MOTHER’S PRIDE

London post-punks GIRLS IN SYNTHESIS herald their forthcoming second full-length with a new video this week.

‘Watch With Mother’ is taken from the album The Rest Is Distraction, set for release in October, which follows on from their debut album Now Here’s And Echo From Your Future which came out in 2020.

“‘Watch With Mother’, like the some of the rest of the album, takes a darker look at family dynamics and the way in which we’re shaped by them,” explains bassist/vocalist John. “The music is more expansive, too, and is the perfect match for the lyrics. We were trying to approach things differently this time round.”

“The video was created with long-time collaborators Soft Surface and brings the family message into sharp focus; singer John, seemingly an apparition, witnesses many seemingly innocent family scenes while addressing the camera directly, almost narratively,” adds guitarist Jim. “This is interspersed with intense band footage, creating a dark and atmospheric visual backdrop to the song. This track is like a calling card for the album. It retains the intensity of our previous releases but builds on it with some different sounds and structure. I don’t think anyone is sounding like this at the moment. No one is tackling the subjects featured on the album.”

The band’s line-up is completed by drummer Nicole, while the album features contributions from frequent collaborators funkcutter (horns) and Stanley Bad (violin), while former Fall keyboardist Eleni Poulou guests on two tracks. Like its predecessor, the album was mixed by Max Walker with stunning photography by Bea Dewhurst.

Released on 14 October through Own It/Cargo, The Rest Is Distraction is available to pre-order here.

The band head out on an extensive European tour next month which includes a headline show at London’s Lexington on 14 October and takes them right up to December. Full dates are…

10/09/22 – VIENNA – Pankahyttn
13/10/22 – NORTHAMPTON – Black Prince
14/10/22 – LONDON – The Lexington
15/10/22 – TUNBRIDGE WELLS – Sussex Arms
19/10/22 – BRISTOL – The Louisiana
20/10/22 – MANCHESTER – The Peer Hat
21/10/22 – NOTTINGHAM – Bodega
22/10/22 – BRIGHTON – Green Door Store
09/11/22 – GHENT – Bar Bricolage (w/Cocaine Piss)
10/11/22 – BRUSSELS – Magasin4
11/11/22 – TOURNAI – Water Moulin
12/11/22 – SIEGEN – Veb Siegen
13/11/22 – HAMBURG – Westwerk
14/11/22 – COPENHAGEN – Rahuset
15/11/22 – ODENSE – Posten
16/11/22 – BERLIN – Urban Spree
17/11/22 – FRIEBURG – Slow Club
18/11/22 – WURZBURG – Cafe Cairo
19/11/22 – NUREMBERG – Desi
20/11/22 – UTRECHT – Db’s
07/12/22 – GLASGOW – The Flying Duck
08/12/22 – NEWCASTLE – Zerox
09/12/22 – HULL – The Adelphi
10/12/22 – BIRMINGHAM – Dark Horse

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FIRST BANDS ANNOUNCED FOR MANCHESTER PUNK FEST!

A first list of bands has been announced for next year’s Manchester Punk Festival.

Now in its seventh edition, the event will see 130 bands performing across seven city venues over the weekend of 7-9 April 2023.

Hitting the stages of The Union, Gorilla, The Bread Shed, Rebellion, Zombie Shack, Yes and Sandbar, you can catch OFF WITH THEIR HEADS, BIG D & THE KIDS TABLE, WONK UNIT, DEATH BY STEREO, LIGHTYEAR, CATBITE, DIRECT HIT!, AFTER THE FALL, FAINTEST IDEA, SNIFF, YOUTH AVOIDERS, MILLIE MANDERS & THE SHUT UP, MOBINA GALORE, CALL ME MALCOLM, WADEYE, KNIFE CLUB, ALLDEEPENDS, CASUAL NAUSEA, BATWOLF,THE SEWER CATS, COMEBACK CLIT, ZERO AGAIN, ELECTRIC PRESS, THE DOMESTICS, BOSSMAGS, SPILLAGE, THE RED STAINS, SYD.31, JASON STIRLING, KADDISH, FOR I AM, PHINIUS GAGE, LAZLO BABY, HEATHCLIFF, GOING OFF, KRUPSKAYA, LAUGHING IN THE FACE OF, THE CRIPPENS, THE PETERLEES, MURDER CLUB, SUBORDINATE, THE HUMAN PROJECT ,SARAH CAREY, STONE LEEK, DEATH TRAILS, DEAD OBJECTIVES, THE LAB RATS, DISTRAL, GREEN EYED MONSTER, EPIC PROBLEM, PHANTOM BAY, PLASTICS, HIGH PRAISE, BINBOY, THE DEADITES, A GREAT NOTION, SHOOTING DAGGERS, STAY PUT, CHERYM, HONEY JOY, FORTITUDE VALLEY, RAT CAGE, CLAYFACE, CONSOLATION and CHEERBLEEDERZ, with many more still to be announced. There will also be comedy, poetry, live podcasts and much more.

Tickets are on sale here.

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CHATS ANNOUNCE DATES!

Aussie tearaways THE CHATS have announced their biggest European tour yet.

The eighteen-date tour is in support of Sunshine Coast trio’s long-awaited second album Get Fucked, which is due for release this Friday through their own Bargain Bin label.

To coincide, the band have released another new video, this time for the track ‘Out On The Street’…

The tour kicks off with two dates at Dublin’s O2 Academy on 16 and 17 May next year and takes in their largest ever UK headline show at London’s Brixton O2 Academy on 26 May. Full dates are…

16 May – Dublin, 02 Academy
17 May – Dublin, 02 Academy
18 May – Belfast, Limelight
19 May – Manchester, Academy
20 May – Glasgow, Barrowlands
21 May – Newcastle, NX
22 May – Cardiff, Tramshed
23 May – Bristol, Bristol 02 Academy
24 May – Birmingham, Institute
26 May – London, 02 Academy Brixton
29 May – Antwerp, Trix
30-May – Paris, Trabendo
31 May – Cologne, Live Music Hall
04 Jun – Netherlands, Amsterdam, Paradiso
06 Jun – Copenhagen, Loppen
07 Jun – Malmo, Debaser
08 Jun – Stockholm, Plan B
09 Jun – Oslo, John Dee

Get Fucked can be pre-saved digitally here.

For physical orders and gig tickets, go here.

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NOT FLAKIN’ IT!

Punk-pop duo VOODOO RADIO make the most of the long hot summer by launching a brand new video.

‘Ice Cream Man (Deluxe Double-Flake’n’Strawberry Sauce Mix)’ is a version of a track from the Cumbrian duo’s widely praised debut mini-album Pop Pills, remixed by Pete Hobbs of indie-pop duo The Boy Least Likely To.

Released through Holy Dotage, ‘Ice Cream Man’ is available to stream/download here.

Voodoo Radio have a string of gigs lined up. Catch them on the road at…

20 Aug – The Hive, Rotherham
27 Aug – Cellar Bar, Whitehaven
28 Aug – Crapfest, Liverpool (Jacaranda)
2 Sep – Hope & Anchor, London
24 Sep -Birds Nest, Deptford
25 Sep – Prince Albert, Brighton
8 Oct – Twisterella, Middlesbrough
11 Nov – Birds Nest, Deptford
12 Nov – The Pipe Line, Brighton
19 Nov – Facebar, Reading
17 Dec – Riverside Rebellion, Middlesbrough
26 Dec- The Welly, Dalton (Boxing Night)

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REBELLION GALLERY

Well, it took a while but some things are worth the wait, right? And this year’s Rebellion Festival in Blackpool was the BEST EVER! The new outdoor stage for R-FEST saw thousands watch great sets by Gary Numan, The Stranglers, Squeeze and much more, while inside the Winter Gardens, fans saw old favourites like Cock Sparrer and U.K Subs raise the roof like never before.
A huge thank you to Darren Russell, Jennie Russell, Daryl Smith and the whole Rebellion team for an incredible 4 days of punk n’ rock n’ roll.
Look out for our full coverage of Rebellion in next edition Vive Le Rock! out 26 August! In the meantime, check out our Rebellion Gallery brought to you by ace shooters Cris Watkins and Jason Miller…
Desperate Measures (Cris Watkins)
Paul Cook, The Professionals (Cris Watkins)
Harley Flanagan, Cro-Mags (Cris Watkins)
Angelic Upstarts (Cris Watkins)
Bob Vylan (Cris Watkins)
Tiger Sex (Cris Watkins)
Punks (Cris Watkins)
Suzi Moon (Cris Watkins)
Jimmy Pursey, Sham 69 (Jason Miller)
Keith Morris, Circle Jerks (Jason Miller)
Peter Hook (Jason Miller)
Punks (Jason Miller)

Olga Svetlanas pic by Chris Watkins

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THE DUEL VIDEO PREMIERE!

London punks THE DUEL are re-releasing their classic concept album The Soundtrack to The End of The World and are trailing it with a new video.

‘Less Every Day’ is taken from the album which was originally released back in 2012 and features Max Splodge as narrator. Subtitled The Zak Splash Story, the album tells the tale of a fictional pop-star who has a comeback hit in the new millennium.

Formed by singer Tara Rez and keyboardist Andy Thierum in 2001, the band was brought to a premature end when Thierum was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

There is no cure for MS, but a portion of the proceeds from sales of this reworked, remixed and remastered edition of the album will go to the MS Society who support those living with the condition, raise awareness and fund research to stop MS for good.

Soundtrack To The End Of The World (The Zak Splash Story) is set for release on 16 September. A new version of The Duel is currently arranging live dates in order to bring the band to a more fitting conclusion.

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EASY DOES IT!

The latest band the emerge from the thriving Melbourne punk scene, THE PRIZE have unveiled a second tracks from their forthcoming debut EP.

‘Easy Way Out’ follows on from the release of their debut digital single and also the title track of the EP, ‘Wrong Side Of Town’. The band will be celebrating the EPs physical release with a special launch show at Melbourne’s John Curtin Hotel on 1 October before heading out nationally with THE CHATS.

“‘Easy Way Out’ was the first song we wrote as a band,” says singing drummer Nadine Muller. “After finally hearing it recorded, I think we all found a new appreciation for the song that solidified us. You don’t have to ‘read between the lines’ to figure out what it’s about!”

Formed early last year, the band’s hybrid garage-rock/powerpop sound has been compared to The Nerves, Thin Lizzy, Flamin’ Groovies and homeland heroes The Divynyls. This is underlined by their stunning cover – also on the EP – of ‘Fighting My Way Back’ by Nuneaton powerpop legends, and Vive Le Rock faves, The Incredible Kidda Band.

Check out ‘Easy Way Out’…

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SUZI KEEPS IT IN THE FAMILY!

Hot from Rebellion, fast-rising punk sensation SUZI MOON has a new video which she’s premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘Family Memories’ is taken from SoCal-raised now DC-based artist’s debut solo album Dumb & In Luv, which is due out in September through Pirates Press Records. The album follows on from two three-track EPs, Call The Shots and Animal.

“These songs are a bit warmer and power-pop than my previous releases,” she says of the album. “They’ve been baked in the California sunshine, like the song ’99 Miles To Pasadena’, which I wrote while running laps around the Rose Bowl. I picked songs that fit together nicely but also offer a lot of variation, so you’re getting more of a full ride with this album than you did with the EPs!

“The ten tracks on Dumb & In Luv represent growth and the human condition,” she continues. “Themes of love, loss, heartache, hope, and celebration are all ones that I have written about before and will certainly revisit again and again. My first EP, Call The Shots, had a straightforward punk’n’roll sound, my second EP, Animal, was a bit more melodic, and Dumb & In Luv is really a mix of those two styles, seeped in the influence of all those great California bands that influenced me while I was growing up, like Social Distortion, Rancid, Green Day and Sugarcult.”

Set for release on 9 September, Dumb & In Luv is available to pre-order here.

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LEGS AKIMBO!

NYC blues shakers DADDY LONG LEGS are back with a string of UK dates this autumn.

Returning for their first tour since the Covid pandemic, the band’s new four-piece line-up sees original members Brian Hurd (vocals/harp) Murat Aktürk (guitars/vocals) and Josh Styles (drums/maracas) joined by new member Dave Klein on piano.

The band have been working on the follow-up to 2019’s Lowdown Ways, which is slated for release in the new year. In the meantime, they play the following dates….

TUES 11 OCT – Manchester – Blues Kitchen
WED 12 OCT – Newcastle – Cluny C2
THURS 13 OCT – Edinburgh – Voodoo Rooms
FRID 14 OCT – Glasgow – Broadcast
SAT 15 OCT – Birkenhead – Future Yard
SUN 16 OCT – Hebden Bridge – Trades
TUES 18 OCT – Bristol – Exchange
WED 19 OCT – Norwich – NAC
THURS 20 OCT – Bedford – Esquires
FRIDAY 21 OCT – London – The Lexington
SAT 22 OCT – Brighton – The Albert
SUN 23 OCT – Folkestone – Chambers

Tickets are on sale here.

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INTERRUPTERS UNVEIL NEW VIDEO!

THE INTERRUPTERS have just unveiled another new video.

‘Raised By Wolves’ is taken from the LA band’s long-awaited new album In The Wild, which was released on Friday through Hellcat and follows on from 2018’s Fight The Good Fight.

“In my formative years, I grew up with a lot of turmoil and abuse in the house,” says frontwoman Aimee Interrupter about the single. “I had no consistent parental figures to turn to and I couldn’t trust anyone, I ended up in a foster home and moved around a lot throughout my childhood. This set the stage for many missteps in my life. I truly feel that I was raised by wolves… in the wild. This song is me coming to terms with that and forgiving those who I expected to be there for me, while also forgiving myself.”

The band hit UK soil on 20 August for an appearance at Beautiful Days in Devon, then touring until 3 September when they play Brixton Academy. Full dates are…

Aug 20 – Tiverton, United Kingdom – Beautiful Days Festival
Aug 21 – Bristol, United Kingdom – Marble Factory
Aug 23 – Nottingham, United Kingdom – Rock City
Aug 24 – Leeds, United Kingdom – O2 Academy Leeds
Aug 29 – Manchester, United Kingdom – Manchester Academy
Aug 31 – Glasgow, United Kingdom – Barrowland Ballroom
Sept 2 – Birmingham, United Kingdom – O2 Institute
Sept 3 – London, United Kingdom – O2 Academy Brixton

Tickets are available here.

Pic by Jimmy Fontaine

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GINGER ANNOUNCES ALBUM AND DATES!

GINGER WILDHEART has announced a new solo album and a run of dates.

Ginger will be sharing with fans the whole process of making the album, via video updates, live Q&As and exclusive digital content. Fans can sign up at his website through a number of different membership options.

Those pre-ordering the album will receive more than 20 songs when recording is completed in Sept/Oct, some months before the full commercial release of the album.

Also, Friendly Strangers, a benevolent fund for fans who cannot afford to subscribe to the campaign, has been set up.

“The passion and the kindness of Ginger’s supporters is the stuff of legend and aside from the generosity that was shown right off the bat, I was especially struck by how the people writing in will share the difficulties they’re having, completely unprompted – I’ve read some truly heartbreaking stories in the last week,” says Ian Sparke, co-founder and person in charge. “So how does Friendly Strangers work? Well, you can donate, by sending however much you can spare to friendlystrangers555@gmail.com. If you’re struggling financially and would benefit from our help, write an email to that same address. You’ll hear from me personally and I will get you subscribed for the new album campaign.”

Check out this exclusive preview of one of the tracks….

Ginger heads out later this month for the following acoustic shows with Jon Poole….

Tue 23 Aug – The Crypt, Hastings tickets
Wed 24 Aug – Asylum, Birmingham tickets
Thu 25 Aug – Old Courts, Wigan tickets
Fri 26 Aug – The Fulford Arms, York tickets

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THE FADES ARE BACK!

West London new wavers THE FADES have just unveiled a new video.

‘You Follow Me Around’ is the first single to be taken from the band’s forthcoming album, Night Terrors, which follows the success of the vinyl reissue of their 2012 third album Ragnarok and signposts a new beginning for the band.

“The song was written at a very difficult time when this ex-partner was seriously harassing me” says singer Dave Lightfoot of the single. “It made me ill and I lost so much weight but in the usual Fades way, I managed to make light of it by linking the song to my cat, who was also harassing me but in a much more loving way. Basically, I took the positive approach to a very stressful situation and then a song came out of it”.

Night Terrors is available to pre-order here.

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NONE MORE BLACK!

Satanic metal figureheads VENOM are to issue their career-spanning In Nomine Satanas anthology as a 6 CD + DVD box st.

The set, comprising their original albums for Neat Records, from 1981’s Welcome To Hell up to the live album Eine Kleine Nachtmusik from ’86, was previously issued as a deluxe vinyl set in 2019. The set also includes the Sons Of Satan, collection including an expanse of early demos going back to the beginnings of the band in 1979.

The set is completed by the inclusion of 7th Date Of Hell, a DVD documenting a performance from the legendary Hammersmith Odeon in 1984.

As if that wasn’t enough, BMG are issuing a 40th Anniversary deluxe edition of their classic genre-igniting second album Black Metal, on silver-and-black-swirl vinyl, limited to 1,500 copies.

Set for release on 23 September, both releases are available to pre-order here.

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HARD-ONS GET THE NEEDLE!

Aussie punk legends THE HARD-ONS have just unveiled a new video from their latest album.

‘Needles And Pins’ is taken from the album I’m Sorry Sir, That Riff’s Been Taken, which came out last autumn and is their first album to feature You Am I frontman Tim Rogers.

“The Hard-Ons are in love with the music and beauty of pop,” says bassist Ray Ahn of the video. “We wanted Mike Foxall, the director to capture the sentiment and tenderness of the melody – all the while showing some light-hearted humour… “

“People usually scoff (politely Emoji) when I insist we’re a pop band .. SEE!!”, adds guitarist Peter ‘Blackie’ Black.

Released through Cheersquad Records on limited edition hot pink and teal vinyl 7″, ‘Needles And Pins’ is available here.

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SPARRER LAND IN CAMDEN!

As previously announced COCK SPARRER play two nights at London’s Roundhouse in September in celebration of their 50th Anniversary.

Tickets for Saturday 10 September have now sold out, but their are still some left for their show on Friday 9 September.

Playing two sets each night for these special all-ages shows and the band promise a few surprises for their fans, including things that they’ve never done onstage before.

Remaining tickets are available here.

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IS MICK THERE?

Aussie garage legends SCREAMING TRIBESMEN’s founder Mick Medew has collaborated with his life partner Ursula Collie on a brand new album.

Love Is Calling was conceived through a series of live-streaming sessions during Covid lockdown. With Medew on guitars and vocals and Ursula on keys, the ten tracks on the album cover a broader palette than Medew has hitherto been known for with the Tribesmen and latterly, the Memerisers, spanning power-pop, synthpop, alt-country and pop-rock.

Recorded and produced by longtime collaborator Brian Mann, Love Is Calling is available now through I-94 Bar Records.

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THERE’S A TURKEY IN THE HOUSE!

The URBAN VOODOO MACHINE’s frontman Paul-Ronney Angel has collaborated with LINDA GAIL LEWIS – younger sister of the Killer himself, Jerry Lee Lewis! – and they’re premiering the video exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

The track ‘Wild Turkey & Lemonade’ was written by Angel and inspired by Linda Gail when she told him about her favourite drink: “I was on tour in the States with guitarist Danny B Harvey who is Linda Gail’s son-in-law and we were knocking back some Jack’n’Cokes in honour of Lemmy who Danny played with in Headcat, when Linda Gail told me that Wild Turkey & Lemonade used to be her favourite drink – it stuck and became a song and I’m super happy she agreed to duet it with me!”

The track is available on the London Texas Lockdown album which made VLR’s Top 50 Albums of 2021. It can be ordered direct from the man himself!

In addition to a full-on schedule with The Urban Voodoo Machine, Angel has also found time to form an all-star band The Bad MoFos which features Tomirae Brown (James Brown Band), Tom Spencer (The Professionals), Slim (The Urban Voodoo Machine) and Rocky Rhyhm (The Revillos). Catch Paul-Ronney Angel & The Bad MoFos on tour this summer…

Wed 3 Aug – Aye Aye Club, OSLO (solo)
Wed 17 Aug – Waterloo, BLACKPOOL,
Thur 18 Aug – Crooked Crow Bar, LEIGHTON BUZZARD
Fri 19 Aug – Chambers, FOLKESTONE,
Sat 20 Aug – Prince Albert, BRIGHTON
Sun 21 Aug – The Pier, PORTSMOUTH

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R-FEST FREE FOR NHS WORKERS!

The good folks at REBELLION have announced that they’ll be granting FREE tickets to key NHS workers for their new R-Fest events.

As previously announced, R-Fest is a new four-day outdoor event to be staged in front of the Blackpool Tower over Rebellion weekend of 4 to 7 August.

The line-up across the four days is set to include THE LEVELLERS, HAWKWIND, THE STRANGLERS, THE UNDERTONES, GARY NUMAN, PETER HOOK & THE LIGHT, SQUEEZE, BILLY BRAGG, BUZZCOCKS, SKIDS, TOYAH, ALTERED IMAGES and loads more.

If you’re a key NHS worker, go to the Winter Gardens Box Office on Victoria Street, Blackpool between 12 noon and 9pm this Wednesday 3 August with your NHS ID card to receive your free ticket for the day of your choice.

R-Fest is a standalone festival and day tickets are available at £50 per day. However, if you are a REBELLION weekend or REBELLION day ticket holder your ticket will get into R-Fest free of charge.

Full details and tickets for REBELLION and R-Fest can be found here.

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