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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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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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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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 *
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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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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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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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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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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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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Guitar legend BERNIE TORMÉ releases his new triple album next month and hits the road to coincide.

Dublin Cowboy is the result of a phenomenally successful PledgeMusic campaign that hit its original target in under nine hours.

Comprising 29 tracks in total, the album features a disc each of brand new electric and acoustic material, while a third disc adds a live recording from South Shields in January 2016, featuring classic tracks from Tormé’s 40-year career.

“I always wanted to do a triple album and also an acoustic album,” he says. “And combining the two seemed like the obvious idea, though truth is it nearly killed me: I’m still in recovery! But on top of all that, and with two albums of screaming wails and dive-bombs, I am totally knocked out with how the shred-free acoustic album has been received! Fans who pledged and have heard it absolutely LOVE it! Quadruple album next time? Nah, I really don’t think so!”

Dublin Cowboy is released on CD, vinyl and download through Retrowrek Records on Friday 7 April, and is available to pre-order here.

Catch Bernie and his band on tour at….

1st April SOUTH SHIELDS The Unionist Club
2nd April GLASGOW Nice n Sleazy
3rd April EDINBURGH Bannermans
4th April GRIMSBY Yardbirds
6th April WOLVERHAMPTON The Robin 2
7th April LONDON The Borderline
8th April BRIGHTON The Prince Albert


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JIM JONES & THE RIGHTEOUS MIND have announced the release of their long-awaited debut album.

The band, formed by Jones and bassist Gavin Jay following the demise of THE JIM JONES REVUE in 2014, are set to release Super Natural on 12 May through MaSonic Records.

The 10-track album features the singles ‘Boil Yer Blood’ and ‘Aldecide’ and comes wrapped in ornate artwork by French illustrator and tattoo artist Jean-Luc Navette.

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The band have a series UK and European club and festival dates lined up for the coming months. Catch them on the road at….

April 4 Mondo Bizzaro, Rennes, FR
April 5 Le Pt’it Minou, Brest, FR
April 6 Jam Session, Vannes, FR
April 7 Bombshell, Clermont Ferrand, FR
April 8 Rock This Town Festival, Pau, FR
April 9 Le Molotov, Marseille, FR
April 30 Smithdown Festival, Liverpool
May 10 Petit Bain, Paris, FR
May 13 The Plug, Sheffield
May 17 Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
May 18 Fruit, Hull
May 19 The Cluny, Newcastle upon Tyne
May 20 The Lexington, London
May 21 Waterfront, Norwich
May 25 Cinetol, Amsterdam NL
May 26 Sniester Festival, Den Haag NL
May 27 Get Mad Festival, Madrid ES
July 21 Le Sable Festival, Trouville, FR
August 12 Boomtown Festival, Winchester

Fans also now have the opportunity to own some of Gavin Jay’s original art, which is on sale now from his website.

Check out the video for ‘Aldecide’.

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East Midlands grebo legends CRAZYHEAD are to reform!

The ‘What Gives You The Idea That You’re So Amazing Baby’ hitmakers will return to the stage at the fourth Indie Daze alldayer at the O2 Forum in London on Saturday 7 October, alongside THE HOUSE OF LOVE, VOICE OF THE BEEHIVE,  Miles Hunt and Erica Nockalls of THE WONDERSTUFF, THOUSAND YARD STARE, SALAD, BIS and APOLLO 440.

The event will see four of the eight acts playing London for the first time in more than a decade.

Tickets priced £32.50 are on sale now here.

Darlings of the late ’80s grebo scene, Crazyhead released two highly sought-after singles before signing to Parlophone, and enjoying worldwide success. The Leicester band nearly reformed a few years ago, but in the end frontman Anderson, bassist Porkbeast and drummer Vom settled for a partial reunion in the widely acclaimed SWAMP DELTA alongside GAYE BYKERS ON ACID bassist Robber.


In an exclusive chat with Vive Le Rock, Porkbeast explained why now….

All the stars were in place. Gaye Bykers On Acid reformed and played the Indie Daze festival last year and I was backstage. There I met the lovely Grant Holby of Mute Elephant who promoted the event. The offer was made for a spot on next year’s event so it just all fell into place. I put it to everyone else and we were all up for it except original guitarist Fast Dick. However, we got a yes from Pete Creed who replaced Dick when he left in the early 1990s. So it all made sense.

Why didn’t it happen last time?

The Rock Gods of Spinal Tap decreed “too much perspective” and it fell through. Just could not make it work. It was this and the lack of a GBOA reform that gave myself and Robber the impetus to form Swamp Delta.

Had you all remained in touch?

Me and Dick were out of the loop until 2014 . Dick still is. I was reconnected with everyone when Vom looked me up on the electoral role to find me!

Are you going to be doing any other gigs?

We have plans. We want to get playing together again first. The future will look after itself.

What have you got to prove?

That we can still rock like bastards.

Crazyhead’s reissued second album Some Kind Of Fever and a DVD of their Reading ’89 set are available here.

Check out Crazyhead playing ‘That Kind Of Love’ at London’s Town & Country (now the Forum) in ’89.

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LOUD WOMEN, the London-based club night/movement dedicated to supporting loud live music by women, have announced the release of their first compilation album.

Founded by Cassie Fox of THE WIMMINS’ INSTITUTE and THEE FACTION, over the past they’ve staged several gigs, held their first one-day festival and launched a regular eZine.


͞Says Cassie, “It’s 2017 and women are still struggling to get their voices heard in all arenas. LOUD WOMEN is about putting women centre-stage and turning up the volume. There are hordes of massively talented female artists out there, hopefully this CD can bring a few of them to a wider audience

Due for release on 18 March, LOUD WOMEN – Volume One is available to pre-order now here. All profits from the sale of the CD got to domestic violence charity Women’s Aid.

They’ll be having a special launch party with 13 of the acts on the album at The Sound Lounge, Tooting on 18 March from 2.30pm.

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Ace Watford street punks KNOCK OFF have a new video which they’re launching exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘Tooled Up For The Job’ is taken from the trio’s second album This Is Who We Are, This Is What We Do which came out last year. It’s now been reissued on vinyl though German label Randale Records. It’s also still available on CD from the band’s website.

The band have a busy gigging schedule up until June, when they’ll record their third album, before heading off for dates in Germany, returning for a slot at Rebellion in August.

Catch them on the road at….

18 Mar – Boars Head – Kidderminster
24 Mar – Hat Factory – Luton
1 Apr – Old Star – Uttoxeter (w/Spunk Volcano & The Eruptions)
8 Apr – Rock City – Nottingham (w/Dirt Box Disco & Loaded 44)
20 Apr -The Fleece – Bristol
21 Apr – 100 Club – London
22 Apr – The Hairy Dog – Derby
28 Apr – The Black Bull – Gateshead
6 May – The Bear – Northampton
27 May – Holditch Club – Newcastle under Lyme
28 May – The King Billy – Northampton
30 June – Chinnerys – Southend (w/The Parkinsons)

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Texan prog-punks AT THE DRIVE IN have unveiled a track from their forthcoming new album, their first in 17 years!

‘Incurably Innocent’ – which vocalist Cedric Bixler-Zavala describes as “a song about sexual abuse and being able to finally speak out” – is taken from in • ter a • li • a which is scheduled for release on 5 May through Rise Records.

Formed in 1993, the El Paso quintet made a huge impact at the turn of the century with Relationship Of Command through the BEASTIE BOYS Grand Royal label. Splintering soon afterwards, Bixler-Zavala and guitarist Omar Rodriguez-Lopez went on to significant success with THE MARS VOLTA. Reuniting briefly in 2012 they reconvened early last year with the promise of new music.

Produced at Hollywood’s Sound Factory studio by Rodriguez-Lopez and Rich Costey, the 11-track in • ter a • li • a is said to pick up where Relationship Of Command left off.

The release of the album will be accompanied by a mammoth US tour, followed by European festival dates including Reading and Leeds over August Bank Holiday weekend.

in • ter a • li • a is available to pre-order here.


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Medway garage trio THE MASONICS return next month with a brand new album and a special London show.

Obermann Rides Again is the ninth album from this supergroup, who feature drummer Bruce Brand (POP RIVETS, MILKSHAKES, LEN BRIGHT COMBO) and guitarist/vocalist Mickey Hampshire (MILKSHAKES) alongside bassist John Gibbs of Edinburgh garage stalwarts THE KAISERS.

Recorded at the all-analogue Ranscombe Studios in Rochester, the 14-track album is set r release on 24 March through Dirty Water Records. Available as a limited edition of 500 vinyl copies, it’s also available as a download from their Bandcamp page.

Check out the video for ‘Won’t See Me Again’.

The Masonics participate in a Medway Weekender at London’s 100 Club over the weekend of 3-5 March, alongside GRAHAM DAY & THE FOREFATHERS, THE LEN PRICE 3, THE CLAIM, GALILEO 7, BOB COLLINS & THE FULL NELSON, THEATRE ROYAL, VIC TEMPLAR and more. Day and weekend tickets are available here.

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Spring is in the air and Vive Le Rock is entering into the spirit of the Pistols’ legendary Anarchy Tour by putting four of Europe’s finest and filthiest punk rock’n’roll bands on the road together!

Headed up by Nottingham’s favourite rockin’ vicars THE HIP PRIESTS, Switzerland’s BITCH QUEENS, Swedish action punks SCUMBAG MILLIONAIRE and London’s rock’n’roll dystopians FLASH HOUSE.

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Kicking off at North London’s rock’n’roll Babylon, The Black Heart in Camden on 13 April, the tour moves on to The Prince Albert, Brighton (14 April), The Dolls House, Abertillery (15 April) and The Chameleon, Nottingham (16 April).

Entry to each show is a measly Lady Godiva! Can you afford to miss it???

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York rockers SEGRËGATES are launching their new video exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

And there are no prizes for guessing who their biggest musical inspiration is! They’ve even named their debut album after late MOTORHEAD axeman Würzel, and have shared a stage with his former cohort Phil Campbell. Moreover, the album also features a cover of ‘Riding With The Driver’.

Burstön by Segrëgates is out now on CD through Cleopatra Records and digitally from iTunes.


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