LEE ROCKER VIDEO PREMIERE!

STRAY CATS legend LEE ROCKER has a brand new video out and he’s premiering it exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

The video, made by Callicore Productions features Lee and band’s medley of Elvis’s Sun Sessions classics ‘That’s Alright Mama’ and ‘Blue Moon’.

Look out for an appearance by the Vive Le Rock hotel!!!

Check out the current edition of Vive Le Rock magazine for our 10-page Stray Cats extravaganza!

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THEATRE OF HATE LIVE ALBUMS REISSUED!

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THEATRE OF HATE have their classic  He Who Dares Wins live albums reissued as a deluxe box set next month.

Formed in 1980 by Kirk Brandon, after a handful of singles, Theatre Of Hate took the unusual step of making their debut full-length, He Who Dares Wins, a live album, recorded at Leeds Warehouse in January ’81. Released on their own Burning Rome label, it quickly rose to the top of the Indie Chart.

A second volume, recorded live in Berlin, was released the following year.

Alongside the two original albums, the new 5-CD box set includes two further volumes, recorded at reunion shows at Manchester Academy in 2007 and Bristol Fleece in 2012. A fifth disc adds a previously unreleased show from Brussels Anciennes Belgique in May 1982.

The set is completed with a fully illustrated booklet, with new sleevenotes by Pat Gilbert, featuring interviews with band members.

He Who Dares Wins: Deluxe Edition is set for release through Cherry Red on 26 July. It’s available to pre-order here.

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Theatre Of Hate released Kinshi, their first new album in 34 years, last autumn. They play the Westworld Weekend at the Box, Crewe on 11-12 May 2018.

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WIN A MALCOLM MCLAREN FILM BOX SET!!!

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Phil Stongman’s excellent doc Anarchy! The McLaren Westwood Gang was one of the highlights of last year’s Punk At The BFI season.

It’s now available as a deluxe limited edition box set, and thanks to Cadiz Music, we’ve got three copies to give away!

The film includes candid interviews with Malcolm McLaren conducted in Paris and London, previously unseen footage about his childhood, his 1960’s activism, meeting with Vivienne Westwood, their Kings Road shops. It focuses on his key role in the Punk ‘anti-fashion’ and the Sex Pistols and many others, and includes contributions from The Clash, 101ers, Bow Wow Wow, Adam Ant, Boy George, Don Letts, Tony Wilson, Tracey Emin, Stuart Christie, Nick Egan and Westwood herself.

The box set comprises a 2-DVD set featuring the film and a disc of extras including the last ever filmed interview with Malcolm McLaren; a 12-page book with an essay by Barry Cain who interviewed Malcolm many times; a 7″ vinyl single featuring a side of Malcolm talking, with music from the film on the other; a postcard signed by film Phil Strongman; a poster and an Anarchy! badge.

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To be in with a chance of winning one of three copies of this luxurious box set, just drop an email to info@vivelerock.net with ‘Anarchy Film!’ in the subject box, with the answer to the following question:

What legendary US band did Malcolm McLaren manage in 1975?

…and we’ll pick three winners at random.

Good luck! But if you don’t win, the box set is available now, along with other fantastic stuff, from our own Vive Le Shop!

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NEW DROPKICKS VIDEO!

Celtic-punk lifesavers DROPKICK MURPHYS have unveiled another video from their latest hit album 11 Short Stories Of Pain And Glory.

‘Until The Next Time’ is a remix of the closing track from the album – the Bostonions’ ninth – which was released back in January.

According to drummer Matt Kelly, ‘Until The Next Time’, which has had a new mix by production legend Tony Hoffer, is, “a song about having to put the good times on hold temporarily. We were glad to come, so sad to go, so while we’re here we’ll have us a real good time! See you out on the ice!”

Having spent much of the year so far on the road in the UK, Europe and the USA, the band have announced further UK shows including an appearance at Glastonbury Festival. Full dates are….

25 June – Other Stage, Glastonbury
26 June – Rock City, Nottingham
27 June – Alhambra, Dunfermline
28 June – O2 Academy, Liverpool
29 June – O2 Academy, Bournemouth

You can read a full interview with Dropkick Murphys in the current edition of Vive Le Rock‘s sister magazine Down For Life.

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AMPLIFIER TRIPPIN’ THE KOSMOS!

Manchester alt.rockers AMPLIFIER pave the way for their latest album with a new video.

‘Kosmos’ is the first song to be unveiled from the 10-track  Trippin’ With Dr Faustus, the band’s sixth album, following on from from 2014’s Mystoria.

The title of the new album reflects the band’s frustration with major label power struggles over the years, resulting in frontman Sel Balamir founding a new label, Rockosmos, for this release, as well as signing Sheffield space rock titans AWOOGA and London art rockers THUMPERMONKEY.

“It always ends up with the little guys getting lost down the cracks,” he says. “That’s why we decided to bail while we could – for better or worse.”

Trippin’ With Dr Faustus was produced by Balamir at the band’s Manchester studio between 2014 and 2016, mixed by Iago Lorenzo in Vigo, Spain and mastered by Robin Schmidt in Karlsruhe, Germany. Once again, the sleeve art was designed by Balamir himself.

Set for release on 30 June on gatefold double transparent vinyl, mediabook CD and download, it’s available to pre-order here.

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NEW FALL ALBUM EMERGES!

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Mark E Smith and his Manchester iconocalsts THE FALL return with a brand new album next month.

The latest in a catalogue of more than 30 studio releases across 41 years, New Facts Emerge follows on from the success of Sub Lingua Tablet in 2015.

The 11-track album recorded at various locations by the latest Fall line-up of Smith,  Peter Greenway (guitar, synth, backing vocals); Dave Spurr (bass, Mellotron, backing vocals) and Kieron Melling (drums). It was produced by Melling and Smith, and mastered by longtime Fall engineer Andy Pearce.

Packaged in a sleeve by legendary designer and former LOOP drummer Becky Stewart, New Facts Emerge comes in double-vinyl 10″ and CD formats.

Set for release on 28 July through Cherry Red, it’s available to pre-order here.

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PUNKS LINE UP FOR MENTAL HEALTH!

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STIFF LITTLE FINGERS head a line-up of punk bands contributing to a new compilation album raising money for people with mental health problems.

Proceeds from the 16-track Top Of The Punks Volume 1 album will go to mental health charity Mind.

Other acts contributing tracks to the project include ANGELIC UPSTARTS, THE DEFECTS, THE FILAMENTS, KNOCK OFF, SUBCULTURE, RT-ZED, 5 GO MAD, APPLE SHIFT SEVEN, WRECK-AGE, WAKE THE CITY, BORN TO DESTRUCT, JOHNNY & THE MENTAL BREAKDOWNS, HAZARD, UK VOMIT and SPRING PARK.

Put together by Simon Turner, a longtime sufferer of depression, the project hopes to raise £5,000 for Mind. He says, “Mental health issues are all around us. I don’t know a single person who hasn’t been touched by its effects. This is my modest way of supporting an amazing charity that helps those who need it.”

The specially designed album artwork emulates the the classic Top Of The Pops compilation series of the 70s.

Set for release on 17 June, the album will receive a special live launch at The Bear, Northampton that night. Confirmed acts appearing are Subculture, 5 Go Mad, Jonny & The Mental Breakdowns, Apple Shift Seven, Wreck-Age, Wake The City, Born To Destruct, Spring Park and UK Vomit. Admission is £5 on the night.

The album is available as a CD limited to 400 copies and download. It’s available to pre-order here.

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MUERTOS PREMIERE NEW TRACK!

Hot young psych-rockers MUERTOS have a new single out next month, and they’ve given Vive Le Rock and exclusive preview!

Following on from the London trio’s debut EP last year, ‘Spin’ is set for release through Roadkill Records on Friday 9 June. The day after, they play a special launch party at The Lock Tavern, Camden Town, London with THE SLY PERSUADERS, ELEPHANT and PULASKI.

Featuring the boy/girl guitar and vocals partnership of DeAnna Avis from Tequila and Marc Crane from Basildon, Muertos are completed by drummer Tom Lewis, citing influences such as THE JESUS AND MARY CHAIN, BLACK ANGELS and THE KILLS.

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ARCHIE AND THE BUNKERS VIDEO PREMIERE!

Brotherly garage outfit ARCHIE & THE BUNKERS return with a brand new video, which they’re launching exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘You’re My Pacemaker’ is the first track to be revealed from the duo’s as yet untitled second album, due for release in the Autumn. They’re releasing it now as an appetite-whetter for a five week Euro tour kicking off next week in Rouen, France.

The hi-fi organ punk partnership of teenage brothers Cullen and Emmett O’Connor have been causing a ruckus since they came storming out of Cleveland, Ohio in 2013. They released their debut album through Dirty Water Records to much fuss in 2015.

They’re missing out on the UK this time around, but mainland Europeans can catch them at….

08/06/17 – FR – Rouen – Le 106
09/06/17 – FR – Bordeaux – Relâche Festival
10/06/17 – FR – Nîmes – This Is Not A Love Song Festival
12/06/17 – PORTUGAL – Porto – Cave 45
13/06/17 – SPAIN – Sevilla – Sala X
14/06/17 – PORTUGAL – Lisbon – Club Sabotage
15/06/17 – SPAIN – Madrid – Wurlitzer Ballroom
16/06/17 – SPAIN – Alicante – Stereo
17/06/17 – SPAIN – Zaragoza – Slap Festival
20/06/17 – FR – Rennes – Le Bar de la Cité
21/06/17 – FR – Nantes – Chien Stupide
22/06/17 – FR – Paris – Mécanique Ondulatoire
23/06/17 – FR – Redange – Cry Baby Car Show
24/06/17 – NL – Groningen – Vera
25/06/17 – NL – Utrecht – DB’s
27/06/17 – GERMANY – Hamburg – Hafenklang
28/06/17 – GERMANY – Munster – Gleiss 22
29/06/17 – CH – TBA
30/06/17 – ITALY – Salsomaggiore – Beat Festival
01/07/17 – ITALY – Ravenna – Hana Bi
02/07/17 – ITALY – Perrugia – T. Trane
05/07/17 – ITALY – Torino – Blah Blah Club
06/07/17 – FR – Belfort – Eurockéennes Festival
07/07/17 – TBA
08/07/17 – NL – Helmond – Cocoa

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WIN SHRIEKBACK TICKETS!!!

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Pioneering post-punk supergroup SHRIEKBACK return with their first live show in 25 years! And Vive Le Rock has 10 PAIRS OF TICKETS TO GIVE AWAY!!!

Formed in 1981 by former XTC keyboard player Barry Andrews and ex-GANG OF FOUR bassist Dave Allen, Shriekback recruited guitarist Carl Marsh and drummer Martyn Barker, embarking on the exploration of the outer reaches of punk-infused dance music with infectious singles like ‘Lined Up’, ‘My Spine (Is The Bassline)’ and ‘Nemesis’ and the indie-dance crossover classic Oil & Gold album.

For their show at London’s Shepherds Bush Empire on Saturday 3 June, Andrews, Marsh and Barker will be joined by PiL bassist Scott Firth, plus sometime live collaborators Steve Halliwell, Mike Cozzie and Wendy and Sarah Partridge.

To win a pair of tickets to the show, all you have to do is email info@vivelerock.net with ‘SHRIEKBACK’ in the subject box, telling us the title of the band’s 1983 debut full-length album, and we’ll pick ten winners at random!

Good luck!!!

Check out the video for ‘Nemesis’.

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LEFT LANE CRUISER TRACK PREMIERE!

Fort Wayne’s finest, LEFT LANE CRUISER return with a brand new album next week and they’re premiering a track exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

In fact, ‘Liquor Store’ is so exclusive, you’ll only find it on the CD version of Claw Machine Wizard and not on the vinyl or digital versions.

After sporting a three-piece line-up on 2015’s Dirty Spliff Blues, band founder Freddy J Evans IV has returned Left Lane Cruiser to a duo format for Claw Machine Wizard, retaining the services of drummer Pete Dio. Having said that, sonically seaking, they’re still pushing forward….

“There’s still a lot of signature LLC gut-bucket blues on the new record,” Freddy explains, “but we’re constantly trying to expand the sound. I’ve always kept our foundation in blues and classic rock, but after a decade of making albums, eventually new flavors creep in. On the road we listen to a lot of James Brown, Funkadelic, Parliament, Charles Bradley and other soulful artists. Also been jammin’ MF Doom’s Special Herbs, which are his instrumental tracks. Those kinds of sounds had a big influence on this record. I think in general this record is a huge departure from the previous LLC albums. We kinda refer to it as our soul record. There’s a lot of different flavors on this one.”

Speaking of influences, the artwork for Claw Machine Wizard takes its lead from the iconic sleeve designs of the MC5’s Back In The USA and DR FEELGOOD’s Down By The Jetty.

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Talking about ‘Liquor Store’, Freddy says, “This a tune about partying on the road and how much trouble it brings us with our ladies back home. My wife is my goddess, my queen, my moon and stars, but she keeps a tight leash on me when it comes to partying. And when you play rock’n’roll, partying is your business, and business is good.”

Set for release on 19 May through Alive Naturalsound, Claw Machine Wizard is available to pre-order here.

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NEW DEAL FOR THE DAMNED!

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It’s been announced that THE DAMNED have signed a new record deal with Search And Destroy records, in a joint venture with Spinefarm.

The new deal will see the punk legends release their first new album in nearly a decade. Due to be recorded this summer, it’ll be the belated follow-up to 2008’s Who’s Paranoid?

The news comes as the band resume their hugely successful 40th anniversary trek through the USA and Canada, briefly curtailed after Captain Sensible fell offstage in Toronto, breaking a rib. Forced to postpone 3 shows, they resumed the tour at the legendary Stone Pony club in Asbury Park, New Jersey with a the Captain seated on a toilet throne throughout.

The following day he said, “As movement is a bit awkward currently, I played last night seated, but it all went swimmingly and this epic 40th Anniversary tour is now firmly back on the road. We’ve played some great venues on the trip… and Asbury Park’s Stone Pony is up there with the best of ’em. But I have to say I wish I’d waited till here before backflipping off the stage, as this one was only 3 feet high. D’oh!”

The tour, with THE BELLRAYS in support, continues ’til the end of May, before the band return to Europe for a string of festival dates at….

1 June    Primavera Sound, Barcelona, Spain tickets
3 June   Camden Rocks, London, UK tickets
16 June  Hellfest, Clisson, France tickets
1 July     British Summer Time, London, UK tickets
7 July    Exit Festival, Novi Sad, Serbia tickets

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TABLE SCRAPS ENTER A NEW DIMENSION!

Birmingham’s tasty young garage rockers TABLE SCRAPS have unveiled a video for their new single ‘My Obsession’.

Drawing on their collective love of trash horror and B-movies, and with their combined expertise in design and video, the band bought a load of 3D glasses, creating a 3D sleeve design and a 3D video to go with them.

‘My Obsession’ is a joint release coupled with fellow Brummie rockers BLACK MEKON’s ‘Kung Future’ on that band’s 45 Consortium singles club.

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Originally formed as a duo of next-door-neighbours guitarist Scott Vincent Abbott and drummer Poppy Twist, they expanded last summer with the addition of TJ on bass. Having shared stages with the likes of FAT WHITE FAMILY, BUZZCOCKS, THE STRANGLERS and KID CONGO POWERS, Table Scraps’ sound is described as “towers of venomous fuzz battling reverb-drenched vocals and a broken theremin”.

The band have a load of dates lined up. Catch them at….

4th May – Sound, Liverpool
29th May – Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham
10th June – Shacklewell Arms, Dalston, London
17th June – Stags Head, Hoxton, London
7th July – Lock Tavern, Camden, London
8th July – Bristol Psych Fest
9th July – Green Store Door, Brighton
5th August – Roadkill Records Weekender, London
11th August – The Finsbury, Manor House, London
16th September – Beyond The Tracks Festival, Birmingham

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PHOTO FINNISH!

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In celebration of this month’s cover stars HANOI ROCKS, we’ve hooked up with photographer Per-Åke Wärn to present a gallery of Hanoi spin-off bands over the years.

The shots begin with CHERRY BOMBZ, the band formed by Andy McCoy and Nasty Suicide with singer Anita Chellamah immediately after Hanoi’s original ’85 split. You can catch Anita and her band playing a rare London show at The Hope & Anchor on Friday 28 April.

DEMOLITION 23 represented a partial regrouping of members in New York in ’93, with Michael Monroe joined by Nasty and Sam Yaffa.

Lastly, we have a series of shots of Michael’s solo band from 2010 (with Ginger Wildheart) and 2014.

You can read a full and uncompromising feature on Hanoi Rocks in the latest edition of Vive Le Rock magazine out now!

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GOOD FRIDAY JUST GOT BEAT-ER!

L.A. powerpop lords PAUL COLLINS’ BEAT have two of their classic 80s EPs reissued this month, and they’re sharing a track with Vive Le Rock!

‘Always Got You On My Mind’ is taken from Long Time Gone / To Beat Or Not To Beat which is issued through Lolipop Records on 28 April.

Formed in 1979 by Paul Collins, former drummer of THE NERVES – of ‘Hanging On The Telephone’ fame – The Beat became Paul Collins’ Beat in the mid-80s, following a dispute that caused Dave Wakeling’s mob to be renamed The English Beat in the US. To show there were no hard feelings, both bands toured together in 2012.

To Beat Or Not To Beat, featuring current TELEVISION guitarist Jimmy Ripp and PATTI SMITH drummer Jay Dee Daugherty was originally released in 1983, followed two years later by Long Time Gone, produced in the UK by former MOTORHEAD and WARSAW PAKT drummer Lucas Fox.

Speaking of ‘Always Got You On My Mind’, Collins says, “Steve Huff and I were living full time in New York – up all night, sleep all day, that was our M.O. Hanging out all the cool clubs like Danceteria and Mud Club. We had been touring all over the area with Jay Dee Daugherty and Jimmy Ripp. We decided it might be a good idea to take it out of state and go back west. Jimmy couldn’t make it so we met up with guitar slinger Werner Fritzsching. He had done time with Hall & Oates and that was good enough for us! After one long tour out west we got back to NY and we really wanted to have one more cut to round out the EP To Beat or Not To Beat as it was being released in Europe, so we went back into the studio. This time we went to the Power Station to get that big time rock sound we wanted so badly. Back then everything had to have that big radio friendly sound. We came pretty close and you can hear the slick production sound on this recording, thankfully the song holds up and it still sounds good today. My favourite part is where Werner starts rocking out at the end, I always loved his guitar part on this song!”

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Paul hits Europe on tour from May, including a UK show at a special Dirty Water Club night at The Finsbury, London on Saturday 13 May. Support comes from LUCY & THE RATS and SEE NO EVILS. Tickets priced £8.50 are available here. Full dates are….

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5/6 Clermont-Ferrand @ Bombshell
5/7 Marseliie @ Le Jam
5/8 Toulouse @ Dispensary
5/10 Rouen @ 3 Pieces
5/11 Vannes @ Le Jam Session
5/12 Paris@ La Mécanique Ondulatoire

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5/13 London @ The Finsbury

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5/16 Kortrijk @ Den Trap

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5/17 Rotterdam @ V11
5/18 Haarlem @ Patronaat

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5/19 Düsseldorf @ The Tube
5/20 Berlin @ Cortina Bob
5/21 Hamburg @ Monkeys Music Club

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5/23 Malmo @ Folk & Rock
5/24 Gothenburg @ Liseberg Amusement Park Power Pop Festival w/ Psychotic Youth/Kurt Baker Combo
5/25 Eskilstuna @ Ölkultur
5/26 Karlskoga @ Rock Bar
5/27 Stockholm @ Pet Sounds record shop show!

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5/30 Madrid @ Fun House
5/31 Burgos @ El Matarile
6/2 Zarragoza @ Teatro Arbolé
6/8 Barcelona @ A Wamba Buluba
6/22 Alicante @ Hostal Galicia

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6/29 Lisbon @ Popular Alvalade

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BEVIS FROND LONDON MINI-FEST!

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Massively influential psych-rockers THE BEVIS FROND celebrate 30 years with an all-day event in East London next month.

This Corner Of England is taking place at London Fields Brewhouse, Hackney from 4pm ’til 11pm on Sunday 28 May and features sets from THE GROUNDHOGS (RHYTHM SECTION), WRECKLESS ERIC, THE JAZZ BUTCHER and SWELL MAPS founder JOWE HEAD AND HIS INFERNAL CONTRAPTION with more to be confirmed.

Tickets priced £20 are available here.

Founded by, and for a long time identified solely with, guitarist, singer and songwriter Nick Saloman, while gigs have been notably rare, the band have earned a solid fanbase and influenced the likes of TEENAGE FANCLUB, DINOSAUR JR and EVAN DANDO. With a line-up completed by former HAWKWIND bassist Adrian Shaw, guitarist Paul Simmons (also of THE CRAVATS) and drummer Dave Pearce, the Frond have been particularly active of late with three new albums in quick succession and a comprehensive reissue programme through Fire Records.

 

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BOOZE AND GLORY VIDEO PREMIERE!

BOOZE & GLORY have a new video, which they’re launching exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

The band say….

“Here is our new video for “Simple” – a song from our latest album (Chapter IV) released on Burning Heart Records last month. It was shot over 2 days in North London in an abandoned warehouse. It’s the first time we have worked with director Jean Christian Larche and his crew. We feel he has really captured the essence and emotion of this very personal song. This is a side of Booze & Glory you have never known before and it’s the first of a series of videos we are planning to release to accompany Chapter IV.”
Director/Editor – Jean-Christian Larche
D.O.P – Noel Darcy
Gaffer – Theresa Winkelmann
1st AD / Camera Operator – Mat Kokvik
Camera Ops / Production Assistants – Emil Ali, Tosan Ben-Edigbe, Neil Sweetman
Online Editor – Julie Syversen Larche
Produced by CRUSTIC Productions

The band have a handful of UK dates lined up in April at….

20 April – The Fleece, Bristol
21 April – The 100 Club, London
22 April – The Hairy Dog, Derby
23 April – The Anvil, Bournemouth

…. following which they head off the the USA and Mexico for a mammoth tour, including an appearance at Punk Rock Bowling in Las Vegas.

They’ll be back in the UK at the end of July to play The Flag, Watford (25 July) and Rebellion, Blackpool (6 August).

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ME FIRST P.R.B. EXCLUSIVE!

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In celebration of their new greatest hits album and their appearance at Punk Rock Bowling, Me First & The Gimme Gimes’ frontman Spike Slawson has spoken exclusively to Vive Le Rock!

Now in its 19th year, Punk Rock Bowling returns to Las Vegas with an all-star punk-rock bill.

Taking place from 27 to 29 May the downtown outdoor festival features sets from IGGY POP, BAD RELIGION, COCK SPARRER, ME FIRST & THE GIMME GIMMES, PENNYWISE, FIDLAR, DISCHARGE, THE ADICTS, BOUNCING SOULS, OFF!, THE INTERRUPTERS, THE DICKIES, BOOZE & GLORY and more….

Kicking off on 26 May, there are also individual late night club shows from TELEVISION, THE SONICS, GIUDA, RIVERBOAT GAMBLERS, SCREAM, THE VANDALS, MUNICIPAL WASTE and loads more….

Full details and tickets are available here.

Me First this week release a career-spanning retrospective Rake It In: The Greatest Hits, compiling all their favourite songs on one record. Set for release on Friday 7 April, if you pre-order the digital album from iTunes or Bandcamp, you’ll immediately get an instant download of ‘City Of New Orleans’. It will also be available from the Fat Wreck webstore. Read our Q&A with Spike below….

 

So how was your recent U.K tour? What do you like most about coming to the U.K?

I enjoy watching the final stages of the UK’s transformation from far-reaching, iron-fisted empire to a cultural and economic backwater. I’d like to think that American reality TV culture had something to do with it. You’re welcome.

Playing Punk Rock Bowling must be a lot different to the usual theatre and club shows. What have you got planned for PRB?

Steady as she goes. When you’ve got a winning formula (hit songs, great outfits, scintillating onstage banter, matching guitars…), you stay the course. Our plans for after the set is to watch the master (Iggy) at work. I am also planning to don a quinceañera dress and a cowboy hat, and recite my poetry through a bullhorn on Fremont St. You might want to miss that.

You have covered quite a few big stars who have played Vegas. Any special songs coming up in the set?

Every song that we lovingly render is special in its own unique way. Everytime we play one it’s like we’re hearing it for the first time, whether we’re in Vegas, or Reno.

Are Me First gambling kind of guys?

Everytime we mount a stage, we gamble with the prospect that we’ll be laughed out of town. So far, the only place that’s happened was in Pittsburgh.

This will be our first time in Las Vegas. What would you recommend we check out? 

The Liberace Museum. East Fremont St is still kinda seedy. Thrift stores (people lose all their money, and sell everything they own).

What 3 essential things will you be taking to Punk Rock Bowling and Las Vegas? 

Energy, passion, and intensity (maybe a humidifier).

Here’s Me First performing at PRB in 2015.

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