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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Street punks BOOZE & GLORY have confirmed the release of their new album for next month.

The formerly London-based and now intercontinental band are set to release Chapter IV on Friday 17 March. It follows on from 2014’s As Bold As Brass and is their first for their new label, the Sweden-based Burning Heart Records, also home to GIUDA and newly signed London mob BUSTER SHUFFLE.

The quartet have also confirmed more UK dates alongside previously announced shows at London’s 100 Club and Rebellion. Catch them at….

20 April BRISTOL – The Fleece
21 April LONDON – 100 Club
22 April DERBY – The Hairy Dog
23 April BOURNEMOUTH – The Anvil
25 June WATFORD – The Flag

Booze & Glory have also been confirmed to appear at this year’s Punk Rock Bowling in Las Vegas, NV from 26-29 May and Hellfest near Nantes, France from 16-18 June. They’re currently finalising details for a North American tour, which will be announced soon.

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Cornish gutter punks BASTARD have a new 6-track EP out and are launching a video for the lead track exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

The fragrantly-titled ‘Gusset Musk’ features on Tales Of Taboo, alongside live favourites ‘Woman In A Can’, ‘Night Of The Lepus’, ‘Poultry Strut’ and ‘Prevert’, as well as ‘Screamin’ Weevil Blues’, which recently featured on the acclaimed Cornwall Calling Volume Two compilation.

The video was produced by the good people of Purple Knif Video Production.

Citing influence from the likes of The Cramps, Ramones, Revillos, Monks, and the Count Five, the band were recently hailed as the ‘surprise package’ at Cornwall’s New Rose festival and opened for Buzzcocks on their 40th Anniversary Tour.
Tales of Taboo is available on CD from the band’s website and digitally from iTunes.
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Fans disappointed by the cancellation of RADIO STARS’ final 100 Club show, can seek solace in the knowledge that the Class of ’77 pop-punks are to have their career celebrated in a major new box set.

Formed by ex-JOHN’S CHILDREN frontman Andy Ellison and SPARKS bassist Martin Gordon after the demise of their glam band JET,  Radio Stars signed to Chiswick Records for two albums and a string of singles like ‘Dirty Pictures’, ‘Nervous Wreck’ and ‘No Russians In Russia’  that have deservedly gone on to become classics.

The 4-CD Thinking Inside The Box brings together both Chiswick albums – Songs For Swinging Lovers and Holiday Album – plus a third disc containing non-LP singles, b-sides and studio out-takes. A fourth disc features three John Peel sessions and a Radio 1 In Concert recording, all previously unreleased.

Set for release on 31 March, Thinking Inside The Box is available to pre-order now through Cherry Red.

Check out ‘Nervous Wreck’ on Top Of The Pops.


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Aussie legends and Vive Le Rock faves ROSE TATTOO have announced the release of a historic live album.

The 14-track Live In Brunswick album was recorded at the Melbourne suburb’s legendary Bombay Bicycle Club on the fabled Never Too Loud tour in late ’82.

Following the release of the band’s first two albums in the UK, the Tatts had stolen the show at the 1981 Reading Festival. Returning home, they replaced guitarist Mick Cocks with Robin Riley, releasing third album Scarred For Life the following year. Tracks from this album feature heavily in the Brunswick set. Full tracklisting is….

1 Out Of This Place
2 Bad Boy For Love
3 Assault And Battery
4 Tramp
5 We Can’t Be Beaten
6 Butcher And Fast Eddy
7 Rock And Roll Is King
8 Texas
9 One Of The Boys
10 Branded
11 Revenge
12 Juice On The Loose
13 Rock And Roll Outlaw
14 Scarred For Life

Live In Brunswick is released on 3 February on CD through Golden Robot Records and digitally here. It will also be available on the band’s forthcoming Australian dates with GUNS N’ ROSES.

Rose Tattoo signed to Golden Robot last year and have promised new material.

Watch a TV broadcast of the band playing live at the Savoy Centre in Cork, Ireland. It says ’82 but according to bassist Geordie Leach, it’s actually late ’81, shortly after Riley had joined the band.

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New London ‘dirty sax punk’ band GUTTFULL launched their debut single and video on Friday, in celebration of the inauguration of the 45th President of the USA.

Describing themselves as “an expression of fury at injustice and oppression”, Guttfull feature the talents of guitarist Cassie Fox (Thee Faction, The Wimmins’ Isntitute), bassist Gemma Gompertz (Kenickers), sax-player Phil Thwaite (Thee Faction, Charlemagnes), drummer Magnus Alanko (Down Love, Those Unfortunates) and newcomer Momoe Tasker on vocals.

The band say, “The video is a message to Trump on his inauguration day, and represents GUTTFULL’s views, all our friends’ views, and probably most of London’s views (at least judging by the spontaneous authentic reactions of those who appear in the video), the London mayor, if not the country!”

‘Arsehole’ is available to download now through Bandcamp.

Catch Guttfull on the following dates…..

18 March, The Sound Lounge in Tooting
31 March, The Fighting Cocks in Kingston
29 April, The Rose Hill in Brighton


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Iconic US mover and shaker DANNY FIELDS is the subject of a new documentary to be screend in UK cinemas from next week.

Since the mid-60s, Fields has played a pivotal role in the shaping of rock’n’roll history as a behind-the-scenes connector, working first as a journalist hanging out at Warhol’s Factory then as publicist at Elektra Records, building the career of THE DOORS, before going on to manage THE STOOGES, MC5 and THE RAMONES.

Named after the Ramones song, Danny Says, by filmmaker Brendan Toller, tells Fields’ story through candid testimony from the likes of Iggy Pop, Alice Cooper. Tommy Ramone, Wayne Kramer, Lenny Kaye, Jac Holzman and, of course, Fields himself.

Watch the trailer….

Catch Danny Says at the following screenings….

Fri 27 Jan – Thurs 2 Feb    ICA, London
Fri 27 Jan – Thurs 2 Feb    Curzon DocHouse, London
Mon 6 Feb                            Picturehouse Central, London
Fri 17 Feb – Thurs 23 Feb  Broadway, Nottingham
Tues 21 Feb                          Regent Street Cinema, London (w/Gimme Danger)
Tues 21 Feb                          Genesis Cinema, London

Danny Says is set for release on DVD though Wienerworld from 27 March. It’s available to pre-order here.


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MEKONS founder JON LANGFORD journeys from his home base of Chicago to the UK next month for a flurry of live activity.

Langford reconvenes his Thatcher-baiting 80s trio THE THREE JOHNS for a live session with Marc Riley on BBC 6 Music on 2 February, before playing HOME, Manchester on 3 Feb at the opening of a new exhibition by fellow Three John, John Hyatt.

The band then play The Continental, Preston on 4 Feb, with EL HOMBRE TRAJEADO and THE GREAT LEAP FORWARD, followed by a show at The Bluecoat, Liverpool on 9 Feb.

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Langford then heads south for three dates with his Newport-based project, THE MEN OF GWENT. The band, who also feature members of GIVE ME MEMPHIS AND 80s janglers THE DARLING BUDS, have recorded and gigged sporadically over the past two decades, finally issuing their debut album The Legend Of LL in 2015 through Country Mile.

The Men Of Gwent play The Islington, Tolpuddle Street, London N1 on Friday 10 February. They’ll be joined by Socialist r’n’b collective THEE FACTION and former CHUMBAWAMBA member and current INTERROBANG frontman DUNSTAN BRUCE. Get tickets here.

They they then return to their homeland for a gig at Le Pub, Newport on Saturday 11 Feb, before winding up at Ynysddu Progressive Club, Caerphilly on Sunday 12 Feb.

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Essex r’n’b guitar legend WILKO JOHNSON has a new ‘best of’ compilation out next month.

I Keep It To Myself: the Best of Wilko Johnson is being released on 24 February on the iconic Chess label through Universal. The double-disc album comprises a comprehensive overview of Johnson’s career, including re-recordings of such DR FEELGOOD classics as ‘Roxette’, ‘She Does It Right’ and ‘Twenty Yards Behind’, bringing it right up to date(ish) with recordings from his 2014 collaboration with ROGER DALTREY.

The full tracklisting is….

Disc One
‘She Does It Right’
‘I Keep It To Myself’
‘Ice On The Motorway’
‘Back In The Night’
‘Turned 21’
‘Barbed Wire Blues’
‘Dr Dupree’
‘Sneaking Suspicion’
‘Living In The Heart Of Love’
‘Some Kind Of Hero’

Disc Two
‘Twenty Yards Behind’
‘Out In The Traffic’
‘Cairo Blues’
‘The Hook’
‘Keep On Loving You’
‘All Right’
‘When I’m Gone’
‘Come Back And Love Me’
‘She’s Good Like That’
‘The Beautiful Madrilena’
‘Underneath Orion’
‘Down By The Waterside’
‘I Really Love Your Rock’n’Roll’

I Keep It To Myself is available to pre-order here.


Check out ‘Sneaking Suspicion’ on YouTube.

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CHRIS POPE and THE CHORDS UK have just unveiled a video for their new single.

The elegantly Moddish ballad ‘Dreams Of Yesterday’ is taken from the band’s recent album Take On Life, and casts a reflective eye over London’s music history – not least Chris’s role as guitarist and songwriter in Mod revivalists THE CHORDS.

The single is available now from Chris’s website.


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