Swedish sleaze merchants BACKYARD BABIES have dropped a brand new video ahead of their New Year dates with THE WILDHEARTS, proudly sponsored by Vive Le Rock!
‘Yes To All No’ is taken from the Nässjö band’s eighth album Sliver & Gold, which was released in March.
Formed in 1987, Backyard Babies are one of Sweden’s biggest rock bands, their albums routinely hovering at the top of the national charts. Guitarist Dregen is also known for his stints with The Hellecopters, The Wildhearts and Michael Monroe.
Backyard Babies play the following dates….
28 Jan – O2 Academy, Newcastle 29 Jan – Limelight, Belfast 30 Jan – QMU, Glasgow 31 Jan – O2 Ritz, Manchester 1 Feb – O2 Forum Kentish Town, London 2 Feb – Tramshed, Cardiff 4 Feb – O2 Institute, Birmingham
Support on all dates come from Pennsylvania rockers CKY.
Horror-glam legend Alice Cooper returned to London last month with Detroit pal Wayne Kramer’s MC50 and the UK’s own men in black, The Stranglers in tow. Vive LeRock‘s Paula Frost was there…
The O2 Arena was overrun by shock rock fans dressed in black head to toe with black eye makeup, celebrating the original glam goth Alice Cooper, ‘Ol’ Black Eyes’! And for the return of Cooper to the UK, rock royalty turned out including Bobbie Gillespie of Primal Scream and Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth, ready for their masterclass in mayhem. Cooper was supported by a stellar line-up of MC50 and The Stranglers.
Proto punks MC50 opened the show, 50 years on from MC5’s debut album ‘Kick Out the Jams’ with the iconic guitarist Wayne Kramer, a close friend of Cooper’s who’s gigged with him since way back in Detroit in the ‘60s. The line-up also included Faith No More bassist Billy Gould, Kim Thayil and Matt Cameron of Soundgarden, Brendan Canty of Fugazi, Marcus Durant of Zen Guerrilla and Don Was from funk band Was (Not Was). The band opened with ‘Ramblin’ Rose’ and rolled out the hits including the essential ‘Kick Out The Jams’. They played with full on energy and brought spirit to their set which got the crowd going early. MC50 flaunted their 50th Anniversary black banner stating ‘1968 – 2018’.
Next, The Stranglers stepped up
their banner game with a huge backdrop of a dirty crumbling sewer, we’re
amongst the rats now. Original members JJ Burnel and keyboard/organist Dave
Greenfield played their slick whirling riffs almost effortlessly. Opening with
‘Toiler On The Sea’, they gave the audience a hits set including the classic
‘Golden Brown’ and ‘Peaches’. Frontman Baz changed the words of ‘Peaches’ to “I
can think of a lot worse places to be like in a room full of people with black
eyes.” And jeered at an audience member “Did you paint your eyes on the way
over here from work?”
Soon enough it was time for the main event. The room turned to black and as everyone began to cheer in anticipation of Cooper’s appearance, a snarling character vocal played out like the beginning of a horror movie. The opening sounds of ‘Feed My Frankenstein’ beam out of the stage and a curtain dropped to reveal a haunted castle reaching across the stage. Cooper’s five-piece band take charge and we’re in for the ride. A ten-foot-tall ghoul emerges from behind the castle tower and charges for Cooper, but two castle guards capture it and bring it back to its cage. Throughout the performance there’s a lot of horror theatrics including a giant baby covered in blood running around the stage, two girls being murdered and a zombie widow in a wedding dress dancing around.
Cooper goes from evil ringmaster to straight jacketed madman
and is even decapitated onstage – which looks impressively real. Stand out
songs of the night are ‘I’m Eighteen’, ‘Dead Babies’ and the finale ‘Schools
Out’. At the end of the show hundreds of giant purple balloons drop from the
ceiling onto the audience below and make for an incredible wow moment. You’ll
never see another show like it.
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Legendary and much missed London venue The 12 Bar Club is being celebrated with a series of vinyl records plus books, a DVD and a very special London show in December.
Situated at 26 Denmark Street – London’s original Tin Pan Alley – the 12 Bar’s inclusive booking policy and late bar made it much loved as a haunt for musicians and gig-goers across London until it was unceremoniously forced out by developers in 2015 after a long battle.
Orchestrated by promoters London Callin’, who staged regular punk gigs at the club from 2001 onwards, the 12 Bar Legacy Collection will comprise twelve coloured vinyl 7″ singles and EPs featuring acts that have played the club over the years. Bands already featured include COCK SPARRER, THE PENNY BLACK REMEDY, THE BAR STOOL PREACHERS and RUNNIN’ RIOT.
Already halfway through the series, the sixth and latest instalment features tracks from THE WITCHDOKTORS, SPACE WASTERS, FRIENDS OF LUCA BRASI and THE LOVE ME TENDERS.
The series also features two companion books and a DVD of Tali Clarke’s documentary A Riot Of Our Own.
The releases are available to buy individually or as part of a full subscription from the London Callin’ website.
London Callin’ have also announced a special gig at London’s Boston Arms Music Room in Tufnell Park on 14 December, featuring 999, MENACE, FIRE EXIT and THE BLEACH BOYS, who all feature on the 7th release in the series, copies of which will be available FREE to all ticketholders. Tickets are available here.
After a successful 2019, JIM JONES & THE RIGHTEOUS MIND kick off the New Year with a bang, with two shows in one day.
Hot on the heels of their ‘Get Down And Get With It’ hit single and tour, the band have lined up a pair of shows at London’s famous Lexington venue on Sunday 12 January.
Jim and the band will play an all-ages matinee show kicking off at 2pm, followed by an 18+ set from 7pm. Support comes from hostile Deutsche blues anarchist BONE ZENO (afternoon) and fast-rising London psych-freaks DAEMONIK FONCE (evening).
“Think of it as a double Sunday Service,” says Jones. “The earlier show will help baptize kids into the righteous ways of rock’n’roll, while the later show will be more of a confirmation. Either way, you can’t beat the Devil’s music on the Lord’s day.”
Tickets, priced £14 for each show on £25, are available here.
MICHAEL MONROE has revealed a new lyric video ahead of his UK tour.
‘Junk Planet’ is taken from the ex-HANOI ROCKS legend’s new album One Man Gang which came out last week.
As previously announced, Michael’s dates kick off at London’s Islington Academy on Wednesday 30 October and finish in Great Yarmouth at Hard Rock Hell on Saturday 9 November. Full dates are…
30 Oct – Islington Academy, London 1 Nov – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds 2 Nov – The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes 3 Nov – Engine Rooms, Southhampton 4 Nov – The Mill, Digbeth, Birmingham 5 Nov – The Garage, Glasgow 6 Nov – Club Academy, Manchester 7 Nov – The Fleece, Bristol 8 Nov – The Sugarmill, Stoke-on-Trent 9 Nov – Hard Rock Hell, Vauxhall Holiday Park, Great Yarmouth
Long lost Peterborough punks RIFF RAFF are to reform for a one-off London gig next year.
The band, best known for being the springboard for the future career of BILLY BRAGG, will be reconvening for a show at Camden Dingwalls on Saturday 8 February.
The occasion for the reunion is the celebration of guitarist Wiggy’s 60th birthday, and will feature the 1977 line-up of the band, responsible for the classic I Wanna Be A Cosmonaut EP, released on Chiswick the following year.
Tickets are limited to 200 and are available here.
We talk to Billy Bragg in the latest edition of Vive Le Rock! available here.
Aussie legends HARD-ONS are back with a brand new album.
So I Could Have Them Destroyed is the band’s twelfth album and comes a full five years after its predecessor Peel Me An Egg.
Australia’s most successful independent band, Hard-Ons formed at school in Punchbowl in Sydney’s southwestern suburbs in 1981, releasing their debut album Smell My Finger five years later. They achieved international popularity in the late 80s as part of the skatepunk scene, releasing a split single with The Stupids and later recorded a cover of the AC/DC classic ‘Let There Be Rock’ with Henry Rollins. Earlier this year, they joined the revamped Rose Tattoo on the Still Never Too Loud tour.
The band are soon to be immortalised in a new documentary film from Jonathan J. Sequeira, the director of Descent Into The Maelstrom – The Radio Birdman Story. Find out more here.
With bassist Ray Ahn and guitarist Peter Black joined by drummer Murray Ruse in 2011, the new album sees the return of former singing drummer Keish de Silva as frontman.
So I Could Have Them Destroyed is out now through Boss Tuneage.
Creators of one of our favourite videos of the year, Venice Ca’s finest, LUICIDAL are back with a new clip which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
Back in February, the band dropped a video for ‘One Steel Soldier’ from last year’s Born In Venice album. This time around, they’ve got back to 2014’s self-titled debut for the in-yer-face ‘Westside Familia’.
Shot once again on their home turf of Venice, the video is the work of Box 24 Studio and Michael Pacchainelli from Creative Frenzy.
The first bands have been announced for next year’s Rebellion, with Jimmy Pursey’s SHAM 69 returning once again.
STEVE IGNORANT, on a roll lately with his SLICE OF LIFE, will also be returning to celebrate the music of his former band CRASS.
Other bands coming back to the festival, which takes place at Blackpool Winter Gardens from 6-9 August, include THE DICKIES, ANGELIC UPSTARTS, GBH, ANTI-NOWHERE LEAGUE, UK SUBS, NEVILLE STAPLE BAND, THE BOYS, HUNG LIKE HANRATTY, SCREAM, KNOCK OFF, THE STUPIDS, TOXIC REASONS, MDC, CHELSEA, ZOUNDS, DIRTBOX DISCO, THE CRAVATS, PARANOID VISIONS, BLYTH POWER, RESISTANCE 77 with still loads more to be announced over the coming months.
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