US-born but now resident in Austria, singer-songwriter MATT BOROFF is premiering his new video exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
‘Thirst’ is taken from Matt’s third album Grand Delusion, which features contributions from producer and multi-instrumentalist Alain Johannes (PJ Harvey, Queens Of The Stone Age), Jack Irons (Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Pearl Jam) and Mark Lanegan.
The atmospheric video was directed and produced by visual artist Austin Settle and was shot on location at the foot of Mount Großglockner, the highest mountain in Austria.
With a career stretching back to the end of the 80s, Boroff has toured widely, sharing stages along the way with QOTSA, Nirvana, Kyuss, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and more. Relocating from New York to Austria in 2000, he formed MATT BOROFF & THE MIRRORS, who released three albums, before Matt decided to go solo in 2010.
Kicking off at North London’s rock’n’roll Babylon, The Black Heart in Camden on 13 April, the tour moves on to The Prince Albert, Brighton (14 April), The Dolls House, Abertillery (15 April) and The Chameleon, Nottingham (16 April).
Entry to each show is a measly Lady Godiva! Can you afford to miss it???
Essex R&B legend WILKO JOHNSON has announced a special show at London’s Royal Albert Hall this Autumn.
As well as turning 70 this year, the former DR FEELGOOD guitarist will be marking the 30th Anniversary of the WILKO JOHNSON BAND with this special performance.
As well as being joined by cohorts Norman Watt-Roy and Dylan Howe, he’s promising “family, friends and special guests” for the show on Tuesday 26 September. Tickets are now on sale here.
Wilko has previously announced a series of UK dates for April. Catch him on the road at….
13/04/17 Worthing Assembly Hall
14/04/17 Bury St Edmunds The Apex
15/04/17 Cardiff Tramshed
20/04/17 Newcastle Wylam Brewery
21/04/17 Nottingham Rock City
22/04/17 York York Barbican
20/05/17 Devizes, Wiltshire Kings Arms
York rockers SEGRËGATES are launching their new video exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
And there are no prizes for guessing who their biggest musical inspiration is! They’ve even named their debut album after late MOTORHEAD axeman Würzel, and have shared a stage with his former cohort Phil Campbell. Moreover, the album also features a cover of ‘Riding With The Driver’.
Bradford post-punks 1919 issue their second studio album next month – 33 years after their first!
Initially formed in 1980, the band were linked to the nascent Goth movement, thanks to their heavy, melodic, intense dance music and at one time featured a pre-ZODIAC MINDWARP Mark Manning. They released three indie hit singles and the Earth Song EP, as well as the 1984 debut album Machine.
Founder and guitarist Mark Tighe convened a new line-up in 2014 and, joined by early drummer Mick Reed, began playing several European dates before signing to Westworld Recordings for the release of new material. With work on the new album Bloodline completed, however, Tighe was diagnosed with cancer and sadly passed away earlier this year.
Bloodline is set for release by Westworld on 17 March. It’s available to pre-order here.
Following hot on the heels of last year’s critically acclaimed new album Music Must Destroy – which we voted Album of the Year – THE RUTS DC are gearing up to take 2017 by storm, launching their new single exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
‘Kill The Pain’ heralds the latest burst of activity from the band as they prepare to head out on the road as special guests to THE STRANGLERS on a major UK Tour throughout March and early April.
Lifted from Music Must Destroy, the band’s first new rock recordings since 1981, ‘Kill The Pain’ features backing vocals from STIFF LITTLE FINGERS frontman Jake Burns and SPEAR OF DESTINY / THEATRE OF HATE frontman Kirk Brandon. Having successfully toured together as the ever evolving DEAD MEN WALKING acoustic tour, it was the perfect opportunity to feature the iconic frontmen on the single.
“One of the many highlights of last year was hooking up with Jake and Kirk to do some Dead Men Walking acoustic shows,” explains bassist and vocalist Segs. “Four veterans in one van, how would that go?! In between singing we didn’t stop talking and laughing. It just felt right to have them sing on the single. What with The Stranglers tour coming up, 2017 looks like another exciting year for The Ruts DC.”
‘Kill The Pain’ is released on 3 March via Westworld/Sosumi Recordings (alongside a previously unreleased instrumental version) and is available to pre-order now from iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Amazon US and iTunes US.
Catch The Ruts DC on tour with The Stranglers throughout March/April at the following dates….
Street punks BOOZE & GLORY have confirmed the release of their new album for next month.
The formerly London-based and now intercontinental band are set to release Chapter IV on Friday 17 March. It follows on from 2014’s As Bold As Brass and is their first for their new label, the Sweden-based Burning Heart Records, also home to GIUDA and newly signed London mob BUSTER SHUFFLE.
The quartet have also confirmed more UK dates alongside previously announced shows at London’s 100 Club and Rebellion. Catch them at….
20 April BRISTOL – The Fleece
21 April LONDON – 100 Club
22 April DERBY – The Hairy Dog
23 April BOURNEMOUTH – The Anvil
25 June WATFORD – The Flag
Booze & Glory have also been confirmed to appear at this year’s Punk Rock Bowling in Las Vegas, NV from 26-29 May and Hellfest near Nantes, France from 16-18 June. They’re currently finalising details for a North American tour, which will be announced soon.
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
Okie roots rocker J.D. McPHERSON is among the latest additions to Suffolk’s Red Rooster Festival.
Broken Arrow’s finest is joined by more rootsy big hitters in the form of DANNY & THE CHAMPIONS OF THE WORLD, THE ROCKINGBIRDS, BIG SANDY & HIS FLY-RITE BOYS and KING SALAMI & THE CUMBERLAND THREE, THE ALAN TYLER SHOW and more.
They join the already announced NICK LOWE, BARRENCE WHITFIELD & THE SAVAGES, GUADALUPE PLATA and THE HANGING STARS and others, with still more acts to be announced.
Now in its fourth year, and championing the best in roots, rock’n’roll, rhythm’n’blues and Americana, Red Rooster takes place at Euston Hall near Thetford from 1 to 3 June. Tickets and further line-up details are available here.
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!
Cornish gutter punks BASTARD have a new 6-track EP out and are launching a video for the lead track exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
The fragrantly-titled ‘Gusset Musk’ features on Tales Of Taboo, alongside live favourites ‘Woman In A Can’, ‘Night Of The Lepus’, ‘Poultry Strut’ and ‘Prevert’, as well as ‘Screamin’ Weevil Blues’, which recently featured on the acclaimed Cornwall Calling Volume Two compilation.
Citing influence from the likes of The Cramps, Ramones, Revillos, Monks, and the Count Five, the band were recently hailed as the ‘surprise package’ at Cornwall’s New Rose festival and opened for Buzzcocks on their 40th Anniversary Tour.
Tales of Taboo is available on CD from the band’s website and digitally from iTunes.
Fans disappointed by the cancellation of RADIO STARS’ final 100 Club show, can seek solace in the knowledge that the Class of ’77 pop-punks are to have their career celebrated in a major new box set.
Formed by ex-JOHN’S CHILDREN frontman Andy Ellison and SPARKS bassist Martin Gordon after the demise of their glam band JET, Radio Stars signed to Chiswick Records for two albums and a string of singles like ‘Dirty Pictures’, ‘Nervous Wreck’ and ‘No Russians In Russia’ that have deservedly gone on to become classics.
The 4-CD Thinking Inside The Box brings together both Chiswick albums – Songs For Swinging Lovers and Holiday Album – plus a third disc containing non-LP singles, b-sides and studio out-takes. A fourth disc features three John Peel sessions and a Radio 1 In Concert recording, all previously unreleased.
Set for release on 31 March, Thinking Inside The Box is available to pre-order now through Cherry Red.
The classic 1977 debut album by THE DAMNED is to get the deluxe reissue treatment next month.
The UK’s first ever punk album, Damned Damned Damned is being rereleased through BMG on Friday 17 February, almost 40 years to the day since it was first released by Stiff Records.
To celebrate, Vive Le Rock presents this video exclusive of Dave Vanian and Captain Sensible’s 40th Anniversary Q&A last year at The British Library – and we’re giving you the chance to win a copy of the album on CD!
Recorded at the fabled Pathway Studios in Newington Green, North London, Damned Damned Damned has been fully remastered and is being released as part of BMG’s The Art Of The Album series, refocusing attention on the album as a format. It comes with new, comprehensive and extensively researched sleevenotes by noted punk writer John Ingham.
Talking of the album’s recording, Captain Sensible reflects, “Damned Damned Damned was almost ‘un-produced’ by our Stiff stablemate Nick Lowe, who managed to capture the energy of our live set spectacularly. Nick was known as ‘Basher’ as there was no messing about. It’s fairly manic, but also tuneful and, listened to now, still sounds pretty fresh to my ears…. The guitars don’t sound nice – they’re a raw, fuzzed-out thrash – that’s punk rock. Pathway was a rough and ready studio round the back of an Islington garage. It was so dark and dingy in there – you had to be careful or you’d knock your beer over. The sessions took two days, after which the tape was recycled for an Elvis Costello album so there’s no chance of a remix… Not that you’d want one – it’s perfect!”
Available on vinyl, CD and download, you can pre-order it here.
The band are about to embark on an extensive World Tour, taking in Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Australia, USA and Canada, but will return in time to headline Camden Rocks on 3 June.
Thanks to The Damned and BMG, Vive Le Rock has three CD copies of the album to give away. Just drop us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with Damned Damned Damned in the subject box and the answer to the following question….
What other band were ‘mistakenly’ pictured on the original back cover of Damned Damned Damned?
BLOCKHEADS and WILKO JOHNSON bassist NORMAN WATT-ROY is being celebrated in a new exhibition in London next month.
The multi-media exhibition at the newly opened Cadiz Gallery in Deptford features sound, fine art, illustration and animation, studying movement, music and the sonic experience of being in close proximity of live, raw, rock and roll being produced.
Serving time in early-70s bands THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH and GLENCOE before joining Radio Caroline-endorsed jazz-funksters LOVING AWARENESS, soon to be recruited by IAN DURY as The Blockheads. The rest is history.
The exhibition features the work of Essex-based artist, Tad Blower and will serve as the launch for his retro-style Norman Watt-Roy Flicker Book. On display will be Tad’s supporting drawings, giant expressive paintings, and animations.
“This exhibition could be seen as an absurd piece of ‘fan art’ gone out of control,” says Tad. “It is really an honest and exciting response to a unique and interesting subject matter… going to live gigs, especially in small venues is quite bizarre, it’s as much about watching as it is listening… watching and absorbing as legends do their thing.”
Formatively a fine artist/painter, Tad has more recently moved into animation – creating artwork for Julien Temple’s Oil City Confidential and Richard England’s East End Babylon. “I am really pleased with the flicker book,” he says. “It is pocket-sized work of art that records some of the umpteen facial expressions, body contortions and finger movements of Norman in concert. When I was child I would spend hours flicking through flicker books, there is something really magical about them”.
The exhibition opens on Wednesday 1 February at the Cadiz Gallery, 13 Harmon Place, London SE8 3FE. Admission is FREE.
The Norman Watt-Roy Flicker Book is available to order now from our very own Vive Le Shop!
Hot new Atlanta rock’n’roll punks RMBLR release their debut EP next month and are sharing the lead track with Vive Le Rock!
‘Name Game’ is taken from the EP Territory which is released on 7″by Fat Possum on 17 February.
Pronounced Rambler, the band comprises the excellently punk-named Chase Tail (guitar/vocals), Alex Hagen (guitar/vocals), Jason Boyer (bass) and Jake Berry (drums), four punk mercenaries who emerged out of the touring line-up of legendary Atlanta Band, the DINOS BOYS.
Following in a grand tradition of both rock’n’roll and punk, they cite such reliable influences as CHUCK BERRY, THE SAINTS, THE COLOURED BALLS and THE KIDS.
Download ‘Name Game’ from the band’s Bandcamp page.
The 80s revival festival REWIND returns this Summer with three individual events.
The festivals will take place Scone Palace, Perth (21-23 July), Capesthorne Hall, Cheshire (4-6 August) and Temple Island Meadows, Henley-on-Thames (18-20 August).
Among a host of less Vive Le Rock-friendly acts, also performing over the weekends will be the likes of THE HUMAN LEAGUE, TOM ROBINSON, THE UNDERTONES, JUNIOR MARVIN’S WAILERS, STEVE HARLEY & COCKNEY REBEL, PETER HOOK & THE LIGHT, GLEN MATLOCK, DR & THE MEDICS, STATUS QUO, THE BLOCKHEADS, HUGH CORNWELL, CAPTAIN SENSIBLE, BIG COUNTRY, JILTED JOHN and many more.
Potential festival-goers should check who’s appearing where before booking tickets which are available from the Rewind website.
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.