NEW VIVE LE ROCK T-SHIRTS!

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You’ve been asking for them, so here they are! All you need for the punk or rocker in your life, the brand new Vive Le Rock t-shirts!

Alongside the classic and best-selling ‘Born A Rocker’ design, there are now two new ones – the Ramones-tastic ‘Print’s Not Dead’ (above) and the piratical ‘Skull’n’Crossbones’!

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Priced at just £13 each, all three are available now from the Vive Le Rock Store!

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A ROKY RETURN FOR ATP!

It’s been announced that psych legend ROKY ERICKSON has been added to the bill of next year’s ALL TOMORROW’S PARTIES festival.

It’ll be the first time ever that Erickson’s played a complete set of 13TH FLOOR ELEVATORS material, and his first visit to the UK since his old band’s momentous reunion at Austin’s LEVITATION festival.

As previously announced, the STEWART LEE-curated festival is taking place at Pontin’s in Prestatyn, North Wales over the weekend of 15-17 April.

Other acts appearing include SLEAFORD MODS, THRUSTON MOORE, THE RAINCOATS, THE NIGHTINGALES, SHONEN KNIFE, WOLF PEOPLE, THE BEVIS FROND, DAVE GRANEY, THE BELLRAYS, THE BLUE AEROPLANES, THE WOLFHOUNDS, THE EX, WILD BILLY CHILDISH and loads more.

You can get your tickets here.

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SKELETAL FAMILY VALUES!

West Yorkshire goth-punks SKELETAL FAMILY have a major box set out next month.

Part of the mid-80s Leeds goth scene alongside SISTERS OF MERCY and THE MARCH VIOLETS, Skeletal Family’s ’84 debut album Burning Oil was a huge indie hit, reaching number one and staying in the top ten for several months. Frontwoman Anne-Marie Hurst left after second album Futile Combat, joining Sisters guitarist Gary Marx in GHOST DANCE, with drummer Martin Henderson hooking up with March Violets singer Simon Denbigh in THE BATFISH BOYS. The band have since reunited with Hurst joined by original members Roger Nowell and Stan Greenwood.

The five-disc Eternal box set comprises both Burning Oil and Futile Combat, plus singles, B-sides, demos and BBC sessions. It also features two live sets, one featuring Anne-Marie’s replacement Katrina Phillips, with an appearance from Andrew Eldritch and Wayne Hussey, as well as four new recordings.

Due for release on 29 January through Cherry Red, Eternal can be pre-ordered here.

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Skeletal family play the following dates in February….

5 February : Zoo – MANCHESTER

6 February: Garage – LONDON

13 February: Audio – GLASGOW

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ALL RIOT NOW!

Folk-punks ROUGHNECK RIOT have released a new video, celebrating another successful year, spent mostly on the road.

‘All That We Know’ is taken from the Warrington band’s current album Out Of Anger, which is available now through TNS Records.

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The band have two more UK shows left this year, at Bootleggers, Kendal (17 Dec) and The Zombie Hut, Corby (27 Dec). They return next year with a birthday bash at Warrington’s Pyramid Centre on 26 March, with support from WONK UNIT, SMOKEY BASTARD, CAPTAIN HOTKNIVES and more. Get your tickets here.

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THE CULT REVEAL NEW ALBUM AND TOUR!

THE CULT have announced the release of their new album, with a tour of the UK and Ireland to coincide.

Having recently completed a US co-headline tour with PRIMAL SCREAM, the band are set to release Hidden City, their tenth album, through Cooking Vinyl on 5 February.

The band then play the following dates during February and March….

February

Thurs 25th                   BRISTOL, Colston Hall

Fri 26th                        MANCHESTER, Albert Hall

Sat 27th                      LONDON, O2 Academy Brixton

Mon 29th                   NOTTINGHAM, Rock City

 

March

Tues 1st                       BIRMINGHAM, O2 Institute

Thurs 3rd                     ABERDEEN, Music Hall

Fri 4th                          GLASGOW, Barrowlands

Sat 5th                        DUBLIN, Vicar Street

Sun 6th                       BELFAST, Mandella Hall

Tues 8th                      LEEDS, Beckett University

Wed 9th                     NEWCASTLE, City Hall

Thurs 10th                   NORWICH, UEA

Tickets go on sale on Friday 11 December at 10am here and here.

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Listen to ‘Dark Energy’ from Hidden City.

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CHELSEA HIT 40!

Original punks CHELSEA have all nine of their original albums released as three 3-CD box sets to celebrate the band’s 40th Anniversary next year. There’s also a bunch of UK dates to coincide.

Anthology One comprises Chelsea, Alternative Hits and Evacuate; Anthology Two includes Original Sinners, Rocks Off and Underwraps, while Anthology Three features The Alternative, Traitors Gate and Faster, Cheaper & Better Looking. All sets included bonus and unreleased material.

Due for release on 15 April through Westworld Recordings, the box sets are available to pre-order here.

Meanwhile, Alternative Hits, Evacuate, The Alternative and their current critically acclaimed tenth album Saturday Night, Sunday Morning are all being made available as deluxe vinyl editions.

Chelsea will be playing the following 40th Anniversary dates….

London, Garage – 23rd April

York, Fibbers – 29th April

Bristol, Louisiana – 13th May

Scarborough, Corporation Club – 18th May

Glasgow, Ivory Blacks – 19th May

Edinburgh, Citrus Club – 20th May

Aberdeen, Krakatoa – 21st May

Middlesbrough, Westgarth Social Club – 22nd May

Newcastle – 1st October

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HOT RODS ROASTING ON AN OPEN FIRE!

For the first time ever, Essex legends EDDIE & THE HOT RODS are releasing a Christmas single!

‘It Feels Like Christmas’ is out on 18 December. You can pre-order it here.

Having had a particularly successful year, including two storming shows with their classic ’77 line-up at Harlow Square and the 100 Club in London, the band shut up shop for 2015 with a show at Southampton Talking Heads this Friday 11 December. Following a gig on 30 January at Helsinki’s legendary Tavista Club, they’re back in the UK with a bunch of dates throughout February at….

Thur 11 – London – 229 Venue 1 (with Rhino’s Revenge)
Fri 12 Rhyll – The Pavilion Theatre (with Dr Feelgood)
Sat 13 – Bristol – The Tunnels (with Rhino’s Revenge)
Sun 14 – Cardiff – The Globe (with Rhino’s Revenge)
Tues 16 – York – Fibbers (with Rhino’s Revenge)
Wed 17 – Manchester – Academy 3 (with Rhino’s Revenge)
Thur 18 – Kendal – Bootleggers Bar (with Rhino’s Revenge)
Sat 20 – Evesham – Regal Cinema (with Dr Feelgood)
Sun 21 – Glasgow – Ivory Blacks (with Rhino’s Revenge)
Fri 26 – Warrington – The Parr Hall (with Dr Feelgood)
Sat 27 – Hunstanton – The Princess Theatre (with Dr Feelgood)

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KILLING JOKE, LEVELLERS & WILKO FOR BEARDED THEORY!

First acts have been announced for next year’s BEARDED THEORY FESTIVAL, including sets from KILLING JOKE, THE LEVELLERS and WILKO JOHNSON.

The Levellers will headline the Friday night, after Killing Joke, while DUB PISTOLS have been added as Thursday’s headliners.

Bearded Theory, which takes place in the grounds of Catton Hall, South Derbyshire from 26 to 29 May, will also be playing host to COCKNEY REJECTS, FROM THE JAM, BILLY BRAGG, DUB PISTOLS, ROUGHNECK RIOT, SENSER, BAD MANNERS, DOCTOR & THE MEDICS, WONK UNIT, THE TUTS, TALISMAN and  NEW TOWN KINGS with many more, including two more mainstage headliners, to be announced.

Tickets are on sale now here.

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THE LAMPLIGHTERS IGNITE!

German melodic punks THE LAMPLIGHTERS have released a new video on the eve of the release of their new album.

The Ramones-channeling ‘Basement’ is taken from the album Views, which is out on 18 December through No Panic.

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Originally formed in 2009, relentless touring has seen The Lamplighters rise to become mainstays on the European punk scene. Recording Views in a ten-day burnout earlier this year, they’re now planning a major tour for early 2016.

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ANOTHER YEAR, ANOTHER WINTER OF DISCONTENT!

Tickets are now on sale for next year’s ANOTHER WINTER OF DISCONTENT festival.

The four-day event returns to the Boston Music Room, Tufnell Park, London from Thursday 25 to Sunday 28 February with a system-smashing line-up that includes sets from SUBHUMANS, THE MOB, ZOUNDS, STEVE IGNORANT’S SLICE OF LIFE, RADICAL DANCE FACTION, KUNT & THE GANG, WONK UNIT, INTERROBANG‽, GOOBER PATROL, RUBELLA BALLET, CRAVATS, PARANOID VISIONS, DIRT BOX DISCO, LOST CHERREES, ASTRONAUTS, EASTFIELD, THE YALLA YALLAS and loads more, with two headliners still to be announced!

Weekend tickets are £48 and day tickets are £12 each for the Thursday and Friday and £15 each for the Saturday and Sunday. You can get them here.

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LOS FASTIDIOS DROP LOVELY NEW VIDEO!

Italian ska-punks LOS FASTIDIOS have launched a new video for the lead track from their recent So Rude, So Lovely EP.

The eight-track release – and all their other records and merch – can be ordered through Kob Records.

Last seen in the UK at the AWOD North festival in Derby in September, the antifascist band – who hail form the Northern cities of Parma, Verona and Venice – have announced five dates in the UK and Ireland in May 2016….

20.05.2016 (UK) LONDON – BOSTON ARMS

26.05.2016 (UK) EDINBURGH – BANNERMANS BAR

27.05.2016 (UK) SALFORD – KING’S ARMS

28.05.2016 (IRL) DUBLIN – FIBBER MAGEES

29.05.2016 (UK) BELFAST – VOODOO

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HAVE YOURSELVES A CELIBATE XMAS!

Australian punk legends the CELIBATE RIFLES are having their complete back catalogue made available digitally for the first time.

The first phase of the release programme, the result of a deal with Australian digital company Laneway Music, includes their debut EP But Jacques, The Fish from 1982 and each of their studio albums, from ‘83’s Sideroxylon to their most recent, Beyond Respect from 2004. The live albums Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and Yizgarnnoff are also included, as are the compilations Platters Du Jour and Sofa. The programme is rounded out with frontman Damien Lovelock’s two solo albums, and guitarist Kent Steedman’s various side projects, including the Tubular Greens album of aussie punk covers live in Spain.

The second phase, due early next year, will feature a series of never before released ‘from the vaults’ recordings, including a live performance of the classic ’89 album Blind Ear.

First forming in 1980, Sydney surf-punks the Celibate Rifles were the first band to release a record on legendary Australian indie Hot Records, going on to become hugely influential on Australian and US punk. Their catalogue is now available on iTunes and Spotify and various other places.

Laneway is also working on digitising the back catalogues of fellow Aussie bands, LIME SPIDERS, THE HITMEN, SCREAMING TRIBESMEN and X. They also have an excellent Aussie Underground playlist on Spotify which you can check out here.

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In a Vive Le Rock exclusive, we spoke to Celibate Rifles founder Kent Steedman….

The 80s and 90s Australian underground scene was really on fire, wasn’t it?

Yes it seemed so. It was a time people went out more, when music and seeing bands were considered good things to do and life was not as expensive. Venues existed, publicans made money so bands were tolerated, there were dozens of shows to choose from or play 5 nights a week. The 2JJ (radio station) What’s On went for 30 minutes or more some days. In the early 90s it changed pretty quickly with the advent of sports bars and gambling machines. Bands got dumped rapidly when pubs could make 10 grand a week out of each machine. Most major cities seem to have a special period of time where the energy flows in music and art, Sydney had the 80s, and Melbourne also to a lesser degree.

The Celibate Rifles have always had an incisive social and environmental awareness. How has your audience responded?

Like attracts like. However, our crowds could be as dumb as any, certainly as drunk. I assume that they related to what we created and sung, and thought similarly. Live it was as much about the energy and humour, we made our views clear, so it would be pretty silly to be there if they thought we were fools. A few people told me they loved us ‘cause they met their wife or husband at our shows, that is a nice way to touch people. Our massive record sales and worldwide mainstream success may answer that question more accurately?

The digital release programme is pretty thorough. Is there anything left in the vault?

There is a bit, whether it’s worth hearing is the issue. Lots of live stuff, some dodgy out-takes, some gems and some crap. I’ll try to find the funny stuff at least, some will depend on the condition of the source… Cassettes don’t always last that well. If your people want to hear stuff let us know, otherwise we may not bother.

Rifles activity has been scaled back in recent years. Any chance of one more album?

Unlikely, but who knows…who really wants to hear one?? A 7-inch or two is perhaps possible. We have a few new riffs we’ve worked on.

What would you say to the young kid downloading the Rifles for the first time?

Buy the LPs! Hope you enjoy what we do, I guess… We played how we felt it at the time, the best we could within the confines of fairly live recording with no digital edits and limited time. We worked to expand ourselves beyond what people thought was possible of us, ourselves included. We got better at it each album. We were often told “the Rifles are the tightest most powerful band I’ve ever seen.” I can’t verify that but it certainly felt good where I was standing.

Check out the Celibate Rifles playing ‘Bill Bonney Regrets’ from The Turgid Miasma Of Existence.

Don’t forget that Vive Le Rock‘s Aussie special – featuring Celibate Rifles, THE SAINTS, ROSE TATTOO, RADIO BIRDMAN, THE BIRTHDAY PARTY, THE CHURCH and more – is still available to order here!

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