CIRCLE JERKS ADD LONDON DATE!

As expected, CIRCLE JERKS have added a London date to their European tour next year.

As previously announced, the reconvened L.A. band will be playing a string of dates across Europe during the summer in celebration of the 40th Anniversary of their classic debut album Group Sex, including an appearance at Rebellion in August.

The band, who were originally formed in 1979 by former BLACK FLAG frontman Keith Morris and ex-RED KROSS (and future BAD RELIGION) guitarist Greg Hetson, will play London’s Electric Ballroom in Camden Town on Wednesday 5 August. Tickets are available here.

The dates will be accompanied by a special commemorative reissue of Group Sex.

Full dates below…

Check out Group Sex album tracks ‘Deny Everything’ and ‘Don’t Care’ live in ’85….

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NOTHINGHEADS TRACK EXCLUSIVE!

Newcomers NOTHINGHEADS have a new single which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

Recorded with producer Chris Smith at Kluster Studio in Limehouse, the coruscating ‘Cockroach 2051’ is a timely signpost to a worryingly dystopian future, while calling to mind the post-punk riot of noise-merchants like The Jesus Lizard and Head Of David.

The London-based quartet have been scorching the paint from the walls of various venues for the past couple of years, sharing stages with the likes of Japanese Television, Nuha Ruby Ra, Ugly, Something Leather, Swedish Death Candy, Human Pet and The Cosmics.

“The idea for ‘Cockroach 2051’ all came from a film called The Very Brief Life Of An Ember. A load of street kids takeover Manila in a decadent future and run riot. The synth sirens and choppy guitars are as chaotic sounding as possible,” they tell us.

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STRIKE ALIGHT!

Melodic hardcore mob STRIKE ANYWHERE have announced a series of dates for the summer.

Having formed in Richmond, Virginia in 1999, the band released several albums during their first decade, culminating in their most recent full-length In Defiance Of Empty Times in 2012. Since then they’ve put their energies into touring.

A first list of dates – including a London show at New Cross Inn on 15 August – is below. More dates to be announced. Tickets go on sale this Thursday at 9.00am.

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MC16 SINGLE TO BENEFIT MILITARY VETS

Rising punk band MC16 are releasing a new single to raise money for All Call Signs – a support organisation aimed at helping Armed Forces personnel and veterans who are experiencing issues with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and poor mental health.

‘Sleeping On Cardboard’ will be released on 20 December through all major streaming platforms (Spotify, Apple Music etc) and is available to pre-order as a direct download at MC16’s Bandcamp page – the money from each download purchase will be directed to All Call Signs.

To coincide, the video for ‘Sleeping With Cardboard’ is out now – aiming to highlight awareness to the plight of ex-servicemen and women and the struggles they face after leaving the forces.

Frontman Carson says: “How can we live in a world where someone in the forces faces a bigger fight when they actually leave and then try and get help for ‘work related’ mental health problems? As a country we should look after our people and especially those who try and look after us.

“If we see an injured dog then rightly so, people rush over to help, but if they see an ‘injured’ homeless ex- forces then they just walk on by.”

All Call Signs was created by two former servicemen and is designed to offer emotional and practical support to serving Armed Forces personnel and veterans.

Dan Arnold from All Call Signs said: “When we first heard MC16’s song and the lyrics, it truly hit the mark in terms of a band understanding the stresses and issues that people who leave the Armed Forces can face. It can be so difficult and the song and video highlight how important it is that these people aren’t left without any help and support.

“Every day, All Call Signs aims to help and as a support organisation we are totally reliant on the support of the general public to keep the momentum of our work going.

“Every download of ‘Sleeping On Cardboard’ will be donated by MC16 to All Call Signs and we hope people will support us and, of course, enjoy the song too.”

Having previously played shows for homeless charities, MC16 released their debut EP Outvoted By Robots this summer, showcasing their aggro-pop punk, laced with lyrics calling out many political and social injustices. They’ve enjoyed sharing stages with some of the biggest names in punk rock playing Rebellion for two years running, as well as last month’s Morecambe Punk Festival.

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SAVAGES SELL OUT!

Hotly-tipped London rockers RANDY SAVAGES have just released a live mini-album.

The five track It’s A Sellout was recorded in front of a sellout audience at London’s 100 Club in November last year where the band were performing as special guests to WONK UNIT.

It’s available now as a download from Bandcamp with physical copies available in the New Year.

Trading in high-energy R’n’B-fuelled punk rock’n’roll, the well-travelled band have three shows this week in Northern Ireland, the Netherlands and Belgium before returning to complete their debut full-length studio album which is due out in the spring.

Catch them at…

Thurs 12 Dec – The Berliner, Belfast
Fri 13 Dec – Swaf, Amsterdam
Sat 14 Dec – De Roes, Ghent

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MORE BOOZE!

Just about recovered from their 10th Anniversary bash last month, street-punk Euro-champs BOOZE & GLORY have announced a UK and Irish tour for the Spring.

To get you in the mood, they’ve just unveiled a fifth video from their new album Hurricane; this time it’s the title track.

The band’s tour kicks off at the Underworld in London on 4 April, winding its way to the Palm House in Belfast on 25 April. Full dates are…

4 April – LONDON – Underworld
5 April – NORWICH – Salty Dog
6 April – BRISTOL – The Fleece
8 April – NEWCASTLE – Trillians
9 April – DUNDEE – Generator
10 April – GLASGOW – Broadcast
11 April – BLACKPOOL – Waterloo Music Bar
15 April – DERBY – Hairy Dog
16 April – PLYMOUTH – The Underground
17 April – LEEDS – Boom
23 April – BOLTON – Alma Inn
24 April – DUBLIN – Grand Social
25 April – BELFAST – Palm House

Further dates and support acts to be announced soon. Go here for tickets.

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SUZIE STAPLETON VIDEO EXCLUSIVE!

Following on from her spellbinding performance at last night’s Vive Le Christmas event, SUZIE STAPLETON today unveils the brand new video for her single ‘Thylacine’, which she’s premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

“The ‘Thylacine’ film clip was made by experimental filmmaker Julian Hand,” says Stapleton. “We see briefly in the opening seconds flashes of images of the last known thylacine that died in captivity in 1936. The doglike marsupial, also known as the Tasmanian tiger, inhabited Australia for thousands of years. After European settlement, the thylacine was hunted intensively, encouraged by bounties, and that along with other contributing factors drove it to extinction. The clip evokes a sense of loss and longing – the last of a kind locked up and lonely, a stark warning transmitted through the ages.”

‘Thylacine’ is available now from all streaming platforms and Bandcamp.

As previously announced, Stapleton plays a special London launch for the single at Paper Dress Vintage, Hackney on Saturday 7 December. Support comes from MIRACULOUS MULE, THE PACERS and CHERRY B DJs. Tickets are on sale here.

You can also catch her on the following dates in the New Year…

4 Jan – The Carlisle, HASTINGS w/ Dastardly Dudes // Free Entry
24 Jan – The Brunswick, HOVE w/ The Damn Shebang // Free Entry
25 Jan – Rough Trade, BRISTOL w/ Emily Breeze (headlining) + National Treasure

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FACE THE MACHINA!

Two ex-members of much-touted Arizona/California Vox-rockin’ quartet THE DARTS have teamed up in a new outfit.

Guitarist/singer Michelle Balderrama and drummer Rikki Styxx have hooked up with ex-CIVET and TURBULENT HEARTS singer/bassist Suzi Moon in explosive power trio L.A. MACHINA, fusing heavy psych grooves with powerhouse rock’n’roll.

“We’re kinda like Josie & The Pussycats,” Moon says. “But with LSD and way more distortion.”

The trio have already sparked the interest of Alternative Tentacles, and have been lined up for Punk Rock Bowling in Las Vegas next spring. Check out their debut video ‘Teenage Head’ – not the FLAMIN’ GROOVIES song!

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RMBLR VIDEO EXCLUSIVE!

Hot-to-trot Georgia rockers RMBLR are back with a brand new video which they’re launching worldwide today with Vive Le Rock!

We first wrote about the band – pronounced Rambler – back at the start of 2017 when we premiered their track ‘Name Game’ from the EP Territory released through Fat Possum.

The video for ‘Serious’, whose footstomping rough-house rock’n’roll straddles ’77 punk, glam and greasy street-rock, was directed, edited and shot by noted Atlanta filmmaker Video Rahim, who’s also responsible for clips by the likes of Mastodon, Biters and Blackberry Smoke.

First released at the start of last year, ‘Serious’ is available to buy here.

With members hailing from Baltimore and Atlanta, Rmblr emerged out of the touring line-up of notorious East Coast proto-punks DINOS BOYS. Among their influences, they cite Chuck Berry, The Saints, Coloured Balls and The Kids, and that’s good enough for us.

We reckon you’re gonna be hearing a whole lot more from these guys. Seriously.

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THE PROFESSIONAL TOUCH!

THE PROFESSIONALS return to activity in the New Year with a trio of 4-track EPs.

The rejuvenated band, still featuring founder member and former SEX PISTOL Paul Cook, are set to release their first new music since the release of their 2017 comeback album What In The World.

To be released in January, February and March, each EP will feature two new songs, plus two live recordings of older songs. The new material will also be up for consideration for a new album due in October, with potential for re-recording with special guests. What In The World featured numerous guest contributors, including Steve Jones, Duff McKagan, Phil Collen and Billy Duffy.

Joining Cook in the current Professionals line-up are guitarist/singer Tom Spencer, ex-3 Colours Red guitarist Chris McCormack and new arrival, bassist Toshi JC Ogawa from The Ga Gas.

The three EPs are available to pre-order on vinyl and CD in various bundles here.

The band will be touring as special guests to STIFF LITTLE FINGERS throughout March.

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THE PROJECTION PRINCIPLE!

Swedish gothic post-punks A PROJECTION release their new album in the UK this week.

Section is the Stockholm quartet’s third album, following on from 2015’s Exit and Framework in 2017. The album is their first release since the departure of their original vocalist, with bassist Rikard Tengvall taking his place at the front of the band.

Formed in 2013, the band were inspired by dark proto-goth post-punk acts like The Cure, Sisters Of Mercy and Joy Division along with the electronica of Kraftwerk and Depeche Mode.

Section is out now through Metropolis Records. It’s available to buy here.

Check out the video for the single ‘Lucy Shrine’…

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LEE ‘SCRATCH’ PERRY EXCLUSIVE!

Jamaican music pioneer LEE ‘SCRATCH’ PERRY has a new album out next week and he’s premiering a track from it exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘Heavy Rainford’ is taken from Heavy Rain, a dub companion to the Upsetter’s most recent album Rainford, released in June and co-produced with dub maestro and On-U Sound head honcho Adrian Sherwood.

Musicians on Heavy Rain include stalwarts from Sherwood’s regular collaborators Tackhead, Dub Syndicate and Creation Rebel, along with special guests including Brian Eno, who contributes to a re-working of the Rainford track ‘Makumba Rock’, aptly re-christened ‘Here Come The Warm Dreads’.

‘Heavy Rainford’ features the talents of Skatalites and Bob Marley trombone legend Vin Gordon and UK harmonica ace Alan Glen, known for his work with Little Axe, Nine Below Zero and Jeff Beck.

Heavy Rain is available on black or silver vinyl, CD and download from Friday 6 December through On-U Sound. It’s available to pre-order here.

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BREMNER REVS UP!

Rock’n’roll guitar legend BILLY BREMNER returns to the UK for a brace of shows in the New Year.

The Aberdonian musician, now based in Sweden, has enjoyed a career of more than 50 years, coming to fame in the late 70s with the supergroup ROCKPILE, alongside Dave Edmunds, Nick Lowe and Terry Williams. A sought-after guitar-slinger, as well as contributing to solo albums by Edmunds and Lowe, he’s worked with the likes of Elvis Costello, Shakin’ Stevens, The Pretenders and many more, playing on the latter’s 1982 comeback hit ‘Back On The Chain Gang’.

After a long absence, Bremner returned to the UK with his Swedish band for shows earlier this year, which found him particularly on form playing highlights from his career as well as various rock’n’roll standards.

Catch Billy Bremner’s Rockfiles at…

Sun 19 Jan – The Prince Albert, Brighton tickets
Mon 20 Jan – 100 Club, London tickets

Support at the 100 Club show comes from fellow Edmunds alumnus GERAINT WATKINS who has a new album Rush Of Blood out now.

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CLASH COUNTRY ROCKERS!

The music of THE CLASH is to be celebrated in a special show in London in the New Year.

Americana Clash!, part of AmericanaFest UK, will see a host of names from the UK folk and Americana scene playing a selection of songs from the Clash repertoire at the Oslo venue in Hackney on Monday 27 January.

The Clash and Americana, are of course, inextricably linked. When Texan songwriter JOE ELY played The Venue in London’s Victoria in 1978, The Clash were in attendance and artist and band would spend the next few days hanging out at various establishments around town including Dingwalls and The Hope & Anchor. The following year, both bands would play the famed Armadillo World Headquarters venue in Austin, while Ely would support The Clash on their London Calling tour in 1980, hooking up whenever The Clash found themselves in Texas.

Much later, during the sessions for JOHNNY CASH’s final album, Joe Strummer would join Cash on a recording of Bob Marley’s ‘Redemption Song’.

Apparently, the two Joes had planned to record an album together in Mexico, a project that was derailed when Strummer sadly passed away in December 2002.

Artists performing at the Americana Clash! event include FRANK TURNER, GRACE PETRIE, DANNY WILSON (of DANNY & THE CHAMPIONS OF THE WORLD), PETER BRUNTNELL and more.

Proceeds from the gig will go to the Joe Strummer Foundation and Hackney Winter Night Shelter.

Tickets are on sale here.

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HOWARD’S WAY!

Legendary Australian musician ROWLAND S HOWARD is to be celebrated with a night at London’s Royal Festival Hall next year.

The Melbourne guitarist came to prominence after joining the band BOYS NEXT DOOR, who would morph into THE BIRTHDAY PARTY, launching the career of NICK CAVE.

Following The Birthday Party’s split in 1983, Howard would join CRIME & THE CITY SOLUTION with his brother Harry before forming THESE IMMORTAL SOULS. He would go on to collaborate with numerous musicians including LYDIA LUNCH, NIKKI SUDDEN, EINSTURZENDE NEUBAUTEN, JEFFREY LEE PIERCE and HENRY ROLLINS.

Diagnosed with terminal liver cancer, Howard released his second solo album Pop Crimes shortly before his death in January 2010.

Howard’s song ‘Shivers’, written when he was 16 and first recorded with the band THE YOUNG CHARLATANS, has since become an Aussie standard.

The show Pop Crimes, at the Royal Festival Hall on 12 February, will feature Howard’s music performed by bandmates Harry Howard, Mick Harvey, Genevieve McGuckin and JP Shilo with Conrad Standish in place of the late Brian Hooper, along with special guests including Bobby Gillespie, Lydia Lunch and more to be announced.

Tickets are on sale here.

Howard’s two solo albums Teenage Snuff Film and Pop Crimes are being reissued in honour of the his 60th birthday, which would have been in October this year.

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TAKE THE TUBE!

Swedish rockers BEAT CITY TUBEWORKS have just re-released a video from their debut album.

The video for the wah-wahtastic ‘Rat Race’ and the accompanying album I Just Cannot Believe It’s The Incredible Beat City Tubeworks were initially released by the Jönköping quartet back in 2016.

Now signed to The Sign Records – also home to Grande Royale and Märvel – the band are having the album re-released on vinyl, CD and download on 6 December.

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BRIEFS ENCOUNTER!

Legendary Seattle punks THE BRIEFS hit the UK next month for a rare London date on their European tour.

Inspired by the likes of the Undertones, Buzzocks and The Toy Dolls, these bleach-blonde buzzsaw brats have been going since 2000, when they released their debut album Hit After Hit, spawning the stop-start punk disco floorfiller ‘Poor And Weird’. Since then, they’ve release six albums with this year’s Platinum Rats, for Damaged Goods, coming after a long absence from the racks.

Sharp-eyed readers will also recognise frontman Steve E Nix and bassist Stevie Kicks from powerpoppers THE CUTE LEPERS, who released three albums through Damaged Goods between 2008 and 2011.

The Briefs play The Lexington, London on Sunday 8 December with support from French synth punks THE SCANERS and fast-rising London powerpop squad THE SPEEDWAYS. Tickets are on sale here.

Full European tour dates are…

30/11 Munich (GER) – Kafe Kult
01/12 Bern (CH) – Rössli Bar
03/12 Nimes (FR) – Paloma
04/12 Lyon (FR) – Ninkasi
05/12 Bordeaux (Fr) – Iboat
06/12 Rennes (FR) – Mondo Bizarro
07/12 Paris (FR) – Le Chinois
08/12 London (UK) – Lexington
10/12 Dunkerque (FR) – 4 Ecluses
11/12 Kortrijk (BEL) – The Pit’s
12/12 Dortmund (GER) – FZW
13/12 Dresden (GER) – Chemiefabrik
14/12 Hamburg (GER) – Molotow
15/12 Berlin (GER) – Cassiopeia

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THE COG PEOPLE!

Midlands psych-punks THE COGS OF TYME have their debut album released today, just 33 years after it was recorded!

Described as “Frat Punk Fun with a little Acid thrown in,” by band founder Gavin Wissen, the band were a small but but significant part of the fertile mid-80s scene around Rugby, Warwickshire that would spawn SPACEMEN 3 and, in turn, SPIRITUALIZED. The band’s members include Tim Morris (Spacemen 3), Will Carruthers (Spacemen 3, Spiritualized, Spectrum, Brian Jonestown Massacre) and Sean Cook (Spiritualized, Massive Attack).

Tyme Waits For No Man comprises 12 studio, live and rehearsal recordings, including one track recorded Rugby’s now legendary Reverberation Club, jointly run by the Cogs and the Spacemen. The album was mastered by noted Midlands producer John A Rivers.

The limited edition vinyl album also features a 4-page insert with notes by the band members along with Mark ‘Mac’ Macdonald of Birmingham’s iconic Sensateria club; and front cover art by Spacemen 3 and Spiritualized artist Natty Brooker.

Released through Seventeen Records and Easy Action, it’s available here.

Check out ‘I’m Gone’…

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