BOOZE & GLORY have a brand new EP out today and they’re sharing a video of one of the tracks.

‘The Streets I Call My Own’ is the final track on the four-song Raising The Roof 12″. Say the band, “The track is a sentimental journey to the places we were born and raised, the streets we all know well – or we used to know, because they don’t look the same anymore. The video has been filmed in Sosnowiec, Poland.”

Released in a choice of colours – oxblood and mustard yellow – in a gatefold sleeve, the EP is available now from Pirates Press.

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London blues strategists MIRACULOUS MULE are back with a new single and video and news of a new album.

‘O Death’ is a traditional song made famous by bluegrass pioneer Ralph Stanley. Lead vocals are handled by returning singer Alex Louise Petty who featured in the band’s original line-up. The track is backed on the double-A-side single by another traditional song ‘John The Revelator’.

Both tracks feature on the band’s new album Old Bones, New Fire, which is out on 12 August through Lightning Archive. It’s the long-awaited follow-up to 2017’s acclaimed Two Tonne Testimony.

“We had a vague plan to put on some kind of special hometown show to mark the 10th anniversary of our first gig back in 2010 but the pandemic had other ideas,” explains founding guitarist and co-vocalist Michael J Sheehy. “While going through an old hard drive trying to clear space to record new music, I found some monitor mixes of a live session we recorded during sessions for what would become our first album Deep Fried and these performances kind of blew me away. I shared them with the band and we decided to record some more material in a similar vein to create an album. As soon as restrictions lifted, we got together in a room and something magical happened.”

Speaking of ‘O Death’, Petty adds, “Michael played me Vera Hall’s version of the song back at the beginning of the band, and while we can’t improve upon these old recordings, we can find our own way into the songs. Like many a great folk song, ‘O Death’ will always find its place in any era.”

The video is the work of Swiss artist Stéphanie Cousins.

Old Bones, New Fire is available to pre-order here.

The band have just announced a very special launch gig for the album on Sunday 14 August at the ornate Fitzrovia Chapel in London’s West End. Tickets are on sale here.

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Fast rising Finnish rockers ROKETS have released their first single for new label The Sign.

A punky smooch of high energy action rock, ‘Cherry Kiss’ is the first track to be revealed from the Helsinki band’s forthcoming second album Break Free which follows on from debut full-length Fast Times, released in 2020.

“After the recording of our debut album Fast Times, our bass player, second guitarist and drummer have changed,” say the band. “Nevertheless, you will still absolutely hear that signature sound of ours with an addition of razor sharp dynamics in the groove. All glory to the lovely people of The Sign Records for taking us under their sonic wings and presenting this single to the masses. The song tells a story of an irresistible seductress that will be the end of you. She’ll lure you in, take you down and make you wish you would’ve made that U-turn when you still had the chance. There’s no escaping this femme fatale!”

‘Cherry Kiss’ is available to stream/download here.

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Powerpop rocker MARC VALENTINE teams up with a Class of ’77 punk legend to pay homage to Camden Town on his new single as he launches the video exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘Mornington Avenue’ finds the LAST GREAT DREAMERS frontman hooking up with Matt Dangerfield, founder of THE BOYS and onetime member of seminal punk precursors THE LONDON SS alongside Mick Jones, Brian James and others.

The single is the second track to be unveiled from Valentine’s debut solo album Future Obscure, which was recorded with Professionals and Wildhearts producer Dave Draper and is set for release on 8 July through Arcane Wires.

The video, by filmmaker Darren Stockford, finds Valentine and Dangerfield revisiting Camden scenes from their past, along with band members Steve Fielding, Denley Slade and Richard Davies (of Richard Davies & The Dissidents).

“There was a certain bittersweet thrill making this video,” sighs Valentine. “Visiting old haunts in Camden and sitting outside my old flat where my band started way back in 1989. It was also also a real honour having Matt appear in the video and having the permission to use some vintage footage of The Boys. I think the video captures the sentiment of the song perfectly, thanks to the editing skills and artistic eye of the terrific auteur Darren Stockford.”

‘Mornington Avenue’ is available to stream/download here.

Future Obscure is available to pre-order here.

As previously announced, Valentine and band head out on tour in July. Full dates are…

Fri 8 July – Nag’s Head, Macclesfield (launch party)*
Fri 15 July – Tap’n’Tumbler, Nottingham*
Sat 16 July – Voodoo Daddy’s, Norwich*
Sun 17 July – Dublin Castle, London*
Tues 19 July – Trillians, Newcastle
Wed 20 July – Bannerman’s, Edinburgh^
Thur 21 July – Fulford Arms, York^
Fri 22 July – Asylum 2, Birmingham^
Sat 23 July – Star’n’Garter, Manchester^

*with Carol Hodge ^with Continental Lovers


The Boys themselves have three UK dates lined up for next month at…

Thurs 2 June – Prince Albert, Brighton tickets
Fri 3 June – New Cross Inn, London tickets
Sat 4 June – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds tickets

Last but not least, Richard Davies and The Dissidents play a London headline show at The Hare & Hounds, Leyton on Saturday 11 June – tickets

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LA pop-punks JOYCE MANOR have unveiled a single from their forthcoming new album.

The irresistibly summery ‘Don’t Try’ is second single to be taken from 40 oz To Fresno, following on from the recently revealed Gotta Let It Go.

Formed in Torrance Ca in 2008, Joyce Manor have delivered five albums so far and last year reissued a remastered version of their eponymous debut album through Asian Man. Originally planning to take a break from music, frontman Barry Johnson felt the need to keep writing during lockdown, the result surfacing on 40 oz To Fresno. The album was produced by Rob Schnapf, who they worked with on fourth album Cody, and mixed by Tony Hoffer (Beck, Supergrass, Idlewild).

Set for release on 10 June through Epitaph, 40 oz To Fresno is available to pre-order here.

The band will be touring Europe and the UK with Pennsylvania’s Menzingers in the Autumn. Full dates are…

3-10-2022 – Dublin / Opium Rooms (IE)
4-10-2022 – Dublin / Opium Rooms (IE)
6-10-2022 – Glasgow / Barrowland Ballroom (UK)
7-10-2022 – Manchester / Manchester Academy (UK)
8-10-2022 – London – The Roundhouse (UK)
10-10-2022 – Antwerp / Kavka Zappa (BE)
11-10-2022 – Amsterdam / Melkweg (NL)
12-10-2022 – Münster / Sputnikhalle (DE)
13-10-2022 – Hamburg / Markthalle (DE)
14-10-2022 – Berlin / So36 (DE)
15-10-2022 – Linz / SBAM Fest (DE)
17-10-2022 – Solothurn / Kulturfabrik Kofmehl (CH)
19-10-2022 – Cologne / Gloria Theatre (DE)
20-10-202 – Cologne / Gloria Theatre (DE)
21-10-2022 – Wiesbaden / Schlachthof (DE)
22-10-2022 – Stuttgart / Im Wizemann (DE)
23-10-2022 – Munich / Backstage Werk (DE)

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MEMBERS mainstay J.C. CARROLL straps on an accordion for a new album with his roots and folk band THE WISE MONKEYS.

Formed thirty-three years ago, the Monkeys also currently feature violin and didgeridoo player Elliet Mackrel, Members drummer Nick Cash and guitarist/mandolinist Steve Grocott from The Drones, and are no slouches when it comes to tangos, two-steps, waltzes, jigs and murder ballads.

Carroll is no stranger to the accordion, an instrument he first picked up in 1985. Since then he has played it with Johnny Thunders and Sinead O’Connor, and on the soundtracks to no fewer than six Julian Temple films plus Johnny Depp and Marlon Brando movies.

Set for release on 29 July, the album This Is Our Recorded is preceded by a video for the brilliantly-named autobiographical Chuck Berry-inspired Cajun romp, ‘Vive Le Rock’…

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Sunshine Coast punk whippersnappers THE CHATS herald their new album with a new video.

‘6L GTR’ is the second single to be taken from the band’s forthcoming second album Get Fucked, following on from ‘Struck By Lightning’, released earlier in the year. The video is the work of animator and illustrator Marco Imov.

‘6L GTR’ is available to download/stream here.

Get Fucked is available through Bargain Bin Records on 19 August.

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Northern rockers THE CITY KIDS have a brand new single and video which they’re premiering with Vive Le Rock!

‘It Should Have Been You’ is the first track to be revealed from Filth, the forthcoming second album from the supergroup featuring members of The Main Grains, Warrior Soul, Tigertailz and Falling Red.

Lead singer JJ says, “The song was written about the age-old problems that most people will have dealt with: going out, looking and feeling good in your mind, only to have one of those nights where everything goes wrong, then, the aftermath where you reflect on people telling you to ‘be yourself’ and it still goes wrong, and, how seemingly less deserving people get all the things you feel you should. All set to a catchy singalong rock’n’roll tune, so, hopefully, its relatable to most people.”

The video is the work of director Bill ‘Fuzzy’ McGlide, who adds, “All there is to say is that it’s a fun clip. No frills. An 80 minute show in 4 minutes. GO AND SEE THIS BAND!!! Great music and you’ll have a damn good time. That’s what music is supposed to be about. Right????”

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London post-punks NOTHINGHEADS unveil a new single this Friday.

‘Jukebox’ is the first track to be revealed from their forthcoming EP Digging. The track was recorded with producer Chris Smith at Press Play Studios in Bermondsey, South London and is released digitally through Holy Dotage and on cassette through Just Step Sideways.

“Jukebox is about retreating into your own ‘doom cave’, tuning out and turning it up,” announce the band.

The band will be playing live at…

5 May – Old Blue Last, London
7 May – Hanwell Hootie Festival, West London
23 Jul – Tramlines In The City, Sheffield

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Mysterious Londoners NRVS are back with a new single and video.

‘Scum’ is the third track to be unveiled from the trio’s forthcoming EP which was recorded at South London’s Off License Studios. The video is the work of director Grain Freeze and Matt Bateman, who between them have worked with Dinosaur Pile-Up, Noel Gallagher and Aphex Twin.

“So what about Scum? We’re all scum” say the band. “We’re the future of the human race and we’re fucked, as Extinction Rebellion used to say when they were cool – and we love it, or at least we seem to! Us lot just happen to be feeling it at the moment cos we happen to be alive now, so we’re the toppest layer of the pond… scum, get it?”

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Cornish psych-rockers HANTERHIR have unveiled a psychedelic new video ahead of their show at Penzance’s Acorn Theatre this Saturday.

‘Don’t Go’ is the second single to be released from the Redruth band’s forthcoming album There Is No-One To Trust (Nyns Eus Denvydth Bys Trest), following on from the single ‘Honey Bees’ which came out last month.

“The video was filmed one evening in a small wood near Falmouth,” explains bassist Grant Kellow. “No-one could really see out of the eyeholes on the heads, lots of shouts of ‘Lift your left leg higher’, ‘Duck down’, and ‘Whose bright idea was this?’. But even Mike [Hewitt, sax] didn’t trip over anything in the end. Big fun making it. All filmed by the band in turn.”

“The heads took me a year over lockdown to make!” adds frontman Ben Harris. “Mike was the alien, Grant was the bear, Simon [Howard, guitar] was the devil, Jason [Brown, drums] was the hedgehog, Peasy [guitar] was the moon Lou [Macchi, violin] was the sun and I was the frog.”

Formed in 2008, Hanterhir have become one of the biggest bands in the Southwest, playing numerous festivals and sharing stages with the likes of Gang Of Four, Peter Hook & The Light and Flaming Lips. Following the success of previous album The Saving Of Cadan, they featured in a BBC documentary on the resurgence of the Cornish language, headlined London’s Kernow In The City festival and released a double-A-side single featuring covers of Sonic Youth’s ‘Schizophrenia’ and David Bowie’s ‘Dancing Out In Space’ just as Covid lockdown hit. They returned to live action with an appearance at Hawkwind’s Hawkfest last August and are currently lining up gigs and festival dates for later in the year.

Set for release on 27 May through Easy Action on vinyl and CD (with exclusive bonus track), There Is No-One To Trust is available to pre-order here.

Tickets for the Acorn Theatre show are available here.

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It’s shaping up to be another busy year for New Zealand born, London based rockers DESPERATE MEASURES.

Following their mini album Rinsed on Easy Action Records and a full UK tour with Paul Cook’s post-Pistols rockers The Professionals at the end of last year, Desperate Measures have started recording their debut full-length album, due early 2023. Working once again with Andy Brook (who has produced, engineered, and toured with the like of Status Quo, Ginger Wildheart, Wonk Unit, Hayseed Dixie…) at The Brook Studios in Wallington, Surrey, Desperate Measures have completed work on a new single titled ‘Thinking Of England’ that lyrically captures the yearning to escape from a place or a situation you might not want to be.

The single will be released in time for the Queen’s Jubilee on 3 June. Desperate Measures will play a single launch show at London’s Water Rats Theatre on 20 May to coincide. Says frontman Eugene Butcher, “We’ll be showcasing a few songs from our forthcoming album, plus the new single which has just happened to coincide with the Queen’s Jubilee. And we’ve got The Duel and Seven Days and Doesn’t Die along for the ride so expect a right Royal knees up!”

Tickets for Water Rats 20 May available here

See Desperate Measures in 2022!

April 30 Angel Weekender, Coalville
May 13 London Powerhaus (w/ Nashville Pussy)
May 14 Westworld Weekender, Wolverhampton
May 20 London, Water Rats
June 3 Strummercamp Fest, Oldham
July 1 229 Club, London (w/ UltraBomb)
July 8 Bedford Esquires (w/ The Rose Of Avalanche)
July 9 Manchester, Night People (w/ The Rose Of Avalanche)
July 22 Hope & Anchor, London (w/ Sick On A Bus)
August 4 Blackpool, Rebellion Festival
August 20 Unity Festival, Corby
September 3 Banfest Festival, Banstead



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MICHAEL MONROE has unveiled a second single from his forthcoming new album.

The swaggering ‘Can’t Stop Falling Apart’ is taken from the former Hanoi Rocks frontman’s forthcoming I Live Too Fast To Die Young, and follows on from last month’s ‘Murder The Summer Of Love’ single.

“It’s an ode to our wives and loved ones who have stuck by our sides through years of playing music and touring the world,” says Monroe about the new single. “But this can also apply to any person working hard, away from home a lot of the time, who is lucky enough to have a loved one sticking by their side through thick and thin. So, it’s a celebratory song to our nearest and dearest who are always there for us.”

“It’s a big, 1970s Slade-inspired glam stomper,” comments guitarist Rich Jones. “It celebrates our loved ones who support us through the ups and downs of being a touring musician.”

“Try to focus on the positive,” Monroe adds. “Because what you focus on usually tends to multiply…”

Recorded towards the end of last year at Inkfish Studios in Helsinki, the new album features eleven new songs produced by Monroe and the band along with engineer Erno Laitinen and features special guest Slash from Guns N’ Roses on the title track.

Set for release on 10 June through Silver Lining Music, I Live Too Fast To Die Young is available to pre-order here.

The Monroe band will be touring Europe throughout the summer, including dates with Alice Cooper and appearances at Sweden Rock, Hellfest, Wacken and HRH Sleaze festivals. Full dates are…

04 Jun – Gelsenkirchen (DE)
06 Jun – K.B. Hallen, Copenhagen (DK)*
9-11 Jun – SAARISTO OPEN AIR, Kaarina (FI)
10 Jun – ROCK IN THE CITY, Kuopio (FI)
11 Jun – SWEDEN ROCK, Sölvesborg (SE)
15 Jun – Dolina Charlotty, Charlotta (PL)*
17 Jun – Stadthalle, Zwickau (DE) *
18 Jun – AZKENA FESTIVAL, Vitoria-Gasteiz (ES)
21 Jun – Mitsubishi Electric Halle, Dusseldorf (DE)*
22 Jun – Jahrhunderthalle, Frankfurt (DE)*
25 Jun – HELLFEST, Clisson (FR)
29 Jun – Ippodromo San Siro, Milan (IT)*
07 Jul – SAUNA OPEN AIR, Tampere (FI)
08 Jul – ROCK IN THE CITY, Oulu (FI)
15 Jul – VAUHTIAJOT, Seinäjoki (FI)
16 Jul – ROCK IN THE CITY, Rovaniemi (FI)
03 Aug – WACKEN OPEN AIR, Wacken (DE)
06 Aug – VAASA FESTIVAL, Vaasa (FI)
27 Aug – HRH Sleaze, Sheffield (UK)

*with Alice Cooper

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JAH WOBBLE has teamed up with folk-punks THE UKRAINIANS to raise funds for refugees fleeing the country’s ongoing war with Russia.

Formed in 1990 by Wedding Present guitarist Pete Solowka, The Ukrainians join forces with Wobble and former Banshees and Specimen guitarist Jon Klein on a dub version of the Ukrainian National Anthem. Proceeds from all sales will go towards funding two of the main charities that are currently helping out the millions of refugees that have fled their homes – the DEC (Disasters Emergency Committee) Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal and the AUGB (Association of Ukrainians in Great Britain) Help Ukraine Emergency Appeal.

“I was introduced to Len [Liggins] from the Ukrainians by Mark my bass tech,” explains Wobble. “I was very keen to help in anyway that I could. So I enlisted the help of Jon Klein and Anthony Hopkins, who I run ‘Tuned In’ with. It’s a community music project based in the London Borough of Merton. We have built a recording studio there. Indeed, at the moment, Anthony is involved in the process, of the settlement of Ukrainian refugees coming in to the borough. It was a lot of fun putting the track together. And well done to Len and the rest of the band for initiating this.”

“We’d like to say a big thank you to Jah Wobble and Jon Klein for creating this fabulous track with us in order to raise much needed funds for Ukrainian refugees,” adds Liggins. “Monies collected will buy provisions, medical aid and clothing for traumatised individuals and families whose situation is desperate beyond our understanding here in western Europe. It’s important for us all to keep in mind, too, that as reports of the invasion’s progress slip down the priority list on the national news, a great deal of support will still be needed by these refugees on an on going basis. Please don’t forget them just because you see less of them on your screens. Please continue to support them. The mass murders, cruel rapes and wanton destruction of Ukraine will continue while the TV cameras are pointing somewhere else.”

Released through Dimple Discs, you can stream/download ‘Ukrainian National Anthem In Dub’ here.

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New Jersey punks BEACH RATS have just unveiled a new video as a taster for their forthcoming debut album.

‘Rat Beat’ is the title track from the album which is due out at the end of July through Epitaph.

Coming together in the seaside town of Asbury Park, Beach Rats boast an impressive line-up featuring vocalist Ari Katz (Lifetime), guitarist Pete Steinkopf (Bouncing Souls,) bassist Bryan Kienlen (Bouncing Souls,) guitarist Brian Baker (Bad Religion, Minor Threat) and Danny Windas (Let It Burn) on drums.

After releasing the five-track Wasted Time EP in 2018, which they matched with a bunch of high-energy gigs, the band convened in Baker’s basement to knock the songs into shape for their debut album, finally laying them down in the space of a single day at Lakehouse Studios once more working with engineer Eric Bennett.

“We’d go down in the basement, put on masks, open the windows and we could play – within CDC guidelines!,” recalls Baker. “We couldn’t go to dinner at each other’s houses but we could practice.”

“You’re gonna get authentic punk and hardcore from Beach Rats because we are all from the 80s,” Kienlen assures us. “It’s literally taking it back to some of our biggest influences like Negative Approach and Poison Idea, and of course, Minor Threat.”

Set for release on 29 July, Rat Beat is available to pre-order here.

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Former INMATES man PETER GUNN is back with a new solo album.

Credited to PETER GUNN & THE NEATBLOODS, Life Savings is the debut album from the guitarist who co-founded the Islington pub rock band back in 1977, scoring international hits with ‘The Walk’ and their own interpretation of The Standells’ ‘Dirty Water’.

The album came about when Gunn was invited by DJ and producer Dr Jack Romensky to record some sessions his studio in Paris, France where The Inmates have long enjoyed superstar status. This lead to the idea of recording a solo album.

“When an opportunity presents itself and needs must, ideas for songs which may have been forming more or less unconsciously for years begin to crystallise and Hey Presto….you have songs!,” says Gunn. “I knew I wanted some rock and roll, rockabilly and blues tracks on the album but I surprised myself by branching out into pop and psychedelia and beyond. So there is quite a range of styles on the album and, you know…….as they say, variety is the spice of life.”

Gunn is joined on the album by a number of guests, including Inmates drummer Jim Russell, whose CV features a diverse array of artists from Scotty Moore to the Human League; bassist Matt Radford (Nick Lowe, Geraint Watkins, Big Joe Louis) and French chart star Jil Caplan.

Mixing and additional recording took place at Alchemy Studios, Wood Green with producer Kenny Jones (Billy Bragg, Marc Almond, Brainiac 5).

Set for release on 6 June through Riverside Records, Life Savings is trailed by the single ‘Good Intentions’…

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Punk renaissance man JAMES DOMESTIC celebrates the release of his debut solo album with another new video.

‘Bean Counter’ is the fourth single to be taken from his debut solo album Carrion Repeating, which is out today on Kibou Records through TNS (UK) and Amok (Germany).

James is perhaps best known as frontman with East Anglian hardcore pioneers THE DOMESTICS, not to mention the likes of PI$$ER, BOTCHED TOE, TOKYO LUNGS and many more, but his solo project finds him channelling his inner Ian Dury, Mark E Smith and Vic Godard against a backdrop of punk-funk, Krautrock and lo-fi pop.

Carrion Repeating is available to buy here.

The Domestics, meanwhile, play the following dates…

Sat 30 April – Mama Liz’s, Stamford
Fri 20 May – Red Lion, Stevenage
Sat 21 May – Bird Cage, Southsea
Sun 22 May – Maypole, Derby

Read a review of Carrion Repeating and an interview with James Domestic in the latest edition of Vive Le Rock!

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Swedish alt-rockers OMNI OF HALOS have a new single and video which they’re premiering with Vive Le Rock!

The explosive, lurching ‘Care Free’, laden with lumbering riffs and, unusually, pedal steel melodies, is the Gothenburg band’s second single and title track of their forthcoming EP.

The band’s singer/guitarist Henrik Hjelt Röstberg – a former member of Vänersborg post-punks Division Of Laura Lee – comments, “This song came to be when I was experimenting with a new guitar tuning. It’s about a close friends that I’ve lost.”

The single was produced by another Division Of Laura Lee member, Per Stålberg in Welfare Studios, Gothenburg and mixed by John Agnello (Dinosaur JR, Sonic Youth, Red Kross), while the artwork for the single was designed by Viagra Boys’ frontman Sebastian Murphy.

‘Care Free’ is available to stream/download on all the usual platforms from Friday 22 April. The EP will follow through Lövely Records on 22 May.

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