A long-lost compilation album by THE BOYS is to get a limited edition reissue this week.

Originally released back in 1990 with help from Campino, frontman of German retro-punks DIE TOTEN HOSEN, Odds & Sods compiled various previously unreleased Boys tracks from 1977 to 1981, including ‘Walk My Dog’, ‘Jimmy Brown’, ‘Dressed To Kill’ and ‘Little Runaround’. There are also three Capital Radio ads recorded by Matt Dangerfield, Honest John Plain and Jack Black to promote the band’s second album, Alternative Chartbusters.

The album’s opening track ‘Walk My Dog’ is one of five Boys songs to be included on the soundtrack to Danny Garcia’s forthcoming documentary Sad Vacation, which tells the story of Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen’s fateful trip to New York in 1978.

The reissued Odds & Sods, which features new tracklisting notes from Dangerfield, is available as a vinyl-only limited edition of 500 copies through Czech label PHR Records from Friday 1 July. It’s available to order here.

Check out ‘Walk My Dog’ on YouTube.


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Underappreciated Brit glam-rockers SILVERHEAD are in line for a bit of attention, as their long-lost 70s albums get the reissue treatment from Cherry Red Records.

Fronted by aristocratic singer and actor Michael Des Barres, Silverhead signed to DEEP PURPLE’s label Purple Records for two studio albums, the eponymous Silverhead in 1972 and 16 And Savaged – with its infamous sleeve image – the following year. Despite never achieving much success, they have enjoyed a cult status, influencing the 80s UK sleaze scene.

With Cherry Red now resurrecting the Purple imprint, both studio albums are reissued with a wealth of bonus material, while a third release Live At The Rainbow London – a support set for NAZARETH, originally issued in Japan in 1975 – comes complete with a previously unreleased BBC In Concert performance from ’73.

Out on CD on 5 August, all three albums are available to pre-order here.

Following the break-up of Silverhead, bassist Nigel Harrison would find success with BLONDIE, later teaming up again with Des Barres and SEX PISTOL Steve Jones in CHEQUERED PAST.

Also known for being married to legendary groupie Pamela Des Barres, as well as replacing Robert Palmer in POWER STATION, Michael Des Barres is the subject of a new documentary Michael Des Barres: Who Do You Want Me To Be?

Check out ’16 And Savaged’ on YouTube.

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L.A. (Leicester Area) all-stars SWAMP DELTA have just unveiled a new video as well as announcing a London show in August.

‘Running From The Island Of The Dolls’ is the opening track from the band’s debut album Sick Liver Blues, which was released this spring. It’s available on CD and download from their Bandcamp page.

Swamp Delta headline The Dublin Castle, Camden on Saturday 13 August. Support comes from THE BRONSONS and BRICKS. Tickets priced £5.50 are available here.

Comprising an assortment of members from Leicester grebo legends CRAZYHEAD and GAYE BYKERS ON ACID, Swamp Delta are interviewed in the current edition of Vive Le Rock!

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JOHN DOE, bassist of L.A. punk legends X, is one of the co-authors of a new book offering a ‘personal history’ of the city’s nascent punk scene.

Under The Big Black Sun features the reminiscences of Doe and journalist and former record company A&R man Tom DeSavia alongside a roll-call of punk luminaries such as X frontwoman Exene Cervenka, Jane Wiedlin and Charlotte Caffey of THE GO-GOS, Henry Rollins, Mike Watt, THE BLASTERS’ Dave Alvin, El Vez aka Robert Lopez, Jack Grisham of T.S.O.L and numerous other journos and scenesters.

Bands featured in the book include BALCK FLAG, MINUTEMEN, GERMS, THE SCREAMERS, NEGATIVE TREND, LOS LOBOS, THE GUN CLUB, THE WEIRDOS, THE ZEROS, THE PLUGZ, CIRCLE JERKS and more. The book also includes a foreword by GREEN DAY’s Billie Joe Armstrong.

Under The Big Black Sun is available in hardcover now from Da Capo Press.

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THE BEAT featuring Ranking Rodger have announced their first new album in more than 30 years.

The Birmingham legends release Bounce on 30 September through DMF Records. It’s preceded by the the single ‘Walking On The Wrong Side’ on 22 July.

The band have lined up a string of UK dates in support of the album from October onwards. Full dates below….


22 LOWESTOFT The Aquarium
28 GLASGOW Drygate

03 LEAMINGTON SPA The Assembly
18 LONDON Under The Bridge
19 SOUTHEND Chinnerys
25 EXETER Phoenix
26 PORTSMOUTH Wedgewood Rooms

02 BRISTOL The Fleece
03 WOLVES Slade Rooms
08 BRIDPORT Electric Palace
09 BRIGHTON Concorde 2
10 BEDFORD Esquires
16 WAKEFIELD Warehouse
18 COVENTRY Copper Rooms


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Youthful post-grunge garage rockers THE PENNY ANTICS have unleashed a brand new video for their latest single.

‘Guilty Pleasures’ is the third single to be taken from the Essex duo’s debut album Reminder.

Formed just over a year ago by guitarist/vocalist Lewis Hammond and drummer Nathan Exley, the Antics have been gigging steadlily across their home country, including a high profile show at the legendary Asylum Club in Chelmsford with STIV CANTARELLI & THE SILENT STRANGERS as well as a storming appearance at the Cosmic Puffin Festival in April.

Annoyingly, it’s just been announced that Exley’s departing the band. However, Hammond has vowed to continue and potential candidates for the band’s drumstool can get in touch via their Facebook page.


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Long-serving L.A. punks DESCENDENTS have unveiled a video for their new single.

‘Victim Of Me’ is taken from the band’s seventh studio album Hypercaffium Spazzinate, which sees them return to Epitaph Records for the first time since 1996’s Everything Sucks. Out on 29 July, it’s available to pre-order here.

The video was shot on 20 April, while the band performed their first South Bay area show in 20 years to 200 people at The Standing Room bar in their hometown, Hermosa Beach.

Descendents return to Europe for festivals shows this summer, including Rebellion on Thursday 4 August. Full dates are….

04.08.16 Blackpool (UK) – Rebellion Fest – tickets
06.08.16 Hünxe (DE) – Ruhrpott Rodeo – tickets
09.08.16 Tolmin (SI) – Punk Rock Holiday – SOLD OUT
11.08.16 Eschwege (DE) – Open Flair Festival – tickets
11-13.08.16 Gothenburg (SE) – Way Out West Festival – tickets
14.08.16 Helsinki (FI) – Flow Festival – tickets


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Got your tickets to see Aussie legends THE SCIENTISTS at The Lexington this Saturday? No?? Well we could just be about to save you a few bob!

Vive Le Rock has one pair of tickets to give away absolutely FREE! Just drop an email to and tell us what was the name of The Scientists’ debut album and we’ll pick a winner at random! Simples!!

And if you don’t want to risk the competition, best get in quick before the show sells out – get your tickets here!

Remember, this is a one-off UK show by the band, who last played here NINE years ago! Who knows when or even if it’ll happen again?!

Check out ‘Blood Red River’!


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Planning on going to any festivals this summer? JC Carroll of THE MEMBERS gives his views on some of the alternatives…..


THE BEST FESTIVALS IN ENGLAND (that you have never heard of)


I have just played three of the best festivals in England. And most of you will not have heard of them. There was no blanket coverage on BBC about them, there was not be articles in the national press about them. Later on in the year I should be heading off to play Rebellion in Blackpool and later still the great British Alternative Festival in Skegness

Skegness, Blackpool – smug southerners amongst you may chuckle. Sticks of rock, fish and chips, caravans, northerners on holiday, Butlins, how quaint.

Coldplay will not be playing or Kanye West or Adele or Jack Garrett or Sam Smith or Busted. You will not get an NME tent that comprises of people performing on a laptop.

You will get The Stranglers, Buzzcocks, The Damned, The Members and scores of younger bands like Knock Off, alt-rock, reggae, rockabilly, pirate shanties, folk music and every form of authentic music indigenous to these isles. People will travel from Australia, America, Berlin to attend because these are the biggest celebrations of alternative culture in the world.

These events will be largely ignored by the media and will sell out. The clue is in the name of the last festival, the word ‘alternative’.

In the 70s, the festival at Worthy Farm was alternative. It had David Bowie, Gong, Hawkind freaky hippie bands. Before punk we didn’t want pop, we wanted alternative music. John Peel championed it and punk grew out of it.

Three weeks ago we played at SOMETHING ELSE in Duns Tew, a completely solar powered festival in a field in idyllic Oxfordshire, organised by the legendary Gail Something Else. Gail is a Queen of the Alt scene, a scarlet-haired Tattooed Bodicea in a van. Her festival in Oxfordshire is totally off the grid: water from a well, solar-powered with wood fire pizza. It has travellers, punks, lawyers, doctors, civil servants and plenty of disabled people. Veterans of the Battle of the Beanfield, young punks, dreadlocked pirates – they are all there and they love my band The Members.

A week later we were celebrating 40 years of punk in a squatted building in Tottenham with a massive line up of punk bands old and new. Veterans of the 77 scene and younger acts. Audience age from 16 to 60. A squatted building, vegetarian food… Was this some sort of retro 70s themed party? No, this was BLANK GENERATION, London in 2016 where punk is not a retrospective token programme on Radio 2 or an exhibition at the photographers gallery. Where punk is a viable alternative to the soup of talent show cannon-fodder and landfill castrati-electronica pumped out of BBC and the commercial stations. Where punk is the antithesis of the commercial pouting narcissists that inhabit the front page of iTunes and the Google-owned Internet like a massive Westfield shopping centre in the sky hovering forever in our periphery vision

There’s that word again, the nemesis of alternative, ‘commercial’.

The third festival took place in a farm in a hollow in the South Downs, a more politicised bunch, double-decker buses ferrying people from Shoreham, Worthing and Brighton, men and women, taking their children to their first festival. Eighty different types of independent ales, ciders and perrys. No queues for overloaded chemical toilets here, it is largely run by a gentleman poet called Attila the Stockbroker with his hands firmly on the artistic tiller and the cheque book he promptly paid me with. A guest of mine and the veteran of many Readings and Bestivals cheerfully messaged me and said it was the best festival she had ever been to.

Many people only go to one festival a year and choose one with the most acts because it represents value for money. They try and make the best of the Syrian refugee camp accommodation and toilet conditions these large events with their corporate sponsors and the illusion of overpriced glamping offer. What they get is an official beer, more acts than they could consume in a month and hours of massive dehumanising queues in and out of the premises – a sort of Dystopian Babylon, a Hell on Earth, The Somme with Borough Market Vietnamese street food, Lana Del Rey and Ed Sheeran.

In Blackpool everybody stays in B & B and shits in a proper toilet. In Skegness you get a holiday apartment thrown in with cable TVs. There are no wellies, mud, chemical loos. Fish and chips, steaks and beer in a glass. Oh, and a roof.

Oh, and the other thing about alt festivals is they feed the band give you tons of beer tokens and pay you!

Bring it on !

With the exception of John Giddings’ Isle of Wight, the main festivals are punk-free zones preferring 80s and 90s revival acts to the cultural authenticity and grit of our generation .

Something Else, Blank Generation and Glastonwick are independent festivals run by brave people who champion the alternative, Vive Le Rock, Vive le Difference!


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Hotly-tipped Southend rockers HEADLINE MANIAC have announced a new single and are launching the video exclusively with Vive Le Rock today!

‘Idiot Me’ is the first single to be taken from their self-titled debut album, which is out on 8 July through Red Hot Records. The video is the work of band friend and filmmaker Phil Calland.

A trio of long-serving EDDIE AND THE HOT RODS members Ian ‘Dipster’ Dean (bass/lead vocals), Chris Taylor (guitar/vocals) and Simon Bowley (drums/vocals), Headline Maniac came together a year ago to open for the original Hot Rods line-up at a series of 40th Anniversary shows. Encouraged by a phenomenal response at those dates, they’ve swiftly grown into their name while honing their sound at a series of high-energy club shows, and are now poised to unleash their catchy and compulsive debut.

Explaining why ‘Idiot Me’ was the obvious track to introduce Headline Maniac’s blend of solid blues-based rock ‘n’ roll, punchy contemporary punk, and earworm pop hooks to listeners, Dipster says “It’s the perfect song as the first single, as it represents what the band is about. It has a great catchy hook, it’s got elements of rock and punk throughout, and once you hear it you’ll be humming it all day”.


In this exclusive interview, Headline Maniac drummer Simon Bowley talks to Vive Le Rock!

Why on earth are you known as Headline Maniac? Is it any member of the band in particular?
As people will know, our bassist is known as Dipster, which – shock horror! – isn’t his real name! However, when we put his full real name as an anagram it spelt out Headline Maniac, which we thought was a great name for the band.

How did you guys get together?
When original Eddie and the Hot Rods drummer Steve Nicol finally left the band, I – his nephew – took over. In the year 2000 I recruited Dipster on bass and Chris joined in 2004, so all three of us have been enjoying the ups and downs of touring in a rock band for a long time now. Dipster had been busy writing material and thought we could record a new Hot Rods album, but we all felt it wasn’t quite right for the Hot Rods sound, but far too good to shelve so the three of us decided to do a side project and record the album as Headline Maniac.

Vive Le Rock were very impressed with your set at Eddie And The Hot Rods anniversary show last year. Did you enjoy that one?
That show was fantastic, we had only done a warm up gig at the Square in Harlow the night before. It was strange because we are so used to walking out as Eddie and the Hot Rods and know what to expect, whereas we had to go out in front of 500/600 people who were there to see the four original members and play songs nobody had heard before, and we were blown away by the reaction. That’s what made us decide to carry on really

How is your new album different from your day job in the Hot Rods?
As the Hot Rods we have always tried to be respectful of their heritage and try not to stray from that sound too much; with the Headline Maniac album it gives us a chance to be more ourselves. All three of us are more into the hard rock edge of music, Chris especially can open up a bit more with his guitar sound and solo playing. Although all the tracks were written by Dipster, we all brought our own style of playing into the tracks and I think that’s why it’s got a mix of hard rock /punk/ blues feel to the album.

Where can Vive Le Rockers see Headline Maniac next?
The band has a good few shows coming in, but the next couple of gigs are The Talking Heads, Southampton on 15 July and Brightlingsea Music Fest, Essex on 6 Aug.

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With Australian punk icons THE SCIENTISTS set to play a one-off show in London this week, Vive Le Rock spoke to Kim Salmon and Tony Thewlis from the band for our Rough Guide feature in the latest edition of the mag. As a special online-only bonus, here are the rest of their responses….

How did the reissue deal with Numero Group come about? Did they approach you? Had you been seeking a back catalogue reissue initially?

KIM: My manager Andrew got that one. I’m always open to these things but as an artist who is still producing work I find that doing that takes up most of my energy.

What can we expect from the Scientists’ set?

KIM: We’ve been discussing doing stuff from Blood Red River and things like ‘Murderess…’ and ‘Leadfoot’. We might look at some obscurities like ‘Perpetual Motion’… but essentially expect – dare I say it? – classic Mach 2 Scientists.

TONY: The Scientists playing a selection of Scientists songs that we imagine people would expect us to play, plus a few obscure old songs and possibly a couple of old covers that we used to play, just to keep it fresh and interesting to us and hopefully exciting for everybody else.

I understand it was a request from Mudhoney that sparked the 2006 reunion. How easy was it to accept?

KIM: Not difficult at all as we had already reformed 4 years earlier for an Australian national tour in 2002 to promote some of our CD reissues.

TONY: We actually did a reunion tour of Australia in 2001 when I happened to go back there for a holiday. The last gig was in Adelaide and that was supposed to be our last ever show. It didn’t really occur to us that anyone would want us to do anything again, but the tour (and a show we did for Australian TV) was fun and we all enjoyed playing together again, so when we were asked to do some ATP gigs by Mudhoney it was no hardship to say yes.

Robert Coyne, who’s currently on drums, has played in the band previously. When was this and how did you recruit him?

KIM: He played a show in 1985 when Brett Rixon first left. He was great, and all of 16 years old, but when we asked him if he’d join he said he couldn’t because of his loyalty to him and his brother’s band ‘Sliver Chapter.

TONY: Robert was playing bass and keyboards in a band called Silver Chapter who used to come to Scientists gigs as soon as we landed in London. In 1985 we needed someone to take over from Brett and we considered asking Silver Chapter’s drummer, but then Kim helped them with a recording session and realised that Robert was a Brian Jones type of whizz-kid who could play any instrument he touched, and his style was very much like ours. He drummed with us at a few gigs in London but we didn’t ask him to join permanently because: a) we didn’t want to be responsible for ruining Silver Chapter by stealing one of their members, and b) Robert was only 15 and too young to be legally allowed in most of the places we played!

In 1987 Kim did some gigs as a duo with Nick Combe, playing some new songs he’d written, and I did some demos of my songs with Robert on bass and Kevin Rooney on drums. When we recorded The Human Jukebox we used a combination of those songs and personnel (which is why Rob is playing bass on It Must Be Nice). I think Kim’s left-over songs went to the Surrealists, and most of mine went to The Interstellar Villains.

When I moved back to London in 1992 Robert kindly let me sleep in his living room for a few weeks and eventually we started talking about forming a band which became The Scoundrelles. We both also played together in Venus Ray and Chris Wilson’s Groovin’ Flames. And to balance things out I play in Roberts own band, The Robert Coyne Outfit.

So it is very fitting that we have him back on the Scientists’ drum stool seeing as Leanne isn’t available for these shows.

What are your memories of you spell in London during the 80s. Do Australian bands who’ve spent a prolonged period over here ever compare stories?

KIM: I think I’ve talked about those times with Dave Graney and Clare Moore but to be honest, the Scientists distanced themselves from other Australian bands…in fact other bands generally. I remember being poor but I got to like London a lot and was actually homesick for it when I went home to Perth in 1987.

TONY: We didn’t hang around with any Australian bands in London. Although we didn’t really hang around with any Australian bands (apart from the Hoodoo Gurus) in Australia, either!

What are your thoughts on a new record from The Scientists?

KIM: It’ll never happen again! Why would I want to throw away perfectly good songs when they won’t have a hope in hell in any comparison with the ‘legend’. It’s the same with any reformed band. No one is EVER EVER really interested in new stuff from them. Also the Scientists ran their course back in the day. A reformation can only exist in a controlled environment if you’ll pardon the ‘scientific’ pun. If you bring a band back to life it’ll pretty quickly find its way back to the point when it imploded. Even when people have matured they tend to revert back to their old modes of behavior in a familiar old situation. And who’d want a band like the Scientists to be a bunch of psychologically ‘mature’ blokes anyway ha ha!

TONY: People seem to like our “legacy” so it would have to be something very extraordinary in order to not sully what we did before. There aren’t many bands that can pull that off, including bands that we admire like Big Star or The New York Dolls, who obviously thought they could pull it off. Their reformation albums have had some ok moments, but nothing that touches what they did originally. And if they can’t deliver what we expect from them, what chance have we got? That said, though, I just recalled that The Pirates made some entertaining and rocking “new” records, post-Johnny Kidd, so if Kim or Boris came up with something that they thought needed “The Scientists” on it I’d be happy to oblige. Although it would probably be better to call it something else and have people think “Wow. This sounds a bit like The Scientists…”.

It’s similar to how I think about remakes of TV shows – it would be much better to have a new show that you enjoy and then suddenly realise why – “Wow. This new show is great, it’s a bit like a modern, Jeremy Brett-era Sherlock Holmes!” rather than being bombarded by a load of hype and then discover – “Oh dear, this is actually supposed to be Sherlock Holmes? It’s nothing like Sherlock Holmes! Why didn’t they just leave it alone?”

Kim, you’re quite a prolific songwriter. What situation do you find most conducive to writing?

KIM: A deadline. I actually don’t ever write unless I have to. Generally its for some musical project eg Kim and Leanne, or the Runaways record I did with Spencer P Jones or my new one My Script. I think the only difference with My Script was that I had been feeling guilty over the last few years about my slackness with writing and had put the odd sketch on my iPhone memo to make myself feel better – so when producer Myles Mumford approached me about making a record I had something to start with. I still had to write them once we got into the studio however. So…. a deadline and being guilt-ridden are the two situations most conducive to writing songs for me.

The 80s, seen from overseas, was an unusually creative wellspring for Australian underground music. Discuss.

KIM: I’ve always said that Rock and Roll since it started, has had its epicenter somewhere in the world, be it Memphis, London, Manchester or Sweden. For The 1980s I’d argue that it was Australia. In those post punk times England got too caught up in fads and it was assumed that punk had been just one of those. Therefore rock became passé. Naturally a whole generation of Australians had gotten excited about the punk thing and then didn’t want to be told that it was passé. In the 80s the touring circuit of Europe was dominated by US and Australian punk. Younger US bands were actually looking to Australia for inspiration. Then of course once those younger US bands started blossoming it was the end for us and our European touring circuit gravy train. I knew something was up when reading the name Mudhoney on bandroom walls on a Beasts Of Bourbon tour in Groningen or somewhere.

TONY: A lot of Australian bands from that time seem to really strike a chord with rock-and-roll loving Spain. I’m not sure there was anything special about Australia, maybe that was just the place you happened to look and happily found exactly what you were looking for! There was stuff coming out of America at the same time (The Gun Club, The Cramps, Alex Chilton, The Panther Burns, The dBs, etc), and slightly later a flurry of stuff like the Flaming Lips, Mercury Rev, The Oblivions, The Reigning Sound, etc. Has anyone checked to see if perhaps there is currently a similar (and as yet undiscovered) wellspring in Croatia?

Of all Kim Salmon projects, what has been the most rewarding, or unrewarding, if you like?

KIM: They’ve all had their rewards. Actually I think my career has been amazingly rewarding for me. I’m really lucky! Some projects have had higher levels of toxicity than others, but I’ve weathered it or walked away before I got too damaged.


The Scientists play The Lexington, London on Saturday 25 June, with support from BLACK MEKON. Tickets are available here.

The retrospective A Place Called Bad is available to pre-order through The Numero Group.

Read the Rough Guide To The Scientists feature in the latest edition of Vive Le Rock!

Check out ‘Solid Gold Hell’ on YouTube.

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Spain’s finest garage/pub-rock champs LOS CHICOS have unveiled a video for their new single ‘I Don’t Wanna Learn’.

The track is taken from their brand new album Rockpile Of Shit, which is out now through Dirty Water Records.

The boys from Madrid breeze into the UK next week for two London shows.

On Friday 24 June they play What’s Cookin’, Leytonstone, with support from KING SALAMI & THE CUMBERLAND THREE and THEE JEZEBELS plus DJ Gerry Mule from Vive Le Rock! Admission is FREE with a voluntary bucket collection for the bands.

Then on Sunday 26 June, they appear as special guests to legendary Aussie rockers RADIO BIRDMAN at The Dome, Tufnell Park. Tickets are available here.

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Reconvened anarcho-punks HAGAR THE WOMB have issued a compilation album collecting tracks from their early 80s heyday as well as recordings from their current incarnation.

The brilliantly titled Hagiography: a Retrospective 1982-2014 comprises tracks from their classic Word Of The Womb and Funnery In A Nunnery EPs, compilation tracks, demos, live recordings from Leeds in 1985, only previously released on cassette, plus tracks from 2014’s limited edition 7″ Life Of Lies EP for All The Madmen Records.

Hagiography is available to order on CD and download here.

Check out the video for ‘Life Of Lies’.

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Hagar The Womb play the Arena stage at this year’s Rebellion Festival on Sunday 7 August.

The band are also lined-up to play Vi Day, a tribute to recently departed punk icon and POISON GIRLS frontwoman Vi Subversa. The one-day charity event on Sunday 19 February is part of next year’s Another Winter Of Discontent festival, taking place at The Dome in London’s Tufnell Park. Headlined by DIRT, the gig will also feature sets by RUBELLA BALLET, LOST CHERREES, THE PUKES, DUB THE EARTH and more. Tickets are available here.

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The sessions and shows for IGGY POP’s recent Post Pop Depression album are the subject of a travelling photographic exhibition which arrives in London for two weeks from 23 June.

American Valhalla: The Art Of Post Pop Depression features the work of noted German photographer Andreas Neumann, who captured Iggy and the band – Josh Homme, Dean Fertita and Matt Helders – between April and December 2015 in the Joshua Tree desert of south-eastern California.

Comprising approximately thirty photos in colour and black-and-white, the exhibition also features the candid, spontaneous shots of drummer Helders, taken during the album sessions for the album at Joshua Tree’s Rancho de la Luna studio.

First displayed in Detroit in early April, the exhibition has visited Los Angeles, Berlin and Paris. You can catch it at The Flood Gallery, Greenwich Market, London from 23 June to 7 July. Go here for tickets.
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Cherry Red are to issue a new box set unearthing the UK’s hairy heavy underground of the late-60s and early-70s.

I’M A FREAK, BABY: A Journey Through The British Heavy & Psych Hard Rock Underground Scene 1968-72 compiles 36-tracks of by the ex-mods, speedfreaks and counter-cultural iconoclasts that would go on to smash down the door for punk and pave the way for metal in later years.

Alongside well-known names like DEEP PURPLE, THE MOVE and THE YARDBIRDS, across three CDs, the set brings together tracks by the likes of Ladbroke Groovers THE DEVIANTS, PINK FAIRIES, HAWKWIND ZOO and Lemmy’s pre-Hawkwind band SAM GOPAL, heavy blues deconstructionists THE GROUNDHOGS, STACK WADDY, SKID ROW and CHICKEN SHACK, angry proto-punks THIRD WORLD WAR and EDGAR BROUGHTON BAND, Shepherd’s Bush proto-metal teen legends STRAY and garage godfather Jesse Hector’s pre-HAMMERSMITH GORILLAS band CRUSHED BUTLER (pictured).

All wrapped up in a clambox with a 36-page booklet, I’m A Freak, Baby is set for release on 29 July, but you can pre-order it here.

Check out ‘My Son’s Alive’ by Crushed Butler.


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Manchester thrash-punks REVENGE OF THE PSYCHOTRONIC MAN have announced a new single and are launching the video exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘Rrose Sélavy (To Make A Toast To Life)’ is taken from their third full-length album Colossal Velocity which is due out through TNSrecords on 15 July. The album is available on vinyl and CD along with several bundle deals. The vinyl is on two variants – Clear (100) and Sea Blue (200). They can be pre-ordered here, but as a special treat for Vive Le Rock readers, you can download the single here completely FREE!

Originally formed in 2004, this hard-living, hard-playing trio have since drunk their way through countless gigs and tours all over the UK and mainland Europe with over 500 live shows under their belt. Their 2009 debut album, Make Pigs Smoke, received rave reviews from Big Cheese magazine and many more,  while 2012’s Shattered Dreams Parkway lead to a session for the BBC Radio 1 Punk Show with Mike Davies. 

Sharing the stage with the likes of BAD RELIGION, NO MEANS NO, DISCHARGE, SUBHUMANS and many, many more over the course of their career, the band are no stranger to tearing up a room of rowdy punk rock fans. In fact, bass player and vocalist Andy Davies is one half of the team behind TNSrecords and is also part of the collective responsible for the mighty Manchester Punk Festival, where the new video was shot by Mark Richards and Julian Wallinger.

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RPM have a whole load of dates to see them through to the end of the year, kicking off with London’s Wonkfest on 2 July. Full dates are….

Sat 2 July – Wonkfest, London
Sat 9 July – BGB, York
Sat 23 July – Bleach, Brighton
Fri 29 July – Westgarth, Middlesbrough
Sat 30 July – The Black Bull, Gateshead
Sun 7 Aug – Rebellion Festival, Blackpool
19/20 Aug – Retro Bar, Manchester
Fri 26 Aug – Bannermans, Edinburgh
Sat 27 Aug – Conroy’s Basement, Dundee
Sun 28 Aug – Maguires, Liverpool
Sat 3 Sept – Wotsit Called Fest, Hastings
Sun 4 Sept – Wagon and Horses, Birmingham
Sat 10 Sept – The Wheatsheaf, Banbury
Sat 24 Sept – The Chelsea, Bristol
Fri 7 Oct – Cremorne, Sheffield
Sat 8 Oct – The Underground, Plymouth
Sat 15 Oct – The Owl Sanctuary, Norwich
Sat 22 Oct – The Sanctuary, Basingstoke
Thurs 27 Oct – Lady Luck, Canterbury
Fri 28 Oct – T Chances, London
Sat 29 Oct – Mama Liz’s Voodoo Lounge, Stamford
Sat 5 Nov – PJ McGinty’s, Ipswich
Sat 19 Nov – Union Bar, Hastings
Sat 26 Nov – The Yorkshire House, Lancaster
Fri 9 Dec – The Workers Club, Kings Lynn
Fri 16 Dec – Santiago, Leeds
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Following on from the publication of Sick On You, Andrew Matheson’s colourful warts’n’all account of life in the HOLLYWOOD BRATS, London’s ill-fated answer to the NEW YORK DOLLS, Cherry Red Records are to reissue the band’s lost album of the same name.

Newly remastered by keyboard-player Casino Steel, Sick On You is accompanied by A Brats Miscellany, a second disc of previously unheard outtakes, rarities, live tracks and curios, including their sleazily rambunctious cover of Dean Martin’s ‘Little Ol’ Wine Drinker’.

Produced in collaboration with Matheson, the release features a booklet of interviews, lyrics and many unseen period pics by legendary photographer Gered Mankowitz.

The release will coincide with the first international publication of Matheson’s memoir, which share its new cover design with the album. A BBC documentry on the Brats is currently in production an scheduled to air this autumn.

Sick On You / A Brats Miscellany is due for release on 8 July. It’s available to pre-order here.

Check out the video for ‘Little Ol’ Wine Drinker’.




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Watford mods THE SPITFIRES return with their second album in August.

A Thousand Times follows on from their high charting debut Response, released last year.

The album features eleven new tracks written by frontman Billy Sullivan, including the single ‘So Long’ which recently hit No. 1 on the Vinyl Singles Chart.

Check out the video for ‘So Long’.

A Thousand Times was produced by Tom Pullen at CDS Studios in Chelmsford. It’s set for release through Catch 22 Records on 26 August on 12″ vinyl, limited 7” boxset, CD and download. It’s available to pre-order here.

spits album copy

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Pic by Tony Briggs

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