MATTY JAMES CASSIDY VIDEO PREMIERE!

Northern Irish songwriter MATTY JAMES CASSIDY has a new single out and he’s premiering the video exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘Old Souls’ is the title track from Cassidy’s new album which is available here.

The bleakly haunting video, by local photographer Ronan McGarde, was shot at various locations in County Fermanagh, including Cassidy’s hometown of Enniskillen and the historic Brookeborough railway station, preserved since its closure in 1942.

“Sometimes songs play out in your head like short films,” says Cassidy. “Picture the scene and imagine the world-weary characters… maybe they are the Old Souls”.

Starting out as a drummer, playing in bands across the pubs and clubs of Ireland from the age of 13, Cassidy switched to guitar to better pursue his songwriting, playing widely throughout the UK and Europe while releasing records via his own Pirate Heart label.

Speaking about the new album, he says, “While there’s country, blues, folk, punk and all sorts happening on this album, the result to me is just a straight up rock n’ roll record, something you don’t hear a lot of these days. I’m keeping it honest and song orientated, with a few twists and turns. I’m not reinventing the wheel; I’m just keeping it well oiled.”

‘Old Souls’ is available now on Spotify and all the usual digital platforms.

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BLABBERMOUTH VIDEO PREMIERE!

Fast-rising South Coast alt-rockers BLABBERMOUTH have a new single and they’re premiering it exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘Razor Switchblade Smile’ is the Hastings quintet’s third single and follows on from the well-recieved ‘Youthful Haze’, released back in February. The video was shot by punk filmmaker extraordinaire Mark Richards.

Say the band, “It’s loud, it has balls and most importantly it might even be the next catchiest tune you listen to… wrap your ears around this.”

Pre-save ‘Razor Switchblade Smile’ on Spotfiy.

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DOWN ON THE PHARM!

Veteran of the 80s Aussie underground wars, MICK MEDEW is back with his first solo album.

A founder member of seminal Brisbane garage band THE 31ST, the guitarist and singer racked up several indie chart hits with his band THE SCREAMING TRIBESMEN, with now classic singles like ‘Igloo’ and ‘Date With A Vampire’.

He would go on to record with Naked Lunch, Mick Medew & The Rumours and most recently, The Mesmerisers, who released their second album Open Season last year.

Psychopharmacologist features nine songs worked up over five years of solo shows in Brisbane and Mlebourne and includes an instrumental retooling of the classic ‘Igloo’.

Psychopharmacologist is out now through I-94 Bar Records and is available to buy through Bandcamp.

Check out the video for ‘When The Wood Is Brown (Full Return)’…

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YO! FRANKIE!

Hollywood rockers FRANKIE & THE STUDS are back with a brand new single and video.

The swaggering, buzzsaw-riffing, irrepressibly melodic ‘(Not Your) Victim’ is the band’s first fruit of a new deal with Australia’s Punktured Media. It was produced at Buzzbomb Studios by Paul Miner of Orange County punks Death By Stereo.

“‘(Not Your) Victim’ is a song inspired by the inherent strength women possess,” explains frontwoman Frankie Clarke. “Through the challenges of living in a patriarchal society, we can never have enough reminders of our innate superpowers as women. Women supporting women is a powerful force to be reckoned with and this song reminds us to do just that.”

‘Not Your’ Victim’ is available from Apple, Spotify and all the usual platforms.

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APEMAN SPACEMAN VIDEO PREMIERE!

London alt-rockers APEMAN SPACEMAN have a new single out and they’re premiering the video exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

Following on from last year’s ‘Civil War’ single, ‘Truth Is A Thing Of The Past’ casts an eye on the grim absurdity of the current world political climate. The self-made video, edited by Nick Mason (not the Pink Floyd one, we suspect), sees the band members as world leaders engaged in schoolboy larks as society teeters on the edge of the abyss….

Says frontman Johnny Cooke, “We are in danger of losing our democracies to international gangs of sociopathic school boys playing games with the lives of billions, and the very fabric of society is being undermined by a tidal wave of bullsh*t. We must fight for the truth.”

Formed in 2015 out of the ashes of Island Records-signed Top 40 hitmakers DOGS, Apeman Spaceman are Johnny Cooke (vocals and guitar), Rikki Mehta (guitar), Alexi Christou (bass) and Ethan Kennedy (drums).

‘Truth Is A Thing Of The Past’ is available to pre-save on Spotify.

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HOLY AND HEAVEN-SENT!

DAVID BOWIE producer and bassist Tony Visconti and Spiders From Mars drummer Woody Woodmansey’s HOLY HOLY will be back next Spring celebrating The Best Of Bowie.

Featuring guest vocalist Glenn Gregory from HEAVEN 17, the band will be performing songs from the Thin White Duke’s back catalogue from iconic hits to cult classics.

Taking in eight shows around the country throughout April, including a London date at The Barbican, Visconti, Woodmansey and Gregory will be joined by guitarists James Stevenson (Gen X, Chelsea) and Paul Cuddeford (Cockney Rebel), Tony’s daughter Jessica Lee Morgan on 12-string and sax, and Janette Mason on keyboards.

Full dates are…

8 April – Tramshed, Cardiff
9 April – Barbican, London
11 April – Waterside Theatre, Ayesbury
13 April – Forum, Bath
14 April – Town Hall, Birmingham
16 April – Barbican, York
17 April – Philharmonic, Liverpool
18 April – Old Fruitmarket, Glasgow

Tickets are on sale here.

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IGGER THAN THE REST!

The chaotic final year of IGGY & THE STOOGES is to be documented on a new box set this Autumn.

After a two-year break, Iggy’s legendary Detroit destroyers returned with new guitarist James Williamson joining alongside the returning Asheton brothers. Signing with Bowie manager Tony Defries’ MainMan stable, they released the game-changing Raw Power album before heading out on a series of dates in support of the album.

You Think You’re Bad, Man? The Road Tapes 1973-74 captures five incendiary shows from that period across 5 CDs. Kicking off with a September ’73 show at L.A.’s legendary Whisky A Go Go, the set includes shows from Detroit’s Auburn Hills Palace; the Latin Casino, Baltimore; and NYC’s Academy of Music, culminating in the iconic Metallic KO recording from Detroit in February ’74, the band’s final show for nearly thirty years.

The set is completed by a 20-page booklet with copious notes by legendary journalist and Vive Le Rock! contributor Kris Needs.

Due for release through Cherry Red on 20 November, You Think You’re Bad, Man? is available to pre-order here.

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PIZZA THE ACTION!

Desert rockers STONE DEAF have just dropped a video for their brand new single.

The bulldozing ‘Polaroid’ is taken from the Colorado band’s third album Killers, which is due out later this year on Coffin & Bolt Records through Golden Robot. It follows on from their 2015 self-titled debut and 2018’s Royal Burnout.

The band was born in a pizza shop owned by singer/guitarist/songwriter Dust Chapin in the small town of New Castle on the Colorado River. Writing and recording the band’s debut album on his own, Chapin says, “The idea was to capture the spontaneity of previous punk bands I played in only having a few hundred bucks to make a record. I’d start at 9 a.m. with nothing tracked and whatever was done by midnight was the end of that song.”

Before long, Chapin recruited pizza shop employee Cody Isaman on bass, drummer Kristofer Petross and second guitarist Scott Anderson. The result is a band sludgy like Kyuss but with the energy of Hellacopters’ action rock and a smattering of post-punk darkness.

‘Polaroid’ is available digitally here.

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SHOW NO MERCY!

Aussie rockers THE MERCY KILLS are back with a video taster for their new mini-album.

Live favourite ‘Fall’ is taken from the Melbourne quartet’s forthcoming 7-tracker X which is due out on Golden Robot Records on 2 October. It’s a remastered version of the track that previously appeared on the b-side of their New Rule EP back in 2010.

Formed in the seaside suburb of St Kilda in 2008, the band, who’ve been described as mixing Appetite for Destruction era Guns N’ Roses with Ramones-style punk began their career sharing stage with local legends like Rose Tattoo, You Am I and Tumbleweed, going on to tour with such international stars as Killing Joke, New York Dolls, Misfits and Supersuckers.

‘Fall’ is available digitally here.

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DISSIDENTS ON THE ROAD!

Fast-rising roots rockers RICHARD DAVIES & THE DISSIDENTS are back with a brand new single and video which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘Echo Road’ is taken from the band’s debut album Human Traffic, released in June through Bucketfull Of Brains Records. It’s backed with an exclusive specially recorded version of the Lords Of The New Church classic ‘Russian Roulette’.

Led by Davies, previously guitarist with TINY MONROE, THE SNAKES and PETER PERRETT, the Dissidents are a supergroup of sorts, featuring members of MEGA CITY FOUR, LAST GREAT DREAMERS and CASE HARDIN. They’ve been described as sounding like ‘Johnny Thunders meets Tom Petty’ and received a glowing 9-out-of-10 review in Vive Le Rock from Role Models’ Rich Ragany.

“Echo Road is the first song that I wrote for the album,” explains Davies. “It’s about being unable to escape the past. I think we recorded a few versions, but this one felt like a good radio song. It’s also the first song that Neil [Scully, keyboards] played on. I wanted to write something accessible to as many people as possible. Hopefully I managed to do that!!!

“Russian Roulette has always been a fave of mine. I think it was Tim [Emery, bass]’s idea to record a version. It’s a bit of a sacred cow, but I think we managed to record a good version. Tony James wrote it and I love pretty much everything he ever did.”

The general public will get their first chance to see the band (lockdown permitting) on 26 September when they play The Abbey Arms, Abbey Wood in South London. Also on the bill are King Salami & The Cumberland Three, Oh Gunquit, Sister Suzie and more.

‘Echo Road’ and ‘Russian Roulette’ are out now on Spotify and all the usual digital platforms.

Human Traffic is out now through Proper Music.

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L.A. JUNK

London punks HEALTHY JUNKIES have just unveiled a video for their new single.

‘Last Day In L.A.’ is the first single to be taken from the band’s forthcoming new album Forever On The Road.

The album title reflects the band’s relentless touring and the single, naturally, harks back to a day spent in the city during the band’s 2018 US tour. The album was recorded by the band when they were forced to curtail their touring activities.

‘Last Day In L.A.’ is available now on Spotify and all the usual digital platforms.

Forever On The Road is set for release on 25 September on their own Banana Castle label.

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MOAT AHEAD!

Former ALL ABOUT EVE and THE CHURCH guitarist Marty Willson-Piper returns with a new release by one of his many current projects.

MOAT sees him teaming up with Swedish-German musician Niko Röhlcke from the band WEEPING WILLOWS.

The Scott Walker-ish ‘Gone By Noon’ is a taster for the second MOAT album Poison Stream which follows on from 2013’s eponymous debut and is due for release in early 2021 through Schoolkids Records.

 

‘Gone By Noon’ is available now from Spotify and all the usual platforms.

Read Marty’s blog every day at martywillson-piper.com.

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WOMB TO MANOEUVRE!

Anarcho-punk legends HAGAR THE WOMB are just one of a raft of bands added to the bill of next year’s Loud Women Fest.

Now on it’s fifth instalment, the festival was postponed this year because of Covid 19, but is set to return on 20 March 2021 at the 229 venue on Great Portland Street, where more than 20 female and female-fronted acts will be appearing across two stages.

Alongside Hagar The Womb and previously announced headliners BANG BANG ROMEO, acts so far scheduled to appear include ARXX, GENN, PINK LEMONADE, I DORIS, BREAKUP HAIRCUT, BUGEYE, HONEY JOY, JELLY CLEAVER, LILITH AI, THE EMPTY PAGE and MIRI. More to be announced…

Tickets are on sale here.

Check out the trailer…

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SLUM DWELLERS

Rejuvenated post-punks FOLK DEVILS have unveiled another video from their new comeback EP.

‘My Slum Soul’ is taken from the Forever EP, which features the band’s first new music in more than three decades. Along with this and the brand new, previously revealed, title track, the release also features a new recording of the live favourite ‘Ink Runs Dry’.

The poignant video is the work of the band’s new singer Dave Hodgson, who joined in place of the late Ian Lowery when the band reconvened in 2016.

Forming out of the Notting Hill punk scene in 1983, Folk Devils quickly caught the attention of the inkies and John Peel, who awarded them three of his legendary sessions. They also found kindred spirits on support dates with the likes of The Fall, The Gun Club, Screaming Blue Messiahs and Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds.

Recorded at London’s iconic Konk Studios with Grammy-winning producer Rik Simpson, the Forever EP is set for release on 18 September through Optic Nerve Recordings. Available on limited edition translucent red 10″ vinyl, CD and download, it’s available to pre-order here.

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SCARS AREN’T SO OLD

Long-lost Edinburgh post-punks SCARS are to have their sole album reissued in a deluxe expanded edition this Autumn.

Formed in 1977, the four-piece were north-of-the-border contemporaries of The Pop Group and Gang Of Four and adopted a similar scratchy funk template, but with a more commercial, almost New Romantic, quality, making their lack of success all the more baffling.

Fronted by Robert King and featuring bassist John Mackie, drummer Calum McKay (then Steve McLaughlin) and brilliantly-named guitarist Paul Research, like Gang Of Four, they released their debut single ‘Adult/ery’ on Bob Last’s Fast Product label before signing to PRE Records, the New Wave sub-label of Charisma, also briefly home to The Monochrome Set, Manicured Noise and Delta 5.

Released in 1981, Author! Author! is rated as a classic in post-punk terms and was rated by The Scotsman newspaper as number 75 in the top 100 Scottish rock and pop albums of all time. The band splitting the following year, the short and tumultuous story of Scars is told in Grant McPhee’s award-winning documentary Big Gold Dream.

Crying out for a reissue, Author! Author! is now presented by Cherry Red Records as a 3-CD set: alongside the original 10-track album, the set also includes stand-alone singles, b-sides and demos featuring covers of Steve Harley’s ‘The Psychomodo’, David Essex’s ‘Silver Dream Racer’ and Jacques Brel’s ‘Next’, previously made famous by Scots rock legends, the Sensational Alex Harvey Band.

There’s also a full CD of live tracks spanning the years ’78 to ’81, taken from six gigs, including Edinburgh’s White Hart pub and George Square Theatre, Glasgow’s Plaza Ballroom and Valentino’s club, and 11 tracks from a show in Groningen in The Netherlands.

Author! Author! is set for release on 30 October and is available to pre-order here.

Check out ‘Leave Me In Autumn’ from The Old Grey Whistle Test….

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B.O.C. OWN UP!

Rock legends BLUE ÖYSTER CULT are back with a brand new album, heralded by a new video.

‘That Was Me’ is taken from the album The Symbol Remains, the New York band’s fourteenth studio album and first in almost twenty years.

Only singer Eric Bloom and guitarist Donald ‘Buck Dharma’ Roeser remain from the band’s original line-up while guitarist/keyboardist Richie Castellano and drummer Jules Radino have been with the band since 2004 and bassist Danny Miranda returned in 2017 after a long sting in the late 90s and early 00s.

The video features a guest appearance from the band’s original drummer Albert Bouchard on vocals and cowbell, a reference to the enduring Saturday Night Live ‘more cowbell’ sketch.

“The goal was for the new music to stand up to the quality and vitality of our legacy recordings and I believe we have successfully achieved that,” explains Roeser. “Other than that, the sound of our voices and style of our writing and playing can’t help but sound familiar to fans of our work.”

Bloom adds “The album title comes from a quote of an old Sandy Pearlman lyric, which basically we are using to show that the band is back and still rocking after all these years. To me, it means we’re still here and doing what we do.”

Sandy Pearlman was a student colleague of the Cult when they formed at Stony Brook University, London Island in the late-60s, managing and producing the band and contributing to several songs. He would infamously go on to produce Give ‘Em Enough Rope by The Clash.

Pitched between psychedelia, the proto-punk of the MC5 and the biker rock of Steppenwolf, their self-titled debut, Tyranny & Mutation and Secret Treaties (the latter two featuring lyrics by Patti Smith) – have been hugely influential, not least on Radio Birdman and the Australian underground scene of the late-70s and early-80s.

Set for release on 9 October through Frontiers Music on double-vinyl, CD and download, The Symbol Remains is available to pre-order here.

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THE SELECTER AND THE CHORDS – ONE WORD INTERVIEWS!

While carrying out interviews for our Mod vs 2Tone special in the latest edition of Vive Le Rock!, our man Guy Shankland put the thumbscrews on Pauline Black from THE SELECTER and Chris Pope from THE CHORDS in and engaged them in quickfire interviews with one word answers…

PAULINE BLACK

VLR. Loafers or Dr Martens? P.B. “Doc Martens.”
VLR. Tea or Coffee? P.B. “Tea.”
VLR. The Specials or The Beat? P.B. “Mmmm… (a pause and a sigh) The Specials.”
VLR. Coventry or Romford? P.B. “Oh Coventry (Laughing loudly!) “
VLR. Hat or Gloves? P.B. “Hat.”
VLR. Dogs or Cats? P.B. “Dogs.”
VLR. ‘Too Much Pressure’ or ‘Celebrate The Bullet’? P.B. “’Celebrate The Bullet’.”’
VLR. NME or Sounds? P.B. “Errrrrm… NME.”
VLR. Rock or Punk? P.B. “Mmmm… Punk.”
VLR. Bad Manners or Madness? P.B. “(Laughing) Just put a question mark!”

CHRIS POPE

VLR. Loafers or Doc Martens? C.P. “Loafers, no Martens.”
VLR. 2-Tone or Punk? C.P. “Mmm… Punk.”
VLR. Highbury or The Emirates? C.P. “Highbury, all day, mate.”
VLR. Tea or Coffee? C.P. “Tea.”
VLR. The Jam or The Style Council? C.P. “The Jam.”
VLR. The Kinks or The Who? C.P. “The Who.”
VLR. Tommy or Quadrophenia? C.P. “Quadrophenia.”
VLR. London or Brighton? C.P. “London.”
VLR. Top Of The Pops or Cheggers Plays Pop? C.P. “(laughing) Top Of The Pops.”
VLR. NME or Sounds? C.P. “Mmm… Sounds was a bit more streetwise, no I’ll have to go NME as I used to buy it as a kid.”

The full Selecter and The Chords features can be found in the latest edition of Vive Le Rock! out now!

The final few copies of Vive Lee Rock‘s 2Tone Special featuring The Selecter, The Specials, Interrupters, Rhoda Dakar, Madness and The Beat are available here!

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DUB PISTOLS CLASH WITH PUNK

DUB PISTOLS

ADDICT

(Sunday Best Recordings)

Festival circuit favourites blend reggae, punk and drum n bass.

8/10

Eighth album blends jungle and dub with punk influences as the band recently covered The Clash’s ‘Bankrobber’. Frontman Barry Ashworth recorded over three albums worth of songs to whittle the best down to this record which took two years to complete. The band collaborate with emerging talents Natty Campbell and Gardna as well as Bodysnatchers Rhoda Dakar on the anti-racist anthem ‘Stand Together’. Their message of hope rings loud. All eleven tracks have a feature artist and ‘Addict’ opens the album with Cheshire Cat. Later ‘Old Skool’ includes Horseman and ‘Two Generals’ features Ragga Twins. This LP follows 2017’s ‘Crazy Diamonds’ (UK Independent chart Top 5 album). During recording, Dub Pistols tragically lost one of their most prominent members, Will Hensel and this album is a tribute to, and celebration of him. Drum & bass, hip-hop, ska, dub and punk combine in these uplifting tracks. Dub Pistols formed in 1996 but show no signs of slowing down. My album of the year.

Paula Frost

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