Brighton punks HARKER have unveiled a first single from their forthcoming debut album.

‘300 Cigarettes’ is taken from No Discordance, which is set for release in February.

Starting out as an acoustic project by guitarist and singer Mark Boniface in 2014, Harker have coalesced over the course of three well received EPs to include bassist and singer Phoebe Saunders, guitarist Tony Ware and drummer Matt Claxton. Drawing primary influences from Chicago and New Jersey punk, the band has gigged steadily across the UK and Europe, sharing stages with the likes of BOSTON MANOR, MOOSE BLOOD and CREEPER.

Speaking about the single, Mark explains, “’300 Cigs’ is about how people can use others emotional states to gain trust and self-assurance. At most times we can be caring, understanding and loving. But unfortunately, there are some who ignore the consequences of their actions on people, and it highlights a horrible part of human nature. At our worst, we can be self-centred, reserved and unaware of the problems we create within ourselves and within others. The song acts as a remedy to the damage left behind after we cut poisonous people out of our lives.”

Of the album, he says, “No Discordance is a beast. We’ve thrown everything at it. It’s been the most difficult, but rewarding work we’ve done.”

Set for release on 9 February, No Discordance is available to pre-order here.

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The line-up’s been announced for next year’s Resolution Festival at London’s spiritual home of punk – The 100 Club.

For the third year running, a host of punk legends will descend on the Oxford Street venue, which was burned into worldwide punk consciousness when the onetime jazz club held the 100 Club Punk Special in September of 1976, kickstarting a revolution.

Taking place throughout the first half of January 2018, bands lined up include THE VIBRATORS (who played the original ’76 festival), ANTI-NOWHERE LEAGUE, THE BOYS, SUBHUMANS (pictured), THE MEMBERS, VICE SQUAD, UK SUBS, DESPERATE MEASURES, GBH, DISCHARGE and more.

The full line-up (so far) is as follows….

Thur 4th THE VIBRATORS + Ed Tudor Pole + Slagerij
Fri 5th ANWL + The Defects + Borrowed Time
Sat 6th THE BOYS + The Heavy Drapes + The Vulz
Sun 7th ANTI-PASTI + The Varukers + Knock Off
Mon 8th TBC
Tue 9th THE MEMBERS + Chron Gen + Ambition Demolition
Wed 10th SUBHUMANS + Criminal Mind + Desperate Measures
Thur 11th VICE SQUAD + Menace + Nick Cash (999 solo set)
Fri 12th GBH + Steve Ignorant’s Slice of Life
Sat 13th DISCHARGE + Loaded 44
Sun 14th UK SUBS + The Ramonas + Red Light Rebels

Tickets for the full festival (£80) or for individual shows, are available here.

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Manchester post-punks A CERTAIN RATIO have just released the first albums in a major reissue programme, as well as announcing a series of UK dates for the spring.

Formed in 1978, the band were one of the first post-punk outfits, alongside the likes of GANG OF FOUR, THE POP GROUP and SCRITTI POLITTI, to embrace funk in their music, signing to Factory Records and having an underground hit on both sides of the Atlantic with second single ‘Shack Up’.

The band’s first and second albums, The Grave Yard And The Ballroom (1980) and To Each… (1981), both produced by the legendary Martin Hannett, have just been reissued, along with their 1986 album Force.  More reissues will follow throughout the spring, followed by a new compilation in July.

A Certain Ratio play their last date of this year at the O2 Ritz, Manchester on 16 December – tickets – and have lined up the following dates for next year.

16 March – Newcastle, Hoochie Choochie
17 March – Glasgow, Stereo
24 March – Bristol, Fiddlers Club
25 March – Brighton, The Haunt
21 April – London, Garage
18 May – Hebden Bridge, Trades Club
26 May – Tameside, Atmosphere Festival

Tickets are available here.

A Certain Ratio are supporters of Artists Against Hunger, a campaign by Action Against Hunger and will donate £1 for each ticket sold in 2018.

Watch Michael Shamberg’s short film Tribeca.

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On a roll from headlining the Red Rooster Festival this summer, Okie roots-rocker J.D. McPHERSON crosses the pond once more for a European Tour in the New Year.

McPherson’s latest album, Undivided Heart & Soul – his first in 3 years – was released last month through New West. It was recorded in the historic RCA Studio B in Nashville, the studio credited with the creation of the ‘Nashville Sound’ and location for the recording of hundreds of classic albums. It was also used for the shoot of McPherson’s video for ‘Lucky Penny’.

McPherson’s tour kicks off at Norwich Arts Centre on 23 February and includes a London date at Shepherds Bush Empire on 2 March before he and his band head over to the mainland. Full dates are….

FEB 23 – Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich
FEB 25 – Saint Luke’s, Glasgow
FEB 26 – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
FEB 27 – Gorilla, Manchester
FEB 28 – Hare & Hounds, Birmingham
MAR 2 – Shepherds Bush Empire, London
MAR 3 – De Casino, Sint-Niklaas, Belgium
MAR 4 – La Maroquinerie, Paris, France
MAR 5 – Melkweg, Amsterdam, Netherlands
MAR 6 – Gruenspan, Hamburg, Germany
MAR 8 – Pustervik, Göteborg, Sweden
MAR 9 – Huskvarna Folkets Park, Huskvarna, Sweden
MAR 10 – Debaser, Gamla Stan, Sweden
MAR 12 – Lido, Berlin, Germany
MAR 13 – Mascotte, Zurich, Switzerland

Tickets are on sale now through his website.

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Sometime DAMNED rhythm section Rat Scabies and Paul Gray have reunited on the new album by PROFESSOR AND THE MADMAN.

The L.A. based act is built around singers, guitarists and songwriters Alfie Agnew and Sean Elliott, both from punk band D.I.

Apparently, Alfie and Sean were playing a Xmas gig, at which Scabies just happened to be in attendance, and the pair coaxed him onstage to join them on a cover of The Damned’s ‘Smash It Up’. They later roped him into recording a version of the track with them at Agnew’s home studio. Eventually he agreed to play on their first two digital albums Elixir I: Good Evening, Sir!  and Elixir II: Election, both released last year.

Gray, who’d previously been in EDDIE & THE HOT RODS before joining The Damned for The Black Album and Strawberries, was contacted by Scabies through Facebook, and although they hadn’t communicated since a run of Damned runion shows in the early 90s, he agreed to join the project.

The album, Disintegrate Me, was co-produced by the band with English producer David M Allen, who worked on the notorious Damned album Not Of This Earth, as well as releases by THE CURE and SISTERS OF MERCY. It’s scheduled for release on 23 February through FullerTone Records.

Check out ‘Electroconvulsive Therapy’.

With Scabies and Gray based in the UK, Professor And The Madman have recruited a local rhythm section for US dates. It’s hoped that the pair will join the band for shows on this side of the pond.

As previously announced, Gray has rejoined The Damned for a forthcoming new album being recorded with Tony Visconti.


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Midlands punk rock and rollers DIRT BOX DISCO have a brand new video which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘Imaginary Friend’ is taken from their latest album Poppycock – their fifth in 8 years – which was released last April. The video is the work of celebrated photographer and filmmaker Mark Richards.

A lively and reliable presence on the punk gigging circuit, touring constantly and consistently throughout the UK and  Europe, the DBD machine shows no signs of slowing down in 2018. Catch them on the road at…..

Sat Nov 18th – Whitehaven – Solway Hall
Sat Dec 2nd – Stoke – The Rigger
Sat Dec 9th – Manchester – Star and Garter
Sun Dec 10th – Manchester – Star and Garter
Sat Dec 30th – Wakefield – Warehouse 23

Sat Jan 27th – Birmingham – Asylum
Sat Feb 10th – Portsmouth – Rifle Club
Sun Feb 11th – Swindon – The Vic
Sat Feb 24th – London – O2 Forum (London Rebellion)
Sat Apr 21st – York – Fibbers
Sun Apr 22nd – Derby – Hairy Dog
Fri Apr 27th – Newcastle – O2 Academy
Sat Apr 28th – Glasgow – O2 ABC Scotland (Scotland Calling)
Sun Apr 29th – Manchester – Rebellion Bar
Sat Jun 23rd – Scunthorpe – Lincoln Imp
Thu Jun 28th – London – O2 Academy ( w/The Adicts)
Sat Jun 30th – Manchester Ritz (NW Calling)
Sat Jul 28th – Sheffield – Corporation
Thu/Sun Aug 2/5 – Blackpool – Winter Gardens (Rebellion Festival)
Fri Aug 24th – Stockton – Georgian Theatre
Sat Aug 25th – Edinburgh – Smash
Sun Aug 26th – Doncaster – Diamond Live Lounge
Sat Sep 29th – Newcastle – Student Union (NE Calling)
Sat Nov 3rd – Wolverhampton – Wulfrun Hall (Midlands Calling)
Sat Nov 17th – Ilfracombe – Punk Fest
Sat Dec 15th – Leeds – Brudenell

Poppycock is available now through STP Records.



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Dark London garage rockers THEE UNHOLY INNOCENTS have just released their debut single.

‘White Jesus’ is taken from the band’s debut album Shadows Drag, which is due for release in 2018.

The brainchild of Scottish songwriter Neil Robertson, it also features SIGUE SIGUE SPUTNIKguitarist Neal X, bassist Gavin Jay from JIM JONES & THE RIGHTEOUS MIND and drummer John Russell. It was produced by Alex MacGowan of THE FUTURE SHAPE OF SOUND at his Space Eko Studio.

Says Robertson, “‘White Jesus’ was written years ago when Bush was in power but it does seem particularly appropriate for today. People tend to recoil at the title, fearing some kind of racism or prescriptive anti-religion sentiment but that’s bollocks. I’m interested in the individual and inclusiveness and what it means to be a human being, trying to make sense of the misery and hoping for something beautiful beyond the mundane.”

The band promise gigs in the new year in unusual intimate venues.

‘White Jesus’ is available to download now from iTunes, AmazonSpotify and usual platforms.

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In November last year, an all-star cast of US punks got together to recreate JOHNNY THUNDERS & THE HEARTBREAKERS’ classic album L.A.M.F. live at the Bowery Electric Club in New York.

The show was filmed and recorded for posterity and is set for release on 8 December on CD and DVD.

Sole surviving original Heartbreaker Walter Lure hooked up with BLONDIE drummer Clem Burke, the MC5’s Wayne Kramer and Tommy Stinson of THE REPLACEMENTS for the show. The band was also joined during the gig by special guests Cheetah Chrome from THE DEAD BOYS, Jesse Malin from D-GENERATION and singer Liza Colby.

L.A.M.F. Live At The Bowery Electric is available to pre-order here, along with the previously release 4 CD box set of the original album and it’s various mixes and demos.


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Camberley’s finest THE MEMBERS have a major new anthology out in time for Xmas, plus a brand new single, whose video Vive Le Rock is proud to premiere here!

‘Smartphone Junkie’ is being released on a 7″ single as well as appearing on the CD edition of Greatest Hits – All The Singles.

Never before have all the band’s singles been collected on one compilaton. Best known in the UK for the chart singles ‘Sound Of The Suburbs’ and ‘Offshore Banking Business’ as well as the punk disco staple ‘Solitary Confinement’, ‘Working Girl’ was an MTV smash in the 80s, while ‘Radio’ went to No 1 in Australia.

Greatest Hits is set for release on 1 December on 13-track 12″ vinyl and 18-track CD through Cadiz Music. It’s available to pre-order here.

The Members play a special launch party for the album at the legendary 100 Club in London on Saturday 11 November, with special guests THE DEFECTS, THE OUTFIT and ON TRIAL UK. Tickets priced £15 are available here.


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Piano-bashing Cockney ska band BUSTER SHUFFLE have a bunch of UK dates lined up in preparation for the release of their new album.

I’ll Take What I Want follows on from 2014’s Naked and is set for release on 24 November through Burning Heart. It features the single ‘I Don’t Trust A Word You Say’ which was released last month.

The band have recently undertaken a successful tour of the US West Coast with labelmates GIUDA, as well as a pair of dates in Mexico. They return to the UK to play the following shows….

10 Nov – Star And Garter, Manchester
11 Nov – Wheatsheaf, Banbury
12 Nov – Waterloo, Blackpool
16 Nov – Yardbirds Rock Club, Grimsby

You can pre-order I’ll Take What I Want here.


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Garage-punks SAINT AGNES are to headline this year’s Rock Against Violence event in London next month.

Now in its sixth year, RAV is the annual music event benefiting Solace Women’s Aid, a London-based charity that supports women and children affected by domestic and sexual violence, helping more than 11,000 survivors each year.

This year Solace are partnering with Roadkill Records for a night featuring some of London’s hottest new bands at the O2 Islington in London on Thursday 16 November. The full line-up is as follows….

SAINT AGNES formed in 2014 and have released four sell-out singles and a live EP. With their gritty, DIY work ethic they have risen from the underground to claim their place as one of London’s most compelling and authentic live bands with a devoted following. They draw their audience in with songs of love and betrayal and electrify with their fuzzed out, hook-laden, desert stomp. Watch the video for ‘Merry Mother of God Go Round’ and other singles on their website.


DEAD COAST are a 4- piece psych / blues / surf / garage band based in London. They released their debut album Shambolic in 2016, followed by their first ever US tour in 2017 in support of their standalone single titled ‘The Silt’, including appearances at SXSW and gigs in New York, Chicago and LA. Check out ‘The Silt’ and Shambolic here.

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THE WILD THINGS are a 4-piece alternative rock band from West London. Drawing on early influences as wide as the Beach Boys and Foo Fighters by way of a Weezer pop-tinged lean, the band’s recent output has seen them pull in a rockier, dirtier vibe recalling The Smashing Pumpkins and Band of Skulls via Wolf Alice. Read more and listen to free tracks on their website.

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THE SLY PERSUADERS make raucous garage rock soaked in searing guitars, surf-pop beats and layers of gypsy-psych percussion. With a reputation for hard work, coupled with gang-style backing vocals and anthemic choruses, they’ve cultivated a respectable following on the live London music scene. Visit the Sly Persuaders’ Bandcamp to hear their eponymous debut album, which was released in February this year via Roadkill Records.


PLUM aka Shona Maguire is an electro-pop producer and multi-instrumentalist creating intricate, unique and quirky music. With a live set combining home-made floor pad samplers, filters, various buttons and triggers, she has been described as a bit of a mad scientist. Shona became the first female artist ever to win ‘Best Electronic’ category in the Scottish Alternative Music Awards in 2013. Listen to her album The Seed here.

“We’re really thrilled and grateful that these talented bands are all helping us campaign against domestic and sexual abuse,” says Mary Mason, Solace’s CEO. “There is such a widespread problem across the capital with thousands of women and children needing support after experiencing horrific abuse. Gigs like these reach new audiences and help raise awareness of the issues as well as the services that can support women and girls to be safe, recover and live independently free from abuse.”

Tickets priced £15 are on sale here or £18 on the night. The event will also include a silent auction and raffle prizes to raise additional funds for Solace, including holiday accommodation, private bartending services, collector’s items, beauty products and many more.

If you’re unable to attend, please consider making a donation to Solace Women’s Aid here.

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Fast-rising guitarist and songwriter SUZIE STAPLETON has a new single out this week and she’s giving an exclusive  with Vive Le Rock!

The brooding ‘Yesterday’s Town’ follows on from ‘You Were There’, released last Spring, and once again features the talents of GALLON DRUNK drummer Ian White and bassist Gavin Jay from JIM JONES & THE RIGHTEOUS MIND. It will be available to download free from Friday 27 October at Suzie’s website.

She’ll be giving the single an official launch with a show at The Old Blue Last, Shoreditch, London on 8 November as guest to HENRI HERBERT, who will also be launching his new album.

Born and raised in Australia, Stapleton relocated to the UK in 2015, quickly finding herself in illustrious company, sharing stages with the likes of BOSS HOG, MICK HARVEY and MARK LANEGAN. Earlier this year she guested on LYIDIA LUNCH & CYPRESS GROVE’s covers album Under The Covers, an involvement which stemmed from her collaborations with Grove on THE JEFFREY LEE PIERCE PROJECT, whose fourth and final volume is currently in production.

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The full line-up has been announced for next year’s Undercover Festival, which returns to Dreamland in Margate on Friday 13 and Saturday 14 April.

As previously announced, THE BLOCKHEADS will headline the Friday night,  while SHAM 69 will top the bill on the Saturday.



Day and weekend tickets, with discounts for families and groups, are available here.


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Legendary Scottish garage rockers THE PRIMEVALS play a rare London show next week.

Fronted by Michael Rooney, the band formed in Glasgow in 1983, singing to New Rose and coming to prominence on the fertile mid-80s garage scene alongside the likes of THE GUN CLUB, THE FUZZTONES and THE NOMADS.

Despite changes in line-up, recent years have seen an avalanche burst of activity with the release of a string of albums including Heavy War (2012), Tales Of Endless Bliss (2014) and this year’s Dislocation.

The Primevals headline a special Rockaway Beach Hallowe’en night at The Hope & Anchor, Islington on Friday 27 October. Support comes from THE PHOBICS and GO GO CULT. Tickets priced £8 are available here.

Check out The Primevals playing ‘Prairie Chain’ from ’86.


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JIM JONES & THE RIGHTEOUS MIND have announced a run of UK dates next month, kicking off with a very special London show.

Flushed with the success of their acclaimed debut album Super Natural in the spring, Jones and band have announced the dates in support of new single ‘Something’s Gonna Get Its Hands On You’, which is out on 17 November.

The tour opens at Mirth, Marvel & Maud in Walthamstow, London on Friday 10 November. Support comes from THE FUTURE SHAPE OF SOUND and THE LEFT OUTSIDES. Tickets priced £12.50 are on sale here.

The band then head off round the country with support from fast-rising garage-punk duo DOLLS. Full dates are….

10 Nov – Mirth, Marvel & Maud, London
15 Nov – The Cluny, Newcastle
16 Nov – The Lantern, Halifax
17 Nov – The Soundhouse Leicester
18 Nov – The Forum, Tunbridge Wells
24 Nov – Brain Freeze Festival, Ebbw Vale


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Scots punk’n’roll three-piece THE MURDERBURGERS have a brand new video which they’re launching exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘December Ruined Everything’ is taken from the album The 12 Habits Of Highly Defective People, released at the end of last year. The video was filmed and directed by Mark Richards and stars Fraser Murderburger, Jim from PIZZA TRAMP, Fizzy, and a bunch of lovely animals.

The 12 Habits Of Highly Defective People is available now through Round Dog Records (UK/EU), Asian Man (US), Waterslide (Japan) and through their Bandcamp.

The guys have a bunch of dates lined up, including shows in the US and Europe. Catch them on the road at….

Wed 25th Oct – Big Pre-Fest in Little Ybor, FL, USA @ Crowbar
Sun 29th Oct – The Fest, Gainesville, FL, USA @ High Dive
Thu 9th Nov – Namur, Belgium @ Le Temple w/ PEARS
Fri 10th Nov – Rastatt, Germany @ Art Cannrobert
Sat 11th Nov – Untererthal, Germany @ Stabruch Festival
Fri 15th Nov – Euskirchen, Germany @ Altes Casino
Sat 16th Nov – Bonn, Germany @ Bla
Sat 17th Feb – Edinburgh, Scotland @ Banshee Labyrinth w/ Pizza Tramp

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Early bird tickets are now on sale for next year’s STRUMMERCAMP festival, which Vive Le Rock is proud to be sponsoring!

For their twelfth festival, Strummercamp is moving to a new venue, Oldham Rugby Union Club, where it will be taking place over the Bank Holiday weekend of 25-27 May.

No line-up details have been announced yet, but with previous bills featuring the likes of THE DAMNED, BILLY BRAGG, THE ALARM, RUTS DC, THE MEMBRANES, DREADZONE, THE BEAT THE SELECTER, THE UNDERTONES, UK SUBS, SPEAR OF DESTINY, THE BLOCKHEADS etc, you’ve got a good idea of what to expect!

Early bird weekend ticket prices range from £55 for adults / £35 for under-18s to £110 for families, while under-12s get in FREE!

Tickets are on sale now here! Get in quick before the prices go up!


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