DON’T THINK ABOUT IT, JUST MUET!

Chicago post-punks MUET are set to release their debut album this week and they’ve just unveiled a new video to coincide.

‘Muscle’ is taken from the self-titled album which is set for release on Friday 22 March through Metropolis.

Fronted by singer Steven Seibold, with Daniel Evans on guitar and bass and Vince McAley on drums, the band has a pedigree born of experience in
post-industrial bands like Pigface, Chemlab, Die Warzau and Hate Dept.”

Speaking about the making of the video, the band say it “… was the first time we had all actually played in the same room together as a band. We made the album entirely by remote due to our singer living a few hours away from the rest of the band in Chicago. We traded files back and forth, the band recording demos and sending them to Steven and he would send vocal takes back. Somehow, it seemed to gel quickly. So, we’re actually playing together for the first time in this video, and we are really playing, not miming along to the song like most videos. We were so excited and perhaps a little nervous to put all the pieces together and play, that it seems to give the video an endearing quality. The editing was done by Vince McAley, while our friend Myles Arwine did a phenomenal job capturing and directing the footage. We can’t thank him enough.”

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SUMMER IN JAPAN!

MICHAEL MONROE, THE DAMNED and THE INTERRUPTERS are heading to Japan this summer to appear at the 20th Anniversary of their Summer Sonic Festival.

The event takes place at Maishima Sonic Park, Osaka and Zozo Marine Stadium, Chiba over the weekend of 16-18 August. Other acts performing include Rancid, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Babymetal, Bing Me The Horizon, Weezer, Zebrahead, The Struts, The Lemon Twigs and more…

Tickets are on sale here.

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THE CIRCUS COMES TO TOWN!

Fast-rising Carlisle youngsters HARDWICKE CIRCUS are heading out for a tour of the South-East at the end of the month.

The six-piece, who’ve recently been taken under the wing of pub-rock pioneer and Stiff Records founder Dave Robinson, have just been in ex-Vibrator Pat Collier’s Perivale Studio recording a new EP with the legendary Terry Edwards (Higsons, Gallon Drunk, NJE) in the producer’s chair.

“We have been looking forward to getting to grips with the South Coast for a good while to bring our Carlisle music down to the sea,” says frontman Jonny Foster.

“This tour will be great for The Hardwickes,” adds Robinson. “Playing a lot of dates in Kent and the South Coast will show them off big time.”

The band pile into their new tourbus for dates at…

Fri 29 Mar – Vinyl Tap, Preston
Sat 30 Mar – The Cavern, Raynes Park, London
Sun 31Mar – Balabam, Tottenham, London
Thur 4 Apr – Ramsgate Music Hall, Ramsgate
Fri 5 Apr – The Lighthouse, Deal
Sat 6 Apr – The Half Moon, Putney, London
Sun 7 Apr – Latest Music Bar, Brighton
Mon 8 Apr – The Holroyd Arms, Guildford
Tue 9 Apr – The Railway Hotel, Southend
Wed 10 Apr – Hotel Pelirocco, Brighton
Fri 12 Apr – Blackmarket VIP, Hastings
Sat 13 Apr – The Rose & Crown, Walthamstow, London
Sun 14 Apr – The Duke of Cumberland, Whitstable
Thur 18 Apr – The Bedford, Balham, London
Fri 19 Apr – The Magic Garden, Battersea, London

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PUNKS CELEBRATE INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY!

Brighton punk label Grow Your Own is releasing a new compilation celebrating International Women’s Day on Friday 8 March.

No One’s Little Girls features 16 tracks by women in bands – “from teens to grandmothers” – including contributions from HAGAR THE WOMB, THE MENSTRUAL CRAMPS, WERECATS, BRATAKUS, THE FLEAS, COMBAT SHOCK, PUSSYLIQUOR, LOUISE CHALLICE, MINDFRAME, KISS ME KILLER and more. All profits from sales will go to various grassroots women’s charities.

Say the label: “It showcases the depth of female talent that has always been there but has not always been visible, and the explosion of younger women bands with the confidence and attitude to match their musical flair. The comp contains unforgettable, melodic pop punk guitar riffs to hardcore, dub influenced and acoustic tracks.”

No One’s Little Girls is available on limited edition coloured vinyl, CD and download from Bandcamp.

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GIUDA UNVEIL NEW SINGLE!

Rome’s finest rock’n’roll export GIUDA return with a brand new single.

The typically footstompin’ ‘Overdrive’ is taken from the band’s forthcoming new album E.V.A., release details and pre-orders for which will be announced this Friday 8 March by Rise Above Records.

‘Overdrive’ is available on vinyl from the Rise Above Webstore and digitally from iTunes and Spotify.

As previously announced, the band play London’s 100 Club on Saturday 4 May. Support comes from THEE DAGGER DEBS and SUICIDE GENERATION Tickets are on sale here.

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LITTLE VILLAINS VIDEO EXCLUSIVE!

The long-awaited debut album by LITTLE VILLAINS, the band founded by legendary MOTÖRHEAD drummer Philthy Animal Taylor, is finally to see the light of day. And the band are premiering a new video exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

Philthy formed the band with guitarist/vocalist James A Childs and bassist Owen Street in 2006, recording Philthy Lies in Palm Springs, California the following year. But, what with one thing and another, the band was never really able to take off. The death of Taylor in 2015 looked like the end of the project.

Childs and Street felt the tracks deserved to be heard, however, and signing to Heavy Psych Sounds, and now joined by drummer Chris Fielden, they’re ready to unleash Philthy Lies – and the video ‘Running Around’ – on the public, in noisy tribute to their friend and drummer.

“‘Running Around’ is the second single from the Philthy Lies album,” say the band. “Like a feel good summer hit featuring James’ vintage riffing and tales of hopeless devotion delivered with the unmistakeable classic backbeat of Philthy Animal Taylor!”

Philthy Lies will be released by Heavy Psych Sounds on 29 March. It’s available to pre-order here.

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BACK IN THE REDRUTH!

Cornish psych warriors HANTERHIR return next month with not one, but TWO new compilations.

The releases follow on from the Redruth six-piece’s widely acclaimed triple album The Saving Of Cadan, which could be found nestling in various Albums Of The Year lists last year.

Bucking the trend for a Friday release, both albums will surface on Tuesday 5th March, St Piran’s Day, celebrating Cornwall’s patron saint.

The fifteen-track Our Hour comprises a ‘best of’ from the band’s ten-year back catalogue of now extremely hard-to-find albums and EPs, including the super-rare singles ‘Radio Song’ and ‘F#’.

Released through Easy Action, it’s available to pre-order on CD here and digitally from iTunes.

Songs We Learned In Cornish features eleven tracks sung in Cornish or with another link to the county: ‘Carn Marth Song’ one of the band’s oldest songs, refers to the ancient and mysterious hill outside Redruth, while ‘St Day Song’ is about the feast dance held annually in that village.

“I’ve always thought that bands should sound like where they’re from,” explains frontman and songwriter Ben Harris. “Singing in Cornish is a connection for me to where I’m from and a much more genuine feel… even though I can’t really speak Cornish. One of the main things I wanted Hanterhir to portray was the fact that Cornwall has this whole non-English identity, and although I love the idea of the UK and Europe etc, there is a definite difference between Cornwall and the rest of England. Singing In Cornish just reinforces this.”

Songs We Learned In Cornish can be pre-ordered on CD here and digitally through iTunes.

Hanterhir play a special release-day launch party at Hillbilly’s, Falmouth on 5th March. They’re currently planning more dates and festival appearances for later in the year.

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ALICE COOPER ANNOUNCES SHOWS!

Detroit rock legend ALICE COOPER returns to the UK for a bunch of arena dates this Autumn.

Following on from his previous UK dates, where he was joined The Damned, Alice has dug out his punk address book once more and recruited THE STRANGLERS as special guests.

The shows will be opened by fellow Detroit rocker Wayne Kramer and his MC50.

Full dates are…

4 Oct – Manchester – Manchester Arena
5 Oct – Aberdeen – Event Complex
7 Oct – Leeds – First Direct Arena
8 Oct – Brighton – Brighton Centre
10 Oct – London – The O2
11 Oct – Birmingham – Resorts World Arena
12 Oct – Cardiff Arena

Tickets go on sale here on Friday 22 February at 10am.

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HAWKWIND AT 50!

HAWKWIND have announced full dates for their 50th Anniversary Tour.

The dates lead up to their previously announced show at London’s Royal Albert Hall on 26 November.

The spacerock legends originally formed in the Ladbroke Grove area of West London in November ’69, playing their first gig as Group X at Notting Hill’s All Saints Hall, before changing their name to Hawkwind Zoo, then Hawkwind.

The band released their self-titled debut album, produced by The Pretty Things’ Dick Taylor, in August 1970. Their most recent album was last year’s acoustic The Road To Utopia.

Full dates are…

Mon 11th Nov York Opera House
Tues 12th Nov Ipswich Corn Exchange
Wed 13th Nov Basingstoke Anvil
Fri 15th Nov Manchester Albert Hall
Sun 17th Nov O2 Academy Glasgow
Mon 18th Nov Cambridge Corn Exchange
Tues 19th Nov Bristol Anson Rooms
Wed 20th Nov Cardiff Tramshed
Fri 22nd Nov Nottingham Rock City
Sat 23rd Nov Birmingham Town Hall
Sun 24th Nov Leamington Spa Assembly Rooms
Mon 25th Nov Guilford G Live
Tues 26th Nov Royal Albert Hall London

Tickets are available from www.hawkwind.com

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ESSEX VENUE UNDER THREAT!

A fight is on to save legendary Southend music pub, The Railway Hotel.

Situated on the Essex shores of the Thames Estuary, Southend-on-Sea and environs have a long history as a haven for rock’n’roll and the birthplace of such major bands as Procol Harum, Dr Feelgood and Eddie & The Hotrods and in more recent times, The Horrors, These New Puritans and Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly.

The pub, in the town’s Clifftown Road, has become central to the town’s music scene over the past decade, with memorable gigs from the likes of Wilko Johnson – a pub regular – The Jim Jones Revue, Vic Godard, Glen Matlock, Earl Slick, Steve Ignorant, Chas Hodges, Steve Hooker, The Lucky Strikes, James Leg, Barrence Whitfield & The Savages, TV Smith, The Lovely Eggs, JD Hangover, Electric Six, Fallen Leaves, Walter Lure, The Nightingales, Bob Log III and loads more.

Not just a venue, the pub has become a major cultural and community hub, supporting numerous creative, charity and homeless projects.

Last December, having run the pub for ten years, and faced with mounting costs to preserve the fabric of the building, hosts Dave and Fi Dulake – who also gig as drums/organ duo The Tuppenny Bunters – decided too move on.

Given the current climate, and the possible threat of a negative impact on the community, the pair recently changed their minds and decided to stay on. Their financial worries haven’t gone away, however, so friends of the pub have set up a GoFundMe page in an attempt to give something back, ease the couple’s burden and preserve the pub as a venue for generations to come. For more info and to contribute, go here.

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ZEROS HIT THE U.K.!

Legendary Cali punks THE ZEROS are set to play their first ever dates in the UK next month!

The band sometimes referred to as ‘the Mexican Ramones’ came together in high school in Chula Vista, Southern California in 1976. Their original four-piece line-up featured singer and guitarist Javier Escovedo – the middle of the three super-talented Escovedo brothers – and guitarist Robert Lopez – later to find fame as ‘Mexican Elvis’, El Vez. They signed to the legendary Bomp! label and the following year released the classic single ‘Wimp’ – later covered by the Hoodoo Gurus – backed with ‘Don’t Push Me Around’. Originally splitting in 1980, they reconvened for a new album in ’95 and this time round have been active since 2007.

Still featuring Escovedo and drummer Baba Chenelle, The Zeros play the following dates…

1 Mar – Shacklewell Arms, London (w/ Johnny Throttle & The Speedways)
2 Mar – Temple Of Boom, Leeds (w/ The X-Ray Eyes)
3 Mar – The Chameleon, Nottingham (w/ The Eviltones)
4 Mar – Pipeline Club, Brighton (Randy Savages)

Tickets for the London gig are available here.

Check out ‘Don’t Push Me Around’

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STIV FILM GETS U.K. PREMIERE!

A new documentary on legendary DEAD BOYS frontman STIV BATORS is to get its UK premiere next month.

Born 70 years ago, the charismatic singer was the original embodiment of the self-destructive punk frontman with Cleveland, Ohio’s DEAD BOYS before embarking on a solo career. He went on to team up with members of SHAM 69 in THE WANDERERS. His greatest success came in the mid-80s with THE LORDS OF THE NEW CHURCH alongside The Damned founder Brian James, Dave Tregunna from Sham 69 and ex-Barracudas drummer Nicky Turner.

The succinctly-titled Stiv, which features heaps of rare and unseen footage, as well as new interviews with all the major players in the singer’s life, is to receive its UK premiere on 24 March at the Regent Street Cinema, London as part of the Soundscreen Festival, presented in conjunction with Vive Le Rock! The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the film’s director Danny Garcia.

Tickets are available here.

Watch the trailer…

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FRANKLYS NEW TRACK EXCLUSIVE!

THE FRANKLYS are back with a killer brand new EP and they’re unveiling the first track exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘Not Guilty’ is taken from the EP Framed, which is set for release on 5 April.

The band tell us that, “lyrically, the record takes a look at the current state of the world’s affairs, whether that be on a small scale, such as in ‘Small Town, Small Talk’, or on much wider reaching issues. For example, ‘Mayday’ takes a swipe at the massive mess of the Brexit vote and its subsequent fallout. The songs deal with an increasing obsession with gossip, news and a lack of empathy fuelled by portrayals of unobtainable perfection found on some social media.”

Having completed no fewer than four European tours in 2018, the band return to the road this Spring, kicking off with four UK shows – including a London album launch – before heading to Germany, Austria and The Netherlands. Full dates are…

09/03 – The Horn, St Albans UK
16/03 – Acoustic Couch, Bracknell UK
11/04 – The Finsbury (EP Launch), London UK
13/04 – The Royal Standard, Hastings UK
24/04 – Kult 41, Bonn DE
25/04 – 7er Club, Mannheim DE
26/04 – Horrible Punk Festival, Bludenz AT
27/04 – Club Voltaire, Neu-Isenburg DE
30/04 – Molotow, Hamburg DE
02/05 – Slow Club, Freiburg DE
03/05 – Pink Pank, Rotterdam NL
04/05 – Sonic Ballroom, Cologne DE

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OLD FIRM CASUALS VIDEO EXCLUSIVE!

THE OLD FIRM CASUALS have a brand new video which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

The rousing ‘Motherland’ is taken from the San Francisco street-punks’ new album Holger Danske, which is set for release through Pirates Press Records.

Since being put together by RANCID frontman Lars Frederiksen in 2010, Old Firm Casuals have released more than a dozen EPs and split singles, as well as full-length debut This Means War, in 2014. They’ve since been joined by virtuoso guitarist Gabe Gavriloff for what they believe is their finest work yet.

Taking its inspiration from Frederiksen’s Danish roots, the album is named after one of the country’s national heroes. “There’s not much known about him, although he was a real guy,” explains Frederiksen. “As the fable goes, he lives in the basement of a castle, and when Denmark is attacked, he will rise out of his chair and defend Denmark. In World War II, my uncle Vigo joined a Danish resistance movement called Holger Danske to fight against the Nazis. The Danish national team even put Holger Danske on their World Cup jersey.”

Not backward in sharing his opinions, Frederiksen has once again used his lyrics to give voice to his feelings on the sate of the world. “I used to think people like George Bush and Ronald Reagan were bad, but now they got this fuckin’ guy?” he says, exasperated. “I do my talking in music; I don’t try to preach to people. I think it turns people off. But music is a place where I can be artistic and also have my own opinion. A lot of these songs have this underlying theme of your immortality, and how temporary this life we lead is, and the fighting of oppression and fascism.”

The band are touring the UK and Ireland to coincide with the album release, kicking off in Belfast on 31 January. Catch them at…

THUR 31 JAN – EMPIRE MUSIC HALL – BELFAST
FRI 1 FEB – BUTTON FACTORY – DUBLIN
SAT 2 FEB – JACARANDA RECORDS PHASE ONE – LIVERPOOL
SUN 3 FEB – THE HAIRY DOG – DERBY
TUES 5 FEB – BANNERMAN’S – EDINBURGH
WED 6 FEB – AUDIO – GLASGOW
THUR 7 FEB – RIVERSIDE – NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE
FRI 8 FEB – STAR & GARTER – MANCHESTER
SAT 9 FEB – LYMEDALE BAR & RESTAURANT – NEWCASTLE UNDER LYME
SUN 10 FEB – THE CASTLE & FALCON – BIRMINGHAM
TUES 12 FEB – THE KEY CLUB – LEEDS
WED 13 FEB – ESQUIRES – BEDFORD
THUR 14 FEB – THE FLEECE – BRISTOL
FRI 15 FEB – THE FLAG – WATFORD
SAT 16 FEB – UNDERWORLD – LONDON

Holger Danske will be released digitally on 15 February through all the usual platforms, with a physical release on 15 March through Pirates Press Records in the US and Demons Run Amok in Europe.

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GODFATHERS DECLARE WAR!

With a series of dates around the corner, THE GODFATHERS have announced the release of a new limited-edition live album.

The 15-track This Is War! – The Godfathers Live! is set for release this coming Monday 21 January. The CD will only be available from the band’s website and at the forthcoming shows, while it will also be available from iTunes and all the usual platforms.

As previously announced, the band play four UK gigs next month, culminating in their traditional St Valentine’s Day Massacre show at London’s iconic 100 Club. They’ll then be embarking on a series of European club and festival dates.

Originally formed in 1985, the London band have been enjoying a new lease of life since the release of the widely acclaimed A Big Bad Beautiful Noise album in 2017. They’re currently writing material for a new studio album to be released in 2020 to coincide with the 35th Anniversary of their formation.

The Godfathers play…

8/02 – MIDDLESBROUGH – Westgarth Social Club tickets
14/02 – HEBDEN BRIDGE – Trades Club tickets
15/02 – NORWICH – The Waterfront tickets
16/02 – LONDON – 100 Club tickets

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McDERMOTT’S FINAL HOURS!

South-Coast folk-punks McDERMOTT’s 2 HOURS are to release their final album next month.

The band were formed in Brighton in 1986 out of the ashes of two other bands, The Bliffs and The Crack, who’d cut their teeth on the German pub scene. Fronted by singer-songwriter Nick Burbridge, they would earn a reputation for incendiary live shows, becoming a major influence on THE LEVELLERS and other likeminded souls.

Besieged, which is set for release on 8 February, sees Burbridge and co collaborating with Jeremy and Simon from The Levs, plus members of renowned folk-rockers OYSTERBAND.

Released through The Levellers’ On The Fiddle label, Besieged is available to pre-order as a 2-CD set, featuring a ‘best of’ compilation. Pre-ordered copies will also be signed by Burbridge.

Also available through all major digital platforms, pre-orders from iTunes will receive an instant FREE download, plus two other tracks ahead of release.

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MR HAPPY CHAINSAW UNVEIL CHARITY SINGLE!

Essex pop-punks MR HAPPY CHAINSAW return with a brand new single and video.

‘Safe Place’ was recorded at Manor Studios, Braintree and all proceeds from sales will got to mental health charity CALM – Campaign Against Living Miserably.

CALM are dedicated to preventing male suicide, the single biggest killer of men under the age of 45 in the UK. CALM provide support to men in the UK, of any age, who are down or in crisis someone to talk to either by calling 0800 585858, or via webchat on their website

The band have organised an all-day CALMival at The Wheatsheaf, Witham on Saturday 26 January, featuring sets from Laurence Crow, 3 Foot High, Counties, Fatality, Shooty and the Bang Bang, Lemoncurd Kids, Audrey Ripper with more to be confirmed.

‘Safe Place’ is available to download now from Bandcamp.

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NEW YEAR HANGOVER!

Hotshot blues-punk duo J.D. HANGOVER are set to reissue their acclaimed debut mini-album on vinyl next month. 

The pair, from Florence, Italy – who have been likened to Suicide meets Lightnin’ Hopkins – originally surfaced during autumn last year with the original CD, cassette and download release through Italy’s Annibale label.

Since then, they’ve played several high profile shows with the likes of BOSS HOG, LYDIA LUNCH, PiL and a gig at London’s Borderline with THE SCIENTISTS.

Following a string of uniformly excellent reviews, the release has been picked up Berlin label Hound Gawd! – responsible for releases by THE FUZZTONES, TH’ LEGENDARY SHACKSHAKERS and JIM JONES & THE RIGHTEOUS MIND – who decided to give it a vinyl release in honour of those classic 12” mini-albums popular in the 80s.

J.D. Hangover is a spin-off project of Stiv Cantarelli and Roberto Villa from STIV CANTARELLI & THE SILENT STRANGERS – Italy’s answer to The Gun Club – whose most recent album, Banks Of The Lea, received considerable praise on its release in 2014.

“When you start something out of nothing, solely based on your feelings or on your needs in that single moment, it may not always be a joyful ride,” explains Cantarelli. “But when you see this thing grow, when you see that smile on the face of the people at gigs or the urge that they have to try to talk to you in order to get a piece of the action well, it makes you feel you’re on the right path.

“It’s been an interesting year for J.D.Hangover. We shared many stages with people that we used to listen when we were kids. We found a way to express ourselves in a way that never happend before: from the guts. Every night with a different output. Happy, sad, angry, hopeless. All ended up in the music we played. We met idols, followers, strangers, people who walked in by chance. And from all of them we managed to have a reaction. Ashtonishment, curiosity, excitement, loathing. Never indifference though, and that’s our biggest achievement. We played from the heart to the heart, and we touched some. ‘Cause, you know, we’re all Frankies.”

The six-track J.D. Hangover is set for release on 11 January and is available to pre-order here.

Check out the video for ‘Barrelhouse Queen’…

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