Electro-punks UNRULY GIRLS have just unveiled the first video from their new album.
Dedicated to Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon, the woozy, motorik, car-crash electronica of ‘She Grew Up In A Shotgun Row’ soundtracks a montage of footage shot by guest vocalist Ronit Bergman’s earlier band Plastic Venus, on the vibrant Tel Aviv punk scene during the 90s.
Unruly Girls are a duo of Luigi Limongelli and Humbert Alison from the southern Italian city of Benevento near Naples. ‘She Grew Up In A Shotgun Row’, co-written by Alison and Bergman, is taken from the duo’s second album Epidemic, which follows on from 2017’s Cruel Tales and was recorded at Monolith Studios in Vitulano. It was mixed and mastered by Phil Liar of Italian stoner legends Teverts.
Epidemic is set for release on 21 April through Dirty Beach.
Pub-rock legends KURSAAL FLYERS are to have the complete works compiled on a new box set.
The Southend-on-Sea band, who formed in 1973, cut their teeth on the London pub circuit before setting the charts alight with the single ‘Little Does She Know’ in late ’76 just as punk broke.
Over-burdened with songwriting talent, guitarist Graeme Douglas would soon move on to Eddie & The Hot Rods, where he co-wrote ‘Do Anything You Wanna Do’, while drummer Will Birch would co-author several powerpop nuggets with The Records, including the classic ‘Starry Eyes’. He would go on to write the definitive pub rock history No Sleep Till Canvey Island.
The 4-disc Little Does She Know – The Complete Recordings comprises the band’s four studio albums, inclduing Chocs Away! and The Great Artiste for Jonathan King’s UK label; the Mike Batt-produced Golden Mile, and their 1988 reunion album A Former Tour de Force Is Forced To Tour. The set is completed by the 1977 live album Five Live Kursaals, and numerous bonus tracks including non-album singles and B-sides, outtakes and live tracks.
A 24-page booklet features firsthand sleevenotes by Will Birch.
Released on 22 May by RPM Records through Cherry Red, Little Does She Know is available to pre-order here.
London punks HEALTHY JUNKIES have a new video out which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
‘All Talk’ is taken from the band’s latest album Delirious Dream. The video was shot by Shogo Hino at Shogo Hairdressing Salon, Hampstead and by Pawel Piatek at the original Tufnell Rock Tower. Not sure where they found the ice floe though!
Delirious Dream is available to buy now from the band’s website as is their DVD On The Road In The USA.
In the era of fake news, FAKE NAMES are decidedly real.
A hot-to-trot punk supergroup featuring members of Minor Threat, S.O.A,. International Noise Conspiracy and Girls Against Boys, they’re set to drop their debut album on 8 May through Epitaph.
The seeds of the band were first sown four years ago when Brian Baker (Minor Threat, Bad Religion) and Michael Hampton (S.O.A., Embrace, One Last Wish) got together in Brooklyn to jam. The two schoolfriends then brought in their former classmate Johnny Temple (Girls Against Boys, Soulside), going on to recruit frontman Dennis Lyxzén (Refused, International Noise Conspiracy, INVSN) after catching Refused’s set at Chicago’s Riot Fest later that year.
The quartet eventually checked into Little Steven Van Zandt’s Renegade Studios to lay down the ten tracks that make up their debut. ‘Brick’ is the first fruit of their labours to see the light of day…
Lancastrian psych-punks THE LOVELY EGGS have rescheduled the dates for their spring tour.
The duo had had a major tour planned in support of their new album I Am Moron, which is due out through EGG Records on 3 April. Unsurprisingly the dates have now been cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and have now been rescheduled for July.
“In light of the coronavirus it was just impossible for us to go ahead with our April tour,” explains singer and guitarist Holly Ross. “Fortunately for us, we are used to shit hitting the fan, so we’ve rescheduled all the gigs to now take place in July instead. We hope everyone can still make all the rescheduled gigs and get ready for one hell of an Eggs party this summer. We’d like to thank all of the promoters we work with for helping us reschedule the dates. They’ve been absolute legends and we can’t believe we’ve put the tour back together so quickly. Solidarity going out to all the other bands, promoters and venues who have had to reschedule or cancel their tours. We’re all in it together. This is mad innit. Look after yourselves and see you on the other side Eggheads!”
In the meantime, the pair have released a new hand-made video for the album track ‘Second Rate’ to tide fans over until the summer.
“For the video we wanted to present a masterclass in how to not spend £20,000 on making a music video so we made it ourselves,” Holly continues. “So many bands blow so much wedge on making videos it’s a bit obscene, so we thought fuck it, we’ll do it ourselves. It’s our ethos really and is also totally in keeping with the song. We’ve never moaned about not having access to big budgets and not doing stuff is just not an option for us, so we always roll up our sleeves, get on with it and do the best that we can for the budget we have got, which for this was zero! I suppose with the video we wanted people to question what their idea of ‘second rate’is. ‘Second Rate’ means different things to different people. For some people the idea of a Pot Noodle sandwich would be unthinkable but to David it’s a delicious after-hours snack. Same with living in Lancaster and not having a label etc. These are things that some people consider ‘second rate’ but we don’t. So, there are a lot of images in there that invite the viewer to question their opinions on what they value. Then there’s a load of psychedelic footage and random images to blast the mundane out into the universe because it’s impossible to cope with the bleakness of day to day life without having some magic in there. So yeah in a way this video is like a microcosm of our world. Enjoy the ride!!”
The Lovely Eggs’ rescheduled tour dates kick off on 16 July in Newcastle. The tour also includes extra London and Manchester dates in October. Catch them on the road at…
Thursday July 16: The Cluny, Newcastle Friday July 17: Gorilla, Manchester SOLD OUT Saturday July 18: The Brudenell, Leeds SOLD OUT Sunday July 19: Castle and Falcon, Birmingham SOLD OUT Monday July 20: The Portland Arms, Cambridge SOLD OUT Tuesday July 21: Komedia, Brighton SOLD OUT Wednesday July 22: The Loft, Southampton Thursday July 23: The Fleece, Bristol SOLD OUT Friday July 24: The Garage, London SOLD OUT Saturday July 25: The Bullingdon, Oxford Wednesday, July 29: Mash House, Edinburgh Thursday, July 30: CCA, Glasgow Saturday, August 8: Network, Sheffield Friday, October 23: Heaven, London Friday October 30: The Ritz, Manchester
South-coast post-punks BLABBERMOUTH have just dropped a new single and video, ‘Youthful Haze’.
The enigmatic Hastings five-piece don’t give much away about themselves, but this tremendous video is the work of renowned film-maker Mark Richards.
Formed last year, the band have a hometown headline show at Crowley’s Bar, Hastings on 9 April, and are part of the line-up for this year’s Wonkfest at the Dome, London on 25 July. They promise loads more shows in between, viruses notwithstanding.
Swedish Celtic punks FINNEGAN’S HELL have just released a video for the title track from their new album.
The title ‘Work Is The Curse Of The Drinking Class’ is taken from the famous quote by Oscar Wilde. According to the band’s Reverend Mick Finnegan, the words are “just as relevant today as when he uttered them more than a hundred years ago. Still people all over the world find themselves in a situation where their work is interfering with their alcohol consumption. It’s the devil’s work, and we shall not silently accept it.”
ROSE TATTOO have just released a video for the track ‘Nice Boys’ from their new album Outlaws.
The album sees the Oz Rock legends revisiting the tracks from their 1978 self-titled debut, christened Rock’n’Roll Outlaws on its release in the UK in ’81.
After periodic reshuffles, the band – one of the most revered in Australian pub-rock history – returned in 2017 with a new line-up, including former AC/DC bassist Mark Evans and ex-Angels and Skyhooks guitarist Bob Spencer.
Widely regarded as the most successful of the band’s many rebirths, the band went into the studio to lay down their own interpretation of the album tracks, along with new recordings of early non-album cuts, including two – ‘Snow Queen’ and ‘Sweet Love Rock’n’Roll’ by band founder Ian Rilen.
A live highlight, ‘Nice Boys’ had a major profile boost when it was covered by Guns N’ Roses on their G N’ R Lies mini-album.
Pittsburgh politicos ANTI-FLAG have just unveiled a brand new video for the title track from their latest album 20/20 Vision.
The video features dancer/choreographer David Mayorga and is the work of INDECLINE an activist art collective comprising graffiti writers, filmmakers, photographers and full-time rebels and activists, and focusing on “social, ecological and economical injustices carried out by American and International governments, corporations and law enforcement agencies.”
Anti-Flag have just set out on a major North American tour which will be followed by a string of summer dates across Europe, kicking off at Hellfest in France and taking in Rebellion in Blackpool on 6 August. Full European dates are…
20 June – Clisson, FR @ Hellfest 21 June – Dessel, BE @ Graspop 27 June – Rttersbach, DE @ Ab Geht Die Lutzi Festival 4 July – Schorndorf, DE @ Club Manufaktur 5 July – Toging Am Inn, DE @ Silo 1 Musik & Kulturlokal 18 July – Cuxhaven, DE @ Deichbrand Festival 1 Aug – Gijon, ES @ Tsunami Xixon 6 Aug – Blackpool, UK @ Rebellion Festival 8 Aug – Bildein, DE @ Picture On Festival 11 Aug -Tolmin, SLO @ Punk Rock Holiday 12 Aug – Bratislava, SLK @ Majestic Music Club
London punks GIRLS IN SYNTHESIS have just dropped a video for their new single ‘Pressure’.
A claustrophobic hammer-blow of angry punk, blasting against a maddening background of cold-war electronics, ‘Pressure’ is the first taste of the trio’s debut album Now Here’s An Echo From Your Future, set for release on 22 May through Harbinger Sound, the label that brought you Sleaford Mods.
“In both music and lyrical content this song sets out to capture the unrelenting pressures of living in the modern world,” explains vocalist and guitarist Jim. “The pressures and expectations of which ‘they’ force upon you – with the apparent realisation that you will never be what they want you to be. ‘Pressure, the twist of the gut, as one door opens another fucking shuts’,”
Formed in 2016, the staunchly DIY band built their manifesto on incendiary live performances, with the likes of Slaves, Bad Breeding and Damo Suzuki, and a string of 7-inches eventually compiled on Pre/Post: A Collection 2016-2018 for Louder Than War.
Recording for Now Here’s An Echo From Your Future began in April last year under the watchful ear of Sean Tomlinson at Rockit Studio in Hull, before moving to Hackney’s Gun Factory Studio, with finishing touches made at bassist John’s SICK Studio in Hither Green, South London.
Girls In Synthesis play the following dates in May…
14 May – Chameleon Arts Cafe, Nottingham 15 May – The Great Escape, Brighton (venue TBA) 16 May – o2 Academy, Leicester (Wide Awake Festival) 16 May – The Talleyrand, Manchester (late show) 23 May – The Social, London (album launch show) 30 May – The Lab, Northampton
‘Dine N Dash’ is the fifth single to be taken from the Sunshine Coast band’s debut album and is a tribute to the time-honoured activity of stuffing your face in a restaurant and scarpering without paying. The video is the work of acclaimed director Matt Weston.
“We filmed at Walters steakhouse in Brisbane. It was the best steak I’ve had. Definitely gave the bowlsie a run for its money. No mushy gravy thou,” says guitarist Josh Price.
“Ya know you’re in a fancy restaurant when the chips and salad aren’t included,” adds bassist Eamon Sandwith.
As previously announced, The Chats are over here in the autumn. Catch them at…
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
French melodic punks NIGHTWATCHERS have a new video, which they’re premiering today with Vive Le Rock!
‘Fellah’s Temptation’ is taken from the Toulouse quartet’s debut album La Paix Ou Le Sable – a political concept album – which was released through Lövely Records last year. The video is the work of by Xavier Girardot at l’Atelier de Pechbonnieu.
Concerning the early days of the Algerian war in 1954 – a conflict characterized by guerrilla warfare, maquis fighting, and the use of torture – ‘Fellah’s Temptation’ aims to raise awareness about the reality of the occupation and colonial violence that were systematically perpetrated throughout all French colonial territories during several centuries until as recently as 1962.
The band say “We believe it’s not possible to understand the present French society without taking into account its connections with the old colonial Empire.”
RICH RAGANY & THE DIGRESSIONS have a brand new video which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
The ROLE MODELS frontman’s new band have had a great year, receiving many excellent reviews for their debut album Like We’ll Never Make It, including 9/10 from Vive Le Rock. They’ve also been playing numerous high profile shows, like the one from which this video for the album’s title track is taken, opening for THE LEMONHEADS at London’s O2 Forum. The video is the work of Craig Temple at Racketeer Productions.
The launch of the video comes with the announcement that the band has been chosen to open for STATUS QUO on their winter UK dates. Get there early to catch them at…
27 Nov – Glasgow Royal Concert Hall 28 Nov – Leicester De Montfort Hall 30 Nov – Cardiff St. David’s Hall 1 Dec – Birmingham Symphony Hall 3 Dec – Brighton Centre 5 Dec – London Eventim Apollo 6 Dec – Bournemouth BIC
The band is currently gearing up to go into the studio with celebrated UK producer Andy Brook and Grammy Award-winner Mario J McNulty (David Bowie, Glen Matlock, Raveonettes) mixing.
Anglo-Americana rockers THE IMBECILES have a new video which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
‘Decider’ is taken from the band’s debut album which is due out next month through Cadiz Music.
Filmed on location in the Texas panhandle, the video is the second of a triptych of films written by the band’s Butch Dante, focused on their main preoccupation: the fact that the world is ending and people should be kinder to each other while it does…
The imbeciles hit the UK in April for their first headline tour. Catch them at…
April 14th Leeds – Hyde Park Book Club April 15th Glasgow – Hug & Pint April 16th Tynemouth – Surf Cafe April 17th Birmingham – Muthers Studio April 19th Brighton – The Hope April 20th Bristol – The Lanes April 21st London – The Grace April 22nd Manchester – The Castle
“We are force fed shit every day so we thought we will swim in it,” says Beaker, the illustrious leader of Yorkshire’s dirtiest cheeky shockers the FUCKIN’ GLORIOUS. He follows with, “and eat it.”
The Yorkshire sexy supergroup are threatening a new release and video hoping to set the 2020 bar on a fantastical high-low. New music produced this time by Lee Drinkall of Yuba Studio, TFG have worked on a more live band set up with the comforts many studios can lack.
“Lee has an amazing set-up in a lovely home and is a very talented musician/producer we wanted to work with,” says band guitar gob Jim. “His production techniques are original and I knew he would understand our ideas and direction.”
‘My Life’ certainly shows this with layers of paranoia around a broken-down simple songwriting structure and a build up of string section and guitar as the track progresses, this creating a poppy yet uncomfortable listen.
The original concept for the lyrics came from seeing the same homeless person Beaker drove past each night after work. “Nobody ever looked at him, or treated him as a human,” he says. This evoked the sentiment about human superiority, and the power of ego. “‘The fact stands that we live, we die and are forgotten about.”
So, throwing us into the new track ‘My Life’ from the future release, a new EP titled LivLafLuv the message encapsulates that.
“Jim came up with a video idea of the band on their knees crawling as a human centipede and we all said ‘Fuck off’,” states Ben Grim, TFG’s eccentric heavily-tattooed love hunk. “Stiv enjoyed having his face in an arse on the day mind.”
It was obvious that with the help of long-term video collaborator and movie making madman Paul Shrimpton (bassist at another of Yorkshire’s finest, Deadbeat At Dawn), a script would emerge, and the added hooked danger catch of cult horror hero Laurence R. Harvey (of the Human Centipede trilogy). The crazy visual of a life trapped in an impossible escape game was almost complete.
“It’s almost like we made centipede number 4 with all our favourite Troma B-movie style and energy,” adds Jim. “But we also booted in some GG Allin surf dancing covered in shit and it was a fuckin’ freezing afternoon for it.”
With the current UK political climate and the misery of more of the same again, humour is the key as we keep on swimming, surfing and drowning in shit.
“Life is a shitty mess at times,” finishes Stiv. “We have to keep sucking that up.”
It’s that time again! Vive Le Rock is proud to provide the world premiere of Wonkfest 6 – The Movie!
Filmed at The Dome, Tufnell Park, London on 28 July 2018 by renowned punk film and video-maker Mark Richards and his team, the movie features the cream of DIY punk from the UK and beyond.
“Just finally watched the 2018 Wonkfest movie!!!!! IT’S FUCKIN’ BRILLIANT!!” says Wonk Unit frontman and Wonkfest founder Alex Johnson. “I think that myself and Fraser Macncheese are the best TV presenters EVER and should be given jobs as TV presenters all over the world and win BAFTAs and shit. I s’pose Mark Richards did OK too. Oh yeah and Simon Short who did a marvellous job with sound despite only having camera audios to use after the rigs we hired in failed. Oh yeah and the bands. They did OK too. And everyone else. But mainly me and Besto. Xxxx”
Clocking in at around two hours in length, the movie features appearances from The Fleas, Angry Itch, Emergency Bitter, Youth Killed It, Laserchrist, Traits, Desperate Measures, Christmas, Nosebleed, Dealing With Damage, Aerial Salad, Grand Collapse, The Raging Nathans, East End Trinity, Blind Man Death Stare, Guitar Gangsters, Pints, Unwanted Consumer, Revenge Of The Psychotronic Man, The Dub Righters, Calva Louise, The Murderburgers, Bad Cop / Bad Cop, Vanilla Pod, Pizzatramp, The Bar Stool Preachers and Wonk Unit.
This year’s Wonkest is nicely taking shape. Bands already lined up to play The Dome on 25 July include Tyranosaurus Alan / T Alan, CLCKWS, Persian Rug Sale, Crooked Little Sons, Lost Cherrees, Burnt Tapes, Dead Mob, The Kimberly Steaks, Aerial Salad, Waco, Fights and Fires and Raw Poo. Loads more to be announced….
Fast-rising London rockers RANDY SAVAGES have just dropped a video for their brand new single.
After returning from their Carbon Footprint Christmas Party Tour – taking in three countries in three nights – the band shot the video for ‘Rock’n’Roll Dies With Us’ in the vaults under Waterloo Station with punk rock video Ubermensch Mark Richards. It’s slated to be the first single off their (as yet untitled) debut album.
You can catch Randy Savages live in London when they play The Lounge in Camden with Gizz Butt’s JANUS STARK on Saturday 21 March – tickets – with a German tour commencing the first week of April.