This August Bank Holiday, punks from across the country will descend on Cornwall, invading the beautiful Trereife Estate in Penzance, to bare witness to some of the most revered bands on the scene.  Beauty and chaos!

Spanning the full punk rock genre, 3 CHORDS offers up some of the best UK bands with its most eclectic and exciting lineup yet, including The Restarts, Vice Squad, The Lurkers, Goldblade, TV Smith, Dirtbox Disco, Control, Dragster, Eastfield and loads more.

TWENTY-FOUR bands and ONE stage means you won’t miss a thing. Tickets are £55 including 3 days camping, with children’s tickets (5-15) at just £5. Head over to the 3 Chords website for more information.

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New York hardcore legends MADBALL have announced a last minute London show following their appearance at Download this weekend.

The quartet have lined up a show at The Old Blue Last, Shoreditch this Monday 15 June. Support comes from Londoners, KNUCKLEDUST. Get your tickets here.

Playing Download for the first time in their twenty-year career, frontman Freddy Cricien says “We are very excited to be playing Download for the first time! It’s cool to be able to represent MB/HC music on that platform- we’re honoured. That said, there’s nothing like a good club show in London – it’s one of our favourite cities to play and in general…. This ‘surprise’ should be off the hook…. Look forward to it!”

Their new album Hardcore Lives is out now through Nuclear Blast.

Check out the video for ‘Doc Marten Stomp’.


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The UNDERCOVER FESTIVAL returns to Surrey in September with three days of punk, post-punk, ska, dub and more.

Headliners THE DAMNED, UK SUBS, PENETRATION and PETER & THE TEST TUBE BABIES will be topping the bill at Bisley Pavilion, Woking over the weekend of 18-20 September.

Now in its third year, the indoor event will also be playing host to sets from Chelsea, Spizzenergi, Menace, XSLF, TV Smith, Department S, Witchdoktors, Dragster, The Defects, The Piranhas, Pussycat & The Dirty Johnsons, The Talks, The Barstool Preachers and loads more.

Evolving out of a small tent at nearby Guilfest, Undercover prides itself on taking an independent and grassroots approach. Says organiser Mick Moriarty: “We’ve got through to our third year and we’re going strong because what we have created really has struck a chord with people who like their music raw and full of the passion and energy that only acts like ours generate.”

The full line-up and tickets – £25 per day or £75 for the whole weekend – can be found at the Undercover website.


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If you’ve been enjoying the Mod spectacular in our current issue, you may very well want to get your reading gear round SAWDUST CAESARS: ORIGINAL MOD VOICES by Vive Le Rock contributor Tony Beesley.

This lavish 450-page hardback book documents the whole journey of Mod, from its late 50’s beginnings through to the present, told in the words of the Mods themselves.

Featuring hundreds of rare photographs, every aspect of Mod Culture is explored: from modern jazz through rhythm’n’blues and ska to the origins of Northern Soul; the changing fashions, and the enduring influence of Mod through Punk, Britpop, Acid Jazz and beyond.

Published by Days Like Tomorrow Books, Sawdust Caesars is available along with other great offers now from Tony’s website.

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Sheffield band THE PAYROLL UNION have announced the release of their long-awaited second album, along with two hometown shows, including a performance at the city’s Tramlines Festival.

Hotly tipped as the UK’s answer to Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, the quartet issue Paris Of America through their own Backwater Collective label on Monday 29 June.

They’ll be playing a special album launch on Saturday 27 June at Sheffield’s Club 60 – tickets. They then play Tramlines on Saturday 25 July. A London show will follow in September.


Focusing on the dark underbelly of American history, the eight songs on Paris Of America explore the violence of the ‘riot era’ of 19th Century Philadelphia, and are a collaboration between songwriter Pete David and the History Department of the University of Sheffield.

You can pre-order the album here. Check out the video for the single ‘The Mission Field’.


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Original punks ALTERNATIVE TV return next month with their first new album in fourteen years.

The band, put together in 1976 by Sniffin’ Glue fanzine founder  and former bank clerk Mark Perry – aka Mark P – release Opposing Forces through Public Domain Records on 10 July. The album was produced and mixed by the band’s drummer, Dave Morgan of The Loft, The Weather Prophets and The Rockingbirds fame, at his Big Fish studio in St Albans.

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Originally coming together at Throbbing Gristle’s Industrial Studios in Hackney, early recordings featured Genesis P-Orridge on drums. Playing their first gig in Nottingham supporting The Adverts in May ’77, their line-up has been fluid throughout the years, with Perry also maintaining a solo career and stints with the Good Missionaries and The Door And The Window.

The closest they came to a hit was ‘Action Time Vision’ on Deptford Fun City Records in 1978.

The current line-up features Perry, Morgan, Lee McFadden and Clive Giblin on guitars and Steve Carter on bass. They’re in the process of lining up a series of dates.


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Theatrical rockers THE TUBES have announced a string of UK dates on their 40th Anniversary Tour.

The legendary band – featuring original members Roger Steen, Rick Anderson, Prairie Prince and inimitable frontman Fee Waybill, plus David Medd – are celebrating forty years since the release of their classic eponymous debut, which featured standout tracks ‘White Punks On Dope’, ‘Boy Crazy’ and ‘What Do You Want From Life’.

Formed in San Francisco, The Tubes caused a furore from the off with their outrageous, borderline pornographic stage-shows and their bitingly satirical songs parodying consumerism and politics.

Check out the Tubes on The Old Grey Whistle Test.


The media uproar on their debut UK tour in 1977 resulted in a series of banned performances, but they returned to headline Knebworth the following year. Since then they’ve grazed the charts a few times with singles such ‘Prime Time’ and ‘She’s A Beauty’.

Catch them at….

Aug 03  The Fleece                          Bristol

Aug 04  Concorde 2                         Brighton

Aug 06  Brook                                   Southampton

Aug 07  Clapham Grand                 London

Aug 08  Club Academy                   Manchester

Aug 09 The Art School                   Glasgow

Aug 11  Brudenell Social Club       Leeds

Aug 12 Liquid Rooms                      Edinburgh

Aug 13  Robin 2                                Wolverhampton


Band pic by Janice Kang.

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THE SISTERS OF MERCY have announced a series of UK shows for October, including a date at London’s Roundhouse. As usual they’re not giving a great deal away, but it’ll be Andrew Eldritch and co’s first London performance since their sell-out show at the venue in 2011. The full dates are….

12 OCT Glasgow – ABC
14 OCT Leeds – Becket University
15 OCT Nottingham – Rock City
17 OCT Manchester – Ritz
18 OCT London – Roundhouse

You can get tickets here.



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Fresh from supporting old muckers The Damned at The Roundhouse, JOHNNY MOPED are about to release their first 7” single since 1978!

The limited edition double A-side ‘Ain’t No Rock N Roll Rookie’ and ‘Super Woofa’ is out on 31 July but you can pre-order it now from Damaged Goods.

The band are currently in the studio preparing their long-awaited new album for release later in the year, but before that they’ll be making their first ever appearance at the Rebellion Festival in August.

Originally coming together in Croydon in 1974 and at one time or another featuring Captain Sensible and Chrissie Hynde in their line-up, Johnny Moped were one of the first bands to play London’s legendary punk venue, The Roxy, their classic ‘Hard Lovin’ Man’ featuring on the Live At The Roxy WC2 compilation.

Releasing one album, Cycledelic, on Chiswick before splitting up, they returned in 1990 with The Search For Xerxes. They were the subject of a documentary film Basically Johnny Moped by director Fred Burns in 2013. Watch the trailer for the film here.

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Gearing up to promote his new Command Performance album over a series of UK dates, TAV FALCO shares some thoughts with us on his relationship with Alex Chilton and the formative stage of Panther Burns:

“When Alex and I started to make music, I turned him on to something he’d really never considered, which was blues. It was around in Memphis, but you know, the sort of music can be around you, you’re just not particularly drawn to it; it’s not that Alex didn’t like it, he just hadn’t been drawn to it for any particular reason. And also some of the avant-garde music I was listening to, he got into that and he got into the video tapes we were making, that was another thing that drew him into our interest in the blues. And then Alex turned me onto rock’n’roll. Prior to that I never thought about playing rock’n’roll, I’d wanted to learn a little blues guitar, but didn’t think about doing much with it, I’d done a little bit with blues artists in Memphis, in a folkloristic kind of way, and I’d also studied folklore. And was very much into John Fahey… and the folklore work of John Lomax, and his research and books. John was the real theoretician in Harvard on folklore. Anyway, Alex showed me some simple things in rock’n’roll, I never thought I could play rock’n’roll, to me that required a real musician. For me, blues, you didn’t have to be a musician. You didn’t have to be a musician that knew how to read music or a chord chart, you didn’t have to be a trade musician, is what I’m trying to say. You could do beautiful things. I tried to teach myself music notation, I tried to read it, learn it, I couldn’t do it on my own. And I never got in the position to study music. So when Alex started to turn me onto rock’n’roll, he didn’t read music either, at that time. And Frank Sinatra only knew the intervals, like a lot of jazz people. So I tried to make a couple more stabs at it once Panther Burns started. And thought, well this is gonna hang me up, I wanna play music intuitively and I know I’m gonna be limited in what I can do, but it’s gonna be my work and it’s gonna be more a stamp of who I am. So that’s what I did in Panther Burns, I have had the privilege to work with some trained musicians, and that’s also part of the explosive nature of some of our work. Because, it’s like Marshall McLuhan said, if you get two clichés and you rub ‘em together, you get an explosion. Take a trained musician and you take a musician who is untrained, a musician who plays intuitively, you get something you do not get otherwise, whether all-intuitive aboriginals, or all trained musicians working together.

“So to further that on the first album, Behind The Magnolia Curtain, we had developed musicians in the group; we had Alex, we had Jim Duckworth the jazz player, we had Ron Miller on avant garde jazz bass, a symphony player who knows music very well and studied with some great jazz artists, who knew Pharoah Sanders and all those people. We had them on the sessions and we brought in the Mississippi Fife and Drum Corps, only the drummers, that was Jessie Mae Hemphill on marching snare drum, and she came from a musical family, her father Sid Hemphill was a blues artist in the area. Later she became known as the She Wolf, on guitar, she played drums on that record with two marching snares and one bass drum, and this music has more African retentions than any American music.”

Tav Falco and Panther Burns play Stroud UK Goods Shed Artspace on Tues 9th, Cardiff Moon on Weds 10th, Manchester Ruby Lounge on Thurs 11th, London Oslo on Fri 12th, Edinburgh Mash House Sat 13th, Glasgow Poetry Club on Sun 14th and Middlesborough Westgarth Social on Mon 15th. See the current issue for further conversation with Tav.


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Vive Le Rock is extremely saddened to learn that Nick Marsh of Flesh For Lulu and Urban Voodoo Machine has passed away following surgery for cancer. A statement from the Urban Voodoo Machine reads as follows….

“Dear Brothers and Sisters,

It is with tremendously heavy hearts that we must announce that our dear brother Nick Marsh lost his courageous battle with cancer this morning. As you can imagine The Urban Voodoo Machine and it’s entire extended family are deeply saddened and reeling at this sudden and horrible news. Our immediate thoughts go out to Nicks family, most especially his partner Katharine Blake and their daughters Ava and Rosa.

A full tribute will follow on http:theurbanvoodoomachine.com, in the meantime should you wish to send messages of the support to Katharine and the girls please do so by visiting the Marsh Family Cancer Crisis Fund page at http://www.gofundme.com/marshfamily and perhaps leave a small donation whilst you are there.

The Urban Voodoo Machine”

Marsh formed Flesh For Lulu in South London in 1982, going on to achieve hits in the USA with ‘Postcards From  Paradise’ and ‘I Go Crazy’. After a brief solo career, he became an integral part of Urban Voodoo Machine and recently launched a new Flesh For Lulu.

Our thoughts are with his family, friends and many fans.

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2015 marks the 40th Anniversary of the birth of punk rock – the cultural explosion that changed music forever! This three CD collection features 60 punk and new wave classics, including the Ramones’ ‘Sheena is a Punk Rocker’, The Jam’s ‘Going Underground’, the Stranglers’ ‘No More Heroes’, Sham 69’s ‘If the Kids Are United’ and John Peel’s all-time favourite song ‘Teenage Kicks’ by the Undertones. There’s also new wave/post-punk hits such as Blondie’s ‘Hanging on the Telephone’, Echo and the Bunnymen’s ‘The Killing Moon’ and the Psychedelic Furs’ ‘Pretty in Pink’.

Release on June 8th through Union Square Music, this box set is packed with some of punk and new wave’s best songs ever, perfect to blast over the upcoming summer weeks!

Order your copy now from Amazon or iTunes.



To be in with a chance of winning one of ten copies of the ‘No More Heroes’ compilation we have to give away, just answer this simple question:


Send your answer, name and address to info@vivelerock.net

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Much-loved Sunderland punks LEATHERFACE are celebrated with a new box-set from Fire Records, compiling their three albums for the label’s Roughneck imprint.

Following on from the release of their debut album in 1989, Razor Blades And Aspirin 1990-1993 features the subsequent albums Fill Your Boots, Minx and the stonecold punk classic Mush, plus a wealth of bonus material, including tracks from EPs released during this period. Completely remastered, the set is completed with extensive liner notes and interviews.

Listen to ‘I Want the Moon’.

Known for the distinctive gravelly voice and thoughtful, emotive songwriting of inimitable frontman Frankie Stubbs, Leatherface took the influence of Hüsker Dü and ran with it, becoming themselves an influence on a new generation of bands, including Hot Water Music and Dillinger Four. Although they initially split in 1994, with Stubbs going on to the bands Jesse and Pope and a solo career, he and guitarist Dickie Hammond have since reformed the band. Gigging sporadically, their most recent album was 2010’s The Stormy Petrel on Big Ugly Fish.

Razor Blades And Aspirin is out on 10 July but you can pre-order it here.


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MOTORHEAD have announced the release of their twenty-second studio album for this, their 40th Anniversary year. And they’re supporting the release with extensive US and European touring during the second half of the year. Proof, if any were needed that, despite Lemmy’s recent health wobbles, they’re not quite ready to bow out gracefully.

Bad Magic was written, worked up and recorded by Leemy, Phil Campbell and Mikkey Dee in the studio – a first for this line-up of the band – and produced by longtime producer Cameron Webb. It features thirteen tracks including the ballad ‘Until The End’ – a musical departure that the old warhorse has proved himself surprisingly good at in the past – and a boneshaking delivery of the Rolling Stones’ ‘Sympathy For The Devil’.

Bad Magic is released via UDR Music / Motorhead Records on 28 August.

From mid-August, the band will embark on a North American tour with Anthrax, ending with their now legendary Motorboat cruise, before heading for Europe. The only UK date currently on the horizon is Glastonbury on 24 June and the Eden Project on 27 June. More dates are set to be added so keep an eye on the band’s website.

Listen to ‘Thunder & Lightning’.

Pic by Robert John.

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Surrey Socialist R’n’B collective THEE FACTION release their new album next week, together with a batch of festival dates and a brand new video, premiered by Vive Le Rock today!

Reading Writing Revolution is the band’s fifth album since the original 80s line-up were spurred into reforming by the discovery of the tapes of their Live At Ebbw Vale album and follows 2013’s Good Politics.

Subtitled The Tendency Of The Rate Of Profit To Fall and released through Soviet Beret, the album features eleven brand new tracks, including the new download single ‘(You’ve Got The) Numbers (Why Don’t You Use It?)’ – check out the video here!

The band will be playing three festival shows this Summer, including the Left Field Stage at Glastonbury at the personal invitation of Billy Bragg. The dates are…

Sat 27 June: Left Field Stage, Glastonbury (6pm)

Sat 4 July: Matchwomen’s Festival, London

Sun19 July: Tolpuddle Festival, Dorset

You can buy Reading Writing Revolution here.



Pic: Robin Boot


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MANIC STREET PREACHERS opened their The Holy Bible 20th Anniversary tour in Edinburgh last Saturday. Vive Le Rock’s Andrew Welsh was on the scene…

MANIC STREET PREACHERS / Usher Hall, Edinburgh

Few bands have enjoyed a relevance over the past quarter century like Manic Street Preachers.
Plenty have been around for at least as long and similarly prolific, like Killing Joke and Therapy?, but have long since ceased to puncture the public consciousness beyond a fervent, if limited, fanbase despite producing consistently excellent material. Then there are your Blue Nile types, those who pop up fleetingly with a new album every seven or eight years, take the critical plaudits and vanish again.

With 12 studio albums and the equivalent of at least another half dozen in assorted B-sides and rareties behind them since 1990, Manic Street Preachers have never been afraid of failure. Last year’s Futurology was a bold step into the realm of Krautrock, but surely their biggest gamble was 1994’s dark masterpiece The Holy Bible, a searing diatribe that covered subject matter such as anorexia, prostitution, the Holocaust, capital punishment and suicide with brutal honesty. Its principal lyric architect Richey Edwards went into meltdown post-Holy Bible and disappeared aged 27 in 1995, with his fate still unknown.

It is precisely because his childhood friends James Dean Bradfield, Nicky Wire and Sean Moore subsequently went on to greater success that seeing them reconnect with Edwards’ uncompromising youthful lyrics in their mid-40s has an emotional significance for the band’s fans. The industrial rock opener ‘Yes’ set the tone at the Usher Hall, with the bouncing massed ranks firing back every word to the Welsh trio in their forces-style garb, the stage similarly bedecked in camouflage netting a la the band’s original Holy Bible tour 21 years ago.

Shafts of humour amid a set made up of such compellingly bleak material were inevitably few, but the chorus of pantomime boos that greeted mention of Margaret Thatcher in the haunting sample that pressaged the militaristic stomp of ‘Ifwhiteamerica…’ raised a smile from Bradfield. The rugged frontman clearly relishes the challenge of reproducing his astonishing guitar-and-vocals performance on the album, and in a century-old venue noted for faithful recitals the intricacies of such visceral tracks as ‘Archives Of Pain’, ‘Mausoleum’ and ‘Faster’ rightly came across as the technical achievements that they are.

The second half of the show was an enjoyable selection from the Manics’ bulky back catalogue. Bradfield went solo on a heartfelt acoustic rendition of ‘The Everlasting’, “something a little more touchy-feely” as he understatedly put it following the first hour’s confrontational content. By contrast, the Guns’n’Roses-like anthem ‘Condemned To Rock’n’Roll’ was a flashback to the original Generation Terrorists, all slogans and spraypaint, with Wire saying the song had never been played live by the four-piece because he and Edwards had been unable to learn it.

Futurology‘s ‘Walk Me To The Bridge’ stood up well beside MSP classics ‘Motorcycle Emptiness’ and ‘You Stole The Sun From My Heart’, while the leviathans ‘If You Tolerate This’ and ‘A Design For Life’ were delivered with feeling and intensity.

As the 20th anniversary of 1996’s Everything Must Go album approaches, speculation is rife that they might be about to embark on another themed tour next year. With the throng at Usher Hall made up of feather boa and mascara-wearing veterans and 20-somethings alike, all keen to grab a slice of thrilling ’90s celebration, there appears to be no shortage of demand. Certainly, if the trio handle their commercial breakthrough LP with the same reverence and total commitment as they showed to The Holy Bible then a must-see experience lies in prospect.

Andrew Welsh


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Blackpool’s finest THE MEMBRANES return this month with their first new album since 1989.

Founded in 1977 by punk journalist – and Vive Le Rock contributor – John Robb, Dark Matter / Dark Energy features fourteen tracks including ‘Do The Supernova’, which was previously released as a Record Store Day 7-inch. It’s out on 22 June through Cherry Red as a CD, download and limited edition double-vinyl LP.

The album was inspired by a chance meeting between Robb and CERN Project Head, Joe Incandela about the Higgs boson particle, and concerns the life and death of the universe. It’s also about Robb’s father who sadly passed away during the album’s recording.

The band are currently playing a series of UK dates. You can catch them at….

June 6 – York Fibbers

June 12 – Edinburgh Citrus Club

June 13 – Glasgow Broadcast

July 4 – Leeds Brudenell

Inspired by the original punks, The Membranes quickly became favourites of John Peel and their explorations into noise aligned them with contemporaries Einsturzende Neubauten, Swans and Sonic Youth. They’ve since been cited as an influence by such a diverse array of bands as Big Black, Godflesh, Lambchop, Atari Teenage Riot, The Wedding Present and Napalm Death.

Originally splitting in 1990, Robb went on to form Sensurround and Goldblade, reactivating The Membranes in 2009 for the All Tomorrow’s Parties festival at the request of curators My Bloody Valentine.

Pre-order Dark Matter / Dark Energy here.



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Goth-rockers NFD are back with a stunning new video for the track ‘Return To Dust’ from current album Waking The Dead.

Now domiciled in the California desert, frontman Peter ‘Bob’ White was joined for the shoot by guitarist Chris Milden and drummer Mazzucconi.

NFD – an abbreviation of Noise For Destruction – were formed in 2002 out of the ashes of The Nefilim and Sensorium, originally featuring Fields Of The Nephilim founder member Tony Pettitt. The current line-up is completed by Cradle Of Filth’s James McIlroy on lead guitar. Waking The Dead is their first full album since 2006 and is out now via Jungle.

Check out their Facebook page.


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