British blues-rock legends THE GROUNDHOGS are to have a new archive triple live album released this Autumn.
Formed in the early 60s, and fronted by guitarist Tony McPhee, the band participated in the British blues boom, backing visiting US artists such as John Lee Hooker and Champion Jack Dupree. By the early 70s they were one of the hottest UK bands around, spiking their heavy blues rock with complex, questioning lyrics, mindblowing FX and primitive electronica. Hugely influential, they impacted on post-punk, grunge and alt-rock with the likes of Captain Sensible, Julian Cope and Pavement’s Stephen Malkmus all singing their praises.
Road Hogs: Live From Richmond to Pocono features previously unreleased material drawn from 1969 and 1972 – peak ‘Hogs! – taken from shows at the Richmond Athletic Ground (supporting Free) and at Pocono Raceway, Pennsylvania – the final show by the classic McPhee, Ken Pustelnik and Pete Cruickshank line-up of the band.
Available on triple vinyl (with bumper sticker and poster) and 2xCD through Fire Records from 5 November, Road Hogs is available to pre-order here.
Fire are also reissuing the band’s classic 1972 album Who Will Save The World? The Mighty Groundhogs on 15 October. Pre-order that here.
ALABAMA 3 have released another new video from their forthcoming album.
‘Yolanda’ is the second single to be lifted from Step 13 and follows on from ‘Whacked’ which was released back in April.
The zombie-themed video was shot in South London during lockdown with director Theo Williams and executive producer Tristan Williams.
“We loved the lyrics and the message of stealing culture and wanted to show the band in a Grindhouse horror style inspired by Cecil Hotel,” explains Tristan. “The original idea was based around a lift scene but when talking to Larry he said the lyrics reminded him of zombies and the video as you know it was born.”
“Alabama 3 have always been the ungrateful dead,” adds Larry Love. “Committed to walking the earth half-alive, Zombified and desperately seeking another Hit. We’ve been digging up the graves of black musicians for years, stealing their bones and calling it rock’n’roll and selling it back to the masses through a white empiricist filter.”
Due for release on 24 September through Submarine Cat, Step 13 is available to pre-order here.
As previously announced, Alabama 3 head out on tour next Spring. Full dates are…
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, Shepherds Bush Empire
Read a feature on Alabama 3 in the new issue of Vive Le Rock! available to pre-order here.
Hit fundraising single ‘Reclaim These Streets’ will be performed live for the very first time at the annual LOUD WOMEN festival next month.
Released in May, the single reached no.3 in the iTunes Alternative chart, raising funds for the Women’s Aid charity as it did so.
The song will be performed onstage by the supergroup who recorded it, featuring members of My Bloody Valentine, Salad and T-Bitch plus no fewer than 20 vocalists, including Brix Smith, Patsy Stevenson, Cassie Fox, Janey Starling, Helen McCookerybook.
The event – Loud Women’s fifth festival – will take place at the 229 Club in London on 18 September and will feature sets from anarcho legends Hagar The Womb (pictured), ĠENN, Piney Gir, Bugeye, Vulpynes, I Doris, T-Bitch, Bang Bang Romeo, IDestroy and more.
Says festival founder Cassie Fox, “The aim of the festival is to show how many incredible female-powered bands are out there – as a counter to every other festival, those that seem to struggle even to book 50% female acts.”
DJ, broadcaster and filmmaker DON LETTS has curated an album of cover versions for the Late Night Tales series.
Mindful of the role played by covers in the development of Jamaican music, on Version Excursion, Letts has selected 21 dub transformations of songs by the likes of The Clash, Joy Division, War, The Beach Boys, The Beatles, Althea and Donna, Kool & the Gang by such artists as Ghetto Priest, The Tamlins, John Holt, Rude Boy, Matumbi, Gentleman’s Dub Club, Easy Star All-Stars and more, many of them exclusive remixes.
“A disciple of sound system, raised on reggae n’ bass culture my go to sound was dub,” says Letts. “Besides being spacious and sonically adventurous at the same time, its most appealing aspect was the space it left to put yourself ‘in the mix’ underpinned by Jamaica’s gift to the world – bass. But that’s only half the story as the duality of my existence meant I was also checking what the Caucasian crew were up to not to mention the explosion of black music coming in from the States. That’s why this version excursion crosses time space and genre, from The Beach Boys to The Beatles, Nina Simone to Marvin Gaye, The Bee Gees to Kool & The Gang, The Clash to Joy Division and beyond. You’d think it impossible to draw a line between ‘em but not in my world. Fortunately, the ‘cover version’ has played an integral part in the evolution of Jamaican music and dub covers were just a natural extension.”
Check out this cover of Big Audio Dynamite’s ‘E=MC2’ by Gaudi The Rebel Dread ft. Emily Capell…
“Truth be told I’ve wanted to work with the Late Night Tales crew from the get go,” he adds. “We’re talking nearly two decades such was the allure of their musical aesthetic typified by curators like Nightmares on Wax, The Flaming Lips, MGMT, Trentemoller, Khruangbin and countless others. Now being as old as rock’n’roll (born in ‘56) and having nearly 20 years of Culture Clash Radio under my belt I figured I was tooled up to musically juggle with the best of ‘em. But I wanted to carve out a space that was distinctly my own – something that reflected my musical journey and the culture clash that’s made me the man I am today.”
Set for release on 24 September, Don Letts’ Version Excursion is available to pre-order here.
Italian garage-punks SLOKS are back with a brand new video.
The urgent, impulsive and mildly deranged ‘No Makeup’ is taken from the Turin trio’s new album A Knife In Your Hand which is out on 3 September through Voodoo Rhythm.
Formed in 2015, Sloks have toured feverishly all over mainland Europe with the likes of Jon Spencer & The Hitmakers, Oblivians and Powersolo. Releasing their acclaimed debut album in 2018, the following year they toured Japan, making enough impact to be invited to participate in Guitarwolf’s (livestreamed) Shimane Jet Fest in September 2020 alongside the likes of New Bomb Turks, Joan Jett, The 5678s, Teengenerate and others.
In the same month, they headed into Swampland Studio in Toulouse with French punk legend Lo Spider in the producer’s chair to make A Knife In Your Hand.
Former Hanoi Rocks and current Michael Monroe bass-player SAMI YAFFA has unveiled a new video from his forthcoming solo album.
‘Down At St Joe’s’ is the second single to be released from The Innermost Journey To Your Outermost Mind, following on from debut single ‘The Last Time’, released earlier in the summer.
Like other songs on the album, ‘Down At St Joe’s’ is a co-write with his MM bandmate Rich Jones. Yaffa explains, “Rich had already written some lyrics for my album when I decided to send this song to him. I definitely wanted this song to be included on the album because it differs from the electronic world of the other songs on the album with its down-home acoustic approach. I wanted to raise a glass with the song to thank The Faces, Stones and Dylan for their brilliance and innovation. Eventually, the theme of the lyrics was found to be the king alcohol, its pros and cons and especially how close to a complete collapse one can get if it gets to take a stranglehold on your life. Richie’s ingenious lyrics brought this song to life, and it became one of my favourite songs on the album.”
Beginning his career alongside Andy McCoy in Finnish punk pioneers Pelle Miljoona Oy, Yaffa was a founder member of Hanoi Rocks. Since leaving in 1984, he’s enjoyed a busy and varied career, holding down the low end for Johnny Thunders, Jetboy, Jerusalem Slim, Demolition 23, The New York Dolls, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts and others including his own folk-punk band Mad Juana. He even hosted his own world music TV series Sound Tracker in 2014.
BOOZE & GLORY bounce back with tour of the UK and Ireland this Autumn.
The announcement follows the news that the band are set to return to the studio next month to work on a new EP.
The tour kicks off in Bristol on 10 November, winding its way through to Camden Underworld on 26 November. More dates and support acts are still to be finalised.
Full tour dates so far are…
10 Nov – BRISTOL – Exchange 11 Nov – PLYMOUTH – The Underground 12 Nov – DERBY – Hairy Dog 13 Nov – LEEDS – Boom 14 Nov – STAFFORD – Redrum 16 Nov – NEWCASTLE – Trillians 17 Nov – CARDIFF – The Moon 18 Nov – BOLTON – The York 19 Nov – DUBLIN – The Grand Social 20 Nov – BELFAST – Limelight 21 Nov – EDINBURGH – Bannermans 22 Nov – DUNDEE – Beat Generator Live 23 Nov – GLASGOW – Broadcast 24 Nov – TBC 25 Nov – BLACKPOOL – Waterloo 26 Nov – LONDON – Underworld 27 Nov – TBC
North Carolina punks THE MUSLIMS have unveiled a new video from their forthcoming new album.
‘Unity’ is taken from the Durham trio’s fourth full-length Fuck These Fuckin’ Fascists which is set for release through Epitaph on 24 September.
Formed in 2017 in the aftermath of the 2016 US election which brought Trump to the presidency, the all-Muslim, all-gay trio take draw inspiration from such trailblazing and uncompromising black artists as Nina Simone, Jimi Hendrix, and Poly Styrene and Bobby Hackney Sr of Detroit’s pioneering black proto-punk band Death.
“Love is an action word that demands of us to speak up and fight, passionately, for the future we all deserve,” proclaims vocalist QADR. “I’m so tired of their belligerent screams for ‘UNITY,’ corny dances and symbolic gestures. We don’t want Harriet Tubman on a fuckin’ $20, we want reparations and no more racist police.”
Chicago rockers POISON BOYS have signed to Riot Records and release a new single at the end of the month.
The wonderfully snotty ‘Little Speedway Girl’ originally appeared on the b-side of the band’s 2017 single ‘Bad Mouth’, and turned out to be such a fan fave that they re-recorded it for inclusion on their forthcoming album Don’t You Turn On Me.
The band were originally formed by Matt Dudzik and Mike Lippman in 2014, but when Lippman tragically passed away from an accidental overdose, Dudzik vowed to continue the band in his friend’s honour. With a series of singles and EPs under their belts, plus tours of the West Coast and Southern States, the band finally dropped their debut album Out Of My Head for Dead Beat Records in 2019.
Aussie punk legends the HARD-ONS have unveiled the first single from the forthcoming new album.
As recently announced, the band have recruited a new lead singer in the form of Tim Rogers, best known for his role in chart stars YOU AM I.
A longtime Hard-Ons nut, Tim’s still in You Am I but that hasn’t stopped him stepping up to record an album with his new bandmates, and will be touring with them just as soon as Covid allows.
Taken from the brilliantly-named I’m Sorry Sir, That Riff’s Been Taken, the righteously throbbing punk-pop ‘Hold Tight’ comes accompanied by a video by Jonathan Sequeira, maker of the excellent Radio Birdman doc Descent Into The Maelstrom.
Due out on 8 October through Boss Tuneage in the UK, I’m Sorry Sir, That Riff’s Been Taken is available to pre-order now through Bandcamp.
NEW MODEL ARMY frontman JUSTIN SULLIVAN has announced a string of solo dates for the Autumn.
The dates follow on from the May release of Sullivan’s second solo album Surrounded, released eighteen years after the first.
The album was written during the first weeks of last year’s lockdown and recorded mostly by Sullivan at home, with contributions from all current members of NMA as well as various other guests.
“Under the circumstances, it wasn’t particularly surprising that this was the moment to make another solo record and the songs came thick and fast in the first few weeks of the lockdown,” says Sullivan. “There is not so much about ‘what’s happening in the World’. As with ‘Navigating by the Stars’, which was written in the aftermath of 9/11, I wanted to write about other things – some well-known stories, some less well-known, some autobiographical and more a landscape of the imagination than social comment.”
Sullivan plays the following dates…
06 Oct – BLACKPOOL Waterloo Bar 07 Oct – LEEDS Brudenell Social Club 08 Oct – SUNDERLAND The Peacock 09 Oct – SHEFFIELD Corporation 10 Oct – LONDON The Lexington 11 Oct – NORWICH Waterfront 13 Oct – EXETER Phoenix 14 Oct – BRISTOL Exchange 15 Oct – DERBY The Venue 16 Oct – NEWHAMPTON Arts Centre 17 Oct – BURY The Met 19 Oct – STOWMARKET John Peel Centre 20 Oct – SHOREHAM Ropetackle Arts Centre 21 Oct – BEDFORD Esquires
Legendary NYC rocker SONNY VINCENT has unveiled a second video from his forthcoming new album.
The explosive, coruscating ‘Stick’ is taken from Snake Pit Therapy, Vincent’s first new solo album in seven years. It follows on from the single ‘The End Of Light’, released earlier in the summer.
“This work explores a world that is filled with uncertainty, calamity, disappointment and ugliness while at the same time the piece is mining and searching for excitement and beauty,” says Vincent. “I’m stickin’ with you, baby.”
A revered veteran with more than 50 years in the business, Vincent is a hugely prolific artist with dozens of his releases to his name, founding the seminal NYC band Testors and collaborating along the way with members of The Damned, Dead Boys, Husker Du, Velvet Underground, Stooges, Rocket From The Crypt and more.
His most recent release was the self-titled debut album by punk-metal supergroup The Limit, alongside Bobby Liebling of iconic metal pioneers Pentagram.
Vincent also recently published a memoir, also titled Snake Pit Therapy.
BILLY IDOL returns next month with a brand new EP.
His first new music in seven years, The Roadside features four new songs co-written with longtime collaborator Steve Stevens and produced by Green Day and Weezer producer Butch Walker.
During the past year, Idol has found himself in reflective mode and as such the EP’s lead track and first single ‘Bitter Taste’ find him ruminating on his near-fatal 1990 motorcycle accident.
“I think everyone has been feeling more reflective (during the pandemic),” he says. “So, it seemed quite logical and natural to write something about my motorcycle accident. Certainly, the motorcycle accident was the catharsis, the wake-up moment. A little bit of me got left on that roadside. But it wasn’t necessarily a bad thing in the end; it was a wake-up call. Maybe on that roadside I left behind the irreverent youthful Billy and opened the door for a more attentive father and a more sensitive musician.”
The single is accompanied by a new video by esteemed US photographer and filmmaker Steven Sebring.
The Roadside is Idol’s first release under a new deal with Dark Horse Records, the label originally founded by George Harrison and now relaunched by his son Dhani Harrison and David Zonshine. “I couldn’t be more excited to welcome Billy Idol to the Dark Horse Records family,” says Dhani. “Billy is a legend and his music couldn’t fit the Dark Horse persona any better. I’ve loved his music throughout my whole life so to be able to give this new music a home on our historic label is a massive honour.”
Set for release on 17 September, The Roadside is available to pre-order here.
SoCal punk supergroup INFAMOUS STIFFS have just unveiled their debut album.
Kill For The Sound follows swiftly on the heels of a trio of incendiary singles, ‘Get It Straight’, ‘Shakedown’ and ‘Freak Parade’.
Formed in 2019, Infamous Stiffs draw on decades of SoCal punk rock heritage, including members of CD2, Verbal Abuse, Electric Frankenstein, Hollywood Hate, Graceland Mafia, The Legendary Swagger, The County Stars, Nardcore’s Rat Pack, Junkyard, The Zero Class and Reel Big Fish.
Check out the video for ‘Shakedown’…
Released through Die Laughing/Golden Robot, you can buy Kill For The Soundhere.
Long-lost Birmingham post-punk band THE HAWKS premiere a rare archive video exclusively with Vive Le Rock! ahead of the release of their album at the end of the month.
Lauded during their brief existence and accruing semi-legendary status over the years, The Hawks were formed out of the ashes of seminal Birmingham garage band TV EYE along with former pre-fame members of DURAN DURAN, carving out a savage reputation on the city’s club scene and releasing one single and recording several cassette EPs over three years.
With the band splitting by the end of ’81, the cassettes had languished for decades, with guitarist Dave Kusworth (who in the interim had found success with Dogs D’Amour, The Jacobites and others) petitioning the band’s singer/songwriter Stephen Duffy (former Duran Duran frontman, Lilac Time founder and the tapes’ custodian) to make the songs available.
Following Kusworth’s sudden passing in September 2020, Duffy moved to make the release a reality in tribute to his friend. Restored to the best condition possible by Grammy-winning LA-based producer/engineer John Paterno, the tracks are now to be released on the album Obviously 5 Believers (the band’s original name) through Seventeen Records and Easy Action.
“We didn’t make demo’s, blue prints for future single or albums, we played live and I sang over the top, just to see what we sounded like,” says Duffy today. “These are like field recordings from a much simpler time. Simple in that we had no lust for fame and fortune, we had no manifestos beyond our fringes. We wanted to sign to a small label and play some shows but somehow we couldn’t fulfil even those modest ambitions.”
The video features the song ‘Bullfighter’, originally earmarked as the band’s second single…
Set for release on 27 August, the 10-track Obviously 5 Believers is available on limited edition vinyl here and CD here.
Washington DC punk pioneers FUGAZI are to be celebrated with a new tribute album this Autumn. And Vive Le Rock is premiering a track from it!
One of THE most influential and inspiring bands of the 80s US punk scene, Fugazi took hardcore and ran with it, creating sharp and incisive new forms and driving the DIY and straight-edge ethos that underpinned punk for decades to come.
Spread across a limited edition double-CD package, Silence Is A Dangerous Sound: A Tribute To Fugazi features 43 tracks from 43 of the bands that Fugazie inspired.
Check out Calgary punks BELVEDERE’s version of ‘Styrofoam’…
“I first heard Fugazi and Repeater in the early ’90s and was blown away,” says band-member Steve Rawles. “The rawness of the music, the lyrics, and the DIY message was heard loud and clear. We’re so thankful to be able to put our spin on ‘Styrofoam’.”
Due for release on 1 October, through Ripchord, with all profits going to the Tribe Animal Sanctuary in Scotland, Silence Is A Dangerous Sound is available to pre-order here.
US punk rock supergroup FAKE NAMES are back with a new 3-track EP.
The band, who feature Brian Baker (Minor Threat, Dag Nasty, Bad Religion), Michael Hampton (S.O.A., Embrace, One Last Wish), Dennis Lyxzén (Refused, International Noise Conspiracy, INVSN), and Johnny Temple (Girls Against Boys, Soulside), emerged last year with a rapturously received self-titled debut album.
Since then, they haven’t come up with with much in the way of a convincing new title for the project – in the words of Joe Perry, they’re letting the music do the talking. Rather than go the whole hog though, they’ve decided to opt for the leaner, meaner EP format – Short. Sharp. Solid.
“I love the EP format,” explains guitarist/vocalist Baker. “So many of my favourite bands growing up (Damned, Clash, Black Flag to name a few) issued EPs between albums, and they were always special to me. They came in all shapes and sizes, and they were comprised of songs that were available nowhere else. Sometimes these records teased the style and sonics of a bands’ forthcoming full length, sometimes they were complete departures that sounded like different bands entirely! In all cases they were records that made me feel closer to the bands, giving me a window into what was coming next or what they did when no one was looking. The ‘Fake Names EP’ was recorded in this spirit.“
“Growing up as a restless soul and outsider few things defined and saved me as much as music did,” adds Lyxzén. “Specifically, punk and hardcore. It explained alienation and my constant need to go against the herd and to break free from expectations and paths not chosen by myself. The inherent paradox of my life is of course my innate love for all things punk and my constant need to move and grow and change and try new things. Something that punk not always embodies.”
Check out the lead track ‘It Will Take A Lifetime’…
The Fake Names EP is available to stream/download here.
Folk-punks FEROCIOUS DOG have a new single out today and they’re premiering the video exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
‘Broken Soldier’ is the second single to be taken from the Nottinghamshire band’s forthcoming new album The Hope, and is intended to raise funds for and awareness of the UK charity Combat Stress, helping former servicemen and women with mental health problems, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety and depression.
“Having worked closely with Combat Stress for many years since the loss of our son Lee and setting up the Lee Bonsall Memorial fund to raise awareness of PTSD, our aim with the ‘Broken Soldier’ song and video is to raise more awareness around veterans suffering from PTSD and hopefully help them to reach out to Combat Stress for help,” explains frontman Ken Bonsall. “After losing Lee and setting up his Memorial Fund, our ambition was that if we could save one veteran or family from going through the pain and heartache we suffered, then we would have achieved our goal.”
“On behalf of Combat Stress and the veterans that seek our unique and vital help we would like to say thank you to Ken and Karen, their family and friends, the band Ferocious Dog and the Lee Bonsall Memorial Fund,” says the charity’s Director of Fundraising, Robert Marsh. “Their incredibly generous support over the last six years will have helped many, many veterans struggling with mental health problems. We very much hope that ‘Broken Soldier’ is a huge success and the awareness generated will encourage other veterans to seek help and not suffer in silence and that it’s OK not to be OK.”
The lyrics to ‘Broken Soldier’ were written by Ken’s good friend Andrew Hawkins, who knew Lee, and the band hope the song and video will help veterans suffering from PTSD to come forward and get the help they need.
Ferocious Dog are donating £5,000 via the Lee Bonsall Memorial Fund and encourage fans to donate here.
‘Broken Soldier’ is available to stream/download here.
Set to be released on 15 October through Graphite Records, The Hope is available to pre-order here.
As previously announced, Ferocious Dog head out on tour in support of the album throughout the Autumn. Full dates are…
October Fri 8th O2 Academy 2 Liverpool Sat 9th Marine Hall Fleetwood Fri 15th Old Fire Station Bournemouth Sat 16th Chalk Brighton Sun 17th The Venue Derby Mon 18th Old Cold Store Nottingham Tue 19th Nightrain Bradford Wed 20th O2 Academy 3 Manchester Thu 21st Nell’s London Fri 22nd O2 Academy 2 Oxford Sat 23rd Waterfront Norwich Thu 28th The Globe Cardiff Fri 29th O2 Academy Leicester Sat 30th Esquires Bedford November Fri 5th O2 Academy 2 Newcastle Sat 6th La Belle Angele Edinburgh Fri 12th Ropetackle Arts Shoreham-On Sea Sat 13th The Forum Tunbridge Wells Thu 18th Cheese & Grain Frome Sat 20th Exeter Phoenix Exeter Sun 21st Guildhall Gloucester Fri 26th KK’s Steel Mill Wolverhampton Sat 27th Picturedome Holmfrith December Sat 4th Leadmill Sheffield