BARROW BOYS!

Cumbrian punks THE LIARS CLUB herald their new EP with a brand new live video.

The savage, coruscating ‘8 Tonne’ is taken from the band’s second EP, Of Self, due out on 18 June through Neoprima Music, and casts a scorching spotlight on the devastation caused by the UK’s cocaine trade, 8 tonnes of the stuff being consumed in London alone each year.

“The song lyric ‘The Angels said to the people, welcome’ is a direct reference to how easy it is to get sucked into a world of drug abuse, and the endemic it has become in most towns and cities across the UK. The song has purposely been written to be close to the bone, with Noah’s aggressive vocals being a literal cry for help; a warning,” they comment.

The release is a belated return for the band: following a highly promising debut EP, Dormant, they were temporarily derailed when original bassist Jake took his own life. Having had a period of hiatus in order to process this tragic event, the band returned to play a series of shows to raise awareness of mental health issues in their comrade’s honour.

“It would be easy to not talk about what happened but what would be the point in that?” says frontman Noah Johnson. “Jake was a massive part of the band so if people take one thing from The Liars Club, it’s that they need to talk to each other.”

The Liars Club have lined up the following Summer shows…

24.06.21 – Ulverston – The Sun, Basement
02.07.21 – Manchester – The Castle

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SUFFOLK PUNCH!

DROPKICK MURPHYS have just unveiled a video for their new single.

‘Queen Of Suffolk County’ is the latest track to be shared from their new album Turn Up That Dial, the Boston band’s tenth longplayer.

The track follows hot on the heels of their previous single ‘Middle Finger’. The video is the work of longtime band friend Mark Higgins, who was also responsible for their classic ‘I’m Shipping Up To Boston’ video.

Set for release on 30 April through their own Born & Bred label, Turn Up That Dial is available to pre-order here.

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RETALIATION FOR THE NATION!

Enigmatic Kent ska-punks 3dBs Down have just marked their 20th Anniversary with a new album and video.

‘Count To A Million’ is taken from the album Get Your Retaliation In First which is out now through Engineer Records.

The band don’t give away much about themselves, but they’ve been described as sounding like Less Than Jake on steroids, which is fine by us! Their new album is their third and follows belatedly on from 2005’s Can Of Worms.

‘Count To A Million’ is “about the uneven distribution of wealth and opportunity between the few and the many, and how the numbers involved are hard to conceive.”

The video was directed and edited by Aaron Noordally.

Get Your Retaliation In First is available here.

3dBs Down have also contributed to the compilation album Hoarses For Causes, raising money for Music Support, a charity providing help and support for those in or employed by the UK music industry affected by mental ill-health and/or addiction.

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JAMIE PERRETT UNVEILS SOLO SINGLE!

JAMIE PERRETT, son of The Only Ones’ frontman Peter Perrett, has unveiled his first solo single and video.

An original member of Pete Doherty’s Babyshambles, Jamie and younger brother Peter Jr worked together in the bands Love Minus Zero and Strangefruit before turning their attention in recent years to assisting their father’s return to the frontline of UK music, a trajectory that has seen the release of two (so far) highly praised albums – How The West Was Won (2017) and Humanworld (2019) – for Domino.

Now concentrating on his own career, Jamie returns with his first solo single. Providing clear enough evidence that this apple hasn’t fallen far from the tree, as well as harking back to the dawn of pop, ‘Masquerade Of Love’ is sure to appeal to old Only Ones fans and newcomers alike.

“Masquerade of Love is a song about the duality and reality of love,” explains Jamie. “A song about heaven and hell and all that lies between. The word ‘masquerade’ encapsulates both the joy and allure of a dance or ball with the darker, hidden side of relationships. It’s about a break-up and difficult aftermath and the feeling that comes with it of being stranded and suspended in no man’s land as well as the rejoicing of a beautiful and powerful relationship at the same time.”

Jamie has announced a solo show at The Grace, Highbury (formerly Upstairs At The Garage) on 2 October.

Buy tickets an stream/download ‘Masquerade Of Love’ here.

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NEW VIDEO FROM MICK ROSSI!

Former SLAUGHTER & THE DOGS guitarist MICK ROSSI has released a new video from his debut solo album?

The graceful string-laden ballad ‘Midnight Dream’ is taken from All The Saints & All The Souls, and is certainly not what might be expected from a founder member of Manchester’s ‘Cranked Up Really High’ noisemakers but is perhaps more in tune with the uncertain times in which it was made.

The album was written and recorded in Los Angeles in a stripped down setting, Rossi working at Winslow Ct. Studios in Hollywood with Grammy-nominated engineer Craig Parker Adams (Dave and Phil Alvin, Flesh Eaters).

Released in October through TJM Records, profits from the first pressing of the album were donated to Manchester’s frontline NHS workers.

All The Saints & All The Souls is available to buy here.

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PEPES SHOW!

Multinational powerpop punks LOS PEPES have announced a new single and video.

The breakneck barn-burner ‘I Want You Back’ forms half a double-A-side single with ‘Never Get It Right’, both of which can be found on their forthcoming new album The Happiness Program. Their maiden release for new label Black Wax Noise Division, confusingly, the single also features a third track, ‘Tell Me’, exclusive to this release.

Available on 7″ black vinyl – natch! – and limited edition coloured vinyl, both versions are available, along with loads of other great releases, from the Black Wax store.

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LINE-UP ANNOUNCED FOR RED ROOSTER!

East Anglia’s RED ROOSTER FESTIVAL have announced their line-up for this year’s event.

Faced with Covid restrictions, the organisers fought bravely to save last year’s event, not least because much of their original choice of artists was from the US. However, tenacious as ever, they’re determined that this year’s event will go ahead.

Taking place over the weekend of 27-29 August at their regular location of Euston Hall near Thetford, the festival will be headlined by RICHARD HAWLEY and feature performances by THE URBAN VOODOO MACHINE, DIRTY STRANGERS, SONGHOY BLUES, IAN SIEGAL, LITTLE BARRIE, KITTY, DAISY & LEWIS, HIS LORDSHIP, JIMMY REGAL & THE ROYALS, THE FUTURE SHAPE OF SOUND, BLACK CAT BONE, THE HANGING STARS, 4D JONES and loads more….

Tickets are on sale here.

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SHADOW BOXING!

London punks DEALING WITH DAMAGE are back with a new video and new-ish album.

The droning, irrepressible psych-punk ‘Slow Shadow’ heralds the new vinyl release of their highly-praised debut album.

Ask The Questions was released to rave reviews on CD and download at the end of 2019. The vinyl edition should by rights have followed soon after but the mammoth delays in vinyl-pressing caused by the pandemic have meant it’s only now surfacing.

To make it worth the wait it’s been bolstered by two bonus tracks – ‘Making Plans For Misery’ and ‘Lady Day’ – recorded at No Recording Studio in Rayleigh, Essex during the summer of 2019. The album title has been amended to Ask More Questions accordingly.

The band, who are made up of former members of Sink, K-Line, Done Lying Down, Jerry-Built, Stupids and The Scum Children, took advantage of the fine summer weather between lockdowns to decamp to the Surrey wilderness of their youth to shoot the video for ‘Slow Shadow’.

“Lyrically, ‘Slow Shadow’ is a meditation on the universal experience of hurtling towards death, one day at a time, whilst at the same time being damned if having a few extra years on the clock is going to dim the creative fires that burn inside us,” explains the song’s author Ed Wenn. “It’s 2 minutes and 42 seconds where the veil of self-deprecation is cast aside and DWD insist on being heard. One day they will indeed be that slow shadow, but for now at least, they’re here and they feel they have something to say and an interesting way to say it.”

Ask More Questions is out through Little Rocket Records and is available here.

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ACCELERATION FOR THE NATION!

Punk-jazz supergroup/power trio THE N.J.E. have announced the release of a new mini-album for the first of this year’s Record Store Day Drops.

Formed in Whitechapel, the band features Terry Edwards (PJ Harvey, Gallon Drunk), Mark Bedford (Madness, BUtterfield 8) and Simon Charterton (The Higsons, Alex Harvey).

Following on from 2019’s Afloat In Dub, their collaboration with On-U Sound guru Adrian Sherwood, “Nought To 60” takes its name from the trio’s single released late last year. The release also features the 10-minute ‘Spirit Of Indo’, a tribute to the pub where they first played monthly to an audience of locals and the odd musical celebrity including Matt Johnson, The Undertones’ Damian O’Neill, Reeves Gabrels of Cure and Tin Machine fame and 2 Tone artist Rhoda Dakar. It also includes their version of David Bowie’s ‘Five Years’ commemorating the fifth anniversary of the artist’s passing.

Hear ‘Nought To 60’

Usually held on the third Saturday of April every year, Record Store Day 2021 will take place over two ‘drop’ days – 12 June and 17 July – due to the pandemic.

“Nought To 60” will be available through Sartorial Records on strictly limited 12″ vinyl (with download code) on 12 June. Buyers can find their nearest participating stores here.

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STILETTO FARM VIDEO PREMIERE!

Yorkshire rockers STILETTO FARM have a brand new video and they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

They may look like metallers but sound like pure street-punk on the anthemic ‘State Of Stagnation’, which is taken from the EP Power Fantasy.

Inspired by their late founder Jason White, the band take influence from the likes of Backyard Babies, Motörhead, The Wildhearts and Jean-Paul Sartre with their existentialist high energy rock’n’roll.

Having shared stages with the likes of Orange Goblin, Doctor & The Medics and a full UK tour with Asomvel, they’re champing at the bit to return to the live arena with a spot at The Waterloo, Blackpool’s Motörhead Day on 22 October.

Power Fantasy is available here.

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DAMNED ANNOUNCE TOUR SUPPORTS!

THE DAMNED have announced the full supporting cast for their forthcoming reunion tour.

As previously announced, the reconvened James, Scabies, Sensible and Vanian line-up have rescheduled their July dates for 11-19 February 2022, taking in Glasgow, Manchester, Birmingham and London. Originally planned to celebrate the 45th Anniversary of their debut gig, the dates will mark another celebration, coinciding with the 45th Anniversary of the release of their classic debut album Damned Damned Damned.

The choice of supports pays homage to the Class of ’77, with performances by PENETRATION, T.V. SMITH and the SKIDS alongside THE WILDHEARTS and fast-rising newcomers SMALLTOWN TIGERS.

Penetration

Formed in County Durham in 1976, Penetration, fronted by Pauline Murray, returned in 2001, and having regained their following finally released a new album Resolution to rapturous reviews in 2015. They’ll be playing in Glasgow O2 Academy (11/2), Manchester O2 Apollo (12/2) and Birmingham O2 Academy (16/2). They’ll also play the second night at London Eventim Apollo (19/2) along with The Wildhearts.

T.V. Smith regularly appeared alongside The Damned fronting THE ADVERTS in ’77. Following the release of his critically acclaimed solo album Lockdown Holiday, Smith will be appearing with his sometime backing band The Bored Teenagers, playing a set of Adverts classics in Glasgow, Manchester and Birmingham. They’ll also be appearing at the first London show on 18 February, alongside the Skids.

Smalltown Tigers

Opening each night will be the hotly tipped Italian punks Smalltown Tigers, who made a noise last Summer with their widely praised Five Things mini-album.

Tickets are on sale here. Original tickets are still valid for the new dates.

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RAVAGERS ON THE HIGHWAY!

Baltimore rockers RAVAGERS have unveiled a new video as a taster for their forthcoming album.

Channelling Class of ’76 pop/punk/rock street smarts, ‘Down That Road’ is taken from the album Badlands which, despite having spent the best part of a decade at the rock’n’roll coalface, is actually their debut full-length. It’s due out through Atlanta’s Spaghetty Town Records this Spring.

Fronted by guitarist/singer Alex Hagen – whom sharp-eyed readers will recognise from Vive faves, Atlanta urchins RMBLR – Ravagers dropped their debut EP Livin’ In Oblivion back in 2014, followed after months of heavy touring by 2015’s Natural Instinct EP. Along the way, they’ve plastered their old-skool hearts on their sleeves by opening for such veterans as The Damned, FEAR and The Adicts, as well as fetching up at Vegas’ annual Punk Rock Bowling.

With Covid putting paid to all touring plans, the band locked down in Atlanta with a productions team of Tuk Smith (him from Biters) and Dan Dixon to record the ten chestnuts that make up Badlands.

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NEW MOON!

Former Turbulent Hearts singer SUZI MOON gets her solo career off to an incendiary start with her first single and video which she’s premiering with Vive Le Rock!

With its buzzsaw guitar-and-drums attack and shoutalong chorus, ‘Special Place In Hell’ is a perfect declaration of arrival as the lead track from Moon’s debut EP Call The Shots, due out 21 May through Pirates Press.

Moon’s career began by joining her older sister in the Hellcat-signed Longbeach band Civet for eight years before fronting the trio Turbulent Hearts. More recently she had a brief tenure with L.A. Machina, releasing one single for Alternative Tentacles.

However, after 15 years playing in bands, stepping into the spotlight as a solo artist was something of an inevitability. “Songwriting is my passion and I really wanted to own that moving forward. Going solo was a totally natural progression for me. It just took some time for me to be ready. It’s a little bit scary but here I am, unapologetically Suzi Moon, puttin’ it all on the line for everyone that’ll listen!”

The video for ‘Special Place In Hell’ draws its inspiration from Roman Polanski’s 1965 Brit spinechiller Repulsion, starring Catherine Deneuve and Ian Hendry. “It’s one of my favourites and I have always wanted to pay homage to the movie in my own way,” says Moon.

One focus of the video, which was directed by Eric Schraeder from The Enclave Live, is to illustrate Moon’s attempts to balance her time and presence on social media. “Especially in today’s times when most of what artists do is online, there are these moments when you are dressing up and getting ready for ‘showtime’ online” she says. “It’s not very satisfying when you turn off the camera at the end of the night and haven’t received any real physical connection. It can feel a bit empty, wanting more. Balancing Suzi at home baking bread in her sweatpants and Suzi online and in performance mode.”

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CALL MR. LEE!

Cali ska-punks THE BRUCE LEE BAND highlight anti-Asian hate crime with their new single and video.

‘Division In The Heartland’ is the lead track from the band’s new EP which is out on 28 May through band frontman Mike Park’s Asian Man Records, the label founded by band frontman Mike Park.

The evocative time-lapse video for the track features artist Gilbert Armendariz working on a painting that highlights the songs’s themes of domestic strife and powerlessness.

The band will be auctioning the painting to raise money for the non-profit Stop AAPI Hate, targeting racism against Asian American Pacific Islander communities which has risen during the Covid 19 pandemic.

Open exclusively to bidders in the US, the auction will take place on the Asian Man Records eBay page on Friday 2 April.

‘Division In The Heartland’ is available to stream now on Spotify, Apple and Bandcamp.

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MORE NAMES FOR FUTURAMA!

The revamped Futurama Festival has announced a third wave of additions to the line-up, led by Manchester post-punk/dance pioneers A CERTAIN RATIO.

Post-punk veterans CLOCK DVA, SEX GANG CHILDREN and THE BLUE ORCHIDS have also been added alongside newcomers such as fast-rising Norwegian newcomers POM POKO and hotly-tipped Essex punks THE MEFFS, whose new video Vive Le Rock! premiered last week. It’s also been announced that SPEAR OF DESTINY will now be replacing Kirk Brandon’s other band, the previously announced Theatre Of Hate.

As previously announced, the cutting edge festival which was first staged at Leeds’ Queen’s Hall and ran for several years during the 80s will be reborn in Liverpool at the hands of festival founder John Keenan and Liverpool promoter Marc Jones.

Taking place over the weekend of 11-12 September, the festival will feature four stages across three venues – the Invisible Wind Factory, Make Arts Centre and Ten Streets Social in the Stanley Dock / Regent Road area of Liverpool. The main stages will be hosted by Vive Le Rock! and Louderthanwar.

The latest line-up additions will be joining previously announced headliners HEAVEN 17 (Saturday 11) and PETER HOOK & THE LIGHT and THE CHAMELEONS.

The full line-up so far is…

SATURDAY 11TH SEPTEMBER

HEAVEN 17 / SPEAR OF DESTINY / A CERTAIN RATIO / WARMDUSCHER / BILLY NOMATES / BALAAM & THE ANGEL / SPIZZ ENERGI / SECTION 25 /SINK YA TEETH / TVAM

IST IST / GIRLS IN SYNTHESIS / HEAVY LUNGS / WE ARE NOT DEVO / THE DSM IV / TOKKY HORROR / POZI / WITCH FEVER /SPQR / LOOSE ARTICLES / PETE BENTHAM & THE DINNER LADIES / EXPELAIRES / FEATHER TRADE / LIBRALIBRA / SPILT / YAMMERER / DITZ / FRAUDS / GRANDMA’S HOUSE / THE GENTLE SCARS / THREE FROM ABOVE / BITE BACK / DEH-YEY / DRY RETCH

SUNDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER

PETER HOOK & THE LIGHT / THE CHAMELEONS / THE BLINDERS / CLOCK DVA / THE LOVELY EGGS / SEX GANG CHILDREN /THE MEMBRANES / CHUBBY & THE GANG / JULIA BARDO BLUE ORCHIDS / POM POKO / SAINT AGNES / JOHN / BOB VYLAN / EVIL BLIZZARD / TVAM / ZEE DAVINE & THE UNHOLIES / CROWS / TV PRIEST / COURTING

DR DIABLO & THE DEVIANT SHOW / COURTING / LIINES / DREAM NAILS / EYESORE & THE JINX / CRAWLERS / GRAVVES / GENN / THE MEFFS / TWISTED NERVE / THE WEBB / KLAMP / THE PLEASURE DOME / COUGHIN’ VICARS

…with more names to be added!

Weekend and day tickets (including an instalment option) are available here.

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EVER GIBBONS!

ZZ TOP legend BILLY F GIBBONS trails his forthcoming solo album with a new video.

The desert-twangin’ ‘West Coast Junkie’ is the first track to be revealed from Hardware, the Texan guitarist’s third album, following on from 2015’s Perfectamundo and 2018’s The Big Bad Blues.

Hardware was recorded at Escape Studios in California’s high desert, near Palm Springs, by Gibbons with former Cult and Guns N’ Roses drummer Matt Sorum and bassist Mike Fiorentino, along with engineer Chad Shlosser.

All but one of the tracks on Hardware are credited to the quartet with the remaining song a cover of ‘(Hey Baby) Que Paso’, a hit for Texas Tornados, the supergroup featuring Doug Sahm, Augie Meyers, Freddie Fender and Flaco Jiminez.

“We holed up in the desert for a few weeks in the heat of the summer and that in itself was pretty intense,” says Gibbons. “To let off steam we just ‘let it rock’ and that’s what Hardware is really all about. For the most part, it’s a raging rocker but always mindful of the desert’s implicit mystery.”

Set for release on 4 June through Concord Records, Hardware is available to pre-order here.

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HIGH ON MEFFS!

Fast-rising Essex punks THE MEFFS have just released their second single and they’re premiering the video with Vive Le Rock!

Packing a severe punch for a two-piece, and clearly taking a lead from the early 80s anarcho scene, the angry ‘Scum’ is the Colchester duo’s second single and first new material since the release of their highly-rated self-titled debut album released last year.

“At just 1 minute 25 seconds long, we try to confront shutterbugs and the media about their perceived right of intrusion,” they say. “‘Scum’ references celebrity culture and the detrimental effects of fake news. Lyrics such as, ‘…oh well, so what, you said it’s worth a shot. If you make a quid a minute then you’re making quite a lot!’ try to highlight the focus on reaching an end goal at any cost, regardless of the damage caused to others.”

Having spent the past year just itching to get out there and play live, Lily (guitar/vocals) and Lewis (drums/backing vocals) have already been lined up for Bristol’s Attitude Festival in September alongside Riskee & The Ridicule, Bob Vylan and The Blue Carpet Band, and a show at Lewes Con Club in January next year with Subhumans. Their diary is filling up fast – make sure you don’t miss ’em!

Stream/download ‘Scum’ here.

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SIXTY-NINE LIVES!

THE 69 CATS, the gothabilly supergroup put together by Jyrki 69 of The 69 Eyes and Danny B Harvey of The Rockats, The Head Cat, etc, have announced a new single from their forthcoming album.

‘(Let’s Go) Psycho’ is taken from the band’s long-awaited second album, which follows on from 2014’s Transylvanian Tapes, hence the title Seven Year Itch!

“‘(Let’s Go) Psycho’ was a song I wrote with Australian Psychobilly / Rockabilly artist Brigitte Handley in 2000 when she came over to the States to play some shows and enlisted me as her guitarist & band leader,” says Harvey. “Although she had started out as a Rockabilly artist she had musically moved more toward Psychobilly and people started complaining that she was too loud, too fast. In response I said “f*ck them” and told her we should write a song about her transition from nice rockabilly filly to Crazy Psycho Siren. So she and I sat up late at Tim Polecat’s apartment, where she was staying, and wrote the song. Before she left to return to Sydney we went into the studio and cut it along with 5 other tracks. On the 69 Cats version I managed to leave her background vocals from the original recording so that’s her singing with Jyrki. I told her she makes a guest appearance on our song on the 69 Cats album and she was very happy and loved the final track when she heard it.”

The band’s previous album featured a rhythm section of The Cramps’ Chopper Franklin and Blondie’s Clem Burke. This time around Jyrki and Danny are joined by Damned legend Rat Scabies and Kim Nekroman of Danish psyhcobillies Nekromantix.

Curiously, the new album also features a couple of guest spots from beyond the grave in the form of Sky Saxon, from The Seeds, who died in 2009, and Pink Fairies and Motorhead legend Larry Wallis, who passed away in 2019.

Stream/download ‘(Let’s Go) Psycho’ here.

Pre-order Seven Year Itch! here.

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