Fast-rising Manc punks AERIAL SALAD are back with yet another new video, which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘Stressed’ is the third single to be lifted from the trio’s acclaimed album Dirt Mall, released on their own Roach Industries imprint in conjunction with Alex Wonk’s Plasterer Records. The video is once again the work of noted punk movie director Mark Richards.

“I would walk past the location we filmed ‘Stressed’ every day for two years on my way to work,” says singer/guitarist Jamie Munro. “I always knew I wanted to film the ‘Stressed’ video there because it’s an old office block. ‘Stressed’ is a song about my descent into madness while working in an office for a blue chip company; the song’s not a glorification of weed, more just me pointing out how sad it is that that’s the only respite that can be conjured for a lot of people in their early 20s working shit jobs just to pay rent. Shout out to Tommy from Bruise Control, Lauren from LAD$ Zine (go check that out) and Keiron from Don Blake for their extra work and Mark Richards for filming.”

Dirt Mall is available here now.

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Two of the hottest bands from the UK’s DIY punk scene have come together on a joint single to celebrate the music of THE CLASH and to raise money for the Joe Strummer Foundation.

Representing the South, St Albans punkabillies THE ZIPHEADS have put their own stamp on the 1980 stand-alone single ‘Bankrobber’. From the North, meanwhile, come Leeds garage trio NOSEBLEED, with their rendition of ‘Train In Vain’, originally the third single from the classic London Calling album.

“The Clash have always been my favourite band,” says Zipheads guitarist Ray. “All the different styles and influences that shape our sound – rockabilly, reggae, punk – we discovered all of that through the Clash. We recorded this as an Albert Lee-style upbeat country number, it seemed to work!! We’re all so proud to be working with Joe Strummer Foundation and hopefully this single can help them with the all good work that they do.”

“Since I was small, I’ve always had the Clash in my life ‘coz my dad has been into punk since it started,” adds Nosebleed bassist Ben. “We’re really proud to be helping the Joe Strummer Foundation and contributing to them bring music into the lives of future generations. Joe Strummer and The Clash are so important to so many people – the diversity of the sounds and influences they brought into their music is inspirational.”

All profits from the single will go to The Joe Strummer Foundation, which was set up following Joe’s death in 2002 to raise money to provide opportunities to musicians and support projects around the world that create empowerment through music.

Released through Bomber music, the single is available to download from today through Bandcamp.

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Crap-happy Aussie punks SHIT TINNIES have just unveiled a brand new single and video.

Although based in Sydney, they are in fact a multinational arrangement, featuring a Brit, a Kiwi, a Serb and a Canadian and infuse their high-energy old-school punk with elements of ska, hip-hop and all points in between.

New single ‘Town’ is the first taste of the band’s second EP for Golden Robot Records’ punk imprint Riot Records, and follows on from last year’s self-titled debut EP.

‘Town’ is available digitally here.

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One of our favourite people, Mr Rat Scabies is back with a new outfit, THE SINCLAIRS, who are about to release their debut album Sparkle. They’re premiering their brand new video ‘La Venta’ exclusively with Vive Le Rock! today!

We caught up with Rat and his partner-in-crime Billy Shinbone to get the full lowdown…

How did The Sinclairs meet?

Rat: We met back in the ’90s when Billy and his band Flipron walked into my studio asking how much time a hundred quid would buy them. Somehow, they managed to stay for a couple of years. I ended up producing two Flipron albums and we’ve been friends throughout.

Why the name The Sinclairs? Wasn’t it an old car, a Consul?

Rat: Well it’s a family name attached to the Rosslyn Chapel in Scotland which is one of those places that holds a strange magnetism for those who might be involved on a hunt for the Holy Grail. But that’s not the real reason. I just liked the sound of it.

Billy: I’m not one to dabble in the dark arts of Grail hunting, I always thought it sounded like a family of trapeze artists from Carlisle. The Flying Sinclairs. But now you mention it, it does sound like a cheap ’60s car to me. Like a Ford Corsair or a Singer or a Simca. But a Sinclair sounds like a 1930s cocktail too. But it doesn’t really mean anything.

If The Sinclairs could play at a dinner party who would you invite?

Rat: Vivian Stanshell, Berenger Sauniere and Banksy.

Billy: Slim Gaillard, Frida Kahlo and Syd Barrett.

Do you both write the music? Rat, do you play guitar?

Billy: It’s definitely a joint effort. I usually come up with the initial melody line, which I send to Rat, who turns it upside down and completely rearranges how I imagined the tune would sound. Then we work it all out in the studio as we record. Then Rat does the sound effects and synths etc. Finally, we argue about tiny details until one of us gives in.

Rat: The details are sometimes delicate, weirdly often on the noisier numbers. And yes, I do play some guitar on one song. I’m not telling you which one, though. You have to guess!

Describe The Sinclairs in three words.

Billy: Absinthe, Bourbon and Vermouth. It’s the Sinclair cocktail. We drink them all the time and they’re pretty good. Like a cross between a Manhattan and a Sazerac, if you’re into mixology. Go very, very easy on the Absinthe, just rinse the ice with it or it’ll taste like an aniseed ball.

Sparkle will be released through Cleopatra and is available to pre-order on limited red vinyl and CD now.

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Garage-rockin’ Aussie powerpop trio THE ON AND ONS are back with a brand new mini-album.

Menacing Smile is the latest salvo from the Sydney-siders, following on from their two full-lengths It’s The On And Ons Calling (2015) and Welcome Aboard (2017).

Brothers Glenn (guitar/vocals) and Brian Morris (drums) had toured Australia and the US with the Paul Collins Beat before the pair hatched a plan for a new band, recruiting former Hoodoo Gurus bassist Clyde Bramley, guitarist Jon Roberts and ex-Stems keyboardist Richard Lane.

Now reduced to a trio of Morris, Morris and Bramley, the band sound fully reinvigorated on this small, yet perfectly formed, 6-track package of direct Aussie powerpop action.

Out on 17 May through the legendary Citadel label, Menacing Smile is available to pre-order here.

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Bright young hopes of Aussie post-punk DESTRENDS return with a brand new EP.

The four-track Wasteland EP captures the Melbourne trio’s quirky, angular sound, highly reminiscent of DEVO and much-missed Sydney punks, The Thought Criminals.

The band’s debut EP Lousy Lover brought them considerable attention, earning them high profile support slots with the likes of Spiderbait, Hoodoo Gurus and King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard. The band upped the ante late last year with the release of a new single ‘Medication’ and ‘Missing People’, released in March, both of which are included on the new EP.

Check out the video for ‘Missing People’…

Wasteland is out now through Bread & Butter Records.

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Ace Atlanta/Baltimore rockers RMBLR are back with a brand new video!

It’s also their frontman Chase Tail’s birthday, so Vive Le Rock! is only too happy to oblige with this exclusive premiere of ‘Machine Gun’ as a special birthday treat!

Happy birthday Chase!

Last year we premiered RMBLR’s video for ‘Serious’, declaring a bright future ahead for the band. We reckoned without COVID-19 of course, but this video proves that their ain’t no stopping them now!

The band are going to to record more tracks and plan a brand new EP this summer. In the meantime, check out their wares on Bandcamp.

On Friday 1 May, Bandcamp are waiving their fees so that profits from all sales will go directly to the artist/label.

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