Hot new London band THE HEAT INC. release their incendiary debut single today and they’re premiering the video exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
‘Raptors’ was recorded by the quartet at RYP Recordings in North-West London with producer Michael smith.
“I love the Black Keys’ ‘Lonely Boy’ video and we have used that concept but our video’s character, the actor Joe Law, his performance is more extreme,” says guitarist Marco Simoncelli. “The video has been shot by This studio production directors on their balcony in Bermondsey. The view over the city is stunning, which is why we picked it as we thought it was a perfect scenario for the video. Joe rehearsed for almost three weeks to deliver a great energetic performance.”
‘Raptors’ is out through Melted Dino Records and is available digitally here!
Scandinavian garage-punk sensations THE COURETTES have made a video for their latest single which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
Touting a gloriously lo-fi approximation of Phil Spector’s classic girl-group sound, ‘Want You! Like A Cigarette’ is the first puff of sessions for the duo’s long awaited third album set for release later this year through Damaged Goods.
Based in Denmark, The Courettes comprise Brazilian singer/guitarist Flávia Couri and Danish drummer Martin Couri. Releasing their debut album Here Are The Courettes in 2015, they’ve racked up a super-impressive 250+ gigs in fifteen countries, sharing stages with the likes of The Sonics, Pretty Things, The Bellrays, Jon Spencer, B52s, Stray Cats and loads more.
“Once we got a review saying The Courettes was ‘the real deal, the most authentic 60s inspired garage rock since the Milkshakes were around’ (Lee Cotterell, Vive Le Rock!),” they chirrup. “This is our first single for Damaged Goods Records, the Godfather label of British garage punk. We grew up listening to these records, so we’re proud of being on their roster together with some of our heroes. “
‘Want You! Like I Cigarette’ sold out of its initial limited edition red vinyl pressing in a week, but a second pressing of 500 copies on pink vinyl is available to order here.
The build-up to the grand premiere of Wonkfest 7: The Movie on Saturday 25 July continues this week with this exclusive non-movie clip of the great Frankie Stubbs of LEATHERFACE performing the band’s anthemic ‘Springtime’.
Says Alex Wonk, “To have a whole genre spawned from the sound of your own voice, that is something to lie in bed at night thinking about, eh! ‘Springtime’ is one of the most beautiful songs ever written. Thank you for playing mate xxx”
Multi-national garage rockers are back with a new lockdown video which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
We premiered their first video ‘Sa-Ni-Ti-Zin” back in April, just as lockdown had begun. Now ‘Sneeze In Your Sleeve’ offers more sage advice as we prepare for the pubs to open…
Say the band, “Lockdown is easing, and THE SANITIZERS are back to talk to you about sneezing – in your sleeve! That’s right ladies and gentlemen, your favourite quarantine super-group featuring members of King Salami & The Cumberland 3, MFC Chicken, The Fuzillis, Los Torontos, Barrence Whitfield & The Savages, The Thanes, The Sensation Seekers and Lyres are back with another rock & roll pandemic public service announcement: don’t be a fool, you know it’s cool to Sneeze In Your Sleeve…blow you nose in your clothes, daddy-o!”
Last week we premiered the video for one half of THE GODFATHERS’ storming new double A-side single. Now it’s time for the other half!
‘I’m Not Your Slave’ is coupled with ‘Wild And Free’, which is available on CD and limited edition 7″ vinyl exclusively from the band’s website.
Says frontman and band founder Peter Coyne, “Our bass player Jon Priestley (previously in The Damned) wrote the tune to ‘I’m Not Your Slave’ as well producing and engineering it, and I wrote the lyrics, concerning a political relationship rather than a personal one. Everyone in The Godfathers now (guitarists Richie and Wayne and drummer Billy) writes material or contributes toward numbers and we’re determined that our next album will be ultra-special.”
KILLING JOKE’s Jaz Coleman has announced a brand new project BLACK & RED, a collaboration with Czech musician Ondrej Smeykal, and they’re launching the video for their first single exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
“The Black and Red project was born in Australia in 2010 when I set out to find the greatest virtuoso of the didgeridoo only to find the maestro of the instrument resided in Prague where I lived,” explains Jaz. “Upon my return to Czech Rep, I was introduced to Ondrej Smeykal. We ended up not just developing an ancient instrument * but recording the Black and Red project (adding only Indian Harmonium) and an explosive duo was formed which could recreate the recording live perfectly. The funny thing is Black and Red only made sense after lockdown.”
The pulsing, apocalyptic near 8-minute ‘On The Day The Earth Went Mad’ is out today digitally here and at all the usual suspects as well as on a numbered limited edition red vinyl 10-inch through Cadiz Music available from jazcoleman.com
Fusing glam, space-rock, dub and a groovy psych organ, unstoppable Essex pop maverick ED SYKES is back with a brand new video.
The single ‘I’m Forever Losing You’ is a taster for Sky Seed, Sykes’ debut album with his new band THE SONIC OSCILLATORS and follows on from 2018’s glam anthem ‘Whiplashed’.
Produced by Oscillators guitarist Nathan Wacey, the song was recorded at Rebellion Studios, Marks Tey on a 1968 3M tape machine previously used by The Beatles at Abbey Road, through a former BBC mixing desk once used by the great John Peel.
As well as completing Sky Seed, Sykes has recently collaborated with Future Sound Of London / Amorphous Androgynous mastermind Gaz Cobain as well as producing sessions for The Pretty Things’ keyboardist John Povey’s debut solo album.
Released through CO6 Records, the single’s available here.
Read our 16-page 50 Years Of Glam spectacular in the new edition of Vive Le Rock! out now!
Everyone’s favourite glam-punks THE DeRELLAS are back with a brand new single and video.
The urgent, street-fightin’ ‘Inner City Rock’n’Roll’ was put together by the pre-lockdown at South London’s Perry Vale with ex-Vibrator Pat Collier manning the desk and, we’re sure you’ll agree, it does exactly what it says on the tin.
A taster for their forthcoming new album Something’s Got To Give which is due at the end of the year, ‘Inner City Rock’n’Roll’ is available now from Bandcamp, Spotify and all the usual suspects…
London punks HEALTHY JUNKIES have just released a new video for the track ‘Some Kind Of Girl’ from their latest album Delirious Dream.
The band shot the video with director John Clay back in January before the world was turned upside down. John recently checked up on them to find out how they’re keeping mind, body and soul together during these testing times….
How are you passing the time in lockdown?
To start with, being locked down was a bit of a relief as we had been on the road constantly for 10 years, like being on a rollercoaster practically all the time. Even when we came home from a tour or series of gigs we would have to plan for the one which would soon follow. A life of excess takes its toll and after all we are meant to be ‘Healthy’ Junkies. So as a result of not gigging we were able to focus on finishing the recording of our next album which is funnily enough entitled Forever On The Road. It started off as the soundtrack to our USA tour diary but as time went on Nina added more and more vocals, Nina and Phil wrote loads of new lyrics, Dave added more basslines and Phil re-wrote and remixed much of what we had used for the soundtrack to the aforementioned tour diary. This in itself has taken a huge amount of time but it has definitely been worth it. We also have been able to edit the video footage for our new video ‘Some kind of girl’ which was shot back in January with you. Having edited the video and agreed on a final cut we have been full-on with promoting it in accordance with your PR masterplan. And you are certainly no slacker John! Other than that, Nina managed to win an ongoing battle with her neighbours who had decided at the beginning of lockdown to put up a huge fence partitioning off a large part of the shared garden at the back of her flat. I mean, who does that? The temptation was just to rip it down but instead we went through the due process with patience and persistence. It took 6 weeks but in the end the neighbours were forced to remove the fence themselves in accordance with the terms of their contract and the law. A small but necessary victory.
The discrimination spoken about in your new song is details not being believed. Why do victims still face such prejudice?
The office environment is still predominately a patriarchal environment. Abuse of power is still going on and many people still fear for their jobs if they do not comply with what is suggested of them. Particularly young women who are trying to make a good impression at work, fit in as much as possible, not wanting to lose their job for financial reasons. They are vulnerable to such behaviour and it is 2020!! Many people exploit naivety and it has been like that for so long now that it still somehow seems to acceptable to that do it. Things are starting to change now due partly to the ME TOO movement. People are speaking up and aggressors are being called out. Nina – ‘When I arrived in London there was not this kind of support available, things were very different 15 years ago.’
What do you make of Trump’s rolling back on Trans rights?
Well this is pretty much what we would expect from Donald Trump. He’s taking away rights from the transgender community, they will no longer have equal rights for healthcare! And during a pandemic! He is clearly targeting a minority group and I suspect he’s doing this to secure votes from his huge middle American contingent. This will supposedly save the USA money too which plays right into the mindset of the many. He so often claims that Obama did nothing in his term and yet here he is rolling back on an Obama instated policy for his own agenda. And for maximum impact he announced this on the same day as the Florida gay club Pride massacre. The mind boggles frankly.
How do you feel about Rowling’s remarks in her defence of statements labelled transphobic?
J K Rowling dropped a clanger on twitter and the response was predictably massive. To then respond with what I believe was a huge essay about the abuse she suffered in her first marriage seemed like a bit of a distraction tactic. While not wishing in any way to underplay what was no doubt a horrible experience for her, it does not seem to really address her previous controversial comment. Maybe will choose her words a little more carefully in future. Still love her books of course…. Social media is a great tool when used well but can also be misleading, toxic and have catastrophic consequences if the words we choose are not accurate or sensitive.
Given the recent protests in London, how do you feel about the media’s handling of the BLM protests as opposed to the ‘counter-protestors’?
The media on the whole only seems interested in sensationalising for a more popular or notorious story. This has always been the case but nowadays with all the online news bulletins, fake news etc it is much worse. The press pick and choose what they think will sell more papers / get more views or whatever other agenda they have in mind. So you really have to cross check information. They seem to thrive on violence and unrest, it’s like they think throwing gasoline onto a fire will help!! As far as I know the proposed BLM march in London on Saturday was called off due to the potential clashes with counter-protesters. Yet we read about coverage of fights breaking out between BLM protesters and counter-protesters. So to answer your question, the media coverage is all too often biased.
Will there be any commentary on current events on your double album?
The new double album began as a soundtrack to our USA tour diary (available on DVD on our website) in autumn 2018 and was a musical description of that journey and all that came with it. There are 33 tunes in all, some are just over a minute long and the styles range from horror film soundtrack to trash grunge to piano and cello duets to psychedelic mayhem etc etc. While putting it together we used songs in a few cases (5) that were written before the tour simply because we thought they fitted. One of them was inspired by the mass exodus of people in the Africas and Middle East taking their perilous journey in search of a new life, it relates to a particular story that marked us about a boy called David who was one of the ‘Lost boys of Sudan’ (there were about 20,000 such kids). He fled his war-tornvillage in Sudan at the age of about 5 years old, separated from his mother, to Ethiopia where he spent many years in a refugee camp, then civil war forced him to Kenya, until he managed with UN help to make his way to the USA, get a university degree and start that sought-after new life. Despite the story being from the past, the displacement of people due to war or extreme poverty is still very much happening. The song is called ‘Underground City’. Another song written at around the same is about equality and it basically states that whoever we are, whatever we’ve done or not done we all up in paradise in the end. The French word for heaven is paradise, paradise sounded better! Some might use the term 6 feet under! It documents the life of a struggling person who battles for rights and seeks change. It is called ‘Stairs Of Life’. Sometimes it feels like you’re basically pissing in the wind, trying to do anything of worth or make a difference in such a huge monstrosity of a world that we now live in, but we are not quitters so we carry on striving.
What was it like working with Aaron from A Void during the video shoot?
Aaron, the super talented bass player and debonair of the rage machine that is the band A Void, was an absolute pleasure to work with and have on the set. He played a character that was so opposite to his own. A sinister-looking office predator. The required facial expressions and creepy mannerisms for the shots he was in have been nailed to a tee. He has a crazy energy about him that is infectious and we would not be surprised at all to see him in more roles as an actor in the future. We must also mention that the other 3 actors – Isabella Barter (who appeared in an episode of Black Mirror), Vicki Totten (from the band Dirty Ol’ Crow) and the one and only Stevie Bray also all gave stunning performances.
This is your third time being filmed by myself. Feel free to share any anecdotes from the past, near past and the latest shoot.
Every video we have done with you has been quite different. One of them was a live recording/video. But on all 3 shoots you have inspired us to give that little bit extra, put us in such a mind that we are able to free ourselves of anything outside of our performance. Your directing is planned out and executed with precision. Even when it isn’t planned it appears that it was. One of your tricks that stood out was the repositioning of each member of the band by, say, 10 feet each time (it was a very large room) for each shot. Difficult to explain but it certainly played tricks with the eye in the final cut. I (Phil) particularly appreciated you helping me up 3 flights of stairs with a heavy office desk (a prop) at 1.30 AM at the end of the shoot when pretty much everyone else was on the verge of passing out in a state of well-earned inebriation. We also remember filming the ‘I Can’t Stand Anyone’ video in an alleyway in Borough which was the location of a terrorist attack that happened a matter of days after. That gave an added lilt of sinister to the video.
When can we hope to see you live again and will there be more single/video releases from the album?
As it stands we do not know for sure when we will be allowed to play again. There are of course so many mixed messages from scientists and politicians about what the plan is and what we should and should not do. Our annual Punk and Roll Rendezvous festival at The Unicorn on 4-6 September will go ahead we hope. But nothing is certain. Second wave of the pandemic is predicted by most people so that would no doubt delay things. We are also due to go on another Lips Can Kill tour with our friends Tokyo Taboo, Yur Mum and Pollypickpocketz. That is scheduled for late October into November so we cross our fingers and toes and hope that we can get back out playing before all the remaining venues go bust due to inactivity. The venues are under threat, it is worrying. However, I must mention a couple of acoustic live streams that we are very excited to be playing: the Rebellion Festival on 5-8 August and also SORM (School Of Rock and Media) festival on 28 June.
As for new videos we will start putting another one together this week for a song called Last day in L.A. Dave is planning on filming himself in a skate park doing various stunts. Maybe we should get him a stunt double! Any offers? It will be the first single from the new album. We are very excited about getting this song out, it reminds us of the good times we’ve had on the road and about the many excellent folks we have met along the way. It’s a sunny song. We also filmed a video for the song ‘These Boots Are Made For Walking’ while we were in Hollywood. It needs a little more editing then it will be ready to go ! Plenty to get on with…
PENETRATION and INVISIBLE GIRLS frontwoman Pauline Murray heralds a new solo album with a new single and video.
‘Secrets’ is the first track to be unveiled from what will be Murray’s third solo album Elemental.
The single was originally recorded back in the ’80s, only surviving on a single cassette tape. “It was mixed to a cassette and left in a box for years,” explains Pauline. “When we were recording the new album, we remembered this track, found the cassette but couldn’t find the original master tape. All the parts were there, and it sounded really good, but the recording was unusable. We decided to re-record it and tried to replicate the original arrangements, keyboard parts and sounds whilst maintaining the original atmosphere. It’s amazing that something hidden away for so long can assert itself fully into the here and now. Like a secret being revealed.
“Lyrically, it’s about the pressure to conform to social perceptions and expectations,” she continues. “Having to rely on body language and energy exchange to see what’s really going on.”
Elemental was initially recorded in France during 2016 and completed at their own Polestar Studios in Newcastle in 2019. Produced by Penetration bassist and co-founder Robert Blamire, it also features current band-members Paul Harvey, Steve Wallace and Ken Goodinson plus the Invisible Girls’ Steve Hopkins and former Roxy Music and current Lindisfarne drummer Paul Thompson.
“As a 15-year-old, I was a big Roxy Music fan,” enthuses Pauline. “I would never have thought that their drummer Paul Thompson who played on all those fantastic records would be playing on my album all those years later. As a 15-year-old fan, I wouldn’t even have envisaged making music myself! Paul came into our studios with Lindisfarne and we plucked up the courage to ask him to play on some of the tracks. It was really exciting when he agreed and an absolute buzz to hear him playing on the songs.”
“The idea for the video ties in with my four paintings featured on the album sleeve,” she continues. “It reflects the lyrics – I’m putting on a face to hide. A single camera was set up in a dark room lit only with a make-up mirror. I mixed the paints beforehand and did the face painting in a single take. The Volvo footage was shot around the same time that the song was written. We only found it recently whilst digitising some old VHS tapes. The performance video was shot earlier this year at Polestar Studios. Rob edited it all together.”
Elemental is set for release on 25 September on Polestar Records. It’s available to pre-order here.
FROM THE SPECIALS – THE NEVILLE STAPLE BAND featuring the legendary Coventry toaster and his wife Sugary Staple, are unveiling a brand new video exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
Many artists have been forced to make videos under lockdown, but ‘Lockdown’ the song was actually specifically written about experience itself, concerning COVID 19 and isolation from one’s friends and loved ones.
“Sugary came up with the idea to write a song about the lockdown, which, at first, was a very fast-stomping ska track,” explains Neville. “We then realised that it was too fun and happy a tune for the theme. Most of us have been quite down about the whole virus thing, so we decided to take it on a more sweet but moody 2Tone reggae route, in a similar vein to ‘Ghost Town’, with some music we had worked on previously with Sledge (Steve Armstrong).”
The track was recorded by sharing files among the various band members in their own homes, while the video was shot under similar conditions.
“It wasn’t easy,” says Sugary. “I had to collate a whole bunch of recorded snippets from the band, mostly done via phones and tablets. But as a part-time actress and filmmaker, I really do enjoy editing and producing videos and this one was great fun.”
While the band have been forced off the road, the pair have been involved in more charity work than usual, recording DJ sets for those in hospital or self-isolation. In keeping with this, they’ve decided that the single will be used to highlight the work of Zoe’s Place, a charity run for terminally ill babies and toddlers.
“Charities like these really do suffer at a time like this, as the focus is on other things.” says Sugary. “But the work they do at Zoe’s Place is like one of a kind and so very special. They step in when families really do need the support, providing 24-hour high quality, one-to-one palliative, respite and end-of-life care for children aged 0-5 years. A heart-breaking time for anyone involved. We must not lose a charity like this – it is too important and so we will be supporting this, along with other charities we are patrons or ambassadors to, with this single. We also dedicate this song to all those who have been affected by COVID 19.”
The ‘Lockdown’ track is available on 7″ vinyl EP in a strictly limited edition of 250 as part of a special gift set with a CD of rare tracks, fridge-magnet, keyring and protective face-mask. It’s available to order here.
THE GODFATHERS have just unveiled a brand new video.
Nicely coinciding with the band’s 35th Anniversary, the direct statement of intent ‘Wild And Free’ is one half of a storming double-A-side single with ‘I’m Not Your Slave’ on the other. We reckon it’s classic Godfathers…
Says frontman and founding Godfather Peter Coyne, “This promo video was completed under lockdown using film of the group performing on the legendary Rockpalast TV show we’d recorded in Germany in March and sprinkled with quotes from John Carpenter’s cult classic They Live…”
Available on 7″ vinyl and CD, you can buy the single, and a rather swish array of Godfathers merch, here.
THE MURDERBURGERS’ mainman Fraser has a new project and he’s premiering their new video with Vive Le Rock! Careful though, it’s not for the fainthearted.
The song ‘New Sun’ is the title track from the new EP by WRONG LIFE, which is due out through HFL Records via Bandcamp, Spotify and all the usual platforms.
“If anyone needs any tips on how to get the smell of several cups of tea out of an already slightly smelly carpet then hit me up,” he says. “Took me about a week to finish the job after that shit but I got there in the end.”
ROLE MODELS guitarist Nick Hughes is back with a new project, a new single and a new video which he’s premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
‘B.A. Baby’ is the first single by the newly minted THE MIDDLENIGHT MEN and is taken from the forthcoming album ISSUE 1. The project was put together by Hughes along with longtime friend and STATUS QUO drummer Leon Cave and producer Andy Brook (Wonk Unit, Lucifer Star Machine), plus various friends and acquaintances, including Tom Spencer (Yo-Yo’s, The Professionals), Rich Ragany (Role Models) and many more…
A man with CV that includes stints with THE YO-YO’S, TERRORVISION and LOVE ZOMBIES, Hughes hatched the concept for the single while playing dates in Buenos Aires with DUNCAN REID & THE BIG HEADS.
‘B.A. Baby’ is out on Friday 19 June and is available to pre-order here.
North-East punks LOADED 44 have a new video which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
‘Love To Hate’ is taken from the Line Him Up EP released last year.
“We are releasing this new video during lockdown just to make sure we have not wasted our time,” say the band. “We have another studio video to record and release for ‘Line Him Up’ as soon as the lockdown rules are relaxed a bit. We have had gigs in Germany cancelled due to this nightmare but once this is over we want to get back out there as much as possible now we have our lineup back to full strength with Steve back on bass. However, we do have the fantastic Tony Taylor from First Wave/Hi Fi Spitfires as a stand in, when Steve is away with The U.K. Subs. Hoping to see everyone soon.”
Fast-rising pub rockers THE JAMES OLIVER BAND have a brand new video which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
‘Stay Outta Trouble’ is taken from their debut album TWANG!, which was produced by Paul Riley of Nick Lowe, Chilli Willi and Balham Alligators fame.
Hailing from Blackwood, South Wales – famously also the hometown of the Manic Street Preachers – Oliver has played alongside such guitar greats as Albert Lee and Bill Kirchen, racking up something like 2,000 gigs in the past decade, while TWANG! bears the unmistakable influence of such other Telecaster masters as Danny Gatton and Mick Green of The Pirates.
Norwich post-hardcore trio OTHER HALF have just released a video for their new single.
‘Trance State’ is taken from the band’s debut album Big Twenty, which is set for release on Venn Records, the label founded by GALLOWS members Laurent Barnard and Stu Gili-Ross.
Speaking about the single, the band say “’Trance State’ is made up of fragments from nights spent at our worst, and the real ill nature encountered on the way. It’s probably the only time the characters on the album become the observer—seeing the ugliness in their surroundings for the first time—but, as with anything, that’s quickly put to bed in favour of putting something up their nose. Musically, the track pulls from bands like The Jesus Lizard and Slint, aiming for something that slithers along with the same creepy intensity of the characters in the song.”
Formed in 2012 by members of Maths, Ducking Punches and Manbearpig, Other Half comprise Cal Hudson (guitar, vocals), Alfie Adams (drums) and Sophie Porter (bass, vocals).
In support of the Black Lives Matter movement, the band have turned stills from the original ‘Trance State’ video footage into packs of limited edition art prints, 100% of proceeds will be split between The Black Curriculum and the Black Immigrant Collective.
“We will never fully be able to understand the experiences of black communities,” they say. “But we do understand our responsibility to use the platform and the resources we have to try and make a difference and better understand issues of racism. Racism and racially motivated police brutality isn’t just an American issue. Social injustice and systematic racism exists everywhere. We stand in solidarity with the black community, open and honest to the discomfort of the truth and our privilege—listening, learning and acting to incite change and fulfil our potential as allies.”