NYC rockers ELECTRAJETS celebrate the release of their debut album this autumn with a pair of UK shows.

This hot-to-trot rock’n’roll supergroup, led by guitarist Jeff Ward of Birmingham glam-punk legends GUNFIRE DANCE, first formed in 2015, bringing together bassist Cynthia Ross of NYC vets THE B-GIRLS and NEW YORK JUNK, and drummer Dahm Majuri Cipolla of PHANTOM FAMILY HALO and Japanese instrumentalists MONO.

The album Transatlantic Tales, was produced by Ward and recorded by Martin Bisi (Sonic Youth, Live Skull, Bill Laswell) at Brooklyn’s famed BC Studio and features a guest appearance from Thee Hypnotics’ Ray Hanson. It’s out now through Tarbeach.

ElectraJets play…

Fri 8 Nov – Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham
Sat 9 Nov – The Unicorn, Camden, London

They’ll be joined at both shows by Birmingham power trio BLACK BOMBERS, who feature Ward’s former Gunfire Dance oppo Darren Birch on bass and recently released the 6-track mini album Vol 4 through Easy Action to huge acclaim.

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Croydon DIY punks WONK UNIT have just dropped a video for their new single.

‘Cyclists’ was inspired when the band were delayed by a pair of pedallers en route to a festival. Frontman Alex takes up the story…

“Did they care about the motorcade snaking behind them? Cause not! [sic] Go read the highway code – two abreast is cool but ONLY IN CERTAIN SITUATIONS. DO NOT OBSTRUCT THE FLOW OF TRAFFIC. It’s the rules. So, I was tapping my hands on the dashboard when the funk took hold. “Cyclists riding 2 abreast blocking traffic, blocking traffic”. Then I did some rapping (but thankfully that never made it onto the single.) After about three months the cyclists decided to fix a puncture and we made it to the festival. By then the song was already a Wonk winner in the van! We jammed it in soundcheck and was a hit in our set later that night. The end.”

‘Cyclists’ is available to download here.

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We’re raising a glass of rum and hoisting the flag of rebellion for the 15th Anniversary Rock The Ship weekender! Vive Le Rock are proud to present this year’s Rock The Ship Festival organised by our brothers over at Pirates Press Records. It’s taking place across October 17th to 20th 2019 in the Bay Area of California with COCK SPARRER, SUBHUMANS, CJ RAMONE, THE OLD FIRM CASUALS, CHARGER AND STREET DOGS all billed to play plus loads more. As well as old favourites, the festival includes a host of younger bands like Brighton’s The Barstool Preachers, Grade 2 (newly signed to Hellcat Records) and the all-girl power unit Badcopbadcop. Bar Stool Preachers’ Tom McFaull said, “Every now and again, a label shows you just how important they’ve become and how much they’ve grown, and Rock The Ship is that from Pirates Press Records: another clear statement of intent. Some of the biggest and definitely some of the BEST artists in the world right now, all under one flag, working with punks, for punks. We’re proud to be a part of such an amazing party and family.” See the full line-up on their poster designed by punk rock veteran Tim Armstrong of Rancid.

Become a pirate for the weekend and hang out with the crew on the flight deck of a legendary aircraft carrier! Subhumans Dick Lucas said, “We’re very much looking forward to playing Pirates Press’s anniversary party, and the fact it’s on an aircraft carrier makes it not only one of the weirdest venues ever, but a prime example of putting a war machine to much better use!” Pirates Press have also added on a load more shows you can check out around Oakland and beyond. 350 LIMITED Weekend Passes are on sale now @ ROCKTHESHIPFESTIVAL.COM Day tickets to the Saturday show on October 19th aboard the USS Hornet will be sold shortly after weekend tickets sell out.

A weekend pass is the only way to attend the 4 other official Rock The Ship events at the Starline Social Club & Ballroom. Punters will also get a free poster and gift too! CJ Ramone left us with this message, “AHOY MATEYS!!! CJ RAMONE OF THE WORLD FAMOUS RAMONES HERE!! ROCK THE SHIP IS GOING TO BE THEE PARTY OF THE YEAR!!! FROM THE STARLINE BALLROOM SHOWS TO THE FLIGHT DECK OF THE USS HORNET, THE BAY AREA WILL  BE ROCKIN’!!! HAPPY AS HECK TO BE CELEBRATING 15 YEARS OF PIRATE PRESS!!! SEE Y’ALL THERE!!!”

All tickets are on sale now at ROCKTHESHIPFESTIVAL.COM

A few more messages from the bands…

“This show is a bucket list show for me. To be able to play with some of the bands that inspired me to do what I do is a great show in itself. But to also play with them on an aircraft carrier…it’s going to be insane.” – Aaron Rev, The Drowns

“I’m really happy and grateful that Charger gets to be a part of this event!! Great bands and a great label!!” Matt Freeman, Charger

“I thought we had ticked all of the boxes until Pirates Press booked a fucking aircraft carrier for us to play on for their 15th anniversary!” Colin McFaull, Cock Sparrer

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Already being talked up on the Euro garage-punk scene, Italy’s SMALLTOWN TIGERS are all set to drop their debut single next month, and will be playing a bunch of UK dates to support it.

Hailing from the northern seaside city of Rimini, the trio came into existence a year ago, earning their stripes playing squat clubs and beach parties, before scooping the support slot for NYC powerpop aces BABY SHAKES on their jaunt around Italy this spring.

Now signed to Area Pirata Records, the band are due to release their debut single ‘Just Friends’ on 27 September, followed by a mini-album in the New Year. Both were produced by punk-blues guru Stiv Cantarelli (J.D. Hangover, The A.C.C.) and mastered by legendary Detroit producer Jim Diamond (The Sonics, White Stripes).

‘Just Friends’ is available to pre-order now via Bandcamp.

Smalltown Tigers head to the UK in early October for a handful of dates, including an appearance at Loud Women‘s 4th Birthday Party at London’s iconic Hope & Anchor. Full dates are…

Thurs 10 Oct – The Railway Hotel, Southend-on-Sea
Fri 11 Oct – The Shacklewell Arms, London (Garageland Club)
Sat 12 Oct – The Hope & Anchor, London (onstage 5pm) tickets
Sat 12 Oct – Biddle Bros, London (onstage 10pm)

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DOCTORS OF MADNESS have announced the release of their first new album in 41 years.

Originally existing from 1974 to 1978, the Brixton art-rock band, fronted by the charismatic Richard ‘Kid’ Strange, released three albums for Polydor and are widely accepted to have formed a direct link between the progressive glam of Bowie and Roxy Music and punk. They even briefly included Dave Vanian in their line-up during The Damned’s first hiatus.

Reforming in 2014, the band went on to tour the UK and Japan in support of Cherry Red’s ‘complete works’ box set Perfect Past in 2017.

The new album Dark Times was recorded at Doghouse Studios, Oxfordshire with legendary producer John Leckie, who last worked with the band on 1976’s Figments Of Emancipation, and features contributions from Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott, Terry Edwards (Gallon Drunk, The NJE), Sarah Jane Morris (The Communards), Steve Bolton (Paul Young, Atomic Rooster), Paul Guerin (The Quireboys) and Dylan Bates (Flea-Pit Orchestra). The sleeve art, meanwhile, is the work of Psychedelic Furs’ guitarist Rich Good.

Speaking about the project, Strange states, “This is a wholly self-financed project, and no external record company was involved with the production or creation… hence its uncompromising nature. Damned right it’s political!”

Set for release on 13 September, Dark Times is available to pre-order here.

Check out the video for the first single ‘Make It Stop’…

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THE DAMNED and LORDS OF THE NEW CHURCH guitar legend BRIAN JAMES lands in London this week for a super-rare show.

A dymamic presence on London stages since the early 70s, James helped turn the global music scene upside down when he penned ‘New Rose’ for The Damned, the UK’s first ever punk single!

He went on to achieve Stateside success alongside former DEAD BOYS frontman Stiv Bators in The Lords Of The New Church. Between times he put together Tanz Der Youth, Hellions and Brian James’ Brains, a breeding ground for the future foot soldiers of punk rock.

Along the way he’s shared stages with the great and the good of punk history, as sideman for IGGY POP and one quarter of Transatalantic supergroup MAD FOR THE RACKET with Wayne Kramer, Clem Burke and Duff McKagan.

Brian’s recent solo album The Guitar That Dripped Blood was a stunning return to form that saw the great man back in the public eye once again. He doesn’t play that often – this is his first London show in more than a year – so his show at the legendary 100 Club on Friday 23 August is definitely not to be missed!

Support comes from the UK’s No.1 glam punk seditionists THE DeRELLAS and happening hotwired rock’n’rollers ELECTRICS, with legendary DJ Cruel Valentino spinning the punk-rock platters between the bands!

Last few tickets available here.

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BOOZE & GLORY have announced the release of a brand new album.

The street-punk quartet have spent most of the past three years on the road, including a 5-week North American tour with DROPKICK MURPHYS, and appearances at Hell Fest, Punk Rock Bowling and Pol’and’Rock Festival where they wound up the half-a-million-strong crowd before JUDAS PRIEST. Biggest honour of all, though, was earning the coveted New Blood trophy at the inaugural Vive Le Rock Awards!

The band’s long-awaited new album Hurricane – the band’s fifth – is due for release via their own Scarlet Teddy label on 18 October.

As previously announced, the band play a special 10th Anniversary show at the Electric Ballroom, Camden Town, London on Saturday 2 November, with a full supporting cast including Roy Ellis, Giuda, Perkele, The Filaments, The Baboon Show, The Analogs, Liam Marr and the hotly tipped Riskee & The Ridicule.

Tickets and full tour dates are available here.

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Former RADIO BIRDMAN guitarist CHRIS MASUAK returns this week with a brand new album.

Address To The Nation is the Canadian-born musician’s second album with his band THE VIVEIRO WAVE RIDERS since relocating to Spain in 2010, following on from 2016’s Brujita.

Joining Radio Birdman in 1976, Masuak went on to play in such legendary Aussie bands as SCREAMING TRIBESMEN, THE HITMEN and THE NEW CHRISTS alongside Birdman singer Rob Younger. He rejoined the reconvened Birdman in 1996 contributing to the new studio album Zeno Beach and the live album Ritualism.

Address To The Nation is available now on I-94 Bar Records through Bandcamp. Check out the lead single ‘1776’…

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Memphis rock’n’roll legends TAV FALCO & PANTHER BURNS breeze in for a bunch of UK shows this Autumn.

Tav and his band are currently on a year-long tour celebrating the 40th Anniversary of when he and legendary Boxtops and Big Star guru Alex Chilton first launched Tav Falco’s Panther Burns.

The veteran performer recently released his latest album Cabaret Of Daggers, recorded in Rome with an all-Italian configuration of Panther Burns and featuring new originals and selections from 80 years of the Great American Songbook.

Tav and the band hit the UK on 19 November for a show at Ramsgate Music Hall before travelling round the country. Full dates are…

TUE 19 NOV – Ramsgate Music Hall
WED 20 NOV – Bedford Esquires
THU 21 NOV – Halifax The Lantern
FRI 22 NOV – Edinburgh Voodoo
SAT 23 NOV – Glasgow Broadcast
SUN 24 NOV – Newcastle The Cluny
TUES 26 NOV – London Oslo
WED 27 NOV – Norwich Arts Centre

Tickets are on sale now here.

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MICHAEL MONROE has unveiled a lyric video for the title track from his new album.

One Man Gang is set for release on 18 October.

As previously announced, Michael and his band play a series of UK dates during October and November. They’ll be joined on all dates by Japanese rockers ELECTRIC EEL SHOCK, with Soho legends DOGS D’AMOUR as special guests at the London show. Full dates below…

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Iconic Russian rock star VIKTOR TSOI has his life celebrated in a new movie Leto. And we’re premiering the trailer exclusively at Vive Le Rock!

Sometimes remembered as the Russian Kurt Cobain, Tsoi fronted the rock band KINO, who came together in Leningrad in 1982 and went on to become the biggest and most influential band of the Soviet era, filling stadiums while Tsoi held down his dayjob working in the boiler-room of a Leningrad apartment block.

Tsoi appeared in several movies, starring in the leading role in drug thriller The Needle in 1988, before tragically dying in a car crash in 1990 aged just 28. His funeral was attended by thousands.

Described as a Soviet version of 24 Hour Party People, the biopic Leto by director Kirill Serebrennikov and starring Teo Yoo, charts Tsoi’s life and career in evocative cold-war black-and-white, a freewheeling snapshot of youthful rebellion in the underground scene of 1980s Leningrad.

Leto launches on movie streaming site MUBI on 16 August as well as screening at various cinemas around the UK including the ICA, London; Watershed, Bristol; GFT, Glasgow; HOME, Manchester, and Showroom Cinema, Sheffield.

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Just a few days to go until Some Weird Sin’s Pump It Up Powerpop Weekender! We thought we’d give you a quick run-thru of some of the fantastic bands on offer. If you haven’t got your tickets yet, make haste as they’re nearly all gone!!

Saturday’s headliners THE NUMBER ONES hail from Dublin. Their 2011 debut EP cassette Italia ’90 is like gold-dust so don’t even bother looking. Much more findable is last year’s four-track Another Side Of The Number Ones for Static Shock, featuring this A1 tale of lost love, ‘You’re So Happy I Could Cry’…

DUNCAN REID & THE BIG HEADS need no introduction: the former bassist of punky powerpop legends THE BOYS has come into his own in recent years with a pair of explemplary albums. ‘April Fool’ is from the first of these, the newly reissued Little Big Head.

A lot of folk missed out on LAST GREAT DREAMERS first time around, so they got back together in 2014 to make good on their fantastic powerpop dream. This eponymous anthem is from their debut album Retrosexual which gets a 25th Anniversary deluxe reissue this autumn.

Infusing their powerpop hooks with punk crunch and glam style, THE PRISCILLAS have been one of North London’s rock’n’roll treasures for more than a decade. They’re just breaking in a new line-up, but here’s a blast from the past to set you up for the weekend.

A gen-u-whine Detroit legend, NIKKI CORVETTE shot to fame with Class of 77 punk-poppers THE CORVETTES. Her appearance at Pump It Up is a real feather in the cap and her Sunday night headline show shouldn’t be missed.

Marquee favourites THE PENCILS were forged in the post-punk crucible of powerpop alongside the likes of The Jags, The Pleasers and Tonight. The 1980 Reading Festival could’ve been their second chance, if they hadn’t had their gear nicked the night before. If any band’s worthy of a second chance, it’s these guys – still sharp after all these years.

Former ROLE MODELS man RICH RAGANY is a big favourite of Vive Le Rock! We even premiered his new video a couple of months back. Here it is again for good jangle-tastic measure.

Newcomers AUTOGRAMM a veritable supergroup, their members coming from Brooklyn, Berlin and London to converge on Vancouver, British Columbia. One of ’em even used to be in BLACK MOUNTAIN! How’s that for pedigree? Check out their new single ‘Cool Kids Radio’.

More new kids on the block – although we suspect they’re older than they look! – THE SPEEDWAYS recently opened the prestigious Somerstown Festival, playing one end of a bill that had the reformed THE ONLY ONES at the other!! Kudos or what?!?! They’ve only just dropped this killer video of Kirsty’s ‘They Don’t Know’ which we reckon will have you swaying misty-eyed in the arms of your loved one on the night. You have been warned.

The Pump It Up Powerpop Weekender takes place at The Lexington, Pentonville Road, London on 27 & 28 July. For details of full line-up, day splits and tickets, go here.

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JAMIE BARRIER, frontman of US folk-punk legends THE PINE HILL HAINTS has lined up a UK tour this September.

The Haints, based in Auburn, Alabama and steeped in folk, bluegrass and hardcore punk, were formed in 1998 by Barrier aka James The Fang, also a onetime member of infamous Southern trash rockers THE QUADRAJETS alongside future IMMORTAL LEE COUNTY KILLERS founder Chet Weise.

Active since 1998, they’ve toured widely – frequently alongside the likes of J.D. WILKES and TH’ LEGENDARY SHACK SHAKERS – and have released numerous singles, EPs and albums on CD and vinyl, mostly through their own Arkam label. Their most recent new album was 2017’s Smoke, followed by a deluxe reissue of their 2007 classic Ghost Dance last year.

Barrier toured the UK last summer together with Yorkshire musician SERIOUS SAM BARRETT with whom he’s released two joint album, North Country Steed and The Dime Horseshoe.

The pair reconnect to play the following dates…

15 Sept – Coach & Horses, Dronfield
16 Sept – Harry’s Bar, Wakefield
17 Sept – The New Inn, Canterbury
18 Sept – Green Note, Camden, London
19 Sept – Topic Folk Club, Bradford.
20 Sept – Bloomfield Square, Otley
21 Sept – The Flying Duck, Ilkley
22 Sept – The Cricketers Arms, Horbury
23 Sept – Caledonia, Liverpool
24 Sept – Kwas, Huddersfield
25 Sept – Major Tom’s Social, Harrogate
26 Sept – TBC
27 Sept – Hyde Park Book Club, Leeds
28 Sept – Roman Lakes, Marple
29 Sept – The Lantern, Halifax
30 Sept – Chip n Ern, Bingley
1st Oct – The Waiting Room, Eaglescliffe

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DeRellas Add Dates!

The UK’s top glam-punks The DeRellas play a bunch of shows in the coming weeks around their appearance at Rebellion.

The band kick off the dates by headlining their own Rockaway Beach club night at London’s legendary Hope & Anchor on Friday 26 July, with MOTO VAMP in support. Next month they go on to play two shows at the 100 Club, opening for HEARTBREAKERS guitarist Walter Lure on the 10th and DAMNED and LORDS OF THE NEW CHURCH legend Brian James on the 23rd.

Full dates are…

Fri 26 July – Hope & Anchor, London (w/ Moto Vamp)
Sat 27 July – Prince Albert, Brighton (w/ Scare Taxi & Young Francis)
Sat 3 Aug – Rebellion Festival, Blackpool
Fri 9 Aug – Rebellion Club, Manchester (w/ Walter Lure)
Sat 10 Aug – 100 Club, London (w/ Walter Lure)
Fri 23 Aug – 100 Club, London (w/ Brian James & The Electrics)

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Italian anti-fascist ska-punks LOS FASTIDIOS have unveiled a new video ahead of a bunch of summer tour dates.

‘Radio Babylon’ is a re-recording of a track from their 2017 album The Sound Of Revolution, this time featuring the vocals of the band’s tour manager Elisa Dixan. It’s taken from the 7″ Elisa Dixan Sings Los Fastidios, which is available now through Kob Records.

The band’s new album Joy Joy Joy is out this month and is available to order here.

Los Fastidios hit the UK at the end of July for a run of summer dates, including two performances at Rebellion and a headline show at London’s New Cross Inn. Full dates are…

01.08.2019 – WREXHAM – SEITH SEREN
02.08.2019 – BLACKPOOL – REBELLION (Almost Acoustic stage)
03.08.2019 – BLACKPOOL – REBELLION (Empress Ballroom stage)
06.08.2019 – GLASGOW – AUDIO
08.08.2019 – DERBY – HAIRY DOG
10.08.2019 – YORK – THE FULFORD ARMS
11.08.2019 – LONDON – NEW CROSS INN

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Ahead of the release of their new album, PIXIES are on the cover of the new edition of our sister mag Louder Than War.

Inside we chat to the band are about their long and illustrious history, including the 30th Anniversary of their classic album Doolittle, and the making of their seventh full-length Beneath The Eyrie, which is out on 13 September, the same day they kick off a major UK tour.

Also this issue, we talk psych with TEMPLES, shoegaze with RIDE, post-punk with THE MURDER CAPITAL and the new wave of psychedelic folk-rock with Cornish mavericks HANTERHIR.


The new edition of Louder Than War is on sale now here and in all good newsagents!

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Current Michael Monroe and former New York Dolls guitarist STEVE CONTE has unveiled a video for a track from his Steve Conte NYC album.

The song ‘What Would I Do If I Were Me’ features guest appearances from Ginger Wildheart and Hellacopter and Backyard Babies guitarist Dregen and was originally released in 2014.

It was filmed entirely in Morocco by Jacoba Cornelisse and Salah Ait Oukdim.

Steve Conte NYC is available now from CD Baby.

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Aussie idlers THE CHATS return to the UK at the end of the year for a major tour.

The teenage Queensland mullet-punks, scored YouTube hit with ‘Smoko’ – 7.2 million views and counting – a few years back will be giving a taster of what to expect when they appear at Reading and Leeds festivals at the end of August.

The band return at the end of November for a string of dates culminating in a London show at Kentish Town Forum. Full dates are…

Nov 30th Brighton, Concorde 2
Dec 1st Oxford, 02 Academy
Dec 2nd Norwich, Waterfront
Dec 3rd Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
Dec 4th Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
Dec 5th Newcastle, Riverside
Dec 6th Edinburgh, Summerhall
Dec 7th Aberdeen, Lemon Tree
Dec 9th Glasgow, Garage
Dec 10th Manchester, 02 Ritz
Dec 11th Birmingham, 02 Institute
Dec 12th Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach
Dec 13th Bristol, 02 Academy
Dec 14th London, 02 Forum

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