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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RUSSIA, HERE WE COME!

Members of the PROFESSIONALS, THE WILDHEARTS and THE TOY DOLLS have teamed up to send England on their way to the World Cup with a new anthem and video!

‘Charge Of The Light Brigade’ by THE TALLYWAGS celebrates England’s past World Cup campaigns, through thin and thinner, hopefully sending a resounding and reassuring message to our boys that things probably can’t get any worse, and at all costs to maintain the traditional stiff upper lip in the face of adversity.

‘Charge Of The Light Brigade’ is available now on iTunes and Spotify.

Show our boys your support and get sharing!

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TOP OF THE POPPERS!

Oz-punk sensations AMYL AND THE SNIFFERS are set to make their UK debut this month with a series of dates and their debut release for Damaged Goods.

The band formed in Melbourne in 2016, writing, recording and releasing their debut EP Giddy Up in a mind-numbing 12 hours. It was followed last year by a second EP, Big Attraction. Combined on a single album, the release has been flying out of the racks ever since. Big Attraction & Giddy Up is now getting a much-needed re-release by Damaged Goods on 18 May. It’s available to order here.

the band play two shows in Brighton as part of The Great Escape festival this weekend before heading to London for a string of shows, culminating in an already sold-out gig at The Lexington on Wednesday 23 May. Full dates are…

Fri 18th Prince Albert, Brighton (TGE Festival)
Sat 19th Australian BBQ – The Beach 12.50pm – 1.15pm, Brighton (TGE Festival)
Sun 20th Australian BBQ – Hoxton Square – London. 2.10pm – 2.40pm
Tue 22nd Rough Trade East Instore 7pm
Tue 22nd Lock Tavern, London
Wed 23rd Lexington, London SOLD OUT

Check out the new single ‘Cup Of Destiny’.

Read more about Amyl and The Sniffers in the forthcoming edition of Vive Le Rock!

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PETER MURPHY ISSUES ALBUMS SET!

Beggars Arkive has announced the release of a comprehensive box set from BAUHAUS founder PETER MURPHY.

The appropriately-titled 5 Albums comprises the singers first 5 albums from 1986 to 1995: Should The World Fail To Fall Apart, Love Hysteria, Deep, Holy Smoke and Cascade.

Each disc features a plethora of bonus tracks, including demos, radio edits and alternate mixes.

Throughout June and July, Murphy will also be embarking on his long awaited three-week residency at The Chapel in San Francisco, where he will be performing the seminal albums in their entirety, alongside three special Ruby Anniversary Bauhaus shows. Original Bauhaus bassist David J will be special guest for these three shows. Full dates are…

June 26th – Should the World Fail to Fall Apart
June 28th – Mr Moonlight (Bauhaus set) (featuring David J) (SOLD OUT)
June 29th – Mr Moonlight (Bauhaus set) (featuring David J) (SOLD OUT)
June 30th – Mr Moonlight (Bauhaus set) (featuring David J)
July 4th – Cascade (early show)
July 4th – Holy Smoke (late show)
July 6th – Dust (early show)
July 6th – Ninth (late show)
July 7th – Love Hysteria (early show)
July 7th – Love Hysteria (late show)
July 8th – Stripped
July 12th – Deep + special encore of selections from Love Hysteria
July 13th – Deep
July 14th – Deep
July 15th – Deep

Tickets are available here.

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BIG BOY BLOATER VIDEO EXCLUSIVE!

BIG BOY BLOATER & THE LIMITS have another new video, which they’re launching exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘Friday Night’s Alright For Drinking’ is the second video to be taken from their new album Pills, which is set for release on 15 June on Provogue/Mascot Label GroupMascot Records. It’s available to pre-order here.

Speaking about the track, Bloater says, “Every single line in this song refers to something that’s happened to me where I live, so this is a very personal song. With the video I wanted to get the idea across of rising above what’s going on around you and not getting drawn in. And of course, given the chance I don’t mind a small tipple and a good bit of music on a Friday night!”

The band have lined up a tour in support of the album. Catch them on the road at…

Thurs 6th Sept – NOTTINGHAM, The Maze
Fri 7th Sept – NEWCASTLE, The Cumberland Arms
Sat 8th Sept – GLASGOW, Stereo
Sun 9th Sept – PRESTON, The Continental
Thurs 13th Sept – BIDEFORD, The Palladium Club
Weds 19th Sept – LONDON, The Black Heart
Thurs 20th Sept – BRISTOL, Mr Wolf’s
Fri 21st Sept – ALDERSHOT, West End Centre
Weds 26th Sept – SHREWSBURY, Albert’s Shed
Thurs 27th Sept – CHELTENHAM, The Frog and Fiddle
Fri 5th Oct – NORWICH, B2 Venue
Sat 6th Oct – LOUTH, Hoochie Coochie Club

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WINSTON SMITH LONDON EXHIBITION!

U.S. graphic artist WINSTON SMITH will host an exhibition of his work in London next month.

Graphic Anarchy will take place at Oribital Comics on Great Newport Street on Saturday 19 May from 5pm.

Winston will be signing his work, with a slideshow and an interview with legendary UK illustrator Savage Pencil, followed by a Q&A session.

Winston’s work will also be available for viewing the following day.

Taking his name from the central figure in George Orwell’s 1984, Winston is renowned in the punk world for his work with Jello Biafra and Dead Kennedys, for whom he’s provided numerous sleeves, inserts, fliers and ads as well as the band’s iconic DK logo and the Alternative Tentacles label logo. He’s designed more than 50 sleeves in total, including work for Green Day, Lard, Swag and The Leaving Trains and his work has featured in Maximumrocknroll, Punk Planet, National Lampoon, Playboy and on the cover of The New Yorker.

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DAMNED ANNOUNCE MORE DATES!

Putting a cap on what has already been an amazing year for the band, THE DAMNED have announced a series of UK headline shows for November and December.

Last month the punk legends picked up the Band Of The Year award at the inaugural Vive Le Rock Awards, tearing the roof off our ceremony at Islington Academy in the process.

Two weeks later, they released their first new album in a decade, the Tony Visconti-produced Evil Spirits, which rocketed to No.7 in the UK album chart, their highest ever chart placing.

The band have now announced a series of dated kicking off at Brighton Dome on 19 November and including a London show at Shepherds Bush Empire on 23 November. Full dates below….

Tickets go on sale this Friday 27 April here.

As previously announced, the band have four shows in June as support to HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES….

June 16th Birmingham Genting Arena
June 17th Manchester Arena
June 19th Glasgow The SSE Hydro
June 20th London The SSE Arena, Wembley

…followed by four headline dates at….

August 22nd Southampton, O2 Guildhall
August 23rd Holmfirth, Holmfirth Picture House
August 24th Warrington, Warrington Parr Hall
August 25th Belfast, Belsonic Festival

Evil Spirits is available to buy here.

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Read all about our wild and debauched awards night in the new edition of Vive Le Rock! OUT NOW!

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CLASSIC POSTER BOOK REISSUED!

Extradition Books, the book publishing sister company of Vive Le Rock, is proud to reissue the classic book Pin-Ups 1972-82: Ten Years Of Classic Posters From The Punk, New Wave And Glam Era in a softcover coffee-table format.

Bolstered by dozens of new images and new insights from those who were there, this collection of over 200 posters  – featuring iconic images of timeless artists like Bowie, Blondie, Ramones, The Damned, Adam Ant, Motörhead, Suicide, Iggy Pop, Tom Robinson Band and Lou Reed – celebrates a decade’s music and design.

Drawing on scores of personal interviews with stars, artists, photographers and fly-posting mafiosi, Alwyn Turner and Roger Crimlis tell the stories behind the pictures from a golden age of rock & roll.  Adam Ant – eminently qualified as both art student and popstar – has provided a brand new and insightful foreword to this edition.

Due for publication on 11 May, Pin-Ups is available for pre-order now from Viveleshop.com.

The book will be launched at a pair of events in London next week at…

Daunt’s, Marylebone
Tuesday 24th April 6:30-8:00 pm

The Flood Gallery, Greenwich
Thursday 26th April 6.30pm – 8.30pm

Admission is free by guestlist only. Contact Chris Hewlett at chris@chrishewlett.com to arrange admission.

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