BIG HEADS STRIKE AGAIN!

Cornish psych-rockers HANTERHIR have unveiled a psychedelic new video ahead of their show at Penzance’s Acorn Theatre this Saturday.

‘Don’t Go’ is the second single to be released from the Redruth band’s forthcoming album There Is No-One To Trust (Nyns Eus Denvydth Bys Trest), following on from the single ‘Honey Bees’ which came out last month.

“The video was filmed one evening in a small wood near Falmouth,” explains bassist Grant Kellow. “No-one could really see out of the eyeholes on the heads, lots of shouts of ‘Lift your left leg higher’, ‘Duck down’, and ‘Whose bright idea was this?’. But even Mike [Hewitt, sax] didn’t trip over anything in the end. Big fun making it. All filmed by the band in turn.”

“The heads took me a year over lockdown to make!” adds frontman Ben Harris. “Mike was the alien, Grant was the bear, Simon [Howard, guitar] was the devil, Jason [Brown, drums] was the hedgehog, Peasy [guitar] was the moon Lou [Macchi, violin] was the sun and I was the frog.”

Formed in 2008, Hanterhir have become one of the biggest bands in the Southwest, playing numerous festivals and sharing stages with the likes of Gang Of Four, Peter Hook & The Light and Flaming Lips. Following the success of previous album The Saving Of Cadan, they featured in a BBC documentary on the resurgence of the Cornish language, headlined London’s Kernow In The City festival and released a double-A-side single featuring covers of Sonic Youth’s ‘Schizophrenia’ and David Bowie’s ‘Dancing Out In Space’ just as Covid lockdown hit. They returned to live action with an appearance at Hawkwind’s Hawkfest last August and are currently lining up gigs and festival dates for later in the year.

Set for release on 27 May through Easy Action on vinyl and CD (with exclusive bonus track), There Is No-One To Trust is available to pre-order here.

Tickets for the Acorn Theatre show are available here.

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DESPERATE MEASURES HIT THE ROAD!

It’s shaping up to be another busy year for New Zealand born, London based rockers DESPERATE MEASURES.

Following their mini album Rinsed on Easy Action Records and a full UK tour with Paul Cook’s post-Pistols rockers The Professionals at the end of last year, Desperate Measures have started recording their debut full-length album, due early 2023. Working once again with Andy Brook (who has produced, engineered, and toured with the like of Status Quo, Ginger Wildheart, Wonk Unit, Hayseed Dixie…) at The Brook Studios in Wallington, Surrey, Desperate Measures have completed work on a new single titled ‘Thinking Of England’ that lyrically captures the yearning to escape from a place or a situation you might not want to be.

The single will be released in time for the Queen’s Jubilee on 3 June. Desperate Measures will play a single launch show at London’s Water Rats Theatre on 20 May to coincide. Says frontman Eugene Butcher, “We’ll be showcasing a few songs from our forthcoming album, plus the new single which has just happened to coincide with the Queen’s Jubilee. And we’ve got The Duel and Seven Days and Doesn’t Die along for the ride so expect a right Royal knees up!”

Tickets for Water Rats 20 May available here

See Desperate Measures in 2022!

April 30 Angel Weekender, Coalville
May 13 London Powerhaus (w/ Nashville Pussy)
May 14 Westworld Weekender, Wolverhampton
May 20 London, Water Rats
June 3 Strummercamp Fest, Oldham
July 1 229 Club, London (w/ UltraBomb)
July 8 Bedford Esquires (w/ The Rose Of Avalanche)
July 9 Manchester, Night People (w/ The Rose Of Avalanche)
July 22 Hope & Anchor, London (w/ Sick On A Bus)
August 4 Blackpool, Rebellion Festival
August 20 Unity Festival, Corby
September 3 Banfest Festival, Banstead

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MICHAEL MONROE REVEALS NEW ALBUM AND VIDEO

MICHAEL MONROE has unveiled a second single from his forthcoming new album.

The swaggering ‘Can’t Stop Falling Apart’ is taken from the former Hanoi Rocks frontman’s forthcoming I Live Too Fast To Die Young, and follows on from last month’s ‘Murder The Summer Of Love’ single.

“It’s an ode to our wives and loved ones who have stuck by our sides through years of playing music and touring the world,” says Monroe about the new single. “But this can also apply to any person working hard, away from home a lot of the time, who is lucky enough to have a loved one sticking by their side through thick and thin. So, it’s a celebratory song to our nearest and dearest who are always there for us.”

“It’s a big, 1970s Slade-inspired glam stomper,” comments guitarist Rich Jones. “It celebrates our loved ones who support us through the ups and downs of being a touring musician.”

“Try to focus on the positive,” Monroe adds. “Because what you focus on usually tends to multiply…”

Recorded towards the end of last year at Inkfish Studios in Helsinki, the new album features eleven new songs produced by Monroe and the band along with engineer Erno Laitinen and features special guest Slash from Guns N’ Roses on the title track.

Set for release on 10 June through Silver Lining Music, I Live Too Fast To Die Young is available to pre-order here.

The Monroe band will be touring Europe throughout the summer, including dates with Alice Cooper and appearances at Sweden Rock, Hellfest, Wacken and HRH Sleaze festivals. Full dates are…

04 Jun – Gelsenkirchen (DE)
06 Jun – K.B. Hallen, Copenhagen (DK)*
9-11 Jun – SAARISTO OPEN AIR, Kaarina (FI)
10 Jun – ROCK IN THE CITY, Kuopio (FI)
11 Jun – SWEDEN ROCK, Sölvesborg (SE)
15 Jun – Dolina Charlotty, Charlotta (PL)*
17 Jun – Stadthalle, Zwickau (DE) *
18 Jun – AZKENA FESTIVAL, Vitoria-Gasteiz (ES)
21 Jun – Mitsubishi Electric Halle, Dusseldorf (DE)*
22 Jun – Jahrhunderthalle, Frankfurt (DE)*
25 Jun – HELLFEST, Clisson (FR)
29 Jun – Ippodromo San Siro, Milan (IT)*
07 Jul – SAUNA OPEN AIR, Tampere (FI)
08 Jul – ROCK IN THE CITY, Oulu (FI)
15 Jul – VAUHTIAJOT, Seinäjoki (FI)
16 Jul – ROCK IN THE CITY, Rovaniemi (FI)
30 Jul – SKOGSROJET FESTIVAL, Rejmyre (SE)
03 Aug – WACKEN OPEN AIR, Wacken (DE)
06 Aug – VAASA FESTIVAL, Vaasa (FI)
27 Aug – HRH Sleaze, Sheffield (UK)

*with Alice Cooper

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WOBBLE AND UKRAINIANS LAUNCH CHARITY SINGLE

JAH WOBBLE has teamed up with folk-punks THE UKRAINIANS to raise funds for refugees fleeing the country’s ongoing war with Russia.

Formed in 1990 by Wedding Present guitarist Pete Solowka, The Ukrainians join forces with Wobble and former Banshees and Specimen guitarist Jon Klein on a dub version of the Ukrainian National Anthem. Proceeds from all sales will go towards funding two of the main charities that are currently helping out the millions of refugees that have fled their homes – the DEC (Disasters Emergency Committee) Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal and the AUGB (Association of Ukrainians in Great Britain) Help Ukraine Emergency Appeal.

“I was introduced to Len [Liggins] from the Ukrainians by Mark my bass tech,” explains Wobble. “I was very keen to help in anyway that I could. So I enlisted the help of Jon Klein and Anthony Hopkins, who I run ‘Tuned In’ with. It’s a community music project based in the London Borough of Merton. We have built a recording studio there. Indeed, at the moment, Anthony is involved in the process, of the settlement of Ukrainian refugees coming in to the borough. It was a lot of fun putting the track together. And well done to Len and the rest of the band for initiating this.”

“We’d like to say a big thank you to Jah Wobble and Jon Klein for creating this fabulous track with us in order to raise much needed funds for Ukrainian refugees,” adds Liggins. “Monies collected will buy provisions, medical aid and clothing for traumatised individuals and families whose situation is desperate beyond our understanding here in western Europe. It’s important for us all to keep in mind, too, that as reports of the invasion’s progress slip down the priority list on the national news, a great deal of support will still be needed by these refugees on an on going basis. Please don’t forget them just because you see less of them on your screens. Please continue to support them. The mass murders, cruel rapes and wanton destruction of Ukraine will continue while the TV cameras are pointing somewhere else.”

Released through Dimple Discs, you can stream/download ‘Ukrainian National Anthem In Dub’ here.

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GREETINGS FROM ASBURY PARK!

New Jersey punks BEACH RATS have just unveiled a new video as a taster for their forthcoming debut album.

‘Rat Beat’ is the title track from the album which is due out at the end of July through Epitaph.

Coming together in the seaside town of Asbury Park, Beach Rats boast an impressive line-up featuring vocalist Ari Katz (Lifetime), guitarist Pete Steinkopf (Bouncing Souls,) bassist Bryan Kienlen (Bouncing Souls,) guitarist Brian Baker (Bad Religion, Minor Threat) and Danny Windas (Let It Burn) on drums.

After releasing the five-track Wasted Time EP in 2018, which they matched with a bunch of high-energy gigs, the band convened in Baker’s basement to knock the songs into shape for their debut album, finally laying them down in the space of a single day at Lakehouse Studios once more working with engineer Eric Bennett.

“We’d go down in the basement, put on masks, open the windows and we could play – within CDC guidelines!,” recalls Baker. “We couldn’t go to dinner at each other’s houses but we could practice.”

“You’re gonna get authentic punk and hardcore from Beach Rats because we are all from the 80s,” Kienlen assures us. “It’s literally taking it back to some of our biggest influences like Negative Approach and Poison Idea, and of course, Minor Threat.”

Set for release on 29 July, Rat Beat is available to pre-order here.

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THE GUNN CLUB!

Former INMATES man PETER GUNN is back with a new solo album.

Credited to PETER GUNN & THE NEATBLOODS, Life Savings is the debut album from the guitarist who co-founded the Islington pub rock band back in 1977, scoring international hits with ‘The Walk’ and their own interpretation of The Standells’ ‘Dirty Water’.

The album came about when Gunn was invited by DJ and producer Dr Jack Romensky to record some sessions his studio in Paris, France where The Inmates have long enjoyed superstar status. This lead to the idea of recording a solo album.

“When an opportunity presents itself and needs must, ideas for songs which may have been forming more or less unconsciously for years begin to crystallise and Hey Presto….you have songs!,” says Gunn. “I knew I wanted some rock and roll, rockabilly and blues tracks on the album but I surprised myself by branching out into pop and psychedelia and beyond. So there is quite a range of styles on the album and, you know…….as they say, variety is the spice of life.”

Gunn is joined on the album by a number of guests, including Inmates drummer Jim Russell, whose CV features a diverse array of artists from Scotty Moore to the Human League; bassist Matt Radford (Nick Lowe, Geraint Watkins, Big Joe Louis) and French chart star Jil Caplan.

Mixing and additional recording took place at Alchemy Studios, Wood Green with producer Kenny Jones (Billy Bragg, Marc Almond, Brainiac 5).

Set for release on 6 June through Riverside Records, Life Savings is trailed by the single ‘Good Intentions’…

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FULL OF BEANS

Punk renaissance man JAMES DOMESTIC celebrates the release of his debut solo album with another new video.

‘Bean Counter’ is the fourth single to be taken from his debut solo album Carrion Repeating, which is out today on Kibou Records through TNS (UK) and Amok (Germany).

James is perhaps best known as frontman with East Anglian hardcore pioneers THE DOMESTICS, not to mention the likes of PI$$ER, BOTCHED TOE, TOKYO LUNGS and many more, but his solo project finds him channelling his inner Ian Dury, Mark E Smith and Vic Godard against a backdrop of punk-funk, Krautrock and lo-fi pop.

Carrion Repeating is available to buy here.

The Domestics, meanwhile, play the following dates…

Sat 30 April – Mama Liz’s, Stamford
Fri 20 May – Red Lion, Stevenage
Sat 21 May – Bird Cage, Southsea
Sun 22 May – Maypole, Derby

Read a review of Carrion Repeating and an interview with James Domestic in the latest edition of Vive Le Rock!

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OMNI OF HALOS PREMIERE

Swedish alt-rockers OMNI OF HALOS have a new single and video which they’re premiering with Vive Le Rock!

The explosive, lurching ‘Care Free’, laden with lumbering riffs and, unusually, pedal steel melodies, is the Gothenburg band’s second single and title track of their forthcoming EP.

The band’s singer/guitarist Henrik Hjelt Röstberg – a former member of Vänersborg post-punks Division Of Laura Lee – comments, “This song came to be when I was experimenting with a new guitar tuning. It’s about a close friends that I’ve lost.”

The single was produced by another Division Of Laura Lee member, Per Stålberg in Welfare Studios, Gothenburg and mixed by John Agnello (Dinosaur JR, Sonic Youth, Red Kross), while the artwork for the single was designed by Viagra Boys’ frontman Sebastian Murphy.

‘Care Free’ is available to stream/download on all the usual platforms from Friday 22 April. The EP will follow through Lövely Records on 22 May.

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MARC VALENTINE’S FUTURE DATES

LAST GREAT DREAMERS frontman MARC VALENTINE has announced a string of dates in support of his debut solo album.

Vive Le Rock! premiered the singer’s debut solo video ‘Last Train Tonight’ earlier in April.

The album Future Obscure, which features guest appearances from Wreckless Eric and The Boys’ Matt Dangerfield, is due for release on 8 July through Arcane Wires Records on limited edition 180g red vinyl, CD and download. It’s available to pre-order here.

Marc will be heading out on tour to coincide with the release, with a band featuring former Dreamers Denley Slade and Steve Fielding plus lead guitarist Richard Davies from Richard Davies & The Dissidents. Full dates are…

Fri 8 July – Nag’s Head, Macclesfield (launch party)
Fri 15 July – Tap’n’Tumbler, Nottingham
Sat 16 July – Voodoo Daddy’s, Norwich
Sun 17 July – Dublin Castle, London
Tues 19 July – Trillians, Newcastle
Wed 20 July – Bannerman’s, Edinburgh
Thur 21 July – Fulford Arms, York
Fri 22 July – Asylum 2, Birmingham
Sat 23 July – Star’n’Garter, Manchester

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HAWKWIND JOIN R-FEST!

HAWKWIND have been announced as the latest edition to Rebellion’s R-Fest bill.

As previously announced, R-Fest is a ‘festival within a festival’, taking place on a new outdoor stage in front of the Blackpool Tower, while the regular Rebellion festival takes place as usual at the Lancashire seaside mecca’s Winter Gardens.

Hawkwind have been beamed in to replace the Wildhearts, who recently announced a hiatus. The Ladbroke Grove spacerock pioneers will be joining The Levellers, Misty In Roots, Dreadzone, Ferocious Dog, Beans On Toast and Millie Manders and the Shut Up on Thursday 4 August.

On Friday 5 August, headliners The Stranglers are joined by The Undertones, The Skids, From the Jam, Toyah, Jilted John and The Vapors, while Saturday 6 August’s bill features Gary Numan, Peter Hook & the Light, Pop Will Eat Itself, Spear of Destiny, Chameleons, Primitives and Pete Bentham & the Dinner Ladies.

The bill for the closing day, Sunday 7 August includes Squeeze, Billy Bragg, Tom Robinson Band, Hollie Cook, Buzzcocks, Altered Images and I, Doris.

R-Fest is a stand-alone festival with day tickets available at £50 per day. Rebellion weekend or day-tickets holders will be admitted to R-Fest free of charge.

Tickets for R-Fest and Rebellion are available here.

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MUTANTS AMUSE

US art-punks THE MUTANTS are to have their first ever archival compilation released this Summer.

Formed in 1977, the Bay Area band were staples on the San Francisco punk circuit, renowned for their infamous and theatrical live shows, releasing their debut EP on iconic SF punk label 415 Records in 1980.

“We came after Crime, the Nuns, the Avengers, and the Dils, and before the Dead Kennedys, the Sleepers, and Flipper,” says guitarist John Gullak.

Releasing their sole album Fun Terminal in 1982, they’d splintered by the mid-80s, but have regrouped periodically in various configurations for live shows ever since.

Curse Of The Easily Amused features 14 tracks, including eight songs which have never been previously released on vinyl or CD. “The Mutants discarded or forgot about a ridiculous amount of music during its first eight years,” says current Mutants bassist and project producer Peter Conheim. “Audio quality for all the tracks here is superior to anything that’s come before. No overdubs were used in preparing this release.”

Check out the single ‘Odd Man Out’…

‘Odd Man Out’ is available to download here.

Set for release on 15 July through Liberation Hall, Curse Of The Easily Amused is available to pre-order here.

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CULT FIGURES RETURN!

Birmingham post-punks CULT FIGURES are back with a new single and a special one-off London show this month.

The download single, ‘Something About You’ c/w ‘Boredom Club’, features songs recorded during sessions for the band’s widely acclaimed album Deritend, which came out last year, and is being released in tribute to the band’s founder and frontman Gary Jones, who sadly passed away in March.

‘Something About You’ is described as “a timely punky rant against figures of authority who have bitten off more than they can chew but still choose to choke on their ill-advised gorging,” while ‘Boredom Club’ dates back to the early days of the band, who formed out of the same Solihull Art School scene as, and under the auspices of, DIY punk pioneers Swell Maps. Both tracks were produced and mixed by legendary producer John Rivers (Nikki Sudden, Love And Rockets, Pop Will Eat Itself).

Say the band, “The songs are now being released as the band’s salute to our original vocalist, founder, and the man responsible for giving the band its name – Gary Jones, who passed away on 4 March after battling with cancer. Everything Cult Figures will be working on from here will be in dedication to his memory.”

Released through Gare Du Nord Records, the single is available now through Bandcamp.

Cult Figures return to the stage at The Dublin Castle, Camden on Friday 29 April with their new line-up featuring new singer Fraser Gillespie and guitarist Steve May. Support comes from Kape Kanaveral, Wicked Splinters and Vibrogette. Tickets are on sale here.

Proceeds from the single and from the band’s merch on the night (bring cash!) will be donated to St Joseph’s Hospice, Hackney, who cared for Gary during his final days.

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DENTAL AS ANYTHING!

Glam pop-rockers JO-JO & THE TEETH unveil their debut single and are premiering the video exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘Don’t Get Too Heavy’ is taken from the band’s forthcoming debut album, fittingly titled No More Good News, which was recorded, mixed and mastered by Jason Stafford, house engineer at The Albion Rooms, The Libertines HQ in Margate, Kent.

Fronted by Canadian Jo-Jo O’Donoghue, the band have been regulars at the Kashmir Cafe tent at the Isle Of Wight Festival since 2018.

They’ll be playing a special single launch event on 6 May at Camden Assembly, London with special guests Bang and Tizane – tickets

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JELLYFISHY BUSINESS!

Bristol punks IDestroy have unveiled a brand new single and video ahead of their headline tour which kicks off this weekend.

‘Jellyfish’ follows of from the trio’s widely acclaimed debut album We Are Girls, released last year.

Their headline tour, which opens in Bury St Edmunds this Friday 15 April, hits London on the 27th and winds up in Guildford on the 29th, is the opening salvo in a year’s worth of touring, including a raft of Summer festivals and a support tour with The Selecter in the Autumn.

Full dates are…

15/04 The Hunter Club, Bury St Edmunds
16/04 Rough Trade, Bristol
17/04 The Prince Albert, Brighton
20/04 The Salty Dog, Northwich
21/04 NE Volume Music Bar, Stockton
22/04 The Rainbow, Birmingham
23/04 Jacaranda, Liverpool
27/04 The Grace, London
29/04 The Star Inn, Guildford
27/05 Lechlade Festival
28/05 Open Air am Lindenhain DE
29/05 EPD Cologne, DE
01/06 Le Pub, New port (w/Millie Manders & The Shut Up)
02/06 Nice and Sleazy Festival
09/07 Jurassic Fields Festival
15/07 Annual Diversion Festival
30/07 Attitude Festival
04/08 Outcider Festival
05/08 Rebellion Festival
19/08 Inglefest
20/08 Beautiful Days Festival
03/09 Barnstomper Festival
10/11 The Boilershop, Newcastle
11/11 QMU, Glasgow
12/11 Le Belle Angele, Edinburgh
13/11 Epic, Norwich
15/11 The 1865, Southampton
16/11Junction, Cambridge
17/11 Band on The Wall, Manchester
18/11 Koko, London
19/11 HMV Empire, Coventry

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THE ‘GANG SHOW!

Post-punk/Goth legends AUSGANG have announced a rare London show as part of a renewed burst of activity.

Having emerged out of the ashes of Birmingham band KABUKI in 1983, became part of the scene around the iconic Batcave club alongside the likes of Specimen, Alien Sex Fiend and Sex Gang Children, before touring with The Cult and Gene Loves Jezebel.

Along with several singles and EPs, they released their debut album Manipulate on FM Records in 1985 but split two years later. They reformed in 2003 following the release of the compilation Last Exit… through Anagram.

Still featuring frontman Max and guitarist Matthew, the band will play The Water Rats, London on 6 October with Healthy Junkies and The Go-Go Cult – tickets – before heading to Poland to play the Return To The Batcave festival (6-9 Oct) in Wrocław alongside the likes of 13th Chime, Senex IV and Final Scream.

Before that, they headline the Gothic Pogo festival in Leipzig, Germany on 3 June, with Sex Gang Children’s Terry MacLeay guesting on bass.

The band are currently readying This Was Our Downfall, a compilation of Kabuki and Ausgang demos, though Bat-Cave Productions, who also have an array of tasty Ausgang merch available.

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THE INTERRUPTERS’ WILD RETURN!

THE INTERRUPTERS are back with a brand new single and video.

Released today, ‘In The Mirror’ is the first single to be taken from the band’s forthcoming new album In The Wild, which is due out in August.

“I fell into so many self-destructive patterns trying to come to terms with my childhood,” says frontwoman Aimee Interrupter says of the song. “I spent so long trying to run from the pain. No matter how far I ran, there I was…. I realised I needed to make peace with who I saw in the mirror.”

The video was shot by renowned documentary maker Kevin Kerslake, responsible for films about Nirvana (Live! Tonight! Sold Out!!), Joan Jett (Bad Reputation) and The Ramones (We’re Outta Here!).

“We are SO EXCITED to announce our fourth full-length album In The Wild,” they say. “We put SO MUCH LOVE into this album. Produced by our very own Kevin Bivona, this album takes you on a journey throughout Aimee’s life and every song is a deep delve. We recorded almost the entire record in our home studio during the lockdown which as we all know was a turbulent time for everyone. The making of the record allowed us to have purpose and to rid our closets of all the skeletons lurking. Humbled and honoured to have features from Tim Armstrong, Rhoda Dakar, Alex and Greg from Hepcat, and The Skints.”

Before the album is released, the band will be joining the likes of SUM 41, DROPKICK MURPHYS and PENNYWISE at this year’s Slam Dunk Festival in Leeds and Hatfield.

Released on 5 August through Hepcat/Epitaph, In The Wild is available to pre-order here.

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PLAY DON’T WORRY

Fast-rising South Coast punks YOUNG PRETORIANS have just unveiled a new single.

The gritty melodic street-punk anthem ‘Why Worry?’ follows on from the Portsmouth band’s debut EP State Actors released last year.

“I’ve found that as things have been getting more uncertain, I’ve needed to keep reminding myself of what matters and what doesn’t,” says frontman Pete Darwent. “We’ve all lived through some huge events over the last few years and we need to make sure that we aren’t doing ourselves harm by worrying about things that don’t really matter.

“We can’t change what’s happened and we waste so much time sitting there worrying about what’s going to happen in the future, or trying to change who we are to make others happy,” he adds. “It’s all just noise. We should focus on the here and now, making that the best it can be. The last couple of years have forced a lot of people to re-evaluate things. If you can spend your time and energy focusing on your friends, your family, your passions, then you’ll be sorted. If this will all end someday then we might as well enjoy it as best we can.”

Stream/download ‘Why Worry?’ here.

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HELLBENT FOR BROWN LEATHER!

NYC rockers THE SWEET THINGS are back with a new single and video which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

The sleazy country-rocking ‘Brown Leather’ is the first single and title track from the quartet’s second album which is due out in June. The video is by Video Rahim, also responsible for clips by RMBLR, Biters and many others.

The album was recorded at the legendary FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama with producer Matt Chiaravalle with finishing touches added in NYC’s Flux Studios and Mercy Sound.

Speaking of the video, founder Davie Tierney says, “[co-founder] Sam [Hariss], my girlfriend Scarlett (she plays the orange-haired skater in the video), and I were sitting around one night talking about what the video for this song should look like. ‘I’m seeing roller skates and butts,’ Scarlett said. We bullshitted the idea around for a couple hours and filled in all the blanks until the concept had materialized. The Brown Leather Roller Disco Bar in the video is basically the kind of place we would want to play or hang out at, but since it didn’t exist in the real world (that we know of), we had to create it. Hopefully nature takes its course now, and some of that life imitates art shit happens so that a place like this will open that we can actually hang out at and play.

“In our world someone saying, ‘that’s very brown leather’ is sort of similar to saying, ‘that’s not very punk rock’,” he adds. “It’s meant derisively in a way intended to criticize someone’s taste and even their cred a bit. It’s lighthearted, but also intended as a dig. The song ‘Brown Leather’ is basically us saying we don’t give a fuck what other people think, we’re just gonna do what we like and what we think is cool. The video itself is just an extension of that attitude, since we’re singing about doing what we like, we’re gonna make a video of what we’d like to see…we think other people will like it too.”

Brown Leather is set for release on 3 June through Wendigo Productions NYC and Spaghetty Town Records.

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