Led by Lester Nuby III, formerly of much-loved 90s garage rockers VERBENA, Holiday Gunfire were formed two years ago, bringing together the cream of Birmingham underground rock, namely Jason Hamric, Craig Ceravolo and Michael Williams, in a band the traces the grand trajectory of American blue-collar post-punk, alighting on the likes of Sugar, Buffalo Tom and Fugazi.
Speaking about the new single, Hamric says, “‘Fake it’ is that inner dialog you have when there is every reason in the world to call someone out on their shit, but your empathy kicks in. You remember your own flaws and you let it go… secretly hoping the universe takes care of them for you!”
You can check out the video for the band’s debut single ‘Imaginary Friend’ here.
A new documentary on legendary DEAD BOYS frontman STIV BATORS is to get its UK premiere next month.
Born 70 years ago, the charismatic singer was the original embodiment of the self-destructive punk frontman with Cleveland, Ohio’s DEAD BOYS before embarking on a solo career. He went on to team up with members of SHAM 69 in THE WANDERERS. His greatest success came in the mid-80s with THE LORDS OF THE NEW CHURCH alongside The Damned founder Brian James, Dave Tregunna from Sham 69 and ex-Barracudas drummer Nicky Turner.
The succinctly-titled Stiv, which features heaps of rare and unseen footage, as well as new interviews with all the major players in the singer’s life, is to receive its UK premiere on 24 March at the Regent Street Cinema, London as part of the Soundscreen Festival, presented in conjunction with Vive Le Rock! The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the film’s director Danny Garcia.
Aussie blues-punks TROPICAL FUCK STORM are set to make their European debut this Spring, including a bunch of UK dates.
The band were put together by Gareth Liddiard and Fiona Kitschin at the end of 2016 when their band THE DRONES went on hiatus, beiing joined by Lauren Hammel from HIGH TENSION and Erica Dunn of MOD CON, PALM SPRINGS and others. They released their debut album A Laughing Death In Meatspace last Autumn, a striking exercise in strident, experimental punk-blues. The band have just released a video for the track ‘The Future Of History’…
They hit the UK in May with a date at Oslo, London on the 8th, followed by an appearance at Brighton’s Great Escape Festival before heading around the country and over to Europe. More shows are to be announced but current dates are…
8 MAY OSLO, LONDON
9-11 MAY THE GREAT ESCAPE, BRIGHTON
15 MAY THE SOUND HOUSE, DUBLIN
17 MAY THE HUG AND PINT, GLASGOW
18 MAY COBALT STUDIOS, NEWCASTLE
21 MAY MERLEYN, NIJMEGEN
22 MAY HET BOS, ANTWERP
23 MAY VERA, GRONINGEN
24 MAY LONDON CALLING, AMSTERDAM
26 MAY FESTIVAL WHITE NAT WHITE HEAT, NANTES
29 MAY MOD, HASSELT
30 MAY VOORIUT, GENT
4 JUNE BEACHES BREW FESTIVAL, MARINA DI RAVENNA
6 JUNE LE ROMANDIE, LAUSANNE
15 JUNE ANDOAINGO ROCK, ANDOAIN
21 JUNE AZKENA ROCK, VITORIA
Leeds punk legends MEKONS are back with a new album and a UK tour. And they’re celebrating with a brand new video.
‘Lawrence Of California’ is taken from the album Deserted, which follows on from last year’s It Is Twice Blessed, for which the band reconvened their 1977 line-up under the guise of MEKONS 77.
Deserted was recorded, oddly enough, in the desert around to the town of Joshua Tree, California, where they also shot the accompanying video.
The album is set for release on Bloodshot in the US and Glitterbeat in Europe on 29 March and is available to pre-order here.
The band play four UK dates at the start of April – including shows in Brighton and London where they’ll be joined by rejuvenated anarcho-punk legends HAGAR THE WOMB and INTERROBANG‽ – before heading round Europe. Full dates are…
2 April – Le Pub, Newport 3 April – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds 4 April – Patterns, Brighton 5 April – 100 Club, London 6 April – Cinetol, Amsterdam 7 April – Musik & Frieden, Berlin 8 April – Hafenklang, Hamburg 9 April – Alice, Copenhagen 10 April – Mousonturm, Frankfurt 11 April – Stadtwerkstatt, Linz 12 April – Chelsea, Vienna 13 April – Franz.K, Reutlingen 14 April – Franziskaner, Bad Salgau
THE FRANKLYS are back with a killer brand new EP and they’re unveiling the first track exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
‘Not Guilty’ is taken from the EP Framed, which is set for release on 5 April.
The band tell us that, “lyrically, the record takes a look at the current state of the world’s affairs, whether that be on a small scale, such as in ‘Small Town, Small Talk’, or on much wider reaching issues. For example, ‘Mayday’ takes a swipe at the massive mess of the Brexit vote and its subsequent fallout. The songs deal with an increasing obsession with gossip, news and a lack of empathy fuelled by portrayals of unobtainable perfection found on some social media.”
Having completed no fewer than four European tours in 2018, the band return to the road this Spring, kicking off with four UK shows – including a London album launch – before heading to Germany, Austria and The Netherlands. Full dates are…
09/03 – The Horn, St Albans UK
16/03 – Acoustic Couch, Bracknell UK
11/04 – The Finsbury (EP Launch), London UK
13/04 – The Royal Standard, Hastings UK
24/04 – Kult 41, Bonn DE
25/04 – 7er Club, Mannheim DE
26/04 – Horrible Punk Festival, Bludenz AT
27/04 – Club Voltaire, Neu-Isenburg DE
30/04 – Molotow, Hamburg DE
02/05 – Slow Club, Freiburg DE
03/05 – Pink Pank, Rotterdam NL
04/05 – Sonic Ballroom, Cologne DE
THE STRAY CATS have revealed that their first new album in 26 years will be released this Spring, with UK dates set for the Summer.
The Massapequa, NY rockabilly legends resurfaced in 2018 for their first US dates in 10 years, followed by the announcement that they were working on a new album with producer Peter Collins, famed for his work with UK rockabilly rebels Matchbox, and Jack White’s engineer Vance Powell.
The album, succinctly titled 40, in honour of the trio’s 40th Anniversary, features a dozen new original tracks and is set for release in the Spring, exact date to be confirmed.
“Forty years ago, us three teenagers started a little band to play a musical style that had long since passed, and most folks had never heard of, this Rockabilly music,” revels singer and guitarist Brian Setzer. “Forty years later we stand together and still get that same thrill and exhilaration from the music. That feeling is what makes the fireworks go off and the sparks fly. It makes the world go around.”
The album release will be followed in the Summer by three dates, including a show at London’s Eventim Apollo which, as the fabled Hammersmith Odeon, has been the scene of some of the earliest Stray Cat victories. Full dates are…
Sun 23 June – Birmingham O2 Academy Tues 25 June – Manchester O2 Apollo Wed 26 June – London Eventim Apollo
MADNESS have announced a pair of major London shows in honour of their 40th Anniversary.
The shows represent just a small part of the North London ska pioneers’ upswing in renewed activity.
On 15 June, the band take to the stage in the grounds of the stately home Kenwood House in Hampstead, North London, a mere stone’s throw from the stamping ground of their youth. As befits the genteel surroundings, they’ll be joined for this show by a full orchestra.
Then on 26 August, their one-day festival House Of Common returns to Clapham Common, where they’ll be joined by a full supporting cast of acts which will be announced in the coming weeks.
Tickets for both shows go on sale this Wednesday 30 January at 9.00am here.
The shows will be followed by the publication of a new autobiography, Before We Was We: The Making Of Madness, which sees the individual band members telling their stories up to their breakthrough year of 1979. Published by Virgin Books on 26 September, it’s available to pre-order here.
As usual, the band return to Butlin’s Minehead at the end of November for their annual House Of Fun weekender. Tickets are available here.
South Yorkshire grungers HANDS OFF GRETEL have unveiled their forthcoming album with a brand new video.
I Want The World is set for release in March and the title track is the first single.
Hands Off Gretel were formed in 2015 when frontwoman Laure Tate dropped out of school aged 16, inspired by the likes of Hole, The Distillers, Nirvana and PJ Harvey. Over the past 3 years the band have played over 100 UK headline dates, toured Germany and played major festivals, including, Rebellion, The Great British Alternative, Isle of Wight, Amplified, Download and Camden Rocks. Fiercely independent with a large and loyal fanbase, the band’s PledgeMusic campaign to fund the album reached 100% within 24 hours.
“With the new album we wanted to incorporate more of a pop production to our sound, capturing the wildness and brashness of the fuzz guitars and heavy drums mixed with a flirtatious pop fruitiness,” explains Lauren. “The songs have a pop arrangement at the core. I worked hard at crafting catchy melodies and layering my harmonies throughout the whole album. All the while keeping the grit and angst people love in our live shows. It was the most natural progression for us being able to express ourselves in different ways without losing what we have at our core.”
Catch Hands Off Gretel live on the following dates…
Thurs 28 March – Nambucca, London (London Album Launch) Fri 29 March – – Old School House, Barnsley (Hometown Album Launch)
This Feeling Tour
Sat 6 April – Hope & Ruin, Brighton
Sat 20 April – Café Totem, Sheffield
Fri 26 April – Broadcast, Glasgow
Sat 27 April – Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh
Confirmed festival dates
Sun 2 June – Camden Rocks Festival Sun 21 July – Amplified Festival 1-4 July – Rebellion, Blackpool (day tbc)
I Want The World is out on 29 March via Puke Pop Records. Pre-order it here.
Yorkshire punks TFG aka THE FUCKIN’ GLORIOUS have a new video out which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
‘Staring At The Sun’ is the band’s second single since the release of their debut album Trite last year. An observation of the current onslaught of fake news and media bias, frontman Beaker says about the song, “This is a song about the general population believing what they read in the media as they have done for years. Not questioning what’s printed in the press, what they read online for example and just blindly believing it.”
Guitarist Jimbo adds, “We wanted to make a video which not only visions what many of us have now switched on to, but we also wanted to tease and poke at the dark comedy that is the laughable UK media show with an added element of Top Of The Pops and a dancing troupe of twats. How can the working class not realise its all a fucking joke on us?”
The clip is the second of the band’s videos to be written and directed by filmmaker Paul Shrimpton. As Jimbo explains, “Shrimp and us lot go back many years as mates from previous bands and projects. He has crazy ideas, as do TFG and we find he understands the direction of the band and working together has been both very creative, close to how I vision the ideas, and a lot fun!”
‘Staring At The Sun’ is available to download from Bandcamp, where the album is also available to buy. The album will also be available from gigs, including their forthcoming dates with NYC’s THE CASUALTIES and an appearance – their fourth! – at this year’s Rebellion in August. Dates are…
31 Jan – Warehouse23, Wakefield (w/ The Casualties) 1 Feb – Wharf Chambers, Leeds (w/ Matilda’s Scoundrels) 3 Feb – Redrum, Stafford (w/ The Casualties) 5 Feb – Rebellion, Manchester (w/ The Casualties) 27 Apr – Voodoo Lounge, Stamford (w/ Milloy) 1-4 Aug – Rebellion, Blackpool
THE OLD FIRM CASUALS have a brand new video which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
The rousing ‘Motherland’ is taken from the San Francisco street-punks’ new album Holger Danske, which is set for release through Pirates Press Records.
Since being put together by RANCID frontman Lars Frederiksen in 2010, Old Firm Casuals have released more than a dozen EPs and split singles, as well as full-length debut This Means War, in 2014. They’ve since been joined by virtuoso guitarist Gabe Gavriloff for what they believe is their finest work yet.
Taking its inspiration from Frederiksen’s Danish roots, the album is named after one of the country’s national heroes. “There’s not much known about him, although he was a real guy,” explains Frederiksen. “As the fable goes, he lives in the basement of a castle, and when Denmark is attacked, he will rise out of his chair and defend Denmark. In World War II, my uncle Vigo joined a Danish resistance movement called Holger Danske to fight against the Nazis. The Danish national team even put Holger Danske on their World Cup jersey.”
Not backward in sharing his opinions, Frederiksen has once again used his lyrics to give voice to his feelings on the sate of the world. “I used to think people like George Bush and Ronald Reagan were bad, but now they got this fuckin’ guy?” he says, exasperated. “I do my talking in music; I don’t try to preach to people. I think it turns people off. But music is a place where I can be artistic and also have my own opinion. A lot of these songs have this underlying theme of your immortality, and how temporary this life we lead is, and the fighting of oppression and fascism.”
The band are touring the UK and Ireland to coincide with the album release, kicking off in Belfast on 31 January. Catch them at…
THUR 31 JAN – EMPIRE MUSIC HALL – BELFAST FRI 1 FEB – BUTTON FACTORY – DUBLIN SAT 2 FEB – JACARANDA RECORDS PHASE ONE – LIVERPOOL SUN 3 FEB – THE HAIRY DOG – DERBY TUES 5 FEB – BANNERMAN’S – EDINBURGH WED 6 FEB – AUDIO – GLASGOW THUR 7 FEB – RIVERSIDE – NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE FRI 8 FEB – STAR & GARTER – MANCHESTER SAT 9 FEB – LYMEDALE BAR & RESTAURANT – NEWCASTLE UNDER LYME SUN 10 FEB – THE CASTLE & FALCON – BIRMINGHAM TUES 12 FEB – THE KEY CLUB – LEEDS WED 13 FEB – ESQUIRES – BEDFORD THUR 14 FEB – THE FLEECE – BRISTOL FRI 15 FEB – THE FLAG – WATFORD SAT 16 FEB – UNDERWORLD – LONDON
Holger Danske will be released digitally on 15 February through all the usual platforms, with a physical release on 15 March through Pirates Press Records in the US and Demons Run Amok in Europe.
Aussie legends THE BEASTS OF BOURBON return with a new album and a new name: THE BEASTS STILL HERE.
First coming together in 1983, the Beasts coalesced around various musicians on the Australian underground scene during downtime in their existing careers. Since then they’ve gone on to become one of the most highly revered bands on that circuit, as well as earning serious kudos on an international status.
Following on from the band’s final show, and the death of Beasts bassist Brian Hooper, mainman Tex Perkins corralled the existing members in the studio to see what would transpire.
The sessions brought together Perkins and longstanding Beasts drummer Tony Pola, guitarist Charlie Owen (also from The New Christs) and guitarist Kim Salmon and bassist Boris Sujdovic (The Scientists). Also making one cut was original guitarist Spencer P Jones, who would sadly succumb to cancer in August last year.
The result is the 12-track album Still Here featuring some of the band’s best material in years, including covers of Frank Zappa’s ‘The Torture Never Stops’ and Warren Zevon’s ‘My Shit’s Fucked Up’, plus Jones’ chillingly poignant ‘At The Hospital’.
Still Here is set for release through Bang! Records on 15 February. In the meantime, the band have unveiled a video for the excellent track ‘On My Back’…
THE WILDHEARTS have announced the release of their first new alum in ten years. And they’ll be touring the UK in support of it.
The aptly-titled Renaissance Men is set for release on Friday 3 May, with the classic line-up of the band – Ginger, CJ, Ritchie and Danny – taking to the road that night, playing the first of eight shows in Manchester.
“Well fuck me it’s only been 10 years since our last release and we have a monster album on its way,” exclaims CJ. “Danny is back in the band and we hit the road in May, playing new tunes and all the old hits. Can’t wait and I know the boys are super bloody excited for this. ROCK!”
Fri 3 May Manchester Academy 2 Sat 4 May Edinburgh Liquid Room Mon 6 May Cardiff Tramshed Tue 7 May Bristol SWX Thur 9 May London Brixton Electric Fri 10 May Norwich Waterfront Sat 11 May Leeds Stylus Sun 12 May Newcastle Riverside
With a series of dates around the corner, THE GODFATHERS have announced the release of a new limited-edition live album.
The 15-track This Is War! – The Godfathers Live! is set for release this coming Monday 21 January. The CD will only be available from the band’s website and at the forthcoming shows, while it will also be available from iTunes and all the usual platforms.
As previously announced, the band play four UK gigs next month, culminating in their traditional St Valentine’s Day Massacre show at London’s iconic 100 Club. They’ll then be embarking on a series of European club and festival dates.
Originally formed in 1985, the London band have been enjoying a new lease of life since the release of the widely acclaimed A Big Bad Beautiful Noise album in 2017. They’re currently writing material for a new studio album to be released in 2020 to coincide with the 35th Anniversary of their formation.
The Godfathers play…
8/02 – MIDDLESBROUGH – Westgarth Social Club tickets 14/02 – HEBDEN BRIDGE – Trades Club tickets 15/02 – NORWICH – The Waterfront tickets 16/02 – LONDON – 100 Club tickets
Texan powerpoppers FASTBALL return to the UK in March for their first London show in nearly twenty years!
The Austin trio play the O2 Academy, Islington on Wednesday 13 March as part of a European tour celebrating the 20th Anniversary of their breakthrough album All The Pain Money Can Buy.
Formed in 1995, the band signed to Disney’s Hollywood Records and scored international success for their second album in ’98, when the first single from it, ‘The Way’, became a worldwide hit, narrowly missing the UK Top 20.
The band made their UK debut with a sold out show at London’s Water Rats, returning two years later to play The Underworld in support of third album The Harsh Light Of Day. Although subsequent releases became fewer and further between, as the members worked on other projects, the trio of Miles Zuniga, Tony Scalzo and Joey Shuffield have regrouped periodically over he years, releasing their most recent album Step Into Light in 2017.
The 20th Anniversary edition of All The Pain Money Can Buy is available on CD and double-vinyl here.
Tickets for the Islington Academy show go on sale here from 10.00am on Friday 18 January.
Italian post-punks CUT have announced a UK tour plus a new single.
The long-serving Bologna trio will contribute one side to a split split single alongside Turin’s MOVIE STAR JUNKIES on the splendidly-named Ancona label, Bloody Sound Fucktory. Cut’s track ‘Bad Chromosome’ features special guest MINUTEMEN and fIREHOSE bassist Mike Watt, who also contributed to the band’s most recent album Second Skin, released in 2017.
The band recently released a video for the album track ‘You Killed Me First’, saying…
“This video has been assembled with footage filmed with all kinds of devices by various people who have been at our live shows throughout the years. Some were already long-time friends and collaborators of ours, while others we have met on that occasion for the first time and have stayed friends ever since. There’s some we’ve met just once and even some we’ve never been introduced to in person! Most of them just happened to be in the audience that night and managed to capture some of the action. Nevertheless, they’ve all been there with us, sharing that suspension of society’s rules and regulations which every rock and roll show should aim at generating. Thank you for contributing with your visual memories of the CUT experience! Most importantly, thank you all so very much for your support across more than two decades. See you on the road and keep on dancing to A Different Beat!”
Formed in 1996, Cut have released six albums, including 2010’s Annihilation Road, recorded and mixed in New York with Matt Verta-Ray (Madder Rose, Speedball Baby, Heavy Trash) and mastered by Voidoids guitarist Ivan Julian. Since forming they’ve toured constantly throughout the UK, Europe and the USA, sharing stages with the likes of Iggy & The Stooges, Violent Femmes, Radio Birdman, The Jim Jones Revue, Royal Trux, The Hives, Mudhoney and loads more.
Cut hit the UK in March for a series of dates kicking off at The Shacklewell Arms in London on Friday 8 March. Full dates are…
Fri 8 Mar – London – Garageland @ Shacklewell Arms (w/Lucy & The Rats) Sat 9 Mar – Bristol – Mother’s Ruin Sun 10 Mar – York – The Fulford Arms Mon 11 Mar – Dundee – Make That a Record @ Conroy’s Basement Tues 12 Mar – Glasgow – Hug & Pint Wed 13 Mar – Edinburgh – Leith Depot Thur 14 Mar – Liverpool – Free Rock and Roll @ Sound Food and Drink Fri 15 Mar – Bolton – Big Unit Sat 16 Mar – Preston – The Ferret Sun 17 Mar – Manchester – Star & Garter (w/The Varukers)