DOG DAYS ARE HERE!

Scouse rockers MEXICAN DOGS are back with a new digital single which they’re premiering with Vive Le Rock!

With its crunchy guitar intro, tub-thumping beat and quavery Bolan vocal, ‘Run, Run, Run’ is a homage to the glam heroes of yore, while still throwing in a bit of Stooges for good measure.

The single follows on from the band’s debut single ‘You & I’ and paves the way for a new four-track EP later in the year.

“This song has the ghosts of sounds from past times with the idea of bringing it to a new era,” says frontman Gaz Wilcox. “This piece was the very first finished song that we made as Mexican Dogs! It kinda set the tone of how we wanted to sound as a band and from this we created a solid foundation and found inspiration to materialize more.”

The single also heralds a very special hometown show at Liverpool Arts Club on Friday 25 February. Tickets are on sale here.

‘Run, Run, Run’ is released digitally on Friday 21 January through Fretsore Records. You can pre-save the single and pre-order the EP on CD and 12″ vinyl here.

 

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PERENNIAL FAVOURITES!

US artpunks PERENNIAL have a new single and they’re premiering it with Vive Le Rock!

Abarasive floorfiller ‘In The Midnight Hour’ is the title track from the Connecticut trio’s second album which is due out on CD and cassette on 1 February and on vinyl on 1 March.

“Musically, we wanted something with all the ingredients of something you can dance to, but with some thornier angles here and there,” they say of the single. “”We loved the layering of a song that is narratively about how we deal with a sometimes ferocious world, and trying to get by in that world, but with music that is kinetic in response. If the whole album is about the nighttime, we wanted the title track to be both haunted and full of possibility.”

For the album, the trio looked upon refreshingly old-school inspirations, in the form of The Clash’s Sandinista!, Patti Smith’s Horses, The Creation’s We Are Paintermen and The Shape Of Punk To Come by Refused. The whole caboodle was licked into shape thanks to the production chops of Chris Teti of local emo stalwarts The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die.

In The Midnight Hour is available to pre-order in various bundles here.

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BLACK WAX WORK EVENT!

Multinational rockers LOS PEPES play a special London show this week as a lunch party for Essex label Black Wax Noise Division.

The band have just released their fifth album The Happiness Program to wild reviews. It’s available now from Bandcamp.

Taking place at The Finsbury pub at Manor House on Friday 21 January, the gig also features sets by CHINESE JUNK, YOUNG FRANCIS HI-FI and TENEMENT RATS. The show kicks off at 7pm.

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THIS IS TOMORROW CALLING!

JAMES DOMESTIC has unveiled another new single and video ahead of the release of his debut solo album, due later in the year.

‘Mañana’ is the third single to be taken from the album Carrion Repeating, following on from his debut single ‘Faze Out’ released in October and ‘Push On Through’ which came out in November.

Frontman of East Anglian hardcore pioneers THE DOMESTICS, James says of the new single, “It’s the sound of garage punk riffs, soul, saxophones, and steel drums all diced up, chucked in the pan and fried up for a few minutes. Then when you plate it up you realise you made this weird little pop song that people keep singing to you. It’s only been out a few days and that’s happened a dozen times already. It’s probably because there are cats in the video. Everyone likes cats, don’t they?”

‘Mañana’ is available digitally through Spotify, Apple and all the usual platforms.

Carrion Repeating is set for release 22 April on Kibou Records through TNS (UK) and Amok (Germany). It’s available to pre-order here.

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NORTH(EAST)ERN UPROAR!

Geordie punk-rockers CRASHED OUT plough headlong into the New Year with a brand new single and lyric video which they’re premiering with Vive Le Rock!

‘Hypocrisy’ is the first single to be taken from the band’s forthcoming new album which is due out in the Spring through Demons Run Amok.

“The song is all about the massive sicking class divide that the so called ruling class insist no longer exists here in the UK!!!!,” say the band. “It’s a full on in ya face punk rock anthem.”

‘Hypocrisy’ is available to stream/download from Spotify, Amazon, Apple and all the usual platforms.

Formed in the North-East of England in 1995, combining street-punk and rock into their own individual sound across five albums and split albums with Angelic Upstarts and LA punks The Generators.

The band already have a load of gigs booked for 2022, kicking off in Newcastle this Saturday and a memorial gig for the Upstarts recently departed Mensi (RIP) on 1 April. Full dates (so far) are…

15 Jan – Trillians, Newcastle
19 Feb – The Star & Garter, Manchester
25 Feb – The Underworld, Camden London (w/ Last Resort)
1 Apr – Hedworth Hall, South Shields (Mensi memorial gig)
25 Jun – Bannerman’s, Edinburgh
26 Jun – Ivory Black’s, Glasgow
15 Jul – Kubix Festival, Sunderland
22 July – Riverside, Newcastle (w/ The Dickies)
6 Aug – Rebellion, Blackpool
14 Sept – Hedworth Hall, South Shields (w/ The Toy Dolls)

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THREE CHORDS AND THE ROOF!

BOOZE & GLORY are back with a brand new single and video.

The singalong ‘Raising The Roof’ signals a return to the anthemic street-punk of third album As Bold As Brass from 2014.

“‘Raising The Roof’ is the song about good times we all been missing in the last couple years of global pandemic – lockdowns, lack of shows and parties,” they say. “So from now on – Let the good times roll!”

The track is one of four new songs that the band plan to release during the first half of 2022.

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GLO EXPECTATIONS!

Philly hardcore mob SOUL GLO have just unveiled a first video from their forthcoming album.

The complexly titled ‘Jump!! (Or Get Jumped!!!)((by the future))’ is the first single to be taken from the band’s fourth album Disapora Problems, which is due out in March.

“Essentially the video makes fun of the people who have asked our drummer what it’s like being the only white member of the band, playing upon the presumption that we aren’t actually friends and have TJ in the band just to be able to bully them,” explains singer Pierce Jordan. “A lot of the gags in the video largely references the movie Whiplash with J.K. Simmons and Miles Teller, which is about a young drummer and his abusive mentor. Toward the end of the video we throw a Roots reference in there to further explore the idea of ‘reverse racism’ which really is only ever just a persecution fantasy that exists in the minds of white people.”

Diaspora Problems is due for release on 25 March through Epitaph. Pre-order it here.

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PUMP UP THE VOLUME!

London’s Pump It Up Power-Pop Weekender has announced its full line-up for this summer’s event.

Now in its fourth iteration, put together by promoters Some Weird Sin, the event will return once again to The Lexington in Islington over the 2nd and 3rd July.

Headliners on the Saturday are Norway’s THE YUM YUMS, while NYC’s BABY SHAKES (pictured) close the weekend on the Sunday.

Also line-up for Saturday are THE SPEEDWAYS, RADIO DAYS, CAROLINE & THE TREATS, POGY ET LES KEFARS and EMPEROR PENGUIN.

Sunday’s line-up in completed by DUNCAN REID & THE BIG HEADS, SLYDER SMITH & THE OBLIVION KIDS (feat. three-quarters of Last Great Dreamers), AVILDA, AMOEBA TEEN and SMALLTOWN TIGERS, making their first UK trip since 2019 and a first chance to catch them ahead of their shows with The Damned in October.

Weekend and day tickets are available here.

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SAVE THE MONOCHROME SET!

Post-punk vets THE MONOCHROME SET have released a new single ahead of their forthcoming new album.

‘Hello, Save Me’ is taken from Allhallowtide, the London band’s sixteenth studio album and fifth for German label Tapete, following on from 2019’s Fabula Mendax.

Formed in 1978 out of the ashes of The B-Sides, who had featured a young Adam Ant, The Monochrome Set include two founding members of The Ants, guitarist Lester Square and bassist Andy Warren, who remains in the band today alongside guitarist/singer Bid. The current line-up also features drummer Mike Urban and keyboard-player Athena Ayren.

Like recent albums, Allhallowtide was recorded at Brixton’s One Cat Studio with engineer/producer Jon Clayton. It’s set for release on 22 March.

Check out ‘Hello, Save Me’…

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RHODA DOES BOWIE…

RHODA DAKAR pays tribute to DAVID BOWIE in honour of his 75th birthday with a reggae cover of the Duke’s ‘The Man Who Sold The World’.

The release comes with the announcement of the BODYSNATCHERS’ singer’s signing to the Sunday Best label.

Recorded at South London’s Perry Vale Studios with Pama International producer Lenny Bignell, the track features contributions from The Aggrolites keyboard-player Roger Rivas (rated by Lynval Golding as the best reggae keyboardist around) and Jimmy Regal & The Royals’ Joff Watkins on harmonica, plus rhythm section Andi McLean and Marley Drummond.

“I was bewitched by seeing Bowie perform Starman on TOTP,” Rhoda recalls. “I was 12 going on 13 and thereafter he held sway over all my teenage years. Friendships, music, clothes, attitudes – all were influenced forever. It’s hard to choose, but ‘The Man Who Sold The World’ is one of my favourite Bowie albums. There had been the traditional reggae version of the title track back in the day, but the vocals lacked commitment, so we thought we’d do a proper, modern version.”

‘The Man Who Sold The World’ is the second in a series of five 7” singles (following her cover of Morrissey’s ‘Every Day Is Like Sunday’) all mastered by dubstep pioneer Jason Goz at Transition Mastering – each b/w dub versions – which will be released from now up until Rhoda’s new album next autumn. Each release comes packaged in an exclusive sleeve designed by renowned Sheffield artist Pete McKee.

Coinciding with the release of the single, Rhoda will join revered multi-instrumentalist Terry Edwards (Near Jazz Experience, Higsons, The Blockheads, Madness) and a group of exceptional musicians at his ‘Bowie + Beyond’ (covering the period 1977-1980) nights at Pizza Express, Holborn, London on 5th and 6th January. Tickets on sale here.

Then in March, Rhoda will be playing an eight-date tour, culminating in a London headline show at the legendary 100 Club. Dates are…

Wed 2 March: The Cavern, Liverpool
Thu 3 March: The Cluny, Newcastle
Fri 4 March: Cathouse, Glasgow
Sat 5 March: Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh
Fri 11 March: Sally Brown’s, Bradford
Sat 12 March: Night Owl, Birmingham
Thurs 17 March: Buttermarket, Shrewsbury
Fri 18 March: The 100 Club, London

Further details and tickets are available here.

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AUTOMATIC CRUZ CONTROL!

Veteran L.A. rockers CRUZADOS are back with a brand new album this month. Nearly 35 years after their last!

Set for release on 28 January through Deko Records, the recently revitalised band’s She’s… Automatic! follows belatedly on from the band’s second album After Dark, which came out in 1987, before they split in 1990.

Formed in 1984 out of the ashes of East L.A. punks The Plugz, Cruzados shifted styles in a more rock direction, which saw them release two albums for Arista and a spot in the Patrick Swayze action movie Road House.

Band members Chalo Quintana and Marshall Rohner found work with the likes of Izzy Stradlin, T.S.O.L. and Social Distortion but have since passed away. Now founding bassist Tony Marisco has put together a new line-up featuring members of The Dogs and Little Caesar.

Recorded during the winter of 2021, She’s… Automatic! features guest appearances from the likes of Dave Alvin, John Doe, Dave Hidalgo and Steve Berlin from Los Lobos, Melanie Vammen (Muffs, Pandoras, Leaving Trains, etc) and T.S.O.L.’s Greg Kuehn.

Check out the title track…

Pre-order She’s… Automatic! here.

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TOP 20 VIDEOS OF 2021!

As with last year, the lack of opportunities to play gigs has forced bands to use their initiative and consequently we’ve showered with some excellent videos, many of them being premiered here on the Vive Le Rock website. Competition has unsurprisingly been very tough, but here are just some of the ones that we loved…

20. CHELSEA – CA$H

You’d think original ’76 punks Chelsea should be taking it easy but no, latest album Meanwhile Gardens represents a new lease of life that many of the current crop of young pretenders would have a job following.

19. HOODOO GURUS – WORLD OF PAIN

With a wave of touring inked in just as Covid struck, the Aussie legend have showered us with a raft of excellent new singles and videos, of which this – celebrating their nation’s barroom culture – is the best. Look out for a new album in 2022.

18. THE BLUE CARPET BAND – B-MOVIE BOOGIE

These north Londoners go from strength to strength, their boisterous psychobilly revival now given fetching new go-faster stripes by a couple of members of the legendary Demented Are Go.

17. DEALING WITH DAMAGE – SLOW SHADOW

A supergroup of 90s punks, for this mindbending video from their debut album Ask More Questions, Dealing With Damage journeyed to the wilds of Surrey where they spent their idyllic childhoods. Recreating their first acid trips or something…

16. JAMES DOMESTIC – FAZE OUT

Frontman of East Anglian DIY punk pioneers, James Domestic channels a brown acid B52s on this track from his forthcoming debut album, due out this Spring.

15. THE MEFFS – SCUM

Staying in East Anglia, one of a number of angry young bands emerging from Britain’s oldest town (that’s Colchester), The Meffs offer this searing demolition of the UK’s most reviled tabloid.

14. PROFESSIONALS – SPIKE ME BABY

Filmed in West London’s iconic Olympia building, The Professionals offer this evidence that their reunion was no nostalgia act, delivering their second excellent album since their retooling in SNAFU.

13. OFF – HOLIER THAN THOU

SoCal punk supergroup deliver a decimating cover from Metallica’s Blacklist album, accompanied by this brilliant long-form video featuring a fully Oscar-deserving lead role Jesus Lizard frontman David Yow.

12. THE SCIENTISTS – SCIENCE OF SUAVE

At the time of their recent reformation, Aussie post-punk legends The Scientists swore they’d never make another album. Well guess what! Always unpredictable, they delivered this brilliant clip as a taste, proof that you shouldn’t believe want you read on the ‘net and should always listen to the scientists.

11. DAN SARTAIN – I DON’T CARE (OOH LA LA LA)

In a year full of sad departures, the loss of Dan Sartain bit particularly deep, not least because he’d just recorded (and made videos for) one of the best albums of his career. The guy clearly had a lot to give.

10. CULT FIGURES – CHICKEN BONES

In a year when the phrase ‘Birmingham post-punk’ was on everybody’s lips – well some of them – Solihull’s Cult Figures made good on their recent comeback with Deritend, a career high, from which ‘Chicken Bones’ is taken.

9. MILLIE MANDERS & THE SHUT-UP – PANIC

We had to go right back to the start of the year for this one. Taken from one of our albums of 2020, this eco-anthem was a wake-up call the world. A year on, how many woke up?

8. AMYL AND THE SNIFFERS – HERTZ

We said they were going to be huge, and these Aussie reprobates look like proving us right – aren’t we always? Just one of a number of great tracks from this year’s Comfort To Me, an album that shows real growth.

7. MAD DADDY – RIDE WITH ME

The Isle of Man isn’t over burdened with ball-tearing punk rock’n’roll, as far as we can tell, so the arrival on the Vive Le Rock turntable of Mad Daddy’s debut album was both a surprise and a headbanging delight. We can’t wait to catch ’em live.

6. DESPERATE MEASURES – SCARS & MEMORIES

It took 40 years to get here but Desperate Measure have finally arrived. So out of control they had to make this video twice, their mini-album Rinsed and support dates with The Professionals showed a band teetering on the brink of greasy rock’n’roll revolution, brothers and sisters.

5. CHUBBY AND THE GANG – COMING UP TOUGH

If you’d told us twenty years ago that in 2021 the kids would be getting off on a fusion of Oi and Highway To Hell-period AC/DC reared in a West London squat, we’d have laughed in your face, but been secretly delighted. Chubby And The Gang deserve the praise.

4. BOB VYLAN – GDP

We’ve never needed someone like Bob Vylan so bad, continuing to challenge and tell it like it is. Bob for PM? He gets our vote.

3. FEROCIOUS DOG – WILL YOU

Delivering possibly the album of their career with The Hope, the Notts folk-punks took the Hazel O’Connor hit (with help from Hazel herself), delivering a truly touching video that goes to the heart of the sense of isolation and loneliness, and indeed the glimmer of hope, that many of us have felt over the past year.

2. THE STRANGLERS – AND IF YOU SHOULD SEE DAVE

The tragic loss of Dave Greenfield last year hit many of us hard, not least his bandmate in The Stranglers. Yet somehow the recovered enough to deliver this poignant, and incredibly frank, tribute. How could they follow that?

1. THE STRANGLERS – THIS SONG

By getting Stuart Pearce to star – who knew he was so good at parkour?! You can read interviews with Stuart and The Stranglers in the latest edition of Vive Le Rock!

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LIPSMACKIN’!

Greek newcomers THE LIPTARDS have just unveiled their debut single.

Fusing hardcore punk energy and rock’n’roll ramalama, ‘Paycheck’ is taken from the Thessaloniki quintet’s forthcoming debut album Bowery Smile.

Recorded at Dare Studios in Katerini, the band say, “The idea behind the recordings was that all songs had to be recorded live as much as possible in order to capture the feeling and energy of a Liptards concert. Later on, it was sent to Magnus Lindberg (Cult Of Luna, Imperial State Electric, The Dahmers) in Stockholm to be mastered. Again, trying to maintain that feeling of live music.”

‘Paycheck’ is available now through Spotify and all the usual digital platforms.

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ALONG CAME JONES!

JIM JONES is back with a new band and dates in the New Year.

The charismatic frontman of THEE HYPNOTICS, BLACK MOSES, THE JIM JONES REVUE and JIM JONES & THE RIGHTEOUS MIND now presents us with THE JIM JONES ALL STARS.

Featuring longstanding bassist Gavin Jay, plus original Revue keyboard-player Eilliott Mortimer, the rest of the band includes Carlton Mounsher, singer Ali Jones, drummer Chris Ellul and the three-way sax attack of Stuart Dace, Chuchi Malapersona and Tom Hodges.

“The whole COVID/Brexit problem just made it impossible to continue with The Righteous Mind, but with various live offers and opportunities still coming in I had to come up with something, or else just go insane,” explains Jones. “Necessity, being the mother of invention, surprised us all when she delivered a healthy, heavyweight, blue-eyed amalgam of incendiary ramalama soul.

“It’s a pleasure to have that much horn going on, as it allows me to plunge into the succulent, dark meat of the low-down, greasy, chitlin’ groove – that’s where all the flavour is!,” he continues. “There’s a whole new planet of killer songs and I’m landing on it now and preparing to plant my freak flag. And on top of that, we’re going to be deep-frying à la carte from my entire back catalogue. This is the gig you’ve been waiting for!”

25 Feb – London, The Lexington
26 Feb – Hebden Bridge, Trades Club
27 Feb – Leighton Buzzard, The Crooked Crow
12 Mar – Bedford, Esquires

More dates to follow…

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DAMNED RESCHEDULE DATES

THE DAMNED have been forced to reschedule their original line-up shows once again.

First announced in September 2020, the six dates – featuring original members Captain Sensible, Brian James, Dave Vanian and Rat Scabies – had been booked for July this year. However, the continued presence of Covid saw them rescheduled to February 2020.

Now with the current concerns over the Omicron variant, the band have taken the decision to reschedule the dates next autumn.

The new dates are…

Fri 28 Oct 2022- London Eventim Apollo
Sat 29 Oct 2022 – London Eventim Apollo

Thu 3rd Nov 2022 – Manchester O2 Apollo
Fri 4 Nov 2022 – Glasgow O2 Academy
Sat 5 Nov 2022- Birmingham O2 Academy

Support bands for the shows are the same as previously announced: The Skids (London 28), The Wildhearts (London 29), TV Smith & The Bored Teenagers (London 28, Manchester, Glasgow, Birmingham), Penetration (London 29, Manchester, Glasgow, Birmingham); with Smalltown Tigers opening on all dates.

Original tickets remain valid for all shows. New tickets are available here.

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RED ROOSTER ANNOUNCES BANDS!

Following a triumphant return last August, RED ROOSTER FESTIVAL has announced a first list of bands for 2022.

Next year, following the upheaval of lockdown, the Suffolk festival is back to it’s traditional time of year, returning to Euston Hall near Thetford over the weekend of 2-4 June.

Acts just announced include the recently revitalised North Mississippi Allstars (pictured), Chuck Prophet & The Mission Express, Cedric Burnside, Danny George Wilson, Robert Finley, The Sheepdogs, Elles Bailey and Dom Pipkin & The Ikos with Acid Jazz MD Eddie Piller leading the DJ billing.

Further details and tickets are available here.

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BANGER UNVEILS THUNDERS TRIBUTE!

EDWEENA BANGER celebrates the wonder of Johnny Thunders on her new single.

‘Give It Up For Johnny’ is taken from the singer’s second solo album Diamond Rocks out this week.

Onetime frontperson with Manc punk legends Ed Banger & The Nosebleeds and Slaughter & The Dogs, Edweena can currently be found fronting Slaughter Bite Back, who’ve recently been announced as an addition to the bill of next year’s Rebellion Festival, taking place in Blackpool from 4 to 7 August.

You can read a full interview with Edweena in the latest edition of Vive Le Rock! out this week!

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NEWTOWN NEUROTICS UNVEIL NEW VIDEO!

Harlow’s finest, the NEWTOWN NEUROTICS are back with a new single and they’re premiering the lyric video exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘Liar, Liar (Pants On Fire)’ – no prizes for guessing who it’s aimed at – represents the trio’s first new music since 1988 and is a first taste of their brand new album Cognitive Dissidents, due out next year.

The band had been preparing to launch the documentary film Kick Out! when Covid landed, but the lockdown period heralded a new period of activity for the band, leading to eleven new songs with the album recently being completed at Famous Times Studio in Hackney with producer Sean Read (Dexys, Rockingbirds).

‘Liar, Liar (Pants On Fire’ will be available digitally through Cruel Binary on all the usual platforms from Monday 20 December, but we guarantee you’ll be shouting it at the TV long before then!

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