TAV’S BACK!

Memphis rock’n’roll legends TAV FALCO & PANTHER BURNS breeze in for a bunch of UK shows this Autumn.

Tav and his band are currently on a year-long tour celebrating the 40th Anniversary of when he and legendary Boxtops and Big Star guru Alex Chilton first launched Tav Falco’s Panther Burns.

The veteran performer recently released his latest album Cabaret Of Daggers, recorded in Rome with an all-Italian configuration of Panther Burns and featuring new originals and selections from 80 years of the Great American Songbook.

Tav and the band hit the UK on 19 November for a show at Ramsgate Music Hall before travelling round the country. Full dates are…

TUE 19 NOV – Ramsgate Music Hall
WED 20 NOV – Bedford Esquires
THU 21 NOV – Halifax The Lantern
FRI 22 NOV – Edinburgh Voodoo
SAT 23 NOV – Glasgow Broadcast
SUN 24 NOV – Newcastle The Cluny
TUES 26 NOV – London Oslo
WED 27 NOV – Norwich Arts Centre

Tickets are on sale now here.

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WIN A SLADE SINGLEZ BOX!

A new box set brings together 10 classic SLADE singles, and Vive Le Rock has one copy to give away!

This deluxe set from BMG comprises nine replicas of rare European releases of the Top 5 hits ‘Coz I Luv You’, ‘Take Me Bak ‘Ome’, ‘Mama Weer All Crazy Now’, ‘Gudbuy T’Jane’, ‘Cum On Feel The Noize’, ‘Skweeze Me, Pleeze Me’, ‘My Friend Stan’, ‘Everyday’ and ‘Far Far Away’, all in their original picture sleeve designs and backed with their original B-sides – which are pretty much all as good as the A-sides!

The tenth record in the box is a replica of the super-rare two-track UK promo for their Six Of The Best EP from May 1980, featuring the tracks ‘Night Starvation’ and ‘When I’m Dancin’ I Ain’t Fightin”.

Feel The Noize – The Singlez Box is available to buy here.

But to be in with a chance of winning a copy of this strictly limited edition artifact, just drop an email to info@vivelerock.net with ‘SLADE SINGLEZ’ in the subject box and the answer to this simple question…

At which 1980 UK festival did Slade make their live comeback?

Good luck!

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WIGHT RIOT!

Isle Of Wight punks GRADE 2 have signed to Hellcat Records and drop a new video to celebrate.

‘Graveyard Island’ is the title track from the angry young punkers’ third album which is due for release on 11 October. It follows on from their 2016 debut Mainstream View and 2017’s Break The Routine.

The trio, who formed at school in 2013, ran into RANCID’s Lars Frederiksen, who liked the band so much he spread the word to his colleague Tim Armstrong. The guitarist invited the band to record at his Shiprec Studio in L.A. with him producing, and agreed to release the resulting album, mixed by THE INTERRUPTERS’ Kevin Bivona, through Hellcat.

“He’s one of the most efficient people we’ve ever worked with,” says bassist/vocalist Sid Ryan. “He knows exactly what he wants. In the studio, he wanted to capture how we sound onstage, so we were tracking songs live with a scratch vocal.”

“Although we’re more than forty years on from when punk began, I actually think the times are very similar now to how they were back then,” he continues. “The political climate today means that people see the worst in everything, which means that for us there’s a lot to write about. Everything in the country is pretty much turning to shit! There are certain parts of our record that would make sense were it released in 1976.”

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‘LARK, STRANGENESS AND CHARM!

HAWKWIND have announced a new album for their 50th Anniversary year.

All Aboard The Skylark will be the Ladbroke Grove spacerock pioneers’ 32nd album and continues a trajectory of prolific activity from the band, following on from 2016’s The Machine Stops, 2017’s Into The Woods and last year’s orchestral Mike Batt-produced The Road To Utopia.

The album is the band’s first release to feature the four-piece line-up of band founder Dave Brock, drummer Richard Chadwick, guitarist Magnus Martin and bassist and keyboard-player Niall Hone.

Packaged in a space-travel-themed sleeve echoing the band’s 1974 classic Hall Of The Mountain Grill, the new album features a bonus disc Acoustic Daze, featuring unplugged renditions of eleven ‘wind evergreens, including ‘PSI Power’, ‘The Watcher’, ‘Down Through The Night’ and ‘We Took The Wrong Step Years Ago’.

As previously announced, the band head out on their 50th Anniversary tour in November, culminating in a show a London’s prestigious Royal Albert Hall. Full dates are…

Sunday November 10 – Theatre Royal, Brighton
Monday November 11 – Grand Opera House, York
Tuesday November 12 – Corn Exchange, Ipswich
Wednesday November 13 – The Anvil, Basingstoke
Friday November 15 – Albert Hall, Manchester
Saturday November 16 – The Queens Hall, Edinburgh
Sunday November 17 – O2 Academy, Glasgow
Monday November 18 – Corn Exchange, Cambridge
Tuesday November 19 – Anson Rooms, Bristol
Wednesday November 20 – Tramshed, Cardiff
Friday November 22 – Rock City, Nottingham
Saturday November 23 – Town Hall, Birmingham
Sunday November 24 – Empire, Coventry
Monday November 25 – G Live, Guildford
Tuesday November 26 – Royal Albert Hall, London

Set for release on 25 October through Cherry Red, All Aboard The Skylark is available for pre-order here.

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GOING BLANK AGAIN!

The late FOLK DEVILS frontman IAN LOWERY has his 1989 album with THE IAN LOWERY GROUP reissued for its 30th Anniversary this week.

The album saw a line-up change for Lowery’s post-Folk Devils project KING BLANK for what was effectively the outfit’s second album, and consequently a name-change too, hence the punning title King Blank To… The Ian Lowery Group.

Originally released through Beggars Banquet subsidiary Situation Two, King Blank To… gets a digitally-remastered download-only release through Beggars Arkive this Friday 2 August.

Lowery’s musical career had begun with highly-rated Sunderland punks THE WALL, whose debut single for Small Wonder, ‘New Way’, is a card-carrying second-wave classic. The singer quit to form pioneering punk-funkers SKI PATROL in 1980, releasing several singles before moving on to greater acclaim with Folk Devils.

Following Folk Devils’ demise in ’87, Lowery took up the name King Blank for his solo and collaborative projects, rather than as a solid band. After their debut album, original Devils guitarist Kris Jozajtis and drummer Kevin Rooney departed, with bassist Hugh Garrety, drummer Alan Burgess, former The Wall guitarist Joe Hammond and future BUSH guitarist Nigel Pulsford recording the follow-up.

Trailed by the incendiary single/video ‘Need’ – a Sounds magazine Single Of The Week – the album was released to considerable acclaim, with Lowery and Pulsford undertaking a promotional tour of the US, before the mercurial singer moved on the fresh pastures, tragically passing away in 2001.

This new 30th Anniversary edition of King Blank To… sees the original 12 tracks augmented by two b-sides, a pair of previously unreleased live tracks and the spoken word ‘Ian Lowery Speaks’, previously released on a promo flexi for US college radio.

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HAGITATION FOR THE NATION!

Rejuvenated anarcho darlings HAGAR THE WOMB have their new record out just in time for their Rebellion appearance.

The six-track Hagitate EP was recorded by Medway legend Jim Riley at Ranscombe Studios in Rochester and is released via Kent DIY label Grow Your Own on 10″ black/red marbled vinyl and CD and is available through Bandcamp and at Rebellion.

The six-piece band are arguably even more popular now than when they formed in the bogs of Wapping Autonomy Centre in 1981, releasing the infamous EPs Word Of The Womb on CONFLICT’s Mortarhate label and Funnery In A Nunnery on Abstract. They were later cited as a huge influence on the 90s Riot Grrrl movement.

Since reconvening for the release of the US compilation A Brighter shade Of Black in 2012, they’ve issued new material on All The Madmen and Grow Your Own and the comprehensive anthology Hagiography in 2016.

Hagar The Womb play the Saturday at Rebellion, at 8.50pm on the Pavilion Stage.

On 15 September, the band play their first ever US show at the Near Dark Festival in Oakland, California.

As previously announced, they also headline LOUD WOMEN’s Fourth Birthday Party at The Hope & Anchor, Islington, London on 12 October.

Check out our anarcho-punk special in the latest edition of Vive Le Rock!

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MICHAEL MONROE VIDEO EXCLUSIVE!

MICHAEL MONROE has unveiled a lyric video for the title track from his new album.

One Man Gang is set for release on 18 October.

As previously announced, Michael and his band play a series of UK dates during October and November. They’ll be joined on all dates by Japanese rockers ELECTRIC EEL SHOCK, with Soho legends DOGS D’AMOUR as special guests at the London show. Full dates below…

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WHOLE LUTTER SHAKIN’!

Rockabillies will be descending on the Leicestershire village of Bruntingthorpe next Spring for the Hangar Stomp.

The all-day event takes place, oddly enough, in a hangar at the former RAF Bruntingthorpe airfield near Lutterworth on 16 May 2020, and features headliner SONNY WEST – author of BUDDY HOLLY’s ‘Oh Boy’ and ‘Rave On’ hits – plus sets from CRAZY CAVAN & THE RHYTHM ROCKERS, MATCHBOX, THE POLECATS (pictured), RESTLESS, THE BLUE CATS, DARREL HIGHAM & THE ENFORCERS, THE REVOLUTIONARIES and THE HICKSVILLE BOMBERS.

There’ll also be a classic cars, hot-rods, bikes and vintage clothes and record fairs.

Earlybird tickets are on sale now here.

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NEW MODEL ARMY NEW VIDEO ARRIVES!

NEW MODEL ARMY have just unveiled a windswept video for their new single.

‘Never Arriving’ is the second single to be taken from the Bradford band’s new album From Here, which received a stunning 9/10 review in Vive Le Rock! It’s due out on 23 August through Ear Music and is available to pre-order here.

The video was shot in the wilds of Yorkshire on an inclement May day by Stacy Picard and Vaughn Matthews.

As previously announced the band head out on tour in support of the album during the autumn and winter. Full dates are…

08/10 – 1865, Southampton
13/11 – SWX, Bristol
14/11 – Electric Ballroom, London
15/11 – Junction, Cambridge
16/11 – Stylus, Leeds
17/11 – Tramshed, Cardiff
19/11 – Live Rooms, Chester
20/11 – Boiler Shop, Newcastle
21/11 – Liquid Rooms, Edinburgh
22/11 – O2 Ritz, Manchester
23/11 – O2 Institute, Birmingham
12/12 – Concorde 2, Brighton
21/12 – Rock City, Nottingham

There’s a six-page New Model Army feature in the latest edition of Vive Le Rock! out now!!

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CHATS DROP NEW VIDEO!

Aussie punks THE CHATS have unveiled a new video ahead of their appearance at the Reading and Leeds festivals next month.

‘Identity Theft’ is the band’s third single, following on from the internet smash ‘Smoko’ from 2018 and ‘Pub Feed’ from earlier this year. The Queensland trio began their recording career with two EPs – The Chats and Get This In Ya!! – in 2016 and 2017 respectively.

‘Identity Theft’ “…is about when you buy drugs on the internet and a hacker steals your credit card number and your identity,” explains front man Eamon Sandwith.

‘Identity Theft’ is available now through Bargain Bin records on Spotfiy and all the usual platforms.

The band return to the UK at the end of November for a sting of dates culminating in a show at London’s O2 Forum. Full dates are…

Nov 30th – Brighton, Concorde 2
Dec 1st – Oxford, 02 Academy
Dec 2nd – Norwich, Waterfront
Dec 3rd – Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
Dec 4th – Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
Dec 5th – Newcastle, Riverside
Dec 6th – Edinburgh, Summerhall
Dec 7th – Aberdeen, Lemon Tree
Dec 9th – Glasgow, Garage
Dec 10th – Manchester, 02 Ritz
Dec 11th – Birmingham, 02 Institute
Dec 12th – Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach
Dec 13th – Bristol, 02 Academy
Dec 14th – London, 02 Forum

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BAR STOOL PREACHERS UNVEIL NEW VIDEO!

THE BAR STOOL PREACHERS are back with another new video from their current album, and more dates.

‘High Horse’, taken from their acclaimed album Grazie Governo, gives a candid lighthearted look at behind the scenes life on the road for the band, and features cameos from members of JAYA THE CAT, STREET DOGS and THE INTERRUPTERS.

Recently seen on tour with THE MIGHTY MIGHTY BOSSTONES, the band are back in the UK for Rebellion before heading back out for North American dates with THE BOUNCING SOULS and THE BRONX. Full dates are…

THE BAR STOOL PREACHERS

August 2019

1st BLACKPOOL, UK – Rebellion Festival, Winter Gardens
1st BLACKPOOL, UK – Rebellion Festival, Winter Gardens
4th COMPTON MARTIN, UK – Outcider Festival, Fernhill Farm

Bouncing Souls + The Bronx + THE BAR STOOL PREACHERS

August 2019

9th MONTREAL, QC, Canada – Foufounes Electriques
10th TORONTO, ON, Canada – Phoenix Concert Theatre
11th PITTSBURGH PA, USA – Mr. Smalls Theatre
13th CLEVELAND, OH, USA – Grog Shop
14th DETROIT, MI, USA – Saint Andrews Hall
17th CHICAGO, IL, USA – Metro
18th MINNEAPOLIS, MN, USA – Varsity Theater
19th MILWAUKEE, WI – X-Ray Arcade

THE BAR STOOL PREACHERS + The Raging Nathans

20th DAYTON, OH – Blind Bob‘s
21st LANCASTER, PA – American Bar & Grill
22nd ASBURY PARK, NJ – Asbury Park Brewery
23rd ALLSTON, MA – O‘Brien‘s
24th DOVER, NH – Brickhouse

THE BAR STOOL PREACHERS

September 2019

13th KINGSTON, UK – Fighting Cocks
14th DERBY, UK – Hairy Dog
15th MANCHESTER, UK – Star ’N Garter
16th LEEDS, UK – Brudenell Club
17th NEWCASTLE, UK – Trillians
18th GLASGOW, UK – Stereo Cafe
19th CARLISLE, UK – Brickyard
20th BLACKPOOL, UK – Waterloo Bar
21st CARDIFF, UK – Club For Bach
22nd ILSON, UK – Latch Lifter (ALL AGES)

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BACK IN THE U.S.S.R.

Iconic Russian rock star VIKTOR TSOI has his life celebrated in a new movie Leto. And we’re premiering the trailer exclusively at Vive Le Rock!

Sometimes remembered as the Russian Kurt Cobain, Tsoi fronted the rock band KINO, who came together in Leningrad in 1982 and went on to become the biggest and most influential band of the Soviet era, filling stadiums while Tsoi held down his dayjob working in the boiler-room of a Leningrad apartment block.

Tsoi appeared in several movies, starring in the leading role in drug thriller The Needle in 1988, before tragically dying in a car crash in 1990 aged just 28. His funeral was attended by thousands.

Described as a Soviet version of 24 Hour Party People, the biopic Leto by director Kirill Serebrennikov and starring Teo Yoo, charts Tsoi’s life and career in evocative cold-war black-and-white, a freewheeling snapshot of youthful rebellion in the underground scene of 1980s Leningrad.

Leto launches on movie streaming site MUBI on 16 August as well as screening at various cinemas around the UK including the ICA, London; Watershed, Bristol; GFT, Glasgow; HOME, Manchester, and Showroom Cinema, Sheffield.

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OVER THE TOP!

MOTÖRHEAD are to have their two classic 1979 albums reissued in celebration of their 40th Anniversaries.

Overkill, released in March ’79, and Bomber, which followed in October, catapulted the trio into the major league, scooting up the album charts,with their title tracks breaching the Top 30 of the singles charts, paving the way for the following year’s Ace Of Spades.

Each album will be available in deluxe hardback book format in double-CD and triple-vinyl editions.

The releases will be accompanied by a spectacular collectors’ box set, 1979. The set will feature both the original Overkill and Bomber albums half-speed mastered and pressed on 180 gram vinyl created from the original master tapes; two double-live albums of previously unheard concert material from ’79 shows at Aylesbury Friars and La Rotunde in Le Mans; a 40-page period-accurate ‘music magazine’ featuring unseen photos and fresh interviews regarding the era; The Rest of ’79 vinyl, featuring B-sides, outtakes and rare tracks; ‘No Class’ 7” single with gatefold art; the Bomber tour programme; Overkill sheet music book, and finally, a ’79 badge set.

All this comes encased in an elaborate black biker jacket box.

Years in the making, these projects came to fruition with the assistance of key people who were part of their ’79 circle of friends, crew, and accomplices and with access to the band’s extensive private archives. The same level of attention to detail is promised on future projects.

Watch a previously unreleased live version of ‘Bomber’…

Set for release on 25 October through BMG, both Overkill and Bomber and the 1979 box set are available to pre-order here.

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JIM JONES PUTS HIS BOOTS ON!

JIM JONES & THE RIGHTEOUS MIND return this autumn with a UK tour and a limited edition single.

Back in the studio for the first time since last year’s acclaimed CollectiV album, the band have laid down a stage favourite, an explosive cover of the Little Richard and Slade chartbuster ‘Get Down And Get With It’.

“’Get Down Get With It’ became the rallying cry for the CollectiV tour, so it made sense to go back into the studio, turn everything up to 11 and totally rip it up,” testifies Jones. “Liars and charlatans have got the world tearing itself apart right now, when really, we should be coming together. Even if it’s just for a few minutes, this absolutely does that and lives up to its name.”

Released on 7″ pink vinyl on the band’s Masonic label on 20 September and limited to 1,000 copies, the single will only be available at tour venues and select independent record stores.

The tour kicks off in York on 19 Sept and features a special London show at The Garage with a 2.30am late licence and a full supporting bill. Full dates are…

19 Sept – York, Fulford Arms
20 Sept – Manchester, Night & Day
21 Sept – London, The Garage
22 Sept – Bristol, The Exchange 26 Sept – Norwich, Waterfront
27 Sept – Brighton, Green Door
28 Sept– Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach
29 Sept – Southampton, Joiners
3 Oct – Southend, The Railway Hotel
4 Oct – Hastings, The Piper
5 Oct – Bedford, Esquires

Tickets are on sale now via the band’s website.

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TOO POP TO STOP!

Just a few days to go until Some Weird Sin’s Pump It Up Powerpop Weekender! We thought we’d give you a quick run-thru of some of the fantastic bands on offer. If you haven’t got your tickets yet, make haste as they’re nearly all gone!!

Saturday’s headliners THE NUMBER ONES hail from Dublin. Their 2011 debut EP cassette Italia ’90 is like gold-dust so don’t even bother looking. Much more findable is last year’s four-track Another Side Of The Number Ones for Static Shock, featuring this A1 tale of lost love, ‘You’re So Happy I Could Cry’…

DUNCAN REID & THE BIG HEADS need no introduction: the former bassist of punky powerpop legends THE BOYS has come into his own in recent years with a pair of explemplary albums. ‘April Fool’ is from the first of these, the newly reissued Little Big Head.

A lot of folk missed out on LAST GREAT DREAMERS first time around, so they got back together in 2014 to make good on their fantastic powerpop dream. This eponymous anthem is from their debut album Retrosexual which gets a 25th Anniversary deluxe reissue this autumn.

Infusing their powerpop hooks with punk crunch and glam style, THE PRISCILLAS have been one of North London’s rock’n’roll treasures for more than a decade. They’re just breaking in a new line-up, but here’s a blast from the past to set you up for the weekend.

A gen-u-whine Detroit legend, NIKKI CORVETTE shot to fame with Class of 77 punk-poppers THE CORVETTES. Her appearance at Pump It Up is a real feather in the cap and her Sunday night headline show shouldn’t be missed.

Marquee favourites THE PENCILS were forged in the post-punk crucible of powerpop alongside the likes of The Jags, The Pleasers and Tonight. The 1980 Reading Festival could’ve been their second chance, if they hadn’t had their gear nicked the night before. If any band’s worthy of a second chance, it’s these guys – still sharp after all these years.

Former ROLE MODELS man RICH RAGANY is a big favourite of Vive Le Rock! We even premiered his new video a couple of months back. Here it is again for good jangle-tastic measure.

Newcomers AUTOGRAMM a veritable supergroup, their members coming from Brooklyn, Berlin and London to converge on Vancouver, British Columbia. One of ’em even used to be in BLACK MOUNTAIN! How’s that for pedigree? Check out their new single ‘Cool Kids Radio’.

More new kids on the block – although we suspect they’re older than they look! – THE SPEEDWAYS recently opened the prestigious Somerstown Festival, playing one end of a bill that had the reformed THE ONLY ONES at the other!! Kudos or what?!?! They’ve only just dropped this killer video of Kirsty’s ‘They Don’t Know’ which we reckon will have you swaying misty-eyed in the arms of your loved one on the night. You have been warned.

The Pump It Up Powerpop Weekender takes place at The Lexington, Pentonville Road, London on 27 & 28 July. For details of full line-up, day splits and tickets, go here.

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TALKIN’ LOUD!

LOUD WOMEN celebrate their fourth birthday with a wave of activity this autumn, including two major live events and a compilation album.

A not-for-profit initiative set up by musician Cassie Fox, Loud Women is a response to the lack of female representation in music. Since 2015, they’ve hosted 85 events at numerous venues around the capital, going on to establish chapters in New York, LA and Australia.

“The most interesting and powerful new music right now is coming from women,” explains Fox. “Why? Women are free of the monotonous tropes of dull ‘cock rock’ – they experiment and innovate, with world-changing results. LOUD WOMEN provides a conduit for this awesome music, so that we can help maybe a few of these incredible artists emerge from the DIY curtain, and have ourselves hella fun along the way! Happy birthday to us.”

On Saturday 14 September, the fourth annual Loud Women Fest will take place at The Dome in London’s Tufnell Park, featuring 21 acts across two stages from as far afield as the USA, Canada and Turkey. Bands line up are PETROL GIRLS, LILITH AI, T-BITCH, I, DORIS, ARXX, HURTLING, THE CLEOPATRAS, JEMMA FREEMAN & THE COSMIC SOMETHING, THE MENSTRUAL CRAMPS, PEACH CLUB, THE BABY SEALS, GAPTOOTH, GGALLAN PARTRIDGE, SAMBA SISTERS COLLECTIVE, NERVOUS TWITCH, PERSONAL BEST, VAGINAS, WHAT ELSE?, SECONDHAND UNDERPANTS, THE TXLIPS, PLEASURE VENOM and HELLO DELAWARE.

Check out the trailer….

Tickets for Loud Women Fest 4 are on sale here.

The festival will also see the launch of the second Loud Women compilation album, Loud Women Volume Two, which will feature 21 acts that have performed at Loud Women events.

Pre-order Loud Women Volume Two here.

The fest will be followed a few weeks later on Saturday 12 October by Loud Women’s 4th Birthday Party at Islington’s iconic Hope & Anchor. Headlined by recently reignited anarcho mob HAGAR THE WOMB (pictured), the half-day event will also feature sets from RABIES BABIES, I, DORIS, THE MENSTRUAL CRAMPS, MINDFRAME and hotly-tipped Italian newcomers SMALLTOWN TIGERS.

Tickets are available here.

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MC16 VIDEO EXCLUSIVE!

Ones-to-watch punk rockers MC16 have an incendiary new video and they’re premiering it exlusively with Vive Le Rock! ahead of their second appearance at Rebellion.

‘Burn It Down’ is taken from the trio’s debut four-track EP Outvoted By Robots. Produced by Dave Draper (The Professionals, The Wildhearts, Terrorvision) it’s released via the newly formed Neverlution Records label.

MC16 believe that music should challenge, confront, question and entertain – capturing the spirit of true punk rock music.

“It’s a title inspired by a bleak look at the future on earth,” guitarist and singer Tom Carson of Outvoted By Robots. “When AI eventually takes over evolution, Google announces they are taking over the world and we are all fucked as we become data rather than human beings.”

The EP tracks reflect a view of just how fucked-up society is and its inequalities within – each song offering a strong vantage point on thorny subject matters. From the anarchic frustrations of ‘Burn It Down’ – a song about the relationship with fire; ‘City Killer’ points the finger at the failure of city councils around the UK to tackle homelessness adequately; tales of toxic masculinity and false hopes and dreams of military recruitment on ‘The Sergeant’; right through to the irony within closer ‘Vive La France’ – with the strange combination of power in words of inspiration and words of fear.

Musically, MC16 are a short sharp shock of classic punk rock – a whirlwind of snarl and bite, mixed with a ragged melody and street-wise energies.

Outvoted By Robots is available on CD here and digitally via all the regular platforms.

Rebellion takes places at Blackpool Winter Gardens August 1-4. You can catch MC16 on the Pavilion Stage on the Sunday at 2.30pm. As well as MC16, the weekend line-up also features sets from The Damned, The Skids, The Stranglers, UK Subs, The Descendants, Conflict, Cock Sparrer, Subhumans, Ruts DC, Penetration, Bar Stool Preachers, Cockney Rejects, Los Fastidios, Giuda, Spear Of Destiny, The Godfathers and many, many more.

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IGNORANT IS BLISS!

STEVE IGNORANT’S SLICE OF LIFE return with a new album next month.

Don’t Turn Away follows on from the band’s 2014 debut Love And A Lamp-post and its reflective acoustic arrangement of piano, guitar and bass is a marked departure from the angry punk of Steve’s CRASS days. For all that, though, his songs are no less incisive.

The album was trailed earlier this year by the video for ‘S.A.D.’, a song of depression, despair and loss.

Don’t Turn Away is out on 23 August through Overground.

Steve Ignorant’s Slice Of Life play the following dates…

25 JUL – Camp Bestival, Wareham
5 SEP – Salty Dog, Northwich
7 SEP – The Blue Arrow, Glasgow
21 SEP – 229 The Venue, London (London Punk Festival)

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