STRIKE ALIGHT!

Melodic hardcore mob STRIKE ANYWHERE have announced a series of dates for the summer.

Having formed in Richmond, Virginia in 1999, the band released several albums during their first decade, culminating in their most recent full-length In Defiance Of Empty Times in 2012. Since then they’ve put their energies into touring.

A first list of dates – including a London show at New Cross Inn on 15 August – is below. More dates to be announced. Tickets go on sale this Thursday at 9.00am.

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MORE BOOZE!

Just about recovered from their 10th Anniversary bash last month, street-punk Euro-champs BOOZE & GLORY have announced a UK and Irish tour for the Spring.

To get you in the mood, they’ve just unveiled a fifth video from their new album Hurricane; this time it’s the title track.

The band’s tour kicks off at the Underworld in London on 4 April, winding its way to the Palm House in Belfast on 25 April. Full dates are…

4 April – LONDON – Underworld
5 April – NORWICH – Salty Dog
6 April – BRISTOL – The Fleece
8 April – NEWCASTLE – Trillians
9 April – DUNDEE – Generator
10 April – GLASGOW – Broadcast
11 April – BLACKPOOL – Waterloo Music Bar
15 April – DERBY – Hairy Dog
16 April – PLYMOUTH – The Underground
17 April – LEEDS – Boom
23 April – BOLTON – Alma Inn
24 April – DUBLIN – Grand Social
25 April – BELFAST – Palm House

Further dates and support acts to be announced soon. Go here for tickets.

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THE PROFESSIONAL TOUCH!

THE PROFESSIONALS return to activity in the New Year with a trio of 4-track EPs.

The rejuvenated band, still featuring founder member and former SEX PISTOL Paul Cook, are set to release their first new music since the release of their 2017 comeback album What In The World.

To be released in January, February and March, each EP will feature two new songs, plus two live recordings of older songs. The new material will also be up for consideration for a new album due in October, with potential for re-recording with special guests. What In The World featured numerous guest contributors, including Steve Jones, Duff McKagan, Phil Collen and Billy Duffy.

Joining Cook in the current Professionals line-up are guitarist/singer Tom Spencer, ex-3 Colours Red guitarist Chris McCormack and new arrival, bassist Toshi JC Ogawa from The Ga Gas.

The three EPs are available to pre-order on vinyl and CD in various bundles here.

The band will be touring as special guests to STIFF LITTLE FINGERS throughout March.

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BREMNER REVS UP!

Rock’n’roll guitar legend BILLY BREMNER returns to the UK for a brace of shows in the New Year.

The Aberdonian musician, now based in Sweden, has enjoyed a career of more than 50 years, coming to fame in the late 70s with the supergroup ROCKPILE, alongside Dave Edmunds, Nick Lowe and Terry Williams. A sought-after guitar-slinger, as well as contributing to solo albums by Edmunds and Lowe, he’s worked with the likes of Elvis Costello, Shakin’ Stevens, The Pretenders and many more, playing on the latter’s 1982 comeback hit ‘Back On The Chain Gang’.

After a long absence, Bremner returned to the UK with his Swedish band for shows earlier this year, which found him particularly on form playing highlights from his career as well as various rock’n’roll standards.

Catch Billy Bremner’s Rockfiles at…

Sun 19 Jan – The Prince Albert, Brighton tickets
Mon 20 Jan – 100 Club, London tickets

Support at the 100 Club show comes from fellow Edmunds alumnus GERAINT WATKINS who has a new album Rush Of Blood out now.

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MONROE HEEDS THE CALL OF THE WILD!

Following their successful UK tour and the release of the acclaimed new album One Man Gang, it’s been announced that MICHAEL MONROE and his band will headline the Saturday night at next year’s Call Of The Wild Festival.

The former HANOI ROCKS legend joins Friday night headliners MASSIVE WAGONS and Sunday night bill-toppers, ex-MOTÖRHEAD man PHIL CAMPBELL & THE BASTARD SONS at the festival, which returns to the Lincolnshire Showground at Grange de Lings near Lincoln over the weekend of 29-31 May for the second year running.

“Life doesn’t get much better than when you confirm Michael Monroe to headline the Festival you’ve spent a life dreaming about building,” says Festival Director Raz White. “I became a huge Hanoi Rocks fan back when I was 14 and started to cross over from punk to rock bands. The image, energy and songs just resonated with me. In my humble opinion, easily the greatest frontman to strut the stage. So, this is a huge honour for me and the whole team. We can guarantee this show will be absolutely spectacular!”

“Can’t wait to see you all at Call Of The Wild and play this great, upcoming festival,” says Michael.

Other bands appearing on the festival’s three stages include WARRIOR SOUL, THE THROBS, GLEN MATLOCK, LAWNMOWER DETH, BLACK RAIN, CRUEL INTENTIONS, DEAD GIRLS ACADEMY, SKARLETT RIOT, NEW DEVICE, MIDNIGHT CITY, EVERY MOTHER’S NIGHTMARE, KICKIN’ VALENTINA, EMPYRE, THE SWEET THINGS, JANUS STARK, CRASHED OUT, MOTOCHRIST and loads more…

Tickets are available here.

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DO IT CLEAN(ER)!

Iconic Essex glam rocker MARTIN NEWELL is to publish a second volume of autobiography.

Newell rose to fame as frontman of Colchester band PLOD, who in recent years have become synonymous with the ‘junkshop glam’ genre, their track ‘Neo City’ achieving classic floorfilling status through its presence on the compilation Velvet Tinmine.

Plod’s rise and fall years, as well as Newell’s eventful youth, were portrayed vividly in his first, essential, memoir This Little Ziggy.

New volume The Greatest Living Englishman focuses on the following two decades, during which he found success with his best-known band THE CLEANERS FROM VENUS, wrote songs with Captain Sensible, had a nearly-hit with New Wave anthem ‘Young Jobless’, recorded an album with XTC’s Andy Partridge and forged an alternative career as one of the UK’s most published poets.

The Greatest Living Englishman is due for publication on 25 November but is available to pre-order here.

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SHIP ROCKED!

Pirates Press boss Eric ‘Skippy’ Mueller waxes lyrical with Dom Warwick, discussing vinyl innovations and family values, during the build up to their Rock The Ship 15th anniversary event.

Pirates Press are based in Oakland, California, and have been at the heart of a revolution that has seen a major reversal in the popularity of vinyl in recent years. Having started a manufacturing company from the confines of his bedroom in 2004, Skip branched into his own label, aptly titled Pirates Press Records, a year later. The business now spans across the world, with the manufacturing side averaging 3-4 million records pressed each year.

2019 marks their 15th anniversary, and never being one to shy away from the unconventional, Skip will be marking the occasion with what some might call not just crazy, but bat shit crazy, a weekend of events with the centrepiece a gig staged on an aircraft carrier, the USS Hornet. But how was this even possible?

“A lot of planning and a little bit of luck. After the last Rock The Ship event, celebrating our 10th Anniversary, we stewed over ways to take it up a notch. One of the consistent comments was to do it on an actual ship. Exploring our options here in the bay, there are not many ships that can accommodate a large enough crowd, but we found one, a famous one at that! While they haven’t put on many concerts, certainly not any of this magnitude, they are equally excited about it and going above-and-beyond to help make sure that it is a fun and successful celebration for all of us and everyone who attends.”

The ability to make this possible stems from Skip’s innovative vision and seeing barriers as opportunities rather than points of failure, although there is also a sense of tradition and family.

“After a year of pressing records for other people, we had the ‘itch’ so to speak. Starting off by releasing a six picture disc box-set (for 12 of our friends’ bands), we proceeded to curate the label’s releases using bands that were either comprised of Pirates themselves, or friends of Pirates. The label more-or-less evolved organically from there, bringing on lots of new bands, both big and small, to help create the community that we see today. We could not be more humbled, or proud at the evolution of the company.”

From these modest beginnings, the vinyl pressing business has been booming, with Pirates Press using both modern and old technologies, along with being the first to open a brand new vinyl press.

“Whilst making records for all the major labels and their subsidiaries, a vast majority of our business comes from independent record labels and bands, with an average pressing of somewhere between 500 and 1000 units. Ultimately, it’s a lot of titles spanning virtually every genre of music and every type of ‘scene’ there is out there. Being able to help people across the globe get some of the best records in the world made is the one thing everyone at Pirates is most proud of, as it undoubtedly has the biggest impact on music in general, worldwide.”

Creativity knows no bounds, aside from the coloured vinyl, there have been other special pressings, one particularly personal, incorporating the ashes of Bruce Roehrs, columnist for Maximum Rock n Roll.

“Putting our friend’s ashes into a record is definitely up there, although I probably wouldn’t even try and do it myself again, even for a friend. It was an ordeal, emotionally and logistically, but very, very special and for Bruce, unbelievably fitting.

“In the same vein of crazy, but perhaps a half a notch down, we have also made records with holograms for The Ratchets, bullet-shaped bits milled out of the main area of a NOi!SE record, made Detournement a molotov cocktail flexi with a printed bandanna and even made Rancid an official Louisville Slugger wooden baseball bat to go with their 46×7” leather-clad boxset. We like a good challenge, and we like turning heads even more.”

A full review of Rock The Ship will appear in our next issue of Vive Le Rock!

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BLOOM SHAKE THE ROOM!

Wet-behind-the-ears punks GOLDENBLOOM look set to shake up the London scene with their debut single, out this week.

The East London-based trio only got together in May and played their debut gig a couple of weeks back.

Ignore the neat haircuts; the single ‘LIFE’ is an abrasive two-and-a-half-minute energy-burst in the time-honoured tradition of enthusiastic parental-expectation-defiance. Check the lyric video…

Goldenbloom open for THE SLY PERSUADERS, LEISURE TANK and DEAD HORSE on Saturday 30 November at Aces & Eights, Tufnell Park for Roadkill Records. Tickets here.

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START CHOPPIN’!

South Coast art-punks CHOPCHOP are preparing for the release of their debut album in the new year with a new video.

‘This Is Not Your Home’ is taken from Everything Looks So Real, which is set for release on 14 February. It’s the maiden release for Rose Hill Records, based out of cult Brighton venue The Rose Hill.

The band have a handful of dates lined-up, including a London show at The Dublin Castle on 11 December. Full dates are…

26 Oct – Rose Hill, Brighton
24 Nov – Bar 42, Worthing
29 Nov – UCA Bar, Canterbury
11 Dec – Dublin Castle, London
14 Feb – Rose Hill, Brighton (album launch)

Everything Looks So Real is available to pre-order here, which will also entitle you to a free download.

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GOOD NEWS AND BAD!

Legendary rockers BAD NEWS are to have their albums and films reissued this month.

The UK four-piece came to prominence in the mid-80s when they were the subject of a fly-on-the-wall documentary on Channel 4. Propelled to fame, their debut album was produced by Brian May and they went on to appear at the Reading Festival and at Monsters Of Rock at Castle Donington.

The original film, Bad News Tour, from the makers of The Comic Strip Presents… series, and starring Ade Edmondson, Rik Mayall, Nigel Planer and Peter Richardson was followed by a sequel, More Bad News, in 1988.

Both films are being reissued on double-disc DVD through Gonzo on 25 October.

The band’s three albums Bad News, Bootleg and Almost Rare are also being reissued as vinyl only editions.

DVDs and albums are available to pre-order here.

To celebrate the reissues, both films will received a special London screening at The Prince Charles Cinema, Leicester Square on Friday 25 October. It will be followed by a Q&A with director Peter Richardson and a signing at Fopp Records, Covent Garden. Full details here.

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PSYCHOBILLIES ON FILM!

A new movie is set to shine a spotlight on the psychobilly scene and the makers want your help…

Big Psychobilly Movie is the brainchild of two Russian directors, Kyrill Ermichev and Ivan Bortnikov. A member of St Petersburg band Scary BOOM, Ermichev had also written a book Russian Psycho Attack, which inspired the project.

The film features members of bands including Batmobile, Demented Are Go, Reverend Horton Heat, Frenzy, The Quakes, Surf Rats, Basementones, Rattlesnakes, Mad Sin and many more. Artists, tattooists, hairdressers and gig organisers have also taken part in the project.

The aim of the film is to explore the theme and aesthetics of the genre “…whose special mission is to be a binding thread, a bridge between modern musical culture and the golden age of rock and roll”.

“At the age of 13, in 1987, I heard Batmobile’s ‘Slapping Suspenders’ and was bewitched by this music,” explains Ermichev. “I want to share this feeling with the audience of the film. Meeting the participants of the film, I found great pleasure in the atmosphere of friendship and like-mindedness, which knows no borders. We did not waste our time and energy on trifles like politics. We talked only about music. I don’t want to not pick out anyone, but of course, as a director, I love those who great storytellers.”

With the movie expected to be completed next year, the makers are asking for contributions of photographs and video footage, assistance with distribution and premieres and for pre-orders and donations. They can be contacted at thescaryboom@gmail.com

Check out the first teaser…

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BOOZE AND GLORY UNVEIL NEW VIDEO!

With less than a month to go until their 10th Anniversary bash, BOOZE & GLORY unveil a brand new video.

‘My Heart Is Burning’ is the second single to be lifted from the band’s new album Hurricane, which is set for release on 18 October through their own Scarlet Teddy label.

As previously announced, Booze & Glory are to hold a 10th Birthday Party at the Electric Ballroom in Camden, London on Saturday 2 November. Bands lining up to help them blow out the candles include GIUDA, RISKEE & THE RIDICULE, ROY ELLIS, THE BABOON SHOW, PERKELE, THE FILAMENTS, THE ANALOGS plus an acoustic set from former member LIAM MARR.

Tickets are on sale here.

The band recently announced a string of European dates for the autumn. Full details here.

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NEW HOPE FOR THE WRETCHED!

Two ex-punks are showing their roots on a new album set for release next month.

Bonfire & Pine is the second album from folk/Americana duo HOPE IN HIGH WATER. But it’s a long way from the pair’s noisier past, in sound if not in spirit.

Josh Chandler Morris previously served for a decade as frontman of Milton Keynes’ Bomber Music-signed hardcore ska-punks ANTI VIGILANTE, while Carly Slade played bass in Hackney trio TRASHCAT. Since 2014, though, they’ve ploughed a different furrow: Morris picked up an acoustic guitar and Slade a banjo, and working on their close harmonies, the pair relocated to a caravan in the woods.

“Although I loved the high energy of punk music, the older I got the more I was drawn to the stripped back sincerity of folk and country music,” admits Morris. “The attitude wasn’t that dissimilar, both punk and country prioritise authenticity. I just came to be drawn artists like Justin Townes Earle who seem to be able to make an incredible connection with an audience by being one man and a guitar.”

Releasing their debut album Never Settle in 2017, the pair have become one of the hardest working acts on the folk and Americana circuit, something that Bonfire & Pine, which sees them expanding on the format into a greater array of styles, looks set to build on.

Set for release on 8 November, Bonfire & Pine is available to pre-order here.

Hope In High Water play The Crauford Arms, Milton Keynes on 8 November – tickets

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CATS OUTTA THE BOX!

The STRAY CATS’ flash new 40th Anniversary box set is out today!

Runaway Boys brings together the New York rockabillies’ first three classic albums – Stray Cats, Gonna Ball and Rant N’ Rave – on half-speed mastered heavyweight vinyl, plus a fourth slab featuring b-sides and rare cuts.

The set also includes a plush hardback book with rarely seen photographs and period interviews, plus the already legendary Rumble In Brighton board game.

To see exactly what you get, check out the video…

There’s also a double-vinyl and double-CD anthology available. All three are available to order here.

You can read a review of Runaway Boys in the forthcoming October edition of Vive Le Rock!

The last few copies of our Stray Cats special edition from the summer are available to order here.

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RAMALLAH TRACK EXCLUSIVE!

Boston street punks RAMALLAH have a new album coming and they’re sharing a track from it exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

The Last Gasp Of Street Rock’N’Roll is set for release on 4 October through Sailor’s Grave Records and we’re sharing the title track with you now….

Frontman White Trash Rob says, “It is a sick world that we live in. Not just my world, but the whole world. And I intend to shove it as many people’s faces as I can. So I’m holding back on the personal memoirs and anecdotes that I’ve often indulged in in the past. The whole world is burning as we speak. Right now the only crime is silence”.

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PSYCHOBABYLON VIDEO EXCLUSIVE!

Leeds rockers PSYCHOBABYLON have a brand new video which they’re launching exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘No Means Of Escape’ is taken from the band’s 4-track EP, Is This All There Is?, which is available on CD from the band’s wesbstore and digitally from all the usual platforms.

Formed eleven years ago out of the ashes of the bands Phluid and Slash Vegas, with a line-up of Rusty D (vocals), Andrew Mewse (guitar), Robbie G (guitar), Andy Knott (drums) and JJ Watt on bass, who sharp-eyed viewers will also recognise as a member of The Main Grains.

In line with the song’s title, the band explain that the video’s concept… “is the continual reduction of space in which the band are playing in. Ever felt like you can see the way out but still can’t get there?”

As for the lyrics, Rusty D says, “I won’t describe what the words are about as hopefully it will connect with the listener. They could take something totally different from the song and who am I to say whether that is right or wrong. Shit hot though, innit?”

The band have a bunch of dates lined up, including three shows with Warrior Soul. Catch them live at…

21 Sept – Record Junkee, Sheffield
28 Sept – The Doll’s House, Abertillery (Dollfest 6)
30 Oct – Trillians, Newcastle (w/ Warrior Soul)
31 Oct – Bannerman’s, Edinburgh (w/ Warrior Soul)
7 Nov – Waterloo Music Bar, Blackpool (w/ Warrior Soul)
23 Nov – The Fox & Newt, Leeds

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CRASHED OUT VIDEO EXCLUSIVE!

Long-serving Jarrow punks CRASHED OUT have a brand new video, which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

The work of film-maker Stuart Sterling, the video features the song ‘Still A Fighter’ from the band’s 2005 album Crash And Burn. Stuart takes up the story…

“I first saw Crashed Out years ago at Rebellion. I later Googled them and came across their YouTube channel where I saw the original ‘Still A Fighter’ video. I immediately fell in love with the song and think it is one of their best. I saw them a few more times at The Star & Garter and Rebellion. But it was not until I saw Crashed Out at North West Calling in Manchester in 2019 when I finally got the chance to approach them. I saw Chris [Wright, frontman] standing alone at the bar, so… I went up to him, introduced myself, told him what I do, how I would like to work with them and gave Chris my card. I was not sure whether I would hear from Chris again, but a few days later he got in contact. Chris said he had seen my work, and was really impressed with the official music video I had made for Discharge, ‘The Broken Law’, which for me was my best to date. Chris said he wanted to make a music video with me and not only that, he wanted to do ‘Still A Fighter’! Of all the songs he could have chosen, he chose my favourite!”

“Stuart sent me a story line and location ideas so I scouted out two local boxing gyms to shoot the boxing scenes and Newcastle Uni for the band scenes,” explains Chris. “Everything was done in one long exhausting day! Anyway here’s the final result of the video we are very happy with what Stu has done I am sure a lot of people will also enjoy the video and song.”

Crashed Out are currently working on their next album for 2020 release and have the following dates to take them up to the end of this year…

5 Oct – Hard Rock Hell Punk, Sheffield
1 Nov – The Tap Room, Newcastle
16 Nov – Bannermans, Edinburgh
28 Dec – Trillians, Newcastle

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CRAVATS VIDEO EXCLUSIVE!

Rejuvenated punk veterans THE CRAVATS are back with a new single and video, which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

A typically sinister slice of sax-driven post-punk, ‘Shy’ is the first taste of the band’s new album due out in February next year, the follow-up to their hugely acclaimed comeback album Dustbin Of Sound, released in 2017.

The video was shot on location at Bom-Bane’s Cafe, Brighton by renowned film and music video maker Mark Richards.

‘Shy’ is available now from Overground Records.

The Cravats have a bunch of shows lined up at…

Fri 21 Sept – Rockaway Park, Temple Cloud, Somerset (w/ The Slacksons)
Sat 22 Sept – Le Pub, Newport, Wales (w/ The Charlemagnes)
Fri 29 Nov – The Hairy Dog, Derby (w/ Turning Black Like Lizards)
Sat 7 Dec – Green Door Store, Brighton (w/ Interrobang)

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