STRAY CATS ANNOUNCE ALBUM AND TOUR!

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.”

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THE CASUALTIES NEW TRACK EXCLUSIVE!

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

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BILLY BREMNER BOUNCES BACK!

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.

Check out Rockpile performing ‘Trouble Boys’.

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CULTURE ABUSE COVER THE EQUALS!

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

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THE PRIMEVALS HEAD SOUTH!

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

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SPENCER’S GOT THE HITS!

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)

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HANTERHIR VIDEO PREMIERE!

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!

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XMAS WITH BRIAN JAMES!

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.”

Tickets for the gig are on sale now here.

Check out the video for ‘Slow It Down’

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NOCTORUM NEW SINGLE EXCLUSIVE!

NOCTORUM, the current project of former THE CHURCH guitarist Marty Willson-Piper are preparing to release their fourth album and they’re airing the first single exclusively with with Vive Le Rock!

In Noctorum, Willson-Piper is joined by producer and longtime collaborator Dare Mason. Friends since childhood, the pair have worked together on Willson-Piper’s numerous solo albums as well as projects with The Church.

Named after a village on The Wirral, where the pair grew up, Noctorum’s debut album Sparks Lane was released in 2003, followed by Offer The Light in 2006 and Honey Mink Forever in 2011.

New single ‘A Girl With No Love’, which is set for release on 24 October through all digital platforms, is taken from the album The Afterlife, which the pair have been recording with help from local musicians at Mason’s VIP Lounge studio in Penzance, Cornwall. Due for official release in February, it’s available to pre-order for early shipping in November through PledgeMusic, alongside various unique offers and experiences.

Willson-Piper is currently touring the US followed by dates in Europe. Catch him on the road at…

07 Oct NEW ORLEANS, LA – Siberia Lounge
11 Oct FORT WORTH, TX – Fort Worth Live
12 Oct SAN ANTONIO, TX – TBC
13 Oct AUSTIN, TX – Cactus Cafe
15 Oct MARFA, TX – Hotel Saint George
16 Oct HOUSTON, TX – Warehouse Live
18 Oct DENTON, TX – Patterson-Appleton Center
19 Oct DALLAS, TX – Palo Santo Galactic Headquarters
20 Oct DALLAS, TX – Palo Santo Galactic Headquarters
24 Oct NEW YORK, NY – The Loft
26 Oct HARRISBURG, PA – Stage On Herr
27 Oct BERLIN, NJ – The Vault
10 Nov HELSINKI, FINLAND – Nordic Music Days (as part of Anekdoten)
22 Dec BURG STERNBERG, GERMANY – Geisterfest
02 Jan LANDSBERG, GERMANY – Café Zirnheld (TBC)

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CAN YOU DIG IT?

South Coast punk label GROW YOUR OWN have announced their second annual all-dayer in London next month.

Since forming three years ago, the label has been a ubiquitous and reliable presence on the UK anarcho scene with releases by ANTHRAX, HAGAR THE WOMB (pictured), FLOWERS IN THE DUSTBIN, ACTIVE SLAUGHTER, VIRUS, A-HEADS and more.

This year’s event will take place at The Gunners, Blackstock Road, Finsbury Park on Saturday 17 November from 1pm ’til 11pm. Bands appearing this year include Anthrax, Hagar The Womb, Virus, SANCTION THIS, MINDFRAME, THE BLACK DEATH, THE COMMITED, THE FLEAS and more…

Tickets priced £10 are on sale here.

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VELVET HANDS OF DEATH!

Cornish garage types THE VELVET HANDS have just unveiled a video for the latest single off their debut album.

‘Everyone Is Dead’ is a raucous lament to those who left us during that fateful year of 2016 – Bowie, Prince, George Michael… but also a celebration of life itself. We only get one chance, so make the most of it. We think this storming track’s not a million miles from another legendary departed rocker, but imitation’s the sincerest form of flattery, right?

The band play dates this week as part of Red Stripe’s This Feeling tour. Catch them on the road at…

Oct 5th – The Engine Shed – Lincoln
Oct 6th – WaterRats – London
Oct 11th – The Venue – Derby
Oct 12th – The Electric Church – Blackburn
Oct 13th – Lending Room – Leeds

Their debut album Party’s Over is available now on CD and vinyl on Zen Ten Records through Easy Action and digitally through all the usual download stores.

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BACK IN BUSINESS!

Oi legends THE BUSINESS are set to return, when they headline the final day of the Punk & Disorderly festival in Berlin next year, which they’ve announced with a video message to their many fans…

The long-serving and much-loved band formed in Lewisham, South-East London in 1979 but came to a halt with the tragic death of founding frontman Micky Fitz from cancer at the end of 2016.

For the festival, at Astra Kulturhaus, Berlin on 14 April, The Business will feature, for the first time on one stage together, early days members Steve Kent, Steve Whale and Mick Fairbairn. Of course the inimitable Fitz is irreplaceable, but for this show, the band will feature a trio of special guest singers – Al Barr from DROPKICK MURPHYS, Roi Pearce from THE LAST RESORT and COCKNEY REJECTS’ Jeff Turner.

The rest of the bill for the day features the Rejects, The Last Resort, DISCHARGE, BOOZE & GLORY, THE DETAINED, RUDE PRIDE, TANK SHOT and CUT MY SKIN.

Tickets are on sale here.

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POSIES AT 30!

Powerpop legends THE POSIES hit the UK this month on their mammoth 30th Anniversary Tour.

The Washington State quartet will be touring in the line-up that released their classic third album Frosting On The Beater – Dan Auer, Ken Stringfellow, Dave Fox and Mike Musburger.

The band have also launched a PledgeMusic campaign to rerelease the three albums from their successful Geffen period – Frosting… , Dear 23 and Amazing Disgrace – on vinyl. Find out more here.

The four UK dates on their tour are…

Fri 19 Oct London The Garage
Sat 20 Oct Leeds Brudenell Social Club
Sun 21 Oct Glasgow King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut
Tues 23 Oct Manchester The Deaf Institute

Full European tour dates and ticket details can be found on the band’s website.

Check out the video for ‘Dream All Day’.

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