London garage punks SUICIDE GENERATION are back with a brand new single.
Crashing in on the back of a hideously lo-fi video, ‘Prisoner Of Love’ is the first fruit of recordings laid down last spring with former CANNIBAL Patrice Picard at the desk, and Detroit legend Jim Diamond working his mixing and mastering magic.
Emerging at the tail-end of 2016, Suicide Generation have worn out numerous line-ups around their songwriting nucleus of frontman Sebastian Melmoth and guitarist Vince Suicide, churning up the highways of Europe, taking time-out to drop a pair of incendiary long-players.
All that roadwork means that the new 7″ will be coming out on 10 October through FIVE different international labels…
Family Spree Recordings (Spain) Surfin’ Ki Records (Italy) Wanda Records (Germany) Spaghetty Town Records (USA) Dirty Water Records (UK – digital only)
Aussie legend MICK MEDEW is back with a new album from his latest band THE MESMERISERS.
Medew built a cult following in the early 80s with Brisbane band THE SCREAMING TRIBESMEN, releasing the classic singles ‘Igloo’ and ‘A Stand Alone’. Relocating to Sydney and recruiting the former RADIO BIRDMAN guitarist Chris Masuak, the band would enjoy a lengthy and successful homeland career, their 1988 single ‘I’ve Got A Feeling’ even making the Top 10 of Billboard’s Modern Rock Chart in the US.
Medew was awarded Queensland’s prestigious GW McLennan Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015.
In the Mesmerisers, Medew is joined by former Tribesmen Brian Mann on guitar and Michael Charles on drums, with Lois Andrews holding down bass duties.
The new album Open Season follows on from the band’s 2013 self-titled debut. Produced by Mann and mastered by another Aussie legend, Don Bartley, it’s available now through I-94 Bar Records.
Leeds rockers PSYCHOBABYLON have a brand new video which they’re launching exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
‘No Means Of Escape’ is taken from the band’s 4-track EP, Is This All There Is?, which is available on CD from the band’s wesbstore and digitally from all the usual platforms.
Formed eleven years ago out of the ashes of the bands Phluid and Slash Vegas, with a line-up of Rusty D (vocals), Andrew Mewse (guitar), Robbie G (guitar), Andy Knott (drums) and JJ Watt on bass, who sharp-eyed viewers will also recognise as a member of The Main Grains.
In line with the song’s title, the band explain that the video’s concept… “is the continual reduction of space in which the band are playing in. Ever felt like you can see the way out but still can’t get there?”
As for the lyrics, Rusty D says, “I won’t describe what the words are about as hopefully it will connect with the listener. They could take something totally different from the song and who am I to say whether that is right or wrong. Shit hot though, innit?”
The band have a bunch of dates lined up, including three shows with Warrior Soul. Catch them live at…
21 Sept – Record Junkee, Sheffield 28 Sept – The Doll’s House, Abertillery (Dollfest 6) 30 Oct – Trillians, Newcastle (w/ Warrior Soul) 31 Oct – Bannerman’s, Edinburgh (w/ Warrior Soul) 7 Nov – Waterloo Music Bar, Blackpool (w/ Warrior Soul) 23 Nov – The Fox & Newt, Leeds
The International London Tattoo Convention returns to the capital next week!
And to celebrate 15 years of the event, Vive Le Rock has a very special Golden Ticket goodie bag worth more than £300 to give away!!!
The Convention takes place at Tobacco Dock in Wapping from Friday 27th to Sunday 29th September. Tickets are available here.
The goodie bag we’re giving away will include…
two day tickets for the event!
a souvenir guide book!
a Stray Cats double vinyl LP anthology designed by legendary tattooist Dennis Cockell!
drinks tokens for the Roundhouse bar!
Gretsch Guitars goodies!
The Graphic Art of Tattoo Lettering book from Thames & Hudson!
a Fuel Girls Poster!
family passes for 2020 Tattoo: British Tattoo Art Revealed!
and all presented in a limited addition tote bag!
To be in with a chance of winning this amazing prize, all you have to do is send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 20 September with LONDON TATTOO CONVENTION in the subject box, with the answer to the following question…
Q: Which ’77 punk icon has been tattooed by LTC judge Mark Mahoney?
Brighton punks COCKWOMBLE have a new single out, which they’re premiering today exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
The dark, brooding post-punk of ‘Threads’ is a first taste of the band’s eponymous album which is available on CD here and from gigs, and digitally later in the year.
Formed last year and featuring Vicky from THE RAMONAS on bass, Ali on guitar/vocals and Leah on drums, have already released three EPs that have been receiving rave reviews, their explosive gigs making them ones to watch on the new UK punk scene.
“‘Threads’ is about how delicately everything we take for granted is held together,” they say. “Once you cut the threads society falls to pieces. The threads holding your mental health together are the same. You cut the threads, it all falls down. The end.”
You can catch Cockwomble live at the following dates…
25 Oct – The Richmond, Brighton (w/ Austerity + Gulls) 26 Oct – Centrala, Birmingham (w/ Long Tall Texans) 4 Dec – The Castle & Falcon, Birmingham (w/ UK Subs)
NYC rockers ELECTRAJETS celebrate the release of their debut album this autumn with a pair of UK shows.
This hot-to-trot rock’n’roll supergroup, led by guitarist Jeff Ward of Birmingham glam-punk legends GUNFIRE DANCE, first formed in 2015, bringing together bassist Cynthia Ross of NYC vets THE B-GIRLS and NEW YORK JUNK, and drummer Dahm Majuri Cipolla of PHANTOM FAMILY HALO and Japanese instrumentalists MONO.
The album Transatlantic Tales, was produced by Ward and recorded by Martin Bisi (Sonic Youth, Live Skull, Bill Laswell) at Brooklyn’s famed BC Studio and features a guest appearance from Thee Hypnotics’ Ray Hanson. It’s out now through Tarbeach.
Fri 8 Nov – Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham Sat 9 Nov – The Unicorn, Camden, London
They’ll be joined at both shows by Birmingham power trio BLACK BOMBERS, who feature Ward’s former Gunfire Dance oppo Darren Birch on bass and recently released the 6-track mini album Vol 4 through Easy Action to huge acclaim.
Long-serving Jarrow punks CRASHED OUT have a brand new video, which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
The work of film-maker Stuart Sterling, the video features the song ‘Still A Fighter’ from the band’s 2005 album Crash And Burn. Stuart takes up the story…
“I first saw Crashed Out years ago at Rebellion. I later Googled them and came across their YouTube channel where I saw the original ‘Still A Fighter’ video. I immediately fell in love with the song and think it is one of their best. I saw them a few more times at The Star & Garter and Rebellion. But it was not until I saw Crashed Out at North West Calling in Manchester in 2019 when I finally got the chance to approach them. I saw Chris [Wright, frontman] standing alone at the bar, so… I went up to him, introduced myself, told him what I do, how I would like to work with them and gave Chris my card. I was not sure whether I would hear from Chris again, but a few days later he got in contact. Chris said he had seen my work, and was really impressed with the official music video I had made for Discharge, ‘The Broken Law’, which for me was my best to date. Chris said he wanted to make a music video with me and not only that, he wanted to do ‘Still A Fighter’! Of all the songs he could have chosen, he chose my favourite!”
“Stuart sent me a story line and location ideas so I scouted out two local boxing gyms to shoot the boxing scenes and Newcastle Uni for the band scenes,” explains Chris. “Everything was done in one long exhausting day! Anyway here’s the final result of the video we are very happy with what Stu has done I am sure a lot of people will also enjoy the video and song.”
Crashed Out are currently working on their next album for 2020 release and have the following dates to take them up to the end of this year…
5 Oct – Hard Rock Hell Punk, Sheffield 1 Nov – The Tap Room, Newcastle 16 Nov – Bannermans, Edinburgh 28 Dec – Trillians, Newcastle
Things are hotting up for JIM JONES & THE RIGHTEOUS MIND’s London show next weekend.
Already announced for the gig at The Garage on Saturday 21 September are YE NUNS, CHROME MOUNTAIN and SUSIE STAPLETON.
Now Jim has announced that his band’s own set will be augmented by guest appearances from Sister Cookie, Paul-Ronney Angel and Luci Fire Tusk from The Urban Voodoo Machine, Stuart Dace from The Future Shape Of Sound, and West London legend, Dirty Strangers frontman Alan Clayton.
And there’s more: in an interview for Southend’s Ship Full Of Bombs radio station, Jim revealed, “There’s a possibility that there may be some original members of The Jim Jones Revue joining us for the encore. I’m not saying for sure one way or the other.”
As previously announced, the band release a limited edition pink 7″ single of their version of the Slade classic ‘Get Down And Get With It’ on 19 September. It will only be available at select record stores and at the band’s gigs. Catch them live at…
19 Sept – York, Fulford Arms 20 Sept – Manchester, Night & Day Café 21 Sept – London, The Garage 22 Sept – Bristol, The Exchange 26 Sept – Norwich, Waterfront 27 Sept – Brighton, Green Door 28 Sept – Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach 29 Sept – Southampton, Joiners 03 Oct – Southend, The Railway Hotel 04 Oct – Hastings, The Piper 05 Oct – Bedford, Esquires
Croydon DIY punks WONK UNIT have just dropped a video for their new single.
‘Cyclists’ was inspired when the band were delayed by a pair of pedallers en route to a festival. Frontman Alex takes up the story…
“Did they care about the motorcade snaking behind them? Cause not! [sic] Go read the highway code – two abreast is cool but ONLY IN CERTAIN SITUATIONS. DO NOT OBSTRUCT THE FLOW OF TRAFFIC. It’s the rules. So, I was tapping my hands on the dashboard when the funk took hold. “Cyclists riding 2 abreast blocking traffic, blocking traffic”. Then I did some rapping (but thankfully that never made it onto the single.) After about three months the cyclists decided to fix a puncture and we made it to the festival. By then the song was already a Wonk winner in the van! We jammed it in soundcheck and was a hit in our set later that night. The end.”
Fab London rock’n’rollers THE FUTURE SHAPE OF SOUND are back with a new single and they’re premiering it exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
The rousing Gospel-driven rock’n’soul floorshaker ‘Joy’ first appeared on the band’s Shakedown Gospel album, released last year through Gypsy Hotel Records to a glowing 9-out-of-10 review in the pages of Vive Le Rock!
Recorded at the band’s Space Eko Studios in East London, the single features contributions from the Urban Voodoo Machine’s Paul-Ronney Angel, and the Blues Kitchen Gospel Choir. Highlight of the track, though, is the sumptuous lead vocal of Suri Sumatra.
The band will be launching ‘Joy’ with a very special party at The Underdog Gallery, London Bridge on Saturday 14 September, with sets from FSOS, Paul-Ronney Angel and DJs Barry ‘Scratchy’ Myers and 7 Inch Max.
Rejuvenated punk veterans THE CRAVATS are back with a new single and video, which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
A typically sinister slice of sax-driven post-punk, ‘Shy’ is the first taste of the band’s new album due out in February next year, the follow-up to their hugely acclaimed comeback album Dustbin Of Sound, released in 2017.
The video was shot on location at Bom-Bane’s Cafe, Brighton by renowned film and music video maker Mark Richards.
Fri 21 Sept – Rockaway Park, Temple Cloud, Somerset (w/ The Slacksons) Sat 22 Sept – Le Pub, Newport, Wales (w/ The Charlemagnes) Fri 29 Nov – The Hairy Dog, Derby (w/ Turning Black Like Lizards) Sat 7 Dec – Green Door Store, Brighton (w/ Interrobang)
Ace Denver CO rockers FAST EDDY have just unleashed their new single and they’re premiering the video exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
Coming together in 2014 as a side project for various Denver rock knobs, Fast Eddy take their name not from the Motörhead legend, but from a celebrated local drug dealer.
Now galvanised into a fulltime rock’n’roll machine, guitarist/singer Micah Morris, bassist Devon Francy, drummer Arj Narayan on drums and guitarits Lisandro Gutierrez, have stepped up their game and deliver ‘Lost’, recorded with Tuk Smith of longtime Vive faves BITERS in the producer’s chair.
We’re raising a glass of rum and hoisting the flag of
rebellion for the 15th Anniversary Rock The Ship weekender! Vive Le Rock are
proud to present this year’s Rock The Ship Festival organised by our brothers
over at Pirates Press Records. It’s taking place across October 17th to 20th
2019 in the Bay Area of California with COCK SPARRER, SUBHUMANS, CJ RAMONE, THE
OLD FIRM CASUALS, CHARGER AND STREET DOGS all billed to play plus loads more. As
well as old favourites, the festival includes a host of younger bands like
Brighton’s The Barstool Preachers, Grade 2 (newly signed to Hellcat Records)
and the all-girl power unit Badcopbadcop. Bar Stool Preachers’ Tom McFaull
said, “Every now and again, a label shows you just how important they’ve
become and how much they’ve grown, and Rock The Ship is that from Pirates Press
Records: another clear statement of intent. Some of the biggest and definitely
some of the BEST artists in the world right now, all under one flag, working
with punks, for punks. We’re proud to be a part of such an amazing party and
family.” See the full line-up on their poster designed by punk rock veteran
Tim Armstrong of Rancid.
Become a pirate for the weekend and hang out with the crew on the flight deck of a legendary aircraft carrier! Subhumans Dick Lucas said, “We’re very much looking forward to playing Pirates Press’s anniversary party, and the fact it’s on an aircraft carrier makes it not only one of the weirdest venues ever, but a prime example of putting a war machine to much better use!” Pirates Press have also added on a load more shows you can check out around Oakland and beyond. 350 LIMITED Weekend Passes are on sale now @ ROCKTHESHIPFESTIVAL.COM Day tickets to the Saturday show on October 19th aboard the USS Hornet will be sold shortly after weekend tickets sell out.
A weekend pass is the only way to attend the 4 other
official Rock The Ship events at the Starline Social Club & Ballroom.
Punters will also get a free poster and gift too! CJ Ramone left us with this
message, “AHOY MATEYS!!! CJ RAMONE OF THE WORLD FAMOUS RAMONES HERE!! ROCK THE
SHIP IS GOING TO BE THEE PARTY OF THE YEAR!!! FROM THE STARLINE BALLROOM SHOWS
TO THE FLIGHT DECK OF THE USS HORNET, THE BAY AREA WILL BE ROCKIN’!!! HAPPY AS HECK TO BE CELEBRATING
15 YEARS OF PIRATE PRESS!!! SEE Y’ALL THERE!!!”
“This show is a bucket list show for me. To be able to play
with some of the bands that inspired me to do what I do is a great show in
itself. But to also play with them on an aircraft carrier…it’s going to be
insane.” – Aaron Rev, The Drowns
“I’m really happy and grateful that Charger gets to be
a part of this event!! Great bands and a great label!!” Matt Freeman,
“I thought we had ticked all of the boxes until Pirates Press booked a fucking aircraft carrier for us to play on for their 15th anniversary!” Colin McFaull, Cock Sparrer
Veteran punks RESISTANCE 77 celebrates more than four decades of punk history with their new video which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
‘Punk’s Not Dead But I’m Not Far Off’ is a rabble-rousing anthem for those that have stayed the course, celebrating the Facebook group of the same name and referencing numerous punk classics, and the video, by Stuart Sterling, features cameos from various friends and acquaintances from the band’s illustrious forty-year career.
“We have built up a good friendship and working relationship with Stuart Sterling who is working on a video documentary about R77 to celebrate our 40th year as a band next year,” they say. “So it was a natural choice to involve him with shooting a video to the song. The icing on the cake came when the friends that we have in other bands agreed to guest on the video and we are honoured to have them support us in our venture.”
The band have had a busy couple of years, with appearances at the Punk Rock Bowling and Crash festivals in the US and their NINETEENTH!!! consecutive appearance at Rebellion this summer. With gigs in Scotland and Belgium planned for the rest of the year, they’re also looking to complete a new album for 2020.
HANDS OFF GRETEL frontwoman LAUREN TATE has just released a new video from her latest solo album.
‘What About The Kids’ is taken from Songs For Sad Girls, which will be released through her own Trash Queen label on Friday 20 September, and the video was directed by Lauren herself.
A high-school dropout from South Yorkshire, Tate has been making an releasing her own music since the age of 15. Recording and self-producing eleven of the fourteen tracks in her own studio, Songs For Sad Girls is Lauren’s first new solo album in five years.
“I planned to get my album produced by someone when I could afford it, but there was a certain magic and honesty captured in my recordings that I knew would really move people,” Lauren explains. “My lyrics are honest and brutal with songs about domestic abuse, body image, feminism and fear of dying. I wanted it to sound like a girl writing in her diary, unapologetic and imperfect like real girls are.”
Speaking about the single, she says, “The song is from a child’s point of view speaking to her father addressing gun violence in America. I wanted the song to highlight issues around gun control and the importance of children’s future in a world where nobody is listening to them. I wrote this song to sing for those that won’t ever get the chance to do so.”
L.A. collective BEAUTY IN CHAOS have a brand new video, which they’re launching exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
Their version of the T REX classic ’20th Century Boy’, which is taken from thee coolective’s new album Beauty Re-Envisioned features Marc Bolan’s son Rolan on vocals and THE MISSION’s Wayne Hussey on guitar, while the video is the work of Industrialism Films and Vicente Cordero, one of the directors behind Room 37: The Mysterious Death Of Johnny Thunders.
The new recording is markedly different to BIC’s previous version on their debut album, Finding Beauty In Chaos, which featured MINISTRY’s Al Jourgensen on vocals.
“Once Rolan agreed to be part of this, I wanted to recut the track with much more of the sultry swagger from the original,” says BIC mastermind Michael Ciravolo. “We added a growly sax and some cool Mott The Hoople meets New Orleans honky-tonk piano to enhance the vibe we wanted. I probably would not be playing electric guitar if it was not for Marc Bolan. This is my big thank you… and I have been blessed to be able to enlist some great company to help me say it. Getting to record and perform this song with Marc’s son and Wayne Hussey is one of those oft-mentioned surreal moments in BIC.”
“When Michael came to me about Beauty In Chaos and doing ‘20th Century Boy’ , I first thought ‘here we go again, another T. Rex cover’,” explains Bolan. “But once I heard the track and talked with him about the love and respect he has for my father’s music it just made sense. It was great timing for me as I was just beginning to get back into making music and we just clicked in the studio. My Dad was so influential to so many, and at times it’s been hard for me to understand what that really means. I’m really proud of what we’ve done here and I believe he would be too.”
“It is, of course, a huge pleasure to be playing guitar and singing on ‘20th Century Boy’, one of Marc Bolan’s best-known songs,” adds Hussey. “And a transcendent honour to be doing so behind Rolan Bolan, Marc’s son. When Michael Ciravolo told me that Rolan was going to be involved I virtually begged Michael to let me be involved in this project. Bless him, despite being more than capable of handling all the guitar parts himself Michael did deign to let me have a strum, and a yodel, along. There’s another one off my bucket list! Cheers, Michael. And Rolan.”
Beauty Re-Envisioned is available to pre-order here.
Dapper Devon punks CROOKED LITTLE SONS have a new single and video which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
Hailing from Exeter, the band have been around since 2013, making their recording debut with a 5-track EP through Easy Action Records. Along the way, they’ve torn a strip off numerous UK festivals, from Manchester Punk Festival and Burn It Down to 3 Chords and Amplified.
Now with the explosive yob-rock Motörhead-gone-Oi thrills of ‘Snake’ in their arsenal, they’re fully tooled-up for dates taking them up to the end of the year, including a bunch of EU dates. Check ’em out at….
30 Aug – The Junction, Plymouth 31 Aug – Burn It Down Festival, Torquay 20 Sept – The Fighting Cocks, Kingston (w/ Hip Priests) 21 Sept – Rumspringa 2.0, Erpe, Belgium 23 Sept – Music City, Antwerp, Belgium 28 Sept – Kraken Bar, Cherbourg, France 31 Oct – The Cavern Club, Exeter 13 Dec – TBA, Manchester
Original Mod Revivalists SQUIRE have just reissued their debut single for its 40th Anniversary.
Originally released in March ’79 on one side of a split single with the band Coming Shortly, ‘Get Ready To Go’ was the first release of that year’s revival.
Widely viewed at the time as the best of the new Mod bands, Squire would go on to sign to Arista but failed to make an impact on the charts in the same way as the likes of Secret Affair and The Lambrettas. They continued for some years, though, releasing four albums, culminating in 1984’s September Gurls, taking its name from the Big Star classic.
Still fronted by guitarist and songwriter Anthony Meynell, the band returned in 1999 and have continued to tour, reissuing September Gurls last year.
Now joined by the B-side ‘Livin’ In The City’ the single is being reissued on limited edition red or green 7″ vinyl and is available to buy from Bandcamp.
The band play a special launch party at The Cavern Freehouse, Raynes Park, London this Saturday 31 August.