ROYAL FLUSH!

Hot on the heels of their show-stopping turn at Red Rooster Festival, blues explorers JIMMY REGAL & THE ROYALS are back with a new video, which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘Ain’t Done Yet’ is the title track form the South London trio’s new five-track EP which follows on from their widely praised second album Late Night Chicken released last year.

Pushing the envelope a lot further than most bands currently treading the boards of the Brit-blues circuit, Ain’t Done Yet finds the Royals channelling influences and inspirations as diverse as Frank Sinatra, Townes Van Zandt, Captain Beefheart and Ali Farka Touré.

Set for release this Friday 29 October through Lunaria Records, Ain’t Done Yet is available to pre-order here.

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BLOOD ON THE CARPET!

THE BLUE CARPET BAND return just in time for Hallowe’en with a scary new single and video.

‘B-Movie Boogie’ is the Vive Le Rock New Blood award-winners’ second single since making their debut for Bomber Music with ‘Back In The Trash’ back in 2019.

Since then, the band have had a line-up reshuffle, seeing them joined by Ant Thomas (drums) and Stan Standen (guitar) from psychobilly legends Demented Are Go. They’re currently working on their second album for release in 2022.

“We are completely ecstatic to finally be releasing new music again, it feels like it’s been a lifetime,” says frontman Djamel Abina. “This first new single will also have our first video, a B-Movie horror clip. Now that we have Stan and Ant as latest additions to the rock’n’roll madness that is The Blue Carpet Band, things are really starting to click. They both bring something special that adds the missing pieces we have been looking for over the past few years. We’re really looking forward to getting the album finished and out there next year.”

‘B-Movie Boogie’ is available to stream/download here. Pre-order the vinyl here.

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PAST CARING!

South Coast punk sisters MAID OF ACE have unveiled another new video.

‘Nostalgia’ is the latest single to be taken from the Hastings quartet’s current album Live Fast Or Die. Once again it’s the work of videographer Mark Richards.

Sadly, the band’s European dates for next month have been cancelled but they’re looking forward to getting some dates in the diary for 2022.

Buy Live Fast Or Die here.

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A CHISWICK DOZEN!

In the latest edition of Vive Le Rock, we tell the story of legendary pioneering indie label Chiswick Records. To soundtrack your reading, we’ve handpicked 12 classic tracks from the Chiswick vault. Enjoy…

THE COUNT BISHOPS – I WANTY CANDY

RADIO STARS – RUSSIANS

GORILLAS – SHE’S MY GAL

THE NIPS – GABRIELLE

WHIRLWIND – BOPPIN’ HIGH SCHOOL BABY

RADIATORS FROM SPACE – SONG OF THE FAITHFUL DEPARTED

SNIFF ‘N’ THE TEARS – DRIVER’S SEAT

LITTLE BOB STORY – RIOT IN TOULOUSE

THE DAMNED – LOVE SONG

DR FEELGOOD – SUGAR BOWL

THE 101ERS – KEYS TO YOUR HEART

MOTORHEAD – MOTORHEAD

Read the full story of Chiswick Records in the latest edition of Vive Le Rock!

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The fairytale of Newark

Outdoor music festivals tend to be a vast sprawling gargantuan gathering where tens of thousands of punters camp a mile or so from the main arena, drink £6 pints of luke-warm Carlsberg, wash with wet wipes and eat £15 pizzas. The modern-day festival can be, to be blunt, the exact cost of going for a long weekend in New York.

However, a few smaller independent festivals are changing the landscape and bucking the trend. Numerous bespoke and fairer-priced fests are now popping up all over the UK. For the non-Glastonbury goers, Bloodstock remains a heavy/death/thrash metal haven. In contrast, Call Of The Wild and Stone Valley serve the rock-meets-punk-meets-ska-meets-new-wave-and-anything-alternative market with eclectic line-ups plus a down-to-earth approach. The new STONEDEAD (formerly STONEDEAF) takes the traditional Monsters Of Rock Festival (or Donington), and just properly f*cking celebrates it. A one-day, two-night affair, held over the August bank holiday weekend, with camping and a Friday night pre-festival party. VIVE LE ROCK and FISTFUL OF METAL’s Guy Shankland travelled up to Newark-on-Trent to witness Britain’s fastest-growing rock festival, and we weren’t disappointed. Oh, and we also stumbled across an eye-catching Steampunk convention. 

A Vive Le Rock & Fistful Of Metal rough guide and live review of Stonedead 2021

Where is it held? Newark County Showground, Notts NG24 2NY

When? August Bank Holiday weekend. Friday night and all day Saturday.

Bands. Since 2019 the festival has hosted Skid Row, The Quireboys, Wolfsbane, Gun, Wayward Sons, Phil Campbell And The Bastard Sons, Terrorvision, Massive Wagons, Glenn Hughes and Uriah Heep, amongst many others. The just-announced 2022 early conformations include The Wildhearts, The Michael Schenker Group and Thunder Mother.

How much does it cost? Two-night camping (including the Friday night party) pass is £60 per adult. A general admission one day ticket is £50 per adult. There are cheaper children and family tickets options available, and all orders are dispatched free of charge. Meaning no hidden fees and a proper physical ticket. See the Stonedead festival website for full ticket details, including camper van passes etc.

Off-site accommodation. For those who want to hotel, we salute you and the local Premier Inn, Travelodge, and bustling Newark town centre is a ten-minute drive or shuttle bus from the main site. Hotels are at a premium for the August Bank Holiday in Newark as the town also hosts a Steampunk gathering on the same weekend. That said, I’ve booked two nights in a one-bedroom apartment in central Newark for August 2022 for £120 (via booking.com ) with free cancellation and parking to boot. 

The Festival site. Newark County Showground is huge and perfect for an ever-expanding rockfest. It’s all on level ground with plenty of hard-standing, water and power. Both the campsites and day parking areas are no more than a two-minute walk to the main arena. You may come and go as you please once you’ve exchanged your ticket for a wristband. The arena itself was set up within usual horseshoe shape with the traders, vendors and toilet areas forming a natural ringed barrier. Speaking of the loos, the Stonedead sit or stand set up was as to be expected. The toilets were well stocked with both tissue paper and hand sanitiser and surprisingly clean. With a few thousand inside, you could walk from one side of the arena to the other in a few minutes, so there was no one p*ssing in bottles and lobbing it at the stage a la Reading and Donington in the early Eighties.

On top of the merch and food stalls, Stonedead also boasted a very impressive Monsters Of Rock exhibition with ticket stubs, t-shirts, photos, Kerrang! reports and festival posters on show. The official Merchandise stand was large, well-manned and also reasonably priced, and most Festival 2021 event shirts had sold out by Saturday tea-time. During non-Covid times, there is also a signing tent. Most three-and-a-half-thousand festival-goers bring camping chairs and blankets to sit on while a large area directly in front of the stage is kept seat-free for those wishing to stand and watch the bands.

Food and drink. One of the biggest gripes at concerts and festivals can be the cost of refreshments. At London’s O2 Docklands arena, you can pay upwards of £7 for a pint of Bud-Light or £6+ at most other large venues. A hot dog or burger will set you back between £7-10, whereas a can/bottle of pop is always £2.50 upwards. This summer, at many Festivals, I’ve paid £5.50+ for a can of Amstel or a pint of generic lager/bitter. The notable exceptions were Rebellion, Bloodstock and Stonedead, where the beers were mainly £5 and under, which is a fair enough price. At Stonedead, they’ve completely turned the refreshment regulations clock back, meaning each adult can bring in four cans of beer/shorts or wine to the main arena. Festival-goers can also take in their own food. This alcohol and pie amnesty offers a possible massive saving for those on a budget plus the relaxed attitude means you don’t have to go through the embarrassment of an evasive airport-style bag/chair search or pat-down. The on-site food options were also superb, with all tastes and dietary requirements well catered for. Vegan, veggie and gluten-free food options all sat alongside the summer staple of pulled pork, noodles, pittas, pizzas and questionable deep-fried offal with onions in a bun. There is also one extensive bar area serving a host of wines, spirits, beers, craft and real ales, with Motorhead’s Overkill Pilsner being a trendy beverage on Saturday. 

Covid requirements. At this year’s gathering, anyone entering the site had to prove a negative flow test/Covid pass or exemption letter with ID. Once inside, all bets and masks were off, and there were no restrictions, with everyone being reminded that face coverings and social distancing were a personal choice and to be respected.

The staff. There are festival staff, and then there is the Stonedead crew. I’ve been attending gigs and fests for well over thirty-five years, and this is by far the most helpful and happy bunch I’ve ever encountered. From the moment you enter the site, the staff are all smiling and keen to make the entrance and the whole day as hassle-free, enjoyable and relaxed as possible. Many are volunteers and the ‘we want and are pleased to be here’ attitude shines through and spreads to the attendees. 

Trouble. None.

The 2021 review. 

You wouldn’t have guessed from the overall chilled vibe that the festival’s headliner BLACK STAR RIDERS had pulled out only a week before due to Covid and travel issues. This was only just the start. Then the stage didn’t arrive at all, so a replacement and smaller stage was erected on Thursday and Friday morning before they then ran out of juice, had issues with the lighting rig and had another band drop out with a positive Covid test. URIAH HEEP took over headline duties, while ABSOLVA were last-minute replacements for confined to barracks Cambridge rockers THE TREATMENT. With all issues finally sorted and after a slight soundcheck delay, the first band took to the stage shortly after twelve. Stonedead openers, DEAD MAN’S WHISKEY put in a solid performance that ticked all the first on, boxes. The seven-song set was fast, loud and full of meaty riffs, with ‘Last Train’ and an emotive ‘Make You Proud’ standing out. The in-between band compere is the legendary KRUSHER whose stories and manner get bluer and more outrageous the longer the day and drinking goes on. Last-minute substitutes ABSOLVA grab their opportunity and win over a large percentage of the arena. Sometimes in life, you get offered a moment, be it timing, illness or luck, whatever twist of fate brought them here, they grab it, enjoy it, and it shows. Former SKIN fretmeister MYKE GRAY brings his own brand of full-throttle RNR to the early afternoon proceedings. The high musical quality is evident, and although some of the lyrics are a tad cliched, this is a rock festival, and those “Baby, lazy, crazy, maybe, notel motel” lines are all an endearing part of the rock genre. ‘Stand Up For Rock ‘N’ Roll’, ‘You Don’t Love Me’ and Skin fave ‘Shine A Light’ round off a blistering nine-song masterclass. The sun is now beating down, and with the blue skies above, a cold beer in hand and loud music coming from the stage, it quickly feels like the last eighteen months have been nothing more than a shitty and frustrating blur. One of the loudest cheers of the day is reserved for an emotive spitfire flyover, and again it simply feels beautifully refreshing to be out out and observing the other beaming festival-goers; you know they feel the same sense of relief mixed with an apprehensive joy. KRISS BARRAS brings his blues-rock resonance to the mainly seated throng. ‘Ignite’, ‘Dead Horses’ and ‘Hail Mary’ are all received, digested and appreciated. Sadly I missed former Iron Maiden and Wolfsbane vocalist BLAZE BAYLEY’S set as I was stuck in the press tent waiting to interview a running behind schedule (but well worth the wait) Gun. MASSIVE WAGONS have risen from festival starting pistols in 2019 to final lap baton carriers. There are more Wagons T-shirts than I can ever remember, and both band and crowd are bang up for it. They crash through a dozen modern metal anthems with a huge percentage of the seated now standing, singing and a fair few headbanging. ‘Billy Balloon Head’, ‘Nails’ and ‘Tokyo’ are greeted like headline hits and the baton is well and truly thrown down. GUN, much like the festival itself, has had to overcome a few last-minute hurdles. Firstly they had a last-minute line-up change with a young drummer drafted in at just twenty-four hours notice and a bassist who was unable to rehearse at all. Not a great way to play your first gig in twenty months. That said, Gun volley it in the net and then some. The band have a huge back catalogue, and it’s quite a moment hearing ‘Word Up’, ‘Money (Everybody Wants Her)’, ‘Taking On The World’ and a hip-swaying ‘Inside Out’. ‘Shame On You’ and the so apt it could have been written yesterday ‘Better Days’ are the sandwich to a bizarre yet celebratory cover of the Beastie Boys ‘Fight For Your Right’. Pure and simple Gun just smashed it, and the reception they garnered proved the love was mutual. TERRORVISON seized the crackling energy that’s been building all day and turned it into a mammoth sing-a-long, jump around, dad dancing celebration of chart-friendly and infectious Brit rock. ‘Alice, What’s The Matter’, ‘Pretend Best Friend’ and ‘Josephine’ are all devoured at the first note and spat back at the last. ‘My House’ and ‘American T.V.’ keep the early ‘vision fans sated before the stage lights abruptly fail during ‘Do You Wanna Go Faster’. In normal circumstances, this type of equipment malfunction would result in a band leaving the stage until sight order could be restored. Without breaking stride, Terrorvision frontman Tony Wright just grabs a roadie’s torch, and with a few thousand phone lights pointing at the stage, the song defiantly and victoriously continues. The grand finale of ‘Perservance’ (whales and dolphins, yeah) ‘Middleman’ and the bellowed back beaut ‘Oblivion’ see Terrorvision leave the stage to rapturous applause. They are, IMHO, the band of the festival. URIAH HEEP closes the most memorable of days with a bang-on set of classic rock tunes. ‘Gypsy’, ‘July Morning’ just delivered before the tour de force closing of ‘Sunrise’. Final cut ‘Easy Livin’ sends the weary punters scurrying for courtesy buses and cars while those sensible enough stay on-site just pack up and walk less than a minute to their tent or camper.

We’ve all seen the pictures of Leeds and Reading campsites on social media a day or two after the festival has finished and the carnage that was left behind. Tents, sleeping bags, empty cans, bottles and general rubbish. On Newark showground at 12 ‘o’clock on Sunday, the last camper had left, and the site was green and clean. The sun always seems to shine on Stonedead, and even when it looked like disaster was looming, the dedicated crew managed to pull it all around seamlessly. The first thousand or so 2022 early bird tickets sold out in less than a day, and tickets are now on general sale, with over two thousand sold in total already. These numbers were hit even before the 2022 lineup had even been announced. It has now with The Micheal Schenker, Group, The Wildhearts, Thunder Mother and The Treatment are all confirmed for 2022.

The fan-based and fan-focused Stonedead Festival has deliberately body-swerved the soulless corporate feel that many other modern-day festivals fall foul of. It is not designed just to remove as many pound notes as possible from your pocket, but it does respectfully ask those attending to use the traders, food stalls and bars located within the arena as well. The staff are genuinely excellent, polite, helpful, and fans of the very festival they work or volunteer for. Stonedead is to old school rock fans what Rebellion is to punks or Bloodstock is to metalheads, this is their (new) musical and affordable summer home. 2022 promises to be the most prominent and boldest Stonedead Festival yet. We shall return.

Guy Shankland

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COURETTES HEAD FOR THE STICKS!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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DOMESTIC APPLIANCE!

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

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

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

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

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

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YOU’RE NEVER ALONE WITH LINDBERG!

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

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

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

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

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

Stream ‘You’re Not Alone’ here.

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HOPE FOR FEROCIOUS DOG!

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

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

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

Pre-order the album in various bundles here.

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

October
Fri 15th Old Fire Station Bournemouth
Sat 16th Chalk Brighton
Sun 17th The Venue Derby
Mon 18th Old Cold Store Nottingham
Tue 19th Nightrain Bradford
Wed 20th O2 Academy 3 Manchester
Thu 21st Nell’s London
Fri 22nd O2 Academy 2 Oxford
Sat 23rd Waterfront Norwich
Thu 28th The Globe Cardiff
Fri 29th O2 Academy Leicester
Sat 30th Esquires Bedford
November
Fri 5th O2 Academy 2 Newcastle
Sat 6th La Belle Angele Edinburgh
Fri 12th Ropetackle Arts Shoreham-On Sea
Sat 13th The Forum Tunbridge Wells
Thu 18th Cheese & Grain Frome
Sat 20th Exeter Phoenix Exeter
Sun 21st Guildhall Gloucester
Fri 26th KK’s Steel Mill Wolverhampton
Sat 27th Picturedrome Holmfrith
December
Sat 4th Leadmill Sheffield

Tickets are available here.

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

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

Full details from HMV, Fopp and Rough Trade.

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

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DESPERATE MEASURES HIT THE ROAD!

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

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

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

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

Last few tickets available here.

Buy Rinsed here.

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CELEBRITY TOP 10: HARD-ONS!

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

X – SUCK SUCK

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

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

THE LEFTOVERS – CIGARETTES AND ALCOHOL

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

BABEEZ – HATE

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

SICK THINGS – COMMITTED TO SUICIDE

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

THE ELOIS – BY MY SIDE

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

BLACK DIAMONDS – I WANT, NEED, LOVE YOU

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

and…

THE MISSING LINKS – WILD ABOUT YOU

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

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

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

THE BIRTHDAY PARTY – JUNK YARD

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

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

 THE SCIENTISTS – WE HAD LOVE

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

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

CELIBATE RIFLES – TUBULAR GREENS

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

Australian rock and roll was in a good place…

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

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

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HOLY JOY FOR LONDON!

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

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

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

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

Tickets are available here.

Buy Dreams Take Flight here.

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DOC ‘N’ ROLL FILM FEST RETURNS!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Full details, listings and tickets can be found here.

Pic by Jasmine Hirst

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VOODOO RADIO EXCLUSIVE!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Catch Voodoo Radio at the following dates…

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

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JAMIE PERRETT VIDEO EXCLUSIVE!

JAMIE PERRETT has a new video which he’s premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock ahead of the his London headline show at the weekend.

If the name sounds familiar it may be because Jamie is the son of THE ONLY ONES frontman PETER PERRETT, as well as being his guitarist and producer on his most recent album for Domino, Humanworld. Jamie was also the original guitarist in Pete Doherty’s BABYSHAMBLES.

His second solo single, ‘Angel Of Santiago’ follows on from Jamie’s debut single ‘Masquerade Of Love’ and was inspired by a fraught journey from Barcelona to Nîmes.

“It was one of those nights, like the Scorsese movie After Hours, where everything just goes wrong,” Jamie explains. “Trying to get from A to B seems like an impossible task. We missed the train by seconds. Then attempted to get a coach which didn’t exist. An Uber to the local car hire place ended in disappointment when we found out our license had just ran out. With each passing hour and options running thin, we sat in the taxi contemplating our next steps. ‘I’ll drive you,’ said Sandra, the flamenco guitarist from Barcelona. ‘We’ll make it to Nîmes, France (390 km) in time for the gig’. Me barely being able to keep my eyes open, nodded in agreement and pointed in the direction of France. Luckily we made it, just in time for sound check. No-one would have done. Oops.”

“The video was quite a healing experience,” he continues. “A 3-day shoot with a lot of trekking on the south coast near Gosport. A mini-pilgrimage, like a condensed Camino De Santiago. I’m at my most happiest when in transit, constantly moving, alone with my thoughts. Some of the weather was quite extreme and the paths (semi) treacherous. A lot of the time I was just silent. Going through my own shit. Reliving memories.”

Jamie and his band play The Grace (formerly Upstairs At The Garage), London this Saturday 2 October – tickets

‘Angel Of Santiago’ is available to stream/download here.

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SLADY BE GOOD!

Vive Le Rock’s Paul Gilman checks out the world’s number one SLADE tribute band!

When we heard that esteemed Slade tribute band Slady were playing at the Con Club in Lewes, to quote a song by our glam rock heroes, we were, “In like a shot…”.

Initially starting out as a 70s bootboy band Slade captured the time with their punchy tunes and singalong lyrics.

Formed in 2018 in Southend, Slady are an all-girl tribute band, they look and sound the part and are all highly accomplished musicians.

Slady take the stage and it’s an immediate throwback to the 1970s. A quick glance around the audience and it’s clear that many of them were there the first time around but probably a bit more worried about toilet access than they used to be.

Band members Gobby Holder, Jem Lea, Donna Powell and Davina Hill look a little nervous to start with, it can’t be easy after such a long enforced break and the anticipation in the room is high.

The band launch into one of the lesser-known numbers, ‘Hear Me Calling’ and it’s soon clear that this is a band who know what they are about and are just warming up. The songs flow thick and fast and the best is yet to come.

‘Get Down And Gget With It, ‘ Born To Be Wild’ and ‘Take Me Back ‘Ome’ bring joy to the room, it’s absolutely brilliant. Gobby Holder’s voice is the nearest I’ve heard to The Nod’s paintstripping vocals and the band capture the fun of the original. ‘Skweeze Me, Pleeze Me’ has the audience singing along; Slade
themselves didn’t like it so rarely played it.

A few numbers lesser-known to the non-diehards are well received and then it’s on to those monster hits, ‘Mama Weer All Crazy Now’ and a finale of, ‘Gudbye T’ Jane’; I remember it first time around on my
Woolworths Top Of The Pops album but this tribute band nail it, unlike the ‘Woollies Wallies’.

There was some talk of it being too early for ‘that Christmas song’ or was it too late ?

Vive Le Rock caught up with the band after the show…

VLR: How was the pandemic for you ?

Gobby: I spent most of in the toilet, I livestreamed to our fans as, ‘Gob on the bog!’

Davina: Truly a difficult year, I went from gigging every week to nothing, it was so hard for everyone and as a young person and a musician it was a shock when the music industry just stopped.

VLR: Favourite Slade song?

Davina: ‘How Does It Feel’. Pure genius.

Jem: ‘Nobody’s Fool ‘.

VLR: Dave Hill from Slade got run over by a pushbike last time he was in Brighton and broke his arm. Any broken bone stories ?

Jem: I broke my wrist playing hockey at school.

Donna: No broken bones but I’ve recently torn my ACL twice in my right knee due to kickboxing, thankfully I’m recovering well.

VLR: Any plans to write some of your own songs ?

Gobby: All of us are songwriters so, yes.

VLR: If you could have been in any other band who would it have been and why ?

Gobby: X-Ray Spex. Poly was an inspiration making herself known in the male-dominated punk scene.

VLR: You updated some of the sexist lyrics of ‘Skweeze Me, Pleeze Me’. Are you a feminist band?

Donna: One hundred per cent. I’ve been in male-dominated fields all my life and experienced sexism first hand. Sexism has no place in the 21st Century and we need to keep fighting it.

VLR: What’s the weirdest or funniest question you have ever been asked in an interview ?

Jem: We were once asked if we meet up and have pillow fights!

This Southend-based band are destined for bigger things and are soon to headline the annual Slade convention in Wolverhampton.

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PRINT’S NOT DEAD!

Undersung Aussie rockers SWEDISH MAGAZINES have announced their return with a new ‘Best of…’ anthology.

Formed by Tasmanian brothers Van and Cal Walker, Swedish Magazines came bursting out of Melbourne in the mid-Noughties with their high energy rock’n’roll. Following in the wake of the likes of Hoss and Powder Monkeys and taking their name from Iggy Pop’s ‘Five Foot One’, they managed one album, the explosive Eat More Baby, before exploding themselves.

As prolific songwriter Van focused on a solo career, a brief Mags reunion in 2011 yielded a second album Wino Havoc with its anthemic opener ‘Bottles & Barstools’ before the band went their separate ways again turning up in such bands as The Livingstone Daisies, Heartbrokers and Tyrannamen.

With Van having just released his first album in a decade, the successful lockdown release Ghosting, the Mags are back for another turn of the page with a new deal with Melbourne’s Rubber label and the compilation I wish Life Could Be…

Set for release on 10-track vinyl and 15-track CD on 19 November, I Wish Life Could Be… is available to pre-order here.

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TURN IT ON AGAIN!

Aussie power-poppers THE ON AND ONS are back with a new album next month.

The aptly-titled Back For More is the Sydney trio’s third full-length and follows relatively hot on the heels of last year’s acclaimed mini-album Menacing Smile.

Formed in 2015 by brothers Glen and Brian Morris, alongside bassist Clyde Bramley, the band have an impressive collective CV, which includes stints with the Hoodoo Gurus, Kings Of The Sun, Screaming Tribesmen and Paul Collins Beat.

Set for release on Citadel on 4 October, Back For More is available to pre-order from the label and from the band themselves via Bandcamp.

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