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 Cowpunks 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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GINGER WILDHEART has confirmed that he’s up for touring with his band MUTATION this autumn, despite his ongoing hospitalisation for mental health issues.

The dates, which are set to take place at the end of October and beginning of November, are in support of the trio’s recently released album Mutation III: Dark Black, which is out now on undergroove.

Says Ginger, “I am fully committed to the Mutation tour in October, and all other Mutation activity to come. I consider this music a catharsis, a way of channeling the aggression and desperation that I’m currently experiencing.
These shows will act as essential therapy in keeping me focused and providing a goal to strive for in my mental health well-being. I’m maintaining my fitness and keeping my eye on the prize. When I say that we will rid ourselves of our demons on every date of this tour in mean it 100 per cent. This will not be a drill.”

An outlet for some of Ginger’s heaviest material, Mutation first came about in 2012 and see the guitarist/vocalist joined by co-writer Scott Lee Andrews (Exit_International) and drummer Denzel (Vennart/ Young Legionnaire). Fiull dates are below….

October 27 Leeds Brudenell Social Club
October 29 Manchester Deaf Institute
October 30 Glasgow Stereo
October 31 Newcastle Riverside
November 1 London Underworld
November 2 Cardiff The Globe
November 3 Brighton Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar
November 4 Damnation Festival

Go here for tickets.


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Fast-rising young electro-rockers MONNA VANNA follow their just-released debut EP with a series of dates.

The five-track Art Is Dead – featuring the single ‘Throw Me Away’ – is available to download now through Bandcamp and iTunes, and on CD at gigs.

With a sound rooted in primitive electronica, fronted by Cam Bradbury’s soaring, cinematic vocal, the Leeds-based duo call to mind the earliest outings by SOFT CELL and others from the Yorkshire soldering-iron scene. The coruscating FX-laden post-punk guitar of Dan Knights adds a whole other sonic dimension. Aural images of early-80s electronica are underlined by Bradbury’s occasional melodica, reminiscent of both NEW ORDER and a pre-THE THE Matt Johnson.

Definitely a band on the up, catch them on the road at….

26 Aug – Queen St Brewhouse, Colchester
27 Aug – Hertford Festival, Hertford
1 Sept – 93ft East, London
23 Sept – Acklam Market, London
27 Oct – 360 Club, Leeds




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L.A. garage punk duo THE TWO TENS are set to issue their second album next week.

On Repeat is set for release on Friday 18 August and follows on from last year’s full-length debut Volume.

Building on the raw garage punk of their debut the duo of guitarist Adam Bones and drummer Rikki Styxx – who also plays in fast-rising Dirty Water Records band THE DARTS – have added a distinct powerpop vibe, as can be experienced on the single ‘Keeping Hope Alive’.

Says Styxx, “We wanted On Repeat to be different than Volume. We had talked about adding more layers and getting more creative with sounds overall. We were fortunate enough to work with renowned producer John Fields who has his hands in a lot of ‘pop’ albums. Also Adam started writing more love songs. There’s something to swing your hips to and something to crowd surf to. It’s got a lot of flavours that’s for sure.”

On Repeat is available to pre-order in various vinyl, CD and digital bundles here.

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EDDIE & THE HOT RODS celebrate the 40th Anniversary of their classic single ‘Do Anything You Wanna Do’ with two special shows this weekend.

The single, written by manager Ed Hollis and guitarist Graeme Douglas, newly arrived from fellow Southenders THE KURSAAL FLYERS, was released on 29 July 1977. The first single from their second album Life On The Line, it soared to No 9 in the UK charts, becoming the band’s biggest hit. It has since been covered numerous times, by the likes of MICHAEL MONROE, THE ALMIGHTY, DIE TOTEN HOSEN, THE BUSINESS, PETER BRUNTNELL and MANFRED MANN’S EARTH BAND.

The current line-up of the band play a hometown show at Chinnery’s, Southend on Friday 11 August, with support from THE MEDIA WHORES and HEADLINE MANIAC – tickets.

They then play the 100 Club, London on Saturday 12 August, joined once again by The Media Whores – tickets.

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London punk-jazz trio THE N.J.E. release a new single today, unveiling the video with Vive Le Rock!

Their highly original take on JIMI HENDRIX’s ‘Voodoo Chile’ heralds the band’s long-awaited debut album Afloat, which is out next month.

The video was shot by Liv Bedford at the trio’s regular haunt, Indo Bar in Whitechapel.

The NJE – or Near Jazz Experience – were formed in 2010 by three musicians with 2 Tone Records connections – sax-player Terry Edwards and drummer Simon Charterton are former members of Norwich punk-funkers THE HIGSONS, while Mark Bedford is the longstanding bassist with MADNESS. Between them, they’ve put in time with the likes of IAN DURY, NICK CAVE, THE JESUS AND MARY CHAIN, SIOUXSIE, SNUFF, ALEX HARVEY, SPIRITUALIZED, TOM WAITS and BIG STAR.

Most recently Edwards has been a member of GALLON DRUNK, PJ HARVEY’S HOPE SIX DEMOLITION PROJECT and Tony Visconti and Woody Woodmansey’s BOWIE tribute, HOLY HOLY. He also joins Bowie pianist Mike Garson on his Aladdin Sane dates this autumn.

The 11-track album brings together studio recordings and live tracks, recorded at Indo and elsewhere.

Set for release on Friday 1 September through Sartorial Records, Afloat is available to pre-order here.

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Yorkshire punk duo CHAMBERS are unveiling their new single exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘Down The Rabbit Hole’ follows on from the pair’s previous singles ‘Hostile’ and ‘Sister Doom’ and is released through I’m Not From London Records this Friday 4 August.

“We filmed the video in four scenes which each highlight different moods and emotions experienced in relationships,” they say. “The song was originally written with an Alice In Wonderland theme in mind. Sometimes in life you can feel like you’re sinking down in to a bottomless pit, much like the one in Alice in Wonderland, where the more you worry about a situation, the worse it gets and you ultimately sink further and further in to a pit of self-doubt.”

The video was directed by Patrick Mateer and Josh Moore.

Recently winning funding from the PRS Foundation’s Open Music Fund enabling them to concentrate their resources on further recording and touring, the pair – who hail from Leeds and Hull – have already shared stages with the likes of Black Honey, Dinosaur Pile-Up, Clean Cut Kid and Louise Distras.

Chambers head into the studio later this year to work on a full EP. In the meantime they’ve got a bunch of festivals and gigs lined up. Full dates so far are….

4 August – Preston – The Ferret
5 August – Humber Street Sesh – BBC Introducing Stage
18 August – Driffield – Tribfest
19 August – Ashton Under Lyne – The Station Hotel
29 August – Hull – The Sesh
17 September – Worcester Music Festival – Firefly
2 October – Hamburg – Hafenklang (Germany)
4 October – Amsterdam – Vrankrijk – WTF QUEER Wednesdays (Netherlands)
5 October – Arnhem – Cafe De Wacht (Netherlands)


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Nashville post-punks THE BY GODS herald the release of their third album with a new single and video.

The decidedly grungey ‘Rat In My House’ is taken from Move On, which is set for release on 20 October. The single will be available on all the usual platforms from Monday 31 July.

Comprising husband-and-wife George and Natalie Pauley and drummer Tye Hammonds, the ban wrote much of the album during the divisive US presidential campaign. Produced, mixed and engineered by Alex Newport (Deathcab For Cutie, At The Drive-In) who was instrumental in the band finding their new sound, it’s a marked departure from the band’s earlier material.

“Living in a small town growing up, my friends and I always wanted to get out,”says George of the new single. “Most of us made it, but we still have to go back several times each year to see parents, attend funerals, parties, etc. It’s like a Black Hole, the draw it has and how it pulls people back after they move away. ‘Rat In My House’ is mainly about being stuck in a small town death trap. It’s like a maze you can’t find your way out of. It’s the same of all small towns, once you’re entrenched, you can’t see past the bubble and the small town becomes the centre of your universe. Some people prefer that I suppose.”

The band is currently on a lengthy tour of the US, with plans to visit the UK in the near future.


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Secretive London punks EAT DIRT have unveiled a video ahead of their debut show this weekend.

’48’ is one of four tracks on their Eat Dirt I EP, which is available across all the usual platforms and from their website.

Speaking about the track, the band’s vocalist says, “The song is about growing out of the party life, and not being angry any more. And the struggle of trying to find something to be angry about. Like social media ‘influencers’ and sensationalist journalism.”

The band play their first ever show this Sunday 30 July at The Sebright Arms, Bethnal Green, London with FIGHTS AND FIRES, DELAYED and MIAMI NICE. The show is free entry and doors are at 7pm.

The band then play New Cross Inn, London on Friday 4 August with PEARS.

Born of anger and frustration in late 2016, Eat Dirt brought together members of previously well established UK bands to record the band’s debut EP – clocking in at under five minutes – with producer Justin Hill of SIKTH, taking influence from THE BRONX, COMEBACK KID, GALLOWS and EVERY TIME I DIE.

“I’d given up on music. I wasn’t really angry enough,” their frotnman declares. “I had nothing to sing about anymore. Then the whole Brexit thing happened. I’m mad at people. I’m mad at the world around me. As a group, we need to vent. Eat Dirt is that release.”

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Ace Welsh punk-powerpoppers NICOTINE PRETTY have just issue their second single, and you can check it out here.

The suitably named ‘Nicotine Pretty’ follows on from their debut single released through Glunk Records in April. You can download both singles here.

The Bridgend quartet, who comprise Ginge Knievel (vocals/guitar), Lewis Davies (vocals/guitar), Paul Black (vocals/drums) and Ian Pickens (Bass), plan a series of CD EPs for later in the year with a vinyl compilation to follow. In the meantime they have a bunch of dates coming up with the likes of DOGS D’AMOUR, MING CITY ROCKERS, JIM JONES & THE RIGHTEOUS MIND and more.

Catch Nicotine Pretty on the road at….

Jul 16 – Gwdihŵ Café Bar, Cardiff
Aug 4 – Fuel Rock Club, Cardiff (w/Dogs D’Amour)
Aug 19 – The Windmill, London (Summer Weird Sin fest)
Sep 23 – Redhouse Cymru, Merthyr Tydfil
Oct 21 – Hobos, Bridgend
Nov 24 – The Institute, Ebbw Vale (Brain Freeze III fest)

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Punk-blues outfit J.D. HANGOVER prepare for the long-awaited release of their debut EP with their first ever video, which they’re launching exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘Barrelhouse Queen’ is the opening cut from the 6-track eponymous release which is set to drop this autumn through Annibale Records, also responsible for releases from Dead Coast, Go!Zilla, The Shivas, Kim & The Created, etc.

Steeped in the murky twilight of East London villainy, the minimalist video was shot in the suitably noirish locations of the Greenwich foot tunnel and Hackney’s notorious ‘murder mile’, Lower Clapton Road.

J.D. Hangover is the latest project of Italian punk-blues legend Stiv Cantarelli and Roberto Villa from STIV CANTARELLI & THE SILENT STRANGERS, whose acclaimed second album Banks Of The Lea (produced by Pete Bennett of MONKEY ISLAND) received a glowing 9 out of 10 review from Vive Le Rock back in 2014.

Written in the back of a van between gigs, and recorded at Villa’s analogue studio in the town of Forli, the songs on the EP meld the influence of Delta bottleneck blues, garage fuzz and the propulsive, motorik drum-machine rhythm of Suicide.

Says Stiv, “We wanted to recreate the same atmosphere of being in one room with all the gear and playing live. So we put a 50s RCA microphone in between us and the tube amps that we used to amplify the instruments and the drum machine. That mic recorded the reverb, the noises, the sights, the moving feet, the crackling chairs in the room. We mixed it with guitar feedback, tape delay and the organ fuzz tone. We played it back and we thought we nailed it.”

The pair are currently planning UK dates for the autumn.

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Sisterly Hastings punks MAID OF ACE head off on a trek around Europe and the UK over the summer, and they’re heralding the dates with a brand new video which they’re launching exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘Hollywood Rain’ is taken from the band’s second album Maid In England, which was released last year. It’s available to buy here.

The video is once again the work of acclaimed filmmaker Mark Richards.

Maid Of Ace make their annual appearance at Wonkfest at The Dome, Tufnell Park, London this Saturday 1 July, alongside WONK UNIT, THE PARKINSONS, THE MURDERBURGERS, THE CRAVATS and many more. Tickets are available here.

They then head off to Germany the Czech Republic and France, before returning to the UK at the beginning of August in time to put in an appearance at Rebellion.

Full dates are….

Jul 01 – WONKFEST 5 – London, United Kingdom
Jul 13 – Panic Room – Essen, Germany
Jul 14 – Back To Future Festival – Glaubitz, Germany
Jul 15 – Mighty Sounds Festival – Tábor, Czech Republic
Jul 17 – l’entracte deux – Saint-Dié-des-Vosges, France
Jul 18 – Deep Inside Klub Rock – Dijon, France
Jul 19 – Hurricanes Pub – Tours, France
Jul 20 – Le Ferrailleur – Nantes, France
Jul 21 – Festival Art Sonic – Briouze, France
Jul 22 – Panic Fest Open Air – Saint-Félix, France
Aug 02 – New Cross Inn – London, United Kingdom (w/ MDC)
Aug 04 – REBELLION FESTIVAL – Blackpool, United Kingdom
Aug 06 – Outcider Festival – Somerset, United Kingdom
Aug 07 – The Fleece – Bristol, United Kingdom (w/ THE CREEPSHOW)
Aug 10 – Brudenell Social Club – Leeds, United Kingdom (w/ THE CREEPSHOW)
Aug 11 – Boomtown Fair – Winchester, United Kingdom
Aug 12 – Bedford Esquires – Bedford, United Kingdom (w/ THE CREEPSHOW)

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The ANTI-NOWHERE LEAGUE return with a punked-up cover of THE SLICKERS’ reggae classic ‘Johnny Too Bad’, and they’re premiering the video exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

The track is just one of ten classics from the Trojan Records catalogue featured on League Style, a project that’s been years in the making. ANL frontman and founder Animal is a longtime fan of the Jamaican artists whose songs are covered here including The Slickers, Dandy Livingstone, The Kingstonians, Prince Buster, and more. It follows on form the band’s most recent album of original material, The Cage, released last summer.

League Style is available now on CD and limited edition coloured vinyl through Cleopatra Records.

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STRAY CATS legend LEE ROCKER has a brand new video out and he’s premiering it exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

The video, made by Callicore Productions features Lee and band’s medley of Elvis’s Sun Sessions classics ‘That’s Alright Mama’ and ‘Blue Moon’.

Look out for an appearance by the Vive Le Rock hotel!!!

Check out the current edition of Vive Le Rock magazine for our 10-page Stray Cats extravaganza!

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In March 2016,  SHARKS set out to make a feature-length documentary about their strange and unexpected revival. Three directors and two production companies later, the band have decided to make the film themselves.

This promo clip was directed by Steve ‘Snips’ Parsons for Huna Films. It gives a small taste of the barely organised chaos and elegant mischief behind the music.

Filming will end in October 2017 after these tour dates….

19 Sept – TBC, Lewes
21 Sept – Fruit, Hull tickets
22 Sept – Market Hall, Scarborough
23 Sept – Esquires, Bedford tickets
24 Sept – The Lexington, London tickets

To coincide with the dates, Sharks will release a single from their upcoming concept album Black Beatles And White Temptations. It will be available both as a download and on limited edition vinyl.


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The wonderfully named YORKSHIRE RATS return with a new video for the the lead track from their new EP.

‘Alone Together’ is taken from the appropriately titled Yorkshire Rats EP which was released last week. It also features the tracks ‘Where Do I Sign?’, ‘No Way Out’ and ‘Better Days Will Come’.

Recorded at Innersound Studios in York by Sam and Joe Graves (ASKING ALEXANDRIA, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE) and released through their own Northern Ruff label, it’s available to download now from the band’s website.

Formed in Pontefract in 2004 by Don Mercy of BILLY NO MATES and ABRASIVE WHEELS fame, Yorkshire Rats released a single and EP and toured with RANCID before taking an extended hiatus, returning with a full-length album Sea Of Souls in 2015. The line-up is completed by guitarist Matt Lee, bassist Josh Clarke and drummer Chris Furness.

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THE GODFATHERS have revealed a striking new video for the title track from their acclaimed album A Big Bad Beautiful Noise.

The video was filmed, edited and directed by Luke Baker and contains flashing images throughout.

Band frontman Peter Coyne says, “The song and video reflect the social and political tensions in today’s society. We want our music to be a part of the soundtrack to a long, hot and very angry summer.”

As previously announced the song is the lead track from A Big Bad Beautiful EP, a limited edition 4-track 10-inch release, which is available exclusively from the band’s website.

The Godfathers play a special show at The Lexington, London on Saturday 24 June, where they’ll play the current album in its entirety, plus a set of classics and rare tracks. Tickets are available here.


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