CHORDS U.K. SINGLE AND DATES!

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

More dates to be confirmed….

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GARY LAMMIN ANNOUNCES INSTORE GIGS!

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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”.

Gary Guitar Lammin is available here.

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EIGHT ROUNDS RAPID HIT THE TARGET!

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.

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We talk to Dave Alexander from the band for our Gob Rock feature in the latest edition of Vive Le Rock!

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ROCKAWAY BEACH’S BIRTHDAY BOMB!

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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.

Tickets priced £8 are on sale now here.

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LONDON INTERNATIONAL SKA FESTIVAL RETURNS!

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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.

Highlights include…

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

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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

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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.

 

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DEPARTMENT S VIDEO EXCLUSIVE!

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)

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LIL’ LOST LOU CASTS HER SPELL!

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.

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BRAINIAC 5 BACK IN THE SADDLE!

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!

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PLAYBOY MANBABY VIDEO EXCLUSIVE!

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.

You can download ‘You Can Be A Fascist Too’ here.

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CUT ANNOUNCE ALBUM AND DATES!

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.

Cut hit the UK on Wednesday for shows at….

22.02.17 GLASGOW – Bar Bloc
23.02.17 LIVERPOOL – Sound, Food & Drink
24.02.17 OLDHAM – Stein Bier Keller
25.02.17 EDINBURGH – Leith Depot

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S.L.F. BOOK BIG BELFAST BIRTHDAY BASH!

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With their 40th Anniversary tour already lined up for March, STIFF LITTLE FINGERS have announced a very special hometown show for the Summer.

The band play Belfast’s Custom House Square on Saturday 26 August with special guests THE STRANGERS, THE RUTS DC, THE OUTCASTS and Belfast punk legend TERRI HOOLEY.

Tickets go on sale here from Friday 17 February.

The Belfast show will be preceded by a gig at The Academy, Dublin with support from The Ruts DC on Friday 25 August.

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DAHMERS PREPARE FOR NEW ALBUM!

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Swedish garage rockers THE DAHMERS have just released a new 3-track EP.

Nightcrawler features two tracks from their forthcoming album In The Dead Of Night, plus a cover of DEVO’s ‘Social Fools’.

Check out the video for the track ‘No One’ here.

Nightcrawler is available to buy on vinyl here and digitally from iTunes.

In The Dead Of Night is set for release by Lövely Records on 24 March. It can be pre-ordered here.

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DESCENDENTS BOUNCE BACK!

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Having torn the roof off Rebellion last August, long-serving L.A. punks DESCENDENTS return to the U.K. for a special one-off date.

The Manhattan Beach quartet play Brixton Academy in London on Sunday 4 June. Tickets go on sale this Friday 10 February here.

After a long lay-off, the band returned with a new studio album Hypercaffium Spazzinate last summer. Check out this clip of the band playing ‘Full Circle’ from the album live.

Buy Hypercaffium Spazzinate here.

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1919 ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM!

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Bradford post-punks 1919 issue their second studio album next month – 33 years after their first!

Initially formed in 1980, the band were linked to the nascent Goth movement, thanks to their heavy, melodic, intense dance music and at one time featured a pre-ZODIAC MINDWARP Mark Manning. They released three indie hit singles and the Earth Song EP, as well as the 1984 debut album Machine.

Founder and guitarist Mark Tighe convened a new line-up in 2014 and, joined by early drummer Mick Reed, began playing several European dates before signing to Westworld Recordings for the release of new material. With work on the new album Bloodline completed, however, Tighe was diagnosed with cancer and sadly passed away earlier this year.

Bloodline is set for release by Westworld on 17 March. It’s available to pre-order here.

Friends and fans of the band can also make donations to Marie Curie Yorks & Humber in Mark’s honour.

Check out the video for the title track.

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Read a feature on 1919 in issue 39 of Vive Le Rock!

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RUTS D.C. EXCLUSIVE VIDEO PREMIERE!

Following hot on the heels of last year’s critically acclaimed new album Music Must Destroy – which we voted Album of the Year –  THE RUTS DC are gearing up to take 2017 by storm, launching their new single exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘Kill The Pain’ heralds the latest burst of activity from the band as they prepare to head out on the road as special guests to THE STRANGLERS on a major UK Tour throughout March and early April.

Lifted from Music Must Destroy, the band’s first new rock recordings since 1981, ‘Kill The Pain’ features backing vocals from STIFF LITTLE FINGERS frontman Jake Burns and SPEAR OF DESTINY / THEATRE OF HATE frontman Kirk Brandon. Having successfully toured together as the ever evolving DEAD MEN WALKING acoustic tour, it was the perfect opportunity to feature the iconic frontmen on the single.

“One of the many highlights of last year was hooking up with Jake and Kirk to do some Dead Men Walking acoustic shows,” explains bassist and vocalist Segs. “Four veterans in one van, how would that go?! In between singing we didn’t stop talking and laughing. It just felt right to have them sing on the single. What with The Stranglers tour coming up, 2017 looks like another exciting year for The Ruts DC.”

‘Kill The Pain’ is released on 3 March via Westworld/Sosumi Recordings (alongside a previously unreleased instrumental version) and is available to pre-order now from iTunesAmazon, Google Play, Amazon US and iTunes US.

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Catch The Ruts DC on tour with The Stranglers throughout March/April at the following dates….

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RED ROOSTER ADDS MORE NAMES!

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Okie roots rocker J.D. McPHERSON is among the latest additions to Suffolk’s Red Rooster Festival.

Broken Arrow’s finest is joined by more rootsy big hitters in the form of DANNY & THE CHAMPIONS OF THE WORLD, THE ROCKINGBIRDS, BIG SANDY & HIS FLY-RITE BOYS and KING SALAMI & THE CUMBERLAND THREE, THE ALAN TYLER SHOW and more.

They join the already announced NICK LOWE, BARRENCE WHITFIELD & THE SAVAGES, GUADALUPE PLATA and THE HANGING STARS and others, with still more acts to be announced.

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Now in its fourth year, and championing the best in roots, rock’n’roll, rhythm’n’blues and Americana, Red Rooster takes place at Euston Hall near Thetford from 1 to 3 June. Tickets and further line-up details are available here.

Check out J.D. McPherson’s ‘Head Over Heels’.

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NORMAN WATT-ROY CELEBRATED IN NEW EXHIBITION!

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BLOCKHEADS and WILKO JOHNSON bassist NORMAN WATT-ROY is being celebrated in a new exhibition in London next month.

The multi-media exhibition at the newly opened Cadiz Gallery in Deptford features sound, fine art, illustration and animation, studying movement, music and the sonic experience of being in close proximity of live, raw, rock and roll being produced.

Serving time in early-70s bands THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH and GLENCOE before joining Radio Caroline-endorsed jazz-funksters LOVING AWARENESS, soon to be recruited by IAN DURY as The Blockheads. The rest is history.

The exhibition features the work of Essex-based artist, Tad Blower and will serve as the launch for his retro-style Norman Watt-Roy Flicker Book. On display will be Tad’s supporting drawings, giant expressive paintings, and animations.

“This exhibition could be seen as an absurd piece of ‘fan art’ gone out of control,” says Tad. “It is really an honest and exciting response to a unique and interesting subject matter… going to live gigs, especially in small venues is quite bizarre, it’s as much about watching as it is listening… watching and absorbing as legends do their thing.”

Formatively a fine artist/painter, Tad has more recently moved into animation – creating artwork for Julien Temple’s Oil City Confidential and Richard England’s East End Babylon.  “I am really pleased with the flicker book,” he says. “It is pocket-sized work of art that records some of the umpteen facial expressions, body contortions and finger movements of Norman in concert.  When I was child I would spend hours flicking through flicker books, there is something really magical about them”.

The exhibition opens on Wednesday 1 February at the Cadiz Gallery, 13 Harmon Place, London SE8 3FE. Admission is FREE.

The Norman Watt-Roy Flicker Book is available to order now from our very own Vive Le Shop!

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SENSIBLE, BLOCKHEADS AND UNDERTONES FOR 80S FESTIVAL!

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The 80s revival festival REWIND returns this Summer with three individual events.

The festivals will take place Scone Palace, Perth (21-23 July), Capesthorne Hall, Cheshire (4-6 August) and Temple Island Meadows, Henley-on-Thames (18-20 August).

Among a host of less Vive Le Rock-friendly acts, also performing over the weekends will be the likes of THE HUMAN LEAGUE, TOM ROBINSON, THE UNDERTONES, JUNIOR MARVIN’S WAILERS, STEVE HARLEY & COCKNEY REBEL, PETER HOOK & THE LIGHT, GLEN MATLOCK, DR & THE MEDICS, STATUS QUO, THE BLOCKHEADS, HUGH CORNWELL, CAPTAIN SENSIBLE, BIG COUNTRY, JILTED JOHN and many more.

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Potential festival-goers should check who’s appearing where before booking tickets which are available from the Rewind website.

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