ACCELERATION FOR THE NATION!

THE NJE – the jazz-punk supergroup put together by members of MADNESS, GALLON DRUNK and THE HIGSONS – have just unveiled a brand new single.

‘Nought To 60’ is the trio’s first new record since the album Afloat In Dub, their collaboration with producer Adrian Sherwood, released for Record Store Day last year. It’s available now from Bandcamp on a ‘pay what you like’ basis, and on Spotify from Friday.

After a winter spent working on other projects, the band return to live activity this month. Catch them at…

Wed 11 Mar – Chats Palace, Homerton, London
Thur 12 Mar – Kino-Teatr, St Leonards-on-Sea

Sax-player Terry Edwards is also issuing a double-vinyl compilation of his solo works: Stop Trying To Sell Me Back My Past (vol 1) comprises four 90s EPs featuring a series of covers of songs by The Jesus & Marcy Chain, The Fall, Miles Davis, The Damned, Sex Pistols and The Cure. Set for release through Sartorial Records via Cargo, this Record Store Day-only item will be available on 18 April.

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RICH RAGANY VIDEO EXCLUSIVE!

RICH RAGANY & THE DIGRESSIONS have a brand new video which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

The ROLE MODELS frontman’s new band have had a great year, receiving many excellent reviews for their debut album Like We’ll Never Make It, including 9/10 from Vive Le Rock. They’ve also been playing numerous high profile shows, like the one from which this video for the album’s title track is taken, opening for THE LEMONHEADS at London’s O2 Forum. The video is the work of Craig Temple at Racketeer Productions.

The launch of the video comes with the announcement that the band has been chosen to open for STATUS QUO on their winter UK dates. Get there early to catch them at…

27 Nov – Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
28 Nov – Leicester De Montfort Hall
30 Nov – Cardiff St. David’s Hall
1 Dec – Birmingham Symphony Hall
3 Dec – Brighton Centre
5 Dec – London Eventim Apollo
6 Dec – Bournemouth BIC

The band is currently gearing up to go into the studio with celebrated UK producer Andy Brook and Grammy Award-winner Mario J McNulty (David Bowie, Glen Matlock, Raveonettes) mixing.

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SUZIE STAPLETON ANNOUNCES NEW SINGLE!

SUZIE STAPLETON has announced the release of another new single ahead of her March dates.

‘Blood On The Windscreen’, out on 16 March through AWAL, is the second single to be taken from the Australian guitarist’s forthcoming debut album which is due out this spring.

The inspiration for the song comes from an experience Stapleton had while touring as support to THE CHURCH during the summer of 2018.

“We were on the highway on our way to Glasgow when suddenly there was a loud thump from the front of the van,” she recalls. “[Church guitarist] Peter Koppes called out ‘What was that?’. Apparently we’d hit a pigeon. I peered through the front and noted ‘There’s blood on the windscreen’, joking that it would be a good song title. It’s actually a fairly daft song title. However, I spent the rest of summer writing for the album in an empty house in Brighton, furnished with a futon bed from Freecycle and an old fridge. I was facing the blank page one day and started toying with the phrase. It melded with the thoughts I was having of the rich benefiting from the collapse of nature, inequality, greed, shortsightedness of our leaders – that type of thing. Putting the apocalypse in a pop song.”

Stapleton heads out on the road next month for a bunch of shows, including two opening for THEE HYPNOTICS and two with HUMANIST, producer/guitarist Rob Marshall’s new project featuring vocals from Mark Lanegan, Dave Gahan, Mark Gardener and more. Full dates are…

Sat 21 Mar – The Dome, LONDON*
Tues 24 Mar – The Lexington, LONDON – SOLD OUT**
Wed 25 Mar – The Globe, CARDIFF*
Thur 26 Mar – Grain Barge, BRISTOL
Sat 28 Mar – Soup Kitchen, MANCHESTER – SOLD OUT**
Sun 29 Mar – The Prince Albert, BRIGHTON**

*w/ Thee Hypnotics **w/Humanist

Tickets on sale here.

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DAMNED IN MAY!

THE DAMNED have announced a short series of UK dates for the early Summer.

The four shows will be the band’s first dates following the departure of drummer Pinch following their Hallowe’en show at the London Palladium last year. It remains to be seen who’ll be occupying the drumstool.

Catch the band live at…

May 17: Stylus, Leeds
May 18: Friars, Aylesbury
May 20: The Garage, Glasgow
May 21: The Leadmill, Sheffield

Special guests are yet to be announced, with tickets going on sale on Friday 21 February at 10 am, here.

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WONKS ON FILM!

It’s that time again! Vive Le Rock is proud to provide the world premiere of Wonkfest 6 – The Movie!

Filmed at The Dome, Tufnell Park, London on 28 July 2018 by renowned punk film and video-maker Mark Richards and his team, the movie features the cream of DIY punk from the UK and beyond.

“Just finally watched the 2018 Wonkfest movie!!!!! IT’S FUCKIN’ BRILLIANT!!” says Wonk Unit frontman and Wonkfest founder Alex Johnson. “I think that myself and Fraser Macncheese are the best TV presenters EVER and should be given jobs as TV presenters all over the world and win BAFTAs and shit. I s’pose Mark Richards did OK too. Oh yeah and Simon Short who did a marvellous job with sound despite only having camera audios to use after the rigs we hired in failed. Oh yeah and the bands. They did OK too. And everyone else. But mainly me and Besto.
Xxxx”

Clocking in at around two hours in length, the movie features appearances from The Fleas, Angry Itch, Emergency Bitter, Youth Killed It, Laserchrist, Traits, Desperate Measures, Christmas, Nosebleed, Dealing With Damage, Aerial Salad, Grand Collapse, The Raging Nathans, East End Trinity, Blind Man Death Stare, Guitar Gangsters, Pints, Unwanted Consumer, Revenge Of The Psychotronic Man, The Dub Righters, Calva Louise, The Murderburgers, Bad Cop / Bad Cop, Vanilla Pod, Pizzatramp, The Bar Stool Preachers and Wonk Unit.

This year’s Wonkest is nicely taking shape. Bands already lined up to play The Dome on 25 July include Tyranosaurus Alan / T Alan, CLCKWS, Persian Rug Sale, Crooked Little Sons, Lost Cherrees, Burnt Tapes, Dead Mob, The Kimberly Steaks, Aerial Salad, Waco, Fights and Fires and Raw Poo. Loads more to be announced….

Tickets are on sale here.

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LE BEAT BESPOKE HEADS EAST!

Le Beat Bespoke Weekender returns to London over Easter and this year will be taking over three venues in East London.

The annual celebration of all things beat, psych and garage will host three nights at the Oslo club in Hackney – KING KHAN & THE SHRINES will headline Friday 10 April with support from OH! GUNQUIT. Saturday 11 April’s headliners are Edinburgh’s THE KAISERS, plus guests CRAIG SHAW & THE EXCELLOS. Then on Sunday 12 April, Bedfordshire psych-rockers WOLF PEOPLE (pictured) will headline with THE HANGING STARS opening.

After the main shows, the action will move across the road to Paper Dress Vintage each night for after-party madness with three rooms of live music and DJs ’til 4am.

On Saturday, there’ll also be a free all-dayer down at The Strongrooms in Shoreditch, with live music from THE COLOUR COLLECTION and GO-GO LOCO, plus DJs, food and vintage market.

Wolf People’s performance will be their last show for the foreseeable future as they’ve announced an indefinite hiatus, so tickets for this show will sell out quickly.

Tickets are on sale here.

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CHELSEA KICKSTART FINAL ALBUM!

Original punks CHELSEA have decided that their next album will be their last. Andy they’re inviting fans to contribute to the making of it.

Formed in late ’76 by Gene October, Chelsea spawned GENERATION X before October recruited a new line-up for a string of releases, beginning with the classic ‘Right To Work’, for Miles Copeland’s Step Forward label. Seeing many more changes over the years, the band’s most recent album was Mission Impossible for Westworld in 2017, and Meanwhile Gardens will be their twelfth.

To bring the new album to fruition, the band have set up a Kickstarter campaign, offering a selection of enticing rewards for contributors, including….

  • the original prototype album cover artwork drawn by the band in the back of the tour bus, this really is a one-off!;
  • two fully signed Epiphone guitars used on the recording of the new album demos;
  • the opportunity to come to the studio and record backing vocals, with your name in the credits;
  • a day in the studio writing and recording a song/demo with Nic Austin and Mat Sargent from the band. You get to take a copy of the demo home with you after spending the night in a local hotel.

The top reward is having the band play a full acoustic gig in your own front room!

All contributors to the fund will also be automatically entered into the ‘Chelsea Draw’ to win the band’s signed stage shirts.

Some special time-limited rewards will also be added along the way.

Chelsea have a trio of festival appearances lined up so far for the year. Catch them at…

6 Mar – Undercover, Woking tickets
28 Mar – Scarborough Punk Festival, Scarborough tickets
6-9 Aug – Rebellion, Blackpool tickets

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DANCE CRAZY!

Brighton punks ĠENN have just unveiled a new video ahead of a string of tour dates.

The super-vibrant party-smart ‘Du Da Dance’, which frontwoman Leona says is about “not caring about what other people think of you or say about you, and just enjoying life,” is available now from Bandcamp, Spotfiy and all usual platforms.

The Anglo-Maltese quartet, whose name is taken from the Maltese word for craziness, have a bunch of shows lined up for the spring, including an appearance at Manchester’s 0161 Festival. Full dates are…

16 Feb – Patterns, Brighton
12 Mar – Camden Assembly, London
5 Apr – The Hope & Ruin, Brighton
16 Apr – Suburbstheholroyd, Guildford
18 Apr – The Grace, London
19 Apr – Crauford Arms, Milton Keynes
29 Apr – Musician, Leicester
30 Apr – 0161 Festival, Manchester

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THE BUTLERS DID IT!

THE PSYCHEDELIC FURS have announced the release of their first new album in nearly 30 years, plus a major London show.

Made Of Rain is the post-punk legends’ first new album since World Outside in 1991, and is set for release on 1 May through Cooking Vinyl. The 12-track album was produced by guitarist Richard Fortus and mixed by Mission and House Of Love producer Tim Palmer.

It’s being heralded by the new single ‘Don’t Believe’ which you can check out here. It’s available to stream and download when you pre-order the album here.

The band have also announce a very special show at London’s Royal Albert Hall on 14 May, where they’ll be playing the album in its entirety, plus a set of hits and classic album tracks . Tickets go on general sale on 7 February, but fans can get a sneaky exclusive jump on that when they order the album from the band’s official webstore.

Formed in Surrey in 1977 by the Butler brothers, Richard and Tim, the Pyschedelic Furs released their debut album in 1980, going on to achieve considerable mainstream success, particularly in the US, where their classic ’81 single and indie disco favourite ‘Pretty In Pink’ inspired a Hollywood movie of the same name, as well as headlining Glastonbury in ’86. More recently, the band have rebuilt their career with steady international touring, including a show at London’s Royal Festival Hall as part of Robert Smith’s Meltdown in 2018.

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STRANGLERS CALL TIME ON TOURING!

THE STRANGLERS have announced that their UK dates this Autumn will be their last full tour.

In forty-five years, through at least three line-up changes, the hit-making Class of 77 punks have hardly left the road, making them one of the UK’s hardest working, most consistent international touring bands. In fact, the band are off to Australia and New Zealand for shows next week and will play European festival shows throughout the summer months.

The band’s original drummer Jet Black, whose ice cream van legendarily served as the band’s tour bus in their early days, retired from touring in 2015 at the age of 78. His place has since been taken by Jim Macaulay.

The twenty-one date tour during October and November will kick off in Lincoln on 20 October and will take in a Welsh show at the 5,000-capacity Cardiff Motorpoint Arena, where the band supported Alice Cooper last year. Also featuring a hometown show at G Love in Guildford on 16 November, the tour will culminate at London’s Brixton Academy on 21 November. Full dates are…

20 Oct – Engine Shed, Lincoln Tickets
22 Oct – Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff
23 Oct – O2 Academy, Bristol
24 Oct – Corn Exchange, Cambridge
26 Oct – UEA, Norwich
27 Oct -Dome, Brighton
29 Oct – O2 Academy, Newcastle
30 Oct – City Hall, Sheffield
31 Oct – O2 Academy, Birmingham
2 Nov – Guildhall, Portsmouth
3 Nov – Rock City, Nottingham
5 Nov – Music Hall, Aberdeen
7 Nov – O2 Academy, Glasgow
9 Nov – Victoria Hall, Stoke
10 Nov – De Montfort Hall, Leicester
12 Nov – O2 Academy, Leeds
14 Nov – O2 Apollo, Manchester
16 Nov – G Live, Guildford
17 Nov – Hexagon, Reading
19 Nov – Cliffs Pavilion, Southend
21 Nov – O2 Academy, Brixton

Tickets go on sale here at 10.00am on Friday 31 January.

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LORDS LIVE AT VIVE AWARDS!

THE VIVE LE ROCK AWARDS are back! And we’re we’re really pushing the boat out for the mag’s 10th Anniversary with a bigger and better event at London’s Shepherds Bush Empire on Wednesday 1 April!

As revealed over the weekend, we’ve managed to coerce Brian James and Dave Treganna into reforming the legendary LORDS OF THE NEW CHURCH for one night only. The place of sadly deceased frontman Stiv Bators will be taken by his great friend and sparring partner Michael Monroe, while former CLASH drummer (and co-writer of the classic track ‘Russian Roulette’) Terry Chimes will be occupying the drumstool.

Formed in 1981, the Lords were the first ‘supergroup’ to emerge from punk, when DAMNED founder James hooked up with DEAD BOYS frontman Bators, SHAM 69 bassist Treganna and BARRACUDAS drummer Nicky Turner. Releasing three classic albums through Miles Copeland’s IRS organisation, achieving international radio hits with singles like ‘Dance With Me’, ‘Open Your Eyes’ and a cover of MADONNA’s ‘Like A Virgin’.

Other guests include SPECIALS and FUN BOY THREE founder Neville Staple plus, once again, our MC, Edward Tudor Pole, plus more big name acts including an extra special headline band!

Tickets, including exclusive VIP packages, are available here!

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THE BELLRAYS HIT TOWN!

Blues is the teacher. Punk is the preacher. It’s all about emotion and energy. Experience and raw talent, spirit and intellect. Exciting things happen when these things collide.

Bob Vennum and Lisa Kekaula made the BellRays happen in 1990 in Riverside, California but they weren’t really thinking about any of this then. They wanted to play music and they wanted it to feel good. They wanted people to WANT to get up, to NEED to get up and check out what was going on. Form an opinion. React.

So they took everything they knew about; the Beatles, Stevie Wonder, the Who, the Ramones Billie Holiday, Lou Rawls, Hank Williams, the DB’s, Jimmy Reed, and Led Zeppelin (to name a very few to whom “BLUES IS THE TEACHER”) and pressed it into service.

It’s a rock show in its rawest and rarest form!

They’re joined on all dates by fast-rising multinational garage punks LOS PEPES, who released their latest album Positive Negative last year. Full dates are…

WED 15 JAN – Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth
THU 16 JAN – The Louisiana, Bristol
FRI 17 JAN – Le Pub, Newport
SAT 18 JAN – The Phoenix, Exeter
SUN 19 JAN – The Lantern, Halifax
TUE 21 JAN – Voodoo, Edinburgh
WED 22 JAN – Broadcast, Glasgow
THU 23 JAN – The Cluny, Newcastle
FRI 24 JAN – Westgarth Social Club, Middlesbrough
SAT 25 JAN – Prince Albert, Brighton
SUN 26 JAN – Oslo, London

Tickets are on sale here 

We catch up with The Bellrays in the new edition of Vive Le Rock, out on 27 January!

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UNCONDITIONAL DISCHARGE!

UK hardcore legends DISCHARGE are to celebrate their 40th Anniversary with a major new anthology.

Yes, it’s forty years since the Stoke-on-Trent band released their iconic debut single ‘Realities Of War’ and to celebrate, they’re releasing Protest And Survive: The Anthology, a 53-track career-spanning collection on double splatter vinyl and double digipak CD.

The band actually formed in 1977 but ‘Realities Of War’ saw them break out of their Potteries bolthole, picking up regular airplay from John Peel and earning them a 44-week stay on the indie chart, peaking at No.5. The band would go on to wield a globe-straddling influence over punk and metal, going so far as to sprout a new sub-genre, D-Beat.

Protest And Survive is heralded by the previously unreleased track ‘Descending Into Madness’, which was recorded in 2002 with original singer Kelvin ‘Cal’ Morris.

“As we were writing the tunes for the 2002 album, me and Bones felt that Kelvin was not doing too much to contribute, so we didn’t really know how it was going turn out until the demo,” explains co-founder Tezz Roberts. “We did in Stoke and let me tell you, we breathed a sigh of relief when we heard his voice was back! It’s not the finished product but you get the gist of it!”

Set for release on Friday 21 February through BMG, Protest And Survive is available to pre-order here.

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VIDEOS OF THE YEAR!

We’ve seen some great videos this year – some flash and fancy, others cheap but cheerful – many of which were exclusively premiered with Vive Le Rock! We decided to get our heads together and come up with our Top 10. Unfortunately, there were just so many good ones, we rounded it up to fifteen. You’re welcome! Enjoy!

15. BRUTALISTS – TAKE IT ALL AWAY

14. LOS PEPES – POSITIVE NEGATIVE

13. SMALLTOWN TIGERS – JUST FRIENDS

12. GRADE 2 – GRAVEYARD ISLAND

11. AMYL & THE SNIFFERS – SOME MUTTS CAN’T BE MUZZLED

10. THE SPEEDWAYS – THEY DON’T KNOW

9. IDLES – MERCEDES MARXIST

8. THE CRAVATS – SHY

7. BOOZE & GLORY – MY HEART IS BURNING

6. HARD-ONS – OH… YOUR CRUSHED?

5. JOHNNY MOPED – LIVING IN A DREAM WORLD

4. MICHAEL MONROE – LAST TRAIN TO TOKYO

3. THE SPECIALS – VOTE FOR ME

2. LUICIDAL – ONE STEEL SOLDIER

1. RMBLR – SERIOUS

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TIDINGS OF COMFORT AND JOY!

Iconic South London post-punks BAND OF HOLY JOY sweep out the old and ring in the new with a pair of shows either side of the New Year.

The hugely influential band, first formed in New Cross by transplanted Geordie, Johny Brown in 1984, have had a bit of a rebirth in recent years with a brace of widely acclaimed albums – 2017’s Funambulist We Love You and this year’s Neon Primitives, both through the Tiny Global label, as well as playing numerous shows, including dates with DOCTORS OF MADNESS . They’re currently in the studio working on new material.

The band head down to Brighton on Sunday 29 December for a show at The Prince Albert, with support from ASBO DEREK. Tickets are available here.

Then it’s into the New Year with a special Pennyblackmusic show at The Water Rats, London on Friday 17 January. They’ll be joined by MOON UNDER WATER and DREAM MAPS. Tickets are on sale here.

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CIRCLE JERKS ADD LONDON DATE!

As expected, CIRCLE JERKS have added a London date to their European tour next year.

As previously announced, the reconvened L.A. band will be playing a string of dates across Europe during the summer in celebration of the 40th Anniversary of their classic debut album Group Sex, including an appearance at Rebellion in August.

The band, who were originally formed in 1979 by former BLACK FLAG frontman Keith Morris and ex-RED KROSS (and future BAD RELIGION) guitarist Greg Hetson, will play London’s Electric Ballroom in Camden Town on Wednesday 5 August. Tickets are available here.

The dates will be accompanied by a special commemorative reissue of Group Sex.

Full dates below…

Check out Group Sex album tracks ‘Deny Everything’ and ‘Don’t Care’ live in ’85….

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RMBLR VIDEO EXCLUSIVE!

Hot-to-trot Georgia rockers RMBLR are back with a brand new video which they’re launching worldwide today with Vive Le Rock!

We first wrote about the band – pronounced Rambler – back at the start of 2017 when we premiered their track ‘Name Game’ from the EP Territory released through Fat Possum.

The video for ‘Serious’, whose footstomping rough-house rock’n’roll straddles ’77 punk, glam and greasy street-rock, was directed, edited and shot by noted Atlanta filmmaker Video Rahim, who’s also responsible for clips by the likes of Mastodon, Biters and Blackberry Smoke.

First released at the start of last year, ‘Serious’ is available to buy here.

With members hailing from Baltimore and Atlanta, Rmblr emerged out of the touring line-up of notorious East Coast proto-punks DINOS BOYS. Among their influences, they cite Chuck Berry, The Saints, Coloured Balls and The Kids, and that’s good enough for us.

We reckon you’re gonna be hearing a whole lot more from these guys. Seriously.

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CLASH COUNTRY ROCKERS!

The music of THE CLASH is to be celebrated in a special show in London in the New Year.

Americana Clash!, part of AmericanaFest UK, will see a host of names from the UK folk and Americana scene playing a selection of songs from the Clash repertoire at the Oslo venue in Hackney on Monday 27 January.

The Clash and Americana, are of course, inextricably linked. When Texan songwriter JOE ELY played The Venue in London’s Victoria in 1978, The Clash were in attendance and artist and band would spend the next few days hanging out at various establishments around town including Dingwalls and The Hope & Anchor. The following year, both bands would play the famed Armadillo World Headquarters venue in Austin, while Ely would support The Clash on their London Calling tour in 1980, hooking up whenever The Clash found themselves in Texas.

Much later, during the sessions for JOHNNY CASH’s final album, Joe Strummer would join Cash on a recording of Bob Marley’s ‘Redemption Song’.

Apparently, the two Joes had planned to record an album together in Mexico, a project that was derailed when Strummer sadly passed away in December 2002.

Artists performing at the Americana Clash! event include FRANK TURNER, GRACE PETRIE, DANNY WILSON (of DANNY & THE CHAMPIONS OF THE WORLD), PETER BRUNTNELL and more.

Proceeds from the gig will go to the Joe Strummer Foundation and Hackney Winter Night Shelter.

Tickets are on sale here.

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