The untimely deaths of BRIAN JONES, JIMI HENDRIX, AMY WINEHOUSE, KURT COBAIN and others are the focus of a new documentary film to be released this month. And Vive Le Rock is trailing it with this exclusive clip.
Directed by music industry legend, Simon Napier-Bell, 27: Gone Too Soon examines the circumstances of the demise of these musicians who all checked out at this coincidental yet significant age, drawing on rare and unseen footage and interviews with a host of musicians, journalists, industry figures and broadcasters, including Gary Numan, Tom Robinson, Keith Cameron, Barney Hoskyns, Paul Gambaccini. Peter Jenner and more.
The film is being screened at Regent Street Cinema, London on Monday 26 March – tickets – and will be released on DVD the same day.
MONSTER MAGNET are back with a brand new video which they’re launching today exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
‘Ejection’ is the second single from the New Jersey rockers’ 11th album Mindfucker which is due out through Napalm Records on 23 March. You can pre-order it here.
The single is a great version of a track by the late HAWKWIND genius Robert Calvert, and originally featured on his first solo album Captain Lockheed & The Starfighters in 1974.
Monster Magnet are set to return to Europe in May with a mammoth tour kicking off in Wiesbaden Germany on 3 May and including a headlining performance alongside Hawkwind at the Roundhouse, London on 6 May as part of Desertfest. Full dates are….
03.05.18 DE – Wiesbaden / Schlachthof
04.05.18 DE – Berlin / Desertfest Berlin
05.05.18 NL – Nijmeden / Doornroosje
06.05.18 UK – London / Desertfest London
08.05.18 DE – Cologne / Live Music Hall
09.05.18 DE – Saarbrucken / Garage
11.05.18 ES – Bilbao / Santana 27
12.05.18 ES – Madrid / Sala Riviera
14.05.18 CH – Pratteln / Z7
15.05.18 IT – Milan / Alcatraz Club
16.05.18 DE – Bochum / Zeche
18.05.18 DE – Nuremburg / Hirsch
19.05.18 NL – Groningen / Vera
21.05.18 DK – Copenhagen / Pumpehuset
22.05.18 SE – Stockholm / Debaser Strand
23.05.18 NO – Oslo / Blâ
24.05.18 SE – Malmö / Kulturbolaget (KB)
26.05.18 DE – Bremen / Schlachthof
28.05.18 BE – Leuven / Het Depot
29.05.18 BE – Ghent / Vooriut
31.05.18 UK – Manchester / Gorilla
01.06.18 UK – Glasgow / The Garage
02.06.18 UK – Belfast / Limelight
03.06.18 IR – Dublin / The Tivoli
Support on most dates comes from fast-rising Birmingham psych-rockers TABLE SCRAPS.
BARRENCE WHITFIELD & THE SAVAGES have announced a major tour for Europe, releasing their first ever video to coincide!
‘Let’s Go To Mars’ is the first single to be taken from the Boston R&B legends’ new album Soul Flowers Of Titan, which is out through Bloodshot Records this Friday. It’s available to pre-order here.
The video is the work of Eric Baconstrip, drummer with London garage sausage-mongers KING SALAMI & THE CUMBERLAND THREE, who’ll be joining Barrence and co at their gig at The Garage on 19 May.
Full tour dates are….
SAT 28 APRIL – RnB Night, Groningen NL
WED 2 MAY – Grand Social, Dublin IE
THU 3 MAY – CAQF, Belfast UK
SAT 5 MAY – Ballydehob Jazz Festival IE
WED 9 MAY – Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh UK
THU 10 MAY – The Cluny, Newcastle UK
FRI 11 MAY – Westgarth Social Club, Middlesbrough UK
SAT 12 MAY – Soup Kitchen, Manchester UK
SUN 13 MAY – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds UK
TUE 15 MAY – Academy 3, Birmingham UK
WED 16 MAY – Academy 3, Oxford UK
FRI 18 MAY – The Railway Hotel, Southend UK
SAT 19 MAY – The Garage, London UK
MON 21 MAY – Ribs’n’Blues, Raalte NL
WED 23 MAY – Le Molotov, Marseille FR
THU 24 MAY – Upload Club, Barcelona ES
FRI 25 MAY – TBC, Alicante ES
SAT 26 MAY – Mendialdea Music Festival, Vitoria ES
SUN 27 MAY – El Sol, Madrid ES
MON 28 MAY – Planta Baja, Granada ES
TUE 29 MAY – Sala X, Seville ES
THU 31 MAY – Kutxa Kultur Kluba, Donostia/San Sebastián ES
SAT 2 JUNE – Goezot in’t Hofke, Oud-Turnhout BE
Fast-rising garage-rockers TABLE SCRAPS have unveiled a brand new video.
‘I’m A Failure’ is the lead track from their just released debut album Autonomy, which is already picking up rave reviews, including a hefty 9-out-of-10 from Vive Le Rock!
Speaking about the video, the Brummie trio say, “We had wanted to make a video that affectionately referenced channel surfing for ages and inspiration struck when, as always, we realised we had no money. We did have cheap wood and socks, though: it was all we needed to put together a loving homage to Beavis and Butt-Head, the golden years of MTV and the amazing/terrible music videos of our youth.”
The band are taking the album to the masses with a bunch of shows this week, including a FREE London show at The Shacklewell Arms in Dalston this Wednesday. Full dates are….
Feb 28 – London, The Shacklewell Arms
Mar 1 – Bournemouth, 60 Million Postcards
Mar 2 – Birmingham, Hare & Hounds Kings Heath
Mar 3 – Bristol, The Trap
Released through Zen Ten Records, Autonomy is available on vinyl, CD and download from tablescrapsband.com.
Dutch hardcore mob THIS MEANS WAR! have just released their debut EP and are premiering this video exclusively with Vive Le Rock! and Down For Life.
The video for ‘Use It Up’ is the work of director, animator and producer Chris Curtis of Dropkick Murphys and Green Day fame.
Veterans of the Dutch live scene, This Means War! came together in 2016 when members of Discipline, Hidden Guns, Superhero Status and Convict answered an Internet ad. They recorded the 5 -track EP in Amsterdam with producer Igor Wouters (Gold, Backfire!) before having it mixed at Getaway in Boston by Jason Maas.
The self-titled EP is out now on 10″ vinyl through Pirates Press.
Catch the band on the road at….
24 MARCH – Cafe den Tip, Vorsselaar, Belgium
2 JUNE – Rebellion Amsterdam 2018
7-8 JULY – Sjock Festival, Belgium
1 SEPTEMBER – Namur, Belgium w/ Lion’s Law
GINGER WILDHEART has just unveiled a video for the song ‘Paying It Forward’ from his new acoustic album Ghost In The Tanglewood.
Striking a mellow country vibe, it’s a bit different from his usual stuff, but Ginger’s well known for having many arrows in his quiver, and his way with a good tune can be turned to practically any genre.
Ghost In The Tanglewood is out through Graphite Records on 2 March and you can pre-order it here.
As previously announced, Ginger will be hosting the first ever Vive Le Rock Awards at the O2 Academy, Islington, London on Wednesday 28 March.
Tickets, including a special VIP package, are available here.
Australian guitarist SUZIE STAPLETON has a new single out this week, and she’s premiering the video exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
Described by the Melbourne musician as “an isolated protest in an oversaturated world where the powerful feed on the powerless,” ‘Negative Prophet’ was recorded and produced by Stapleton with the help of guest bassist Fred Lyenn Jacques of MARK LANEGAN’s band.
Set for release on Thursday 22 February, the single will be available as a FREE download from www.suziestapleton.com.
Since relocating to the UK in 2015, the Melbourne musician’s been working hard making a name for herself, sharing stages with Lanegan, MICK HARVEY and JIM JONES & THE RIGHTEOUS MIND, as well as appearing at Camden Rocks.
Currently touring Australia, she plats dates in the Czech Republic and France before returning to London for a show at The Finsbury, Manor House on 11 May. Full dates are….
1 Mar – The Junk Bar Brisbane, AUS
2 Mar – MoshPit Sydney, AUS
3 Mar – The Yarra Melbourne, AUS
10 Mar – MONA Hobart, AUS
23-24 Mar – Zizkovska Noc Festival, Prague, CZ
13 Apr – Le P’Tit Minou Brest, FR
14 Apr – Venue TBC, Nantes, FR
15 Apr – Blue Devils, Orleans, FR
11 May – The Finsbury, London, UK
THE DAMNED have unveiled a futuristic video for their new single.
‘Standing On The Edge Of Tomorrow’ is taken from the Tony Visconti-produced new album Evil Spirits, which is out in April through Search And Destroy/Spinefarm.
The video was directed by band frontman Dave Vanian with renowned video producer Dan Axtell.
Regarding the video’s theme, Vanian says, “The exploration and colonisation of other worlds is something we will face in the not so distant future. My fervent hope is that we do not take our fears and prejudices with us and repeat the mistakes we have made on our home planet.”
The Damned have just embarked on a UK Tour. Remaining dates are….
30th January – Leeds, O2 Academy Leeds
31st January – Manchester, Academy 1
1st February – Birmingham, O2 Academy
3rd February – Leicester, O2 Academy
4th February – Nottingham, Rock City
6th February – Folkestone, Leas Cliff Hall
7th February – Southend, Cliffs Pavilion
9th February – Cardiff, Great Hall
10th February – Bristol O2, Academy Bristol
11th February – Bournemouth, O2 Academy
13th February – Southampton, O2 Guildhall
Hungarian pirate punks PADDY AND THE RATS are premiering their new video today exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
‘Join The Riot’ is taken from the band’s new album Riot City Outlaws due out in April through Napalm Records.
Produced by Grammy-winning producer Cameron Webb (Motörhead, Social Distortion, Pennywise), the 15-track album has already been released in their homeland, where it hit No.1, going on to achieve Gold Record status.
Says vocalist Paddy, “The video for ‘Join The Riot’ is the first part of a trilogy. The other parts will be released in the next months. In this video we can follow the life of a pirate who had lost his faith, hope and life but finally he has to fight for it. This first one is about a pirate gang and it shows the life of on a pirateship. We tried to do it in a funny way. Do it like a burlesque.”
Set for release on 6 April, Riot City Outlaws is available to pre-order here.
The band head out on a series of European dates during the spring and summer. Catch them on the high seas at….
11.05.18 DE – Parsberg / Spectaculum Nordgavia
18.05.18 DE – Drachhausen / Spreewald Rock
29.06.18 DE – Tann (Röhn) / Rockwolf Open Air
27./28.07.18 DE – Megesheim / Der Krater Bebt
05.08.18 CH – Fehraltorf / Highlandgames
18.08.18 DE – Wuppertal / Feuertal Festival
Legendary Essex punks THE NEWTOWN NEUROTICS are the be the subject of a new documentary.
Formed in Harlow in 1979 in direct response to the draconian right-wing policies of Thatcher’s government, and casting a spotlight on the urban ennui facing the youth in newtown England, they lit a radical fire under the second wave of UK punk, fuelled by a series of rabble-rousing singles like the self-explanatory punk disco floorfiller ‘Kick Out The Tories’ and ‘Living With Unemployment’, and the classic albums Beggars Can Be Choosers and Kickstarting A Backfiring Nation.
The work of film-maker Luke Baker, Kick Out will tell the band’s story through the input of band members and other key figures, including Steve Lamacq, Phil Jupitus, Attila The Stockbroker and Billy Bragg.
Says Baker, “The aim of Kick Out is to capture the essence of the time, explore the events which molded the band’s worldview and examine their place in British music history.”
A crowdfunding page has been set up to enable Baker to complete the film and fans and wellwishers can contribute here.
The band are celebrating their 15th Anniversary this year and will release a best of/singles compilation in April called 15 Shots From The Urban Voodoo Machine with headline shows around the UK and Europe and appearances at Bearded Theory, Camden Rocks, Strummercamp, Boomtown and many more!
Full dates are….
Saturday 3 February, The Black Market, Warsop
Saturday 17 February, Talking Heads, Southampton
Saturday 24 February, Cutlers Arms, Rotherham
Friday 2 March, Castle & Falcon, Birmingham
Thursday 8 March, Sala Clamores, Madrid, Spain
Friday 9 March, Club Valentino, Leon, Spain
Saturday 10 March, Hell Dorado, Vitoria, Spain
Sunday 11 March, Rock & Blues, Zaragoza, Spain
Friday 16 March, Bedlam Breakout Festival, Northampshire
Saturday 17 March, P-Con Club, Lewes nr Brighton
Friday 30 March, Passpop, Holland
Sunday 1 April, The Globe, Cardiff
Saturday 7 April, Riverside, Newcastle
Friday 13 April. Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh
Saturday 14 April, St Lukes. Glasgow
Friday 20 April, West End Centre, Aldershot
Saturday 21 April, New Cross Inn, London
Friday 27 April, Tivoli, North Wales
Friday 4 May, Sin City, Swansea
Saturday 5 May, The Donkey, Leicester
Saturday 12 May, Spiegeltent, Brighton
Friday 18 May, Bullingdon Arms, Oxford
Saturday 19 May, The Railway, Winchester
Saturday 26 May, Bearded Theory
Sunday 27 May, Strummercamp
Saturday 2 June, Camden Rocks Festival
Friday 15 June, G-Spot Festival
Friday 22 June, Rotterdam Bluegrass Festival, Holland
Saturday 23 June, De Pul, Uden, Holland
Saturday 21 July, Festival 8, Lincolnshire
Sunday 12 August. Boomtown Fair
Sunday 26 August, Twinwood Festival
L.A. band PROFESSOR AND THE MADMAN have just unveiled a first video from their new album.
As previously reported, the band features co-frontmen Alfie Agnew (Adolescents, D.I.) and Sean Elliott (D.I., Mind Over Four) alongside former DAMNED drummer Rat Scabies and current Damned bassist Paul Gray.
Both Scabies and Gray appear in the video for ‘Space Walrus’, a psych-pop nugget inspired by David Bowie’s ‘Space Oddity’.
Produced by English producer David M Allen (The Cure, Sisters Of Mercy, The Damned), ‘Space Walrus’ comes from the album Disintegrate Me which is due out on 23 February. It’s available to pre-order here.
ROLE MODELS have a new single out and they’re launching it exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
‘Manette Street’, taken from the band’s third album, tips a hat to the London thoroughfare containing legendary late night rock’n’roll haunt, The Crobar,
The four piece power pop/punk rock ‘n’ roll band born in the alleys of Denmark Street and Soho, releasing three full
length albums in as many years on Glunk Records, with the last, Dance Moves, hitting #25 in the Vive Le Rock Top 50 of 2017.
Undertaking UK tours with with SCOTT SORRY and MICHAEL MONROE, they resume live action in 2018 with gigs at The Lounge in London with co-headliners THE CRYBABYS on 3 February.
They then pay a Scott Sorry benefit concert on 17 February at The Parish in Huddersfield headlining the Scott Sorry Benefit Concert, with THE MAIN GRAINS, DRAMA CLUB REJECTS, THE EMPTY PAGE and more. Tickets are available here.
U.S. psych-punks THE PREFAB MESSIAHS have unveiled a new single from their forthcoming album.
‘Everything U No’ is the latest of four videos to be released from the album Psychsploitation …Today!, which is set for release on 26 January through Lolipop/Burger Records.
The band originally coalesced in Worcester, Massachusetts during the early 80s, releasing the cassette album Flex Your Mind. A CD-R compilation Devolver in 1998 sparked interest, with an official re-release through power-pop and garage experts Burger encouraging new material on the shape of the aptly-titled mini-album Keep Your Stupid Dreams Alive in 2015.
Band frontman Xerox Feinberg explains, “The new album is really a mental and sonic continuation of the things we were obsessed about from the beginning — mashing up the sounds and attitudes of ’60s garage-psychedelia with post-punk ’80s stuff and dragging all that into whatever ‘today’ is — while generally trying to poke people in the ribs and skewer some of the Big Shams behind all the Shiny Facades. We still don’t do songs about girls’ names or feeling good. We’re still trying to toss everything into the mix including the kitchen sink. We’re still bemused and shocked and disgusted with The State of Things — and also in love with the noises in our heads and guitars. We like to think that The Prefab Messiahs’ work is never done.”
Fast-rising Brummie garage trio TABLE SCRAPS have just unveiled a video for their new single.
‘Sick Of Me’ is the first single to be taken from the band’s debut album Autonomy which is set for release on 23 February through Zen Ten Records, the brand new label from Easy Action Music.
Propelled by an insistent two-note groove and a floorshakingly primal beat, ‘Sick Of Me’ conjures that same never-fails British Invasion magic that so inspired the kids of Detroit and certified Lenny Kaye’s Nuggets comp the high-school prom soundtrack at the end of the universe.
The 7″ of ‘Sick Of Me’ b/w ‘Mequinenza’ is available to buy here in a limited edition of 500 copies worldwide.
Table Scraps have a series of dates lined up around the album release, including a London date at The Shacklewell Arms on 28 February and a special launch party at The Hare & Hounds, Birmingham on 2 March. Full dates are….
23 Feb – Foodhall, Sheffield
28 Feb – Shacklewell Arms, London
1 Mar – 60MPC, Bournemouth
2 Mar – Hare & Hounds, Birmingham
3 Mar – The Trap, Bristol
Happening garage-psych trio L.A. WITCH have unveiled a new single and video ahead of Euro dates next spring.
‘Drive Your Car’ is taken from the band’s acclaimed self-titled debut album, released in September through Suicide Squeeze. The video is the work of by award-winning New York artist and filmmaker Allie Lane.
Currently touring Australia, L.A. Witch are set to follow up this year’s European shows with another bout of industrious gigging, with dates in Switzerland, Italy, Germany, Sweden, France and the UK, including a London show at Oslo in Hackney. Full dates are….
16 Mar – Le Port Franc, Sion CH
17 Mar – Milk Party, Parma IT
20 Mar – Rote Fabrik, Zurich CH
21 Mar – Quasimodo, Berlin DE
22 Mar – Hafenklang, Hamburg DE
23 Mar – Melodybox, Stockholm SE
24 Mar – Truck Stop Alaska, Goteborg SE
27 Mar – The Chameleon, Nottingham UK
28 Mar – Sleazy’s, Glasgow UK
29 Mar – Cluny, Newcastle UK
30 Mar – Oslo, London UK
31 Mar – Headrow House, Leeds UK
4 Apr – Supersonic, Paris FR
5 Apr – Maison de l’etudiant, Arras FR
6 Apr – Veka, Glarus CH
7 Apr – Ohibo, Milan IT