Up and coming Polish garage punks MORON’S MORONS have a new video which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
The high energy and slightly deranged ‘White Brothel Creepers’ is the title track from the band’s brand new EP, out through Wanda Records. It’s the Warsaw quartet’s first release since their frantic and very well recieved debut album Looking For Danger, which came out early last year through Slovenly Records.
Describing themselves as “ugly and weird”, they claim that they’re able to “provide you with the same kind of kicks and thrills that are unleashed by both exploitation films and porno mags”. You can be the judge of that. Kleenex?
Fast-rising French politico-punks NIGHTWATCHERS have a new video which they’re premiering today exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
The intriguingly-titled ‘1905 & The Muslim Exception’ is the first single to be taken from the Toulouse quartet’s forthcoming second album Common Crusades.
“The 1905 French law on the Separation of the Churches and State was passed on 9 December 1905,” explain the band. “It established state secularism in France. Secularism was right in metropolis, but was an exception in the French colonial empire where colonization and evangelization always went hand in hand. In Algeria, the French State supervised the practice of Islam and organized the Muslim cult in a logic of control and regulation.”
Common Crusades follows on thematically from the band’s 2019 debut La Paix Ou Le Sable (Peace Or Sand). While that raised awareness of state violence and subjugation in France’s overseas colonies, Common Crusades casts a spotlight on the aftermath of such conflicts.
Common Crusades is due out in the Autumn through Lövely Records.
US New Wave artist PEARL HARBOUR is back with a new single.
‘I Wish I Were You’ is taken from the newly reissued 1995 album Here Comes Trouble.
Pearl Harbour, aka Pearl E Gates, achieved a degree of fame in the early 80s fronting San Francisco and PEARL HARBOUR & THE EXPLOSIONS, releasing an album for Warners at the start of 1980. Relocating to London, she released the album Don’t Follow Me, I’m Lost Too, produced by The Blockheads’ Mickey Gallagher and featuring an all-star band including Wilko Johnson, Topper Headon, Mick Jones, Steve New, Wilko Johnson and others. She would soon marry Simonon.
Following their divorce in 1989, she returned to San Francisco, later recording Here Comes Trouble with SF musicians including East Bay Ray from the Dead Kennedys.
Pearl says of the single, “Oh yeah she’s driving to lovers lane in her cool pink caddy and missing out on some fun while waiting on your man. Again he’s missing in action so I put on the radio, turning the dial and listen. This song makes me fuzzy all inside, I’m in control… ‘I wish I were you, so I can make love to me’.’’
Released through Die Laughing Records, ‘I Wish I Were You’ is available to stream/download here.
Fast-rising Medway garage-punks THE SHADRACKS have just unveiled a new single and lyric video.
‘You Can’t Lose’ is taken from the trio’s long-awaited second album From Human Like Forms, which is due out on 13 August through Damaged Goods and follows on from their self-titled 2018 debut.
The new single is the first outing for new bassist Rhys Webb, formerly of THE HORRORS, who joins the band alongside singer/guitarists Huddie Shadrack (son of Billy Childish) and drummer Elisa Abednego.
“It’s about wanting something you can’t get,” explains Huddie about the choice of single. “Chasing the unobtainable and finding yourself at the mercy of your pursuits.”
The album’s release will be complimented by videos by innovative film maker and former The Jesus And Mary Chain bassist Douglas Hart.
The band play an album launch show at The Moth Club, Hackney, London on 13 August. Tickets are available here.
Scandinavian action rockers THE DRIPPERS have unveiled a new single.
The Gothenburg trio are releasing their version of ‘Hammerless Nail’ by much-loved Columbus OH band NEW BOMB TURKS. As Viktor Skatt from the band says, “a monumental band that influenced the whole High Energy Rock ‘N’ Roll movement of the 90s and is one of the reasons why we started the band in the first place.”
It’s the band’s first release since their highly praised debut album Action Rock which came out through The Sign in 2019.
The track originally surfaced on the No Heroes, No Leaders, No Artists, No Gods: A Tribute to The New Bomb Turks – also featuring THE HELLACOPTERS, HIP PRIESTS and DEAD FURIES which came out through Spaghetty Town Records earlier this year.
And if that’s not enough NBT action for you, a second tribute album Defiled! A Heavy Medication Tribute to New Bomb Turks, featuring the likes of SMALLTOWN TIGERS, RANDY SAVAGES and HOWLIN’ THREADS is available here.
Hot new Essex rockers COBRA LUCHA are premiering their first video today exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
Fusing the tried and trusted influence of highly flammable Detroit street rock with traditional Essex loutishness combined with the pull of a 3-litre GXL Capri, ‘Hail Mary’ is the first taste of the band’s forthcoming 8-track album … Say No More.
Formed in 2019, the band was put together by former TELEPATHY bassist, and now frontman Teddy James Driscoll and guitarist and drummer Ollie and Stu Cooper of chart-troubling pop-punks KOOPA. The line-up is completed by guitarist Joe Pitcher and bassist Roberto AV.
‘Hail Mary’ – while in no way condoning Russian roulette! – is apparently inspired by Driscoll’s own experiences of “pubs, parties, street violence and casual hook-ups following a series of personal triumphs, tragedies and terrible hangovers”.
To celebrate Vive Le Rock‘s Post-Punk Annual which is now back from the printers, we’ve put together a post-punk Spotify playlist featuring the likes of MAGAZINE, BASEMENT 5, CABARET VOLTAIRE, THE PSYCHEDELIC FURS and more for you to listen to while you’re reading it!
And if you haven’t already ordered a copy, you can do so here! Remember: our Post-Punk Annual is NOT available in the shops and stocks won’t hang around forever – once it’s gone, it’s gone! So order now!!
Italian punk-blues one-woman-band ELLI DE MON heralds her new album with a video which she’s premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
The brooding, slow-building ‘Blue Spirit Blues’ is her interpretation of a song by blues legend Bessie Smith and is taken from the album Countin’ The Blues.
Comprising songs from the repertoires of Smith, Ma Rainey, Memphis Minnie, Elizabeth Cotten and others, the album can be seen as a soundtrack to Elli’s book Countin’ The Blues – Indomitable Women, a celebration of the blues queens of the 20s, published last year.
Speaking about the song, Elli says, “Sometimes you forget about them. They live hidden in dark places and they move very silently. But you can feel them and you can’t escape… and they get to hurt you so deeply. The BLUE DEVILS. Well, you can recognize them and this is the first step to get free. Bessie Smith knew it and she burnt her demons out. This is her song and I tried to make it mine.”
Hailing from the historic city of Vicenza and firmly established on the European garage-blues scene, Elli has shared stages with the likes of The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Cedric Burnside and Voodoo Rhythm Records boss, The Reverend Beat-Man. Releasing albums since 2014, her last album was a split release with brilliantly-named psych-blues exponents Daily Thompson.
Recorded live at Sonika in Ferrara, the video was shot by noted filmmaker Ares Brunelli.
Fast-rising Cardiff rockers JAMES AND THE COLD GUN today release a brand new single.
Coming on like the bastard sons of Mudhoney and Thin Lizzy, ‘Plug Me In’, follows belligerently on from their well-received previous single ‘Long Way Home’. The single’s out through GALLOWS’ label, Venn Records.
“’Plug Me In’ is a love letter to volume, it’s for the times where you feel completely lost and rely on music to make you ‘feel something,” says guitarist James Joseph, who’s joined in the band by fellow guitarist/singer James Biss. “The past year has been difficult for us all and I think nearly everyone can relate to feelings of helplessness or feeling like ‘groundhog day’—getting into a garage and turning our amps up as loud as possible has been such a cathartic release for us.”
The single was produced by Adrian Bushby whose credits include Cheap & Nasty, The Parkinsons and, weirdly, The Spice Girls.
Champing at the bit to get out on the road, the duo join SALEM, the new band featuring CREEPER frontman Will Gould on tour in October. Full dates are…
10 Oct – Milton Keynes – The Craufurd Arms 12 Oct – Cardiff Clwb – Ifor Bach (downstairs) 13 Oct – Birmingham – Asylum 2 14 Oct – Nottingham – Rescue Rooms 15 Oct – Oxford – The Bullingdon 16 Oct – Swindon – The Vic 17 Oct – Frome – Cheese and Grain 18 Oct – Bristol – Exchange 21 Oct – Leeds – The Key Club 22 Oct – Huddersfield – The Parish 24 Oct – Newcastle – Think Tank? Underground 25 Oct – Glasgow – Stereo 26 Oct – Sheffield – Sidney and Matilda 27 Oct – Manchester – The Deaf Institute 28 Oct – Guildford – Boileroom 29 Oct – Tunbridge Wells – Forum 30 Oct – London – The Dome 31 Oct – Southampton – The Joiners
Italian psych-punks CLUSTERSUN have a new video which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
On ‘Barricades’ the trio mix strongly lysergic Killing Joke and Hawkwind vibes to disturbing effect.
The single is taken from the band’s third album Avalanche, which follows on from 2014’s Out Of Your Ego and 2017’s Surfacing To Breathe. The album was mixed and mastered by engineer/producer James Aparicio, famed for this work with the likes of Grinderman, Mogwai, Piatcions and Black Doldrums.
Released by Little Cloud (US) and Icy Cold (EU), Avalanche is available to order here.
Legendary UK/New Zealand punk and rock quartet DESPERATE MEASURES are back with a brand new mini-album this Summer.
Formed in Christchurch, New Zealand in 1981, releasing one single and a live album before splitting two years later. Still fronted by founder member Eugene Butcher, the band resurfaced in London tooled up for the 21st Century and now featuring guitarist Gaff (Rich Ragany, Hollywood Brats), bassist Ricky Maguire (UK Subs, The Men They Couldn’t Hang) and ex-K-Line and Done Lying Down drummer James Sherry.
Set for release through Easy Action in August, the six-track 10″ mini-album Rinsed was written during lockdown and features five band originals plus a cover of the Dave Berry/Sex Pistols classic ‘No Lip’. The band unveiled a first taste of the release earlier in the year with a video for the track ‘The Rich-tual’…
Desperate Measures launch the album with a headline show at a special Rockaway Beach club night at London’s legendary Hope & Anchor on 30 July, with support from Knox from The Vibrators and Backstreet Abortions. Tickets here.
They then join ex-Pistol Paul Cook’s revitalised PROFESSIONALS on tour around the UK throughout October. “To go on tour with The Professionals is a dream come true!,” says Butcher. “We were totally into their album I Didn’t See It Coming back in the day. This is going to be an explosive double bill!”
Full dates are….
Wed 13 Oct – Tunbridge Wells Forum Thur 14 Oct – Oxford o2 Academy Fri 15 Oct – Swansea Sin City Mon 18 Oct – Glasgow King Tuts Tue 19 Oct – Newcastle The Cluny Wed 20 Oct – Nottingham Bodega Thur 21 Oct – Birmingham Castle Falcon Fri 22 Oct – Liverpool EBGB’s Mon 25th Oct – Bristol The Exchange Tue 26th Oct – Leeds Brudenell Social Wed 27th Oct – Milton Keynes Craufurd Arms Thur 28th Oct – Chester Live Rooms
LOUD WOMEN, the community organisation championing women in music, today release their first single.
Written by Loud Women founder Cassie Fox and Brix Smith of THE FALL and THE EXTRCATED in the wake of the shocking deaths of Blessing Olusegun and Sarah Everard, ‘Reclaim These Streets’ aims to “turn up the volume on current discussions on the issue of women’s safety. As the song says, ‘Until every woman is safe to walk on every street'”.
Described by DJ John Kennedy as a ‘feminist Band Aid’, the line-up features Siobhan Fahey of BANANARAMA and SHAKESPEARE’S SISTER, Debbie Goodge of MY BLODDY VALENTINE, Karen from HAGAR THE WOMB, Debbie Smith of CURVE, LONDON DIRTHOLE COMPANY etc, DESPERATE JOURNALIST’s Jo Bevan, Helen McCookerybook, Janey Starling from DREAM NAILS, Bec Jevons from IDESTROY, Georgie Willsher of BEVERLEY KILLS, plus members of THE PUKES, SALAD, THE TUTS, RABIES BABIES, HOT SAUCE PONY, SINK YA TEETH, PETROL GIRLS, BERRIES, THE EMPTY PAGE, HURTLING and many more…
‘Reclaim The Streets’ is available to buy here. All proceeds go to domestic violence charity Women’s Aid.
With their new album just out, DROPKICK MURPHYS have announced their biggest tour of UK and Ireland ever.
Celebrating their 25th year as a band, the Boston celtic-punks just dropped Turn Up That Dial, their 10th studio album to rave reviews.
Now they’ve stepped up a gear by announcing nine arena shows in February next year, including shows in Northern and southern Ireland and culminating in a show at London’s prestigious Wembley Arena. They’ll be joined on all dates by LA ska-punks THE INTERRUPTERS.
Full dates are…
15 Feb – Manchester O2 Victoria Warehouse 16 Feb – Newcastle O2 City Hall 18 Feb – Dublin 3Arena 19 Feb – Belfast The Telegraph Building 22 Feb – Glasgow The SSE Hydro 23 Feb – Cardiff Motorpoint Arena 24 Feb – Brighton Centre 25 Feb – Birmingham O2 Academy 26 Feb – London The SSE Wembley Arena
Tickets go on sale at 9.00 am on Friday 7 May here.
Rejuvenated Birmingham punks CULT FIGURES have just unveiled another new video.
‘Concrete And Glass’ is taken from Deritend, the band’s first album of new music on forty years and follows on from the recent single ‘Chicken Bones’.
Darlings of the same Solihull Art School scene, that also gave the world DIY punk pioneers Swell Maps, the band resurfaced in 2016 with the album The 166 Ploughs A Lonely Furrow, which featured new recordings of old material.
Now based in London, the video for ‘Concrete And Glass’ was filmed by the band’s guitarist, and award-winning filmmaker, Jon Hodgson, and features singer Gary Jones ambling through the City’s Barbican estate.
“’Concrete And Glass’ was inspired by something my wife said while we were walking around London’s Soho,” says Jones. “The gentrification… ‘all the buildings going up, and the buildings coming down, were making her frown’ … took the narrative off into a hazy Soho nostalgia trip from the halcyon days of carefree youth.”
Out now through Gare Du Nord Records, Deritend is available physically through Bandcamp and digitally here.
Still touring (when Covid allows) and recording with Camberley punk legends The Members, J C Carroll shares his memories in a new autobiography. Vive Le Rock‘s Hugh Gulland shares his thoughts…
JC CARROLL (STILL) ANNOYING THE NEIGHBOURS AngloCentric 9/10 From a post-war childhood in a scrubby zone of the home counties in which dishevelled fifties kids fished for tadpoles while the Heathrow jets arced overhead, JC Carroll – ‘the boy with three girls’ names’ – would initially take the prescribed route for a bright lad of that particular setting – a junior position in city banking – before his predilection for rock ’n ’roll sidetracked him entirely, into the emergent world of punk rock. As guitar man for The Members, JC was a driver in the democratisation of that movement, opening it up from an inner-city phenomenon to a rallying call for ‘Suburban Kids’ everywhere. While stardom flared relatively briefly for the Surrey outfit before the time-honoured pop pitfalls derailed the train, Carroll’s well-attuned survivor’s instinct would carry him through an impressive sequence of subsequent ventures. These have included film composition, panto production, and successful endeavours in the world of clothing and fashion. With The Members’ reactivation as a working band in recent years, JC has reconnected with his youthful enthusiasms, and from his present situation as a locked-down musician, looks over his lifetime and career – and the enduring relevance of his best-known composition – with clarity and insight.
Read an exclusive extract from (Still) Annoying The Neighbours in the latest edition of Vive Le Rock!
Long lost 80s garage-psych exponents VIEWS are the subject of a new anthology.
Formed in the northern Italian city of Brescia in 1983, inspired by the nascent Paisley Underground scene, the band chimed with the times mixing Hüsker Dü melodic punk with Rain Parade psych and Sarah Records indie jangle, but with a distinct European edginess, to terrific effect.
Views made their recording debut on the now classic comp Rockbeef alongside big-hitting scenesters Not Moving and Liars, before presenting their own debut mini-album Namby Pamby in 1988.
This was followed by the suitably weirdly-titled full-length Mummycat The World No.2 in 1990, featuring 8 originals, plus covers of Lou Reed’s ‘Real Good Time Together’ and The Beatles’ ‘Everybody’s Got Something To Hide Except For Me And My Monkey’, thus completing the sum total of their officially released recordings.
Released through Area Pirata, Mother Tapes Anthology 1986-1990 brings together both albums while a second disc features the Rockbeef track ‘Expectations’, plus 11 other demos and live tracks.
Curiously-named Alabama rockers DREE LEER have a new video which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
‘You Too’ is taken from the Birmingham trio’s debut album Throw Hands which is due out next week through Bettamax Records.
“During this last year, like a lot of people, I was living in my head,” says frontwoman Jackie Lo. “Questioning reality, missing my everyday life that now feels like it was 10 years ago. But most importantly thinking about what I might do differently and with who. This song is about realizing which people in your life are fake and toxic and cutting them out… ‘Everyone knows you’re a lie. You too!’”
Speaking about the video, she says “We got completely lucky. An amazing up and coming artist out of Chicago, Darby Jack Gustafson who also has Alabama ties, took interest in our music and agreed to make a video for ‘You Too.’ Every step involved had to take him forever! We couldn’t have been more happy with it. It’s dark, it’s beautiful, it’s like a light box puppet show! If you don’t know his work, find it!”
Alongside Lo, the band also features bassist Mandy Graffeo and drummer Mikey D. Part of the now thriving Birmingham alternative scene, they recorded Throw Hands at Ol Elegante Studios with Jason Hamric and Les Nuby, formerly with local legends Verbena.
And what about that name? “Dree Leer was one of my online names going back to ’95,” Lo explains. “‘Leer’ means a look or a gaze and ‘Dree’ is a word that means ‘to endure something unwanted or painful.’ It speaks to what women have to endure on a regular basis. A lot of the songs are pro women having a voice and speaking out and being strong and powerful.”
Set for release on 30 April, Throw Hands is available to pre-order here.