YALLA YALLAS ANNOUNCE NEW SINGLE!

Fast-rising Yorkshire punks THE YALLA YALLAS have unveiled a video for their new single.

‘Problems’ is the first single to be taken from the Leeds band’s fourth album which is due out in late Spring.

“The Hi-Energy Rock’n’Roll song was written on World Suicide Prevention Day and is a feel good fuck you to the advertising industry,” say the band. “The effects of advertising and social media on young people especially is starting to become a concern within society. The song is a rejection of perfection and the catchy chorus celebrates that each of us have our problems.”

He single is released digitally on Friday 15 February and will be available through all the usual platforms. You can get more information from the band’s website.

They’ve got a bunch of dates coming up, including support slots with Penetration, TV Smith and Subhumans. Get there early to catch them at…

Fri 26 April – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds (w/ Penetration)
Sat 11 May – The Blind Pig, Sowerby Bridge
Wed 22 May – The Maze, Nottingham (w/ TV Smith)
Thurs 30 May – Fulford Arms, York (w/ Subhumans)

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LUICIDAL VIDEO EXCLUSIVE!

Venice Beach punks LUICIDAL have a brilliant new video which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘One Steel Soldier’ is the epic closing track from the band’s recently-released second album Born In Venice and stars guest vocalist Dale Henderson from thrashers BEOWÜLF. The video is the work of renowned artist and skater Bart Saric.

Luicidal was formed in 2012 by former SUICIDAL TENDENCIES members Louiche Mayorga and R.J. Herrera with a yen to create music “badass like the 80’s style Suicidal music.” The band released their self-titled debut in 2014. By early 2016, Herrera had left the band and the current line-up features Marty Ramirez on guitar, Mayorga on bass, Vince Sollecito on drums and Mike Avilez on vocals.

Fellow Venice band Beowülf formed in 1981, signing to Mike Muir’s Suicidal label. Releasing their first album in 1986, and sometimes described as a cross between Suicidal Tendencies and Motörhead, they’ve had numerous line-ups, Henderson being the sole original member.

Born In Venice was released in October and is available on Cleopatra Records.

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HOLIDAY GUNFIRE NEW SINGLE EXCLUSIVE!

New Birmingham, Alabama band HOLIDAY GUNFIRE are about to drop their debut album and they’re premiering a new single from it exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘Fake It’ is taken from the self-titled album which is due out through Cornelius Chapel Records on Friday 15 February.

Led by Lester Nuby III, formerly of much-loved 90s garage rockers VERBENA, Holiday Gunfire were formed two years ago, bringing together the cream of Birmingham underground rock, namely Jason Hamric, Craig Ceravolo and Michael Williams, in a band the traces the grand trajectory of American blue-collar post-punk, alighting on the likes of Sugar, Buffalo Tom and Fugazi.

Speaking about the new single, Hamric says, “‘Fake it’ is that inner dialog you have when there is every reason in the world to call someone out on their shit, but your empathy kicks in. You remember your own flaws and you let it go… secretly hoping the universe takes care of them for you!”

You can check out the video for the band’s debut single ‘Imaginary Friend’ here.

Holiday Gunfire is available to pre-order here.

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THERE’S A STORM COMIN’!

Aussie blues-punks TROPICAL FUCK STORM are set to make their European debut this Spring, including a bunch of UK dates.

The band were put together by Gareth Liddiard and Fiona Kitschin at the end of 2016 when their band THE DRONES went on hiatus, beiing joined by Lauren Hammel from HIGH TENSION and Erica Dunn of MOD CON, PALM SPRINGS and others. They released their debut album A Laughing Death In Meatspace last Autumn, a striking exercise in strident, experimental punk-blues. The band have just released a video for the track ‘The Future Of History’…

They hit the UK in May with a date at Oslo, London on the 8th, followed by an appearance at Brighton’s Great Escape Festival before heading around the country and over to Europe. More shows are to be announced but current dates are…

8 MAY OSLO, LONDON
9-11 MAY THE GREAT ESCAPE, BRIGHTON
15 MAY THE SOUND HOUSE, DUBLIN
17 MAY THE HUG AND PINT, GLASGOW
18 MAY COBALT STUDIOS, NEWCASTLE
21 MAY MERLEYN, NIJMEGEN
22 MAY HET BOS, ANTWERP
23 MAY VERA, GRONINGEN
24 MAY LONDON CALLING, AMSTERDAM
26 MAY FESTIVAL WHITE NAT WHITE HEAT, NANTES
29 MAY MOD, HASSELT
30 MAY VOORIUT, GENT
4 JUNE BEACHES BREW FESTIVAL, MARINA DI RAVENNA
6 JUNE LE ROMANDIE, LAUSANNE
15 JUNE ANDOAINGO ROCK, ANDOAIN
21 JUNE AZKENA ROCK, VITORIA

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MADNESS ANNOUNCE LONDON SHOWS!

MADNESS have announced a pair of major London shows in honour of their 40th Anniversary.

The shows represent just a small part of the North London ska pioneers’ upswing in renewed activity.

On 15 June, the band take to the stage in the grounds of the stately home Kenwood House in Hampstead, North London, a mere stone’s throw from the stamping ground of their youth. As befits the genteel surroundings, they’ll be joined for this show by a full orchestra.

Then on 26 August, their one-day festival House Of Common returns to Clapham Common, where they’ll be joined by a full supporting cast of acts which will be announced in the coming weeks.

Tickets for both shows go on sale this Wednesday 30 January at 9.00am here.

The shows will be followed by the publication of a new autobiography, Before We Was We: The Making Of Madness, which sees the individual band members telling their stories up to their breakthrough year of 1979. Published by Virgin Books on 26 September, it’s available to pre-order here.

As usual, the band return to Butlin’s Minehead at the end of November for their annual House Of Fun weekender. Tickets are available here.

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THE BEASTS ARE BACK!

Aussie legends THE BEASTS OF BOURBON return with a new album and a new name: THE BEASTS STILL HERE.

First coming together in 1983, the Beasts coalesced around various musicians on the Australian underground scene during downtime in their existing careers. Since then they’ve gone on to become one of the most highly revered bands on that circuit, as well as earning serious kudos on an international status.

Following on from the band’s final show, and the death of Beasts bassist Brian Hooper, mainman Tex Perkins corralled the existing members in the studio to see what would transpire.

The sessions brought together Perkins and longstanding Beasts drummer Tony Pola, guitarist Charlie Owen (also from The New Christs) and guitarist Kim Salmon and bassist Boris Sujdovic (The Scientists). Also making one cut was original guitarist Spencer P Jones, who would sadly succumb to cancer in August last year.

The result is the 12-track album Still Here featuring some of the band’s best material in years, including covers of Frank Zappa’s ‘The Torture Never Stops’ and Warren Zevon’s ‘My Shit’s Fucked Up’, plus Jones’ chillingly poignant ‘At The Hospital’.

Still Here is set for release through Bang! Records on 15 February. In the meantime, the band have unveiled a video for the excellent track ‘On My Back’…

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U.K. BRACED FOR MORE CUT!

Italian post-punks CUT have announced a UK tour plus a new single.

The long-serving Bologna trio will contribute one side to a split split single alongside Turin’s MOVIE STAR JUNKIES on the splendidly-named Ancona label, Bloody Sound Fucktory. Cut’s track ‘Bad Chromosome’ features special guest MINUTEMEN and fIREHOSE bassist Mike Watt, who also contributed to the band’s most recent album Second Skin, released in 2017.

The band recently released a video for the album track ‘You Killed Me First’, saying…

“This video has been assembled with footage filmed with all kinds of devices by various people who have been at our live shows throughout the years. Some were already long-time friends and collaborators of ours, while others we have met on that occasion for the first time and have stayed friends ever since. There’s some we’ve met just once and even some we’ve never been introduced to in person! Most of them just happened to be in the audience that night and managed to capture some of the action. Nevertheless, they’ve all been there with us, sharing that suspension of society’s rules and regulations which every rock and roll show should aim at generating. Thank you for contributing with your visual memories of the CUT experience! Most importantly, thank you all so very much for your support across more than two decades. See you on the road and keep on dancing to A Different Beat!”

Formed in 1996, Cut have released six albums, including 2010’s Annihilation Road, recorded and mixed in New York with Matt Verta-Ray (Madder Rose, Speedball Baby, Heavy Trash) and mastered by Voidoids guitarist Ivan Julian. Since forming they’ve toured constantly throughout the UK, Europe and the USA, sharing stages with the likes of Iggy & The Stooges, Violent Femmes, Radio Birdman, The Jim Jones Revue, Royal Trux, The Hives, Mudhoney and loads more.

In November last year, guitarist/vocalist Ferrucio Quercetti released his widely acclaimed debut solo album Almost Mine: The Unexpected Rise and Sudden Demise of Fernando (Part 1).

Cut hit the UK in March for a series of dates kicking off at The Shacklewell Arms in London on Friday 8 March. Full dates are…

Fri 8 Mar – London – Garageland @ Shacklewell Arms (w/Lucy & The Rats)
Sat 9 Mar – Bristol – Mother’s Ruin
Sun 10 Mar – York – The Fulford Arms
Mon 11 Mar – Dundee – Make That a Record @ Conroy’s Basement
Tues 12 Mar – Glasgow – Hug & Pint
Wed 13 Mar – Edinburgh – Leith Depot
Thur 14 Mar – Liverpool – Free Rock and Roll @ Sound Food and Drink
Fri 15 Mar – Bolton – Big Unit
Sat 16 Mar – Preston – The Ferret
Sun 17 Mar – Manchester – Star & Garter (w/The Varukers)

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GROOVIES’ EARLY YEARS COMPILED!

San Francisco legends the FLAMIN’ GROOVIES have their early recordings compiled in a new box set next month.

Originally formed back in the mid-60s, the Groovies were at odds with the blossoming psych scene thanks to their love of early rock’n’roll. Nevertheless, having released their own 10-inch EP Sneakers, they were snapped up by Epic for their full length debut, Supersnazz. When that failed to sell, however, they switched to Kama Sutra for Flamingo, then Teenage Head.

With a change in line-up, seeing frontman Roy Loney replaced by Chris Wilson, guitarist Cyril Jordan would take the band in a more Beatley/powerpop direction during the 70s, signing to Sire and riding the New Wave across Europe. Reconvening in 2013, the band released their latest album Fantastic Plastic in 2017.

Gonna Rock Tonite! The Complete Recordings 1969-71 brings together those first three albums across three CDs, all expanded with bonus tracks including numerous rock’n’roll covers. The set is completed with a 20-page booklet including a new 7,500-word essay.

Set for release on 22 February through Cherry Red, Gonna Rock Tonite! Is available to pre-order here.

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NEW YEAR’S REVELATION!

The UK SUBS are to headline a new punk festival in Hertfordshire this Easter.

Brought to you in conjunction with promoters Human Punk, and sponsored by Vive Le Rock!, the Revelations Festival will take place at Harpenden Public Halls over Friday 19 and Saturday 20 April.

Other bands lined up up to play include THE VIBRATORS, THE MEMBERS, JOHNNY MOPED, 999, TV SMITH, DESPERATE MEASURES, SLAUGHTER II, THE ZIPHEADS, CRISIS, THE SATELLITES, DEPARTMENT S, THE WEIRD THINGS, TERMINAL TWIST and more…

Tickets priced £30 day or £55 weekend are available from Wegottickets and Stargreen.

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SHAKE SOME ACTION!

The great and the good of European garage punk will be descending on Santander, Spain in April for the 2019 edition of the Action Weekend.

The 15th such event, this year’s festival will take place over the 5th and 6th of April with a bill topped by fast-rising Lyon quartet THE SCANERS. Other acts announced include the UK’s KING SALAMI & THE CUMBERLAND THREE and THE EMBROOKS, TERRIER from Madrid and MUJERES from Barcelona.

There’s still more acts to be announced, with the festival offering 10 international DJs, plus film screenings, record fair, flea market and more.

Earlybird tickets, at a ridiculously reasonable 20€, are available here.

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LLOYD ON CELLULOID!

Fire Films, the cinematic arm of Fire Records, have announced a new documentary about Robert Lloyd and The Nightingales.

King Rocker is the work of comedian Stewart Lee and director Michael Cumming (Brass Eye, Toast) and is set for release in 2019.

Lloyd came to prominence as frontman of original Birmingham punks The Prefects, who supported The Clash on their White Riot Tour, as well as sharing stages with Buzzcocks, The Damned and The Fall, yet released no records until after they’d split.

The Prefects morphed into The Nightingales achieving some success during the mid-80s before Lloyd went solo and signed to Virgin. The band reformed in 2004 and have since toured widely, reaching their highest profile yet with this year’s Perish The Thought album.

Donations to the making of the film can be made here.

Watch the trailer.

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MOTHER’S LITTLE HELPER DISH OUT THE XMAS SPIRIT!

Ace London rock’n’rollers MOTHER’S LITTLE HELPER play a special Christmas show this week.

The trio – who feature guitarist James Walbourne and bassist Nick Wilkinson from THE PRETENDERS, plus drummer Kris Sonne –  are playing the Punk Rock Blues Christmas party at The Lexington, Islington, London on Friday 21 December.

Support comes from Southend-on-Sea’s TUPPENNY BUNTERS and pub rock power trio THEE DAGGER DEBS. Your DJ for the evening is ROCKINGBIRDS guitarist Andy Hackett. The fun starts at 7.30pm. Tickets are on sale here.

Check out this clip of Mother’s Little Helper tearing a strip off Link Wray’s ‘Run Chicken Run’…

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COSMIC PSYCHOS HIT THE ROAD!

Aussie punk legends COSMIC PSYCHOS have announced a European Tour for next year, including three UK shows.

The Melbourne trio, who first came together in the early 80s, enjoyed worldwide success aroudn the end of the decade when they signed to SubPop. Recent albums Cum The Raw Prawn and this year’s Loudmouth Soup, plus the acclaimed documentary Blokes You Can Trust, have seen the band’s star rise once again.

The tour kicks off on 3 April in Manchester and include a London show at Tufnell Park Dome on 5 April. Full dates are…

Apr 3 – Night People, Manchester
Apr 04 – Institute 3, Birmingham
Apr 05 – The Dome, London
Apr 06 – Faster Louder Festival, Eindhoven, Netherlands
Apr 07 – T’Hoekske, Gierle, Belgium
Apr 08 – dB’s, Utrecht, Netherlands
Apr 09 – Helios 37, Köln, Germany
Apr 10 – Gleis 22, Münster, Germany
Apr 11 – TAPE, Aarhus, Denmark
Apr 12 – YOKO Bar, Hamburg, Germany
Apr 13 – Musik & Frieden, Berlin, Germany

Tickets go on sale at 9.00am on Monday 17 December via the band’s website.

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LENE LOVICH STATELESS AGAIN

New Wave chart star LENE LOVICH has announced a series of UK dated in celebration of the 40th Anniversary of her Stiff Records debut, Stateless.

The Detroit-born UK-based singer’s debut album reached the Top 40 of the UK Album Charts in March ’79, yielding two Top 20 singles in ‘Say When’ and the No.3 smash ‘Lucky Number’. It also featured a version of the Tommy James & The Shondells evergreen ‘I Think We’re Alone Now’, the original A-side to ‘Lucky Number’ before the latter was picked up by radio DJs.

Lene will be heading out on tour from Friday 8th until Saturday 23rd March, including a show at The Garage in London on Thursday 21st, playing the album in its entirety, as well as other favourites.

“It is incredibly flattering to know that people are still interested in Stateless after all these years,” she says. “And it is always humbling to learn what it has meant to people on a personal level. We all have music which becomes the soundtrack to our lives, and to know that people are still listening is the highest compliment that you can ever be paid as an artist and a performer. Far from being near nostalgia, taking the album out on the road for its anniversary year is a way of saying thank you, both to the fans who have appreciated it for so long, and also to the songs themselves, which have meant so very much to me and gave me such a wonderful start on this journey.”

Full dates are…

Fri 8 March – Riverside, Newcastle
Sat 9 March – G2, Glasgow
Sun 10 March – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
Fri 15 March – O2 Institute, Birmingham
Sat 16 March – Club Academy, Manchester
Sun 17 March – The Waterfront, Norwich
Thur 21 March – The Garage, London
Fri 22 March – Concorde 2, Brighton
Sat 23 March – O2 Academy, Oxford

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PETE SHELLEY R.I.P.

The world of punk and music in general is in shock at news of the death of BUZZCOCKS founder Pete Shelley.

The singer/guitarist died suddenly of a suspected heart attack on Thursday in Estonia where he was living.

Formed in 1976, the band fused punk speed and energy with seemingly effortless pop melodicism and astute lyrics spotlighting the swings and roundabouts of everyday life and relationships. In doing so they wielded a huge influence across punk worldwide, particularly in the US, over bands from Husker Du and Nirvana to Green Day and Blink 182.

Inspired by a review of the SEX PISTOLS in the NME, Shelley and Buzzcocks singer Howard Devoto travelled south from their home in Bolton to see the band, later arranging for them to play their seminal gig at Manchester’s Lesser Free Trade Hall. Buzzcocks would go on to support the Pistols at their second Manchester gig before heading back to London to play the legendary 100 Club punk festival in September.

Releasing the four-track Spiral Scratch EP in January ’77, when Devoto left the band to form Magazine, Shelley moved to vocals, with the band signing to United Artists and releasing the single ‘Orgasm Addict’ in November of that year. This heralded an impressive run of chart success, with no fewer than seven Top 4o singles – including the No.12 hit ‘Ever Fallen In Love’ – and two Top 20 albums, Another Music In A Different Kitchen and Love Bites. Their singles would be collected in 1979 on the essential compilation Singles Going Steady.

After the band split in 1981, Shelley launched a solo career with the single ‘Homospaien’ and began to embrace electronic sounds, inspired by his love of Krautrock.

Buzzcocks returned in 1989, playing a showstopping comeback performance at the following year’s Reading Festival and releasing a new album Trade Test Transmissions in ’93. The band had continued to tour and record periodically since them, playing major shows worldwide, often to much larger audiences, such is the esteem with which they are held in the punk community. They released their most recent album The Way in 2014.

Remember him this way…

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EVIL BLIZZARD VIDEO PREMIERE!

EVIL BLIZZARD have a brand new video, which they’re unveiling exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

Entering into the Xmas spirit, the chirpily-titled ‘Unleash The Misery’ is the third single to be drawn from the Preston band’s acclaimed album The Worst Show On Earth.

Released through Crackedankles Records, ‘Unleash The Misery’ c/w ‘Tongue Cushion’ is available on 7″ (limited to 300 copies) and download from Bandcamp.

Written and directed by Giles Bastow, the video stars Joanne Mitchell and James Foster.

Says bandmember Filthydirty: “The director Giles Bastow approached us about making a short film to accompany the single as opposed to a ‘promo video’. Giles is a total Horror movie buff but wanted to make a short film with a twist: he wanted to subvert the cliche of the ‘helpless girl who is always the first victim’ and wanted to portray the female character as the stronger victor.”

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PREFAB MESSIAHS’ ROBOTIC RETURN!

Massachusetts new wave psych band THE PREFAB MESSIAHS are back with a brand new single and video.

‘Bring On The Robots’ is the first new material from the band since the release of their acclaimed full-length album Psychsploitation Today!, released earlier this year.

Originally existing in Worcester, Massachusetts during the early 80s, recordings by the band were hard to find until California label Burger gave an official full reissue to a previously CD-R only compilation, Devolver, in 2007. This was followed in 2015 by an 8-song mini-album of new material, Keep Your Stupid Dreams Alive.

‘Bring On The Robots’ is out digitally through iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and all usual platforms.

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RICH HOPE’S GROOVY VIDEO PREMIERE!

Veteran Pacific Northwest roots rocker RICH HOPE has a new video, and he’s premiering it exclusively with Vive Le Rock! 

‘Golden Clouds’ is a cover of a track by the FLAMIN’ GROOVIES from their legendary Sneakers EP. This version is taken from Rich’s new album I’m All Yours, the follow-up to 2009’s Gonna Whip It On Ya.

Born and raised in Edmonton, Canada, Rich’s first band, The Taxicrabs, were given their name by Country Dick Montana of The Beat Farmers. Relocating to Vancouver, he released his first full-length album Good To Go
in 1998,  before signing on with the band John Ford for two albums.

Since forming a duo with drummer Adrian Mack,  he’s been support of choice for the likes of the Black Crowes, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, The Sadies, Social Distortion and Reverend Horton Heat among others.

I’m All Your is out now and available to order through Bandcamp.

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