Skanking outta West London’s Ladbroke Grove, dub-punks SMILEY & THE UNDERCLASS pave the way for their debut album with a new video, and they’re launching it exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
‘It’s All England’ is the opening cut from Rebels Out There, which the Ladbroke Grove band recorded at the studio of Mick Jones of THE CLASH. It was produced by legendary DJ, remixer and sound system guru Nick Manasseh.
Says Smiley, “I remember listening to ‘Taxman’ by The Beatles and wondering who Mr Wilson and Mr Heath were. It’s the same with talking about David Cameron, Theresa May or even Trump. The themes are there and are pretty obvious for anyone who’s willing to listen: environmental apocalypse, inequality, the death of reason and the rise of bullshit. The weird thing was that we wrote the album before the Brexit vote and the US elections. We were singing about building walls and making truth long before these arseholes came and turned reality on it’s head.”
Alongside Smiley on rhythm guitar and vocals, the Underclass are Jay Hirano (drums), Ryan Windross (bass) and James Shephard (lead guitar).
Set for release on 14 July through their own Bredda Records, Rebels Out There is available to pre-order on CD and download here.
Smiley & The Underclass have a summer of dates ahead, including performances at Bearded Theory and Glastonbury. Catch them on the road at….
12 May – New Cross Inn, London
26 May – Bearded Theory Festival, Walton On Trent
2 Jun – Mau Mau Bar, London
24 Jun – Hootananny, Brixton, London
25 Jun – Glastonbury Festival, Pilton, Somerset
14 Jul – Spanky van Dyke’s, Nottingham
Brooklyn punks DIRTY FENCES are reissuning their debut EP with TWO EXTRA TRACKS! And one of them is receiving its European launch here!
First released through Volcom in 2012, the EP has been revamped with ‘Sell The Truth’ and ‘2X2’ for UK release through Dirty Water Records.
Formed in high-school in Boston, nurturing and obsession with KISS and MOTLEY CRUE, the band relocated the New York where, taking the lead of new heroes THE DICTATORS and RAMONES, they fused their buzzsaw punk with classic girl group pop finesse.
Releasing their second album Full Tramp two years ago through Slovenly, they return to the UK in September to play Liverpool Psych Fest. Look out for more shows around that time.
The appropriately-titled First EP Plus Two Xtra Songs is set for release on 12 May. You can pre-order it here.
Hampshire rockers THE BLACK BULLETS have a new single out this month and they’re launching the video exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
‘Mockingbird’ is set for release on the band’s own label on Friday 28 April. It’s available to pre-order from iTunes now.
Formed in Basingstoke in 2012, the Black Bullets have released a string of acclaimed EPs, touring the UK and Europe widely, sharing stages along the way with the likes of MICHAEL MONROE, UK SUBS, LA GUNS, ANTI-NOWHERE LEAGUE and loads more.
Currently clocking up the miles on their Welcome To Hellsville Tour, UK fans can catch them at….
28 April – LONDON, The Lounge, Archway (w/VINCE RAY & THE BONESHAKERS)
19 May – LONDON, Hope & Anchor (w/THE WITCHDOKTORS)
27 May – BASINGSTOKE, White Hart
10 June – SOUTHEND, The Alex
Rising star of the London punk scene, KAKO releases her debut single this week and she’s launching the video exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
The new project of multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, producer and former RAMONAS drummer Kate Wilkinson, KaKo is set to release the double A-side ‘All To Gain’ c/w ‘Long Gone’ as a limited edition 7″ and download on Friday 28 April. It’s available to pre-order here.
The video was filmed and directed by Nick Wilkinson and edited by Mark Richards.
Currently in the process of lining up dates, KaKo has shows already lined up at….
Sat 24 June – The Brook, Wallington
Sat 2 Sept – The Castle & Falcon, Birmingham
Eco-friendly psych-rockers THE MOTHERS EARTH EXPERIMENT unleash their debut single on Record Store Day.
The six-piece Birmingham band have been together for two years, and in that time have supported the likes of GONG, ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE, ARTHUR BROWN, NIK TURNER’S SPACE RITUAL and PURSON as well as appearing on the main stage at last year’s Lunar Festival.
Signed to Birmingham institution Swordfish Records – also responsible releases by GODFLESH, DAVE KUSWORTH and ROKY ERICKSON – the band’s debut single, the enviroskeptic-frustrating ‘Cool Down Mama’, is released on Saturday 22 April as a limited edition 7″.
The band’s self-titled debut album is set for release on Friday 19 May on CD and limited edition multicoloured gatefold vinyl. It’s available to pre-order now through Amazon.
The Mothers Earth Experiment play The Borderline, London on Wednesday 10 May as support to GOLDRAY. Get your tickets here.
Watford mod-rockers THE SPITFIRES have a new single out next month, and a pair of headline dates to coincide.
‘Move On’ is the band’s first new material since their acclaimed second album A Thousand Times last August, and was written and recorded during an intense four day period at the end of the year.
Band frontman Billy Sullivan, speaking about the song, says, “It shows a change in direction musically and lyrically. It’s a pop song, taking influences from reggae and dub but bringing it into 2017. I don’t think we could or would have set out to recreate that music. We just interpret the space and rhythm into our own sound. Do our own version if you like. I also think it’s a positive statement: move on from tired old views and show that we as people are better than that”.
Released on Friday 19th May on Catch 22 Records, ‘Move On’ is available on 7” blue coloured vinyl and digital download with exclusive B-Side ‘Stick To Your Guns’. The first 150 copies of the 7” will include a free newspaper – featuring unseen photos, lyrics and articles. It’s available to pre-order here.
The band support the release with two headline shows at the start of June. Catch them at….
2nd June – The Georgian Theatre, Stockton-on-Tees
10th June – 229, London
You can read a new interview with The Spitfires in the latest edition of Vive Le Rock magazine, out this week!
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’).
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.
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.”
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).
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
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
Reconvened West Texans AT THE DRIVE IN have just released a brand new video.
The band’s first video in years, ‘Hostage Stamps’ is the third single to be taken from their comeback album in • ter a • li • a.
Using a mix of stop-motion as well as digital animation, the video was directed by Rob Shaw and Damon Locks, who also designed the characters and set.
Cedric Bixler-Zavala describes the song as, “like walking through the hallway in some war-torn ghetto and reading the writing on the wall. When you hear things like, ‘Raise your nithing pole,’ I don’t think anyone will know what that is right away, but when you look it up, it’s this curse. We are going to be victorious. Here’s the fucking head on the stake in front of our army. We’re coming back. It’s reading the writing on the wall. It’s going and keeping your ear to the ground and listening to the heartbeat of young people.”
The album is due for release on 5 May through Rise Records. It’s available to pre-order now through the band’s website.
At The Drive In play the Reading and Leeds Festivals at the end of August.
THE MISSION herald a new box set edition of current album Another Fall From Grace with a brand new video.
‘Only You & You Alone’ is the penultimate track on the original album and features a guest appearance from Martin Gore of DEPECHE MODE.
The Complete Another Fall From Grace Box contains two CDs, two vinyl LPs and a DVD, along with a 20-page limited edition book featuring artwork and lyrics. The set includes seven bonus tracks comprising remixes and two new tracks. The DVD features four videos, including ‘Only You & You Alone’.
The box set will be available from 12 May from the band’s website.
As previously announced, the band play the following UK dates in May….
Thu 11th Norwich Waterfront *
Wed 17th Bournemouth O2 Academy
Thu 18th Oxford O2 Academy
Fri 19th Liverpool O2 Academy
Sat 20th Newcastle O2 Academy
Fri 26th Sheffield O2 Academy (Wayne’s Birthday celebration show)
Sat 27th Leicester O2 Academy
Support comes from SKELETAL FAMILY and PAULINE MURRAY except *.
As also previously announced, they join THE TUBES as support to ALICE COOPER on an arena tour in November….
Sat 11th Leeds First Direct Arena
Sun 12th Glasgow The SSE Hydro
Tue 14th Birmingham Barclaycard Arena
Wed 15th Manchester Manchester Arena
Thu 16th London The SSE Arena, Wembley
CHRIS POPE and THE CHORDS UK have unveiled a new video and announced a series of UK dates for the year ahead.
‘Heart Of The Matter’ is a remixed version of a track from the band’s acclaimed album Take On Life, released last Autumn. The single is backed with an acoustic version of ‘Happy Families’. Single and album are available from the band’s website.
Chris and the band will be playing as special guests to THE MEN THEY COULDN’T HANG at Shepherds Bush Empire on Saturday 15 April. Tickets are available here.
They’ve also been added to the bill of this year’s Undercover Festival, taking place at its new home of Margate Dreamland on 8-9 September.
Full UK dates are….
Apr 15 – O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London
Apr 29 – The Raine Club, Hull
Apr 30 – The Longland Club, Middlesbrough
May 5 – 100 Club, London
Jun 23 – Bellfield Tavern, Kilmarnock
Jun 24 – Stone Valley Festival, Bishop Auckland
Aug 5 – Spring Meadows Club, Sandwell
Aug 6 – Music Mania, Worthing
Sep 9 – Undercover Festival, Margate
Sep 30 – Phoenix, Exeter
Oct 13 – Zombie Shack, Manchester
Walthamstow band SISTERAY are set to release a new EP next month and they’re premiering the lead track exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
‘Queen’s English’ is the opening cut from 15 Minutes, a title inspired by Andy Warhol’s famous quote about fame.
Formed in 2014, the quartet came together over a shared love of BUZZCOCKS, THE CLASH, THE KINKS and THE SMITHS. Since then they’ve been playing up and down the country, performing guerrilla gigs and organising their own club nights, as well as appearing at Camden Rocks, Isle of Wight and Leeds festivals.
The EP was recorded at East London’s Lightship 95 studio with producer Rory Attwell of TEST ICICLES and VACCINES fame.
Guitarist Dan Connolly says, “Now more than ever, people seem to be given 15 minutes and 15 minutes only. It’s not an album and it’s not a single. It’s simply a statement about the times we are living in.”
15 Minutes is available from 14 April through Vallance Records on vinyl and download. It’s available to pre-order here.
Catch the band live at….
Thur 16 Mar – Bleach, BRIGHTON
Fri 17 Mar – Guns & Smoke, LONDON
Fri 24 Mar – Firebug, LEICESTER
Fri 31 Mar – Black Heart, LONDON
Garage punk supergroup WEIRD SEX are unveiling new music exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
The eight songs featured here make up one side of a split cassette EP with fellow Roadkill Records signings BROKEN SOUNDTRACKS.
Fronted by charismatic singer Joey Ackland, and featuring members of SLY PERSUADERS, DEATHLINE and SUICIDE PARTY, Weird Sex’s buzzsaw guitars, skittering synths and basic pop hooks have seen them compared to the seminal NYC punk sounds of SUICIDE and the RAMONES.
Weird Sex and Broken Soundtracks play a special FREE launch party at The Lock Tavern, Camden on Friday 17 March, with SECRET TONGUES and AVERAGE SEX.
Featuring a great value 14 tracks, the EP is available to pre-order on cassette and download for a very reasonable fiver here.
Suit-wearing South Essex roustabouts EIGHT ROUNDS RAPID have released a first video from their new album.
‘I Like It’ is taken from Objet D’Art, the band’s second album, which follows on from their highly-rated 2014 debut Loss Leader.
The video was directed by Tony Burke and features actor Ewen MacIntosh of The Office fame.
The Southend band, who feature Wilko’s son Simon Johnson on guitar, plus frontman David Alexander, bassist Jules Cooper and drummer Lee Watkins, have three dates lined up for the coming weeks catch them at….
31 March – St Moritz Club, London
1 April – The Railway Hotel, Southend
7 April – St Moritz Club, London
Objet D’Art is out now through Cadiz. Buy it here.
We talk to Dave Alexander from the band for our Gob Rock feature in the latest edition of Vive Le Rock!