DATSUNS PUT PEDAL TO METAL!

Kiwi rockers THE DATSUNS have announced the release of their own limited edition guitar pedal in celebration of the release of their recent new album.

The Eye To Eye shares its name with the album – the band’s first in seven years – and is an all-analogue phaser, hand built by guitarist Christian’s London-based boutique effects company Magnetic Effects.

“The Eye To Eye is a 4 stage OTA-based phaser capable of many shades of phase including slow and swirly though to fast and intense,” they say. “Each Eye To Eye pedal is hand built by Christian in London, England.”

Check out the Eye To Eye and the full range of Magnetic Effects here.

The band have just released ‘Dehumanise’, the third single to be taken from the album, accompanied by a video shot by renowned film director Sam Kristofski. Says bassist and singer Dolf Datsun, “‘Dehumanise’ is another Sci-Fi inspired number, about being literally stripped down to your utilitarian parts by the machines and machinations around you. The main parts were written on tour, opening for Graveyard in Europe some years back. I was listening to a ton of heavy 70’s rarities at the time, sampling their drum intros in Garageband to make demos. This one features more custom fuzz guitar FX courtesy of Christian and also my first attempt at a synth solo, wild!”

Eye To Eye is available here.

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DANISSSH SHAKIN’!

Danish-Brazilian garage duo THE COURETTES have announced a major UK tour in support of their forthcoming album.

The super-hip husband-and-wife duo of vocalist/guitarist Flavia Couri and drummer/backing vocalist Martin Couri have been gaining attention in the UK over the past year with their singles ‘Want You! Like A Cigarette’ and ‘Hop The Twig’ on Damaged Goods – not to mention their two previous albums – are set to release their brand new full-length Back In Mono in October.

Kicking off down on the South Coast in Portsmouth on 15 October – the album’s release date – the pair traverse England, Scotland and finally Wales, winding up in Cardiff on 31 October. Along the way they hit London for what will doubtless be a rammed show at The Lexington on 19 October.

Full dates are…

Fri 15 Oct – Portsmouth The Loft
Sun 17 Oct – Norwich Norwich Arts Centre
Tues 19 Oct – London The Lexington
Thur 21 Oct – Hastings The Piper
Fri 22 Oct – Sheffield Yellow Arch Studios
Sat 23 Oct – Middlesbrough Westgarth Social Club
Sun 24 Oct – Hull Adelphi
Mon 25 Oct – Newcastle The Cluny
Tues 26 Oct – Manchester Night N Day
Wed 27 Oct – Edinburgh Voodoo Rooms Speakeasy
Thur 28 Oct – Glasgow Mono
Sat 30 Oct – Brighton The Albert
Sun 31 Oct – Cardiff The Moon

Tickets go on sale here on Friday 23 July at 10am.

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GUN CLUB SONG INSPIRES VIDEO

THE GUN CLUB’s ‘John Hardy’ has been immortalised in a new CGI video.

The song, which featured on the legendary band’s 1982 album Miami album, produced by Blondie’s Chris Stein, soundtracks the animated video created by Paris-based CG artists Laurent Mercier and Cédric Bernard of Callicore Productions and was co-produced by Jacqui Pierce, sister of Gun Club mainman Jeffrey Lee Pierce.

A traditional song, ‘John Hardy’ is based on the true story of a 19th Century railwaymen who killed someone in a drunken dispute during a craps game near Keystone, West Virginia and was later hanged for the murder.

Miami was one of two major label album releases for the band, released through Stein’s Animal imprint of Chrysalis Records and followed two years later by Las Vegas Story.

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COLD STARES VIDEO EXCLUSIVE!

Indiana blues duo THE COLD STARES have a new lyric video which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘Prosecution Blues’ is the third single to be lifted from their forthcoming fifth album Heavy Shoes, which follows on from 2019’s Ways.

Guitarist/singer Chris Tapp says, “‘Prosecution Blues’ was an opportunity to tip our hat to some of our heavy blues influences.” But he’s not just talking about music…

“I’m writing from the point of Edgar Allan Poe and William Faulkner. It needs to have weight to it,” he explains. “There’s not really anything that bothers me to talk about. When you don’t allow yourself to be human and say what’s happened to you, then you make other people that are going through tough shit think that they’re alone.”

Their first album for Mascot Records, Heavy Shoes was recorded at Sam Phillips Recording Studio in Nashville – “We did our Ways album there, so it very much felt like a continuation of that. So, it was familiar and pretty much the same cast of characters,” says drummer Brian Mullins – and later mixed by Mark Needham (Taj Mahal, Chris Isaak) and mastered by NYC mastering legend Andy VanDette (The Almighty, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion).

Set for release on 13 August, Heavy Shoes is available to pre-order here.

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DANGEREENS TAKE THE PITH!

Canadian sleaze-monkeys DANGEREENS have signed to Golden Robot and release their first single for them later this month.

The Montreal quintet turned heads with the excellent self-titled 5-track EP back in 2018 and released their debut full-length Tough Luck, from which the new single ‘Streets Of Doom’ is taken, last year through Germany’s Alien Snatch label.

Fusing junkshop glam, Thunders punk and 50s rock’n’roll, they’ve toured all over their homeland, making it as far down as Boston and NYC. Who knows when they’ll make it to this side of the pond.

‘Streets Of Doom’ is available to stream/download here.

If you’re looking for something to watch, try ‘Blacklight City’ from their debut EP…

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FUTURE GAMES!

CAPTAIN FUTURE, alias Alex McGowan from The Future Shape Of Sound and producer of The Urban Voodoo Machine, has a new video which he’s premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘Zombie Lover’ is the second single to be taken from the Captain’s debut album Ghostman. It follows on from the debut single ‘Holy Waters’ which came out in January.

The album is the result of the enforced downtime brought about the Covid pandemic which brought a halt to the day-to-day proceedings at McGowan’s Space Eko East studio, allowing the multi-instrumentalist to progress in peaceful isolation on Ghostman.

As ‘Zombie Lover’ indicates, the album steers away from the rambunctious gypsy sounds of the UVM and the testifying soul of the TFSOS in favour of the downtempo dubby blues and trip-hop beats McGowan has honed down the years through his collaborations with the likes of Jah Wobble, Tricky and Martina Topley-bird.

Ghostman is out this Friday 9 July on Gypsy Hotel Records. Captain Future plays an album launch show with The Urban Voodoo Machine’s Paul-Ronney Angel at Elektrowerks, Islington, London on 15 July. Tickets are available here.

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SPIDERS DRIVING!

BLACK SPIDERS are back with another new single. And with yesterday’s announcement that Covid restrictions are being lifted on 19 August, the Yorkshire rockers can reveal that they’ve got a series of dates lined up.

Having gone on hiatus in 2017, the band last year revealed that they’d recorded an album during lockdown. The self-titled release is out now and the band have unveiled the latest single from it, ‘Give Em What They Want’.

And what the band think ‘they’ want is the new album on vinyl, so they’ve announced its release for Record Store Day on 17 July. It’s available to pre-order here.

Black Spiders will also be playing a series of shows in the run-up to their appearance at the Steelhouse Festival in Wales on 25 July. Full dates are…

Wed 21 July – Chester Live Rooms
Thur 22 July – Leeds Key Club
Fri 23 July – Southampton Joiners
Sat 24 July – Milton Keynes Craufurd Arms
Sun 25 July – Steelhouse Festival Ebbw Vale

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JoBOXERS GET BACK IN THE RING!

80s soul-pop pioneers JoBOXERS have announced their first live shows in nearly 35 years!

The band, formed in 1982 by ex-members of Vic Godard’s SUBWAY SECT and went out as support to MADNESS, unleashing a string of hits including a brace of Top 10 singles in ‘Boxerbeat’ and ‘Just Got Lucky’, the latter selling a quarter of a million copies and cracking the US Top 40.

The band released a pair of albums – including the Top 20 ‘Like Gangbusters’ – before splitting in 1985.

The reunited JoBoxers head out on the following dates in November…

NOV 2 CONCORDE 2, BRIGHTON
NOV 3 THE CAVERN, LIVERPOOL
NOV 4 ARTS CENTRE, COLCHESTER
NOV 5 THE 100 CLUB, LONDON
NOV 6 FIDDLERS, BRISTOL

Tickets are on sale here.

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MANCHESTER PUNK FESTIVAL RETURNS!

MANCHESTER PUNK FESTIVAL have announced their return in 2022.

Set to take place at seven venues across the city over the Easter Weekend of 15-17 April, bands announced include JAYA THE CAT, BELVEDERE, ROUGHNECK RIOT, THE BAR STOOL PREACHERS, PIZZATRAMP, OI POLLOI, THE BLUE CARPET BAND, IN EVIL HOUR, RISKEE & THE RIDICULE, A WILHELM SCREAM, MARTHA, SHAI HULUD, RED CITY RADIO, MUCH THE SAME, FRESH, CHEWING ON TINFOIL, THE PUBLIC SERPENTS, ACCIDENTE and loads more.

Tickets are on sale now here.

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SEX, DRUGS AND HIV ON TV!

London punk Mat Sargent’s Sex, Drugs And HIV documentary is being screened on London Live TV tonight.

Diagnosed with HIV, in 1995 Sargent, bass-player with original punks CHELSEA, asked fellow musicians to help him put an album together to give back to the charities that had helped him in his life. Fifteen years, 215 musicians and 40 songs later the album was complete.

Sex, Drugs And HIV will be shown from 10.30-11.30pm BST on the London Live channel which can be found at…

Freeview 8
Sky 117
Virgin 159
You View 8

The album and the recently released 8xDVD Studio Sessions box set are available now from the website.

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GIVE GIBBONS HIS DUE!

A new petition has been launched to have Birmingham rock’n’roll legend STEVE GIBBONS recognised with a star on the city’s Walk of the Stars.

Gibbons turns 80 next month and what better way to celebrate this momentous occasion and commemorate his contribution to the Second City’s – and the UK’s cultural legacy, believes petition founder Jim the Hat, than to have him included on the star-studded Broad Street pavement that was begun by Ozzy Osbourne in 2007 and also includes the likes of Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, Roy Wood and Jasper Carrott.

Born in the suburb of Harborne, Gibbons began his career in 1960 with The Dominettes before continuing throughout the British beat boom with the brilliantly-named bands The Uglys and Balls. He would later do a three-month stint in legendary Brum rock’n’roll breeding ground The Idle Race before they morphed into The Steve Gibbons Band in the mid70s. Building an explosive reputation on the pub circuit, the Band were invited to tour the UK, Europe and the US with The Who, leading to chart success with the No.12 hit ‘Tulane’ and the essential live album Caught In The Act.

More recently, Gibbons has continued touring, as a member of tribute band The Dylan Project and in his own right, as well as fundraising for various causes.

Sign the petition here.

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INTERRUPTERS ANNOUNCE NEW MOVIE!

THE INTERRUPTERS celebrate the release of their new live album with a very special live broadcast next week.

Live In Tokyo is a document of the LA ska-punks show-stealing performance at the city’s Summer Sonic Festival in 2019, while touring in support of their most recent studio album Fight The Good Fight.

Released today through Hellcat, Live In Tokyo is available here.

To celebrate the release, the band will be broadcasting the movie Live In Tokyo – This Is My Family! around the world. Shot at the Summer Sonic Festival, it includes the band’s set plus behind-the-scenes footage and exclusive interviews. Tickets are available here. Fans will have the opportunity to buy exclusive merch during the broadcast.

UK and European fans will get a chance to check out their ska-punk heroes in the flesh at the start of next years when they head over as special guests on DROPKICK MURPHYS’ Turn Up That Dial arena tour. Full dates are…

Fri 21 Jan 2022 – Mannheim, Germany – Maimarkthalle
Sat 22 Jan 2022 – Dortmund, Germany – Westfalenhalle
Sun 23 Jan 2022 – Chemnitz, Germany – Messehalle
Tue 25 Jan 2022 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Falconer Hall
Wed 26 Jan 2022 – Hamburg, Germany – Barclaycard Arena
Thu 27 Jan 2022 – Hannover, Germany – Swiss Life Hall
Fri 28 Jan 2022 – Paris, France – Le Zénith
Sat 29 Jan 2022 – Paris, France – Le Zénith
Tue 01 Feb 2022 – Brussels, Belgium – Vorst National
Thu 03 Feb 2022 – Vienna, Austria – Wiener Stadthalle
Fri 04 Feb 2022 – Jesolo, Italy – PalaInvent
Sat 05 Feb 2022 – Basel, Switzerland – St Jakobshalle
Sun 06 Feb 2022 – Munich, Germany – Zenith
Mon 07 Feb 2022 – Munich, Germany – Zenith
Wed 09 Feb 2022 – Budapest, Hungary – Budapest Sport Arena
Thu 10 Feb 2022 – Warsaw, Poland – Expo XXI
Fri 11 Feb 2022 – Berlin, Germany – Max Schmeling Halle
Sat 12 Feb 2022 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Ziggo Dome
Sun 13 Feb 2022 – Nantes, France – Le Zenith
Tue 15 Feb 2022 – Manchester, England – O2 Victoria Warehouse
Wed 16 Feb 2022 – Newcastle Upon Tyne, England – O2 City Hall
Fri 18 Feb 2022 – Dublin, Republic of Ireland – 3Arena
Sat 19 Feb 2022 – Belfast, Northern Ireland – The Telegraph Building
Sun 20 Feb 2022 – Belfast, Northern Ireland – The Telegraph Building
Tue 22 Feb 2022 – Glasgow, Scotland – SSE Hydro
Wed 23 Feb 2022 – Cardiff, Wales – Motorpoint Arena Cardiff
Thu 24 Feb 2022 – Brighton, England – The Brighton Centre
Fri 25 Feb 2022 – Birmingham, England – O2 Academy Birmingham
Sat 26 Feb 2022 – London, England – The SSE Arena, Wembley

Tickets are available here.

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OVERCOMPENSATION FOR THE NATION!

Essex pop-punks PET NEEDS are back with another new single and video.

‘Overcompensating’ is the latest track to be taken from the Colchester quartet’s debut album Fractured Party Music which is out now through Xtra Mile.

“The whole tune was built around the line ‘we’ll laugh about this one day (separately and at the expense of each other)’,” says frontman Johnny Marriott. “It then grew into a story about a desperate attempt to prove to people that life is brilliant when in reality we all have rough days and we’re all vulnerable at times. To any old friends who think they may have influenced this song – don’t worry! It’s almost definitely purely fictitious.”

Stream/download ‘Overcompensating’ here.

Emerging from a now thriving punk and rock scene based in and around Britain’s ancient capital, Pet Needs will be joining FRANK TURNER and other Xtra Mile acts at a series of outdoor ‘gatherings’. Full dates are…

JUNE
19 – Bideford, The Big Sheep*
26 – Frome, Cheese & Grain*
27 – Frome, Cheese & Grain*

JULY
8 – Liverpool Top Rope Brewery* – competition winners only
17 – Gloucester Llanthony Secunda Priory*
18 – Gloucester Llanthony Secunda Priory*

AUGUST
21 – Manchester Urmston Sports Club

SEPTEMBER
3 – Hull, Zebedees Yard*

* Also featuring Frank Turner, Skinny Lister, Ducking Punches, Non Canon, Deux Furieuses, BERRIES, Guise, Samantics.

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NIGHTWATCHERS VIDEO EXCLUSIVE!

Fast-rising French politico-punks NIGHTWATCHERS have a new video which they’re premiering today exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

The intriguingly-titled ‘1905 & The Muslim Exception’ is the first single to be taken from the Toulouse quartet’s forthcoming second album Common Crusades.

“The 1905 French law on the Separation of the Churches and State was passed on 9 December 1905,” explain the band. “It established state secularism in France. Secularism was right in metropolis, but was an exception in the French colonial empire where colonization and evangelization always went hand in hand. In Algeria, the French State supervised the practice of Islam and organized the Muslim cult in a logic of control and regulation.”

Common Crusades follows on thematically from the band’s 2019 debut La Paix Ou Le Sable (Peace Or Sand). While that raised awareness of state violence and subjugation in France’s overseas colonies, Common Crusades casts a spotlight on the aftermath of such conflicts.

Common Crusades is due out in the Autumn through Lövely Records.

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YOUNG TURKS!

Scandinavian action rockers THE DRIPPERS have unveiled a new single.

The Gothenburg trio are releasing their version of ‘Hammerless Nail’ by much-loved Columbus OH band NEW BOMB TURKS. As Viktor Skatt from the band says, “a monumental band that influenced the whole High Energy Rock ‘N’ Roll movement of the 90s and is one of the reasons why we started the band in the first place.”

It’s the band’s first release since their highly praised debut album Action Rock which came out through The Sign in 2019.

The track originally surfaced on the No Heroes, No Leaders, No Artists, No Gods: A Tribute to The New Bomb Turks – also featuring THE HELLACOPTERS, HIP PRIESTS and DEAD FURIES which came out through Spaghetty Town Records earlier this year.

You can stream/download ‘Hammerless Nail’ here.

And if that’s not enough NBT action for you, a second tribute album Defiled! A Heavy Medication Tribute to New Bomb Turks, featuring the likes of SMALLTOWN TIGERS, RANDY SAVAGES and HOWLIN’ THREADS is available here.

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HAWKS TAKE FLIGHT!

HAWKWIND have announced a first list of names for their Hawkfest. They’ve also announced a new album for release in September.

The veteran spacerockers will pitch their tipis near Axminster, Devon over the weekend of 27-29 August. They’ll be joined by THE CRAZY WORLD OF ARTHUR BROWN, HERE & NOW, SOFT MACHINE, THE MEMBRANES, TIM BLAKE, 3 DAFT MONKEYS, RDF, SON OF MAN, AOS3, CYBERNETIC WITCH CULT, SONIC TRIP PROJECT and more…

Further details and tickets can be found at hawkwind.com

New album Somnia continues a particularly fruitful relationship with Cherry Red Records, following on from 2020’s Hawkwind Light Orchestra album Carnivorous and the live album 50th Anniversary Live.

As the name implies, Somnia takes the theme of sleep, drawing on mythology, fever dreams, strange encounters and sleepless paranoia for inspiration.

Set for release on 10 September, Somnia is available to pre-order here.

The band are also planning tour dates for September, followed by a date at London Palladium, rescheduled from earlier this year.

As previously announced, the band also headline the Big Top stage at this year’s Beautiful Days festival at Escot Park, Devon.

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YOUNG GUNS GO FOR IT!

Fast-rising Cardiff rockers JAMES AND THE COLD GUN today release a brand new single.

Coming on like the bastard sons of Mudhoney and Thin Lizzy, ‘Plug Me In’, follows belligerently on from their well-received previous single ‘Long Way Home’. The single’s out through GALLOWS’ label, Venn Records.

“’Plug Me In’ is a love letter to volume, it’s for the times where you feel completely lost and rely on music to make you ‘feel something,” says guitarist James Joseph, who’s joined in the band by fellow guitarist/singer James Biss. “The past year has been difficult for us all and I think nearly everyone can relate to feelings of helplessness or feeling like ‘groundhog day’—getting into a garage and turning our amps up as loud as possible has been such a cathartic release for us.”

The single was produced by Adrian Bushby whose credits include Cheap & Nasty, The Parkinsons and, weirdly, The Spice Girls.

Stream/download ‘Plug Me In’ here.

Champing at the bit to get out on the road, the duo join SALEM, the new band featuring CREEPER frontman Will Gould on tour in October. Full dates are…

10 Oct – Milton Keynes – The Craufurd Arms
12 Oct – Cardiff Clwb – Ifor Bach (downstairs)
13 Oct – Birmingham – Asylum 2
14 Oct – Nottingham – Rescue Rooms
15 Oct – Oxford – The Bullingdon
16 Oct – Swindon – The Vic
17 Oct – Frome – Cheese and Grain
18 Oct – Bristol – Exchange
21 Oct – Leeds – The Key Club
22 Oct – Huddersfield – The Parish
24 Oct – Newcastle – Think Tank? Underground
25 Oct – Glasgow – Stereo
26 Oct – Sheffield – Sidney and Matilda
27 Oct – Manchester – The Deaf Institute
28 Oct – Guildford – Boileroom
29 Oct – Tunbridge Wells – Forum
30 Oct – London – The Dome
31 Oct – Southampton – The Joiners

Tickets are on sale here.

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SPEEDWAYS HIT THE STREET!

London powerpoppers THE SPEEDWAYS emerge from lockdown with a brand new EP and video.

The Borrowed & Blue EP, as the name suggests, features the band churning out some of their favourite covers.

The new video features their version of HANOI ROCKS’ debut album classic ’11th Street Kids’.

The EP also includes their rendition of KIRSTY MacCOLL’s forlorn indie-pop hit ‘They Don’t Know’ previously released a couple of years ago. Also up for grabs are ABBA’s ‘S.O.S.’, ROKY ERICKSON’s ‘Starry Eyes’ and ‘Love Really Hurts Without You’ by Romford soul legend BILLY OCEAN.

The Speedways return to the live fray with a show on 17 July at Paper Dress Vintage, Hackney, London alongside RICH RAGANY & THE DIGRESSIONS and YOUNG FRANCIS HI-FI. Get tickets here!

Set for release on 31 May, Borrowed & Blue is available to pre-order on CD, download and limited edition 10″ vinyl from Bandcamp.

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