CORNWELL COMES OUT OF THE WILDERNESS!

HUGH CORNWELL has unveiled a new video ahead of his forthcoming new album.

‘Coming Out Of The Wilderness’ is the opening track from the former Strangler’s Moments Of Madness, his first new album since Monster four years ago. The video is the work of award-winning US animator Jesse Bond.

Featuring ten new tracks, Moments Of Madness was produced by Cornwell who also played all the instruments himself. “It’s like I’ve got a stew pot of sounds where I’ve put in a bit of Joe Meek, a bit of Lou Reed, a flavour of The Doors, a bit of this, a bit of that and I mix it all up and it tastes good,” says Cornwell. “I’m like a cook when I make records in that I don’t follow any recipe.”

‘Coming Out Of The Wilderness’ is available to stream/download here.

Set for release on 21 October, Moments Of Madness is available to pre-order here.

Hugh Cornwell heads out on a full-band tour in November, where he’ll be playing tracks from his solo catalogue, as well as a set of Stranglers classics. Full dates are…

Fri 4 Nov – Milton Keynes, Stables
Sat 5 Nov – Hull, Tower Ballroom
Wed 9 Nov – Exeter, Phoenix
Thurs 10 Nov – Southampton, The 1865
Fri 11 Nov – Cardiff, Y Plas
Sat 12 Nov – Brighton, Concorde 2
Sun 13 Nov – Bristol, The Fleece
Wed 16 Nov – Lincoln, Platform
Thurs 17 Nov – Bury St Edmunds, The Apex
Fri 18 Nov – Newcastle, Northumbria University Students Union
Sat 19 Nov – Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
Sun 20 Nov – Chester, Live Rooms
Wed 23 Nov – Southend, Chinnery’s
Thurs 24 Nov – Islington, Assembley Hall
Fri 25 Nov – Bilston, The Robin
Sat 26 Nov – Manchester, Gorilla
Sun 27 Nov – Derby, The Venue
Wed 30 Nov – Carlisle, The Old Fire Station
Thurs 1 Dec – Edinburgh, La Belle Angele
Fri 2 Dec – Glasgow, The Garage
Sat 3 Dec – Aberdeen, Lemon Tree

Tickets on sale here.

Pic by Bertrand Fevre

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RT-ZED VIDEO EXCLUSIVE!

London rockers RT-ZED are back with a new video that they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘Black Heart Of Love’ is taken from ZedNation, forthcoming fourth album from the band led by Steve Grantley, simultaneously drummer with STIFF LITTLE FINGERS for the past twenty-five years. He’s also a man with numerous other stars in his address book and at one-time was considered for The Clash.

“I think certain people think drummers should know their place,” says Grantley. “Fuck it! Dave Grohl, Phil Collins anybody?!” Grantley has consistently written for Stiff Little Fingers over the years, and also co-wrote The Alarm’s last big hit ‘45 RPM’ along with lead singer Mike Peters. “I’ve been writing songs since I was 12, but I’m best known as a drummer,” he adds. “This album will hopefully change this preconception.”

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GRADE 2 UNVEIL NEW VIDEO!

Fast-rising UK punks GRADE 2 have unveiled a brand new video.

‘Doing Time’ represents the Isle of Wight trio’s first new material since their Tim Armstrong-produced 2019 album Graveyard Island, their debut for Hellcat Records, since when they’ve been cutting their teeth onstage with the likes of The Interrupters, Social Distortion and Dropkick Murphys.

“Tongue in cheek, but delivered like a punch to the gut, ‘Doing Time’ is our response to the dead end, 9 to 5 rat race,” they say.

The video, directed by Ryan Mackfall and produced by Crashburn Media, ties in the announcement of the band’s first UK dates for next year. Catch Grade 2 live at…

7 Mar 2023 – The Lexington, London
10 Mar 2023 – Louisiana, Bristol
18 Mar 2023 – Classic Grand, Glasgow
19 Mar 2023 – Star & Garter, Manchester

Tickets here

Stream/download ‘Doing Time’ here.

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NEWTOWN, NEW ALBUM, NOW TOUR!

Essex punk legends NEWTOWN NEUROTICS have announced a UK tour in support of their forthcoming new album.

The release of Cognitive Dissidents, the Harlow trio’s first new album since 1988’s gamechanging Is Your Washroom Breeding Bolsheviks?, is set for 21 October through Cadiz Music. It’s available to pre-order here.

Famed for such 80s punk evergreens as ‘When The Oil Runs Out’, ‘Mindless Violence’ and the immortal ‘Kick Out The Tories’, the band took the opportunity presented by the Covid pandemic to write record the new album, returning this summer for a handful of dates including a storming performance at Rebellion.

The Neurotics are now set to follow up with eight dates across the UK during November, kicking off in Nottingham on the 8th and taking in a London show at The Lexington on the 22nd. Full dates are…

Tues 8 Nov – Nottingham , The Bodega
Wed 9 Nov – Newcastle, The Cluny 2
Thurs 10 Nov – Edinburgh, Voodoo Ballroom
Fri 11 Nov – Glasgow, McChuills
Sat 12 Nov – Middlesbrough, Westgarth Social Club
Sun 13 Nov – Todmorden, The Golden Lion
Sat 19 Nov – Brighton, The Prince Albert (matinee)
Tues 22 – London, The Lexington

Tickets are on sale here

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BOTTLEKIDS VIDEO EXCLUSIVE!

Fast-rising Welsh punks BOTTLEKIDS have a new video out which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘NOWT’ is taken from the Chepstow trio’s second EP Zilch!, which has just been released through Austrian label SBÄM Records.

The EP follows on from the band’s debut self-titled EP which was released back in 2019. Signing with SBÄM in early 2020, they were in the process of building on the success of the release until Covid forced them off the road.

“We wrote down thoughts and ideas for music throughout 2020 as a distraction from all this shit going on and as an attempt to keep our heads together,” explains singer/guitarist Joe Grogan. “The lyrics for ‘NOWT’ pretty much just wrote themselves one day whilst locked indoors in front of the telly. The music took shape quickly – there was a lot to get off our chests.”

Grogan is joined in the band by bassist Jonny Thomas and drummer Ben Chappell. Bottlekids play The Exchange, Bristol this Thursday 8 September – tickets

Zilch! is available to buy on 12″ vinyl here and digitally here.

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DOMESTIC VACATION

East Anglian punk renaissance man JAMES DOMESTIC is back from his hols with a new single and video.

The aptly-titled ‘Holiday’ is the fifth single to be taken from THE DOMESTICS frontman’s widely acclaimed debut solo album Carrion Repeating released earlier in the year through Kibou Records.

The video features the alligator man who has become a bit of a feature of James’ videos.

There’s also a dub remix of the track by Berlin-based musician GMPMSK alias Dave Ellesmere of DISCHARGE, DR & THE CRIPPENS, DISGUST, FLUX OF PINK INDIANS etc. Check it out here.

‘Holiday’ is released through TNS (UK) and Amok (Germany) and is available digitally from Spotify and all the usual platforms.

Carrion Repeating is available here.

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JAH WOBBLE UNVEILS NEW SINGLE AND DATES

Legendary bassist JAH WOBBLE has unveiled a new single and video with his band THE INVADERS OF THE HEART.

The track ‘Dim Sum’, featuring Anglo-Chinese rapper and musician GZ Tian (aka Charlie Wardle, Jah Wobble’s son) heralds THE PiL co-founder’s late summer tour, which features a special Vive Le Rock-promoted London show celebrating the 30th Anniversary of LA independent label Cleopatra Records at O2 Academy, Islington on 26 October.

Wobble and the Invaders will be performing the first ever live rendition of Metal Box Rebuilt In Dub. They’ll be joined by 999 and Eater performing their classic 1977 debut album. Tickets are available here.

Released through Dimple Discs, ‘Dim Sum’ is available here.

Full tour dates are…

Aug 27th We Out Here Festival, Abbots Ripton
Aug 28th Solfest, Cumbria
Sep 01st – The Black Prince, Northampton
Sep 02nd – John Peel Centre, Stowmarket
Sep 07th – Hare And Hounds, Birmingham
Sep 08th – The Lighthouse, Deal
Sep 09th – West End Centre, Aldershot
Sep 11th – Belgrave Music Hall, Leeds
Sep 16th – Foxlowe Arts Centre, Leek
Sep 17th – Neuadd Ogwen, Bethesda
Sep 18th – Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Liverpool
Sep 21st – Ashcroft Arts Centre, Fareham
Sep 22nd – The Con Club, Lewes
Sep 23rd – Plough Arts Centre, Plough
Sep 24th – The Red Brick Building, Glastonbury
Oct 01st – The Arc, Stockton
Oct 02nd Mac Arts, Galashiels
Oct 26th 02 Academy, Islington, London

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REASONS TO BE CHEERFUL!

Ohio punk legends TOXIC REASONS are to have their back catalogue plundered for reissue this autumn.

The extensive campaign by Audio Platter via Plastic Head Distribution will see the reissue of five of the Dayton quartet’s classic albums – three on CD for the first time ever. Plus an entry-level primer compilation for the previously uninitiated.

Up for reissue are their 1984 second album Kill By Remote Control; 1985 follow-up Within These Walls; their best-known album Bullets For You, originally released through Alternative Tentacles; In The House Of God, their ’93 debut for Bitzcore Records, and it’s follow-up – and the band’s swansong – ’95’s No Peace In Our Time. The set is completed by compilation God Bless America, a 17-track anthology comprising prime cuts and previously unreleased tunes.

Set for release on 21 October, all releases, plus other Toxic Reasons merch, are available to pre-order here.

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CHATS ANNOUNCE DATES!

Aussie tearaways THE CHATS have announced their biggest European tour yet.

The eighteen-date tour is in support of Sunshine Coast trio’s long-awaited second album Get Fucked, which is due for release this Friday through their own Bargain Bin label.

To coincide, the band have released another new video, this time for the track ‘Out On The Street’…

The tour kicks off with two dates at Dublin’s O2 Academy on 16 and 17 May next year and takes in their largest ever UK headline show at London’s Brixton O2 Academy on 26 May. Full dates are…

16 May – Dublin, 02 Academy
17 May – Dublin, 02 Academy
18 May – Belfast, Limelight
19 May – Manchester, Academy
20 May – Glasgow, Barrowlands
21 May – Newcastle, NX
22 May – Cardiff, Tramshed
23 May – Bristol, Bristol 02 Academy
24 May – Birmingham, Institute
26 May – London, 02 Academy Brixton
29 May – Antwerp, Trix
30-May – Paris, Trabendo
31 May – Cologne, Live Music Hall
04 Jun – Netherlands, Amsterdam, Paradiso
06 Jun – Copenhagen, Loppen
07 Jun – Malmo, Debaser
08 Jun – Stockholm, Plan B
09 Jun – Oslo, John Dee

Get Fucked can be pre-saved digitally here.

For physical orders and gig tickets, go here.

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THE DUEL VIDEO PREMIERE!

London punks THE DUEL are re-releasing their classic concept album The Soundtrack to The End of The World and are trailing it with a new video.

‘Less Every Day’ is taken from the album which was originally released back in 2012 and features Max Splodge as narrator. Subtitled The Zak Splash Story, the album tells the tale of a fictional pop-star who has a comeback hit in the new millennium.

Formed by singer Tara Rez and keyboardist Andy Thierum in 2001, the band was brought to a premature end when Thierum was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

There is no cure for MS, but a portion of the proceeds from sales of this reworked, remixed and remastered edition of the album will go to the MS Society who support those living with the condition, raise awareness and fund research to stop MS for good.

Soundtrack To The End Of The World (The Zak Splash Story) is set for release on 16 September. A new version of The Duel is currently arranging live dates in order to bring the band to a more fitting conclusion.

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INTERRUPTERS UNVEIL NEW VIDEO!

THE INTERRUPTERS have just unveiled another new video.

‘Raised By Wolves’ is taken from the LA band’s long-awaited new album In The Wild, which was released on Friday through Hellcat and follows on from 2018’s Fight The Good Fight.

“In my formative years, I grew up with a lot of turmoil and abuse in the house,” says frontwoman Aimee Interrupter about the single. “I had no consistent parental figures to turn to and I couldn’t trust anyone, I ended up in a foster home and moved around a lot throughout my childhood. This set the stage for many missteps in my life. I truly feel that I was raised by wolves… in the wild. This song is me coming to terms with that and forgiving those who I expected to be there for me, while also forgiving myself.”

The band hit UK soil on 20 August for an appearance at Beautiful Days in Devon, then touring until 3 September when they play Brixton Academy. Full dates are…

Aug 20 – Tiverton, United Kingdom – Beautiful Days Festival
Aug 21 – Bristol, United Kingdom – Marble Factory
Aug 23 – Nottingham, United Kingdom – Rock City
Aug 24 – Leeds, United Kingdom – O2 Academy Leeds
Aug 29 – Manchester, United Kingdom – Manchester Academy
Aug 31 – Glasgow, United Kingdom – Barrowland Ballroom
Sept 2 – Birmingham, United Kingdom – O2 Institute
Sept 3 – London, United Kingdom – O2 Academy Brixton

Tickets are available here.

Pic by Jimmy Fontaine

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SPARRER LAND IN CAMDEN!

As previously announced COCK SPARRER play two nights at London’s Roundhouse in September in celebration of their 50th Anniversary.

Tickets for Saturday 10 September have now sold out, but their are still some left for their show on Friday 9 September.

Playing two sets each night for these special all-ages shows and the band promise a few surprises for their fans, including things that they’ve never done onstage before.

Remaining tickets are available here.

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BACK WITH A BANGER!

Manc punk legends ED BANGER & THE NOSEBLEEDS trail their new album with a new video.

‘Can’t Stand The News’ is taken from the album Revolution X which is due out this week through X Records.

Frontwoman Edweena Banger makes the following appearances at this weekend’s Rebellion Festival…

Thus 4 Aug – Edweena Banger & Brian Grantham, Almost Acoustic Stage 13.50-14.20
Fri 5 Aug – Edweena Banger, Literary Stage 14.50-5.15
Slaughter Bite Back, Empress Ballroom 18.50-19.45

The full band play the following dates…

30 Sept – Hope & Anchor, London (w/ Bite Me & Romeo Spy)
4 Dec – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds (w/ Punishment Of Luxury & The Bricks)
17 Dec – Star & Garter, Manchester (w/ The Members)

Revolution X is available to pre-order from edweenabanger.com

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MC16 KEEP IT CLASSY!

Agit-punks MC16 are back with a new video which they’re premiering with Vive Le Rock!

‘Class War’ follows on from their ‘United States Of Generica’ single released back in November.

Back then, the band took a knock when their rehearsal space was trashed by local hoodlums, but it’ll take a lot more than that to keep this band down. In fact, as ‘Class War’ shows, they just get stronger. Rise above, indeed.

“We may not still live in the Victorian times of top hats and corsets for the rich and dead people’s clothes for the poor but our system is still built on the same outdated values, attitudes and hierarchies” explains bassist Quinn. “But it’s not just about salaries and money; it’s as much about the basics of right and wrong, morals, self-entitlement and access to influence and power. It will always be an unfair world because inequality starts as soon as you are born. My Mum didn’t get to choose whether she went private or not. That’s why there will always be a Class War because you will always be fighting someone or fighting for something”

‘Class War’ was recorded with producer and engineer Simon Hopkinson at Electric Bear Studios in Mansfield, and the video is the work of Will Hutchinson of Hutch Films.

‘Class War’ is available now from Bandcamp.

Catch MC16 live at the following dates…

Aug 3rd – 100 Club, London (w/ Spear of Destiny)
Aug 7th – Rebellion Festival, Blackpool
Aug 12th – Gig on the Farm, Abbeydore
Sept 4th – Mach Punk and Ska Festival, Machynlleth
Oct 29th – Star & Garter, Manchester (w/ 999)
Dec 17th – Westgarth Club, Middlesbrough

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Pic by Will Hutchinson

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NEW PUNK FEST IN STAFFS!

Not-for-profit community interest company WHERE ART THE WOMEN? is staging a new mini-fest in Staffordshire this weekend.

Taking place on the campsite at The Haberdasher’s Arms in Knighton over 22-24 July, the event will feature live sets from the ‘female-heavy’ acts likes of HAGAR THE WOMB (pictured), THE MENSTRUAL CRAMPS, IDESTROY, CAROL HODGE BAND, COSMIC NINJA, HEADSTICKS, JANINE BOOTH, FOSSILHEADS and more.

The dog- and child-friendly festival will also feature craft stalls, vegan food traders, a firepit for late night jamming, real ales and ciders and various other attractions…

Where Art The Women? aims to highlight, challenge and help address the gender imbalance on stages in the UK independent music scene with a collaborative mix of art, music, spoken word, film, workshops, discussion and information.

Tickets are on sale here. Kids go FREE!!

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NASTY NASTY!

French punk vet NASTY SAMY has just unveiled his first ever solo album.

A ubiquitous presence on the French punk scene for more than twenty-five years with such bands as Second Rate, Hawaii Samurai, The Black Zombie Procession, Demon Vendetta and Hellbats, Samy is also a noted author and editor of punkzine Everyday Is Like Sunday.

Credited to NASTY S AND THE GHOST CHASERS, Waiting For The Last Gasp Of My Generation features 16 carefully chosen covers from the likes of The Gun Club, Supersuckers, Hard-Ons, Samhain, Agent Orange, Tumbleweed, Dag Nasty and Joy Division. Performing guitar and ass on all tracks, Samy is joined by guest vocalists from the cream of the French punk scene and further afield, including members of Burning Heads, Off Models, Dumbell, Second Rate, Vanilla Chainsaws, Teenage Renegade and more.

Released through Twenty Something, Waiting For The Last Gasp Of My Generation is available now from Bandcamp.

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DROPKICK MURPHYS COVER WOODY

DROPKICK MURPHYS have just unveiled a video for their latest single.

Gambler’s lament ‘Two 6’s Upside Down’ is taken from the band’s forthcoming acoustic album This Machine Still Kills Fascists, inspired by and featuring the lyrics of dustbowl balladeer and American folksong legend Woody Guthrie. The album is their first since their 1998 debut Do Or Die, not to feature singer Al Barr, who is currently taking a break to care for his sick mother.

The video for the single, directed by Dave Stauble, was shot by the statue of Guthrie at the songwriter’s birthplace of Okemah, Oklahoma.

“‘Two 6’s Upside Down’ is acoustic, but it’s still tough,” says band founder Ken Casey. “It’s edgy and these lyrics are menacing. We just wanted to show right out of the gate that even though this album is acoustic, it’s still going to have some fire.”

Working once more with producer Ted Hutt, the band recorded the album at The Church Studio in Tulsa, not far from Okemah, and they were so inspired by the experience that they ended up recording enough songs to fill a second volume, due out next year.

‘Two 6’s Upside Down’ is available to stream/download here.

Set for release on 30 September through Dummy Luck Music via PIAS, This Machine Still Kills Fascists is available to pre-order here.

Watch the album trailer.

As previously announced, Dropkick Murphys’ UK and Ireland arena dates have been rescheduled for January 2023. Full dates are…

13 BELFAST Telegraph Building
14 DUBLIN 3Arena
16 NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE O2 City Hall
17 GLASGOW OVO Hydro
18 MANCHESTER O2 Victoria Warehouse
20 CARDIFF Motorpoint Arena
21 LONDON SSE Arena Wembley
22 BIRMINGHAM O2 Academy Birmingham

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Pic by Dave Stauble

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THIS PLANET’S ON FIRE!

Manchester sonic explorers THE SPEED OF SOUND have a brand new video which they’re premiering with Vive Le Rock!

‘The Day The Earth Caught Fire’ is taken from the band’s acclaimed album Museum Of Tomorrow, described by us as ‘unique and other-worldly’ and out now through Big Stir Records.

“A swagger borne of artistic confidence as wah-wah guitar lines blend with the rotating speakers of the organ leading into a bouncing infectious chorus, driven forward by the always propulsive rhythm section,” say the band. “Written while wild moorland fires raged in the hills around their native Manchester, The Day The Earth Caught Fire mixes the man-made horrors of climate malfunction with a joyous wake up call, encased within an alternative rock dance-anthem. All achieved while unloading The Speed Of Sound’s characteristic lyrical satire and wit against both those that party as the planet burns and those unable (or unwilling) to see beyond their own narrow field of vision. The video mixes allegorical volcanic eruptions with the pervading global adhesion to raw economics and untamed greed.”

Museum Of Tomorrow is available now here.

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