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!
SENSELESS THINGS have unveiled a new single ahead of their Shepherd’s Bush Empire reunion show.
‘Lost Honey’ is the band’s first new recording for 22 years.
A limited edition of 100 copies on baby blue swirl vinyl will be followed by a standard release available at Shepherd’s Bush on 25 March and their sold out warm-up at the New Adelphi in Hull on 19 March.
Sleeve art for the single is the work of legendary comic artist Jamie Hewlett – creator of Tank Girl and later GORILLAZ – a long-term collaborator, who provided the art and images for the first two Senseless Things albums and most single releases.
Tickets for the Shepherd’s Bush show – which features support from SKINNY GIRL DIET and THE TUTS – are almost sold out, but you can get them here if you’re very quick.
Read a new feature on Senseless Things in the latest edition of Vive Le Rock, out this week!
Seminal Aussie rockers THE 31ST have their fabled 4-track EP released at last.
Formed in Brisbane in 1979, The 31st brought together four musicians who would all go on to make a much bigger dent the the Australian rock and punk scenes of the 80s and 90s. Vocalist Ron Peno and Chris Welsh would go on to form major label international chart stars DIED PRETTY; guitarist Mick Medew would enjoy a lengthy career with THE SCREAMING TRIBESMEN, and bassist Tony Robertson would later hold down the low end in legendary bands THE NEW CHRISTS and THE HITMEN.
Two songs written by Peno and Medew – ‘Igloo’ and ‘A Stand Alone’ – would, in the hands of the Tribesmen, become card-carrying Aussie garage classics.
Alongside ‘Time Moves Fast’, previously included on the 2007 compilation Do The Pop! Redux Part One, and ‘Real Gone’, which surfaced on Easy Action’s Let Me Turn You On in 2013, the EP also includes the original of ‘A Stand Alone’ and ‘It’s So Hard’, both previously unreleased.
Presented by Zeus Entertainment Group and digitally distributed by Laneway Music, the EP is available to download now from iTunes and other digital stockists.
A 12″ vinyl edition is set to follow through LCMR.
Ace Watford street punks KNOCK OFF have a new video which they’re launching exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
‘Tooled Up For The Job’ is taken from the trio’s second album This Is Who We Are, This Is What We Do which came out last year. It’s now been reissued on vinyl though German label Randale Records. It’s also still available on CD from the band’s website.
The band have a busy gigging schedule up until June, when they’ll record their third album, before heading off for dates in Germany, returning for a slot at Rebellion in August.
Catch them on the road at….
18 Mar – Boars Head – Kidderminster
24 Mar – Hat Factory – Luton
1 Apr – Old Star – Uttoxeter (w/Spunk Volcano & The Eruptions)
8 Apr – Rock City – Nottingham (w/Dirt Box Disco & Loaded 44)
20 Apr -The Fleece – Bristol
21 Apr – 100 Club – London
22 Apr – The Hairy Dog – Derby
28 Apr – The Black Bull – Gateshead
6 May – The Bear – Northampton
27 May – Holditch Club – Newcastle under Lyme
28 May – The King Billy – Northampton
30 June – Chinnerys – Southend (w/The Parkinsons)
Post-punk legends DEPARTMENT S unveil their new video today, and they’re launching it exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
‘When All Is Said And Done’ is the title track from the band’s acclaimed latest album which was released last year through Westworld Recordings.
Department S will be spending much of 2017 on their Looking For Vic tour, including shows in Belgium and Germany and an appearance at this year’s Rebellion.
Catch the band on the road at….
24th Feb – Kingston – The Fighting Cocks Bar & Live Music Venue
4th March – Ramsgate – Elephant and Castle
22nd March – Hameln Germany – MAD Music Club
23rd March – Köln Germany – Sonic Ballroom
24th March – München Germany – Glocke
25th March – Berlin Germany – Cortina Bob Berlin
1st April – London – Nambucca
21st April – Woking – Phoenix Festival
13th May – Herentals Belgium – Hertals RockCity
27th/28th May – Manchester Rugby Club – Strummercamp Festival
3rd June – Dorset – Alice’s Wicked Tea Party Alternative Festival
10th June – London – The Underworld Camden
24th June – London – New Cross Inn
7th July – Leicester – The Unholy Messtival
21st July – Fleckney – Mayhem at Mick`s
3-6th August – Blackpool – Rebellion Punk Music Festival
16th Sept – Oxford – Detectival Weekender
23rd Sept – Corby – The Kingfisher Function Lounge (w/The Ruts DC)
Rising country and rockabilly star LIL’ LOST LOU unveils a video for her new single this week.
The voodoo-gothic ‘He Put A Hook In Me’ is taken from her self-titled debut album, which is out on Friday 7 April through Bully Records.
A regular on the London pub and club circuit for a few years, Lou has shared stages with the likes of Wanda Jackson, Billy Childish, Wilko Johnson, The Urban Voodoo Machine and more. She travelled to Nashville to record the album at the analogue Welcome To 1979 Studios with noted producer Billy Livsey and a host of Music City session men, who between them have worked with the likes of Johnny Cash, Chet Atkins, Glen Campbell, The Pretenders and many others.
“Well in case you haven’t noticed, this song is a bit of a tribute to Warren Zevon,” explains Lou. “There is an undeniably obvious werewolf howl in it, but there is also a stolen lyric from his song too… see if you can find it! I love Warren Zevon, he’s such a great lyricist and I like to give credit to the people who have inspired my own writing. I’ve also been a fan of tongue twisters when I was a kid … I thought it was cool to write something that is like a chant… ‘Bones, feathers, black book, rabbit foot…’ It’s the ingredients of a magic spell… Like Johnny Kidd and the Pirates’ ‘Casting My Spell.’ I shamelessly stole the idea… But they do say that good artists borrow, great artists steal!”
Lil’ Lost Lou will be launching the album with a special show on the album’s release date at Underbelly, Hoxton Square, London N1.
Lil’ Lost Lou is available to pre-order now on vinyl with free CD and download code from her website and also includes admission to the album launch.
Reconvened Cornish psych-punks THE BRAINIAC 5 return with a new single and video.
‘Laura Riding’ is taken from Journey To X, the band’s third album released last month. The track is available to download here. The album is available on CD and deluxe gatefold vinyl from Amazon and download from iTunes.
The video is by Martin James Gee.
Formed in Cornwall, The Brainiac 5 gravitated to London, recruiting members from Stiff-signed pub-rockers PLUMMET AIRLINES, and joining the nascent psych scene. Recording their debut album with HAWKWIND’s Martin Griffin in the producer’s chair, they split in 1980, only to reform in 2012, releasing their comeback album Exploding Universe in 2015.
The band were recently featured on Cherry Red’s 80s psych box set Another Splash Of Colour, and are already working on the follow-up to Journey To X.
In between sessions, they have the following dates lined up….
Fri 14 April The Gunners, London
Sat 22 April The Railway Hotel, Southend
Fri 12 May The Betsey Trotwood, London
You can read a new interview with The Brainiac 5 in the current issue of Vive Le Rock!
Texan prog-punks AT THE DRIVE IN have unveiled a track from their forthcoming new album, their first in 17 years!
‘Incurably Innocent’ – which vocalist Cedric Bixler-Zavala describes as “a song about sexual abuse and being able to finally speak out” – is taken from in • ter a • li • a which is scheduled for release on 5 May through Rise Records.
Formed in 1993, the El Paso quintet made a huge impact at the turn of the century with Relationship Of Command through the BEASTIE BOYS Grand Royal label. Splintering soon afterwards, Bixler-Zavala and guitarist Omar Rodriguez-Lopez went on to significant success with THE MARS VOLTA. Reuniting briefly in 2012 they reconvened early last year with the promise of new music.
Produced at Hollywood’s Sound Factory studio by Rodriguez-Lopez and Rich Costey, the 11-track in • ter a • li • a is said to pick up where Relationship Of Command left off.
The release of the album will be accompanied by a mammoth US tour, followed by European festival dates including Reading and Leeds over August Bank Holiday weekend.
in • ter a • li • a is available to pre-order here.
Arizona punks PLAYBOY MANBABY reveal the video for their new single today, premiering it exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
The scathingly sarcastic ‘You Can Be A Fascist Too’ is the first track from their forthcoming album Don’t Let It Be, their debut for enterprising UK garage label Dirty Water Records.
Born in the desert area around Phoenix, this six-piece have spent the past five years opening for the likes of THE REPLACEMENTS, ROCKET FROM THE CRYPT, KING KHAN, BLACK FLAG, THE DESCENDENTS, TEENAGE BOTTLEROCKET and loads more, releasing two cassette albums along the way through their own Rubber Records label.
Don’t Let It Be is due for release on Friday 24 February.
Ace bass-free Italian post-hardcore trio CUT are back in the UK this week in support of their new album. And you can check out a video from it here….
‘Too Late’ is taken from Second Skin, their sixth full-length studio album, which features various guests, including MIKE WATT who performs bass duties on the track ‘Take It Back To The Start’.
Out next week through Antipop, it’s available to order here.
Formed in Bologna 1996, Cut have supported the likes of IGGY & THE STOOGES and MUDHONEY in their homeland, as well as untertaking numerous tours of the UK, one of which resulted in the 2011 live album The Battle Of Britain – Live In The UK.
For their last studio album, Annihilation Road, the band temporarily relocated to New York City, to work with producer Matt Verta-Ray of HEAVY TRASH and MADDER ROSE fame.
South London garage types THE SLY PERSUADERS have their long-awaited debut album out this week, and they’re unveiling the lead-off video exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
‘Watch & Learn’ is taken from the self-titled album, which is released through Roadkill Records on Friday 24 February.
Forging a strong following on the London circuit, the band drew on the dark psychotic rockabilly forces of the likes of The Cramps, The Gun Club and The Bad Seeds for the album, which was recorded at the Music Complex in Deptford.
The video is the work of filmmaker Stacy Picard of Massive Capital Video, who says, “The Sly Persuaders are a master class in controlled chaos, always teetering on the verge of total collapse so I set out to make a video that looks like they sound, bad acid. The shoot itself was a truly alcoholic affair and I could have cut an entire second video comprised of Chris ‘fixing’ his hair, there was enough footage. Good lads, bad habits. The real challenge was making them look charismatic and attractive thus all the special effects.
“On a more technical note, I got the members of the band to do the same performance a couple of times and layered themselves over themselves to create that ‘trippy’ effect, as they were quite pissed, each performance was rather different from the last. I then sat up late night after night smoking pot and messing with the layers, when I found myself saying ‘whoa’ I would add that bit to the video time line and reward myself with a cookie, that’s how the magic happens, folks.”
The Sly Persuaders will launch the album on Friday 24 February at a special Roadkill/Some Weird Sin night at Nambucca in Holloway, in the company of SAINT AGNES and BRIDPORT DAGGER. Tickets are available here, but they’re going fast!
The Sly Persuaders is available to pre-order on vinyl and download here.
SPECIALS founder NEVILLE STAPLE returns with a new album and he’s launching the video for the title track exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
Return Of Judge Roughneck sees Staple revisiting his Judge Roughneck character from the Specials’ debut album track ‘Stupid Marriage’ on new reworkings of classic Jamaican cuts, alongside brand new material, plus a few gems from his past, the while the second part of the album features a full set of special dub remixes.
Along with his regular Neville Staple Band musicians, the album features a number of guests including former GERALDINE FIBBERS and JAYHAWKS violinist and Neville’s wife Christine Sugary Staple, who co-produced the album along with Neville and Tom Lowry at Coventry’s Planet Studios.
The video was shot by Lee Cogswell and Daniel Thompson at various locations around Coventry, including the historic Coventry County Court, where Neville was sentenced to borstal during his youth. Further locations include Coventry University’s Moot Room, the local Council Chambers, St Mary’s Guildhall and the Belgrade Theatre.
Released today Friday 17 February, the album’s available to buy here.
Neville heads out on a UK Tour next week. For dates and tickets, go here.
US-born but now resident in Austria, singer-songwriter MATT BOROFF is premiering his new video exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
‘Thirst’ is taken from Matt’s third album Grand Delusion, which features contributions from producer and multi-instrumentalist Alain Johannes (PJ Harvey, Queens Of The Stone Age), Jack Irons (Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Pearl Jam) and Mark Lanegan.
The atmospheric video was directed and produced by visual artist Austin Settle and was shot on location at the foot of Mount Großglockner, the highest mountain in Austria.
With a career stretching back to the end of the 80s, Boroff has toured widely, sharing stages along the way with QOTSA, Nirvana, Kyuss, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and more. Relocating from New York to Austria in 2000, he formed MATT BOROFF & THE MIRRORS, who released three albums, before Matt decided to go solo in 2010.
York rockers SEGRËGATES are launching their new video exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
And there are no prizes for guessing who their biggest musical inspiration is! They’ve even named their debut album after late MOTORHEAD axeman Würzel, and have shared a stage with his former cohort Phil Campbell. Moreover, the album also features a cover of ‘Riding With The Driver’.