SAVAGES SELL OUT!

Hotly-tipped London rockers RANDY SAVAGES have just released a live mini-album.

The five track It’s A Sellout was recorded in front of a sellout audience at London’s 100 Club in November last year where the band were performing as special guests to WONK UNIT.

It’s available now as a download from Bandcamp with physical copies available in the New Year.

Trading in high-energy R’n’B-fuelled punk rock’n’roll, the well-travelled band have three shows this week in Northern Ireland, the Netherlands and Belgium before returning to complete their debut full-length studio album which is due out in the spring.

Catch them at…

Thurs 12 Dec – The Berliner, Belfast
Fri 13 Dec – Swaf, Amsterdam
Sat 14 Dec – De Roes, Ghent

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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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FACE THE MACHINA!

Two ex-members of much-touted Arizona/California Vox-rockin’ quartet THE DARTS have teamed up in a new outfit.

Guitarist/singer Michelle Balderrama and drummer Rikki Styxx have hooked up with ex-CIVET and TURBULENT HEARTS singer/bassist Suzi Moon in explosive power trio L.A. MACHINA, fusing heavy psych grooves with powerhouse rock’n’roll.

“We’re kinda like Josie & The Pussycats,” Moon says. “But with LSD and way more distortion.”

The trio have already sparked the interest of Alternative Tentacles, and have been lined up for Punk Rock Bowling in Las Vegas next spring. Check out their debut video ‘Teenage Head’ – not the FLAMIN’ GROOVIES song!

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RMBLR VIDEO EXCLUSIVE!

Hot-to-trot Georgia rockers RMBLR are back with a brand new video which they’re launching worldwide today with Vive Le Rock!

We first wrote about the band – pronounced Rambler – back at the start of 2017 when we premiered their track ‘Name Game’ from the EP Territory released through Fat Possum.

The video for ‘Serious’, whose footstomping rough-house rock’n’roll straddles ’77 punk, glam and greasy street-rock, was directed, edited and shot by noted Atlanta filmmaker Video Rahim, who’s also responsible for clips by the likes of Mastodon, Biters and Blackberry Smoke.

First released at the start of last year, ‘Serious’ is available to buy here.

With members hailing from Baltimore and Atlanta, Rmblr emerged out of the touring line-up of notorious East Coast proto-punks DINOS BOYS. Among their influences, they cite Chuck Berry, The Saints, Coloured Balls and The Kids, and that’s good enough for us.

We reckon you’re gonna be hearing a whole lot more from these guys. Seriously.

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THE PROFESSIONAL TOUCH!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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THE PROJECTION PRINCIPLE!

Swedish gothic post-punks A PROJECTION release their new album in the UK this week.

Section is the Stockholm quartet’s third album, following on from 2015’s Exit and Framework in 2017. The album is their first release since the departure of their original vocalist, with bassist Rikard Tengvall taking his place at the front of the band.

Formed in 2013, the band were inspired by dark proto-goth post-punk acts like The Cure, Sisters Of Mercy and Joy Division along with the electronica of Kraftwerk and Depeche Mode.

Section is out now through Metropolis Records. It’s available to buy here.

Check out the video for the single ‘Lucy Shrine’…

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LEE ‘SCRATCH’ PERRY EXCLUSIVE!

Jamaican music pioneer LEE ‘SCRATCH’ PERRY has a new album out next week and he’s premiering a track from it exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘Heavy Rainford’ is taken from Heavy Rain, a dub companion to the Upsetter’s most recent album Rainford, released in June and co-produced with dub maestro and On-U Sound head honcho Adrian Sherwood.

Musicians on Heavy Rain include stalwarts from Sherwood’s regular collaborators Tackhead, Dub Syndicate and Creation Rebel, along with special guests including Brian Eno, who contributes to a re-working of the Rainford track ‘Makumba Rock’, aptly re-christened ‘Here Come The Warm Dreads’.

‘Heavy Rainford’ features the talents of Skatalites and Bob Marley trombone legend Vin Gordon and UK harmonica ace Alan Glen, known for his work with Little Axe, Nine Below Zero and Jeff Beck.

Heavy Rain is available on black or silver vinyl, CD and download from Friday 6 December through On-U Sound. It’s available to pre-order here.

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BREMNER REVS UP!

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

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

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

Catch Billy Bremner’s Rockfiles at…

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

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

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CLASH COUNTRY ROCKERS!

The music of THE CLASH is to be celebrated in a special show in London in the New Year.

Americana Clash!, part of AmericanaFest UK, will see a host of names from the UK folk and Americana scene playing a selection of songs from the Clash repertoire at the Oslo venue in Hackney on Monday 27 January.

The Clash and Americana, are of course, inextricably linked. When Texan songwriter JOE ELY played The Venue in London’s Victoria in 1978, The Clash were in attendance and artist and band would spend the next few days hanging out at various establishments around town including Dingwalls and The Hope & Anchor. The following year, both bands would play the famed Armadillo World Headquarters venue in Austin, while Ely would support The Clash on their London Calling tour in 1980, hooking up whenever The Clash found themselves in Texas.

Much later, during the sessions for JOHNNY CASH’s final album, Joe Strummer would join Cash on a recording of Bob Marley’s ‘Redemption Song’.

Apparently, the two Joes had planned to record an album together in Mexico, a project that was derailed when Strummer sadly passed away in December 2002.

Artists performing at the Americana Clash! event include FRANK TURNER, GRACE PETRIE, DANNY WILSON (of DANNY & THE CHAMPIONS OF THE WORLD), PETER BRUNTNELL and more.

Proceeds from the gig will go to the Joe Strummer Foundation and Hackney Winter Night Shelter.

Tickets are on sale here.

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HOWARD’S WAY!

Legendary Australian musician ROWLAND S HOWARD is to be celebrated with a night at London’s Royal Festival Hall next year.

The Melbourne guitarist came to prominence after joining the band BOYS NEXT DOOR, who would morph into THE BIRTHDAY PARTY, launching the career of NICK CAVE.

Following The Birthday Party’s split in 1983, Howard would join CRIME & THE CITY SOLUTION with his brother Harry before forming THESE IMMORTAL SOULS. He would go on to collaborate with numerous musicians including LYDIA LUNCH, NIKKI SUDDEN, EINSTURZENDE NEUBAUTEN, JEFFREY LEE PIERCE and HENRY ROLLINS.

Diagnosed with terminal liver cancer, Howard released his second solo album Pop Crimes shortly before his death in January 2010.

Howard’s song ‘Shivers’, written when he was 16 and first recorded with the band THE YOUNG CHARLATANS, has since become an Aussie standard.

The show Pop Crimes, at the Royal Festival Hall on 12 February, will feature Howard’s music performed by bandmates Harry Howard, Mick Harvey, Genevieve McGuckin and JP Shilo with Conrad Standish in place of the late Brian Hooper, along with special guests including Bobby Gillespie, Lydia Lunch and more to be announced.

Tickets are on sale here.

Howard’s two solo albums Teenage Snuff Film and Pop Crimes are being reissued in honour of the his 60th birthday, which would have been in October this year.

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TAKE THE TUBE!

Swedish rockers BEAT CITY TUBEWORKS have just re-released a video from their debut album.

The video for the wah-wahtastic ‘Rat Race’ and the accompanying album I Just Cannot Believe It’s The Incredible Beat City Tubeworks were initially released by the Jönköping quartet back in 2016.

Now signed to The Sign Records – also home to Grande Royale and Märvel – the band are having the album re-released on vinyl, CD and download on 6 December.

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BRIEFS ENCOUNTER!

Legendary Seattle punks THE BRIEFS hit the UK next month for a rare London date on their European tour.

Inspired by the likes of the Undertones, Buzzocks and The Toy Dolls, these bleach-blonde buzzsaw brats have been going since 2000, when they released their debut album Hit After Hit, spawning the stop-start punk disco floorfiller ‘Poor And Weird’. Since then, they’ve release six albums with this year’s Platinum Rats, for Damaged Goods, coming after a long absence from the racks.

Sharp-eyed readers will also recognise frontman Steve E Nix and bassist Stevie Kicks from powerpoppers THE CUTE LEPERS, who released three albums through Damaged Goods between 2008 and 2011.

The Briefs play The Lexington, London on Sunday 8 December with support from French synth punks THE SCANERS and fast-rising London powerpop squad THE SPEEDWAYS. Tickets are on sale here.

Full European tour dates are…

30/11 Munich (GER) – Kafe Kult
01/12 Bern (CH) – Rössli Bar
03/12 Nimes (FR) – Paloma
04/12 Lyon (FR) – Ninkasi
05/12 Bordeaux (Fr) – Iboat
06/12 Rennes (FR) – Mondo Bizarro
07/12 Paris (FR) – Le Chinois
08/12 London (UK) – Lexington
10/12 Dunkerque (FR) – 4 Ecluses
11/12 Kortrijk (BEL) – The Pit’s
12/12 Dortmund (GER) – FZW
13/12 Dresden (GER) – Chemiefabrik
14/12 Hamburg (GER) – Molotow
15/12 Berlin (GER) – Cassiopeia

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THE COG PEOPLE!

Midlands psych-punks THE COGS OF TYME have their debut album released today, just 33 years after it was recorded!

Described as “Frat Punk Fun with a little Acid thrown in,” by band founder Gavin Wissen, the band were a small but but significant part of the fertile mid-80s scene around Rugby, Warwickshire that would spawn SPACEMEN 3 and, in turn, SPIRITUALIZED. The band’s members include Tim Morris (Spacemen 3), Will Carruthers (Spacemen 3, Spiritualized, Spectrum, Brian Jonestown Massacre) and Sean Cook (Spiritualized, Massive Attack).

Tyme Waits For No Man comprises 12 studio, live and rehearsal recordings, including one track recorded Rugby’s now legendary Reverberation Club, jointly run by the Cogs and the Spacemen. The album was mastered by noted Midlands producer John A Rivers.

The limited edition vinyl album also features a 4-page insert with notes by the band members along with Mark ‘Mac’ Macdonald of Birmingham’s iconic Sensateria club; and front cover art by Spacemen 3 and Spiritualized artist Natty Brooker.

Released through Seventeen Records and Easy Action, it’s available here.

Check out ‘I’m Gone’…

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BACKYARD BABIES BOUNCE BACK!

Swedish sleaze merchants BACKYARD BABIES have dropped a brand new video ahead of their New Year dates with THE WILDHEARTS, proudly sponsored by Vive Le Rock!

‘Yes To All No’ is taken from the Nässjö band’s eighth album Sliver & Gold, which was released in March.

Formed in 1987, Backyard Babies are one of Sweden’s biggest rock bands, their albums routinely hovering at the top of the national charts. Guitarist Dregen is also known for his stints with The Hellecopters, The Wildhearts and Michael Monroe.

Backyard Babies play the following dates….

28 Jan – O2 Academy, Newcastle
29 Jan – Limelight, Belfast
30 Jan – QMU, Glasgow
31 Jan – O2 Ritz, Manchester
1 Feb – O2 Forum Kentish Town, London
2 Feb – Tramshed, Cardiff
4 Feb – O2 Institute, Birmingham

Support on all dates come from Pennsylvania rockers CKY.

Tickets are available here.

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STAPLES CORNER!

Transplanted Australian post-punk guitarist SUZIE STAPLETON has announced a new single and dates ahead of her debut album release.

The witchy, neo-gothic ‘Thylacene’ is set for release from all the usual digital platforms, while the long-awaited debut album We Are The Plague is set to follow in the Spring.

Stapleton is joined on the recordings by JIM JONES & THE RIGHTEOUS MIND bassist Gavin Jay and STRANGLERS drummer Jim Macauley. Sessions took place at OX4 studios in Oxford and Stapleton’s home studio, with noted producer Dan Cox (Lianne La Havas, Thurston Moore) brought in at the mixing stage.

“When I started writing for this album, I felt a sense of responsibility to address what was going on in the world,” she explains. “We’re bombarded constantly by horrific news, stuck on a broken systemic hamster wheel. I felt stupid writing about my insignificant woes whilst the world burned around me.”

The live dates, which will feature YANN TIERSON drummer Dave Collingwood taking the place of Macauley, kick off with a special single launch on 7 December at Paper Dress Vintage in Hackney, with special guests MIRACULOUS MULE and THE PACERS. Full dates are…

7 Dec – Paper Dress Vintage, London tickets
4 Jan – The Carlisle, Hastings
24 Jan – The Brunswick, Brighton
25 Jan – Rough Trade, Bristol

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MONROE HEEDS THE CALL OF THE WILD!

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

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

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

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

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

Tickets are available here.

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PEDALJETS PREPARE FOR TAKE-OFF!

Kansas City alt-rockers PEDALJETS have just unveiled a taster for their first new album in six years.

Formed in 1984, Pedaljets quickly established themselves as one of the Midwest’s bands-most-likely-to, sharing stages with the likes of The Replacements, Hüsker Dü and Meat Puppets and picking up plays on MTV.

After a long hiatus, the band resurfaced with a retooled version of their self-titled second album, followed by the all new What’s In Between in 2013, cited by Vive Le Rock at the time as “the missing link between The Replacements and Nirvana.”

Now joined by new guitarist Cody Wyoming, founder members guitarist Mike Allmayer, bassist Matt Kesler and drummer Rob Morrow recorded Twist The Lens with producer Paul Malinowski, once again bringing in studio veteran John Agnello (Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr) at the mixing stage.

Check out the title track…

Twist The Lens is due for release through Electric Moth Records on 14 February.

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FERRO SOLO UNVEILS GIUDA-POWERED VIDEO!

A year on from the release of his debut album, Italian musician FERRO SOLO has unveiled a video of his collaboration with Roman yob-rock sensations GIUDA.

Solo, also known as Ferruccio Quercetti, guitarist and singer with long-serving Bolognese garage-punks CUT, included the terrace-stomping shoutalong ‘He Spies’ on the snappily-titled album Almost Mine: The Unexpected Rise and Sudden Demise of Fernando (Pt. 1), released last year.

“When I wrote ‘He Spies’, I was dreaming for it to become a glam/yob-rock stomper in the style of Slade, Jesse Hector or the Hammersmith Gorillas,” he explains. “I wanted the sound of a gang of street urchins let loose in the suburbs of a decaying industrial UK town in 1974 and nothing less! Actually, the only band who’s capable to conjure that kind of noise comes from Rome, Italy, and it’s called Giuda. They also happen to be great friends of mine. When I got in touch with them about this, they enthusiastically embraced my mad idea and gave me everything I wanted and more. I adored every minute of my time in the studio with Giuda, under the guidance of Danilo Silvestri, master of the Glam racket!”

Solo/Quercetti has just released a second solo album, Almost Mine: The Unexpected Rise and Sudden Demise of Fernando (Pt. 2), which came out last month. Released through Riff Records, both albums are available on vinyl, CD and download here.

Cut’s most recent album Second Skin was released in 2017 and is available here.

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