YES, FUTURE!

LAST GREAT DREAMERS frontman MARC VALENTINE releases his debut solo album this week.

Future Obscure features twelve new songs and includes cameos from Wreckless Eric, Matt Dangerfield from The Boys and guitarist Richard Davies from Richard Davies & The Dissidents. The album was produced by Dave Draper, best know for his work with The Wildhearts and The Professionals.

Out on Friday 8 July through Arcane Wires, the release will be celebrated on the same day with a launch gig at The Nag’s Head in Macclesfield. Support comes from Carol Hodge. Valentine and his band – featuring Davies and ex-Dreamers, drummer Denley Slade and bassist Steve Fielding – then head round the country.

“I’m thrilled to finally release the album and take it out on tour,” says Valentine. “I’ve been overwhelmed by the positive response and great reviews the album has record so far, and I can’t wait to play the songs live. I’ve got a terrific band with me and we’re excited to get on the road this summer!”

Full dates with supports below….

Tickets are on sale here.

Pre-order Future Obscure here.

Check out the video for the single ‘Mornington Avenue’

Read a new interview with Marc Valentine and our album review in the latest Vive Le Rock!

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TAXI TO THE TERMINAL ZONE

Industrial-glam hybrid TERMINAL have unveiled a video for their new single.

The searing, propulsive ‘Godfire’ is taken from the US-based band’s debut album Blacken The Skies, which was released last year.

The video for ‘Godfire’ is dedicated to Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, who was recently killed by Israel’s defence forces while documenting their brutality in the West Bank. “Apartheid is unsustainable,” states Terminal mainman Thomas Mark Anthony. “It will fall. We’ve seen it. But the longer it goes on, and the worse its atrocities, the harder it will be to have reconciliation instead of violent retribution.”

Tentatively returning to live activity, Terminal plan to visit Europe this Autumn.

Released through Metropolis, Blacken The Skies is available here.

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TONY WRIGHT VIDEO PREMIERE!

Terrorvision frontman TONY WRIGHT has a new video which he’s premiering with Vive Le Rock!

Quite different from Terrorvision’s usual fare, the dark, acoustic and quite bleak ‘Buried You Deeper’ is a first taste of his forthcoming solo album The Anti Album, which is set for release through Graphite Records on 7 October.

The video was shot in Margate by Leigh Brookes and also features Wright’s “long suffering mate” Milly, who also plays keyboards in Terrvision.

“’Buried You Deeper’ is a bit of a country and west Yorkshire kinda tune,” Wright explains. “Its roots are quite deep and dark and when I first wrote it I thought that it was maybe a bit too dark… So I changed the lyrics up a bit and hopefully gave it a twist/alternative that people can hear and not be disturbed by it. I’d say if folk know the real meaning behind it then they will find that but for the more light-hearted amongst us then hopefully it’s just a cool little cowboy song.”

To celebrate the release of The Anti Album, Wright will be playing 17 shows starting on the album release day the Victoria Hall, Settle on 7 October and winding up with a hometown show at The Night Train in Bradford on 6 November. Full dates are…

Fri 7 Oct Settle Victoria Hall
Sat 8 Oct Scunthorpe Cafe Indie
Sun 9 Oct Todmorden Golden Lion
Tue 11 Oct Edinburgh Bannermans
Wed 12 Oct Glasgow The Hug and Pint
Fri 14 Oct Isle Of Man Colby Glen
Wed 19 Oct Scarborough Vibe
Thu 20 Oct Hull Welly
Fri 21 Oct Doncaster Imperial
Sat 22 Oct Blackpool Compass Cafe
Wed 26 Oct Hertford Corn Exchange
Thu 27 Oct Plymouth Junction
Fri 28 Oct Newport Le Pub
Sat 29 Oct Stafford The Ship Aground
Thu 3 Nov Milton Keynes The Crauford Arms
Fri 4 Nov Wolverhampton The Giffard
Sun 6 Nov Bradford The Night Train

Tickets and album pre-orders are available here.

Pic by Matthew Sturgess

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CULTURE WARS

Devo-loving synth-punks THE MEAT SWEATERS have just unveiled another new video.

‘Body Yoghurt’ is the lead track from the trio’s debut EP Paranoid And Sweaty which is out on 22 July through Hype Music, via Extreme Music.

“What does yoghurt taste like? How do you know the flavours? Which do you like? Which are best to apply to your body? Let us tell you about the best and worst ways to Body Yoghurt,” states band member Wahoo Samuels.

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REBELLION STAGE TIMES ANNOUNCED

Stage times have been announced for Rebellion and its new outdoor R-Fest.

This year’s Rebellion festival will take place from 4 to 7 August, as usual at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens, while the new R-Fest will take place over the same dates on a new outdoor stage in front of the Blackpool Tower.

The largest punk and alternative festival in the world, Rebellion returns to full-strength post-pandemic with a line-up that includes SHAM 69, BAD RELIGION, COCK SPARRER, CIRCLE JERKS, STIFF LITTLE FINGERS and many more.

The 15,000-capacity R-Fest will feature a diverse array of acts over the four days, with sets from THE LEVELLERS, HAWKWIND, THE STRANGLERS, GARY NUMAN, THE UNDERTONES, THE SKIDS, SQUEEZE, BUZZCOCKS, MISTY IN ROOTS, BILLY BRAGG and the just announced WEDDING PRESENT, plus loads more.

With so many acts on so many stages over the weekend, meticulous planning will be required to catch your favourites so festival-goers are advised to check the stage times here.

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MICHAEL MONROE’S NEW VIDEO AND DATES!

MICHAEL MONROE has unveiled another new vide ahead of the release of his new album this Friday.

‘Everybody’s Nobody’ is the third single to be taken from the album I Live Too Fast To Die Young, which earned a whopping 9-out-of-10 review in the current edition of Vive Le Rock!

The track follows on from previous singles ‘Murder The Summer Of Love’ and ‘Can’t Stop Falling Apart’ released earlier this year.

As previously announced, UK fans will have a chance to catch Monroe and his band on 1 and 2 July opening for Guns N’ Roses at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium London tickets. They’ll be returning to headline HRH Sleaze at Sheffield O2 Academy on 27 August tickets.

It’s also just been announced that Monroe will be touring with Black Star Riders and Phil Campbell’s Bastard Sons in February next year. Full dates are…

Monday 13 Feb Nottingham, Rock City
Wednesday 15 Feb Norwich, UEA
Thursday 16 Feb Ipswich, Corn Exchange
Friday 17 Feb Manchester, O2 Ritz
Saturday 18 Feb Wolverhampton, KK’s Steel Mill
Sunday 19 Feb Leeds, O2 Academy
Tuesday 21 Feb Cardiff, Tramshed
Wednesday 22 Feb Bristol, O2 Academy
Thursday 23 Feb Glasgow, SWG3
Friday 24 Feb Newcastle, O2 City Hall
Sunday 26 Feb London, O2 Shepherds Bush Empire

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COURETTES UNVEIL NEW VIDEO!

THE COURETTES hit London tonight, fresh from tearing a strip off the Red Rooster festival at the weekend. And in celebration, they’re premiering a new video with Vive Le Rock!

‘Daydream’ is taken from their new Back In Mono – B-Sides & Outtakes 10” and CD which is out now on Damaged Goods.

“‘Daydream’ is a living picture of our state of mind in the last couple of years,” says singer/guitarist Flavia Couri. “We are now on a current 138 concerts tour in 2022, we´ve been to so many amazing places, met so many incredible people, travelled so many miles… It’s like living ten years in one, which is absolutely awesome. But what keeps us sane and safe in this madness is that secret place in our heads where mind games and dreams are made, it’s where we find refuge anywhere and anytime and where we get the inspiration for writing songs – or just to keep moving on.”

The Courettes continue their tour tonight at The Moth Club, Hackney with support from The Shadracks.

Remaining dates are….

8 June London The Moth
9 June Brighton The Albert
10 June Middlesbrough Westgarth Social Club
11 June Glasgow McChuills
12 June Edinburgh Voodoo Rooms Ballroom
14 June Newcastle The Cluny
15 June Liverpool Zanzibar
16 June Manchester Night & Day
17 June Folkestone Chambers
18 June Southend The Moonraker

Tickets available here.

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ROUTES INTO EUROPE

Anglo-Japanese garage band THE ROUTES are back with a brand new album.

A tribute to Krautrock legends KRAFTWERK, The Twang Machine recasts ten of the Düsseldorf electro-pioneers’ greatest as surf instrumentals.

Check out their version of ‘Trans -Europe Express’….

 

The Twang Machine is available to pre-order here.

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THE DUALERS

Que sera sera, whatever will be will be we; we’ve headlined Wembley.

Independent Reggae Ska masters The Dualers are gearing up for a massive 2022/3. They have a brand new album coming out in August and are embarking on a full band and stripped back tour, which comes off the back of a huge headline show at London’s Wembley Arena. Tyber Cranstoun and his brother Si originally started the band back in 1999-ish. The pair were well known for their busking exploits on the streets of Croydon, Romford, Bexley and Maidstone. Their following grew, and a band was organically formed. A couple of decades later The Dualers are now performing in the type of Arenas usually reserved for bands like Madness, The Offspring or even Rod Stewart. Simple, yes? Er, not quite. Guy Shankland caught up with lead singer and Dualers founder Tyber to chat on pavement performances, new material and the seemingly unstoppable rise of London’s finest Ska/Reggae band, ladies and gentlemen we give you, The Dualers.

Vive Le Rock. Hi Tyber, where are you?

Tyber Cranstoun. “On the way to Birmingham for a couple of gigs, not sure where we are right now. I’ve always got my head down doing bits and pieces. I look up, and it’s like, where are we? We’re playing a couple of smaller gigs as a duo. Which is more of just a PA set-up, the band ones are move involved, and you have to be on the ball.”

VLR. So we’ve got to start with The Dualers headline show at Wembley Arena.

TC. “Absolutely, a great place to start!”

VLR. Thoughts?

TC. “I’m one of these people that’s always got something going on, so I don’t stress myself out with one big thing that’s happening. I’ve just finished an album, which is the biggest thing I’ve done in my life and then in a couple of months we’re playing Wembley. Now the recording side of the album is completed, it’s time to focus on Wembley. I’ve been saying it for ages, but when you’re doing a new album, and you want to make it the biggest and the best one you’ve ever done, you put all your eggs in that basket. So in truth, I haven’t had time to stress or panic about it yet, but don’t worry, it’s coming. I’ll be bald or grey by the time we get to Wembley!”

VLR. Is this a solo or a Dualers album?

TC. “Oh, a Dualers album. We’ve kind of worked out the best formula, and the last one, Palm Trees And 80 Degrees, got to number eleven on the charts. I’m always doing everything I can to make sure we build, so every album or gig has got to be better than the last one. It’s a lot of pressure to put on yourself, but I like to keep myself and everyone else on their toes. You don’t want to put a ceiling on yourself in a creative world; you just want to see how far you can go. It’s taken about three years to write, but we’re delighted with it. We recorded the songs a few weeks ago, and this is the longest I’ve been away from them (the songs); it’s like missing your children! You’ve sent them off for the mix, and you don’t know what they’re going to come back as (laughing)!”

VLR. Is it all originals, or are there some covers in there?

TC. “All originals. I mean, we obviously started off playing the Ska, Blue Beat, Reggae and Rocksteady; you couldn’t beat the best. You don’t become a great Rocksteady or Reggae writer overnight, even though I grew up with it. To get myself noticed and recognised in all departments, I basically did loads of covers initially. I then realised that I didn’t want to be a tribute band. I love this music so much that I’ve started writing in the last ten years. It’s like going to the gym, it gets easier and easier, and you start to notice a difference. It’s been a long time coming, but all the songs on the album are originals.”

VLR. Do you have a title yet?

TC. “Yes, it’s called Voices From The Sun. Hopefully, it’ll be out in August. It’s amazing how far in advance you have to record the stuff. People ask if it’s done and can they hear it, and it’s no; there’s a process we’re not just banging out some little album. August feels like a lifetime away at the moment.”

VLR. Is it being released on a label?

TC. “It’s being released on Sunbeam Records, which is our own label. I read somewhere some said, ‘Oh, they’re one of those bands who try to do it all themselves…’ Social media is full of Chinese whispers and people who think they know stuff, who know nothing. I would have loved to have had some help along the way, but it wasn’t there, so instead of crying about it, I got on and did it. We do literally everything ourselves. We’ve got our sound guy, lighting guy, a whole crew of people, tech, etc. We are pretty much completely independent. The great thing is we’ve all become really close friends, I mean there are a few people that don’t see eye to eye but that happens in all workspaces. We’ve all got one common goal and we love the music and we love the band and the life that goes with it. This is going to sound really cliched, but it is like one big family, happy most of the time.”

VLR. The flipside is that you retain all the rights to your music and control over it.

TC. “Yes. I mean, it’s a challenging thing to do on your own because there’s a lot resting on your shoulders. Along the way, though, there are some pretty mega bonuses. We can do what we want, and there’s no-one telling us anything else.”

VLR. Let’s talk busking because there’s some great footage of you (and your brother Si) busking in shopping centres and high streets. I mean, that’s grassroots advertising, going out and saying this is us.

TC. “I made the most out of it. I made every small opportunity a big opportunity and grabbed it with both hands. Yeah, the busking thing, I was on the high street, I wasn’t begging or anything like that, but I didn’t have loads of money, and the coins in the bucket paid my rent and stuff. It became a way of life, and we got a lot of people turning up to watch us. I suddenly thought, could I turn this into a gig? I’ll book somewhere, I’ll get some flyers done. It all started from there, and it just got bigger and bigger. Suddenly it was local bars, wine to then getting a band together and playing the Fairfield Hall in Croydon and established venues. Wembley is another extension of that. It sounds ridiculous, but we play on average to fifteen hundred to two thousand capacity venues and we played Ireland at the weekend in the Academy in Dublin and Belfast. We walked in, and they are eight hundred capacity; it felt so small. A couple of years ago, I would have been, Oh my God, an eight hundred capacity venue! This is amazing; it made me stop and realise, bloody hell, things are moving fast. I was on the high streets for ten years of my life, and that will always be a part of me, but the stepping stones venue-wise that we’re achieving. Sometimes I just want to stop and have a look round and go, wow!

VLR. Last question on busking I promise, but did you used to advertise on social media?

TC. “(cutting in) It got to that stage. We’d be in Croydon one week and then the next week people would go back there. We’d turn a week later, and people would like, where were you last week? Err, we were in Bexley Heath. Buskers tend to hit the same spot every week. There was a crowd, and we got to know people. It made us feel quite special because we’re playing on the high street, it’s freezing cold and they’re freezing cold with us. We just decided to see what would happen if we put it on social media, and yeah, it was… We would turn up at half nine in the morning and there would be fifty or sixty people waiting for us and it was like, what is going on? I thought, Is this it, is this what I’m going to be, the guy who sings on high streets? But with a little bit of luck and divine intervention. The name started getting out on various social media platforms and we became the most famous non-famous band in the country, probably. Know we do gigs in Newcastle, and people come up to me and say, we saw you busking in Bexley Heath, and it’s like, oh my God…! People travel to gigs, and after Covid, although there’s a little bit of apprehension, people need live music back in their lives. The compliments are really nice, and they helped my confidence and made my head swell (laughing). If you busk for any amount of time you become a busker and these we’re playing now I approach like a busker. If I had my way there’d be a bucket at every single gig! I’m still in a little bit of shock with what’s going on. I’ve got a thirteen-year-old daughter so she keeps me busy and my feet on the ground.”

VLR. You have an evident deep love and understanding of Jamaican Bluebeat, Ska, Reggae and Rocksteady, so which artist first made you fall in love with the genres?

TC. “Well, my Dad had a sound system in the sixties and seventies, which is where he met my Mum. The moment my umbilical cord was cut, I heard it. The one artist who jumps out is Alton Ellis, who’s my family’s favourite. There wasn’t really one Ska (pausing); if you bought a Ska album, it wouldn’t be one artist; it would be a mixture of artists. When it went to Rocksteady, then you had artists releasing their own records: Ken Boothe, Alton Ellis and the like. They became singers in the fact you could understand what they were saying, whereas Ska music back then was a little bit twee lyrically. My Mum and Dad would go, ‘Oh, this is a lovely song, why don’t you cover this one?’ And it’s like, ‘Dad do you know what he’s singing about?’ (laughing) We used to cover a song called ‘Don’t Stay Out Late’ which has the lyric “little girl you’ve got me in a rage” but it sounds a little bit paedo, you know. So Jimmy Cliff, Alton, Bob Andy and, of course, Bob Marley. What I love about the genres is there’s not just one artist; there are just songs. So if you ask me who my favourite artist is, it’s Bob Marley because he’s just such a legend. There’s Bob Marley and about ten people at number two!”

VLR. What did you and I’m interested in what your Dad thought of the 2-Tone movement?

TC. “He’s not a fan because my Dad came from an era of courting women, deep singing and the love of the rock’n’roll that came from that sound. The thing with 2-Tone is it brought in a bit of punk and a political stance. The one thing my Dad wasn’t overly keen on with Bob Marley is that he took a political stance, which is what he needed to do; it was part of his religion. For my Dad, music was something to be played beautifully, get you high, get you emotional but not to starting fights and standing up. The 2-Tone thing for him was a little bit on the harsh side. For me, I mean, how can you not like it. I know most of the guys, and I’ve worked with a couple of the Madness guys and Terry Hall, so how can you not like it? I’ve heard newer 2-Tone bands that I don’t like, same with a couple of Reggae bands. If I hear a bad 2-Tone band, I have to walk out; it’s got to be played right. People think it’s an easy sound; mmm, it’s not that simple. Music is music to me as long as it’s got a good melody and played well.”

The Dualers new album Voices From The Sun will be released on 12 August via Sunbeam Records.

For a full list of tour dates, album pre-order details and merchandise head over to thedualers.com

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GHOST TO COAST

Whitby’s Vive Le Rock-sponsored Tomorrow’s Ghosts festival have announced the first acts for their Spring Gathering event next year.

Partnering with the Sophie Lancaster Foundation, the event will take place at Whitby Pavilion over Friday 29 and Saturday 30 April 2023.

Heading up the Friday night are darkwave visionaries COLD CAVE, with NEW MODEL ARMY topping the bill on the Satruday. Also appearing throughout the weekend are THE ROSE OF AVALANCHE, SIBERIA, LEBANON HANOVER, IST IST and THE NOSFERATU, with another special guest expected to be added in the coming weeks.

After the live entertainment’s finished, merriment – or gloom, depending on how you look at it – will carry on into the early hours with clubs Carpe Noctum and Planet X.

Pre-sale tickets are available now with general sale starting this Friday 27 May here.

Final tickets are also available for Tomorrow’s Ghosts’ Hallowe’en edition this October, featuring FIELDS OF THE NEPHILIM, THE LOVELESS, GHOST DANCE, INTO A CIRCLE, BALAAM AND THE ANGEL and more…

Pic Tina Korhonen

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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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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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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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MARC VALENTINE’S FUTURE DATES

LAST GREAT DREAMERS frontman MARC VALENTINE has announced a string of dates in support of his debut solo album.

Vive Le Rock! premiered the singer’s debut solo video ‘Last Train Tonight’ earlier in April.

The album Future Obscure, which features guest appearances from Wreckless Eric and The Boys’ Matt Dangerfield, is due for release on 8 July through Arcane Wires Records on limited edition 180g red vinyl, CD and download. It’s available to pre-order here.

Marc will be heading out on tour to coincide with the release, with a band featuring former Dreamers Denley Slade and Steve Fielding plus lead guitarist Richard Davies from Richard Davies & The Dissidents. 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

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THE ‘GANG SHOW!

Post-punk/Goth legends AUSGANG have announced a rare London show as part of a renewed burst of activity.

Having emerged out of the ashes of Birmingham band KABUKI in 1983, became part of the scene around the iconic Batcave club alongside the likes of Specimen, Alien Sex Fiend and Sex Gang Children, before touring with The Cult and Gene Loves Jezebel.

Along with several singles and EPs, they released their debut album Manipulate on FM Records in 1985 but split two years later. They reformed in 2003 following the release of the compilation Last Exit… through Anagram.

Still featuring frontman Max and guitarist Matthew, the band will play The Water Rats, London on 6 October with Healthy Junkies and The Go-Go Cult – tickets – before heading to Poland to play the Return To The Batcave festival (6-9 Oct) in Wrocław alongside the likes of 13th Chime, Senex IV and Final Scream.

Before that, they headline the Gothic Pogo festival in Leipzig, Germany on 3 June, with Sex Gang Children’s Terry MacLeay guesting on bass.

The band are currently readying This Was Our Downfall, a compilation of Kabuki and Ausgang demos, though Bat-Cave Productions, who also have an array of tasty Ausgang merch available.

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VALENTINE’S DAY!

MARC VALENTINE has just released his debut solo single and he’s premiering the video exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

A glistening gem of 21st Century glam-infused power-pop, ‘Last Train Tonight’ is the first single to be taken from the LAST GREAT DREAMERS frontman’s forthcoming solo album Future Obscure. The song is paired with highly inventive video by Darren Stockford.

Speaking about the song, Valentine says, “A twist of fate and the things we can’t control. Taking the wrong way home and crossing paths with a bunch of midnight meatheads who can’t comprehend a guy in eyeliner. Demolition smiles and grunting fists, as you fall to the ground with the smell of blood, sweat, piss and beer in your nostrils. I’ve been there once or twice, but somehow always managed to make it home.”

Recorded earlier this year, Future Obscure was produced by Dave Draper, known for his recent work with The Wildhearts and The Professionals, and features guest appearances from Wreckless Eric and Matt Dangerfield from The Boys, and guitarist Richard Davies of The Dissidents fame.

Valentine is currently booking tour dates for July which will be announced shortly.

‘Last Train Tonight’ is available to stream/download here.

Future Obscure is due out on 8 July through Arcane Wires Record Co.

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BLUE SWEDE CHOONS!

You’ll have read the 16 pages of Swedish rock action in the latest edition of Vive Le Rock! Now check out the sounds with our handy video playlist….!!

THE NOMADS – WHERE THE WOLFBANE BLOOMS

UNION CARBIDE PRODUCTIONS – BE MYSELF AGAIN

THE OHNOS – HEADLESS IN HELL

FREEDOM – SOMEBODY’S GONNA HOLD HER TONIGHT

DICTATOR SHIP – SAVAGE

GRANDE ROYALE – DANGEROUS

THE HEADLINES – WARPAINT/AUTHORITY

THE HIVES – LOST AND FOUND

DIAMOND DOGS – WEEKEND MONSTER

DREGEN – JUST LIKE THAT

THE HELLACOPTERS – THE DEVIL STOLE THE BEAT FROM THE LORD

The latest edition of Vive Le Rock! is still available here!

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HELLACOPTERS UNVEIL NEW VIDEO

Our latest cover stars THE HELLACOPTERS have unveiled another new video today.

The uncharacteristic slow blues ‘So Sorry I Could Die’ is the third single to be taken from the band’s forthcoming album Eyes Of Oblivion, their first album of new material since 2005’s Rock’n’Roll Is Dead.

The bleakly melancholic video for the track was directed by Amir Chamdin and edited by Emil Klinta, who worked on the recent Hellacopters doc I’m In The Band, and is an affectionate nod to their former guitarist Robert ‘Strängen’ Dahlqvist who passed away in 2017.

‘So Sorry I Could Die’ is available now from Spotify and the usual streaming platforms.

Set for release on 1 April through Nuclear Blast, Eyes Of Oblivion is available to pre-order here.

Read a ten-page feature on The Hellacopters in the latest edition of Vive Le Rock!

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