Vive Le Rock was deeply saddened by the announcement yesterday of the death of NICK TESCO, frontman of hitmaking Surrey punks THE MEMBERS and a much-valued contributor to this very magazine for over a decade.

“We are devastated to announce that Nick Tesco, founder member and original lead vocalist of the Camberley punk reggae legends The Members died on friday 25th February 2022 after a short illness at the age of 67 in London,” said the band in a collective statement. “Although his health had not been good for a while (he had not performed regularly since 2008) Nick was a fiery commentator on social media and a great writer, broadcaster and journalist.

“Born Nicholas Guy Lightowlers into a military (RAF) family in Belfast in 1955 his childhood was spent travelling around the world. The family eventually settled in Camberley, Surrey. Nick did a degree in politics at Liverpool University before returning to Camberley where after seeing The Stranglers he decided to form his own group The Members in 1976.

“After playing the seminal Roxy Club in 1977 the original line up of The Members of Tesco (vocals), Gary Baker (guitar), and Steve Morley (bass guitar), and Adrian Lillywhite (drums) was joined by songwriter and guitarist Jean Marie Carroll (aka JC Carroll). The next to join was British Airways aircraft electrician bass player Chris Payne.

“The band performed their first gigs at The Roxy Red Cow (London W6), The Windsor Castle (London W9) and The Nashville Rooms (London W14).

“Nick’s original 1977 Punk name was Nicky Ritz but he was rechristened Nick Tesco by Carroll who thought that Ritz was too classy and that Tesco (the name of the (UK’s cheapest supermarket at the time) suited him better.

“Nick was always a punk rock original who brought something completely new to the stage through his onstage persona (an amalgam of pint sized dynamo Eric Burdon and cheeky chappy Ian Drury ) with his ingenious ad libs, speaking parts and energetic dancing.

“The Members first released recording was ‘Fear on the Streets’, produced by Lillywhite’s brother Steve Lillywhite. This song was included on the first UK punk compilation Streets (1977). The song-writing collaboration between Tesco and Carroll moved The Members’ sound towards an incorporation of reggae, shown in the first single released for Stiff Records, ‘Solitary Confinement’, produced by Larry Wallis. Following these releases the band personnel became Tesco (vocals), Carroll (vocals and guitar), Nigel Bennett (guitar), Payne (bass) and Lillywhite (drums).

“In 1978/79 The Members continued to play the London pub and club circuit becoming a feature in the music press and were championed by John Peel (for whom they recorded many sessions). They signed to Virgin Records in 1978, and recorded ‘The Sound of the Suburbs’, again produced by Steve Lillywhite. This became The Members’ biggest chart success and their best-known song in the UK. The follow-up single, ‘Offshore Banking Business’, a reggae tune written by Carroll based on his experiences working in offshore banking at a private bank, was also a mainstream chart hit for the band who were joined by the trombone reggae legend Rico Rodriguez MBE for its recording.

“The Members released two albums on Virgin records and toured extensively around Europe, the US, Australia and New Zealand before moving to Human League producer Martin Rushent’s Genetic Label to record their classic 1980s album Uprythmn Downbeat. The album featured the singles ‘Radio’, which made the Top 10 in parts of Australia, and ‘Working Girl’, the music video for which gave the band a massive US MTV hit.

“The Members toured the United states extensively in the 80s on the back of the success of ‘Working Girl’ before returning to the UK when Tesco left the band to become a solo artist and songwriter where he wrote songs for Roger Daltrey amongst others.

“Nick appeared in Leningrad Cowboys Go America, a feature film written and directed by cult Finnish Director Aki Kaurismäki, about a fictional Russian rock band touring the US. This fictional band then toured as an actual band, and recorded Nicky’s song ‘Thru the Wire’. Kaurismäki directed a video for ‘Thru the Wire’, featuring Nicky Tesco.

“The original line up of The Members reformed in 2008 to play two shows. One at the Inn on the Green in Ladbroke Grove and another for long term fan’s Phil Jupitus’ birthday party at the 100 club. Nick continued to appear occasionally with the re-incarnated Members featuring Carroll, Payne, Bennett and new drummers Nick Cash and Rat Scabies until his health and mobility prevented him.

“As well as working as a music journalist for the magazine Music Week and Vive Le Rock, Nick was a commentator on new releases for BBC 6 Music’s ‘Roundtable’. He was also an actor appearing in movies including Iron Horsemen and I Hired a Contract Killer (in which he co-starred with Joe Strummer) as well as Kaurismäki’s Leningrad Cowboys sequel Leningrad Cowboys Meet Moses.

He is survived by his wife Francesca and children Lucy and Ned.

Nick you were an inspiration and we will miss you!”

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Euro-streetpunk titans BOOZE & GLORY have dropped their second single of the year.

Following on from January’s raising the roof, ‘Betrayed’ perfectly captures the feeling of the times, of having been taken for a ride by our elected representatives, encouraging the listener to retaliate in the simplest way…

“Show them your middle finger
you got to keep on going, keep on screaming
Show them your middle finger
you got to keep on breathing, don‘t stop believing…”

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THE UNDERTONES have a new video out which they’re premiering today with Vive Le Rock!

The track ‘Thrill Me’ was the opening cut on the Derry band’s 2003 album Get What You Need, and has been newly remixed by Paul Tipler (Stereolab, Elastica, Julian Cope) for inclusion on their new compilation album Dig What You Need which is out on 11 March.

“The ‘Thrill Me’ video was by Vinny Cunningham (who also made The Story of the Undertones documentary),” Damian O’Neill explains. “Most of the scenes were shot in various cities during the band’s German and Irish tours. It also includes footage of us in recording studios in Derry and at BBC’s Maida Vale where we recorded a session for John Peel.”

The compilation draws on the band’s post-1999 reformation period, drawing on material from their two albums Get What You Need and Dig Yourself Deep, both of which are also being reissued, newly remastered, on vinyl for the first time.

Dig What You Need is available to pre-order physically here and digitally here.

As previously announced, the band head out on an extensive European tour this Spring, kicking off at Sheffield Leadmill on 10 March and including a London show at Camden’s Electric Ballroom on 12 March. 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 available here.

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CRASS have announced a new series of reissues from their Crass Records back catalogue.

Drawing on a catalogue of more than 20 bands and solo artists, the releases in the 2 By 2 And Back Again series will come in pairs, starting with the first and last and working their way in.

Opening the series are ex-Fatal Microbes and Poison Girls affiliate Honey Bane and soprano Jane Gregory. “The original series was opened by Bane and closed by Gregory, female artists in what was seen at the time as a predominantly male genre,” explains Penny Rimbaud. “This in itself says a lot about Crass’ radical gender politics, and yes, the album, Penis Envy, was a ball-breaker”.

“Our (Crass’) interest was never in personalities, profits or power, and neither did they have time for reformist liberals,” he continues. “Their position was solidly revolutionary; they took no prisoners. Talking the talk was never enough for Crass, no, they demanded that you also walk the walk. Theirs wasn’t a show, it was a battle, not a living, but a lifestyle, a lifestyle with a difference – rather than looking only to themselves, they sought to share their gains. This willingness added great strength to the form of anarchism that they practiced on stage and out on the street.”

Originally released in 1979, Honey Bane’s three-track EP You Can Be You finds her backed by Crass following the dissolution of Fatal Microbes, while Jane Gregory’s ‘Do Not Go’ was the last release on the label in 1985. “Jane wanted to do a crossover single, her idea being to make an accessible classical record through which a larger audience might be attracted to beauties of the genre,” Rimbaud explains. “Regrettably, it wasn’t to be, but it remains an extraordinarily beautiful recording which most certainly deserves a wider audience.”

Originally released on 7″, both recordings have been fully remastered for 12″ by Alex Gordon at Abbey Road.

Out on 4 March through One Little Independent, both releases are available to pre-order here.

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Vive Le Rock Icon Award-winner SUZI QUATRO is to have her 70s golden age celebrated with a new box set.

The leather-clad Detroit rocker hit the UK charts in ’73 following a tour the previous year with Slade and Thin Lizzy. In May ’73, she enjoyed her first No.1, ‘Can The Can’, kicking off an impressive run of 10 Top 40 hits that decade that included such classics as ’48 Crash’, ‘Devil Gate Drive’ and ‘The Wild One’, coming back post-punk with ‘If You Can’t Give Me Love’ and ‘She’s In Love With You’.

Released through Chrysalis on 15 April, The Rock Box 1973-1979: The complete Recordings features 8 discs comprising her six studio albums from the 70s – each boosted by bonus tracks; her rare Japan and Australia-only live album, Live And Kickin from ’77 and a DVD featuring promo clips, Top Of The Pops appearances and a Japanese live set from ’75.

The set is completed by a 56-page book featuring a biography and personal recollections from Suzi and guitarist and co-songwriter Len Tuckey.

As previously announced, Suzi plays London’s Royal Albert Hall on 20 April. Tickets here.

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THE GODFATHERS are back with the announcement of a brand new album and tour dates….

Five years on from their last studio album, A Big Bad Beautiful Noise, the band have announced that a brand new longplayer, Alpha Beta Gamma Delta, is due for release in April.

To support the release, they’ve lined up a string of dates, including appearances at Cornwall Punk Festival in March and Rebellion in August. Two more UK dates and a European tour will be announced shortly. In the meantime, the full list of dates so far is…

Fri 18 Mar – Cornwall Punk Festival, Looe tickets
Thur 14 Apr – Rocknrolla’s, Paisley (w/The Zips) tickets
Fri 15 Apr – TBC
Sat 16 Apr – TBC
Thur 21 Apr – Westgarth Social Club, Middlesbrough (w/Johnny Seven & The Paradox) tickets
Fri 22 Apr – 100 Club, London (w/The WitchDoktors & DJ David Edwards) tickets
Sat 23 Apr – The Continental, Preston tickets
Sun 24 Apr – The Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh tickets
Sat 6 Aug – Rebellion Festival, Blackpool tickets

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The golden age of Birmingham post-punk is celebrated with a new compilation out next month.

Un-Scene! Post Punk Birmingham 1978 – 1982 surfs a revival of interest in the era following on from recent archive releases from scene leaders TV EYE and THE HAWKS, a brand new album from the reconfigured CULT FIGURES and the success of Stewart Lee and Michael Cumming’s excellent NIGHTINGALES documentary King Rocker.

With sleevenotes by Lee and album compiler (and former Hawks, TV Eye and current Black Bombers drummer) Dave Twist, the album brings together legends of the Brum scene like Nightingales, Swell Maps, The Prefects and Au Pairs, as well as lesser known acts such as Fast Relief, Joe Crow, The Pinkies and The Nervous Kind.

The album also sheds light on the city’s role in preaging the New Romantic boom, with a track from John Taylor’s early pre-Duran band DADA (pictured), also featuring Twist, and one from Fashion Music, later to hit the charts in ’82 as Fashion.

“The lockdowns of a year or so ago provided me with the space to pull together a notion that had half-formed around the time – pre-pandemic – that I’d met up with John Taylor to film our contributions for King Rocker,” Twist explains. “Our conversation centred on the important part that Robert and The Prefects had played in setting us – and so many others in the city – off on whatever path we’d go on to take. That there were strong, but pretty much unknown, connections between such disparate artists seemed to call for some kind of document, or celebration, or whatever… so here it is. At last.

“I’d also been using Instagram to share my own archive…” he adds. “Memorabilia of my fandom from the glam age and the punk and post-punk eras. I’d established a design aesthetic in the construction of that and so the artwork for the album just fell into place.”

Released through Easy Action on 25 March, Un-Scene! is available to pre-order here.

Check out The Hawks’ ‘Big Store’…

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Anglo-American rockers THE IMBECILES have unveiled a new video ahead of the release of their forthcoming new album.

‘Tiny Blue People’ is the first single to be taken from Imbecilica, the band’s first full-length since the band convened a new line-up for 2020’s Dissolution Sessions EP.

“The song is about the duality of American middle-class society,” reveals band founder, songwriter and guitarist Butch Dante. “At one level everything looks perfect, idyllic – but in reality, those perfect lawns and crystal blue pools conceal the vilest perfidy, a world ruled by egotism and base cruelty.”

For the making of Imbecilica, Dante and singer John Kent retreated to Andalusia’s El Mirador studio, owned and run by Killing Joke bassist Youth, who co-wrote and played bass on the album. “It’s on a mountain on Spain’s southern coast, where Youth has built a big compound with Moroccan-style minarets,” explains Dante. “It’s quite chaotic, with incredibly esoteric furniture, art and books. You climb up a ladder to a sorcerer’s library in a tower dedicated to music. It’s got a huge, sunken sitting room with a big fire, and a pool. When we got there, it was just me, John Kent and Youth. For three days we just ate food and talked, listened to music and watched Kubrick movies – and Final Destination! – and decided what we were going to do. The rest of the band turned up and plugged in, and things started happening.”

Imbecilica is set for release through Cadiz on 20 May and is available to pre-order here.

Next month The Imbeciles head out on tour with Killing Joke. Full dates are…

27 Mar Cheltenham Frog & Fiddle
28 Mar Cardiff Tramshed
29 Mar Nottingham Rock City
31 Mar Bristol O2 Academy
1 Apr Liverpool O2 Academy
2 Apr Birmingham O2 Institute
4 Apr Manchester Albert Hall
5 Apr Newcastle Boiler Shop
6 Apr Glasgow Barrowland
8 Apr Leeds O2 Academy
9 Apr London Eventim Apollo Hammersmith

Tickets are on sale here.

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Glam-punks THE DeRELLAS have just unveiled a new video for a track from their latest album.

‘Underground LUV’ is taken from Something’s Got To Give, the band’s third full-length, which was released last year.

“‘Underground LUV’ is set in a world of isolation, where subway dandies strut the streets, where passion ends in fashion in a Clockwork Orange dystopia, spray-painting life in dayglo pink and yellow,” they explain. “This is a song of defiance and hope, fear and LUV for the 21st Century.”

‘Underground LUV’ is available to download from the band’s website, and from all the usual digital platforms.

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German action-rockers STACY CROWNE have just unveiled a brand new video.

‘Dead Of Night’ appears on the B-side of the Cologne quartet’s version of the Golden Earring classic ‘Radar Love’.

The video, shot with a camera and a phone on Cologne’s Südbrücke (South Bridge) and featuring the band’s singer Dustin Coutts and guitarist Dominik Sladek, was filmed and edited by the band themselves.

The limited edition 7″ is the latest in Screaming Crow Records’ Action Rock Jukebox series, the idea being that bands cover a track from the jukebox of their local bar from the 70s and 80s, and back it with one of their own songs. Other releases in the series include The Cheats’ ‘Rock N’ Roll Love Letter’, Dirty Denims ‘Rock and Roll All Night’ and Black Sheriff’s ‘Centerfold’. Due for release this year are Scumbag Millionaire’s cover of ABBA’s ‘So Long’ and Chuck Norris Experience taking on The Eagles’ ‘Tryin”.

Says Screaming Crow boss Eric Corbin, “Once we have about 8-10 singles, we will compile them on CD and double LP. Those versions will be available through our regular distribution partners. It has definitely been a fun project. Unfortunately, the pandemic is making it take longer than we’d like to get these out.”

Released on mint green or black vinyl, with free 45 adapter, jukebox tag and stickers ‘Radar Love’ c/w ‘Dead Of Night’ is available here in Europe and here in the USA.

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Danish/Brazilian garage-rock explosion THE COURETTES have announced another UK tour with a brand new video.

‘Misfits & Freaks’ is a new recording of a track from the duo’s current album Back In Mono, which came out last year through Damaged Goods.

“’Misfits & Freaks’ is a song about a bittersweet concert we played on the very evening France went into its first lockdown in 2020,” explains singer/guitarist Flavia Couri. “The pandemic broke loose in the middle of our tour and uncertainty was in the air. It felt a bit like being in a kind of science fiction film. People were partying that day as if there was no tomorrow. And it was indeed the end of the world as we knew it.

“We tried to capture this feeling in the video featuring some old b-movie apocalyptic scenes, while we keep on partying, singing, and dancing at the end of the world. We´ve all been struggling to keep ourselves sane, safe, strong, and sweet in the last two years. And we did it. Cheer up!”

Available on limited edition white 7″ vinyl, you can pre-order ‘Misfits & Freaks’ here.

Following the overwhelming success of last year’s tour, the band have announced another, longer, tour for the summer, including a London show at Hackney’s Moth Club. Full dates are…

1 June Bristol The Louisiana
2 June Portsmouth The Wedgewood Rooms
3 June Margate Margate Mod/Sixties Weekender @ Olby’s
4 June Thetford Red Rooster Festival
5 June Stourbridge Katie Fitzgeralds
7 June Bedford Esquires
8 June London The Moth
9 June Brighton The Albert
10 June Middlesbrough Westgarth Social Club
11 June Glasgow McChuills
12 June Edinburgh Voodoo Rooms Ballroom
13 June Manchester marc riley bbc6 session
14 June Newcastle The Cluny
15 June Liverpool Zanzibar
16 June Manchester Night & Day
17 June Folkestone Chambers
18 June Southend The Moonraker

Tickets are available here.

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Travel on, ol’ Jeffrey Lee. Plush box set of Gun Club 7 inchers, plus extras.

A near-visionary musical alchemist in his time, Jeffrey Lee Pierce emerged from the seething creative stew of early eighties LA punk, a hollerin’ bleach-blonde street corner shaman on a mission to mainline the darker essence of America’s traditional musical forms – most specifically the blues – into the virginal veins of punk rock. The resultant splice of anarchic electrical energy and bad-omen voodoo vibes was compelling, troubling, and quite unique; it almost goes without saying that Pierce received scant recognition for his efforts over much of the course of a depressingly short lifetime.

The long out-of-print 7 inchers lovingly reproduced here provide a broad – if incomplete – timeline of Jeffrey’s decade-plus musical arc. The one-two punch of Sex Beat / Ghost On The Highway for the 1981 debut single is naturally held up as the band’s defining statement, but The Gun Club’s subsequent works – even given the impermanence of their line-ups over the years – proved this to be no flash-in-the-pan. The second album’s Fire Of Love saw Pierce fling gasoline over the Jody Reynolds classic, before driving the feedback-drenched bad vibes full into the red with 1983’s Stooge-like Death Party.

At this point, however, the history becomes disrupted; 1984’s Las Vegas Story album never yielded a single release, 1985 saw Jeffrey operating as a solo artiste, and 1988’s Breaking Hands single from a reconstituted Gun Club line up isn’t, for whatever reason, included here (though we’re compensated with a bonus single of Miami demo cuts). Jeffrey’s literate musicality ensured that he’d never stay confined to any garage punk alcove for long; during this period of the eighties, Pierce would come into his own as a distinctively poetic songwriter and a prodigious lead guitar player; both qualities are evident in 1990’s The Great Divide, which showcases his honey-dripping fingerwork – an inspired collision of Carlos Santana and Tom Verlaine – rather admirably. Pastoral Hide And Seek is a similarly overlooked marvel, the ‘lost’ title track of that year’s album, and the final single Cry To Me – originally a strictly limited pressing – saw Pierce chase his muse further into virtuoso blues guitar territory.

For the evolution that Jeffrey’s music underwent over the years, the demons that drove him remained a constant; the downside of course was thwarted career success, failing health and an early demise in 1996. ‘That level of unrelenting heat and incandescence is simply not survivable’, Henry Rollins points out in the excellent booklet included here; ‘I wouldn’t wish it an anyone’.

Hugh Gulland

Preaching The Blues is available here

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Texan sex machines KILLER HEARTS have a new video for Valentine’s Day and they’re premiering it exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘Buried In Leather’ is the latest single to be taken from the Houson quartet’s debut album Skintight Electric, which was released through Spaghetty Town last autumn.

Formed in 2015 by local punk vets, guitarist Brandon Barger and bassist Gil Lira along with drummer Cory Parker and Brandon’s brother Jarrett on vocals, the Killer Hearts fuse punk energy and economy with arena rock dynamics in a flamboyant, sleazy whole. Or should that be hole?

“Me and my brother Jarrett write all the songs,” says Brandon, “We’re not really trying to write punk songs exactly. Not that I have anything against that. We’re just writing about Bayou City, where we live – it’s tough, mean, dirty, like the Dead Boys.

“I grew up on punk,” he explains. “So I went through the punk thing, then I got into glam rock as a guitar player. I also got into classic heavy metal a bit. I think that’s what made whatever sound that I have. I wanna be Johnny Thunders, but I also wanna be Fast Eddie Clarke from Motorhead! I wanna be flash, I wanna be sassy, but I also wanna rip!”

Skintight Electric is available in Europe through Dragstrip Riot and in the US through Spaghetty Town.

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SUZI QUATRO returns with a new lyric video and announces a European tour.

‘Motor City Riders’ is the third single to be taken from Suzi’s current album The Devil In Me and celebrates her hometown of Detroit.

The Devil In Me is available to buy here.

Now into her sixth decade as a recording artist, the Vive Le Rock Icon award-winner has announced a string of dates for 2022, kicking off with a show at London’s prestigious Royal Albert Hall on 20 April and including the Australian Rock The Boat cruise in November. Full dates are…

20.04. UK-London – Royal Albert Hall
24.04. DE-Stuttgart – Liederhalle
30.04. DE-Obertraubling – Airport-Eventhall
12.05. DE-Offenburg – Open Air
25.05. DE-Mönchengladbach – Red Box
03.06. DE-Ulm – CCO Halle
05.06. DE-Siegen – Hilchenbach KulturPur
24.06. DE-Dexheim – Kultur auf dem Hof
25.06. DE-Neuleiningen – Burgsommer
02.07. NO-Skanevik – Blues Festival
08.07. DE-Zwickau – Stadthalle
09.07. DE-Cottbus – Stadthalle
10.07. DE-Neuruppin – Kulturkirche
29.07. DE-Gotha – Schloß Friedenstein
04.08. NL-Steenwijkerwold – Dicky Woodstock Festival
13.08. DE-Mülheim – MüGa-Park
20.08. BE-Lichtaart – Yesterdayland Festival
09.09. DK-Vejle – Musikteater
10.09. DK-Knebel – Fuglsøcentret
23.09. UK-Belfast – Waterfront Hall
05.10. SE-Stockholm – Cirkus-Arena
06.10. SE-Malmö – Teater
15.10. DE-Fulda – Esperanto Halle
16.10. DE-Augsburg – Kongress am Park
20.10. DE-Friedrichshafen – Graf Zeppelin Haus
28.10. DE-Dillingen – Lokschuppen
09.11.-16.11 AUS- Brisbane – Rock The Boat
09.12. DE-Mannheim – Rosengarten
11.12. DE-Dessau – Anhalt Arena
12.12. DE-Berlin – Friedrichstadtpalast
13.12. DE-Dresden – Kulturpalast
14.12. DE-Leipzig – Arena

Tickets for the RAH show are available here.

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KILLING JOKE have announced a new EP featuring their first new music in seven years.

The Lord Of Chaos EP features two brand new tracks – ‘Lord Of Chaos’ and ‘Total’ – plus two more tracks – ‘Big Buzz (Motorcade Mix)’ and ‘Delete In Dub (Youth’s Disco 45 Dystopian Dub)’ – reworked from the band’s last studio album, 2015’s Pylon.

“I’ve never known anything like the time we are living in now,” says Jaz Coleman. “Not since the Cuban Missile crisis but now in comparison we have multiple flash points. ‘Lord Of Chaos’ is about complex systems failure, when technology overloads and A.I. misreads the enemies intentions.”

The two new tracks give the listener an idea of what to expect from the band’s next studio album, which they’re currently working on in Prague, while the older tracks, remixed by Dalgety and Nick Evans, and Youth respectively, the bassist having a longstanding reputation as a dubmaster.

Check out the lyric video for ‘Lord Of Chaos’…

Set for release on 25 March, the Lord Of Chaos EP is available to pre-order here.

As previously announced, the band head out on their Honour The Fire tour this Spring.

27 Mar Cheltenham Frog & Fiddle
28 Mar Cardiff Tramshed
29 Mar Nottingham Rock City
31 Mar Bristol O2 Academy
1 Apr Liverpool O2 Academy
2 Apr Birmingham O2 Institute
4 Apr Manchester Albert Hall
5 Apr Newcastle Boiler Shop
6 Apr Glasgow Barrowland
8 Apr Leeds O2 Academy
9 Apr London Eventim Apollo Hammersmith

Tickets are available here.

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North London rockers THE BLUE CARPET BAND are back with a brand new video which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘The Slow Death Of Camden’ protests the insidious gentrification of London’s rock’n’roll epicentre.

“Lyrically the song is a lament, where have the rock’n’roll bandits all gone?,” says frontman Djamel. “What has Camden Town become? The death of Camden reflects the death of London as the alternative capital of the world.”

Since releasing their debut album in 2018 and receiving the Vive New Blood award the following year, the band have had a line-up reshuffle, recruiting Ant Thomas and Stan Standen from psychobilly legends Demented Are Go!, recording a new album – including last Autumn’s ‘B-Movie Boogie’ single – due out later this year.

“Stan’s guitar riff for this really drove me to sing something different on this song. It feels like a big step forward for us musically, we’re finally starting to find the sound we’ve been chasing.”

Released through Bomber Music, ‘The Slow Death Of Camden’ is available digitally here and can be pre-ordered on 7″ vinyl here.

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New York post-punks SAVAK have unveiled a new lyric video ahead of their new album.

The track ‘No Blues No Jazz’ is taken from the album Human Error / Human Delight, the band’s fifth, and draws on their roots in the Washington DC post-hardcore scene. The album is set for release on 15 April through Ernest Jenning Record Co. in conjunction with the band’s own Peculiar Works imprint.

The intriguing 60s jazz-flavoured video was created by Alexis Fleisig and is based on a Punk Note concept by John Yates/Stealworks.

Formed in Brooklyn in 2015, the band’s members have done time in such bands as Obits, Edsel and Toronto electronicists Holy Fuck.

Pre-order Human Error / Human Delight here.

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Manchester psychonauts THE SPEED OF SOUND have a new video out which they’re unveiling exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

Taken from their acclaimed album Museum Of Tomorrow, ‘Blood Sweat And Tears’ “raises a cultured post-punk fist of anger for the downtrodden at the structural economic forces that simultaneously drive high rents and low wages in the dystopian reality that is the 21st Century, where a living wage is insufficient to live. A dreamlike high street shopping scene forms the visual backdrop where people are recast as mere consumers and resources to be exploited. A cry for humanity at the inhumanity of corporate indifference. Protest is never useless.”

Releasing their first record in 1989, The Speed Of Sound have been beavering away below the Manchester music radar and have been picking up a string positive reviews for their fifth album, released last year – not least from Vive Le Rock, who described it as ‘unique and other worldly’ . Observers have also likened them to The Stranglers meet Jefferson Airplane or Debbie Harry and Lou Reed were fronting The Who and Television at the same time!

Museum Of Tomorrow is available here.

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