CALL Ms LEE…

Rising Portuguese songstress STARSHA LEE has a new video out which she’s premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘Killing Heteronomy’ is taken from a new EP which is due for release later in the Summer and is described as “a post-Duchamp exercise of nihilism”.

Now based in London, the intriguingly enigmatic Starsha doesn’t give a great deal away about herself, but her new band features guitarist Crispin Gray from Queenadreena.

Look out for a feature on Queenadreena in the next issue of Vive Le Rock out 27 July.

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RICH RAGANY REVEALS NEW SINGLE!

RICH RAGANY AND THE DIGRESSIONS have unveiled another new single from their new album.

‘Sometimes We Can Hear The Voices’ is taken from the band’s second album Beyond Nostalgia & Heartache which is out now and follows on from the band’s debut album Like We’ll Never Make It, released in 2019.

“This song is written from the perspective of someone who is leaving a home or situation in which they had suffered abuse,” explains Rich. “I wanted the mood to be very cinematic from the get-go and really uplifting and euphoric in the chorus, giving it the feel of freedom from that place. To show that, yes, even though those voices can still haunt you, you are free now.

“The title came from conversations about my experiences with all this and how I kinda find myself fighting those memories and [guitarist] Gaff said, ‘Yeah man… sometimes we can hear the voices…’ That conversation… the friendship and understanding in it, made me grab the guitar as soon as I could and write the song.”

The video for the single, which catches the band in thoroughly relaxed mode on a London rooftop, was directed, edited and shot by Craig Temple of Racketeer Pictures.

Beyond Nostalgia & Heartache is out now through Story Highway Records and is available here.

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BRUM COVES!

Brummie garage-psychers TABLE SCRAPS are back with a brand new video from their forthcoming new album.

The mindbendingly medievel ‘Threads’ is taken from the album Coffin Face, which follows on from the widely praised Autonomy, which came out in 2017.

Begun in 2018, the album comes at the end of a period that has seen the band play SXSW in Austin, Texas tour Europe alongside sludgerock heavyweights Monster Magnet and boost their celebrity fanbase to the tune of Idles and Amyl & The Sniffers.

Recorded entirely in the trio’s socially-distanced Digbeth bolthole, Coffin Face is set for release on 24 September but is available to pre-order here in a variety of bundles.

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JoBOXERS GET BACK IN THE RING!

80s soul-pop pioneers JoBOXERS have announced their first live shows in nearly 35 years!

The band, formed in 1982 by ex-members of Vic Godard’s SUBWAY SECT and went out as support to MADNESS, unleashing a string of hits including a brace of Top 10 singles in ‘Boxerbeat’ and ‘Just Got Lucky’, the latter selling a quarter of a million copies and cracking the US Top 40.

The band released a pair of albums – including the Top 20 ‘Like Gangbusters’ – before splitting in 1985.

The reunited JoBoxers head out on the following dates in November…

NOV 2 CONCORDE 2, BRIGHTON
NOV 3 THE CAVERN, LIVERPOOL
NOV 4 ARTS CENTRE, COLCHESTER
NOV 5 THE 100 CLUB, LONDON
NOV 6 FIDDLERS, BRISTOL

Tickets are on sale here.

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GIMME THAT OLDTIME DESCENDENTS MUSIC!

THE DESCENDENTS have unveiled another track from their forthcoming original line-up opus.

The 56-second ‘Like The Way I Know’ is taken from 9th & Walnut, which takes its name from the Long Beach band’s practice space.

The album comprises tracks from their earliest setlists circa 1077-80, rerecorded in 2002 by the original four-piece line-up of bassist Tony Lombardo, drummer Bill Stevenson, singer Aukerman and guitarist Frank Navetta who sadly passed away in 2008.

Set for release on 23 July through Epitaph, 9th & Walnut is available to pre-order here.

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BIG PAUL VIDEO EXCLUSIVE!

KILLING JOKE co-founder and drummer BIG PAUL FERGUSON celebrates the release of his debut solo album with a video which he’s premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘The Unraveling’ is track 3 from the album Virtual Control which is out today through Cleopatra Records. Co-written with guitarist Mark Gemini Thwaite (The Mission, Theatre Of Hate, Peter Murphy), the song “recreates our distinctly modern condition of being inundated with mindless commands and digital instructions ‘Swipe left swipe right / Scroll up scroll down / Click here click there / Watch the little wheel spin round / And round and round‘.”

“The seemingly endless months where most of our interactions were online, were filled by a bombardment of images and disparate messages where the truth of anything became a fiction in itself,” says Paul. “Living our lives online, we have become marionettes pulled every which way by the latest catchphrase or trend. I hope this song and video shed a little light on the larger forces at work.”

The video is the work of award-winning video director Vicente Cordero of Industrialism Films.

Mixed by Tom Galgety, whose clients include Rammstein and Pixies as Killing Joke’s Pylon album, Virtual Control features guest appearances from Die Krupps mastermind Jürgen Engler and former Marilyn Manson cohort Tim Skold.

Available on CD and limited edition red vinyl, Virtual Control is available to order here and digitally here.

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MANCHESTER PUNK FESTIVAL RETURNS!

MANCHESTER PUNK FESTIVAL have announced their return in 2022.

Set to take place at seven venues across the city over the Easter Weekend of 15-17 April, bands announced include JAYA THE CAT, BELVEDERE, ROUGHNECK RIOT, THE BAR STOOL PREACHERS, PIZZATRAMP, OI POLLOI, THE BLUE CARPET BAND, IN EVIL HOUR, RISKEE & THE RIDICULE, A WILHELM SCREAM, MARTHA, SHAI HULUD, RED CITY RADIO, MUCH THE SAME, FRESH, CHEWING ON TINFOIL, THE PUBLIC SERPENTS, ACCIDENTE and loads more.

Tickets are on sale now here.

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WIN A MOTÖRHEAD NO SLEEP BOXSET!

In case you haven’t heard, MOTÖRHEAD’s landmark live album No Sleep ’til Hammersmith is forty years old this year.

To celebrate BMG Records are releasing deluxe 40th Anniversary vinyl and CD editions this Friday.

And we’ve got one copy of the 4xCD deluxe boxset edition AND a limited edition t-shirt to give away!

To be in with a chance of winning, all you’ve got to do is send an email with ‘Motörhead Competition’ in the subject box to info@vivelerock.net with the answer to this simple question…

What is the name of Lemmy’s famous bass rig?

Good luck!

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SPECIALS TOP 10 – WIN SPECIALS SINGLES!

In the new edition of Vive Le Rock!, we celebrate the 40th Anniversary of THE SPECIALS’ classic single ‘Ghost Town’ with band founder Jerry Dammers. Here Vive‘s man in the 2-tone suit Guy Shankland takes us through his Top 10 Specials tracks. And once you get to the bottom, you can find out how to win some scintillating Specials vinyl…
  1. ‘Vote For Me’
    Stunning 2019 comeback single. Four-plus decades on and it seems we may still need The Specials to guide us. ‘Ghost Town’ revisited circa 2019/20.
  1. ‘The Boiler’
    Brutal and traumatising single about date rape featuring a Rhoda Dakar tour de force on lead vocals.
  1. ‘You’re Wondering Now’
    The emotive debut album closer can still bring a cannonball size lump to the throat.
  1. ‘Do The Dog’
    Who am I to say but the speedy delivery married with the fast tempo and devastating poetry made this the perfect reunion gig opener.
  1. ‘Blank Expression’
    Terry Hall’s laconic vocals fit the mood and style of the song so perfectly it’s hard to see the join. A classic.
  1. ‘Too Much Too Young’
    If school kids weren’t aware of the dangers of teenage pregnancy they were now. A Grange Hill generation got a hard-hitting rude boy meets rude girl sex education lesson.
  1. ‘Free Nelson Mandela’
    As relevant and as well known as Band-Aid. Another Jerry Dammers Specials (AKA) masterpiece.
  1. ‘Concrete Jungle’
    Chanting, violence and tribal alliances get ground into the inner city pavement. A song that’s been sung by both Radiation and Hall.
  1. ‘Gangsters’
    An entire movement gets drop-kicked into life by screeching tyres and Neville’s “Bernie Rhodes knows don’t argue!“ intro. Timeless 2-Tone.
  1. ‘Ghost Town’
    Haunting, morose and politically on point. The original Specials swan song is still possibly their greatest song and statement.

To be in with a chance of winning Specials singles on 7″ and 12″, just send an email to info@vivelerock.net with ‘Specials Competition’ in the subject and the answer to this question:

Where did the band perform for their episode of the classic TV series Rock Goes To College?

Read our exclusive ‘Ghost Town’ special in the latest edition of Vive Le Rock! available here!

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THE STAYAWAKES VIDEO EXCLUSIVE!

South Coast powerpoppers THE STAYAWAKES have a brand new video which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

As clear a declaration of intent as any, ‘Power Pop Massacre’ is taken from the Southsea quartet’s second album Pop Dreamz, which is out now through Engineer Records.

Shot on Hayling Island beach by Ben Horlock, the video is a nod to The Beach Boys, with their candy-striped shirts and frat-house barnets, but the golden chords and fuzzy tones follow the signposts of the hairier 90s sounds of Silver Sun, The Lemonheads and Teenage Fanclub to power pop perfection.

‘Power Pop Massacre’ is available on all the usual streaming platforms from today.

Pop Dreamz is available physically from Engineer Records and Bandcamp and digitally here.

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INTERRUPTERS ANNOUNCE NEW MOVIE!

THE INTERRUPTERS celebrate the release of their new live album with a very special live broadcast next week.

Live In Tokyo is a document of the LA ska-punks show-stealing performance at the city’s Summer Sonic Festival in 2019, while touring in support of their most recent studio album Fight The Good Fight.

Released today through Hellcat, Live In Tokyo is available here.

To celebrate the release, the band will be broadcasting the movie Live In Tokyo – This Is My Family! around the world. Shot at the Summer Sonic Festival, it includes the band’s set plus behind-the-scenes footage and exclusive interviews. Tickets are available here. Fans will have the opportunity to buy exclusive merch during the broadcast.

UK and European fans will get a chance to check out their ska-punk heroes in the flesh at the start of next years when they head over as special guests on DROPKICK MURPHYS’ Turn Up That Dial arena tour. Full dates are…

Fri 21 Jan 2022 – Mannheim, Germany – Maimarkthalle
Sat 22 Jan 2022 – Dortmund, Germany – Westfalenhalle
Sun 23 Jan 2022 – Chemnitz, Germany – Messehalle
Tue 25 Jan 2022 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Falconer Hall
Wed 26 Jan 2022 – Hamburg, Germany – Barclaycard Arena
Thu 27 Jan 2022 – Hannover, Germany – Swiss Life Hall
Fri 28 Jan 2022 – Paris, France – Le Zénith
Sat 29 Jan 2022 – Paris, France – Le Zénith
Tue 01 Feb 2022 – Brussels, Belgium – Vorst National
Thu 03 Feb 2022 – Vienna, Austria – Wiener Stadthalle
Fri 04 Feb 2022 – Jesolo, Italy – PalaInvent
Sat 05 Feb 2022 – Basel, Switzerland – St Jakobshalle
Sun 06 Feb 2022 – Munich, Germany – Zenith
Mon 07 Feb 2022 – Munich, Germany – Zenith
Wed 09 Feb 2022 – Budapest, Hungary – Budapest Sport Arena
Thu 10 Feb 2022 – Warsaw, Poland – Expo XXI
Fri 11 Feb 2022 – Berlin, Germany – Max Schmeling Halle
Sat 12 Feb 2022 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Ziggo Dome
Sun 13 Feb 2022 – Nantes, France – Le Zenith
Tue 15 Feb 2022 – Manchester, England – O2 Victoria Warehouse
Wed 16 Feb 2022 – Newcastle Upon Tyne, England – O2 City Hall
Fri 18 Feb 2022 – Dublin, Republic of Ireland – 3Arena
Sat 19 Feb 2022 – Belfast, Northern Ireland – The Telegraph Building
Sun 20 Feb 2022 – Belfast, Northern Ireland – The Telegraph Building
Tue 22 Feb 2022 – Glasgow, Scotland – SSE Hydro
Wed 23 Feb 2022 – Cardiff, Wales – Motorpoint Arena Cardiff
Thu 24 Feb 2022 – Brighton, England – The Brighton Centre
Fri 25 Feb 2022 – Birmingham, England – O2 Academy Birmingham
Sat 26 Feb 2022 – London, England – The SSE Arena, Wembley

Tickets are available here.

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VINCENT BLACK LIGHTNING!

Legendary New York rocker SONNY VINCENT has unveiled a new video from his brand new album.

‘The End Of Light’ is the first track to be aired from Snake Pit Therapy, the album sharing its name with Vincent’s recent warts’n’all autobiography.

The 15-track album features various luminaries from the NYC punk and rock scene, including members of Corpse Grinders, The Leathewoods and Dawnrider, as well as sometime Stooges bassist Jimmy Recca.

Vincent came to fame through his membership of notorious NYC band Testors, who were regulars on the same CBGB’s and Max’s Kansas City scene, alongside the likes of The Cramps, Suicide, The Dead Boys and Teenage Jesus And The Jerks. He also played for several years with ex-Velvets Moe Tucker and Sterling Morrison, also working with the likes of Scott Asheton, Cheetah Chrome and The Replacements’ Bob Stinson along the way.

More recently Vincent and Recca have both appeared as members of The Limit alongside Bobby Liebling of cult rockers Pentagram on the widely praised album Caveman Logic , which Vincent produced.

‘The End Of Light’ is available now on Spotify

Set for release on 17 September through Finland’s Svart Records, Snake Pit Therapy is available to pre-order here 

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JEEPERS CREEPERS!

Up and coming Polish garage punks MORON’S MORONS have a new video which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

The high energy and slightly deranged ‘White Brothel Creepers’ is the title track from the band’s brand new EP, out through Wanda Records. It’s the Warsaw quartet’s first release since their frantic and very well recieved debut album Looking For Danger, which came out early last year through Slovenly Records.

Describing themselves as “ugly and weird”, they claim that they’re able to “provide you with the same kind of kicks and thrills that are unleashed by both exploitation films and porno mags”. You can be the judge of that. Kleenex?

White Brothel Creepers is available here.

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NIGHTWATCHERS VIDEO EXCLUSIVE!

Fast-rising French politico-punks NIGHTWATCHERS have a new video which they’re premiering today exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

The intriguingly-titled ‘1905 & The Muslim Exception’ is the first single to be taken from the Toulouse quartet’s forthcoming second album Common Crusades.

“The 1905 French law on the Separation of the Churches and State was passed on 9 December 1905,” explain the band. “It established state secularism in France. Secularism was right in metropolis, but was an exception in the French colonial empire where colonization and evangelization always went hand in hand. In Algeria, the French State supervised the practice of Islam and organized the Muslim cult in a logic of control and regulation.”

Common Crusades follows on thematically from the band’s 2019 debut La Paix Ou Le Sable (Peace Or Sand). While that raised awareness of state violence and subjugation in France’s overseas colonies, Common Crusades casts a spotlight on the aftermath of such conflicts.

Common Crusades is due out in the Autumn through Lövely Records.

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PEARL’S A SINGER!

US New Wave artist PEARL HARBOUR is back with a new single.

‘I Wish I Were You’ is taken from the newly reissued 1995 album Here Comes Trouble.

Pearl Harbour, aka Pearl E Gates, achieved a degree of fame in the early 80s fronting San Francisco and PEARL HARBOUR & THE EXPLOSIONS, releasing an album for Warners at the start of 1980. Relocating to London, she released the album Don’t Follow Me, I’m Lost Too, produced by The Blockheads’ Mickey Gallagher and featuring an all-star band including Wilko Johnson, Topper Headon, Mick Jones, Steve New, Wilko Johnson and others. She would soon marry Simonon.

Following their divorce in 1989, she returned to San Francisco, later recording Here Comes Trouble with SF musicians including East Bay Ray from the Dead Kennedys.

Pearl says of the single, “Oh yeah she’s driving to lovers lane in her cool pink caddy and missing out on some fun while waiting on your man. Again he’s missing in action so I put on the radio, turning the dial and listen. This song makes me fuzzy all inside, I’m in control… ‘I wish I were you, so I can make love to me’.’’

Released through Die Laughing Records, ‘I Wish I Were You’ is available to stream/download here.

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‘RACKING THEM UP!

Fast-rising Medway garage-punks THE SHADRACKS have just unveiled a new single and lyric video.

‘You Can’t Lose’ is taken from the trio’s long-awaited second album From Human Like Forms, which is due out on 13 August through Damaged Goods and follows on from their self-titled 2018 debut.

The new single is the first outing for new bassist Rhys Webb, formerly of THE HORRORS, who joins the band alongside singer/guitarists Huddie Shadrack (son of Billy Childish) and drummer Elisa Abednego.

“It’s about wanting something you can’t get,” explains Huddie about the choice of single. “Chasing the unobtainable and finding yourself at the mercy of your pursuits.”

The album’s release will be complimented by videos by innovative film maker and former The Jesus And Mary Chain bassist Douglas Hart.

The band play an album launch show at The Moth Club, Hackney, London on 13 August. Tickets are available here.

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YOUNG TURKS!

Scandinavian action rockers THE DRIPPERS have unveiled a new single.

The Gothenburg trio are releasing their version of ‘Hammerless Nail’ by much-loved Columbus OH band NEW BOMB TURKS. As Viktor Skatt from the band says, “a monumental band that influenced the whole High Energy Rock ‘N’ Roll movement of the 90s and is one of the reasons why we started the band in the first place.”

It’s the band’s first release since their highly praised debut album Action Rock which came out through The Sign in 2019.

The track originally surfaced on the No Heroes, No Leaders, No Artists, No Gods: A Tribute to The New Bomb Turks – also featuring THE HELLACOPTERS, HIP PRIESTS and DEAD FURIES which came out through Spaghetty Town Records earlier this year.

You can stream/download ‘Hammerless Nail’ here.

And if that’s not enough NBT action for you, a second tribute album Defiled! A Heavy Medication Tribute to New Bomb Turks, featuring the likes of SMALLTOWN TIGERS, RANDY SAVAGES and HOWLIN’ THREADS is available here.

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COBRA LUCHA VIDEO EXCLUSIVE!

Hot new Essex rockers COBRA LUCHA are premiering their first video today exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

Fusing the tried and trusted influence of highly flammable Detroit street rock with traditional Essex loutishness combined with the pull of a 3-litre GXL Capri, ‘Hail Mary’ is the first taste of the band’s forthcoming 8-track album … Say No More.

Formed in 2019, the band was put together by former TELEPATHY bassist, and now frontman Teddy James Driscoll and guitarist and drummer Ollie and Stu Cooper of chart-troubling pop-punks KOOPA. The line-up is completed by guitarist Joe Pitcher and bassist Roberto AV.

‘Hail Mary’ – while in no way condoning Russian roulette! – is apparently inspired by Driscoll’s own experiences of “pubs, parties, street violence and casual hook-ups following a series of personal triumphs, tragedies and terrible hangovers”.

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