DREAMERS PRIMAL SCREAMIN’!

LAST GREAT DREAMERS are back with a brand new video and a string of Winter headline shows.

‘Primitive Man’ is the third single to be taken from their critically lauded fourth album 13th Floor Renegades, following on from ‘No Sunshine’ and the title track.

The dates in December will put a seal on the revitalised power-pop rockers’ most successful year to date, which has seen them play shows in Spain and Norway, a major UK tour and a round of Summer festivals. They’ve also come to the attention of legendary LA DJ Rodney Bingenheimer, whose regular plays on his Underground Garage show on Sirius XM have earned them a US agent. The band are now looking forward to hitting American shores next year.

The December dates kick off with an appearance at the sold out Planet Rockstock festival South Wales and include a London show at the Black Heart in Camden. Full dates are…

Sun 2nd Dec – PORTHCAWL Planet Rock Stock
Fri 7th Dec – BIRMINGHAM Asylum 2
Sat 8th Dec – GLASGOW Nice ‘n’ Sleazy
Sun 9th Dec – SHEFFIELD Corporation
Sat 15th Dec – LONDON Camden Black Heart
Sun 16th Dec – SOUTHAMPTON Heartbreakers

Tickets are available now via their website, where they’re also currently having a merch sale!

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WHOLE LOTTA SHAKIN’!

Guest of honour at this year’s inaugural Vive Le Rock Awards back in March, SHAKIN’ STEVENS has announced a major UK tour for the New Year.

A card-carrying rock’n’roll legend, Shaky will be playing from his coterie of 33 UK hits – including FOUR Number Ones! – as well as fan favourites and a few surprises.

“I’ve been going through my catalogue of songs in preparation for the tour, and re-introducing myself to the many and varied styles of music I’ve recorded during my solo career,” Shaky explains. “From country rock to Cajun, classic rock to Latin, and blues to Americana I’ve had the pleasure of re-discovering the ‘jewels’ from my repertoire that are so well-liked. Of course there’ll be hits and some songs that I haven’t performed live on stage for a decade or two….so some surprises! I’ve also included well-known songs from other artists whose work I admire, together with album tracks and newer songs, bringing it right up to date! I can’t wait to get back on the road and to have a great time with the audiences.”

You can catch Shaky on the following dates….

Fri 1 Mar SALISBURY City Hall
Sat 2 Mar NORTHAMPTON Derngate
Sun 3 Mar CARDIFF St David’s Hall
Tue 5 Mar BIRMINGHAM New Alexandra Theatre
Wed 6 Mar BEXHILL De La Warr Pavilion
Fri 8 Mar BOURNEMOUTH Pavilion
Sat 9 Mar LONDON Cadogan Hall
Mon 11 Mar READING Hexagon
Tue 12 Mar CAMBRIDGE Corn Exchange
Wed 13 Mar BUXTON Opera House
Fri 15 Mar HARROGATE Royal Hall
Sat 16 Mar EDINBURGH Queen’s Hall
Sun 17 Mar GLASGOW City Halls
Tue 19 Mar MANCHESTER Bridgewater Hall
Wed 20 Mar LIVERPOOL Eventim Olympia
Thu 21 Mar MIDDLESBROUGH Town Hall
Sat 23 Mar HULL City Hall
Sun 24 Mar LEEDS Town Hall

Shaky’s latest album Echoes Of Our Times is available now.

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HANTERHIR UNVEIL VIDEO AND DATES!

Fast-rising Cornish psych-rockers HANTERHIR have a new video and single, which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘Hello Sunshine’ is a substantially edited version of the monumental opening track from their widely acclaimed new triple album The Saving Of Cadan, released last month through Easy Action Records. The video is the work of renowned Cornish new wave film director Mawgan Lewis.

The single is available now from iTunes, Amazon and Spotify.

“‘Hello Sunshine’ was the first song we wrote for the album that was originally going to be 10 songs on a 10 inch played by 10 people with only 10 copies printed,” explains band frontman Ben Harris. “Somehow, writing an almost 10 minute song gave us the hint that we were never going to fit all the songs on that format.

“We filmed ‘Hello Sunshine’ with Mawgan from Purple Knif in a 30 degree village hall that my first ever band rehearsed in. It hadn’t changed much, and possibly hadn’t been painted since I was last in there.”

The band are playing a series of dates throughout the late summer and autumn, including a rare London show at The Victoria in Dalston with special guests THE BRAINIAC 5, legends of the 70s Cornish free festival scene.

Full dates are…

20 Sept – The Old Bakery, Truro (w/ Dom Duff)  tickets
28 Sept – Harvest Gathering Festival, Newquay   tickets
21 Oct – The Sussex Arms, Tunbridge Wells
22 Oct – The Victoria, Dalston, London  tickets
23 Oct – The Railway Hotel, Southend on Sea

The Saving Of Cadan is available on triple-vinyl and double-CD here.

Read a new interview with Hanterhir in the latest edition of Louder Than War magazine, out now!

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MICHAEL MONROE FOR MC50 TOUR!

Finnish glam punk legend MICHAEL MONROE has been announced as special guest for November’s MC50 U.K tour.

Fresh from playing to a packed Opera House at Blackpool’s Rebellion festival, Michael is set to bring his high
energy rock’n’roll to this incendiary double bill.

“MC5 have always been one of my favourite bands of all time and one of the most important bands in the history of Rock’n’Roll,” he says. “So it’s a great honour and privilege to be part of Mr. Wayne Kramer’s MC 50 tour. It’s gonna be a real blast of energy, that’s for sure!”

With a brand new album recorded and due for release in 2019,  Michael Monroe and his band join the MC50 at…

10 Nov – Glasgow ABC
11 Nov – Manchester Albert Hall
12 Nov – London Shepherds Bush Empire

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WIN! WIN! WIN! SLIGHTLY STOOPID TICKETS!!!

San Diego reggae-punks SLIGHTLY STOOPID have a new album out and are celebrating with a one-off London gig next month. And Vive Le Rock has two pairs of tickets to give away!!!

Everyday Life, Everyday People, which is out now through Stoopid/Membran, is the band’s ninth studio album features appearances from UB40’s Ali Campbell, Yellowman, G. Love, Sly & Robbie and Don Carlos from Black Uhuru.

Check out the single ‘If You Want It’ featuring Alborosie.

Slightly Stoopid play the O2 Academy, Islington on Thursday 16 August. To be in with a chance of winning one of two pairs of tickets, all you have to do is send an email to info@vivelerock.net with ‘STOOPID’ in the subject box, and the answer to the following question…

The new album by Slightly Stoopid includes a cover version of ‘Legalize It’ with Ali Campbell on vocals.
Which former member of The Wailers wrote and recorded the song for his debut solo album released in
1976?

Good luck!

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WIN! WIN! WIN SUPLA TICKETS!

Brazilian punk sensation SUPLA lands in London for a one-off show next week and Vive Le Rock! has ten pairs of tickets to give away!

A multimedia celebrity in his homeland, Supla has appeared in numerous TV shows and films as well as being a member of punk bands PSYCHO 69 and Side One Dummy signings BROTHERS OF BRAZIL.

His new album Illegal is available now from his website. Check out the video for the title track.

Supla plays the O2 Academy, Islington on Saturday 4 August and we have 10 pair of tickets to give away. To be in with a chance of winning a pair, just send an email to info@vivelerock.net with SUPLA in the subject box with the answer to the following question….

What member of the Monty Python team directed a 1985 film called Brazil?

Closing date is Tuesday 31 July. Good luck!

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KILLING JOKE DRUMMER UNVEILS SOLO RELEASE!

KILLING JOKE drummer BIG PAUL FERGUSON has unveiled a trailer video for a track from his forthcoming solo EP.

‘I Am War’ is the opening track from the 7-track Remote Viewing.

The EP was recorded in collaboration Misson and Spear Of Destiny guitarist Mark Gemini Thwaite and also features contributions from violinist Brainshadow.

The video is the work of artist, photographer and longtime Killing Joke confidant, Mont Sherar, whose photographic history of the band, Twilight Of The Mortals, was published last year.

Set for release on 24 August through Dead Radio Station, Remote Viewing is available to pre-order on download and CD now.

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BAR STOOL PREACHERS UNVEIL NEW VIDEO!

BAR STOOL PREACHERS have just unveiled a video for their new single.

‘Warchief’ is the second single, but first video from a trilogy drawn  from their forthcoming album Grazie Governo, which is set for release digitally on 3 August and physically on 24 August through Pirates Press.

The next video in the trilogy, ‘Grazie Governo’, will be released on 17 July, followed by ‘Choose My Friends'(featuring Aimee Interrupter) on 24 July.

With the band’s marketing team going into overdrive, Grazie Governo will be available in seven different vinyl versions, each including two BIG spraypaint stencils and a digital download.  In addition, three picture flexis have been made to accompany the video trilogy. They’re included in all coloured vinyl copies of the records, and also available at local shops, by mailorder and at various festivals and gigs.

Grazie Governo is available to pre-order digitally from iTunes and Bandcamp, each with four tracks ready to download immediately.

The band have a load of UK and European dates lined up, kicking off in Manchester this Friday and taking in Wonkfest and Rebellion along the way. Catch them at…

13 July – Manchester, UK – The Star And Garter
20 July – Tolpuddle, UK – Tolpuddle Festival
21 July – Taunton, UK – Taunton Live
22 July – Bristol, UK – Skankfest @ The Fleece
28 July – Tufnell Park Dome, UK – Wonkfest
2 Aug – Blackpool, UK – Rebellion Festival
5 Aug – Somerset, UK – Outcider Festival
9 Aug – Winchester, UK – Boomtown Fair
13 Sept – Hamburg, DE – Hafenklang
14 Sept – Prague, CZ – 007
15 Sept – Munich, DE – Backstage

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SHAM BACK FOR UNDERCOVER!

Following the success of last year’s event, SHAM 69 will be returning to headline the Undercover Festival next spring.

The Pursey/Parsons/Tregunna/Guy line-up will be topping the bill on the Saturday night, with SLAUGHTER & THE DOGS and G.B.H. heading up the Friday and Sunday respectively.

Having occupied various locations along the South Coast in previous years, the festival now ups the ante by moving to the big city, relocating to The Dome and accompanying Boston Music Room in North London’s Tufnell Park over the weekend of 26-28 April 2019.

Other acts appearing over the weekend include CHELSEA, THE DEFECTS, XSLF, ED BANGER AND THE NOSEBLEEDS, MENACE, THE RESTARTS, SPUNK VOLCANO & THE ERUPTIONS, 1919, BIG BOY TOMATO, PUSSYCAT & THE DIRTY JOHNSONS, CHARRED HEARTS, EASTFIELD, WITHDOKTORS, EAST TOWN PIRATES, SCREAMING DEAD and many more.

There’s also a buskers stage and aftershow parties ’till 2am on the Friday and Saturday.

Tickets are available now here.

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THE CHILLS ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM!

New Zealand post-punk legends THE CHILLS have announce the release of a new album for the autumn.

Formed in Dunedin in 1980, the band – with a revolving door line-up centred around mainstay Martin Phillipps – were originally signed to the iconic Flying Nun label, going on to make records for Homestead, Creation and Slash and enjoying international success as standard-bearers for ‘the Dunedin sound’.

Fraught with illness, death and addiction problems, the band entered a lengthy period of hiatus from the late 90s , but with Phillipps receiving effective treatment for Hepatitis C, the band returned with a new album, Silver Bullets, in 2015.

With interest rekindled thanks in part to an expanded reissue of their classic Kaleidoscope World compilation, The Chills are set to release Snow Bound on 14 December through Fire, accompanied by a major tour of their homeland.

Described by Phillipps as… “Hopefully a kind of Carole King ‘Tapestry’ for ageing punks,” Snow Bound is available to pre-order here.

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RUTS DC: THE CRACK AT 40!

THE RUTS DC have announced a major tour for the New Year, celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the classic album The Crack.

The tour takes in 17 dates across the UK and Ireland during February and March, including a London show at Shepherds Bush Empire. Support at all shows comes from THE PROFESSIONALS.

Coming together in the West London district of Southall in 1977, The Ruts sound fundamentally fused rabble-rousing punk with the dub-reggae influence of their surroundings. Their classic debut single ‘In A Rut’ was released at the start of 1979 on People Unite Records, the label owned by friends and neighbours MISTY IN ROOTS.

Their pioneering debut album The Crack was released on Virgin that autumn and is rightly regarded as one of the most important releases of the immediate post-punk – and indeed punk – era. Driven by a string of hit singles in ‘Babylon’ Burning’, ‘Something That I said’ and the reggae-fuelled ‘Jah War’, The Ruts were poised for major international success, only for their plans to be disrupted by the sudden death of charismatic frontman Malcolm Owen from a heroin overdose in July 1980.

Having played a benefit for guitarist Paul Fox, who was suffering from terminal cancer, in 2007, with Henry Rollins taking Owen’s role, surviving members Segs Jennings and Dave Ruffy decided to continue with The Ruts DC, recruiting guitarist Leigh Hegarty for the critically acclaimed album Music Must Destroy in 2016.

Celebrating the released of The Crack in 2019, the band will be performing the album live onstage in its entirety for the very first time, and in doing so will be paying tribute to Owen and Fox.

“It’s always been important to us to be a current and forward-thinking band, releasing and playing new material whilst being proud of our past,” states Segs. “A milestone to many, The Crack is an important piece of work to us too. We now feel ready to celebrate where we came from.”

“Making The Crack was a real game changer for me,” continues Ruffy. “The Ruts were a band that were greater than the sum of their parts and wrote music inspired by everything we had ever heard. It’s a piece of work that I am immensely proud to have been a part of. Now forty years on we will be playing the album in its entirety, it’s quite a challenge as some of the songs have not been played since 1980! Our legacy is large, and we are and will continue working hard to make this a great show.”

Full dates are as follows…

11th Feb Phoenix Exeter
12th Feb Concorde 2 Brighton
13th Feb O2 Ritz Manchester
15th Feb 02 Institute 2 Birmingham
16th Feb 02 Academy 2 Sheffield
17th Feb The Junction Cambridge
18th Feb 02 Academy Oxford
20th Feb Waterfront Norwich
21st Feb Riverside Newcastle
22nd Feb Garage Glasgow
23rd Feb Tunnels Aberdeen
24th Feb Liquid Rooms Edinburgh
26th Feb Rescue Rooms Nottingham
27th Feb SWX Bristol
28th Feb O2 Shepherds Bush Empire London
2nd Mar Button Factory Dublin, IE
3rd Mar Limelight Belfast

Tickets go on sale at gigsandtours.com and ticketmaster.co.uk on Friday 29 June.

Check out The Ruts playing ‘Jah War’ live in Paris….

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PSYCHEDELIC FURS REISSUE VINYL ALBUMS!

THE PSYCHEDELIC FURS are to have their original albums reissued on heavyweight vinyl next month.

The band have been enjoying a period of renewed activity recently, including a Singles Tour of the UK last September, and culminating in a sold-out performance this month at London’s Royal Festival Hall as part of Robert Smith’s Meltdown Festival.

Formed in South London in 1977 around Surrey siblings Richard and Tim Butler, the Furs released seven albums between 1980 and 1991. Signing to CBS, the band’s self-titled debut was followed a year later by Talk Talk Talk, spawning the classic singles ‘Pretty In Pink’ and ‘Dumb Waiters’.

The Todd Rundgren-produced Forever Now saw a move toward a slicker sound and US success with the single ‘Love My Way’, while 1984’s Mirror Moves yielded more hits in ‘Heaven’ and ‘The Ghost In You’ as well as anticipating the rise in dance music with ‘Heartbeat’.

The band’s career peaked in 1987 with the album Midnight To Midnight following on from the success of  John Hughes’ Furs-inspired movie Pretty In Pink, with the band headlining that year’s Glastonbury Festival.

Original drummer Vince Ely returned for 1989’s Book Of Days, which saw a return to the edgier post-punk sound of the early 80s, before the band switched labels to East/West and revamped their line-up once more for 1991’s World Outside.

Pressed on 180gm vinyl and packaged in replicas of the original sleeves, the albums are set for release on 27 July through Sony Legacy and are available to pre-order here.

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GANG OF FOUR UNVEIL NEW VIDEO!

GANG OF FOUR have just revealed a new video for the track ‘Lucky’ from their Complicit EP, which came out this Spring.

The claustrophobic clip by filmmaker Pete Cannon is a homage to the Italian neo-realist cinema of the 1950s.

Speaking about ‘Lucky’, guitarist Andy Gill explains, “It’s about how luck defines more than we imagine. You might think of the words from Macbeth concerning life being an hour upon the stage where the walking shadow struts and frets but can change nothing. A parallel idea is that luck may have as much impact on the course of a life than anything an individual does. As in Sartre’s ‘les jeux sont faits’, action, truth, morality will always play second fiddle to luck.”

The band have revealed that a new full-length Gang Of Four album, the follow up to 2015’s What Happens Next, is set for September release.

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JIM JONES ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM!

JIM JONES & THE RIGHTEOUS MIND have set the wheels in motion for their new album.

CollectiV is the follow-up to last year’s debut Super Natural and is scheduled for release in October.

The rabble-rousing band are inviting fans to get together and get involved by joining The CollectiV – an organisation that will see the group and their admirers become their own record label.

Jim Jones & The Righteous Mind have elected to reject what they see as the outmoded business model of the old music industry. In its place will be greater sense of unity between the band and their followers.

“I don’t like those barriers they have at concerts that puts the distance between the stage and the crowd,” says Jones. “It makes it like it’s a separate thing and it’s not; the whole point is to channel each other’s energies and make that direct contact.”

He continues: “If you can lift someone out of their mundane day and make them feel as if there’s something better, or we can go a little bit higher and that, hey, you’re not on your own .. we can make that connection.
That’s what it’s all about – that connection!

“And then you realise that the same is true of your recorded work. Why have that barrier and mechanism of middlemen and the record industry people telling you what you can and can’t do, when it makes perfect sense for our fans to be our record label? Together we can do this!”

Using Kickstarter, members of The CollectiV will receive delivery of the new album ahead of its release date. Exclusive membership items will also be available.

From Thee Hypnotics and Black Moses through to the Jim Jones Revue and The Righteous Mind, Jim Jones has dedicated his life to making exciting, passionate rock ‘n’ roll music. Playing from the heart and shooting from the hip, Jim remains an elemental, innovative force in rock ‘n’ roll.

This is the next step of an incredible journey and you’re invited to be part of The CollectiV.

Sign up here today!

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FILAMENTS UNVEIL NEW TRACK!

Essex punks THE FILAMENTS have just unveiled a track from their forthcoming new album ahead of a London launch party this week.

‘Rip-Off World’ is taken from Look To The Skies, which is out through Pirates Press on Friday 15 June. The following day they wet the baby’s head with a launch party at The Underworld in Camden , with support from LION’S LAW, KNUCKLEDUST, THE RESTARTS and NASTY BASTARD. Get tickets here.

The Chelmsford sextet have more dates lined up throughout the year, including shows in The Netherlands and Frnce. Full dates are…

16/06/2018 – London, UK – Underworld Camden (Record release show)
04/08/2018 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Rebellion Festival
09/08/2018 – Bristol, UK – Boomtown Festival
14/09/2018 – Derby, UK – Hairy Dog
06/10/2018 – Rennes, France – The Bobbleshop Rennes

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30 DAMAGED YEARS!

Internationally renowned East London garage-punk label DAMAGED GOODS RECORDS are celebrating their 30th Anniversary this year!

And to mark the occasion, they’re having a very special 30th Anniversary Singles Club.

The label invited some of their favourite bands to record cover versions of their favourite singles. They even asked them to do the original B-sides! The seven bands that stepped up to the plate were CYANIDE PILLS, GIUDA, JOHNNY MOPED, HARD SKIN, THE SHADRACKS, GRAHAM DAY & THE FOREFATHERS and WILD BILLY CHILDISH.

Housed in sleeves that pay homage to the originals, the singles will be pressed on coloured vinyl in limited editions of 250 copies and will be posted out two at a time, with “something nice in with the last one”.

The singles will not be available digitally, but will be made available on black vinyl a few weeks later.

Membership of the club is £70 and is available here.

The label will also be hosting a special 30th Anniversary gig on Thursday 6 September at the Music Machine in London (otherwise known as KOKO in Camden), featuring Wild Billy Childish & CTMF plus Johnny Moped and The Shadracks. Tickets priced £15 are available here.

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GROOVING IN GREEN!

Legendary French folk-punks LES NEGRESSES VERTES have announced a handful of UK dates this Autumn.

The three shows form the UK leg of a major tour celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the band’s classic debut album Mlah!

Formed in Paris in 1987, Les Negresses Vertes made their mark in the UK off the back of their infectious debut album and an appearance at the 1989 Reading Festival, which saw them hailed as the French equivalent of The Pogues. After a second album Famille Nombreuse for Virgin in 1991, however, their career was derailed by the sudden death of charismatic frontman Helno from a heroin overdose in January 1993. The band eventually regrouped around founding members Stefane Mellino, Mathias Canavese and Jean-Marie Paulus, continuing in an increasingly dub/lounge vein but always a riveting live act.

Catch Les Negresses Vertes live at…

Tue 25 Sept – LONDON O2 Academy Islington tickets
Wed 26 Sept – MANCHESTER Band on the Wall  tickets
Thu 27 Sept – GLASGOW O2 ABC2 tickets

Check out ‘Zobi La Mouche’ from Mlah!

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DADDY LONG LEGS BRING THE SOUL!

NYC punk-blues trio DADDY LONG LEGS are back in the UK this week for a tour with a difference.

The Norton Records artists are going to be touring with NYC raw soul DJ Jonathan Toubin’s New York Night Train/ Soul Clap & Dance Off.

These two entities first hooked up at clubs and warehouse parties towards the end of the last decade. With Daddy Longs’ albums and Toubin’s Souvenir’s Of The Soul Clap compilations both appearing on Norton, the label’s much loved and now sadly late lamented boss Billy Miller suggested they take the party on the road.

Thanks to Punk Rock Blues, for the first time this will be happening across the UK. Catch them from Friday at…

Fri 1 June  Lewes – The Con Club
Sat 2 June  Euston, Suffolk – Red Rooster Festival
Sun 3 June  Southend – The Railway Hotel
Wed 6 June  Glasgow – Broadcast
Thrs 7 June  Newcastle – The Cluny
Fri 8 June  Leeds – The Brudenell Social Club
Sat 9 June  London – The 100 Club

Get your tickets here…  And don’t forget your dancin’ shoes!

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