Swedish punk-rocker JAKOB MIND heralds his debut solo album with a video which he’s premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
Known to his folks as Jakob Arvidsson, he leads a double life as the guitarist and singer with Uppsala punks ROTTEN MIND and ‘Let Them Know’ is taken from the album The One Who Got Away.
Arvidsson’s actually got a track record going back over a decade, starting out as a member of hardcore mob AGENT ATTITUDE who managed to turn out a trio of full-lengths before imploding in 2015, at which point Rotten Mind began.
Prior to sessions for his band’s most recent album Rat City Dog Boy, Jakob slipped into the studio to lay down the tracks that comprise The One Who Got Away, drawing on an array of influences from the Velvet Underground and Roky Erickson to the Ramones, Buzzcocks and Dead Boys.
“It’s a bit different when you play all the instruments by yourself,” he says. “You can’t rehearse it before so pretty much all the drum takes are the first time I play the songs. I just used my acoustic guitar at home and tried to figure out in my head how the songs will sound and then try to re-create that in the studio. It’s not easy all the time but it’s good fun.”
‘Let Them Know’ is out on Friday 5 February through Lövely Records while The One Who Got Away follows in 16 April.
Liverpool kitchencore band PETE BENTHAM & THE DINNER LADIES have just unveiled a new video.
After the year we’ve had and little hope on the horizon, the lockdown video for ‘Life Is Beautiful’ can’t help but inspire positivity with the help of various members of the DIY punk community, including members of Eastfield, Interrobang!? Bratakus, Delinquents, Werecats, Salt the Snail, Crash Mats, Biteback, Riviera Kid, Spam Javelin and Pascal Briggs.
CHEAP TRICK have unveiled a first track from their forthcoming new album.
‘Light Up The Fire’ is taken from the Rockford, Illinois legends’ 20th album In Another World, which is due for release through BMG on 9 April. It’s the band’s first since 2017 when they released the acclaimed We’re All Alright! swiftly followed by the Christmas album Christmas Christmas.
Produced by longtime accomplice Julian Raymond, who’s been working with the band since 2006’s Rockford, the new album features the reappearance of their Record Store Day 2019 rendition of John Lennon’s ‘Gimme Some Truth’, featuring a guest appearance by Sex Pisols’ Steve Jones on guitar.
The band have rescheduled their UK tour dates for 2022. Full dates are now…
Feb 01 2022 – Newcastle Upon Tyne, Boiler Shop Feb 02 2022 – Manchester Academy Feb 04 2022 – Wolverhampton, KK’s Steel Mill Feb 05 2022 – London, O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire Feb 06 2022 – Bristol, O2 Academy
Boston ska-punk legends THE MIGHTY MIGHTY BOSSTONES have signed to Hellcat Records and celebrate with a brand new single and video.
Referred to as a ‘ska summit’, the 8-minute track was produced by Rancid’s Tim Armstrong and Grammy Award-winner Ted Hutt and features a multitude of cameo appearances from the great and the good of ska, ska-punk and punk.
The track is accompanied by an animated video directed by YoYoYosef.
“It’s a love letter to Ska music and the people that make Ska music and it’s a whole lot of fun,” says vocalist Dicky Barrett.
The track features appearances from Armstrong, Aimee Interrupter & The Interrupters, Stranger Cole, Angelo Moore (Fishbone), Jake Burns (Stiff Little Fingers), Jay Navarro (Suicide Machines), Chris DeMakes, Pete Wesilewski, Roger Lima (Less Than Jake), Jimmy G (Murphy’s Law), Toby Morse, Rusty Pistachio (H2O), John Feldman (Goldfinger), Laila Khan (Sonic Boom Six), Robert Hingley (Toasters), Dan Vitale (Bim Skala Bim), Dave McWane (Big D and The Kids Table), Sirae Richardson, Erin Mackenzie, Brie McWane (The Doped Up Dollys), Jesse Wagner (Aggrolites), Karina Denike (The Dance Hall Crashers), Christian Jaccobs (The Aquabats), Jon Pebsworth (Buck O Nine), Peter Porker (The Porkers), Steve Jackson (The Pietasters), Felipe Galvan (Los Skanarles), Jet Baker (Buster Shuffle), Fumio Ito (Kemuri), Glen “The Kid” Marhevka (Big Bad Voodoo Daddy) and Roddy Radiation (The Specials).
‘The Final Parade’ is available to stream/download here.
Pittsburgh rock legends THE CHEATS are back with a new video which they’re launching exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
‘Give Up The Ghost’ is taken from the band’s current album Cussin’, Crying ‘N’ Carrying On and the video is a direct result of Covid 19.
“We’re getting bored!” singer Todd Cheat exclaims. “This venue shutdown is killing us. We’ve always been a live band. I was checking out some old Motorhead videos and ‘Ace of Spades’ popped up. They just did it live and I was like, That’s it! That’s what I want to do! Our friends Mary and Matt from Mud City Manglers have a new underground venue called the Shred Shed here in Pittsburgh. We just set up and our long time video producer, Larry Dawgiello came in and just started rolling.”
The band are about to get back into the studio to record new tracks, two of which will go to a single in Screaming Crow Records’ new Rock’n’Roll Jukebox 45 series, which will also boasts sides from the cream of international action rock, including THE HIP PRIESTS, THE DIRTY DENIMS and THE RAVAGERS. Featuring one original song and one cover, the label plan to issue the tracks on a compilation later in the year.
Todd Cheat was recently among 60 Pittsburgh musicians contributing to a charity song ‘SOS2020’ raising money for the city’s beleaguered venues struggling to stay alive during lockdown.
The Cheats will help kick off the SOS2020 series of internet shows on Thursday 28 January in support of the NIVA (National Independent Venue Association) Emergency Relief Fund. Starting at 6pm EST, the two-hour show will also feature sets from ROYAL HONEY and MIDDLE FINGER. It costs an extremely reasonable $3 to view and there’s more details here. Dig deep!
Cussin’, Crying ‘N’ Carrying On has been repressed on Rock Candy Red vinyl and is available here.
MARC BOLAN and T REX are celebrated in a new high quality coffee table book.
Published to coincide with the 50th Anniversary of his first ever No.1 single ‘Hot Love’, Marc brings together more than 300 rare and seldom seen photos.
Compiled by T Rex fan Carlton Sandercock, owner of UK record label Easy Action, the book has been two years in the making and spans Marc’s career from 1965 with photos from the Evening standard announcing a new pop sensation to Marc’s untimely and tragic death in 1977. The final double page spread features fan Polaroids, which would turn out to be the last photos taken of Marc, catching him in a happy and fun moment with two of his fans. “It was important that the last chapter of the book be as positive as it was possible to be under the circumstances,” says Sandercock.
Clocking in at 300 pages, this hefty hardback volume measures 14″ x 11″ and weighs in at a hefty 2.6 kilos. Published in an initial run of 500 copies, the first 100 will be hand numbered and will feature two professional prints not included in the book.
“Many of the photographers I knew from licencing photos for Easy Action projects.” says Sandercock. “It was good to talk to and meet with some of them but sadly during the process of this book, some we lost along the way -Michael Putland, Richard Fitzgerald, Terry O Neil, Keiron ‘Spud’ Murphy (who took the cover image at Trident Studios during the recording of the classic Electric Warrior album).
“One highlight was meeting Peter Sanders who was Marc’s best man and also introduced him to percussionist Mickey Finn. Peter photographed three of the first four Tyrannosaurus Rex LPs as well as the iconic first T Rex album.
“One of the key frustrations was that many many original negs have since neem lost stolen over the years. It was practice in some instances for photographers to take a load of shots and send the actual negs to pop magazines as they couldn’t afford to copy them. The magazine wouldn’t ever return them, and most would end up in the bin. Classic images that as a teenager you grew up with, lost forever!
“Many of the photographers that shot Marc went on to become big names in the fashion world or well-known famous photographers who at the time were just getting a portfolio together such as Alec Byrne, Terry O Neill, Richard Imrie (who I tracked down to an island on Hawaii), David Steen….”
The Book is split into five chapters. The 60s – 1967-1970; Tyrannosaurus Rex – 1971-1973; the classic T Rex – 1974-1976; the wilderness years – 1977; the Return of the Dandy. Intensively researched, the book includes photos from UK, France, Holland, Germany, Japan, Sweden, Denmark and the USA, with live action shots amid posed sessions and album cover outtakes. The book is embellished with quotes from Marc himself as well as his fellow artists, with an exclusive introduction by famed T Rex publicist BP Fallon along with T Rex drummer Bill Legend and Marc’s partner Gloria Jones.
Sex Pistol Steve Jones is to be the subject of a new six-part TV series from Academy Award-winning director Danny Boyle.
Pistol is based on Jones’ 2018 memoir Lonely Boy: Tales From A Sex Pistol and was scripted by Craig Pearce and Frank Cottrell Boyce.
Pistol stars Toby Wallace (Babyteeth, Acute Misfortune) as Steve Jones, Anson Boon (Crawl, 1917, Blackbird) as John Lydon, Louis Partridge (Enola Homes, Medici) as Sid Vicious, Jacob Slater as Paul Cook, Fabien Frankel (The Serpent, NYPD Blue) as Glen Matlock, Dylan Llewellyn (Derry Girls) as Wally Nightingale, Sydney Chandler (Don’t Worry Darling) as Chrissie Hynde, Emma Appleton (The Witcher, Traitors) as Nancy Spungen, and Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones) as punk icon Jordan.
Produced by FX Productions, Pistol is set to begin production on March 7.
“Imagine breaking into the world of The Crown and Downton Abbey with your mates and screaming your songs and your fury at all they represent,” says Boyle. “This is the moment that British society and culture changed forever. It is the detonation point for British street culture…where ordinary young people had the stage and vented their fury and their fashion…and everyone had to watch & listen…and everyone feared them or followed them. The Sex Pistols. At its centre was a young charming illiterate kleptomaniac – a hero for the times – Steve Jones, who became in his own words, the 94th greatest guitarist of all time. This is how he got there.”
“It’s great to be back in business with Danny Boyle, an exceptional artist responsible for so many great feature films and TV series,” says Nick Grad, President, Original Programming, FX Entertainment. “Steve Jones was at the centre of the storm that shook the rock establishment and we’re thrilled to have Danny and the rest of the creative team tell his story as a member of one of music’s most notorious bands – the Sex Pistols.”
Irish punks GOOD FRIEND start the year straight out of the traps with a new EP and video.
The wonderfully catchy ‘Erin Rose Drinks On Shift’ is taken from the three-track TheErin Rose EP, the 7-inch edition of which has one side playing at 45rpm and the other at 33rpm, evoking fond memories of the late, great John Peel!
The video by Mark Easton features genuine professional UK wrestlers and Game Of Thrones extras!
Currently based in Newcastle, the trio give away very little about themselves other than that they’ve toured Europe and the USA and are looking forward to UK dates with RED CITY RADIO in – touch wood! – 2021.
Released through Red Scare Industries, The Erin Rose EP is available to order digitally and physically here.
What a year it’s been! We may not have had any gigs, but there’s been no shortage of videos, particularly with Covid restrictions forcing bands to get more inventive.
Unsurprisingly, given all the political turmoil as well as the pandemic, there’s a lot of anger and frustration about, but there’s also a determination to make the most of a bad situation, and have fun while you still can, which is good advice for anybody. But make sure you wash your hands and wear a mask!
Anyway, here’s Vive Le Rock‘s top 20 videos for what it’s worth…
20. THE HEAT INC. – RAPTORS – Now this is how you do social distancing! This London-based multinational band took us all by surprised. From their debut 5-track EP, they’re a band to look out for in the New Year.
19. SPIZZENERGI – CHRISTMAS IN DENMARK STREET – A haunting lament to Soho from Spizz. London’s live music centre has been decimated by grasping developers this past decade, and this year has been a real kick in the balls. ‘Til things are brighter…
18. BABY SHAKES – SWEET’N’SOUR PART 2 – A marriage made in glam-pop heaven: NYC’s garage goddesses team up with a couple of Undertones to inject a little sweetness into our sour lives.
17. TABLE SCRAPS – DOOM GENERATION – Crikey! Don’t let the colourful video fool you: these feisty Brummies are back and boy! Are they cheesed off. A ‘War Pigs’ for the craft beer generation?
16. SVETLANAS – JUMP – One of our favourite bands from the past few years, this lot are on course for world domination, and once this itchy-scratchy track gets under your skin it will. Not. Leave. Check out the profile in the current mag.
15. PEDALJETS – DISASSOCIATION BLUES – Contemporaries of Hüsker Dü on the 80s Midwest circuit, these guys have been back a few years and always drop great vids. This was made when you could still go to gigs, obviously.
14. HOODOO GURUS – HUNG OUT TO DRY – These Aussies were just entering a phase of renewed activity when Covid struck. Another of their brilliant put-down songs, proof that they’ve still got humour and bile in equal measure.
13. FOLK DEVILS – MY SLUM SOULS – The perpetually belligerent West London post-punks returned this year with a new, crushingly relevant, EP. Proof, if it were needed, that they’ve still got plenty to be annoyed about.
12. SMALLTOWN TIGERS – FIVE THINGS – These Italian lasses had all their dates cancelled thanks to Covid, but it didn’t stop their debut album going ballistic! Expect big things next year, while you enjoy this souvenir of sunny Dalston and their first UK gig.
11. BAD COP BAD COP – SIMPLE GIRL – Great to see so many women knocking ’em out of the punk park, this L.A. bunch made our Top 3 Albums Of The Year with ‘The Ride’. Catch ’em when you can!
10. CULT FIGURES – LIGHTS OUT – Spawned on the same Solihull post-punk scene as the great Swell Maps, these guys have reconvened with a brand new album set for the New Year, from which this tasty morsel comes. They’re also skilled animators; a handy skill to have in the YouTube age.
9. PSYCHEDELIC FURS – COME ALL YE FAITHFUL – The post-punk legends’ comeback could’ve been derailed by Covid, had their first new album in nearly 30 years been so damn good. Read all about it in the current edition of Vive Le Rock!
8. BOB MOULD – AMERICAN CRISIS – Big bad Bob returned this year with ‘Blue Hearts’, a totally necessary, striking and relevant return to form. And as low budget lyric vids go, this nails you to the floor with the first sentence!
7. IDLES – WAR – Continuing the Bristol lineage (possibly) that brought us The Pop Group, Idles much anticipated third album ‘Ultra Mono’ continued their assault on popular culture. Read the feature in the latest mag.
6. VIAGRA BOYS WITH AMY TAYLOR – IN SPITE OF OURSELVES – Hugely respected Chicago songwriting legend John Prine was one of the first musical casualties of Covid. Teaming up with Amyl & The Sniffers’ Amy Taylor, Stockholm’s Viagra Boys deliver this unexpected, skronky but no less touching version of Prine’s quirky celebration of love in tribute.
5. AERIAL SALAD – ROMANCE – Second time lucky, Manchester’s Aerial Salad stole a lot of heart with sophomore album ‘Dirt Mall’, and this cheap but extraordinarily effective video. Looking forward to the sitcom.
4. CHUBBY AND THE GANG – ALL ALONG THE UXBRIDGE ROAD – Spiritual descendents, surely, of the Cockney Rejects, these West London roustabouts divined that what the world needed was a breakneck Oi/pub rock hybrid. Who knew? We’re certainly not knocking it!
3. MAID OF ACE – LIVE FAST OR DIE – Still doing it on their own terms, the sisters from Hastings have released a string of brilliant videos over the past couple of years. This one, though, hitched to a commendable punk call to arms, takes some beating.
2. JAZ COLEMAN & ONDREJ SMEYKAL – ON THE DAY THE EARTH WENT MAD – In this most apocalyptic of years, who do you call but the most apocalyptic of artists. The Killing Joke frontman teams up with Czech musician Smeykal for this near 8-minute state of the nation address cast against an explosive newsreel montage. Chilling.
BOB VYLAN – WE LIVE HERE – Crashing out of nowhere, this strident, raging punk/metal/rap crossover took no prisoners. It’s certainly not for the faint-hearted, but nor is it meant to be. Not for nothing is the album of the same name one of our Top 5 albums of the year.
Aussie rockers DEAD DIRTY DINOSAURS have unveiled a video for their new single.
An energising slab of post-punk pop, ‘Bad Timing’ is the band’s third single under their new deal with Golden Robot imprint Riot Records, following on from previous releases ‘Monica’ and ‘Revenge’.
Hailing from Brisbane, a city with a fantastic rock’n’roll pedigree, the Dinosaurs don’t give away a great deal about themselves, other than that they “met in the snow fields of Europe”, and that they’ve been tipped to open for Pixies when they come to town, just as soon as Covid allows.
Judging by the aptly-titled ‘Bad Timing’, though, their debut album will be well worth checking out. Whenever that happens.
Essex gig promoters BLACK WAX have announced a new record label and their first release!
With several years in the business, Black Wax MD Adam Smith was involved in the running of legendary Essex venue, The Square in Harlow and also plays bass in both the NEWTOWN NEUROTICS and LOS PEPES. Starting a label seemed like the next logical step.
“A record label has been on the cards for a while, and with live music on hold, now is the time to launch the Black Wax Noise Division and end 2020 on a high,” he says.
Black Wax Noise Division’s inaugural release will be the Permanent Reduction EP by new London punk trio CHINESE JUNK, formed by members of The Griswalds, The Ulcers and The Unreleasables.
“I wanted to write and record songs and basically have another musical adventure but without spending any money, or at least very little, doing it,” explains bassist/vocalist Ben Nuthink. “All the songs were recorded in one short session in a practice room on an 8-track recorder and mixed and mastered by our friend for beer and pizza.”
Set for release in February 2021, the 4-track Permanent Reduction EP will be available on limited edition coloured or black vinyl and is available to pre-order here.
LAST GREAT DREAMERS herald their new live album with a video which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
‘Lunacy Lady’ is taken from the album Live At The Tivoli, recorded at the legendary venue in the North Wales town.
The album comprises a recording of a full live show for the benefit of the Mind mental health charity in October last year. Alongside ‘Lunacy Lady’ (taken from the 2014 album Crash Landing In Teenage Heaven), the album features another 16 stage favourites from across the band’s career, including ‘New Situation’, ‘Oblivion Kids’ and ‘Far From Home’.
“Wills at WW Audio has done a magnificent job on both the audio for the album and the ‘Lunacy Lady’ video,” says guitarist Slyder. “When I first saw it I was even more excited for the live album release, he sent us the first draught and there was really nothing we wanted to change, he’s got The Dreamers show down to a tee perfectly in this!”
Live At The Tivoli is available to pre-order through Amazon and the band’s webstore.
Rockney roustabouts BUSTER SHUFFLE have announced a 10th Anniversary re-release of their classic debut album.
Hard to believe that the piano-pounding ska-punks released Our Night Out a decade ago through People Like You/Century Media putting a new spin on the genre and kicking off a thriving European career.
With touring and recording plans derailed because of Covid 19, the band felt it would be a good idea to re-relase the album to give something back to their fans in these troubled times.
“We always wanted to do something for ONO’s 10th birthday,” says singer Jet Baker. “We just never imagined we would be in lockdown, not able to play shows and have a party together. We decided this would be a great way to celebrate its birthday with our fans so we are re-releasing the record on our own label Do Nothing Records”.
The album has been fully remastered and also features two new recordings of old songs that were frequently featured live but never made it beyond the demo stage.
Set for release on 18 December, Our Night Out is available to pre-order here.
West Country rockers RICHARD DAVIES & THE DISSIDENTS have unveiled another new video from their acclaimed debut album.
‘(Long Road) To Your Heart’ is taken from Human Traffic, which was released through Bucketfull Of Brains Records back in June.
The video is the work of longtime friend and collaborator Darren Stockford.
Although the band have been unable to play live thanks to Covid restrictions, the album has taken on a life of its own. Huge-selling Spanish language newspaper El Pais rated the album among the top rock releases of the year so far alongside Metallica, The Pretenders and newcomers Idles and Fontaines DC. The upshot has been an explosion in social media followers across Spain, Mexico and Brazil.
The band, who are made up of members of Mega City Four, Last Great Dreamers, Tiny Monroe and The Snakes, are currently in talks with various agents about Spanish dates just as soon as lockdown permits them.
“We’re really delighted by the way the album has been received not only in the UK but in Spain and the Spanish speaking world,” says Davies. “I think that may have something to do with the Alejandro Escovedo connection, and the enduring popularity of guitar music over there. The way music is now available on the internet probably has something to do with it too. We’re really looking forward to playing the songs live as soon as this dreadful pandemic allows. Stay safe music lovers and I hope you’re missing us as much as we’re missing you!”
‘(Long Road) To Your Heart’ is available on Spotify and all the usual digital platforms.
SPIZZENERGI are unveiling their brand new video today and are premiering it exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
Made all the more poignant by the news of another lockdown, ‘Christmas In Denmark Street’ laments the decades of music heritage in London’s West End crushed to death at the hands of grasping landlords and soulless developers.
“The chorus for ‘Christmas In Denmark Street’ came to me on a cycle home on the 10th January 2015,” explains punk legend Spizz. “This was the final week of The 12 Bar Club’s existence in Denmark Street – closing down to make way for the controversial Crossrail project – and coincided with my birthday week. The atmosphere in the club was fantastic and I went every night. The 12 BAR was like a musicians social club with bands dropping in after playing at other venues in the area. We were told the club would be preserved as the Crossrail transformation started to bite.
“Following my creative cycle home that night, I met up with SPIZZENERGI guitarist Luca Comencini to develop the song and it was first performed in public when Luca and I were offered an acoustic slot performing as SPIZZOLOGY supporting James Stevenson’s All Stars Band for his LP launch at The Water Rats, 17 December 2015.”
The single was mixed by the famous producer Tony Visconti, who says, “I liked the song a lot when I first heard it. As I have lived in London for 22 years, the sentiments of the song, and hope that the street could be saved, struck a chord in my heart. Spizz is a great performer and his vocals made it very appealing to me. I’m so happy with the way it turned out. It’s commercial enough to be played on the BBC and I hope it gets lots of signatures on a petition to save the street for all our efforts.”
Set for release on 18 December, you can pre-save ‘Christmas In Denmark Street’ digitally and buy a limited edition red vinyl 7-inch here.
American roots-punk songwriter AUSTIN LUCAS is back with a new album, released tomorrow, but he’s chosen to stream it exclusively with Vive Le Rock! today.
A troubadour in the truest sense, Lucas has spent much of the past two decades in Europe and the past few months have found the Indiana-born songwriter and activist locked down in Mainz, Germany. From this Euro vantage point he’s had the time an inclination to cast an eye on the disturbing tinderbox situation in his homeland during this most apocalyptic of years, from Black Lives Matter and the agitation of the far-right to the global shadow of Covid. The result is the ten songs on Alive, In the Hot Zone, arguably his most unrestrained and political statement yet.
“I’ve never had an album come about so fluidly, accidentally and seemingly against all odds,” he explains. “From the fact that everything about the world we’re currently living in found me sleepless, agitated and propelled me to wake up at all hours and write like a madman. To the chance meeting with Oli Rüger, who I immediately recognized for his exceptional skill set as a producer and guitar player.
“This album exists because those of us involved, took a series of obstacles and nightmare scenarios and managed to turn them into an opportunity. Thus realizing a shared creative dream, in the midst of a pandemic and political uprising.”
A veteran of US rust-belt metal and hardcore scene around the turn of the century, Lucas relocated to the Czech Republic and began releasing Americana-influenced solo albums in 2006. A highly prolific artist, his records have emerged through such labels as Hometown Caravan, Last Chance and New West, while he ‘s shared stages along the way with the likes of Willie Nelson, Ray Price, Lucero and Frank Turner.
Lucas’ second album for Cornelius Chapel, Alive, In The Hot Zone is available to order here.