STRIKES ALIVE!

Southend folk-punk legends THE LUCKY STRIKES issue a new live album today through Harbour Song Records.

Recorded in August at a rare hometown show, the thirteen tracks on the cunningly-titled Live were honed on the road during a decade-long career that’s taken in thousands of miles across the UK and Europe and four studio albums.

The Lucky Strikes, who recently headlined a sell-out show at London’s Jazz Cafe, are set to release their fifth studio album in 2016, with a UK Tour to coincide. Meanwhile, frontman M G Boulter issues a new solo album in January.

You can get Live here.

Check out the video for ‘New Avalon’ here.

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THE PARKINSONS BACK FROM NOWHERE!

Fifteen years after they first took to the streets of London, THE PARKINSONS are reuniting for two shows in December in celebration of a new documentary movie.

Directed and produced by Caroline Richards, A Long Way To Nowhere gets its world premiere on Monday 14 December at London’s Prince Charles Cinema. Get tickets! The screening will be followed by an after-party at the St Moritz Club in Wardour Street.

Before that though, the reunited band play dates in London and Brighton at….

Fri 11 Dec       The Finsbury, Manor House, London

Sat 12 Dec      Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar, Brighton

The Parkinsons formed when singer Afonso, guitarist Victor, and bassist Pedro relocated form their hometown of Coimbra, Portugal to London, in search of adventure, teaming up with Scottish drummer Chris Low. Sometimes compared to THE STOOGES, the band gained a reputation for chaos and nudity. Unravelling from 2003 onwards, the band reunited in Coimbra in 2011.

Watch a teaser for A Long Way To Nowhere here.

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PENETRATION EXCLUSIVE VIDEO PREMIERE!

PENETRATION are premiering this brand new video for the track ‘Beat Goes On’ exclusively with Vive Le Rock today!

It’s taken from the original ’77 punks’ new album Resolution, their first new album since 1979, which is out on 9 October. You can pre-order it here.

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Penetration are playing the following dates in support of the release….

16.10.15         WHITLEY BAY  Playhouse
23.10.15         DERBY  Hairy Dog
24.10.15         LONDON  Garage
Get tour tickets here.

 

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BOMBERS OVER BIRMINGHAM!

Birmingham garage rockers BLACK BOMBERS play a double-header with their East Midlands oppos THE HIP PRIESTS at the city’s Wagon & Horses pub in Adderley St, Digbeth on Saturday 3 October. Support comes from THE DREGS – that’s three great, greasy bands, and all yours for a Lady Godiva!

Bombers’ bassist Darren Birch has just returned from a UK tour backing HEARTBREAKERS guitarist WALTER LURE alongside his former colleagues from 90s Brum legends GUNFIRE DANCE.

Black Bombers are currently putting the finishing touches to their new album, which will be out in the new year. Meanwhile their 7” single ‘Crazy’ b/w ‘That Kind’ is available now from Easy Action.

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THE HIP PRIESTS’ latest album is Black Denim Blitz and you can order it here.

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FEAR CONFIRMED FOR REBELLION!

It’s just been confirmed that legendary LA punks FEAR will be playing REBELLION next year in what will be their first ever UK show!

Led by charismatic frontman Lee Ving, FEAR were formed in 1977 and went on to become massively influential to a generation of US punk bands and appearing in Penelope Spheeris’ classic doc The Decline Of Western Civilization.

Also confirmed for next year’s festival are THE DAMNED, THE EXPLOITED, UK SUBS, SLAUGHTER & THE DOGS, COCKNEY REJECTS, HAGAR THE WOMB, COCK SPARRER, THE OUTCASTS, INFA RIOT, THE DICKIES, DISCHARGE, GBH, DICTATORS NYC and loads more….

Celebrating its 20th Anniversary in 2016, Rebellion takes place from 4 to 7 August at Blackpool Winter Gardens. Get your tickets here.

Watch a clip of FEAR on Saturday Night Live.

 

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ANTI-FLAG’S PAINFUL VIDEO!

Pittsburgh punks ANTI-FLAG have unveiled a brand new video for the track ‘All Of The Poison, All Of The Pain’, taken from their current album American Spring which was released this Summer.

Shot by Russian director Maxim Frolov, it was filmed on tour in Belgium, Austria and Hungary.

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Anti-Flag are currently touring Australia with PENNYWISE, but as previously announced, they’ll be back in the UK in October for a run of dates, with support from RED CITY RADIO, TROPHY EYES and THE HOMELESS GOSPEL CHOIR. Dates are as follows….

18 Oct – London, Alexandra Palace (Vans Warped Tour)
20 Oct – Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
21 Oct – Birmingham, Institute
22 Oct – Sheffield, Corporation
23 Oct – Newcastle, Riverside
24 Oct – Glasgow, Classic Grand
25 Oct – Manchester, Sound Control

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STIFF LITTLE FINGERS KNUCKLE DOWN TO ANOTHER TOUR!

Never a band to sit and twiddle their thumbs, STIFF LITTLE FINGERS are back on the road in the New Year with a full UK tour.

And as 17 March will mark the 25th Anniversary of their historic annual St Patrick’s Day shows at Glasgow Barrowland Ballroom, the band will return to the venue for the recording of a live album and DVD. They’ve launched a Pledge campaign to fund the release, which you can subscribe to here.

The band, whose fan-funded No Going Back album hit No 1 on the UK Rock Album Chart last year, play the following dates….

Thurs 25 Feb                        Oxford, o2 Academy UK

Fri 26 Feb                             Portsmouth, Pyramid UK

Sat 27 Feb                            Exeter, Phoenix UK

Sun 28 Feb                          Cardiff, University (SOLUS) UK

Tues 1 march                      Bilston, Robin 2 UK

Wed 2 March                   Leamington Spa, The Assembly UK

Fri 4 March                         London, The Forum UK

Sat 5 March                        Northampton, Roadmender UK

Sun 6 March                       Bristol. O2 Academy UK

Tues 8 March                     Cambridge, Junction UK

Wed 9 March                    Norwich, Waterfront UK

Fri 11 March                      Nottingham, Rock City UK

Sat 12 March                     Leeds, o2 Academy UK

Mon 14 March                 Aberdeen, Garage UK

Tues 15 March                  Inverness, Ironworks UK

Thurs 17 March                Glasgow, Barrowlands UK

Fri 18 March                      Newcastle, o2 Academy

Sat 19 March                     Manchester, The Ritz UK

Support on all dates come from RICKY WARWICK & THE FIGHTING HEARTS.

Get your tickets here.

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ACCEPT NO ALTERNATIVE!

With a brand new studio album just released, ALTERNATIVE TV are set to have their original recordings for the Deptford Fun City label reissued through Cherry Red.

Across four CDs, Viva La Rock’n’Roll: The Complete Deptford Fun City Recordings 1977-1980 brings together the band’s two albums for the label – The Image Has Cracked and Vibing Up The Senile Man (Part One) – along with Fire From Heaven, the debut album from founder MARK PERRY’s following band THE GOOD MISSIONARIES, and his solo release Snappy Turns. Also included are non-album singles, JOHN PEEL sessions and tracks from What You See… Is what You Are, their split album with HERE & NOW.

The set features a weighty booklet with comprehensive new sleevenotes by Perry himself, plus many rare images.

Due for release on 30 October, Vive La Rock’n’Roll can be pre-ordered from Cherry Red.

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Formed in 1977 by Sniffin’ Glue fanzine creator Perry, Alternative TV went to Deptford Fun City for their second single ‘How Much Longer’.  The label, which also released records by SQUEEZE, was the brainchild of Miles Copeland, brother of police drummer Stewart and later founder of the I.R.S. label.

Alternative TV released their latest album Opposing Forces in July.

You can read a brand new interview with the band in the latest edition of Vive Le Rock!

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DRONES OVER EUROPE!

More Aussie fun in store as THE DRONES announce a European Tour, including a rare London show.

The Melbourne band are set to play Oslo in Hackney on Tuesday 10 November. A second UK date is to be arranged. Full dates are as follows…..

FRANCE

27/10 Paris – Point Ephemere

28/10 Lyon – Marché Gare

29/10 Bordeaux – Rockschool Barbey

30/10 Perigueux – Sans Reserve

01/11 Oviedo – Lata de Zinc

SPAIN

02/11 Burgos – Estudio 27

03/11 Barcelona – La 2 de Apollo

04/11 Valencia – 16 Toneladas

05/11 Alicante – Stereo

06/11 Madrid – El Sol

07/11 San Sebastian – Intxaurrondo K E

UK

10/11 London – Oslo

BELGIUM

12/11 Antwerpen – Hetbos

GERMANY

13/11 Berlin – Frannz

14/11 Koln – King Georg

SWITZERLAND

15/11 Geneva – L’Ecurie

FRANCE

17/11 Nantes – Stereolux

18/11 Amiens – La Lune Des Pirates

19/11 Saint Germain En Laye – La Clef

20/11 Limoges – CCM John Lennon

NETHERLANDS

21/11 Utrecht – Guess Who Festival

Formed in 1997 by songwriter Gareth Liddiard, The Drones have earned a reputation as one of the best live bands in Australia, receiving the inaugural Australian Music Prize for their second album Wait Long By the River And The Bodies Of Your Enemies Will Float By.  Their most recent album was 2013’s acclaimed I See Seaweed.

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WHO DIDN’T SEE THIS COMING?

With three of their members reuniting onstage together for the first time in 30 years, THE PROFESSIONALS are being celebrated with the definitive box set.

Across three CDs and 47 tracks on The Complete Professionals are the whole of 1981’s I Didn’t See It Coming, plus non-album singles ‘123’, ‘Just Another Dream’ and ‘Join The Professionals’, unreleased demos, outtakes and BBC sessions. There are also four rare tracks featuring THE CLASH’S Paul Simonon and actor Ray Winstone, recorded as The Looters for the film Ladies & Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains, and two tracks sung by SHAM 69’s Jimmy Pursey under the name Sham Pistols.

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Check out the video for ‘123’.

The Complete Professionals is released through Universal on 30 October. Before that, Paul Cook, Ray McVeigh and Paul Myers will reunite onstage at a sold out 100 Club in London on 16 October to celebrate the band’s music. FASTLANE ROOGALATOR guitarist Tom Spencer will stand in for the absent Steve Jones.

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FOLK GRINDER VIDEO EXCLUSIVE!

Shiver our timbers! Vive Le Rock is proud to bring you this video exclusive from swashbuckling London folk-punks FOLK GRINDER.

‘Captain Johnny Clash’ is taken from their long-awaited second album The Devil’s Mariner, which was produced by none other than THEATRE OF HATE and SPEAR OF DESTINY legend, Kirk Brandon. You can buy the album here.

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Originally founded in 2010, Folk Grinder is brainchild of singer/guitarist Koozie Johns, plus a revolving cast of musicians. Having worked over the years with numerous punk and rock luminaries including various members of THE CLASH, SEX PISTOLS, TENPOLE TUDOR and DOGS D’AMOUR, for The Devil’s Mariner, Johns has been aided and abetted by the likes of Will Crewdson (FLESH FOR LULU, ADAM ANT, RACHEL STAMP), Chris Musto (JOHNNY THUNDERS, BERMONDSEY JOYRIDERS), Kurt Barnes (KING KURT) and backing singers THE REBELLES (Tracie Hunter, Elizabeth Westwood and Phoebe White).

Their next London show is at The Islington on Tuesday 10 November. Tickets available here.

You can read an interview with Folk Grinder in the new edition of Vive Le Rock which is on sale now!

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GODFATHERS VIDEO EXCLUSIVE 2!

OK, here’s the second of today’s GODFATHERS video exclusives!

‘Rewind Time’ is the other side of their brand new double A-side single which is available now through iTunes and Amazon. It’s also available as a strictly limited 7” direct from the band’s website.

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The Godfathers are just about to embark on a short series of European dates….

8/9   Den Trap – Kortrijk  Tickets

9/9    Goldmark’s – Stuttgart  Tickets

10/9   Luxor Live – Arnhem  Tickets

11/9    Gebouw-T – Bergen Op Zoom  Tickets

12/9   Patronaat – Haarlem Tickets

13/09 Tube – Dusseldorf  Tickets

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PENETRATION’S NEW RESOLUTION!

Class of ’77 punks PENETRATION return next month, with their first new album in thirty-six years!

With a new line-up featuring original members Pauline Murray and Robert Blamire, the band will be playing a series of dates surrounding the release of Resolution on their own Polestar label on 2 October.

Check out ‘Two Places (Dos Lugares)’ from the album here.

Initially reforming in 2002, Penetration have gigged steadily and released two singles for Damaged Goods, but have been reluctant to make an album until now. Completed with the help of a successful crowdfunding campaign, Resolution features former BUZZCOCKS drummer John Maher (a colleague of Murray and Blamire from their days in INVISIBLE GIRLS) plus guitarists Steve Wallace and Paul Harvey.

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The album was mixed by original guitarist Fred Purser, who also makes a guest appearance on lead single ‘Beat Goes On’, while the sleeve was designed by noted 4AD designer Vaughan Oliver, who was in Murray and Blamire’s class at school!

Penetration play….

Fri 18 Sept           Georgian Theatre, Stockton-on-Tees

Sat 19 Sept          Warehouse 23, Wakefield

Sun 20 Sept        Undercover Festival, Woking

Fri 16 Oct             Playhouse, Whitley Bay

Fri 23 Oct             Hairy Dog, Derby (TBC)

Sat 24 Oct            The Garage, London

Get your tickets here.

Formed in County Durham in 1976, Penetration released their acclaimed debut Moving Targets through Virgin in 1978, but split unexpectedly while promoting second album Coming Up For Air the following year. Murray and Blamire went on to collaborate with Maher, John Cooper Clarke and producer Martin Hannett in The Invisible Girls, while Murray also guested on THE ONLY ONES’ Baby’s Got A Gun and Blamire produced the sole album by underrated Scots post-punks SCARS.

Virgin are planning a box set of the band’s back catalogue for the Autumn.

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FIDLAR ON THE HOOF!

LA punks FIDLAR return with their second album next week and follow it up with a bunch of European shows in November. They’ve also just unveiled a brand new video for the track ‘Drone’.

Cleverly titled Too, the band’s second album comprises twelve tracks recorded over a two-week stint in Nashville with producer Jay Joyce.

Says singer/guitarist Zac Carper: “We could have made record number one again… but instead we decided to challenge ourselves and admit that we don’t know everything. Up until this point we had recorded everything ourselves, so working with a producer taught us so much. I didn’t want to make a standard rock record. The goal for this album was to think outside the box and I think Jay really helped us do that.”

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You can pre-order Too here.

Watch the video for ‘Drone’.

Having already played Download and a show at London’s Heaven – which sold out in 3 hours! – FIDLAR play Reading and Leeds this weekend, before returning for a full European tour in November. Catch them at….

10/11/15 – O2 Academy, Bristol

11/11/15 – The Ritz, Manchester

12/11/15 – The Garage, Glasgow

14/11/15 – The Forum, London

15/11/15 – The Institute, Birmingham

17/11/15 – Postbahnof, Berlin, Germany

19/11/15 – Le Trianon Hall, Paris, France

22/11/15 – AB Club, Brussels, Belgium

23/11/15 – Tivoli Vredenburg: Pandora Hall, Utrecht, Netherlands

Buy tickets.

 

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WINTER COMES EARLY FOR DERBY!

Punks will be descending on Derby for the ANOTHER WINTER OF DISCONTENT – NORTH festival next month.

Held over four days from Thursday 10 to Sunday 13 September, the first AWOD festival to take place outside London will feature more than thirty bands on two stages systematically tearing the roof off Derby’s Hairy Dog venue.

Headliners DISCHARGE (Thurs), CONFLICT (Fri), THE MEN THEY COULDN’T HANG (Sat) and LOS FASTIDIOS (Sun) are joined by OI POLLOI, DEADLINE, LION’S LAW, THE ENEMY, LOST CHERREES, ICONS OF FILTH, THE CRAVATS, ED TUDORPOLE, THE SYSTEM, EASTFIELD, LAGAN, THE YALLA YALLAS, DISORDER and loads more.

Day tickets (£12/15) and full weekend tickets (£48) are available here.

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RHODA RE-DOES ROCKSTEADY!

RHODA DAKAR, frontwoman of legendary 2Tone band THE BODYSNATCHERS is set to release what is effectively their belated debut album, celebrating their 35th Anniversary.

Released through Phoenix City/Cherry Red on 6 November, Rhoda Dakar Sings The Bodysnatchers includes brand new recordings of songs only heard live, on live bootlegs and on John Peel sessions.

Formed in 1979, The Bodysnatchers signed to 2Tone after only their second gig, hitting the charts with the singles ‘Let’s Do Rocksteady’ and ‘Easy Life’ and appearing in the 2Tone movie Dance Craze. The band split in 1981, but Rhoda was recruited to front Jerry Dammers’ SPECIAL AKA, appearing on the In The Studio album, releasing the harrowing ‘The Boiler’ single and co-writing the anthemic ‘Nelson Mandela’.

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Guesting with MADNESS and becoming an in-demand club DJ, Rhoda recently returned to the studio with Lynval Golding and Horace Panter of THE SPECIALS, alongside members of PAMA INTERNATIONAL, THE SIDEWALK DOCTORS and INTENSIFIED to record Rhoda Dakar Sings The Bodysnatchers.

You can pre-order Rhoda Dakar Sings The Bodysnatchers here. The first fifty pre-orders will be signed by Rhoda.

Listen to ‘Easy Life’.

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THE BOYS EXCLUSIVE VIDEO LAUNCH!

THE BOYS release their third promo video from their critically acclaimed Punk Rock Menopause album today. ‘1976’ is directed by award-winning documentary/TV director Mark Stokes and includes footage of The Boys from their album launch party at London’s Jazz Cafe along with previously unseen footage of the 1977 Mont De Marson Festival etc. You can watch an exclusive sneak preview of the video here.Last month The Boys also released a live album, Undercover – Live in China, which was recorded secretly in January 2015 after they were banned from playing live by the Chinese government.
Buy Punk Rock Menopause here.  Buy Undercover – Live in China here.
Following their successful appearance at the Rebellion Punk Festival in Blackpool last week, The Boys are to embark on a four day Swedish tour:
Thursday 20 August: Liseberg, Gothenburg (www.facebook.com/events/937018506338687/)

Friday 21 August: Rockfickan, Hova (www.facebook.com/events/1378582189128627)
Saturday 22 August: Griff Bar & Grill, Eskilstuna (Tickets: http://alturl.com/9rbit)
Sunday 23 August: Gota Kallare, Stockholm www.facebook.com/events/1000528263325655, Tickets: goo.gl/tm241L)
Further dates in Norway and the UK are expected to be announced shortly.

 

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WHOLE LOTTA SHACK SHAKIN’!

Hillbilly rockers the LEGENDARY SHACK SHAKERS return next month with a new album, followed by a full UK tour in November.

The Southern Surreal, the Kentucky quartet’s debut for Alternative Tentacles, is their first release in five years and also comes on their 20th Anniversary. Comprising fifteen tracks fusing rock, punk, blues and country, the band is joined on this release by a couple of special guests, JESUS LIZARD guitarist Duane Denison and Hollywood actor Billy Bob Thornton.

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Listen to the single ‘The One That Got Away’.

The Southern Surreal is released on 11 September but you can pre-order it here.

Catch the Legendary Shack Shakers on tour at….

Tuesday 10th November – Brighton, The Haunt

Wednesday 11th November – Saddleworth, White Hart at Lydgate

Thursday 12th November – Glasgow, Broadcast

Friday 13th November – Belfast, McHughs

Saturday 14th November – Dublin, TBA

Sunday 15th November – Thekla, Bristol

Monday 16th November – Cardiff, The Globe

Tuesday 17th November – Newcastle, The Cluny

Wednesday 18th November – London, The Garage

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