Much-missed indie rockers SUMMERHILL return for a 30th Anniversary Tour next month.

The dates, which will culminate in a show at London’s Borderline, will also coincide with an expanded reissue of the band’s hard-to-find debut album Lowdown.

Rising from the ashes of Stiff Records-signed Glasgow roots-rockers THE SNAKES OF SHAKE, and fronted by that band’s songwriter Seori Burnett, Summerhill brought together guitarist Neil Scott, who’d served time with FELT and INDIANS IN MOSCOW, and drummer Iain Shedden from THE SAINTS and legendary Wishaw new wavers THE JOLT. The classic line-up was completed by bassist Keith Gilles, who currently also plays with the reformed UK82 punks OMEGA TRIBE.

Falling in with the mid-80s Cowpunks and Paisley Underground scenes, combining country twang with psychedelic exploration, Summerhill were the go-to support band for numerous visiting US acts, including GREEN ON RED and THE BEAT FARMERS. They released their debut 8-track mini-LP through Demon in 1988 before signing to Polydor for the full-length West Of Here in 1990.

Speaking of the band reunion, Burnett says, “I was always inclined to say ‘never’. Why revisit the past? We should always face forward, look to the future. But here we are…Summerhill about to tour on the back of a re-release of our debut album. I’ve come to realise that our past is as important and just as much a part of us as our future. For one particular year – 1988 – we experienced such emotional intensity chasing our dreams. Now we’re all ready to drink from that well of energy again, recapture a moment, take care of unfinished business and maybe something new and just as exciting will emerge.”


The new reissue of Lowdown, out through Neon Tetra on 15 September, also features the band’s 4-track debut EP I Want You, plus a second disc of previously unreleased material.

Full tour dates are….

16 Sept – The Hug and Pint, Glasgow (w/ Nutmeg City Group) tickets
17 Sept – The Griffin, Glasgow (w/ The Snakes Of Shake)
18 Sept – The Stackhouse Bar, Hornsea, East Yorks
19 Sept – The Harbour Rooms, Blakeney, Norfolk
20 Sept – What’s Cookin’, Ex-Serviceman’s Club, Leytonstone (w/ The Lucky Strikes & Rich Webb Band)
22 Sept – The Borderline, London (w/ Michele Stodart & Band Of Hope) tickets

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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.


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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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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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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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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.


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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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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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.


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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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.


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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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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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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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.

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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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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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