Roots rock supergroup THE A.C.C. have a new video and they’re premiering it exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
‘Never Gave Up’ is taken from the band’s debut album Beautiful, At Night, which was released last month.
An abbreviation of Abbiati Cantarelli Conspiracy, The A.C.C. are fronted by co-guitarist/vocalists Ed Abbiati from roots rock band Lowlands and Stiv Cantarelli of blues-punks Silent Strangers and J.D. Hangover notoriety. The band’s line-up is completed by drummer Antonio Perugini from the Silent Strangers and bassist Joe Barreca of The Mandolin Brothers. Their fifth guest member on the album is guitar and keyboard player Chris Cacavas from Green On Red and The Dream Syndicate.
The STRAY CATS have unveiled another new video for a track from their new album.
‘Rock It Off’ is taken from the album 40, the Long Island trio’s first new studio album in 26 years, in celebration of their 40th Anniversary.
The video, directed by John Logsdon, comprises session footage from the recording of the album at Nashville’s Blackbird Studio with producer Peter Collins and engineer Vance Powell.
“I wanted to make this record, the three of us standing like we do onstage,” says Brian Setzer. “When we set up like that, that’s when you get your best performances, because you’re feeding off each other a lot more.”
“‘Rock It Off’ may be my favourite track on 40“, says Slim Jim Phantom. “When the guitar riff comes in, I stand up a little straighter and imagine a peacock strutting. It’s got a shuffle groove that’s tailor-made for me to do the bop-bop-a-bop – the video captures the fun and good vibes we all shared while making the whole album.”
As previously announced, the Stray Cats embark on a tour of the UK and Europe in June and July. Full dates are…
Fri 21 Jun – Azkena Rock Festival, Spain Sun 23 Jun – 02 Academy, Birmingham Tues 25 Jun – 02 Apollo, Manchester Wed 26 June – Hammersmith Apollo, London Thurs 27 June – Hammersmith Apollo, London Sat 29 June – Retro C Trop, France Mon 01 July – AFAS Live, Netherlands Wed 03 July – Columbiahalle, Germany Thurs 04 July – Palladium, Germany Sat 06 July – American Tours Festival, France Sun 07 July – Les Eurockeennes, France Tues 09 July – Killesberg, Germany Thurs 11 July – Zenith, Germany Fri 12 July – X-Tra, Switzerland Sat 13 July – Musilac Festival, France Thurs 18 July – Pori Jazz Festival, Finland Sat 20 July – Summer Jamboree, Sweden
40 is released on 24 May through Surfdog/Mascot and is available to pre-order here.
THE PSYCHEDELIC FURS have announced another round of UK dates for the Autumn.
Based in the USA for some years, the dates in October continue the band’s renewed homeland activity, which has seen them visit the UK for three years running, and included an appearance at last year’s Meltdown, hosted by THE CURE’s Robert Smith.
Formed by the Butler brothers Richard and Tim in Surrey in 1977, the band went on to become one of the most influential of UK post-punk bands, particularly in the US, where their song ‘Pretty In Pink’ inspired a successful movie of the same name. All the band’s original albums were reissued on vinyl last year. Rumours persist of a new album in the works, their first since 1991’s World Outside.
Kicking off in Manchester on 1 October, the tour culminates with a show at London’s legendary Roundhouse. Support on all dates comes from the new band formed by former TRANSVISION VAMP singer Wendy James. Full dates are…
Tues 1 Oct – O2 Ritz, Manchester Thurs 3 Oct – Pyramids Centre, Portsmouth Fri 4 Oct – Dome, Brighton Sat 5 Oct – O2 Institute, Birmingham Mon 7 Oct – Stylus, Leeds Tues 8 Oct – O2 Academy, Glasgow Wed 9 Oct – O2 Academy, Newcastle Fri 11 Oct – Rock City, Nottingham Sat 12 Oct – Roundhouse, London
Tickets got on sale at 10.00am on Friday 26 April here.
WILKO JOHNSON is to headline a new festival in the Kent seaside town of Margate this summer.
Just a short hop over the Thames Estuary for the ex-DR FEELGOOD guitar slinger, he’ll be joined by co-headliners LINDISFARNE and STEVE HARLEY & COCKNEY REBEL at the Margate Rhythm & Rock Festival which takes place at the town’s Winter Gardens over the weekend of 6-8 September.
Other confirmed acts include THE MEN THEY COULDN’T HANG, THE BLOCKHEADS, EDWARD TUDOR POLE, GENO WASHINGTON & THE RAM JAM BAND, DESMOND DEKKER’S ACES, HARDWICKE CIRCUS, JOHN OTWAY, HERE & NOW, STRAY, THE MEMBERS, SHARPEEZ, DJ WENDY MAY and loads more…
Iconic Ohio art-punks PERE UBU have announced a new album for this Summer.
The Long Goodbye, which takes its name from Raymond Chandler’s classic crime novel, really is long, but is not necessarily a goodbye. While stressing it’s not the end of Pere Ubu, mainman David Thomas says, “This wraps up every song and story that Pere Ubu has been telling in different ways for the past forty plus years. It is one definitive hour that provides the answers to the questions we’ve been asking and delivers it up into what I consider the definitive destination.”
Unlike any other Ubu album, the material was written and arranged by Thomas using his private collection of synthesisers and drum-machines before passing them to the other members to be fleshed out.
“I’d been listening to commercial pop radio non-stop for months,” says Thomas. “That’s what I wanted to rewrite and reimagine. Pop music shouldn’t be without meaning or truthfulness. We live in desperate towns and we keep on going regardless of the stench. It’s not often you’re gonna find the answers. If ever. But here is pop music the way it should sound.”
The band were rejoined by legendary English drummer Chris Cutler for a show in Paris last December, where they played the songs from the album for only the second time ever, before they had been finished in the studio, and the set features here on a special bonus CD, Montreuil.
The Long Goodbye is released through Cherry Red on 12 June.
The ever-industrious KIRK BRANDON has announced dates for all three of his legendary bands for the spring and summer.
Having successfully reactivated both THEATRE OF HATE and SPEAR OF DESTINY in recent years, the start of 2019 also saw him reconvening a line-up of his first band, THE PACK alongside a vinyl reissue of the compilation album Dead Ronin.
Spear Of Destiny, who released a new studio album Tontine a year ago, play the following dates…
Wed 1st May – MIDDLESBROUGH Westgarth Social Club Thur 2nd May – BATHGATE Dreadnought Fri 3rd May – HUDDERSFIELD The Parish Sat 4th May – NUNEATON Queens Hall
Spear Of Destiny then meet up with Theatre Of Hate at the Westworld Weekender at The Royal Hotel, Crewe on 10-11 May.
Theatre Of Hate, whose latest album Kinshi was released in 2016, then play…
Thur 16th May – LONDON 229 Club Fri 17th May – MANCHESTER Club Academy Sat 18th May – NORTHAMPTON Roadmender Sun 19th May – SHEFFIELD Greystones
The Pack then pick up the baton for shows at…
Thur 6th June – PAISLEY, Bungalow Fri 7th June – NEWCASTLE, University Sat 8th June – MANCHESTER, Ritz Sun 9th June – YORK, Fulford Arms
L.A. punks OFF! are crowdfunding a new movie for release next year!
Described as a ‘modern day Repo Man‘, Watermelon: A Sci-Fi Punk Rockumentary will be preceded by a new album of the same name.
The supergroup were formed in 2009 featuring former Black Flag and Circle Jerks singer Keith Morris, bassist Steven McDonald from Redd Kross, ex-Burning Brides guitarist Dimitri Coats, and Earthless drummer Mario Rubalcaba.
The comedy, which was begun in 2016, picks up in Los Angeles five years after OFF! have disbanded. In an attempt to conquer his diabetes-induced erectile dysfunction, Keith Morris comes across a mind-altering medication extracted from mysterious watermelons. The drug not only restores his virility, it also gives him the ability to travel through space and time, prompting him to offer it to the rest of the group as a solution to their problems. Dimitri, Steven, Mario, and Dale find renewed faith in OFF! as the watermelon helps turn the band into hardcore heroes who can see and predict horrific events before they happen. When they turn to music, the group discovers a new experimental approach which not only redefines punk, but also becomes an underground movement.
Cornish psych-rockers HANTERHIR are back with a new single and video, and they’re launching it exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
Originally from the Redruth band’s self-titled debut EP, ‘Radio Song’ is taken from their new compilation Our Hour just released through Easy Action Records.
The band’s critically acclaimed triple-album The Saving Of Cadan was released last summer making numerous end-of-year lists, including our sister mag Louder Than War. The band are currently in the process of planning a series of UK dates.
Aussie legends THE CHURCH have announced a pair of London dates this Summer.
Following on from the success of their weekend event at Bush Hall, Shepherds Bush last June, the band return to the venue on Sat 8th and Sunday 9th June.
The event will see the band playing the albums Starfish and Seance in their entirety. The weekend will also feature band member solo sets and a screening of the Jean Cocteau film Wood Of The Poet with a live improvised soundtrack. There will also be a selection of tracks from Steve Kilbey’s 2008 solo album Painkiller, plus material from Jack Frost and Far Out Coporation, bands formed by Kilbey and Ian Haug (respectively) with The Go-Betweens’ Grant McLennan.
The Steve Kilbey biopic Something Quite Peculiar is being screened at the Regent Street Cinema on Friday 22nd March as part of the Vive Le Rock-sponsored Soundscreen Festival. Kilbey plays a solo show at The Islington London on Saturday 23rd March.
Stoke folk-punks HEADSTICKS head out on tour this month in support of their just released new album.
Kept In The Dark, the band’s third studio album, was released last week and is available on CD and double vinyl through STP Records.
The four-piece formed in 2012 out of the ashes of Cheshire’s TOWER STRUCK DOWN and Staffordshire’s JUGOPUNCH, developing their own brand of ‘revolutionary punk roots rock’n’roll’. Along the way they’ve shared stages with the likes of Spear Of Destiny, Buzzcocks, The Wildhearts and Ferocious Dog.
Check out the video fro ‘Peace Or War’…
This latest run of shows includes dates with STEVE IGNORANT’S SLICE OF LIFE and INTERROBANG, plus an appearance at Bearded Theory and a London date at The Bird’s Nest in Deptford. Full dates are…
23 Mar – MacStock, Black Market, Market Warsop. 6 Apr – White Hart, Ashby De La Zouch 7 Apr – Gigs For Digs, Eleven, Tunstall, Stoke On Trent 18 Apr – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds (w/ Steve Ignorant’s Slice Of Life & Interrobang) 19 Apr – The Rigger, Newcastle Under Lyme (w/ Steve Ignorant’s Slice Of Life & Interrobang) 20 Apr – The Maze, Nottingham (w/ Steve Ignorant’s Slice Of Life & Interrobang) 27 Apr – Rock Off Fibro, Saddle Rock Bar, Chester. 4 May – Eh Up Mi Duck Festival, Newstead Village, Nottingham 11 May – Bird’s Nest, Deptford, London 25 May – Bearded Theory, Catton Hall, Derbyshire 26 May – Strummercamp, Oldham Rugby Club, Oldham
A petition has been raised to erect a plaque in honour of the SEX PISTOLS’ final UK gig.
The gig took place at Huddersfield’s Ivanhoe’s nightclub on Christmas Day 1977, by which time the band was banned from playing in most of the UK. The event was organised as a benefit for the families of striking firemen, who’d been in dispute for nine weeks and were struggling to feed their families.
Unusually, the gig was open to all ages and footage shot by film-maker Julien Temple catches the unlikely sight of kids pogoing to ‘God Save The Queen’. The film footage would later see the light of day in the 2013 documentary Never Mind the Baubles: Xmas ’77 With the Pistols.
The petition, by fan Ian Lockwood and addressed to Kirklees Council, asks that a blue plaque to commemorate the event be erected on the facade of the former club, originally part of Huddersfield’s ornate Grand Picture Theatre and later incorporated into a supermarket.
THE STRANGLERS have been announced as headliners for this year’s AEG Vive Le Rock Awards.
The Guildford punk legends will be interrupting their current tour to join the likes of Suzi Quatro, Glen Matlock, Barrie Masters and Steve Diggle at the O2 Academy, Islington, London for the event of the year on Wednesday 27 March.
Take note though: because we’ve got so much to squeeze in, they’ll be playing a shorter set than they usually do!
Tickets, including special VIP packages, are available here. But they’re going very fast, and with this announcement they’ll more than likely be gone in the blink of an eye, so don’t hang about!!!
We’re super-chuffed to announce that Sex Pistol GLEN MATLOCK will be performing at the second VIVE LE ROCK AWARDS!
The legendary bassist and songwriter, who’s also served with the likes of The Rich Kids, International Swingers, Iggy Pop, Dead Men Walking and the Faces, is on top form following the release of his latest album Good To Go, featuring Chris Spedding, Earl Slick and Slim Jim Phantom. He’s also been nominated for the Best Roots Album Award.
THE STRAY CATS have revealed that their first new album in 26 years will be released this Spring, with UK dates set for the Summer.
The Massapequa, NY rockabilly legends resurfaced in 2018 for their first US dates in 10 years, followed by the announcement that they were working on a new album with producer Peter Collins, famed for his work with UK rockabilly rebels Matchbox, and Jack White’s engineer Vance Powell.
The album, succinctly titled 40, in honour of the trio’s 40th Anniversary, features a dozen new original tracks and is set for release in the Spring, exact date to be confirmed.
“Forty years ago, us three teenagers started a little band to play a musical style that had long since passed, and most folks had never heard of, this Rockabilly music,” revels singer and guitarist Brian Setzer. “Forty years later we stand together and still get that same thrill and exhilaration from the music. That feeling is what makes the fireworks go off and the sparks fly. It makes the world go around.”
The album release will be followed in the Summer by three dates, including a show at London’s Eventim Apollo which, as the fabled Hammersmith Odeon, has been the scene of some of the earliest Stray Cat victories. Full dates are…
Sun 23 June – Birmingham O2 Academy Tues 25 June – Manchester O2 Apollo Wed 26 June – London Eventim Apollo
Yorkshire punks TFG aka THE FUCKIN’ GLORIOUS have a new video out which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
‘Staring At The Sun’ is the band’s second single since the release of their debut album Trite last year. An observation of the current onslaught of fake news and media bias, frontman Beaker says about the song, “This is a song about the general population believing what they read in the media as they have done for years. Not questioning what’s printed in the press, what they read online for example and just blindly believing it.”
Guitarist Jimbo adds, “We wanted to make a video which not only visions what many of us have now switched on to, but we also wanted to tease and poke at the dark comedy that is the laughable UK media show with an added element of Top Of The Pops and a dancing troupe of twats. How can the working class not realise its all a fucking joke on us?”
The clip is the second of the band’s videos to be written and directed by filmmaker Paul Shrimpton. As Jimbo explains, “Shrimp and us lot go back many years as mates from previous bands and projects. He has crazy ideas, as do TFG and we find he understands the direction of the band and working together has been both very creative, close to how I vision the ideas, and a lot fun!”
‘Staring At The Sun’ is available to download from Bandcamp, where the album is also available to buy. The album will also be available from gigs, including their forthcoming dates with NYC’s THE CASUALTIES and an appearance – their fourth! – at this year’s Rebellion in August. Dates are…
31 Jan – Warehouse23, Wakefield (w/ The Casualties) 1 Feb – Wharf Chambers, Leeds (w/ Matilda’s Scoundrels) 3 Feb – Redrum, Stafford (w/ The Casualties) 5 Feb – Rebellion, Manchester (w/ The Casualties) 27 Apr – Voodoo Lounge, Stamford (w/ Milloy) 1-4 Aug – Rebellion, Blackpool