In the latest edition of Vive Le Rock, we tell the story of legendary pioneering indie label Chiswick Records. To soundtrack your reading, we’ve handpicked 12 classic tracks from the Chiswick vault. Enjoy…
THE COUNT BISHOPS – I WANTY CANDY
RADIO STARS – RUSSIANS
GORILLAS – SHE’S MY GAL
THE NIPS – GABRIELLE
WHIRLWIND – BOPPIN’ HIGH SCHOOL BABY
RADIATORS FROM SPACE – SONG OF THE FAITHFUL DEPARTED
SNIFF ‘N’ THE TEARS – DRIVER’S SEAT
LITTLE BOB STORY – RIOT IN TOULOUSE
THE DAMNED – LOVE SONG
DR FEELGOOD – SUGAR BOWL
THE 101ERS – KEYS TO YOUR HEART
MOTORHEAD – MOTORHEAD
Read the full story of Chiswick Records in the latest edition of Vive Le Rock!
DESPERATE MEASURES head out on tour this week in support of their brand new mini-album.
The six-track mini-album Rinsed has just been released through Easy Action Records to a swathe of rave reviews. And following a ball-tearing performance at HRH Punk last week, the band are ready to take the album cross-country in the company of THE PROFESSIONALS, who’ve just released their new album SNAFU.
The tour kicks off at Tunbridge Wells Forum on Wednesday 13 October, winding all the way through to Chester Live Rooms on the 28th, including a stop at London’s Garage on the 24th (full dates below).
“We can’t wait to get out there and play our new songs from our ‘Rinsed’ album,” states frontman Eugene Butcher. “Plus, we will be rocking out with Cookie and the Professionals every night! Bring it on!”
Veteran post-punks the BAND OF HOLY JOY play a one-off London date this week in support of their latest album.
Formed back in 1984 on the New Cross squat scene, the Band, still fronted by the charismatic Johny Brown, have enjoyed a particularly prolific period over the past decade, seeing the release of their most recent album Dreams Take Flight in June.
The Band return to the London stage this Thursday 7 October at Powerhaus (formerly Dingwalls) in Camden.
They’ll be joined by extra-special guests, recently rejuvenated proto-punk legends THE DOCTORS OF MADNESS, plus VAGRANT LOVERS and I SEE ISLANDS.
Undersung Aussie rockers SWEDISH MAGAZINES have announced their return with a new ‘Best of…’ anthology.
Formed by Tasmanian brothers Van and Cal Walker, Swedish Magazines came bursting out of Melbourne in the mid-Noughties with their high energy rock’n’roll. Following in the wake of the likes of Hoss and Powder Monkeys and taking their name from Iggy Pop’s ‘Five Foot One’, they managed one album, the explosive Eat More Baby, before exploding themselves.
As prolific songwriter Van focused on a solo career, a brief Mags reunion in 2011 yielded a second album Wino Havoc with its anthemic opener ‘Bottles & Barstools’ before the band went their separate ways again turning up in such bands as The Livingstone Daisies, Heartbrokers and Tyrannamen.
With Van having just released his first album in a decade, the successful lockdown release Ghosting, the Mags are back for another turn of the page with a new deal with Melbourne’s Rubber label and the compilation I wish Life Could Be…
Set for release on 10-track vinyl and 15-track CD on 19 November, I Wish Life Could Be… is available to pre-order here.
Piano-playing Yorkshire songwriter CAROL HODGE has unveiled another video from her new album.
‘The Moan Of A Thousand Years’ is taken from The Crippling Space Between, which is out today.
Accompanied a video by renowned videographer Ash Pears, ‘The Moan Of A Thousand Years’ and the album it comes from find Hodge reflecting on the turmoil of the last eighteen months. It’s not all doom and gloom though, her lyrics frequently couched in irony and humour with emotive piano numbers rubbing up against rousing, uplifting indie rock as indicated by the single.
“If you’ve felt lost, hopeless and despondent, this album is for you,” says Carol. “If you’ve raged, kicked and screamed in the face of adversity, this album is for you. If you’ve felt desperate, voiceless and teetered on the brink, depressed with a cherry on top, then this album is for you. These songs are both my personal catharsis, and the collective sigh of nation, put through the wringer and pulled out with a forced grin and a deep sense of self-deprecation.”
Perhaps best known as piano-player and collaborator with Steve Ignorant, Carol was born with a rare condition called cleft type symbrachydactyly, which means Carol has just two fingers on her left hand, but this hasn’t stopped her building an impressive CV which has seen her work with the likes of Ginger Wildheart, The Membranes, Headsticks and Texan songwriter Ryan Hamilton.
Hodge’s third album, released through her own Midnight Stamp label, The Crippling Space Between is available here.
Chicago punk pioneers NAKED RAYGUN have announced the release of their first new album in more than three decades.
Over The Overlords is the band’s first new album since 1990’s Raygun… Naked Raygun. It’s also their final Naked Raygun album to feature longtime bassist Pierre Kezdy, who passed away from cancer in October last year.
First formed in 1980, Naked Raygun released five albums before splitting in 1991. Reuniting for a one-off reunion show in 1997, they came back more permanently in 2006 following a performance at Chicago’s Riot Fest.
Over The Overlords is out through Audioplatter via Plastic Head on 15 October. It’s available to pre-order here
Berlin rockers MÄSH have just released their debut album for Wanda Records.
The five-piece band (don’t let the pic mislead you!) don’t like to give too much away about themselves, but as far as we can tell formed in 2018, ploughing a similar beltloop-challenging bootboy-glam furrow to the likes of Giuda and Faz Waltz. Since then they’ve released a very fine pair of 7-inchers for Wanda (also responsible for releases by Los Pepes, Guitar Gangsters and Cyanide Pills) and one for Spanish label Snap!
Their self-titled 11-tracker is available now on limited edition red vinyl, regular black and download from Bandcamp.
Long-serving French punks BURNING HEADS are back with an album of covers.
As the title implies, Under Their Influence features versions of songs by bands that have left their mark on the Orléans mob over the past three-and-a-bit decades.
The idea for the project came at the start of 2020 following the departure of frontman Pit Samprass and the return of original guitarist Philippe Agogué. The band recorded nineteen tracks instrumentally then invited nineteen singers from the cream of France’s punk and indie scene to add their vocals.
The album finds the band tearing through tracks by The Clash, UK Subs, Naked Raygun, Descendents, Bad Religion, Dag Nasty, Pennywise, Bad Brains, Hard-Ons, DI, The Lambrettas(!), Adolescents and more, handled by singers from the likes of Sixpack, Off Models, Lion’s Law, Flying Donuts, Speed Jesus, King Phantom, The Mercenaries, Not Scientists and Eternal Youth, whose frontman Fra later got the fulltime gig with the Heads.
Originally released digitally last year through Bandcamp, Under Their Influence is now available as a 12″ LP + 7″ edition and on a 19-track CD. Both formats are available now from Nineteen Something Records.
Check out Burning Heads covering Adhesive’s ‘Uphill Struggle’…
British blues-rock legends THE GROUNDHOGS are to have a new archive triple live album released this Autumn.
Formed in the early 60s, and fronted by guitarist Tony McPhee, the band participated in the British blues boom, backing visiting US artists such as John Lee Hooker and Champion Jack Dupree. By the early 70s they were one of the hottest UK bands around, spiking their heavy blues rock with complex, questioning lyrics, mindblowing FX and primitive electronica. Hugely influential, they impacted on post-punk, grunge and alt-rock with the likes of Captain Sensible, Julian Cope and Pavement’s Stephen Malkmus all singing their praises.
Road Hogs: Live From Richmond to Pocono features previously unreleased material drawn from 1969 and 1972 – peak ‘Hogs! – taken from shows at the Richmond Athletic Ground (supporting Free) and at Pocono Raceway, Pennsylvania – the final show by the classic McPhee, Ken Pustelnik and Pete Cruickshank line-up of the band.
Available on triple vinyl (with bumper sticker and poster) and 2xCD through Fire Records from 5 November, Road Hogs is available to pre-order here.
Fire are also reissuing the band’s classic 1972 album Who Will Save The World? The Mighty Groundhogs on 15 October. Pre-order that here.
Italian garage-punks SLOKS are back with a brand new video.
The urgent, impulsive and mildly deranged ‘No Makeup’ is taken from the Turin trio’s new album A Knife In Your Hand which is out on 3 September through Voodoo Rhythm.
Formed in 2015, Sloks have toured feverishly all over mainland Europe with the likes of Jon Spencer & The Hitmakers, Oblivians and Powersolo. Releasing their acclaimed debut album in 2018, the following year they toured Japan, making enough impact to be invited to participate in Guitarwolf’s (livestreamed) Shimane Jet Fest in September 2020 alongside the likes of New Bomb Turks, Joan Jett, The 5678s, Teengenerate and others.
In the same month, they headed into Swampland Studio in Toulouse with French punk legend Lo Spider in the producer’s chair to make A Knife In Your Hand.
Long-lost Birmingham post-punk band THE HAWKS premiere a rare archive video exclusively with Vive Le Rock! ahead of the release of their album at the end of the month.
Lauded during their brief existence and accruing semi-legendary status over the years, The Hawks were formed out of the ashes of seminal Birmingham garage band TV EYE along with former pre-fame members of DURAN DURAN, carving out a savage reputation on the city’s club scene and releasing one single and recording several cassette EPs over three years.
With the band splitting by the end of ’81, the cassettes had languished for decades, with guitarist Dave Kusworth (who in the interim had found success with Dogs D’Amour, The Jacobites and others) petitioning the band’s singer/songwriter Stephen Duffy (former Duran Duran frontman, Lilac Time founder and the tapes’ custodian) to make the songs available.
Following Kusworth’s sudden passing in September 2020, Duffy moved to make the release a reality in tribute to his friend. Restored to the best condition possible by Grammy-winning LA-based producer/engineer John Paterno, the tracks are now to be released on the album Obviously 5 Believers (the band’s original name) through Seventeen Records and Easy Action.
“We didn’t make demo’s, blue prints for future single or albums, we played live and I sang over the top, just to see what we sounded like,” says Duffy today. “These are like field recordings from a much simpler time. Simple in that we had no lust for fame and fortune, we had no manifestos beyond our fringes. We wanted to sign to a small label and play some shows but somehow we couldn’t fulfil even those modest ambitions.”
The video features the song ‘Bullfighter’, originally earmarked as the band’s second single…
Set for release on 27 August, the 10-track Obviously 5 Believers is available on limited edition vinyl here and CD here.
Folk-punks FEROCIOUS DOG have a new single out today and they’re premiering the video exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
‘Broken Soldier’ is the second single to be taken from the Nottinghamshire band’s forthcoming new album The Hope, and is intended to raise funds for and awareness of the UK charity Combat Stress, helping former servicemen and women with mental health problems, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety and depression.
“Having worked closely with Combat Stress for many years since the loss of our son Lee and setting up the Lee Bonsall Memorial fund to raise awareness of PTSD, our aim with the ‘Broken Soldier’ song and video is to raise more awareness around veterans suffering from PTSD and hopefully help them to reach out to Combat Stress for help,” explains frontman Ken Bonsall. “After losing Lee and setting up his Memorial Fund, our ambition was that if we could save one veteran or family from going through the pain and heartache we suffered, then we would have achieved our goal.”
“On behalf of Combat Stress and the veterans that seek our unique and vital help we would like to say thank you to Ken and Karen, their family and friends, the band Ferocious Dog and the Lee Bonsall Memorial Fund,” says the charity’s Director of Fundraising, Robert Marsh. “Their incredibly generous support over the last six years will have helped many, many veterans struggling with mental health problems. We very much hope that ‘Broken Soldier’ is a huge success and the awareness generated will encourage other veterans to seek help and not suffer in silence and that it’s OK not to be OK.”
The lyrics to ‘Broken Soldier’ were written by Ken’s good friend Andrew Hawkins, who knew Lee, and the band hope the song and video will help veterans suffering from PTSD to come forward and get the help they need.
Ferocious Dog are donating £5,000 via the Lee Bonsall Memorial Fund and encourage fans to donate here.
‘Broken Soldier’ is available to stream/download here.
Set to be released on 15 October through Graphite Records, The Hope is available to pre-order here.
As previously announced, Ferocious Dog head out on tour in support of the album throughout the Autumn. Full dates are…
October Fri 8th O2 Academy 2 Liverpool Sat 9th Marine Hall Fleetwood Fri 15th Old Fire Station Bournemouth Sat 16th Chalk Brighton Sun 17th The Venue Derby Mon 18th Old Cold Store Nottingham Tue 19th Nightrain Bradford Wed 20th O2 Academy 3 Manchester Thu 21st Nell’s London Fri 22nd O2 Academy 2 Oxford Sat 23rd Waterfront Norwich Thu 28th The Globe Cardiff Fri 29th O2 Academy Leicester Sat 30th Esquires Bedford November Fri 5th O2 Academy 2 Newcastle Sat 6th La Belle Angele Edinburgh Fri 12th Ropetackle Arts Shoreham-On Sea Sat 13th The Forum Tunbridge Wells Thu 18th Cheese & Grain Frome Sat 20th Exeter Phoenix Exeter Sun 21st Guildhall Gloucester Fri 26th KK’s Steel Mill Wolverhampton Sat 27th Picturedome Holmfrith December Sat 4th Leadmill Sheffield
Hi-NRG action rockers IRON LIZARDS have just dropped their first single from their forthcoming debut album.
The aptly-titled ‘It’s About Time’ is their first release for Swedish label The Sign and comes a full five years after their debut EP. It’s taken from the album Hungry For Action which is out on 17 September.
The Parisian trio formed in 2015, citing the traditional influence of the Stooges and the MC5 plus later bands such as Minor Threat, Gang Green, Hellacopters and New Bomb Turks. On the road they’ve been in good company with the likes of Get Dead, Zeke, Mammoth Mammoth, Sonic Wolves and The Hip Priests.
‘It’s About Time’ is available to stream/download here.
Fast-rising Yorkshire rockabilly and roots roustabouts THE BURNER BAND have a new video which they’re premiering with Vive Le Rock!
‘Blues Came In’ is the first single to be taken from the Leeds outfit’s debut album Signs And Wonders, which is due out in September.
Singer/guitarist Lewis Burner has been treading the boards for a while, with the likes of Bob Log III, The Legendary Shack Shakers and at the Strummercamp festival, releasing two solo albums before hooking up with singer and double-bassist Ian.
On Signs And Wonders they mix bluegrass and rock’n’roll with a punk attitude and lyrics that reflect on everything from mental health issues to the dedication shown by the people of Liverpool in eradicating the Sun newspaper from its environs.
“This is a song we wrote together about living dangerously and then getting walloped by the blues,” says Lewis about the video. “We filmed it in the Rodley Social Club because I really like pubs and this is one where I grew up in Leeds. Plus, they let us, so thanks! It would have been much funnier and better had we had more talent available. The telecaster you hear was £250,000 but came with a free house.”
Due out on 3 September through Shed Load Records, Signs And Wonders is available to pre-order and vinyl here and on CD and download here.
The Burner Band head out on a tour this Autumn with fellow Yorkshireman, renowned singer/guitarist/skater Serious Sam Barrett, kicking off with a joint album launch show at Leeds’ Brudenell Social club on 17 September – tickets. Before that they have a handful of dates on their own. Full dates are…
Sun 1 Aug – Deer Shed Festival, Thirsk Sat 28 Aug – Caroline Club, Shipley (afternoon, Lewis solo) Sun 29 Aug – Preston * Fri 3 Sept – Calder Vale Hotel, Horbury* Sun 5 Sept – Bradford Underground (Lewis solo) Sat 11 Sept – Armley Festival Fri 17 Sept – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds (album launch gig)* Sat 18 Sept – The Swan, Addingham* Fri 24 Sept – Paradise Tap N Taco, Harrogate* Sun 26 Sept – The Swinging Arm, Birkenhead* Fri 1 Oct – Dorothy Pax, Sheffield* Sat 2 Oct – What’s Cookin’, London* Sun 3 Oct – Beak Brewery HQ, Lewes* Fri 8 Oct – Village Hall, Terrington (LIAMS Club)* Sat 9 Oct – Constitutional Club, Farsley* Fri 15 Oct – Labour Rooms, Otley*
THE PROFESSIONALS have announced a string of summer dates ahead of the release of their new album.
The Pretty Vaccinated Tour will comprise five UK shows at the end of August, including the band’s appearance at the Stone Valley Festival near Newark on 28 August.
The dates are in addition to the band’s already announced October tour with DESPERATE MEASURES in support of their new album SNAFU, which is out on 24 September.
“Getting out to there to play and see you lovely people has seemed like an unrealistic fantasy for too long,” they say. “Our fingers are crossed for our album launch tour this October. Please don’t let it go tits up again! So, in the meantime, our marvellous agent has managed to grab us a string of gigs around a festival show on the Saturday. Yes, they’re not our usual haunts, we had to avoid October locations, but we truly can’t wait to make some noise and get amongst the people. We’ve been working on the new album. That’s kept us sane through mad times. You’ll get to hear it in October. Before then though, let’s get together to blow away the cobwebs of covid.”
Full tour dates are…
August – The Pretty Vaccinated tour 25th Wed St Albans, The Horn 26th Thu Bridgwater, Cobblestones 27th Fri Southend, The Cricketer’s 28th Sat Newark, Stone Valley Festival 29th Sun Guildford, Boiler Room
October – SNAFU tour 13th Wed Tunbridge Wells, Forum 14th Thu Oxford, o2 Academy 15th Fri Swansea, Sin City 16th Sat Manchester, Factory 18th Mon Glasgow, King Tuts 19th Tue Newcastle, The Cluny 20th Wed Nottingham, Bodega 21st Thu Birmingham, Castle Falcon 22nd Fri Liverpool, EBGB’s 24th Sun London, The Garage 25th Mon Bristol, The Exchange 26th Tue Leeds, Brudenell Social 27th Wed Milton Keynes, Craufurd Arms 28th Thu Chester, Live Rooms
Tickets for all shows are available from the band’s website.
Desperate Measures’ new single ‘Flowers At Your Door’ is out on 26 July through Easy Action.
Rat Scabies has been reunited with producer Nick Lowe for the first time since the recording of The Damned’s classic debut album in 1976.
Lowe produced the band’s debut single ‘New Rose’ followed by the album Damned Damned Damned, widely accepted as the first ever UK punk single and album.
The pair came together last weekend on a session by The Spammed, the charity band that Scabies plays in alongside Specials bassist Horace Panter, musician and actor Micko Westmoreland, ex-Banshees and Specimen guitarist Jon Klein, Terry Edwards of Gallon Drunk and NJE fame and comic actor Kevin Eldon.
Lowe was called in to produce the band on a version of his own classic song ‘(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love And Understanding’, which first appeared as a single by Lowe’s pub-rock pioneers Brinsley Schwarz in 1974.
With recording taking place at Dire Straits guitarist Mark Knopfler’s British Grove Studio – with studio time generously donated by Knopfler for the purpose – the track will feature on Viva -Songs Of Freedom, a new compilation released in the New Year by the Specialized Project, to raise funds for the Teenage Cancer Trust.
“I suppose I have never been able to afford working with Nick since”, quipped Scabies.
On recording the song, Lowe commented, “It’s a good song which has been covered so many times over the years, I now scarcely feel I had anything to do with it. I was flattered to be invited and very pleased for an opportunity to get out of the house and spend time in the stimulating company of similarly under-employed musicians.”
RICH RAGANY AND THE DIGRESSIONS have unveiled another new single from their new album.
‘Sometimes We Can Hear The Voices’ is taken from the band’s second album Beyond Nostalgia & Heartache which is out now and follows on from the band’s debut album Like We’ll Never Make It, released in 2019.
“This song is written from the perspective of someone who is leaving a home or situation in which they had suffered abuse,” explains Rich. “I wanted the mood to be very cinematic from the get-go and really uplifting and euphoric in the chorus, giving it the feel of freedom from that place. To show that, yes, even though those voices can still haunt you, you are free now.
“The title came from conversations about my experiences with all this and how I kinda find myself fighting those memories and [guitarist] Gaff said, ‘Yeah man… sometimes we can hear the voices…’ That conversation… the friendship and understanding in it, made me grab the guitar as soon as I could and write the song.”
The video for the single, which catches the band in thoroughly relaxed mode on a London rooftop, was directed, edited and shot by Craig Temple of Racketeer Pictures.
Beyond Nostalgia & Heartache is out now through Story Highway Records and is available here.