Much-touted Cleveland garage duo ARCHIE & THE BUNKERS have just announced their long-awaited London debut!

The teenage brothers Cullen and Emmett O’Connor, purveyors of ‘lo-fi organ punk’, are currently in the midst of their first European Tour in the Netherlands. This Saturday 14 May they land in Bordon, Hampshire for their debut U.K. show at the Hipsville festival. It’s then off to Spain before heading to London where they play a very special Dirty Water Club night at Nambucca, Holloway on Sunday 22 May!

Support for the London show comes from recently arrived Kiwis THE CAVEMEN and Brighton sibling duo SONS. Tickets priced £8 are available here.

Archie & The Bunkers released their highly-rated eponymous debut album late last year through Dirty Water Records. You can buy it here.

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Uncompromising Mexican trio LE BUTCHERETTES return to Europe this autumn for a full headlining tour, including seven dates across the U.K. and Ireland.

The band’s return comes a year after the release of their stereotype-challenging third album, the Omar Rodriguez-Lopez produced A Raw Youth, on Ipecac Recordings. To celebrate, a new deluxe digital version of the album will be available form this Friday 13 May.

The new version features four bonus tracks, including acoustic versions of ‘Shave The Pride’ and ‘They Fuck You Over’, a b-side featuring King Buzzo o THE MELVINS titled ‘We No Owe’, and a live cover of MILEY CYRUS’ ‘Wrecking Ball’ which was recorded at Rough Trade in Brooklyn.

Prior to the European dates, the band will join AT THE DRIVE-IN on their sold-out U.S. tour.

Le Butcherettes’ full European tour dates are….

22 Sept, Berlin, DE, Cassiopeia
23 Sept, Cologne, DE, Artheater
24 Sept, Hamburg, DE, Reeperbahn Festival
25 Sept, Copenhagen, DK, Loppen
27 Sept, Nijmegen, NL, Merleyn
28 Sept, Amsterdam, NL, Melkweg Theater
29 Sept, Courtrai, BE, De Kreun
30 Sept, Paris, FR, Le Backstage By The Mill
01 Oct, Stuttgart, DE, Kellerclub
03 Oct, Prague, CZ, Lucerna Music Bar
04 Oct, Munich, DE, Kranhalle
05 Oct, Vienna, AT, B72
07 Oct, Zurich, CH, Dynamo
08 Oct, Milan, IT, Tunnel
10 Oct, Valencia, ES, Loco Club
11 Oct, Madrid, ES, El Sol
12 Oct, Barcelona, ES, Sidecar
14 Oct, London, UK, The Black Heart
16 Oct, Birmingham, UK, Hare & Hounds
17 Oct, Cardiff, UK, Clwb Ifor Bach
19 Oct, Dublin, IE, The Workmans Club
20 Oct, Belfast, UK, Black Box
21 Oct, Glasgow, UK, King Tuts
22 Oct, Manchester, UK, Night & Day

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San Francisco hardcore legends DEAD KENNEDYS have announced a trio of U.K. shows for October.

Including a stop at O2 Academy Oxford and two intimate dates at O2 Academy Islington, general admission tickets and special 2 night bundle tickets for the O2Academy Islington dates go on sale Friday 13th May at 10am via Ticketweb.

Having previously stirred up controversy in their original Jello Biafra-fronted configuration during the 80s, the band have since made good on their 2001 reunion, with major U.K. dates in 2014 and 2015 including shows at London’s Koko and Shepherds Bush Empire.

This time around they’ll be hitting Oxford Academy along with two intimate shows at London’s Islington Academy, with a line-up of  East Bay Ray (guitar), Klaus Flouride (bass), DH Peligro (drums) and Ron “Skip” Greer (vocals).

Full dates are….

Thu 12 October – O2 Academy Oxford – tickets
Fri 13 October – O2 Academy Islington – tickets
Sat 14 October – O2 Academy Islington – tickets

Tickets go on sale this Friday 13 May at 10am.

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Florida ska-punk pioneers LESS THAN JAKE hit the U.K. this autumn for the first ever Fireball – Fuelling The Fire Tour!

Sponsored by Fireball liqueur together with Academy Events, the tour kicks off in Bristol on 3 October culminating in Bournemouth on 11 October, with a stop-off at London’s Brixton Academy on 6 October. It represents a celebration of punk rock, ska, reggae and roots music featuring some of the best live bands the international punk scene has to offer.

Support for the tour comes from London punky-reggae quartet THE SKINTS and MARIACHI EL BRONX, the Mexican-flavoured side-project of L.A’s hardcore punks THE BRONX. Japanese ska-punks KEMURI and Melbourne psychedelic reggae ska doom metal punk rockers THE BENNIES join on select dates.

Less Than Jake are also appearing on this summer’s U.S. Warped Tour. They just released the live album Live From The Astoria, recorded 15 years ago at the legendary, since demolished, London venue.

Full dates are….

Monday 3 October – O2 Academy Bristol * tickets
Tuesday 4 October – O2 Academy Sheffield * tickets
Wednesday 5 October – O2 Academy Birmingham * tickets
Thursday 6 October – O2 Academy Brixton * tickets
Saturday 8 October – O2 Academy Newcastle ^ tickets
Sunday 9 October – O2 Academy Glasgow ^ tickets
Monday 10 October – O2 Ritz Manchester ^ tickets
Tuesday 11 October – O2 Academy Bournemouth ^ tickets

^ w/ The Bennies

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New York rock legends BLUE ÖYSTER CULT have announced a one-off U.K. show celebrating the 40th Anniversary of their classic album Agents Of Fortune!

The band play Kentish Town Forum, London on Friday 29 July. For this very special show, the line-up will feature core members Eric Bloom and Donald ‘Buck Dharma’ Roeser plus a guest appearance from founder member Albert Bouchard. They’ll be playing Agents… in full, including their biggest hit ‘(Don’t Fear) The Reaper’ along with a set full of Cult classics.

Although now more commonly linked to heavy metal and soft rock, Long Island’s Blue Öyster Cult have a direct line to the late ’60s underground, very much an East Coast equivalent of THE STOOGES and the MC5. With their cryptic and subversive lyrics – often from the minds of manager and future CLASH producer Sandy Pearlman and PATTI SMITH, who was in a relationship with keyboard-player Allen Lanier – they were out in rock’s leftfield, something that endeared them to the early punk scene, to the extent that they were featured in the first edition of Sniffin’ Glue fanzine! They were also a huge influence on RADIO BIRDMAN and consequently, mushc of the 80s Aussie underground scene.

Notably, in October ’75, MÖTORHEAD would play one of their very earliest gigs supporting BÖC at Hammersmith Odeon, also taking the liberty of borrowing their umlaut henceforth!

Tickets go on sale at 10am this Friday 13 May here.

Check out ‘This Ain’t The Summer Of Love’ from Agents Of Fortune.

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This is just a reminder – in case you needed one! – that the REBELLION FESTIVAL, Europe’s largest festival of punk and alternative music, takes place at Blackpool Winter Gardens from 4 to 7 August!

And this year it’s a triple celebration as  the festival celebrates its 20th birthday as well as the 40th Anniversary of punk’s Year Zero, 1976, and indeed of this month’s Vive Le Rock cover stars, THE DAMNED!

Alongside Croydon’s finest, Rebellion will also be welcoming some of the biggest name’s in U.K. punk, including THE EXPLOITED, G.B.H., BUZZCOCKS, STIFF LITTLE FINGERS, U.K. SUBS, COCKNEY REJECTS, DISCHARGE, PENETRATION, COCK SPARRER, SLAUGHTER & THE DOGS, THE ADICTS, HAGAR THE WOMB and PETER HOOK & THE LIGHT playing a set of JOY DIVISION CLASSICS.

Moreover, there’s the finest range of U.S. punk acts appearing outside their homeland including FEAR, J.F.A. and DAG NASTY (all making their U.K. debut!), THE DESCENDENTS, JELLO BIAFARA & THE GUANTAMO SCHOOL OF MEDICINE, key members of BLACK FLAG performing as FLAG, THE DICKIES, DICTATORS NYC, THE DWARVES and C.J. RAMONE.

Plus many, many more bands on the bill – see the website for details.

Tickets are on sale now here.


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DAMNED frontman Dave Vanian’s spell working as a gravedigger added to the vocalist’s dark mystique and passed into the punk rock mythos. In an exclusive add-on to our 40th Anniversary feature, he tells Vive Le Rock‘s Dick Porter how he got the job…


“I was trying to be a commercial artist of some kind. This was from late 1973/74 up to ’75, I was basically drifting around trying to get work as a commercial artist. At that time it was a very cutthroat business and there were plenty more artists than I, even though I think I had the talent, which I was told a few times, I just didn’t have the qualifications that were needed to get the jobs. I couldn’t even get into the bottom end of it and just start in a small way, and it became quite obvious that that wasn’t going to happen. I was always going into London all the time, because you’re young and you’re looking for something that’s happening. Things were changing; the sixties were dead, but then you had all that great music that came out of Roxy Music and all that kind of stuff. There was lots of things happening but it was a transitional time and I somehow wandered into it.

“I actually had to plead for a job as a gravedigger because they thought that I couldn’t do the job. It wasn’t just grave digging, I used to dig huge beds, it was a gardening job as well – I used to do the whole thing. It was hard work, but I chose it. Before the Damned, I was in lots of odd jobs, I couldn’t get the job I wanted and the work was drying up. I was thinking, ‘I’ve got to sign on’, but I didn’t want to sign on. I went down there once or twice, and when I walked down there from where I lived, it was down a hill past an old cemetery. One day I was walking by and I saw this older chap on his own in the middle of it, digging away. I thought, ‘If I was to do that job, it occupies no brain capacity whatsoever – You do the work, get out and get to London, get things done’. So, I basically went into the office and said, ‘Do you need somebody?’ And they did; two fellas who were completely useless had just left, so they were short. So I talked my way into the job, and then ironically, when I did leave, they didn’t want me to go – they offered me loads of incentives to stay. It served its purpose perfectly, to bridge the gap between what I had been doing and getting into London and meeting people and trying to work out what the hell I was doing with my life.”

Read our mammoth 14-page Damned 40th Anniversary feature in the latest edition of Vive Le Rock!



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Swedish rock’n’roll legends THE HELLACOPTERS make good on their reunion with the release of an exclsusive two-track 12″ next month!

The iconic Stockholm rockers surprised everyone when they announced that they would be reuniting in 2016 to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of their classic debut Supershitty To The Max! with an appearance at Sweden Rock.

The new release comprises ‘My Mephistophelean Creed’ and ‘Don’t Stop Now, two songs that were written by the band back in 1996 but were never made an official release.  They were recorded at guitarist Nicke Andersson’s Honk Palace studio earlier this year.

The 12″ is set for release on 3 June – the week before Sweden Rock – through  Psychout / Sound Pollution.

Sound Pollution’s Carl Schewen makes no bones about the release: “Ouff! When I first heard that The Hellacopters will be celebrating Supershitty To The Max! at the Sweden Rock Festival, I thought someone was pulling my leg, but it turned out to be true after all! Later on when I was asked to put out this 12” I was as psyched as I was 20 years ago when Nicke first asked me if I was interested in releasing their first album.”

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Spanish garage-rock barn-burners LOS CHICOS return this month with a brand new album.

The elegantly-titled Rockpile Of Shit is being released by Folc Records in Spain and Dirty Water Records in the U.K. It’s available to pre-order here.

The Madrid quintet recently returned from their second tour of Australia, where they were embraced by the Aussie garage and punk community, being joined onstage in Sydney by CELIBATE RIFLES legend Kent Steedman.

Having been absent from the U.K. for a few years, they return next month for a flying visit to support RADIO BIRDMAN at The Dome, Tufnell Park, London on Sunday 26 June. Tickets

Los Chicos released their first single in 2002, followed the next year by the album Shakin’ & Prayin’. They recorded Fat Spark in 2005 for H-Records, with Launching Rockets through Dirty Water Records and Rock Is Pain Records two years later.  The brilliantly-titled We Sound Amazing But We Look Like Shit dropped  in 2010, followed by In The Age Of Stupidity, again on Dirty Water, and produced, like the previous two albums, by famed garage knob-twiddler Mike Mariconda (New Bomb Turks, Raunch Hands, Devil Dogs).


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Four bands heralded as “the new tide” of street-rock will perform together for the first time this Saturday 7 May.

THE BAR STOOL PREACHERS (pictured), ALIAS KID and ALL THE KING’S MEN co-headline London’s Pipeline club in a gig supported by Vive Le Rock, Louder Than War and Street Sounds. Brighton’s highly-rated DIRT ROYAL will kick off the night.

The groups have been praised as a fresh generation rising up to challenge bland, manufactured, corporate Simon Cowell-approved pop.

Alias Kid are Creation Records founder Alan McGee’s latest Manchester protégés. They released their first album Revolt To Revolt last year and have just finished a sold-out UK tour. Tom Meighan from Kasabian reckons “Alias Kid are the band rock and roll needs.”

Brighton band The Bar Stool Preachers released their debut album last month and have been wowing audiences all over Europe with their charismatic performances. We described them as having, “All the energy of the Specials in their heyday.”

Moston-based All The King’s Men are making waves with their heartfelt hard pop sound and are already headlining local festivals. Louder Than War say “All The Kings Men are a truly exciting prospect”

Dirt Royal have won critical praise for their high-energy Clash-influenced garage-pop sound. Acid Jazz guru Eddie Pillar says the band has “a raw live energy that many young band’s lack”. Street Sounds likened them to “The Libertines jamming with The Chords”.

Promoter Emma Rule says: “We need new energy and these bands supply it – that’s why the real music press are behind them.”

Tickets priced £8.33 are available here.


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U.K. punk label LOCKJAW RECORDS have announced a new compilation album to help raise awareness of Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis with all proceeds going to the Crohn’s & Colitis U.K. charity.

No Guts No Glory: A Tribute To Kicking Crohn’s & Colitis’ Ass features tracks from the likes of GNARWOLVES, GRAVEYARD JOHNNYS (pictured), JAYA THE CAT, BOSTON MANOR, PETROL GIRLS, BELVEDERE and more, with contributions from Pure Noise Records, Bomber Music Ltd, Big Scary Monsters, Failure By Design Records, Full House Records, Pee Records, Ass Card Records and NoReason Records.

Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis are the two main forms of Inflammatory Bowel Disease, affecting more than 300,000 people in the UK. Yet it is largely a hidden disease, and one that causes stigma, fear and isolation. There’s no cause or cure so it’s a lifelong issue.

Lockjaw’s Rob Piper says, “With this year’s compilation, in addition to spreading the word on new songs & bands, I was quite keen on doing something where we could ‘give back’. I have family members who suffer from the disease, so it just made sense to go with Crohn’s & Colitis UK.”

Rob’s colleague Lesley-Anne O’Brien adds, “I suffer from Colitis and found out a while back that musicians are particularly susceptible. So we suspected that a lot of people in the music scene might not be aware of what exactly the disease is and what the symptoms are. So to save someone out there pain, silence and the embarrassment, we wanted to spread some awareness, whilst sharing some good tunes!”

Full tracklisting is…..

  1. Fair Do’s – Hostile Company
  2. Antillectual – Soundtrack
  3. Astpai – Small Change
  4. Gnarwolves – The Waiting Line
  5. Mainline 10 – Not Afraid
  6. One Hidden Frame – Immortal
  7. Graveyard Johnnys – The Poison
  8. Weatherstate – Ill
  9. Seaway – Best Mistake
  10. The Decline – I Don’t Believe
  11. Belvedere – As Above, So Below
  12. The Human Project – Séance Fiction
  13. Boston Manor – Trapped Nerve
  14. Drones – Parasite
  15. Anchord – Bad Cop
  16. Perkie – Walls Come Crashing
  17. Landscapes – Neighborhood
  18. Brightr – Sick Note
  19. The Wonder Beers – Geezers
  20. Screech Bats – Pathologigirl
  21. Almeida – Payday
  22. A Wilhelm Scream – Gut Sick Companion
  23. Petrol Girls – Restless
  24. Darko – In The Company of Wolves
  25. Jaya The Cat – Hello Hangover
  26. Jamie Lenman Friends – In Low Places

The compilation is a Pay What You Want deal, so anything you spend over 65p goes straight to the charity. It’s available to order here.

Lockjaw will be celebrating the album’s release with a party at The Fighting Cocks, Kingston-upon-Thames from 2pm on Sunday 8 May, featuring DESPITE EVERYTHING, SCREECH BATS, DRONES, ANCHORD, BRUCE WILLIS, BRIGHTR and TOM AYOTT. Admission is FREE!


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U.S. keyboard dynamo JAMES LEG makes a swift return to the U.K. following the success of his second album Below The Belt last year.

The man formerly known as John Wesley Myers of Nashville garage duo BLACK DIAMOND HEAVIES jets in for seven dates, kicking off with free shows at the legendary Railway Hotel in Southend-on-Sea, Essex and East London’s famous What’s Cookin’ club. The tour culminates with a show at The Lexington in London with Memphis diehards TAV FALCO & PANTHER BURNS. Full dates are….

Fri 27 May      Southend – The Railway Hotel
Sat 28 May     London – What’s Cookin’
Thrs 2 June     Manchster – The Ruby Lounge (w/ Tav Falco & Panther Burns)
Sat 4 June        Euston, Suffolk – Red Rooster Festival
Mon 6 June     Newcastle – Cluny (w/ Daddy Longlegs)
Tues 7 June     Glasgow – Broadcast
Wed 8 June     London – The Lexington ( w/ Tav Falco & Panther Burns)

Tickets from Punk Rock Blues.

Check out James Leg shredding the CURE classic ‘A Forest’ live in Bordeaux.

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