BEAUTY IN CHAOS VIDEO EXCLUSIVE!

L.A. collective BEAUTY IN CHAOS have a brand new video, which they’re launching exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

Their version of the T REX classic ’20th Century Boy’, which is taken from thee coolective’s new album Beauty Re-Envisioned features Marc Bolan’s son Rolan on vocals and THE MISSION’s Wayne Hussey on guitar, while the video is the work of Industrialism Films and Vicente Cordero, one of the directors behind Room 37: The Mysterious Death Of Johnny Thunders.

The new recording is markedly different to BIC’s previous version on their debut album, Finding Beauty In Chaos, which featured MINISTRY’s Al Jourgensen on vocals.

“Once Rolan agreed to be part of this, I wanted to recut the track with much more of the sultry swagger from the original,” says BIC mastermind Michael Ciravolo. “We added a growly sax and some cool Mott The Hoople meets New Orleans honky-tonk piano to enhance the vibe we wanted. I probably would not be playing electric guitar if it was not for Marc Bolan. This is my big thank you… and I have been blessed to be able to enlist some great company to help me say it. Getting to record and perform this song with Marc’s son and Wayne Hussey is one of those oft-mentioned surreal moments in BIC.”

“When Michael came to me about Beauty In Chaos and doing ‘20th Century Boy’ , I first thought ‘here we go again, another T. Rex cover’,” explains Bolan. “But once I heard the track and talked with him about the love and respect he has for my father’s music it just made sense. It was great timing for me as I was just beginning to get back into making music and we just clicked in the studio. My Dad was so influential to so many, and at times it’s been hard for me to understand what that really means. I’m really proud of what we’ve done here and I believe he would be too.”

“It is, of course, a huge pleasure to be playing guitar and singing on ‘20th Century Boy’, one of Marc Bolan’s best-known songs,” adds Hussey. “And a transcendent honour to be doing so behind Rolan Bolan, Marc’s son. When Michael Ciravolo told me that Rolan was going to be involved I virtually begged Michael to let me be involved in this project. Bless him, despite being more than capable of handling all the guitar parts himself Michael did deign to let me have a strum, and a yodel, along. There’s another one off my bucket list! Cheers, Michael. And Rolan.”

Beauty Re-Envisioned is available to pre-order here.

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NO REST FOR THE CROOKED!

Dapper Devon punks CROOKED LITTLE SONS have a new single and video which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

Hailing from Exeter, the band have been around since 2013, making their recording debut with a 5-track EP through Easy Action Records. Along the way, they’ve torn a strip off numerous UK festivals, from Manchester Punk Festival and Burn It Down to 3 Chords and Amplified.

Now with the explosive yob-rock Motörhead-gone-Oi thrills of ‘Snake’ in their arsenal, they’re fully tooled-up for dates taking them up to the end of the year, including a bunch of EU dates. Check ’em out at….

30 Aug – The Junction, Plymouth
31 Aug – Burn It Down Festival, Torquay
20 Sept – The Fighting Cocks, Kingston (w/ Hip Priests)
21 Sept – Rumspringa 2.0, Erpe, Belgium
23 Sept – Music City, Antwerp, Belgium
28 Sept – Kraken Bar, Cherbourg, France
31 Oct – The Cavern Club, Exeter
13 Dec – TBA, Manchester

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READY TO GO AGAIN!

Original Mod Revivalists SQUIRE have just reissued their debut single for its 40th Anniversary.

Originally released in March ’79 on one side of a split single with the band Coming Shortly, ‘Get Ready To Go’ was the first release of that year’s revival.

Widely viewed at the time as the best of the new Mod bands, Squire would go on to sign to Arista but failed to make an impact on the charts in the same way as the likes of Secret Affair and The Lambrettas. They continued for some years, though, releasing four albums, culminating in 1984’s September Gurls, taking its name from the Big Star classic.

Still fronted by guitarist and songwriter Anthony Meynell, the band returned in 1999 and have continued to tour, reissuing September Gurls last year.

Now joined by the B-side ‘Livin’ In The City’ the single is being reissued on limited edition red or green 7″ vinyl and is available to buy from Bandcamp.

The band play a special launch party at The Cavern Freehouse, Raynes Park, London this Saturday 31 August.

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TIGERS ON THE PROWL!

Already being talked up on the Euro garage-punk scene, Italy’s SMALLTOWN TIGERS are all set to drop their debut single next month, and will be playing a bunch of UK dates to support it.

Hailing from the northern seaside city of Rimini, the trio came into existence a year ago, earning their stripes playing squat clubs and beach parties, before scooping the support slot for NYC powerpop aces BABY SHAKES on their jaunt around Italy this spring.

Now signed to Area Pirata Records, the band are due to release their debut single ‘Just Friends’ on 27 September, followed by a mini-album in the New Year. Both were produced by punk-blues guru Stiv Cantarelli (J.D. Hangover, The A.C.C.) and mastered by legendary Detroit producer Jim Diamond (The Sonics, White Stripes).

‘Just Friends’ is available to pre-order now via Bandcamp.

Smalltown Tigers head to the UK in early October for a handful of dates, including an appearance at Loud Women‘s 4th Birthday Party at London’s iconic Hope & Anchor. Full dates are…

Thurs 10 Oct – The Railway Hotel, Southend-on-Sea
Fri 11 Oct – The Shacklewell Arms, London (Garageland Club)
Sat 12 Oct – The Hope & Anchor, London (onstage 5pm) tickets
Sat 12 Oct – Biddle Bros, London (onstage 10pm)

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THE DOG’S BOLLOCKS!

Ace French punks GUERILLA POUBELLE have just unveiled a brand new video.

The song ‘Plus Je Connais Les Hommes Et Plus Jaime Les Chiens’, which translates as ‘The More I Know Men, The More I Love Dogs’, is taken from their most recent album La Nausée, released at the end of 2017. It’s available to buy here.

Formed in 2003 out of the ashes of Parisian ska-punks Le Betteraves, the band, whose name translates as Dustbin Guerilla, have undergone several line-up changes but remain fronted by guitarist and singer Till Lemoine.

Touring widely across Europe, North America and Japan, they recently racked up their 1000th gig. They last visited the UK this Spring alongside US band Arms Aloft.

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THE DOCTORS ARE IN!

DOCTORS OF MADNESS have announced the release of their first new album in 41 years.

Originally existing from 1974 to 1978, the Brixton art-rock band, fronted by the charismatic Richard ‘Kid’ Strange, released three albums for Polydor and are widely accepted to have formed a direct link between the progressive glam of Bowie and Roxy Music and punk. They even briefly included Dave Vanian in their line-up during The Damned’s first hiatus.

Reforming in 2014, the band went on to tour the UK and Japan in support of Cherry Red’s ‘complete works’ box set Perfect Past in 2017.

The new album Dark Times was recorded at Doghouse Studios, Oxfordshire with legendary producer John Leckie, who last worked with the band on 1976’s Figments Of Emancipation, and features contributions from Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott, Terry Edwards (Gallon Drunk, The NJE), Sarah Jane Morris (The Communards), Steve Bolton (Paul Young, Atomic Rooster), Paul Guerin (The Quireboys) and Dylan Bates (Flea-Pit Orchestra). The sleeve art, meanwhile, is the work of Psychedelic Furs’ guitarist Rich Good.

Speaking about the project, Strange states, “This is a wholly self-financed project, and no external record company was involved with the production or creation… hence its uncompromising nature. Damned right it’s political!”

Set for release on 13 September, Dark Times is available to pre-order here.

Check out the video for the first single ‘Make It Stop’…

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DENTAL AS ANYTHING!

Fast-rising grime punks RISKEE & THE RIDICULE have dropped another video from their new album.

The uncompromising, abrasive ‘Cut Your Teeth’ is the third single to be lifted from the Kent band’s acclaimed third album Body Bag Your Scene, their first for Bomber Music.

“‘Cut Your Teeth’ is about our personal experiences with people whether they’re good or bad interactions,” says frontman Scott Picking. “It’s about people who work hard to keep doing what they love in the face of adversity.”

You’ve got plenty of chances to catch the band, who’ve just delivered showstopping performances at Rebellion and Boomtown festivals. Next stop, Ramsgate Music Hall this Sunday 25 August. Full dates are…

25 Aug – Ramsgate Music Hall, Kent
31 Aug – The Palladium Club, Bideford
7 Sept – Illusive Fest, Northampton
20 Sept – Ramsgate Music Hall, Kent
27 Sept – The London Stone, Staines
5 Oct – Rich Mix, London (w/ Ghouls)
12 Oct – Turbulence Festival, Plymouth
18 Oct – Exchange, Bristol (w/ King Prawn)
19 Oct – Underworld, London (w/ King Prawn)
2 Nov – Electric Ballroom, London (w/ Booze & Glory)

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HEX EDUCATION!

THE FALL have one of the most significant periods in their 40+ year history celebrated this Autumn with a new box set.

The year of 1982 saw Mark E Smith’s Manchester marauders release one of the most critically regarded albums in Hex Enduction Hour. Recorded in Hitchin and Iceland, the album – their debut for Kamera records – was the band’s fourth full-length release, and saw the arrival of the band’s two-drummer line-up featuring Paul Hanley and Karl Burns. Released in March of that year, the album was followed quickly that September by Room To Live.

The third release in Cherry Red’s deluxe Fall Sound Archive reissue series, the six-disc set 1982 brings together both these albums, plus the live album In A Hole, recorded in Auckland, New Zealand that year and released through Flying Nun in 1983.

The rest of the set comprises further tracks from Auckland, a live set from The Prince Of Wales, Melbourne on the same tour, plus soundcheck recordings, singles and a four-song Peel Session.

Set for release on 25 October, 1982 is available to pre-order here.

At the same time, Cherry Red are issuing a deluxe triple-vinyl edition of Hex Enduction Hour and a double-vinyl version of Room To Live, both on limited edition coloured vinyl.

Watch Mark E Smith and Marc Riley being interviewed on TV during their 1982 Australian Tour…

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THE JAMES GANG HITS TOWN!

THE DAMNED and LORDS OF THE NEW CHURCH guitar legend BRIAN JAMES lands in London this week for a super-rare show.

A dymamic presence on London stages since the early 70s, James helped turn the global music scene upside down when he penned ‘New Rose’ for The Damned, the UK’s first ever punk single!

He went on to achieve Stateside success alongside former DEAD BOYS frontman Stiv Bators in The Lords Of The New Church. Between times he put together Tanz Der Youth, Hellions and Brian James’ Brains, a breeding ground for the future foot soldiers of punk rock.

Along the way he’s shared stages with the great and the good of punk history, as sideman for IGGY POP and one quarter of Transatalantic supergroup MAD FOR THE RACKET with Wayne Kramer, Clem Burke and Duff McKagan.

Brian’s recent solo album The Guitar That Dripped Blood was a stunning return to form that saw the great man back in the public eye once again. He doesn’t play that often – this is his first London show in more than a year – so his show at the legendary 100 Club on Friday 23 August is definitely not to be missed!

Support comes from the UK’s No.1 glam punk seditionists THE DeRELLAS and happening hotwired rock’n’rollers ELECTRICS, with legendary DJ Cruel Valentino spinning the punk-rock platters between the bands!

Last few tickets available here.

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HITTING ON ALL EIGHT!

EIGHT ROUNDS RAPID have announced a handful of dates hot on the heels of their recent live album.

The Essex post-punk blues decontructionists recorded the live show in Stuttgart in October 2017 for the Kosmic Orgon Kannister radio show. The limited edition 12″ vinyl plus free 7″ release features fourteen band originals plus their abrasive covers of Mick Farren’s ‘Drink’ and ‘Mr Pharmacist’ by US garage legends The Other Half, made famous by The Fall.

The album comes complete with a free poster, photographs and setlist from the night of the gig, and is available now via Bandcamp.

The band, who feature Wilko Johnson’s son Simon on guitar, recently dropped an explosive two-part video of a live show at London’s Shacklewell Arms. With a claustrophobic Technicolor vibe that channels the mid-60s heyday of the British Blues Boom, you can check the first part here…

Aside from the forthcoming live dates, Eight Rounds Rapid have been preparing the follow-up to 2017’s acclaimed second album Objet D’Art, which scored a 9-out-of-10 review in Vive Le Rock from The Members’ Nicky Tesco. The as-yet-untitled new album is due next Spring.

“There were always supporters who followed us around,” says frontman David Alexander. “In a small venue there will be someone who travelled a long way to see us. We own our songs, we own our outsider sound. Because we don’t fit, and because we do everything ourselves you become resilient. Our next album will be as original as the first two and some people will like it. Others won’t get it at all, but we are in this for the long haul and we might just leave something good behind.”

The band’s latest round of dates kicks off in Deptford this weekend and takes in shows in Guildford, Liverpool and Amsterdam. Full dates are…

Sat 24 Aug – Birds Nest, Deptford, London
Sat 21 Sept – Holroyd Arms, Guildford
Sat 5 Oct – Outpost, Liverpool
Fri 11 Oct – Maloe Melo, Amsterdam

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BRUTALISM BEGINS AT HOME!

THE BRUTALISTS are back with a new video and a bunch of U.K. dates.

The ska-flavoured ‘Take It All Away’ is the first single from the L.A. rockers’ second album We Are Not Here To Help, which is out on 6 September through Cleopatra.

The band, featuring former QUIREBOYS members Nigel Mogg and Luke Bossendorfer and Mick Cripps from L.A. GUNS, crashed onto Vive Le Rock‘s radar last year with their striking debut album and a handful of riotous shows. They return in October for more dates, joining West London legends THE DIRTY STRANGERS for their There’s Still Room To Rock’n’Roll tour. Full dates are…

Fri 11 Oct – Dublin Castle – London
Sun 13 Oct – Prince Albert, Brighton
Mon 14 Oct – Mau Mau Bar – London
Thur 17 Oct – Esquires – Bedford
Sat 18 Oct – Troubadour – London

We Are Not Here To Help is available to pre-order on CD here at a special price, and digitally here.

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BOOZE AND GLORY ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM!

BOOZE & GLORY have announced the release of a brand new album.

The street-punk quartet have spent most of the past three years on the road, including a 5-week North American tour with DROPKICK MURPHYS, and appearances at Hell Fest, Punk Rock Bowling and Pol’and’Rock Festival where they wound up the half-a-million-strong crowd before JUDAS PRIEST. Biggest honour of all, though, was earning the coveted New Blood trophy at the inaugural Vive Le Rock Awards!

The band’s long-awaited new album Hurricane – the band’s fifth – is due for release via their own Scarlet Teddy label on 18 October.

As previously announced, the band play a special 10th Anniversary show at the Electric Ballroom, Camden Town, London on Saturday 2 November, with a full supporting cast including Roy Ellis, Giuda, Perkele, The Filaments, The Baboon Show, The Analogs, Liam Marr and the hotly tipped Riskee & The Ridicule.

Tickets and full tour dates are available here.

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NAUTICAL, BUT NICE!

Finnish rock legend ANDY McCOY has just released a video for his brand new single.

‘Seven Seas’ is the first single from the former HANOI ROCKS guitarist’s new album 21st Century Rocks, his first new full-length since 1995’s Building On Tradition.

The album is a culmination of renewed activity for McCoy: the past year has sen him recording and touring for the 40th Anniversary of his pre-Hanoi band PELLE MILJOONA OY, alongside his old sparring partner, bassist Sami Yaffa. Dates are still ongoing with the band playing Helsinki’s legendary Tavastia club on 29 and 30 August.

McCoy plays a special solo acoustic show tonight (15 Aug) at the Hard Rock Cafe, Helsinki, with an album launch scheduled for Suvilahti TBA, Helsinki at the end of September. A full tour next year is promised, although wther this will include UK shows remains to be seen.

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WAYNE’S WORLD!

WAYNE HUSSEY sets out on a solo tour this month in support of his recently published autobiography.

Salad Daze was published in May and follows the musicians life from his early days in Bristol, up to Liverpool, across the Pennines to Leeds and further afield as the life of an internationally renowned artist beckoned. Most widely recognised as the frontman of multi-million-selling THE MISSION, Hussey’s career has taken in stints with PAULINE MURRAY’S INVISIBLE GIRLS, DEAD OR ALIVE and THE SISTERS OF MERCY.

Published through Omnibus Press, Salad Daze is available in various editions and bundles here.

The Salad Daze Tour 2019, which kicks off at the Queens Hall in Nuneaton on 26 August and winds up at the Komedia in Bath on 6 November, will find Hussey relating episodes and anecdotes from his storied career, illustrated by musical highlights from his 200-song repertoire.

Full dates are…

26 Aug – Queens Hall, Nuneaton
27 Aug – Discovery Centre, Winchester
28 Aug – H&C Club, Bristol
29 Aug – Marrs Bar, Worcester
30 Aug – Fuel Rock Club, Cardiff
31 Aug – The Bullingdon, Oxford
1 Sept – Black Market VIP, Hastings
22 Oct – Chinnery’s, Southend
23 Oct – Esquires, Bedford
24 Oct – Night People, Manchester
25 Oct – Bootleg Social, Blackpool
26 Oct – Cluny, Newcastle
27 Oct – Audio, Glasgow
2 Nov – Pavilion, Whitby
5 Nov – Nambucca, London
6 Nov – Komedia, Bath

Support on all dates comes from EVI VINE.

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LOST IN THE MUSEUM!

THE CLASH are to have their classic London Calling album celebrated with a major new exhibition this Autumn.

The exhibition, at the Museum of London, comes amid a flurry of activity surrounding the album’s 40th Anniversary.

Recorded at Wessex Studios in Islington and released in December ’79, the double-vinyl London Calling was an audacious return for The Clash and a major bridgehead, coming more than a year after mixed reception to second album Give ‘Em Enough Rope.

The album’s now-iconic sleeve design by Ray Lowry married the lettering from ELVIS PRESLEY’s debut album with a striking image by noted photographer Pennie Smith of Paul Simonon smashing his bass onstage at the Palladium in New York. The release was led by the Top 20 single of the title track and contains several Clash classics, including ‘Lost In The Supermarket’, ‘Clampdown’, ‘Train In Vain’ and ‘Guns Of Brixton’.

The exhibition, which runs from 15 November until Spring next year and is FREE to get in, will feature more than 100 items from the band’s archive, including Simonon’s legendary smashed Fender Precision Bass, Joe Strummer’s notebook and typewriter, Mick Jones’ handwritten notes and Topper Headon’s drumsticks, plus stagewear, lyrics, photos and films, some previously unseen.

Beatrice Behlen, Senior Curator of Fashion and Decorative Arts at the Museum of London, says, “London Calling is The Clash’s defining album, a rallying call for Londoners and people around the world. The album’s lyrics reflected contemporary concerns, many of which are still relevant today, as it moved away from traditional punk by adopting and reworking much wider musical influences. At the Museum of London, we tell the stories of our capital through the objects and memories of the people who have lived here. This display will provide a brand new, exciting and vibrant take on this, showcasing rarely seen personal objects and telling the incredible story of how London Calling was, and for many still is, the sound of a generation.”

To coincide with the opening of the exhibition, Sony Music are publishing the London Calling Scrapbook – a 120-page hardback book which which includes the album on CD plus hand-written lyrics, notes, photos and previously unseen material from the period.

Prior to this, National Album Day on 11 October, will see a special deluxe reissue of London Calling on CD, vinyl and cassette, in a special sleeve highlighting the layers of the album artwork.

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MASUAK’S BACK!

Former RADIO BIRDMAN guitarist CHRIS MASUAK returns this week with a brand new album.

Address To The Nation is the Canadian-born musician’s second album with his band THE VIVEIRO WAVE RIDERS since relocating to Spain in 2010, following on from 2016’s Brujita.

Joining Radio Birdman in 1976, Masuak went on to play in such legendary Aussie bands as SCREAMING TRIBESMEN, THE HITMEN and THE NEW CHRISTS alongside Birdman singer Rob Younger. He rejoined the reconvened Birdman in 1996 contributing to the new studio album Zeno Beach and the live album Ritualism.

Address To The Nation is available now on I-94 Bar Records through Bandcamp. Check out the lead single ‘1776’…

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VOODOO TATTOO!

After a summer spent hitting the festivals and fleshpots of Europe and the UK, THE URBAN VOODOO MACHINE roll up their sleeves for an appearance at the London Tattoo Convention.

Now in its 15th year, this year’s event tales place at Tobacco Dock, Wapping from 27 to 29 September.

Other acts appearaing as part of the Convention’s musical line-up include THE QUIREBOYS, NEVER THE BRIDE and AC/DC tribute HELLS BELLS.

The Convention’s Gretsch Guitars stage will also be offering the opportunity to ‘Jam with Gretsch’, in between live blues sessions and the chance enter a charity auction and win one of five customised guitars.

Other highlights of the weekend will include the UK’s oldest tattooist Doc Price inking his last ever tattoo; a half-pipe materclass with skate legend Steve Olson; celebrity tattoo artist Mark Mahoney will be judging this year’s tattoo competitions.

 

Further details and tickets can be had at thelondontattooconvention.com

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STIFF LITTLE FINGERS IN SWEDEN!

While Rebellion was in full swing in Blackpool last weekend, STIFF LITTLE FINGERS headed off for a short tour of Sweden as a warm up for the UK and Irish gigs planned later this month.

Supported by the always energizing and exciting local punks The Headlines, SLF covered the three main cities in four days. Vive Le Rock was lucky to catch the band on fire at KB in Malmö on Friday night where they played a storming gig to an enthusiastic crowd, who were offered a good mix of old and new favourites including new and unreleased song ’16 Shots’, about the 17-year old black youth Laquan MaDonald who was killed by Chicago Police, along with unavoidable numbers like ‘Suspect Device’, ‘Strummerville’, ‘Alternative Ulster’ and ‘My Dark Places’ to name a few.

SLF resume touring in the UK and Irleand next week. Catch the band live at…

Fri 16 Aug – King George’s Hall, Blackburn,
Sat 17 Aug – Hardwick Hall Hotel, Durham
Sun 18 Aug – Tivoli, Buckley
Tues 20 Aug – KK’s Steel Mill, Wolverhampton
Wed 21 Aug – Guildhall, Gloucester
Fri 23 Aug – The Academy, Dublin
Sat 24 Aug – Custom House Square, Belfast

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