Philly hardcore mob SOUL GLO have just unveiled a first video from their forthcoming album.
The complexly titled ‘Jump!! (Or Get Jumped!!!)((by the future))’ is the first single to be taken from the band’s fourth album Disapora Problems, which is due out in March.
“Essentially the video makes fun of the people who have asked our drummer what it’s like being the only white member of the band, playing upon the presumption that we aren’t actually friends and have TJ in the band just to be able to bully them,” explains singer Pierce Jordan. “A lot of the gags in the video largely references the movie Whiplash with J.K. Simmons and Miles Teller, which is about a young drummer and his abusive mentor. Toward the end of the video we throw a Roots reference in there to further explore the idea of ‘reverse racism’ which really is only ever just a persecution fantasy that exists in the minds of white people.”
Diaspora Problems is due for release on 25 March through Epitaph. Pre-order it here.
RHODA DAKAR pays tribute to DAVID BOWIE in honour of his 75th birthday with a reggae cover of the Duke’s ‘The Man Who Sold The World’.
The release comes with the announcement of the BODYSNATCHERS’ singer’s signing to the Sunday Best label.
Recorded at South London’s Perry Vale Studios with Pama International producer Lenny Bignell, the track features contributions from The Aggrolites keyboard-player Roger Rivas (rated by Lynval Golding as the best reggae keyboardist around) and Jimmy Regal & The Royals’ Joff Watkins on harmonica, plus rhythm section Andi McLean and Marley Drummond.
“I was bewitched by seeing Bowie perform Starman on TOTP,” Rhoda recalls. “I was 12 going on 13 and thereafter he held sway over all my teenage years. Friendships, music, clothes, attitudes – all were influenced forever. It’s hard to choose, but ‘The Man Who Sold The World’ is one of my favourite Bowie albums. There had been the traditional reggae version of the title track back in the day, but the vocals lacked commitment, so we thought we’d do a proper, modern version.”
‘The Man Who Sold The World’ is the second in a series of five 7” singles (following her cover of Morrissey’s ‘Every Day Is Like Sunday’) all mastered by dubstep pioneer Jason Goz at Transition Mastering – each b/w dub versions – which will be released from now up until Rhoda’s new album next autumn. Each release comes packaged in an exclusive sleeve designed by renowned Sheffield artist Pete McKee.
Coinciding with the release of the single, Rhoda will join revered multi-instrumentalist Terry Edwards (Near Jazz Experience, Higsons, The Blockheads, Madness) and a group of exceptional musicians at his ‘Bowie + Beyond’ (covering the period 1977-1980) nights at Pizza Express, Holborn, London on 5th and 6th January. Tickets on sale here.
Then in March, Rhoda will be playing an eight-date tour, culminating in a London headline show at the legendary 100 Club. Dates are…
Wed 2 March: The Cavern, Liverpool Thu 3 March: The Cluny, Newcastle Fri 4 March: Cathouse, Glasgow Sat 5 March: Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh Fri 11 March: Sally Brown’s, Bradford Sat 12 March: Night Owl, Birmingham Thurs 17 March: Buttermarket, Shrewsbury Fri 18 March: The 100 Club, London
Greek newcomers THE LIPTARDS have just unveiled their debut single.
Fusing hardcore punk energy and rock’n’roll ramalama, ‘Paycheck’ is taken from the Thessaloniki quintet’s forthcoming debut album Bowery Smile.
Recorded at Dare Studios in Katerini, the band say, “The idea behind the recordings was that all songs had to be recorded live as much as possible in order to capture the feeling and energy of a Liptards concert. Later on, it was sent to Magnus Lindberg (Cult Of Luna, Imperial State Electric, The Dahmers) in Stockholm to be mastered. Again, trying to maintain that feeling of live music.”
‘Paycheck’ is available now through Spotify and all the usual digital platforms.
THE DAMNED have been forced to reschedule their original line-up shows once again.
First announced in September 2020, the six dates – featuring original members Captain Sensible, Brian James, Dave Vanian and Rat Scabies – had been booked for July this year. However, the continued presence of Covid saw them rescheduled to February 2020.
Now with the current concerns over the Omicron variant, the band have taken the decision to reschedule the dates next autumn.
The new dates are…
Fri 28 Oct 2022- London Eventim Apollo Sat 29 Oct 2022 – London Eventim Apollo
Thu 3rd Nov 2022 – Manchester O2 Apollo Fri 4 Nov 2022 – Glasgow O2 Academy Sat 5 Nov 2022- Birmingham O2 Academy
Support bands for the shows are the same as previously announced: The Skids (London 28), The Wildhearts (London 29), TV Smith & The Bored Teenagers (London 28, Manchester, Glasgow, Birmingham), Penetration (London 29, Manchester, Glasgow, Birmingham); with Smalltown Tigers opening on all dates.
Original tickets remain valid for all shows. New tickets are available here.
French post-punk supergroup VANILLA BLUE have announced the release of their debut album for the New Year.
Taking their name from a track by Chicago punk legends Naked Raygun and hailing from the eastern city of Saint-Étienne, the quartet feature members of three of that city’s best bands: Zero Gain, Protex Blue and Sixpack, but with a collective CV that alights on more than 50 more.
Taking their lead from the ferocious melodic punk tones of Hüsker Dü that have been such an influence on Zero Gain, the band have tempered the sound still more with the power-pop licks of the Replacements and Big Star.
Calling on French punk legend Pit Samprass, formerly of Burning Heads to produce alongside engineer Alex Borel, the quartet laid down the 11 tracks that make up Dark Cities in seven days, including the mixing!
London songwriter SIMON BROMIDE celebrates the release of his new album with a special launch gig tonight.
Recorded at Walthamstow’s Bark Studios with producer Brian Shaughnessy (Primal Scream, My Bloody Valentine) during lockdown, Following The Moon finds the artist joined by an array of musicians from the thriving South-East London scene.
Released through his own Scratchy label, Following The Moon is available here.
To celebrate, Bromide launches the album tonight Friday 10 December at The Old Dispensary, Camberwell. Admission is FREE!
GENERATION X legend Bob ‘Derwood’ Andrews gives a rare interview this week when he talks to ex-JIM JONES REVUE guitarist Rupert Orton on the latter’s Totally Wired radio show Pink Lemonade this Friday 10 December.
Joining Generation X at their inception, Derwood played on the band’s first two albums for Chrysalis before quitting along with drummer Mark Laff to form pioneering and influential post-punks Empire. He would later find further chart success with the band Westworld while in recent years he’s been pushing boundaries under the banner Tone Poet.
Derwood has recently taken to engaging with the world of social media through his Instagram account.
Friday’s show will also feature the first ever radio play of the the new EP from HIS LORDSHIP, the new project from PRETENDERS guitarist James Walbourne, ahead of their show with Iraina Mancini at the PRB Xmas party at London’s Lexington on 21 December.
FEROCIOUS DOG have unveiled another new video following the release of their new album The Hope.
A new version of the classic 1981 hit ‘Will You?, the single and video features a guest appearance but the song’s originator, Hazel O’Connor. The track was originally taken from the film Breaking Glass, in which O’Connor starred.
“’Will You’ is one my all time favourite songs from one of my all time favourite artists,” says band frontman Ken Bonsall. “When I first heard it as a kid on Top Of The Pops I fell in love with it. To recreate this with Hazel herself has been a dream come true for me and we’re now great friends too off the back of this.”
The new version of the track is available on the digital and deluxe digipak formats of The Hope, which is available here.
Concluding their current tour this Saturday at Sheffield Leadmill, the band have announced more dates for the New Year, including festival appearances at Bearded Theory, Bloodstock and Rebellion. Full dates are…
January Fri 21th The Tivoli Buckley Sun 23rd John Fretwell Sporting Complex, Mansfield , Rhyco Charity Gig March Sat 5th Roadmender, Northampton Fri 11th The Parish, Huddersfield Sat 12th 1865, Southampton Fri 18th Victoria Hall, Settle Sat 19th Victoria Hall, Settle Thu 24th The Garage, London Fri 25th The Fleece, Bristol April Fri 1st The Garage, Glasgow Sat 2nd The Georgian Theatre, Stockton-on-Tees Sat 30th Rock City, Nottingham May Sat 26th Bearded Theory Festival, Derby June Sat 4th Punk on the Penisula Festival, Argyll July Sat 23rd O2 Academy Leeds Fri 29th Y Not Festival, Pikehall August Thu 4th Rebellion Festival, Blackpool Sat 13th Bloodstock Festival, Walton-on-Trent
SENSELESS THINGS have today announced a new website.
A statement on the site promises to provide “newly restored music, unseen footage and unreleased recordings by the group – a loving celebration of the happy days & good times with Mark, Ben, Cass & Morgan.”
Currently, the online store offers a range of merch plus a rare download of a December 1989 show where the foursome played support to Buzzcocks.
Formed in 1986, the Twickenham band released several chart-troubling singles and four albums before splitting in 1995. They reformed for a handful of shows – including a sell-out performance at Shepherds Bush Empire – in 2017. It was always hoped they’d make the reunion more permanent, but frontman Mark Keds sadly passed away earlier this year.
Indiana blues insurrectionists LEFT LANE CRUISER return to the UK next year with their original line-up.
Guitarist and singer Freddy J IV will be joined once more by original drummer Brenn Beck who left after 2014’s Slingshot album. This will be the pair’s first visit to the UK in ten years, and the first chance to hear tracks from 2019’s Shake And Bake album.
The duo play…
Mon 21 Feb – The Chambers, Folkstone Tues 22 Feb – Night & Day, Manchester Wed 23 Feb – The Cluny, Newcastle upon Tyne Thurs 24 Feb – PowerHaus, Camden, London
RICHARD STRANGE and T.V. SMITH have joined forces on a new single ‘Don’t Panic England’.
Although totally appropriate for the times we live in, the song is one of eight that were written by the pair back in 1978 when Strange was the frontman of The Doctors Of Madness and Smith had enjoyed chart success with The Adverts.
Recorded in Strange’s flat to a 2-track Revox recorder, the songs, no mixed by Martyn Ware and Tom Gillieron, are set for release on a new mini-album.
THE GUN CLUB are to have some of their classic singles brought together in a vinyl box set in the New Year.
Fronted by the charismatic Blondie fan-club president Jeffrey Lee Pierce, the pioneering and highly influential blues-punk fusionist made their UK vinyl debut in 1982 on Beggars Banquet with the ‘Ghost On The Highway’ c/w ‘Sex Beat’ single, reproduced here.
Other singles featured in the Preaching The Blues set include ‘Fire Of Love’ c/w ‘Walking With The Beast’; ‘The Great Divide’ c/w ‘Crabdance’, and ‘Cry To Me’ c/w ‘Give Up The Sun’. The box also includes 1983’s Death Party EP, 1990’s Pastoral Hide And Seek EP, originally only available on CD and – exclusive to this set – a Miami Demos 7″ featuring early versions of ‘Carry Home’ and ‘Brother And Sister’ from their classic ’82 major label debut.
All the recordings have been remastered and come in replicas of their original sleeves. The set also includes a 52-page booklet, exclusive Fire Of Love fanzine, a ‘Gun’ badge and a promo postcard.
Set for release on 21 January through Flood Gallery, Preaching The Blues is available to pre-order here.
Manc punk legend EDWEENA BANGER is back with a new video which she’s premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
‘Let’s Do It’ is a taster for the former Ed Banger & The Nosebleeds and Slaughter & The Dogs singer’s second solo album Diamond Rocks, which is due out next month and follows on from her debut Diamonds On Tenth Avenue.
The new album continues the story of trans escort Diamond who goes on to become the singer in a glam rock band. Written and mostly performed by Banger, the album also features former Eater and Slaughter drummer Phil Rowland on two tracks.
Banger plays two dates in support of the album at…
20 Nov – St Moritz Club, London (w/ Continental Lovers & Healthy Junkies) 18 Dec – Star & Garter, Bolton
Hot on the heels of their show-stopping turn at Red Rooster Festival, blues explorers JIMMY REGAL & THE ROYALS are back with a new video, which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
‘Ain’t Done Yet’ is the title track form the South London trio’s new five-track EP which follows on from their widely praised second album Late Night Chicken released last year.
Pushing the envelope a lot further than most bands currently treading the boards of the Brit-blues circuit, Ain’t Done Yet finds the Royals channelling influences and inspirations as diverse as Frank Sinatra, Townes Van Zandt, Captain Beefheart and Ali Farka Touré.
Set for release this Friday 29 October through Lunaria Records, Ain’t Done Yet is available to pre-order here.
Fast-rising garage duo THE COURETTES have released another new video as they head out on tour.
A celebration of The Beatles’ drummer, ‘R.I.N.G.O.’ is taken from the pair’s new album Back In Mono, which is out today through Damaged Goods.
“As big fans of the 60s music and counterculture, it seems we´re slowly losing our heroes,” explains singer/guitarist Flavia. “So, here’s an ode to the fab Ringo Starr, who is still around banging drums and preaching peace and love. Ringo is a big influence on Martin´s drumming and one of rock’n’roll biggest icons. It’s also an homage to all the underdogs, as many would have written a song to Lennon, Harrison or McCartney instead, but we want Starkey! Teenage heartbreak and fuzzy pop garage hit, here comes R.I.N.G.O.!
“A subtle detail is that the single (and album) was recorded using a 60s Trixon drum kit,” seh continues. “A kit similar to the one Ringo used with The Beatles in the early Hamburg days. The video is inspired by the wonderful The Ronettes, The Shangri-Las TV-performances of the 60s. Colours/black/white silhouettes with sharp graphic shapes makes it the perfect visuals for this smash hit single. Ringo! We love you! Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!”
The Courettes kick off their tour tonight in Portsmouth before heading round the country, via London’s Lexington to Edinburgh. Full dates are…
Fri 15 – Portsmouth The Loft Sat 16 – Bristol, Crofters Room 2 Sun 17 – Norwich Norwich Arts Centre Mon 18 – Folkestone, The Chambers Tues 19 – London The Lexington Wed 20 – Bedford, Esquires Thur 21 – Hastings The Piper Fri 22 – Sheffield Yellow Arch Studios Sat 23 – Middlesbrough Westgarth Social Club Sun 24 – Hull Adelphi Mon 25 – Newcastle The Cluny Tues 26 – Manchester Night N Day Wed 27 – Edinburgh Voodoo Rooms Speakeasy
Read a new interview with The Courettes in the latest edition of Vive Le Rock!
Notts folk-punks FEROCIOUS DOG have unveiled a moving new video ahead of their UK tour.
‘The Hope’ is the title track of their new album which is out through Graphite Records this Friday 15 October.
“’The Hope’ is exactly what it says on the tin.” declare the band. “It’s a song that shows you when things are at their very darkest, there’s always a light at the end of the tunnel. There’s always help, there’s always hope! The subject matter is probably at it’s most poignant right now with what’s happening with the world.”
As previously announced, this Friday also sees the start of the band’s UK tour. Full dates are…
October Fri 15th Old Fire Station Bournemouth Sat 16th Chalk Brighton Sun 17th The Venue Derby Mon 18th Old Cold Store Nottingham Tue 19th Nightrain Bradford Wed 20th O2 Academy 3 Manchester Thu 21st Nell’s London Fri 22nd O2 Academy 2 Oxford Sat 23rd Waterfront Norwich Thu 28th The Globe Cardiff Fri 29th O2 Academy Leicester Sat 30th Esquires Bedford November Fri 5th O2 Academy 2 Newcastle Sat 6th La Belle Angele Edinburgh Fri 12th Ropetackle Arts Shoreham-On Sea Sat 13th The Forum Tunbridge Wells Thu 18th Cheese & Grain Frome Sat 20th Exeter Phoenix Exeter Sun 21st Guildhall Gloucester Fri 26th KK’s Steel Mill Wolverhampton Sat 27th Picturedrome Holmfrith December Sat 4th Leadmill Sheffield
Hot rocking Cumbrian duo VOODOO RADIO release their debut single and video which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
Fusing psychobilly and cyber-punk, ‘Space Girl’ is a first taste of the pair’s forthcoming 8-track mini-album Pop Pills.
Currently based between Ulverston and Hammersmith, father and daughter duo Tony and Paige Cook were discovered by their management busking in Leicester Square tube station, which led to them securing a deal with Holy Dotage Records, also home to Spiz Energi.
A veteran of numerous rock bands, Tony has toured alongside the likes of Status Quo, Wizzard and Budgie with Paige joining on backing vocals since the age of 14. Now the pop/punk Voodoo Radio finds them channelling the likes of Blondie, Revillos and Transvision Vamp with tasty Van Halen-esque licks thrown in for good measure!
‘Space Girl’ is available to stream/download here.
Set for release on 3 December on 10″ vinyl, Pop Pills is available to pre-order here.
Catch Voodoo Radio at the following dates…
3 Oct – Black Bull, Gateshead 3 Dec – Mildmay Club, London