COCK SPARRER’S EARLY YEARS COMPILED!

East London street-punk legends – and Vive Le Rock award-winners – COCK SPARRER are to get their first four albums compiled in a new box set this month.

The four-CD Cock Sparrer: The Albums 1978 – 1987 kicks off with the band’s rare self-titled debut, originally only released in Spain, and bolstered here by 5 bonus tracks. This is followed by the now classic Shock Troops album, fully remastered from the original tapes and also including three bonus tracks.

Disc three is their third studio album Running Riot In ’84, with the set completed by the 1987 live album Live And Loud!!

With the whole project overseen by Sparrer guitarist Daryl Smith, with full input from the rest of the band, the set is rounded out with a fully illustrated booklet.

Released through Captain Oi! on 29 June, Cock Sparrer: The Albums 1978 – 1987 is available to pre-order here.

This will be followed in August by Cock Sparrer: The Albums 1994 – 2017, which brings the extremely influential band’s story right up to date, culminating in last year’s acclaimed album Forever.

Cock Sparrer play the following dates…

July 15 – Spain, Barcelona -Barnanroll

Sept 7 – Denmark, Copenhagen, -Lille Vega

Sept 8 – Germany, Hamburg -Knust

Sept 16 – Germany, Berlin -SO36

Oct 26 – Germany, Leipzig -Conne Island

Nov 3 – Germany, Oberhausen -Kulttempel

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OWN THE SLITS’ SCRAPBOOK!

If you’ve seen the superb SLITS documentary Here To Be Heard, you’ll understand the significance of bassist Tessa Pollitt’s scrapbook, which charts the life of the band from 1976 through a goldmine of cuttings, photographs and notes.

Now Vive Le Rock‘s book publishing arm Extradition Books has recreated that very document in all its glory. The 72-page replica contains dozens of contemporary reviews, interviews and news items from the likes of Sounds, NME, Melody Maker and Zig Zag, not to mention various horrified tabloids! There’s also numerous gig fliers and colour photographs documenting this unique band.

Says Tessa, “I started collecting cuttings from the old press (no internet in those days!) from 1976 onwards. This was the scrapbook era. I also loved taking photos from childhood, and have continued on an instamatic camera ever since, some of these included in this scrapbook. It was [director] William Badgley’s idea to use my scrapbook as a starting point to base the documentary around, an idea that proved to be successful. I hope you enjoy the insight into the story of The Slits and the visuals, which include personal photos from Palmolive, Christine Robertson (our manager) and myself. The Slits exist. Yours truly – Tessa Pollitt.”

The Slits – News, Cuttings & Scraps is available now priced £25, including a DVD of the Here To Be Heard film from Vive Le Shop.

Read a review of Here To Be Heard in the latest edition of Vive Le Rock!

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CAMDEN ROCKS BECOMES TWO-DAY EVENT!

Following on from the success of this year’s event, CAMDEN ROCKS head honcho Chris McCormack has announced next year it will be expanded to TWO DAYS!

On Saturday 2 June, for the 6th year running, Camden Rock brought more than 8,000 fans to the North London rock’n’roll enclave to see and hear over 200 acts – including PiL, British Sea Power, Maximo Park (pictured), The Professionals and more – performing at 20+ different venues.

So successful was the event that they’ve decided to double up and make it a two-day event in 2019. A limited number of earlybird day and weekend tickets are available now for the festival which takes place over Saturday and Sunday 1 and 2 June. Get them here!

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THE CHURCH PLAY U.K. DATES!

Aussie legends THE CHURCH have announced a handful of UK dates following their sold-out Meltdown show next week.

As previously announced, the band join the PSYCHEDELIC FURS at London’s Royal Festival Hall on Friday 15 June as part of the festival curated by THE CURE’s Robert Smith.

The following weekend, they take over West London’s Bush Hall for A Weekend Crusade. On Saturday 16 June, the band will be playing selections from their albums Starfish and Hologram Of Baal, celebrating their 30th and 20th Anniversaries respectively. On Sunday 17 June, they’ll be performing their classic 1982 album The Blurred Crusade in its entirety. Both days will also feature film screenings and solo sets. Tickets are available here.

The band then head north to play dates in Sheffield (18/6), Newcastle (19/6) and Glasgow (20/6) playing shows in support of the latest album Man Woman Life Death Infinity. They’ll be joined on these dates by UK-based Australian artist Suzie Stapleton. Full dates are below…

Check out the video for ‘I Don’t Know How I Don’t Know Why’

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ZERO HOUR FOR THE SPITFIRES!

Watford mods THE SPITFIRES return with a new album this summer and have unveiled a new video as a taster.

‘Remains The Same’ is the first single to be taken from the album Year Zero, which is set for release through Hatch Records on 27 July. It’s available to pre-order here.

In three years, the band’s infectious brand of ska, punk, reggae and soul has seen both their previous albums Response and A Thousand Times reach the top end of the Independent Albums Chart, as well as denting the national Top 100.

The band hit the road this Autumn for a lengthy series of dates that will take them into the New Year and includes a London show at the Islington Assembly Hall. Full dates are….

Fri 05 Oct – Southend, Chinnerys
Sat 06 Oct – Norwich, Arts Centre
Fri 02 Nov – Dover, Booking Hall
Sat 03 Nov – Brighton, Patterns
Fri 09 Nov – Leamington Spa, Zephyr Lounge
Sat 10 Nov – London, Islington Assembly Hall
Thu 15 Nov – Birmingham, Hare & Hounds
Fri 16 Nov – Glasgow, Broadcast
Sat 17 Nov – Edinburgh, Mash House
Fri 23 Nov – Bristol, Fiddlers
Sat 24 Nov – Exeter, Cavern
Thu 29 Nov – Newcastle, Cluny
Fri 30 Nov – Carlisle, Old Fire Station
Fri 07 Dec – Leeds, Hi Fi Club
Sat 08 Dec – Northampton, Roadmender

Fri 25 Jan – Belfast, Limelight 2
Sat 26 Jan – Dublin, Workman’s Club
Fri 08 Feb – Sheffield, Plug
Sat 09 Feb – Manchester, Gorilla
Fri 15 Feb – Hull, Fruit
Sat 16 Feb – York, Fibbers
Fri 22 Feb – Cardiff, The Globe
Sat 23 Feb – Liverpool, O2 Academy 2

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VIC GODARD’S PRISON SONGS!

Original punk legend VIC GODARD is the subject of a new charity compilation.

Singing A Song In Prison: The Songs Of Vic Godard features 13 tracks written by the great man and covered by a diverse array of artists and compiled for the benefit of Amnesty International by Liverpool musician Joe McKechnie.

Bands featured include ORANGE JUICE, THE BLUE ORCHIDS, THE JESUS AND MARY CHAIN, ADVENTURES IN STEREO, THE BITTER SPRINGS, THE KINGFISHERS, ADAM WALTERS and more.

Available to buy digitally from Bandcamp, 100% of all profits go directly to Amnesty International.

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POPLAR CONSENT!

Rising London street-punks EAST END BADOES launched their new album A Punk Rock Sound With An East End Beat last month – with a full supporting cast! – at London’s 100 Club. Vive Le Rock‘s Tony Ghirardi was there…

EAST END BADOES
The 100 Club, London
The 100 Club was the evening’s destination for Human Punk’s four band offering of East End Badoes, The Violators, Knock Off and Geoffrey OiCott, and there was the added attraction of it being the Badoes album release gig.
The evening kicked off with Yorkshire Cricket based Oi band, Geoffrey OiCott. Dressed in their obligatory cricket whites, they warmed up the 100 Club with their tongue-in-cheek renditions ‘Dawn Of The Dickie Birds’, ‘Robin Hood Was A Yorkshire Man’ and ‘Glory Glory Garry Thompson’, which was changed to ‘Glory Glory Eric Bristow’ in recognition of the darts player’s recent death.

Knock Off (left) were next up, a three piece from Watford with a couple of cracking albums and singles under their belts. They are an ultra-hardworking band and it really shows with their tight professional set which included crowd favourites ‘Are You Offended’, ‘Jack The Ripper’ and their terrace chant, ‘Football, Beer And Punk Rock’ which always goes down a storm.

UK82 returned to the 100 Club in the shape of The Violators (below). Having been back together since last year’s appearance at Rebellion, great things were expected of them. After overcoming some initial bass amp problems, they put in a blinding set of old favourites, with ‘Summer Of ‘81’ and ‘Gangland’ being the highlights. 

The stage was now set for the East End Badoes to make their first ever album launch. There was a large following for them, most of whom piled down the front of the stage to join in the fun. The majority of tracks, as expected, were from the new album, like ‘Poplar Boys’ and ‘Trouble On The Streets’, all were very well received by those in attendance. The band played at full tilt and at one point Mark’s snare drum broke; until a new one was found, a member of the audience offered his prosthetic leg to use! A great, fun evening which ended with a few of the crowd on stage adding vocals for ‘Trouble On The Streets’ and their cover of The Professionals ‘1-2-3’.
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LORDS OF ALTAMONT HIT LONDON!

L.A. garage-punks THE LORDS OF ALTAMONT blow into the U.K. for a one-off London show this weekend.

The long-serving band play a special Dirty Water Club night at The Finsbury, Manor House on Saturday 19 May. Support comes from Italian psych-rockers THE LYSERGICS and poultry-punks FRYD CHIKIN.

Tickets priced £11 are available here.

Formed in 2000 out of the ashes of surf-punk legends THE BAMBORAS, The Lords Of Altamont has released 7 albums on various labels, while their revolving door line-up has featured members of The Fuzztones, The MC5 and The Cramps. This London date is part of a full European Tour in support of current album The Wild Sounds Of The Lords Of Altamont, released last autumn.

Check out the video for the single ‘Going Downtown’.

Buy The Wild Sounds Of… here.

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THE DARTS ANNOUNCE U.K. LAUNCH SHOW!

Fast-rising US garage-punks THE DARTS return to the UK next month.

The Phoenix/Los Angeles band turned a lot of heads when they played The Finsbury in London last may at what for many was gig of the year.

Now more than a year later, they’ve lined up a show at Nambucca, Holloway on Tuesday 26 June at the front of their next European jaunt, and as a launch for their new album due out through Dirty Water Records. Support comes from transplanted Kiwis, THE CAVEMEN.

Tickets priced £9 are on sale here.

Full tour dates below….

 

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LONDON SHOW FOR HOLY JOY!

South London post-punk evergreens THE BAND OF HOLY JOY are to play a special show in North London later this month.

The gig takes place at Bones & Pearl, Markfield Road, Tottenham on Sunday 27 May. An impressive supporting cast features sets from HOWLROUND VS TIME ATTENDANT, MYSTERY CULT NO.2, STEPH HORAK, HECTOR GANNET, ANNE GARNER, BEN CON CELLO BAND and COLDLIPS, plus DJ sets from Ali Makiavelli and Subterraneans.

Tickets priced £10 are on sale here.

Formed in 1984 in New Cross by Tyneside emigre Johny Brown, the Band Of Holy Joy had a triumphant year last year with the widely acclaimed new album Funambulist We Love You and the double compilation album of their 80s recordings for Flim Flam Records, Clouds The Break The Sky.

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INTERRUPTERS PUT UP A FIGHT!

L.A. ska-punks THE INTERRUPTERS return with a first video from their new album.

‘She’s Kerosene’ is taken from Fight The Good Fight, the band’s third album, which is out through Hellcat on 29 June.

The follow-up to 2015’s Say It Out Loud, Fight The Good Fight was produced by longtime collaborator, Rancid frontman, and Grammy Award-winning producer Tim Armstrong with the band at Ship-Rec Recorders in Los Angeles. The album was mixed by another Grammy winner, Tom Lord-Alge (Blink-182, Fall Out Boy, Weezer).

The track ‘She’s Kerosene’ reflects on breaking free from narcissistic abuse. Says frotnwoman Aimee, “I really hope when people listen to that song, it helps them feel empowered to leave a toxic relationship.”

The Interrupters are performing at the Punk in Drublic festivals across the US. On July 14, the band will join the final run of the US Vans Warped Tour.

Fight The Good Fight is available to pre-order here.

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WE ARE THE RODENT CREW!

Fast-rising powerpop-punks LUCY & THE RATS have announced the release of their debut album.

The self-titled debut album was recorded in Denia, Spain and produced by Johnny Casino and Detroit garage rock maven Jim Diamond. It’s set for release through Dirty Water Records on 25 May. It’s available to pre-order here.

Brought together in London in 2015 by Aussie punk legend Lucy Spazzy, since then they’ve travelled the world and toured the UK as special guests to BUZZCOCKS.

Lucy & The Rats are just one of the bands appearing at the Vive Le Rock/Some Weird Sin Powerpop Weekender at The Finsbury, London on 28/29 July.

Also appearing over the weekend are headliners THE BARRACUDAS and DIRTY FENCES, plus LOS PEPES, BABY SHAKES, PROTEX, ROLE MODELS, TV CRIME, FAZ WALTZ, RANDY SAVAGES, MORE KICKS and THE SPEEDWAYS.

Tickets are on sale here.

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FAZ WALTZ UNVEIL NEW VIDEO!

Italian powerpoppers FAZ WALTZ have just released a video for their new single, ‘Julie’.

The single is taken from the band’s sixth album Double Decker which is out now through Contra Records. It’s available to buy now from their website.

Hailing from Cantù near Lake Como, the trio have been around over a decade and favour the same 70s bootboy beats as their Roman colleagues GIUDA.

Faz Waltz are just one of the bands appearing at the Vive Le Rock/Some Weird Sin Powerpop Weekender at The Finsbury, London on 28/29 July.

Also appearing over the weekend are headliners THE BARRACUDAS and DIRTY FENCES, plus LOS PEPES, BABY SHAKES, PROTEX, ROLE MODELS, TV CRIME, LUCY & THE RATS, RANDY SAVAGES, MORE KICKS and THE SPEEDWAYS.

Tickets are on sale here.

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NEW D.O.A. ALBUM ARRIVES!

Canadian punk legends D.O.A. return with a new studio album next month.

Fight Back, which is set for release on 1 May, follows on from the band’s previous album Hard Rain Falling in 2015.

The Vancouver band have gone through numerous line-ups since they evolved out of THE SKULLS in 1978. Thei latest configuration sees founding frontman/guitarist Joe ‘Shithead’ Keithley joined by Paddy Duddy on drums and Corkscrew on bass.

Allegedly the first band to use the term ‘hardcore’ in reference to punk, the band have clocked up a whopping 17 studio albums and have played upwards of 4,000 shows on five different continents.

Exhibiting a strong activist ethic, the band has played numerous benefit gigs and staged protests supporting such causes as environmental issues, women’s rights, food bank benefits, and stood against war, racism, weapons proliferation, and countless other causes.

At one time an aspiring civil rights lawyer, as well as author of a book entitled TALK – ACTION = 0, Keithley has recently declared that he is standing for Mayor in his hometown of Burnaby, British Columbia on behalf of the local Green Party, announcing via Instagram,  “I am going to fight for grassroots democracy where everybody’s voice is heard! I will put a stop to the heartless Demovictions that are a disgrace to Burnaby, BC and Canada. The Burnaby Greens will work towards making Burnaby a greener and more sustainable city.”

In May, the band kick off a series of 40th Anniversry dates across the US, with MDC in support. They play….

5/21 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Metro Music Hall
5/22 – Colorado Springs, CO @ Black Sheep
5/23 – Fort Collins,CO @ Hodi’s Half Note
5/24 – Denver, CO @ Streets Of London Pub
5/26 – Las Vegas, NV @ Punk Rock Bowling Festival
5/29 – Laguna Niguel, CA @ Karmann Bar
5/30 – West Hollywood, CA @ The Viper Room
5/31 – San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick

6/02 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Rebel Lounge
6/03 – Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad
6/04 – El Paso, TX @ Lowbrow Palace
6/05 – Harlingen, TX @ Hop Shop
6/06 – Austin, TX @ Barracuda
6/07 – Houston, TX @ The Secret Group
6/08 – San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger
6/09 – Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Bar and Grill
6/10 – Tulsa, OK @ Shrine
6/12 – Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room
6/13 – Des Moines, IA @ Lefty’s Live Music
6/15 – Billings, MT @ The Pub Station
6/16 – Spokane, WA @ The Pin!

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BOOZE AND GLORY VIDEO EXCLUSIVE!

Award-winning street-punks BOOZE & GLORY have a new video which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘The Time Is Now’ is lifted from the band’s acclaimed album Chapter IV, their debut for Burning Heart Records, released in March last year.

Produced by Jaka Curlic (JZA CREW / PunkRock Holiday), the video was shot on tour at the end of last year and is the last to feature departed guitarist Liam.

The band recently walked away with the New Blood Award at the inaugural Vive Le Rock Awards held at the O2 Academy in London.

Having already clocked up over 100 shows worldwide since the release of Chapter IV, they now head off on a tour of the USA and Canada, briefly returning to Europe before heading for Australia. Full dates are…

19.04 – Reggies Rock Club – Chicago, IL, USA
20.04 – Sanctuary – Detroit, MI, USA
21.04 – Hard Luck – Toronto, Ont, Canada
22.04 – Coop Katacombes, Montreal, Canada
24.04 – Fuze Box, Albany, NY, USA
25.04 – Kung Fu Necktie, Philadelphia, PA
26.04 – Brighton Bar – Long Branch, NJ, USA
28.04 – Hard Core Stadium, Cambridge, MA, USA
29.04 – Dover Brickhouse – Dover, DE, USA
02.06 – Paddy Fest, Aerzen – Germany
15,06 – Vaudeville, Lindau (Bodensee) – Germany
16.06 – With Full Force Fest, Grafenhainichen – Germany
30.06 – Ultra Chaos Picnic Fest, Zelebsko – Poland
06.07 – Duycker, Hoofdorp – Netherlands
07-08.07 – Ruhpott Rodeo Fest. Bottrop – Germany
15.07 – Mighty Sounds Fest Tabor – Czech Republic
04.08 – Pol’And’Rock Fest, Kostrzyn – Poland
05.08 – Xtreme Fest, Albi – France
09.08 – Endless Summer Fest, Torgau – Germany
24.08 – Reload Festival, Sulingen – Germany
30.08 – Spirit Fest, Niedergorsdorf – Germany
01.09 – Tattoo Convention, Augsburg – Germany
20.09 – Crown And Anchor, Adelaide – Australia
21.09 – Bendigo Hotel, Melbourne – Australia
22.09 – Transit Bar, Canberra – Australia
23.09 – Valve Bar, Sydney – Australia
25.09 – Rad Bar, Wollongong – Australia
26.09 – Hamilton Station Bar, Newcastle – Australia
28.09 – Crowbar, Brisbane – Australia

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LOUISE DISTRAS UNVEILS NEW SINGLE!

LOUISE DISTRAS returns this month with a new single and a string of dates.

‘Land Of Dope And Glory’ is a first taste of Louise’s forthcoming, as yet untitled, album, set for release this Autumn. The album follows on from her hugely successful and highly acclaimed debut album Dreams From The Factory Floor, first released in the UK 2013 and throughout the rest of the world in 2015.

The new album was recorded in Oakland, California with Ross Petersen (Bruce Springsteen, Goo Goo Dolls, ) and Steve Whale of The Business In the producers’ chairs.

Speaking about the single, Louise says, “G.O.D. stands for gold, oil and drugs. Because in a world where God is money, it feels like the constant consumer manipulation that we as people face on a daily basis from big corporations and government stands against everything we value as human beings; peace, love and understanding.”

Louise heads out on tour this week, playing St Albans tonight and winding up at Camden Underworld on 10 May. Full dates are….

11 April – St. Albans, The Horn
12 April – Newport, Le Pub
13 April – Stowmarket, John Peel Centre
14 April – Tunbridge Wells, Forum Basement
15 April – Southampton, The Joiners
17 April – Nottingham, The Bodega
19 April – Preston, The Ferret
20 April – Bridgwater, The Cobblestones
23 April – Stoke on Trent, The Underground
24 April – Newcastle, The Cluny
25 April – Glasgow, Audio
26 April – Hull, The Polar Bear
28 April – Birmingham, The Castle & Falcon
29 April – Selby, Pop Punk Pile Up
10 May – London, The Underworld

Tickets are available here.

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BRIAN JAMES: NOT SLOWING DOWN!

While THE DAMNED have been basking in the limelight of their new album, original band founder BRIAN JAMES hasn’t been idle, revealing a brand new video as a taster for an expanded reissue of his hard-to-find debut solo album, as well as announcing a London date.

Brian James was originally recorded in 1990 following the break-up of James’ 80s band THE LORDS OF THE NEW CHURCH. It was released on French label New Rose, formed a decade earlier, its name taken from the James- penned Damned debut single.

Reissued on 27 April through Easy Action Records, the album has been fully remastered for vinyl with two bonus tracks, new artwork and liner-notes by Brian. It’s available to pre-order here.

Brian recently went into the studio in Brighton, with drummer Malcolm Mortimer (who played on the original album) and bassist Austin Gayton, to make a video for the track ‘Slow It Down’. The video was shot by Tim and Poppy from fast-rising Birmingham garage trio TABLE SCRAPS.

“Although we’d factored in the usual amount of time for bands to take rests and to fuck up a few takes, Brian, Austin and Malcolm didn’t miss a single beat,” reveals Tim. “They had more energy and enthusiasm during the shoot than any teenage band I’ve filmed or seen play and it’s clear that Brian lives and breathes rock’n’roll.”

Brian James has just announced a show at The Lexington in London on 28 June, with Table Scraps as support. Tickets are on sale here.

Brian is currently working on his autobiography.

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HOW MUDLOW CAN YOU GO?

Brighton punk-blues stalwarts MUDLOW are to issue a career retrospective next month.

Marking the trio’s 16th Anniversary, Waiting For The Tide To Rise comprises 11 tracks of 12″ vinyl, drawn from their two albums Mudlow Country and Sawyers Hope, and from the Minnesota Snow EP. A CD edition adds 6 tracks from their most recent EPs, Letter To Louise and Crackling.

Check out the video for ‘Damn Your Eyes’.

Originally coming together in 2002, Mudlow rose from the ashes of noir-rockers and Dave Vanian favourites CRAWL LIMBO. Releasing their debut album in 2004, they became regulars on the UK punk-blues scene, sharing stages with the likes of SEASICK STEVE, BLACK DIAMOND HEAVIES and BOB LOG III at their earliest UK shows, and touring Europe and the USA.

Intending to release a vinyl LP of their EPs as well as reissuing their debut album, the two ideas were combined when the German Label Stag-O-Lee stepped in and offered to release Waiting For The Tide to Rise.

Catch them on the following dates….

Fri 13 April – The Prince Albert, Brighton (album launch w/ Miraculous Mule) tickets
Sat 21 April – Vinyl Revolution, Brighton (Record Store Day instore)
Sat 30 June – Dark Holler Festival, Poole, Dorset tickets

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