant & Castle
Dec 29th – Brighton, The Prince Albert
Dec 30th – London, New Cross Inn

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The ANTI-NOWHERE LEAGUE return with a punked-up cover of THE SLICKERS’ reggae classic ‘Johnny Too Bad’, and they’re premiering the video exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

The track is just one of ten classics from the Trojan Records catalogue featured on League Style, a project that’s been years in the making. ANL frontman and founder Animal is a longtime fan of the Jamaican artists whose songs are covered here including The Slickers, Dandy Livingstone, The Kingstonians, Prince Buster, and more. It follows on form the band’s most recent album of original material, The Cage, released last summer.

League Style is available now on CD and limited edition coloured vinyl through Cleopatra Records.

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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 29TH 2017;Airbourne pose for portraits on the 29thof March 2017 in Melbourne Australia. (Photo by Martin Philbey) *** Local Caption ***Airbourne

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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