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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SAVAGES SELL OUT!

Hotly-tipped London rockers RANDY SAVAGES have just released a live mini-album.

The five track It’s A Sellout was recorded in front of a sellout audience at London’s 100 Club in November last year where the band were performing as special guests to WONK UNIT.

It’s available now as a download from Bandcamp with physical copies available in the New Year.

Trading in high-energy R’n’B-fuelled punk rock’n’roll, the well-travelled band have three shows this week in Northern Ireland, the Netherlands and Belgium before returning to complete their debut full-length studio album which is due out in the spring.

Catch them at…

Thurs 12 Dec – The Berliner, Belfast
Fri 13 Dec – Swaf, Amsterdam
Sat 14 Dec – De Roes, Ghent

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FACE THE MACHINA!

Two ex-members of much-touted Arizona/California Vox-rockin’ quartet THE DARTS have teamed up in a new outfit.

Guitarist/singer Michelle Balderrama and drummer Rikki Styxx have hooked up with ex-CIVET and TURBULENT HEARTS singer/bassist Suzi Moon in explosive power trio L.A. MACHINA, fusing heavy psych grooves with powerhouse rock’n’roll.

“We’re kinda like Josie & The Pussycats,” Moon says. “But with LSD and way more distortion.”

The trio have already sparked the interest of Alternative Tentacles, and have been lined up for Punk Rock Bowling in Las Vegas next spring. Check out their debut video ‘Teenage Head’ – not the FLAMIN’ GROOVIES song!

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THE PROJECTION PRINCIPLE!

Swedish gothic post-punks A PROJECTION release their new album in the UK this week.

Section is the Stockholm quartet’s third album, following on from 2015’s Exit and Framework in 2017. The album is their first release since the departure of their original vocalist, with bassist Rikard Tengvall taking his place at the front of the band.

Formed in 2013, the band were inspired by dark proto-goth post-punk acts like The Cure, Sisters Of Mercy and Joy Division along with the electronica of Kraftwerk and Depeche Mode.

Section is out now through Metropolis Records. It’s available to buy here.

Check out the video for the single ‘Lucy Shrine’…

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TAKE THE TUBE!

Swedish rockers BEAT CITY TUBEWORKS have just re-released a video from their debut album.

The video for the wah-wahtastic ‘Rat Race’ and the accompanying album I Just Cannot Believe It’s The Incredible Beat City Tubeworks were initially released by the Jönköping quartet back in 2016.

Now signed to The Sign Records – also home to Grande Royale and Märvel – the band are having the album re-released on vinyl, CD and download on 6 December.

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BACKYARD BABIES BOUNCE BACK!

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.

Tickets are available here.

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WISH YOU WERE HERE: ALICE COOPER LIVE IN LONDON!

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.

Paula Frost

Pic © Dod Morrison

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THE 12 BARS OF XMAS!

Stuck for ideas for what to buy for the punk in your life this Xmas?

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.

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JIM JONES DOUBLES DOWN!

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.

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JUNK AND DISORDERLY!

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

Tickets for all dates are available here.

One Man Gang is available to buy here.

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RIFF RAFF RETURN!

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.

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HARD-ONS DROP NEW ALBUM!

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.

Check out the video for ‘Oh… You’re Crushed?!’…

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VIVE LE TICKETS!

Vive Le Rock! has hooked up with Ticketmaster to bring you tickets to the rockingest gigs in the UK quickly and easily!

If you’re reading this, you’re just a click away from tickets to shows from the likes of THE CULT, MICHAEL MONROE, THE DAMNED, THE WILDHEARTS, THE WHO, THE 69 EYES, BLACK FLAG and loads more.

You see above, where it says Get Tickets? Just click on that and you’ll wind up here!

Simples! Now you’ve no excuse!!!

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