Well for obvious reasons there won’t be a Wonkfest this year. But save the tears as Wonkfest 7: The Movie! is on its way.

Vive Le Rock! will, as usual, be premiering the cinematic record of last year’s occurrence of the world’s number one DIY punk festival! But this year will be a bit special…

Thanks to director Mark Richards, in the run-up to the premiere on Saturday 25 July, we’ll be posting FOUR exclusive non-movie clips of bands that performed at Wonkfest 7.

So what better way to kick off than with Wonkfest favourites PIZZATRAMP?

“Wonkfest wouldn’t be Wonkfest without pizzatramp,” says Alex Wonk. “They are furniture, they are party, they are the Pwosion’s of Wales. Thrashers.” 

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Multi-national garage rockers are back with a new lockdown video which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

We premiered their first video ‘Sa-Ni-Ti-Zin” back in April, just as lockdown had begun. Now ‘Sneeze In Your Sleeve’ offers more sage advice as we prepare for the pubs to open…

Say the band, “Lockdown is easing, and THE SANITIZERS are back to talk to you about sneezing – in your sleeve! That’s right ladies and gentlemen, your
favourite quarantine super-group featuring members of King Salami & The
Cumberland 3, MFC Chicken, The Fuzillis, Los Torontos, Barrence Whitfield & The Savages, The Thanes, The Sensation Seekers and Lyres are back with
another rock & roll pandemic public service announcement: don’t be a fool,
you know it’s cool to Sneeze In Your Sleeve…blow you nose in your clothes, daddy-o!”

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Fusing glam, space-rock, dub and a groovy psych organ, unstoppable Essex pop maverick ED SYKES is back with a brand new video.

The single ‘I’m Forever Losing You’ is a taster for Sky Seed, Sykes’ debut album with his new band THE SONIC OSCILLATORS and follows on from 2018’s glam anthem ‘Whiplashed’.

Produced by Oscillators guitarist Nathan Wacey, the song was recorded at Rebellion Studios, Marks Tey on a 1968 3M tape machine previously used by The Beatles at Abbey Road, through a former BBC mixing desk once used by the great John Peel.

As well as completing Sky Seed, Sykes has recently collaborated with Future Sound Of London / Amorphous Androgynous mastermind Gaz Cobain as well as producing sessions for The Pretty Things’ keyboardist John Povey’s debut solo album.

Released through CO6 Records, the single’s available here.

Read our 16-page 50 Years Of Glam spectacular in the new edition of Vive Le Rock! out now!

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FROM THE SPECIALS – THE NEVILLE STAPLE BAND featuring the legendary Coventry toaster and his wife Sugary Staple, are unveiling a brand new video exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

Many artists have been forced to make videos under lockdown, but ‘Lockdown’ the song was actually specifically written about experience itself, concerning COVID 19 and isolation from one’s friends and loved ones.

“Sugary came up with the idea to write a song about the lockdown, which, at first, was a very fast-stomping ska track,” explains Neville. “We then realised that it was too fun and happy a tune for the theme. Most of us have been quite down about the whole virus thing, so we decided to take it on a more sweet but moody 2Tone reggae route, in a similar vein to ‘Ghost Town’, with some music we had worked on previously with Sledge (Steve Armstrong).”

The track was recorded by sharing files among the various band members in their own homes, while the video was shot under similar conditions.

“It wasn’t easy,” says Sugary. “I had to collate a whole bunch of recorded snippets from the band, mostly done via phones and tablets. But as a part-time actress and filmmaker, I really do enjoy editing and producing videos and this one was great fun.”

While the band have been forced off the road, the pair have been involved in more charity work than usual, recording DJ sets for those in hospital or self-isolation. In keeping with this, they’ve decided that the single will be used to highlight the work of Zoe’s Place, a charity run for terminally ill babies and toddlers.

“Charities like these really do suffer at a time like this, as the focus is on other things.” says Sugary. “But the work they do at Zoe’s Place is like one of a kind and so very special. They step in when families really do need the support, providing 24-hour high quality, one-to-one palliative, respite and end-of-life care for children aged 0-5 years. A heart-breaking time for anyone involved. We must not lose a charity like this – it is too important and so we will be supporting this, along with other charities we are patrons or ambassadors to, with this single. We also dedicate this song to all those who have been affected by COVID 19.”

The ‘Lockdown’ track is available on 7″ vinyl EP in a strictly limited edition of 250 as part of a special gift set with a CD of rare tracks, fridge-magnet, keyring and protective face-mask. It’s available to order here.

The song is also available as a download from Apple, Amazon and the band’s website.

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North-East punks LOADED 44 have a new video which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘Love To Hate’ is taken from the Line Him Up EP released last year.

“We are releasing this new video during lockdown just to make sure we have not wasted our time,” say the band. “We have another studio video to record and release for ‘Line Him Up’ as soon as the lockdown rules are relaxed a bit. We have had gigs in Germany cancelled due to this nightmare but once this is over we want to get back out there as much as possible now we have our lineup back to full strength with Steve back on bass. However, we do have the fantastic Tony Taylor from First Wave/Hi Fi Spitfires as a stand in, when Steve is away with The U.K. Subs. Hoping to see everyone soon.”

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Norwich post-hardcore trio OTHER HALF have just released a video for their new single.

‘Trance State’ is taken from the band’s debut album Big Twenty, which is set for release on Venn Records, the label founded by GALLOWS members Laurent Barnard and Stu Gili-Ross.

Speaking about the single, the band say “’Trance State’ is made up of fragments from nights spent at our worst, and the real ill nature encountered on the way. It’s probably the only time the characters on the album become the observer—seeing the ugliness in their surroundings for the first time—but, as with anything, that’s quickly put to bed in favour of putting something up their nose. Musically, the track pulls from bands like The Jesus Lizard and Slint, aiming for something that slithers along with the same creepy intensity of the characters in the song.”

Formed in 2012 by members of Maths, Ducking Punches and Manbearpig, Other Half comprise Cal Hudson (guitar, vocals), Alfie Adams (drums) and Sophie Porter (bass, vocals).

In support of the Black Lives Matter movement, the band have turned stills from the original ‘Trance State’ video footage into packs of limited edition art prints, 100% of proceeds will be split between The Black Curriculum and the Black Immigrant Collective.

“We will never fully be able to understand the experiences of black communities,” they say. “But we do understand our responsibility to use the platform and the resources we have to try and make a difference and better understand issues of racism. Racism and racially motivated police brutality isn’t just an American issue. Social injustice and systematic racism exists everywhere. We stand in solidarity with the black community, open and honest to the discomfort of the truth and our privilege—listening, learning and acting to incite change and fulfil our potential as allies.”

‘Trance State’ is available here.

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London punks I, DORIS have just unveiled the video for their new single.

The pumping punk-disco ‘Wonderwomen’ is the self-styled ‘mummycore’ band’s third release, following on from their theme-tune ‘Just Some Doris’ and debut single ‘The Girl From Clapham’.

“Women are often praised for being multi-tasking superheroes – who needs that kind of pressure?,” they say. “This is a song about cutting yourself some slack. If you’ve managed to get the kids to school in one piece, and get through the day without thumping your boss, you’re doing fine.”

One of the highlights of last year’s Rebellion, the band feature Loudwomen festival/organisation founder Cassie Fox (bass/vocals), Lucy Morgan (keytar/vocals), Abby Werth (guitar/vocals), and Louisa Edwards Knight (drums). Both Fox and Morgan were members of semi-legendary Socialist R’n’B band THEE FACTION, while Knight also plays in CRACK FOXES.

‘Wonderwomen’ is available now on Spotify and other digital platforms.

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Fast-rising ska-punks MILLIE MANDERS AND THE SHUT-UP have unveiled a video for their new single, which they’re premiering today with Vive Le Rock!

‘Your Story’ is the second single to be taken from the London and Norwich band’s eagerly anticipated debut album Telling Truth, Breaking Lies which is due out on 23 October.

“’Your Story’ was inspired by a short, intense relationship where I was, unfortunately, a rebound,” says Millie about the song. “Having been very guarded, it took me a long time to allow this person in. They said all the right things, and I fell. That was when they decided they had ‘said it all too early’. Watching their ‘stories’ on social media and wishing I was still part of them inspired the chorus, the first part of the song to be written.”

‘Your Story’ available now on Spotify and all the usual digital platforms.

Telling Truth, Breaking Lies is available to pre-order here.

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GANG OF FOUR have unveiled a new single and announced an EP ANTI HERO due for release next month.

The release follows the tragic death of band founder Andy Gill from a respiratory illness on 1 February this year.

The surviving members of the band’s final line-up – John Sterry, Thomas McNeice and Tobias Humble have joined with Andy’s widow Catherine Mayer to celebrate the guitarist, through music and in raising funds for Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, the London hospital that tried so hard to save Andy’s life.

The lead single ‘Forever Starts Now’ is a brand new song, written by Gill and Sterry and released digitally today. Originally bearing the working title ‘Hero’, the song, says Sterry, is about “a character who sees himself as the hero of his own life and manipulates his partner into supporting this fantasy. The line, ‘She sings along with his song / she thinks it’s like having the radio on…’ always brings a wry smile.” The track is available now on Spotify.

Anti Hero takes its title from the single and reflects Gill’s lifelong mistrust of narratives around supposedly great men. “Andy always had a healthy scepticism about celebrity culture and populist politicians,” says Mayer. “And he could always spot when someone was blowing smoke.” She adds, “Even so, he would be moved and delighted that artists he loved and admired have come together to celebrate him by launching this EP and for such a good cause.”

A second single from the EP, ‘Day Turns To Night’, to be released on 26 June, was written by Sterry just days after Gill’s death and will be the first single for his solo project. “I had no intention of it being about him,” he says. “It just came out that way and also I didn’t intend for it to be released. I often cloak lyrics with ambiguity and this felt too raw. But listening now, I’m glad I wrote it with no thought of where it might go—it’s just a pure distillation of the years I’d spent with Andy and the band.”

The EP was produced and mixed by bassist Thomas McNeice alongside Santi Arribas of the Mixing Factory, another of Gill’s firm friends and collaborators. “It was strange, to say the least, to work on a Gang of Four EP without the wisdom and guidance of Andy, but it was nice to feel his presence and influence again,” says McNeice. “I like to think that this EP exhibits a progression in Gang of Four, while paying tribute to a unique talent that I was extraordinarily lucky to work with.”

All net receipts received by Gang of Four from sales and streams of the EP and singles will be donated to Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity. Distributor Republic of Music have also waived their fees for this project, to maximise the income generated for the Charity.

Anti Hero is set for release on 17 July.

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French post-punks LANE are back with their second long-player.

Pictures Of A Century represents a relatively speedy return for the band from Angers in western France, following on from the release of the acclaimed full-length debut A Shiny Day a little over a year ago.

The album was recorded on a vintage EMI desk at Véga studio in Carpentras near Avignon in the south of France with producer/engineer Michel Toledo (Soledad Brothers, King Khan Experience).

An acronym for Love And Noise Experiment, LANE emerged from the ashes of legendary punks LES THUGS – who released several albums on such labels as Vinyl Solution, Alternative Tentacles and SubPop during the 80s and 90s – and fellow Angers band DARIA. They released their debut four-track EP Teaching Not To Pray in 2018.

Check out the first single ‘Voices’…

Pictures Of A Century is out on 19 June through Vicious Circle on CD, double-vinyl and very limited double orange vinyl and can be pre-ordered here.

LANE play La Maroquinerie, Paris on 7 November with more dates to follow.

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Free Online Global Music Festival!

This Saturday 23 May Vive Le Rock! magazine will host 32 acts from around the world for its free online music festival – VIVE LE ROCKDOWN!


All proceeds go to the Music Venue Trust to help keep our music venues
alive! Donations via PayPal to info@bigcheesemagazine.com

VIVE LE ROCKDOWN! – This Saturday 23 May 7.00pm UK time at
www.facebook.com/vivelerockworld www.vivelerock.net

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BAR STOOL PREACHERS have unveiled a video for their new charity single, providing a snapshot of Britain in lockdown.

The very real images of a deserted London and Brighton look more like scenes from a dystopian disaster movie than what we’re usually used to.

The single ‘State Of Emergency’ c/w ‘When This World Ends’ features two songs which were originally intended for the band’s forthcoming album, with the lyrics rewritten to suit the situation.

The single is FREE to download from the band’s website, with a portion of any donations and money from merch sales going to NHS Charities Together to support NHS staff and volunteers caring for COVID-19 patients.

The Bar Stool Preachers are also just one of more than 30 acts appearing at our online festival Vive Le Rockdown this Saturday 23 May from 7pm BST, alongside the likes of RUTS DC, NEWTOWN NEUROTICS, COCKNEY REJECTS, THE PROFESSIONALS, T.V. SMITH, CHARLIE HARPER, MICHAEL MONROE, GLEN MATLOCK, KIRK BRANDON, BOOZE & GLORY, THE URBAN VOODOO MACHINE and many more…

Full details can be found at the Facebook event.

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Musicians from the spheres of gothic and alt-rock have come together on an album to raise funds for the UK’s care workers.

Put together by Peter Finnemore from the bands Children On Stun and Grooving In Green – who himself has an emergency services background -the Unity Charity Album features contributions from the likes of Simon Hinkler (The Mission), Noctorum (featuring Marty Willson-Piper of The Church and All About Eve fame), Andy Cousin (All About Eve, The Mission) and Vlad Janicek (Nosferatu).

With all proceeds going directly to The Care Workers’ Charity, Finnemore says, “We’re immensely proud to present the Unity charity album, which has been put together specifically to raise funds for The Care Workers’ Charity. Fifteen artists from the alternative music scene have each contributed a carefully chosen track, many of which are exclusive versions prepared specifically for the project and not available elsewhere. These are strange, sad and difficult times and we all wanted to do something to help. We chose The Care Workers’ Charity because it represents and provides support to the many care workers around the country at the moment who are working every day with the vulnerable and needy, caring for them and trying to keep them safe from COVID 19. Sadly, too many of them are facing the disease head-on now when they go into work, dealing with the awful discomfort, pain and sadness it brings. We hope people will want to join us in supporting The Care Workers’ Charity by downloading our album and making a donation in return for it.”

The full list of contributors is Grooving In Green, Simon Hinkler, Silent Idols, All Living Fear, Noctorum, The Glasshouse Museum, Andy & Nancy, The Faces Of Sarah, Unted By Angels, Down From Above, Vlad Janicek, Chaos Bleak, System Of Hate, Sometime The Wolf and Gothzilla.

The album is available to download free via Bandcamp, but donations are encouraged via their Just Giving page.

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Two of the hottest bands from the UK’s DIY punk scene have come together on a joint single to celebrate the music of THE CLASH and to raise money for the Joe Strummer Foundation.

Representing the South, St Albans punkabillies THE ZIPHEADS have put their own stamp on the 1980 stand-alone single ‘Bankrobber’. From the North, meanwhile, come Leeds garage trio NOSEBLEED, with their rendition of ‘Train In Vain’, originally the third single from the classic London Calling album.

“The Clash have always been my favourite band,” says Zipheads guitarist Ray. “All the different styles and influences that shape our sound – rockabilly, reggae, punk – we discovered all of that through the Clash. We recorded this as an Albert Lee-style upbeat country number, it seemed to work!! We’re all so proud to be working with Joe Strummer Foundation and hopefully this single can help them with the all good work that they do.”

“Since I was small, I’ve always had the Clash in my life ‘coz my dad has been into punk since it started,” adds Nosebleed bassist Ben. “We’re really proud to be helping the Joe Strummer Foundation and contributing to them bring music into the lives of future generations. Joe Strummer and The Clash are so important to so many people – the diversity of the sounds and influences they brought into their music is inspirational.”

All profits from the single will go to The Joe Strummer Foundation, which was set up following Joe’s death in 2002 to raise money to provide opportunities to musicians and support projects around the world that create empowerment through music.

Released through Bomber music, the single is available to download from today through Bandcamp.

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Ace Atlanta/Baltimore rockers RMBLR are back with a brand new video!

It’s also their frontman Chase Tail’s birthday, so Vive Le Rock! is only too happy to oblige with this exclusive premiere of ‘Machine Gun’ as a special birthday treat!

Happy birthday Chase!

Last year we premiered RMBLR’s video for ‘Serious’, declaring a bright future ahead for the band. We reckoned without COVID-19 of course, but this video proves that their ain’t no stopping them now!

The band are going to to record more tracks and plan a brand new EP this summer. In the meantime, check out their wares on Bandcamp.

On Friday 1 May, Bandcamp are waiving their fees so that profits from all sales will go directly to the artist/label.

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How we’re keeping it business-as-usual at Vive Le Rock in the face of the Coronavirus.

There’s no denying that the world is in a strange place at the moment but we wanted to take a minute to let you know what we’re doing to keep you up-to-date with the latest from the worlds of punk, rock ‘n’ roll, new wave and beyond.

The latest issue of Vive Le Rock featuring Stiff Little Fingers, Psychedelic Furs, Gang Of Four, Dexys Midnight Runners, Body Count and more is now on sale online and in WH Smiths, Tescos and independent newsagents from April 10th. If your local Vive Le Rock stockist is closed you can find alternative stockists here
If you order online it’ll be shipped to your door here
And it’s also available in digital format here

Our new subscription offer is now live and by taking out a subscription for a year you’ll get a choice of Lee Scratch Perry’s Vision Of Paradise, Suzi Q or Joe Strummer: I Need A Dodge on DVD free of charge. You can order that here

We’re currently able to accept orders and mail out copies of our back issues from our London office (you can check out available back issues here). Additionally you can purchase back issues in digital format for all three titles (Vive Le Rock, Louder Than War and Down For Life) here

We also have a limited number of Vive Le Rock hoodies available in the ‘Born A Rocker, Die A Rocker’ style. These are available in Medium, Large and Extra Large at £35 plus P&P here

As we all navigate these troubled times, we want to say thank you to all the Vive Le Rockers out there. Stay safe and Vive Le Rock!

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Electro-punks UNRULY GIRLS have just unveiled the first video from their new album.

Dedicated to Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon, the woozy, motorik, car-crash electronica of ‘She Grew Up In A Shotgun Row’ soundtracks a montage of footage shot by guest vocalist Ronit Bergman’s earlier band Plastic Venus, on the vibrant Tel Aviv punk scene during the 90s.

Unruly Girls are a duo of Luigi Limongelli and Humbert Alison from the southern Italian city of Benevento near Naples. ‘She Grew Up In A Shotgun Row’, co-written by Alison and Bergman, is taken from the duo’s second album Epidemic, which follows on from 2017’s Cruel Tales and was recorded at Monolith Studios in Vitulano. It was mixed and mastered by Phil Liar of Italian stoner legends Teverts.

Epidemic is set for release on 21 April through Dirty Beach.

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London punks HEALTHY JUNKIES have a new video out which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘All Talk’ is taken from the band’s latest album Delirious Dream. The video was shot by Shogo Hino at Shogo Hairdressing Salon, Hampstead and by Pawel Piatek at the original Tufnell Rock Tower. Not sure where they found the ice floe though!

Delirious Dream is available to buy now from the band’s website as is their DVD On The Road In The USA.

Healthy Junkies on Facebook

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