HERE IS THE ‘NOOS!

Powerpop legends THE RUBINOOS return to the UK for dates in the New Year.

The Berkeley, Ca quartet recently released From Home, their first new album in four years. Produced by and co-written with Chuck Prophet, it’s widely considered to be a return to powerpop match-fitness.

Formed in 1970, The Rubinoos were one of the first bands on the Bezerkley label, hitting their stride in the late 70s with their self-titled debut album and its follow-up Back To The Drawing Board. Their cover of Tommy James & The Shondells ‘I Think We’re Alone Now’ and their own ‘I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend’ are revered in powerpop circles.

Now back in their 1980 configuration of John Rubin, Tommy Dunbar, Donn Spindt and Al Chan, the band hit the UK in January for three dates. Catch them at…

Fri 24 Jan – 229 Club, London
Sat 25 Jan – The Cluny 2, Newcastle
Sun 26 Jan – Deaf Institute, Manchester

Check out their to paean to Islington beat legend Honey Lantree…

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FASTIDIOS AND FURIOUS!

Italian ska-punks LOS FASTIDIOS are back in the UK for more dates next month.

The tireless anti-fascists from Verona released their eighth full-length Joy Joy Joy in July, playing a run of UK dates to accompany it, including their now regular appearance at Rebellion.

The dates, which kick off in Staines on 13 November, and take in Morecambe Punk Festival and a London show at The Birds Nest in Deptford, are…

13 Nov – The London Stone, Staines
14 Nov – Back Beat Bar, Brighton
15 Nov – The Birds Nest, London
16 Nov – 1 in 12 Club, Bradford
17 Nov – Morecambe Punk Festival
18 Nov – The Salty Dog, Northwich
19 Nov – Thunderbolt, Bristol

Joy Joy Joy is out now through Kob Records. Check out the single ‘Get The Ball Rolling’…

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RIFF RAFF RETURN!

Long lost Peterborough punks RIFF RAFF are to reform for a one-off London gig next year.

The band, best known for being the springboard for the future career of BILLY BRAGG, will be reconvening for a show at Camden Dingwalls on Saturday 8 February.

The occasion for the reunion is the celebration of guitarist Wiggy’s 60th birthday, and will feature the 1977 line-up of the band, responsible for the classic I Wanna Be A Cosmonaut EP, released on Chiswick the following year.

Tickets are limited to 200 and are available here.

We talk to Billy Bragg in the latest edition of Vive Le Rock! available here.

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GOOD NEWS AND BAD!

Legendary rockers BAD NEWS are to have their albums and films reissued this month.

The UK four-piece came to prominence in the mid-80s when they were the subject of a fly-on-the-wall documentary on Channel 4. Propelled to fame, their debut album was produced by Brian May and they went on to appear at the Reading Festival and at Monsters Of Rock at Castle Donington.

The original film, Bad News Tour, from the makers of The Comic Strip Presents… series, and starring Ade Edmondson, Rik Mayall, Nigel Planer and Peter Richardson was followed by a sequel, More Bad News, in 1988.

Both films are being reissued on double-disc DVD through Gonzo on 25 October.

The band’s three albums Bad News, Bootleg and Almost Rare are also being reissued as vinyl only editions.

DVDs and albums are available to pre-order here.

To celebrate the reissues, both films will received a special London screening at The Prince Charles Cinema, Leicester Square on Friday 25 October. It will be followed by a Q&A with director Peter Richardson and a signing at Fopp Records, Covent Garden. Full details here.

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WIGHT RIOT!

Fast-rising South Coast punks GRADE 2 have just released their debut album ahead of a string of European and UK dates.

The band, who hail from the Isle of Wight, recorded the album Graveyard Island with producer Tim Armstrong at the RANCID man’s Shiprec Studios in Los Angeles. It was then mixed by THE INTERRUPTERS’ Kevin Bivona.

Released through Armstrong’s Hellcat label, the 12-track Graveyard Island follows the trio’s two previous full-lengths, Mainstream View and Breaking The Routine, and several EPs.

The band are currently playing a series of US dates including the Vive Le Rock-sponsored Rock The Ship festival in Oakland this Friday. They then play several dates around Europe during November before making UK landfall in Edinburgh on 7 December, reaching London’s 100 Club on 21 December. Catch them live at…

3 Nov – Hoofddorp, Duycker (NL)
4 Nov – Essen, Don’t Panic (DE)
5 Nov – Onsabrück, Whiskys (DE)
6 Nov – Hamburg, Logo (DE)
7 Nov – Würzburg, Immerhin (DE)
8 Nov – Leipzig, Conne Island(DE)
9 Nov – Erfurt, Museumkeller (DE)
10 Nov – Geleen, De Meister (NL)
7 Dec – Edinburgh, La Belle Angele
14 Dec – Newcastle-under-Lyme, Lymedale Bar
15 Dec – Southend-On-Sea, The Venue
20 Dec – Manchester, Star & Garter
21 Dec – London, 100 Club

Tickets are on sale here.

Check out the single ‘Tired Of It’…

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CLIMATE OF BUNTER!

Essex duo TUPPENNY BUNTERS have announced a string of dates for the autumn.

Familiar to many as the hosts of renowned Southend-on-Sea music venue The Railway Hotel, Fi and Dave Dulake have taken time out from the day-to-day running of the pub to concentrate on their long-running musical project.

Fi and Dave have been playing together since 2005, when their four-piece band THE VIRGO INTACTA was personally chosen by Jack White to open for THE WHITE STRIPES on several UK dates. Since then, they’ve been involved with various projects, with Dave adding his talents to releases by the likes of THE PHROGS, HOWLING BLACK SOUL and STIV CANTARELLI & THE SILENT STRANGERS.

Both accomplished drummers and keyboard-players, the pair trade instruments frequently within a set, combining “trashy Moon-style drums behind an amped-up honky-tonk piano. A mercurial performance from two songwriters with up-front tunes that take in music hall, 60s pop, early prog, punk and garage.”

Kicking off the tour on their home turf, full dates are…

2 Nov – Railway Hotel, Southend
7 Nov – Fulford Arms, York
8 Nov – Northern Quarter, Huddersfield
9 Nov – Saltburn House, Saltburn
10 Nov – Sound, Liverpool
11 Nov – Duffy’s Bar, Leicester
21 Nov – The Edge, Basildon
23 Nov – Paper Dress, London

Check out ‘Mr Quilp’ from their debut album…

Tuppenny Bunters

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MACC LADS ANNOUNCE TOUR DATES!

THE MACC LADS tour the UK in October and November In the current edition of Vive Le Rock!, we bring you the full story of Cheshire’s foulmouthed finest. Here, in their own words, are five essential tracks to whet your appetite….

MISS MACCLESFIELD
Muttley: “There was a local beauty competition they held until 1985. Just before that, we went to Belgium to play a gig. The Heysel Stadium disaster happened, and the papers were full of it. When we got back, the biggest story in the local paper was, ‘Who Will Be Miss Macclesfield?’ No mention of the squashed Italians! So we wrote a song about it.”

SWEATY BETTY
The Beater: “This one is very popular. Muttley doesn’t even have to sing it live; the crowd does all the work for him.”

ENGLAND’S GLORY
Stez: “I’ve always loved this one. I think it tells a great tale of that particular snapshot in time, about the North/South divide. It’s about a Northern guy going to London and finding it full of foreigners.”

APPRENTICE DENTIST
Muttley: “This one only has two chords in it. And it’s another one of those stories; nowadays it would be called false news. But it’s one we heard about a dentist who put a patient under anesthetic and raped her. Great, eh? It brings a tear to your eye!”

JULIE THE SCHOOLY
Muttley: “This one is pretty true. It’s about pulling a girl and going home with her, and in the morning, I asked her if I could drop her off, and she pointed me to her school. That was a shocker!”

The Macc Lads are on tour during November and December. Full dates are…

2 Nov – O2 FORUM KENTISH TOWN
8 Nov – O2 INSTITUTE BIRMINGHAM
9 Nov – O2 ACADEMY NEWCASTLE
15 Nov – THE GARAGE GLASGOW
16 Nov – O2 ACADEMY LIVERPOOL
22 Nov – O2 ACADEMY BRISTOL
23 Nov – O2 ACADEMY SHEFFIELD
30 Nov – ROADMENDER NORTHAMPTON
14 Dec – ENGINE SHED LINCOLN

Tickets available now here.

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URBAN VOODOO MACHINE VIDEO EXCLUSIVE!

There’s lots going on in the world of THE URBAN VOODOO MACHINE this week, starting with this exclusive premiere of the video for their new single…

‘Johnny Foreigner’ is the band’s riposte to all the xenophobia that’s been stinking up the place over the past couple of years. Says frontman Paul-Ronney Angel, “I’ve lived in the UK for over 27 years now and it’s very much home, but now everything is under threat – let’s see if they’ll let me stay!”

The single is set for release this Friday 11 October, on the same day as a new compilation album, The Urban Voodoo Machine’s Friends And Family Album Vol 1, which features 15 bands and artists covering the UVM’s songs, including WILKO JOHNSON, JIM JONES, BIG BOY BLOATER, THE GREAT MALARKEY, T.V. SMITH, THE FUTURE SHAPE OF SOUND and more…

The release date also conveniently coincides with the 13th Birthday Party of their infamous Gypsy Hotel night, which they’re celebrating at Nambucca, Holloway alongside the Future Shape Of Sound, The Great Malarkey and more. Tickets are on sale here.

This Friday is also the first date of the band’s Fuck Brexit Tour, which will take them up to the end of the year. Full dates are…

Fri 11 Oct – Gypsy Hotel, Nambucca, LONDON
Sat 12 Oct – Craufurd Arms, MILTON KEYNES
Sat 19 Oct – Tivoli, Buckley, NORTH WALES
Thurs 7 Nov – Joiners, SOUTHAMPTON
Sat 9 Nov – Frog & Fiddle, CHELTENHAM
Fri 15 Nov – The Wardrobe, LEEDS
Sat 16 Nov – Bunkhouse, SWANSEA
Sun 17 Nov – Cobblestones, BRIDGWATER, SOMERSET
Wed 20 Nov – Bongo Club, EDINBURGH
Thurs 21 Nov – Stereo, GLASGOW
Fri 29 Nov – Waterloo, BLACKPOOL
Wed 11 Dec – The Robin, BILSTON
Thurs 12 Dec – Greystones, SHEFFIELD
Fri 13 Dec – The Cluny, NEWCASTLE
Sat 14 Dec – Mickleton Village Hall, MICKLETON, TEESDALE

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SPECIAL K!

International industrialists KMFDM are back with a new album this week.

PARADISE is the band’s 21st studio album and follows on from 2017’s Hell Yeah.

Formed in Paris in 1984 as a performance art project by multi-instrumentalist Sascha Konietzko, the band relocated to Hamburg then the US evolving as pioneers of industrial rock alongside the likes of MINISTRY, NINE INCH NAILS and SKINNY PUPPY.

An extraordinarily prolific outfit with a revolving door approach to band members, KMFDM invited a number of special guests to participate in the recording of PARADISE, including TACKHEAD bassist Doug Wimbish and returning founder member and <PIG> linchpin Raymond Watts.

Set for release this Friday 11 October through Metropolis, you can pre-order PARADISE here.

Check out the video for the title track…

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PSYCHOBILLIES ON FILM!

A new movie is set to shine a spotlight on the psychobilly scene and the makers want your help…

Big Psychobilly Movie is the brainchild of two Russian directors, Kyrill Ermichev and Ivan Bortnikov. A member of St Petersburg band Scary BOOM, Ermichev had also written a book Russian Psycho Attack, which inspired the project.

The film features members of bands including Batmobile, Demented Are Go, Reverend Horton Heat, Frenzy, The Quakes, Surf Rats, Basementones, Rattlesnakes, Mad Sin and many more. Artists, tattooists, hairdressers and gig organisers have also taken part in the project.

The aim of the film is to explore the theme and aesthetics of the genre “…whose special mission is to be a binding thread, a bridge between modern musical culture and the golden age of rock and roll”.

“At the age of 13, in 1987, I heard Batmobile’s ‘Slapping Suspenders’ and was bewitched by this music,” explains Ermichev. “I want to share this feeling with the audience of the film. Meeting the participants of the film, I found great pleasure in the atmosphere of friendship and like-mindedness, which knows no borders. We did not waste our time and energy on trifles like politics. We talked only about music. I don’t want to not pick out anyone, but of course, as a director, I love those who great storytellers.”

With the movie expected to be completed next year, the makers are asking for contributions of photographs and video footage, assistance with distribution and premieres and for pre-orders and donations. They can be contacted at thescaryboom@gmail.com

Check out the first teaser…

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TENSHEDS UNVEILS NEW VIDEO!

TENSHEDS, the solo guise of JIM JONES & THE RIGHTEOUS MIND’s keyboard player Matt Millership, has revealed a video for his latest single.

‘Youngbloods’ is taken from Tensheds’ fourth album Deathrow Disco, which was recorded in just three days at Free House studios with drummer and longtime collaborator Ed Wells, featuring just piano, Rhodes organ and drums.

Deathrow Disco follows on from the artist’s previous release, The Dandy Punk Prince, for which he was presented with the Discretional Rock Award by none other than caped crusader Rick Wakeman at the House of Lords.

Set for release on 6 December, Deathrow Disco is available to pre-order here.

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VIVE LE TICKETS!

Vive Le Rock! has hooked up with Ticketmaster to bring you tickets to the rockingest gigs in the UK quickly and easily!

If you’re reading this, you’re just a click away from tickets to shows from the likes of THE CULT, MICHAEL MONROE, THE DAMNED, THE WILDHEARTS, THE WHO, THE 69 EYES, BLACK FLAG and loads more.

You see above, where it says Get Tickets? Just click on that and you’ll wind up here!

Simples! Now you’ve no excuse!!!

Pic by Tim Cadiente

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BOOZE AND GLORY UNVEIL NEW VIDEO!

With less than a month to go until their 10th Anniversary bash, BOOZE & GLORY unveil a brand new video.

‘My Heart Is Burning’ is the second single to be lifted from the band’s new album Hurricane, which is set for release on 18 October through their own Scarlet Teddy label.

As previously announced, Booze & Glory are to hold a 10th Birthday Party at the Electric Ballroom in Camden, London on Saturday 2 November. Bands lining up to help them blow out the candles include GIUDA, RISKEE & THE RIDICULE, ROY ELLIS, THE BABOON SHOW, PERKELE, THE FILAMENTS, THE ANALOGS plus an acoustic set from former member LIAM MARR.

Tickets are on sale here.

The band recently announced a string of European dates for the autumn. Full details here.

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IGGY ANNOUNCES LONDON DATE!

IGGY POP has announced a one-off London date this autumn as part of the EFG London Jazz Festival.

The Detroit legend will be playing The Barbican on Thursday 21 November, giving an exclusive performance of his latest album Free, which breaks the hard-rock mould of his releases of recent years.

Tickets for the show go on sale here this Friday.

Check out the video for the track ‘Love’s Missing’…

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BARRIE MASTERS R.I.P.

Vive Le Rock is deeply saddened to hear of the passing of long-serving EDDIE AND THE HOT RODS frontman Barrie Masters.

His death was announced by the band on Facebook with the words….. “It is with extreme sadness we announce the passing of the legendary Barrie Masters. As you can expect, this sudden news is a huge shock to the band and family. We welcome tributes posted to our Facebook and Twitter sites which will be passed on to Barrie’s family. More news will follow.”

Formed in Southend-on-Sea in 1975, and inspired by local heroes Dr Feelgood, their high energy rhythm’n’blues and Nuggets-influenced garage rock sound would soon have them mistaken for punk. Signing to Island, the Live At The Marquee EP and single ‘Teenage Depression’ would hit the charts paving the way for the Top 10 single and all-time classic ‘Do Anything You Wanna Do’ in August ’77.

The band broke up in ’81, with Masters replacing Bill Hurley in The Inmates for a few years before reforming the band. In recent years, with Masters at the helm, they maintained a heavy touring schedule across the UK and Europe, playing tours with Status Quo and Stiff Little Fingers. Announcing that 2018 would be the band’s final year of touring, Masters accepted the Living Legend accolade at this year’s Vive Le Rock awards.

A full celebration of Barrie will appeare in a future edition of the magazine. Our thoughts right now are with his bandmates, family, friends and fans around the world.

R.I.P.

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NEW HOPE FOR THE WRETCHED!

Two ex-punks are showing their roots on a new album set for release next month.

Bonfire & Pine is the second album from folk/Americana duo HOPE IN HIGH WATER. But it’s a long way from the pair’s noisier past, in sound if not in spirit.

Josh Chandler Morris previously served for a decade as frontman of Milton Keynes’ Bomber Music-signed hardcore ska-punks ANTI VIGILANTE, while Carly Slade played bass in Hackney trio TRASHCAT. Since 2014, though, they’ve ploughed a different furrow: Morris picked up an acoustic guitar and Slade a banjo, and working on their close harmonies, the pair relocated to a caravan in the woods.

“Although I loved the high energy of punk music, the older I got the more I was drawn to the stripped back sincerity of folk and country music,” admits Morris. “The attitude wasn’t that dissimilar, both punk and country prioritise authenticity. I just came to be drawn artists like Justin Townes Earle who seem to be able to make an incredible connection with an audience by being one man and a guitar.”

Releasing their debut album Never Settle in 2017, the pair have become one of the hardest working acts on the folk and Americana circuit, something that Bonfire & Pine, which sees them expanding on the format into a greater array of styles, looks set to build on.

Set for release on 8 November, Bonfire & Pine is available to pre-order here.

Hope In High Water play The Crauford Arms, Milton Keynes on 8 November – tickets

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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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