Formed in the town of Ubeda in 2006, guitarist Pedro de Dios, drummer Carlos Jimena and bassist Paco Luis Martos previously headed for Hackney to record with Liam Watson at his famed Toerag Studio. The results can be heard on their self-titled album released through Everlasting Records. They returned in December last year to play a sell-out show at The Shacklewell Arms.
Demon records are releasing these rather special Punk, Mod, Blues and Rock n Roll boxsets for Record Store Day.
Each contains 10 vinyl 45 singles featuring classic punk tracks like The Damned’s New Rose, X Ray Spex’s Identity’, the Anti Nowhere Leagues ‘Streets Of London’, and the Vibrators ‘Stiff Little Fingers’.
The Mod box features The Small Faces ‘Tin Soldier’, The Yardbirds ‘Heart Full Of Soul’ and the Spencer Davis Group’s ‘Mr Second Class’ among other brilliant, timeless tracks.
And you can also win the Rock n Roll and Blues sets too, as part of this 4 box set competition.
They all come in colour sleeves inside a sturdy cardboard boxset.
Simply tell us who released the UK’s first ever punk single and what it was. Email your answers to firstname.lastname@example.org titled-‘DEMON BOXSETS’
Kiwi punks THE CAVEMEN announce their arrival in the U.K. with their self-titled debut album through Dirty Water Records.
Coming together as teenagers, the potty-mouthed Auckland foursome have gained something of a reputation for upsetting folk, forcing them to find a new, and hopefully more tolerant, audience elsewhere. On the decision to move, the band’s singer Paul Caveman explains, “No bar will have us, no station will play us… We might as well bugger off to the other side of the world.”
Drawing on the influence of THE CRAMPS, THE STOOGES and the mighty DEAD MOON, the band’s debut was originally issued on their home turf late last year by NZ label 1:12 Records. It’s available to buy digitally and on crystal clear or toxic green 12″ vinyl here.
Original UK77 punk legends ALTERNATIVE T.V. have revealed a video for their brand new single.
‘This Little Girl’ is one half of a double A-side 7″ vinyl single, coupled with ‘Art School Project’. It’s available now priced £5 through the band’s website. Neither of the tracks feature on their current widely acclaimed album Opposing Forces, which is also available.
Aussie rock legend CHRIS ‘KLONDIKE’ MASUAK returns this month with a brand new album, his first since 2011.
A member of pioneering Aussies RADIO BIRDMAN’s classic line-up, Masuak has been involved in some of Australia’s most noted rock bands, including SCREAMING TRIBESMEN, NEW CHRISTS and HITMEN.
Now dividing his time between Sydney and Viveiro in northern Spain, although no longer involved with Birdman, Mazuak hasn’t allowed the grass to grow under his feet. Following on from his explorations in the blues with 2011’s Workhorse, he’s now recruited his Spanish neighbours THE VIVEIRO WAVE RIDERS for Brujita, an album of scorching pop-rock with nods towards Detroit, THE DICTATORS and FLAMIN’ GROOVIES, and of course, his former colleagues, on the tracks ‘Birdbrain’ and ‘No Younger’.
Rabble-rousing ska-punks SONIC BOOM SIX return with a brand new album next month and a whole bunch of dates throughout the summer!
The Manchester band’s fifth album, and first for new label Cherry Red, The F-Bomb‘s ten tracks tackle the hotly-contested subject of female identify head-on, through missives on body image, immigration, gender politics and domestic abuse.
The deluxe CD edition of The F-Bomb comes with a bonus disc of the band’s set at The Owl Sanctuary in Norwich. It’s out on 28 May and is available to pre-order here.
Following the release, Sonic Boom six have a busy summer of festival shows, including the Vive Le Rock-sponsored CAMDEN ROCKS on Saturday 4 June, and Big Cheese magazine’s Big Send Off at Shepherds Bush Empire on Sunday 17 July. Full dates are…..
01.06.2106 GLASGOW Audio
02.06.2016 SHEFFIELD Corporation
03.06.2016 MANCHESTER Deaf Institute
04.06.2016 LONDON Camden Rocks
05.06.2016 BIRMINGHAM Academy
09.07.2016 LITCHFIELD Fuse Festival
17.07.2016 LONDON Shepherds Bush Empire
14.08.2016 WINCHESTER Boomtown Fair
26.08.2016 READING Festival
27.08.2016 LEEDS Festival
10.09.2016 BRIGHTON Undercover Festival
U.K. blues-rockers PEARL HANDLED REVOLVER unleash their long-awaited third album this month, and are launching their brand new video for the title track exclusively through Vive Le Rock!
If The Devil Cast His Net finds the band tempering their organic blues with a mindbending dose of swirling psych-rock. Recorded, like their previous releases, at their own studio, the album is set for release through their own label on 29 April.
Speaking of the album, frontman Lee Vernon says, “The biggest challenge for any band is capturing the essence of the ‘live performance’. When we perform, it’s the chemistry between us that feeds the track’s energy helping to create that organic, unpredictable magic that is so often missing in the unnatural environment of the studio. We recreated our stage set-up and just played, recording everything as we went.”
Coming together from across the Chiltern Hills of south-central England, Pearl Handled Revolver have already released two albums and two E.Ps since 2010, touring the U.K. and Europe widely, sharing stages with with the likes of BLACK CROWES, STRAY, THE QUIREBOYS, THE BLOCKHEADS, WILKO JOHNSON, BLACK STAR RIDERS and TOOTS & THE MAYTALLS.
The band are currently putting together a full U.K. tour and festival dates for the summer. In the meantime they play a special album launch party at The Quarry Theatre, Bedford on Saturday 30 April. Tickets priced £10 are available here.
Another batch of new acts has just been added to the line-up of this year’s CAMDEN ROCKS!
Las Vegas rockers ESCAPE THE FATE are now lined up to play the Vive Le Rock-sponsored event, which takes place at twenty venues across London’s Camden Town on Saturday 4 June.
Also just added are ROOM 94, DEADCUTS, THE AMORETTES, AMARYLLIS, CHAPTER AND VERSE, THEM&US, REVERTED, CHASING CADENCE, STONEGHOST, THISBE THE VERSE, LOST GRAVITY, SISTERAY, DRONES, LEIKA, ODD RIVAL, THE KUT, MYSTIFIED, RALEIGH RYE and GABRIELLA JONES.
They join the likes of THE CRIBS, SIKTH, YOUNG GUNS, BILLY BRAGG, WE ARE THE OCEAN, CARL BARAT & THE JACKALS, GINGER WILDHEART, GLEN MATLOCK, THE GODFATHERS, THE VIRGINMARYS and more previously announced.
Punk rock’n’roll filth mongers LUCIFER STAR MACHINE will perform three exclusive UK gigs promoted by Vive Le Rock!
These are the first UK shows featuring the new German line-up, since the band relocated from London to Hamburg.
Catch them on the road at….
Thu 9 June The Black Bull, Gateshead (w/PITBULL)
Fri 10 June The Rainbow, Birmingham (w/DRONGOS FOR EUROPE & DRAGSTER)
Sat 11 June The Pipeline, London (w/THE SPACEWASTERS & FLASH HOUSE)
Formed in London in 2002, Lucifer Star Machine toured Europe widely, sharing stages with the likes of ANTI-NOWHERE LEAGUE, DEMENTED ARE GO and PETER PAN SPEEDROCK along the way, and releasing their Rat Scabies-produced debut single ‘Death Baby’ in 2004.
Frontman Tor Abyss returned to his German homeland in 2012, but the cross-continental logistics proved too much of a headache, so he’s convened an all new German line-up, giving the band a fresh start.
BIG CHEESE magazine, the U.K’s long standing alternative music magazine, has just announced the launch of its new bi-annual hardcore and punk magazine – DOWN FOR LIFE!
Launching 13 June, DOWN FOR LIFE will aim to cover the worldwide hardcore and punk scene, with scene columns, interviews and reviews from around the world. Priced at £4.99, issue one will include features on HARLEY FLANAGAN and H2o amongst others. You can stay up to date on all DOWN FOR LIFE news at www.facebook.com/downforlifezine
Seminal UK punk label SMALL WONDER is being celebrated with a special show in the Northeast, featuring some of the label’s bands from the region and from further afield.
Taking place at Westgarth Social Club, Middlesbrough on 2 July, the gig is headlined by Newcastle’s PUNISHMENT OF LUXURY and features sets from THE CRAVATS, ANTHRAX (UK), Washington’s MURDER THE DISTURBED, and Fencehouses’ THE PROLES, with a solo set from Pete Fender of FATAL MICROBES.
Owned and run by Pete Stennett from his shop in Hoe Street, Walthamstow, Small Wonder earned its place in the punk pantheon by releasing early sides for the likes of CRASS, POISON GIRLS, THE CURE, BAUHAUS, ANGELIC UPSTARTS and COCKNEY REJECTS. They released Punishment Of Luxury’s debut single ‘Puppet Life’ before the band signed to major United Artists, plus numerous singles and the debut album by The Cravats, and singles by each of the other bands on the bill.
Brit rock dandies LAST GREAT DREAMERS have created a new video for their upcoming new single, which they’re sharing today exclusively through Vive Le Rock!
The video for‘Glitterball Apocalypse’, which is set for release on 15 April through Ray Records, blends surreal, nightmarishly psychedelic imagery with sublime performance footage of the quartet in action, offering a tantalising taste of what audiences can expect when they hit the road as guests of TIGERTAILZ on a UK tour starting this weekend.
The visual mix of dark humour and the Dreamers’ signature louche glamour perfectly complements the themes of the track. As frontman Marc Valentine explains, “It’s a song about the casualties of rock n roll. I think it’s probably inspired by our own journey through the years – we’ve lost a quite a few friends along the way, either through tragedy or self-destruction. There have been some exceptionally dark times and often it does feel like we’re the last ones standing. It still has all the Dreamers trademarks; it’s full of swagger and hook-laden choruses, I don’t think the fans will be disappointed”.
‘Glitterball Apocalypse’ is the second single to be taken from The Dreamers’ forthcoming new album. Due for release this autumn, it will be the band’s first collection of new material since Marc and guitarist Slyder reunited in late 2014. With powerhouse rhythm section Ian Scruffykid (bass) and Denley Slade (drums) now completing the line-up, Slyder promises, “We genuinely feel that we have an album of hit singles, we’re not trying to be or sound like anything else, we’re just letting it flow and enjoying the process. It will be an unmistakable Dreamers album, but maybe the lyrical content will be a bit darker… We’ve certainly lived a bit and experienced a lot since we last wrote together.” The release is being funded by a 90 day PledgeMusic campaign.
Catch Last Great Dreamers on tour at the following venues….
Fri 8th April SUTTON-IN-ASHFIELD, The Diamond
Sat 9th April BATHGATE, Dreadnought
Sun 10th April BLACKPOOL, The Waterloo **
Mon 11th April NEWCASTLE, Trillians **
Fri 15th April LONDON, The Underworld
Sat 16th April CARDIFF, The Globe
Weds 20th April BIRMINGHAM, Asylum 2
Thurs 21st April GRIMSBY, Yardbirds
Fri 22nd April BUCKLEY, Tivoli
Sat 23rd April Oxford, The Bullingdon
** Last Great Dreamers headline dates. All other shows with Tigertailz.
Check out Last Great Dreamers on the FREE covermount CD with the latest edition of Vive Le Rock!
London post-goth chanteuse Sukie Smith and MADAM have released a video for a track from their new album due this summer.
‘When I Met You’ is taken from the album Back To The Sea, set for release on 1 July through Shilling Boy Records. It’s available to pre-order at a special low price through iTunes.
Their first new album in five years, it follows 2011’s acclaimed Gone Before Morning and features guest appearances from Adam Franklin of SWERVEDRIVER and Frankie Frankie of THROW DOWN BONES.
‘When I Met You’ is the first of four videos currently in production, with videos due to be made of all eleven album tracks.
Speaking of the video, Sukie says “Directed by Devon Dickson, and set in the badlands of Bethnal Green, Hackney Wick and Stratford, it is a late night journey of memory, regret, fury, violence, but ultimately of survival. Two separate entities, which combined become much more than the sum of their parts …. This song is about a boyfriend getting beaten half to death, taken to hospital, expected to die and what happened while he/ she was there. The film is about the aftermath of the events in the song – the anonymous cab ride giving Sukie the space to relive the events that have just unfolded, joined by the people who ghost ride in her mind as comfort or trouble. Subterranean and tense, it is about the thousands and thousands of stories playing out in this huge city. Every part of London reminds me of someone, a part of my life that’s not now, it is not now.”
The Bristol second-wavers are the subject of a new book by the band’s former drummer and Vive Le Rock contributor Shane Baldwin.
Last Rockers: The Vice Squad Storyincludes interviews with fellow Vice Squad members, including both vocalists, Beki and Lia, as well as John Peel, Garry Bushell, Charlie Harper, Alvin Gibbs, members of Vice Squad precursors TV BRAKES and many more friends and associates. It also chronicles the story of Bristol labels Heartbeat and Riot City, with contributions from label boss Simon Edwards.
The book features 12 pages of photos, many previously unpublished, plus a detailed Vice Squad gig list compiled by bassist Mark Hambly.
Due for publication by ACM Retro on 24 April, it’s available to pre-order here priced £13.95.
Last Rockers is getting an official launch on Wednesday 27 April at The Thunderbolt, 124 Bath Road, Bristol, featuring a Q&A session and a live set from THE SETBACKS. It kicks off at 7.30 and admission is FREE!