PETER PERRETT UNVEILS SOLO ALBUM!

ONLY ONES founder PETER PERRETT is finally set to release his debut solo album this summer. And he’s revealed a video for the title track as a taster.

How The West Was Won features 10 new songs recorded by Peter with his two sons Jamie and Peter Jr and was produced by legendary ROLLING STONES producer Chris Kimsey.

The songs on How The West Was Won examine complex emotional terrain and extreme human behaviour, shot through as always with wry self-analysis. In a sense the album is a Perrett family affair: there are love songs (‘An Epic Story’, ‘C Voyeurger’) from Peter to his wife of 47 years Zena. On ‘Something In My Brain’, Perrett discusses good choices, bad choices and ultimately the only choices that will guarantee survival. There are also songs where Perrett opens his curtains and stares out into a much-changed world (‘Man Of Extremes’, ‘Sweet Endeavour’).

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How The West Was Won is set for release on 30 June through Domino. It’s available to pre-order on limited edition gatefold coloured vinyl with a signed print here, and as a download here.

Having initially split the Only Ones in 1982, Peter barely touched a guitar until his 1996 album Woke Up Sticky with his band The One. More inaction followed has he battled with continuing addiction problems, until The Only Ones reformed in 2007. Although they played a series of Japanese dates without drummer Mike Kellie in 2014, Peter’s reluctance to continue with the band, and Kellie’s tragic death earlier this year would seem to have put paid to future Only Ones activity.

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BEVIS FROND LONDON MINI-FEST!

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Massively influential psych-rockers THE BEVIS FROND celebrate 30 years with an all-day event in East London next month.

This Corner Of England is taking place at London Fields Brewhouse, Hackney from 4pm ’til 11pm on Sunday 28 May and features sets from THE GROUNDHOGS (RHYTHM SECTION), WRECKLESS ERIC, THE JAZZ BUTCHER and SWELL MAPS founder JOWE HEAD AND HIS INFERNAL CONTRAPTION with more to be confirmed.

Tickets priced £20 are available here.

Founded by, and for a long time identified solely with, guitarist, singer and songwriter Nick Saloman, while gigs have been notably rare, the band have earned a solid fanbase and influenced the likes of TEENAGE FANCLUB, DINOSAUR JR and EVAN DANDO. With a line-up completed by former HAWKWIND bassist Adrian Shaw, guitarist Paul Simmons (also of THE CRAVATS) and drummer Dave Pearce, the Frond have been particularly active of late with three new albums in quick succession and a comprehensive reissue programme through Fire Records.

 

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BLOODLIGHTS VIDEO EXCLUSIVE!

Norwegian rockers BLOODLIGHTS are back with a new video, which they’re premiering with Vive Le Rock!

‘Lights Out’ is taken from the Oslo band’s fourth album Pulling No Punches which is set for release on 26 May.

Formed in 2006 by former GLUECIFER guitarist Captain Poon, Bloodlights are completed by guitarist Howie B, bassist Chris Banjo and drummer Woody Lee.

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PETER HOOK EXCLUSIVE STREAM!

Heralding a simultaneous release of FOUR live albums, PETER HOOK & THE LIGHT are streaming a version of the JOY DIVISION classic ‘Shadowplay’ exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

The albums find Hook and his band revisiting four albums by Joy Division and NEW ORDER, each in its entirety and augmented by non-album singles, demos and rarities. The four live albums being released are….

Unknown Pleasures- Live At Leeds Cockpit – 29th November 2012
Closer – Live At The Factory – 18th May 2011
Movement – Live At Dublin Academy – 22nd November 2013
Power, Corruption & Lies – Live At Dublin Academy – 22nd Nov 2013

All four albums are to be released as strictly limited edition colour deluxe vinyl versions for Record Store Day on 22 April on the Let Them Eat Vinyl label. CD and digital versions will follow through Westworld on 5 May. They’re available to pre-order here.

The band have lined up a series of dates in November and December, at which they’ll play both Joy Division and New Order’s Substance singles compilations.

The final date of the tour will be a special show at London’s Roundhouse, where the band will perform both Unknown Pleasures and Closer, plus a support set of New Order material. Full dates are….

Thurs 30 Nov – Dolans Warehouse, Limerick
Fri 1 Dec – Academy, Dublin
Sat 2 Dec – Limelight 1, Belfast
Thurs 7 Dec – The Waterfront, Norwich
Fri 8 Dec – City Hall, Salisbury
Sat 9 Dec – Marble Factory, Bristol
Thurs 14 Dec – Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton
Fri 15 Dec – Academy 1, Manchester
Sat 16 Dec – Warehouse 25 Wakefield
Mon 18 Dec – Roundhouse, London

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RED MOON JOE NEW SINGLE!

Long-serving UK roots-rockers RED MOON JOE have a brand new single out and Vive Le Rock is giving you a first stream of it!

‘Orgreave’ is the first single to be released from their forthcoming third album Time & Life. All proceeds from the sale of the single will go to Orgreave Truth and Justice campaign. It’s available now from iTunes and Amazon.

Formed during the mid-80s as part of the UK’s response to the cowpunk and paisley underground movement that introduced acts like JASON & THE SCORCHERS, RANK & FILE, THE LONG RYDERS and GUADALCANAL DIARY, the Lancashire band reformed in 2010.

Following on from the successful comeback album Midnight Trains in 2013, they’re set to release Time & Life through DBS Recordings this summer.

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CUBANATE GET BRUTAL!

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UK techno-rockers CUBANATE herald a new compilation album with a pair of live dates this month.

The 14-track Brutalism covers the band’s first four years, drawing on their first three albums Antimatter, Cyberia and Barbarossa, and features remastered versions of singles such as ‘Oxyacetylene’, ‘Body Burn’ and ‘Joy’.

Check out ‘Body Burn’.

Due for release on 5 May, Brutalism is available to pre-order here.

Formed in London in 1992 around a nucleus of vocalist Marc Heal and guitarist Phil Barry, later joined by NITZER EBB drummer Julian Beeston. Fusing techno beats with rock guitar, they supported the likes of SISTERS OF MERCY, GARY NUMAN and FRONT 242. Splitting in 200, they reformed last year for Chicago’s Cold Waves festival.

Speaking about Brutalism, Heal says, “Listening back to these old tracks and hearing them remastered I’m pleased and surprised how fresh they sound. We had so little time to record them, it was all done on the fly. These days, with EDM now big corporate business, it’s easy to forget how wild and anarchic that early techno scene was. Anything went. One thing to remember was that it was only ten or twelve years after punk. If you had been a 16-year-old punk in 1978, you were still barely in your late 20’s when all these mad raves were happening so a lot of people who were a bit older in the scene were people who had been punks and still carried that spirit.”

The gigs in Glasgow and London represent their first UK shows since 1999. Catch them at….

28 April – Saint Luke’s, GLASGOW
30 April – O2 Academy Islington, LONDON

Support comes from EMPIRION, KANGA, JE$US LOVES AMERIKA and (in London only) CEASE2XIST.

Tickets are available here.

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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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Read a full feature on Max’s in the latest edition  of Vive Le Rock!

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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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