SHUFFLING THE DECK!

Rockney roustabouts BUSTER SHUFFLE have announced a 10th Anniversary re-release of their classic debut album.

Hard to believe that the piano-pounding ska-punks released Our Night Out a decade ago through People Like You/Century Media putting a new spin on the genre and kicking off a thriving European career.

With touring and recording plans derailed because of Covid 19, the band felt it would be a good idea to re-relase the album to give something back to their fans in these troubled times.

“We always wanted to do something for ONO’s 10th birthday,” says singer Jet Baker. “We just never imagined we would be in lockdown, not able to play shows and have a party together. We decided this would be a great way to celebrate its birthday with our fans so we are re-releasing the record on our own label Do Nothing Records”.

The album has been fully remastered and also features two new recordings of old songs that were frequently featured live but never made it beyond the demo stage.

Set for release on 18 December, Our Night Out is available to pre-order here.

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MARK VENNIS VIDEO EXCLUSIVE!

Songwriter Mark Vennis trails his new album with a video which he’s premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘Fighting On All Fronts’ is the first single and title track of the album, which follows on from Mark’s previous albums with his band Different Place, Uncharted Water and A Beautiful Lie Or The Ugly Truth.

A film producer by day – he produced the acclaimed Slits documentary Here To Be Heard and the Don Letts film Rebel Dread, as well as Maxine Peake’s BIFA nominated Funny Cow – Vennis’ songs shine a spotlight on the downtrodden and the dispossessed.

“We are just trying to make sense of it all the only way we know how – through our songs,” he says.

Fighting On All Fronts is out on Friday 27 November through Cadiz Music.

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SUN ARISE!

Sicilian post-punks CLUSTERSUN are back with a new single and video.

The driving space-rock of ‘Desert Daze’ is a first taste of the trio’s forthcoming new album Avalanche, which is due out next Spring.

A joint production between France’s Icy Cold Records and the USA’s Little Cloud Records, the band’s third album follows on from 2014’s Out Of Your Ego and 2017’s Surfacing To Breathe, and was mixed and mastered by renowned producer James Aparicio (Black Doldrums, Piatcions, Desert Mountain Tribe).

‘Desert Daze’ is available on Spotify and all the usual platforms.

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AFTER HOURS

London rockers THE HEAT INC. are back with a new video.

The cacophonous, brooding ‘Your After Love Song’ follows on from their debut single ‘Raptors’, whose video was premiered by Vive Le Rock! back in the summer.

Released through Melted Dino Records, the band describe the track as “a love song, like a lot of songs but it’s sort of unparalleled in the way it pairs that high gloss, rock ’n’ roll production with that level of volume. Somehow, it maintains a supra-melodic nature while turning it all the way up past twelve.”

The track is available through Bandcamp, Spotify and all the usual platforms.

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ESSEX PISTOLS!

The glory days of South Essex punk are celebrated on a new compilation album out next month.

Southend Punk Volume One is the brainchild of Steve Pegrum, founder of the online resource Southend Punk Rock History 1976 – 1986 and a member of various bands down the years.

As London’s nearest seaside town, Southend-on-Sea on the north bank of the Thames Estuary, was perfectly positioned for the onslaught of rock’n’roll and youth culture throughout the 50s and 60s, with its abundance of pubs, clubs and other venues. The arrival of punk in the late 70s was just as impactful, allowing bands to develop their own identity and following in splendid isolation while still allowing easy access to the thriving London scene just 30 miles down the A13.

Southend Punk Volume One brings together 14 bands from the town and its environs, including THE MACHINES, THE STEVE HOOKER BAND, THE KRONSTADT UPRISING, THE VICARS (featuring Alison Moyet, pictured), THE DECIBALLS, THE PSYCHOPATHS, THE SYNYX, THE BURNING IDOLS and THE BULLIES featuring future Cure member Perry Bamonte.

Set for release on 4 December through Angels In Exile Records, Southend Punk Volume One is available to pre-order here.

Check out ‘Blind People’ by Kronstadt Uprising…

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1977: SINGLES GOING STEADY!

In the 77th edition of Vive Le Rock!, we cast an eye and ear over the sights and sounds of 1977! What’s your favourite single from that crucial year? Here, in no particular order, are ten of ours….!

THE LURKERS – SHADOW

PENETRATION – DON’T DICTATE

X-RAY SPEX – OH BONDAGE! UP YOURS!

THE DAMNED – PROBLEM CHILD

ALTHEA & DONNA – UPTOWN TOP RANKING

RAMONES – SHEENA IS A PUNK ROCKER

THE ADVERTS – GARY GILMORE’S EYES

MOTORHEAD – MOTORHEAD

THE SAINTS – THIS PERFECT DAY

IAN DURY – SEX & DRUGS & ROCK & ROLL

Check out our 1977 special in the current edition of Vive Le Rock! available here and in all good newsagents!

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LUNG TIME COMING!

Canadian rockers SAM COFFEY & THE IRON LUNGS are back with a new single and album.

The muscular glam-stomping powerpop of ‘Back With The Gang’ catches the band in full-on Cheap Trick mode, the perfect opener for Real One, the band’s second album for Dine Alone Records.

Over the past decade the band have evolved out of the Toronto garage scene across three full-length albums and a slew of download and cassette releases. Along the way they’ve shared stages with acts as diverse as Flamin’ Groovies, Frank Tuner, The Black Lips and FIDLAR.

Real One – the name implying they’ve finally decided to take this gig seriously – finds them stretching out musically and thematically at the hands of noted producer Kevin Ratterman (White Reaper, My Morning Jacket, Strands of Oak).

Set for release on 19 February, Real One is available to pre-order here.

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DISSIDENTS TAKE THE LONG ROAD!

West Country rockers RICHARD DAVIES & THE DISSIDENTS have unveiled another new video from their acclaimed debut album.

‘(Long Road) To Your Heart’ is taken from Human Traffic, which was released through Bucketfull Of Brains Records back in June.

The video is the work of longtime friend and collaborator Darren Stockford.

Although the band have been unable to play live thanks to Covid restrictions, the album has taken on a life of its own. Huge-selling Spanish language newspaper El Pais rated the album among the top rock releases of the year so far alongside Metallica, The Pretenders and newcomers Idles and Fontaines DC. The upshot has been an explosion in social media followers across Spain, Mexico and Brazil.

The band, who are made up of members of Mega City Four, Last Great Dreamers, Tiny Monroe and The Snakes, are currently in talks with various agents about Spanish dates just as soon as lockdown permits them.

“We’re really delighted by the way the album has been received not only in the UK but in Spain and the Spanish speaking world,” says Davies. “I think that may have something to do with the Alejandro Escovedo connection, and the enduring popularity of guitar music over there. The way music is now available on the internet probably has something to do with it too. We’re really looking forward to playing the songs live as soon as this dreadful pandemic allows. Stay safe music lovers and I hope you’re missing us as much as we’re missing you!”

‘(Long Road) To Your Heart’ is available on Spotify and all the usual digital platforms.

Human Traffic is available here.

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RICH RAGANY RELEASES CHARITY SINGLE!

RICH RAGANY has just released a charity single and he’s sharing the video with Vive Le Rock!

All proceeds from the DIGRESSIONS and ROLE MODELS frontman’s ‘From Nowhere To You’ will go to The Brain Tumour Foundation Of Canada in honour of his recently departed brother George Ragany.

“George always seemed to know how, and taught me how, to try and get the best out of dark and sad times… so this is my attempt…” says Rich. “It was written in isolation after flying from the UK to Canada and getting the news he passed while I was in the air… didn’t make it to be by his side… and that is a heartbreaking fact… but hope this is a fitting tribute to his spirit and memory…. a song about love and trying to reach out against odds.
I hope you can take it for yourself.”

It was recorded with the help of Rich’s old friend Reed Shimozawa, formerly of Canadian rockers ZUCKERBABY, who played on and produced the single.

‘From Nowhere To You’ is available now through Bandcamp. If you buy it on Friday 6 November, Bandcamp will waive their cut with all the money going to the charity.

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SPIDERS AND THE FLY!

Yorkshire rockers BLACK SPIDERS come roaring back with a brand new single and the promise of a new album.

The Sheffield band bowed out in 2017, with their last release being the four-track download EP Rat Mansion three years earlier.

“It seemed an obvious choice for the first single,” exclaims frontman Pete Spiby about the track ‘Fly In The Soup’. “It’s classic Black Spiders and a good song to step back into the affray. The sentiment of it is we’re back and here to annoy you, so deal with it…!!!”

The reunion was first mooted back in 2019, but because the chaos caused by Covid 19, the band have not been able to play together and the album has come together through the joys of file-sharing and socially-distanced studio time.

“Lockdown was actually a pretty productive time for us, so much energy and positivity,” says Spiby. “We couldn’t stop writing; it was great to have that inspiration, and that connection again. At the same time, it was a whole new way of working. Usually we would get into the rehearsal room and blast through things, but we had to change and it has given us a lot clarity and more time to demo up the songs from a distance and have new perspective. Same with the studio, as we still haven’t actually played the songs together, in a room, old skool.”

‘Fly In The Soup’ is out today, available on Spotify and the usual digital platforms, while the as yet untitled new album is due for release in the New Year.

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KEEP US ON THE RODENT!

Hot-to-trot new Kiwi rockers RATSO have just dropped their debut single on a world in turmoil.

Coincidentally(?) released to impact with the US election, ‘Shut Your Face’ and ‘Arseholes And Bullshit’ exploded all over the Internet a couple of months back thanks to a brace of live videos shot by Auckland’s 95bFM radio station.

Formed only last year, the band has an impressive CV bringing together members of noughties Kiwi garage-punkers The D4, 80s Brit grebo kids The Milk Monitors and globe-straddling NZ urchins The Cavemen, citing such diverse influences as The Dead Boys, Gang Of Four and Thin Lizzy.

The single was recorded on vintage analogue gear at Auckland’s Earwig Studios before being shipped to New York City for mixing by Dion Lunadon (The D4, A Place To Bury Strangers).

If you’re in Auckland, you can catch the band at a special single launch at Thirsty Dog with support from Warm Leather on 20 November.

‘Shut Your Face’ b/w ‘Arseholes And Bullshit’ is available digitally and on limited edition 7″ vinyl via Bandcamp.

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HOSTS WITH THE MOST!

French post-punk supergroup DO NOT MACHINE trail their debut album with a fruity new video.

‘The Host Inside’ is taken from the album Heart Beat Nation which is due out on Twenty Something Records via PIAS on 20 November.

Formed in 2017 on the highly fertile music scene in and around the Loire Valley city of Angers, Do Not Machine feature members of the bands Zenzile, Glass and Last Time Voodoo, along with the brothers Etienne and Camille Belin, founders of the band Daria and latterly LANE alongside members of local legends, 90s SubPop signings Les Thugs.

Recorded at home in France, the album was sent to the US to be mixed by J Robbins, formerly of DC hardcore mob Goverment Issue and Jawbox, and mastered by Dan Coutant of Orange County band Joshua.

Heart Beat Nation is available to pre-order here.

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SPIZZENERGI VIDEO PREMIERE!

SPIZZENERGI are unveiling their brand new video today and are premiering it exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

Made all the more poignant by the news of another lockdown, ‘Christmas In Denmark Street’ laments the decades of music heritage in London’s West End crushed to death at the hands of grasping landlords and soulless developers.

“The chorus for ‘Christmas In Denmark Street’ came to me on a cycle home on the 10th January 2015,” explains punk legend Spizz. “This was the final week of The 12 Bar Club’s existence in Denmark Street – closing down to make way for the controversial Crossrail project – and coincided with my birthday week. The atmosphere in the club was fantastic and I went every night. The 12 BAR was like a musicians social club with bands dropping in after playing at other venues in the area. We were told the club would be preserved as the Crossrail transformation started to bite.

“Following my creative cycle home that night, I met up with SPIZZENERGI guitarist Luca Comencini to develop the song and it was first performed in public when Luca and I were offered an acoustic slot performing as SPIZZOLOGY supporting James Stevenson’s All Stars Band for his LP launch at The Water Rats, 17 December 2015.”

The single was mixed by the famous producer Tony Visconti, who says, “I liked the song a lot when I first heard it. As I have lived in London for 22 years, the sentiments of the song, and hope that the street could be saved, struck a chord in my heart. Spizz is a great performer and his vocals made it very appealing to me. I’m so happy with the way it turned out. It’s commercial enough to be played on the BBC and I hope it gets lots of signatures on a petition to save the street for all our efforts.”

Set for release on 18 December, you can pre-save ‘Christmas In Denmark Street’ digitally and buy a limited edition red vinyl 7-inch here.

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YOU SAY YOU WANT A DISSOLUTION!

Art-punks THE IMBECILES today issue their long-awaited new EP, their first release with their new line-up.

Following the release of their debut album earlier in the year, the band had a shake-up resulting in a stripped back line-up and the new six-song Dissolution Sessions EP.

“We’ve slimmed down from a meandering, vegan, six-member prog rock combo, to a tight-knit, guitar-led, steak-eating 5-piece,” says mainman Butch Dante. “The guitar sound is fuzzy punk beast-master AF, and we like it.”

As previously announced, the band are heading into the studio early next year to record their new album with Killing Joke’s Youth in the producer’s chair.

To celebrate their new EP, the band recently played a semi-secret gig in Dante’s Brooklyn garage. “It was mad,” he exclaims. “We had to keep it on the DL because the fuzz would have shut it down otherwise but we still had 30 people and a bunch of other locals turned up and peered through the gate. People liked it! And I got to wear my space suit! Yay!”

Check out the live version of recent single ‘Yes I Am’….

Buy Dissolution Sessions here.

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SMALLTOWN TIGERS UNVEIL NEW VIDEO!

Italian punk sensations SMALLTOWN TIGERS are treating their fans with a witchy new video for Hallowe’en!

The lasses from Rimini should by rights be preparing for a run of UK dates right now, but because of Covid 19, they’ve had to be scrapped. They have, however, released a new video for the track ‘Darling Please!’ from their acclaimed debut album which came out in April through Area Pirata.

“Because of the pandemic, we postponed our UK gigs from May to November,” they explain. “Then, because of ongoing restrictions, we had to cancel them altogether. We apologise to everybody that bought tickets or even just thought about coming to our shows. It is hard for us to stay away from the road.

“We all hope that the situation could be back to normal in 2021 so we could come back strong and play in any club that would be willing to have us. Other than that, we are already working on a new album for release next year. We would love to shake this ugly 2020 off our backs with something new!”

Five Things is available digitally and physically through Bandcamp, as well as Spotify and all the usual platforms.

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SWEET ‘N’ SOUR SHAKES!

BABY SHAKES have collaborated with THE UNDERTONES on a brand new single.

The glam-stomping ‘Sweet’n’Sour (Part 2)’ is the NYC girls’ take on a track from Undertones guitarist Damian O’Neill’s 2018 solo album Refit, Revise, Reprise, while the B-side ‘Really Really’, a song by drummer Billy Doherty previously to be found on the flipside of the ‘Tones ’79 hit ‘Get Over You’.

The tracks were laid down at Small Town America Studio in Derry by Billy Damian and Stephen Mailey, while the Shakes’ Mary, Judy and Claudia flew in to add their vocals.

“We have been fans of the Baby Shakes ever since they supported us at Southpaw in Brooklyn N.Y back in ‘05,” explains Damian. “I’d like to think that ‘Sweet’n’Sour’ and ‘Really Really’ neatly merge Derry poptones with New York sassy attitude. There’s an infectious new freshness and enthusiasm oozing from the grooves. The entire recording process was a total delight and that’s obvious when you put the needle on the record for the first time.”

“I really, really love the new Baby Shakes version of ‘Really Really’, adds Billy. “Working with them, Damian and my nephew Stephen Mailey was such a tonic. It was so wonderful, enjoyable and refreshing to be intoxicated with everyone’s enthusiasm. Yes, for me it was truly magical and I can’t wait to do it again.”

Set for release on 30 October through Dimple Discs, the single is available to pre-order on download and limited edition 7″ here.

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HEROINE CHIC!

North London pop-rockers THE MIDDLENIGHT MEN have unveiled another video from their forthcoming debut album.

The epic 10-minite clip for ‘Heroine Heights’ is the result of 5 months preparation, 2 months shooting and 1 month editing.

The follow up to previous singles ‘B.A. Baby’ and ‘Rat Star’, band mainman Nick Hughes says of the song, “The core message of the song itself is something that’s really important to me. I still find myself being constantly embarrassed, every single time, to be a guy when I walk down the street and see all the lecherous, cat calling, rude ass guys who think it’s perfectly acceptable to shout out after girls. It’s disgusting and I can only imagine what it feels like for girls. We wanted to address this but obviously we like mixing humour and seriousness in most of the things we produce so I decided to mix this with the superhero element and refer to some of the relationships between the heroes and villains and relate it back to the core message. That this simply is not okay.”

Taken from the forthcoming album Issue 1, ‘Heroine Heights’ is available here.

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