COURETTES HEAD FOR THE STICKS!

Fast-rising garage duo THE COURETTES have released another new video as they head out on tour.

A celebration of The Beatles’ drummer, ‘R.I.N.G.O.’ is taken from the pair’s new album Back In Mono, which is out today through Damaged Goods.

“As big fans of the 60s music and counterculture, it seems we´re slowly losing our heroes,” explains singer/guitarist Flavia. “So, here’s an ode to the fab Ringo Starr, who is still around banging drums and preaching peace and love. Ringo is a big influence on Martin´s drumming and one of rock’n’roll biggest icons. It’s also an homage to all the underdogs, as many would have written a song to Lennon, Harrison or McCartney instead, but we want Starkey! Teenage heartbreak and fuzzy pop garage hit, here comes R.I.N.G.O.!

“A subtle detail is that the single (and album) was recorded using a 60s Trixon drum kit,” seh continues. “A kit similar to the one Ringo used with The Beatles in the early Hamburg days. The video is inspired by the wonderful The Ronettes, The Shangri-Las TV-performances of the 60s. Colours/black/white silhouettes with sharp graphic shapes makes it the perfect visuals for this smash hit single. Ringo! We love you! Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!”

The Courettes kick off their tour tonight in Portsmouth before heading round the country, via London’s Lexington to Edinburgh. Full dates are…

Fri 15 – Portsmouth The Loft
Sat 16 – Bristol, Crofters Room 2
Sun 17 – Norwich Norwich Arts Centre
Mon 18 – Folkestone, The Chambers
Tues 19 – London The Lexington
Wed 20 – Bedford, Esquires
Thur 21 – Hastings The Piper
Fri 22 – Sheffield Yellow Arch Studios
Sat 23 – Middlesbrough Westgarth Social Club
Sun 24 – Hull Adelphi
Mon 25 – Newcastle The Cluny
Tues 26 – Manchester Night N Day
Wed 27 – Edinburgh Voodoo Rooms Speakeasy

Read a new interview with The Courettes in the latest edition of Vive Le Rock!

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DOMESTIC APPLIANCE!

DOMESTICS frontman JAMES DOMESTIC launches his solo career with a new video today.

‘Faze Out’ is the first taste of his debut solo album Carrion Repeating which is due out next spring.

Fronting East Anglian hardcore pioneers The Domestics for a decade, James has also done time with the likes of Pisser, Tokyo Lungs, Hazard Profile and more. ‘Faze Out’ finds him moving away from hardcore, however, fusing Krautrock with junkshop electronica, while drawing influence from from the likes of Ian Dury, Mark E Smith and Vic Godard.

Carrion Repeating is set for release in April 2022 on Kibou Records via TNS (UK) and Amok (Europe).

‘Faze Out’ is available to stream/download now from Spotify and all the usual platforms.

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YOU’RE NEVER ALONE WITH LINDBERG!

PENNYWISE frontman JIM LINDBERG has revealed another track from his forthcoming debut solo album.

A departure from his regular Pennywise style, the country-flavoured ‘You’re Not Alone’ follows on from the track ‘The Palm Of Your Hand’ unveiled last month. Both tracks feature on the rustically-titled Songs From The Elkhorn Trail which is out through Epitaph on 6 May next year.

“It’s about all the people who are for one reason or another, forced to be lonely in the world, the castaways, the unloved, the unwanted,” says Lindberg of the track. “There comes a point for a lot of people when you’re existing in an untenable situation where you just have to say, ‘This isn’t an acceptable way for me to live anymore.’ When this happens, there isn’t a need for a lot of fanfare. You just ‘get your stuff and you walk out.’ The moment where you make the decision to leave, it can be sad and painful but also extremely liberating to finally get your freedom. When you’ve taken that last insult or soul damaging put-down, it can be very satisfying to just ‘smile and wave as you walk past.’ You may be lonely for a while, but the song is about reminding you that there are always millions of other people in your situation – You’re Not Alone – and your bond and friendship with them is that you’ve escaped. You’re never alone in feeling alone. You’ve got friends everywhere.”

Written over the past 25 years, Songs From The Elkhorn Trail is a highly personal release, finding Lindberg reflecting on his life and the various relationships, good and bad, within it. The album was largely inspired by his father, who supported Lindberg throughout his life, including buying his first guitar, before passing away with Alzheimer’s in 2018.

Recorded with members of Social Distortion, Dropkick Murphys and The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, the album was produced Tedd Hutt (Gaslight Anthem, Lucero, Dropkick Murphys, etc).

Stream ‘You’re Not Alone’ here.

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HOPE FOR FEROCIOUS DOG!

Notts folk-punks FEROCIOUS DOG have unveiled a moving new video ahead of their UK tour.

‘The Hope’ is the title track of their new album which is out through Graphite Records this Friday 15 October.

“’The Hope’ is exactly what it says on the tin.” declare the band. “It’s a song that shows you when things are at their very darkest, there’s always a light at the end of the tunnel. There’s always help, there’s always hope! The subject matter is probably at it’s most poignant right now with what’s happening with the world.”

Pre-order the album in various bundles here.

As previously announced, this Friday also sees the start of the band’s UK tour. Full dates are…

October
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 Picturedrome Holmfrith
December
Sat 4th Leadmill Sheffield

Tickets are available here.

The band have also added a series of instore appearances at record shops along the way. Get your stuff signed at…

Fri 15 HMV Bournemouth – 4pm
Sat 16 HMV Brighton – 2pm
Sun 17 HMV Derby – 2pm
Mon 18 HMV Nottingham – 1.30pm
Tue 19 Record Café Bradford – 2pm
Wed 20 Fopp Manchester – 3pm
Thu 21 Rough Trade West 2.30pm
Fri 22 HMV Oxford – 4.30pm

Full details from HMV, Fopp and Rough Trade.

Read a new interview with Ferocious Dog in the latest edition of Vive Le Rock!

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DESPERATE MEASURES HIT THE ROAD!

DESPERATE MEASURES head out on tour this week in support of their brand new mini-album.

The six-track mini-album Rinsed has just been released through Easy Action Records to a swathe of rave reviews. And following a ball-tearing performance at HRH Punk last week, the band are ready to take the album cross-country in the company of THE PROFESSIONALS, who’ve just released their new album SNAFU.

The tour kicks off at Tunbridge Wells Forum on Wednesday 13 October, winding all the way through to Chester Live Rooms on the 28th, including a stop at London’s Garage on the 24th (full dates below).

“We can’t wait to get out there and play our new songs from our ‘Rinsed’ album,” states frontman Eugene Butcher. “Plus, we will be rocking out with Cookie and the Professionals every night! Bring it on!”

Last few tickets available here.

Buy Rinsed here.

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CELEBRITY TOP 10: HARD-ONS!

This week sees the release of I’m Sorry Sir, That Riff’s Been Taken, the brand new album from Aussie legends the HARD-ONS. It’s the first to feature new singer Tim Rogers.
To celebrate, we asked guitarist Peter Black to go through YouTube and give us a Top 10….

X – SUCK SUCK

Fuck, this was a big album for us… what am I saying?! It still is!

Nothing sounds like this and nothing ever will… they reformed when we were still youngsters and played an infamous show at an abandoned site called Alpha House (apartments todays) was INSANE… terrifying and exhilarating, over run by skinheads, we were hiding up the back… left alone cause we were still in our diapers practically! We would take turns pushing our way up the front while it seemed the whole place was having a punch-up and X played along at ear splitting level. Lost count of the times we saw ’em after that… no-one will ever bass like Ian Rilen did… can’t describe it ’cause words like Savage, Powerful, Nuclear, Fatal just doesn’t come close! The album Aspirations was reportedly recorded in five hours… don’t you just LOVE THAT?!!

THE LEFTOVERS – CIGARETTES AND ALCOHOL

There is this book called Inner City Sound – Punk And Post-Punk In Australia, came out in 1982 (recently reissued) that we read cover to cover… each story and the wild photos inside were so inspirational that we would hunt every record / band that was mentioned… one band in particular,The Leftovers, sounded proper scary! Couldn’t wait to hear this and fuck-en-hell didn’t disappoint…!

BABEEZ – HATE

Another favourite… and another ‘what the fuck am I listening too??’, its barely held together and all the more powerful because of it! I wanted to cover it, or at least try to, but it’s not always ‘just the song’ but the ‘performance’ as well… only these four nutters could sound like this…

SICK THINGS – COMMITTED TO SUICIDE

In keeping with the tradition of pristine Aussie hi-fidelity comes this mind blower! Freaking insane… we covered this with the wonderful Neil Hamburger… members went on to Venom P Stinger and Dirty Three and lucky for youse guys, pretty sure this has been reissued not that long ago.

THE ELOIS – BY MY SIDE

Pretty soon, being the music nerds we were, we started hearing and reading about ’60s Punk’… WTF?? When you first hear it there’s no turning back…’ enthralled by all the Pebbles, Nuggets, and Flashback series of records we found an album called Ugly Things put out by Raven Records, by rock historian Glenn A Baker and this is one of the greatest records ever full stop! Every song is killer… How many of these songs we tried to cover when we were jamming? Ha! Lost count… I know we did this one. BLISTERING.

BLACK DIAMONDS – I WANT, NEED, LOVE YOU

And this WILD track… discovering there was also a film clip?? Oh boy!!

and…

THE MISSING LINKS – WILD ABOUT YOU

Does anything sound like this?? Ever?? No way… The Saints covered this and ya gotta hand it too ’em, their version is killer.

But this is a truly one of a kind unhinged slab of magnificence!! Should be studied in schools!! 

These were but three songs on the Ugly Things compilation I mentioned… can you see what I mean about being one of the best albums ever?!!

THE BIRTHDAY PARTY – JUNK YARD

I know everyone knows The Birthday Party but I think most people forget what a SHOCK to the system they were… We managed to see one of their last ever shows and – get this! – with the Scientists and X as supports. It’s a gig I will never forget EVER!! Man! We pushed to the front but I had to go pee and lost my spot for a bit… when I finally managed to get back there Ray gleefully informed me that Nick Cave head-butted him! FUCK OFF! I was so jealous. 

Their records still sound like a nightmare in-fucken-credible. Goosebumps watching this even from shitty computer speakers.

 THE SCIENTISTS – WE HAD LOVE

When we were old enough to sneak into pubs this incarnation of The Scientists started playing and like X, I’m pretty sure we went to every single fucken gig… ya just couldn’t miss ’em…

It’s hard to describe what that was like… maybe, put headphones on… close ya eyes, turn it up till its hurts a little, then fall down some stairs… HOW GOOD IS THAT?!!

CELIBATE RIFLES – TUBULAR GREENS

I don’t know how to end… when we started playing there were a million awesome bands… we loved ’em all, and a million killer labels… we loved ’em all!

Australian rock and roll was in a good place…

I’ll end on this as I wish Damian Lovelock a whole lotta Rock In Peace.

The Hard-Ons’ I’m Sorry Sir, That Riff’s Been Taken is available now from Cheersquad and Boss Tuneage.

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HOLY JOY FOR LONDON!

Veteran post-punks the BAND OF HOLY JOY play a one-off London date this week in support of their latest album.

Formed back in 1984 on the New Cross squat scene, the Band, still fronted by the charismatic Johny Brown, have enjoyed a particularly prolific period over the past decade, seeing the release of their most recent album Dreams Take Flight in June.

The Band return to the London stage this Thursday 7 October at Powerhaus (formerly Dingwalls) in Camden.

They’ll be joined by extra-special guests, recently rejuvenated proto-punk legends THE DOCTORS OF MADNESS, plus VAGRANT LOVERS and I SEE ISLANDS.

Tickets are available here.

Buy Dreams Take Flight here.

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DOC ‘N’ ROLL FILM FEST RETURNS!

The Doc’n’Roll film festival returns this month for two weeks of music documentaries.

This year – its eighth edition – the festival will take place from 28 Oct to 14 Nov and host 34 feature-length documentaries and 8 shorts, in cinemas and online. For the first time ever, will also include screenings in other cities, such as Brighton, Cardiff, Nottingham, Newcastle, Sheffield, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Exeter, Liverpool and Manchester.

Featuring the usual diverse array of films focusing on various genres, the festival will as usual see numerous UK, European and World Premieres many including Q&As.

Highlights include Lydia Lunch: The War Is Never Over, the first career-spanning documentary on the No Wave icon;

Fanny: The Right To Rock, about the pioneering all-woman US rock band;

Love in Bright Landscapes – David McComb of The Triffids – director Jonathan Alley’s much-vaunted tribute to the Western Australian music legend;

ForeverMoore: The Angelo Project – focusing on Angelo Moore or LA ska-punks Fishbone;

Guy Clark: Without Getting Killed or Caught about the recently departed Texan songwriting legend;

In a Silent Way (A Portrait of Talk Talk), casting a spotlight on the inner workings of the notorious reclusive UK band;

Bury Us! A Punk Rock Uprising – set in the Basque Country, Catalonia and LA, the film is built around the personal stories of Usua and Koldo, the fiery rock n’roll duo known as Niña Coyote eta Chico Tornado;

No Spicy No Fun: Rebel Riot in the UK, focusing on the whistle-stop tour by a Buddhist punk band from Yangon, Myanmar.

Participating London cinemas include Barbican, Genesis (Whitechapel), Rio (Dalston), Curzon Soho and Castle (Homerton).

Full details, listings and tickets can be found here.

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VOODOO RADIO EXCLUSIVE!

Hot rocking Cumbrian duo VOODOO RADIO release their debut single and video which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

Fusing psychobilly and cyber-punk, ‘Space Girl’ is a first taste of the pair’s forthcoming 8-track mini-album Pop Pills.

Currently based between Ulverston and Hammersmith, father and daughter duo Tony and Paige Cook were discovered by their management busking in Leicester Square tube station, which led to them securing a deal with Holy Dotage Records, also home to Spiz Energi.

A veteran of numerous rock bands, Tony has toured alongside the likes of Status Quo, Wizzard and Budgie with Paige joining on backing vocals since the age of 14. Now the pop/punk Voodoo Radio finds them channelling the likes of Blondie, Revillos and Transvision Vamp with tasty Van Halen-esque licks thrown in for good measure!

‘Space Girl’ is available to stream/download here.

Set for release on 3 December on 10″ vinyl, Pop Pills is available to pre-order here.

Catch Voodoo Radio at the following dates…

3 Oct – Black Bull, Gateshead
3 Dec – Mildmay Club, London

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