Hot new London band THE HEAT INC. release their incendiary debut single today and they’re premiering the video exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
‘Raptors’ was recorded by the quartet at RYP Recordings in North-West London with producer Michael smith.
“I love the Black Keys’ ‘Lonely Boy’ video and we have used that concept but our video’s character, the actor Joe Law, his performance is more extreme,” says guitarist Marco Simoncelli. “The video has been shot by This studio production directors on their balcony in Bermondsey. The view over the city is stunning, which is why we picked it as we thought it was a perfect scenario for the video. Joe rehearsed for almost three weeks to deliver a great energetic performance.”
‘Raptors’ is out through Melted Dino Records and is available digitally here!
Aussie rockers THE CASANOVAS have just dropped a new single as a taster for their new album.
The ‘TNT’-channelling ‘Red Hot’ is the second single to be taken from the forthcoming Reptilian Overlord, following on from last Autumn’s ‘Hollywood Riot’. The new album itself is the Melbourne trio’s first full-length since 2015’s Terra Casanova.
Formed in 1999 and still fronted by founder and guitarist Tommy Boyce, the band have toured at home and abroad with the likes of The Living End, Motorhead, The White Stripes and The Datsuns, with whom they made their UK debut in 2003.
The new album finds them working with legendary Aussie producer Mark Opitz, whose CV – AC/DC, The Angels, Cold Chisel, Hoodoo Gurus, Divynyls, Hitmen, Rose Tattoo etc – reads like a Who’s Who of Aussie rock.
“Mark is the master at miking for great guitar tones,” says bassist Damo Campbell. “He definitely brought some of those techniques into our sessions… It was also pretty inspiring to be in the studio hearing some of Mark’s stories of some of the great rock bands he has worked with over his career.”
KILLING JOKE’s Jaz Coleman has announced a brand new project BLACK & RED, a collaboration with Czech musician Ondrej Smeykal, and they’re launching the video for their first single exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
“The Black and Red project was born in Australia in 2010 when I set out to find the greatest virtuoso of the didgeridoo only to find the maestro of the instrument resided in Prague where I lived,” explains Jaz. “Upon my return to Czech Rep, I was introduced to Ondrej Smeykal. We ended up not just developing an ancient instrument * but recording the Black and Red project (adding only Indian Harmonium) and an explosive duo was formed which could recreate the recording live perfectly. The funny thing is Black and Red only made sense after lockdown.”
The pulsing, apocalyptic near 8-minute ‘On The Day The Earth Went Mad’ is out today digitally here and at all the usual suspects as well as on a numbered limited edition red vinyl 10-inch through Cadiz Music available from jazcoleman.com
Everyone’s favourite glam-punks THE DeRELLAS are back with a brand new single and video.
The urgent, street-fightin’ ‘Inner City Rock’n’Roll’ was put together by the pre-lockdown at South London’s Perry Vale with ex-Vibrator Pat Collier manning the desk and, we’re sure you’ll agree, it does exactly what it says on the tin.
A taster for their forthcoming new album Something’s Got To Give which is due at the end of the year, ‘Inner City Rock’n’Roll’ is available now from Bandcamp, Spotify and all the usual suspects…
Freshly-minted US punks UXB are ready to unveil the first fruit of their labours and are premiering a track exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
The incendiary ‘Westworld Crisis’ is the first – and title – track to be taken from the band’s debut album, which sets its sites on the world’s current climate and technology’s influence.
Newly signed to Demons Run Amok, UXB is the new project put together by former members of Orange County punks U.S. BOMBS – founder member Kerry Martinez (guitar), Wade Walston (bass) and Chip Hanna (drums) – who quit the band back in 2015. They’re joined by frontman Jesse Wagner of reggae-punks THE AGGROLITES.
With European dates tentatively pencilled in for the Autumn, Westworld Crisis is out though Demons Run Amok on 14 August.
ROLE MODELS guitarist Nick Hughes is back with a new project, a new single and a new video which he’s premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
‘B.A. Baby’ is the first single by the newly minted THE MIDDLENIGHT MEN and is taken from the forthcoming album ISSUE 1. The project was put together by Hughes along with longtime friend and STATUS QUO drummer Leon Cave and producer Andy Brook (Wonk Unit, Lucifer Star Machine), plus various friends and acquaintances, including Tom Spencer (Yo-Yo’s, The Professionals), Rich Ragany (Role Models) and many more…
A man with CV that includes stints with THE YO-YO’S, TERRORVISION and LOVE ZOMBIES, Hughes hatched the concept for the single while playing dates in Buenos Aires with DUNCAN REID & THE BIG HEADS.
‘B.A. Baby’ is out on Friday 19 June and is available to pre-order here.
West Country rockers RICHARD DAVIES & THE DISSIDENTS celebrate the release of their debut album with another video made entirely in lockdown circumstances.
‘Way Of The Wild’ is the second single to be unveiled from the album Human Traffic which is out this week on Bucketfull Of Brains Records, the label founded by the publishers of the legendary magazine of the same name. It follows on from ’21st Century Man’ which was premiered by Vive Le Rock! last month.
“‘Way of the Wild’ is a song about the struggles of everyday life,” explains Davies. “Things don’t always go the way we want them to. It is an important song for me as a writer because I managed to say exactly how I felt at the time. It also made me aware of the power of words and melodies when they connect in the way that you want them to. It was probably the easiest song for us to record and if you listen carefully you can hear a ska beat organ holding it all together.”
Speaking about the video by filmmaker Darren Stockford, bassist Tim Emery adds, “We’ve had a creative relationship with Darren since the early 90s. More recently he’s produced some fantastic independent films of his own that had a real cinematic quality that we liked. So, he seemed the obvious person to approach. Initially we were a bit ambitious with what we asked but we gave him complete creative control to do what he wanted, just providing him with lockdown footage of the Dissidents playing and he did the rest. As long as he continues to answer our emails, we’ll work with him again. These are crazy times that we live in and it was a nice touch with Trump and Boris Johnson appearing in the film whilst the world falls apart!”
Put together by Davies, sometime guitarist with Camden indie rockers TINY MONROE and alt.country tearaways THE SNAKES, Richard Davies & The Dissidents are a supergroup of sorts with an impressive collective CV that includes MEGA CITY FOUR, PETER PERRETT, GLEN MATLOCK, LAST GREAT DREAMERS and TOMMY HALE.
Human Traffic is streaming now on Spotify and is available to order on CD here.
The first results from the CRASS REMIX PROJECT are set for release next month.
Late last year, Essex anarcho-punk pioneers Crass made the original separate track stems of their debut album The Feeding of the Five Thousand available as free downloads, encouraging people to remix tracks to raise funds for the domestic violence charity Refuge.
The 12″ Normal Never Was EP features a remix of the anti-war anthem ‘They’ve Got A Bomb’ by producer and XL Records supremo Richard Russell under the name rLr, along with a version of ‘Do They Owe Us A Living?’ by Boston experimental synth-pop artist Glasser.
“Crass is a great example of futuristic art and lifestyle; anchored in communal ethics and collective spirit, moving beyond mere defiance of authority and into radical ideas of love and creativity,” explains Glasser. “I’m so glad I had the chance to play around with their recordings. It’s basically the best gift a fan could get from the artists they admire.”
All money raised from the sale of the EP and other Crass Remix Project releases will go to Refuge, who provide specialist support and shelter for women and children experiencing domestic violence. The recent lockdown has seen calls to the charity’s helpline increased by two-thirds and website visits have risen nearly tenfold.
Set for release on 24 July on Crass Records through One Little Indian, Normal Never Was is available to pre-order here.
Crass are still accepting contributions to the project with the final date for submissions being 1 August. “But don’t let that stop you,” they say. “Make your own album of it and get it out there but let us know if that’s what you’re up to. We’re all in this together. It’s you who makes the world around you, the mix is all yours. Tell it loud, tell it proud.”
London punks GIRLS IN SYNTHESIS have unveiled a new video from their forthcoming debut album.
The caustic, cathartic ‘The Images Agree’ is taken from Now Here’s An Echo From Your Future, which follows on from last year’s singles comp Pre/Post: A Collection 2016-2018.
The new album had originally been scheduled for release in May, but with the onset of the Covid-19 lockdown, the band decided to delay the release until 28 August through Harbinger Sound, the label that brought us Sleaford Mods.
“Media manipulation has become an art and a tool for people with the wrong intentions to control or mislead the public,” explains vocalist and bassist John about the single. “As this becomes more and more acceptable (or undetectable…) it’s important to question and not blindly accept. As we have seen with the government’s recent lack of clarity and transparency during the current pandemic, a headswim of confusion is created to stop people seeking the truth, no matter how despairing it may be.”
The band have also lined up a series of live shows for October. Assuming we’re allowed to go to gigs by then, you can catch them at…
Thurs 15 Oct – Birmingham, Hare & Hounds Fri 16 Oct – Nottingham, Chameleon Arts Cafe Sat 17 Oct – Manchester, The Talleyrand Fri 23 Oct – London, Shacklewell Arms Sat 24 Oct – Northampton, The Lab
Pre-order Now Here’s An Echo From Your Futurehere.
Pittsburgh rock’n’rollers THE CHEATS are back with a brand new video which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
‘It’s alright is the first single to be taken from the band’s fifth album Cussin, Crying N’ Carrying On, which is due for release on 31 July through Screaming Crow Records.
Specialising in no-frills, no bullshit punk rock, The Cheats were founded in 2001 by Todd Porter aka Todd Cheat – former frontman of Silver Tongued Devil and Eviction, and through a series of line-ups have been tearing up the world’s beer-joints ever since, mixing raucous originals with a handful of shoutalong covers from the likes of Cheap Trick and Blondie.
Despite being locked-down, Oxford rockers RICHARD DAVIES & THE DISSIDENTS have come up with a great video for their debut single, and they’re premiering it exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
’21st Century Man’ is taken from Davies and co’s first solo album Human Traffic, which is being released through Bucketfull Of Brains Records via Proper Music on 12 June.
“’21st Century Man’ is about confronting change,” says Davies. “It’s a song about how the eras in our lives fold into each other and how we relate to the modern world – might as well get blazed!”
Formerly guitarist with Camden indie rockers Tiny Monroe and alt-country poster boys The Snakes, not to mention stints with Peter Perrett and Glen Matlock, Davies recorded the album over two-and-half years with The Dissidents, who feature Last Great Dreamers bassist Tim Emery, ex-Mega City Four drummer Chris Cannon, guitarist Nick Beere and keyboardist Neil Scully in their ranks.
The band, who’ve been described as the meeting-point between Johnny Thunders and Tom Petty, were due to be playing their first gigs round about now, but COVID-19 put paid to that. Plans are afoot, however, to get the band on the road as soon as possible.
’21st Century Man’ will be released digitally on Friday 22 May and will be available on Spotify and all the usual platforms.
London ska-punks BUSTER SHUFFLE have announced a new single Unsung Heroes to benefit the World Health Organisation.
The AA-side comprises the songs ‘You Spoke Louder Everyday’ c/w ‘Young But Strong Like No Other’ and features guest appearances from some of the band’s friends including members of Flogging Molly, Mad Caddies, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Hepcat, Die Toten Hosen, Donots, Talco, The Infidels, Toy Dolls and Rhoda Dakar.
“Whilst on lockdown at home, I kept thinking there must be something we can do,” says band frontman Jet Baker. “Both my sisters work for the NHS on the frontline, so I needed to do something to help. I decided to reach out to all the great bands and musicians that we’ve toured with over the years to see if they could lend a hand. When they all started confirming, I knew we had something special on our hands and so we all got to work, recording our parts in isolation.
“The songs are about two brave people who, in their time, faced extreme danger and huge challenges to make changes in the world for others: Iqbal Masih and Ruby Bridges.
“Iqbal Masih was sold into slavery by his parents at 4-years-old to the owner of a carpet factory. After many years of forced labour he eventually escaped. He then decided to help over 3,000 Pakistani children that were in ‘bonded labour’ to escape to freedom and made speeches about child slavery throughout the world.
“Ruby Bridges was the first African-American student to integrate into an elementary school in the South of America. Ruby and her mother were escorted to school by four federal marshals every day that year. Undeterred, she didn’t miss a single day of school, despite all the abuse and the physical threats that she received.”
Check out the video for ‘You Spoke Louder Every Day’…
Set for release on 15 July, you can pre-order Unsung Heroeshere.
One of our favourite people, Mr Rat Scabies is back with a new outfit, THE SINCLAIRS, who are about to release their debut album Sparkle. They’re premiering their brand new video ‘La Venta’ exclusively with Vive Le Rock! today!
We caught up with Rat and his partner-in-crime Billy Shinbone to get the full lowdown…
How did The Sinclairs meet?
Rat: We met back in the ’90s when Billy and his band Flipron walked into my studio asking how much time a hundred quid would buy them. Somehow, they managed to stay for a couple of years. I ended up producing two Flipron albums and we’ve been friends throughout.
Why the name The Sinclairs? Wasn’t it an old car, a Consul?
Rat: Well it’s a family name attached to the Rosslyn Chapel in Scotland which is one of those places that holds a strange magnetism for those who might be involved on a hunt for the Holy Grail. But that’s not the real reason. I just liked the sound of it.
Billy: I’m not one to dabble in the dark arts of Grail hunting, I always thought it sounded like a family of trapeze artists from Carlisle. The Flying Sinclairs. But now you mention it, it does sound like a cheap ’60s car to me. Like a Ford Corsair or a Singer or a Simca. But a Sinclair sounds like a 1930s cocktail too. But it doesn’t really mean anything.
If The Sinclairs could play at a dinner party who would you invite?
Rat: Vivian Stanshell, Berenger Sauniere and Banksy.
Billy: Slim Gaillard, Frida Kahlo and Syd Barrett.
Do you both write the music? Rat, do you play guitar?
Billy: It’s definitely a joint effort. I usually come up with the initial melody line, which I send to Rat, who turns it upside down and completely rearranges how I imagined the tune would sound. Then we work it all out in the studio as we record. Then Rat does the sound effects and synths etc. Finally, we argue about tiny details until one of us gives in.
Rat: The details are sometimes delicate, weirdly often on the noisier numbers. And yes, I do play some guitar on one song. I’m not telling you which one, though. You have to guess!
Describe The Sinclairs in three words.
Billy: Absinthe, Bourbon and Vermouth. It’s the Sinclair cocktail. We drink them all the time and they’re pretty good. Like a cross between a Manhattan and a Sazerac, if you’re into mixology. Go very, very easy on the Absinthe, just rinse the ice with it or it’ll taste like an aniseed ball.
Sparkle will be released through Cleopatra and is available to pre-order on limited red vinyl and CD now.
Bright young hopes of Aussie post-punk DESTRENDS return with a brand new EP.
The four-track Wasteland EP captures the Melbourne trio’s quirky, angular sound, highly reminiscent of DEVO and much-missed Sydney punks, The Thought Criminals.
The band’s debut EP Lousy Lover brought them considerable attention, earning them high profile support slots with the likes of Spiderbait, Hoodoo Gurus and King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard. The band upped the ante late last year with the release of a new single ‘Medication’ and ‘Missing People’, released in March, both of which are included on the new EP.
London post-hardcore mob DEALING WITH DAMAGE are back with a new EP and they’re premiering a video for the lead track exclusively with Vive Le Rock today!
‘Lady Day’ is taken from the 3-track digital EP Home Security, which comes hot on the heels of the band’s debut album Ask The Questions, released in February.
‘Lady Day’ explores themes of racism and sexism through the life story of jazz legend Billie Holliday. Says frontman Ed Wenn, “’Lady Day’ points to the suffering of women (and women of colour in particular) by the music industry over the years. Andy [Myers, guitar/vocals] and I took moments from the life of jazz singer Billie Holiday to use as examples of the terrible treatment dished out to her and her peers, but it’s impossible not to be moved by the strength and resilience of someone like Lady Day and so we wrap up the song as something of a celebration of her life and how – despite the tragedy of much of it – her work could be symbolic of the triumph of the human spirit over the racist, sexist, machine that she worked under.”
The quartet, who comprise former members of such semi-legendary bands as Sink, K-Line, Done Lying Down, Jerrybuilt, Stupids and The Scum Children, recorded the EP at No Recording Studio near Rayliegh in Essex with engineer John Hannon (Hundred Reasons, Eight Rounds Rapid). The EP also features ‘Making Plans For Misery’, which casts a stark eye on the use of trade sanctions by the US and EU, and a cover of ‘Dust’ from Texas psychonauts 13th Floor Elevators’ undervalued second album Easter Everywhere.
Home Security is set for release on 15 May through Little Rocket Records, and is available to pre-order here.
Ahead of the release of his new album, due out sometime later this year, JIM BOB, of CARTER USM fame, has unveiled the short-but-totally-on-the-money single, ‘2020 WTF!’.
“I wrote ‘2020 WTF!’ at the end of 2019,” he says. “Back then I made an educated guess that the things that seemed so awful and negative – terrorism, war, knife and gun crime, school shootings, toxic masculinity, polarised opinion on social media, etc – wouldn’t miraculously disappear with the final bongs, fireworks and boogie-woogie piano notes of the New Year.
“So I took a punt and included the song in what will be my new album. I’d always planned on releasing ‘2020 WTF!’ as a single around about now. Little did I know how lacking of a third verse it might end up sounding. How elephanty in the room it is. But the sentiment in the song remains the same. Uplifting and moving songs at difficult times are great. ‘Imagine’ and ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ do their trick just fine. But sometimes what you need is 26 seconds of punk rock discombobulation and despair to scream at the wall.”
One of the more pleasing side-effects of the Covid-19 lockdown is the number of musicians engaging in cross-continental collaboration.
The latest bunch to come together over the ether are international garage-rock supergroup THE SANITIZERS.
Comprising members of various well-known garage bands, they’ve recorded the single ‘SA-NI-TI-ZIN” for Spanish label Folc Records, who are releasing it via Bandcamp to raise much-needed funds for Spanish hospitals. And they’re premiering the cheap’n’cheerful homemade video exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
The Sanitizers comprise Eric Baconstrip from KING SALAMI & THE CUMBERLAND THREE, Dan Criscuolo and Spencer Evoy from MFC CHICKEN, Peter Greenberg and Phil Lenker (BARRENCE WHITFIELD & THE SAVAGES, THE LYRES) and Peter Zaremba (THE FLESHTONES).