CULTURE ABUSE DELIVER THE SHIT!

Genre-defying San Francisco punks CULTURE ABUSE attempt to make up for their enforced lockdown lay-off with a new digital-only compilation album.

Spanning the band’s seven-year career, the 29-track Good Shit, Bad Shit, Who Gives a Shit?! compiles demos, alternate versions, fan tapes, live recordings – including excerpts from their now legendary show at Hackney’s Moth Club last year – and fun covers from the likes of the Sex Pistols, Buzzcocks and The Clash.

“With the state of the live music industry in limbo, we thought now is a better time than any to open ourselves up and give the listener a different take on some of our past work,” they declare. “We take the groovy mid-tempo songs off Bay Dream (2018) and give you our aggressive live set atmosphere. We re-imagined the faster, more upbeat songs from Peach (2016) and slowed them down into an acoustic, stripped-down set. Cover songs from iconic bands like the Sex Pistols, the Buzzcocks and the Equals, we tear ‘em up and piece ‘em back together the way we do when we sit down together and make ‘zines, tour posters and show flyers. Some of our original songs are covered by our close friends within this collection. We’re presenting this release through digital outlets so the songs are at their most accessible. So whatever’s happening in your life, here are some songs to help you take it all on: the good shit and the bad shit.”

Check out ‘Heavy Love’

Released digitally through Epitaph on 24 July, Good Shit, Bad Shit, Who Gives a Shit?! is available to pre-order here.

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THE GODFATHERS PART 2

Last week we premiered the video for one half of THE GODFATHERS’ storming new double A-side single. Now it’s time for the other half!

‘I’m Not Your Slave’ is coupled with ‘Wild And Free’, which is available on CD and limited edition 7″ vinyl exclusively from the band’s website.

Says frontman and band founder Peter Coyne, “Our bass player Jon Priestley (previously in The Damned) wrote the tune to ‘I’m Not Your Slave’ as well producing and engineering it, and I wrote the lyrics, concerning a political relationship rather than a personal one. Everyone in The Godfathers now (guitarists Richie and Wayne and drummer Billy) writes material or contributes toward numbers and we’re determined that our next album will be ultra-special.”

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HEALTHY JUNKIES UNVEIL NEW VIDEO!

London punks HEALTHY JUNKIES have just released a new video for the track ‘Some Kind Of Girl’ from their latest album Delirious Dream.

The band shot the video with director John Clay back in January before the world was turned upside down. John recently checked up on them to find out how they’re keeping mind, body and soul together during these testing times….

How are you passing the time in lockdown?

To start with, being locked down was a bit of a relief as we had been on the road constantly for 10 years, like being on a rollercoaster practically all the time. Even when we came home from a tour or series of gigs we would have to plan for the one which would soon follow. A life of excess takes its toll and after all we are meant to be ‘Healthy’ Junkies. So as a result of not gigging we were able to focus on finishing the recording of our next album which is funnily enough entitled Forever On The Road. It started off as the soundtrack to our USA tour diary but as time went on Nina added more and more vocals, Nina and Phil wrote loads of new lyrics, Dave added more basslines and Phil re-wrote and remixed much of what we had used for the soundtrack to the aforementioned tour diary. This in itself has taken a huge amount of time but it has definitely been worth it. We also have been able to edit the video footage for our new video ‘Some kind of girl’ which was shot back in January with you. Having edited the video and agreed on a final cut we have been full-on with promoting it in accordance with your PR masterplan. And you are certainly no slacker John! Other than that, Nina managed to win an ongoing battle with her neighbours who had decided at the beginning of lockdown to put up a huge fence partitioning off a large part of the shared garden at the back of her flat. I mean, who does that? The temptation was just to rip it down but instead we went through the due process with patience and persistence.  It took 6 weeks but in the end the neighbours were forced to remove the fence themselves in accordance with the terms of their contract and the law. A small but necessary victory.

The discrimination spoken about in your new song is details not being believed. Why do victims still face such prejudice?

The office environment is still predominately a patriarchal environment. Abuse of power is still going on and many people still fear for their jobs if they do not comply with what is suggested of them. Particularly young women who are trying to make a good impression at work, fit in as much as possible, not wanting to lose their job for financial reasons. They are vulnerable to such behaviour and it is 2020!! Many people exploit naivety and it has been like that for so long now that it still somehow seems to acceptable to that do it. Things are starting to change now due partly to the ME TOO movement. People are speaking up and aggressors are being called out. Nina – ‘When I arrived in London there was not this kind of support available, things were very different 15 years ago.’

What do you make of Trump’s rolling back on Trans rights?

Well this is pretty much what we would expect from Donald Trump. He’s taking away rights from the transgender community, they will no longer have equal rights for healthcare! And during a pandemic! He is clearly targeting a minority group and I suspect he’s doing this to secure votes from his huge middle American contingent. This will supposedly save the USA money too which plays right into the mindset of the many. He so often claims that Obama did nothing in his term and yet here he is rolling back on an Obama instated policy for his own agenda. And for maximum impact he announced this on the same day as the Florida gay club Pride massacre. The mind boggles frankly.

How do you feel about Rowling’s remarks in her defence of statements labelled transphobic?

J K Rowling dropped a clanger on twitter and the response was predictably massive. To then respond with what I believe was a huge essay about the abuse she suffered in her first marriage seemed like a bit of a distraction tactic. While not wishing in any way to underplay what was no doubt a horrible experience for her, it does not seem to really address her previous controversial comment. Maybe will choose her words a little more carefully in future. Still love her books of course…. Social media is a great tool when used well but can also be misleading, toxic and have catastrophic consequences if the words we choose are not accurate or sensitive.

Given the recent protests in London, how do you feel about the media’s handling of the BLM protests as opposed to the ‘counter-protestors’?

The media on the whole only seems interested in sensationalising for a more popular or notorious story. This has always been the case but nowadays with all the online news bulletins, fake news etc it is much worse. The press pick and choose what they think will sell more papers / get more views or whatever other agenda they have in mind. So you really have to cross check information. They seem to thrive on violence and unrest, it’s like they think throwing gasoline onto a fire will help!! As far as I know the proposed BLM march in London on Saturday was called off due to the potential clashes with counter-protesters. Yet we read about coverage of fights breaking out between BLM protesters and counter-protesters. So to answer your question, the media coverage is all too often biased.

Will there be any commentary on current events on your double album?

The new double album began as a soundtrack to our USA tour diary (available on DVD on our website) in autumn 2018 and was a musical description of that journey and all that came with it. There are 33 tunes in all, some are just over a minute long and the styles range from horror film soundtrack to trash grunge to piano and cello duets to psychedelic mayhem etc etc. While putting it together we used songs in a few cases (5) that were written before the tour simply because we thought they fitted. One of them was inspired by the mass exodus of people in the Africas and Middle East taking their perilous journey in search of a new life, it relates to a particular story that marked us about a boy called David who was one of the ‘Lost boys of Sudan’ (there were about 20,000 such kids). He fled his war-torn village in Sudan at the age of about 5 years old, separated from his mother, to Ethiopia where he spent many years in a refugee camp, then civil war forced him to Kenya, until he managed with UN help to make his way to the USA, get a university degree and start that sought-after new life. Despite the story being from the past, the displacement of people due to war or extreme poverty is still very much happening. The song is called ‘Underground City’. Another song written at around the same is about equality and it basically states that whoever we are, whatever we’ve done or not done we all up in paradise in the end. The French word for heaven is paradise, paradise sounded better! Some might use the term 6 feet under! It documents the life of a struggling person who battles for rights and seeks change. It is called ‘Stairs Of Life’. Sometimes it feels like you’re basically pissing in the wind, trying to do anything of worth or make a difference in such a huge monstrosity of a world that we now live in, but we are not quitters so we carry on striving.

What was it like working with Aaron from A Void during the video shoot?

Aaron, the super talented bass player and debonair of the rage machine that is the band A Void, was an absolute pleasure to work with and have on the set. He played a character that was so opposite to his own. A sinister-looking office predator. The required facial expressions and creepy mannerisms for the shots he was in have been nailed to a tee. He has a crazy energy about him that is infectious and we would not be surprised at all to see him in more roles as an actor in the future. We must also mention that the other 3 actors – Isabella Barter (who appeared in an episode of Black Mirror), Vicki Totten (from the band Dirty Ol’ Crow) and the one and only Stevie Bray also all gave stunning performances.

This is your third time being filmed by myself. Feel free to share any anecdotes from the past, near past and the latest shoot.

Every video we have done with you has been quite different. One of them was a live recording/video. But on all 3 shoots you have inspired us to give that little bit extra, put us in such a mind that we are able to free ourselves of anything outside of our performance. Your directing is planned out and executed with precision. Even when it isn’t planned it appears that it was. One of your tricks that stood out was the repositioning of each member of the band by, say, 10 feet each time (it was a very large room) for each shot. Difficult to explain but it certainly played tricks with the eye in the final cut. I (Phil) particularly appreciated you helping me up 3 flights of stairs with a heavy office desk (a prop) at 1.30 AM at the end of the shoot when pretty much everyone else was on the verge of passing out in a state of well-earned inebriation. We also remember filming the ‘I Can’t Stand Anyone’ video in an alleyway in Borough which was the location of a terrorist attack that happened a matter of days after. That gave an added lilt of sinister to the video.

When can we hope to see you live again and will there be more single/video releases from the album?

As it stands we do not know for sure when we will be allowed to play again. There are of course so many mixed messages from scientists and politicians about what the plan is and what we should and should not do. Our annual Punk and Roll Rendezvous festival at The Unicorn on 4-6 September will go ahead we hope. But nothing is certain. Second wave of the pandemic is predicted by most people so that would no doubt delay things. We are also due to go on another Lips Can Kill tour with our friends Tokyo Taboo, Yur Mum and Pollypickpocketz. That is scheduled for late October into November so we cross our fingers and toes and hope that we can get back out playing before all the remaining venues go bust due to inactivity. The venues are under threat, it is worrying. However, I must mention a couple of acoustic live streams that we are very excited to be playing: the Rebellion Festival on 5-8 August and also SORM (School Of Rock and Media) festival on 28 June.

As for new videos we will start putting another one together this week for a song called Last day in L.A. Dave is planning on filming himself in a skate park doing various stunts. Maybe we should get him a stunt double! Any offers? It will be the first single from the new album. We are very excited about getting this song out, it reminds us of the good times we’ve had on the road and about the many excellent folks we have met along the way. It’s a sunny song. We also filmed a video for the song ‘These Boots Are Made For Walking’ while we were in Hollywood. It needs a little more editing then it will be ready to go ! Plenty to get on with…

It’s been good chatting with you again John.

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THE GODFATHERS UNVEIL NEW VIDEO!

THE GODFATHERS have just unveiled a brand new video.

Nicely coinciding with the band’s 35th Anniversary, the direct statement of intent ‘Wild And Free’ is one half of a storming double-A-side single with ‘I’m Not Your Slave’ on the other. We reckon it’s classic Godfathers…

Says frontman and founding Godfather Peter Coyne, “This promo video was completed under lockdown using film of the group performing on the legendary Rockpalast TV show we’d recorded in Germany in March and sprinkled with quotes from John Carpenter’s cult classic They Live…”

Available on 7″ vinyl and CD, you can buy the single, and a rather swish array of Godfathers merch, here.

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SMELLS LIKE DEXATEEN SPIRIT!

Long-serving Southern punks THE DEXATEENS, unphased by Covid lockdown, are issuing a new download-only live album next month.

Live From Athens, GA – Heathens Homecoming 2020 was recorded, as the name implies, at the annual Heathens Homecoming show hosted by the DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS at the 40 Watt Club in Athens, Georgia on 13 February. The gig saw founding singer/guitarist Elliott McPherson and bassist (and also current Truckers member) Matt Patton joined by original guitarist/singer John Smith, who left the band in 2010. The line-up was completed by drummer Brian Gosdin.

The band’s set was recorded by producer and former SUGAR bassist David Barbe and mixed and mastered at his Chase Park Transduction Studios in Athens.

Formed in 1998 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, The Dextateens are little short of a Southern institution, maintaining a fluctuating line-up around McPherson and Patton with occasional breaks. Veering between full-on garage-punk plangent Americana and queasy whiskey-swillin’ Southern Rock, they’ve made six full-lengths for labels such as Estrus, Skybucket and Cornelius Chapel, who release the band’s most recent studio album Teenage Hallelujah in 2016.

Live From Athens, GA is set for release on 3 July through Cornelius Chapel and is available to pre-order exclusively through Bandcamp.

Check out ‘Makers Mound’ from the gig…

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THE URBAN VOODOO MACHINE VIDEO PREMIERE!

THE URBAN VOODOO MACHINE are back with a new self-isolation video which they’re launching exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘Shattered Dreams’ was originally on the group’s 2016 album Hellbound Hymns album and the song has been remastered by Alex McGowan at Space Eko for this digital single release which also features a dub remix of their previous single ‘Living In Fear’ by DJ Scratchy, tour DJ for The Clash as well as resident wax-spinner for the band’s club night Gypsy Hotel.

“Since our formation in 2003 this is the longest we have gone without doing a show, so we thought we’d jump on the bandwagon and make a self-isolation video,” explains ringleader Paul-Ronney Angel. “Thing is, so many of them are so boring and look like Zoom meetings and if it’s one thing that The Urban Voodoo Machine don’t do, is boring! We thought we’d bring our kids into it and have some fun with it – it’s all in there from home-schooling, baking, gardening, to clips from our online shows and general lockdown lunacy! It’s very different from any other music video we have made, but the again these are very different times we live in! Anyway, I hope this video will put a smile on people’s faces!”

The Urban Voodoo Machine has always been a large musical family and the video features, along with the main members of the London-based group, friends and collaborators from all over the world, from DJ Smutty Smiff in Iceland, to burlesque star Lalla Morte in Paris, their Holland-based members Tristan and Mark Gilligan and the last person P-R Angel played a live show with before lockdown, Headcat guitarist Danny B Harvey and his wife Annie Marie Lewis (niece of none other than Jerry Lee Lewis) from Austin, Texas!

The whole thing was edited by the band’s main photographer Sin Bozkurt in Cyprus!

Paul-Ronney and his wife Ane Angel host a live-stream gig – Live From Lockdown London – every Saturday from 8pm BST at the UVM Facebook page. FREE to view, donations can be made via PayPal to theurbanvoodoomachine@hotmail.com

‘Shattered Dreams’ is available digitally from Apple, Spotify and all the usual platforms.

The Urban Voodoo Machine’s new album $nake Oi£ €ngine is due for release later in the year.

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STATUES VIDEO EXCLUSIVE!

Swedish alt.rockers STATUES are back with a brand new video which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

The pummelling, corrosive ‘The Salt’ is taken from the trio’s second album Holocene, their first for Lövely Records, which follows of from their 2018 debut Adult Lobotomy.

The single is one of over forty songs the band wrote for the new album, whittling it down to a compact thirteen for the finished article, recorded in just three hours at Sandås Silence Studio with producer Christian Ramirez.

“‘The Salt’ is about environment anxiety and the apocalypse,’ says singer/guitarist Johan Sellman. “The lyrics play around with old ways of reading the future. Prophetic birds, tea leaves, swarm flights, and reading the future in tea leaves and salt. And now there’s all of a sudden a pandemic at our doorstep. Someone told us to be careful, we didn’t listen.”

Hailing from the town of Umeå in northern Sweden, the three members of Statues have been playing alongside each other on and off since 1991, in bands such as Starmarket, KVLR, and The Vultures, until launching in the current configuration in 2018.

‘The Salt’ is released on Friday 12 June, with the album set to follow in the Autumn.

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LAND OF THE LOST!

While we’re all sitting around twiddling our thumbs waiting to see if and when music venues will be opening up again, a fascinating new book takes a look back at some of London’s legendary venues and finds out what’s become of them.

The first release from the book publishing arm of London garage-punk label Damaged Goods, London’s Lost Music Venues takes a look back at over 60 years of the capital’s live music scene and the places that made it happen.

Historian, sometime promoter and brains behind the superb DerelictLondon.com website, across 240-plus pages, author Paul Talling focuses on more than 130 clubs, pubs, theatres, often providing firsthand recollection, pinpointing key moments, gigs and their impact on the various scenes down the years, ranging from jazz, skiffle, rock’n’roll and folk through mod, psych, pub rock, punk, indie, Britpop and more. Each entry is highlighted with present day photos as well as contemporary fliers and and memorabilia.

Memories likely to be rekindled include The Bull & Gate, The Tally Ho, Middle Earth, The Roxy, The 12 Bar, The Astoria and no fewer than four versions of the legendary Marquee, plus dozens more besides.

Priced £14.99, London’s Lost Music Venues is published by Damaged Goods Books on 25 June, and is available to pre-order here.

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WOLFHOUNDS AT THE DOOR!

Essex noiseniks WOLFHOUNDS are back with a brand new single and new album to follow.

‘Can’t See The Light’ is the first single to be taken from the album Electric Music, the Romford band’s seventh album which follows on from 2017’s Untied Kingdom (…Or How to Come to Terms with Your Culture).

“Musically, ‘Can’t See The Light’ has a discordant guitar line – perhaps carrying echoes of John Barry’s The Persuaders theme – until it reaches a desperate crescendo; this feeling is captured brilliantly by David Janes’ claustrophobic and darkly psychedelic video,” says Wolfhounds’ frontman David Callahan. “All tunnels eventually emerge into the sun (as David Janes’ accompanying paranoid and sick-a-delic video shows) but while you’re underground it can seem like darkness is perpetual and inevitable.”

Electric Music was recorded, engineered and mixed at Cosmic Audio, Epping by Collapsed Lung’s Ant Chapman and features sleevenotes by Stewart Lee.

Forming as teenagers in 1984, the Wolfhounds released four albums and toured extensively with the likes of My Bloody Valentine and The Wedding Present before splitting in 1990. An influence on bands from Nirvana and Manic Street Preachers to Fontaines DC, the band reformed in 2006, eventually delivering new material in the shape of the Middle Aged Freaks album in 2014.

Electric Music is released through A Turntable Friend Records on 3 July. It’s available to pre-order here.

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WONK UNIT VIDEO EXCLUSIVE!

Everybody’s favourite DIY punks WONK UNIT are celebrating summer with a brand new video which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘Summertime’ b/w ‘You’re Sick’ is being released as a digital or signed and numbered limited edition 7″ single on 29 May. It’s available to pre-order here.

The video is once again the work of renowned filmmaker Mark Richards.

“We all love sex, that’s why sex sells,” reasons keyboard-player Vez. “Sexiness is something to be celebrated and enjoyed. Lines start to get a bit blurred in music though when we begin to consider ‘female fronted’ as a genre, and the responses to the existence of women in the scene. This is something we’d discussed a lot as a band, and it can sometimes seem like the very presence of a woman in a band causes people to sexualise, regardless of whether sexiness was an intention. ‘Summertime’ was written as a tongue-in-cheek comment on this, as it is something probably all women in bands have experienced to some degree, and I’ve definitely felt it myself. It’s awesome and fun to own your sexuality and use it as power, as long as it’s on your terms. I like to think that’s what ‘Summertime’ is really about.

“We had an urge to put out something sexy with a big beat, something that would simultaneously work at a club but also as a punk song. ‘Summertime’ is supposed to be a sexy song whilst also being an observation of the way sexiness is harnessed in music.”

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BLUE PASSPORTS MATE!

Still railing against the nation from a state of lockdown, Kent punks RISKEE & THE RIDICULE have unveiled a lyric video for their Brexit-challenging new single.

‘Blue Jacket’ is the Ashford quartet’s darkly humorous observation on the UK’s decision to exit the European Union.

“We hate Brexit,” states frontman Scott Picking. “Musically it’s most likely going to cripple UK DIY touring bands on the mainland. Not only that, but with the way the world is so affected right now by COVID-19, we need unity more than ever. Nobody had a clue what they were voting for and people are still none the wiser and all divided.”

The band had a breakthrough year last year, appearing at the Rebellion and Boomtown festivals and releasing their third album and critically acclaimed debut for Bomber Music, Body Bag Your Scene.

‘Blue Jacket’ is available now from Spotify and all the usual digital platforms.

Buy Body Bag Your Scene here.

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MC16 VIDEO EXCLUSIVE!

One of the hottest new bands on our radar, MC16 are back with an incendiary new lyric video which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

Recorded in Worcestershire and produced by Dave Draper (The Wildhearts, The Professionals) ‘Brave New World’ is the follow-up to their Outvoted By Robots EP and armed forces mental health charity single ‘Sleeping On Cardboard’.

“The song is about words being more powerful than weapons in this current world,” says frontman Carson. “Someone says the wrong thing on Twitter and everyone is outraged… for days. Meanwhile some kid will get stabbed and those same people will be shocked, but will they be outraged? Will they ring their MP or the Police Commissioner to demand something is done about knife crime. No, because they are too busy being outraged on Twitter and hoping the person who said the wrong thing gets their comeuppance.

“Would I have got bullied at school if I had pretended my Dad was in the SAS. I can go online now and pretend to be whoever I want to be. My words have the power to create a new world for me to fake live in with all the other fakes.

“In this current crisis, when the first couple of thousand people died of the virus we were all shocked but now 600-800 people are dying every day and it’s just water off a duck’s back because Z-list celebrities are too busy making this crisis all about them and needing sympathy for being in lockdown and not asking for sympathy for the dead. Maybe some good will come out of it… Z-listers can’t get their botox done every month so their faces might become real again.”

‘Brave New World’ is available now via the band’s Bandcamp.

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L.A. PUNKS KICKIN’ OUT COVID!

A squad of punk and alt-rock luminaries have come together (while social distancing) to make a record to raise awareness and raise funds to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

‘Flatten The Curve’ features members of SUPERSUCKERS, THE RUNAWAYS, MINUTEMEN, THE ADOLESCENTS, SCREACHING WEASEL, THE STREETWALKIN’ CHEETAHS, PANSY DIVISION and more…

“I had the idea to assemble a group recording with each individual
recording themselves in their home studio, a sort of pandemic
sing-along. When even rehearsing and playing with four others in a room
became prohibited, it seemed like the next best thing,” says project producer Bruce Duff.

“The term ‘Flatten The Curve’ had just come into the public consciousness when Bruce called with the idea of doing a stay-at-home-themed benefit song that we could get a bunch of punk and alternative artists to jump on,” says Frank Meyer of The Streetwalkin’ Cheetahs. “It was kind of like ‘We Are The World’ but less cheesy and definitely not a power ballad!”

The project took two days of songwriting and then a week to assemble
and coordinate the recording of the full cast of characters, all of whom donated their time and talent while in self-isolation mode.

Those lining up to contribute included Eddlie Spaghetti (Supersuckers), Cherie Currie (Runaways), Mike Watt (Minutemen, Lisa Kekaula (BellRays), Steve McDonald (Red Kross, Melvins), Josie Cotton, Ben Weasel (Screeching Weasel), Deniz Tek (Radio Birdman), Michelle Balderama (LA Machina), Rich Jones (Michael Monroe) and loads more…

Proceeds from ‘Flatten The Curve’ will be split equally between the Jubilee Consortium and Sweet Relief Musicians Fund.

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PUSHING TIN!

Crap-happy Aussie punks SHIT TINNIES have just unveiled a brand new single and video.

Although based in Sydney, they are in fact a multinational arrangement, featuring a Brit, a Kiwi, a Serb and a Canadian and infuse their high-energy old-school punk with elements of ska, hip-hop and all points in between.

New single ‘Town’ is the first taste of the band’s second EP for Golden Robot Records’ punk imprint Riot Records, and follows on from last year’s self-titled debut EP.

‘Town’ is available digitally here.

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HE’S SO VAIN!

Aussie underground legend JOHN DOWLER is back with a new album with his current band THE VANITY PROJECT.

Dowler came to fame (of sorts) as frontman of Adelaide new wave powerpop band YOUNG MODERN who, at odds with the prevailing punk sound peddled by the likes of Radio Birdman and The Saints, burned brightly but briefly during the late 70s, leaving the posthumous album Play Faster.

Dowler go on to front Melbourne’s The Zimmermen during the 80s Australian underground explosion, best known for the jangling classic ‘Don’t Go To Sydney’.

12 Stitches, John Dowler’s Vanity Project’s second album, features ten new originals, plus covers of The Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds nugget ‘That’s Not Me’ and Split Enz’s first album classic ‘Time For A Change’.

12 Stitches is available now on CD and download from Half A Cow Records through Bandcamp.

On Friday 1 May, Bandcamp are waiving their fees so that profits from all sales will go directly to the artist/label.

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URBAN RENEWAL!

Fans of 80s post-punk/gothic-rockers INCA BABIES can delight that the band’s founder and songwriter HARRY STAFFORD is back with a new solo album.

Gothic Urban Blues finds Stafford working with a new band, featuring members of the Inca Babies and The Membranes, who take their name from his previous album Guitar Shaped Hammers, which came out in 2017.

The album finds Stafford moving away from the strident, caustic punk-blues of the Babies, in favour of a more reflective, haunted, piano-led sound closer to the likes of Nick Cave and Tom Waits.

“The unrelenting noise of the city, the sounds, the music, the traffic, with all its citizens shouting through the hubbub,” says Stafford about the album. “Trying to make a mark with incessant hunger and ruthless desire. All seeking their fortune in the grime. Some satisfied to be alive and some probing for their place among the immortals: someone to love, something to blow your mind and a ‘soul sonic vision’ to look beyond the vista in a penthouse demi-heaven. Half the dream of the urban city sprawl: all the sound of Gothic Urban Blues.”

Gothic Urban Blues is out now and available here.

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RAMBOW RISING!

Canadian rocker PHILIP RAMBOW is to have his back catalogue released as a new box set next month.

The Montreal native, who’s long been resident in the UK, is currently enjoying a resurgence with the release of Canadiana, his first new album in five years.

A man with a much-storied career, Rambow worked the early 70s pub-rock circuit with THE WINKIES, who would be recruited as BRIAN ENO’s backing band before splitting. Rambow went on to a new band with MICK RONSON, later co-writing KIRSTY MacCOLL’S Top 20 hit ‘There’s A Guy Works Down The Chip Shop Swear’s He’s Elvis’.

Across three CDs, The Rebel Kind – Anthology 1972-2020 brings together Rambow’s two albums for EMI – Shooting Gallery (’79) and Jungle Law (’81), plus his 2015 comeback album Whatever Happened To Phil Rambow?

The set is filled out with a wealth of bonus material, including four previously unreleased songs from his project with Ronson and an unreleased demo with Glen Matlock, Gary Holton and James Stevenson, coming right up-to-date with two songs from Canadiana.

Set for release on 29 May through Cherry Red, The Rebel Kind is available to pre-order here.

Canadiana is released on Friday 24 April through Fretsore Records and is available to pre-order here.

Check out Philip Rambow in action at Dingwalls, London in ’79…

You can read the full story of Philip Rambow in the new edition of Vive Le Rock! available here.

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SLAVE TRADING!

THE GODFATHERS have announced a brand new single for summer release.

The double-A-side single features two news songs – ‘I’m Not Your Slave’ and ‘Wild And Free’. Their release on 17 June marks thirty-five years to the day that the original line-up of the band played their very first gig together at London’s Embassy Club.

The two tracks were recorded just before the UK entered the lockdown period, and although they were written late last year, the lyrics of both songs eerily reflect the current situation.

Band frontman and founder Peter Coyne, describes the songs as “truly exciting, state of the art rock and roll”.  

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