IMPERIAL STATE ELECTRIC return with a brand new album next month, heralded by a new video.

The band, fronted by HELLACOPTERS guitarist Nicke Andersson alongside DATSUNS bassist Dolph de Borst, plus guitarist Tobias Egge and drummer Tomas Eriksson, release Honk Machine through Psychout on 21 August. The video for the Byrdsy ‘All Over My Head’ provides an intriguing first glimpse.

The band visit the UK in November for three shows with GRAVEYARD….

3 November – Birmingham – 02 Academy 2
4 November – London – Electric Ballroom
5 November – Manchester – Academy 3

Initially a post-Hellacopters solo project for Andersson, Imperial State Electric evolved into a band for 2010’s self-titled debut, followed by Pop War (2012) and Reptile Brain Music (2013).


Look out for a new interview with Imperial State Electric in a future edition of Vive Le Rock!

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If you’ve read the article on Australia’s Sharpies youth cult in the new edition of Vive Le Rock you might be interested in a new compilation, When Sharpies Ruled.

This stylish set – subtitled A Vicious Selection – features 23 tracks from the likes of COLOURED BALLS and ROSE TATTOO – the bands most readily associated with the movement – plus BILLY THORPE & THE AZTECS, SKYHOOKS, SUPERNAUT, TED MULRY GANG, RABBIT, FINCH, LA FEMME, BUSTER BROWN and more. Its slipcase package includes a 28-page booklet and a 60-page book chronicling the movement, illustrated with dozens of rare photographs.


Mostly based around Melbourne, the Sharpies took their name from their sharp style sense and had a reputation for violence although unlike the skinheads in the UK, this was neither racially nor politically motivated and rarely extended beyond conficts between rival gangs.

Watch a video trailer.

When Sharpies Ruled is out next month on CD and double-vinyl on the reactivated Festival label in Australia, with a UK release expected in the Autumn via Republic of Music.

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Legendary Boston R’n’B howlers BARRENCE WHITFIELD & THE SAVAGES have announced a string of UK dates for October.

The dates follow the release of a brand new album Under The Savage Sky on Bloodshot on 21 August. They play….

Thrs 1 Southend – The Railway Hotel

Fri 2 Norwich – The Waterfront

Sat 3 Edinburgh – Electric Circus

Sun 4 Manchester – The Ruby Lounge

Tues 6 Leeds – The Brudenell Social Club

Wed 7 Newcastle – The Cluny

Thrs 8 Guildford – The Boileroom

Fri 9 London – Blues Kitchen Brixton

Sat 10 Exeter – Phoenix

Sun 11 Bristol – The Tunnels

Tickets are on sale here from 9am Monday 20 July.


Coming together in the late 70s and featuring members of Boston garage legends THE LYRES, Barrence Whitfield & The Savages came to prominence in the mid-80s thanks to their high-energy live sets, including a show-stealing performance at Glastobury in ’87. After diverting his time to other projects, such as country music and film scores, Whitfield reconvened The Savages in 2010 for the albums Savage Kings followed Dig Thy Savage Soul in 2013.

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Tacoma garage legends THE SONICS return to the UK this month for a series dates to promote the release of their first new album in nearly FIFTY YEARS!!!

This Is The Sonics follows on from their classic BOOM album in 1966. You can hear ‘Bad Betty’ from the album!

Part of the fertile early 60s garage scene in the US North West, along with contemporaries The Kingsmen and The Wailers, The Sonics were massively influential on subsequent generations of bands and tracks like ‘The Witch’, ‘Psycho’ and ‘Strychnine’ are all reliable garage evergreens.

Touring late July with special guests ELECTRIC RIVER at all shows, you can catch up with them at the dates below….

Thur 23 Wakefield Unity Works        

Fri 24 Manchester The Ritz              

Sat 25 Wickerman Festival  Scotland

Sun 26 Norwich Waterfront              

Tues 28 Birmingham Library, The Institute

Wed 29 Bristol Academy                 

Thur 30 London The Forum              

Band pic by Merri L Sutton

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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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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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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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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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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….


Photo © Bob King

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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

08.07.15 DE – Berlin / Cassiopeia
09.07.15 DE – Kiel / Schaubude
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)

MAMMOTH MAMMOTH 2015 launch pic[1]

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

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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.”


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

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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.

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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 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, 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.

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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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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 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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