Happening new Manchester post-punks SHAKING CHAINS issue their debut AA-side single next month, and you can check it out here.
‘Midnight Oil’ is inspired by John Schlesinger’s classic 1969 film Midnight Cowboy while ‘Drunk No More’ takes its lead from Carol Batton, Poet Laureate for Mental Health Survivors. “’Drunk No More’ is the thirteenth step of a twelve-step programme – one foot into the abyss,” says lyricist Nathan Mcilroy. “When you get to the bottom but before you’re physically and mentally capable of going back to the top of the slide.”
Due for release on 7″ vinyl through Concrete Records on Friday 21 April, the single is available to pre-order here.
Shaking Chains are playing Manchester and London launch parties at….
On the 40th Anniversary of its release, THE CLASH’s iconic debut album is being celebrated with a special event in London.
Clash Night ’77 brings together music, poetry and discussion in celebration of a landmark release in UK punk.
Taking place at Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road on Satuday 8 April, the event has been put together by Philosophy Football in association with the RMT union.
The night is set to open with a panel discussion, featuring authors Daniel Rachel (The Walls Come Tumbling Down) and Dave Randall (Sound System: The Political Power Of Music); Rock Against Racism founders Red Saunders and Roger Huddle; writer, artist and sometime Clash manager Caroline Coon; ASIAN DUB FOUNDATION’s Pandit G, and former music journalist Ngaire Ruth of Loud Women.
Side 2 of The Clash will be performed ‘as was’ by 48 THRILLS – featuring Steve North from the stage play Meeting Joe Strummer – while Side 2 will be recreated by SEAN McGOWAN, NIA WYN, JOE SOLO, EMILY HARRISON and DREAM NAILS.
The night will be headlined by CAPTAIN SKA, with sets during the evening from ATTILA THE STOCKBROKER, JANINE BOOTH, COMRADE X and THE LONE GROOVER, ranting verse from POETRY ON THE PICKET LINE and the Rock Against Racism photography of Syd Shelton.
Tickets for the event are £9.99 with discounts for multiple bookings. They’re available here.
We revisit The Clash in our series on classic ’77 albums in the latest edition of Vive Le Rock!
Garage punk supergroup WEIRD SEX are unveiling new music exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
The eight songs featured here make up one side of a split cassette EP with fellow Roadkill Records signings BROKEN SOUNDTRACKS.
Fronted by charismatic singer Joey Ackland, and featuring members of SLY PERSUADERS, DEATHLINE and SUICIDE PARTY, Weird Sex’s buzzsaw guitars, skittering synths and basic pop hooks have seen them compared to the seminal NYC punk sounds of SUICIDE and the RAMONES.
Weird Sex and Broken Soundtracks play a special FREE launch party at The Lock Tavern, Camden on Friday 17 March, with SECRET TONGUES and AVERAGE SEX.
Featuring a great value 14 tracks, the EP is available to pre-order on cassette and download for a very reasonable fiver here.
Cult 70s art-rock band DOCTORS OF MADNESS have their output compiled in a new box set.
Formed in Brixton in 1974 and fronted by charismatic vocalist Richard ‘Kid’ Strange, the Doctors were a huge influence on punk, counting the likes of the SEX PISTOLS and THE JAM as their support bands and Dave Vanian and T.V. Smith as collaborators.
The 3-CD Perfect Past: The Complete Doctors Of Madness brings together their three albums for Polydor, plus previously unreleased studio material, live tracks featuring Smith and a prospective ’78 single with Vanian.
Set for release on 5 May though Cherry Red, it’s available to pre-order here.
A reformed Doctors Of Madness play a very special one-off show at a secret London location on Tuesday 16 May, with special guests BAND OF HOLY JOY and LILY BUD. Tickets priced £12.00 are available here.
More dates to be confirmed.
Check out ‘Waiting’ from their ’76 debut Late Night Movies, All Night Brainstorms.
Legendary journalist and Oi supremo GARRY BUSHELL returns with another episode of his Rancid Sounds podcast.
This month’s edition features studio guest Nick Welsh of KING HAMMOND, plus tracks from THE GODFATHERS, BOOZE & GLORY, NEVILLE STAPLE, DUFFY’S CUT, OXLEY’S MIDNIGHT RUNNERS, NO!SE, THE GONADS, ASSAULT & BATTERY and HARD EVIDENCE.
Following the successful release of their latest album and UK tour, THE GODFATHERS have announced a special one-off date in London in June.
A Big Bad Beautiful Noise was released in February to wide acclaim from critics and fans alike, with many judging it to be a career best.
In celebration of this, the band have announced A Big Bad Beautiful Night at The Lexington in London on Saturday 24 June, when they will play two very different sets – the first comprising every track from A Big Bad Beautiful Noise in sequence, followed by a second set of Godfathers classics and treasures.
Between sets and afterwards, the band themselves will cover DJ duties until 4am.
Tickets priced £14.00 (plus booking fee) are on sale here now.
The Godfathers his the road this month for dates across Europe, visiting France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany and Austria. Catch them on the road at….
9 March L’escale – LE HAVRE (FR)
10 Marc…h YAP – LEOPOLDSBURG (BE)
11 March Den Trap – KORTRIJK (BE)
12 March Het Bolwerk – SNEEK (NL)
13 March Privatclub – BERLIN (D)
14 March Lila Eule – BREMEN (D)
15 March Sonic Ballroom – COLOGNE (D)
16 March Moritzbastei – LEIPZIG (D)
17 March Glad House – COTTBUS (D)
18 March Monkeys Music Club – HAMBURG (D)
30 March The Great Rang Teng Teng – FREIBURG (D)
31 March Chelsea – VIENNA (AT)
1 April Kulturhaus Roda – STEYR (AT)
Seminal Aussie rockers THE 31ST have their fabled 4-track EP released at last.
Formed in Brisbane in 1979, The 31st brought together four musicians who would all go on to make a much bigger dent the the Australian rock and punk scenes of the 80s and 90s. Vocalist Ron Peno and Chris Welsh would go on to form major label international chart stars DIED PRETTY; guitarist Mick Medew would enjoy a lengthy career with THE SCREAMING TRIBESMEN, and bassist Tony Robertson would later hold down the low end in legendary bands THE NEW CHRISTS and THE HITMEN.
Two songs written by Peno and Medew – ‘Igloo’ and ‘A Stand Alone’ – would, in the hands of the Tribesmen, become card-carrying Aussie garage classics.
Alongside ‘Time Moves Fast’, previously included on the 2007 compilation Do The Pop! Redux Part One, and ‘Real Gone’, which surfaced on Easy Action’s Let Me Turn You On in 2013, the EP also includes the original of ‘A Stand Alone’ and ‘It’s So Hard’, both previously unreleased.
Presented by Zeus Entertainment Group and digitally distributed by Laneway Music, the EP is available to download now from iTunes and other digital stockists.
A 12″ vinyl edition is set to follow through LCMR.
South London garage types THE SLY PERSUADERS have their long-awaited debut album out this week, and they’re unveiling the lead-off video exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
‘Watch & Learn’ is taken from the self-titled album, which is released through Roadkill Records on Friday 24 February.
Forging a strong following on the London circuit, the band drew on the dark psychotic rockabilly forces of the likes of The Cramps, The Gun Club and The Bad Seeds for the album, which was recorded at the Music Complex in Deptford.
The video is the work of filmmaker Stacy Picard of Massive Capital Video, who says, “The Sly Persuaders are a master class in controlled chaos, always teetering on the verge of total collapse so I set out to make a video that looks like they sound, bad acid. The shoot itself was a truly alcoholic affair and I could have cut an entire second video comprised of Chris ‘fixing’ his hair, there was enough footage. Good lads, bad habits. The real challenge was making them look charismatic and attractive thus all the special effects.
“On a more technical note, I got the members of the band to do the same performance a couple of times and layered themselves over themselves to create that ‘trippy’ effect, as they were quite pissed, each performance was rather different from the last. I then sat up late night after night smoking pot and messing with the layers, when I found myself saying ‘whoa’ I would add that bit to the video time line and reward myself with a cookie, that’s how the magic happens, folks.”
The Sly Persuaders will launch the album on Friday 24 February at a special Roadkill/Some Weird Sin night at Nambucca in Holloway, in the company of SAINT AGNES and BRIDPORT DAGGER. Tickets are available here, but they’re going fast!
The Sly Persuaders is available to pre-order on vinyl and download here.
Aussie rockers MIDNIGHT OIL have announced a mammoth World Tour, including a London show, their first in 20 years.
Originally formed in Sydney during the mid-70s, Midnight Oil went on to international success spotlighting major issues such as nuclear disarmament, Aboriginal land rights and environmental issues. After 11 albums, frontman Peter Garrett quit the band to concentrate on his political career, which would eventually see him serving as Minister for Environment, Heritage and the Arts under Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.
The band reunited briefly in 2009 nine before announcing last year that they were planning to tour.
Kicking off in Australia in April, the Great Circle tour will take in Brazil, USA, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, France, Switzerland, the Czech Republic and New Zealand.
They’ll arrive in the UK for a date at London’s Hammersmith Apollo on 4 July. Tickets go on sale here on Wednesday 22 February at 10am.
The dates will be accompanied by three new box sets covering the band’s back catalogue in LP and CD format plus a collection of rare and unreleased material on CD and DVD.
Having celebrated their 40th Anniversary last year, THE VIBRATORS have their career highlighted with a new box set next month.
The Epic Years 1976-1978 includes their classic 1977 debut Pure Mania and its follow-up V2 from ’78, both CDs featuring bonus tracks.
A third CD brings together three sessions for John Peel, along with four tracks recorded for BBC TV’s Old Grey Whistle Test.
The fourth CD features a live set recorded at London’s legendary Marquee Club, incorporating the full 19-track mixing desk version rather than the overdubbed and truncated recording.
The set is completed by a booklet featuring comprehensive sleevenotes by Vive Le Rock‘s Shane Baldwin.
Scheduled for release on 31 March, the box set is available to pre-order here.
As previously announced the 1978 line-up of the band – featuring bassist Gary Tibbs – play a special one-off show at The Hope & Anchor in London on Thursday 2 March. Tickets, which are going very fast, are on sale here.
THE GODFATHERS have unveiled a video for their brand new single, which was released yesterday.
‘You Don’t Love Me’ is taken from the band’s new album A Big Bad Beautiful Noise, which is out on Friday 10 February. The video was directed, filmed and edited by Luke J Baker.
The album – their first in four years – and the video are the first to featured the band’s newly revitalised line-up with guitarists Steve Crittall and Mauro Venegas, drummer Tim James and bassist Darren Birch joining frontman and band founder Peter Coyne.
‘You Don’t Love Me’ is available on limited edition pillar-box red vinyl with the non-album B-side ‘Some Reaction’. Buy it here.
A Big Bad Beautiful Noise is available to pre-order on CD and 12″ through Cargo, and digitally from iTunes.
As previously announced, The Godfathers head out on tour this week. Catch them at….
9 February Westgarth Social Club – Middlesbrough
10 February Hare & Hounds – Birmingham (w/ THE HIP PRIESTS)
11 February O2 Academy Islington – London (w/ THE MEMBRANES)
16 February Cluny 2 – Newcastle
17 February Ivory Blacks – Glasgow (w/ THE MEDIA WHORES)
18 February Trades Club – Hebden Bridge
Loads of new acts have been added to the bill of this year’s CAMDEN ROCKS, taking place across the North London rock’n’roll enclave on Saturday 3 June.
Latest announcements include THE MEMBRANES (pictured), THE PROFESSIONALS, THE KING BLUES, THE RIFLES, ANTI-NOWHERE LEAGUE and a solo acoustic set from Andy Cairns of THERAPY?
With headliners THE DAMNED plus RUTS DC, ORANGE GOBLIN, THE MAIN GRAINS, SCREAMING EAGLES and more already announced across 25 of Camden’s prime rock’n’roll venues, this year’s event – the sixth – looks set to be the best yet.
Other new additions include MILBURN, CARL BARAT & THE JACKALS, NAPOLEON, SLYDIGS, MAX RAPTOR, LOSERS, THE ANITA CHELLAMAH BAND, DIRTY THRILLS, THE BLINDERS, LOUISE DISTRAS, BARE KNUCKLE PARADE, LUPUS-DEI and many more, with another 200 acts still to be announced!
Texan roots rocker TOMMY HALE has announced a series of UK dates for April.
The former SWANK DELUXE frontman released his third solo album Magnificent Bastard last September, some eight years after the previous one.
The album was recorded in deepest Wiltshire with a band including members of Brit rockers THE SNAKES and THE REDLANDS PALOMINO COMPANY, earning an 8-out-of-10 review from Vive Le Rock!, while the cheap but cheerful video for the title track – featuring a tour round the low spots of Dallas in a 70s convertible – was an Internet hit.
Magnificent Bastard is available now on Holiday Disaster Records from Amazon and iTunes.
For the April dates, Tommy will be joined once again by the musicians from the album – Simon George Moor (guitar), Johhny O’Sullivan (bass), Dan Tilbury (drums) and Nick Beere (keys). The dates are as follows…..
Fri, Apr 14 – The Grapevine – Exmouth
Sat, Apr 15 – Rolleston Arms – Swindon
Sun, Apr 16 – The Golden Lion – Bristol
Mon, Apr 17 – The Star Inn – Guildford
Thu, Apr 20 – The Albion – Hastings
Fri, Apr 21 – The Stag’s Head – Hoxton, London
Sat, Apr 22 – The Fulford Arms – York
Sun, Apr 23 – Bannermans – Edinburgh
To celebrate, Tommy is giving away a FREE download of the album track ‘Backburner’.
Leeds tearaways CYANIDE PILLS have announced the release of their third studio album in March.
Their first album since 2013’s Still Bored, Sliced And Diced features 18 tracks recorded at The Billiard Room in their hometown with regular producer Carl Rosamond. Set for release on 10 March through Damaged Goods, it’s available as a limited edition 12″ pink vinyl LP and digipak CD with 20-page lyric book. You can pre-order it now here.
Coming together in 2008, Cyanide Pills have been slaying crowds across Europe with their ’78-style punk blasts and melodic power-pop, sharing stages with the likes of BUZZCOCKS, UK SUBS, THE LURKERS, JOHNNY MOPED and more.
The band are celebrating the new album with a trek round Europe through March (see below) but will be back on time to play Rebellion in August.
Midlands soul-boys STONE FOUNDATION have announced the release of their fourth studio album, made with a little help from PAUL WELLER.
Street Rituals was produced by The Modfather, who also co-wrote two of the songs and provided guitar, piano and vocals, including a lead vocal on the new single, ‘Your Balloon Is Rising’. You can watch the video here.
Says Weller, “These are dark, dark times so I was glad to hear a positive voice and vibrations in the words and a joy in the music…what a pleasure and a privilege it was to work with these fellas… It’s their best songwriting to date, and I just hope people get to hear it because there are some great tunes and I like the message on the record. I like the social comment, because you have so little of that these days.”
Set for release through 100% Records on 31 March, Street Rituals is available to pre-order from the band’s website.
Stone Foundation are set to support Weller at his Teenage Cancer Trust show at London’s Royal Albert Hall on 31 March, prior to embarking on their own headline tour at the end of April. Full dates are….
Vive Le Rock is saddened by news of the death yesterday of Lance D’Boyle aka Gary Lance Robins, original drummer of UK anarcho legends POISON GIRLS.
Pete Fender, son of Poison Girls’ frontwoman Vi Subversa and a member of RUBELLA BALLET, FATAL MICROBES and others, posted this statement on Facebook earlier today….
“For the last 26 years, Gary has been scratching a meagre living as an artist in a remote part of the Sierra Nevada, high up the mountains of rural Granada in Spain.
“In February last year, Gary’s life-long friend and soulmate Frances, Vi Subversa, passed away, leaving him devastated. Before she passed, Gary came over to England to see her for the last time, and during this visit he was the victim of a credit card snatch that left him in debt for thousands of pounds, and without any means of support apart from his basic pension and the proceeds of a few pieces of art. The credit bank have refused his case for compensation and in fact have charged substantial interest on the original amount.
“In light of this fact, we are launching this urgent appeal to raise funds for Gary’s funeral costs and to clear his debts. If you can, please head over to the Poison Girls downloads page where you are free to download whatever you like, and donate what you can. Thank you xx”
Legendary UK rock’n’roll dons THE GODFATHERS return next month with their first new album in four years!
The appropriately-titled A Big Bad Beautiful Noise is the first Godfathers album to feature the new revitalised line-up – with founder Peter Coyne joined by Steve Crittall and Mauro Venegas (guitars), Darren Birch (bass) and Tim James (drums) – that rocked various festival stages last summer, including the Isle Of Wight, Camden Rocks and Spain’s Motorbeach.
As previously announced, the band will accompany the album with a UK tour and they’ve been declared match-fit having successfully seen off a series of shows in Greece in December.
Speaking of the release, Coyne says, “I can honestly say I really am proud of every single song on this record. We wanted to make a contemporary Rock’n’Roll album that kicked like a mule, and I think we’ve achieved that. Be warned though! A Big Bad Beautiful Noise is a very addictive album and you just might get hooked!”
A Big Bad Beautiful Noise is released on the newly formed Godfathers Recordings2 label through Cargo on 10 February. It’s available to pre-order on CD and 180g deluxe limited edition vinyl here and as a download here.
The album is preceded by a single ‘You Don’t Love Me’ on 3 February as a download and on limited edition pillar-box red vinyl.
The Godfathers play the following UK shows….
9 February Westgarth Social Club – Middlesbrough
10 February Hare & Hounds – Birmingham (with special guests THE HIP PRIESTS)
11 February O2 Academy Islington – London (with special guests THE MEMBRANES)
16 February Cluny 2 – Newcastle
17 February Ivory Blacks – Glasgow
18 February Trades Club – Hebden Bridge