L.A. WITCH HIT THE ROAD!

Happening garage-psych trio L.A. WITCH have unveiled a new single and video ahead of Euro dates next spring.

‘Drive Your Car’ is taken from the band’s acclaimed self-titled debut album, released in September through Suicide Squeeze. The video is the work of by award-winning New York artist and filmmaker Allie Lane.

Currently touring Australia, L.A. Witch are set to follow up this year’s European shows with another bout of industrious gigging, with dates in Switzerland, Italy, Germany, Sweden, France and the UK, including a London show at Oslo in Hackney. Full dates are….

16 Mar – Le Port Franc, Sion CH
17 Mar – Milk Party, Parma IT
20 Mar – Rote Fabrik, Zurich CH
21 Mar – Quasimodo, Berlin DE
22 Mar – Hafenklang, Hamburg DE
23 Mar – Melodybox, Stockholm SE
24 Mar – Truck Stop Alaska, Goteborg SE
27 Mar – The Chameleon, Nottingham UK
28 Mar – Sleazy’s, Glasgow UK
29 Mar – Cluny, Newcastle UK
30 Mar – Oslo, London UK
31 Mar – Headrow House, Leeds UK
4 Apr – Supersonic, Paris FR
5 Apr – Maison de l’etudiant, Arras FR
6 Apr – Veka, Glarus CH
7 Apr – Ohibo, Milan IT

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LAST GREAT DREAMERS PLAY XMAS SHOWS!

LAST GREAT DREAMERS head out for a handful of dates this month as they break from recording their new album.

The as yet untitled album – the band’s fourth – is being produced by Pete Brown, son of Beat Boom cockney rocker Joe Brown. Having previously worked with the likes of DAVE EDMUNDS, NICK LOWE and STATUS QUO, Pete has a vast wealth of experience as an engineer, producer and musician in his own right.

Says guitarist Slyder Smith, “Working with him has been fantastic so far; he’s really getting something special out of the Dreamers, this is going to one hell of a record. We have 11 great songs and there are definitely a few surprises in there. We have most recording done now with just some vocals and lead guitar to finish before the mix.”

Funded through PledgeMusic, donors can still contribute here.

Last seen playing a series of dates with THE QUIREBOYS in September, the Dreamers return to the road joining Midlands metallers WOLFSBANE before playing a New Year’s Eve party in Bolton. Dates are….

Sun 17 Dec – Birmingham Asylum
Thurs 21 Dec – London Islington 02 Academy
Sun 31 – December Bolton BarMetro Rocks

Tickets are available here

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THE VICTIMS GIVE MANSON THE FINGER!

Seminal Aussie punks THE VICTIMS have been prompted by the death of Charles Manson to unveil what they’ve been working on.

The Perth band originally formed in 1977, releasing the classic single ‘Television Addict’ before splitting. Singer and guitarist Dave Faulkner and drummer James Baker later teamed up in the first line-up of the HOODOO GURUS.

Faulkner and Baker returned in 2014 to play Victims material, with THE HARD-ONS’ Ray Ahn joining them on bass. The trio have recently been revisiting old Victims material for later release. The song ‘Charlie’ was originally written as a put-down of Manson and the hero-worship surrounding him after the pair watched the film Helter Skelter.

Faulkner revealed in a Facebook post, “We decided to make ‘Charlie’ available for free now (on YouTube) because Manson died the day before we mixed it and it seemed like a good idea to give him a kick in the pants as he made his long-overdue exit. See ya, sucker!”

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WIN THE FAVOURITES VINYL!!!

Long lost Brit power-poppers THE FAVOURITES have just released a brilliant new retrospective anthology, and we have five copies to give away!

They’re also launching a video for the track ‘Favourite Shoes’ exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘Favourite Shoes’ was originally released on the B-side of the Nottingham band’s debut single, a punked-up cover of ABBA’s ‘SOS’. With no existing TV or video footage available, the video was created by Martin James Gee with prompts from band members Darryl Hunt and Duncan Kerr.

The Favourites were formed in 1977 by members of Stiff-signed pub rockers PLUMMET AIRLINES and THE GTs, whose sole recorded appearance was on the fabled Raw Records compilation, Raw Deal. Earning support slots with the likes of THE ONLY ONES and SQUEEZE, they released one further single – a cover of THE WASPS’ ‘Angelica’ – before splitting.

The album New Feeling, which was released in September through Reckless Records and received a glowing review in the latest edition of Vive Le Rock, features both singles plus B-sides and 10 other recently unearthed recordings, digitally remastered by Sean Read from DEXYS.

And we have 5 copies of New Feeling to give away!!!  Each LP contains a CD of the album, but there’s more! One lucky winner will also receive a mint unplayed copy of the now rare and valuable original ‘Angelica’ single!!!

To be in with a chance of winning, just send an email to info@vivelerock.net with ‘FAVOURITES COMP’ in the subject box by Wednesday 29 November, telling us the answer to this simple question:

Favourites frontman Darryl Hunt went on to play bass in which major band?  Good luck!

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New Feeling is available to buy online here, or directly from Reckless Records, 30 Berwick Street, London.

Read the story of The Favourites in the latest edition of Vive Le Rock, on sale now!

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THE CRAVATS UNVEIL NEW VIDEO!

THE CRAVATS have a new single out and they’re premiering the video exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘Bury The Wild’ is taken from the band’s widely acclaimed album Dustbin Of Sound, and the video is the work of legendary filmmaker Mark Richards.

The Cravats have two dates at the start of December at….

1 Dec – Wharf Chambers, Leeds
2 Dec – Westgarth Social Club, Middlesbrough

They then play a show in Lewes on 26 January, before joining the reconvened FOLK DEVILS for shows in Bristol, London and Brighton in April, venues to be confirmed.

Dustbin Of Sound is available now from Overground Records.

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DIRT BOX DISCO VIDEO PREMIERE!

Midlands punk rock and rollers DIRT BOX DISCO have a brand new video which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘Imaginary Friend’ is taken from their latest album Poppycock – their fifth in 8 years – which was released last April. The video is the work of celebrated photographer and filmmaker Mark Richards.

A lively and reliable presence on the punk gigging circuit, touring constantly and consistently throughout the UK and  Europe, the DBD machine shows no signs of slowing down in 2018. Catch them on the road at…..

Sat Nov 18th – Whitehaven – Solway Hall
Sat Dec 2nd – Stoke – The Rigger
Sat Dec 9th – Manchester – Star and Garter
Sun Dec 10th – Manchester – Star and Garter
Sat Dec 30th – Wakefield – Warehouse 23

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Sat Jan 27th – Birmingham – Asylum
Sat Feb 10th – Portsmouth – Rifle Club
Sun Feb 11th – Swindon – The Vic
Sat Feb 24th – London – O2 Forum (London Rebellion)
Sat Apr 21st – York – Fibbers
Sun Apr 22nd – Derby – Hairy Dog
Fri Apr 27th – Newcastle – O2 Academy
Sat Apr 28th – Glasgow – O2 ABC Scotland (Scotland Calling)
Sun Apr 29th – Manchester – Rebellion Bar
Sat Jun 23rd – Scunthorpe – Lincoln Imp
Thu Jun 28th – London – O2 Academy ( w/The Adicts)
Sat Jun 30th – Manchester Ritz (NW Calling)
Sat Jul 28th – Sheffield – Corporation
Thu/Sun Aug 2/5 – Blackpool – Winter Gardens (Rebellion Festival)
Fri Aug 24th – Stockton – Georgian Theatre
Sat Aug 25th – Edinburgh – Smash
Sun Aug 26th – Doncaster – Diamond Live Lounge
Sat Sep 29th – Newcastle – Student Union (NE Calling)
Sat Nov 3rd – Wolverhampton – Wulfrun Hall (Midlands Calling)
Sat Nov 17th – Ilfracombe – Punk Fest
Sat Dec 15th – Leeds – Brudenell

Poppycock is available now through STP Records.

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KNOCK OFF VIDEO PREMIERE!

Watford street punks KNOCK OFF return with a new lyric video and a bunch of dates.

‘This Ain’t No Love Song’ is the first single from their third album Like A Kick In The Head, which was released in July.

The boys have had a busy year, playing to packed out rooms at Rebellion and The Great British Alternative Festival on their way round the UK, as well as dates in Belgium and Germany.

Next year is looking just as good with a return to Rebellion and the Netherlands confirmed, with more dates in the pipeline.

You can still catch them on the road before they put their feet up for Christmas at the following gigs…

17 Nov – Ebbw Vale Institute – (w/UK Subs)
18 Nov – Heart of Anarchy Festival – The Grapes – Hereford
24 Nov – Waterfront – Norwich (w/Cockney Rejects)
25 Nov – Esquires – Bedford (w/UK Subs)
26 Nov – Star & Garter – Manchester
9 Dec – The Fighting Cocks – Kingston

Like A Kick In The Head is available at gigs and from the band’s website.

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THEE UNHOLY INNOCENTS UNVEIL DEBUT SINGLE!

Dark London garage rockers THEE UNHOLY INNOCENTS have just released their debut single.

‘White Jesus’ is taken from the band’s debut album Shadows Drag, which is due for release in 2018.

The brainchild of Scottish songwriter Neil Robertson, it also features SIGUE SIGUE SPUTNIKguitarist Neal X, bassist Gavin Jay from JIM JONES & THE RIGHTEOUS MIND and drummer John Russell. It was produced by Alex MacGowan of THE FUTURE SHAPE OF SOUND at his Space Eko Studio.

Says Robertson, “‘White Jesus’ was written years ago when Bush was in power but it does seem particularly appropriate for today. People tend to recoil at the title, fearing some kind of racism or prescriptive anti-religion sentiment but that’s bollocks. I’m interested in the individual and inclusiveness and what it means to be a human being, trying to make sense of the misery and hoping for something beautiful beyond the mundane.”

The band promise gigs in the new year in unusual intimate venues.

‘White Jesus’ is available to download now from iTunes, AmazonSpotify and usual platforms.

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CHERRY DOLLS DEBUT GETS U.K. RELEASE!

Fast-rising Aussie longhairs THE CHERRY DOLLS are set to release their debut album in the UK.

They’ve shared a video of a live version of the track ‘Slave’ to accompany the release of the 10-track Viva Los Dolls, which was produced by Alexander Markwell of THE DELTA RIGGS.

Coming together two years ago in Melbourne, The Cherry Dolls have since applied their Stooges, MC5 and Johnny Thunders influences to two well-received EPs and countless road miles.

Viva Los Dolls is out on Golden Robot Records through Cadiz on 24 November.

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PENNY BLACK REMEDY ADD DATES!

Folk punks THE PENNY BLACK REMEDY have added more dates in support of the release of their third album.

Maintaining Dignity In Awkward Situations was produced by legendary POLECATS and MORRISSEY guitarist Boz Boorer and features guest appearances from THE RUTS DC’s Segs Jennings and Dave Ruffy, former UK SUB Paul Slack and ex-CANNIBAL Jeff Mead.

The album was preceded in September by a single ‘I’d Murder To Have You Back’, whose video was shot in the famous Kazalište Marina Držića theatre in the historic walled city of Dubrovnik, Croatia where the band’s nucleus of Keith M Thomson and Marijana Hajdarhodzic are now based.

Maintaining Dignity In Awkward Situations is set for release on 24 November on mono del mundo through Cadiz, and is available to pre-order here.

As previously announced, the band play a special album launch show at The Islington, Tolpuddle Street, London on the album’s release day. Tickets are available here. They’ve now added several more dates across southern England at….

Sat 18 Nov – Hootananny, Brixton, London
Fri 24 Nov – The Islington, Angel, London (album launch)
Wed 29 Nov – What’s Cookin’, Leytonstone, London
Sat 2 Dec – The Prince Albert, Stroud, Gloucestershire
Sun 3 Dec – The Albion, Liskeard, Cornwall (acoustic)
Tues 5 Dec – The Duke Of Wellington, Shoreham (acoustic)
Sat 9 Dec – The Old Fire House, Exeter, Devon
Sun 10 Dec – The Little Albion, Broadstairs, Kent (acoustic)

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MAIN GRAINS DODGE THE RAIN!

Newcastle rockers THE MAIN GRAINS unleash their brand new single today, and you can check out the video here!

‘The Rain Is Over Now’ is available on CD and download along with two other tracks – ‘What We Gonna Do Now?’ and ‘Sock It To Me Baby!’ – via the band’s website.

Formed in 2015,the band features ex-WILDHEARTS and YO-YOs bassist Danny McCormack alongside guitarists JJ Watt and Ben Marsden and drummer Ginna Rhodes.

The band play Croydon Rocks Festival on 2 December – tickets – before heading out on tour as special guests of TYLA’S DOGS D’AMOUR. Catch them on the following dates….

7 Dec – Soundhouse, Leicester
8 Dec – The Lounge 666, London
9 Dec – Sin City, Swansea
14 Dec – Forest Tavern, Nottingham
15 Dec – Facebar, Reading
16 Dec – The Asylum, Birmingham
17 Dec – Warehouse 23, Wakefield
20 Dec – Rebellion, Manchester
21 Dec – Think Tank, Newcastle upon Tyne
22 Dec – Bannerman’s, Edinburgh

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THE FRANKLYS’ NEW SINGLE’S A KEEPER!

Anglo-Swedish garage rockers THE FRANKLYS return with a new single and video.

The track ‘Keeper’ is the latest single to be drawn from the band’s debut album Are You Listening?, which was released last May.

Featuring two members from Sweden and two from England, The Franklys have been building their profile with intensive touring and impressive live shows at such major festivals as Rebellion, Download and the Isle of Wight. They continue the trajectory with a bunch of dates at….

18 November – The Bassment, Chelmsford
25 November – Kazoopa Festival, Leeds
02 December – The Great Big Gig All-Dayer, West End Centre, Aldershot
12 November – The Windmill, Brixton

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THE MEMBERS VIDEO PREMIERE!

Camberley’s finest THE MEMBERS have a major new anthology out in time for Xmas, plus a brand new single, whose video Vive Le Rock is proud to premiere here!

‘Smartphone Junkie’ is being released on a 7″ single as well as appearing on the CD edition of Greatest Hits – All The Singles.

Never before have all the band’s singles been collected on one compilaton. Best known in the UK for the chart singles ‘Sound Of The Suburbs’ and ‘Offshore Banking Business’ as well as the punk disco staple ‘Solitary Confinement’, ‘Working Girl’ was an MTV smash in the 80s, while ‘Radio’ went to No 1 in Australia.

Greatest Hits is set for release on 1 December on 13-track 12″ vinyl and 18-track CD through Cadiz Music. It’s available to pre-order here.

The Members play a special launch party for the album at the legendary 100 Club in London on Saturday 11 November, with special guests THE DEFECTS, THE OUTFIT and ON TRIAL UK. Tickets priced £15 are available here.

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BUSTER SHUFFLE TAKE TO THE ROAD!

Piano-bashing Cockney ska band BUSTER SHUFFLE have a bunch of UK dates lined up in preparation for the release of their new album.

I’ll Take What I Want follows on from 2014’s Naked and is set for release on 24 November through Burning Heart. It features the single ‘I Don’t Trust A Word You Say’ which was released last month.

The band have recently undertaken a successful tour of the US West Coast with labelmates GIUDA, as well as a pair of dates in Mexico. They return to the UK to play the following shows….

10 Nov – Star And Garter, Manchester
11 Nov – Wheatsheaf, Banbury
12 Nov – Waterloo, Blackpool
16 Nov – Yardbirds Rock Club, Grimsby

You can pre-order I’ll Take What I Want here.

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SIMON WELLS VIDEO EXCLUSIVE!

Former SNUFF guitarist and singer SIMON WELLS returns with a new video which he’s launching exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘Optimism’ is taken from Simon’s debut solo album Crime Of The Scene and features pianist and singer Carol Hodge. The video was shot in and around Hastings by renowned filmmaker Mark Richards.

Having spent more than a decade with Snuff and selling over half a million records, Simon found success on the dance music scene. He later founded mod-punks SOUTHPORT, releasing albums on Go Kart, Golf and Boss Tuneage. The latest leg of his career finds him in stripped down acoustic mode, with sets at Wonkfest and Rebellion already behind him. He and Carol have a number of shows lined up, starting with The Windmill in Brixton on 29 October. Full dates are….

29 Oct – Brixton Windmill, LONDON
3 Nov – Queens Head, BELPER
17 Nov – Lovelocks Coffee Shop, LIVERPOOL
18 Nov – Pilgrim’s Pit, STOKE ON TRENT (matinee)
18 Nov – Fox and Newt, LEEDS
2 Dec – Zigfrid Von Underbelly, LONDON
16 Dec – Westgarth Social Club, MIDDLESBROUGH
17 Dec – New Inn, CANTERBURY (matinee)

Crime Of The Scene is available now through Chopback Records.

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EXCLUSIVE RAMONAS VIDEO PREMIERE!

THE RAMONAS are back with a brand new video which they’re launching exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘Poser’ is lifted from First World Problems, the band’s first album of original material. It’s available to buy on CD here and as a download from iTunes and all the usual download sites.  A vinyl edition is set to follow in December.

The band have the following upcoming dates….

26 NOV – LEWES CON CLUB, LEWES (w/ UK SUBS)
2 DEC – CROYDON ROCKS FESTIVAL, CROYDON
7 DEC – BLACK MARKET VIP, HASTINGS
15 DEC – LOUISIANA, BRISTOL
23 DEC – FORUM, TUNBRIDGE WELLS (w/ ANTI NOWHERE LEAGUE)

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J.D. HANGOVER VIDEO EXCLUSIVE!

Fast-rising punk-blues duo J.D. HANGOVER have a new video which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

Fusing Delta bottleneck blues with Farfisa-rockin’ garage groove and Suicide-style propulsive beats, ‘Mr Williamson’ is the second track to be released from their debut self-titled mini-album, which is set for release through Annibale Records (Shivas, Dead Coast etc) on 17 November.

J.D. Hangover comprises Stiv Cantarelli and Roberto Villa of Italian blues-punk legends STIV CANTARELLI & THE SILENT STRANGERS, whose last album Banks Of The Lea – recorded at East End garage-lab Gizzard Studios with sometime Membranes and Monkey Island guitarist Pete Bennett producing – was released to great acclaim in 2014, including a 9/10 review in Vive Le Rock!

This time around, the pair have ensconced themselves in Villa’s L’Amor Mio Non Muore analogue studio in the town of Forli, laying down the six tracks to the beat of a 1972 Roland TR-77 drum machine.

Having only recently played their first dates, opening for ALEJANDRO ESCOVEDO, the duo are next scheduled to support BOSS HOG in Cesena, Italy on 8 November. They’re currently planning UK gigs and festivals for 2018.

J.D. Hangover is available to pre-order now on CD, cassette and download here.

 

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DARTS GET MESSED UP!

Fast-rising Phoenix and LA-based garage rockers THE DARTS have unveiled another new video.

‘Get Messy’ is taken from the band’s new album Me.Ow, their debut for Dirty Water Records, which was released in September.

The band tore a strip off the UK and Europe when they were over in the spring. They’re currently intensively touring the US.

Me.Ow is available to buy here.

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