PEPES SHOW!

Multinational powerpop punks LOS PEPES have announced a new single and video.

The breakneck barn-burner ‘I Want You Back’ forms half a double-A-side single with ‘Never Get It Right’, both of which can be found on their forthcoming new album The Happiness Program. Their maiden release for new label Black Wax Noise Division, confusingly, the single also features a third track, ‘Tell Me’, exclusive to this release.

Available on 7″ black vinyl – natch! – and limited edition coloured vinyl, both versions are available, along with loads of other great releases, from the Black Wax store.

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LINE-UP ANNOUNCED FOR RED ROOSTER!

East Anglia’s RED ROOSTER FESTIVAL have announced their line-up for this year’s event.

Faced with Covid restrictions, the organisers fought bravely to save last year’s event, not least because much of their original choice of artists was from the US. However, tenacious as ever, they’re determined that this year’s event will go ahead.

Taking place over the weekend of 27-29 August at their regular location of Euston Hall near Thetford, the festival will be headlined by RICHARD HAWLEY and feature performances by THE URBAN VOODOO MACHINE, DIRTY STRANGERS, SONGHOY BLUES, IAN SIEGAL, LITTLE BARRIE, KITTY, DAISY & LEWIS, HIS LORDSHIP, JIMMY REGAL & THE ROYALS, THE FUTURE SHAPE OF SOUND, BLACK CAT BONE, THE HANGING STARS, 4D JONES and loads more….

Tickets are on sale here.

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SHADOW BOXING!

London punks DEALING WITH DAMAGE are back with a new video and new-ish album.

The droning, irrepressible psych-punk ‘Slow Shadow’ heralds the new vinyl release of their highly-praised debut album.

Ask The Questions was released to rave reviews on CD and download at the end of 2019. The vinyl edition should by rights have followed soon after but the mammoth delays in vinyl-pressing caused by the pandemic have meant it’s only now surfacing.

To make it worth the wait it’s been bolstered by two bonus tracks – ‘Making Plans For Misery’ and ‘Lady Day’ – recorded at No Recording Studio in Rayleigh, Essex during the summer of 2019. The album title has been amended to Ask More Questions accordingly.

The band, who are made up of former members of Sink, K-Line, Done Lying Down, Jerry-Built, Stupids and The Scum Children, took advantage of the fine summer weather between lockdowns to decamp to the Surrey wilderness of their youth to shoot the video for ‘Slow Shadow’.

“Lyrically, ‘Slow Shadow’ is a meditation on the universal experience of hurtling towards death, one day at a time, whilst at the same time being damned if having a few extra years on the clock is going to dim the creative fires that burn inside us,” explains the song’s author Ed Wenn. “It’s 2 minutes and 42 seconds where the veil of self-deprecation is cast aside and DWD insist on being heard. One day they will indeed be that slow shadow, but for now at least, they’re here and they feel they have something to say and an interesting way to say it.”

Ask More Questions is out through Little Rocket Records and is available here.

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ACCELERATION FOR THE NATION!

Punk-jazz supergroup/power trio THE N.J.E. have announced the release of a new mini-album for the first of this year’s Record Store Day Drops.

Formed in Whitechapel, the band features Terry Edwards (PJ Harvey, Gallon Drunk), Mark Bedford (Madness, BUtterfield 8) and Simon Charterton (The Higsons, Alex Harvey).

Following on from 2019’s Afloat In Dub, their collaboration with On-U Sound guru Adrian Sherwood, “Nought To 60” takes its name from the trio’s single released late last year. The release also features the 10-minute ‘Spirit Of Indo’, a tribute to the pub where they first played monthly to an audience of locals and the odd musical celebrity including Matt Johnson, The Undertones’ Damian O’Neill, Reeves Gabrels of Cure and Tin Machine fame and 2 Tone artist Rhoda Dakar. It also includes their version of David Bowie’s ‘Five Years’ commemorating the fifth anniversary of the artist’s passing.

Hear ‘Nought To 60’

Usually held on the third Saturday of April every year, Record Store Day 2021 will take place over two ‘drop’ days – 12 June and 17 July – due to the pandemic.

“Nought To 60” will be available through Sartorial Records on strictly limited 12″ vinyl (with download code) on 12 June. Buyers can find their nearest participating stores here.

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STILETTO FARM VIDEO PREMIERE!

Yorkshire rockers STILETTO FARM have a brand new video and they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

They may look like metallers but sound like pure street-punk on the anthemic ‘State Of Stagnation’, which is taken from the EP Power Fantasy.

Inspired by their late founder Jason White, the band take influence from the likes of Backyard Babies, Motörhead, The Wildhearts and Jean-Paul Sartre with their existentialist high energy rock’n’roll.

Having shared stages with the likes of Orange Goblin, Doctor & The Medics and a full UK tour with Asomvel, they’re champing at the bit to return to the live arena with a spot at The Waterloo, Blackpool’s Motörhead Day on 22 October.

Power Fantasy is available here.

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DAMNED ANNOUNCE TOUR SUPPORTS!

THE DAMNED have announced the full supporting cast for their forthcoming reunion tour.

As previously announced, the reconvened James, Scabies, Sensible and Vanian line-up have rescheduled their July dates for 11-19 February 2022, taking in Glasgow, Manchester, Birmingham and London. Originally planned to celebrate the 45th Anniversary of their debut gig, the dates will mark another celebration, coinciding with the 45th Anniversary of the release of their classic debut album Damned Damned Damned.

The choice of supports pays homage to the Class of ’77, with performances by PENETRATION, T.V. SMITH and the SKIDS alongside THE WILDHEARTS and fast-rising newcomers SMALLTOWN TIGERS.

Penetration

Formed in County Durham in 1976, Penetration, fronted by Pauline Murray, returned in 2001, and having regained their following finally released a new album Resolution to rapturous reviews in 2015. They’ll be playing in Glasgow O2 Academy (11/2), Manchester O2 Apollo (12/2) and Birmingham O2 Academy (16/2). They’ll also play the second night at London Eventim Apollo (19/2) along with The Wildhearts.

T.V. Smith regularly appeared alongside The Damned fronting THE ADVERTS in ’77. Following the release of his critically acclaimed solo album Lockdown Holiday, Smith will be appearing with his sometime backing band The Bored Teenagers, playing a set of Adverts classics in Glasgow, Manchester and Birmingham. They’ll also be appearing at the first London show on 18 February, alongside the Skids.

Smalltown Tigers

Opening each night will be the hotly tipped Italian punks Smalltown Tigers, who made a noise last Summer with their widely praised Five Things mini-album.

Tickets are on sale here. Original tickets are still valid for the new dates.

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RAVAGERS ON THE HIGHWAY!

Baltimore rockers RAVAGERS have unveiled a new video as a taster for their forthcoming album.

Channelling Class of ’76 pop/punk/rock street smarts, ‘Down That Road’ is taken from the album Badlands which, despite having spent the best part of a decade at the rock’n’roll coalface, is actually their debut full-length. It’s due out through Atlanta’s Spaghetty Town Records this Spring.

Fronted by guitarist/singer Alex Hagen – whom sharp-eyed readers will recognise from Vive faves, Atlanta urchins RMBLR – Ravagers dropped their debut EP Livin’ In Oblivion back in 2014, followed after months of heavy touring by 2015’s Natural Instinct EP. Along the way, they’ve plastered their old-skool hearts on their sleeves by opening for such veterans as The Damned, FEAR and The Adicts, as well as fetching up at Vegas’ annual Punk Rock Bowling.

With Covid putting paid to all touring plans, the band locked down in Atlanta with a productions team of Tuk Smith (him from Biters) and Dan Dixon to record the ten chestnuts that make up Badlands.

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NEW MOON!

Former Turbulent Hearts singer SUZI MOON gets her solo career off to an incendiary start with her first single and video which she’s premiering with Vive Le Rock!

With its buzzsaw guitar-and-drums attack and shoutalong chorus, ‘Special Place In Hell’ is a perfect declaration of arrival as the lead track from Moon’s debut EP Call The Shots, due out 21 May through Pirates Press.

Moon’s career began by joining her older sister in the Hellcat-signed Longbeach band Civet for eight years before fronting the trio Turbulent Hearts. More recently she had a brief tenure with L.A. Machina, releasing one single for Alternative Tentacles.

However, after 15 years playing in bands, stepping into the spotlight as a solo artist was something of an inevitability. “Songwriting is my passion and I really wanted to own that moving forward. Going solo was a totally natural progression for me. It just took some time for me to be ready. It’s a little bit scary but here I am, unapologetically Suzi Moon, puttin’ it all on the line for everyone that’ll listen!”

The video for ‘Special Place In Hell’ draws its inspiration from Roman Polanski’s 1965 Brit spinechiller Repulsion, starring Catherine Deneuve and Ian Hendry. “It’s one of my favourites and I have always wanted to pay homage to the movie in my own way,” says Moon.

One focus of the video, which was directed by Eric Schraeder from The Enclave Live, is to illustrate Moon’s attempts to balance her time and presence on social media. “Especially in today’s times when most of what artists do is online, there are these moments when you are dressing up and getting ready for ‘showtime’ online” she says. “It’s not very satisfying when you turn off the camera at the end of the night and haven’t received any real physical connection. It can feel a bit empty, wanting more. Balancing Suzi at home baking bread in her sweatpants and Suzi online and in performance mode.”

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CALL MR. LEE!

Cali ska-punks THE BRUCE LEE BAND highlight anti-Asian hate crime with their new single and video.

‘Division In The Heartland’ is the lead track from the band’s new EP which is out on 28 May through band frontman Mike Park’s Asian Man Records, the label founded by band frontman Mike Park.

The evocative time-lapse video for the track features artist Gilbert Armendariz working on a painting that highlights the songs’s themes of domestic strife and powerlessness.

The band will be auctioning the painting to raise money for the non-profit Stop AAPI Hate, targeting racism against Asian American Pacific Islander communities which has risen during the Covid 19 pandemic.

Open exclusively to bidders in the US, the auction will take place on the Asian Man Records eBay page on Friday 2 April.

‘Division In The Heartland’ is available to stream now on Spotify, Apple and Bandcamp.

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