If you caught legendary UK SUBS bassist ALVIN GIBBS at Rebellion talking about his extraordinary time on the road with IGGY POP but didn’t manage to pick up a copy of his book, fear not! You can buy it exclusively from our own Vive Le Shop!

Published by our new book company Extradition Book, Some Weird Sin – On Tour With Iggy Pop chronicles 230 nights touring across six continents on tour with the Godfather of Punk. The book vividly unveils a touring realm of drugs, alcohol reliance, Iggy’s tense encounter with Bowie backstage in NYC and single-handedly taking on Pepsi Cola Corp in the Antipodes. Discover also the decadent happenings at a Guns N’ Roses hotel room party in Texas and the cocaine-fuelled craziness that ensued after a triumphal show in Miami.

After splitting from the UK Subs, Gibbs was living in Los Angeles in 1988 when he received a ‘phone call from his friend, ex-Hanoi Rocks’ guitarist Andy McCoy. McCoy had just joined Iggy Pop’s touring band and needed to know if Gibbs was interested in the available bassist’s job. By eagerly answering, ‘Yes’, Alvin initiated a musical association with Iggy that entailed sharing the stage with him for a nonstop eight-month long tour taking in every major city across six continents!

Follow Iggy around the globe as Some Weird Sin – On Tour With Iggy Pop candidly reveals the relentless travel schedules, illicit pleasures and satisfying stage triumphs of being in a band with the man who by general acclaim is considered to be the indisputable godfather of punk. It was an extraordinary ride.

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Check out Iggy, Alvin, Andy and co playing ‘Cold Metal’ and ‘I Wanna Be Your Dog’.

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Fast-rising young electro-rockers MONNA VANNA follow their just-released debut EP with a series of dates.

The five-track Art Is Dead – featuring the single ‘Throw Me Away’ – is available to download now through Bandcamp and iTunes, and on CD at gigs.

With a sound rooted in primitive electronica, fronted by Cam Bradbury’s soaring, cinematic vocal, the Leeds-based duo call to mind the earliest outings by SOFT CELL and others from the Yorkshire soldering-iron scene. The coruscating FX-laden post-punk guitar of Dan Knights adds a whole other sonic dimension. Aural images of early-80s electronica are underlined by Bradbury’s occasional melodica, reminiscent of both NEW ORDER and a pre-THE THE Matt Johnson.

Definitely a band on the up, catch them on the road at….

26 Aug – Queen St Brewhouse, Colchester
27 Aug – Hertford Festival, Hertford
1 Sept – 93ft East, London
23 Sept – Acklam Market, London
27 Oct – 360 Club, Leeds




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L.A. garage punk duo THE TWO TENS are set to issue their second album next week.

On Repeat is set for release on Friday 18 August and follows on from last year’s full-length debut Volume.

Building on the raw garage punk of their debut the duo of guitarist Adam Bones and drummer Rikki Styxx – who also plays in fast-rising Dirty Water Records band THE DARTS – have added a distinct powerpop vibe, as can be experienced on the single ‘Keeping Hope Alive’.

Says Styxx, “We wanted On Repeat to be different than Volume. We had talked about adding more layers and getting more creative with sounds overall. We were fortunate enough to work with renowned producer John Fields who has his hands in a lot of ‘pop’ albums. Also Adam started writing more love songs. There’s something to swing your hips to and something to crowd surf to. It’s got a lot of flavours that’s for sure.”

On Repeat is available to pre-order in various vinyl, CD and digital bundles here.

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Industrial rock giants FRONT LINE ASSEMBLY are to play in London this month as the only UK date on their European Tour. And Vive Le Rock has two pairs of tickets to give away!!!

The Vancouver band play the O2 Academy Islington on Thursday 24 August, supported by German band DER REST.

Formed in 1986 by ex-SKINNY PUPPY member Bill Leeb in 1986, Front Line Assembly have successfully combined the influence of early electronica with elements of rave and metal on a string of pioneering albums including Caustic Grip, Millennium and Hard Wired. The current tour will see the return of original member Rhys Fulber.


To be in with a chance of winning a pair of tickets to their Islington show, just send an email to with FRONT LINE ASSEMBLY COMP in the subject box with the answer to the following question….

Which UK record label put out FLA’s classic late 80s/early 90s albums Gashed Senses & Crossfire,
Caustic Grip and Tactical Neural Implant ?
…and we’ll pick two winners at random.
The competition closes at midnight on Sunday 13 August. Good luck!
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Yorkshire punk duo CHAMBERS are unveiling their new single exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘Down The Rabbit Hole’ follows on from the pair’s previous singles ‘Hostile’ and ‘Sister Doom’ and is released through I’m Not From London Records this Friday 4 August.

“We filmed the video in four scenes which each highlight different moods and emotions experienced in relationships,” they say. “The song was originally written with an Alice In Wonderland theme in mind. Sometimes in life you can feel like you’re sinking down in to a bottomless pit, much like the one in Alice in Wonderland, where the more you worry about a situation, the worse it gets and you ultimately sink further and further in to a pit of self-doubt.”

The video was directed by Patrick Mateer and Josh Moore.

Recently winning funding from the PRS Foundation’s Open Music Fund enabling them to concentrate their resources on further recording and touring, the pair – who hail from Leeds and Hull – have already shared stages with the likes of Black Honey, Dinosaur Pile-Up, Clean Cut Kid and Louise Distras.

Chambers head into the studio later this year to work on a full EP. In the meantime they’ve got a bunch of festivals and gigs lined up. Full dates so far are….

4 August – Preston – The Ferret
5 August – Humber Street Sesh – BBC Introducing Stage
18 August – Driffield – Tribfest
19 August – Ashton Under Lyne – The Station Hotel
29 August – Hull – The Sesh
17 September – Worcester Music Festival – Firefly
2 October – Hamburg – Hafenklang (Germany)
4 October – Amsterdam – Vrankrijk – WTF QUEER Wednesdays (Netherlands)
5 October – Arnhem – Cafe De Wacht (Netherlands)


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PETER AND THE TEST TUBE BABIES frontman Peter Bywaters was barred from entering the US at the weekend for impersonating Donald Trump!

The band had been due to play the Punk Invasion Festival in Orange County but on landing in San Francisco last Friday, Bywaters was detained by Customs & Border Protection officials and interrogated for 6 hours. During that time he was confronted with photos and videos of himself dressed as Trump from the band’s last German Tour, where Bywaters was particularly scathing about Trump and US politics in general. His passport and phone were confiscated, he was fingerprinted, DNA swabbed, photographed and forced to make a sworn statement before being put on a plane back to London. During the 11-hour flight home he was denied any alcohol, as United Airlines have a policy of refusing alcohol to deportees!

The rest of the band played the festival with the help of guest vocalists Joey from Narcoleptic Youth, Ron from Lower Class Brats, Gabe from Oi Scouts and Mike from Blank 77.

On 1 September Peter and The Test Tube Babies will release their new single ‘Crap Californian Punk Band’ featuring Lars Frederiksen. As previously announced, their new album That Shallot will be released on 15 September.

“A US Tour or festival will never ever happen again!” says Bywaters.

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As you may have seen, Vive Le Rock has entered the world of rock’n’roll book publishing with our new brand, Extradition Books!

Our first two volumes are available to order now, unavailable anywhere else!

Metal Guru – The Life & Music of Marc Bolan is author Paul Roland’s fascinating biography of the the glam rock god: over 238 packed pages it features brand new interviews, anecdotes and chapters from everyone who knew Marc including David Bowie and The Damned’s Captain Sensible. Brilliantly illustrated with a wealth of rare photos, posters, flyers and memorabilia, it’s something that no self-respecting Marc fan will want to be without.

Priced £15, it’s available to order here.

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We’re also delighted to bring you Some Weird Sin, UK Subs bassist Alvin Gibbs’ incredible diary of life on the road, playing alongside Hanoi Rocks guitarist Andy McCoy in Iggy Pop’s band on his 1988 world tour. The book charts an explosive sex, drugs and alcohol-fuelled 232-night sprint around the globe as henchmen to the Igfather, illustrated with more than 50 images – many previously unseen. Unbridled chaos and wild times ensue!

Also priced £15, get it now here.

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Pub rock legends DUCKS DELUXE are to have their complete original studio recordings compiled in a new 3-CD set.

Initially formed as a spin-off from freak-rockers HELP YOURSELF, the Ducks built up a reputation as one of the hardest rocking bands on the London pub circuit, releasing two albums for RCA – including the DAVE EDMUNDS-produced Taxi To The Terminal Zone – and earning fans among the future punk scene such as Mick Jones and Paul Simonon of THE CLASH.

Following the band’s mid-70s demise, Nick Garvey and Andy McMaster founded THE MOTORS and Martin Belmont joined GRAHAM PARKER & THE RUMOUR, while band frontman Sean Tyla formed THE TYLA GANG, performing at both Mont de Marsan punk festivals.

After decades away from music, Tyla and Belmont reformed the Ducks to the delight of pub rockers young and old in 2007.

Coast To Coast: The Anthology brings together both their RCA albums, plus non-album singles and B-sides, rarities, previously unissued early demos, exclusive compilation appearances, alternative versions, their reunion mini-album Box Of Shorts plus accompanying live recordings. Fully remastered, the set is completed by full sleevenotes and many rare period images.

Set for release through Cherry Red on 29 September, the anthology is available to pre-order here.

Check out ‘Coast To Coast’ live at The Lord Nelson, Holloway Road.


Sean Tyla’s riveting memoir Jumpin’ In The Fire is available through Soundcheck Books.

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Nashville post-punks THE BY GODS herald the release of their third album with a new single and video.

The decidedly grungey ‘Rat In My House’ is taken from Move On, which is set for release on 20 October. The single will be available on all the usual platforms from Monday 31 July.

Comprising husband-and-wife George and Natalie Pauley and drummer Tye Hammonds, the ban wrote much of the album during the divisive US presidential campaign. Produced, mixed and engineered by Alex Newport (Deathcab For Cutie, At The Drive-In) who was instrumental in the band finding their new sound, it’s a marked departure from the band’s earlier material.

“Living in a small town growing up, my friends and I always wanted to get out,”says George of the new single. “Most of us made it, but we still have to go back several times each year to see parents, attend funerals, parties, etc. It’s like a Black Hole, the draw it has and how it pulls people back after they move away. ‘Rat In My House’ is mainly about being stuck in a small town death trap. It’s like a maze you can’t find your way out of. It’s the same of all small towns, once you’re entrenched, you can’t see past the bubble and the small town becomes the centre of your universe. Some people prefer that I suppose.”

The band is currently on a lengthy tour of the US, with plans to visit the UK in the near future.


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Secretive London punks EAT DIRT have unveiled a video ahead of their debut show this weekend.

’48’ is one of four tracks on their Eat Dirt I EP, which is available across all the usual platforms and from their website.

Speaking about the track, the band’s vocalist says, “The song is about growing out of the party life, and not being angry any more. And the struggle of trying to find something to be angry about. Like social media ‘influencers’ and sensationalist journalism.”

The band play their first ever show this Sunday 30 July at The Sebright Arms, Bethnal Green, London with FIGHTS AND FIRES, DELAYED and MIAMI NICE. The show is free entry and doors are at 7pm.

The band then play New Cross Inn, London on Friday 4 August with PEARS.

Born of anger and frustration in late 2016, Eat Dirt brought together members of previously well established UK bands to record the band’s debut EP – clocking in at under five minutes – with producer Justin Hill of SIKTH, taking influence from THE BRONX, COMEBACK KID, GALLOWS and EVERY TIME I DIE.

“I’d given up on music. I wasn’t really angry enough,” their frotnman declares. “I had nothing to sing about anymore. Then the whole Brexit thing happened. I’m mad at people. I’m mad at the world around me. As a group, we need to vent. Eat Dirt is that release.”

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Iconic Cleveland art-punks PERE UBU are to release a new album in September.

David Thomas’s avant garde quintet formed out of the ashes of legendary proto-punks ROCKET FROM THE TOMBS and have been generating consistently pioneering and challenging sounds ever since, save for a period of inactivity in the mid 80s.

20 Years In A Montana Missile Silo follows on from 2015’s Carnival Of Souls, and finds the band fielding a three-guitar line-up including Kristof Hahn of SWANS matched with an orchestra of digital and analogue synthesisers.

“The new album is The James Gang teaming up with Tangerine Dream,” explains Thomas. “The Chinese Whispers methodology we worked on the last two albums has been replaced by the Dark Room. Put musicians in a lightless room and by feeling one small section of an unknown object have them figure what it must be.”

The album was recorded once again at Suma Studios in Painseville, Ohio, where the band have worked since their debut album The Modern Dance with engineer Ken Hamann and his son Paul.

Pere Ubu plan to tour the album in the US, returning to Europe in 2018.

20 Years In A Montana Missile Silo is set for release on 29 September. It’s available to pre-order now on vinyl and CD.


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Punk legends COCKNEY REJECTS and ANGELIC UPSTARTS hook up for two one-day festivals this autumn.

The annual North East Calling takes place at Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne on Saturday 30 September. Then Midlands Calling returns to Wulfrun Hall, Wolverhampton on Saturday 4 November.


Tickets are available here.


Hooking up with the headliners in Wolverhampton are GBH, Ruts DC, Anti-Nowhere League, STEVE IGNORANT & PARANOID VISIONS, Peter & The Test Tube Babies, Spunk Volcano & The Eruptions, DRAGSTER, SUPER FIAST GIRLIE SHOW and VOMIT.

Get your tickets here.

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Legendary Birmingham musician DAVE KUSWORTH plays a rare London show next week.

Kusworth is an integral figure in the Brum rock family tree. Since forming the infamous Stooges-inspired T.V. EYE as a teenager in the late 70s followed by the notorious SUBTERRANEAN HAWKS with Stephen Duffy and future BLACK BOMBER Dave Twist, Kusworth has taken trash rock’n’roll from the West Midlands to the world, hooking up with NIKKI SUDDEN in supergroup THE JACOBITES before going on a merry-go-round of rock’n’roll rides with DOGS D’AMOUR, THE BOUNY HUNTERS, THE TENDERHOOKS and more.

At this very special Rockaway Beach club night at The Hope & Anchor, Islington on Friday 28 July, Kusworth and his band will be supported by THE VULZ and MOTO VAMP.

Tickets priced £8.25 are available here.

A new compilation of lost tracks by T.V. Eye – earning a 9-out-of-10 review in Vive Le Rock! – is available now from Seventeen Records/Easy Action.

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Ace Welsh punk-powerpoppers NICOTINE PRETTY have just issue their second single, and you can check it out here.

The suitably named ‘Nicotine Pretty’ follows on from their debut single released through Glunk Records in April. You can download both singles here.

The Bridgend quartet, who comprise Ginge Knievel (vocals/guitar), Lewis Davies (vocals/guitar), Paul Black (vocals/drums) and Ian Pickens (Bass), plan a series of CD EPs for later in the year with a vinyl compilation to follow. In the meantime they have a bunch of dates coming up with the likes of DOGS D’AMOUR, MING CITY ROCKERS, JIM JONES & THE RIGHTEOUS MIND and more.

Catch Nicotine Pretty on the road at….

Jul 16 – Gwdihŵ Café Bar, Cardiff
Aug 4 – Fuel Rock Club, Cardiff (w/Dogs D’Amour)
Aug 19 – The Windmill, London (Summer Weird Sin fest)
Sep 23 – Redhouse Cymru, Merthyr Tydfil
Oct 21 – Hobos, Bridgend
Nov 24 – The Institute, Ebbw Vale (Brain Freeze III fest)

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SISTERS OF MERCY are to issue an expanded vinyl version of their classic early years compilation.

Originally released on CD in 1992, Some Girls Wander By Mistake comprises all the band’s originally singles and b-sides on their own Merciful Release label from 1980 to ’83, including the rare ‘Damage Done’ 7″, featuring only Andrew Eldritch and original guitarist Gary Marx.

The new box set features the compilation as a double-vinyl LP for the first time. It also adds two 12″ singles, including a 1993 rerecording of their 1982 breakthrough single ‘Alice’ and a version of ‘Temple Of Love’ featuring Israeli singer Ofra Haza, a Top 3 hit for the band in 1992.

The album’s title comes from a lyric in the Leonard Cohen song ‘Teachers’,covered live by the band frequently. It appears on the album Songs Of Leonard Cohen, alongside the song ‘Sisters Of Mercy’, from which they take their name.

Some Girls Wander By Mistake is set for release through Rhino on 1 September. Full tracklisting is as follows….

Side One

1. “Alice”
2. “Floorshow”
3. “Phantom”
4. “1969”

Side Two
1. “Kiss The Carpet”
2. “Lights”
3. “Valentine”
4. “Fix”
5. “Burn”
6. “Kiss The Carpet” – Reprise

Side Three
1. “Temple Of Love” – Extended Version 1983
2. “Heartland”
3. “Gimme Shelter”

Side Four
1. “The Damage Done”
2. “Watch”
3. “Home Of The Hit-Men”
4. “Body Electric”
5. “Adrenochrome”
6. “Anaconda”

Temple of Love (12”)
Side One
1. “Temple Of Love” – Touched by the Hands of Ofra Haza

Side Two
1. “Vision Thing” – Canadian Club Remix

Under The Gun (12”)
Side One
1. “Under The Gun” – Metropolis Mix

Side Two
1. “Alice” – 1993 Version
2. “Under The Gun” – Jutland Mix


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Rejuvenated post-punk stalwarts FOLK DEVILS and INCA BABIES hit the road this week on a joint UK tour.

Both bands emerged – from West London and Manchester respectively – during the mid-80s trading on the same dark blues-infused swamp-punk as fellow travellers THE BIRTHDAY PARTY, THE SCIENTISTS and THE GUN CLUB.

Folk Devils returned last summer on the back of the overdue and much acclaimed anthology Beautiful Monsters through Optic Nerve Recordings. Parting Shots’ Dave Hodgson replaces original frontman Ian Lowery, who sadly died in 2001.

Check out ‘English Disease’.

Based around founder member Harry Stafford, Inca Babies reformed in 2007, releasing their latest album The Stereo Plan in 2014.

Watch them performing ‘Opium Den’ on German TV.

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Full dates are….

Fri 14 July – Manchester, The Whiskey Jar
Sat 15 July – London, The Shacklewell Arms *
Sun 16 July – Northampton, The Charles Bradlaugh *
Thurs 20 July – Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
Fri 21 July – Glasgow, O2 ABC2
Sat 22 July – Bethesda, North Wales, Neuadd Ogwen

*Also featuring VENUS FY TRAP

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THE PROFESSIONALS have announced an intimate one-off London show to celebrate the release of their first new album in 36 years.

What In The World belatedly follows on from the band’s debut I Didn’t See It Coming released in November 1981.

The show takes place at The Garage, Highbury Corner on Saturday 28 October. Tickets are available here.

Formed by Paul Cook and Steve Jones after the split of the SEX PISTOLS, the band returned in 2015 and still feature Cook and bassist Paul Myers from the classic line-up, with Tom Spencer of THE MEN THEY COULDN’T HANG and BIG BOY TOMATO in the role of frontman and guitarist.

Although Jones, now based in the US, has so far declined to rejoin the band, he does put in an appearance on the album, alongside such special guests as Duff McKagan, Mick Jones, Marco Pirroni and Billy Duffy.  It’s available to pre-order here.
Coincidentally, 28 October is also the 40th Anniversary of the Pistols’ Never Mind The Bollocks album, making the Garage gig a very special double celebration.
You’ll be able to catch the band before then at Rebellion on 4 August.
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Purveyors of punky spacefolk, SONS OF SOUTHERN ULSTER have three Irish dates lined up next month.

The enigmatic partnership of Justinus J. Kelly and David J. Meagher from Cavan can be experienced at the following dates….

August 3rd World Academy of Music, University of Limerick (lunchtime)
August 4th Arts and Culture Centre, Bailieboro, Co. Cavan
August 5th Washerwoman Bar, Ballina, Co.Tipperary

Check out the video for ‘The Pop Inn’.

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