T.V. SMITH UNVEILS NEW SINGLE!

T.V. SMITH has announced a second single from his new album.

‘Never Again Until The Next Time’ is taken from Land Of The Overdose, which is just released on German label JKP, the label of punk superstars DIE TOTEN HOSEN.

“It’s been a long journey from 1977,” says the former ADVERTS frontman. “I used to think that punk rock was a one-off protest movement, but sadly now in 2018 there is even more to protest about. The punk spirit lives on. In Land Of The Overdose I’ve tried to sum up everything I feel about what’s wrong with the world and what we can do about it. The only compensation for me about the awful state we find ourselves in is that it’s inspired me to come up with some of the best songs I’ve ever written. I hope this album sends out a positive message that if we recognise the problems in the world things can start to change for the better, and that music can be a force for the good.”

Listen to ‘Never Again Until The Next Time’.

Catch T.V. Smith on the road at…

21 Dec – Leicester – Duffy‘s Bar
22 Dec – Manchester – Star & Garter
19 Jan – Worcester – Marr‘s Bar
20 Jan – Nottingham – Foremans

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CAVEMEN UNVEIL NEW VIDEO!

Kiwi garage-punks THE CAVEMEN have just released a video for their brand new single.

‘Burn Out For Love’ backed with ‘Dancing On The Razors Edge’ is set for release on 5 October through Dirty Water Records in the UK and Mandinga Records in Brazil. It’s available to pre-order here.

The band head across to mainland Europe tonight for a mammoth tour, save for a solitary UK date as support to Radio Birdman on 16 October. Full dates are…

14-09: Dueville (IT) – Viaroma17
15-09: Fontanafreda (IT) – Astro Club
16-09: Imperia (IT) – Arci Camalli
17-09: Toulouse (FR) – LE BLOB
18-09: Bilbao (ES) – La nube cafe teatro
19-09: Santander (ES) – Rockbeer Thenew
20-09: Coimbra (PT) – Teatrão
21-09: Lisboa (PT) – Sabotage Club
22-09: Madrid (ES) – Fun House Music Bar
23-09: Leon (ES) – Babylon León
25-09: Benidorm (ES) – Tentaculo R’n’R Club
26-09: Barcelona (ES) – Meteoro
27-09: Pamplona (ES) – Nebula Bar
28-09: Bordeaux (FR) – L’Antidote Bordeaux
29-09: Kuurne (BE) – Splinter Festival
30-09: Essen (DE) – Freak SHOW

01-10: Antwerpen (BE) – Cafee cabron
02-10: Liege (BE) – Far-West Bar
03-10: Brussels (BE) – Cafe Central
04-10: Munster (DE) – Gleis 22
05-10: Berlin (DE) – Tief
06-10: Leipzig (DE) – G16
07-10: Luzern (CH) – Sedel
08-10: Bern (CH) – The Voodoo Rhythm Hardware Store
09-10: Roma (IT) – 30 Formiche
10-10: Torino (IT) – Torino Asilo Occupato
11-10: Ravenna (IT) – Bronson
12-10: Suzzara (IT) – Grida dai Fienili
13-10: Ferrara (IT) – Circolo arci bolognesi
16-10: London (UK) The Dome, Tufnell Park w/ Radio Birdman
20-10: Istanbul (TU) We’re Loud
22 -10:Sofia (BL) Mixtape 5
23-10: Kumanovo (MAC) Agora
24-10: Serbia TBA
25-10: Belgrade (SER) Kc Grad
26-10: Ilirska Bistrica (SLO) Mknž

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GODFATHERS GIGS FOR GARRY!

THE GODFATHERS have announced two very special Scottish dates for December.

The shows in Edinburgh and Glasgow are benefits for the family of Garry Borland, lead singer of HEAVY DRAPES, who sadly passed away suddenly in June.

The band will play Voodoo Rooms in Edinburgh on Saturday 8th December and Audio in Glasgow on Sunday 9th December. On both nights The Godfathers will be joined by REACTION. There’ll also be a very special set by Heavy Drapes members Richie Simpson, Billy Duncanson and Jerry Crowe joined by The Godfathers’ Peter Coyne on vocals to perform some Heavy Drapes numbers and punk classics.

The proceeds from both concerts will go directly to Garry’s widow Julie Borland and their daughter Mischa.

Tickets for Edinburgh and Glasgow are on sale NOW!

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LAST GREAT DREAMERS ANNOUNCE SINGLE AND DATES!

Powerpop rockers LAST GREAT DREAMERS are back on the road, with a new single.

‘Primitive Man’ is the third single to be lifted from their acclaimed album 13th Floor Renegades which was released in April. The track’s available now from iTunes, Amazon and Spotify.

The band have spent the spring and summer gigging, including a number of festival appearances and their first ever shows in Norway. The band’s album has recently been picked up for regular airplay from legendary US powerpop maven Rodney Bingenheimer on his Sirius XM Underground Garage radio show, enabling them to hook up with a US agent and begin planning US dates for the new year.

“It’s been quite a year,” says guitarist Slyder. “The reaction to 13th Floor Renegades has been amazing, we’ve received some fantastic reviews and the songs have been going down a storm live too. We’ve also had some airplay in the USA and Scandinavia so we are planning to get out to both those places soon. ‘Primitive Man’ is a real stomping track, we now close the set with this, it’s already become a fan favourite”

In the meantime, you can catch the band on the road in the UK at…

Fri 31st August            BRADFORD Trash (w/Jetboy) – TICKETS

Sat 1st September       HRH SLEAZE Festival (Sheffield) – TICKETS

Sun 2nd September     LONDON Underworld (w/Jetboy) – TICKETS

Thu 13 September       BRADFORD Trash (w/Pretty Boy Floyd) – TICKETS

Fri 14 September         NOTTINGHAM Rock City (w/Pretty Boy Floyd) – TICKETS

Sat 15 September        HULL METAL HEAVEN Festival – TICKETS

Sun 16 September       LONDON Underworld (w/Pretty Boy Floyd) – TICKETS

Sun 2nd December      PLANET ROCKSTOCK Festival (Trecco Bay, S.Wales) – TICKETS

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GIMME GIMME SLOKS TREATMENT!

Ace Italian garage-punks SLOKS have just revealed a new video.

The brilliantly-titled ‘Dad Can Dance’ is taken from the band’s debut album Holy Motor, which is set for release through Voodoo Rhythm Records on 21 September.

The trio of Ivy Claudy, Peter Chopsticks, Buddy Fuzz came together in Turin in 2015 and initially came to the attention of Vive Le Rock earlier this year via the video for their single ‘Use Me’.

Voodoo Rhythm head honcho Reverend Beatman caught them opening a local alternative festival in Italy and packed them off to Swampland Studio in Toulouse to lay down their debut album with producer Lo Spider.

“It was so Destructive and Suicidal Dangerous and amazing eye catching the same time,” says Beatman. “The Female Singer Ivy Claudy almost killed herself in her act strangling herself with the microphone cable and screamed as loud that she spit blood on the same time Buddy Fuzz wanked constantly his guitar overdosing totally distorting and endless feedback they were so Negative and creative the same time .. it was defiantly way too much for the audience and most of them left immediately except Us … and they had to open the festival anyways hahaha!!”

Pre-orders are not yet available but when they are, you’ll find them on the band’s Voodoo Rhythm page.

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THE RUN UP FEELING DOWN!

Bristol melodic punks THE RUN UP have just unveiled a brand new video.

‘The Upside Of Being Down’ is taken from the band’s new 5-track EP Good Friends, Bad Luck which is set for release through Real Ghost Records on 28 September.

Says frontman Larry Bernard, “We decided on Good Friends, Bad Luck because of the amount of shitty luck we’ve had on the road recently with our van breaking down, missing shows and even getting robbed of our wheels on a dual carriageway in Germany. We are super lucky to have each other to rely on to make the best of the bad situations.”

Formed in 2014, the band released their self-titled debut album last year, and since then have played successful tours of the UK, Europe and the USA. The band head out on a run of UK and European shows this week, kicking off with a gig tonight in their hometown, culminating in a London date at the O2 Academy, Islington. Full dates are…

16.08.18 – UK Bristol – Exchange
17.08.18 – DE Cologne – Privat
18.08.18 – DE Osnabrück – TRASH
19.08.18 – DE Hamburg – Monkeys Music Club
22.08.18 – DE Berlin – Schokoladen
23.08.18 – CZ Prague – Café Na půl cesty
24.08.18 – DE Regensburg – Privat
25.08.18 – DE Ulm – The Broken Fest
26.08.18 – DE Trier – Sutteräng
02.09.18 – UK London – O2 Academy Islington

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NEW SINGLE AND ALBUM FOR BIRDPEN!

Alt-rock duo BIRDPEN have just unveiled a striking new video for their latest single.

‘Oh So Happy’ is taken from the pair’s fifth album There’s Something Wrong With Everything, which is due out on 12 October. It’s available to pre-order now exclusively through PledgeMusic.

The duo, who feature Dave Pen of long-running London post-rock band ARCHIVE and Mike Bird, will be playing a series of UK and Euorpean dates during the autumn, including the following two shows…

17.10.18 LONDON The Islington

18.10.18 SOUTHAMPTON Joiners Arms

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T.V. SMITH BACK WITH NEW ALBUM!

Former ADVERTS frontman T.V. SMITH is back with a new album and tour.

Land Of The Overdose is set for release on 14 September through JKP Records, the label of German band DIE TOTEN HOSEN, the German punk legends with whom Smith recorded and released an entire studio album – Useless: The Very Best Of TV Smith – something they have never done with any other artist.

More than forty years after finding chart success with Devon punk legends The Adverts, Smith has morphed into and insightful and incisive political troubadour, playing in excess of 100 gigs a year.

“It‘s been a long journey from 1977,” reflects Smith. “I used to think that punk rock was a one-off protest movement, but sadly now in 2018 there is even more to protest about. The punk spirit lives on. In Land Of The Overdose I‘ve tried to sum up everything I feel about what‘s wrong with the world and what we can do about it. The only compensation for me about the awful state we find ourselves in is that it’s inspired me to come up with some of the best songs I’ve ever written. I hope this album sends out a positive message that if we recognise the problems in the world things can start to change for the better, and that music can be a force for the good.”

Smith will be taking his message to the masses with shows at….

23.08.2018  Shoreham – Duke Of Wellington
24.08.2018  Brenchley – Beer Festival
31.08.2018  Stourbridge – Katy Fitzgeralds
01.09.2018  Uttoxeter – Punk Uttoxeter
02.09.2018  Marchington – Dog & Partridge
06.09.2018  Edinburgh – Bannermans
07.09.2018  Whitwell Festival of Music
08.09.2018  London – Unicorn
21.12.2018  Leicester – Duffy‘s Bar
22.12.2018  Manchester – Star & Garter

Land Of The Overdose is available to pre-order now here.

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XTC MEMBERS RETURN TO THE STAGE!

Fifty per cent of XTC return to the live stage this autumn for the first time in donkey’s years.

The Swindon band’s bassist/vocalist Colin Moulding and original drummer Terry Chambers will be embarking on a series of shows at Swindon Arts Centre on 29, 30, 31 October and 1 November, with the possibility of further shows being added.

The dates follow on from the release last year of the pair’s Great Aspirations EP under the band name TC&I, and also mark the 40th Anniversary of XTC’s first studio album White Music.

Says Moulding, “These dates are probably commensurate with our output thus far. We’re not going to do the usual promoters’ circuit. Besides it’s kind of special this way. Like a stationary west end show or something,” says Colin Moulding.

“Exciting times,” agrees Chambers. Eighteen months ago couldn’t see this happening – I’m as excited about these gigs as I was in 1973 playing our first gig at the Arts Centre, Swindon as a 17 year Helium Kid, and the first time to be playing with Colin together on stage since San Diego.

As well as the pair’s new material as TC&I, they plan to play a selection of the songs from the XTC catalogue written by Colin, several of which have never been played live due to the fact that the band stopped touring in 1982, not long before Chambers’ departure.

Tickets for the shows are available now here.

Check out the video for ‘Scatter Me’.

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JON SPENCER ANNOUNCES SOLO ALBUM!

NYC punk-blues legend JON SPENCER returns returns in the Autumn with his debut solo album and a bunch of live dates.

Spencer Sings The Hits is to be released through In The Red Records on 2 November and features the single ‘Do The Trash Can’, shown here.

To make the record, Spencer headed out to the Key Club Recording Comapany in sleepy Benton Harbor, Michigan where the BLUES EXPLOSION made 2012’s Meat and Bone to lay down tracks with Bill Skibbe, who also produced the most recent BOSS HOG album Brood X, along with keyboard player Sam Coombes and drummer M Sord.

Says Spencer, “Sam is someone with whom I have crossed paths many times over the years. I have always been a fan of his wild keyboard style and twisted tunesmith-ery. (In fact we kicked around the idea of a collaboration way back in the early aughts.) I got to know Sord from previous visits to and projects done at the Key Club, he was the handyman and assistant engineer that turned out to be a great drummer.”

Laying down the basic track during late 2017, the sessions were brought to an abrupt halt when Spencer was forced to return to New York on the sudden death of his father-in-law.

“I had to rush back East to be with family,” he explains. “But we accomplished enough – got basics down for all songs. I went back to Michigan (solo) in January to overdub and mix. In general, throughout the project, I tried not to overthink anything and instead just kept pushing forward, trusting in my instincts. I figured that I had already spent months and years thinking about this record and these songs.”

Set for release on 2 November, Spencer Sings The Hits is available to pre-order here.

Spencer will be playing UK dates at the end of October as special guest to THE MELVINS.

23 Oct Birmingham 02 Academy 2
24 Oct Norwich Waterfront
25 Oct Cardiff Y Plas
26 Oct Leeds Stylus
28 Oct Manchester Academy 2
29 Oct Brighton Concorde 2
30 Oct London Koko

Tickets go on sale on Friday 27 July here.

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SYTERIA HIT THE ROAD!

Leeds rockers SYTERIA have a bunch of dates taking them through to the autumn.

The band, who feature in the latest edition of Vive Le Rock!, first came together in 2015 and feature Jackie Chambers of the legendary GIRLSCHOOL on lead guitar. Their debut album Rant-o-Bot is out now.

Th dates take in appearances at the Tramlines and Winterstorm festivals, as well as a London show at the New Cross Inn and four dates in Corfu!

Full dates are below…

Check out the video for ‘Revolution’

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A DOLL’S TALE!

NEW YORK DOLLS legend Sylvain Sylvain hits the UK this week for an intimate series of dates, sponsored by Vive Le Rock!

The solo dates in support of the guitarist’s warts’n’all autobiography There’s No Bones In Ice Cream will find him accompanying himself on some of the songs that made his and the band’s name, between anecdotes from the incredible life story of one of the USA’s most notorious rock’n’roll bands.

Catch him on the road at…

Thurs 19 July – Trades Club, Hebden Bridge
Fri 20 July – Museum & Art Gallery, Blackburn
Sat 21 July – Attma, Manchester
Sun 22 July – The Dublin Castle, London
Tues 24 July – Hotel Pelirocco, Brighton
Thurs 26 July – Saint Luke’s, Glasgow
Fri 27 July – Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh
Sun 29 July – Bar 10, Forfar

Set for publication on 19 July, There’s No Bones In Ice Cream is available to pre-order here.

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POST-TRUMP PUNK PARTY!

If you’re in London this Friday, demonstrating about the presence of Mr Trump, and feel inclined to end the day with some righteous punk rock action, you may wish to know that Harlow’s finest, THE NEWTOWN NEUROTICS will be headlining a FREE punk party in Camden.

Organised by Garageland, the show at The Lock Tavern, Chalk Farm Road will also feature rising stars THE RANDY SAVAGES and YOUNG FRANCIS plus DJ Hey Paula ’til 1am.

As previously announced, the Neurotics recently smashed the crowdfunding target for their documentary movie Kick Out!, directed by Luke Baker, which is now in the works.

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WINSTON SMITH IN CONVERSATION!

Best known for his Dead Kennedys artwork and collages for Jello Biafra’s Alternative Tentacles, Winston Smith recently returned toLondon to display his first art show since 1989. Across 19 and 20 May,Winston, alongside curator Alan Dickey, showed some of his iconic work of the late 1970s and 1980s. Winston told Vive Le Rock, “If you compare what was going on during the Reagan, Thatcher era and now with the Trump, Theresa May and Putin era it is a perfect time to bring back collage art!”

The event held at Orbital Comics was busy throughout the weekend with the highlight being Winston’s live interview with Savage Pencil. You can watch the interview on Winston’s website.

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REVEREND HORTON HEAT HITS LONDON!

Dallas punkabilly stalwarts REVEREND HORTON HEAT blow in for a London show next week.

The show at the O2 Academy, Islington on Thursday 5 July is the band’s only UK performance this time round.

Making their first visit to these shores in three years, Jim ‘The Rev’ Heath and bassman Jimbo Wallace are now joined by new drummer RJ Contreras and piano-player Matt Jordan, who are set to make their recorded debut with the band on a new album this autumn.

Support comes from legendary rockabilly artist VINCE RAY’S LOSER MACHINE.

Tickets for the show are on sale here.

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PASTURES AND PASTORS!

Stevenage goth standard-bearers FIELDS OF THE NEPHILIM join forces with Aussie psych legends THE CHURCH this autumn for three UK dates.

Having come to prominence during the 80s, at opposite ends of the same spectrum, this will be the first time the two bands have toured together.

Formed in 1984, the Nephilim, still featuring original members Carl McCoy and Tony Pettitt, broke an 11-year recording hiatus with a new single ‘Prophecy’ in 2016.

Billed as Special Guests, The Church came together in Sydney in 1980 and  released their latest album Man Woman Life Death Infinity last autumn and have just completed a successful series of UK headline shows on the back of an appearance at Robert Smith’s Meltdown Festival.

Check out ‘Another Century’

The two bands play the following dates…

Monday 29th Oct – O2 Ritz Manchester
Wednesday 31st Oct – O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
Thursday 1st Nov – O2 Institute Birmingham

Tickets are on sale here.

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HIP HAPPENING AT THE HOPE!

Two of the UK’s finest garage rock’n’roll bands meet up for a rare London showdown this month.

Nottingham’s HIP PRIESTS and Birmingham’s BLACK BOMBERS will be taking the stage at this month’s instalment of the fabulous Rockaway Beach Club at the legendary Hope & Anchor in Islington on Friday 29 June. Support comes from Detroit-influenced two-piece THE LOVE ME TENDERS.

Tickets priced £7 are on sale here.

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RANDY SAVAGES VIDEO EXCLUSIVE!

North London punks RANDY SAVAGES are set to release their debut single next month and they’re premiering their first video exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘Intercontinental’ is one side of a double-A single shared with ‘Guilty Of Nuthin’, which is set for release through Memphis label Wrecked-Em Wreckords on 13 July.

Describing themselves as “the missing link between cheap speed and Cheap Trick”, the band recorded the single in their own studio, buitl out of two disused shipping containers somewhere in Camden Town.

In their first year, they’ve played dates with the likes of Eddie & The Hot Rods, Anti-Nowhere League and Protex and next month they join the bill of Vive Le Rock and Some Weird Sin’s Pump It Up! Power Pop Weekender.  Taking place at The Finsbury Pub, Manor House over the weekend of 28-29 July, the event features sets from Protex, THE BARRACUDAS (only London show this year!), DIRTY FENCES, FAZ WALTZ, ROLE MODELS, LOS PEPES, LUCY & THE RATS and more. Tickets are available here.

Full Randy Savages tour dates…

24 June – Canterbury – Lady Luck
13 July – Camden – Lock Tavern – Garageland – single launch (w/ Newtown Neurotics)
15 July – Derby – Hairy Dog – Punks Against Cancer
28 July – London – The Finsbury – Powerpop Weekender
11 Aug – Kingston – Fighting Cocks
17 Aug – Leeds – Bad Apples
18 Aug – Oldham – Bank Top
18 Nov – London – 100 Club

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