Legendary DEAD BOYS and LORDS OF THE NEW CHURCH frontman STIV BATORS is set to be immortalised on celluloid in a new documentary film.
STIV: The Life And Times Of A Dead Boy is being made by director Danny Garcia, the man responsible for such films as The Rise and Fall Of The Clash, Looking For Johnny, and Sad Vacation: The Last Days Of Sid and Nancy.
Emerging from the Cleveland, Ohio scene and relocating to New York City with The Dead Boys, Stiv fronted the band through two classic albums and the anthemic ‘Sonic Reducer’ single before heading to the UK to team up with the remains of SHAM 69 in THE WANDERERS. He subsequently found success alongside DAMNED guitarist Brian James in The Lords Of The New Church throughout the 80s. Stiv died in Paris in 1990 after being hit by a taxi.
Post-punk legends THE PSYCHEDELIC FURS return to the UK in September.
The tour, their first here in some years, will feature the band playing all their singles from every studio album in their catalogue. Kicking off in Glasgow on 1 September, the 9-date tour takes in a show at the Forum in London on 9 September.
First formed in Surrey in 1977, relocating to North London, the Furs scored several minor hit singles and albums including Talk Talk Talk and Forever Now. They relocated to the US in the early 80s, where their student disco classic ‘Pretty In Pink’ inspired a major film. After a hiatus, the band regrouped around founders Richard and Tim Butler in 2001.
Full tour dates are….
1 Sept GLASGOW • O2 Academy
2 Sept LEEDS • O2 Academy
3 Sept MANCHESTER • O2 Ritz
5 Sept BIRMINGHAM • O2 Institute
6 Sept BRISTOL • O2 Academy
7 Sept BRIGHTON • Concorde 2
9 Sept LONDON • O2 Forum Kentish Town
10 Sept OXFORD • O2 Academy
11 Sept NORWICH • UEA
Tickets go on sale here at 9am on Friday 28 April.
Watford mod-rockers THE SPITFIRES have a new single out next month, and a pair of headline dates to coincide.
‘Move On’ is the band’s first new material since their acclaimed second album A Thousand Times last August, and was written and recorded during an intense four day period at the end of the year.
Band frontman Billy Sullivan, speaking about the song, says, “It shows a change in direction musically and lyrically. It’s a pop song, taking influences from reggae and dub but bringing it into 2017. I don’t think we could or would have set out to recreate that music. We just interpret the space and rhythm into our own sound. Do our own version if you like. I also think it’s a positive statement: move on from tired old views and show that we as people are better than that”.
Released on Friday 19th May on Catch 22 Records, ‘Move On’ is available on 7” blue coloured vinyl and digital download with exclusive B-Side ‘Stick To Your Guns’. The first 150 copies of the 7” will include a free newspaper – featuring unseen photos, lyrics and articles. It’s available to pre-order here.
The band support the release with two headline shows at the start of June. Catch them at….
2nd June – The Georgian Theatre, Stockton-on-Tees
10th June – 229, London
You can read a new interview with The Spitfires in the latest edition of Vive Le Rock magazine, out this week!
Long-serving UK roots-rockers RED MOON JOE have a brand new single out and Vive Le Rock is giving you a first stream of it!
‘Orgreave’ is the first single to be released from their forthcoming third album Time & Life. All proceeds from the sale of the single will go to Orgreave Truth and Justice campaign. It’s available now from iTunes and Amazon.
Formed during the mid-80s as part of the UK’s response to the cowpunk and paisley underground movement that introduced acts like JASON & THE SCORCHERS, RANK & FILE, THE LONG RYDERS and GUADALCANAL DIARY, the Lancashire band reformed in 2010.
Following on from the successful comeback album Midnight Trains in 2013, they’re set to release Time & Life through DBS Recordings this summer.
Re-alined ex-FALL members BRIX & THE EXTRICATED have unveiled a video for their debut single.
Filmed on location at the legendary community venue Chats Palace in Hackney, London, the video for ‘Damned For Eternity’ is the work of acclaimed documentary maker Dan Edelstyn.
Formed in 2014, Brix & The Extricated bring together former Fall members Brix Smith Start, Stephen and Paul Hanley and Steve Trafford with guitarist Jason Brown. Originally intending to perform their own contributions to the Fall catalogue, songs which had not been aired for 30 years, once in rehearsal, new material began to follow naturally.
The result is a new 10-song album Part 2, which is due for release later in the year. The single ‘Damned For Eternity’ will be released through Blang Records on Friday 12 May.
Brix & The Extricated have announced a series of UK dates, kicking off at The Ritz, Manchester on 29 April and including at show as special guests to THE WEDDING PRESENT at London’s Roundhouse on 10 June. Full dates are…
29 April – The Ritz, Manchester
6 May – Black Box, Belfast (Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival)
11 May – The Leadmill, Sheffield
19 May – The Trades Club, Hebden Bridge
20 May – Georgian Theatre, Stockton-on-Tees
10 June – The Roundhouse, London (w/The Wedding Present)
27 July – Kendal Calling, Cumbria
1 September – End Of The Road, Dorset
Swedish garage rockers NIGHTMEN return with a new album in April.
The prophetically-titled Can’t Avoid Success follows relatively hot on the heels of their debut Fifteen Minutes Of Pain, which was released a year ago.
Formed in Malmö in 2014, Nightmen bring together members from the likes of TERRIBLE FEELINGS, YAST and MF/MB/, creating a blend of garage rock and powerpop, citing such influences as RAMONES and DEAD MOON.
They released their debut EP Girl For You through Rundgång Rekords in early 2015, signing to Lövely Records for their debut LP a year later.
Can’t Avoid Success is released on 14 April through Lövely Records. It’s available to pre-order on CD from Freight Train and digitally from iTunes.
CHEAP TRICK have announced three UK dates this Summer.
Rockford, Illinois’ finest released their 17th album Bang, Zoom, Crazy… Hello in April last year. Their first with new drummer Dax Nielsen in place of Bun E Carlos, it met with wide acclaim. Carlos was briefly reunited with the band at that time, when they were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.
The band recently revealed through Twitter that they’re already working on a follow up, expected this Summer.
Cheap Trick play the following dates….
27 Jun – London O2 Kentish Town Forum, UK
28 Jun – Manchester Academy, UK
29 Jun – Bristol O2 Academy, UK
CHRIS POPE and THE CHORDS UK have unveiled a new video and announced a series of UK dates for the year ahead.
‘Heart Of The Matter’ is a remixed version of a track from the band’s acclaimed album Take On Life, released last Autumn. The single is backed with an acoustic version of ‘Happy Families’. Single and album are available from the band’s website.
Chris and the band will be playing as special guests to THE MEN THEY COULDN’T HANG at Shepherds Bush Empire on Saturday 15 April. Tickets are available here.
They’ve also been added to the bill of this year’s Undercover Festival, taking place at its new home of Margate Dreamland on 8-9 September.
Full UK dates are….
Apr 15 – O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London
Apr 29 – The Raine Club, Hull
Apr 30 – The Longland Club, Middlesbrough
May 5 – 100 Club, London
Jun 23 – Bellfield Tavern, Kilmarnock
Jun 24 – Stone Valley Festival, Bishop Auckland
Aug 5 – Spring Meadows Club, Sandwell
Aug 6 – Music Mania, Worthing
Sep 9 – Undercover Festival, Margate
Sep 30 – Phoenix, Exeter
Oct 13 – Zombie Shack, Manchester
BERMONDSEY JOYRIDERS mainman GARY LAMMIN has announced a pair of instore dates in support of his recently released debut solo album.
A veteran of the London punk scene, Lammin recorded Gary Guitar Lammin with legendary SEX PISTOLS producer Dave Goodman, but the recordings were shelved following Goodman’s death in 2005.
Lammin will be performing in solo acoustic mode at….
25 March – Raven Records,74 Bromley Road, Beckenham – 4pm
1 April – All Ages Records, 27 Pratt Street, Camden – 4pm
Both dates have some personal significance to Lammin, and to his close working relationship with Goodman. Raven Records is “literally a few streets down” from Goodman’s former Mandala Studios, where the bulk of the recording was completed more than a decade ago. Meanwhile, Lammin says of his appearance at All Ages in Camden, “I particularly wanted a gig for the album on April Fool’s day, as it was a day that me and Dave Goodman spoke about a bit”. He explains that the figure of the fool was often in their minds as these philosophical, dramatic, and dream-like songs took shape; “we both found it interesting that in a lot of Shakespearian plays, it is the court jester or the fool (who often is only pretending to be a fool), is the only person who is actually is privy to all information – because nobody takes him seriously”.
Suit-wearing South Essex roustabouts EIGHT ROUNDS RAPID have released a first video from their new album.
‘I Like It’ is taken from Objet D’Art, the band’s second album, which follows on from their highly-rated 2014 debut Loss Leader.
The video was directed by Tony Burke and features actor Ewen MacIntosh of The Office fame.
The Southend band, who feature Wilko’s son Simon Johnson on guitar, plus frontman David Alexander, bassist Jules Cooper and drummer Lee Watkins, have three dates lined up for the coming weeks catch them at….
31 March – St Moritz Club, London
1 April – The Railway Hotel, Southend
7 April – St Moritz Club, London
Objet D’Art is out now through Cadiz. Buy it here.
We talk to Dave Alexander from the band for our Gob Rock feature in the latest edition of Vive Le Rock!
Ace London punk and rock’n’roll club ROCKAWAY BEACH celebrates its second birthday next month!
Hosted by Timmy from glam-punks THE DeRELLAS, once a month for the past two years, the club has taken over the basement of the legendary Hope & Anchor for sell-out gigs from the likes of THE VIBRATORS, BRIAN JAMES, URBAN DOGS, S*M*A*S*H, HONEST JOHN PLAIN, VICE SQUAD, BLACK BOMBERS, WITCHDOKTORS, DIRTY STRANGERS, THE PECKHAM COWBOYS and more.
Headlining the 2nd Anniversary Party on Friday 28 April are THE ANITA CHELLAMAH BAND, featuring the frontwoman of HANOI ROCKS spin-off THE CHERRY BOMBZ plus members of SHAM 69, LORDS OF THE NEW CHURCH and CHEAP AND NASTY. Support comes from THE PHOBICS and Rich Rags from THE ROLE MODELS.
The world-renowned LONDON INTERNATIONAL SKA FESTIVAL returns to the capital over the Easter Weekend.
From 13 to 16 April, ska and reggae fans will be able to catch more than 100 bands, DJs, films and sound systems, including a world exclusives, river cruises, a free family day and events hosted by Trojan and Greensleeves Records.
MISTY IN ROOTS and PAMA INTERNATIONAL and more at Islington Assembly Hall – Thursday 13 April
2 TONE Thames Cruise – Friday 14 April
Trojan Reggae Chartbusters featuring DAVE & ANSEL COLLINS, THE PIONEERS and more at Islington Assembly Hall – Saturday 15 April
Greensleeves 40th Anniversary with FREDDIE McGREGOR, KING JAMMY, YELLOWMAN and more at Kentish Town Forum – Saturday 15 April
1,000 Volts Of Holt – a tribute to JOHN HOLT and his classic album, featuring BRINSLEY FORDE (ASWAD), CARROLL THOMPSON, CHRISTOPHER ELLIS and JEWELS VASS (PAMA INTERNATIONAL) backed by CIYO BROWN & HIS ROCKSTEADY-ITES at The Jazz Cafe – Sunday 16 April
Dance Craze film plus RHODA DAKAR, THE EQUATORS, NEW TOWN KINGS and more at Islington Assembly Hall – Sunday 16 April.
Still more shows to be announced.
Full details and tickets are are available from the festival website.
Post-punk legends DEPARTMENT S unveil their new video today, and they’re launching it exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
‘When All Is Said And Done’ is the title track from the band’s acclaimed latest album which was released last year through Westworld Recordings.
Department S will be spending much of 2017 on their Looking For Vic tour, including shows in Belgium and Germany and an appearance at this year’s Rebellion.
Catch the band on the road at….
24th Feb – Kingston – The Fighting Cocks Bar & Live Music Venue
4th March – Ramsgate – Elephant and Castle
22nd March – Hameln Germany – MAD Music Club
23rd March – Köln Germany – Sonic Ballroom
24th March – München Germany – Glocke
25th March – Berlin Germany – Cortina Bob Berlin
1st April – London – Nambucca
21st April – Woking – Phoenix Festival
13th May – Herentals Belgium – Hertals RockCity
27th/28th May – Manchester Rugby Club – Strummercamp Festival
3rd June – Dorset – Alice’s Wicked Tea Party Alternative Festival
10th June – London – The Underworld Camden
24th June – London – New Cross Inn
7th July – Leicester – The Unholy Messtival
21st July – Fleckney – Mayhem at Mick`s
3-6th August – Blackpool – Rebellion Punk Music Festival
16th Sept – Oxford – Detectival Weekender
23rd Sept – Corby – The Kingfisher Function Lounge (w/The Ruts DC)
Rising country and rockabilly star LIL’ LOST LOU unveils a video for her new single this week.
The voodoo-gothic ‘He Put A Hook In Me’ is taken from her self-titled debut album, which is out on Friday 7 April through Bully Records.
A regular on the London pub and club circuit for a few years, Lou has shared stages with the likes of Wanda Jackson, Billy Childish, Wilko Johnson, The Urban Voodoo Machine and more. She travelled to Nashville to record the album at the analogue Welcome To 1979 Studios with noted producer Billy Livsey and a host of Music City session men, who between them have worked with the likes of Johnny Cash, Chet Atkins, Glen Campbell, The Pretenders and many others.
“Well in case you haven’t noticed, this song is a bit of a tribute to Warren Zevon,” explains Lou. “There is an undeniably obvious werewolf howl in it, but there is also a stolen lyric from his song too… see if you can find it! I love Warren Zevon, he’s such a great lyricist and I like to give credit to the people who have inspired my own writing. I’ve also been a fan of tongue twisters when I was a kid … I thought it was cool to write something that is like a chant… ‘Bones, feathers, black book, rabbit foot…’ It’s the ingredients of a magic spell… Like Johnny Kidd and the Pirates’ ‘Casting My Spell.’ I shamelessly stole the idea… But they do say that good artists borrow, great artists steal!”
Lil’ Lost Lou will be launching the album with a special show on the album’s release date at Underbelly, Hoxton Square, London N1.
Lil’ Lost Lou is available to pre-order now on vinyl with free CD and download code from her website and also includes admission to the album launch.
Reconvened Cornish psych-punks THE BRAINIAC 5 return with a new single and video.
‘Laura Riding’ is taken from Journey To X, the band’s third album released last month. The track is available to download here. The album is available on CD and deluxe gatefold vinyl from Amazon and download from iTunes.
The video is by Martin James Gee.
Formed in Cornwall, The Brainiac 5 gravitated to London, recruiting members from Stiff-signed pub-rockers PLUMMET AIRLINES, and joining the nascent psych scene. Recording their debut album with HAWKWIND’s Martin Griffin in the producer’s chair, they split in 1980, only to reform in 2012, releasing their comeback album Exploding Universe in 2015.
The band were recently featured on Cherry Red’s 80s psych box set Another Splash Of Colour, and are already working on the follow-up to Journey To X.
In between sessions, they have the following dates lined up….
Fri 14 April The Gunners, London
Sat 22 April The Railway Hotel, Southend
Fri 12 May The Betsey Trotwood, London
You can read a new interview with The Brainiac 5 in the current issue of Vive Le Rock!
Arizona punks PLAYBOY MANBABY reveal the video for their new single today, premiering it exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
The scathingly sarcastic ‘You Can Be A Fascist Too’ is the first track from their forthcoming album Don’t Let It Be, their debut for enterprising UK garage label Dirty Water Records.
Born in the desert area around Phoenix, this six-piece have spent the past five years opening for the likes of THE REPLACEMENTS, ROCKET FROM THE CRYPT, KING KHAN, BLACK FLAG, THE DESCENDENTS, TEENAGE BOTTLEROCKET and loads more, releasing two cassette albums along the way through their own Rubber Records label.
Don’t Let It Be is due for release on Friday 24 February.
Ace bass-free Italian post-hardcore trio CUT are back in the UK this week in support of their new album. And you can check out a video from it here….
‘Too Late’ is taken from Second Skin, their sixth full-length studio album, which features various guests, including MIKE WATT who performs bass duties on the track ‘Take It Back To The Start’.
Out next week through Antipop, it’s available to order here.
Formed in Bologna 1996, Cut have supported the likes of IGGY & THE STOOGES and MUDHONEY in their homeland, as well as untertaking numerous tours of the UK, one of which resulted in the 2011 live album The Battle Of Britain – Live In The UK.
For their last studio album, Annihilation Road, the band temporarily relocated to New York City, to work with producer Matt Verta-Ray of HEAVY TRASH and MADDER ROSE fame.