WOMEN SAY IT LOUD!

LOUD WOMEN, the community organisation championing women in music, today release their first single.

Written by Loud Women founder Cassie Fox and Brix Smith of THE FALL and THE EXTRCATED in the wake of the shocking deaths of Blessing Olusegun and Sarah Everard, ‘Reclaim These Streets’ aims to “turn up the volume on current discussions on the issue of women’s safety. As the song says, ‘Until every woman is safe to walk on every street'”.

Described by DJ John Kennedy as a ‘feminist Band Aid’, the line-up features Siobhan Fahey of BANANARAMA and SHAKESPEARE’S SISTER, Debbie Goodge of MY BLODDY VALENTINE, Karen from HAGAR THE WOMB, Debbie Smith of CURVE, LONDON DIRTHOLE COMPANY etc, DESPERATE JOURNALIST’s Jo Bevan, Helen McCookerybook, Janey Starling from DREAM NAILS, Bec Jevons from IDESTROY, Georgie Willsher of BEVERLEY KILLS, plus members of THE PUKES, SALAD, THE TUTS, RABIES BABIES, HOT SAUCE PONY, SINK YA TEETH, PETROL GIRLS, BERRIES, THE EMPTY PAGE, HURTLING and many more…

‘Reclaim The Streets’ is available to buy here. All proceeds go to domestic violence charity Women’s Aid.

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REBELLION 2021 CANCELLED!

As reported on social media, this year’s REBELLION festival will not now be going ahead. The organisers are assuring fans, however, that the festival will be back better than ever next year. Tickets for 2020 and 2021 will be valid for that event.

This time last year the organisers of Rebellion, the world’s largest punk festival, were forced to make the heart-breaking decision to cancel the four-day event due to the global pandemic. A year on and the dedicated Rebellion team are absolutely devastated to confirm that yet again, the hugely-anticipated event, due to take place this coming August 6th – 9th with legendary artists such as Circle Jerks, Bad Religion, The Undertones, Tom Robinson and Stiff Little Fingers, at The Winter Gardens in Blackpool, is no longer able to go ahead.

Despite the intention, desire and willingness of Rebellion, the venue, the bands and the local businesses for this year to go ahead, it has become increasingly clear that due to circumstances beyond the festival’s control, it can’t. With no clear guidelines from the government in terms of insurance, guarantees, policies on re-entry, testing and potential vaccine passports, the festival simply can’t go ahead.

Rebellion has been open and transparent throughout this pandemic and were hopeful (but cautious) about this year but required a few essential things to be confirmed for the event to go head. The feeling is that music festivals are being ‘timed out’. No one is saying they CAN’T go ahead, but nothing is in place yet that means they CAN either. That is why the last few weeks have seen many independent festivals take the tough decision to cancel.

All of this, combined with the ongoing global travel restrictions means that Rebellion would not be able to put on the event that they desire, and their audience expects. The Rebellion family is global. Around a third of the people that attend are from overseas and with no touring bands (many agents and bands from overseas have pulled their European tours and rescheduled them for 2022), it would simply not be the festival that Rebellion wanted to stage.

But there is some good news. Rebellion 2021 has been moved to 2022. Both 2020 and 2021 tickets will roll over to 2022. For those of you wanting a refund, visit the website where full details are published. All day tickets will be refunded automatically.

REBELLION 2022 is 4th – 7th August. So put that in your diary! Some surprise headliners have already been confirmed, plus many reconfirmed that were due to play this year. And don’t get rid of your hotel or B&B bookings for this year just yet as there is still hope that some kind of scaled back event this year is possible. Watch this space.

Tickets for 2022 will go on sale on Monday August 9th.

The RETURN OF REBELLION 2022 is going to be massive! The exciting news is the council have agreed for the festival to have the area of the promenade right in front of Blackpool Tower (Tower Headland, on the ‘comedy carpet’). This is an amazing space for an outdoor stage. A straight walk down from the Winter Gardens. Rebellion can double the capacity with this area and have some fantastic plans to make both sites amazing.
To better times. And a colossal Rebellion 2022!

For the full statement and further details go to www.rebellionfestivals.com/news

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DO THE SHAKIN’ VAX!

Multinational garage-punk supergroup THE SANITIZERS are back with a brand new video which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

Locked down across the world, the band, who feature members of THE FUZILLIS, KING SALAMI & THE CUMBERLAND 3, MFC CHICKEN, LES BOF, THE THANES, LOS TORONTOS, BARRENCE WHITFIELD & THE SAVAGES, THE SENSATION SEEKERS and more, came together long distance on two singles – ‘Sa-Ni-Ti-Zin” and ‘Sneeze In You Sleeve’ – and videos premiered by Vive Le Rock!

Now that they’ve had their shots and are ready to rock, they present the third instalment…

“As ever on top of the present pandemic trends, socially isolated supergroup THE SANITIZERS return with their latest disinfected single for latterly locked-down singles who’ve gotten the jab and are ready to mingle,” they announce. “We’ve Sanitized It, Sneezed In our Sleeves, stayed safe (if not sane) and now that we’re getting inoculated we’re ready to say KISS ME BABY, I’M VACCINATED!”

Fronted by Colonel Spencer Evoy on sax and vocals, the band features Eric Baconstrip on drums, Dan Criscuolo on guitar, Phil Lenker on bass and Angus McPake on organ. The track was mixed and mastered by Sean Hingston.

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BEAUTIFUL DAYS AHEAD!

Long-running Devon festival BEAUTIFUL DAYS emerges from lockdown with its first major line-up announcement.

Now in its 18th edition, this year’s festival, which takes place in the surroundings of Escot Park near Ottery St Mary over the weekend of 20 to 22 August, will once again feature festival founders THE LEVELLERS plus FRANK TURNER & THE SLEEPING SOULS and JAMES as mainstage headliners.

Other acts appearing over the weekend include HAWKWIND, GARY NUMAN, IMELDA MAY, NEW MODEL ARMY, DREADZONE, ALABAMA 3, FROM THE JAM, FEROCIOUS DOG, THE SKINTS, GINGER WILDHEART, SKINDRED, ADRIAN SHERWOOD, YOUTH and loads more.

Festival organiser David Farrow says “Our industry was one the first to close and is one of the last on the path to re-opening safely but we are getting there and it’s so important – the arts are needed now more than ever. We can’t wait to open the gates to Beautiful Days 2021. Our festival-goers are ready to come back to the fields and so are we.”

This year’s festival is already 95% sold out but remaining tickets and further details can be found here.

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FRANK TURNER UNVEILS SINGLE AND SHOWS

FRANK TURNER returns with a new single an a run of live shows throughout the Summer.

‘The Gathering’, which features guest appearances from JASON ISBELL and MUSE’s Dom Howard, voices the frustrations that we’ve all felt at the absence of live music over the past year and heralds the removal of restrictions and hopeful return to some kind of normality in the coming months.

To make good on this declaration, Turner and his label Xtra Mile will be staging a series of special outdoor shows throughout the Summer.

“At a time when the pandemic has wreaked havoc all across the live music industry, I feel like it’s important to get back to the basics – playing live music to entertain a crowd,” he says. “This summer, with Xtra Mile and friends, I’m taking the punk approach – do it yourself, find a way. I can’t wait.”

The shows will feature a full supporting cast drawn from the Xtra Mile roster and varying from gig to gig, including Skinny Lister, Johnny Lloyd, Pet Needs, Ducking Punches, Non Canon, Deux Furieuses, Berries, Guise and Samantics. Turner will be playing in a duo with Matt Nasir except where noted…

JUNE
19 – Bideford, The Big Sheep
20 – Bideford, The Big Sheep
26 – Frome, Cheese & Grain
27 – Frome, Cheese & Grain

JULY
8 – Liverpool, Top Rope Brewery – competition winners only
17 – Gloucester, Llanthony Secunda Priory
18 – Gloucester, Llanthony Secunda Priory

AUGUST
21 – Manchester, Urmston Sports Club (full band show)

SEPTEMBER
3 – Hull, Zebedees Yard

Tickets for all shows are available here.

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FIVE GO MAD IN CORNWALL

Psych-punk veterans THE BRAINIAC 5 re-emerge from lockdown with an early years compilation featuring three new tracks.

Originally formed in Cornwall in the mid-70s, the band were contemporaries of the likes of Here & Now and Inner City Unit, moving to London to join in with the New Wave and the first rumblings of the psychedelic revival alongside The Soft Boys and The Barracudas.

Splitting in 1980 just prior to the release of their debut album World Inside, the reconvened in 2012 to actively and consistently release new material.

Another Time Another Dimension features several rare studio and live recordings from their original 1976-80 configuration, alongside new and previously unreleased material from the past few years.

The album is in part a tribute the band’s longtime friend, producer and engineer, Martin Griffin, best known as a member of Hawkwind during the late 70s and early 80s, who sadly passed away at the beginning of 2020.

“Martin and I were members of free festival favourites the Half Human Band in the early ‘70s,” says singer/guitarist Charlie Taylor. “We both moved to Cornwall at around the same time: Martin set up his recording studio in the village of Roche and I joined the Brainiacs in Penzance. Martin gave the Brainiacs free studio time which facilitated the recording of the Mushy Doubt EP, the ‘Working’ 7” and the World Inside LP. He drummed with the Brainiacs when our drummer was incapacitated and mixed the sound at many of our gigs in the West Country and London. He was the fifth member of the band, supporting us every step of the way.”

Released through Reckless Records on Friday 7 May, Another Time Another Dimension is available from Reckless Records shops in London and Chicago and through Bandcamp.

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WALNUT WHIPPERSNAPPERS!

SoCal punk legends DESCENDENTS revisit their distant past on their new album.

Recorded in 2002, 9th & Walnut features the band’s original line-up of bassist Tony Lombardo, drummer Bill Stevenson, vocalist Milo Aukerman and guitarist Frank Navetta, who sadly passed away in 2008. The album takes its name from the location of their original Long Beach practice space.

Comprising 18 songs written from 1977 to 1980, 9th & Walnut features tracks from their debut single ‘Ride The Wild’ c/w ‘It’s A Hectic World’, featuring Milo on vocals for the first time, plus a cover of The Dave Clark Five’s footstomping classic ‘Glad All Over’. The band have just unveiled the track ‘Baby Doncha Know’ as a taster…

“’Baby Doncha Know’ was maybe the fifth song we learned,” recalls Stevenson. “We would go out to 9th & Walnut every weekend and practice all day. I mainly just remember being in awe of how ‘a kid my age, who goes to my high school’ could have written all these cool songs. Frank seemed to have a maturity beyond his years. I never asked him who or what it was about. I was just happy to be there with him and Tony”.

Set for release through Epitaph on 23 July, 9th & Walnut is available to pre-order here.

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THE DeRELLAS UNVEIL NEW VIDEO!

London/Brighton glam-punks THE DeRELLAS resurface from lockdown with a new video ahead of their long-awaited new album release.

The video accompanies a new version of their single from a couple of years ago, ‘High Rise Supersize’ – “rebooted, remixed, re-energised,” as they put it.

The track is expected to feature on the band’s new album Something’s Got To Give, due out soon.

Meanwhile, the band emerge blinking into the light for a show with RAGE DC at The Acoustic Couch, Bracknell on 24 July.

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DROPKICK MURPHYS ANNOUNCE ARENA TOUR!

With their new album just out, DROPKICK MURPHYS have announced their biggest tour of UK and Ireland ever.

Celebrating their 25th year as a band, the Boston celtic-punks just dropped Turn Up That Dial, their 10th studio album to rave reviews.

Now they’ve stepped up a gear by announcing nine arena shows in February next year, including shows in Northern and southern Ireland and culminating in a show at London’s prestigious Wembley Arena. They’ll be joined on all dates by LA ska-punks THE INTERRUPTERS.

Full dates are…

15 Feb – Manchester O2 Victoria Warehouse
16 Feb – Newcastle O2 City Hall
18 Feb – Dublin 3Arena
19 Feb – Belfast The Telegraph Building
22 Feb – Glasgow The SSE Hydro
23 Feb – Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
24 Feb – Brighton Centre
25 Feb – Birmingham O2 Academy
26 Feb – London The SSE Wembley Arena

Tickets go on sale at 9.00 am on Friday 7 May here.

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SPEAK ABOUT CONSTRUCTION!

Rejuvenated Birmingham punks CULT FIGURES have just unveiled another new video.

‘Concrete And Glass’ is taken from Deritend, the band’s first album of new music on forty years and follows on from the recent single ‘Chicken Bones’.

Darlings of the same Solihull Art School scene, that also gave the world DIY punk pioneers Swell Maps, the band resurfaced in 2016 with the album The 166 Ploughs A Lonely Furrow, which featured new recordings of old material.

Now based in London, the video for ‘Concrete And Glass’ was filmed by the band’s guitarist, and award-winning filmmaker, Jon Hodgson, and features singer Gary Jones ambling through the City’s Barbican estate.

“’Concrete And Glass’ was inspired by something my wife said while we were walking around London’s Soho,” says Jones. “The gentrification… ‘all the buildings going up, and the buildings coming down, were making her frown’ … took the narrative off into a hazy Soho nostalgia trip from the halcyon days of carefree youth.”

Out now through Gare Du Nord Records, Deritend is available physically through Bandcamp and digitally here.

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HAPPY MAYDAY FROM HEALTHY JUNKIES!

Hard-working London punks HEALTHY JUNKIES have a new video which they’re premiering with Vive Le Rock!

“‘Mayday’ is a grunge styled anthem, a cry for help, a shout to the heavens, a code red warning, and a call to action.” says guitarist Phil Honey-Jones. “Mental health has become one of the most talked about subjects especially in recent years. With the lockdown restrictions, pandemic and the stopping of any kind of socialising and of course the cessation of actual live music this problem has been magnified way beyond any previous levels. This is what happened when you lock people up for an extended period of time!

“The song was recorded at home at what we call The Purple Palace, and features our good friend from a long time Frog from Pollypikpocketz on additional vocals.”

Eager to get back out on the road again, the band are currently booking dates with a view to promoting their recent Forever On The Road albums. They’ve also been making the most of the enforced downtime to work on their new album.

Released through the band’s own label Banana Castle, ‘Mayday’ is available now on Spotify. Healthy Junkies music is available to buy in physical form from their website.

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SUBURBAN GUERILLA

Still touring (when Covid allows) and recording with Camberley punk legends The Members, J C Carroll shares his memories in a new autobiography. Vive Le Rock‘s Hugh Gulland shares his thoughts…

JC CARROLL
(STILL) ANNOYING THE NEIGHBOURS
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From a post-war childhood in a scrubby zone of the home counties in which dishevelled fifties kids fished for tadpoles while the Heathrow jets arced overhead, JC Carroll – ‘the boy with three girls’ names’ – would initially take the prescribed route for a bright lad of that particular setting – a junior position in city banking – before his predilection for rock ’n ’roll sidetracked him entirely, into the emergent world of punk rock. As guitar man for The Members, JC was a driver in the democratisation of that movement, opening it up from an inner-city phenomenon to a rallying call for ‘Suburban Kids’ everywhere. While stardom flared relatively briefly for the Surrey outfit before the time-honoured pop pitfalls derailed the train, Carroll’s well-attuned survivor’s instinct would carry him through an impressive sequence of subsequent ventures. These have included film composition, panto production, and successful endeavours in the world of clothing and fashion. With The Members’ reactivation as a working band in recent years, JC has reconnected with his youthful enthusiasms, and from his present situation as a locked-down musician, looks over his lifetime and career – and the enduring relevance of his best-known composition – with clarity and insight.

Read an exclusive extract from (Still) Annoying The Neighbours in the latest edition of Vive Le Rock!

Buy (Still) Annoying The Neighbours here.

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ALABAMA 3 GET WHACKED!

ALABAMA 3 return with a new single and video and news of a new album and dates to follow.

‘Whacked’ is the first new music from the Brixton mavericks since the tragic passing of The Very Reverend D Wayne Love in May 2019.

“’Whacked’ was recorded in the early weeks of the first UK lockdown in March 2020,” remembers producer Cam Blackwood (George Ezra, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes). “I think the hedonistic spirit of the song was amplified a million times by the fact we were making the record remotely – with the musicians in the band recording their parts at home, sending them all to me to collate and arrange – then I would send the instrumental track to Larry to record vocals on. The energy was pretty insane – we were like caged animals desperate to get out.

“We managed to find time three months later (when the first lockdown ended in July 2020) to get together and put the finishing touches to the song,” continues Blackwood. “Being in the studio with a few beers seemed like a fitting way to finalise the tune and put the last 1% of energy into the recording. This song feels like classic Alabama 3 to me. It’s a banger!”

“You can praise the Lord, you can pass the ammunition, you can be woke you can be wicked you can have the wisdom of Solomon but unless you are ready to get whacked with Alabama 3 there’s no point in dreaming,” adds Larry. “Rearrange the rubble, paint your bomb shelters and make sure everybody in the neighbourhood feels good cos we feel like getting stupid and you need to get whacked.”

The video for the single was directed by the Sitcom Soldiers company. Speaking of the clip, Love pronounces, “Feast Thine eyes brothers and sisters upon Alabama 3’s new video, everybody’s getting whacked on something. We salute the good the bad and the ugly and every neighbourhood that is brave enough to have a party. Please drink responsibly and be advised that viewer discretion is required, no animals or children were hurt in the making of this video though some participants needed Nurofen the day after the shoot. Enjoy!”

‘Whacked’ is the first track to be aired from their forthcoming Step 13, which is due out on 20 August, through Submarine Cat Records. It’s available to pre-order here. Tickets for their forthcoming tour dates are available from the same link.

Thursday 17 March 2022 Cambridge, The Junction
Friday 18 March 2022 Birmingham, Institute 2
Saturday 19 March 2022 Liverpool, O2 Academy
Friday 25 March 2022 Dublin, Academy
Saturday 26 March 2022 Belfast, Limelight
Thursday 31 March 2022 Brighton, Concorde 2
Friday 1 April 2022 Southampton, Engine Rooms
Saturday 2 April 2022 Exeter, Phoenix
Sunday 3 April 2022 Bournemouth, Old Fire Station
Thursday 7 April 2022 Newcastle, Boiler Shop
Friday 8 April 2022 Edinburgh, Liquid Rooms
Saturday 9 April 2022 Glasgow, SWG3
Sunday 10 April 2022 Kendal, Brewery Art Centre
Thursday 14 April 2022 Cardiff, Tramshed
Friday 15 April 2022 Holmfirth, Picturedrome
Saturday 16 April 2022 Manchester, O2 Ritz
Sunday 17 April 2022 Leeds, Warehouse
Wednesday 27 April 2022 Reading, Sub89
Thursday 28 April 2022 Oxford O2 Academy
Friday 29 April 2022 Bristol, O2 Academy
Saturday 30 April 2022 London, SBE

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GIVE IT SOME STICK WITH THE COURETTES!

Garage duo THE COURETTES are back with a brand new single and video.

Mixing Duane Eddy Twang and 60s girl-group vocals, ‘Hop The Twig’ is the Danish/Brazilian duo’s second single for Damaged Goods Records, following on from last year’s ‘Want You! Like A Cigarette’, which sold out of its initial pressing in just two weeks. ‘Hop The Twig’ is out on 7″ and download on Friday 30 April.

“We’re all feeling like we’re walking on the thin ice these days, so when I by chance found the expression ‘hop the twig’ we were amazed not only about how good it sounded, but also about its meaning,” explains guitarist and singer Flavia Couri about the song. “It is an old slang for dying, so we found it a very appropriate title for a song as too many people had ‘hopped the twig’ this last year. We’re big fans of Duane Eddy and all the early surf music, and this riff kept coming in my head, so I started to play around it on the guitar. And then it hit me: it’s Hop The Twig! Though ‘Hop The Twig’ is always hiding behind your back, and it’s a pretty dark theme, the song is more of a statement celebrating that we are still here – at least by now. So, cheers to that! And look out!!!”

Work has recently been completed on the duo’s third album Back In Mono which is set for release through Damaged Goods this Autumn.

In the meantime, the label will be reissuing their first two albums – Here Are The Courettes and We Are The Courettes – on remastered limited edition coloured vinyl and 2-on-1 CD on 16 July.

Buy ‘Hop The Twig’ on 7″ orange vinyl here.

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DANA IMMANUEL VIDEO PREMIERE!

Goth-folk outfit DANA IMMANUEL & THE STOLEN BAND have a new video which they’re premiering today exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘WD40 & Duct Tape’ is from the EP Mama’s Codeine, which was initially released back in March 2020, but is being given another go-round as the world tentatively begins to re-open.

“Basically Alexander (Alexander JE Bradley, director) and I have been kind of platonic soulmates since we met at the European Poker Tournament in Deauville that Jake Cody won years ago, we started out making guerrilla music videos after hours in fancy hotels across Europe, and we seem to work oddly well together,” explains Immanuel. “He was flying out to Sweden to spend Hallowe’en in a cabin in the woods with his ex-girlfriend and her mother (don’t ask) when the second Paris lockdown was announced, and in a panic he asked if he could move in with me instead. Cue several months of hilarious fun in London with my new housemate. We were both very keen on breaking stuff, hence all the sugar glass. Also we got to go to Pinewood Studios to pick up the sugar glass, which was very exciting.

“We could only afford 6 sugar glass whiskey glasses, two vases and two of the blue bottles. Sugar glass is quite expensive, it turns out. We did briefly consider using real glass until we realised that we would definitely hurt ourselves – not a good look in a plague with the NHS under stress. I think there is actually a bottle of whiskey visible in every video we’ve ever made together…

“Side note – am seriously thinking of buying a hundred of those whiskey glasses and marketing them as stress balls. Anyway. Video shot in three days, entirely in my house. Just me and Alexander, with a bit of assistance from my other housemates pushing the dolly. And by dolly I mean a coffee table on wheels with Alexander perched on it. Fun fact – about 40 bottles of whiskey were downed in the making of the video. Alexander returned to Paris the day after we finished filming and deeply regretted it. Waiting for our various lockdowns to be lifted now so he can come back to London and we can make another one.

“‘WD40 & Duct Tape’ is about a broken heart. You don’t need to know the details. Though we always dedicate it to the sound engineer and the stage manager when we play it live…”

Mama’s Codeine is available on CD here.

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REFORMATION FOR THE NATION!

The recently reunited DICTATORS have just released a new video underlining their return.

Founder members of the NYC proto-punk legends Andy Shernoff, Scott ‘Top Ten’ Kempner and Ross ‘The Boss’ Friedman recently hooked up to make new music. With original drummer Stu Boy King having sadly passed away in 2018, the trio invited longtime friend and founding Blue Öyster Cult drummer Albert Bouchard to fill the drumstool.

Although Kempner has now sadly had to bow out for health reasons, the band will continue and ‘Let’s Get The Band Back Together’ is a perfect declaration of intent.

“My buddy Jesse Bates had a song called ‘Let’s Get The Band Back Together’,” explains Shernoff. “I thought it was really clever and funny so I asked him if I could fool around with it and put my spin on it. He said go for it, so I made few changes and recorded it on my own a few years ago but it was just so perfect for the Dictators that we couldn’t resist.”

“For me, ‘Let’s Get the Band Back Together’ has the same exuberance and joy ‘Go Girl Crazy’ has!” adds Friedman.

The new single follows hot on the heels of comeback single ‘God Damn New York’. The band made initial recordings during socially distanced studio session, making the finishing touches by sharing files over the internet.

“We have a song ready to be released in July and a special seasonal song about the holidays set up for December,” they add. “We hope to record four more tracks in June and just keep on releasing cool new tunes and videos, until things are completely open.”

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ANOTHER VIEW…

Long lost 80s garage-psych exponents VIEWS are the subject of a new anthology.

Formed in the northern Italian city of Brescia in 1983, inspired by the nascent Paisley Underground scene, the band chimed with the times mixing Hüsker Dü melodic punk with Rain Parade psych and Sarah Records indie jangle, but with a distinct European edginess, to terrific effect.

Views made their recording debut on the now classic comp Rockbeef alongside big-hitting scenesters Not Moving and Liars, before presenting their own debut mini-album Namby Pamby in 1988.

This was followed by the suitably weirdly-titled full-length Mummycat The World No.2 in 1990, featuring 8 originals, plus covers of Lou Reed’s ‘Real Good Time Together’ and The Beatles’ ‘Everybody’s Got Something To Hide Except For Me And My Monkey’, thus completing the sum total of their officially released recordings.

Released through Area Pirata, Mother Tapes Anthology 1986-1990 brings together both albums while a second disc features the Rockbeef track ‘Expectations’, plus 11 other demos and live tracks.

Mother Tapes Anthology 1986-1990 is available now via Bandcamp and the Area Pirata store.

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DREE LEER VIDEO EXCLUSIVE!

Curiously-named Alabama rockers DREE LEER have a new video which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘You Too’ is taken from the Birmingham trio’s debut album Throw Hands which is due out next week through Bettamax Records.

“During this last year, like a lot of people, I was living in my head,” says frontwoman Jackie Lo. “Questioning reality, missing my everyday life that now feels like it was 10 years ago. But most importantly thinking about what I might do differently and with who. This song is about realizing which people in your life are fake and toxic and cutting them out… ‘Everyone knows you’re a lie. You too!’”

Speaking about the video, she says “We got completely lucky. An amazing up and coming artist out of Chicago, Darby Jack Gustafson who also has Alabama ties, took interest in our music and agreed to make a video for ‘You Too.’ Every step involved had to take him forever! We couldn’t have been more happy with it. It’s dark, it’s beautiful, it’s like a light box puppet show! If you don’t know his work, find it!”

Alongside Lo, the band also features bassist Mandy Graffeo and drummer Mikey D. Part of the now thriving Birmingham alternative scene, they recorded Throw Hands at Ol Elegante Studios with Jason Hamric and Les Nuby, formerly with local legends Verbena.

And what about that name? “Dree Leer was one of my online names going back to ’95,” Lo explains. “‘Leer’ means a look or a gaze and ‘Dree’ is a word that means ‘to endure something unwanted or painful.’ It speaks to what women have to endure on a regular basis. A lot of the songs are pro women having a voice and speaking out and being strong and powerful.”

Set for release on 30 April, Throw Hands is available to pre-order here.

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