CORNWELL COMES OUT OF THE WILDERNESS!

HUGH CORNWELL has unveiled a new video ahead of his forthcoming new album.

‘Coming Out Of The Wilderness’ is the opening track from the former Strangler’s Moments Of Madness, his first new album since Monster four years ago. The video is the work of award-winning US animator Jesse Bond.

Featuring ten new tracks, Moments Of Madness was produced by Cornwell who also played all the instruments himself. “It’s like I’ve got a stew pot of sounds where I’ve put in a bit of Joe Meek, a bit of Lou Reed, a flavour of The Doors, a bit of this, a bit of that and I mix it all up and it tastes good,” says Cornwell. “I’m like a cook when I make records in that I don’t follow any recipe.”

‘Coming Out Of The Wilderness’ is available to stream/download here.

Set for release on 21 October, Moments Of Madness is available to pre-order here.

Hugh Cornwell heads out on a full-band tour in November, where he’ll be playing tracks from his solo catalogue, as well as a set of Stranglers classics. Full dates are…

Fri 4 Nov – Milton Keynes, Stables
Sat 5 Nov – Hull, Tower Ballroom
Wed 9 Nov – Exeter, Phoenix
Thurs 10 Nov – Southampton, The 1865
Fri 11 Nov – Cardiff, Y Plas
Sat 12 Nov – Brighton, Concorde 2
Sun 13 Nov – Bristol, The Fleece
Wed 16 Nov – Lincoln, Platform
Thurs 17 Nov – Bury St Edmunds, The Apex
Fri 18 Nov – Newcastle, Northumbria University Students Union
Sat 19 Nov – Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
Sun 20 Nov – Chester, Live Rooms
Wed 23 Nov – Southend, Chinnery’s
Thurs 24 Nov – Islington, Assembley Hall
Fri 25 Nov – Bilston, The Robin
Sat 26 Nov – Manchester, Gorilla
Sun 27 Nov – Derby, The Venue
Wed 30 Nov – Carlisle, The Old Fire Station
Thurs 1 Dec – Edinburgh, La Belle Angele
Fri 2 Dec – Glasgow, The Garage
Sat 3 Dec – Aberdeen, Lemon Tree

Tickets on sale here.

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BURNIN’ FOR YOU!

Old-school country-rockabillies THE BURNER BAND herald a string of dates with a new video.

‘Dark And Lonesome Street’ is taken from the Leeds band’s forthcoming second album Age Of The Liar, which follows on from their acclaimed debut Signs And Wonders, which was released last Autumn. The video is the handiwork of renowned Bristol rockabilly filmmakers, Bopflix Films.

‘Dark And Lonesome Street’ is available to download here, where you can also pre-order Age Of The Liar.

The Burner Band have announced a handful of dates, including a rare London headline show at Leytonstone’s legendary What’s Cookin’ club. Full dates are….

Friday 7 Oct – The Alder Bar, Sheffield
Sat 8 Oct – What’s Cookin’, Leytonstone, London tickets
Sun 9 Oct – Flying Circus, Newark
Sat 4 Feb – The Grove, Leeds

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RT-ZED VIDEO EXCLUSIVE!

London rockers RT-ZED are back with a new video that they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘Black Heart Of Love’ is taken from ZedNation, forthcoming fourth album from the band led by Steve Grantley, simultaneously drummer with STIFF LITTLE FINGERS for the past twenty-five years. He’s also a man with numerous other stars in his address book and at one-time was considered for The Clash.

“I think certain people think drummers should know their place,” says Grantley. “Fuck it! Dave Grohl, Phil Collins anybody?!” Grantley has consistently written for Stiff Little Fingers over the years, and also co-wrote The Alarm’s last big hit ‘45 RPM’ along with lead singer Mike Peters. “I’ve been writing songs since I was 12, but I’m best known as a drummer,” he adds. “This album will hopefully change this preconception.”

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GIRLS IN SYNTHESIS REVEAL NEW VIDEO!

South London post-punks GIRLS IN SYNTHESIS have unveiled another video from their forthcoming new album.

‘My Husband’ is taken from The Rest Is Distraction, the follow-up to their 2020 debut Now Here’s An Echo From Your Future, and features guest keyboards from former Fall member Eleni Poulou.

“I wrote it from the angle of someone living with a physically abusive partner, and the fear, isolation and anxiety they manage daily,” explains vocalist and bassist John. “I see this as a key track on the record. The intensity is created through minimalism, rather than full on noise. It’s a hard thing to pull off. And I think we really did.”

“With the video we really tried to capture the tension that hangs over the song,” adds guitarist Jim. “That isolation and vulnerability, with it being too literal. The subject matter of the song must be treated with respect, and we did that by presenting the viewer with a series of images that frame the outside world that exists alongside their internal, domestic reality.”

Set for release on 14 October through the band’s Own It label via Cargo, The Rest Is Distraction is available to pre-order here.

As previously announced, the band play a run of UK and European dates throughout the Autumn. Full dates are…

13/10/22 – NORTHAMPTON – Black Prince
14/10/22 – LONDON – The Lexington
15/10/22 – TUNBRIDGE WELLS – Sussex Arms
19/10/22 – BRISTOL – The Louisiana
20/10/22 – MANCHESTER – The Peer Hat
21/10/22 – NOTTINGHAM – Bodega
22/10/22 – BRIGHTON – Green Door Store
09/11/22 – GHENT – Bar Bricolage [w. Cocaine Piss]
10/11/22 – BRUSSELS – Magasin4
11/11/22 – TOURNAI – Water Moulin
12/11/22 – SIEGEN – Veb Siegen
13/11/22 – HAMBURG – Westwerk
14/11/22 – COPENHAGEN – Rahuset
15/11/22 – ODENSE – Posten
16/11/22 – BERLIN – Urban Spree
17/11/22 – FRIEBURG – Slow Club
18/11/22 – WURZBURG – Cafe Cairo
19/11/22 – NUREMBERG – Desi
20/11/22 – UTRECHT – Db’s
07/12/22 – GLASGOW – The Flying Duck
08/12/22 – NEWCASTLE – Zerox
09/12/22 – HULL – The Adelphi
10/12/22 – BIRMINGHAM – Dark Horse

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REACTION VIDEO PREMIERE!

Scottish garage-punksters REACTION have a new video which they’re premiering with Vive Le Rock!

‘All Aboard The Bad Trip Express’ is taken from the band’s third (and probably best) album Vigilantibus which is out now on Tarbeach Records of NYC. The album’s title is from their old school motto and means ‘remain vigilant’- an appropriate warning in this weird world we inhabit. One of twelve new songs, ‘All Aboard The Bad Trip Express’ closes out the album with a journey through punk, dub, ska and alt.country, all in a very strange four-and-a-bit minutes.

The album also contains a dub version of the song, remixed by The Warped Plan which is an even wilder mind-melt.

Moving on from the punk vibes of the first album Accelerator and the SubPop and angular-sounding follow up Keep It Weird/Keep It Wired, Vigilantibus has elements of Americana, Nuggets-style garage and even a pastiche of UK82 among the full-steam ahead pile-on of songs.

Keep It Weird. Keep It Reaction.

Vigilantibus is available now from Tarbeach or from the band.

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GRADE 2 UNVEIL NEW VIDEO!

Fast-rising UK punks GRADE 2 have unveiled a brand new video.

‘Doing Time’ represents the Isle of Wight trio’s first new material since their Tim Armstrong-produced 2019 album Graveyard Island, their debut for Hellcat Records, since when they’ve been cutting their teeth onstage with the likes of The Interrupters, Social Distortion and Dropkick Murphys.

“Tongue in cheek, but delivered like a punch to the gut, ‘Doing Time’ is our response to the dead end, 9 to 5 rat race,” they say.

The video, directed by Ryan Mackfall and produced by Crashburn Media, ties in the announcement of the band’s first UK dates for next year. Catch Grade 2 live at…

7 Mar 2023 – The Lexington, London
10 Mar 2023 – Louisiana, Bristol
18 Mar 2023 – Classic Grand, Glasgow
19 Mar 2023 – Star & Garter, Manchester

Tickets here

Stream/download ‘Doing Time’ here.

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RUTS D.C. ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM!

RUTS DC return with a brand new video and news of a new album.

‘Counterculture’ is the first single and (almost) title track from the trio’s new album Counterculture?, which is set for release on 11 November through Sosumi Recordings. It’s their first album since 2016’s acclaimed Music Must Destroy.

“Counterculture? For us, it never went away,” says bassist/vocalist John ‘Segs’ Jennings. “We’ve always been on the outside and still are. It’s ok to be a freak. That’s why The Ruts started in the first place. If it’s still inside you, it’s time to light that flame again. Get to know what you don’t know. Come and borrow my lighter.”

Counterculture? is available to pre-order here.

The band head out on tour during November and December, culminating in a headline show at London’s Islington O2 Academy. Full dates are…

18/11- Exeter Phoenix
19/11- Southampton Brook
20/11- Cardiff Globe
21/11- Oxford O2 Academy
22/11- Stoke Sugarmill
23/11- Glasgow St Lukes
26/11- Liverpool Arts Club
28/11- Sheffield O2 Academy
29/11- Bristol Thekla
30/11- Nottingham Rescue Rooms
02/12- Birmingham Institute
03/12- London Islington O2 Academy

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BUZZCOCKS IN THE RAIN!

BUZZCOCKS are back with a brand new video which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘Manchester Rain’ is the second single to be taken from the band’s new album Sonics In The Soul, their first since the tragic death of Pete Shelley in December 2018.

“We were doing a gig in Manchester and it was pouring with rain,” says guitarist and singer Steve Diggle. “And these kids said to me, ‘We’re gonna start a band’. And I thought, that was me, like, forty years ago and here we are stood in the rain, and it took me back. But the song’s like a metaphorical rain, innit? It’s like your hopes and dreams. But it’s not about being a success. The thing was being able to find yourself and do something in life… we’re sayin’ what we wanna say and we’ve found some way of sayin’ something!”

Set for release on 23 September through Cherry Red, Sonics In The Soul is available to pre-order here.

Check out our exclusive Buzzcocks feature in the new edition of Vive Le Rock! out 10 October.

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NOSEBLEED VIDEO PREMIERE!

Leeds garage-rockers NOSEBLEED unveil a new video today which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

Frentic buzzsaw frug ‘Dance With The Devil’ is the title track from the trio’s forthcoming second album, which follows on from their 2018 debut Scratching Circles On The Dancefloor.

“Like a lot of the album, the single is about breakups,” explains singer/guitarist Eliott Verity. “Between recording the music and the lyrics my life fell apart a little and I ended up re-writing the words to a lot of the songs. This one’s about that post breakup feeling of being torn about everything and wanting to give up and go feral, making some bad decisions for a little bit. We still wanted people to be able to dance to it though, despite what it was written about.”

Set for release on 11 November through TNS, Dance With The Devil is available to pre-order here.

Nosebleed head out on tour in support of the album, kicking off in Dundee this Friday. Full dates are…

16 Sept – Conroys Basement, Dundee
17 Sept – Retro Bar, Manchester
22 Sept – The Lady Luck, Canterbury
14 Oct – Matchstick Piehouse, Deptford, London (Till The Fest 2)
22 Oct – The Loft, Southsea
17 Nov – The Crofters Rights, Bristol
18 Nov – The Ostrich Inn, Peterborough
19 Nov – Tapestry Arts, Bradford
20 Nov – Little Buildings, Newcastle
10 Dec – The Escape Bar, Shepherds Bush, London
16 Dec – The Fulford Arms, York

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A.P.B REISSUES INCOMING!

Scots post-punk funkers APB are to have their signed a reissue deal with American label Liberation Hall.

Formed in 1979 in the smalltown of Ellon in Aberdeenshire, contemporaries of the likes of Gang Of Four, Au Pairs, The Higsons and fellow Scots, Boots For Dancing, the band’s second single for Aberdeen indie Oily Records, ‘Shoot You Down’, became a big hit on the underground dancefloors of NYC leading to extensive and successful US tours, opening for The Clash and James Brown before headlining in their own right. They would also become popular with BBC Radio 1 DJs John Peel, Kid Jensen and Peter Powell.

APB remain active and still include founder members singer/bassist Iain Slater, guitarist Glenn Roberts and drummer George Cheyne.

The first release under the new deal will an expanded edition of the 1985 singles compilation, Something To Believe In, set for release on 18 November.

Check out ‘Shoot You Down’…

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BOTTLEKIDS VIDEO EXCLUSIVE!

Fast-rising Welsh punks BOTTLEKIDS have a new video out which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘NOWT’ is taken from the Chepstow trio’s second EP Zilch!, which has just been released through Austrian label SBÄM Records.

The EP follows on from the band’s debut self-titled EP which was released back in 2019. Signing with SBÄM in early 2020, they were in the process of building on the success of the release until Covid forced them off the road.

“We wrote down thoughts and ideas for music throughout 2020 as a distraction from all this shit going on and as an attempt to keep our heads together,” explains singer/guitarist Joe Grogan. “The lyrics for ‘NOWT’ pretty much just wrote themselves one day whilst locked indoors in front of the telly. The music took shape quickly – there was a lot to get off our chests.”

Grogan is joined in the band by bassist Jonny Thomas and drummer Ben Chappell. Bottlekids play The Exchange, Bristol this Thursday 8 September – tickets

Zilch! is available to buy on 12″ vinyl here and digitally here.

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MORE OF TOO MANY!

Twickenham fraggle protagonists SENSELESS THINGS’ major label debut album gets the expanded reissue treatment next month.

The band’s second album, The First Of Too Many was released through Epic in 1991, yielding a brace of radio hits in ‘Everybody’s Gone’ and ‘Got It At The Delmar’.

Now, in honour of frontman Mark Keds, who sadly passed away in January 2021, founder members Morgan Nicholls and Cass Browne have created a new 30th Anniversary Mix from the original master tapes. Reissued in its original eyecatching Jamie Hewlett artwork, the new mix forms a double coloured-vinyl album along with the original 1991 mix.

A three-CD set adds an 18-track show from Camden Palace (now KOKO) from June 1991.

Set for release on 21 October through Cherry Red, The First Of Too Many is available to pre-order here.

Check out ‘Everybody’s Gone’ live from Phoenix Festival ’94….

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AERIAL SALAD COUNT THE HOURS!

Manc punks AERIAL SALAD are back with their first post-pandemic single.

‘The Same 24 Hours (As Beyoncé)’ represents the trio’s first new material since the release of their 2020 album Dirt Mall and is described as “a scathing criticism of modern influencer, celebrity, and social media culture,” taking as its inspiration the words of Love Island contestant Molly Mae: “Beyoncé has the same 24 hours in a day that we do”.

“The new single throws jabs at modern working life, and the constant feeling of ‘survival’ over prosperity for millions of British people who are just trying to live nice, relaxing, lowkey lives,” explains guitarist and vocalist Jamie Munro. “But between soaring energy prices and unrealistic life expectations set by the likes of Molly Mae on social media, everyone is just left burnt out and hurting.”

The video was recorded just outside of Vibe recording studio in Cheetam Hill, Manchester and subtly features clothes that the band have bought second hand as a last-ditch effort to stick one to fast fashion.

“If we had a bigger budget, it would have looked like the ‘Ashes To Ashes’ video by David Bowie,” laughs Jamie. “But we don’t have the money for a camera crew or make-up team so this will have to do for ya!”

‘The Same 24 Hours (As Beyoncé)’ is available now from Spotify and all the usual platforms.

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OFF! ON A TRIP!

SoCal punk vets OFF! have unveiled another new video from their forthcoming album.

‘Kill To Be Heard’ is taken from Free LSD, their first new album in almost eight years, which is out on 30 September through Fat Possum.

The typically inventive and off-the-wall video features appearances from actors such as Barry Del Sherman (There Will Be Blood, American Beauty), E.R. Ruiz (Sons of Anarchy), and Chloe Dykstra (Bojack Horseman, Spiderman 1 and 2), as well as musicians such as David Yow (The Jesus Lizard), DH Peligro (Dead Kennedys), Don Bolles (the Germs), Davey Havok (AFI), and more.

Free LSD is available to pre-order here.

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PRAISE BE! THE CHURCH ARE BACK!

Aussie psych legends THE CHURCH are back with a brand new single and video.

‘The Hypnogogue’ is the first taste of the band’s long-awaited new album which is due in early 2023 and follows on from 2017’s acclaimed Man Woman Life Death Infinity.

The single is also the first release by the band’s new line-up, which sees founder, bassist and singer Steve Kiley as the sole original member since the departure of guitarist Peter Koppes in 2019. The band is completed by longtime drummer Tim Powles; ex-Powderfinger guitarist Ian Haug, who joined in 2013; multi-instrumentalist Jeffrey Cain, and the most recent acquisition, guitarist Ashley Naylor, who came on board in 2020.

Speaking about ‘The Hypnogogue’, Kilbey explains, “Invented by Sun Kim Jong, a North Korean scientist and occult dabbler, it is a machine and a process that pulls music straight of dreams. The song is about Eros Zeta the biggest rock star of 2054 who has travelled from his home in Antarctica (against his manager’s advice) to use the Hypnogogue to help him revive his flagging fortunes. In the midst of the toxic process, he also falls in love with Sun Kim and it all ends tragically (of course…as these thing often do).”

The video was directed by filmmaker Clint Lewis, who’s worked with the band on a number of previous videos. “I gave the director a lot of input into this video but he took my ideas and ran with them and came up with a fair bit of stuff I never envisaged,” says Kilbey. “The Church appear on screens in the Hypnogogue as workers in the system, translating the dreams of users into real time music. I’m very happy with the way it all turned out. It’d be hard to get a better result!”

Released through Communicating Vessels/Unothodox, ‘The Hypnogogue’ is available to stream/download here.

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TOOTING GALLERY!

Brit powerpop princes THE SPEEDWAYS are back with their second new video in a matter of weeks!

‘A Drop In The Ocean’ is the second track on a new double A-side single, also featuring the song ‘Shoulda Known’, the video for which was revealed a few weeks ago.

Their latest celluloid opus was shot by Jez Leather, in a perhaps unintentional homage to Hanoi Rocks, in Tooting Bec, south-west London.

Both tracks feature on the band’s long-awaited forthcoming third album Talk Of The Town, which sees the band branching out from their regular powerpop palette. “We wanted to go for a more cinematic / widescreen sound, for this to be a game-changer in the powerpop world,” says guitarist Mauro Venegas.

“We threw the kitchen sink dramas at this one,” adds singer/guitarist Matt Julian. “And turned up the guitars!”

‘A Drop In The Ocean’ and ‘Shoulda Known’ are both available digitally from today on all the usual platforms. A limited edition 7″ is available to pre-order here.

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DOMESTIC VACATION

East Anglian punk renaissance man JAMES DOMESTIC is back from his hols with a new single and video.

The aptly-titled ‘Holiday’ is the fifth single to be taken from THE DOMESTICS frontman’s widely acclaimed debut solo album Carrion Repeating released earlier in the year through Kibou Records.

The video features the alligator man who has become a bit of a feature of James’ videos.

There’s also a dub remix of the track by Berlin-based musician GMPMSK alias Dave Ellesmere of DISCHARGE, DR & THE CRIPPENS, DISGUST, FLUX OF PINK INDIANS etc. Check it out here.

‘Holiday’ is released through TNS (UK) and Amok (Germany) and is available digitally from Spotify and all the usual platforms.

Carrion Repeating is available here.

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JAH WOBBLE UNVEILS NEW SINGLE AND DATES

Legendary bassist JAH WOBBLE has unveiled a new single and video with his band THE INVADERS OF THE HEART.

The track ‘Dim Sum’, featuring Anglo-Chinese rapper and musician GZ Tian (aka Charlie Wardle, Jah Wobble’s son) heralds THE PiL co-founder’s late summer tour, which features a special Vive Le Rock-promoted London show celebrating the 30th Anniversary of LA independent label Cleopatra Records at O2 Academy, Islington on 26 October.

Wobble and the Invaders will be performing the first ever live rendition of Metal Box Rebuilt In Dub. They’ll be joined by 999 and Eater performing their classic 1977 debut album. Tickets are available here.

Released through Dimple Discs, ‘Dim Sum’ is available here.

Full tour dates are…

Aug 27th We Out Here Festival, Abbots Ripton
Aug 28th Solfest, Cumbria
Sep 01st – The Black Prince, Northampton
Sep 02nd – John Peel Centre, Stowmarket
Sep 07th – Hare And Hounds, Birmingham
Sep 08th – The Lighthouse, Deal
Sep 09th – West End Centre, Aldershot
Sep 11th – Belgrave Music Hall, Leeds
Sep 16th – Foxlowe Arts Centre, Leek
Sep 17th – Neuadd Ogwen, Bethesda
Sep 18th – Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Liverpool
Sep 21st – Ashcroft Arts Centre, Fareham
Sep 22nd – The Con Club, Lewes
Sep 23rd – Plough Arts Centre, Plough
Sep 24th – The Red Brick Building, Glastonbury
Oct 01st – The Arc, Stockton
Oct 02nd Mac Arts, Galashiels
Oct 26th 02 Academy, Islington, London

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