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.
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.
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.
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.”
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….
JAMIE PERRETT, son of The Only Ones’ frontman Peter Perrett, has unveiled his first solo single and video.
An original member of Pete Doherty’s Babyshambles, Jamie and younger brother Peter Jr worked together in the bands Love Minus Zero and Strangefruit before turning their attention in recent years to assisting their father’s return to the frontline of UK music, a trajectory that has seen the release of two (so far) highly praised albums – How The West Was Won (2017) and Humanworld (2019) – for Domino.
Now concentrating on his own career, Jamie returns with his first solo single. Providing clear enough evidence that this apple hasn’t fallen far from the tree, as well as harking back to the dawn of pop, ‘Masquerade Of Love’ is sure to appeal to old Only Ones fans and newcomers alike.
“Masquerade of Love is a song about the duality and reality of love,” explains Jamie. “A song about heaven and hell and all that lies between. The word ‘masquerade’ encapsulates both the joy and allure of a dance or ball with the darker, hidden side of relationships. It’s about a break-up and difficult aftermath and the feeling that comes with it of being stranded and suspended in no man’s land as well as the rejoicing of a beautiful and powerful relationship at the same time.”
Jamie has announced a solo show at The Grace, Highbury (formerly Upstairs At The Garage) on 2 October.
Buy tickets an stream/download ‘Masquerade Of Love’ here.
East Anglia’s RED ROOSTER FESTIVAL have announced their line-up for this year’s event.
Faced with Covid restrictions, the organisers fought bravely to save last year’s event, not least because much of their original choice of artists was from the US. However, tenacious as ever, they’re determined that this year’s event will go ahead.
Taking place over the weekend of 27-29 August at their regular location of Euston Hall near Thetford, the festival will be headlined by RICHARD HAWLEY and feature performances by THE URBAN VOODOO MACHINE, DIRTY STRANGERS, SONGHOY BLUES, IAN SIEGAL, LITTLE BARRIE, KITTY, DAISY & LEWIS, HIS LORDSHIP, JIMMY REGAL & THE ROYALS, THE FUTURE SHAPE OF SOUND, BLACK CAT BONE, THE HANGING STARS, 4D JONES and loads more….
Yorkshire rockers STILETTO FARM have a brand new video and they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
They may look like metallers but sound like pure street-punk on the anthemic ‘State Of Stagnation’, which is taken from the EP Power Fantasy.
Inspired by their late founder Jason White, the band take influence from the likes of Backyard Babies, Motörhead, The Wildhearts and Jean-Paul Sartre with their existentialist high energy rock’n’roll.
Having shared stages with the likes of Orange Goblin, Doctor & The Medics and a full UK tour with Asomvel, they’re champing at the bit to return to the live arena with a spot at The Waterloo, Blackpool’s Motörhead Day on 22 October.
Cali ska-punks THE BRUCE LEE BAND highlight anti-Asian hate crime with their new single and video.
‘Division In The Heartland’ is the lead track from the band’s new EP which is out on 28 May through band frontman Mike Park’s Asian Man Records, the label founded by band frontman Mike Park.
The evocative time-lapse video for the track features artist Gilbert Armendariz working on a painting that highlights the songs’s themes of domestic strife and powerlessness.
The band will be auctioning the painting to raise money for the non-profit Stop AAPI Hate, targeting racism against Asian American Pacific Islander communities which has risen during the Covid 19 pandemic.
THE 69 CATS, the gothabilly supergroup put together by Jyrki 69 of The 69 Eyes and Danny B Harvey of The Rockats, The Head Cat, etc, have announced a new single from their forthcoming album.
‘(Let’s Go) Psycho’ is taken from the band’s long-awaited second album, which follows on from 2014’s Transylvanian Tapes, hence the title Seven Year Itch!
“‘(Let’s Go) Psycho’ was a song I wrote with Australian Psychobilly / Rockabilly artist Brigitte Handley in 2000 when she came over to the States to play some shows and enlisted me as her guitarist & band leader,” says Harvey. “Although she had started out as a Rockabilly artist she had musically moved more toward Psychobilly and people started complaining that she was too loud, too fast. In response I said “f*ck them” and told her we should write a song about her transition from nice rockabilly filly to Crazy Psycho Siren. So she and I sat up late at Tim Polecat’s apartment, where she was staying, and wrote the song. Before she left to return to Sydney we went into the studio and cut it along with 5 other tracks. On the 69 Cats version I managed to leave her background vocals from the original recording so that’s her singing with Jyrki. I told her she makes a guest appearance on our song on the 69 Cats album and she was very happy and loved the final track when she heard it.”
The band’s previous album featured a rhythm section of The Cramps’ Chopper Franklin and Blondie’s Clem Burke. This time around Jyrki and Danny are joined by Damned legend Rat Scabies and Kim Nekroman of Danish psyhcobillies Nekromantix.
Curiously, the new album also features a couple of guest spots from beyond the grave in the form of Sky Saxon, from The Seeds, who died in 2009, and Pink Fairies and Motorhead legend Larry Wallis, who passed away in 2019.
London punks GUITAR GANGSTERS just played a special livestream show for the 30th Anniversary of the debut album. They’ve also just released a new live album. Vive Le Rock! caught up with singer/guitarist Pete Ley to find out where the last thirty years went….
The Guitar Gangsters recently celebrated a big birthday. When and where did you get together? Well it was a belated birthday due to viruses beyond our control but 2020 would have been 30 years since the release of our debut album Prohibition. Guitar Gangsters became a real thing, a London thing, in about 1988 – Phil and I were looking for a back to basics approach to punk after our previous band and its valiant attempt to progress the punk medium, had come to an end. (Phil and I are brothers and we went to the same guitar lessons together in 1975 so you could say the GG master plan began there and then.) The creative process got a kick start when Mark Brennan (then of Link Records, later Captain Oi!) asked us to contribute songs to the first Underground Rockers compilation of likeminded post-punk guitar bands. Mark gave us the name and we were off and running.
What was the punk and rock’n’roll scene like in London back then and what sort of gigs were you doing? There was no punk scene in London in 1987/88. Forming a punk band then was sheer madness! Join a soul band, an indie band or stay in your bedroom until Britpop is invented were probably the sensible options. Punk was still in its ‘has been’ phase in a music world where styles came and went and once it was gone, it was gone. So gigs were hard to come by in London. We took any show with any promoter that would have us. We played pubs all over London, the Thomas A Becket and The Blue Coat Boy come to mind as regular gigs then even the bright lights of The George Robey. We got around the UK playing small shows promoted by punk fans who I think just wanted to see us play live – many forgot to invite an audience. Just as we were getting comfortable playing to 25 people on the sticky carpet circuit, Stiff Little Fingers invited us to open for them on the 1990 UK ‘comeback’ tour (I should add an emoticon here of a terrified face). What a great opportunity! But all SLF support bands get bottled off stage don’t they? (Another terrified face). That’s a story for another time.
You’ve played all over Europe. Where do you like to play the most in the E.U and why? We first toured in Europe, or rather Germany, in 1995 as ‘special guests’ of 999 to whom we will always be grateful for the opportunity. This opened our eyes to what was then a thriving alternative music scene operating completely outside the mainstream rock media. Punks, skinheads, psychobillies and your average joes all mixed happily in this alternative existence and we discovered that we were known. We played songs for the first time in Germany and the crowd sang the choruses right back at us. Mind blown. That started our love affair with playing in Europe – we started gigging in Poland, Czech, Switzerland, Italy, Sweden Slovakia and Serbia. It’s so difficult to say where we prefer – unexpected successes always stay in your mind, like the Exit Festival in Novi Sad Serbia – an empty arena one minute, “Oh we’re gonna die…” and then one song in and there’s 2,000 people singing along! Or a festival in Poland where the promoter thinks it’s a good idea for us to headline, “Oh, we’re gonna die…” and it turns out to be a stormer. And everywhere is different, Italians won’t jump around cos they are just too cool while the Czechs just can’t stop bouncing (sorry). But Germany will be always be special.
You’ve seen a few trends and punk scenes come and go but you seem to fit into them all. What’s the secret? That’s kind of you to say. If Guitar Gangsters have managed to navigate this scene we call punk for so long, then it’s probably a result of us never having been at the extreme end of any of punk’s outer reaches – and this is probably as much our curse as our strength. We will often find ourselves in a show line-up with Oi!, streetpunk, ska, and hardcore as well as the more obvious melodic punk bands – I guess we have a wide appeal. We don’t have a particularly angry agenda and there’s probably nothing radical enough punk terms to alienate an audience – if we’re gonna change the world, it’s gonna be just one bit at a time. I can hear accusations of “middle of the road punk” coming my way now but our road knows where it’s going and it’s a road we can tread with confidence. We are close to finishing our new album which is due out in the summer; no two songs sound the same and while they cover a range of punk styles, they are all very much, Guitar Gangsters.
You’ve just released a cracking Live At The 100 Club album on Wanda records. Is it special playing at the 100 Club? And the album was recorded by the Vibrators’ Pat Collier which must have been special… It’s a risky business recording a live album – the sound, the vibe, the crowd and performance has all gotta come together and thankfully, by happy accident, it all seemed to work on the night. There are not many venues where we would consider recording a live album and yes The 100 Club was, and is, special – not just because of its history but it’s a London club that crowds actually like going to and those are becoming scarce! Pat has worked with us for some time now and does a brilliant job – he just gets guitar bands and worked miracles with the live tracks from the show. There was just no sound separation and so the post production/mixing becomes a bit of a compromise but I think the result is pretty damn powerful! We’re back in the studio in a few weeks with Pat to complete the new album.
Finally, tell us a bit of the streamed gig here for your 1989 album Prohibition… The original idea was simply a livestreamed Guitar Gangsters set but livestreamed gigs seem to be increasingly common – we thought we needed a good reason to hang a bunch of songs together and why not to give a respectful nod to our first album? This is the album that set us on our path and probably most people know, (which is weird as only 500 copies were pressed!) – it’s the band’s first album and has that first album naïveté that often occurs when a band starts out but that’s why it’s special I think. Playing an entire album is not something we would generally do live but with fourth Gangster, Ed Roolette on guitar we were able to do all the songs justice – Even ‘Endless Saturday Night’ had its first ever outing. In the streaming show for Prohibition we now have a great sounding live performance of all the songs from start to finish in the order they appear on the album – and a performance we’re very proud of. I hope Vive le Rock! readers agree.
Former SAINTS guitarist ED KUEPPER has no fewer than three new retrospective releases due this Spring.
The albums span three key career stepping-stones: his immediate post-Saints band THE LAUGHING CLOWNS; his 80s/90s solo years and much more recently, THE AINTS!
Kicking off with the timeless ‘Also Sprach The King Of Euro-disco’, Singles ’86 – ’96 compiles twenty singles from the artists extraordinarily prolific, and internationally successful, solo career. Available on a double-album in red, yellow, green and black vinyl, the release will also be available as a double-CD, the second disc featuring assorted B-sides, EP tracks and fan favourites.
Golden Days: When Giants Walked The Earth is a ten-song entry-level anthology of The Laughing Clowns, covering the band’s lifespan of ’79 to ’84 and including such classics as ‘Eternally Yours’, ‘Holy Joe’ and ‘Mr Uddich Smuddich Goes to Town’. It will be available on clear vinyl.
In 2018, Kuepper put together The Aints!, featuring Sunnyboys’ Peter Oxley, Celibate Rifles’ Paul Larsen Loughead and jazz musicians Alister Spence and Eamon Dilworth to record songs he’d written during the 70s, presenting them as the widely acclaimed album The Church of Simultaneous Existence. Live At Marrickville Bowlo finds the band performing the tracks live in Sydney on 27 April 2018, two days before they entered the studio to record the album. The 12-track LP will be available on clear vinyl.
All three albums will be available here and from stores from 28 May.
Ascendant Belfast band NEW PAGANS have just unveiled a video from their forthcoming debut album.
‘Habour’ is the third single to be taken from The Seed, The Vessel, The Roots and All, following on from the recent ‘Christian Boys’ and ‘Yellow Room’, released last summer.
“The video was shot on a freak dry day, in between weeks of snow and lashing rain, at St. Cooey’s Well,” says bassist and video director Clare Miskimmin. “Lyndsey [McDougall, vocals] had been a few times and kept it in mind as a stunning and pretty sinister location. It dates back to the 7th Century and the 70s altar actually houses the foundation stones of the old monastery. That lent itself to the basic premise of summoning a world and its inhabitants beyond ours, hidden from our view. Merging two realities.
“I love how the very last line is ‘it’s just you and me’, and how Lyndsey and her summoned doppelganger are swallowed up by the altar,” Clare continues. “Stuart Sloan, our editor, and I are massive David Lynch fans and nobody does the world beyond the veil like Lynch so we just ran with that vibe. Our very own entrance to the Black Lodge in the wilds of County Down.”
With the album set for release through Big Scary Monsters on 19 March, the band have lined up a special livestream event for the same day as a lockdown launch gig. The show will take place in Derry, where they played their first ever show, at the city’s musical hub, the Nerve Centre. Free to view, the gig is a ticketed event – sign up here.
The Seed, The Vessel, The Roots and All is available to pre-order here.
THE MIGHTY MIGHTY BOSSTONES have announced the release of a new album for the Spring.
The Boston ska-punk behemoth’s eleventh studio album, When God Was Great follows on from 2018’s While We’re At It and marks their debut for Hellcat Records. Produced by longtime producer Ted Hutt and Rancid frontman Tim Armstrong, the 15 tracks on the album reflect on the peculiar times the band, and the world in general, have found themselves in.
“We were lightly writing songs before the insanity without any sort of timeline in mind,” explains frontman Dicky Barrett. “All of a sudden, the world changed and benchmark events in a very long career that we were looking forward to, such as playing with the Madness at the Greek Theatre, were taken away from us. With all of this time on our hands, we started writing at a quickened pace and we were really inspired. As grim as everything around us was in the outside world, this was the most fun we ever had making a record.”
The band are trailing the album release with the song ‘I Don’t Believe In Anything’…
When God Was Great is set for release on 7 May. It’s available to pre-order here.
Fast-rising Colchester punks PET NEEDS are set to release their debut album next week and they’re trailing it with a new video which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
Ever since Boudicca sacked the ancient capital in AD60, Colchester people have earned a reputation for sticking it to the man, from the Peasants’ Revolt right up the Miners’ Strike and the Poll Tax riots. The town has also seriously punched above its weight band-wise with the likes of Modern English, Living In Texas, Big Bird and the immortal Bum Gravy all making their mark.
Xtra Mile signings Pet Needs are carrying on that grand tradition with a string of dynamic performances with bands such as Buzzcocks, PiL and The Undertones and a head-turning spot at Camden Rocks flagging them up as ones to watch.
Described by frontman Johnny Marriott as “the ultimate Fractured Party song”, new single ‘Toothpaste’, is the second track to be lifted from their forthcoming debut Fractured Party Music, following on from last month’s ‘Tracy Emin’s Bed’, and observes how mundane, everyday objects can unlock deepseated memories.
The song, says Marriott, “was penned on the M1 on the way home from visiting my mum in Derby. She has bought exactly the same toothpaste for years and every time I use it, standing in the bathroom next to my childhood bedroom, it throws me right back to being an anxious little lad trying to make sense of things, haha.”
Celtic punks FLOGGING MOLLY have announced a special livestreamed gig for St Patrick’s Day.
Obviously, thanks to Covid lockdown, the band are unable to celebrate in the usual way but this year, with help from Bushmills Irish Whiskey, they’ll be streaming the event live from Whelan’s pub in Dublin on 17 March. Amazingly, this is the band’s first St Patrick’s day show on Irish soil.
Kicking off at 7pm GMT, tickets for the event are available in various bundles here. A portion of the money raised will go to the Sweet Relief Crew Fund, benefitting road crew out of work thanks to lockdown.
Formed by ex-Fastway vocalist Dave King, the band started out as house band at Molly Malone’s Irish pub in LA, going on to dominate the Celtic punk scene with more than two decades of relentless touring. The band has recently begun work on their seventh album, the follow up to 2017’s Life Is Good.
DROPKICK MURPHYS have unveiled a new single as a taster for their forthcoming new album.
‘Middle Finger’ is taken from the album Turn Up That Dial, the Boston band’s tenth album, which follows on from 2017’s Billboard Top 10 album 11 Short Stories Of Pain & Glory.
Working with longtime producer Ted Hutt, the 11 new songs on Turn Up That Dial were recorded under strict lockdown conditions: tracks were laid down at Q Division Studios in Somerville MA in shifts of two band members at a time while backing vocals were recorded in five separate rooms. Hutt, meanwhile, oversaw sessions by videolink from his studio in LA.
Along with ‘Middle Finger’, the album features recent singles ‘Mick Jones Nicked My Pudding’ and ‘Smash Shit Up’. It closes with ‘I Wish You Were Here’, singer Al Barr’s moving tribute to his late father Woody.
“Al’s dad was just an incredible man,” explains band founder and co-lead singer Ken Casey. “He and Al had a very special bond. To watch Al grieve his death was heartbreaking. He persevered through it, even when we had to go back on the road, away from family. He kept his head held high. We’ve never ended an album with a slow song, but we had to end it with a tip of the cap to pay our respects to Woody and so many others. It’s a moment to stop, count our blessings, and remember those who we’ve lost, including the 400,000-plus people to this virus.
“On this record, the overall theme is the importance of music, and the bands that made us who we are,” Casey continues. “We just hope [the album] takes people’s minds off their troubles. We’re so fortunate and grateful to be in the position to share a little happiness in our own way. Our gratitude levels are off the chart. 25 years ago, somebody bet me 30 bucks I couldn’t form a band with three weeks’ notice to open for his band. As kids, we’d never been out of New England and here we are – we’ve made ten records and have been all over the globe. If there’s a message to this album, it’s ‘put your fist up and play it loud.’”
As previously announced, the band will be livestreaming a special St Patrick’s Day show on 17 March at 7pm in Boston time / 11pm London time. Admission is free but donations are encouraged at www.DKMstream.com
Turn Up That Dial is out through the band’s Born & Bred label on 30 April. Pre-order it here.