Garage-punk barbers THE CUTTHROAT BROTHERS have teamed up with bass legend MIKE WATT for a new album. And they’re premiering their new video exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘Like A Zombie’ is the third single to be taken from the trio’s album Devil In Berlin which is out through Hound Gawd! Records in December.

Formed in 2018, real-life barbers Jason Cutthroat and Donny Paycheck are veterans of the Pacific Northwest rock scene, Donny most notably as drummer with Seattle’s ZEKE. For their fourth album, they’ve hooked up with Watt (Stooges, Minutemen, fIREHOSE) along with Nirvana and Mudhoney producer Jack Endino, who recorded and mixed the whole caboodle.

The end result combines the swampy, spooky blues-punk voodoo of The Gun Club and The Cramps with action rock energy of the Stooges with nods to the likes of Sonic Youth and even Hawkwind along the way.

“Grave stompin’, brain munchin’ Halloween rock n roll zombie treats with Mike Watt and Zombie Iggy Pop! What else is there?” says Jason Cutthroat of the video.

Set for release on 3 December, Devil In Berlin is available to pre-order here.

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South Coast punk sisters MAID OF ACE have unveiled another new video.

‘Nostalgia’ is the latest single to be taken from the Hastings quartet’s current album Live Fast Or Die. Once again it’s the work of videographer Mark Richards.

Sadly, the band’s European dates for next month have been cancelled but they’re looking forward to getting some dates in the diary for 2022.

Buy Live Fast Or Die here.

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PENNYWISE frontman JIM LINDBERG has revealed another track from his forthcoming debut solo album.

A departure from his regular Pennywise style, the country-flavoured ‘You’re Not Alone’ follows on from the track ‘The Palm Of Your Hand’ unveiled last month. Both tracks feature on the rustically-titled Songs From The Elkhorn Trail which is out through Epitaph on 6 May next year.

“It’s about all the people who are for one reason or another, forced to be lonely in the world, the castaways, the unloved, the unwanted,” says Lindberg of the track. “There comes a point for a lot of people when you’re existing in an untenable situation where you just have to say, ‘This isn’t an acceptable way for me to live anymore.’ When this happens, there isn’t a need for a lot of fanfare. You just ‘get your stuff and you walk out.’ The moment where you make the decision to leave, it can be sad and painful but also extremely liberating to finally get your freedom. When you’ve taken that last insult or soul damaging put-down, it can be very satisfying to just ‘smile and wave as you walk past.’ You may be lonely for a while, but the song is about reminding you that there are always millions of other people in your situation – You’re Not Alone – and your bond and friendship with them is that you’ve escaped. You’re never alone in feeling alone. You’ve got friends everywhere.”

Written over the past 25 years, Songs From The Elkhorn Trail is a highly personal release, finding Lindberg reflecting on his life and the various relationships, good and bad, within it. The album was largely inspired by his father, who supported Lindberg throughout his life, including buying his first guitar, before passing away with Alzheimer’s in 2018.

Recorded with members of Social Distortion, Dropkick Murphys and The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, the album was produced Tedd Hutt (Gaslight Anthem, Lucero, Dropkick Murphys, etc).

Stream ‘You’re Not Alone’ here.

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The Doc’n’Roll film festival returns this month for two weeks of music documentaries.

This year – its eighth edition – the festival will take place from 28 Oct to 14 Nov and host 34 feature-length documentaries and 8 shorts, in cinemas and online. For the first time ever, will also include screenings in other cities, such as Brighton, Cardiff, Nottingham, Newcastle, Sheffield, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Exeter, Liverpool and Manchester.

Featuring the usual diverse array of films focusing on various genres, the festival will as usual see numerous UK, European and World Premieres many including Q&As.

Highlights include Lydia Lunch: The War Is Never Over, the first career-spanning documentary on the No Wave icon;

Fanny: The Right To Rock, about the pioneering all-woman US rock band;

Love in Bright Landscapes – David McComb of The Triffids – director Jonathan Alley’s much-vaunted tribute to the Western Australian music legend;

ForeverMoore: The Angelo Project – focusing on Angelo Moore or LA ska-punks Fishbone;

Guy Clark: Without Getting Killed or Caught about the recently departed Texan songwriting legend;

In a Silent Way (A Portrait of Talk Talk), casting a spotlight on the inner workings of the notorious reclusive UK band;

Bury Us! A Punk Rock Uprising – set in the Basque Country, Catalonia and LA, the film is built around the personal stories of Usua and Koldo, the fiery rock n’roll duo known as Niña Coyote eta Chico Tornado;

No Spicy No Fun: Rebel Riot in the UK, focusing on the whistle-stop tour by a Buddhist punk band from Yangon, Myanmar.

Participating London cinemas include Barbican, Genesis (Whitechapel), Rio (Dalston), Curzon Soho and Castle (Homerton).

Full details, listings and tickets can be found here.

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Vive Le Rock’s Paul Gilman checks out the world’s number one SLADE tribute band!

When we heard that esteemed Slade tribute band Slady were playing at the Con Club in Lewes, to quote a song by our glam rock heroes, we were, “In like a shot…”.

Initially starting out as a 70s bootboy band Slade captured the time with their punchy tunes and singalong lyrics.

Formed in 2018 in Southend, Slady are an all-girl tribute band, they look and sound the part and are all highly accomplished musicians.

Slady take the stage and it’s an immediate throwback to the 1970s. A quick glance around the audience and it’s clear that many of them were there the first time around but probably a bit more worried about toilet access than they used to be.

Band members Gobby Holder, Jem Lea, Donna Powell and Davina Hill look a little nervous to start with, it can’t be easy after such a long enforced break and the anticipation in the room is high.

The band launch into one of the lesser-known numbers, ‘Hear Me Calling’ and it’s soon clear that this is a band who know what they are about and are just warming up. The songs flow thick and fast and the best is yet to come.

‘Get Down And Gget With It, ‘ Born To Be Wild’ and ‘Take Me Back ‘Ome’ bring joy to the room, it’s absolutely brilliant. Gobby Holder’s voice is the nearest I’ve heard to The Nod’s paintstripping vocals and the band capture the fun of the original. ‘Skweeze Me, Pleeze Me’ has the audience singing along; Slade
themselves didn’t like it so rarely played it.

A few numbers lesser-known to the non-diehards are well received and then it’s on to those monster hits, ‘Mama Weer All Crazy Now’ and a finale of, ‘Gudbye T’ Jane’; I remember it first time around on my
Woolworths Top Of The Pops album but this tribute band nail it, unlike the ‘Woollies Wallies’.

There was some talk of it being too early for ‘that Christmas song’ or was it too late ?

Vive Le Rock caught up with the band after the show…

VLR: How was the pandemic for you ?

Gobby: I spent most of in the toilet, I livestreamed to our fans as, ‘Gob on the bog!’

Davina: Truly a difficult year, I went from gigging every week to nothing, it was so hard for everyone and as a young person and a musician it was a shock when the music industry just stopped.

VLR: Favourite Slade song?

Davina: ‘How Does It Feel’. Pure genius.

Jem: ‘Nobody’s Fool ‘.

VLR: Dave Hill from Slade got run over by a pushbike last time he was in Brighton and broke his arm. Any broken bone stories ?

Jem: I broke my wrist playing hockey at school.

Donna: No broken bones but I’ve recently torn my ACL twice in my right knee due to kickboxing, thankfully I’m recovering well.

VLR: Any plans to write some of your own songs ?

Gobby: All of us are songwriters so, yes.

VLR: If you could have been in any other band who would it have been and why ?

Gobby: X-Ray Spex. Poly was an inspiration making herself known in the male-dominated punk scene.

VLR: You updated some of the sexist lyrics of ‘Skweeze Me, Pleeze Me’. Are you a feminist band?

Donna: One hundred per cent. I’ve been in male-dominated fields all my life and experienced sexism first hand. Sexism has no place in the 21st Century and we need to keep fighting it.

VLR: What’s the weirdest or funniest question you have ever been asked in an interview ?

Jem: We were once asked if we meet up and have pillow fights!

This Southend-based band are destined for bigger things and are soon to headline the annual Slade convention in Wolverhampton.

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Penny Rimbaud from CRASS and Youth from KILLING JOKE have released a stunning new video from their forthcoming collaborative project.

‘We The Mountain, We The Sea’ finds Rimbaud waxing poetic over music by Youth, featuring the solo violin of sixteen-year-old Isabella Kolaczynska. The video was filmed and edited by Agi K.

Recorded and mixed in 2011 and remixed eight years later, the album Corpus Mei evolved through Youth presenting Rimbaud with a finished track, over which the latter would recite his own poetry, each piece coming together in a single take. Fellow Crass member Eve Libertine also recorded one track while contributing lyrics and backing vocals to others. Further overdubs were provided by Kolaczynska, Louise Elliott on flute and tenor sax, Kate Shortt on cello and Tony Barber on electric bass.

“Recording and writing this album was an intense and wonderful experience,” says Youth. “Penny is one of the great visionary poets of our generation. A seer and prophet… crying to the universe, alone up on the mountain. Part Blake, part John the Baptist and part Buddha. His is the limb nailed to the cross of our cultural banality. Such a narrative demands a suitably epic backdrop. Composing and producing this music, as a foil to Penny’s beautiful and terrifying, almost biblical monologues, has been one of my greatest achievements in over 40 years of making music. The themes reveal Penny’s almost psychic pre-cognition of today’s dystopia and the sudden slo-mo apocalypse were all living through now. Nevertheless, it leaves you with a feeling of hope, inspiration and many positive possibilities. This was a great challenge and a deep channeling in itself. Despite the serious nature of the work we were mostly laughing and really enjoying each other’s company, the sessions were filled with joy and love.”

“Throughout the recording of Corpus Mei the symbiosis was proved – we are as one, above as below,” adds Rimbaud. “Trust that wisdom, and creative love will prevail: the very core before the apple.”

‘We The Mountain, We The Sea’ is available to stream/download here.

Set for release through One Little Independent on 19 November, Corpus Mei is available to pre-order here.

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Aussie legends the HARD-ONS are back with another new video from their forthcoming album.

‘Lite As A Feather’ is the second song – after last month’s ‘Hold Tight’ – to be taken from the album I’m Sorry Sir, That Riff’s Been Taken, their first album to feature You Am I’s Tim Rogers on vocals. Although the new video, from Radio Birdman: Descent Into The Maelstrom director Jonathan Sequeira, finds the band members swapping instruments. With predictably hilarious results!

I’m Sorry Sir, That Riff’s Been Taken is out on 8 October through Boss Tuneage.

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JIM LINDBERG, frontman of Cali melodic punks PENNYWISE has just laid down a first taste of his new solo project with a new video.

‘The Palm Of Your Hand’ was produced by folk-punk maven Ted Hutt and features help from Dropkick Murphys Marc Orrell on guitar, The Mighty Mighty BossTones’ Joe Gittleman on bass and Social Distortion’s Dave Hidalgo Jr on drums.

“I wanted to create two fictional characters who are struggling with shame, guilt and self-delusion to match the chorus lyric and so that’s how ‘Left-Handed Sal’ and ‘Walleyed Sally’ were created,” says Lindberg of the song, which was 15 years in gestation. “It’s a song about two people who for one reason or another can’t seem to get out of their own way and end up inflicting all kinds of damage on the people around them. The only way they’ll get out from under all their problems is to ‘Let that ego drop’ and let their feelings show. The answer is right there in front of them, in ‘the palm of your hand’.”

There’s no news yet on when or if a full-length album will be released.

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MOTÖRHEAD have announced a new compilation of their loudest ever tracks.

The aptly-titled Everything Louder Forever features 42 tracks spread across four LPs or 2 CDs. There’ll also be a two-LP version.

The set of course features the early classics on which the Motörhead legend was built such as ‘Motörhead’, ‘Overkill’, ‘Bomber’, ‘Ace Of Spades’ and ‘Killed By Death’ and goes on to cover the band’s complete career with various tracks that don’t often get a look-in.

To coincide with the announcement, they’ve released a new video for the track ‘We Are Motörhead’…

Set for release on 29 October, Everything Louder Forever is available to pre-order here.

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ALABAMA 3 have released another new video from their forthcoming album.

‘Yolanda’ is the second single to be lifted from Step 13 and follows on from ‘Whacked’ which was released back in April.

The zombie-themed video was shot in South London during lockdown with director Theo Williams and executive producer Tristan Williams.

“We loved the lyrics and the message of stealing culture and wanted to show the band in a Grindhouse horror style inspired by Cecil Hotel,” explains Tristan. “The original idea was based around a lift scene but when talking to Larry he said the lyrics reminded him of zombies and the video as you know it was born.”

“Alabama 3 have always been the ungrateful dead,” adds Larry Love. “Committed to walking the earth half-alive, Zombified and desperately seeking another Hit. We’ve been digging up the graves of black musicians for years, stealing their bones and calling it rock’n’roll and selling it back to the masses through a white empiricist filter.”

Due for release on 24 September through Submarine Cat, Step 13 is available to pre-order here.

As previously announced, Alabama 3 head out on tour next Spring. Full dates are…

Thursday 17 March 2022 Cambridge, The Junction
Friday 18 March 2022 Birmingham, Institute 2
Saturday 19 March 2022 Liverpool, O2 Academy
Friday 25 March 2022 Dublin, Academy
Saturday 26 March 2022 Belfast, Limelight
Thursday 31 March 2022 Brighton, Concorde 2
Friday 1 April 2022 Southampton, Engine Rooms
Saturday 2 April 2022 Exeter, Phoenix
Sunday 3 April 2022 Bournemouth, Old Fire Station
Thursday 7 April 2022 Newcastle, Boiler Shop
Friday 8 April 2022 Edinburgh, Liquid Rooms
Saturday 9 April 2022 Glasgow, SWG3
Sunday 10 April 2022 Kendal, Brewery Art Centre
Thursday 14 April 2022 Cardiff, Tramshed
Friday 15 April 2022 Holmfirth, Picturedrome
Saturday 16 April 2022 Manchester, O2 Ritz
Sunday 17 April 2022 Leeds, Warehouse
Wednesday 27 April 2022 Reading, Sub89
Thursday 28 April 2022 Oxford O2 Academy
Friday 29 April 2022 Bristol, O2 Academy
Saturday 30 April 2022 London, Shepherds Bush Empire

Read a feature on Alabama 3 in the new issue of Vive Le Rock! available to pre-order here.

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Former Hanoi Rocks and current Michael Monroe bass-player SAMI YAFFA has unveiled a new video from his forthcoming solo album.

‘Down At St Joe’s’ is the second single to be released from The Innermost Journey To Your Outermost Mind, following on from debut single ‘The Last Time’, released earlier in the summer.

Like other songs on the album, ‘Down At St Joe’s’ is a co-write with his MM bandmate Rich Jones. Yaffa explains, “Rich had already written some lyrics for my album when I decided to send this song to him. I definitely wanted this song to be included on the album because it differs from the electronic world of the other songs on the album with its down-home acoustic approach. I wanted to raise a glass with the song to thank The Faces, Stones and Dylan for their brilliance and innovation. Eventually, the theme of the lyrics was found to be the king alcohol, its pros and cons and especially how close to a complete collapse one can get if it gets to take a stranglehold on your life. Richie’s ingenious lyrics brought this song to life, and it became one of my favourite songs on the album.”

Beginning his career alongside Andy McCoy in Finnish punk pioneers Pelle Miljoona Oy, Yaffa was a founder member of Hanoi Rocks. Since leaving in 1984, he’s enjoyed a busy and varied career, holding down the low end for Johnny Thunders, Jetboy, Jerusalem Slim, Demolition 23, The New York Dolls, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts and others including his own folk-punk band Mad Juana. He even hosted his own world music TV series Sound Tracker in 2014.

The Innermost Journey To Your Outermost Mind is out on 3 September through Vallila Music House and Cargo Records.

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Chicago rockers POISON BOYS have signed to Riot Records and release a new single at the end of the month.

The wonderfully snotty ‘Little Speedway Girl’ originally appeared on the b-side of the band’s 2017 single ‘Bad Mouth’, and turned out to be such a fan fave that they re-recorded it for inclusion on their forthcoming album Don’t You Turn On Me.

The band were originally formed by Matt Dudzik and Mike Lippman in 2014, but when Lippman tragically passed away from an accidental overdose, Dudzik vowed to continue the band in his friend’s honour. With a series of singles and EPs under their belts, plus tours of the West Coast and Southern States, the band finally dropped their debut album Out Of My Head for Dead Beat Records in 2019.

Pre-order/pre-save ‘Little Speedway Girl’ here.

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Legendary NYC rocker SONNY VINCENT has unveiled a second video from his forthcoming new album.

The explosive, coruscating ‘Stick’ is taken from Snake Pit Therapy, Vincent’s first new solo album in seven years. It follows on from the single ‘The End Of Light’, released earlier in the summer.

“This work explores a world that is filled with uncertainty, calamity, disappointment and ugliness while at the same time the piece is mining and searching for excitement and beauty,” says Vincent. “I’m stickin’ with you, baby.”

A revered veteran with more than 50 years in the business, Vincent is a hugely prolific artist with dozens of his releases to his name, founding the seminal NYC band Testors and collaborating along the way with members of The Damned, Dead Boys, Husker Du, Velvet Underground, Stooges, Rocket From The Crypt and more.

His most recent release was the self-titled debut album by punk-metal supergroup The Limit, alongside Bobby Liebling of iconic metal pioneers Pentagram.

Vincent also recently published a memoir, also titled Snake Pit Therapy.

‘Stick’ is available now on Spotify and Apple.

Set for release on 17 September through Svart Records, Snake Pit Therapy is available to pre-order here.

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SoCal punk supergroup INFAMOUS STIFFS have just unveiled their debut album.

Kill For The Sound follows swiftly on the heels of a trio of incendiary singles, ‘Get It Straight’, ‘Shakedown’ and ‘Freak Parade’.

Formed in 2019, Infamous Stiffs draw on decades of SoCal punk rock heritage, including members of CD2, Verbal Abuse, Electric Frankenstein, Hollywood Hate, Graceland Mafia, The Legendary Swagger, The County Stars, Nardcore’s Rat Pack, Junkyard, The Zero Class and Reel Big Fish.

Check out the video for ‘Shakedown’…

Released through Die Laughing/Golden Robot, you can buy Kill For The Sound here.

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US punk rock supergroup FAKE NAMES are back with a new 3-track EP.

The band, who feature Brian Baker (Minor Threat, Dag Nasty, Bad Religion), Michael Hampton (S.O.A., Embrace, One Last Wish), Dennis Lyxzén (Refused, International Noise Conspiracy, INVSN), and Johnny Temple (Girls Against Boys, Soulside), emerged last year with a rapturously received self-titled debut album.

Since then, they haven’t come up with with much in the way of a convincing new title for the project – in the words of Joe Perry, they’re letting the music do the talking. Rather than go the whole hog though, they’ve decided to opt for the leaner, meaner EP format – Short. Sharp. Solid.

“I love the EP format,” explains guitarist/vocalist Baker. “So many of my favourite bands growing up (Damned, Clash, Black Flag to name a few) issued EPs between albums, and they were always special to me. They came in all shapes and sizes, and they were comprised of songs that were available nowhere else. Sometimes these records teased the style and sonics of a bands’ forthcoming full length, sometimes they were complete departures that sounded like different bands entirely! In all cases they were records that made me feel closer to the bands, giving me a window into what was coming next or what they did when no one was looking. The ‘Fake Names EP’ was recorded in this spirit.“

“Growing up as a restless soul and outsider few things defined and saved me as much as music did,” adds Lyxzén. “Specifically, punk and hardcore. It explained alienation and my constant need to go against the herd and to break free from expectations and paths not chosen by myself. The inherent paradox of my life is of course my innate love for all things punk and my constant need to move and grow and change and try new things. Something that punk not always embodies.”

Check out the lead track ‘It Will Take A Lifetime’…

The Fake Names EP is available to stream/download here.

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Hyper-energetic Swedes SWEET TEETH have unveiled a video from their debut mini-album.

You wouldn’t necessarily know it from the ferocious ‘Shattered Glass Face’, but the band cite such melodic power-pop influences as Flamin’ Groovies and Big Star alongside the more understandable Hüsker Dü, Hellacopters and Dinosaur Jr.

The plethora or influences shouldn’t be such a surprise, though, as Sweet Teeth are a supergroup of sorts, featuring a members that have slaved for years at the rugged coalface of Swedish rock in bands like The Deadbeats, Disfear, Dollhouse, Year Of The Goat, Tortyr and The Dontcares.

The track is one of seven on the band’s new Acid Rain mini-album, which was recorded, mixed and mastered by bassist Joona Hassinen at his Studio Underjord in Norrköping.

Out today through Lövely Records, Acid Rain is available to stream/download here. It’s also available to pre-order on 12″ single-sided purple vinyl here.

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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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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.


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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