LAST GREAT DREAMERS VIDEO PREMIERE!

Last Great Dreamers have already played a full UK tour and their first ever Spanish dates this year, and have lined up even more shows, including three gigs with former Georgia Satellite DAN BAIRD, their first ever Norwegian shows and an appearance at Bearded Theory Festival in Derbyshire. Full dates are….

Wed 23rd May – EVESHAM The Iron Road (w/Dan Baird & Homemade Sin)
Fri 25th May – BEARDED THEORY, Derbyshire
Sat 26th May – BREAKING BANDS, Bromsgrove
Thu 14th June – DERBY Flower Pot (w/Dan Baird Homemade Sin)
Fri 15th June – KEIGHLEY Octagon Live (w/Dan Baird & Homemade Sin)
Fri 6th July – OSLO Olsen (NORWAY)
Sat 7th July – LILLEHAMMER Classic Rock Festival (NORWAY)
Sat 28th July – CAMBRIDGE Rock Festival
Fri 10th August – MANCHESTER Eagle
Sat 11th August – NOTTINGHAM Salutation

 

Buy 13th Floor Renegades here.

You can read a new interview with Last Great Dreamers in the current edition of Vive Le Rock!

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JAMES WILLIAMSON UNVEILS NEW VIDEO!

Former STOOGES guitarist JAMES WILLIAMSON has released a video by his new band THE PINK HEARTS.

‘Riot On The Strip’ is taken from the band’s debut album Behind The Shade, which is set for release next month through Leopard Lady Records.

The track features Williamson’s unmistakable guitar, fronted by the band’s singers Frank Meyer (of The Streetwalkin’ Cheetahs) and Petra Haden, daughter of legendary bass-player Charlie Haden.

With all tracks co-written by Williamson, aside from a cover of Alejandro Escovedo’s ‘I Died A Little Today’, it represents the guitarist’s first album of new material since the last Stooges album Ready To Die from 2013, on which Haden played violin.

Set for release on 22 June, Behind The Shade is available to pre-order here.

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PROFESSOR AND THE MADMAN PLAY LONDON SHOW

L.A. punks PROFESSOR AND THE MADMAN have announced a one-off show in London this summer.

The band features co-frontmen Alfie Agnew, from The Adolescents and D.I., and Sean Elliott (D.I., Mind Over Four) alongside a rhythm section of Rat Scabies and Paul Gray of The Damned.

Co-promoted by Vive Le Rock and Human Punk, the gig’s set to take place on Friday 10 August at the 100 Club, Oxford Street.

The gigs marks the first time Scabies and Gray have shared a stage since playing together in the Damned in the mid-1990s.

Tickets are on sale here.

Both Scabies and Gray contributed to the latest PATM album, Disintegrate Me, which was released to wide acclaim in February. Because of the logistics involved, it could well be the ONLY time the full quartet appears together on stage.

Check out the video for ‘Space Walrus’.

Buy Disintegrate Me.

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ESCOBAR MAKE LONDON DEBUT!

French garage-rockers ESCOBAR finally make their London debut next month.

The Limoges duo play The Finsbury, Manor House on 12 May as a co-promotion between Dirty Water and Weirdsville. Support comes from PINK CIGAR and the hotly-tipped SUICIDE GENERATION. Tickets are on sale here.

The following night they play The Pipeline, Brighton.

The pair released their third album The Biggest Sound last autumn through Dirty Water Records.

Full dates are….

05/05 – Montaigu-Zichem (BE) – Strong Man Festival
06/05 – Kortrijk (BE) – The Pits
07/05 – Brussels (BE) – Le Chaff
12/05 – London (UK) – Finsbury Pub (Dirty Water Club/ Weirdsville R’n’R Night)
13/05 – Brighton (UK) – The Pipeline (Weirdsville R’n’R Night)
25/05 – Orléans (FR) – Blues Devil
26/05 – Nimes (FR)

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SUFFOLK ‘N’ GOOD!

East Anglian singer, songwriter and producer ED SYKES has his debut single released this summer.

Summoning the glam rock’n’roll 70s spirit of Bowie, Mott and the Stones, ‘Whiplashed’ includes a guest contribution from The Pretty Things’ Jon Povey, while a cover of ‘Ziggy Stardust’ on th b-side features Bowie’s longtime pianist Mike Garson.

Speaking about the single, Sykes says, “Its early ‘70s vibe captures the time that I was born into and the sounds that formed the bones of my musicality. This is essentially my ‘Get It On’ or ‘Rebel Rebel’. I wanted it to sound like a great little timeless Rock and Roll number that you feel you already know somehow. I want to remind people how great pop can be and to show people the standard that I aspire to. For me great pop and rock and roll should be instant, you have no intellectual choice you are either in or out. The sound of it, how it hits you, you know you instinctively love it so it’s not a choice. That’s what I’m about.”

Hailing from the Suffolk market town of Bury St Edmunds, Sykes was until recently a member of noted Colchester band So-Called Humans, but has been a visible figure on the local scene for many years, coming to the attention of Suffolk pop icon, John Peel, who played Ed’s tracks on his radio show.

Citing among his influences the likes of Bowie, Bolan, Hawkwind, Wire, Gary Numan, King Tubby and The Jesus & Mary Chain, most recently Sykes was recruited to produce the latest album by former Pretty Things and Pink Fairies drummer Twink, who says, “Ed Sykes has proven to me what an incredible talent he is. He guided me towards the light of the late ‘60s while producing my album Think Pink III. I hope Ed’s new single is a smash. He deserves it.”

‘Whiplashed’ is out through the brilliantly-named Maniac Squat Records on 8 June.

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PREFAB MESSIAHS CREATE A MONSTER!

Rejuvenated Massachussetts garage-psych explorers THE PREFAB MESSIAHS have unveiled a new video for the appropriately-titled track ‘Monster Riff’ from their acclaimed comeback album Psychspolitation …Today!

The band’s Senior Acting Spokesperson,  Xerox Feinberg gets on the case….

“Way back in the day, a couple members of The Prefabs lived in a crappy off-campus apartment shared by a spoiled metalhead teenager sporting a giant mullet, a padlocked room full of virgin vinyl, and a massive drum set he couldn’t keep a beat on. This kid (just a few years younger than us) had nothing but contempt for our early attempts at garage-rock-pop-psych-revivalism. I traded him Alice Cooper’s Love It To Death for a battered copy of Revolver and never looked back… until now. ‘MONSTER RIFF’ is a long-delayed homage to this crazed roomie and the kind of music I spent decades snobbishly avoiding. There’s some giant guitar riffs (IMHO), bassist Trip Thompson channels a demonic Axl Rose, and somehow The Flamin’ Groovies sorta get in there too. The exquisitely animated video ties it all together with a fairly senseless melange of B-movie monsters and alternative reality Saturday morning cartoons.”

Originally existing on the Boston club scene from 1981 to ’83, The Prefab Messiahs spent the following three decades as just a memory until a Burger Records reissue of a CD-R compilation prompted renewed interest. An 8-song mini-album – Keep Your Stupid Dreams Alive – in 2015 was followed earlier this year by Psychsploitation …Today!, a full-length album of all-new material.

Psychsploitation …Today! is out now through Lolipop/Burger Records. You can buy it here.

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GANG OF FOUR UNVEIL NEW TRACK!

GANG OF FOUR have unveiled a new track from their forthcoming EP.

‘Ivanka (Things You Can’t Have)’ is the second track to be lifted from the band’s Complicit EP, which represents their first new music in three years. As you might’ve guessed, it’s inspired by the daughter of the current President of the USA, and features NOVA TWINS’ Amy Love alongside Gang Of Four vocalist Gaoler.

Speaking of the track’s lyrics, which weave in direct quotes from Ivanka about herself and observations about her father, band guitarist and founder Andy Gill says, “It would’ve been easy to be extremely damning about Donald Trump and of course, like everyone else, I could have called him all kinds of names. What drew me to this subject at all was the running commentary from Ivanka in the earlier stages of this administration – it was fascinating to get a kind of explanation or justification from the daughter who had already been given an official position within the White House. And frankly, a lot of it was pretty funny. But although the characters in the Trump family are interesting, it’s more the ideologies and politics which they represent and enable which need describing.”

You can stream ‘Ivanka (Things You Can’t Have)’ here.

The 4-track Complicit EP is set for release on 20 April.

Gang Of Four play the following dates…

27 April BOLOGNA, ITALY Zona Roveri Music Factory

28 April ROME, ITALY Traffic Club Roma

14 May BUENOS ARIES, PALERMO, ARGENTINA Niceto Club

19 May MEXICO CITY, CUAUHTEMOC, MEXICO Festival Marvin, CDMX

3 August HORTEN, NORWAY Bueskytterbanen

5 October LONDON, UK Indie Daze, 100 Club

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SMASH FASHION VIDEO EXCLUSIVE!

L.A. powerpoppers SMASH FASHION return with a new single and they’re premiering the brilliant new video exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘Runs In The Family’ is the first single to be taken from the band’s fourth album Rompus Pompous which is out this month and follows on from 2014’s acclaimed debut Big Cat Love.

Blending glam, psych, powerpop and punk, Smash Fashion have been tearing up stages with the likes of Ian Hunter,  Psychedelic Furs, Cheap Trick and Silversun Pickups for a few years. On the strength of this swaggering street-shakin’ party-starter, it looks like the new album will be a real gamechanger for the band.

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BIG BOY BLOATER DROPS PILLS!

Blues-rock titan and Vive Le Rock Awards nominee BIG BOY BLOATER and his band THE LIMITS have just released a new video.

‘Pills’ is the title track from their forthcoming new album which is out on 15 June through Provogue/Mascot.

Following the 2016 release of Luxury Hobo, which made Vive Le Rock‘s Albums of the Year, Bloater and his band have stripped down to a trio, with a rhythm section comprising Matt Cowley on drums and Steven Oates on bass.

Speaking about the title track, Bloater says, “I think the sinister side to it is the pharmaceutical companies want you to take these drugs and they want you to keep on thinking you’re ill so they can sell you tablets. It’s gonna get to the point where you’re taking anti-biotics for everything, eventually they won’t work and we’re all gonna die from a super flu.”

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ARTHUR ALEXANDER TRACK PREMIERE!

ARTHUR ALEXANDER, founder of NYC power-poppers SORROWS and the Cyril Jordan-produced THE POPPEES, returns with his debut solo album next month. And he’s sharing the track ‘Psycho-Automatic’ exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

Not to be confused with the US soul legend of ‘You Better Move On’ fame, this Arthur Alexander emigrated to New York from Warsaw, forming the The Poppees, who became regulars ad Max’s Kansas City and were the very first new band signed to Greg Shaw’s iconic BOMP! label. Later signing to CBS for two albums with his new band Sorrows, Alexander enjoyed a mid-life career producing album for the likes of T-MODEL FORD and KING MUD for Alive Naturalsound.

His debut solo album One Bar Left makes good use of Arthur’s various influences and experiences on both sides of the desk, running the gamut from power-pop to punk and rock’n’roll.

“I started writing ‘Psycho-Automatic’ in 1984, when I lived in New York City,” he says. “And finished it in Los Angeles as it was percolating in my head til 2016 (what do you mean, I’m slow!?!?!), going through various changes, additions and rewrites. Though the lyrics are pretty ‘out there’ and ‘psycho-conceptual,’ they also reflect in parts the turmoil that was slowly building up in my own life back then. Opening with the 9th chord, undoubtedly, and however subconsciously, inspired by The Beatles’ ‘It’s Getting Better’, I’m rather proud to say that the similarity ends there. Aaron Minton from a great L.A. band – Prima Donna (they have a new record coming out on Wicked Cool Records soon) – on tenor sax, for a blistering and psycho(tic) solo break, and then, Aaron, actually all eight Aarons! ;), turns into a full horn section for the remainder of the song. Also, playing spectacular bass lines is my Polish friend Wojtek Pilichowski, a MONSTER of a bass player. Just google him… and make sure you’re sitting down! He’s featured on several other songs on the album as well.”

One Bar Left is set for release on 4 May through Dead Beat Records. It’s available to pre-order on red and black vinyl and CD here.

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LAST GREAT DREAMERS VIDEO EXCLUSIVE!

Retooled power-pop rockers LAST GREAT DREAMERS have revealed a new video, which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘No Sunshine’ is the first single to be taken from the band’s fourth album, 13th Floor Renegades, their second all new release since their 2014 reformation.

“‘No Sunshine’ was one of the last songs we wrote for the album at the end of a three-day writing session,” says guitarist Slyder. “Marc played me a chord progression and a title idea and melody he had and instantly I knew I had some chords and a melody I’d written that would fit with it. We basically just bolted the two bits together and that was it. It all happened very quickly. I love the way it doesn’t really have a verse or chorus, it’s kind of an anti-song, quite different to anything else we’ve done. The video has a kind of horror B-movie quality about it, it’s a dark song about acknowledging your inability to feel any joy despite all the good things in your life.”

Set for release on Friday 13 April through Ray Records, the album is available to pre-order here.

The band play a special album launch show on Saturday 7 April at The Asylum 2, Birmingham before heading off round the country on tour. Full dates are….

Sat 7 April BIRMINGHAM Asylum 2 (Album Launch)
Thu 12 April LONDON The Black Heart
Fri 13 April CANNOCK The Station
Sat 14 April BRIDGEND Hobos
Sun 15 April CAMBRIDGE Portland Arms
Wed 18 April WAKEFIELD Black Mass
Thu 19 April GRIMSBY Yardbirds
Fri 20 April CARLISLE Club Rock
Sat 21 April GLASGOW Nice’n’Sleazy
Sun 22 April NEWCASTLE Trillians

Tickets are available through their website.

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TABLE SCRAPS SHOW THEIR TEETH!

Fast-rising Brummie garage-psychers TABLE SCRAPS have unveiled another new video!

The reverb-drenched ‘Lyin’ Thru Yer Teeth’ is the latest track to be released from the trio’s acclaimed debut album Autonomy which is out now on Zen Ten Records. It’s available on vinyl, CD and download through their website.

The band play the following festival dates before heading on a jaunt round Europe as special guests of MONSTER MAGNET….

28 Apr – Wrong Festival, Liverpool
05 May – Sound City, Liverpool
11 May – FOCUS Wales 2018, Wrexham

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LAST CALL FOR VIVE AWARDS TICKETS!!!

Time’s running out to get your tickets for the first ever Vive Le Rock Awards, which will take over the O2 Academy in Islington, London this Wednesday!

Organised in conjunction with promoters AEG Presents, this promises to be the rock’n’roll event of the year!

We’ll have 8 MASSIVE ACTS PERFORMING LIVE, inclduing members of the Damned, The Professionals, The UK Subs’ charlie Harper, Hanoi Rocks legend Michael Monroe, T.V. Smith from The Adverts as well as our all-star band The Vive Le Rockers and will also pick up their Band Of The Year award! Ginger Wildheart will be MCing throughout, as well as playing a few number, plus there’ll be a special super-rare appearance from The Elvis of the Valleys, the incomparable Shakin’ Stevens!

Tickets for the event – both VIP and regular – are on sale here! You really don’t want to miss this!!!

 

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FINAL LINE-UP FOR VIVE LE ROCK AWARDS!!!

OK, it’s the final word on the line-up for the inaugural Vive Le Rock Awards and it’s mega!

It’s 8 MASSIVE ACTS PERFORMING LIVE! Rock’n’roll icon Shakin’ Stevens makes a rare appearance! Members of The Damned will be playIng live with our all-star band The Vive Le Rockers and will also pick up their Band Of The Year award! UK SUBS legend Sir CHARLIE HARPER will give us another kind of blues, Hanoi Rocks supremo Michael Monroe will rip the roof off, Ginger Wildheart will play a special set, TV Smith will open the show and… just what will The Professionals play??? Wait n’ see….!!!

It’ll be the rock’n’roll party of the year and it’ll all be happening at the O2 Islington Academy, London on Wednesday 28 March.

Voting has now closed, but tickets for the event – both VIP and regular – are on sale here! You really don’t want to miss this!!!

Check out the latest edition of Vive Le Rock on sale now!

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MICHAEL MONROE FOR VIVE AWARDS!!!

Legendary HANOI ROCKS frontman MICHAEL MONROE is the latest name to be added to the already glowing list of guests at the inaugural Vive Le Rock Awards!

Experiencing a massive resurgence in recent years around the release of his award-winning album Blackout States, Monroe joins a motley assortment of guest presenters and performers including UK SUBS legend Charlie Harper, THE PROFESSIONALS, GINGER WILDHEART, TV Smith of THE ADVERTS, BUZZCOCKS’ Steve Diggle and one of the best-selling singles artists of the 80s, the Elvis of the Valleys, SHAKIN’ STEVENS! And there’s more still to be announced!!!

Held over the two rooms of the O2 Islington Academy, London on Wednesday 28 March, 300 carefully invited guests and 200 paying punters will witness a sensational show with unique collaboration’s and 11 awards given away by famous presenters and our compere.

Voting in the awards has now closed, but tickets for the event – both regular and deluxe VIP packages – are on sale here!

Check out the latest edition of Vive Le Rock for a new interview with Shaky!

 

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PROFESSIONALS HEAD UP VIVE AWARDS!

More names have been added to the Vive Le Rock Awards which is shaping up to be the rock’n’roll event of the year!

One of the bands confirmed to perform on the night will be post-Sex Pistols legends THE PROFESSIONAS, who returned last year with a critically-acclaimed new album (voted ‘Album Of The Year’ by Vive Le Rock last December) and have been thrilling audiences with their high-octane rock n’roll ever since.

“I can’t wait for this!,” exclaimed frontman Tom Spencer. “I’ve already put a big black cross the day after in my diary. It’s gonna be loud, proud and messy”.

“Viva Le Rock? Didn’t I see that on a t-shirt somewhere?” remarked ex-Pistols drummer Paul Cook. “Who’d have thought, 40 years later it’s the awards to be at!”

If anyone truly deserves an award, it’s U.K. Subs frontman Charlie Harper, who exudes the true spirit of a lifetime in rock n’ roll more than any other. He’ll be picking up his King Rocker/Icon Award, a prize truly deserving for a man that was ‘born a rocker…’

“It’s a good excuse for a free drink,” confessed Charlie. “I can’t wait for the awards party. It will be great to meet up with so many old friends. Let’s hope it’s supported really well and see you all there. ”

“It’s a great honour to be holding the First Annual Vive Le Rock Awards and saluting the legends who ruled the world but often get overlooked when it comes to acknowledging their greatness,” stated publisher Eugene Butcher. “We’re planning a lot of surprises for a wild night where the audience, the bands, the winners and presenters can come together as one to rock the O2 Islington Academy like it’s never been rocked before! ”

Held over the two rooms of the O2 Islington Academy (main room and the smaller room – acting as the V.I.P/photo room/aftershow party), 300 carefully invited guests and 200 paying punters will witness a sensational show with unique collaboration’s and 11 awards given away by famous presenters and our compere.

The Awards will be hosted by GINGER WILDHEART, alongside awards presenters Steve Diggle from the BUZZCOCKS and the biggest selling singles artist of the 80s, SHAKIN STEVENS.

Former frontman of punk legends THE ADVERTS, TV Smith, is also confirmed to play live with many more live performers and presenters to be announced yet. Are you ready to Vive Le Rock?

Tickets are on sale now here!

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GET YOUR TICKETS FOR THE VIVE AWARDS!!!

Tickets are selling fast for the first ever Vive Le Rock Awards!

Already shaping up to be the rock’n’roll event of the year, the awards, which are sponsored by AEG Presents, will take place at the O2 Islington Academy in London on 28 March hosted by Ginger Wildheart and featuring 7 special live performances from Ginger, The Professionals, the UK Subs’ Charlie Harper TV Smith and The Vive Le Rockers, featuring members of The Urban Voodoo Machine, The Ruts and Jim Jones & The Righteous Mind – plus very special guests to be announced!!! You really don’t want to miss this!!!

Tickets for the awards, including a special VIP ticket allowing holders to hang out with the bands and award-winners in the private backstage bar and at the aftershow party, are available here! Book now because once they’re gone, they’re gone!

Guaranteed to be a wild night, votes are still being taken for the awards for Best Live Band and New Blood. Go here for full details!

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PADDY AND THE RATS VIDEO PREMIERE!

Hungarian pirate punks PADDY AND THE RATS are premiering their new video today exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘Join The Riot’ is taken from the band’s new album Riot City Outlaws due out in April through Napalm Records.

Produced by Grammy-winning producer Cameron Webb (Motörhead, Social Distortion, Pennywise), the 15-track  album has already been released in their homeland, where it hit No.1, going on to achieve Gold Record status.

Says vocalist Paddy, “The video for ‘Join The Riot’ is the first part of a trilogy. The other parts will be released in the next months. In this video we can follow the life of a pirate who had lost his faith, hope and life but finally he has to fight for it. This first one is about a pirate gang and it shows the life of on a pirateship. We tried to do it in a funny way. Do it like a burlesque.”

Set for release on 6 April, Riot City Outlaws is available to pre-order here.

The band head out on a series of European dates during the spring and summer. Catch them on the high seas at….

11.05.18 DE – Parsberg / Spectaculum Nordgavia
18.05.18 DE – Drachhausen / Spreewald Rock
29.06.18 DE – Tann (Röhn) / Rockwolf Open Air
27./28.07.18 DE – Megesheim / Der Krater Bebt
05.08.18 CH – Fehraltorf / Highlandgames
18.08.18 DE – Wuppertal / Feuertal Festival

Paddy and The Rats

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