Swedish rockers DICTATOR SHIP are set to release their debut mini-album later this month.

Described as a cross between The Saints and The Four Tops, the immodestly-titled Your Favourites features a modest seven tracks and clocks in at under half-an-hour. And like all good rock’n’roll, that’s just about all it needs to do its job.

Check out the video for the single ‘Savage’…

Your Favourites is available from 17 April via The Sign Records.

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Pub-rock legends KURSAAL FLYERS are to have the complete works compiled on a new box set.

The Southend-on-Sea band, who formed in 1973, cut their teeth on the London pub circuit before setting the charts alight with the single ‘Little Does She Know’ in late ’76 just as punk broke.

Over-burdened with songwriting talent, guitarist Graeme Douglas would soon move on to Eddie & The Hot Rods, where he co-wrote ‘Do Anything You Wanna Do’, while drummer Will Birch would co-author several powerpop nuggets with The Records, including the classic ‘Starry Eyes’. He would go on to write the definitive pub rock history No Sleep Till Canvey Island.

The 4-disc Little Does She Know – The Complete Recordings comprises the band’s four studio albums, inclduing Chocs Away! and The Great Artiste for Jonathan King’s UK label; the Mike Batt-produced Golden Mile, and their 1988 reunion album A Former Tour de Force Is Forced To Tour. The set is completed by the 1977 live album Five Live Kursaals, and numerous bonus tracks including non-album singles and B-sides, outtakes and live tracks.

A 24-page booklet features firsthand sleevenotes by Will Birch.

Released on 22 May by RPM Records through Cherry Red, Little Does She Know is available to pre-order here.

Check out ‘Pocket Money’ from Chocs Away live…

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London punks GOLDENBLOOM are back with another new single.

‘(Great) Britain’, the follow-up to the band’s debut single ‘Love’, was apparently initially an observation on Brexit Britain, but has achieved a new currency as the nation squirms uncomfortably under viral lockdown.

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Pittsburgh politicos ANTI-FLAG have just unveiled a brand new video for the title track from their latest album 20/20 Vision.

The video features dancer/choreographer David Mayorga and is the work of INDECLINE an activist art collective comprising graffiti writers, filmmakers, photographers and full-time rebels and activists, and focusing on “social, ecological and economical injustices carried out by American and International governments, corporations and law enforcement agencies.”

Anti-Flag have just set out on a major North American tour which will be followed by a string of summer dates across Europe, kicking off at Hellfest in France and taking in Rebellion in Blackpool on 6 August. Full European dates are…

20 June – Clisson, FR @ Hellfest
21 June – Dessel, BE @ Graspop
27 June – Rttersbach, DE @ Ab Geht Die Lutzi Festival
4 July – Schorndorf, DE @ Club Manufaktur
5 July – Toging Am Inn, DE @ Silo 1 Musik & Kulturlokal
18 July – Cuxhaven, DE @ Deichbrand Festival
1 Aug – Gijon, ES @ Tsunami Xixon
6 Aug – Blackpool, UK @ Rebellion Festival
8 Aug – Bildein, DE @ Picture On Festival
11 Aug -Tolmin, SLO @ Punk Rock Holiday
12 Aug – Bratislava, SLK @ Majestic Music Club

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Belgian noise-rockers THE K. are back with a new single which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

Hopefully not foretelling the working week ahead, ‘Shit Day’ is taken from the trio’s third album Amputate Corporate Art.

Returning after a brief hiatus and line-up change the album finds the band drawing on the influence of the likes of The Jesus Lizard, The Melvins, Fugazi and Sonic Youth on a set of ten uncompromising ad crushingly heavy anthems.

“When we reunited we weren’t unharmed by what happened to us,” they say. “We had doubts as human beings of course but as a band too. And the songs are a bit about that: breaking up, moving on, being angry, not knowing what you’re meant for at a time when people around you seemed to be pretty set up, and convincing ourselves that everything would turn out alright.”

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THE CHATS have just unveiled another new video.

‘Dine N Dash’ is the fifth single to be taken from the Sunshine Coast band’s debut album and is a tribute to the time-honoured activity of stuffing your face in a restaurant and scarpering without paying. The video is the work of acclaimed director Matt Weston.

“We filmed at Walters steakhouse in Brisbane. It was the best steak I’ve had. Definitely gave the bowlsie a run for its money. No mushy gravy thou,” says guitarist Josh Price.

“Ya know you’re in a fancy restaurant when the chips and salad aren’t included,” adds bassist Eamon Sandwith.

As previously announced, The Chats are over here in the autumn. Catch them at…

Fri 16 Oct – Southampton, 1865
Sat 17 Oct – Nottingham, Rock City
Sun 18 Oct – Bristol, 02 Academy
Mon 19 Oct – Ireland, Dublin, Olympia
Tue 20 Oct – Belfast, Limelight
Thu 22 Oct – Glasgow, Galvanizers
Fri 23 Oct – Leeds, Stylus
Sat 24 Oct – Newcastle, Boiler Shop
Sun 25 Oct – Manchester, 02 Academy
Mon 26 Oct – Brighton, Dome
Wed 28 Oct – London, Electric Brixton
Thu 29 Oct – London, Electric Brixton

Tickets are on sale here.

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French melodic punks NIGHTWATCHERS have a new video, which they’re premiering today with Vive Le Rock!

‘Fellah’s Temptation’ is taken from the Toulouse quartet’s debut album La Paix Ou Le Sable – a political concept album – which was released through Lövely Records last year. The video is the work of by Xavier Girardot at l’Atelier de Pechbonnieu.

Concerning the early days of the Algerian war in 1954 – a conflict characterized by guerrilla warfare, maquis fighting, and the use of torture – ‘Fellah’s Temptation’ aims to raise awareness about the reality of the occupation and colonial violence that were systematically perpetrated throughout all French colonial territories during several centuries until as recently as 1962.

The band say “We believe it’s not possible to understand the present French society without taking into account its connections with the old colonial Empire.”

La Paix Ou Le Sable is available here.

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Anglo-Americana rockers THE IMBECILES have a new video which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘Decider’ is taken from the band’s debut album which is due out next month through Cadiz Music.

Filmed on location in the Texas panhandle, the video is the second of a triptych of films written by the band’s Butch Dante, focused on their main preoccupation: the fact that the world is ending and people should be kinder to each other while it does…

The imbeciles hit the UK in April for their first headline tour. Catch them at…

April 14th Leeds – Hyde Park Book Club
April 15th Glasgow – Hug & Pint
April 16th Tynemouth – Surf Cafe
April 17th Birmingham – Muthers Studio
April 19th Brighton – The Hope
April 20th Bristol – The Lanes
April 21st London – The Grace
April 22nd Manchester – The Castle

Tickets are available here.

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Birmingham block rockers BLACK BOMBERS have announced a new addition to their ranks, and are breaking him in on a string of spring dates.

Founder members Dave Twist, Alan Byron and Darren Birch have now been joined by Ten Benson, and former The Name and Godfathers, guitarist Steve Crittall.

The band will be breaking Steve in with a show at the end of this month at The Barn at The Milton Arms in Portsmouth, where they’ll be opening for Duncan Reid and The Big Heads on 29 February. Tickets are on sale here.

The quartet are currently in the process of writing material for a band new album, but will be taking the odd night off to play some shows around the country.

Full dates are…

29 Feb – The Barn, Portsmouth (w/ Duncan Reid & The Big Heads)
19 Mar – Hare & Hounds, Birmingham (w/ Thee Hypnotics)
10 May – Westgarth Social Club, Middlesborough (Lee Brilleaux Tribute)
15 May – Gifford Arms, Wolverhampton
21 May – Dead Wax, Birmingham (w/ Alvin Gibbs & The Disobedient Servants)

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Fast rising roots rockers SUNDAY MORNING are set to make their live UK debut next month.

The band, from Cesena, Italy, have been picking up rave reviews for their succinctly-titled fourth album FOUR, which was released last May.

Having originally existed from ’98 to 2004, the band reconvened with a new line-up in 2015. One of the most reliable draws on the European roots and Americana circuit, they’ve recently shared stages with the likes of The National, Micah P Hinson and The Dream Syndicate.

Sunday Morning play the following dates in March…

Thurs 5 April – Railway Hotel, Southend-on-Sea
Fri 6 April – Biddle Bros, Hackney, London
Sat 7 April – What’s Cookin’, Leytonstone, London (w/ The Lucky Strikes)

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Fast-rising London rockers RANDY SAVAGES have just dropped a video for their brand new single.

After returning from their Carbon Footprint Christmas Party Tour – taking in three countries in three nights – the band shot the video for ‘Rock’n’Roll Dies With Us’ in the vaults under Waterloo Station with punk rock video Ubermensch Mark Richards. It’s slated to be the first single off their (as yet untitled) debut album.

You can catch Randy Savages live in London when they play The Lounge in Camden with Gizz Butt’s JANUS STARK on Saturday 21 March – tickets – with a German tour commencing the first week of April.

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North-East punks CRASHED OUT are back with a brand new video, which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

In no way to be confused with the Phil Collins song of the same name, ‘Against All Odds’ follows on from the Jarrow quartet’s last video ‘Still A Fighter’, which was premiered by Vive Le Rock! last September.

Formed a quarter of a century ago, Crashed Out are an institution in Tyneside punk, for their melodic and riff-happy hybrid of Oi and heavy rock, born out of a love as much for Motorhead, AC/DC and Rose Tattoo as The Clash, The Dickies and the Angelic Upstarts. They even had legendary Upstarts drummer Decca Wade in their line-up for a while.

The band have released five studio albums to date, along with a split release with L.A. punks The Generators, plus a live album. They’ve also found time to share stages with the likes of Rancid, NOFX, The Damned, Dead Kennedys, The Undertones, Stiff Little Fingers, Girlschool and more along the way. An anthem of sorts, ‘Against All Odds’ opens an explosive new chapter for the band.

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Ahead of his UK tour later this month, Vive Le Rock cornered Glen Matlock to ask him his favourite TV and video appearances…

So It Goes is a TV show. It was our first proper TV appearance in Manchester. It was Tony Wilson’s ‘What’s On’ kind of programme. That’s when all the shit really hit the fan for the first time. It was the one with Jordan in and John had a big barney with Clive James. It was all quite funny. I spoke to Tony Wilson (Factory Records) years later and he said, ‘That was the day that Clive James became and old man.’ He just didn’t get it! It was great to play, we did two songs but they didn’t broadcast one. ‘Problems’ was a warm up and ‘Anarchy In The UK’.”

“We were supposed to play live but all the camera men downed tools because it was too loud for them. We recorded it live but then when the camera came on we had to sort of mime. With early stuff, there’s not really any dedicated videos around.”

“The one broadcast on the show was ‘I’m Bored’. We went there and had worked out four songs to play. When we got there they asked us what songs we were gunna play and we told them four. They said, ‘Oh we were only expecting a couple of songs.’ And it caused a problem. The video director said ‘You got seven minutes.’ So we cobbled together a medley of three of them and then did ‘I’m Bored’. The medley was ‘Billy Is A Runaway’, ‘Fortune Teller’ and an old version of another song. Iggy was stubborn and wanted to do four. That night I remember I had the very first mod suit from Johnson’s and a red pork pie hat. When we walked in there was this guy dressed like a BBC sessions jazz player going, ‘What songs do you know then?’ And it was Tom Waits. As we walked in, he nicked my hat.”

“I played with Ronnie Wood and Mick Hucknell fronted on vocals. It was a proper TV thing at O2 Stadium. A great night playing with those guys.”

“The track takes on Pharell Williams ‘Happy’. It was produced by Mario McNulty and the video was directed by Paul Cockcroft. I’m proud of it, it’s got Earl Slick on guitar and Slim Jim Phantom on drums. I like it.”

“We’ve got nine show in the UK, we’re gunna do Finland and I’m gunna play with Dropkick Murphys in Boston and Canada. I keep writing songs and I keep going. It’s sounding good.”

Tickets on sale here.

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DROPKICK MURPHYS have unveiled a new video ahead of their Alexandra Palace date next month.

The single ‘Smash Shit Up’ is backed with a cover of Scottish pop sensation Gerry Cinnamon’s ‘The Bonny’. Both tracks are available digitally from Apple, Spotify and all the usual platforms, and is available physically via the band’s webstore.

As previously announced, Dropkick Murphys play London’s Alexandra Palace on Friday 21 February, with special guests COCK SPARRER and JESSE AHERN. Tickets are available here.

The band have revealed that they’ll be releasing a new album in the Autumn, the follow-up to the US Top 10 album 11 Short Stories Of Pain And Glory.

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Swedish melodic punks SATURDAY’S HEROES are launching a series of one-off singles with a brand new video.

Having already released a pair of full-length albums over the past couple of years, the Norrköping quartet will be releasing seven stand alone singles up until the summer of 2020, kicking off with ‘I Will Be Right There’, a song about about “loss, love and growing up”.

The video is the work of Markus Tertocha from Rusty Nail Productions.

‘I Will Be Right There’ is available through Lövely Records on Apple and Spotify.

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New Northeast supergroup THE CITY KIDS have just released their debut single and are premiering the video exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

Put together by JJ Watt from THE MAIN GRAINS, the band also features Dennis Post (Warrior Soul, Flush The Fashion) and Berty Burton (Tigertailz).

‘Best Of You’ is the first track to be revealed from the newly recorded debut album which was produced by the band themselves and mastered by Wildhearts and Professionals producer Dave Draper.

The video is the work of Fuzzy McGlide, who’s been responsible for all the Main Grains’ artwork and most of their videos.

“The song is basically about not letting people’s opinions take your essence, don’t change for anyone, be true to yourself.” says JJ. “Recently, the three of us lost a close friend, Mikey Lawless, the bass player in Falling Red. This single is for sale online and ALL sales are going to help with his funeral costs, or be split between Macmillan and Marie Curie as they have been a massive help.”

‘Best Of You’ is available now from The City Kids’ Bandcamp.

There’s also a Go Fund Me page.

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The surviving members of EDDIE & THE HOT RODS have announced that they’ll be playing a series of dates throughout 2020 in memory of founding frontman Barrie Masters.

Masters sadly passed away suddenly last October following the band’s decision to retire from touring at the start of the year. Following encouragement from fans worldwide, and at the insistence of Barrie’s family, the band have decided to carry on playing live, with bassist Ian ‘Dipster’ Dean stepping up to the mic.

The band’s line-up is completed by longtime members Simon Bowley on drums and guitarist Richard Holgarth, with bassist Mic Stoner joining the band.

The dates kick off with an appearance at the Great British Alternative Festival at Butlins in Minehead, and culminate with a London show at the Red Lion Ballroom, Leytonstone on 3 October, the first anniversary of Masters’ death. The band will be joined on various dates by DEPARTMENT S* and DUNCAN REID & THE BIG HEADS**. Full dates are…

Feb 28 Minehead Great British Alternative Festival
Apr 17 Chelmsford Football Club*
Jun 6 Coombes Glastonwick Festival
Jun 11 Putney Half Moon*
Jun 12 Leicester Musician*
Jun 13 Barnard Castle TCR Hub*
Jun 14 Barnoldswick Music & Arts Centre*
Jun 19 Brighton Patterns*
Jun 25 Sheffield Greystones*
Jun 26 Buckley The Tivoli*
Jul 4 Harlow Latton Park
Sep 4 Cardiff The Globe*
Sep 12 Whitwell Festival
Sep 18 Guilford Holroyd Arms*
Sep 19 Nottingham Rescue Rooms*
Sep 25 Cambridge Junction**
Sep 26 Norwich Epic Studios**
Oct 3 London Red Lion Ballroom

Tickets are available via the band’s website.

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Aussie punk poster-boys have announced the release of their debut album with another run of UK dates and a wince-inducing new video.

‘The Clap’ is taken from High Risk Behaviour, and features guitarist Josh Price on vocals.

The trio from the Sunshine Coast have come along way since ‘Smoko’ went viral, earning them the personal approval of both Iggy Pop and Queens Of The Stoneage, who both invited the band to guest on Australian tours.

High Risk Behaviour has taken 18 months to record as the band dropped into engineer Billy Garner’s studio in Geelong, Victoria during breaks in touring. Says bassist/singer Eamon Sandwith, “If we’d just done a week and slogged it out we could have had an album before now but we just kept going in there and making newer and better songs so it’s hard to put a stop on it. Some of the songs were first-take and we were like, ‘That’s good, whatever’. We’re really not perfectionists.”

Although courted by various labels in a high-pressure bidding war, the trio chose to stick with their own Bargain Bin imprint, firmly entrenched as they are in their DIY ethic.

“We thought, if we just do it ourselves we don’t have to worry about getting swindled,” says Sandwith. “We’ve always done it our way.”

High Risk Behaviour is released on 27 March on Bargain Bin Records via Cooking Vinyl Australia. It’s available to pre-order here.

Fri 16 Oct – Southampton, 1865
Sat 17 Oct – Nottingham, Rock City
Sun 18 Oct – Bristol, 02 Academy
Mon 19 Oct – Ireland, Dublin, Olympia
Tue 20 Oct – Belfast, Limelight
Thu 22 Oct – Glasgow, Galvanizers
Fri 23 Oct – Leeds, Stylus
Sat 24 Oct – Newcastle, Boiler Shop
Sun 25 Oct – Manchester, 02 Academy
Mon 26 Oct – Brighton, Dome
Wed 28 Oct – London, Electric Brixton
Thu 29 Oct – London, Electric Brixton

Tickets go on sale here at 10am on 24 January.

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