Former Special NEVILLE STAPLE and co-conspirator SUGARY STAPLE have a brand new video out, which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
‘Way Of Life’ is taken from the pair’s new album Rude Rebels which is out now through Cleopatra.
Produced by Sugary and Neville alongside Specials producer Tom Lowry at Planet Studios, Coventry, the album also sees them reunited with another former Specials alumnus, Roddy Radiation aka Roddy Byers on guitar.
“The album was produced with our love of punk, ska, 2tone and reggae, which we mixed into an indulgent sub-culture blend. A bit like me,” says Sugary Staple. “Working alongside Neville on the production was just perfect. He gets me, and he understands where I am at musically and about my promotion of women going for it, regardless of age and situation. We both still have something to say in our productions, while still creating a dancing beat or a sing-along vocal.”
“I felt really free on this production,” adds Neville. “Having the freedom to be creative with someone on your wave-length is really refreshing for me. I love how we celebrate the great musical genres of my 40-year career. There’s a little taste of The Specials in there, a Clash type of punk vibe and even Trojan Records styles. We’ve been touring some of the songs and the fans have gone nuts for it. Great to have my buddy Roddy on board too.”
Rude Rebels is available on CD and limited edition clear black’n’white splatter vinyl from Cleopatra and digitally via Bandcamp.
You can catch Neville & Sugary Staple on tour at….
Nov 10 Bognor – Butlins
Nov 16 Llangollen – Sun Inn
Nov 17 Bristol – Fleece
Nov 23 Skamouth – DJ Party
Dec 01 Hastings – Black Market VIP
Dec 08 Devon (TBA)
Dec 21 Frome – Cheese & Grain
Dec 22 Swansea – The Garage
THE RAMONAS hit the headlines with their brand new video, which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
The band describe ‘The Daily Fail’ as a tongue-in-cheek dig at the influence of the mainstream tabloid media.
More widely know as the world’s most popular tribute to iconic punk pioneers THE RAMONES, the girls released their debut self-penned album First World Problems in September 2017.
This latest release coincides with the album being issued on limited edition blue vinyl for the first time. It’s available to buy here.
Catch The Ramonas at the following dates…
November 3rd – Frog & Fiddle, Cheltenham
November 23rd – The Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham
November 24th – Warehouse23, Wakefield (Supporting UK Subs)
December 1st – Anno 1888, Soest, Germany
December 2nd – Rare Guitar, Münster, Germany
December 20th – The Blacksmith Arms, Milton Keynes
December 21st – Louisiana, Bristol
December 22nd – O2 Ritz, Manchester (Supporting The Macc Lads)
BLONDIE bombshell Debbie Harry is the cover-star of the Vive Le Rock Annual Vol.3 which is available to order now!
The latest edition of the UK’s number one punk mag covers the very best of issues 11 to 16 with the story of CBGB’s New York punk explosion, including RAMONES, DEAD BOYS, TALKING HEADS, JAYNE COUNTY, JOHNNY THUNDERS & THE HEARTBREAKERS and more.
Plus this bumper volume also has room for THE SWEET, THE BIRTHDAY PARTY, THE DAMNED, BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN, ADAM ANT, DROPKICK MURPHYS, THE ALARM, GEORGE THOROGOOD, THE GODFATHERS, THE B-52s, THE ADVERTS, ANTI-NOWHERE LEAGUE, MICHAEL MONROE, WILKO JOHNSON, HAMMERSMITH GORILLAS and much, much more.
Plus! We hear from YOU about your first gigs!!!
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Priced just £20 and limited to just 500 copies, the Vive Le Rock Annual Vol.3 is not available in shops!
The perfect stocking-filler for the serious punk/rocker in your life, order here for Xmas!!!!
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THE CRAVATS launch the latest in their series of classic single reissues with this rare archive clip premiered exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
The footage of the classic ‘I Hate The Universe’ was shot live at the legendary Zig Zag Club in London and had previously been lost for more than three decades.
Following the band’s recent resurgence with last year’s critically acclaimed LP Dustbin of Sound they are re-releasing limited editions of their classic Small Wonder singles on vinyl, as many missed them first time around and apart from paying silly money on eBay or Discogs it is a way of filling that ‘C’ section in your record collections with finery.
Limited to 500 copies, the band’s debut 1978 release ‘Gordon’ b/w ‘Situations Vacant’ was reissued last year and very few remain. It’s still available now from Overground Records or from any Cravats Live show.
Now, originally issued in June ’79, here comes ‘Burning Bridges’ b/w ‘The End’ and ‘I Hate The Universe’.
Produced by Bob Sargeant (a week after he produced The Fall’s Live At The Witch Trials in the same studio), it has been digitally remastered and, like ‘Gordon’, is encased in the same glorious sleeve artwork.
Attempting to make these re-releases look as close to the originals as possible has been a labour of love. Back then artwork was all: bits of cardboard, Letraset, scissors and a tube of glue, but thanks to modern, space-age technology you’ll get a near identical sleeve and spot-on label – in this instance Pete Stennett has kindly allowed the band to reproduce his legendary Small Wonder Record label. Each copy also comes with a handy insert featuring ‘Cravfacts’.
Remember, only 500 of these exist and then they’ve gone forever. It’s available now here or any Cravats gig.
The next release in the series, ‘Precinct’ will follow in a few months, so collect the set and drink plenty of water.
Below, Cravats frontman The Shend tells the story of the film clip…
As you can imagine The Cravats were somewhat thrilled to be asked to support The Birthday Party and UT at The Zigzag Club in London on 8 May 1982.
In the days before iPhones and even camcorders (first available to the general public in 1983), getting anything filmed involved good old celluloid and luckily that day, Simon Towle was on the guestlist clutching his trusty Super 8 cine camera which incredibly had sound.
He filmed all of ‘I Hate The Universe’ which, seeing as the reels of film only lasted a few minutes, was a feat in itself, and recorded the audio with the camera’s built in microphone.
A couple of months later we all gathered at Gordon’s flat (Gordon Winter was the lead singer of Small Wonder stablemates The English Subtitles and also the marvellously manic chair-wielding Mr H on stage with us in this film) in Rupert Court, Soho and watched the unedited masterpiece projected on a wall. That was the last time anyone saw it . . . for decades!
We sadly lost touch with Simon and the film became a dim memory but it was the only known footage of The Cravats and every now and then I’d try to track down Simon and this Holy Grail of Cravatian artefacts. I searched social media and googled Simon but the trail was always cold. Not knowing how to correctly spell his surname didn’t help.
Then in 2017 I befriended English Subtitles’ guitarist Louis who now lived in Hamburg on Farcebook and asked him if he knew of Simon’s whereabouts. It turned out Simon had moved to New Zealand many years ago and thanks to Mark Zuckerberg’s networking behemoth I got in touch, but although he remembered making the film he was unsure whether it still existed.
Bah, Inspector Morse never had this much trouble detectiving.
Then, a message from Simon in early 2018 finally cracked the case. While clearing the loft he’d found the film in, er, a case.
Hoorah! I exclaimed, and using Google Street View, Simon found a suitable celluloid conversion emporium in a town some miles from his home.
Once converted to digital it was sent through the howling ether of outer space to Shend Towers and passed to lovely chum and Emperor of digital imagery, the mighty Mark Richards for editing into the gem you see here.
Okay, it hasn’t the audio clarity or visual splendour of a cinematic classic such as say, Those Magnificent Men In Their Flying Machines, but it’s really, really flipping old, was recorded on equipment with less pixels than a badger and has travelled the globe stuffed in a suitcase with some net curtains and 52 vintage copies of Practical Wireless Magazine.
Thirty-six years in the making and with massive thanks to Simon Towle, Mark Richards and all who helped along the way, we can finally present the legendary celluloid extravaganza that is, ‘I Hate The Universe’.
God of Hellfire ARTHUR BROWN has been added as special guest vocalist on HAWKWIND’s current orchestral tour.
The Ladbroke Grove groovers are currently touring the UK with a full orchestra, playing shows in support of their latest, Mike Batt-produced, album Road To Utopia.
The tour initially started out as a one-off date at London’s celebrated Palladium theatre, but tickets sold out so quickly that they decided to add more shows. Remaining dates, with support from The Black Heart Orchestra, are….
Sun 4th Nov – London, Palladium (sold out)
Mon 5th Nov – London, Palladium
Sat 24th Nov – Bath, Forum
Sun 25th Nov – Birmingham Symphony Hall
Legendary Birmingham songwriter DAVE KUSWORTH has announced a one-off London show in celebration of a major new anthology.
An early member of chartbusting Soho sleaze-merchants Dogs D’Amour, playing on their 1984 debut album, Kusworth began his career in 1977 with seminal Birmingham garage band TV Eye, going on to find success in The Jacobites with former Swell Map, Nikki Sudden.
The first ever vinyl compilation of Dave’s work, and a taster for a major vinyl reissue programme, The World Of Dave Kusworth Vol.1 & 2 brings together the cream of Dave’s material from his period with The Jacobites, as well as tracks from his own later bands The Bounty Hunters, The Tenderhooks and The Dave Kusworth Group.
The album also features a track from Dave’s new solo album, due for release in 2019. Each of the 20 tracks was chosen personally by Kusworth and longtime friend, bandmate and designer Dave Twist, who was also responsible for the album’s lavish packaging.
Kusworth will be launching the album with a very special Rockaway Beach club night at London’s Hope & Anchor on Sunday 4 November. Tickets are on sale now here.
The World Of Dave Kusworth Vol.1 & 2 is available to pre-order now through Troubadour Records via Easy Action.
Ascendant London psych-rock duo BLACK DOLDRUMS have a new EP out next month and they’re premiering the lead track exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
‘There Is No Eye’ is taken from the four-track Sad Paradise EP which will be their first release on the Club AC30 label. It was co-produced by engineer James Aparicio whose credits include Spiritualized, Nick Cave and Depeche Mode.
A combination of Kevin Gibbard’s layers of six-string sonic attack and Sophia Lacroix’s relentless tribal drums, the pair have been causing a stir across London and further afield for the last couple of years, paying homage to greasy biker psych and brown-acid meltdown.
“With just the two of us, it’s a close relationship with its challenges,” explains Gibbard. “We don’t have a lot of people we can rely on and for creativity this can be both productive and destructive as well as rewarding, due to the fact we both have something in common to work against. It’s us against them. Lyrically, I like to keep things simple and base each song around a theme as appose to a specific subject. More a feeling than a story. In terms of composition, each song ends up being a journey as we like to experiment and push it as far as we can with just the two of us. Our whole approach is that a song should write itself.”
Catch Black Doldrums live at…
10 Nov – Paper Dress Vintage, London
25 Nov – The Lanes, Bristol
6 Dec – The Victoria, London
7 Dec – The Chameleon Arts Café, Nottingham
The story of Notting Hill rock’n’roll story rolls on with this excellent video from the new PINK FAIRIES album…
‘Old Enuff To Know Better’, written by former guitarist Larry Wallis, is taken from the album Resident Reptiles, which is out now on Purple Pyramid Records via Cleopatra.
But this is not the version of the Fairies that released the Naked Radio album a couple of years back and featured longstanding rhythm section Duncan ‘Sandy’ Sanderson and Russell Hunter.
This band’s Ladbroke Grove credentials are sound, however: founding Fairies guitarist (and sometime HAWKWIND bassist) Paul Rudolph returns after a long lay-off, joined by original MOTÖRHEAD drummer Lucas Fox and later Hawkwind bassist Alan Davey.
The album was recorded in Austin with Jurgen Engler from German industrialists DIE KRUPPS in the producer’s chair.
Resident Reptiles is available now on limited edition pink vinyl and CD.
THE STRAY CATS make good on their recent reunion by announcing a tour AND a new album next year!
The Massapequa threesome will be celebrating their 40th Anniversary in 2019 and are promising to make it a good one.
The as-yet unnamed album – their first in 25 years! – will be recorded in Nashville with British producer Peter Collins – whose credits include Alvin Stardust and Middlesex rockabilly rebels Matchbox – and engineer Vance Powell (Buddy Guy, Jack White, Seasick Steve), and released through Surfdog Records.
The album will be accompanied by tour dates as yet to be confirmed.
Having formed in 1979, the trio enjoyed considerable worldwide success with several hit singles and three albums, initially splitting in 1984. Since then they’ve reunited on various occasions, periodically releasing albums. They played a farewell tour in 2008/9, returning this summer for a handful of wildly-received US dates.
“Forty years ago, us three teenagers started a little band to play a musical style that had long since passed, and most folks had never heard of, this Rockabilly music,” explains guitarist/singer Brian Setzer. “Forty years later we stand together and still get that same thrill and exhilaration from the music. That feeling is what makes the fireworks go off and the sparks fly. It makes the world go around.”
“Making a new Stray Cats album for 2019 in Nashville seems like the exact right thing, right time, right place, and right band for the gig! We have an album’s worth of new songs that are classic rockabilly while keeping the music and style current and fresh, like always. In other words…A Stray Cats album,” agrees drummer Slim Jim Phantom.
Bassist Lee Rocker adds, “They say history repeats itself and I now know that’s true. 40 years after Brian, Jim and I formed the Stray Cats, we are back! I’m so excited to be in the studio with my brothers. I can tell you that this will be the best Stray Cats album we have ever made. The time is right, the songs are great and we’re ready to rock.”
Revered NYC street punks THE CASUALTIES are back and they’re premiering a track from their new album exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
Taken from Written In Blood, the band’s eleventh studio album, with its opening scorching, insistent guitar riff, the angry ‘Ashes’ means business from the off.
“This song is like revenge in reverse!” enthuses frontman David Rodriguez. “It’s about all of things you do to self-sabotage your life and right when the world thinks you’re going to die, you hide out and collect all the broken pieces and put yourself back together. And as you hear all the trash people talk about you, you just continue to take care of yourself and watch as everyone else truly burns up in their own hate. As they say the best revenge is doing good for yourself!”
First coming together in 1990, The Casualties have maintained a fearsome punk presence, touring with the likes of G.B.H., THE COCKNEY REJECTS, THE EXPLOITED and more, and playing the inaugural Holidays In The Sun festival, the precursor to Rebellion.
Following on from 2016’s Chaos Sound, Written In Blood was recorded at The Blasting Room studio in Fort Collins, Colorado with producer Bill Stevenson of THE DESCENDENTS and engineer Jason Livermore. It’s the first album for Rodriguez, who joined last year to replace long-serving original frontman Jorge Herrera.
Set for release on 26 October through Cleopatra, Written In Blood is available to pre-order here.
Catch The Casualties on the road at…
Metal Alliance Tour w/Goatwhore…
Oct 31 – Jefferson, LA – Southport Hall
Nov 1 – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
Nov 2 – Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey
Nov 3 – San Antonio, TX – Alamo City Music Hall
Nov 4 – Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom
Nov 6 – Mesa, AZ – Club Red
Nov 7 – West Hollywood, CA – Roxy Theatre
Nov 8 – San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick
Nov 9 – Fresno, CA – Full Circle Brewing Company
Nov 10 – Orangeville, CA – The Boardwalk
Nov 11 – Berkeley, CA – Cornerstone Berkeley
Nov 13 – Seattle, WA – Club Sur Rocks
Nov 14 – Portland, OR – Dante’s
Nov 16 – Salt Lake City, UT – Metro Music Hall
Nov 17 – Denver, CO – Marquis Theatre
Nov 18 – Merriam, KS – Aftershock
Nov 20 – St. Paul, MN – Turf Club
Nov 21 – Chicago, IL – Reggie’s Rock Club
Nov 23 – Detroit, MI – Magic Stick
Nov 24 – Kingston, ON – Overtime Sports Bar
Nov 25 – Quebec City, QC – Salle Multi
Nov 26 – Montreal, QC – Les Foufounes Electriques
Nov 28 – New York NY – Gramercy Theater
Nov 29 – Rochester, NY – Montage Music Hall
Nov 30 – Easton, PA – One Centre Square
Euro Tour Dates…
Jan 22 – Saint Jean De Vedas, France – Secret Place
Jan 25 – Brussels, Belgium – Magasin 4
Guitarist BILLY BREMNER has announced a pair of rare UK shows with his band ROCKFILES.
A onetime member of LULU’s backing band, Bremner came to fame as guitarist in the pub rock supergroup ROCKPILE alongside Dave Edmunds, Nick Lowe and Terry Williams. He then went on to play with THE PRETENDERS on their hit ‘Back On The Chain Gang’ as well as playing numerous sessions with the likes of ELVIS COSTELLO, CARLEN CARTER and SHAKIN’ STEVENS, as well as enjoying a solo career with Stiff Records. More recently he’s been working in Sweden with THE REFRESHMENTS and with DUCKS DELUXE frontman Sean Tyla in THE TROUBLE BOYS, taking their name from his song, notably covered by Dave Edmunds and Thin Lizzy.
Billy Bremner’s Rockfiles play The 100 Club, London on Wednesday 23 January. Tickets are on sale here.
They then play The Prince Albert, Brighton on Sunday 27 January. Get tickets here.
The dates are preceded this month by a new singles compilation from Cherry Red, charting Billy’s career since 1974. Singled Out is available to order here.
San Francisco punks CULTURE ABUSE tool up for their UK tour with a cover of THE EQUALS’ 1967 single ‘Police On My Back’.
Formed in Hornsey in 1965, The Equals had a number of hits including ‘Black Skin Blue-Eyed Boys’ and the millions-selling ‘Baby Come Back’ and spawned the career of Eddie ‘Electric Avenue’ Grant. ‘Police On My Back’, only released as a single in Europe, would later get a fresh boost when covered by THE CLASH on their Sandinista album.
A live favourite of Culture Abuse, their version features guest vocals from Zac Carper of FIDLAR.
“We’ve been playing this song live for the last year,” explains frontman David Kelling. “Then right after we recorded Bay Dream we were partying with Zac and thought it would be fun to try and tackle it together. Most people know it because of The Clash but the song was actually a cover by a band from the 60s called The Equals, fronted by Eddie Grant! So it’s a testament to how truly good the song is! We went into the studio hungover, the morning after we played with Fidlar in LA and knocked this out, mostly live, with some wild overdubbing.”
Touring in support of second album Bay Dream, the band play the following dates….
17 Oct Southampton, Joiners TICKETS
18 Oct Birmingham, Actress & Bishop TICKETS
19Oct Nottingham, Bodega TICKETS
20 Oct Leeds, Key Club TICKETS
21 Oct Brighton, Hope & Ruin TICKETS
22 Oct Bristol, Exchange TICKETS
23 Oct Glasgow, King Tuts TICKETS
24 Oct Manchester, Star & Garter TICKETS
25 Oct London, Boston Music Room TICKETS
Scottish garage-psych legends THE PRIMEVALS hit the highway for a rare bunch of English shows in the coming weeks.
Formed in Glasgow in 1983, the band still feature original frontman Michael Rooney and guitarist Tom Rafferty, and have just released a new 7″ vinyl EP, So Extra through Spain’s Ghost Highway Records.
The band head down to Liverpool on Friday 19 October, before heading east to Middlesborough on the Saturday for the Peel Regenerated all-dayer with TURNING BLACK LIKE LIZARDS, THE VOODOO RAYS, THE STRAYS and more.
They then hit the A1 in November for shows in Northampton, climaxing in a special Rockaway Beach show alongside THE WITHCDOKTORS in London on 17 November.
Full dates are….
Fri 19 Oct District, Liverpool (w/ The Gentle Scars + Raw Bones)
Sat 20 Oct Westgarth, Middlesborough (Peel Regenerated) tickets
Fri 16 Nov The Lab, Northampton (w/ Venus Fly Trap) tickets
Sat 17 Nov The Hope & Anchor, London (w/ The Witchdoktors + DC Spectres) tickets
JON SPENCER has unveiled a video for the lead track from his debut solo album.
As previously announced Spencer Sings The Hits! is set for release on 2 November through In The Red Records.
The video for ‘I Got The Hits’ is the work of young Arizona director Alex Italics. Says Spencer, “Over the past year I kept seeing wonderful and strange music videos that had one thing in common: all were directed by an Alex Italics. I determined to track down this young auteur with the aim of getting a similar cinematic sensation for my new album Spencer Sings The Hits! Alex turned out to be a mild-mannered young man from Tucson, Arizona living in Southern California. I gave him a free hand to pick the song and devise a treatment. The result is the scary slice-of-life that you can now see for yourself.
“I love the creepy contrast with the song’s punk abandon,” continues Jon. “We filmed at a rented house in Santa Ana. At the end of each day, after the nearby nightly Disneyland fireworks had faded and the cast and crew had left, I would sleep in a bunk bed in the child’s bedroom. Turns out doing an entire video laying on the floor is harder than it looks!”
Spencer will be touring Europe in the UK over the next couple of months, both headlining and as special guests to THE MELVINS. Full dates are….
October – with The Melvins unless noted
19 Eindhoven(NL) Café’ Wilhelmina (TICKETS) HEADLINE SHOW
20 Haarlem (NL) Patronaat (TICKETS)
21 Kortruk (BE) De Kreun (TICKETS)
23 Birmingham 02 Academy 2 (TICKETS)
24 Norwich Waterfront (TICKETS)
25 Cardiff Y Plas (TICKETS)
26 Leeds Stylus (TICKETS)
27 Glasgow Broadcast (TICKETS) HEADLINE SHOW
28 Manchester Academy 2 (TICKETS)
29 Brighton Concorde 2 (TICKETS)
30 London Koko (TICKETS)
November – Jon Spencer headline dates
1 Bristol Exchange (TICKETS)
2 London Rough Trade East
3 Newcastle Cluny 2 (TICKETS)
4 Nottingham Bodega (TICKETS)
5 Arlon (BE) L’ entropot (TICKETS)
6 Brussels (BE) Botanique (TICKETS)
7 Muenster (DE) Gleis 22 (TICKETS)
8 Koln (DE) Helios (TICKETS)
Fast rising Cornish psych-rockers HANTERHIR today premiere a new video with Vive Le Rock!
The track ‘Hope Comes With Love’ is the third single to be released from their widely acclaimed triple-album The Saving Of Cadan which is out now through Easy Action.
Formed in Redruth in 2007, the band have developed their sound in isolation from the mainstream, drawing on a diverse set of influences including the Psychedelic Furs, Echo & The Bunnymen, Sonic Youth and Hawkwind, whose onetime sax-player Nik Turner has been known to perform with the band on occasion.
You can catch Hanterhir on the following dates….
20 Oct Charlie’s Bar, Redruth
21 Oct The Sussex Arms, Tunbridge Wells
22 Oct The Victoria, Dalston, London (w/Brainiac 5) tickets
23 Oct The Railway Hotel, Southend-on-Sea
Read a new interview with Hanterhir in our sister magazine Louder Than War out now!
Punk legend BRIAN JAMES has announced a special one-off London show with his band THE BRIAN JAMES GANG in December. Plans are afoot to record the show for a new live album.
In the year that his old band THE DAMNED have returned with a new album and a newfound appetite for touring, their founder and original songwriter has also received a boost in profile as his long out-of-print debut solo album got a deluxe vinyl reissue from Easy Action Records.
Brian and the Gang will bring the year to a close with a seasonal show on Friday 7 December at Nell’s Jazz & Blues in West Kensington, just a stone’s throw from the site of the legendary Nashville Rooms, scene of so many early Damned gigs in the heyday of punk.
“Well, I figure it’s about time to host an Xmas party and where better to make a whole lotta noise than Nell’s Jazz and Blues Club in West Kensington. It’s looking like the Brian James Gang are going to record the gig on the 7 December for a future live album, so be prepared to scream your bleeding heads off.”