GIUDA have been added as special guests to BOOZE & GLORY’s 10th Anniversary bash in London this Autumn.
As previously announced, the multi-national street-punks will be throwing the party at the Electric Ballroom, Camden Town on 2 November.
The Roman glam-rock’n’rollers join an all-day bill which also includes ROY ELLIS aka Mr Symarip & The Moonstompers, PERKELE, THE FILAMENTS, THE BABOON SHOW, THE ANALOGS, RISKEE & THE RIDICULE and ex-Booze & Glory member LIAM MARR playing a solo acoustic set.
Stevenage anarcho mob BAD BREEDING have dropped a video for their new single.
‘Whose Cause?’ is the first track to be taken from their forthcoming third album Exiled, which follows on from last year’s Abandonment EP, their debut release for One Little Indian.
The video is the work of Owen Deutsch of D4MT Labs and NYC punks KALEIDOSCOPE.
“’Whose Cause?’ explores political misdirection in the media and its role in sowing seeds of division, suspicion and distrust in our communities,” explains frontman Christopher Dodd. “It touches on the nefarious ties between capital and a pocketed media class, while commenting on how instruments of the right have harnessed and manipulated divisive politics of identity in an attempt to dent the collective bonds of solidarity that bind our communities together. It’s about pushing beyond force-fed narratives and looking at the disastrous implications reactionary storytelling has on propping up the survival of late capitalism and the patrician outriders it funds and protects: the gilded bourgeoisie, the imperialists, the warmongers, the contemptuous old-money hawks, the emboldened corporate elite.”
Exiled is set for release on 21 June and is available to pre-order here.
Bad Breeding play the following dates…
July 21st – Crofter’s Rights, Bristol July 22nd – The Polar Bear, Hull July 23rd – Temple of Boom, Leeds July 24th – The Moon, Cardiff July 25th – Electrowerkz, London
UK rockers SYTERIA have had all their gear nicked after a gig in London.
The Yorkshire band, who feature GIRLSCHOOL guitarist Jackie Chambers, had been playing dates to roadtest material for their forthcoming new album. They’d just played a gig at The Lounge venue in North London before spending the night at the local Premier Inn. The next morning they discovered that their van, parked in the hotel’s car park, had been emptied.
“What next?” they ask. “Well, now we have to replace all the gear as well as find the money to pay for the studio, pressing, printing, etc. in readiness for the new album. Thankfully the gigs we do have booked, the support bands, and local musicians have all been kind enough to lend us their equipment until we do replace it.”
The band have set up a Kickstarter page to fund the release of their next album Reflection. Their modest target was reached in three days, but please consider chipping in to help the band out of a tight spot.
Roots rock supergroup THE A.C.C. have a new video and they’re premiering it exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
‘Never Gave Up’ is taken from the band’s debut album Beautiful, At Night, which was released last month.
An abbreviation of Abbiati Cantarelli Conspiracy, The A.C.C. are fronted by co-guitarist/vocalists Ed Abbiati from roots rock band Lowlands and Stiv Cantarelli of blues-punks Silent Strangers and J.D. Hangover notoriety. The band’s line-up is completed by drummer Antonio Perugini from the Silent Strangers and bassist Joe Barreca of The Mandolin Brothers. Their fifth guest member on the album is guitar and keyboard player Chris Cacavas from Green On Red and The Dream Syndicate.
Ska legend NEVILLE STAPLE and his wife Sugary have announced a new single to coincide with their dates with THE UNDERTONES.
‘Working Hard Everyday’ follows on from recent single ‘Put Away Your Knives’ and the album Rude Rebels, featuring Neville’s Specials cohort Roddy Radiation.
Neville and Sugary Staple co-wrote ‘Working Hard Everyday’ with Charlie Organaire (aka Charles Cameron), best friend and colleague to ska pioneer Prince Buster. He was involved in many of the legend’s hit songs, as well as writing his own music and working with Prince Buster’s son Sultan.
Out now, the single is available to stream and download here.
The band have a busy summer of gigs and festivals ahead, kicking off this Thursday at London’s Electric Ballroom with The Underrtones. Full dates are…
May 2 LONDON – Electric Ballroom (w/The Undertones) May 3 COVENTRY – Empire (w/The Undertones) May 4 BRISTOL – SWX (w/The Undertones) May 9 NEWCASTLE-UPON-TYNE – Boiler Shop (w/The Undertones) May 10 LEEDS – O2 Academy (w/The Undertones) May 11 MANCHESTER – O2 Ritz (w/The Undertones) May 16 NORWICH – Open (w/The Undertones) May 17 BEXHILL ON SEA – De La Warr Pavilion (w/The Undertones) May 18 COOKHAM – Lets Rock The Moor (2.00pm) May 18 SOUTHAMPTON – Engine Rooms (w/The Undertones) May 25 HERTFORDSHIRE – Stone Valley South Festival May 26 MERTHYR TYDFIL – Merthyr Rising June 1 CHIPPING SODBURY – SodFest June 8 SHEFFIELD – Music For The Homeless June 15 KETTERING – 40th Anniversary of 2-Tone (w/Jerry Dammers DJ, Beat Goes Bang) June 22 WESTON-SUPER-MARE – 40th Anniversary of 2-Tone (w/Jerry Dammers DJ, Beat Goes Bang) June 29 STANHOPE – Stone Valley North Festival July 5 BLYTH – North East Chilli Fest July 6 SOUTHAMPTON – Let’s Rock Southampton July 13 THAME – Thame Music Festival July 14 EXETER – Wonder Fields Festival July 19 MELKSHAM – Melksham Music Festival July 20 HOLMFIRTH – Holmfirth Ska Splash July 21 TAMWORTH – Warton Music Festival July 27 CHIDDINGLY – Chiddfest Aug. 3 SUDDINGTON / MACCLESFIELD – Rewind Festival North Aug. 9 WINCHESTER – Boomtown Fair Aug 10 RATLINGHOPE – Farmer Phil’s Festival Aug 17 STRETFORD – Great Northern Ska Festival Aug 18 HENLEY-ON-THAMES – Rewind Festival South Aug 31 CASTLE DONINGTON – Off the Tracks Festival
Ace London rockers NEON ANIMAL pay tribute to the great and the good of rock’n’roll with this brilliantly-titled track from their latest EP God’s Own Bastards. And they’re premiering the video with Vive Le Rock!
“Imagine if Vive Le Rock! magazine were to take the form of a song, it might sound something like this,” says band frontman and livewire Mark Thorn. “A collaborative effort that sprang to life during a drunken (and other nameless party products) jam in a period when every other week some rock ‘n’ roll legend seemed to be hitting the dust and a copy of Vive Le Rock! and other bibles of rock ‘n’ roll religion just happend to be lying open on the coffee table as if by magic…..”
Featuring fast-rising London punks HEALTHY JUNKIES, Neon Animal’s ass-shakin’ anthem ‘Vive Le Rock’ is a riotous life celebration of the spirit of rock ‘n’ roll. It’s past and it’s present and it’s happening right here, right now!
A brand new festival is set to bring full-on rock sounds to the East of England next month. And we have 3 x VIP ticktes plus exclusive merch to give away!
Headlined by THE VIRGINMARYS, THE WILDHEARTS and HARDCORE SUPERSTAR, Call Of The Wild Festival takes place over the weekend of 24-26 May at Lincolnshire Showground, Grange De Lings, Lincoln.
Other acts appearing across the three stages include LAST GREAT DREAMERS, TRUCKER DIABLO, A JOKER’S RAGE, THE TREATMENT, TAX THE HEAT, THOSE DAMN CROWS, BULLETS AND OCTANE, THE IDOL DEAD, HANDS OFF GRETEL, COLT 45, FALLING RED, ROCKY SHADES’ WRATHCHILD, SPEED STROKE, WITH TRIPPER, THE KUT, SYTERIA, RAZORBATS, DUCKING PUNCHES and loads more…
Full details and day and weekend tickets are available here.
To be in with a chance of winning one of three VIP tickets plus exclsuive merch, all you’ve got to do is send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with ‘VLR Ticket Giveaway’ in the subject box, completing the following sentence…
The STRAY CATS have unveiled another new video for a track from their new album.
‘Rock It Off’ is taken from the album 40, the Long Island trio’s first new studio album in 26 years, in celebration of their 40th Anniversary.
The video, directed by John Logsdon, comprises session footage from the recording of the album at Nashville’s Blackbird Studio with producer Peter Collins and engineer Vance Powell.
“I wanted to make this record, the three of us standing like we do onstage,” says Brian Setzer. “When we set up like that, that’s when you get your best performances, because you’re feeding off each other a lot more.”
“‘Rock It Off’ may be my favourite track on 40“, says Slim Jim Phantom. “When the guitar riff comes in, I stand up a little straighter and imagine a peacock strutting. It’s got a shuffle groove that’s tailor-made for me to do the bop-bop-a-bop – the video captures the fun and good vibes we all shared while making the whole album.”
As previously announced, the Stray Cats embark on a tour of the UK and Europe in June and July. Full dates are…
Fri 21 Jun – Azkena Rock Festival, Spain Sun 23 Jun – 02 Academy, Birmingham Tues 25 Jun – 02 Apollo, Manchester Wed 26 June – Hammersmith Apollo, London Thurs 27 June – Hammersmith Apollo, London Sat 29 June – Retro C Trop, France Mon 01 July – AFAS Live, Netherlands Wed 03 July – Columbiahalle, Germany Thurs 04 July – Palladium, Germany Sat 06 July – American Tours Festival, France Sun 07 July – Les Eurockeennes, France Tues 09 July – Killesberg, Germany Thurs 11 July – Zenith, Germany Fri 12 July – X-Tra, Switzerland Sat 13 July – Musilac Festival, France Thurs 18 July – Pori Jazz Festival, Finland Sat 20 July – Summer Jamboree, Sweden
40 is released on 24 May through Surfdog/Mascot and is available to pre-order here.
Ladbroke Grove counter-culture commandos PINK FAIRIES are to have their three classic albums for Polydor reissued in a new box set.
Scheduled for release through Retroworld on 24 May, the aptly-titled The Polydor Years brings together the three albums the infamous band released between 1971 and 1973 – Never Never Land, What A Bunch Of Sweeties and Kings Of Oblivion.
Each of the albums is augmented by extra tracks.
Formed out of the ashes of writer, activist and scenester Mick Farren’s Deviants and featuring former Pretty Things and Tomorrow drummer Twink, the band evolved as free-wheeling festival favourites, very much along the lines of what Detroit’s MC5 were doing over the pond.
Never Never Land combined proto-punk anthems like ‘Do It’ and ‘Teenage Rebel’ with the 11-minute freeform jam of ‘Uncle Harry’s Last Freakout’ and souldful West Coast rock of ‘War Girl’.
Once Twink had departed, remaining members Paul Rudolf, Duncan Sanderson and Russell Hunter delivered the heavy-grooving What A Bunch Of Sweeties.
For Kings Of Oblivion, Sanderson and Hunter quickly recruited former UFO guitarist Larry Wallis on their most cohesive set. Wallis would later take amhetamine-fuelled album-opener ‘City Kids’ with him when he co-founded the fledgling Motörhead.
Legendary Midlands musician DAVE KUSWORTH has lined up a rare London show next month.
The latest emergence in a period of renewed activity for the former JACOBITES, BOUNTY HUNTERS and TENDERHOOKS guitarist, the gig at London’s famed Hope & Anchor on Friday 10 May is only Kusworth’s second London show since the release of the career-spanning double album The World Of Dave Kusworth Vol 1 & 2.
Special guest support comes from former VIBRATORS, UK SUBS and CRYBABYS guitarist DARRELL BATH, with KULT 45s opening.
THE PSYCHEDELIC FURS have announced another round of UK dates for the Autumn.
Based in the USA for some years, the dates in October continue the band’s renewed homeland activity, which has seen them visit the UK for three years running, and included an appearance at last year’s Meltdown, hosted by THE CURE’s Robert Smith.
Formed by the Butler brothers Richard and Tim in Surrey in 1977, the band went on to become one of the most influential of UK post-punk bands, particularly in the US, where their song ‘Pretty In Pink’ inspired a successful movie of the same name. All the band’s original albums were reissued on vinyl last year. Rumours persist of a new album in the works, their first since 1991’s World Outside.
Kicking off in Manchester on 1 October, the tour culminates with a show at London’s legendary Roundhouse. Support on all dates comes from the new band formed by former TRANSVISION VAMP singer Wendy James. Full dates are…
Tues 1 Oct – O2 Ritz, Manchester Thurs 3 Oct – Pyramids Centre, Portsmouth Fri 4 Oct – Dome, Brighton Sat 5 Oct – O2 Institute, Birmingham Mon 7 Oct – Stylus, Leeds Tues 8 Oct – O2 Academy, Glasgow Wed 9 Oct – O2 Academy, Newcastle Fri 11 Oct – Rock City, Nottingham Sat 12 Oct – Roundhouse, London
Tickets got on sale at 10.00am on Friday 26 April here.
Streetpunk champs BOOZE & GLORY have announced a major London show this Autumn, their first in the capital for three years.
Having just toured North America as special guests of DROPKICK MURPHYS, and with Summer festivals on the horizon, the multi-national band will play a very special 10th Anniversary show at the Electric Ballroom, Camden Town on Saturday 2 November.
The multi-band bill also features Jamaican skinhead reggae band ROY ELLIS aka MR SYMARIP & THE MOONSTOMPERS, London punks THE FILAMENTS and RISKEE & THE RIDICULE, Sweden’s THE BABOON SHOW and PERKELE, and Polish streepunks THE ANALOGS. There’ll also be an acoustic set from former Booze & Glory member Liam Marr, who’s now living in Australia. One more very special guest is set to be announced on 5 May.
WILKO JOHNSON is to headline a new festival in the Kent seaside town of Margate this summer.
Just a short hop over the Thames Estuary for the ex-DR FEELGOOD guitar slinger, he’ll be joined by co-headliners LINDISFARNE and STEVE HARLEY & COCKNEY REBEL at the Margate Rhythm & Rock Festival which takes place at the town’s Winter Gardens over the weekend of 6-8 September.
Other confirmed acts include THE MEN THEY COULDN’T HANG, THE BLOCKHEADS, EDWARD TUDOR POLE, GENO WASHINGTON & THE RAM JAM BAND, DESMOND DEKKER’S ACES, HARDWICKE CIRCUS, JOHN OTWAY, HERE & NOW, STRAY, THE MEMBERS, SHARPEEZ, DJ WENDY MAY and loads more…
NYC punk-blues tornadoes DADDY LONG LEGS blow in this week for two dates ahead of their UK tour.
The trio, whose new album Lowdown Ways is set for release through Yep Roc on 10 May, have announced that the record will be available to buy at the shows on both CD and LP.
They play The Prince Albert, Brighton this Thursday 18 April, followed by an appearance at London’s 229 Club as part of Le Beat Bespoke Weekender on Friday 19 April. They then return to kick off the tour proper at Audio, Glasgow on Thursday 9 May. Full dates are…
Thur 18 April – Brighton Prince Albert Fri 19 April – London 229 Thur 9 May – Glasgow Audio Fri 10 May – Belfast Black Box Sat 11 May – Dublin The Sugar Club Sun 12 May – Manchester Night n Day Tues 14 May – Leeds Brudenell Wed 15 May – Newcastle The Cluny Fri 17 May – Norwich NAC Sat 18 May – Bedford Esquires Sun 19 May – Southend The Railway Hotel
What a night it was! Packed full of all of the legends of rock‘n’roll, punk, 2-Tone and new wave, the AEG Vive Le Rock Awards 2019 at London’s O2 Academy Islington was a night to remember! Featuring live sets from the likes of The Stranglers, Steve Diggle of Buzzcocks and the surprise reformation of The Rich Kids, for the full run down of what occurred plus exclusive interviews with the winners, pick up the latest issue of Vive Le Rock! out now!
Iconic Ohio art-punks PERE UBU have announced a new album for this Summer.
The Long Goodbye, which takes its name from Raymond Chandler’s classic crime novel, really is long, but is not necessarily a goodbye. While stressing it’s not the end of Pere Ubu, mainman David Thomas says, “This wraps up every song and story that Pere Ubu has been telling in different ways for the past forty plus years. It is one definitive hour that provides the answers to the questions we’ve been asking and delivers it up into what I consider the definitive destination.”
Unlike any other Ubu album, the material was written and arranged by Thomas using his private collection of synthesisers and drum-machines before passing them to the other members to be fleshed out.
“I’d been listening to commercial pop radio non-stop for months,” says Thomas. “That’s what I wanted to rewrite and reimagine. Pop music shouldn’t be without meaning or truthfulness. We live in desperate towns and we keep on going regardless of the stench. It’s not often you’re gonna find the answers. If ever. But here is pop music the way it should sound.”
The band were rejoined by legendary English drummer Chris Cutler for a show in Paris last December, where they played the songs from the album for only the second time ever, before they had been finished in the studio, and the set features here on a special bonus CD, Montreuil.
The Long Goodbye is released through Cherry Red on 12 June.
Reggae legends STEEL PULSE have announced the release of a brand new album next month.
Their twelfth studio album, Mass Manipulation is the Birmingham band’s first new album in 15 years, following on from 2004’s African Holocaust. It’s set for release through Rootfire on 17 May, preceded by the single ‘Cry Cry Blood’.
Formed at school in Handsworth in 1975, aligning themselves with the Rock Against Racism movement and sharing stages with numerous punk acts. Their debut single ‘Ku Klux Klan’ and accompanying album Handsworth Revolution are regarded as pioneering classics of the roots reggae genre. Although many members have flowed through the band over the years, their line-up still features founding singer/guitarist David Hinds and keyboard-player Selwyn Brown.
As previously announced, Steel Pulse will be appearing at Bearded Theory’s Spring Gathering, which takes place at Catton Hall, Derbyshire from 23-26 May, alongside the likes of THE CULT, DREADZONE, LITTLE STEVEN & THE DISCIPLES OF SOUL, STIFF LITTLE FINGERS, THE SKIDS, THE SKATALITES, THE WILDHEARTS, ANGELIC USTARTS, THE BAR STOOL PREACHERS and loads more. Tickets are available here.
Legendary Croydon punks JOHNNY MOPED are back with a new single and video that they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
‘Living In A Dream World’ is taken from the band’s forthcoming new album Lurrigate Your Mind, which is set for release through Damaged Goods on 24 May. The follow-up to 2016’s It’s A Real Cool Baby, the 14-track album was produced by longtime associate and former Tenpole Tudor guitarist Dick Crippen.
Formed in 1974, and at various points featuring the likes of Chrissie Hynde and Captain Sensible in their line-up, Johnny Moped were early performers at London’s legendary Roxy club, going on to release their debut album Cycledelic on Chiswick in 1978. The band were immortalised in the documentary Basically Johnny Moped directed by Sensible’s son Fred Burns, in 2013. Burns is also responsible for the new video.
“It’s hard to be normal,” says longtime guitarist Slimy Toad. “This video was filmed in Rock’n’Roll Robot’s music room and Johnny and his band think you’ll find you just can’t keep a good tune down. I hope you watch it!”
The album’s available to pre-order in a special limited edition bundle here.
Johnny Moped have several dates lined up, including a short German tour and a date at London’s 100 Club. Full dates are…
Feb 23rd – The Front Room, Croydon March 3rd – Con Club, Lewes April 20th – Revelations Festival, Harpenden April 25th – Gleis 22, Munster, GER April 26th – Museum, Koln, GER April 27th – Wild At Heart, Berlin, GER April 29th – Rock n Roll Butterfahrt, Helgoland April 30th – Kling Klang, Wilhelmshaven, GER May 1st – Hafenklang, Hamburg, GER June 8th – 100 Club, London August 3rd – Rebellion Festival, Blackpool