WIZARDS OF OZ: THE BOYS NEXT DOOR!

Well, it’s the final day of our week of videos celebrating Aussie rock. It was always going to be a tough choice but we couldn’t let the week go by without hearing from NICK CAVE.

THE BOYS NEXT DOOR met at school in Melbourne in the mid-70s and their cover of Nancy Sinatra’s ‘These Boots Are Made For Walking’ was featured on Lethal Weapons, Australia’s first punk compilation, released on Mushroom Records’ punk imprint Suicide Records in 1978. The only act on the label to achieve any real success, they soon recruited guitarist ROWLAND S HOWARD before morphing into THE BIRTHDAY PARTY. And the rest, as they say, is history.

You can read more about The Birthday Party and other greats of Aussie rock in the new edition of Vive Le Rock!

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WIZARDS OF OZ: THE LAST WORDS!

Day four of our Aussie video week brings us an early punk nugget, described by the label as “Australia’s first new wave hit single”! UK migrants Malcolm Baxter and Andy Groome, under the name THE LAST WORDS, recorded and released ‘Animal World’ themselves in 1977 and it was reissued twice, by Wizard in Oz and then Rough Trade in the UK. Later delving into dub in the company of Adrian Sherwood, the band had a last hurrah on an unlikely 1981 bill at London’s Lyceum alongside Slade, Discharge and U2 (!!!) before calling it a day. The band will be best remembered, though, for this glorious two-minutes-forty-seconds of Buzzcocky pop-punk. Enjoy!

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WIZARDS OF OZ: THE SAINTS!

It’s day three of our Aussie video week and this is easily one of our favourites. THE SAINTS formed in Brisbane in 1974 but in the UK their debut single ‘(I’m) Stranded’ arrived seemingly out of nowhere in ’76 when Sounds magazine (rightly) pronounced it Single Of The Week.

Third single ‘This Perfect Day’ earned them a surprise appearance on Top Of The Pops the following year, but it’s the brassy ‘Know Your Product’ from second album Eternally Yours that we’re gonna plump for.

After three classic albums for EMI, guitarist Ed Kuepper split to form LAUGHING CLOWNS while bassist Algy Ward joined THE DAMNED before forming heavy rockers TANK, but charismatic frontman Chris Bailey has helmed a mellower yet still great Saints to this day. Read an interview with him in the new edition of the mag.

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WIZARDS OF OZ: AC/DC

Well, you’ll have seen the cover of the new issue by now. Today, AC/DC are of course one of the biggest mainstream rock bands in the world. But back in the mid-70s their primitive high-energy take on rock’n’roll and rhythm’n’blues – driven by a yobbish bootboy stomp – helped pave the way for punk.

Here’s the fresh-faced fivesome back where it all began. AC/DC, we salute you!

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WIZARDS OF OZ!

With Australian rock legends AC/DC, THE SAINTS, RADIO BIRDMAN and THE CHURCH all visiting the UK this year, we decided to make our next issue a celebration of all things Aussie rock. To get you in the mood for it, we’ve been rifling through the Vive Le Rock video archive and alongside our regular up-to-the-minute news reports, we’ll be bringing you a classic clip from Downunda every day this week.

To kick off, here’s Sydney’s Radio Birdman, who flew in to rock London a couple of weeks back….

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www.radiobirdman.com

Photo © Bob King bobking.com.au

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MAMMOTH MAMMOTH LAUNCH FUEL INJECTED VIDEO!

On the eve of MAMMOTH MAMMOTH’s return to Europe, Vive Le Rock is stoked to be launching the video for their brand new singleFuel Injected’ from the Aussie rockers’ latest album Volume IV – Hammered Again out through Napalm Records.

Mixing the finest dirty hard rock with a healthy dose of stoner vibes, the band invites you to get hammered with them on their European dates throughout July. Full ticket details and info at Mammothmammoth.com

08.07.15 DE – Berlin / Cassiopeia
*with MIDNIGHT GHOST TRAIN
09.07.15 DE – Kiel / Schaubude
*with MIDNIGHT GHOST TRAIN
10.07.15 DE – Erfurt / Stoned From The Underground
11.07.15 DE – Düsseldorf / Pitcher
12.07.15 NL – Utrecht / DBs
14.07.15 DE – Würzburg / Immerhen
15.07.15 DE – München / Feierwerk
16.07.15 CH – Olten / Coq d or
17.07.15 DE – Siegen / Vortex
18.07.15 DE – Hamburg / Rock Café
20.07.15 DE – Bremen / Roemer
22.07.15 DE – Gießen / On The Rocks – Under The Rocks
23.07.15 DE – Dresden / Ostpol
24.07.15 AT – Wien / Arena
25.07.15 DE – Frankfurt / Das Bett (Sky High Festival)

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Look out for a major Aussie rock spectacular in the next issue of Vive Le Rock!

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DATURA4 GOT THE DEMON BLUES!

Aussie rockers DATURA4 release their debut album next week and have launched a new video to go with it. ‘Out With The Tide’ is the lead-off track from Demon Blues which is out through Alive Naturalsound on 10 July.

Formed in Fremantle in Western Australia in 2011, Datura4 is the brainchild of Dom Mariani of 80s legends THE STEMS and DM3 and Greg Hitchcock of YOU AM I and THE NEW CHRISTS. They’re joined by drummer Warren Hall (THE DRONES) and bassist Stu Loasby.

We reviewed Demon Blues in the current issue of the mag, confirming it’s “pretty much satisfaction guaranteed.”

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Look out for an Aussie rock spectacular in the next issue of Vive Le Rock.

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THE SETBACKS OVERCOME!

Following a successful launch night supporting Dirtbox Disco, Bath-based punks THE SETBACKS have some dates lined up in support of their new Bobby’s Way EP, including a support spot with Canadian punk legends DOA.

Tracks from the EP can be streamed here.

Catch the band out and about at….

4 Jul                     Slugfest, The Dolls House, Abertillery

5 Jul                     The Fleece, Bristol (with DOA)

18 Jul                     The Red Lion, Whitehall

17 Oct                   The Hobgoblin, Bath

23 Oct                   The Three Horseshoes, Bradford on Avon

The Setbacks formed from the ashes of Mighty Joe Young and Tweaker in late 2001 and give or take the odd line-up adjustment, have since played with the likes of Misfits, UK Subs, Goldblade, 999, Sham 69, Drongos For Europe, Pussycat & The Dirty Johnsons to name a few. They’ve released several EPs plus the live/compilation album 1st Ten Years.

https://www.facebook.com/theesetbacks

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IDESTROY’S SUMMER OF DESTRUCTION!

All-girl Bristol band IDESTROY have a bunch of dates lined up to support the release of their debut EP, including a hometown show supporting former Runaway CHERIE CURRIE and a date at that rarest of things, a brand new punk- and rock-friendly venue, The Locomotive in Swindon.

Coming together late last year, featuring BLUE AEROPLANES guitarist Bec alongside bassist Becky and drummer Jenn, the trio have recently returned from playing the Anfi-Rock Sound Festival in Spain.

IDestroy’s debut EP is planned for a Summer release, but you can listen to the lead track ‘I Destroy’ here.

Catch the band on the road at….

19 Jul                    Harbourside Festival, Bristol

21 Aug                  The Fleece, Bristol

12 Sept                 The Locomotive, Swindon

16 Nov                  The Bierkeller, Bristol

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KILLING JOKE AUTUMN TOUR!

KILLING JOKE have announced a batch of shows for Autumn, kicking off in Cardiff at the Great Hall on 25 October, and culminating in a show at London’s Roundhouse on 6 November. They’ll be releasing a new album, Pylon, on Spinefarm to coincide. Full dates are below.

25 Oct – Cardiff Great Hall

26 Oct – Brighton Concorde 2

27 Oct- Exeter Lemon Grove

28 Oct – Nottingham Rock City

31 Oct – Birmingham Institute

1 Nov – Manchester Ritz

3 Nov – Glasgow ABC

4 Nov – Leeds Beckett University

6 Nov – London Roundhouse

Tickets are available here.

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CHERIE CURRIE’S RUNAWAY RETURN!

CHERIE CURRIE, former frontwoman of the legendary RUNAWAYS, heads to the UK in November for her first ever solo dates.

She’ll be promoting her new album Reverie, her first solo album since 1980, on which she teams up with Runaways guitarist LITA FORD.

Cherie will be supported on all dates by recently reunited London band LAST GREAT DREAMERS. They play…

10th Nov 2015 – Railway, Bolton
11th Nov 2015 – Bannerman’s, Edinburgh
12th Nov 2015 – Yardbirds, Grimsby
14th Nov 2015 – The Globe, Newcastle
15th Nov 2015 – The Diamond, Sutton-in-Ashfield
16th Nov 2015 – Bierkeller, Bristol
17th Nov 2015 – The Robin 2, Bilston
18th Nov 2015 – The Underworld, London

Further info is available on Facebook.

Coming together in LA in 1975, the all-female Runaways were fronted by Currie alongside JOAN JETT under the guidance of rock Svengali, KIM FOWLEY. Releasing two albums to only limited success in the States, but huge in Japan, Currie left in ’77, issuing the solo album Beauty’s Only Skin Deep the following year.

The Runaways were the subject of a major biopic in 2010.

http://www.cheriecurrie.com/

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MADBALL HIT LONDON ON MONDAY!

New York hardcore legends MADBALL have announced a last minute London show following their appearance at Download this weekend.

The quartet have lined up a show at The Old Blue Last, Shoreditch this Monday 15 June. Support comes from Londoners, KNUCKLEDUST. Get your tickets here.

Playing Download for the first time in their twenty-year career, frontman Freddy Cricien says “We are very excited to be playing Download for the first time! It’s cool to be able to represent MB/HC music on that platform- we’re honoured. That said, there’s nothing like a good club show in London – it’s one of our favourite cities to play and in general…. This ‘surprise’ should be off the hook…. Look forward to it!”

Their new album Hardcore Lives is out now through Nuclear Blast.

Check out the video for ‘Doc Marten Stomp’.

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MODS ON MODS!

If you’ve been enjoying the Mod spectacular in our current issue, you may very well want to get your reading gear round SAWDUST CAESARS: ORIGINAL MOD VOICES by Vive Le Rock contributor Tony Beesley.

This lavish 450-page hardback book documents the whole journey of Mod, from its late 50’s beginnings through to the present, told in the words of the Mods themselves.

Featuring hundreds of rare photographs, every aspect of Mod Culture is explored: from modern jazz through rhythm’n’blues and ska to the origins of Northern Soul; the changing fashions, and the enduring influence of Mod through Punk, Britpop, Acid Jazz and beyond.

Published by Days Like Tomorrow Books, Sawdust Caesars is available along with other great offers now from Tony’s website.

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THE SISTERS’ BLACK OCTOBER!

THE SISTERS OF MERCY have announced a series of UK shows for October, including a date at London’s Roundhouse. As usual they’re not giving a great deal away, but it’ll be Andrew Eldritch and co’s first London performance since their sell-out show at the venue in 2011. The full dates are….

12 OCT Glasgow – ABC
14 OCT Leeds – Becket University
15 OCT Nottingham – Rock City
17 OCT Manchester – Ritz
18 OCT London – Roundhouse

You can get tickets here.

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http://www.the-sisters-of-mercy.com/

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WIN A COPY OF THE NEW ‘NO MORE HEROES’ PUNK & NEW WAVE ANTHEMS COMPILATION!

2015 marks the 40th Anniversary of the birth of punk rock – the cultural explosion that changed music forever! This three CD collection features 60 punk and new wave classics, including the Ramones’ ‘Sheena is a Punk Rocker’, The Jam’s ‘Going Underground’, the Stranglers’ ‘No More Heroes’, Sham 69’s ‘If the Kids Are United’ and John Peel’s all-time favourite song ‘Teenage Kicks’ by the Undertones. There’s also new wave/post-punk hits such as Blondie’s ‘Hanging on the Telephone’, Echo and the Bunnymen’s ‘The Killing Moon’ and the Psychedelic Furs’ ‘Pretty in Pink’.

Release on June 8th through Union Square Music, this box set is packed with some of punk and new wave’s best songs ever, perfect to blast over the upcoming summer weeks!

Order your copy now from Amazon or iTunes.

 

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To be in with a chance of winning one of ten copies of the ‘No More Heroes’ compilation we have to give away, just answer this simple question:

Q: THE COLLECTION ‘NO MORE HEROES’ TAKE ITS TITLE FROM WHICH PUNK BAND’S CLASSIC SINGLE?

Send your answer, name and address to info@vivelerock.net

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LEATHERFACE OPEN A PANDORA’S BOX!

Much-loved Sunderland punks LEATHERFACE are celebrated with a new box-set from Fire Records, compiling their three albums for the label’s Roughneck imprint.

Following on from the release of their debut album in 1989, Razor Blades And Aspirin 1990-1993 features the subsequent albums Fill Your Boots, Minx and the stonecold punk classic Mush, plus a wealth of bonus material, including tracks from EPs released during this period. Completely remastered, the set is completed with extensive liner notes and interviews.

Listen to ‘I Want the Moon’.

Known for the distinctive gravelly voice and thoughtful, emotive songwriting of inimitable frontman Frankie Stubbs, Leatherface took the influence of Hüsker Dü and ran with it, becoming themselves an influence on a new generation of bands, including Hot Water Music and Dillinger Four. Although they initially split in 1994, with Stubbs going on to the bands Jesse and Pope and a solo career, he and guitarist Dickie Hammond have since reformed the band. Gigging sporadically, their most recent album was 2010’s The Stormy Petrel on Big Ugly Fish.

Razor Blades And Aspirin is out on 10 July but you can pre-order it here.

http://www.leatherface.biz/

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SLEAFORD MODS GO TO MARKET!

SLEAFORD MODS have announced a major headline tour for the Autumn. The dates follow on from the release of their third album in July and a run round the Summer festivals, including Glastonbury and Hyde Park with The Who.

The tour is the electro-rant double-acts biggest to date and sees them supported on most dates by legendary CRASS frontman STEVE IGNORANT and his SLICE OF LIFE. It kicks off in Manchester on 23 September

“This is our first ‘posh’ tour; big bus, everything,” states frontman Jason Williamson. “It’s a big deal. Sleaford Mods at Rock City, The Forum, Manchester Ritz etc. Who would of thought it? Not f***ing me.”

The duo’s new album Key Markets is released through abstract punk label Harbinger Sound on 10 July, but they’re giving away a track ‘Face To Faces’, available now when you pre-order the album online. The download album is available via iTunes, or if you’d prefer vinyl, you can get that through Cargo.

Full dates are below. MARK WYNN is second support on all dates. Tickets are available here….

JUNE

4th Sheffield, The Leadmill

5th London, Koko

24th – 28th Pilton, Glastonbury

26th Hyde Park, London (with The Who)

 

SEPTEMBER

4th – 6th Salisbury, End Of The Road Festival

10th – 13th Isle Of Wight, Bestival

 

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23rd Manchester, Ritz

24th Carlisle, Brickyard

25th Newcastle, Northumbria Uni

28th Leeds, Irish Centre

29th Birmingham, Institute

 

OCTOBER

1st Cardiff, Y-Plan

2nd London, Forum

4th Bristol, Bierkeller

5th Bournemouth, Fire Station

6th Brighton, The Old Market

8th Cambridge, Junction

9th Nottingham, Rock City

http://www.sleafordmods.com/

 

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DAMNED DOC HITS THE UK!

Filmmaker Wes Orshoski’s documentary THE DAMNED: Don’t You Wish That We Were Dead gets its long-awaited European premiere next week.

The film, charting the career of Croydon’s finest, will screen at the Prince Charles Cinema in London’s Leicester Square at 6pm and 9pm on Wednesday 3 June. Rat Scabies and Brian James will join Orshoski at both screenings for Q&As.

The film will then tour the UK, with Scabies partaking in a Q&A at the Arthouse in Crouch End, London on 4 June. Former Damned bassists Paul Gray and Bryn Merrick will appear in the post-film chat at Chapter Arts, Cardiff on 8 June. Brian James and current Damned keyboardist Monty Oxymoron will answer questions at Duke’s at Komedia, Brighton on 10 June.

The follow-up to Orshoski’s acclaimed documentary LEMMY, THE DAMNED: Don’t You Wish That We Were Dead received its world premiere at SXSW in Austin in March. Shot over three years, it covers the band’s complex and volatile history, from the early days to their 35th anniversary Tour.

The film features appearances by the Motorhead legend himself, plus Chrissie Hynde, Mick Jones, Duff McKagan, Ian MacKaye, Jello Biafra and members of Black Flag, Circle Jerks, Melvins, T.S.O.L., Buzzcocks, Adverts and Offspring, and not forgetting Pink Floyd’s Nick Mason, unlikely producer of The Damned’s Music For Pleasure album.

Watch the trailer here!

Full screening dates are below. You can book tickets here.

June 3, London, Prince Charles Cinema, 6 p.m. & 9 p.m.

June 4, London, Arthouse at Crouch End, 8:30 p.m.

June 5, Leeds, Hyde Park Picture House, 8:00 p.m.

June 6, Manchester, HOME, 8:10 p.m.

June 7, Leicester, Phoenix Square, 1 p.m.

June 7, Sheffield, Odeon 8/Sheffield Doc Fest, 8:30 p.m.

June 8, Cardiff, Chapter Arts, 8:15 p.m.

June 9, Liverpool, Picturehouse at FACT, 8:15 p.m.

June 10, Brighton, Duke’s at Komedia, 5:45 p.m., 8:40 p.m.

June 11, Newcastle, Tyneside Cinema, 5:45 p.m.

June 12, Edinburgh, Filmhouse, 8:30 p.m.

June 13, Glasgow, Glasgow Film Theatre, 8 p.m.

June 14, Birmingham, The Electric Cinema, 8:30 p.m.

June 15-18, Dundee, DCA, TBD

June 19, Lancaster, Duke’s Lancaster, 8:15 p.m.

June 20, Lancaster, Duke’s Lancaster, 5:45 p.m.

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