West Country tearaways THE SETBACKS have announced a batch of dates across the region in support of the great and the good of punk rock!

Further dates are promised but in the meantime you can catch them at….

06 Feb @ Moles, Bath w/ Richie Ramone & Klammer
10 Mar @The Thunderbolt, Bristol w/ The DeRellas
12 Mar @ The Three Horseshoes, Bradford on Avon w/ Dragster.
01 Apr @ The White Swan, Trowbridge w/ 999 & Rage DC

Tell ’em Vive Le Rock sent yer!

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Rowdy Essex folk-punks THE LUCKY STRIKES have announced a handful of dates for January, including a special London show.

You can catch the Southenders at….

16th January – What’s Cookin, Leytonstone, London
28th January – the Bassment, Chelmsford
30th January – The Alex, Southend

The What’s Cookin’ show is a benefit for the Leytonstone Festival, a provider of great live music in the East London suburb, and features support from former ZOODOLL and ATOM SEED guitarist SIMON ONIONS and new ‘old wave’ punks THE SHANGRILADS. What’s Cookin’ is at Leytonstone Ex-Services Club, Harvey Road, London E11. Pay what you can!

The Lucky Strikes recently completed recording their fifth album, which is due for release later this year. In the meantime, frontman M G Boulter releases a new solo album With Wolves The Lamb Will Lie on 29 January through Harbour Song Records.

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After the success of their tenth album What The World Needs Now… and subsequent tour last Autumn, Public Image Limited have announced a further UK tour.

As previously announced, the band will be headlining at the Bearded Theory Festival at Catton Hall, Derbyshire on Saturday 28 May. Full UK tour dates are below….

24 May  Coventry, The Copper Rooms @ Warwick University

25 May  Wakefield, Warehouse

26 May  Wrexham, William Aston Hall

28 May  Walton-On-Trent, Bearded Theory Festival

29 May  Cardiff, Tramshed, Sunday

30 May  Sunderland, The Point, Monday

1 June  Lincoln, Engine Shed, Wednesday

2 June  Blackburn, King George’s Hall

4 June  London, Indigo at O2, Saturday

6 June  Oxford, O2 Academy

7 June  Sheffield, O2 Academy

Tickets are available for pre-sale from 9am on Friday 15 January and general sale on Monday 18 January from the band’s website.

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Original Croydon punks JOHNNY MOPED have announced a special London show to celebrate the release of a brand new album.

With the new album It’s A Real Cool Baby due out on Damaged Goods on 25 March, the band play The Lexington on Pentonville Road on Saturday 23 April. Support comes from TV SMITH & THE BORED TEENAGERS, playing a set of ADVERTS songs, plus THE WEIRD THINGS. Get your tickets here.

There’s also a new single – ‘Real Cool Baby’ b/w ‘Never Never Time’ – due out on 29 January. It’s available as a download and limited edition 7″ yellow or green vinyl. Pre-order here.

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Originally formed in 1974, and at times featuring the likes of Chrissie Hynde and Captain Sensible in their line-up, Johnny Moped were early contenders on the London punk scene, featuring on the Live At The Roxy WC2 album and releasing the cult single ‘Hard Lovin’ Man’ and album Cycledelic.  The band were the subject of a documentary film Basically, Johnny Moped by Sensible’s son Fred Burns in 2013.

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THE BOYS dive headlong into 2016 with a brand new video!

‘Global Warming’ is the fourth video to be drawn from their critically acclaimed album Punk Rock Menopause. Directed by TV documentary maker Paul frost, the video was filmed at the band’s gig at London’s Pipeline Club. Their only UK show of 2015, it marked a return to match-fitness of guitarist Honest John Plain following a serious accident earlier in the year.

Both Punk Rock Menopause and the secretly-recorded Undercover: Live In China album are available to buy from the band’s website.

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THE DAMNED celebrated the festive season with low-key show at the O2 Academy, Islington in London on 20 December. Our man Andy Zel was there….

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The Featherz warm us up nicely with their punky glam fare comprising the melodic buzzsaw guitar, crunchy riffage and spirited vocals of frontwoman Danie Cox. In addition to catchy originals such as ‘When Was The Last Time You Had Sex’ and ‘Takes One To Know One’ we’re treated to covers of T Rex’s ’20th Century Boy’ and Penetration’s ‘Don’t Dictate’ which go down very nicely and more or less sum up where this lot are coming from musically.

About to enter their 40th year, The Damned’s vigour seems to increase with age. Launching straight into ‘Wait For The Blackout’, they proceed to wire us up with an electrifying set, drawn largely from their classic trio of late 70s/early 80s albums – ‘Machine Gun Etiquette’, ‘The Black Album’ and ‘Strawberries’. Aside from the inevitable (and essential) ‘New Rose’ and ‘Neat Neat Neat’, only ‘Fan Club’ survives from the first album, but there are nods to the more commercial mid 80s era in the form of ‘Grimly Fiendish’ as well as ‘Eloise’ and a particularly exquisite version of ‘Alone Again Or’ – dedicated to Arthur Lee.

Standouts tonight include ‘History Of The World (Part 1)’, ‘Love Song’, ‘Machine Gun Etiquette’, ‘Smash It Up’ and the aforementioned ‘New Rose’. With it being the festive season we also get ‘There Ain’t No Sanity Clause’ and ‘Turkey Song’, the latter featuring guest appearances from fellow travellers Charlie Harper and Gaye Advert.

The Captain thanks us “for putting up with us for the last 39 years”. It’s been our pleasure sir. Here’s looking forward to the Albert Hall in May for the 40th!

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Camberley’s finest, THE MEMBERS return with a new album at the end of January.

One Law is the band’s fifth album and is released on 28 January through Cadiz Music. It’s available to pre-order here on CD and vinyl.

Having reformed in 2007, The Members feature JC Carroll, Nigel Bennett and Chris Payne from the ‘Sound Of The Suburbs’ line-up, plus former FAD GADGET and PRAGvec drummer Nick Cash. The album also features guest appearances from original JAM member Steve Brookes and PINK FLOYD bassist Guy Pratt.

The Members play a special launch show at The Fiddler’s Elbow, Camden, London on 28 January. Further dates can be found on their website.

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Fresh from touring in the US, NIK TURNER reconvenes his post-HAWKWIND acid-punk outfit INNER CITY UNIT for four UK gigs this month.

Featuring a line-up of Turner (vocals/sax), Dino Ferrari (drums), Steve Pond (guitar/vocals) and Nazar AliKhan (bass/vocals), they play the following dates….

28 January – Coventry – Arches Music Venue
29 January – Hitchin – Club 85
30 January – Brighton – The Brunswick
31 January – Nottingham – The Old Angel

Support in Coventry comes from ZENDAD, while Pond’s band KRANKSCHAFT play the other three dates.

Further Inner City Unit shows, including a London gig, are mooted for later in the year, while Krankschaft, meanwhile, play The Water Rats, Kings Cross on 23 April.

Originally formed in 1979, Inner City Unit fused psych, space-rock and punk to great effect on the classic debut Pass Out the following year. Although Turner briefly returned to Hawkwind in the early-80s, he’d continue with ICU periodically, releasing a string of fine recordings, including a minor indie hit with a over of THE NIGHTCRAWLERS’ ‘Little Black Egg’.

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PERE UBU have announced a London date in March to coincide with the release of a new box set.

The Cleveland proto-punks play The Dome in Tufnell Park on Thursday 24 March, with support from Rotterdam’s RATS ON RAFTS. Promoted by Baba Yaga’s Hut, tickets are priced £18 and are available here. Further dates are expected to be confirmed.

Fire Records are releasing Architecture Of Language: Pere Ubu 1979-1982 a week before the gig on 16 March, comprising high-quality vinyl reissues of the of the original albums New Picnic Time, The Art Of Walking and Song Of The Bailing Man. The box set follows on from the Elitism For The People: Pere Ubu 1975-78 set released last summer.

Check out the interview with Pere Ubu and ROCKET FROM THE TOMBS’ mainman David Thomas in the latest edition of Vive Le Rock!

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Following on from last week’s exclusive streaming of the title track from THE CASUALTIES’ new album, the New York punks have now asked us to stream the whole thing!

Chaos Sound is out on 22 January through Season Of Mist Records. It’s available to re-order here.

Formed in 1990, The Casualties are a band unafraid to wear their influences on their studded leather sleeves. Worshipping proudly at the altar of THE EXPLOITED and G.B.H, on Chaos Sound, they’ve even chosen to cover ‘R.A.M.O.N.E.S’ by MOTORHEAD, thereby killing two birds with one stone!



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HEY! HELLO! have launched a brand new video, as well as announcing their rescheduled tour dates for Spring.

As previously announced, the dates had been scheduled for December but had to be postponed when Ginger Wildheart was sidelined suffering from acute clinical depression.

The video, for the song ‘Automatic Love’, showcases the band’s new line-up, featuring new singer Hollis Mahady from LOVE ZOMBIES.


The rescheduled dates are as follows….

1 Apr  London, O2 Forum Kentish Town (Ginger’s Birthday Show)
15 Apr  Wolverhampton Slade Rooms
16 Apr  Stockton, Georgian Theatre
17 Apr  Manchester, Academy 3
18 Apr  Newcastle, Academy 2
20 Apr  Glasgow, Cathouse
21 Apr  Edinburgh, Electric Circus
22 Apr  York, Fibbers
23 Apr  Stoke, Sugarmill
24 Apr  Sheffield, Corporation
26 Apr  Bristol, Fleece
27 Apr  Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
28 Apr  Southampton, Joiners

Tickets are available here.

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THE CULT have dropped a brand new video for another track from their new album.

‘Hinterland’ is taken from the album Hidden City which is released through Cooking Vinyl on 5 February. It’s available to pre-order now from the band’s store.

According to Ian Astbury, “Hinterland is a place both real and imagined, a hidden city symbolic of a new Rome. Through the eyes of several witnesses we observe a yound woman as she realises her enlightened self in a dystopian dream world. Hinterland is filled with symbolism reflecting a new aeon in the shift of human consciousness as we realign with our planet’s natural rhythms.”


As previously announced, The Cult play the following dates….

Feb 25 – Bristol, England, Colston Hall
Feb 26 – Manchester, England, Albert Hall
Feb 27 – London, England, O2 Academy Brixton
Feb 29 – Nottingham, England, Rock City
Mar 1 – Birmingham, England, O2 Institute
Mar 3 – Aberdeen, Scotland, Music Hall
Mar 4 – Glasgow, Scotland, Barrowlands
Mar 5 – Dublin, Ireland, Vicar Street
Mar 6 – Belfast, Northern Ireland, Mandella Hall
Mar 8 – Leeds, England, Beckett University Union
Mar 9 – Newcastle, England, City Hall
Mar 10 – Norwich, England, UEA

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Rejuvenated anarcho rabble-rousers HAGAR THE WOMB have lined-up a rare London show this month and have announced a new single release.

The band, who were originally active on the early-80s anarcho scene and successfully reconvened in 2012, play The Bow Bells, 116 Bow Road on Saturday 30 January with support from FLOWERS IN THE DUSTBIN and ANARCHISTWOOD.

They’ll be issuing a new track ‘Hated By The Daily Mail’ on a joint single with ANTHRAX (UK) (with whom they share guitarist Steph) through Grow Your Own Records in February. It’ll be the band’s first release since their ‘Life Of Lies’ single for All The Madmen in early 2014.

The Hags are currently filling their gigsheet for the year, but already have festival dates confirmed for Get On With It in Brighton in March, Manchester’s 0161 Festival in April and Rebellion’s 20th Anniversary in August.

Check out the video for ‘Life Of Lies’.

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L.A. sleaze-rockers DR BOOGIE have just released their debut album so we thought you might like to check out the video for the title track.

Featuring a line-up of Chris P (vox/guitar), Dustin James (guitar/vox), Jeff Turpin (bass/vox) and Luis Herrera (drums), the band came together in late 2014 and were quick to come to the attention of tastemakers Rodney Bingenheimer and Little Steven.

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Dr Boogie are currently planning overseas dates. Keep an eye on their website for more details…

Gotta Get Back To New York City is available now from Dead Beat Records and iTunes.

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THE COCKNEY REJECTS have announced a two-night stand at the 100 Club in London, featuring a rare live performance of their first rock album The Wild Ones.

The band will take over the Oxford Street club on Friday 8th and Saturday 9th April. The first night will see them playing “all the classics”, with support from EAST END BADOES, CROWN COURT and JACK THE LAD.

The Saturday night show will feature a full performance of The Wild Ones, their 1982 heavy rock album, produced by UFO bassist Pete Way, which marked a direction change in a bid to escape the violent following that was hampering the band’s existence. Support comes from special guests, reconvened 70s bootboy rockers HEAVY METAL KIDS, originally fronted by the late actor and singer Gary Holton, noted for playing Wayne in Auf Wiedersehen, Pet.


Tickets are available for £20 each for the Friday and Saturday, or there’s a special weekender ticket for a bargainous £30.

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