Exiled Russian punks SVETLANAS have signed with Demons Run Amok and are premiering a brand new video exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
Fronted by the hyperactive and charismatic Olga Svetlanas, the band formed in Moscow in 2009, releasing their debut album the following year. Relocating the the US, they’ve earned a reputation for their super-intense live performances at a string of international events including SXSW, Vans Warped Tour, Punk Rock Bowling and Rebellion.
In 2016, they so impressed ex-Queens Of The Stoneage bassist Nick Oliveri that he joined the band! Their most recent album is 2017’s This Is Moscow Not LA, recorded at Josh Homme’s Pink Duck Studios.
“As a long running label if you get the chance to work with an outstanding Band you have to say YES!,” says DRA’s Rene. “If you share the same ideas, thoughts and passion a long living partnership is a must!
“We’re excited to welcome the Most Dangerous Band In The World, SVETLANAS! Make sure to catch ‘em live and feel the energy and anger of this powerhouse!
“Expect their DRA debut at the end of the year or beginning of the new year. In the meantime enjoy their new Video for ‘Negative Approach’ from their last record This Is Moscow Not LA.”
And the band themselves say….”What we are doing here is not just a collaboration between band and label but it is a bond founded on values and ideals. We are ready to fight!”
THE STRANGLERS have been announced as headliners for this year’s AEG Vive Le Rock Awards.
The Guildford punk legends will be interrupting their current tour to join the likes of Suzi Quatro, Glen Matlock, Barrie Masters and Steve Diggle at the O2 Academy, Islington, London for the event of the year on Wednesday 27 March.
Take note though: because we’ve got so much to squeeze in, they’ll be playing a shorter set than they usually do!
Tickets, including special VIP packages, are available here. But they’re going very fast, and with this announcement they’ll more than likely be gone in the blink of an eye, so don’t hang about!!!
Aussie rock vets DATURA4 have a new album coming out and they’re sharing a track exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
‘Run With Lucy’ is taken from the Western Australian rockers’ third album Blessed Is The Boogie, which is due out through Alive Naturalsound on 5 April.
Datura4 are lead by Fremantle native Dom Mariani, who’s been a linchpin of Aussie underground rock for the past 40 years with bands like The Go-Starts, The Stems, The Someloves, DM3 and The DomNicks (with former Cortinas and Clash guitarist Nick Shepard). Usually to be found trading in Beatley powerpop and Nuggets-era psych, with Datura4 Dom and his colleagues Stu Loasby, Warren Hall and Bob Patient scratch their heavy blues-rock and footstomping boogie itch.
“‘Run With Lucy’ (Lucifer) is an ode on the Cult of Personality,” Dom explains. “Living in uncertain times while our world leaders push agendas that create an unstable world to make us all feel uneasy about the future of this planet. History repeating? And so we bagged ‘em up into some glam-boogie-stomp ‘cos that’s the way we like it.”
There’s a limited edition Blessed Is The Boogie pre-order bundle available here.
Brighton punk label Grow Your Own is releasing a new compilation celebrating International Women’s Day on Friday 8 March.
No One’s Little Girls features 16 tracks by women in bands – “from teens to grandmothers” – including contributions from HAGAR THE WOMB, THE MENSTRUAL CRAMPS, WERECATS, BRATAKUS, THE FLEAS, COMBAT SHOCK, PUSSYLIQUOR, LOUISE CHALLICE, MINDFRAME, KISS ME KILLER and more. All profits from sales will go to various grassroots women’s charities.
Say the label: “It showcases the depth of female talent that has always been there but has not always been visible, and the explosion of younger women bands with the confidence and attitude to match their musical flair. The comp contains unforgettable, melodic pop punk guitar riffs to hardcore, dub influenced and acoustic tracks.”
No One’s Little Girls is available on limited edition coloured vinyl, CD and download from Bandcamp.
French melodic punks LANE have just unveiled a video from their forthcoming debut album.
‘A Dead Man’s Soul’ is taken from A Shiny Day, which is set for release on the Twenty Something label on Friday 8 March. The album follows on from the band’s debut release, the 10″ four-track Teaching Not To Pray, released last year.
Hailing from the city of Angers in western France, LANE, an acronym for Love And Noise Experiment, have a bit of history. Brothers Pierre-Yves (bass) and Eric Sourice (vocals, guitar) were founder members of LES THUGS, one of France’s most iconic punk bands, who released nine albums throughout the 80s and 90s on such labels as Closer, Vinyl Solution, Alternative Tentacles and SubPop. They’re joined in the band by another pair of brothers, Camille (drums) and Etienne Belin (guitar) from fellow Angers band DARIA. The line-up is completed by Pierre-Yves son Félix also on guitar.
Darrell Bath from Soho sleaze-merchants THE CRYBABYS and Rob Carlyle of NYC rockers THE COMPULSIONS join forces for a European Tour this month.
Kicking off at Brighton Pipeline on 15 March and followed by a London show at Tufnell Park’s Aces & Eights with RICH RAGANY & THE DIGRESSIONS, the Return Of The Rock’n’Roll Double Whammy tour winds through Germany and Sweden before heading back to England with a show at Canterbury’s New Inn. Full dates below…
Founding The Crybabys at the start of the 90s with Boys guitarist Honest John Plain, Bath has also slung his guitar with the likes of Ian Hunter, Dogs D’Amour, UK Subs and The Vibrators. The revolving door line-up of The Compulsions, meanwhile, has featured members of Guns N’ Roses, The New York Dolls, Psychedelic Furs and Hanoi Rocks, as well as legendary Bowie guitarist Earl Slick.
The pair met for the first time on an (almost) acoustic tour of the UK and Germany and had such a blast, they’ve decided to do it all over again.
“It couldn’t have gone any better,” says Bath. “For starters, our music worked together perfectly: A bit of blues, a bit of boogie-woogie, maybe a ballad or three thrown in for good measure.”
“I was really impressed by all the rock ‘n’ rollers over in England and Germany. Much better crowds than here in the States,” says Carlyle. “I’m also psyched for Sweden. I’ve never played there before but I’ve heard nothing but great things about the Scandinavian music scene. Can’t f*ckin’ wait!”