Still touring (when Covid allows) and recording with Camberley punk legends The Members, J C Carroll shares his memories in a new autobiography. Vive Le Rock‘s Hugh Gulland shares his thoughts…


From a post-war childhood in a scrubby zone of the home counties in which dishevelled fifties kids fished for tadpoles while the Heathrow jets arced overhead, JC Carroll – ‘the boy with three girls’ names’ – would initially take the prescribed route for a bright lad of that particular setting – a junior position in city banking – before his predilection for rock ’n ’roll sidetracked him entirely, into the emergent world of punk rock. As guitar man for The Members, JC was a driver in the democratisation of that movement, opening it up from an inner-city phenomenon to a rallying call for ‘Suburban Kids’ everywhere. While stardom flared relatively briefly for the Surrey outfit before the time-honoured pop pitfalls derailed the train, Carroll’s well-attuned survivor’s instinct would carry him through an impressive sequence of subsequent ventures. These have included film composition, panto production, and successful endeavours in the world of clothing and fashion. With The Members’ reactivation as a working band in recent years, JC has reconnected with his youthful enthusiasms, and from his present situation as a locked-down musician, looks over his lifetime and career – and the enduring relevance of his best-known composition – with clarity and insight.

Read an exclusive extract from (Still) Annoying The Neighbours in the latest edition of Vive Le Rock!

Buy (Still) Annoying The Neighbours here.

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ALABAMA 3 return with a new single and video and news of a new album and dates to follow.

‘Whacked’ is the first new music from the Brixton mavericks since the tragic passing of The Very Reverend D Wayne Love in May 2019.

“’Whacked’ was recorded in the early weeks of the first UK lockdown in March 2020,” remembers producer Cam Blackwood (George Ezra, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes). “I think the hedonistic spirit of the song was amplified a million times by the fact we were making the record remotely – with the musicians in the band recording their parts at home, sending them all to me to collate and arrange – then I would send the instrumental track to Larry to record vocals on. The energy was pretty insane – we were like caged animals desperate to get out.

“We managed to find time three months later (when the first lockdown ended in July 2020) to get together and put the finishing touches to the song,” continues Blackwood. “Being in the studio with a few beers seemed like a fitting way to finalise the tune and put the last 1% of energy into the recording. This song feels like classic Alabama 3 to me. It’s a banger!”

“You can praise the Lord, you can pass the ammunition, you can be woke you can be wicked you can have the wisdom of Solomon but unless you are ready to get whacked with Alabama 3 there’s no point in dreaming,” adds Larry. “Rearrange the rubble, paint your bomb shelters and make sure everybody in the neighbourhood feels good cos we feel like getting stupid and you need to get whacked.”

The video for the single was directed by the Sitcom Soldiers company. Speaking of the clip, Love pronounces, “Feast Thine eyes brothers and sisters upon Alabama 3’s new video, everybody’s getting whacked on something. We salute the good the bad and the ugly and every neighbourhood that is brave enough to have a party. Please drink responsibly and be advised that viewer discretion is required, no animals or children were hurt in the making of this video though some participants needed Nurofen the day after the shoot. Enjoy!”

‘Whacked’ is the first track to be aired from their forthcoming Step 13, which is due out on 20 August, through Submarine Cat Records. It’s available to pre-order here. Tickets for their forthcoming tour dates are available from the same link.

Thursday 17 March 2022 Cambridge, The Junction
Friday 18 March 2022 Birmingham, Institute 2
Saturday 19 March 2022 Liverpool, O2 Academy
Friday 25 March 2022 Dublin, Academy
Saturday 26 March 2022 Belfast, Limelight
Thursday 31 March 2022 Brighton, Concorde 2
Friday 1 April 2022 Southampton, Engine Rooms
Saturday 2 April 2022 Exeter, Phoenix
Sunday 3 April 2022 Bournemouth, Old Fire Station
Thursday 7 April 2022 Newcastle, Boiler Shop
Friday 8 April 2022 Edinburgh, Liquid Rooms
Saturday 9 April 2022 Glasgow, SWG3
Sunday 10 April 2022 Kendal, Brewery Art Centre
Thursday 14 April 2022 Cardiff, Tramshed
Friday 15 April 2022 Holmfirth, Picturedrome
Saturday 16 April 2022 Manchester, O2 Ritz
Sunday 17 April 2022 Leeds, Warehouse
Wednesday 27 April 2022 Reading, Sub89
Thursday 28 April 2022 Oxford O2 Academy
Friday 29 April 2022 Bristol, O2 Academy
Saturday 30 April 2022 London, SBE

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Garage duo THE COURETTES are back with a brand new single and video.

Mixing Duane Eddy Twang and 60s girl-group vocals, ‘Hop The Twig’ is the Danish/Brazilian duo’s second single for Damaged Goods Records, following on from last year’s ‘Want You! Like A Cigarette’, which sold out of its initial pressing in just two weeks. ‘Hop The Twig’ is out on 7″ and download on Friday 30 April.

“We’re all feeling like we’re walking on the thin ice these days, so when I by chance found the expression ‘hop the twig’ we were amazed not only about how good it sounded, but also about its meaning,” explains guitarist and singer Flavia Couri about the song. “It is an old slang for dying, so we found it a very appropriate title for a song as too many people had ‘hopped the twig’ this last year. We’re big fans of Duane Eddy and all the early surf music, and this riff kept coming in my head, so I started to play around it on the guitar. And then it hit me: it’s Hop The Twig! Though ‘Hop The Twig’ is always hiding behind your back, and it’s a pretty dark theme, the song is more of a statement celebrating that we are still here – at least by now. So, cheers to that! And look out!!!”

Work has recently been completed on the duo’s third album Back In Mono which is set for release through Damaged Goods this Autumn.

In the meantime, the label will be reissuing their first two albums – Here Are The Courettes and We Are The Courettes – on remastered limited edition coloured vinyl and 2-on-1 CD on 16 July.

Buy ‘Hop The Twig’ on 7″ orange vinyl here.

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Goth-folk outfit DANA IMMANUEL & THE STOLEN BAND have a new video which they’re premiering today exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘WD40 & Duct Tape’ is from the EP Mama’s Codeine, which was initially released back in March 2020, but is being given another go-round as the world tentatively begins to re-open.

“Basically Alexander (Alexander JE Bradley, director) and I have been kind of platonic soulmates since we met at the European Poker Tournament in Deauville that Jake Cody won years ago, we started out making guerrilla music videos after hours in fancy hotels across Europe, and we seem to work oddly well together,” explains Immanuel. “He was flying out to Sweden to spend Hallowe’en in a cabin in the woods with his ex-girlfriend and her mother (don’t ask) when the second Paris lockdown was announced, and in a panic he asked if he could move in with me instead. Cue several months of hilarious fun in London with my new housemate. We were both very keen on breaking stuff, hence all the sugar glass. Also we got to go to Pinewood Studios to pick up the sugar glass, which was very exciting.

“We could only afford 6 sugar glass whiskey glasses, two vases and two of the blue bottles. Sugar glass is quite expensive, it turns out. We did briefly consider using real glass until we realised that we would definitely hurt ourselves – not a good look in a plague with the NHS under stress. I think there is actually a bottle of whiskey visible in every video we’ve ever made together…

“Side note – am seriously thinking of buying a hundred of those whiskey glasses and marketing them as stress balls. Anyway. Video shot in three days, entirely in my house. Just me and Alexander, with a bit of assistance from my other housemates pushing the dolly. And by dolly I mean a coffee table on wheels with Alexander perched on it. Fun fact – about 40 bottles of whiskey were downed in the making of the video. Alexander returned to Paris the day after we finished filming and deeply regretted it. Waiting for our various lockdowns to be lifted now so he can come back to London and we can make another one.

“‘WD40 & Duct Tape’ is about a broken heart. You don’t need to know the details. Though we always dedicate it to the sound engineer and the stage manager when we play it live…”

Mama’s Codeine is available on CD here.

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The recently reunited DICTATORS have just released a new video underlining their return.

Founder members of the NYC proto-punk legends Andy Shernoff, Scott ‘Top Ten’ Kempner and Ross ‘The Boss’ Friedman recently hooked up to make new music. With original drummer Stu Boy King having sadly passed away in 2018, the trio invited longtime friend and founding Blue Öyster Cult drummer Albert Bouchard to fill the drumstool.

Although Kempner has now sadly had to bow out for health reasons, the band will continue and ‘Let’s Get The Band Back Together’ is a perfect declaration of intent.

“My buddy Jesse Bates had a song called ‘Let’s Get The Band Back Together’,” explains Shernoff. “I thought it was really clever and funny so I asked him if I could fool around with it and put my spin on it. He said go for it, so I made few changes and recorded it on my own a few years ago but it was just so perfect for the Dictators that we couldn’t resist.”

“For me, ‘Let’s Get the Band Back Together’ has the same exuberance and joy ‘Go Girl Crazy’ has!” adds Friedman.

The new single follows hot on the heels of comeback single ‘God Damn New York’. The band made initial recordings during socially distanced studio session, making the finishing touches by sharing files over the internet.

“We have a song ready to be released in July and a special seasonal song about the holidays set up for December,” they add. “We hope to record four more tracks in June and just keep on releasing cool new tunes and videos, until things are completely open.”

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Long lost 80s garage-psych exponents VIEWS are the subject of a new anthology.

Formed in the northern Italian city of Brescia in 1983, inspired by the nascent Paisley Underground scene, the band chimed with the times mixing Hüsker Dü melodic punk with Rain Parade psych and Sarah Records indie jangle, but with a distinct European edginess, to terrific effect.

Views made their recording debut on the now classic comp Rockbeef alongside big-hitting scenesters Not Moving and Liars, before presenting their own debut mini-album Namby Pamby in 1988.

This was followed by the suitably weirdly-titled full-length Mummycat The World No.2 in 1990, featuring 8 originals, plus covers of Lou Reed’s ‘Real Good Time Together’ and The Beatles’ ‘Everybody’s Got Something To Hide Except For Me And My Monkey’, thus completing the sum total of their officially released recordings.

Released through Area Pirata, Mother Tapes Anthology 1986-1990 brings together both albums while a second disc features the Rockbeef track ‘Expectations’, plus 11 other demos and live tracks.

Mother Tapes Anthology 1986-1990 is available now via Bandcamp and the Area Pirata store.

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Curiously-named Alabama rockers DREE LEER have a new video which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘You Too’ is taken from the Birmingham trio’s debut album Throw Hands which is due out next week through Bettamax Records.

“During this last year, like a lot of people, I was living in my head,” says frontwoman Jackie Lo. “Questioning reality, missing my everyday life that now feels like it was 10 years ago. But most importantly thinking about what I might do differently and with who. This song is about realizing which people in your life are fake and toxic and cutting them out… ‘Everyone knows you’re a lie. You too!’”

Speaking about the video, she says “We got completely lucky. An amazing up and coming artist out of Chicago, Darby Jack Gustafson who also has Alabama ties, took interest in our music and agreed to make a video for ‘You Too.’ Every step involved had to take him forever! We couldn’t have been more happy with it. It’s dark, it’s beautiful, it’s like a light box puppet show! If you don’t know his work, find it!”

Alongside Lo, the band also features bassist Mandy Graffeo and drummer Mikey D. Part of the now thriving Birmingham alternative scene, they recorded Throw Hands at Ol Elegante Studios with Jason Hamric and Les Nuby, formerly with local legends Verbena.

And what about that name? “Dree Leer was one of my online names going back to ’95,” Lo explains. “‘Leer’ means a look or a gaze and ‘Dree’ is a word that means ‘to endure something unwanted or painful.’ It speaks to what women have to endure on a regular basis. A lot of the songs are pro women having a voice and speaking out and being strong and powerful.”

Set for release on 30 April, Throw Hands is available to pre-order here.

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Following on from the release of their acclaimed collaborative EP K÷93, Killing Joke’s Jaz Coleman and former Joy Division and New Order bassist Peter Hook got together via the wonders of t’Interweb for the first time in more than a decade to catch up, reminisce about the project and generally shoot the breeze for an hour. Vive Le Rock! is honoured to exclusively bring you the results. Your referee, Andrew Perry….

K÷93 is available here.

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Aussie underground legends LIPSTICK KILLERS are finally getting their first ever anthology.

Totally deserving to be mentioned in the same breath as Radio Birdman, The Saints and The Scientists et al, this Sydney quartet burned relatively briefly but oh so incandescently, remarkably only releasing one single during their 1978-81 lifespan.

But what a single! Not just an underground classic, the Deniz Tek-produced ‘Hindu Gods (Of Love)’ has gone on to become a card-carrying Aussie punk standard, right up there with ‘Burn My Eye’ and ‘Stranded’, covered by numerous bands, both domestic and international over the years.

Inspired by The Stooges and the Nuggets-era psychedelic sounds of the likes of 13th Floor Elevators and The Chocolate Watch Band, the Killers would bear a huge influence on the early 80s Aussie underground explosion and beyond.

The double-vinyl Strange Flash – Studio & Live ’78-‘81 includes both the ‘Hindu Gods…’ b/w ‘Shakedown USA’ and posthumous ‘Sockman’ b/w ‘Pensioner Pie’ singles, the posthumous LA-recorded live album Mesmerizer – mastered from the original mixing desk cassette! – plus a previously unreleased 1980 demo album produced by the legendary Lobby Loyde.

The double-CD edition adds a 1978 Adelaide live set, and also celebrates Killers precursors Psycho-Surgeons with their ’78 ‘Wild Weekend’ b/w ‘Horizontal Action’ single and early-days rehearsal recordings.

Set for release on 25 June through Grown Up Wrong Records, Strange Flash is available to pre-order from Bandcamp and Rough Trade.

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Aussie legends THE SCIENTISTS have announced the release of a brand new album.

The 11-track Negativity is the first new Scientists full-length studio album in 35 years and features the same line-up that played a European tour in 2018 – Kim Salmon, Tony Thewlis, Boris Sujdovic and Leanne Cowie – also previously found on the classic 2007 live album Sedition.

The album is the band’s third release for US label In The Red, following on from the 2018 single ‘Braindead’ and the 2019 EP 9H₂O.SiO₂.

Check out the video for the song ‘Outsider’…

Set for release on 11 June, Negativity is available to pre-order here.

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IGGY POP celebrates his 74th birthday tonight with a special DICE livestream from Sydney Opera House.

The show is one of two sold out performances Iggy performed at the iconic venue in April 2019 and has never been livestreamed before.

Kicking of at 8pm BST, tickets to access the livestream are available here priced £10. Ticketholders will also be able to access an exclusive limited edition range of Iggy Pop merch.

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Forty-two years after his untimely death, SID VICIOUS has a new single out, thanks to friend and Damned drummer Rat Scabies.

Having met on the London punk scene, Vicious and Scabies briefly played together after their bands first broke up, performing in the Vicious White Kids at Camden’s Electric Ballroom in August ’78.

More recently Scabies, working with recently departed Heartbreakers guitarist Walter Lure, took some vocal outtakes from Sid’s recordings of ‘My Way’ and The Monkees’ ‘(I’m Not Your) Stepping Stone’ and built new tracks around them.

Scabies also created a bran new mix of ‘My Way’ and a unique track featuring Sid’s studio chat.

Says Scabies today, “Working with Sid was always a laugh, often stimulating and sometimes illegal, so it was good to be able to work on these tracks to remind myself of his intellect and humour.”

Available through Cleopatra Records on various coloured vinyls, the singles are available on 12-inch and 7-inch.

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THE WILDHEARTS have announced a brand new studio album and a major tour.

21st Century Love Songs follows swiftly on from 2019’s Renaissance Men, their first album in a decade, which saw them return to the upper reaches of the charts reaching the #11 spot, their highest placing since 1994’s PHUQ.

Renaissance Men reminded me of our first album, Earth Vs The Wildhearts. No one knew how the fans and press would receive it, so it was balls-to-the-wall rock and fuck ’em if they don’t like it,” says Ginger. “Going in again, for 21st Century Love Songs, naturally reminded me of our second album, PHUQ, where we got to flex our creative muscle, and show everyone what we’re capable of. This time we let the songs simmer until absolutely ready. We let the theme of the album present itself. There’s a subtlety to this album, something that people don’t often associate with The Wildhearts, and a sense of adventure in the unorthodox arrangements of the songs. This is where I become a fan of the band, when we ditch the rule book and just follow our instinct. Sarcastic, fun, angry, proud, experimental and belligerent, all wrapped up in a big ‘fuck you’, this is the sound of the band in their natural habitat. This time we’re in control.”

Set for release on 3 September through Graphite Records, 21st Century Love Songs is available to pre-order, in various bundles, here.

The band have a raft of festival dates this summer, following which they’ll be heading out on a headline tour in support of the album. Full dates are…

17 Sat Ramblin Man Fair, Maidstone
25 Sun Steelhouse Festival, Ebbw Vale
29 Thu Wacken Open Air 2021, Wacken, Germany
30 Fri Rock and Blues Custom Show, Derby
31 Sat Cleethorpes Rocks, Cleethorpes

13 Fri Bloodstock
21 Sat Razernij Festival, Antwerp, Belgium

Headline Tour
03 Fri – Tramshed, Cardiff
04 Sat – SWX, Bristol
05 Sun – Phoenix, Exeter
06 Mon – Cheese & Grain, Frome
08 Wed – Academy 2, Manchester
09 Thu – Electric Ballroom, London
10 Fri – Waterfront, Norwich
11 Sat – Chalk, Brighton
12 Sun – Madding Crowd, Bournemouth
15 Wed – KKs Steel Mill, Wolverhampton
16 Thu – Guildhall, Gloucester
17 Fri – Boiler Shop, Newcastle
18 Sat – Stylus, Leeds
20 Mon – Mac Arts, Galashiels
21 Tue – Tolbooth, Stirling
22 Wed – The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen
24 Fri – Foundry, Sheffield
25 Sat – Engine Rooms, Southampton

1 Fri – Great British Alternative Festival, Skegness
2 Sat – MK11, Milton Keynes
15 Fri – Roadmender, Northampton
16 Sat – Cornwall Rocks, Cornwall

5 Fri – MMH Radio 10 Year Birthday Bash, Birmingham
11 Thu – Hedworth Hall, South Shields
12 Fri – Monsterfest, Inverness

Tickets are on sale here.

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Cumbrian punks THE LIARS CLUB herald their new EP with a brand new live video.

The savage, coruscating ‘8 Tonne’ is taken from the Barrow-in-Furness band’s second EP, Of Self, due out on 18 June through Neoprima Music, and casts a scorching spotlight on the devastation caused by the UK’s cocaine trade, 8 tonnes of the stuff being consumed in London alone each year.

“The song lyric ‘The Angels said to the people, welcome’ is a direct reference to how easy it is to get sucked into a world of drug abuse, and the endemic it has become in most towns and cities across the UK. The song has purposely been written to be close to the bone, with Noah’s aggressive vocals being a literal cry for help; a warning,” they comment.

The release is a belated return for the band: following a highly promising debut EP, Dormant, they were temporarily derailed when original bassist Jake took his own life. Having had a period of hiatus in order to process this tragic event, the band returned to play a series of shows to raise awareness of mental health issues in their comrade’s honour.

“It would be easy to not talk about what happened but what would be the point in that?” says frontman Noah Johnson. “Jake was a massive part of the band so if people take one thing from The Liars Club, it’s that they need to talk to each other.”

The Liars Club have lined up the following Summer shows…

24.06.21 – Ulverston – The Sun, Basement
02.07.21 – Manchester – The Castle

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DROPKICK MURPHYS have just unveiled a video for their new single.

‘Queen Of Suffolk County’ is the latest track to be shared from their new album Turn Up That Dial, the Boston band’s tenth longplayer.

The track follows hot on the heels of their previous single ‘Middle Finger’. The video is the work of longtime band friend Mark Higgins, who was also responsible for their classic ‘I’m Shipping Up To Boston’ video.

Set for release on 30 April through their own Born & Bred label, Turn Up That Dial is available to pre-order here.

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Enigmatic Kent ska-punks 3dBs Down have just marked their 20th Anniversary with a new album and video.

‘Count To A Million’ is taken from the album Get Your Retaliation In First which is out now through Engineer Records.

The band don’t give away much about themselves, but they’ve been described as sounding like Less Than Jake on steroids, which is fine by us! Their new album is their third and follows belatedly on from 2005’s Can Of Worms.

‘Count To A Million’ is “about the uneven distribution of wealth and opportunity between the few and the many, and how the numbers involved are hard to conceive.”

The video was directed and edited by Aaron Noordally.

Get Your Retaliation In First is available here.

3dBs Down have also contributed to the compilation album Hoarses For Causes, raising money for Music Support, a charity providing help and support for those in or employed by the UK music industry affected by mental ill-health and/or addiction.

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JAMIE PERRETT, son of The Only Ones’ frontman Peter Perrett, has unveiled his first solo single and video.

An original member of Pete Doherty’s Babyshambles, Jamie and younger brother Peter Jr worked together in the bands Love Minus Zero and Strangefruit before turning their attention in recent years to assisting their father’s return to the frontline of UK music, a trajectory that has seen the release of two (so far) highly praised albums – How The West Was Won (2017) and Humanworld (2019) – for Domino.

Now concentrating on his own career, Jamie returns with his first solo single. Providing clear enough evidence that this apple hasn’t fallen far from the tree, as well as harking back to the dawn of pop, ‘Masquerade Of Love’ is sure to appeal to old Only Ones fans and newcomers alike.

“Masquerade of Love is a song about the duality and reality of love,” explains Jamie. “A song about heaven and hell and all that lies between. The word ‘masquerade’ encapsulates both the joy and allure of a dance or ball with the darker, hidden side of relationships. It’s about a break-up and difficult aftermath and the feeling that comes with it of being stranded and suspended in no man’s land as well as the rejoicing of a beautiful and powerful relationship at the same time.”

Jamie has announced a solo show at The Grace, Highbury (formerly Upstairs At The Garage) on 2 October.

Buy tickets an stream/download ‘Masquerade Of Love’ here.

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Former SLAUGHTER & THE DOGS guitarist MICK ROSSI has released a new video from his debut solo album?

The graceful string-laden ballad ‘Midnight Dream’ is taken from All The Saints & All The Souls, and is certainly not what might be expected from a founder member of Manchester’s ‘Cranked Up Really High’ noisemakers but is perhaps more in tune with the uncertain times in which it was made.

The album was written and recorded in Los Angeles in a stripped down setting, Rossi working at Winslow Ct. Studios in Hollywood with Grammy-nominated engineer Craig Parker Adams (Dave and Phil Alvin, Flesh Eaters).

Released in October through TJM Records, profits from the first pressing of the album were donated to Manchester’s frontline NHS workers.

All The Saints & All The Souls is available to buy here.

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