FIRST NAMES FOR STRUMMERCAMP!

A first list of acts has been announced for next year’s Strummercamp Festival, which for the first time is proudly sponsored by Vive Le Rock magazine!

Taking place over the Bank Holiday Weekend of 25-27 May at its new venue, Oldham Rugby Union Club, the festival will be playing host to THE URBAN VOODOO MACHINE, DESPERATE MEASURES, IL COMPLESSO, ROUGHNECK RIOT, MEDIA WHORES, MATILDA’S SCOUNDRELS, THE PAPASHANGOS, RUFF TRADE, STRAIGHTEN OUT, BLACK BALLED, THE CUT, VERBAL WARNING, WITCH FEVER, TIME FOR ACTION, TOXIC, FILF and loads more to be confirmed.

There’ll also be a stage from Manchester’s TNS Records and the Shangri La Acoustic Stage.

Earlybird tickets are now on sale here.

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GODFATHERS ANNOUNCE U.K. TOUR!

A year on from the release of their widely acclaimed album A Big Bad Beautiful Noise, THE GODFATHERS have announced a fresh bunch of UK dates.

The album, released in February 2017, saw the band back at the top of their game, its impact felt around the world, generating an intensive level of touring and sold out gigs across Europe.

This latest run of dates takes in their annual St Valentine’s Day Massacre show at London’s legendary 100 Club, with special guests TEN BENSON, plus three shows north of the border with fast-rising Scottish punks HEAVY DRAPES.

Full dates are….

02.02 – Southampton/Talking Heads
08.02 – Edinburgh/The Voodoo Rooms (w/ Heavy Drapes)
09.02 – Glasgow/Audio (w/ Heavy Drapes)
10.02 – Dundee/Beat Generator Live (w/Heavy Drapes)
16.02 – Manchester/Ruby Lounge
17.02 – London/100 Club (St Valentine’s Day Massacre – w/ Ten Benson)
18.02 – Bristol/The Fleece
23.02 – Birmingham/Hare & Hounds
24.02 – York/Victoria Vaults
25.02 – Middlesbrough/Westgarth Social Club

Tickets can be had via the band’s website.

Check out the video for ‘A Big Bad Beautiful Noise’.

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DON’T DESPAIR, THE T.V. PERSONALITIES ARE HERE!

Original ’77 punks turned psych explorers, THE TELEVISION PERSONALITIES are to see a long-lost album finally released in the New Year.

Formed around mercurial frontman Dan Treacy, the band achieved a certain notoriety with now-classic songs like ‘Where’s Bill Grundy Now?’ and ‘Part-Time Punks’ before helping to spawn the early-80s psych revival with the album …And Don’t The Kids Just Love It.

The 15 previously unreleased tracks on Beautiful Despair was recorded during 1990 by Treacy and longtime Personality and former SWELL MAP Jowe Head at the latter’s flat in Stoke Newington, North London over a number of sessions to a 4-track portastudio.

Check out ‘If You Fly Too High’.

“‘If You Fly Too High’ was based on an encounter with Evan Dando of The Lemonheads in Berlin,” explains Head. “We did a memorable gig with them at the Ecstasy Madhouse in December 1989, when the Berlin Wall was being torn down. Exciting times. We jammed with Evan on stage that night, playing some tunes by Jonathan Richman and Johnny Thunders, as I recall. That song also mentions Alan McGee, who was a great fan of the TVPS and Dan’s songs. Alan openly admits that he emulated Dan’s style of music, and influenced his decision to run a mod-psychedelic club, The Living Room, and to start his label, Creation.”

Set for release on 26 January through Fire Records, Beautiful Despair is available to pre-order on limited edition black-and-white splatter vinyl, regular vinyl, CD and download here.

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MORE ACTS FOR MANCHESTER PUNK FEST!

More bands have been announced for Manchester Punk Festival which takes place in the city next spring.

As with previous years, the Festival will take over venues across Manchester city centre over the weekend on 19-21 April. Venues participating are Gorilla,  Rebellion, The Bread Shed, Zombie Shack, Underdog, Font and The Thirsty Scholar.

Acts lined up so far include PROPAGANDHI, CULTURE SHOCK, RANDOM HAND, WONK UNIT, THE BENNIES, CHEWING ON TINFOIL, BEAT THE RED LIGHT, COUNTERPUNCH, THE TUTS, SVETLANAS, ANTILLECTUAL, MOBINA GALORE, ROUGHNECK RIOT, UNIFORMS, CHRISTMAS, RUSSO, SPOILERS, IN EVIL HOUR, THE MINOR DISCOMFORT BAND, PIZZATRAMP, NERVUS, FOREVER UNCLEAN, REBUKE, FRESH, NATTERERS, ROTTEN FOXES, HAPPY ACCIDENTS, ALL ABOARD, ATTERKOP, DARKO, EGOS AT THE DOOR, DRONES, REGRET, WOLFBEAST DESTROYER, SOUNDS OF SWAMI, CAPTAIN HOTKNIVES, FREDDY THUDD PUCKER, SHANKLAND, PMX, THE LAB RATS, FOXES FAUX, INCISIONS, AERIAL SALAD, DEAD DRUMMER, TOM AYLOTT and THROWING STUFF.

Propagandhi (pictured) just released their new album Victory Lap through Epitaph in September.

Tickets priced £40 are on sale now here.

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INTRODUCING ZEN TEN RECORDS!

Our sister mag Louder Than War is teaming up with the good folk at Easy Action Records to help them launch a brand new label this week!

With its parent already leading the pack as one of Europe’s hottest reissue labels, Zen Ten Records with will specialise in physical releases from happening new acts.

With the likes of TABLE SCRAPS, GALANTS, VELVET HANDS and HYPOPHORA on their books, the label will take over The Black Heart in Camden on Wedensday 1 November with help from latest signings, MORIATY, LOCKS and AUCTION FOR THE PROMISE CLUB (pictured).

Admission is just a fiver and proceedings kick off at 7.30pm.

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EXCLUSIVE RAMONAS VIDEO PREMIERE!

THE RAMONAS are back with a brand new video which they’re launching exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘Poser’ is lifted from First World Problems, the band’s first album of original material. It’s available to buy on CD here and as a download from iTunes and all the usual download sites.  A vinyl edition is set to follow in December.

The band have the following upcoming dates….

26 NOV – LEWES CON CLUB, LEWES (w/ UK SUBS)
2 DEC – CROYDON ROCKS FESTIVAL, CROYDON
7 DEC – BLACK MARKET VIP, HASTINGS
15 DEC – LOUISIANA, BRISTOL
23 DEC – FORUM, TUNBRIDGE WELLS (w/ ANTI NOWHERE LEAGUE)

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THE PENNY DROPS!

Multinational gypsy-ska-punks THE PENNY BLACK REMEDY return next month with their first new album in four years.

Maintaining Dignity In Awkward Situations follows on from 2013’s acclaimed Inhale… Exhale… OK, Now You Can Panic! and was co-produced by MORRISSEY and POLECATS guitarist Boz Boorer at his Portugal studio and in Dubrovnik, Croatia, where the band nucleus of Keith M Thomson and Marijana Hajdarhodzic are now based.

The pair were joined on the sessions by former UK SUBS bassist Paul Slack, guitarist Jeremy Mendonca, violinist Basia Bartz and drummer Jamie Shaw, along with various special guests including Dave Ruffy and Segs Jennings from THE RUTS and ex-CANNIBALS guitarist Jeff Mead.

Originally formed in London in 2004, where they hosted the monthly Bam-A-Lam club nights at the legendary 12 Bar Club. They released their debut album No One’s Fault But Your Own in 2009. Says Thomson of the band’s music, “The fact that most of the songs are about death, lost love, living in a constant state of crippling paranoid fear and/or coping with the daily grind of everyday life is irrelevant. Encouraging people to sing loudly and out of tune about the absurdity of general existence seems to instil a sense of comfort and emotional unity…I think.”

Maintaining Dignity In Awkward Situations is set for release on mono del mundo through Cadiz on 24 November. It’s available to pre-order here.

The band play a special launch party on the day of the album’s release at The Islington, 1 Tolpuddle Street, London. Tickets are available here.

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Listen to the single ‘I’d Murder To Have You Back’.

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HENRI HERBERT UNVEILS LIVE ALBUM!

Here’s something the liven up your Monday morning!

Former JIM JONES REVUE piano-pounder HENRI HERBERT has unveiled a new video!

‘Pocket Venus’ is taken from his debut LP, Live At The Gypsy Hotel, recorded, as the name implies, at London’s long-running club night hosted by the indefatigable Paul-Ronney Angel and THE URBAN VOODOO MACHINE.

Featuring his band THE FURY – aka top-flight rhythm section Jez Southgate on bass and Aidan Sinclair on drums – the album was mixed by Jim Jones and Alex MacGowan with no overdubs.

The album’s set for release on 10 November through HH Records. Henri and the guys play a special album launch party at The Old Blue Last, Shoreditch, London on 8 November.

The band are currently on tour in the UK and Europe. Full dates and ticket details on the website.

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FUZZTONES TRAVEL FAST!

New York garage-psych legends THE FUZZTONES hit the UK for a pair of dates two months apart.

Formed in 1980 by frontman Rudi Protrudi, their debut album Lysergic Emanations was a ubiquitous presence on turntables during the mid-80s garage revival, with the band eventually signing to RCA.

The band returns to the UK to play Nottingham’s Blast Off Festival taking place at the city’s Irish Centre and Rough Trade from 9 to 12 November. They headline the Friday night and join the likes of THE PRETTY THINGS, KALEIDOSCOPE, MUCK & THE MIRES, THE LAUNDERETTES, THE FUZILLIS, THE COURETTES, THE HIPSHAKES, HANGEE V and more across the weekend.

Weekend tickets priced £65 are available here. Day tickets are also available.

The Fuzztones then return to the UK for a show at London’s 100 Club on Thursday 25 January with special guests THE GALILEO 7. Tickets priced £17.50 are available here.

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THE NIGHTINGALES UNVEIL NEW VIDEO!

Birmingham’s finest post-punks THE NIGHTINGALES are back with a brand new video.

‘Drown’ was directed by Nick Small and is taken from their 6-track EP Become Not Becoming, which was released at the start of the year.

Robert Lloyd and co head out on a series of dates from this weekend with support at most shows from former Vinadaloo Records labelmate TED CHIPPINGTON. Catch them on the road at….

Fri 29 Sep – The Hairy Dog, Derby
Sat 30 Sep – Gullivers, Manchester
Thu 12 Oct – Rugby Club, Falmouth w/ Ted Chippington
Fri 13 Oct – The Thunderbolt, Bristol w/ Ted Chippington
Sat 14 Oct – Green Door Store, Brighton w/ The Cravats + Ted Chippington
Wed 18 Oct – Sebright Arms., London w/ Ted Chippington
Thu 19 Oct – Hare and Hounds, Birmingham w/ Fuzzbox + Ted Chippington
Sat 21 Oct – The Adelphi, Hull w/ Ted Chippington

Get tickets here.

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BBC TO SCREEN NEW BOLAN DOC!

Have you bought your copy of Metal Guru – The Life & Music Of Marc Bolan, the new biography from Vive Le Rock‘s sister company Extradition Books, yet?

Author Paul Roland is interviewee and narrator on a new BBC documentary Marc Bolan: Cosmic Dancer, which is being screened on BBC4 this Friday 15 September at 9.00pm here.

Featuring previously UNSEEN footage of Bolan and T. Rex, the film will be available into October on BBC iPlayer AND will also be screened in other European countries in the following days and weeks.

Metal Guru is available to buy here now!

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REISSUED BOOTS AND PANTIES!!

IAN DURY’s classic debut solo album is the get the deluxe expanded reissue treatment this autumn.

Having loitered in the backwaters of the pub rock scene for most of the 70s, Dury was catapulted to chart stardom on the back of New Boots And Panties, released by Stiff in September 1977. Although it featured neither of his Top 10 hits to that point, the album was declared platinum in 1979. Combining the alchemical songwriting partnership of Dury and the young Chaz Jankel with the bristling funk chops of rhythm section Norman Watt-Roy and Charlie Charles, it inspired the 80s shift of Britfunk from the clubs to the mainstream, giving it a new post-punk credibility into the bargain.

Reissued numerous times, the new 40th Anniversary edition comes bound in a 12″ x 12″ hardback book format, encasing a vinyl LP of the original album, along with 4 CDs comprising the original album, singles, demos, a John Peel session and a previously unavailable live broadcast from London’s Paris Theatre from July 1978. An eight-page booklet features sleevenotes by Phill Jupitus.

Set for release through Edsel/Demon on 27 October, it’s available to pre-order now through Amazon.

 

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NEWSAGENTS OF THE WORLD UNITE!!

There’s still time to get your hands on the current edition of Vive Le Rock‘s sister mag Louder Than War!

With THE SMITHS on the cover, inside you’ll find 22 pages on Salford’s finest and the secret history of Manchester inside, including THE FALL, BUZZCOCKS, INSPIRAL CARPETS, HAPPY MONDAYS, DURUTTI COLUMN, JOY DIVISION, MAGAZINE, RUTHLESS RAP ASSASSINS and more….

Plus MOGWAI and the state of Post-Rock and features on UNKLE, THE WAR ON DRUGS, BORIS, SHELLAC, LCD SOUNDSYSTEM, CHELSEA WOLFE, ALVVAYS, RAT BOY, CLOAKROOM, PAUL DRAPER, THE HORRORS and a career overview of PSYCHEDELIC FURS.

We also talk to fast-rising new bands GIRL RAY, BITE THE BUFFALO and FUTURE WAR BRIDE.

All this and more than 20 pages of record, gig, book, film and DVD reviews….

Still available for a meagre £4.99 from all good newsagents and online here! But not for long!

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MASTER OF REISSUES!

METALLICA are to reissue their classic third album as a box set.
Master Of Puppets, widely regarded as a highpoint of the San Francisco band’s career, was originally released in the spring of 1986 through Elektra in the US – their first for a major – and Music For Nations in the UK, where it rocketed to a princely 41 on the album chart. It was the last album to feature bassist Cliff Burton who was killed in a tourbus accident in Sweden in September of that year.
The reissue will be available physically as a standard LP, standard CD, 3 CD expanded edition, and limited edition deluxe box set. It will also be available digitally as a standard CD (available to stream and download), a 3 CD expanded edition (available for download only), and a digital deluxe box set (available for streaming and download).
The expanded edition will include previously unreleased demos, rough mixes, interviews, live tracks, and a 28-page booklet. The limited edition deluxe box set will include a 108-page hardcover book including never before seen photos, outtakes and previously unreleased interviews, three LPs, ten CDs, a cassette, two DVDs, a lithograph, a folder with handwritten lyrics, and a set of six buttons.
Released through the band’s own Blackened label on 10 November, it’s available to pre-order here.
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WE SAW THIS COMING!

THE PROFESSIONALS are back with their second album, 36 years after the first!

The band, originally formed by SEX PISTOLS Paul Cook and Steve Jones, were resurrected by Cook and first-album bassist and guitarist Paul Myers and Ray McVeigh in 2015. With Jones now domiciled in the US, his role as frontman was taken by Tom Spencer of THE YO-YOS and THE MEN THEY COULDN’T HANG. McVeigh ducked out last year.

What In The World features 10 new tracks produced by Dave Draper, with Cook and Spencer co-producing. With basic tracks recorded at Zak Starkey’s studio outside London and Tower Studio in Pershore, the album also features numerous contributions from various transatlantic guests, including Jones, Billy Duffy, Mick Jones, Marco Pirroni, Duff McKagan, DEF LEPPARD’s Phil Collen and Chris McCormack of 3 COLOURS RED who has also been playing live with the band..

“In the studio we put the songs down as a three piece but what was needed was a second guitarist’s mind, to come from another angle,” they say. “Cookie dusted off his punk rock address book and made a few calls. All the guests added their own unique magic.”

To celebrate the release, the band play a pair of shows at….

27 Oct – Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton
28 Oct – The Garage, London

“We’ve been adding a new track or two to live shows but can’t wait to try some of the other new songs. We’re buzzing about the album, and can’t wait to spread the buzz. Of course there’ll be old stuff played too. We don’t cover Pistols stuff (apart from Silly Thing) but as the gig’s 40 years to the day from Nevermind The Bollocks was released, we might just add a cover or two!”

What In The World is set for release on 27 October through Automaton Records on CD, vinyl and download and is available to pre-order here.

Paul Cook recalls the Pistols’ ’96 reunion in the new edition of Vive Le Rock out now!

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BRAINIAC 5 READY NEW ALBUM!

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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NEW ALBUM FROM CHELSEA WOLFE!

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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BEATS WOKING!

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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