An acclaimed documentary on seminal punk band THE SLITS is to get a DVD release next spring.

Directed by William E Badgley, Here To Be Heard: The Story Of The Slits received its world premiere at the London Film Festival in October.

The film tells the story of the young women pioneers of the mid-70’s punk era from a female point of view and runs from the inception of the group in 1976 to its end in 2010, coinciding with the death of lead vocalist, Ari Up.

It includes interviews with Ari plus fellow band members Viv Albertine, Palmolive, Tessa Pollitt, Bruce Smith and Hollie Cook, plus the various figures surrounding the band, inclduing Don Letts (former group manager and punk documentarian), Vivien Goldman (NYU punk professor), Dennis Bovell (producer of debut album Cut), Paul Cook (Sex Pistols), Gina Birch (The Raincoats), Adrian Sherwood (producer and long-term friend and collaborator) and many more, as well as previously unseen footage and band recordings.

The film is expected to receive a theatrical release in the New Year, followed by a DVD release. DVDs can be pre-ordered from the PledgeMusic page, as well as other items of exclusive merch.

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Post-punk chanteuse and artist ANNE PIGALLE celebrates her 40th Anniversary of arriving in London with a new art and performance show.

Having moved to London in 1977, Pigalle emersed herself in the punk scene, going on to work with the likes of Adrian Sherwood, Michael Nyman and The Flying Lizards’ David Cunningham. More recently she’s completed cabaret-related painting shows with Jimmy Cauty, Billy Childish and Jamie Reid.

Never Mind The Jackson Pollocks, Here’s Anne Pigalle will take place over three days at Blasé House, Hackney Wick, London from Friday 8 to Saturday 10 December.

On the Friday night from 8pm, Pigalle will be performing live, including a number of punk covers, while on the Saturday and Sunday from 12 noon to 7pm, she’ll ill be available for Tarot readings. You’ll also be able to commission her to sketch you or a friend, priced per hour or half hour.

A wide array of Pigalle’s original art will also be available to buy throughout the weekend.

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Cleveland OH punk legends DEAD BOYS return in the New Year to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of their monumental debut album Young, Loud And Snotty.

Formed in 1976 out of the ashes of seminal proto-punks ROCKET FROM THE TOMBS, the Boys were fronted by charismatic singer Stiv Bators and featured the talents of guitarists Cheetah Chrome and Jimmy Zero, bassist Jeff Magnum and drummer Johnny Blitz. Kicking off their recording career with the classic ‘Sonic Reducer’ single, they released two albums – Young, Loud And Snotty and We Have Come For Your Children before splitting in 1979, with Bators eventually going on to front THE LORDS OF THE NEW CHURCH.

For the 40th Anniversary, Chrome and Blitz have teamed up with new members Jake Hout, Ricky Rat and Jason Kottwitz to re-record the album and play a series of dates. The Dead Boys hit the UK for the following shows….

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Long lost Brit power-poppers THE FAVOURITES have just released a brilliant new retrospective anthology, and we have five copies to give away!

They’re also launching a video for the track ‘Favourite Shoes’ exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘Favourite Shoes’ was originally released on the B-side of the Nottingham band’s debut single, a punked-up cover of ABBA’s ‘SOS’. With no existing TV or video footage available, the video was created by Martin James Gee with prompts from band members Darryl Hunt and Duncan Kerr.

The Favourites were formed in 1977 by members of Stiff-signed pub rockers PLUMMET AIRLINES and THE GTs, whose sole recorded appearance was on the fabled Raw Records compilation, Raw Deal. Earning support slots with the likes of THE ONLY ONES and SQUEEZE, they released one further single – a cover of THE WASPS’ ‘Angelica’ – before splitting.

The album New Feeling, which was released in September through Reckless Records and received a glowing review in the latest edition of Vive Le Rock, features both singles plus B-sides and 10 other recently unearthed recordings, digitally remastered by Sean Read from DEXYS.

And we have 5 copies of New Feeling to give away!!!  Each LP contains a CD of the album, but there’s more! One lucky winner will also receive a mint unplayed copy of the now rare and valuable original ‘Angelica’ single!!!

To be in with a chance of winning, just send an email to info@vivelerock.net with ‘FAVOURITES COMP’ in the subject box by Wednesday 29 November, telling us the answer to this simple question:

Favourites frontman Darryl Hunt went on to play bass in which major band?  Good luck!

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New Feeling is available to buy online here, or directly from Reckless Records, 30 Berwick Street, London.

Read the story of The Favourites in the latest edition of Vive Le Rock, on sale now!

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Riverside CA’s garage tornadoes THE BELLRAYS return with a new album and tour in the New Year.

Their first full new album since the release of Black Lightning in 2010, Punk Funk Rock Soul Volume 2 follows the release of Volume One, the four-track taster EP released earlier this year as an appetiser for the main feast. And we’re premiering the track ‘I Can’t Hide’.

First coming together back in 1990 and fronted by the indomitable Lisa Kekaula alongside founding guitarist Robert Vennum, The Bellrays’ high energy rock’n’soul shows quickly earned them comments like “The Stooges meet Aretha Franklin” and ” Tina Turner and the MC5″, an a reputation that has taken them right round the world.

“We take our ear where our heart lives in simple song writing, making ourselves and hopefully all who hear it feel good,” explains Lisa. “We are proud of its simplicity and love how the new songs sound like old friends. This release is a collection of songs that illustrates why we do what we do. We are not 20 year olds and that’s okay. We are proud of our mileage and journey and PUNK FUNK ROCK SOUL validates our comfort in what music means to us. Viability, trend and meaning are up to the eye of the beholder…we like to rock.”

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Speaking of the track ‘I Can’t Hide’, she says, “Bob wrote it about us and what means to be in a relationship. He said you realize that somebody actually loves you. Not taking the magnitude of what that means for granted.”

Punk Funk Rock Soul Volume 2 is set for release on 2 February through Cargo.  The band then head over at the start of March to play the following dates….

Thrs 1 Mar – Ramsgate Music Hall
Fri 2 Mar – Halifax The Lantern
Sat 3 Mar – Middlesbrough Westgarth Social Club
Sun 4 Mar – Edinburgh Opium
Tues 6 Mar – Glasgow Broadcast
Wed 7 Mar – Newcastle Cluny
Thrs 8 Mar – Leeds Brudenell
Fri 9 Mr – Manchester Soup Kitchen
Sat 10 Mar – Newport Le Pub
Tues 13 Mr – Southampton Talking Heads
Wed 14 Mar – Bristol Lantern
Thrs 15 Mar – Brighton The Albert
Fri 16 Mar – Norwich NAC
Sat 17 Mar – London The Camden Assembly

Tickets are on sale now through Punk Rock Blues!

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THE CRAVATS have a new single out and they’re premiering the video exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘Bury The Wild’ is taken from the band’s widely acclaimed album Dustbin Of Sound, and the video is the work of legendary filmmaker Mark Richards.

The Cravats have two dates at the start of December at….

1 Dec – Wharf Chambers, Leeds
2 Dec – Westgarth Social Club, Middlesbrough

They then play a show in Lewes on 26 January, before joining the reconvened FOLK DEVILS for shows in Bristol, London and Brighton in April, venues to be confirmed.

Dustbin Of Sound is available now from Overground Records.


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Watford street punks KNOCK OFF return with a new lyric video and a bunch of dates.

‘This Ain’t No Love Song’ is the first single from their third album Like A Kick In The Head, which was released in July.

The boys have had a busy year, playing to packed out rooms at Rebellion and The Great British Alternative Festival on their way round the UK, as well as dates in Belgium and Germany.

Next year is looking just as good with a return to Rebellion and the Netherlands confirmed, with more dates in the pipeline.

You can still catch them on the road before they put their feet up for Christmas at the following gigs…

17 Nov – Ebbw Vale Institute – (w/UK Subs)
18 Nov – Heart of Anarchy Festival – The Grapes – Hereford
24 Nov – Waterfront – Norwich (w/Cockney Rejects)
25 Nov – Esquires – Bedford (w/UK Subs)
26 Nov – Star & Garter – Manchester
9 Dec – The Fighting Cocks – Kingston

Like A Kick In The Head is available at gigs and from the band’s website.


Check out the 16-page street punk special in the current issue of Vive Le Rock!

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Aussie legends ROSE TATTOO are to have their Tatts: Live In Brunswick album released in the UK.

The album was recorded at the legendary Bombay Bicycle Club in the Melbourne suburb of Brunswick in late ’82. The band had just released their third album Scarred For Life, the first with new guitarist Rob Riley replacing Mick Cocks, who’d been sacked a year earlier. The band would implode early the following year, leaving frontman Angry Anderson and bassist Geordie Leach to convene a new line-up.

The album was released in Australia last February on Golden Robot Records but thanks to a distribution deal with Cadiz Music, it will get an official UK release on 24 November.

A revamped Rose Tattoo are currently playing Australian dates, with former AC/DC bassist Mark Evans, ex-ANGELS guitarist Bob Spencer and sometime AUSTRALIAN CRAWL drummer John Watson joining Anderson and longtime slide guitarist Dai Pritchard. Shows in Europe and the UK are mooted for 2018.

Check out the video for ‘Scarred For Life’.


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Folk punks THE PENNY BLACK REMEDY have added more dates in support of the release of their third album.

Maintaining Dignity In Awkward Situations was produced by legendary POLECATS and MORRISSEY guitarist Boz Boorer and features guest appearances from THE RUTS DC’s Segs Jennings and Dave Ruffy, former UK SUB Paul Slack and ex-CANNIBAL Jeff Mead.

The album was preceded in September by a single ‘I’d Murder To Have You Back’, whose video was shot in the famous Kazalište Marina Držića theatre in the historic walled city of Dubrovnik, Croatia where the band’s nucleus of Keith M Thomson and Marijana Hajdarhodzic are now based.

Maintaining Dignity In Awkward Situations is set for release on 24 November on mono del mundo through Cadiz, and is available to pre-order here.

As previously announced, the band play a special album launch show at The Islington, Tolpuddle Street, London on the album’s release day. Tickets are available here. They’ve now added several more dates across southern England at….

Sat 18 Nov – Hootananny, Brixton, London
Fri 24 Nov – The Islington, Angel, London (album launch)
Wed 29 Nov – What’s Cookin’, Leytonstone, London
Sat 2 Dec – The Prince Albert, Stroud, Gloucestershire
Sun 3 Dec – The Albion, Liskeard, Cornwall (acoustic)
Tues 5 Dec – The Duke Of Wellington, Shoreham (acoustic)
Sat 9 Dec – The Old Fire House, Exeter, Devon
Sun 10 Dec – The Little Albion, Broadstairs, Kent (acoustic)

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Anglo-Swedish garage rockers THE FRANKLYS return with a new single and video.

The track ‘Keeper’ is the latest single to be drawn from the band’s debut album Are You Listening?, which was released last May.

Featuring two members from Sweden and two from England, The Franklys have been building their profile with intensive touring and impressive live shows at such major festivals as Rebellion, Download and the Isle of Wight. They continue the trajectory with a bunch of dates at….

18 November – The Bassment, Chelmsford
25 November – Kazoopa Festival, Leeds
02 December – The Great Big Gig All-Dayer, West End Centre, Aldershot
12 November – The Windmill, Brixton


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HAWKWIND are set to release a new live album in December, recorded at their first Roundhouse show in 40 years.

The band returned to the iconic London venue in May of this year, 45 years on from the legendary Greasy Truckers Party with MAN and BRINSLEY SCHWARZ, when the band recorded the original version of ‘Silver Machine’ with Bob Calvert on vocals.

The new 2 CD/DVD set At The Roundhouse features a set rich in highlights from their 70s career, including ‘Born To Go’, ‘You’d Better Believe It’, ‘The Golden Void’ and ‘Steppenwolf’ plus tracks from their two most recent Top 40 albums The Machine Stops and Into The Woods.

For the encore, the band were joined by  guitarist Phil Campbell on ‘Brainbox Pollution’ and ‘Silver Machine’.

“Yes, it was really good fun playing back at The Roundhouse,” explains Dave Brock. “After not playing there since 1977 (when we had Motörhead support us), it brought back many fine memories for me. Great venue!!”

The set is completed by a DVD of the gig, bringing John Moules’ incredible lightshow into your frontroom.

Set for release on 8 December through Cherry Red, At The Roundhouse is available to pre-order here.


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Berlin rockers BEATSTEAKS are set to launch their new album in London next month.

Yours, which was released in their homeland two months ago and has already hit the No.1 spot over there, is out through Warners on 10 November. It features a guest appearance from JAMIE T, who co-wrote the anti-Brexit anthem ‘Hate To Love’, as well as Chad Price from Cali punks ALL.

Huge in mainland Europe, Beatsteaks play a relatively intimate show at London’s Koko on 10 November. Already well on the way to selling out, remaining tickets are available here.

Yours is available to pre-order on vinyl and CD through Amazon.


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Tennessee punk-blues guitar ace MARK ‘PORKCHOP’ HOLDER returns with a new album next month and he’s sharing a track exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘Be Righteous’ is drawn from the BLACK DIAMOND HEAVIES founder’s second album Death And The Blues, which comes just nine months after his debut solo album Let It Slide.

Once again the album was laid down at Tiny Buzz studios in his hometown of Chattanooga, where he was joined by bassist Travis Kilgore and drummer Doug Bales on eight new originals, plus covers of Don Nix’s ‘Nobody Wants To Cry’,  Junior Kimbrough’s ‘Sad and Lonely Nights’ and the traditional song ‘Billy The Kid’,  made famous by Marty Robbins.

“The philosophy of recording this album,” he says, “was to document the increased live dynamic of a band that has
now played a couple of hundred shows together. It’s a power trio record…

“‘Be Righteous’ starts with an old biker saying. To me, the message of the song is simple; if you lead a dog-eat-dog life, you’re bound to meet a bigger, hungrier dog.”

Death And The Blues is set for release on 3 November on limited vinyl, CD, digital and streaming formats via Alive Naturalsound Records. You can pre-order the vinyl here.


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Fast-rising punk-blues duo J.D. HANGOVER have a new video which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

Fusing Delta bottleneck blues with Farfisa-rockin’ garage groove and Suicide-style propulsive beats, ‘Mr Williamson’ is the second track to be released from their debut self-titled mini-album, which is set for release through Annibale Records (Shivas, Dead Coast etc) on 17 November.

J.D. Hangover comprises Stiv Cantarelli and Roberto Villa of Italian blues-punk legends STIV CANTARELLI & THE SILENT STRANGERS, whose last album Banks Of The Lea – recorded at East End garage-lab Gizzard Studios with sometime Membranes and Monkey Island guitarist Pete Bennett producing – was released to great acclaim in 2014, including a 9/10 review in Vive Le Rock!

This time around, the pair have ensconced themselves in Villa’s L’Amor Mio Non Muore analogue studio in the town of Forli, laying down the six tracks to the beat of a 1972 Roland TR-77 drum machine.

Having only recently played their first dates, opening for ALEJANDRO ESCOVEDO, the duo are next scheduled to support BOSS HOG in Cesena, Italy on 8 November. They’re currently planning UK gigs and festivals for 2018.

J.D. Hangover is available to pre-order now on CD, cassette and download here.


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Legendary Aussie punks THE SCIENTISTS have returned with their first new recordings in 30 years!

The band, fronted by guitarist and singer Kim Salmon, have reformed sporadically and in various permutations since splitting in 1987. They last hooked up in 2016 to celebrate the release of their box set anthology A Place Called Bad, dropping into London to play a scorching set at the Lexington.

This latest incarnation finds Salmon, guitarist Tony Thewlis and bassist Boris Sujdovic reconnecting with drummer Leanne Chock from their classic Weird Love and later Sedition periods. The fruits of the reunion are a Scientists-style overhaul of French 60s legend Jacques Dutronc’s ‘Mini Mini Mini’ coupled with the first ever officially released studio version of Scientists rarity ‘Perpetual Motion’.

The band celebrate the release with a series of Australian dates starting next week.

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Fast-rising Phoenix and LA-based garage rockers THE DARTS have unveiled another new video.

‘Get Messy’ is taken from the band’s new album Me.Ow, their debut for Dirty Water Records, which was released in September.

The band tore a strip off the UK and Europe when they were over in the spring. They’re currently intensively touring the US.

Me.Ow is available to buy here.


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London-based street-punks SCANDAL have just released a brand new video.

‘Always’ is a precursor to the band’s third album On A Roll, which is due for release in the New Year through Spirit Of The Streets Records.

It was produced by former VIBRATORS bassist Pat Collier and the video is the work of renowned filmmaker Mark Richards.

Scandal originally came together in Romania in 1998, where, through 2 albums and countless gigs, they became one of the biggest Street-punk bands in the country.

After a 6-year hiatus, three of the original members reconnected in London to have another crack and have since released a brace of EPs. They’re currently on the lookout for a new guitarist, and likely candidates can get in touch via their Facebook page.

Their back catalogue is available now through Bandcamp.

They have gigs lined-up at….

8 Nov – Fiddler’s Elbow, London w/ Haymaker and Royal Oi!
10 Feb – The Fighting Cocks, Kingston ALBUM RELEASE PARTY
13 April – Undercover Festival, Margate


Read our 16-page street-punk special in the latest edition of Vive Le Rock!

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Ace Cambridge punks BEVERLEY KILLS return with a new track that they’re launching exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

Check out ‘Intimidation’ here.

The song, which we think has a bit of a ring of Leatherface about it, is due for release on a limited edition split 7″ flexi alongside fellow Cambridge band THE BABY SEALS through R*E*P*E*A*T Records on 20 October via Bandcamp and iTunes.

Coming together back in 2008, Beverley Kills released their debut EP No Cash Value in 2010, followed by their first, self-titled, full-length in 2011, earning an 8/10 review in Vive Le Rock! They hooked up with R*E*P*E*A*T in 2014 for a further EP, the 10″ On The Trail. Over the years they’ve shared stages with the likes of THE SLITS, GBH, GRANT HART, SNUFF, DEADCUTS and THE PRIMITIVES.

Guitarist Kate says, “Well, the song is about witnessing the behaviour of someone who constantly tries to intimidate those close to them and those that live around them. It’s a true story about that, and seeing them get their comeuppance.”

Both bands will play a special launch show at The Blue Moon, Norfolk Street, Cambridge on Saturday 21 October.


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