TOP GIZAS! SHARKS VIDEO EXCLUSIVE!

SHARKS return with a new album this month, and they’re premiering the first video from it with Vive Le Rock!

‘That Girl’ is taken from Ready Set Go, the band’s second album since their 2014 reunification and the follow-up to last year’s Killers From The Deep.

Speaking about the video, the band commented…

“With a deadline looming and an expensive location on hold, Chris Spedding and Steve ‘Snips’ Parsons were both unavailable to film a promo for their new album Ready Set Go. The ever resourceful director Charles Hennegrave decided to hire 2 professional actors who studied the signature moves of S and S and dressed up in Egyptian Mummy outfits. We think you’ll agree that the result is much better than having two veteran performers make utter fools of themselves.”

Ready Set Go is set for release through 3MS Records on 29 June. It’s available to pre-order here.

You can read a new interview with Sharks in the latest edition of Vive Le Rock!, out now!

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CAMDEN ROCKS BECOMES TWO-DAY EVENT!

Following on from the success of this year’s event, CAMDEN ROCKS head honcho Chris McCormack has announced next year it will be expanded to TWO DAYS!

On Saturday 2 June, for the 6th year running, Camden Rock brought more than 8,000 fans to the North London rock’n’roll enclave to see and hear over 200 acts – including PiL, British Sea Power, Maximo Park (pictured), The Professionals and more – performing at 20+ different venues.

So successful was the event that they’ve decided to double up and make it a two-day event in 2019. A limited number of earlybird day and weekend tickets are available now for the festival which takes place over Saturday and Sunday 1 and 2 June. Get them here!

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RANDY SAVAGES VIDEO EXCLUSIVE!

North London punks RANDY SAVAGES are set to release their debut single next month and they’re premiering their first video exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘Intercontinental’ is one side of a double-A single shared with ‘Guilty Of Nuthin’, which is set for release through Memphis label Wrecked-Em Wreckords on 13 July.

Describing themselves as “the missing link between cheap speed and Cheap Trick”, the band recorded the single in their own studio, buitl out of two disused shipping containers somewhere in Camden Town.

In their first year, they’ve played dates with the likes of Eddie & The Hot Rods, Anti-Nowhere League and Protex and next month they join the bill of Vive Le Rock and Some Weird Sin’s Pump It Up! Power Pop Weekender.  Taking place at The Finsbury Pub, Manor House over the weekend of 28-29 July, the event features sets from Protex, THE BARRACUDAS (only London show this year!), DIRTY FENCES, FAZ WALTZ, ROLE MODELS, LOS PEPES, LUCY & THE RATS and more. Tickets are available here.

Full Randy Savages tour dates…

24 June – Canterbury – Lady Luck
13 July – Camden – Lock Tavern – Garageland – single launch (w/ Newtown Neurotics)
15 July – Derby – Hairy Dog – Punks Against Cancer
28 July – London – The Finsbury – Powerpop Weekender
11 Aug – Kingston – Fighting Cocks
17 Aug – Leeds – Bad Apples
18 Aug – Oldham – Bank Top
18 Nov – London – 100 Club

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STRING ALONG A BLOATER!

BIG BOY BLOATER has unveiled another new video from his new album which is released next week.

‘Stop Stringing Me Along’ is the third video to be taken from Pills, the guitarist’s first album with his new stripped down version of THE LIMITS. It’s released through Provogue/Mascot Label Group on 15 June.

“This isn’t really directed at any one person or a specific organisation, but is a general song about things that have happened to me,” says Bloater about the song. “The shared experience a lot of my musician friends have had and an ode to the old days of the music business – the man with the big cigar who promises the World and delivers nothing is real and he’s still out there! I guess it’s a cautionary tale for anyone starting out in the music industry today!”

As previously announced, Big Boy Bloater and the Limits head out on tour this autumn. Catch them on the road at…

Thurs 6th Sept – NOTTINGHAM, The Maze
Fri 7th Sept – NEWCASTLE, The Cumberland Arms
Sat 8th Sept – GLASGOW, Stereo
Sun 9th Sept – PRESTON, The Continental
Thurs 13th Sept – BIDEFORD, The Palladium Club
Weds 19th Sept – LONDON, The Black Heart
Thurs 20th Sept – BRISTOL, Mr Wolf’s
Fri 21st Sept – ALDERSHOT, West End Centre
Weds 26th Sept – SHREWSBURY, Albert’s Shed
Thurs 27th Sept – CHELTENHAM, The Frog and Fiddle
Fri 5th Oct – NORWICH, B2 Venue
Sat 6th Oct – LOUTH, Hoochie Coochie Club

Read a new interview with Big Boy Bloater in the current edition of Vive Le Rock!, out now!

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30 DAMAGED YEARS!

Internationally renowned East London garage-punk label DAMAGED GOODS RECORDS are celebrating their 30th Anniversary this year!

And to mark the occasion, they’re having a very special 30th Anniversary Singles Club.

The label invited some of their favourite bands to record cover versions of their favourite singles. They even asked them to do the original B-sides! The seven bands that stepped up to the plate were CYANIDE PILLS, GIUDA, JOHNNY MOPED, HARD SKIN, THE SHADRACKS, GRAHAM DAY & THE FOREFATHERS and WILD BILLY CHILDISH.

Housed in sleeves that pay homage to the originals, the singles will be pressed on coloured vinyl in limited editions of 250 copies and will be posted out two at a time, with “something nice in with the last one”.

The singles will not be available digitally, but will be made available on black vinyl a few weeks later.

Membership of the club is £70 and is available here.

The label will also be hosting a special 30th Anniversary gig on Thursday 6 September at the Music Machine in London (otherwise known as KOKO in Camden), featuring Wild Billy Childish & CTMF plus Johnny Moped and The Shadracks. Tickets priced £15 are available here.

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THE CHURCH PLAY U.K. DATES!

Aussie legends THE CHURCH have announced a handful of UK dates following their sold-out Meltdown show next week.

As previously announced, the band join the PSYCHEDELIC FURS at London’s Royal Festival Hall on Friday 15 June as part of the festival curated by THE CURE’s Robert Smith.

The following weekend, they take over West London’s Bush Hall for A Weekend Crusade. On Saturday 16 June, the band will be playing selections from their albums Starfish and Hologram Of Baal, celebrating their 30th and 20th Anniversaries respectively. On Sunday 17 June, they’ll be performing their classic 1982 album The Blurred Crusade in its entirety. Both days will also feature film screenings and solo sets. Tickets are available here.

The band then head north to play dates in Sheffield (18/6), Newcastle (19/6) and Glasgow (20/6) playing shows in support of the latest album Man Woman Life Death Infinity. They’ll be joined on these dates by UK-based Australian artist Suzie Stapleton. Full dates are below…

Check out the video for ‘I Don’t Know How I Don’t Know Why’

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STRANGE CONVERSATION!

Legendary DOCTORS OF MADNESS founder Richard Strange took the time to talk to Vive Le Rock ahead of his show at London’s Bush Hall on Saturday 9 June.

As previously announced, Richard and a band involving several special guests will be performing his classic solo concept album The Phenomenal Rise Of Richard Strange for the first time ever in its entirety. Tickets for the show are available here.

The Bush Hall Show sounds like a spectacular, what should people expect?
An immersive, multimedia, interactive event, featuring some of the greatest musicians I have ever worked with. Between them they have worked with Bob Dylan, PJ Harvey, Tom Waits, Nick Cave, Tindersticks, The Who, Atomic Rooster, Scott Walker, Sarah Jane Morris, Madness, Band of Holy Joy, The Higsons, Jamairoquai …oh and the Doctors of Madness!

Is this really the first time it’s been performed in full, what took you so long?
The time was never right… I had fallout with Virgin soon after it was released, Cabaret Futura was going strong, my acting career was starting to take off and the original band had started to go their separate ways. We did some of the songs at Glastonbury in 2009, but never the whole show, and never a staged version embracing the political narrative.

Will it be just you on the stage?
No, see above… This is a 24 carat all-star band, plus films, staging, guests, bells and whistles!! All the hoopla of a Trump convention… but without Stormy Daniels!

The album is nearly 40 years old, do you feel it speaks to these times?
More than ever… Obviously I have been working on it a lot and listening to it a lot recently, as you can imagine. Never been more relevant. A Maverick politician uses showbiz techniques, media manipulation and sheer brass neck to become president (of a Federated Europe, which is in total political meltdown). The second verse of one of the songs starts…

“Bombing in Madrid by Franco’s chosen sons.
Mussolini resurrected in Rome.
And meanwhile back in London
there’s this woman whose ambition
is to send everybody home”.
(On Top Of The World. Copyright Richard Strange 1978)

You couldn’t make it up…. Oh hold on… I DID… in 1978!! But that could have been the BBC news today… Meltdown in Italy, Spain, UK, Hungary, Germany, Holland. Resurgent nationalism/fascism, a media that distort news for its own ends.. etc etc. Any resemblance between my character and any other character, living or dead, is purely intentional!

Where does your love of theatrical presentation come from?
I have been lucky enough to work with the best! Directors like Robert Wilson, Yuri Lyubimov, choreographers like Luca Silvestrini of Protein Dance, artists like Gavin Turk and Haroon Mirza, film directors like Harmony Korine, Martin Scorsese and Tim Burton. Event curators like Hal Willner, who did the Disney show at the RFH with Jarvis Cocker, and the Fellini show and the Sea Shanties shows at The Barbican. I love the way he flies by the seat of his pants and always pulls off something unforgettable…….. I am sponge… I watch everyone, everything, and adapt to my own needs. I always carry a note book. The scenes are out there every day! You just got to see them (and not forget them)!

You’ve worked with the great and the [not so!] good. Who taught you the most?
I think Robert Wilson, with whom I spent 3 years working on ‘The Black Rider’ with Marianne Faithfull, (the Tom Waits/William Burroughs musical play) was a huge experience for me. We did it at The Barbican, in LA, in San Francisco and in Sydney. Watching Bob work is a masterclass in stagecraft, lighting, movement, composition and sheer bloody mindedness!! Also writing a cantata with the great Gavin Bryars, based on the life and work of William Burroughs, was an inspiration. Neville Farmer, the director, and I are just finishing editing the movie of the event. Tim Burton was great to work with (on Batman) and Martin Scorsese is a lifelong hero… (Though if I could have chosen ANY of his films to work on, it would probably NOT have been Gangs of New York). Working with Harmony Korine, Anita Pallenberg, Denis Lavant and Diego Luna on Mr Lonely was a gas. It was 6 weeks of non-stop insanity in the most remote part of the Highlands, with only the midges for company! I love the energy and dedication and attention to detail of Luca Silvestrini, the choreographer with Protein Dance

You had a ringside seat for the Punk movement, is it true the Pistols supported you?
Yep. Not only supported us (1976) but also robbed us while we were onstage!! I sat next to Paul Cook a couple of weeks ago at the Albert Hall, watching my mate Joe Elliott raise billions for Teenage Cancer Charity and felt a hand in my pocket…turned to see who it was and it was Cookie…. he laughed and he gave me a lovely hug!

What would you say to anyone one thinking of waiting another 40 years to witness The Phenomenal Rise of Richard Strange?
See you there!

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NIGHTINGALES ANNOUNCE MORE DATES!

Birmingham post-punk evergreens THE NIGHTINGALES have announced a series of UK dates for the Autumn.

Originally formed in 1979 out of the ashes of seminal Brum punks THE PREFECTS, since reconvening in 2004, the band has become increasingly active. They’ve just completed a short run of dates, and released a single ‘Commercial Suicide Man’ with punk legend VIC GODARD, who Nightingales frontman Robert Lloyd first met when The Prefects and Subway Sect supported THE CLASH on their White Riot Tour.

Buy ‘Commercial Suicide Man’ here.

The Nightingales will be joined on select dates on the forthcoming tour by fast-rising punk-jazz threesome THE NEAR JAZZ EXPERIENCE, featuring Terry Edwards and Simon Charterton from 80s post-punk funkers THE HIGSONS and MADNESS bassist Mark ‘Bedders’ Bedford.

Full tour dates are….

Thu 20th Sep – The Cellar, Oxford
Fri 21st Sep – The Exchange, Bristol
Sat 22nd Sep – Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth
Sun 23rd Sep – Tom Thumb Theatre, Margate
Tue 25th Sep – Soup Kitchen, Manchester*
Wed 26th Sep – Stereo, Glasgow*
Thu 27th Sep – Opium, Edinburgh*
Fri 28th Sep – Central Bar, Gateshead*
Sat 29th Sep – The Lantern, Halifax*
Sun 30th Sep – Greystones, Sheffield*
Tue 2nd Oct – Hare & Hounds, Birmingham*
Wed 3rd Oct – Moth Club, London*
Thu 4th Oct – The Portland Arms, Cambridge*
Fri 5th Oct – Canal House, Nottingham*
Sat 6th Oct – Green Door Store, Brighton

*featuring The Near Jazz Experience

Tickets available now here.

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GROOVING IN GREEN!

Legendary French folk-punks LES NEGRESSES VERTES have announced a handful of UK dates this Autumn.

The three shows form the UK leg of a major tour celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the band’s classic debut album Mlah!

Formed in Paris in 1987, Les Negresses Vertes made their mark in the UK off the back of their infectious debut album and an appearance at the 1989 Reading Festival, which saw them hailed as the French equivalent of The Pogues. After a second album Famille Nombreuse for Virgin in 1991, however, their career was derailed by the sudden death of charismatic frontman Helno from a heroin overdose in January 1993. The band eventually regrouped around founding members Stefane Mellino, Mathias Canavese and Jean-Marie Paulus, continuing in an increasingly dub/lounge vein but always a riveting live act.

Catch Les Negresses Vertes live at…

Tue 25 Sept – LONDON O2 Academy Islington tickets
Wed 26 Sept – MANCHESTER Band on the Wall  tickets
Thu 27 Sept – GLASGOW O2 ABC2 tickets

Check out ‘Zobi La Mouche’ from Mlah!

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