J.D. HANGOVER VIDEO EXCLUSIVE!

Punk-blues outfit J.D. HANGOVER prepare for the long-awaited release of their debut EP with their first ever video, which they’re launching exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘Barrelhouse Queen’ is the opening cut from the 6-track eponymous release which is set to drop this autumn through Annibale Records, also responsible for releases from Dead Coast, Go!Zilla, The Shivas, Kim & The Created, etc.

Steeped in the murky twilight of East London villainy, the minimalist video was shot in the suitably noirish locations of the Greenwich foot tunnel and Hackney’s notorious ‘murder mile’, Lower Clapton Road.

J.D. Hangover is the latest project of Italian punk-blues legend Stiv Cantarelli and Roberto Villa from STIV CANTARELLI & THE SILENT STRANGERS, whose acclaimed second album Banks Of The Lea (produced by Pete Bennett of MONKEY ISLAND) received a glowing 9 out of 10 review from Vive Le Rock back in 2014.

Written in the back of a van between gigs, and recorded at Villa’s analogue studio in the town of Forli, the songs on the EP meld the influence of Delta bottleneck blues, garage fuzz and the propulsive, motorik drum-machine rhythm of Suicide.

Says Stiv, “We wanted to recreate the same atmosphere of being in one room with all the gear and playing live. So we put a 50s RCA microphone in between us and the tube amps that we used to amplify the instruments and the drum machine. That mic recorded the reverb, the noises, the sights, the moving feet, the crackling chairs in the room. We mixed it with guitar feedback, tape delay and the organ fuzz tone. We played it back and we thought we nailed it.”

The pair are currently planning UK dates for the autumn.

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FRONT LINE ASSEMBLY PLAY LONDON SHOW!

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Electro-industrial titans FRONT LINE ASSEMBLY play a one-off London date this summer.

The date at the O2 Academy, Islington on 24 August is the only UK show on the band’s European Tour. Support comes from German duo DER REST Tickets are available here.

Formed in Vancouver in 1986 by former SKINNY PUPPY man Bill Leeb, FLA were initially influenced by early electronica, going on to introduce elements  of dance and industrial metal through a string of classic albums including Caustic Grip, Millennium and Hard Wired. The band’s most recent album Echogenetic was released in 2016, and was seen by many as a return to their ’90s form.

Rejoined by original member Rhys Fulber, FLA are currently working on new material.

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GUTTFULL UNVEIL DEBUT E.P.!

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Confrontational Surrey sax-punks GUTTFULL are set to release their debut EP next month.

The 6-track #notallmen features their fist-raising debut single ‘Arsehole’ that was released in celebration of President Trump’s inauguration, with the video featured on Vive Le Rock. Watch it here.

The EP is available to pre-order through Bandcamp.

Formed in Esher late last year, Guttfull feature two members of legendary Socialist r’n’b band THEE FACTION – Cassie Fox (guitar) and Phil Whaite (sax) – along with singer Moe Tasker, bassist Gemma Gompertz and drummer Louis Richardson.

The band have played several gigs for promoter/label Loud Women, of which Fox is founder. They have a number of dates lined up, including an official EP launch at London’s Lexington on Thursday 20 July with SKINNY GIRL DIET. Full dates are….

14 July – Birmingham – The Flapper
20 July – London official launch – The Lexington tickets
24 August – Southend – The Railway Tavern
2 Sept – London – LOUD WOMEN Fest

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LAST FEW TICKETS FOR HYDE PARK PUNK!

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There’s just a handful of tickets left for the biggest punk gig in London this year!

Part of the British Summer Time season in Hyde Park, this Saturday 1 July sees long-serving East Bay pop-punks GREEN DAY stop by on their Revolution Radio Tour, aided and abetted by Bay Area Neighbours RANCID.

A full supporting cast features UK punk legends THE DAMNED, THE STRANGLERS, STIFF LITTLE FINGERS plus garage Swedes THE HIVES, New York gypsy-punks GOGOL BORDELLO, Aussie punkabillies THE LIVING END, sometime D GENERATION frontman JESSE MALIN, REPLACEMENTS bassist Tommy Stinson’s BASH & POP and Philly youngsters BEACH SLANG plus loads more.

Tickets are on sale here.

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WIN A PUNK AND OI PHOTO BOOK!!!

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Noted photographer Jim Jimmy James has recently published a brilliant limited edition photo book called Gents & Herberts, featuring icons from the world of punk and oi! They include Charlie Harper (pictured) of the UK SUBS, Knox (Knox) from the VIBRATORS, Roi Pearce of THE LAST RESORT, Mensi of the ANGELIC UPSTARTS and Jeff Turner of COCKNEY REJECTS.

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You can win a copy of the highly collectable book by going to Jim’s JustGiving page and entering a raffle to raise money for Changing Tunes, a non-profit organisation that donates instruments to prisoners to help with rehabilitation.

You can enter the raffle as many times as you like for a minimum donation of £3 per go. Please leave your name when making the donation, and don’t forget to tick the box which allows Jim to contact you, otherwise he won’t be able to let you know if you’ve won.

The draw closes on 5 August. Good luck!

 

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GENE LOVES JEZEBEL NEW SINGLE!

With glam-goth legends GENE LOVES JEZEBEL set to release their first new album in 14 years, they’ve announced a new single ‘Summertime’ and lined up an intimate London gig next week.

Produced by legendary producer Peter Walsh, Dance Underwater was funded through a PledgeMusic campaign and finds original frontman Jay Aston joined by James Stevenson, Chris Bell and Pete Rizzo. It’s set for release on 30 June through Westworld and is available to pre-order here.

Gene Loves Jezebel play the Black Heart, Camden on Monday 26 June. Tickets priced £15 are available here.

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ANYONE FOR A CHAINSAW PARTY?!

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Ace Essex punks MR HAPPY CHAINSAW launch their comeback EP this weekend with a special minifest.

Originally formed in 2004, the band split in 2009, only to return last year. Their new 5-track EP It’s Not My Ball, featuring three new songs and retooled versions of two older tracks, is set for release on 26 June and is available to pre-order here.

Their special launch party at The George, Witham on Saturday 24 June, also features sets from WOLFE SUNDAY, JIMMY VORN & THE VIPERS, SHOOTING GALE, FYRESKY and THE TRUSTED. Kicking off at 6pm, admission is FREE!

Check out the lyric video for the single ‘Standing There’.

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LEE ROCKER VIDEO PREMIERE!

STRAY CATS legend LEE ROCKER has a brand new video out and he’s premiering it exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

The video, made by Callicore Productions features Lee and band’s medley of Elvis’s Sun Sessions classics ‘That’s Alright Mama’ and ‘Blue Moon’.

Look out for an appearance by the Vive Le Rock hotel!!!

Check out the current edition of Vive Le Rock magazine for our 10-page Stray Cats extravaganza!

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SHARKS ON FILM RAMPAGE!

In March 2016,  SHARKS set out to make a feature-length documentary about their strange and unexpected revival. Three directors and two production companies later, the band have decided to make the film themselves.

This promo clip was directed by Steve ‘Snips’ Parsons for Huna Films. It gives a small taste of the barely organised chaos and elegant mischief behind the music.

Filming will end in October 2017 after these tour dates….

19 Sept – TBC, Lewes
21 Sept – Fruit, Hull tickets
22 Sept – Market Hall, Scarborough
23 Sept – Esquires, Bedford tickets
24 Sept – The Lexington, London tickets

To coincide with the dates, Sharks will release a single from their upcoming concept album Black Beatles And White Temptations. It will be available both as a download and on limited edition vinyl.

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RODENTS RETURN!

The wonderfully named YORKSHIRE RATS return with a new video for the the lead track from their new EP.

‘Alone Together’ is taken from the appropriately titled Yorkshire Rats EP which was released last week. It also features the tracks ‘Where Do I Sign?’, ‘No Way Out’ and ‘Better Days Will Come’.

Recorded at Innersound Studios in York by Sam and Joe Graves (ASKING ALEXANDRIA, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE) and released through their own Northern Ruff label, it’s available to download now from the band’s website.

Formed in Pontefract in 2004 by Don Mercy of BILLY NO MATES and ABRASIVE WHEELS fame, Yorkshire Rats released a single and EP and toured with RANCID before taking an extended hiatus, returning with a full-length album Sea Of Souls in 2015. The line-up is completed by guitarist Matt Lee, bassist Josh Clarke and drummer Chris Furness.

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GODFATHERS UNLEASH NEW VIDEO!

THE GODFATHERS have revealed a striking new video for the title track from their acclaimed album A Big Bad Beautiful Noise.

The video was filmed, edited and directed by Luke Baker and contains flashing images throughout.

Band frontman Peter Coyne says, “The song and video reflect the social and political tensions in today’s society. We want our music to be a part of the soundtrack to a long, hot and very angry summer.”

As previously announced the song is the lead track from A Big Bad Beautiful EP, a limited edition 4-track 10-inch release, which is available exclusively from the band’s website.

The Godfathers play a special show at The Lexington, London on Saturday 24 June, where they’ll play the current album in its entirety, plus a set of classics and rare tracks. Tickets are available here.

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RUTS DC HEADLINE WESTWORLD CALLING!

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THE RUTS DC are to headline a very special Westworld Recordings night in London this autumn.

Westworld Calling scheduled to take place at the O2 Academy in Islington on Saturday 2 September and will also feature sets from original ’77 punks CHELSEA, UK82 favourites CHRON GEN and retooled Bradford goth-punks 1919.

Tickets priced £20 go on sale on Monday 19 June here.

Having cruelly suffered the death of original singer Malcolm Owen in 1980, followed by that of guitarist Paul Fox in 2007, bassist Segs Jennings and drummer Dave Ruffy regrouped with guitarist Leigh Heggarty to release Music Must Destroy last year, their first new rock album in 35 years. Universally acclaimed, it was subsequently awarded Album of the Year in Vive Le Rock!

Check out the video for the single ‘Psychic Attack’.

Westworld have has been building up an impressive roster over the past couple of years, with new albums from all of the above plus GENE LOVES JEZEBEL, PETER HOOK & THE LIGHT and DEPARTMENT S.

They’ve also been responsible for a series of classic reissues from the likes of  DISCHARGE, EXPLOITED, TOY DOLLS, VICE SQUAD, GBH, EXTREME NOISE TERROR, GREEN DAY, ANGELIC UPSTARTS, UK SUBS, BAD BRAINS, POISON IDEA, DOA, THE DAMNED, STIFF LITTLE FINGERS, 999, SPEAR OF DESTINY, THE FALL and many more….

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WIN A MALCOLM MCLAREN FILM BOX SET!!!

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Phil Stongman’s excellent doc Anarchy! The McLaren Westwood Gang was one of the highlights of last year’s Punk At The BFI season.

It’s now available as a deluxe limited edition box set, and thanks to Cadiz Music, we’ve got three copies to give away!

The film includes candid interviews with Malcolm McLaren conducted in Paris and London, previously unseen footage about his childhood, his 1960’s activism, meeting with Vivienne Westwood, their Kings Road shops. It focuses on his key role in the Punk ‘anti-fashion’ and the Sex Pistols and many others, and includes contributions from The Clash, 101ers, Bow Wow Wow, Adam Ant, Boy George, Don Letts, Tony Wilson, Tracey Emin, Stuart Christie, Nick Egan and Westwood herself.

The box set comprises a 2-DVD set featuring the film and a disc of extras including the last ever filmed interview with Malcolm McLaren; a 12-page book with an essay by Barry Cain who interviewed Malcolm many times; a 7″ vinyl single featuring a side of Malcolm talking, with music from the film on the other; a postcard signed by film Phil Strongman; a poster and an Anarchy! badge.

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To be in with a chance of winning one of three copies of this luxurious box set, just drop an email to info@vivelerock.net with ‘Anarchy Film!’ in the subject box, with the answer to the following question:

What legendary US band did Malcolm McLaren manage in 1975?

…and we’ll pick three winners at random.

Good luck! But if you don’t win, the box set is available now, along with other fantastic stuff, from our own Vive Le Shop!

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AIRBOURNE LAND IN THE U.K!

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Aussie longhairs AIRBOURNE return to the UK next autumn for a bunch of dates.

The Melbourne quartet, who released their fourth album Breakin’ Outta Hell through Spinefarm in September last year, recently replaced longstanding guitarist David Roads with Matt ‘Harri’ Harrison. He made his live UK debut with the band in Belfast, Edinburgh and at Download last week.

The next run of dates kicks off with an appearance at Hard Rock Hell in Wales, and includes a London show at the legendary Roundhouse in Camden.

Full dates are….

Fri 10 Nov – Wales, Hafan Y Mor, Hard Rock Hell
Sat 11 Nov – Bristol Academy
Mon 13 Nov – Glasgow Academy
Tue 14 Nov – Manchester Academy
Wed 15 Nov – London Roundhouse
Sat 18 Nov – Norwich UEA
Sun 19 Nov – Oxford Academy
Mon 20 Nov – Sheffield Academy
Wed 22 Nov – Nottingham, Rock City

Tickets go on sale on Friday 16 June here.

Check out the band’s tribute to Lemmy, ‘It’s All For Rock’n’Roll’.

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MIRACULOUS MULE SHARE NEW TRACK!

London punk-blues trio MIRACULOUS MULE issue a new 3-track download single this week, and they’re sharing one of the tracks with Vive Le Rock!

The release follows on from their acclaimed album Two Tonne Testimony, released in March through Muletone/Bronzerat.

The lead track is a reissue of ‘Sound Of The Summer’, whose video was premiered by Vive Le Rock last July. But this time around they’re sharing their tripped out version of the dark gospel standard ‘In My Time Of Dying’ made famous by Led Zeppelin.

Says frontman Michael J Sheehy, “It’s an old traditional gospel song which had been recorded by Blind Willie Johnson, Josh White and Bob Dylan long before Zep. Weirdly our version came out as two distinct halves, the first part sounding more like Black Sabbath than LZ and the second half perhaps sounding a little like Robert Plant’s recent experiments with African music.”

Miraculous Mule have dates lined up at….

17th June: Stag’s Head, London (w/ TABLE SCRAPS)
23rd June: Glastonbury Festival
14th July: Once Upon A Time In The West Festival

Rounded out by the track ‘Ain’t It Hard’, the single is set for release on 16 June and is available through iTunes.

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LAS KELLIES HIT EUROPE!

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Argentinian psych-punks LAS KELLIES follow up on the success of last year’s Friends & Lovers album with another trek through Europe.

The Buenos Aires trio were formed back in 2005 by sisters Silvina and Cecilia Kelly, and were joined last year by bassist Manuela Ducatenzeiler.

The band’s European Tour kicks off with at The Victoria in Dalston, London on 22 June, followed by an appearance at the Glastonbury Festival the next day.

Admission to the Dalston show is FREE but you need a ticket, which you can get here.

Full tour dates are as follows….

22 Jun: The Victoria, London, UK
23 Jun: Glastonbury Festival, Somerset, UK
29 Jun: La Station (Festival Comme Nous Brulons) , Paris, France
30 Jun: Penny Lane, Rennes, France
01 Jul: Biches Festival, Cisai-St-Aubin, France
08 Jul: Festival Maison Fumetti, Nantes, France
12 Jul: BeGood, Barcelona, Spain
14 Jul: Caracol, Madrid, Spain
15 Jul: FBI, Benicasssim, Spain

Check out the video for ‘I Don’t Care’.

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S*M*A*S*H PLAY LONDON SHOW!

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New wave of new wave titans S*M*A*S*H play a rare London gig this month in support of their latest album.

Goodbye W.G.C. was released in February through Esprit De Corps Records, ten years on from their previous album, Icon.

Check out the video for the single ‘Art Therapy’.

Coming to prominence in the early 90s, S*M*A*S*H earned a Top 30 placings with their debut Smash EP and the single ‘(I Want to) Kill Somebody’, which was followed by the single ‘Barrabas (Piloted)’ for SubPop.

The Welwyn Garden City trio play a special Rockaway Beach night at the legendary Hope & Anchor, Islington on Fridy 30 June.  Support comes from fast-rising one-woman agit-punk revolutionary LOUISE DISTRAS.

Tickets priced £10 are available here.

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RAMONES LEAVE HOME DELUXE REISSUE!

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The RAMONES’ classic second album gets the deluxe reissue treatment next month in honour of its 40th Anniversary.

Leave Home was originally released in January 1977 and features such chestnuts as ‘Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment’, ‘Suzy Is A Headbanger’, ‘Commando’, ‘Glad To See You Go’ and ‘California Sun’.

Recorded with a bigger budget than its predecessor, Leave Home was co-produced by Tommy Ramone with Tony Bongiovi, at that time best known for his work with Gloria Gaynor, and engineered and mixed by Ed Stasium.

The album’s sleeve was designed by Moshe Brakha, also responsible for the Rolling Stones’ Black And Blue sleeve, while the rear featured the now iconic bald eagle logo by designer Arturo Vega.

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The 40th Anniversary reissue is available as a limited edition vinyl version in hardback book format, complete with recollections from former manager Danny Fields, as told to noted rock writer Michael Azerrad, plus notes on the recording from Stasium.

There’s also a 3-CD version featuring the original and new 40th Anniversary mixes of the album, a second disc with more than two dozen rare and unreleased recordings, and a third disc featuring a 19-track live set from CBGB’s on 2 April 1977.

Set for release through Rhino on 21 July, it’s available to pre-order here.

Check out ‘Commando’ live from ’77.

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