GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE FUN!

Electro-punks UNRULY GIRLS have just unveiled the first video from their new album.

Dedicated to Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon, the woozy, motorik, car-crash electronica of ‘She Grew Up In A Shotgun Row’ soundtracks a montage of footage shot by guest vocalist Ronit Bergman’s earlier band Plastic Venus, on the vibrant Tel Aviv punk scene during the 90s.

Unruly Girls are a duo of Luigi Limongelli and Humbert Alison from the southern Italian city of Benevento near Naples. ‘She Grew Up In A Shotgun Row’, co-written by Alison and Bergman, is taken from the duo’s second album Epidemic, which follows on from 2017’s Cruel Tales and was recorded at Monolith Studios in Vitulano. It was mixed and mastered by Phil Liar of Italian stoner legends Teverts.

Epidemic is set for release on 21 April through Dirty Beach.

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OUIJI DOES IT!

PROFESSOR AND THE MADMAN have announced the release of a brand new album.

The Anglo-American band, who feature sometime DAMNED members Rat Scabies and Paul Gray, are set to release Séance through Fullertone Records. It follows on from 2018’s Disintegrate Me and Live At The 100 Club, released last year.

“A séance typically refers to a ritual used to make contact with a person who has died,” says Alfie Agnew who, with Sean Elliott constitutes the US half of the band. “We see the songs on our new album as attempting to re-establish contact with an era, a way of life, that has died. More specifically, our goal is to evoke the strong connection we felt toward music in our youth — the ritual of bringing home an album from the record store and totally immersing yourself in its journey. We love albums and this group exists to celebrate them. Our new songs tend to be reflective, as we remember former friends and band members who may no longer be along for the ride.” 

Check out the title track here.

Pre-orders for the album, which include a special board-game devised by the band, are available via the band’s website.

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FLYING TONIGHT!

Pub-rock legends KURSAAL FLYERS are to have the complete works compiled on a new box set.

The Southend-on-Sea band, who formed in 1973, cut their teeth on the London pub circuit before setting the charts alight with the single ‘Little Does She Know’ in late ’76 just as punk broke.

Over-burdened with songwriting talent, guitarist Graeme Douglas would soon move on to Eddie & The Hot Rods, where he co-wrote ‘Do Anything You Wanna Do’, while drummer Will Birch would co-author several powerpop nuggets with The Records, including the classic ‘Starry Eyes’. He would go on to write the definitive pub rock history No Sleep Till Canvey Island.

The 4-disc Little Does She Know – The Complete Recordings comprises the band’s four studio albums, inclduing Chocs Away! and The Great Artiste for Jonathan King’s UK label; the Mike Batt-produced Golden Mile, and their 1988 reunion album A Former Tour de Force Is Forced To Tour. The set is completed by the 1977 live album Five Live Kursaals, and numerous bonus tracks including non-album singles and B-sides, outtakes and live tracks.

A 24-page booklet features firsthand sleevenotes by Will Birch.

Released on 22 May by RPM Records through Cherry Red, Little Does She Know is available to pre-order here.

Check out ‘Pocket Money’ from Chocs Away live…

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STAY HEALTHY!

London punks HEALTHY JUNKIES have a new video out which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘All Talk’ is taken from the band’s latest album Delirious Dream. The video was shot by Shogo Hino at Shogo Hairdressing Salon, Hampstead and by Pawel Piatek at the original Tufnell Rock Tower. Not sure where they found the ice floe though!

Delirious Dream is available to buy now from the band’s website as is their DVD On The Road In The USA.

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WHAT’S IN A NAME?

In the era of fake news, FAKE NAMES are decidedly real.

A hot-to-trot punk supergroup featuring members of Minor Threat, S.O.A,. International Noise Conspiracy and Girls Against Boys, they’re set to drop their debut album on 8 May through Epitaph.

The seeds of the band were first sown four years ago when Brian Baker (Minor Threat, Bad Religion) and Michael Hampton (S.O.A., Embrace, One Last Wish) got together in Brooklyn to jam. The two schoolfriends then brought in their former classmate Johnny Temple (Girls Against Boys, Soulside), going on to recruit frontman Dennis Lyxzén (Refused, International Noise Conspiracy, INVSN) after catching Refused’s set at Chicago’s Riot Fest later that year.

The quartet eventually checked into Little Steven Van Zandt’s Renegade Studios to lay down the ten tracks that make up their debut. ‘Brick’ is the first fruit of their labours to see the light of day…

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LOVELY EGGS DATES DE-LAID!

Lancastrian psych-punks THE LOVELY EGGS have rescheduled the dates for their spring tour.

The duo had had a major tour planned in support of their new album I Am Moron, which is due out through EGG Records on 3 April. Unsurprisingly the dates have now been cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and have now been rescheduled for July.

“In light of the coronavirus it was just impossible for us to go ahead with our April tour,” explains singer and guitarist Holly Ross. “Fortunately for us, we are used to shit hitting the fan, so we’ve rescheduled all the gigs to now take place in July instead. We hope everyone can still make all the rescheduled gigs and get ready for one hell of an Eggs party this summer. We’d like to thank all of the promoters we work with for helping us reschedule the dates. They’ve been absolute legends and we can’t believe we’ve put the tour back together so quickly. Solidarity going out to all the other bands, promoters and venues who have had to reschedule or cancel their tours. We’re all in it together. This is mad innit. Look after yourselves and see you on the other side Eggheads!”

In the meantime, the pair have released a new hand-made video for the album track ‘Second Rate’ to tide fans over until the summer.

“For the video we wanted to present a masterclass in how to not spend £20,000 on making a music video so we made it ourselves,” Holly continues. “So many bands blow so much wedge on making videos it’s a bit obscene, so we thought fuck it, we’ll do it ourselves. It’s our ethos really and is also totally in keeping with the song. We’ve never moaned about not having access to big budgets and not doing stuff is just not an option for us, so we always roll up our sleeves, get on with it and do the best that we can for the budget we have got, which for this was zero! I suppose with the video we wanted people to question what their idea of ‘second rate’is. ‘Second Rate’ means different things to different people. For some people the idea of a Pot Noodle sandwich would be unthinkable but to David it’s a delicious after-hours snack. Same with living in Lancaster and not having a label etc. These are things that some people consider ‘second rate’ but we don’t. So, there are a lot of images in there that invite the viewer to question their opinions on what they value. Then there’s a load of psychedelic footage and random images to blast the mundane out into the universe because it’s impossible to cope with the bleakness of day to day life without having some magic in there. So yeah in a way this video is like a microcosm of our world. Enjoy the ride!!”

The Lovely Eggs’ rescheduled tour dates kick off on 16 July in Newcastle. The tour also includes extra London and Manchester dates in October. Catch them on the road at…

Thursday July 16: The Cluny, Newcastle
Friday July 17: Gorilla, Manchester SOLD OUT
Saturday July 18: The Brudenell, Leeds SOLD OUT
Sunday July 19: Castle and Falcon, Birmingham SOLD OUT
Monday July 20: The Portland Arms, Cambridge SOLD OUT
Tuesday July 21: Komedia, Brighton SOLD OUT
Wednesday July 22: The Loft, Southampton
Thursday July 23: The Fleece, Bristol SOLD OUT
Friday July 24: The Garage, London SOLD OUT
Saturday July 25: The Bullingdon, Oxford
Wednesday, July 29: Mash House, Edinburgh
Thursday, July 30: CCA, Glasgow
Saturday, August 8: Network, Sheffield
Friday, October 23: Heaven, London
Friday October 30: The Ritz, Manchester

Tickets are on sale here.

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THE FUTURE’S GREAT!

London punks GOLDENBLOOM are back with another new single.

‘(Great) Britain’, the follow-up to the band’s debut single ‘Love’, was apparently initially an observation on Brexit Britain, but has achieved a new currency as the nation squirms uncomfortably under viral lockdown.

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BLAB HAPPY!

South-coast post-punks BLABBERMOUTH have just dropped a new single and video, ‘Youthful Haze’.

The enigmatic Hastings five-piece don’t give much away about themselves, but this tremendous video is the work of renowned film-maker Mark Richards.

Formed last year, the band have a hometown headline show at Crowley’s Bar, Hastings on 9 April, and are part of the line-up for this year’s Wonkfest at the Dome, London on 25 July. They promise loads more shows in between, viruses notwithstanding.

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WILDE IN THE STREETS!

Swedish Celtic punks FINNEGAN’S HELL have just released a video for the title track from their new album.

The title ‘Work Is The Curse Of The Drinking Class’ is taken from the famous quote by Oscar Wilde. According to the band’s Reverend Mick Finnegan, the words are “just as relevant today as when he uttered them more than a hundred years ago. Still people all over the world find themselves in a situation where their work is interfering with their alcohol consumption. It’s the devil’s work, and we shall not silently accept it.”

Buy Work Is The Curse Of The Drinking Class here.

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IT’S NICE TO BE NICE!

ROSE TATTOO have just released a video for the track ‘Nice Boys’ from their new album Outlaws.

The album sees the Oz Rock legends revisiting the tracks from their 1978 self-titled debut, christened Rock’n’Roll Outlaws on its release in the UK in ’81.

After periodic reshuffles, the band – one of the most revered in Australian pub-rock history – returned in 2017 with a new line-up, including former AC/DC bassist Mark Evans and ex-Angels and Skyhooks guitarist Bob Spencer.

Widely regarded as the most successful of the band’s many rebirths, the band went into the studio to lay down their own interpretation of the album tracks, along with new recordings of early non-album cuts, including two – ‘Snow Queen’ and ‘Sweet Love Rock’n’Roll’ by band founder Ian Rilen.

A live highlight, ‘Nice Boys’ had a major profile boost when it was covered by Guns N’ Roses on their G N’ R Lies mini-album.

Outlaws is out now through Cleopatra Records.

Rose Tattoo play the Electric Ballroom, London on 22 March. Tickets are on sale here.

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VISION THING!

Pittsburgh politicos ANTI-FLAG have just unveiled a brand new video for the title track from their latest album 20/20 Vision.

The video features dancer/choreographer David Mayorga and is the work of INDECLINE an activist art collective comprising graffiti writers, filmmakers, photographers and full-time rebels and activists, and focusing on “social, ecological and economical injustices carried out by American and International governments, corporations and law enforcement agencies.”

Anti-Flag have just set out on a major North American tour which will be followed by a string of summer dates across Europe, kicking off at Hellfest in France and taking in Rebellion in Blackpool on 6 August. Full European dates are…

20 June – Clisson, FR @ Hellfest
21 June – Dessel, BE @ Graspop
27 June – Rttersbach, DE @ Ab Geht Die Lutzi Festival
4 July – Schorndorf, DE @ Club Manufaktur
5 July – Toging Am Inn, DE @ Silo 1 Musik & Kulturlokal
18 July – Cuxhaven, DE @ Deichbrand Festival
1 Aug – Gijon, ES @ Tsunami Xixon
6 Aug – Blackpool, UK @ Rebellion Festival
8 Aug – Bildein, DE @ Picture On Festival
11 Aug -Tolmin, SLO @ Punk Rock Holiday
12 Aug – Bratislava, SLK @ Majestic Music Club

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PRESSURE DROP!

London punks GIRLS IN SYNTHESIS have just dropped a video for their new single ‘Pressure’.

A claustrophobic hammer-blow of angry punk, blasting against a maddening background of cold-war electronics, ‘Pressure’ is the first taste of the trio’s debut album Now Here’s An Echo From Your Future, set for release on 22 May through Harbinger Sound, the label that brought you Sleaford Mods.

“In both music and lyrical content this song sets out to capture the unrelenting pressures of living in the modern world,” explains vocalist and guitarist Jim. “The pressures and expectations of which ‘they’ force upon you – with the apparent realisation that you will never be what they want you to be. ‘Pressure, the twist of the gut, as one door opens another fucking shuts’,”

Formed in 2016, the staunchly DIY band built their manifesto on incendiary live performances, with the likes of Slaves, Bad Breeding and Damo Suzuki, and a string of 7-inches eventually compiled on Pre/Post: A Collection 2016-2018 for Louder Than War.

Recording for Now Here’s An Echo From Your Future began in April last year under the watchful ear of Sean Tomlinson at Rockit Studio in Hull, before moving to Hackney’s Gun Factory Studio, with finishing touches made at bassist John’s SICK Studio in Hither Green, South London.

Pre-order the album here.

Girls In Synthesis play the following dates in May…

14 May – Chameleon Arts Cafe, Nottingham
15 May – The Great Escape, Brighton (venue TBA)
16 May – o2 Academy, Leicester (Wide Awake Festival)
16 May – The Talleyrand, Manchester (late show)
23 May – The Social, London (album launch show)
30 May – The Lab, Northampton

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SPECIAL K!

Belgian noise-rockers THE K. are back with a new single which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

Hopefully not foretelling the working week ahead, ‘Shit Day’ is taken from the trio’s third album Amputate Corporate Art.

Returning after a brief hiatus and line-up change the album finds the band drawing on the influence of the likes of The Jesus Lizard, The Melvins, Fugazi and Sonic Youth on a set of ten uncompromising ad crushingly heavy anthems.

“When we reunited we weren’t unharmed by what happened to us,” they say. “We had doubts as human beings of course but as a band too. And the songs are a bit about that: breaking up, moving on, being angry, not knowing what you’re meant for at a time when people around you seemed to be pretty set up, and convincing ourselves that everything would turn out alright.”

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INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

An equal world is an enabled world and that’s why Vive Le Rock! is celebrating International Women’s Day with a rock’n’roll twist.

The day is about challenging stereotypes, fighting bias and broadening perceptions which has always been a thread running through rock music and especially punk. At the Vive Le Rock! Awards we’re honouring Chrissie Hynde who’s always been a loud and proud voice for feminism and activism within her music and outside of it.

Today we’re shining a light on another amazing woman, Hard Rock Café’s original rock‘n’roll waitress, Rita Gilligan! Forty-nine years ago, Rita was there in 1971 when the original Hard Rock Café opened its doors in London. Hungry for the job, she told the manager, “I’m the best you’re gunna get so you might as well hire me!” And he told her to start work right then, on the spot. Since then she’s hung out with The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton and remembers what a great place it was for them to hang out.

With 49 years of work under her belt, she’s travelled the world and opened 170 cafes and still loves the job. She was awarded an MBE for serving the public and says she “Enjoyed every second of it!”

Here’s to you Rita!

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CHATS GET STUFFED!

THE CHATS have just unveiled another new video.

‘Dine N Dash’ is the fifth single to be taken from the Sunshine Coast band’s debut album and is a tribute to the time-honoured activity of stuffing your face in a restaurant and scarpering without paying. The video is the work of acclaimed director Matt Weston.

“We filmed at Walters steakhouse in Brisbane. It was the best steak I’ve had. Definitely gave the bowlsie a run for its money. No mushy gravy thou,” says guitarist Josh Price.

“Ya know you’re in a fancy restaurant when the chips and salad aren’t included,” adds bassist Eamon Sandwith.

As previously announced, The Chats are over here in the autumn. Catch them at…

Fri 16 Oct – Southampton, 1865
Sat 17 Oct – Nottingham, Rock City
Sun 18 Oct – Bristol, 02 Academy
Mon 19 Oct – Ireland, Dublin, Olympia
Tue 20 Oct – Belfast, Limelight
Thu 22 Oct – Glasgow, Galvanizers
Fri 23 Oct – Leeds, Stylus
Sat 24 Oct – Newcastle, Boiler Shop
Sun 25 Oct – Manchester, 02 Academy
Mon 26 Oct – Brighton, Dome
Wed 28 Oct – London, Electric Brixton
Thu 29 Oct – London, Electric Brixton

Tickets are on sale here.

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ALLEN ADAMS 1957 – 2019

We lost a genuine UK punk legend last November when Allen Adams, founder member of Peterborough’s DESTRUCTORS suddenly passed away. Allen’s longtime bandmate Steve Rolls got in touch to talk about his friend and the future of the band.

“Allen is a local legend and I know from the feedback I got after his death, how much so many people thought of him. I met him in ’76 in the local record store. Myself and Mike MacGuire were trawling the latest punk records and those coming in from the US and got talking to Allen as we had formed Peterborough’s first punk band The Now. Allen agreed to manage us and it went from there. We went on with his help to play venues like The Roxy and The Vortex.

“Allen was a true punk up until the end. Often seen round the local pubs holding court, ensuring all were in earshot. He’d often drop in something controversial to get that reaction, and he always did…. not always good I might add. He was working (up until a couple of days before he died) at Peterborough’s Met Lounge every Friday / Saturday night (and has done for donkeys years) handing out tickets, selling tickets and relentlessly handing out new Destructors releases. Despite the tough exterior he was a good, trustworthy solid (though controversial) guy and a great friend forever 40 years. I and many others miss him.

“So the latest line up of The Destructors ran from 2006 to the present day. Allen wrote the lyrics for everything and the band collectively. Producing over 50 releases (with three more in the can: 1) a full Destructors album called MADness; 2) a full album of Exorcise The Demons of Youth (as mentioned in Ian Glasper’s book as the one that should have been made), recorded by the last members of The Destructors, (oh and a couple with the ex-drummer of the 82 Destructors); 3) Allen’s third solo album covering his favourite songs from the past. We intend to still release these at some point. Ideally we will try and get these out as vinyl.

“Future-wise, we may play a couple of gigs in honour of Allen but he was the heart and soul of the bands and all previous (10) iterations of The Destructors so that may be that.”

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ACCELERATION FOR THE NATION!

THE NJE – the jazz-punk supergroup put together by members of MADNESS, GALLON DRUNK and THE HIGSONS – have just unveiled a brand new single.

‘Nought To 60’ is the trio’s first new record since the album Afloat In Dub, their collaboration with producer Adrian Sherwood, released for Record Store Day last year. It’s available now from Bandcamp on a ‘pay what you like’ basis, and on Spotify from Friday.

After a winter spent working on other projects, the band return to live activity this month. Catch them at…

Wed 11 Mar – Chats Palace, Homerton, London
Thur 12 Mar – Kino-Teatr, St Leonards-on-Sea

Sax-player Terry Edwards is also issuing a double-vinyl compilation of his solo works: Stop Trying To Sell Me Back My Past (vol 1) comprises four 90s EPs featuring a series of covers of songs by The Jesus & Mary Chain, The Fall, Miles Davis, The Damned, Sex Pistols and The Cure. Set for release through Sartorial Records via Cargo, this Record Store Day-only item will be available on 18 April.

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