LOUISE DISTRAS has just released a video for her brand new single!
‘Street Revolution’ is the title track from a new EP set for January release. It follows on from her debut album Dreams From The Factory Floor from 2015. It paves the way for her forthcoming second full-length, recently recorded in Oakland, California with producers Steve Whale of THE BUSINESS and Ross Petersen.
Louise describes the track as “… a rallying anthem for the new underground movement of working class kids, rising together through music to fight for their future”.
“Having run away from home as a teenager, Musicians Against Homelessness is cause close to my heart,” she says. “We all walk our own warzone path which is only one step away from a situation we can’t control. Music saves lives and supporting Crisis is my way of giving something back.”
Cathc louise on the following dates…
17th Jan – Cambridge, Portland Arms
18th Jan – Nottingham, The Bodega
23rd Jan – Leeds, Key Club
24th Jan – Newcastle, Cluny 2
25th Jan – Guildford, The Boileroom
26th Jan – Norwich, Waterfront Studio
27th Jan – Portsmouth, Edge of The Wedge
29th Jan – Leicester, Firebug
31st Jan – Bishops Stortford, The Half Moon
2nd Feb – Wolverhampton, Slade Rooms
Punk legend BRIAN JAMES returns to the stage next month with a very special show in London.
On Friday 7 December, the DAMNED and LORDS OF THE NEW CHURCH founder and, let’s not forget, writer of the first ever Brit punk single ‘New Rose’, will play the intimate Nell’s Jazz & Blues club in West Kensington. Performing with his regular trio, The Brian James Gang, he’ll be recording the set for a possible live album.
Vive Le Rock caught up with Brian over a bottle of red to find out what songs inspired him. Here’s his Top 10….
1. ‘You really got me’ – The Kinks “The boss of all riffs, the first I learnt to play and probably the most influential for guitar players everywhere.”
2. ‘Stone Free’ – Jimi Hendrix Experience “The B side of his first single, ‘Hey Joe’, this is the definitive version, with my favourite Hendrix guitar solo. He re recorded it a few times later on, but go for this one. Wild and off the wall, wonderful.
3. ‘Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere’ – The Who “Sheer musical anarchy, first in-your-face feedback, maniacal drums and guitar. This threw the conventional music rule book in the fire, total attitude, play as loud as it goes.”
4. ‘Do It’ – Pink Fairies “The B-side of their first single, ‘The Snake’, total rock n roll energy. This is the attitude version, don’t bother with any others, these guys kept attitude afloat in England during the early 70’s.
5. ‘I Put A Spell On You’ – The Crazy World of Arthur Brown “From their debut album, Nina Simone’s haunting song turned inside out, a la Screaming Jay Hawkins. What a voice and what demonic Hammond organ playing by the grossly underrated Vincent Crane, timeless.”
6. ‘Sister Anne’ – The MC5 “During the 60s I was a big fan of the groups and artists on Detroit’s Tamla Motown label, then I discovered the MC5, also a Detroit act, and they couldn’t be more different: twin guitars, like double Chuck Berry on speed, machine-gun drums and great rock’n’roll songs. ‘Sister Anne’ is from their third album High Time. If you don’t already have it, then get it.”
7. ‘Boredom’ – The Buzzcocks “This is from the Spiral Scratch EP, which featured Howard Devoto on vocals and sums up 76-77 punk London and particularly the early few months of the Roxy club in Covent Garden, London.”
8. ‘Blank Generation’ – Richard Hell “If ‘Boredom’ sums up early Punk London, then ‘Blank Generation’ sums up the early New York Punk scene. Particularly the club CBGB’s in the Bowery area. A great slightly avant garde sound from the ex Television and Heartbreakers innovator.”
9. ‘I Wanna Be Your Dog’ – The Stooges “The first of my two favourite singers is Iggy Pop and this track from the Stooges first album is probably the best example of why. Another amazing Detroit band who paved the way for the Punk scenes.”
10. ‘Learning The Blues’ – Frank Sinatra “My other favourite singer, from the Sinatra-Basie album. My parents were always playing Sinatra around the house when I was a kid and it really got in my heart and soul, what an amazing voice and what a powerful band, the Count Basie orchestra was. Recorded in 1962, my advice is to give it a shot.”
Brian’s reissued debut solo album Brian James is out now on deluxe vinyl from Easy Action.
As much a fan as he is an artist, our mate MICHAEL MONROE enjoys a good cover version as much as the next man, be it Hoyt Axton’s ‘Lightnin’ Bar Blues’ or Creedence’s ‘Up Around The Bend’ in the days of HANOI ROCKS, or the storming version of ‘Kick Out The Jams’ he delivered at Vive Le Rock‘s inaugural awards bash earlier this year.
Michael’s in the UK this week, supporting Wayne Kramer’s MC50 on tour at Glasgow Academy (10 Nov), Manchester Albert Hall (11 Nov), and London Shepherds Bush Empire (12 Nov), so we dragged him out of rehearsals to ask him what his top ten favourite punk covers that he’s recorded are. This is what he told us…. enjoy!
1) The Damned: ‘Machine Gun Etiquette’ (on the Peace Of Mind album)
2) Dead Boys: ‘Ain’t Nothin’ To Do’ (on the Demolition 23 album)
3) Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers: ‘I Wanna Be Loved’ (on the Demolition 23 album)
4) U.K. Subs: ‘Endangered Species’ (on the Demolition 23 album)
5) Dead Boys: Ain’t It Fun (Duet with Axl on the Guns N’Roses Spaghetti Incident album)
6) Dead Boys: ‘What Love Is’ (on the Whatcha Want album)
7) U.K. Subs: ‘I Won’t Lie Down And Die’ (on the Whatcha Want album)
8) Dead Boys: ‘Not Anymore’ (on the Peace Of Mind album)
9) Stiv Bators: ‘A Million Miles Away’ (on the Nights Are So Long album)
10) Heavy Metal Kids: ‘Delirious’ (on the Hanoi Rocks Twelve Shots On The Rocks album)
Former Special NEVILLE STAPLE and co-conspirator SUGARY STAPLE have a brand new video out, which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
‘Way Of Life’ is taken from the pair’s new album Rude Rebels which is out now through Cleopatra.
Produced by Sugary and Neville alongside Specials producer Tom Lowry at Planet Studios, Coventry, the album also sees them reunited with another former Specials alumnus, Roddy Radiation aka Roddy Byers on guitar.
“The album was produced with our love of punk, ska, 2tone and reggae, which we mixed into an indulgent sub-culture blend. A bit like me,” says Sugary Staple. “Working alongside Neville on the production was just perfect. He gets me, and he understands where I am at musically and about my promotion of women going for it, regardless of age and situation. We both still have something to say in our productions, while still creating a dancing beat or a sing-along vocal.”
“I felt really free on this production,” adds Neville. “Having the freedom to be creative with someone on your wave-length is really refreshing for me. I love how we celebrate the great musical genres of my 40-year career. There’s a little taste of The Specials in there, a Clash type of punk vibe and even Trojan Records styles. We’ve been touring some of the songs and the fans have gone nuts for it. Great to have my buddy Roddy on board too.”
Rude Rebels is available on CD and limited edition clear black’n’white splatter vinyl from Cleopatra and digitally via Bandcamp.
You can catch Neville & Sugary Staple on tour at….
Nov 10 Bognor – Butlins
Nov 16 Llangollen – Sun Inn
Nov 17 Bristol – Fleece
Nov 23 Skamouth – DJ Party
Dec 01 Hastings – Black Market VIP
Dec 08 Devon (TBA)
Dec 21 Frome – Cheese & Grain
Dec 22 Swansea – The Garage
THE RAMONAS hit the headlines with their brand new video, which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
The band describe ‘The Daily Fail’ as a tongue-in-cheek dig at the influence of the mainstream tabloid media.
More widely know as the world’s most popular tribute to iconic punk pioneers THE RAMONES, the girls released their debut self-penned album First World Problems in September 2017.
This latest release coincides with the album being issued on limited edition blue vinyl for the first time. It’s available to buy here.
Catch The Ramonas at the following dates…
November 3rd – Frog & Fiddle, Cheltenham
November 23rd – The Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham
November 24th – Warehouse23, Wakefield (Supporting UK Subs)
December 1st – Anno 1888, Soest, Germany
December 2nd – Rare Guitar, Münster, Germany
December 20th – The Blacksmith Arms, Milton Keynes
December 21st – Louisiana, Bristol
December 22nd – O2 Ritz, Manchester (Supporting The Macc Lads)
THE CRAVATS launch the latest in their series of classic single reissues with this rare archive clip premiered exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
The footage of the classic ‘I Hate The Universe’ was shot live at the legendary Zig Zag Club in London and had previously been lost for more than three decades.
Following the band’s recent resurgence with last year’s critically acclaimed LP Dustbin of Sound they are re-releasing limited editions of their classic Small Wonder singles on vinyl, as many missed them first time around and apart from paying silly money on eBay or Discogs it is a way of filling that ‘C’ section in your record collections with finery.
Limited to 500 copies, the band’s debut 1978 release ‘Gordon’ b/w ‘Situations Vacant’ was reissued last year and very few remain. It’s still available now from Overground Records or from any Cravats Live show.
Now, originally issued in June ’79, here comes ‘Burning Bridges’ b/w ‘The End’ and ‘I Hate The Universe’.
Produced by Bob Sargeant (a week after he produced The Fall’s Live At The Witch Trials in the same studio), it has been digitally remastered and, like ‘Gordon’, is encased in the same glorious sleeve artwork.
Attempting to make these re-releases look as close to the originals as possible has been a labour of love. Back then artwork was all: bits of cardboard, Letraset, scissors and a tube of glue, but thanks to modern, space-age technology you’ll get a near identical sleeve and spot-on label – in this instance Pete Stennett has kindly allowed the band to reproduce his legendary Small Wonder Record label. Each copy also comes with a handy insert featuring ‘Cravfacts’.
Remember, only 500 of these exist and then they’ve gone forever. It’s available now here or any Cravats gig.
The next release in the series, ‘Precinct’ will follow in a few months, so collect the set and drink plenty of water.
Below, Cravats frontman The Shend tells the story of the film clip…
As you can imagine The Cravats were somewhat thrilled to be asked to support The Birthday Party and UT at The Zigzag Club in London on 8 May 1982.
In the days before iPhones and even camcorders (first available to the general public in 1983), getting anything filmed involved good old celluloid and luckily that day, Simon Towle was on the guestlist clutching his trusty Super 8 cine camera which incredibly had sound.
He filmed all of ‘I Hate The Universe’ which, seeing as the reels of film only lasted a few minutes, was a feat in itself, and recorded the audio with the camera’s built in microphone.
A couple of months later we all gathered at Gordon’s flat (Gordon Winter was the lead singer of Small Wonder stablemates The English Subtitles and also the marvellously manic chair-wielding Mr H on stage with us in this film) in Rupert Court, Soho and watched the unedited masterpiece projected on a wall. That was the last time anyone saw it . . . for decades!
We sadly lost touch with Simon and the film became a dim memory but it was the only known footage of The Cravats and every now and then I’d try to track down Simon and this Holy Grail of Cravatian artefacts. I searched social media and googled Simon but the trail was always cold. Not knowing how to correctly spell his surname didn’t help.
Then in 2017 I befriended English Subtitles’ guitarist Louis who now lived in Hamburg on Farcebook and asked him if he knew of Simon’s whereabouts. It turned out Simon had moved to New Zealand many years ago and thanks to Mark Zuckerberg’s networking behemoth I got in touch, but although he remembered making the film he was unsure whether it still existed.
Bah, Inspector Morse never had this much trouble detectiving.
Then, a message from Simon in early 2018 finally cracked the case. While clearing the loft he’d found the film in, er, a case.
Hoorah! I exclaimed, and using Google Street View, Simon found a suitable celluloid conversion emporium in a town some miles from his home.
Once converted to digital it was sent through the howling ether of outer space to Shend Towers and passed to lovely chum and Emperor of digital imagery, the mighty Mark Richards for editing into the gem you see here.
Okay, it hasn’t the audio clarity or visual splendour of a cinematic classic such as say, Those Magnificent Men In Their Flying Machines, but it’s really, really flipping old, was recorded on equipment with less pixels than a badger and has travelled the globe stuffed in a suitcase with some net curtains and 52 vintage copies of Practical Wireless Magazine.
Thirty-six years in the making and with massive thanks to Simon Towle, Mark Richards and all who helped along the way, we can finally present the legendary celluloid extravaganza that is, ‘I Hate The Universe’.
JON SPENCER has unveiled a video for the lead track from his debut solo album.
As previously announced Spencer Sings The Hits! is set for release on 2 November through In The Red Records.
The video for ‘I Got The Hits’ is the work of young Arizona director Alex Italics. Says Spencer, “Over the past year I kept seeing wonderful and strange music videos that had one thing in common: all were directed by an Alex Italics. I determined to track down this young auteur with the aim of getting a similar cinematic sensation for my new album Spencer Sings The Hits! Alex turned out to be a mild-mannered young man from Tucson, Arizona living in Southern California. I gave him a free hand to pick the song and devise a treatment. The result is the scary slice-of-life that you can now see for yourself.
“I love the creepy contrast with the song’s punk abandon,” continues Jon. “We filmed at a rented house in Santa Ana. At the end of each day, after the nearby nightly Disneyland fireworks had faded and the cast and crew had left, I would sleep in a bunk bed in the child’s bedroom. Turns out doing an entire video laying on the floor is harder than it looks!”
Spencer will be touring Europe in the UK over the next couple of months, both headlining and as special guests to THE MELVINS. Full dates are….
October – with The Melvins unless noted
19 Eindhoven(NL) Café’ Wilhelmina (TICKETS) HEADLINE SHOW
20 Haarlem (NL) Patronaat (TICKETS)
21 Kortruk (BE) De Kreun (TICKETS)
23 Birmingham 02 Academy 2 (TICKETS)
24 Norwich Waterfront (TICKETS)
25 Cardiff Y Plas (TICKETS)
26 Leeds Stylus (TICKETS)
27 Glasgow Broadcast (TICKETS) HEADLINE SHOW
28 Manchester Academy 2 (TICKETS)
29 Brighton Concorde 2 (TICKETS)
30 London Koko (TICKETS)
November – Jon Spencer headline dates
1 Bristol Exchange (TICKETS)
2 London Rough Trade East
3 Newcastle Cluny 2 (TICKETS)
4 Nottingham Bodega (TICKETS)
5 Arlon (BE) L’ entropot (TICKETS)
6 Brussels (BE) Botanique (TICKETS)
7 Muenster (DE) Gleis 22 (TICKETS)
8 Koln (DE) Helios (TICKETS)
Cornish garage types THE VELVET HANDS have just unveiled a video for the latest single off their debut album.
‘Everyone Is Dead’ is a raucous lament to those who left us during that fateful year of 2016 – Bowie, Prince, George Michael… but also a celebration of life itself. We only get one chance, so make the most of it. We think this storming track’s not a million miles from another legendary departed rocker, but imitation’s the sincerest form of flattery, right?
The band play dates this week as part of Red Stripe’s This Feeling tour. Catch them on the road at…
Oct 5th – The Engine Shed – Lincoln
Oct 6th – WaterRats – London
Oct 11th – The Venue – Derby
Oct 12th – The Electric Church – Blackburn
Oct 13th – Lending Room – Leeds
Their debut album Party’s Over is available now on CD and vinyl on Zen Ten Records through Easy Action and digitally through all the usual download stores.
Unruly punk rock quartet PIRATE COPY are plotting a fresh journey of rambunctious shenanigans, commencing with the launch of the new video ‘Reckless Alice’, premiered exclusively with Vive Le Rock and taken from the band’s forthcoming album, Swashbuckle & Swagger, out on Friday 26 October via Black Sail Records.
Says frontman Cap’n Kernow’, “‘Reckless Alice’ is based on the real-life story of Alice Whelan, who took misadventure to a whole new level by drunkenly commandeering a ferry in Torquay while attempting to escape the police! The song incorporates quotes from her subsequent trial, while the visually-stunning video, courtesy of Purple Knif, sees The Reckless One reimagined as ruthless bandit seeking to liberate Pirate Copy of their ill-gotten gains!”
Cleverly merging the vigour of punk rock to the buccaneering backstory that underpins their Cornish heritage, Pirate Copy have caused a stir across the South West and beyond, leaving a plethora of livewire gigs, indomitable fun and memorable songs in their wake.
Although based in Cornwall, the band have made regular jaunts across the land, establishing themselves as festival favourites, in part thanks to the interactively inclusive mayhem of their live show. 2013’s The Shape Of Piracy To Come EP was the band’s first tangible sign of bounteous booty. Further runs of festival appearances and shows followed, including a glut of memorable trips to the capital, before a second EP, the mighty Goin’ Down A Storm, dropped in May 2015.
Now, Pirate Copy are ready to unleash their dynamite debut album Swashbuckle & Swagger, which displays a dirty dozen of devastating ditties, marinated in rum and other unmentionable fluids, ready to attack your eardrums. Vive Le Rock‘s Dick Porter remarks about the album, “To experience Pirate Copy in full flow, as Poseidon intended, is a joy indeed. Swashbuckle & Swagger is a treasure chest of pleasures; combining live floor fillers such as ‘Somalian Pirates Suck’ and legendary set closer ‘I’m On A Boat’ with devilishly crafted new material like ‘Outlaw Pirates’, they have opened a Pandora’s box of piratical punk power.”
Welsh rockers NICOTINE PRETTY release their debut EP next month which they’re trailing with a brand new video.
‘This Ship Ain’t Going Down’ is one of six tracks on the Real Life Glories EP, which also features new versions of last year’s digital singles ‘Nicotine Pretty’ and ‘Who’s Gonna Save My Soul’.
Formed by former SICK LIVERS man Ginge Knievil, the Bridgend band also features Lewis Davies (vocals/guitar), Ian Pickens (bass) and Richie Phillips (drums) and cite the like of Johnny Thunders, Cheap Trick and The Professionals as influences. What’s not to like?
Real Life Glories is set for release on Glunk Records on 12 October and is available to pre-order here.
LAST GREAT DREAMERS are back with a brand new video and a string of Winter headline shows.
‘Primitive Man’ is the third single to be taken from their critically lauded fourth album 13th Floor Renegades, following on from ‘No Sunshine’ and the title track.
The dates in December will put a seal on the revitalised power-pop rockers’ most successful year to date, which has seen them play shows in Spain and Norway, a major UK tour and a round of Summer festivals. They’ve also come to the attention of legendary LA DJ Rodney Bingenheimer, whose regular plays on his Underground Garage show on Sirius XM have earned them a US agent. The band are now looking forward to hitting American shores next year.
The December dates kick off with an appearance at the sold out Planet Rockstock festival South Wales and include a London show at the Black Heart in Camden. Full dates are…
Sun 2nd Dec – PORTHCAWL Planet Rock Stock
Fri 7th Dec – BIRMINGHAM Asylum 2
Sat 8th Dec – GLASGOW Nice ‘n’ Sleazy
Sun 9th Dec – SHEFFIELD Corporation
Sat 15th Dec – LONDON Camden Black Heart
Sun 16th Dec – SOUTHAMPTON Heartbreakers
Tickets are available now via their website, where they’re also currently having a merch sale!
Former SAINTS guitarist Ed Kuepper’s new band THE AINTS! have unveiled a first video from their new album.
As previously announced, The Church Of Simultaneous Existence draws on material written during Kuepper’s original period with The Saints from 1973 to ’78 and ‘Red Aces’ reflects the brass-infused-punk sound of his final album with the band, Prehistoric Sounds.
“I wrote the bulk of ‘Red Aces’ in 1975 back in Brisbane,” Kuepper explains. “It got put aside and I didn’t give it much thought until early 78 when I was living in London. The Saints had just recorded ‘Know Your Product’ which I was positive was going to be a number [one] smash hit. It inspired me to do a tentative follow up so I added the horn part to the early bit and lo and behold there it pretty much was…. only problem was ‘KYP’ wasn’t the hit we thought it was going to be so ‘Red Aces’ was shelved once again… always the bridesmaid never the bride…. until now when those gallant gents known as The Aints! bring you the song in all its only slightly fased glory ….”
The Church Of Simultaneous Existence is due for release through ABC Records on 21 September and is available to pre-order in various bundles here.
Fans of The Saints, the Rifles, the Sunnyboys and other Aussie bands from the late 70s and 80s would do well to check out the Australian Underground playlist on Spotify.
New Jersey punks THE RATCHETS return with a brand new single and a video which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
‘Gotta Be Cool’ is the first single to be taken from the band’s new album First Light, which is set for release this autumn through Pirates Press.
Hailing from Bruce Springsteen’s hometown of Asbury Park, the Ratchets have little in common with The Boss other than a blue-collar bike-jacket-and-engineering-boot rock’n’roll heart. The band’s debut album Glory Bound, released in 2006, was the first album to be released on Prates Press, but since then they’ve had a bit of a lay-off, making First Light the band’s first full-length album in more than a decade.
“You have to have something new to say and you have to mean it otherwise to me there’s a loss of credibility, and I’d rather keep my mouth shut than do that,” says frontman Jed Engine, and you can’t really say fairer than that.
“The Ratchets took some time off for a few years so I knew we had to write something really epic for the first session back. I think by the time we got to the studio we felt we were recording some really great tunes and the excitement
was there. We were lucky to record with our friend Pete Steinkopf, who is the guitarist from The Bouncing Souls, at his studio Little Eden in Asbury Park, NJ. It’s a familiar place to us — we used to practice there and wrote our LP Glory Bound there. He nailed our studio tones and that helped everything quickly fall
“‘Gotta Be Cool’ is about the nostalgia of looking back at your youth and the bond music forges between friends. When I wrote the song, I was thinking about what happens to those bonds as we grow older. Even though we may lose touch with friends we had as kids, the feelings behind those experiences don’t fade.”
Fast-rising Cornish psych-rockers HANTERHIR have a new video and single, which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
‘Hello Sunshine’ is a substantially edited version of the monumental opening track from their widely acclaimed new triple album The Saving Of Cadan, released last month through Easy Action Records. The video is the work of renowned Cornish new wave film director Mawgan Lewis.
“‘Hello Sunshine’ was the first song we wrote for the album that was originally going to be 10 songs on a 10 inch played by 10 people with only 10 copies printed,” explains band frontman Ben Harris. “Somehow, writing an almost 10 minute song gave us the hint that we were never going to fit all the songs on that format.
“We filmed ‘Hello Sunshine’ with Mawgan from Purple Knif in a 30 degree village hall that my first ever band rehearsed in. It hadn’t changed much, and possibly hadn’t been painted since I was last in there.”
The band are playing a series of dates throughout the late summer and autumn, including a rare London show at The Victoria in Dalston with special guests THE BRAINIAC 5, legends of the 70s Cornish free festival scene.
Full dates are…
20 Sept – The Old Bakery, Truro (w/ Dom Duff) tickets
28 Sept – Harvest Gathering Festival, Newquay tickets
21 Oct – The Sussex Arms, Tunbridge Wells
22 Oct – The Victoria, Dalston, London tickets
23 Oct – The Railway Hotel, Southend on Sea
The Saving Of Cadan is available on triple-vinyl and double-CD here.
Read a new interview with Hanterhir in the latest edition of Louder Than War magazine, out now!
Ace Italian garage-punks SLOKS have just revealed a new video.
The brilliantly-titled ‘Dad Can Dance’ is taken from the band’s debut album Holy Motor, which is set for release through Voodoo Rhythm Records on 21 September.
The trio of Ivy Claudy, Peter Chopsticks, Buddy Fuzz came together in Turin in 2015 and initially came to the attention of Vive Le Rock earlier this year via the video for their single ‘Use Me’.
Voodoo Rhythm head honcho Reverend Beatman caught them opening a local alternative festival in Italy and packed them off to Swampland Studio in Toulouse to lay down their debut album with producer Lo Spider.
“It was so Destructive and Suicidal Dangerous and amazing eye catching the same time,” says Beatman. “The Female Singer Ivy Claudy almost killed herself in her act strangling herself with the microphone cable and screamed as loud that she spit blood on the same time Buddy Fuzz wanked constantly his guitar overdosing totally distorting and endless feedback they were so Negative and creative the same time .. it was defiantly way too much for the audience and most of them left immediately except Us … and they had to open the festival anyways hahaha!!”
Pre-orders are not yet available but when they are, you’ll find them on the band’s Voodoo Rhythm page.