SEX, DRUGS AND HIV ON TV!

London punk Mat Sargent’s Sex, Drugs And HIV documentary is being screened on London Live TV tonight.

Diagnosed with HIV, in 1995 Sargent, bass-player with original punks CHELSEA, asked fellow musicians to help him put an album together to give back to the charities that had helped him in his life. Fifteen years, 215 musicians and 40 songs later the album was complete.

Sex, Drugs And HIV will be shown from 10.30-11.30pm BST on the London Live channel which can be found at…

Freeview 8
Sky 117
Virgin 159
You View 8

The album and the recently released 8xDVD Studio Sessions box set are available now from the website.

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WIN A MOTÖRHEAD NO SLEEP BOXSET!

In case you haven’t heard, MOTÖRHEAD’s landmark live album No Sleep ’til Hammersmith is forty years old this year.

To celebrate BMG Records are releasing deluxe 40th Anniversary vinyl and CD editions this Friday.

And we’ve got one copy of the 4xCD deluxe boxset edition AND a limited edition t-shirt to give away!

To be in with a chance of winning, all you’ve got to do is send an email with ‘Motörhead Competition’ in the subject box to info@vivelerock.net with the answer to this simple question…

What is the name of Lemmy’s famous bass rig?

Good luck!

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KILLING JOKE ANNOUNCE DATES!

KILLING JOKE bounce back from lockdown with the announcement of the first UK tour in three years.

The 10-date Honour The Fire tour will kick off at Cardiff Tramshed on Monday 28 March, culminating with a show at the legendary Hammersmith Apollo on Saturday 9 April.

“The fire is that which brings us all together,” announces Jaz Coleman, showing that he’s in no way dimmed by his recent health scare. “And after this dreadful pandemic this tour will be like no other. One great mosh pit!“

“The fire in our hearts that has sustained and protected us for over 40 years, never goes out,” adds Youth.
“It is our privilege to Honour The Fire and celebrate the white heat purification by sound. Join with us in a fearless leap through the sacred flames, into the unknown…. let’s create the future we all desire, by sonically destroying the one we don’t.”

Full dates are…

March 2022
28th Mon Cardiff Tramshed
29th Tue Nottingham Rock City
31st Thu Bristol O2 Academy
April 2022
1st Fri Liverpool O2 Academy
2nd Sat Birmingham O2 Institute
4th Mon Manchester Albert Hall
5th Tue Newcastle Boiler Shop
6th Wed Glasgow Barrowland
8th Fri Leeds O2 Academy
9th Sat London Eventim Apollo Hammersmith

Tickets go on sale here on Friday 25 June at 10.00am.

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GIVE GIBBONS HIS DUE!

A new petition has been launched to have Birmingham rock’n’roll legend STEVE GIBBONS recognised with a star on the city’s Walk of the Stars.

Gibbons turns 80 next month and what better way to celebrate this momentous occasion and commemorate his contribution to the Second City’s – and the UK’s cultural legacy, believes petition founder Jim the Hat, than to have him included on the star-studded Broad Street pavement that was begun by Ozzy Osbourne in 2007 and also includes the likes of Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, Roy Wood and Jasper Carrott.

Born in the suburb of Harborne, Gibbons began his career in 1960 with The Dominettes before continuing throughout the British beat boom with the brilliantly-named bands The Uglys and Balls. He would later do a three-month stint in legendary Brum rock’n’roll breeding ground The Idle Race before they morphed into The Steve Gibbons Band in the mid70s. Building an explosive reputation on the pub circuit, the Band were invited to tour the UK, Europe and the US with The Who, leading to chart success with the No.12 hit ‘Tulane’ and the essential live album Caught In The Act.

More recently, Gibbons has continued touring, as a member of tribute band The Dylan Project and in his own right, as well as fundraising for various causes.

Sign the petition here.

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SPECIALS TOP 10 – WIN SPECIALS SINGLES!

In the new edition of Vive Le Rock!, we celebrate the 40th Anniversary of THE SPECIALS’ classic single ‘Ghost Town’ with band founder Jerry Dammers. Here Vive‘s man in the 2-tone suit Guy Shankland takes us through his Top 10 Specials tracks. And once you get to the bottom, you can find out how to win some scintillating Specials vinyl…
  1. ‘Vote For Me’
    Stunning 2019 comeback single. Four-plus decades on and it seems we may still need The Specials to guide us. ‘Ghost Town’ revisited circa 2019/20.
  1. ‘The Boiler’
    Brutal and traumatising single about date rape featuring a Rhoda Dakar tour de force on lead vocals.
  1. ‘You’re Wondering Now’
    The emotive debut album closer can still bring a cannonball size lump to the throat.
  1. ‘Do The Dog’
    Who am I to say but the speedy delivery married with the fast tempo and devastating poetry made this the perfect reunion gig opener.
  1. ‘Blank Expression’
    Terry Hall’s laconic vocals fit the mood and style of the song so perfectly it’s hard to see the join. A classic.
  1. ‘Too Much Too Young’
    If school kids weren’t aware of the dangers of teenage pregnancy they were now. A Grange Hill generation got a hard-hitting rude boy meets rude girl sex education lesson.
  1. ‘Free Nelson Mandela’
    As relevant and as well known as Band-Aid. Another Jerry Dammers Specials (AKA) masterpiece.
  1. ‘Concrete Jungle’
    Chanting, violence and tribal alliances get ground into the inner city pavement. A song that’s been sung by both Radiation and Hall.
  1. ‘Gangsters’
    An entire movement gets drop-kicked into life by screeching tyres and Neville’s “Bernie Rhodes knows don’t argue!“ intro. Timeless 2-Tone.
  1. ‘Ghost Town’
    Haunting, morose and politically on point. The original Specials swan song is still possibly their greatest song and statement.

To be in with a chance of winning Specials singles on 7″ and 12″, just send an email to info@vivelerock.net with ‘Specials Competition’ in the subject and the answer to this question:

Where did the band perform for their episode of the classic TV series Rock Goes To College?

Read our exclusive ‘Ghost Town’ special in the latest edition of Vive Le Rock! available here!

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THE STAYAWAKES VIDEO EXCLUSIVE!

South Coast powerpoppers THE STAYAWAKES have a brand new video which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

As clear a declaration of intent as any, ‘Power Pop Massacre’ is taken from the Southsea quartet’s second album Pop Dreamz, which is out now through Engineer Records.

Shot on Hayling Island beach by Ben Horlock, the video is a nod to The Beach Boys, with their candy-striped shirts and frat-house barnets, but the golden chords and fuzzy tones follow the signposts of the hairier 90s sounds of Silver Sun, The Lemonheads and Teenage Fanclub to power pop perfection.

‘Power Pop Massacre’ is available on all the usual streaming platforms from today.

Pop Dreamz is available physically from Engineer Records and Bandcamp and digitally here.

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INTERRUPTERS ANNOUNCE NEW MOVIE!

THE INTERRUPTERS celebrate the release of their new live album with a very special live broadcast next week.

Live In Tokyo is a document of the LA ska-punks show-stealing performance at the city’s Summer Sonic Festival in 2019, while touring in support of their most recent studio album Fight The Good Fight.

Released today through Hellcat, Live In Tokyo is available here.

To celebrate the release, the band will be broadcasting the movie Live In Tokyo – This Is My Family! around the world. Shot at the Summer Sonic Festival, it includes the band’s set plus behind-the-scenes footage and exclusive interviews. Tickets are available here. Fans will have the opportunity to buy exclusive merch during the broadcast.

UK and European fans will get a chance to check out their ska-punk heroes in the flesh at the start of next years when they head over as special guests on DROPKICK MURPHYS’ Turn Up That Dial arena tour. Full dates are…

Fri 21 Jan 2022 – Mannheim, Germany – Maimarkthalle
Sat 22 Jan 2022 – Dortmund, Germany – Westfalenhalle
Sun 23 Jan 2022 – Chemnitz, Germany – Messehalle
Tue 25 Jan 2022 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Falconer Hall
Wed 26 Jan 2022 – Hamburg, Germany – Barclaycard Arena
Thu 27 Jan 2022 – Hannover, Germany – Swiss Life Hall
Fri 28 Jan 2022 – Paris, France – Le Zénith
Sat 29 Jan 2022 – Paris, France – Le Zénith
Tue 01 Feb 2022 – Brussels, Belgium – Vorst National
Thu 03 Feb 2022 – Vienna, Austria – Wiener Stadthalle
Fri 04 Feb 2022 – Jesolo, Italy – PalaInvent
Sat 05 Feb 2022 – Basel, Switzerland – St Jakobshalle
Sun 06 Feb 2022 – Munich, Germany – Zenith
Mon 07 Feb 2022 – Munich, Germany – Zenith
Wed 09 Feb 2022 – Budapest, Hungary – Budapest Sport Arena
Thu 10 Feb 2022 – Warsaw, Poland – Expo XXI
Fri 11 Feb 2022 – Berlin, Germany – Max Schmeling Halle
Sat 12 Feb 2022 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Ziggo Dome
Sun 13 Feb 2022 – Nantes, France – Le Zenith
Tue 15 Feb 2022 – Manchester, England – O2 Victoria Warehouse
Wed 16 Feb 2022 – Newcastle Upon Tyne, England – O2 City Hall
Fri 18 Feb 2022 – Dublin, Republic of Ireland – 3Arena
Sat 19 Feb 2022 – Belfast, Northern Ireland – The Telegraph Building
Sun 20 Feb 2022 – Belfast, Northern Ireland – The Telegraph Building
Tue 22 Feb 2022 – Glasgow, Scotland – SSE Hydro
Wed 23 Feb 2022 – Cardiff, Wales – Motorpoint Arena Cardiff
Thu 24 Feb 2022 – Brighton, England – The Brighton Centre
Fri 25 Feb 2022 – Birmingham, England – O2 Academy Birmingham
Sat 26 Feb 2022 – London, England – The SSE Arena, Wembley

Tickets are available here.

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VINCENT BLACK LIGHTNING!

Legendary New York rocker SONNY VINCENT has unveiled a new video from his brand new album.

‘The End Of Light’ is the first track to be aired from Snake Pit Therapy, the album sharing its name with Vincent’s recent warts’n’all autobiography.

The 15-track album features various luminaries from the NYC punk and rock scene, including members of Corpse Grinders, The Leathewoods and Dawnrider, as well as sometime Stooges bassist Jimmy Recca.

Vincent came to fame through his membership of notorious NYC band Testors, who were regulars on the same CBGB’s and Max’s Kansas City scene, alongside the likes of The Cramps, Suicide, The Dead Boys and Teenage Jesus And The Jerks. He also played for several years with ex-Velvets Moe Tucker and Sterling Morrison, also working with the likes of Scott Asheton, Cheetah Chrome and The Replacements’ Bob Stinson along the way.

More recently Vincent and Recca have both appeared as members of The Limit alongside Bobby Liebling of cult rockers Pentagram on the widely praised album Caveman Logic , which Vincent produced.

‘The End Of Light’ is available now on Spotify

Set for release on 17 September through Finland’s Svart Records, Snake Pit Therapy is available to pre-order here 

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BEST LAID PLANS…!

Covid has once again thwarted LOVELY EGGS’ touring plans as they are forced to reschedule their tour dates yet again.

The dates had been scheduled to take place back in April in support of the Lancaster psych-pop duo’s I Am Moron album. With the arrival of Covid on the scene the dates were rescheduled and rescheduled. Now with the Government’s decision to delay the lifting of restrictions, the pair have been forced to reschedule the shows (hopefully) one last time.

“It’s part of the DIY culture,” explains singer/guitarist Holly Ross. “You just don’t give up. So as soon as we found out that re-opening had been pushed back, we set about heaving all our tour dates back into late July/August. We didn’t want to wait till next year. And within 24 hours we’d re-booked our UK tour for the seventh time! We are all just ready for the party now. Everyone has been looking forward to these shows for over a year and we can’t wait to bring it to em!”

The dates follow on from the release of their new single on 9 July, ‘I, Moron’ featuring special guest Iggy Pop. The b-side features their version of Pop’s ‘Dum Dum Boys’ from his 1977 solo album The Idiot.

“Being in The Lovely Eggs we’re kind of used to surreal experiences but collaborating with Iggy Pop takes the biscuit,” exclaims Holly. “It’s actually unbelievable. For him just to say nothing but “moron” over and over again fitted in with the sentiment of the song perfectly. He just GOT it. We are all morons. In a world of moronic things. In a world of moronic ideas. You are moron. I am Moron. We are Moron.”

“For the b-side it made real sense to us to cover one of Iggy’s songs off The Idiot,” adds drummer David Blackwell. “There seemed to be a real synchronicity to it. I had this album on cassette, and it was one of the first albums that I got really into. ‘Dum Dum Boys’ struck a chord with us, kind of missing the old days and the old gang we used to hang out with.”

Catch The Lovely Eggs on the following dates…

July 2021
Fri 23 Gorilla, Manchester SOLD OUT
Sat 24, The Brudenell, Leeds NEW SHOW!!
Thur 29 02 Academy, Sheffield
Fri 30 The Garage, London SOLD OUT
Sat 31 SWX, Bristol [Venue upgrade. Original tickets still valid]

August 2021
Sun 1, The Bullingdon, Oxford
Mon 2, The Joiners Southampton [Venue change. Original tickets still valid] SOLD OUT
Tues 3, Concorde 2, Brighton [Venue upgrade. Original tickets still valid]
Wed 4, Metronome, Nottingham
Thur 5, District, Liverpool [Venue change. Original tickets still valid]

April 2022
Thurs 7 Castle and Falcon, Birmingham SOLD OUT
Fri 8, Heaven, London
Mon 11 Junction 2, Cambridge
Sat 16, The Brudenell, Leeds SOLD OUT

May 2022
Thur 26 The Cluny, Newcastle
Fri 27 Stereo, Glasgow
Sat 28 The Mash House, Edinburgh SOLD OUT
Sun 29 The Crescent, York
Mon 30 Sub Rooms, Stroud
Tues 31 Clwb Ivor Bach, Cardiff

June 2022
Wed 1 Face Bar, Reading
Fri 3 02 Ritz, Manchester

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OVERCOMPENSATION FOR THE NATION!

Essex pop-punks PET NEEDS are back with another new single and video.

‘Overcompensating’ is the latest track to be taken from the Colchester quartet’s debut album Fractured Party Music which is out now through Xtra Mile.

“The whole tune was built around the line ‘we’ll laugh about this one day (separately and at the expense of each other)’,” says frontman Johnny Marriott. “It then grew into a story about a desperate attempt to prove to people that life is brilliant when in reality we all have rough days and we’re all vulnerable at times. To any old friends who think they may have influenced this song – don’t worry! It’s almost definitely purely fictitious.”

Stream/download ‘Overcompensating’ here.

Emerging from a now thriving punk and rock scene based in and around Britain’s ancient capital, Pet Needs will be joining FRANK TURNER and other Xtra Mile acts at a series of outdoor ‘gatherings’. Full dates are…

JUNE
19 – Bideford, The Big Sheep*
26 – Frome, Cheese & Grain*
27 – Frome, Cheese & Grain*

JULY
8 – Liverpool Top Rope Brewery* – competition winners only
17 – Gloucester Llanthony Secunda Priory*
18 – Gloucester Llanthony Secunda Priory*

AUGUST
21 – Manchester Urmston Sports Club

SEPTEMBER
3 – Hull, Zebedees Yard*

* Also featuring Frank Turner, Skinny Lister, Ducking Punches, Non Canon, Deux Furieuses, BERRIES, Guise, Samantics.

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JEEPERS CREEPERS!

Up and coming Polish garage punks MORON’S MORONS have a new video which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

The high energy and slightly deranged ‘White Brothel Creepers’ is the title track from the band’s brand new EP, out through Wanda Records. It’s the Warsaw quartet’s first release since their frantic and very well recieved debut album Looking For Danger, which came out early last year through Slovenly Records.

Describing themselves as “ugly and weird”, they claim that they’re able to “provide you with the same kind of kicks and thrills that are unleashed by both exploitation films and porno mags”. You can be the judge of that. Kleenex?

White Brothel Creepers is available here.

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FEROCIOUS DOG ARE REVOLTING!

Nottinghamshire folk-punks FEROCIOUS DOG have just unveiled a first video from their forthcoming new album.

‘Pentrich Rising’ commemorates the Last English Revolution when, in 1817, when two-hundred men from the Derbyshire village of Pentrich and surrounding villages marched on Nottingham in the belief that they were taking part in a nationwide insurrection.

“The idea for the writing of this song goes back over many years,” explains frontman Ken Bonsall. “The history behind the Last English Revolution in Pentrich is well-known, but being so close to where I live I felt that I had to write this song. A close friend and work colleague at the coal mine said that his family were related to William Turner, one of the main characters in the Pentrich Rising. For that reason I chose to write the song through William Turner’s eyes. To shoot the video at the old Derby Gaol, the original place of his imprisonment and execution just added more historical fact behind the song.”

Stream/download ‘Pentrich Rising’ here.

The single is taken from the album The Hope, which is due out on 15 October through Graphite Records. It’s available to pre-order here.

To celebrate the release they’ll be embarking on a mammoth tour. Full dates are…

Fri 8 Oct – O2 Academy 2 Liverpool
Sat 9 Oct – Marine Hall Fleetwood
Fri 15 Oct – Old Fire Station Bournemouth
Sat 16 Oct – Chalk Brighton
Wed 20 Oct – O2 Academy 3 Manchester
Thu 21 Oct – Nell’s London
Fri 22 Oct O2 – Academy 2 Oxford
Sat 23 Oct – Waterfront Norwich
Thu 28 Oct – The Globe Cardiff
Fri 29 Oct O2 – Academy Leicester
Sat 30 Oct – Esquires Bedford
Fri 5 Nov O2 – Academy 2 Newcastle
Sat 6 Nov – La Belle Angele Edinburgh
Fri 12 Nov – Ropetackle Arts Shoreham
Sat 13 Nov – The Forum Tunbridge Wells
Thu 18 Nov – Cheese & Grain Frome
Fri 19 Nov – Princess Pavilion Falmouth
Sat 20 Nov – Exeter Phoenix Exeter
Sun 21 Nov – Guildhall Gloucester
Fri 26 Nov – KK’s Steel Mill Wolverhampton
Sat 27 Nov – Picturedome Holmfirth
Sat 4 Dec – Leadmill Sheffield

Tickets are available here.

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PUT ON YOUR JUBILEE SHOES!

Subcultural footwear specialists UNDERGROUND go to the flicks next month with an al fresco screening of Derek Jarman’s punk classic Jubilee.

Furnishing footwear to freaks and fans for forty years, Underground have hooked up with Rebel Reel Cine Club to stage a series of 40th Anniversary film screenings of which Jubilee is the first.

Originally released in 1978, Jubilee locked into the punk zeitgeist with a cast including Adam Ant, Toyah Willcox, Jayne County, Helen Wellington-Lloyd, Gene October and Richard O’Brien and featuring cameos from Siouxsie & The Banshees and The Slits.

The screening takes place on 15 July in the courtyard of the Strongroom Bar & Kitchen
in London’s Shoreditch. The screening will be followed by a DJ set until midnight.

Tickets priced £15 are available here.

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NIGHTWATCHERS VIDEO EXCLUSIVE!

Fast-rising French politico-punks NIGHTWATCHERS have a new video which they’re premiering today exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

The intriguingly-titled ‘1905 & The Muslim Exception’ is the first single to be taken from the Toulouse quartet’s forthcoming second album Common Crusades.

“The 1905 French law on the Separation of the Churches and State was passed on 9 December 1905,” explain the band. “It established state secularism in France. Secularism was right in metropolis, but was an exception in the French colonial empire where colonization and evangelization always went hand in hand. In Algeria, the French State supervised the practice of Islam and organized the Muslim cult in a logic of control and regulation.”

Common Crusades follows on thematically from the band’s 2019 debut La Paix Ou Le Sable (Peace Or Sand). While that raised awareness of state violence and subjugation in France’s overseas colonies, Common Crusades casts a spotlight on the aftermath of such conflicts.

Common Crusades is due out in the Autumn through Lövely Records.

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CHRIS CATALYST VIDEO PREMIERE!

Leeds DIY rocker has a new video which he’s premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘King Of Everything’ is the final single to be taken from his widely acclaimed current album Kaleidoscopes.

The track is described as “a wry look at the culture of Internet idiots and online onanists everywhere, starring Chris as both of the above. An anthem for a post-lockdown, pre-apocalyptic Summer.”

A member of numerous bands over the years, Chris is perhaps best known for his role in EUREKA MACHINES and his stint in Leeds gothic overlords SISTERS OF MERCY.

Kaleidoscopes is out now. You can catch Chris live on tour this September with MASSIVE WAGONS.

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PEARL’S A SINGER!

US New Wave artist PEARL HARBOUR is back with a new single.

‘I Wish I Were You’ is taken from the newly reissued 1995 album Here Comes Trouble.

Pearl Harbour, aka Pearl E Gates, achieved a degree of fame in the early 80s fronting San Francisco and PEARL HARBOUR & THE EXPLOSIONS, releasing an album for Warners at the start of 1980. Relocating to London, she released the album Don’t Follow Me, I’m Lost Too, produced by The Blockheads’ Mickey Gallagher and featuring an all-star band including Wilko Johnson, Topper Headon, Mick Jones, Steve New, Wilko Johnson and others. She would soon marry Simonon.

Following their divorce in 1989, she returned to San Francisco, later recording Here Comes Trouble with SF musicians including East Bay Ray from the Dead Kennedys.

Pearl says of the single, “Oh yeah she’s driving to lovers lane in her cool pink caddy and missing out on some fun while waiting on your man. Again he’s missing in action so I put on the radio, turning the dial and listen. This song makes me fuzzy all inside, I’m in control… ‘I wish I were you, so I can make love to me’.’’

Released through Die Laughing Records, ‘I Wish I Were You’ is available to stream/download here.

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‘RACKING THEM UP!

Fast-rising Medway garage-punks THE SHADRACKS have just unveiled a new single and lyric video.

‘You Can’t Lose’ is taken from the trio’s long-awaited second album From Human Like Forms, which is due out on 13 August through Damaged Goods and follows on from their self-titled 2018 debut.

The new single is the first outing for new bassist Rhys Webb, formerly of THE HORRORS, who joins the band alongside singer/guitarists Huddie Shadrack (son of Billy Childish) and drummer Elisa Abednego.

“It’s about wanting something you can’t get,” explains Huddie about the choice of single. “Chasing the unobtainable and finding yourself at the mercy of your pursuits.”

The album’s release will be complimented by videos by innovative film maker and former The Jesus And Mary Chain bassist Douglas Hart.

The band play an album launch show at The Moth Club, Hackney, London on 13 August. Tickets are available here.

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