NEWTOWN NEUROTICS KICKSTART THEIR TRIUMPH!

Essex punk legends THE NEWTOWN NEUROTICS are to release a live album capturing an explosive London show from 1987.

Recorded at Brunel University, Uxbridge on 4 April 1987, Triumph Over Adversity catches the classic line-up of Steve Drewett, Simon Lomond and Colin Dredd in full flight.

A live set that the band has long wanted to make publicly available, the album includes sleevenotes by Drewett explaining the circumstances of the gig and the recording, which followed the release of their groundbreaking album Kickstarting A Backfiring Nation.

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Triumph Over Adversity serves as a tribute to bassist Dredd (aka Colin Masters) who sadly passed away in March this year following major surgery and a long period of illness. The band have also set up a Facebook page in his honour.

Drewett, who has just played Glastonbury at the invitation of Billy Bragg, released a solo album KuJenga Society earlier this year. The Neurotics, who’ve been rejoined by drummer Lomond along with bassist Adam Smith, play the Rebellion Festival on 8 August and the launch for ATTILA THE STOCKBROKER’s autobiography at London’s Borderline on 25 September.

Order Triumph Over Adversity here.

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PHIL RUDD SENTENCED

Errant AC/DC drummer PHIL RUDD has been sentenced having previously pleaded guilty for drug possession and threatening to kill.

Judge Thomas Ingram of Tauranga District Court on New Zealand’s North Island sentenced Rudd to eight months of home detention. He’ll be electronically monitored and undergo rehabilitation for drug and alcohol addiction, and the judge assure him that he’d go to prison if he broke the terms of his sentence.

Rudd’s lawyer argued that a conviction would leave him unable to tour with the band, amounting to a loss of millions of dollars in earnings. The judge, however, said there was no evidence that he was actually still in AC/DC, adding, bizarrely, that “Queen replaced Freddie Mercury”.

Rudd released his first solo album Head Job last year.

 

 

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TROUBLE BREWING FOR PiL!

PUBLIC IMAGE LIMITED have unveiled their new single, preparing the way for the new album What The World Needs Now…, which is out on their own PiL Official label on 4 September.

‘Double Trouble’ will be available from 21 August on 10″ vinyl, backed with ‘Bettie Page’ and ‘Turkey Tits’. You can listen to the album version here.

Pre-order the ‘Double Trouble’ 10″ from Cargo.

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As previously announced, the band will be undertaking an extensive tour from September….

UK Tour Dates

Glasgow, 02 ABC, Scotland, Friday, September 18th 2015

Manchester Academy, UK, Saturday, September 19th 2015

Newcastle, Riverside, Sunday, September 20th 2015

York, Fibbers, UK, Tuesday, September 22nd 2015

Coventry, The Copper Rooms @ Warwick University, UK, Wednesday, September 23rd 2015

Bristol, 02 Academy, UK, Friday, September 25th 2015

Buckley, Tivoli, Wales, Saturday, September 26th 2015

Reading, Sub 89, UK, Sunday, September 27th 2015

Bexhill, De La Warr Pavilion, UK, Tuesday, September 29th 2015

Norwich, UEA, UK, Wednesday, September 30th 2015

London, 02 Shepherds Bush Empire, UK, Friday, October 2nd 2015

Frome, Cheese and Grain, UK, Saturday, October 3rd 2015

Southampton, Engine Rooms, UK, Sunday, October 4th 2015

Europe Tour Dates

Paris, Le Trianon, France, Tuesday, October 6th 2015

Amsterdam, Paradiso, Netherlands, Wednesday, October 7th 2015

Lausanne, Les Docks, Switzerland, Friday, October 9th 2015

Venice, Rivolta, Italy, Saturday, October 10th 2015

Milan, Magazzini Generali, Italy, Sunday, October 11th 2015

Mannheim, Alte Seilerei, Germany, Tuesday, October 13th 2015

Ludwigsburg, Rockfabrik, Germany, Wednesday, October 14th 2015

Berlin, Columbia Theatre, Germany, Thursday, October 15th 2015

Bochum, Zeche, Germany, Saturday, October 17th 2015

Antwerp, Trix, Belgium, Sunday, October 18th 2015

www.pilofficial.com

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PERE UBU FOR THE PEOPLE!

Cleveland underground iconoclasts PERE UBU get to enjoy the resurgence of vinyl with the release of a four-LP box set next month.

Elitism For the People 1975-78 includes completely remastered pressings of The Modern Dance, Dub Housing, The Hearpen Singles and Manhattan – recorded live at Max’s Kansas City in 1977. It’s out on 21 August through Fire Records.

Sample tracks from Elitism For The People.

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The band also have a series of UK dates later this month…

16 July: Komedia, Brighton, UK

17 July: Nell’s Jazz & Blues Club, London, UK

18 July: Latitude Festival, UK

19 July: Rhythm Tree Festival, Didge Cafe, Isle of Wight

23 July: The Musician, Leicester

24 July:  Wickerman Festival, Scotland

Still fronted by David Thomas, Pere Ubu were born out of the same Cleveland scene that spawned The Dead Boys. Describing their sound as ‘avant garage’, their early singles and debut album The Modern Dance were hugely influential, not least on the likes of Joy Division, Wire and REM.

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THE DAMNED HIT THE NORTHEAST!

THE DAMNED are set to headline a one-day punk festival in Newcastle-upon-Tyne this autumn.

NORTHEAST CALLING returns to Northumbria University for a second year following its original incarnation as Durham Punk Fest, just down the road.

Taking place on Saturday 26 September, an impressive bill also features sets from THE EXPLOITED, ANGELIC UPSTARTS, SUBHUMANS, 999, ANTI-NOWHERE LEAGUE, THE RESTARTS, FIRE EXIT, HI-FI SUPERSTARS and DOGSFLESH. The ticket price also includes admission to the aftershow party featuring Tynesiders CRASHED OUT, celebrating their 20th Anniversary.

Book your tickets here!

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COSMIC PSYCHOS IN THE RAW!

Our favourite beer-swilling yob-rockers COSMIC PSYCHOS have a brand new album out, plus an appropriately offensive video to go with it.

Cum The Raw Prawn is the Australian trio’s first new album in six years and was recorded on bassist/vocalist Ross Knight’s farm north of Melbourne. Out on Desperate Records, the album’s preceded by a video for the lead track ‘Better, Not Bitter’, which is definitely not for the squeamish or easily offended, so don’t let it spoil your weekend.

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Cosmic Psychos were the subject of the 2013 documentary Blokes You Can Trust.

Look out for a major Aussie rock spectacular in the next edition of Vive Le Rock, out 12 July!

http://www.cosmicpsychos.com.au/

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NEW ORDER NEW ALBUM PRE-ORDER!

NEW ORDER have just announced their return with a new studio album, their first in ten years.

Music Complete follows on from 2005’s Waiting For The Siren’s Call and marks a return to the line-up of Gillian Gilbert, whose last contribution was on 2001’s Get Ready. The album’s vivid sleeve design was once again provided by long-term collaborator Peter Saville.

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Produced by the band themselves, with the exception of two tracks produced by CHEMICAL BROTHERS’ Tom Rowlands, and additional production by Stuart Price, Music Complete will be released on 25 September in CD, download and limited edition clear vinyl formats, as well as an exclusive 8-piece deluxe vinyl collection that includes the album plus extended versions of all 11 tracks on coloured vinyl. You can pre-order now from the New Order website.

Live dates will be announced soon…

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THE TERRACES TAKING IT TO THE STREETS!

Australian street-punks THE TERRACES have just announced that they’ve signed to UK label WESTWORLD RECORDINGS. The first fruits of this relationship will be the long-awaited release of their second album Empire and a full tour of the UK and Europe throughout August, including a return to the REBELLION FESTIVAL.

Formed in Melbourne in 2009 by frontman Gary Buckley and guitarist Dean Tsolondres, they’ve recently been joined by ROSE TATTOO bassist Steve ‘Kingy’ King and Mark Brabbs, best known as the original drummer with Algy Ward’s TANK.

Having toured the UK three times, with a debut appearance at Blackpool’s Rebellion in 2013, they return there on 9 August, followed by the UK and Europe. Full dates are below….

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http://www.theterracesrock.com/

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PINK CIGAR VIDEO PREMIERE!

Debauched London rockers PINK CIGAR have a brand new single coming out and they’re launching the video for it with Vive Le Rock! ‘Generation Next’ is out on 10 July.

They’ve also got a bunch of dates lined up to take them through to the Autumn. You can catch them at….

26th June – Verve Bar, Leeds

27th June – The Elgin, London

18th July – Mint Street Festival, London

24th July – Nozstock Festival

10th August – Tropen Festival

24th Oct – Hertford Corn Exchange

…and there are loads more to be confirmed. Keep an eye on their website and Facebook for further news.

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3 CHORDS FESTIVAL – LINE-UP VIDEO PREMIERE!

This August Bank Holiday, punks from across the country will descend on Cornwall, invading the beautiful Trereife Estate in Penzance, to bare witness to some of the most revered bands on the scene.  Beauty and chaos!

Spanning the full punk rock genre, 3 CHORDS offers up some of the best UK bands with its most eclectic and exciting lineup yet, including The Restarts, Vice Squad, The Lurkers, Goldblade, TV Smith, Dirtbox Disco, Control, Dragster, Eastfield and loads more.

TWENTY-FOUR bands and ONE stage means you won’t miss a thing. Tickets are £55 including 3 days camping, with children’s tickets (5-15) at just £5. Head over to the 3 Chords website for more information.

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ALTERNATIVE TV IN OPPOSITION!

Original punks ALTERNATIVE TV return next month with their first new album in fourteen years.

The band, put together in 1976 by Sniffin’ Glue fanzine founder  and former bank clerk Mark Perry – aka Mark P – release Opposing Forces through Public Domain Records on 10 July. The album was produced and mixed by the band’s drummer, Dave Morgan of The Loft, The Weather Prophets and The Rockingbirds fame, at his Big Fish studio in St Albans.

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Originally coming together at Throbbing Gristle’s Industrial Studios in Hackney, early recordings featured Genesis P-Orridge on drums. Playing their first gig in Nottingham supporting The Adverts in May ’77, their line-up has been fluid throughout the years, with Perry also maintaining a solo career and stints with the Good Missionaries and The Door And The Window.

The closest they came to a hit was ‘Action Time Vision’ on Deptford Fun City Records in 1978.

The current line-up features Perry, Morgan, Lee McFadden and Clive Giblin on guitars and Steve Carter on bass. They’re in the process of lining up a series of dates.

http://www.markperryatv.com/

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NICK MARSH RIP

Vive Le Rock is extremely saddened to learn that Nick Marsh of Flesh For Lulu and Urban Voodoo Machine has passed away following surgery for cancer. A statement from the Urban Voodoo Machine reads as follows….

“Dear Brothers and Sisters,

It is with tremendously heavy hearts that we must announce that our dear brother Nick Marsh lost his courageous battle with cancer this morning. As you can imagine The Urban Voodoo Machine and it’s entire extended family are deeply saddened and reeling at this sudden and horrible news. Our immediate thoughts go out to Nicks family, most especially his partner Katharine Blake and their daughters Ava and Rosa.

A full tribute will follow on http:theurbanvoodoomachine.com, in the meantime should you wish to send messages of the support to Katharine and the girls please do so by visiting the Marsh Family Cancer Crisis Fund page at http://www.gofundme.com/marshfamily and perhaps leave a small donation whilst you are there.

The Urban Voodoo Machine”

Marsh formed Flesh For Lulu in South London in 1982, going on to achieve hits in the USA with ‘Postcards From  Paradise’ and ‘I Go Crazy’. After a brief solo career, he became an integral part of Urban Voodoo Machine and recently launched a new Flesh For Lulu.

Our thoughts are with his family, friends and many fans.

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MOTORHEAD WORK THEIR MAGIC

MOTORHEAD have announced the release of their twenty-second studio album for this, their 40th Anniversary year. And they’re supporting the release with extensive US and European touring during the second half of the year. Proof, if any were needed that, despite Lemmy’s recent health wobbles, they’re not quite ready to bow out gracefully.

Bad Magic was written, worked up and recorded by Leemy, Phil Campbell and Mikkey Dee in the studio – a first for this line-up of the band – and produced by longtime producer Cameron Webb. It features thirteen tracks including the ballad ‘Until The End’ – a musical departure that the old warhorse has proved himself surprisingly good at in the past – and a boneshaking delivery of the Rolling Stones’ ‘Sympathy For The Devil’.

Bad Magic is released via UDR Music / Motorhead Records on 28 August.

From mid-August, the band will embark on a North American tour with Anthrax, ending with their now legendary Motorboat cruise, before heading for Europe. The only UK date currently on the horizon is Glastonbury on 24 June and the Eden Project on 27 June. More dates are set to be added so keep an eye on the band’s website.

Listen to ‘Thunder & Lightning’.

Pic by Robert John.

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THE MEMBRANES DELIVER A KICK IN THE PARTICLES!

Blackpool’s finest THE MEMBRANES return this month with their first new album since 1989.

Founded in 1977 by punk journalist – and Vive Le Rock contributor – John Robb, Dark Matter / Dark Energy features fourteen tracks including ‘Do The Supernova’, which was previously released as a Record Store Day 7-inch. It’s out on 22 June through Cherry Red as a CD, download and limited edition double-vinyl LP.

The album was inspired by a chance meeting between Robb and CERN Project Head, Joe Incandela about the Higgs boson particle, and concerns the life and death of the universe. It’s also about Robb’s father who sadly passed away during the album’s recording.

The band are currently playing a series of UK dates. You can catch them at….

June 6 – York Fibbers

June 12 – Edinburgh Citrus Club

June 13 – Glasgow Broadcast

July 4 – Leeds Brudenell

Inspired by the original punks, The Membranes quickly became favourites of John Peel and their explorations into noise aligned them with contemporaries Einsturzende Neubauten, Swans and Sonic Youth. They’ve since been cited as an influence by such a diverse array of bands as Big Black, Godflesh, Lambchop, Atari Teenage Riot, The Wedding Present and Napalm Death.

Originally splitting in 1990, Robb went on to form Sensurround and Goldblade, reactivating The Membranes in 2009 for the All Tomorrow’s Parties festival at the request of curators My Bloody Valentine.

Pre-order Dark Matter / Dark Energy here.

 

 

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TOY DOLLS – UNPLUGGED AND ON THE ROAD!

THE TOY DOLLS celebrate their 35th Anniversary this year with a string of dates across Europe, kicking off in Spain on 25 June.

In the meantime, frontman Olga has just released Olgacoustic! through Secret Records, which – as its name suggests – is an acoustic album of Toy Dolls classics.

He says, “I recorded everything in me bedroom, no overdubs or 2nd vocal or 2nd guitar tracks or anything.”

You can sample the fruits of his labours in the video for ‘Idle Gossip’.

As if that’s not enough, they’re even launching their own beer, available here.

Tour dates so far are….

JUNE 26th   SPAIN          MURCIA GARAJE CLUB

JUNE 27th   SPAIN          LEGANES MADSKATE DAY FESTIVAL

JULY 3rd      FRANCE      LES FEUX DE LâETE FESTIVAL

JULY 4th       SPAIN         PINEDA DE MAR, PYSCHOBILLY MEETING

JULY 11th    FRANCE     AIX LES BAINS MUISILAC FESTIVAL

JULY 17th   NORWAY    MALAKOFF ROCK FESTIVAL

JULY 24th   GERMANY   ESSEN, NORD OPEN AIR FESTIVAL

JULY 25th   GERMANY   KOBLENZ RIEZ OPEN AIR FESTIVAL

JULY 26th   HOLLAND    LICTENWOORDE ZWARTE CROSS FEST

AUG 1st       SPAIN            ALMERIA JUERGAâS ROCK FESTIVAL

AUG 21st     FRANCE       CABERET VERT FESTIVAL

AUG 28th     POLAND      STRASECIN CZAD FESTIVAL

SEP 5th        BASQUE       VITORIA GASTEIZ CALLING FESTIVAL

NOV 28th    HOLLAND    SNEEK  BOLWERK

http://www.thetoydolls.com/

 

 

 

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MICHAEL MONROE UNVEILS NEW ALBUM!

Former HANOI ROCKS frontman MICHAEL MONROE has announced the release of a brand new album, Blackout States via Spinefarm on 16 October.

Following on from 2013’s Horns & Halos and 2011’s award-winning Sensory Overdrive, the album was produced by Chips Kiesbye and features his regular band, including Hanoi sparring partner Sam Yaffa, Steve Conte of the New York Dolls, Rich Jones and Karl Rockfist.

“I’m extremely excited about our new album, Blackout States,” he says. “It has all the ingredients of a perfect rock‘n’roll record – strong melodic songs with great meaningful lyrics that defy all clichés, delivered with a punky, ballsy attitude by a killer band. I highly recommend Blackout States to anyone who’s even a little bit interested in what real, authentic, high energy rock‘n’roll at its best sounds like today.”

As previously announced, Monroe plays Proud Camden as part of the Camden Rocks festival this Saturday 30 May.

http://www.michaelmonroe.com/

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THE URBAN VOODOO MACHINE PROMISE A GOOD NIGHT!

Fresh from rockin’ the STRUMMERCAMP festival, our old mates URBAN VOODOO MACHINE release a new single and accompanying video today. ‘Goodnight My Dear’ was written by bandleader Paul-Ronney Angel and is taken from their current album Love, Drink & Death.

It’s available now as a download from Amazon and iTunes, but there is a limited edition CD available from their web store. All formats include their own inimitable version of The Rolling Stones’ ‘Factory Girl’.

The band play a very special launch party for the single on Saturday 30 May at Brooklyn Bowl, London. They’ll be joined by special guests The Dustaphonics, Mac Abbe et Le Zombi Orchestra plus The Death Us Do Apart Danger Show and DJ’s, and promise drinkin’ and dancin’ ’til 2am!

Tickets are £11 in advance (£15 on the door) and can be purchased here.

http://theurbanvoodoomachine.com/

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WIN TICKETS TO THE SELECTER’S VIP ALBUM LAUNCH!

Have we got a treat for you?! 2 Tone Records hitmakers THE SELECTER are launching their brand new album in London on Tuesday and you could be there!

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Subculture was mixed legendary producer PRINCE FATTY and is out of 15 June. But you can win a pair of VIP Guestlist passes to a strictly invitation-only gig being held by the Coventry ska rebels at The Hospital Club in Covent Garden next Tuesday 26 May.

The Selecter will be showcasing tracks from Subculture, alongside classics such as ‘On My Radio’ and ‘Too Much Pressure’. The prize also includes an informal meet and greet with Pauline Black and Gaps Hendrickson after the show.

To be in with a chance of winning, simply send an email to us at info@vivelerock.net with SELECTER COMPETITION in the subject box, and we’ll pick a winner at random. The competition closes at midnight tonight.

In the meantime check out their video for the brand new single ‘Box Fresh‘.

www.theselecter.net

 

 

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