VIVE LE VIDEO!

Ace London rockers NEON ANIMAL pay tribute to the great and the good of rock’n’roll with this brilliantly-titled track from their latest EP God’s Own Bastards. And they’re premiering the video with Vive Le Rock!

“Imagine if Vive Le Rock! magazine were to take the form of a song, it might sound something like this,” says band frontman and livewire Mark Thorn. “A collaborative effort that sprang to life during a drunken (and other nameless party products) jam in a period when every other week some rock ‘n’ roll legend seemed to be hitting the dust and a copy of Vive Le Rock! and other bibles of rock ‘n’ roll religion just happend to be lying open on the coffee table as if by magic…..”

Featuring fast-rising London punks HEALTHY JUNKIES, Neon Animal’s ass-shakin’ anthem ‘Vive Le Rock’ is a riotous life celebration of the spirit of rock ‘n’ roll. It’s past and it’s present and it’s happening right here, right now!

God’s Own Bastards is available now from Bandcamp and iTunes.

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WIN CALL OF THE WILD TICKETS!!!

A brand new festival is set to bring full-on rock sounds to the East of England next month. And we have 3 x VIP ticktes plus exclusive merch to give away!

Headlined by THE VIRGINMARYS, THE WILDHEARTS and HARDCORE SUPERSTAR, Call Of The Wild Festival takes place over the weekend of 24-26 May at Lincolnshire Showground, Grange De Lings, Lincoln.

Other acts appearing across the three stages include LAST GREAT DREAMERS, TRUCKER DIABLO, A JOKER’S RAGE, THE TREATMENT, TAX THE HEAT, THOSE DAMN CROWS, BULLETS AND OCTANE, THE IDOL DEAD, HANDS OFF GRETEL, COLT 45, FALLING RED, ROCKY SHADES’ WRATHCHILD, SPEED STROKE, WITH TRIPPER, THE KUT, SYTERIA, RAZORBATS, DUCKING PUNCHES and loads more…

Full details and day and weekend tickets are available here.

To be in with a chance of winning one of three VIP tickets plus exclsuive merch, all you’ve got to do is send an email to info@callofthewildfestival.co.uk with ‘VLR Ticket Giveaway’ in the subject box, completing the following sentence…

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STRAY CATS UNLEASH NEW VIDEO!

The STRAY CATS have unveiled another new video for a track from their new album.

‘Rock It Off’ is taken from the album 40, the Long Island trio’s first new studio album in 26 years, in celebration of their 40th Anniversary.

The video, directed by John Logsdon, comprises session footage from the recording of the album at Nashville’s Blackbird Studio with producer Peter Collins and engineer Vance Powell.

“I wanted to make this record, the three of us standing like we do onstage,” says Brian Setzer. “When we set up like that, that’s when you get your best performances, because you’re feeding off each other a lot more.”

“‘Rock It Off’ may be my favourite track on 40“, says Slim Jim Phantom. “When the guitar riff comes in, I stand up a little straighter and imagine a peacock strutting. It’s got a shuffle groove that’s tailor-made for me to do the bop-bop-a-bop – the video captures the fun and good vibes we all shared while making the whole album.”

As previously announced, the Stray Cats embark on a tour of the UK and Europe in June and July. Full dates are…

Fri 21 Jun – Azkena Rock Festival, Spain
Sun 23 Jun – 02 Academy, Birmingham
Tues 25 Jun – 02 Apollo, Manchester
Wed 26 June – Hammersmith Apollo, London
Thurs 27 June – Hammersmith Apollo, London
Sat 29 June – Retro C Trop, France
Mon 01 July – AFAS Live, Netherlands
Wed 03 July – Columbiahalle, Germany
Thurs 04 July – Palladium, Germany
Sat 06 July – American Tours Festival, France
Sun 07 July – Les Eurockeennes, France
Tues 09 July – Killesberg, Germany
Thurs 11 July – Zenith, Germany
Fri 12 July – X-Tra, Switzerland
Sat 13 July – Musilac Festival, France
Thurs 18 July – Pori Jazz Festival, Finland
Sat 20 July – Summer Jamboree, Sweden

40 is released on 24 May through Surfdog/Mascot and is available to pre-order here.

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PINKS NOT DEAD!

Ladbroke Grove counter-culture commandos PINK FAIRIES are to have their three classic albums for Polydor reissued in a new box set.

Scheduled for release through Retroworld on 24 May, the aptly-titled The Polydor Years brings together the three albums the infamous band released between 1971 and 1973 – Never Never Land, What A Bunch Of Sweeties and Kings Of Oblivion.

Each of the albums is augmented by extra tracks.

Formed out of the ashes of writer, activist and scenester Mick Farren’s Deviants and featuring former Pretty Things and Tomorrow drummer Twink, the band evolved as free-wheeling festival favourites, very much along the lines of what Detroit’s MC5 were doing over the pond.

Never Never Land combined proto-punk anthems like ‘Do It’ and ‘Teenage Rebel’ with the 11-minute freeform jam of ‘Uncle Harry’s Last Freakout’ and souldful West Coast rock of ‘War Girl’.

Once Twink had departed, remaining members Paul Rudolf, Duncan Sanderson and Russell Hunter delivered the heavy-grooving What A Bunch Of Sweeties.

For Kings Of Oblivion, Sanderson and Hunter quickly recruited former UFO guitarist Larry Wallis on their most cohesive set. Wallis would later take amhetamine-fuelled album-opener ‘City Kids’ with him when he co-founded the fledgling Motörhead.

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DAVE KUSWORTH PLAYS LONDON DATE!

Legendary Midlands musician DAVE KUSWORTH has lined up a rare London show next month.

The latest emergence in a period of renewed activity for the former JACOBITES, BOUNTY HUNTERS and TENDERHOOKS guitarist, the gig at London’s famed Hope & Anchor on Friday 10 May is only Kusworth’s second London show since the release of the career-spanning double album The World Of Dave Kusworth Vol 1 & 2.

Special guest support comes from former VIBRATORS, UK SUBS and CRYBABYS guitarist DARRELL BATH, with KULT 45s opening.

Tickets are available here.

Buy The World Of Dave Kusworth here.

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FURS ANNOUNCE U.K. DATES!

THE PSYCHEDELIC FURS have announced another round of UK dates for the Autumn.

Based in the USA for some years, the dates in October continue the band’s renewed homeland activity, which has seen them visit the UK for three years running, and included an appearance at last year’s Meltdown, hosted by THE CURE’s Robert Smith.

Formed by the Butler brothers Richard and Tim in Surrey in 1977, the band went on to become one of the most influential of UK post-punk bands, particularly in the US, where their song ‘Pretty In Pink’ inspired a successful movie of the same name. All the band’s original albums were reissued on vinyl last year. Rumours persist of a new album in the works, their first since 1991’s World Outside.

Kicking off in Manchester on 1 October, the tour culminates with a show at London’s legendary Roundhouse. Support on all dates comes from the new band formed by former TRANSVISION VAMP singer Wendy James. Full dates are…

Tues 1 Oct – O2 Ritz, Manchester
Thurs 3 Oct – Pyramids Centre, Portsmouth
Fri 4 Oct – Dome, Brighton
Sat 5 Oct – O2 Institute, Birmingham
Mon 7 Oct – Stylus, Leeds
Tues 8 Oct – O2 Academy, Glasgow
Wed 9 Oct – O2 Academy, Newcastle
Fri 11 Oct – Rock City, Nottingham
Sat 12 Oct – Roundhouse, London

Tickets got on sale at 10.00am on Friday 26 April here.

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BOOZE AND GLORY ANNOUNCE LONDON SHOW!

Streetpunk champs BOOZE & GLORY have announced a major London show this Autumn, their first in the capital for three years.

Having just toured North America as special guests of DROPKICK MURPHYS, and with Summer festivals on the horizon, the multi-national band will play a very special 10th Anniversary show at the Electric Ballroom, Camden Town on Saturday 2 November.

The multi-band bill also features Jamaican skinhead reggae band ROY ELLIS aka MR SYMARIP & THE MOONSTOMPERS, London punks THE FILAMENTS and RISKEE & THE RIDICULE, Sweden’s THE BABOON SHOW and PERKELE, and Polish streepunks THE ANALOGS. There’ll also be an acoustic set from former Booze & Glory member Liam Marr, who’s now living in Australia. One more very special guest is set to be announced on 5 May.

Tickets for the show are on sale here.

If you can’t wait until November, Booze & Glory play the following festival dates this Summer…

25/05/19 Mosh Gegen Krebs, DE

08/06/19 Sound Of Revolution, NL

09/07/19 Rockmarathon, HU

13/07/19 Sjock Fest, BE

02/08/19 Rebellion Festival, UK

07/08/19 Punk Rock Holiday, SLO

16/08/19 Pod Parou Fest, CZ

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DAAAHN TO MARGATE!

WILKO JOHNSON is to headline a new festival in the Kent seaside town of Margate this summer.

Just a short hop over the Thames Estuary for the ex-DR FEELGOOD guitar slinger, he’ll be joined by co-headliners LINDISFARNE and STEVE HARLEY & COCKNEY REBEL at the Margate Rhythm & Rock Festival which takes place at the town’s Winter Gardens over the weekend of 6-8 September.

Other confirmed acts include THE MEN THEY COULDN’T HANG, THE BLOCKHEADS, EDWARD TUDOR POLE, GENO WASHINGTON & THE RAM JAM BAND, DESMOND DEKKER’S ACES, HARDWICKE CIRCUS, JOHN OTWAY, HERE & NOW, STRAY, THE MEMBERS, SHARPEEZ, DJ WENDY MAY and loads more…

Day and weekend tickets are available here.

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LOWDOWN DADDIES!

NYC punk-blues tornadoes DADDY LONG LEGS blow in this week for two dates ahead of their UK tour.

The trio, whose new album Lowdown Ways is set for release through Yep Roc on 10 May, have announced that the record will be available to buy at the shows on both CD and LP.

They play The Prince Albert, Brighton this Thursday 18 April, followed by an appearance at London’s 229 Club as part of Le Beat Bespoke Weekender on Friday 19 April. They then return to kick off the tour proper at Audio, Glasgow on Thursday 9 May. Full dates are…

Thur 18 April – Brighton Prince Albert
Fri 19 April – London 229
Thur 9 May – Glasgow Audio
Fri 10 May – Belfast Black Box
Sat 11 May – Dublin The Sugar Club
Sun 12 May – Manchester Night n Day
Tues 14 May – Leeds Brudenell
Wed 15 May – Newcastle The Cluny
Fri 17 May – Norwich NAC
Sat 18 May – Bedford Esquires
Sun 19 May – Southend The Railway Hotel

Tickets for all shows are available here.

Pre-order Lowdown Ways here.

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THE VIVE LE ROCK AWARDS 2019!

What a night it was! Packed full of all of the legends of rock‘n’roll, punk, 2-Tone and new wave, the AEG Vive Le Rock Awards 2019 at London’s O2 Academy Islington was a night to remember! Featuring live sets from the likes of The Stranglers, Steve Diggle of Buzzcocks and the surprise reformation of The Rich Kids, for the full run down of what occurred plus exclusive interviews with the winners, pick up the latest issue of Vive Le Rock! out now!

Knox, Pauline Murray & Segs Jennings
Jackie Chambers & Kim McAuliffe from Girlschool with Vive editor Eugene Butcher
Neville & Sugary Staple
Glen Matlock
Ed Tudor Pole
JJ Burnel
The Professionals’ Chris McCormack & Tom Spencer with Rat Scabies

Photos © Tina Korhonen and Dave Cox

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DESTINATION UBU LAND!

Iconic Ohio art-punks PERE UBU have announced a new album for this Summer.

The Long Goodbye, which takes its name from Raymond Chandler’s classic crime novel, really is long, but is not necessarily a goodbye. While stressing it’s not the end of Pere Ubu, mainman David Thomas says, “This wraps up every song and story that Pere Ubu has been telling in different ways for the past forty plus years. It is one definitive hour that provides the answers to the questions we’ve been asking and delivers it up into what I consider the definitive destination.”

Unlike any other Ubu album, the material was written and arranged by Thomas using his private collection of synthesisers and drum-machines before passing them to the other members to be fleshed out.

“I’d been listening to commercial pop radio non-stop for months,” says Thomas. “That’s what I wanted to rewrite and reimagine. Pop music shouldn’t be without meaning or truthfulness. We live in desperate towns and we keep on going regardless of the stench. It’s not often you’re gonna find the answers. If ever. But here is pop music the way it should sound.”

The band were rejoined by legendary English drummer Chris Cutler for a show in Paris last December, where they played the songs from the album for only the second time ever, before they had been finished in the studio, and the set features here on a special bonus CD, Montreuil.

The Long Goodbye is released through Cherry Red on 12 June.

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STEEL PULSE RETURN!

Reggae legends STEEL PULSE have announced the release of a brand new album next month.

Their twelfth studio album, Mass Manipulation is the Birmingham band’s first new album in 15 years, following on from 2004’s African Holocaust. It’s set for release through Rootfire on 17 May, preceded by the single ‘Cry Cry Blood’.

Formed at school in Handsworth in 1975, aligning themselves with the Rock Against Racism movement and sharing stages with numerous punk acts. Their debut single ‘Ku Klux Klan’ and accompanying album Handsworth Revolution are regarded as pioneering classics of the roots reggae genre. Although many members have flowed through the band over the years, their line-up still features founding singer/guitarist David Hinds and keyboard-player Selwyn Brown.

Mass Manipulation is available to pre-order here.

As previously announced, Steel Pulse will be appearing at Bearded Theory’s Spring Gathering, which takes place at Catton Hall, Derbyshire from 23-26 May, alongside the likes of THE CULT, DREADZONE, LITTLE STEVEN & THE DISCIPLES OF SOUL, STIFF LITTLE FINGERS, THE SKIDS, THE SKATALITES, THE WILDHEARTS, ANGELIC USTARTS, THE BAR STOOL PREACHERS and loads more. Tickets are available here.

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JOHNNY MOPED VIDEO EXCLUSIVE!

Legendary Croydon punks JOHNNY MOPED are back with a new single and video that they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘Living In A Dream World’ is taken from the band’s forthcoming new album Lurrigate Your Mind, which is set for release through Damaged Goods on 24 May. The follow-up to 2016’s It’s A Real Cool Baby, the 14-track album was produced by longtime associate and former Tenpole Tudor guitarist Dick Crippen.

Formed in 1974, and at various points featuring the likes of Chrissie Hynde and Captain Sensible in their line-up, Johnny Moped were early performers at London’s legendary Roxy club, going on to release their debut album Cycledelic on Chiswick in 1978. The band were immortalised in the documentary Basically Johnny Moped directed by Sensible’s son Fred Burns, in 2013. Burns is also responsible for the new video.

“It’s hard to be normal,” says longtime guitarist Slimy Toad. “This video was filmed in Rock’n’Roll Robot’s music room and Johnny and his band think you’ll find you just can’t keep a good tune down. I hope you watch it!”

The album’s available to pre-order in a special limited edition bundle here.

Johnny Moped have several dates lined up, including a short German tour and a date at London’s 100 Club. Full dates are…

Feb 23rd – The Front Room, Croydon
March 3rd – Con Club, Lewes
April 20th – Revelations Festival, Harpenden
April 25th – Gleis 22, Munster, GER
April 26th – Museum, Koln, GER
April 27th – Wild At Heart, Berlin, GER
April 29th – Rock n Roll Butterfahrt, Helgoland
April 30th – Kling Klang, Wilhelmshaven, GER
May 1st – Hafenklang, Hamburg, GER
June 8th – 100 Club, London
August 3rd – Rebellion Festival, Blackpool

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DALE WATSON HITS THE U.K.!

Upholding the banner for oldtime country and rockabilly, DALE WATSON returns to the UK this Spring.

The Texan musician will play a series of dates in May and June, including an appearance at this year’s Red Rooster Festival in Norfolk.

Originally based in Austin, Watson is spending an increasing amount of time in Memphis where he is in the process of reopening legendary bar Hernando’s Hideaway, a onetime haunt of Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis.

A prolific artist since the mid-90s with around thirty albums to his credit, and secialising in songs about drinking, trucking and cheating, Watson’s latest release, Call Me Lucky, came out in February through Red House Records.

Check out his latest video…

Catch Dale and his band The Lone Stars on the road at…

Wed 29 May – London Jazz Café
Thur 30 May – Oxford Bullingdon
Fri 31 May – Euston Red Rooster Festival
Sat 1 May – Newcastle The Cluny
Sun 2 May – Liverpool Netherley Sports & Social Club
Mon 3 May – Glasgow St Lukes
Tues 4 May – Leeds Brudenell Social Club
Wed 5 May – Sheffield Greystones
Thur 6 May – Bristol Exchange

Tickets for all shows are available here.

Tickets for Red Rooster – which takes place at Euston Hall, near Thetford, Norfolk from 30 May to 1 June and also features sets from NICK LOWE, LOW CUT CONNIE, CEDRIC BURNSIDE, JESSE DAYTON, OH! GUNQUIT, POWERSOLO, JAMES & THE ULTRASOUNDS and more – are available here.

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THREE MEN IN A DUB!

2 Tone Records vets THE N.J.E. have a new limited edition release out for Record Store Day and have announced a trio of shows to celebrate.

The indie-jazz trio comprises Mark ‘Bedders’ Bedford of MADNESS, whose debut single ‘The Prince’ was 2 Tone’s second release, alongside Terry Edwards and Simon Charterton of pioneering Norwich punk-funkers THE HIGSONS, who released the singles ‘Tear the Whole Thing Down’ and ‘Run Me Down’ for the label in 1982/3.

Last summer, the band entered the BBC’s famed Maida Vale studio to record a session for BBC 6 Music’s Gideon Coe Show, produced by On-U Sound maestro Adrian Sherwood. The legendary dub producer later remixed tracks from the trio’s 2017 debut album Afloat at his studio in Kent.

The collected results can be found on the limited edition album Afloat In Dub, released as a vinyl-only white label dubplate on Record Store Day, Saturday 13 April.

The N.J. E will be playing free shows at three seaside locations across Southeast England on Record Store Day. You can catch them, and buy the record, at…

Vinyl Frontier, Grove Road, Eastbourne 1pm
Music’s Not Dead, De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea 3pm
The Railway Hotel, Clifftown Road, Southend-on-Sea 8pm

Our special collectors 2 Tone edition of Vive Le Rock is still available in shops.

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WHERE’S CAPTAIN KIRK?

The ever-industrious KIRK BRANDON has announced dates for all three of his legendary bands for the spring and summer.

Having successfully reactivated both THEATRE OF HATE and SPEAR OF DESTINY in recent years, the start of 2019 also saw him reconvening a line-up of his first band, THE PACK alongside a vinyl reissue of the compilation album Dead Ronin.

Spear Of Destiny, who released a new studio album Tontine a year ago, play the following dates…

Wed 1st May – MIDDLESBROUGH Westgarth Social Club
Thur 2nd May – BATHGATE Dreadnought
Fri 3rd May – HUDDERSFIELD The Parish
Sat 4th May – NUNEATON Queens Hall

Spear Of Destiny then meet up with Theatre Of Hate at the Westworld Weekender at The Royal Hotel, Crewe on 10-11 May.

Theatre Of Hate, whose latest album Kinshi was released in 2016, then play…

Thur 16th May – LONDON 229 Club
Fri 17th May – MANCHESTER Club Academy
Sat 18th May – NORTHAMPTON Roadmender
Sun 19th May – SHEFFIELD Greystones

The Pack then pick up the baton for shows at…

Thur 6th June – PAISLEY, Bungalow
Fri 7th June – NEWCASTLE, University
Sat 8th June – MANCHESTER, Ritz
Sun 9th June – YORK, Fulford Arms

Tickets for all shows, plus releases, can be found at kirkbrandon.com

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KILLING JOKE ADD DATES!

Vive Le Rock Award-winners KILLING JOKE have announced a short run of UK dates for the summer.

The legendary London band, who picked up the Best Live Band award at our event in Islington last month, will be playing the dates around their headline appearance at Boomtown Fair in Hampshire on 9 August.

Full dates are…

Thu 8 Aug – KK’s Steel Mill, Wolverhampton
Fri 9 Aug – Boomtown Festival, Winchester
Sat 10 Aug – Subterania, London
Mon 12 Aug – Concorde 2, Brighton

Tickets are on sale via the band’s website.

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HELP OFF! MAKE THEIR MOVIE!

L.A. punks OFF! are crowdfunding a new movie for release next year!

Described as a ‘modern day Repo Man‘, Watermelon: A Sci-Fi Punk Rockumentary will be preceded by a new album of the same name.

The supergroup were formed in 2009 featuring former Black Flag and Circle Jerks singer Keith Morris, bassist Steven McDonald from Redd Kross, ex-Burning Brides guitarist Dimitri Coats, and Earthless drummer Mario Rubalcaba.

The comedy, which was begun in 2016, picks up in Los Angeles five years after OFF! have disbanded. In an attempt to conquer his diabetes-induced erectile dysfunction, Keith Morris comes across a mind-altering medication extracted from mysterious watermelons. The drug not only restores his virility, it also gives him the ability to travel through space and time, prompting him to offer it to the rest of the group as a solution to their problems. Dimitri, Steven, Mario, and Dale find renewed faith in OFF! as the watermelon helps turn the band into hardcore heroes who can see and predict horrific events before they happen. When they turn to music, the group discovers a new experimental approach which not only redefines punk, but also becomes an underground movement.

Find out more about the project and donate at their Kickstarter page.

Check out the trailer….

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