THE CIRCUS COMES TO TOWN!

Fast-rising Carlisle youngsters HARDWICKE CIRCUS are heading out for a tour of the South-East at the end of the month.

The six-piece, who’ve recently been taken under the wing of pub-rock pioneer and Stiff Records founder Dave Robinson, have just been in ex-Vibrator Pat Collier’s Perivale Studio recording a new EP with the legendary Terry Edwards (Higsons, Gallon Drunk, NJE) in the producer’s chair.

“We have been looking forward to getting to grips with the South Coast for a good while to bring our Carlisle music down to the sea,” says frontman Jonny Foster.

“This tour will be great for The Hardwickes,” adds Robinson. “Playing a lot of dates in Kent and the South Coast will show them off big time.”

The band pile into their new tourbus for dates at…

Fri 29 Mar – Vinyl Tap, Preston
Sat 30 Mar – The Cavern, Raynes Park, London
Sun 31Mar – Balabam, Tottenham, London
Thur 4 Apr – Ramsgate Music Hall, Ramsgate
Fri 5 Apr – The Lighthouse, Deal
Sat 6 Apr – The Half Moon, Putney, London
Sun 7 Apr – Latest Music Bar, Brighton
Mon 8 Apr – The Holroyd Arms, Guildford
Tue 9 Apr – The Railway Hotel, Southend
Wed 10 Apr – Hotel Pelirocco, Brighton
Fri 12 Apr – Blackmarket VIP, Hastings
Sat 13 Apr – The Rose & Crown, Walthamstow, London
Sun 14 Apr – The Duke of Cumberland, Whitstable
Thur 18 Apr – The Bedford, Balham, London
Fri 19 Apr – The Magic Garden, Battersea, London

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ANARCHY IN HUDDERSFIELD!

A petition has been raised to erect a plaque in honour of the SEX PISTOLS’ final UK gig.

The gig took place at Huddersfield’s Ivanhoe’s nightclub on Christmas Day 1977, by which time the band was banned from playing in most of the UK. The event was organised as a benefit for the families of striking firemen, who’d been in dispute for nine weeks and were struggling to feed their families.

Unusually, the gig was open to all ages and footage shot by film-maker Julien Temple catches the unlikely sight of kids pogoing to ‘God Save The Queen’. The film footage would later see the light of day in the 2013 documentary Never Mind the Baubles: Xmas ’77 With the Pistols.

The petition, by fan Ian Lockwood and addressed to Kirklees Council, asks that a blue plaque to commemorate the event be erected on the facade of the former club, originally part of Huddersfield’s ornate Grand Picture Theatre and later incorporated into a supermarket.

You can sign the petition here.

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STRAY CATS UNVEIL NEW MUSIC!

THE STRAY CATS have unveiled the first single from their new album, their first in 26 years!

‘Cat Fight (Over A Dog Like Me)’ is taken from the succinctly-titled 40, celebrating the Long Island rockabillies’ 40th Anniversary. Check it out here.

The band recorded the album at Blackbird Studio, Nashville at the end of last year with producer Peter Collins. Check out this studio clip featuring band and producer talking about the album…

“You have to understand how unique The Stray Cats are,” explains Brian Setzer. “It’s me playing an old hollow body guitar, Slim Jim playing two or three drums, and Lee Rocker slapping a stand-up acoustic bass. I get to write new songs and then play them with my buddies. Somehow we created a new and exciting sound with this simple idea. And you know what? A lot of people agree!”

“This new album really feels like the first record we did, it’s really natural and comfortable,” adds Lee. “For the recording, we went live – like doing a gig, we recorded in a real, organic way. We were all in one room standing next to each other recording live, with the amps turned up to 10, it captured the undefinable things that happen when a band is great, it captured the magic that takes place and an undefined spark.”

“We’re very, very focused when we get into the studio,” continues Slim Jim. “It didn’t feel like a long time had passed since we had done this, it felt very natural and familiar.  We were all in a row with everyone watching each other, so it felt like a gig in the set-up.  We really embraced that a little bit for the album, it’s like an old way of making records.  The modern is meeting the vintage, which has always been our inspiration.”

Featuring 12 all-new original songs, 40 is set for release on 24 May on Surfdog Records via Mascot Label Group Distribution. It will be available as a limited boxed edition CD, with two bonus tracks, a set of coasters plus postcards and stickers, as well as a limited editon siver vinyl LP. You can pre-order the album here and get ‘Cat Fight…’ as an instant free download.

As previously announced, the Cats play the following European dates…

Fri 21 June Azkena Rock Festival, Vitoria, Spain
Sun 23 June 02 Academy, Birmingham
Tues 25 June 02 Apollo, Manchester
Wed 26 June Eventim Apollo, London
Thur 27 June Eventim Apollo, London
Sat 29 June Retro C Trop, Tilloloy, France
Mon 1 July AFAS Live, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Wed 3 July Columbiahalle, Berlin, Germany
Thur 4 July Palladium, Cologne, Germany
Sat 6 July American Tours Festival, Tours, France
Sun 7 July Les Eurockeennes, Belfort, France
Tues 9 July Killesberg, Stuttgart, Germany
Thur 11 July Zenith, Munich, Germany
Fri 12 July X-Tra, Zürich, Switzerland
Sat 13 July Musilac Festival, Aix-Les-Bains, France
Thur 18 July Pori Jazz Festival, Pori, Finland
Sat 20 July Summer Jamboree, Falun, Sweden

Getcha tickets here!

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SVETLANAS VIDEO EXCLUSIVE!

Exiled Russian punks SVETLANAS have signed with Demons Run Amok and are premiering a brand new video exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

Fronted by the hyperactive and charismatic Olga Svetlanas, the band formed in Moscow in 2009, releasing their debut album the following year. Relocating the the US, they’ve earned a reputation for their super-intense live performances at a string of international events including SXSW, Vans Warped Tour, Punk Rock Bowling and Rebellion.

In 2016, they so impressed ex-Queens Of The Stoneage bassist Nick Oliveri that he joined the band! Their most recent album is 2017’s This Is Moscow Not LA, recorded at Josh Homme’s Pink Duck Studios.

“As a long running label if you get the chance to work with an outstanding Band you have to say YES!,” says DRA’s Rene. “If you share the same ideas, thoughts and passion a long living partnership is a must!

“We’re excited to welcome the Most Dangerous Band In The World, SVETLANAS! Make sure to catch ‘em live and feel the energy and anger of this powerhouse!

“Expect their DRA debut at the end of the year or beginning of the new year. In the meantime enjoy their new Video for ‘Negative Approach’ from their last record This Is Moscow Not LA.

And the band themselves say….”What we are doing here is not just a collaboration between band and label but it is a bond founded on values and ideals. We are ready to fight!”

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STRANGLERS HEADLINE VIVE AWARDS!

THE STRANGLERS have been announced as headliners for this year’s AEG Vive Le Rock Awards.

The Guildford punk legends will be interrupting their current tour to join the likes of Suzi Quatro, Glen Matlock, Barrie Masters and Steve Diggle at the O2 Academy, Islington, London for the event of the year on Wednesday 27 March.

Take note though: because we’ve got so much to squeeze in, they’ll be playing a shorter set than they usually do!

Tickets, including special VIP packages, are available here. But they’re going very fast, and with this announcement they’ll more than likely be gone in the blink of an eye, so don’t hang about!!!

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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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