NIGHTWATCHERS VIDEO EXCLUSIVE!

French melodic punks NIGHTWATCHERS have a new video, which they’re premiering today with Vive Le Rock!

‘Fellah’s Temptation’ is taken from the Toulouse quartet’s debut album La Paix Ou Le Sable – a political concept album – which was released through Lövely Records last year. The video is the work of by Xavier Girardot at l’Atelier de Pechbonnieu.

Concerning the early days of the Algerian war in 1954 – a conflict characterized by guerrilla warfare, maquis fighting, and the use of torture – ‘Fellah’s Temptation’ aims to raise awareness about the reality of the occupation and colonial violence that were systematically perpetrated throughout all French colonial territories during several centuries until as recently as 1962.

The band say “We believe it’s not possible to understand the present French society without taking into account its connections with the old colonial Empire.”

La Paix Ou Le Sable is available here.

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IMBECILES VIDEO EXCLUSIVE!

Anglo-Americana rockers THE IMBECILES have a new video which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘Decider’ is taken from the band’s debut album which is due out next month through Cadiz Music.

Filmed on location in the Texas panhandle, the video is the second of a triptych of films written by the band’s Butch Dante, focused on their main preoccupation: the fact that the world is ending and people should be kinder to each other while it does…

The imbeciles hit the UK in April for their first headline tour. Catch them at…

April 14th Leeds – Hyde Park Book Club
April 15th Glasgow – Hug & Pint
April 16th Tynemouth – Surf Cafe
April 17th Birmingham – Muthers Studio
April 19th Brighton – The Hope
April 20th Bristol – The Lanes
April 21st London – The Grace
April 22nd Manchester – The Castle

Tickets are available here.

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FOUR ENGINES BURNING!

Birmingham block rockers BLACK BOMBERS have announced a new addition to their ranks, and are breaking him in on a string of spring dates.

Founder members Dave Twist, Alan Byron and Darren Birch have now been joined by Ten Benson, and former The Name and Godfathers, guitarist Steve Crittall.

The band will be breaking Steve in with a show at the end of this month at The Barn at The Milton Arms in Portsmouth, where they’ll be opening for Duncan Reid and The Big Heads on 29 February. Tickets are on sale here.

The quartet are currently in the process of writing material for a band new album, but will be taking the odd night off to play some shows around the country.

Full dates are…

29 Feb – The Barn, Portsmouth (w/ Duncan Reid & The Big Heads)
19 Mar – Hare & Hounds, Birmingham (w/ Thee Hypnotics)
10 May – Westgarth Social Club, Middlesborough (Lee Brilleaux Tribute)
15 May – Gifford Arms, Wolverhampton
21 May – Dead Wax, Birmingham (w/ Alvin Gibbs & The Disobedient Servants)

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SUNDAY DRIVERS!

Fast rising roots rockers SUNDAY MORNING are set to make their live UK debut next month.

The band, from Cesena, Italy, have been picking up rave reviews for their succinctly-titled fourth album FOUR, which was released last May.

Having originally existed from ’98 to 2004, the band reconvened with a new line-up in 2015. One of the most reliable draws on the European roots and Americana circuit, they’ve recently shared stages with the likes of The National, Micah P Hinson and The Dream Syndicate.

Sunday Morning play the following dates in March…

Thurs 5 April – Railway Hotel, Southend-on-Sea
Fri 6 April – Biddle Bros, Hackney, London
Sat 7 April – What’s Cookin’, Leytonstone, London (w/ The Lucky Strikes)

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RANDY SAVAGES TAKEN TO THE CLEANERS!

Fast-rising London rockers RANDY SAVAGES have just dropped a video for their brand new single.

After returning from their Carbon Footprint Christmas Party Tour – taking in three countries in three nights – the band shot the video for ‘Rock’n’Roll Dies With Us’ in the vaults under Waterloo Station with punk rock video Ubermensch Mark Richards. It’s slated to be the first single off their (as yet untitled) debut album.

You can catch Randy Savages live in London when they play The Lounge in Camden with Gizz Butt’s JANUS STARK on Saturday 21 March – tickets – with a German tour commencing the first week of April.

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CRASHED OUT VIDEO PREMIERE!

North-East punks CRASHED OUT are back with a brand new video, which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

In no way to be confused with the Phil Collins song of the same name, ‘Against All Odds’ follows on from the Jarrow quartet’s last video ‘Still A Fighter’, which was premiered by Vive Le Rock! last September.

Formed a quarter of a century ago, Crashed Out are an institution in Tyneside punk, for their melodic and riff-happy hybrid of Oi and heavy rock, born out of a love as much for Motorhead, AC/DC and Rose Tattoo as The Clash, The Dickies and the Angelic Upstarts. They even had legendary Upstarts drummer Decca Wade in their line-up for a while.

The band have released five studio albums to date, along with a split release with L.A. punks The Generators, plus a live album. They’ve also found time to share stages with the likes of Rancid, NOFX, The Damned, Dead Kennedys, The Undertones, Stiff Little Fingers, Girlschool and more along the way. An anthem of sorts, ‘Against All Odds’ opens an explosive new chapter for the band.

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GLEN MATLOCK ON SCREEN!

Ahead of his UK tour later this month, Vive Le Rock cornered Glen Matlock to ask him his favourite TV and video appearances…

SEX PISTOLS – SO IT GOES 1976
So It Goes is a TV show. It was our first proper TV appearance in Manchester. It was Tony Wilson’s ‘What’s On’ kind of programme. That’s when all the shit really hit the fan for the first time. It was the one with Jordan in and John had a big barney with Clive James. It was all quite funny. I spoke to Tony Wilson (Factory Records) years later and he said, ‘That was the day that Clive James became and old man.’ He just didn’t get it! It was great to play, we did two songs but they didn’t broadcast one. ‘Problems’ was a warm up and ‘Anarchy In The UK’.”

RICH KIDS – TOP OF THE POPS 1978
“We were supposed to play live but all the camera men downed tools because it was too loud for them. We recorded it live but then when the camera came on we had to sort of mime. With early stuff, there’s not really any dedicated videos around.”

IGGY POP – OLD GREY WHISTLE TEST 1979
“The one broadcast on the show was ‘I’m Bored’. We went there and had worked out four songs to play. When we got there they asked us what songs we were gunna play and we told them four. They said, ‘Oh we were only expecting a couple of songs.’ And it caused a problem. The video director said ‘You got seven minutes.’ So we cobbled together a medley of three of them and then did ‘I’m Bored’. The medley was ‘Billy Is A Runaway’, ‘Fortune Teller’ and an old version of another song. Iggy was stubborn and wanted to do four. That night I remember I had the very first mod suit from Johnson’s and a red pork pie hat. When we walked in there was this guy dressed like a BBC sessions jazz player going, ‘What songs do you know then?’ And it was Tom Waits. As we walked in, he nicked my hat.”

STAY WITH ME – THE FACES REUNION 2010
“I played with Ronnie Wood and Mick Hucknell fronted on vocals. It was a proper TV thing at O2 Stadium. A great night playing with those guys.”

HAPPY – GLEN MATLOCK, SLIM JIM PHANTOM, EARL SLICK 2014
“The track takes on Pharell Williams ‘Happy’. It was produced by Mario McNulty and the video was directed by Paul Cockcroft. I’m proud of it, it’s got Earl Slick on guitar and Slim Jim Phantom on drums. I like it.”

WHAT’S NEXT?
“We’ve got nine show in the UK, we’re gunna do Finland and I’m gunna play with Dropkick Murphys in Boston and Canada. I keep writing songs and I keep going. It’s sounding good.”

Tickets on sale here.

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GET SMASHED WITH THE DROPKICKS!

DROPKICK MURPHYS have unveiled a new video ahead of their Alexandra Palace date next month.

The single ‘Smash Shit Up’ is backed with a cover of Scottish pop sensation Gerry Cinnamon’s ‘The Bonny’. Both tracks are available digitally from Apple, Spotify and all the usual platforms, and is available physically via the band’s webstore.

As previously announced, Dropkick Murphys play London’s Alexandra Palace on Friday 21 February, with special guests COCK SPARRER and JESSE AHERN. Tickets are available here.

The band have revealed that they’ll be releasing a new album in the Autumn, the follow-up to the US Top 10 album 11 Short Stories Of Pain And Glory.

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WHEN SATURDAY COMES!

Swedish melodic punks SATURDAY’S HEROES are launching a series of one-off singles with a brand new video.

Having already released a pair of full-length albums over the past couple of years, the Norrköping quartet will be releasing seven stand alone singles up until the summer of 2020, kicking off with ‘I Will Be Right There’, a song about about “loss, love and growing up”.

The video is the work of Markus Tertocha from Rusty Nail Productions.

‘I Will Be Right There’ is available through Lövely Records on Apple and Spotify.

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CITY KIDS VIDEO EXCLUSIVE!

New Northeast supergroup THE CITY KIDS have just released their debut single and are premiering the video exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

Put together by JJ Watt from THE MAIN GRAINS, the band also features Dennis Post (Warrior Soul, Flush The Fashion) and Berty Burton (Tigertailz).

‘Best Of You’ is the first track to be revealed from the newly recorded debut album which was produced by the band themselves and mastered by Wildhearts and Professionals producer Dave Draper.

The video is the work of Fuzzy McGlide, who’s been responsible for all the Main Grains’ artwork and most of their videos.

“The song is basically about not letting people’s opinions take your essence, don’t change for anyone, be true to yourself.” says JJ. “Recently, the three of us lost a close friend, Mikey Lawless, the bass player in Falling Red. This single is for sale online and ALL sales are going to help with his funeral costs, or be split between Macmillan and Marie Curie as they have been a massive help.”

‘Best Of You’ is available now from The City Kids’ Bandcamp.

There’s also a Go Fund Me page.

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HOT RODS KEEP ROCKIN’!

The surviving members of EDDIE & THE HOT RODS have announced that they’ll be playing a series of dates throughout 2020 in memory of founding frontman Barrie Masters.

Masters sadly passed away suddenly last October following the band’s decision to retire from touring at the start of the year. Following encouragement from fans worldwide, and at the insistence of Barrie’s family, the band have decided to carry on playing live, with bassist Ian ‘Dipster’ Dean stepping up to the mic.

The band’s line-up is completed by longtime members Simon Bowley on drums and guitarist Richard Holgarth, with bassist Mic Stoner joining the band.

The dates kick off with an appearance at the Great British Alternative Festival at Butlins in Minehead, and culminate with a London show at the Red Lion Ballroom, Leytonstone on 3 October, the first anniversary of Masters’ death. The band will be joined on various dates by DEPARTMENT S* and DUNCAN REID & THE BIG HEADS**. Full dates are…

Feb 28 Minehead Great British Alternative Festival
Apr 17 Chelmsford Football Club*
Jun 6 Coombes Glastonwick Festival
Jun 11 Putney Half Moon*
Jun 12 Leicester Musician*
Jun 13 Barnard Castle TCR Hub*
Jun 14 Barnoldswick Music & Arts Centre*
Jun 19 Brighton Patterns*
Jun 25 Sheffield Greystones*
Jun 26 Buckley The Tivoli*
Jul 4 Harlow Latton Park
Sep 4 Cardiff The Globe*
Sep 12 Whitwell Festival
Sep 18 Guilford Holroyd Arms*
Sep 19 Nottingham Rescue Rooms*
Sep 25 Cambridge Junction**
Sep 26 Norwich Epic Studios**
Oct 3 London Red Lion Ballroom

Tickets are available via the band’s website.

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A DOSE OF THE CHATS!

Aussie punk poster-boys have announced the release of their debut album with another run of UK dates and a wince-inducing new video.

‘The Clap’ is taken from High Risk Behaviour, and features guitarist Josh Price on vocals.

The trio from the Sunshine Coast have come along way since ‘Smoko’ went viral, earning them the personal approval of both Iggy Pop and Queens Of The Stoneage, who both invited the band to guest on Australian tours.

High Risk Behaviour has taken 18 months to record as the band dropped into engineer Billy Garner’s studio in Geelong, Victoria during breaks in touring. Says bassist/singer Eamon Sandwith, “If we’d just done a week and slogged it out we could have had an album before now but we just kept going in there and making newer and better songs so it’s hard to put a stop on it. Some of the songs were first-take and we were like, ‘That’s good, whatever’. We’re really not perfectionists.”

Although courted by various labels in a high-pressure bidding war, the trio chose to stick with their own Bargain Bin imprint, firmly entrenched as they are in their DIY ethic.

“We thought, if we just do it ourselves we don’t have to worry about getting swindled,” says Sandwith. “We’ve always done it our way.”

High Risk Behaviour is released on 27 March on Bargain Bin Records via Cooking Vinyl Australia. It’s available to pre-order here.

Fri 16 Oct – Southampton, 1865
Sat 17 Oct – Nottingham, Rock City
Sun 18 Oct – Bristol, 02 Academy
Mon 19 Oct – Ireland, Dublin, Olympia
Tue 20 Oct – Belfast, Limelight
Thu 22 Oct – Glasgow, Galvanizers
Fri 23 Oct – Leeds, Stylus
Sat 24 Oct – Newcastle, Boiler Shop
Sun 25 Oct – Manchester, 02 Academy
Mon 26 Oct – Brighton, Dome
Wed 28 Oct – London, Electric Brixton
Thu 29 Oct – London, Electric Brixton

Tickets go on sale here at 10am on 24 January.

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HATCHER’S BRITAIN!

Lancashire psych-punk duo THE LOVELY EGGS herald a new album with a new single and video.

‘This Decision’ is the first track to be revealed from the new album I Am Moron, which is set for release via their own Egg Records label on 3 April. It follows on from their acclaimed 2018 release This is Eggland and once again is co-produced and mixed by Flaming Lips and MGMT producer David Fridmann.

I Am Moron takes its bearings from the observations by Holly Ross and David Blackwell on the deteriorating state of Brexit-era Britain and the world in general. ‘This Decision’ is the duo’s attack on greed and mindless consumerism and a fierce defence of the thoroughly independent no-frills lifestyle they have chosen to pursue.

“For the video we wanted something with the pedal to the frigging floor,” explains Ross. “The track is pretty intense so we wanted something to match that and to take a pop at the moronic relentless capitalist culture that we’re surrounded by these days.”

The Lovely Eggs head out on tour in support of the album. Cathc them live at…

Thur 9 Apr – The Cluny, Newcastle
Fri 10 Apr – The Brudenell Social Club, Leeds SOLD OUT
Sat 11 Apr – The Castle & Falcon, Birmingham
Sun 12 Apr – The Bullingdon, Oxford
Mon 13 Apr – The Fleece, Bristol
Tues 14 Apr – The Loft, Southampton
Wed 15 Apr – The Portland Arms, Cambridge SOLD OUT
Thur 16 Apr – Komedia, Brighton
Fri 17 Apr – The Garage, London
Sat 18 Apr – Gorilla, Manchester SOLD OUT
Fri 1 May – The Mash House, Edinburgh
Sat 2 May – CCA, Glasgow

Tickets are available here.

‘This Decision’ is our now and is available on limited edition vinyl and digitally here.

I Am Moron is available to pre-order here.

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ARE YOU GOING TO SCARBOROUGH PUNK FESTIVAL?

Punk comes to the Yorkshire coast this spring for the Scarborough Punk Festival.

Headlined by THE SKIDS and ANTI-NOWHERE LEAGUE, the one-day event takes place at the Scarborough Spa on Saturday 28 March.

A very impressive bill also features PETER AND THE TEST TUBE BABIES, CHELSEA, 999, THE RAMONAS, HUNG LIKE HANRATTY, MENACE, HOT ROCKETS, KINGCROWS and THE VIBRATORS.

The festival proper will be preceded by an intimate pre-show party on Friday 27 March at The Tipi Venue, featuring EXTREME NOISE TERROR, MAU MAUS, ANTI-SYSTEM, WAR ALL THE TIME, CHARRED HEARTS, SATANIC MALFUNCTIONS and ACTIVE MINDS.

Tickets are available here. The first 200 earlybird tickets sold out within minutes so get in quick!

It’s worth noting that the town’s full of very cheap hotels and B&Bs this time of year, so get booking now and make a weekend of it!

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ROTTEN TO THE CORE!

Mining a rich seam of Swedish garage-punk, ROTTEN MIND are back with a new video and album.

‘Beat Of The Street’ is the second single to be taken from Rat City Dog Boy, the Uppsala quartet’s fourth album, which follows last year’s misleadingly-titled Fading Into Oblivion.

Speaking about the album’s title, guitarist/singer Jakob Arvidsson says, “We practically live on the streets, in the bars and in our rehearsal room in Uppsala; the dark and twisted city with a long history of rock music and especially punk. For us, taking inspiration from the nights in Uppsala and putting it on tape was an essential part of writing this album.”

Rat City Dog Boy will be released on vinyl and download through Lövely Records on 7 February.

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MORECAMBE PUNK FESTIVAL

Last month, punks brought sunshine to Morecambe. Vive Le Rock packed our buckets and spades.

Off we go to the seaside once again for three days and nights of fun at a proper DIY punk festival. Day One kicks off with PAUL CARTER bringing his own brand of humour to the proceedings and he goes down like a spoonful of honey. SINFUL MAGGIE played a stomping set that left me wanting more. Quality. PICTURE FRAME SEDUCTION had to have a stand-in bass-player but they did not suffer in any way and they delivered every song with confidence. Next up for me was PARANOID VISIONS. This was one of the highlights of the weekend and the place was packed with happy punters. Animated does not come close.

Saturday rolls around with an early start of 12 o’clock. A healthy crowd had already gathered in anticipation of the days proceedings. A band that I had never heard before was RED LONDON and I am so glad that I caught them live. Top energy and great tunes. SYSTEM OF HATE have been delivering quality gigs from day one but this one was a bit special as it was Dave Guilford’s last gig with the band. Good luck with the future Dave. FACE UP smashed it and Rox really has got stage craft nailed. GIMP FIST have always gone over my head but I think I have been converted. Highly enjoyable.

And then it’s Sunday. THE YALLA YALLAS woke the crowd up with some proper anthems. Top job. THE DELINQUENTS played to a full room and the joy as they played was infectious. Time for a bit of old school Goth with 1919. Another highlight for me. ANTI PASTI did what they do and as a three-piece they do it oh so well. Absolutely brilliant. The weekend was rounded off with the infectious EASTFIELD. They never fail to bring a smile to my face.

All in all a fantastic weekend that was run by a great team of volunteers. Take a bow people.

Gerry Underwood

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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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