Vive Le Rock helps East London outfit THE FUTURE SHAPE OF SOUND launch a brand new video today, with a host of celebrities on hand to help it go with a swing!

Led by producer Alex ‘Captain Future’ McGowan, TFSOS recorded ‘Rise Up (Feat. Sister Cookie)’ at his Space Eko Studio, where he’s collaborated with such weighty names as URBAN VOODOO MACHINE, JAH WOBBLE, JIM JONES & THE RIGHTEOUS MIND, BIG JOE LOUIS, MARK LANEGAN and JOSH HOMME. He’s joined in TFOS by Stuart ‘Lodekka’ Dace, the man who put the sax into PRIMAL SCREAM’s Screamedelica.

Influenced by the likes of SISTER ROSETTA THARPE, CLARA WARD SINGERS, SLIM HARPO and HASIL ADKINS, TFSOS release ‘Rise Up’ through Brighton’s Freshly Squeezed Music.

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You can download the single now from iTunes, Spotify and Bandcamp.

TFSOS on Facebook


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Fast-rising filthy blues practitioner JOHN J PRESLEY releases a new EP next month, and has unveiled a video for the lead track, directed by celebrated rock photographer Steve Gullick.

The White Ink EP – featuring the track ‘Come Calling’ – is out on 21 August through Vital Music.

Previously seen turning heads as special guest on the JIM JONES REVUE’s farewell tour last Autumn, Presley laid down the five songs on White Ink in a single eight-hour burnout overseen by producer Liam Watson at East London’s famed Toe Rag Studios.

Pre-order White Ink from iTunes.

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FROM THE DEEP, the joint project of Nick Marsh (Flesh For Lulu, Urban Voodoo Machine) and his partner Katharine Blake (Miranda Sex Garden, Mediaeval Babes) have their self-titled album released at the end of October.

Written and recorded by the pair over several years and produced by Katharine, the album features performances from several artists who will be well known to fans of Katharine’s and Nick’s previous work and spans a variety of musical styles.

Following Nick’s tragic death from cancer on 5 June, the album can be seen as a celebration of the life and music that he and Katharine created together. In their own words: “The marriage of Katharine’s classically Gothic sensibility and Nick’s majestic realm of dirty exotica, scales the dizzy heights of the impossibly romantic, and plumbs the depths of Bacchanalian depravity. Join them!”


From The Deep will be released on 30 October on Bellissima Records, but you can pre-order it now here.

Watch the video for ‘The Lovers’.

Read a full tribute to Nick Marsh in the current edition of Vive Le Rock!

From The Deep on Facebook.

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German horror-punks THE OTHER have announced a UK tour for November.

The tour, which also features Bournemouth’s AL B DAMNED, is in support of the band’s new album Fear Itself, out now via Steamhammer/SPV.

Catch them at….

09.11.15 Manchester – Tiger Lounge

10.11.15 Leicester – The Shed

11.11.15 Nottingham – The Old Angel

12.11.15 Birmingham – Scruffy Murphy’s

13.11.15 London – Boston Music Room

14.11.15 Brighton –Green Door Store

You can read an interview with The Other in the current edition of Vive Le Rock!

Watch the video for ‘Dreaming Of The Devil’.

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Much-loved Australian post-punks THE SCIENTISTS are having their hard-to-find back catalogue made available once again thanks to Chicago reissue label The Numero Group.

And more than that, the worldwide rerelease programme heralds a new period of UK and European live activity from the Perth legends!

The programme is spearheaded by vinyl and digital releases of the band’s long deleted 1981 self-titled debut and their classic Blood Red River mini-album from 1983. They’re available to pre-order now here and here.

Then next Summer, the label will release a CD box set of the band’s complete recordings. The band plan to celebrate the release with a series of festival shows in the UK and Europe.

Speaking about the new reissues, laconic lead Scientist Kim Salmon told Vive Le Rock: “We’re glad to let some of our old experiments out of the lab”.

Originally formed in 1978, The Scientists went through various line-ups, musical styles and geographical bases, landing in London in the mid-80s before splitting in 1987. The band has reformed in various incarnations over the past decade, with their original line-up reuniting for Australian dates earlier this year. The line-up for next year’s dates has yet to be decided.

Salmon’s latest release is the album True West as Kim & Leanne with sometime Scientists drummer Leanne Cowie.

Watch the video for ‘Blood Red River’.

Read more about The Scientists and other classic Aussie bands in the current edition of Vive Le Rock!

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LEFT LANE CRUISER return to the UK for a string of dates in the Autumn.

The Fort Wayne, Indiana trio have just released their new album Dirty Spliff Blues on Alive Naturalsound Records. You can catch them on the following dates during October….

TUESDAY 20                        Cardiff, The Moon

WEDNESDAY 21                Newcastle, The Cluny

THURSDAY 22                    Edinburgh, Sneaky Pete’s

FRIDAY 23                            Manchester, Soup Kitchen

SATURDAY 24                    Southend, The Railway Hotel

SUNDAY 25                         London, Oslo

Tickets are available here.

Formed in 2004 by slide-guitarist Freddie J IV and drummer Brenn Beck, Left Lane Cruiser released their first album for Alive, Bring Yo’ Ass To The Table, in 2008. Following the departure of Beck after 2013’s Rock Them Back To Hell, Freddie returned with a retooled Cruiser featuring drummer Pete Dio and Joe Bent on bass and skateboard! Read a new interview with Left Lane Cruiser in the current edition of Vive Le Rock!

Listen to ‘Whitebread n Beans’ from Dirty Spliff Blues.

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Original 80s anarcho-punks HAGAR THE WOMB play a one-off London show this week, which they warn will be their last gig in the capital for some time.

The band, who reunited in 2011, play Silver Bullet in Finsbury Park on Saturday 1 August. Support comes from SHOCKS OF MIGHTY and THE ETHICAL DEBATING SOCIETY.

Hagar The Womb originally formed in the toilets at Wapping Anarchy Centre in 1980, releasing two 12” EPs, The Word Of The Womb (on CONFLICT’S Mortarhate label) and Funnery In A Nunnery (Abstract), both of them reaching the top ten on the indie chart. They originally split in 1986.

The band members were brought back in touch with one another through US label Mississippi, who released a compilation album A Brighter Shade Of Black in 2011 and they resumed gigging in early 2012 going on to play the Rebellion and Another Winter Of Discontent festivals. They released a new EP, Life Of Lies, on All The Madmen last year.



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THE JON SPENCER BLUES EXPLOSION have announced a bunch of UK dates for October.

The New York trio, who released their tenth album Freedom Tower: No Wave Dance Party 2015 in March through Bronze Rat, play the following dates…

20 Oct   Electric Ballroom               London, United Kingdom

21 Oct   The Fleece                          Bristol, United Kingdom

22 Oct   Sound Control                   Manchester, United Kingdom

23 Oct   The Oobleck                       Birmingham, United Kingdom

Get your tickets here.

The band will be joined by MING CITY ROCKERS in London, Bristol and Manchester, while BLACK MEKON support in Birmingham.

Spencer has recently completed a UK tour with his HEAVY TRASH project and rejoins the Explosion for shows in Australia, Japan and Europe before returning to the UK.

Pic by Micha Warren


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More Aussie fun as Perth skate-punks THE DECLINE return with a new album and UK dates, some of which see them supporting Texan hardcore legends MDC (MILLIONS OF DEAD COPS) as well as a Rebellion Festival show.

Resister, the band’s third album is out on Adelaide-based Pee Records through Cargo on 3 August. Pre-order it here.

Check out the single ‘Giving Up Is A Gateway Drug’.

Full UK dates are…

Sat 8 Aug – The Maze, Nottingham

Sun 9 Aug – Rebellion Festival, Blackpool

Mon 10 aug – New Cross Inn, London w/ MDC

Tue 11 Aug – Underground, Plymouth w/ MDC

Wed 12 Aug – Brudenell, Leeds w/ MDC

Thu 13 Aug – The Hope And Ruin, Brighton

Fri 14 Aug – Owl Sanctuary. Norwich

Sat 15 Aug – Nice N Sleazy, Glasgow

Sun 16 Aug – Exchange, Bristol w/ TEENAGE BOTTLEROCKET

Mon 17 Aug – The Fighting Cocks, Kingston


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IMPERIAL STATE ELECTRIC return with a brand new album next month, heralded by a new video.

The band, fronted by HELLACOPTERS guitarist Nicke Andersson alongside DATSUNS bassist Dolph de Borst, plus guitarist Tobias Egge and drummer Tomas Eriksson, release Honk Machine through Psychout on 21 August. The video for the Byrdsy ‘All Over My Head’ provides an intriguing first glimpse.

The band visit the UK in November for three shows with GRAVEYARD….

3 November – Birmingham – 02 Academy 2
4 November – London – Electric Ballroom
5 November – Manchester – Academy 3

Initially a post-Hellacopters solo project for Andersson, Imperial State Electric evolved into a band for 2010’s self-titled debut, followed by Pop War (2012) and Reptile Brain Music (2013).


Look out for a new interview with Imperial State Electric in a future edition of Vive Le Rock!

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MICHAEL MONROE is joining forces with Swedish rockers HARDCORE SUPERSTAR for a co-headline tour of the UK and Europe in October.

The run starts in Birmingham on 9 October, wrapping up in Düsseldorf on 28 October, following which the Monroe and his band will head back to the UK for two very special shows with ALICE COOPER.

As previously announced, Monroe’s new album Blackout States is out on 16 October through Spinefarm.

The full dates are…

Fri 09 Oct Birmingham UK The Library

Sat 10 Oct Sheffield UK Corporation

Sun 11 Oct Glasgow UK Cathouse

Mon 12 Oct Manchester UK Club Academy

Tue 13 Oct Norwich UK Waterfront

Thu 15 Oct London UK Electric Ballroom

Fri 16 Oct Vaureal FR Le Forum

Sat 17 Oct Rendsburg DE Nordmarkhalle

Sun 18 Oct Kortrijk BE De Kreun

Tue 20 Oct Frankfurt DE Zoom

Wed 21 Oct Munich DE Backstage Halle

Thu 22 Oct Ludwigsburg DE ROFA

Fri 23 Oct Pisa IT Borderline

Sat 24 Oct Ravenna IT Rock Planet

Sun 25 Oct Milan IT Live Club

Tue 27 Oct Pratteln CH Z7

Wed 28 Oct Dusseldorf DE Zakk

Thu 29 Oct Plymouth UK Pavilions (with Alice Cooper)

Fri 30 Oct Swindon UK Oasis (with Alice Cooper)

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DIRTY WATER RECORDS have announced the signing of teenage tearaways ARCHIE & THE BUNKERS with an album release planned for the autumn.

Hailing from Cleveland, Ohio, this frighteningly young duo comprise Cullen O’Connell (14) on keys and vocals and Emmett O’Connell (16) on drums and vocals. They play what they call Hi-Fi Organ Punk – which Emmett describes as, “rock’n’roll that’s been peeled back to its raw foundation” – and cite influences from jazz organ legend Jimmy Smith to The Stooges and The Dead Boys.

Check out the video for ‘I’m Not Really Sure What I’m Gonna Do’ and you’ll get the general idea.

Recording their first two EPs in their basement, they upped sticks to Ghetto Recorders in Detroit to lay down their debut full-length with renowned producer Jim Diamond. It’s earmarked for release on Dirty Water at the end of September. Dates to follow.

Download ‘Miss Taylor’ here.

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If you’ve read the article on Australia’s Sharpies youth cult in the new edition of Vive Le Rock you might be interested in a new compilation, When Sharpies Ruled.

This stylish set – subtitled A Vicious Selection – features 23 tracks from the likes of COLOURED BALLS and ROSE TATTOO – the bands most readily associated with the movement – plus BILLY THORPE & THE AZTECS, SKYHOOKS, SUPERNAUT, TED MULRY GANG, RABBIT, FINCH, LA FEMME, BUSTER BROWN and more. Its slipcase package includes a 28-page booklet and a 60-page book chronicling the movement, illustrated with dozens of rare photographs.


Mostly based around Melbourne, the Sharpies took their name from their sharp style sense and had a reputation for violence although unlike the skinheads in the UK, this was neither racially nor politically motivated and rarely extended beyond conficts between rival gangs.

Watch a video trailer.

When Sharpies Ruled is out next month on CD and double-vinyl on the reactivated Festival label in Australia, with a UK release expected in the Autumn via Republic of Music.

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Curiously-named US trio \\GT// are set to turn some heads with the release of their debut album this month.

Trading in intensely groovy psych-tinged garage-rock, the Birmingham, Alabama band issue Beats Misplaced through Communicating Vessels on 31 July.

Initially instigated as the solo project of guitarist/biker Scotty Lee – alternately known as Get Tryin’, Green Teeth and Ghost Traveller – the band solidified with bassist Byron Sonnier and drummer Mark Beasley last Summer.

Have a listen to ‘Something’s Wrong With My Mind’ and see what you think.


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Tickets are selling fast for THE DAMNED’s 40th Anniversary show at the Royal Albert Hall next year.

As previously announced, in a bid to celebrate their fortieth birthday in style, the band have booked in at that bastion of the establishment, the Royal Albert Hall, London on Friday 20 May 2016.

They’re planning a very special show, the content of which is being kept a closely guarded secret. When asked what could be expected, Dave Vanian enigmatically replied, “Expect the unexpected”.

Captain Sensible responded “Anyone informing the snotty bunch of oiks that we were back in ’76 that the band may be playing the Albert Hall forty years later would’ve undoubtedly been greeted with a prize selection of four letter expletives. The Damned had a surly edge back then… not exactly the urbane gents about town you find us today. How we managed to come through four decades of chaos and destruction is a miracle…. even scattering a few decent records in our wake as we went.

“Our 40th Anniversary show will be a celebration, not just of a band but a special time in British music history… the dawn of punk, when seemingly anything was possible if you could strum a couple of chords on a guitar. And if the Albert Hall is good enough for Messrs Clapton and Wakeman then it’s good enough for us. On the night a fun and varied setlist will shine a light around the darkest corners of the jolly old discography…. can’t wait!”

Get your tickets here.

Pic by Steve Lilly

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Mexican punk trio LE BUTCHERETTES have unveiled a new song from their forthcoming third album.

‘Shave The Pride’ is the first single from the album A Raw Youth which is due out through Ipecac on 18 September. Listen to it here.

Based in Guadalajara, Le Butcherettes are the brainchild of Teri Gender Bender (vocals and guitar), joined by drummer Chris Common and bassist Jamie Aaron Aux. They recorded the album at RLP Studios in El Paso, Texas with Omar Rodriguez-Lopez of THE MARS VOLTA and AT THE DRIVE-IN on production duties. The album features guest contributions from IGGY POP and JOHN FRUSCIANTE.


Pre-order A Raw Youth here.

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Legendary Boston R’n’B howlers BARRENCE WHITFIELD & THE SAVAGES have announced a string of UK dates for October.

The dates follow the release of a brand new album Under The Savage Sky on Bloodshot on 21 August. They play….

Thrs 1 Southend – The Railway Hotel

Fri 2 Norwich – The Waterfront

Sat 3 Edinburgh – Electric Circus

Sun 4 Manchester – The Ruby Lounge

Tues 6 Leeds – The Brudenell Social Club

Wed 7 Newcastle – The Cluny

Thrs 8 Guildford – The Boileroom

Fri 9 London – Blues Kitchen Brixton

Sat 10 Exeter – Phoenix

Sun 11 Bristol – The Tunnels

Tickets are on sale here from 9am Monday 20 July.


Coming together in the late 70s and featuring members of Boston garage legends THE LYRES, Barrence Whitfield & The Savages came to prominence in the mid-80s thanks to their high-energy live sets, including a show-stealing performance at Glastobury in ’87. After diverting his time to other projects, such as country music and film scores, Whitfield reconvened The Savages in 2010 for the albums Savage Kings followed Dig Thy Savage Soul in 2013.

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Multinational garage rockers KING SALAMI & THE CUMBERLAND 3 headline a free one-day minifest in East London this Sunday.

The What’s Cookin’ Sunday Picnic, organised by local live music promoters What’s Cookin’, also features sets from Damaged Goods Records duo COWBELL, new Dirty Water signings OH! GUNQUIT, SIMON ONIONS of 80s goth-punks ZOODOLL, BIG GIRLS featuring ex-members of FABULOUS PENTETRATORS and loads more.

Part of the annual Leytonstone Festival, the event takes place in Henry Reynolds Gardens, London E11 from midday to 8pm. Although it’s free, donations are welcomed which all go to the bands.


Formed in 2006 by members of THE ULCERS, CHINESE LUNGS and THE PARKINSONS, King Salami & The Cumberland 3 have toured the world, releasing records on Dirty Water, Soundflat, Disk Union and Off The Hip. Their latest album is Cookin’ Up A Party.

See them ‘Do The Wurst’ at London’s Dingwalls.

King Salami & The Cumberland 3 on Facebook.

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