DOWN ON THE STREET

BOOZE & GLORY have a brand new EP out today and they’re sharing a video of one of the tracks.

‘The Streets I Call My Own’ is the final track on the four-song Raising The Roof 12″. Say the band, “The track is a sentimental journey to the places we were born and raised, the streets we all know well – or we used to know, because they don’t look the same anymore. The video has been filmed in Sosnowiec, Poland.”

Released in a choice of colours – oxblood and mustard yellow – in a gatefold sleeve, the EP is available now from Pirates Press.

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MULE VARIATIONS

London blues strategists MIRACULOUS MULE are back with a new single and video and news of a new album.

‘O Death’ is a traditional song made famous by bluegrass pioneer Ralph Stanley. Lead vocals are handled by returning singer Alex Louise Petty who featured in the band’s original line-up. The track is backed on the double-A-side single by another traditional song ‘John The Revelator’.

Both tracks feature on the band’s new album Old Bones, New Fire, which is out on 12 August through Lightning Archive. It’s the long-awaited follow-up to 2017’s acclaimed Two Tonne Testimony.

“We had a vague plan to put on some kind of special hometown show to mark the 10th anniversary of our first gig back in 2010 but the pandemic had other ideas,” explains founding guitarist and co-vocalist Michael J Sheehy. “While going through an old hard drive trying to clear space to record new music, I found some monitor mixes of a live session we recorded during sessions for what would become our first album Deep Fried and these performances kind of blew me away. I shared them with the band and we decided to record some more material in a similar vein to create an album. As soon as restrictions lifted, we got together in a room and something magical happened.”

Speaking of ‘O Death’, Petty adds, “Michael played me Vera Hall’s version of the song back at the beginning of the band, and while we can’t improve upon these old recordings, we can find our own way into the songs. Like many a great folk song, ‘O Death’ will always find its place in any era.”

The video is the work of Swiss artist Stéphanie Cousins.

Old Bones, New Fire is available to pre-order here.

The band have just announced a very special launch gig for the album on Sunday 14 August at the ornate Fitzrovia Chapel in London’s West End. Tickets are on sale here.

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THAT HELSINKI-ING FEELING!

Fast rising Finnish rockers ROKETS have released their first single for new label The Sign.

A punky smooch of high energy action rock, ‘Cherry Kiss’ is the first track to be revealed from the Helsinki band’s forthcoming second album Break Free which follows on from debut full-length Fast Times, released in 2020.

“After the recording of our debut album Fast Times, our bass player, second guitarist and drummer have changed,” say the band. “Nevertheless, you will still absolutely hear that signature sound of ours with an addition of razor sharp dynamics in the groove. All glory to the lovely people of The Sign Records for taking us under their sonic wings and presenting this single to the masses. The song tells a story of an irresistible seductress that will be the end of you. She’ll lure you in, take you down and make you wish you would’ve made that U-turn when you still had the chance. There’s no escaping this femme fatale!”

‘Cherry Kiss’ is available to stream/download here.

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DESPERATION ACROSS THE NATION!

Rejuvenated rockers DESPERATE MEASURES are back with a brand new single and video.

‘Thinking Of England’ is the band’s first new material since the release of their widely acclaimed mini-album Rinsed, released last year through Easy Action.

Once again, the track was recorded with producer Andy Brook (Status Quo, Wonk Unit, Ginger Wildheart) at his Brook Studios in Wallington, Surrey.

According to guitarist Michael Gaffney, ‘Thinking Of England’ is “about leaving a bad situation, whether it be physically or mentally, trying to find light at the end of the tunnel and staying hopeful, realising that you might be fucked now, but it’s not always going to be that way.”

The band have a full summer of shows ahead of them, kicking off with a single launch show this Friday 20 May at The Water Rats, London with support from The Duel and Seven Days And Doesn’t Die. Tickets are on sale here.

Full dates are…

May 20 – London, Water Rats
June 3 – Strummercamp Fest, Oldham
July 1 – 229 Club, London (w/UltraBomb)
July 8 – Bedford Esquires ( w/The Rose Of Avalanche)
July 9 – Manchester, Night People (w/The Rose Of Avalanche)
July 22 – Hope & Anchor, London (w/Sick On The Bus)
August 4 – Blackpool, Rebellion Festival
August 20 – Unity Festival, Corby
September 3 – Banfest Festival, Banstead

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IT’S IN THE TREES!

Enigmatic post-punks ABRASIVE TREES have unveiled a video for a track from their new double-A-side single.

‘Moulding Heaven With Earth’ is coupled on the single with ‘Kali Sends Sunflowers’ and is out now through the SHAPTA Releases label.

Founded by guitarist/vocalist Matthew Rochford, the single is the first to feature the full band line-up of Ben Roberts (cello and bass), Jay Newton (guitars) and Jerome Hitchens (drums). The video is the work of fifth member Jess Wooller. The single was produced by Lucy Board and Matthew Board of Devon band Pale Blue Eyes.

Says Rochford, “‘Moulding Heaven With Earth’ is, in part, about how we try to line everything up perfectly in our lives – and how this never quite works. But it’s also about some deeper truths about our potential as human beings.”

The single is available to buy physically from Bandcamp and digitally here.

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SINK OR SWIM

THE PENNY BLACK REMEDY frontman and songwriter KEITH M THOMSON has unveiled the first fruit from his forthcoming third solo album.

‘Sinkhole’ diverges from TPBR’s signature folk-punk sound into a more gothic, electro-industrial territory. Backed with ‘Verena In The Mornings’, also taken from the forthcoming album, the single is available as a limited edition 7″ from Super8Singles Club.

The single is also available digitally from Spotify, iTunes, Deezer and all the usual streaming platforms.

The video for ‘Sinkhole’ was shot in Dubrovnik, Croatia is the work of Thomson’s longtime TPBR partner Marijana Hajdarhodzic – who also provides backing-vocals on the single – with editing by Gavin Carroll in London.

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SPRINGTIME IN CAMDEN!

Powerpop rocker MARC VALENTINE teams up with a Class of ’77 punk legend to pay homage to Camden Town on his new single as he launches the video exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘Mornington Avenue’ finds the LAST GREAT DREAMERS frontman hooking up with Matt Dangerfield, founder of THE BOYS and onetime member of seminal punk precursors THE LONDON SS alongside Mick Jones, Brian James and others.

The single is the second track to be unveiled from Valentine’s debut solo album Future Obscure, which was recorded with Professionals and Wildhearts producer Dave Draper and is set for release on 8 July through Arcane Wires.

The video, by filmmaker Darren Stockford, finds Valentine and Dangerfield revisiting Camden scenes from their past, along with band members Steve Fielding, Denley Slade and Richard Davies (of Richard Davies & The Dissidents).

“There was a certain bittersweet thrill making this video,” sighs Valentine. “Visiting old haunts in Camden and sitting outside my old flat where my band started way back in 1989. It was also also a real honour having Matt appear in the video and having the permission to use some vintage footage of The Boys. I think the video captures the sentiment of the song perfectly, thanks to the editing skills and artistic eye of the terrific auteur Darren Stockford.”

‘Mornington Avenue’ is available to stream/download here.

Future Obscure is available to pre-order here.

As previously announced, Valentine and band head out on tour in July. Full dates are…

Fri 8 July – Nag’s Head, Macclesfield (launch party)*
Fri 15 July – Tap’n’Tumbler, Nottingham*
Sat 16 July – Voodoo Daddy’s, Norwich*
Sun 17 July – Dublin Castle, London*
Tues 19 July – Trillians, Newcastle
Wed 20 July – Bannerman’s, Edinburgh^
Thur 21 July – Fulford Arms, York^
Fri 22 July – Asylum 2, Birmingham^
Sat 23 July – Star’n’Garter, Manchester^

*with Carol Hodge ^with Continental Lovers

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The Boys themselves have three UK dates lined up for next month at…

Thurs 2 June – Prince Albert, Brighton tickets
Fri 3 June – New Cross Inn, London tickets
Sat 4 June – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds tickets

Last but not least, Richard Davies and The Dissidents play a London headline show at The Hare & Hounds, Leyton on Saturday 11 June – tickets

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WASTED YOUTH PLAY CAMDEN!

Revived post-punk cult legends WASTED YOUTH play a very special headline show in London this week.

The East London band, who generated a huge following during their original brief late-70s/early-80 career, reconvened unexpectedly earlier this year, still featuring singer Ken Scott and guitarist Rocco Barker, to play a one-off date at London’s Lexington, which sold out in three hours. This was followed by another sold-out show at the same venue.

The band then joined The Psychedelic Furs on their UK dates, reprising their support role on the latter’s infamous 1981 Talk Talk Talk tour.

This Saturday 14 May, the band play The PowerHaus (formerly Dingwalls) in Camden, where they’ll be performing two sets – their classic debut album Wild And Wandering in its entirety, followed by singles and live favourites. With no further dates currently booked, the band have suggested this could be their last ever show.

“We’ve not accepted any future bookings and have actually turned some down,” say the band. “We have no future rehearsals arranged or tricks up our sleeve. We are going to review, assess and evaluate the past four months and announce our decision before July is upon us. What a trip it’s been, what a blast of a trip! Happy music for happy people indeed.”

Remaining tickets available here.

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BAD EGGS!

Enigmatic London punk-blues trio BAD FRACTALS have a new video which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘FreeRange’ was co-produced by Killing Joke’s Youth and the video was directed by acclaimed animator Monsta.

According to the band, “The video is a hilarious trip through the horrors of factory farming to the origins of the universe itself. It also acts as much needed trauma work, stemming from [singer] Bang Crosby’s childhood phobia of hard-boiled eggs! Originally conceived as a single image of copulating chickens, it rapidly evolved into a parody of the human race itself and its desperate desire to consume life, and everything in it. However, concealed in the video is an even bigger question: is our universe a mass-produced hologram itself?”

‘FreeRange’ is available to stream/download here.

Their other releases are available on Bandcamp.

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COME IN NUMBER 23!

Confusingly-named post-punks 23 AND BEYOND THE INFINITE have announced the release of a new album.

The band’s fourth longplayer, Lumen Del Mundo follows on from Elevation To The Misery, released in 2020.

Formed in 2012 in Benevento, southern Italy, the band have built up an impressive live reputation, playing more than 300 shows across Europe’s clubs and festivals.

The album was recorded as live with producer Raffaello Pisacreta at Mood Records studio in Atripalda, before being mixed and mastered by James Aparicio (Grinderman, Mogwai, Depeche Mode), and combines post-punk grooves, surf guitars and garage-rock energy.

Set for release on 23 May through Dirty Beach and Stand Alone Complex, the album is trailed by a video for the track ‘Horsedance’…

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MIND YOUR MANORS

LA pop-punks JOYCE MANOR have unveiled a single from their forthcoming new album.

The irresistibly summery ‘Don’t Try’ is second single to be taken from 40 oz To Fresno, following on from the recently revealed Gotta Let It Go.

Formed in Torrance Ca in 2008, Joyce Manor have delivered five albums so far and last year reissued a remastered version of their eponymous debut album through Asian Man. Originally planning to take a break from music, frontman Barry Johnson felt the need to keep writing during lockdown, the result surfacing on 40 oz To Fresno. The album was produced by Rob Schnapf, who they worked with on fourth album Cody, and mixed by Tony Hoffer (Beck, Supergrass, Idlewild).

Set for release on 10 June through Epitaph, 40 oz To Fresno is available to pre-order here.

The band will be touring Europe and the UK with Pennsylvania’s Menzingers in the Autumn. Full dates are…

3-10-2022 – Dublin / Opium Rooms (IE)
4-10-2022 – Dublin / Opium Rooms (IE)
6-10-2022 – Glasgow / Barrowland Ballroom (UK)
7-10-2022 – Manchester / Manchester Academy (UK)
8-10-2022 – London – The Roundhouse (UK)
10-10-2022 – Antwerp / Kavka Zappa (BE)
11-10-2022 – Amsterdam / Melkweg (NL)
12-10-2022 – Münster / Sputnikhalle (DE)
13-10-2022 – Hamburg / Markthalle (DE)
14-10-2022 – Berlin / So36 (DE)
15-10-2022 – Linz / SBAM Fest (DE)
17-10-2022 – Solothurn / Kulturfabrik Kofmehl (CH)
19-10-2022 – Cologne / Gloria Theatre (DE)
20-10-202 – Cologne / Gloria Theatre (DE)
21-10-2022 – Wiesbaden / Schlachthof (DE)
22-10-2022 – Stuttgart / Im Wizemann (DE)
23-10-2022 – Munich / Backstage Werk (DE)

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THE WORLD ACCORDION TO J.C. CARROLL

MEMBERS mainstay J.C. CARROLL straps on an accordion for a new album with his roots and folk band THE WISE MONKEYS.

Formed thirty-three years ago, the Monkeys also currently feature violin and didgeridoo player Elliet Mackrel, Members drummer Nick Cash and guitarist/mandolinist Steve Grocott from The Drones, and are no slouches when it comes to tangos, two-steps, waltzes, jigs and murder ballads.

Carroll is no stranger to the accordion, an instrument he first picked up in 1985. Since then he has played it with Johnny Thunders and Sinead O’Connor, and on the soundtracks to no fewer than six Julian Temple films plus Johnny Depp and Marlon Brando movies.

Set for release on 29 July, the album This Is Our Recorded is preceded by a video for the brilliantly-named autobiographical Chuck Berry-inspired Cajun romp, ‘Vive Le Rock’…

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GTR HEROES!

Sunshine Coast punk whippersnappers THE CHATS herald their new album with a new video.

‘6L GTR’ is the second single to be taken from the band’s forthcoming second album Get Fucked, following on from ‘Struck By Lightning’, released earlier in the year. The video is the work of animator and illustrator Marco Imov.

‘6L GTR’ is available to download/stream here.

Get Fucked is available through Bargain Bin Records on 19 August.

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THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT!

Northern rockers THE CITY KIDS have a brand new single and video which they’re premiering with Vive Le Rock!

‘It Should Have Been You’ is the first track to be revealed from Filth, the forthcoming second album from the supergroup featuring members of The Main Grains, Warrior Soul, Tigertailz and Falling Red.

Lead singer JJ says, “The song was written about the age-old problems that most people will have dealt with: going out, looking and feeling good in your mind, only to have one of those nights where everything goes wrong, then, the aftermath where you reflect on people telling you to ‘be yourself’ and it still goes wrong, and, how seemingly less deserving people get all the things you feel you should. All set to a catchy singalong rock’n’roll tune, so, hopefully, its relatable to most people.”

The video is the work of director Bill ‘Fuzzy’ McGlide, who adds, “All there is to say is that it’s a fun clip. No frills. An 80 minute show in 4 minutes. GO AND SEE THIS BAND!!! Great music and you’ll have a damn good time. That’s what music is supposed to be about. Right????”

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NOTHING ON THE JUKEBOX

London post-punks NOTHINGHEADS unveil a new single this Friday.

‘Jukebox’ is the first track to be revealed from their forthcoming EP Digging. The track was recorded with producer Chris Smith at Press Play Studios in Bermondsey, South London and is released digitally through Holy Dotage and on cassette through Just Step Sideways.

“Jukebox is about retreating into your own ‘doom cave’, tuning out and turning it up,” announce the band.

The band will be playing live at…

5 May – Old Blue Last, London
7 May – Hanwell Hootie Festival, West London
23 Jul – Tramlines In The City, Sheffield

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THE SCUM ALSO RISES

Mysterious Londoners NRVS are back with a new single and video.

‘Scum’ is the third track to be unveiled from the trio’s forthcoming EP which was recorded at South London’s Off License Studios. The video is the work of director Grain Freeze and Matt Bateman, who between them have worked with Dinosaur Pile-Up, Noel Gallagher and Aphex Twin.

“So what about Scum? We’re all scum” say the band. “We’re the future of the human race and we’re fucked, as Extinction Rebellion used to say when they were cool – and we love it, or at least we seem to! Us lot just happen to be feeling it at the moment cos we happen to be alive now, so we’re the toppest layer of the pond… scum, get it?”

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BIG HEADS STRIKE AGAIN!

Cornish psych-rockers HANTERHIR have unveiled a psychedelic new video ahead of their show at Penzance’s Acorn Theatre this Saturday.

‘Don’t Go’ is the second single to be released from the Redruth band’s forthcoming album There Is No-One To Trust (Nyns Eus Denvydth Bys Trest), following on from the single ‘Honey Bees’ which came out last month.

“The video was filmed one evening in a small wood near Falmouth,” explains bassist Grant Kellow. “No-one could really see out of the eyeholes on the heads, lots of shouts of ‘Lift your left leg higher’, ‘Duck down’, and ‘Whose bright idea was this?’. But even Mike [Hewitt, sax] didn’t trip over anything in the end. Big fun making it. All filmed by the band in turn.”

“The heads took me a year over lockdown to make!” adds frontman Ben Harris. “Mike was the alien, Grant was the bear, Simon [Howard, guitar] was the devil, Jason [Brown, drums] was the hedgehog, Peasy [guitar] was the moon Lou [Macchi, violin] was the sun and I was the frog.”

Formed in 2008, Hanterhir have become one of the biggest bands in the Southwest, playing numerous festivals and sharing stages with the likes of Gang Of Four, Peter Hook & The Light and Flaming Lips. Following the success of previous album The Saving Of Cadan, they featured in a BBC documentary on the resurgence of the Cornish language, headlined London’s Kernow In The City festival and released a double-A-side single featuring covers of Sonic Youth’s ‘Schizophrenia’ and David Bowie’s ‘Dancing Out In Space’ just as Covid lockdown hit. They returned to live action with an appearance at Hawkwind’s Hawkfest last August and are currently lining up gigs and festival dates for later in the year.

Set for release on 27 May through Easy Action on vinyl and CD (with exclusive bonus track), There Is No-One To Trust is available to pre-order here.

Tickets for the Acorn Theatre show are available here.

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DESPERATE MEASURES HIT THE ROAD!

It’s shaping up to be another busy year for New Zealand born, London based rockers DESPERATE MEASURES.

Following their mini album Rinsed on Easy Action Records and a full UK tour with Paul Cook’s post-Pistols rockers The Professionals at the end of last year, Desperate Measures have started recording their debut full-length album, due early 2023. Working once again with Andy Brook (who has produced, engineered, and toured with the like of Status Quo, Ginger Wildheart, Wonk Unit, Hayseed Dixie…) at The Brook Studios in Wallington, Surrey, Desperate Measures have completed work on a new single titled ‘Thinking Of England’ that lyrically captures the yearning to escape from a place or a situation you might not want to be.

The single will be released in time for the Queen’s Jubilee on 3 June. Desperate Measures will play a single launch show at London’s Water Rats Theatre on 20 May to coincide. Says frontman Eugene Butcher, “We’ll be showcasing a few songs from our forthcoming album, plus the new single which has just happened to coincide with the Queen’s Jubilee. And we’ve got The Duel and Seven Days and Doesn’t Die along for the ride so expect a right Royal knees up!”

Tickets for Water Rats 20 May available here

See Desperate Measures in 2022!

April 30 Angel Weekender, Coalville
May 13 London Powerhaus (w/ Nashville Pussy)
May 14 Westworld Weekender, Wolverhampton
May 20 London, Water Rats
June 3 Strummercamp Fest, Oldham
July 1 229 Club, London (w/ UltraBomb)
July 8 Bedford Esquires (w/ The Rose Of Avalanche)
July 9 Manchester, Night People (w/ The Rose Of Avalanche)
July 22 Hope & Anchor, London (w/ Sick On A Bus)
August 4 Blackpool, Rebellion Festival
August 20 Unity Festival, Corby
September 3 Banfest Festival, Banstead

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