Aussie rockers DATURA4 release their debut album next week and have launched a new video to go with it. ‘Out With The Tide’ is the lead-off track from Demon Blues which is out through Alive Naturalsound on 10 July.

Formed in Fremantle in Western Australia in 2011, Datura4 is the brainchild of Dom Mariani of 80s legends THE STEMS and DM3 and Greg Hitchcock of YOU AM I and THE NEW CHRISTS. They’re joined by drummer Warren Hall (THE DRONES) and bassist Stu Loasby.

We reviewed Demon Blues in the current issue of the mag, confirming it’s “pretty much satisfaction guaranteed.”


Look out for an Aussie rock spectacular in the next issue of Vive Le Rock.


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Having just knocked Glastonbury on its arse, SLEAFORD MODS unveil a new video for the track ‘Tarantula Deadly Cargo’ from their new album Key Markets.

Shot by Simon Parfrement who did ‘Tied Up In Nottz’, Sleaford Mods’ Jason Williamson says the video “is typical in his choice of locations which relate to the cheap frills production of ‘Tarantula Deadly Cargo’, the cold hard hand rails at the foot of the beach in the seaside town. This alienating environment rejects any time for comfort much like touring. It’s a 99 flake in a knackered bus shelter.“

Out on 10 July through Harbinger Sound, you can order Key Markets through iTunes or on vinyl from Cargo Records.

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Sleaford Mods recently announced their biggest tour to date. They play…


23rd Manchester, Ritz
24th Carlisle, Brickyard
25th Newcastle, Northumbria Uni
28th Leeds, Irish Centre
29th Birmingham, Institute

1st Cardiff, Y Plas
2nd London, Forum
4th Bristol, Bierkeller
5th Bournemouth, Fire Station
6th Brighton, The Old Market
8th Cambridge, Junction
9th Nottingham, Rock City

You can read an interview with Sleaford Mods in the current edition of Vive Le Rock.



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THE BOYS release a new live album this week as a souvenir of their first – almost non-existent – dates in China in January this year. Featuring thirteen Boys classics – including ‘Brickfield Nights’, ‘First Time’ and ‘Terminal Love’, Undercover – Live In China is out on 1 July through Action Records.

The band had been scheduled to play nine dates in China, but arrived to find they’d been cancelled by the Ministry of Culture, who warned that any performances would be shut down immediately. Despite a tip-off that they were being followed, with help from their friends in the country, they were able, through word of mouth, to organise three secret gigs, including one in a rehearsal complex with recording and TV facilities attached, enabling to record this album and make a one-hour documentary. Watch a clip from it here.


You can buy Undercover – Live In China here.

The Boys play Rebellion in Blackpool on Saturday 8 August before heading to Scandinavia for dates.


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Our favourite beer-swilling yob-rockers COSMIC PSYCHOS have a brand new album out, plus an appropriately offensive video to go with it.

Cum The Raw Prawn is the Australian trio’s first new album in six years and was recorded on bassist/vocalist Ross Knight’s farm north of Melbourne. Out on Desperate Records, the album’s preceded by a video for the lead track ‘Better, Not Bitter’, which is definitely not for the squeamish or easily offended, so don’t let it spoil your weekend.


Cosmic Psychos were the subject of the 2013 documentary Blokes You Can Trust.

Look out for a major Aussie rock spectacular in the next edition of Vive Le Rock, out 12 July!


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Following a successful launch night supporting Dirtbox Disco, Bath-based punks THE SETBACKS have some dates lined up in support of their new Bobby’s Way EP, including a support spot with Canadian punk legends DOA.

Tracks from the EP can be streamed here.

Catch the band out and about at….

4 Jul                     Slugfest, The Dolls House, Abertillery

5 Jul                     The Fleece, Bristol (with DOA)

18 Jul                     The Red Lion, Whitehall

17 Oct                   The Hobgoblin, Bath

23 Oct                   The Three Horseshoes, Bradford on Avon

The Setbacks formed from the ashes of Mighty Joe Young and Tweaker in late 2001 and give or take the odd line-up adjustment, have since played with the likes of Misfits, UK Subs, Goldblade, 999, Sham 69, Drongos For Europe, Pussycat & The Dirty Johnsons to name a few. They’ve released several EPs plus the live/compilation album 1st Ten Years.


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ALL TOMORROW’S PARTIES have announced that their ATP 2.0 festival next April will be curated by comedian and writer STEWART LEE.

Lee, who was spotted this week at RADIO BIRDMAN’s London show, is well renowned for having superb musical taste, and while acts have yet to be announced, we can hopefully expect a decent supply of punk and rock’n’roll.

ATP 2.0 takes place at Pontin’s in Prestatyn, North Wales from 15 to 17 April and discounted earlybird tickets can be bought here.

Founded in 2001, ATP has hosted festivals in the UK, USA, Australia and Iceland. Past events have been curated by NICK CAVE, SONIC YOUTH, MUDHONEY, DINOSAUR JR and MY BLOODY VALENTINE among others.


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East Midlands rockers SWAMP DELTA, featuring the combined talents of members of 80s grebo legends CRAZYHEAD and GAYE BYKERS ON ACID, have a new single, a new video and a handful of dates to wet the baby’s head.

‘Sick Liver Blues’ is out now and you can download it here.

You can also check out a Radical Dubstep Remix by Tony Byker here.

Marking a return to greasy garage rock’n’roll in opposition to the fey indieness of the mid-80s, Crazyhead and Gaye Bykers led the grebo pack, releasing classic singles ‘What Gives You The Idea That You’re So Amazing Baby’ and ‘Everythang’s Groovy’ before signing to majors and narrowly grazing the charts. Crazyhead’s Screaming Delta Anderson, Rob Vomit and The Porkbeast now team up with Gaye Bykers’ Robber Byker in Swamp Delta, alongside Blink Cyclone and Saxy Sue.

You can sample them in the flesh at….

27 June                 The Boars Head, Kidderminster

17 July                   Islington Academy, London

25 July                   Simon Says Festival, Leicester


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NEW ORDER have just announced their return with a new studio album, their first in ten years.

Music Complete follows on from 2005’s Waiting For The Siren’s Call and marks a return to the line-up of Gillian Gilbert, whose last contribution was on 2001’s Get Ready. The album’s vivid sleeve design was once again provided by long-term collaborator Peter Saville.

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Produced by the band themselves, with the exception of two tracks produced by CHEMICAL BROTHERS’ Tom Rowlands, and additional production by Stuart Price, Music Complete will be released on 25 September in CD, download and limited edition clear vinyl formats, as well as an exclusive 8-piece deluxe vinyl collection that includes the album plus extended versions of all 11 tracks on coloured vinyl. You can pre-order now from the New Order website.

Live dates will be announced soon…

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All-girl Bristol band IDESTROY have a bunch of dates lined up to support the release of their debut EP, including a hometown show supporting former Runaway CHERIE CURRIE and a date at that rarest of things, a brand new punk- and rock-friendly venue, The Locomotive in Swindon.

Coming together late last year, featuring BLUE AEROPLANES guitarist Bec alongside bassist Becky and drummer Jenn, the trio have recently returned from playing the Anfi-Rock Sound Festival in Spain.

IDestroy’s debut EP is planned for a Summer release, but you can listen to the lead track ‘I Destroy’ here.

Catch the band on the road at….

19 Jul                    Harbourside Festival, Bristol

21 Aug                  The Fleece, Bristol

12 Sept                 The Locomotive, Swindon

16 Nov                  The Bierkeller, Bristol


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Original psych-punks THE BRAINIAC 5 prepare for the release of their first new album in thirty years with a special London show this week.

The band, who reunited in 2012 after initially splitting in 1980, release Exploding Universe on 24 July on Reckless Records through Shellshock. It follows on from last year’s When Silence Was Sound career retrospective and their 2013 comeback release, the Space Is The Place 10” EP.

Their only previous studio album was World Inside, recorded in 1979 but not released until 1988.

They celebrate the momentous occasion with an all-dayer at The Betsey Trotwood, Farringdon Road, London on Saturday 27 June. Kicking off at 2pm, the event also features sets from Jowe Head (of Swell Maps and Television Personalities), Mark & The Clouds, Richard Booth and more.

Originally born out of the mid-70s Cornish festival scene, The Brainiac 5 arrived in London at the advent of punk, recruiting guitarist Richard Booth from Stiff Records favourites Plummet Airlines along the way. Working with producer – and future Hawkwind drummer – Martin Griffin, they received praise from the NME for their Mushy Doubt EP, gaining the attention of John Peel and Alex Chilton and sharing bills with The Soft Boys and The Barracudas.

Listen to ‘Haphazard!’.

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Pittsburgh punks ANTI-FLAG have announced six UK dates for Autumn, following their London appearance for the VANS WARPED TOUR on 18 October.

The band previously already has a handful of UK dates lined up in August, including a REBELLION show. They released their new album American Spring – featuring special guests Tom Morello of RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE and Tim Armstrong of RANCID – last month through Spinefarm.

Full UK dates are….

2 Aug – London The Old Blue Last (am and pm shows)

6 Aug – Blackpool Rebellion

8 Aug – London Brooklyn Bowl (double-header with LESS THAN JAKE)

9 Aug – Bristol Marble Factory

18 Oct – London Vans Warped Tour

20 Oct – Nottingham Rescue Rooms

21 Oct – Birmingham The Institute

22 Oct – Sheffield Corporation

23 Oct – Newcastle Riverside

24 Oct – Glasgow Classic Grand

25 Oct – Manchester Sound Control

The 20-25 October dates feature support from RED CITY RADIO, TROPHY EYES and THE HOMELESS GOSPEL CHOIR.

Go here for tickets.

Check out the video for the song ‘Brandenburg Gate’, featuring Tim Armstrong.


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Australian street-punks THE TERRACES have just announced that they’ve signed to UK label WESTWORLD RECORDINGS. The first fruits of this relationship will be the long-awaited release of their second album Empire and a full tour of the UK and Europe throughout August, including a return to the REBELLION FESTIVAL.

Formed in Melbourne in 2009 by frontman Gary Buckley and guitarist Dean Tsolondres, they’ve recently been joined by ROSE TATTOO bassist Steve ‘Kingy’ King and Mark Brabbs, best known as the original drummer with Algy Ward’s TANK.

Having toured the UK three times, with a debut appearance at Blackpool’s Rebellion in 2013, they return there on 9 August, followed by the UK and Europe. Full dates are below….

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The Summer of THE DAMNED continues with news of two album releases from Westworld Recordings, following on from the reissue of their late-period return to form So, Who’s Paranoid?.

Fiendish Shadows is a live recording from the Phantasmagoria era, while Punk Oddities & Rare Tracks does what it says on the tin and covers the years ’77 to ’82.

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Recorded in California in 1985, Fiendish Shadows features the Vanian, Scabies, Merrick, Jugg line-up at the peak of their commercial career and includes the hit single ‘Grimly Fiendish’ as well as classics ‘Smash It Up’, ‘Wait For The Blackout’ and ‘Love Song’. It also includes covers of Iggy Pop’s ‘Lust For Life’ and the Electric Prunes ‘I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night’, a song drawn from the set of their psych alter egos Naz Nomad & The Nightmares.

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Punk Oddities & Rare Tracks features a clutch of live tracks from ’77, ‘79 and ’82, including ‘Curtain Call’, ‘Happy Talk’ and the Stooges’ ‘No Fun’, plus early demos of ‘Love Song’ and ‘I Just Can’t Be Happy Today’ and more besides.

Both titles will be available in September but you can order them now here.


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East London art-punks LARK release a new album, their fifth, next month. Funny Man will be available on vinyl, CD and download from 10 July via Standard Lamp Records.

The musical vehicle of artist KARL BIELIK, Lark recorded the fourteen songs on Funny Man at Terrace Studios in Hackney and features contributions from Ian McKean (20 Flight Rockers and Balaam & The Angel) and Julian Marszalek (The November Five).

Funny Man is preceded by a FREE download single, a cover of Leonard Cohen’s ‘Closing Time’ not featured on the album but available from their Bandcamp.

Check out the video teaser for ‘Closing Time’.


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KILLING JOKE have announced a batch of shows for Autumn, kicking off in Cardiff at the Great Hall on 25 October, and culminating in a show at London’s Roundhouse on 6 November. They’ll be releasing a new album, Pylon, on Spinefarm to coincide. Full dates are below.

25 Oct – Cardiff Great Hall

26 Oct – Brighton Concorde 2

27 Oct- Exeter Lemon Grove

28 Oct – Nottingham Rock City

31 Oct – Birmingham Institute

1 Nov – Manchester Ritz

3 Nov – Glasgow ABC

4 Nov – Leeds Beckett University

6 Nov – London Roundhouse

Tickets are available here.

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Debauched London rockers PINK CIGAR have a brand new single coming out and they’re launching the video for it with Vive Le Rock! ‘Generation Next’ is out on 10 July.

They’ve also got a bunch of dates lined up to take them through to the Autumn. You can catch them at….

26th June – Verve Bar, Leeds

27th June – The Elgin, London

18th July – Mint Street Festival, London

24th July – Nozstock Festival

10th August – Tropen Festival

24th Oct – Hertford Corn Exchange

…and there are loads more to be confirmed. Keep an eye on their website and Facebook for further news.


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CHERIE CURRIE, former frontwoman of the legendary RUNAWAYS, heads to the UK in November for her first ever solo dates.

She’ll be promoting her new album Reverie, her first solo album since 1980, on which she teams up with Runaways guitarist LITA FORD.

Cherie will be supported on all dates by recently reunited London band LAST GREAT DREAMERS. They play…

10th Nov 2015 – Railway, Bolton
11th Nov 2015 – Bannerman’s, Edinburgh
12th Nov 2015 – Yardbirds, Grimsby
14th Nov 2015 – The Globe, Newcastle
15th Nov 2015 – The Diamond, Sutton-in-Ashfield
16th Nov 2015 – Bierkeller, Bristol
17th Nov 2015 – The Robin 2, Bilston
18th Nov 2015 – The Underworld, London

Further info is available on Facebook.

Coming together in LA in 1975, the all-female Runaways were fronted by Currie alongside JOAN JETT under the guidance of rock Svengali, KIM FOWLEY. Releasing two albums to only limited success in the States, but huge in Japan, Currie left in ’77, issuing the solo album Beauty’s Only Skin Deep the following year.

The Runaways were the subject of a major biopic in 2010.


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