CULT FIGURES RETURN!

Birmingham post-punks CULT FIGURES are back with a new single and a special one-off London show this month.

The download single, ‘Something About You’ c/w ‘Boredom Club’, features songs recorded during sessions for the band’s widely acclaimed album Deritend, which came out last year, and is being released in tribute to the band’s founder and frontman Gary Jones, who sadly passed away in March.

‘Something About You’ is described as “a timely punky rant against figures of authority who have bitten off more than they can chew but still choose to choke on their ill-advised gorging,” while ‘Boredom Club’ dates back to the early days of the band, who formed out of the same Solihull Art School scene as, and under the auspices of, DIY punk pioneers Swell Maps. Both tracks were produced and mixed by legendary producer John Rivers (Nikki Sudden, Love And Rockets, Pop Will Eat Itself).

Say the band, “The songs are now being released as the band’s salute to our original vocalist, founder, and the man responsible for giving the band its name – Gary Jones, who passed away on 4 March after battling with cancer. Everything Cult Figures will be working on from here will be in dedication to his memory.”

Released through Gare Du Nord Records, the single is available now through Bandcamp.

Cult Figures return to the stage at The Dublin Castle, Camden on Friday 29 April with their new line-up featuring new singer Fraser Gillespie and guitarist Steve May. Support comes from Kape Kanaveral, Wicked Splinters and Vibrogette. Tickets are on sale here.

Proceeds from the single and from the band’s merch on the night (bring cash!) will be donated to St Joseph’s Hospice, Hackney, who cared for Gary during his final days.

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DENTAL AS ANYTHING!

Glam pop-rockers JO-JO & THE TEETH unveil their debut single and are premiering the video exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘Don’t Get Too Heavy’ is taken from the band’s forthcoming debut album, fittingly titled No More Good News, which was recorded, mixed and mastered by Jason Stafford, house engineer at The Albion Rooms, The Libertines HQ in Margate, Kent.

Fronted by Canadian Jo-Jo O’Donoghue, the band have been regulars at the Kashmir Cafe tent at the Isle Of Wight Festival since 2018.

They’ll be playing a special single launch event on 6 May at Camden Assembly, London with special guests Bang and Tizane – tickets

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JELLYFISHY BUSINESS!

Bristol punks IDestroy have unveiled a brand new single and video ahead of their headline tour which kicks off this weekend.

‘Jellyfish’ follows of from the trio’s widely acclaimed debut album We Are Girls, released last year.

Their headline tour, which opens in Bury St Edmunds this Friday 15 April, hits London on the 27th and winds up in Guildford on the 29th, is the opening salvo in a year’s worth of touring, including a raft of Summer festivals and a support tour with The Selecter in the Autumn.

Full dates are…

15/04 The Hunter Club, Bury St Edmunds
16/04 Rough Trade, Bristol
17/04 The Prince Albert, Brighton
20/04 The Salty Dog, Northwich
21/04 NE Volume Music Bar, Stockton
22/04 The Rainbow, Birmingham
23/04 Jacaranda, Liverpool
27/04 The Grace, London
29/04 The Star Inn, Guildford
27/05 Lechlade Festival
28/05 Open Air am Lindenhain DE
29/05 EPD Cologne, DE
01/06 Le Pub, New port (w/Millie Manders & The Shut Up)
02/06 Nice and Sleazy Festival
09/07 Jurassic Fields Festival
15/07 Annual Diversion Festival
30/07 Attitude Festival
04/08 Outcider Festival
05/08 Rebellion Festival
19/08 Inglefest
20/08 Beautiful Days Festival
03/09 Barnstomper Festival
10/11 The Boilershop, Newcastle
11/11 QMU, Glasgow
12/11 Le Belle Angele, Edinburgh
13/11 Epic, Norwich
15/11 The 1865, Southampton
16/11Junction, Cambridge
17/11 Band on The Wall, Manchester
18/11 Koko, London
19/11 HMV Empire, Coventry

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THE ‘GANG SHOW!

Post-punk/Goth legends AUSGANG have announced a rare London show as part of a renewed burst of activity.

Having emerged out of the ashes of Birmingham band KABUKI in 1983, became part of the scene around the iconic Batcave club alongside the likes of Specimen, Alien Sex Fiend and Sex Gang Children, before touring with The Cult and Gene Loves Jezebel.

Along with several singles and EPs, they released their debut album Manipulate on FM Records in 1985 but split two years later. They reformed in 2003 following the release of the compilation Last Exit… through Anagram.

Still featuring frontman Max and guitarist Matthew, the band will play The Water Rats, London on 6 October with Healthy Junkies and The Go-Go Cult – tickets – before heading to Poland to play the Return To The Batcave festival (6-9 Oct) in Wrocław alongside the likes of 13th Chime, Senex IV and Final Scream.

Before that, they headline the Gothic Pogo festival in Leipzig, Germany on 3 June, with Sex Gang Children’s Terry MacLeay guesting on bass.

The band are currently readying This Was Our Downfall, a compilation of Kabuki and Ausgang demos, though Bat-Cave Productions, who also have an array of tasty Ausgang merch available.

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THE INTERRUPTERS’ WILD RETURN!

THE INTERRUPTERS are back with a brand new single and video.

Released today, ‘In The Mirror’ is the first single to be taken from the band’s forthcoming new album In The Wild, which is due out in August.

“I fell into so many self-destructive patterns trying to come to terms with my childhood,” says frontwoman Aimee Interrupter says of the song. “I spent so long trying to run from the pain. No matter how far I ran, there I was…. I realised I needed to make peace with who I saw in the mirror.”

The video was shot by renowned documentary maker Kevin Kerslake, responsible for films about Nirvana (Live! Tonight! Sold Out!!), Joan Jett (Bad Reputation) and The Ramones (We’re Outta Here!).

“We are SO EXCITED to announce our fourth full-length album In The Wild,” they say. “We put SO MUCH LOVE into this album. Produced by our very own Kevin Bivona, this album takes you on a journey throughout Aimee’s life and every song is a deep delve. We recorded almost the entire record in our home studio during the lockdown which as we all know was a turbulent time for everyone. The making of the record allowed us to have purpose and to rid our closets of all the skeletons lurking. Humbled and honoured to have features from Tim Armstrong, Rhoda Dakar, Alex and Greg from Hepcat, and The Skints.”

Before the album is released, the band will be joining the likes of SUM 41, DROPKICK MURPHYS and PENNYWISE at this year’s Slam Dunk Festival in Leeds and Hatfield.

Released on 5 August through Hepcat/Epitaph, In The Wild is available to pre-order here.

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PLAY DON’T WORRY

Fast-rising South Coast punks YOUNG PRETORIANS have just unveiled a new single.

The gritty melodic street-punk anthem ‘Why Worry?’ follows on from the Portsmouth band’s debut EP State Actors released last year.

“I’ve found that as things have been getting more uncertain, I’ve needed to keep reminding myself of what matters and what doesn’t,” says frontman Pete Darwent. “We’ve all lived through some huge events over the last few years and we need to make sure that we aren’t doing ourselves harm by worrying about things that don’t really matter.

“We can’t change what’s happened and we waste so much time sitting there worrying about what’s going to happen in the future, or trying to change who we are to make others happy,” he adds. “It’s all just noise. We should focus on the here and now, making that the best it can be. The last couple of years have forced a lot of people to re-evaluate things. If you can spend your time and energy focusing on your friends, your family, your passions, then you’ll be sorted. If this will all end someday then we might as well enjoy it as best we can.”

Stream/download ‘Why Worry?’ here.

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HELLBENT FOR BROWN LEATHER!

NYC rockers THE SWEET THINGS are back with a new single and video which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

The sleazy country-rocking ‘Brown Leather’ is the first single and title track from the quartet’s second album which is due out in June. The video is by Video Rahim, also responsible for clips by RMBLR, Biters and many others.

The album was recorded at the legendary FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama with producer Matt Chiaravalle with finishing touches added in NYC’s Flux Studios and Mercy Sound.

Speaking of the video, founder Davie Tierney says, “[co-founder] Sam [Hariss], my girlfriend Scarlett (she plays the orange-haired skater in the video), and I were sitting around one night talking about what the video for this song should look like. ‘I’m seeing roller skates and butts,’ Scarlett said. We bullshitted the idea around for a couple hours and filled in all the blanks until the concept had materialized. The Brown Leather Roller Disco Bar in the video is basically the kind of place we would want to play or hang out at, but since it didn’t exist in the real world (that we know of), we had to create it. Hopefully nature takes its course now, and some of that life imitates art shit happens so that a place like this will open that we can actually hang out at and play.

“In our world someone saying, ‘that’s very brown leather’ is sort of similar to saying, ‘that’s not very punk rock’,” he adds. “It’s meant derisively in a way intended to criticize someone’s taste and even their cred a bit. It’s lighthearted, but also intended as a dig. The song ‘Brown Leather’ is basically us saying we don’t give a fuck what other people think, we’re just gonna do what we like and what we think is cool. The video itself is just an extension of that attitude, since we’re singing about doing what we like, we’re gonna make a video of what we’d like to see…we think other people will like it too.”

Brown Leather is set for release on 3 June through Wendigo Productions NYC and Spaghetty Town Records.

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GINGER WILDHEART ANNOUNCES ALBUM AND DATES!

GINGER WILDHEART’s 2019 solo album The Pessimist’s Companion is finally getting a full release through Little Steven’s Wicked Cool label.

The album, housed in a sleeve by former Replacements drummer Chris Mars, had previously had a limited release through Ginger’s own Round Records label.

“Fresh from a break up, a lonely alcoholic living in a caravan poured his feelings into a collection of songs, as dark as they are confessional,” explains Ginger. “The landscape is more eclectic than its predecessor, Ghost In The Tanglewood, but cut from the same tree. The Pessimist’s Companion never got a proper commercial release, due to one thing or another, and was hastily mixed and compiled to meet its pre-order deadline. Rough, urgent and entirely in keeping with the subject matter. The album presented here, still wrapped in stunning artwork by Chris Mars, features a brand new mix, a different running order and five extra songs recorded for the session but not finished in time. This is a deeply personal release for me. I hope you find something here to warm the colder nights alone.”

Set for release on 22 April, The Pessimist’s Companion is available to pre-order here.

To celebrate the release, Ginger heads out on tour next week for seven acoustic shows in the company of sometime Wildheart Jon Poole, kicking off on Sunday 17th at The Cluny in Newcastle and winding up at the Lexington in London on Saturday 23rd.

Full dates are….

Sun 17th Newcastle Cluny tickets
Mon 18th Edinburgh Bannermans SOLD OUT
Tue 19th Leicester Soundhouse tickets
Wed 20th Cardiff Clwb Ifor Bach tickets
Thu 21st Blackpool Waterloo Music Bar tickets
Fri 22nd Huddersfield Parish tickets
Sat 23rd London Lexington tickets

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VALENTINE’S DAY!

MARC VALENTINE has just released his debut solo single and he’s premiering the video exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

A glistening gem of 21st Century glam-infused power-pop, ‘Last Train Tonight’ is the first single to be taken from the LAST GREAT DREAMERS frontman’s forthcoming solo album Future Obscure. The song is paired with highly inventive video by Darren Stockford.

Speaking about the song, Valentine says, “A twist of fate and the things we can’t control. Taking the wrong way home and crossing paths with a bunch of midnight meatheads who can’t comprehend a guy in eyeliner. Demolition smiles and grunting fists, as you fall to the ground with the smell of blood, sweat, piss and beer in your nostrils. I’ve been there once or twice, but somehow always managed to make it home.”

Recorded earlier this year, Future Obscure was produced by Dave Draper, known for his recent work with The Wildhearts and The Professionals, and features guest appearances from Wreckless Eric and Matt Dangerfield from The Boys, and guitarist Richard Davies of The Dissidents fame.

Valentine is currently booking tour dates for July which will be announced shortly.

‘Last Train Tonight’ is available to stream/download here.

Future Obscure is due out on 8 July through Arcane Wires Record Co.

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TRUST NEVER SLEEPS

Cornish space-cadets HANTERHIR are back with a brand new album and single.

The seven-piece band from Redruth, who dazzled with their eclectic mix of spacerock, post-punk, psych and folk on the triple album The Saving Of Cadan in 2018, are set to release a new album Nyns Eus Denvydth Bys Trest at the end of May through Easy Action.

“The album’s title roughly translates as ‘There is no-one to trust’,” says singer, guitarist and songwriter Ben Harris. “Writing and recording the album was done over the backdrop of Brexit, a falling apart relationship and then Covid lockdowns. With all the wacky things that have come out of people’s mouths over the past few years I think the title pretty much sums everything up.”

Formed in 2008, Hanterhir have become one of the biggest bands in the Southwest, playing numerous festivals and sharing stages with the likes of Gang Of Four, Peter Hook & The Light and Flaming Lips. Following the success of The Saving Of Cadan, they featured in a BBC documentary on the resurgence of the Cornish language, headlined London’s Kernow In The City festival and released a double-A-side single featuring covers of Sonic Youth’s ‘Schizophrenia’ and David Bowie’s ‘Dancing Out In Space’ just as Covid lockdown hit. They returned to live action with an appearance at Hawkwind’s Hawkfest last August.

Hanterhir released a new single/video ‘Honey Bees’ on St Piran’s Day, 5 March…

They play The Acorn Theatre, Penzance on 30 April and are currently lining up gigs and festival dates for later in the year.

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BLUE SWEDE CHOONS!

You’ll have read the 16 pages of Swedish rock action in the latest edition of Vive Le Rock! Now check out the sounds with our handy video playlist….!!

THE NOMADS – WHERE THE WOLFBANE BLOOMS

UNION CARBIDE PRODUCTIONS – BE MYSELF AGAIN

THE OHNOS – HEADLESS IN HELL

FREEDOM – SOMEBODY’S GONNA HOLD HER TONIGHT

DICTATOR SHIP – SAVAGE

GRANDE ROYALE – DANGEROUS

THE HEADLINES – WARPAINT/AUTHORITY

THE HIVES – LOST AND FOUND

DIAMOND DOGS – WEEKEND MONSTER

DREGEN – JUST LIKE THAT

THE HELLACOPTERS – THE DEVIL STOLE THE BEAT FROM THE LORD

The latest edition of Vive Le Rock! is still available here!

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ASIAN DUB FOUNDATION ACROSS THE NATION!

ASIAN DUB FOUNDATION have announced a bunch of UK dates to coincide with expanded reissues of a pair of classic albums.

Originally released in 2003 and 2005 respectively, Enemy Of The Enemy and Tank are both presented in for the first time on vinyl in newly remastered double-sets, packaged in luxuriant gatefold sleeves.

Their best-selling album, Enemy Of The Enemy features the track ‘Fortress Europe’, critiquing the Government’s immigration policy and including the eerily prescient line, “2022, a new European order. Robot guards patrolling the border. Cybernetic dogs getting closer and closer. Armoured Cars Immigration Officers.” Featuring guest appearances from Sinead O’Connor and Radiohead’s Ed O’Brien, the album features three bonus tracks including ‘Illegal Minds’ featuring The Pop Group’s Mark Stewart, plus two remixes by Adrian Sherwood and The Bug.

Adrian Sherwood also contributed to Tank, along with On-U-Sound collaborator Ghetto Priest. This reissue is also boosted by three bonus cuts, including ‘Easy Man’, featuring Jane’s Addiction’s Perry Farrell.

Both albums are available to order here.

Asian Dub Foundation play the following dates….

Fri 1 Apr – Bristol Trinity
Fri 8 Apr – Manchester Band On The Wall
Sat 9 Apr – Glasgow Studio Warehouse
Fri 15 Apr – London Earth Hackney
Fri 22 Apr – Brighton Chalk

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SISTER ARE DOING IT FOR THEMSELVES

US rock supergroup MOTOR SISTER trail their forthcoming album with a brand new video.

‘Can’t Get High Enough’ is taken from the band’s long-awaited second album Get Off, which follows on from 2015’s Ride.

The band was formed as a covers band for the occasion of Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian’s 50th birthday and features he and his wife Pearl Aday, plus Mother Superior singer/guitarist Jim Wilson, Armored Saint bassist Joey Vera and Cult drummer John Tempesta.

Signing to Metal Blade, Ride was comprised of Mother Superior songs, in honour of one of Ian’s favourite bands, but this time around they’ve come up with mostly new material. “We wanted to make a high energy, kick-ass rock’n’roll record from top to bottom,” says Wilson. “All killer, no filler.”

“Our first record Ride was a collection of songs we re-recorded from the band Mother Superior which was great, but I‘m stoked that we had this chance to actually get into a room together and write this batch of all new material. We keep in mind where this band originated from but we get to take it to totally different levels.”

“‘Can‘t Get High Enough‘ is a straight-up ripper from start to finish,” adds Ian about the single.

Set for release on 6 May, Get Off is available to pre-order here.

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Punk ‘N’ Roll Rendezvous Festival

Punk ‘N’ Roll Rendezvous Festival
The Water Rats / Electrowerkz / The Post Bar, London

For three glorious days, a congregation of punks criss-crossed both London boroughs and musical boundaries for a festival known as the Punk’n’Roll Rendezvous. The event is organized by Phil Honey-Hones and Nina Courson of the Healthy Junkies, who curated an all-rock-star line-up of bands blasting back-to-back bangers all weekend long. Friend Steve Iles also helps book many of the out of town bands.

Phil and Nina have been running Punk’n’Roll Rendezvous as a monthly night for ten years now. Previously all events were held at The Unicorn on Camden Road. But like so many other venues post-covid, this venue has not reopened. There was a mad scramble to relocate this entire festival at the last minute.

Despite a brief hiatus during lockdown, the Punk’N’Roll Rendezvous Festival returned for its fifth iteration in a blaze of glory. The atmospheric Foxpalmer kickstarted Friday night festivities at The Water Rats – her melodic musings rendered even more ethereal by the next act, The Anoraks, who took to the stage in a maelstrom of crashing crescendos and rough guitar riffs. The subsequent band, The Moody Pythons, were a weekend standout, embodying the platitude that “pros make the difficult look easy”. The sound of their song ‘Lighten Up’ washed over the crowd like a tsunami: massive and wild, while still being controlled by the mathematical precision that governs waves. A hard act to follow, but the sound of Prisoners of Mother England hit alt-rock hard. Their song ‘I Want You’ launched catchy earworm hooks into the soft tissue of my brain. I couldn’t stop humming to myself until the sonic boom of JELLLY exploded my synapses.

JELLLY has recently been reinvigorated by the addition of Vera Wild, super bassist, whose vocals had me pushed back in my chair like I was about to be launched into space. This feeling was solidified by the Slow Cooked Bears, who brought an otherworldly blend of futuristic pop and classic rock: their song ‘Space Odyssey’ could have been transmitted from another dimension. Nervous Twitch probably hails from that dimension as well; their groovy, retro vibe infuses surf-rock with synth to create a hyper-cool Jetsons fantasy.

Swamp Chicken made their London debut by closing the night, bringing us back to punk n roll reality with their song ‘Halloumi Dream’. If this is starting to feel like a lot, buckle up, because the Punk N Roll Rendezvous Festival is just getting started.

Painfully trendy venue Electrowerkz was bustling by 3pm on Saturday, when the acoustically guitared Max Chowdry opened the show; the place was bumping when Cherry & Peesh brought their punk poetry from the streets and onto the stage; and by the time ska band Suburban Toys started to tread the boards the joint was rapidly descending into madness, as evidenced by the frenzied state of the crowd – who lost their collective shit for Aubrey Eels & The Baron.
It’s easy to see why the dynamic duo is a crowd favorite: their combative humour was showcased exceptionally by their songs ‘Universal Credit’ and ‘Domestic Violence’, which offered a screaming, cathartic antithesis to the political newspeak used to dance around those issues.

There’s just enough time to grab a beer – you’ve earned it, and you’re gonna need it, because the paradigm of punk as a predominantly male space is about to get tactically obliterated in real 4/4 time. Were it possible to harness the girl power produced by the following bands, nations would go to war.

All tunes, tattoos, and torn tights, Lady Rage is redefining the term ‘UK girl group’ with their furious sound. Lead singer Siren Sycho’s soul-tearing, riot-girl howling perfectly encapsulated the evils of social media in their absolute banger of a song, ‘Social Circus’. After being sprayed in the face with a Super Soaker full of ‘slut juice’, I had lost all sense of journalistic integrity.

PollyPikPocketz by Neil Anderson

But this was immaterial, because something wicked was coming this way: the Witch Of The East, an apt name, because the only explanation for the seamless fusion of hardcore industrial rock with transcendental sounds is some serious witchcraft. Lead singer Aeris Houlihan’s mystical stage presence would cause Stevie Nicks to eat her own heart out.

Kurt Cobain’s prophecy that “women are the only future in rock’n’roll” (an idea championed by event organizer Nina Courson) was perpetuated by PollyPikPocketz, a band guaranteed to steal your heart. The lead vocalist Myura’s ferocious voice is reinforced by raw rock’n’roll, courtesy of her talented bandmates. The mosh pit barely dissipated before it reformed for A Void, a band whose musical range is as vast and unfathomable as a black hole: their new single ‘Stepping on Snails’ spans genres and emotions – and their lead singer is a human dynamo displaying
straight up talent.

A Void by Neil Anderson

Last, but certainly not least, was headliners the Healthy Junkies. Their song ‘MAYDAY’ is a furious anthem of righteous rage: drums pounding against quick jabs of the guitar, and followed up by a flurry of lyrical counterpunches straight to your cranium. This band is not to be missed – as evidenced by the fact that one of their fans suffered a machete attack to the face earlier that day, rocking up to the gig with a bandaged cheekbone and a mouth full of missing teeth – and when the lights came on and the night finished up, the crowd was ready to riot, screaming for more.

Fortunately, they didn’t have long to wait: the punks burned the midnight oil with all the pyrotechnic splendour of a fireball KISS concert. Hold on to your hangovers, because it’s time to hit Post Bar and rock out to Techno Juggernaut’s homage to Daft Punk. The grunge anthems of Girls Like Us got the crowd amped up – and when bad boy band Spider Redundant took to the stage with their incandescent rock n roll, I realized I was in a mosh pit at 6pm on a Sunday.

Don’t get too comfortable, because up next is Army of Skanks, a three-piece powerhouse, pushing the boundaries of punk with their uncontrollable riffery. Carol Lane’s impeccable control over the guitar was such that when she told me she’d suffered a wrist injury and been going through physio for months I called her a liar straight to her face. My prodigious hangover was starting to show. The surf rock sounds of the Suicide Notes washed over me, took my breath away and left me for dead; thankfully, the hard rocking Kontrol Freaks (and the energetic force of nature that is their lead singer Monty Nordgren) shocked me back to life with the high voltage of a defibrillator – assisted by the blasting beats and unique metal-pop cadences of follow-up band Flesh Tetris.

Still, I was pretty sure my soul was in limbo, because gracing my eyes and the stage was Jojo & the Teeth: vocalist Jojo O’Donoghue is a grungy goddess, and the unique alt-rock cadences of this glamorous band is my definition of heavenly. I mean, rock’n’roll was invented by a nun.

The weekend ended on a grand finale: Neon Animal is all high fashion and uncivilized behaviour. Their sound was like a kind of primitive utterance beyond speech, showcasing emotions too vast to be caught by little words. Indeed, the Punk’n’Roll Rendezvous Festival possessed qualities too rare for language to describe precisely: terms like ‘talent’ and ‘community’ are rendered paltry in comparison to the dedication these artists have to their music, and each other. In a world of all-powerful corporations, government shit shows, and social media panopticons, a music festival brought into existence out of pure love is an unreal experience, especially one that revels in the dulcet tones of rebellion.

“Live music was put on life support during the pandemic,” said Phil Honey-Jones. “That’s why this event is so important to us. It’s about keeping live music alive.”

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UNDERTONES VIDEO THRILLS!

THE UNDERTONES have a new video out which they’re premiering today with Vive Le Rock!

The track ‘Thrill Me’ was the opening cut on the Derry band’s 2003 album Get What You Need, and has been newly remixed by Paul Tipler (Stereolab, Elastica, Julian Cope) for inclusion on their new compilation album Dig What You Need which is out on 11 March.

“The ‘Thrill Me’ video was by Vinny Cunningham (who also made The Story of the Undertones documentary),” Damian O’Neill explains. “Most of the scenes were shot in various cities during the band’s German and Irish tours. It also includes footage of us in recording studios in Derry and at BBC’s Maida Vale where we recorded a session for John Peel.”

The compilation draws on the band’s post-1999 reformation period, drawing on material from their two albums Get What You Need and Dig Yourself Deep, both of which are also being reissued, newly remastered, on vinyl for the first time.

Dig What You Need is available to pre-order physically here and digitally here.

As previously announced, the band head out on an extensive European tour this Spring, kicking off at Sheffield Leadmill on 10 March and including a London show at Camden’s Electric Ballroom on 12 March. Full dates are…

March
10 – Sheffield, UK @ Leadmill *
11 – Northampton, UK @Roadmender ^
12 – London, UK @ Electric Ballroom ^
17 – Brighton, UK @ Chalk ^
18 – Frome, UK @ Cheese & Grain ^
19 – Cardiff, UK @ Cardiff SU Great Hall ^
31- Newcastle, UK @ Boiler Shop ^

April
01 – Manchester, UK @Academy ^
02 – Liverpool, UK @ O2 Academy ^
09 – Munich, Germany @ Feierwerk
10 – Weinheim, Germany @ Cafe Central
22 – Dublin, Ireland @ Academy

May
13 – Bremen, Germany @ Kulturzentrum Lagerhaus
14 – Düsseldorf, Germany @ Zakk
15 – Hamburg, Germany @ Markethalle
17 – Malmo, Sweden @ Plan B
18 – Oslo, Norway @ Vulkan Arena
20 – Göteborg, Sweden @ Pustervik
21 – Stockholm, Sweden @Slaktkykan
22 – Copenhagen, Denmark @ Pumpenhuset

*Special guest Neville Staple Band
^Special guest Hugh Cornwell Electric

Tickets are available here.

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HOWDY QUATRO!

Vive Le Rock Icon Award-winner SUZI QUATRO is to have her 70s golden age celebrated with a new box set.

The leather-clad Detroit rocker hit the UK charts in ’73 following a tour the previous year with Slade and Thin Lizzy. In May ’73, she enjoyed her first No.1, ‘Can The Can’, kicking off an impressive run of 10 Top 40 hits that decade that included such classics as ’48 Crash’, ‘Devil Gate Drive’ and ‘The Wild One’, coming back post-punk with ‘If You Can’t Give Me Love’ and ‘She’s In Love With You’.

Released through Chrysalis on 15 April, The Rock Box 1973-1979: The complete Recordings features 8 discs comprising her six studio albums from the 70s – each boosted by bonus tracks; her rare Japan and Australia-only live album, Live And Kickin from ’77 and a DVD featuring promo clips, Top Of The Pops appearances and a Japanese live set from ’75.

The set is completed by a 56-page book featuring a biography and personal recollections from Suzi and guitarist and co-songwriter Len Tuckey.

As previously announced, Suzi plays London’s Royal Albert Hall on 20 April. Tickets here.

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GAMMA GAMMA HEY!

THE GODFATHERS are back with the announcement of a brand new album and tour dates….

Five years on from their last studio album, A Big Bad Beautiful Noise, the band have announced that a brand new longplayer, Alpha Beta Gamma Delta, is due for release in April.

To support the release, they’ve lined up a string of dates, including appearances at Cornwall Punk Festival in March and Rebellion in August. Two more UK dates and a European tour will be announced shortly. In the meantime, the full list of dates so far is…

Fri 18 Mar – Cornwall Punk Festival, Looe tickets
Thur 14 Apr – Rocknrolla’s, Paisley (w/The Zips) tickets
Fri 15 Apr – TBC
Sat 16 Apr – TBC
Thur 21 Apr – Westgarth Social Club, Middlesbrough (w/Johnny Seven & The Paradox) tickets
Fri 22 Apr – 100 Club, London (w/The WitchDoktors & DJ David Edwards) tickets
Sat 23 Apr – The Continental, Preston tickets
Sun 24 Apr – The Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh tickets
Sat 6 Aug – Rebellion Festival, Blackpool tickets

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Pic by Simon Balaam

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AUTOMATIC FOR THE PEOPLE!

Essex r’n’b legends AUTOMATIC SLIM are back with their first new album in more than two decades.

Formed in the wake of the mainstream success of local heroes Dr Feelgood, Slim pioneered the East Anglian rhythm’n’blues scene, from Canvey to Kings Lynn, becoming festival favourites and gigging further afield for nearly 20 years before winding down in 1999, releasing their last album Growing Old Disgracefully in 2001 and continuing to reunite for a handful of gigs each year.

Recorded in the heart of the Essex Delta at Rooks Yard Studio, Down By The Waterside features the classic line-up of frontman Tim Aves, guitarist Ian Cundy, bassist Howard J Bills and drummer Don Moore and includes a mix of Slim originals plus favourites from the likes of Willie Dixon, Cowboy Jack Clement, Billy Boy Arnold and, naturally, Wilko Johnson.

Released on the new label of legendary radio station Radio Caroline, which broadcast off the coast of Essex throughout the 60s, 70s and 80s, the album also features the new track ‘Caroline (Under The Covers)’ in tribute to the station.

“We’re thrilled to bits with the way the album has turned out,” says Aves. “Although the band stopped gigging regularly in 1999, we’ve continued to play a few gigs each year, but our last album was way back in 2001. That one’s been out of print for years, so it’s great to be getting our music out there again. There’s been a LOT of interest in this project. It’s amazing really that people still want to hear what we’re doing after all these years.”

The band will be launching Down By The Waterside with a special gig at Kelvedon Labour Club on Saturday 5 February, after which it will be available from the band’s website and digitally through the usual platforms.

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