Fast-rising French politico-punks NIGHTWATCHERS have a new video which they’re premiering today exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

The intriguingly-titled ‘1905 & The Muslim Exception’ is the first single to be taken from the Toulouse quartet’s forthcoming second album Common Crusades.

“The 1905 French law on the Separation of the Churches and State was passed on 9 December 1905,” explain the band. “It established state secularism in France. Secularism was right in metropolis, but was an exception in the French colonial empire where colonization and evangelization always went hand in hand. In Algeria, the French State supervised the practice of Islam and organized the Muslim cult in a logic of control and regulation.”

Common Crusades follows on thematically from the band’s 2019 debut La Paix Ou Le Sable (Peace Or Sand). While that raised awareness of state violence and subjugation in France’s overseas colonies, Common Crusades casts a spotlight on the aftermath of such conflicts.

Common Crusades is due out in the Autumn through Lövely Records.

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Scandinavian action rockers THE DRIPPERS have unveiled a new single.

The Gothenburg trio are releasing their version of ‘Hammerless Nail’ by much-loved Columbus OH band NEW BOMB TURKS. As Viktor Skatt from the band says, “a monumental band that influenced the whole High Energy Rock ‘N’ Roll movement of the 90s and is one of the reasons why we started the band in the first place.”

It’s the band’s first release since their highly praised debut album Action Rock which came out through The Sign in 2019.

The track originally surfaced on the No Heroes, No Leaders, No Artists, No Gods: A Tribute to The New Bomb Turks – also featuring THE HELLACOPTERS, HIP PRIESTS and DEAD FURIES which came out through Spaghetty Town Records earlier this year.

You can stream/download ‘Hammerless Nail’ here.

And if that’s not enough NBT action for you, a second tribute album Defiled! A Heavy Medication Tribute to New Bomb Turks, featuring the likes of SMALLTOWN TIGERS, RANDY SAVAGES and HOWLIN’ THREADS is available here.

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HAWKWIND have announced a first list of names for their Hawkfest. They’ve also announced a new album for release in September.

The veteran spacerockers will pitch their tipis near Axminster, Devon over the weekend of 27-29 August. They’ll be joined by THE CRAZY WORLD OF ARTHUR BROWN, HERE & NOW, SOFT MACHINE, THE MEMBRANES, TIM BLAKE, 3 DAFT MONKEYS, RDF, SON OF MAN, AOS3, CYBERNETIC WITCH CULT, SONIC TRIP PROJECT and more…

Further details and tickets can be found at

New album Somnia continues a particularly fruitful relationship with Cherry Red Records, following on from 2020’s Hawkwind Light Orchestra album Carnivorous and the live album 50th Anniversary Live.

As the name implies, Somnia takes the theme of sleep, drawing on mythology, fever dreams, strange encounters and sleepless paranoia for inspiration.

Set for release on 10 September, Somnia is available to pre-order here.

The band are also planning tour dates for September, followed by a date at London Palladium, rescheduled from earlier this year.

As previously announced, the band also headline the Big Top stage at this year’s Beautiful Days festival at Escot Park, Devon.

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Fast-rising Cardiff rockers JAMES AND THE COLD GUN today release a brand new single.

Coming on like the bastard sons of Mudhoney and Thin Lizzy, ‘Plug Me In’, follows belligerently on from their well-received previous single ‘Long Way Home’. The single’s out through GALLOWS’ label, Venn Records.

“’Plug Me In’ is a love letter to volume, it’s for the times where you feel completely lost and rely on music to make you ‘feel something,” says guitarist James Joseph, who’s joined in the band by fellow guitarist/singer James Biss. “The past year has been difficult for us all and I think nearly everyone can relate to feelings of helplessness or feeling like ‘groundhog day’—getting into a garage and turning our amps up as loud as possible has been such a cathartic release for us.”

The single was produced by Adrian Bushby whose credits include Cheap & Nasty, The Parkinsons and, weirdly, The Spice Girls.

Stream/download ‘Plug Me In’ here.

Champing at the bit to get out on the road, the duo join SALEM, the new band featuring CREEPER frontman Will Gould on tour in October. Full dates are…

10 Oct – Milton Keynes – The Craufurd Arms
12 Oct – Cardiff Clwb – Ifor Bach (downstairs)
13 Oct – Birmingham – Asylum 2
14 Oct – Nottingham – Rescue Rooms
15 Oct – Oxford – The Bullingdon
16 Oct – Swindon – The Vic
17 Oct – Frome – Cheese and Grain
18 Oct – Bristol – Exchange
21 Oct – Leeds – The Key Club
22 Oct – Huddersfield – The Parish
24 Oct – Newcastle – Think Tank? Underground
25 Oct – Glasgow – Stereo
26 Oct – Sheffield – Sidney and Matilda
27 Oct – Manchester – The Deaf Institute
28 Oct – Guildford – Boileroom
29 Oct – Tunbridge Wells – Forum
30 Oct – London – The Dome
31 Oct – Southampton – The Joiners

Tickets are on sale here.

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London powerpoppers THE SPEEDWAYS emerge from lockdown with a brand new EP and video.

The Borrowed & Blue EP, as the name suggests, features the band churning out some of their favourite covers.

The new video features their version of HANOI ROCKS’ debut album classic ’11th Street Kids’.

The EP also includes their rendition of KIRSTY MacCOLL’s forlorn indie-pop hit ‘They Don’t Know’ previously released a couple of years ago. Also up for grabs are ABBA’s ‘S.O.S.’, ROKY ERICKSON’s ‘Starry Eyes’ and ‘Love Really Hurts Without You’ by Romford soul legend BILLY OCEAN.

The Speedways return to the live fray with a show on 17 July at Paper Dress Vintage, Hackney, London alongside RICH RAGANY & THE DIGRESSIONS and YOUNG FRANCIS HI-FI. Get tickets here!

Set for release on 31 May, Borrowed & Blue is available to pre-order on CD, download and limited edition 10″ vinyl from Bandcamp.

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The UNDERCOVER FESTIVAL, the festival that refuses to die, is back with its ninth edition this Autumn.

One of the UK punk community’s favourite small festivals, Undercover has popped up all over the south of England over the past decade, even reaching as far as London.

Last year’s event, which just managed to sneak in prior to the lockdown in March, was planned to be the last but with boredom and frustration at the lack of live music kicking in, they’ve decided to do it again.

This year’s Undercover will take place at Suburbs, The Holroyd, Guildford over the weekend of 15-17 October.

“We were finally going to call it a day after the successful Undercover 8 in March 2020” says founder Mick Moriarty. “But the boredom of the first lockdown made me rather restless, then we had Rich Steward, Keith, Gerry, Pete and some regulars nagging me relentlessly to look at doing Undercover again; we set up a team who got the crowdfunder campaign going to ensure Undercover 9 went ahead, which had great support from some lovely Undercover People and regulars plus, in the middle of the campaign, Hillsy from Suburbs The Holroyd in Guildford made us an offer we could not refuse, so Undercover Festival NINE is back, plus we have moved up a notch with organising shedloads of Undercover Events gigs before and after October including Undercover TEN in early April 2022.”


As well as the festival, Moriarty has also announced various punk gigs throughout the summer and beyond, including KING KURT, GRADE 2, KIRK BRANDON, ABDOUJAPAROV, THE ACTIVATORS, WITCHDOKTORS and more. Full details and tickets for all shows can be found here.

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Swedish glamsters VELVET INSANE have just unveiled a new single and video.

The hand-clapping piano-pounding ‘Backstreet Liberace’ is taken from the trio’s new album Rock’n’Roll Glitter Suit and features guest appearances from Scandirock legends Dregen and Nicke Andersson from HELLACOPTERS.

On top of that, the track was written by Sulo Karlsson of DIAMOND DOGS who wrote and produced the album with the band.

“We feel very proud about this song and that it breathes and swaggers like it was made in London 1973, but with the modern sound of today,” swoon the Velvets. “Smooth pop harmonies pumped up by heavy drums and barbed wire guitars, and with a chorus that hits you right where it hurts. On top of it all we got Dregen and Nicke Andersson from The Hellacopters to jump in the back seat, giving us a helping hand in our purpose to keep rock ’n‘ roll alive. It can’t get any better than that!”

Set for release through Wild Kingdom Records on 16 July, Rock’n’Roll Glitter Suit is available to pre-order here.

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Long-running Devon festival BEAUTIFUL DAYS emerges from lockdown with its first major line-up announcement.

Now in its 18th edition, this year’s festival, which takes place in the surroundings of Escot Park near Ottery St Mary over the weekend of 20 to 22 August, will once again feature festival founders THE LEVELLERS plus FRANK TURNER & THE SLEEPING SOULS and JAMES as mainstage headliners.


Festival organiser David Farrow says “Our industry was one the first to close and is one of the last on the path to re-opening safely but we are getting there and it’s so important – the arts are needed now more than ever. We can’t wait to open the gates to Beautiful Days 2021. Our festival-goers are ready to come back to the fields and so are we.”

This year’s festival is already 95% sold out but remaining tickets and further details can be found here.

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London/Brighton glam-punks THE DeRELLAS resurface from lockdown with a new video ahead of their long-awaited new album release.

The video accompanies a new version of their single from a couple of years ago, ‘High Rise Supersize’ – “rebooted, remixed, re-energised,” as they put it.

The track is expected to feature on the band’s new album Something’s Got To Give, due out soon.

Meanwhile, the band emerge blinking into the light for a show with RAGE DC at The Acoustic Couch, Bracknell on 24 July.

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Still touring (when Covid allows) and recording with Camberley punk legends The Members, J C Carroll shares his memories in a new autobiography. Vive Le Rock‘s Hugh Gulland shares his thoughts…


From a post-war childhood in a scrubby zone of the home counties in which dishevelled fifties kids fished for tadpoles while the Heathrow jets arced overhead, JC Carroll – ‘the boy with three girls’ names’ – would initially take the prescribed route for a bright lad of that particular setting – a junior position in city banking – before his predilection for rock ’n ’roll sidetracked him entirely, into the emergent world of punk rock. As guitar man for The Members, JC was a driver in the democratisation of that movement, opening it up from an inner-city phenomenon to a rallying call for ‘Suburban Kids’ everywhere. While stardom flared relatively briefly for the Surrey outfit before the time-honoured pop pitfalls derailed the train, Carroll’s well-attuned survivor’s instinct would carry him through an impressive sequence of subsequent ventures. These have included film composition, panto production, and successful endeavours in the world of clothing and fashion. With The Members’ reactivation as a working band in recent years, JC has reconnected with his youthful enthusiasms, and from his present situation as a locked-down musician, looks over his lifetime and career – and the enduring relevance of his best-known composition – with clarity and insight.

Read an exclusive extract from (Still) Annoying The Neighbours in the latest edition of Vive Le Rock!

Buy (Still) Annoying The Neighbours here.

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Goth-folk outfit DANA IMMANUEL & THE STOLEN BAND have a new video which they’re premiering today exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘WD40 & Duct Tape’ is from the EP Mama’s Codeine, which was initially released back in March 2020, but is being given another go-round as the world tentatively begins to re-open.

“Basically Alexander (Alexander JE Bradley, director) and I have been kind of platonic soulmates since we met at the European Poker Tournament in Deauville that Jake Cody won years ago, we started out making guerrilla music videos after hours in fancy hotels across Europe, and we seem to work oddly well together,” explains Immanuel. “He was flying out to Sweden to spend Hallowe’en in a cabin in the woods with his ex-girlfriend and her mother (don’t ask) when the second Paris lockdown was announced, and in a panic he asked if he could move in with me instead. Cue several months of hilarious fun in London with my new housemate. We were both very keen on breaking stuff, hence all the sugar glass. Also we got to go to Pinewood Studios to pick up the sugar glass, which was very exciting.

“We could only afford 6 sugar glass whiskey glasses, two vases and two of the blue bottles. Sugar glass is quite expensive, it turns out. We did briefly consider using real glass until we realised that we would definitely hurt ourselves – not a good look in a plague with the NHS under stress. I think there is actually a bottle of whiskey visible in every video we’ve ever made together…

“Side note – am seriously thinking of buying a hundred of those whiskey glasses and marketing them as stress balls. Anyway. Video shot in three days, entirely in my house. Just me and Alexander, with a bit of assistance from my other housemates pushing the dolly. And by dolly I mean a coffee table on wheels with Alexander perched on it. Fun fact – about 40 bottles of whiskey were downed in the making of the video. Alexander returned to Paris the day after we finished filming and deeply regretted it. Waiting for our various lockdowns to be lifted now so he can come back to London and we can make another one.

“‘WD40 & Duct Tape’ is about a broken heart. You don’t need to know the details. Though we always dedicate it to the sound engineer and the stage manager when we play it live…”

Mama’s Codeine is available on CD here.

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Curiously-named Alabama rockers DREE LEER have a new video which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘You Too’ is taken from the Birmingham trio’s debut album Throw Hands which is due out next week through Bettamax Records.

“During this last year, like a lot of people, I was living in my head,” says frontwoman Jackie Lo. “Questioning reality, missing my everyday life that now feels like it was 10 years ago. But most importantly thinking about what I might do differently and with who. This song is about realizing which people in your life are fake and toxic and cutting them out… ‘Everyone knows you’re a lie. You too!’”

Speaking about the video, she says “We got completely lucky. An amazing up and coming artist out of Chicago, Darby Jack Gustafson who also has Alabama ties, took interest in our music and agreed to make a video for ‘You Too.’ Every step involved had to take him forever! We couldn’t have been more happy with it. It’s dark, it’s beautiful, it’s like a light box puppet show! If you don’t know his work, find it!”

Alongside Lo, the band also features bassist Mandy Graffeo and drummer Mikey D. Part of the now thriving Birmingham alternative scene, they recorded Throw Hands at Ol Elegante Studios with Jason Hamric and Les Nuby, formerly with local legends Verbena.

And what about that name? “Dree Leer was one of my online names going back to ’95,” Lo explains. “‘Leer’ means a look or a gaze and ‘Dree’ is a word that means ‘to endure something unwanted or painful.’ It speaks to what women have to endure on a regular basis. A lot of the songs are pro women having a voice and speaking out and being strong and powerful.”

Set for release on 30 April, Throw Hands is available to pre-order here.

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Cumbrian punks THE LIARS CLUB herald their new EP with a brand new live video.

The savage, coruscating ‘8 Tonne’ is taken from the Barrow-in-Furness band’s second EP, Of Self, due out on 18 June through Neoprima Music, and casts a scorching spotlight on the devastation caused by the UK’s cocaine trade, 8 tonnes of the stuff being consumed in London alone each year.

“The song lyric ‘The Angels said to the people, welcome’ is a direct reference to how easy it is to get sucked into a world of drug abuse, and the endemic it has become in most towns and cities across the UK. The song has purposely been written to be close to the bone, with Noah’s aggressive vocals being a literal cry for help; a warning,” they comment.

The release is a belated return for the band: following a highly promising debut EP, Dormant, they were temporarily derailed when original bassist Jake took his own life. Having had a period of hiatus in order to process this tragic event, the band returned to play a series of shows to raise awareness of mental health issues in their comrade’s honour.

“It would be easy to not talk about what happened but what would be the point in that?” says frontman Noah Johnson. “Jake was a massive part of the band so if people take one thing from The Liars Club, it’s that they need to talk to each other.”

The Liars Club have lined up the following Summer shows…

24.06.21 – Ulverston – The Sun, Basement
02.07.21 – Manchester – The Castle

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Enigmatic Kent ska-punks 3dBs Down have just marked their 20th Anniversary with a new album and video.

‘Count To A Million’ is taken from the album Get Your Retaliation In First which is out now through Engineer Records.

The band don’t give away much about themselves, but they’ve been described as sounding like Less Than Jake on steroids, which is fine by us! Their new album is their third and follows belatedly on from 2005’s Can Of Worms.

‘Count To A Million’ is “about the uneven distribution of wealth and opportunity between the few and the many, and how the numbers involved are hard to conceive.”

The video was directed and edited by Aaron Noordally.

Get Your Retaliation In First is available here.

3dBs Down have also contributed to the compilation album Hoarses For Causes, raising money for Music Support, a charity providing help and support for those in or employed by the UK music industry affected by mental ill-health and/or addiction.

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Punk-jazz supergroup/power trio THE N.J.E. have announced the release of a new mini-album for the first of this year’s Record Store Day Drops.

Formed in Whitechapel, the band features Terry Edwards (PJ Harvey, Gallon Drunk), Mark Bedford (Madness, BUtterfield 8) and Simon Charterton (The Higsons, Alex Harvey).

Following on from 2019’s Afloat In Dub, their collaboration with On-U Sound guru Adrian Sherwood, “Nought To 60” takes its name from the trio’s single released late last year. The release also features the 10-minute ‘Spirit Of Indo’, a tribute to the pub where they first played monthly to an audience of locals and the odd musical celebrity including Matt Johnson, The Undertones’ Damian O’Neill, Reeves Gabrels of Cure and Tin Machine fame and 2 Tone artist Rhoda Dakar. It also includes their version of David Bowie’s ‘Five Years’ commemorating the fifth anniversary of the artist’s passing.

Hear ‘Nought To 60’

Usually held on the third Saturday of April every year, Record Store Day 2021 will take place over two ‘drop’ days – 12 June and 17 July – due to the pandemic.

“Nought To 60” will be available through Sartorial Records on strictly limited 12″ vinyl (with download code) on 12 June. Buyers can find their nearest participating stores here.

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Former Turbulent Hearts singer SUZI MOON gets her solo career off to an incendiary start with her first single and video which she’s premiering with Vive Le Rock!

With its buzzsaw guitar-and-drums attack and shoutalong chorus, ‘Special Place In Hell’ is a perfect declaration of arrival as the lead track from Moon’s debut EP Call The Shots, due out 21 May through Pirates Press.

Moon’s career began by joining her older sister in the Hellcat-signed Longbeach band Civet for eight years before fronting the trio Turbulent Hearts. More recently she had a brief tenure with L.A. Machina, releasing one single for Alternative Tentacles.

However, after 15 years playing in bands, stepping into the spotlight as a solo artist was something of an inevitability. “Songwriting is my passion and I really wanted to own that moving forward. Going solo was a totally natural progression for me. It just took some time for me to be ready. It’s a little bit scary but here I am, unapologetically Suzi Moon, puttin’ it all on the line for everyone that’ll listen!”

The video for ‘Special Place In Hell’ draws its inspiration from Roman Polanski’s 1965 Brit spinechiller Repulsion, starring Catherine Deneuve and Ian Hendry. “It’s one of my favourites and I have always wanted to pay homage to the movie in my own way,” says Moon.

One focus of the video, which was directed by Eric Schraeder from The Enclave Live, is to illustrate Moon’s attempts to balance her time and presence on social media. “Especially in today’s times when most of what artists do is online, there are these moments when you are dressing up and getting ready for ‘showtime’ online” she says. “It’s not very satisfying when you turn off the camera at the end of the night and haven’t received any real physical connection. It can feel a bit empty, wanting more. Balancing Suzi at home baking bread in her sweatpants and Suzi online and in performance mode.”

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Fast-rising Essex punks THE MEFFS have just released their second single and they’re premiering the video with Vive Le Rock!

Packing a severe punch for a two-piece, and clearly taking a lead from the early 80s anarcho scene, the angry ‘Scum’ is the Colchester duo’s second single and first new material since the release of their highly-rated self-titled debut album released last year.

“At just 1 minute 25 seconds long, we try to confront shutterbugs and the media about their perceived right of intrusion,” they say. “‘Scum’ references celebrity culture and the detrimental effects of fake news. Lyrics such as, ‘…oh well, so what, you said it’s worth a shot. If you make a quid a minute then you’re making quite a lot!’ try to highlight the focus on reaching an end goal at any cost, regardless of the damage caused to others.”

Having spent the past year just itching to get out there and play live, Lily (guitar/vocals) and Lewis (drums/backing vocals) have already been lined up for Bristol’s Attitude Festival in September alongside Riskee & The Ridicule, Bob Vylan and The Blue Carpet Band, and a show at Lewes Con Club in January next year with Subhumans. Their diary is filling up fast – make sure you don’t miss ’em!

Stream/download ‘Scum’ here.

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K÷, the collaborative project between Jaz and Geordie from KILLING JOKE and former NEW ORDER bassist Peter Hook, have a video which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

The haunting, atmospheric ‘Remembrance Day’ is taken from the trio’s K÷ 93 EP which is out this Friday 19 March, while the moving video pays tribute to Gang Of Four’s Andy Gill, Joy Division’s Ian Curtis, Killing Joke’s Paul Raven and others.

“In recent interviews I have talked extensively about how my ‘precognitive’ abilities have affected my work,” says Jaz about the work. “‘Remembrance Day’ is a good example of this being essentially a song about how Covid-19 has changed our lives but written some 30 years ago! Indeed I remember thinking when I wrote the lyric ‘what the fuck is this about?’ – it’s certainly not the conventional 11/11 Remembrance Day dominated by the poem of Rupert Brookes, The Soldier (and others). However, the prose of K÷’s ‘Remembrance Day’ is certainly about megadeaths and now it’s happening in real time.

“Looking back to early 2020 our colleague Andy Gill (of Gang Of Four fame) died unexpectedly from a respiratory problem. Then a year later I received news that my beloved Uncle Bob Pandy (who was a second father to me) died on Christmas Day. I went into shock and contracted a handful of illnesses including Covid-19 from which I have fully recovered I am happy to say!”

As previously revealed, the three tracks on the EP were the result of a session recorded by the trio at Hook’s studio in 1993, that Jaz descries as “spontaneous and magical”.

Remastered from a DAT cassette that recently resurfaced, the EP is now available on clear 10″ vinyl, limited to just 2,000 individual numbered copies.

“I think these tracks are great. I hope something else happens or at least we play them some time. I’ve missed you lads! “ exclaims Hook, while Jaz adds “When you listen to this rare chemistry, you will understand why I’ve always felt this experience begs for a full opus magnum somewhere in the near future.”

K÷ 93 is available on vinyl here along with various merch items. Get it digitally here.

Read a full feature on K÷ in the new edition of Vive Le Rock! out now!

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