Argentinian post-punks LAS KELLIES have unveiled a first video from their new album.

‘Make It Real’ is taken from the Buenos Aires band’s fourth album Friends & Lovers, the follow-up to 2013’s Total Exposure. Set for release through Fire Records on 14 October, it’s available to pre-order here.

Produced by Iván Diaz Mathé, who’s worked on their previous records, the latest album was recorded in Demolition Sounds Studios.

Coming together in 2005, Las Kellies debuted with Shaking Dog! in 2007, following it with Kalimera in 2009, which drew inspiration from the likes of DEVO and ESG and heralded their first international tour. Signing to Fire Records, they went on to release a split 7″ with ESG, followed by Total Exposure.

Las Kellies – who comprise Silvina Kelly and Cecilia Kelly – are set to embark on a series of European dates, on which they’ll be joined by their newest member and bassist, Manuela Ducatenzeiler.  Catch them on the road at….

06 Nov: Moth Club, London, UK
07 Nov: The Hope, Brighton, UK
08 Nov: Ramsgate Music Hall, Ramsgate, UK
09 Nov: The Bassment, Chelmsford, UK
10 Nov: Night & Day, Manchester, UK
11 Nov: Arden Arms, Halifax, UK
12 Nov: The Tin at The Coal Vaults, Coventry, UK
13 Nov: The Ferret, Preston
14 Nov: Harley, Sheffield, UK
15 Nov: Oporto, Leeds, UK
19 Nov: Rotown, Rotterdam, Netherlands
20 Nov: Oedipus Brewery, Amsterdam, Netherlands
23 Nov: Kinky Star, Gent, Belgium
24 Nov: ACU, Utrecht, Netherlands
26 Nov: 1000 Fryd, Aalborg, Denmark
29 Nov: Zoro, Leipzig, Germany
30 Nov: Frankfurt, Germany
01 Dec: Espace B, Paris, France
04 Dec: L’ ecurie, Geneva, Switzerland
06 Dec: Rhiz, Vienna, Austria
13 Dec: Ubu, Perpignan, France


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Iconic Orange County punks SOCIAL DISTORTION have four of their albums reissued in a new vinyl box set.

The Independent Years: 1983 – 2004 includes the band’s first two albums – Mommy’s Little Monster and Prison Bound – plus Sex, Love and Rock’n’Roll, their sixth album, which saw them regain their independent status following a spell with Epic. The set is rounded out by the early years compilation Mainliner (Wreckage From The Past), which was originally issued on Time Bomb in 1995.

With each album pressed in a different shade of translucent vinyl, The Independent Years is set for international release through Concord Bicycle Music on 25 November. It’s available to pre-order here.

Check out Social Distortion playing ‘Don’t Take Me For Granted’ from Sex, Love and Rock’n’Roll.


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Having spent the Summer in the studio, much-loved London glam-punks THE DeRELLAS return with a brand new mini-album.

The six-track Freakshow is released on the band’s own Rockaway Records on Monday 3 October. It’s available to order now on CD or slime-green 10″ vinyl here.

As previously announced, the band are on the road througout the UK  and Europe in support of the release. Catch them at….

Thurs 13 Oct – La Feline, Paris, FRANCE
Fri 14 Oct – Bifi’s Club, Mücke, GERMANY
Sat 15 Oct – Freak Show Club, Essen, GERMANY
Sun 16 Oct – Monkey Music Club, Hamburg, GERMANY
Mon 17 Oct – TBC
Tues 18 Oct – Wild At Heart, Berlin, GERMANY
Wed 19 Oct – Chemiefabrik. Dresden ,Germany
Thurs 20 Oct TBC
Fri 21 Oct – Glockenbachwerkstatt club, Munich, Germany
Sat 22 Oct – La Bazka club, Tranqueville-Graux FRANCE
Sun 23 Oct – Le Lyautey club, Lille, FRANCE
Fri 28 Oct – Rockaway Beach Hallowe’en bash, London
Fri 11 Nov – Hare & Hounds, Birmingham w/Primevals & The Black Bombers
Thurs 17 Nov – Thunderbolt, Bristol
Fri 18 Nov – TBC
Sat 19 Nov – Arts Centre, Reading
Sun 27 Nov – 100 Club, London w/The Crunch
Thurs 8 Dec – The Parish, Huddersfield
Fri 9 Dec – Golf Club, Cupar with XSLF
Sat 10 Dec – The Black Bull, Gateshead
Sun 11 Dec – Bannerman’s, Edinburgh
Mon 12 Dec – The Castle, Manchester
Thurs 15 Dec – The Albert, Brighton


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Leeds goth overlords THE MISSION celebrate the release of a new album and major tour by reliving their first 30 wild years in the brand new edition of Vive Le Rock!

We also hear from revitalised West London punks RUTS D.C., post-pub blues reconstructionists THE SCREAMING BLUE MESSIAHS and rockabilly rebel SLIM JIM PHANTOM of THE STRAY CATS, while THE UNDERTONES revisit their eventful U.S. tour with THE CLASH.

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Plus NOFX, GREEN DAY, DISCHARGE, THE BEAT, GUITAR WOLF, THE TROGGS, AGAINST ME!, THE CRAVATS, PSYCHIC TV, TOTAL CHAOS and a whole lot more with 60+ album reviews, inculding the return of NICK CAVE, THEATRE OF HATE and many more….

The new edition of Vive Le Rock is available to order now here!


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LOUISE DISTRAS has unveiled a video for her new single ‘Aileen’.

The single, which explores the dark story of ‘America’s first female serial killer’ Aileen Wuornos, is Distras’ first new material since her critically acclaimed 2013 debut album Dreams From The Factory Floor. It was prooduced by Dreams… producer Steve Whale and mixed by Ross Petersen (BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN, THE VAMPS).

Says Distras of ‘Aileen’, “One night after a show I watched the Nick Broomfield documentary Selling of a Serial Killer, which is about ‘America’s first female serial killer’, Aileen Wuornos. As someone who has experienced homelessness and sexual assault, Aileen’s story hit me pretty hard but left me feeling inspired to share it through my music. The film also left me with my own questions about rape culture and the idea of nature vs nurture, so I decided to make my own DIY film that explores the lyrical content of the single. It’s called Real Outlaw – A Commentary on Rape Culture and the Riot Grrrl Movement and it’s available via scanning a QR code that’s printed on the back of the CD and also on tour posters across the UK.”

‘Aileen’ and its accompanying film will be released worldwide on 30 September 2016 digitally via iTunes and Amazon, or CD via Louise’s official website.

As previously announced, Louise sets off this week across the UK and Europe on a series of band and solo dates. Catch her at….

30 Sept Camden, Black Heart w/ Love Zombies + The Amorettes*
1 Oct London, Rich Mix*
5 Oct Birmingham, The Rainbow
6 Oct Liverpool, Sound Food & Drink
7 Oct Derby, The Maypole
8 Oct Kingston, Fighting Cocks w/ Get Dead
10 Oct Norwich, Owl  Sanctuary w/ Get Dead
11 Oct Nottingham, Doghouse w/ Get Dead
12 Oct 02 Islington Academy, London w/ Get Dead
13 Oct Dundee, The Vestry
14 Oct Glasgow, Audio
15 Oct Edinburgh, Bannerman’s
16 Oct Nottingham, Foreman’s w/ TV Smith*
21 Oct Leeds, Verve
5 November Queens Head, Aylesbury
18 November Hamburg, Lobusch (Germany)
19 November Groningen, Spieghel (Netherlands)
21 November Essen, Anyway (Germany)
22 November Bonn, Kult 41 (Germany)
23 November Koln, Sonic Ballroom (Germany)
25 November Flensburg, Volksbad (Germany)
27 November Berlin, Wild At Heart (Germany)
29 November Dresden, Chemiefabrik (Germany)
3 December Lustenau, RockS (Austria)
4 December Bern, Rossil Bar w/ Sham 69 (Switzerland)
6 December Mannheim, Kurzbar (Germany)
7 December Nurnberg, Kunstverein (Germany)
8 December Munich, Import Export (Germany)
10 December Worms, Carroll’s Irish Pub (Germany)

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Venice Beach crossover legends SUICIDAL TENDENCIES return at the end of the month with a brand new album.

World Gone Mad is the band’s first album since 2013’s 13. It’s also their first album to feature former SLAYER DRUMMER Dave Lombardo, who first joined the band for their last US tour, along with new members Ra Diaz on bass and Jeff Pogan on guitar.

World Gone Mad was produced by band frontman Mike Muir, with help from legendary producer Paul Northfield, who also engineered and mixed the record. Additional engineering was undertaken by Pogan.

On working with Lombardo, Muir says, “”It’s interesting, because a lot of people, obviously, associate Dave with the Slayer sound. When you hear how he literally attacks the various styles on this album, you’re instantly blown away at not only how insane of a drummer he is, but also how tremendously diverse a drummer he is. Dave is a true legend, but I believe even a lot of his most hardcore fans will be blown away at what he’s brought to this record. He’s a great guy, amazing to work with and whether it’s live or in the studio, he brings a whole different intensity and rhythmic feel to the band. And he’s definitely got the Cuban thing going on, that Latin flavor, where he gets to do show a little bit more of that style in Suicidal. When you hear it you definitely know it’s Dave, but it definitely takes us to another level. I’ve always been a huge fan, now even more so!”

World Gone Mad is release through Suicidal Records on 30 September. It’s available to pre-order through the band’s website.


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Texan roots-rocker TOMMY HALE returns this month with his new album in eight years. And he’s sharing a track with Vive Le Rock!

‘Backburner’ is the first track to be released from the album Magnificent Bastard, which is released by the brilliantly-named Holiday Disaster label on 30 September. It’s available to buy on CD here and to download from iTunes.

Starting out more than 20 years ago as frontman of raucous Dallas rockers SWANK DELUXE, Hale has gone on the become a regular and reliable force on the Dallas-Fort Worth music scene. More recently he’s visited the U.K where he’s played dates with members of London bands THE SNAKES, MARK & THE CLOUDS and LIMOZINE. It’s this connection that led him to write and record Magnificent Bastard with them at Mooncalf Studio in rural Wiltshire.

Central to the album is the anthemic ‘Save Me (The Ballad of Odell Barnes, Jr)’, which finds him pondering the path and plight of a high-school friend who was accused of murder and ended up on Death Row. Hale describes this song, which he started to write eight years ago, as “the most important story of the record.”

“It really affected me,” he says of the moment he found out that Barnes, who Tommy hadn’t seen since his late teenage years, had been killed by lethal injection in 2001. “I don’t know if he did the murder or not, or anything like that, but I want people to know what it is and to know the story. I don’t know how popular that’ll be in Texas, because most people are a little bit more pro death penalty than I am, I guess.”

Hale is currently planning a series of UK dates for Spring 2017.


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GINGER WILDHEART has announced the line-up for his annual birthday bash, which takes place at The Forum, Kentish Town, London on Saturday 17 December.

The Ginger Wildheart show will, of course, feature, THE WILDHEARTS plus DIRT BOX DISCO, JIM JONES & THE RIGHTEOUS MIND, HEY!HELLO!, Danny McCormack’s THE MAIN GRAINS, THE DOWLING POOLE and ELVANA, the Elvis-fronted Nirvana tribute.

Tickets go on sale this Friday here.


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PIANO WIRE, the band formed by Andy Huxley and Sym Gharial of Brighton gothabilly mavericks THE EIGHTIES MATCHBOX B-LINE DISASTER, have unveiled a new video.

‘Get A Life’ is the first fruit of their sessions with legendary PIXIES and FOO FIGHTERS producer Gil Norton. The video was directed by noted rock photographer Steve Gullick.

The band have also lined up a pair of gigs to coincide. They play…

Thurs 29 Sept       The Victoria, Swindon

Mon 3 Oct              Birthdays, Dalston, London

Formed following the demise of The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster in 2013, Piano Wire released their debut EP in 2015. With the band line-up stabilised with guitaristy Sean Duke and drummer Tim Venning, they’re currrently working on their debut album.


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Celebration of the 40th Anniversary of punk continues with a major exhibition at the Museum of London.

Rather than focus on the big names of the punk scene, the exhibition Punks will tell the stories of the ordinary punks on the street, from handmade mixtape sleeves and DIY fanzines, to the radical clothes sold on the King’s Road. It will tell how punk crashed into London in the Summer of ’76, changing music, fashion and attitudes forever.

Jen Kavanagh, curator of Punks, says: “Punk was so much more than just the music. It was a philosophy, a lifestyle, a community. The 17 incredible people who have contributed to this exhibition talk about their punk days with so much passion and affection and we wanted to get this across in the stories we display. Punk touched the lives of teenagers and young people in London in 1976, and for many it changed their lives forever.”

Lesley Edgar had always been interested in fashion, so when punk arrived she embraced the opportunity to push the boundaries with what she wore. Shopping in jumble sales and markets, clothes would be customised with chains and safety pins. Tartan kilts and men’s string vests formed her look. Lesley cut the sleeves off t-shirts to turn them into mini dresses, which she wore with fishnet tights or homemade plastic trousers.

Trev and Bev met in 1978. They were both fully immersed in the punk scene, spending their weekends on the King’s Road and at gigs. Buying clothes in second hand shops, or hanging out in The Chelsea Potter, they embraced the sense of community that punk brought. Nearly 40 years later they still go to gigs and hang out with the friends they made in the 1970.

Zoe Neale (pictured) was introduced to punk by her friend Jane. Bored of the prog rock that dominated the early 1970s, Zoe loved the energy and pace of punk. As she lived in the suburbs, she’d have to travel into London to attend gigs, and was a regular at the Marquee. Always experimenting with different coloured hair, her parents were appalled by her appearance, but eventually accepted her love of punk.

David Black was attending college in Norwich when he first encountered punk. He’d make trips into London to buy clothes, treating himself to a Destroy t-shirt from Seditionaries and a bondage shirt and mesh tie from Boy. Dave treasured his Destroy top and didn’t mind spending a lot to own it. But shopping on the King’s Road meant dodging the teddy boys, who were often looking for a fight.

Punks opens at the Museum of London on 1 October and runs until 15 January.

The Museum will also be holding a Punk London debate on 18 November; a live, no holds barred debate bringing together opposing ideas and arguments about the ideas of punk, its journey over forty years and what it means for the future. High profile line-up to be announced soon.

More details on the Museum of London website.

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Less than a month to go and we’re still adding acts to Vive Le Rock‘s inaugural Punk Rock Pins & Pun-Ups festival!

The latest names to be added are London Irish Celtic punks THE LAGAN and metallic harDcore heavyweights DEAD MAN’S CHEST. they join the already announced line-up of THE BRONX, COCKNEY REJECTS, RUTS D.C., H2O, GIUDA, G.B.H., NEWTOWN NEUROTICS, ARGY BARGY, MING CITY ROCKERS, POUNDED BY THE SURF, HIGHER POWER, DROPSET and CRIMINAL MIND, with more to be announced….

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Taking place at Brooklyn Bowl at London’s O2 from 7 to 9 October, the weekend comes complete with record and vintage clothes stalls, films and DJs. Tickets are a ridiculously reasonable £20 per day or £50 for the whole weekend and they’re selling fast! Get them here now!


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Leeds goth grandmasters THE SISTERS OF MERCY have announced a series of UK dates this Autumn.

Now in their 36th year,  Andrew Eldritch and co return to the UK fresh from a tour of South America, which included a performance in Rio on the final day of the 2016 Paralympic Games.

The band play the following dates…


Sat 19 Nov  Norwich UEA
Tue 22 Nov  Birmingham O2 Institute
Wed 23 Nov  Bristol O2 Academy
Fri 25 Nov  Liverpool Olympia
Sat 26 Nov  Sheffield University Foundry

Tickets are on sale here.

Commenting on the tour, guitarist Chris Catalyst says, “We’re looking forward to visiting a few places that The Sisters have not played for some time. We’ll be playing some very classic songs and wearing some very outlandish shirts. And we’ll be seeing you down the front.”  Eldritch adds, “We are still hard, we are still shiny, you will like it.”

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To celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the legendary 100 Club Punk Festival, two nights’ worth of punk tribute bands will be appearing at the London venue this weekend.

Over the weekend of 20 and 21 September 1976, the likes of the SEX PISTOLS, THE CLASH, THE DAMNED, SIOUXSIE & THE BANDSHEES, THE BUZZCOCKS and SUBWAY SECT appeared at the Oxford Street club in front of the capital’s fledgling punks, kickstarting the UK punk scene in earnest.

This weekend will see performances by SEX PISTOLS EXPERIENCE, COMPLETE CLASH and STRAIGHTEN OUT (Stranglers tribute) on Friday 24 September, and Sex Pistols Experience, LIZZIE & THE BANSHEES and BROKEN HEARTS (Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers tribute) on Saturday 24 September.

Tickets, priced £15 for each night, are available here.

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Fast-rising Italian psych-punks GO!ZILLA are in the UK this week for dates around their appearance at Liverpool Psych Fest.

Formed in Florence in 2011, the band have been touring widely across Europe and the USA, appearing at various festivals, including Spain’s Primavera Sound, Paris Psych and Levitation SXSW in Austin, Texas, and shared stages with THE SONICS, THE GROWLERS, MOON DUO and NIGHT BEATS.

Currently in the throes of putting a new album together, their previous album was Sinking In Your Sea in April last year. They released the 7″ ‘Pollution’ on Stolen Body Records in the UK in May of this year. Check out the video.

The band’s releases are available now through Bandcamp.

Go!Zilla play the following shows….

22.09 – London – Birthdays Dalston
23.09 – Liverpool International Festival Of Psychedelia
24.09 – Glasgow – Indigo Club
25.09 – Salford – The Eagle Inn

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Norwegian rockers TIEBREAKER prepare for the release of their new album by streaming a track from it exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘Killer’ is taken from Death Tunes, the band’s second album, which was written in a small cabin in the west of Norway and was produced by KVELERTAK guitarist Bjarte Lund Roland. Recording took place at Amper Tone Studio in Oslo, owned by Kjartan Kristiansen of the DUMDUM BOYS, with engineering, mixing and mastering by Nick Terry (TURBONEGRO, KVELERTAK, LIBERTINES).

The ten‐track album will be released on CD and download on 21 October through Karisma Records, while the vinyl will be available from the 19 November.


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Northampton garage-punks THE MOBBS have unveiled a first video from their new album.

The whipsmart Medway-esque ‘Mojo Degradation’ is taken from the trio’s fifth opus Piffle! which is due out through Cravat Records on 23 September. It’s available to pre-order on CD through the band’s website and as a download through Dirty Water Records.

The Mobbs have gigs coming up at….

24 Sept – The Pomfret Arms, Northampton (ALBUM LAUNCH!)
1 Oct – The Railway Hotel, Southend
8 Oct – The Charles Bradlaugh, Northampton


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Brit psych-rock rulers WOLF PEOPLE return with a first video from their long-awaited new album.

‘Ninth Night’ is from the album Ruins, the Bedford/London/Preston band’s third (or fourth, depending on how you look at it) album, the follow up to 2013’s Fain. It’s released though Jagjaguwar on 11 November and is available for pre-order here.

The band then embark on a series of dates across the UK, kicking off in Bedford and taking in a London show at Oslo in Hackney. Catch them on the following dates….

17 Nov – Esquires, Bedford
18 Nov – Headrow House, Leeds
19 Nov – Nice’n’Sleazy, Glasgow
20 Nov – Deaf Institute, Manchester
22 Nov – Oslo, London
24 Nov – Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham
25 Nov – Picture House Social, Sheffield
27 Nov – The Louisiana, Bristol

Go here for tickets.


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THEATRE OF HATE return next month with their first new album in 36 years and a UK tour to go with it.

The band were first formed by Kirk Brandon in 1980, releasing the album Westworld and its anthemic hit single ‘Do You Belive In the Westworld’, before giving way to SPEAR OF DESTINY in 1982. They reconvened in 2014 and have been recording periodically at Oxygen Studios in Manchester ever since. Part-funded by pledgers, the resulting album Kinshi will see the light of day on 14 October. It’s available to pre-order here.

The band, featuring original members Brandon, bassist Stan Stammers and sax-player John ‘Boy’ Lennard, plus Adrian Portas, Danny Farrent and Chris Bell, then head off on tour, kicking off with an exclusive London show for pledgers and pre-orderers. Catch Theatre Of Hate on the road at….

Wed 26th Oct LONDON Exclusive Pledge Show
Thu 27th Oct BRISTOL Fleece
Fri 28th Oct BEDFORD Esquires
Sat 29th Oct BUCKLEY Tivoli (Dark Wave Alldayer)
Sun 30th Oct BIRMINGHAM o2 Academy
Tue 1st Nov LEEDS Brudenell Social Club
Wed 2nd Nov NEWCASTLE The Cluny
Thu 3rd Nov GLASGOW King Tuts Wah Wah Hut
Fri 4th Nov ABERDEEN Krakatoa
Sat 5th Nov DUNFERMLINE PJ Malloys
Sun 6th Nov MANCHESTER Academy

Tickets are available here.


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