CURSE OF LONO PLAY SPECIAL LONDON SHOW!

London band CURSE OF LONO have released a trailer for their brand new album out today, which they’re sharing exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

The trailer also serves as a taster for a short film Saturday Night: A Film Of Four Songs, directed by Alex Walker. The film recently won Best Music Video at the LA Independent Film Festival, the London Independent Film Awards and Feel The Reel International Film Festival in Glasgow and has made the official selection at the International Music Video Underground in LA.

The band are launching their debut album Severed with a special show at London’s Water Rats venue on Thursday 20 April. All proceeds from the gig will go to help much-loved London music figure Barry Marshall-Everitt in his fight against cancer. A key player on the London music scene since the late 60s, Barry has worked in pirate radio on the infamous Radio Geronimo, tour managed the likes of T REX and PINK FAIRIES and for many years ran Soho’s celebrated Borderline club during its heyday. Most recently, he’s been running the roots radio station House Of Mercy.

“Barry wrote one of the first articles about my old band for Music Week back in 2005,” says Curse Of Lono frontman Felix Bechtolsheimer. “He has played us on the radio, promoted our gigs at The Borderline and Dingwalls and, more importantly, he’s become a great friend. He has helped so many bands over the years, including many of our mates, so it seems only right to try to give a little back.”

Tickets for the gig are available here.

Severed is available now through the band’s website.

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BOOZE AND GLORY VIDEO PREMIERE!

BOOZE & GLORY have a new video, which they’re launching exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

The band say….

“Here is our new video for “Simple” – a song from our latest album (Chapter IV) released on Burning Heart Records last month. It was shot over 2 days in North London in an abandoned warehouse. It’s the first time we have worked with director Jean Christian Larche and his crew. We feel he has really captured the essence and emotion of this very personal song. This is a side of Booze & Glory you have never known before and it’s the first of a series of videos we are planning to release to accompany Chapter IV.”
Director/Editor – Jean-Christian Larche
D.O.P – Noel Darcy
Gaffer – Theresa Winkelmann
1st AD / Camera Operator – Mat Kokvik
Camera Ops / Production Assistants – Emil Ali, Tosan Ben-Edigbe, Neil Sweetman
Online Editor – Julie Syversen Larche
Produced by CRUSTIC Productions

The band have a handful of UK dates lined up in April at….

20 April – The Fleece, Bristol
21 April – The 100 Club, London
22 April – The Hairy Dog, Derby
23 April – The Anvil, Bournemouth

…. following which they head off the the USA and Mexico for a mammoth tour, including an appearance at Punk Rock Bowling in Las Vegas.

They’ll be back in the UK at the end of July to play The Flag, Watford (25 July) and Rebellion, Blackpool (6 August).

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CHERRY RED LAUNCH GOTH BOX!

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Cherry Red Records are to issue a major new box set this summer celebrating all things gothic!

Silhouettes & Statues: A Gothic Revolution 1978 – 1986 charts the rise of rock’s most crepuscular genre, from its post-punk beginnings to its full mid-80s flowering.

Across five CDs we hear from early catalysts like JOY DIVISION, THE CURE, THE BIRTHDAY PARTY, THE DAMNED and ADAM & THE ANTS to major players such as THE SISTERS OF MERCY, THE MISSION, BAUHAUS, ALL ABOUT EVE, ALIEN SEX FIEND and FIELDS OF THE NEPHILIM, along the way alighting on SOUTHERN DEATH CULT, DEAD CAN DANCE, REMA-REMA, SECITON 25, CLOCK DVA, UK DECAY, 13th CHIME (pictured), LOVE AND ROCKETS, THE ASSOCIATES, SPECIMEN, BALAAM & THE ANGEL, THE MARCH VIOLETS, FLESH FOR LULU, RUBELLA BALLET, SKELETAL FAMILY and many, many more….

Packaged in a hardback book format, the set features copious sleevenotes, illustrated with dozens of rare and unseen images.

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Silhouettes & Statues: A Gothic Revolution 1978 – 1986 is set for release on 30 June.

The Full tracklisting is….

Joy Division – Shadowplay
The Birthday Party – Release The Bats
Rema-Rema – Rema-Rema
Paranoia – Shattered Glass
Section 25 – Charnel Ground
The Sisters Of Mercy – Floorshow
Clock DVA – The Female Mirror
UK Decay – The Black Cat
Alien Sex Fiend – Dead And Re-Buried
Love And Rockets – Seventh Dream Of Teenage Heaven
The Associates – Q Quarters
In Excelsis – Carnival Of The Gullible
Nevilluxury – Feels Like Dancing Wartime
Flesh For Lulu – Vaguely Human
The March Violets – Crow Baby
All About Eve – D For Desire
Folk Devils – Beautiful Monster

Public Image Ltd – Flowers of Romance
Danielle Dax – Bed Caves
Southern Death Cult – Moya
1919 – Caged
The Cure – The Hanging Garden
S-Haters – Solitary Habit
Dead Can Dance – The Arcane
Years On Earth – Saving Face
In The Nursery – Breach Birth
Play Dead – The Tenant
Part 1 – Ghost
13th Chime – Cuts Of Love
The Tempest – Ice Cold in
Screaming Dead – Night Creatures
Bushido – Among The Ruins
Portion Control – Fiends
Actifed – Creation

Adam And The Ants – Tabletalk
Balaam And the Angel – The Darklands
The Legendary Pink Dots – Love Puppets
Artery – Into The Garden
Salvation – Girlsoul
The Chameleons – In Shreds
Schleimer K – Fugitive Kind
The Bolshoi – By The River
Gene Loves Jezebel – Screaming (For Emmalene)
Lowlife – Gallery Of Shame
And Also The Trees – Out Of The Moving Life Of Circles
Siiiii – Is Still
Tabathas Nightmare – Heroin (Live At The Batcave)
Brigandage – Angel Of Vengeance
Penetration – Stone Heroes
The Rose Of Avalanche – LA Rain

Furyo – Legacy
The Mission – Stay With Me
Nico – Saeta
In Camera – Fragments Of Fear
Dance Chapter – Anonymity
Ausgang – Sink Into You
Cocteau Twins – In Our Angelhood
Sunglasses After Dark – Morbid Silence
Fields Of The Nephilim – Trees Come Down (Original Version)
Anorexic Dread – Tracey’s Burning
Red Lorry Yellow Lorry – Take It All
Tones On Tail – Burning Skies
Blood And Roses – Spit Upon Your Grave
Threat – Lullaby In C
I’m Dead – Storm Pause
Zero Le Creche – Last Year’s Wife

Bauhaus – Stigmata Martyr
The Wake – Patrol
Specimen – Returning From A Journey
Theatre Of Hate – Original Sin
Attrition – Birthrite
Sad Lovers and Giants – Things We Never Did
The Damned – Dr Jeckyl And Mr Hyde
Gloria Mundi – The Hill
Dali’s Car – His Box
Inca Babies – The Diseased Stranger’s Waltz
Death Cult – Ghost Dance
Modern Eon – Euthenics
Ritual – Mind Disease
Skeletal Family – She Cries Alone
Bone Orchard – Jack
Hula – Ghost Rattle
Rubella Ballet – Twister

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RISE OF THE FALLEN!

Re-alined ex-FALL members BRIX & THE EXTRICATED have unveiled a video for their debut single.

Filmed on location at the legendary community venue Chats Palace in Hackney, London, the video for ‘Damned For Eternity’ is the work of acclaimed documentary maker Dan Edelstyn.

Formed in 2014, Brix & The Extricated bring together former Fall members Brix Smith Start, Stephen and Paul Hanley and Steve Trafford with guitarist Jason Brown. Originally intending to perform their own contributions to the Fall catalogue, songs which had not been aired for 30 years, once in rehearsal, new material began to follow naturally.

The result is a new 10-song album Part 2, which is due for release later in the year.  The single ‘Damned For Eternity’ will be released through Blang Records on Friday 12 May.

Brix & The Extricated have announced a series of UK dates, kicking off at The Ritz, Manchester on 29 April and including at show as special guests to THE WEDDING PRESENT at London’s Roundhouse on 10 June. Full dates are…

29 April – The Ritz, Manchester
6 May – Black Box, Belfast (Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival)
11 May – The Leadmill, Sheffield
19 May – The Trades Club, Hebden Bridge
20 May – Georgian Theatre, Stockton-on-Tees
10 June – The Roundhouse, London (w/The Wedding Present)
27 July – Kendal Calling, Cumbria
1 September – End Of The Road, Dorset

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MAMMOTH MAMMOTH VIDEO EXCLUSIVE!

Aussie fuzz-rockers MAMMOTH MAMMOTH have a new video which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘Sleepwalker’ is taken from their upcoming fourth studio album Mount The Mountain, which is due for release through Napalm Records on 28 April. Also featuring a cover of KYLIE MINOGUE’s crossover anthem ‘Can’t Get You Out Of My Head’, it’s available to pre-order here.

The Melbourne quartet head out on the road across Europe from the end of the month, although in the spirit of Brexit, they won’t be playing the UK.

You can, however, catch them at….

29.04.17 DE – Berlin – Desertfest Berlin
02.05.17 DE – Dresden / Ostpol
03.05.17 DE – Osnabrueck / Bastard Club
04.05.17 DE – Cologne / Sonic Ballroom
05.05.17 DE – Duesseldorf / Pitcher
07.05.17 NL – Utrecht / dB’s
08.05.17 DE – Frankfurt / Nachtleben
09.05.17 DE – Hamburg / Hafenklang
10.05.17 DE – Kiel / Schaubude
11.05.17 DE – Chemnitz / AJZ
12.05.17 DE – Cottbus / Zum faulen August
13.05.17 DE – Lichtenfels / Paunchy Cats
14.05.17 AT – Linz / Stadtwerkstatt
15.05.17 DE – Munich / Feierwerk
17.05.17 DE – Wuerzburg / Immerhin
18.05.17 DE – Saarbruecken / Garage
19.05.17 CH – Luzern / Bruch Brothers
20.05.17 CH – Olten / Coq D Or

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ME FIRST P.R.B. EXCLUSIVE!

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In celebration of their new greatest hits album and their appearance at Punk Rock Bowling, Me First & The Gimme Gimes’ frontman Spike Slawson has spoken exclusively to Vive Le Rock!

Now in its 19th year, Punk Rock Bowling returns to Las Vegas with an all-star punk-rock bill.

Taking place from 27 to 29 May the downtown outdoor festival features sets from IGGY POP, BAD RELIGION, COCK SPARRER, ME FIRST & THE GIMME GIMMES, PENNYWISE, FIDLAR, DISCHARGE, THE ADICTS, BOUNCING SOULS, OFF!, THE INTERRUPTERS, THE DICKIES, BOOZE & GLORY and more….

Kicking off on 26 May, there are also individual late night club shows from TELEVISION, THE SONICS, GIUDA, RIVERBOAT GAMBLERS, SCREAM, THE VANDALS, MUNICIPAL WASTE and loads more….

Full details and tickets are available here.

Me First this week release a career-spanning retrospective Rake It In: The Greatest Hits, compiling all their favourite songs on one record. Set for release on Friday 7 April, if you pre-order the digital album from iTunes or Bandcamp, you’ll immediately get an instant download of ‘City Of New Orleans’. It will also be available from the Fat Wreck webstore. Read our Q&A with Spike below….

 

So how was your recent U.K tour? What do you like most about coming to the U.K?

I enjoy watching the final stages of the UK’s transformation from far-reaching, iron-fisted empire to a cultural and economic backwater. I’d like to think that American reality TV culture had something to do with it. You’re welcome.

Playing Punk Rock Bowling must be a lot different to the usual theatre and club shows. What have you got planned for PRB?

Steady as she goes. When you’ve got a winning formula (hit songs, great outfits, scintillating onstage banter, matching guitars…), you stay the course. Our plans for after the set is to watch the master (Iggy) at work. I am also planning to don a quinceañera dress and a cowboy hat, and recite my poetry through a bullhorn on Fremont St. You might want to miss that.

You have covered quite a few big stars who have played Vegas. Any special songs coming up in the set?

Every song that we lovingly render is special in its own unique way. Everytime we play one it’s like we’re hearing it for the first time, whether we’re in Vegas, or Reno.

Are Me First gambling kind of guys?

Everytime we mount a stage, we gamble with the prospect that we’ll be laughed out of town. So far, the only place that’s happened was in Pittsburgh.

This will be our first time in Las Vegas. What would you recommend we check out? 

The Liberace Museum. East Fremont St is still kinda seedy. Thrift stores (people lose all their money, and sell everything they own).

What 3 essential things will you be taking to Punk Rock Bowling and Las Vegas? 

Energy, passion, and intensity (maybe a humidifier).

Here’s Me First performing at PRB in 2015.

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SUCCESS BECKONS FOR NIGHTMEN!

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Swedish garage rockers NIGHTMEN return with a new album in April.

The prophetically-titled Can’t Avoid Success follows relatively hot on the heels of their debut Fifteen Minutes Of Pain, which was released a year ago.

Formed in Malmö in 2014, Nightmen bring together members from the likes of TERRIBLE FEELINGS, YAST and MF/MB/, creating a blend of garage rock and powerpop, citing such influences as RAMONES and DEAD MOON.

They released their debut EP Girl For You through Rundgång Rekords in early 2015, signing to Lövely Records for their debut LP a year later.

Can’t Avoid Success is released on 14 April through Lövely Records. It’s available to pre-order on CD from Freight Train and digitally from iTunes.

Check out the video for the single ‘Ahahahah (Oh No)’.

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INMATES RE-RELEASED!

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Legendary North London R&B band THE INMATES are to have their first three albums reissued as a box set.

First Offence, Shot In The Dark and Heatwave In Alaska were originally issued through Radar/WEA from 1979 to 1982.

Islington’s answer to DR FEELGOOD, The Inmates were formed by members of THE FLYING TIGERS and THE CANNIBALS and featured the impressive talents of powerful and charismatic frontman Bill Hurley, guitarists Peter Gunn and Tony Oliver, bassist Ben Donnelly and, at different times, drummers Jim Russell and Eddie from THE VIBRATORS.

The band’s first single was a cover of THE STANDELLS’ ‘Dirty Water’, which just scraped the US Top 50, while second single, a version of JIMMY McCRACKLIN’S ‘The Walk’ was a ubiquitous radio hit, making the the UK Top 40. The Vic Maile-produced First Offence made the US Top 40 albums chart.

After Heatwave In Alaska, Hurley handed the mic to Barrie Masters from EDDIE & THE HOT RODS, before returning to the band in 1987.

Along with the three albums, the 3-CD set features 8 bonus tracks and a 20-page booklet.

The Albums 1979-82 is released on 26 May through Cherry Red. It’s available to pre-order here.

Check out ‘Stop It Baby’ from Shot In The Dark.

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MAX’S KANSAS CITY COMP REISSUED!

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Max’s Kansas City 1976 – the compilation spawned by the legendary New York City nightclub – is getting an expanded reissue.

Situated at 213 Park Avenue South, Max’s first opened in the mid-60s as a haven for artists, poets and musicians, including Andy Warhol, William Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, David Bowie, Iggy Pop and Lou Reed – it was also the location for the recording of the Velvet Underground’s classic 1972 live album, Live At Max’s Kansas City.

Closing in 1974, it reopened a year later, becoming as integral to the birth of New York punk as CBGB’s, with show’s from the likes of Wayne County, New York Dolls, Johnny Thunders, Patti Smith, Ramones, Television, The Fast, The Dictators, Blondie and many more.

Max’s Kansas City 1976 was compiled as a 10-track album by music director Peter Crowley to help promote the club. Now the original album is expanded to 40 tracks across two CDs, with a selection of 25 on the double-vinyl edition. Including many unreleased and rare tracks, it was once again compiled by Crowley, who also adds sleevenotes detailing the album’s history. Further notes and artist biogs by writer, musician and Max’s regular Jimi LaLumia complete a 20-page booklet.

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Max’s Kansas City: 1976 & Beyond is released through Jungle on 5 May. It’s available to pre-order here.

Full tracklisting on the CD version is as follows….

Disc 1:
Wayne County and the Backstreet Boys – Max’s Kansas City
The Fast – Boys Will Be Boys
Harry Toledo – Knots
Cherry Vanilla and her Staten Island Band – Shake Your Ashes
Wayne County and the Backstreet Boys – Cream In My Jeans
The Fast – Wow Pow Bash Crash
Wayne County and the Backstreet Boys – Flip Your Wig
John Collins Band – The Man In Me
Suicide – Rocket USA
The Fast – Kids Just Wanna Dance
Philip Rambow – Night Out
Suicide – Ghost Rider
New York Dolls – Bad Girl
The Stilettos – Pink Stilettos
The Knots – Heartbreaker
The Senders – 6th Street
Jimi Lalumia & the Psychotic Frogs – Death To Disco
The Brats – First Rock Star on the Moon
The Offs – You Fascinate Me
The Terrorists – Riis Park
Roland Alphonso & the Terrorists – Sax Skandal
Disc 2:
Von LMO – This Is Pop Rock
Fast Floyd & the Famous Firebirds – Frogs Legs
Cellmates – Everybody Wants
Science – Twisco
BMTs – Clothes & Alchohol
Keiran Liscoe & the Attitude – Hello St. Vincents
Freddy Frogs – Days On Earth
Joy Ryder – Johnny Was A Fireman
Sea Monster – Halloween In Detroit
Ruby & the Rednecks – Ruby From The Wrong Side of Town
Joey Kelly Allstars – Amanda
Philippe Marcade – All Quite Wasted
Jayne County – Max’s Kansas City (reprise)
Iggy Pop – Rock Action
Nico – Saeta
Gang War – These Boots Are Made For Walking
Johnny Thunders & the Heartbreakers – M.I.A.
Sid Vicious & The Idols – Take A Chance

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PUNKS HIT THE NORTH!

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Tickets are selling fast for this year’s Scotland and North West Calling festivals.

The two all-day events, which are happening in April and June respectively, are both co-headlined by THE EXPLOITED and THE TOY DOLLS, who are playing their only UK shows this year.

Scotland Calling takes place on Saturday 29 April at the O2 ABC, Glasgow with ANGELIC UPSTARTS, UK SUBS, 999, RESTARTS, GIMP FIST, HI FI SPITFIRES and SPUNK VOLCANO & THE ERUPTIONS with more to be confirmed. There’s also an aftershow with VICE SQUAD and  FIRE EXIT.

Tickets are on sale here.

North West Calling is at the O2 Ritz, Manchester on Saturday 3 June with Angelic Upsstarts, DIRT BOX DISCO, PETER & THE TEST TUBE BABIES, 999, THE OUTCASTS, ABRASIVE WHEELS, Fire Exit, LOADED 44 and THE CUNDEEZ.

Get tickets here.

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SHAKING CHAINS UNVEIL DEBUT SINGLE!

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….

25 April – The Eagle Inn, Salford TICKETS

29 April – The Islington, London TICKETS

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MEMBRANES, SPEAR FOR STRUMMERCAMP!

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Vive Le Rock is pleased and proud to sponsor Strummercamp Festival, which returns in May after a year’s lay-off.

Taking place at Manchester Rugby Club, Cheadle Hulme over the weekend of 26-28 May, the 11th Strummercamp continues the spirit and positive influence of Joe Strummer and The Clash, providing a mix of punk, ska, reggae, rock’n’roll and more on a not-for-profit and completely independent basis.

This year’s event features performances from THE MEMBRANES, SPEAR OF DESTINY, T.V. SMITH, NEWTOWN NEUROTICS, DEPARTMENT S, CHRON GEN, ATTILA THE STOCKBROKER, THE HURRIERS, NECK, THE WAKES, BEXATRON, RUFF TRADE, KLONK, HEADSTICKS, BUFFALO SOLDIERS, THE NORTHERN EMBEZZLERS, KOPEK MILLIONAIRES, NOSEBLEED, STATION 5 and loads more…

Tickets are being sold on a revolutionary ‘pay what you can afford’ basis, with adult weekend tickets ranging from £65 to £80 at increments of £5. They’re on sale here. Kids under 12 are FREE!!

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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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MAID OF ACE HIT THE ROAD!

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Sisterly south coast punks MAID OF ACE have announced a series of UK dates next month.

Kicking off in Canterbury on 18 April, the tour climaxes with a special Some Weird Sin night at Nambucca in London on 28 April. With BAD NERVES and WHITE WITCHES also on the bill, tickets at a very reasonable £6.00 are available here.

The Hastings quartet released their second album Maid In England to wide acclaim last year. It’s available now from their website.

Both the band’s album are also now available to download from iTunes.

Catch them on the road at….

April 18th – Lady Luck, Canterbury
April 19th – Sticky Mikes, Brighton
April 20th – Talking Heads, Southampton
April 21st – MPF – Sound Control, Manchester
April 22nd – Bannermans, Edinburgh
April 24th – Think Tank Underground, Newcastle
April 25th -The Parish, Huddersfield
April 27th – Winchester Arms,Taunton
April 28th – Nambucca, London (w/Bad Nerves & White Witches)

Read a new interview with Maid Of Ace in the latest edition of Vive Le Rock!

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CLASH DEBUT CELEBRATED IN EAST LONDON!

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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.

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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”.

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SISTERAY EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE!

Walthamstow band SISTERAY are set to release a new EP next month and they’re premiering the lead track exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘Queen’s English’ is the opening cut from 15 Minutes, a title inspired by Andy Warhol’s famous quote about fame.

Formed in 2014, the quartet came together over a shared love of BUZZCOCKS, THE CLASH, THE KINKS and THE SMITHS. Since then they’ve been playing up and down the country, performing guerrilla gigs and organising their own club nights,  as well as appearing at Camden Rocks, Isle of Wight and Leeds festivals.

The EP was recorded at East London’s Lightship 95 studio with producer Rory Attwell of TEST ICICLES and VACCINES fame.

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Guitarist Dan Connolly says, “Now more than ever, people seem to be given 15 minutes and 15 minutes only. It’s not an album and it’s not a single. It’s simply a statement about the times we are living in.”

15 Minutes is available from 14 April through Vallance Records on vinyl and download. It’s available to pre-order here.

Catch the band live at….

Thur 16 Mar – Bleach, BRIGHTON
Fri 17 Mar – Guns & Smoke, LONDON
Fri 24 Mar – Firebug, LEICESTER
Fri 31 Mar – Black Heart, LONDON

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EXCLUSIVE! ANYONE FOR WEIRD SEX?

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.

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