Leicester grebo mavericks GAYE BYKERS ON ACID finally made good on their long delayed 100 Club show last November. Vive Le Rock‘s Pete Woods was there…


Two years after tickets were originally purchased, everything may not be completely groovy (baby) yet but Grebos are back on patrol. A ‘stewed to the gills’ 100 club on the penultimate night of this tour sees the throngs assembled and ready to be transported back to the late 80s when GBOA were playing legendary events like Reading Festival, Acid Daze and Treworgey Tree Fayre. Brain synapses are fired straight there as they strike up the Clockwork Orange intro tape and blast-off into the first song they ever wrote ‘TV Cabbage’. Although Tony Byker living in Tokyo was unable to make this tour, stand in grizzled road-hog Tom Stanley looks and sounds the part, trading riffs with Robber and the band seem refreshed and in their element. Mary proves perfect host as they drive us deeper into ‘Delirium’ and we ‘Git Down’, citing Iain Banks’ The Crow Road as early inspiration and suggesting we visit the bar as we get to grips with newer number ‘Sodium Sun’. The punkish swagger of ‘Rad Dude’ sounding like The Stupids going all-out with The Beastie Boys is a definite highlight and by closer ‘Nosedive Karma’ we are all truly giddy from shaking our thangs.
Pete Woods

Grebo! The Loud & Lousy Story Of Gaye Bykers On Acid And Crazyhead by Vive Le Rock‘s Rich Deakin is available now here!

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Birmingham post-punk icons THE NIGHTINGALES have announce a string of UK dates for the Spring.

Formed out of the ashes of original Class of ’77 Brum punks The Prefects, who came to the world’s attention on The Clash’s White Riot Tour, The Nightingales released three albums before splitting in 1986. Reconvening in 2004 with Robert Lloyd fronting a new line-up, the band recently achieved a degree of mainstream success when they were the subject of the widely acclaimed documentary King Rocker by Stewart Lee and Michael Cummings.

The King Rocker soundtrack album is available here.

The band have also lined-up a 12″ remix EP The New Nonsense, while expanded reissues of their 80s albums Hysterics and In The Good Old Country Way are due out shortly, with a brand new album on the cards for the Autumn.

The Nightingales and The Prefects can also be found on the forthcoming compilation album Un-Scene: Post-Punk Birmingham 1978 – 1982 due out in March through Easy Action.

Catch The Nightingales live at…

Tue 19 Apr – Glasgow, Cathouse
Wed 20 Apr – Liverpool, Cavern Club
Fri 22 Apr – Darlington, Forum
Sat 23 Apr – Manchester, Deaf Institute
Sun 24 Apr – Leeds, Key Club
Tue 26 Apr – Norwich, Epic Studios
Wed 27 Apr – Oxford, O2 Academy 2
Thu 28 Apr – Winchester, Railway
Fri 29 Apr – Brighton, Patterns
Sat 30 Apr – Birmingham, O2 Academy 2
Mon 2 May – Bristol, Thekla
Tue 3 May – London, Garage
Thu 5 May – Leek, Foxlowe Arts Centre
Fri 6 May – Hebden Bridge, Trades Club
Sat 7 May – Nottingham, Bodega

Read a new interview with Robert Lloyd in the latest edition of Vive Le Rock!

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Derry’s finest THE UNDERTONES have announced a new compilation album to coincide with their forthcoming European tour.

The thirteen-song Dig What You Need compiles the best of the band’s career since reforming in 1999 with new singer Paul McLoone. Drawing on two albums Get What You Need and Dig Yourself Deep, all tracks have been remixed by producer Paul Tipler (Stereolab, Snuff, Aerial Salad).

Guitarist and founder member Damian O’Neill notes…”So dig this: ‘Thrill Me’, ‘Oh Please’, ‘I’m Recommending Me’, ‘Dig Yourself Deep’, ‘Here Comes The Rain’ – all firm favourites on an Undertones set list these days, songs penned by John O¹Neill and Michael Bradley. So it’s a no-brainer really that all these songs (and more) should finally be included on a best-of compilation taken from the two albums we’ve recorded with Paul McLoone. Even better is the fact we got producer/mixing maestro Paul Tipler to remix them with fresh ears and make them sound even better than the originals. Add to that the wonderful packaging and sleeve design courtesy of Bruce and Mary from Arthole and lo and behold we have a sonically cohesive bunch of nuggets waiting to be rediscovered all over again. So dig this compilation my friends – you know you won’t be disappointed”.

Due out on 11 March it’s available to pre-order on vinyl and CD here, and digitally here.

The band head out on tour a tour of the UK in March, with a London headline show at the Electric Ballroom, before heading over to Europe. Full dates are…

10 – Sheffield, UK @ Leadmill *
11 – Northampton, UK @Roadmender ^
12 – London, UK @ Electric Ballroom ^
17 – Brighton, UK @ Chalk ^
18 – Frome, UK @ Cheese & Grain ^
19 – Cardiff, UK @ Cardiff SU Great Hall ^
31- Newcastle, UK @ Boiler Shop ^

01 – Manchester, UK @Academy – ^
02 – Liverpool, UK @ O2 Academy ^
09 – Munich, Germany @ Feierwerk
10 – Weinheim, Germany @ Cafe Central
22 – Dublin, Ireland @ Academy

13 – Bremen, Germany @ Kulturzentrum Lagerhaus
14 – Düsseldorf, Germany @ Zakk
15 – Hamburg, Germany @ Markethalle
17 – Malmo, Sweden @ Plan B
18 – Oslo, Norway @ Vulkan Arena
20 – Göteborg, Sweden @ Pustervik
21 – Stockholm, Sweden @Slaktkykan
22 – Copenhagen, Denmark @ Pumpenhuset

*Special guest Neville Staple Band
^Special guest Hugh Cornwell Electric

Tickets are on sale here.

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Original UK punks THE VIBRATORS have announced that their next album will be their last.

To herald the release, the band have unveiled their first new recording since their 2020 collaboration with Chris Spedding which, fittingly enough, is an old song – ‘He’s a Psycho’ – which had hitherto never made it past the demo stage.

“We did this as a demo for the V2 album,” says founding drummer Eddie. “But [producer] Vic Maile wasn’t as keen as us and so it was never properly recorded. I figured it would be a shame to never have it on an album, and when I suggested it, all the lads including Pat agreed that a bit of old punk rock was in order.”

The song will included on their forthcoming final album but for is for now to see the light of day on a limited edition 7″, backed with a couple more original demos, ‘War Zone’ and ’24 Hour People’, both from 1977.

The single is available through Cleopatra Records on yellow or red vinyl here, or digitally here.

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JAH WOBBLE & THE INVADERS OF THE HEART have announced their first tour in over two years.

The PiL founder and his band – who comprise Marc Layton-Bennett (drums & percussion), George King (keyboards) & Martin Chung (guitar) – have been working on new music and will be airing some of it, as well as old classics and even some Pil material, during a forty-year-career-spanning set.

Full dates are…

Jan 28th Sub 89, Reading
Feb 10th The Cavern, Liverpool
Feb 11th The Forum, Barrow In Furness
Feb 12th The Old Woollen, Leeds
Mar 4th Patterns, Brighton
Mar 5th Brook, Southampton
Mar 17th Arts Centre, Colchester
Mar 18th Chinnerys, Southend
Apr 1st Boileroom, Guildford
Apr 2nd 229, London
Apr 14th The Cluny, Newcastle
Apr 15th Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh
Apr 16th Oran Mor, Glasgow
Apr 29th The Buttermarket, Shrewsbury
Apr 30th Tivoli, Wimborne

Tickets are available here.

A track ‘Tyson (Dub)’ is available to stream/download here.

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UNDERCOVER FESTIVAL returns this Spring in its 10th incarnation.

Back at Suburbs at The Holroyd Arms, Guildford over the weekend of 1 to 3 April, this year’s event is headlined by SUBHUMANS (pictured), RUTS DC and Brisol reggae legends TALISMAN.


Undercover are also promoting a series of gigs at Suburbs throughout the year, including THE FILAMENTS (11 Feb), RADICAL DANCE FACTION (12 March), THEATRE OF HATE (23 April), plus a 10th Anniversary all-dayer on 17 September with CHELSEA, MENACE, EASTFIELD and more.

Full details and tickets can be found here.

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Norwegian post-punks PERMAFROST kick off their 40th Anniversary year with a brand new single.

‘Come Back To Surprise’ follows on from a year of uncharacteristic activity from the notoriously laid-back band, which saw the release of three digital singles throughout 2021.

“’Come Back To Surprise’ initially sets a tone of coldness and loneliness, which is resolved by a story of beauty and shelter,” they say.

Formed in 1982 by schoolfriends Frode Heggdal Larsen and Kåre Steinsbu and taking their name from the Magazine song and influence from Joy Division, Wire and Pere Ubu, they released the cassette-only album Godtment a year later. Joined by bassist Robert Heggdal and drummer Trond Tornes in 2001 and longtime Cure and Depeche Mode confidant Daryl Bamonte on keyboards in 2016, they entered the vinyl market in 2019 with the three-track Permafrost EP.

‘Come Back To Surprise’ is available now from Spotify, Apple and all the usual platforms.

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Punk-blues troubadour THE BLUES AGAINST YOUTH has a new video which he’s premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

The appropriately automotive ‘Particle Filter Blues’ is the first single from his latest album As The Tide Gets High And Low, which is due out next week.

“Along the never ending process of getting and shaking the blues you may bump into a type of blues you can’t shake , no matter how hard you try,” he says. “You just gotta deal with it. The Diesel Particulate Filter can be one of those unshakable ones when it starts to show signs of subsidence. A real itch when you’re on tour and driving to the next destination. So you will find out that you and your vehicle have to put your heads together to keep consumption low, watch out for the oil levels and driving smoothly fast. Preferably on a highway.”

Written and recorded under Covid restrictions, As The Tide Gets High And Low is TBAY aka Gianni’s six full-length, following on from 2019’s Evil Flatmates. Hailing initially from Rome, he’s been resident in Turin since 2014, from where he’s established himself as one of Italy’s leading punk-blues protagonists, touring throughout Europe, the UK and the USA, sharing stages along the way with the likes of Bob Log III, DM Bob, CW Stoneking and Popa Chubby.

‘Particle Filter Blues’ is available from Spotify, Bandcamp and other digital platforms.

As The Tide Gets High And Low is available to pre-order in various bundles from Escape From Today Records.

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Scouse rockers MEXICAN DOGS are back with a new digital single which they’re premiering with Vive Le Rock!

With its crunchy guitar intro, tub-thumping beat and quavery Bolan vocal, ‘Run, Run, Run’ is a homage to the glam heroes of yore, while still throwing in a bit of Stooges for good measure.

The single follows on from the band’s debut single ‘You & I’ and paves the way for a new four-track EP later in the year.

“This song has the ghosts of sounds from past times with the idea of bringing it to a new era,” says frontman Gaz Wilcox. “This piece was the very first finished song that we made as Mexican Dogs! It kinda set the tone of how we wanted to sound as a band and from this we created a solid foundation and found inspiration to materialize more.”

The single also heralds a very special hometown show at Liverpool Arts Club on Friday 25 February. Tickets are on sale here.

‘Run, Run, Run’ is released digitally on Friday 21 January through Fretsore Records. You can pre-save the single and pre-order the EP on CD and 12″ vinyl here.


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US artpunks PERENNIAL have a new single and they’re premiering it with Vive Le Rock!

Abarasive floorfiller ‘In The Midnight Hour’ is the title track from the Connecticut trio’s second album which is due out on CD and cassette on 1 February and on vinyl on 1 March.

“Musically, we wanted something with all the ingredients of something you can dance to, but with some thornier angles here and there,” they say of the single. “”We loved the layering of a song that is narratively about how we deal with a sometimes ferocious world, and trying to get by in that world, but with music that is kinetic in response. If the whole album is about the nighttime, we wanted the title track to be both haunted and full of possibility.”

For the album, the trio looked upon refreshingly old-school inspirations, in the form of The Clash’s Sandinista!, Patti Smith’s Horses, The Creation’s We Are Paintermen and The Shape Of Punk To Come by Refused. The whole caboodle was licked into shape thanks to the production chops of Chris Teti of local emo stalwarts The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die.

In The Midnight Hour is available to pre-order in various bundles here.

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Multinational rockers LOS PEPES play a special London show this week as a lunch party for Essex label Black Wax Noise Division.

The band have just released their fifth album The Happiness Program to wild reviews. It’s available now from Bandcamp.

Taking place at The Finsbury pub at Manor House on Friday 21 January, the gig also features sets by CHINESE JUNK, YOUNG FRANCIS HI-FI and TENEMENT RATS. The show kicks off at 7pm.

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JAMES DOMESTIC has unveiled another new single and video ahead of the release of his debut solo album, due later in the year.

‘Mañana’ is the third single to be taken from the album Carrion Repeating, following on from his debut single ‘Faze Out’ released in October and ‘Push On Through’ which came out in November.

Frontman of East Anglian hardcore pioneers THE DOMESTICS, James says of the new single, “It’s the sound of garage punk riffs, soul, saxophones, and steel drums all diced up, chucked in the pan and fried up for a few minutes. Then when you plate it up you realise you made this weird little pop song that people keep singing to you. It’s only been out a few days and that’s happened a dozen times already. It’s probably because there are cats in the video. Everyone likes cats, don’t they?”

‘Mañana’ is available digitally through Spotify, Apple and all the usual platforms.

Carrion Repeating is set for release 22 April on Kibou Records through TNS (UK) and Amok (Germany). It’s available to pre-order here.

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Geordie punk-rockers CRASHED OUT plough headlong into the New Year with a brand new single and lyric video which they’re premiering with Vive Le Rock!

‘Hypocrisy’ is the first single to be taken from the band’s forthcoming new album which is due out in the Spring through Demons Run Amok.

“The song is all about the massive sicking class divide that the so called ruling class insist no longer exists here in the UK!!!!,” say the band. “It’s a full on in ya face punk rock anthem.”

‘Hypocrisy’ is available to stream/download from Spotify, Amazon, Apple and all the usual platforms.

Formed in the North-East of England in 1995, combining street-punk and rock into their own individual sound across five albums and split albums with Angelic Upstarts and LA punks The Generators.

The band already have a load of gigs booked for 2022, kicking off in Newcastle this Saturday and a memorial gig for the Upstarts recently departed Mensi (RIP) on 1 April. Full dates (so far) are…

15 Jan – Trillians, Newcastle
19 Feb – The Star & Garter, Manchester
25 Feb – The Underworld, Camden London (w/ Last Resort)
1 Apr – Hedworth Hall, South Shields (Mensi memorial gig)
25 Jun – Bannerman’s, Edinburgh
26 Jun – Ivory Black’s, Glasgow
15 Jul – Kubix Festival, Sunderland
22 July – Riverside, Newcastle (w/ The Dickies)
6 Aug – Rebellion, Blackpool
14 Sept – Hedworth Hall, South Shields (w/ The Toy Dolls)

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BOOZE & GLORY are back with a brand new single and video.

The singalong ‘Raising The Roof’ signals a return to the anthemic street-punk of third album As Bold As Brass from 2014.

“‘Raising The Roof’ is the song about good times we all been missing in the last couple years of global pandemic – lockdowns, lack of shows and parties,” they say. “So from now on – Let the good times roll!”

The track is one of four new songs that the band plan to release during the first half of 2022.

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Philly hardcore mob SOUL GLO have just unveiled a first video from their forthcoming album.

The complexly titled ‘Jump!! (Or Get Jumped!!!)((by the future))’ is the first single to be taken from the band’s fourth album Disapora Problems, which is due out in March.

“Essentially the video makes fun of the people who have asked our drummer what it’s like being the only white member of the band, playing upon the presumption that we aren’t actually friends and have TJ in the band just to be able to bully them,” explains singer Pierce Jordan. “A lot of the gags in the video largely references the movie Whiplash with J.K. Simmons and Miles Teller, which is about a young drummer and his abusive mentor. Toward the end of the video we throw a Roots reference in there to further explore the idea of ‘reverse racism’ which really is only ever just a persecution fantasy that exists in the minds of white people.”

Diaspora Problems is due for release on 25 March through Epitaph. Pre-order it here.

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London’s Pump It Up Power-Pop Weekender has announced its full line-up for this summer’s event.

Now in its fourth iteration, put together by promoters Some Weird Sin, the event will return once again to The Lexington in Islington over the 2nd and 3rd July.

Headliners on the Saturday are Norway’s THE YUM YUMS, while NYC’s BABY SHAKES (pictured) close the weekend on the Sunday.


Sunday’s line-up in completed by DUNCAN REID & THE BIG HEADS, SLYDER SMITH & THE OBLIVION KIDS (feat. three-quarters of Last Great Dreamers), AVILDA, AMOEBA TEEN and SMALLTOWN TIGERS, making their first UK trip since 2019 and a first chance to catch them ahead of their shows with The Damned in October.

Weekend and day tickets are available here.

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Post-punk vets THE MONOCHROME SET have released a new single ahead of their forthcoming new album.

‘Hello, Save Me’ is taken from Allhallowtide, the London band’s sixteenth studio album and fifth for German label Tapete, following on from 2019’s Fabula Mendax.

Formed in 1978 out of the ashes of The B-Sides, who had featured a young Adam Ant, The Monochrome Set include two founding members of The Ants, guitarist Lester Square and bassist Andy Warren, who remains in the band today alongside guitarist/singer Bid. The current line-up also features drummer Mike Urban and keyboard-player Athena Ayren.

Like recent albums, Allhallowtide was recorded at Brixton’s One Cat Studio with engineer/producer Jon Clayton. It’s set for release on 22 March.

Check out ‘Hello, Save Me’…

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RHODA DAKAR pays tribute to DAVID BOWIE in honour of his 75th birthday with a reggae cover of the Duke’s ‘The Man Who Sold The World’.

The release comes with the announcement of the BODYSNATCHERS’ singer’s signing to the Sunday Best label.

Recorded at South London’s Perry Vale Studios with Pama International producer Lenny Bignell, the track features contributions from The Aggrolites keyboard-player Roger Rivas (rated by Lynval Golding as the best reggae keyboardist around) and Jimmy Regal & The Royals’ Joff Watkins on harmonica, plus rhythm section Andi McLean and Marley Drummond.

“I was bewitched by seeing Bowie perform Starman on TOTP,” Rhoda recalls. “I was 12 going on 13 and thereafter he held sway over all my teenage years. Friendships, music, clothes, attitudes – all were influenced forever. It’s hard to choose, but ‘The Man Who Sold The World’ is one of my favourite Bowie albums. There had been the traditional reggae version of the title track back in the day, but the vocals lacked commitment, so we thought we’d do a proper, modern version.”

‘The Man Who Sold The World’ is the second in a series of five 7” singles (following her cover of Morrissey’s ‘Every Day Is Like Sunday’) all mastered by dubstep pioneer Jason Goz at Transition Mastering – each b/w dub versions – which will be released from now up until Rhoda’s new album next autumn. Each release comes packaged in an exclusive sleeve designed by renowned Sheffield artist Pete McKee.

Coinciding with the release of the single, Rhoda will join revered multi-instrumentalist Terry Edwards (Near Jazz Experience, Higsons, The Blockheads, Madness) and a group of exceptional musicians at his ‘Bowie + Beyond’ (covering the period 1977-1980) nights at Pizza Express, Holborn, London on 5th and 6th January. Tickets on sale here.

Then in March, Rhoda will be playing an eight-date tour, culminating in a London headline show at the legendary 100 Club. Dates are…

Wed 2 March: The Cavern, Liverpool
Thu 3 March: The Cluny, Newcastle
Fri 4 March: Cathouse, Glasgow
Sat 5 March: Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh
Fri 11 March: Sally Brown’s, Bradford
Sat 12 March: Night Owl, Birmingham
Thurs 17 March: Buttermarket, Shrewsbury
Fri 18 March: The 100 Club, London

Further details and tickets are available here.

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