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 when they hit Italy next month. 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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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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Scots punk’n’roll three-piece THE MURDERBURGERS have a brand new video which they’re launching exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘December Ruined Everything’ is taken from the album The 12 Habits Of Highly Defective People, released at the end of last year. The video was filmed and directed by Mark Richards and stars Fraser Murderburger, Jim from PIZZA TRAMP, Fizzy, and a bunch of lovely animals.

The 12 Habits Of Highly Defective People is available now through Round Dog Records (UK/EU), Asian Man (US), Waterslide (Japan) and through their Bandcamp.

The guys have a bunch of dates lined up, including shows in the US and Europe. Catch them on the road at….

Wed 25th Oct – Big Pre-Fest in Little Ybor, FL, USA @ Crowbar
Sun 29th Oct – The Fest, Gainesville, FL, USA @ High Dive
Thu 9th Nov – Namur, Belgium @ Le Temple w/ PEARS
Fri 10th Nov – Rastatt, Germany @ Art Cannrobert
Sat 11th Nov – Untererthal, Germany @ Stabruch Festival
Fri 15th Nov – Euskirchen, Germany @ Altes Casino
Sat 16th Nov – Bonn, Germany @ Bla
Sat 17th Feb – Edinburgh, Scotland @ Banshee Labyrinth w/ Pizza Tramp

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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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New York City garage-noir threesome TWIN GUNS blast in for their debut UK tour this week.

Put together six years ago by Italian guitarist/singer Andrea Sicco and ex-CRAMPS and THE MAKERS drummer Jungle Jim, they were joined by bassist Kristen Fayne-Mulroy in 2014.

Their addictive cocktail of biker instrumentals, 60s punk, spaghetti-western and psychedelia has earned them support slots with the likes of DICK DALE, THE CHROME CRANKS and KID CONGO POWERS.

The band’s third album, 2015’s The Last Picture Show, was co-produced by HEAVY TRASH’s Matt Verta-Ray. For forthcoming new album Imaginary World, they’ve roped in legendary Detroit knob-twiddler Jim Diamond to do the mastering.

Their tour kicks off tonight Friday 6 October at Leith Depot in  Edinburgh, and climaxes with a special Some Weird Sin night at The Windmill in Brixton on Saturday 14 October. Full dates are….

Fri Oct 6 – Leith Depot, Edinburgh
Sat Oct 7 – McChuills, Glasgow
Sun Oct 8 – Westgarth Social Club, Middlesbrough
Tues Oct 10 – Aatma, Manchester
Wed Oct 11 – Old Town House, Warrington
Thurs Oct 12 – The Fulford Arms, York
Fri Oct 13 – The Rumsey Wells, Norwich
Sat Oct 14 – Brixton Windmill, London (w/ DAS CLAMPS + STIX CHAMPION)

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Here’s something the liven up your Monday morning!

Former JIM JONES REVUE piano-pounder HENRI HERBERT has unveiled a new video!

‘Pocket Venus’ is taken from his debut LP, Live At The Gypsy Hotel, recorded, as the name implies, at London’s long-running club night hosted by the indefatigable Paul-Ronney Angel and THE URBAN VOODOO MACHINE.

Featuring his band THE FURY – aka top-flight rhythm section Jez Southgate on bass and Aidan Sinclair on drums – the album was mixed by Jim Jones and Alex MacGowan with no overdubs.

The album’s set for release on 10 November through HH Records. Henri and the guys play a special album launch party at The Old Blue Last, Shoreditch, London on 8 November.

The band are currently on tour in the UK and Europe. Full dates and ticket details on the website.



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Fort Wayne’s finest, LEFT LANE CRUISER have unveiled a new video ahead of their European tour.

‘Claw Machine Wizard is the title track from the band’s latest album, which was released last spring through Alive Naturalsound and which sees them returned to a duo format of Freddie ‘Jo’ Evans IV on guitar and vocals and Pete Dio on drums.

Their tour licks off in Lille, France on 10 October, taking in Russia, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands before landing in London on 7 November for ten shows in the UK and Ireland. Full dates are….

10/10 @ Aeronef – Lille, France
10/11 @ Volta – Moscow, Russia
10/12 @ Mod – St. Petersburg, Russia
10/13 @ Le Petit Bain – Paris, France
10/14 @ Le Cluricaume – Poitiers, France
10/15 @ Le Galion – Lorient, France
10/16 @ Le Petit Minou – Brest, France
10/17 @ Scene Michelet – Nantes, France
10/18 @ Void – Bordeaux, France
10/20 @ Moulin – Brainans, France
10/21 @ La Parenthèse – Nyon, France
10/23 @ Magasin 4 – Brussels, Belgium
10/24 @ Kultura – Liege, Belgium
10/26 @Cassiopeia – Berlin, Germany
10/27 @Garage Deluxe – Munich, Germany
10/28 @ Gaswerk – Wintherthur, Switzerland
10/29 @ Gigors Electric – Gigors, France
10/31 @ dB’s – Utrecht, Netherlands
11/3 @ Café Buitenlust – Landhorst, Netherlands
11/4 @ Spektakel – Asten, Netherlands
11/5 @ De Giraf – Zwalm, Belgium
11/6 @ Muziekcafe De Zwerver – Leffinge, Belgium
11/7 @ Hoxton Bar – London, UK
11/8 @ Le Pub – Newport, UK
11/9 @ Cluny – Newcastle, UK
11/10 @ Moby Grape Basement Club- Stockton, UK
11/11 @ Broadcast – Glasgow, Scotland UK
11/12 @ Deaf Institute – Manchester, UK
11/14 @ Upstairs@Whelans – Dublin, Ireland
11/16 @ Cypress Avenue – Cork, Ireland
11/17 @ Dizzy‘s – Derry, Ireland
11/18 @ Oh Yeah Centre – Belfast, Ireland

Buy Claw Machine Wizard here.


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Fast-rising California punks SCIATIC NERVE have just launched a new video ahead of the release of their debut album.

‘Bright Lights’ is taken from the self-titled album which is out on Friday 13 October through Gunner Records.

The Bay Area band, who’ve all been friends since junior high, all have substantial track records, serving in SWINGIN’ UTTERS, NOTHINGTON, WESTERN ADDICTION and COBRA SKULLS.

Speaking about the single, frontman Chris Matulich says, “‘Bright Lights’ is kind of an abstract song lyrically. It doesn’t have a clear focus, and I like vague lyrics that allow listeners to find/create their own meaning. It means something different to me now than what I intended when I wrote it about walking the streets of my neighbourhood in San Francisco.”

Sciatic Nerve is available to pre-order here.


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Birmingham’s finest post-punks THE NIGHTINGALES are back with a brand new video.

‘Drown’ was directed by Nick Small and is taken from their 6-track EP Become Not Becoming, which was released at the start of the year.

Robert Lloyd and co head out on a series of dates from this weekend with support at most shows from former Vinadaloo Records labelmate TED CHIPPINGTON. Catch them on the road at….

Fri 29 Sep – The Hairy Dog, Derby
Sat 30 Sep – Gullivers, Manchester
Thu 12 Oct – Rugby Club, Falmouth w/ Ted Chippington
Fri 13 Oct – The Thunderbolt, Bristol w/ Ted Chippington
Sat 14 Oct – Green Door Store, Brighton w/ The Cravats + Ted Chippington
Wed 18 Oct – Sebright Arms., London w/ Ted Chippington
Thu 19 Oct – Hare and Hounds, Birmingham w/ Fuzzbox + Ted Chippington
Sat 21 Oct – The Adelphi, Hull w/ Ted Chippington

Get tickets here.


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Ace Essex pop-punks MR HAPPY CHAINSAW have unveiled another new video from their current comeback EP, It’s Not My Ball.

‘Charlie’ is a completely reworked classic by the band, who split up in 2009, only to reform last summer. The video was created after a call out on social media inviting fans to send in 10-second clips.

The band have a bunch of dates lined-up, kicking off with a Musicians Against Homelessness gig on Friday 29 September. Taking place at Essex’s leading punk venue, The Asylum in Chelmsford, the gig will also feature sets from KOOPA, SHOOTING GALE and WOLFE SUNDAY. Tickets priced £4 are available here, and £5 on the door if available. Donations will also be collected on the night.

Full dates are….

Sep 29 – Asylum, Chelmsford
Oct 28 – The George, Witham
Nov 24 – Three Wise Monkeys, Colchester
Dec 2 – Punch & Judy, Ipswich
Dec 15 – Asylum, Chelmsford

It’s Not My Ball is available to buy here.


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The latest in a long line of barnstorming Aussie rock’n’rollers JAMES McCANN & THE NEW VINDICTIVES head to Europe for dates next next month.

Western Australian McCann had been a member of Sydney garage-rockers HARPOON before returning to Perth to hook up with Gareth Liddiard in the fledgling DRONES. Eventually ending up in Melbourne, he eventually formed the New Vindictives, along the way finding time to collaborate with the likes of Spencer P Jones and Brian Hooper (BEASTS OF BORBON), Damo Suzuki (CAN), Ray Ahn and Peter Black (HARD-ONS) and more.



The latest album from the New Vindictives, Gotta Lott Move – BOOM!, which features the latest single ‘Sheena Says’, has just been released on vinyl through Beast Records and on CD – with three extra tracks! – through Off The Hip.

The band – featuring Tim Deane (guitar), Chris Taranto (bass) and Jackson Kite (drums) will be playing dates in France and Spain throughout October. See below….



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Guitar explorer RICHARD WARREN returns with a new album this month and Vive Le Rock is premiering this exclusive track from it.

The limpid rockabilly-flavoured ‘Last Breath’ is the second single to be drawn from Disentangled, Warren’s fourth album, which is set for release on 15 September through Hudson Records.

Hailing from Nottinghamshire, Warren began his career in the mid-90s with Mod rockers THE HYBIRDS on Heavnly, before switching to electronica as ECHOBOY for Mute Records at the turn of the millennium.

Since then, he has worked with various bands including STARSAILOR, KINGS OF THE SOUTH SEAS, SPIRITUALIZED and SOULSAVERS with Mark Lanegan and Dave Gahan, with whom he’s recorded three albums.

Disentangled is available on black and limited edition green vinyl and is available to pre-order here

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Cult UK new wave power poppers THE FAVOURITES have a career-spanning vinyl compilation out next month.

New Feeling brings together both the Nottingham band’s highly sought-after singles plus b-sides and ten other never-officially-released tracks.

The release is being trailed by a slideshow video for the track ‘One Of Those Dreams’ premiered here.

Fronted by future POGUES bassist Darryl Hunt, The Favourites were formed out of the remnants of legendary Stiff Records-signed pub-rockers PLUMMET AIRLINES in 1977.  Touring the UK as support to the likes of THE ONLY ONES, THE RICH KIDS, THE VIBRATORS and SQUEEZE, they released two singles in 1979 – covers of ABBA’s ‘SOS’ and London punks THE WASPS ‘Angelica’ – before splitting.

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While Hunt would find fame by replacing Cait O’Riordan in The Pogues, guitarist Duncan Kerr and drummer Keith Gotheridge would later fetch up in doo-wop hitmakers DARTS. Bassist Kevin Green and guitarist Tony Berrington, meanwhile, teamed up in rockabillies THE DEADBEATS, releasing the classic Vic Maile-produced On Tar Beach album for New Rose – recently reissued through Ace Records.

Fully digitally remastered by Sean Read of DEXYS, New Feeling is set for release on vinyl (with a free CD of the album) through Reckless Records on 29 September. Willy Wonka-style, a very limited number will include original copies of the super-rare Nick Tauber-produced ‘Angelica’ single!

The album is available to buy in person ahead of the release date at the Reckless shop in London’s Berwick Street.

A download version of the album is available to pre-order now through Bandcamp.

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THE PENNY BLACK REMEDY frontman Keith M Thomson has unveiled another new video for a track from his debut solo album.

‘It’s Not A Matter Of Space’ is the title track from the album, which was written, performed, recorded and mixed by Thomson and released by mono del mundo through Cadiz Music at the end of last year. It’s available to buy here.

The Penny Black Remedy themselves return with their long-awaited third album this autumn. Co-produced by Thomson with POLECATS and MORRISSEY guitarist Boz Boorer, it was recorded in Portugal and Croatia with various special guests including former UK SUBS bassist Paul Slack and THE RUTS’ Dave Ruffy and Segs Jennings.

The album will be preceded in mid-September by a single, accompanied by a pair of London dates at….

15 Sept – The Fox And Firkin, Lewisham, London
16 Sept – The Magic Garden, Battersea, London


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Fast-rising garage rockers THE DARTS step up to the oche by unveiling their new video exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

The quartet from Phoenix and L.A. tore the roof off The Finsbury in London at the start of their first Euro-trek back in May.

The band now score a double top with a first single – ‘The Cat’s Meow’ – from their debut album for Dirty Water Records, Me. Ow.

The album was recorded with Arizona producer Bob Hoag at Flying Blanket Recording, and noted L.A. punk figure Paul Roessler at Kitten Robot Studio. The single was co-written by legendary Underground Garage DJ, John Carlucci.

The band hit the road across the US throughout the Autumn, touring with THE LIVING END, THE JACKETS and ESCOBAR, culminating in a very special Dirty Water Club night at the Valley Bar in Phoenix.

Me. Ow is set for release on 28 September on pink vinyl, CD and download. It’s available to pre-order here.


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Sussex folk-punks MATILDA’S SCOUNDRELS have a new video which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘Bow To The Powers’  is the first single to be released from the band’s debut album As The Tide Turns, out next month through TNS Records. The video is by legendary filmmaker Mark Richards.

Formed in 2014, the six-piece have been building a solid reputation, touring up and down the country with the likes of THE LEVELLERS, FEROCIOUS DOG and THE MAHONES, as well as appearing at this year’s Rebellion and Boomtown Fair.

The band say, “As The Tide Turns has been a labour of love for all of us as a band for over 8 months from initially recording it to getting it all finished and we couldn’t be happier with what we managed to achieve. This album offers a few party tunes to get you in the mood for drinking with your mates but it also offers so much more with us having written about our experiences in the Calais Jungle through to protest songs inspired by people marching against all manner of issues to the massive injustices being experienced the world over by privatised penal systems and so much more. It’s an album we feel is about the times we live in right now and about the opportunity to change the direction that all this crazy shit is going into a positive future which is what inspired the album name which itself we felt was the feel of the album from the songs we have written for it over the last 2 years. We hope you all enjoy it as much as we did writing it all and we can’t wait for you all to hear it!”

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Set for release on Friday 8 September it’s available to pre-order on vinyl and CD here and digitally here.

The band have a load of dates booked up to take them through to the end of the year, kicking off with a show at The Underworld, London on 30 August. Full dates are….

Wed 30 Aug – The Underworld, Camden | w/ Street Dogs
Fri 08 Sep – Sedlescombe | The Big Green Cardigan Festival
Sat 09 Sep – T-Chances, London
Sun 17 Sep – Prince Albert, Brighton
Fri 29 Sep – The Palace, Hastings | Wotsit Called Fest
Sat 14 Oct – The Bull | Battle Festival
Fri 27 Oct – New Cross Inn, New Cross
Sat 28 Oct – The Eagle, Eastbourne
Sat 04 Nov – The Smokehouse, Ipswich
Sat 11 Nov – Wharf Chambers, Leeds | Pie Race Festival
Sun 12 Nov – The Lady Luck, Canterbury
Sat 18 Nov – The Cremorne, Sheffield
Sun 19 Nov – T-Chances, London | Back From The Dead Fest
Sun 26 Nov – The Cricketers, Kingston | w/ Flatfoot 56
Mon 27 Nov – T-Chances, London | w/ Flatfoot 56
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Much-missed indie rockers SUMMERHILL return for a 30th Anniversary Tour next month.

The dates, which will culminate in a show at London’s Borderline, will also coincide with an expanded reissue of the band’s hard-to-find debut album Lowdown.

Rising from the ashes of Stiff Records-signed Glasgow roots-rockers THE SNAKES OF SHAKE, and fronted by that band’s songwriter Seori Burnett, Summerhill brought together guitarist Neil Scott, who’d served time with FELT and INDIANS IN MOSCOW, and drummer Iain Shedden from THE SAINTS and legendary Wishaw new wavers THE JOLT. The classic line-up was completed by bassist Keith Gilles, who currently also plays with the reformed UK82 punks OMEGA TRIBE.

Falling in with the mid-80s Cowpunk and Paisley Underground scenes, combining country twang with psychedelic exploration, Summerhill were the go-to support band for numerous visiting US acts, including GREEN ON RED and THE BEAT FARMERS. They released their debut 8-track mini-LP through Demon in 1988 before signing to Polydor for the full-length West Of Here in 1990.

Speaking of the band reunion, Burnett says, “I was always inclined to say ‘never’. Why revisit the past? We should always face forward, look to the future. But here we are…Summerhill about to tour on the back of a re-release of our debut album. I’ve come to realise that our past is as important and just as much a part of us as our future. For one particular year – 1988 – we experienced such emotional intensity chasing our dreams. Now we’re all ready to drink from that well of energy again, recapture a moment, take care of unfinished business and maybe something new and just as exciting will emerge.”


The new reissue of Lowdown, out through Neon Tetra on 15 September, also features the band’s 4-track debut EP I Want You, plus a second disc of previously unreleased material.

Full tour dates are….

16 Sept – The Hug and Pint, Glasgow (w/ Nutmeg City Group) tickets
17 Sept – The Griffin, Glasgow (w/ The Snakes Of Shake)
18 Sept – The Stackhouse Bar, Hornsea, East Yorks
19 Sept – The Harbour Rooms, Blakeney, Norfolk
20 Sept – What’s Cookin’, Ex-Serviceman’s Club, Leytonstone (w/ The Lucky Strikes & Rich Webb Band)
22 Sept – The Borderline, London (w/ Michele Stodart & Band Of Hope) tickets

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Alt-goth guitarist and songwriter CHELSEA WOLFE has unveiled a new video as a taster for her forthcoming album.

’16 Psyche’ is taken from Wolfe’s sixth album Hiss Spun, which follows on from 2015’s Abyss and will be released through Sargent House on 22 September. The album and video feature a guest appearance from guitarist Troy Van Leeuwen of QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE.

Hiss Spun was recorded in Salem, Massachusetts at the studio of CONVERGE guitarist Kurt Ballou, who produced the album. “I wanted to write some sort of escapist music; songs that were just about being in your body, and getting free,” Wolfe says. “You’re just bombarded with constant bad news, people getting fucked over and killed for shitty reasons or for no reason at all, and it seems like the world has been in tears for months, and then you remember it’s been fucked for a long time, it’s been fucked since the beginning. It’s overwhelming and I have to write about it.”

Hiss Spun is available to pre-order in various bundles here.


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