In the latest edition of Vive Le Rock, we tell the story of legendary pioneering indie label Chiswick Records. To soundtrack your reading, we’ve handpicked 12 classic tracks from the Chiswick vault. Enjoy…
THE COUNT BISHOPS – I WANTY CANDY
RADIO STARS – RUSSIANS
GORILLAS – SHE’S MY GAL
THE NIPS – GABRIELLE
WHIRLWIND – BOPPIN’ HIGH SCHOOL BABY
RADIATORS FROM SPACE – SONG OF THE FAITHFUL DEPARTED
SNIFF ‘N’ THE TEARS – DRIVER’S SEAT
LITTLE BOB STORY – RIOT IN TOULOUSE
THE DAMNED – LOVE SONG
DR FEELGOOD – SUGAR BOWL
THE 101ERS – KEYS TO YOUR HEART
MOTORHEAD – MOTORHEAD
Read the full story of Chiswick Records in the latest edition of Vive Le Rock!
DOMESTICS frontman JAMES DOMESTIC launches his solo career with a new video today.
‘Faze Out’ is the first taste of his debut solo album Carrion Repeating which is due out next spring.
Fronting East Anglian hardcore pioneers The Domestics for a decade, James has also done time with the likes of Pisser, Tokyo Lungs, Hazard Profile and more. ‘Faze Out’ finds him moving away from hardcore, however, fusing Krautrock with junkshop electronica, while drawing influence from from the likes of Ian Dury, Mark E Smith and Vic Godard.
Carrion Repeating is set for release in April 2022 on Kibou Records via TNS (UK) and Amok (Europe).
‘Faze Out’ is available to stream/download now from Spotify and all the usual platforms.
DESPERATE MEASURES head out on tour this week in support of their brand new mini-album.
The six-track mini-album Rinsed has just been released through Easy Action Records to a swathe of rave reviews. And following a ball-tearing performance at HRH Punk last week, the band are ready to take the album cross-country in the company of THE PROFESSIONALS, who’ve just released their new album SNAFU.
The tour kicks off at Tunbridge Wells Forum on Wednesday 13 October, winding all the way through to Chester Live Rooms on the 28th, including a stop at London’s Garage on the 24th (full dates below).
“We can’t wait to get out there and play our new songs from our ‘Rinsed’ album,” states frontman Eugene Butcher. “Plus, we will be rocking out with Cookie and the Professionals every night! Bring it on!”
This week sees the release of I’m Sorry Sir, That Riff’s Been Taken, the brand new album from Aussie legends the HARD-ONS. It’s the first to feature new singer Tim Rogers.
To celebrate, we asked guitarist Peter Black to go through YouTube and give us a Top 10….
X – SUCK SUCK
Fuck, this was a big album for us… what am I saying?! It still is!
Nothing sounds like this and nothing ever will… they reformed when we were still youngsters and played an infamous show at an abandoned site called Alpha House (apartments todays) was INSANE… terrifying and exhilarating, over run by skinheads, we were hiding up the back… left alone cause we were still in our diapers practically! We would take turns pushing our way up the front while it seemed the whole place was having a punch-up and X played along at ear splitting level. Lost count of the times we saw ’em after that… no-one will ever bass like Ian Rilen did… can’t describe it ’cause words like Savage, Powerful, Nuclear, Fatal just doesn’t come close! The album Aspirations was reportedly recorded in five hours… don’t you just LOVE THAT?!!
THE LEFTOVERS – CIGARETTES AND ALCOHOL
There is this book called Inner City Sound – Punk And Post-Punk In Australia, came out in 1982 (recently reissued) that we read cover to cover… each story and the wild photos inside were so inspirational that we would hunt every record / band that was mentioned… one band in particular,The Leftovers, sounded proper scary! Couldn’t wait to hear this and fuck-en-hell didn’t disappoint…!
BABEEZ – HATE
Another favourite… and another ‘what the fuck am I listening too??’, its barely held together and all the more powerful because of it! I wanted to cover it, or at least try to, but it’s not always ‘just the song’ but the ‘performance’ as well… only these four nutters could sound like this…
SICK THINGS – COMMITTED TO SUICIDE
In keeping with the tradition of pristine Aussie hi-fidelity comes this mind blower! Freaking insane… we covered this with the wonderful Neil Hamburger… members went on to Venom P Stinger and Dirty Three and lucky for youse guys, pretty sure this has been reissued not that long ago.
THE ELOIS – BY MY SIDE
Pretty soon, being the music nerds we were, we started hearing and reading about ’60s Punk’… WTF?? When you first hear it there’s no turning back…’ enthralled by all the Pebbles, Nuggets, and Flashback series of records we found an album called Ugly Things put out by Raven Records, by rock historian Glenn A Baker and this is one of the greatest records ever full stop! Every song is killer… How many of these songs we tried to cover when we were jamming? Ha! Lost count… I know we did this one. BLISTERING.
BLACK DIAMONDS – I WANT, NEED, LOVE YOU
And this WILD track… discovering there was also a film clip?? Oh boy!!
THE MISSING LINKS – WILD ABOUT YOU
Does anything sound like this?? Ever?? No way… The Saints covered this and ya gotta hand it too ’em, their version is killer.
But this is a truly one of a kind unhinged slab of magnificence!! Should be studied in schools!!
These were but three songs on the Ugly Things compilation I mentioned… can you see what I mean about being one of the best albums ever?!!
THE BIRTHDAY PARTY – JUNK YARD
I know everyone knows The Birthday Party but I think most people forget what a SHOCK to the system they were… We managed to see one of their last ever shows and – get this! – with the Scientists and X as supports. It’s a gig I will never forget EVER!! Man! We pushed to the front but I had to go pee and lost my spot for a bit… when I finally managed to get back there Ray gleefully informed me that Nick Cave head-butted him! FUCK OFF! I was so jealous.
Their records still sound like a nightmare in-fucken-credible. Goosebumps watching this even from shitty computer speakers.
THE SCIENTISTS – WE HAD LOVE
When we were old enough to sneak into pubs this incarnation of The Scientists started playing and like X, I’m pretty sure we went to every single fucken gig… ya just couldn’t miss ’em…
It’s hard to describe what that was like… maybe, put headphones on… close ya eyes, turn it up till its hurts a little, then fall down some stairs… HOW GOOD IS THAT?!!
CELIBATE RIFLES – TUBULAR GREENS
I don’t know how to end… when we started playing there were a million awesome bands… we loved ’em all, and a million killer labels… we loved ’em all!
Australian rock and roll was in a good place…
I’ll end on this as I wish Damian Lovelock a whole lotta Rock In Peace.
Veteran post-punks the BAND OF HOLY JOY play a one-off London date this week in support of their latest album.
Formed back in 1984 on the New Cross squat scene, the Band, still fronted by the charismatic Johny Brown, have enjoyed a particularly prolific period over the past decade, seeing the release of their most recent album Dreams Take Flight in June.
The Band return to the London stage this Thursday 7 October at Powerhaus (formerly Dingwalls) in Camden.
They’ll be joined by extra-special guests, recently rejuvenated proto-punk legends THE DOCTORS OF MADNESS, plus VAGRANT LOVERS and I SEE ISLANDS.
Hot rocking Cumbrian duo VOODOO RADIO release their debut single and video which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
Fusing psychobilly and cyber-punk, ‘Space Girl’ is a first taste of the pair’s forthcoming 8-track mini-album Pop Pills.
Currently based between Ulverston and Hammersmith, father and daughter duo Tony and Paige Cook were discovered by their management busking in Leicester Square tube station, which led to them securing a deal with Holy Dotage Records, also home to Spiz Energi.
A veteran of numerous rock bands, Tony has toured alongside the likes of Status Quo, Wizzard and Budgie with Paige joining on backing vocals since the age of 14. Now the pop/punk Voodoo Radio finds them channelling the likes of Blondie, Revillos and Transvision Vamp with tasty Van Halen-esque licks thrown in for good measure!
‘Space Girl’ is available to stream/download here.
Set for release on 3 December on 10″ vinyl, Pop Pills is available to pre-order here.
Catch Voodoo Radio at the following dates…
3 Oct – Black Bull, Gateshead 3 Dec – Mildmay Club, London
JAMIE PERRETT has a new video which he’s premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock ahead of the his London headline show at the weekend.
If the name sounds familiar it may be because Jamie is the son of THE ONLY ONES frontman PETER PERRETT, as well as being his guitarist and producer on his most recent album for Domino, Humanworld. Jamie was also the original guitarist in Pete Doherty’s BABYSHAMBLES.
His second solo single, ‘Angel Of Santiago’ follows on from Jamie’s debut single ‘Masquerade Of Love’ and was inspired by a fraught journey from Barcelona to Nîmes.
“It was one of those nights, like the Scorsese movie After Hours, where everything just goes wrong,” Jamie explains. “Trying to get from A to B seems like an impossible task. We missed the train by seconds. Then attempted to get a coach which didn’t exist. An Uber to the local car hire place ended in disappointment when we found out our license had just ran out. With each passing hour and options running thin, we sat in the taxi contemplating our next steps. ‘I’ll drive you,’ said Sandra, the flamenco guitarist from Barcelona. ‘We’ll make it to Nîmes, France (390 km) in time for the gig’. Me barely being able to keep my eyes open, nodded in agreement and pointed in the direction of France. Luckily we made it, just in time for sound check. No-one would have done. Oops.”
“The video was quite a healing experience,” he continues. “A 3-day shoot with a lot of trekking on the south coast near Gosport. A mini-pilgrimage, like a condensed Camino De Santiago. I’m at my most happiest when in transit, constantly moving, alone with my thoughts. Some of the weather was quite extreme and the paths (semi) treacherous. A lot of the time I was just silent. Going through my own shit. Reliving memories.”
Jamie and his band play The Grace (formerly Upstairs At The Garage), London this Saturday 2 October – tickets
‘Angel Of Santiago’ is available to stream/download here.
Vive Le Rock’s Paul Gilman checks out the world’s number one SLADE tribute band!
When we heard that esteemed Slade tribute band Slady were playing at the Con Club in Lewes, to quote a song by our glam rock heroes, we were, “In like a shot…”.
Initially starting out as a 70s bootboy band Slade captured the time with their punchy tunes and singalong lyrics.
Formed in 2018 in Southend, Slady are an all-girl tribute band, they look and sound the part and are all highly accomplished musicians.
Slady take the stage and it’s an immediate throwback to the 1970s. A quick glance around the audience and it’s clear that many of them were there the first time around but probably a bit more worried about toilet access than they used to be.
Band members Gobby Holder, Jem Lea, Donna Powell and Davina Hill look a little nervous to start with, it can’t be easy after such a long enforced break and the anticipation in the room is high.
The band launch into one of the lesser-known numbers, ‘Hear Me Calling’ and it’s soon clear that this is a band who know what they are about and are just warming up. The songs flow thick and fast and the best is yet to come.
‘Get Down And Gget With It, ‘ Born To Be Wild’ and ‘Take Me Back ‘Ome’ bring joy to the room, it’s absolutely brilliant. Gobby Holder’s voice is the nearest I’ve heard to The Nod’s paintstripping vocals and the band capture the fun of the original. ‘Skweeze Me, Pleeze Me’ has the audience singing along; Slade themselves didn’t like it so rarely played it.
A few numbers lesser-known to the non-diehards are well received and then it’s on to those monster hits, ‘Mama Weer All Crazy Now’ and a finale of, ‘Gudbye T’ Jane’; I remember it first time around on my Woolworths Top Of The Pops album but this tribute band nail it, unlike the ‘Woollies Wallies’.
There was some talk of it being too early for ‘that Christmas song’ or was it too late ?
Vive Le Rock caught up with the band after the show…
VLR: How was the pandemic for you ?
Gobby: I spent most of in the toilet, I livestreamed to our fans as, ‘Gob on the bog!’
Davina: Truly a difficult year, I went from gigging every week to nothing, it was so hard for everyone and as a young person and a musician it was a shock when the music industry just stopped.
VLR: Favourite Slade song?
Davina: ‘How Does It Feel’. Pure genius.
Jem: ‘Nobody’s Fool ‘.
VLR: Dave Hill from Slade got run over by a pushbike last time he was in Brighton and broke his arm. Any broken bone stories ?
Jem: I broke my wrist playing hockey at school.
Donna: No broken bones but I’ve recently torn my ACL twice in my right knee due to kickboxing, thankfully I’m recovering well.
VLR: Any plans to write some of your own songs ?
Gobby: All of us are songwriters so, yes.
VLR: If you could have been in any other band who would it have been and why ?
Gobby: X-Ray Spex. Poly was an inspiration making herself known in the male-dominated punk scene.
VLR: You updated some of the sexist lyrics of ‘Skweeze Me, Pleeze Me’. Are you a feminist band?
Donna: One hundred per cent. I’ve been in male-dominated fields all my life and experienced sexism first hand. Sexism has no place in the 21st Century and we need to keep fighting it.
VLR: What’s the weirdest or funniest question you have ever been asked in an interview ?
Jem: We were once asked if we meet up and have pillow fights!
This Southend-based band are destined for bigger things and are soon to headline the annual Slade convention in Wolverhampton.
BILLY IDOL returns to the UK or an arena tour next summer.
The ex-Generation X frontman will be joined by THE GO-GO’S on all dates.
The dates, Idol’s first since 2017, follow on from the release of The Roadside EP, which came out this month. The Go-Go’s too have recently had a profile boost with the release of The Go-Go’s documentary film produced and directed by Alison Ellwood, last year.
Full dates are…
Sat 11 June – SSE Hydro, Glasgow Mon 13 June – AO Arena, Manchester Wed 15 June – Resorts World Arena, Birmingham Sat 18 June – SSE Arena, Wembley Sun 19 June – Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff Tues 21 June – First Direct Arena, Manchester
Ticket presales begin on 28 September. Sign up here.
Former BLACK FLAG bassist KIRA ROESSLER has announced the release of her debut solo album.
Roessler joined Black Flag in 1983, following stints in Sexsick, The Monsters and Twisted Roots, alongside former Germs and current Foo Fighters guitarist Pat Smear. Immediately prior to joining the Rollins and co, she was in DC3 with former Black Flag singer and guitarist Dez Cadena. Roessler played on four Flag studio albums during her tenure, kicking off with ’84’s Family Man.
Henry Rollins said of her Roessler, “She was a mere slip of a woman, but physical size really didn’t matter. She was in one of the most ferocious bands at the peak of violence in that scene in the ’80s.”
Going on to form dos with ex-Minutemen bassist Mike Watt, Roessler has also enjoyed a successful career as a film dialogue editor, working on such films as Mad Max: Fury Road, Joker and A Star is Born, and earning two Emmys in the process.
Striking a much more minimalistic tone than her work with Black Flag, Kira recorded the album, simply titled Kira, with her brother Paul Roessler (Screamers, TSOL, Richie Ramone).
“These days, most of my music is created alone in my room and then fleshed out with tasty additions from close friends I request virtual musical bits from,” she says. “Then, it’s off to Kitten Robot Studio where my loving brother and co-producer Paul Roesslerhelps me polish each song. The goal is simple – express my inner essence and hope that others might feel a bit of their own by listening.”
Manchester veterans THE SPEED OF SOUND have a new video which they’re premiering with Vive Le Rock!
A slice of sprightly psych clocking in at under two minutes, ‘Opium Eyes’ is the second single to be lifted from the band’s new album Museum Of Tomorrow, their fifth, which we described as “unique and otherworldly”.
“‘Opium Eyes’ reflects the glazed, distanced stare of someone evading the past, the present and the future,” say the band. “Disengagement is the safest retreat for the alienated; from the poppy fields of Panta to Thomas de Quincy and on to Wild Palms and Dune, the escape to an artificial reality overtakes the ‘real’ world in importance.”
Released through Californian label Big Stir, Museum Of Tomorrow is available here.
Swedish rockers THE BABOON SHOW are back with a storming new single and video.
‘Oddball’ follows on from the band’s last single ‘I Never Say Goodnight’ out last year and is, say the band, “for all the Oddballs out there, all the misfits and outcast who want to fit in or not. We sure do feel like Oddballs. Be whoever you wanna be and have fun while doing it! Oddballs, we salute you!”
Formed in Stockholm in 2003, the band comprises founders Cecilia Boström (vocals), Håkan Sörle (guitar) and Niclas Svensson (drums), more recently joined by bassist Frida Ståhl. Following on from their six-track debut EP, they delivered their first three full-length album in little more than 18 months! They’ve toured widely covering not only Scandinavia and Europe but also playing in China and Cuba, where they recorded with Cuban musicians, fusing their high velocity Scandipunk with Cuban rhythms.
The band have lined up a Euro tour for the first half of 2022, arriving in the UK in June for dates at The Hairy Dog, Derby (10/6) and O2 Kentish Town, London (11/6), the latter as guests of The Descendents.
‘Oddball’ is set for release on vinyl on 28 January, and is available to pre-order, with an exclusive 20-page comic and sew-on patch, here.
HIS LORDSHIP, the new rock’n’roll power trio project from Pretenders guitarist James Walbourne, unveil their debut single today.
The band recently tore a strip off the Red Rooster Festival and London’s Moth Club with their incendiary stripped back rock’n’roll. Now His Lordship goes overground with ‘I’m So Bored Of Being Bored’, a sentiment that most of us can empathise with during these challenging times.
Check out the, quite literal, lyric video…
The band have announced a one-off Christmas show at The Lexington, London on Tuesday 21 December, with support from Iraina Mancini. Tickets go on sale here on Thursday 16 September.
‘I’m So Bored Of Being Bored’ is available now digitally from Spotify and all the usual platforms.
Berlin rockers MÄSH have just released their debut album for Wanda Records.
The five-piece band (don’t let the pic mislead you!) don’t like to give too much away about themselves, but as far as we can tell formed in 2018, ploughing a similar beltloop-challenging bootboy-glam furrow to the likes of Giuda and Faz Waltz. Since then they’ve released a very fine pair of 7-inchers for Wanda (also responsible for releases by Los Pepes, Guitar Gangsters and Cyanide Pills) and one for Spanish label Snap!
Their self-titled 11-tracker is available now on limited edition red vinyl, regular black and download from Bandcamp.
Long-serving French punks BURNING HEADS are back with an album of covers.
As the title implies, Under Their Influence features versions of songs by bands that have left their mark on the Orléans mob over the past three-and-a-bit decades.
The idea for the project came at the start of 2020 following the departure of frontman Pit Samprass and the return of original guitarist Philippe Agogué. The band recorded nineteen tracks instrumentally then invited nineteen singers from the cream of France’s punk and indie scene to add their vocals.
The album finds the band tearing through tracks by The Clash, UK Subs, Naked Raygun, Descendents, Bad Religion, Dag Nasty, Pennywise, Bad Brains, Hard-Ons, DI, The Lambrettas(!), Adolescents and more, handled by singers from the likes of Sixpack, Off Models, Lion’s Law, Flying Donuts, Speed Jesus, King Phantom, The Mercenaries, Not Scientists and Eternal Youth, whose frontman Fra later got the fulltime gig with the Heads.
Originally released digitally last year through Bandcamp, Under Their Influence is now available as a 12″ LP + 7″ edition and on a 19-track CD. Both formats are available now from Nineteen Something Records.
Check out Burning Heads covering Adhesive’s ‘Uphill Struggle’…
ALABAMA 3 have released another new video from their forthcoming album.
‘Yolanda’ is the second single to be lifted from Step 13 and follows on from ‘Whacked’ which was released back in April.
The zombie-themed video was shot in South London during lockdown with director Theo Williams and executive producer Tristan Williams.
“We loved the lyrics and the message of stealing culture and wanted to show the band in a Grindhouse horror style inspired by Cecil Hotel,” explains Tristan. “The original idea was based around a lift scene but when talking to Larry he said the lyrics reminded him of zombies and the video as you know it was born.”
“Alabama 3 have always been the ungrateful dead,” adds Larry Love. “Committed to walking the earth half-alive, Zombified and desperately seeking another Hit. We’ve been digging up the graves of black musicians for years, stealing their bones and calling it rock’n’roll and selling it back to the masses through a white empiricist filter.”
Due for release on 24 September through Submarine Cat, Step 13 is available to pre-order here.
As previously announced, Alabama 3 head out on tour next Spring. Full dates are…
Thursday 17 March 2022 Cambridge, The Junction Friday 18 March 2022 Birmingham, Institute 2 Saturday 19 March 2022 Liverpool, O2 Academy Friday 25 March 2022 Dublin, Academy Saturday 26 March 2022 Belfast, Limelight Thursday 31 March 2022 Brighton, Concorde 2 Friday 1 April 2022 Southampton, Engine Rooms Saturday 2 April 2022 Exeter, Phoenix Sunday 3 April 2022 Bournemouth, Old Fire Station Thursday 7 April 2022 Newcastle, Boiler Shop Friday 8 April 2022 Edinburgh, Liquid Rooms Saturday 9 April 2022 Glasgow, SWG3 Sunday 10 April 2022 Kendal, Brewery Art Centre Thursday 14 April 2022 Cardiff, Tramshed Friday 15 April 2022 Holmfirth, Picturedrome Saturday 16 April 2022 Manchester, O2 Ritz Sunday 17 April 2022 Leeds, Warehouse Wednesday 27 April 2022 Reading, Sub89 Thursday 28 April 2022 Oxford O2 Academy Friday 29 April 2022 Bristol, O2 Academy Saturday 30 April 2022 London, Shepherds Bush Empire
Read a feature on Alabama 3 in the new issue of Vive Le Rock! available to pre-order here.
DJ, broadcaster and filmmaker DON LETTS has curated an album of cover versions for the Late Night Tales series.
Mindful of the role played by covers in the development of Jamaican music, on Version Excursion, Letts has selected 21 dub transformations of songs by the likes of The Clash, Joy Division, War, The Beach Boys, The Beatles, Althea and Donna, Kool & the Gang by such artists as Ghetto Priest, The Tamlins, John Holt, Rude Boy, Matumbi, Gentleman’s Dub Club, Easy Star All-Stars and more, many of them exclusive remixes.
“A disciple of sound system, raised on reggae n’ bass culture my go to sound was dub,” says Letts. “Besides being spacious and sonically adventurous at the same time, its most appealing aspect was the space it left to put yourself ‘in the mix’ underpinned by Jamaica’s gift to the world – bass. But that’s only half the story as the duality of my existence meant I was also checking what the Caucasian crew were up to not to mention the explosion of black music coming in from the States. That’s why this version excursion crosses time space and genre, from The Beach Boys to The Beatles, Nina Simone to Marvin Gaye, The Bee Gees to Kool & The Gang, The Clash to Joy Division and beyond. You’d think it impossible to draw a line between ‘em but not in my world. Fortunately, the ‘cover version’ has played an integral part in the evolution of Jamaican music and dub covers were just a natural extension.”
Check out this cover of Big Audio Dynamite’s ‘E=MC2’ by Gaudi The Rebel Dread ft. Emily Capell…
“Truth be told I’ve wanted to work with the Late Night Tales crew from the get go,” he adds. “We’re talking nearly two decades such was the allure of their musical aesthetic typified by curators like Nightmares on Wax, The Flaming Lips, MGMT, Trentemoller, Khruangbin and countless others. Now being as old as rock’n’roll (born in ‘56) and having nearly 20 years of Culture Clash Radio under my belt I figured I was tooled up to musically juggle with the best of ‘em. But I wanted to carve out a space that was distinctly my own – something that reflected my musical journey and the culture clash that’s made me the man I am today.”
Set for release on 24 September, Don Letts’ Version Excursion is available to pre-order here.
Chicago rockers POISON BOYS have signed to Riot Records and release a new single at the end of the month.
The wonderfully snotty ‘Little Speedway Girl’ originally appeared on the b-side of the band’s 2017 single ‘Bad Mouth’, and turned out to be such a fan fave that they re-recorded it for inclusion on their forthcoming album Don’t You Turn On Me.
The band were originally formed by Matt Dudzik and Mike Lippman in 2014, but when Lippman tragically passed away from an accidental overdose, Dudzik vowed to continue the band in his friend’s honour. With a series of singles and EPs under their belts, plus tours of the West Coast and Southern States, the band finally dropped their debut album Out Of My Head for Dead Beat Records in 2019.