With less than a month to go until their 10th Anniversary bash, BOOZE & GLORY unveil a brand new video.
‘My Heart Is Burning’ is the second single to be lifted from the band’s new album Hurricane, which is set for release on 18 October through their own Scarlet Teddy label.
As previously announced, Booze & Glory are to hold a 10th Birthday Party at the Electric Ballroom in Camden, London on Saturday 2 November. Bands lining up to help them blow out the candles include GIUDA, RISKEE & THE RIDICULE, ROY ELLIS, THE BABOON SHOW, PERKELE, THE FILAMENTS, THE ANALOGS plus an acoustic set from former member LIAM MARR.
Vive Le Rock is deeply saddened to hear of the passing of long-serving EDDIE AND THE HOT RODS frontman Barrie Masters.
His death was announced by the band on Facebook with the words….. “It is with extreme sadness we announce the passing of the legendary Barrie Masters. As you can expect, this sudden news is a huge shock to the band and family. We welcome tributes posted to our Facebook and Twitter sites which will be passed on to Barrie’s family. More news will follow.”
Formed in Southend-on-Sea in 1975, and inspired by local heroes Dr Feelgood, their high energy rhythm’n’blues and Nuggets-influenced garage rock sound would soon have them mistaken for punk. Signing to Island, the Live At The Marquee EP and single ‘Teenage Depression’ would hit the charts paving the way for the Top 10 single and all-time classic ‘Do Anything You Wanna Do’ in August ’77.
The band broke up in ’81, with Masters replacing Bill Hurley in The Inmates for a few years before reforming the band. In recent years, with Masters at the helm, they maintained a heavy touring schedule across the UK and Europe, playing tours with Status Quo and Stiff Little Fingers. Announcing that 2018 would be the band’s final year of touring, Masters accepted the Living Legend accolade at this year’s Vive Le Rock awards.
A full celebration of Barrie will appeare in a future edition of the magazine. Our thoughts right now are with his bandmates, family, friends and fans around the world.
Two ex-punks are showing their roots on a new album set for release next month.
Bonfire & Pine is the second album from folk/Americana duo HOPE IN HIGH WATER. But it’s a long way from the pair’s noisier past, in sound if not in spirit.
Josh Chandler Morris previously served for a decade as frontman of Milton Keynes’ Bomber Music-signed hardcore ska-punks ANTI VIGILANTE, while Carly Slade played bass in Hackney trio TRASHCAT. Since 2014, though, they’ve ploughed a different furrow: Morris picked up an acoustic guitar and Slade a banjo, and working on their close harmonies, the pair relocated to a caravan in the woods.
“Although I loved the high energy of punk music, the older I got the more I was drawn to the stripped back sincerity of folk and country music,” admits Morris. “The attitude wasn’t that dissimilar, both punk and country prioritise authenticity. I just came to be drawn artists like Justin Townes Earle who seem to be able to make an incredible connection with an audience by being one man and a guitar.”
Releasing their debut album Never Settle in 2017, the pair have become one of the hardest working acts on the folk and Americana circuit, something that Bonfire & Pine, which sees them expanding on the format into a greater array of styles, looks set to build on.
Set for release on 8 November, Bonfire & Pine is available to pre-order here.
Hope In High Water play The Crauford Arms, Milton Keynes on 8 November – tickets
East Midlands electro-rockers THE VENUS FLY TRAP celebrate the 30th Anniversary of their classic ‘Rocket USA’ single with a new digital reissue this week.
‘Rocket USA’ is of course a cover of the SUICIDE track, and was originally released on French label Danceteria in 1989. It was produced by BAUHAUS drummer Kevin Haskins and features sax by THE JAZZ BUTCHER’s Pat Fish.
Formed in 1986 in Northampton, The Venus Fly Trap were born onto the same thriving East Midlands scene that brought the world the likes of Crazyhead, Gaye Bykers On Acid and The Bomb Party. Describing their sound as “Bladerunner sci-fi rock’n’roll mixed with acidic cinematic visions”, they’ve released eight albums, the most recent of which being last year’s Icon.
‘Rocket USA b/w ‘Cloud Lips’ and ‘Opium War’ is out on Friday 4 October on Glass Miniature.
Catch The Venus Fly Trap on the following dates…
2 Oct – Soundhouse, Leicester (w/ Theatre Of Hate) 4 Oct – Sprial Archive Records, Northampton (Single Launch) 12 Oct – Esquires, Bedford (w/ Transmission) 26 Oct – Crauford Arms, Milton Keynes (w/ Transmission) 9 Nov – L’Escobar, Tournai, Belgium 30 Nov – Hope & Anchor, London (w/ Attrition + Pat Fish) 6 Dec – Duffy’s, Leicester 19 Dec – TBC, Hamburg, Germany
Creators of one of our favourite videos of the year, Venice Ca’s finest, LUICIDAL are back with a new clip which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
Back in February, the band dropped a video for ‘One Steel Soldier’ from last year’s Born In Venice album. This time around, they’ve got back to 2014’s self-titled debut for the in-yer-face ‘Westside Familia’.
Shot once again on their home turf of Venice, the video is the work of Box 24 Studio and Michael Pacchainelli from Creative Frenzy.
The STRAY CATS’ flash new 40th Anniversary box set is out today!
Runaway Boys brings together the New York rockabillies’ first three classic albums – Stray Cats, Gonna Ball and Rant N’ Rave – on half-speed mastered heavyweight vinyl, plus a fourth slab featuring b-sides and rare cuts.
The set also includes a plush hardback book with rarely seen photographs and period interviews, plus the already legendary Rumble In Brighton board game.
To see exactly what you get, check out the video…
There’s also a double-vinyl and double-CD anthology available. All three are available to order here.
You can read a review of Runaway Boys in the forthcoming October edition of Vive Le Rock!
The last few copies of our Stray Cats special edition from the summer are available to order here.
Fast-rising buzzsaw punks SMALLTOWN TIGERS’ long-awaited debut single is released this Friday and they’re premiering the video exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
‘Just Friends’ is the first track to be revealed from the girls’ forthcoming debut album, due out through Area Pirata Records in the New Year, and comes just in time for their first ever UK dates in October.
The single and album were recorded in one two-day blitz with producer Stiv Cantarelli (JD Hangover, Silent Strangers) and mastered by Detroit legend Jim Diamond (White Stripes, Sonics, Dirtbombs).
Formed just a year ago in the Italian beachside city of Rimini, the Tigers are the latest tremors in the current Italian punk earthquake that’s also turned up the likes of Sloks, The Cogs, White Pagoda and The Dirtiest…
The Tigers have already played several high profile shows in their homeland, including a tour with NYC powerpoppers Baby Shakes, and are now turning heads over here, not least that of The Undertones’ Mickey Bradley, who’s already played ‘Just Friends’ on his BBC Ulster radio show.
The band play four shows in the UK, including an afternoon set at Loud Women’s 4th Birthday Party at London’s Hope & Anchor on Saturday 12 October, followed by show later that night at Biddle Bros in Clapton. Full dates are…
Thurs 10 Oct – The Railway Hotel, Southend-on-Sea Fri 11 Oct – The Shacklewell Arms, Dalston, London (w/ The Speedways) Sat 12 Oct – The Hope & Anchor, Islington, London (5pm) Sat 12 Oct – Biddle Bros, Clapton, London (10pm)
‘Just Friends’ is available to download from Bandcamp and all regular platforms.
Original ’76 punks THE REZILLOS have announced a major tour for next year.
The Edinburgh band found chart success after signing to Sire with the Top 20 single ‘Top Of The Pops’ and album Can’t Stand The Rezillos, before splitting and reconfiguring as The Revillos.
Reforming in 2001, they’ve recorded and toured sporadically over the years, their most recent album being 2015’s Zero.
Still featuring original frontman and woman Eugene Reynolds and Fay Fife, the band embark on the Rezillomania Tour throughout February, including a London show at the 229 Club. Full dates are…
Fri 7 Feb – The Fiddlers, Bristol Sat 8 Feb – The Brook, Southampton Sat 15 Feb – Rebellion, Manchester Fri 21 Feb – Roadmender, Northampton Sat 22 Feb – 229, London Fri 28 Feb – Junction, Cambridge Sat 29 Feb – Epic Studios, Norwich
Legendary French rocker LITTLE BOB plays a trio of London shows next month with his new band BLUES BASTARDS in support of their new album.
Hailing from France’s rock’n’roll capital of Le Havre, the onetime Roberto Piazza rose to prominence in the mid-70s, his band Little Bob Story taking their cue from the rough-edged r’n’b of Dr Feelgood and playing the second Mont De Marsan punk festival in ’77. Signing to Chiswick Records, they appeared on Vertigo’s cult compilation New Wave, covering The Small Faces’ ‘All Or Nothing’.
Now in his 70s, the diminutive singer and his band have just released the album New Day Coming through Freeworld Records.
Set to play his first UK dates in 40 years, you can catch Little Bob live in London at…
Tues 8 Oct – Bush Hall, Shepherds Bush tickets Wed 9 Oct – What’s Cookin’, Leytonstone (w/ Kult 45s) Thurs 10 Oct – Amersham Arms, New Cross
Boston street punks RAMALLAH have a new album coming and they’re sharing a track from it exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
The Last Gasp Of Street Rock’N’Roll is set for release on 4 October through Sailor’s Grave Records and we’re sharing the title track with you now….
Frontman White Trash Rob says, “It is a sick world that we live in. Not just my world, but the whole world. And I intend to shove it as many people’s faces as I can. So I’m holding back on the personal memoirs and anecdotes that I’ve often indulged in in the past. The whole world is burning as we speak. Right now the only crime is silence”.
London garage punks SUICIDE GENERATION are back with a brand new single.
Crashing in on the back of a hideously lo-fi video, ‘Prisoner Of Love’ is the first fruit of recordings laid down last spring with former CANNIBAL Patrice Picard at the desk, and Detroit legend Jim Diamond working his mixing and mastering magic.
Emerging at the tail-end of 2016, Suicide Generation have worn out numerous line-ups around their songwriting nucleus of frontman Sebastian Melmoth and guitarist Vince Suicide, churning up the highways of Europe, taking time-out to drop a pair of incendiary long-players.
All that roadwork means that the new 7″ will be coming out on 10 October through FIVE different international labels…
Family Spree Recordings (Spain) Surfin’ Ki Records (Italy) Wanda Records (Germany) Spaghetty Town Records (USA) Dirty Water Records (UK – digital only)
Aussie legend MICK MEDEW is back with a new album from his latest band THE MESMERISERS.
Medew built a cult following in the early 80s with Brisbane band THE SCREAMING TRIBESMEN, releasing the classic singles ‘Igloo’ and ‘A Stand Alone’. Relocating to Sydney and recruiting the former RADIO BIRDMAN guitarist Chris Masuak, the band would enjoy a lengthy and successful homeland career, their 1988 single ‘I’ve Got A Feeling’ even making the Top 10 of Billboard’s Modern Rock Chart in the US.
Medew was awarded Queensland’s prestigious GW McLennan Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015.
In the Mesmerisers, Medew is joined by former Tribesmen Brian Mann on guitar and Michael Charles on drums, with Lois Andrews holding down bass duties.
The new album Open Season follows on from the band’s 2013 self-titled debut. Produced by Mann and mastered by another Aussie legend, Don Bartley, it’s available now through I-94 Bar Records.
Leeds rockers PSYCHOBABYLON have a brand new video which they’re launching exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
‘No Means Of Escape’ is taken from the band’s 4-track EP, Is This All There Is?, which is available on CD from the band’s wesbstore and digitally from all the usual platforms.
Formed eleven years ago out of the ashes of the bands Phluid and Slash Vegas, with a line-up of Rusty D (vocals), Andrew Mewse (guitar), Robbie G (guitar), Andy Knott (drums) and JJ Watt on bass, who sharp-eyed viewers will also recognise as a member of The Main Grains.
In line with the song’s title, the band explain that the video’s concept… “is the continual reduction of space in which the band are playing in. Ever felt like you can see the way out but still can’t get there?”
As for the lyrics, Rusty D says, “I won’t describe what the words are about as hopefully it will connect with the listener. They could take something totally different from the song and who am I to say whether that is right or wrong. Shit hot though, innit?”
The band have a bunch of dates lined up, including three shows with Warrior Soul. Catch them live at…
21 Sept – Record Junkee, Sheffield 28 Sept – The Doll’s House, Abertillery (Dollfest 6) 30 Oct – Trillians, Newcastle (w/ Warrior Soul) 31 Oct – Bannerman’s, Edinburgh (w/ Warrior Soul) 7 Nov – Waterloo Music Bar, Blackpool (w/ Warrior Soul) 23 Nov – The Fox & Newt, Leeds
The International London Tattoo Convention returns to the capital next week!
And to celebrate 15 years of the event, Vive Le Rock has a very special Golden Ticket goodie bag worth more than £300 to give away!!!
The Convention takes place at Tobacco Dock in Wapping from Friday 27th to Sunday 29th September. Tickets are available here.
The goodie bag we’re giving away will include…
two day tickets for the event!
a souvenir guide book!
a Stray Cats double vinyl LP anthology designed by legendary tattooist Dennis Cockell!
drinks tokens for the Roundhouse bar!
Gretsch Guitars goodies!
The Graphic Art of Tattoo Lettering book from Thames & Hudson!
a Fuel Girls Poster!
family passes for 2020 Tattoo: British Tattoo Art Revealed!
and all presented in a limited addition tote bag!
To be in with a chance of winning this amazing prize, all you have to do is send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 20 September with LONDON TATTOO CONVENTION in the subject box, with the answer to the following question…
Q: Which ’77 punk icon has been tattooed by LTC judge Mark Mahoney?
Brighton punks COCKWOMBLE have a new single out, which they’re premiering today exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
The dark, brooding post-punk of ‘Threads’ is a first taste of the band’s eponymous album which is available on CD here and from gigs, and digitally later in the year.
Formed last year and featuring Vicky from THE RAMONAS on bass, Ali on guitar/vocals and Leah on drums, have already released three EPs that have been receiving rave reviews, their explosive gigs making them ones to watch on the new UK punk scene.
“‘Threads’ is about how delicately everything we take for granted is held together,” they say. “Once you cut the threads society falls to pieces. The threads holding your mental health together are the same. You cut the threads, it all falls down. The end.”
You can catch Cockwomble live at the following dates…
25 Oct – The Richmond, Brighton (w/ Austerity + Gulls) 26 Oct – Centrala, Birmingham (w/ Long Tall Texans) 4 Dec – The Castle & Falcon, Birmingham (w/ UK Subs)
NYC rockers ELECTRAJETS celebrate the release of their debut album this autumn with a pair of UK shows.
This hot-to-trot rock’n’roll supergroup, led by guitarist Jeff Ward of Birmingham glam-punk legends GUNFIRE DANCE, first formed in 2015, bringing together bassist Cynthia Ross of NYC vets THE B-GIRLS and NEW YORK JUNK, and drummer Dahm Majuri Cipolla of PHANTOM FAMILY HALO and Japanese instrumentalists MONO.
The album Transatlantic Tales, was produced by Ward and recorded by Martin Bisi (Sonic Youth, Live Skull, Bill Laswell) at Brooklyn’s famed BC Studio and features a guest appearance from Thee Hypnotics’ Ray Hanson. It’s out now through Tarbeach.
Fri 8 Nov – Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham Sat 9 Nov – The Unicorn, Camden, London
They’ll be joined at both shows by Birmingham power trio BLACK BOMBERS, who feature Ward’s former Gunfire Dance oppo Darren Birch on bass and recently released the 6-track mini album Vol 4 through Easy Action to huge acclaim.