ROCKET TO VENUS!

East Midlands electro-rockers THE VENUS FLY TRAP celebrate the 30th Anniversary of their classic ‘Rocket USA’ single with a new digital reissue this week.

‘Rocket USA’ is of course a cover of the SUICIDE track, and was originally released on French label Danceteria in 1989. It was produced by BAUHAUS drummer Kevin Haskins and features sax by THE JAZZ BUTCHER’s Pat Fish.

Formed in 1986 in Northampton, The Venus Fly Trap were born onto the same thriving East Midlands scene that brought the world the likes of Crazyhead, Gaye Bykers On Acid and The Bomb Party. Describing their sound as “Bladerunner sci-fi rock’n’roll mixed with acidic cinematic visions”, they’ve released eight albums, the most recent of which being last year’s Icon.

‘Rocket USA b/w ‘Cloud Lips’ and ‘Opium War’ is out on Friday 4 October on Glass Miniature.

Catch The Venus Fly Trap on the following dates…

2 Oct – Soundhouse, Leicester (w/ Theatre Of Hate)
4 Oct – Sprial Archive Records, Northampton (Single Launch)
12 Oct – Esquires, Bedford (w/ Transmission)
26 Oct – Crauford Arms, Milton Keynes (w/ Transmission)
9 Nov – L’Escobar, Tournai, Belgium
30 Nov – Hope & Anchor, London (w/ Attrition + Pat Fish)
6 Dec – Duffy’s, Leicester
19 Dec – TBC, Hamburg, Germany

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LUICIDAL VIDEO PREMIERE!

Creators of one of our favourite videos of the year, Venice Ca’s finest, LUICIDAL are back with a new clip which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

Back in February, the band dropped a video for ‘One Steel Soldier’ from last year’s Born In Venice album. This time around, they’ve got back to 2014’s self-titled debut for the in-yer-face ‘Westside Familia’.

Shot once again on their home turf of Venice, the video is the work of Box 24 Studio and Michael Pacchainelli from Creative Frenzy.

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CATS OUTTA THE BOX!

The STRAY CATS’ flash new 40th Anniversary box set is out today!

Runaway Boys brings together the New York rockabillies’ first three classic albums – Stray Cats, Gonna Ball and Rant N’ Rave – on half-speed mastered heavyweight vinyl, plus a fourth slab featuring b-sides and rare cuts.

The set also includes a plush hardback book with rarely seen photographs and period interviews, plus the already legendary Rumble In Brighton board game.

To see exactly what you get, check out the video…

There’s also a double-vinyl and double-CD anthology available. All three are available to order here.

You can read a review of Runaway Boys in the forthcoming October edition of Vive Le Rock!

The last few copies of our Stray Cats special edition from the summer are available to order here.

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SMALLTOWN TIGERS VIDEO PREMIERE!

Fast-rising buzzsaw punks SMALLTOWN TIGERS’ long-awaited debut single is released this Friday and they’re premiering the video exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘Just Friends’ is the first track to be revealed from the girls’ forthcoming debut album, due out through Area Pirata Records in the New Year, and comes just in time for their first ever UK dates in October.

The single and album were recorded in one two-day blitz with producer Stiv Cantarelli (JD Hangover, Silent Strangers) and mastered by Detroit legend Jim Diamond (White Stripes, Sonics, Dirtbombs).

Formed just a year ago in the Italian beachside city of Rimini, the Tigers are the latest tremors in the current Italian punk earthquake that’s also turned up the likes of Sloks, The Cogs, White Pagoda and The Dirtiest…

The Tigers have already played several high profile shows in their homeland, including a tour with NYC powerpoppers Baby Shakes, and are now turning heads over here, not least that of The Undertones’ Mickey Bradley, who’s already played ‘Just Friends’ on his BBC Ulster radio show.

The band play four shows in the UK, including an afternoon set at Loud Women’s 4th Birthday Party at London’s Hope & Anchor on Saturday 12 October, followed by show later that night at Biddle Bros in Clapton. Full dates are…

Thurs 10 Oct – The Railway Hotel, Southend-on-Sea
Fri 11 Oct – The Shacklewell Arms, Dalston, London (w/ The Speedways)
Sat 12 Oct – The Hope & Anchor, Islington, London (5pm)
Sat 12 Oct – Biddle Bros, Clapton, London (10pm)

‘Just Friends’ is available to download from Bandcamp and all regular platforms.

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THE REZILLOS ARE BACK!

Original ’76 punks THE REZILLOS have announced a major tour for next year.

The Edinburgh band found chart success after signing to Sire with the Top 20 single ‘Top Of The Pops’ and album Can’t Stand The Rezillos, before splitting and reconfiguring as The Revillos.

Reforming in 2001, they’ve recorded and toured sporadically over the years, their most recent album being 2015’s Zero.

Still featuring original frontman and woman Eugene Reynolds and Fay Fife, the band embark on the Rezillomania Tour throughout February, including a London show at the 229 Club. Full dates are…

Fri 7 Feb – The Fiddlers, Bristol
Sat 8 Feb – The Brook, Southampton
Sat 15 Feb – Rebellion, Manchester
Fri 21 Feb – Roadmender, Northampton
Sat 22 Feb – 229, London
Fri 28 Feb – Junction, Cambridge
Sat 29 Feb – Epic Studios, Norwich

Tickets are on sale now here.

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BASTARD SQUAD!

Legendary French rocker LITTLE BOB plays a trio of London shows next month with his new band BLUES BASTARDS in support of their new album.

Hailing from France’s rock’n’roll capital of Le Havre, the onetime Roberto Piazza rose to prominence in the mid-70s, his band Little Bob Story taking their cue from the rough-edged r’n’b of Dr Feelgood and playing the second Mont De Marsan punk festival in ’77. Signing to Chiswick Records, they appeared on Vertigo’s cult compilation New Wave, covering The Small Faces’ ‘All Or Nothing’.

Now in his 70s, the diminutive singer and his band have just released the album New Day Coming through Freeworld Records.

Set to play his first UK dates in 40 years, you can catch Little Bob live in London at…

Tues 8 Oct – Bush Hall, Shepherds Bush tickets
Wed 9 Oct – What’s Cookin’, Leytonstone (w/ Kult 45s)
Thurs 10 Oct – Amersham Arms, New Cross

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RAMALLAH TRACK EXCLUSIVE!

Boston street punks RAMALLAH have a new album coming and they’re sharing a track from it exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

The Last Gasp Of Street Rock’N’Roll is set for release on 4 October through Sailor’s Grave Records and we’re sharing the title track with you now….

Frontman White Trash Rob says, “It is a sick world that we live in. Not just my world, but the whole world. And I intend to shove it as many people’s faces as I can. So I’m holding back on the personal memoirs and anecdotes that I’ve often indulged in in the past. The whole world is burning as we speak. Right now the only crime is silence”.

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TAKING NO PRISONERS!

London garage punks SUICIDE GENERATION are back with a brand new single.

Crashing in on the back of a hideously lo-fi video, ‘Prisoner Of Love’ is the first fruit of recordings laid down last spring with former CANNIBAL Patrice Picard at the desk, and Detroit legend Jim Diamond working his mixing and mastering magic.

Emerging at the tail-end of 2016, Suicide Generation have worn out numerous line-ups around their songwriting nucleus of frontman Sebastian Melmoth and guitarist Vince Suicide, churning up the highways of Europe, taking time-out to drop a pair of incendiary long-players.

All that roadwork means that the new 7″ will be coming out on 10 October through FIVE different international labels…

Family Spree Recordings (Spain)
Surfin’ Ki Records (Italy)
Wanda Records (Germany)
Spaghetty Town Records (USA)
Dirty Water Records (UK – digital only)

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IS MICK THERE?

Aussie legend MICK MEDEW is back with a new album from his latest band THE MESMERISERS.

Medew built a cult following in the early 80s with Brisbane band THE SCREAMING TRIBESMEN, releasing the classic singles ‘Igloo’ and ‘A Stand Alone’. Relocating to Sydney and recruiting the former RADIO BIRDMAN guitarist Chris Masuak, the band would enjoy a lengthy and successful homeland career, their 1988 single ‘I’ve Got A Feeling’ even making the Top 10 of Billboard’s Modern Rock Chart in the US.

Medew was awarded Queensland’s prestigious GW McLennan Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015.

In the Mesmerisers, Medew is joined by former Tribesmen Brian Mann on guitar and Michael Charles on drums, with Lois Andrews holding down bass duties.

The new album Open Season follows on from the band’s 2013 self-titled debut. Produced by Mann and mastered by another Aussie legend, Don Bartley, it’s available now through I-94 Bar Records.

Check out the video for the album’s title track…

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PSYCHOBABYLON VIDEO EXCLUSIVE!

Leeds rockers PSYCHOBABYLON have a brand new video which they’re launching exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘No Means Of Escape’ is taken from the band’s 4-track EP, Is This All There Is?, which is available on CD from the band’s wesbstore and digitally from all the usual platforms.

Formed eleven years ago out of the ashes of the bands Phluid and Slash Vegas, with a line-up of Rusty D (vocals), Andrew Mewse (guitar), Robbie G (guitar), Andy Knott (drums) and JJ Watt on bass, who sharp-eyed viewers will also recognise as a member of The Main Grains.

In line with the song’s title, the band explain that the video’s concept… “is the continual reduction of space in which the band are playing in. Ever felt like you can see the way out but still can’t get there?”

As for the lyrics, Rusty D says, “I won’t describe what the words are about as hopefully it will connect with the listener. They could take something totally different from the song and who am I to say whether that is right or wrong. Shit hot though, innit?”

The band have a bunch of dates lined up, including three shows with Warrior Soul. Catch them live at…

21 Sept – Record Junkee, Sheffield
28 Sept – The Doll’s House, Abertillery (Dollfest 6)
30 Oct – Trillians, Newcastle (w/ Warrior Soul)
31 Oct – Bannerman’s, Edinburgh (w/ Warrior Soul)
7 Nov – Waterloo Music Bar, Blackpool (w/ Warrior Soul)
23 Nov – The Fox & Newt, Leeds

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WIN A LONDON TATTOO CONVENTION GOODIE BAG!

The International London Tattoo Convention returns to the capital next week!

And to celebrate 15 years of the event, Vive Le Rock has a very special Golden Ticket goodie bag worth more than £300 to give away!!!

The Convention takes place at Tobacco Dock in Wapping from Friday 27th to Sunday 29th September. Tickets are available here.

The goodie bag we’re giving away will include…

  • two day tickets for the event!
  • a souvenir guide book!
  • a Stray Cats double vinyl LP anthology designed by legendary tattooist Dennis Cockell!
  • drinks tokens for the Roundhouse bar!
  • Gretsch Guitars goodies!
  • The Graphic Art of Tattoo Lettering book from Thames & Hudson!
  • a Fuel Girls Poster!
  • family passes for 2020 Tattoo: British Tattoo Art Revealed!
  • and all presented in a limited addition tote bag!

To be in with a chance of winning this amazing prize, all you have to do is send an email to info@vivelerock.net by Friday 20 September with LONDON TATTOO CONVENTION in the subject box, with the answer to the following question…

Q: Which ’77 punk icon has been tattooed by LTC judge Mark Mahoney?

Good luck!

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COCKWOMBLE VIDEO EXCLUSIVE!

Brighton punks COCKWOMBLE have a new single out, which they’re premiering today exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

The dark, brooding post-punk of ‘Threads’ is a first taste of the band’s eponymous album which is available on CD here and from gigs, and digitally later in the year.

Formed last year and featuring Vicky from THE RAMONAS on bass, Ali on guitar/vocals and Leah on drums, have already released three EPs that have been receiving rave reviews, their explosive gigs making them ones to watch on the new UK punk scene.

“‘Threads’ is about how delicately everything we take for granted is held together,” they say. “Once you cut the threads society falls to pieces. The threads holding your mental health together are the same. You cut the threads, it all falls down. The end.”

You can catch Cockwomble live at the following dates…

25 Oct – The Richmond, Brighton (w/ Austerity + Gulls)
26 Oct – Centrala, Birmingham (w/ Long Tall Texans)
4 Dec – The Castle & Falcon, Birmingham (w/ UK Subs)

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ELECTRAJETS JET IN!

NYC rockers ELECTRAJETS celebrate the release of their debut album this autumn with a pair of UK shows.

This hot-to-trot rock’n’roll supergroup, led by guitarist Jeff Ward of Birmingham glam-punk legends GUNFIRE DANCE, first formed in 2015, bringing together bassist Cynthia Ross of NYC vets THE B-GIRLS and NEW YORK JUNK, and drummer Dahm Majuri Cipolla of PHANTOM FAMILY HALO and Japanese instrumentalists MONO.

The album Transatlantic Tales, was produced by Ward and recorded by Martin Bisi (Sonic Youth, Live Skull, Bill Laswell) at Brooklyn’s famed BC Studio and features a guest appearance from Thee Hypnotics’ Ray Hanson. It’s out now through Tarbeach.

ElectraJets play…

Fri 8 Nov – Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham
Sat 9 Nov – The Unicorn, Camden, London

They’ll be joined at both shows by Birmingham power trio BLACK BOMBERS, who feature Ward’s former Gunfire Dance oppo Darren Birch on bass and recently released the 6-track mini album Vol 4 through Easy Action to huge acclaim.

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CRASHED OUT VIDEO EXCLUSIVE!

Long-serving Jarrow punks CRASHED OUT have a brand new video, which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

The work of film-maker Stuart Sterling, the video features the song ‘Still A Fighter’ from the band’s 2005 album Crash And Burn. Stuart takes up the story…

“I first saw Crashed Out years ago at Rebellion. I later Googled them and came across their YouTube channel where I saw the original ‘Still A Fighter’ video. I immediately fell in love with the song and think it is one of their best. I saw them a few more times at The Star & Garter and Rebellion. But it was not until I saw Crashed Out at North West Calling in Manchester in 2019 when I finally got the chance to approach them. I saw Chris [Wright, frontman] standing alone at the bar, so… I went up to him, introduced myself, told him what I do, how I would like to work with them and gave Chris my card. I was not sure whether I would hear from Chris again, but a few days later he got in contact. Chris said he had seen my work, and was really impressed with the official music video I had made for Discharge, ‘The Broken Law’, which for me was my best to date. Chris said he wanted to make a music video with me and not only that, he wanted to do ‘Still A Fighter’! Of all the songs he could have chosen, he chose my favourite!”

“Stuart sent me a story line and location ideas so I scouted out two local boxing gyms to shoot the boxing scenes and Newcastle Uni for the band scenes,” explains Chris. “Everything was done in one long exhausting day! Anyway here’s the final result of the video we are very happy with what Stu has done I am sure a lot of people will also enjoy the video and song.”

Crashed Out are currently working on their next album for 2020 release and have the following dates to take them up to the end of this year…

5 Oct – Hard Rock Hell Punk, Sheffield
1 Nov – The Tap Room, Newcastle
16 Nov – Bannermans, Edinburgh
28 Dec – Trillians, Newcastle

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GUESTS ANNOUNCED FOR JIM JONES LONDON SHOW!

Things are hotting up for JIM JONES & THE RIGHTEOUS MIND’s London show next weekend.

Already announced for the gig at The Garage on Saturday 21 September are YE NUNS, CHROME MOUNTAIN and SUSIE STAPLETON.

Now Jim has announced that his band’s own set will be augmented by guest appearances from Sister Cookie, Paul-Ronney Angel and Luci Fire Tusk from The Urban Voodoo Machine, Stuart Dace from The Future Shape Of Sound, and West London legend, Dirty Strangers frontman Alan Clayton.

And there’s more: in an interview for Southend’s Ship Full Of Bombs radio station, Jim revealed, “There’s a possibility that there may be some original members of The Jim Jones Revue joining us for the encore. I’m not saying for sure one way or the other.”

As previously announced, the band release a limited edition pink 7″ single of their version of the Slade classic ‘Get Down And Get With It’ on 19 September. It will only be available at select record stores and at the band’s gigs. Catch them live at…

19 Sept – York, Fulford Arms
20 Sept – Manchester, Night & Day Café
21 Sept – London, The Garage
22 Sept – Bristol, The Exchange
26 Sept – Norwich, Waterfront
27 Sept – Brighton, Green Door
28 Sept – Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach
29 Sept – Southampton, Joiners
03 Oct – Southend, The Railway Hotel
04 Oct – Hastings, The Piper
05 Oct – Bedford, Esquires

Tickets for all shows are available here.

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FUTURE SHAPE OF SOUND EXCLUSIVE!

Fab London rock’n’rollers THE FUTURE SHAPE OF SOUND are back with a new single and they’re premiering it exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

The rousing Gospel-driven rock’n’soul floorshaker ‘Joy’ first appeared on the band’s Shakedown Gospel album, released last year through Gypsy Hotel Records to a glowing 9-out-of-10 review in the pages of Vive Le Rock!

Recorded at the band’s Space Eko Studios in East London, the single features contributions from the Urban Voodoo Machine’s Paul-Ronney Angel, and the Blues Kitchen Gospel Choir. Highlight of the track, though, is the sumptuous lead vocal of Suri Sumatra.

The band will be launching ‘Joy’ with a very special party at The Underdog Gallery, London Bridge on Saturday 14 September, with sets from FSOS, Paul-Ronney Angel and DJs Barry ‘Scratchy’ Myers and 7 Inch Max.

The band will also be appearing at Gypsy Hotel’s 13th Birthday Party, at Nambucca, London on Friday 11 October.

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CRAVATS VIDEO EXCLUSIVE!

Rejuvenated punk veterans THE CRAVATS are back with a new single and video, which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

A typically sinister slice of sax-driven post-punk, ‘Shy’ is the first taste of the band’s new album due out in February next year, the follow-up to their hugely acclaimed comeback album Dustbin Of Sound, released in 2017.

The video was shot on location at Bom-Bane’s Cafe, Brighton by renowned film and music video maker Mark Richards.

‘Shy’ is available now from Overground Records.

The Cravats have a bunch of shows lined up at…

Fri 21 Sept – Rockaway Park, Temple Cloud, Somerset (w/ The Slacksons)
Sat 22 Sept – Le Pub, Newport, Wales (w/ The Charlemagnes)
Fri 29 Nov – The Hairy Dog, Derby (w/ Turning Black Like Lizards)
Sat 7 Dec – Green Door Store, Brighton (w/ Interrobang)

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FAST EDDY VIDEO EXCLUSIVE!

Ace Denver CO rockers FAST EDDY have just unleashed their new single and they’re premiering the video exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

Coming together in 2014 as a side project for various Denver rock knobs, Fast Eddy take their name not from the Motörhead legend, but from a celebrated local drug dealer.

Now galvanised into a fulltime rock’n’roll machine, guitarist/singer Micah Morris, bassist Devon Francy, drummer Arj Narayan on drums and guitarits Lisandro Gutierrez, have stepped up their game and deliver ‘Lost’, recorded with Tuk Smith of longtime Vive faves BITERS in the producer’s chair.

‘Lost’ is available on the EP Toofer One, out now through Spaghetty Town Records.

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