If you’ve read our interview with Flexipop maestro Barry Cain in the new edition of Vive Le Rock, you’ll know that there’s a lot more to the man behind the legendary 80s mag than meets the eye! So Vive Le Rock writer Dave Collins and co-host Ian Pile invited him onto his Podrophenia show on Southend radio station Ship Full Of Bombs deliver more of the same. Also some great stuff from DEPECHE MODE and MARC ALMOND. Check out the show here.
Mexican trio LE BUTCHERETTES have scheduled a London date as part of their European Tour in November.
The dates come on the back of their new album A Raw Youth which is out on 18 September through Ipecac Recordings. You can pre-order it here.
Le Butcherettes play Camden Underworld on Monday 16 November with DOLLS and DIRTY WHITE FEVER. Get your tickets here.
Listen to ‘The Fuck You Over’ from A Raw Youth.
Full European dates are as follows….
29 Oct. Burgos Spain @ Estudio 27
30 Oct. Santander Spain @ Niagara
31 Oct. Barcelona Spain @ La  de Nitsa
1 Nov. Zaragoza Spain @ La Ley Seca
2 Nov. Valencia Spain @ TBC
3 Nov. Madrid Spain @ Fun House Music Bar
6 Nov. Lisbon Portugal @ Sabotage Club
7 Nov. Leiria Portugal @ Beat Club
8 Nov. A Coruña Spain @ Sala Mardi Gras
10 Nov. Bilbao Spain @ Cafe Antzokia
11 Nov. Donostia Spain @ Le Bukowski
12 Nov. Bordeaux France @ IBOAT
14 Nov. Paris France @ Point FMR
16 Nov. London UK @ The Underworld Camden
19 Nov. Brussels Belgium @ Magasin 4
20 Nov. Delft Netherlands @ De Veste
21 Nov. Ladgraaf Netherlands @ Oefenbunker
24 Nov. Berlin Germany @ Kantine am Berghain
You can read a review of A Raw Youth in the new edition of Vive Le Rock!
Pic by Monica Lozano
Memphis roots-rockers LUCERO pay homage to hometown heroes BIG STAR on their new album.
Vive Le Rock is giving their cover of the classic ‘I’m In Love With A Girl’ its UK premiere. The track also features a contribution from original Big Star drummer Jody Stephens. It was recorded at Ardent Studios in Memphis, where all that band’s classic recordings were made.
‘I’m In Love With A Girl’ is available on Lucero’s new album All A Man Should Do which is released through ATO on 18 September. You can pre-order it here.
Ten days ago we reported an announcement by Cold Spring Records on their Facebook page that they’d teamed up with CRASS to release a series of live albums by the Essex anarcho-punk legends. The announcement was accompanied by a lengthy statement by band founder Penny Rimbaud.
Vive Le Rock! now presents a response to the news by Crass vocalist Steve Ignorant….
I’d just like to say that I am not, have never been and as far as I’m concerned, never will be affiliated with Cold Spring Records. I have not endorsed the releases and Crass certainly hasn’t. The statement Cold Spring put out on facebook was totally misleading and mis-represented both myself and Crass.
I don’t object to bootlegs, they’ve always been a part of the world I move in, usually produced out of necessity as the official release may be too expensive to import etc., but I do object to being made to look as though I’m officially endorsing something – which then stops it being a bootleg! So now because of all this nonsense if I say I don’t want it released I’m being a selfish bastard, and if I say ok release it then I’m agreeing with all this nonsense. Damned if I do and damned if I don’t.
If Cold Spring Records have a conscience they’ll know the right thing to do.
THE MISSION are bringing together all their singles and their B-sides on one double-disc compilation album.
The appropriately-titled Singles A’s & B’s collects the tracks from all fifteen of the band’s charting singles in the same place for the first time ever. Comprising 36 tracks in all, the compilation charts the band’s history, following Wayne Hussey and Craig Adams’ 1985 departure from THE SISTERS OF MERCY and their first two singles for Birmingham’s Chapter 22 label – ‘Serpents Kiss’ and ‘Garden Of Delight’ – and subsequent releases for Phonogram up to ‘94’s ‘Afterglow’. The album features rare covers of Neil Young’s ‘Like A Hurricane’ and The Beatles’ ‘Tomorrow Never Knows’ plus a number of previously unreleased edits.
Singles A’s & B’s is released on 29 September through Universal, but you can pre-order it here.
Legendary punk label ORK RECORDS are about to have their complete recordings made available in one handy package!
Ork Records: New York, New York is being released by archive reissue label The Numero Group and charts the label’s history across two CDs or four vinyl LPs, complete with a 190-page deluxe hardback book and a bonus 7-inch single featuring two previously unreleased tracks by THE FEELIES.
Regarded as the world’s first punk label, Ork Records was founded in 1975 by Terry Ork, a fugitive from Andy Warhol’s Factory set who, as manager of TELEVISION, started the label to release their debut single ‘Little Johnny Jewel’. The label went on to release ‘Blank Generation’ by former Television bassist RICHARD HELL, along with singles by LESTER BANGS, ALEX CHILTON, CHEETAH CHROME, RICHARD LLOYD, MICK FARREN, CHRIS STAMEY & THE dBs, THE IDOLS, THE ERASERS and more.
The Numero Group previously issued a box-set of Ork 7-inchs for this year’s Record Store Day in April.
Ork Records: New York, New York is released on 30 October.
SUPERSUCKERS may be a man down but they’re still very much in the saddle as they unveil the title track from their forthcoming country album.
The Arizona via Washington band had long planned to make a country studio album, having already released the live Must’ve Been High country set in ’97 and recorded with WILLIE NELSON and STEVE EARLE. Now Holdin’ The Bag is finally due for release on 16 October on Acetate Records.
The whole thing could’ve been derailed when it was announced in June that frontman Eddie Spaghetti was to receive treatment for cancer, which is currently ongoing.
Of the title track, Eddie says: “It always surprises me how good a song can turn out to be. When I was making this one up, it never occurred to me that it would be the opening track or the title track of the record. I just thought it was cool that I got the word ‘befuddled’ in there! But this one is an instant classic, picking up where Must’ve Been High left off.
“And, in light of all the shit that has happened to me this year, it carries a lot of weight as well. Perhaps the best song I ever wrote.”
Not ones to let a thing like cancer stand in his way, Eddie expects to have the Supersuckers back on the road come September.
Pre-order album bundles are available here.
Contribute to the Eddie Spaghetti Cancer Fight Fund.
JAMES LEG, alias John Wesley Myers of the IMMORTAL LEE COUNTY KILLERS and BLACK DIAMOND HEAVIES, is set to release his second solo album next month through Alive Naturalsound Records.
Following on from his acclaimed 2011 solo debut, Solitary Pleasure, and his 2012 joint venture with LEFT LANE CRUISER, Painkillers, Leg recorded the tracks for Below The Belt earlier this year in the dead of winter with several guest musicians at Johnny Walker’s (SOLEDAD BROTHERS, CUT IN THE HILL GANG) studio, Masonic Sounds in Dayton, Kentucky. The album was mixed by renowned producer/engineer Jim Diamond at Ghetto Recorders in Detroit.
Standout cuts among a clutch of Leg originals include covers of THE DIRTBOMBS’ ‘Can’t Stop Thinking About It’, SISTER ROSETTA THARPE’s ‘Up Above My Head’ and, most alarming of all, THE CURE’s ‘A Forest’.
Below The Belt is set for release on 11 September on CD, download and clear vinyl, with UK dates planned for November. You can pre-order the album here.
Meanwhile, listen to ‘Up Above My Head’.
North London punks SNUFF have announced a 30th Anniversary Tour for February next year, including a London show at the Electric Ballroom on Friday 19 February.
Originally formed in Hendon in 1986 and releasing their debut album three years later, the three-piece Snuff briefly split in 1991, returning with an augmented line-up three years later. The John Peel favourites have just been touring with BAD RELIGION. You can catch the band on tour at….
Fri 12 February 2016 – CARDIFF Globe
Sat 13 February 2016 – WOLVERHAMPTON Slade Rooms
Sun 14 February 2016 – NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE Think Tank
Mon 15 February 2016 – GLASGOW Cathouse
Tue 16 February 2016 – LEEDS Key Club
Thu 18 February 2016 – MANCHESTER Academy 3
Fri 19 February 2016 – LONDON Electric Ballroom
Sat 20 February 2016 – NORWICH Owl Sanctuary
Sun 21 February 2016 – PORTSMOUTH Wedgewood Rooms
Book your tickets here.
The world’s number one Socialist punk-blues band THEE FACTION have announced their longest and most far-reaching series of shows to date.
Taking in shows in London, Newport, Leeds and Manchester, they’ll be sharing stages on a couple of occasions with INTERROBANG‽, the new musical project of former CHUMBAWAMBA men Dunstan Bruce and Harry Hamer.
21 August – Union Chapel, London Tickets
2 Oct – Nambucca, London (w/ Interrobang‽)
4 Oct – Le Pub, Newport
(Both part of the We Shall Overcome weekend of nationwide gigs)
6 Oct – The Blues Kitchen, Camden
7 Nov – Wharf Chambers, Leeds (w/ Interrobang‽)
14 Nov –The Miners Working Men’s Club, Manchester
29 November –New Cross Inn, London (w/ ATTILA THE STOCKBROKER and others)
19 December 2015 – Rich Mix, London – Down With Scrooge: A Seasonal Night Out Against Austerity
The band, who played a typically rabble-rousing performance in June on Glastonbury’s Left Field Stage, at the personal invitation of BILLY BRAGG, recently released their fifth album Reading Writing Revolution on Soviet Beret Records. You can buy it here.
Pic by Robin Boot
New York City hardcore legends AGNOSTIC FRONT return to the UK this Autumn for a pair of dates.
The band, who released their eleventh studio album The American Dream Died in April through Nuclear Blast, play The Marble Factory, Bristol (1 Oct) and The Underworld, London (3 Oct).
Says Agnostic Front-man Roger Miret: “We are very excited to hit the UK with a couple of dates celebrating our newest release The American Dream Died! The support we’ve received over time from the UK has always been amazing. This time we can all expect to sing some of the new chaotic rowdy songs as well as the classics! See you in the pit!”
German horror-punks THE OTHER have announced a UK tour for November.
The tour, which also features Bournemouth’s AL B DAMNED, is in support of the band’s new album Fear Itself, out now via Steamhammer/SPV.
Catch them at….
09.11.15 Manchester – Tiger Lounge
10.11.15 Leicester – The Shed
11.11.15 Nottingham – The Old Angel
12.11.15 Birmingham – Scruffy Murphy’s
13.11.15 London – Boston Music Room
14.11.15 Brighton –Green Door Store
You can read an interview with The Other in the current edition of Vive Le Rock!
Watch the video for ‘Dreaming Of The Devil’.
More Aussie fun as Perth skate-punks THE DECLINE return with a new album and UK dates, some of which see them supporting Texan hardcore legends MDC (MILLIONS OF DEAD COPS) as well as a Rebellion Festival show.
Resister, the band’s third album is out on Adelaide-based Pee Records through Cargo on 3 August. Pre-order it here.
Check out the single ‘Giving Up Is A Gateway Drug’.
Full UK dates are…
Sat 8 Aug – The Maze, Nottingham
Sun 9 Aug – Rebellion Festival, Blackpool
Mon 10 aug – New Cross Inn, London w/ MDC
Tue 11 Aug – Underground, Plymouth w/ MDC
Wed 12 Aug – Brudenell, Leeds w/ MDC
Thu 13 Aug – The Hope And Ruin, Brighton
Fri 14 Aug – Owl Sanctuary. Norwich
Sat 15 Aug – Nice N Sleazy, Glasgow
Sun 16 Aug – Exchange, Bristol w/ TEENAGE BOTTLEROCKET
Mon 17 Aug – The Fighting Cocks, Kingston
With a short series of live solo dates scheduled over the next couple of months, ONLY ONES frontman PETER PERRETT revealed to Vive Le Rock his intentions for some forthcoming new material:
“The tentative plan is to get an album recorded, hopefully ready to release for February/March. All I’ve done so far is one day in the studio with the band (STRANGEFRUIT) doing backing tracks; five backing tracks and then three or four days doing overdubs and vocals. And there was two songs that I was happy with, to release. Since then, the bass player – Peter, my son – and the drummer (Jake Woodward), who are both at college doing a music degree, they both finished their finals half way through June. It’s really intensive, music degrees, they really work you hard, they’re having to play, every night, things in 9/8 and things, it really is intense – I couldn’t really call on them! So, after they finished, we had four days rehearsal before going to Amsterdam.
“And so, every day it went up a level, the way we were playing. Although I’m happy with the two songs I thought I was going to (release), I was going to go back into the studio and mix them… but, part of me enjoyed playing the other new songs that I did, so much that I thought, ‘If we have a few more days rehearsal…’ – although they’re great musicians, it doesn’t give the songs enough time to develop. I just felt it went up a level, so… Jamie (Peter’s younger son, guitar) was a bit upset, because he spent loads of time editing everything ready to go in and mix it, and I said to him ‘Ah, I want to redo it!'”
While further Only Ones activity is by no means out of the question, Peter will be backed up by Strangefruit for his upcoming shows. Fans can expect a balance of old and new material on the night:
“The band are a really tight band, cos they play together as Strangefruit, but we haven’t had that much rehearsal time doing my new songs. We did a gig in Hebden Bridge where we had some rehearsal time, but that was mainly learning Only Ones songs, because that’s what the audience expects. In the nineties, I had a band (The One) and I wanted to not trade on my past, I wanted my new songs to stand out, so to begin with I did a third Only Ones songs, two thirds new songs. But the last gig (The One) did, it was in the Roadhouse Manchester, and someone put the setlist on line, and first song, ‘Another Girl, Another Planet’, get that out the way, and all the other songs were new songs; that’s the way I used to be then.”
“Now I understand, from a fan’s point of view, because I’ve been in the audience since then, seen people, and I quite like it when I recognise the song. From a fan’s point of view, especially people that’ve never seen you play the old songs, you’ve got to be a bit more giving. I used to think it was like taking the easy way out, playing the songs that everyone knew and wanted to hear, I always cared more passionately about new songs, and thought maybe it was playing the game too much, being a bit more like a cabaret or a nostalgia trip, or a heritage band or whatever they call it… I used to think that that was somehow selling out.
“Now I realise that maybe I’m a bit too radical in my ideas as to what a performance and a gig should be, and they should be a bit more give and take. There’s nothing wrong with playing old songs. So to begin with they had to learn the Only Ones songs so I could function giving the people the songs they’ve liked over the years. But really my passion is about getting them to learn the new songs as soon as possible.
“Really all I want to do is record. To begin with, I thought it would be a distraction doing gigs; but it’s been good, because when you’ve got a gig it forces you, ‘Oh I’ve got a gig next week, I’d better rehearse’; so four rehearsals in a row, I actually started feeling like a musician, and so I wrote four songs over the three week period. Without feeling like a musician, I don’t want to write new songs, because I’ve got a bunch of new songs that aren’t recorded yet, ones that were played over the Only Ones (reunion) time, and other ones as well, and I’ve got this dread that I’ve got these great songs that I’m proud of that’ll never get recorded… and so it’s a deterrent to writing!
“The thing of having a gig to do is you think ‘I’d better get into musician mode, I’ve got to walk out and be a musician’, and so feeling like a musician, rather than someone who used to be a musician a long time ago, I’ve actually started enjoying writing again. And the feeling of writing a song and three days later playing it with a band, and it happens… sometimes songs take a while, but occasionally there’s a song that is just so simple, and that’s why I did this new song ‘Living In My Head’ in Amsterdam, cos as soon as I started playing it with the group, it just sounded amazing.
“And it just gave me a buzz, and inspired me to write more songs, so since I got back from Amsterdam I’ve written two and a half songs. Which is quite a lot for me, after going years and years without…”
See next month’s edition of Vive Le Rock for more from Peter. The revised edition of Nina Antonia’s The One And Only biography is available now through Thin Man Press. Peter will be playing live on:
24 July, Garage, London
8 August, Rebellion Festival, Blackpool
15 August, Ruby Lounge, Manchester
29 August, The Fleece, Bristol
Mexican punk trio LE BUTCHERETTES have unveiled a new song from their forthcoming third album.
Based in Guadalajara, Le Butcherettes are the brainchild of Teri Gender Bender (vocals and guitar), joined by drummer Chris Common and bassist Jamie Aaron Aux. They recorded the album at RLP Studios in El Paso, Texas with Omar Rodriguez-Lopez of THE MARS VOLTA and AT THE DRIVE-IN on production duties. The album features guest contributions from IGGY POP and JOHN FRUSCIANTE.
Pre-order A Raw Youth here.
Multinational garage rockers KING SALAMI & THE CUMBERLAND 3 headline a free one-day minifest in East London this Sunday.
The What’s Cookin’ Sunday Picnic, organised by local live music promoters What’s Cookin’, also features sets from Damaged Goods Records duo COWBELL, new Dirty Water signings OH! GUNQUIT, SIMON ONIONS of 80s goth-punks ZOODOLL, BIG GIRLS featuring ex-members of FABULOUS PENTETRATORS and loads more.
Part of the annual Leytonstone Festival, the event takes place in Henry Reynolds Gardens, London E11 from midday to 8pm. Although it’s free, donations are welcomed which all go to the bands.
Formed in 2006 by members of THE ULCERS, CHINESE LUNGS and THE PARKINSONS, King Salami & The Cumberland 3 have toured the world, releasing records on Dirty Water, Soundflat, Disk Union and Off The Hip. Their latest album is Cookin’ Up A Party.
See them ‘Do The Wurst’ at London’s Dingwalls.
Fast-rising Scots rockers THE AMORETTES will be touring as special guests of Canadians DANKO JONES in September.
Having toured extensively throughout the UK and Europe during the past year, the trio are still eager to be back on the road. Says guitarist/vocalist Gill Montgomery: “We’ve been spending some time in the studio working up some new song ideas for the next album, but we’re getting a bit stir crazy. So to be out on tour with Danko Jones is gonna be perfect. There’s gonna be some great hard rockin’ every night.”
The Amorettes, who’ve been drawing favourable comparisons with THE RUNAWAYS, THE DONNAS and MOTORHEAD for their Chris Tsangerides-produced second album Game On, join Danko Jones for the following dates…
September 18: Dublin, Whelans
September 19: Belfast, Limelight
September 20: Glasgow, King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut
September 22: Wolverhampton, Slade Rooms
September 23: Nottingham, The Bodega
September 24: Manchester, Sound Control
September 25: London, Camden Underworld
September 26: Leeds, The Key Club
September 27: Bristol, The Exchange
Leeds anarchists CHUMBAWAMBA could be about to have their story told in a new documentary film. That’s if film-maker and former singer DUNSTAN BRUCE’s crowdfunding campaign reaches its target.
I Get Knocked Down: The Untold Story Of Chumbawamba charts the band’s unlikely rise from squat gigs to international stardom, and Bruce has set up a Kickstarter campaign to fund the project. Find out more here.
Formed in 1982, Chumbawamba made their debut recorded appearance on Crass Records’ Bullshit Detector 2 compilation before founding the Agit-Prop label to release their sharply political records and promote activism. Controversially signing to EMI in the late 90s, they had a major worldwide hit with the dance-flavoured ‘Tubthumbing’ before infamously dousing then Deputy Prime Minister, John Prescott in water at the Brit Awards.
Leaving the band in 2004, Bruce recently made a documentary on The Levellers, A Curious Life and is in the band INTERROBANG.
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