Celtic punks DROPKICK MURPHYS have announced the release of their first new album in nearly four years. The release is heralded by a new lyric video.

The new single ‘Blood’ is the first to be taken from the album 11 Short Stories Of Pain & Glory. The band’s ninth album, it follows on from 2013’s Signed & Sealed In Blood and saw them up sticks from their Boston hometown to record it in El Paso, Texas. Set for release on 6 January, you can pre-order it here and receive ‘Blood’ as an instant download.


The band embark on a European Tour throughout January and February, including a London show at Brixton Academy on 27 January. Support comes from SLAPSHOT and SKINNY LISTER. Full dates below….


Tickets are available here.

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Victorian-themed punk band band THE MEN THAT WILL NOT BE BLAMED FOR NOTHING have released a new single ‘This House Is Not Haunted’, kicking off their biggest ever UK tour, and have shared the video with Vive Le Rock!

The song, described by singer Andy Heintz as an “atheist ghost story” is inspired by the band’s lifelong love of horror. The video was directed by Hannibal writer Tom Deville, and stars Hollyoaks’ Neil Newbon, alongside Samantha Englebrecht as urban explorers who disturb a dark presence (played by Lisa Diveney) in an abandoned house. Director of Photography was Luke Bryant who has worked on Black Mirror and Drifters.

Catch the band on tour throughout November at….

4th – MILTON KEYNES- Crauford Arms
6th – BIRMINGHAM – O2 Academy3
10th – LIVERPOOL – Arts Club
11th – BLYTH – Tavern
12th – LEICESTER: Steampunks in Space – National Space Centre
13th – LINCOLN – Engine Shed
17th – LEEDS – Key Club
18th – LONDON – O2 Academy Islington
19th – EDINBURGH – Bannermans
20th – NOTTINGHAM – Rescue Rooms
24th – MANCHESTER – Sound Control
25th – GUILDFORD – The Star Inn
26th – COLCHESTER – Arts Centre
27th – BRISTOL – The Exchange

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Garage punks will be descending on Birmingham next week for a triple-header at Kings Heath’s legendary Hare & Hounds venue.

Representing their hometown, Second City heroes BLACK BOMBERS will be preaching to the converted, delivering the very goods that have made this summer’s eponymous debut album such a hot property.

Heading south for the night are Glasgow’s rejuvenated 80s icons THE PRIMEVALS.


Meanwhile, currently touring in support of their Freakshow mini-album, London’s DeRELLAS will be representing the sexy south!


Tickets for the show on Friday 11 November priced £5 are available here.

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Much missed 80s music mag Flexipop! is to be immortalised in book form, just in time for Xmas!

The monthly magazine, published totally independently by ex-Record Mirror writers Barry Cain and Tim Lott, first appeared on 30 October 1980, with each issue coming complete with an exclusive flexi-disc on the cover. The likes of the Jam, Blondie, Madness, the Cure, Depeche Mode, Soft Cell, the Pretenders, Thin Lizzy, Motorhead, Bow Wow Wow, even Genesis, did flexis and the magazine was a runaway success.

Flexipop! was a strange concoction of dark humour, cynicism and cute stories with cute pix. Timeless features like Testament Of Youth and Welcome To The Working Week revealed hugely intimate details about the lives of a host of stars from Kate Bush to Kim Wilde via Johnny Rotten and Marc Almond.

Flexipop! photo stories sometimes approached dodgy graphic novel territory. But it didn’t stop the likes of Depeche Mode, the Damned, the Stranglers and XTC from starring in them. Flexipop! cartoons were, frankly, grotesque but incredibly funny. They were the deranged work of the magazine designer Mark Manning who went on to become Zodiac Mindwarp.

This new 164-page book has been lovingly put together by Cain and Flexipop! photographer Neil Matthews. Featuring many pages reproduced from original issues of the magazine, it includes a flexi-disc with tracks provided exclusively by Spandau Ballet and Marc Almond.

Priced £24.99, Flexipop! The Book is available to pre-order now from Vive Le Shop!

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Former JIM JONES REVUE piano player HENRI HERBERT has a new single out, and he’s sharing the video with Vive Le Rock!

Featuring his former JJR cohort Nick Nick Jones on drums and Lucas Itié on bass, ‘Talkin’ ‘Bout The Boogie’ b/w ‘Henri’s Boogie’ is released through his own HH record label and it’s available to download from iTunes and Amazon.

Joining the JJR in 2011 until their dissolution in late 2014, Herbert has spent the past year playing numerous shows and festivals in the UK and Europe, as well as being invited to play in Marhall, Texas, the birthplace of boogie-woogie.

Currently on tour in France, Henri and his band are set to play The Band On The Wall, Manchester  on 16 December. Tickets are available here.


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Following on from their sold out show at Shepherds Bush Empire last month, THE MISSION headline the O2 Forum in Kentsh Town, London this Friday 4 November.  And Vive Le Rock has FIVE pairs of tickets to give away!

The goth legends have just released their brand new album Another Fall From Grace. Support at the show comes from Finnish goth-punks THE 69 EYES and Penetration’s PAULINE MURRAY.

Catch the band on their current tour at….

Thu 3rd Leeds O2 Academy w/ The 69 Eyes + The Skeletal Family
Fri 4th London O2 Forum Kentish Town w/ The 69 Eyes + Pauline Murray
Sat 5th Whitby Goth Weekend
Sun 6th Birmingham O2 Institute w/ The 69 Eyes + Pauline Murray

To be in with a chance of winning a pair of tickets just email info@vivelerock.net with ‘Mission Comp’ in the subject box, telling us what was the title of the band’s first album.

Read a new interview with The Mission and a feature on the 80s Leeds scene in the latest edition of Vive Le Rock!

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