WHAT’S IN A NAME?

In the era of fake news, FAKE NAMES are decidedly real.

A hot-to-trot punk supergroup featuring members of Minor Threat, S.O.A,. International Noise Conspiracy and Girls Against Boys, they’re set to drop their debut album on 8 May through Epitaph.

The seeds of the band were first sown four years ago when Brian Baker (Minor Threat, Bad Religion) and Michael Hampton (S.O.A., Embrace, One Last Wish) got together in Brooklyn to jam. The two schoolfriends then brought in their former classmate Johnny Temple (Girls Against Boys, Soulside), going on to recruit frontman Dennis Lyxzén (Refused, International Noise Conspiracy, INVSN) after catching Refused’s set at Chicago’s Riot Fest later that year.

The quartet eventually checked into Little Steven Van Zandt’s Renegade Studios to lay down the ten tracks that make up their debut. ‘Brick’ is the first fruit of their labours to see the light of day…

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WILDE IN THE STREETS!

Swedish Celtic punks FINNEGAN’S HELL have just released a video for the title track from their new album.

The title ‘Work Is The Curse Of The Drinking Class’ is taken from the famous quote by Oscar Wilde. According to the band’s Reverend Mick Finnegan, the words are “just as relevant today as when he uttered them more than a hundred years ago. Still people all over the world find themselves in a situation where their work is interfering with their alcohol consumption. It’s the devil’s work, and we shall not silently accept it.”

Buy Work Is The Curse Of The Drinking Class here.

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ALLEN ADAMS 1957 – 2019

We lost a genuine UK punk legend last November when Allen Adams, founder member of Peterborough’s DESTRUCTORS suddenly passed away. Allen’s longtime bandmate Steve Rolls got in touch to talk about his friend and the future of the band.

“Allen is a local legend and I know from the feedback I got after his death, how much so many people thought of him. I met him in ’76 in the local record store. Myself and Mike MacGuire were trawling the latest punk records and those coming in from the US and got talking to Allen as we had formed Peterborough’s first punk band The Now. Allen agreed to manage us and it went from there. We went on with his help to play venues like The Roxy and The Vortex.

“Allen was a true punk up until the end. Often seen round the local pubs holding court, ensuring all were in earshot. He’d often drop in something controversial to get that reaction, and he always did…. not always good I might add. He was working (up until a couple of days before he died) at Peterborough’s Met Lounge every Friday / Saturday night (and has done for donkeys years) handing out tickets, selling tickets and relentlessly handing out new Destructors releases. Despite the tough exterior he was a good, trustworthy solid (though controversial) guy and a great friend forever 40 years. I and many others miss him.

“So the latest line up of The Destructors ran from 2006 to the present day. Allen wrote the lyrics for everything and the band collectively. Producing over 50 releases (with three more in the can: 1) a full Destructors album called MADness; 2) a full album of Exorcise The Demons of Youth (as mentioned in Ian Glasper’s book as the one that should have been made), recorded by the last members of The Destructors, (oh and a couple with the ex-drummer of the 82 Destructors); 3) Allen’s third solo album covering his favourite songs from the past. We intend to still release these at some point. Ideally we will try and get these out as vinyl.

“Future-wise, we may play a couple of gigs in honour of Allen but he was the heart and soul of the bands and all previous (10) iterations of The Destructors so that may be that.”

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GOOD AND GONE!

Swedish rockers THE GONERS have just announced the release of their debut album Good Mourning.

The five-man band, whose sound is pitched somewhere between garage-punk and primitive NWOBHM-style metal, hail from the steeltown of Eskilstuna, west of Stockholm. A supergroup of sorts, the band featured singer-guitarist Nate Gone of stoner-rockers SALEM’S POT, plus members of the well-known pop band YVONNE.

The Goners released ‘World Of Decay’, the first single from the album back in December. Good Mourning is set for release through RidingEasy Records on 13 March and is available to pre-order here.

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HERE AND KERNOW!

A celebration of Cornish music takes place in London next week.

The Kernow In The City event will take over the Rich Mix venue in Bethnal Green Road, Shoreditch on Saturday 7 March.

Headlining the event are psych-rockers HANTERHIR, whose widely acclaimed triple album The Saving Of Cadan on Easy Action turned a lot of heads in 2018. The Redruth band are currently working on a follow-up.

Also on the bill are TRURO alt-rockers THE REZNER, Bodmin folkies THE ROWAN TREE and singer songwriter LOUELLA JADE EKE.

There will also be real Cornish ales and genuine pasties on sale!

Tickets are available here.

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HOORAH FOR THE CRAVATS!

Long-serving post-punks THE CRAVATS are back with a brand new album next month.

Hoorahland follows on from the album Dustbin Of Sound, released in 2017 and their first new album in 37 Years.

The album features 12 new originals, and includes a duet with Jello Biafra on the track ‘Now The Magic Is Gone’.

First formed in the West Midlands town of Redditch in 1977, The Cravats released a string of classic singles for labels like Small Wonder and Crass Records, along with the debut album The Cravats In Toytown. Having split in the mid-80s, founder members The Shend and Svor Naan convened a new line-up of the band in 2007.

Hoorahland is released through Overground Records on 13 March.

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FUCKIN’ GLORIOUS VIDEO PREMIERE!

“We are force fed shit every day so we thought we will swim in it,”
says Beaker, the illustrious leader of Yorkshire’s dirtiest cheeky
shockers the FUCKIN’ GLORIOUS. He follows with, “and eat
it.”

The Yorkshire sexy supergroup are threatening a new release and video
hoping to set the 2020 bar on a fantastical high-low. New music
produced this time by Lee Drinkall of Yuba Studio, TFG have worked on a
more live band set up with the comforts many studios can lack.

“Lee has an amazing set-up in a lovely home and is a very talented
musician/producer we wanted to work with,” says band guitar gob Jim. “His production techniques are original and I knew he would understand
our ideas and direction.”

‘My Life’ certainly shows this with layers of paranoia around a
broken-down simple songwriting structure and a build up of string
section and guitar as the track progresses, this creating a poppy yet
uncomfortable listen.

The original concept for the lyrics came from seeing the same homeless
person Beaker drove past each night after work. “Nobody ever looked at him, or treated him as a human,” he says. This evoked the sentiment about human superiority, and the power of ego. “‘The fact stands that we live, we die and are forgotten about.”

So, throwing us into the new track ‘My Life’ from the future
release, a new EP titled LivLafLuv the message encapsulates that.

“Jim came up with a video idea of the band on their knees crawling as
a human centipede and we all said ‘Fuck off’,” states Ben Grim, TFG’s
eccentric heavily-tattooed love hunk. “Stiv enjoyed having his face in
an arse on the day mind.”

It was obvious that with the help of long-term video collaborator and
movie making madman Paul Shrimpton (bassist at another of Yorkshire’s
finest, Deadbeat At Dawn), a script would emerge, and the added hooked
danger catch of cult horror hero Laurence R. Harvey (of the Human
Centipede
trilogy). The crazy visual of a life trapped in an impossible
escape game was almost complete.

“It’s almost like we made centipede number 4 with all our favourite
Troma B-movie style and energy,” adds Jim. “But we also booted in
some GG Allin surf dancing covered in shit and it was a fuckin’
freezing afternoon for it.”

With the current UK political climate and the misery of more of the same
again, humour is the key as we keep on swimming, surfing and drowning in
shit.

“Life is a shitty mess at times,” finishes Stiv. “We have to keep
sucking that up.”

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ATTILA AT 40!

Ranting punk poet ATTILA THE STOCKBROKER marks his 40th Anniversary and has lined up a series of events to celebrate.

The first of these is a worldwide live-streamed gig, which takes place at The Latest Music Bar in Brighton on 28 February. It will be filmed and broadcast live by Latest TV via Facebook and YouTube.

The first part of the show will feature a set of Attila’s poems old and new, followed by a performance by his band BARNSTORMER 1649 of greatest hits and fan favourites from the past four decades.

“I’ve earned my living as Attila for 40 years as a small fish in a very big pool, doing about 3,500 gigs in 24 countries,” he says. “I thought it would be great to give everyone everywhere the opportunity to watch me at the same time!”

Tickets for the event are available here.

Attila will also be playing a major London gigs on 10 September – two days from the 40th Anniversary of his very first show – at Dingwalls, Camden with a full supporting cast including JOHN OTWAY, TV SMITH, NEWTOWN NEUROTICS, THE PIRHANAS, LUKE WRIGHT and JANINE BOOTH. Tickets are on sale here.

Cherry Red Books, meanwhile, will also be in on the action when they publish Attila’s Collected Works in September.

Apart from these activities, Attila will be on tour throughout the year, appearing at various gigs and festivals including Bearded Theory and Rebellion. Full tour detail are on the bard’s website.

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TEST TUBE BABIES VIDEO EXCLUSIVE!

PETER AND THE TEST TUBE BABIES have a new single and video which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

The glamtastic ‘Queen Of Fucking Everything’ is the second single to be taken from the South Coast band’s brand new album Fuctifano, their second for the Arising Empire label, following on from 2017’s That Shallot.

“‘Queen Of Fucking Everything’ is our homage to the much loved glam rock period of the 70s,” the band explain. “When we were teenagers we loved T Rex, Slade and The Sweet, so we couldn’t wait to squeeze into our leotards and compare lipsticks for the outrageous new video directed by Mark Richards, which combines the colourful glittery fashion of Glam with the darker edge of Punk Rock. We hope you like it.”

Formed in the smalltown of Peacehaven near Brighton in 1978, the band broke through natioally in ’82 with the now classic single ‘Banned From The Pubs’ on No Future, boosted by a cover feature for Sounds magazine. Punk festival favourites for many years, in 2017 founder members Peter Bywaters and Del Strangefish were joined by new rhythm section Sam Fuller and Nick Abnett for the album That Shallot, widely regarded as among their best.

Peter And The Test Tube Babies play an album release show on 6 March at Quasimodo in Berlin. Tickets are available here.

Fuctifano is set for release on 6 March through Arising Empire and is available to pre-order here.

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PEDALJETS UNVEIL NEW VIDEO!

THE PEDALJETS have unveiled a first video from their brand new album.

The effortlessly anthemic ‘Disassociation Blues’ is the opening cut from Twist The Lens, the Kansas City band’s fourth full-length, which comes more than six years after its predecessor What’s In Between.

The video by Luke McKinney, a time-lapse travelogue of another night on the town, might ring a lot of bells for a lot of people.

First formed back in 1984, The Pedaljets cut their teeth on the Midwest bar circuit alongside the likes of Hüsker Dü, The Replacements and Flaming Lips, splitting in ’89 after the release of their eponymous second album. It was a desire to give that album a proper, remastered, release that brought the band back together in 2008, a reunion that eventually led to What’s In Between in 2013.

Twist The Lens is the first album to feature new guitarist Cody Wyoming, while previous guitarist Paul Malinowski was in the production chair. Alt-rock studio legend John Agnello (Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr, Kurt Vile) mixed the album, while old friend Archer Prewitt from The Sea And Cake provided the artwork.

Set for release on 14 February through Electric Moth Records, Twist The Lens is available to pre-order here.

Read a review of Twist The Lens in the new issue of Vive Le Rock! out now!

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THE CHURCH AT 40!

Australian post-punk iconoclasts THE CHURCH are to celebrate their 40th Anniversary with a major European Tour.

The band formed in Sydney in 1980 and have gone on to become one of Australia’s most enduring and intriguing musical exports, releasing seventeen studio albums, including the 1988 international breakthrough album Starfish and its accompanying hit single ‘Under The Milky Way’, which made the US Top 30.

The tour, wittily titled In The Wake Of The Zeitgeist, will find the band visiting cities and countries they rarely visit, and will culminate in a sole UK show, at the O2 Forum in London’s Kentish Town, scene of some of their career-peak shows when it was the Town & Country Club in the late 90s, and indicative of the recent revival in the band’s popularity. In the past few years, the band have played special guest slots with Fields Of The Nephilim and Psychedelic Furs, with whom they toured extensively in the US and played a high profiles as part of Robert Smith’s Meltdown in London.

The anniversary will be a bittersweet one for the band, however, finding bassist/frontman Steve Kilbey as the sole original member, following the departure of co-founding guitarist Peter Koppes last year. Announcing Koppes’ departure on Facebook on 1 February, Kilbey said, “A band is like a family and over 40 years it is only natural that families will change and that members will come and go. Therefore it is with great sadness that we must announce the departure of Peter Koppes from our ranks to explore his own musical path. Peter has made the hugest contribution to the Church’s sound and he will be sorely missed.”

Koppes had previously left the band from 1992 to ’97. He’s currently working with SYNCRETISM, a new project with Dave Scotland, previously a member of Koppes and Kilbey’s pre-Church band Baby Grande.

Koppes’ fellow guitarist Marty Willson-Piper left The Church in 2013, and was replaced by Ian Haug from the band Powderfinger. The latest line-up features Koppes’ replacement Ashley Naylor and drummer Tim Powles, while touring musician Jeffrey Cain is promoted to full-time membership. The quintet are currently in the process of recording a new album, which may or may not be out in time for the tour.

Full tour dates are…

17 May – Kafe Antzokia, Bilbao
18 May – RCA Club, Lisboa
19 May – Hard Club, Porto
21 May – Plaza de la Catedral, Santiago de Compostela
22 May – Sala Mon Madrid Conciertos, Madrid
23 May – Sala Moon, Valencia
24 May – Sala Bikini, Barcelona
25 May – Petit Bain, Paris
26 May – Wizeman, Stuttgart
27 May – Das Bett, Frankfurt
28 May – Club Volta, Köln
29 May – Wave Gotik Treffen, Westerland
30 May – BAM Festival, Hengelo
2 June – Loppen, Copenhagen
3 June – Kulturbogalet, Malmö
4 June – Fåfängani, Stockholm
5 June – Salt Art & Music, Oslo
10 June – Monkeys Music Club, Hamburg
12 June – Paard, Den Haag
13 June – O2 Forum, London

Tickets for the Forum show are on sale here from Friday 7 February.

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SALAD DAYS!

Youthful Manc punks AERIAL SALAD have just announced their new album with a new video.

‘Romance’ is the first single to be taken from the band’s second album Dirt Mall, which is set for release on 27 March on their own Roach Industries imprint in conjunction with WONK UNIT’s label Plasterer.

“The video comes from us having no idea what to do for a song called ‘Romance?’,” explains guitarist/singer Jamie Munro. “Aren’t we just fucking incels right, our friend Vez suggested we clean Mike’s (bass) car and it turned out quite Beastie Boys. It was filmed by Kieron Jordan from the band Don Blake and it was freezing. Do you want romance? Do you? Do you? Do you? Do you really? Is it wicked? I’m lovin’ it like this. The song is about wanting to romance someone who is otherwise romantically engaged, however, there is mutual romantic interest (how very sitcom) however it can’t quite be… let’s say addressed.”

Aerial Salad initially formed to play The FEST in Gainesville, Florida. Returning home, a chance meeting with Wonk Unit mainman Alex Johnson resulted in a three-week tour with the band and an invitation to record their debut album Roach.

Fast forward three years and the band have recorded Dirt Mall under the guidance of Johnson with Paul Tipler (Leatherface, Earl Brutus) at the desk.

“It captures everything I’ve seen working as a temp in offices and generally being in my twenties trying to work myself and the world out,” says Munro. “With some pop songs thrown in for fun.”

Aerial Salad are out on the road in April with Cali punks DECENT CRIMINAL. Catch them at…

10 April – Bristol, Exchange
11 April – London, New Cross Inn
12 April – Brighton, Cowley Club
21 April – Canterbury, Lady Luck
22 April – Stafford, Redrum
23 April – Blackpool, The Waterloo
24 April – Manchester, Punk Festival

‘Romance?’ is available now from Apple, Spotify and all the usual digital platforms.

Dirt Mall is available to pre-order here.

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WILDHEARTS vs BACKYARD BABIES: FURIOUS FIVES!

THE WILDHEARTS and BACKYARD BABIES head out on a joint Vive Le Rock sponsored tour of the UK next week. In an effort to spark a heated debate, we asked each band to name their top five tracks by the other.

First off, Dregen and Nicke from Backyard Babies picked their fave Wildhearts cuts…

1 – ‘Inglorious’

2 – ‘Caffeine Bomb’

3 – ‘Nothing Ever Changes But The Shoes’

4 – ‘My Baby Is A Headfuck’

5 – ‘Geordie In Wonderland’

Then we got Danny from The Wildhearts to come up with his top Babies bangers…

1 – ‘Look At You’

2 – ‘Star War’

3 – ‘Highlights’

4 – ‘Brand New Hate’

5 – ‘I’m On My Way To Save Your Rock ‘N’ Roll’

Both bands, joined by Pennsylvania rockers CKY 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

Tickets are available here.

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SUZIE STAPLETON AIDS BUSHFIRE WILDLIFE RELIEF

Australian musician SUZIE STAPLETON has announced a special digital release to raise funds to help injured and displaced wildlife affected by the Australian fires.

This digital release of Stapleton’s new single ‘Thylacine’ comes with an exclusive, previously unreleased track ‘Song of Murray’s Brigade’. A musical adaptation of a 1940 poem by Australian bush poet Banjo Paterson, the song is performed by Stapleton on acoustic guitar and vocals, accompanied by acclaimed cellist Gareth Skinner.

The track ‘Thylacine’, which features Jim Jones & The Righteous Mind bassist Gavin Jay and Stranglers’ drummer Jim Macaulay, takes its name from the Australian dog-like mammal, also known as the Tasmanian Tiger. Hunted to extinction, the last known thylacine died in captivity in 1936.

“Many of the species that have been affected by these fires were already threatened or endangered due to factors such as habitat loss from land clearing for agriculture and urban development, invasive species, and pressures from extreme heat caused by climate change and ongoing drought,” explains Stapleton. “These fires pose a huge threat for their ongoing survival, but we still have a chance to help and ensure that they don’t end up in the history books next to the thylacine.”

‘Thylacine’ is available as a download for £5, though you can pay what you want and there is no upper limit. 100% of proceeds will go to Wildlife Victoria. Please give generously to help Australia’s unique wildlife.

Available via www.suziestapleton.com and Bandcamp until 31 January.

Catch Suzie Stapleton live at…

24 Jan – The Brunswick, Hove w/ The Damn Shebang
25 Jan – Rough Trade, BRISTOL w/ Emily Breeze + National Treasure

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YOUNG OUTCASTS!

THE OUTCASTS are back with a brand new EP and a life-affirming new video to go with it.

The Belfast band have been around since ’77, signing to Terri Hooley’s Good Vibrations label for the classic ‘Justa Nother Teenage Rebel’ the following year. The bands profile was boosted internationally when they scored a nearly-hit in 1982 with their cover of The Glitter Band’s ‘Angel Face’. The band was reborn in 2010, playing to an emotional crowd at Rebellion the following year.

The video was shot on Culdaff Beach, County Donegal and directed by Kate and Paul McCarroll. Look out for a cameo from Hooley at the end!

‘Stay Young’ is available as a 3-track coloure vinyl 7″ or a 5-track CD from Violated Records from 17 January.

Read the full story of The Outcasts in the current edition of Vive Le Rock! out now!

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MOVING ON UP!

One of the most iconic of Italian punk bands, NOT MOVING have been born again in a new band with a brand new EP.

Originally formed in the northern town of Piacenza in 1981, Not Moving were one of Italy’s most successful homegrown punk bands. Drawing influence from the gothic punk and rock’n’roll of X, The Gun Club and The Cramps, the band released three albums and toured with the likes of The Clash, Johnny Thunders and The Celibate Rifles before disintegrating amid addiction and acrimony during the 90s.

A brief reunion in the mid-Noughties saw them return to the stage for dates with The Damned and The Stooges, while reissues of their original albums quickly sold out.

Now longtime members Rita Lilith Oberti (vocals), Dome La Muerte (guitar) and Tony Bacciocchi (drums) are back together as NOT MOVING LTD, joined by Iride Volpi in a Cramps-style two guitars/no bass line-up.

The first fruit of the configuration is a three track vinyl and download EP featuring the tracks ‘Lady Wine’, ‘Spider’ and ‘Suicide Temple’. Released through Area Pirata, it’s available now through Bandcamp and Spotify.

Check out ‘Lady Wine’…

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GURUS ANSWER XMAS PRAYERS!

Aussie legends HOODOO GURUS have snuck out a brand new single just in time for Christmas!

Arguably the most commercially successful of the early-80s garage explosion, Sydney’s Gurus dropped the single ‘Answered Prayers’ to streaming platforms on Friday 13 December.

The band’s first new music since 2014’s Gravy Train EP, it’s also the first release to feature ex-Celibate Rifles and Radio Birdman drummer Nik Rieth, who replaced longtime sticks-man Mark Kingsmill in 2015.

The band recently completed a short Spanish tour, for which they were joined each night for encores by Keith Streng from NYC’s Fleshtones.

The band are set to tour the US in Autumn 2020, but there’s no news yet of UK shows or a new album. The band’s last full length was 2010’s Purity Of Essence.

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NOTHINGHEADS TRACK EXCLUSIVE!

Newcomers NOTHINGHEADS have a new single which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

Recorded with producer Chris Smith at Kluster Studio in Limehouse, the coruscating ‘Cockroach 2051’ is a timely signpost to a worryingly dystopian future, while calling to mind the post-punk riot of noise-merchants like The Jesus Lizard and Head Of David.

The London-based quartet have been scorching the paint from the walls of various venues for the past couple of years, sharing stages with the likes of Japanese Television, Nuha Ruby Ra, Ugly, Something Leather, Swedish Death Candy, Human Pet and The Cosmics.

“The idea for ‘Cockroach 2051’ all came from a film called The Very Brief Life Of An Ember. A load of street kids takeover Manila in a decadent future and run riot. The synth sirens and choppy guitars are as chaotic sounding as possible,” they tell us.

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