Young Kent roustabouts RISKEE & THE RIDICULE have signed to Bomber Music and have just unveiled a new single and video.
‘Kaboom!’, fusing urgent, incisive lyricism with hardcore punk and hip-hop influences, is the first single to be taken from the band’s third album Body Bag Your Scene, which is out at the end of June.
“Our song is about the blatant scare tactics used by the right-wing media to give the illusion of danger,” states frontman Scott Picking. “This illusion creates the fear of being attacked, which naturally creates hostility. ‘We attack each other to the sound of their applause because their assets are safe if we’re coming for yours’. We chose the word ‘Kaboom’ because of its use in comic books ‘to indicate a large explosion’. Comic books can print what they like, and people know its fiction. Newspapers do the same and people take it as the truth.”
Set for release on 28 June, you can pre-order the album here.
Riskee & The Ridicule are lined up to join BOOZE & GLORY at their 10th Anniversary show at London’s Electric Ballroom on Saturday 2 November.
Mysterious equine garage-rocker ONE HORSE BAND has just released a new album.
Straight from the stable floor, Keep On Dancing fuses intense, dirty, lo-fi punk-blues with hip-shaking rock’n’roll and infectious beat-group melodies. One Horse Band’s second album if follows on from 2017’s opening salvo Let’s Gallop!
Based in Milan, Italy, One Horse Band followed his debut album with a canter round the clubs and festivals of mainland Europe before spending the summer of last year at Outside Inside Studio in Montebelluna near Venice, with legendary Detroit knob-twiddler Jim Diamond (White Stripes, Sonics, Dirtbombs etc) in the producer’s chair.
Released through fast-growing rock’n’roll label Area Pirata, Keep On Dancing is accompanied by a video for the track ‘Dirty Leaves On The Ground’.
Long-serving South London post-punks BAND OF HOLY JOY do their bit to counteract the rise of the far-right with a series of anti-racism gigs in the run-up to the release of their new album.
The three shows, benefits for the organisation Hope Not Hate, will take place this month in Newcastle, Leicester and London under the banner Pop Not Hate. Each of the shows will feature a full supporting cast, with musician and author HELEN McCOOKERYBOOK as main support on all dates.
Full dates are…
Sat 18 May – Star & Shadow Cinema, Newcastle tickets Sun 19 May – The Musician, Leicester tickets Sun 26 May – The Lexington, London tickets
Formed in a New Cross squat in 1984 and fronted by charismatic Newcastle émigré Johny Brown, the Band Of Holy Joy reached their commercial peak while signed to Rough Trade during the late 80s. The past decade has seen a renewed and highly prolific period of activity for the band, with numerous releases, international touring and other projects, including the hugely successful weekly Resonance FM radio show Bad Punk.
Following on from 2017’s widely acclaimed Funambulist We Love You, the band will issue a new album Neon Primitives through Tiny Global Records on 7 June. It’s available to pre-order here.
NEW MODEL ARMY have announced the release of a new album and a major tour of the UK and Europe.
From Here follows on from their successful studio albums Between Dog And Wolf (2013) and Winter (2016), which have seen a revival of fortunes for the longserving Bradford band.
The new album was recorded earlier this year at Ocean Sound Recordings studio on the tiny Norwegian island of Giske.
“We all have different lives and different tastes in almost everything, including music”, they say. “One thing we have in common is the love of bleak, open, cold, rugged landscapes – water, snow, rock. So this was the perfect place for us to work on something collectively – at all times while we were working, we could look up and see the sky, the sea and melting snow on the mountains, all in a constant state of change. So this album has a feel that is different to our other albums, but it still contains all the elements that characterise our peculiarly unidentifiable music – perhaps even more than ever. And From Here was an obvious title. The record belongs to a very special place and a particular time – what is happening in the world, where we are as a band and where we are as people.”
From Here is set for release on 23 August through EarMusic, and is available to pre-order in various bundles here.
The album release will be followed in October, kicking off in Southampton on the 8th, winding up in Nottingham on 21 December and taking in a London date at the Electric Ballroom on 14 November, as well as shows in France, Germany, Switzerland, Poland, Hungary, the Netherlands and Istanbul. Full dates are…
08 Oct SOUTHAMPTON 1865 // UK
09 Oct PARIS Maroquinerie // France
10 Oct DORTMUND FZW // Germany
11 Oct HAMBURG Markthalle // Germany
12 Oct BERLIN Huxleys // Germany
13 Oct POZNAN Tama // Poland
15 Oct GDYNIA Ucho // Poland
16 Oct WARSAW Proxima // Poland
17 Oct WROCLAW Stary Klasztor // Poland
18 Oct KRAKOW Kwadrat // Poland
19 Oct BUDAPEST A38 // Hungary
22 Oct WINTERTHUR Salzhaus // Switzerland
23 Oct FRIBOURG Fri-Son // Switzerland
24 Oct FREIBURG Jazzhaus // Germany
25 Oct MUNCHEN Backstage // Germany
26 Oct STUTTGART LKA // Germany
27 Oct NURNBERG Hirsh // Germany
29 Oct DRESDEN Beatpol // Germany
30 Oct FRANKFURT Batschkapp // Germany
31 Oct LOSHEIM Eisenbahnhalle // Germany
01 Nov RIJKEVORSEL De Singer // Belgium
02 Nov STRASBOURG La Laiterie // France
13 Nov BRISTOL SWX // UK
14 Nov LONDON Electric Ballroom // UK
15 Nov CAMBRIDGE Junction // UK
16 Nov LEEDS Stylus // UK
17 Nov CARDIFF Tramshed // UK
19 Nov CHESTER Live Rooms // UK
20 Nov NEWCASTLE Boiler Shop // UK
21 Nov EDINBURGH Liquid Rooms // UK
22 Nov MANCHESTER o2 Ritz // UK
23 Nov BIRMINGHAM o2 Institute // UK
30 Nov ISTANBUL Zorlu PSM Studio // Turkey
12 Dec BRIGHTON Concorde 2 // UK 13 Dec AMSTERDAM Melkweg // Netherlands 14 Dec COLOGNE Palladium // Germany 21 Dec NOTTINGHAM Rock City // UK
Vive Le Rock visited Stupido Records 30th Anniversary party at Tavastia Club, Helsinki in late April to find out what makes this great Finnish record label tick.
Stupido Records was founded in 1988, and since then their empire has grown to include a record shop, a mail order service and a publishing company. They’ve signed 37 legendary Finnish bands including Pelle Miljoona (pictured), Waltari, Tumppi Varonen (from Problems and Pelle Miljoona) and Villu Tamme / J.M.K.E.
This event was over two days and various Stupido Records artists performed, including Finnish punk rock legends like Pelle Miljoona (Pelle Miljoona – singing and drums, Tumppi Varonen, Veli-Pekka ‘Puka’ Oinonen – guitar). Pelle Miljoona is a pioneer in the Finnish punk rock scene. He recorded his first album in 1977 and the band line-up has changed over the years, hence most recognised names who played for the band over the years are Hanoi Rocks legends Andy McCoy on guitar and Sam Yaffa on bass.
On the night Pelle Miljoona played his hits like ‘Moottoritie On Kuuma’ (‘The Freeway Is Hot’), ‘Tahdon Rakastella Sinua’ (‘I Want To Make Love To You’).
Tumppi Varonen & Problems (Tumppi Varonen – singing, Heikki Hiekkasalmi – bass, Saska Ketonen – drums, Petri Peevo – guitar). Tumppi Vuorinen is a musician, writer and former municipal politician. Varonen made his first recording for Problems in the late 1970s. Since then, he has been playing on and off with Problems and Pelle Miljona’s bands. Tumppi Varonen & Problems played ‘Katupoikia’ (‘Street Boys’), ‘Tiina On Punkkari’ (‘Tina Is Punk’) and the new single ‘Ihan Sama’ (‘What Ever’).
Pää Kii is a punk band founded in 2012. Soundi and Rumba magazines chose the band’s first album to be their 2012 album of the year. Pää Kii has also has been awarded in the Femma and Emma Gala. (Teemu Bergman – singing and guitar, Antti Leppäniemi – guitar, Vekku Vartiainen – bass, Heikki Laaksomies – drums) They played ‘Paskahousun Paluu’ (‘Return Of The Shitpants’), ‘Apinoiden Planeetalla’ (‘Planet Of Apes’) and ‘Sweet Home Kouvola’.
All bands were really energetic and Stupido records can be proud of their long success in the music business as a independent record label.
Roots rock supergroup THE A.C.C. have a new video and they’re premiering it exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
‘Never Gave Up’ is taken from the band’s debut album Beautiful, At Night, which was released last month.
An abbreviation of Abbiati Cantarelli Conspiracy, The A.C.C. are fronted by co-guitarist/vocalists Ed Abbiati from roots rock band Lowlands and Stiv Cantarelli of blues-punks Silent Strangers and J.D. Hangover notoriety. The band’s line-up is completed by drummer Antonio Perugini from the Silent Strangers and bassist Joe Barreca of The Mandolin Brothers. Their fifth guest member on the album is guitar and keyboard player Chris Cacavas from Green On Red and The Dream Syndicate.
The STRAY CATS have unveiled another new video for a track from their new album.
‘Rock It Off’ is taken from the album 40, the Long Island trio’s first new studio album in 26 years, in celebration of their 40th Anniversary.
The video, directed by John Logsdon, comprises session footage from the recording of the album at Nashville’s Blackbird Studio with producer Peter Collins and engineer Vance Powell.
“I wanted to make this record, the three of us standing like we do onstage,” says Brian Setzer. “When we set up like that, that’s when you get your best performances, because you’re feeding off each other a lot more.”
“‘Rock It Off’ may be my favourite track on 40“, says Slim Jim Phantom. “When the guitar riff comes in, I stand up a little straighter and imagine a peacock strutting. It’s got a shuffle groove that’s tailor-made for me to do the bop-bop-a-bop – the video captures the fun and good vibes we all shared while making the whole album.”
As previously announced, the Stray Cats embark on a tour of the UK and Europe in June and July. Full dates are…
Fri 21 Jun – Azkena Rock Festival, Spain Sun 23 Jun – 02 Academy, Birmingham Tues 25 Jun – 02 Apollo, Manchester Wed 26 June – Hammersmith Apollo, London Thurs 27 June – Hammersmith Apollo, London Sat 29 June – Retro C Trop, France Mon 01 July – AFAS Live, Netherlands Wed 03 July – Columbiahalle, Germany Thurs 04 July – Palladium, Germany Sat 06 July – American Tours Festival, France Sun 07 July – Les Eurockeennes, France Tues 09 July – Killesberg, Germany Thurs 11 July – Zenith, Germany Fri 12 July – X-Tra, Switzerland Sat 13 July – Musilac Festival, France Thurs 18 July – Pori Jazz Festival, Finland Sat 20 July – Summer Jamboree, Sweden
40 is released on 24 May through Surfdog/Mascot and is available to pre-order here.
THE PSYCHEDELIC FURS have announced another round of UK dates for the Autumn.
Based in the USA for some years, the dates in October continue the band’s renewed homeland activity, which has seen them visit the UK for three years running, and included an appearance at last year’s Meltdown, hosted by THE CURE’s Robert Smith.
Formed by the Butler brothers Richard and Tim in Surrey in 1977, the band went on to become one of the most influential of UK post-punk bands, particularly in the US, where their song ‘Pretty In Pink’ inspired a successful movie of the same name. All the band’s original albums were reissued on vinyl last year. Rumours persist of a new album in the works, their first since 1991’s World Outside.
Kicking off in Manchester on 1 October, the tour culminates with a show at London’s legendary Roundhouse. Support on all dates comes from the new band formed by former TRANSVISION VAMP singer Wendy James. Full dates are…
Tues 1 Oct – O2 Ritz, Manchester Thurs 3 Oct – Pyramids Centre, Portsmouth Fri 4 Oct – Dome, Brighton Sat 5 Oct – O2 Institute, Birmingham Mon 7 Oct – Stylus, Leeds Tues 8 Oct – O2 Academy, Glasgow Wed 9 Oct – O2 Academy, Newcastle Fri 11 Oct – Rock City, Nottingham Sat 12 Oct – Roundhouse, London
Tickets got on sale at 10.00am on Friday 26 April here.
WILKO JOHNSON is to headline a new festival in the Kent seaside town of Margate this summer.
Just a short hop over the Thames Estuary for the ex-DR FEELGOOD guitar slinger, he’ll be joined by co-headliners LINDISFARNE and STEVE HARLEY & COCKNEY REBEL at the Margate Rhythm & Rock Festival which takes place at the town’s Winter Gardens over the weekend of 6-8 September.
Other confirmed acts include THE MEN THEY COULDN’T HANG, THE BLOCKHEADS, EDWARD TUDOR POLE, GENO WASHINGTON & THE RAM JAM BAND, DESMOND DEKKER’S ACES, HARDWICKE CIRCUS, JOHN OTWAY, HERE & NOW, STRAY, THE MEMBERS, SHARPEEZ, DJ WENDY MAY and loads more…
Iconic Ohio art-punks PERE UBU have announced a new album for this Summer.
The Long Goodbye, which takes its name from Raymond Chandler’s classic crime novel, really is long, but is not necessarily a goodbye. While stressing it’s not the end of Pere Ubu, mainman David Thomas says, “This wraps up every song and story that Pere Ubu has been telling in different ways for the past forty plus years. It is one definitive hour that provides the answers to the questions we’ve been asking and delivers it up into what I consider the definitive destination.”
Unlike any other Ubu album, the material was written and arranged by Thomas using his private collection of synthesisers and drum-machines before passing them to the other members to be fleshed out.
“I’d been listening to commercial pop radio non-stop for months,” says Thomas. “That’s what I wanted to rewrite and reimagine. Pop music shouldn’t be without meaning or truthfulness. We live in desperate towns and we keep on going regardless of the stench. It’s not often you’re gonna find the answers. If ever. But here is pop music the way it should sound.”
The band were rejoined by legendary English drummer Chris Cutler for a show in Paris last December, where they played the songs from the album for only the second time ever, before they had been finished in the studio, and the set features here on a special bonus CD, Montreuil.
The Long Goodbye is released through Cherry Red on 12 June.
The ever-industrious KIRK BRANDON has announced dates for all three of his legendary bands for the spring and summer.
Having successfully reactivated both THEATRE OF HATE and SPEAR OF DESTINY in recent years, the start of 2019 also saw him reconvening a line-up of his first band, THE PACK alongside a vinyl reissue of the compilation album Dead Ronin.
Spear Of Destiny, who released a new studio album Tontine a year ago, play the following dates…
Wed 1st May – MIDDLESBROUGH Westgarth Social Club Thur 2nd May – BATHGATE Dreadnought Fri 3rd May – HUDDERSFIELD The Parish Sat 4th May – NUNEATON Queens Hall
Spear Of Destiny then meet up with Theatre Of Hate at the Westworld Weekender at The Royal Hotel, Crewe on 10-11 May.
Theatre Of Hate, whose latest album Kinshi was released in 2016, then play…
Thur 16th May – LONDON 229 Club Fri 17th May – MANCHESTER Club Academy Sat 18th May – NORTHAMPTON Roadmender Sun 19th May – SHEFFIELD Greystones
The Pack then pick up the baton for shows at…
Thur 6th June – PAISLEY, Bungalow Fri 7th June – NEWCASTLE, University Sat 8th June – MANCHESTER, Ritz Sun 9th June – YORK, Fulford Arms
L.A. punks OFF! are crowdfunding a new movie for release next year!
Described as a ‘modern day Repo Man‘, Watermelon: A Sci-Fi Punk Rockumentary will be preceded by a new album of the same name.
The supergroup were formed in 2009 featuring former Black Flag and Circle Jerks singer Keith Morris, bassist Steven McDonald from Redd Kross, ex-Burning Brides guitarist Dimitri Coats, and Earthless drummer Mario Rubalcaba.
The comedy, which was begun in 2016, picks up in Los Angeles five years after OFF! have disbanded. In an attempt to conquer his diabetes-induced erectile dysfunction, Keith Morris comes across a mind-altering medication extracted from mysterious watermelons. The drug not only restores his virility, it also gives him the ability to travel through space and time, prompting him to offer it to the rest of the group as a solution to their problems. Dimitri, Steven, Mario, and Dale find renewed faith in OFF! as the watermelon helps turn the band into hardcore heroes who can see and predict horrific events before they happen. When they turn to music, the group discovers a new experimental approach which not only redefines punk, but also becomes an underground movement.
Cornish psych-rockers HANTERHIR are back with a new single and video, and they’re launching it exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
Originally from the Redruth band’s self-titled debut EP, ‘Radio Song’ is taken from their new compilation Our Hour just released through Easy Action Records.
The band’s critically acclaimed triple-album The Saving Of Cadan was released last summer making numerous end-of-year lists, including our sister mag Louder Than War. The band are currently in the process of planning a series of UK dates.
Aussie legends THE CHURCH have announced a pair of London dates this Summer.
Following on from the success of their weekend event at Bush Hall, Shepherds Bush last June, the band return to the venue on Sat 8th and Sunday 9th June.
The event will see the band playing the albums Starfish and Seance in their entirety. The weekend will also feature band member solo sets and a screening of the Jean Cocteau film Wood Of The Poet with a live improvised soundtrack. There will also be a selection of tracks from Steve Kilbey’s 2008 solo album Painkiller, plus material from Jack Frost and Far Out Coporation, bands formed by Kilbey and Ian Haug (respectively) with The Go-Betweens’ Grant McLennan.
The Steve Kilbey biopic Something Quite Peculiar is being screened at the Regent Street Cinema on Friday 22nd March as part of the Vive Le Rock-sponsored Soundscreen Festival. Kilbey plays a solo show at The Islington London on Saturday 23rd March.
Stoke folk-punks HEADSTICKS head out on tour this month in support of their just released new album.
Kept In The Dark, the band’s third studio album, was released last week and is available on CD and double vinyl through STP Records.
The four-piece formed in 2012 out of the ashes of Cheshire’s TOWER STRUCK DOWN and Staffordshire’s JUGOPUNCH, developing their own brand of ‘revolutionary punk roots rock’n’roll’. Along the way they’ve shared stages with the likes of Spear Of Destiny, Buzzcocks, The Wildhearts and Ferocious Dog.
Check out the video fro ‘Peace Or War’…
This latest run of shows includes dates with STEVE IGNORANT’S SLICE OF LIFE and INTERROBANG, plus an appearance at Bearded Theory and a London date at The Bird’s Nest in Deptford. Full dates are…
23 Mar – MacStock, Black Market, Market Warsop. 6 Apr – White Hart, Ashby De La Zouch 7 Apr – Gigs For Digs, Eleven, Tunstall, Stoke On Trent 18 Apr – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds (w/ Steve Ignorant’s Slice Of Life & Interrobang) 19 Apr – The Rigger, Newcastle Under Lyme (w/ Steve Ignorant’s Slice Of Life & Interrobang) 20 Apr – The Maze, Nottingham (w/ Steve Ignorant’s Slice Of Life & Interrobang) 27 Apr – Rock Off Fibro, Saddle Rock Bar, Chester. 4 May – Eh Up Mi Duck Festival, Newstead Village, Nottingham 11 May – Bird’s Nest, Deptford, London 25 May – Bearded Theory, Catton Hall, Derbyshire 26 May – Strummercamp, Oldham Rugby Club, Oldham
A petition has been raised to erect a plaque in honour of the SEX PISTOLS’ final UK gig.
The gig took place at Huddersfield’s Ivanhoe’s nightclub on Christmas Day 1977, by which time the band was banned from playing in most of the UK. The event was organised as a benefit for the families of striking firemen, who’d been in dispute for nine weeks and were struggling to feed their families.
Unusually, the gig was open to all ages and footage shot by film-maker Julien Temple catches the unlikely sight of kids pogoing to ‘God Save The Queen’. The film footage would later see the light of day in the 2013 documentary Never Mind the Baubles: Xmas ’77 With the Pistols.
The petition, by fan Ian Lockwood and addressed to Kirklees Council, asks that a blue plaque to commemorate the event be erected on the facade of the former club, originally part of Huddersfield’s ornate Grand Picture Theatre and later incorporated into a supermarket.
THE STRANGLERS have been announced as headliners for this year’s AEG Vive Le Rock Awards.
The Guildford punk legends will be interrupting their current tour to join the likes of Suzi Quatro, Glen Matlock, Barrie Masters and Steve Diggle at the O2 Academy, Islington, London for the event of the year on Wednesday 27 March.
Take note though: because we’ve got so much to squeeze in, they’ll be playing a shorter set than they usually do!
Tickets, including special VIP packages, are available here. But they’re going very fast, and with this announcement they’ll more than likely be gone in the blink of an eye, so don’t hang about!!!