London garage punks SUICIDE GENERATION are back with a brand new single.
Crashing in on the back of a hideously lo-fi video, ‘Prisoner Of Love’ is the first fruit of recordings laid down last spring with former CANNIBAL Patrice Picard at the desk, and Detroit legend Jim Diamond working his mixing and mastering magic.
Emerging at the tail-end of 2016, Suicide Generation have worn out numerous line-ups around their songwriting nucleus of frontman Sebastian Melmoth and guitarist Vince Suicide, churning up the highways of Europe, taking time-out to drop a pair of incendiary long-players.
All that roadwork means that the new 7″ will be coming out on 10 October through FIVE different international labels…
Family Spree Recordings (Spain) Surfin’ Ki Records (Italy) Wanda Records (Germany) Spaghetty Town Records (USA) Dirty Water Records (UK – digital only)
Brighton punks COCKWOMBLE have a new single out, which they’re premiering today exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
The dark, brooding post-punk of ‘Threads’ is a first taste of the band’s eponymous album which is available on CD here and from gigs, and digitally later in the year.
Formed last year and featuring Vicky from THE RAMONAS on bass, Ali on guitar/vocals and Leah on drums, have already released three EPs that have been receiving rave reviews, their explosive gigs making them ones to watch on the new UK punk scene.
“‘Threads’ is about how delicately everything we take for granted is held together,” they say. “Once you cut the threads society falls to pieces. The threads holding your mental health together are the same. You cut the threads, it all falls down. The end.”
You can catch Cockwomble live at the following dates…
25 Oct – The Richmond, Brighton (w/ Austerity + Gulls) 26 Oct – Centrala, Birmingham (w/ Long Tall Texans) 4 Dec – The Castle & Falcon, Birmingham (w/ UK Subs)
Fab London rock’n’rollers THE FUTURE SHAPE OF SOUND are back with a new single and they’re premiering it exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
The rousing Gospel-driven rock’n’soul floorshaker ‘Joy’ first appeared on the band’s Shakedown Gospel album, released last year through Gypsy Hotel Records to a glowing 9-out-of-10 review in the pages of Vive Le Rock!
Recorded at the band’s Space Eko Studios in East London, the single features contributions from the Urban Voodoo Machine’s Paul-Ronney Angel, and the Blues Kitchen Gospel Choir. Highlight of the track, though, is the sumptuous lead vocal of Suri Sumatra.
The band will be launching ‘Joy’ with a very special party at The Underdog Gallery, London Bridge on Saturday 14 September, with sets from FSOS, Paul-Ronney Angel and DJs Barry ‘Scratchy’ Myers and 7 Inch Max.
Veteran punks RESISTANCE 77 celebrates more than four decades of punk history with their new video which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
‘Punk’s Not Dead But I’m Not Far Off’ is a rabble-rousing anthem for those that have stayed the course, celebrating the Facebook group of the same name and referencing numerous punk classics, and the video, by Stuart Sterling, features cameos from various friends and acquaintances from the band’s illustrious forty-year career.
“We have built up a good friendship and working relationship with Stuart Sterling who is working on a video documentary about R77 to celebrate our 40th year as a band next year,” they say. “So it was a natural choice to involve him with shooting a video to the song. The icing on the cake came when the friends that we have in other bands agreed to guest on the video and we are honoured to have them support us in our venture.”
The band have had a busy couple of years, with appearances at the Punk Rock Bowling and Crash festivals in the US and their NINETEENTH!!! consecutive appearance at Rebellion this summer. With gigs in Scotland and Belgium planned for the rest of the year, they’re also looking to complete a new album for 2020.
Dapper Devon punks CROOKED LITTLE SONS have a new single and video which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
Hailing from Exeter, the band have been around since 2013, making their recording debut with a 5-track EP through Easy Action Records. Along the way, they’ve torn a strip off numerous UK festivals, from Manchester Punk Festival and Burn It Down to 3 Chords and Amplified.
Now with the explosive yob-rock Motörhead-gone-Oi thrills of ‘Snake’ in their arsenal, they’re fully tooled-up for dates taking them up to the end of the year, including a bunch of EU dates. Check ’em out at….
30 Aug – The Junction, Plymouth 31 Aug – Burn It Down Festival, Torquay 20 Sept – The Fighting Cocks, Kingston (w/ Hip Priests) 21 Sept – Rumspringa 2.0, Erpe, Belgium 23 Sept – Music City, Antwerp, Belgium 28 Sept – Kraken Bar, Cherbourg, France 31 Oct – The Cavern Club, Exeter 13 Dec – TBA, Manchester
EIGHT ROUNDS RAPID have announced a handful of dates hot on the heels of their recent live album.
The Essex post-punk blues decontructionists recorded the live show in Stuttgart in October 2017 for the Kosmic Orgon Kannister radio show. The limited edition 12″ vinyl plus free 7″ release features fourteen band originals plus their abrasive covers of Mick Farren’s ‘Drink’ and ‘Mr Pharmacist’ by US garage legends The Other Half, made famous by The Fall.
The album comes complete with a free poster, photographs and setlist from the night of the gig, and is available now via Bandcamp.
The band, who feature Wilko Johnson’s son Simon on guitar, recently dropped an explosive two-part video of a live show at London’s Shacklewell Arms. With a claustrophobic Technicolor vibe that channels the mid-60s heyday of the British Blues Boom, you can check the first part here…
Aside from the forthcoming live dates, Eight Rounds Rapid have been preparing the follow-up to 2017’s acclaimed second album Objet D’Art, which scored a 9-out-of-10 review in Vive Le Rock from The Members’ Nicky Tesco. The as-yet-untitled new album is due next Spring.
“There were always supporters who followed us around,” says frontman David Alexander. “In a small venue there will be someone who travelled a long way to see us. We own our songs, we own our outsider sound. Because we don’t fit, and because we do everything ourselves you become resilient. Our next album will be as original as the first two and some people will like it. Others won’t get it at all, but we are in this for the long haul and we might just leave something good behind.”
The band’s latest round of dates kicks off in Deptford this weekend and takes in shows in Guildford, Liverpool and Amsterdam. Full dates are…
Sat 24 Aug – Birds Nest, Deptford, London Sat 21 Sept – Holroyd Arms, Guildford Sat 5 Oct – Outpost, Liverpool Fri 11 Oct – Maloe Melo, Amsterdam
WAYNE HUSSEY sets out on a solo tour this month in support of his recently published autobiography.
Salad Daze was published in May and follows the musicians life from his early days in Bristol, up to Liverpool, across the Pennines to Leeds and further afield as the life of an internationally renowned artist beckoned. Most widely recognised as the frontman of multi-million-selling THE MISSION, Hussey’s career has taken in stints with PAULINE MURRAY’S INVISIBLE GIRLS, DEAD OR ALIVE and THE SISTERS OF MERCY.
Published through Omnibus Press, Salad Daze is available in various editions and bundles here.
The Salad Daze Tour 2019, which kicks off at the Queens Hall in Nuneaton on 26 August and winds up at the Komedia in Bath on 6 November, will find Hussey relating episodes and anecdotes from his storied career, illustrated by musical highlights from his 200-song repertoire.
Full dates are…
26 Aug – Queens Hall, Nuneaton 27 Aug – Discovery Centre, Winchester 28 Aug – H&C Club, Bristol 29 Aug – Marrs Bar, Worcester 30 Aug – Fuel Rock Club, Cardiff 31 Aug – The Bullingdon, Oxford 1 Sept – Black Market VIP, Hastings 22 Oct – Chinnery’s, Southend 23 Oct – Esquires, Bedford 24 Oct – Night People, Manchester 25 Oct – Bootleg Social, Blackpool 26 Oct – Cluny, Newcastle 27 Oct – Audio, Glasgow 2 Nov – Pavilion, Whitby 5 Nov – Nambucca, London 6 Nov – Komedia, Bath
While Rebellion was in full swing in Blackpool last weekend, STIFF LITTLE FINGERS headed off for a short tour of Sweden as a warm up for the UK and Irish gigs planned later this month.
Supported by the always energizing and exciting local punks The Headlines, SLF covered the three main cities in four days. Vive Le Rock was lucky to catch the band on fire at KB in Malmö on Friday night where they played a storming gig to an enthusiastic crowd, who were offered a good mix of old and new favourites including new and unreleased song ’16 Shots’, about the 17-year old black youth Laquan MaDonald who was killed by Chicago Police, along with unavoidable numbers like ‘Suspect Device’, ‘Strummerville’, ‘Alternative Ulster’ and ‘My Dark Places’ to name a few.
SLF resume touring in the UK and Irleand next week. Catch the band live at…
Fri 16 Aug – King George’s Hall, Blackburn, Sat 17 Aug – Hardwick Hall Hotel, Durham Sun 18 Aug – Tivoli, Buckley Tues 20 Aug – KK’s Steel Mill, Wolverhampton Wed 21 Aug – Guildhall, Gloucester Fri 23 Aug – The Academy, Dublin Sat 24 Aug – Custom House Square, Belfast
The late FOLK DEVILS frontman IAN LOWERY has his 1989 album with THE IAN LOWERY GROUP reissued for its 30th Anniversary this week.
The album saw a line-up change for Lowery’s post-Folk Devils project KING BLANK for what was effectively the outfit’s second album, and consequently a name-change too, hence the punning title King Blank To… The Ian Lowery Group.
Originally released through Beggars Banquet subsidiary Situation Two, King Blank To… gets a digitally-remastered download-only release through Beggars Arkive this Friday 2 August.
Lowery’s musical career had begun with highly-rated Sunderland punks THE WALL, whose debut single for Small Wonder, ‘New Way’, is a card-carrying second-wave classic. The singer quit to form pioneering punk-funkers SKI PATROL in 1980, releasing several singles before moving on to greater acclaim with Folk Devils.
Following Folk Devils’ demise in ’87, Lowery took up the name King Blank for his solo and collaborative projects, rather than as a solid band. After their debut album, original Devils guitarist Kris Jozajtis and drummer Kevin Rooney departed, with bassist Hugh Garrety, drummer Alan Burgess, former The Wall guitarist Joe Hammond and future BUSH guitarist Nigel Pulsford recording the follow-up.
Trailed by the incendiary single/video ‘Need’ – a Sounds magazine Single Of The Week – the album was released to considerable acclaim, with Lowery and Pulsford undertaking a promotional tour of the US, before the mercurial singer moved on the fresh pastures, tragically passing away in 2001.
This new 30th Anniversary edition of King Blank To… sees the original 12 tracks augmented by two b-sides, a pair of previously unreleased live tracks and the spoken word ‘Ian Lowery Speaks’, previously released on a promo flexi for US college radio.
NEW MODEL ARMY have just unveiled a windswept video for their new single.
‘Never Arriving’ is the second single to be taken from the Bradford band’s new album From Here, which received a stunning 9/10 review in Vive Le Rock! It’s due out on 23 August through Ear Music and is available to pre-order here.
The video was shot in the wilds of Yorkshire on an inclement May day by Stacy Picard and Vaughn Matthews.
As previously announced the band head out on tour in support of the album during the autumn and winter. Full dates are…
08/10 – 1865, Southampton 13/11 – SWX, Bristol 14/11 – Electric Ballroom, London 15/11 – Junction, Cambridge 16/11 – Stylus, Leeds 17/11 – Tramshed, Cardiff 19/11 – Live Rooms, Chester 20/11 – Boiler Shop, Newcastle 21/11 – Liquid Rooms, Edinburgh 22/11 – O2 Ritz, Manchester 23/11 – O2 Institute, Birmingham 12/12 – Concorde 2, Brighton 21/12 – Rock City, Nottingham
There’s a six-page New Model Army feature in the latest edition of Vive Le Rock! out now!!
MOTÖRHEAD are to have their two classic 1979 albums reissued in celebration of their 40th Anniversaries.
Overkill, released in March ’79, and Bomber, which followed in October, catapulted the trio into the major league, scooting up the album charts,with their title tracks breaching the Top 30 of the singles charts, paving the way for the following year’s Ace Of Spades.
Each album will be available in deluxe hardback book format in double-CD and triple-vinyl editions.
The releases will be accompanied by a spectacular collectors’ box set, 1979. The set will feature both the original Overkill and Bomber albums half-speed mastered and pressed on 180 gram vinyl created from the original master tapes; two double-live albums of previously unheard concert material from ’79 shows at Aylesbury Friars and La Rotunde in Le Mans; a 40-page period-accurate ‘music magazine’ featuring unseen photos and fresh interviews regarding the era; The Rest of ’79 vinyl, featuring B-sides, outtakes and rare tracks; ‘No Class’ 7” single with gatefold art; the Bomber tour programme; Overkill sheet music book, and finally, a ’79 badge set.
All this comes encased in an elaborate black biker jacket box.
Years in the making, these projects came to fruition with the assistance of key people who were part of their ’79 circle of friends, crew, and accomplices and with access to the band’s extensive private archives. The same level of attention to detail is promised on future projects.
Watch a previously unreleased live version of ‘Bomber’…
Set for release on 25 October through BMG, both Overkill and Bomber and the 1979 box set are available to pre-order here.
Ones-to-watch punk rockers MC16 have an incendiary new video and they’re premiering it exlusively with Vive Le Rock! ahead of their second appearance at Rebellion.
‘Burn It Down’ is taken from the trio’s debut four-track EP Outvoted By Robots. Produced by Dave Draper (The Professionals, The Wildhearts, Terrorvision) it’s released via the newly formed Neverlution Records label.
MC16 believe that music should challenge, confront, question and entertain – capturing the spirit of true punk rock music.
“It’s a title inspired by a bleak look at the future on earth,” guitarist and singer Tom Carson of Outvoted By Robots. “When AI eventually takes over evolution, Google announces they are taking over the world and we are all fucked as we become data rather than human beings.”
The EP tracks reflect a view of just how fucked-up society is and its inequalities within – each song offering a strong vantage point on thorny subject matters. From the anarchic frustrations of ‘Burn It Down’ – a song about the relationship with fire; ‘City Killer’ points the finger at the failure of city councils around the UK to tackle homelessness adequately; tales of toxic masculinity and false hopes and dreams of military recruitment on ‘The Sergeant’; right through to the irony within closer ‘Vive La France’ – with the strange combination of power in words of inspiration and words of fear.
Musically, MC16 are a short sharp shock of classic punk rock – a whirlwind of snarl and bite, mixed with a ragged melody and street-wise energies.
Outvoted By Robots is available on CD here and digitally via all the regular platforms.
Rebellion takes places at Blackpool Winter Gardens August 1-4. You can catch MC16 on the Pavilion Stage on the Sunday at 2.30pm. As well as MC16, the weekend line-up also features sets from The Damned, The Skids, The Stranglers, UK Subs, The Descendants, Conflict, Cock Sparrer, Subhumans, Ruts DC, Penetration, Bar Stool Preachers, Cockney Rejects, Los Fastidios, Giuda, Spear Of Destiny, The Godfathers and many, many more.
DINOSAUR JR are to have four classic albums reissued in expanded form on CD and vinyl.
Green Mind, Where You Been, Without A Sound and Hand It Over were originally released by the legendary Massachusetts band between 1991 and ’97 when they were signed to Warner Bros, and were seen as a second wind for the band following their implosion after their UK breakthrough album Bug in 1998.
Each of the releases, curated with full input from band founder J Mascis, and including new sleevenotes from noted journalist Keith Cameron, will be available on double vinyl and double CD from 27 September through Cherry Red.
Green Mind surfaced in 1991 and featured Mascis playing most instruments on most songs, with contributions from original drummer Murph, along with briefly recruited bassist Don Fleming and drummer Dan Spiegel from the band Gumball.
The rerelease features copious bonus tracks, including the Whatever’s Cool With Me EP, while the CD version also has a previously unreleased live set from Hollywood Palladium.
Where You Been, released in ’93, was a major commercial success, reaching the UK Top 10, with the accompanying single ‘Start Choppin’ making the Top 20. It saw a return of Murph to fulltime duties and the arrival of bassist Mike Johnson, as well as the unlikely presence of a string quartet.
Bonus tracks include a version of The Flying Burrito Brothers’ ‘Hot Burrito #2’ and a selection of Peel Session tracks. The CD also includes a previously unreleased live set from St Paul Civic Centre.
Released in ’94, Without A Sound was the first Dinosaur J not to feature Murph, with Mascis handling the drums himself. It yielded the hit single ‘Feel The Pain’. Bonus tracks on this edition include tracks recorded live in London, with the CD adding instrumental versions of album tracks.
Their last album for a decade, although ’97’s Hand It Over sold poorly, offering no radio hits, it’s apparently regarded by Mascis as his favourite album from the Warner period. Opening track ‘I Don’t Think’ featured vocals from My Bloody Valentine’s Bilinda Butcher and Kevin Shields, who produced the track.
Bonus tracks include an EP of songs recorded for the Matt Dillon movie Grace Of My Heart and tracks from an Australian TV broadcast, with the CD adding an unreleased set from a show in Stockholm.
DIY punk legends TELEVISION PERSONALITIES have an elaborate and comprehensive singles collection out this week.
Formed in Chesea in 1977 by Dan Treacy, later joined by SWELL MAPS’ Jowe Head, the band are perhaps best-know for their 1978 tracks ‘Where’s Bill Grundy Now?’ and ‘Part-Time Punks’ before turning towards psychedelia with ‘I Know Where Syd Barrett Lives’.
The double-CD hardback book-form package houses Some Kind Of Happening – Singles 1978-1989 and Some Kind Of Trip – Singles 1990-1994, the compilation contains numerous highpoints and rarities from a multitude of labels, including their debut 45 ’14th Floor’, a Creation Records flexi, their ultra-rare take on Mel & Kim’s ‘Respectable’ and 1989’s nearly-hit ‘Salvador Dali’s Garden Party’…
Set for release on 12 July through Fire Records, the anthology is available to pre-order here.
Jowe Head, meanwhile, has his new double solo album Widdershins – in which he tackles weird folk, post-punk and Krautrock – out through Easy Action Records on the same day. It’s available to pre-order here.
Jowe plays The Stag’s Head, Hoxton, London on 27 July.
East Anglia’s leading melodic punks BEVERLEY KILLS venture forth from their Cambridge base for a handful of dates next month.
The much-loved quartet have kept a relatively low profile in recent years – save for a track on a flexi from Repeat Fanzine in 2017 and a very special 10th Anniversary show in their hometown last year.
The band now break cover for a trio of shows in Norwich, Newcastle and London, where they play this year’s Wonkfest.
Full dates are…
Fri 26 July – Gringo’s, Norwich (w/Goober Patrol & Project Mork) Sat 27 July – The Dome, Tufnell Park, London (Wonk Fest 7) Sat 31 Aug – The Cluny, Newcastle (w/China Drum)
In other news, Bevs guitarist Kate Fleet has just published her first children’s book. Monty Mouse of Cambridge Town was written by Kate and illustrated by Angela Cogo and is available here.
Now in its fifth year, the Red Rooster Festival has shaped up from humble beginnings to be THE go-to weekend for rock’n’roll, blues and roots music . Vive Le Rock donned its dungarees to check it out….
RED ROOSTER FESTIVAL EUSTON HALL, SUFFOLK
With a track record of good weather, Red Rooster is something of a rarity in the UK calendar. Better not jinx it! It’s also one of the easiest on the eye, when it comes to locations, situated in the grounds of Euston Hall on the Norfolk-Suffolk border, by wood and river. Moreover, it’s compactness means you don’t waste time and energy slogging everywhere, can easily find your mates and are generally in with a good chance of making it back to your tent before passing out.
Kicking off on the Thursday evening, just as most people are arriving, the mainstage offers a low-key bill of mellow country rock, headlined by Philadelphia’s Low Cut Connie, trading in a weird concoction of garage rock through a Queen filter.
The following morning, though, the fest sets off in earnest with London’s long-serving Cajun aces Joli Blon, who do an amazing job of shaking the masses out of their torpor. The day takes shape approvingly via the many-headed Cash-style country-punk of The Johnsons, ZZ Top-channelling newcomer Sam Morrow and Texan golden boy Jarrod Dickinson, who takes time to salute homestate legend Doug Sahm with a terrific cover of ‘I’m Glad For Your Sake’.
After a Prosecco-and-veggie-burrito break, Vive Le Rock returns to the mainstage for another of Texas’s finest sons, Dale Watson. Single-handedly saving country music one truckin’ song at a time, Dale’s on fine form, the crowd quickly getting into singalong mode on ‘I Lie When I Drink’ (“…and I drink a lot!”). Ever the consummate pro, Dale takes some beating, although Nick Lowe gives it a good go. Since teaming up with LA’s masked instrumental surf band Los Straightjackets, the Godfather of Pub has been reinvigorated: delivering an elementary ‘greatest hits’ set, rockin’ recent single ‘Tokyo Bay’ is as good as anything the great man’s ever done.
By Saturday both stages – and the sun’s rays – are getting into their stride, so we slap on the lotion to enjoy sets on the Little Red Rooster acoustic stage from fast-rising skateboarder-cum-country-blues-picker, Yorkshire’s own Serious Sam Barrett – drawing one of the biggest crowds of the weekend – and the country’n’rockabilly of The Haystingers, unphased by a mid-set power failure.
Over on the mainstage, it’s Euro-tastic with youthful French rockabillies Howlin’ Jaws delivering a blistering set, closely followed by Switzerland’s Powersolo and the homegrown Oh! Gunquit, featuring the finest hula-hooping, trumpet-blowing frontwoman of the festival.
East Londoner Errol Linton has been a reliable draw on the London scene for many years, so it’s great to watch him deliver a crowd-pleasing mid-afternoon set of his reggae-infused blues. He’s definitely deserving of bigger things. So too, Cedric Burnside: grandson of the legendary R.L. who kickstarted the noughties punk-blues scene, he delivered a blistering set, backed only by a hard-hitting drummer with an infectious beat. The two even swapped places at one point!
For the final act of the weekend, Vive was in a bit of a quandary, but sorely tempted by the soul-inspired space-rock of The Budos Band, we opted for the tried’n’tested Legendary Shackshakers on the Little Red Rooster stage. One of the most dynamic acts of the festival, it’s a shame they’re relegated to the smaller stage, but their fiery gothic-country-punk has zero airs and graces, quickly creating the atmosphere of the moshpit, frontman J.D. Wilkes risking life and limb (his, the band’s, the crowd’s) with his cavalier mic-stand antics. A brilliant punk-rock frontman, and quite possibly the only one armed with a banjo, Wilkes is a force of nature who deserves much wider fame.
The party kept rockin’ well into the night over on the Howlin’ Woods DJ stage, but totally spent from the Shackshakers, Vive (dis)gracefully retired. Out first Red Rooster successfully completed, we’ll definitely be back next year.
Punk legend BRIAN JAMES has added a one-off London show this summer.
The former DAMNED and LORDS OF THE NEW CHURCH axeman – and let’s not forget, author of THE very first UK punk single ‘New Rose’ – hasn’t played in the capital since a World Cup-bothering show at the Lexington last summer, celebrating the vinyl reissue of his classic debut album.
This time he’ll be playing Oxford Street’s fabled 100 Club, scene of many early victories, including the legendary 100 Club Punk Festival in September of ’76.
The show on Friday 23 August will also feature special guests THE DeRELLAS with Londoners ELECTRICS opening proceedings.
Tickets are available from the 100 Club website, with a FREE CD EP for the first 100 tickets sold!
London punks HEALTHY JUNKIES have a new video which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
‘This Is Not A Suicide’ is taken from the band’s latest album Delirious Dream which was released last Autumn.
The band have a bunch of dates coming up, including their third annual FREE Punk & Roll Rendezvous festival from 6-8 September at The Unicorn, Camden featuring 25 bands plus DJs. Full dates are…
12 July – The 100 Cub (w/The Vibrators and Penetration) 13 July – The Unicorn, Camden ( Punk & Roll Rendezvous ) 20 July – Percy’s Cafe, Whitchurch 26 July – The Amersham Arms, New Cross, London 3 Aug – Rebellion Festival, Blackpool 17 Aug – Wolsey’s, Bangor, N Ireland (BBA Taking Control Festival) 23 Aug – The Mulberry, Sheffield (Punks Against Cancer) 31 Aug – BOSfest. Burnham-on -sea 7 Sept – The Unicorn, Camden (Punk &and Roll Rendezvous) 18 Sept – The Dublin Castle, London 28 Sept -Kollis The Lounge, London 5 Oct – HRH Punk Festival, O2 Academy, Sheffield
Delirious Dream is available now from the band’s website.