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….
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.
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.
Celtic-punk lifesavers DROPKICK MURPHYS have unveiled another video from their latest hit album 11 Short Stories Of Pain And Glory.
‘Until The Next Time’ is a remix of the closing track from the album – the Bostonions’ ninth – which was released back in January.
According to drummer Matt Kelly, ‘Until The Next Time’, which has had a new mix by production legend Tony Hoffer, is, “a song about having to put the good times on hold temporarily. We were glad to come, so sad to go, so while we’re here we’ll have us a real good time! See you out on the ice!”
Having spent much of the year so far on the road in the UK, Europe and the USA, the band have announced further UK shows including an appearance at Glastonbury Festival. Full dates are….
25 June – Other Stage, Glastonbury
26 June – Rock City, Nottingham
27 June – Alhambra, Dunfermline
28 June – O2 Academy, Liverpool
29 June – O2 Academy, Bournemouth
You can read a full interview with Dropkick Murphys in the current edition of Vive Le Rock‘s sister magazine Down For Life.
Manchester alt.rockers AMPLIFIER pave the way for their latest album with a new video.
‘Kosmos’ is the first song to be unveiled from the 10-track Trippin’ With Dr Faustus, the band’s sixth album, following on from from 2014’s Mystoria.
The title of the new album reflects the band’s frustration with major label power struggles over the years, resulting in frontman Sel Balamir founding a new label, Rockosmos, for this release, as well as signing Sheffield space rock titans AWOOGA and London art rockers THUMPERMONKEY.
“It always ends up with the little guys getting lost down the cracks,” he says. “That’s why we decided to bail while we could – for better or worse.”
Trippin’ With Dr Faustus was produced by Balamir at the band’s Manchester studio between 2014 and 2016, mixed by Iago Lorenzo in Vigo, Spain and mastered by Robin Schmidt in Karlsruhe, Germany. Once again, the sleeve art was designed by Balamir himself.
Set for release on 30 June on gatefold double transparent vinyl, mediabook CD and download, it’s available to pre-order here.
Punk-blues disrupter BONE ZENO launches his new album with an uncompromising new video, which he’s premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
Filmed by Jemma Harwood and Red Marshall, ‘U Fuck Me’ is taken from Black Milk, which is out through Impression Records on vinyl, CD and download. It’s available now from Amazon and other stockists.
Hailing from Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, Zeno arrived in London at the start of the Noughties, operating under the guise of techno-punk-bluesman D-66 and featuring at the now legendary Not The Same Old Blues Crap nights.
Cloaked in darkness, with the occasional chink of light, the 11-track Black Milk finds him ruminating on life and death with rare, raw emotion and savage, excoriating art-punk guitar, channeling THE BIRTHDAY PARTY, THE GUN CLUB and JUNIOR KIMBROUGH.
Now based in Portugal, home of his great friends and former bandmates THE PARKINSONS, Bone Zeno’s never-ending album launch tour hits the UK this week for dates at…..
8 June – The Gunners, Islington, London
9 June – The Plough & Harrow, Leytonstone, London
10 June – The Railway Hotel, Southend-on-Sea (w/ DARK GLOBES)
11 June – RyeWax, Peckham, London
Hardcore supergroup BLOODCLOT have unveiled a new video which they’re launching exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
‘Kali’ is taken from the band’s debut album Up In Arms. It’s the first fruit of the four-way partnership of singer John Joseph from CRO-MAGS, WARZONE and DANZIG guitarist Todd Youth, plus bassist Nick Oliveri and drummer Joey Castillo of QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE.
Says Joseph, “In this band we’re doing what each of us have always done: give it our all. We work hard, and we have a lot to say. Look around the planet – people are fed up with the corrupt ruling class. They destroy the planet and kill millions for profit, and the formula for our response is simple: Anger + applied knowledge = results. Don’t just bitch. Change it.”
Set for release through Metal Blade on 14 July, Up In Arms is available to pre-order in various bundles here.
It’s that time again as we unveil the exclusive premiere of last year’s Wonkfest 4: The Movie, documenting last year’s instalment of the annual celebration of all things DIY punk in North London!
Directed once again by Mark Richards, the film features 28 bands including MING CITY ROCKERS, THE FRANCEENS, NOSEBLEED, MIDWAY STILL, MURDERBURGERS, REVENGE OF THE PSYCHOTRONIC MAN, THE RESTARTS, ROUGHNECK RIOT and of course DIY punk ringleaders WONK UNIT.
This year’s Wonkfest 5: The Omen takes place at The Dome, Tufnell Park on Saturday 1 July and promises the usual 12 hours of mayhem from the cream of underground punk, including sets by MAID OF ACE, THE PARKINSONS, THE CRAVATS, PET BENTHAM & THE DINNER LADIES, CAPTAIN HOTKNIVES, BAD BREEDING, THE KIMBERLEY STEAKS, GREAT CYNICS, CALVA LOUISE, SPUNK VOLCANO & THE ERUPTIONS, SHEEPY, MATILDA’S SCOUNDRELS, PIZZATRAMP and more…
Tickets priced £22 are available here and they’re selling fast!
Don’t forget to bring a tray of food for the buffet and a few items for local charities.
PLUS! This year, there’s also a pre-Wonkfest party at The Blackheart, Camden on Friday 30 June, with Ming City Rockers, BILLY LIAR, THE DECLINE, THE DUB RIGHTERS, ANGRY SOMETIMES plus special guests!
Brotherly garage outfit ARCHIE & THE BUNKERS return with a brand new video, which they’re launching exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
‘You’re My Pacemaker’ is the first track to be revealed from the duo’s as yet untitled second album, due for release in the Autumn. They’re releasing it now as an appetite-whetter for a five week Euro tour kicking off next week in Rouen, France.
The hi-fi organ punk partnership of teenage brothers Cullen and Emmett O’Connor have been causing a ruckus since they came storming out of Cleveland, Ohio in 2013. They released their debut album through Dirty Water Records to much fuss in 2015.
They’re missing out on the UK this time around, but mainland Europeans can catch them at….
08/06/17 – FR – Rouen – Le 106
09/06/17 – FR – Bordeaux – Relâche Festival
10/06/17 – FR – Nîmes – This Is Not A Love Song Festival
12/06/17 – PORTUGAL – Porto – Cave 45
13/06/17 – SPAIN – Sevilla – Sala X
14/06/17 – PORTUGAL – Lisbon – Club Sabotage
15/06/17 – SPAIN – Madrid – Wurlitzer Ballroom
16/06/17 – SPAIN – Alicante – Stereo
17/06/17 – SPAIN – Zaragoza – Slap Festival
20/06/17 – FR – Rennes – Le Bar de la Cité
21/06/17 – FR – Nantes – Chien Stupide
22/06/17 – FR – Paris – Mécanique Ondulatoire
23/06/17 – FR – Redange – Cry Baby Car Show
24/06/17 – NL – Groningen – Vera
25/06/17 – NL – Utrecht – DB’s
27/06/17 – GERMANY – Hamburg – Hafenklang
28/06/17 – GERMANY – Munster – Gleiss 22
29/06/17 – CH – TBA
30/06/17 – ITALY – Salsomaggiore – Beat Festival
01/07/17 – ITALY – Ravenna – Hana Bi
02/07/17 – ITALY – Perrugia – T. Trane
05/07/17 – ITALY – Torino – Blah Blah Club
06/07/17 – FR – Belfort – Eurockéennes Festival
07/07/17 – TBA
08/07/17 – NL – Helmond – Cocoa
Aussie rock legends RADIO BIRDMAN are to have their amazing story told in a new documentary film. You can watch the trailer here….
Inspired by the Detroit sounds of THE STOOGES and THE MC5, took Sydney by storm when they formed in 1974, going on to make two albums before splitting during a UK tour in ’78. Becoming a huge influence on Aussie punk and rock during the 80s and 90s, they reformed in the late 90s and have remained active since, even releasing a new album Zeno Beach in 2006, and visiting the UK several times.
Filmed and directed by Jonathan J Sequeira, Descent Into The Maelstrom tells the story of the band and the scene they created around their Funhouse club, with help from all the original members plus various Oz rock luminaries.
Says Sequeira, “Descent Into The Maelstrom isn’t just the story of Radio Birdman, it’s the story of a scene, a movement, in Australia, started by the band. It’s about doing your music, and your art without compromise, when everyone tries to shut you down. Radio Birdman inspired the outsiders in Australian society to do their own thing. Like the band, the film is a completely independent production – the band’s take no-prisoners attitude fed into the making of it. The intensity of the music and the individuals is still there, coming off the screen, and it insists that you too settle for nothing less than the best.”
The film’s cinematic release has yet to be confirmed, but it will be preceded by the release of a soundtrack album featuring Birdman classics as well as their precursors THE RATS and TV JONES, contemporaries THE SAINTS, homegrown influences THE MASTERS APPRENTICES and THE EASYBEATS plus THE RAMONES, FLAMIN’ GROOVIES and RICHARD HELL.
Descent Into The Maelstrom – Funhouse Jukebox Soundtrack is set for release on 9 June on vinyl with free download. It’s available to pre-order here.
In the run-up to the release of their new album, RANCID have unveiled another new video.
The autobiographical, political anthem ‘Telegraph Avenue’ is taken from Trouble Maker, the band’s ninth album which is released through Hellcat/Epitaph on Friday 9 June. It’s available to pre-order here.
As previously announced, Rancid will be joining GREEN DAY on their dates around the UK and Ireland….
6/28/17 Belfast, Ormeau Park
6/29/17 Dublin, Royal Hospital Kilmainham
7/1/17 London, Hyde Park
7/3/17 Sheffield Arena
7/4/17 Glasgow, Bellahouston Park
Hot new Brighton psych-rockers CLEVER THING have a new single out and they’re premiering the video exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
The lurching, primal ‘Fixer Upper’ follows on from last year’s ‘In A Tissy’. Released through Be Pacific Records, it’s available now through iTunes.
Bringing together Rich Fownes of BAD FOR LAZARUS and THE EIGHTIES MATCHBOX B-LINE DISASTER and Daisy Coburn of PINK LIZARDS, Clever Thing are completed by bassist Charlie Buttons and drummer James Drohan.
Rising alternative rock artist SUZIE STAPLETON releases her new single today, and she’s premiering it exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
‘You Were There’ is a first taste of her forthcoming EP, Negative Prophet, which is set for release later this year. The EP features Stapleton’s first recordings since hooking up with JIM JONES REVUE and THE RIGHTEOUS MIND bassist Gavin Jay and GALLON DRUNK drummer Ian White. It was produced by Stapleton with engineer Drew Smith (PJ Harvey, Ed Harcourt).
Born in Sydney but based in London since 2015, Stapleton has shared stages with the likes of MARK LANEGAN, MICK HARVEY and BOSS HOG, and held an audience spellbound at last year’s CAMDEN ROCKS.
Stapleton features on LYDIA LUNCH and CYPRESS GROVE’s covers album Under The Covers, set for release in June through Rustblade Records. A continuation of Stapleton’s collaborations with Grove on the third Jeffrey Lee Pierce Sessions Project album Axels & Sockets, she’s also lined up to appear on a fourth volume, currently in production.
Northern Californian punk legends RANCID are set to return this summer with their first new album in three years. You can check out the video for lead-off single ‘Ghost Of A Chance’ here.
Trouble Maker is the ninth studio album from the Berkley quartet and follows on from 2014’s acclaimed …Honor Is All We Know. Produced by the band’s long-serving producer, and Epitaph Records founder, Brad Gurewitz, it’s set for release through Hellcat/Epitaph on 9 June.
Three weeks later, the band hit the UK for dates as special guests of GREEN DAY at….
1st July – London, Hyde Park
3rd July – Sheffield Arena
4th July – Glasgow, Bellahouston Park
Trouble Maker will be available on CD, digital and vinyl formats. The deluxe digital version will include two bonus tracks ‘We Arrived Right On Time’ and Go On Rise Up’. A vinyl deluxe version of Trouble Maker comes with those tracks on a bonus 7”. Pre-orders are available here.
Birmingham’s tasty young garage rockers TABLE SCRAPS have unveiled a video for their new single ‘My Obsession’.
Drawing on their collective love of trash horror and B-movies, and with their combined expertise in design and video, the band bought a load of 3D glasses, creating a 3D sleeve design and a 3D video to go with them.
‘My Obsession’ is a joint release coupled with fellow Brummie rockers BLACK MEKON’s ‘Kung Future’ on that band’s 45 Consortium singles club.
Originally formed as a duo of next-door-neighbours guitarist Scott Vincent Abbott and drummer Poppy Twist, they expanded last summer with the addition of TJ on bass. Having shared stages with the likes of FAT WHITE FAMILY, BUZZCOCKS, THE STRANGLERS and KID CONGO POWERS, Table Scraps’ sound is described as “towers of venomous fuzz battling reverb-drenched vocals and a broken theremin”.
The band have a load of dates lined up. Catch them at….
4th May – Sound, Liverpool
29th May – Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham
10th June – Shacklewell Arms, Dalston, London
17th June – Stags Head, Hoxton, London
7th July – Lock Tavern, Camden, London
8th July – Bristol Psych Fest
9th July – Green Store Door, Brighton
5th August – Roadkill Records Weekender, London
11th August – The Finsbury, Manor House, London
16th September – Beyond The Tracks Festival, Birmingham
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