LET’S HAVE A PARTY!

Yorkshire post-punks PARTY DAY are to have their complete works made available on CD for the first time ever.

Formed near Barnsley in 1981, the band’s proximity to both Leeds and Sheffield meant they were ideally placed to involve themselves in both cities’ developing post-punk and goth scenes, while they made an instant impact nationally with their first two singles ‘Row The Boat Ashore’ and ‘The Spider’ being picked up for airplay by John Peel. These were followed in 1985 by their debut album Glasshouse and a year later by Simplicty, each earning rave reviews in the music weeklies.

The two-CD Sorted! anthology comprises both albums and singles, plus the 4-track Glasshouse EP, along with compilation tracks and unreleased material. The set is completed by a 20-page booklet, including rare photographs and contemporary reviews. The sleeve design replicates the Glasshouse EP artwork which has achieved peak goth by being selected for the Victoria & Albert Museum’s Prints and Drawings collection.

The two-CD edition of Sorted! is released on 24 September through Optic Nerve Recordings and is available to pre-order here. A gatefold double coloured vinyl edition comprising Glasshouse and Simplicity without the extra tracks will be available later in the year.

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PUNK COMES TO BLACKPOOL AFTER ALL!

With Rebellion postponed again until 2022, following the Government’s decision to lift Covid restrictions on 19 July, the festival’s organisers have pulled out all the stops to bring fans a special one-day event.

Taking place in Blackpool’s Empress Ballroom on 7 August, which would’ve been the Saturday of the original event, HITS 25 will celebrate 25 years since the Holidays In The Sun festival – Rebellion’s precursor – first took place.

Acts lined up to appear include COCK SPARRER, COCKNEY REJECTS, UK SUBS, GBH, THE BARSTOOL PREACHERS, DIRT BOX DISCO, MAID OF ACE, GIMP FIST, FIRE EXIT, DEATH TRAILS and MILLE MANDERS AND THE SHUTUP.

There’ll also be an ‘almost acoustic’ stage featuring TV SMITH, ATTILA THE STOCKBROKER, STEVE DREWETT of NEWTOWN NEUROTICS and others.

The Winter Gardens will also have free admission from Thursday 5th to Sunday 8th for punks to meet up and hang out.

Ticketwise the event is completely separate to the main Rebellion event, and tickets originally issued for 2020 and 2021 will be rolled over for the festival’s return in 2022.

Tickets for HITS 25 priced £21.50 are available here.

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UNDERSTANDING RON

RON S PENO, former frontman with Aussie legends DIED PRETTY, has announced a new album with his latest band THE SUPERSTITIONS.

Do The Understanding is the band’s fourth album, and is in prestigious company, two of its predecessors having previous been longlisted for the Australian Music Prize.

The new album follows on from the band’s 2017 release Guiding Light and comes after an enforced lay-off brought about by thankfully successful treatment for oesophageal cancer followed by the Covid pandemic. Looking on the bright side, Peno was able to return to the stage earlier this year for shows with the reunited Died Pretty.

A veteran of such seminal bands as the Frozen Stiffs, Hellcats and The 31st, Peno was a fleeting founder member of legendary Brisbane band the Screaming Tribesmen, before throwing in his lot in ’83 with Died Pretty, recording one of THE greatest Australian debut albums of all time in Free Dirt, before going overground with a series of mainstream-chart-bothering albums during the 90s. Peno has gone on to work on various other projects, including three albums with the duo The Darling Downs alongside Kim Salmon of The Scientists.

Formed in 2009, The Superstitions see Peno joined by guitarist Cam Butler, drummer Mark Dawson, keyboard-player Tim Deane and bassist Andy Papadopoulos.

Set for release on 26 July, Do The Understanding is available to pre-order on CD, vinyl and download from Bandcamp, with immediate access to two tracks ‘The Strangest Feeling’ and ‘Everything Has Changed’.

The Scientists are featured and reviewed in the latest edition of Vive Le Rock!

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BRUM COVES!

Brummie garage-psychers TABLE SCRAPS are back with a brand new video from their forthcoming new album.

The mindbendingly medievel ‘Threads’ is taken from the album Coffin Face, which follows on from the widely praised Autonomy, which came out in 2017.

Begun in 2018, the album comes at the end of a period that has seen the band play SXSW in Austin, Texas tour Europe alongside sludgerock heavyweights Monster Magnet and boost their celebrity fanbase to the tune of Idles and Amyl & The Sniffers.

Recorded entirely in the trio’s socially-distanced Digbeth bolthole, Coffin Face is set for release on 24 September but is available to pre-order here in a variety of bundles.

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WIN A MOTÖRHEAD NO SLEEP BOXSET!

In case you haven’t heard, MOTÖRHEAD’s landmark live album No Sleep ’til Hammersmith is forty years old this year.

To celebrate BMG Records are releasing deluxe 40th Anniversary vinyl and CD editions this Friday.

And we’ve got one copy of the 4xCD deluxe boxset edition AND a limited edition t-shirt to give away!

To be in with a chance of winning, all you’ve got to do is send an email with ‘Motörhead Competition’ in the subject box to info@vivelerock.net with the answer to this simple question…

What is the name of Lemmy’s famous bass rig?

Good luck!

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THE STAYAWAKES VIDEO EXCLUSIVE!

South Coast powerpoppers THE STAYAWAKES have a brand new video which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

As clear a declaration of intent as any, ‘Power Pop Massacre’ is taken from the Southsea quartet’s second album Pop Dreamz, which is out now through Engineer Records.

Shot on Hayling Island beach by Ben Horlock, the video is a nod to The Beach Boys, with their candy-striped shirts and frat-house barnets, but the golden chords and fuzzy tones follow the signposts of the hairier 90s sounds of Silver Sun, The Lemonheads and Teenage Fanclub to power pop perfection.

‘Power Pop Massacre’ is available on all the usual streaming platforms from today.

Pop Dreamz is available physically from Engineer Records and Bandcamp and digitally here.

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JEEPERS CREEPERS!

Up and coming Polish garage punks MORON’S MORONS have a new video which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

The high energy and slightly deranged ‘White Brothel Creepers’ is the title track from the band’s brand new EP, out through Wanda Records. It’s the Warsaw quartet’s first release since their frantic and very well recieved debut album Looking For Danger, which came out early last year through Slovenly Records.

Describing themselves as “ugly and weird”, they claim that they’re able to “provide you with the same kind of kicks and thrills that are unleashed by both exploitation films and porno mags”. You can be the judge of that. Kleenex?

White Brothel Creepers is available here.

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PUT ON YOUR JUBILEE SHOES!

Subcultural footwear specialists UNDERGROUND go to the flicks next month with an al fresco screening of Derek Jarman’s punk classic Jubilee.

Furnishing footwear to freaks and fans for forty years, Underground have hooked up with Rebel Reel Cine Club to stage a series of 40th Anniversary film screenings of which Jubilee is the first.

Originally released in 1978, Jubilee locked into the punk zeitgeist with a cast including Adam Ant, Toyah Willcox, Jayne County, Helen Wellington-Lloyd, Gene October and Richard O’Brien and featuring cameos from Siouxsie & The Banshees and The Slits.

The screening takes place on 15 July in the courtyard of the Strongroom Bar & Kitchen
in London’s Shoreditch. The screening will be followed by a DJ set until midnight.

Tickets priced £15 are available here.

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PEARL’S A SINGER!

US New Wave artist PEARL HARBOUR is back with a new single.

‘I Wish I Were You’ is taken from the newly reissued 1995 album Here Comes Trouble.

Pearl Harbour, aka Pearl E Gates, achieved a degree of fame in the early 80s fronting San Francisco and PEARL HARBOUR & THE EXPLOSIONS, releasing an album for Warners at the start of 1980. Relocating to London, she released the album Don’t Follow Me, I’m Lost Too, produced by The Blockheads’ Mickey Gallagher and featuring an all-star band including Wilko Johnson, Topper Headon, Mick Jones, Steve New, Wilko Johnson and others. She would soon marry Simonon.

Following their divorce in 1989, she returned to San Francisco, later recording Here Comes Trouble with SF musicians including East Bay Ray from the Dead Kennedys.

Pearl says of the single, “Oh yeah she’s driving to lovers lane in her cool pink caddy and missing out on some fun while waiting on your man. Again he’s missing in action so I put on the radio, turning the dial and listen. This song makes me fuzzy all inside, I’m in control… ‘I wish I were you, so I can make love to me’.’’

Released through Die Laughing Records, ‘I Wish I Were You’ is available to stream/download here.

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COBRA LUCHA VIDEO EXCLUSIVE!

Hot new Essex rockers COBRA LUCHA are premiering their first video today exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

Fusing the tried and trusted influence of highly flammable Detroit street rock with traditional Essex loutishness combined with the pull of a 3-litre GXL Capri, ‘Hail Mary’ is the first taste of the band’s forthcoming 8-track album … Say No More.

Formed in 2019, the band was put together by former TELEPATHY bassist, and now frontman Teddy James Driscoll and guitarist and drummer Ollie and Stu Cooper of chart-troubling pop-punks KOOPA. The line-up is completed by guitarist Joe Pitcher and bassist Roberto AV.

‘Hail Mary’ – while in no way condoning Russian roulette! – is apparently inspired by Driscoll’s own experiences of “pubs, parties, street violence and casual hook-ups following a series of personal triumphs, tragedies and terrible hangovers”.

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PYRAMID SCHEME!

Fast-rising Cumbrian punks THE LIARS CLUB have just unveiled another new video from their forthcoming EP.

The psychobilly-charged ‘Tutankhamun’ is the second track to be taken from the Barrow-in-Furness quartet’s Of Self EP, following on from the recent ‘8 Tonne’ video.

“‘Tutankhamun’ is a brutal look at ruthless leaders on a broad spectrum,” state the band. “It takes ideologies and tyrannical occurrences to a face-value and over-exaggerated stand point, labelling them as they are and not what they seem to be. Stopping at nothing, the protagonist in the lyrics will do anything to make himself more powerful, ruling ‘I’ll kill your husband if it means that you’ll abide’. It’s a clear over-exaggeration, with a hint of an almost numbing feeling towards the consequences of his actions.”

Evidently at their best live, the band have chosen to accompany the track with gig footage shot at a recent hometown gig…

“The video is compiled from footage of our last hometown gig at Barrow Underground Music Society (affectionately known as BUMS),” say the band. “All the footage was taken by a fan in the audience and edited by film maker Reco Real.”

The curious can judge for themselves at…

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

Released through Neoprima, ‘Tutankhamun’ can be streamed/downloaded here.

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CLUSTERSUN VIDEO PREMIERE!

Italian psych-punks CLUSTERSUN have a new video which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

On ‘Barricades’ the trio mix strongly lysergic Killing Joke and Hawkwind vibes to disturbing effect.

The single is taken from the band’s third album Avalanche, which follows on from 2014’s Out Of Your Ego and 2017’s Surfacing To Breathe. The album was mixed and mastered by engineer/producer James Aparicio, famed for this work with the likes of Grinderman, Mogwai, Piatcions and Black Doldrums.

Released by Little Cloud (US) and Icy Cold (EU), Avalanche is available to order here.

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STEVENSON ROCKS IT!

Punk guitarslinger JAMES STEVENSON is back with a brand new solo album.

A ubiquitous presence on the UK punk and post-punk scene for 45 years, beginning with CHELSEA, Stevenson has trod the boards with the likes of GEN X, THE CULT, HOT CLUB, KIM WILDE, THE INTERNATIONAL SWINGERS, GLEN MATLOCK, HOLY HOLY and THE ALARM. He’s also been a member of GENE LOVES JEZEBEL since 1985.

The Other Side Of The World follows on from his 2017 solo debut Everything’s Getting Closer To Being Over.

The album was recorded remotely, with Stevenson laying down guitar, bass and vocals in his own studio before sending it to Alarm drummer Smiley to add his parts. Guest musicians include Stevenson’s schoolfriend and former Chelsea colleague Henry Badowski, Elizabeth Westwood from WESTWORLD, Terry Edwards from THE NJE and The Alarm’s Mike Peters. The album was mixed by Peter Walsh (Simple Minds, The Church, Scott Walker).

The title track of the album reflects on the loss his brother to Pick’s Disease. “Not many people have heard of the disease – it’s a really nasty one,” says Stevenson. “The first lockdown was hard for us all but losing my brother in the middle of it truly broke my heart The other side of the world is a reference to him living in Australia and also, because it’s a neurological brain disorder, that he was on the other side of the world mentally.”

The album also features ‘Point It To Your Head’, a track by departed RICH KIDS’ guitarist Steve New. “I loved Steve,” says Stevenson. “‘Point It To Your Head’ was a song he wrote that I always loved but it was never released – so I recorded a version of it as a tribute to Steve”.

Set for release on Pink Gun Records on 9 July, The Other Side Of The World is available to pre-order here.

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DO THE SHAKIN’ VAX!

Multinational garage-punk supergroup THE SANITIZERS are back with a brand new video which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

Locked down across the world, the band, who feature members of THE FUZILLIS, KING SALAMI & THE CUMBERLAND 3, MFC CHICKEN, LES BOF, THE THANES, LOS TORONTOS, BARRENCE WHITFIELD & THE SAVAGES, THE SENSATION SEEKERS and more, came together long distance on two singles – ‘Sa-Ni-Ti-Zin” and ‘Sneeze In You Sleeve’ – and videos premiered by Vive Le Rock!

Now that they’ve had their shots and are ready to rock, they present the third instalment…

“As ever on top of the present pandemic trends, socially isolated supergroup THE SANITIZERS return with their latest disinfected single for latterly locked-down singles who’ve gotten the jab and are ready to mingle,” they announce. “We’ve Sanitized It, Sneezed In our Sleeves, stayed safe (if not sane) and now that we’re getting inoculated we’re ready to say KISS ME BABY, I’M VACCINATED!”

Fronted by Colonel Spencer Evoy on sax and vocals, the band features Eric Baconstrip on drums, Dan Criscuolo on guitar, Phil Lenker on bass and Angus McPake on organ. The track was mixed and mastered by Sean Hingston.

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WALNUT WHIPPERSNAPPERS!

SoCal punk legends DESCENDENTS revisit their distant past on their new album.

Recorded in 2002, 9th & Walnut features the band’s original line-up of bassist Tony Lombardo, drummer Bill Stevenson, vocalist Milo Aukerman and guitarist Frank Navetta, who sadly passed away in 2008. The album takes its name from the location of their original Long Beach practice space.

Comprising 18 songs written from 1977 to 1980, 9th & Walnut features tracks from their debut single ‘Ride The Wild’ c/w ‘It’s A Hectic World’, featuring Milo on vocals for the first time, plus a cover of The Dave Clark Five’s footstomping classic ‘Glad All Over’. The band have just unveiled the track ‘Baby Doncha Know’ as a taster…

“’Baby Doncha Know’ was maybe the fifth song we learned,” recalls Stevenson. “We would go out to 9th & Walnut every weekend and practice all day. I mainly just remember being in awe of how ‘a kid my age, who goes to my high school’ could have written all these cool songs. Frank seemed to have a maturity beyond his years. I never asked him who or what it was about. I was just happy to be there with him and Tony”.

Set for release through Epitaph on 23 July, 9th & Walnut is available to pre-order here.

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HAPPY MAYDAY FROM HEALTHY JUNKIES!

Hard-working London punks HEALTHY JUNKIES have a new video which they’re premiering with Vive Le Rock!

“‘Mayday’ is a grunge styled anthem, a cry for help, a shout to the heavens, a code red warning, and a call to action.” says guitarist Phil Honey-Jones. “Mental health has become one of the most talked about subjects especially in recent years. With the lockdown restrictions, pandemic and the stopping of any kind of socialising and of course the cessation of actual live music this problem has been magnified way beyond any previous levels. This is what happened when you lock people up for an extended period of time!

“The song was recorded at home at what we call The Purple Palace, and features our good friend from a long time Frog from Pollypikpocketz on additional vocals.”

Eager to get back out on the road again, the band are currently booking dates with a view to promoting their recent Forever On The Road albums. They’ve also been making the most of the enforced downtime to work on their new album.

Released through the band’s own label Banana Castle, ‘Mayday’ is available now on Spotify. Healthy Junkies music is available to buy in physical form from their website.

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REFORMATION FOR THE NATION!

The recently reunited DICTATORS have just released a new video underlining their return.

Founder members of the NYC proto-punk legends Andy Shernoff, Scott ‘Top Ten’ Kempner and Ross ‘The Boss’ Friedman recently hooked up to make new music. With original drummer Stu Boy King having sadly passed away in 2018, the trio invited longtime friend and founding Blue Öyster Cult drummer Albert Bouchard to fill the drumstool.

Although Kempner has now sadly had to bow out for health reasons, the band will continue and ‘Let’s Get The Band Back Together’ is a perfect declaration of intent.

“My buddy Jesse Bates had a song called ‘Let’s Get The Band Back Together’,” explains Shernoff. “I thought it was really clever and funny so I asked him if I could fool around with it and put my spin on it. He said go for it, so I made few changes and recorded it on my own a few years ago but it was just so perfect for the Dictators that we couldn’t resist.”

“For me, ‘Let’s Get the Band Back Together’ has the same exuberance and joy ‘Go Girl Crazy’ has!” adds Friedman.

The new single follows hot on the heels of comeback single ‘God Damn New York’. The band made initial recordings during socially distanced studio session, making the finishing touches by sharing files over the internet.

“We have a song ready to be released in July and a special seasonal song about the holidays set up for December,” they add. “We hope to record four more tracks in June and just keep on releasing cool new tunes and videos, until things are completely open.”

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WORLD EXCLUSIVE: JAZ vs HOOKY!

Following on from the release of their acclaimed collaborative EP K÷93, Killing Joke’s Jaz Coleman and former Joy Division and New Order bassist Peter Hook got together via the wonders of t’Interweb for the first time in more than a decade to catch up, reminisce about the project and generally shoot the breeze for an hour. Vive Le Rock! is honoured to exclusively bring you the results. Your referee, Andrew Perry….

K÷93 is available here.

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