BLACK WAX WORK EVENT!

Multinational rockers LOS PEPES play a special London show this week as a lunch party for Essex label Black Wax Noise Division.

The band have just released their fifth album The Happiness Program to wild reviews. It’s available now from Bandcamp.

Taking place at The Finsbury pub at Manor House on Friday 21 January, the gig also features sets by CHINESE JUNK, YOUNG FRANCIS HI-FI and TENEMENT RATS. The show kicks off at 7pm.

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PUMP UP THE VOLUME!

London’s Pump It Up Power-Pop Weekender has announced its full line-up for this summer’s event.

Now in its fourth iteration, put together by promoters Some Weird Sin, the event will return once again to The Lexington in Islington over the 2nd and 3rd July.

Headliners on the Saturday are Norway’s THE YUM YUMS, while NYC’s BABY SHAKES (pictured) close the weekend on the Sunday.

Also line-up for Saturday are THE SPEEDWAYS, RADIO DAYS, CAROLINE & THE TREATS, POGY ET LES KEFARS and EMPEROR PENGUIN.

Sunday’s line-up in completed by DUNCAN REID & THE BIG HEADS, SLYDER SMITH & THE OBLIVION KIDS (feat. three-quarters of Last Great Dreamers), AVILDA, AMOEBA TEEN and SMALLTOWN TIGERS, making their first UK trip since 2019 and a first chance to catch them ahead of their shows with The Damned in October.

Weekend and day tickets are available here.

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AUTOMATIC CRUZ CONTROL!

Veteran L.A. rockers CRUZADOS are back with a brand new album this month. Nearly 35 years after their last!

Set for release on 28 January through Deko Records, the recently revitalised band’s She’s… Automatic! follows belatedly on from the band’s second album After Dark, which came out in 1987, before they split in 1990.

Formed in 1984 out of the ashes of East L.A. punks The Plugz, Cruzados shifted styles in a more rock direction, which saw them release two albums for Arista and a spot in the Patrick Swayze action movie Road House.

Band members Chalo Quintana and Marshall Rohner found work with the likes of Izzy Stradlin, T.S.O.L. and Social Distortion but have since passed away. Now founding bassist Tony Marisco has put together a new line-up featuring members of The Dogs and Little Caesar.

Recorded during the winter of 2021, She’s… Automatic! features guest appearances from the likes of Dave Alvin, John Doe, Dave Hidalgo and Steve Berlin from Los Lobos, Melanie Vammen (Muffs, Pandoras, Leaving Trains, etc) and T.S.O.L.’s Greg Kuehn.

Check out the title track…

Pre-order She’s… Automatic! here.

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NEWTOWN NEUROTICS UNVEIL NEW VIDEO!

Harlow’s finest, the NEWTOWN NEUROTICS are back with a new single and they’re premiering the lyric video exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘Liar, Liar (Pants On Fire)’ – no prizes for guessing who it’s aimed at – represents the trio’s first new music since 1988 and is a first taste of their brand new album Cognitive Dissidents, due out next year.

The band had been preparing to launch the documentary film Kick Out! when Covid landed, but the lockdown period heralded a new period of activity for the band, leading to eleven new songs with the album recently being completed at Famous Times Studio in Hackney with producer Sean Read (Dexys, Rockingbirds).

‘Liar, Liar (Pants On Fire’ will be available digitally through Cruel Binary on all the usual platforms from Monday 20 December, but we guarantee you’ll be shouting it at the TV long before then!

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MERRY SLADEMAS!

In the topsy-turvy world of today, it’s nice to know that there are some things you can rely on and today SLADE unveil a new video for their Xmas evergreen ‘Merry Xmas Everybody’.

Unbelievably, the animated clip is the first ever official video for the song!

Quickly selling over a million copies on its first release in 1973, it was the Black Country rockers sixth No.1 hit, and has since spent a bauble-busting 105 weeks on the charts, re-entering the countdown for the 26th time this week.

“The video is very unusual and comical,” says Noddy Holder. “It does sum up the band’s characters HO HO HO!”

This year the single has extra meaning coming as it does amid a major vinyl reissue programme for the band, doubtless many of which will be bulging a few stockings on the wall this year.

So far, Slayed?, Old New Borrowed And Blue and Slade In Flame have all been reissued on splatter vinyl.

The next reissue, due in January (so you’ll have to postpone the Christmas comedown), is their classic Slade Alive!, originally released in March ’72 and rising to No.2 in the album chart, and featuring the breakthrough hit ‘Get Down And Get With It’ and their mammoth take on Steppenwolf’s ‘Born To Be Wild’.

Released on 28 January on red/black splatter vinyl in gatefold sleeve through BMG, Slade Alive! is available to pre-order here.

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SCARRED FOR LIFE!

Now hopefully recovered from their tour supporting THE PROFESSIONALS, London rockers DESPERATE MEASURES are back with a brand new video.

The barn-burning ‘Scars & Memories’ is the third single and opening cut from the quartet’s highly praised mini-album Rinsed, which came out in September through Easy Action.

“A tale of a reckless life lived out of control, addiction, and regrets, it’s the story of a long-lost friend who is now on the run from criminal gangs,” say the band. The video was shot, directed, and edited by Craig Temple of Racketeer Pictures.

Buy Rinsed here.

To put a cap on a successful year, the band play a special London headline show at Nambucca, Holloway Road on Thursday 16 December, where they’ll be joined by THE BLUE CARPET BAND, THE DUEL and LOS SANTOS. Tickets are available here.

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FOR FOX SAKE!

Punk bands have been lining up to support hunt saboteurs on the latest in a series of compilation albums.

The 28-track Hunt Sabs Benefit CD Vol 3 features tracks from THE CRAVATS pictured), RUBELLA BALLET, EXTREME NOISE TERROR, LOST CHERREES, BACK TO THE PLANET, THE MENSTRUAL CRAMPS, ICONS OF FILTH, ANARCHISTWOOD, MDC, FEROCIOUS DOG, OMEGA TRIBE, THE PUKES and many more.

The release comes just days after the news that the National Trust, Cheshire West and Chester Council have announced a ban on trail-hunting on their land.

Each release in the series benefits different groups and this edition will benefit North London, North Wales and Glasgow hunt saboteurs.

Released through On the Run Wreck Chords, Hunt Sabs Benefit CD Vol 3 is available on CD, as a limited edition bundle with badges, poster, sticker and patch, and digitally through Bandcamp. And if you buy the CD this Friday, Bandcamp will be waiving their fees with all profits going to the organisations concerned.

Check out The Cravats’ track ‘Bury The Wild’…

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LA VIE EN ROSE!

Rising star VANITY ROSE has a new single and video out today.

We’ll let vanity describe herself in her own words…

“Hi, my name’s Vanity Rose, I am a new wave/post-punk artist from Bedford,” she says. “I love nothing more than writing songs with a bit of bollox in them. My influences are Iggy Pop, X-Ray Spex, Blondie, Wendy O Williams, Marc Bolan, Romeo Void and bloody loads more!!!”

‘Control Of Animal’ is not taken from her new album Hooligans Shampoo, which is available digitally from Spotify, Amazon and all the usual digital platforms. It’s also available on CD via her Facebook page.

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DOMESTIC BLISS!

JAMES DOMESTIC today reveals another taster for his forthcoming debut solo album with a new single and video.

‘Push On Through’ follows swiftly on the heels of last month’s ‘Faze Out’, the first release from Carrion Repeating, which is due in April next year.

“It’s really different from the first single, so it might throw people even more than that did!” laughs Domestic. And it’s true; where ‘Faze Out’ was a two-minute electro-punker, ‘Push On Through’ takes an urgent bassline and an eloquent lyric about night driving past the five-minute mark.

“I’ve been touring for years, so it was inevitable that some of those images ended up in a song. It’s not a typical ‘road song though; I’m not Bon fucking Jovi!”

A regular on punk bills for a decade with East Anglian hardcore pioneers THE DOMESTICS, PI$$ER, TOKYO LUNGS and others, sharing stages with the likes of Poison Idea, Discharge, Wonk Unit and the UK Subs, Domestic has turned off the hardcore road for his solo career, taking pointers from the likes of Ian Dury, Mark E Smith, Roots Manuva and King Tubby.

Released on Kibou Records through TNS (UK) and Amok (Germany), ‘Push On Through’ is available now via Spotify, Bandcamp and the usual platforms.

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GENERICAN REVOLUTION!

UK agit-punks MC16 are back with a new single and video which they’re premiering with Vive Le Rock!

On ‘United States Of Generica’, which follows on from last year’s ‘Anti’, the trio cast a jaundiced eye on the blanding of high streets up and down the UK throughout the past couple of decades, as independent businesses are forced out by grasping landlords and faceless chains…

“I used to think I was psychic” says drummer Duffy. “I could be in any city centre for the very
first time and know where all the shops were. But then I realised that all the city centres are all just
generic. I am not psychic. Pah!”

“High streets have just become memories now,” says bassist and co-vocalist Quinn. “I remember
some of the great characters of our high street like the man who was always dressed as a cowboy
shopping with his mum, and the busker with only one string on his guitar. Now its just a middle
ground of mediocrity!”

“You can’t just blame the death of the high street on the internet,” adds guitarist and co-vocalist Carson. “High streets are very product-focused but me personally, I don’t buy a new brand label t-shirt every week but I would be more of a user if they were more service- or experience-focused and built on need not gain.”

The track was once again recorded with Wildhearts and Professionals producer Dave Draper. For the video, the band hooked up with Will Hutchinson, director of the acclaimed Brit-horror Overhill.

‘United States Of Generica’ is available from the band’s Bandcamp.

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STEVENSON ROCKS IT!

Punk guitar legend JAMES STEVENSON has announced a special one-off London show next month.

A ubiquitous presence since the original punk days, Stevenson began his career with Chelsea, going on to play with Gen X, Gene Loves Jezebel, The Cult, The Alarm and supergroup The International Swingers alongside Clem Burke, Glen Matlock and Gary Twinn, not to mention the countless recording sessions he’s played. He can currently be found celebrating the music of Bowie with Tony Visconti and Woody Woodmansey in Holy Holy.

Stevenson will be celebrating his latest solo album The Other Side Of The World with a show at Pizza Express Live, Holborn on Sunday 12 December, with the West London All-Stars, including Terry Edwards (Gallon Drunk, NJE), Pat Ralla (Hanging Stars, Rockingbirds), Steve ‘Smiley’ Barnard (Joe Strummer, Spear Of Destiny), Elizabeth Westwood (Westworld), Jenny Matthias (Belle Stars), Tracie Hunter and Peter ‘Bugg’ Rizzo (Gene Loves Jezebel).

Tickets (including VIP packages) are available here.

Buy The Other Side Of The World here.

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WHAT’S IN A NAME?

Warsaw post-punks NAMELESS CREATIONS have a brand new video which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

The gothic-psych flavoured ‘Pain-Powered Machine’ is the A-side of their new 7″ single, their first physical release since the full-length Upon God’s Call, released back in 2019. It’s set for release on 19 November on their own Kill Your Parents label via Bandcamp.

Appropriately enigmatic, they’re reluctant to give much away about themselves but do describe their music as “…a dark and strange blend of garage noise and post punk expression that creates an electrifying mixture when combined with an intriguing performance and gothic attire.”

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VILLAGE THING!

THE RAMONAS return with a brand new single and video which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘Last Punk In The Village’ is the first single to be taken from the band’s forthcoming fourth album Haphazard. The single also marks five years since the band started releasing their own original material, having spent the previous decade as a hugely successful Ramones tribute band.

Edited by bassist Victoria Smith, the video was shot during sessions for the new album at Brighton Road Recording Studios and features a cameo from a certain punk legend…

Due for release on 5 November, Haphazard is available to pre-order now from Spotify, Bandcamp and the band’s webstore.

The band have spent the past month reacquainting themselves with live audiences, including several shows with The Skids. There are still more shows to come before the year’s out, though, and you can catch them on the road at…

Nov 4 – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
Nov 5 – Crofters Rights, Bristol
Nov 6 – Duffy’s Bar, Leicester
Nov 19 – Yardbirds, Grimsby
Nov 20 – Academy in the UK, Manchester
Dec 18 – The Lexington, London (w/Duncan Reid)

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REBOOT BOYS!

Kentish pop-punks THE MELBIES are back with a new single and video which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

Having formed in Dover in 2016, ‘Reboot Me’ is the sheep-loving trio’s first release since signing to Bad Granola Records and recruiting drummer James Nesbitt, who joins guitarist Dan Drew and bassist Sam MacNamara. They recently returned to playing live by opening for THE WILDHEARTS at their Dover show last month.

“We’re done licking our wounds from the pandemic,” they say. “We’re now back performing, writing new music and supporting the scene of local bands around us. We miss our friends and miss the music scene, so out the traps we’ve come back more excited than ever and are looking forward to playing some amazing live performances. We’ve also got a bank of songs that we’re looking forward to publicly releasing.”

Stream/download ‘Reboot Me’ here.

Catch The Melbies live on the following dates….

13 Nov – Escape Bar, Shepherds Bush, London (w/ The Vibrators)
14 Nov – Petchfest, Dover
19 Nov – Patterns, Brighton
20 Nov – Hobbit Bar, Southampton
5 Dec – The Black Heart, Camden, London
11 Dec – Till The Fest Xmas Party, New Cross Inn, London
19 Dec – Poco Loco, Chatham
29 Jan – New Cross Inn, London

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DAN SARTAIN’S FINAL ALBUM ANNOUNCED

DAN SARTAIN’s final album is heralded with a new video out today.

The Alabama-born rocker tragically passed away at the age of 39 in March this year, having completed work on Arise, Dan Sartain, Arise, the title that he had already assigned to it. Now at the request of Dan’s family, the 13-track album is being released exactly as Dan intended through his longtime UK label One Little Independent.

One hundred per cent of both the artist’s and the label’s royalties will be paid into a trust fund for Dan’s young daughter.

Arise, Dan Sartain, Arise is out on 26 November.

‘People Throwing Stones In Glass Houses’ is available now on Spotify.

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BLOOD ON THE CARPET!

THE BLUE CARPET BAND return just in time for Hallowe’en with a scary new single and video.

‘B-Movie Boogie’ is the Vive Le Rock New Blood award-winners’ second single since making their debut for Bomber Music with ‘Back In The Trash’ back in 2019.

Since then, the band have had a line-up reshuffle, seeing them joined by Ant Thomas (drums) and Stan Standen (guitar) from psychobilly legends Demented Are Go. They’re currently working on their second album for release in 2022.

“We are completely ecstatic to finally be releasing new music again, it feels like it’s been a lifetime,” says frontman Djamel Abina. “This first new single will also have our first video, a B-Movie horror clip. Now that we have Stan and Ant as latest additions to the rock’n’roll madness that is The Blue Carpet Band, things are really starting to click. They both bring something special that adds the missing pieces we have been looking for over the past few years. We’re really looking forward to getting the album finished and out there next year.”

‘B-Movie Boogie’ is available to stream/download here. Pre-order the vinyl here.

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DOMESTIC APPLIANCE!

DOMESTICS frontman JAMES DOMESTIC launches his solo career with a new video today.

‘Faze Out’ is the first taste of his debut solo album Carrion Repeating which is due out next spring.

Fronting East Anglian hardcore pioneers The Domestics for a decade, James has also done time with the likes of Pisser, Tokyo Lungs, Hazard Profile and more. ‘Faze Out’ finds him moving away from hardcore, however, fusing Krautrock with junkshop electronica, while drawing influence from from the likes of Ian Dury, Mark E Smith and Vic Godard.

Carrion Repeating is set for release in April 2022 on Kibou Records via TNS (UK) and Amok (Europe).

‘Faze Out’ is available to stream/download now from Spotify and all the usual platforms.

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CELEBRITY TOP 10: HARD-ONS!

This week sees the release of I’m Sorry Sir, That Riff’s Been Taken, the brand new album from Aussie legends the HARD-ONS. It’s the first to feature new singer Tim Rogers.
To celebrate, we asked guitarist Peter Black to go through YouTube and give us a Top 10….

X – SUCK SUCK

Fuck, this was a big album for us… what am I saying?! It still is!

Nothing sounds like this and nothing ever will… they reformed when we were still youngsters and played an infamous show at an abandoned site called Alpha House (apartments todays) was INSANE… terrifying and exhilarating, over run by skinheads, we were hiding up the back… left alone cause we were still in our diapers practically! We would take turns pushing our way up the front while it seemed the whole place was having a punch-up and X played along at ear splitting level. Lost count of the times we saw ’em after that… no-one will ever bass like Ian Rilen did… can’t describe it ’cause words like Savage, Powerful, Nuclear, Fatal just doesn’t come close! The album Aspirations was reportedly recorded in five hours… don’t you just LOVE THAT?!!

THE LEFTOVERS – CIGARETTES AND ALCOHOL

There is this book called Inner City Sound – Punk And Post-Punk In Australia, came out in 1982 (recently reissued) that we read cover to cover… each story and the wild photos inside were so inspirational that we would hunt every record / band that was mentioned… one band in particular,The Leftovers, sounded proper scary! Couldn’t wait to hear this and fuck-en-hell didn’t disappoint…!

BABEEZ – HATE

Another favourite… and another ‘what the fuck am I listening too??’, its barely held together and all the more powerful because of it! I wanted to cover it, or at least try to, but it’s not always ‘just the song’ but the ‘performance’ as well… only these four nutters could sound like this…

SICK THINGS – COMMITTED TO SUICIDE

In keeping with the tradition of pristine Aussie hi-fidelity comes this mind blower! Freaking insane… we covered this with the wonderful Neil Hamburger… members went on to Venom P Stinger and Dirty Three and lucky for youse guys, pretty sure this has been reissued not that long ago.

THE ELOIS – BY MY SIDE

Pretty soon, being the music nerds we were, we started hearing and reading about ’60s Punk’… WTF?? When you first hear it there’s no turning back…’ enthralled by all the Pebbles, Nuggets, and Flashback series of records we found an album called Ugly Things put out by Raven Records, by rock historian Glenn A Baker and this is one of the greatest records ever full stop! Every song is killer… How many of these songs we tried to cover when we were jamming? Ha! Lost count… I know we did this one. BLISTERING.

BLACK DIAMONDS – I WANT, NEED, LOVE YOU

And this WILD track… discovering there was also a film clip?? Oh boy!!

and…

THE MISSING LINKS – WILD ABOUT YOU

Does anything sound like this?? Ever?? No way… The Saints covered this and ya gotta hand it too ’em, their version is killer.

But this is a truly one of a kind unhinged slab of magnificence!! Should be studied in schools!! 

These were but three songs on the Ugly Things compilation I mentioned… can you see what I mean about being one of the best albums ever?!!

THE BIRTHDAY PARTY – JUNK YARD

I know everyone knows The Birthday Party but I think most people forget what a SHOCK to the system they were… We managed to see one of their last ever shows and – get this! – with the Scientists and X as supports. It’s a gig I will never forget EVER!! Man! We pushed to the front but I had to go pee and lost my spot for a bit… when I finally managed to get back there Ray gleefully informed me that Nick Cave head-butted him! FUCK OFF! I was so jealous. 

Their records still sound like a nightmare in-fucken-credible. Goosebumps watching this even from shitty computer speakers.

 THE SCIENTISTS – WE HAD LOVE

When we were old enough to sneak into pubs this incarnation of The Scientists started playing and like X, I’m pretty sure we went to every single fucken gig… ya just couldn’t miss ’em…

It’s hard to describe what that was like… maybe, put headphones on… close ya eyes, turn it up till its hurts a little, then fall down some stairs… HOW GOOD IS THAT?!!

CELIBATE RIFLES – TUBULAR GREENS

I don’t know how to end… when we started playing there were a million awesome bands… we loved ’em all, and a million killer labels… we loved ’em all!

Australian rock and roll was in a good place…

I’ll end on this as I wish Damian Lovelock a whole lotta Rock In Peace.

The Hard-Ons’ I’m Sorry Sir, That Riff’s Been Taken is available now from Cheersquad and Boss Tuneage.

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