CITY KIDS VIDEO EXCLUSIVE!

New Northeast supergroup THE CITY KIDS have just released their debut single and are premiering the video exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

Put together by JJ Watt from THE MAIN GRAINS, the band also features Dennis Post (Warrior Soul, Flush The Fashion) and Berty Burton (Tigertailz).

‘Best Of You’ is the first track to be revealed from the newly recorded debut album which was produced by the band themselves and mastered by Wildhearts and Professionals producer Dave Draper.

The video is the work of Fuzzy McGlide, who’s been responsible for all the Main Grains’ artwork and most of their videos.

“The song is basically about not letting people’s opinions take your essence, don’t change for anyone, be true to yourself.” says JJ. “Recently, the three of us lost a close friend, Mikey Lawless, the bass player in Falling Red. This single is for sale online and ALL sales are going to help with his funeral costs, or be split between Macmillan and Marie Curie as they have been a massive help.”

‘Best Of You’ is available now from The City Kids’ Bandcamp.

There’s also a Go Fund Me page.

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WILDHEARTS vs BACKYARD BABIES: FURIOUS FIVES!

THE WILDHEARTS and BACKYARD BABIES head out on a joint Vive Le Rock sponsored tour of the UK next week. In an effort to spark a heated debate, we asked each band to name their top five tracks by the other.

First off, Dregen and Nicke from Backyard Babies picked their fave Wildhearts cuts…

1 – ‘Inglorious’

2 – ‘Caffeine Bomb’

3 – ‘Nothing Ever Changes But The Shoes’

4 – ‘My Baby Is A Headfuck’

5 – ‘Geordie In Wonderland’

Then we got Danny from The Wildhearts to come up with his top Babies bangers…

1 – ‘Look At You’

2 – ‘Star War’

3 – ‘Highlights’

4 – ‘Brand New Hate’

5 – ‘I’m On My Way To Save Your Rock ‘N’ Roll’

Both bands, joined by Pennsylvania rockers CKY play the following dates…

28 Jan – O2 Academy, Newcastle
29 Jan – Limelight, Belfast
30 Jan – QMU, Glasgow
31 Jan – O2 Ritz, Manchester
1 Feb – O2 Forum Kentish Town, London
2 Feb – Tramshed, Cardiff
4 Feb – O2 Institute, Birmingham

Tickets are available here.

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STARK WARNING!

Gizz Butt’s JANUS STARK have just released a brilliant new album Angel In The Flames, and this month head off on tour to promote it. Vive Le Rock caught up with Gizz and asked him for his own Top 5 videos…

Janus Stark – Shuffling The Pack

“Filmed August 2018 . The band shots were in a medieval building in Peterborough Cathedral Square. The Old Guild Hall. Filmed on a hot Saturday afternoon. We made as much racket as possible while the shoppers in Peterborough were all puzzled where the noise was coming from and what was going on in this building that no one is allowed in!”

The More I See – Suck On These Words

“Filmed in Hinchinbrooke Hall in Huntingdon in a spooky cellar. Really expert lighting and effects on a really low budget. Good location! A good location , ideas and lighting make everything. You don’t need sky high budgets.”

The More I See – The Eye That Offends

“Shot in Tunisia in three separate Star Wars locations. What an adventure that was, trying to find these locations without any satnav or directions. We borrowed a drum kit, took our guitars on the plane along with a battery powered monitor and kicked up a fucking racket at Mos Espa when a bunch of tourists were sight-seeing.”

The Prodigy – Firestarter

“This video and song hallmarked the beginning of my 3-year period with The Prodigy. That song will always be the one that represented that era along with ‘Breathe’ and ‘Smack My Bitch Up’. This is the live at Phoenix Festival 1996 video. David Bowie was watching this from my side of the stage!”

Janus Stark – Crucify All The Leaders

“It’s the song for the times that we live. A solution for depression. Just imagine it and you’ll instantly feel better. Dreams can come true!!!!”

Janus Stark head out around the UK from the end of this month. Full dates are…

31 Jan – Peterborough, Burghley Club
15 Feb – Kings Lynn, Maltings Q Club
20 Feb – Sunderland, Peacock
21 Feb – Bolton, Little Bolton Town Hall
22 Feb – Keighley, The Exchange
29 Feb – Manchester, Retro Bar
20 Mar – Milton Keynes, Blacksmiths Arms
21 Mar – London, Archway The Lounge (Kolis)
28 Mar – Machynileth, The Red Lion
3 Apr – Stamford, Mama Liz’s
4 Apr – Huddersfield, The Parish
5 Apr – Doncaster, The Leopard
9 Apr – Grimsby, Yardbirds
10 Apr – York, Fulford Arms
11 Apr – Edinburgh, Bannermans
12 Apr – Gateshead Black Bull

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SUZIE STAPLETON AIDS BUSHFIRE WILDLIFE RELIEF

Australian musician SUZIE STAPLETON has announced a special digital release to raise funds to help injured and displaced wildlife affected by the Australian fires.

This digital release of Stapleton’s new single ‘Thylacine’ comes with an exclusive, previously unreleased track ‘Song of Murray’s Brigade’. A musical adaptation of a 1940 poem by Australian bush poet Banjo Paterson, the song is performed by Stapleton on acoustic guitar and vocals, accompanied by acclaimed cellist Gareth Skinner.

The track ‘Thylacine’, which features Jim Jones & The Righteous Mind bassist Gavin Jay and Stranglers’ drummer Jim Macaulay, takes its name from the Australian dog-like mammal, also known as the Tasmanian Tiger. Hunted to extinction, the last known thylacine died in captivity in 1936.

“Many of the species that have been affected by these fires were already threatened or endangered due to factors such as habitat loss from land clearing for agriculture and urban development, invasive species, and pressures from extreme heat caused by climate change and ongoing drought,” explains Stapleton. “These fires pose a huge threat for their ongoing survival, but we still have a chance to help and ensure that they don’t end up in the history books next to the thylacine.”

‘Thylacine’ is available as a download for £5, though you can pay what you want and there is no upper limit. 100% of proceeds will go to Wildlife Victoria. Please give generously to help Australia’s unique wildlife.

Available via www.suziestapleton.com and Bandcamp until 31 January.

Catch Suzie Stapleton live at…

24 Jan – The Brunswick, Hove w/ The Damn Shebang
25 Jan – Rough Trade, BRISTOL w/ Emily Breeze + National Treasure

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A DOSE OF THE CHATS!

Aussie punk poster-boys have announced the release of their debut album with another run of UK dates and a wince-inducing new video.

‘The Clap’ is taken from High Risk Behaviour, and features guitarist Josh Price on vocals.

The trio from the Sunshine Coast have come along way since ‘Smoko’ went viral, earning them the personal approval of both Iggy Pop and Queens Of The Stoneage, who both invited the band to guest on Australian tours.

High Risk Behaviour has taken 18 months to record as the band dropped into engineer Billy Garner’s studio in Geelong, Victoria during breaks in touring. Says bassist/singer Eamon Sandwith, “If we’d just done a week and slogged it out we could have had an album before now but we just kept going in there and making newer and better songs so it’s hard to put a stop on it. Some of the songs were first-take and we were like, ‘That’s good, whatever’. We’re really not perfectionists.”

Although courted by various labels in a high-pressure bidding war, the trio chose to stick with their own Bargain Bin imprint, firmly entrenched as they are in their DIY ethic.

“We thought, if we just do it ourselves we don’t have to worry about getting swindled,” says Sandwith. “We’ve always done it our way.”

High Risk Behaviour is released on 27 March on Bargain Bin Records via Cooking Vinyl Australia. It’s available to pre-order here.

Fri 16 Oct – Southampton, 1865
Sat 17 Oct – Nottingham, Rock City
Sun 18 Oct – Bristol, 02 Academy
Mon 19 Oct – Ireland, Dublin, Olympia
Tue 20 Oct – Belfast, Limelight
Thu 22 Oct – Glasgow, Galvanizers
Fri 23 Oct – Leeds, Stylus
Sat 24 Oct – Newcastle, Boiler Shop
Sun 25 Oct – Manchester, 02 Academy
Mon 26 Oct – Brighton, Dome
Wed 28 Oct – London, Electric Brixton
Thu 29 Oct – London, Electric Brixton

Tickets go on sale here at 10am on 24 January.

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THE BELLRAYS HIT TOWN!

Blues is the teacher. Punk is the preacher. It’s all about emotion and energy. Experience and raw talent, spirit and intellect. Exciting things happen when these things collide.

Bob Vennum and Lisa Kekaula made the BellRays happen in 1990 in Riverside, California but they weren’t really thinking about any of this then. They wanted to play music and they wanted it to feel good. They wanted people to WANT to get up, to NEED to get up and check out what was going on. Form an opinion. React.

So they took everything they knew about; the Beatles, Stevie Wonder, the Who, the Ramones Billie Holiday, Lou Rawls, Hank Williams, the DB’s, Jimmy Reed, and Led Zeppelin (to name a very few to whom “BLUES IS THE TEACHER”) and pressed it into service.

It’s a rock show in its rawest and rarest form!

They’re joined on all dates by fast-rising multinational garage punks LOS PEPES, who released their latest album Positive Negative last year. Full dates are…

WED 15 JAN – Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth
THU 16 JAN – The Louisiana, Bristol
FRI 17 JAN – Le Pub, Newport
SAT 18 JAN – The Phoenix, Exeter
SUN 19 JAN – The Lantern, Halifax
TUE 21 JAN – Voodoo, Edinburgh
WED 22 JAN – Broadcast, Glasgow
THU 23 JAN – The Cluny, Newcastle
FRI 24 JAN – Westgarth Social Club, Middlesbrough
SAT 25 JAN – Prince Albert, Brighton
SUN 26 JAN – Oslo, London

Tickets are on sale here 

We catch up with The Bellrays in the new edition of Vive Le Rock, out on 27 January!

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YOUNG OUTCASTS!

THE OUTCASTS are back with a brand new EP and a life-affirming new video to go with it.

The Belfast band have been around since ’77, signing to Terri Hooley’s Good Vibrations label for the classic ‘Justa Nother Teenage Rebel’ the following year. The bands profile was boosted internationally when they scored a nearly-hit in 1982 with their cover of The Glitter Band’s ‘Angel Face’. The band was reborn in 2010, playing to an emotional crowd at Rebellion the following year.

The video was shot on Culdaff Beach, County Donegal and directed by Kate and Paul McCarroll. Look out for a cameo from Hooley at the end!

‘Stay Young’ is available as a 3-track coloure vinyl 7″ or a 5-track CD from Violated Records from 17 January.

Read the full story of The Outcasts in the current edition of Vive Le Rock! out now!

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HATCHER’S BRITAIN!

Lancashire psych-punk duo THE LOVELY EGGS herald a new album with a new single and video.

‘This Decision’ is the first track to be revealed from the new album I Am Moron, which is set for release via their own Egg Records label on 3 April. It follows on from their acclaimed 2018 release This is Eggland and once again is co-produced and mixed by Flaming Lips and MGMT producer David Fridmann.

I Am Moron takes its bearings from the observations by Holly Ross and David Blackwell on the deteriorating state of Brexit-era Britain and the world in general. ‘This Decision’ is the duo’s attack on greed and mindless consumerism and a fierce defence of the thoroughly independent no-frills lifestyle they have chosen to pursue.

“For the video we wanted something with the pedal to the frigging floor,” explains Ross. “The track is pretty intense so we wanted something to match that and to take a pop at the moronic relentless capitalist culture that we’re surrounded by these days.”

The Lovely Eggs head out on tour in support of the album. Cathc them live at…

Thur 9 Apr – The Cluny, Newcastle
Fri 10 Apr – The Brudenell Social Club, Leeds SOLD OUT
Sat 11 Apr – The Castle & Falcon, Birmingham
Sun 12 Apr – The Bullingdon, Oxford
Mon 13 Apr – The Fleece, Bristol
Tues 14 Apr – The Loft, Southampton
Wed 15 Apr – The Portland Arms, Cambridge SOLD OUT
Thur 16 Apr – Komedia, Brighton
Fri 17 Apr – The Garage, London
Sat 18 Apr – Gorilla, Manchester SOLD OUT
Fri 1 May – The Mash House, Edinburgh
Sat 2 May – CCA, Glasgow

Tickets are available here.

‘This Decision’ is our now and is available on limited edition vinyl and digitally here.

I Am Moron is available to pre-order here.

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MAID OF ACE VIDEO EXCLUSIVE!

South-coast punks MAID OF ACE are back with a new video, which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘The Terror’ is the first single from the band’s as yet unnamed third album which is due for release this summer. The video is once again the work of noted videographer Mark Richards.

The band have been busy touring the world for the past few years, most recently round Europe with punk legends The Exploited. They kick off 2020 with a series of February dates with ANTI-FLAG and THE CREEPSHOW. Full dates are…

2 Feb – Chalk, Brighton
4 Feb – 02 Academy Islington, London
5 Feb – Club Academy, Manchester
6 Feb – The Mill, Birmingham
7 Feb – Garage, Glasgow
8 Feb – The Key Club, Leeds
9 Feb – The Globe, Cardiff

Tickets are on sale here.

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SCANDAL VIDEO EXCLUSIVE!

Street-punks SCANDAL kick off the new year with a brand new single and video, which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

An anthem to the Romanian quartet’s adopted hometown, ‘This Is London’ was recorded once again with producer and former VIBRATORS bassist Pat Collier at his Perry Vale studio in South London, and features a guest appearance by Carlos from Surrey punks THE FOAMERS.

The video was shot on the streets of the capital with a bunch of mates by noted filmmaker Mark Richards, his third clip for the band.

Formed more than 20 years ago, Scandal have been in London for seven of those, releasing three EPs and a full-length album since 2016. Having toured widely across the UK and Europe, 2020 will be a busy year for the band with the current line-up of Vlad (bass/backing vocals), Gigi GM (drums), Brendan (vocals) and Andreas (guitars/backing vocals) gearing up for a further European tour, plus numerous festival appearances, including their second visit to Rebellion in August.

‘This is London’ is out on a 7” split EP with São Paulo’s SUBALTERNOS.

Scandal play the following dates…

Sat 25 Jan – The London Stone, Staines (w/ Peter & The Test Tube Babies etc)
Sat 15 Feb – Hairy Dog, Derby (w/ Argy Bargy, Gimp Fist etc)
Fri 13 Mar – Fighting Cocks, Kingston (w/ Rude Pride etc)

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ROTTEN TO THE CORE!

Mining a rich seam of Swedish garage-punk, ROTTEN MIND are back with a new video and album.

‘Beat Of The Street’ is the second single to be taken from Rat City Dog Boy, the Uppsala quartet’s fourth album, which follows last year’s misleadingly-titled Fading Into Oblivion.

Speaking about the album’s title, guitarist/singer Jakob Arvidsson says, “We practically live on the streets, in the bars and in our rehearsal room in Uppsala; the dark and twisted city with a long history of rock music and especially punk. For us, taking inspiration from the nights in Uppsala and putting it on tape was an essential part of writing this album.”

Rat City Dog Boy will be released on vinyl and download through Lövely Records on 7 February.

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VIDEOS OF THE YEAR!

We’ve seen some great videos this year – some flash and fancy, others cheap but cheerful – many of which were exclusively premiered with Vive Le Rock! We decided to get our heads together and come up with our Top 10. Unfortunately, there were just so many good ones, we rounded it up to fifteen. You’re welcome! Enjoy!

15. BRUTALISTS – TAKE IT ALL AWAY

14. LOS PEPES – POSITIVE NEGATIVE

13. SMALLTOWN TIGERS – JUST FRIENDS

12. GRADE 2 – GRAVEYARD ISLAND

11. AMYL & THE SNIFFERS – SOME MUTTS CAN’T BE MUZZLED

10. THE SPEEDWAYS – THEY DON’T KNOW

9. IDLES – MERCEDES MARXIST

8. THE CRAVATS – SHY

7. BOOZE & GLORY – MY HEART IS BURNING

6. HARD-ONS – OH… YOUR CRUSHED?

5. JOHNNY MOPED – LIVING IN A DREAM WORLD

4. MICHAEL MONROE – LAST TRAIN TO TOKYO

3. THE SPECIALS – VOTE FOR ME

2. LUICIDAL – ONE STEEL SOLDIER

1. RMBLR – SERIOUS

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MC16 SINGLE TO BENEFIT MILITARY VETS

Rising punk band MC16 are releasing a new single to raise money for All Call Signs – a support organisation aimed at helping Armed Forces personnel and veterans who are experiencing issues with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and poor mental health.

‘Sleeping On Cardboard’ will be released on 20 December through all major streaming platforms (Spotify, Apple Music etc) and is available to pre-order as a direct download at MC16’s Bandcamp page – the money from each download purchase will be directed to All Call Signs.

To coincide, the video for ‘Sleeping With Cardboard’ is out now – aiming to highlight awareness to the plight of ex-servicemen and women and the struggles they face after leaving the forces.

Frontman Carson says: “How can we live in a world where someone in the forces faces a bigger fight when they actually leave and then try and get help for ‘work related’ mental health problems? As a country we should look after our people and especially those who try and look after us.

“If we see an injured dog then rightly so, people rush over to help, but if they see an ‘injured’ homeless ex- forces then they just walk on by.”

All Call Signs was created by two former servicemen and is designed to offer emotional and practical support to serving Armed Forces personnel and veterans.

Dan Arnold from All Call Signs said: “When we first heard MC16’s song and the lyrics, it truly hit the mark in terms of a band understanding the stresses and issues that people who leave the Armed Forces can face. It can be so difficult and the song and video highlight how important it is that these people aren’t left without any help and support.

“Every day, All Call Signs aims to help and as a support organisation we are totally reliant on the support of the general public to keep the momentum of our work going.

“Every download of ‘Sleeping On Cardboard’ will be donated by MC16 to All Call Signs and we hope people will support us and, of course, enjoy the song too.”

Having previously played shows for homeless charities, MC16 released their debut EP Outvoted By Robots this summer, showcasing their aggro-pop punk, laced with lyrics calling out many political and social injustices. They’ve enjoyed sharing stages with some of the biggest names in punk rock playing Rebellion for two years running, as well as last month’s Morecambe Punk Festival.

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MORE BOOZE!

Just about recovered from their 10th Anniversary bash last month, street-punk Euro-champs BOOZE & GLORY have announced a UK and Irish tour for the Spring.

To get you in the mood, they’ve just unveiled a fifth video from their new album Hurricane; this time it’s the title track.

The band’s tour kicks off at the Underworld in London on 4 April, winding its way to the Palm House in Belfast on 25 April. Full dates are…

4 April – LONDON – Underworld
5 April – NORWICH – Salty Dog
6 April – BRISTOL – The Fleece
8 April – NEWCASTLE – Trillians
9 April – DUNDEE – Generator
10 April – GLASGOW – Broadcast
11 April – BLACKPOOL – Waterloo Music Bar
15 April – DERBY – Hairy Dog
16 April – PLYMOUTH – The Underground
17 April – LEEDS – Boom
23 April – BOLTON – Alma Inn
24 April – DUBLIN – Grand Social
25 April – BELFAST – Palm House

Further dates and support acts to be announced soon. Go here for tickets.

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SUZIE STAPLETON VIDEO EXCLUSIVE!

Following on from her spellbinding performance at last night’s Vive Le Christmas event, SUZIE STAPLETON today unveils the brand new video for her single ‘Thylacine’, which she’s premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

“The ‘Thylacine’ film clip was made by experimental filmmaker Julian Hand,” says Stapleton. “We see briefly in the opening seconds flashes of images of the last known thylacine that died in captivity in 1936. The doglike marsupial, also known as the Tasmanian tiger, inhabited Australia for thousands of years. After European settlement, the thylacine was hunted intensively, encouraged by bounties, and that along with other contributing factors drove it to extinction. The clip evokes a sense of loss and longing – the last of a kind locked up and lonely, a stark warning transmitted through the ages.”

‘Thylacine’ is available now from all streaming platforms and Bandcamp.

As previously announced, Stapleton plays a special London launch for the single at Paper Dress Vintage, Hackney on Saturday 7 December. Support comes from MIRACULOUS MULE, THE PACERS and CHERRY B DJs. Tickets are on sale here.

You can also catch her on the following dates in the New Year…

4 Jan – The Carlisle, HASTINGS w/ Dastardly Dudes // Free Entry
24 Jan – The Brunswick, HOVE w/ The Damn Shebang // Free Entry
25 Jan – Rough Trade, BRISTOL w/ Emily Breeze (headlining) + National Treasure

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FACE THE MACHINA!

Two ex-members of much-touted Arizona/California Vox-rockin’ quartet THE DARTS have teamed up in a new outfit.

Guitarist/singer Michelle Balderrama and drummer Rikki Styxx have hooked up with ex-CIVET and TURBULENT HEARTS singer/bassist Suzi Moon in explosive power trio L.A. MACHINA, fusing heavy psych grooves with powerhouse rock’n’roll.

“We’re kinda like Josie & The Pussycats,” Moon says. “But with LSD and way more distortion.”

The trio have already sparked the interest of Alternative Tentacles, and have been lined up for Punk Rock Bowling in Las Vegas next spring. Check out their debut video ‘Teenage Head’ – not the FLAMIN’ GROOVIES song!

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RMBLR VIDEO EXCLUSIVE!

Hot-to-trot Georgia rockers RMBLR are back with a brand new video which they’re launching worldwide today with Vive Le Rock!

We first wrote about the band – pronounced Rambler – back at the start of 2017 when we premiered their track ‘Name Game’ from the EP Territory released through Fat Possum.

The video for ‘Serious’, whose footstomping rough-house rock’n’roll straddles ’77 punk, glam and greasy street-rock, was directed, edited and shot by noted Atlanta filmmaker Video Rahim, who’s also responsible for clips by the likes of Mastodon, Biters and Blackberry Smoke.

First released at the start of last year, ‘Serious’ is available to buy here.

With members hailing from Baltimore and Atlanta, Rmblr emerged out of the touring line-up of notorious East Coast proto-punks DINOS BOYS. Among their influences, they cite Chuck Berry, The Saints, Coloured Balls and The Kids, and that’s good enough for us.

We reckon you’re gonna be hearing a whole lot more from these guys. Seriously.

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