LIFE’S A BLAST FOR DISCHARGE!

Stoke hardcore legends DISCHARGE have signed to Nuclear Blast and have unveiled a video for the new track ‘NWO’.

The band, who initially formed in 1977 and have been as influential on the birth of thrash metal as they have punk, are planning a new album End Of Days for next year.

In a statement the band say: “DISCHARGE are very happy to say we’ve signed to Nuclear Blast Records, a label that knows the genre and believes in what we do. We love the family atmosphere that revolves around the label and we are proud to be on their roster of great bands, some of whom are friends of ours. We’re excited about our new album End Of Days, with three quarters of the original classic line up (Bones, Rainy and Tezz), plus Dave on drums and JJ Janiak on vocals – who captures the original DISCHARGE sound and spirit. Original drummer Tezz moves onto rhythm guitar, so this is the first time in the band’s history that we’ve had a five-piece line-up. End Of Days are upon us, but it‘s just the beginning for us with Nuclear Blast…the nightmare continues!”.

Check out the video for ‘NWO’.

Discharge have also been confirmed for next year’s Rebellion Festival. Full dates so far are as follows….

20 November 2015 – Wakefield, Warehouse
30 January 2016 – Belfast, Voodoo
1 April 2016 – London, T. Chances
23 July 2016 – Coventry, The Arches
4-7t August 2016 – Blackpool, Rebellion Punk Festival
22 October 2016 – Cardiff, The Moon

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U.S. RELEASE FOR NEUROTICS TRIUMPH!

Essex punk legends the NEWTOWN NEUROTICS are to have their acclaimed live album Triumph Over Adversity given a full US release through new punk label Violated Records.

The album, which documents the band’s celebrated April ’87 show at Uxbridge’s Brunel University, was initially released during the summer on their own Cruel Binary label via the band’s website. It will be the debut release for Violated, a subsidiary of Philadelphia’s Creep Records, and hits the streets on Friday 20 November.

Says band frontman Steve Drewett: “We are really pleased the way this album is taking off, of course we were confident it would do well, because the special quality of this remarkable live recording was indicating that it was going to create waves.  Now it is to be released in the States we are confident that the album’s success has only really just begun.”

Listen to ‘Living With Unemployment’.

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Although marred by sadness at the death in May of original bassist Colin Dredd, 2015 has seen the band’s profile become higher than ever, with gigs in the UK and Ireland, including a performance at the Rebellion Festival. A return to Rebellion in 2016 is already confirmed with the band planning more UK shows and hopefully recording new material.

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HORROR-PUNK’S NOT UNDEAD!

Halloween may have passed but the scariness continues as Europe’s top horror-punks THE OTHER wash up on the UK’s shores.

Following on from the release of their sixth album Fear Itself through SPV in June, the German band play six shows with support from Bournemouth’s similarly gruesome AL B DAMNED, kicking off in Manchester on Monday. Full dates are as follows….

09.11.15 Manchester – Tiger Lounge

10.11.15 Leicester – The Shed

11.11.15 Nottingham – The Old Angel

12.11.15 Birmingham – Scruffy Murphy’s

13.11.15 London – Boston Music Room

14.11.15 Brighton –Green Door Store

Formed in the town of Leichlingon in 2002 out of the ashes of a MISFITS tribute band, The Other began bringing their own original material to the table, building a following through their eye and earcatching performances with the likes of THE DAMNED, THE METEORS, THE CULT and The Misfits themselves.

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DREAMING OF A GINGER XMAS!

GINGER WILDHEART’s punk-pop duo HEY! HELLO! see in the festive season with a handful of UK shows in December. Support on all dates comes from Midlands garage-punks DIRT BOX DISCO. Dates are as follows….

Thu 10th December – York Fibbers – Tickets
Fri 11th December – Stockton Georgian Theatre – Tickets
Sat 12th December – Sheffield Corporation – Tickets
Sun 13th December – Edinburgh Electric Circus – Tickets
Mon 14th December – Stoke Sugarmill – Tickets
Thu 17th December – London The Forum (Ginger’s Birthday Bash) – Tickets

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NEPHILIM ANNOUNCE LONDON CLUB DATE!

FIELDS OF THE NEPHILIM have announced an intimate London club gig ahead of their annual Christmas show at Shepherds Bush Empire on Saturday 19 December.

Carl McCoy and co will play the O2 Academy, Islington on Thursday 17 December, their smallest UK show in 30 years. Support comes from NERGAL from BEHEMOTH. Tickets are available here.

There are still a handful of tickets left for the Shepherds Bush show, where they’re supported by PURSON. You can get them here.

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TOO ARROGANT TO WAIT!

Impatient French teenagers THE ARROGANTS are playing an album launch gig in London this Saturday 31 October. Even though the album’s not out ’til December!

The Lille-based beat nerds will be taking to the stage of The Fiddler’s Elbow in Camden at a Halloween party staged by Dirty Water Records and promoters Weirdsville. THE RAZORBLADES and THE MIRAGE MEN are also on the bill. Tickets are available here.

The Arrogants’ debut album, No Time To Wait was recorded at the vintage studios of the Nation Belgian Corporation in just three days under the watchful eye and ear of producer Healer Selecta aka Yvan Serrano of the London-based DUSTAPHONICS. Following on from the band’s debut EP released late last year, the album’s out via Dirty Water Records on 7 December.

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Check out the Farfisa-rockin’ ‘Flashing Lights’.

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MEMBRANES MAN CHALLENGES US BUREAUCRACY!

Blackpool punk legends THE MEMBRANES are currently undertaking their first US tour. Nearly forty years after they first came together.

But the tour has not been without its frustrations, costing the band thousands of dollars before they even got into the country, with severe delays in the process for obtaining entry visas causing the band to miss the opening dates, leaving them even further out of pocket.

Reporting from the road, in a piece titled Are These The Last Days Of British Bands Touring America? On the Louderthanwar website, band founder JOHN ROBB voiced his frustration.

“It’s an arcane, expensive and ridiculous system fraught with stress and hurdles,” he says. “It doesn’t really help when you realise that American bands get into the UK for 50 dollars without any hassle – that’s a good thing – that’s how it should be. The Brits have called that one right. Culture should be able to move around the world and it should definitely be a fair and level playing field in a free market zone….

“Even when you get here there are the taxes. 30 per cent of your gig fee is taken off you every night. Paying tax in a country you don’t even live in is strange and annoying and cripples the already decimated tour budget. Don’t get me wrong – I’m happy to pay tax in a country I live in and vote in but everywhere I go?”

Receiving support from other UK musicians, including THE ONLY ONES’ Peter Perrett and Miles Hunt from THE WONDER STUFF, Robb has set up a Facebook campaign to highlight these concerns and hopefully bring about change.

The Membranes’ tour hits California tonight with shows at The Hideout, San Diego (28 Nov) and Slidebar Rock’n’Roll Kitchen, Fullerton (29 Nov). Then on 4 Nov they play XOXO in Oakland, with their show being preceded by “a no bollocks discussion of punk rock”, featuring Robb in conversation with Jello Biafra, former UK SUBS guitarist Nicky Garratt, SPITBOY’s Michelle Cruz Gonzales and Penelope Houston of THE AVENGERS.

The Memranes’ new album Dark Matter / Dark Energy is out now.

Check out the new Louder Than War magazine from the publishers of Vive Le Rock and Big Cheese!

 

 

 

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SLEAFORD MODS UNVEIL SILLY VIDEO!

Following on from the success of their largest headlining tour to date, plus their debut appearance on Jools Holland’s Later… , SLEAFORD MODS launch a brand new video for their forthcoming single ‘Silly Me’ taken from the hit album Key Markets.

Says Jason Williamson: “‘Silly Me’ is about the long tunnel, the one that has no light. Another week spent walking up and down the street. The quiet tension of your living room with its shit sofa. The unconfirmed nature of ‘doing’ instead of ‘trying’.

“It’s that realisation that all you have to work with is your own failure, it’s the only starting point you have and to ignore it, to dismiss the reasons why unhappiness is still haunting you is a mistake. It’s your ticket out of misery if you keep trying to confront it because eventually persistence rules. Not all the time though.

“This isn’t one of those fucking smug acid jazz positivity yawns. Large numbers of people have fuck all and that won’t change. That’s horrible. ‘Silly Me’ is just one experience over Andrew’s solid, hard funk loop.”

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‘Silly Me’ is out through Harbinger Sound on 27 November, but you can get Key Markets now as a download from iTunes or on vinyl through Cargo.

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BLAGGERS REUNITE FOR 0161 FESTIVAL!

Legendary agit-punk/rap crossover mob BLAGGERS ITA return next year to headline the final day of Manchester’s 0161 FESTIVAL.

The anti-fascist gathering takes place at Moston Miners Community Centre from 29 April to 1 May, and also features sets from INNER TERRESTRIALS, HAGAR THE WOMB, THE HURRIERS, ACID DROP, THE OPPRESSED, THE PROWLERS, EASTFIELD, ANDY T, RUDE PRIDE, WHAT WE FEEL, ANTI-SYSTEM, THE YALLA YALLAS and loads more, including an acoustic stage and DJs.

Weekend tickets are £31.50 and you can get them here.

Blaggers ITA originally came together in 1988, fronted by singer Matty ‘Blagg’ Roberts from Oi band COMPLETE CONTROL. Incorporating elements of hip-hop and dance music, they signed to EMI in 1993, releasing a number of high-profile singles and touring with MANIC STREET PREACHERS before Roberts left the band. He died in 2000.

Watch the video for ‘Stresss’.

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CANVEY ISLAND BABY!

Legendary DR FEELGOOD frontman LEE BRILLEAUX is the subject of a new biography due out next month.

Lee Brilleaux: Rock’n’Roll Gentleman was written and researched by author Zoe Howe and follows on from her acclaimed co-written memoir with Feelgood guitarist WILKO JOHNSON, Looking Back At Me.

The book follows the young Lee through teenage jugbands on Canvey Island and his burgeoning love of the blues, to his meeting with Wilko and the foundation of Essex’s greatest musical export, Dr Feelgood, the band he helmed through thick and thin for more than two decades until his sad and untimely death from cancer in 1994.

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Compiled from numerous exclusive interviews, the 320-page book is illustrated with several rare and previously unseen photographs. Priced £14.99, it can be pre-ordered here.

Zoe Howe’s previous books include Barbed Wire Kisses: The Complete Jesus And Mary Chain Story and Typical Girls? The Story Of the Slits.

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URBAN FOXX!

Former ULTRAVOX frontman JOHN FOXX returns with a new album, out today.

London Overgrown is released via his own Metamatic label through Cargo following a limited website-only release earlier this year. You can buy it here.

Listen to the title track.

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Royal College of Art student Foxx founded Ultravox in the mid-70s, and while they were fuelled by punk, they delved deeper into pioneering electronic music, recording with noted German producer Conny Plank and influencing GARY NUMAN. Foxx left the band for a solo career in 1979, releasing his debut album Metamatic the following year. He has since gone on to carve a dual career in art and design.

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ADAM ANT: BACK TO THE FRONTIER!

ADAM ANT has announced a UK tour celebrating his breakthrough album Kings Of The Wild Frontier next year. It follows on from his Dirk Wears White Sox tour earlier this year.

Originally released in November 1980, Kings Of The Wild Frontier was Adam’s first album with writing partner Marco Pirroni (SIOUXSIE & THE BANSHEES, THE MODELS) and yielded the hit singles ‘Kings Of The Wild Frontier’, ‘Dog Eat Dog’  and ‘Antmusic’. Full tour dates are below….

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NEW VIVE LE ROCK OUT THIS WEEK!

The new edition of Vive Le Rock is out this weekend and it’s one of our best ever, with cover stars KILLING JOKE telling us all about their long-awaited new album Pylon.

Also this issue we’ve got PiL, SLADE, SISTERS OF MERCY, THE SONICS, MICHAEL MONROE, THE PROFESSIONALS, THE RUNAWAYS, IGGY POP, THE PIRATES, IMPERIAL STATE ELECTRIC and loads more!

Also, there are fantastic art prints of LEMMY and THE CLASH’s PAUL SIMONON and MICK JONES absolutely FREE!!!

 

In all good newsagents this Friday or pre-order now from anywhere in the world here!

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OLD ALBUMS FROM NUMAN!

Three of GARY NUMAN’s early albums are being reissued on vinyl this month, just in time for his three shows at The Forum in London, where he will perform each of the albums on consecutive nights.

Following on from Numan’s debut release with TUBEWAY ARMY, Replicas – the second and last Tubeway Army album – and The Pleasure Principle and Telekon were originally released in 1979 and 1980.

The albums come on standard black vinyl and have been cut from high-resolution digital files by award-winning engineer John Dent at Loud Mastering. Replicas and The Pleasure Principle are single LPs while Telekon is a double LP, featuring bonus tracks comprising singles, B-sides, alternate mixes and an out-take. They can be pre-ordered here.

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The London dates are followed by a show at Manchester Academy celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Numan’s first show there. Full dates are….

21 Oct – London, UK – The Forum – performing Replicas

22 Oct – London, UK – The Forum – performing The Pleasure Principle

23 Oct – London, UK – The Forum – performing Telekon

24 Oct – Manchester, UK – Manchester Academy

You can get tickets here.

 

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SMALLTALK PREMIERE NEW VIDEO!

New Jersey band SMALLTALK have a new EP out and we at Vive Le Rock are pleased and proud to premiere the video for the lead track ‘June / July’ here.

The five-piece were put together by Pete Steinkopf from THE BOUNCING SOULS and Zak Kaplan from THE RATCHETS and cite influence from the likes of THE CURE, THE WEDDING PRESENT and THE PSYCHEDELIC FURS.

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The 3-track EP4 is available on 12” vinyl with a screenprinted sleeve and is available here.

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ROCKET LAUNCH NEW ALBUM!

Legendary US proto-punks ROCKET FROM THE TOMBS return with a new album and UK dates later this year. These are preceded by a brand new video for the song ‘Coopy (Schrodinger’s Refrigerator)’ that you can see here.

Originally formed in 1974 and lasting for little more than a year, the seminal Cleveland, Ohio outfit spawned both THE DEAD BOYS and PERE UBU, allowing songs like ‘Sonic Reducer’, ‘Ain’t It Fun’ (The Dead Boys), ’30 Seconds Over Tokyo’ and ‘Final Solution’ (Pere Ubu) to become US punk classics.

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First reconvening in 2003, the current line-up features Crocus Behemoth (aka David Thomas) and Darwin Layne (aka Craig Bell) from the original band, plus longstanding drummer Steve Mehlman and guitarists Buddy Akita and Gary Siperko.

Black Record, released on 13 November through Fire Records, features a new version of ‘Sonic Reducer’ along with a cover of garage godfathers THE SONICS’ ‘Strychnine’. Pre-order the album here.

Rocket From The Tombs play the following dates in December….

12 December               London Fields Brewery, London

13 December               Brudenell Social, Leeds

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