BILLY BREMNER BOUNCES BACK!

Guitarist BILLY BREMNER has announced a pair of rare UK shows with his band ROCKFILES.

A onetime member of LULU’s backing band, Bremner came to fame as guitarist in the pub rock supergroup ROCKPILE alongside Dave Edmunds, Nick Lowe and Terry Williams. He then went on to play with THE PRETENDERS on their hit ‘Back On The Chain Gang’ as well as playing numerous sessions with the likes of ELVIS COSTELLO, CARLEN CARTER and SHAKIN’ STEVENS, as well as enjoying a solo career with Stiff Records. More recently he’s been working in Sweden with THE REFRESHMENTS and with DUCKS DELUXE frontman Sean Tyla in THE TROUBLE BOYS, taking their name from his song, notably covered by Dave Edmunds and Thin Lizzy.

Billy Bremner’s Rockfiles play The 100 Club, London on Wednesday 23 January. Tickets are on sale here.

They then play The Prince Albert, Brighton on Sunday 27 January. Get tickets here.

The dates are preceded this month by a new singles compilation from Cherry Red, charting Billy’s career since 1974. Singled Out is available to order here.

Check out Rockpile performing ‘Trouble Boys’.

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CULTURE ABUSE COVER THE EQUALS!

San Francisco punks CULTURE ABUSE tool up for their UK tour with a cover of THE EQUALS’ 1967 single ‘Police On My Back’.

Formed in Hornsey in 1965, The Equals had a number of hits including ‘Black Skin Blue-Eyed Boys’ and the millions-selling ‘Baby Come Back’ and spawned the career of Eddie ‘Electric Avenue’ Grant. ‘Police On My Back’, only released as a single in Europe, would later get a fresh boost when covered by THE CLASH on their Sandinista album.

A live favourite of Culture Abuse, their version features guest vocals from Zac Carper of FIDLAR.

“We’ve been playing this song live for the last year,” explains frontman David Kelling. “Then right after we recorded Bay Dream we were partying with Zac and thought it would be fun to try and tackle it together. Most people know it because of The Clash but the song was actually a cover by a band from the 60s called The Equals, fronted by Eddie Grant! So it’s a testament to how truly good the song is! We went into the studio hungover, the morning after we played with Fidlar in LA and knocked this out, mostly live, with some wild overdubbing.”

Touring in support of second album Bay Dream, the band play the following dates….

17 Oct  Southampton, Joiners  TICKETS
18 Oct  Birmingham, Actress & Bishop  TICKETS
19Oct  Nottingham, Bodega  TICKETS
20 Oct  Leeds, Key Club  TICKETS
21 Oct  Brighton, Hope & Ruin  TICKETS
22 Oct  Bristol, Exchange  TICKETS
23 Oct  Glasgow, King Tuts   TICKETS
24 Oct  Manchester, Star & Garter  TICKETS
25 Oct  London, Boston Music Room  TICKETS

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SPENCER’S GOT THE HITS!

JON SPENCER has unveiled a video for the lead track from his debut solo album.

As previously announced Spencer Sings The Hits! is set for release on 2 November through In The Red Records.

The video for ‘I Got The Hits’ is the work of young Arizona director Alex Italics. Says Spencer, “Over the past year I kept seeing wonderful and strange music videos that had one thing in common: all were directed by an Alex Italics. I determined to track down this young auteur with the aim of getting a similar cinematic sensation for my new album Spencer Sings The Hits! Alex turned out to be a mild-mannered young man from Tucson, Arizona living in Southern California. I gave him a free hand to pick the song and devise a treatment. The result is the scary slice-of-life that you can now see for yourself.

“I love the creepy contrast with the song’s punk abandon,” continues Jon. “We filmed at a rented house in Santa Ana. At the end of each day, after the nearby nightly Disneyland fireworks had faded and the cast and crew had left, I would sleep in a bunk bed in the child’s bedroom. Turns out doing an entire video laying on the floor is harder than it looks!”

Spencer will be touring Europe in the UK over the next couple of months, both headlining and as special guests to THE MELVINS. Full dates are….

October – with The Melvins unless noted
19          Eindhoven(NL)  Café’ Wilhelmina (TICKETS)  HEADLINE SHOW
20          Haarlem (NL)     Patronaat (TICKETS)
21          Kortruk (BE)       De Kreun (TICKETS)
23          Birmingham       02 Academy 2 (TICKETS)
24          Norwich              Waterfront  (TICKETS)
25          Cardiff                Y Plas (TICKETS)
26          Leeds                 Stylus (TICKETS)
27          Glasgow             Broadcast (TICKETS) HEADLINE SHOW
28          Manchester        Academy 2 (TICKETS)
29          Brighton             Concorde 2 (TICKETS)
30          London               Koko (TICKETS)

November – Jon Spencer headline dates
1            Bristol                 Exchange (TICKETS)
2            London               Rough Trade East
3            Newcastle          Cluny 2 (TICKETS)
4            Nottingham       Bodega (TICKETS)
5            Arlon (BE)           L’ entropot (TICKETS)
6            Brussels (BE)      Botanique (TICKETS)
7            Muenster (DE)  Gleis 22 (TICKETS)
8            Koln (DE)            Helios (TICKETS)

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NOCTORUM NEW SINGLE EXCLUSIVE!

NOCTORUM, the current project of former THE CHURCH guitarist Marty Willson-Piper are preparing to release their fourth album and they’re airing the first single exclusively with with Vive Le Rock!

In Noctorum, Willson-Piper is joined by producer and longtime collaborator Dare Mason. Friends since childhood, the pair have worked together on Willson-Piper’s numerous solo albums as well as projects with The Church.

Named after a village on The Wirral, where the pair grew up, Noctorum’s debut album Sparks Lane was released in 2003, followed by Offer The Light in 2006 and Honey Mink Forever in 2011.

New single ‘A Girl With No Love’, which is set for release on 24 October through all digital platforms, is taken from the album The Afterlife, which the pair have been recording with help from local musicians at Mason’s VIP Lounge studio in Penzance, Cornwall. Due for official release in February, it’s available to pre-order for early shipping in November through PledgeMusic, alongside various unique offers and experiences.

Willson-Piper is currently touring the US followed by dates in Europe. Catch him on the road at…

07 Oct NEW ORLEANS, LA – Siberia Lounge
11 Oct FORT WORTH, TX – Fort Worth Live
12 Oct SAN ANTONIO, TX – TBC
13 Oct AUSTIN, TX – Cactus Cafe
15 Oct MARFA, TX – Hotel Saint George
16 Oct HOUSTON, TX – Warehouse Live
18 Oct DENTON, TX – Patterson-Appleton Center
19 Oct DALLAS, TX – Palo Santo Galactic Headquarters
20 Oct DALLAS, TX – Palo Santo Galactic Headquarters
24 Oct NEW YORK, NY – The Loft
26 Oct HARRISBURG, PA – Stage On Herr
27 Oct BERLIN, NJ – The Vault
10 Nov HELSINKI, FINLAND – Nordic Music Days (as part of Anekdoten)
22 Dec BURG STERNBERG, GERMANY – Geisterfest
02 Jan LANDSBERG, GERMANY – Café Zirnheld (TBC)

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LEAGUE FILM PREMIERES AT DOC’N’ROLL FEST!

A new documentary on the ANTI-NOWHERE LEAGUE is to get its world premiere as part of the Doc’n’Roll Film Festival, which returns for its fifth edition this Autumn.

The festival, which runs from 1st to 18th November at cinemas across London, will feature 28 documentaries focusing on iconic musicians, labels and cultures down the decades from such widespread parts of the world as Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Ukraine and Wales, including 25 world, European, UK and London premieres, filmmaker and artist Q&As and live music events.

We Are The League (How Deep Do You Want It?) by director George Hencken is packed full of never-before-seen archive footage, from the League’s first ever show at the world-famous Lyceum in London, to clips from Stewart Copeland’s legendary lost nouveau-punk art film odyssey So What!

The screening on Friday 2 November at the Genesis Cinema, Whitechapel will be followed by a Q&A with the director and band members.

Other Vive Le Rock-friendly docs screening during the festival include Some Other Guys – The Story Of The Big ThreeThe Wedding Present: Something Left BehindMy View: Clem BurkeRudeboy: The Story of Trojan RecordsIs It Punk Music?Stories From She Punks and more.

The full schedule is…

Thurs 1 Nov, 6.45pm – Barbican Centre
Our Most Brilliant Friends (World Premiere + Q&A)
Slow Club

Fri 2 Nov, 6:30pm – The Photographers’ Gallery
Kojey Radical short film (World Premiere + Q&A)

Fri 2 Nov, 9pm – Genesis Cinema
We Are The League (How Deep Do You Want It?) (World Premiere + Q&A)
Anti-Nowhere League

Sat 3 Nov, 3pm – Curzon Soho
Some Other Guys – The Story of The Big Three (London Premiere + Q&A)
The Big Three

Sat 3 Nov, 4pm – Rio Dalston
Something Left Behind (London Premiere + Q&A)
The Wedding Present

Sat 3 Nov, 6.30pm – Picturehouse Central
My View: Clem Burke (London Premiere + Q&A)

Sun 4 Nov, 2.30pm – Genesis Cinema
RocKabul (UK Premiere + Q&A)

Sun 4 Nov, 4pm – Barbican Centre
Mantra: Sounds into Silence (UK premiere + Q&A)

Sun 4 Nov, 5.30pm – Rio Dalston
Rudeboy: The Story of Trojan Records + Q&A

Wed 7 Nov, 8pm – Everyman King’s Cross Cinema
Never Stop – A Music That Resists (UK Premiere + Q&A)
Detroit Techno followed by after party at Spiritland

Thur 8 Nov, 6.30pm – Picturehouse Central
I Can Only Be Mary Lane (UK Premiere + Q&A)

Thur 8 Nov, 8.45pm – Barbican Centre
Anorac (London Premiere + Q&A)
Welsh-language pop music

Friday 9 Nov, 6.30pm – Picturehouse Central
Is It Punk Music? (UK Premiere + Q&A)
Cassels

Sat 10 Nov, 3.00pm – The Castle Cinema
Rudeboy: The Story of Trojan Records

Sat 10 Nov, 3.30pm – Barbican Centre
Anne Clark: I’ll Walk Out Into Tomorrow (UK Premiere + Q&A)

Sat 10 Nov, 6pm – Curzon Soho
Silvana (London Premiere + Q&A)

Sat 10 Nov, 7pm – Genesis Cinema
Stories from She Punks (World Premiere + Q&A)

Sun 11 Nov 3pm – Picturehouse Central
Blue Note Records – Beyond the Notes (London Premiere + Q&A)

Sun 11 Nov, 4pm – Rio Dalston
Sepultura Endurance (UK Premiere)

Sun 11 Nov 5pm – Curzon Soho
The Library Music Film (London Premiere + Q&A)

Mon 12 Nov, 8.45pm – Barbican Centre
Chilly Gonzales – Shut Up and Play The Piano + Q&A

Tue 13 Nov, 8.30pm – Rich Mix
My Darling Son: Morski & The Turbans (UK Premiere + Q&A)

Wed 14 Nov, 6.30pm – Picturehouse Central
Myth (UK Premiere + Q&A)
Vasyl Slipak Opera Singer

Wed 14 Nov, 8.30pm – Rich Mix
Slave to the Grind (London Premiere + Q&A)
Grindcore

Thur 5 Nov, 8.45pm – Ritzy
Rudeboy: The Story of Trojan Records

Thur 15 Nov, 9.10pm – Picturehouse Central
About a Badly Drawn Boy: The Story of The Hour Of Bewilderbeast (London Premiere + Q&A)

Sat 17 Nov 1pm – Ronnie Scotts
Blue Note Records – Beyond the Notes + Q&A

Sat 17 Nov, 4pm – Picturehouse Central
How They Got Over: Black Quartets and the Road to Rock’n’Roll (UK Premiere + Q&A)

Sat 17 Nov, 6.30pm – Genesis Cinema
So, Which Band Is Your Boyfriend In…? (London Premiere + Q&A)
UK Female DIY and underground scene

Sun 18 Nov, 4pm – Bertha Doc House
Pure Love: The Voice Of Ella Fitzgerald

Sun 18 Nov, 5.30pm – Curzon Soho
Ethiopiques: Revolt of the Soul (UK Premiere + Q&A)

Sun 18 Nov, 6pm – Picturehouse Central
Listen To My Song (World Premiere + Q&A)
Ex FARC Colombian musician Esteban

Full movie info and ticket details can be found on the Doc’n’Roll website.

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MILLIE MANDERS E.P. EXCLUSIVE!

Fast-rising ska-punks MILLIE MANDERS AND THE SHUTUP have a new EP out this week and they’re streaming it exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

The four-track Shutup EP was produced by the band with Musa Henderson at Brinks Records and mastered by Oz Craggs (Maid Of Ace, Mallory Knox).

“This sound is, in our opinion, the best we have ever had!” enthuses Millie.

They have a load of dates taking them up to the end of the year, kicking off with an EP launch tonight at the New Cross Inn, London. Full dates are…

20 Sep – London, New Cross Inn
21 Sep – Norwich, Blueberry Music House
22 Sep – Manchester, Star And Garter
23 Sep – Nottingham, The Bodga
28 Sep – Bracknell, Acoustic Couch
29 Sep – Salisbury, Winchester Gate
30 Sep – Canterbury, Lady Luck Bar
06 Oct – Staines, London Stone
20 Oct – Bradford, The Underground
25 Oct – Blackpool, Waterloo Bar
26 Oct – Blackpool, The Waterloo
09 Oct – Leeds, Wharf Chambers
10 Oct – Leuven, Belgium, Het Depot
01 Dec – Kingston, The Fighting Cocks
07 Dec – Folkstone, The Harp Restrung
08 Dec – Norwich, Blueberry Music House
13 Dec – Cambridge, Portland Arms
14 Dec – Ipswich, Smokehouse
15 Dec – Stamford, Voodoo Lounge
21 Dec – Bolton, The Alma Inn
22 Dec – Lancaster, The Bobbin
23 Dec – York, The Ainsty

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T.V. SMITH UNVEILS NEW SINGLE!

T.V. SMITH has announced a second single from his new album.

‘Never Again Until The Next Time’ is taken from Land Of The Overdose, which is just released on German label JKP, the label of punk superstars DIE TOTEN HOSEN.

“It’s been a long journey from 1977,” says the former ADVERTS frontman. “I used to think that punk rock was a one-off protest movement, but sadly now in 2018 there is even more to protest about. The punk spirit lives on. In Land Of The Overdose I’ve tried to sum up everything I feel about what’s wrong with the world and what we can do about it. The only compensation for me about the awful state we find ourselves in is that it’s inspired me to come up with some of the best songs I’ve ever written. I hope this album sends out a positive message that if we recognise the problems in the world things can start to change for the better, and that music can be a force for the good.”

Listen to ‘Never Again Until The Next Time’.

Catch T.V. Smith on the road at…

21 Dec – Leicester – Duffy‘s Bar
22 Dec – Manchester – Star & Garter
19 Jan – Worcester – Marr‘s Bar
20 Jan – Nottingham – Foremans

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CAVEMEN UNVEIL NEW VIDEO!

Kiwi garage-punks THE CAVEMEN have just released a video for their brand new single.

‘Burn Out For Love’ backed with ‘Dancing On The Razors Edge’ is set for release on 5 October through Dirty Water Records in the UK and Mandinga Records in Brazil. It’s available to pre-order here.

The band head across to mainland Europe tonight for a mammoth tour, save for a solitary UK date as support to Radio Birdman on 16 October. Full dates are…

14-09: Dueville (IT) – Viaroma17
15-09: Fontanafreda (IT) – Astro Club
16-09: Imperia (IT) – Arci Camalli
17-09: Toulouse (FR) – LE BLOB
18-09: Bilbao (ES) – La nube cafe teatro
19-09: Santander (ES) – Rockbeer Thenew
20-09: Coimbra (PT) – Teatrão
21-09: Lisboa (PT) – Sabotage Club
22-09: Madrid (ES) – Fun House Music Bar
23-09: Leon (ES) – Babylon León
25-09: Benidorm (ES) – Tentaculo R’n’R Club
26-09: Barcelona (ES) – Meteoro
27-09: Pamplona (ES) – Nebula Bar
28-09: Bordeaux (FR) – L’Antidote Bordeaux
29-09: Kuurne (BE) – Splinter Festival
30-09: Essen (DE) – Freak SHOW

01-10: Antwerpen (BE) – Cafee cabron
02-10: Liege (BE) – Far-West Bar
03-10: Brussels (BE) – Cafe Central
04-10: Munster (DE) – Gleis 22
05-10: Berlin (DE) – Tief
06-10: Leipzig (DE) – G16
07-10: Luzern (CH) – Sedel
08-10: Bern (CH) – The Voodoo Rhythm Hardware Store
09-10: Roma (IT) – 30 Formiche
10-10: Torino (IT) – Torino Asilo Occupato
11-10: Ravenna (IT) – Bronson
12-10: Suzzara (IT) – Grida dai Fienili
13-10: Ferrara (IT) – Circolo arci bolognesi
16-10: London (UK) The Dome, Tufnell Park w/ Radio Birdman
20-10: Istanbul (TU) We’re Loud
22 -10:Sofia (BL) Mixtape 5
23-10: Kumanovo (MAC) Agora
24-10: Serbia TBA
25-10: Belgrade (SER) Kc Grad
26-10: Ilirska Bistrica (SLO) Mknž

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GODFATHERS GIGS FOR GARRY!

THE GODFATHERS have announced two very special Scottish dates for December.

The shows in Edinburgh and Glasgow are benefits for the family of Garry Borland, lead singer of HEAVY DRAPES, who sadly passed away suddenly in June.

The band will play Voodoo Rooms in Edinburgh on Saturday 8th December and Audio in Glasgow on Sunday 9th December. On both nights The Godfathers will be joined by REACTION. There’ll also be a very special set by Heavy Drapes members Richie Simpson, Billy Duncanson and Jerry Crowe joined by The Godfathers’ Peter Coyne on vocals to perform some Heavy Drapes numbers and punk classics.

The proceeds from both concerts will go directly to Garry’s widow Julie Borland and their daughter Mischa.

Tickets for Edinburgh and Glasgow are on sale NOW!

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LAST GREAT DREAMERS ANNOUNCE SINGLE AND DATES!

Powerpop rockers LAST GREAT DREAMERS are back on the road, with a new single.

‘Primitive Man’ is the third single to be lifted from their acclaimed album 13th Floor Renegades which was released in April. The track’s available now from iTunes, Amazon and Spotify.

The band have spent the spring and summer gigging, including a number of festival appearances and their first ever shows in Norway. The band’s album has recently been picked up for regular airplay from legendary US powerpop maven Rodney Bingenheimer on his Sirius XM Underground Garage radio show, enabling them to hook up with a US agent and begin planning US dates for the new year.

“It’s been quite a year,” says guitarist Slyder. “The reaction to 13th Floor Renegades has been amazing, we’ve received some fantastic reviews and the songs have been going down a storm live too. We’ve also had some airplay in the USA and Scandinavia so we are planning to get out to both those places soon. ‘Primitive Man’ is a real stomping track, we now close the set with this, it’s already become a fan favourite”

In the meantime, you can catch the band on the road in the UK at…

Fri 31st August            BRADFORD Trash (w/Jetboy) – TICKETS

Sat 1st September       HRH SLEAZE Festival (Sheffield) – TICKETS

Sun 2nd September     LONDON Underworld (w/Jetboy) – TICKETS

Thu 13 September       BRADFORD Trash (w/Pretty Boy Floyd) – TICKETS

Fri 14 September         NOTTINGHAM Rock City (w/Pretty Boy Floyd) – TICKETS

Sat 15 September        HULL METAL HEAVEN Festival – TICKETS

Sun 16 September       LONDON Underworld (w/Pretty Boy Floyd) – TICKETS

Sun 2nd December      PLANET ROCKSTOCK Festival (Trecco Bay, S.Wales) – TICKETS

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GIMME GIMME SLOKS TREATMENT!

Ace Italian garage-punks SLOKS have just revealed a new video.

The brilliantly-titled ‘Dad Can Dance’ is taken from the band’s debut album Holy Motor, which is set for release through Voodoo Rhythm Records on 21 September.

The trio of Ivy Claudy, Peter Chopsticks, Buddy Fuzz came together in Turin in 2015 and initially came to the attention of Vive Le Rock earlier this year via the video for their single ‘Use Me’.

Voodoo Rhythm head honcho Reverend Beatman caught them opening a local alternative festival in Italy and packed them off to Swampland Studio in Toulouse to lay down their debut album with producer Lo Spider.

“It was so Destructive and Suicidal Dangerous and amazing eye catching the same time,” says Beatman. “The Female Singer Ivy Claudy almost killed herself in her act strangling herself with the microphone cable and screamed as loud that she spit blood on the same time Buddy Fuzz wanked constantly his guitar overdosing totally distorting and endless feedback they were so Negative and creative the same time .. it was defiantly way too much for the audience and most of them left immediately except Us … and they had to open the festival anyways hahaha!!”

Pre-orders are not yet available but when they are, you’ll find them on the band’s Voodoo Rhythm page.

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THE RUN UP FEELING DOWN!

Bristol melodic punks THE RUN UP have just unveiled a brand new video.

‘The Upside Of Being Down’ is taken from the band’s new 5-track EP Good Friends, Bad Luck which is set for release through Real Ghost Records on 28 September.

Says frontman Larry Bernard, “We decided on Good Friends, Bad Luck because of the amount of shitty luck we’ve had on the road recently with our van breaking down, missing shows and even getting robbed of our wheels on a dual carriageway in Germany. We are super lucky to have each other to rely on to make the best of the bad situations.”

Formed in 2014, the band released their self-titled debut album last year, and since then have played successful tours of the UK, Europe and the USA. The band head out on a run of UK and European shows this week, kicking off with a gig tonight in their hometown, culminating in a London date at the O2 Academy, Islington. Full dates are…

16.08.18 – UK Bristol – Exchange
17.08.18 – DE Cologne – Privat
18.08.18 – DE Osnabrück – TRASH
19.08.18 – DE Hamburg – Monkeys Music Club
22.08.18 – DE Berlin – Schokoladen
23.08.18 – CZ Prague – Café Na půl cesty
24.08.18 – DE Regensburg – Privat
25.08.18 – DE Ulm – The Broken Fest
26.08.18 – DE Trier – Sutteräng
02.09.18 – UK London – O2 Academy Islington

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NEW SINGLE AND ALBUM FOR BIRDPEN!

Alt-rock duo BIRDPEN have just unveiled a striking new video for their latest single.

‘Oh So Happy’ is taken from the pair’s fifth album There’s Something Wrong With Everything, which is due out on 12 October. It’s available to pre-order now exclusively through PledgeMusic.

The duo, who feature Dave Pen of long-running London post-rock band ARCHIVE and Mike Bird, will be playing a series of UK and Euorpean dates during the autumn, including the following two shows…

17.10.18 LONDON The Islington

18.10.18 SOUTHAMPTON Joiners Arms

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T.V. SMITH BACK WITH NEW ALBUM!

Former ADVERTS frontman T.V. SMITH is back with a new album and tour.

Land Of The Overdose is set for release on 14 September through JKP Records, the label of German band DIE TOTEN HOSEN, the German punk legends with whom Smith recorded and released an entire studio album – Useless: The Very Best Of TV Smith – something they have never done with any other artist.

More than forty years after finding chart success with Devon punk legends The Adverts, Smith has morphed into and insightful and incisive political troubadour, playing in excess of 100 gigs a year.

“It‘s been a long journey from 1977,” reflects Smith. “I used to think that punk rock was a one-off protest movement, but sadly now in 2018 there is even more to protest about. The punk spirit lives on. In Land Of The Overdose I‘ve tried to sum up everything I feel about what‘s wrong with the world and what we can do about it. The only compensation for me about the awful state we find ourselves in is that it’s inspired me to come up with some of the best songs I’ve ever written. I hope this album sends out a positive message that if we recognise the problems in the world things can start to change for the better, and that music can be a force for the good.”

Smith will be taking his message to the masses with shows at….

23.08.2018  Shoreham – Duke Of Wellington
24.08.2018  Brenchley – Beer Festival
31.08.2018  Stourbridge – Katy Fitzgeralds
01.09.2018  Uttoxeter – Punk Uttoxeter
02.09.2018  Marchington – Dog & Partridge
06.09.2018  Edinburgh – Bannermans
07.09.2018  Whitwell Festival of Music
08.09.2018  London – Unicorn
21.12.2018  Leicester – Duffy‘s Bar
22.12.2018  Manchester – Star & Garter

Land Of The Overdose is available to pre-order now here.

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XTC MEMBERS RETURN TO THE STAGE!

Fifty per cent of XTC return to the live stage this autumn for the first time in donkey’s years.

The Swindon band’s bassist/vocalist Colin Moulding and original drummer Terry Chambers will be embarking on a series of shows at Swindon Arts Centre on 29, 30, 31 October and 1 November, with the possibility of further shows being added.

The dates follow on from the release last year of the pair’s Great Aspirations EP under the band name TC&I, and also mark the 40th Anniversary of XTC’s first studio album White Music.

Says Moulding, “These dates are probably commensurate with our output thus far. We’re not going to do the usual promoters’ circuit. Besides it’s kind of special this way. Like a stationary west end show or something,” says Colin Moulding.

“Exciting times,” agrees Chambers. Eighteen months ago couldn’t see this happening – I’m as excited about these gigs as I was in 1973 playing our first gig at the Arts Centre, Swindon as a 17 year Helium Kid, and the first time to be playing with Colin together on stage since San Diego.

As well as the pair’s new material as TC&I, they plan to play a selection of the songs from the XTC catalogue written by Colin, several of which have never been played live due to the fact that the band stopped touring in 1982, not long before Chambers’ departure.

Tickets for the shows are available now here.

Check out the video for ‘Scatter Me’.

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JON SPENCER ANNOUNCES SOLO ALBUM!

NYC punk-blues legend JON SPENCER returns returns in the Autumn with his debut solo album and a bunch of live dates.

Spencer Sings The Hits is to be released through In The Red Records on 2 November and features the single ‘Do The Trash Can’, shown here.

To make the record, Spencer headed out to the Key Club Recording Comapany in sleepy Benton Harbor, Michigan where the BLUES EXPLOSION made 2012’s Meat and Bone to lay down tracks with Bill Skibbe, who also produced the most recent BOSS HOG album Brood X, along with keyboard player Sam Coombes and drummer M Sord.

Says Spencer, “Sam is someone with whom I have crossed paths many times over the years. I have always been a fan of his wild keyboard style and twisted tunesmith-ery. (In fact we kicked around the idea of a collaboration way back in the early aughts.) I got to know Sord from previous visits to and projects done at the Key Club, he was the handyman and assistant engineer that turned out to be a great drummer.”

Laying down the basic track during late 2017, the sessions were brought to an abrupt halt when Spencer was forced to return to New York on the sudden death of his father-in-law.

“I had to rush back East to be with family,” he explains. “But we accomplished enough – got basics down for all songs. I went back to Michigan (solo) in January to overdub and mix. In general, throughout the project, I tried not to overthink anything and instead just kept pushing forward, trusting in my instincts. I figured that I had already spent months and years thinking about this record and these songs.”

Set for release on 2 November, Spencer Sings The Hits is available to pre-order here.

Spencer will be playing UK dates at the end of October as special guest to THE MELVINS.

23 Oct Birmingham 02 Academy 2
24 Oct Norwich Waterfront
25 Oct Cardiff Y Plas
26 Oct Leeds Stylus
28 Oct Manchester Academy 2
29 Oct Brighton Concorde 2
30 Oct London Koko

Tickets go on sale on Friday 27 July here.

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SYTERIA HIT THE ROAD!

Leeds rockers SYTERIA have a bunch of dates taking them through to the autumn.

The band, who feature in the latest edition of Vive Le Rock!, first came together in 2015 and feature Jackie Chambers of the legendary GIRLSCHOOL on lead guitar. Their debut album Rant-o-Bot is out now.

Th dates take in appearances at the Tramlines and Winterstorm festivals, as well as a London show at the New Cross Inn and four dates in Corfu!

Full dates are below…

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A DOLL’S TALE!

NEW YORK DOLLS legend Sylvain Sylvain hits the UK this week for an intimate series of dates, sponsored by Vive Le Rock!

The solo dates in support of the guitarist’s warts’n’all autobiography There’s No Bones In Ice Cream will find him accompanying himself on some of the songs that made his and the band’s name, between anecdotes from the incredible life story of one of the USA’s most notorious rock’n’roll bands.

Catch him on the road at…

Thurs 19 July – Trades Club, Hebden Bridge
Fri 20 July – Museum & Art Gallery, Blackburn
Sat 21 July – Attma, Manchester
Sun 22 July – The Dublin Castle, London
Tues 24 July – Hotel Pelirocco, Brighton
Thurs 26 July – Saint Luke’s, Glasgow
Fri 27 July – Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh
Sun 29 July – Bar 10, Forfar

Set for publication on 19 July, There’s No Bones In Ice Cream is available to pre-order here.

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