LAST GREAT DREAMERS herald their new live album with a video which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
‘Lunacy Lady’ is taken from the album Live At The Tivoli, recorded at the legendary venue in the North Wales town.
The album comprises a recording of a full live show for the benefit of the Mind mental health charity in October last year. Alongside ‘Lunacy Lady’ (taken from the 2014 album Crash Landing In Teenage Heaven), the album features another 16 stage favourites from across the band’s career, including ‘New Situation’, ‘Oblivion Kids’ and ‘Far From Home’.
“Wills at WW Audio has done a magnificent job on both the audio for the album and the ‘Lunacy Lady’ video,” says guitarist Slyder. “When I first saw it I was even more excited for the live album release, he sent us the first draught and there was really nothing we wanted to change, he’s got The Dreamers show down to a tee perfectly in this!”
Live At The Tivoli is available to pre-order through Amazon and the band’s webstore.
Rockney roustabouts BUSTER SHUFFLE have announced a 10th Anniversary re-release of their classic debut album.
Hard to believe that the piano-pounding ska-punks released Our Night Out a decade ago through People Like You/Century Media putting a new spin on the genre and kicking off a thriving European career.
With touring and recording plans derailed because of Covid 19, the band felt it would be a good idea to re-relase the album to give something back to their fans in these troubled times.
“We always wanted to do something for ONO’s 10th birthday,” says singer Jet Baker. “We just never imagined we would be in lockdown, not able to play shows and have a party together. We decided this would be a great way to celebrate its birthday with our fans so we are re-releasing the record on our own label Do Nothing Records”.
The album has been fully remastered and also features two new recordings of old songs that were frequently featured live but never made it beyond the demo stage.
Set for release on 18 December, Our Night Out is available to pre-order here.
West Country rockers RICHARD DAVIES & THE DISSIDENTS have unveiled another new video from their acclaimed debut album.
‘(Long Road) To Your Heart’ is taken from Human Traffic, which was released through Bucketfull Of Brains Records back in June.
The video is the work of longtime friend and collaborator Darren Stockford.
Although the band have been unable to play live thanks to Covid restrictions, the album has taken on a life of its own. Huge-selling Spanish language newspaper El Pais rated the album among the top rock releases of the year so far alongside Metallica, The Pretenders and newcomers Idles and Fontaines DC. The upshot has been an explosion in social media followers across Spain, Mexico and Brazil.
The band, who are made up of members of Mega City Four, Last Great Dreamers, Tiny Monroe and The Snakes, are currently in talks with various agents about Spanish dates just as soon as lockdown permits them.
“We’re really delighted by the way the album has been received not only in the UK but in Spain and the Spanish speaking world,” says Davies. “I think that may have something to do with the Alejandro Escovedo connection, and the enduring popularity of guitar music over there. The way music is now available on the internet probably has something to do with it too. We’re really looking forward to playing the songs live as soon as this dreadful pandemic allows. Stay safe music lovers and I hope you’re missing us as much as we’re missing you!”
‘(Long Road) To Your Heart’ is available on Spotify and all the usual digital platforms.
SPIZZENERGI are unveiling their brand new video today and are premiering it exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
Made all the more poignant by the news of another lockdown, ‘Christmas In Denmark Street’ laments the decades of music heritage in London’s West End crushed to death at the hands of grasping landlords and soulless developers.
“The chorus for ‘Christmas In Denmark Street’ came to me on a cycle home on the 10th January 2015,” explains punk legend Spizz. “This was the final week of The 12 Bar Club’s existence in Denmark Street – closing down to make way for the controversial Crossrail project – and coincided with my birthday week. The atmosphere in the club was fantastic and I went every night. The 12 BAR was like a musicians social club with bands dropping in after playing at other venues in the area. We were told the club would be preserved as the Crossrail transformation started to bite.
“Following my creative cycle home that night, I met up with SPIZZENERGI guitarist Luca Comencini to develop the song and it was first performed in public when Luca and I were offered an acoustic slot performing as SPIZZOLOGY supporting James Stevenson’s All Stars Band for his LP launch at The Water Rats, 17 December 2015.”
The single was mixed by the famous producer Tony Visconti, who says, “I liked the song a lot when I first heard it. As I have lived in London for 22 years, the sentiments of the song, and hope that the street could be saved, struck a chord in my heart. Spizz is a great performer and his vocals made it very appealing to me. I’m so happy with the way it turned out. It’s commercial enough to be played on the BBC and I hope it gets lots of signatures on a petition to save the street for all our efforts.”
Set for release on 18 December, you can pre-save ‘Christmas In Denmark Street’ digitally and buy a limited edition red vinyl 7-inch here.
American roots-punk songwriter AUSTIN LUCAS is back with a new album, released tomorrow, but he’s chosen to stream it exclusively with Vive Le Rock! today.
A troubadour in the truest sense, Lucas has spent much of the past two decades in Europe and the past few months have found the Indiana-born songwriter and activist locked down in Mainz, Germany. From this Euro vantage point he’s had the time an inclination to cast an eye on the disturbing tinderbox situation in his homeland during this most apocalyptic of years, from Black Lives Matter and the agitation of the far-right to the global shadow of Covid. The result is the ten songs on Alive, In the Hot Zone, arguably his most unrestrained and political statement yet.
“I’ve never had an album come about so fluidly, accidentally and seemingly against all odds,” he explains. “From the fact that everything about the world we’re currently living in found me sleepless, agitated and propelled me to wake up at all hours and write like a madman. To the chance meeting with Oli Rüger, who I immediately recognized for his exceptional skill set as a producer and guitar player.
“This album exists because those of us involved, took a series of obstacles and nightmare scenarios and managed to turn them into an opportunity. Thus realizing a shared creative dream, in the midst of a pandemic and political uprising.”
A veteran of US rust-belt metal and hardcore scene around the turn of the century, Lucas relocated to the Czech Republic and began releasing Americana-influenced solo albums in 2006. A highly prolific artist, his records have emerged through such labels as Hometown Caravan, Last Chance and New West, while he ‘s shared stages along the way with the likes of Willie Nelson, Ray Price, Lucero and Frank Turner.
Lucas’ second album for Cornelius Chapel, Alive, In The Hot Zone is available to order here.
The original line-up of THE DAMNED have announced that they’re reuniting for a UK tour next year.
In a press conference hosted by former Roxy Club DJ Don Letts at lunchtime today at London’s legendary Roundhouse, Brian James, Captain Sensible, Rat Scabies and Dave Vanian revealed that they’ll be playing four shows in July. Full dates are…
Fri 9 July – Eventim Apollo, London
Fri 16 July – O2 Academy, Birmingham
Sat 17 July – O2 Academy, Glasgow
Sun 18 July – O2 Academy, Manchester
Tickets go on sale at 10.00 on Friday 23 October here.
THE SINCLAIRS are back with a brand new video, which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
Hot on the heels of their spectacular debut album Sparkle, the duo featuring Rat Scabies and Billy Shinbone from Somerset band FLIPRON and Neville Staple’s band have teamed up with our old friend Paul-Ronney Angel from THE URBAN VOODOO MACHINE for the timely single ‘Halloween Wings’.
‘Halloween Wings’ is out now through Spotify and all digital platforms via Cleopatra Records. The duo is planning to tour after the world gets back to normal.
Folk-punks FEROCIOUS DOG have announced the rescheduled dates for their 2021 UK tour and forthcoming new album The Hope.
The 22-date tour will start in Liverpool at the O2 Academy 2 on Friday 8 October and concludes at the Leadmill in Sheffield on Sunday 4 December.
The band promise those attending “will be part of something very special, watching one of the very best folk-punk bands in the UK with a high octane explosion of the very best live music. People who have attended Ferocious Dog shows know exactly what to expect. People who are new to FD live shows will be welcomed by the ‘Hell Hounds’ as part of the growing FD family.”
To coincide with the tour, Ferocious Dog release their brand new studio album The Hope which takes its name “from a song idea from Dan Booth and written by Dan and myself,” explains Ken Bonsall. “The Hope is a very hard hitting and deep reflection of someone coming to terms and living with depression.” While the album cover, created with Daniel Hubb at Make-North (Bullet For My Valentine), “had to be hard equally hitting to create and capture the sentiment of the song.”
The Hope carries on in the strong tradition of Ferocious Dog albums, with thought-provoking and politically charged lyrics, seamlessly combing with dynamic and eclectic music. Ferocious Dog now have two new band members Johnny Edwards and Ryan Brooks “chomping at the bit to put their stamp on this new album”
Released on 16 October through Graphite Records, The Hope is available to pre-order on CD and vinyl, with ticket and t-Shirt bundles available, plus an exclusive limited edition green vinyl album, limited edition cassette and signed CDs here.
High-octane rock’n’rollers LUCIFER STAR MACHINE have just unveiled a new video.
a cover of Kansas City rocker Lee Dresser’s 1969 loungeabilly classic, ‘El Camino Real’ is taken from the Hamburg quintet’s latest album The Devil’s Breath, which came out in April via The Sign Records.
A Tarantino-esque carcrash of Reservoir Dogs and Smokey And The Bandit, the video was directed by renowned Kustom Kulture filmmaker Dirk Behlau and features a guest appearance from MAD SIN’s Koefte DeVille.
Folk-ska-punks THE PENNY BLACK REMEDY have the first of a pair of new compilations out this week.
With the Coronavirus lockdown effectively curtailing the band’s touring and recording plans for 2020, the band’s nucleus of Keith M Thomson and Marijana Hajdarhodžić have taken the opportunity to assemble the anthologies of previously unreleased recordings.
“Keith writes a lot of material in between albums,” explains Hajdarhodžić. “So after three studio releases (and a fourth in the pipeline), we thought it would be a good time to collate some of our favourite songs from these ‘stray recordings’ and release them over two compilation albums.”
Released digitally, Owing To Certain Complications… Vol. 1 features a selection of acoustic recordings amassed over the past seven years since the release of the band’s second album Inhale…Exhale, OK, Now You Can Panic! and subsequent to their most recent full-length Maintaining Dignity In Awkward Situations, released in 2017.
“These songs weren’t originally intended to be released together,” adds Thomson. “But we’re delighted with how cohesive (and lyrically, how oddly prescient) the album has turned out to be.”
The pair recently shot a typically good-natured new video for the track ‘Before I Go’ in rehearsal in Dubrovnik with local musicians Antonije Doranja, Ivo Kukuljica Kucac and Igor Surjan.
The second anthology – “a significantly less acoustic affair” – will follow in 2021.
Due for release on 16 October on the band’s mono del mundo label via Cadiz, Owing To Certain Complications… Vol. 1 is available to pre-order here.
The legendary FUTURAMA FESTIVAL is being resurrected more than 40 years after it first took place.
Starting in 1979 at Leeds’ Queen’s Hall, the two-day Fururama was a radical addition to the UK festival calendar, being as it was a departure from the rock and folk-dominated outdoor circuit. The brainchild of Leeds promoter John Keenan, the event underlined the changed that had taken place on the UK music horizon with a rollcall of artists across the years drawn from the spheres of post-punk, art-punk and electronica, including PiL, Siouxsie & The Banshees, Joy Division, Gang Of Four, Psychedelic Furs, Theatre Of Hate, Soft Cell, Simple Minds, The Smiths, Bow Wow Wow, The Fall, Teardrop Explodes, Echo And The Bunnymen, OMD, Cabaret Voltaire, Bauhaus and many more.
Working alongside Keenan, Liverpool promoter Marc Jones is bringing Futurama over the Pennines to his home city where it will take place at the Invisible Wind factory / Make Arts Centre and Ten Streets Social over Easter Saturday and Sunday, 3-4 April 2021.
Theatre Of Hate and The Chameleons will be making their return to the festival, while headliners Peter Hook & The Light will be performing Joy Division’s set from the inaugural Futurama in ’79.
“Futurama was one the first festival experiences I ever had,” remembers Hook. “John Keenan the promoter became a lifelong friend. He was one of the first legends. The gig was the first time I’d ever seen caravans used as dressing rooms indoors, but it had a great atmosphere. It really put Joy Division on the map and the groups on the bill were very well matched to the audience. There weren’t many indoor festivals prior to Futurama so it was quite ground-breaking for the genre in the north. Funnily enough it gets talked about a lot even now. John became a legend and, in many ways, so has the festival. Let’s hope we can capture that wonderful atmosphere again.”
A second headliner is yet to be announced but appearing over the weekend across four stages – including one sponsored by Vive Le Rock! – are the likes of Warmduscher, The Blinders, The Lovely Eggs, Spizz Energi, Imperial Wax, Just Mustard, Membranes, Evil Blizzard, Sink Ya Teeth, John, Heavy Lungs, We Are Not Devo, DSM IV, Bob Vylan, Billy NoMates, Witch Fever, Tokky Horror, Pozi, Crows, St Agnes, LibraLibra, Courting, Crawlers and Joe & Shitboys, with many more to be announced.
Tickets priced £80 are available here with an instalment scheme for the financially strapped.
SPEAR OF DESTINY are to issue a new ‘recreated and re-imagined’ version of their classic album World Service.
The band’s third album, World Service would be the band’s highest charting album, just grazing the Top 10 and featuring their highest charting single up to that point, ‘Come Back’.
Produced by former Rich Kid and Blitz club DJ Rusty Egan, at Kirk Brandon’s behest, and on the receiving end of some fantastic reviews, Brandon was never entirely happy with the sound of the album.
“You could say why re-record what is a a classic album from the 1980s,” says Brandon. “You’d have a point. But, it has been my intention to re-record this set of songs much more in line with what I feel they were originally written for, much more of a rock album, as opposed to a pop/rock album.
“With the original recording there was a lot of compromise, which to my mind today, meant the album’s worth of songs was never done the justice it deserved. I’m not trying to re-write the past, I’m trying, and I believe we have succeeded, in doing this album justice, finally, to how it was meant to sound.
“I can only thank my longstanding band members, for helping me to achieve this with their sympathetic ears. We have played songs from this album for decades and I knew on this occasion, we would all step up to the mark with its re-recording. The proof is in the pudding.”
The new version of WorldService @ 35 is due for release on 26 October. It’s available to re-order here.
HOODOO GURUS’ latest spurt of activity continues apace with another new video.
‘Get Out Of Dodge’ follows on from their anti-Trump single ‘Hung Out To Dry’, released in June.
Appropriately adopting a Western theme for the video, the song reflects on the increasingly pervasive lynch-mob mentality infecting society.
“The world we live in is becoming more polarised and less tolerant every day, and we can often find ourselves confronting extremist views, some of which may be hostile to who we are or what we believe,” explains frontman and songwriter Dave Faulkner. “Religion, politics, sexuality – there are any number of reasons why people might take a set against you, or try to browbeat you into toeing the party line. When you come to realise that they won’t soften their views to accommodate you – and that you shouldn’t change who you are to accommodate them – then what can you do? You get the hell out of Dodge!
“As the old saying goes, discretion is the better part of valour and it can be very satisfying to leave the hateful to stew in their own juices. A good surgeon knows when a damaged limb can be saved and when it’s better to amputate, so cut your losses and get yourself to a better place, somewhere people will cherish and support you, and live to fight another day. As the song says, ‘We’ve gotta get out of Dodge – while we still can!’”
Recorded at Harry Vanda’s Hercules Street Studios in Surry Hills, Sydney. The track features guest backing vocals from BANGLES’ Vicki Peterson (who’s guested on various Gurus tracks over the years) and her husband John Cowsill of legendary Sunshine Pop band THE COWSILLS and also, currently, THE BEACH BOYS.
Out today, ‘Get Out Of Dodge’ is available to stream/download here.
Veteran of the 80s Aussie underground wars, MICK MEDEW is back with his first solo album.
A founder member of seminal Brisbane garage band THE 31ST, the guitarist and singer racked up several indie chart hits with his band THE SCREAMING TRIBESMEN, with now classic singles like ‘Igloo’ and ‘Date With A Vampire’.
He would go on to record with Naked Lunch, Mick Medew & The Rumours and most recently, The Mesmerisers, who released their second album Open Season last year.
Psychopharmacologist features nine songs worked up over five years of solo shows in Brisbane and Mlebourne and includes an instrumental retooling of the classic ‘Igloo’.
Psychopharmacologist is out now through I-94 Bar Records and is available to buy through Bandcamp.
Check out the video for ‘When The Wood Is Brown (Full Return)’…
London alt-rockers APEMAN SPACEMAN have a new single out and they’re premiering the video exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
Following on from last year’s ‘Civil War’ single, ‘Truth Is A Thing Of The Past’ casts an eye on the grim absurdity of the current world political climate. The self-made video, edited by Nick Mason (not the Pink Floyd one, we suspect), sees the band members as world leaders engaged in schoolboy larks as society teeters on the edge of the abyss….
Says frontman Johnny Cooke, “We are in danger of losing our democracies to international gangs of sociopathic school boys playing games with the lives of billions, and the very fabric of society is being undermined by a tidal wave of bullsh*t. We must fight for the truth.”
Formed in 2015 out of the ashes of Island Records-signed Top 40 hitmakers DOGS, Apeman Spaceman are Johnny Cooke (vocals and guitar), Rikki Mehta (guitar), Alexi Christou (bass) and Ethan Kennedy (drums).
‘Truth Is A Thing Of The Past’ is available to pre-save on Spotify.
Aussie rockers THE MERCY KILLS are back with a video taster for their new mini-album.
Live favourite ‘Fall’ is taken from the Melbourne quartet’s forthcoming 7-tracker X which is due out on Golden Robot Records on 2 October. It’s a remastered version of the track that previously appeared on the b-side of their New Rule EP back in 2010.
Formed in the seaside suburb of St Kilda in 2008, the band, who’ve been described as mixing Appetite for Destruction era Guns N’ Roses with Ramones-style punk began their career sharing stage with local legends like Rose Tattoo, You Am I and Tumbleweed, going on to tour with such international stars as Killing Joke, New York Dolls, Misfits and Supersuckers.