In the latest edition of Vive Le Rock, we tell the story of legendary pioneering indie label Chiswick Records. To soundtrack your reading, we’ve handpicked 12 classic tracks from the Chiswick vault. Enjoy…
THE COUNT BISHOPS – I WANTY CANDY
RADIO STARS – RUSSIANS
GORILLAS – SHE’S MY GAL
THE NIPS – GABRIELLE
WHIRLWIND – BOPPIN’ HIGH SCHOOL BABY
RADIATORS FROM SPACE – SONG OF THE FAITHFUL DEPARTED
SNIFF ‘N’ THE TEARS – DRIVER’S SEAT
LITTLE BOB STORY – RIOT IN TOULOUSE
THE DAMNED – LOVE SONG
DR FEELGOOD – SUGAR BOWL
THE 101ERS – KEYS TO YOUR HEART
MOTORHEAD – MOTORHEAD
Read the full story of Chiswick Records in the latest edition of Vive Le Rock!
Fast-rising garage duo THE COURETTES have released another new video as they head out on tour.
A celebration of The Beatles’ drummer, ‘R.I.N.G.O.’ is taken from the pair’s new album Back In Mono, which is out today through Damaged Goods.
“As big fans of the 60s music and counterculture, it seems we´re slowly losing our heroes,” explains singer/guitarist Flavia. “So, here’s an ode to the fab Ringo Starr, who is still around banging drums and preaching peace and love. Ringo is a big influence on Martin´s drumming and one of rock’n’roll biggest icons. It’s also an homage to all the underdogs, as many would have written a song to Lennon, Harrison or McCartney instead, but we want Starkey! Teenage heartbreak and fuzzy pop garage hit, here comes R.I.N.G.O.!
“A subtle detail is that the single (and album) was recorded using a 60s Trixon drum kit,” seh continues. “A kit similar to the one Ringo used with The Beatles in the early Hamburg days. The video is inspired by the wonderful The Ronettes, The Shangri-Las TV-performances of the 60s. Colours/black/white silhouettes with sharp graphic shapes makes it the perfect visuals for this smash hit single. Ringo! We love you! Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!”
The Courettes kick off their tour tonight in Portsmouth before heading round the country, via London’s Lexington to Edinburgh. Full dates are…
Fri 15 – Portsmouth The Loft Sat 16 – Bristol, Crofters Room 2 Sun 17 – Norwich Norwich Arts Centre Mon 18 – Folkestone, The Chambers Tues 19 – London The Lexington Wed 20 – Bedford, Esquires Thur 21 – Hastings The Piper Fri 22 – Sheffield Yellow Arch Studios Sat 23 – Middlesbrough Westgarth Social Club Sun 24 – Hull Adelphi Mon 25 – Newcastle The Cluny Tues 26 – Manchester Night N Day Wed 27 – Edinburgh Voodoo Rooms Speakeasy
Read a new interview with The Courettes in the latest edition of Vive Le Rock!
DOMESTICS frontman JAMES DOMESTIC launches his solo career with a new video today.
‘Faze Out’ is the first taste of his debut solo album Carrion Repeating which is due out next spring.
Fronting East Anglian hardcore pioneers The Domestics for a decade, James has also done time with the likes of Pisser, Tokyo Lungs, Hazard Profile and more. ‘Faze Out’ finds him moving away from hardcore, however, fusing Krautrock with junkshop electronica, while drawing influence from from the likes of Ian Dury, Mark E Smith and Vic Godard.
Carrion Repeating is set for release in April 2022 on Kibou Records via TNS (UK) and Amok (Europe).
‘Faze Out’ is available to stream/download now from Spotify and all the usual platforms.
Notts folk-punks FEROCIOUS DOG have unveiled a moving new video ahead of their UK tour.
‘The Hope’ is the title track of their new album which is out through Graphite Records this Friday 15 October.
“’The Hope’ is exactly what it says on the tin.” declare the band. “It’s a song that shows you when things are at their very darkest, there’s always a light at the end of the tunnel. There’s always help, there’s always hope! The subject matter is probably at it’s most poignant right now with what’s happening with the world.”
As previously announced, this Friday also sees the start of the band’s UK tour. Full dates are…
October Fri 15th Old Fire Station Bournemouth Sat 16th Chalk Brighton Sun 17th The Venue Derby Mon 18th Old Cold Store Nottingham Tue 19th Nightrain Bradford Wed 20th O2 Academy 3 Manchester Thu 21st Nell’s London Fri 22nd O2 Academy 2 Oxford Sat 23rd Waterfront Norwich Thu 28th The Globe Cardiff Fri 29th O2 Academy Leicester Sat 30th Esquires Bedford November Fri 5th O2 Academy 2 Newcastle Sat 6th La Belle Angele Edinburgh Fri 12th Ropetackle Arts Shoreham-On Sea Sat 13th The Forum Tunbridge Wells Thu 18th Cheese & Grain Frome Sat 20th Exeter Phoenix Exeter Sun 21st Guildhall Gloucester Fri 26th KK’s Steel Mill Wolverhampton Sat 27th Picturedrome Holmfrith December Sat 4th Leadmill Sheffield
DESPERATE MEASURES head out on tour this week in support of their brand new mini-album.
The six-track mini-album Rinsed has just been released through Easy Action Records to a swathe of rave reviews. And following a ball-tearing performance at HRH Punk last week, the band are ready to take the album cross-country in the company of THE PROFESSIONALS, who’ve just released their new album SNAFU.
The tour kicks off at Tunbridge Wells Forum on Wednesday 13 October, winding all the way through to Chester Live Rooms on the 28th, including a stop at London’s Garage on the 24th (full dates below).
“We can’t wait to get out there and play our new songs from our ‘Rinsed’ album,” states frontman Eugene Butcher. “Plus, we will be rocking out with Cookie and the Professionals every night! Bring it on!”
This week sees the release of I’m Sorry Sir, That Riff’s Been Taken, the brand new album from Aussie legends the HARD-ONS. It’s the first to feature new singer Tim Rogers.
To celebrate, we asked guitarist Peter Black to go through YouTube and give us a Top 10….
X – SUCK SUCK
Fuck, this was a big album for us… what am I saying?! It still is!
Nothing sounds like this and nothing ever will… they reformed when we were still youngsters and played an infamous show at an abandoned site called Alpha House (apartments todays) was INSANE… terrifying and exhilarating, over run by skinheads, we were hiding up the back… left alone cause we were still in our diapers practically! We would take turns pushing our way up the front while it seemed the whole place was having a punch-up and X played along at ear splitting level. Lost count of the times we saw ’em after that… no-one will ever bass like Ian Rilen did… can’t describe it ’cause words like Savage, Powerful, Nuclear, Fatal just doesn’t come close! The album Aspirations was reportedly recorded in five hours… don’t you just LOVE THAT?!!
THE LEFTOVERS – CIGARETTES AND ALCOHOL
There is this book called Inner City Sound – Punk And Post-Punk In Australia, came out in 1982 (recently reissued) that we read cover to cover… each story and the wild photos inside were so inspirational that we would hunt every record / band that was mentioned… one band in particular,The Leftovers, sounded proper scary! Couldn’t wait to hear this and fuck-en-hell didn’t disappoint…!
BABEEZ – HATE
Another favourite… and another ‘what the fuck am I listening too??’, its barely held together and all the more powerful because of it! I wanted to cover it, or at least try to, but it’s not always ‘just the song’ but the ‘performance’ as well… only these four nutters could sound like this…
SICK THINGS – COMMITTED TO SUICIDE
In keeping with the tradition of pristine Aussie hi-fidelity comes this mind blower! Freaking insane… we covered this with the wonderful Neil Hamburger… members went on to Venom P Stinger and Dirty Three and lucky for youse guys, pretty sure this has been reissued not that long ago.
THE ELOIS – BY MY SIDE
Pretty soon, being the music nerds we were, we started hearing and reading about ’60s Punk’… WTF?? When you first hear it there’s no turning back…’ enthralled by all the Pebbles, Nuggets, and Flashback series of records we found an album called Ugly Things put out by Raven Records, by rock historian Glenn A Baker and this is one of the greatest records ever full stop! Every song is killer… How many of these songs we tried to cover when we were jamming? Ha! Lost count… I know we did this one. BLISTERING.
BLACK DIAMONDS – I WANT, NEED, LOVE YOU
And this WILD track… discovering there was also a film clip?? Oh boy!!
THE MISSING LINKS – WILD ABOUT YOU
Does anything sound like this?? Ever?? No way… The Saints covered this and ya gotta hand it too ’em, their version is killer.
But this is a truly one of a kind unhinged slab of magnificence!! Should be studied in schools!!
These were but three songs on the Ugly Things compilation I mentioned… can you see what I mean about being one of the best albums ever?!!
THE BIRTHDAY PARTY – JUNK YARD
I know everyone knows The Birthday Party but I think most people forget what a SHOCK to the system they were… We managed to see one of their last ever shows and – get this! – with the Scientists and X as supports. It’s a gig I will never forget EVER!! Man! We pushed to the front but I had to go pee and lost my spot for a bit… when I finally managed to get back there Ray gleefully informed me that Nick Cave head-butted him! FUCK OFF! I was so jealous.
Their records still sound like a nightmare in-fucken-credible. Goosebumps watching this even from shitty computer speakers.
THE SCIENTISTS – WE HAD LOVE
When we were old enough to sneak into pubs this incarnation of The Scientists started playing and like X, I’m pretty sure we went to every single fucken gig… ya just couldn’t miss ’em…
It’s hard to describe what that was like… maybe, put headphones on… close ya eyes, turn it up till its hurts a little, then fall down some stairs… HOW GOOD IS THAT?!!
CELIBATE RIFLES – TUBULAR GREENS
I don’t know how to end… when we started playing there were a million awesome bands… we loved ’em all, and a million killer labels… we loved ’em all!
Australian rock and roll was in a good place…
I’ll end on this as I wish Damian Lovelock a whole lotta Rock In Peace.
Veteran post-punks the BAND OF HOLY JOY play a one-off London date this week in support of their latest album.
Formed back in 1984 on the New Cross squat scene, the Band, still fronted by the charismatic Johny Brown, have enjoyed a particularly prolific period over the past decade, seeing the release of their most recent album Dreams Take Flight in June.
The Band return to the London stage this Thursday 7 October at Powerhaus (formerly Dingwalls) in Camden.
They’ll be joined by extra-special guests, recently rejuvenated proto-punk legends THE DOCTORS OF MADNESS, plus VAGRANT LOVERS and I SEE ISLANDS.
Hot rocking Cumbrian duo VOODOO RADIO release their debut single and video which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
Fusing psychobilly and cyber-punk, ‘Space Girl’ is a first taste of the pair’s forthcoming 8-track mini-album Pop Pills.
Currently based between Ulverston and Hammersmith, father and daughter duo Tony and Paige Cook were discovered by their management busking in Leicester Square tube station, which led to them securing a deal with Holy Dotage Records, also home to Spiz Energi.
A veteran of numerous rock bands, Tony has toured alongside the likes of Status Quo, Wizzard and Budgie with Paige joining on backing vocals since the age of 14. Now the pop/punk Voodoo Radio finds them channelling the likes of Blondie, Revillos and Transvision Vamp with tasty Van Halen-esque licks thrown in for good measure!
‘Space Girl’ is available to stream/download here.
Set for release on 3 December on 10″ vinyl, Pop Pills is available to pre-order here.
Catch Voodoo Radio at the following dates…
3 Oct – Black Bull, Gateshead 3 Dec – Mildmay Club, London
JAMIE PERRETT has a new video which he’s premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock ahead of the his London headline show at the weekend.
If the name sounds familiar it may be because Jamie is the son of THE ONLY ONES frontman PETER PERRETT, as well as being his guitarist and producer on his most recent album for Domino, Humanworld. Jamie was also the original guitarist in Pete Doherty’s BABYSHAMBLES.
His second solo single, ‘Angel Of Santiago’ follows on from Jamie’s debut single ‘Masquerade Of Love’ and was inspired by a fraught journey from Barcelona to Nîmes.
“It was one of those nights, like the Scorsese movie After Hours, where everything just goes wrong,” Jamie explains. “Trying to get from A to B seems like an impossible task. We missed the train by seconds. Then attempted to get a coach which didn’t exist. An Uber to the local car hire place ended in disappointment when we found out our license had just ran out. With each passing hour and options running thin, we sat in the taxi contemplating our next steps. ‘I’ll drive you,’ said Sandra, the flamenco guitarist from Barcelona. ‘We’ll make it to Nîmes, France (390 km) in time for the gig’. Me barely being able to keep my eyes open, nodded in agreement and pointed in the direction of France. Luckily we made it, just in time for sound check. No-one would have done. Oops.”
“The video was quite a healing experience,” he continues. “A 3-day shoot with a lot of trekking on the south coast near Gosport. A mini-pilgrimage, like a condensed Camino De Santiago. I’m at my most happiest when in transit, constantly moving, alone with my thoughts. Some of the weather was quite extreme and the paths (semi) treacherous. A lot of the time I was just silent. Going through my own shit. Reliving memories.”
Jamie and his band play The Grace (formerly Upstairs At The Garage), London this Saturday 2 October – tickets
‘Angel Of Santiago’ is available to stream/download here.
Undersung Aussie rockers SWEDISH MAGAZINES have announced their return with a new ‘Best of…’ anthology.
Formed by Tasmanian brothers Van and Cal Walker, Swedish Magazines came bursting out of Melbourne in the mid-Noughties with their high energy rock’n’roll. Following in the wake of the likes of Hoss and Powder Monkeys and taking their name from Iggy Pop’s ‘Five Foot One’, they managed one album, the explosive Eat More Baby, before exploding themselves.
As prolific songwriter Van focused on a solo career, a brief Mags reunion in 2011 yielded a second album Wino Havoc with its anthemic opener ‘Bottles & Barstools’ before the band went their separate ways again turning up in such bands as The Livingstone Daisies, Heartbrokers and Tyrannamen.
With Van having just released his first album in a decade, the successful lockdown release Ghosting, the Mags are back for another turn of the page with a new deal with Melbourne’s Rubber label and the compilation I wish Life Could Be…
Set for release on 10-track vinyl and 15-track CD on 19 November, I Wish Life Could Be… is available to pre-order here.
Piano-playing Yorkshire songwriter CAROL HODGE has unveiled another video from her new album.
‘The Moan Of A Thousand Years’ is taken from The Crippling Space Between, which is out today.
Accompanied a video by renowned videographer Ash Pears, ‘The Moan Of A Thousand Years’ and the album it comes from find Hodge reflecting on the turmoil of the last eighteen months. It’s not all doom and gloom though, her lyrics frequently couched in irony and humour with emotive piano numbers rubbing up against rousing, uplifting indie rock as indicated by the single.
“If you’ve felt lost, hopeless and despondent, this album is for you,” says Carol. “If you’ve raged, kicked and screamed in the face of adversity, this album is for you. If you’ve felt desperate, voiceless and teetered on the brink, depressed with a cherry on top, then this album is for you. These songs are both my personal catharsis, and the collective sigh of nation, put through the wringer and pulled out with a forced grin and a deep sense of self-deprecation.”
Perhaps best known as piano-player and collaborator with Steve Ignorant, Carol was born with a rare condition called cleft type symbrachydactyly, which means Carol has just two fingers on her left hand, but this hasn’t stopped her building an impressive CV which has seen her work with the likes of Ginger Wildheart, The Membranes, Headsticks and Texan songwriter Ryan Hamilton.
Hodge’s third album, released through her own Midnight Stamp label, The Crippling Space Between is available here.
Penny Rimbaud from CRASS and Youth from KILLING JOKE have released a stunning new video from their forthcoming collaborative project.
‘We The Mountain, We The Sea’ finds Rimbaud waxing poetic over music by Youth, featuring the solo violin of sixteen-year-old Isabella Kolaczynska. The video was filmed and edited by Agi K.
Recorded and mixed in 2011 and remixed eight years later, the album Corpus Mei evolved through Youth presenting Rimbaud with a finished track, over which the latter would recite his own poetry, each piece coming together in a single take. Fellow Crass member Eve Libertine also recorded one track while contributing lyrics and backing vocals to others. Further overdubs were provided by Kolaczynska, Louise Elliott on flute and tenor sax, Kate Shortt on cello and Tony Barber on electric bass.
“Recording and writing this album was an intense and wonderful experience,” says Youth. “Penny is one of the great visionary poets of our generation. A seer and prophet… crying to the universe, alone up on the mountain. Part Blake, part John the Baptist and part Buddha. His is the limb nailed to the cross of our cultural banality. Such a narrative demands a suitably epic backdrop. Composing and producing this music, as a foil to Penny’s beautiful and terrifying, almost biblical monologues, has been one of my greatest achievements in over 40 years of making music. The themes reveal Penny’s almost psychic pre-cognition of today’s dystopia and the sudden slo-mo apocalypse were all living through now. Nevertheless, it leaves you with a feeling of hope, inspiration and many positive possibilities. This was a great challenge and a deep channeling in itself. Despite the serious nature of the work we were mostly laughing and really enjoying each other’s company, the sessions were filled with joy and love.”
“Throughout the recording of Corpus Mei the symbiosis was proved – we are as one, above as below,” adds Rimbaud. “Trust that wisdom, and creative love will prevail: the very core before the apple.”
‘We The Mountain, We The Sea’ is available to stream/download here.
Set for release through One Little Independent on 19 November, Corpus Mei is available to pre-order here.
Chicago punk pioneers NAKED RAYGUN have announced the release of their first new album in more than three decades.
Over The Overlords is the band’s first new album since 1990’s Raygun… Naked Raygun. It’s also their final Naked Raygun album to feature longtime bassist Pierre Kezdy, who passed away from cancer in October last year.
First formed in 1980, Naked Raygun released five albums before splitting in 1991. Reuniting for a one-off reunion show in 1997, they came back more permanently in 2006 following a performance at Chicago’s Riot Fest.
Over The Overlords is out through Audioplatter via Plastic Head on 15 October. It’s available to pre-order here
Manchester veterans THE SPEED OF SOUND have a new video which they’re premiering with Vive Le Rock!
A slice of sprightly psych clocking in at under two minutes, ‘Opium Eyes’ is the second single to be lifted from the band’s new album Museum Of Tomorrow, their fifth, which we described as “unique and otherworldly”.
“‘Opium Eyes’ reflects the glazed, distanced stare of someone evading the past, the present and the future,” say the band. “Disengagement is the safest retreat for the alienated; from the poppy fields of Panta to Thomas de Quincy and on to Wild Palms and Dune, the escape to an artificial reality overtakes the ‘real’ world in importance.”
Released through Californian label Big Stir, Museum Of Tomorrow is available here.
Swedish rockers THE BABOON SHOW are back with a storming new single and video.
‘Oddball’ follows on from the band’s last single ‘I Never Say Goodnight’ out last year and is, say the band, “for all the Oddballs out there, all the misfits and outcast who want to fit in or not. We sure do feel like Oddballs. Be whoever you wanna be and have fun while doing it! Oddballs, we salute you!”
Formed in Stockholm in 2003, the band comprises founders Cecilia Boström (vocals), Håkan Sörle (guitar) and Niclas Svensson (drums), more recently joined by bassist Frida Ståhl. Following on from their six-track debut EP, they delivered their first three full-length album in little more than 18 months! They’ve toured widely covering not only Scandinavia and Europe but also playing in China and Cuba, where they recorded with Cuban musicians, fusing their high velocity Scandipunk with Cuban rhythms.
The band have lined up a Euro tour for the first half of 2022, arriving in the UK in June for dates at The Hairy Dog, Derby (10/6) and O2 Kentish Town, London (11/6), the latter as guests of The Descendents.
‘Oddball’ is set for release on vinyl on 28 January, and is available to pre-order, with an exclusive 20-page comic and sew-on patch, here.
HIS LORDSHIP, the new rock’n’roll power trio project from Pretenders guitarist James Walbourne, unveil their debut single today.
The band recently tore a strip off the Red Rooster Festival and London’s Moth Club with their incendiary stripped back rock’n’roll. Now His Lordship goes overground with ‘I’m So Bored Of Being Bored’, a sentiment that most of us can empathise with during these challenging times.
Check out the, quite literal, lyric video…
The band have announced a one-off Christmas show at The Lexington, London on Tuesday 21 December, with support from Iraina Mancini. Tickets go on sale here on Thursday 16 September.
‘I’m So Bored Of Being Bored’ is available now digitally from Spotify and all the usual platforms.
Berlin rockers MÄSH have just released their debut album for Wanda Records.
The five-piece band (don’t let the pic mislead you!) don’t like to give too much away about themselves, but as far as we can tell formed in 2018, ploughing a similar beltloop-challenging bootboy-glam furrow to the likes of Giuda and Faz Waltz. Since then they’ve released a very fine pair of 7-inchers for Wanda (also responsible for releases by Los Pepes, Guitar Gangsters and Cyanide Pills) and one for Spanish label Snap!
Their self-titled 11-tracker is available now on limited edition red vinyl, regular black and download from Bandcamp.