THE DUEL VIDEO PREMIERE!

London punks THE DUEL are re-releasing their classic concept album The Soundtrack to The End of The World and are trailing it with a new video.

‘Less Every Day’ is taken from the album which was originally released back in 2012 and features Max Splodge as narrator. Subtitled The Zak Splash Story, the album tells the tale of a fictional pop-star who has a comeback hit in the new millennium.

Formed by singer Tara Rez and keyboardist Andy Thierum in 2001, the band was brought to a premature end when Thierum was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

There is no cure for MS, but a portion of the proceeds from sales of this reworked, remixed and remastered edition of the album will go to the MS Society who support those living with the condition, raise awareness and fund research to stop MS for good.

Soundtrack To The End Of The World (The Zak Splash Story) is set for release on 16 September. A new version of The Duel is currently arranging live dates in order to bring the band to a more fitting conclusion.

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EASY DOES IT!

The latest band the emerge from the thriving Melbourne punk scene, THE PRIZE have unveiled a second tracks from their forthcoming debut EP.

‘Easy Way Out’ follows on from the release of their debut digital single and also the title track of the EP, ‘Wrong Side Of Town’. The band will be celebrating the EPs physical release with a special launch show at Melbourne’s John Curtin Hotel on 1 October before heading out nationally with THE CHATS.

“‘Easy Way Out’ was the first song we wrote as a band,” says singing drummer Nadine Muller. “After finally hearing it recorded, I think we all found a new appreciation for the song that solidified us. You don’t have to ‘read between the lines’ to figure out what it’s about!”

Formed early last year, the band’s hybrid garage-rock/powerpop sound has been compared to The Nerves, Thin Lizzy, Flamin’ Groovies and homeland heroes The Divynyls. This is underlined by their stunning cover – also on the EP – of ‘Fighting My Way Back’ by Nuneaton powerpop legends, and Vive Le Rock faves, The Incredible Kidda Band.

Check out ‘Easy Way Out’…

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SUZI KEEPS IT IN THE FAMILY!

Hot from Rebellion, fast-rising punk sensation SUZI MOON has a new video which she’s premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘Family Memories’ is taken from SoCal-raised now DC-based artist’s debut solo album Dumb & In Luv, which is due out in September through Pirates Press Records. The album follows on from two three-track EPs, Call The Shots and Animal.

“These songs are a bit warmer and power-pop than my previous releases,” she says of the album. “They’ve been baked in the California sunshine, like the song ’99 Miles To Pasadena’, which I wrote while running laps around the Rose Bowl. I picked songs that fit together nicely but also offer a lot of variation, so you’re getting more of a full ride with this album than you did with the EPs!

“The ten tracks on Dumb & In Luv represent growth and the human condition,” she continues. “Themes of love, loss, heartache, hope, and celebration are all ones that I have written about before and will certainly revisit again and again. My first EP, Call The Shots, had a straightforward punk’n’roll sound, my second EP, Animal, was a bit more melodic, and Dumb & In Luv is really a mix of those two styles, seeped in the influence of all those great California bands that influenced me while I was growing up, like Social Distortion, Rancid, Green Day and Sugarcult.”

Set for release on 9 September, Dumb & In Luv is available to pre-order here.

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LEGS AKIMBO!

NYC blues shakers DADDY LONG LEGS are back with a string of UK dates this autumn.

Returning for their first tour since the Covid pandemic, the band’s new four-piece line-up sees original members Brian Hurd (vocals/harp) Murat Aktürk (guitars/vocals) and Josh Styles (drums/maracas) joined by new member Dave Klein on piano.

The band have been working on the follow-up to 2019’s Lowdown Ways, which is slated for release in the new year. In the meantime, they play the following dates….

TUES 11 OCT – Manchester – Blues Kitchen
WED 12 OCT – Newcastle – Cluny C2
THURS 13 OCT – Edinburgh – Voodoo Rooms
FRID 14 OCT – Glasgow – Broadcast
SAT 15 OCT – Birkenhead – Future Yard
SUN 16 OCT – Hebden Bridge – Trades
TUES 18 OCT – Bristol – Exchange
WED 19 OCT – Norwich – NAC
THURS 20 OCT – Bedford – Esquires
FRIDAY 21 OCT – London – The Lexington
SAT 22 OCT – Brighton – The Albert
SUN 23 OCT – Folkestone – Chambers

Tickets are on sale here.

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INTERRUPTERS UNVEIL NEW VIDEO!

THE INTERRUPTERS have just unveiled another new video.

‘Raised By Wolves’ is taken from the LA band’s long-awaited new album In The Wild, which was released on Friday through Hellcat and follows on from 2018’s Fight The Good Fight.

“In my formative years, I grew up with a lot of turmoil and abuse in the house,” says frontwoman Aimee Interrupter about the single. “I had no consistent parental figures to turn to and I couldn’t trust anyone, I ended up in a foster home and moved around a lot throughout my childhood. This set the stage for many missteps in my life. I truly feel that I was raised by wolves… in the wild. This song is me coming to terms with that and forgiving those who I expected to be there for me, while also forgiving myself.”

The band hit UK soil on 20 August for an appearance at Beautiful Days in Devon, then touring until 3 September when they play Brixton Academy. Full dates are…

Aug 20 – Tiverton, United Kingdom – Beautiful Days Festival
Aug 21 – Bristol, United Kingdom – Marble Factory
Aug 23 – Nottingham, United Kingdom – Rock City
Aug 24 – Leeds, United Kingdom – O2 Academy Leeds
Aug 29 – Manchester, United Kingdom – Manchester Academy
Aug 31 – Glasgow, United Kingdom – Barrowland Ballroom
Sept 2 – Birmingham, United Kingdom – O2 Institute
Sept 3 – London, United Kingdom – O2 Academy Brixton

Tickets are available here.

Pic by Jimmy Fontaine

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GINGER ANNOUNCES ALBUM AND DATES!

GINGER WILDHEART has announced a new solo album and a run of dates.

Ginger will be sharing with fans the whole process of making the album, via video updates, live Q&As and exclusive digital content. Fans can sign up at his website through a number of different membership options.

Those pre-ordering the album will receive more than 20 songs when recording is completed in Sept/Oct, some months before the full commercial release of the album.

Also, Friendly Strangers, a benevolent fund for fans who cannot afford to subscribe to the campaign, has been set up.

“The passion and the kindness of Ginger’s supporters is the stuff of legend and aside from the generosity that was shown right off the bat, I was especially struck by how the people writing in will share the difficulties they’re having, completely unprompted – I’ve read some truly heartbreaking stories in the last week,” says Ian Sparke, co-founder and person in charge. “So how does Friendly Strangers work? Well, you can donate, by sending however much you can spare to friendlystrangers555@gmail.com. If you’re struggling financially and would benefit from our help, write an email to that same address. You’ll hear from me personally and I will get you subscribed for the new album campaign.”

Check out this exclusive preview of one of the tracks….

Ginger heads out later this month for the following acoustic shows with Jon Poole….

Tue 23 Aug – The Crypt, Hastings tickets
Wed 24 Aug – Asylum, Birmingham tickets
Thu 25 Aug – Old Courts, Wigan tickets
Fri 26 Aug – The Fulford Arms, York tickets

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THE FADES ARE BACK!

West London new wavers THE FADES have just unveiled a new video.

‘You Follow Me Around’ is the first single to be taken from the band’s forthcoming album, Night Terrors, which follows the success of the vinyl reissue of their 2012 third album Ragnarok and signposts a new beginning for the band.

“The song was written at a very difficult time when this ex-partner was seriously harassing me” says singer Dave Lightfoot of the single. “It made me ill and I lost so much weight but in the usual Fades way, I managed to make light of it by linking the song to my cat, who was also harassing me but in a much more loving way. Basically, I took the positive approach to a very stressful situation and then a song came out of it”.

Night Terrors is available to pre-order here.

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NONE MORE BLACK!

Satanic metal figureheads VENOM are to issue their career-spanning In Nomine Satanas anthology as a 6 CD + DVD box st.

The set, comprising their original albums for Neat Records, from 1981’s Welcome To Hell up to the live album Eine Kleine Nachtmusik from ’86, was previously issued as a deluxe vinyl set in 2019. The set also includes the Sons Of Satan, collection including an expanse of early demos going back to the beginnings of the band in 1979.

The set is completed by the inclusion of 7th Date Of Hell, a DVD documenting a performance from the legendary Hammersmith Odeon in 1984.

As if that wasn’t enough, BMG are issuing a 40th Anniversary deluxe edition of their classic genre-igniting second album Black Metal, on silver-and-black-swirl vinyl, limited to 1,500 copies.

Set for release on 23 September, both releases are available to pre-order here.

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HARD-ONS GET THE NEEDLE!

Aussie punk legends THE HARD-ONS have just unveiled a new video from their latest album.

‘Needles And Pins’ is taken from the album I’m Sorry Sir, That Riff’s Been Taken, which came out last autumn and is their first album to feature You Am I frontman Tim Rogers.

“The Hard-Ons are in love with the music and beauty of pop,” says bassist Ray Ahn of the video. “We wanted Mike Foxall, the director to capture the sentiment and tenderness of the melody – all the while showing some light-hearted humour… “

“People usually scoff (politely Emoji) when I insist we’re a pop band .. SEE!!”, adds guitarist Peter ‘Blackie’ Black.

Released through Cheersquad Records on limited edition hot pink and teal vinyl 7″, ‘Needles And Pins’ is available here.

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SPARRER LAND IN CAMDEN!

As previously announced COCK SPARRER play two nights at London’s Roundhouse in September in celebration of their 50th Anniversary.

Tickets for Saturday 10 September have now sold out, but their are still some left for their show on Friday 9 September.

Playing two sets each night for these special all-ages shows and the band promise a few surprises for their fans, including things that they’ve never done onstage before.

Remaining tickets are available here.

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IS MICK THERE?

Aussie garage legends SCREAMING TRIBESMEN’s founder Mick Medew has collaborated with his life partner Ursula Collie on a brand new album.

Love Is Calling was conceived through a series of live-streaming sessions during Covid lockdown. With Medew on guitars and vocals and Ursula on keys, the ten tracks on the album cover a broader palette than Medew has hitherto been known for with the Tribesmen and latterly, the Memerisers, spanning power-pop, synthpop, alt-country and pop-rock.

Recorded and produced by longtime collaborator Brian Mann, Love Is Calling is available now through I-94 Bar Records.

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THERE’S A TURKEY IN THE HOUSE!

The URBAN VOODOO MACHINE’s frontman Paul-Ronney Angel has collaborated with LINDA GAIL LEWIS – younger sister of the Killer himself, Jerry Lee Lewis! – and they’re premiering the video exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

The track ‘Wild Turkey & Lemonade’ was written by Angel and inspired by Linda Gail when she told him about her favourite drink: “I was on tour in the States with guitarist Danny B Harvey who is Linda Gail’s son-in-law and we were knocking back some Jack’n’Cokes in honour of Lemmy who Danny played with in Headcat, when Linda Gail told me that Wild Turkey & Lemonade used to be her favourite drink – it stuck and became a song and I’m super happy she agreed to duet it with me!”

The track is available on the London Texas Lockdown album which made VLR’s Top 50 Albums of 2021. It can be ordered direct from the man himself!

In addition to a full-on schedule with The Urban Voodoo Machine, Angel has also found time to form an all-star band The Bad MoFos which features Tomirae Brown (James Brown Band), Tom Spencer (The Professionals), Slim (The Urban Voodoo Machine) and Rocky Rhyhm (The Revillos). Catch Paul-Ronney Angel & The Bad MoFos on tour this summer…

Wed 3 Aug – Aye Aye Club, OSLO (solo)
Wed 17 Aug – Waterloo, BLACKPOOL,
Thur 18 Aug – Crooked Crow Bar, LEIGHTON BUZZARD
Fri 19 Aug – Chambers, FOLKESTONE,
Sat 20 Aug – Prince Albert, BRIGHTON
Sun 21 Aug – The Pier, PORTSMOUTH

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R-FEST FREE FOR NHS WORKERS!

The good folks at REBELLION have announced that they’ll be granting FREE tickets to key NHS workers for their new R-Fest events.

As previously announced, R-Fest is a new four-day outdoor event to be staged in front of the Blackpool Tower over Rebellion weekend of 4 to 7 August.

The line-up across the four days is set to include THE LEVELLERS, HAWKWIND, THE STRANGLERS, THE UNDERTONES, GARY NUMAN, PETER HOOK & THE LIGHT, SQUEEZE, BILLY BRAGG, BUZZCOCKS, SKIDS, TOYAH, ALTERED IMAGES and loads more.

If you’re a key NHS worker, go to the Winter Gardens Box Office on Victoria Street, Blackpool between 12 noon and 9pm this Wednesday 3 August with your NHS ID card to receive your free ticket for the day of your choice.

R-Fest is a standalone festival and day tickets are available at £50 per day. However, if you are a REBELLION weekend or REBELLION day ticket holder your ticket will get into R-Fest free of charge.

Full details and tickets for REBELLION and R-Fest can be found here.

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BACK WITH A BANGER!

Manc punk legends ED BANGER & THE NOSEBLEEDS trail their new album with a new video.

‘Can’t Stand The News’ is taken from the album Revolution X which is due out this week through X Records.

Frontwoman Edweena Banger makes the following appearances at this weekend’s Rebellion Festival…

Thus 4 Aug – Edweena Banger & Brian Grantham, Almost Acoustic Stage 13.50-14.20
Fri 5 Aug – Edweena Banger, Literary Stage 14.50-5.15
Slaughter Bite Back, Empress Ballroom 18.50-19.45

The full band play the following dates…

30 Sept – Hope & Anchor, London (w/ Bite Me & Romeo Spy)
4 Dec – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds (w/ Punishment Of Luxury & The Bricks)
17 Dec – Star & Garter, Manchester (w/ The Members)

Revolution X is available to pre-order from edweenabanger.com

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OFF! ON AGAIN!

SoCal punk vets OFF! return with a freaky new sci-fi video and news of a brand new album.

‘War Above Los Angeles’ is the first single to be taken from FREE LSD, the band’s first new album in eight years.

The album is the first to feature founder members Keith Morris (Black Flag, Cercle Jerks) and Dimitri Coats plus bassist Autry Fulbright II (…And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead) and drummer Justin Brown (Thundercat, Flying Lotus, Herbie Hancock). It’s due out through Fat Possum on 30 September.

The video for ‘War Above Los Angeles’, featuring cameos from David Yow (Jesus Lizard), Don Nguyn, Chloe Dykstra, James Duval, D.H. Peligro (Dead Kennedys), is a first taste of the band’s forthcoming feature film FREE LSD, to accompany the release of the album.

“Since thinking of the album as a soundtrack to a weird sci-fi movie gave us permission to experiment, and the film explains, in a fantastical way, the creation of the album, they both go hand in hand as an overall art project,” explains Coats.

Pre-order FREE LSD here.

Pic by Jeff Forney

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FANGS FOR THE NIGHT!

THE DAMNED have announced the release of a new live album and concert film.

The film and album A Night Of A Thousand Vampires are the result of the Class of ’76 punk legends’ historic show at London’s prestigious Palladium theatre in October 2919, which was put together with help from Circus Of Horrors for a full immersive theatrical experience with the audience fully entering into the spirit of things in vampiric attire. The occasion also served as a fond farewell to drummer Pinch following twenty years’ sterling service.

The 17-song set spans the band’s 40+ year career with debut album highlight ‘Neat Neat Neat’ cheekily morphing into Bauhaus’s ‘Bela Lugosi’s Dead’ with tracks from their recent album Evil Spirits bringing things right up to date.

Released through earMUSIC on 28 October, A Night Of A Thousand Vampires is available as a 2 CD+Blu-ray digipak and gatefold double LPs on limited edition transparent red, crystal clear, glow in the dark and black vinyl. Initial copies come with a free poster.

A Night Of A Thousand Vampires is available to pre-order here.

Full tracklist…

  1. Beauty Of The Beast
  2. Wait For The Blackout
  3. Plan 9 Channel 7
  4. Standing On The Edge Of Tomorrow
  5. Grimly Fiendish
  6. Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde
  7. Absinthe
  8. Under The Floor Again
  9. I Just Can’t Be Happy Today
  10. 13th Floor Vendetta
  11. Eloise
  12. People Are Strange
  13. Curtain Call
  14. Tightrope Walk
  15. The Dog
  16. Neat Neat Neat – Bela Lugosi’s Dead
  17. Black Is The Night

Pic by Dod Morrison

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NIGHTINGALES HAVE THE LAST LAUGH

Birmingham post-punk legends THE NIGHTINGALES have announced a series of dates to coincide with the release of their new album.

The Last Laugh is set for release on 14 October and follows on from Four Against Fate, which was released in 2020. The album is the latest in a rejuvenated boost of activity and popularity for the band which first formed out of the ashes of original Birmingham punks THE PREFECTS back in 1979.

Check out the video for the latest single ‘I ❤️ CCTV’….

The Last Laugh is available to pre-order here.

The band head out on tour for four dates sporting an augmented seven-piece line-up featuring Terry Edwards (Gallon Drunk, The NJE, etc) on sax plus “Brum superstars” Natalie Mason and Beth Hopkins. Support on all dates comes from Clash collaborator TYMON DOGG. Full dates are…

Thurs 10 Nov – The Caves, Edinburgh
Fri 11 Nov – The Trades Club, Hebden Bridge
Sat 12 Nov – The Dome, London
Sun 13 Nov – The Castle & Falcon, Birmingham

Tickets go on sale here at 10am on Friday 29 July.

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SPOOK PATROL!

Fast-rising London punks GHOST CAR have just released a new single from their forthcoming debut album.

The band recently signed to One Little Independent for the release of the album Truly Trash from which the single ‘Sex’ is drawn.

The single is “about having an interaction with someone once and thinking more of it than it actually was,” they say. “Especially with social media, being able to see that person all the time, thinking you have a connection when really you just snogged them at a party once. It made us so happy to be a band formed by women from different parts of the world but with the same feelings and frustrations!”

Speaking about Truly Trash, they say, “This album is our way to express what bothers us, from personal interactions to international politics. We wanted to explore different themes in a simple way so that they could be accessible to everyone.”

‘Sex’ is available now on Spotify and all the usual platforms.

Set for release on 28 October, Truly Trash is available to pre-order here.

Ghost Car play The Victoria, Dalston, London on 7 August.

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