DATURA4 NEW TRACK EXCLUSIVE!

Aussie rock vets DATURA4 have a new album coming out and they’re sharing a track exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘Run With Lucy’ is taken from the Western Australian rockers’ third album Blessed Is The Boogie, which is due out through Alive Naturalsound on 5 April.

Datura4 are lead by Fremantle native Dom Mariani, who’s been a linchpin of Aussie underground rock for the past 40 years with bands like The Go-Starts, The Stems, The Someloves, DM3 and The DomNicks (with former Cortinas and Clash guitarist Nick Shepard). Usually to be found trading in Beatley powerpop and Nuggets-era psych, with Datura4 Dom and his colleagues Stu Loasby, Warren Hall and Bob Patient scratch their heavy blues-rock and footstomping boogie itch.

“‘Run With Lucy’ (Lucifer) is an ode on the Cult of Personality,” Dom explains. “Living in uncertain times while our world leaders push agendas that create an unstable world to make us all feel uneasy about the future of this planet. History repeating? And so we bagged ‘em up into some glam-boogie-stomp ‘cos that’s the way we like it.”

There’s a limited edition Blessed Is The Boogie pre-order bundle available here.

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PUNKS CELEBRATE INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY!

Brighton punk label Grow Your Own is releasing a new compilation celebrating International Women’s Day on Friday 8 March.

No One’s Little Girls features 16 tracks by women in bands – “from teens to grandmothers” – including contributions from HAGAR THE WOMB, THE MENSTRUAL CRAMPS, WERECATS, BRATAKUS, THE FLEAS, COMBAT SHOCK, PUSSYLIQUOR, LOUISE CHALLICE, MINDFRAME, KISS ME KILLER and more. All profits from sales will go to various grassroots women’s charities.

Say the label: “It showcases the depth of female talent that has always been there but has not always been visible, and the explosion of younger women bands with the confidence and attitude to match their musical flair. The comp contains unforgettable, melodic pop punk guitar riffs to hardcore, dub influenced and acoustic tracks.”

No One’s Little Girls is available on limited edition coloured vinyl, CD and download from Bandcamp.

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MORE SONGS ABOUT LOVE AND NOISE!

French melodic punks LANE have just unveiled a video from their forthcoming debut album.

‘A Dead Man’s Soul’ is taken from A Shiny Day, which is set for release on the Twenty Something label on Friday 8 March. The album follows on from the band’s debut release, the 10″ four-track Teaching Not To Pray, released last year.

Hailing from the city of Angers in western France, LANE, an acronym for Love And Noise Experiment, have a bit of history. Brothers Pierre-Yves (bass) and Eric Sourice (vocals, guitar) were founder members of LES THUGS, one of France’s most iconic punk bands, who released nine albums throughout the 80s and 90s on such labels as Closer, Vinyl Solution, Alternative Tentacles and SubPop. They’re joined in the band by another pair of brothers, Camille (drums) and Etienne Belin (guitar) from fellow Angers band DARIA. The line-up is completed by Pierre-Yves son Félix also on guitar.

A Shiny Day is available to pre-order here.

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GIUDA UNVEIL NEW SINGLE!

Rome’s finest rock’n’roll export GIUDA return with a brand new single.

The typically footstompin’ ‘Overdrive’ is taken from the band’s forthcoming new album E.V.A., release details and pre-orders for which will be announced this Friday 8 March by Rise Above Records.

‘Overdrive’ is available on vinyl from the Rise Above Webstore and digitally from iTunes and Spotify.

As previously announced, the band play London’s 100 Club on Saturday 4 May. Support comes from THEE DAGGER DEBS and SUICIDE GENERATION Tickets are on sale here.

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C.C. RIDERS!

Darrell Bath from Soho sleaze-merchants THE CRYBABYS and Rob Carlyle of NYC rockers THE COMPULSIONS join forces for a European Tour this month.

Kicking off at Brighton Pipeline on 15 March and followed by a London show at Tufnell Park’s Aces & Eights with RICH RAGANY & THE DIGRESSIONS, the Return Of The Rock’n’Roll Double Whammy tour winds through Germany and Sweden before heading back to England with a show at Canterbury’s New Inn. Full dates below…

Founding The Crybabys at the start of the 90s with Boys guitarist Honest John Plain, Bath has also slung his guitar with the likes of Ian Hunter, Dogs D’Amour, UK Subs and The Vibrators. The revolving door line-up of The Compulsions, meanwhile, has featured members of Guns N’ Roses, The New York Dolls, Psychedelic Furs and Hanoi Rocks, as well as legendary Bowie guitarist Earl Slick.

The pair met for the first time on an (almost) acoustic tour of the UK and Germany and had such a blast, they’ve decided to do it all over again.

“It couldn’t have gone any better,” says Bath. “For starters, our music worked together perfectly: A bit of blues, a bit of boogie-woogie, maybe a ballad or three thrown in for good measure.”

“I was really impressed by all the rock ‘n’ rollers over in England and
Germany. Much better crowds than here in the States,” says Carlyle. “I’m
also psyched for Sweden. I’ve never played there before but I’ve heard
nothing but great things about the Scandinavian music scene. Can’t f*ckin’
wait!”

Check out the tour trailer video…

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GLEN MATLOCK FOR VIVE AWARDS!

We’re super-chuffed to announce that Sex Pistol GLEN MATLOCK will be performing at the second VIVE LE ROCK AWARDS!

The legendary bassist and songwriter, who’s also served with the likes of The Rich Kids, International Swingers, Iggy Pop, Dead Men Walking and the Faces, is on top form following the release of his latest album Good To Go, featuring Chris Spedding, Earl Slick and Slim Jim Phantom. He’s also been nominated for the Best Roots Album Award.

The AEG Vive Le Rock Awards take place at the O2 Islington Academy, London on Wednesday 27 March.

Tickets, including exclusive VIP packages, are available here.

Book now, because they’re going fast!

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LITTLE VILLAINS VIDEO EXCLUSIVE!

The long-awaited debut album by LITTLE VILLAINS, the band founded by legendary MOTÖRHEAD drummer Philthy Animal Taylor, is finally to see the light of day. And the band are premiering a new video exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

Philthy formed the band with guitarist/vocalist James A Childs and bassist Owen Street in 2006, recording Philthy Lies in Palm Springs, California the following year. But, what with one thing and another, the band was never really able to take off. The death of Taylor in 2015 looked like the end of the project.

Childs and Street felt the tracks deserved to be heard, however, and signing to Heavy Psych Sounds, and now joined by drummer Chris Fielden, they’re ready to unleash Philthy Lies – and the video ‘Running Around’ – on the public, in noisy tribute to their friend and drummer.

“‘Running Around’ is the second single from the Philthy Lies album,” say the band. “Like a feel good summer hit featuring James’ vintage riffing and tales of hopeless devotion delivered with the unmistakeable classic backbeat of Philthy Animal Taylor!”

Philthy Lies will be released by Heavy Psych Sounds on 29 March. It’s available to pre-order here.

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BAD RELIGION COME OF AGE!

L.A. punk legends BAD RELIGION return this Spring with their first new album in six years.

The appropriately-titled Age Of Unreason follows on from 2013’s True North and is set for release on 3 May through Epitaph.

“The band has always stood for enlightenment values,” co-songwriter and guitarist Brett Gurewitz explains. “Today, these values of truth, freedom, equality, tolerance, and science, are in real danger. This record is our response.”

The songs on Age Of Unreason are both furious and meticulously crafted. There are references to contemporary events; racist rallies, Trump’s election, the erosion of the middle class, Colin Kaepernick’s protest, alternative facts, conspiracy theories, and there are homages to the literary and philosophical works that have long inspired the band.

Check out the track ‘Chaos FromWithin’, which examine’s the USA’s current border wall controversy…

Says co-songwriter and lead singer Greg Graffin, “Throughout history, walls have been used to keep the barbarians out, but it seems to me that the truly barbaric aspect of a civilization is the chaos that comes from within.”

Pre-order Age Of Unreason here.

Bad Religion will be touring Europe in support of the album in May, cuminating in two UK dates at the Slamdunk Festival in Leeds and Hatfield. Full dates are…

*3 May – Tanzbrunnen, Cologne (DE)
*4 May – Faust Wiese, Hannover (DE) – SOLD OUT
6 May – AB, Brussels (BE)
7 May – Trianon, Paris (FR)
*8 May – La Nef, Angouleme (FR)
*10 May – Saarlandhalle, Saarbrücken (DE)
*11 May – S’Oliver Halle, Wärzburg (DE) – SOLD OUT
*12 May – Messehalle, Dornbirn (AT)
*14 May – Wizink, Madrid (ES)
15 May – Altice Arena-Sala Teyo, Lisbon (PT)
*17 May – Poble Espanol, Barcelona (ES) – SOLD OUT
*18 May – Iradier Arena, Vitoria (ES)
21 May – Arena-Open Air Buehne, Vienna (AT)
22 May – Effenaar, Eindhoven (NL)
*25 May – Slamdunk Festival, Leeds (UK)
*26 May – Slamdunk Festival, Hatfield (UK)

*Punk In Drublic shows

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VOTE FOR THE BEST LIVE ACT!!

Voting is now open for the BEST LIVE ACT in the second VIVE LE ROCK AWARDS!

We’ve picked five of the most dynamic bands we’ve seen in the last year… KILLING JOKE, SLAVES, CHAMELEONS VOX, STIFF LITTLE FINGERS and THE SKIDS. Did you see ’em? Who was your favourite?

VOTE NOW!!!

VOTING NOW CLOSED

The Vive Le Rock Awards take place at The O2 Academy, Islington, London on Wednesday 27 March. Tickets, including exclusive VIP packages, are available here.

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BACK IN THE REDRUTH!

Cornish psych warriors HANTERHIR return next month with not one, but TWO new compilations.

The releases follow on from the Redruth six-piece’s widely acclaimed triple album The Saving Of Cadan, which could be found nestling in various Albums Of The Year lists last year.

Bucking the trend for a Friday release, both albums will surface on Tuesday 5th March, St Piran’s Day, celebrating Cornwall’s patron saint.

The fifteen-track Our Hour comprises a ‘best of’ from the band’s ten-year back catalogue of now extremely hard-to-find albums and EPs, including the super-rare singles ‘Radio Song’ and ‘F#’.

Released through Easy Action, it’s available to pre-order on CD here and digitally from iTunes.

Songs We Learned In Cornish features eleven tracks sung in Cornish or with another link to the county: ‘Carn Marth Song’ one of the band’s oldest songs, refers to the ancient and mysterious hill outside Redruth, while ‘St Day Song’ is about the feast dance held annually in that village.

“I’ve always thought that bands should sound like where they’re from,” explains frontman and songwriter Ben Harris. “Singing in Cornish is a connection for me to where I’m from and a much more genuine feel… even though I can’t really speak Cornish. One of the main things I wanted Hanterhir to portray was the fact that Cornwall has this whole non-English identity, and although I love the idea of the UK and Europe etc, there is a definite difference between Cornwall and the rest of England. Singing In Cornish just reinforces this.”

Songs We Learned In Cornish can be pre-ordered on CD here and digitally through iTunes.

Hanterhir play a special release-day launch party at Hillbilly’s, Falmouth on 5th March. They’re currently planning more dates and festival appearances for later in the year.

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TIGERS GET THE SHAKES!

Fast-rising garage-punks SMALLTOWN TIGERS set out on their first ever tour.

The Rimini band are set to hit five Italian cities as special guests of BABY SNAKES, the NYC pop-punks who tore a strip off our Powerpop Weekender last summer.

The two bands play…

Wed 6 Mar – Titty Twister, Firenze
Wed 20 Mar – Starci, Bergamo
Thur 21 Mar – Jack The Ripper, Verona
Fri 22 Mar – Bronson Café, Ravenna
Sat 23 Mar – Novak, Venezia

Baby Shakes also play The 100 Club, London on 19 July. Tickets are on sale here. Get details of the rest of their tour dates here.

Smalltown Tigers are currently readying their debut mini-album and preparing for their first ever UK dates.

Watch this space for details of this year’s Powerpop Weekender!

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BLACK BOMBERS VIDEO EXCLUSIVE!

Birmingham proto-punks BLACK BOMBERS return with a stunning new video, which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘Relentless’ is the first track to be unveiled from the power trio’s new mini-album Vol.4. The six-tracker will be released through Easy Action next month on 10” vinyl, harking back to the golden days of the mini-album in the 80s, as well as legendary 10-inchers like the COUNT BISHOPS’ Live, and of course fellow Brummies BLACK SABBATH’s classic fourth album.

“We’d had ‘Relentless’ for a while and recorded it for the debut album,” explains drummer Dave Twist. “But it didn’t feel right somehow, so we left it off. We got it right this time – cutting out anything that didn’t propel the thing forward.”

Following on from the band’s previous releases – the two 7” singles ‘Crazy’ and ‘Rush’ and their 2016 self-titled full-length, Vol.4 was recorded in the band’s lock up with engineer Simon Bishop and his Dragon Electric mobile studio. The record features five band originals, plus a scorching cover of Paisley Underground band GREEN ON RED’s classic ‘Hair Of The Dog’.

“Al and I are fans of Green on Red and thought that ‘Hair of the Dog’ would sound great with a heavier treatment,” explains bassist Darren Birch. “We imagined a cross between Crazy Horse and Blue Cheer…”

With Twist and Birch joined by guitarist/vocalist Alan Byron, Black Bombers boast an impressive CV that includes time served with the likes of original ’77 punks The Prefects, 90s sleaze-rockers Gunfire Dance, The Damned’s Brian James, Walter Lure of Heartbreakers fame, The Godfathers and seminal Birmingham garage band, TV Eye. A ferocious live act, they’ve been compared by reviewers to The Stooges, Third World War, Pink Fairies and Larry Wallis-era Motörhead

The band have a handful of shows lined up in April. Catch them live at…

4 Apr – Hare & Hounds, Birmingham (w/ The Folk Devils)
7 Apr – Westgarth Social Club, Middlesbrough (w/ Eight Rounds Rapid)
14 Apr – Hare & Hounds, Birmingham (w/ Jim Jones & The Righteous Mind)
18 Apr – Hope & Anchor, London (w/ Last Great Dreamers)

Vol.4 is released through Easy Action Records on Friday 29 March. It’s available to pre-order on iTunes and Spotify here.

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READY, STEADY, REISSUE!

GENERATION X’s classic debut album is to get the expanded reissue treatment!

The self-titled album, released in March ’78, was produced by soon-to-be award-winning producer Martin Rushent, at that time best known for his work with The Stranglers, and during roughly the same period as he was working on Buzzcocks’ Another Music In A Different Kitchen. The band had previously worked with Sweet and Mud producer Phil Wainman, who they felt was too poppy.

The album was recorded at TW Studios, Fulham in a week, with most of the tracks done in one take with minimal overdubs. It yielded the minor hit ‘Ready Steady Go’ and, unusually for a punk album, a number of tracks past the 4-minute mark, including the epic ‘Kiss Me Deadly’ (which would give its name to the band’s third album) and cacophonic six-minute closer ‘Youth Youth Youth’. The album reached No.29 in the charts on its release.

The new 2-CD or 3-LP reissue features the fully remastered original 11-track album, plus a further 19 tracks, 11 of which are previously unreleased. The additional tracks include all contemporaneous single As and Bs, including the non-album singles ‘Your Generation’ and ‘Wild Youth’, tracks from the Phil Wainman sessions, album outtakes and several mixes by the album’s engineer Alan Winstanley. The CD includes a 12-page booklet with notes by journalist Adrian Thrills, plus previously unseen photos.

The expanded Generation X is set for release on Friday 26 April.

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ALICE COOPER ANNOUNCES SHOWS!

Detroit rock legend ALICE COOPER returns to the UK for a bunch of arena dates this Autumn.

Following on from his previous UK dates, where he was joined The Damned, Alice has dug out his punk address book once more and recruited THE STRANGLERS as special guests.

The shows will be opened by fellow Detroit rocker Wayne Kramer and his MC50.

Full dates are…

4 Oct – Manchester – Manchester Arena
5 Oct – Aberdeen – Event Complex
7 Oct – Leeds – First Direct Arena
8 Oct – Brighton – Brighton Centre
10 Oct – London – The O2
11 Oct – Birmingham – Resorts World Arena
12 Oct – Cardiff Arena

Tickets go on sale here on Friday 22 February at 10am.

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NIGHT OF THE HAUNTER!

The latest in a new crop of bands emerging from Down Under, A. SWAYZE & THE GHOSTS are set to release their debut 12″ single next month.

Despite having the worst name since Chocolate Starfish, the image-free Tasmanian quartet have delivered a seemingly effortlessly urgent slab of New Wave punk in ‘Suddenly’, such as might’ve lit up the airwaves in late ’78, courtesy of Peter Powell or Kid Jensen.

The prospect of 10″ minute B-side ‘Reciprocation’ sounds even more intriguing.

Set for release through Rough Trade on 29 March, the single is available to pre-order here.

The band hit the UK for an appearance at The Great Escape, Brighton which runs from 9-11 May.

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REPLAYS FROM THE REBELLIOUS JUKEBOX!

THE FALL’s first two albums have their 40th birthday celebrated with the start of a new reissue programme.

Live At The Witch Trials was recorded in a single day at Sound Suite Studios in Camden and released in March 1979 on Miles Copeland’s Step-Forward label. It included material written by some of the then three-year-old band’s previous members, while drummer Karl Burns had left the notoriously fluctuant band before it was released with guitarist Martin Bramagh to follow soon after. It has since, however, become a landmark and hugely influential release.

It was followed just seven months later by Dragnet, which saw Mark E Smith, Marc Riley and Mike Leigh joined by Craig Scanlon and and Steve Hanley, two of the longest serving members of the Fall family. It was recorded at Cargo Studios in Rochdale, with co-producer Grant Showbiz.

Both albums will be available on limited edition coloured vinyl and as 3-CD box sets. The …Witch Trials box set features numerous bonus tracks, including tracks from the debut ‘Bingo Master’s Break-Out!’ single and the ‘Dresden Dolls’ bootleg single, plus Peel Sessions tracks, and a live set from Mr Pickwick’s, Liverpool from August ’78.

The expanded Dragnet, meanwhile, features several takes from the recording of the ‘Rowche Rumble’ single, plus live sets from Retford and Los Angeles. The vinyl edition also includes a replica 7″ of the ‘Rowche Rumble’ single.

Set for release on 24 May, these reissues represent the first salvos in Cherry Red’s deluxe reissue programme, Fall Sound Archive.

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HAWKWIND AT 50!

HAWKWIND have announced full dates for their 50th Anniversary Tour.

The dates lead up to their previously announced show at London’s Royal Albert Hall on 26 November.

The spacerock legends originally formed in the Ladbroke Grove area of West London in November ’69, playing their first gig as Group X at Notting Hill’s All Saints Hall, before changing their name to Hawkwind Zoo, then Hawkwind.

The band released their self-titled debut album, produced by The Pretty Things’ Dick Taylor, in August 1970. Their most recent album was last year’s acoustic The Road To Utopia.

Full dates are…

Mon 11th Nov York Opera House
Tues 12th Nov Ipswich Corn Exchange
Wed 13th Nov Basingstoke Anvil
Fri 15th Nov Manchester Albert Hall
Sun 17th Nov O2 Academy Glasgow
Mon 18th Nov Cambridge Corn Exchange
Tues 19th Nov Bristol Anson Rooms
Wed 20th Nov Cardiff Tramshed
Fri 22nd Nov Nottingham Rock City
Sat 23rd Nov Birmingham Town Hall
Sun 24th Nov Leamington Spa Assembly Rooms
Mon 25th Nov Guilford G Live
Tues 26th Nov Royal Albert Hall London

Tickets are available from www.hawkwind.com

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MORE ACTS FOR GROEZROCK!

Loads more acts have been added to the bill for Belgium’s legendary GROEZROCK FESTIVAL.

As previously announced JAWBREAKER and DROPKICK MURPHYS will be headlining the event, which is to take place at Meerhout on 26 and 27 April.

Other confirmed acts include COHEED AND CAMBRIA, MILLENCOLIN, COMEBACK KID, BOWLING FOR SOUP, MARKY RAMONE with GREG HETSON, STICK TO YOUR GUNS, NECK DEEP, BEACH SLANG, BRUTUS, DEEZ NUTS, HANK VON HELL, JOYCE MANOR, TRASH TALK and loads more.

That’s 80 confirmed acts and still 10 more – including a very special mainstage guest – to be announced. For more details and tickets, go to the festival website.

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