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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REVEREND HORTON HEAT FOR LONDON

Punkabilly legends REVEREND HORTON HEAT stop off for a night in London during a whistle-stop European jaunt in July.

The Dallas, Texas trio play the O2 Academy, Islington on Tuesday 7 July. Tickets are available here.

The band’s most recent album is last year’s Rev through Victory Records. Full European tour dates are below.

3 July – Pineda de Mar, Spain @ Psychobilly Meeting

4 July – Cognac, France @ Blues Festival

5 July – Paris, France @ Trabendo

7 July – London, England @ Islington Academy

8 July – Dortmund, Germany @ FZW

9 July – Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Melkweg

10 July – Gierle, Belgium @ Sjock Festival

http://www.reverendhortonheat.com/

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ALBUM 31 FROM THE FALL

THE FALL return with a new album this week via Cherry Red Records. Sub-Lingual Tablet is the 31st album from Mark E Smith’s Manchester iconoclasts and features their current line-up of Peter Greenway, Keiron Melling, Elena Poulou, Daren Garratt and David Spurr.

The band have lined up a short series of UK dates in support of the release…

May 23 The Boiler Shop Stephenson Works, Newcastle

May 27 Sub 89, Reading

May 29 Manchester Cathedral, Manchester

May 31 The Globe, Cardiff

Jun 05   Umberslade Estate, West Midlands

Jun 24   Glastonbury 2015, Somerset

Read Steve Hill’s review of the album below…

THE FALL

SUB-LINGUAL TABLET

(Cherry Red Records)

The latest cryptic missive from the mind of Mark E Smith.

8/10

Studio album number 31 finds The Fall in unrelenting form, delivering arguably the most entertaining release yet from this current longstanding line-up. Opener ‘Venice With The Girls’ is a bona fide foot-tapper, with Smith reverting to his traditional singing voice as opposed to the feral growl that some feel has blighted their recent output. He drifts into various vocal styles throughout, however, including a virtual spoken-word affair in ‘Junger Cloth,’ providing the album’s first laugh-out-loud moment as Smith seemingly attempts to negotiate an archaic eye-test chart in his distinctive Salford burr.

Lyrically, as ever, Sub-Lingual Tablet is a riddle wrapped inside an enigma, but there are honourable mentions for Pierce Brosnan’s bed-wet pills, a campaign to kidnap Bono, and a long overdue return for the Curly-Wurly.

Very much this year’s ‘Blindness’ or ‘Reformation,’ central track ‘Auto Chip 2014-2016’ is a ten-minute cyclical rant in which Smith repeatedly poses the question “How bad are English musicians?” as his band of (mainly) English musicians play as if their lives depend upon it – which they possibly do.

Bang up to date, the album ends with a furious dual blast of anti-technology as MES berates his lack of a Facebook troll in the judiciously renamed ‘Fibre Book Troll,’ culminating in an unexpected outro of some delightful whistling (Peel would have approved). By now incandescent with rage, the self-explanatory ‘Quit iPhone’ brings proceedings to a close in style. Joyfully indecipherable, Sub-Lingual Tablet is another remarkable album from Britain’s most extraordinary band. Contains foul language.

Steve Hill

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BILLY IDOL LAUNCHES NEW VIDEO

BILLY IDOL has launched a brand new video for the song ‘Save Me Now’, a highlight from his latest album Kings & Queens Of The Underground.  The video was shot in the California desert with Billy’s longtime sparring partner Steve Stevens, and was conceived and directed by Thomas Kirk, mostly noted for his work with Muse.

Billy is currently touring North America and will arrive in the UK next month to play the Isle Of Wight and Download festivals. Full European tour dates are below.

THU

6/11

Isle of Wight, UK

Isle of Wight Festival

SAT

6/13

Glasgow, UK

O2 Academy Glasgow

SUN

6/14

Donington Park, UK

Download Festival

WED

6/17

Cork, IE

Live at The Marquee

FRI

6/19

Clisson, FR

HellFest

SAT

6/20

Zürcher, Oberland, CH

Rock The Ring

MON

6/22

Paris, FR

Zenith

WED

6/24

Hamburg, DE

Stadtpark

THU

6/25

Odense, DK

The Funen Village

SAT

6/27

Varberg, SE

Fästningshörnan

SUN

6/28

Stockholm, SE

Gröna Lund Great Stage

WED

7/1

Cologne, DE

Tanzbrunnen

FRI

7/3

Saarbrucken, DE

Saarlandhalle

TUE

7/7

Leipzig, DE

Arena Leipzig

WED

7/8

Vienna, AT

Open Air Vienna

FRI

7/10

Lucca, IT

Lucca Summer Festival

SAT

7/11

Brescia, IT

Brescia Summer Festival

MON

7/13

Zagreb, HR

Zagreb Calling

THU

7/16

Emmendingen, DE

Scholassplatz Open Air

SAT

7/18

Vechta, DE

Stoppelmarkt

SUN

7/19

Husum, DE

Congress Centrum

TUES

7/21

Rostock, DE

Stadthalle

SAT

7/25

Munich, DE

Münchner Sommernachtstraum

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SILENT STRANGERS HIT THE STREETS

Italy’s premier blues-punks STIV CANTARELLI & THE SILENT STRANGERS kick off their European Tour with four UK dates this month. They play shows in Chelmsford, Cardiff, Sheffield and London before heading to the Netherlands, France and Switzerland.

The dates follow on from the release of the band’s second album Banks Of The Lea, which was recorded last year in Hackney, East London under the watchful eyes of producer Pete Bennett, of garage-punks Monkey Island, and engineer Ed Deegan (The Fall, Mudhoney, Billy Childish).

Banks Of The Lea is out now on Stovepony Records. You can download ‘The Streets’ from it here.

Full tourdates are…

May 20 The Asylum – Chelmsford UK

May 21 Moon Club – Cardiff UK

May 22 Shakespeare’s – Sheffield UK

May 23 Biddle Bros – Hackney, London UK

May 24 Mezz – Breda NL

May 25 Swaf – Hoorn NL

May 27 Joe Tex Pub – Lille FR

May 28 Private – Nancy FR

May 29 Ze Music All – Besancon FR

May 30 Archiv – Basel CH

 

http://stivcantarelli.com/

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THE WHO TO CLOSE THIS YEAR’S GLASTONBURY

The Who have been announced as final headliner for this year’s Glastonbury Festival. The West London rock legends will close the Sunday night on the Pyramid Stage, following a set by ‘Modfather’ Paul Weller. Band frontman Roger Daltrey has promised to “close this year’s event with a bang.”

The Who previously headlined Glastonbury in 2007.

The band, who are currently on The Who Hits 50 world tour, also headline the British Summertime festival in Hyde Park on 6 June, supported by Weller, Kaiser Chiefs, Johnny Marr and Gaz Coombes.

http://thewho.com/

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