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Rejuvenated psych-punks THE BRAINIAC 5 return next month with a new album, just months after the last one.

We’re Ready! follows on from the acclaimed Journey To X, which was released in January. It’s the last album to feature original bassist John ‘Woody’ Wood, who’s since been replaced by Wayne Worrell.

First coming together in the mid-70s on the Cornish free festival circuit, The Brainiac 5 relocated to London where they joined the post-punk psych scene alongside bands like THE SOFT BOYS, THE BARRACUDAS and INNER CITY UNIT, recording their debut album with HAWKWIND’s Martin Griffin and counting the likes of Alex Chilton and John Peel among their fans. They reformed in 2012.

The band’s fourth album, We’re Ready! is set for release through Reckless Records on 29 September, preceded by a special launch show at The Gunners, Blackstock Road, London on Saturday 2 September, where fans will have the opportunity to buy the album ahead of release.

They’ll be joined at the gig by THE GREEN RAY, who also issue a new album, Half Sentences, through Reckless on the 29th. Originally formed by Ken Whaley and Richard Treece from legendary freak-rockers HELP YOURSELF, this is their first new album since their deaths in 2013 and 2015 respectively.

Watch a trailer for the gig.

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Alt-goth guitarist and songwriter CHELSEA WOLFE has unveiled a new video as a taster for her forthcoming album.

’16 Psyche’ is taken from Wolfe’s sixth album Hiss Spun, which follows on from 2015’s Abyss and will be released through Sargent House on 22 September. The album and video feature a guest appearance from guitarist Troy Van Leeuwen of QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE.

Hiss Spun was recorded in Salem, Massachusetts at the studio of CONVERGE guitarist Kurt Ballou, who produced the album. “I wanted to write some sort of escapist music; songs that were just about being in your body, and getting free,” Wolfe says. “You’re just bombarded with constant bad news, people getting fucked over and killed for shitty reasons or for no reason at all, and it seems like the world has been in tears for months, and then you remember it’s been fucked for a long time, it’s been fucked since the beginning. It’s overwhelming and I have to write about it.”

Hiss Spun is available to pre-order in various bundles here.


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BRUCE FOXTON & RUSSELL HASTINGS alias FROM THE JAM have announced the release a new live album.

The fittingly-titled From The Jam Live! mark 10 years since they began life as an essentially live entity, celebrating the classic back catalogue of the Woking legends. Since then they’ve toured relentlessly, both internationally and on their home turf, where they’ve clocked up nearly 200 headline shows.

Hastings “felt it [was] time to release a live album as it’s been 10 years since the live DVD A First Class Return was filmed at The Forum, Kentish Town. We’ve toured most countries now over the years but you can’t beat a sold out British crowd to play to!”

Foxton adds, “We often reflect on our most memorable shows and the new live album will encapsulate these, illustrating the very best of the band’s live performance, where the band and crowd were at one with each other, creating an exhilarating power packed set that still echoes around these venues to this day.”

Full tracklisting is….

1. In The City
2. This Is The Modern World
3. Down In Tube The Station At Midnight
4. The Butterfly Collector
5. Smithers Jones
6. That’s Entertainment
7. Start
8. Saturday’s Kids
9. David Watts
10. Going Underground
11. Town Called Malice
12. The Eton Rifles

Set for release on 1 December, From The Jam Live! is available to pre-order here.

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The band’s upcoming tour dates and ticket details can be found here.

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Rejuvenated Leicester rockers CRAZYHEAD have announced more dates around their performance at Indie Daze 4 in October.

With some members of the original band recording playing together for the past couple of years in SWAMP DELTA, the band were invited to reunite for this year’s Indie Daze all-dayer at The Forum, Kentish Town, London on Saturday 7 October.


Full Crazyhead dates are….

15 Sept – The Donkey, Leicester
16 Sept – Doghouse, Nottingham
29 Sept – NEM, Heanor
7 Oct – The Forum, London
2 Dec – Lending Room, Leeds

Crazyhead’s back catalogue is now available digitally through Bandcamp.

Check out the video for ‘Baby Turpentine’.

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THE REPLACEMENTS are to have their first ever official live album released in September.

For Sale: Live At Maxwell’s 1986, recorded at the legendary Hoboken NJ venue on 4 February of that year and previously available as a bootleg, will be released on double-CD and double-vinyl. The band’s only previous live album, The Shit Hits The Fans, was released on cassette.

Performed in the wake of the Minneapolis band’s major label debut, Tim, the show would be one of the last to feature the original quartet, prior to the sacking of guitarist Bob Stinson later that year.

While giving prominence to new material from Tim, including ‘Bastards Of Young’, ‘Left Of The Dial’ and ‘Kiss Me On The Bus’, the 29-song set features several ‘Mats classics – including an early rendition of ‘Can’t Hardly Wait’ later to appear on ’87’s Pleased To Meet Me – along with covers of The Beatles’ ‘Nowhere Man’, Vanity Fair’s ‘Hitchin’ A Ride’, Sweet’s ‘Fox On The Run’, T Rex’s ‘Baby Strange’ and ‘Black Diamond’ by Kiss.

Although the tapes of the gig were given a proper mix back in 2007, lingering in the Warners tape archive ever since, the album now gets an official release, accompanied by informative sleeve notes by Bob Mehr, author of the best-selling band biography Trouble Boys: The True Story Of The Replacements.

Full tracklising is….

Disc One
1. ‘Hayday’
2. ‘Color Me Impressed’
3. ‘Dose Of Thunder’
4. ‘Fox On The Run’
5. ‘Hold My Life’
6. ‘I Will Dare’
7. ‘Favorite Thing’
8. ‘Unsatisfied’
9. ‘Can’t Hardly Wait’
10. ‘Tommy Gets His Tonsils Out’
11. ‘Takin’ A Ride’
12. ‘Bastards Of Young’
13. ‘Kiss Me On The Bus’
14. ‘Black Diamond’

Disc Two
1. ‘Johnny’s Gonna Die’
2. ‘Otto’
3. ‘I’m In Trouble’
4. ‘Left Of The Dial’
5. ‘God Damn Job’
6. ‘Answering Machine’
7. ‘Waitress In The Sky’
8. ‘Take Me Down To The Hospital’
9. ‘Gary’s Got A Boner’
10. ‘If Only You Were Lonely’
11. ‘Baby Strange’
12. ‘Hitchin’ A Ride’
13. ‘Nowhere Man’
14. ‘Go’
15. ‘Fuck School’

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THE BEAT, starring original frontman Dave Wakeling, have lined up a rare tour of the UK and Ireland.

With Wakeling based in LA for some years, the band operates independently of Ranking Roger’s UK-based version of The Beat and seldom tours over here. The dates include a London show at the O2 Academy, Islington and a hometown show at the O2 Academy, Birmingham.

Wakeling is currently putting the finishing touches to a new album – tentatively titled Here We Go Love – his first album album the Beat name since 1982’s Special Beat Service.  Guests on the album include former SPECIALS guitarist Roddy ‘Radiation’ Byers and guitarist Luis Maldonado of San Francisco pop-rockers TRAIN.

Having scored 15 chart singles – including five Top 10s – The Beat Split in 1983, with Wakeling and Roger forming GENERAL PUBLIC with Horace Panter from The Specials and Mick Jones from The Clash. The band (minus Jones) went on to score a big US hit with the single ‘Tenderness’. Since then, Wakeling has commanded considerable success and played more than 1,000 gigs with The English Beat.

Full tour dates are….

26 Aug – Isle of Wight, The Balcony Bars
31 Aug – London, O2 Academy Islington
1 Sept – Holmfirth, Picturedome
2 Sept – Thornhill, Electric Fields
3 Sept – Newcastle, Wylam Brewery
5 Sept – Aberdeen, The Lemon Tree
6 Sept – Edinburgh, The Caves
7 Sept – Dublin, Whelan’s
8 Sept – Cork, Amps
9 Sept – Waterford, Shorrts
10 Sept – Pontypridd, Muni Arts Centre
13 Sept – Manchester, Academy 3
15 Sept – Birmingham, O2 Academy
16 Sept – Bournemouth, Mr Kyps

Tickets are available here.

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Following on from intensive touring of the USA and an appearance at last weekend’s British Summer Time festival with GREEN DAY, RANCID, etc, THE DAMNED have announced a major tour for the new year.

The Evil Spirits Tour will kick off on 26 January 2018 in Newcastle and wind up at The Forum in London on 17 February.

The band recently signed new album deal with Search And Destroy Records through Spinefarm/Universal.

Tickets go on sale at 10am on Friday 7 July here.

Full dates are…..

26 January Newcastle O2 Academy
27 January Dundee Caird Hall
28 January Glasgow O2 Academy
30 January Leeds O2 Academy Leeds
31 January Manchester Academy 1
1 February Birmingham O2 Academy
3 February Leicester O2 Academy
4 February Nottingham Rock City
6 February Folkestone Leas Cliff Hall
7 February Southend Cliffs Pavilion
9 February Cardiff Great Hall
10 February Bristol O2 Academy Bristol
11 February Bournemouth O2 Academy
13 February Southampton O2 Guildhall
14 February Bexhill De La Warr Pavilion
17 February London O2 Forum


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Electro-industrial titans FRONT LINE ASSEMBLY play a one-off London date this summer.

The date at the O2 Academy, Islington on 24 August is the only UK show on the band’s European Tour. Support comes from German duo DER REST Tickets are available here.

Formed in Vancouver in 1986 by former SKINNY PUPPY man Bill Leeb, FLA were initially influenced by early electronica, going on to introduce elements  of dance and industrial metal through a string of classic albums including Caustic Grip, Millennium and Hard Wired. The band’s most recent album Echogenetic was released in 2016, and was seen by many as a return to their ’90s form.

Rejoined by original member Rhys Fulber, FLA are currently working on new material.

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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.


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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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.


To be in with a chance of winning one of three copies of this luxurious box set, just drop an email to 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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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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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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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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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.


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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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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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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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 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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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.


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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