Aussie legends THE CHURCH have announced a pair of London dates this Summer.
Following on from the success of their weekend event at Bush Hall, Shepherds Bush last June, the band return to the venue on Sat 8th and Sunday 9th June.
The event will see the band playing the albums Starfish and Seance in their entirety. The weekend will also feature band member solo sets and a screening of the Jean Cocteau film Wood Of The Poet with a live improvised soundtrack. There will also be a selection of tracks from Steve Kilbey’s 2008 solo album Painkiller, plus material from Jack Frost and Far Out Coporation, bands formed by Kilbey and Ian Haug (respectively) with The Go-Betweens’ Grant McLennan.
The Steve Kilbey biopic Something Quite Peculiar is being screened at the Regent Street Cinema on Friday 22nd March as part of the Vive Le Rock-sponsored Soundscreen Festival. Kilbey plays a solo show at The Islington London on Saturday 23rd March.
Ace French punks GUERILLA POUBELLE have announced a series of UK and European dates next month.
The Paris trio, whose name translates as ‘Dustbin Guerilla’, head out on a co-headlining tour with Wisconsin’s ARMS ALOFT throughout April and May including shows in London, Manchester, Cardiff and Canterbury.
To whet your appetite, they’ve released a new video for the track ‘Golgotha’ from their 2017 album La Nausée, utilising footage from John Carpenter’s They Live!
Catch both bands on the following dates…
20 Apr – LONDON New River Studio 21 Apr – MANCHESTER Manchester Punk Fest 22 Apr – CARDIFF The Tiny Rebel 23 Apr – CANTERBURY The Folkestonenor 24 Apr – BE BRUXELLES Le Bunker 25 Apr – FR METZ Maison Des Etudians 26 Apr – DE LENENSSTADT – OT Grevenbrück 27 Apr – DE MUNICH Kafe Kult 28 Apr – FR LUTTERBACH Salle des Brasseurs 29 Apr – DE MAINZ Kreativfabrik 30 Apr – CH BULLE Ebulition 1 May – FR BAGNOLS-SUR-CEZE La Moba 2 May – FR MARSEILLE Skate Punk Fest 3 May – FR CIRAL Blizz Art Fest 4 May – FR MONTAIGU Rhinoferoces Fest 4 May – FR PARIS Le Gibus
Chicago post-punks MUET are set to release their debut album this week and they’ve just unveiled a new video to coincide.
‘Muscle’ is taken from the self-titled album which is set for release on Friday 22 March through Metropolis.
Fronted by singer Steven Seibold, with Daniel Evans on guitar and bass and Vince McAley on drums, the band has a pedigree born of experience in post-industrial bands like Pigface, Chemlab, Die Warzau and Hate Dept.”
Speaking about the making of the video, the band say it “… was the first time we had all actually played in the same room together as a band. We made the album entirely by remote due to our singer living a few hours away from the rest of the band in Chicago. We traded files back and forth, the band recording demos and sending them to Steven and he would send vocal takes back. Somehow, it seemed to gel quickly. So, we’re actually playing together for the first time in this video, and we are really playing, not miming along to the song like most videos. We were so excited and perhaps a little nervous to put all the pieces together and play, that it seems to give the video an endearing quality. The editing was done by Vince McAley, while our friend Myles Arwine did a phenomenal job capturing and directing the footage. We can’t thank him enough.”
EVIL BLIZZARD have announced the release of a double live album for Record Store Day, and they’re launching it with a new video exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
‘Tell Me’ is taken from VILEVILIVE which was recorded live at the Sonic Rock Solstice Festival in Worcestershire last year. The album follows on from the last year’s release of the band’s debut album The Worst Show On Earth.
VILEVILIVE is set for release though the band’s Crackedankles label on Friday 12 April, in time for Record Store Day the following day. It will be available on white vinyl in a gatefold sleeve with a free download card, limited to 500 copies. It will also be available on CD, also limited to 500.
The band play a special headline show at Preston’s iconic Guild Hall on Staurday 13 April, with support from Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs, The Membranes and Part Chimp. Tickets are available here.
MICHAEL MONROE, THE DAMNED and THE INTERRUPTERS are heading to Japan this summer to appear at the 20th Anniversary of their Summer Sonic Festival.
The event takes place at Maishima Sonic Park, Osaka and Zozo Marine Stadium, Chiba over the weekend of 16-18 August. Other acts performing include Rancid, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Babymetal, Bing Me The Horizon, Weezer, Zebrahead, The Struts, The Lemon Twigs and more…
The PUMP IT UP! POWERPOP WEEKENDER is back for a second year, following the success of last year’s event.
Presented by Some Weird Sin, the two-day spectacular moves to a new venue, The Lexington in Islington, North London, over the weekend of 27 and 28 July.
Lined up to headline are Dublin’s THE NUMBER ONES and Detroit’s NIKKI CORVETTE. Other acts on the bill include LAST GREAT DREAMERS (pictured), THE PRISCILLAS, RICH RAGANY & THE DIGRESSIONS, MUSIC CITY, FAST CARS, AUTOGRAMM with still more to be announced.
Stoke folk-punks HEADSTICKS head out on tour this month in support of their just released new album.
Kept In The Dark, the band’s third studio album, was released last week and is available on CD and double vinyl through STP Records.
The four-piece formed in 2012 out of the ashes of Cheshire’s TOWER STRUCK DOWN and Staffordshire’s JUGOPUNCH, developing their own brand of ‘revolutionary punk roots rock’n’roll’. Along the way they’ve shared stages with the likes of Spear Of Destiny, Buzzcocks, The Wildhearts and Ferocious Dog.
Check out the video fro ‘Peace Or War’…
This latest run of shows includes dates with STEVE IGNORANT’S SLICE OF LIFE and INTERROBANG, plus an appearance at Bearded Theory and a London date at The Bird’s Nest in Deptford. Full dates are…
23 Mar – MacStock, Black Market, Market Warsop. 6 Apr – White Hart, Ashby De La Zouch 7 Apr – Gigs For Digs, Eleven, Tunstall, Stoke On Trent 18 Apr – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds (w/ Steve Ignorant’s Slice Of Life & Interrobang) 19 Apr – The Rigger, Newcastle Under Lyme (w/ Steve Ignorant’s Slice Of Life & Interrobang) 20 Apr – The Maze, Nottingham (w/ Steve Ignorant’s Slice Of Life & Interrobang) 27 Apr – Rock Off Fibro, Saddle Rock Bar, Chester. 4 May – Eh Up Mi Duck Festival, Newstead Village, Nottingham 11 May – Bird’s Nest, Deptford, London 25 May – Bearded Theory, Catton Hall, Derbyshire 26 May – Strummercamp, Oldham Rugby Club, Oldham
Fast-rising Carlisle youngsters HARDWICKE CIRCUS are heading out for a tour of the South-East at the end of the month.
The six-piece, who’ve recently been taken under the wing of pub-rock pioneer and Stiff Records founder Dave Robinson, have just been in ex-Vibrator Pat Collier’s Perivale Studio recording a new EP with the legendary Terry Edwards (Higsons, Gallon Drunk, NJE) in the producer’s chair.
“We have been looking forward to getting to grips with the South Coast for a good while to bring our Carlisle music down to the sea,” says frontman Jonny Foster.
“This tour will be great for The Hardwickes,” adds Robinson. “Playing a lot of dates in Kent and the South Coast will show them off big time.”
The band pile into their new tourbus for dates at…
Fri 29 Mar – Vinyl Tap, Preston Sat 30 Mar – The Cavern, Raynes Park, London Sun 31Mar – Balabam, Tottenham, London Thur 4 Apr – Ramsgate Music Hall, Ramsgate Fri 5 Apr – The Lighthouse, Deal Sat 6 Apr – The Half Moon, Putney, London Sun 7 Apr – Latest Music Bar, Brighton Mon 8 Apr – The Holroyd Arms, Guildford Tue 9 Apr – The Railway Hotel, Southend Wed 10 Apr – Hotel Pelirocco, Brighton Fri 12 Apr – Blackmarket VIP, Hastings Sat 13 Apr – The Rose & Crown, Walthamstow, London Sun 14 Apr – The Duke of Cumberland, Whitstable Thur 18 Apr – The Bedford, Balham, London Fri 19 Apr – The Magic Garden, Battersea, London
A petition has been raised to erect a plaque in honour of the SEX PISTOLS’ final UK gig.
The gig took place at Huddersfield’s Ivanhoe’s nightclub on Christmas Day 1977, by which time the band was banned from playing in most of the UK. The event was organised as a benefit for the families of striking firemen, who’d been in dispute for nine weeks and were struggling to feed their families.
Unusually, the gig was open to all ages and footage shot by film-maker Julien Temple catches the unlikely sight of kids pogoing to ‘God Save The Queen’. The film footage would later see the light of day in the 2013 documentary Never Mind the Baubles: Xmas ’77 With the Pistols.
The petition, by fan Ian Lockwood and addressed to Kirklees Council, asks that a blue plaque to commemorate the event be erected on the facade of the former club, originally part of Huddersfield’s ornate Grand Picture Theatre and later incorporated into a supermarket.
THE STRAY CATS have unveiled the first single from their new album, their first in 26 years!
‘Cat Fight (Over A Dog Like Me)’ is taken from the succinctly-titled 40, celebrating the Long Island rockabillies’ 40th Anniversary. Check it out here.
The band recorded the album at Blackbird Studio, Nashville at the end of last year with producer Peter Collins. Check out this studio clip featuring band and producer talking about the album…
“You have to understand how unique The Stray Cats are,” explains Brian Setzer. “It’s me playing an old hollow body guitar, Slim Jim playing two or three drums, and Lee Rocker slapping a stand-up acoustic bass. I get to write new songs and then play them with my buddies. Somehow we created a new and exciting sound with this simple idea. And you know what? A lot of people agree!”
“This new album really feels like the first record we did, it’s really natural and comfortable,” adds Lee. “For the recording, we went live – like doing a gig, we recorded in a real, organic way. We were all in one room standing next to each other recording live, with the amps turned up to 10, it captured the undefinable things that happen when a band is great, it captured the magic that takes place and an undefined spark.”
“We’re very, very focused when we get into the studio,” continues Slim Jim. “It didn’t feel like a long time had passed since we had done this, it felt very natural and familiar. We were all in a row with everyone watching each other, so it felt like a gig in the set-up. We really embraced that a little bit for the album, it’s like an old way of making records. The modern is meeting the vintage, which has always been our inspiration.”
Featuring 12 all-new original songs, 40 is set for release on 24 May on Surfdog Records via Mascot Label Group Distribution. It will be available as a limited boxed edition CD, with two bonus tracks, a set of coasters plus postcards and stickers, as well as a limited editon siver vinyl LP. You can pre-order the album here and get ‘Cat Fight…’ as an instant free download.
As previously announced, the Cats play the following European dates…
Fri 21 June Azkena Rock Festival, Vitoria, Spain Sun 23 June 02 Academy, Birmingham Tues 25 June 02 Apollo, Manchester Wed 26 June Eventim Apollo, London Thur 27 June Eventim Apollo, London Sat 29 June Retro C Trop, Tilloloy, France Mon 1 July AFAS Live, Amsterdam, Netherlands Wed 3 July Columbiahalle, Berlin, Germany Thur 4 July Palladium, Cologne, Germany Sat 6 July American Tours Festival, Tours, France Sun 7 July Les Eurockeennes, Belfort, France Tues 9 July Killesberg, Stuttgart, Germany Thur 11 July Zenith, Munich, Germany Fri 12 July X-Tra, Zürich, Switzerland Sat 13 July Musilac Festival, Aix-Les-Bains, France Thur 18 July Pori Jazz Festival, Pori, Finland Sat 20 July Summer Jamboree, Falun, Sweden
Exiled Russian punks SVETLANAS have signed with Demons Run Amok and are premiering a brand new video exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
Fronted by the hyperactive and charismatic Olga Svetlanas, the band formed in Moscow in 2009, releasing their debut album the following year. Relocating the the US, they’ve earned a reputation for their super-intense live performances at a string of international events including SXSW, Vans Warped Tour, Punk Rock Bowling and Rebellion.
In 2016, they so impressed ex-Queens Of The Stoneage bassist Nick Oliveri that he joined the band! Their most recent album is 2017’s This Is Moscow Not LA, recorded at Josh Homme’s Pink Duck Studios.
“As a long running label if you get the chance to work with an outstanding Band you have to say YES!,” says DRA’s Rene. “If you share the same ideas, thoughts and passion a long living partnership is a must!
“We’re excited to welcome the Most Dangerous Band In The World, SVETLANAS! Make sure to catch ‘em live and feel the energy and anger of this powerhouse!
“Expect their DRA debut at the end of the year or beginning of the new year. In the meantime enjoy their new Video for ‘Negative Approach’ from their last record This Is Moscow Not LA.”
And the band themselves say….”What we are doing here is not just a collaboration between band and label but it is a bond founded on values and ideals. We are ready to fight!”
THE STRANGLERS have been announced as headliners for this year’s AEG Vive Le Rock Awards.
The Guildford punk legends will be interrupting their current tour to join the likes of Suzi Quatro, Glen Matlock, Barrie Masters and Steve Diggle at the O2 Academy, Islington, London for the event of the year on Wednesday 27 March.
Take note though: because we’ve got so much to squeeze in, they’ll be playing a shorter set than they usually do!
Tickets, including special VIP packages, are available here. But they’re going very fast, and with this announcement they’ll more than likely be gone in the blink of an eye, so don’t hang about!!!
Aussie rock vets DATURA4 have a new album coming out and they’re sharing a track exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
‘Run With Lucy’ is taken from the Western Australian rockers’ third album Blessed Is The Boogie, which is due out through Alive Naturalsound on 5 April.
Datura4 are lead by Fremantle native Dom Mariani, who’s been a linchpin of Aussie underground rock for the past 40 years with bands like The Go-Starts, The Stems, The Someloves, DM3 and The DomNicks (with former Cortinas and Clash guitarist Nick Shepard). Usually to be found trading in Beatley powerpop and Nuggets-era psych, with Datura4 Dom and his colleagues Stu Loasby, Warren Hall and Bob Patient scratch their heavy blues-rock and footstomping boogie itch.
“‘Run With Lucy’ (Lucifer) is an ode on the Cult of Personality,” Dom explains. “Living in uncertain times while our world leaders push agendas that create an unstable world to make us all feel uneasy about the future of this planet. History repeating? And so we bagged ‘em up into some glam-boogie-stomp ‘cos that’s the way we like it.”
There’s a limited edition Blessed Is The Boogie pre-order bundle available here.
Brighton punk label Grow Your Own is releasing a new compilation celebrating International Women’s Day on Friday 8 March.
No One’s Little Girls features 16 tracks by women in bands – “from teens to grandmothers” – including contributions from HAGAR THE WOMB, THE MENSTRUAL CRAMPS, WERECATS, BRATAKUS, THE FLEAS, COMBAT SHOCK, PUSSYLIQUOR, LOUISE CHALLICE, MINDFRAME, KISS ME KILLER and more. All profits from sales will go to various grassroots women’s charities.
Say the label: “It showcases the depth of female talent that has always been there but has not always been visible, and the explosion of younger women bands with the confidence and attitude to match their musical flair. The comp contains unforgettable, melodic pop punk guitar riffs to hardcore, dub influenced and acoustic tracks.”
No One’s Little Girls is available on limited edition coloured vinyl, CD and download from Bandcamp.
French melodic punks LANE have just unveiled a video from their forthcoming debut album.
‘A Dead Man’s Soul’ is taken from A Shiny Day, which is set for release on the Twenty Something label on Friday 8 March. The album follows on from the band’s debut release, the 10″ four-track Teaching Not To Pray, released last year.
Hailing from the city of Angers in western France, LANE, an acronym for Love And Noise Experiment, have a bit of history. Brothers Pierre-Yves (bass) and Eric Sourice (vocals, guitar) were founder members of LES THUGS, one of France’s most iconic punk bands, who released nine albums throughout the 80s and 90s on such labels as Closer, Vinyl Solution, Alternative Tentacles and SubPop. They’re joined in the band by another pair of brothers, Camille (drums) and Etienne Belin (guitar) from fellow Angers band DARIA. The line-up is completed by Pierre-Yves son Félix also on guitar.
Darrell Bath from Soho sleaze-merchants THE CRYBABYS and Rob Carlyle of NYC rockers THE COMPULSIONS join forces for a European Tour this month.
Kicking off at Brighton Pipeline on 15 March and followed by a London show at Tufnell Park’s Aces & Eights with RICH RAGANY & THE DIGRESSIONS, the Return Of The Rock’n’Roll Double Whammy tour winds through Germany and Sweden before heading back to England with a show at Canterbury’s New Inn. Full dates below…
Founding The Crybabys at the start of the 90s with Boys guitarist Honest John Plain, Bath has also slung his guitar with the likes of Ian Hunter, Dogs D’Amour, UK Subs and The Vibrators. The revolving door line-up of The Compulsions, meanwhile, has featured members of Guns N’ Roses, The New York Dolls, Psychedelic Furs and Hanoi Rocks, as well as legendary Bowie guitarist Earl Slick.
The pair met for the first time on an (almost) acoustic tour of the UK and Germany and had such a blast, they’ve decided to do it all over again.
“It couldn’t have gone any better,” says Bath. “For starters, our music worked together perfectly: A bit of blues, a bit of boogie-woogie, maybe a ballad or three thrown in for good measure.”
“I was really impressed by all the rock ‘n’ rollers over in England and Germany. Much better crowds than here in the States,” says Carlyle. “I’m also psyched for Sweden. I’ve never played there before but I’ve heard nothing but great things about the Scandinavian music scene. Can’t f*ckin’ wait!”