London punks GOLDENBLOOM are back with another new single.

‘(Great) Britain’, the follow-up to the band’s debut single ‘Love’, was apparently initially an observation on Brexit Britain, but has achieved a new currency as the nation squirms uncomfortably under viral lockdown.

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South-coast post-punks BLABBERMOUTH have just dropped a new single and video, ‘Youthful Haze’.

The enigmatic Hastings five-piece don’t give much away about themselves, but this tremendous video is the work of renowned film-maker Mark Richards.

Formed last year, the band have a hometown headline show at Crowley’s Bar, Hastings on 9 April, and are part of the line-up for this year’s Wonkfest at the Dome, London on 25 July. They promise loads more shows in between, viruses notwithstanding.

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Swedish Celtic punks FINNEGAN’S HELL have just released a video for the title track from their new album.

The title ‘Work Is The Curse Of The Drinking Class’ is taken from the famous quote by Oscar Wilde. According to the band’s Reverend Mick Finnegan, the words are “just as relevant today as when he uttered them more than a hundred years ago. Still people all over the world find themselves in a situation where their work is interfering with their alcohol consumption. It’s the devil’s work, and we shall not silently accept it.”

Buy Work Is The Curse Of The Drinking Class here.

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ROSE TATTOO have just released a video for the track ‘Nice Boys’ from their new album Outlaws.

The album sees the Oz Rock legends revisiting the tracks from their 1978 self-titled debut, christened Rock’n’Roll Outlaws on its release in the UK in ’81.

After periodic reshuffles, the band – one of the most revered in Australian pub-rock history – returned in 2017 with a new line-up, including former AC/DC bassist Mark Evans and ex-Angels and Skyhooks guitarist Bob Spencer.

Widely regarded as the most successful of the band’s many rebirths, the band went into the studio to lay down their own interpretation of the album tracks, along with new recordings of early non-album cuts, including two – ‘Snow Queen’ and ‘Sweet Love Rock’n’Roll’ by band founder Ian Rilen.

A live highlight, ‘Nice Boys’ had a major profile boost when it was covered by Guns N’ Roses on their G N’ R Lies mini-album.

Outlaws is out now through Cleopatra Records.

Rose Tattoo play the Electric Ballroom, London on 22 March. Tickets are on sale here.

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Pittsburgh politicos ANTI-FLAG have just unveiled a brand new video for the title track from their latest album 20/20 Vision.

The video features dancer/choreographer David Mayorga and is the work of INDECLINE an activist art collective comprising graffiti writers, filmmakers, photographers and full-time rebels and activists, and focusing on “social, ecological and economical injustices carried out by American and International governments, corporations and law enforcement agencies.”

Anti-Flag have just set out on a major North American tour which will be followed by a string of summer dates across Europe, kicking off at Hellfest in France and taking in Rebellion in Blackpool on 6 August. Full European dates are…

20 June – Clisson, FR @ Hellfest
21 June – Dessel, BE @ Graspop
27 June – Rttersbach, DE @ Ab Geht Die Lutzi Festival
4 July – Schorndorf, DE @ Club Manufaktur
5 July – Toging Am Inn, DE @ Silo 1 Musik & Kulturlokal
18 July – Cuxhaven, DE @ Deichbrand Festival
1 Aug – Gijon, ES @ Tsunami Xixon
6 Aug – Blackpool, UK @ Rebellion Festival
8 Aug – Bildein, DE @ Picture On Festival
11 Aug -Tolmin, SLO @ Punk Rock Holiday
12 Aug – Bratislava, SLK @ Majestic Music Club

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London punks GIRLS IN SYNTHESIS have just dropped a video for their new single ‘Pressure’.

A claustrophobic hammer-blow of angry punk, blasting against a maddening background of cold-war electronics, ‘Pressure’ is the first taste of the trio’s debut album Now Here’s An Echo From Your Future, set for release on 22 May through Harbinger Sound, the label that brought you Sleaford Mods.

“In both music and lyrical content this song sets out to capture the unrelenting pressures of living in the modern world,” explains vocalist and guitarist Jim. “The pressures and expectations of which ‘they’ force upon you – with the apparent realisation that you will never be what they want you to be. ‘Pressure, the twist of the gut, as one door opens another fucking shuts’,”

Formed in 2016, the staunchly DIY band built their manifesto on incendiary live performances, with the likes of Slaves, Bad Breeding and Damo Suzuki, and a string of 7-inches eventually compiled on Pre/Post: A Collection 2016-2018 for Louder Than War.

Recording for Now Here’s An Echo From Your Future began in April last year under the watchful ear of Sean Tomlinson at Rockit Studio in Hull, before moving to Hackney’s Gun Factory Studio, with finishing touches made at bassist John’s SICK Studio in Hither Green, South London.

Pre-order the album here.

Girls In Synthesis play the following dates in May…

14 May – Chameleon Arts Cafe, Nottingham
15 May – The Great Escape, Brighton (venue TBA)
16 May – o2 Academy, Leicester (Wide Awake Festival)
16 May – The Talleyrand, Manchester (late show)
23 May – The Social, London (album launch show)
30 May – The Lab, Northampton

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Belgian noise-rockers THE K. are back with a new single which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

Hopefully not foretelling the working week ahead, ‘Shit Day’ is taken from the trio’s third album Amputate Corporate Art.

Returning after a brief hiatus and line-up change the album finds the band drawing on the influence of the likes of The Jesus Lizard, The Melvins, Fugazi and Sonic Youth on a set of ten uncompromising ad crushingly heavy anthems.

“When we reunited we weren’t unharmed by what happened to us,” they say. “We had doubts as human beings of course but as a band too. And the songs are a bit about that: breaking up, moving on, being angry, not knowing what you’re meant for at a time when people around you seemed to be pretty set up, and convincing ourselves that everything would turn out alright.”

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An equal world is an enabled world and that’s why Vive Le Rock! is celebrating International Women’s Day with a rock’n’roll twist.

The day is about challenging stereotypes, fighting bias and broadening perceptions which has always been a thread running through rock music and especially punk. At the Vive Le Rock! Awards we’re honouring Chrissie Hynde who’s always been a loud and proud voice for feminism and activism within her music and outside of it.

Today we’re shining a light on another amazing woman, Hard Rock Café’s original rock‘n’roll waitress, Rita Gilligan! Forty-nine years ago, Rita was there in 1971 when the original Hard Rock Café opened its doors in London. Hungry for the job, she told the manager, “I’m the best you’re gunna get so you might as well hire me!” And he told her to start work right then, on the spot. Since then she’s hung out with The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton and remembers what a great place it was for them to hang out.

With 49 years of work under her belt, she’s travelled the world and opened 170 cafes and still loves the job. She was awarded an MBE for serving the public and says she “Enjoyed every second of it!”

Here’s to you Rita!

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THE CHATS have just unveiled another new video.

‘Dine N Dash’ is the fifth single to be taken from the Sunshine Coast band’s debut album and is a tribute to the time-honoured activity of stuffing your face in a restaurant and scarpering without paying. The video is the work of acclaimed director Matt Weston.

“We filmed at Walters steakhouse in Brisbane. It was the best steak I’ve had. Definitely gave the bowlsie a run for its money. No mushy gravy thou,” says guitarist Josh Price.

“Ya know you’re in a fancy restaurant when the chips and salad aren’t included,” adds bassist Eamon Sandwith.

As previously announced, The Chats are over here in the autumn. Catch them at…

Fri 16 Oct – Southampton, 1865
Sat 17 Oct – Nottingham, Rock City
Sun 18 Oct – Bristol, 02 Academy
Mon 19 Oct – Ireland, Dublin, Olympia
Tue 20 Oct – Belfast, Limelight
Thu 22 Oct – Glasgow, Galvanizers
Fri 23 Oct – Leeds, Stylus
Sat 24 Oct – Newcastle, Boiler Shop
Sun 25 Oct – Manchester, 02 Academy
Mon 26 Oct – Brighton, Dome
Wed 28 Oct – London, Electric Brixton
Thu 29 Oct – London, Electric Brixton

Tickets are on sale here.

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ALLEN ADAMS 1957 – 2019

We lost a genuine UK punk legend last November when Allen Adams, founder member of Peterborough’s DESTRUCTORS suddenly passed away. Allen’s longtime bandmate Steve Rolls got in touch to talk about his friend and the future of the band.

“Allen is a local legend and I know from the feedback I got after his death, how much so many people thought of him. I met him in ’76 in the local record store. Myself and Mike MacGuire were trawling the latest punk records and those coming in from the US and got talking to Allen as we had formed Peterborough’s first punk band The Now. Allen agreed to manage us and it went from there. We went on with his help to play venues like The Roxy and The Vortex.

“Allen was a true punk up until the end. Often seen round the local pubs holding court, ensuring all were in earshot. He’d often drop in something controversial to get that reaction, and he always did…. not always good I might add. He was working (up until a couple of days before he died) at Peterborough’s Met Lounge every Friday / Saturday night (and has done for donkeys years) handing out tickets, selling tickets and relentlessly handing out new Destructors releases. Despite the tough exterior he was a good, trustworthy solid (though controversial) guy and a great friend forever 40 years. I and many others miss him.

“So the latest line up of The Destructors ran from 2006 to the present day. Allen wrote the lyrics for everything and the band collectively. Producing over 50 releases (with three more in the can: 1) a full Destructors album called MADness; 2) a full album of Exorcise The Demons of Youth (as mentioned in Ian Glasper’s book as the one that should have been made), recorded by the last members of The Destructors, (oh and a couple with the ex-drummer of the 82 Destructors); 3) Allen’s third solo album covering his favourite songs from the past. We intend to still release these at some point. Ideally we will try and get these out as vinyl.

“Future-wise, we may play a couple of gigs in honour of Allen but he was the heart and soul of the bands and all previous (10) iterations of The Destructors so that may be that.”

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THE NJE – the jazz-punk supergroup put together by members of MADNESS, GALLON DRUNK and THE HIGSONS – have just unveiled a brand new single.

‘Nought To 60’ is the trio’s first new record since the album Afloat In Dub, their collaboration with producer Adrian Sherwood, released for Record Store Day last year. It’s available now from Bandcamp on a ‘pay what you like’ basis, and on Spotify from Friday.

After a winter spent working on other projects, the band return to live activity this month. Catch them at…

Wed 11 Mar – Chats Palace, Homerton, London
Thur 12 Mar – Kino-Teatr, St Leonards-on-Sea

Sax-player Terry Edwards is also issuing a double-vinyl compilation of his solo works: Stop Trying To Sell Me Back My Past (vol 1) comprises four 90s EPs featuring a series of covers of songs by The Jesus & Marcy Chain, The Fall, Miles Davis, The Damned, Sex Pistols and The Cure. Set for release through Sartorial Records via Cargo, this Record Store Day-only item will be available on 18 April.

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French melodic punks NIGHTWATCHERS have a new video, which they’re premiering today with Vive Le Rock!

‘Fellah’s Temptation’ is taken from the Toulouse quartet’s debut album La Paix Ou Le Sable – a political concept album – which was released through Lövely Records last year. The video is the work of by Xavier Girardot at l’Atelier de Pechbonnieu.

Concerning the early days of the Algerian war in 1954 – a conflict characterized by guerrilla warfare, maquis fighting, and the use of torture – ‘Fellah’s Temptation’ aims to raise awareness about the reality of the occupation and colonial violence that were systematically perpetrated throughout all French colonial territories during several centuries until as recently as 1962.

The band say “We believe it’s not possible to understand the present French society without taking into account its connections with the old colonial Empire.”

La Paix Ou Le Sable is available here.

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The SoundScreen film festival returns for its third year showing some of the best music films, including several UK premieres, in the heart of London.

Sponsored by Vive Le Rock!, as previously, the festival will take over the historic Regent Street Cinema, over the weekend of 27-29 March.

Films due to be screened this year include…

16 BARS (UK Premiere) – a feature-length doc in which four prisoners in Richmond, Virginia collaborate on recording an album with Arrested Development’s Todd ‘Speech’ Thomas.

THE PRETTY THINGS – THE FINAL BOW (UK Premiere) – a document of the long-serving beat legends last show at London’s Indigo O2, followed by a Q&A with Phil May and Dick Taylor.

EAST END BABYLON – director Richard England’s classic doc about the Cockney Rejects. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the director and band founders Jeff Turner and Mick Geggus.

HORN FROM THE HEART – THE PAUL BUTTERFIELD STORY – documenting the life of the troubled Chicago blues harpist, from the earliest years through his multiracial Paul Butterfield Blues Band, featuring guitar legend Mike Bloomfield, to his tragic death from an overdoes in ’87.

HENDRIX AND THE SPOOK (UK Premiere) – director Tim Conrad attempts to unravel some of the mystery surrounding the death of the legendary guitarist in London in 1970.

Check the SoundScreen Website for the full programme and timings.

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Swedish rockers THE GONERS have just announced the release of their debut album Good Mourning.

The five-man band, whose sound is pitched somewhere between garage-punk and primitive NWOBHM-style metal, hail from the steeltown of Eskilstuna, west of Stockholm. A supergroup of sorts, the band featured singer-guitarist Nate Gone of stoner-rockers SALEM’S POT, plus members of the well-known pop band YVONNE.

The Goners released ‘World Of Decay’, the first single from the album back in December. Good Mourning is set for release through RidingEasy Records on 13 March and is available to pre-order here.

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RICH RAGANY & THE DIGRESSIONS have a brand new video which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

The ROLE MODELS frontman’s new band have had a great year, receiving many excellent reviews for their debut album Like We’ll Never Make It, including 9/10 from Vive Le Rock. They’ve also been playing numerous high profile shows, like the one from which this video for the album’s title track is taken, opening for THE LEMONHEADS at London’s O2 Forum. The video is the work of Craig Temple at Racketeer Productions.

The launch of the video comes with the announcement that the band has been chosen to open for STATUS QUO on their winter UK dates. Get there early to catch them at…

27 Nov – Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
28 Nov – Leicester De Montfort Hall
30 Nov – Cardiff St. David’s Hall
1 Dec – Birmingham Symphony Hall
3 Dec – Brighton Centre
5 Dec – London Eventim Apollo
6 Dec – Bournemouth BIC

The band is currently gearing up to go into the studio with celebrated UK producer Andy Brook and Grammy Award-winner Mario J McNulty (David Bowie, Glen Matlock, Raveonettes) mixing.

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On Wednesday 1 April at London’s Shepherds Bush Empire, Vive Le Rock will be presenting BRIAN JAMES with the Pioneer Award, recognising his services to music, including writing and playing on the first British punk single and album, THE DAMNED’s ‘New Rose’ and Damned Damned Damned.

Brian will also be performing with a very special line-up of THE LORDS OF THE NEW CHURCH, featuring Michael Monroe in place of the departed Stiv Bators. Other guests performing on the night include THE ONLY ONES, NEVILLE STAPLE, ARTHUR BROWN and JIM JONES, with our amazing mystery headliner still to be announced!

Before then, though, Brian will be undertaking a trio of non-musical appearances in support of John Wombat’s recently published biography of the man…

This Saturday 29 February, Brian will be in conversation with John at Rough Trade in Nottingham. Tickets are on sale here.

On Monday 2 March, Brian will be the guest of the Rock’n’Roll Book Club at The Dublin Castle, Camden Town – tickets.

Then on Thursday 12 March, Brian will be in conversation at Waterstone’s in Brighton – tickets.

Tickets for the Vive Le Rock Awards, including exclusive VIP packages, are available here.

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Anglo-Americana rockers THE IMBECILES have a new video which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘Decider’ is taken from the band’s debut album which is due out next month through Cadiz Music.

Filmed on location in the Texas panhandle, the video is the second of a triptych of films written by the band’s Butch Dante, focused on their main preoccupation: the fact that the world is ending and people should be kinder to each other while it does…

The imbeciles hit the UK in April for their first headline tour. Catch them at…

April 14th Leeds – Hyde Park Book Club
April 15th Glasgow – Hug & Pint
April 16th Tynemouth – Surf Cafe
April 17th Birmingham – Muthers Studio
April 19th Brighton – The Hope
April 20th Bristol – The Lanes
April 21st London – The Grace
April 22nd Manchester – The Castle

Tickets are available here.

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