LOS CHICOS ADD TO THE PILE!

Spanish garage-rock barn-burners LOS CHICOS return this month with a brand new album.

The elegantly-titled Rockpile Of Shit is being released by Folc Records in Spain and Dirty Water Records in the U.K. It’s available to pre-order here.

The Madrid quintet recently returned from their second tour of Australia, where they were embraced by the Aussie garage and punk community, being joined onstage in Sydney by CELIBATE RIFLES legend Kent Steedman.

Having been absent from the U.K. for a few years, they return next month for a flying visit to support RADIO BIRDMAN at The Dome, Tufnell Park, London on Sunday 26 June. Tickets

Los Chicos released their first single in 2002, followed the next year by the album Shakin’ & Prayin’. They recorded Fat Spark in 2005 for H-Records, with Launching Rockets through Dirty Water Records and Rock Is Pain Records two years later.  The brilliantly-titled We Sound Amazing But We Look Like Shit dropped  in 2010, followed by In The Age Of Stupidity, again on Dirty Water, and produced, like the previous two albums, by famed garage knob-twiddler Mike Mariconda (New Bomb Turks, Raunch Hands, Devil Dogs).

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BLACK BOMBERS VIDEO PREMIERE!

Fast-rising Birmingham rockers BLACK BOMBERS kickstart the countdown to the release of their long-awaited debut album with a brand new video, launched exclusively through Vive Le Rock!

‘Break It Down’ is the second single from the eponymously-named album which is being released through Easy Action Records on Friday 27 May. It’s available for pre-order on CD here and on iTunes here.

The video was directed by Poppy Twist of fellow Brummie garage-rockers TABLE SCRAPS.

With an impressive rock’n’roll CV that alights on THE DAMNED, THE HEARTBREAKERS, SWELL MAPS, THE PREFECTS, THE JACOBITES and West Midlands sleaze legends GUNFIRE DANCE, the band issued their debut vinyl single ‘Crazy’ early last year, completely selling out in under a week.

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Speaking of the new album, the band say, “We wanted the actual sound of Fender Guitars and Rogers Drums and an over-driven vocal PA – without those sounds being sanitised through the prism of studio technology. We set up in a disused factory space and Paul Gray made a rather expert field recording as we let rip over the course of a weekend. The result was, as we’d kinda hoped all along, reminiscent of the kind of primal, no budget, proto-gunk that had emanated from Pathway or Escape studios in those blissful years before the rise of the click-track.”

The Black Bombers play a special launch night for the album on Friday 27 May at Some Weird Sin at Nambucca, Holloway Road, London. Also playing at EIGHT ROUNDS RAPID and PLASTIC PROPAGANDA. Tickets here.

Before that, however, they play a hometown show on Sunday 1 May at The Hare & Hounds, Kings Heath with DAN SARTAIN, THE CASTILLIANS, THE TERROR WATTS and CRAWLIN’ HANDS. Tickets here.

Check out the Black Bombers feature in the brand new edition of Vive Le Rock!

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THE NEW MAG IS DAMNED COLLECTABLE!

The new edition of Vive Le Rock is out next week, celebrating the 40th Anniversary of THE DAMNED with four different collectable covers!

We revisit every smashed up moment from 1976 to 2016! 40 years of anarchy, chaos and dsestruction!

Plus….

CHEAP TRICK
Back with a bang!

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DISCHARGE

Punk as f**k!

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HAWKWIND
Space lords.
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And….

THE ASSOCIATES
VICE SQUAD
TELEVISION
THE URBAN VOODOO MACHINE
IGGY POP
BLAQK AUDIO
INTERNATIONAL SWINGERS
SAMI YAFFA
HILLBILLY MOON EXPLOSION
DEPARTMENT S

& more!
Available to order right now right here!

In all good newsagents from Tuesday 26 April!

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WIN PUNK, MOD, BLUES & ROCK ‘N’ ROLL CLASSIC 45’S BOX SETS!

Demon records are releasing these rather special Punk, Mod, Blues and Rock n Roll boxsets for Record Store Day.

Each contains 10 vinyl 45 singles featuring classic punk tracks like The Damned’s New Rose, X Ray Spex’s Identity’, the Anti Nowhere Leagues ‘Streets Of London’, and the Vibrators ‘Stiff Little Fingers’.

The Mod box features The Small Faces ‘Tin Soldier’, The Yardbirds ‘Heart Full Of Soul’ and the Spencer Davis Group’s ‘Mr Second Class’ among other brilliant, timeless tracks.

And you can also win the Rock n Roll and Blues sets too, as part of this 4 box set competition.

They all come in colour sleeves inside a sturdy cardboard boxset.

Simply tell us who released the UK’s first ever punk single and what it was. Email your answers to info@vivelerock.net titled-‘DEMON BOXSETS’

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ALTERNATIVE T.V. NEW SINGLE AND VIDEO!

Original UK77 punk legends ALTERNATIVE T.V. have revealed a video for their brand new single.

‘This Little Girl’ is one half of a double A-side 7″ vinyl single, coupled with ‘Art School Project’. It’s available now priced £5 through the band’s website. Neither of the tracks feature on their current widely acclaimed album Opposing Forces, which is also available.

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PEARL HANDLED REVOLVER VIDEO EXCLUSIVE!!

U.K. blues-rockers PEARL HANDLED REVOLVER unleash their long-awaited third album this month, and are launching their brand new video for the title track exclusively through Vive Le Rock!

If The Devil Cast His Net finds the band tempering their organic blues with a mindbending dose of swirling psych-rock. Recorded, like their previous releases, at their own studio, the album is set for release through their own label on 29 April.

Speaking of the album, frontman Lee Vernon says, “The biggest challenge for any band is capturing the essence of the ‘live performance’. When we perform, it’s the chemistry between us that feeds the track’s energy helping to create that organic, unpredictable magic that is so often missing in the unnatural environment of the studio. We recreated our stage set-up and just played, recording everything as we went.”

Coming together from across the Chiltern Hills of south-central England, Pearl Handled Revolver have already released two albums and two E.Ps since 2010, touring the U.K. and Europe widely, sharing stages with with the likes of BLACK CROWES, STRAY, THE QUIREBOYS, THE BLOCKHEADS, WILKO JOHNSON, BLACK STAR RIDERS and TOOTS & THE MAYTALLS.

The band are currently putting together a full U.K. tour and festival dates for the summer. In the meantime they play a special album launch party at The Quarry Theatre, Bedford on Saturday 30 April. Tickets priced £10 are available here.

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YET MORE ACTS FOR CAMDEN ROCKS!

Another batch of new acts has just been added to the line-up of this year’s CAMDEN ROCKS!

Las Vegas rockers ESCAPE THE FATE are now lined up to play the Vive Le Rock-sponsored event, which takes place at twenty venues across London’s Camden Town on Saturday 4 June.

Also just added are ROOM 94, DEADCUTS, THE AMORETTES, AMARYLLIS, CHAPTER AND VERSE, THEM&US, REVERTED, CHASING CADENCE, STONEGHOST, THISBE THE VERSE, LOST GRAVITY, SISTERAY, DRONES, LEIKA, ODD RIVAL, THE KUT, MYSTIFIED, RALEIGH RYE and GABRIELLA JONES.

They join the likes of THE CRIBS, SIKTH, YOUNG GUNS, BILLY BRAGG, WE ARE THE OCEAN, CARL BARAT & THE JACKALS, GINGER WILDHEART, GLEN MATLOCK, THE GODFATHERS, THE VIRGINMARYS and more previously announced.

And there are still 80 more acts to be announced!

Tickets priced £35 are available here!

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SMALL WONDER – BIG CELEBRATION!

Seminal UK punk label SMALL WONDER is being celebrated with a special show in the Northeast, featuring some of the label’s bands from the region and from further afield.

Taking place at Westgarth Social Club, Middlesbrough on 2 July, the gig is headlined by Newcastle’s PUNISHMENT OF LUXURY and features sets from THE CRAVATS, ANTHRAX (UK), Washington’s MURDER THE DISTURBED, and Fencehouses’ THE PROLES, with a solo set from Pete Fender of FATAL MICROBES.

Owned and run by Pete Stennett from his shop in Hoe Street, Walthamstow, Small Wonder earned its place in the punk pantheon by releasing early sides for the likes of CRASS, POISON GIRLS, THE CURE, BAUHAUS, ANGELIC UPSTARTS and COCKNEY REJECTS. They released Punishment Of Luxury’s debut single ‘Puppet Life’ before the band signed to major United Artists, plus numerous singles and the debut album by The Cravats, and singles by each of the other bands on the bill.

Tickets priced £11 (£15 otd) are available here.

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MADAM REVEAL NEW VIDEO!

London post-goth chanteuse Sukie Smith and MADAM have released a video for a track from their new album due this summer.

‘When I Met You’ is taken from the album Back To The Sea, set for release on 1 July through Shilling Boy Records. It’s available to pre-order at a special low price through iTunes.

Their first new album in five years, it follows 2011’s acclaimed Gone Before Morning and features guest appearances from Adam Franklin of SWERVEDRIVER and Frankie Frankie of THROW DOWN BONES.

‘When I Met You’ is the first of four videos currently in production, with videos due to be made of all eleven album tracks.

Speaking of the video, Sukie says “Directed by Devon Dickson, and set in the badlands of Bethnal Green, Hackney Wick and Stratford, it is a late night journey of memory, regret, fury, violence, but ultimately of survival. Two separate entities, which combined become much more than the sum of their parts ….  This song is about a boyfriend getting beaten half to death, taken to hospital, expected to die and what happened while he/ she was there. The film is about the aftermath of the events in the song – the anonymous cab ride giving Sukie the  space to relive the events that have just unfolded, joined by the people who ghost ride in her  mind as comfort or trouble.  Subterranean and tense, it is about the thousands and thousands of stories playing out in this huge city. Every part of London reminds me of someone, a part of my life that’s not now, it is not now.”

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PETER MURPHY ANNOUNCES LONDON SHOW!

BAUHAUS frontman PETER MURPHY has announced a one-off London show.

The Northampton Goth Overlord plays the O2 Academy, Islington on Wednesday 18 May, where he’ll be performing music from across his four-decade career. Tickets go on sale at 10am on Thursday 31 March.

Peter’s last new studio album Lion – produced by KILLING JOKE bassist Youth – was released in 2014, while a live album Mr Moonlight Tour: 35 Years Of Bauhaus came out last autumn. This week he embarks on the Stripped acoustic tour of North America.

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FLAMIN’ GROOVIES UNVEIL NEW SINGLE!

San Francisco legends the FLAMIN’ GROOVIES have unveiled their first new single in thirty years!!!

‘Crazy Macy’, a slice of classic Groovies, is set for release through Burger Records on 16 April. Available on 7″ vinyl and cassette, you can pre-order it here!

As previously announced, the Groovies are celebrating their 50th Anniversary this year, with a new album and a documentary film in the pipeline, with an extensive tour of europe and the UK thoughout April and May. Full dates are….

11/04 MON – Stereo Club – Alicante (SP)
12/04 TUE – Loco Club – Valencia(SP)
14/04 THU – Sala Caracol – Madrid (SP)
15/04 FRI – Gijon Sound Festival c/o Albeniz Club – Gijon (SP)
16/04 SAT – Intxaurrondo K.E. – San Sebastian (SP)
17/04 SUN – tba Europe
19/04 TUE – Whelan’s – Dublin (Ireland)
20/04 WED – Brudenell Social Club – Leeds (UK)
21/04 THU – Center of Contemporary Arts – Glasgow (UK)
22/04 FRI – Club Academy – Manchester (UK)
23/04 SAT – ATP Festival – Prestatyn (UK)
24/04 SUN – ATP Festival – Prestatyn (UK)
25/04 MON – Scala – London (UK)
26/04 TUE – The Globe – Cardiff (UK)
28/04 THU – De Zwerver – Leffinge (BE)
29/04 FRI – Le Petit Baine – Paris (FR)
30/04 SAT – tba Europe

01/05 SUN – Hafenklang – Hamburg (DE)
03/05 TUE – tba Europe
04/05 WED – Folk & Rock – Malmo (SW)
05/05 THU – John Dee – Oslo (NO)
06/05 FRI – Pustervik – Gothenburg (SW)
07/05 SAT – Nobelberget – Stockholm (SW)

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MORE NAMES FOR CAMDEN ROCKS!

Yet more bands have been added to the bill of this year’s CAMDEN ROCKS festival, taking place on 4 June!

For its fifth year, the festival – proudly sponsored by Vive Le Rock! – brings more than 200 acts to 20 venues across London’s Camden Town!

Today’s additions include PENETRATION, YASHIN, SONIC BOOM SIX, JOHNNY FOREIGNER, THE ST PIERRE SNAKE INVASION, SYMMETRY, SKY VALLEY MISTRESS, GUMBLE BEE, DESPERATE MEASURES, BLURRED VISION, THE FALLEN STATE, DUCHESS, JOANOVARC and EMILY LEE.

They join a bill that already includes CARL BARAT & THE JACKALS, GLEN MATLOCK, GINGER WILDHEART, YOUNG GUNS, BILLY BRAGG, THE GODFATHERS, CREEPER, INME, JIM JONES & THE RIGHTEOUS MIND, THE VIRGINMARYS, WARRIOR SOUL, GUN, REIGNING DAYS, QUEEN KWONG, ROLE MODELS, LOUISE DISTRAS, THE TUTS, THE MEN THAT WILL NOT BE BLAMED FOR NOTHING, THE MAIN GRAINS, FATHOMS, LOUNGE KITTENS and loads more with still more than a hundred bands to be announced!

Tickets priced £35 are available here.

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ANARCHO-PUNKS COMBINE FORCES!

Two legends of 80s anarcho-punk have joined forces on a limited edition split single!

ANTHRAX (UK) and HAGAR THE WOMB have both contributed tracks to the release which is out now through Anthrax’s label Grow Your Own Records.

Anthrax perform ‘Fear’ and ‘Surprise Surprise’ while Hagar The Womb add ‘Hated By The Daily Mail’. It’s available as a download and limited edition orange “7 vinyl in a gatefold sleeve through Bandcamp.

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Anthrax play an anarcho-punk weekender at the Boston Arms, London on 29 April-1 May – tickets. A benefit for Love Sex / Hate Sexism and National Rape Crisis Helpline, they’re joined on the bill by THE MOB, DOOM, LIBERTY, ICONS OF FILTH, WARWOUND and more.

That same weekend, Hagar The Womb play Manchester’s 0161 Festival alongside BLAGGERS I.T.A., OPPRESSED, ANTI-SYSTEM, ATTILA THE STOCKBROKER, EASTFIELD, INNER TERRESTRIALS and more – tickets.

Both bands will be appearing at this year’s Rebellion Festival – tickets.

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THE CRAVATS VIDEO EXCLUSIVE!

Redditch iconoclasts THE CRAVATS are back with their first new single in 31 years. And they’re launching their brand new single exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

Originally extant from 1977 until the mid-80s, with releases on Small Wonder and Crass Records, The Cravats were stylistically at odds with with the UK punk scene, but were much loved nonetheless. Founder members The Shend and Svor Naan resurrected a live version of the band including drummer and fellow Redditcharian Rampton Garstang in 2009, but it wasn’t until the recent addition of guitarist Viscount Biscuits and bassist Joe 91 that they felt they had the right ingredients for new material.

The sharply observational ‘Jingo Bells’ plus ‘Batter House’ are available on limtied edition 7″ through Overground Records. A further 7″ and new album are promised before the end of the year.

The video was shot on a bus tour around Westminster by acclaimed director Mark Richards. Watch out for a cameo from CRASS founder Penny Rimbaud!

The Cravats play the Green Door Store, Brighton on 26 March with HAGAR THE WOMB, CULTURE SHOCK, BUS STATION LOONIES and more.

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RADIO BIRDMAN ADD MORE SHOWS!

Aussie legends RADIO BIRDMAN have added more UK dates to their Summer European Tour.

Having previously announced shows in Manchester and Leeds, they’ve now added gigs in London and, for the first time ever, Scotland.

Dates are as follows…..

23 June        Club Academy, Manchester tickets
24 June        The Brudenell, Leeds tickets
25 June        Warehouse, Falkirk tickets
26 June        The Dome, Tufnell Park, London tickets

The band have also announced an exclusive release of two previously unheard tracks for Record Store Day. Cover versions of THE MASTER’S APPRENTICES’ ‘Buried And Dead’ and ALICE COOPER’s ‘The Ballad Of Dwight Fry’ were originally recorded at Melbourne’s Hothouse Audio in 2004 and recently remixed and mastered for a limited edition 7″ available through Citadel Records.

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MING CITY ROCKERS UNVEIL NEW SINGLE!

Northeast Lincolnshire’s greatest rock’n’roll hopes, MING CITY ROCKERS return this month with a brand new album and have unveiled the first single from it!

‘Sell Me A Lemon’ is taken from the band’s second album Lemon and you can check it out here! The album was recorded and mixed by Steve Albini at his Electrical Audio studio in Chicago. It’s out through Republic Of Music on 25 March but you can pre-order it here.

The release sees new bassist Ramona Rae teaming up with Clancey Jones, Morley Adams and Wan Marshall.

You can catch Ming City Rockers live at Stockton Calling in Stockton-on-Tees on 25 March.

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THE KING BLUES ANNOUNCE FESTIVAL REIGN!

Following on from their recent reformation and dates with ENTER SHIKARI, THE KING BLUES have announced a string of UK festival appearances.

Although Jamie Jazz has ducked out of the reunion, the band have consolidated around Itch, Fruitbat and new bassist Pete Pocket and show no sign of slackening their pace, issuing a scathing new single ‘Off With Their Heads’.

First on the list is Teddy Rocks in Blandford Forum, Dorset on 1 May with GENTLEMAN’S DUB CLUB.

They’ve also been added to the  line-up for Bearded Theory in Derbyshire 27 May, alongside STIFF LITTLE FINGERS, PIL, KILLING JOKE, WILKO JOHNSON and COCKNEY REJECTS.

They’ll then go on to headline the Pink stage at this year’s Slam Dunk Festival from 28-30 May.

In June they head for the South Coast to headline ATTILA THE STOCKBROKER’s Glastonwick Festival at Coombes near Shoreham-by-Sea on 3 June.

Between 11 and 14 August they play the Boomtown Fair near Winchester, alongside FUN LOVIN’ CRIMINALS, THE LEVELLERS, THE SELECTER, BAD MANNERS and more.

Then they join the line-up for Reading and Leeds from 26 to 28 August.

As if that wasn’t enough, more dates are set to be announced!

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LONDON DATE FOR MARTIN NEWELL!

MARTIN NEWELL, frontman of 70s glam also-rans PLOD and mainstay of 80s psychedelicists CLEANERS FROM VENUS, plays a rare London show this weekend.

Now an established poet, Newell will be performing  with Essex act THE HOSEPIPE BAND, who’ve set some of his works to music and who include former NEW MODEL ARMY bassist Nelson, also a former bandmate of Newell in the Cleaners.

The afternoon show takes place at the Union Chapel in Islington on Sunday 6 March and tickets are available here.

Having formed in Colchester in 1973, Plod’s song ‘Neo City’ was included on 2003’s Velvet Tinmine compilation and is rightly hailed as a classic of junkshop glam. After the band’s break-up, Newell turned down an offer to join fledgling punks THE LONDON SS, later issuing a highly-regarded new wave solo single ‘Young Jobless’ before forming Cleaners From Venus in the early 80s. Signing to RCA, the band had some success in Germany, later starring in the book Lost In Music. Involving himself in various other projects, including a stint as lyricist for CAPTAIN SENSIBLE and recording an album with XTC’s Andy Partridge, Newell has intermittently returned to the Cleaners name over the years, releasing a new album Rose Of The Lanes last year through Soft Bodies Records.

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